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7 Aug 2020   ·   30

Two Books I Finished & One Book I Didn’t (+ a favorite picture book)

Welcome to my weekly book update post where I share what books I read this past week + my honest thoughts and star ratings of them.

A Word on My Star Ratings

The star ratings I give the books I read are based on a 5-star rating system. I rarely will ever give a book a 1-star rating (maybe never?), because my philosophy is that if a book is only worthy of one star, I’m more than likely going to quit reading it. 🙂 In the same vein, you’ll also notice that I’ll rarely give a 5-star rating as I reserve those for only my very, very favorite books.

Want to see all of the books I’ve read so far this year? Check out my Good Reads page.

The last few weeks, I finished two books and here are my reviews…

Show Up For Your Life

This book, by Chrystal Evans Hurst, is written to encourage teen girls to live with more intention and purpose. As the Amazon description says, it’s “a book that empowers young women to appreciate their divinely-created uniqueness instead of comparing themselves to others.”

The chapters are short and easily digestible and the book is packed with lots of stories and practical ways to walk out the lessons it contains. I especially loved how the author was so honest in sharing her mistakes and short-comings.

As someone who has teen daughters and who helps lead a small group of high school girls in our youth group, I thought it was a worthwhile read. Not all of it was relatable currently (it delved into certain things that my girls haven’t dealt with or struggled with yet), but I picked up some words of wisdom as a mom and youth group leader, plus inspiration in my personal life.

Verdict: 3 stars

The Way I Heard It

I’ve never listened to Mike Rowe’s podcast by this same name, but I really enjoyed this book. It shares little known stories of well known people…  but he doesn’t tell you who the individual is until the very end of the story.

In addition, he shares a more personal reflection at the end of each story. These were often my favorite as he’s had such a fascinating life and journey.

Mike Rowe is a fantastic storyteller and I get so personally inspired as a writer just by paying attention to how he weaves words and stories together in a masterful way. I especially loved that this audiobook was narrated by him. I loved some of the sections so much that I had to have Jesse listen to them!

Note: If you’re familiar with Mike Rowe’s show, Dirty Jobs, you’ll know that he tends to be a little crude at times and there was definitely some innuendo in the book. So if that type of thing bothers you, this book is definitely one you’ll want to pass. I’m giving it a high star rating based upon the vibrant storytelling in this book.

Verdict: 4 stars

Book I Didn’t Finish: Where the Crawdads Sing — I’ve seen this book mentioned so many places and it has often been recommended. I made it halfway through the audiobook and just couldn’t keep listening. While I found the story engaging and it was so good to remember that you never know where people have come from and what it’s like to walk in their shoes, I just felt uncomfortable that it was starting to give too many details about intimate scenes.

Picture Book: Goodnight Moon

I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the picture books we’re reading to the babies. Goodnight Moon was one of Silas’ favorite books when he was little and he was so excited to get to introduce it to them babies.

They love this book already and we’ve read it over and over again. I think this is a perfect book to introduce to little babies because the pictures are so engaging (plus it has some black and white pages), the story is short, and it’s fun and rhyming.

What are your favorite picture books to read to little ones?

What have you read recently? I’d love to hear! Tell us in the comments!

7 Aug 2020   ·   0

HUGE Tumblers & Water Bottles Sale! (Includes Hydro Flask, Thermos, Simple Modern, & More!)

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Looking for a new tumbler or water bottle? This is a really great sale on Zulily right now!

Zulily is having a big sale on water bottles and tumblers right now, with prices marked down as much as 45% off!

Choose from popular brands like Hydro Flask, Thermos, Simple Modern and more.

Shipping starts at $5.99.

7 Aug 2020   ·   7

Young Woodworkers Kit Club Box for just $4.99 + shipping!

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If you have a child interested in woodworking, don’t miss this discount on the brand new Young Woodworkers Kit Club Box! (And if you’re looking for more kids subscription boxes, be sure to check out Annie’s Creative Girls Club, KiwiCo, and more!)

Silas with young woodworkers kit club craft

Have a child interested in woodworking or crafts?

Ever since we posted about the Creative Girls Club Kit, SO many of you have asked if they might come out with a craft kit for boys. Well, great news — Annie’s now has a brand new woodworking kit that boys OR girls can enjoy! Yay!!

If you have a child interested in woodworking or you’re looking for a craft kit that’s not specifically tailored to girls, this kit is for you!

The Young Woodworkers Kit Club is a woodworking craft kit series designed for children from 7-12 years of age.

These kits introduce a wide variety of woodworking skills including learning to use small screws and nails, becoming practiced in using sandpaper to round off edges, handling a hammer, learning the importance of making careful measurements, and so much more! Kids will make a variety of crafts and toys they can enjoy immediately, and have fun learning as they go!

putting together woodworking craft kit

They sent Silas a couple kits to try, and he loved putting together this cool marshmallow launcher! It was SO much fun and totally worth $4.99 + shipping!

Get 75% off your first Young Woodworkers Kit Club Box!

If you want to try this woodworking craft box, you can currently get an exclusive 75% off when you use coupon code SHARE75 at checkout.

With this discount, you’ll pay just $4.99 + shipping for your first craft kit — so $10.94 shipped total.

These woodworking craft boxes are regularly $25.94 shipped, so this is a great opportunity to try a box at a much lower price!

Silas with Marshmallow Launcher Kit

{Note: After your first discounted box, you’ll be charged at the regular monthly price each month after that. But it’s really easy to pause or cancel your membership at any time after receiving your first box. Simply log in to your account and follow the instructions to cancel.}

Go here to use code SHARE75 and get your first woodworking craft kit for $4.99 + shipping!

7 Aug 2020   ·   0
Canvas Sneakers

Women’s Canvas Sneakers only $7!

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Need some new sneakers for fall? These Canvas Sneakers from Maurices are so cute!

Canvas Sneakers

Today, Maurices is offering their popular Canvas Sneakers for just $12 both in-store and online!

Plus, sign up for My Maurices Rewards (it’s free) and you’ll receive a $5 coupon making these only $7.

There are so many cute colors to choose from.

Women’s Canvas Sneakers – $12 (regularly $24)
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$7 after coupon

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

7 Aug 2020   ·   0

Curtain Panels as low as $8.39!!

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Need some new curtains? You can score some great deals at JCPenney right now!

Right now, JCPenney is offering some great deals on curtain panels! Plus, use the promo code WINNER30 to save an extra 30% off!

Here are some deal ideas…

Get these Eclipse Kids’ Kendall Rod-Pocket Blackout Curtain Panels for just $14.69 after the promo code (regularly $30)!

Get these Home Expressions Lisette Rod-Pocket Sheer Panels for just $8.39 after the code (regularly $20)!

Get these Home Expressions Lisette Sheer Grommet-Top Single Curtain Panels for just $12.59 after the code (regularly $30)!

Get these JCPenney Home Rockford Sheer Grommet-Top Single Curtain Panels for just $16.79 after the code (regularly $40)!

Get these Saturday Knight Dream Light-Filtering Rod-Pocket Single Curtain Panels for just $16.79 after the code (regularly $35)!

Shipping is free on orders over $49.

Valid through August 9, 2020.

7 Aug 2020   ·   0

HUGE Savings on Crocs for the Family!

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Love Crocs? Here’s a really hot sale on shoes for the family!

Crocs is offering an extra 50% off sale shoes right now! No promo code needed – the price will drop at checkout.

Here are some deals you can get…

Get these Kids’ Bayaband Sandals for just $13.99 after the discount!

Get these Women’s Kadee Slingbacks for just $13.99 after the discount!

Get these Women’s Meleen Cross-Band Sandals for just $16.74 after the discount!

Get these Kids’ Bayaband Printed Sandals for just $16.74 after the discount!

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Get these Women’s Sexi Flips for just $16.74 after the discount!

Shop the entire sale here.

Shipping is free on orders over $34.99.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

7 Aug 2020   ·   0
Sports Apple Watch Bands

Sports Apple Watch Bands only $8.99 shipped!

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Switch up the look of your Apple Watch with these bands!

Sports Apple Watch Bands

Jane has these Sports Apple Watch Bands for only $8.99 shipped right now!

Choose from over 30 colors.

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7 Aug 2020   ·   0
Z/Cloud Chaco Sandals

*HOT* Chaco Men’s & Women’s Z/Cloud Sandals only $49.99 shipped (Reg. $110!)

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Hurry and grab this HOT deal on these Chaco Men’s & Women’s Z/Cloud Sandals!

Z/Cloud Chaco Sandals

Through August 15th, you can score these Chaco Men’s & Women’s Z/Cloud Sandals for just $49.99 when you use the promo code ZCLOUD55 at checkout (regularly $110)! There are several colors to choose from.

Plus, shipping is free!

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Use promo code ZCLOUD55
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$49.99 shipped after code

Chaco Women’s Z/Cloud Sandals – $87.99 (regularly $110)
Use promo code ZCLOUD55
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Valid through August 15, 2020.

7 Aug 2020   ·   7
Beauty Brands Sale

Beauty Brands: $14.98 Liter Sale (Redken, Matrix Biolage, CHI, Paul Mitchell, and more!)

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Need to stock up on hair products? Check out this $14.98 Liter sale that Beauty Brands is currently offering!

Beauty Brands Sale

Right now, Beauty Brands is once again hosting their popular $14.98 Liter Sale! There are over 200 salon brands like Redkin, Matrix Biolage, CHI, Paul Mitchell and more included in this sale!

Plus, you will receive a FREE Beauty Brands Beauty Sample with any online purchase – no promo code needed as it is automatically added to your cart!

Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more.

Valid through August 9, 2020.

7 Aug 2020   ·   0
72 Piece Fort Building Kit

Fort Building Kit only $29.99 shipped!

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This Fort Building Kit looks like such a fun toy!

72 Piece Fort Building Kit

Jane has this Fort Building Kit for just $29.99 shipped right now!

This is perfect for indoor fun on rainy days.

Psst! We love Jane! Looking for other great Jane deals? Check out our custom Jane page for more of our hand-picked favorite deals each day!