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When I Fall in Love {Book Review}

Hawaiian Chef Showdown and Kitchen Aid Giveaway @

Summer Time Fun

A trip to Hawaii would be nice, don’t you think? Maybe you’re headed that way this summer! Unfortunately for me, a Hawaiian vacation is not in the cards for this summer. However, I do get to spend a few days this week enjoying some summer fun with my family at our church camp.

I don’t get to read a lot of books just for fun. But when I do, I usually drop by the book store {or} and pick up a Susan May Warren novel. I first discovered her about four years ago. I’ve been picking up her books ever since. In fact, I currently have three sitting there on the stack in my living room waiting to be devoured.

When I Fall in Love with Susan May Warren @

So, guess what I’ll be taking with me to the camp? Susan May Warren’s latest fun, adventure filled Christian novel, When I Fall in Love. I can’t wait to steal a few minutes {hours} alone or maybe basking in the sunshine by the lake… in between horse back riding, tubing on the lake, and painting.

Sounds like a good vacation, huh? I think so. 

Back to the book and a fun giveaway that Susan is hosting… and I just happen to be a part of!

A KitchenAid Giveaway and Hawaiian Chef Showdown

Susan May Warren‘s newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love, has won over readers’ and critics’ hearts alike. With critical reviews like, “. . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem,” and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.

Susan has teamed up with some food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Lovewebsite to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you’re not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.

Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan’s blog.


I’ll be sharing my own original recipe inspired by When I Fall in Love later in the week, so stay tuned! I’ll also be sharing my review of the book! I can hardly wait!


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Ideas for Back to School {or Homeschool}

30 Ideas for Back to School or Homeschol @

30 Ideas for Back to School

I can hardly believe I’m even talking about Back to School Ideas! It’s hard to believe how quickly summers go by these days. Do you remember when we were kids and summer seemed to last forever? Those were the days.

But the fact is it’s almost August which means school will be back in session. This will be my 17th year homeschooling! We typically start our homeschool the first week of September every year. So in our house we still have a few wees of summer left.

So whether your kids are headed back to school next week or whether you won’t start your homeschool until the end of August, I’m guessing, like me, you’re already making some plans.

Back to School Lunches

Healthy Lunch Box for the Whole Family @

You may already know this, but I pack lunches for my girls when we are out for the day and sometimes even when we are at home to help our homeschool day flow smoother. I especially love our Easy Lunch Boxes. They are so easy to use, not to mention economical! Here are some ideas to help you figure out what to pack for lunch.

Follow Melissa Ringstaff {}’s board Lunch Boxes on Pinterest.

You’ll also find more ideas in my Lunch Box series.

Back to School Craft Ideas

Teacher Supply Holder

These crafts will surely get you and your kids in the mood to start school! In our house we usually start school the first week in September and whether you homeschool or not, those back to school days are fast approaching!

Easy After School Snacks

Waffle Fruit Kabob Snack Idea

Kids everywhere are hungry after school! All that thinking is hard work. Here are some fun and easy snack ideas your kids will love:

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