Artsy Coloring Book Giveaway~May Flowers Hop Linkup (ends 5/24/19)


I hope your May is starting out beautifully! We had a couple of days last week that were gorgeous but today it’s in the 30’s and snowing. Not enough to accumulate…but it is cold!


I am so happy to be joining in the May Flowers Hop (hosted by Dena at The Review Wire and Chatty Patty’s Place). Tons of other bloggers will be hosting giveaways on their own blogs so you’ll have lots of chances to enter to win something amazing.




I’m giving away something that I’m hoping will provide a little tranquility, enjoyment, and fun in our busy, full lives. One winner will be selected to win:

  • Cattitudes Inspirational Coloring Book (probably best for teens and adults)
  • Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers in Bold Colors

The Cattitudes book is full of line drawings (black on white, so you can color them in with crayons, colored pencils, markers) of kitties against artsy backgrounds. Each page also has a Bible verse to encourage and bless the artist.



The Crayola markers have both a fine tip and a conical tip so that you can draw fine lines or shade in with the wide edges.


How to enter

Simply click on the pink “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on May 24, 2019. One winner will be selected and will win both the coloring book and the markers.

Enter here!






And now, for the other May Flowers Hop giveaways!

You can access all the other cool giveaways in this blog hop by clicking on the blue inLinkz button below. That will take you to a page with all the other giveaways!



Best wishes, and enjoy!  –Wren

Tarte Giveaway from FINCHNWREN~ part of the Mother’s Day Hop Giveaway! (ends 5/8/19)

Hey everyone!

I am joining The Review Wire and lots of other amazing bloggers for the Mother’s Day Hop Giveaway!



I just love this time of year. Really, I love every season, but I am so enjoying the warm weather, the budding trees and bushes, the birds singing. I even saw a fat bumblebee hovering around the tiny buds on my currant bush in the backyard today!

But back to today’s fun. I’m joining in with a fantastic group of bloggers over at The Review Wire, who’s hosting a Mother’s Day Hop giveaway!

I am giving away 3 items from one of my favorite makeup brands: Tarte! If you’re not familiar with Tarte, they make gorgeous makeup without those ingredients we want to avoid. Their makeup has no parabens, no mineral oil, no phthalates, no triclosan, and no sodium lauryl sulfate. And (interestingly enough) no gluten!


FINCHNWREN’s Mother’s Day Tarte Giveaway

So, I have the following lovely Tarte items for one person to win!

  • A bright fuchsia 10 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ Tarte makeup bag (with tassels! and a tarte monogram bar!)
  • Tarteist Lip Paint in Salty
  • Tarteist Lip Paint in Rosé

Have you ever used the Tarteist Lip Paint? I adore it! It goes on pretty matte on your lips. But it stays on for HOURS. I have put it on in the morning before I left the house, then I’ve eaten lunch…and it’s still on! I generally put a little lip gloss on over it just to add a little shine. But I so love the staying power.


And how to enter!

Simply click on the pink link below that says “Enter here.” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 5/8/19. At end of giveaway, one winner will be selected to win all three Tarte items (the makeup bag and the two lip paints).

Enter here


Mother’s Day Hop Link

Just click on the blue button below and you’ll see tons of other neat Mother’s Day giveaways to enter at The Review Wire!

Best wishes!


Enjoy! –Wren

Knitting over the Last Few Months

Hey everyone!

I have been wanting to update you on my favorite new craft! I have FINALLY learned how to knit, thanks to a knitting class at our homeschool coop (for students and adults) last fall. I am still very much a beginner knitter, but I love it. It is the most restful, enjoyable activity…plus you have something soft and lovely to show for it when you’re finished!


I’ve gotten to knit several projects over the last few months. Here’s what I’ve been doing!


Circular Needles

One of my friends just had a baby! So I bought a set of bamboo circular knitting needles on Amazon, and picked up some Bernat Baby Blanket yarn. It’s sort of fleecy (and is actually the same yarn that we used in the library knitting loom project) and feels wonderfully soft to the touch. Warm too!

This was my first project with circular needles. You knit the same way; the difference is that the needles are connected by a plastic line to one another instead of two needles that you hold in each hand. That line (I think mine are 36″ or so) allows you to make a wider line of stitches than you could on regular knitting needles. So these are great for larger projects.



I just did a plain knit stitch (K) for this. It has taken 4 skeins of yarn; the yarn is bulky so probably there’s not as much on a skein of this as there would be with a finer, thinner yarn. I have finished the blanket itself and just need to add the finishing touches: weaving in the yarn from the spots I added new skeins, and sewing a blanket stitch border around the edges.



The Knitting Loom

Back in November, Mom and I went to a fun library program on loom knitting. I had never used knitting looms before. In this program, we were all loaned some of the library’s looms to make stocking caps for children who were undergoing chemotherapy. I loved that idea; I’ve wanted to make caps for patients undergoing chemotherapy ever since I received some that had been made for patients during my own journey a couple of years ago.



Loom knitting is a bit different than regular knitting in that you use a loom instead of needles. You wrap the yarn in loops around the pegs on the loom, then pull the bottom loop over the top loop. Once you’ve done that, you have a stitch. As you make more, you create a knitted yarn funnel that you close by threading yarn through the last loops and pulling. Ta-da…a cap!


And…still working on the lap blanket from the fall!

So the lap blanket I was working on in the fall is still….in progress! I got the squares just over halfway done in the fall but then, with the holidays, my work tapered off. This semester, I’m thrilled to be TAing for the same teacher that taught me in the fall. So, I’ve picked it back up. I  learned a stripes stitch that was throwing me earlier so that’s what I’m working on now.

Here’s another new square that I completed this spring for the blanket: it’s a plain garter square with a small knitted pocket on top of it, with a heart. Fun!



And one other thing…

I can’t close this post without showing you the neatest gift my friend J. gave me for Christmas! We have a mutual friend who’s an incredibly gifted potter. She made this lovely knitting bowl…which then became my Christmas gift! It keeps your ball of yarn from rolling across the room while you’re knitting. There’s a line you thread your yarn through plus two holes to place your knitting needles in when you’re finished. Plus a cute mousie perched on the side! It makes me smile.



I’m just enjoying this so much. Knitting can be a great thing to do in the evening while watching movies together or chatting. (If I don’t have to do a lot of switching back and forth between different stitches, anyway! Then I have to count!)


Are you working on any fun hobbies or crafts?


Enjoy!  –Wren

“Other Bodies” by Joel Ohman – a book review

Recently I received Joel Ohman’s new book, Other Bodies, to review from FlyBy/Propeller Promotions. It’s quite different from my usual reading material, but I’d like to let you know about my experiences with it.





About Other Bodies

Other Bodies is a dystopian-esque YA fiction book written from a pro-life perspective. It shares a slice of the life of Hattie; a brief recounting of her recent experiences and choices, as well as a significant choice that she doesn’t know is before her.

The world Hattie lives in is inner-city Philadelphia many years in the future. Poverty is widespread, jobs are scarce, and 16-year-old Hattie is alone. She just lost her elderly grandfather, her only surviving relative, whose health had been suffering for some time. She finally has a job, though; at a medical facility called Managed Motherhood. She’s been newly hired as as a medical aide. She likes her new boss, Matilda, and Sally-Anne. She finds her work interesting.

As part of Hattie’s training, Matilda introduces her to the virtual reality machines, called TEDs, that a person can climb into and travel anywhere, experience everything. And what are those doing in a medical facility? Patients climb into them and go on a VR trip while they’re having surgery. The TEDs also can do medical full-body scans, perform medical procedures, and verify or discover diagnoses while the patient is virtually hang-gliding over beautiful mountains or relaxing in the sun, to the sound of waves whispering on a sandy beach.

It’s in one of those TED machines, where Hattie is trying out the technology under Matilda’s instruction, that she finds out she’s pregnant as the TED machine scans her while she’s inside, experiencing hang-gliding for the first time.

After the death of her grandfather, Hattie was pursued by a handsome young man, who promptly walked out of her life once he’d wooed her into sleeping with him. She’s living alone in an apartment that doesn’t have much in it, formerly unemployed and now making a small salary with Manged Motherhood, who also provides abortions. Hattie chooses to abort.

If I told you the rest of the story, I’d be giving away too many spoilers. But there are a lot of unexpected events and personages that show up, who are affected in some way by Hattie’s choice. The book is written in a dual-setting environment, where we see Hattie and her coworkers, acquaintances, and former boyfriend; then occasionally we see a couple of other characters, in an undisclosed location, observing and experiencing portions of Hattie’s life.


What I thought

This is a tough book. I’m a person who loves a happy ending and I can’t tell you that you’ll find that in this book…although there are hints that it might happen at some point. But it does tell some of the other side of the story of women in this situation.

Hattie is in a tough spot. She’s pretty much on her own. She has no one to help guide her through her decision, or the heartbreaking journey and events she experiences afterward.

As a woman of faith, I missed the hope that is waiting for all of us in the worst of our situations. God really does love us all so much, and, as in a verse I love, “Indeed, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save,
and His ear is not too deaf to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1 HCSB) Though some of the characters know this, Hattie has no idea. As far as she can tell, she is all alone. There might be a chance for her to save her baby after all…but can she?

Other Bodies tells the story of a young teen faced with a choice and its devastating aftereffects.


More about Joel Ohman:


Thanks for stopping by!  –Wren
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this book for me to read and review. The opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Hello Spring Giveaway Hop ~ Spring Goodies from FINCHNWREN (ends 3/29/19)

Hi friends!


I’m participating in the Hello Spring Giveaway Hop with Review Wire Media and Chatty Patty’s Place. There are tons of other bloggers joining in as well, all with fun seasonal spring giveaway prizes!



This giveaway runs from March 15-29, 2019.  Each blogger will be giving away a prize package worth at least $10.

For the Spring Goodies from FINCHNWREN prize, I’ll be giving away this Hello Spring package, valued at $25:

  • Bath & Body Works’ Love & Sunshine body spray (valued at $14)–my favorite spring and summer scent!
  • Sephora Pantone Universe Rose Quartz Lip Gloss (valued at $6)–because I love anything Sephora
  • A miniature stuffed bunny (valued at $5)–because bunnies are fun whenever


How to enter the Spring Goodies from FINCHNWREN giveaway:

Simply click on the pink “Enter here” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways.

Enter here

Then, check out all the giveaways in the Hello Spring Giveaway Hop by clicking on the inLinkz link below!



Now, head over to the #HelloSpring Giveaway Hop page to check out all the other amazing giveaways, by clicking on the blue button below!


Best wishes, and enjoy!  –Wren

Mack Brock’s COVERED CD–Releasing March 22, 2019

#sponsored #partner


Are you familiar with Mack Brock? I’m new to his music, but Flyby/Propeller Promotions invited me to share about his upcoming album, and about an extra single that people can get when they preorder. I listened to it and really liked it…and you can check it out as well!



So who is Mack Brock?

He is a musician; a worship leader; a songwriter; a husband and a dad. He has led worship all over the U.S. He’s also a music producer and has toured with Hillsong UNITED, Levi Luscko and Lydia TerKeust (on the Encounter Tour), and will tour again with Hillsong UNITED during the summer of 2019.  His first 9-song album, GREATER THINGS, has been out since February, and various tracks have been streamed over a combined 6 million times!

His newest CD, COVERED, releases March 22, 2019. It contains the following new songs:

  • “King of Heaven”
  • “Covered”
  • “Still in Control”
  • “After Me”
  • “I Am Loved”

If you’ve been a fan of Hillsong worship music through the years, you should definitely check out Mack’s music!




You can find and pre-order COVERED at this Mack Brock COVERED link. You’ll have the option to purchase it from Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and more sites.  Again, when you purchase it you’ll also receive the single “I Am Loved,” featured in the video above.

Check it out! You may find a new favorite worship leader!


Enjoy!  –Wren

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing the product/product information. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did/will receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Leaping Leprechauns Blog Hop–Green Goodies Giveaway (CLOSED)

CONGRATULATIONS to Rae N., who won this giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered.


Hello, and welcome!

I have a super-fun giveaway to share with y’all today…and I’m linking up as part of the Leaping Leprechauns Giveaway Hop over at Review Wire Media and Chatty Cathy’s Place!


The FINCHNWREN addition to this blog hop (lots of other bloggers with neat giveaways!) is themed around my favorite color (green!) and green’s other definition of “environmentally-friendly”–perfect for the St. Patrick’s Day theme.



This FINCHNWREN giveaway includes:

  • A mini reusable shopping tote from Whole Foods Market
  • The Perfecting Blender Duo from EcoTools
  • A packet of Botanical Interests’ Flower Mix “Save the Bees” seeds
  • A lovely bar of Good Soap, in Cucumber scent

Giveaway runs from 3/1-15/19.  One winner will be selected at the close of the giveaway to win this Green Goodies Giveaway!



To enter, click on the pink “Enter here!” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways.

Enter here!


And, click on the Leaping Leprechauns Giveaway Hop link below for all the other amazing blogger giveaways!

Enjoy, and best wishes!  –Wren