The Samantha Clark Mysteries by Kathryne Arnold {Book Review}

The Resurrection of Hannah

"The Resurrection of Hannah is the story of a woman whose path is forever altered, her first tentative step leading to an astonishing life journey. As the story develops, Samantha is torn between the polarities of everyday existence ―between present and past, love and fear, hope and despair—finding herself unable to exist in two very different worlds, she must go full circle to find her way home. The Resurrection of Hannah was inspired by true events, the first in what I believe is a unique … [Read more...]

Rock the Lunchbox This School Year

Rock the Lunchbox this School Year #ad

My kids love bringing lunch from home during the school week, but sometimes, our creativity sputters out and we get boring lunches. I am so excited this year to try and Rock the Lunchbox! We were gifted this awesome laptop lunch box (that came with all those awesome containers with lids that fit neatly inside), metal container, reusable sandwich bag, and the Rock the Lunchbox bag. We loved it all so much, I had to purchase one for everyone in the family! I had all three of … [Read more...]

Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus and David Gordon {Children’s Book Review}

Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus and David Gordon {Children's Book Review}

Genre: Children Pages: 40 Rating: 5 out of 5 Here's a tale of a boy and his robotic best (canine) friend. When Scoot the Cat comes on the scene, Motor Dog does what any normal dog would do: gives chase! Our boy Flip does everything he can to call him off, but no commands-verbal or electronic-can stop his new dog. When Flip runs after his malfunctioning pet, things go haywire! Will Motor Dog come through when Flip's in danger? Merging Kurt Cyrus' dynamic poetry with David Gordon's stellar art … [Read more...]

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday


Baby Girl likes to copy just about everything she sees and hears (she is 18 months now). If I do it, she does it. If she sees it on TV, she does it. Tonight, while watching our recorded episode of Dancing With the Stars, she was dancing in the living room and then walked up to her daddy, grabbed him by the hand and tugged on him. I knew what she wanted. She wanted to dance with daddy while Smokey Robinson and Aloe Blacc sang 'My Girl' on the television. … [Read more...]

Talking to Your Children About Alcohol & Drugs

Talking to Your Children About Alcohol & Drugs

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Adelphi University. The opinions and text are all mine. I don't keep it any secret that I am an adult child of an alcoholic. I know the importance of talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol. My father passed away in May of 2011 due to cirrhosis of the liver as a result of his alcoholism. He was 56 years old. In addition, my father in law is a recovering alcoholic of 25+ years. I worked in an … [Read more...]

Moms Night Out (or In) to Recharge {+ Giveaway}

Moms' Night Out (or In) To Recharge

As moms, we sometimes get busy and forget to take care of ourselves. We don't need to do anything fancy, but sometimes a Moms Night Out (or in) is all we need to recharge our batteries! When I have mom's night out, I like to keep it simple and quiet. I like to chit chat and catch up. For me, I'd prefer something like... Going to dinner, Getting a couple cocktails, or Manis and pedis. If you prefer not much talking, you can always... Go to the movies, Go to a comedy club, Take … [Read more...]

Fatal Greed by John W Mefford {Book Review}

Fatal Greed by John W Mefford

Genre: Suspense Pages: 267 pages Rating: 4 out of 5 Behind every corporate takeover executives pull levers this way and that, squeezing the last profitable nickel out of the deal. But no one knows the true intent of every corporate takeover. No one knows the secret bonds that exist. An Indian technology giant swallows up another private company that has deep roots in North Texas. For one unassuming man the thought of layoffs, of losing his own job to a bunch of arrogant assholes feels … [Read more...]

Double Chocolate Mint Dessert with Dreyer’s Ice Cream

Double Chocolate Mint Dessert with Dreyer's Ice Cream #ad

Disclosure: This blog post is part of a paid The Motherhood and Dreyer's blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Last year, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to work with Dreyer's Ice Cream and their Reason to Smile program to help raise money for Operation Smile. I was ecstatic to be asked to join them again this year! And then I dropped the ball. The Reason to Smile campaign ended September 1st and no matter how hard I tried to get it up to share you, … [Read more...]

Get Active with LeapBand and CLIF Kid

Get active with LeapBand and CLIF Kid #FitMadeFun

My kids love to be active, but keeping them active can be a challenge. Regardless of what we do, I always hear 'I'm bored'. Even at the parks, they tend to get bored easily or they don't expel as much energy as I would like them too! I was thrilled when we got the opportunity to take the kids and their friends to the park to get active with LeapBand and CLIF Kid! We invited the kids' friends to come with us to the local park to test out LeapFrog's LeapBands - the only activity tracker … [Read more...]

My Dream Man by Marie Solka {Book Review}

My Dream Man

Genre: Romance Pages: 244 pages Rating: 5 out of 5 When Samantha, a home health nurse, has her first orgasm after waking from an erotic dream about Greg, a scientist and son of her newest patient, she’s both captivated and confused. Greg’s the opposite of her type, but Samantha feels compelled to get to know the eccentric workaholic, and she soon discovers it’s futile to fight chemistry. **CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+** "After reading … [Read more...]