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Book Review: Your Own Beautiful by Chelsea Crockett

Posted by Julie on December 3, 2017 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |


Inspired by Chelsea Crockett’s popular YouTube channel, Your Own Beautiful is a life, faith, and beauty guide, filled with her trademark tips on makeup and style alongside full-color photos, how-tos, and more to help young women with all the big issues they face—from self-confidence and friendship to following your dreams. With her signature grace and wit, Chelsea tackles tough questions through uplifting messages influenced by her faith and life experiences in Your Own Beautiful.

“Funny, helpful, and inspirational! This book reveals the secrets to finding inner beauty and happiness.” CHARISMA STAR, Beauty vlogger

Chelsea Crockett started her own YouTube channel when she was thirteen, happy to share make up tutorials. Her channel found quick favor and soon she was given opportunities most teens would dream of. Now out of high school, Chelsea has written a book to share with girls about the topics important to them.

I am late reviewing this book because I savored every word. I facilitate a ministry for junior high girls and YouTube is HUGE for this age group. I have a daughter this age and it is difficult to find a YouTube personality that will share fun videos with fashion, make-up and more who also shares the faith that is important to our family.

Chelsea shares her story along with advice on make up, fashion, friends, boys, and more. She’s very honest in doing so, and makes it very clear what her priorities are. She’s transparent in telling that not everything has worked how she thought it would. That her life and choices have not been perfect.

This is written right at their level and is completely engaging. As a mom, I loved her story, but I know girls will love her advice and pictures. I kind of wished her pictures from her own “scrapbook” had captions of some kind, there isn’t any explanation, but it doesn’t take away from the wonderful content in this book.

I highly recommend this for tweens, teens, and even for moms to read. Chelsea captures everything about this stage and what’s important to these girls.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Trailer of the Week: Henry and the Bouncing Ball by Surviving Henry

Posted by Julie on August 5, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Book Description:

You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to derail her life.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and escapades, Henry will steal readers’ hearts. Anyone who has ever owned a dog, especially a canine catastrophe like Henry, will enjoy this lighthearted book about a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.


Earlier this year I posted a book trailer for Surviving Henry by Erin Taylor Young. I’m excited to share that Henry has his own channel on YouTube. As you can imagine, these are adorable videos and this week I’m sharing Henry and the Bouncing Ball on my right sidebar.

Check it out!

Don’t forget you can purchase Surviving Henry here.

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Video of the Week: Better Than Revenge by Fay Lamb

Posted by Julie on February 4, 2014 in ACFW, Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

“… if we kill him, our family will be safe …” Michael’s fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right. Two people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.  Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?

This is the exciting book description behind Fay Lamb’s 2013 release, Better Than Revenge. This book trailer is also the video of the week on my right sidebar at

Fay shared a little bit about this trailer and I was fascinated with the process. Truly, this is one of the best videos I’ve seen for a book.

Want to purchase Better Than Revenge? You can do so by clicking here.

Do you know someone that loves to read? Send them my way. I post book trailers each week and am often sharing my reviews. Also, for my newsletter subscribers, they will receive on Valentine’s Day the first installment to the 2014 series exclusive to readers, Match Made in Heaven. Sign up on the right sidebar.


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Featured Video of the Week: Secrets of the Heart by Jillian Kent, INCLUDES Giveaway Opportunity!

Posted by Julie on January 14, 2014 in ACFW, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

It’s been awhile but things have slowed down and I wanted to share this with anyone who might subscribe to this blog instead of going there directly.

Each week I feature a video of the week. It’s part of my template, a video widget that accepts YouTube embed codes. I wanted to put it to good use, so I offer up book trailers from (mostly) ACFW authors.

This week’s video is from Secrets of the Heart by Jillian Kent.

Leave a comment and you are in the running to receive a copy of Secrets of the Heart. I’ll announce the winner Thursday at 12AM EST, so comment now. 🙂51u7f+8UvjL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-62,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Madeline Whittington, daughter of the deceased Earl of Richfield, emerges from English society’s prescribed period of mourning in the winter of 1815. Madeline believes that she no longer belongs in a world of gossip and gowns; instead she wants to help the orphans living within the walls of Ashcroft Insane Asylum. Once there, she discovers a dark secret within the asylum walls.

Because of his elder brother’s unexpected death, Devlin Greyson becomes Earl of Ravensmoore and struggles between two worlds: one of affluence and privilege and one of poverty and disease. Torn between his desire to become a doctor and the numerous responsibilities of his title, he wrestles with God’s will for his future. Will he be able to honor this God-given gift and win the woman he falls in love with in a society that does not value gentlemen who work? And will Lady Madeline Whittington be able to honor her father’s memory when she is attracted to the one man who could destroy the promise she made to her father?

You can watch the trailer on my right sidebar this week, or, on YouTube.

Purchase Secrets of the Heart here.

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Character Confession: Feeling Bethlehemian Festive

Posted by Julie on December 3, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini |

I hope this works. It’s been a long week and I’ve struggled. Although on my own I read Advent stories, listen to Christmas music and am intentional about the meaning of the season, once the kids get home it feels like a race to make dinner, get one to basketball practice, help the other with homework. Hubby comes home whistling Christmas music and me…not so much.

So today I’m going to step back and enjoy the season. The first video is a hysterical look at shopping. I definitely don’t advocate the ad I saw before my video started, so ignore that.


This video is so cute I can’t stand it, and I love the message. Enjoy.

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Speaking of Speaking: An Update

Posted by Julie on September 1, 2011 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Speaking, surrender, webinars, Writing |

Ah, September.

Kids are back in school.

Leaves are changing.

And I’m working behind the scenes on my writing and speaking schedule.

Earlier this week Michael Hyatt had a wonderful two part series on speaking.  Although I have no plans to join his ranks, he had great ideas I’m implementing for the level of speaking I plan on doing. Besides being open to speaking on surrender I also will be hosting webinars this fall.

I plan this week to create videos to promote who I am, what I do and the webinars I’m planning. We’re sure a far cry from the days where we sent “save the date” type postcards, aren’t we?

Stay tuned. I’d love to have you join me and help spread the word.

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