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Glass Road PR Book Tour & Review of Allon by Shawn Lamb

4/30/10
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Glass Road Public Relations for the purpose of review. 

Summary from Amazon:

The land of Allon was a paradise until the fall of the Guardians paved the way for the rise of the Dark Way. Evil King Marcellus now controls the land as his forefathers did, with an iron fist and the help of the evil spirit, Dagar. But an ancient prophecy speaks of a time to come when the Guardians will return and Allon will be restored--lead by its rightful heir. All the while, the exiled teenage Promised Prince, Ellis, must prove himself worthy to be king through a series of supernatural trials that test his character, wisdom, courage, and his heart.
The first in the Allon series, this magical tale of adventure, destiny, and faith will test your strength and awaken your spirit of adventure.

Author Bio:

Shawn Lamb has written for children's television and has won several screenwriting awards, including a Certificate of Merit from the American Screenwriters Association. She is active in various church ministries and has created her own curriculum based upon Proverbs 31. Shawn lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband of 25 years and their college-aged daughter.

Review/My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful fantasy adventure that reminded me of Eragon by Christopher Paolini.  Shawn Lamb has created an exciting and magical world that has a wonderful message woven throughout.  There is plenty of action and adventure for any fantasy fiction fan.  Your preteen and/or teen will love the first book in the series!

You can also enjoy an interactive website including a gallery, interactive map of Allon, avatars of the characters, and details about the author here.

Wordless Wednesday: Doggone Fun

4/28/10






























For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom.  You can also leave a link for your Wordless Wednesday post in the linky below.


Teaser Tuesdays: That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman

4/27/10


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:

"A daytime date is for guys who are just testing the waters before committing to a nighttime date. If Mark had been scheduled to work that night, it would have meant something different. Because daytime would have been the only time he could take me out. But since he was, in fact, off that night, took me on a daytime date anyway, and then never called....Well, there's no point in going on, is there?"

--pg. 61 That's (Not Exactly) Amore by Tracey Bateman Book Three in the Drama Queens Series

I find this really hilarious! My hubby and I went on a daytime date and we've been married for 3 years now. :)

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.




Skin MD Natural Mother's Day Pamper Package

4/26/10
Have you heard about the great Mother's Day Giveaway from Skin MD Natural?   From April 26th-May 5th, you have a chance to win this great Mother's Day Pamper Package which is valued at over $150!







Including...

2 Bottles Skin MD Natural original formula
2 Bottles Skin MD Natural SPF15 formula
7 Piece Manicure Kit
Emery Board
Nail Brush
Angled Nail Clippers
Regular Nail Clippers
Cuticle Nipper
Four Way Buffer
Cuticle Sticks
5 Piece Pedicure Kit
Toenail Clipper
Pair of Toe Separators
Stainless Steel File
Ceramic Buffer
Secure Grip Cap
Lush 6 Pieces Naked Set
Sexy Peel Soap
Buffy Solid Body Butter
Therapy Solid Massage Bar
Squeaky Green Solid Shampoo Bar
Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap
Vitamin E Toner Tab
Bath Bomb
Bubble Bar
Pair of Spa Socks
Luxury Cloth Loofah
Soothing Gel Eye Mask
3 Candles with Seashell filled Candle Holders

Rules for Entry
Must reside in the USA

Methods of Entry
1. Sign up for their weekly skin care & beauty e-newsletter here http://www.skinmdnatural.com/forms/mothersday-giveaway.php. When you sign up you’ll receive a free gift their 20 page DIY Beauty Guide
2. Follow @skinmdnatural on Twitter
3. Tweet - I entered to win the @skinmdnatural Mother's Day Pamper Package Giveaway
4. Fan Skin MD Natural on Facebook
5. Post about the giveaway on your blog and email giveaway@skinmdnatural.com the link to your post


Winner of the Simply Go-Gurt Prize Pack

Thank you to all who entered the Simply Go-Gurt "Simplify Your Life" Giveaway!











The winner is:

 














Congrats Laura!  I will be emailing you for your contact information.

Friday Follow & Aloha Friday

4/23/10
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.

Yesterday was Take Your Child To Work Day. Since my son already missed a day of school and I work from home, my kiddo went to school as usual.

My Question For You This Week:

Did you bring your child to work yesterday and what did he/she do for the day?




Welcome to this fun blog hop from One 2 Try, Midday Escapades, and
Hearts Make Families.  It's a great way to make new friends! 

Here's how YOU can join the celebration:

* * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add to one blog linky.
* * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
* * Follow as many blogs as you like
* * Comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow
* * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

If you are follower, please leave a comment below with your blog link so I can follow you. 

Happy Friday!



Mother's Day Giveaway 2010 at 5 Minutes for Mom

4/22/10
Mother's Day 2010

In case you haven't heard, the Mother's Day Giveaway at 5 Minutes for Mom just started today and will run through May 4th. There are going to be some great prizes like a $300 Four Seasons Gift Certificate, HP Mini 210, celebrity gift basket and a designer purse. So don't forget to stop by each day to see what great prize is being offered!

(Today's prize is an Indio Leather Hobo worth $119)



Wordless Wednesday: Spring Blooms

4/21/10


For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your post by leaving your link below.

Teaser Tuesdays: Amanda by Debra White Smith

4/20/10


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:

"Nate narrowed his eyes.  His first thoughts included a match-making scheme that involved him and some unnamed woman he wouldn't be caught dead with.  Amanda was forever trying to marry off the world."

--pg. 21 Amanda (The Austen Series) by Debra White Smith

Can you guess what Jane Austen book this is based on?

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.

Winner of the $20 Giant/Stop & Shop Give Card

4/19/10












Thank you to all who entered the $20 Giant/Stop & Shop Gift Card Giveaway! The winner is:




















Doreen
Congratulations Doreen! I will be emailing you for your contact information.

Gift Card Giveaway Ending Soon & Friday Follow

4/16/10
Just a quick reminder that the $20 Gift Card Giveaway to Giant/Stop & Shop ends on Sunday.  There are few entries so your chances are pretty good!

Friday Follow

Welcome to this fun blog hop from One 2 Try, Midday Escapades, and
Hearts Make Families.  It's a great way to make new friends! 

Here's how YOU can join the celebration:

* * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add to one blog linky.
* * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
* * Follow as many blogs as you like
* * Comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow
* * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

If you are follower, please leave a comment below with your blog link so I can follow you. 

Happy Friday!



Wordless Wednesday: Gettysburg

4/14/10
These photos were taken on the car tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park.





Eternal Light Peace Memorial





The flame up close





View of the Battlefields


One of many Cannons




Our favorite memorial







On the side of the memorial



Gettysburg National Cemetery

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your post by leaving your link below.


Teaser Tuesdays: Just Jane by Nancy Moser

4/13/10


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:

"If a book is well written, I always find it too short.  The boldness in the craft that these authors possess inspires me to try my hand at it.   Not that my busyness will ever amount to much."

--pg. 35 Just Jane by Nancy Moser

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.

Stop & Shop and Giant Gift Card Giveaway

4/12/10

 I'd like to tell you about an exciting promotion this month from General Mills, Stop and Shop and Giant.


If you buy 5 participating General Mills items with your Giant or Stop & Shop card and use a re-usable shopping bag April 16-29, you will be automatically entered to win a 2010 eco-friendly Hybrid car! The more you buy, the better your chances to win. Limit one entry per visit.


This is open to residents of MA, RI, CT, NH, NJ, NY, MD, DE, VA or DC and individuals at least 18 years old. For details about the sweepstakes, see in-store for complete rules. No purchase is necessary.


You can also enter without making a purchase by completing an official entry form at your local Stop & Shop or Giant store.


There are two different sets of General Mills items participating each week of the promotion:


Week 1, April 16-22


Cascadian Farms Cereal
Cascadian Farms Frozen Vegetables
Progresso Light, Reduced Sodium and High Fiber Soups
Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes
Betty Crocker Boxed Muffins
Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch
Nature Valley Crunchy, Sweet & Salty,Trail Mix and Yogurt Bars
Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters
General Mills Fiber One Chewy Bars
Betty Crocker Gushers, Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Rollups
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
Yo-Plus, Yoplait Fiber One or Yoplait Delights Multi Pack
Yoplait Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, Light Thick & Creamy or Whips
Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
Totino's Pizza Rolls 90 Ct.
Cheerios 18 Oz
Cinnamon Toast Crunch 24.9 Oz
Honey Nut Cheerios 25.25 Oz
Kix 18 Oz
Lucky Charms 24 Oz
Multigrain Cheerios 16.2 Oz


Week 2, April 23-29


Cascadian Farms Cereal
Green Giant Vegetables
Nature Valley Crunchy or Sweet & Salty Granola Bars
Green Giant Boxed Vegetables or Prepared Vegetables, Simple Steam Seasoned Vegetables or Rices
Green Giant Wanchai Ferry Entrees
Yoplait Frozen Smoothies
Totino's Pizza Rolls
Pillsbury Savorings
Fiber One Muffins
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls
Yoplait Greek Style Yogurt
Yoplait Kid Multi Pack
Cheerios 14 Oz
Cocoa Puffs 16.5 Oz
Honey Nut Cheerios 17 Oz
Lucky Charms 16 oz
Multigrain Cheerios 12.8 Oz
Reeses Peanut Butter Puffs 18 Oz


Giveaway:   MyBlogSpark is offering one $20 Gift Card to Stop & Shop/Giant to one of my readers. 


Required Entry: (don't forget to leave your email address if it's not in your profile)


--Tell me which General Mills products you will stock up on.


Extra Entries: (leave a separate comment for each thing you do):


1.  Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend and leave a comment that you are a follower


2.  Subscribe to my blog via email on Feedburner and leave a comment (right sidebar)


3.  Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment with your username


4.  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a direct link to your tweet in a comment (one tweet per day). You can copy and paste the following tweet:


 Win a $20 Giant/Stop & Shop Gift Card @atticgirl76 http://bit.ly/aa9lOC #giveaway


 5.  Become a Fan of The Attic Girl on Facebook and leave a comment with your name


6.  Add The Attic Girl button and/or my store button to your blog and leave the link (one entry for each button)


7.  Vote for The Attic Girl at Top Mommy Blogs (click on the button below)

Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory








This giveaway ends:  Sunday April 18th at 12:00 PM EST and is open to US residents 18 and older only.  This prize will be directly shipped from the sponsor.

Disclaimer: The information, $20 gift card, and additional gift card to give away were all provided to me from General Mills and Giant/Stop & Shop through MyBlogSpark.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2010!

4/9/10
Ultimate Blog Party 2010

If you are visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party, welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

This is my 2nd year participating. This is a fun way to connect with other women and to win some great prizes!

There are so many cool prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party, but my top three picks would be:

the Grand Prize; a Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025, a custom wordpress blog by Uniquehorn Designs or a 3 day 2 night stay from Holiday Inn Main Gate East in Kissimmee, FL.

And if my top three picks are already chosen, I’d love any of the following (in order of preference):
(US ONLY) #11, #37, #32, #52, #31, #61, #7, or #46 ( US & CANADA) #3, #8, #15 or #32.

You can visit Five Minutes For Mom to see all the details and find links to other great blogs!


Let me tell you a little bit about myself....

I....


....am a WAHM (work-at-home mom) of one son who is 10 years old. He is the joy of my life and I feel so blessed to be his mom!

...co-own an eBay store with my hubby called Donny Dixon's Attic. We sell new and gently used name brand clothing, shoes, accessories, and other unique items. (I had to throw a shameless plug in there!)

...am a book junkie and try to fit it into my schedule as much as possible. I love to read mostly Christian fiction, but now and then, I'll branch out of my comfort zone and read non-fiction. I blog for books to feed my habit.


While you're here, I hope you'll enter my latest giveaway: a Simply...Go-Gurt Prize Pack. I also hope you'll leave a comment with your blog link so I can drop by your fabulous blog too.

Enjoy the party!

Simply Go-Gurt Review, Coupons & Prize Pack Giveaway

4/8/10


Have you heard about new Simply... Go-Gurt?  It is made from simple ingredients and does not contain any high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors or flavors.  It comes in a convenient portable tube and is a great source of calcium and Vitamin D.




It is available in two kid-friendly flavors:  mixed berry and strawberry.


My son is a huge fan of Go-Gurt and so am I. It's convenient to put in your child's lunchbox without having to worry about silverware.


When I heard about this new Simply... Go-Gurt, I knew we had to try it!


We tried out the mixed berry flavor. It tastes just as great but without the added "too sweet" taste. And you can feel good knowing that it is a healthy snack option for your kids.


Want to try Simply...Go-Gurt for yourself?













Giveaway: MyBlogSpark and Yoplait are offering one of my readers this "Simplify Your Life" prize pack above which includes:


*a free coupon for a box of Simply Go-Gurt**
*a pocket Etch a Sketch
*a car seat back organizer
*a weekly planner organizer




**This coupon offer for free Simply... Go-Gurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota and Tennessee.


Required Entry: (don't forget to leave your email address if it's not in your profile)


--Share a wholesome snacking tip that makes your child smile 

Extra Entries: (leave a separate comment for each thing you do):


1.  Follow my blog publicly on Google Friend and leave a comment that you are a follower


2.  Subscribe to my blog via email on Feedburner and leave a comment (right sidebar)

3.  Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment with your username


4.  Tweet about this giveaway and leave a direct link to your tweet in a comment (one tweet per day). You can copy and paste the following tweet:

 Win a Simply Go-Gurt Prize Pack at The Attic Girl blog @atticgirl76 http://bit.ly/99NjuB #giveaway

 5.  Become a Fan of The Attic Girl on Facebook and leave a comment with your name


6.  Add The Attic Girl button and/or my store button to your blog and leave the link (one entry for each button)


7.  Vote for The Attic Girl at Top Mommy Blogs (click on the button below)

Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory





This giveaway ends:  Thurs. April 22 at 12:00 PM EST and is open to US residents 18 and older only.

Also, the first 30 people to click on the "free yogurt" tab below will get a free coupon** to try out Simply...Go-Gurt. After those 30 coupons have been claimed, you can download a $1.10 off coupon.




Disclaimer: The Simply...Go-Gurt coupon, prize pack, information, and additional prize pack to give away were all provided to me from Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

Wordless Wednesday: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

4/7/10
These were taken in St. Michael's at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. We were able to tour the museum and ride on a sailboat out to see The Bounty (a ship that was in several movies).


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Sail going up




Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Hooper Strait Lighthouse



Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Full View of The Bounty



Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
An Osprey Nest


For more Wordless Wednesday, visit Five Minutes for Mom. You can also share your post by leaving your link below.

Teaser Tuesdays: Perfect Piece by Rebeca Seitz

4/6/10


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:

"Jamison sat by Meg's hospital bed, his laptop warm on his legs, her deep breaths of sleep assuring him of her life. A brain tumor. A selfish, evil mass right there in his wife's brain."

--pg. 19 Perfect Piece by Rebeca Seitz

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.


Attention Nicholas Sparks fans

4/5/10
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You've probably seen all the commercials on t.v. about the movie starring Miley Cyrus. I am a huge fan of Nicholas Sparks and I definitely love the movies based on his books.

Before you watch the movie, why not read the book?


Libby at Libby's Library News is giving away 3 copies of The Last Song. For all of you Nicholas Sparks fans, you will want to enter! The giveaway ends April 26th.

Aloha Friday: Good Friday

4/2/10
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.

Today is Good Friday. For my family, this is a time of reflection on Jesus, his amazing love, and his sacrifice on the cross. On Sunday, we will celebrate his resurrection and the promise of salvation.

John 3:16,17
(16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (17) For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.


My Question for You This Week: What does Easter mean to you?

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