Saturday, June 18, 2011

Helping my neighbors move

   My neighbors are moving from Florida to Las Vegas and me being the wonderful neighbor I am decided to help them find a mover.  I stumbled across a website that actually gives moving estimates including those for long distance movers .

  They have a moving guide there too that shows you how to pick the right mover and information about storage too so my neighbors are now on the right track. I couldn't imagine trying to find a mover to get me all the way across the United States, that's why I hit the internet and am so happy I found a site that has everything I need there.  I didn't have to spend hours searching!

    The site also has local movers too if you just need help moving across town and you can also get local moving quotes. You can even buy enough moving boxes from them for your entire house. If you are moving

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                          Featured Craft of the Month Beaded Knitting Tutorial with Video

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Freebie Alert - Witches 101 Kindle e-book by Melissa de la Cruz

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Rizzoli & Isles Season One on DVD

    Rizzoli & Isles, a TNT drama series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, is based on the Rizzoli/Isles series of mystery novels by Tess Gerritsen. (I really need to check them out) Tess was quoted as saying that the adaptation was a dream come true.

    It got me thinking, if Taking Time for Mommy was turned into a series would would it be like? The life of two homeschooling mom bloggers juggling reviews, field trips,  school work, recipes, taking care of our families and squeezing in good books, bubble baths, and yummy glasses of wine. Sounds good to me!

Boston’s most baffling and complex homicides are no match for Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles, the dynamic female investigative duo featured in Warner Home Video’s (WHV) DVD release of Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete First Season. Available in stores June 28, 2011, the DVD features all 10 exciting one-hour episodes from the cable television series’ smash-hit premiere season, and exclusive bonus material including two all-new featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The release is timed to the series’ second season premiere on TNT.

Pre-order your copy of Rizzoli & Isles Season One on DVD here today and catch all 10 ‘must see’ episodes:!

*“I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote Rizzoli & Isles Season One on DVD.”

Friday, June 17, 2011

Drop Dead Diva: Season 3

This Sunday, Lifetime will air the first episode of the third season of Drop Dead Diva. If you've never seen the show, you should definitely watch the 2 min Recap  below, or better yet, watch both of the first 2 seasons of Drop Dead Diva online.

I love this show, and find myself looking forward to the next episode at the end of each one I watch.

Season One began as Deb (Brooke D'Orsay), a shallow, blonde, aspiring model, dies in a car crash. She finds herself at a desk in heaven where Fred (Ben Feldman), an angel, reviews her life on the computer and breaks the news that she has scored a 0 in the game of life. She has done no good or bad deeds in her life. Furious, she tries to convince Fred to send her back to Earth, and hits the Return key on Fred's computer, which sends her back to, not her life, but the body of Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliot).

Jane's dreams, often staring Paula 
Abdul (as herself) are musical fun.
Jane is an intelligent, plus-size attorney who's totally cute, but wears dark and drab clothes, doesn't stand up for herself, and lives a lonely life with her cats. Living Jane's life is a big change for Deb, and with each episode she's continually learning to accept herself for who she now is, and really begins to appreciate her new life.

The only people who know what really happened to Jane are Stacy (April Bowlby) her best friend from her previous life, and Fred, the angel who is sent to Earth to watch over her.

Deb's fiance Grayson (Jackson Hurst), a passionate, kind, and totally hot lawyer ends up getting a job with Jane's firm, which presents another problem for Jane as she struggles to let go of her previous life and her soul-mate.

It's a great, feel good show, and the first episode of the third season doesn't disappoint. There are so few shows showing "real" people as sexy, confident and capable. So, watch this show and keep it on the air!

Here, Home, Hope Book Review

      Here, Hope, Home by Kaira Rouda
    Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her ordinary middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding but exhausting. Meanwhile, Kelly’s own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan.

     From page one, Kelly’s witty reflections, self-deprecating humor, and clever tactics in executing that plan—she places Post-it notes all over her house and car—will have readers laughing out loud. The next instant, however, they might rant right along with Kelly as her commitment to a sullen, anorexic teenager left on her doorstep tries her patience or as she deflects the boozy advances of a divorced neighbor. Readers will need to keep the tissue box handy, too, as Kelly repairs the damage she inflicted on a high school friend; realizes how deeply her husband, Patrick, understands and loves her; and ultimately grows into a woman empowered by her own blend of home and career. Coming May 2011, Here, Home, Hope will surely appeal to readers of chick lit and other women’s fiction titles who are ready to transition into something new in their own life.

Meet Kaira -Non-official bio: Due to the career ladder of her professor father, Kaira was born in Chicago (Northwestern), moved to L.A. (USC), then to Austin (University of Texas), Boston (Harvard University) and finally Columbus (The Ohio State University) where Kaira, her mom and her siblings put their collective feet down and grew roots. Kaira spent the remainder her childhood in Columbus, and following graduation from Vanderbilt University, returned to spend another 20-plus years in Central Ohio in the marketing and publishing fields. Read More HERE

Mandie's Thoughts - Written with a sense of humor this lighthearted book delves into some serious issues that middle America deals with. Kelly Johnson could be any of us. She worries about her marriage, kids, weight, etc... Here, Home, Hope is a very uplifting and funny read. Perfect for the beach.

Disclaimer - One2One network provided me with a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

A Reluctant Queen Book Review

A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf
Book Description
You know the Bible story. Now discover the love story.

Experience the intimate, profoundly stirring story of Esther, a simple Jewish girl, and the Great King of Persia, who finds in her the companion of his soul.

In this meticulously researched novel, you'll journey into the mind and heart of Esther. Experience her first frightened days in the king's harem and her gradual awakening love, her anguished realization that she is God's chosen instrument, and her courageous defiance of Persian law that ultimately saved her people from destruction. 

What has for been a powerful historical story for thousands of years will come alive when seen through fresh eyes as a tender love story. Be immersed in the richness of the culture, be thrilled with the political and personal intrigues, and be inspired by the incredible act of faith of one young woman-chosen by God "for such a time as this."
Mandie's Thoughts - It was an awesome book but with historical fiction in general you need to remember it's Fiction. This book doesn't completely follow the biblical text but is a wonderful read none the less. A Reluctant Queen chronicles the life of Esther, a young Jewish girl who must secretly hide her faith in order to marry the King of Persia and save her people. Esther finds herself torn between her strong faith and the realization that she may actually be falling in love with the divine King Ahasuerus. 

Check out a sample from the audiobook of A Reluctant Queen, read by Brooke Sanford:

 About the Author -
Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Connecticut, where she raised two children and countless numbers of assorted animals. Joan is the author of numerous historical novels including The Road to Avalon which Publishers Weekly lauded as “historical fiction at its finest.” For more about Joan and her other books, please 

To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:
* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen
* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)
To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!
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Join the fun on June 21st! 

Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she’ll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther’s story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don’t miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

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He lurks in the shadows, waiting and watching . . . And once he has you, all you can do is. . .


Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn't just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother-the only family she has left-for a murder she knows he couldn't have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother's life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO.

Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself into the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can't stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city's elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey. 

      Jami Alden is the Holt Medallion–nominated author for sexy romantic suspense. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her socially well-adjusted alpha male husband, her sons, and a German Shepherd who patiently listens to dialogue and helps her work out plot points. You can find out more about Jami and her books at, or by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

Mandie's Thoughts - I literally could not put this one down. Imagine me cooking dinner and reading. :) It was a little dark but very very well written. The story was told from three perspectives - Megan, Cole, & the Killer. This was a sit on the edge of your seat read but Jami didn't forget to add some steamy romance. Megan and Cole had great chemistry and plenty of tension between them when Megan wouldn't give up on her brother despite the growing evidence. 

                Forever Romance is allowing us to giveaway 3 copies of this fabulous book!!
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Blood that defines us Book Tour

Every house has its own history and its own secrets. Some secrets are just darker than others. And some are even downright terrifying.

When the Johnsons moved into their new house, they didn’t expect that weird things would start to happen, objects would move on their own, and that the house’s history would come back to haunt them.

But I did.
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Author Bio:
Majanka Verstraete is a twenty-year-old law student with a passion for writing and reading. Her favorite genres are fantasy, horror and historical fiction, although she occasionally enjoys other genres as well.
The Blood That Defines Us is her first published novella. She is currently working on an epic fantasy series for young adults. Feel free to visit her website (

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Mandie's Thoughts - Holy Moly! This was good, it actually blew me away. I'm usually not much for horror but this isn't gory. Just creepy but a very very good and well written novella. You'd be silly not to pick it up, you can buy it from Smashwords for $1.99!  Majanka is an author I'm going to keep my eye on. I can't wait for her next book.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Book Giveaway Set

By Michael Koryta
Hardcover, ISBN 9780316053662, US$24.99/CA$27.99

By Michael Connelly
Hardcover, ISBN 9780316069359, US$27.99/CA$29.99

By Robert Weintraub
Hardcover, ISBN 9780316086073, US$26.99/CA$29.99

By Keith Richards
Trade Paperback, ISBN 9780316034418, US$16.99/CA$18.99

By David Foster Wallace
Hardcover, ISBN 9780316074230, US$27.99/CA$29.99
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Saving Money with Walgreens Brand Health and Wellness Products

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Monday, June 13, 2011

On the Community...Deals, Freebies, & More


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Freebie Alert - Willie Nelson Sampler from Itunes

iTunes is offering a FREE music sampler from Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown.  

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Just in time for Father’s Day you can go here and print a $2 off 2 American Greeting Cards coupon. Coupon Expires 6/19/11.

Free Insect Learning Guides

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Honey Oat Bread

I love fresh bread, who doesn’t?  There is just something about bread out of the oven that makes it better than anything else.  So when I saw this recipe in Bon Appetit, I was sold. 

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