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, October 20, 2014

The Alarm Is Smoked - #Music

Oh what a busy week!

Most important: My daughter had a project for the fire department. It's about smoke alarms and home safety. Not exactly the title, but I can't remember it line for line right now.

We watched safety videos about how smoke alarms can save your lives.

We went over our escape plan if something should happen and our rendezvous point.

Then I decided to test the smoke alarms with her, so she can hear how they would/should sound.

Deafening Silence.


Sooooooooooooooo we could have died many times over.

Anyway, I bought batteries for the alarms. And the husband put them in and the kids heard how the alarms are supposed to sound.

Sad thing is that, since we moved into this home, I've wanted to test the smoke alarms. I should have followed my instincts.
Those instincts have been with me all these years and I never followed up. I should be ashamed, but I'm glad now it's rectified.

Not only that, but the person we purchased the house from was a chain smoker, so much so that the walls are stained in smoke gunk.  Oh how we scrubbed when we first moved in!

Anyway. Our alarms are healthy again and I need to purchase a new one for one of the rooms. It's feebly beeps and continuous beeps when the battery was replaced, means a cry for change/help.

I'll have to follow the motto of '


Welcome to musical Monday's y'all.


Theme: Freebie - Share any music you wish

If at first you don't succeed....

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. 
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
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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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Clean Spin 360 Mop #Giveaway

The mop is so important to the home. At least for me.  I despise the wringing out of mops with my hands and at the same time, doing it by hand is way more efficient. 

I've been seeing this spin mop and  I have to say that I do want it.  But I feel that most of it might not live up to my standards...but who knows, maybe this mop is the product of all our families wanting better right? 

Come enter the Clean Spin 360 Mop #Giveaway for your chance to win! 

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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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This Spells Trouble

I'm still reading my old book, but it's in the end stages. It's rather sad. You can tell it's mostly true. I look forward to the ending.

Have you read This Spells Trouble?  Will you?
Check it out!

This Spells Trouble (2)It took some work, but Lynlee Lincoln has finally found balance between her life as a witch and her relationship with Beck Hale. A human boyfriend with two kids wasn’t something she ever planned, but their new arrangement lets her have her cake and eat it, too. Just when she’s getting comfortable, puzzling visions of impending danger at home begin to haunt her dreams. And if personal issues aren’t troubling enough, Lynlee and the entire organization of Neutralizers go on alert when a phantom creature begins staging magical episodes on live television. If they can’t put a stop to the sensational events, all hell will break loose in the human world. Can Lynlee keep both her new family and the world safe without getting swallowed up in the process?

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Trolling for Trouble- Olivia Hardin (2)FREE! Magical and undead creatures can get into plenty of sticky situations. Lynlee Lincoln loves her job as a neutralizer, but she needs a break from the supernatural chaos after an ultra-busy Halloween night. Coming home, she's ready to collapse into her bed and forget the day... until she discovers two children scavenging through her refrigerator. One look at the pair and she feels a tug on her heartstrings, then she learns their father is the man she spent years trying to forget. When Beck pleads with her to help save his daughter, Lynlee gets thrust into a heap of trouble.
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00020]Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch, she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself.
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords Trouble with Holidays (3)And get the prequel to the series in A Christmas Yet to Come Anthlogy: Falling for a human who doesn’t believe in magic was the last thing Lynlee Lincoln needed. Beck Hale was a young architect and she was a Neutralizer-in-training—they were drawn together, but worlds apart. When Beck’s apartment gets flooded, she invites him to her home for Christmas. Lynlee tries to ignore the pull of the mistletoe, but after all, ‘tis the season. Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords   olivia hardin pic b&w.jpgAbout the Author: When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write.

That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology.

Then one day she heard the term “road scholar,”' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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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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Monday, October 13, 2014

Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #1

It is nice to see a gift with your name on it. Well it's supposed to be nice. I can't tell when last I've seen a gift with my name on it, that I felt genuinely excited about. 

I feel with gifts, there is something attached. Some way I should behave to please the giver. And sometimes, it's nothing I would want. And sometimes I wonder if I received the gift to stave off guilt for some other reasons. 

But this gift giving has no motives. Just come enter the Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway event Week 1 and share. Enjoy surprising someone else or just yourself! 

Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #1

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Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #1

Grand Prize List:

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New Gemmy Thanksgiving Inflatable back for 2014...This Thanksgiving Turkey is decked out in his Pilgrim Hat and is to ready liven up your yard or indoor location. Is it just us, or does this turkey looking slightly...nervous? Great economically priced Thanksgiving yard decoration for any budget. This 3 foot Airblown Thanksgiving Turkey lights up and self inflates in seconds. Everything included for quick and easy set-up.



3pc. Midnight Santoku, Utility & Parer Knife Set


Close-Out! Limited Qty's. This 3 piece essential knife bundle is perfect for all your cutting tasks. It includes the popular 5.5" Santoku"Chopper" (Japanese Chef Knife), a 5.5" Utility knife "Dragon Dagger" which cuts lemons, tomato, cheese, & breads; and a 4" Paring knife "Lil' Guy" for small cutting tasks and peeling veggies and fruit. All made from High Carbon German Stainless Steel and ground precision sharp. Same as the Knuckle Sandwich line but without flames on the blade.

Mill Creek Entertainment



 Over 5 Hours of Classic Holiday Family Entertainment!



 







Bells of Vienna® 29-inch Windchime




The high-quality sound and design of our Bells of Vienna® chimes is available in this small size to get wonderful music without breaking your budget. The smallest size available in this line, it will enhance your yard or balcony without cramping your space!


  
Elvis Presley: Christmas Duets (CD)

 
A collection of newly recorded Christmas duets featuring some of today’s biggest stars singing with Country Music Hall of Fame member Elvis Presley. Many of these new duets were recorded at Historic RCA Studio B.


Track Listing
1. Blue Christmas - (featuring Martina McBride)
2. I'll Be Home for Christmas - (featuring Carrie Underwood)
3. Here Comes Santa Claus - (featuring LeAnn Rimes)
4. Santa Claus Is Back in Town - (featuring Wynonna Judd)
5. Silent Night - (featuring Sara Evans)
6. White Christmas - (featuring Amy Grant)
7. Merry Christmas Baby - (featuring Gretchen Wilson)
8. O Little Town of Bethlehem - (featuring Kimberly Schlapman/Karen Fairchild)
9. Silver Bells - (featuring Anne Murray)
10. O Come, All Ye Faithful - (featuring Olivia Newton-John)
11. First Noel, The
12. If I Get Home on Christmas Day
13. Winter Wonderland

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Country Bob's Sauces
 
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(EST) 10/28/2014


 
 Holiday Contest and Sweeps did not receive any for of compensation for
this giveaway in any form. Each of the above named sponsors will be solely
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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, October 12, 2014

Start A Fire In My Soul - #Music

It's been quite a week. I can't even remember all the emotions I've been through.
I"m learning so much about life and most of it only comes with experience.

Right now I'm challenged to love. It's in an amazing way. A new way and I'll see how God helps me through it.

Of course my Sundays are still busy and will be for awhile, but  I Know things will change. That's just how life is.

Hope y'all had a great weekend and have rested up! Let's celebrate being alive!



This world can be cold and bitter
Feels like we're in the dead of winter
Waiting on something better
But am I really gonna hide forever?

Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
Let Your light shine, let Your light shine for all to see

(Chorus)
Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there's no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it's You, that it's You that we need
Start a fire in me

You only need a spark to start a whole blaze
It only takes a little faith
Let it start right here in this city
So these old walls will never be the same

Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
They need to know
I need to go
Spirit wont you fall on my heart now

(Chorus)

You are the fire You are the flame
You are the light†on the darkest day
We have the hope†we bear Your name
We carry the news that You have come to save
Only You can save


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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. 
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Colette @JamericanSpice
Marie @XmasDolly
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! 


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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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Is This Football Or Is This Fantasy?

The hubs invited me to play fantasy football this year. Last year he didn't. I guess he didn't like me much then, but I don't think he played last year either.

I wasn't sure if I should sign up, but he invited me. And I really prefer if we did things together and it's a great way to whip his butt sports style.

So I signed up.

I've not been keeping track much as he does, as usual, but I'm doing my thing.

Anyway I'm still kicking butts sideways and upside down! hahaha.

Maybe I should spend more time fiddling with my team.

I don't really watch football. But give me the last 3 minutes and I'm all in! And it's really not just 3 minutes anyway! It's like 15 minutes.

Are you playing the fantasy football or other games?
Anyone you know playing?

Aloha :)



I'm moving up the charts bebe!


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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National Book Month With Mega #Giveaway!

It is fall! What an awesome giveaway swag! and 8 of y'all will be winning! Isn't that great?!  Come enter and share the National Book Month Mega Giveaway event!


These gift cards are going to come in handy around this time of year for family gifts! We don't always know what someone really wants, but a gift card can really help the decision along. 

Away We Go Media is proud to represent the authors past and present who put on quality writing for reading audiences world wide. We are celebrating our authors and October's National Book Month with a mega giveaway from all of our authors.

We want to welcome our newest authors:

Michael Alan Peck



"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie—and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." 

And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons. It's been taken over by a corporate raider who uses the energy of its souls to maintain his brutal control. The result is an imaginary landscape of a broken America—stuck in time and overrun by the heroes, monsters, dreams, and nightmares of the imprisoned dead. 

Three people board a bus to nowhere: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. After a horrific accident, they are the last, best hope for The Commons to free itself. Along for the ride are a shotgun-toting goth girl, a six-foot-six mummy, a mute Shaolin monk with anger-management issues, and the only guide left to lead them.
Three Journeys: separate but joined. One mission: to save forever. 

But first they have to save themselves.



A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he reveal it? 

Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. 

On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads. 

Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees. 

There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret. 





The lives of two young black men from the Harlem "hood" of upper Manhattan in New York become inextricably intertwined through a series of seemingly unrelated events. 
Follow Noel -- the Dollar Man -- through his early life on the street, a brief respite in a group home following his parents' arrest for abusing his sister, Jenna, culminating in several years of incarceration at the Bridges Juvenile Detention Facility in the Bronx after making a bold, but short-lived escape from the group home together with one of his roommates. 

At the same time, become intimately involved in the parallel life of Terrell -- the Hustler -- who spends most of his life in the home of his grandmother, "Mama B," following his own mother's departure after she murders her friend, and who chooses to drop out of high school in order to embark on a life of drug sales, fast money, sex, and violence. 

Until he encounters Noel.   This fictionalized novel is based on actual events. 


We hope you will continue to purchase and read the books from our authors for years to come.
We have  eight (8) fantastic prizes to giveaway for National Book Month.

PLEASE NOTE The disclosure as there will be no substitutes for prizes. Good luck and thank you!


DISCLOSURE:This giveaway is from October 8-Nov. 1, 2014.
The giveaway is open worldwide but note, if the winner is outside the US all books will be in Kindle form only. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter this giveaway. All winners will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter. There will be 8 winners total.

NOTE:Some of the authors are ONLY offering Kindle versions in this giveaway if you do not have a Kindle then that author will not giveaway a book to you. There will be no substitutes. Please note which authors are giving away paperbacks vs Kindles.

This giveaway is sponsored by all of the authors listed and Away We Go Media. JamericanSpice is posting on behalf of Away We Go Media and is not responsible for the giveaway or has been compensated for the post.


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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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