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Fluffy Garden Boutique {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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One of my favorite things about being a military spouse is moving to new locations and meeting new people — moving away from those new friends never feels like good-bye since we have Facebook and other ways to keep in touch, but it also never feels like good-bye because the chances of meeting up again in the military are just too good!  Kierston and I met when we were living in the middle of the California desert; our husbands worked together and we have boys who are just months apart in age, so it was a quick match for our entire family.  We moved to North Carolina about three years ago, and we were ecstatic when Kierston’s family moved to North Carolina just about three months ago!Cover Photo

Almost immediately after making a cross-country trip and getting settled in their new location, Kierston opened up her Facebook shop Fluffy Garden Boutique, where she makes custom orders of just about anything that can be crocheted, sewn, or painted!  She is completely invested in her shop and in her products, and her passion is evident on her Facebook updates that usually include some sort of amazing special or giveaway for her fans.

 Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop:


Around the House items include this Multipurpose Wash Cloth (shown above), Washable Swiffer Cover, or a cute Tooth Fairy Pillow!

Fluffy Garden Boutique also features great sets for photography props or photo shoots, such as this Mermaid Set with Shell Top and Starfish Headband

The Beanies, Hats, and Diaper Covers also include lots of fun seasonal products, such as this Football Beanie

Photo: OSU inspired headband (can be customized to any team) sizes NB, 0-3m, 3-6m, 6-9m, 12m, toddler, child or adult $5 free shipping

Or hard-core football fans will love to check out the College and NFL Themes Crochet album with items such as this OSU-Inspired Headband (can be customized for any team, any size infant to adults), totes, or throws.

 Since Kierston is a military spouse herself, she knows the difficulty that goes with numerous deployments, long hours/days/weeks, and sacrifice to serve our country.  Fluffy Garden Boutique features a Military Heroes Wall of Fame open to any branch of service — just e-mail your picture and she’ll add it to this album!

And, just in time for the fall season, Fluffy Garden Boutique is offering a $30 Gift Certificate to use in the shop by November 1!  Check out Fluffy Garden Boutique on Facebook, then come back here to enter to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of September 14th and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Fluffy Garden Boutique, but all opinions are strictly my own. 

Rudy by Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger {Book Review}

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One time when we were at Universal Studios in Hollywood, my husband, dad, and brothers decided that they wanted to try the iFly indoor skydiving.  They went to get all suited up, and my mom and I went to eat cinnamon soft pretzels.  We sat across from iFly and saw a group come out that we assumed would include our family, so we headed over to watch.  When we got there, we didn’t see our family, but we did see Sean Astin!  Even though he’s since starred on the Lord of the Rings and other top-earning films, I was always think of him as the title character from the inspiring movie “Rudy”.


I had the opportunity to review the book Rudy: My Story, and I hoped that it would be as good as the movie I remembered watching when I was young.  I generally enjoy books more than their movies, but that’s not always the case for movies based on true stories — sometimes, I see a glimpse into their real lives and am disappointed.  Not the case for this book at all!  If anything, I would suggest this book OVER the movie simply because it showcases Rudy’s determination to reach his aspirations despite obstacles at every corner.

Following that same line of reading about ordinary people doing extraordinary things (see Still Lolo), Rudy: My Story shows how someone who has a lot of heart and willpower can accomplish goals that seem unreachable.  Born in to a family as 1 of 14 children in a small working-class town , Rudy decided at a young age that he would play football for Notre Dame.  His grades were less than stellar and he admits that he really didn’t have much talent, but through the support from key players in his life and a series of amazing opportunities, Rudy was accepted into Notre Dame, was a member of the football team, and played in one of the last home games of his senior year.  After graduating, he wanted his life story to be made into a movie — another lofty goal that seemed unreachable!  Again, though, the book details key players and opportunities that allowed for the movie to be made and to inspire people all over the country.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about his successes and (as a military spouse myself) especially loved how the time he served in the military opened doors to him and provided the financing he needed for Notre Dame through the GI Bill.  I felt like the last 1/3 of the book seemed to slow down a little and might have been condensed into just a chapter or two, but that might have also been the authors’ purpose to show how Rudy felt after he had accomplished so much.  I loved the voice of this book — the writing feels like you’re sitting down with Rudy and talking with an ordinary person.  This was a great book to read at the beginning of a new year to motivate and inspire me to continue to make/keep my resolutions while also considering some goals that I might have before thought were out-of-reach.

I received a free copy of the book through Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.  The opinion expressed in this review is my own and has not been influenced by either Booksneeze or the author.


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