With Thanksgiving drawing ever closer, I wanted to share another gift guide with you, just in time for Black Friday shopping and beyond. This one has six fun gift ideas for the whole family. I think you’re going to really like this gift guide and hope you'll let me know if you find a gift you'll give from it. 



Gifting Ideas for You from Me!







Six Fun Gift Ideas for the whole Family


There’s just a few days until Thanksgiving and I’m putting the final touches on my shopping list, which as most home cooks and hostesses will tell you is where a great holiday meal gets its start. For holiday meals, you’ll have to think of every detail from the drinks to the linen. It’s a lot to be sure, but I’m here to help you ease some of the stress. Thanks to Southside Market & Barbeque, you’ll be able to serve up smiles with a pre-cooked smoked turkey breast this holiday season.  



Smoked Turkey Breast Goodness!



Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast

Fun Family Games Gift Guide

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, November 07, 2022

Even though Halloween was just seven days ago, I decided to start sharing my gift guides today, so that you'll have ample time to consider the products and make an informed purchase decision. I wish we could slow the holidays down and not push them out right on top of each other, don't you? To that end, I'm starting this year's guides off with a fun family games gift guide that just might come in handy for all your gift giving needs year round.



Game Night Fun!



Fun Family Games Gift Guide

Happy November friends. Here in the south, we may stat this month with mild days and nights, bt by Thanksgiving, it's turned cold and has us all wanting to stay in and get get cosy. I've teamed up with the fab group of bloggers with Review Wire Media to bring you this giveaway you can enter daily. I can't think of a better time to than November to host a $200 Netflix E-Gift Card giveaway, so you'll always have something fun to watch, especially if your hosting family over the holidays.



Win a $200 Netflix E-Gift Card open Worldwide



Netflix e-card giveaway


Enter for your chance to win a $200 Netflix e-Gift Card! This giveaway is open Worldwide only where permitted, age 18 and older. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on 11.30.22. This giveaway is hosted by Chatty Patty’s Place and The Review Wire. 


Please Read the Terms and Conditions:

All entries will be verified—only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. Any person who has won a prize (or whose household has won a prize) in any promotion sponsored by the Sponsor in the past thirty (30) days before this contest start date is not eligible to win a prize in this contest. Entrants who have created social accounts purely to enter Competitions or Sweepstakes will not be eligible to win. All social accounts used must be public.

The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. Void where prohibited by law. One person entering per household, please.


Win It:


Netflix e-gift card giveaway







Good Luck!



Please share in comments: What is the last thing you watch on Netflix?





Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a safe and fun time! I honestly don’t know where October went, but what I do know is that coughs, sneezes and overall yuckies are making their presence known locally and unfortunately in my home. If you’ve followed this blog or my social media for a while, you know I love a
clean and tidy home, so, I was excited at the opportunity to ty a new product that will keep your home clean and disinfected with no toxic chemicals from Force of Nature. Read on to learn all about this new cleaning product. 


 Cleaning Bubbles!



Force of Nature multi-purpose cleaner

 Have you been enjoying the crisp fall air this week? I sure have, even though that meant covering my plants and bringing in my herbs a little sooner than I normally do. It’s all part of the growing cycle here on our little homeplace. Notice, I call it “homeplace” not “homestead”, so why am I reviewing a book all about starting a homestead? Because I felt it was time for me to understand what it takes to set up a homestead and if it’s right for us. Do you have questions about homesteading? Read on to see if this book can help. 


Homesteading Guide:




The first time homesteader book

Zonks! All New Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo Film for Halloween

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, October 18, 2022

With Halloween right around the corner, I was excited to learn about the new original animated film Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo, from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. I grew up watching everyone’s favorite mystery solving gang, so I happily agreed to share this new film with you to keep the love of Scooby and the gang alive. 


Trick or Treat!



Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo Film

Happy October dear readers! There was a chill in the air, leaves are starting to change colors, and there's pumpkins everywhere. For some spooky season is the BEST season and I've got to admit, I've been bitten by the Falloween bug this year! My porch is decorated and parts of my home are as well, but I still need some cute pieces to tie it all together. That's why I'm giving away a $25 dollar gift card to my newest brand partner, Signature Homestyles! As a Signature HomeStyle affiliate, I now have my own SH shop and I'm in love with Falloween decor! You know who else loves Falloween? Blogger Talk Bloggers! That's why I've teamed up with them to host this giveaway and share the  Hawloween blog hop with you.


Happy Falloween! 



Falloween Signature Homestyles  $25 Gift Card

 On September 29th, I had the honor of attending my first ever red-carpet event to provide media coverage of the Nashville Film Festival’s 53rd opening night presentation of The Return of Tanya Tucker featuring Brandi Carlile. Not only was this a special evening full of firsts for me, including enjoying a fantastic theater experience at the historic Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, TN., it was a first for my husband and teen daughter as well. We enjoyed ourselves immensely! I’d love to share my thoughts on this film, with (hopefully) no spoilers for you.  



Opening Night: 53rd Nashville Film Festival:


53rd Nashville Film Festival opening night
Courtesy: Nashville Film Festival, Photographer is Mitch Beard 


Here in the south, humidity starts rising in late March or early April and doesn’t abate until late October, early November. That means for the better part of a year, southerners, or anybody in a high humidity area are seeking ways to lower the humidity in our homes in late summer. I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to try a Newair Compact Portable Air Conditioner and dehumidifier because our AC unit needed some help in certain areas of our home. Read on to learn my thoughts on it.  


Humidity Relief in Sight!


NewAir Portable AC Unit

We kicked off September with a fun and tasty Labor Day BBQ and my mouth is still watering over the perfection of our meal. My husband, master griller and smoker of meats, pulled out all the stops by smoking up a tasty beef rope sausage from Southside Market and Barbeque out of Texas and a brisket we bought locally. If meat is a love language for you too, you’ll want to read on. 


Beef Rope Sausage Link Goodness:


Smoked beef rope sausage link

Even though August was so very hot and humid here in middle Tennessee, it turned out to be a great month for me and my family. I'm hoping all that good will continue as we welcome September and my eleventh year of blogging here. To start the month off on a high note, I've partnered with the Review Wire Media team again to bring you a $200 e-Gift card to Target. Read on to learn more.


Hello September!


Hello September Acorn and leaves

Is it a cold? Seasonal Allergies? The bug that's been going around your office or the kids' school? Or is it COVID-19? After three and a half years of living with COVID-19 in our daily lives, I'm sure we've all had that thought run through our minds. Thanks to at-home testing, we can find out the answer fairly quickly; and with fall break travel plans coming up, I wanted to introduce you to Lucira Check It COVID-19 Tests. You can test at home before you book that flight and have the results in 30 minutes.


Travel Safe and Sure with Lucira Check It COVID-19 Tests!





LUCIRA Health Check It COVID-19 Tests

 It’s hard to believe we’ve reached mid-August already! Kids are back in school here, and our county fair is over and the state fair has begun. While events might be leaning towards fall, I’m staying in summer mode as long as I can, which means another Friday Giveaway! This time I’m giving away three copies of Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack! Read on to learn how you can win and be sure to check out all my current summer giveaways here



Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Blu-ray™ + DVD Giveaway!



FernGully: The Last Rainforest 30th Anniversary Blu-ray™ + DVD


Friday Five: Summer Products I Love

in , , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, August 12, 2022

Hello and happy Friday! Is it just me, or has this week been exceeding long? I have been doing some decluttering, so that might be the root cause of my feeling this week was never going to end. Thankfully, we all made it to Friday and I'm excited to share this month's Friday Five



Friday Five!


Friday Five Summer Products I love

 I’ve always been a fan of low –tech, or no-tech activities for myself and my family. Card games, board games and jigsaw puzzles are played with often here over high-tech activities. Don’t get me wrong, we all love our devices and our gaming systems, but we all strike a healthy balance. I started doing jigsaw puzzles again during the pandemic and found it to be such a fun, rewarding, no-tech hobby, I started an Instagram account to share them. If you love jigsaw puzzles too, you are going to love this giveaway an e-gift card to Buffalo Games and Puzzles. 


Buffalo Games & Jigsaw Puzzles are no-tech Fun!



Buffalo Games Jigsaw puzzles are fun

Happy Friday! I hope you've been enjoying all the cool giveaways I've shared over the summer, and the summer of giving isn't done. I've teamed up with my favorite group of bloggers to bring you a cool back to school giveaway hop! There are so many fun and cool prizes to win. Starting here, on my blog. I'm giving away a Blu-Ray + DVD copy of Dream Builders. A perfect after school or family movie night prize.


Back To School Giveaway Hop!


Back to school giveaway hop

Hello August! We are officially in the dog days of summer and Leo (the lion) season, so let's kick off the month with a roaring good giveaway. See what I did there? I'm happy to team up with the Review Wire Media team to bring you a giveaway that's sure to help you stop feeling the squeeze at the gas pump and grocery store. Read on to learn how to enter our Roaring August Walmart Gas & Grocery $200 Gift Card Giveaway. 



Walmart  $200 E- Gift Card Giveaway!




Walmart  $200 E- Gift Card Giveaway


8 New Summer Products to Try

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, July 29, 2022

I know some people that find products and brands they love and they become loyal, repeat buyers. There are a few products and brands that have my completely loyalty, but that leaves lots of room for me to try new products, which I love to do! Especially, new beauty and wellness products.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying out new to me products and today I’d like to share eight new summer products to try with you. 


New Summer Products! 



8 New Summer Products to Try


The dog days of summer are upon us and there is no denying that it has been a crazy hot summer! The south is so hot and humid right now, there isn’t a lot of relief from it, which means I can and will break out in a sweat doing anything outside and hey, since we’re buddies, I can break a good sweat inside cleaning as well some days. The one thing that’s a constant in this weather (besides sweat) is sunscreen, which after multiple days of application, clog my pores and give my skin an overall dullness. Read on to learn about a line of bath and body products to help clear up summer breakouts and more. 


Bath and Body Products you need this Summer!



BIA Skin bath and body products

The Best Summer robe for Days Spent on the Water

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, July 15, 2022

You know those long summer days spent out on the water with friends and family that are so good you don’t want them to end? By the time you get back to your accommodations for the evening, all you have the energy to do is take a shower and lounge? Yeah- you know those kind of idyllic summer days! Well, I’ve got the perfect summer robe for those kinds of days. It’s a perfectly soft and delightfully functional robe for California Cowboy Apparel that I think you’re going to love as much as I do. 




The Best Summer Robe:



La Sirena Vintage Inspired Robe

A Garden for Grace Book Review and Giveaway

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, July 14, 2022

 I receive a lot of emails on any given day asking me if I’d like to review books that cover a wide array of genres, and usually, I can tell from the email copy if I’m interested. If you've been around my blog for a while, you know I love gardening and flowers and books- most especially, books about gardening and flowers! so of course I happily agreed to review and host a giveaway for a Garden for Grace, which is simply one of the sweetest books I’ve read in a long time.



A Garden for Grace Book Review and Giveaway:


A Garden for Grace Book


My husband and I were recently invited to a unique, in-person screening of the latest Marvels Studio film: Thor Love and Thunder, and I will say right from scene one, we were entertained! I’d love to share some of my thoughts (no spoilers), before it opens in theaters tomorrow July 8, 2022.  


Thor Love and Thunder!



Thor Love and Thunder


Hot July Giveaway: $200 DoorDash Gift Card

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, July 01, 2022

Things are heating up now that July is here my friends! My family and I are gearing up for a fun Independence Day weekend, so before I sign off for a little celebrating, I had to share this hot July giveaway. I've teamed up with the awesome Review Wire Media Team again to bring you a $200 DoorDash gift card giveaway! Just think of all the lunch and dinners you won't have to cook with that!  



$200 DoorDash Gift Card Giveaway:


$200 DoorDash Gift Card
Courtesy: Review Wire Media

Summer is officially here and you may be looking for a low/no-tech activity for you or your kids. Why not try your hand at sewing? I learned the basics of sewing during a semester in Home Economics and from my Mom, but I am by no means a seamstress. I happily said yes when I was asked if I’d like to review The Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Sewing Clothes by Joi Mahon because I'd like to learn to sew.

This book is a complete course on making one-of-a-kind clothing and I’m excited to share this first step in advancing my sewing capabilities.



Learn To make one of a kind Clothes:




Learn To make one of a kind Clothes

Friday Five: Fun Foods for Summer

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, June 10, 2022

As a blogger and digital content creator, I have the opportunity to try lots of new products that might not normally show up on my shopping radar. June has been bountiful in this department, so I thought it would be fun to start a new (to me) blog series Friday Five! Each month I’ll share five new products I think would be helpful to you as well. This month’s Friday Five is fun foods for summer. I hope you enjoy this new series and these product recommendations. 

 Even though it's officially Spring for a couple more weeks, it sure feels like Summer here in the Nashville, TN. area, so I'm keeping the summer good vibes going with another giveaway this week as part of the Review Wire Media team. Let's talk brows and skincare friends. I'm always open to trying new beauty and skincare products and sharing them with you and I think you are going to like what you see from Joy Beauty. Read on to see how to have brows that wow the Joy Beauty Brow and serum Duo. There will be two winners on this one! 

Recently, I started using coconut oil as part of my hand and nail care routine after receiving a big container of it from Viva Naturals, along with their MCT oil, which I wrote about here. I’ve used coconut oil in the kitchen for years, but for some reason, I hadn’t ventured into adding it to my self-care routine, but after seeing and feeling the moisturizing results of just a bit of this delightfully scented coconut oil on my hands and cuticles, I wanted to find more uses. Today, I’m sharing four ways to use coconut oil in your self-care routine, so you can enjoy a little TLC at home as well. 



Add Coconut Oil to your Self-Care Routine:



Coconut oil for self-care

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