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Share Your Thanksgiving Celebrations

11/30/09
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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at home this year. It started off with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. One of my friends' and former co-workers' daughters was in the parade on the Macy's star; she was with the Towson University marching band. It was so neat to see a local group in the parade!

Later, my sweet hubby cooked turkey, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and stuffing. For dessert, we had some Mrs. Smith's pumpkin and apple pies. They were delicious! Afterward, we watched Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl. My son loves those movies.

On Black Friday, my in-laws came to visit. We avoided shopping madness and had a fun lunch at one of my favorite restaurants Cheeseburger in Paradise. Then on Saturday, we went to Washington, DC and toured some museums and monuments.

Here is a photo from the WW II Memorial:



What did you do over Thanksgiving? Share your story by linking up or leaving a comment below.

Shop Donny Dixon's Attic Cyber Monday

11/29/09

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Choose from brand names like:

*Gap
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Stop by Donny Dixon's Attic today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/26/09
The weather outside is gray and foggy, but inside it smells like turkey and there's lots of love! I just want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for my family, my friends, and all of the wonderful people I have met through blogging.

Wishing all of my readers safe travel and a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! I will be spending time with my family for a few days, but I will be blogging again on Monday.

Wordless Wednesday: Thanksgiving Wishes For You

11/25/09

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Fall in Love With Lonesome Prairie Contest

11/24/09
Fall in Love with Lonesome Prairie!


This past weekend I posted my book review for the Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana blog tour.

I'd also like to let you know about this awesome contest to go along with the tour:

The authors, Tricia and Ocieanna, have put together one humdinger of a contest for this blog tour! Enter the Fall in Love With Lonesome Prairie Contest and WIN a perty Montana Gift Basket!


To enter, simply fill out the entry form (http://www.triciagoyer.com/contest.html ), (then tell 5 or more friends about the contest)! The winner will be announced December 14th, just in time for an old-fashioned Montana Christmas. Giddy-up!

The Winner of the ‘Fall in Love with Lonesome Prairie’ giveaway will receive a fantastic Montana Gift Basket, including:

*Winter fleece throw

*Huckleberry chocolate bar

*Paula Dean candle

*Burt’s Bees gift set

*Wild Huckleberry taffy

*Montana stationary notebook

*Montana greeting card set

*Montana ball cap

*Montana apron

*Montana refrigerator magnet

*Charlie Russell 2010 Montana Calendar



Head on over to enter and good luck!

Passing Down Some Award Love

It's been a busy couple of weeks so I'm a little late on posting these. But a HUGE thank you goes out to my blog friends who have given me these awards!



I received this Lemonade Award from Stina @ Woman & Mom. This award is all about attitude & gratitude.

I'd like to pass this award onto:

Molly @ Book Reviews by Buuklvr8
Emily & Elyssa @ Daughters of the King

You'll want to check out these great book blogs!



Another big thank you goes to Rondi @ WAHM Resource Site who gave me the Scribbler Award.

The rules are as follows:

1. Each Superior Scribbler must pass the award on to 5 deserving blog friends.
2. The Scribbler must link to the Scribbler who gave him or her the award.
3. The Scribbler must display the blog and link to this post, which explains the award.
4. The Scribbler must add his or her name to the McLinky list on that blog post (see #3).
5. The Scribbler must post the rules on his or her blog.

I am passing this award onto:

Jasmine @ Far Above Rubies
Kari @ A Giveaway Addicted Mommy
Jennifer @ Rundpinne
Angie @ My Four Monkeys
Jessica @ Muthering Heights

I hope you will visit each of these ladies' sites. They are amazing bloggers!

Friend Makin Monday: Thanksgiving Edition

11/23/09


This week's Friend Makin Monday is all about Thanksgiving:

1. Turkey or Ham?

Definitely turkey!

2. Favorite side dish.

Stuffing; MMMMM!

3. Favorite dessert.

Apple pie

4. Black Friday: Are you going or not?

Nope! I don't like getting up that early and fighting crowds. You should save time and shop online! All the cool kids are doing it. (And you can find FREE shipping at my eBay store on many gift ideas to boot!)

5. If so, what's on the top of your list?

I'll be spending Black Friday with family. Not sure what we'll be doing but it'll be fun because it's with my favorite people!

6. Going out of town or staying close to home?

Staying home this year

7. Hosting or helping?

It's just me, my hubby & my son so it's pretty low key.

8. Name one family tradition at Thanksgiving.

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

9. What do you do after dinner?

We'll probably play a game or watch a holiday movie.

10. What are you most thankful for this year?

I am thankful for my husband who is the most loving and supportive spouse you could ask for. I am also thankful for a wonderful son who blesses my life every day. And I am thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ without whom I would have none of these blessings in my life.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Head on over to Amber's blog and see how other friends are celebrating.


FIRST Wildcard Book Tour: Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana by Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss #Sponsored

11/21/09
book tours, book reviews, christian fiction reviews, christian fictionIt is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!


Today's Wild Card authors are:


and the book:

Summerside Press (December 1, 2009)
***Special thanks to Amy Lathrop of LitFUSE Publicity Group for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



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Tricia Goyer was named Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference "Writer of the Year" in 2003. Her book Night Song won Book of the Year from ACFW in the Long Historical Fiction category. Her book Life Interrupted: The Scoop On Being a Young Mom was a Gold Medallion Finalist. Tricia has written hundreds of articles, Bible Study notes, and both fiction and non-fiction books.

Visit the author's website.


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Ocieanna Fleiss is a published writer and has edited six of Tricia Goyer's historical novels. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. Connect with Ocieanna on Facebook!



Product Details:

List Price: $12.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Summerside Press (December 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935416294
ISBN-13: 978-1935416296

AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:

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The sound of little girls’ voices and the sight of the sun streaming through the tall, second-story window of the Open Door Home for Destitute Girls, a privately owned orphanage on upper Manhattan, told nineteen-year-old Julia Cavanaugh that the day had started without her. Julia, an orphan herself, now running the place for the owner, brushed a strand of dark hair from her eyes. She submitted to a second yawn as a twelve-year-old girl hopped onto her bed.

“He’s gonna ask her to marry him, don’t you think, Miss Cavanaugh?”

“Oh, Shelby.” Julia wiped the sleep from her eyes and smiled into the freckled face staring eagerly at her. “Give me a moment to wake before you go asking such things.” Julia stroked the girl’s cheek, her heart seeming to double within her chest with love for the youngster.

The embroidery sampler she’d fallen asleep working on still lay at the end of her bed. She picked it up and eyed the image of a small house she’d copied from Godey’s Lady’s Book. Above the house, she’d stitched the words Home Sweet Home in fancy script. Gazing around the broad room lined with small metal cots and bustling with little-girl chatter, Julia noted the embroidered pillowslips, carefully pressed—albeit dingy—curtains, and dandelions smiling from scavenged jam-jar vases. She’d done her best to make the room pleasant for the girls—and herself. She glanced at their faces and smiled, gladly embracing her role as caretaker.

A less-than-subtle “ahem” from Shelby reminded Julia she’d been asked a question. She glanced at her young charge, still perched on the end of her bed. “What did you ask?”

“Finally.” Shelby eyed her with mock frustration. “I said, do you think they will get married—Mrs. Hamlin and Mr. Gaffin? Haven’t you noticed the way they look at each other?” Shelby’s cheeks hinted of red. Her golden hair was already fixed in a proper bun, her hands and face washed, and her simple dress clean and pressed despite its patches and stray threads.

“Shelby Bruce.” Julia shook her head, as Shelby’s two-year-old sister Beatrice wiggled onto Julia’s lap with a squeal. Julia planted a firm kiss on the top of Bea’s head.

“Married? I don’t think so,” Julia continued. “Mrs. Hamlin would’ve told us—told me—if she was being courted. Mr. Gaffin’s just an old family friend.” Julia wondered where on earth the girl got the notion that their headmistress wished to marry.

Although they have been spending a lot of time together. Julia pushed the thought out of her mind as little Bea shuffled to a stand, planting her pint-sized feet on Julia’s thighs. “Fammy fend!” She pointed a chubby finger at her older sister, Shelby.

“All right, Bea.” Julia plopped the toddler on the floor and swiveled her toward the small bed she shared with Shelby. “Time to straighten your bed.” Then Julia eyed the twins. “Charity, Grace, would you two virtuous girls fetch fresh water for the basin?”

Shelby pushed away from the bed, wrinkled her brow, and thrust her hand behind her as if to support her back—a perfect imitation of their middle-aged headmistress. “Now where did I put my spectacles?” Shelby clucked her tongue as she waddled forward.

Laughter spilled from the lips of the girls around the room. Encouraged, Shelby scratched her head. She plopped down on her bed then hopped up again as if surprised, pulling imaginary spectacles from under her rump. “Oh!” she squealed. “There they are.”

The laughter grew louder, and Julia pursed her lips together to smother the impulse to laugh along with them. She planted her fists on her hips. “That’s enough. All of you know what must be done before breakfast.” The girls’ laughter quieted to soft giggles hidden behind cupped palms as they scattered to do their chores.

Shelby lingered behind, her form now straight and her eyes pensive. “Maybe she forgot to tell you, Miss Cavanaugh.” The young girl gazed up at her. “The way they look at each other—it’s like my ma and pa used to, that’s all.”

Julia folded a stray sandy blond curl behind the girl’s ear. “Don’t worry, my sweet. If Mrs. Hamlin was getting married, we’d be the first to know.”

Julia hoped her own gaze didn’t reflect the sinking disquiet that draped her. Mr. Gaffin was a rich world traveler. If there was any truth to Shelby’s suspicion, Julia couldn’t imagine he’d let Mrs. Hamlin continue to work with orphans. Perhaps they’d get a new headmistress.

Or maybe the girls would be separated, moved to new homes…

If Mrs. Hamlin got married, all their lives would be radically changed. And if Julia had to leave the orphanage, she had no idea what she would do. Julia swept that painful thought away and steadied her gaze at Shelby. She couldn’t hide her true feelings from this girl. Julia took Shelby’s hand and answered as honestly as she could.

“I don’t think she’ll get married, but if she does, God will take care of us, like He always has.” Julia lifted her chin in a smile. “And really, Mrs. Hamlin may be forgetful, but no one could forget that. I sure wouldn’t.”

Ardy, a shy Swedish girl, removed her dirty sheets from a small bed and then approached, taking Julia’s hand. “Don’t ya think you’ll ever be gettin’ married?”

“Actually, there is something I’ve been wanting to tell you all….” Julia leaned forward, resting her hands on her knees.

The two girls eyed each other in surprise, and Shelby’s brow furrowed.

“Come closer.” Julia curled a finger, bidding them.

“What is it?” Shelby asked, her eyes glued to Julia.

The girls leaned in. “I’d like to tell you…that there’s a wonderful man who’s asked me to marry him!”

The squeals of two girls erupted, followed by the cheers of nearly three dozen others who’d been quietly listening from the stairwell.

“There is?” Shelby reached forward and squeezed Julia’s hand.

Julia let out a hefty sigh and giggled. “No, you sillies. Well, at least not yet. Someday. Maybe.”

Shelby pouted “But you said… ”

“I said I’d like to tell you I had a man. I’d sure like to, but of course since I don’t, I’m happy to stay here with all of you.”

The girls moaned.

The squeak of the front door down on the first floor of the Revolutionary War–era home-turned-orphanage drew their attention. They waited as Mrs. Hamlin’s familiar chortle filled the air, along with a bash and clang of items—hopefully food and supplies that she’d picked up.

“Julia!” Mrs. Hamlin yelped. “Julia, dear, where are you?”

“Coming.” Julia hurried down the stairs to help the older woman.

Julia neared the bottom of the steps and paused, trying to stifle a laugh at the sight of the twinkly-eyed woman sprawled flat on her back. Scattered boxes and bags covered the donated rug.

“Mrs. Hamlin! What on earth? Why didn’t you get a steward to help you?”

“Oh, I didn’t want to be a bother.” She cheerfully picked herself up. “I was in such a hurry to show you all what I’d bought. And to tell you my surprise. Such a wonderful surprise.” Julia eyed the boxes and noted they were from R.H. Macy & Co. More than a dozen boxes waited to be opened, and she couldn’t imagine the cost.

“I found just what the girls need, and on sale!” the headmistress exclaimed.

What they need is more food—vitamin drops, too—and maybe a few new schoolbooks. But Julia didn’t dare say it. And somehow God’s hand of providence always provided.

“New clothes, I gather. That is a surprise.”

“But only half of it, dear.” Mrs. Hamlin rubbed her palms expectantly. “I also must tell you my news. The best news an old widow could hope for.”

Julia followed Mrs. Hamlin’s gaze toward the idle youngsters who’d gathered on the staircase to watch. Her eyes locked with Shelby’s, then she quickly looked away. “News?” The muscles in Julia’s stomach tightened.

“Girls,” Julia shooed them away with a wave of her hand, “you know better than to eavesdrop. Off to chores with you. We’ll have breakfast soon.”

The girls started to scurry off, but Mrs. Hamlin halted them with her words.

“No, no,” her high-pitched voice hailed. “Come back. This news is for all of you.” They circled around her, and she tenderly patted their bobbing heads.

“What is it?” Julia wasn’t sure she’d ever seen Mrs. Hamlin’s cheeks so rosy or her eyes so bright.

“I’m getting married!”



My Review:

Julia Cavanaugh, an orphan herself, is in charge of girls at the Open Door Home for Destitute Girls, a privately owned orphanage in Manhattan in 1889. Julia finds out that the headmistress is getting married and sending her on a voyage with the girls on an orphan train to the west. She plans to deliver the girls safely to their destination and return, but when she arrives in Lonesome Prairie Montana, a surprise awaits her. The headmistress has arranged for Julia to be a "mail order bride" to a miner in town. Thus begins a journey of another kind for Julia that will test her faith.

This not only tells a good love story, but also sheds light on what it was like to be a woman in the west from a Christian's perspective. It reminded me of the Love Comes Softly series by Jeanette Oke. If you love history and enjoy reading stories about the west, you will enjoy this book!

Aloha Friday: Black Friday

11/20/09
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Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

I am NOT a morning person. Anyone who knows me knows this very well. I don't function until I get some caffeine in me. I think it's crazy to get up early in the morning. I remember several years ago the Black Friday madness of waking up at 3 AM to get in line at the toy store for those super deals. Waiting in line for 2 hours in the cold. Madly dashing into the store and hoping I didn't get knocked into. Hurrying to pick out the items I need only to end up stuck in a line that never moved. Feeling exhausted after 5 hours just to see the smile on my son's face at Christmas.

I haven't done that in a long time.

My Question For You This Week Is: What are you doing on Black Friday? Are you one of those early morning shoppers or do you stay at home?


Wordless Wednesday: Just Ducky

11/18/09






For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also leave your link below.

Teaser Tuesday: Close Encounters of The Third-Grade Kind

11/17/09


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Seeing that I am a former third grade teacher, I thought this would be fun to post today.

My Teaser:

"If we outlawed sugar in schools, I'd worry about the new teachers most. They would never experience the thrill of scraping their students off the ceiling on November 1 because their mommies let them bring half their Halloween loot to school for snack."

pg. 204 Close Encounters of The Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood by Phillip Done

What are you reading? If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.
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Friend Makin' Monday: Favorite Recipe

11/16/09


I am not really into cooking. I'll admit it. My idea of cooking is something that requires the least amount of effort with fast results. But I am trying out new things for my family because the same foods get boring after a while.

Here is one of my favorite recipes I found at Campbell's Kitchen. It's a Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole and it's delish! I made the veggie-less version because my hubby hates vegetables. My 10 yr old son helped me make it and he loved it!

What are your favorite recipe around this time of year?

Today's Friend Makin' Monday is brought to you by Amber. Visit her blog and find some other great recipes and meet new friends!
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Robyns Online World: Win a Mini Dell by Taking the Mom Sends the Msg Pledge!

11/13/09
Robyns Online World: Win a Mini Dell by Taking the Mom Sends the Msg Pledge!

MomsMsg.com

I was blog hopping today and found this post @ robynsonlineworld. She is an ambassador for Mom Sends the Msg to help spread the word about keeping our minds on the wheel while driving in the car. Her goal is to hit more than 500 pledges over the weekend.

I think this is a wonderful message to share with everyone! I have seen so many distracted drivers on the roads. It's so important to think about the safety of others when driving.

Here is an excerpt:

Our Pledge

Driving while distracted can be more dangerous than driving drunk.

As moms, we want safer roads.

We know the time has come for us all to recognize the risks of distracted driving, to be more responsible and to mind the wheel.


If you want to get involved, you can take the pledge here.

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Aloha Friday: I'm Feelin' Soupy

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Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

It's rainy and gray outside. It's been that way for 3 straight days. I haven't been able to get out of the house for my daily walk and my hubby has my car. (His car got struck by a deer this weekend and is in the shop)

I'm going a little stir crazy. I am thinking about making some nice hot cocoa and having a nice comforting bowl of soup.

My Question For This Week Is:

What is your favorite kind of soup?

Twitter Moms & Target: Our Thanksgiving Traditions

11/12/09


Twitter Moms and Target are hosting a fun contest.

All you have to do is answer this question:

What three favorite family Thanksgiving traditions have you passed or will pass on to your children?

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to get together with family. Over the years, I have had different traditions.

Here are my 3 favorites:

1. Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This has been a tradition in my family since I was little. (My mom loved the movie Miracle on 34th Street.) We'd always sit and watch the Macy's parade while my mom & grandma were busy preparing our meal in the kitchen. Now I enjoy sitting with my son and talking about all the different floats and performers.

2. Taking time to sit and chat with loved ones around the table

My grandfather always told us some wonderful stories whenever we went to his house. These stories have become precious to me now that I don't live close to him. I want my son to hear family stories and have some wonderful memories to look back on. We also share the things that we are thankful for. I think it's important to pass along a spirit of thankfulness.

3. Playing Games/Watching Movies

After we've had a chance to let our food settle, we usually watch a movie or find a game that we can play as a family. Some of our favorite holiday family movies are:
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, and Home Alone. Some of our favorite family games are: Uno, Monopoly, and Scene It?

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

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Wordless Wednesday: My Prayer On Veteran's Day

11/11/09


For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.

Teaser Tuesday: Love Finds You In Lonesome Prairie Montana

11/10/09


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

"Before he made it two steps, a gunshot split the air. As Isaac spun around, the Indian women screamed, a baby's cry followed, and from outside a dog-Isaac's black-and-white sheepdog, Calamity-yapped."

pg. 24 Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana by Tricia Goyer & Ocieanna Fleiss

What are you reading? If you have a teaser, you can head on over to Miz B's blog or share it here by leaving a comment.
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Friend Makin Monday: Candle Favorites

11/9/09


I love colder weather! It means that the holidays are coming. Time for family, friends, traditions and one of the things that I love: CANDLES.

One of my favorite candle stores is Colonial Candle Crafters in Lewisberg, PA. My hubby & I discovered this wonderful shop when we were visiting his family. They have beautiful candles that are hand crafted from premium wax and all cotton wicks, designed to burn cleanly and evenly all the way down to the bottom. We even got to see someone carving or etching candles while we were there! You can check out their website here.

Here are some of my favorite scents:



Cucumber Melon




Warm Apple Cake



Pumpkin Pie



What are your favorite scents?

Today's Friend Makin' Monday is brought to you by Amber. Visit her blog and find out what other friends are sharing.

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for posting this information. I am only sharing my opinions on one of my favorite candle sites to share with my readers.
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More Thank Yous!

11/6/09
I received some more cool awards from some bloggy friends this week.



I received this Kreative Blogger award from my friend Molly @ Book Reviews by Buuklvr81. You'll want to check out her latest book giveaway!

Along with this award, I am supposed to list 7 of my favorite things:

1. My Family
2. My pets
3. Books
4. Jane Austen movies
5. Sunflowers
6. Rocking chairs on porches
7. Museums



I also received this new award from Angel @ Angel Believes. I just recently discovered her blog; she writes about family, being a mom, and about her faith.

With this award, I am to be honest about 10 things in my life:

1. You probably already know this, but I love books! I could browse for days in a bookstore. If I bought all the books I want to read, I think I'd be in the poor house.

2. I'm a nerd and probably always will be.

3. I'm pretty introverted by nature, but once you get to know me you'll probably wish that I stopped talking!

4. If I had the opportunity, I'd probably go back to school and earn my Masters to become a children's librarian. I think it would be wonderful to be surrounded by the things I love all day.

5. I've always wanted to write a novel. I'm hoping maybe some day I will.

6. I'm a Mountain Dew addict. You don't want to see me in the morning without it!

7. This list is making me think too much. And I'm not a morning person. I haven't had enough Mountain Dew flowing through my veins to come up with something humorous and creative. Drat!

I am passing this award onto:

Jen @ The Thrifty Home
Tricia @ Five Little Monkeys
Sarah @ 8 Muddy Boots
Brittanie @ A Book Lover
Vanessa @ A Military Wife's Mahem
Blue Violet @ A Nut in a Nutshell
Annissa Rae @ A Page In My Book

Thank you friends for the awesome awards!

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Aloha Friday: They Drive Me Crazy

writing prompts, blogging prompts

Here is how Aloha Friday works from Kailani's blog An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

I don't enjoy my morning commute to take my son to school. It takes me between 30-45 minutes to get there and the same amount of time to get back. And every morning I get annoyed by some driver who thinks that they are inside a video game. I get cut off, nearly run into, and have to hit my breaks more often than I would like. The traffic on the highways I have to take to get there really stinks!

Oh, and don't get me started about the people who don't know what a turn signal is or what a safe driving distance between you and the car in front of you is for.....

My Question For This Week Is: What drives you crazy?

I've Been Nominated!

11/5/09



The Attic Girl has been nominated for the Love This Site! Awards over at Divine Caroline!

The top vote getters – one from each of their nine channels – will receive a $250 Visa® gift card. Plus the editors will choose nine winners who will also receive $250 Visa gift cards.

I have been nominated in the Parenting channel (which encompasses a lot of different themed blogs).

I would love to win a VISA gift card! So if you enjoy my blog, please head over and vote here. You can also nominate your other favorite sites!

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Time Out For Theta Mom Thursday



Theta Mom Thursday is all about YOU! According to Heather at Theta Mom "the goal is to grab one hour of time within one week to do whatever you want…without the kids. It’s such an amazing proposition, I know! On Thursdays, post how you spent your “time out”.

PSSSST!

I'm going to tell you a little secret!

SHHHHHH!

Come Closer....



I ate my dinner backwards this week! I took a nice bowl of vanilla ice cream and drizzled Hershey's chocolate syrup all over it. And I indulged in it's ooey gooey goodness!

Why did I eat ice cream for dinner? Well, you see, my hubby has been working late and it's been difficult to time dinner. He texted me that he wasn't coming home until nearly 7:30.

My stomach was growling. I was alone (my son was at his dad's)...

So I decided, why wait? It's always a good time for ice cream!

That's how I spent my time out. Indulging. Heavenly!


Have you taken time out for you this week? Head over to Heather's blog to link up and find out what other Theta moms have been doing. (to find out more about what a Theta mom is click here)

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Wordless Wednesday: More Park Fun

11/4/09
Here are some more photos from last weekend walking around Downs Park. This is the koi pond in their garden.







For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.

Review of Texas Heat by Debra White Smith

11/3/09


About the Author(from the publisher):

Debra White Smith is a seasoned Christian author, speaker, and media personality who has been regularly publishing books for a decade. She has written over fifty books with over one million books in print. Along with Debra's being voted a fiction-reader favorite several times, her book Romancing Your Husband was a finalist in the 2003 Gold Medallion Awards. And her Austen series novel First Impressions was a finalist in the 2005 Retailers Choice Awards.

Visit Debra's web site to find more great titles. She also has a page at Harper Collins.

My Review:

Texas Heat is the first in the series Lone Star Intrigue. The story opens with single mother Charli being arrested by her former boyfriend Jack Mansfield on embezzlement charges. Jack is the police chief of Bullard, Texas and has no choice but to carry out the arrest warrant, even though he doesn't believe that Charli is guilty.

Because he still has feelings for her, Jack decides to prove that Charli is innocent by hiring his brother Sonny who is a private-eye. Together they try to find out who has framed Charli. Along the way, Jack finds that this is a harder job than he thinks. Someone is trying to get rid of Charli.

I love Debra White Smith's easy writing style. She draws you into the characters and her stories are always full of great plot lines. I really felt for Charli since she was a single mom who had been abandoned by her husband and left to raise a five year old daughter. She regretted being swept off her feet by someone that she honestly didn't know very well. The love that she and Jack still carried over the years was very strong and I found myself wanting to prod them and get them together. This was a wonderful mystery full of twists and turns! You will not want to put this book down.

You can purchase a copy of this book at Harper Collins.

Special thanks to Debra White Smith for providing me with an autographed copy to review.

Friend Makin' Monday

11/2/09


A lot of folks are talking about what they did for Halloween. I was kinda bummed out, as I usually am when I don't have my son for a special day. He was at his dad's this year. So I didn't see him in his costume or take him out around the neighborhood. I also didn't get to snag any of his treats (which may have been a good thing for my hips!)

But if I had to pick my favorite candy, I would choose Mr. Goodbar. I don't know what it is about the combination of milk chocolate and salty peanuts, but I love it!

What is your favorite Halloween (or fall) candy?

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