Sunday, July 5, 2015

Love Arrives in Pieces - book review #LitfuseReads

This was book 16 for me in my goodreads challenge to read 24(or more) books this year! Yeah! But unfortunately Love Arrives in Pieces, by Betsy St. Amant, missed the mark for me :(


For so long, Stella was known for her beauty. Now, with her heart stripped bare, she must discover who she really is.

Former pageant queen Stella Varland doesn't trust beauty anymore after her divorce. Her appearance betrayed her and led to brokenness, so instead of being beautiful, now she tries to make beautiful things, but she always falls short. So she keeps her passion for art to herself and focuses on her interior design work. But if she doesn't get another job soon, she'll be stuck living with her parents.

Contractor Chase Taylor is determined to live a life of no regrets after losing his fiancée. Now he lives life at full speed, striving to see how much he can accomplish. He knows if he slows down, he'll fall apart. So he returns home to Bayou Bend to renovate the town's old theater and is shocked to discover that the designer for the project is his old flame, Stella.

Forced to work together, Chase and Stella battle their chemistry and past as they struggle to compromise and work together on a vision for the theater. Their wills clash as they attempt to hide their brokenness---and their unresolved feelings for each other-until Chase discovers the hidden parts of Stella, while losing her trust in the process.

A near catastrophe, a fire, and a small-town gossip mill finally force Stella and Chase to realize that they have a choice---to hold on to the shards of their pasts, or surrender their fragmented pieces to the One who makes a beautiful masterpiece from their brokenness.


My Thoughts:
So, unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. I loved the idea of the book. I loved it in certain parts, when it actually 'got going'..but i found with this book that I would pick it up, read an hour or so, put it down, let it sit for a couple days, try again, rinse repeat. It just didn't capture my interest the way that I was so hoping it was going to! I noticed that there are soooo many great reviews for this book though, that I obviously must have missed something! I definitely related to the trying to build yourself again aspect, and that you're always your own worst critic...now to just make that masterpiece...hmm..
So do I recommend it? Absolutely! Everyone has their own opinion, and with a rating of 4.06 out of 5 on goodreads, I am obviously one of the 'off' opinions! 


Buy the book now, on Betsy's website! 


Disclosure: I received a copy of the book, for free, in exchange for my participation in the book tour. Thanks so much to Litfuse Publicity!

Friday, June 26, 2015

ICYMI - The beautiful Hush Little Baby video from Pampers! #BetterForBaby #pgmom

P&G have sure been pumping out the touching, heartwarming, and emotional videos lately! Dad, then mom, and now baby!

Pampers knows how special the little moments are between a mom and her baby - and with the whole family. And babies bring out the best in all of us. We strive to be better...#BetterForBaby.

Hope you have a tissue (or the box!) handy!



Isn't that so beautiful??

You can download the lullaby now at SoundCloud!

Even though my own 'babies' are now 10 and 14, I still strive to be better for them, and be a positive influence / role model, after all they are the future!

What do you think of the new #BetterForBaby video?

Join us for #HomeMovieParty TONIGHT, June 26, 4pm PT / 7pm ET

HOME from Dreamworks Animation and Fox Home Entertainment is hitting Digital HD, TODAY, June 26

We're so excited to join in the #HomeMovieParty fun tonight! My girls saw Home when it was in the theatres, and absolutely LOVED it! But tonight will be a first for me, and I can't wait! You should definitely join in the movie watching / twitter party excitement! Home director, Tim Johnson, is joining in!


About HOME: From the creators of How to Train Your Dragon comes the hilarious and heartwarming, hit comedy of the year, featuring the extraordinary voice talents of Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez. When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and meets a teenage girl named Tip, the two unlikely friends embark on the greatest journey of all time...the journey HOME.





I hope to see you TONIGHT! Tweet me, @orangeheromama, to let me know you're in!



*Disclosure: I downloaded the movie, for free, from Fox Home Entertainment, in exchange for my participation.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cuteness Alert! Inchworm video! #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

Serious cuteness alert! I was out sidewalk chalking with Orangie Sunday morning and suddenly there was a cute little inchworm with us! I seriously thought these things were like unicorns because I had never actually seen one before...ermahgerd! How cute is this?!

A video posted by Christy (@orangeheromama) on


and while you're here, be sure to link up your WW post! :) 
Monday, June 22, 2015

Great Summer Read! Summer's List, by Anita Higman #litfusereads

I have just read a FANTASTIC book, and it comes at the perfect time, as it's now officially summer!


A dying wish alters the course of a young woman's life.

Life hadn't been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness---caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother's bookstore---she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love . . . didn't turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something---or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer's past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?


I was sent this book, by accident, from Litfuse, and honestly, it must have been meant to be as I absolutely LOVED it! It was a super quick read for me that I finished in just 3 sittings! From page one I was hooked! Ok, likely because I am a hopeless romantic :) There was just something about every single character that kept me reading, wether it was because I deeply miss my own grandmother, could relate to the estranged family side of the story, or relished the "awww" feeling I got from the swoon-worthy connection of Martin and Summer. If you're looking for something light and wonderful to read this summer, I highly recommend Summer's List!  ** I just realized that I reviewed another of Anita's books "Winter in Full Bloom", and I also LOVED that one too..read the review here!

Learn more and purchase a copy at Anita’s website.

What do you have on your list to read this summer?


*Disclosure: I received a copy of Summer's List, for free, from Litfuse, in exchange for my review.
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Sharpie Paint Mugs - DIY

So last month I had my girl personalizing mugs for me with the Martha Stewart glass paint, you can see that post here. They enjoyed the mug decorating so much that they wanted to do some for their dad, for Fathers Day. This time using a different format that we'd seen; using the Sharpie oil-based paint pens. I had done some researching and found that using a regular sharpie and then baking is NOT actually a permanent solution, but the oil-based pens are not only permanent, but even dishwasher safe! Decision made! (ps - this post is not sponsored, they're just an awesome product!)

and as you can see, the paint pens come in some wonderful vibrant colours!

Once again, making a decorated mug is extremely fun and simple too! We found our mugs at our local dollar store for $1.50 each (we've had some great luck with these mugs!), and the Sharpie markers we found at the Michaels store that I work at. (Do you know how dangerous it is to your paycheque to be a crafty person who works at a Michaels!! yikes! lol)


So I think our little crafting session took about 20 mins total, and the best part about the oil-based Sharpies is that they are permanent without having to bake them! and they dry quickly! Which makes them a new favourite in my craft supplies collection!

Have you used these markers? What have you used them for?
We're always on the hunt for fun new things to do!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Music Love! Joy Williams - VENUS album #review

Music is in my soul. and I cannot live without it. In Joy Williams new solo album, Venus, I have found a new love. Many times, I have played it over and over until my bluetooth speaker's battery died. It is seriously just that beautiful. At times so haunting, and others you get caught in the beat. It takes you through an array of feeling. This one will be on heavy rotation around here for quite a while.


Many know Joy Williams as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. Until their 2012 hiatus (and eventual break up in August 2014) the singer-songstress rarely revealed herself, except through the duo’s music.

On her new solo album, VENUS, she changes all that. Joy was intent to tell a more honest, human story of one woman’s journey out of darkness.

Over 11 unstintingly honest songs, she unabashedly recounts what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. She doesn’t try to defend or explain, but instead tells a simple straightforward story of events, sparing no one, especially herself.

You might call it a coming-of-age album, but it is so much more than that. It shows how one woman has come to live her truth — the good, the bad, the petulant, the honorable — and in the end, shows all of us how to live our own.


One of my favourite songs from the album:



This quote from Joy about the upcoming release of her album just speaks to my heart in so many ways.. "It feels like I’m reclaiming myself. I identified so much with The Civil Wars that when it went away I had to process the myth that I’d been a part of creating, free myself of that, and rediscover my own voice. Working through that really opened me up. In finding my voice I found myself again."

As much as I thoroughly miss The Civil Wars and wish they would regroup, I am beyond curious to follow the bright future that is sure to come for Joy Williams as a solo artist. Be sure to grab this album when it releases June 30, 2015!

Pre-order now on iTunes or Amazon.
Learn more about Joy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


* Disclosure: I participated in the Joy WIlliams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.