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A happy diversion of life, love and sisterly advice for Jane Austen fans everywhere. [There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. -Jane Austen]

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Rare 30% Off Any Book (Amazon Promo Code)

If you’re a book lover like me, this Black Friday weekend deal is going to make you do your happy dance — even if silently, in your head. Today through Sunday, November 29th, Amazon is giving us 30% off any one print book! Just use the promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout.

Important notes: this works on only one print book per Amazon account, and is good only on a book sold by Amazon. The maximum discount is $10. Shipping is free on orders of $35+, but of course the Amazon Prime subscription service offers free Prime shipping anytime. If you’re interested in the 30-day free trial, this is where you sign up.


Whether you’re treating yourself to something on the bestseller list, or snagging a great buy on a gift to go under the tree, enjoy the 30% off money-saver!

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Edenbrooke fans, it’s finally here!

Sandwiched between texts describing the goings on of my beloved nieces and nephews, my sister reminded me that today would be the day. Edenbrooke fans, IT’S HERE — and you’re not going to be able to wait until Christmas to read it.

Julianne Donaldson has just released the prequel to Edenbrooke, one of my favorite stories of all time. The newly released novelette is Heir to Edenbrooke, told from the perspective of Philip Wyndham, the most sought-after bachelor in London. It’s available electronically for $3.99. (There’s a free Kindle app that can be downloaded for most smartphones and tablets.)


If you’re not familiar with Edenbrooke, it combines romance (the clean kind) with adventure, wit and intelligence. I’ve recommended it time and again, and it doesn’t disappoint. Julianne Donaldson is a masterful storyteller, and her debut novel took so many by complete surprise. I was one of them.


She turned us into eager overnight fans. (Overnight, because we found ourselves unable to put the book down.) If you’re unfamiliar with Edenbrooke, treat yourself. I have a feeling you’re going to love it!

Sarah Elizabeth resides in a small Southern town with her husband, son, and their not-quite-therapy comfort dogs, a miniature Schnoodle and Goldendoodle. She once enjoyed a life with a slightly faster pace as an award-winning reporter, and marketing professional, but these days, her life is much more quiet. She writes about life observations, experiences with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, other chronic illness, and occasionally, her love of Jane Austen.  Click here to follow on Facebook. 



Select Magformers are 40% off today only at Amazon! (November 9)

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40% off Magformers (awesome toy for Christmas!)

Every now and then, I come across a deal that is just too good not to share.

Today only, select Magformers sets are 40% off at Amazon. This has the coveted 5 ***** rating. The most popular sets will likely sell out at this price point, so if you’re interested, don’t wait — if it’s anything like last year, your selection will be more limited as the day goes on.

Select Magformers are 40% off today only at Amazon! (November 9)

Some sets are recommended for ages 3 and up, others are marked for ages 6 and up. My son started playing with Magformers at age 3, and still plays with them now, several years later. I first learned about them through extended family (there was talk of these being something of a miracle distraction for little ones at restaurants). That momma who passed the word along deserves a mothering medal for discovering these!

We started with a small set, and they far exceeded my expectations — we’ve purchased several sets since! A handful of these provide a perfect distraction for eating out, quiet play at church, and for learning and play right at home. Little ones will surprise you with the 3-D shapes they’re able to think up. These make wonderful Christmas gifts, and they’ll be enjoyed for years to come.

Gift exchange or holiday scam? Here's how to tell.

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Is your gift exchange really a holiday scam? Here’s how to tell.

The following comes from Sweeten the Lemons, my new place for sharing thoughts.

Please BEWARE before you fork over $10+ for a “gift exchange” via facebook posts or other social media sharing this holiday season. It may be a scam!

Gift exchange or scam? (Graphic) Here's how to tell.

A true gift exchange = give one gift + receive one gift. Simple.

In a true gift exchange, there is a limited number of people, each giving and receiving a gift. It can be a lovely holiday tradition! However, the model circulating on facebook, where one gift is sent with the hope of receiving 6+ gifts in return is NOT a gift exchange. It is considered a scam called a “pyramid scheme” and is usually illegal.

To find out why, please continue reading on the new blog.