Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pandora's Succession Book Tour And Review




Former Hoosier Track champion, Russell Brooks, hangs up track spikes to write debut action/thriller.


“Russell Brooks kicks off the release of his debut action/thriller, Pandora’s Succession, with a virtual book tour from October 24 to November 14, 2010. Free ebooks and other prizes.”
Get free ebooks and enter at the "STOP THE SUCCESSION" Virtual Book Tour, which runs from October 24 to November 14, 2010 and celebrates the launch of Pandora’s Succession by Russell Brooks. Simply leave a comment on a blog or site with your email address. Everyone that leaves a comment with their email address (in the body of your message) will win an autographed ebook cover. After the blog tour, 10 commenters from all of the blogs will be drawn to win free autographed ebook copies of Pandora's Succession.
STOP THE SUCCESSION tour schedule.

Pandora’s Succession


Where would you hide if you learned the CDC and a major pharmaceutical company unleashed a hyperdeadly microbe on the human race?


CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancée’s killers—a weapons consortium called The Arms of Ares. When an informant leads him to an old bunker outside of Groznyy, Chechnya, Fox is captured, beaten, and left for dead. When the informant rescues him, Fox learns that his capture was no coincidence: someone had set him up—possibly another government agent. Fox barely escapes after learning that Ares has acquired a hyperdeadly
microbe—called Pandora—that is believed to have wiped out ancient civilizations. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo where he discovers that people within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Japanese Intelligence want Pandora for themselves. The only person Fox can trust is a woman from his past who he nearly got killed.

Author’s biography-


Russell Brooks is a former Canadian Track Team member in the 100 and 200 metres. He has written several essays on his blog The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He has also written the short story, To The Last Bite, and produced his own poetry/novel-themed show, The Russell Show, on YouTube. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.


You can learn more about Russell Brooks at http://www.russellparkway.com/


Action Packed and at times quite funny!!

This is my first e-book to review and I greatly enjoyed it!!

Russell keeps you on your toes waiting for the next awesome action scene which comes quite frequently!!

He really did his research with this novel. He knows a lot about weapons, and martial arts!!

This book reminded me a lot of movies like the Bourne Identity, and Mission Impossible.

If you are an action nut, head over to Amazon and get a copy of Pandora's Succession today!!

If you would like to ask Russell a question, please leave them in the comments below, along with your email address and get an autographed copy of the books cover!!


**All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was given a PDF copy of this book to review thanks to Russell Brooks.**







Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday Giveaway Link Up

Can you guys believe that this is the last weekend of October??

Where did the year go??




Kosher By Design Cookbook Review


Since her first cookbook bearing the Kosher by Design moniker appeared in 2003, self-taught chef Susie Fishbein has become the culinary heroine of borscht-bored kosher cooks throughout North America. So influential is the home-based wife and mother of four that in May 2010 Fishbein was invited to the White House in recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month.

As a feature highlight of the upcoming New York area KosherFest conference on
October 26-27, Fishbein (aka the Kosher Diva) will officially launch her seventh
cookbook, Kosher by Design Teens & 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation,aimed at the young and digital-savvy fast food generation and those who cook for them. Along with scheduled signings, Fishbein will also conduct a tasting demo based on the new cookbook.

Noting how her family life has influenced her career as a cookbook author, Fishbein said, "When my kids were younger, I published Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen. They learned to cook simple recipes with me. I have a couple of teens now and their appetites have changed. This new cookbook equips young adults with knowledge and skills to create their own amazing foods - from a quick and delicious snack to a whole party."

While unapologetically a Jewish mother, Fishbein's recipes are light-years beyond
traditional chicken soup, gefilte fish, and kasha varnishkes. In fact, among the 100 new recipes, little is discernibly Jewish (OK - the Hot Pretzel Challah, perhaps - and there is a tasty Chicken Soup recipe). Teens & 20-Somethings serves up tantalizing American-style dishes such as Turkey Sliders, Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast, Tater Tot Casserole, and Tie-Dye Cookies.

The international influences in this cookbook are abundant. Imagine coming home to a
dinner made by your college student, featuring Mexican Pizza Empanadas, Creamy
Gnocchi Pesto Salad, Thai Chicken Burgers, Hoisin Vegetables, and finishing with a
Chocolate Tart in Pretzel Crust. There are dozens of suggestions here to "eat your way around the world."

Award-winning food photographer John Uher, whose client list includes Godiva
Chocolates and Bacardi Rum, has worked with Susie since the original Kosher by Design was released in 2003. Uher's 100+ images in Teens & 20-Somethings are vivid and motivating.

Fishbein provides clear and simple guidance throughout the cookbook to help young
cooks develop confidence in preparing dishes that appeal equally to the eye and palette. She offers important tips for healthy eating, safety in the kitchen, essential utensils, and menu planning.

Anyone with food sensitivities will appreciate the convenient sidebar symbols that
indicate gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian recipes. In accordance with kosher cooking requirements, each recipe is clearly marked as meat, dairy, or parve (neither meat nor dairy).

She also encourages her culinary protégés to go beyond personal or family cooking; she offers four lively party templates, including a baseball theme and a board game night.

Susie's sold-out coast-to-coast cooking demos, along with her appearances on national television and radio, have elevated kosher cuisine to a more sophisticated level in public perception. Book critic Benyamin Cohen, former editor of youth-oriented Jewsweek.com and American Jewish Life, says of Susie Fishbein, "She's a phenom - singlehandedly redefining kosher cooking."

But bottom line: What can the average digital-centric teen or 20-something expect to find in this curiously different cookbook? Susie quips, "Delicious fun - LOL!"

About the book:

Kosher by Design Teens & 20-Somethings by Susie Fishbein
ISBN: 978-1422609989
Publisher: Mesorah Publications Ltd.
Date of publish: Oct 26, 2010
Pages:
S.R.P.: $29.99

About the author:

Susie Fishbein is an everyday cook who loves to share her passion for cooking and
entertaining with friends and family. Her enthusiasm for food and entertaining led to the creation of her best-selling cookbook, Kosher by Design, published in 2003 by ArtScroll Shaar Press. Since then, Fishbein has debuted Kosher by Design Entertains, Kosher by Design: Kids in the Kitchen Kosher by Design: Short on Time, Passover by Design, Kosher by Design Lightens Up, and the newly published Kosher by Design Teens & 20-Somethings. Unit sales in the series have exceeded 400,000 copies.

As a teen, Fishbein loved to carve floral centerpieces from vegetables. In her dorm days, she cooked up gourmet meals on a one-burner hot plate. Having earned an MA in
science education, Susie decided to combine her love for cooking and teaching and thus was born the bestselling Kosher by Design cookbook series. Today, Susie travels the country sharing culinary techniques through book signings and cooking demonstrations.
She has appeared on national television shows such as The Today Show and Sheila
Bridges Designer Living, as well as on Martha Stewart Radio. She presented her cooking talents at the International Festival of Food and Wine at Epcot Center in Orlando in October, 2006. She has also taught at the prestigious De Gustibus Cooking School in New York as well as onboard Chosen Voyage kosher cruise lines. In May 2010, she marked Jewish American Heritage Month at the White House with the President and other dignitaries.

This is a great cookbook!!

I love how the recipes are so easy to make!!

We've tried a couple and can't wait to try more!!

Our favorites are the Pineapple Maple Glazed Salmon, Pita Pizzas, and Banana Pumpkin Cornbread!!

These recipes are easy enough for my 23 yr old Sister to make, and easy for us Mom's who really don't feel like complicated meals one night!!






Mrs.Pinkelmeyer And Moopus McGlinden Review


Meet the silliest, warmest know-it-all, Mrs. Pinkelmeyer from Poppingham, England and her furry brown dog, Moopus McGlinden, in their first adventure. This fresh, funny, and charmingly illustrated children story (www.mrspinkelmeyerbooks.com ) will make even the youngest children laugh and smile. When Mrs. Pinkelmeyer tries to put her rrrrump rrrroast in the oven, (rolling her "r"s like everyone else in her small town), she talks on the phone to a mysterious stranger in New York who is caring for her nephew while his parents are away. Any child who has felt the sadness of separation from a loved one
knows a good story can provide just the right comfort. Mrs. Pinkelmeyer distracts Henry who missed his parents so much that he was no longer singing or playing. As Mrs.Pinkelmeyer talks to little Henry on the phone from the other side of the Atlantic, he forgets his absent parents while concentrating on Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus.

Mrs. Pinkelmeyer goes on to tell Henry of Moopus's adventures at the butcher shop
where he skips and sings and takes a juicy steak bone home to hide away and eat in
private. After slobbering all over the bone, Moopus is in need of a bath. Mrs.
Pinkelmeyer scrubs her furry friend everywhere, even behind his ears. Hearing this sends Henry into giggles all over again (in addition to giving him a subtle message about cleanliness). Though in the end Mrs. Pinkelmeyer burns her rrrrump rrrroast (don't forget the rolling r's), she is unconcerned, because she is so happy to have helped Henry feel better. This book is the perfect gift for a child ( www.mrspinkelmeyerbooks.com ) whose parents are leaving on a trip or going to be absent for any reason. All children, however, will fall in love with the irrepressible joy embodied by Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and her dog Moopus. Burn the RRRRump RRRRoast is the first in a series of Pinkelmeyer stories. It won't be long before Mrs. P. and Moopus come skipping by again.


Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast can help any
child whose parents are going away, whether on a short trip or just for a few hours.
Illustrations by Michael Swaim bring to life this kind-hearted English lady and her silly dog. Although Mrs. Pinkelmeyer's dinner gets burned to a crisp, she doesn't mind because she helped Henry feel better. Anyone who has felt sad about being separated from loved ones will smile when listening to this gentle and funny story. "When I created this story I was so happy knowing that it would make children smile if they were sad while missing their parents."

About the book:
Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast by Jennifer
Kelman
ISBN: 978-1608446124
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Date of publish: August 3, 2010
Pages: 38
S.R.P.: $15.99

About the author:
Jennifer Kelman, who has a master's degree in social work from New York University,
founded a nonprofit organization to prevent eating disorders, lecturing to more than
10,000 students and parents. She was inspired to write this story after caring for her
nephew when his parents were away. She has created a line of products that includes
dolls, music, temporary tattoos and a children's book series based on Mrs. Pinkelmeyer.
This is the first book in that series.

This is a cute kids story!!

Ben loved the name Mrs.Pinkelmeyer. He laughed and laughed every time we said the name.

He also loved when she gives her dog a bath!! He thought that was funny too!!

I really loved the illustrations!! Michael Swain does a great job with the drawings!!

I recommend this book for 2-4 yr olds!!








Upcoming CSN Stores Review




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You won't believe the wide selection of household products, including beautiful Bar Furniture
, Health and Fitness Products and even Children's Toys!!





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With Christmas right around the corner, CSN Stores is perfect for one stop shopping!!




Phantom Four Book Review



Novelist Roger Wilson today announced the release of
Phantom Four, Children of the Grave. An exciting blend of horror, mystery, comedy
and romance, Wilson's novel slowly unveils the amazingly powerful, but equally cursed
powers of darkness four brothers suddenly find within their own souls.

In 1735 a Caucasian woman in her early forties uses a professor to translate the message
she has found in a Himalayan cave. A prediction from Christ before the disciples started
following him, His words name the arrival of Satan on Earth and the four dark warriors
who will be born to protect the innocent through the use of the unimaginable powers of
darkness they will be given to fight this evil.

Two and a half centuries later, in 1985, Damon Smith is driving like a madman to the
Brookdale Hospital to get there before his wife Julia gives birth to quadruplets. When the
four boys reach five years of age, they undergo a supernatural "accident" near their
Brooklyn home, and twenty years later they emerge with no memory of their past or their
family.

Slowly, as they fight to discover who they are, they discover they each have formidable,
but cursed powers within their souls and they come to understand that they are the ones
who have been chosen to defend New York City from the newly unleashed demons of
Hell, just as Christ had predicted.

The paranormal lives and perilous adventures of these four warriors -- Rex, Kevin, Paul
and Oscar -- have been being nourished in the minds of Roger Wilson and his brother
Brian since they were eight and four years old. Their full story has now come to fruition
in the exciting new adventure Phantom Four, Children of the Grave.

About the book:
Phantom Four, Children of the Grave by Roger Wilson
ISBN: 978-1-4327-6122-6
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: Sept 13, 2010
Pages: 192
S.R.P.: $14.95

About the authorRoger Wilson is a first time author who has created and written fictional stories for many
years and has an unbridled passion for his work. He is a son, a brother and an uncle of
four. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he currently resides in Bayonne, New Jersey.

I am a little disappointed with this book.

When I first learned about the book, the plot sounded great.


The world is going to Hell in the year 2010, or is it?

Four brothers who go through an unfortunate "accident" reemerge 20 years later with no memory of their past or family. While they try to find out who they are, they discover that they must protect the citizens of New York City from the devils of the underworld. Hell has opened their gates wide, and NYC will experience inevitable doom, unless these heroes fight the overwhelming odds. Fortunately, they also discover they have amazing, god-like powers of darkness within their souls.

However, their gifts come with a horrible price.

Those powers are cursed, and they must deal with the curse in the most violent and sadistic way possible! Also, the darkness is growing inside them, turning them into true creatures of the night. And as they grow stronger, so does the curse! To make matters worse, they must hide all of this from their love interests. The brothers realize quickly that they will never be able to live a normal life, and that their girlfriends' lives are in danger just by being with them. However, those ladies hold a special place in their lives, for the loving hearts of their women are the only thing that is keeping them from going insane with rage.

With a forgotten past, a perilous future they were brought into against their will, and more tragic surprises that await them, life is extremely difficult for the brothers. Still, they are heroes, and now evil has something to fear. They must take the road no one has ever traveled, embark on this quest to discover their ultimate destiny, and eventually face the most legendary of evils...

And that is only the beginning!

This story contains unique personalities and detailed fight scenes for non-stop action. It also contains bone-chilling horror, hilarious comedy between the brothers, and plenty of mystery and suspense to keep you reading. Phantom Four is also a very romantic tale, as they each show their girlfriends just how special they are to them, while keeping the sad truth a secret from them. There are many heart-warming moments that might just make you cry. It contains adult language, violence and gore, and sexual content. It is not intended for children. There are no boring chapters. Once you start reading, you might not ever put the book down! Phantom Four is a riveting adventure that will keep you on the edge of excitement from start to finish.

But the Author writes the book in manuscript form. That drove me nuts!!

It was very hard to read.

Besides the form of the writing, the story line was pretty good. I would love to re-read this if the Author writes it in novel form.






Halloween Swap With Mommy Mandy


I love doing Holiday Swaps!!! They are soooo much fun!!

This swap was sponsored by Shannon over at The Mommy Files!!

I got to swap with Amanda from Mommy Mandy!!

Amanda sent me some cute games for the kids (Ben took those!!) and an adorable Bat stuffed toy (Doug took that!!)

There was also some mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (not pictured cause I ate them before the kids and hubby found them!!)

Thank you very much Amanda for the fun goodies, and thank you Shannon for hosting us!!!

I can't wait for the next one!!!

Sugar Tower Book Review


Veteran real estate broker, Jessica Dee Rohm, who has sold multi-million dollar condominiums for developers from Manhattan to Moscow, comes SUGAR TOWER! Set in today's Manhattan, Sugar Tower is a sharp and funny tale of a woman forced to reinvent herself as the platforms she built her life upon are dissolving beneath her feet. With uncanny perceptiveness, this novel delves into recent societal shifts that impact us all - the real estate bubble, the transience of wealth, the changing face of print journalism - in the context of a murder mystery that titillates and dazzles from beginning to end. The question on everyone's lips: Is Sugar Tower fiction...or fact?

In Sugar Tower, the great real estate crash has pulled the rug out from under one of New
York's best known developers. While he struggles to keep his family dynasty afloat, his
wife is found dead in the swimming pool of his newest trophy condominium, Sugar
Tower. The newspaper reporter covering the real estate beat at the City's second largest
daily becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the developer's wife and
inadvertently discovers secrets about Sugar Tower's wealthy occupants, normally
guarded by doormen and concierges, as well as a few about herself.

Sugar Tower was a quarter-finalist for the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the
Year Award, garnering the following comments from one of the contest's expert readers:

"Fascinating and well-written. I was hooked pretty quickly.the fact-dense prose flowed
well and clearly, giving no pause. It's not easy to introduce a number of characters early
in a work without putting the reader off or generating confusion, but in this case it was
cleverly done with enough description and involvement to make them stick. The murder
scene and surrounding characters were well built and can be recalled as needed. The
subject matter surrounding this mystery is timely and fresh without calling attention to
itself. The demise of the printed news story, the consequences of a young woman building
her career first, the wide dispersion of families, the trophy wife, the downside of privilege
and the fragility of invested wealth are among themes woven into [Sugar Tower], any or
all of which ...make this a first rate read."

About the book:
Sugar Tower by Jessica Dee Rohm
ISBN: 978-1453650097
Publisher: Olivicas Press
Date of publish: Sept 15, 2010
Pages: 301
S.R.P.: $16.00

About the author:
Jessica Dee Rohm is a serial entrepreneur with a MFA in Creative Writing and an MBA
from Columbia Business School. Sugar Tower is Ms. Rohm's third novel. Make Me an
Offer and The Secret Life of Sandrina M. are still in print.

This book seems so real, that it might just have happened!! (I hope not!!)

Mach is a news reporter trying desperately to save her job and her newspaper.

She decides to do a piece about a wealthy women's murder that has gone unsolved for the last year.

As she teams up with a cop on the Special Task Force, she learns alot about the "victim" and her high society life.

As you read along, you never know what kind of bad things are yet to be discovered about the "Victim."

I also love the way the murdered committed the crime. Very original!!

I really like Jessica's writing style. She keeps you wanting more.

I don't want to spoil anything, but the ending was extremely sad!!

I really liked this book, and I hope to read more of Jessica's writing.



The Birth Of An Assassin Book Review



In this prequel to The Heart of an Assassin, the reader will enter
the world of Theo Gresco on a journey that led him into a life of crime and betrayal. His youth
was stolen, his trust eroded and his destiny predicted a path of vengeance.

The Birth of an Assassin follows the life of a young man whose personal tragedies transform
him from a carefree innocent boy into a cold hearted and deadly assassin. Also during this era,
the rise of the Giordano and Costellino crime families is also followed.

The Heart of an Assassin tells the story of a man hired to take out the head of an organization
and how a single solitary act propelled a crime family into becoming one of the most influential
and innovative syndicates to exist. The Birth of an Assassin brings the reader to the beginning.
It delves into the life and mind of a person who can kill without regard or feeling for his intended
victims or for the people that hire him.

Once again, the author captures the intensity in the life of an assassin challenging the reader's
fleeting thought to put down this book.

About the book:
The Birth of an Assassin by Tony BertotISBN: 978-1450535941
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: July 21, 2010
Pages: 348
S.R.P.: $19.99

About the author:
Tony Bertot, born in New York City, recently moved to Surprise, Arizona from Cheektowaga,
New York. The Assassin trilogy is just the beginning as he intends to publish other stories he has
already written. "The Heart of the Assassin and now The Birth of an Assassin, are my first
published works. My third and last of the Assassin books is called The Legacy of the Assassin
and should be released by early next year."

This is one of the sadest books I have read in a long time.

Tony Bertot takes you back to the 40's and the times when Mafias ran rampant through the streets of New York.

Theo Gresco is a happy go lucky child who loves to run around with his camera taking pictures of everything and everyone.

When his Father is murdered for not accepting Mafia "protection," Theo's world is turned upside down.

You get to learn how Theo, and the community deal with the Mafia and how they try to save each others lives.

Make sure you have tissues with you when you read this book. The things that happen to these poor people are horrible and soooo sad!!

The only thing that I found hard about this book is trying to keep track of all the crime families and who goes where.

There are alot of names to try to keep up with.

Over all I really liked the book, and am waiting to read the next book in this trilogy called The Legacy Of The Assassin.




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Somewhere Along The Way Book Tour/Review And ~~Giveaway~~

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I am very excited to be doing a review today for Jodi Thomas' new book Somewhere Along The Way.

I am also excited to have Jodi stop by with a little information for you!!

"Thanks for asking me to drop by and tell everyone about my thirtieth novel and what I think is the best one I’ve ever written. These characters came alive for me and I hope they will for you. So, lets step into the second book about a small town in Texas, Harmony called SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY.

My story begins with Reagan, a runaway who found her home in Harmony two years ago. An old man took her in as his niece and gave her the first home she ever had. The story opens with her working a shift in the town’s diner for a friend. The last thing she has to do is take a take-out out the back door to the town hermit. He speaks to her and as the weeks pass they form a friendship.

Gabe Leary wants nothing but to be left alone. After five years of living on his land he’s managed to earn a living as a graphic artist without speaking to anyone in town. He’s shattered from the war and sees himself as a man without friends. About the time he’s comfortable with his life, he meets Liz.

With a mixture of characters you’ll fall in love with and a treat that gets everyone involved, I think you’ll love this story.

From my first stories I’ve always loved writing about how characters influence one another’s lives. Just as everyone you meet changes you, everyone in Harmony shifts your view of the world."



Jodi Thomas
www.jodithomas.com



About Jodi-


Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 31 novels and 8 short story collec-tions. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted in to RWA Hall of Fame. She is also cur-rently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.



Jodi’s 30th Novel-

NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Jodi Thomas is pleased to present her 30th novel, SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY. Thomas proves once again that she is one of mainstream romance genre’s most compelling writers with her highly anticipated sequel to WELCOME TO
HARMONY, which captured America’s heart.



“Picking up two years after the conclusion to WELCOME TO HARMONY, Thomas once again brings to life this fascinating little Texas town and its numerous characters. The reader is expertly drawn into their lives and left eager to know what happens next with all of them.”
—RT Book Reviews


This is such a love filled book. Every page makes you feel bad for a character, and just want to hug them!!


Reagan is a young girl with no family except her uncle. She is lonely and looking for love.


She finds it in some unusual characters!!


Gabe is a loner who wants nothing but to be left alone, but in Harmony Texas that is not an option!!


Hank wants his long time love Alex to marry him and for them to live Happily Ever After, but Alex is unsure of where her future should take her.


We can't forget about poor Elizabeth. She has tried and tried for years to be here own person. To not rely on someone else. She feels she is at that point for the most part, until she meets the lovable characters of Harmony.


With each persons story being different and somewhat tragic, Jodi finds away to incorporate everyones lives together and make the book truly about the love that everyone learns to share.


This book holds love, humor, and some sadness.


Be prepared to have a box of tissues handy!!


If you are anything like me, you will fall in love with Gabe in the first pages of the book!!


I am extremely happy that Jodi shared her book with me, and that I am blessed to be able to give one of you a copy too!!





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Giveaway ends on November 11th 2010 at 11:59pm. Open to All my readers.
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This giveaway was made possible by Jodi Thomas and Me!!!!

~~ All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was given a copy of the book to review as compensation, and a giveaway copy~~





Totally Twisted Thursday

Ha Ha, I mooned you all!!
Happy Halloween!!





Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Survivor Fantasy Game Week 7



I knew Marty would be ticked about Jane voting for him. I can't really blame him, but on the other hand this is Survivor!!

Marty's shot during the rewards challenge was hilarious!!!

Fabio was gross peeing in the pool like that!! Ewwwwwwww!!

Good for Espada winning!!

The young ins are lazy!!! Especially Sash!!

That's a cute reward they went on!!

Jane is funny. I can't blame her for running off and eating what she caught. She's the only one working!!!

Naonka is being a b*itch again!!

The immunity challenge seems a little tough for La Flor.

Good job for Espada.

It's going to be an interesting tribal council.

I like how the young ins are scheming to get Marty to give them his idol!!

Marty you are an idiot!!! I can't believe you would give Sash that idol. Dumb Dumb Dumb!!!

Sash needs to watch his mouth. That was a big blunder!!

At least Sash was true to his word and let Marty stay another week.

Poor Jill.

On that note I need to say goodbye to Shelley T.

Thank you for playing!!




Alina Wilson TAKEN BY JOANNA

Ben "Benry" Henry TAKEN BY TARA

Brenda Lowe TAKEN BY NATURAL TEATOTALER

Chase Rice TAKEN BY VHUBLER

Judson Birza TAKEN BY BUSTERMAMA

Kelly Bruno TAKEN BY DEBBIE

Kelly Shinn TAKEN BY LINDSAY BLOGS

Matthew "Sash" Lenahan TAKEN BY KEL

NaOnka Mixon TAKEN BY MISSKALLIE2000

Shannon Elkins

Dan Lembo TAKEN BY KRYSTAL

Holly Hoffman TAKEN BY KARI

Jane Bright TAKEN BY TERRY

Jillian Behm TAKEN BY SHELLY T

Jimmy Johnson TAKEN BY MAVERICKS MOMMY

Jimmy Tarantino TAKEN BY KATSRUS

Marty Piombo TAKEN BY ELIE

Tyrone Davis TAKEN BY BETH

Wendy Jo DeSmidt-Kohlhoff TAKEN BY COLLEEN

Yve Rojas TAKEN BY JOANN




A little Wednesday Humor!!

Kari over at Alas 3 Lads made a post about some commercials she loved.

Ben and I have seen this one a couple dozen times, and we just laugh and laugh!!

Geico commercials have been getting better and better lately!!

Enjoy!!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Playstation Move








This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PlayStation MOVE. All opinions are 100% mine.



PlayStation is jumping on the band wagon, and has come out with their very own PlayStation Move!!




This looks like a lot of fun for the whole Family!!


For $99 more, you can add the
Move to your PlayStation 3 system and have fun playing games like Start Party, Eyepet, and Little Big Planet 2!!


We have been waiting to get a PS3 until the prices dropped a little. This year for Christmas, Santa might bring us one!! I have my fingers crossed!!


I like the fact that all though you are playing video games, you are not sitting like a lump in front of the TV!! You can also watch Blue Ray movies on it as well.


Your kids will get some exercise (a lot depending on the game!!) and they also learn things too!! There are alot of great educational games out there for kids.


Video games are no longer like Pong and Oregon Trail anymore!! All though those were really fun, and I still play Oregon Trail!!


This is a great way to get the Family involved and together!!! It is also much less expensive then trips to Disney World!!! lol


With a wide variety of games for all ages, there is something for everyone!!


Family game night will never be the same!!




Monday, October 25, 2010

Yankee Candle Facebook Page

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to let you all know about an issue that has been brought to my attention. I was told by one of my followers that after they became a facebook fan of Yankee Candle and wrote a comment that I sent them, they had a couple other people write rude comments about my follower and my site.

The Yankee Candle giveaway is hosted by me. The candles I am giving away were bought by me. I thought I was doing a nice thing by giving a company that I like and believe in added exposure for FREE!!!

Going back through the comments on that pages wall, I have noticed many other rude comments.

I have contacted Yankee Candle and informed them of what is going on, and I have asked them to be more vigilant about monitoring their page.

I have also pulled that entry from the giveaway. I do not want my followers harassed by stupid people with nothing better to do.

I will honor all entries so far, if you became a Facebook Fan, but I do not want to send anyone else there until something is done about that page.

I apologize to all of the people who experienced rude comments. Some have been deleted already. Hopefully they are all removed.

Make Me Laugh Monday 10/25/10









Sunday, October 24, 2010

Do Witches Make Fishes Book Review



Do Witches Make Fishes? is the moral tale of a young boy who favors candy over his
mother's outlandish but healthy dishes. When faced with an ultimatum from his mother,
the boy has to make a difficult choice. What ensues is a series of extraordinary and
fantastical events that takes the reader on a magical journey through the imagination of a
child.

In the end, the book teaches an important lesson to children about eating healthy, as well
as, learning to make responsible choices. The book is fun to read for both parents and
kids and boasts eye-popping, color illustrations. It is most appropriate for children
ages 4-8.

All of the profits from the sale of the book are being donated by the Author to The
Garden Of Dreams Foundation; Garden of Dreams is a 501c3 non-profit charity that
works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the New York Knicks,
Rangers, Liberty, MSG Media, MSG Entertainment and Fuse Network "to make dreams
come true for kids in crisis".

What People Are Saying:

"Just in time for Halloween, Mayo crafts a story that is both fun and engaging while
remaining a little bit twisted and deliciously ghoulish as it tackles the topic of picky
eating." -Honest Baby

"Do you have a kid who won't eat his vegetables? Would your kids rather have candy at
every meal? Well, perhaps you should check out Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason
Mayo and see if they change their minds." - My Book Retreat

"The illustrations are beautiful and are geared towards a child's eye. It is not at all
scary, but very fantastical and imaginative and completely different than ALL THE
OTHER BOOKS YOUR KIDS HAVE. I promise." - MamaPop

About The Book:

Do Witches Make Fishes? by Jason Mayo
ISBN-13: 978-1452069449
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Date of publish: August 23, 2010
Pages: 36
S.R.P.: $12.99

About the Author:

Jason Mayo is the author of the children's book, Do Witches Make Fishes? He is also
the author and creator of a popular dad blog and has written for the pop culture website,
MamaPop and is a regularly featured blogger at www.honestbaby.com . He was recently
chosen by BlogHer as one of the Top 100 Voices of the Year. In real life, he is the
Managing Director and Partner of the award winning NYC Digital Media Boutique,
Click 3X.

Jason is married and has two amazingly smart and beautiful daughters. They all live
together and give each other much love and headaches. Do Witches Make Fishes? is his
first children's book.

This is a really cute book.

Ben Jr loved it!! Especially the witch!!

The story line is cute and I love the moral story to it!!

The illustrations are great too. Justin Wolfson uses alot of color which draws a child's interest!!

I recommend this book for kids 3-6 years old!!





Amazing Race Fantasy Game Week 5




That is a very pretty view when they entered Norway!!

I can't blame Kat about the gondola ride. Those things scare me too. What if the cable snaps??

I really don't think I could eat that head!! YUCKY!!

That road block jumping of the bridge thing is not for me!!

Good for Nat and Kat to make it to the pit stop after eating the head!!!

Nick and Vicki should have watched this show more often and they would have learned about the rules for the fast forwards!!

Good job for Kevin and Michael, Gary and Mallory, and Jill and Thomas. They did that rope challenge quickly!!!

Vicki did pretty well on that rope climbing thing too. I am impressed!!!

Both the challenges, Bike and Boat sound like fun and pretty easy!!

Michael is really doing well. I am proud of him!!

I love Phil's one eyebrow thing!! That is soooo cool, and I still think he's cute!!!

Brook and Claire are weird!!

That's too bad for Jill and Thomas, Michael and Kevin going the wrong way. I hope they correct themselves quickly.

I am glad Michael, Kevin, Jill and Thomas corrected themselves.

How did Brook cut her eye??

That's too bad for Katie and Rachel.

On that note, I need to say goodbye to Teresa. Thank you for playing!!



Andie and Jenna- TAKEN BY TARA

Brook and Claire- TAKEN BY DEBBIE

Chad and Stephanie- TAKEN BY BETH

Connor and Jonathan- TAKEN BY BUSTERMAMA

Gary and Mallory- TAKEN BY LAVENDER DAISY

Jill and Thomas- TAKEN BY LB

Katie and Rachel- TAKEN BY TERESA

Michael and Kevin- TAKEN BY COLLEEN TURNER

Nat and Kat- TAKEN BY VHUBLER

Nick and Vicki- TAKEN BY ELIE








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