Month: February 2013

Celebrities

Celebrities

Ok so we’re not really celebrities–but recently Amber and I did a *super* fun photo shoot that made me feel like I was one for a few hours! Here are my favorites! Nicole Elliott

Choosing the Right Pushchair

Choosing the Right Pushchair

  Article submitted by: Monique Fullowka There are so many pushchairs on the market, if you’re a mum-to-be, or you are simply looking to upgrade your pushchair as your child gets older, it can be difficult to make an informed decision! I certainly found it tough, […]

Pet peeves of people with glasses

Pet peeves of people with glasses


 Article submitted by: Monique Fullowka


Wearing glasses is a lot of fun. They are a great accessory, they make you look smarter and best yet, they allow you to see more than 10 feet ahead of you. But as with anything there are some drawbacks. These days you can order glasses online at Coastal.com so that you no longer have the inconvenience of venturing to the optometrist, that being said there are still several challenges that people with perfect vision will never identify.
Napping is more difficult: There is no better feeling than an impromptu nap. Just put you head down and relax and drift of. However you may be soon woken up by the inconvenient pressing on your nose only to realize that you have fallen asleep on your glasses and they are now digging into your face. Alternatively you may, wake up all refreshed but unable to find the glasses that you have fallen asleep with. Too often have women woken up from an otherwise great nap only to find their glasses twisted in their hair?
Other glasses are a chore: When people first heard of the popularity of 3D movies, most of them were very excited. That is with the exception of people who wear glasses. In 3D movies, you now have to put your special glasses on top of your regular glasses. These not always fit properly, and if they do the solution is not only comical looking but also very uncomfortable. Additionally unless you have prescription sunglasses you have probably tried to put your sunglasses on top of your glasses in instances of driving against the sun. Apart from the strange looks that you get from the car beside you, this is not a great or comfortable solution. In both these instances it is best to wear contacts instead.
Not great for sports: Glasses are not great for those who like to do active sports. Sporting events in which balls are flying or contact sports are especially bad, as you constantly worry not about damage to yourself but the damage to your glasses. Furthermore, any water related sporting activity is not a great idea if you wear glasses. You cannot take your glasses into the pool, and you cannot see without them. It is a catch 22 situation, for which the best solutions are contact lenses or just staying dry.
You spend a lot of time looking for them: Anyone with glasses has probably spent a good portion of their life looking for their misplaced of glasses. In many households the term “have you seen my glasses” is commonly heard. Ironically it is very difficult to find your glasses if you cannot actually see them even if they are right in front of you. In such situations an emergency pair may be ideal even if you only wear it to find the pair that you lost.
As you can see (pardon the pun) wearing glasses is not always great. But being able to see the world around you is a very small price to pay for these minor annoyances.
Care For Babies ~ Blissful Bathtime

Care For Babies ~ Blissful Bathtime

When you have a little one suddenly everything that you’ve always taken for granted seems like a BIG DEAL! Bathtime for a newborn? Traumatizing! (for the parent that is–haha) By the time you have 2 kiddos (like me) you’re an old pro! My top tips […]

Mamavation Monday ~ Razors, Sweat, and Water

Mamavation Monday ~ Razors, Sweat, and Water

This past week has been one that was even more crazy than typical! Each day had something “extra” planned and several involved us eating lunch either out or brown bagging it.Because of all the fuss and a few missed alarms I didn’t end up running […]

A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side

A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side

What’s better than one great novel by a wildly successful Christian author? Why three of them of course! That is what you’ll find in A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One: Where Yesterday Lives, When Joy Came to Stay, On Every Side since it’s difficult to review three stand alone novels all together I’ve broken each individual story into it’s own review–I feel that as a collection they make sense. Each novel deals with deep and heart wrenching troubles. I especially thought the first two novels paired extremely well together!

In Where Yesterday Lives Karen Kingsbury delves into the deep and complex emotions that encompass losing a loved one and growing up and apart from family and friends and how different things in our lives shape us and our perspective on the world so greatly. I love how she tackles these issues through the various eyes of the Barrett family. Ellen Barret–successful yet unfulfilled reporter is the main character but each of the family members is focused on in the book, each of their emotions and backstory come into play. I love how the struggles, fights, and difficulties are shown from each characters perspective because it lends to greater empathy as a reader and really tugs at your heart strings! One of my favorite song lyrics is by Big and Rich and is says, “You never stop loving somebody, no matter what you tell yourself. You never stop loving somebody–you just start loving somebody else.” I’ve always found that to ring so true and part of Ellen’s storyline delves into this complex and sometimes dangerous dynamic. Unlike in other Kingsbury novels where I wanted to smack the characters for doing stupid things each move that the Barretts make is completely believable and it’s easy to see exactly how they would end up where they are as the story develops.

I truly enjoyed this book! It wasn’t a light and fluffy read but rather deep and rich and emotional and shows the very fabric of what being a human, along with a fallen sinner who accepts Christ, really is all about.

When Joy Came to Stay shines a spotlight on the hot button topics of depression and foster care. I really appreciated how Karen handled both of these super sensitive topics that are so easily taken to one extreme or the other. Instead of doing either of those things through a complex and intriguing storyline and characters Karen shows us how sin always has a price–but God never abandons those He saves and claims as his own.

As you learn Maggie’s story your heart hurts for her and her pain and depression becomes more understood and something to empathize with rather than to look down upon if you have never experienced it for yourself. I also appreciated Ben’s side of the story–and his journey into love and forgiveness and rooting out the sin within his own life. And of course who couldn’t adore sweet little Amanda–the ray of sunshine in the novel?? Another aspect of this book that I appreciated was that the perfect person facade is often just that–a facade. We should never judge others or be envious of their lives because we have no idea of knowing what is truly going on within them–this is why it is so important to never be envious and to always be kind and this is shown beautifully through the character of Laura Thompson in this novel.

Another deep and gem of a novel I highly recommend this-it’s among my favorites of Kingsbury’s that I’ve ever read!

On Every Side

I’m sad to admit that after thoroughly enjoying the first two novels in this book the last novel was a bit of a let down. While it still had true Kingsbury flavor in that it was easy to read and it kept my attention throughout, there were several different items that I felt drew away from the overall picture. The biggest for me was her focus more on the “sensational” realm of Christianity with a vision/dream (whether from God or an Angel is never made clear–first it makes it seem like an angel but then the man is instructed to remove his shoes because he is on “holy ground”) that occurs twice to one of the main characters and a near death experience for one of the others. I feel like maybe because the overall storyline of the angel in the park wasn’t as gripping she felt the need to “add a bit of excitement” into the story. I did love how this novel was based on true events–which I felt would have made an amazing novel just in and of themselves without the extra flair. Another aspect of the book that I loved was watching the change of heart that took place in both of the main characters–and the thought of “the walls coming down” theme that ran throughout the book. If you’re a died hard Kingsbury fan then this is certainly worth reading–but I’ve enjoyed several other of her books much more!

Did this review help you? I hope so! If it did–or didn’t–please take just a second and Rate My Review Here to let me know!

Nicole Elliott

Saturday Sweepstakes

Saturday Sweepstakes

Since I know you all love a good sweepstakes (who doesn’t?!) I thought I’d tell you about some of my favorite that are going on right now! A chance to win a Nikon CoolPix Camera and a year’s supply of chocolate–yes please!!! What you waiting […]

Friday Food For Dessert ~ Whole Fruit® Sorbet

Friday Food For Dessert ~ Whole Fruit® Sorbet

Here in the Elliott house we try to focus on eating healthy foods–but of course we love our “special treats” as the kiddos call them. So when we got the chance to try out  Whole Fruit® Sorbet I jumped at it! Sorbet is usually a […]

Organizing in Small Spaces

Organizing in Small Spaces

I’m very excited to let you all know that I’m about to start a Organizing Small Spaces Series on here every Thursday!  One of my “blogging goals” for this year was to organize my random posts into categories and come up with a weekly blogging schedule and this will be the beginning of that!

From living in a small, wonderful house growing up to squeezing into apartments ever since-and now living with my in-laws–I’ve mastered the art of Organizing Small Spaces throughout my life and I thought it would be great to pass some of those thoughts along to you all!

Here are the topics we’ve covered so far:

Topics coming soon:

  • How to Think Outside the Box for Bedroom Furniture

and more!

Do you have an Organizing topic or problem? Please comment and let me know and I will write about my solution for it!

Nicole Elliott

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Love Is….

Love Is….

Love Is…. Sprinkly Strawberry Zoo Fun Cupcakes …