Thursday, 31 October 2013

Innotab 3 giveaway!

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It is tablet that offers a wealth
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Exchange and Share with Smart
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InnoTab 3S connects kids to their
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communication between two InnoTab 3S tablets no matter where they are-
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Browse the web
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

WW: A kid and A Cat

These photos are kind of dark- taken with my tablet, at night without much light. But they are adorable  and have so much love:)



Sunday, 27 October 2013

Miscarriage

It is 4:30 am. It is still dark outside. I am filled with many different emotions. Grief. Concern.  Some feelings of gratitude and thankfulness.  Remembering my elation at the positive pregnancy test. My fiance and brother are playing Pokemon on their Nintendo DS and watching Futurama. My son is awake and was colouring. Now he is just acting crazy. As for myself, I was trying to lose myself in WOW. Now, I am The past 36 hours have taken a toll. It is definitely not the news I was expecting. 


The saying it is better to have loved and lost than have never loved at all is an interesting one. Even more so in the case of miscarriage. For it shows that even though you have the ability to become pregnant and even if your first pregnancy was completely healthy, you do not have complete control over your body. In the case of miscarriage, especially in the first trimester there is usually nothing that could prevent it from happening. The fetus did not develop properly. It is little comfort. 


It is a tough head-space to be in. In  my case, I knew something was up- when I was pregnant. My breasts were tingling and my nipples were extremely sensitive when my son breastfed, but in the space of couple weeks I begun to feel something was off. Then I felt guilty. I didn't want a guilty conscious or to guilt my body. So I fervently prayed that I was wrong about feeling off- it was nausea from morning sickness. The discharge and pain were an urinary tract infection. Soon enough, I was concerned and went to the doctor. While some bleeding during pregnancy may be okay and you can have a perfectly healthy baby at the end- bleeding and pain during pregnancy is not good. In the short time I was pregnant I was thinking about how to adjust to having two kids, my doula work. Even names . It is tough. I don't know how women pull themselves out of multiple miscarriages. Yet they do.

The doctor was concerned about an ectopic pregnancy because of the location of the pain. I went to the emergency department for an an ultrasound and because the bleeding was worse. I was starting to believe it was not a miscarriage- I wasn't cramping, just felt sharp pains on and off and nausea.  For my doula work, I have read up on miscarriage.  In the waiting room, I even read an article about dealing with miscarriage. Even though it seemed surreal, it felt like a sign. I spent two hours worrying in the first waiting room. Then in the next zone, I waited for a few more hours. 

At this point- I was feeling completely sick. My boyfriend, brother and baby showed up. This cheered me up slightly. My boyfriend bought me some Fruit Snacks because they were gluten free and green tea.  I was a little less nauseous- or so I thought. I had the worst headache and couldn't breathe. Finally, I was given a bed. I had some blood-work done. Then, I tried to drink some water and threw up. I think because my bladder was so full and I felt so sick from waiting and worrying.  Not long after that, I had a regular and trans-vaginal ultrasound. I could tell something was up by the expression on the tech's face. She felt bad I had to wait so long. Finally, the end was in sight. 

I threw up again after the ultrasound. Did I mention I hate hospitals- the sterile nature, the lack of airflow, the bright lights.  I had to wait again for my results. So much waiting.  I was brought to a private room and had another pelvic exam. Thankfully, it looks like all tissue was expelled. The only thing of concern is a cyst. So, I get to have another ultrasound to make sure I am alright. I also had to have a rhogam shot. My blood type is negative so I needed to have the shot to protect future pregnancies- If my baby's blood type is positive, my body will produce antibodies and perceive it as an attacker. I have to say, I felt better after the shot. 

Even though I cried at the news that it was in fact a miscarriage, my intuition made me aware of the situation. I wished it was wrong because I so wanted a baby, But, alas it was not to be. I am thankful that I wasn't hemorrhaging or that it was an ectopic pregnancy. Still, it is tough.  After 7 hours in the hospital ,  I felt so much better being able to walk outside. I could breath fresh air and see my baby. 

In light of Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day, this miscarriage is made more vivid. As well, I know many who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.  It is scarily so how common a miscarriage is. I write this post in order to get it off my mind, to share my experience and let others know they are not alone in feeling a crazy range of emotion. 

I am so grateful for the support I have in my life. They have held me together through this. Also, my toddler- although at now 20 months - he is too young to understand, he has helped me as well.  One day at a time. 

It is with all this that I have to remember the words of Ina May Gaskin "Your body is not a lemon" That too, helps so much. 

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

GMO Mini Summit 2013

October is GMO awareness month. Did you know that GMOS (genetically modified foods) contribute to diseases, environmental threats and fewer harvested crops? Do you feel safe eating crops that have been dusted with roundup? Since the use of GMOs allergies, allergies and illnesses have flared.

Social activists and scientists have come together to speak out. Hosted by John and Ocean Robbins, who believe good food is the key to good health, they firmly believe this should be in the realm of public knowledge. Listed below are just of the speakers you can expect at this free online summit.  Feel empowered and share the knowledge. 




You can sign up for the *free* webinar here. http://gmosummit.org/?orid=121057&opid=57
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Monday, 21 October 2013

Something Wicked: Book Giveaway (So Called Chaos)

Something exciting to share with my readers from a great blog My So Called Chaos


Something Wicked Halloween Book Giveaway

October is one of the most fun months of the year, so I'm kicking off the fun by joining in the Something Wicked Returns Giveaway Hop!  One lucky winner will receive the following:



Open to US & Canada - Ends 10/31/13



Disclosure; I am posting this as entry in My So called Chao's Giveaway! Good luck to all who enter!~

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Fall Kindle Fire Giveaway

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This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

The kindle fire is only for those in the US.  Int winners have their choice of Paypal or Amazon. Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7".



The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HD (US Only)


Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)


Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)







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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire.

Ends 10/31/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.



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Friday, 18 October 2013

Treat Yourself Giveaway Blog Hop 2013

Have you heard about the Treat Yourself Giveaway blog hop? Many are open to the US and a few to Canada- they are great ways to reward yourself.   There are many amazing prizes. Good luck!!


A New Day is offering a set of handstamped bracelets from the Vagabond Studio- I love their designs!  They are beautiful in their simplicity.








Disclosure: I am posting this as an entry in the giveaway! 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series - Spotlight/Cover Reveal Post





The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.



"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."



Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White

Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Book 6: Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith







Home Matters by Julie N. Ford



According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach.



When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.







Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin



Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.



Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.







Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson



Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.



If only life worked that way.



Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.



If only it were that easy.





Lost and Found by Karey White



Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.



Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.



When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.







Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver



Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.



For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.



Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.





Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith



Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.



But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.



Until… Erik.



Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she'd never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.







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Ends 10/31/13



Bloggers who put up a spotlight post about these books on their blog can enter to win an additional $25 gift card or paypal cash.  See details in the Rafflecopter.



Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.





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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Fraterfest Wrap up!


I had a blast joinnig Fraterfest this year. I have added a host of books to my tbr list.  Including, JR Ward- I am beyond on 4 books (oh my gosh), Doctor Sleep (Stephen king) The Outside, Laura Bickle, and of course Alice in Zombieland (Gena Showalter). 

I read:
Awakened

Feed
Elegy 
and started: Insurgent and The Vampire's Warden and Dahlia (Blood craving- All kindle


I am about halfway through the Thing about the Weres. It is shaping up to be a good book!
I have the worst habit of reading multiple books at once ;) I think I did pretty good between studying as a doula (now also certifying as a labour doula) and chasing around a hyper, sweet, adorable toddler.


How was your Fraterfest? 


Monday, 7 October 2013

The Angry Women Suite- Blog Tour and Giveaway

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!


About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of The Angry Woman Suite! Here's what you need to do...

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.

That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Angry Woman Suite tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

About the book: “They need to be exercised, hearts do … to keep them strong.” Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets–and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for. An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man’s quest for justice. A plot that pulls and twists. Get The Angry Woman Suite through Amazon.


About the author: Lee Fullbright, a lifelong San Diegan, lives on beautiful Point Loma with her Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae (owner of her heart). Her literary mystery, The Angry Woman Suite, was a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, and won a Discovery Award (for literary fiction), as well as a Royal Dragonfly HM, and the award for “Best Mystery” at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. Lee Fullbright is also the recipient of the 2013 Geisel Award, for “best of the best” at the SDBA. Connect with Lee on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.

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My Review: 

Oh my gosh. Prepare to have your heart broken.  This review is hard to write. I want to convey the brilliance of the novel, at the same time, there is so pain through the different generations. It really highlights how family dynamics changes us and makes us who we are. 

The Angry Women Suite was not what I expected. However, when I found out, I thought it made sense. The novel also made me cry.  At first, I didn't realize we skipped POV and I was confused. However, I was tired, so this not a book to read if you are sleepy. It's so important to catch the different POV's because there is so much going on.  The history of the family is quite astounding. 

The narrators, Elyse, Francis and Aidan intertwine the story. They each deal with their past in different, conflicted ways.  This novel really highlights the effects of abuse and neglect on the mind and the various  coping mechanisms people have.  For better or for worse. 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

31DBC- My birthday

http://www.janbrett.com/images/number_24.jpg
So I meant to post this yesterday, but toddler decided to fall asleep with mommy :) 

My 24th birthday recently occurred. In honour of that, here are 24 facts about me:
!_ I am certifying to be  a postpartum and birth doula
2) I would like to train as lactation consellor
3) my backup plan is to study ECE
4) My favourite colour
5) my favourite number is 3
6) I have one son
7) I would love to have more children
8) I'm allergic to peanuts, but not others nuts or tree nuts
9) I have an very eclectic taste in music
10) I love to read : Fantasy. Sci fi, thriller, mystery, historicl
11) If I was going to dye my hair- it would red or blue
12) i have had glasses since I was 6
13) I have hashimoto's
14) I am 5'9
15) I have student loan debt
16) I love cloth diapers
17) I am a gamer (started with N64, now in MMO like Wow and Rift and comp games like KOTOR and Torchlight 2
18) life long learning love Coursera! 
19) I am currently engaged. We have been together for almost 3 years
20) I am working on being organized in my life and in my house lol
21) L love entering contests- winning a fluffy prize is my goal
22) I love kids' movies!

23) My eyes are grey-blue but they change colour
24)I love photography


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Fraterfest Challenge 1- Recipe Book

Fraterfest Challenge 1
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Mexican-Hot-Chocolate/

Fiery Hot Chocolate:
1) melt hot chocolate in a warm saucepan on med heat (try not to burn chocolate)
  1. cook until melted (slight bubbling)
  2. Add milk and water to sauce pot and mix together
  3. Heat concoction
  4. Pour in a mug
  5. Add some chili powder and cinnamon 
  6. Drink to warm your blood :)

    My fraterfest book Choice is Feed by Mira Grant. I love this book!



    And I am waiting to read Deadline! I am very excited for the Newsflesh series. Also, z
    ombies are very spooky.    

Friday, 4 October 2013

Fraterfest 2013

Caffeinated Book Reviewer'
The Caffeinated Book Reviewing is hosting the second annual Fraterfest? Love to read horror, paranormal, mysterious, post apocolyptic series? Link up with us! You don't need to have a blog. 
http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/fraterfest-2013-read-a-thon
Fraterfest Read-a-Thon  #2 October 3rd through the 8th 
Last year’s Fraterfest was an absolute blast and participants wanted it to be longer so I’ve extended the length. There will be challenges, prizes, a twitter party and we will again be using the hashtag #Fraterfest. Join for one day or join for all, the goal is to read and maybe make a few new friends!
Events
Daily challenges with a chance to win prize
Twitter Party on Sunday October 6th from 4 pm (EST) to 5 pm (EST) with chances to win prizes and swag
Main Giveaway (INT) Book of Your Choice

I hope you will join in the fun! If you would like to host a challenge please email ASAP.
I will post challenge schedule, rafflecopter for Participant prize on October 2nd at 4pm (EST).  
Grab the button, Link up and Join the Fun!

I will be reading:
Feed by Mira Grant- 
Awakened by Brenda Davies
The Vampire's Warden S J Wright
Dahlia  Blood Crave Christina Channelle
The Thing about the Weres: Leigh Evans
Divergent and Insurgent- Veronica Roth

#31DBC

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Scars of the Bifrost- Review and giveaway

Scars of the Bifrost

by A.J.M. Mousseau

Genre: YA paranormal/sci-fi romance


Synopsis:


Freya Catten has lived on the fringes of society her entire life, growing up in hiding with her mother in the deepest, wildest places left in North America—the national parks and forests. Freya's mother taught her how to live off the land, away from civilization—mysteriously warning her of the dangers of getting involved with society and leaving traces of her DNA behind. But five years ago Freya's mother abandoned her, leaving Freya to survive on her own. 




Freya knows how to stay alive, whether she's hiding in the forest or running on the city streets. She changes

her appearance often and owns nothing but her backpack filled with survival gear and a necklace that had been her mother’s. 



But, keeping one step ahead of Social Services isn't her biggest fear. Freya's true terror lies with The Takers—strange men who rappel from silver cords out of the deep blue sky from nowhere. They snatch up their victims then evaporate without a trace. Freya holds a dark suspicion—that the Takers are really after her, and they are closing in.


Freya realizes that if she is to ever have a normal life she must first find her mother and answer the questions that have kept her in hiding. Along the way, she meets Theron Hawk—a rugged teenage soldier from a war-torn country—and finds herself truly trusting someone for the first time in her life.



As secrets are uncovered, and Freya comes closer to solving the mysteries surrounding her life, her blood and the priceless necklace that lays at her throat, the scars of the Bifrost will threaten to rip apart Freya's very existence.



SCARS OF THE BIFROST is the first story in The Scars Saga and is a Young Adult science-fiction/fantasy/paranormal romance novel infused with wilderness survival, urban fantasy, dystopian elements and mythological realism.
























About A.J.M. Mousseau: I am an author and university student. I live in a recreational vehicle -- by choice -- with my awesome husband, four amazing kids, and

huge, fluffy, 85 pound golden retriever named Titan. I write and do school on line as we travel throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is incredible to live in a new place every few months (sometimes weeks) and to see everything! We have lived this clan and tribal lifestyle for two years now and have been to over twenty national parks and forests. They gave me a lot of inspiration for Freya's story. 







Unlocking BrĂ­singamen, the next book in the Scars Saga, will be released very soon!



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My Review 

This is a very impressive YA dystopian novel. The author is not just trying to cash in on popularity of the genre. Scars of the Bifrost is well written with a unique plot This is a richly detailed work. It is cock full of science and mythology. The story kept moving.
This novel will move you. I was quickly drawn into Freya's story. ( I love the name- it reminds me of mythology which is one of my favourite things) Now, back to Freya, she is adapted to living for herself. This girl is amazing and strong. She lives in extraordinary world, that could be a plausible alternate reality. Freya was a constantly strong character . Meeting Theron just enhanced her personality and she quite a few developments over the course of the novel. 

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Dislikes:  There were few negatives concerning this novel. In fact, even the ending surprised me. This was awesome. The ending- I can't wait for the second one :) I was not really sure what Scars of the Bifrost meant, but all the details are pulled together nicely. 






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Except:

The song ended too quickly. “Can you play it again?” Theron asked anxiously.
I nodded, happy he was so pleased. “As many times as you want,” I assured him and played it again and again.
The third time through I asked, “Would you like to dance?”
“I've never danced before.” His voice was slightly unsteady. I had watched him throw a knife with deadly accuracy into the flesh of an opponent with no hesitation, and now he was going to be nervous?
I stood over him and offered my hand. He took it and got to his feet. I positioned myself about a ruler's length in front of him, then held my breath as I closed the gap.
“You place your hands here.” I put both of his hands on my hips.
“I like dancing already,” he said with a smile that filled even his eyes.
“Don't be fresh,” I scolded playfully. Then I put both of my hands onto his shoulders.
“Now, I definitely like this.”
I smiled. I liked it too.
“Now we sway.” I gently rocked us back and forth and moved my feet nice and slowly.
He checked his stance and loosened up when he realized he had tensed. He looked into my face with an expression I couldn't name. Then he closed his eyes and sunk his fingers deeply into the muscles at my waist. The action took my breath away.
Intensity. The expression on his face had been intensity.
I closed my eyes, feeling it too, and involuntarily slipped my hands up onto the nape of his neck—my fingers tangled into his dark, loose hair.
What are you doing? But the music continued to play, and I had been so broken—and obviously so had he. He was strong and overwhelming, and for this moment … just for this one moment, I wanted to allow myself to get lost in his arms, lost in his power. It was—just a song—just a moment.

Daily Blog Challenge- 1

What is Kindness?: 

Stream In Jamaica, 2008
Kindness is defined in the dictionary as: a kind deed, the quality of being kind.

This means that you are compassionate in your endeavors to other and yourself. 

31 days of kindness starts with yourself. Whether you are a parent or not, you still have important relationships in your life. If you don't, I encourage you strongly to find some. Friends are a huge part of life. Sometimes it is not easy to sustain these crucial relationships When you are stressed or angry or depressed, these are major signs that you must take care of yourself.

But it is a good idea to take care of yourself before stress takes a hold of you. It is a lot easier to prevent problems than deal with them. How do you take care of yourself?
It really depends on YOU.  Different approaches work for different people. It is also important to consider all facets of your health.  Emotional. Spiritual and physical health require a holistic approach. You cannot talk care of one without dealing with the other. 
  • Self talk
  • time for yourself: Reading, writing, yoga, meditating, gardening, karate, swimming. warm bath, a hot drink
  • time with others
  • support group
  • counselors/ pastor
  • Eat well
  • Get enough rest
  • pray
  • sunlight
  • New perspective
  • Have a passion


Planning: 
If you are a blogger, plan what you are going to blog
If you are a runner, plan your run
Write down what you want to complete
Have a gratitude journal.


Planning relieves stress.  Planning makes decisions easier.  That doesn't mean you can't adapt to new decisions either. 

How do you handle stress? I think it is really important to learn positive ways to handle stress because otherwise stress is kept in our body and our kid reflect what they see.  Make time for yourself.  

Have a hard time finding this time? When you are a caregiver to others or to kids, finding empty space to do things is a balance. Perhaps, you and your partner can switch depending what your routine is. Another option is to involve your kids- Dance and sing together, do some art, cook together, make it fun!


This post is inspired by 31 days of kindness and the DBC. 


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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

SOmething Wicked Giveaway Hop

http://www.rainydayramblings.com/rainydayramblings/2013/09/something-wicked-returns-hop.html

The Something Wicked Giveaway hop s one now! It is hosted by: 
Heidi @Rainy Day Rambling, Maja @The Nocturnal Library,  Candace @Candace's Book Blog and Ali @My Guilty Obsessions . Check them, they are awesome book blogs :) They have the best blog hops around! 

What is your favourite Spooky or paranormal story? Do you like books that thrill you or scare you? My favourite authors of this genre are definitely Stephen King- Have you ever read the Cell? It seems so possible, especially with our reliance on cellphones! And Dean Kootz- They terrify me. In a good way, but still it is crazy what people put up with.

Mira Grant. I have just read Feed. And it was amazing. I can't wait for the rest of the series.


I want to read:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. It seems like a great take on the zombie story.  


I am also interested in reading Frozen, and gosh too many to name!! What books would you like to read this Hallowe'en?  What books keep you up at night? 

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Autumn AMP giveaway


Welcome to the Autumn AMP Giveaway hosted by The Parenting Patch and co-hosted by Hackanator, A Sensible Momma, Leettle Baby, Cloth Diaper Guru, My Cloth Diaper Stash, Conservamom, Cloth Diaper Addicts, and Thinking About Cloth Diapers.

In honor of the autumn season, The Parenting Patch is giving away an AMP cloth diapers prize pack to one lucky winner. The prize pack valued at $83.10 features three (3) AMP One-Size Duo Pocket Diaper in red, orange, and lemon (yellow); three (3) AMP microfiber inserts; two (2) two-layer AMP Boosters; and one (1) three-layer AMP Booster.



The Autumn AMP Giveaway continues until October 15, 2013 and is open to legal residents of the United States of America and Canada.

To enter to win the Autumn AMP Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecoptor form. The first entry is free. All other entries are optional; however, the more entries you have, the better your chances of winning. Happy autumn!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Autumn AMP Giveaway is restricted to legal residents of the United States of America and Canada. The Autumn AMP Giveaway ends at midnight CST on October 15, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Natural Vitality- Giveaway

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Are you worried about genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in your vitamins? Here is some good news!
October is Non-GMO Awareness Month, and to celebrate, Natural Vitality is sponsoring an awesome giveaway event, hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network.



Natural Vitality makes high-quality, award-winning dietary supplements that are Non-GMO Project Verified! The ingredients in their supplements are also organically grown!



Natural Vitality is best know for Natural Calm, a tasty magnesium supplement that helps your muscles and nerves function properly, keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and assists in keeping your bones strong.