Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop ~ December 31st

Welcome to the Good Eatin' Recipe Hop
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Every Tuesday you can join us to share great recipes.........
There are no specific themes. 
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Friday, December 27, 2013

love and other subjects by Kathleen Shoop

For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things–to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is.

The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?

Buy the book from.......
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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Green Tip of the Week

Perfect cleaner to use for wiping up messes and cleaning big jobs.

All Purpose Cleaner

2 cup of water
1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
5 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap 
Mix together and place in a reusable spray bottle. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Barking Wednesday ~ Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!
Kingers and Tank & Yoda

would like to wish each and everyone one of you
Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop ~ December 24th

Welcome to the Good Eatin' Recipe Hop
hosted by
The 'Pitch List' Bloggers

Every Tuesday you can join us to share great recipes.........
There are no specific themes. 
Add your recipe of choice to the linky.
No Giveaways Please...all giveaways will be removed.
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Hopping Healthy 2014

Glad you clicked to check out our 
Hopping Healthy 2014 
Blog Hop.
This hop is open to all bloggers who would like to start a healthy journey.
Do you have a perfect healthy recipe?
Have you learned some valuable info during your journey to a healthy lifestyle?
How about tips on exercise?
Join us for this FUN Hop!
Hop Starts on January 1st and ends ????!
The only rule for the hop is that all post added to the linky must be health related.
Have FUN Hopping and Living Healthy!

3 Days to Kill ~~~ #3DTK

In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger. But first, he must complete one last mission- even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunting down the world's most ruthless terrorist and looking after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years, while his wife is out of town.

Friday, December 20, 2013

GREAT Stocking Stuffers! Every girl loves Chic High Gloss Lip Gloss!!!!!

Check these out!  I was  given the opportunity to review Carmex's Newest LipBalm MOISTURE PLUS!  Comes in 4 great Design tubes!  Moisturizing Protection of classic Carmex with the High-Shine of a Lip Gloss!

Limited Edition Collection of unique designed lip balm tubes.  

Are you wondering which design is for you? 

Take the easy uniquely You Personality Quiz  at 
Which Personality are you?

I am CHIC!!  So is Isa! I have to say  I do fit into the Chic style.  I like simple - I wear mainly black and I am a artist! So why would I not want to spend a Saturday night at a art gallery with friends wearing a black dress! That is ME! Guess that is why right away I picked the Black and White Pattern.

Dawn picked the multi swirl colorful pattern ~ WHIMSICAL!   She too fits into the Whimsical Girl...she spends her weekends at concerts surrounded by friends wearing Jeans and a colorful T! Amazing that the design fits the person!

Fashion and Fun that is what the Limited Edition Lip Balm is all about not to mention a fantastic lip balm. Carmex Moisture Plus is a moisturing lip balm with a sleek dash of style. A satiny clear gloss packed full of Vitamin E, She Butter, and Sun Protection.

Perfect for Holiday Gifts! Stocking Stuffers!  When you give the gift of Carmex you know that you are giving a high quality lip balm that has been made with quality ingredients and it works!  I have been a faithful Carmex user for years! My lips are always soft and ready to tackle the brutal Wisconsin weather.

I love the new designs...the designs put a little Zazam into my lip gloss. 


Booking Friday ~ Destined for Love by Melissa Foster

Book #2 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #5

You met Rex Braden in Lovers at Heart, Book One of the The Bradens (Love in Bloom Series). Jade Johnson is about to turn his comfortable rancher's life upside down. Don't miss this powerful love story.

Rex Braden is wealthy, hard working, and fiercely loyal. Sweat at his brow, he works the family ranch by day, then kicks back at night with part time lovers who require nothing more than his physical presence a few times each week. But that was before. Before Jade Johnson, the daughter of the man his father has been feuding with for over forty years, moves back into town.

After ditching a horrific relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is...until her horse is injured and Rex Braden comes to her rescue. The last thing she needs is a bull-headed, too-handsome-for-his-own-good Braden complicating her life.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Disney Dreamers Academy 2014 #DDA2014

The results are in! We're pleased to announce our candidates for the Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2014—a motivated group of young people who, through their written applications, have demonstrated their unique credentials to our judges. Do you have what it takes to join us? We're always looking for driven, inspired young people who have the passion to make their dreams come to life!

The Dreamers, Class of 2014
Introducing our Disney Dreamers Academy candidates for 2014:
Name Hometown

Lucretia A ~ Sagamore Hills, OH
Cheyenne A ~ East Orange, NJ
Avia A ~ Bronx, NY
Tiara A ~ Columbia, SC
Daniel A ~ Brooklyn, NY
Ato A ~ Liverpool, NY
Tomorrow B ~ Haddonfield, NJ
Justin B ~ Douglasville, GA
Jaleah B ~ Willingboro, NJ
Marquise B ~ Matteson, IL
Brianna B ~ Snow Hill, NC
Sierra B ~ Eden, UT
Emral B ~ Salters, SC
Austin B ~ West Columbia, SC
Chelsey C ~ Mont Belvieu, TX
Moorea C ~ Brick, NJ
Audra C ~ Detroit, MI
Nia-Renee C ~ Valencia, CA
Kiara D ~ Atlanta, GA
Donavon D ~ Spartanburg, SC
Anthony D ~ Homewood, IL
Arlisa D ~ Memphis, TN
Briana D ~ Washington, DC
Olivia D ~ Charleston, WV
Caroline D ~ Longwood, FL
Davonté D ~ Jersy City, NJ
Alexandra E ~ Beaumont, TX
DeVante E ~ Pacifica, CA
Kiana F Royal ~ Palm Beach, FL
Jordan F ~ Jonesboro, GA
Kyla G ~ Jacksonville, FL
Victoria G ~ Lynn, MA
Keyonda G ~ Bonaire, GA
Tra'Vaughn H ~ New Port Richey, FL
Chelsi H ~ Cerritos, CA
Matt H ~ Great Falls, MT
Quencey H ~ Harrisburg, PA
Doni H ~ Laurinburg, NC
Arianna H ~ Plymouth, MN
Zebulun J ~ Kansas City, KS
Courtney J ~ Upper Marlboro, MD
Alyx J ~ Romulus, MI
Brittany J ~ Chicago, IL
Natalie K ~ Glendale, CA
Keza K ~ Buford, GA
KiAundra K ~ Miami Gardens, FL
Tamara L ~ Jacksonville, FL
Christina L ~ Roswell, GA
Madison M ~ Brooklyn, NY
Jeremy M ~ Apopka, FL
Carlos M ~ Homestead, FL
Sahking M ~ Montclair, NJ
Asia M ~ Balitmore, MD
Jevon M ~ Valdosta, GA
Darin M ~ Sugar Land, TX
Sarah M ~ Marion, TX
Chelsea M ~ Brooklyn, NY
Caitlin M ~ Fort Mill, SC
Matthew M ~ Spring, TX
Luke M ~ Cary, NC
Sira N ~ Richmond, TX
Crystal O ~ Upper Marlboro, MD
Pavlina O ~ Port Orange, FL
Maya P ~ Garner, NC
Madison P ~ Maitland, FL
Rachel P ~ Charlesont, WV
Jonathon P ~ Huntsville, AL
Adina R ~ Astoria, NY
Lenna R ~ Houston, TX
Joshua R ~ Alexandria, VA
Neijia R ~ Tampa, FL
Julia S ~ Corona, CA
Niani S ~ Bolingbrook, IL
Tylon S ~ District Heights, MD
Jeanine S ~ Sunrise, FL
Christopher S ~ Toledo, OH
Svannah S ~ Elk Grove, CA
Christian S ~ Chandler, AZ
Jordyn S ~ Merrillville, IN
Sheridan S ~ Dallas, TX
Mainza S ~ Harperwoods, MI
Samantha S ~ Longwood, FL
Kenya S ~ Portland, OR
Xzavion S ~ Sacramento, CA
Joseph, S ~ Baker, LA
Diamond S ~ Atlanta, GA
Ryan S ~ Philadelphia, PA
Haley S ~ Eau Claire, WI
Rachel T ~ Aiken, SC
Amijah T ~ Philadelphia, PA
Cara T ~ Chester Springs, PA
Samuel T ~ Detroit, MI
Andrianna W ~ Garfield Heights, OH
Chante W ~ Detroit, MI
Brooke W ~ Morrisville, VT
Jessica W ~ Tampa, FL
Duval W ~ Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Richard W ~ Chicago, IL
Matthew Y ~ Jacksonville, FL
Tiana Y ~ Spring Valley, NY
Students have been chosen by The Steve Harvey Radio Network, Inc. and Disney Destinations, LLC as potential winners of the Contest, pending verification. Participation in Disney Dreamers Academy is subject to verification and return of the required documentation.

Green Tip of the Week - Holiday Stress

Today's GREEN Tip of the Week is how to reduce stress during the busy holiday season...
#1 Rule...Don't try to do too much. If you miss baking a certain cookie or buying another gift. It will be okay.  I see so many people stress over the small stuff and make themselves ill from worrying.
It will be fine!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Barking Wednesday ~ Control Your Dog Dander

Thanks for joining me for Barking Wednesday. Each week I will be posting info about my favorite guy ~ Kingers and his friends. All kinds of stuff ~ products ~ homemade treat recipes ~ info I have learned over the years. Info I think is helpful in making sure that every dog lives a fantastic life.

 During the winter months pet dander can be a issue. Kingers is a Black Lab with lots of dander. To help reduce the dander in my home I have found a few things that work.

Here are my ways to reduce King's dander during the winter months:

1 - Wash your pet regularly - use natural shampoo.  I take Kingers to the Pet Baths at our local car wash.  The wash area is clean and warm. Then my hubby pulls up and King jumps into a warm Jeep and then into a warm house. 
2 - If you have carpet invest in a good vacuum. Vacuuming regularly (daily) will help reduce dander. I have a Dyson and it works great.
3 - Make sure your home is high in humidity.  Humidity keeps down dander. I like to bowl a pan of water on the stove.  I know it sounds old school - but it works! Humidity in your home also will help
4 - Air purifiers are also good to reduce pet dander. I do not use a purifier but I have family members that do.

Personally I think regular baths with natural shampoo has helped the most with Kingers to reduce his dander.  It is also makes him smell good and his fur has a marvelous shine.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Disney Dreamers Academy 2014 #DDA2014

Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine Slated for 
March 6th - 9th, 2014
Inspires Teens to Dream Big at Walt Disney World Resort
Plans are under way for the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. U.S. high school students ages 13-19 participate in this innovative
outside-the-classroom educational and mentoring program. 
The 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy, now in its seventh year, will take place March 6 th – 9 th, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. 
Annually, 100 U.S. high school students, selected from thousands of applications, embark on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for an immersive four-day program that inspires and fuels their dreams.
Both onstage and behind the scenes, the Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Motivational speakers and celebrities share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain firsthand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

Good Eatin' Recipe Hop - December 17th

Welcome to the Good Eatin' Recipe Hop
hosted by
The 'Pitch List' Bloggers

Every Tuesday you can join us to share great recipes.........
There are no specific themes. 
Add your recipe of choice to the linky.
No Giveaways Please...all giveaways will be removed.
We Love Comments! Please Share!

Monday, December 16, 2013

What is Rolling Glass?

Check out the video!
This weeks Glassie Monday topic!

If I am not using recycled glass - I use sheet glass to make some of my art work. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

RIO 2 ~ SPRING 2014 ~ #Rio2

Animated Comedy
Release: April 11, 2014
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Producers: John C. Donkin, Bruce Anderson
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg,, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Bruno Mars, and Kristin Chenoweth

It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all – his father-in-law.  All our favorite RIO characters are back, and they’re joined by Oscar® nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy® winner Bruno Mars, Tony® winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy®/Tony winner Rita Moreno.  RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland.
Official site:

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Earth to Echo ~ SPRING 2014 ~ #EarthToEcho

Check out this amazing film headed to your theater this SPRING!!!

Release: April 25, 2014 
Director: Dave Green
Writer: Henry Gayden
Cast: Astro, Teo Halm, Reese C. Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt
Producer: Andrew Panay 
Executive Producers: Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley 
After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever. 
Official site:

RRAGS Fair on Sunday December 15th

Tomorrow Sunday Dec 15th I will be at my last fair of the holiday season. 

RRRAGS is one of my favorite fairs!
RRRAGS is a great local event which raises money to purchase art supplies and art programing for children in the Central City Neighborhoods of Riverwest and Harambe. All items at the fair are RECYCLED....fantastic gifts

10am - 5pm
Riverwest Neighborhood ~ Milwaukee

The Falcon Bowl
801 E. Clarke Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212
Join us to celebrate the holiday season!!

Let's get Cracking #TheNutJob

Mark your calendar ~ You will not want to miss 
Are you heading to the theater to see 'The Hobbit' this weekend or during holiday break? Then you're sure to see the latest trailer for THE NUT JOB! This brand new trailer follows in the footsteps of 'The Hobbit,' showing our hero, Surly the Squirrel (voiced by Will Arnett), embarking on a dangerous journey to restore Liberty Park's food for the winter. Facing treacherous foes, Surly and his unruly band of animals must successfully heist Maury's Nut Store to feed the park. This nutty adventure is one you 
won't want to miss! 
THE NUT JOB hits theaters nationwide on January 17, 2014!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas 2013 ~ "What Makes the Holidays Merry?"

Kansasville School
"What Makes the Holidays Merry?"
Christmas Program at Kansasville School
Great school packed 
full of 
Fantastic Kids!
Kansasville School has 100 children enrolled 
K4 - 8th Grade
Excellent teachers!
The pic is all of the children enrolled at Kansasville
Thank you Caleb, Isa, and Davey for giving Papa and Nana a wonderful evening.

Booking Friday ~ Knowing Vera by Rachelle Ayala

Vera Custodio has never fallen in love, though she has strong feelings for her friend and sometimes lover, Zach Spencer. Long-forgotten memories resurface when Vera discovers Zach’s mother was the woman her father supposedly murdered many years ago.

After losing his leg, former triathlete Zach Spencer reevaluates his life—and realizes he’s falling in love with Vera. After she ends their relationship, Zach is determined to prove his love and follows her to Australia in search of the killer.

Caught between a web of family secrets and a deranged adversary, Vera and Zach must depend on each other for survival. Love blossoms, but the truth explodes everything Vera knows about herself. Will she close her heart forever or risk it all for a shot at happily-ever-after?

Book 3 of The Chance For Love Series - Each book can be read standalone, but earlier plots will be revealed by reading later books.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thirty-One Outlet Sale

If you would like a invitation to the 
Thirty-One Outlet Sale
please email Dawn Wallace at

Green Tip of the Week - Give the gift of recycling

Green Tip of the Week

A great way to spread the word about Being Green and Recycling is to give a gift made from Recycled Products.  It is amazing the creative ways artist can recycle products.  I attend a yearly event in Downtown Milwaukee dedicated to Recycled Gift Giving.  RRRAGs  Riverwest Random Recyclable Art & Gift Show - all proceeds go to the neighborhood arts department.

Check out your local events .... for great art work made from Recycled Products.

If you live in the SE Wisconsin area...stop by to check out some very talented recycle artist and some great holiday fun!

Link to RRRAGs 
RRRAGS is a great local event which raises money to purchase art supplies and art programming for children in the Central City Neighborhoods of Riverwest and Harambe. 

This group of vendors is comprised of local artists, cooperatives and small business owners who live in Riverwest or the near East Side, many of whom depend on their art for their sole income.  The fair focuses on local and recycled items.  And while you will find art-i-facts you will also find practical and useful items. All of the RRRAGS vendors display handmade in the United States work.  That is what the Riverwest neighborhood is all about!

Please join us for this neighborhood community event. Have some fun for the Holidays by purchasing and giving to a great cause all the while enjoying adult beverages at the Historic Falcon Bow.  Support Sustainable artwork and practical items. Be a patriot, care for the EARTH, buy local, buy Riverwest!

December 15th, 2013

The Falcon Bowl
801 E. Clarke Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

$3 admission also buys 3 raffle tickets