Home is Where the Love Is

Turning a house into a home…

May 1, 1969

The world needs more people like Mr. Rogers.

Some library humor…

circ and ref

If you’ve ever worked in a library before, you know how true this is! We can’t forget the pages – they’re important too!

A Change in the Game

I work most evenings, so for months, my sister would make dinner for the family. Well, my sister got a job (yay!) and started working 9-5 last week…which means making dinner is up to me again!

I love cooking, so I don’t mind that the responsibility has fallen on me, and fortunately for me, my sister had several weeks of meals planned ahead.  And with the help of Pinterest, finding ideas for dinner is easy.

Tonight’s recipe is a new one for us. It’s Tebow Family Pizza Pie! Apparently there’s some guy named Tebow who’s famous or something…

Okay, I’m not THAT out of the loop – I know who Tim Tebow is and when I found this recipe, I knew we had to try it. Who doesn’t love pizza? Or pie?

Tebow Pizza Pie

Snickers Brownies

Being a week after Easter, stores have Easter candy marked down 6,000% off. We have more candy than we know what to do with, so I’ve decided to made brownies and throw some Snickers in. Sounds good, right? Most recipes I’ve looked up have you make brownies from scratch, but we have boxes of brownie mix, so why do the extra work?

Pizza Pie + Snickers Brownies = pretty good Tuesday!

Shattered Review

Action, adventure, and romance are woven together beautifully in this second book in the Alaskan Courage series. Follow Piper McKenna and Landon Grainger as they travel to Canada, searching for answers in the case of a high profile murder. The lead suspect is Reef McKenna, and it seems only Piper believes in her brother’s innocence. As Piper and Landon search for the truth, they must face burning questions, dangerous situations – and the changes in their relationship.

From the moment you begin, you’ll be captivated by the plot, the characters, and the nail-biting suspense. Another great story from Dani Pettrey – you won’t want to put it down!

Wishing on Willows Review

Katie Ganshert‘s Wishing on Willows, the story following Wildflowers from Winter, is beautifully blended with themes of preserving the past, looking to the future, and the healing only God can provide.

Robin Price deals with trying to move on with her life, while still holding on to the memory of her late husband – not only for herself but for her three-year old son. When a stranger comes to town and threatens her café – her safe haven in a world of chaos – she must fight to save it.

When Ian McKay arrives in Peaks, Iowa, the last thing he wants is to cause trouble. He simply wants to save his family’s business. When Robin Price refuses to cooperate, he has no choice but to go head-to-head with this stubborn café owner. Who will win in this battle? Or will they both surrender to something greater?

Wishing on Willows

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert came in the mail today! This is the second time I’ve had the privilege of being an influencer, and I am thrilled!


I read Katie Ganshert’s first book, Wildflowers From Winter and loved it. When she posted on her blog asking for influencers for Wishing on Willows, I jumped at the opportunity.

You can check out the first three chapters of Wildflowers From Winter here, and you can order the book here. Once you’re hooked and decide to order it (;-)), you can get a sneak peek of Wishing on Willows here and pre-order it here.

I can’t wait to start reading Wishing on Willows! Katie Ganshert is an excellent writer and I know this will be another great book!

What-a-Great-Website Wednesday! Week 18

Ever wanted to make a difference, but didn’t have the time? Maybe you don’t know where to volunteer, or what you have to offer others. If so, this week’s website is right up your alley.

ShopWithMeaning.org is a website committed to companies that support worthy causes such as fighting poverty, hunger relief, human trafficking, and more. On ShopWithMeaning.org, you can browse by category: apparel, beverages and food, housewares, jewelry, etc.

If you’d rather choose a cause to support instead of shopping by category, you can select clean water, Fair Trade, human trafficking, and others. Another option is One For One, which implies that for every product you buy, the same product will be donated to those in need.

One of my personal favorites is Feed Just One. “Each shirt sold feeds a child for one month. Additionally, every item sold includes a donation to Rice Bowls, a non-profit organization which partners with orphanages around the world to provide their food budget so they can buy fresh food locally and support their communities.” “Feed Just One also donates one meal for each person that ‘Likes’ their page on Facebook.”

This is the shirt that I bought from Feed Just One a few months back:
touch hearts

ShopWithMeaning.org has supported numerous causes since its inception in 2010. We can give back by helping them continue to support worthy causes.

Feel free to comment and share if you buy anything through ShopWithMeaning.org!

It’s here!

Shattered came in the mail today! I can’t wait to read it again! It’s on order at the library, so make sure you check it out! Congratulations to Dani! She’s done an excellent job!


2012 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

What-a-Great-Website Wednesday! Week 17!

This week’s website is geared toward children – or the young at heart!

As Christmas nears, we love to listen to Christmas music, decorate, watch Christmas movies, and play Christmas games! This site is one that I’ve visited in the past and still enjoy this time of year. It’s NorthPole.com!

There are pages on Northpole.com where children can read personalized stories, the Elves’ Game Chest, and a Christmas Countdown Calendar. You can make an account on the site for all ages – there’s a Child/Student Log In, Parent/Adult Log In, and a Teacher Log In.

One of my favorite features is the NORAD Santa Tracker! On Christmas Eve, this site will “track” Santa as he travels all over the world delivering gifts to children!

Some of my favorite games are the Coloring Book, Bud’s Swap Puzzles, and the Word Search Games.

I hope you enjoy Northpole.com and that it becomes a tradition for your family each year!

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