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The Birdhouse Chick

Birdhouses, Wild Bird Feeders, Bird Baths & Garden Art.

Their mission:

“Promote stewardship of conservation – getting more people into their yards and gardens. By offering uniquely fun products, we hope to entice more folks to the fast growing, rewarding and relaxing hobby of backyard birding!”

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Durable poly-lumber will not crack, split, warp or fade. The bird-friendly tail-prop design lets birds land and perch easier as they actually “prop” their tails on the long bottom portion of the feeder for leverage. Ideal for cold weather, suet is packed with fat and calories to help keep birds warm in freezing weather.  Can be used for year-round use with No-Melt suets for warm-weather feeding. This feeder fits all standard suet cakes, features stainless steel screws and twisted wire hanger.

Recycled. USA Made. The birds in my yard have taken to it right away. 

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Beth at tThe Birdhouse Chick provided this bird feeder to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Book of the Month.

32 page hardcover book recommended for ages 2-5

My review: LOVE it! A beautiful story about a girl caring for a duckling over the course of a year. A smile worthy read for both grown up and little listener. This story includes strong character traits. Super sweet narrative with equally adorable illustrations. This will be a keepsake book for us

Good for Easter or baby shower gift. Good book just because. 

This book was provided by Diane Adams (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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What's the Difference Between Grace and Karma?

I sat at a table of friends as one relayed her experience with road rage. She told how she absent-mindedly merged into traffic and almost hit an oncoming car. The driver of said car then lashed out with a tirade of abuse and obscenity. Once the traffic cleared the car sped past her, still yelling abuse.

Funnily enough, a few minutes later my friend noticed the abusive driver pulled over by highway patrol.

Someone at the table piped up and said a word I hate to hear, “Karma,” – the insidious, normalised, celebrity-endorsed worldview that what you put out comes back to you.

You don’t have to go far to hear people refer to karma – on reality television, the radio, in conversation. Regardless of its Buddhist and Hindu origins, karma has seeped into our Judaeo-Christian society. Like its cool. A new standard.

In reality is is neither.

Karma is not Biblical nor is it life according to the New Testament. God’s kingdom operates by grace.

And grace is very different to karma.

What’s so amazing about karma? 

Karma refers to intentional actions that impact one’s future. It is a key concept in many world religions, including Sikhism and Taoism. Our western understanding of karma is the doctrine of inevitable consequence, where whatever you do is returned to you.

And there is nothing amazing about it.

Karma teaches you get what you deserve. Worse still, it teaches you get what your past deserves, even if it isn’t your past.

In modern society people rejoice when the wicked get what they deserve in the form of financial hardship, health issues or relationship struggles.

While many people – including those who have no other association with Eastern religion – live by karma, there is a higher way.

Looking for Grace

The Bible does not teach karma. It teaches grace. Grace is where you get what you don’t deserve.

Grace is unmerited favour. It is love and mercy bestowed upon us by God because He desires us to have it. As you can see, very different to karma. More like polar opposites.

It was grace, not karma, that rescued the Baby Moses from death. It was grace that allowed Queen Esther to plead for the survival of her people. Grace helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Grace appeared face to face with Saul on the Damascus road.

Grace reached out to you and me while we were sinners deserving death and took our place.

Grace. Amazing grace.

And it disappoints me that we have forgotten. It disappoints me we are more inclined to look for karma than we are to look for grace.

In the book, Bono: iIn Conversation with Mishka Assayas, Bono commented, “I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge… I’m holding out for grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross…”

If the world knew the magnificence of God’s grace they would be holding out for it as well. Because I’ve got a feeling society doesn’t need more karma but a whole lot more grace.

If there was more grace there would be less road rage.

If there was more grace there would be less divorce.

If there was more grace families would talk to each other.

If there were more grace there would be less racism.

If there were more grace there would be less violence.

If there were more grace there would be more kindness.

More love.

Getting what you deserve is horrible because if we’re honest, we all deserve a rotten life. Getting what you don’t deserve is some kind of wonderful. And it is all around us. If we opened our eyes we would see grace working on the planet each and every day.

It was grace that got my sister-in-law an upgrade to business class on her trip from London to Australia. It was grace that caused a stranger to give my children free tickets to the zoo. It was grace that delivered groceries to single moms on Christmas Eve. Grace was the parking space at the Mall. Grace was the out of the blue phone call from a friend. Grace was the smile of a child. Grace was the not so random act of kindness you received.

Grace. Pure grace.

Getting what you don’t deserve. A gift from God.

Let’s look for the incorruptible, glorious gifts of God’s grace working through and around us in everyday life. No one deserves the consequences of karma. We all need amazing grace.

Sarah Coleman


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The original vintage ice bag works wonders because it is body-shaping. And the fabric is soft to the skin. It has a wide mouth to easily fill with water (and ice cubes). It can also be used warm which is what I really like. Warm. Soft. Squishy. All great as a natural relief of bumps, bruises, headaches, migraines, sinus pain, swollen joints and limbs. Odor free and with a leak proof assurance from Blue No. 7 customer service.

Eco Nice: Contains no lead, no PVC, and no latex. Ice bag is reusable. Family run business. Packaging made in the USA of recycled paper.

There are several fabric designs to choose from. Below is their new LOVE style. Enter this Giveaway for your chance to win a Blue No. 7  LOVE bag!

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Enter To Win (1) Vintage Ice Bag (LOVE print) from Blue No. 7

(1)Visit the Blue No. 7 website. Then head over to their Facebook page and give them a Like. Leave a comment here telling me that you did. That’s all there is to it. 

Contest ends on January 27th, 2015 @11:59 pm est.(available to US residents) A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

Blue No. 7 has agreed to provide (1) Vintage Ice Bag to a Notes From Dawn giveaway winner. This post is my honest review and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Loving Kitchen. Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

By LeAnn Rice 

Published by Thomas Nelson

paperback, 272 pages

The Loving Kitchen is a collection of comforting recipes straight from the kitchen of popular food blogger LeAnn Rice.

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.

Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.

The contents include: Morning Fare, Bountiful Breads, Starters and Salads, Entrees, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Reaching Out and Gathering In. These are easy to make recipes with easy to find ingredients although it isn’t a “healthy eating” kind of cookbook. LeAnn includes a short remark before each recipe and I enjoyed her humor, insight, and inspiration.

A big must have with any cookbook is the photographs. This cookbook has them but they are not the best quality images. Overall, I give this book an A+ for author’s writing style/attitude, B for the variety of recipes, C for the nutrition aspect of the recipes, and a C- for the photographs. 


BookLook Bloggers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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 All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.

  – author unknown



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Hawaiian Flowers and Leis

Hawaiian Flowers, Leis, and Gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Think outside the heart-shaped chocolate box when shopping for a Valentine’s Day gift. Bring some of Hawaii to her (or him) with a special delivery from With Our Aloha.

With Our Aloha is an Hawaiian company commited to its local heritage. They responsibly use the island’s resources to enhance their local economy. Extra attention is given to special orders and custom requests; their customer service is top-notch.  (Read some of their customer’s compliments on products and service here)

My Hawaiian orchid was carefully packaged (wrapped & staked) and I received it by FedEx next day delivery. It was just beginning to bloom.

Hawaiian Blooming Orchid


‘Pacific Matriarch’


a few days later


Below are their two most popular Valentine’s Day choices:  

Aloha (Love) Tropical Flowers Assortment

Aloha (Love) tropical flowers assortment anthuriums and orchids

and the Deluxe Pampering Sampler Gift Basket For Her.

Hawaiian Women's Spa Gift Basket

With Our Aloha has lots of gift-giving options for your Valentine. Show your love… direct from Hawaii

Notes From Dawn received a beautiful live ‘Pacific Matriarch’ orchid from With Our Aloha in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Many bloggers share about their new year resolutions or their choosen word-of-the-year. I’ll join in and share my 2014 verse-of-the-year. 

1 John 3:18


18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (NIV)


Actions usually show the state of our hearts much better than our words

Love means we set aside some of our own wants to see to the wants of others

Love is an action word and there must be some evidence

Love rejects hatred

 Love requires sacrifice

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King Louie – the great dane puppy – has a home.

He’s been adopted and has moved to Greenville, SC.

“Acquiring a dog, may be the only time a person gets to choose a relative.” ~Unknown


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Another art post (ARcTic post) that I’d like to share-

I want to offer ARcTic posts as a way to promote talented emerging and established artists and to share God’s word visually through art. The art that I will feature may or may not have been created from a Christian-minded artist. I want to share it here; to appreciate the work created as well as the talent that the artist demonstrates, always from a Christian perspective.



Hana, animal lover and artist, creates outstanding animal prints using cut and torn paper. I find her process amazing. 

“The colors and textures I find in magazines are a little like working with oil paint, except that I have to use what I have and can’t just mix it.” 

“I love to work with magazine paper; it’s like painting with dabs of paint, and it offers such a variety of colors and patterns. I tear and cut it into pieces and glue it to the paper after I have sketched the composition. I have to keep folders full of different colors I’ve found. Sometimes colors don’t work out the way I thought they would and I end up gluing many more layers on before it looks right. It takes a lot of patience, and my fingers are always covered in glue!”

Featured on today’s post are two of Hana’s prints with a Mother’s Day theme. Both prints measure 13 x 19 and I’m showing them here only with a mat until I get the perfect frame. Her work is nothing short of spectacular;  it’s a given that I’d love this polar bear and cub collage!

Mare and Foal 



Polar Bear Love




While the bible doesn’t say that every woman should be a mother, those that enjoy the blessing of motherhood take on an unique and important responsibility. A mother plays an ongoing role in the life of her child whether they are an infant, toddler, teenager, young adult, and even as an adult with a child of his/her own. A mom’s love, care, nurturing, and encouragement never ceases!

Deuteronomy 6:2

English Standard Version (ESV)

that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 gives us spiritual instruction for parenting.  The ‘fear of the Lord’ is the awareness of God, which influences our lives.What we do as parents greatly impacts the lives of the next generations. We are to pass on the heart and love for the Lord as well as knowledge of the Lord’s commands.

About Hana

As a child I loved drawing horses, and I did art all my life. As an adult I have finally built myself a wonderful studio situated above a babbling brook; my little corner of paradise, flooded with sunlight, surrounded by birdsong and a deck full of flowers

My name is Hana and I am finally free to follow my muse full time! I am inspired by the Impressionists, especially Vincent Van Gogh, the Prince of Passionate Creation.

I’m not religious, but let me explain the name of my shop. It comes from two of my passions: love for our animal friends, guides, and mentors, and the angels that are ever present to inspire, guide, and watch over our dramas. I have always felt that animals are our beautiful, wise, ever-loving companions; the angels are here to assure us that we are loved and loving, powerful beings, meant to create a peaceful, loving world. 

Art is my journey; an exploration of myself and the universe, and my soul’s expression.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork featured on this ARcTic post, please contact the artist directly.

I’d like to thank artist Hana Marritz for her participation and for the beautiful prints she provided.

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