Saturday, December 16, 2017

Imperfect Justice - Book Review

To the world it seems obvious: 
Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. 
Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: 
Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out 
of a controlling, abusive relationship. 
Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference 
for women in violent marriages. 
Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work 
in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. 
He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody 
of her daughters if anything should happen to her. 
No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle
 instead of the father in a custody case, 
but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, 
Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. 
If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—
and find a future for themselves in the process?




My Thoughts
Cara Putman is a new author for me
and after reading her book Imperfect Justice I fell for her writing,
hook, line, and sinker.
Cara's latest book takes you behind the scenes 
where domestic abuse/violence is brought to light.
This is not a pretty subject and sadly, 
it's one that is often pushed to the side in hopes of it "just going away."
The author writes about this issue in a delicate, 
but also an eye-opening manner.
Cara clearly shows the reader through Kaylene's story 
the impact that domestic violence can have on families.

Imperfect Justice is the kind of book 
that will keep you up late at night turning the pages. . .
it has twists and turns that you didn't expect and will leave you speechless. . .
and it will give you a new awareness about this devastating matter.
This book is filled with suspense and a touch of clean romance,
but it's also incredibly inspirational and moving-
can it get any better, my friends?

The characters were excellent
and their interaction with one another flowed effortlessly.
As I read Imperfect Injustice
I couldn't help but think of our loving God
and His perfect justice. . .
because with Him and in Him there is indeed perfect justice.
If you enjoy legal thrillers than this book is for you.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers,
historical romances, and romantic suspense novels.
She has won or been a finalist for honors
including the ACFW Book of the Year
and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award.
Cara graduated high school at 16,
college at 20, completed her law degree at 27,
and recently received her MBA.
She is a practicing attorney,
teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school,
and is a homeschooling mom of four.
She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.
Visit her website at CaraPutman.com

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Where Do You Find Your Christmas Dresses?

Hello and welcome,
my lovely friends!

When I was a little girl 
my dad and mom would always buy me a Christmas dress.
It was something I looked forward to when I was a child and a teen.
Now, even as an adult, I love to find that "perfect" Christmas dress.
It's the one time of year I oooh and ahhh at the hundreds of dresses I see online
and in the windows of sweet little boutiques.
I just can't help myself. . .
I simply love a pretty and feminine dress.

There is one online site that has become my favorite for finding dresses and skirts,
and that site is ModCloth.
could spend do spend hours looking at their clothing.
Yes, I find it very addicting - HA!




My very first purchase from them was this stunning rose dress
and since then I have been hooked.




I purchased this dress December 8, 2011
and 6 years later it still looks brand new.
The length is oh-so-feminine
and the roses. . .be still my heart!
You all know I love roses.




Well, since that first purchase I find myself picking out a Christmas dress
every year at ModCloth and I thought I would share with you 
some of the lovely things I have found on their site.

The next year I found this beautiful skirt
with velvet fans on it.
Paired with a black shirt and a red belt
it looks quite festive for the holidays.




This next dress was a splurge. . .
splurge in the sense that I fell in love with the whimsical side of it
and I just couldn't pass it up.




Oh, how lovely I feel when I slip this dress on.
The tulle. . .
the lace. . .
perfection!




Now most of you know I love lace
so this next dress was a must-buy when I saw it.




And not only is the entire dress made of lace,
but it's also one of my favorite colors.
The gold rose belt is also from ModCloth
and adds the finishing touch to the dress.




This sweet pine cone dress is not only a favorite to wear during Christmas,
but also during the winter season.




I like to pair it with a red or green cardigan.




And finally,
here is a delightful red skirt that is perfect for the holidays.




This skirt is not from ModCloth. . .
it's from my second favorite online shop
which is eShakti.
With eShakti you can customize your clothing.
I love my skirts and dresses to be knee length or longer,
but being on the tall side I have a hard time finding things that length.
At eShakti I can always get the length I want.
{{smiles}}

I hope you enjoyed this post, my friends.
Feel free to share where you find your favorite clothing items.
Do you like to buy yourself a Christmas outfit?
I would love to hear in the comments.

Love and hugs!

***Please know that the links shared are not affiliate links.
I'm just a girl sharing my favorite dresses and online shops.***

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please enjoy 15% off your order at
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Angels, From The Realms Of Glory

All my heart this night rejoices as I hear,
far and near,
Sweetest angel voices.
"Christ is born"
their choirs are singing,
Till the air everywhere now with joy is ringing.
- Paul Gerhardt -




Sweet friends, enjoy the beautiful music 
while you read these precious words.




Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.




Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
- James Montgomery -




James Montgomery was known as a deeply devoted,
noble person who made an important contribution
to English hymnody through his many inspiring texts.
Angels, from the Realms of Glory first appeared as a poem
in Montgomery's newspaper on December 24, 1816.
Later it was published in a hymnal titled
Montgomery's Original Hymns
and was known as
"Good Tidings of Great Joy to All People."
- Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace -





And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, 
and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid.
- Luke 2:9 -


And suddenly there was with the angel 
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
- Luke 2:13&14 -


Therefore the LORD himself shall give you a sign; 
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, 
and shall call his name Immanuel.
- Isaiah 7:14 -


And I will shake all nations, 
and the desire of all nations shall come: 
and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
- Haggai 2:7 -




Have a blessed and joyous Lord's Day!
{{{ hugs }}}

Buttercup, Stripester, and Burrito
say "Hello!"

Saturday, December 09, 2017

6 Days Of Yo-Yo Fun.....Salt Shaker Yo-Yo Bouquet

Here we are, my friends,
the 6th and final day of the 6 days of yo-yo fun.
I hope you enjoyed the last week
of creative ideas for fabric yo-yo's.
I know I had a delightful time creating and sharing with you.




To make a tiny bouquet
all you need are some fabric yo-yo's
and a vintage salt or pepper shaker.
My little shaker is about 1-inch tall.
You will also need a wire stem
that can be cut into 3 different lengths.




And if you're not sure how to make a yo-yo
simply click HERE for instructions.




Once you have a few yo-yo's sewn up
cut out some felt to apply to the back of the yo-yo's.
You will see I cut out a heart shape. . .
it just gives it a nice finished look.
Tuck the stem under the felt and hot glue into place.




Then simply stick the stems into the holes of the shaker.




I have my little bouquet displayed on my tea cart
with my pastel Christmas tree.




And that's it, my friends,
an easy peasy project.

Thanks for popping in for a little visit
and a big thank you for visiting throughout the week.
I hope you enjoyed the 6 days of yo-yo fun.

Hugs to you!

In case you missed the full week of yo-yo fun
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Friday, December 08, 2017

6 Days Of Yo-Yo Fun.....Yo-Yo Bookmarks

Reading
is dreaming with eyes
open wide.




Happy Friday, friends!
The weekend is here. . .
do you have any special plans?
Whatever you do I hope it's extra beautiful.


What is a bookshelf
other than a treasure chest
for a curious mind.




Today for the 5th day of our yo-yo fun
I have some lovely little bookmarks.
These are ever so easy to make
so whip up a few fabric yo-yo's. . .
click HERE to find out how to make them.




And grab some lace or ribbon trim . .
any size and color will do.




Then, simply attach the yo-yo to the end of the lace strip
with a dab of hot glue.




On the back side 
you will want to apply a small piece of felt
like so. . .




 You can add an embellishment to the center of the yo-yo,
if you so desire.




Tuck your sweet little bookmark into your favorite book
and enjoy, my friends!
These would make charming gifts for your friends
and family members during the holiday season.




Everyone is a reader. . .
some just haven't found 
their favorite book yet.




Happy reading, my friends!
Thank you for visiting
and may you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs to you!




She reads books
as one would breathe air,
to fill up and live.
- Annie Dillard -

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click on the links below:




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