Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ChiTAG 2018!!

Hey neighbors!!

I am so excited!!  Things have worked out where I am going to be able to go to ChiTAG 2018 this year!! I love to go and wander all the great new and older classic toys.  One year my daughter stood at a booth for an hour playing a new game!  It was Perpetual Commotion by Goldbrick games.  This is still a family favorite.

This is the 16th Chicago Toy and Game Fair.  It is at the famous Navy Pier.  I will be attending Saturday.  WooHoo!!  They have Young Inventor Challenge, TAGIE Awards, and many other exciting things over the weekend of November 15-18.  Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time, and use the CODE: CHITAG3 to receive a discount on your tickets.  You can purchase tickets, HERE, just scroll down.

If you can't make it out, make sure you are following our Facebook and Instagram as we will be posting throughout the day Saturday.
Facebook: HERE
Twitter: HERE
Instagram: HERE

We are going to have so much fun!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Working From Home

Hey neighbors!!

Many of you know that I am a stay at home mom, who works from home.  I have always been amazed at many of the women I know who also work from home whether it is starting up a new business, working as a representative for a company or finding some type of employment that allows you to stay at home.

Sometimes with young children, it can be difficult to find the time to try and run a business from the home while properly taking care of your family, but I believe it can be done.  You just have to carefully schedule your time, and be flexible enough that you can change that schedule as needed.  Obviously, if your child needs attention you are not going to work on a project that needs your full attention.



The internet has made it easier for that mom who wants to stay at home to still be able to make money through some form of business.  Let's look at a few of the ways you can work from home.

First you can join as a representative for the companies that have party plans.  It used to mean you had to schedule a couple nights a week to host a party in someone's home.  Now we have the ability to host an online party.  This allows the party to actually reach more people because those who live in a different city or state can still participate and order products.  There are many different types of party plans to join, from books, toys, candles, essential oils, food, and clothing.

Another option is transcribing.  My daughter transcribes and makes a regular income through online transcribing.  She took a test and passed and she quickly found she had the ability to improve her speed and thus earn a little more through some special jobs they offer.

Perhaps you have the ability to create your own product for sale.  If you know how to knit or crochet, you can try selling to friends and locals, as well as you could open an Etsy shop where you can then ship to people.  This would also work for someone who sews, embroiders, or creates t-shirts.  I have purchased from someone who creates food and drinks for dolls.  A friend of the family purchased the machines needed for making vinyl wall signs.



My other daughter does photography.  This does require leaving the home for the actual photo shoots, but then she does all her editing at home and her customers can then view the finished photo online and download them to be printed.



Blogging can also be a fun way to work from home.  You need to find a niche and build from there.  Another of my daughters has a blog where she interviews actors and actresses, singers and songwriters, and authors.  I have been amazed by the number of people she has been able to interview.  Once you have a following, you can find many different ways to monetize your blog.

I know there are many other ways for a woman to have a business of her own. Please share any ideas you have in the comments below.  Of course, each one of these will take work and commitment.  You are going to have to set goals for yourself and continue to change them as your business grows. You can see how Nancy at Behrman started her business and became a leader in health and lifestyle brand publicity.

Thanks for stopping by!! See you again soon!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Why Digital Pianos are Better Than Traditional Ones


Playing the piano is a talent that can last a lifetime. When you go into a music store Boston musicians will tell you that there are quite a few benefits to a digital piano over a traditional one.


You Can Use Headphones

Sometimes, there’s the desire to practice without letting others hear you. It may be a new piece or you simply don’t want to disturb the neighbors. Whatever the situation may be, you can plug headphones into the digital piano before you play. Then, only you can hear the music that you’re creating.



The Feel is Similar to an Upright Piano

In the past, many people avoided keyboards because they felt it was nothing like playing a real piano. However, the technology of a digital piano has improved drastically. You can get an 88-key keyboard. Plus, the keys are weighted so that it’s just like playing a real piano. Even the most experienced pianists will enjoy playing on a digital piano.


It’s Portable

Whether you want to take your piano to a gig with you or simply move it from room to room, it’s much easier to do when it’s digital. Otherwise, you may find yourself hiring a mover every time you want to change the location of your piano in the house.
There are various models available, just like with traditional pianos. By going into a music store, you can see which model fits your needs as well as your budget. It will make it easier for you to create music without being tied down with a traditional upright piano. It may be just what you need to add some versatility while learning an amazing instrument.

Spiritual Support for Daily Struggles and Questions

Life today can present enormous challenges for even the most well-adjusted and prepared individuals. When you find yourself confronted with struggles and questions that you cannot cope with or answer on your own, you might want to connect with a resource that will offer you the support and resolutions you need. Rather than reach out to a secular organization, you might feel more comfortable communicating with an online church, prayer group, or christian women's fellowship today.



Testimonials of Others Before you reach out to the organization, you might want to know what others think about it. Did they have a good experience with the support services there? Were all of their concerns and questions addressed in a timely and satisfactory manner? Rather than second guess your decision, you can get the reassurance you need by viewing the testimonials of others. The testimonials are available in video format so you can listen and watch them at your convenience. They are real-life stories of people who have utilized the organization for spiritual support services and continue to network with the group for fellowship and worship. After you view the testimonials of others who have used the organization and continue to network with it, you might feel more at ease about reaching out yourself.



You can use the online email form to request prayers or simply vent about circumstances in your life. Online Form The online form that the group makes available is simple to fill out and designed to be discreet. You only have to put down your first name if you choose before you go into some detail about what kinds of prayers you would like to receive. Having your name helps the group personalize their prayers and ask for them specifically for you. There is also a field where you can go into detail about what is going on in your life and what kinds of prayers you need. You can vent and include details about what frightens or confuses you. You can then submit the prayer form with the knowledge that others will start praying for you right away.

Jewelry Keepsakes and a Giveaway!!



Neighbors!!

I just have to share this beautiful necklace I received from Jewelry Keepsakes!  It is beautiful!  They design photo pendants.  They take your photo and place them on a pendant.  What a GREAT holiday gift idea!  One of the reasons I really love this pendant is because it is textured.  You can feel the engraved photo.  Please excuse what looks like white flecks in the photos.  It is actually the texture showing up, and I could not get a picture that did not reflect off the texture.  I am going to treasure this pendant over the years to come!




Jewelry Keepsakes has several different photo pendant choices.  There are hearts, ovals, circles, rectangles, dog tags and many more to choose from.  Many of the pendants are embellished around the edges, but there are plain ones too.



You can choose the photo you wish to have engraved on the pendant and they will crop it to get exactly what you want to be engraved.  The beauty is that the engraving in done on a white, textured background.  The engraving is in color, so you capture your photo on your pendant.  I was so impressed with the results.  My daughters love the way you can feel the design.  Below is the picture I chose to have on my pendant.


Everything is done in house, so the process is much quicker than if they had to send it out somewhere else.  Same day engraving means a faster delivery too!  The pendants come with a quality 20" chain.  I did have a small problem with the chain, not in quality, but it easily tangled in my daughter's hair and we had to clip it out.  She has baby fine hair so I do not know if that contributed to the problem or not.  Remember it is easy to use a different chain, which I will be doing, but you can not beat the quality of the pendant.




Jewelry Keepsakes has been kind enough to offer us a giveaway to one of our readers!!  Be sure to enter below to have a chance at winning a color, photo pendant of their choice.  Additionally, you get the option of sending in your photo and allowing the engraver to give you a couple of options of what will look best for your particular picture.

So, neighbors, let's get going and see who wins this wonderful giveaway!! Thank you for stopping by today!!!

Managing Your Finances When Pursuing Higher Education





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When you head to college, you want to focus fully on your studies. But many first time students make the mistake of forgetting that they are still living in the real world and this means that they still need to manage their finances responsibly in order to avoid slipping into major debt and in order to maintain a good quality of life during their studies and in the period once they have graduated and may take a little while to find work. Here’s a little advice that could help you to achieve this!

Work Around Your Studies
People tend to assume that you will not be able to work around your classes. This would make higher education an impractical pursuit for most, as you still have to make money in order to survive, regardless of whether you are studying or not. However, nowadays, increasing numbers of educational institutions are providing more flexible learning options that make it possible to work and take courses at the same time. Here are just a couple that you might like to consider!

Online Courses
The first option you might like to consider is taking part in an online course. This form of distance learning is gathering a whole lot of popularity. Studying online means that you don’t have to attend classes on campus to gain your degree. You can wave goodbye to worrying about having to head to make seminars or lectures at specific times and on specific days! Instead, you can study online around other commitments. This gives you a better opportunity to fit education into your current schedule, as all you will need to study is access to a laptop or desktop computer and an internet connection. There are all sorts of courses available, from online healthcare administration degree programs to online degrees in nursing! So, browse your options and see whether any stand out for you.

Part Time Courses
If you find that you do work better in a classroom setting and you want to get involved with higher education on campus, there’s always the option of a part-time course. This will take twice as long to complete as a full-time course. Generally speaking, a part-time bachelors will take six to eight years to complete and a part-time masters degree will take three to four years to complete. But studying in this manner allows you to reduce your weekly workload, giving you time to study around other events and responsibilities in your life.

Budgeting
When you are studying, you will probably find yourself with a slightly lower income than you are used to. On top of this, you will frequently have to fork out for course related fees. This is why budgeting becomes even more important than usual. You can find a great guide to student budgeting here.

Sure, finances may be relatively dull. But it’s essential that you keep on top of them, especially when you’re pursuing a higher education!

Children and Finances

Hey neighbors!!

Beautiful weather outside today! I have been enjoying the fall temperatures and watching the leaves change color and fall.  The dogs are also enjoying the outside!  Now I am back inside, so while I have a few minutes, I wanted to write about children and finances.

Many of you who have been following us here, At the Fence, know that I have 6 children.  The youngest just turned 18.  How time flies! It was important to me as they were growing up, that they learned about how to handle their money.  When they were young they received an allowance, just for helping around the home.  As they got older we required them to do certain chores, just because they were part of the family and work is necessary.  At that point we had extra chores they could do to earn money.  Sometimes it was cleaning the car, doing yard work, helping with painting a room, or any extra chore that needed to be done.  Dishes, doing their own laundry and cleaning their bedrooms, were just things they were supposed to do without pay.  As they became teenagers, they would mow lawns, rake leaves, and babysit to increase their earnings.


So, they had a way to earn money, next we had to teach them about how to handle their money.  There are courses available that teach children how to handle their money and we even had a piggy bank that was separated in different sections. One was for donating, one for saving, one for investing and the last was for spending.  Money Savvy also has a course for teens called Official Money Guide for Teenagers.  We personally believe in giving, to the church and to other believers in need, so this was what we taught them the donate was for.  We often chose a missionary they had met to give to.


Another thing was to teach them to save up for larger items, rather than going into debt.  In today's society, all too often, we pull out a credit card and purchase an item, that if we just saved for a couple of months it would actually be cheaper than being charged interest. We decided we would sit down and work out the cost of the item they wanted to purchase and show them how much they had to save each week and how long it would take to earn the item.  Occasionally we would purchase an item if it was on sale or on clearance and then hold it until they had saved enough to pay for the item.  This was how we taught them to stay away from credit card debt.



Some of us as adults have never been taught how to handle our finances.  In this case, we can learn from someone else, or learn from costly mistakes.  Chase Rubin is there to help people with their finances.

My oldest daughter is a nanny.  My next daughter does transcribing.  One son is a loan officer at a credit union, while to other is in the military and presently pursuing a career in law enforcement.  Then my next daughter is a budding photographer, and the youngest has a blog where she interviews singers, actors, actresses, authors and such. Each one of them has learned about finances and is presently working toward goals.

What tips can you share with us?  Please leave a comment below.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Sign Uo For Swagbucks In November



All throughout November you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before December 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned plenty of Amazon Gift Cards.  As a matter of fact, I am shopping this weekend for holiday gifts!! 

With Swagbucks and Coupons You Can Save



We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢! 

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

1) Sign up at Swagbucks.com and use my special code SBCouponer to earn an extra 50 points, that's 50¢ just for signing up 
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip  
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use.  
That's it!  

But, that's not all... This month you can earn 1 point (1¢) for every coupon you print, up to 25 prints per day. That's an extra 25¢ every single day! 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

You and Your Family Will Enjoy Indivisible



Hey neighbors!!

I was able to preview Indivisible a few weeks ago and I have to say I truly enjoyed the entire movie.  I am looking forward to the entire family viewing it in the future.  (They were all busy when I screened it.) The movie itself is based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather.  Darren and his family arrive at his first base after seminary and training and he is quickly sent on a tour of duty in Iraq.  His wife is left at home with the children and immediately becomes involved in helping the other wives of men deployed with her husband.

Each of them faces battles and fears that they feel they are not prepared for.  They each try to shield the other from what they personally are going through.  When he returns home they are distant and must then struggle to save their own marriage.  This is a faith-based film. Be sure to have tissues on hand, you will need them.

From the director of
The Grace Card
and the studio that brought you
Fireproof
and
War Room
comes
INDIVISIBLE
, the story of one marriage
...
one family
...
under God.
In theaters beginning October 26, the movie stars Sarah D
new, Justin Bruening, Jason
George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll.
From the director of
The Grace Card
and the studio that brought you
Fireproof
and
War Room
comes
INDIVISIBLE
, the story of one marriage
...
one family
...
under God.
In theaters beginning October 26, the movie stars Sarah D
rew, Justin Bruening, Jason
George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll.
 the director of 
From the director of The Grace Card and the studio that brought us Fireproof and War Room comes Indivisible, the story of one marriage...one family...under God.  Starring Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Jason George, Tia Mowry, and Madeline Carroll, Indivisible opens in theaters October 26th.

We are able to host a giveaway for 2 Fandango ticket codes so the winner will be able to see Indivisible for themselves.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

There’s More to a Clean House Than Looks Alone

Everyone wants a clean home, but people seldom really sit down to consider what that means. What does having a clean home entail? What’s the goal behind it and how can one balance every aspect of it?
One of the most important points for many people comes from general pest control. The idea of insects, rodents or other pests wandering around can be worrisome, even more so when one considers the idea of them quite literally crawling on you at night. The idea of breathing in spiders while sleeping might be a myth. But that doesn’t mean that other pests are going to be as considerate.

First steps to avoiding pests
The absolute first step in keeping your home pest free is to have knowledgeable professionals on call. One should ensure that they know about local issues. For example, pest control in San Diego comes with challenges that won’t be found elsewhere. Every state, and often even cities within them, have different pest concerns. Along with this comes extra concerns when dealing with those pests. As such it’s usually best to ensure that the pest control goes along with the general style of the area.
But apart from that, one also needs to stay in step with one’s setting. Some areas have very distinct seasons. And this will also influence how you clean. The term spring cleaning exists for a good reason. When the snow hits the ground, people seldom feel like hauling out large amounts of trash.
As such, it’s usually a good idea to ensure that you do the bulk of major cleaning efforts during warm weather. This has a happy side effect as well. You’ll also disturb any hiding places that pests may have snuck into.
This is the traditional method of cleaning. And as far as that goes, it’ll offer you a solid foundation on which to build. But there’s also a lot more to consider when it comes to cleaning. An important point to consider is just the fact that a clean home isn’t necessarily a pest-free one. There are some additional concerns which need to be addressed in order to ensure that the threat of pests is kept low.
Keeping things pest free
One big issue people face is that they essentially create the perfect habitat for pests. The same thing which keeps people happy and safe during rough weather does the same for many other species. Rodents, in particular, tend to like almost the exact same environments we do. With the main difference being that they often find some really good hiding spots that we can’t see very easily.
Rodents might not seem very troublesome at first. But they’ll quickly begin to drop feces in a variety of locations. And people will quickly notice that their food supplies have been bitten into. Spilled bags of half-eaten food with feces mixed in doesn’t make for a very hospitable place for you to live.
But the general fear one feels as a result is often even worse. Imagine waking up to beady eyes staring you directly in the face. Rodents are the most noticeable pest, but they’re far from the most harmful.

Ants are another big problem that many people face. Even one ant can be enough to prompt an invasion. They provide many of the same risks as rodents in terms of excreta. But there’s also the problem of accidentally eating them. An ant on its own is actually a somewhat nutrient-rich addition. But the problem is that they walk through any number of things. 
One will almost always notice a rodent getting into food, but imagine making food like delicious homemade cookies, and then having ants walk all over them. You might not even notice as they track poison or feces over them.
More precautions
All of these issues point to one solid fact, and that is that you need to take some careful action to keep pests out. Even the cleanest home can have unsealed windows which allow easy access for ants. All the cleaning in the world won’t remove mice if they’ve already taken residence. Cleaning is the first and prerequisite step for pest management.

But some pests, such as bedbugs, require more extreme measures. This is again why it’s important to keep the number of professional pest control experts on hand. One can prepare a foundation for a pest free environment, but sometimes it takes extra help to become truly clean.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Losing a Loved One



Hey neighbors!

Losing a loved one can be difficult.  I lost my grandparents on my mother's side quite a few years ago.  My grandmother died of a brain embolism and my grandfather died not too long after that with a heart condition.  My grandmother's death was very unexpected.  No matter how or when family members or friends pass on, it is always difficult.  We received notice not too long ago that a friend of ours was killed in an accident at the shop where he worked.  No one wants to receive news that someone they loved has died. Below are a few suggestions and steps to take after the loss of a loved one.


I think something that would be even harder is to find out that someone was in some way responsible for the death.  Whether it was a gunman, an auto accident, or medical malpractice you want that person to pay for their actions.  Sometimes it is lack of action that causes a death, such as someone not taking enough precautions with safety issues, or not following through with proper procedure.  When these situations come to your attention, you need to find someone who can help you and who knows the ins and outs of the law.  You will be looking for a wrongful death attorney.  Be sure and find out what type of cases they have been involved with, so you get the representation you need.

You also might need to consider finding a grief counselor whether they are from a medical practice or at a local church.  Oftentimes we need help to work through our grief or we become withdrawn and bitter.  This may be an option if you have teens or children who have been affected by the death.  We had friends who lost a young son to cancer after quite a battle.  Their entire family was affected by this especially after the long medical battle.  It is not wrong to need someone outside the family to talk to and share your feelings with. I suggest the entire family get together and share memories and talk about the family member/friend and be open about how you are feeling at the time.



Set up some type of memorial.  Yes, I know most people will visit the gravesite on a regular basis, but there may be some who can not.  You could have family and friends share some of their memories, videos, and pictures and have them put together on a memorial disc.  Although most will not want to watch it right away, over the years it will become a precious memory.  You could create a special, private memorial page online where friends and family can share memories and connect.  I am sure there are many more ideas out there of special ways to create a memorial.

Whatever you do, be sure that every family member has what they need to get through this time of loss.  Not everyone grieves in the same manner, so be sure to look for signs as to how they are dealing with their emotions.  Many families have been torn apart by the death of a family member when it could have been avoided.

If you have recently lost a family member or friend you have my sincere condolences.  I know it is hard, but I also know that you can make it through this. If anyone has thoughts they would like to share, please leave a comment below.


Why Does Your Home Take So Long To Heat Up?





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Now that winter is fast approaching, many of us are using our central heating more regularly. It’s usually about this time of the year when many of us discover issues with our heating. Super-slow heating could be one of those issues – if you’re having to wait hours for the temperature to rise, there could be a problem that needs addressing. Here are just a few of the reasons why your home may be taking so long to heat up.

Your Home Isn’t Insulated
A lack of insulation or poor insulation will result in heat escaping your home more quickly. The attic is a common place where heat is lost in the home – in fact, you could be losing 25% of your home’s heat through an uninsulated attic. There are lots of ways to insulate your attic from spray-on insulation to DIY thermal wool.

Windows
Windows can be another place where heat is lost. Consider upgrading to fiberglass windows or opting for double glazing in order to prevent heat getting lost through the glass. Cheaper alternatives could include hanging up some thick winter curtains or using insulating window film.

Wall Insulation
You could also be losing heat through your home’s walls. Cavity wall insulation is a common way of insulating walls – it can be tricky to install but could have major effects when it comes to preventing heat loss. Make sure to also seal up any cracks including under doors.

Your Radiators Need Bleeding
It’s possible your radiators could be full of trapped air, preventing them from heating up properly. Bleeding your radiators could help to let out this trapped air and return your radiators back to their full function. A clear sign that radiators need bleeding is if they’re cold at the bottom and only warm at the top.

If this doesn’t help and your radiators still aren’t heating up properly, it could be time to upgrade your radiators to newer ones. Old radiators can start to rust up on the inside and get full of sediment which affects the heating quality and results in them getting hotter more slowly.


Your Boiler Needs Servicing
You may also be experiencing a problem with your boiler. It’s possible that your boiler may have too much sediment in it causing it to heat slowly. Alternatively, there could be a problem with the thermostat causing it to heat to the wrong temperature. It could even be due to a badly insulated boiler, resulting in lots of heat loss as you turn on the heating.

By hiring a professional to take a look at your boiler, you can find out what may be wrong with it and whether you need to get it fixed or replaced. Boilers should ideally be replaced every 15 years, but many people have boilers in their home that are older than 20 years.

Maybe one of these tips will help you. If you have a tip to share, please do so in the comments.  Thank you!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Blurb Special For New Customers



Hey neighbors!
You all might remember the new photo book I received not too long ago from Blurb.  I loved it!  I have been wanting to do something with my photos I have taken, and I don't know about you, but printing them all off is both time consuming and expensive.  By putting many of them in a book, I can now easily share them with family and friends.  Of course they are great for family photos, events and gifts.  Blurb is offering 40% off for new customers.  Click through my link below and then use the code.  I was very happy with the service I received and the quality of the book.  I am an affiliate with Blurb, so I would appreciate you using the link below.

New Customer Exclusive: 40% Off with code BIG4T at Blurb!

Thanks and have a GREAT day!!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Sign Up For Swagbucks!



All throughout October you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.  

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:  

1. Sign up using this link. 

2. Earn 300 SB total before November 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!  

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned so many Swagbucks that I have then turned into Amazon Gift Cards.  I am presently saving up for the holidays!

A New Shop Swago!

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shop Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.    

Click here to get started!  

Here’s what you need to know to get your 150 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 150 SB.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, October 12th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam

Hey neighbors!

I am a sucker for legal/crime based christian fiction.  Cara Putnam is a new author to me, although she has written previous books.  Delayed Justice is actually the third book in this series, but can be read on it's own.  There are recurring characters from the previous books, but this does not affect the ability to read this book as a stand alone.  Delayed Justice will show how one woman uses her own dark past to help others and how she has gained the strength to face her past. As the story unfolds you will see Jaime grow and change as others in her life assist her on moving forward.  This book covers a sensitive subject and handles it without being too specific.



About the Book

  

Book Title: Delayed Justice  
Author: Cara Putman  
Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense  
Release date: October 15, 2018  

She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard. Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jamie, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart. Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child. This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

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About the Author

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31. Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana. Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com

Guest Post from Cara


Delayed Justice was a hard story to write. I’d known from Beyond Justice that Jaime had a hard story, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She tried to hide from her past. She tried hard, but in the end it slowly spilled out. A young girl wounded deeply by someone who should protect her. And now as a professional young woman, Jaime is still fighting the shadows. She believes she’s okay, or as okay as she’ll ever be. Instead, she has to learn that there’s so much more waiting for her. Freedom from the chains of a past she didn’t choose. A love that will never end. And a God who has always loved her even when she questions His existence because of her past. I think we’ve all lived that. There’s a place in our hearts that seems beyond His reach. For some of us, it’s a barrier to knowing Him. To others of us, it makes us question what we thought we knew about God. And for others of us, it presses us deeply into Him. Jaime’s book, Delayed Justice, explores this space. The space where some days we scream at the heavens Where are you, God? And the days we just curl into ourselves because life is too hard. And in that space of shadow and light, God ultimately shines brightest. This is a truth that is slowly revealed through friends and The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Blog Stops

Fiction Aficionado, September 29
The Avid Reader, September 29
The Power of Words, September 29
The Lit Addict, September 30
BBHfiction, September 30
Painting with Words, September 30
Real World Bible Study, September 30
Janices book reviews, September 30
cherylbbookblog, October 1
Back Porch ReadsOctober 1
Cafinated Reads, October 1
Faithfully Bookish, October 1
Lighthouse Academy, October 2
Livin Lit, October 2
Bigreadersite, October 2
All-of-a-kind Mom, October 3
The Becca Files, October 3
Blogging With CarolOctober 3
Genesis 5020, October 4
Cathe Swanson, October 4
100 Pages per Hour, October 5
Multifarious, October 5
Book by Book, October 5
Mary Hake, October 6
Godly Book Reviews, October 6
C Jane Read, October 7
Buy, Borrow, Skip, October 7
The Mimosa Blossom, October 8
Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Remebrancy, October 9
Carpe Diem, October 9
Quiet Quilter, October 10
At the Fence, October 10
By The Book, October 10
God is Love, October 11
Texas Book-aholic, October 11
Henry Happens, October 12
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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize package that includes a Courage Dear Heart bracelet, a The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe print, a copy of Delayed Justice, and a box of Turkish Delight!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c4/delayed-justice-celebration-tour-giveaway