Fusion Anthology Book Blast and Giveaway

Fusion Anthology Book Blast and Giveaway

Authors: Shannon Mayer, Denise Grover Swank, Addison Moore, Shelly Crane, Amy Bartol, Eve Langlais, Stephanie Erickson, Jesi Lea Ryan, JC Andrijeski NEW from HIJINKS INK PUBLISHING….. FUSION: Nine outstanding fantasy stories merged together to create a bestselling reaction. An anthology designed for readers of fantasy . . . Paranormal, urban/contemporary fantasy, science fiction and dystopian fused together in one epic fantasy bundle. Make your way through fire and ice, love, lust and hate as NINE International Bestselling Authors come together to spin their tales of magic and destruction. This is a truly unique bundle that successfully blends all aspects of the Fantasy genre.   Buy on Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Smashwords     "ELEMENTALLY … [Read more...]

Frugal Christmas Centerpiece Idea for Your Holiday Table

Frugal Christmas Centerpiece Idea for Your Holiday Table

I enjoy decorating my house for the holidays but I really don't like to spend a lot of extra money on decorations that will only be used once a year.  My money is much better spent on things other than blow up snowmen or plastic nick knacks. Despite my lack of desire to spend money in the Target holiday isles, I do like having the house decorated for the holidays.  I try to find ways to decorate the house that are inexpensive yet still attractive. I usually go with scented candles, baskets of pine cones and a few Christmas crafts from the kids!  This year I decided to repurpose an old wine bottle and a few trimmings from our Christmas tree to make a pretty Christmas center piece for our holiday table.  If you are aiming for a frugal Christmas yet still want the house to be festive I … [Read more...]

Simple Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Cheddar Bagel Bites

Simple Appetizer Recipe: Cranberry Cheddar Bagel Bites

This appetizer recipe has been sponsored by Cabot but all opinions expressed here are my own. I am inundated with holiday commitments this year but I'm trying hard to stay on top of them.  There are gifts to buy, cards to send, errands to run and parties to attend.  I don't have a lot of free time during the holidays to be making complicated recipes.  On days I am making cookies and candy, I may very well order a pizza to save myself the hassle of cooking.  However, when we have guests over I really feel the need to cook from scratch for them. I hate buying frozen and store bought appetizers and snacks to serve to my guests!  I try to find a happy medium by making homemade snacks and appetizer recipes that don't require a lot of time.  If you keep a few key ingredients in your fridge … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for Teen Girls and Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #HolidayFragrance

Gift Ideas for Teen Girls and Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #HolidayFragrance

This post about gift ideas for teen girls is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.. With Christmas right around the corner, I find myself scrambling for ideas on what to get my daughter this year.  She isn't a little kid any more.  As sad as it sounds, there will be no more Littlest Pet Shops, baby dolls, coloring books or Light Brights under the tree.  I am now the proud mother of teenagers and they are a little bit more difficult to shop for.  If you are trying to decide what to get that teen girl on your gift list this holiday season, here are a few ideas that I came up so far: Gift Ideas for Teen Girls 1.  Fuzzy socks.  Slippers are apparently TOTALLY uncool.  But, feet still get cold, right?  Get your teen girl some fuzzy slippers to keep her toes warm this … [Read more...]

How to Set up a Holiday Wrapping Station #YourHolidayWorkshop

How to Set up a Holiday Wrapping Station #YourHolidayWorkshop

This holiday wrapping post has been sponsored by Office Depot but all opinions are my own. The holidays are a magical yet very busy time of year.  There is baking to do, parties to plan, outfits to shop for and gifts to buy.  With all of the gift buying that is going on this month, I will soon be neck deep in holiday wrapping.  Every year I swear to myself that I am going to get more organized so that my holiday wrapping isn't quite so chaotic.  Usually, the process goes something like this: Buy new holiday wrapping paper since I cannot find the stuff I KNOW I saved from last year. Dig through the  junk draw looking for tape, only to discover that the roll is almost empty. Hunt furiously for scissors in my daughter's room, knowing she used them last for her origami project.  … [Read more...]

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a Heart Healthy Holiday

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a Heart Healthy Holiday

This post about having a heart healthy holiday has been sponsored but all opinions are my own. There is quite a bit of overindulgence going on this month. We overindulge in tasty things like eggnog and cookies.  We overindulge in ham, mashed potatoes and rolls slathered in butter.  And we probably overindulge in even MORE cookies.  I admit, I am all about the food during this time of year.  I tend to eat a lot and not exercise anywhere near enough.  Sound familiar?  Well, this year Santa and Mrs. Claus want to encourage all of us to strive for a slightly more heart healthy holiday! Heart disease in the number one cause of death in the United States.  More than 25 percent of the U.S. population is living with heart disease, and the prevalence of heart attacks increases over the … [Read more...]

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community this Christmas

This post about teaching kids to give back to the community is part of a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Ask your kids what Christmas is all about and most of them will say it is all about Santa, Christmas trees, presents and tasty holiday cookies.  If you are at all religious you will probably get 'the birth of Jesus' as an answer.  But whether you believe in Jesus or just really like candy canes, you should encourage your child to understand that Christmas is about giving.  Giving gifts, giving love, giving hugs...just giving of ourselves to others with no thought to what we will get in return.  It is a hard message to teach children with all of the commercialism surrounding the holiday … [Read more...]

Christmas Giveaway!  Enter to win an HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet!

Christmas Giveaway! Enter to win an HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet!

No need to sit on Santa's lap this year to get that new tablet you have been wanting. Nope, you can either buy an HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet on Amazon or you can enter to win one here... or Both! This is an awesome little tablet, that is sure to make anyone smile this holiday season. Maybe you want to get one for a family member, a friend, or just yourself. Regardless, you can't miss with a gift like this. And, this tablet comes with a free year of 365 Office Personal (value for that is $69.99) Here is just a short list of what this great little tablet has ~ 7-inch Display (1280x800) Intel Atom Z3735F Processor (1.33GHz) 32GB GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory 0.77 pounds Windows 8.1 operating system 1GB memory 32GB storage Intel Atom processor 7 inch … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cocktail Recipe

White Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cocktail Recipe

There are certain things I really love about this time of year.  The crispness of the air, the smell of a fresh pine tree, baking Christmas cookies and socializing with friends are all wonderful things to enjoy in December.  But, sitting down in the evening in front of a roaring fire with a delicious Christmas cocktail is probably the best ending to a chaotic day I could possibly ask for this month!  December is busy and the to do list is long...some nights the best way to unwind from the stress is a drink in front of the fire! I really enjoy seasonal cocktail recipes...a light and fruity daiquiri in the summer is perfect for a hot summer day but come winter I want a cocktail that is going to warm me up, not cool me off!  This Christmas cocktail combines two of my favorite things into … [Read more...]

Teens and Technology:  Negotiating the Holiday Wish List

Teens and Technology: Negotiating the Holiday Wish List

When my children were small, their holiday wish list was relatively easy to handle.  They wanted small things that were fairly inexpensive.  I bought tons of Legos (ok, not THAT cheap!) and art supplies (thankyou, Michaels coupons!) and they were happy as clams come Christmas morning.  But, now I have teenagers and all of a sudden my Christmas budget just isn't going to make a dent in the holiday wish list they have in their heads. The primary desire of my teenagers is to have as much technology as humanly possible to plug themselves into.  Since I am not made of money and technology isn't cheap, we are having to do some real analyzing of our holiday shopping agenda.  If you find yourself in this epic battle of technology wish list vs. budget as well, maybe this post will be … [Read more...]