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Tammy Litke is a Dallas area homeschooler to one girl aged 17.  Blogging since 2008 she loves to watch movies, play video games, spend time in the kitchen, and go on Disney Cruises.  Between recipes and reviews you'll find many helpful and some just plain funny posts on her blog. Welcome, pull up a chair and stay for a while!

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Giveaway - Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven is inspired by a true story, which her grandmother Leininger first told her when she was young after tracing their family’s genealogy.

In 1755, Allegheny warriors ambush sisters Barbara and Regina Leininger's, 12 and 9, house, killing their father and older brother, kidnapping the young girls and taking them to their village.  There they were forced to adapt to the warriors’ way of living—which included dyeing their faces, wearing warrior clothes and adopting the Allegheny ways of worship.

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For Such a Time | Book Review

I've always been fascinated with the events of World War II in Germany and the after years.  Probably because those were the generational stories I heard around my home.  My grandparents and parents had stories that sounded like a plot for a novel, which is why I probably gravitate to books like that as well.

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin, is a powerful retelling of the story of Esther during WWII: Blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin must save her people—even if she cannot save herself.

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Chef Bonnell's Seafood Cookbook Review

Spring is always my favorite time of the year to indulge in new cookbooks and recipe trials. It's probably because of the heady scent of local fresh fruits and vegetables that start making their way into the stores about that time.  So it was with great gusto that I opened up Chef Jon Bonnell's new cookbook Waters Fine Coastal Cuisine who owns a restaurant right down the highway from us in Ft. Worth, TX; Waters - Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine.

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Leah Eskin's Slices of Life

I just had the chance to read an advanced copy of beloved food writer Leah Eskin's forthcoming book SLICES OF LIFE: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum (Running Press, April 2014).

For a decade now Leah has contributed her everyday chronicles with accompanying recipes to her syndicated column, “Home on the Range” in the Chicago Tribune, and now readers can enjoy a collection of those columns covering everything from her early married days to parenting adolescents—and all the challenges and surprises in between.

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Happy Wives Club Review

This April my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  I always joke about our marriage like one of those Mastercard commercials (do you remember them?!):

Countless dollars made, lost and spent in 8 jobs, 4 homes, 2 countries, 1 child.  20 Years with the same spouse...= Priceless.   

Because when it comes right down to it.  I. Am. Blessed.  Beyond Measure. 

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SONIC & Scholastic Team Up for Reading Fun in Wacky Pack Meals - Giveaway

I don't know about you but over the years I've often been swayed by our daughter to eat at a particular restaurant because of what's included in the kids meal that particular month. 

The power of persuasion and the lure of not having to cook often won me over, but really a lot of the toys had about 5 minutes of attention appeal or were lost or broken within days.

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The Aerobic House Cleaning Lifestyle by Stevie Markovich

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Becoming healthier is not about a gym routine or new health club membership; it’s about a change of heart and change of attitude toward all physical activities that can be found in everyday life. The Aerobic House Cleaning Lifestyle is about helping the overweight get from point A to point Healthier as simply as possible. No weights. No gym. No Spandex. Just real stuff I have been doing since 1995 to stay fit.

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AHA: The God Moment that Changes Everything by author Kyle Idleman - #AHABOOK Giveaway

Awakening, Honesty, Action—a combination for a lasting change.

We've all had "aha!" moments in our lives, a sudden revelation surprising us with insight. With everyday examples and trademark testimonies, Idleman draws on the parables of Jesus to reveal how three key elements can produce the same kind of "aha!" in our spiritual lives:

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Everyday Confetti

Got a calendar packed with reasons to celebrate but a brain that lacks ideas? Special people you want to love on but limited time to do it? Relax. We've got you covered.

Everyday Confetti is your go-to guide to making holidays, birthdays, special events, and even the everyday special. Inside you'll find more than two hundred ways to make memories with your family, including easy recipes, fun activities, and inexpensive decorating ideas--all simple, doable, and stress-free.

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Saving Mr. Banks - Free iBook Gives Fans a Behind-The-Scenes Look

Walt Disney Studios announces the release of SAVING MR. BANKS: The Official Multi-touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film “Saving Mr. Banks,” in theaters now.

Exploring the previously untold story of how Walt Disney worked his magic on author P.L. Travers to secure the rights to her book, “Mary Poppins,” the book includes a foreword by Academy Award®-winning composer Richard Sherman; never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers;

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