Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogger Road Trip

So I was thinking the other day how awesome it would be to be able to go on a road trip and visit all my bloggy friends. Seriously I think that is my dream vacation right now. Getting to meet all you guys hang out in your home town. Awesome!!
The first leg of my trip wouldn't be too long. I would head South on I-5  and hit up all my Seattle area buds. Actually most of them would tell you that they are not in Seattle, but eh to me if you live within 50 miles of Seattle, you live in Seattle. haha sorry guys. Anyway in no particular order

Jessica @ The Odell Yodel We just found each other recently in blog land. The crazy thing is that we actually used to work together like 10 years ago! It took us awhile to figure this out, but what a coincident! 

Sarah @ Life as Always is another new blog friend. She could show me around all the neat places in downtown Seattle that I have never been.
Kristine @ Living Barefoot and Crazy Oh geeze Kristine and I might get a little rowdy! Oh but it would be fun! Oh and Kristine would take me to a Seahawks game, and we would go tailgating!
changeAriel @ Dreams to Do I would go and meet her and her beautiful family. Hayes and Landon could play while we drank coffee and watched.

Kenzie @ Life and Lemons Kenzie would take me out horseback riding and then we would come back so Chris and John would take us for a night out wheelin.

The next leg of my trip, I would head South into Oregon and visit with Susannah @ Simple Moments Stick We could check out the cute shops that Portland has to offer.

Then I would make my way over to Wyoming to visit Vandy @ The Testosterone Three and Me we would go for a drive up in the hills and take in the beauty of Wyoming.

Next stop would be New Mexico to visit Jennifer @ Cow Camp Tales. We would sit on her front porch and take in the ranch life. Hayes and her little ones would run wild and get into all sorts of trouble. Sorry no picture, but her blog is private.

From there I would pop on over to Texas and visit my girls.

Amanda @ Princess of the Panhandle would have to work me into her busy schedule. She is a full time nurse who just got a promotion and is kicking ass! If she had time we could hit up the junk shops and have some girl time.

Crystal @ Next to Heaven While Mason and Hayes played in their awesome backyard, Chris and Nate could get to know each other, because I am sure they would hit it off. Oh don't worry Crystal and I would find plenty to talk about to. Like how we are both going to stay home! High five!

Tammy Jo @ You Wouldn't Call It a Drinking Problem My newest blog and Instagram buddy. You can bet we would kick back a couple of cold ones. We wold just hang out, because I have a feeling we have a LOT in common!
Then I would hop on over to Louisiana and hang out on the ranch with Kelli @ Kelli's Krazyness we would go our to eat some yummy Mexican and then she would take me shopping, since we have nothing like what she wears around here.

Then I would take a trip to Missouri and spend a lots of time with my bloggy BFF Nicole @ Life's a Beach. I would have to find something to occupy my time while she is doing the school thing. That's ok though, I have some family that lives a couple towns over.

On my way East I would stop in at Angie @ Newsome Family Diary. We would kick back out in her holler and enjoy good ole West Virginia. Sorry guys her blog is private too!

Next I would make my way to the East to Maryland to visit Jenn @ A Country Girl's World. She would take me are around and show me all the beauty of the buildings of our country's history.

Tub Rave 2013Next stop would be up North to Canada. Jill @ Jill's World. I have a special project for Jill, she is going to kick my butt! Seriously I am so proud of this girl and how she has transformed her body this year. She is going to jump start me on my way. haha I think!

 MeOn my way back West I would dip back down into the US and visit Nicole @ Prairie Princess. I would just hang out with the cute preggo and enjoy the laid back life of Montana.

So I am thinking I need to branch out. How cool would it be to have a bloggy buddy in every state?          

I don't think I have ever read a blog from Idaho. How about you guys, do you have a diverse demographic of friends or do most of the blogs you follow come from the same area?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Christmas Cards

So I know this is early, but the fabulous Kristine brought it to my attention that the holidays are getting close. So I thought it would be fun to see if anyone wanted to exchange Christmas cards with me.
You see last year we received 1 Christmas card. Oh yes you read that right 1  Christmas card. It was a fabulous card and it was actually from my bloggy friend Nicole! So that means not a single friend or family member sent me a Christmas card. I do not want this to be a reoccurring trend! This year I have a perfect place picked out to display all the beautiful cards I plan on receiving.
So how about it? Anyone interested? I would love to send and receive Christmas cards from all of you! If you would like to get a Christmas card from me that you can display prominently(or throw in basket) please leave me a comment, and we can exchange addresses!!!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Promise Box (Book Review)

From the cover
Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! In The Promise Box, the second book of best-selling author Tricia Goyer's Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai to give comfort to her father after her mother's death. She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother's most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational 'tell-all' book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. But will the pain of her childhood---and her potential betrayal of her community---keep her from committing her whole heart?

This was my first Amish book I have read. I really enjoyed it. I have always been fascinated with the Amish culture, and I loved reading a romance win which I was able to learn more about their way of life. Another thing I loved about this book, it is set in Western Montana, a favorite place of mine. I had never heard of West Kootenai before, but I will be sure to drive through there the next time we are in the area. I also thought it was neat the Lydia was living in Seattle before she decided to move back home to the Amish. I live about an hour and a half from Seattle! I love reading books that are set in my area, or places I have been. 
This book was well written and was detailed enough that you got to know the main characters quite well. This book is part of a series (I'm not sure which book in the series this is) but I will have to look for the other ones to read. 
I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy Amish fiction, or if you just enjoy a good romance and would like to learn a little more about the Amish culture.

This review is for I was not compensated for this review but I did receive a free copy of the book in trade for my review. All opinions are my own.