Tuneful Tuesday

Since this is what we’ve had a lot of here in south Louisiana lately, Rain by Terence Trent D’Arby seemed like an appropriate cut for this week’s edition of Tuneful Tuesday.

Rain, rain, go away, go away.  Seriously.

Posted in Music, Tuneful Tuesday | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Island by S. Usher Evans – and a giveaway!

I was introduced to the work of S. Usher Evans when my husband bought me the first three books in her Razia series as a Christmas gift. So when I had a chance to support her Kickstarter for The Island, I jumped all over that. It was just the icing on the cake that I got a copy of the book ahead of time! So I took The Island with me to my son’s doctor’s appointment, figuring I’d get a good start on it while we waited.

We waited for two hours and a little more, and I finished the book because I could.not.stop.reading.it. The story of two warring countries, Rave/David versus Kylae/Goliath, pulled me right in.

The Island

Theo is a pilot for Rave, and she’s gunning for some Kylaens. When she learns that Prince Galian will be flying, she’s gunning for him in particular. Galian wouldn’t be flying at all, were it left up to him. He’d prefer to use his medical training, but joins the military at his father’s strongly worded request. In the air battle, Theo does indeed shoot down the princeling’s plane, but crashes her own in the process. So there they are, from two enemy nations, stranded on a deserted island…together. How would you like to be stuck on an island with someone who represents what you hate the most? Theo’s none too crazy about it, to put it mildly. But she’s injured, and Galian doesn’t know a whole lot about survival, and neither of them has a way off the island since both planes went down, and it becomes clear fairly quickly that they’re going to need to rely on each other if they make it out of this alive.

Action? Check. A battle with the deck stacked against one nation? Yep. Characters that make you laugh and cry and want to reach into the pages and shake them? Oh, yes. And maybe some romance, too, and some intrigue, and, oh, just go get a copy!

Available on Amazon TODAY, April 26, and also from Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Island as a supporter of S. Usher Evans’ Kickstarter campaign, but my review is my honest opinion. I don’t write nice things about books I don’t really like!

Want your very own copy of The Island for free?  I just happen to have one to give away.  Leave a comment and tell me the last book you’ve read that you’d recommend to someone.  Be sure to leave me an email so I can contact you if you win.  A winner will be chosen on Friday, April 29.

Posted in Book Reviews, Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

An end and a beginning

I started working at the Louisiana Public Service Commission on September 29, 2014, after eight months of unemployment.  I was thrilled to have a job, thrilled to have a paycheck.

Now, I find myself saying good-bye to co-workers who’ve become friends.  I’m starting a new job Monday, and while I’m excited about where I’m going, I’m sad to leave here.  This is the first place I’ve worked in some time where I really enjoyed both the work (okay, most days – some things made me roll my eyes just a little bit, and if my PSC folks are reading this, they know what I mean!  🙂 ) and the people I worked with.

One door closes, another opens.  I believe God opened the door for me to work here.  I’m thankful for the time I’ve been here, and it will be weird not driving into downtown Baton Rouge on Monday morning.  But the time has come for me to move on to a new adventure.  New things to learn, new skills to master, and who knows, maybe an office with walls where I can hang my diplomas.  🙂  Come along for the ride?

End Beginning

Posted in Life, Work | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pretty Pintastic Party #101

new-welcome-banner1

 Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned & features are pinned by all!

PPPhosts-Mar2016

 First, let’s meet the hosts:

Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3
Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 

Heather from Divas Run for Bling Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sandy from Bowdabra Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Annie from Annie’s Noms Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Roberta from Mommy Like Whoa Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Paris from My Big Fat Happy Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

April from Uncookie Cutter Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Reesa from Momma Lew Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Stephanie from The Tip Toe Fairy Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Lisa from Big Fat F Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sarah from Thank You Honey Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Aimee from House of Fauci’s Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Destiny from Suburban Wife, City Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Karyl from Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kelly from The Take Action WAHM Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week!



Now on to the Party!!

This is a super relaxed party!
You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
dotten-rule

        This week’s Features:    

PPP101 Features

Spring Vegetable Pizza from Culinary Ginger
Ladder Laundry Drying Rack from One Creative Mommy
DIY Planter Boxes from Lou Lou Girls
Spring Wreath from Bombshell Bling
Strawberry Dream Pie from Inspiration for Moms
Coconut Pecan Bundt Cake from Tumbleweed Contessa

 

  If you were featured, grab a featured button!!              

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

             Everyone else grab a button and help us spread the word about our party!!  Thanks!  

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

 

By linking up, you give coffeewithus3.com, divasrunforbling.com, bowdabrablog.com, anallievent.com, anniesnoms.com, mommylikewhoa.com, mybigfathappylife.com, uncookiecutter.com, mommalew.com, thetiptoefairy.com, bigfatf.com,  thankyouhoneyblog.com, houseoffaucis.com, suburbanwifecitylife.com, karylskulinarykrusade.com, thetakeactionwahm.com or any co-host permission to feature your post on social media and our blogs using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.

 

By linking up, you will be added to the mailing list for The Pretty Pintastic Party.  You will only receive emails reminding you when the party goes live.  You can unsubscribe at any time.


Posted in Link-Ups, Pinterest | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tuneful Tuesday

Last night the four of us had gone to Sonic for milkshakes after dinner.  We were riding back home with windows rolled down (some of us, anyway), enjoying the lovely spring evening, enjoying each other’s company, laughing at Thing One and his Jurassic Park T-rex hand puppet, and this song came on K-LOVE.  And joy was multiplied.  It just seemed to fit.

 

Your love is like radiant diamonds
Bursting inside us we cannot contain
Your love will surely come find us
Like blazing wildfires singing Your name

God of mercy sweet love of mine
I have surrendered to Your design
May this offering stretch across the skies
These Hallelujahs be multiplied

Posted in Tuneful Tuesday | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pretty Pintastic Party #100!!!

100 parties!!! Wow.  Thank you for being a part of our party!! To celebrate we’re having a $100 giveaway!! Be sure to scroll down to after “grab a button” and enter!! 

new-welcome-banner1

 Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned & features are pinned by all!

PPPhosts-Mar2016

 First, let’s meet the hosts:

Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3
Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 

Heather from Divas Run for Bling Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sandy from Bowdabra Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Annie from Annie’s Noms Pinterest,

Posted in Link-Ups, Pinterest | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pretty Pintastic Party #96

new-welcome-banner1

 Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned & features are pinned by all!

PPPhosts-Jan2016

 

 First, let’s meet the hosts:

Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3
Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 

Heather from Divas Run for Bling Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sandy from Bowdabra Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Annie from Annie’s Noms Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Roberta from Mommy Like Whoa Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Paris from My Big Fat Happy Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

April from Uncookie Cutter Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Reesa from Momma Lew Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Stephanie from The Tip Toe Fairy Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Lisa from Big Fat F Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sarah from Thank You Honey Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Aimee from House of Fauci’s Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Destiny from Suburban Wife, City Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kate from My Mommy Brain Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kelly from The Take Action WAHM Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

  

Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week!



Now on to the Party!!

This is a super relaxed party!
You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
dotten-rule

        This week’s Features:    

Features 96

Sour Cream Cinnamon Twists from Welcome to My Life, Part 2

Bacon Avocado Pasta from Karyl’s Kulinary Krusade

Iced Oatmeal Cookies from Don’t Sweat the Recipe

Sunburst Mirror from Love Create Celebrate

Teaching Your Kids Self Esteem God’s Way from Mary and Martha’s House

 

DIY Moss Basket for Easter from 3 Little Greenwoods

  If you were featured, grab a featured button!!              

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

             Everyone else grab a button and help us spread the word about our party!!  Thanks!  

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

 

By linking up, you give coffeewithus3.com, divasrunforbling.com, bowdabrablog.com, anallievent.com, anniesnoms.com, mommylikewhoa.com, mybigfathappylife.com, uncookiecutter.com, mommalew.com, thetiptoefairy.com, bigfatf.com,  thankyouhoneyblog.com, houseoffaucis.com, suburbanwifecitylife.com, my-mommy-brain.com, or any co-host permission to feature your post on social media and our blogs using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.  

 

By linking up, you will be added to the mailing list for The Pretty Pintastic Party.  You will only receive emails reminding you when the party goes live.  You can unsubscribe at any time.      


Posted in Link-Ups, Pinterest | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pretty Pintastic Party #95

new-welcome-banner1

 Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned & features are pinned by all!

PPPhosts-Jan2016

 First, let’s meet the hosts:

Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3
Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 

Heather from Divas Run for Bling Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sandy from Bowdabra Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Annie from Annie’s Noms Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Roberta from Mommy Like Whoa Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Paris from My Big Fat Happy Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

April from Uncookie Cutter Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Reesa from Momma Lew Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Stephanie from The Tip Toe Fairy Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Lisa from Big Fat F Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sarah from Thank You Honey Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Aimee from House of Fauci’s Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Destiny from Suburban Wife, City Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kate from My Mommy Brain Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kelly from The Take Action WAHM Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week!



Now on to the Party!!

This is a super relaxed party!
You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
dotten-rule

        This week’s Features:    

PPP95 Features

Shrimp Alfredo Pizza from Sugar, Spice and Family Life
Hans Solo Dresser from NorthShore Days
Barley Soup from Watch What U Eat
5 Amazing Workouts You’ll Enjoy from The Little Mommy
Creamy White Chicken Chili from All She Cooks
30 Ways to Decorate on a Budget from Eat, Drink and Save Money

  If you were featured, grab a featured button!!              

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

             Everyone else grab a button and help us spread the word about our party!!  Thanks!  

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

 

By linking up, you give coffeewithus3.com, divasrunforbling.com, bowdabrablog.com, anallievent.com, anniesnoms.com, mommylikewhoa.com, mybigfathappylife.com, uncookiecutter.com, mommalew.com, thetiptoefairy.com, bigfatf.com,  thankyouhoneyblog.com, houseoffaucis.com, suburbanwifecitylife.com, my-mommy-brain.com, or any co-host permission to feature your post on social media and our blogs using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.

 

By linking up, you will be added to the mailing list for The Pretty Pintastic Party.  You will only receive emails reminding you when the party goes live.  You can unsubscribe at any time.


Posted in Link-Ups, Pinterest | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pretty Pintastic Party #94

new-welcome-banner1

 Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned & features are pinned by all!

PPPhosts-Jan2016

 First, let’s meet the hosts:

Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3

Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 

Heather from Divas Run for Bling Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sandy from Bowdabra Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Alli from An Alli Event Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Annie from Annie’s Noms Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Roberta from Mommy Like Whoa Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Paris from My Big Fat Happy Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

April from Uncookie Cutter Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Reesa from Momma Lew Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Stephanie from The Tip Toe Fairy Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Lisa from Big Fat F Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Sarah from Thank You Honey Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Aimee from House of Fauci’s Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Destiny from Suburban Wife, City Life Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kate from My Mommy Brain Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Kelly from The Take Action WAHM Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter

Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week!

Now on to the Party!!

This is a super relaxed party!
You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
dotten-rule

        This week’s Features:    

These features are getting tons of repins from The Pretty Pintastic Party! Link up for you chance to be featured!

Encouraging the Reluctant Reader from Simply Knowledge Homeschool

Akkawi Manakeesh: Arabic Cheese Bread from Kiku Corner

Crochet Pencil Holder from Cynthia Banessa

How to Make 20 Paper Flowers from The Crafty Blog Stalker

19 Food You Can Regrow From Scraps from Urban Naturale

Cherry Almond Bread with Cherry Glaze from The Gold Lining Girl

  If you were featured, grab a featured button!!              

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

             Everyone else grab a button and help us spread the word about our party!!  Thanks!  

Pretty Pintastic Party

 

 

By linking up, you give coffeewithus3.com, divasrunforbling.com, bowdabrablog.com, anallievent.com, anniesnoms.com, mommylikewhoa.com, mybigfathappylife.com, uncookiecutter.com, mommalew.com, thetiptoefairy.com, bigfatf.com,  thankyouhoneyblog.com, houseoffaucis.com, suburbanwifecitylife.com, my-mommy-brain.com, or any co-host permission to feature your post on social media and our blogs using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.

 

By linking up, you will be added to the mailing list for The Pretty Pintastic Party.  You will only receive emails reminding you when the party goes live.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Posted in Link-Ups, Pinterest | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Choose Your Own Adventure – What Will You Choose?

This is a guest post from my friend Tonia Pearse. I hope her words resonate as much with you as they did with me!

So last night, my husband and I were watching a show called American Pickers. These two men go around looking for people who collect “junk” so they can find and buy their valuable bits and make a profit on them.

This morning I was having trouble sleeping, and I started thinking about this show. The houses they go to, people have things all over the place, in basements, garages, but often just out in the open in piles getting weathered and destroyed.

We were all in Satan’s junk pile at one point. He had purchased us when we were still shiny and new, or slightly used. We sold ourselves to him. And although he knew we were valuable, he left us in a pile, out in the open, rotting and rusting away until we were hardly recognizable, only a shell of what God had made us to be. And every day he told you lies. “You have no worth, there is no purpose for your life, you are unlovable, you are undesireable.”

The longer we were on Satan’s property, in this junk pile, the more we believed that we were not valuable, that we were junk, and that we would never be used for anything good again. How could we, with trees growing through our frames, and all the pretty parts rotted away? Covered in rust and sin. We lived as junk, in despair.

And then Jesus came to Satan’s junk pile. He is not just a dealer trying to turn a profit, he is a true collector. A Soul Collector. He searches through the piles, the smelly rotten evil of this graveyard of souls. Then He finds YOU! To anyone else’s eyes, your only use would be to be thrown into a fire melted down for steel and recycling. But Jesus has a greater plan. He sees your frame, and recognizes what God made you to be. He is not just a recycler, he is a Restorer!

Jesus lovingly, carefully digs you out of the dirt, rust, muck and mire. He tells Satan: “I want Her!”

But Satan is a great soul hoarder and he does not want to give you up. “That piece of filth? No, she’s mine! See, I bought her, she is on my property, I don’t want to sell her.”

And we all know what happens next… Jesus has already paid the greatest price for you. He shows Satan the scars on his hands and feet. He shows him the wound in the side. He says “No, She was bought with a price, she is mine. I want her back!”

But Satan has one more trick up his sleeve. “This piece of garbage sold herself to me willingly. You gave her the free will and this is what she chose.”

So they both turn to you, Satan with his lies, and Jesus with the truth. “Who do you choose?”

This is a choose your own adventure story…

John 14:6 Jesus answered ” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.”

Posted in Faith, Things to Think On | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment