Category Archives: Reviews

Desert Essence® Bath & Body Products

I received samples of the Desert Essence® natural skin care products shown above and am sharing about them in this post!

If you like using personal care products made with all-natural, organic ingredients, the Desert Essence® brand may just be what you’re looking for! Dessert Essence® creates quality products that not only feel great while you use them, but are filled with lots of nourishing goodness and free of artificial colors and fragrances. All ingredients are Continue reading

Fresh Looks from The Slipcover Company

Thanks to The Slipcover Company for sponsoring this post!

I’m definitely a slipcover user, are you? I love the fact that, for a low cost, you can transform and freshen up an existing piece of furniture that you already own, or even may have inherited from parents or grandparents. The table and chairs seen in the photos I’m sharing here were my paternal grandmother and grandfather’s. They weren’t in great shape, but I had them repaired and restored. I had the chair seats recovered, too, Continue reading

Chocolate Pecan Tassie Galette

The Giveaway is now closed. I’m reviewing a new cookbook, When Pies Fly, and I’m also having a giveaway for two copies—2 winners will each receive a copy! Continue reading below for details on how to enter the giveaway! 

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t make pies often (especially with homemade crust) but I do want to get better at it! Which is why I was happy to review a new cookbook called When Pies Fly: Handmade Pastries from Strudels to Stromboli, Empanadas to Knishes by food writer Cathy Barrow. It’s a book for both novice and experienced pie-makers, with sweet and savory recipes ranging from free-form galettes to pretty tarts, hand pies, and more.

This is a book that can come in handy at the holidays, when more people probably make pies and other special treats than at any other time of the year. After all, what would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin, pecan, or apple pie, right? But this book helps you create a fresh take on classic favorites. Discover Chocolate Pecan Tassie GalettePear, Sweet Potato, and Pistachio Strudel…savory Thanksgiving-in-a-Bite Pie PoppersOld-Fashioned Apple Dumplings...savory Spinach, Cranberry, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Hand Pies. Continue reading

A New E-zine: Bard & Muse

Happy Monday evening to all of you! I wanted to tell you about a new E-zine a friend of mine is publishing, and this is her first issue! It’s called Bard & Muse. An intro message from the editor explains that the heart of this e-zine is to “sow seeds of inspiration that yield a bountiful harvest…when you come and see here, we want you to leave fuller for it.” So you’ll find inspiration for your soul as well as your garden, kitchen, and home!

You’ll have to check this issue out when you get a chance! I hope you enjoy looking through it—let me know what you think! You’ll find the first issue here.

A Standard of Grace Guided Journal

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I received a review copy of A Standard of Grace; all opinions expressed are mine.

First of all, don’t you just love the cover design of this journal? Even before I opened it up, I had a feeling A Standard of Grace would be something I would enjoy sitting down with (with a cup of coffee!), and taking time to reflect and write about things in my journey toward a simpler, more peaceful, grace-filled life.

If you’re wanting more calm and less crazy in your life too, this guided journal is designed to inspire you and help you along that path. It’s divided into fifty-two weekly topics to help you discover what it means to live a life covered in grace. There are lots of Continue reading