Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me - Book Review

Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me” written by Ian Morgan Cron, is an amazing written story on the authors life, growing up with an alcoholic father and dealing with the ups and downs that comes with that. Ian was born into a family, who seemed to be well off. He had an English nanny, a loving mom, and siblings. Yet he struggled with his relationship with his dad, who put himself and his drinking before everyone else. He was never really there for him, never got that father son relationship he always dreamed for which lead Ian to search out different lifestyles. He tried to play the “bad boy” role, hoping it would get his dad to notice him…causing him to go downhill from there. He eventually realized the bad boy role didn’t work so he decided to switch it up to being the “good boy”. He strived to be great at everything, but even in that, he realized nothing was working to get his father’s attention. All while finding out his father was in the CIA most of his life. Ian went through a lot of confusing times, trying to fill that void of having a pretty much, nonexistent father.

   There’s a lot of sadness in this book and it was hard for me to get in to at first, but I’m so glad I stuck it out and read the whole thing. Reading this brought back some sad memories of my dad who was also an alcoholic, but it also reminded me that God is and always will be helping me cope through my past too. I loved how Ian ended the book with talking about his own family. He, his wife, their two girls and their boy went swimming at the quarry, which had four different ledges to jump into the water from. Each ledge was higher than the one before; his daughters were both daring and bold like their mom, their son, more scarcely like his father-but he would jump if his dad was always there to catch him. The way Ian described their trips to the quarry and the fun they had…it was really touching. It made me so happy and brought tears to my eyes to read that Ian’s son is getting the love from a father that Ian never got.
This is a very touching book, once you get through the beginning. I am really glad that I read it.

I received this book through Booksneeze in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Here, Home, Hope - Book Review

I received the book "Here, Home, Hope" by Kaira Rouda
from One2One network in exchange for my review.

I read this book in a total of three days, it was such a good read!
Each time I read it, I didn't want to put it down!
The story is about a woman named Kelly who was pretty much beginning her mid life crisis. She was the mother of two teen boys who were off to camp, while she was meandering at home, trying to find a new way to improve her life. She had been a stay at home mom with no career, for the last 15 years and, though her boys were still living with her, she was finding that they weren't needing her as much as they did when they were little, making her feel not so worthy in life anymore. Her two best friends were high end business women that seemed to have their lives all together. So Kelly decided to take life into her own hands and make a change in herself. She began doing T2C ('things to change') sticky notes and hung them in places she looked at the most. She was beginning a whole new life change, in everything around her, including an anorexic teen, a reunion with an old high school friend, friendships and divorces, and so much more, she branched into quite a new life for herself, filled with encouragement and liveliness. Her doing this inspired me to begin doing my own T2C notes. I have areas in my life I would like to change and having a constant reminder on my wall, should help! I can feel relation to Kelly in this book, being that I am a stay at home mom, of a (almost) 4 year old, but beginning to see he doesn't need me like he use to, when he was a baby! lol. And there are areas in my life that seem similar to Kelly's..I just loved this book so much and found it a true inspiration to my life. I recommend this book for sure. It has been the most inspirational fiction I have ever read.

Reading all of the other author's comments on Kaira Rouda's book, I'm in agreement with each one I've read, And as Amy Hatvany, the author of Best Kept Secrets, wrote: “A warm, witty, and engaging debut that had me laughing out loud. Rouda has created a lovable and perceptive heroine who navigates her struggles with honesty and awe-inspiring determination to succeed. A fun and totally satisfying read.”
Totally agree. This book left me wanting more!!

You can check out Kaira Rouda's website HERE, see her FACEBOOK, and TWITTER.

You can even watch a book trailer for her book!

I recommend you to check out her book. You will love it! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mom Central Giveaways

Mom Central has some great giveaways going on! Here's two "feety giveaways"!
First one here is enter to win Puretoes. These interesting looking, but I'm sure very comfortable, footcovers! You can wear them for yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, Dance, even lounging! All you do to enter is comment how you unwind & tell what size you would need. Enter HERE

Another feety giveaway is Children's Pediped footwear!
These shoes range in sizes for 0-7yrs old and they are made with flexibility!
To enter this one, you comment about Pediped and mention why you'd like to win them for your child. Enter HERE

Both contests ends June 2nd.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Speech Bubble Giveaway at Positively Splendid!

A No Biggie Chalkboard Speech Bubble Giveaway is going on at Positively Splendid! These speech bubbles are soo cute and the contest goes until June 1st so go on over and comment for a chance to win one!
All details HERE

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Free Bowling at AMF's Summer Unplugged Program!!

Summer is coming up and the sun is coming out more often! So what fun summer activities do you and your family enjoy doing together? Do you perhaps, like to go bowling?? Would you say your family is competitive or easy going..or maybe a mix of both? :) AMF's Summer program has a great deal going on!! For kids ages 16 and under, you get two free games of bowling, a day. However, it does not include shoe rental but that shouldn't be too much more. AMF's center's are open until 8:00pm, every night of the week and free bowling is going on from May 30-September 6th. If you register, free game coupons are emailed every Sunday, beginning on May 29th! They also have great deals for people ages 17 and older. If you have a child 16 and under registered, then families can pay a one time payment of $27.95 which buys 2 games per day for 4 people, all summer long! It’s called "The AMF Summer 17 Plus Pass". They also have some fun extras which include kid's combo meals for only $2.99, a pin decorating contest for a chance to win a $2500 scholarship prize, competitive sessions, and more!!

So go on over to AMF's Summer Program Site HERE and register to get your child some free bowling fun!!

I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in the post are my own.

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Review on Breve Coffee Creamer

I received a free package from Vocalpoint, which included a coupon, to purchase Breve coffee creamer. The flavor I chose was Vanilla Carmel Cream. It was so tasty and sweet! Made my coffee taste delicious and left me wanting more. I shared it with my mom, who is pretty much a coffee-aholic! lol. She enjoyed it also. It's creamy, and long lasting! I love that you can make other foods using the creamer, so you don't have to use it all for just coffee. Here's a list of recipes you can make using creamer! If you're a coffee drinker, I will definitely recommend this to you. They also have two other flavors: Dark Chocolate Cream and Hazelnut Cream. All so yummy.

This post is made possible by Vocalpoint, in providing me the products to review. All opinions my own. 

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Melissa & Doug Giveaway

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fake Home Pregnancy Test

Do you ever just wanna play a trick on someone? My husband is hard to trick! lol. I found a fake pregnancy test at the Hirons store and decided I'd get it to try and trick my hubby to thinking I was really pregnant! He knows how bad I'd love another..and he just doesn't yet lol...so I tried to maybe mess with his head some haha...sad to say though, it didn't work..He first thought it was someone elses & they accidentally left it at our house lol...then he said "its just a gag gift!!" lol.. he looked worried for a small second..but he said he didn't think I was pregnant haha. So now the day when I actually am again...he's not going to believe me haha.. just great :P

Look What I Won!

I won the cafemom limericks contest So I won a cafemom t shirt :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Free Peta Kids Magazine & Stickers

Peta Kids has a free magazine, included with stickers, and filled with tips on how to save animals, by protecting wildlife and buying cruelty free products.

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Free Comic Book on May 7th

Today is Free Comic book Day for several comic book stores! Check it out here to see where the closest store is to you, to get your free comic book!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Summer Prep Gift Pack Offer

Right@Home is offering a Summer Prep Gift Pack which includes one canister of OFF! Deep Woods® Dry Repellent and one pack of Shout® Wipes, to the first 3,000 people to respond so hurry over & get yours!! HERE