Love Great Science Fiction Novels? Read Micro: A Novel By Michael Crichton

I have been on vacation for the last two weeks and it has been heavenly!  I have had plenty of time for walks, spending time with family, and reading a few great science fiction novels!  Before I left, I picked up an intriguing book by Michael Crichton called Micro: A Novel and it was an amazing story!  I thought I would share a quick review of it with you in case you are looking for some summer reading inspiration! Micro: A Novel By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston Purchase this Michael Crichton Novel on … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Chicken Cookbook Lets You Dominate Dinner in Style!

I am a passionate foodie and have a rather impressive collection of cookbooks on my shelves.  Never have I found one that makes me laugh out loud until I bought 50 Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook.  Seriously, this chicken cookbook is a unique balance of humor and actual food porn that is both sensual and disturbing all at the same time.  Know someone who loves food?  Have a friend who was a little TOO excited about the 50 Shades of Grey movies?  Think your husband will get a kick out of dominating dinner? … [Read more...]

New Book and CD Experience: Dan Random Somewhere Called Now

A few weeks ago, I made a rather startling discovery.  Our neighborhood has been hiding a talented musician and author!  In fact, this is a guy who's house I have visited for oyster roasts and who's kid plays tennis with mine!  How did I not know that Dan Random lived down the street from me? My husband and I were lucky enough to get an invite to his latest book release party and concert for Somewhere Called Now and I thought I would share some information about this great new book and CD experience.  This post contains affiliate links if you … [Read more...]

How to Read to a Child: Tips and Tricks to Get Them Engaged

Have you ever thought about how to read to a child to really get them engaged with a story? When my children were young, I was passionate about reading to them.  Their library of Little Golden Books was out of control and it even included a few of my own favorites from when I was young.  I will never forget the joy that all of us felt as we read 'The Monster at the End of This Book' with furry old Grover.  Or the story of Two Little Kittens with eyes of blue, one was named Twinkle and the other named Boo.  We spent hours every week curled up in … [Read more...]

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 … [Read 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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Spicy Paleo Cookbook Review

I was provided one copy of The Spicy Paleo Cookbook at no charge in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. My 2 month long foray into the world of the Paleo diet was an interesting experience.  I did not find that the diet was right for me personally but I did realize that some really delicious recipes are actually both Paleo AND very delicious!  By definition, Paleo recipes are usually very healthy.  They  include real, whole food ingredients and nothing artificial.  I found that they … [Read more...]

America’s Best Barbecue Cookbook

I received one copy of America's Best Barbecue for the purpose of this review but all opinions expressed are my own.  This post contains affiliate links Barbecue is pretty much a way of life here in the south.  Barbecue is not a is a style of cooking.  You can not have true barbecue ribs if you cooked them in the oven, even if you covered them with barbecue sauce!  As proud owners of a Green Egg ceramic grill, my husband and I grill out a lot!  The patio gets a lot of use all year round but especially during the spring and … [Read more...]