Friday, August 28, 2015

NIV Faithgirlz Bible

Bestselling NIV Faithgirlz! Bible with a fun, new magnetic closure binding.
This special binding of the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible offers a trendy and unique magnetic closure. Packed with exciting features that help tween girls better understand themselves and Scripture, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible teaches girls that the Bible is real, relevant, and, best of all, that the story of God and his people is also their story. With in-text features written by tween expert Nancy Rue, the NIV Faithgirlz! Bible uses the bestselling New International Version (NIV).
Features include:
Book introductions-Read about the who, when, where, and what of each book Dream Girl-Use your imagination to put yourself in the story Bring It On!-Take quizzes to really get to know yourself Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?-See for yourself what you have in common Words to Live By-Check out these Bible verses that are great for memorizing What Happens Next?-Create a list of events to tell a Bible story in your own words Oh, I Get It!-Find answers to Bible questions you've wondered about The complete New International Version (NIV) Features written by bestselling author and tween expert Nancy Rue.
This gorgeous Bible from Zondervan Faithgirlz is perfect for 8 - 12 year olds. This is my favorite one I've seen so far from Faithgirlz and they are already my favorite Bibles for girls. The extra features written by Nancy Rue, author of the Here's Lily series, are great and you never have to worry about the appropriateness (if that's a word) of the topics with Faithgirlz and Nancy Rue. I have found them both to be completely safe with regards to anything I or my daughter have read by them. 
The inside is beautiful as well with easy to read dark purple text and pink headings. The extra features are pretty and tasteful and will appeal to older girls as well. The whole Bible, cover to cover, seems to be a good quality, well done book that will last for years.
If you are looking for a Bible for a tween girl or a first full Bible for a slightly younger girl, this is a great choice!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pretty Primavera Flower Baby Blanket

Crochet Pretty Primavera Baby Blanket with link to free tutorial in post!

My sister is having her third baby very soon and with my newly gained confidence in regards to crochet squares from the doll blankets I made my daughters this spring (here and here) I decided to do a slightly larger blanket (ha! so I thought! Try multiple times bigger!) for my soon to be born niece. It was a lot more work than I expected but the yarn I used and the pattern for the squares were a very enjoyable mix. It took me two months, but that was through the summer so sometimes it was just way to hot to crochet in the evenings. Please pardon the ugly carpet in these photos!

Crochet Pretty Primavera Baby Blanket with link to free tutorial in post!

I used DK yarn, Sirdar Snuggly Bamboo for the flowers and Berocco Vintage DK for the green and grey. It gave the flowers a nice sheen that made them pop out a bit more from the matte green and grey. I joined them all with a single crochet join.

The only thing that bothered me with the free tutorial on the squares was that while the squares are free, and she tells you that she joined with single crochet I would have had to buy an $8 pattern to do the same border as she did. The pattern is so much because it's for a cushion cover, including a fabric backing that she made with these flowers. I didn't want to pay that just for a border though. I also would have had to buy more yard because I was running low so I just kept it simple with single crochet in grey and then one more single crochet with the pink bamboo.

Crochet Pretty Primavera Baby Blanket with link to free tutorial in post!

The blanket is 8 squares by 10 so it's a good size, but that means it can be used on a toddler bed and then as a lap blanket after that so I'm glad it should grow with the child for quite a while.

Crochet Pretty Primavera Baby Blanket with link to free tutorial in post!

Crochet Pretty Primavera Baby Blanket with link to free tutorial in post!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley

Book review of Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley (Revell) by papertapepins

The past is repeating itself--and time is running out

It's been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds's cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator's missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she's finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she'll have to find a way to work with Alex--before it's too late.

Livy Reynolds is a Memphis police officer on leave after she's forced to fatally shoot a young suspect in the line of duty. She uses this time to try to track down her cousin Robyn who disappeared from her hometown without a trace two years earlier. While many believe she simply walked away from the life she had with her husband and daughter, Livy is sure her cousin would never do that. She believes there was foul play involved and is determined to get to the bottom of it. 

Meanwhile, Alex Jennings, a PI from Dallas, is hired to find the missing daughter of a senator who vanished from the same town. Once they meet and begin to talk, they notice similarities in the cases and start to chase down leads together. It becomes apparent that someone out there doesn't appreciate their efforts and wants them silenced. Alex's father and grandfather do not approve of his chosen line of work. They are of the opinion that he is wasting his life and his law degree. This case is a good chance to prove to himself and to them that what he's doing is worthwhile and he doesn't intend to mess it up. He's made a deal with his grandfather dependant on the outcome of the case so he has a lot riding on it. He'll help Livy find her cousin if he can, and maybe the information from her will help him in his case but finding the senator's daughter comes first... at least in the beginning.

It's a good plot, it could easily be the storyline for a blockbuster movie. It's a bit slow in parts, and although I enjoyed it, it certainly wasn't a favourite of mine. I'm sorry to say that I found it hard to pick up and get into from the get-go because I really dislike the cover.

This 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.


  1. Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley is the author of Shadows of the PastA Promise to Protect, and Gone without a Trace. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a Touched by Love Award. Bradley...
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