Sunday, May 31, 2009

New Moon Trailer - So Friggin Good!

Twilight takes the lead with 5 Wins

Twilight: Best Movie
Rob Pattinson: Breakthrough Male Performance
Kristen Stewart: Best Female Performance
Best Kiss: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Best Fight: Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet

Father Of The Year Award Goes To My Husband

Hey, he never reads this so, this is entirely for documentation reasons.

We had an amazing weekend. We took the kids to their first carnival and they had a blast. 3 Days in a row of rides could drive anyone crazy but he was awesome. Tirelessly taking them on and off all the rides they wanted to go on and taking pictures of them.

He also offered to meet up with one of my friends and her family so we could all hang out together.

On Friday, my awwww moment came when he went outside, picked a big pink flower off our front yard bush and brought it to Goddess. He put it in a glass of water for her and put it in her room! Stinkin' cute!!

On another note: He came home with books for me! Woot, who doesn't love a man who knows what she would like to read?

Monday Morning Memes


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Religious Weekend Of Reading - Amateur Book Reviews and Book Preview Videos

Wind Dancer by Jamie Carie takes you on a great adventure of pre-revolutary America.

Isabelle, the main character is like no one else. She is a free spirit! She dances in the moonlight, loves the woods and running around with her knife and rifle looking for adrenaline rushes. When she bumps into Sam, a handsome, American spy, they are drawn to each other.

After they are captured by Indians and caged an Indian takes a Isabelle for himself. Can Sam save her? Will her fearlessness get her killed? This is a fast past ride! So hang on!

Seeing Things, by Patti Hill is a great read.

I love Birdie Wainwright the main character in this book of family, age, and the pure gifts of God that we don't even know we are being given.

As a true believer that everything happens for a reason I loved this book.

Birdie is a 72 year old women who after taking a tumble down her stairs, goes to live with her son and his family. Her relationship with her dog Bee (Miss Bee Haven), her grandson Fletcher, and a certain fictional character really made this book remarkably enjoyable. What I love about Birdie is that while I know she is 72 years young, I had to remind myself of this. She is a spitfire who has a wonderful imagination and a wry sense of humor.

I would love to see this done as a movie!

I have one more to go! Love's First Light reviewed this week, come back and check it out!

Hell Yes, Winner Announced

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Salleefur/Jesslyn said, Where has this book / advice all my life??? Well I guess it's never too late. Anyone who wastes their mind and energy being upset or angry about this innocuous yet "right on!" book title probably won't learn anything from the book anyway! And that is their loss....

That said, let me add that I do not believe that life comes in "black and/or white" - or absolutes - but there ARE some decisions that could and should be easy - and this book sounds like it will inform or remind us to listen to that wise inner voice, the one that we can trust.

Thanks so much for entering!

A Little Sunday Thievery

Cheers to all us thieves!

Sunday Stealing: The Monkey's Meme

1. Name one person who made you smile today: My Daughter, she makes me smile every single day. My son has been too busy for me today.

2. What were you doing at 8am this morning? Laying on the couch with my eyes closed trying to get the kids to keep their voices lower.

3. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Reading a book I have to finish for review

4. What is your favorite candy bar? Health and Skor totally rock.

5. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes, I used to bartend at one, many, may years ago!

6. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee

7. What was the last thing you ate? A piece of some awesome Bear Hug from Lori's Place on Etsy

8. The last sporting event you watched? Hockey with the man last night. Just background noise for me though, I was reading.

9. Do you go to church every Sunday?Ummm...I wish I could say yes here.

10. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? Sometimes. I love both.

11. What are you doing tomorrow? Taking my son to school, getting some reading, cleaning done while trying to be an active mom.

12. What do you think of when you hear Australia? Lyn, Bruce, Daniel and Kasey

13. Biggest annoyance right now? The damn knats!

14. Last song listened to? I Saw God Today

15. Do you have a maid service clean your house? Yes, her name is Maria

16. Are you jealous of anyone? Nah! What's to be jealous of? That is a wasted emotion!

17. Is anyone jealous of you? I would hope not!

18. What do you usually do during the day? Clean, read for myself, read to the kids, chauffeur the kids, cook, blog, take photos, run errands, talk to friends, think, go to the bathroom, eat, and exist. What do you friggin do????

19. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? No, hate is a wasted emotion too!

20. Are you thinking about someone right now? I am writing the answer to this question at the moment. Yup, now I'm thinking of someone or something.

Saturday 9: Uninvited & Some Small Talk

6 things that make you sick, but you eat them anyways

1-Burger King (once every other month)
2-Carnival Food (I only found this out this weekend)
3-Honey, BBQ Potato Chips (I should never eat the whole bag)
4-Cold Cuts make me swell the next day
5-Hot Dogs make me swell the next day (is this an age thing?)
6-That's about all I can think of.

Saturday 9: Uninvited

1. Do you mind people to show up uninvited? I love when people feel comfortable enough to just show up. It hasn't happened for a while and it makes me happy to have a friend come a knockin'

2. Last person you talked to on the phone? That was my Dad. I called him for his 69th birthday yesterday but he was heading out for dinner. My son sang into the phone and we said good-bye.

3. Last person on your missed call list? My dear, sweet friend Dahlia

4. Who calls you the most? My sister from another mother, Clarissa

5. What is your favorite song about breaking up? Black by Pearl Jam

6. If someone sent you an unexpected gift, what would you like it to be? Anything! It was unexpected so something from the heart would be the best!

7. Your classic rock station plays the top songs of all time. What is number one? I no longer have a top radio station. It used to be 92.3 K-Rock in New York but they don't play rock anymore. I listen to Sirius Satellite Radio now, but there is no favorite. I just bounce around.

8. Do you live for today or tomorrow? I live for right now!

9. What movie villain scared you as a kid? The witch from the Wizard of Oz

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Self Portrait Sunday #3 Join My Meme

Come on, admit it, you look through your photo albums or computer folders and see very few photos of yourself. Maybe it is because, like me, you are usually behind the camera. Or maybe, it's because you never feel you look good in photos so you tell everyone, "don't take any of me."

Sadly enough, this means that your children will have very little photos to remember you by when you are long gone. No kids, well how many times have you looked at photos of yourself from 5, 10, 15 years ago and said, "and I thought I was fat?"

We aren't getting any younger and we will one day, want to look back at a time when our face was less lined, or more recognizable than the one staring back at us in the mirror.

Join me every Sunday post, and post a photo of yourself on your blog and link back to me so I can come visit you. The photo can be anything you want as long as YOU are in it.

I hope to see you next Sunday.

This week's self portrait was taken on Tuesday when I sat down to write in a journal. Before blogging, I did quite a lot of writing. I am trying to get back to it, because I think there is no writing more personal than something that is hand written.

I really like using Ortonish on Picnik; on this one everything disappears except for my face, hand and the book I was writing in. Such a great effect.

Father's Day "Vs" Giveaway

Here is my daughter's hero (my husband/the Teach)

Compliments of one of my favorite resources, I am able to send one of my readers a "VS" gift pack for Father's Day!

What's included?
  • A baseball Cap
  • T-Shirt
  • Shaker
  • 6 Fishing (What are these things? Hooks?) Thingys

To Enter The Giveaway: You must be a subscriber or a follower! Just leave me a comment anything.(If this rule is not followed you will be disqualified).

Deadline: June 13, 2009 (midnight)

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Friday, May 29, 2009

KindNotes Winner Announced

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Marianna said...

I love the Pink Orchid set

I follow KindNotes on twitter

Here is my review of KindNotes.
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and congratulations to Marianna. I will be contacting you by email today.

Father's Day is coming soon, don't forget KindNotes make an awesome Father's Day Gift. What A Way to say I Love You.

Help! I've Gone Friday Meme Crazy

Sky Watch Friday - Nothing was done to these pictures. I just used some of the special features on a camera I am reviewing. The review will be up next month.

  1. What is the longest you’ve gone between haircuts? Oh probably about 15 months.
  2. What is the shortest hour of the day? The one where I need to get out the door to school.
  3. What is the longest line you’ve ever stood in? A roller coaster that I didn't even want to be on.
  4. Who’s your shortest adult friend? Me! No, Sheress
  5. Who among your current friends have you known the longest? Teresa

1. It's cold and I love it!

2. Cherry tomatoes.

3. My favorite health and beauty product is Water

4. I love a nice long ride, with the windows down and the radio blasting.

5. Well, first of all I could use some sleep.

6. A Daydream about Me and Edward of Twilight; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was Hot Baby!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to heading to the carnival tomorrow my plans include Work and Sunday, I want to sleep past 6:30 a.m.

TV Sucked Up My Reading Time!

I had no idea how many books I was missing out on by committing to shows like American Idol and The Bachelor. This season, I stopped watching almost everything except for Lost, Desperate Housewives, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Whisper. It was the best thing for me because I was able to read about 15 books last month.

In the past week and a half I finished the following:
Tori Spelling's Mommywood - I read her first one Stori Telling and loved it so decided to pick up this one too. Where Stori Telling was candid, funny, interesting, informative and honest this one wasn't honest. Some of the humor was missing and that was what I really liked in the first one. I felt the first one was like reading a letter from a dear friend and this one was just another book with words. However, it did make me want to run out and pick up her mother's book. There are some beautiful pictures of her and her family, and some crazy moments like when she decides it would be a good idea to have a life size monkey cake at her son's first birthday.

Cloris Leachman's - Cloris, My Autobiography is a fantastic book about an amazing actress. If you only know Cloris from Dancing with the Stars, you are missing out on some phenomenal acting chops. I remember Cloris from The Fact's of Life but to me Cloris will always be Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein and Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety! But after reading this I am dying to rent some of her other movies. I had no idea that Cloris had such a history. She was a friend of Marlon Brando, she hung with the Kennedy's, had a sexual wager with Ed Asner, sex with Gene Hackman and Bobby Darin and her marriage broke up because of Joan Collins. She's appeared in 11 Broadway plays, 57 films, and 137 television shows and has earned 16 awards and 23 nominations. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her time on the set with Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder and highly recommend this book. Get to know the real Cloris Leachman.

Charlaine Harris' Dead Until Dark - This book was loaned to me by my dear friend who loaned my Twilight. She said, "it's a light read". It was and thoroughly enjoyable. The HBO series, True Blood is based on this book series. Sookie Stackhouse lives in a town where vampires are coming out of the closet (so to speak). When she helps save Bill the "hot" vampire" from a couple trying to drain him of his blood they become involved. He is dead, she reads minds and together they are a force to be reckoned with. The book is entertaining and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Lilly Feisty's Bound to Please
- Wow, now THIS, was a hot book. I was done with Chapters 1 and 2 and had to shut the book, turn to my husband and say, "wow, that was hot I need a drink of water." This book is about Ruby, a successful party planner who is strong and respected. She meets Mark St. Crow a band member who she meets thankfully quickly in the book. He unleashes a part of her that she didn't even know existed. The book is a quick read, with loads of sexy (erotica) intimate scenes. The love scenes are graphic but romantic. I highly recommend this book and plan I telling everyone reader I know about it. I read it in 2.5 hours and would totally read it again.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

You Be The Judge! *GIVEAWAY*

Back in March I mentioned that Pillsbury was looking for recipes in the 44th Bake-Off! Well, now that the recipes are in WE get to choose the winner!

For the first time in the contest´s 60-year history, "we" can help determine 10 recipes among the final 100 that will compete for the $1 million grand prize!

How does the You Be the Judge! voting work? Judges will select 20 recipes to be placed online at in pairs for a period of two weeks for each pair. "We" can vote for our favorite recipe in each pair. The recipe from each pair that wins the most votes will earn a spot in the final competition.

Voting is limited to one vote per person per each pair of recipes. Voters must be registered members of and 18 years of age or older as of May 1, 2009, to participate.

Visit for the official rules.

I just voted and it was easy peasy!

We all remember the Pillsbury Doughboy, you know that cute little guy who giggles in the commercials when his belly is pressed.

My Blog Spark has offered to present two of my readers with their very own, adorable giggle doughboy and a now you can win one along with magazine of past Bake-Off® recipes.

So, what do you have to do?

To enter let me know one of the following: (If this question is not answered, you will be disqualified).
  • Your favorite past Bake-Off® recipe
  • What you think makes a winning recipe
Deadline: June 11, 2009 by Midnight

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A Thousand Words Thursday - Friends

My two and their friend had just had some ice cream when I forced them to stand together. Can you tell that they were in a hurry to get this photo over with?

Thursday Thunks

21. How many states have you been in? 10 (all along the east coast and one on the west.

22. If a sexist Man is called a pig, what is a sexist Woman called? Sow

23. You see the one person who you absolutely despise. If you were guaranteed that he/she couldn't say or do anything back to you.... What would you do?? Nothing, keep right on walking.

24. How many states are to the right of you? And don’t give us a map to look at. None

25. You can go anywhere in the world for free. Where are you? Right here! I have no desire to go anywhere at the moment.

26. HOW MANY FINGERS AM I HOLDING UP? Right back at ya babe

27. Are you a boxing fan? Do you think there will be a rematch of the Hatton-Pacquiao fight? I used to be, I really enjoyed watching Tyson fight.

28. What is the most disgusting thing you have ever eaten? I tend to not eat anything disgusting but I am positive I have accidentally ingested a bug or two without knowing it.

29. Is it cloudy right now? It's took dark to see but probably

30. What is your dream job? Photographer at Playgirl or Rob Pattinson's personal massage therapist.

31. Someone gives you a $500 gift card to WalMart or Target. What are you going to buy? Loads of toys or a whole lot of Wii Games, Movies and books.

32. When you were little, what did you want to be "when you grow up"? And, how much different is your occupation now from where you thought it would be when you were younger? Well actually it is not that much different. I wanted to be a jockey first and occasionally I do get to ride a particular stud. I also wanted to be a nurse and my kids are pretty active so....I get to live that dream more often than I would want to.

33. what was your favorite toy as a child? I loved my Noah's Ark

34. How do you think these things up?? Oh, you know...I'm good like that.

35. Why do you think so many "fake" veterans get away with pretending? Why don't people question them more (especially the media who eats up their stories?) Umm....I don't really have a friggin answer for this.

36. What is the last place you had a good cry and why? Probably the bathroom but I don't remember when. I usually go there to shed a momentary tear.

37. What do you mean? Oh come on baby, you know what I mean!

38. Which Sesame Street Character do you relate with the most and why? Bert! Poor guy just wants peace and quiet at night and that damn Ernie is constantly keeping him up.

39. What song one would you listen to over and over if you absolutely had to? Black by Pearl Jam

40. Did you ever make what you believed at the time to be a horrible mistake - that in hindsight turned out to lead you on the best path in your life? I don't believe in mistakes. They are all lessons. Everything happens for a reason.

41. If you could change one thing on your person, what would it be? I wouldn't change anything, well maybe I would be a little taller, and have a smaller waist, bigger boobs and a nicer nose.

42. What’s your favorite show to watch on television nowadays? Ghost Whisperer but I feel that it jumped the shark this season. So basically I am just waiting for Lost and Desperate Housewives to start back up.

43. Do you believe there is life after death? I can only hope that there is more.

Awwwww Check Out This Hot Scene From New Moon

Yes, that is me howling!

This is hot!

I've watched it 20 times already.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ABC Wednesday - S

This weeks ABC Wednesday is for the letter "S". Who knew I had so many ideas for S?



Stuffed Animals

I love this picture of my son!

Sitting and Sunglasses

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Bic Soleil Bella Rocks!

As a BzzAgent I get to review some of the best products on the market.

Last week I received a package of Bic Soleil Bella.

As a Twilight fan this razor spoke to me. Not only is it called Bella but there is even a Soleil Twilight razor. Woot! Happy days. I can think of Twilight while shaving my legs and not feel ridiculous about it.

The Bic Soleil is not only visually beautiful, it has four blades for an extra close shave.

Ready for a little TMI? Well, here we go, as someone of Italian blood, I am hairy. I can shave in the shower in the morning and have a 5 o'clock shadow by 3:30 p.m. I kid you not. Using the Bic Soleil Bella, I save a day. I seriously, shave every other day.

Besides the wonderful smooth shave, the handle has a great grip, the blades are easily cleaned.

So, lets list the benefits together of the Bic Soleil Bella Razors:
  • Pivoting head
  • 4 blades
  • Easy grip handle
  • Moisture Strip
In a Nutshell: Pack of 4 costs about $4.99-$6.99. The shave is the closest I have ever gotten in my 25 years of shaving. Woot, I am beach smooth and ready for summer.

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Wordless Wednesday - The artist

Semi Wordless!

She has been asking to paint for the past two months. This weekend while her brother was playing with Daddy, I asked her if she wanted to paint. She put so much effort into it that I plan on buying her a paint set as soon as possible. She is truly creative and I can't wait to see what she does with this as she gets older.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wednesday Weirdness

1.) How easily are you insulted? Not usually. To hell with the outside world. I have no problem letting things roll down my back but if my husband says on offhanded comment, I am insulted!

2.) How often do you perform oral sex on your SO? Well, need to buy me a drink first to get that answer. Let's just say, my husband is a happy man.

3.) What brand of shoes do you find to be most comfortable? I don't have a particular brand. Whatever fit on my feet

4.) What are 3 to 5 items you NEVER leave the house without? My kids, key, MP3 player, cell phone, and camera

5.) Who did you look up to as you were growing up? Who do you look up to now? I looked up to my mom's friend Mary she was nurse and I always wanted to be one. Now, I look up to my husband. He really is an amazingly, smart, funny, pain in the ass who can do anything he puts his mind to.

6.) If you've ever been a strip club of any type, what was one of your most memorable moments? I used to be a bartender at a strip club 3 nights a week many, many years ago. My most memorable, wow there are so many probably the times I had to almost bust down my managers door so that I could get paid and go home to sleep so I could be ready for my 9-5 job. He used to spend a whole lotta of time saying good-bye to the dancers.

7.) Should prostitution be legal? Why or why not? Sure! No matter how long it has been illegal there are still people paying for sex. It isn't called the oldest profession for nothing.

My Dad Lives In His Scrubs

He finds them more comfortable than sweat pants, and t-shirts.

When I used to work for a doctor's office the scrubs were basic blue or white. They didn't look good on all body types and eventually you got sick of wearing the same thing.

Now, Scrubs and Beyond
has styles and designs for everyone. Scrubs and Beyond, caters to all your fashion needs.

Popular designs for Women, men, groups, along with shoes and the cutest stethoscopes out there.

print scrub tops
print scrub jackets
landau medical scrubs

Amateur Book Review - Along Came You

I truly love reviewing books. I love the opportunity to crack open a book before it hits the masses. Reviewing a children's book is one of my favorite types of book reviews, because I can get my kids involved.

Along Came You by Karona Drummond is a beautiful book, about a mom talking to her daughter. Mom tells her daughter how different life was before her and how blessed she is to be a mom.

If you are a reader of my blog you know that my children are everything. I live and breathe them. We waited a long time to have children. I was 35 when I was pregnant with my first. My son! Having a girl after losing my mom at 12 was one of my biggest dreams. This book says everything I would want to say to both of my beautiful children. My daughter loved the book and has asked me to read it to her at least 15 times this week already.

Along Came You talks about how life was different before you came along but oh, how wonderful you have made it. It is the joy a parent feels when she looks at the world through their children's eyes. Our children can teach us so much about life and about ourselves if we open ourselves up to their world. Karona Drummond does just that. She takes all her life experiences and enriches them as a mother.

In A Nutshell: This is a truly beautiful book and I couldn't wait to read it to my children. The reason I didn't record myself reading the book is because the first time I read it, I cried. I didn't want to get all mushy on my video. Along Came You is a wonderful book for parents to read to their children. Whether you are a mother or a father with a son or a daughter.

You cannot go wrong with this book!

Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner and Giveaway

Family Review Network hooked me up with this fabulous campaign for Pledge, Multi Surface Cleaner. When I heard it could clean all surfaces from wood to glass, I must admit I was skeptical.

I am here to tell you, that it works!

The days of walking around the house with a bucket full of different cleaners is over. One can of Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner and a rag or paper towels and I was off and running. Honestly, since my first burst of spray, I can't stop! The house has never been so clean.

Since receiving my can I have purchased two more, one in each available fragrance (Rain shower and Lavender).

Some of the many benefits of Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner:
  • Easy to hold and easy to spray.
  • Anti-static formula is great for cleaning electronics.
  • Removes dust, dirt, and smudges.
  • Is perfect for a streak-free clean.
  • Does not leave a residue.
You can use it on: glass, wood, granite, plastic, stainless steel and so on.

In a Nutshell: I see no reason to have separate cleaners if it is not necessary. Pledge has never let me down and I'm sticking with them. Now, I have yet, another reason to keep up with my Pledge tradition.

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As for the giveaway; I am able to give a can away to one of my readers to try before you buy, will buy. This stuff is the best!!!

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Blue Monday, Mellow Yellow and Mono Monday Photos

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