Crafting Calm By Maggie Oman Shannon Giveaway

Cover of Crafting Calm by Maggie Oman Shannon.I’m giving away the copy that I read for my review back in January.

It is in great shape and is a wonderful book for crafty people who are also looking for stress relief.

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. This one is for U.S. entrants only as I have to pay the shipping. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. If the winner doesn’t reply a new winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.

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Crafting Calm By Maggie Oman Shannnon Review

Cover of Crafting Calm by Maggie  Oman Shannon.Crafting Calm :Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation by Maggie Oman Shannon is all about ways to relax and be calm by crafting things.

I’m not a really crafty person myself and most of the crafts didn’t really appeal to me but I do like to crochet and making something can be incredibly relaxing. Especially if it is something for someone else.

Not only do you get the relaxation of concentrating on something but you get the pleasure of giving it to someone who needs it.

In this book you find recipes for crafting items such as anointing oils, blessing baskets (I really liked this one!), prayer mats, tray sand gardens, and many others.

Each one also usually has a story associated with it as well as suggestions on how to make the process more meaningful for you.

About the book (from the back cover) :

Craft Your Way To Inner Peace

In this wild and wired world, it is increasingly difficult to truly relax and find the stillness within. Maggie Oman Shannon’s Crafting Callm is a DIY guide to peace of mind, offering an abundance of ways you can achieve serenity and satisfaction by living the handmade life. Author Oman Shannon, the spiritual director of a Unity Church, explores crafts and creativity as a lifelong practice with enormous physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. And by knitting love and hope into every stitch, handicrafts help form new friendships and community. From making a desktop shrine or mini-Zen garden, to stringing intention beads and painting personal prayer flags, Crafting Calm is an essential tool for making mindfulness.

About the Author :

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of five books, including Prayers for Healing and A String and a Prayer: How to Make and Use Prayer Beads. In 2000, Maggie Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives. Shannon currently has the honor of serving as Spiritual Director of Unity Spiritual Center of San Francisco.

Rev. Shannon can be found on Facebook.

This book is published by Viva Editions as are several other great books I have reviewed including Word Catcher Girlfriends Forever, The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Use Your Words, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.


I received a free book to review.

Soap Making Made Easy eBook Package by Michelle Gaboya Review

Everything you ever wanted to know about soap making you can find in these eBooks. Unless you are one of those weird people who really want to get into a deep detailed history of how/when every little discovery was made.

If you just want to learn how to make your own soap…these eBooks can teach you what you need to know!

If you just want to jump in without knowing all the history and little details you can just read Soap Making: A Quick Guide.

Cover of Soap Making: A Quick Guide.This eBook still has the list of equipment you need, the list of ingredients you need, and some of the dangers you need to keep in mind and protect against (you don’t want anyone or anything getting burned by lye).

It talks about the different methods for making soaps, blending soaps, and coloring soaps. All the way up to how to package and sell the soap you make if you want to do that.

It also talks about FDA regulations (unavoidable!) and possible liability issues you may run into.

It pretty much covers the subject so you don’t even have to read the longer version – Soap Making Made Easy.

Cover of Soap Making Made Easy by Michelle Gaboya.The longer version does have more information in it though.  It includes everything in the shorter one but adds the history of soap making and goes into a lot more detail in each section.

It also adds a few sample recipes and has a section about problems you might encounter and how to solve them.

The third eBook is a set of recipes for making different types of soaps.

Cover of Soap Recipes by Michelle Gaboya.This includes Melt-and-Pour Recipes, Cold Process Recipes, Liquid Soaps, Shaving Soaps, Exfoliating Soaps, and Shampoo Recipes. Something for everyone!

These eBooks are a great resource for anyone who is thinking about trying to make soaps.  The Soap Making Advice Kit includes all three eBooks in three different formats(.mobi, epub, and .pdf).

For more information visit Soap Making Advice on Facebook or follow @EasySoapMaking on Twitter.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software Review and Giveaway (closed)

My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software Review and Giveaway (closed)

My Memories SuiteI have never done scrapbooking before so I was hesitant to accept an offer to review the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software. They claimed that it is simple enough for beginners to use but powerful enough for serious scrapbookers.

Since I am definitly a beginner the simple bit would have to be true for me to accomplish anything with it.  I can’t say for sure just how powerful it is because I don’t know enough about scrapbooking. I can say it was simple and easy.

I managed to do two separate projects. One using pictures of my stepson that my hubby will probably like. He might get that for a Christmas present.

I wanted something to post on here too so I made a page with some of my fur babies. My fure babiesI had fun playing with all the different shapes and little decorations you can add.

It took me a bit to actually pick something and stick with it. There were so many different backgrounds and colors and wallpapers to choose from.

And different fonts and text sizes and picture shapes and little bows and bubbles and thingys! I didn’t actually look at every single thing you could put on there…it would have taken a lot longer than I had for this review!

You can use this digital scrapbooking software  for traditional scrapbooking. The pages can be printed out and added to a book. Or you can do a digital scrapbook which can have audio and video as well as pictures. The scrapbooks can be turned into movies to share on DVD or iPod.

This would be a great program for anyone who loves scrapbooking. Or for designing picture displays for your walls. My babies are going to get printed out and put in a frame for my living room wall. Someone really creative could do a lot more with this than what I managed.

I had fun with it though. The only problem I had was figuring out how to make it crop my pictures (most of them were too big to start with). That turned out to be really simple  too-just double click the picture!

Click to buy My Memories Suite. Use code: STMMMS67223 for a $10 discount and a $10 coupon to use in their store.

My Memories is offering one of my followers the opportunity to win a free copy! This is a worldwide giveaway so anyone who can download the program can enter!

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. If the form isn’t showing please refresh the page.

I received a free copy of the software for review purposes. No other compensation was given.

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