Friday, January 31, 2014

31 Little Celebrations


  1. Homemade bubble tea
  2. Staying warm on cold days
  3. Empty notebooks (because I know they'll be filled soon)
  4. Caffeine
  5. Happy songs
  6. This video...because it always makes me smile


  7. Great clients
  8. Encouraging friends
  9. Unexpected plot twists
  10. Books with impeccable grammar
  11. Lists
  12. Coffee shops


  13. Writing by hand
  14. Reading by candlelight
  15. Being thilly with friends
  16. Movies
  17. Books you remember from childhood
  18. Songs you can sing along to
  19. Fireplaces
  20. Steaming tea
  21. Photoshop
  22. Constant learning
  23. Conversations with Papa
  24. Dancing to the beat
  25. Snowmen
  26. Quiche
  27. Feeling productive
  28. Parties
  29. The magic of the internet: connecting with friends who are far away
  30. Chatting on the phone
  31. Making faces

Monday, January 20, 2014

Marilynn Dawson Blog Tour

Welcome to our blog stop on the Google Play Winter Giveaway! Author Marilynn Dawson has giving away one PDF copy of her books each week with the final draw happening this Sunday on January 26th. This Giveaway is in celebration of her next release, Dressed for Eternity, which will launch in February 2014. You can read a sample of that book here.



Today, we get to feature Marilynn's graduation gift: Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate. The back cover of "Mom's Little Black Book" has this to share:

"So, like, what’s a budget?  Ew!  A stray cat just dropped a dead mouse at my feet!  Go to church? But I don’t know anyone there! What does it mean when the expiry date is like, two days ago?

Help your High School Graduate start out on the right foot with a few tidbits of  Godly advice.

Originally written for my own graduating teenagers. It is my hope this will bless you and your graduating youth as well."

As our youth graduate high school and head out into the world, many parents wonder if they've done all they can. Is there one more thing we can do before our youth spread their wings and fly the coop? Is there one more bit of advice we can offer to ensure that they'll be equipped for the road ahead? The answer is YES!

This little book is meant to be a Mother's attempt at guiding her graduating teenager through some of the more common aspects of daily life. Among its pages are quotes from a much more comprehensive guide, otherwise known as the Bible!

God says to raise up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. God also urges parents to ensure that their children, like arrows from a quiver and placed in the bow-string, fly straight and true. May these tidbits of advice help your child to fly straight and true as they go out to become all that God created and designed them to be.

You are welcome to read an excerpt from Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate at this here.  

Marilynn is giving away a copy of Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate on January 26th. As the giveaway is happening on Google Play, you will need a Google account email address to be eligible for the drawing. Enter via Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you use the following coupon code while ordering from CreateSpace, you'll get 10% off your order of Marilynn's books: 2MU73RQR 

Disclaimer: The cool thing about taking part in this blog tour, is that I get a copy of this week's book too! We both win!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Scrapbooking Life

I hope you're all staying warm and having fun this winter!

Thanks to DigiTee Designs!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Character Interview: Peyton Everet

Name: Peyton Everet

Age: 23

What book/s are you in? Shrouded Jewels and As Fairydust Settles. Maybe someday I'll get my own.

Where do you work? At the gas station near me. Lame, right?

Where do you live? A suburb of Minneapolis.

Favorite place to relax: Anywhere outside.

Who is your significant other? Don't have one...yet.

Who would you like it to be? Oh, I think she knows.

Why do you act so cocky? It's better than the alternative.

What is your greatest dream? To be the person everyone believes I am.

Peyton Everet can be found in Shrouded Jewels and As Fairydust Settles.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

31 (More) Little Celebrations

Christmas and New Years are family time for me, so the things on my to do list sometimes get postponed. Here is a slightly belated December edition of 28-31 Little Celebrations.


  1. Smiles
  2. Roads that aren't icy
  3. Dancing
  4. Good books
  5. Puppies
  6. Board games
  7. Card games
  8. Playing piano
  9. Kind notes
  10. Warm drinks
  11. New writing ideas
  12. Sweaters
  13. Scarves
  14. Encouraging readers
  15. Friends to vent to
  16. Friends to celebrate with
  17. Days off
  18. Special pens
  19. New publications:
    My newest book: Life is Crumbly, is now available!
    (Big thanks to Mary MacArthur for the beautiful illustrations.)
  20. Learning new tips and tricks for graphic art
  21. Freshly whipped cream on your morning coffee...or afternoon coffee...or hot chocolate...or pie
  22. Laughter
  23. Fresh veggies
  24. New ways of looking at grammar
  25. Busy days
  26. Late nights
  27. Being productive
  28. Relaxing
  29. Time with friends
  30. Time with family
  31. Crossing things off a "to do" list

What are you celebrating today?