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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Impatience - A Novia Scotia Murder Mystery Blog Tour

Oh I need to read again. Find joy again.

Let's share what books you are reading and follow this tour.

impatiencetourimp_medIn the second full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series, an assumed loyal son is the first suspect after his invalid mother’s surprise death. Was the suspect impatient for his inheritance? Or did old age catch up to the dear elderly lady? Can Aaron and Mandy teaming up again help explain his patient’s death before the wrong man is arrested?

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    betrayal_med   Welcome to the first full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series soaked in romance and murder. When a family friend of Mandy Hays washes up on shore, everything points to homicide. But how, when he was alone on a fishing trip? Her sexy neighbor, Dr. Aaron Nicholson, knows much more than he can say. As the evidence piles up, all of the victim’s family and closest friends seem guilty. Need to know more? Grab your copy of this “enticing page turner!” today.

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    With an overactive imagination and a love for writing, Laura Stapleton decided to type out her daydreams and what-laura_stapleton_ifs in order to share her lovable characters and their worlds with readers. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband, daughter, dog, and a few cats. When not at the computer, you'll find her in the park for a jog or at the yarn store's clearance section. Find Laura online at https://twitter.com/LauraLStapleton, https://www.facebook.com/LLStapleton, and at http://lauralstapleton.com. Subscribe to Laura’s newsletter and keep up on the latest updates and new releases.       Follow the Book Tour



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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Monday, September 26, 2016

#Music For The Soccer Mom's Soul - 4Ms

Soccer Mom:
So I volunteered to coach my daughter's soccer team. It was coming up on week two and we had already had to cancel their first game because there was no coach, so I decided to coach. Another parent took the reigns and wanted to be head coach.
So now, we are going about working together and getting it done.

Saturday, we played our first game - loss.
Today, Sunday we played our second game - loss. But they scored today and was so awesomely better than yesterday! My daughter made the first team score to tie the game. Oh it was a celebration!
She is so very proud of herself!
As soon as we get some practices in and see the strengths of each player, then we'll be more organized.

I'm looking forward to them having much fun and learning how to be a team. It's great that the parents are all in too!

At first, I didn't want to, I thought, surely, someone will jump in, but it didn't happen. And I decided to pray about it. So that day when it happened, it was just natural.
We now have a parent as head coach and I just fill in as assistant. I don't mind. I just want what's best for our team and he seems great at getting it done.

I don't think my husband was amused that I took on yet another thing to do. But hey, I do not like to be bored. I am blessed to be part of living.

Today, was worship in the morning. Soccer in the afternoon and choir practice just an hour ago.  Sundays were supposed to be rest day, but it's super busy. I tried to grab Saturday as our rest day, but soccer is not making that work out at all.

Oh well, seasons change.

Today hasn't been so great, but glad for the coaching distraction. Had a little outright with the husband and it seems my heart has been crying all day. I hate confrontations of any sort, but I think at this point I am just overwhelmed and not feeling particularly successful at our relationship. Or perhaps, it's the thing that happens each Sunday that wants families to be at odds with each other as we go into the house of worship.
Life happens. I'll pray for the best.

It's later in the evening and right now, the kids are beside me just hanging out and my cat laying on my feet. I will try to feel blessed.

The husband might be taking us out to dinner, so let's get the music hopping.



It's a FREEBIE y'all, so share whatever music you want.
I came upon this song the other night and realized I hadn't heard it in such a long time! I love the song.



Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  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
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

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, September 24, 2016

Isle of Dogs Coature Products + Nutri-Stix Treat #Giveaway - $50RV

I have healthy treats for kitty. I think I need a mix of treats. Right now I only have one Pack.  Do you have different varieties of treats for your pet? 

What's your pet's favorite treat? 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to gift your pet something nice. 


Isle of Dogs Giveaway
Sponsor: Isle of Dogs

Prize: Winners Choice of 2 Isle of Dogs Coature Products and Choice of 1 Nutri-Stix Treat RV $50+
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Dates: 9/24-10/8
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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Outback Raise the Steaks $50 Gift Card #Giveaway

I would love to visit an Outback restaurant and get me a nice juicy steak one day. I've never been. If you have been to an Outback, how was the service and the food? 

This is the treat I want right now! What's your favorite dish at Outback? 



Here's your chance to visit again or gift a visit to share in the Outback experience! 


Outback Raise the Steaks $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Sponsor: Outback Steakhouse

Prize: $50 Bloomin Brands Gift Card that can be used at Outback, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill or Fleming's

Dates: 9/24-10/8
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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Monday, September 19, 2016

#Music Instead Of Coffee For Exhausted Week From Short Weekend + #Win $25

This weekend seemed busier than usual.

Saturday was soccer in the morning for my son. My daughter's game was cancelled. She still has no coach. I'm so very disappointed for her. It's her first time playing soccer and she has been looking forward to playing. She really enjoyed the soccer camp.

I have been thinking/praying if I should volunteer.  They are now asking parents to volunteer.


I volunteer for our church and worked in the morning with the little ones. Always a blessing.
I didn't wake up early enough for the first service worship, so I missed that.

Picked up my son at our church from a sleepover. Oh he slept on the way home after church, slept at home until 3pm.
Then on our way to choir practice for his sister, he slept. He slept through her hour of practice! It was odd and silent. My son is always alive, loud and funny!
He said he stayed up all night. They were so wiped out that their bodies gave out to sleep unwillingly. Hahahaha. Now that was a true sleepover. Glad he had fun.

I suppose he is good on sleep for this school day. He seems bright eyed and bushy tailed now. I'm glad he finally understood what exhaustion felt like. I used it to let him know, that is how mom feels at times. :)

Welcome to another week. I have many chores and too many things to catch up on.

How was your weekend?




Theme:  Theme for Monday's Music Moves Me this Monday is "Songs about Music"!  Music doesn't necessarily have to be in the title, just a song about music!  Our Spotlight Dancer is "Naila-Moon"! 




Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  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
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

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! 




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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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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Monkey Mat Is Made For Fun Indoor Or Outdoor

My children and I are always running off on impromptu outings. I like to surprise them. I try to find free outings since our budget is limited, so they can have fun. I hope one day we'll get out of debt.

These outings usually include a playground somewhere with a small picnic afterwards.

We usually just grab a blanket or towel to sit on.

I am very interested in this Monkey Mat with all these fun features?

What do you use for your picnics? Do you still take picnics?


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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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Friday, September 16, 2016

Natural Balance Celebrates National #GuideDogMonth With the Top Human-Canine Teams Who Make Us Believe

I have an eye problem and have often wondered how I'd adjust if things would change. I'm always interested in learning more about how a guide dog works and even learning sign language and all the things that aid in making life easier for a special needs person.

Question:
>> Have you ever seen a blind person in public and didn't know how to react, or worse—walked around them to avoid interacting with them? 

September is National Guide Dog Month and people who are blind or visually impaired and have chosen to work with guide dogs for mobility have incredible and inspiring stories to share about their adventures together.

Natural Balance (the maker of premium-quality pet food) and Guide Dogs for the Blind (a non-profit charitable organization that raises and trains guide dogs and serves the visually impaired) is celebrating Natural Balance's "top 10 human-canine teams who make us believe"


Here is the story of Maile & Jasmine:


Imagine, for a brief moment, that you’re in the prime of your life. You’re 23 years old and suddenly go blind overnight. For Maile George, this is not a fictional scenario—it’s what happened to her.
After losing her sight, Maile felt as if her life was shrinking. However, she met a woman who had a guide dog, who would become a role model and inspiration for her in living a fuller life.

Maile was introduced to her current canine companion, Jasmine, through Guide Dogs for the Blind

“Jasmine is a superhero times three! Not only is she a wonderful companion—there’s no one in the world I’d want to spend all day everyday with except her. She also enables me to navigate any sidewalk in any city safely, gracefully, and confidently,” says Maile.

She adds, “I enjoy volunteer work, taking classes, and I’m 100% convinced that I’m as healthy as I am because it’s just so much fun to get out and meet people when you have an intelligent, gorgeous, healthy, friendly, well-behaved and, yes, perfect guide dog!”

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

I had a very dear friend once whom I met through a co-worker. He was in a band, a very kind person and also blind.
It was amazing to see how well he commanded his environment. He showed confidence in his disability, but I felt sometimes he was perhaps sad. I think he could perhaps also see a little light, but not distinguish features clearly.

We were both a source of help to each other. I'd take him out to experience the town as best as I could. I remember I would always get drumsticks for us each Friday. At least, I let him know that I was getting drumsticks for us. We'd stop at the store and I'd get them, take him back to the office where he lived in a small apartment in the complex and we'd have the drumsticks. They were those fun ice cream things, and I loved them. They were a treat. He loved them too.

Surprisingly, after a few years, something happened and I was asking him what flavor drumstick he wanted. He said, barbecued! I was shocked. I explained the flavors they had. I think before all this, he would say to get what I got in regards to flavors. He started laughing.
Later he explained that he had always wondered where the drumsticks went when I ordered them!!! He thought I was ordering chicken this whole time!
Oh boy did we laugh to tears.

It's been years and I do miss him as a person. I know now that if we were still in contact or friends, I'd have gotten him a guide dog.

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Our pets are so very important. We have adopted our cat, Moose. The kids love him and he is just a sweetheart to have in the family.
He stalks me around the house during the day :)


In September, Natural Balance and Guide Dogs for the Blind are partnering up to spread awareness about the amazing bond between people who are blind and their guide dogs. In addition to providing enhanced mobility for their handlers, guide dogs can also be a social bridge, opening a world of possibilities for friendship and human connection, all while showcasing the incredible capabilities of man's best friend.

National Guide Dog Month was inspired by Natural Balance's co-founder Dick Van Patten, who was blindfolded during a trip to a guide dog school and got to experience how these amazing creatures provide mobility to the visually impaired.

I truly believe we can do a great public service by sharing inspiring stories of people and their guide dogs, and highlighting the life-changing mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind!

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Visit the Natural Balance's National Guide Dog Month website and donate to  support their life-changing mission.


Do you have a special bond with your pet? Tell me about it in the comments below.



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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