Sunday, April 10, 2016

Book Review: A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson is the first book in a new series, Sapphire Brides. This Christian historical fiction book is set around the turn of the 20th century in Montana Territory. Emily Carver has grown up with her parents in gold mining camps. Her father is sure he is about to strike it rich - as he has believed for all of Emily's life. Emily longs to live a "normal" life in a home and with a family of her own. This dream seems impossible as she's only ever lived near the mining camps - moving often - and usually disguised as a man to ward off unwanted attention from the men living in the mining towns. When Caeden Thibault, a geologist working for the government, arrives in the camps near where Emily lives, two very different people meet and we learn that there is more to both of these individuals.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. In addition to the historic setting of the book, there is quite a bit of mystery and suspense in the plot. I feel that this book is pretty typical of the other titles in this genre. The plot of the novel contains some violence due to some of the twists and turns that occur in the book. I'd recommend this title to people that enjoy historical fiction novels that also contain action and adventure.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March 2016 Clothing Budget

I haven't done a clothing budget round up in awhile, so decided to put one together this month. I have been loving navy and gray lately, and that's definitely reflected in my purchases.

March Budget

March Budget by gracenote30 featuring ankle jeans

  • Navy Lands' End Blazer - $5.67 (Thrifted)
  • Purple Croft and Barrow Cardigan - $1.28 (After coupon)
  • Gray JCPenney Cardigan - $7.70
  • Gray Old Navy Jeans and Burgundy Pixie Pants - $7.43 (After ON Rewards)
  • Navy Old Navy Pixie Chinos - $6.18 (After ON Rewards)
  • Navy and White Old Navy Sweater - $5.11 (Thrifted - not pictured)
  • Cobalt Apt. 9 Necklace - $0.64 (After coupon)
I am so happy to have some more pants and cardigans in my wardrobe! Looking ahead, I want to get some color in my wardrobe for spring and summer. I'm looking for floral and lace, too and am in the market to replace some flats. :)

I'm linking up to Budgeting Bloggers at Franish!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Schoola Promo: 50% off at Schoola!

If you've read this blog before, you know that I love thrifting! While I do buy a number of items at Goodwill and other local resale shops, I also really enjoy thrifting online. I've gotten some great things at Schoola lately - including my polka dot chambray, tan cardigan, and khaki Pixie pants. My daughter also has a number of Schoola items in her wardrobe, mostly dance tops from Justice. :)

I wanted to share about a great Schoola promo going on right now! You can get 50% off plus free shipping with the code SPRINGBRK. My affiliate link is above and you can also get $20 to use at Schoola if you sign up and make a purchase using my link and haven't purchased through them before!

Have you ever shopped at Schoola before? Any favorite purchases?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Book Review: Whatever is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship

We've all seen how popular adult coloring is these days! A couple of months back, I had the opportunity to review the coloring book Whatever is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship. The book is beautiful. It contains a variety of lovely pages that are based on Bible verses, hymns, inspirational quotes and more. The book is a larger size, approximately 9.5" square. Designs include animals, flowers, trees, geometrics, and more. The pages would be lovely framed once they are colored. I have to be honest; I am not much of a color-er. :) I gave this a try and while coloring is not my favorite thing, my mother really enjoys it, so I will be gifting her this book. I only colored on one of the pages.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

$10 at Target: February Link Up

A few months back, Becky at bybmg started a series entitled, $10 at Target. She's been sharing her finds each month and this month, she and several other bloggers are hosting a link up for everyone to share their finds. I must confess, I broke the rules for the challenge just a bit (I'll explain!) but had so much fun doing this. My mom and I got a chance to shop together on Friday and since Becky had just posted the reminder, I had the challenge fresh in my mind. We both found some great deals - like the cute butterfly print twin sheets she picked up for my daughter's Easter present for $5! - and we enjoyed hanging out together, so it was a win-win.

On to my haul!

I love shopping for jewelry and accessories in the Target clearance section, so we started there. I found this pretty floral scarf for $4.48. I wear a lot of black and purple and green are among my favorite colors, so I think this scarf will get a great deal of wear.

Next, we scoured the Valentine clearance which had just gone to 50% and 70% off. I've been trying to cut back significantly on sugar, but a wise friend told me I'd be really crabby if I didn't allow myself any chocolate. So most days, I'll eat a piece or two of Dove chocolate or something similar. These chocolate truffle Hershey Kisses looked yummy, and for $1.74, they were a bargain compared to the $3.50 I usually pay for a bag of Dove chocolates. I also got a couple packs of tissue paper for $0.84 each. This is a one of Becky's rules that I "broke". :) The tissue paper is more of a need than something fun - we were completely out and I've needed some extra tissue paper lately for items I've sold on Poshmark. wasn't purely for leisure, but I was happy to find it anyway.

 My final item was a purple Yoobi journal. I've been debating trying bullet journaling, and have been looking for an inexpensive journal to try it out. I found this little purple one (my favorite color!) with an elastic band for $3.49. I hoping to start writing in this soon and see how bullet journaling works for me.

My grand total after Red Card discount and tax was $ there's my other broken rule. :) I was just a tiny bit over $10 with my tax. It was so much fun though, and I'm definitely thinking about doing it again in March.

I'm linking up with bybmg and some other fabulous bloggers! Check out what they got with their $10!

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