Friday, December 28, 2012

The Forbidden Trilogy

I received a copy of this newly release trilogy (all books have previously been published separately) from the author my  honest opinion. I received the book Saturday afternoon and by Saturday evening I was completely hooked. 

Sam is a young woman who is hoping, on her 18th birthday, to finally become a free woman. She has been kept in a "school" for special kids since she was a child. The school is for kids who have special powers (mind-reading, fire-starting, mind-control...ect). Not only does this school keep these kids captive, but it "rents" them out to rich people to do their dirty deeds.

Unexpectedly things change for Sam. She returns from a job to find her mentor gone and her life's work (art) destroyed. And that's not all. Sam "meets" a new boy, Drake. While she doesn't meet him face to face they have an undeniable, unexplained link and communicate telepathically with each other, and fall in love. Little did either of them know that they would some become expectant parents and wanted people.

The second book in the Trilogy goes on to tell of Sam and Drakes escape from the horrible “Rent a Kid” facility. But they are not alone, they are being stalked by a “seeker” who’s only goal is to bring them back. This book is filled with excitement and suspense. These two are fighting not only to save their selves and unborn child, but also all the other kids at  “Rent a Kid”.

In the third and final book of this trilogy, everything comes to a head. The kids at “Rent a Kid” have been rescued and relocated, but they duo are still in a fight to save themselves and their baby and the other babies and young children from a hidden “rent a Kid” facitlity. But they are not alone this time. They have a team of friends with all sorts of super powers to help them and the IPI .  The third book of the Trilogy is by far the most action packed of the three.

I don't want to ruin the whole book for you so I am not going to go into detail about what these two  and their friends have to go thru. This is a great book for any age reader (13+). I can't wait to finish the trilogy and pass it on to my son to read. It is right up his alley with the paranormal, x-men like feel to it.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Finding Claire Fletcher By Lisa L. Regan

As a young girl Claire thought she had her life planned out. Little did she know that one fateful mistake would change the course of her life forever.  At 15 Claire made the mistake of being a friendly, helpful girl and it cost her her freedom….she was abducted.  Not only was she abducted but she was held prisoner for 10 years by the pedophile freak.

This book lets us see into the hell that became Claire’s life. Her capture abused her, raped her, starved her and killed because of her. Claire is now 25 and is fighting for her freedom unsuccessfully. That is until she meets Connor, a police detective. But Claire’s voyage into freedom is not easy and it puts Connor’s and her family’s lives in danger. 

The book flashes between the present, Connors search for Claire and the past, what Reynard (her abductor) did to her. It is a great book. It is sad, happy, hopeful, frightening and sickening. You feel so many emotions while reading this book. Have a tissue handy!

So starts our busy time

The holidays are always a busy time. In our family it is an exceptionally busy time. Starting on the 25th we are non-stop celebrating.

Of course on the 25th we celebrate Christmas. My kids are just about past the "Santa" stage of their lives, which is one of those bitter-sweet milestones. While you want your kids to always remember the mystical happiness Santa bestows you also look forward to a time when they realize that you are responsible for all those great gifts they recieve...and for some it means that their kids will (hopefully) ask for more reasonable gifts that we can afford. LOL like that will ever happen! We have tried to teach our kids the TRUE meaning of CHRISTmas, and they can tell you all about Jesus' birth and all that. To enforce this, a few years ago we started telling them they can only ask for 3 gifts (representing the gifts the wisemen brought) and only 1 from Santa.

On Dec. 28th we celebrate our anniversary. This year we have been married 13 years....Good golly where did the time go! I will never forget our first Christmas together. We traveled from Ft. Campbell KY to Florida to see Ty's family, this would be the 1st time I had met them. We weren't married yet. While we were in FL. we were going to get married, but due to the waiting period we were unable to. So as soon as we got back into TN we went to the marriage liscence place, got our liscence, called a justice of the peace and were married in his livingroom. It was craziness! And it has een ever since.


1 year and 3 days after we were married we welcomed our first child into the world. Dec. 31, 2000. Zach couldn't wait for the ball to drop and was born at 3:30 in the afternoon. 12 years old this year. Zach is our special child (not that they aren't all special), he has Cystic Fibrosis. Every year we celebrate his birthday is a blessing. When he gets older he will LOVE having his birthday on New Years Eve, right now he thinks it sucks because he is never in school which means no class party.

And then, to top it all off, on Jan 3rd is my oldest son's birthday. Tristan turns 16 this year! I can't believe I am about to be the mother of a 16 year old! I can't wait to teach him to drive. Yes I know I am crazy, but as a noncustodial parent  I have missed many milestones in his life and this is one I get to share in.

So for the next 2 weeks we stay very busy. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I love all the great things we get to celebrate....I hate all the money it costs!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Have to love technology

So i was just browsing through the available apps on my iphone and lo and behold there was a blogger app! Now i can blog on the go 😊👍

Friday, December 14, 2012

My first campaign!

I am so excited! I just got chosen for my first bzzagent assignment! I will be trying and reviewing Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream. What a great campaign to get chosen for in the winter.

The winter is when your hands take the worst beatings. You are constantly washing them to fight off all those winter germs. Winter just dries you skin out. This hand cream has the added benefit of helping make your manicure last longer. Applying even small amounts of this hyper concentrated, glycerin-rich cream to hands, nails and lips can undo seasons of damage to weary skin and improve the look and feel of nails.

I can't wait to get my bzzkit and start trying this product. Stay tuned for my thoughts on it :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Just a simple mom: Getting crafty

Just a simple mom: Getting crafty: Cooler air always puts me in the mood to get crafty. Don't know if it's the fact that I hate gettin cold or if I am just a closet winter cra...

Getting crafty

Cooler air always puts me in the mood to get crafty. Don't know if it's the fact that I hate gettin cold or if I am just a closet winter crafter LOL. It helps that my daughter absolutely loves to do crafts. SOOO this past week we accomplished 2 fairly simple crafts.

The first of which served a dual purpose....our 3 month old kitten is a naughty kitten and has decided that climbing our Christmas tree and knocking the bulbs off (and breaking them) if a fun playtime. So our tree ended up being fairly bare.

 So we took a trip to our FAVORITE store.....Hobby Lobby.....and found our solution.

These cute littl reindeers are super easy to make.

NEED per reindeer:

3X 10 inch peice of Jute
1X 12 inch piece of Jute
4X 18mm wood bead
1X 20mm wood bead
1X 25mm wood bead
1X tiny red gemstone

1. knot 1 end of a 10" piece of jute. slide 2X 2mm wood beads on it. tie the other end off. Fold it in 1/2 slide thru the 25mm wood bead so it makes a loop.

2. slide the remainder pieces of jute thru the loop.

3. slide a 18mm bead on each side of 1 of the shorter pieces of jute. tie them off.

4. slide the remainder pieces thru the 20mm wood bead. using the longer piece of jute tie a knot to make the loop.  the other 2 ends of jute get knotted off to form the "antlers".

5. glue the red gemstone on the 20mm bead are done.

(I couldn't get the beads to stop sliding off the jute so I used a little hot glue to secure them.)

The 2nd idea I got off of Pinterest. I  couldn't find a wreath that I liked for our front door so this was a simple solution to that....and it cost less than a wreath.

 letter (your choice of size. mine is 9.5")
 holly berry's (the # depends on the size of the letter)
burplap "ribbon" (i used a fat burlap and folded it in 1/2 and it used about 48" in length of it)

To Make:
1. Hot glue berries on letter
2. use 24" of the burlap to make a loop. string it thru the letter (if possible)
3. 24" to make the bow. hot glue bow to top of loop.....

and your finished.

Next week starts our long Christmas break so watch for more Christmas crafts.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


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