Not Your Typical Fluffy Romances

  The Love Letter Rachel Hauck Thomas Nelson, 352 pages, June 12, 2018. Chloe Daschel has grown up in Hollywood—but for the first time in long career she’s fallen in love with a character and she’s willing to call in a few favors to get the part. Something about the character of Esther Longfellow pulls at her like no other character has done before. The script, a freshman effort by the unknown Jesse Gates tells the epic story of a…

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Essential Survival Items to Never Forget on Your Day Hike

This week’s weeks installment of Self-Care Sunday continues this month’s theme of vacation. You’ll want to make sure you take these essentials on your next day hike. I learned from my Dad the importance of survival skills before I even started school. Thanks, Dad! Survival Skills “I think we need to cook them just a little bit longer,” my dad said, looking dubiously into the frying pan. We giggled. “It smells like chicken,” he assured us. We nodded. I piped…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Hiding Secret Pins on Your Blog

Shhh! The Secret of Secret Pins Revealed Now that you’ve learned how to create great graphics, put the right things in your alt tag descriptions, cleaned up your boards, created a pinning strategy, mastered manual pinning, and applied for Rich Pins, you’re ready to learn the secret of secret pins. Have you ever wondered why, when you click on some people’s Pinterest icon, you discover a wide selection of pins to choose from? But when you click on other people’s…

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Why Vacation Makes Me Tired and How to Change That

Does Vacation Make You Tired? As I stuffed the last item in my Prius, I shook my head in wonder. My simple drive to Alaska had morphed into a road trip with a relative and a building project for our daughter. The pile of tools Pedro deemed necessary for the shed-building endeavor took up half the space in my car. “I won’t have room for hitchhikers,” I muttered under my breath. (I should mention that I don’t pick up hitchhikers,…

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A Daring Venture Makes a Perfect Companion for Long Summer Evenings

A Daring Venture Elizabeth Camden Bethany House, 352 pages, June 5, 2018. Elizabeth Camden’s newest release, A Daring Venture, hits it out of the ballpark with humor, romance, intrigue, and inspiration. Dr. Rosalind Werner, biochemist and crusader for clean water, has her work cut out for her. Despite the modern conveniences of life in 1908, men’s views of educated women haven’t caught up to the modern realities. Scandal chased her and her brother Gus and his wife from Heidelberg, Germany…

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How to Avoid the Disaster of Bored, Whiney Kids

This week’s installment of Self-Care Sunday continues the theme of vacation. Not only do vacations play a huge part in our well-being, helping our kids learn to put their learning to use over vacation helps us enter into the spirit of life-long learning. A win-win situation for everyone! Bored Kids=Vacation Disaster “I’m soooo bored!” Nothing strikes fear and frustration into the heart of a parent faster than those three words. Except maybe, “There’s nothing to do!” Part of us wants…

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Granny Geek’s Guide to Pinterest Rich Pins

Granny Geek Explains Rich Pins In case you missed the other posts in the Granny Geek series, I’ll give a brief recap. You can learn how Pinterest works and why you need good graphics. You’ll also learn where to put your copy on the graphics in your media library and why you need to tidy up your Pinterest boards. You won’t want to miss the post on pinning strategy and the purpose of community boards, or last week’s post on…

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How to Avoid Toddler Meltdowns When Flying

Pre-Flight Instructions for Traveling with Littles (aka Granny Geek’s Guide to Traveling with Toddlers) If you have children going along when you fly, your preparation should include more than packing your suitcases. This applies to long car trips as well. Little people often struggle with change—and I don’t blame them. Routines make them feel secure, and when they don’t feel secure, they will likely experience meltdowns. First of all, make sure they understand (at an age-appropriate level, of course), that…

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You’ll Swoon for these New Historical Inspirational Titles!

More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel) Bethany House, 354 pages, June 5, 2018. Karen Witemeyer Karen Witemeyer’s latest release has everything swoon-worthy tucked between its covers. Logan Fowler arrives in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Gap in the 1880s with carefully laid plans to wreak revenge on the gambler who stole his family’s ranch. Determined to hunt down Zach Hamilton and bring him to justice, Logan starts to question his quest when he finds no evidence…

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How to Reap the Best Mental Health Benefits of Vacation

This month’s Self-Care Sunday series will focus on vacation. Come back next week for tips on balancing learning with vacation. The Mental Health Benefits of Vacation Vacation can cut down on your stress levels, boost your creativity, and help you bond with your family. It can also cause extra stress, drain you, and cause family arguments. How can you avoid the later and obtain the former? Planning ahead! If you’re single—your imagination is the only thing that limits you. Don’t…

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