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Awaken Love Couple’s Devotional Review & Giveaway


Awaken Love is a Christian devotional book written specifically for married couples. The authors Kyle & Desirae Idleman take scripture directly from Song of Solomon found in the Bible and break it down in an easy to understand way. I was drawn to this book knowing that a couple wrote it together. It’s certainly been a breath of fresh air to read their shared insights and relational application suggestions with my husband in means to strength our own marriage!

The book is a six week study in which you read the devotions together 5 days out of a week. Each of the devotions has a title, scripture, inspirational story from the scripture, and a Bridge. The Bridge is application. The application usually includes another Bible verse or two, a place for notes, prayer suggestions, and other things to contemplate and discuss. The reading takes 10-15 minutes and application takes as long as needed. I would suggest setting aside a good half hour if not longer to do this devotion with your spouse.

I really liked understanding what many of the verses in the Song of Solomon were talking about. It’s very encouraging that this book is included in the Bible. It demonstrations what God truly wants for all of our marriages and what a God centered marriage and romance should look like instead of following the worlds view on it!

My husband and I have been going through this book together and feel much closer in doing so! It does us good to set time aside to spend together learning how to strength our relationship together and with God. This book has been a blessing!

Aside from this book, there’s also a full length movie and many more resources for churches to use in building up the marriages of their members!

About the author: 
Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.

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Amy Grant In Motion: The Remixes {Album Review & Giveaway!}

I received a free copy of this album from Family Christian in exchange for writing a review. All photos and opinions are my own.

In Motion: The Remixes by musical artist Amy Grant is a fun album! This CD has been a fabulous go to on these sometime dark, cold, and dreary days! No more almost winter blues! I dare any one to listen and not smile or have their toes start taping!

This isn’t the first time I’ve listened to Amy. In fact, I remember listening to my Mom’s album when I was kid many years ago (I’m 30 now)! There’s just something pretty awesome about taking meaningful songs many years old and creating some new and exciting from each of them. Even my son and daughter ages nearly four and 6 1/2, never hearing Amy before are fans and her music and it totally gets them moving!

There are 10 songs total, all remixed well and perfectly suitable for the dance-floor! Any jam parties would be wise to include Amy’s album! I for one have opted to play this album for my weekly work out sessions and for when the house needs a pretty hefty cleaning. There’s just something about a good beat and positive lyrics to get me motivated and moving!

Track List

  • That’s What Love is For [Radio Edit]
  • Stay For Awhile [Radio Mix]
  • You’re Not Alone [Radio Edit]
  • Every Heartbeat [Radio Edit]
  • Better Than a Hallelujah [Gospel Radio Edit]
  • Find a Way [Big Room Radio Edit]
  • Baby Baby [Radio Edit]
  • Say Once More [Radio Edit]
  • Stay For Awhile
  • Mega Mix

The beat and sounds of each of the songs is different but all work together played in any order. My favorites are Stay for a Awhile, That’s What Love is For, & You’re Not Alone. I feel long time fans would be happy with this collection especially if they are into dance and club music.

Run-time is a little over 45 minutes in length. The length of the album makes it a perfect for working out whether doing aerobics, jogging, or whatever you wish!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength Review & Giveaway


We’re all stronger than we think, and we often discover our inner strength and resilience when a problem arises. The 101 empowering and uplifting stories in this collection by people who have overcome challenges, solved problems, or changed their lives will help you find your own inner strength, resilience, and remind you to think positive, count your blessings, and use the power that you have within you.

My Thoughts…

We all have a story to share and no story is stronger than one of conquering over our weakness. It’s a hard lesson when we realize that often life isn’t all we expect it to be. We are human and with our humanity comes happiness but sorrow as well in some shape or form. Everyone’s challenge is just a bit different. In Chicken Soup: Find Your Inner Strength there are numerous stories of all kinds that are shared that give hope in moving forward and not letting our challenges defeat us.

There are stories of in this book that can empower, encourage, and prompt us to bravely keep standing despite what is thrown our way. In doing so, we are encouraging others to keep going on as well. Each story shared is roughly about 3-4 pages each. There’s a title followed by a quote that goes with the story at hand. These stories are shared and written by and from every day average people just like you and I. There are ten chapters with about 10 stories each. The chapter titles are:

  • Overcoming Self Destructive Behavior
  • Fighting Health Challenges
  • Powering Through Loss
  • Moving Past Disabilities
  • Accepting New Normal
  • Accepting What Makes You Different
  • Learning to Reach Out
  • Rising to the Challenge
  • Pursuing Your Dream
  • Taking Back Your Life

This book is sure to inspire and keep you hooked in reading story after story. There are 101 stories but at only a few pages each, one can easily read this book in a couple of days if not sooner. I like this book a lot because it’s a reminder that we aren’t alone and how together we are made stronger as well! I would certainly recommend this title!

Interested in Purchasing?  Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength: 101 Empowering Stories of Resilience, Positive Thinking, and Overcoming Challenges can be found at at right now for $8.89 Kindle format & $12.29 for a paperback copy as well as at other retailers!

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Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway



The Old Factory’s hand-poured soy wax candles are certainly something special! I used to think I’d never light another candle in my home that was scented but I was wrong. My husband and I in the past have had some pretty severe allergic reactions to scented candles which include excessive sneezing and bad headaches but not with these! These candles have been a joy to light up and enjoy since each burns so cleanly.


The Winter Wonderland set I received includes the themed scents of Hot Cocoa, Roasted Chestnut, & First Snow. These scents are amazing and do the season justice. The Hot Cocoa is certainly my favorite because you know girls love their chocolate. The scents fill up the room but aren’t overpowering. Subtle but sustaining for the time left lit. These fragrance certainly get me excited for the upcoming season and will most certainly be lit during get- tog-ethers and when participating in Winter indoor activities.

Each of the many themed and scented sets comes with three 2 ounces candles. The candles are in little glass jars with twist top lids. I imagine after the candles have fully burned all the way down, the jars can be easily recycled or used for something else around the house. The size actually makes storing these out of the way easy. I will admit that the candles at first glance seemed very small but I’ve lit them many times and you can hardly tell! The wick is self-trimming and the candles burn very evenly. The company says each will burn for 20 hours and that’s could amount of use for any small sized candle.

I love the old fashion text and coloring of all the labeling. The said design adds a little flair and would be perfect set aside in country themed areas of the home. These candles are all hand-poured in USA using natural soy wax and premium fragrance oil. I’ve come across quite a few people that have given up candles altogether that I’ve going to be sure to tell about these! If purchased through there’s the option for gift-wrapping meaning you can order these for a friend of family member and make the gift that much more special and completely by-pass having to have them sent to you for wrapping first!


I’m 100% satisfied with Old Factory Candles and it’s nice to know that if I wasn’t the company would give me a full refund. I highly recommend these to everyone!

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Peter Hollens Debut Album Review & Giveaway!


Peter Hollens is an musical artist I learned about after seeing him in a Lindsey Sterling video on Youtube a few months ago. When it was brought to my attention that he had an album coming out this month, I was pretty eager to get a hold of a copy!

Peter has some pretty amazing music videos which can be seen on his Youtube channel. He offers his voice up for renditions of a number of musical genres popular pieces. Whether you like folk, Broadway, pop, or music and game songs, I’m sure there’s something there to draw you in! He totally gets my vote for uniqueness as a one-man cappella vocalist in sharing his amazing voice and videos with the world!

There are thirteen songs on his album which make up a runtime of about an hour. The song variety are many. My favorites have to be Skyrim (Main Theme) which features Lindsey Stirling, Les Miserables Medley in which he is accompanied by his wife, Shenandoah, Ashland’s Song (a touching original), I see Fire, & Misty Mountains. Not that the other songs are any less enjoyable! Other artist that make an appearance on this album are Brian Wilson of the Beach Boy, Jackie Evancho, Avi Kaplan, and mentioned before Lindsey Stirling.

1. I See Fire
2. Skyrim (Main Theme) [feat. Lindsey Stirling]
3. I Won’t Give Up
4. Les Miserables Medley (feat. Evynne Hollens)
5. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (feat. Sabrina Carpenter)
6. Shenandoah
7. She Moved Through The Fair
8. Hallelujah (feat. Jackie Evancho)
9. Our Special Love (feat. Brian Wilson)
10. The Parting Glass
11. Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (feat. Avi Kaplan)
12. Ashland’s Song
13. Misty Mountains

I would highly recommend you checking out Peter Hollens Youtube channel to see his videos and hear some of the songs found on this album. My family is enjoying his album very much! I’m hoping to see perhaps a Holiday collection in the future. Until then, I’m keeping this one on repeat through my week.

Want the album? You can purchase Peter Hollens debut album on iTunesLoudr | Amazon Mp3 | Amazon CD | Barnes & Noble

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A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas {review + giveaway}


Discover how to live out a sacred marriage. You believe your marriage has eternal purposes. you long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage others. But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools? In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Now, in A Lifelong Love, Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others. Whatever season of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives your the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you but will change the world around you.

My Thoughts…

A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas is a marriage book that can change the way you’ve looked at your marriage. His deep insights and scriptural references show couples whether newly married or in for many years what God has truly always intended and wanted for our marriages. There’s no better advice than taking that which God laid out for us by dissecting and applying it. We are challenged to live more intimately together through God’s promises and provisions and I believe this book can help.

In this book, there are three parts which have about 6-8 chapters each. The sections are: The Magnificent Obsession, Growing Together, & The Journey Toward Love. In ending the book, there’s an Epilogue, Appendix: God Hates Domestic Violence, Author Information, and Notes. Each chapter in the book varies a bit on size. Some can be read in about 15 minutes and others half an hour or longer depending. On the chapters that take a little longer, my husband and I have been splitting those up over a few days. The chapters always end with “Building a Life Long Love” and prayer to pray.

The questions and exercises at the end of the chapters give you a practical way to apply what was read to your marriage. The questions and application aren’t always easy. Sometimes we fall into our own ways without taking anyone else into consideration when we should be bringing certain things to light especially with our spouse. No matter what the lifestyle or walk with God, I believe the application and questions apply toward constantly tending as well as building a greater love together through God.

I recommend this book. It’s a wonderful reminder to keep things from becoming stale and mundane in our lives together. It’s certainly a good reminder that anything worth having should constantly be cared for. Let us never take for granted the blessings and ordained plan God has given us in each other. Let us not stop building with each other. Let us apply the truths God has given us! I believe any couple can be encouraged and given hope with this title.

Interested in Purchasing?  A Lifelong Love: What If Marriage Is about More Than Just Staying Together? can be purchased on in numerous formats. It can also be found in other book stores too!

About the author:

Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today radio, and a popular speaker. His award-winning books, including The Sacred Search, have been translated into over a dozen languages and together have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Thomas and his wife have been married thirty years and have three children.

Get Connected: Official website: | Gary Thomas’ website: | Follow Gary on Twitter@garyLthomas | Facebook:

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