Old Factory Candles


(I received a free sample in exchange for review)

I am a complete sucker for candles. I love them so much! Which is why I was SO excited to work with Factory Candles on this sponsored post!

Old Factory candles are hand-poured in the USA with natural soy wax, self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and premium fragrance oils. The Old Factory Candle Gift Sets each contain 3 different scented candles. Each candle burns clean and even for 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, and basement. Each gift set is themed around a group of related fragrances. So everyone is sure to find something perfect for every occasion, every room in the house, and all the special someones in your life. Old Factory Candle Gift Sets are sold exclusively on Amazon.

You can get your own set on Amazon here! Old Factory Candles

I tried Romance kit and love it! Whenever buying candles I am always really concerned about the smell being overwhelming. When smelly good stuff doesn’t smell good, it is just lousy!
The Romance theme has three candles within this set that are romantic in nature, Rose Petals, Champagne, Dark Chocolate are the theme scent choices.

The champagne scent is my favorite. It is unbelievable! Soft and floral with a touch of spice. It is just heavenly!

The dark chocolate smells just like cocoa.Being dark chocolate it has a tiny bitter bite that I love!

The rose petal is a tiny bit strong for my personal taste but in a large room it smells nice! Perfect for a rainy spring day!

Also have to note that this shipped quickly from Amazon and customer service was fantastic!

I am so thrilled with these and I would recommend them to anyone!


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Fierce Convicitions


The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain’s upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.

The history-changing reforms of Hannah More affected every level of 18th-Century British society through her keen intellect, literary achievements, collaborative spirit, strong Christian principles, and colorful personality. A woman without connections or status, More took the world of British letters by storm when she arrived in London from Bristol, becoming a best-selling author and acclaimed playwright and quickly befriending the author Samuel Johnson, the politician Horace Walpole, and the actor David Garrick. Yet she was also a leader in the Evangelical movement, using her cultural position and her pen to support the growth of education for the poor, the reform of morals and manners, and the abolition of Britain’s slave trade.

Fierce Convictions weaves together world and personal history into a stirring story of life that intersected with Wesley and Whitefield’s Great Awakening, the rise and influence of Evangelicalism, and convulsive effects of the French Revolution. A woman of exceptional intellectual gifts and literary talent, Hannah More was above all a person whose faith compelled her both to engage her culture and to transform it.

History is full of amazing women who always seemed to get lost in pages of history. I had never heard of Hannah More before. I am so sorry for this because she was truly an amazing woman who left an incredible legacy. I believe this book pays proper homage to her memory.
I applaud the efforts of historians and authors who make sure that the stories of amazing women in history are told. I would consider this a biography but it reads like a novel.

Ms. More was a renaissance woman living during the years of 1745-1833. She was a teacher and a scholar. That in of itself would have been an accomplishment during that time. However Hannah was also an accomplished writer, scribing poetry, plays and a novel. She also started a school for women, an orator and a philanthropist.

This would be a great gift for any teacher or historian.


Makeup by One Direction Limited-Edition Tins

Created for—and inspired by—fans of the world’s biggest band, this limited-edition beauty collection is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, just like ONE DIRECTION.

This is a sponsored review and I am thrilled to be working MarkTwins on this post!

You can check them out on Facebook here!


One of the best things about this is the packaging. The makeup comes in a fun  metal tin that can be reused for years.

5 Limited Edition Tins are available (1 for each band member).  The cute  tins are full of makeup and includes

6 Eye Shadows,Nobody Compares Metallic silver, Tell Me A Lie- Metallic pink, Same Mistakes Metallic mint,
I Would, brown, Summer Love purple, and a black matte called Everything About You

The three metallics are fabulous, and  my very favorate is the green Same Mistakes. I love it so much!

The Eye Pencil comes in a black color called I Want.

There are 4 Lip Glosses are in Loved You First Bubble gum pink, One Thing Frosted pink,
shimmery Irresistible and Heart Attack a Creamy rose shine gloss.

There is also a fun night Lip Gloss Top Coat: Over Again-a Silver glitter sparkle

Finally the tin has two Nail Varnishes
Stole My Heart- Magenta pink shimmer and Alive- Multi-coloured glitter flakes.

The nail polishes were a little too youthful for me personally, but luckily, I know plenty of makeup loving girls who liked them!

These new sets are available in stores November 15th at:
Sears USA
Walmart Canada

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Makeup By One Direction

If you are not familiar with One Direction, go ahead and listen to them here:

I actually really like this song. Is that bad? Am I not cool anymore? 😉

Anyways, This is my second review of One Direction Makeup and I am really having so much fun with them and was thrilled to be able to provide a review in exchange for a free product!

You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection

Christmas is just around the corner! If you are like me, you probably have a young girl in your life who loves pop music, glitter, glam and makeup!

That is why Makeup by One Direction is a fun and cool gift to give.

This makeup is brought to you by marktwins and you can check them out here!http://www.markwinsbeauty.com/

First let’s discuss the ElECTRO GLAM MASCARA

The Electro Glam Mascara is a fun and different look! I love that I can use it as a mascara for my lashes or as a way to jazz up my hair for a night!

FOR LASHES- Make a subtle statement by adding a pop of color to the tips of your lashes, or add coats to your entire lashes for a shockingly chic look. The more the better!
AS A HAIR MASCARA- Apply to small sections of hair and swipe through for instant ELECTRIC highlights

The mascara is available in Why don’t we go there-(Blue) Does he know?-(hot pink) and Story of my life- (canary yellow)


Liquilights Glow Gloss sparkles brilliantly during the day and illuminates under UV black light after dark. Enriched with natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night.

These glosses are SOOOO fun!!! I love anything that glows under UV black light. They are a MUST for makeup artists and club-goers!! They also sparkle under lights!

The glosses are available in these colors!
Through the Dark- Electric glitter poppy lip gloss that glows to neon red-orange under UV light
Kiss You- Orange glitter rush lip gloss that glows to neon yellow under UV light
Taken – Powerhouse glitter pink lip gloss that glows to neon orange under UV light

My favorate is TAKEN! It is not to over the top during the day and adds a nice kick!

No onto the ROCK ME NAIL KIT

The rock me nail kit is so much fun! My favorate is the gorgeous blue Happily! I love the extra bonus of the glitters, I like to add glitter to my ring finger only for a fun pop! You can color coordinate or mix it up!

ROCK ME NAIL KIT, featuring NEON UV-REACTIVE Nail Varnish and UV-REACTIVE GLITTER nail toppings that add even more sizzle to your mani, for nails that light up day and night.
Sprinkle the glitter over wet polish for a subtle accent, or go for the glitz and dip your entire wet mani in mega-watt sparkle!

Nail Varnish:
Happily– UV iced blue glitter
Moments- UV neon pink
Diana- UV 3D holographic

Glitter Toppings:
Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitter

Makeup by One Direction is now in these stores!
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & Taylor

This makeup is age-appropriate for teen girls and is fun and different! I would recommend them!


No Greater Valor

No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory


I felt that this was an interesting story. The author poured a great deal of passion and thorough research into every word.
It is an amazing story of the strength of deep spiritual faith during one of the worst religious oppressions in history.
Anyone who is interested in history and especially military history, will enjoy this book.
I feel like I learned not only learned about this particular battle in World War Two, but also a lot about human character and faith during times of war and despair.

Jerome R. Corsi, PH.D., is coauthor of Unfit for Command and author of The Obama Nation, both #1 New York Times bestsellers. Since 2004, Dr. Corsi has written six New York Times bestsellers on subjects including presidential politics, the economy, and Iran. He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC, as well as in hundreds of radio interviews. Dr. Corsi, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 1972, is a senior staff reporter with WND.com.

Harvest of Rubies

This book is unlike any I have ever come across in my life. It is the story of Sarah, a gifted young royal scribe in ancient Persia in 449 BC.
It is lovingly well written and paints a fascinating story. It is an easy book to get lost in. I just loved it. The author makes Sarah so human and vulnerable, and yet so strong willed and dedicated to her craft of literacy.
I hope to read more works by this author. I am truly amazed by the imagination and complex research that went into creating this wonderful novel.

The prophet Nehemiah’s cousin can speak numerous languages, keep complex accounts, write on rolls of parchment and tablets of clay, and solve great mysteries. There is only one problem: she is a woman.

In her early childhood years, Sarah experienced the death of her mother and her father’s subsequent emotional distance and she came to two conclusions: that God does not care about her, and that her accomplishments are the measure of her worth – the measure of her self.

Sarah, the talented scribe and cousin to Nehemiah, is catapulted into the center of the Persian court, working too many hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and solving intrigues for the Queen. Ironically, it isn’t failure but success that causes Sarah to lose her only source of external validation.

Sarah soon learns that she has something of worth to offer beyond her ability with languages and sums – her very being proves to be a blessing to others particularly the aristocrat, Darius, she was given to in marriage.

Sarah and Darius’ story continues in Harvest of Gold. Darius may be able to learn to love his wife, but can he ever learn to trust Sarah and her Lord?

Kiss Instawave


Kiss Products, the global leader in the nail care industry has expanded its line to include a vast array of beauty care products, including hair appliances. They are set to revolutionize the hair appliances industry by providing highly innovative, salon quality products at consumer friendly prices. By keeping up-to-date with the latest consumer trends and technology in hair care, Kiss always aims to elevate their products to the next level.

I was so excited to be able to work with Kiss Instawave in this review.
I was a tiny bit nervous when I first got the curling iron. I wasn’t sure if I could use it.
It takes a little getting used to, but once you know how it works and get the hang of it, it works just fine. It seems like a great option for people like me who aren’t skilled or talented with hair. I was so worried that I would get my hair tangled or frazzled or burned, but it is pretty easy to use. It gets quite hot quickly and was easier on my wrist than ordinary curling irons. I think my favorite thing was not having to mess with the clamp and getting the kink that I sometimes get when I use traditional curling irons.

You can find more about Kiss Instawave and get your own at: http://www.kissinstawave.com/

I received a free product in exchange for an honest review.

Daily Painting


Carol Marine has written several books about her technique for improving. Her technique is quite simple: painting small paintings everyday. Marine is very encouraging of artists in every form and level.
One thing that has always bothered me are art teachers who don’t always embrace newcomers or anything new into their world. I have heard countless stories of people who believed they weren’t creative or artistic because they were grossly discouraged to learning techniques about art. Carol Marine is not like that. She strives to help anyone become a better painter.
I took a painting class in college and found this book to be an excellent refresher about techniques and tools. The book covers everything from canvas and brushes to selling art online, and modern marketing tactics.
The author tells her really interesting story about studying art formally in school.

Check out Carol Marine’s blog here: http://carolmarine.blogspot.com/

Book Review- Bonhoeffer Abridged

From the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace, an abridged version of the groundbreaking biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the greatest heroes of the twentieth century, the man who stood up to Hitler.

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double-agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer, and was hanged in Flossenberg concentration camp at age 39. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the 20th century.

Bonhoeffer presents a profoundly orthodox Christian theologian whose faith led him to boldly confront the greatest evil of the 20th century, and uncovers never-before-revealed facts, including the story of his passionate romance.

About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Bonhoeffer; Amazing Grace; Seven Men; and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. ABC News has called Metaxas a “witty ambassador for faith in public life.” He speaks to thousands around the United States and internationally each year. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Although it isn’t very well known, there was resistance against Hitler and the Nazi Movement, from both Jewish and non-Jewish groups and individuals.
This book drew me in quickly. I became very interested in Holocaust studies and literature in college and so this book was right up my alley. This is about an average everyday man who stood up to the utter horror that was Nazi Germany.
These stories are so very important to keep and hold close to history’s heart.


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