The Remaining

by Travis Thrasher

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You can get The Foreboding: The Prologue to The Remaining for free through Amazon

The Remaining is based on the book of Revelations however this is a novel and movie so its very loosely based. Travis Thrasher wrote with full detail and the book is very vivid. Even if you don’t see the film you will be able to visualize what he is writing even with out the big screen. The movie is suppose to be out right now, but I’m not sure if it was a word wide release or small screen release since I haven’t seen it listed around me.

If you are a fan of dystopian books and christian then The Remaining is for you. While this is the end of the world so no dystopia world will exist it will remind you of those books. Since there is always a war raging on that makes the world like none other. This is the rapture and God is here to take his followers. This book is a bit scary and I would label it is a thriller for sure!  This book is for adults however high schooler’s would enjoy this one also.

Follow 6 friends from college that are gathering for a wedding! The wedding should be a happy joyous time that is full of fun, cheer and making memories. Memories will be made however I think it might be more like nightmares. The bride to be actual saw this coming, however she never put 2 and 2 together and thought it was night terrors. However all her dreams are about to become true and it will be terrifying.

What follows next is 2 days of non stop terror, and only the faithful followers of God will go to heaven the rest will be left behind and live a life of h*** on earth. This book is a page turner, edge of your seat and really gets under your skin. The perfect good vs evil book that doesn’t have vampires, werewolves or zombies (don’t get me wrong I read those also). This is one scary book that I enjoyed a lot

thank you Tyndale and Travis Thrasher allowing me to review The Remaining. I enjoyed it very much and hope to see the movie sometime. 

ery loosely based. Travis Thrasher wrote with full detail and the book is very vivid. Even if you don’t see the film you will be able to visualize what he is writing even with out the big screen. The movie is suppose to be out right now, but I’m not sure if it was a word wide release or small screen release since I haven’t seen it listed around me.

If you are a fan of dystopian books and christian then The Remaining is for you. While this is the end of the world so no dystopia world will exist it will remind you of those books. Since there is always a war raging on that makes the world like none other. This is the rapture and God is here to take his followers. This book is a bit scary and I would label it is a thriller for sure!  This book is for adults however high schooler’s would enjoy this one also.

Follow 6 friends from college that are gathering for a wedding! The wedding should be a happy joyous time that is full of fun, cheer and making memories. Memories will be made however I think it might be more like nightmares. The bride to be actual saw this coming, however she never put 2 and 2 together and thought it was night terrors. However all her dreams are about to become true and it will be terrifying.

What follows next is 2 days of non stop terror, and only the faithful followers of God will go to heaven the rest will be left behind and live a life of h*** on earth. This book is a page turner, edge of your seat and really gets under your skin. The perfect good vs evil book that doesn’t have vampires, werewolves or zombies (don’t get me wrong I read those also). This is one scary book that I enjoyed a lot

thank you Tyndale and Travis Thrasher allowing me to review The Remaining. I enjoyed it very much and hope to see the movie sometime. 

 

The Word Among Us

The Word Among Us is a wonderful magazine that should be (and might be) in all Catholic homes. It not only includes the daily mass readings but also articles to read along with daily meditations. The Prayers for the Liturgy and Daily Meditations are a wonderful way to end your daily mass readings or for some quiet reflection/journal time.

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The Word Among Us is small magazine that is easy to place in your purse, tote bag, or briefcase making it so simple to find the time to do your daily mass readings. Take it with you where ever you go so you can read when ever you have some down time through out the day. I enjoy reading  my Word Among Us while waiting for my kids to get out of school, or in the morning while the house is quiet before the hustle and bustle of the day beginnings. The Word Among Us is great for older kids to follow along during mass and have seen many older folks using it also. My youngest loves to read the mass readings while they are being read aloud. I think she gets more out of the mass when reading and listening at the same time.

My favorite part is the Daily Meditations, they  are a way to bring the daily mass readings into present day, adding additional readings if you would like to further your reflection/meditation for the day. Word Among Us makes it easy for me to highlight and add thoughts to the mass readings that I can later add to my journal. You can also find a calendar on the last page that list all the readings for a easy to locate if you would like to use your bible for the readings. The Order of Mass is also include and easy to locate with the all red pages. This is great for new Catholics to follow along and learn all the prayers and order of mass. I wish I had this when I was going through RCIA or right after my baptism, if you know anyone going through RCIA think of getting A Word Among Us as a gift!

The Readings included in each issue are ones I might not find elsewhere, they are informative and not long in length making them a great quick read. The readings are divided into 3 in the front, then the Daily Meditations, Mass Readings and Order of Mass, than 3 more articles. The articles deepen your faith and understand of your Catholic Faith. All in all I LOVE this magazine and plan to keep this subscription going. This magazine also makes a wonderful give to Catholic both young and old, Confirmation teens to RCIA adults, and teens.

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thank you Tiber River for sending me a year subscription of A Word Among Us, I love this subscription and will keep it going even after my year subscription ends! This is one review that the whole family can read and enjoy, and get so much out of! 

Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love from our Tuscan Kitchen

by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

Host of Cooking Channel tv show Extra Virgin

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I love cooking shows, cookbooks and Italian food! I’ve watched their tv show Extra Virgin and really enjoy it, the recipes seem so easy to make and yummy. The family seems to really love being in the heart of the home the kitchen! So when I saw this cookbook for review through blogging for books I jumped and waiting for it to arrive. I had the front door open the minute the ups truck pulled up to the house! :)

I have made many of the recipes since getting the cookbook, and some have been made a few times. The recipes use simple ingredients, ones that don’t have you searching through many stores. Everything I’ve made so far uses ingredients that mostly are already in my pantry, fridge and freezer. The have made a big time Risotto lover out of us! Oh my stars I can never go back to plain old rice, Risotto is so yummy!!! The pictures of some of the recipes are beautiful and show you that you don’t need a expensive, hard to find ingredient to make a yummy dish that your family will love.

I have so many pages dog eared already and many pages have stains from me cooking and reading, which is exactly what they say in the introduction that they want to of their book. The book is divided into sections just like any cookbook however this book is one that I have almost every single recipe dog eared. I love the Tuscan Kitchen Essentials pages where Gabriele Corcos talks about all this favorite ingredients he uses.

They include recipes ranging from simple homemade pasta to white bean and pancetta bruschetta, minestrone to hunters chicken. They cover all the bases and all types of meals. They even include a very simple 3 ingredient vegetable stock recipe, that is just to easy and tasty not to make. Forget buying it now you can have homemade veggie stock in 3 hours using 3 veggies and water!

Some of our favorites and new permanent menu items: Sausage and Asparagus Risotto, “Fake” Sauce, Red Sauce, Pici All”Aglione, Pasta and Bean Soup, Minestrone, Super Tuscan Burger, Sausage and Beans, Beef Stew with Polenta, Tuscan Bread {along with the bread starter}, see I love this book. There are a whole lot more recipe wise that we love but it would be like listing almost the whole book! :)

thank you so much Blogging for books, Crown Publishing, and Clarkson Potter for sending me this book for review! It’s my go to cookbook!

A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

by Lisa M Hendley

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A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms is a wonderful resource all catholic homes should have. This book is all that I have been searching for and wanting.  It’s just what busy moms and houses have been looking for. The readings and activities are simple and fun. This is one book you will find yourself reaching for over and over.

I love that many of the saints are lesser known and not ones you might think of right off the bat. From the Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, to a  virtually unknown Kateri Tekakwitha . You will have 52 saints to get you through the year. This book would be a wonderful addition to a family study. Spend the year learning about the saints. For each saint the author has included:
  • Stories: A brief biography of the saint
  • Lessons: reflections of what each saint taught her
  • Traditions: popular devotions or practices associated with each saint
  • Wisdom: a quote from the saint or about the saint
  • Scripture: Daily verses to aid in your prayers each day, inspired by the saint
  • Activities: a week-long project for you to do alone and another to do with your children
  • Family Prayer: to be shared with the family daily
  • Something to Ponder: simple questions to reflect through out the week
I have been reading this for a while now add can’t wait to start the new year doing this all over again.  I know that we will not only learn so much but enrich our faith and grow so much. This book is one that can be done out of the order in the book and once you are done start right back again.
Don’t have kids yet? This book is still a book you could get so much out of as a single person or married with out kids. The author writes in such a simple delightful way and engages the reader to  Pray and Learn with the saints.
Have friends that are asking you about Saints and why they are so important to Catholics? This book would be a wonderful introduction to them and they would learn so much about Saints.
This book is a wonderful treasure for any Catholic home and should be on every Catholic households bookshelf!

20 Things About Me

So my favorite blog Dreaming Under the Same Moon had a fun post that I got tagged in :) If you haven’t read her blog and you love books, movies, and tv head over and follow her! She has the best blog post! Thanks Rissi for your fun blog :)

Question 1: How tall are you? 

I’m a shorty, that is why I go by Gidget, got the name in middle school and it just stuck. I’m 4’11”. See I’m a short little Gidget!

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what? 

Let’s see I can talk like a cartoon duck :) does that count. OK seriously I guess being able to walk on my toes is a hidden talent since I don’t do it unless I’m alone in the house and dancing up a storm. I also took French from 6th grade through 12th so that is a hidden talent. 

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Mean people/comments. I mean just because your not talking to my face or the other person’s faces doesn’t mean it is ok. If you can’t say anything nice than don’t say anything at all still applies to the net!

 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Bullies! I don’t know why bullying has gotten out of control. Every seems to think it is ok and you know what it’s not.

 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

So many to name: Nothing Else Matters by  Scala & Kolacny Brothers (was played on the last Crisis show), Counting Stars and Love Runs In by OneRepublic, Stay with Me by Sam Smith, and lots of 80’s, 90’s and classical.

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Hate to admit this but I don’t shop Etsy, I really need to check them out. 

 

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Well it’s not doing the housework, or all my college classes homework :). I like Reading and drinking tea, and putting on some music and dancing. 

 

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Doughnuts, Cookies, Cheetos, and Andes mints

 

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?

We have 2 dogs: Drake (border collie/chocolate lab mix) and Hope (red heeler/jack russell mix)

a sweet little bunny: Cuddles Ansel Augustus Elgort (yes he was my daughters birthday gift, can you guess who she has a major crush on?)

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and 2 stray cats that live outside but we feed them and named them: Purrrrrdy Kittie, and Gingersnap

 

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

Oh no how can I pick: Orphan Train, Divergent series, The Fault In Our Stars, Diary of Anne Frank are the first that come to mind. But if I had to pick only 1 it would be Diary of Anne Frank, read it first in 6th grade and have read it at least a few times a year since! Still have my first edition I found at a old book store! Paid a lot for it but it was worth every penny. Would love to take my girls to the Anne Frank house (that was my favorite scene in The Fault in Our Stars, since I got to catch a glimpse of it)

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Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

I only wear eyeliner and lip stain but I really love NYC Lip Stain

 

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

Lets see there was the time that I feel down the stairs, My sandal with the thing between the toes broke right as I was walking down the stairs. It caught on the stairs and I went a tumbling. I was laughing but man was a bruised and sore! 

 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tea! I LOVE Tea!

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Let’s see I still love Pretty in Pink (even though I watched it recently and man it is cheesy), Outsiders (man that cast was the who’s who of the 80’s), Divergent, The Fault  in our Stars (although it could have been longer and included more of the movie!) 

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Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

I hung out with all kinds of people in high school. I guess I manly hung out with the rockers (that had their own bands) and the artist. So while they wouldn’t let me sing I could do art very well!

 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I’d live in Maine, Natucket, Wyoming, Forks, or Ireland.

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{Forks, Washington}

 

Question 17: PC or Mac?

PC

 

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

I’ve been married almost 18 years so no romantic gestures, unless you count that now he rinses his dish when he leaves it in the sink (yippee!) 

 

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

I have a few but can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. I still think Rob Lowe, Matt Dillon and C Thomas Howell are quite handsome. 

 

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Rissi  from Dreaming Under the Same Moon would be fun to hang out with, we could talk about books for hours! Nikki Pope from Journey to Josie would be fun to hang out with her kids are adorable! Nicole from Journey to Excellence would be fun we love books and tea! Amy Clark from MomAdvice , and Kristen from Dine and Dish. Those are the blogs I read regularly!

Now for the Tagging: I tag anyone who wants to do this! I’d really love to read Nikki and Nicole answers, and thank you so much Rissi for tagging me! This was so much fun!!! 

If any of you would like to participate, here are the rules!
 

1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer and turn them into a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.

2. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)

3. Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment below with the link to your post.

4. Use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts! 

 

 

The Fault In Our Stars movie vs the book

by John Green

Why are you just now reviewing the book TFIOS you ask? Well I wanted to wait till I could review the book and the movie. We bought the movie last weekend thanks to digital download and Amazon, and my daughter asking for that as part of her birthday! So now I can review them both, here’s a hint I LOVED the book way better! 

I have read this book many times and we own 2 copies that is how much we love this book! Our movie poster paperback copy is about to fall apart, it is reinforced with clear packing tape since the cover can’t handle much more.

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Then we have the sliver collectors edition hardback. That one is cool has lots of neat extras!

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The Fault In Our Stars book: Amazing Must Read Book! This is a love story like no other and one that I recommend everyone to read. It is a love story between Hazel and Augustus. A love story about parents whose kids have cancer and they count each and every day just like the kids. It is also about a great friendship between Isaac, Hazel and Augustus. Read the book, you will not be sorry.

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Now on to the movie: I’ve seen the movie a few times now, a couple of times since we bought it and we were even able to find a theater that was still showing it and so we also saw it on the big screen. I really enjoyed it  and all and cried but I did not ugly cry like I do when I read the book. It was chopped up to much, too much taken out of the book to make the movie. I mean they could have totally made this movie 2 hours and 20 mins ( like Divergent) and done this book the justice it deserved. However the cast was amazing: Ansel Elgort is the perfect Augustus, man how he could make us cry. That gas station scene big tears. That coupled with the line about his scan lighting up like a Christmas tree were 2 scenes full of tears. Shailene Woodley was a wonderful Hazel she was so likable and that scene towards the end is heartbreaking. Nat Wolff as Isaac was good and he will be in Paper Towns next year playing the lead. Isaac was not in the movie hardly at all yet he was all over the book and that was a big beef my daughter and I had.

All in all my we gives the movie 2 thumbs up and say if your a fan of the book you can’t help but love the movie. Also  the book was way better and the movie should have been longer to include a lot of the scenes they didn’t include, I agree again! 

So buy the book, buy the movie and buy some tissues! Your going to want all 3! :)

 

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

Warning: I don’t post 1 star reviews but thought maybe I should since so many middle school girls read John Green books! Save your money!

by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

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I wanted to like this series of short stories but just didn’t. I like those authors alone and so I thought this book is perfect! It was not. I think the first story just didn’t click with me so the other 2 were just ruined by that.

I know this is a YA book but seriously the first page was about how a girl who’s name was Jubilee and she thought it sounded like a stripper. She went on and on about stripping and pole dancing. Then she gets off the train after a wreck and goes home with some boy she just meet! I mean come on! Plus no offense but the family was just creepy.

Needless to say glad I didn’t waste money on it and it was a library book! Would I let my 8th grader read it? No, and you know what it took my over 2 weeks to finish it, and I can finish a book in a day!

If your middle school girl wants to read John Green stick to his stand alone books where they are full novels.

My favorites by these authors:

John Green: Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars

Maureen Johnson: 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Blue Envelope, The Name of the Star (loved this!), The Madness Underneath

Lauren Myracle: The Winnie Years series: Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen plus One

My Monopoly

Great game, perfect gift and a keepsake all in one

Been wondering what to do with all those facebook and instagram pictures you’ve been taking? Why not make them into a My Monopoly game! 

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My Monopoly takes monopoly to a whole new level. Not only do you get to play monopoly but you can personalize it and make it a wonderful keepsake and walk down memory lane. You could make up the game and give it as a gift to the grandparents, recent graduate or just your own family. 

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Don’t have a color printer or just don’t want to use all that colored ink? I totally understand color ink is so expensive, why not have your kids create their stickers with drawings. That would really make it a sweet little keepsake, date the box somewhere so you always remember how old they were when they drew those pictures. 

My Monopoly can be played right away, straight out of the box, its set up just like the regular monopoly games. So don’t let that stop you from starting the fun. 

My Monopoly makes family game night a hit full of laughter, memories and fun. We have enjoyed it very much and kept one game going off and on for 5 days! My Monopoly is our go to game now and I’m so glad we own it! I plan to buy a few and give them as gifts this Christmas season to my fellow board game players. My Monopoly is a wonderful way to get the older kids to enjoy and have fun during family game night or just any night.

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So pop some popcorn, set up the game and play!

I was provided the My Monopoly game board through BzzAgent for the review. 

The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook:

Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival

by Alexe Van Beuren

with recipes by Dixie Grimes

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What started as place to catch up with friend and family while eating some good down home food, it has become so much more. The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery has become the heart and soul of the little town of Water Valley Mississippi. The B.T.C. Old Fashioned Grocery has as motto “Be The Change” and it has done just that. This grocery and diner has brought the community together and is just a quint little mom and pop type store that use to be the heart of towns and cities.

The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery Cookbook is full of down home, comfort food. From Banana Bread that is super moist and very yummy, to skillet biscuits and sausage gravy. It also has the recipe for chocolate gravy that my husband grew up with and was very happy to know I now has the recipe, also included is a recipe for tomato gravy which sounds yummy and a great way to start the morning off with some veggies.

This winter I know the recipe for Vegetable Beef Soup with Butter Beans will be a staple in this house! Along with their Down Home Tomato Soup. I love soups and love to make a big pot of it and eat on it through out the week. Add some yummy bread from the bakery and I am set! I’ve added B.T.C’s Broccoli Salad and English Pea Salad to my summer menu’s they are just as good the next day!

The number 1 recipe I LOVE and make weekly is Coulter’s Red Beans and Rice! Oh my how I love a big old pot of Red Beans and Rice, I was so happy when I found good old andouille sausage in my local grocery store. We have it but it’s usually so expensive but they now carry authentic andouille from the good ole south! Coulter’s Red Beans and Rice is just like you would get in Louisiana!  Plus they include the recipe for perfect white rice. I  know what your thinking brown rice is healthier and better for you, but white rice is Red Beans and Rice! :)

All and all I’ve used this cookbook many times and know it’s one that eventually I will have the recipes memorized from constant use. What sets this cookbook a part from other cookbooks is all the wonderful stories and tales! It makes you feel like you’re at The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery.

 

Thank you so much Blogging for Books and Clarkson Potter Publishers (a division of Crown Publishing) for sending me a hardback of The B.T.C Old Fashioned Grocery.