The Liebster Award

Aloha!  😀

How has you guys’ summers been?  Are any of you ready for school to start back up again?  Well, lets get into today’s post!

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Just the other day, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my sweet friend-THANK YOU ZIELLE YOU’RE SO AMAZING ❤ ❤ ❤ Check out her awesome blogs here and here!

I’m going to give y’all 25 random facts (the rules say 10, but oh well! ;P) about yours truly :D…

  1.  Thanks to some friends, I now have a serious addiction to When Calls the Heart (WHY MUST THERE ONLY BE THREE SEASONS ON NETFLIX?!?!??).
  2.   I have a major tendency to get hit in the face with baseballs.  Hence one of the reasons why I never fell in love with softball.
  3.   I would live at my church camp.  No joke.
  4.   My current favorite song is Beautiful, Beautiful by Francesca Batistelli.
  5.   I’ve gone to Winter Jam.
  6.   I’ve been homeschooled FOREVER.
  7.   I LOVE soccer!
  8.   Some people say I’m quiet, others say I’m loud.
  9.   I’m an introvert
  10.   and a perfectionist.
  11.   Jesus is my rock and that’s how I roll 😀
  12.   My life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6
  13.   I play piano
  14.   and want to play guitar, ukulele, harp, wood whistle, flute, cello, and violin.
  15.   Music is my therapy
  16.   cause’ this girl can get a lil’ crazy ;P
  17.   I have reading glasses
  18.   and I’ve had braces (which I actually thought were pretty great).
  19.   I love hand-lettering and making my own designs.
  20.   Sharpies are heavenly, y’all.
  21.   I’ve been to Canada and at least 20 states.
  22.   I’m a bookworm
  23.   and somewhat of a Star Wars geek.
  24.   The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is my fave Narnia book and movie.
  25.   I’m naturally laid back, but I can also be very competitive.

The Lovely Nominees…

Hope@HighHopes

Leona@GreatBooksForGod’sGirls

Maddi@God’sBrightLight

Charis@CharisRae

Liv@LivALittle

The Rules…

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Provide ten random facts about yourself (optional)
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserved this award and have less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules.
  6. Inform nominees.

And there you have it, Folks! 😀 I hope you all have a happy and blessed weekend!

Lainey

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Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret + Character Interview/Spotlight of Alice

Howdy, Folks!

As you’ve probably already guessed by the title…*drum roll*….I have the pleasure today of participating in the lovely Kellyn Roth’s blog tour in celebration of the publishing and re-publishing of two of her books! *throws confetti* Today I will be reviewing the first book of the series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, The Dressmaker’s Secret, as well as doing a character spotlight/interview of the one and only, Alice Chattoway.  Are ya ready to get into it?!  First is a little bit about the author…

Author Bio

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

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Now for…

The Review

**This is a review of the second edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret, published June 2017**

I read the second book of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy: Ivy Introspective, a little while ago as a beta reader, so I was stoked to be able to read and review the first of this series!

First of all…THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL, Y’ALL.  Seriously, if you enjoy historical fiction, The Dressmaker’s Secret needs to go on your to-read list RIGHT NOW!  If my word isn’t enough, just fan-girl with me over this beautiful cover and read the summary!

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The Dressmaker’s Secret

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

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AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! 😀

Now rarely do books or movies make me emotional, but I can say differently about this book (WHY DID HAZEL…*cries* LIKE HOW CAN IT BE A GOOD OR A BAD THING?!), which was a major plus.  The characters are beautifully portrayed, and if you don’t get attached to at least one of the characters, well…that’s NOT going to happen!!  Trust me, you will ;P I loved the setting, and in comparison to the other historical novels I’ve read around or during this era, it was perfectly accurate.  It reminded me a lot of the Elsie Dinsmore series (which is a compliment because I adore that series ;D).  On top of that, the plots and twists were wonderful as well-I really can’t think of anything I disliked or thought could have been written better in this book.  5 stars, Kell!!

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Are you ready to meet one of the characters?! 😀

 Character Interview/Spotlight of Alice

(my questions numbered and in bold)
1) Did you ever even subtly question that you had a father before that fact was confirmed?
Alice: I don’t think so. I never thought about it … but I suppose maybe I wondered a little. I mean, I knew other people had fathers … like my mother! She had a father. So I wondered a little.
2) How do you see your life 10 years from now?
Alice: I don’t know … that’s such a long time away! How old will I be, Kell?
The Author: 18. Whoa, that’s your age at the start of At Her Fingertips …
Alice: Then I’ll be having my first Season in London, right?
The Author: Young lady, were you reading my outlines?
Alice: Uh …
The Author: Of course, at the end of the book, you’re almost 11, so … you could also be 20 or 21 … which is about how old you’ll be at the beginning of Book 5 (as of yet unannounced).
Alice: Will I be married by then? Will I have Gretchen?
The Author: I’m not giving away any more spoilers. And I never promised Gretchen, so stop acting like she’s a given.
Alice: Oh, I’ll get Gretchen if I want her …
3) Are you’re ‘adventures’ often acted upon mere impulse or more serious contemplation?
The Author: Serious contemplation. Always serious contemplation. Alice doesn’t do impulse.
Alice: I thought I was going to get to answer the questions?
The Author: It’s all right, dear … you wouldn’t have said anything different.
4) After the results of your story and seeing how everything played out, are you more disappointed that your mother withheld from you the mystery of your father for so long?
Alice: I don’t know. I think I am, but then … she was trying to protect me, right?
The Author: Of course she was! She may have been a little misguided, but … yes. She definitely had your best interests in mind.
5) Who are you most likely to confide in: Cassidy and Amorette or Kirk?
Alice: Well, not Amorette.
The Author: Yes, Amorette is something of an open book. She would tell anyone your deepest darkest secrets … or put them in a poem …
Alice: So either Cassie or Kirk. That’s hard. What do you think, Kell?
The Author: I think it depends. I think you’d tell almost anything to Kirk first … unless it was romantically or emotionally related, in which case you’d talk to Cassie.
Alice: Well, I guess Kirk, then … romance is disgusting. I don’t think I like emotions, either.
The Author: *sigh*
6) What is your favorite hobby?
Alice: Horses! I love horses.

So now that you’ve heard a considerable amount about The Dressmaker’s Secret, I’m sure you’re dying to read it, right?!  Well, Kellyn is giving away paperback copies of each of the first two books of the series!

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Giveaway Link for WordPress:

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Need even more?  Check out all of these awesome posts on the tour!

Follow the Tour

Tuesday the 20th
-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)
Wednesday the 21st
-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)
Thursday the 22nd
-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)
Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)
-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)
Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)
Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)
Monday the 26th
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)
Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)
Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)
Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)
Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)
Have you read TDS or IvIn?  Do you plan to?  How many more novels do you think should be in this series?
Lainey

DIY Essential Oils Sugar Scrub

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to show you how to make an AMAZING hand (and foot) scrub with Essential Oils that one of my ‘adopted aunts’ makes!  However, I had forgotten how to make it, so I give this excellent post credit for some of these directions. 😉

Let’s get into it…

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What You Need…

  •  1/4 cup of Coconut Oil
  •  1 cup of sugar
  •  Essential Oils
  •  An 8 oz. jar

What to do…

  1.  Melt the Coconut oil.  I put mine in for 50 seconds in the microwave.
  2.  Mix the Coconut Oil with the sugar until you have a rather gritty, sand-like mixture.  I think a lot of people use a blender to do this, but I found it just as easy to go grab a spoon, lol. ;P
  3.  Now it’s time for Essential Oils!  I personally LOVE peppermint for this hand scrub, but then again, I become automatically addicted to anything that has peppermint in it. 😀 For a more ‘summery’ scrub, you could do lavender or maybe combine orange and lemon for a citrus scent.  I just kept putting drops into my mixture until I liked the strength of the scent.
  4.  Mix it all up and pour/scoop it into your jar!

How to Use…

The purpose of the scrub is to make your hands (you can definitely use this on your feet, too-my feet get really dry, so this scrub has become one my best friends :P) smooth, and trust me, IT DOES IT’S JOB!  The how is pretty simple.  The sugar works almost like a sand paper and takes all the dead cells off your skin.  The coconut oil moisturizes your hands, and the Essential Oils soothes them and makes them smell wonderful!  Your hands will feel so soft and refreshed after you use this scrub. 🙂

  1.  Do not get your hands wet.  They need to be dry in order for the scrub to work like it’s supposed to.
  2.  It doesn’t take much to do the trick!  Just ‘dig’ your fingers in the jar and put some in your palm.
  3.  Rub vigorously all over your palms, the backs of your hands, and in between your fingers.  Once your hands feel really grainy all over…
  4.  Rinse it off and prepare to be totally amazed! 😀

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If you make this, tell me and lemme’ know how you liked it!  Enjoy!! 😀

Lainey

 

Field of Hope {Photography}

Hey Y’all!

As I mentioned a few posts ago, my family and I are moving!  We’ve been kind of vacationing with some relatives as we make our way up, and I was able to take these pictures yesterday.

I’ve always loved wildflowers, er weeds (lol), like Dandelions.  These Dandelions are in the ‘dying stage’ of their life cycle.  However, they always grow back.  That reminds me of the life we live.  In some seasons our lives are bright and blossoming, and in other seasons we feel hopeless, lonely, or broken.  If you’re in the season, just wait, keep the faith, lift your head, and believe that this isn’t the end.  Because it isn’t.  Things will get better.  For the moment, hope is what can hold you together. ❤

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Lainey

Check Out the Fantasy Issue of SKG Fun!

Hey there! 😀

Guess what!  The Fantasy issue of of SKG Fun magazine is here!  Check it out and read my article, Curiosity Killed the Cat.

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Grab your unicorns and put on your tiara, because the fantasy edition of SKGfun is here! Enjoy articles inspired by The Hobbit Alice in Wonderland The Giver Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & more! Discover new books, find out if you’re an introvert, read an inspirational article on making a bucket list, and receive tips…

via The Fantasy Edition of SKGfun Magazine is HERE!! — SKG fun

10 Reasons Why the Light Side is Better Than the Dark Side

Hey Everyone!

Soooooo, Emma wrote a post entitled 10 Reasons Why the Dark Side is Better Than the Light Side, and being the loyal Rebel/Jedi that I am, I had to write a post that defeated those reasons…. 😀

let the friendly debate begin!

1.  The Light technically has more followers than the Dark because the Empire/First Order/etc. clones most of their people from birth. NR roundel

 

Image result for stormtrooper2.  Dark Siders have zero self-control.

3.  Jedi have naturally awesome names.  Dark Siders just aren’t content with theirs.

4.  Jedi serve the innocent; Sith slaughter the innocent. MP-Duel1

5.  Dark Siders are weak minded.  I mean, Rey, a girl with no Jedi training, utterly defeated Kylo Ren.

Planets-Yavin6.  The Rebels always outsmart the Empire/First Order/etc.

7.  The only reason why the Dark Side has a stronger impression on people is from terror.  The Light uses respect. MP-FalconJedi Order

8.  The Empire couldn’t even construct a Death Star.  It was a Rebel.

9. The Empire wouldn’t even have been able to power the Death Star if it wasn’t for the Jedi.  They powered it with our Kyber crystals.

10.  Like you said, the Dark Side has never won…and they never will…

LONG LIVE THE REBELLION.

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what’s up? {what’s new with me & my fab life}

Hey Y’all!

I know I’ve been pretty inactive these past few months around the ‘blogosphere’ in general.  I’m finally getting my blogging inspiration back now, and I’m….

•·• MOVING •·•

 It’s not 100% positive yet (it’s kind of complicated), but as of the moment my family and I are planning moving to the other side of the nation in about two weeks.  Yeah.  I’m excited about what seems like quite a few pros, but I’m also a bundle of nerves about leaving my friends and completely restarting.  It’s been pretty tough at times since I’ll be moving away from the state I’ve called home for the past eight years and the same home for the past seven.  But hey, God’s got my back, so I can put on a genuine brave face. 🙂  Some of the possible advantages of moving will be…

1.)  Getting to go to a Christian camp with a wagon train week for teen girls(basically a horse camp, but I think we’d be on the trail for most, if not all, of the time).

2.)  Getting to take piano and possibly vocal at a music school.

3.)  Awesome wildlife photography opportunities, so I’m hoping to launch my Etsy shop at the latter part of the summer or the beginning of the new school year.

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4.)  I’ve already got a babysitting job(my two sweet cousins <3) lined up, and my aunt may be able to hook me up with some others!

5.)  My mom and aunt will be working at a ice cream/gift shop at the docks over the summer, so I may be able to work some odd jobs there too.

6.)  Since I’ll finally be able to get some jobs, I’m also hoping to do something that I really think y’all will be excited about-just can’t say yet ;P

7.)  I’m probably going to be getting a new bike when we get up there and since it’s a real small town, I’ll be able to ride it to nearly everywhere!

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8.)  Lots of new fitness and outdoor opportunities!

9.)  And like I mentioned earlier, we’ll be near my some of my fam!

10.)  Oh!  And I almost forgot—COFFEE SHOPS(they’re on the docks too(perfect place to write;D))!!!  I really want a frappe right now….*sighs*

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So yeah, lots ‘o’ good stuff, but they’re all possibilities. 😉

Now y’all are probably tired of me rambling about my big move coming up, so here are some new things I’m wanting to do that involves Y’ALL.

•·• blogging •·•

1.)  Start blogging consistently!  Ok, so it doesn’t involve y’all directly, but ya get what I mean 😉

2.)  Host a writing challenge!  I would appreciate some feedback on this so I’ll know if this is something y’all would like to participate in. 😀

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3.)  I’ve almost finished the new blog design!

4.)  Monthly Recaps/Goals posts.

5.)  Do some more plotting/planning for Reign of Deceit so I can continue the series, and I’m also considering doing another.

•·• RANDOM •·•

1.)  THE LAST JEDI TEASER TRAILER!!!  CLICK HERE NOW!!!  The end is killing me!!!  I may cry!!!   IT CAN’T HAPPEN!  IT JUST CAN’T!

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2.)  I’m officially in love with everything maroon, burgundy, army green, and my long time fave, emerald blue. 😀 Like beanies, jean jackets, and finger-less gloves-yes, I’m still not ready to say goodbye to winter, lol 😛

3.)  I would like to branch out a little more and start submitting some articles to other magazines (I’m a writer for the e-magazine, SKG Fun).

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4.)  Hoping to start reading the KOLC series this summer!!! 😀

5.)  I would like to put some more time and effort into four things I adore: photography, art, fiction writing, and songwriting.

6.)  I’m also hoping to get into crafting again, and I’m wanting to start scrap-booking this summer.

Well, that’s about all for now.  What’s up with y’all? 😀

LAINEY 

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