Friday, July 31, 2015

Ripped Away by Wendy Miller

Laurel Bailey is a great detective. Her personal life isn't so great: she's dealing with her ex-husband who still wants her back, and trying to figure out what kind of relationship she wants with her new boyfriend, family law lawyer Alex Parrish. When a distraught father rushes into the police station to report his infant daughter missing, Laurel is eager to investigate. Alex is pushing for a commitment, and she uses the investigation as an excuse to avoid him. But her investigation ends up leading her straight to him: as more kids go missing, he's the only connection. When Alex is arrested, Laurel is determined to prove his innocence. She risks her career, and her own freedom, to dig into his life and his past. But the things she finds may not clear his name. Has Laurel risked everything for a man who didn't deserve it? Or can she and Alex find the proof they need to establish his innocence?

I found Ripped Away to be a very good suspense romance novel.  There are many intriguing twist and turns in the book. I found myself wanting more and more. Who What When and Where were always on my mind while reading Ripped Away. I would love to see this book turn into a series of suspense romance stories.

I highly recommend the Ripped Away.

Great Job Wendy ~ I really liked your book! Wendy is a fellow blogger ~ I have purchased all of her books from Amazon and I am looking forward to reading her next book The Secrets He Kept.

Wendy Miller is the author of romance and romantic suspense novels. She began writing as a child, and with the encouragement of her grandmother, as well as other family and friends, she eventually independently published her first novel, Tangled Deceit. She is often working on more than one project at a time, because her brain refuses to focus on only one. 

Wendy is also a single mother of two sons, both of whom have ADHD. She homeschools both of them, as it allows them to be educated without being medicated. 

When she isn't teaching her sons, researching or writing on her latest project(s), she enjoys reading, watching television and movies, listening to a huge variety of music, swimming, camping, and even fishing now and then (though she does not bait her own hook or remove her catch from the hook. Why do you think she had sons?). 

You can learn more about Wendy on her website, She also loves to hear from her readers, and you can email her through her website or at

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#Barking Wednesday ~ Foods that are harmful to your Dog

BlogPaws has dedicated the month of July to Pet Safety. 

This week on Barking Wednesday I want to talk about FOODS that are harmful to your dogs health.

So often we give our pups a taste of what we are eating. My hubby and I know we should not do this - but we do.  We make sure that we never give Diesel any of the following food items. It is scary how dangerous some of these foods can be to Diesel. 

Here is a listing of the top dangerous foods for your dog.  
Sugar Free Chewing Gum
Grapes ~ Raisins ~ Currants
Caffeine - Coffee ~ Tea
Fatty meat scraps
Onions ~ Garlic ~ Chives
Macadamia Nuts
 Unbaked yeast bread dough
 Table Salt

I found a very good video on YouTube that discusses the kitchen dangers for dogs.
  • If at any time your dog does digest any of these food items - contact your dogs vet immediately.

Monday, July 27, 2015

#Sky Trail Wisconsin ~ Great Family FUN!!!!

This past Thursday I spent the day at the Milwaukee Zoo with my grandchildren and daughter. We had a blast.  The first  thing on our agenda was Sky Trail Wisconsin.  Sky Trail Wisconsin is located just south of the penguins - right when you enter the zoo. You can not miss it!  

Sky Trail Wisconsin is a two level adventure rope course  and a CTS Zip Line. What is so nice is that they also have a adventure rope course specifically for kids under 48" tall.

Sky Trail was perfect for our bunch!  Caleb (14 years old) headed to the adventure ropes to beat Isa (11 years old) to the top. Isa decided to not race Caleb and could hardly wait to Zip Line across the zoo.  She had a blast. I am positive there will be more Zip Lining in her future.

Davey (6 years old) started on the smaller rope course - being jealous of his sister and brother he wanted to go on the big adventure course. Davey was tall enough that he could go with a Dawn suited up and off they went.

I was very impressed with the safety precautions. The staff were very friendly and made sure all children were aware of the rules and had their safety gear on correctly. The staff taking their time ensuring the kids were safe was very important to us.

The kids had a blast at Sky Trail Wisconsin. When they were finished we started our adventure at the zoo. We had so much fun...a perfect day! I have to admit that by the end of the day my feet were exhausted.  I think the kid's feet were also feeling the joys of a great day! 

They say pictures are worth a 1000 goes...check out the kids and the fun they had at Sky Trail Wisconsin!

Sky Trail Wisconsin is definitely a fun activity while visiting the zoo.  Sky Trail Wisconsin was able to keep the attention of three very different children at very different ages...14 ~ 11 ~ 6. Each of them had a fantastic time climbing and zipping. 

I highly recommend Sky Trail Wisconsin as a great way to spend some Family Fun Time this summer!

Test your climbing and zipping skills .. then venture to check out the Milwaukee Zoo!  


Check out 
Sky Trail Wisconsin 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Know what is in your pets food ~ Read Labels

This week on Barking Wednesday I want to discuss Pet Safety.

To help spread safety tips ~ Blog Paws has designated July as Pet Safety Month. As a member of Blog Paws I want to share a Safety Topic each Barking Wednesday in July.

This week I want to talk about being safe when you buy dog food and treats for your dogs.  

The two key things to remember when buying dog food and treats is:
#2 READ where the items were MADE

It is important to know what each ingredient is - research the ingredients. You will be shocked what some ingredients really are.   I also want Made in the USA. 

NO CHINA treats or extra careful if the treats and food are super cheap, there might be a reason. Make sure to check the labels.

I realize with the recent Blue Buffalo scandal that sometimes companies are not as truthful as they should be.  That I think is so sad - we trust companies to be honest on their labels - sad when they are not. Especially when a company knows the truth but fails to warn the buying public.

I respect companies that announce a public recall of a product. Announcing a recall I feel tells a lot about a company. A company that cares for animals should care enough to warn the public and make it right. I hope that each recall addresses a quality assurance step that should and is put into place to prevent a similar issue in the future.

Reference Links to learn more about Pet Food FDA Guidelines . Check out a great article from Natural News concerning Pet Food Regulations


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Famous People I have Met

A fun group called Bodacious Bloggers have gotten together and we are posting a topic post each month...this month's topic is..........

Here story about the famous people I met..... 
Travel back in time 26 years ago on July 18th, 1989 to a small resort town in Southeast Wisconsin. Hubby and I decided to take a Date Night and stay all night at the Hilton Inn in Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva is a resort town located about 10 miles west of us.  It is a FUN place to stay, eat, and bar hop.  After I had a few too many wines we started our journey back to our room at the Hilton.

The Hilton was located on the shores of Lake Geneva - beautiful location. Once inside we decided why not stop at the bar for one more drink. The bar was almost empty so we walked in and sat down at the bar -  my hubby ordered himself a beer and for me a coffee. Instantly my hubby stated talking to a group of guys that were sitting on the far end of the bar. They were talking fishing. Since my hubby loved to fish and he fished often especially Lake Geneva he was in 7th heaven telling fish stories.

2 am came around and the bartender asked us and the seven guys if we would like to stay after closing. We were the only people in the bar. Right after the bar closed the bartender brought in a cheese & sausage plate, veggie tray and fresh fruit. I can still remember thinking gosh that is odd. First time that has ever happened to us.

At about 3:30 am one of the guys said to us "This is so refreshing to talk to you guys. You have not asked us once for anything."  Now mind you I drank so much wine I had been drinking coffee since 1 am - I was getting sober.   I looked at him and said "Why" "Who are you?"  He laughed and said we are the Grateful Dead Band.  Right away my hubby and I looked at each other.....sure enough they were!  We were fans!!  We all laughed and then proceeded to go back to telling fish, camping, Harley and Jeep stories. 

We finally left the bar after 7 am - thank goodness for late checkout. The bartender kindly went to the registration desk and approved us a very late checkout. 

A night we have never forgotten! We laugh and still tell the story about us and the Grateful Dead in the Hilton Bar on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Just so happens the Grateful Dead were playing at Alpine Valley about 20 miles northeast of Lake Geneva - they were playing for three days - we enjoyed their company on night two of their stay in Wisconsin. 

 Check out What Famous People they Have Met ...

Debras Random Rambles: I've met Steven King!

Raising 3 Savvy Ladies: Fab Moments Meeting the Famous

Made by Meggs: Famous People I’ve Met

The Pen & The Needle: I saw Tye Tribbett!! 

Visualize Authenticity:  My Encounter with Hollywood

Life With Joanne: Famous People Who Have Had The Pleasure of Meeting Me!


Check out our themed post from 
May ~ Our Home 

June ~ A Look Back 10 Years

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Barking Wednesday ~ Bad Mix ... Hot Temperatures, Dogs & Cars

This week on Barking Wednesday I want to discuss Pet Safety.

To help spread safety tips ~ Blog Paws has designated July as Pet Safety MonthAs a member of Blog Paws I want to share a Safety Topic each Barking Wednesday in July.

Importance of not leaving your pet in your car during hot days.

Did you know the reason WHY you 
car heats up so fast?
The reason your car gets so hot so fast is shortwave energy enters your car through the windows. In your car the longwave energy cannot escape. 
On a 85 degree day after 1 Hour your car's inside temperature is 140 degrees. 
On a 100 degree day after 5 minutes closed up the inside of your car is 138 degrees - 15 minutes the car is 150 degrees.

I found a excellent article that explains why and what happens to 
a pet left in a hot car. 
BlogPaws has a excellent article on 

Legal Ways to Save Pets Left in Hot Cars

Be Safe 
Do Not Leave Your Dog in Your Car when it is HOT Outside

Friday, July 10, 2015


Are you frustrated with your current health condition? Have you been unable to get satisfactory answers? Do you wonder if there are solutions to your health problems that
you might not be aware of?
After conquering a chronic pain condition that stymied the medical establishment and left her struggling to remain active for 13 years, Carole Staveley regained her life and achieve something beyond her wildest dreams: an IRONMAN® triathlon. Recognizing the years of unnecessary suffering in her own life, Carole’s mission today is to maximize your chances of overcoming perceived health barriers in the shortest possible time.
This book will help you achieve new levels of wellness by helping you:

Develop the mindset that empowers you to search for solutions and persevere through the ups and downs of your health improvement journey.
Effectively build a health “team” of problem solvers eager to help you achieve your health goals.
Identify, implement and evaluate various approaches that can contribute to improving your condition.
Keep your healthy vision alive, no matter the challenges you face.

I found Conquer You Pain in 9 Steps to be very helpful in understanding the need to overcome pain. I feel Carole's approach gives the power of control back to the person and takes away the power of pain.
I have severe arthritis and have for years. I totally understand the need to focus and plan. I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with pain. This book is a wonderful tool to help improve your mindset. 

Carole Staveley refers to herself as a "possibility seeker," focused on helping others reach their physical potential. She tells her personal story of a determined and passionate drive to discover the health champion within: her journey from chronic pain to completing an Ironman triathlon. 

Carole wants to inspire others to find their path from frustration, disappointment and despair to physical breakthrough. She believes that the way to a fulfilled life involves being accountable to yourself and never giving up on finding the solutions to your personal challenges. With that in mind, she wrote "Not Lying Down: How I Conquered Years of Pain to Triumph at the Finish Line." 
Leaving behind a successful 20 year career in the pharmaceutical industry, Carole recently founded Inner Victory Coaching, providing self-help publications, life coaching services for groups and individuals, and motivational speaking. Carole lives in the Toronto area with her husband and 2 children.

Q&A Carole Staveley. Author of Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps.

Q: What inspired you to write Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps?

A: The book was inspired by my personal journey of transforming myself into a Health Champion to find the solutions to the chronic pain disorder that debilitated me for 13 years. I chronicled the journey in my first self-published book, Not Lying Down. I closed that first book with an outline of the 9 steps required to become your own Health Champion and achieve your full potential. When Not Lying Down came to the attention of Influence Publishing, they encouraged me to develop those 9 steps into a self-help guide to help others conquer whatever health challenges they might be facing. The result is Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, published by Influence Publishing.

Q: If you could go back in time, where would you go?

A: I often think about going back to 1996 when the chronic pain nightmare began. What if I had proactively followed my 9-step approach to becoming my own Health Champion? I could have gone back to living my life in a matter of months. However, I always remind myself that without the struggle of those 13 years, I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have attempted an IRONMAN – one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life! And because of that, there’s no need to go back in time. I am probably the healthiest and most content I’ve ever been with myself as I approach my 50th birthday.

Q: If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?

A: 1. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
2. Open by Andre Agassi
3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Q: What has been your most important life lesson to date?

A: At the completion of my IRONMAN race, I realized just how our minds get in the way of our achievement. Our potential is so much greater than what we believe we can achieve. When I dared to have the thought of participating in an IRONMAN, my logical brain (the self-preserving one) quickly jumped in with “there’s no way you can do that. Your body’s not strong enough.” Luckily, I didn’t listen and was able to prove to myself that those thoughts are simply self-imposed limitations intended to preserve our energy. When self-preservation hinged on out-running or beating down large predators, it made sense. Today, we must learn to suppress those self-limiting thoughts in order to experience self-fulfillment.
Q: In your book, you imply that everyone can improve their current health state. Do you really believe that, or are there some people whose condition cannot be improved?

A: I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what your current situation, if you apply the 9 Steps to Becoming Your Own Health Champion, you will identify ways in which you can improve your quality of life. I’m not necessarily saying you’ll find a cure, but I know you can feel better and achieve more in your life.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pet Safety Month ~ Dog Food Recall Information

This week on Barking Wednesday I want to discuss Pet Safety.

To help spread safety tips ~ Blog Paws has designated July as Pet Safety Month. As a member of Blog Paws I want to share a Safety Topic each Barking Wednesday in July.

Every time I turn on the news I hear about some kind of recall. Since I watch very little TV ~ I need to rely on a safe way to ensure that Diesel is not eating any food that has been recalled.

One of the best ways to ensure that you know about all Dog Food Recalls is to sign up for DOG FOOD ADVISOR

Sign Up HERE to get your Dog Food Recall Information sent to your email address.

Here is the latest email I received from Dog Food Advisor. 
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Because you signed up on our website and asked to be notified, I'm sending you this special recall alert. 
On July 7, 2015, Carnivore Meat Company of Green Bay, Wisconsin, announced it is voluntarily recalling two batches of its Vital Essentials raw frozen dog food due to possible contamination with Listeria bacteria.
Listeria is not only dangerous to dogs, it can be deadly to small children, the elderly and those with autoimmune disorders.
The affected products were distributed in 12 U.S. states.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:
Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.
Mike Sagman, Editor
The Dog Food Advisor
P.S. Not already on our dog food recall notification list yet? Sign up to get critical dog food recall alerts sent to you by email. There's no cost for this service.
Dog Food Advisor is a fantastic easy way 
to ensure that you know the 
most current details on all Dog Food Recalls.

Be Safe!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Gorillas in our Midst by Richard Fairgray

Gorillas can be hard to spot, because they are masters of disguise and really good at hiding. Gorillas often have jobs where they get to wear masks—that’s why so many gorillas are surgeons, astronauts, scuba divers, and ninjas. There are adult gorillas and kid gorillas. There are even gorillas that go to school with you. You may think you’ve seen a gorilla swinging by before, but it’s much more likely that he was an orangutan—orangutans are terrible at hiding. You will know when there are lots of gorillas living in your midst because the grocery stores will be entirely out of bananas. In fact, you should always carry a banana with you, because you never know when there might be a gorilla around.
Gorillas in Our Midst is all silliness and fun, and is destined to become a new favorite. Comic artist Richard Fairgray’s illustrations are filled with wonderful details for kids to discover with each read. Kids will love spotting the gorillas on each page and are sure to laugh out loud at the gorillas’ many disguises. And, of course, a story like this can’t end without a surprising twist!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Discover Wisconsin Dells

Discover the world's oddities at Ripley's Believe It or Not in the Wisconsin Dells. Featuring three floors with 11 amazing galleries, you will experience puzzling illusions as you
examine the large eclectic collection of odd and interesting things you will never see
anywhere else. Become an explorer and survive the curse of King Tut as you travel the dark cavernous tunnels of his Egyptian temple. Continue your exploration and unveil objects hidden throughout the museum and decide for yourself if you Believe it or Not!

Wizard Quest is the cutting edge fusion of a story driven computer game and a 13,000 square foot magical wonderland. It is packed with secret passageways, physical obstacles, endearing illusions and over the top artistry. 

Downtown Dells Discovery Pass - Buy our Dells Downtown Discovery Pass 
online where you can save more than 
half off the admission of your second attraction!

Barking Wednesday - Importance of Micro-Chipping your Dog

This Barking Wednesday I want to discuss Micro-chipping your dog.  A friend of mine that is the owner of Wildly Aware sent me this heartfelt story. 

According to the American Humane Association, almost 10 million pets get lost or stolen every single year. Of those that do find their way to animal shelters, only 22 percent are ever reunited with their families. Dora’s story is the exception, and it’s all thanks to her microchip that allowed her rescuers to locate her family.

The fee to have your dog micro-chipped is a one time fee that ranges between $25 - $75. As you can see the cost is well worth the peace of mind if your dog gets lost.  For more information about micro-chipping your dog - please contact your veterinarian.