Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Chum Chum Teen Rock - #Music You Loved As A Teen

I was doing an ear worm today while in the store shopping. One person said I should be a singer. I said thank you. Of course I don't believe that.
The cashier said, she liked how I sing. That I had a good voice. I said thank you. I also was happy that she felt delight with my tune. She was supposed to be closed and decided to check me out last moment. I'm glad I could make it worth her while.


My mom is still here with me..us.
I must say, I've not lived with her before, but it is comfortable being with her. She is very thoughtful and caring. I am indeed blessed.

I've wondered over the past few weeks if I was meeting her needs. I do want her to feel at home and relaxed and have some much needed peace.

The kids adore her!

My husband  has been so very kind to provide the means for her to be here with us. Thank you love.



Glad you are joining us today. Our theme is: Music you rocked out to when you were 16 - teens :)

Oh I had so many! But Jackson anything was my drug. Bring on the dance!



"They Don't Care About Us" is the fourth single from Michael Jackson's album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, released on March 31, 1996. The song remains one of the most controversial pieces Jackson ever composed. In the US, media scrutiny surrounding allegations of antisemitic lyrics were the catalyst for Jackson issuing multiple apologies and re-recording the song with altered lyrics. The singer countered allegations of antisemitism, arguing that reviews had misinterpreted the context of the song, either unintentionally or deliberately.

The song was accompanied by two music videos directed by Spike Lee. The first was shot in two locations in Brazil, in Pelourinho, the historic city centre of Salvador, and in a favela of Rio de Janeiro called Dona Marta,[1][2] where the state authorities had tried to ban all production over fears the video would damage their image, the area and prospects of Rio de Janeiro staging the 2004 Olympics. Still, the residents of the area were happy to see the singer, hoping their problems would be made visible to a wider audience.[2] The second video was shot in a prison and contained video footage of multiple references to human rights abuses.


Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of hate
You're rapin' me off my pride
Oh, for God's sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy...
Set me free




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!
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: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.
And welcoming our New Co-host Becca! Yay!

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

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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Hometown Girls – Beginnings #Book Blast + $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway

I've hadn't much chance to read this past month, but my appetite is wide open for finding some time to myself. Usually I only get time here and there while running the kids around town for their activities.

Come enter the Hometown Girls – Beginnings #Book Blast + $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway event!

hometown tour banner hometown girlLife for Marissa Lou was great. She was a popular senior in high school with great friends and an even greater boyfriend. She was on top of the world. That was until she made the greatest sacrifice of her life. Daniel and Katie both loved Marissa Lou but neither of them could deny the intensity of their growing affection for one another, no matter how hard they tried to fight it. Being the selfless person she was, Marissa Lou gave Katie and Daniel her permission to date.

Little did she know it would be the first day of a hellish nightmare. One where, in her depression, she falls from grace and gets mixed up in a life she never would have expected. With a growing addiction she fights to right everything that went so wrong, but will it be too late? Buy on Amazon | Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publications

About the author:

tressa-2Tressa Messenger grew up in a very small town in Eastern North Carolina called Reelsboro in a coastal county called Pamlico. Being as it was such a small area Tressa developed an immense imagination at a young age. That is where she harnessed her love for writing. To date Tressa lives in New Orleans Louisiana with her husband, daughter and an assortment of critters.   As a young writer Tressa has overcome adversity of Dyslexia and continues to exceed expectations.

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  The author is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card in celebration of the new release! Giveaway ends April 12th at 11:59 EST. Open World Wide. a Rafflecopter giveaway


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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Vacation Time 2015 #Giveaway Event ARV ($1500)

There are different kinds of vacations and different outcomes to each one. So far, I've felt the need not to call my outings with the family, a vacation.

It seems all the times I've been on vacation, I was just sitting inside  a motel room, waiting with kids, like a nanny would do.

Maybe one day I'll actually have an outing that can be called a vacation. Until then, I'll enjoy our family trips whenever possible.



How often do you go on vacation? 



vacaeventWelcome to the 2015 Vacation Time Event hosted by Dixieland Reviews and Co-Hosted by A Mom's Paradise, Susie's Reviews & Giveaways, Michigan Savings & More, Mom 'N Daughter Savings, Maple Mouse Mama, Southern Mom Loves, Imperfect Women and Momma Without a Clue.

 It's that time of year when school is winding down, vacations are planned or being planned and the whole family is looking forward to this year's vacation.

 Our amazing Sponsors, We Love Travel Deals and Skinny Ideas with Venus Kem, have enabled us to have some incredible prizes to help you with this year's vacation!!

 There will be 5 (five) winners for this event! 

  • The prizes are: $500 Visa Gift Card- to help you with your vacation expenses! 
  •  Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Luggage Set- arv: $499.97- Good luggage always comes in handy? Kindle Fire HDX arv:$379-Relax and read! Amazon Gift Card: arv: $100- For lots of books to read, or maybe a swimsuit or two? 
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 Entry is simple, just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below, however, please make sure you read the terms & conditions below, and add marie@dixielandsdeals.com to your email safe list, since you will only have 24 hours to respond to the notification email.

 Terms & Conditions: Participating bloggers are not responsible for shipment of prizes. Open to residents of the US and Canada, except where prohibited by law. Must be 18+ to enter. Winners will be notified via email, and will have 24 hours to respond with their shipping information. If no response is received, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen.

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JamericanSpice is not responsible for any prizes in this giveaway.


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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Fé Fit Women's 90-Day Workout DVD Program #Giveaway - ARV $199

I wish I had a great plan like this to workout with during the week! And I do need to exercise more often! I still do it, but just not consistently like I should.

Do you have an exercise routine? 

Come enter the Fé Fit Women's 90-Day Workout DVD Program #Giveaway - ARV $199 for your chance to win a great fitness DVD program.


Who's ready to lose weight, get in shape and feel great? 
Then you are in luck! The great ladies at Fé Fit are giving one lucky winner the chance win a Fé Fit Women's 13-Week, 90-Day Workout Program that includes 8 DVDs with 28 awesome workouts and several tools and resources to help you stay on track! Plus, save 20% with the promo code listed below! 

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ARV $199

Fé Fit Women's 13-Week, 90-Day Workout Program

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Good Luck!

JamericanSpice is not responsible for any prize.

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, March 23, 2015

Fun With Me - My Mom And - #Music

My mother is visiting with me for awhile. This will be the longest I've lived with her. So far, it's going great. I really hope it is going great, because you know I don't have mind reading abilities :)

It's comfortable. I don't feel like I need to perform and that is one of the best things. Just have a comfortable day to day of the dailies.

I'm so glad she cares about taking part in everything we do as a family. I know it's all a new experience for her also.

She has a good heart and the kids love her to pieces!

Do you like hanging out with your mom?


Welcome to another Freebie musical theme!

I absolutely love this song! I hope you find something in it also!







I BELIEVE IN THE SON
I BELIEVE IN THE RISEN ONE
I BELIEVE I OVERCOME
BY THE POWER OF HIS BLOOD

(CHORUS)
AMEN
AMEN
I'M ALIVE
I'M ALIVE
BECAUSE HE LIVES
AMEN
AMEN
LET MY SONG JOIN THE ONE THAT NEVER ENDS
BECAUSE HE LIVES

I WAS DEAD IN THE GRAVE
I WAS COVERED IN SIN AND SHAME
I HEARD MERCY CALL MY NAME
HE ROLLED THE STONE AWAY

(CHORUS)

BECAUSE HE LIVES
I CAN FACE TOMORROW
BECAUSE HE LIVES
EVERY FEAR IS GONE
I KNOW HE HOLDS MY LIFE MY FUTURE IN HIS HANDS

(CHORUS)

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!
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: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.
And welcoming our New Co-host Becca! Yay!

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

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, March 22, 2015

Gillette Venus Olay Violet Swirl + #WIN $20 Walmart Gift Card #NewVenusSwirl

It's Spring time and we are having summer weather here in LA! This means it is time to shave my pits and get my sexy on, or a tan, or just nice warm sun on my skin...:)

It has been a long winter. I did embrace the winter, but I really wanted to start shaving again, and begin wearing some of my cute Spring wear. I was thinking of purchasing one of those electric shavers that suck the hair out, but I'm so glad I have this quick and easy way with new Gillette Venus Swirl razor and Gillette Venus Olay Violet Swirl Shave Gel.




These go together so beautifully! Glide and slide and I'm smooth all over! I don't feel nervous to shave my knee or ankle area. The flexiball works wonderfully!
I love being smooth, now if only I could stop the razor bumps that never cease to exist after my shaving sessions. I also like that the fragrance of the shaving cream is not at all overpowering, or irritate my sinuses.

It really is exciting to feel smooth and also know that I can feel confident wearing a skirt or dress! I used to not shave too often, because of the razor bumps, but with the new Gillette Venus Swirl razor and Gillette Venus Olay Violet Swirl Shave Gel, I really tried to do it the moment I felt the spikes of hair coming up again. It wasn't always comfortable, but this razor really made it much easier and without razor burns.

During the winter I only shaved on special occasions! I mean it's cold and I only shaved what everyone else might see :) Arms! Hahaha. I really like this razor and despite the other little bumps, I love how fast, easy and smooth my skin can be done, taking away most of my stress factor.

How often do you shave? 


About new Gillette Venus Swirl razor and Gillette Venus Olay Violet Swirl Shave Gel:
  • The new proprietary FlexiBall™ technology offers a totally unique movement like no other male or female razor on the market. Venus Swirl™ is the first and only razor with the FlexiBall™, moving in multiple directions to navigate all of the tricky areas of a woman’s body. It helps to shave those hard-to-reach places and capture hairs that other razors might miss.
  • Pesky knee and ankle hairs and other tricky areas are no match for Venus Swirl’s new Microfine Comb and five Contour™ Blades. Combined with FlexiBall™ movement, Venus Swirl™ moves like no other razor for flawless skin.
  • Venus Swirl™ is the first Venus razor to feature Gillette’s most advanced blade technology, with five Contour™ blades that cut hair at lower cutting force and have thinner, finer edges — the thinnest in Gillette’s history. The Contour™ blades individually adjust to a woman’s every curve and contour.
  • A water activated MoistureGlide™ Serum surrounds the blades for incredible glide.
  • The beautiful new violet-hued translucent handle combines a swirled pattern and ergonomic gripping design for outstanding control and easy handling for optimal maneuverability over those tricky areas.
  • For a more enriching experience, try Venus™ with a touch of Olay® VioletSwirl™ shave gel with 5x more moisturizers*.
  • Gillette’s best razor and shave gel lineup.


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Enter the form below for your chance to win $20 Walmart Gift Card!

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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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Saturday, March 21, 2015

California Fresh Creamery And Gourmet Gift Basket - RV $79.99

This basket seems perfect for Spring! I would love to enjoy a picnic with  a basket like this and with my mom.

I'm always looking for something new and interesting to share with my mom.

Come enter the California Fresh Creamery & Gourmet Gift Basket - RV $79.99 and enjoy a treat or a gift!
California Creamery & Gourmet Giveaway

Spread your blanket and feast upon this delicious gift of California’s fine cheeses and gourmet snacks. Beautifully presented in our signature California Delicious wood crate, this gift features four varieties of mouth-watering Sonoma Jack cheese, including Habanero, Sonoma Blue, Pesto and traditional. 

Enjoy crunchy central valley roasted almonds and mixed fancy nuts from Nunes Farms, and two Columbus dry salamis from northern California. Accompanied by a wood cheese knife and tied with a raffia bow, this gift is perfect for the foodies in your life.

Dates: 3/21-4/4
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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