Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts by Maja Säfström

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

At age six my daughter is like a sponge, soaking up any information she can get her hands on. One of her fave subjects is animals. While most nonfiction children's books on animals focus on the very basics, here's a beautifully illustrated, amazing book, that taught this mom a thing or two!

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts  by Maja Säfström.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book Review: The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar with Julie Michaels

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

Nothing says spring like flowers, and here's a book that will inspire you to bring flowers into your home thanks to step-by-step instructions for 50 gorgeous floral projects.

The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar with Julie Michaels 
The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar and Julie Michaels

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Great idea for an Easter gift! The Catholic Catalogue - a Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up Catholic Life

As a little girl, one of my favorite Friday night activities was attending Novena with my Grandma, a devout Catholic. I went to church on Sundays. I went to a Catholic school. I lived in Rome for a few years, so cherishing the chance to visit the Vatican and all the beautiful churches and religious sights. I traveled to Israel in my early 20's, eager for an adventure but also eager to connect with my faith. Then I went through a period of disillusionment with the Catholic church. I felt disconnected and made myself feel unwelcome. I explored Eastern religions, yoga, no religion at all -- and I yet I always missed the rituals and rites of the Catholic church. Ironically, it took a friend of mine -- who is gay and could have chosen to have even more excuses than I to bow out of her Catholic faith -- to tell me to put my big girl panties on and just get to church. And so I did.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill

Special thanks to Blogging for Books for sponsoring this post. 

I spent my last year in college in Rome, and ended up falling in love and staying for years after that. I'm fluent in Italian. I am Italian in origin - just take a look at my last name!

My son has been to Rome with me three times, my daughter twice. We spent a few weeks in a an apartment just off Piazza della Rotunda just this past summer.

Rome has such a special place in my life and my heart.

So when I was asked to review Tasting Rome I didn't hesitate. I'm always game for adding new, delicious Roman recipes to my repetoire.

My son and I in Rome, Summer 2015

Review: Better Essentials 100% Pure Essential Oils Plus 10 Practical Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Home

Disclosure: Special thanks to Better Essentials for sponsoring this post. This post contains affiliate links. 

I'm very sensitive to fragrances. A surefire way to give me a massive headache is to spray perfume in my direction or worse, an air freshener. I'm extremely sensitive to synthetic fragrances. So when it comes to fragrance, I use essential oils. My favorite scents are lavender and ylang ylang. Here's a great new resource for 100% pure essential oils: Better Essentials

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Young Messiah Movie Ticket Giveaway! Learn About The Story Of Young Jesus

Special thanks to Tethergroup for sponsoring this post. 

I'm so pleased to introduce you to an extraordinary new film about a year in the life of Jesus at age seven. The Young Messiah will be in theaters on March 11th, making for a perfect family movie night during Lent. Inspired by Scripture and rooted in history, this movie is perfect for families of all ages.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Easter Baskets: Keeping It Simple with Basics and Pley #sp

Disclosure: Special thanks to pley for sponsoring this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Spring is on its way, which means that pretty soon this guy will be hopping into your home with an Easter basket filled to the brim:

Review: The Bee-Friendly Garden -- Design an Abundant, Flower-Filled Yard that Nurtures Bees and Supports Biodiversity

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Did you know that honeybee colonies have been in decline since the late 1990's?

Bees do more than just buzz around your garden and make honey. Their unpaid pollination services are an important part of the production process of over a third of the food that we eat.

What can the home garden do to attract and encourage the buzzing bumblebee?

Bee on Wingstem wildflower Cole Mill Acess Eno River SP NC 9281 (5013153447).jpg