Showing posts from April, 2011

The Guitar Player And The Lady Killer

The Guitar Player And The Lady Killer by Zola Lawrence
About The Book: From the author of Virgins! A Memoir of the Sexual Revolution comes Zola Lawrence's psychological and crime story, The Guitar Player And The Lady Killer: Partially Inspired by the 1976 Chicago Columbo Murders. It isn't a romance, although two couples meet and fall in love. It isn't a thriller, although a few people are murdered. It isn't a hippie chronicle although sex, drugs, rock'n roll, and New Age talk play background in the four lovers' lives. It isn't pornographic, although graphic sexual descriptions appear as character development. So what is The Guitar Player And The Lady Killer? A stirred and mixed blend of making music, making love, and killing others. 
My Thoughts: This story is different from any other story I have ever read. But, I think different in a good way. There is a lot of drug talk in the book, but that was the times then - in the 70's. I like the dialogue in the bo…

The Medium Next Door *Giveaway*

The Medium Next Door by Maureen Hancock
About The Book: At just five years old, Maureen Hancock discovered her ability to communicate with the dead. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but for fear of being misunderstood by her friends and family she kept the otherworldly messages to herself, eventually suppressing them completely. Maureen wouldn't hear the spirits again until she was in a near-fatal car crash. Soon after, she had hundreds of voices in her head, many of which helped her crack cases and expose fraud in her role as a litigation paralegal at a large Boston law firm. Then, when tragedy struck on 9/11, Maureen was bombarded with messages from the spirit world. As each one made contact with her, she finally came to terms with her calling: to communicate with the deceased, assist the dying, search for missing children, and teach the living about life after death, all the while raising her children in her suburb…

A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch by Denise Hunter
About The Book: Abigail is just in Moose Creek, Montana for the summer to temporarily care for her great aunt. But a tender-hearted cowboy beckons her to stay. Abigail Jones intends to spend just one summer in middle-of-nowhere Montana with her Aunt Lucy. Time away from her job is just what Abigail needs to reassess her life. The slow pace has her breathing deeply for the first time in years. And the majestic scenery encourages her to get reacquainted with herself . . . and God. What she didn't count on was the handsome widowed cowboy who owns the ranch where her aunt lives. When the rancher loses his daughter's nanny, Abigail decides to lend a hand for the summer. Wade Ryan can't help being attracted to Abigail. But he's given up everything to protect his daughter, and he's not about to risk it all on a pretty face. Under Abigail's care, Wade's home and daughter thrive. And with Wade's touch, Abigail's heart feel…

Foto Find Friday 4/29


Something Borrowed Movie Screening

I went to see an advanced movie screening of Something Borrowed last night. Here's the synopsis: "Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a talented attorney at a top New York law firm, a generous and loyal friend and, unhappily, still single…as her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is constantly reminding her. But after one drink too many at her 30th birthday party, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in bed with the guy she’s had a crush on since law school, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), who just happens to be Darcy’s fianc√©. When Rachel and Darcy’s lifelong friendship collides with true love, it leads to unexpected complications and potentially explosive romantic revelations. Meanwhile, Ethan (John Krasinski), who has been Rachel’s constant confidante and sometimes conscience, has been harboring a secret of his own, and Marcus (Steve Howey), an irrepressible womanizer, can’t keep his mind out of the gutter or his hands off any girl within reach."
It was a pretty good…

Barely There Dreamform Bras

I got to test out a Barely There Dreamform Bra from BzzAgent. Barely There is an awesome brand. Here's more about them:
"Hello. We're Barely There intimates. We make bras, panties and shapewear that are ruffle, wrinkle, crinkle, line, tag and seam free. So they not only look and feel great on you, but under your clothes, too. And isn't that what really matters anyway? The way you feel when you're wearing Barely There® intimates is the key difference between Barely There® intimates and other intimate apparel brands. Barely There intimates is all about making you perfectly comfortable. So, what does all this mean for you? For panties, it means super-soft, luxurious fabrics that don't ride up and non-binding waist and leg bands that won't dig in. For bras, it means beautiful smooth shapes that never pull or ride up, flexible underwires that are cushioned against your skin so they won't pinch or bind, microfiber-backed lace and straps that won'… - Slight Adult Content

"Support the troops in this sexy, plus size, halter neck camisole with camouflage print cups, mesh bodice and matching mesh thong panty." 
How cute is this? It is called For Our Boys and it is from I love itand am so glad I was able to review it. Of course, you know, since it is a military themed outfit, I adore it. And also, I struggle to find cute lingerie that fits me well. And this does! And I even felt sexy in it. And Jason liked it, so that says it all! has a lot of nice and sexy stuff. Bra and panty sets, dresses, costumes, and even swimwear, and more! I am hooked on their panties, and in fact just finished placing an order! Woo hoo! Check out all the great items at
I received a product from in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Harvesting Happiness For Heroes

Sgt. Andy Brandi, renown Vietnam Marine combat veteran, author of A Warrior’s Guide to Insanity, public speaker, and 35 year survivor expert on Combat Stress, recently announced his decision to join the Advisory Board of Directors for the Harvesting Happiness for Heroes Organization, led by respected international documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and happiness expert Lisa Cypers Kamen.
Highly regarded and trusted by ground troops in the field and the Military’s elite, as a resource on issues affecting combat veterans, Brandi’s support of Kamen’s upcoming Harvesting Happiness for Heroes Campaign lends further credibility to the Campaign’s mission; healing the deep wounds and scars carried by returning combat soldiers, transforming the combat experience into stigma-free personal growth and effective daily life reintegration. As a rising player among industry insiders, Kamen has quickly earned a reputation as a powerful force on the front lines of the battle…

Image is one of the most awesome sites to find tees for kids who love vehicles and things that "go" like trucks, planes, and trains. Callan loves all these things, and more. So when we were offered a tee for each boy, we were overjoyed. Callan got a firetruck tee, which let me tell ya, made his day! And Mason got a semi-truck trailer tee. The photo above is after I washed them and as you can see, the color and graphics hold up amazingly well. Callan would wear a shirt every single day that had a truck or a train on it if we let him, and with ShirtsThatGo, we can make that happen with really cool vehicles! The t-shirts are American Apparel tees and they are a really nice quality, and will last a long time. And that is good, since Callan wants to wear his shirt over and over and over....
I received products from in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Smelly Washer Review & *Giveaway*

"What Is Smelly Washer? It's 24 treatments (up to a 1 year supply) of all natural washer cleaner that safely and easily removes odor from any washer. Our advantages include: * 24 treatments compared to 1-3 from competitors! * We're completely natural! Why clean with strong chemicals! * After we clean your washer our products safely and easily remove mildew odor from towels and clothing! Are you fed up with laundry smelling like mildew? Are you tired of musty, moldy or sour odor in dish towels and linens? Smelly Washer products are the solution!"
You wouldn't think that a machine that you use to wash things in would smell. I mean, it washes all the time, right? Why would it be dirty and smell? Because it uses water, and anything that uses water does tend to get mildewy and even moldy after awhile, and needs to be properly cleaned. This is where Smelly Washer comes in. You use it every few weeks, or even only once a month, and you will have cleaner and nicer smellin…

WicksnCandlesticks Review & *Giveaway* 2 Winners

WicksnCandlesticks is a site that offers gift baskets and party favors for a variety of events. I was lucky enough to receive two t-shirts from Carla. One is a Birthday tee, and the other is a Family Reunion tee. The photos above are after I washed them, so you can see that the color and designs hold up really well. The colors and graphics are very nice. And the quality of the t-shirts is great too! It's so much fun to wear cute tees that mean something to you and you can save forever if you want! The site does a lot of great things for weddings too, and has been featured in Get Married magazine!
One reader will win a t-shirt, and one reader will win a door decal! Here's how to win:
1. Follow this blog. 2. Tweet about this giveaway and use @callansmama 3. Fan me on Facebook  4. Follow WicksnCandlesticks on Twitter. 5. "Like" WicksnCandlesticks on Facebook.
Giveaway ends May 3rd. Good luck.
I received products from WicksnCandlesticks in exchange for a review. All thoughts and…

In Zanesville Review & *Giveaway*

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
About The Book: The beguiling fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer. She is used to flying under the radar - a sidekick, a third wheel, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend, a similarly undiscovered girl with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood, incidents through which a world is revealed, and character is forged. In time, their friendship is tested - by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them as if they were found objects, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood. With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the awkward and the …

In Stitches Review & *Giveaway*

In Stitches by Anthony Youn
About The Book: Tony Youn grew up one of two Asian-American kids in a small town of near wall-to-wall whiteness. Too tall and too thin, he wore thick Coke-bottle glasses, braces, Hannibal Lecter headgear, and had a protruding jaw that one day began to grow, expanding Pinocchio-like, protruding to an unthinkable, monstrous size. After high school graduation, while other seniors partied at the shore or explored Europe, Youn lay strapped in an oral surgeon’s chair as he broke his jaw, then reset it and wired it shut for six weeks. Ironically, it was this brutal makeover that led him to his life's calling - and the four years of angst, flubs, triumphs, non-stop studying and intermittant heavy drinking that eventually earned him an M.D. Thanks to a small circle of close friends and an obsessive drive to overachieve, Youn transformed from a shy, skinny, awkward nerd with no confidence and no clue into a renowned and successful plastic surgeon. In Stitches is …

Gurkha Cigars Review & *Giveaway*

We were lucky enough to receive a generous Gurkha Cigar package for my husband to try. He loves his cigars. And he said each of the Gurkha's he tried all were different, and all were good. He especially enjoyed The Grand Reserve. He said it was very smooth and nice.
The Grand Reserve: The Grand Reserve is the flagship brand of Gurkha Cigars. This magnificent cigar is infused with the finest cognac in the world, and handmade from the finest tobaccos. The premium Connecticut shade wrapper gives this Honduran made cigar a rich, creamy flavor with a hint of spice and promises a pleasantly light finish you will truly enjoy.
Archive: Gurkha's 20th Anniversary cigar. Only 1000 boxes made for the world. Toro, Torpedo, and Churchill. This labor of love cigar has been in the works for 2 years. A gorgeous silky Connecticut Maduro wrapper with a superb aged Cameroon binder with an outstanding tasty Nicaraguan filler. Kaizad Hansotia the Master of packaging has done it again. This 92 count rus…

The White Cabinet

About The White Cabinet: "From the 1940's to the 1960's Hilda Glasgow was one of the top fashion illustrators in the industry. She was also my mother. As a woman ahead of her time, born in 1913, graduating from Pratt Institute in NYC in 1933, she illustrated the latest mid 20th century fashions for magazines such as Vogue and a variety of high end department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Best & Co. Her original pen and ink drawings are now being offered as several products including gicle√© reproductions. Each order is custom printed on a heavyweight archival paper which mimics the original paper. They are available in four sizes ranging from 9" x 12" to 2' x 3'. Please take a peek and enjoy. If you are a fan of "Funny Face", "Breakfast at Tiffany's", and that little black dress, then I think you'll find these vintage illustrations simply divine just like I do!" 
I received some note cards, and I am in love…

50 Questions - Challenge Day

These are the 50 Questions Everyone Should Answer, and I have been wanting to do it for awhile, so why not now?
1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 19. 2. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Never trying. 3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? Because you do what you have to do to get by, like it or not. 4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? Yes. 5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? Money situations. 6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Owning a bookstore. 7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing? Doing what I believe in. 8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? Make more memories for my kids. 9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? I think for the most part, I have …

One Dozen Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

From 24/7 Moms: One Dozen Easter Egg Hunt Ideas
1. Pirate Treasure Hunt - Create maps for your children to use on their egg hunt. Place on your map familiar things such as trees, bushes, the swing set, etc. Maybe place X's as to where eggs are hidden and let them follow the map looking for their Easter Eggs.
2. Flash Light Egg Hunt - This is a fun hunt especially for older children. Wait until it is dark to go hunting for the eggs and give each child a flashlight to help them in their search for the eggs in the dark. There are also glow in the dark eggs now available at stores to use in this type of hunt.
3. In-Door Hunt - Living in the NW we are never guaranteed a sunny Easter day so many of our egg hunts have been held in our home. There are lots of creative places to hide eggs inside your home. You might even find a egg or two a few months from now.
4. Assigned Color Egg Hunt - Give each child an assigned color to find during the egg hunt. It is best to make sure you have equal amou…