Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flowering Plants and Succulents with a Linky


The flowering plants and succulents are from my
mother-in-law's garden on South Africa's West Coast.















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The Grosvenor Guest House, Simon's Town
A family vacation back in 2017




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Friday, May 17, 2019

Her Billionaire Professor and Her Billionaire Lifeguard

Her Billionaire Professor

Her Billionaire Professor (Vacation Billionaires Book 2) by [Summers, Sophia]

About the Book:

Title: Her Billionaire Professor | Author: Sophia Summers | Pages: 129 | Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Shawna tried not to notice the man with the tanned skin and striking green eyes.

But when he assigns the papers and hands out the tests all summer long, ignoring him isn't an option.

Finally finishing her degree she started and fitting in two months in Italy on a University study abroad was more than she thought possible when cancer put everything in her life on hold two years ago. But now that she'd met the professor, she was pretty sure this summer would break her heart or get him fired.

Read Her Billionaire Professor for a sweet, heart felt story of a man who is way more than he seems and a woman who longs to know him but feels like she can't.

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My Review:

This is one of my favorite contemporary romances that I've read this year. I read it with a grin plastered on my face! It was that enjoyable! The chemistry and feels are all there plus some. What took it to the next level was all the detail about the study abroad trip and the sites visited in Italy. I have been to Italy a couple of times and seen some of the places, but that was so long ago that I read this story with tourist eyes and found it very interesting. Sophia Summers also gave just enough information to get a feel for the locations without overly elaborating.

Shawna and Dex are both dynamic characters. The book is very much written in the present and so we don't get much backstory to them. However, I got a better idea of Dex's life before they met than I did of Shawna's. I would like to know how she became the confident young woman that she is besides having survived a life-threatening disease. With Dex's name, I thought that it should be short for something a bit more extravagant. I also thought that the yacht would be in a few more scenes, since it kept getting mentioned.

The end was too quick! I was actually shocked when I turned the page to discover it was finished. Normally, I would minus a star from the rating for something like that, but I didn't feel totally cheated. If you're looking for a clean romance with all the feels, then this book will probably delight you as much as it did me!

Her Billionaire Lifeguard

Her Billionaire Lifeguard (Vacation Billionaires Book 1) by [Summers, Sophia]

About the Book:

Title: Her Billionaire Lifeguard | Author: Sophia Summers | Pages: 134 | Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Mistaken Identity. A woman in hiding. And a man who is determined to win her over.

She won't even glance his way. Uninterested. Until she thinks he's just the lifeguard. Go figure.

Then Trey discovers she's really the daughter of his deceased hero and business mentor. He will stop at nothing to help her even if it means pretending to be the hotel staff and hanging out in a local dive.

But trust is hard won when you've seen betrayal and right when she needs him most, Trey might be on the outs forever.

Join us in this story of charming Mexican vacation spots, humorous romantic moments, and a romance chockfull of heart warming efforts to win over the love of this billionaire's life. Grab your copy.

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My Review:

If you're looking for some wonderful escapism in a clean romance, then look no further! Her Billionaire Lifeguard has it all with fun characters, great chemistry, descriptive settings, interesting plotline, and moves at a good pace. Sophia Summers makes her readers feel like they're on vacation too! I thought the ending wrapped up too quickly and easily, but the entire story had me hooked.

About the Author:
Sophia Summers

Sophia Summers

Billionaires, Royals, Marriages of convenience, Cowboys, and Spies. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

Sophia Summers is an award winning author who just wants to relax a little and enjoy a great beach read. She lives in a quiet southern town brimming with an extra dose of hospitality and a whole lot of charm.

She writes historical romance under a different name. You can follow her on http://www.sophiasummers.com. Be SURE to join her Newsletter for freebies and fun.

Disclosure: I received an eARC of both books and these are my honest and voluntary reviews.
Please Note: Prices were correct at the time of posting.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mother's Day Flowers and Gifts with a Linky


On Mother's Day, I was spoiled by my husband and Amanda. They made a yummy breakfast beginning with a pretty fruit salad and then it was on to croissants with scrambled eggs and slices of gammon.  Both had gifts for me too. Amanda bought presents with her own money and also made a card, which you can see in the last photo. Our three big kids weren't with us, but we did visit with my in-laws.








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Simon's Town, Cape Town

My kids: Amanda, Samantha, Jessica, and Jeremiah

Beaded wire art for sale at Simon's Town

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Friday, May 10, 2019

My Book for Moms!

Happy Moms, Happy Homes
Empowering Moms to Live in Victory
by Christina Morley


About the Book:

Title: Happy Moms, Happy Homes | Author: Christina Morley | Pages: 174 | Genre: Christian Inspirational

Book Description:

Feeling Stressed-Out, Left-Out, or Maxed-Out? Don't Miss-Out! During times of stress, loneliness, financial difficulty, or whatever troubles life may bring, moms can still lead a victorious life in Christ. This book is sympathetic to moms and the challenges they face, offering tools to overcoming their obstacles. With heart, wisdom, and understanding, Happy Moms, Happy Homes offers mothers of all stages advice and direction as they walk with God and share his love with their children and others.

Purchase on Amazon:
Only $0.99 on Kindle and
$5.99 in paperback!


An Excerpt from Chapter Eight:

Too many women wish they had different hair, or eyes of a different color, or different gifts and talents. Wishing we were something or someone else only cripples our potential and our joy. Some even think that they’re not a bit talented or gifted. Actually, we’re all talented and gifted, but in different ways and to different degrees.

We bring God glory when we embrace the unique way that He made each of us. The best part is that whatever we’re born with doesn’t just end there. There’s more for us because there’s much more in Christ.

It’s good to note our weaknesses, but if we spend time trying only to improve our weaknesses then we may forget about our strengths. This can have a bad effect on our self-esteem, to the point where we finally just give up on ourselves. We need to keep our focus on God and His potential not on our own abilities or seeming lack thereof. Even our strengths can be our greatest weaknesses when they are not properly harnessed. We just need to stay available and teachable, and God will do the rest....

We are like life coaches, but we can’t coach our kids about discovering their identities if we don’t know our own. Therefore, we need to be thankful and honest about ourselves and not pretend to be someone we’re not. By modeling this we will help our children confidently get to know who they are. Peer pressure doesn’t have to get the better of them if we create an atmosphere that strengthens their self-esteem.

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Christina and Robbie with their four kids

Christina Morley is the author of Happy Moms, Happy Homes. She’s also a blogger, volunteer reader at the Blind Institute, and ministers alongside her husband at a Christian drug and alcohol rehab.


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Healthy Self-Esteem and Self-Image


A Healthy Self-Esteem and Self-Image
By Christina Morley

I have four children; three are adults and one is an adolescent. Being a parent, I have endeavored to give each child encouragement and praise as often as needed. In other words, I have tried to build up their self-esteem. I want them to be confident individuals and not inclined to compare themselves to others.

Let me give you an example of a healthy self-esteem. When my youngest daughter, Amanda, was around 9 years old, I drove her to a friend’s birthday party. The mom and daughter met us as we were walking up to the house. The friend was excited to see Amanda and exclaimed to her mother, “This is Amanda! She’s the smartest kid in our class!” Amanda quickly responded, “One of the three smartest.” By amending her friend’s statement, Amanda was putting her ability into perspective while accepting the praise.

Having a good self-esteem is not the same as having a big ego. Kids are prone to thinking too highly of themselves when they can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes. Unfortunately, some parents are not only guilty of raising narcissistic children, but also guilty of teaching their kids to hate others. These kids later become adults who think the world revolves around them and their egos.

One way to combat egocentricity is to be sober-minded by not thinking too highly of yourself. It’s about being sensible or pragmatic. It’s about knowing your strengths and weaknesses and being aware that you aren’t a god. If you are sober-minded, you will know that you need God in your life and that apart from God, you can do nothing with lasting success. You will also not be rigid or dogmatic in your beliefs. You will be of the shared belief that we all see through a glass dimly.

Another way to combat egocentricity is to practice kindness and generosity. Instead of focusing on yourself, focus on others. We all go through times when we focus on ourselves and get so wrapped up in our own problems that we become stressed, anxious, or depressed. By shifting our focus and taking note of others (paying attention to their needs), we can figure out ways that we can get practically involved. Helping others has a profound ability to improve our emotional and physical well-being!

A good self-esteem means that you feel positive about yourself without any grandiose ideas. A good self-image is similar. It’s being able to see yourself in a favorable light and to believe that others do to. How much time is wasted worrying about what people think of you? American jokesmith Olin Miller once stated, “You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.” That puts it into perspective!

When I was in the 8th grade, our school had a dance. The dress code for the girls was a cocktail dress or something similar. My mom took me to one store and I had to find my dress there. I can’t remember what her reason was, but it certainly limited my options. I found one dress that suited me and it was a hideous mustard-yellow. I didn’t want to feel embarrassed the entire time, so I decided to own that dress. I went to the dance with my head held high and a big smile on my face. I wasn’t going to let others dictate how I felt about myself. If anyone wanted to make a rude comment about the color, I was prepared to tell them that I agreed with them, but surprisingly, kids complimented me on my dress!

People with a good self-image don’t try to be someone they aren’t. They don’t want to be someone else either! They are happy in their own skin doing their best with the personality, skills, and talent that are uniquely theirs.

My kids - from youngest to oldest (left to right):
Amanda, Samantha, Jessica, and Jeremiah

Christina Morley is the author of Happy Moms, Happy Homes. She’s also a blogger, volunteer reader at the Blind Institute, and ministers alongside her husband at a Christian drug and alcohol rehab.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Wild Waves and a Linky


Here are some more photos of Britannia Bay taken over the long Easter weekend. I especially love the wild waves! Featured in these photos are Ziggy (the miniature Schnauzer), Amanda, and her big brother Jeremiah.
















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Dramatic Skies and Seas
Photos of Britannia Bay



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Winter's Captive and Spring's Rising

Winter's Captive (The Lochlann Treaty Book 1) by [Mahle, Robin D. , Madison, Elle]

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