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Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review, Link Up AND a Giveaway!

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope that you have been enjoying your winter break and are ready to get started on this new year. Some of the changes I've made since the start of the new year are to be more strict about my wheat-free diet, I'm eating less grains, lower carbs, and low sugar. I am trying to do some form of exercise every day, even if it's just dancing along to some Just Dance videos on YouTube. I signed up for some blog reviewing programs and will be reviewing books and hosting giveaways pretty regularly. I have three, maybe even four, planned for this month. I am really excited about this. I love reading, and reviewing is always fun. So things will be changing around here a bit.

It's not an accident or coincidence that this book is the first one I'll be reviewing this year. I picked this book as my first one because I enjoyed reading it so much. I won the book in an Instagram giveaway. I enjoyed it so much that I bought another copy to give away.

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I don't know about you but I feel like life has had a way of knocking me over, backing up and then rolling me over again. I spent a couple of years certain that anyone who looked close enough would be able to see the tire treads across my face. Pain and heartache are part of our lives and there are plenty of books on the topic. Some come to you as a Pastor, or as a Therapist, this one comes as your girlfriend. She quotes the Bible, and The Princess Bride. She has a whole chapter "for when you want to eat your feelings" (with gluten-free and dairy free options!!) Sometimes we need a serious book about dealing with our pain, sometimes though, the best medicine is laughter. Sometimes the thing we need is a compassionate heart saying "me too."

It's Not Fair is funny, and sarcastic. It isn't going to be for everyone. But it was for me. I read it a lot during the week of Grayson's big surgery and it really helped me get my perspective re-adjsted. I laughed, I cried. I needed to read this. I want you to have a chance to read it to. So I am giving away a copy. A copy that I bought - for you. That is how much I love this book.

Another one of the things I am trying to do is host a weekly link-up, where we share small bits of our ordinary lives, links to stuff we enjoyed on Facebook - stuff like that. I used to do photography link ups and they really made me feel a part of a community. So if you have a blog I'd love to invite you to link up here every week.

A couple things I wanted to share: 

Emily Freeman is releasing a coloring book!!!! 
Yes this deserves all of the exclamation points. I will be sending a gift to my future self, one that I will be really thankful for, and ordering this coloring book.

Kate DiCamillo's Facebook page. A friend of mine shared something from her page a couple weeks ago and I spent awhile on her page.

I have more links, I'll post them next week. I'd love to hear yours!

How to enter my giveaway: so here is how to enter to win - use the rafflecopter below to enter. This is the first time I've used this for a giveaway. a Rafflecopter giveaway Also... I could not get my link-up tool to work so please leave your blog's link in the comments!


  1. I was just looking for this post so I could put the link in my post! I've read It's Not Fair and it was very...comforting. I'm not alone in how I feel about things. I really need to read it again.

    Hopefully I'll have some better things to write about next week!

  2. This book sounds like it could really help me work through some things. Thanks for the chance to win and good luck to all!

  3. I definitely think i need to read this! Quoting the Bible AND the Princess Bride? Done. Haha!

  4. This book sounds amazing! As a Type 1 Diabetic since age 12, I learned early that life isn't fair and that that's okay because God allowed every single thing that I viewed as "bad." It's taken years for me to get to the place where I see that what I first thought was bad, is all for his good. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!