Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DVD Review: Love Finds You in Charm

About the movie:
Young Emma Miller would appear to be the luckiest girl in Indiana: An Amish beauty with a loving family and a marriage offer from the community's most eligible young man, Emma's future seems right on track. Yet she yearns for adventure and romance, and when given the opportunity to spend the season helping her widowed cousin's market business in scenic Charm, Ohio, she jumps at the chance to see what else the world has to offer.

As she settles into life on her cousin's farm, she befriends local librarian, Kelly Bennett, and gets to know Noah -- a striking, well-read, young Amish man who helps work the farm. When Emma's popular homemade goat cheese attracts the attention of a local bed-and-breakfast and a handsome wine-and-cheese blog editor, Andy, she finds herself pulled between two worlds and two men. Emma must decide whether to stay amongst the Amish or leave behind everyone and everything she's ever known to venture out into the world.

My thoughts:
I love reading Amish fiction, so when I found out this movie is based on the Amish novel, Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio, by Annalisa Daughety, I was very excited to see it. And, indeed, watching this movie felt like reading an Amish romance. Even though I'm not Amish, I could relate to Emma's curiosity about the world beyond her community, wondering whether the "grass is greener on the other side." She had to get a taste of life outside the norm to learn to appreciate what she had and to learn her heart's desire. Love Finds You in Charm will definitely "charm" you with its sweet story and beautiful fall scenery!

Love Finds You in Charm debuts on DVD on January 12, 2016. Pre-order your copy on Amazon!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this DVD to facilitate my honest review, but all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Plan Ahead This Holiday Season: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving #BuzzedDriving

The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family. But it’s also a time to make sure you are keeping the ones you love safe. Whether you’re at a holiday gathering or a New Year’s Eve bash, many of our social plans involve driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the period between Christmas and New Year’s typically has one of the highest rates of impaired driving fatalities.

Fatalities related to drunk driving are 100 percent preventable, and the spike in buzzed driving around the holidays is especially alarming.

Some stats:
  • In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for more than 31% of the total motor vehicle traffic facilities in the United States.
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in 37% of traffic fatalities during the Christmas holiday period and 44% of traffic fatalities over New Year’s, making the winter holiday season one of the deadliest times to be on the road.
  • Buzzed driving can cost around $10,000 in fines, legal fees and increased insurance rates.
Please ring in the New Year safely and plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before you go out this year.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Celebrate the New Year with Personalized Cards and Gifts from Zazzle

Did you get too busy to send out Christmas cards this year? Did you take a beautiful family photo that you want to share with everyone you know? Then I suggest you order some personalized New Year’s greeting cards from Zazzle! Check out some of their attractive designs:

And there are many more beautiful New Year’s cards at Zazzle. If you’re not in the market for cards, I suggest you check out some of the other terrific items they carry. I love these pet bowls that I customized for my cats, Jack and Bella!

At Zazzle, you can also find personalizable…

Nike backpacks

Coffee mugs


Phone cases

And so much more!

Head over to now to take advantage of their fantastic after-Christmas sales! You’ll find some unique items for those you forgot on your Christmas list, to celebrate the new year, or just to treat yourself to something special.

Disclosure: I received a gift card as a thank-you for sharing the terrific products at Zazzle with my readers.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays and Love to Everyone!

Merry Christmas from Florida ...
it's going to be a warm one this year for Santa!

And may this season remind us to spread
love, hope and peace throughout the world,
not only at Christmas, but always. 

Thank you for visiting my blog this year.
I am so grateful for every one of you.
Have a blessed holiday!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Give a Gift of Home to Our Military from Community Coffee

As I sit here sipping my cup of Community Coffee, I am thinking about even more than the delicious, rich taste of the coffee made exclusively with 100% Arabica beans. I am also thinking about how many of our active-duty military personnel are enjoying a cup of coffee every time someone purchases a Military Match set online at Community Coffee. This family-owned and –operated company doubles your order and sends it to servicemen and –women so they can enjoy a cup of coffee from home, too! So far, more than 55,000 pounds -- that’s 2.2 million cups of coffee -- have been shipped to military personnel. Wow!

During this season of giving, a purchase from Community Coffee is a wonderful way to say “thank you” and “we’re thinking about you” to those who are bravely serving our country. How does it work?

Purchase your favorite Military Match set of four 12 oz. or 16 oz. bagged coffees, or 18 ct. single-serve coffees.

Community Coffee will match your purchase with an additional four items and send all eight items to the APO/FPO or military base address you provide.

AND A FREE MUG! They’ll even include a signature Military Mug with the shipment.

And here’s a holiday gift for you, too: a recipe for a festive holiday beverage!

Sugar & Spiced Christmas Coffee
Servings: 8
Cook Time: 15 minutes

3/4 cup chilled whipping cream
4 1/2 tsp. powdered sugar
1 cup freshly ground Community® coffee
5 tsp. ground cardamom
3 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
7 cup water

Using an electric mixer, beat whipping cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Then, add powdered sugar and continue beating. Place ground coffee, cardamom, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a coffee filter. Using spoon, mix gently. Add water to your coffee maker and brew to your liking. Next, divide coffee among 8 cups. Garnish each with a dollop of whipped cream and serve piping hot.

Find more Cold Weather Coffee Classics recipes HERE.

I have really been enjoying Community Coffee. I love the wonderful blends! I’ve been enjoying some Golden Caramel and Breakfast Blend coffees in my coffeemaker all week, and on the weekends I treat myself to some Southern Bread Pudding Community Coffee made with a K-cup in my Keurig. They are fantastic, and I can’t wait to explore the other coffees from Community.

I hope you’ll consider visiting Community Coffee, not just during the holidays, but all year long so that our military personnel can enjoy a taste of home with some delicious coffee to remind them that we care. Head over to now.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 19, 2015)

Welcome to the Christmas week edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! It's a busy week for many of us, but while you're taking a little break with some eggnog or Christmas cookies, don't forget to enter some giveaways. Many bloggers are giving away some amazing prizes this time of year. Check out the list of giveaways in the linky below, as well as in my right sidebar. And check back daily as more are added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, be sure to share it with us in the linky and give this page a shout-out on your social media pages. Happy holidays, everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Get an Amazing Night’s Sleep with a GhostBed ~ Plus Get $50 Off and Free Delivery!

When I ask how you feel about the experience of buying a mattress, does the word FUN come to mind? If you’re like me, the thought of visiting various mattress stores, trying out beds, haggling with salespeople, and arranging for delivery is about as fun as a root canal. That’s why I am so impressed with the GhostBed. It makes the experience of ordering a high-quality mattress at an affordable price as easy as it gets.

How does it work? Just visit, and order your GhostBed mattress with a few clicks. (You can get the matching foundation, too.) Within 24 hours, they will ship your new mattress to you FREE, right to your doorstep. Now, you may be asking how they can deliver such a huge item without professional furniture movers to bring it in. It’s possible! The mattress is compressed and vacuum-packed into a very manageably sized box, and you can open it yourself. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below of our family unboxing the GhostBed. The kids will love watching it “grow” to fit the bed!

Check out all of the great features of this bed:
  • 1½" continuous aerated latex foam is naturally responsive, plush and does not retain heat
  • 2" gel memory foam uses a proprietary formula with larger cells to make it more reactive to the body for cooler nights
  • 7½" high density base layer for increased support and longevity
  • luxurious cover with a blend of viscose and polyester for stretchability and a plush feel
  • cover easily zips off and is machine washable
  • handcrafted for durability and long life and CertiPUR-US certified
The GhostBed comes in all sizes -- Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, California King -- with a 20-year warranty! And, best of all, you get a 101-Day Sleep Trial -- if you don't love it, they'll take it back.

My son LOVES his GhostBed. He has been sleeping so well since he got it. He used to complain all the time that he was too warm, and he hasn’t complained once since he’s been sleeping on a GhostBed. It is extremely comfortable. He not only sleeps on it, but he does his homework and watches TV on it. In short, the GhostBed is awesome, and we are extremely pleased with it.

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, I highly recommend that you try a GhostBed, especially since the following coupon will save you $50!


Click on the banner below to place your order, and you’ll receive $50 off your order!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my affiliate link.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Asleep on the Hay Blog Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas by Ben Sowards

It’s Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It’s the height of the Dust Bowl, and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck.

Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth—extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him about the true meaning of Christmas.


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Author & Illustrator Ben Sowards

Ben Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles That Saved America, and Christmas Oranges.

Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where he has directed the illustration program since 2001.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip ~ Watch "Uptown Munk," Play Music Mayhem and Enter to Win a $25 Visa Gift Card, Alvin Plush and Lunch Bag!

My kids and I are so excited to see the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie! That's why I'm thrilled to be able to share with you the following "Uptown Munk" featurette, the Music Mayhem Game and a giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card to see the film and some great Alvin swag. Read on!

20th Century Fox
In theaters December 18

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami … and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Starring: Jason Lee, Tony Hale, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Josh Green, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kaley Cuoco, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate

Enjoy this “Uptown Munk” Featurette!

Play Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Music Mayhem game!

Rock out with Alvin, Simon and Theodore! Get started now.

Enjoy these scenes from the movie!

Connect on social media:
Visit the Official Website
Like Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip on Facebook
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One (1) winner will receive:
- $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
- Alvin Plush
- Alvin Lunch Bag

Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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Disclosure: I will receive a prize pack in appreciation for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.