Springtime Peach IceCream // gluten free-dairy free-refined sugar free

I recently found “The HomeGrown Lady” and I couldn’t be happier!! The purpose of her blog, “to document Gods grace and mercy and to remember the simple things of life,” inspires me and I hope to share more post. This one offers the perfect break time treat from working on my second novel “The Yellow Season.” Try some quick and easy, and healthy Springtime Peach IceCream from The HomeGrown Lady.

Essential Oils for Spring Cleaning


The Spring Season is finally here and the Winter Season is behind us. Even though here in the Pacific Northwest it’s been predictably wet, the best part of the constant rain is the beautiful Green Scenery and Spring Flowers we get to enjoy. So while we wait for the sun to come, it’s the perfect time for a little Spring Cleaning and a few of the best natural Spring Cleaning ideas use Essential Oils. Here are some great suggestions for the Best Essential Oils for a Fresh-Smelling & Clean Home from Blog Vitacost.

Healthy Benefits of Refreshing Lemon Water

The Spring Season is just days away and is the perfect time to think about refreshing, cleansing lemons. Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. But, the acid in lemon juice can be hard on teeth enamel, so it’s my preference to dilute it with water. I love a warm cup of lemon water the first thing in the morning and usually use a straw to avoid the teeth issue all together. The high potassium in lemons is good for heart health and brain and nerve function. It’s the best way to start a day filled with working on my new novel “The Yellow Season: The Rainbow Revelation.” Lemon water clears my head and allows inspiration to flow freely.

Lemon water also aids in digestion and helps relieve indigestion, cleanses your system by stimulating the liver and the vitamin C boosts your immune system. The antioxidants can help your skin look radiant and lemons can reduce acidity helping to create a healthy balance in your system.

“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NLT)

Energize With A Chocolate Orange Protein Shake


This is a treat to look forward to and to get that inspiration flowing again!! During a break from writing my next novel “The Yellow Season: The Rainbow Revelation,”  Volume 2 in “The Rainbow Series,” this healthy snack is only minutes away.

Whip up this Chocolate Orange Protein Shake from one of my favorite blogs,

A NEW Book Review for the “The Gray Season” – 5 Stars

Get to know Lily Eastbrook Rhodes and her family in
“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation.”

The Gray Season Illustration CopyrightTHE EASTBROOK FAMILY
Beachville, Oregon July 4th 1958
Nick and Ruby
Lily, Nicholas, Rachel, Joey and Kelly Ann

Rating: 5.0 stars Reviewed by Anne Boling

‘The Gray Season: The summer of Salvation written by Dianna Donnely is a novel offering encouragement in a time of loss. Lily expected perfection from herself. The stress of reaching for perfection brought on multiple health problems, growing numerous tumors in various parts of her body. Lily Marie Eastbrook Rhodes found her life changing in 2004 when her father, Nick, was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. In the midst of the Eastbrook drama came the news that Lily’s mother in law, Maggie, had cancer. Nick and Maggie passed away only twenty days apart. After loss comes the time of mourning, a time of dealing with emotions and changes in life. The most important change in Lily’s life was her introduction to Jesus Christ. She’d always thought of him as a wise man with a message but Priscilla, a new friend, explained what it means to be a Christian. “He is not just some man who was wise. He is the son of God. A Christian is a believer in Jesus Christ and His teachings, someone who is transformed by the spirit of God, not just someone who says yes to a set of beliefs or goes into a church.”

The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation is an inspiring book. While it deals with death, grief and change, it also offers hope of salvation. Dianna Donnely is a talented author. I quickly connected with Lily, Priscilla and Ryan. I admired the way Lily and  Ryan were there for each other through their pain and loss. They were also supportive in each other’s career. I also found it heartwarming the way Lily reacted when Ruby began to date again. One of the lessons to be learned from this tale is that material objects hold little meaning or gratification. The author has provided scripture at the end of each chapter. Her ending words will stay with me for a very long time: “You don’t want to miss your miracles when they occur. Be sure your heart is open and you are actively seeking God, and that you honor Him each and every day.” I highly  recommend this book for anyone struggling with loss and change. You might just miss a blessing if you miss this tale.’  Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers’ Favorite

The Gray Season Cover

“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” Available at Amazon Books
NOOK Book is available at Barnes and Noble

“The Gray Season: The Summer of Salvation” is Volume 1 in “The Rainbow Series”