Friday, 23 November 2012

Book Review: Debt-Proof Your Christmas by Mary Hunt



Publisher's blurb: Christmas--with no debt, less stress, and more joy!
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also one of the most stressful--and most expensive. Expectations run high, and it's tempting to whip out the credit cards to create the perfect Christmas, with lavish meals, new decorations, and the latest, greatest gadgets and fashions for everyone on your gift list.
But you don't have to overspend or go into debt to have a fabulous holiday.
Financial expert Mary Hunt shows you how to assess your situation, commit to no new debt, and think creatively about gifts. With Mary's guidance, you'll discover what caused you to overspend in the past and how to approach this Christmas with a plan. It just might be the best gift you can give yourself and your family.
My review: I didn't find this book all that helpful . Perhaps because I am a consultant and don't have a "steady" income, I already know all the tips & tricks to being frugal. I didn't learn anything new in this book, if fact I found a fair bit of it out of date. For instance it has tips about zeroing your checkbook at month end to save any remaining balance. First of all, who still uses a checkbook? Online banking is all the rage here. Second, bills are no longer paid all at one time. There are automatic withdrawals that require funds to be in the account at all times. You can't simply move leftover funds at month's end. 
I found many of the stories in the book, while touching, to be a little out of date as well. Many seems to be written by older folk about things many youth or young adults today would just not relate to. For instance the story of the house-bound invalid Mother giving her son $10 that she had saved for a rainy day, as a Christmas gift. In the world of today where kids are just handed $20 whenever they want something, I don't think getting a saved $10 in a card is going to register with many of them. Sorry nothing new in this book - I would not recommend it to others.


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot



Publisher's blurb: Celia Anderson doesn't need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn't have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man--the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . .

Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all--love.
My review: I enjoyed this book. It was nice and short. It was heart warming, simple & sweet - just like a nice cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. It reminds us that people can be loving and good to friends and strangers alike. I would recommend this book to others.



"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson



Publisher's blurb: With Christmas around the corner, the Turnbull family is in need of a few small miracles.
It is 1937, and Lucy Turnbull knows better than to wish for a pony this Christmas. Her mother has assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony is the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they need at their boarding house are the paying kind. Then an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, and Lucy's world changes forever.

My Review: I Loved this book. It is the perfect light read for the busy holiday season & has a story that truly warms the heart. I really enjoyed Lucy's innocent longings. Oh to be eight years old again :)
I definitely recommend this book to others.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Cute Peanut Randomness

This is what Peanut does after a nap & a nice long stretch...




Just look at that face :)

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Hi remember me?

I have been a slacker and haven't posted in forever - please forgive me.

Not a lot to tell you, not much happening.

Had a craft show, my 3rd, on Sunday Nov 4th. I sold 6 things, made $36, but the table cost $25, so I cleared $11 - woo hoo!

I had an interview a couple weeks ago - haven't heard anything from them yet, it is for a bank - they are almost as bad as the gov't with rushing things (insert sarcasm here).

I lost my art mojo for awhile. I hope to get it back soon.

Hubs & kid are going hunting tomorrow afternoon til Sunday - that means me & the dogs will be home alone! ART time - I hope. I have a ton of things I could work on or do.

Below are LOTS of photos of two mini albums with quotes I made recently - one for my friend Annette, the other for the craft sale. My sister H ended up buying it for a friend.

Each tag & insert has a quote or two. I didn't get pics of all the ones in H's mini though.