Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To Catch a Billionaire-Review




When pushy, arrogant billionaire Tristan Forsyth decides he wants to  acquire the Cameron Art Gallery he had no idea he was going to be in for a fight.

After her fathers death, gallery owner Erin Cameron can't deal with the hounding persistant media attention so she invents Cam Boucher to handle the everyday dealings of the gallery. (Erin and Cam are one in the same)

Things take a potentially devastating turn when Tristan begins to persue buying the Gallery. Erins loyal employees set a scheme in motion that threatens to ruin the Cameron Gallery, forcing Erin to disgard the Cam identity and face the music of her deception.

I found Dona Stone's "To Catch a Billionaire" to be a slower paced read than is normal for me. The story line was well written and easy to follow. It has a little bit of mystery paired with a small amount of romance. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read.

**I received a free copy of this book from Innovative book tours for my review.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Crusty Murder by J.M Griffin



(I recieved a e-copy of the book "A Crusty Murder" by J.M. Griffin from Innovative book tours in return for my review.)

Melina is living the simple life of a bread baker in Providence when an unexpected turn of events turns her normally humdrum routine into a frenzied game of life or death. Upon finding her mean, unlikable landlady dead in her neighbors tarot shop with a piece of her crusty bread stuffed in her mouth the race is on to find out who the murderer is and who they will try to kill next.

Added to the excitement is the visiting sexy, exotic, Scottish Aidan. Melina is furiously attracted to Aidan, but once the murders begin she finds herself unable to trust her feelings or him. 

When another shop owner is found murdered in her shop with another of Melina's bakery goods stuffed in her mouth; Melina, Aidan, and BettyJo (fellow shop owner and friend) embark on an adventure to find out who the murder is before they strike again.

J.M Griffin does a good job keeping the reader entertained. While reading the book you are constantly trying to figure out who has it out for these shop owners. This book isn't my usual cup of tea, but I enjoyed reading  it all the same.



The Pleasure Room-Reviewer


( I received the ebook "The Pleasure Room" by D.N. Simmons from Innovative Book Tours in return for my review.)

BDSM books are hot on the rise these days. With characters like Christian Grey and Alex Crossfire, sex in books has taken on a whole new role....a more exciting, tempting, dare we say taboo role.

The Pleasure Room has taken erotica to a new level. This book is definitely not for the shy girl looking to spice up her bedroom. This book is hardcore from the start. There is a wide variety of characters in this book. From the not quite shy, but rather vanilla Felicity and her smart-mouth opinionated pale Allison, to the hot as sin, sexy, kinky, Alistair and his "interesting" club...The Porterhouse Elm.

Felicity is a reporter who is tired of writing small stories, she wants to be a big time investigative reporter. When she hears of a major scandal involving the soon to be re-elected Mayor and a kinky sexy club, she decides to go undercover and get to the bottom of the story.  From her first visit to The Porterhouse Elm, she is transfixed by what she sees, and a little confused as to how she feels about it. 

As she pushes forward with the story she meets the dashing, charming, English....and most certainly kinky Alistair. Alistair puts Christian Grey to shame with his level of kink. His sex club, The Porterhouse Elm (an anagram for The Pleasure Room) is beyond "red room" kink. From its open displays of public sex(in many forms) to its endless supply of fetish "toys" that make the imagination go wild, the club brings BDSM to a new level.

Once you open this book, if you dare to try to handle this level of erotica, you wont be able to close it. 




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hasbro Houseparty Twister & Bejeweled Game Night Slumber Party


I got to host an AWESOME event this past weekend for Houseparty, a Hasbro Twister & Bejeweled Game Night Slumber party.

In our house we love playing games, any kind of games. So to be able to receive some fun games from Houseparty to play and have fun with was great! We received classic Twister, Bejeweled and Twister Ringz from Houseparty. We also received a coupon for Twister Dance Rave and a box of single serve bags (10) of Simply Natural White Cheddar Cheetos.




We invited a bunch of my daughters friends over to a game night slumber party on Saturday 10/19.

A few of the girls


 Now if you have daughters you know that slumber parties are INSANE to begin with.  There is loud music, and lots of food, and dancing and gossip (all girls have to gossip even at 10&11), and of course games.

The girls had a blast playing the classic Twister game (it's a game we like to play at any party). We all know that Twister is so much more fun when you have a lot of people. You set up the mat, and mom (of course) gets the fun of being the Twister guru, and then the real fun begins....becoming a tangled mess of arms and legs!



I think Twister is by far one of my kids, and all the kids who attending the slumber party, favorite games. You can't help but become a tangled mass of giggling bodies. I remember playing Twister when I was a kid. The game mat seemed a lot bigger then! We really enjoyed the option to get crazier with Twister on the back of the spinner (left hand on yellow and bark like a dog!) We even got creative and made up our own crazy options.

The Bejeweled board game is a great way to bring internet games to life. 


All the girls had to get there hands in there to set the board up. We had to read the instructions a couple of times until we understood exactly how to play the game. But once you got the hang of it it was a pretty fun and easy game to play. However, this group of girls decided that playing it by the rules was no fun so they just went at it how they wanted to and had a blast.




Monday, October 21, 2013

What a birthday!

My beautiful baby girl is celebrating her 11th birthday today! 

It is hard to believe that is has been 11 years since our lives changed so much. Ki'a is our last child. She came into our lives in a whirlwind of excitement and fear. Her birth story is one for the books (even the doctors said so!). This little 6 pound 5 ounce 19 inch long tiny little thing just about killed me and had a rough start herself. I spent the first 4 days of her life in ICU after my uterus ruptured during her delivery. I didn't get to hold her, or feed her or even have her in the room with me unless someone else was in there with us. It was awful. But once I got my hands on my baby girl that was all forgotten (not really, but you know what I mean).

Now I look back on the past 11 years with tears of joy in my eyes. This little girl changed our lives so much. You take so much for granted when you go through life without any major problems. All it takes is one life-threatening event to make you open your eyes and learn to cherish all the little things.
Halloween 2004. Almost 2

This girl was a force to be reckoned with from the start. She has always been outgoing and opinionated. She wanted things done her way and no one else's. She is our only daughter, the 1st niece, 1st granddaughter, she was (and still is) the PRINCESS.

6th birthday

kindergarten

She is a ham. She will do anything to make you laugh. She is a blonde through and through and we pick on her a lot about it (all in good fun). Some of the things that come out of her mouth are the most air headed things you can imagine.

age 9

She is my social butterfly. She loves making friends and meeting new people. She loves cheering, dancing, gymnastics, singing. She is so creative. She is always making up songs and dances and drawing. 

Her 11th birthday slumber party

Now she is hitting those pre-teen (tween) years and so much is changing. Her looks. Her attitude. Her personality is blooming more every day. 

This year we decided to take her to her very 1st concert for her birthday present. Her and her best friend got to go see Selena Gomez at the First Niagra Center in Buffalo NY.


What an experience that was. She had such a great time. And it is a present she will never forget. 

So on this day, a day that will always remain a wonderful day in our lives, I want to wish my amazing, beautiful, talented daughter a very happy 11th birthday. (and get my self a HUGE bottle of wine to help me get through the next chapter of her life....PUBERTY)












Monday, September 23, 2013

Ah the joys of CF life

As most of you who read my blog know my son has Cystic Fibrosis. This is normally very manageable for us (as we have dealt with it FOREVER). But there comes a time in CF life when the unpredictability of the disease deals us a low down dirty hand, and it comes in the form of a wonderful bacteria called Psuedomonas Aeruginosa. CF lungs are full of crappy mucus all the time which makes them a great little breeding ground for this nasty little bacteria. It loves to reek havoc in CF lungs. 

Most CF patients are infiltrated by this little culprit early in their lives, before the age of 10. And once it takes up residence there is virtually no getting rid of it. It just stays there and decides to show itself at the crappiest times. Once they culture (a suptum culture taken either with a throat swab or coughed up) psuedomonas a whole new world of worries open up for us parents/caregivers. Unfortunately there is no blocking the transmission of this wonderful bacteria. It can reside anywhere, in the ground, in your dirty sink drain, in the mold you don't know you have growing in your house, on a shopping cart at the store....you get my point IT'S EVERYWHERE!  We do our best to keep our kids from coming into known contact points (other CF patients), but even our non-CF kids can carry this little bacteria home (and they just have common cold symptoms if anything) and pass it on.

We have fought this battle before. Back in 2006-2008 Zach was infiltrated by the little bugger. He was hospitalized 3 times for complications from it, at one point part of his trachea had collapsed because of it. But, miraculously, we snuffed the little pest out. We have not cultured positive for psuedomonas in 5 years. So imagine my surprise when I get a call from our CF clinic Friday telling me the little nasty has decided to show itself once again in my little mans lungs. Now I knew he was getting sick. We thought it was allergies or a cold. He wasn't coughing too much more than usual so I wasn't at my "freak out" point yet. (Let me add here, we have "freak out" points at least once a year when the MRSA in his lungs decides it wants to get full blown and nasty on us.) So the call comes in and I instantly hit "freak out" point. This is not a fun point for me to reach and Zach tends to hate it when I reach it. 

So now the real fun begins. Another trip to the CF clinic to be trained on how to use the new Tobi pod-inhaler (before it was in nebulized form. Tobramycin is a heavy duty antibiotic that is used to treat psuedomonas) and EXTRA precautions at school now. In the past we haven't had to worry about the implications of psuedomonas at school because Zach was the only CFer in school. Now we do. There is another child in his grade at school who has CF too. So I had to call the school nurse, let her know whats going on and then make the dreaded phone call to the other parent (because we talk and the kids are friends). 

Let me tell ya, nothing makes you feel like more of an ass than having to call another CF parent and tell them that your child has a potentially fatal infection that spreads super easy and super quick to other CFers. But I am concerned about her kids health as much as my own, so I made the call. And wanted to cry when I told her. See Zach isn't the only one not feeling well right now. So now I have her freaked out and worried and this other kid too. But I had to do it. And I know she would show me the same consideration.

Now, our kids know they can't be within 6 feet of each other without masking up. They are not allowed to be in classes with each other and they both know what precautions they need to take with each other. The kicker with having 2 kids in the same grade at the same school... you have to think of EVERY possibility...do they cross paths at lunch, are the lunch tables being cleaned they way they should, what about gym equipment, are we making sure they are not touching the same gym stuff, and door handles...OMG how much I dread door handles and desks! All of their teachers know to make sure they are not sitting at the same desks, but still this little bugger can live on ANYTHING! Thank God our school nurse is fantastic and the teachers very understanding and accommodating to these 2 kids. 

So, I take Zach up to the clinic this morning to be trained on the pod-inhaler. And while we are there have them check his o2 levels just to be on the safe side because he is worse now then he was last week when we went. I was up 1/2 the night listening to his crappy breathing. Thank goodness his levels are still good. He learned how to use the inhaler. We stopped and picked up tissues (because the kid is coughing up a ton of nice green gobs of mucus) and antibacterial wipes so he can wipe down his desk before he sits at it (which he is not happy about because it makes him stand out), just to be on the safe side. Trying to explain to a 12 year old, who doesn't want to be seen as different, that we have to take these extra precautions so he doesn't end up in the hospital is like ramming your head against a brick wall hoping to break through it. 

Tonight we will start the antibiotic, unlike other illness where you see a difference quickly and they aren't contagious after the first couple of doses, it will take a while to see a health difference and he will remain contagious to the other CF kid. We wont know if the Tobi kicks out the infection until his next culture. And it may not. We may be dealing with this for the rest of his life, which means he will be on the antibiotics every other month for...well forever. WHICH SUCKS! And if the Tobi doesn't help??? Well that means we end up in the hospital for IV's and hope and pray that this stupid bacteria doesn't cause to much damage in his lungs.


Oh how I hate you Cystic Fibrosis!




Sunday, August 18, 2013

My absolutely amazing son.

My son has to be one of the most amazing 12 year olds I have ever met. I know your thinking "ya we all think our 12 year olds are amazing" (and I give you that we all do), but I have never met one quite like mine. I am a little biased...as we all are when it comes to our kids. But when you watch this video of my son testifying to his church you'll see why I think my boy is amazing. For a kid who didn't grow up in the church (we stopped going when he was about 2) he has the most amazing relationship with the Lord. I am often in awe of his love and belief and understanding of his God. He started reading the bible when he was about 4. I don't mean just looking thru playing with the Good Book. He actually read it! He would ask me all kinds of questions that I never had the answers to. We kept saying we were going to get him back into the church since he had such a love for it, but it never happened.

 A couple years ago he was playing pop-warner football and his coach was big believer in church and God and all that. He would hold prayer before practice for those who wanted to join in. And after practice on Wednesdays he would take some of the kids to youth group. Zach immediatly took to the coach and would go with him to youth group. He was in heaven. Then Zach met Pastor Bob, the youth pastor.( Bob is the big man you see at the beginning of the video). He is an amazing man who does so much for the kids in our community. Bob has often told me how amazed he is of Zach. Within a year of meeting Bob we moved...and where did we move...right across the street from him! If was pure coincidence, but it was GREAT. Immediatly he started telling Zach about Word Of Life camp. So Zach had to go. His first trip to camp was nerve wrecking for me. With all his health conditions I was a mess, but I knew I had to let him go. When he came back a week later he was so excited. He went on and on about how he was saved. He was baptized 2 weeks later.

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This year was his 3rd year going up to Word Of Life camp. It is his favorite time of year. He LOVES camp. He meets people from all over the country, and some from other countries. This is one time during the year that I think he actually feels like he fits in. He gets off the bus when they come home physically worn out, but spiratually excited.

 Today he told his testimony in front of the congregation of the church he calls home. It brought tears to my eyes for him to stand in front of all those people and talk about God. He knows so much more than I think most 12 year olds do. I really wish I would have continued taping after he was done talking, so you could see the church's reaction and the Pastor's reaction to him. Bob has always told me what an amazing child I have, but when the head Pastor of the church grabs my son and hugs him and then tells the congregation he can now retire because he has found his replacement...there are just no words for it. Pastor Bob went on to tell us how just before they loaded the buses to come home from camp, Zach had all 85 kids from our community gathered around him as he spoke of God, the bible and what he had learned there. AND THEY WERE ALL ENTHRALLED WITH HIM!



Zach is hoping to further his religious experience. When he is old enough he wants to spend 8 weeks at a time up at Word of Life to be a leader/teacher. And he has already decided he wants to do missionary work. To say I am proud of him is an understatement.