Saturday, July 30, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW!


Ship's Log

July 23rd-July 29th



Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.


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BOOKS


This past week, I spied a great book that I want to share about and give away. I read and reviewed this book for Barbour Publishing and it truly touched me. A Different Beautiful will bless you and help you to understand what this family (and many other families)have gone through, dealing with their child's special needs. Please read on to find out about this book and the author.


ABOUT THE BOOK:



When Courtney Westlake’s family was given the shocking news that their daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a severe, life-threatening skin disorder, they began to discover a new and different beautiful in their lives–one that values extraordinary differences and appreciates the wonderful sameness found in humanity. In A Different Beautiful, Courtney explores what her family has discovered in raising a child with physical differences and what she has learned about true beauty. Through her personal insights and experiences, Courtney shares how you, too, can learn to find and celebrate God’s version of beautiful in your life, especially within our differences and struggles.

My Review:


Simply Beautiful


The cover of this book caused me to want to read and review it for Barbour Publishing. The sweet photo of this mother and child simply touched my heart. This book tells the story of a family that was truly blessed by God through this beautiful child. As I was reading, I was so impressed by this woman, her struggles and her faith. Even though we all wish and pray for healthy children, sometimes God deems us worthy enough to raise special-needs children. Whether or not you see it as a blessing is up to you....which in turn determines your future and the future of your child. This family chose to accept this beautiful blessing and have been blessed time and time again. I encourage all parents to read this book, whether you have been blessed with healthy children or have been blessed with these beautiful special-needs children. It will fill your heart with love, joy and hope.














Courtney Westlake is a writer and photographer with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a passion for storytelling. Courtney is wife to Evan and mother to Connor and Brenna. After Brenna was born with a rare and life-threatening skin disorder in 2011, Courtney began blogging at CourtneyWestlake.com to chronicle family life and experiences parenting a child with physical differences and special needs. Her writing has been published on sites such as Good Housekeeping, the Huffington Post, Woman's Day and Yahoo Parenting. Courtney is the author of A Different Beautiful, releasing August 1, 2016.


READ MORE ABOUT COURTNEY AND HER BOOKS HERE. AND REMEMBER THAT I AM GIVING MY COPY OF THIS BOOK AWAY TO ONE COMMENTER....SEE GIVEAWAY SECTION BELOW. 


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MOVIES & TV




This past week, the Butler and I watched another wonderful classic movie....Goodbye Charlie, starring Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds.
This is a fun movie and you can't go wrong with this cast. I highly recommend this movie. Here is a little about it and a link to find out more:

  • Shot by a jealous husband (Walter Matthau), Charlie falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie's affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie's new plan to marry into money.

LEARN MORE HERE.



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NEWS WORTH SHARING





Not really sure it's worth sharing, but it is certainly popular right now. Have you played this yet? I have not and will not play it, mainly because I am not into Pokemon at all and never have been. That being said, my kids love it, so of course I hear a lot about it. 
Even though it seems to be an enjoyable game to play, it concerns me because of the accidents, thefts and assaults happening because of it. If you do play this, I beg of you to be very careful while you play....be aware of your surroundings.


Here is a link to learn more about this game   POKEMONGO


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BLOGS TO SHARE






I found out about this blog from a link on Facebook. It looks like a great blog to visit for book reviews. Check it out and see for yourself.


Check it out HERE




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SHIP'S GALLEY


SOMETHING REFRESHING FOR THESE HOT SUMMER DAYS.


Summer Fruit Slush 



You will need:
  • 1 - 6 oz tube of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 2 - 6 oz tubes of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 pkg frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar (optional)
  • 2 small cans mandarin oranges
  • 1 large can fruit cocktail
  • 2 cups of 7-Up soda pop


Mix all ingredients well. Freeze 8 hours or overnight.

Before serving, add another cup of soda pop and serve in slushy style in a small bowl or cup. Sometimes I top the slush with a few banana slices and a cherry or two.



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GIVEAWAY!!!


If ye be wantin' to be in the drawin' fer A Different Beautiful, leave a comment below. I will draw a name and announce the winner in me next post. Since this be an actual book, only residents in the US may enter...sorry. 



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CONGRATULATIONS TO ANGI FER WINNIN' A KINDLE COPY OF THE VALIANT HEARTS ROMANCE COLLECTION!!! I WILL BE CONTACTIN' YE SOON!!!



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THANKS FER COMIN' ABOARD, MATEYS!

GOD BLESS.







10 comments:

  1. Thank ye so much, Chappy! I will be enjoyin' me new book. Have yerself a wonderful weekend! ;)

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    1. Ahoy Angi! Ye be very welcome! Have a pleasant weekend!

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  2. Pokemon Go is a lot of fun. The book sounds interesting. The baby on the cover is adorable! Thanks for the giveaway. debradawn777@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks fer comin' aboard, Debra! Yes, she is adorable and this is a great book.

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  3. Would love to read 'A Different Beautiful' - such a touching, inspiring story, I'm sure!! That recipe looks delicious for this hot weather also. Thanks for a beautiful post, Debbie!!

    Shared post!!

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    1. Ahoy Bonnie! Thanks fer comin' aboard! Yes, it's a very inspiring story. Ye be in the drawing!

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  4. We were not blessed with a special needs child. However, several of my friends were. I would love to read this book and pass it on! Thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Ahoy Betti! I put yer name in the drawing. Thanks fer comin' aboard!

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  5. Congrats Angi! AHOY, Chappy, this books sounds awesome!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ahoy Caryl! It is awesome! Good luck in the drawing!

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