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...]

Damsel Not Blog Tour and Giveaway

In the days of old, one knight fought to save the maiden he loved – a battle that ended in a bloody promise for the future. In the days of the 21st Century, Izz doesn’t believe in prophecies. A recent widow, she struggles to find the passion that once fueled her life – a passion that is reignited the day a knight in disguise cuts into her life in a flash of swordplay and seductive grins. Izz doesn’t want to love him. The guilt of moving on nearly crushes her, yet she finds herself unable to resist the touch, the feel, the scent of the man who leaves her breathless with just one look. But each day Izz finds herself drawn to Cade, the more danger she finds herself in, for someone believes Izz to be at the center of an ages-old prophecy – and will do anything to stop it. When … [Read more...]

Corruption Book Blast and Giveaway!

Corruption Book Blast and Giveaway!

As a category six wizard in her eighties, Josephine O’Connor has always enjoyed a youthful body due to extremely slow aging but when she discovers she’s become immortal, she must return to the workforce. Soon after starting her investigative work for the police, Josephine discovers a secret organization called the Valituras that has amassed ancient magic and power with single-minded determination. Her new assignment of defeating this agency may prove to be an impossible feat as their members have infiltrated all levels of the government including law enforcement and their advanced wizardry rivals her own.   Josephine realizes she may be in over her head when the Valituras end up casting an immortality curse on her best friend, Helen, by mistake. To further complicate … [Read more...]

Tailgating Essentials for Fall Sports Fans #BBNshops

Tailgating Essentials for Fall Sports Fans #BBNshops

This list of tailgating essentials has been provided by Boombox network but all opinions expressed are my own. This year I am suddenly the mother of a highschooler.  I was well prepared for an early morning bus pickup, a new schedule, and the trials and tribulations of my son making new friends.  What I was NOT prepared for, however, was highschool football.  All of a sudden, now that I have a highschool kid, I am expected to show an interest in highschool football.  I was in the band in highschool and attended every SINGLE highschool football game at my school for many years.  I swore I would have nothing else to do with highschool football ever again but I find myself in the bleachers anyhow while my kids hang around and socialize with their friends.  Lucky me!  So many of my friends … [Read more...]

Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock

Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock

I received a copy of Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock at no charge to facilitate my review but all opinions expressed here are my own. As the mother of incredibly inquisitive teens with the attention span of gnats, we are huge fans of all the Ripleys Believe it or Not books.  They are chock full of amazing photos and unbelievable facts.  It is also laid out so that the book can be read a page or two at a time or just opened up right to the middle and enjoyed in whatever order you want!  The newest Ripleys Believe it or Not book is called Reality Shock and if you have curious kids that need something to keep them busy, this is definitely a great choice! Ripleys Believe it or Not Reality Shock Title: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Subtitle: Reality Shock Author:  Ripley's … [Read more...]

Cotton Fashion Event Announces Celebrity Host Lineup!

Cotton Fashion Event Announces Celebrity Host Lineup!

This post about Cotton's Fashion Event has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. When you think fashion, what immediately comes to mind?  High heals?  Huge price tags?  Maybe a few outfits that really shouldn't be worn to pick up the kids from preschool?  Fashion means different things to different people.  Quite often, fashion means silk, leather, lace and a whole lot of bling.  But, have you ever considered the idea that COTTON can be fashionable?  Simple cotton....it makes up a huge portion of our every daily wardrobe and yet can also be part of a very fashionable look! Cotton is fashion made simple! Cotton Incorporated is all about the use of and desire for all things cotton. It's in the clothes, sheets and towels we buy every single day. It is the fabric … [Read more...]

A One Direction Concert Wrapup from a Middle Aged Mom’s Perspective

A One Direction Concert Wrapup from a Middle Aged Mom’s Perspective

Last night, I took my daughter to see One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer play here in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.  The tickets were a gift that her grandparents bought her for Christmas almost a year ago,  It's a bit crazy in my mind that we need to buy tickets for things like that quite so far in advance but given how hot both of these bands are right now, I am not surprised they sold out.  She has been looking forward to the One Direction concert for 10 months....needless to say, the excitement of the night was fairly intense for us, along with thousands of other teenage girls in the Atlanta area.  I did not get free tickets, paraphernalia, back stage passes or any other perks to attend this One Direction concert.  Not that I didn't try, of course...but apparently One Direction … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Salads and More

Mason Jar Salads and More

I was provided one copy of Mason Jar Salads and More to review at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  I have quite a collection of mason jars floating around my house.  I use them for drinks, storing grains, and a dozen other things around the house.  I have not, however, tried to make  mason jar salads yet.  It has been on my 'to do' list for a while.  Convenient, healthy, and easily portable sounds like a great idea for the husband's lunch box every once in a while.  If you are interested in making mason jar salads, this cookbook is just the thing for you! Mason Jar Salads and More Title: Mason Jar Salads and More Subtitle: : 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go Author:  Julia Mirabella Publisher: Ulysses … [Read more...]

Wounded Excerpt and Amazon Giveaway

Wounded Excerpt and Amazon Giveaway

​​ "My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker." When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. The clock is ticking and I can feel the weight of the final battle with the demon hordes looming over my head. The puzzle pieces are becoming clearer, but the casualty list is growing. And with each name that is added to those we've lost, my confidence cracks a little more. Yet there is hope. A child saved. A life lost. A prophecy fulfilled. Buy on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords All of the books in The Rylee Adamson Novels series will be on sale from September 9-15th at $0.99 down from $3.99 regular price.   EXCERPT FROM WOUNDED: “You don’t think … [Read more...]

I’m Still Here Book Review and Giveaway

I’m Still Here Book Review and Giveaway

It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary. Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted. Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes. Put I'm Still Here on your TBR list! Buy on … [Read more...]