I won a giveaway! {Parrish Papers & Busy Bot: Review}

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About five days ago I came across a giveaway on Instagram. I’ve participated in my fair share of “giveaway loops” – they usually end in disappointment, and too many followed accounts that I don’t really care for.

As you can see from the picture above, this giveaway was different. In the past few months I’ve discovered that I have a deep love for typography, and after a few feeble attempts, I’ve decided that I’m just going to leave handwriting to the experts. Once I saw everything that was included in the giveaway, I knew I needed to enter. Lo and behold, I WON!

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Today when I got home from student teaching, I was greeted by a little brown box, and inside were these gorgeous goodies!

Jordan’s prints are just lovely, and would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day card, or a wall hanging. She also offers custom watercolor portraits, and if I can convince Caleb that we need something else to fill our walls, I might just be ordering one in the near future. If you’re in need of a new set of recipe cards, look no further, because Jordan has those too.

Visit her Etsy shop, Parrish Papers, HERE.

Then there was the Luvbot. When I first entered the giveaway on Instagram, I had plans to give the little bot to one of my favorite little people (Baby Joy), but after opening the package & hugging this little guy, I’m not so sure. Abby’s Luvbot is so soft and plush, not to mention adorable beyond compare. She even sells a Luvbot that is a bit more girly, and still just as cute! Let’s face it, everything in her store is precious, and would be perfect gifts for a younger child, or someone like me who loves soft & cute things.

Visit her Etsy shop, Busy Bot, HERE.

I would definitely encourage you to support both of these ladies! They shipped my giveaway package right away, and everything was packaged so beautifully – with beautiful ribbon & string.

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Blogging for Books Review: Portlandia Edition

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In honor of the newest season of Portlandia airing TONIGHT AT 10 PM on IFC (I am so ready for some Candice & Toni sketches), I finally wrote my second Blogging for Books review!

This time around, I wanted to try a cook book. The semester was coming to an end, and I really didn’t have time to sit down and read an entire book. That’s when I discovered the single best thing on the entire Blogging for Books website: The Portlandia Cook Book: Cook Like a Local.

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While I haven’t had a chance to try any of the recipes, this book has been so much fun to simply look at. Aesthetically, it is absolutely beautiful; fans of the show (like me) will love how each page incorporates a different character, and ties their quirky personalities in with every recipe. My personal favorite was the recipe for Garmin’s Crispy Pork Riblets (he’s a little guy!). There’s also a Guide To Picking a Table At a Restaurant by Kath & Dave, which has been super helpful, and is absolutely hilarious & perfect in every way.

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(Disclaimer: I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review)

Blogging for Books Review: “The Happiness of Pursuit”

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A few months ago, I discovered Blogging for Books, a program created by a publishing group that sends people free books in return for an honest review. As soon as I heard about the program, I knew I had to sign up.

For my first book, I chose The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. The premise of the book is about finding happiness and fulfillment through the pursuit of adventure, specifically a meaningful quest. Chris had completed a quest of his own, visiting every country in the world before the age of 35, and through this book, he shares stories of his personal adventures as well as stories from others that journeyed through life-altering expeditions.

I chose this book for two reasons:

1. I wanted to know how he went about visiting a multitude of countries, how much it cost, and what he did when his quest came to an end.

2. I wanted to criticize it from a Christian perspective.

To be honest, before I even read the first page, I had a book review written up in my mind. As a Christian, I can say that I find my purpose in Christ, and that true happiness is found in following His will for my life. I was prepared to fight Chris on every point he attempted to make. I mean, how much purpose can one find if the point behind the quest has no connection to Christ?

But then I read the book.

While I had to put the book down multiple times to cater to school work, I was inspired every time I read a chapter. I read about the woman who went on a journey to break the world record of seeing the most birds in history, the story of the man who stopped talking for seventeen years, and countless others that decided to do something radical to bring meaning to their mundane existences.

To my surprise, I also found this book to be very practical. Chris offers lessons he’s learned along the way, as well as wisdom he’s gained from other men and women.

As I came to the end of The Happiness of Pursuit, I appreciated each story that was represented throughout each chapter, but at the same time, still came back to the conclusion that there is no real purpose in life without Christ. Most of the individuals I read about came to the end of their quests and didn’t know where to go next, or how to find purpose in other venues. They had placed so much time and effort into their adventures, often resulting in failed marriages and friendships, yet at the end of the road, they still had to find something just as exhilarating to maintain their sense of worth.

Overall, I appreciated the book and the insight it gave me into pursuing some of the bigger dreams I have, but at the same time, it made me thankful for my relationship with God, and the purpose and identity I have in Him.

(I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review)

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For anyone wondering …. I would definitely recommend trying out Blogging for Books! Even if you don’t have a blog, or if your blog is small with only a few followers (like mine), you are eligible to receive books in return for a review.

Go check it out!

Giveaway: Pandowdee Infinity Scarf

Fall is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than with an adorable infinity scarf.

I love finding new Etsy shops to browse, so when Betsy introduced me to Pandowdee, I was in love!

One of my favorite items in the Pandowdee shop is this armknit infinity scarf.  I just love cozy scarves for fall and winter, and this one has such great color and texture!

What’s even more exciting is that Pandowdee is giving this scarf away to one lucky reader!

i’ve partnered up with Pandowdee and a few other wonderful bloggers to bring you a great giveaway! Check out Pandowdee, check these ladies out, and enter to win!

What are some of your favorite Fall things? 🙂