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 YearsAuthor:   Susan SperanzaISBN:    978-0944657010Publisher:   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...]

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...]

Duct Tape Crafts: Tape It & Make It Book Review

When my children were little, they were always very into arts and crafts projects.  Now that my daughter is almost 11 her love of creativity has inspired her to take up duct tape crafts.  If you are not familiar with the duct tape crafts craze, there are actually a TON of things you can make with duct tape!  My son made a duct tape wallet that is actually quite sturdy and one of my daughter's favorite duct tape crafts is creating flowers that sit on top of pencils.  The kids even made duct tape flip flops last summer!  So, if you want to … [Read more...]

Gifts for Coffee Lovers: How about a Craft Coffee Subscription and 10% off code?

My husband and I are huge coffee drinkers and there is such a huge difference between GOOD coffee and not so good coffee!  In my opinion, if you are going to drink cheap coffee you might as well just not bother with it at all.  When my family asks what I want for Christmas I usually suggest things like expensive, whole bean coffee, artisan mugs, chocolate covered coffee beans and other gifts for coffee lovers.  We like practical gifts that will be used up and not create clutter so coffee is a great gift idea for us.  If you have a coffee lover … [Read more...]