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Monday, February 8, 2016

Burned By Amity Hope #Book Blast + Handmade Earrings

I was reading before my surgery. I think I should finish the book I have going and then start something fun and with laughter.

What are you reading right now?

Come have fun in the Burned By Amity Hope #Book Blast + Handmade Earrings

burned tour banner BURNEDLanna is trying to run away from her past. When her best friend, Holly, invited her to visit the small, coastal town of Harmony Bay, Lanna decided to take her up on the offer. In fact, she loved Harmony Bay so much she decided to stay. Jake is no stranger to secrets, lies, and manipulation. He’s been dealt more than his fair share of each. He’s sworn off women indefinitely. But there’s something about the girl rooming with his friend, Max. He just can’t shake the thoughts of her out of his head. Will the two of them be able to work through the complications of their pasts? Or are they just setting themselves up to be burned again?

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About the author:

Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler. She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.
Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.
If she's not writing, or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.

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Prize: Paperback copy of Ditched, a paperback copy of Burned , a pair of handmade earrings

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Healing - Superbowl And #Music For The Mood

I am healing and feeling a bit of energy, but it only works if I settle down and not move too much and too weird or something hurts in the middle.

I am glad to be healing. Soon I'll be driving around again.

A neighbor from church  and our last small group came to help me by purchasing our groceries and was able to take my children to church this morning.

I'm glad they get to have the break away from home.

It's mardi gras week here and so they have no school all next week and it started with no school last Friday.
I love having my children around and hope we'll enjoy the week together.

Have a blessed week y'all!







No doubt played at countless weddings in the late ’80s, this assurance of eternal bliss brought the band its first hit in the pop world in 1987. With promises of love “’til the sun doesn’t shine” and “’til time stands still,” this everlasting love song still finds a home on the airwaves today.




This classic love ballad says that words aren’t necessary between two people in love. Reaching No. 1 in 1988, less than six months before Whitley’s untimely death from alcohol poisoning, it became a Top 5 hit for Alison Krauss and Union Station, who recorded it in 1994 as part of a Whitley tribute album. More recently, in 1999, Irish singer Ronan Keating brought it back to life in the UK, both releasing it as a single and performing it for the ‘Notting Hill’ soundtrack.




Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer!
“Sounds like life to Me”! 

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


Aloha

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tracy Tayan Designs $50 Gift Certificate #Giveaway

One day I desire to find a very nice jewelry set for myself and my daughter.

I really love the design of this one of Tracy Tayan Designs.

Bronze Mother or Grandmother Bangle Bracelet with Birthstone Charms

Tracy Tayan Designs $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Prize: Tracy Tayan Designs $50 Gift Certificate

Imagine moments of your life crafted in silver, memories reflected in copper and a smile stamped into brass.  That is what Tracy Tayan Designs does.  

All her jewelry is personalized and hand stamped, creating a unique timeless keepsake.  

Choose from my many designs or allow your inspiration to create your own.

Dates: 2/6-2/20
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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I See Me - Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Storybook #Giveaway

I love the I See Me book creativity. It's great to be able to write a story to and with your love one.

Here's a chance to enter this fun giveaway - I See Me Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Storybook #Giveaway

I See Me Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Personalized Storybook Giveaway

Sponsor: I See Me

Prize: I See Me Who Loves Me? Valentine Edition Personalized Storybook
It is often said that there is no better gift that you can give a child than love. 

Who Loves Me? features the names of family members and friends who love the child, and encourages the child to reach to the sky when asked "how much" each of one of them loves him or her. This beautifully illustrated personalized children's book reassures the child that he or she is loved "so much" by each person, with melodious rhymes describing the depth of each individual's love. 

When ordering, customers have the option to upload a photo of their child to appear on the dedication page of the book. Children love seeing their names and photos in print! Written by Jennifer Dewing, with colorful, whimsical illustrations by Maria Carluccio, this hardcover book is a perfect gift for your Valentine!

Dates: 2/6-2/20
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Friday, February 5, 2016

GrubMarket California Fruit Bounty Box - #Organic #Flyby

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, I prefer to go to the local farmers market.
I never seem to have any luck buying fruits at the supermarkets and I like my fruits fresh and without chemicals.

My children love their fruits and I'm so very grateful! I started giving them the healthy yummies since they were babies and they still enjoy it...except the boy...he is now acting strange around broccoli! Hm.

Anyway, there is always fruits in our home from our weekly grocery haul. After all, it's always on the menu for after-school snacks.
I used the bounty from my box to try a few things and also repeat some much requested recipes from my family. I made cakes, salads, snacks etc.

As you can see we love fruits! But I really never thought I could or would order online!

Here comes GrubMarket with organic fruits for the 99% Whooot! And they are quite nicely in budget too!


I've never felt comfortable purchasing food online. I like to touch, feel and refuse as I please when it comes to my food buying!

But when their box of goodies/fruits were delivered, everything was healthy and I was quite excited by how much was in the box! It's almost the same price as I would pay at the farmers market....almost.

Now I must say that this is a great VALENTINE'S day gift idea too! Why? It's different. It's fruits. It's healthy and who would refuse such a delectable offer?
You can even order for yourself and take your man / girl on a picnic. Well maybe it's cold where you are, but it's definitely warm over here!
So picnic in your living room if you have to. Bring out the wine and dance yourselves silly!


I'm giving away a delicious California Fruit Bounty Box generously provided by GrubMarket! This box will be filled with a seasonal harvest of organic fruit grown in California and be delivered right to your doorstep.



About GrubMarket:
GrubMarket is all about providing accessibility, by delivering the following key benefits to their stakeholders:

  • Unbeatable prices:  While many food delivery services and premium grocers cater to high-income earners, GrubMarket is committed to making fresh and delicious food accessible to all people by keeping their prices consistently lower than all comparable grocers.
  • Convenience:  Through their reliable operations, GrubMarket is committed to providing people in food deserts (ie. areas without farmers' markets and fresh grocery stores) with access to high-quality, freshly-harvested items that they would typically find at a farmers' market or Whole Foods store.  Additionally, they offer free delivery across the U.S. for all orders above $59.
  • Food Discovery:  GrubMarket provides a platform for their partnering small farms and vendors to sell their items directly to customers.    Many of these food producers have challenges getting shelf space at grocery stores, and/or may not want to pay the upfront costs of hosting farmers' market tables.  GrubMarket gives these food producers access to tens of thousands of customers through a robust online marketplace, regardless of the food producers' production scale.

GrubMarket firmly believes that you, your family, and your friends should always have the opportunity to eat well, and that price should never be a barrier between you and healthy, delicious, and freshly-harvested food.
They are committed to providing you with the best grocery experience possible, by regularly offering you wholesome foods at wholesale prices.
They work with a variety of farms and artisan producers to bring you high-quality foods and other items at prices that are up to 50% OFF what you'd typically find at Whole Foods and other grocers.

The Apple Spiced Cake I made was YUM! The kids enjoyed it!


The items in my box were carefully wrapped and cushioned inside the delivery box that was dropped off at my home.
all the fruits are certified organic and grown on one of the best California farms.
Apart from just being after-school snacks, we use our fruits for salads, baking, smoothies and added to other fun recipes in my kitchen!

Enjoy the seasonal harvest of organic fruit grown in California. You will receive the best of summer fruit, including peaches, apricots, cherries, and plums. During the fall & winter, you will receive a mix of citrus, pears, apples and more, all grown from the best California farmers.

They also have an app that you can use to order on the go! I love that! Well there's an app for most everything now right? :) So download it from the app store and enjoy surprising family and friends with a healthy gift choice!

Not only will you win a regular sized box from GrubMarket, but all of my readers will receive 20% off your first order by using code GRUB20 and free shipping on orders over $59.


The kids are always hungry for a big snack when they get home:

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, January 31, 2016

88 Handbags Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel #Giveaway

My husband bought me a handbag. I can carry quite a bit in it. And I realize it can get heavy. Now seeing this cute little bag, I'd definitely love to own one as a grab and go or for dressy occasions.

Do you like shopping for handbags?

Here's your chance to win one!



88 Handbags Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel Giveaway

Welcome to the

88 Handbags Katie Cobalt Medium Saffiano Satchel Giveaway!

This is part of The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide! Stop by and check it out for great gift ideas for the whole family.

Below this post you can find all the other giveaways for the guide, please take a minute to enter as many as possible.

Each giveaway will be slightly different as to cut down on entries for each one.
The Grand Prize has a lot of entries but, over $1,000 worth of prizes to 4 winners, so you will not want to miss that! Do some entries each day, plus there are lots of daily entries for more chances. You can enter it HERE on this blog!

This giveaway will be a variety of entries. Please follow bloggers on their chosen social network to get extra entries. Once you take the entry you must stay following until the end of the contest.
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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When I've Been Wounded - Forgiveness and #Music To Smile

I had surgery on Thursday.
I am home now recuperating. I am not able to drive or lift or do much for the next couple weeks.

I've been able to get the kids on the school bus, and I'm not sure what will happen during the next week, but I can feel that I am healing each day.

I hope to be up and around soon and also that my doctor will give me the go ahead. It's really tough as a parent to be down and out.

Please pray for me.

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What I learned this week: 
When I've been wounded - Forgiveness
The kinds of wounds we need to idenfity and forgive are always personal, unfair and deep.

Some wounds need a bandaid and some wounds need surgery. We struggle with forgiving the deep wounds done to us.

In order to forgive some evil thing done to you. You cannot excuse it. You cannot just tolerate it. You cannot just bury or smother it. 
You have to look the evil straight in the face. You have to call it what it is. You have to let the horror of it shock and enrage you and only then can you get to forgiveness.
As Christians we try to be nice and we don't call it what it is. Which means we never fully get around to forgiveness, and we lead these subpar lives with the undercurrent of conflict.
We have to find the way of forgiveness to live freely.

2. We have to choose to forgive 
You either forgive freely or not at all.
Forgiveness is not covering it up and pretending it was no big deal, or assuming that if I leave it alone, it will get better from the "time heals all wounds" kind of idea.
Forgiveness is not excusing and understanding why people do something.
Forigiveness is NOT the same thing as trust.
You can forgive someone without welcoming them back into your life in a place of trust. You have to see change character before trust can be earned again.

The problem with forgiveness is that most of the time we do NOT feel like forgiving. Most times our feelings follow our actions. We choose to forgive. If we wait until we feel like forgiving, we'll never ever forgive those deep wounds given to us by others.

3. I have to release God's new heart inside me. 
When you trust Jesus as your saviour, Jesus moves inside you. You now have the nature of God inside you. God has given you his character so that you want what he wants. You do not have to generate it, you have to release it.
Every follower of Christ who has crossed the line of faith, and received Jesus Christ has received a heart transplant. Your old stony heart has been replaced. Your old desires are replaced with God's desires. At the deepest and truest, the most real part of you is the God part that longs for what God longs for.
You don't have to muscle up forgiveness. You need to release the God's forgiveness that is already there within you.
The deepest, truest, best part of you that God has placed there actually wants to forgive and to make it right. The reason it does is because the heart of God is about reconciliation and your heart longs for that.

4. I need to look for God's hand in my life. 
Geneses 50:20
God never wastes a wound. There is nothing that comes to you that isn't filter through his love. He did not cause it. He hates it because it's evil, but he has a way of taking that which is terrible and turning it on it's head so that it becomes something incredible. He reverses the worse.

If you have some horrible wound. God has not abandoned you. God has not forsaken you. In the darkest moments of deepest pain, God is right there. Jesus understands because he received wounds that are way deeper than ours. He gets the pain we experience and he lives inside us to enable and call you and give you the desire to forgive and be set free.
Forgiveness is not helping them, it's helping us.
Who do you need to forgive.




Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer!
“Sounds like life to Me”! 

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha!

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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