Showing posts from May, 2012

His Brother's Baby

His Brother's Baby by Blanche Marriott
About The Book: Illegal cigars. Mistaken identity. Heated passion on a cold stormy night. David Rutland has spent a lifetime covering for his errant twin brother and making things right. No more. Time for the irresponsible womanizer to grow up and face the music. But David isn’t prepared for his world to be rocked when he meets the beautiful redhead who mistakes him for his missing brother. David doesn’t know what’s worse, deceiving his brother or deceiving this woman he’s waited his entire life to find. Gabriella Santori knows the meaning of a rock and a hard place. Lured by the big tipping Damien Rutland to save cigar bands for him at the cigar lounge where she works, she eventually realizes he’s up to no good. She decides she’s had enough and arranges a meeting to tell him, but she’s taken back by the difference in him. He’s not the creepy, macho, unnerving customer from the cigar lounge and before she knows it, she’s smitten. When …

The World Runs In Seasons

Summer is upon us! I truly can’t believe this school year went by so fast – being baptized in the city so dear to my heart, going on a missions trip to Thailand, visiting {and loving!} Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and doing lots of Bible teaching. God worked in wonderful ways, most certainly!!! He reveals His love in all sorts of ways, and I am slowly learning the importance of finding His grace in the little things. Time flies by. Summer will come, and what promises it holds! But with a blink, I remember, it will be gone.
Just like life, the world runs in seasons. Each season offers something different. But just what does summer’s embrace hold? Does it promise relaxation and sunshine and vacation and socializing and a rest from chaos? Or, {if you’re like me} does it hold more volunteering and missions trips and slipping some schoolwork {or housework} in the gaps, trying to still savor Saturday and Sunday as cherished times to rest and finding that they, too, secretly store up a…

Extreme Back To School

I’m hosting a FREE blogger event for Back-To-School. It is never too early to start thinking about these things! Getting ready for Back-To-School takes a lot of organization and planning, no matter what grade your children are entering. This event will run for TWO months! Every 2 weeks there is a different category. So for two weeks you will be promoting one theme. This can include reviews and giveaways, guest posts, etc. but it all has to pertain to that theme for those weeks. You will be hosting 4 giveaways (or your choice of one big giveaway at the end of the event) for each theme. Giveaways should run for two weeks each, and preferably use Raffle copter for the giveaway entries and to choose a winner. The terms of the giveaway are up to you, but please make the prize worth at least $20. To control sign-ups for this event, there will be a page on my main blog. You must post about this giveaway – in your own words - linking back to Extreme Back-To-School Event and then send me via …

Gamer Soda

Gamer Soda: The World’s 1st Beverage Brand created specifically for you – the video gamer. A hybrid of sorts, Gamer blended a kick of caffeine to pure cane sugar, and added a touch of B vitamins to help metabolize the natural carbs. They stayed away from artificial colors, and packaged the gamer inspired flavors into glass bottles with pure filtered water & light carbonation for a very refreshing soda experience. Stay in your game! There are 4 flavors of Gamer Soda. Citrus: A unique blend of 3 all natural citrus flavors. Caffeine enhanced. Grape: Artificial grape flavor. Caffeine Free. Cherry: A delicious blend of natural cherry and other natural flavors. Caffeine enhanced. And Orange: A yummy blend of natural orange and other natural flavors. Caffeine free. My fave flavor was Grape, with Orange a close second. The other two flavors were pretty good too. You can now buy Gamer Soda online at Thirst Monger!
Check it all out at Gamer Soda on Facebook!
I received products from Gamer…

The Lolita Store

Designs by Lolita is the brand that offers more than just hand-painted glassware, candles, acrylic drinkware, pajamas and many more fun and flirty accessories, it's the brand that offers a means to celebrate every one of life's moments the Lolita way - with style! The Lolita Store offers •Hand-Painted Glassware •Acrylic Tableware •Candles •Ceramic Mugs •Bathrobes and Pajamas •Aprons and Kitchen Accessories •Napkins and Gift Bags •'Martini Moments' Entertaining Book •Bottle Stoppers •Wine Bottle Wraps •Bags and Totes •Beach Towels •Boxed Recipe Cards •Yearly Calendar •Board Games •Canteens •Coasters •Laptop Skins •Purse Hangers, and so much more! I was lucky enough to receive the October Birthday Month Wine Glass! Celebrate all month long with the Lolita Birthday Month Wine Glass. Each month features the birthday month Gemstone and flower on the back side of the glass and has a special birthday month recipe on the bottom. I love love love mine! Part of me did not want …

What's Become Of The Brokenhearted?

Have you ever loved someone who, in turn, broke your heart?
I have. You can call him S. He is my cousin. Our relationship, though a close one, has never been of a romantic nature. But as I am sure you are aware, one doesn't need to be in love to have one's heart broken.
We were kids together. He was always coming up with new ways to enliven our childhood experience, most of which got us into trouble. One time he convinced us that we could sled in the summer by greasing my grandparents' hill with Crisco. Needless to say, that misadventure didn't end well: the grass on the hill withered and turned black, and Gramp yelled at S for about ten minutes straight. We used to look back at that time in our lives and laugh. I guess I didn't think then S's childish trouble-making would portend a greater issue later on.
My story begins on Thanksgiving Eve two years ago.
We were slated to gather for Thanksgiving dinner the next day, the whole family. Then we got the call. S had…

Madagascar Movie Party

I got the chance over the weekend to invite some friends and their kiddos over for a Madagascar Movie Party! Thanks to the amazing folks over at MomSelect and Children’s Claritin we were sent a movie package that included both Madagascar 1 & 2 on DVD, Popcorn containers, Madagascar 3 stickers and Children’s Claritin samples.
The new Madagascar movie - Europe’s Most Wanted will premiere in theaters nationwide on June 8th, so this movie party was great timing to refresh the kiddos and parents on the storyline and characters with the first two movies. Some of us are getting together to go see Madagascar 3 in the theater together, too! Fun! We ate Madagascar Munch Mix (trail mix basically) and everyone got their own container full of popcorn, just like at the theater. After the kids giggled and squealed and made it through two movies, we all got to have some ice cream, and just visit. It was a ton of fun!
Both Madagascar 1 & 2 DVD's are available in stores. Madagascar 3: Europe…

The First Steps In Homeschooling

Make a Decision: There are several steps that a person should follow when they are first starting off with homeschooling their children. The first step is to figure out whether or not homeschooling is going to be right for your child or not. Whatever decision you make is going to affect the future of your child immensely. You have to be sure that you can provide every single benefit that they would receive in traditional schools. Are you up for the challenge, and will your child excel at home? If not, it might be wise to enroll them elsewhere.
Know the Process: Homeschooling is a very long process. You have to be aware of all the pitfalls out there – are you prepared to deal with potential learning disabilities? Are you able to abide by state laws regarding homeschooling? Each individual state is going to have its own laws. Though it’s possible you can just homeschool for a couple years and then send your kids to public school, you should really be in this for the long term. Have you got…

ADHD and Young Children: Unlocking the Secrets to Good Behavior by Dr. Robert Myers, Child Psychologist

For the parents of a child with ADHD, everyday tasks turn into battles - from getting the child out the door in the morning to getting him to bed at night. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6, so I remember what it was like to have a daily tug of war with an attention disordered child all too well. Parents look for help everywhere. They may read one book after another and hear a parade of behavioral experts speak who give them parenting tips that don’t seem to work. The more books they read and experts they seek out, the worse their child’s behavior seems to get.
"ADHD is a 'brain difference.' Your child’s brain works differently than 95% of his peers. So 'one size fits all' parenting techniques won’t necessarily fit your child."
In my practice and in my work with my own son, I discovered a number of techniques and strategies that can help parents improve the behavior of a child with ADHD.
ADHD Secret #1: Parenting Techniques Must Be Adapted to Kids with AD…

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has reached an all-time high. Today, 17% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 are obese or overweight. This is a serious medical condition that requires serious attention. Because we live in a world that promotes such extreme intake of food than in the past and so little activity and exercise, it’s not a surprise that obesity continues to grow in our country. The fact is that childhood obesity, if not stopped, will lead to major health issues. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer have all been linked with childhood obesity and it’s time to put a stop to this dilemma. Not only do obese children have medical issues, they are also more likely to have low self-esteem, and suffer from depression. This has become an unfortunate pattern, and children that remain obese tend to grow into adults who are obese.
As responsible parents, it’s our job to stop the trend and help get kids on a better path to a healthier and happier life. Here are some great tips for any concern…

Newman's Own Organic Sour Licorice

With the commitment from his daughter Nell, Paul Newman established an organic food division of Newman’s Own in 1993. Newman’s Own Organics became an independent company in late 2001. All products are third party certified by Oregon Tilth to ensure they meet or exceed all organic standards established by the USDA. Through the sale of its products, Newman’s Own Organics generates money for The Newman’s Own Foundation to donate to a wide range of charitable organizations. A New SOUR Twist To The Licorice Line! Newman’s Own Organics introduces the first sour licorice twist made with organic ingredients. Licorice twists are the most popular kind of licorice candy and the organic sugar and sour crystals, derived from natural citrus sources, on the surface of the twists provides the special taste for four tantalizing new flavors: Sour Strawberry, Sour Cherry, Sour Mango and Sour Apple. With the popularity of the regular twists in Black, Strawberry, and Pomegranate, Newman's Own Organ…

Are We Addicted To Food?

A couple of nights ago we were at a friend’s house for dinner. And what a feast it was: succulent roasted chicken, rice pilaf with roasted veggies, crisp market greens, all followed by a selection of New York State artisanal cheeses. As you can imagine, we were all pretty satisfied and full when the meal was over. A few even commented on how they “could not possibly swallow another bite”. So what do you think happened when the luscious chocolate cake made the appearance on the table? Did we all politely say “No, thank you, we had enough food”? Ha! Everyone took a piece and happily ate it all! Were we still hungry when we saw the cake? Far from it. What happened is called “hedonic hunger” – a primitive reward mechanism that has been used by human bodies for thousands of years to protect us from starvation. This means that even if we are full we can be still “hungry” when faced by foods with high hedonic value. Very often they are some kind of combination of fat, salt and sugar. We are…

Anne Taintor *Giveaway*

Anne Taintor has been making smart people (and you know who you are...) smile since 1985! Her fabulous products are delivered with the quirky, contemporary humor and retro graphics that you'll love. I was lucky enough to receive an awesome Anne Taintor Shopper. Save the planet while you bring home the bacon (or tofu) in Earth-friendly Shoppers. Strong, reusable, water-resistant Shoppers feature interior pocket, nylon shoulder straps, and matching piping. My bag is the one you see pictured, and it says "Wow! I get to give birth AND change diapers!" Hee hee. I totally love it. I also received the hilarious and fun Anne Taintor book - Someone Has To Set A Bad Example! Where's the fun in being well behaved? This book is a collection of more than 150 of Anne Taintor's best and funniest images combines whip-smart attitude and vintage illustration to tell the truth about dating, marriage, motherhood, friendship, money, and more. You can't be good all the time. I l…

Summer For A Military Family

Summer is on everyone's mind. The days are warmer and longer, the nights perfect for grilling and bonfires. The kids are getting antsy counting down the days until the end of the school year. Moms are busy trying to get all of the last minute things done that seem more impossible with children in tow. Summer is a time to catch our breaths, sleep in, enjoy company, and just play. When I think of summer, this summer in particular, I feel my chest tighten with emotion. This summer we are moving...again. Yep. We are one of those military families. The ones who pop into your lives for a moment, plant roots {sometimes deep, sometimes shallow} and then pack up, say goodbye, and look ahead to our next assignment. I have often wondered what it must be like for those we leave behind. At our current assignment, we will mark 11 months on the ground here when we drive away behind the moving van. Eleven Months! The shortest time yet. It blows my mind when I think of the fact that…

This Carousel Called Life

I made it to my first Heritage Festival here in Southeast Texas. What fun! My favorite part? Fried mushrooms and pork kabobs. I did not, however, enjoy the rides. I didn’t even get on the rides. In fact, the constant spinning in my view as I walked through the fair reminded me of a few weeks ago when I had vertigo. If you’ve never had it, be thankful. For twenty-four hours, the world was literally spinning, even if my eyes were closed. I was sick to my stomach, my head hurt and I had to pretty much crawl or hold on to the wall if I needed to get out of bed. I’ve only had vertigo a couple of times but as I am getting a little older, I can’t handle a lot of motion.
Sometimes I feel like my world is figuratively spinning out of control.
Today I couldn’t even make a grill cheese sandwich successfully. The bread was sticking to the pan and I seemed to be dropping everything. There are times I wake up with a mile-long list of things to do. I carefully fit my thirty eight chores into the fifte…

Zebra Pen Review & *Giveaway*

Zebra Pen Corporation was founded in 1982, and is a leader in writing instrument manufacturing and sales. Their mission, “To Create Users”, drives them to challenge their selves, to listen to customers, and to deliver a promise of quality, value and innovation. I received one of the newest pens from Zebra; the 301-A ball point pen. The classic 301 design, with fashionable metal barrel colors! The 301-A steel ball point pen touts a steel pocket clip and non-slip grip for writing ease (ARV $3.29 each). Available in the following colors: -Blue -Gray -Maroon -Gold. Zebra Pen products can be found nationwide at Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Walmart, K-Mart, and other office supply stores, discount chains, food and drug retailers, stationery stores and wholesale clubs. I love the way these pens write. They are fine point with black ink. I am always using pens - I write a ton during the day, for various reasons. And I love trying new pens. More often than not, I am disappointed in…

Time Saving Beauty Tips

As a busy mum, there are two things I rarely have enough of: time and money! So I’m always looking for ways to save, whether it is time-saving make up tips or how to recreate the latest fashion without spending a small fortune. I thought I would share few of my time saving beauty tips with you, so I hope you find them helpful.
As with all aspects of motherhood and family life, one of the easiest ways to save time when it comes to your beauty regime is to be organized. A great tip for when you’re simply too shattered to wash your face at night is to make sure you always have face wipes on the bedside table. This way you really have got no excuse for not taking your makeup off before you go to sleep!
Combining beauty routines with household chores can be a really effective way of saving time whilst still looking after yourself. A good tip is to put a rich, moisturizing hand cream on before putting your rubber gloves on to tackle the washing up or other household job. This will help the mo…


A few years ago my family and I were sitting outside on the Fourth of July watching the fireworks being shot off around town. I got to thinking about how our own lives are like those fireworks. Every person’s life makes an impact on other people. Sometimes we are the ones setting off the fireworks so to speak. Some know it is us who are setting them off while others are only ones able to see the pretty display and enjoy it from a distance, never knowing exactly who it is setting them off and maybe not even caring (which is ok!). Other times we are the ones watching the display and enjoying what others are doing whether we know who set them off or not. The thing is that what we do on a daily basis not only affects us but it affects so many people around us. Sometimes it may even seem insignificant what we are doing, but I think about the years when we are in drought and nobody can set off fireworks and the Fourth of July just doesn’t seem quite right. It leaves a void. The same is tr…

Using the Power of Questions to Be in Charge

The power of questions can literally divert the brain's focus. A person who is thinking or acting in one direction can suddenly find himself/herself thinking in a totally different direction when hit with a question. An example of this happened not too long ago. My friend Patty and her son Payton stopped by for a visit. Patty and I were talking and just about the time they were going to leave, Payton had a normal, tired, two year old meltdown. I asked Patty if it was ok that I respond to Payton and then I asked him "Would you like to go smell my magic flowers?” Through tears and some hesitation, Payton responded “yes” with a nod. So I scooped him up walked him out my front door and we knelt down under my tree in the front yard. There I encouraged him to take a deep breath “smelling” the stem of a lily yet to bloom. After whispering to him some made up story about how magic flowers can help him to follow his mommy’s directions, he happily climbed into the car which was whe…

Katie's Gift

Bullying is out of control these days, but I think we sometimes take the wrong approach to dealing with it. When my daughter, Katie, was in elementary school, she was picked on relentlessly by a classmate named Patricia. Patricia wasn't your typical "mean girl." She was disheveled and unpopular and just angry in general. Soft-spoken Katie was an easy target. She would call Katie names and step on her feet as she pushed to step in front of her in line at the cafeteria. When I became aware of the bullying, I contacted the school and the counselor explained to me that Patricia's parents had been killed in a car accident the year before, and that she was having a hard time coping. I also learned from some other mothers that she was living with some relatives in a pretty rough environment - both emotionally and financially. The police were constantly being called to their home which was plagued with domestic violence. Child Protective Services had threatened to put…