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Tips to Improve Your Score on the SAT Essay

Tips to Improve Your Score on the SAT Essay

So you or your student is getting ready to take or retake the SAT with Essay. There are some important things to remember when preparing and taking this test that will greatly improve your chances at garnering a good score. I have been grading SAT […]

Book Review: You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book Review: You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher is well-known for her sweet, insightful and touching Christian romance and women’s fiction books. The first book of Robin’s that I read was The Forgiving Hour , a powerful tale about the difficulty and ultimate power of forgiveness. From that moment forward, I became […]

How to Read More Books–Tips to Fit More Reading Into Your Life

How to Read More Books–Tips to Fit More Reading Into Your Life

One question I get asked fairly frequently is–“How do you read so much? I want to read more, but I can’t seem to fit it into my schedule!” Here are some tips that help me to read (and enjoy!) over 200 books each year, and […]

Explore Portland: Brewcycle Old Town Brewery Tour

Explore Portland: Brewcycle Old Town Brewery Tour

A chilly, damp November evening is not particularly a time one would think of when booking a brewery tour around Portland, Oregon on a bicycle built for 15. Yet that’s just the time our group chose and it turned out to be an incredibly fun […]

Cozy Up with these Christmas-Themed Books

Cozy Up with these Christmas-Themed Books

With November comes rain and wind in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves turn colors and thoughts turn to planning for the holidays. One of the most fun things I do in order to get myself and my attitude ready for the Christmas season is to […]

The Wife Between Us Psychological Suspense Book Review and Blog Tour+ Giveaway!

The Wife Between Us Psychological Suspense Book Review and Blog Tour+ Giveaway!

The Wife Between Us is a psychological suspense novel written by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendrickson. It’s full of some delicious twists that will keep you intrigued and turning pages quickly to find out what is really going on. This novel has everything I love […]

Fort Vancouver Library Foundation Authors and Illustrators Fundraiser featuring Rebecca Skloot

Fort Vancouver Library Foundation Authors and Illustrators Fundraiser featuring Rebecca Skloot

Every year, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation has an Authors and Illustrators Dinner and Auction fundraiser in order to raise money to support the library system. This is the second time I have been fortunate enough to attend the dinner, sitting at the table […]

A Creative and Meaningful Family Advent Calendar

A Creative and Meaningful Family Advent Calendar

Over the years, we have searched for ideas to count down the days until Christmas in a meaningful way. We wanted to foster a spirit of excited anticipation, have activities that would bring us together as a family, and help us all to remember the […]

Book Review: Guilty Blood by Rick Acker

Book Review: Guilty Blood by Rick Acker

Rick Acker’s latest novel is a non-stop thrill ride with fascinating scientific details that will please even the most astute readers looking for an enthralling read. This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure for more details. About the Book: Jessica Ames’ college-aged son Brandon has […]

Hot Ham and Cheese Spiral Rolls

Hot Ham and Cheese Spiral Rolls

These rolls are my go-to food to take to new mothers or someone who has had surgery and needs a meal. They are also great for nights where you have people in and out of the house (like Halloween or before a sporting event) where […]