Contentment: a review and giveaway

guest book review & giveaway by Samantha Robinson

contentment-godly-womans-adornment-lydia-brownback-paperback-cover-artA dear friend sent me this cute little book during a time when I was struggling with being content in my present circumstances. I was also going through a spiritually “dry” time in my life and really wasn’t in the mood for a lot of heavy reading. This book was perfect and just what I needed. At only 107 pages, it’s broken down into little chapter sections for easy reading. The book’s size is convenient for “on-the-go” girls.

I love how the introduction gets right to the point: “Our unhappiness does not spring from what we lack. It springs from our desire from what we lack.”

We crave all these things- love, comfort, independence, self esteem and more and we’re unhappy because we’ve come to expect such things, esp. in today’s society.

Happiness and contentment comes from where we look and what we believe and not from what we have.

Filled with gentle yet firm encouragement, this book will help you discover what God’s Word says about contentment and you’ll soon realize that God truly does want you to be content and happy. The choice is ours :) 1st Timothy 6:6-8

Because this little book blessed me so much, I want to bless one of you with it. I only wish I had more copies to giveaway!

To enter this giveaway, please fill out the form below. Open to residents of the USA only, due to shipping costs. :(

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Happy Holidays—Shutterfly style

Every year, just about the time the leaves get near their peak color, I start thinking about my holiday mailing list a little bit. Actually, I start thinking about trying to haul the two of us out some place to get our picture taken, and oh dear, what will we wear and will my hair just please behave for once? I don’t particularly care if the picture isn’t perfect. It’s for our far away family and a few of our friends who just enjoy the yearly tradition of getting a card in the mail. I know it’s something that I look forward to!

photocard-shutterflyThankfully, for the past four years, I haven’t had to think about where I’m going to get our Holiday Cards made up, because I already know I’d pick shutterfly! This year, I’ve decided to print our picture on photo paper instead of cardstock. It has narrowed my options a little, but I’m sort of liking this one. Or maybe this one.

Whether it is cards or photo books, shutterfly has been my choice for a long time now. Every experience I’ve ever had with them and their customer service has been beyond my expectations of greatness. Whether it is something big like getting the wrong cards entirely, or something small and probably my fault on top of it, like the color being off, they have always promptly fixed and replaced with no questions!

Plus, if you are looking for a deal, just keep your eye on the special offers page. I’ve learned that if anyone knows how to do some awesome discounts, it’d be shutterfly. I’ve regularly gotten free shipping, and have snagged some rather sweet deals on photo books (50% off!) over the years this way.

Now, for the best news of all. Shutterfly has graciously offered to share a $50 gift code with one of you this holiday season! It isn’t just good for holiday cards, but for anything on their site. I can think of just about 50 ways you could spend that money, so I know who ever the lucky winner ends up being is going to have a blast.

So how do you put your name in the hat for this prize? It’s simple. Leave a comment telling me what you’d like to buy with $50 on Shutterfly.Com .Be sure to come back to  the rafflecopter giveaway form at the bottom of this post to mark that you commented to be entered. 

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 23rd, and one winner will be chosen at random.

Please be sure to leave a valid email address in the form. That’s how I’ll be able to let you know you won. Due to Shutterfly’s request, if I don’t hear back from you within 24 hours of sending that email, I’ll have to pick another winner. The winner will also be posted here, so check back next Tuesday or keep an eye on your inbox/spam folder!

Good luck and happy browsing!

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by the generosity of Shutterfly. <3

FINAL Giveaway: Elishava Publishing



This is the eighth and final post in my barrage of golden birthday celebration giveaways. I’ve had a blast today, and I hope you have too.

Every single one of these giveaways has been for something that I really love or would love. This final one is like a little more icing on the cupcake.

I am honored to call Authoress Elisabeth Allen my friend. She is an inspiration to me, and a precious part of my life. I am grateful to GOD for allowing our paths to cross so unexpectedly in my random searching of the web for some seemingly unrelated to her blog resource some years ago. Her beautiful heart is what makes her writing so alive. I’ve already reviewed all four of her titles over the past few years, and have even given away a few copies before.If you are interested in reading the reviews, you can do so here and here.

Elisabeth has generously sponsored a giveaway today, and I’m excited to end my birthday celebrations by offering one more copy to one of you!

The fun part about this giveaway is you get to choose which one of her books you’d like to win!

You can pick if you want to get the first book in the Charity’s Diary series, or her newly released book, The Abolitionist. Just specify your choice in the comments! If you already have one or two of Elisabeth’s books, you can sponsor a friend to receive your favorite book in your place! If you are picked, just send in their information and we’d love to mail this book to them.

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I believe this giveaway is open world wide. If you aren’t sure, comment with your country and I’ll check with Elisabeth.

Giveaway #7: Notecards from Joyful Reflections Photography


I write a lot about words, books and what’s cooking. But I love good photography too. I love capturing nature and emotions into digital memories, and I love admiring the work of others who have better ability than I do. I have a lot of amazing photographer friends!

Today I want to introduce you to my friend, Samantha of Joyful Reflections Photography. I have loved watching her grow her talent as a photographer over the years, and she has taken some snapshots of nature, particularly of flowers, that I think are beautiful. One of my favorite ways of promoting her photography is through the lovely photo notecards that she sells in her etsy shop. I love this set of the trees in three seasons and I’m really glad that I get to share this beautiful set of them with one of you! 


NOTE: Shipping outside of the USA probably won’t be significant because these are really lightweight, but do note that you are responsible for the shipping costs and check into them if you enter and want these shipped to you outside of the states.

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Giveaway #6: Tell Your Time (eBook)


When I want to know something about a great time saving tool, or about the latest trend in social media and blogging techniques, I often turn to Blogging With Amy for answers. Her great series on  blog management, monetizing, and all her tips on everything from how to use pinterest effectively to recommendation on wordpress themes have often saved me time and energy sorting through the piles of information on the web. She is great about responding to questions, and she explains things in a way that I can get—even when I’m overtired or in a hurry.

When Amy wrote her eBook, Tell Your Time, I was excited. Time management is key to being successful in life, and never more so than if a portion of your life is mandatorily spent in front of the computer screen. I put it on my wishlist immediately! All the reviews and bits and pieces I’ve read about it have only made me more anxious to get to the bottom of my reading list so I can have a good excuse to order this and read it!

Amy agreed to let me giveaway a copy of her book as a part of this golden birthday celebration.know Whoever wins this is getting a real eBook treat. I’m positive that you’ll be blessed with a lot of great insights as you read!

The good news is there are no restrictions about where you live in order to qualify for this giveaway. All you need is an email address and  to be chosen as the winner!

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Giveaway #5: $15 to Marie Madeline Studio


I love marie-madeline studio. From their first few days of life on the internet, I have followed the Long Ladies and fallen in love with their cute patterns, adorable blog and their sweet vivaciousness. I’ve got a thing for pretty fabric, and regularly drool over their selections and the pretty ways they use it to create things.

I am bursting with excitement because the Long Ladies blew me away by generously offering a full $15 gift certificate to marie-madeline studio! This is exactly the sort of thing that I would love to win, and being able to give it away is so much fun!


Because marie-madeline studio does ship internationally, this giveaway is also open to all! You can call or email them and figure out the cheapest shipping route to your specific country, and they are so helpful and prompt in responding to inquiries!

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Giveaway #4: Blogger Behave (eBook)


One of the things that I love the most about words is that they tell stories. I love that blogs give us a window into each other’s worlds. But I also know how difficult it can be to balance life and blogging and do both well.

That’s why I’m thankful that today, there are so many great resources from other bigger bloggers who have gone before. I’m thankful for people like Laura Booz who have taken the time to share some of the “secrets that have helped me to enjoy the journey”.

Laura’s eBook, Blogger Behave, has been on my wish list for a while. I’ve read snippets and read reviews that make me excited about this book and the information it contains and I am happy to tell you that Laura is generously sharing a copy with one of you today! Even if you don’t dream of being a big blogger, or of making writing your life work, I have a feeling that there are some great principles tucked in here that could apply to a lot of aspects of life online. I can’t wait to read it, myself!

This giveaway is not restricted to certain countries, and all of you are more than welcome to enter.

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Giveaway #3: One Bite at a Time (eBook for KINDLE)


When I first read some of the previews for Tsh Oxenreider’s first book, Organized Simplicity, I knew that I wanted it. Buying extras hasn’t been in our budget for a while, but good things sometimes actually do come to those who wait and I was able to snag it for free during a one day promotion on amazon last year. I was thrilled. It has been every bit as good as I expected and more so!

Today, I am going to buy one of you a copy of Tsh’s second book, One Bite at a Time, for KINDLE.

I haven’t read it  yet, but I have no doubt that it is another excellent read and I am excited to have earned enough swagbucks just in time to be able to pick up a kindle version of this book to share during my celebration giveaways.

You don’t have to have a Kindle Reader in order to get this book. You can install an app on your iPhone, iPad and possibly iPod and read kindle books easily. You can also install a reader directly onto your PC!

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NOTE: You may need a USA address on your amazon account in order for me to send you this book. Unfortunately, the way is set up, it isn’t always very clear about this. I’m willing to try to make it work, if you don’t have a USA address or someone who is willing to let you use theirs on the account temporarily. But just be aware that sometimes they have policies/restrictions on certain things, and I have had trouble in the past sharing certain books with friends in some countries as a result.

Giveaway #2: Moody Sister’s Body Whip



I have super sensitive skin. It seems like every slight thing gives my face a rash, and almost everything else makes my arms itchy. A few years ago, when they were just starting out, I was introduced to Moody Sisters. I am passionate about supporting small businesses, particularly of women who are creative and smart enough to make a business out of “nothing”. I admire the way that Jess & Whitney have developed their business, and how awesome they are at customer service and creating great products! I haven’t yet had a chance to try out all of their goodies, but what I’ve heard and what I have has all been excellent. I’m super excited that they agreed to let me share a bottle of body whip with one of you! There are a couple different scents, so be sure to check them out and let me know which one you’d like to try out most!



A little bit about Moody Sisters

Handmade organic skincare for your moody skin.

Mission: To bring skincare back to the basics handmaking each product using only natural ingredients. Changing the way we take care of our skin and earth, one bottle at a time.

EXTRA: Any one who becomes a Facebook Fan can use the coupon code IMAFAN10 for 10% off their entire purchase!

NOTE: shipping outside of the US is usually possible but you may be responsible for the extra shipping cost of the item.

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Giveaway #1: Real {Fast} Food, eBook



When I first had the notion that I wanted to do something exciting for this golden birthday, I had no idea what to do. My friend Trina Holden not only helped inspire this genius idea of giving away presents, but has generously allowed me to give away TWO copies of her awesome resource of a eBook/cookbook, Real {Fast} Food as a part of this celebration.

Trina is an amazing woman. She’s a great writer, a great mom. She’s creative and encouraging. She’s been a huge inspiration to me to be a better writer and to take risks to reach my goals. I am so blessed to have her as a part of my life and honored to know her and to be able to share this book with all of you.

I reviewed her book on my blog a few months ago, and as some of our circumstances are changing a little in the next few months, I am re-inspired and re-motivated to start spending more time planning ahead for shopping trips and get back into cooking more wholesome foods again.

As a Vegan, not every little detail applied to me. A lot of it I had already done or been doing. But this book is very inspirational, encouraging and really so much fun to read.

If you haven’t already invested in it, now is your chance to win a copy for yourself! If you already have it, you can nominate a friend to receive your copy instead! Just enter as usual, and include in your comment if you hope to win this for yourself or a friend. If you are chosen, I’ll email you and you can let me know where to send a copy of this free eBook.

The great news is you can live anywhere in the world and enjoy this book instantly without the consideration of any extra shipping charges.

(Giveaway will end September 1, 2012 at 12:01am EST)

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