Organizing Photos with the Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad App

This post about organizing photos has been sponsored by Shutterfly and Global Influence but all opinions expressed are my own. Back when I was younger I used a regular old camera with the old fashioned canister of film.  I took my film to the drug store to get developed and put 8 million slightly blurry pictures of my friends, family, and random household items into a large photo album.  Organizing photos was relatively simple....just stick them in a book in chronological order.  Along come my children and the advent of the digital camera.  … [Read more...]

Social Good with Johnson & Johnson #SelflessSelfie Photo Donation #JNJ #sponsored

This Social Good post is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and The Motherhood but all opinions expressed are my own. Today is the first day of school for my children.  My son is in 8th grade this year and is starting his third year in middle school.  My daughter, however, is just starting 6th grade and this is her very FIRST day of middle school.  She is nervous about going to a new school, making new friends and having new teachers.  Middle school is not always easy for kids but I am keeping my fingers crossed that things go smoothly.  … [Read more...]

Crushing Book Tour and Excerpt

Clear and beautiful, the night was made for a walk on the beach. I loved the sound of the ocean, and most nights I fell asleep with my balcony doors open. A bit of a breeze blew, but even though it was still winter, it was only a little chilly. We found a small sand dune and sat down to watch the puppy running at the waves and barking. Gage was looking out over the water. He looked relaxed, but I could barely keep my knees from bouncing. I really had to focus to keep myself calm. I breathed deep. “So why didn’t you tell me who you were … [Read more...]

Never Forget Trash Day Again with The Chore Buddy!

This post has been brought to you by The Chore Buddy but all opinions expressed are my own. Picture this:  It is 6:00 AM and I am sitting in my recliner with a much needed cup of coffee just trying to keep my eyes open.  It is dark, quiet, and the children (thankfully) have another hour before they have to get up for school.  The husband left quite some time ago and now it is just me, my iPad and my caffeine.  Then, the shrill sound of the phone breaks the quiet morning peacefulness.  Now the bird is squawking, the kids are waking up and I … [Read more...]

The Guilty Innocent Book Review

The Guilty Innocent is Book 2 in the 'Knights of the Darkness Chronicles'. While I have not read the first book in the series yet, the author give a great intro that gets the reader caught up to what has happened so far. In The Guilty Innocent, Natasha's best friend has been murdered and Darian, one of her very sexy and powerful vampire friends, has been framed for the murder.  It is up to Natasha, Xavier (Darian's boyfriend), and a few of their associates to figure out why and by whom.  Unfortunately, they only have 7 days before Darian goes … [Read more...]

The Tale of Lucia Grandi Guest Review

Title:    The Tale of Lucia Grandi, The Early Years Author:   Susan Speranza ISBN:    978-0944657010 Publisher:   Brook House Press (October 20, 2012) Format/Length:      1136 KB (428 pages)   From the Publisher: When an old woman is asked to recount the story of her life, she tells an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving a warring suburban family during the 1950s and 60s. ​ Written as a memoir, each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle … [Read more...]

Problogger: Blog Your Way to a Six Figure Income (book review)

I have been blogging for several years now but I am always trying to learn, grow, and become better at it.  When I started blogging, I knew that it had the potential to earn me money, I just really wasn't sure how to go about being successful at it.  Thankfully, I had friends and mentors to show me the ropes but when I got the chance to review ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income I was quite excited! I am nowhere NEAR a six figure income, despite my hard work so I was curious to see what the real professionals … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Wine for Your Meal

My husband and I enjoy a glass of wine now and then and while we certainly do not consider ourselves wine snobs we can definitely taste the difference between a $3.00 bottle of wine and a $25.00 bottle.  I have learned over the years that I have definite preferences in terms of the type of wine I enjoy and the food I serve with it plays a big part in how the wine actually tastes.  Food and wine can compliment one another or hinder your ability to enjoy both of them.  Choosing the right wine for your meal is important and there are several … [Read more...]

Jewelry Gifts and Great Deals at Giando Massi

I am a fairly practical sort of girl but I still want to look good and feel great when I am out and about.  I try to find clothing, accessories and jewelry that are high quality and versatile.  That way, they last a long time and can be mixed and matched with a number of different outfits.  A universal little black dress and delicate gold chain can be worn a number of different places.  And a pair of dressy jeans, boots and chunky bracelet look just as good at the grocery store as they do at the pub on a Friday night.  Jewelry gifts are always … [Read more...]

Leather Handbags From Cuore & Pelle Offer Practical Elegance

A purse is one of those things that most girls just can't live without.  Where else would I keep that emergency flashlight, the bag of coupons, my kid's tooth that fell out at the mall or any of the other ten thousand weird things that I apparently need to carry around with me? Oh, I am supposed to keep my compact and makeup in there?  Yeah, not so much! I have too much other stuff in there to worry about girly things like eyeliner!  However, just because the contents of my purse are disgustingly practical, it doesn't mean I want to get stuck … [Read more...]