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Summer Books – Giveaway

How many times, in your stressful life, have you dreamed about laying out on the beach with a great book? ‘Or so she says…’ contributors to the rescue! So, to further expand on our favorites, all of the OSSS contributors got together to give away their favorite books, perfect for summer reading! The coolest part is, one person will win EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. That’s right, the whole bundle! That’s 15 books, yo. Oh, but it gets better. Get Away Today, the greatest travel agency ever and ‘Or so she says…’ contributor, offered another winner a 3-night hotel stay in Anaheim or San Diego (winner’s choice) with their choice of two adult theme park tickets… PLUS, they get the 15 book bundle too!

Favorite Books Giveaway

Lets go over those prizes again:

Grand Prize Winner: 15 ‘Contributors’ Favorite Books’ Bundle PLUS a 3-night hotel stay in Anaheim or San Diego (winner’s choice) with their choice of two adult theme park tickets! Vacation courtesy of Get Away Today.

Runner Up: 15 ‘Contributors’ Favorite Books’ Bundle (details of books below.)

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Ready to enter? So, all we ask is for you to follow ‘Or so she says…’ and the contributors on Pinterest. We are all pin-maniacs and know you’ll love the great ideas we send your way. After you enter, be sure to scroll down and check out all the books included in the giveaway. It’s so fun to see what each contributor picked as her favorite book!

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Want to know which books are included in the bundle?? What are the contributors’ favorites?? Check ’em out!


1. Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley ~ “This book was not what I expected…it surpassed what I was hoping for. Mystery, romance and intrigue. Great characters and an interesting plot. It was a great read and perfect for summer reading!” Jana of Double the Deliciousness

2. Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin – “This book is a favorite because it teaches how to not only how photograph food, but how to do it beautifully!” Gina of Kleinworth and Co.

3. These is My Words by Nancy Turner “While I’m a country/ farm girl at heart, I can’t even begin to imagine what the early settlers went through! I love how they worked the land, built their own homes, and made everything from scratch! And I’m always up for a good love story! Jack and Sarah’s won’t disappoint!” Brooke of Blissful Roots

4. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino – “Aw, I love this book! It’s a super unique book, in that it’s a parable, teaching you how to be a better person, but also an activity book. Each chapter, you read over and over, until you master the character trait. It’s a great story with lots of great thoughts. I think I highlighted half the book!” Mariel of ‘Or so she says…

5. Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray “Eat Cake will make it’s way into your list of favorite books, it’s a quick and enjoyable read. I love this book for more reasons than the fact that the main character shares my name! It’ll have you laughing and crying- all at the same time! If you’re like me and have a unexplainable urge to bake… you’ll totally connect with Eat Cake!” Ruthie of Cooking with Ruthie

6. Wonder by RJ Palacio – “My 9-year-old daughter recommended Wonder to me and I enjoyed it just as much as she did. This is a compelling novel that is fun and easy enough for summer, but also intelligent and thought-provoking. Share it with your family when you are finished!” Allison of Tips for Family Trips

7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – “I love this book because it is getting me to think deeper about what I do to bring happiness upon myself. I am a happy person, but am loving the new outlook and am loving making new goals to make myself really live a happy life.” Kiki of Kiki and Company

8. Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar – “It’s easy to think that once a certain thing happens, I’ll be happy. Well, this book provides little life secrets to be happier each and every day. It is applicable for every life stage. It has changed my way of thinking about happiness.” Melissa of So Festive!

9. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson – “Sometimes a mom just needs a good, quick, easy summer read to distract her from doing more laundry or to keep her busy during swim lessons. If you love a good Jane Austen romance, you will love this book! Set in Jane Austen’s English countryside of 1820, this romance will keep you quickly turning the pages as you watch Kate’s struggle to learn to follow her heart!” Veronica of Lolly Lu Designs

10. Leadership and Self- Deception“Do you want to know the secret to having a happy and successful family and marriage? Want to know how to have successful relationships with anyone you come in contact with? Leadership and Self-deception holds the key to mending, strengthening and flourishing in all of your relationships. This book is a life changer- Promise!” Heather of Family Volley

11. Surprise Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke – “It’s a beautiful book of cakes and it’s full of cake decorating tips for the everyday bake. Amazing cakes for every special occasion, all with a little surprise on the inside.” Zainab of Blahnik Baker

12. The Child Whisperer by Carol Tuttle – “It taught me how to parent my very determined toddler (at the time) based on her personality type.” Amy of The Connection We Share

13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleo Hosseini – “I read this as part of a book club and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a beautifully written, emotionally gripping story of two Afghan women’s suffering, strength, and resilience. What I love most about it is the way it celebrates the strength of the human spirit – a beautiful thing!” Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling

14. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – “A light, charming book by the author of the popular Shopaholic series. This clever romantic comedy makes for a fun and easy summer read, by the pool or on the beach!” Samantha of Five Heart Home

15. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale – “I loved this simple story that has some fun little twists. My favorite part is that my daughter loved this book as much as I did. I love being able to enjoy the same books as my daughter. This is one that was enjoyable for us both!” Holly of Bits of Everything

Bonus Book! Food Storage by Angel Paskett – “Everyone should be prepared on some level, and this is the book that can help answer your questions and get you there. It begins with the basics and answers almost any question you have with getting started. I wish I had this a few years ago, but glad I have it now!” Jamie from Prepared Housewives

Longest post of your life? Maybe! But, it’s worth it. Good luck to you!

Fine print: Must be U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Vacation package must be booked at least 60 days in advance and is subject to availability and some blackout dates. This post contains affiliate links.

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Book Review: Deliberate Motherhood

I am starting a new phase in my life.  My youngest child has started 1st grade.  I am now home alone.  All day.  I have looked forward to this day for a while, but now that it is here I’m learning I need to adjust.  Yes, I’m free as a bird, but I am alone and the house is too quiet.  My grandpa always says that “All life is, is a series of adjustments.”  So, I’m adjusting.  Now having more time on my hands, I’ve considered getting a job.   But after some thought,  I decided that my “job” right now is my kids.  I’ve always done the required things that moms do, but now I have time to be a better (and more fun!) mom.

Well, this new book landed on my porch at the perfect time.  Deliberate Motherhood is the pep talk I needed to become a better mom.   I love that each chapter has something new to focus on.  The 12 Powers: Acceptance, Love, Patience, Individuality, Intention, Progress, Balance, Organization, Fun, Optimism, and Moments.  My favorite chapter today is the one about Individuality.  It is full of suggestions of how to still be true to who you are while being a good wife and mother at the same time.  Such good ideas!  The fun part is that on another day, I know a different chapter will be my favorite.  Deliberate Motherhood is full of good ideas no matter what you are trying to accomplish with your family.

The authors of Deliberate Motherhood are all a part of Power of Moms.  Power of Moms is a great place for moms to come together to collaborate, help, and support one another.  I was lucky enough to attend a Power of Moms mini retreat a while ago.  It was so fun to be a part of a group that focuses on strengthening one another.  Simply Amazing.

Check out Power of Moms on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Anyone who purchases the book in September and sends their receipt (or an email acknowledging purchase) to, you’ll receive complimentary access to the Deliberate Mothering Podcast series (valued at $20). Also, on October 4th, 10 Grand Prize Winners will be selected to receive the Power of Moms Premium Package (valued at $224)! See the POM Store for all the fabulous programs in the Premium Package. For all the information on this special giveaway, visit Power of Moms.

*I received a copy of Deliberate Motherhood to review, but all opinions are my own.

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A sweet deal for ONE WEEK ONLY!!

Who LOVES a great deal???
For ONE WEEK ONLY you can get $20 off ($$, not % off)
both of the Dating Divas e-books.  That’s ALMOST HALF!!!
Have you heard of The Dating Divas?
They are a bunch of cute, fun girls who started a blog to get us all out of the dating ruts that we are in.
It’s time to stop the “what do you want to do tonight?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do tonight?” routines!
They have tons of great ideas for having fun together and getting that spark back into your marriages!
I was SO excited when they announced their 2 new e-books.
I knew they would be awesome and boy was I right!
Here they are:
#1.  The A to Z guide: 26 Ways in 26 Days To A Happier, Healthier Marriage

#2.  The Ultimate Date Night
My favorite part of the A to Z book was the letters K and S!
The letter K= Know when to work and when to play
I could really be better in this area.  Sometimes it is hard for me to be spontaneous and crazy.
I like to have things totally planned out and scheduled.
This paragraph totally hit me.
“How sad for the child whose parents are too busy to create such treasured memories. How sad for the
parents whose teenager is too busy with their self-absorbed life to eat dinner together. How sad for the lonely spouse whose sweetheart is too busy to realize the importance of date night. Yes, we ARE all busy, but we are also all in charge of our own destiny and we are capable of changing the direction we are going in. Life is TOO short to forget to laugh, to forget to play, to forget to ignore the looming “to-do” list and do something spontaneous.  If we are so focused on completing everything on our lists, we will miss out on those opportunities to have fun in life!”

The letter S= Speak Kindly About Your Spouse
I think this is critical.  How great would you feel if you overheard your spouse saying something great about you to a friend or family member?  For me…this puts me on cloud 9!
On the other hand, how would it make you feel if your spouse totally put you down in public settings?  Would your trust level decrease?  Would you feel hurt or humiliated?
The other thing I’ve noticed about life is that you are usually able to forgive and move on, but the person you told all of those negative things to doesn’t forget and move on.  They remember them.
.  The very last line of this chapter reads,

“Go out of your way today to say something nice about your spouse to someone!”

So…let’s try it!!

The Ultimate Date Night book is also AMAZING!!  It has great pictures and complete date outlines.  How many of us would really like to go on a date,
but don’t really have the creativity and TIME to put into it?
This book has some wonderful ideas and a list of all that you’ll need for which ever date you choose.
My top 5 favorite date ideas were:
A Date That Scores, Car Wash, Couples Minute-To-Win-It, Nerf Wars, and Just Dance!

I think my husband and I would have a ball with ALL of these dates!
I LOVE how they made it possible to print out everything from the invitations to the game pieces.
Isn’t an INVITATION to a date a few days before intriguing and fun?
I’ll admit, I haven’t done that in years, but I’m going to start.  I want my husband to be thinking of me and trying to guess what I have up my sleeve for our date!

Lucky for all of you…
The Dating Divas have hooked Bits of Everything readers up with a SA-WEET deal! 
When you buy both books (using the E-Book Bundle) cart option and code BITSOFEVERYTHING, you get $20 off!  That is a great deal because the A to Z Guide is regularly $9.97 and the Ultimate Date Night Guide book is regularly $37.

Now you can get them both for $26.97!!!
That is a crazy awesome deal.
JUST CLICK HERE to get yours NOW!

This deal is good for ONE WEEK ONLY!!
Start improving your connection and communication
with your spouse TODAY!!

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