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4/30/13

Spring or Summer Worms

We have noticed these worms in our backyard these many years now. They are not turning into butterflies. If they did, everyone would come stare and take photos of my backyard.

However these things just seem to appear and then they are everywhere in the trees, leaves, on the ground, deck grass etc.
Must I say 'ew' loudly? Yes I despise the little things.  They seem to stick around for a month or two and then leave...die...disappear. I don't know.

The birds do not eat them as far as I can tell, nor do any other animals.  I assume they can defend themselves. Ha!

Have you seen them before and do you know what they are?

Any ideas on how I can get rid of them? What to look for etc?

Does the fact that we live beside a cane field has anything to do with it?


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For more Wordless/Wordful Wednesdays check out Judy's Thoughts and 5 minutes for moms, and Parenting by Dummies and Go Graham Go and Stacy Uncorke

  
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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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4/29/13

Words - 4Ms

I've been sick to death these past few days. Today (Saturday) I feel a surge of healing. I can actually get up and move about. I even went to my daughter's ballet. I'm grateful. I really did not want to disappoint her, so it's a blessing that I feel renewed. I hope it will stay true. The feeling of being ill is mean.

Through this time, I wished for help and was comforted by my mother's phone calls even though she is across the ocean.
We were praying for each other as, she too was also ill. We are both on the mend, I hope.

Then pushing away from myself to help with the kids. I was simply down and out. My husband I think, finally recognized that I was ill. It is not like me to be asleep, laying down. I'm always up, loud, alive and going. He pitched in to help and I was so grateful.

And the precious words from my babies. Healing to the heart.
So I share:


Theme is BRING A FRIEND DAY & YOU GET A  "FREEBIE" & SO DO THEY!   Anything your little ol' heart desires you can post on April 29th, 2013~  Now if you don't bring a friend you have to Post a song about a friend or friends!!!


“Words,” which features vocals by Bart Millard (MercyMe), is a response to “Made”—a building song, layered with fast-tempo strings, that speaks boldly to the listener during the chorus: You’re beautiful, wonderful, perfectly made. “The idea behind that song,” says Steingard, “is that when something is made instead of just happening, everything

about it is on purpose and intentional. If we didn’t just happen, if we were created by someone who loves us and cares about us and has a purpose for our lives, then when we look in the mirror, we should be satisfied with what we see.”

So “Made” tells us we are on purpose, and “Words” encourages us to live life purposefully.


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! 

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Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn. 
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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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4/26/13

Add A Tropical Splash To Your Laundry Room

Escape the ordinary with the NEW Purex "Natural Elements" Tropical Splash Detergent.

I love the idea of tropical :) Brings me back to my island country.

I love Purex. It's affordable and yet really does work. Not to mention the variety! I love having choices in what I used for my laundry. Y'all know how laundry is! It's a constant!

One day I'll be old and have just a few pieces of clothing to wash haha, but until then, loads and loads greet me each week!

Purex brand is proud to present the launch of an exciting new fragrance as part of our Natural Elements line. Exotic fruits like pineapple and coconut combine with distant flowers to take your nose on a tropical vacation with NEW Purex *Natural Elements* Tropical Splash detergent.
As part of our #1 selling Natural Elements *brand*, this detergent delivers the Bright, White and Clean you expect from Purex, but with naturally sourced ingredients. Purex *Natural Elements* Tropical Splash offers natural fragrance extracts providing a great scent and a formula gentle enough for sensitive skin. What's more, the biodegradable formula promotes green cleaning practices.

Like other Purex detergents, Purex *Natural Elements* Tropical Splash detergent is optimized to perform high efficiency or traditional washing machines, and costs half the price of the leading brand.

Purex *Natural Elements* Tropical Splash detergent:
  • Hypoallergenic, dye-free formula for sensitive skin
  • Fresh, mature inspired fragrance
  • Packs the cleaning power of Purex with DirtLift Action
I enjoyed the Purex *Natural Elements* Tropical Splash detergent. Try it for yourself.

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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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4/25/13

Bound To You #Book Tour

"I wrecked these eyes, reading."
Unknown

So true. I read everywhere, all the time. I always have my book and if not, then a magazine!

What are you reading today?

Come have fun in the Bound To You #Book Tour!

Bound to You (Book 3 of the Spellbound Series)

Toni’s life is just one complication after another. First, her past comes back to her, then she has to deal with a psycho, and now it’s the biggest of them all. A choice that could destroy one life and be the bright future to the other. How is a girl supposed to choose between two men that she loves? On one hand, she has the Greek god Hades, the love from her past and the other, Ben the hot Vampire nurse that she met just over a week ago.
Both have captured her heart in their own individual ways but whose love is the greatest? Who does she ultimately love the most? In the end, a decision is made in Bound to you…

**This Book Includes Sexual Content**

Bound to Remember, a Paranormal Romance (Book 1 of the Spellbound Series) FREE
Unbound, a Paranormal Romance (Book 2 of the Spellbound Series) $2.99
Bound to You (Book 3 of the Spellbound Series)

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About Lola

Lola JamesLola James has been reading romance novels since her teens, and fell in love with the paranormal after discovering Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Her love of the dark worlds of vampires and witches, as well as her fascination with Greek mythology led her to create the Spellbound Series, an ongoing Paranormal Romance combining all of the above into tales of suspense with a little bit of humor in an Urban Fantasy setting.

A long time lover of reading and writing with a passion for a great story, James became discouraged by the complicated and arbitrary publishing process, James had initially set down her laptop and her hopes of being a writer. However, with the purchase of her first e-reader, James became re-energized by the new possibilities for an undiscovered author to reach the masses.

Dusting off her keyboard she finally finished Bound to Remember, the first book of the Spellbound Series and self-published it. Energized and ambitious, James is now hard at work on both the Spellbound Series as well as the Fate Series, a paranormal romance about dreams and what happens if they come true.

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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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4/24/13

Make Bath-Time Fun With Dial Kids Body And Hair Wash!

My son now takes his own bath, including washing his own hair. I'm still teaching him how to get it done properly before he starts to lock me out of the bathroom!

The boy use body wash like water! I think he is finally understanding that a little and some water goes a long way!

Both kids were excited to get their own little body wash. Even better it's a two-fer :) Don't you just love two-fers? I DO! Especially when it comes to kids. Anything to make this bath process easier.

They also love the scent and since mommy has to do the bathing of the girl, yes I approve of the NEW Dial Kids' Body & Hair Wash.

I like that it doesn't have that squeaky effect on the skin, but is moisturizing.
Dial is the most trusted brand for kids' skin.

For 65 Years, the Dial brand has been developing trusted personal care  products for clean, healthy skin. Dial is excited to announce it's entry into  the kids' personal care segment with NEW Dial Kids' Body & Hair Wash that offers age-appropriate variants developed to address the specific skin needs of children.
Dial Kids Peachy Clean for ages 2+, and Dial Kids Watery melon for ages 6+
Developed with pediatric dermatologists, Dial introduces specialized formulas for children ages 2-5 and 6-10, helping parents make smart decisions when it comes to kids' perfect skin.
The2-in-1 formulas combine shampoo and body wash for one speedy step!

NEW Dial Kids' Body & Hair Wash:
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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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4/22/13

5 Ideas To Consider When Shopping For A Wedding Ring

5 Ideas To Consider When Shopping For A Wedding Ring


When a couple agrees to be married they may go shopping together to select rings.  It’s an exciting prospect, but not one to be taken lightly.  If everything pans out you will be making this purchase only once in your life, but it’s a major purchase and it should be done with careful consideration.
You are likely not a jewelry expert when it comes to real pieces made from precious metals, gemstones, and diamonds, so how do you suppose you can find a beautiful ring while staying within budget?
Take heed to the five suggestions listed below and you’ll be well on your way to making a wise purchase at the jewelry store.

  1. Set a budget - It’s not a unique feeling to wish you could spend an unlimited amount on money on the purchase of a fine wedding ring.  It is, however, a reality that most people have to set a budget and stay within it when they go ring shopping.  Some jewelry shops are sneaky about their approach and can make a man feel that the level of his commitment and love to his sweetheart is related to the amount of money that he has available to spend on her ring.  The reality is that this could not be farther from the truth!  There are lots of lovely options available for individuals on any budget.
  2. Choosing the stone - Most jewelers have preset rings that they like to sell, but sometimes it ends up being more affordable to buy the diamond separately from the ring.  This also allows you some flexibility as far as selecting the diamond you or your bride has a preference to.
  3. Paying heed to the details - When you walk into the jewelry store you will likely be bombarded with a myriad of choices.  The type of metal, the style of the ring, and the kind of stone to marry with it.  If you want the ring to be a surprise, pay attention to the jewelry she wears routinely to gain some perspective.  Is it flashy?  Does she favor one color of metal over another?  Having answers to these questions ahead of time can make a big difference when it comes time to actually do some shopping.
  4. Choosing the setting - If you determine that you would like to purchase the ring and diamond separately, go for it!  You might want to select the diamond first and then peruse the settings that would accommodate for the diamond.  Just as complicated as selecting the right diamond, it can also be complicated to find the right setting.  There are lots of options to choose from, but an experienced jeweler can help guide you to find the setting that would provide your sweetheart with a stylish and tasteful ring.
  5. Getting the most out of your budget - The diamond industry suggests that total cost of wedding rings should equal two months of salary.  If your gal is always on the lookout for a ring with only the largest diamond you may have to make your dollars stretch a bit.  Ask about stones that have larger surface area—they appear larger than they actually are.  Also look for rings that are just less than 1 carat.  It may not be a noticeable difference to behold, bit it makes a huge difference on the pocketbook.

There are lots of options when it comes to buying an engagement ring from ShaneCo.com.  But make sure to do your homework so you and yours are happy with your purchase.

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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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Black Green And Gold - 4Ms

I'm late with posting today. I will come visit all though, so don't worry.

Seems my life is unsettled and my emotional battles are raging and nothing like feeling trapped on top of having such awful battles. Life is like that sometimes, and right now all I can do is breathe.

Hope you all have a blessed week.

Today's meme is from Cathy our music host:
HERE'S OUR THEME FOR MONDAY APRIL 22nd also known as Earth Day our very own Cathy Kennedy's theme will be tunes about the world, plants, animals, people (nationality, cultures, etc). Or anything along this line of thinking.

I remember how we had to learn our national anthem while I was growing up, and also having to sing it every morning before school begin. It wasn't just for special occasions like it's done here.
I haven't heard it in awhile and just wanted to share.


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 

Honorary Co-host: 
The 4Ms Team

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! 

You can also join 
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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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Tin God Book Tour + Swag

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up - The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman

Sometimes I wonder if I know how to love, but surely I know that I love my children and would lay down my life for them, is it that they came from me through God's blessings?

I know I love others, but I feel this sense of detachment that gives me pause to wonder. Maybe it's just a potion of what life has given me as a child and the mat I lay as an adult. But always I'm evaluating who I am.

Come enjoy this book tour, share and win with us:
 

Tin God

Getting pregnant as a teenager and being coerced into giving her baby up for adoption left a festering scar on Jaymee Ballard’s life. Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee nearly gives up hope of getting her daughter back after her best friend is murdered. Now, four years later, a wealthy woman with legal connections hires her as a housekeeper, and Jaymee gathers the courage to seek her help. But Jaymee’s last chance ends up in a puddle of blood in one of the historic antebellum mansions in Roselea, Mississippi.

I just murdered your wife…again.
An unsigned letter consisting of six horrifying words turns Nick Samuels stagnant life upside down. Stuck in emotional purgatory since his wife’s unsolved murder four years ago, Nick is about to self-destruct. The arrival of the letter claiming credit for his wife’s murder and boasting of a new kill sends Nick to Roselea, where he and Jaymee’s worlds collide.

Jaymee and Nick realize exposing the truth about her daughter’s adoption is the only way to solve the murders. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence–and Jaymee’s daughter–are lost.

But the truth doesn’t always set the guilt-ridden free. Sometimes, it destroys them.

About the author

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child.

Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

You can find her debut novel, INTO THE DARK as well as TIN GOD in both digital and print.
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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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4/19/13

A Better Way To Clean Premium Surfaces With Soft Scrub Advanced Surface

I do not think I'll ever stop cleaning. Not because I don't want to, but for being responsible and even more because I'm a germophobe!

I love seeing my counters glistening!
Yes, that's the New Soft Scrub Advanced Surface :)
Can you see a difference? I'm not sure, but I love it shiny :)
 Left side clean. Right side unclean.
I love it and I will keep using it all around my home.

Con: Can't stand the smell! I'm very sensitive.

New Soft Scrub Advanced Surface is the rinse-free gel that cleans and polishes granite and marble countertops, glass cooktops, and stainless steel. Soft Scrub Advanced Surface is both tough on stains, and gentle on even your most delicate surfaces. Now you can get the cleaning performance you've come to love from Soft Scrub in an easy to use gel.

Just apply to the surface and wipe away with a sponge, cloth or paper towel. You'll be amazed at how easily grease and grime disappears.

Tough on stains, Gentle on Surfaces

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  • No rinsing required, just wipe away with a damp sponge, cloth, or paper towel
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P.s Just because the smell is a con to me, doesn't mean it wont be a pro to you. I'm just sensitive because of my sinus issues.
So please go try this product and share your thoughts.

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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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4/17/13

Beautiful Double Crown Braid With Donut Bun For My Daughter

My daughter and I have come a long ways in learning how to help each other out as I get her hair done. And we certainly have many years left to go.

I grew up having my hair done and know how the experience can be if you are not careful with the hair and be patient and calming during the process, so I try to ensure she is comfortable and we take short little breaks to help when the tears and irritation begins.

To be honest, sometimes time is short and I just have to push through and I might lose my temper (hate that part) or just try my best to get her to breathe and calm down.

I found this beautiful crown braid and wanted to try it with her hair. We watched the video together and she decided she'd love to have it done.

It was the night before her birthday.  I told her she'd have the best hair do in school for her birthday :)

We started with this:
This is my first time, so hopefully next time I can just do it without looking at the video :) See laptop in front of me.
The finished product:
You can tell she approves :)
It was a success of sorts.

She did have the best hairstyle and everyone commented and loved it. She felt special even more on her birthday.
She beamed when I picked her up from school and told me the tales :)

I will do it again a few times and see the outcome with different resources.

Do you visit the salon for a new do on your birthday? 
Do you have good memories of your parents doing your hair as a child? 

By the way, you can see the tutorial here from the Untrained Hair Mom and the video below:


For more Wordless/Wordful Wednesdays check out Judy's Thoughts and 5 minutes for moms, and Parenting by Dummies and Go Graham Go and Stacy Uncorke

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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