Let There Be Light (Giveaway)

I really enjoyed this retelling of the creation story from the Bible. The board book version is perfect for little ones with sticky fingers. ;) The beautiful illustrations capture the attention of both young and old...I personally loved them. This was my first introduction to both Nancy Tillman and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I'm a new fan! I was also mesmeried by the beautiful cover. It's a great introduction story to teach little ones about how the earth was formed.

I'm thankful for my free copy in exchange for my honest review. Also, being that it's the Christmas season, I would love to pay it forward and send my copy to a reader! Just enter via the rafflecopter below:

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I Love My Stocking

I loooove finding fun gifts in my stocking! Josh is king of finding perfect little things. Most years I'm unwrapping lots of coffee, chocolate, and random "inside jokes" that only he would know. It's fun! So, here's my personal gift guide list. I'm a bit nerdy, and can be a kid at heart. ;)

1) Godiva Dark Chocolate: Do I need to explain this one? Godiva just makes me happy and giddy. My favorites are dark chocolate truffles or the caramels.

2) Cozy Socks: I'm a sucker for cheap, fun and cozy socks. I have about 50 in my sock drawer. Target $1 bins have the best selections!

3) Jewelry: I love simple statement necklaces. The "Family is Forever" tree is precious.

4) Starbucks: Again, do I have to explain? Be it gift cards or bags of coffee....either works. Ha!

5) Superhero Mugs: Preferably Batman! I also love Superman. And Captain America.

6) Disney Movies: I am a total kid when it comes to Disney movies. So fun, and perfect for family movie nights.

What are your favorite gifts to find in your stocking?

My Favorite Mascaras

I really love playing around with make-up, especially mascara. Its my go to for days when I feel a bit blah. It finishes out your eyes, and can really make your look pop! I've tried dozens of brands throughout the years. Currently, these are my "top three". 

Scandal Eyes by Rimmell London... Hellllooo, fabulous! My new favorite. At $5 a pop, it's totally worth it. I'musing the dramatic black, and LOVE it. It's a very buildable, and non-clumpy formula. I hope they keep it around!

Lash Domination by BareMinerals... This one is a bit pricey at $22+. I liked the dramatic effect, and if you are a one coat gal, this would be a great option. If you prefer buildable mascaras, not such a great option. 

Falsies by Maybelline... This is another awesome go to formula for on the cheap. I think I paid around $7 for mine. It's not as buildable as Scandal, but it's a very thick formula. Awesome for quick application!

Are you a mascara girl? If so, what's your favorite brands? I'd love to hear (and) try them out!

Book Love: The Legend of the Candy Cane

Goodness, I love Christmas books! This little gem was an adorable surprise. The simple story, and meaning behind the Candy Cane come to life through the beautiful illustrations. I also loved that it's a board book, which will be perfect for sticky fingers in the years to come.

In the story, we meet young Lucy. She befriends a man who has been busy building things for his store. As she helps unpack boxes, she begins to find large jars! Soon enough, the man reveals what his store will be...a candy store! But, one of the candies she has not seen before. The candy cane! She learns the story behind the candy, and why it is covered with the colors of pure white and crimson red.

A lovely read for little ones, especially due to the colorful pictures. I think it would make a great Christmas tradition as well. Learn more about these books and more via BookLook! Many thanks to the publisher for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Evelynn's Five Month Update!

Here we are at five months! Craziness. This has been such a FUN month, and full of milestones. She is so alert, and aware of people now. She lights up around her grandparents, and especially her daddy. She's gonna be busy wrapping him around her fingers the rest of her life. I just know it. ;)

  • Has taken her rice cereal like a champ! And loves it.
  • Started sleeping nearly 8 hours every night! (Mama loves this...)
  • She enjoy toys, and holding stuffed animals. 
  • She likes to "chat" anytime we are in the car. 
  • Still loves to listen to music.
  • Found her feet!
Loving every single moment. It just goes by too fast. Hehe.