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Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist Review

My mailbox brings an assortment of products, letters and parcels that my family and I look forward to opening. Books hold a special place in my heart and I always open them first. Nothing beats that new book smell I say to my daughters and thankfully, they agree. 
This week I'm sharing another ARC book courtesy of Zondervan media. This free book was sent to me to read and share my thoughts with you, which are 100% my own.

About the book: Bread & Wine - A love letter to life around the table with recipes.

Courtesy: Zondervan Media

"As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table. 

Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. 

Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. 

It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine."

About the Author: Shauna Niequist:

"Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. (These are my Amazon affiliate links, I may receive compensation if you purchase from them).

Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
She is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy .  Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God."

My Review: 
I love this book! The title and cover photo speaks of happy times and this book doesn't disappoint. I laughed, I cried and I shook my head in total agreement as I happily read. Shauna Niequist's Bread & Wine spoke to my heart in several ways and made me want to start my own cooking club. Or at the very least, a book club so I can share this book with others. Shauna makes it easy to do both, sharing her entertaining tips, sample menu's, recipes, pantry lists and even a four week book club discussion guide! 
Click here to download a free download/printable sample of Bread & Wine. Click here for a free audio chapter.
I highly recommend this book and will keep this in mind for gifts for a few of my friends and family. I loved Shauna's writing style so much that I am going to read her other books as well. 
You can learn more about Shauna by visiting her blog here.
You can purchase Bread & Wine at my Amazon affiliate link below: (see full disclosure here)

I hope you found this review helpful. Do you belong to a book or cooking club? Please share your views in comments. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation should you purchase this book via my links. 

$300 Home Depot Gift Card and Brood X Giveaway

I was not compensated in any way to share this giveaway. All opinions are my own.  This post does contain affiliate links, which may provide a small monetary payment should you purchase the book via my links. My WAHM Plan is not responsible for shipping of prizes. 

Welcome to the Brood X $300 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!

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Sponsored by author Michael Phillip Cash.

I love working outside this time of year. I have a list of projects awaiting my attention. Everything from weeding flower beds to replacing patio chair cushions, to getting rid of bugs. There is hardly a weekend that goes by during the busy warm months that you won't find us visiting Home Depot. Sound familiar? That's why I couldn't pass up this opportunity to partner with some awesome blogger to bring you this giveaway!

Every outdoor enthusiast has met up with the loud and destructive Cicada, but are  you prepared for the invasion of Brood X? It's here and you need to get ready!

Courtesy: Michael Phillip Cash

Nothing will stop this 17 year swarm from happening. All humanity can do is hope that they will not stay around long.

Introducing Michael Phillip Cash's new book, Brood X. It is available on Amazon and coming soon to online book stores near you. Now you can win a copy of Brood X and a $300 Home Depot Gift Card or $300 USD via PayPal to help you get prepared for the invasion!

About Brood X:

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.

During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.

Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.

During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.

Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.

Will Seth grow up and take responsibility for his family? Or will the devastating bugs destroy humanity?

About Michael Phillip Cash:

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael Phillip Cash has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films.
He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

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Olay Regenerist Lash Duo Review

I wrote this post while participating in a campaign by Vocalpoint  on behalf of Olay Regenerist and received a promotional item to thank me for my time. All views and opinions with regard to the products, or company are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed by the company prior to posting. 

I am a make up and skincare fan. The health and beauty aisles at any retail establishment will draw me in like a moth to a flame. I enjoy trying new brands, but there are a few tried and true brands that I always rely on, Olay being one of them.

eye cream

About Olay® Lash Duo:

"Double-team aging eyes with the New Olay®Regenerist Micro-sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo. The dual-ended applicator softens the appearance of lines and gives you smoother-looking lids and instantly thicker-looking lashes—a powerhouse duo against aging eyes."

My Review: 
Eye Cream:

I have tried many, many eye creams over the years so when I say there was nothing I didn't like about this eye cream, I really mean it.

  •  It was light and non -greasy. It felt soothing on the eye area including the eye lid. Zero irritation! 
  • It absorbed into skin quickly, allowing me to move on with my routine without having to wait for the product to dry. 
  • The eye cream played nicely with my concealer allowing the concealer to glide smoothly over eye under-eye area.
Lash Serum:

I haven't used a lash serum before so I didn't know what to expect. I knew I didn't want clumpy eyelashes or eye irritation from product overload. I very tentatively  applied a small amount to one set of lashes and waited. Here are my thoughts:
  • No eye irritation but your lashes will feel thicker than they usually do when applying mascara.
  • Wait time for serum to dry is about one minute. Do another part of your face while you wait.
  • Bonus beauty tip: After applying serum to your eyelashes, run brush over your brows for a quick and pretty grooming. 
  • No clumps formed on eyelashes or eye brows!
  • Serum worked beautifully with mascara.
  • I didn't feel like I had a ton of product on my eyelashes.
I am completely in love with this duo! The skin around my eyes is much softer and smoother and my lashes have never looked better!  I will happily purchase again and I highly recommend this to you. I feel sure that even those with sensitive eyes will be able to use these products.

This product is currently on sale at Target.  Or you can save more and purchase this online at Amazon:

I hope you found this review helpful. Please let me know if you have a favorite Olay product that you always buy.

Disclosure: This post contains affliliate links. I may receive compensation should you purchase products via the store links listed above. 

Wordless Wednesday- Purples and Blues

purple with moon




Adventure Treks Summer Camp Contest

 It's Earth Day and I have an amazing contest that showcases two things I love: Mother Nature and Children! While this is not a compensated post, I do get a free t-shirt for sharing this contest as part of the USFG Bloggers team.  

Here is your chance to Win a Summer Camp Experience at Adventure Treks! 

Courtesy: Adventure Treks

Scale snow-capped peaks you’ve only seen in postcards. Shoot towering rapids with your new best friends. Walk wildflower-laced trails by day and wonder at a twinkling sky by night. Cook crazy concoctions around a campfire and laugh more than you ever thought possible!  

About the Camp:

Adventure Treks is all about making memories, fostering lifelong friendships and creating more confident and capable young men and women. We are a small and personal company and getting to know you is our biggest priority. But Adventure Treks isn't just about outdoor fun; it's about YOU! We want you to discover your best self, and we believe that the great outdoors is just the way to do it! 

summer camp
Courtesy: Adventure Treks

Adventure Treks is more than a summer adventure camp.  Our two, three and four week outdoor adventure programs for teenagers ages 12 - 18, help great kids build skills for future success. 
While our students are having the time of their lives rafting, climbing, hiking, and biking in some of the greatest scenery on the planet, something else is happening. They are growing in numerous ways: self- confidence, social achievement, teamwork, leadership and new outdoor skills, to name just a few. Get Quick Facts About Adventure Treks Here!

About The Contest: 

Win a Trip Valued from $2,995-$3,795.  You can choose a Trip Destination!

How To Enter:

New Student Eligibility: 
Contestants must be between the ages of 12 and 16 and eager for outdoor adventure, challenge, and being part of a close community of friends.

Enter Your Video or Essay:
Videos can be no longer than 60 seconds. Essays should be no more than one page in length. 

Click here for the official contest entry: Adventure Treks Essay Contest Announcement!

Good Luck!

Have you sent your kids to summer camp in the past? Think you are ready to book with Adventure Treks instead of entering the contest?
Then here is a coupon for you to save and receive a free t-shirt! When booking your trip, please mention you heard about Adventure Trek on MY WAHM Plan!

Disclosure: I received no compensation to share this contest. As part of the USFG Bloggers team, I will receive a free t-shirt for sharing this with my readers. If a reader chooses to book a trip and all criteria is met including listing my name as their referrer, I may receive a small portion of the booking amount.

Lighting a candle for America

The news... I had to turn it off.

My heart breaks for everyone who has lost so much in this wonderful country of ours this week.

God Bless the people of the United States right now and help us through.

We will light a candle again tonight, and pray and try to make sense of all of this ugliness.

We will remember that today, as we breathe in and out together is a gift and shouldn't be wasted on anything but love and kindness and all good things.

Blessings to you and yours from me and mine.

Candle of Hope