Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blogging for Books Review

I recently stumbled on a program called Blogging For Books.  I thought, I blog, I love books, I should check this out! And I'm glad I did.  You create an account on their website, answer a few questions and then you pick a book out of their selection and they will send it to you for free. All they ask is that you blog about it and leave a review on their website! If you love to read, please do this!

I received the book The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver.

From Goodreads:
Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. 
Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. Marlene tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa’s sentence, and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa is unwilling to trade: her story.
      Marlene desperately wants Noa to reveal the events that led to her daughter’s death – events that Noa has never shared with a soul. With death looming, Marlene believes that Noa may finally give her the answers she needs, though Noa is far from convinced that Marlene deserves the salvation she alone can deliver. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human in this haunting tale of love, anguish, and deception.

I saw some mixed reviews on this book so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I seriously loved it! I was really into it and was constantly trying to find out if Noa was innocent or actually guilty.  The author did a great job peeling off the layers of the story to find out exactly what happened between Noa and Sarah.  I love books that really show the dark side of people and this book does exactly that. 

I'm a pretty firm believer in Capital Punishment for murder but at the same time, I hate to think that people that might actually be innocent, could be on Death Row.  This book really made me think though.  I would like to elaborate more on that, but you really need to read the book and then we can discuss this. :)  

I would say if you liked Gone Girl, you will like this. And just so you know, I loved Gone Girl, even the ending!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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I was so excited to find out I was receiving the TLC Vox Box from Influenster. I have received other products from Influenster but it was always just 1 item from a brand. This box contained several items. This box is for the Moms of Influenster Nation.

First up is the Neosporin Neo To Go which retails for $4.97 to $7.50.
It's a no touch, no sting spray that you can use 1 handed while you are on the go! I have actually bought this for my purse before and I love it. Believe me, with kids, you need this. Izzie has gained only 50 scars so far this summer and Neo To Go is great for her! I never realized how clumsy and tomboyish she is!

Breyer's Gelato Indulgences: $4.49-$5.99
I had never heard of this until I received a coupon in my box. There are 4 varieties: Vanilla Caramel, (which I picked) Raspberry Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Triple Chocolate. They advertise that there is a trio of textures - creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings.

Ivory Bar Soap: $3.99 for a 10-pack
I don't know about you all, but I don't use bar soap anymore, but this is a great soap for mothers to use on their kids.  It is 99.44% pure, clean and simple.  It contains no dyes or heavy perfumes.

Avon ANEW Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother: $30
This is a translucent balm that is supposed to blur the look of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes instantly.  This is another product I have never heard of it, but boy was I glad to see this! I have some wrinkles going on in my forehead (I blame my kids!) so I was thrilled to try this out.  All you do is use your fingers to gently pat on over moisturizer or even over your makeup! And right now if you visit AVON.com you can receive 15% off your Anew purchase of $50 or more with the code ANEW15.

Puffs To Go: $.49 per single pack
Of course I love these little packs too! I was glad to have one in my purse when I went to see The Fault in our Stars!! As any mother, heck as any female knows, tissues are always great to have on hand! (Does anyone else call all tissues kleenex, or just me?)

Last in the box was the Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card.
I have heard of this before, but sadly we don't have any Shell fuel stations in our town. The closest one is about 30 minutes away and I usually fill up before I go there.  If you have a Shell station nearby you should check this out. It's a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel. I'm sure EVERYONE wants to save money on gas! You can also earn 10 cents per gallon for every $50 you spend when you go out to eat. More than 10,000 restaurants participate. You only have to link up your credit or debit card with your Rewards card. There's also an online mall with more than 700 brand name merchants that over 5 cents/gallon for every $50. Some even offer 2x, 5x or 10x the rewards or more.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Finish this sentence.....

Today I am linking up with FaithAllie and Juliette!

They have been doing Blog Everyday in July and so I thought I would join in the fun today!

They have come up with some sentences and so I'm going to finish them.

"When I open the fridge, I always hope I find..."
I guess I'm going to go with cheese. That seems to be what I enjoy snacking on lately.  Unless I have a craving for a candy bar, then it better be in there when I go to find it!!  

"My favorite article of clothing is..."
anything non-restricting. When I get home from work, the bra comes off and I go straight into a tshirt and some yoga pants or gym shorts.  If you don't make plans with me before I change, too bad. I'm not leaving.

"Last week I was really pissed when..."
my car started running like crap. When does it ever end. There is ALWAYS something broken and needing fixed or replaced.

"One thing nobody understands about me is..."
my sense of humor.  I mean, I think some people get it some of the time, but I might be too sarcastic a lot of the time.

"One thing I don't understand is..."
how people can be so stupid. Seriously! I get asked the stupidest questions at work all the time. I think a lot of people are just too lazy to figure things out for themselves too.

"The world would be a better place if..."
everyone could just get along. And if people would pull their heads out of their asses. 

"If I had a million dollars, I'd..."
buy Tim and I new vehicles, fix up my house and sell it and then build a new house with a kitchen that has room for me to cook in. I would also do some traveling and put money away for my kids.

"If I knew I'd die next week, this week I'd...."
spend as much time with my family as I could and let everyone know how I felt about them. 

"If I could change one thing about myself, it would be..."
my stomach fat. It really needs to go. And then I guess I would change my drive to workout. I have none.

"Something that can always make me happy is..."
books. And rock music.

"Something I'll never blog about is..."
hmmm, there are a few things, but obviously I'm not going to blog about them. Ha! I've been toying with the idea of making a new blog so I can get rid of a couple of readers that I don't wish to know everything in my life.  That's a lot of work though.  

"If I could go anywhere I would go... Because..."
to Europe. I would love to travel everywhere over there.  I think we have some Spanish and maybe French heritage in us and I have always just felt drawn to travel there. Maybe someday.

"If I were an animal I would be a ..."
a lion. I love lions and they are pretty lazy.....like me. :)

"A job I've always wanted is..."
to teach.  Call me crazy but yeah. Or a librarian. Since I love books, that's just obvious.

"My idea of a perfect day is..."
not too hot, definitely not cold. Perfect for sitting outside reading and watching my kids play and get along. It would be absolutely perfect if they got along all day with no fighting and no tattling.

That was fun! I hope you all decide to link up too and  check out their prompt list for the rest of the month. Have a great day! (I know, it's Monday....bah)


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Finally.....an update.

February 26th is the last time I really posted anything besides a link-up. If you don't remember, it was about Mojo and you can find it here.  We ended up having to put her to sleep.  I am still so terribly upset about it.  I constantly think about her and miss her terribly.  March 6th was mine and Tim's 6th Anniversary and we took her in that night. She was just so incredibly skinny and the biopsy showed that she was full of cancer and it was spreading fast.  We would have liked to have had that last night with her but the 7th was Kahle's 11th birthday and we just couldn't let him have that memory on his birthday.  It was really tough and really sad, but it was for the best.  Izzie still constantly talks about Mo and gets sad and wants her back. :(

To make things easier on the kids, we ended up getting a new puppy! I'm still not sure I am ready for this all over again, but she's starting to grow on me!

Her name is Halia (Ha-lee-uh) and her name is Hawaiian and means "remembrance of a loved one."  Don't let this sweet picture fool you though. She is a ball of energy and very naughty! She's 4 months old and already about 24 pounds! That is crazy when I think about Mojo who would have turned 8 in August and she only weighed about 45 pounds! Halia loves to terrorize Mya and Finnegan.  And sometimes Finnegan enjoys playing with her but mostly he just growls and chases her.  

As you can see, she spends most of her time on Mya!

She's such a goofy dog! And I love her floppy pittie lips!! :)

In other news, Izzie had her ballet recital and she did so good!!

She didn't always dance in practice, but when she got out on stage, she knew what she was doing and I was so proud of her!! She's also done with preschool for the year and excited to do her last year of preschool next year.

Kahle had his final band concert and is doing such a great job with the saxophone! I am so impressed by how talented he is! He wasn't sure he was going to keep going, but his Dad wants him too and honestly, he's so good, I want him too also. I loved band when I was in school and I hope he enjoys it too. He will be starting 6th grade in the fall and will be in middle school!! I just can't believe it! He had his field day yesterday and also his first baseball game.  He was pretty bummed he really didn't get to play and I'm hoping the rest of the season he will get to. It was so cold last night though! Mom and I were cuddled under blankets and I was fantasizing about some hot chocolate! It's the middle of May and we were watching baseball!! There should be no blankets and no hot chocolate. Come on Nebraska and get it together!

For some more exciting news........Kahle and I leave for Florida on the 28th!! My Mom was going to just take Kahle because I have a cousin graduating but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to go too! Plus, it will be my first time flying and seeing the ocean. This poor Nebraska girl doesn't get out much!  Sadly, Tim and Izzie will be staying home but I think it will be great for Kahle and I to have that time to spend together. :)

I also got the best news ever from the best friend ever.....

SHE GOT US TICKETS TO BACKSTREET BOYS!!  I am beyond thrilled!! Thanks Andrea, I can't wait!!

Well, I think that's all the updating I need to do for now.  I need to start taking more pictures. I don't even have any of Kahle besides a couple from field day, and it's just a side view. I plan on taking tons in Florida though.  I hope everyone has a great weekend. I know I plan on catching up on some sleep!!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Social

It's been quite awhile since I last linked-up, link-upped, participated in Sunday Social so here I am!

                                               Sunday Social

Ok, you're right, it's been a long time since I last blogged. Period. Anyways, here are this week's questions and my answers.

1. Who do you call when you need to vent?
I call these 2 people.

My Mom and my sister Alli. I tell them both everything but not everything to both. :)

2. Where do you go when you need alone time?
Alone time? What's that? I never get truly alone time, but if I need a break, I will ask Tim to watch the kids for me and I go to my room.  He's pretty good about keeping the kids occupied so I can have a moment or an hour. :) Whichever is needed.

3. What is your favorite alone time activity?
READING!! Sorry for yelling, but I can not get enough reading.  Or napping. I do enjoy a good nap every now and then.

4. What is something we should all stop and read right now?
I loved this book!! It's definitely a must read!

5. Who do you wish would read your blog that doesn’t already? Family? Celeb?
Hmm, I don't really know. I guess I wish more people that I don't know would read it and I wish a few people that I DO know, would stop reading. Ha!

Well that's all for now. I really need to do a catch-up post still, but we have back to back dance recitals today that I have to get through first! I hope to have another post tomorrow though!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What I wish I could do....

Hi everyone! It's been awhile since I've blogged and I have a little catching up to do but I decided to participate in the April Blog Challenge hosted by Karissa from A Fresh Start on a Budget.

Today's prompt is: What is one talent you wish you have that you don’t?

I guess I have several talents that I wish I had.

Since I want to be a blogger, I wish I had a more creative mind and could come up with topics really easily. I think I can, I just don't usually have enough quiet time at my house to just sit and think.

I wish I could dance. The only time I can really pretend that I can dance is when I've had a few drinks and so has everyone else.  I was in ballet when I was really little for one year and then my dance teacher got pregnant and took time off. We moved to another town and Mom enrolled me in a class locally but the teacher terrified me and I quit.  We now have Izzie in ballet/tap and hip hop.  I guess I have to live vicariously through her. :)

Photography is something else I wish I had one ounce of talent in. I just don't. I can take a fine picture, but never have I taken a photo where I've looked at it and thought, "Wow!" I just don't have that talent. Maybe I need a better camera, but I can't justify spending so much when I just take plain jane pictures.

Is patience a talent? If so, I wish I had some. Haha. But seriously.

I really think some of these things I could really learn if I put my mind to it, but I don't have time or patience. Maybe someday. Is there anything you wish you could do?

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Girl's Best Friend

I have a little bit of a heavy heart tonight and a lot on my mind. My sweet Mojo is sick.

She's been sick for about 3 weeks now. For about the last week, I was thinking she was getting better, but after seeing her today, I am afraid she's not. She was Tim's dog first, but she is my sweetheart now. About 3 weeks ago, she started throwing up a lot. Eventually she became pretty lethargic and stopped eating. All of our dogs usually sleep in whatever room we or actually I am in but Mojo would just go straight to her bed in our room. She would spend all day and night in there and only get up to go outside. We took her in to the vet, and they thought she had this cold/flu thing going around in dogs. She got a couple of pills and some paste to coat the lining of her esophagus and she finally stopped vomiting.  But then, she had really bad diarrhea. After another week and her first meds gone, we took her to see a different vet at our clinic. At this time, her lymph nodes in her neck were majorly swollen.  I took off her collar because it looked like it was rubbing. He took some blood work, and they still haven't really figured out what is going on. He said it looks like lymphoma, except that only her throat nodes are swollen. Her cell count was kind of high, so that looks like an infection but yet, she hasn't ever been running a fever. He prescribed her a couple of different pills and she started eating again and the diarrhea began to thicken. As of today, her nodes are not getting any smaller and the watery diarrhea is back. She has been by my feet all evening and you can just see the sad and tired in her eyes. And in mine. I'm really scared for my furry friend.

I really miss this silly smile!

You can see how skinny she is here. :( 

If you would all keep her in your thoughts and prayers, I know we would all appreciate it over here.

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