Thursday, December 17, 2015

My New Favorite Author and A Book List!

Recently I found an author who writes historical fiction romance. I have finally decided that she is now my author for this year. I have been going through her books like nobody's business. Karen Witemeyer has claimed my attention because of her thrilling and romancing books. I've read all but four of them, and I am waiting for the chance to get to those books. 

The covers are just as awesome as the books, so as you go through, feel free to judge these books by their cover.

If you want to check out Karen's other books, or read the backs of the books I've posted here you can find them at Karen's website. You can also find bonus material, contests, and her blog.

A Worthy Pursuit Short-Straw Bride Stealing the Preacher To Win Her Heart Head in the Clouds A Tailor-Made Bride 

In my opinion, these books are well suited for ages 12 and up. Have fun reading! 

XO AnnaD

Friday, December 11, 2015

Gift Guide In A Jar

We all struggle with those last minute Christmas gifts, the ones that should be easy, though are incredibly hard to find and put together. But I've found that one of the easiest gifts to put together are the ones that are so awesomely stuffed into a jar. The gifts are very simple, but although it's simple, the jar is customized to fit the personality of the person you are presenting the jar.

Okay! Now to share all the jar gifts I have for y'all to look at. Go through and find something sweet for your bff, your mom, or anyone one lucky enough to receive this gift.

Grab a glass jar and write twenty things u and your best friend only understand inside for a gift.:
Fill a jar with twenty things only you and your best friend understand, she'll get a laugh for sure.

18 Creative Mason Jar Gift Ideas- the funfetti mason jar candle is adorable!:  
Fill a jar with small gifts that will pamper and relax your friends.

Loves To Bake Gifts In A Jar
If you have someone close who loves to bake, put together a jar of baking supplies that they'll appreciate.

M & M Cookie Mix in a Jar - A mason jar filled with pre-measured dry ingredients for M & M cookies. Give the jar as a gift, and all the recipient has to do is add the wet ingredients to the contents of the jar and bake.:
Pack the dry ingredients from your favorite cookie recipe into a jar and include the recipe on the top. Make sure the wet ingredients are written down for the receiver of this gift so they can actually make the cookies.

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Stuffing a jar with fun things you could do at a sleepover or during a camping trip for your friend would be a great way to go. Make sure to personalize the jar so the it's special!

Gifts In A Jar Homemade Gift Ideas 
 For those who love to craft, this would be a great jar to give. Washi tapes, glitter, glue, and stickers are some good ideas to put into the jar. 

 Mason Jar Money. creative way to gift cash From
Giving money for those we love is always a hard thing to do. But, if we disguise it with candy, giving money becomes a fun experience. To make sure the money doesn't get dirt all over the candy, roll the money into a toilet paper roll.

You will find you won't spend over ten or so dollars putting together the jar depending on what you fill it with. 

Have fun filling the jar! Be creative when you do though. These jars are suggestions, so don't be afraid to fill them with stuff you know the person would like!

XO AnnaD

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Art Of Fall: Thanksgiving Napkin Holders

Hey guys!

Sadly this is the last time you will be seeing The Art Of Fall. I enjoyed having a reason to post every Saturday. If you liked the idea of season oriented series, let me know so I can do something like it again in the future. Although I was worn out by putting together this special series for y'all, I would do it again if you liked reading it.

I have a cute little craft you can use for your Thanksgiving party, meal, or just a small get together. It's super quick to make, which is a necessity, and are very easy claim as your own with a few extra touches. Napkin holders are always a fun way to add some festivity to the table, so have fun with them!  

What you will need:
  • Scrapbook paper (preferably Thanksgiving or Fall set)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Yarn or Ribbon
  • Button (optional)

First cut a strip of solid color scrapbook paper at the measurements of 2x6 inches. Next a strip of patterned scrapbook paper at the measurements of 1x6 inches. Glue the patterned piece down the center of the solid piece or paper. Staple the ends together.

As an accent, tie the yarn or ribbon in a small bow. Glue or staple that to the top center of the napkin holder. You can add a button to the center of the bow if it suits you.

Pull your napkin through the center and fluff the top. And that's it! Thanks for reading The Art Of Fall series!

XO AnnaD

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Just In! New Book List!

Hello everybody!

I just finished another book, and I am here to share the books I have read in the past week. I finished two last week and one just now, so a total of three and I wil have two more for you at the end of this week or earlier next week. As you may remember, I mentioned in my October reads that I will be continually posting the books that I go through.

I read three books and I have listed them in the order of which you should read first and which I liked the most.

Tailor Made Bride
Ages 12 and up
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To Honor and Trust
Ages 12 and up

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Hopeful Heart
Ages 12 and up

I have come to love Historical Christian Romance (Fiction) and you'll see most of my books will be in that genre. Do not judge a book by it's genre! Just because it's historical, does not mean you won't love it.

I love you all!

XO AnnaD

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Art Of Fall: Outfits!

Hey Guys! The fall series is coming to an end next Saturday. I've loved writing these posts for you all. If you liked it let me know so in the future I can continue to post these sort of series for you guys!

We finally got a chill down here that I think is going to stick. I'm praying we won't have to go through any more rainy days to keep this chilly weather. With the sun shining and the breezes, it's perfect weather for Mobile.

Nice weather brings not only a smile to my face, but also layers of clothing out of my closet. In fact, On of my favorite parts of fall is putting together comfy outfits that are to die for. It's great to finally be able to do that. I've waited so long to be able to wear these outfits without dying from heat, I'd thought we should plan to go swimming at the beach on Christmas!

But all's well that ends well!

With that on my mind, I finally have the will to give you all some Fall Outfits that I have gathered and put together. I used most of my sisters as models at least once as well, so you will be able to meet them through this!The clothing I used to build the are from various stores such as Old Navy, Target, and Kohl's. The majority of everything I have was bought at a price below $10. A definite steal.

Here they are!

 Lexi s styling outfit #1
 This is Ashley on outfit #2
 Maribeth on outfit #3
Me on outfit #4

(As you can see I'm missing Abby and Maeghan, but hopefully sometime soon you guys will see them.)

Love you all!

XO AnnaD

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

October Favorite Reads

Hey guys! I am so excited to share with you my October Favorite Reads. I read a few of good books this last month that I just want to make sure everyone gets their hands on.

I haven't been consistent with sharing what I have been reading lately so I am now making a harder effort to post just some small info on the books I'm reading at the time. This will continue on hopefully.

I am also so excited to share with you all is that I finally have a good Christian source of romances! I have struggled very much in the past with reading good, non "dirty" books. I'm sure we all have and so having this good source is really a blessing to me.

The only thing that might throw you guys off a bit is that all these Christian romances are all historical. I have just recently gotten into reading these kind of books and found that there are so many good ones! I hope you all will at least try one of the historical romances that I post. You might find something that you like, and even learn something about yourself through reading these godly romances.

I have started rating the books on ages. I recommend asking your parents to read any of the books that are above your age. Some people don't car as much about what they read, whereas it can greatly affect other people.

So, with that all aside, come check out the books I've read this month!

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The Pelican Bride by Beth White
Recommended for ages 13 and up. 12 as a minimum.

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The Creole Princess by Beth White
Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller
Recommended for all ages.

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Michael Vey book 4: Lightning Storm by Richard Paul Evans
Recommended for ages 10 and up.

I loved all of these books, and that is why they're my October favorites. Please come back for more goods reads later. Love you all!

XO AnnaD

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Art Of Fall: 2 New Fall Hairstyles!

Bonjour! Welcome back to The Art Of Fall, I am super happy you are hear to celebrate this beautiful season God has given us with me. I enjoy writing for you guys about this, and I hope you all enjoy it as readers!

I haven't done a hair tutorial in awhile, so to catch up, I have two new ones for you all today! Get excited because it has everything that fall and November ask for. But to top that off, the tutorials are easy and DIYs! Yay!

The first tutorial I have is called the Half Up Braided Bun. You can use straight, curly, or wavy hair to do the bun. Whichever seems better for your hair and the time you have. I am using wavy.
First you will want to pull the hair from just above the ears into a ponytail. Next take three medium sized chunks of hair from the ponytail and braid those pieces. Now you can finish this in two ways. You can either twist all the hair, including the pieces you braided, into a bun. Secure with rubber band. Or you can use a bun maker to create the bun. Both ways look fabulous, so whichever one you pick will work out.

The second and last tutorial I want to share is very simple and called a Twisted Pull Back. I will be using wavy hair again with this tutorial, but whether the hair is straight, curly, or wavy it doesn't matter.

Pull back two sections of hair to the back of the head and secure with a small elastic. Flip that pull back three times into itself. Loosen the twist so that it is softer. You are finished!

Wasn't that easy? Come back next Saturday for another post from The Art Of Fall.

XO AnnaD