Treat Yourself: The McDonald's Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich (Giveaway!)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich
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If you're like me, eating on the go is a way of life. Hitting the drive-thru is pretty much the only option for those of us with busy lifestyles. While many food choices at your favorite restaurants aren't always the best if you're trying to eat healthier, McDonald's is offering a few new menu choices that tickle the taste buds all while being a bit better for the waistline. Their new Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwiches are loaded with leaf lettuce, a tomato slice, vinaigrette sauce, all topped off with an artisan roll. Coming in at around 360 calories, most of us won't have to feel guilty about indulging.

Thanks to the generous people at McDonald's I have four sets of coupons to give away to four lucky winners! The grand prize winner will get six coupons to try the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich for free! That's approximately a $28 value. You can take your family out for dinner or treat your girlfriends to a lunch date. Three first prize winners will each receive a four pack of coupons for complimentary sandwiches. US residents, 18 years + only. Void where prohibited. Coupons valid at participating USA McDonald's locations only.

To learn more about the new sandwich and to see complete nutritional information, be sure to visit!

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Happy Eating!

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund ~ Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hearts Made Whole
by Jody Hedlund
Copyright 2015
Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 9780764212383
The Story:
Windmill Point, Michigan 

Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?

After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope...and possibly love?

Read what others are saying about Hearts Made Whole on the Litfuse Publicity site!

My Thoughts:
It's no secret, that Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. Her meticulous research and unique settings make her latest series, Beacons of Hope a must-read for all Christian fiction fans. Hedlund's passionate characters are unlike any I've had the privilege of meeting through the pages of a book.

Litfuse Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard Gray

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Proposal at Siesta Key
(Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book 2)
by Shelley Shepard Gray
Copyright 2015
ISBN: 9780062337726
The Story:
A young Amish woman, yearning for freedom, crosses paths with a handsome Mennonite celebrity in a deeply moving tale of friendship and self-discovery—the second installment in the unforgettable New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.

Penny Troyer rarely disobeys her parents. In the years since her sister’s tragic death, they’ve wanted nothing more than to keep her safe…even if it means never leaving the house.

But tonight, she’s bending the rules because Michael Knoxx, the most famous member of The Knoxx Family Singers, a traveling Mennonite Evangelical family —is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michael—how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire others—and knows she must meet him. So, for the first time ever, Penny stands up to her parents and goes out on her own.

Though he speaks about living life to the fullest, Michael knows he needs to take his own advice. Life on the road is grueling and Michael wants to slow down, to rest…to perhaps meet someone who sees him as a man, not just a celebrity. So when a twist of fate allows him the chance to stay a little longer in Pinecraft, Michael knows God is showing him a new path, especially when he discovers how much he and Penny Troyer have in common.

But new friendships can’t stop time. Soon, Michael’s time in Pinecraft will be over and he’ll be back on the road. Her time with Michael has brought her happiness, but will she be able to follow her heart? Or will she be faced with the one thing she’s sure she’ll never have the courage to do?

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My Thoughts:
Continuing with her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, Shelley Shepard Gray once again takes us back to the Orange Blossom Inn in beautiful, sunny Florida. Along with a few familiar characters we met in book one, the focal point of The Proposal at Siesta Key is shy, sheltered Penny Troyer and her relationship with a charismatic Mennonite speaker Michael Knoxx.

Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson (Keys of Promise Series) ~ My Review

Monday, June 8, 2015

Love's Rescue
by Christine Johnson
Copyright 2015
Revell Publishers
ISBN: 9780800723507
The Story:
Can a girl enamored with the adventurous seas ever be content with the tame life of a Southern belle?

When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O'Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the man he appears to be.

As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.

From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.

To learn more about Love's Rescue, visit the Revell website.

Shopping For Vintage: Flapper Style

Monday, June 1, 2015

Evening dress, French made, 1925.
Image from The Met Museum
I love thrift shops. I used to shop them solely for books, but I've learnedly that you can find great bargains on vintage clothes too -- if you visit the right location. Vintage has always appealed to me. Be it clothes, furniture, radios, etc. I've always had a respect for the quality craftsmanship that went into so many things from days gone by. In a time when pretty much everything is disposable, and by the time it gets in our homes it is already surpassed by the next best thing, it's hard to find something lasting.

In recent years films like The Great Gatsby and the smash British TV series Downton Abbey, the vintage fashions of the Roaring Twenties have made a comeback. The sleek lines of Art Deco, Egyptian archaeological finds, and the influence of jazz could be seen in the wardrobes of the younger set and marked a turning point in women's style. It's no wonder these styles have regained their popularity. A few yards of material combined with sometimes thousands of glass beads and sequins and you had an outfit that was a true masterpiece! Have you seen the dresses in this post? The stunning beading rivals stained glass!