Despicable Me 3 {Review}

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The characters beloved by everyone – Gru, his wife Lucy, their three adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions are back in this heartwarmingly subversive comedy from Academy Award-nominated producer Chris Meledandri (Despicable Me Franchise) and directors Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me Franchise) and Kyle Balda (Minions 1 & 2, The Lorax).

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down Balthazar Bratt, the latest evil mastermind to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger informs Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother — a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps — the former super-villain rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad. Featuring the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier and legendary actress Julie Andrews, Despicable Me 3 is the #1 animated film of the year and the latest chapter in the biggest animated franchise in the world

My kiddo has loved the Despicable Me series from the very beginning. She couldn’t wait to watch Despicable Me 3 and laughed the entire time. She thinks that Gru is just the funniest, but she loves how gentle his heart is when it comes to his girls. Gru’s brother showing up really put a twist to this move. While Dru definitely added a twist, I don’t think he took away from Gru at all I plan to watch this with my kiddos again. It was tons of fun and created a great bonding experience.


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Cave Tools: Pulled Pork Shredder Rakes {Review}

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One of my favorite foods is pulled pork sandwiches. They are full of flavor and fun to eat. I love that you can make them a variety of ways with tons of different flavors and sides. While they are finger licking delicious,  they are also timely to make. These Pulled Pork shredder rakes save tons of time and are easy to use.

They arrived quickly and were well packaged. I love that they come individually wrapped and that they are well padded. They are light weight and the handle offers a nice grip so that you can easily handle them. The tips easily shred through meat, saving you tons of time and they are easy to wash too!

They save so much time when shredding meat for pulled pork, shredded chicken,  beef roast, and more. They are also great for helping keep larger foods, like watermelons, steady for slicing or lifting larger foods off the grill too. They truly come in handy and I love that they are durable and long lasting. They’d make a great addition to a BBQ themed basket this holiday season!

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Seeds Of Hope by Barbara Cameron {Book Review}

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A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.


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My Thoughts!


I love a good love story and this one really resonated with me. I love how Cameron brought two people from totally different backgrounds together with a love story that will tug at your heart strings. The book is well written and easy to follow. It offers a steady pace and well developed, relatable characters. It’s the first book in the Harvest of Hope series and I can’t wait to read the next one.


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Financing Your Business Emergencies

Small businesses are often the first to suffer when the economic climate falls into hardship, but you don’t have to panic. Financial hardship doesn’t have to signal the end of your business, far from it. Businesses that hit a rocky patch aren’t over, they just simply have to have a contingency plan for such emergency situations. Finances are one of the top priorities for a business. You will run into tough decisions to make as a business owner every single day, and if you don’t have contingency plans in place for all eventualities, you could find yourself failing. So, when you run into trouble in your small business, you have some things you need to consider.


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One of the most common financial emergencies a small business faces is a shortage of cash flow. You could be the best of the best in your industry and the savviest entrepreneur that you know, but that doesn’t mean you are aware of all your options. There is a huge array of options out there on the high street and whether you check out financing options from a private lender, or you approach your bank, you need to know what is available to you. There are cashflow solutions available to you as a small business, but you need to go out and find them. Invoice finance and merchant cash advances are options for you, and they are very popular with different types of businesses.


Another issue that businesses face – especially small, independently run companies – is that sales fluctuates throughout the seasons in the year. No matter what happens through the year, you have expenses to pay and salaries to meet. You have to ensure that throughout the low seasons for your sales, you still have the funds to pay for those necessities.


Almost all businesses start out with a little debt, and this happens because you have to spend cash to make it. Always look at your financial options if you find yourself falling into debt and without a way to repay it. There are products across the market that cater for all types of business and their needs, so there is no lack of options out there for you as a company owner. Being in a position you cannot meet your repayment terms is a big problem, but the faster you jump on it the better off you’ll be.

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Getting finance in an emergency doesn’t have to be difficult. You would be dealing with companies that understand that getting in a pinch does happen. If you are a victim of security breaches, theft or a disaster, having the additional borrowing to get yourself on your feet before your insurance pays out to you can make a huge difference to your business future. You don’t have to be left out in the cold, so make sure that you are fully aware of the options in front of you when you get going. Once you find yourself in an emergency situation financially, you can have the knowledge to get yourself out of it.

THE MIRACLE SEASON In Theaters On April 13, 2018!

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls’ volleyball team.  After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

THE MIRACLE SEASON is available in theaters everywhere on April 13, 2018!








Package From Santa: Bring Home The Magic This Holiday Season!

Christmas is a magical time of the year.  There’s so many family traditions and holiday events that we attend. It can be super busy and overwhelming at times, too. However, Package From Santa really brightened  our holiday season and started a new tradition this year.

My kiddo was super excited when a package arrived in her name from the North Pole that offered a beautiful winter scene. Everything was neatly packages inside. The envelope contained a letter from Santa, a nice list certificate, an autographed Rudolph photo, and an autographed Santa photo. She was beyond excited as she viewed the contents and read the letter from Santa. The letter was personalized and contained information that only Santa would know. She was especially excited to see that Santa included details about her elf, Eli.

She also got a call and a video from Santa as well. She was beyond ecstatic about the video and had plenty of bragging rights afterwards. This is definitely a tradition that we will continue year after year.


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It’s Time To Check Your Home For Antiques

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Everyone that has ever wanted to make a silly amount of money in an impossibly fast amount of time has found themselves Googling “how to win at stocks and shares”. About 60% of these people then sign up to some Trading For Dummies type of service only to realise it is harder to make money like this than it is to just do their normal job. Why? Because it is so darn complex to begin with and who has the patience for complex?


But what if we told you getting rich quickly could be as simple as walking around your home, picking up that old watch that you found in your Dad’s drawer and taking it to a pawn shop. Seriously. The odds are actually in your favor on this occasion and that’s because one-fifth of Americans have a piece of art in their home worth over $1000 and 16% of homes have antiques worth the same. Yeah, your home is a gold mine.


To give that sudden burst of excitement some direction, we have pulled together a list of the most valuable collectables that could be hiding under an inch of dust in your attic as we speak. This could be your chance to live a life of early retirement.


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  1. Porcelain Can Fetch A Pretty Penny

Most people think you have to have an impeccable Ming vase from the other side of the world in order for ceramics to be worth anything, but this is far from the case. There was a case of “wow, this coffee pot is worth a lot,” a few years ago when a pensioner took a bunch of things to get valued, only to find out his morning routine was worth $51,000.


  1. Anything Deco Is A Definite Find

Dear Baz Luhrmann, thank you for redoing The Great Gatsby and encouraging a sudden surge in Art Deco popularity. Of course, what makes something worth a bob in this area is either a designer with a popular name or an item that really wows. A Tiffany lamp, for example, is a great find, as in furniture from this time.


  1. Now That’s A Good Sport

This is often one of the most overlooked genres in the attic hunting arena, which is absurd because anything from basketball cards to signed jerseys to football programmes have the potential to make your bank account very happy. So long as it is from a memorable game or its been signed from a legend of the sport, your find could be worth a bunch of notes.


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  1. The Hidden Gem Of This Game

When it comes to finding jewellery in your attic, basement, bedroom drawer or wherever, it can be super-duper hard to tell the difference between a real stone that could be you in the realm of David Beckham rich and a fake that will just be embarrassing. It is one of those things that requires a trained eye so, before you just go and give your old jewellery away, make sure you have a pro look at it.

Happy Habits of a Healthy Family

Staying healthy isn’t a battle that you have to take on all by yourself; it is something that you can do together as a family. Essentially, the key to living a healthier lifestyle is getting into good habits and reducing the impacts of some of the negative ones. So, in this article, we will talk about a few positive habits which you can introduce into your family lifestyle to improve the health of everyone.

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Get the Meals Right


The first thing to say is that it is important that everyone eats breakfast every morning as this helps you to get set up for the day ahead and makes you less likely to snack during the day. As for lunches and dinners, it is a good idea to prepare healthy meals in advance and put them in the fridge or freeze them so that they are ready to go whenever you need them. This way, you always have something in reserve and you are less likely to order takeaways.


Exercise at Home


Daily exercise is something which everyone should be striving for, and you can get your kids into good habits that will stay with them for the rest of their lives at home. Of course, if you have your own garden, there is a myriad of activities that you can enjoy together. If not, you have to get a little more creative, so you could try skip rope in your driveway, doing a workout video together or simply taking a family walk in your neighborhood.


Make Health a Priority


Take stock of everyone’s health in the home, and you should always prioritise ways that you can improve your family lifestyle. Encourage your kids to tell you if they notice any change in their health at all. Invest in hassle-free family medical insurance to give yourself peace of mind that you are protected in the event of anyone needing any medical treatment at all. Of course, you can’t do everything, but you can encourage your family to look after their own health as much as possible.


Be the Food Decider

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Whoever does the weekly shop has the ultimate responsibility for what comes into the home. After all, if sweets and chocolates aren’t readily available, your kids will have a much harder time getting their hands on them. Being the food decider can be a very tough job as you are the one who has the final say and there will be a lot of pressure on your decisions from other members of the household!


Get into a Bedtime Routine


Getting your kids into a bedtime routine from a young age is an important thing to do to make sure that they carry this with them for the rest of their lives. Like your own bedroom, theirs should be kept cool and dark which is the best for sleeping. You should also remove technology which is only likely to keep them awake for longer.

Stocks Or Commodities: I Don’t Know Where To Put My Money!

Hint, the answer isn’t stuffed under that mattress. In fact, it a much better idea to invest any spare cash you have, so it works as hard as possible for you. However, deciding which market to put it in can be anything but easy. The reason for this is that the world of investment can be confusing and complex at times. Something that can make it tough to choose which areas to sink your money into and which to avoid. Luckily, below you will find a quick and simple guide on the two main types of investment, along with their advantages. Something that should help you decide which will be best for your families’ finance.




Commodities investment differ from stocks in that it is not concerned with buying and selling a share of a company, but instead on the actual commercial items themselves.


These can include pretty much anything that has a value in the marketplace, some examples being silver and other precious metals, consumables like coffee and tea, and even raw material that are turned into energy such as oil and gas. Although whether the latter is a market, that is suitable in the long term is something that is currently under debate. Read the post at for an outline of the problem.

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Commodities also include things like cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Something that with the rise of home technology and alternative ways of paying may be worth investigating in the first instance.


One of the key advantages of investing in commodities is that you can now control them yourself, go to blog to find out more about this. Commodities also offer a fantastic return on your money. Of course, this is countered by the fact they are fairly high-risk.


This is primarily due to the fact they commodities deal in futures so you are essentially betting on the fact that you will be buying them at a lower price than you can sell them for. Something that means you should never invest more than you can afford to lose in this market.




Stocks and shares may just be the most famous form of investment. They focus on trading small parts of the ownership of a company. Something that means if a particular business is doing well then the value of a single stock or share goes up and vice versa if they are doing badly.


Something else that is worth noting about stocks is that they can be particularly valuable when sold to give the buyer the power to decide how the company is run. Something that is achievable if they have over 50% of shares in their possession.



Stocks make a good medium to high-risk investments for the following reasons. The first is that now it is possible to manage your own portfolio online, meaning that the risks are limited to how well you know the markets. There are also a wide range of type of stocks, meaning that it is quite likely that you will find one to suit your preferences and your pocket. Something that can make them a sound choice for your investment portfolio.

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.


The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . can they?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?


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My Thoughts!

This  is the second book in the Hidden Justice series, but it stands well on its own. I didn’t feel like I was missing back story or character development. Putman has a raw talent for drawing readers in and bringing them to the edge. The characters are well developed and relatable. The storyline was believable and easy to follow. I couldn’t put this book down! I finished it in record time because I just couldn’t put it down. Emilie is such a powerful and moving character. I love how well developed she is and my heart ached for her. It’s a great book that I highly recommend.

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Meet The Author!

Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.