My Favorite Things Week—Letters For My Little Sister

Every day this week I have shared one of my favorite things. Today is no different.  But today is different because I am over the top excited about the giveaway. Wait---I have loved everything I have posted this week but this one has a special place in my heart because I have a teeny tiny part in it. My blogger friend, Cecilia Gunther, has a wonderful blog at The Kitchen's Garden.  She is an amazing New Zealander living in Illinois on a sustainable farm.  She inspires me. Actually she … [Read more...]

My Favorite Things Week—In My Book® Bookmark Cards

Welcome to My Favorite Things Week on It's Just Life!  Every once in awhile I share with you, my lucky readers, some of my very favorite things.  This week I will not only share on my blog but I will share in real life.  All seven days this week I will give away the product that I am featuring that day. It will be very simple for you to enter to win.  Simply leave a comment on the post about the product featured.  It can be as simple as telling me why you would like to win it or what you … [Read more...]

Confessions Tour

I am thrilled today to highlight one of my favorite authors---T.B. Markinson.  You might recall that I have featured her on It's Just Life before and you can read those posts by clicking here and here.  I first "met" her when I found her somehow (that is still a bit hazy to me how I first found her!) and started following her travel blog and we forged a friendship across the pond.  Today I am thrilled to offer a little interview as part of her Confessions Tour.  Please join me in welcoming T.B. … [Read more...]

Book List 2014

I am making great headway on my books read in 2014.  I have some more free time lately and have made a dent in a reading a few on my TBR list.   I am always looking for great books to read and recommendations of friends so chime in in the comments to tell me what your favorite book is that you have read lately.   I have a lot on my Kindle and a whole library full to read but I love recommendations! 1.January Thaw by Jess Lourey 2. Playing With Matches by Carolyn Wall 3. The Senior Moment by … [Read more...]

Successful Living

I know you guys all think that I have it all figured out, don' t you?   Some days I think I do and then other days I know that I don't have a clue but then that's just life, isn' t it? Years ago I got a print for Chris to put in his office.  He has had this print in various offices over the years from Ohio to Pennsylvania to Illinois to North Carolina and Iowa.  As we are anticipating an eventual total move to Texas I have been cleaning and sorting and getting ready for that day.  Chris found … [Read more...]

Dangled Carat Cover Reveal

It's a big day for Hilary, my blogger / writer friend who wrote the memoir, Dangled Carat.   This is the official new cover for her book and I get to help spread the news.  Please join me in congratulating Hilary on her new cover and wish her luck on continued success with her book. Below find a little interview I did with Hilary to let you all know a bit more about her.  Following my Q and A are a few short blurbs about the book and links to purchase it in either Ebook or Paperback form.  Let's … [Read more...]

Books, Books, Books! I’ve Got Books!

You may remember that I joined up with the Chaotic Goddess bunch to do a Book Swap awhile back and it is time to fulfill the final part of my obligation and post about what my wonderful swap partner, Ellen from The Canon, gifted me. The concept was simple----each swap partner was to gift the other with a book that she/he loves, one that hasn't been read yet and one that the partner wanted.  Ellen did a smashing job of gifting me the perfect trio of books. First of all----book number one … [Read more...]

We Have a Winner!

As promised today I announce the winner of the signed copy of "Home" by Clear Lake author, Rachel Smith.  I am happy to announce that Becky Miracle is the winner.  Congratulations!  I hope that you enjoy the book!!!! … [Read more...]

“Home” with Rachel Smith

I have had the extreme pleasure to meet a lot of great folks in the past year or so in Iowa.  It is funny that it has taken this long for me to find some really great people but what it all boils down to is social media and my blogger friend Sara from It's All in An Iowa Mom's Day and Travel with Sara.  Sara wanted to get people in our area talking and connecting through various social media platforms and she has now built her own business (Social Connections, LLC) around what she has learned. … [Read more...]

The International Bank of Bob

  You know it is a good day when I post about two of my favorite things.  Today I wanted to share a bit of Kiva love and if you know me you know that I love this organization.  This fabulous microfinancing site was founded in October 2005 by Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley.  It has grown and surpassed their expectations, I am sure, and has many dedicated individuals who are on the board as well as others like Premal Shah (President of Kiva.org) who serve in various capacities. My … [Read more...]

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