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The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble review and Family Christian $25.00 giveaway



I’ve been reading a new book by Colleen Coble and I’m in love with her writing. The book, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, was provided free of charge for the purpose of review. Just so you know, I review based on my own opinions and my review does not reflect the views of the author or Family Christian.
I found The Inn at Ocean’s Edge to be very entertaining. The Hotel Tourmaline in Folly Shoals, Maine is celebrating the 4th of July. 4 year old Claire Dellamare is celebrating her birthday on the same day when she disappears, only to turn up a year later with no explanation what had happened to her. Now, a grown up Claire has returned to the Hotel Tourmaline- this time to surprise her parents and help with a business meeting- when she has such strong, disturbing feelings that she has a panic attack. Not understanding why she was feeling this way, Claire tries to overcome the feelings by going to the beach for a walk. She sees what appears to be a man pushing a woman from the cliff above the beach to her death. Horrified, Claire begins to remember why this Hotel brings back such dark feelings in her. What really happened to her when she was 4? And why did everyone cover it up? And what about the woman who was killed right in front of her?

This book grabbed me right from the start. Colleen Coble’s way of twisting and turning the plot are delicious and leave you wanting more. It’s a great story for a summer read!

Best of all, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and many other great books are available at Family Christian. And to help you with the cost Family Christian has graciously offered a $25 Family Christian certificate to use online or at your local Family Christian. This is a super prize and I am hoping you will enter this giveaway daily for better chances at winning. Enter here:


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Eye Mask Sleep by Smarter Rest with Comfortable Adjustable Strap

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I love, love, love this eye mask. I have had a hard time getting rest and have been having a lots of migraines. Since I’ve tried the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest, it’s easier to go to sleep and stay asleep longer. The Sleep Sublime Eye Mask is made from a satin type material, and it’s very nicely made. It comes in black with the name of the product across the mask. It’s got a comfortable adjustable elastic velcro strap so it’s adjustable for different head sizes. It’s got 2 small slots in the side of the strap where you’ll find foam ear plugs if you need them. It’s even got a nice satin travel bag to keep your Sleep Sublime Eye Mask safe and clean while not in use.
There’s a little area built in that fits to the shape of your nose so that light can’t creep in from underneath. The package even included directions for using the mask for best results.  I tried this mask on while it was midday and quite bright. I could not see my hand no matter how hard I tried.  And once it was on, it was hard not to just give in and take a little snooze.
I found the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest to be well made and well thought out. I’d give it a definite thumbs up!
I received the Sleep Sublime Eye Mask by Smarter Rest at no cost for the purpose of review. All reviews are 100% my own and not reflective of Smarter Rest.

Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves Review

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I was sent a pair of Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves from Tomoson free of charge for the purpose of review. This review is 100% my own opinions and does not reflect Tomoson or Magikuchen in any way.

I was very pleased with the look and feel of the Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves when I removed them from the package. They are BPA free and FDA approved- made from pure 100% Food Grade Silicone and a bright red color- easy to find in my jumbled up drawer. I am so happy with them- I’m going to toss out all the old oven mitts!


Now to the testing! First, I tried them on ordinary oven pans. No heat, no discomfort at all! Of course, this is pretty much what I expected. I even left my gloved hand on the hot pan to see if it would get hot. It took about 30 seconds before I had to remove my hand. Then a brain flash as we were preparing our corn on the cob- use the gloves to hold the cobs for buttering. Wow, what a great idea!! The gripping power of the silicone made it easy to hold and turn the cobs while the glove protected my hands from that hot corn!

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And clean up is easy. You can hand wash, use a scrubber if you have stuff down in between the little nubbies, or even wash in the dishwasher. Check out the picture of how Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves easily fit in your washer for cleaning.

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On to the next test- barbequing! My husband is the chef for all of our outdoor cooking and these gloves were hopefully going to help him keep safe from the heat. The Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Gloves are large enough to fit my hubby’s chubby hands and he was happy to report that they kept his hands from getting too hot while handling the grill.

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Last test- removing fur- yes, I said fur, from the furniture. We have pets and they all shed. It’s a pain to vacuum the couch, so I had another one of those ideas- try the glove on the couch. My kidlet was given the task to run the Magikuchen’s Heat Resistant Silicone BBQ Cooking Glove across the couch and carpet underneath. I asked her which was easier, vacuuming or using the glove? Her answer? The glove, hands down! (No pun intended!) Not only did it remove the fur quicker and easier, it removed more fur than the vacuum usually does. My friend’s kitty even loves being stroked with the glove. It’s a fur magnet, but you just scrub it under running water with a little dish soap and the fur slips right off!

The Magikuchen #1 Heat Resistant Silicone Grilling BBQ Gloves Set meets and exceeds my expectations and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who is tired of those darn hot pads that slip or the oven mitts that get old and crusty. I have 2 pair and I love them! And Magikuchen states they are “SATISFACTION GUARANTEED – We offer a *MONEY BACK GUARANTEE* so you can buy with absolute Peace of Mind. If you are not 100% satisfied, you get your Money Back. Plus we offer No Questions Asked Lifetime Free Replacement Guarantee.”

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I give the Magikuchen #1 Heat Resistant Silicone Grilling BBQ Gloves Set a definite

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Family Christian Summer Reading Challenge

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School’s out and the kids have already begun to quarrel? Boredom sets in and the TV is not the solution you want? This summer, help your kids to develop a love of reading while encouraging their faith. Find a plethora of books for all ages and reading abilities by visiting your local Family Christian store. Family Christian has an amazing stock of reading material to choose from and there’s always a great deal on something, whether it’s a book, video, or the latest CD by your favorite artist.

Check out these great titles I found when I visited our store!


90 Minutes in Heaven

Don Piper

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This book is a story about Don Piper, a minister who is in a horrific accident. He dies and then is resuscitated after 90 minutes. He then recalls his time after dying, when he went to heaven and what he saw there. This is a very interesting read and would encourage anyone looking for a reason to believe or for those who already believe- an example of just what lies ahead. As Mr Piper puts it, an event he claimed was “indescribable”.

Million-Dollar Throw

Mike Lupica


Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s is known by his friend’s and classmates as Brady, after his hero Tom Brady. Nate’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best friend Abby is going blind, so when he gets a chance to win a million dollars if he can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed. Will he overcome his fear or will he choke at the last second?


Evan Angler


In a future United States under the power of a charismatic leader, everyone gets the Mark at age thirteen. The Mark lets citizen shop, go to school, and even get medical care-but without it, you’re on your own. Few refuse to get the Mark. Those who do . . . disappear.

Almost Heaven

Chris Fabry

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Author Chris Fabry spins a wonderful tale of a boy named Billy, a gifted mandolin player in Dogwood, West Virginia. Billy recognizes that his gift is from God, and lives his life as an offering to his divine creator. Malachi is an angel sent to watch how Billy affects those he comes in contact with. In observing Billy’s use of his gift, Malachi begins to see the bigger picture of how each painful step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful symphony that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Colleen Coble

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When an expensive necklace is stolen from a renowned jewelry artist at Rock Harbor‘s fall festival and Emily is accused of the crime, it looks like she’ll never get her puppy and be able to join the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue team. Emily sets out to find the real culprit and clear her name so that she can continue with her passion- Search and Rescue.


These are a very few of the many choices your kids will have. But this summer, reward your kids for choosing books that will enlighten them and help them grow in faith by entering them in the In addition, there’s a great summer reading program offered by Family Christian. Read all about it here!


Read six books & tell us about them!

  • Read any six Christian books. (See our kids book suggestions on the website at
  • Complete a Book Report Form for each title, and bring all six in to any Family Christian. Don’t live by a store? Submit your completed forms and mailing address to


  • Once your child reads and completes a Book Report Form for six books, we’ll give them a FREE $10 savings pass good toward any purchase of $10 or more online OR in-stores!!

Print Book Report Form

For a list of books by age and interest, please visit Family Christian at

Zenfone 2 Wallet Case from Abacus24-7

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I recently received a Zenfone 2 Wallet Case for the ASUS Zenfone 2 at a discounted price for the purpose of review. I really like the case, which is well constructed of Synthetic Leather and fits the phone perfectly. It is a folio style so I can easily fit my license and cards in slots and stash some cash as well.

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It has great port and function access- even a cutout for the speaker! Best of all, it has the ability to stand on it’s own, for hands free talking or watching a video. This is an awesome case and it even comes in 3 colors- Black,  Purple, or Red. I love this case!

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Check them out on Amazon by copying and pasting the following into the search window:

Zenfone 2 Case, Abacus24-7 ASUS Zenfone 2 Wallet Case, Leather Flip Cover and Stand, Black

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King’s Heart DVD Review and Giveaway- US Only


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I received a DVD of King’s Heart courtesy of Family Christian for the purpose of review. The following comments are my own and not influenced by Family Christian or anyone else.

The video King’s Heart was very short – approximately 22 minutes in length. It is a story about a boy, played by Jason Dworakwho was training for a big football game. Small in stature, his father, played by Sean M. Grady, wanted him to be big in heart and take on others twice his size. He didn’t have much faith in what his dad was trying to teach him and doubts crept in.

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Right in the middle of preparing for the game, his dad passed away unexpectedly. This left him wondering how to go on with the game or if he could even do so. Some of his family voiced doubts and thought he should be in mourning. His aunt was very vocal- expressing that it would be extremely disrespectful to play in a football game right after his father had passed away. But his uncle reminded him of what his father had taught him and then told him how his father had once been that small player and had successfully taken on  players that were twice his size. His uncle believing in him and reminding him how much his dad believed in him gave him the King’s Heart and the ability to compete in the big game. The storyline was a good one, but the video ended much sooner than expected, leaving me wanting more. This is not a big production with professional sound and video so the sound gets very quiet at times and the camera did some strange things that didn’t really seem to match what was going on in the story. However, the actors portrayed their characters very well and I found myself wondering how I would react in the same situation.


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Swinging into Summer Blog Hop Car Cache Giveaway

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Omega 3 Fish Oil – Triple Strength Capsules


I received this product in exchange for my unbiased Review. I am very pleased with the Omega 3 Fish Oil – Triple Strength Capsules overall. They are close in size and shape to other fish oil capsules, but they pack a triple dose of 1,500 total mg of omega-3 fatty acids with 800 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA. They are made from high grade Chilean Fish Oil and leave absolutely no fishy aftertaste. I feel confident that I am getting a good dose of high quality fish oil that will help improve my immunity levels, ensure cardiovascular health, circulation and brain function and lower any bad cholesterol levels I might have. All this without having to prepare fish daily! Thanks Quality Encapsulations for a great product!

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