Saturday, February 28, 2015

Have you heard of Loot Crate?

My grandson Caleb is a gamer. He is always on his X Box. Since he is on the Honor Roll Dawn gives him plenty of gaming time.

I have found the newest subscription box made just for geeks & gamers like him.  Lootcrate is a subscription box full of Geek and Gamer Gear. 

Loot Crate
Check out December's Box!  

November's Box

If you are interested in getting your Geek & Gamer a subscription box CLICK HERE

4 Plans available
One Month ~$19.95 for 1 month
Three Months ~ $57.75 for 3 months of boxes
Six Months ~ $113.70 for 6 months of boxes
One Year ~ $215.40 for one year of boxes

Do you know a gamer that would enjoy this fun box?

Friday, February 27, 2015

McCarthys of Gansett Island Romance Series by Marie Force

As many of you know I am a book reviewer for quite a few publishing companies. After King (my black lab) died on December 27th, 2014 - I found myself missing him so much that the only way I was able to cope was reading.  I had read all the books I was reviewing - so I decided to take a chance on a Romance Novel that was FREE on Amazon.  Maid for Love by Marie Force. I had never read anything written by Marie ~ she was a new author to me. I decided to get Main for Love in both reading and audible form ~ Whipersync for Voice a service offered by Amazon and Audible that allows a person to read and listen tot he same book.

Well, let me tell you  I am hooked on the McCarthy Gassett Island series! Marie Force does an excellent job or expressing the characters feelings and emotions. Not to mention some great love scenes.  How she continues the characters from book to book I really have the feeling that I know them. I know their past and am looking forward to seeing what life holds for their future.

I am shocked how fast I was able to read/listen to thirteen books. I went from book to book continuing the story. Getting more involved into the characters lives. I read/listened to all of he books within one month. I read at home - listened when I traveled in my Jeep. When my eyes got tired before bed - I listened. What is great with Whipersync is that it keeps your place in both reading and listening.

Marie also has a Facebook Group for McCarthy's Gansett Island - Click HERE to Join!

I was very happy when I learned that Marie plans to continue the series. She is currently writing about Paul. She has promised that the book will be available in 2015! Now the hard part for me is waiting!  I am sure the wait will be worth it ~ I am anxious to hear Paul's story , plus catch up on the others at Gansett Island. 

If you are looking for a great romance series that has characters that you would like to be friends with - The McCarthy Series is for you. There are some extremely sexual parts in all of the books. I felt the sexual parts were well written and by no means were trashy.

I was not compensated in anyway to write this post. I am sharing with my readers a excellent romance series that was able to ease my heart while I mourned the lost of my bestest friend  Kingers.

#childrenfiction # bookreview #monsters ~ The Monster that ate my Socks by A.J. Cosmo

A young boy, who is about to be grounded for going through so many socks, discovers that  a monster has been eating them.

Max is a young boy who is constantly getting in trouble for his socks disappearing. He doesn’t know where they go, but he does know that if he doesn’t do something quickly his mom will ground him for summer. Max soon discovers that a little green monster is sneaking into his room at night and eating his sweaty socks. His mother, of course, doesn't believe him, so Max calls on his best friend to come for a sleepover to catch the monster.
They devise a trap and capture the monster only to learn that the creature can speak. It hasn’t meant to cause any harm, it's just trying to feed its family. The monster shows them his home and his three little children and begs the boys not to turn them over to the adults. Adults, he says, want to destroy monsters.

Lulupop Pants No Change written by Susan Lanyi Illustrated by Alexandre Rouillard

Are you wondering what Lulupop Pants! No Chance! is all about?
Pants! No chance! by Susan Lanyi
Book Description:
Lulupop rarely puts up a fuss, except when it comes to wearing pants. Dresses, dresses, dresses, is all she will ever wear! With time, a little drama, and no lack of imagination, Lulupop realizes that wearing dresses is not always the best choice.

Lulupop Pants! No Chance is a cute children book about a young girl that is not willing to wear pants. Each days he faces issues from not wearing pants.  It is a cute story about compromise and how with a little ingenuity she finds the perfect solution to her dilemma. 
Alexandre Pouillard did a excellent job illustrating the story. Lulupop has such a personality in her pictures!  
Susan Lanyi
About the Author:

Susan Lanyi lives in Montreal with her husband, three children and puppy. She is a writer and has previously been published in The Globe and Mail. When Susan is not busy writing or doing "mom stuff" she is shopping for dresses with her daughter….Too bad her daughter only wants to wear pants!

Connect with Susan:  Website  ~  Twitter  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Amazon Dog Toy Deals

This Barking Wednesday is about getting great deals on Dog Toys. This past Tuesday Dawn and I set out to find Diesel some dog toys at the local pet stores.  Not being able to find any deals on dog toys at the stores ~ I decided to check out Amazon.

Oh my gosh - I found some great deals. Go Dog Toys for only $7.50. Amazon also has Add On deals.  All you have to do is buy an item and then you are able to take advantage of the Add On toys for as little as $2.41. 

Check out the toys I purchased for Diesel. All of this for around $30 ~ thank you PRIME for FREE Shipping!
Since Diesel's last name is Lamb- I could not resist the Lampchop Toy. Living in Wisconsin every dog needs a Go Dog Cow Ball
To search for Amazon Dog Toys - Click HERE.
Buy one toy at regular Amazon price then Add On toys that display the Add On symbol

                                 Loofa Dog 12" Plush Dog Toy, Colors May Vary

             by Multi Pet
Ships with any qualifying order over $25.Add-on Item
Great way to save on Dog Toys! 
Amazon is my new place to buy all of Diesel's Toys!

The Art of Having It All by Christy Whitman

Is it possible to have: a passionate marriage; a thriving career; a healthy, beautiful body; more money than you ever dreamed possible, and enough “down” time to enjoy it – without running yourself ragged? The answer is a resounding YES. In this hands-on guide to applying the universal laws of deliberate manifestation, Christy Whitman, Master Law of Attraction coach and mother of two, shows readers that it is not only possible for women to have it all in every aspect of our lives, but to settle for anything less is to deprive ourselves of the true joy, exhilaration and fulfillment of becoming all that we were born to be. Geared specifically toward women who are already living full lives, this book provides cutting edge tools, inspiration, and straightforward advice to support you in more effortlessly and joyfully creating the results you desire – in your body, your finances, career and intimate relationships – and from a relatable authority who has “been there and done that.”

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Behind the Scenes of a Medical Weight Loss Program

Thousands of consumers across the United States try various weight loss programs and experience little to no success. Whether this is due to a lack of discipline, a lack of support or simply following poor exercise and dieting information, many give up after being disappointed over and over again.
Over the last few years, medical weight loss programs have proven to be an effective means of losing weight. Because the programs are monitored by physicians and nutritionists, the methods actually work for a majority of the patients.

Guest Post by Christy Whitman author of The Art Of Having It All

What You See Is What You Get
by Christy Whitman

Have you ever wondered how two people can work in the same industry, attend the same business conference, or walk into the same social gathering and create two completely different experiences? What is it that causes one person to see potential – for connection, for expansion, for fun – when another sees only the possibility of failure or rejection?

Try this little experiment: The next time you walk into a situation – be it a restaurant, a business meeting, or a family gathering – take a moment to notice what you notice. What is the very first thing that grabs your attention? Is it the couple looking adoringly at one another from across a table? Is it the co-worker in the corner who appears like she feels out of place? Paying attention to where your awareness naturally goes offers a glimpse into your core beliefs. What you see when you look around is not “reality.” It is your interpretation of reality, which is constructed by your beliefs .

So, for example, if you have a core belief that you are inadequate, this belief will filter the infinite number of possibilities that could unfold at virtually every moment and bring your awareness only to those that reinforce the belief that you are inadequate. However, if you can shift this belief – even slightly – from “I am inadequate,” to “I am free to make new choices at any moment,” this seemingly insignificant alteration in your thinking will open up possibilities previously unseen. It’s like turning a kaleidoscope; move the dial even a few degrees , and an entirely new picture comes into view.

Everything we attract into our lives – whether we’re experiencing struggle or ease, scarcity or abundance, boredom or delight, frustration or fulfillment – is the direct result of our beliefs. Whether we are the person who walks into the room expecting to have a good experience or the person who walks in and is already resigned to having a bad one, is a function of what we believe is possible. Neither of these realities is the “truth,” and neither one is pre-determined by anyone but ourselves. The proverbial glass is neither half empty nor is it half full. It is what you believe it to be.

Olde Westpost Chicken Enchilada

All you need is one pack of Olde Westpost Chicken Enchilada soup mix, one can of white chicken( I added 2 cans) & 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup. Easy instructions are on the back of the package.  I added frozen Okra and topped with Nacho Chips.  

Easy to make and seriously delicious. Perfect for a cold winter meal.

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Get Smoke Smell Out of Your Home

Whether you are planning to rent your home, move or if you simply want to refresh the overall atmosphere of your dwelling, ridding the smoke smell from a property is a necessary task to complete. Using a few tricks and tips allows you to get the smoke smell out of your home without having to move and find a new location to live altogether.

Ventilation is Key
Ventilation is extremely important when ridding the smoke smell from a home or even from a confined space in your house. Opening windows and vents helps to refresh the air while giving the smoke that has been let off an outlet. Getting a cross-breeze within the home is also essential when you have smoked throughout the space and have a smoke smell in more than just one room in the house itself.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Project 52 ~ Outtake

Project 52 hosted 
 Week 8 ~ Outtake
Outtake means a scene that is not used in the final version of a movie or television show.
In making my memory movie of my two day getaway up north with my hubby this is my outtake!
The last hour of traffic  on our way home ~ bumper to bumper as we started to enter Milwaukee is my outtake.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Coming February 23rd, 2015 ~ Aoléon The Martian Girl - Part 2 The Luminess of Mars

Aoléon The Martian Girl - Part 2 The Luminess of Mars
written and illustrated by Brent LaVasseur

Release date: 
February 23, 2015

Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Project 52 ~ Love

Week 7- Love
Each week I take a picture that addresses the meaning of the word. This week the word is Love.

Project 52 hosted 
Marvelous Mommy,Sarah, and Angie

Spending the day with my daughter ~ first stop was Starbucks. We wanted to try Starbucks two new drinks.
Coconut Milk Caramel Latte 
and a 
Tiramisu Latte 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ What influenced your pet's name?

This Barking Wednesday is all 
about Names!

Have you ever wondered why people name their pets the names they do? I this post is all about naming your pet.
Our new puppy's name is Diesel.  
Why Diesel?  
My hubby loves diesel trucks. We have a 2500 Dodge and a 3500 Dodge Dually. 
Diesel is named after our trucks!  

I did some research and sure enough there is a listing of Best Puppy Names..............

Here are the BEST PUPPY Names for 2015 
Male Puppy Names
10. Sawyer
9. Jack
8. Hudson
7. Finn
6. Emerson
5. Bear
4. Puppy
3. Max
2. Kai
1. Cooper

Female Puppy Names
10. Elsa
9. Bella
8. Stella
7. Quinn
6. Sophie
5. Ivy
4. Charlie
3. Aurora
2. Avery
1. Lila

If you are a pet owner - What influenced your pet's name? 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Whispersync for Voice ~ Audible ~ Kindle

I love to read but with my busy lifestyle ~I seemed to never really have the time.  I wanted to share with everyone a service that Amazon offers that allows me to read and listen to the same book. 

Whispersync for Voice  allows you to switch back and forth between reading a Kindle book and listening to the companion Audible audiobook without losing your place.
You can keep the story going on the book on your Kindle and enjoy listening to your book on Whispersync.
I am currently reading The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series by Marie Force.
Chance for Love book on Amazon cost $2.99. For an additional $1.99 I can add audible by paying for Whispersync.  So for $4.98 I have a romance novel that I can read and also listen on audible.
This works great for me - I listen in the Jeep - read at the doctor office - listen while walking - read while sitting comfy under a warm blanket while my hubby watches TV. 
Using Whispersync for Voice  I can listen and read making enjoying a good book so much more doable for me.
I belong to Amazon Prime and Audible.  
With Amazon Prime I get all the great benefits FREE SHIPPING + so much more. 

Audible Membership gives me great prices on audible books that are not on Whispersync - each month I get one book for only the cost of membership. 
My goal for 2015 is to read 52 books - using Amazon Kindle - Whipersync and Audible I will definitely meet that goal ~ I might even double it. Reading is easy and fun using the three services. Reading now fits into my busy lifestyle! Since January 1st, 2015 I have read/listened to 25 books. I  designed a  2015 Book List page where I am listing each book I have read/listened with links to the book. 

I have noticed a trend - Cold Wisconsin Winters make me want to read/listen to  Romance Novels! Hummm...Wonder what that means? I might have to ask my hubby that question!! :) 

I was not compensated in anyway for posting about Amazon Prime - Whipersync or Audible. I posted to let my readers know of a great way to include reading into their lifestyle.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Project 52 ~ Unbalanced

Week 6 - Unbalanced
Each week I take a picture that addresses the meaning of the word. This week the word is unbalanced.

Project 52 hosted 

Half a sink of clean dishes makes the sink unbalanced but at the same time ~ brings much balance to the kitchen.

Who Am I? by Megan Cyrulewski

Megan Cyrulewski is an ordinary person who has faced extraordinary challenges and now wants to inspire people and show them that hope gives them the power to survive anything. Who Am I? is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, visits to the psych ward, divorce, domestic violence, law school, and her courageous struggle to survive with her sanity intact—and how a beautiful little girl emerged from all this chaos.

Available to purchase at....
Barnes and Noble

"This is a tale that will tug at your heart strings and enrage you all at the same time. Written with such detail and sincerity, this story really takes hold of you and doesn’t let go." 
- review from Amazon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For the Love of Books Hop ~ February 12th - 15th

The Perfect Series is about  three friends Maddy, Christine, and Amy. They are friends since college, are thrilled to learn their old suitemate's self-help book, How to Have a Perfect Life, has become a smashing bestseller - until they realize she used them as negative examples of how women let fear mess up their lives. The worst part's sort of true. So, the three friends make a pact: They each have one year to face down their fears - and prove Miss Perfect wrong!
Maddy's journey is Almost Perfect
Christine's journey is Just Perfect 
Amy's journey is Too Perfect
I really enjoyed each book - Almost Perfect was so good I just had to find out what happened to Christine and Amy.

See what the other bloggers have chosen too....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Reggie Box

This Barking Wednesday I want to share a new dog subscription box company I found for Diesel. While visiting the Great Lakes Pet Expo I had the opportunity to meet the owners of Reggie Box. A dog box  subscription company located in Naperville, IL ~ a suburb of Chicago.

I was impressed with Reggie Box because all treats are USA made and all natural. That is a huge deal to me ~ I refuse to buy any treats or food that was made outside the United States.

Check out Diesel's first Reggie Box that arrived today. I am totally pleased.  

The box has a nice collection of toys and natural treats. The Heart Dog Cookie made by D.O.G. Bakery and the Exclusively Carob flavored sandwich cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day. I know Diesel will love the Masked Launcher Bird. A perfect toy to burn off some puppy energy. Plus, there is a red Rascals chew toy and a bag of Scruff's Puffs treats cheddar flavored.

Here is how Reggie Box works. You pick out which size of box fits your dog the best. 
Small Dog ~ 0 - 20 pounds
Medium Dog ~ 20 - 50 pounds
Large Dog ~ 50+ pounds

Then you decide which monthly subscription.
One month - 6 months - 12 months
Super easy!

I love buying dog treats and toys ~ often my life gets busy and I fail to stop and pick up something special. Reggie Box is a great way for me to make sure Diesel has healthy treats and quality toys to play with. Best part is they are delivered right to our door. 
One of the things I really like about the Reggie Box is that the box introduces me to so many great dog companies. The D.O.G. Bakery is so neat. I never would of know about the bakery if it was not for Reggie Box. The cookies are so darn cute ~ I know I will be buying more cookies for Diesel.

I received no compensation for writing this post - I am sharing Reggie Box because I think it is a great way to try out new dog companies to ensure your dog has the best toys and treats ~ having all that delivered to your door makes life a little easier!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine Classroom & Teacher Gift Ideas

Yesterday morning Dawn and I made a few Valentine items for the kids class party and their teachers.  Caleb & Isa wanted to bring the Valentine Bananas.   Dawn found the idea on Pinterest - Cake Whiz .  Check out our Banana's! So easy - we wrote on our bananas with black & red ink.

Dawn also found the perfect Valentine's for Davey's class - they party with K4 & K5 class. Sweet CS Designs had the cutest download. Our cards are a little different ~We used only black ink to print the cards and leftover yarn to tie on the dinosaurs. Dawn found 101 count dinosaurs container at Wal-Mart for $5.00. Lots of left over dino's for Davey to play with.

For the teachers gifts we made cards attached to Scentsy Wax.  The saying is our own. It took us a while but we totally came up with the saying ourselves. 

Banana's cost $5.00 for two classrooms
Dina Cards - $5.00 + printer ink ~ card stock paper ~ yarn
Teachers Gift ~ $5.00 wax + card stock and ribbon

Everything Valentine's Day Fun  Pinterest Board

Monday, February 9, 2015

Project 52 ~ Morning

My back yard view of the morning sky

Project 52 ~ each week I will post one pic that represents the topic of the week.

If you would like to join me and others doing the Project 52 Photo Project ~ click  HERE

Week #5 pic is 

Oatmeal Monday is Today!!!

Today is Oatmeal Monday!
To celebrate I wanted to share with everyone my 
Steel Cut Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe