It’s Not What It Sounds Like: Hail Merry’s

Recently I had the interesting experience of trying a couple Hail Merry snacks. The first ingredient may be Maple Syrup, but the chocolate ones aren’t sweet.

First off I tried the Chocolate Almond Butter Cups.

CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER (12 x 2-count Pack)

I would describe this as very interesting. The outer shell is almost unsweetened. The Almond butter layer almost certainly has no added sweeteners. Reports from some family members say that you can taste the maple syrup in the top layer, but I never noticed it.

I do enjoy the fact that these are all gluten free and vegan, but I do think that perhaps they should be a little bit clearer about the high calorie counts for the people who care about such matters.

More recently I tried the Dark Chocolate Bites.

DARK CHOCOLATE

These are a little more on the sweet side, but the most noticeable thing in my opinion was the color difference between the picture and the contents. It is like one of those Internet vs. Reality memes, but in reverse. They are so dark. The back of this packet says/said “Plus, they’re dehydrated slowly for a super moist, fresh taste.” I understand what they are trying to say, but I wouldn’t put it quite, that way. Dehydrating does not leave things moist except in very wet climates.

In case you were wondering, no they aren’t sponsoring me. I just ran across them and found it to be interested.

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13 Reasons Why (Not) Blog Tour

In case you’re confused at all about the title for the blog tour.
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl’s suicide. There’s debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl’s suicide—13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, we decided to name our blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour—but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living.
If you share about the blog tour or reasons to live on social media, we want to hear about it! Use the hashtags #13rwtour and/or #R2L (reason to live) so we can find you! Also, feel free to tag Faith (@faithpottsauthor) and (@katetheauthor) on Instagram! (Faith also has Facebook, but Kate doesn’t.)

I chose to do an interview, because I love interviews.

Read writing is Kate and Yellow is Faith and I am Bold. I chose the first color based on its pun and the second because when I looked up the color of Faith (sorry Faith, but….) Yellow often stands for hope and faith, which I thought was super cool.

What would you like your book to achieve?
It’s my hope and prayer that Freedom will bring light to the harsh realities of suicide and raise awareness of the heartbreaking statistics, nationwide. One person taking their own life is one too many. 

I’m not gonna lie, if it gets a bunch of 5-star ratings, I’m going to be a happy camper! But I wrote this book to show readers God’s love, to tell them that they are precious in His sight. That suicide isn’t the answer. If it keeps just one person from taking extreme measures, I’ll be so glad.

What is the most encouraging verse in the Bible?
Oh goodness, that’s a tough one… I’m not sure I could choose only one verse, but here’s one that had a special impact on Freedom. 
Galatians 5:1 KJV — Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Now, that’s just a matter of opinion, haha! But I love Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I think this is rather fitting for my book. 😉 Nothing can separate us from the love of God. 

Has any one close to you committed suicide?
No, I haven’t lost anyone close to me to suicide. I’ve only been personally impacted by suicide by friends of friends taking their own lives, and through a few friends who have struggled with suicidal thoughts and intentions. 

No, actually. Suicide isn’t necessarily a topic that I have personal experience with, but it’s still an important subject to me.

What do you think is the saddest reason to commit suicide?
Any reason to commit suicide is the saddest reason. I’m not sure I can pick only one because they all equally matter. Whatever the reason, it’s the worst one to that person. 

Any reason you have to kill yourself  is heartbreaking. Whether a loved one dies, or something happens to make you feel worthless . . . any reason is a sad, horrid reason. I can’t just pick one out.

What is the most interesting story of why someone didn’t choose suicide that you have heard?
I don’t think I can pinpoint a “most interesting” or “best” story. Any story of someone stopping before going all the way and ending their own life is a story that will make me cry. Regardless of the specific reasoning, I’m thankful. And I’m so proud of them for choosing life. 

This answer is going to be much like the last one—any reason to choose life is an important one, no matter how strange or unique. ❤

Freedom

About the book:

FreedomHaving just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?

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About the author:

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Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.

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Beloved

About the book:Beloved

Life without love is hopeless. Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.

Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

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About the author:

Kaitlyn Krispense

Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.

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There is a giveaway, check it out.

As I’ve yet to completely figure out the scheduled posting I don’t fully know when this will hit the internet, but I am going mostly off grid for the next ten days. There will be a few more scheduled posts, but mostly I won’t be here.

Unsustainable Tuesday: A Sustainable Tuesday Post

Sustainable often it is thought of these days in terms of “good for the environment”, “be green”, “shop small”, “shop local”.

But a quick check in with the great Merriam-Webster shows this

Definition of sustainable

1 : capable of being sustained
2a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged sustainable techniques sustainable agriculture
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods sustainable society
And when you go on to wonder about sustained.

Definition of sustained

: maintained at length without interruption or weakening :
I have to admit something. Posting on Tuesdays isn’t really sustainable for me.
I start most Tuesday, with breakfast, and as soon as that is done, I must clean up from breakfast. No sooner have I finished washing the dishes, than my email and the blogs I follow are calling me.
While I wait for everything to load, I sneak in my Bible reading. And suddenly it’s at least 9:30. It does depend on the day, but it’s generally time to go hurry and get ready to go help the food pantry.
There is an hour drive, then it’s time for an early lunch. After lunch I usually can get some reading done. But once I start working it’s pretty steady until 4:00. Even if we don’t help with cleanup it’s still an hour back to the library where I write most of my posts.
So by the time we get here, it’s late, I’m tired and I’m supposed to come up with something? Ha!
But in other interesting news. I recently decided to make a dress based off The Coronation by Olivia Jarmusch. Click here if you would like to help fund the project. Or feel free to check it out here.
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An Outfit Of This Summer

Over a year ago I posted about two items I made. A super cool Butterfly Shirt, modeled after my favorite shirt of all time. An Orange Skirt, basic, but quickly using up the fabric I brought back from India.

I wore them together because they were both brand new and I was super proud, but I’ve been wearing them together ever since and I will admit I love the look. It’s bright, it’s bold, and the fact the the shirt is mostly blue is hardly noticeable.

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So M and I went out the other morning and caught some pictures that captured the essence of the outfit. And Me. And when I wear it.

I actually found it a little difficult to pose in because the grass was little more than dew and clippings. Also I’ve decided to stop wearing it for the summer. I like to wear it several times in between washes, so that it will not get as worn out so quickly.

Sorry there are no pictures of the back of me, but M thought my hair was a mess.

I think that is all.

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Sustainable Tuesday

I am taking part in #sewyourselfsustainable over on Instagram so I thought, why not bring it over to the blog, for this month and maybe even longer.

I want to talk about my feelings on the subject.

I Don’t Worry About Climate Change or Global Warming.

But I do Care about taking Care of Our World, so…

I try to get fresh food in recyclable packaging. This means lots of bulk food and a garden. If I must get a plastic bag I reuse it.

Apart from necessary plastic on food. The thing that bothers me the most is polyester, spandex, and all the other horrible plastics that goes into clothing. I have never liked anything but natural fibers. Lately however I’ve completely stopped wearing non natural fibers, unless they are part of some decoration.

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I don’t worry about using paper. Pine trees can be used for this and they grow super fast.

I also don’t worry about eating dairy and meat. Or wearing leather. Because I don’t worry about animals using to much oxygen.

Do you care?

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Attention All Followers

I plan on going through my followers and removing the ones that don’t actively do things for my blog. So Like this post. Leave a comment somewhere. Reblog something. I don’t care. For as much as I enjoy having nearly a hundred and fifty followers, most of them never do anything, so I don’t care about them.

 

Sudden Turn To Being a Math Blog

I just finished my 13th whole month of having a blog. That means I have a loop. Now I wasn’t going to write this post but I decided based on the numbers that finished off last month.

A year ago when I completed my first full month of blogging I got viewed 72 times. That is an average of 2 a day. I was very proud. So proud that this year I got these kind of corny screenshots.

But those aren’t the only strange screenshot’s I’ve gotten. Just this morning I caught my most recent stats and they changed it a little.

Yep. This month has given me the highest number of views ever by an average of 3 per day.

In the past year or so, I’ve gotten viewers from this alphabetical list of countries.

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

Or on this map.

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My most popular day is Friday. It currently has nearly a quarter of my views.

The most popular hour is 9 pm. This has a little more reasonable 12% of my views.

I guess people like looking at my blog just before the weekend.

I hope to have a few changes coming to my blog soon. I would like it if such numbers continued and grew. But it isn’t about the numbers.

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