Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sneak Peak of wedding Photos

I have a lot of wedding posts I want to make soon, (including how I spent my wedding night in the emergency room.   I am fine now, but I thought I had appendicitis.)  But here's a few photos until I get back into the swing of blogging again next week.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Called to be Amish Blog Tour

FTC disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

I realize I went to an unconventional high school.  There were 16 of us in grades 1-12.  A small Christian school at the beginning of the Christian schooling movement, we were unique.  Mine was the first graduating class.  We were located right in the middle of an Amish community.

We didn't have any Amish students attending our school, but I can remember buying carrots from the lady with the buggy parked in her garage.  There's nothing like a carrot harvested that day.  It was not unusual for another Amish lady to stop by to use the phone in our one room schoolhouse.  

I can remember at the time thinking what a unique people and almost idealizing their lives.   I knew they lived without modern conveniences, but there was something so quaint that I almost wished I was one of them.   Almost.

In Called to Be Amish, Marlene Miller tells what it is like to become Amish.  She was a Majorette in high school.  An Amish woman who used to be a Majorette?   It's very uncommon to convert -- less than 100 people have and stayed Amish since 1950.  This book left me with a very different look at the Amish than I did in high school.

It seems to be a hard life.  Not just without the inconvenience of conveniences, but with the vast amount of work that needs to be done.  The amount of food needed to be cooked at different times.   I'm preparing for a wedding this weekend and I can't imagine trying to cook for this crowd once a year and hosting church at my home the same week like the Amish do.

Rewarding?   I'm sure it is or she wouldn't be Amish.  But I am left thinking, "I'm glad I'm not Amish."   I doubt this is the idea she wanted to convey, but this is nothing like the bonnet romances that line Christian bookstores.  

I also was left wondering if she had a more functional family life growing up if she would have become Amish.  Perhaps this is not a fair statement but I have to wonder if she saw her husband as her escape and although they didn't live as Amish for some time after marriage, I wonder if she would have been as happy being Baptist or any other denomination.   I suppose it's something no one, not even Mrs. Miller could answer, but a thought in the back of my mind, nonetheless.

While I found this book fascinating, it was at times a hard read as it is a lifestyle I would find very difficult to adjust to, let alone live for over thirty years.  It disappointed me to see that Amish kids made fun of her children in school.

The bottom line?  The Amish are like us in many ways.  They have their share of tragedies,  heartache, and tears.  But at the same time I'm a bit jealous of their tight knit community.  If you enjoy reading about other cultures, are fascinated by memoirs, or interested in the Amish, then I think you would enjoy this book!

You can purchase this book from  You can visit other reviews on this blog tour by visiting this link.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Renuzit Pearl Scents

FTC disclosure:   An item was provided to me by the sponsor for review purposes.  Many of my posts contain affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.

Have you heard about new Renuzit Pearl Scents?  The new look was designed to accent home decor as well as provide long lasting freshness.

The scents are:

Blue Sky Breeze
Sparkling Rain
Seductive Pineapple

How cute is this decorative air freshener that is also an odor neutralizer?  This would look so cute in a bathroom.   It seems so rare that an air freshener is so decorative that you would WANT to have it displayed in your home! 

These are available at your local retailer.

Renuzit has offered to give one reader of Books, Bargains, Blessings THREE coupons for Totally free Renuzit Pearl Scents.  These expire September 30 2015 and have a value of up to $4.00.  They need to be used on different trips to the store.

Giveaway is open to the United States, 18 and older.   Enter below.  Giveaway ends May 26, 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Weirdest things Happen to May May 2015 edition.

I can't believe that one week from today I'll be married.   Actually with the stress I can.  Stress is at an all time high for me.  The contractors finally finished the kitchen this week.  I told them to be done by May 1st.  So the house is pretty much still unlivable.  I can't find my veil.  My guest book pen is still among the missing, the bulletins aren't done, I still have the slide show to put together, favors to assemble, and that's just the beginning.

The other day I was in Walmart getting some last minute items.  Well, not too last minute, but some stuff I needed.  My fiance saw an older man had been carrying a broken bottle of Palmolive through the store, and my fiance stopped, but I walked right into it.  I pulled a muscle in my back trying to keep my balance.  Then as I stepped out of the puddle my Palmolive covered shoes wanted to send me down to the floor again.  I had to finish the rest of my shopping trip in pain and barefoot until my fiance took my shoes into the bathroom and washed off all the dish washing liquid.

I'm at that stressed out level now that I am having nightmares about not getting everything done for the wedding.   I am looking forward to having as much done as will get done and enjoying everything.  Being out of commission for over 48 hours due to a man carrying a broken bottle of Palmolive through a store is NOT something that was good timing.  Not that it would ever be good timing, but there are times it would be a lot less stressful than it is now.

Seven days!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Radar's Roundup of Giveaways May 9, 2015

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