Fractured Not Broken by Kelly Schaefer with Michelle Weidenbenner - Book Tour Review/Giveaway

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New Release....

AWARD-WINNING and BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie.

Fractured Not Broken is a true story of loss, faith, and a rare love that only happens in nonfiction.

In a sweeping and heart-wrenching narrative, Kelly exposes the truth about what happened after a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. She shares how she found her way back—through faith and pain, her community, her family, and the love of a man she’d prayed for.

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"This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus." —Renee Bondi Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter 

"Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly's story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory." —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author Jesus in All Four Seasons 

"This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible." —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville

Laguna Nights, Laguna Beach Book 1 by Kaira Rouda - Book Review/Giveaway

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New Release....
Madison Alcott was back in her hometown, caring for her sick mom and working long hours at the best resort in Laguna Beach. She never imagined she'd return to the place where she became famous on the hit reality TV show Laguna Nights, and the place where she was humiliated on national television. Fortunately, the past had stayed tucked away until her old high school boyfriend appeared in the lobby.

Josh Welsh was a superstar by age eighteen, the bad boy break-out star of Laguna Nights. Since then, his star had lost its shine and he barely was holding onto his Hollywood status. When he was asked to host a new reality travel show, he jumped at the chance. The only problem was the first episode was shooting in Laguna Beach. Of all the reasons Josh didn't want to return home, he hadn't even imagined the worst scenario: running into Madison "Holly" Alcott.

Josh's connection to Madison was still as strong as her anger at his betrayal. When the new reality series forces them together, they must face Laguna Nights past and present, and navigate a journey where nothing is as it seems.


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My review:

This is a book that pulled me in right away. The setting of it was awesome. Having never been to California I just dream about it and really love reading books set there. Kaira Rouda did a really good job of developing characters and getting me into them. I love when I can get into the characters. Madison and Josh have a past and I was hooked into it and really enjoyed reading about them being pushed back together. This was a great read! Looking forward to the next one. So glad this is a series. 






About the Author

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015.

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.
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Send Me Gluten Free August Box

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*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary samples in order to facilitate my review. These are my opinions and experiences and yours may differ.*





I am really loving these Send Me Gluten Free boxes. I am not completely on a gluten free diet but I really enjoy most gluten free products. The August box did not disappoint. It was packed with great items and coupons for free items. 





There were a lot of snacks this month. One item that stuck out to me was a bag to make gluten free toast. You use it in the toaster and it protects from gluten contamination. I thought that was really neat for people who have bad gluten sensitivities. My daughter really loved the frozen smoosh. this box is so awesome!

You can learn more about it using links below:
Send Me Gluten Free Website
SMGF Facebook
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Digital Media Academy Summer Camps Update

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*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary samples in order to facilitate my review. These are my opinions and experiences and yours may differ.*







Students at Digital Media Academy summer camps had an amazing time this summer! To say "Thank you," DMA would like to extend their biggest savings of the year to all DMA alumni - the Alumni Special. 

Take advantage of special discounted pricing and save hundreds when you purchase an Alumni Special Voucher for 2016 summer camps and DMA Online courses. Purchase an Alumni Special voucher and cancel anytime before February 1st, 2016 for a full refund - no questions asked.
Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked the world's best technology camp. Purchase at: https://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/alumni2015

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 
Girl Power! Made by Girls is a new program dedicated to empowering female learners through community and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.
Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the Alumni Special Offer.





Balance Bars Make Great Snacks

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*Disclosure: I was provided complimentary samples in order to facilitate my review. These are my opinions and experiences and yours may differ.*









In the Summer and when school starts it is really hard to get in a healthy fast snack as an on the go mom. I am really glad Wal mart and Balance Bar have my back. There is a huge variety of bars in your local Wal mart store. I was happy to find some of my favorites locally.







I am a huge fan of these two flavors. I am not a big chocolate fan so I prefer these over the others that are offered. The mixed berry are my daughter's favorite. I am happy that we get to enjoy them together. Balance Bars are non GMO, gluten free, soy free, and dairy free. I also love that they are not loaded with sugars. They give us the energy we need to make it through the sluggish afternoon. If you want to learn more about them please visit the sites below:

Balance Bar website
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Balance Bar Pinterest

Apologetics Student Study Bible Review

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*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.*










A Few Features of The Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB:
- Book Introductions for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
- Study Notes provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
- 120 Articles written by today's leading Christian thinkers dealing with life's ultimate questions.
- 60 Twisted Scriptures address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.

Also, this summer, the gift of Confident Faith is being celebrated with 16 brand new, but energetic and brief videos featuring Sean McDowell, free resources like Bible studies and articles as well as wonderful specials on apps and Bibles.  There are new resources every week - a full 16 weeks of resources when it is all done.  AND, if that wasn't enough, a Confident Faith Sweepstakes is being offered to give away Bibles, free mini libraries of B&H's best apologetics resources and even a trip for two to the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) being held October 16-17, 2015 in Charlotte, NC where some of the world's leading thinkers will offer insights and teaching. 



My Review:

This is one of the best student Bibles I have seen around. It is very easy to read and has tabs to help learn where books are. I think it was one of the easiest I have used. I also really enjoyed the videos. Even though I am not a student I think everyone has room to learn more. We don't know everything and I did learn a lot from this experience. This Bible is a must have for students and even non students. Below you will find some links. be sure you go enter the contest mentioned above. 






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Official Website:  www.apologeticsbible.com

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Tobymac This Is Not a Test Cd Review

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*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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About TOBYMAC:
Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman.  Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music.  While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk.  Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001. Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds(2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It(2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008).  This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released.  Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going.  "It's the truth," he says.  "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart.  I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."   

ALBUM RELEASE DATE:  AUGUST 7th! 

My Short & Sweet Review:

I really enjoyed this album. It was very upbeat and uplifting music. My husband is a huge Tobymac fan and he is in love with this cd. I am so glad we got to enjoy it together!







YOUTUBE CHANNEL - Includes a 3 part video series for the song Feel It