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8/31/14

$75 Walmart Gift Card #Giveaway - Fruit Of The Loom #BackToSchool

Whenever I visit the store, I usually check for Fruit of the Loom products to see if they are on sale. These are what I purchase for our family, especially the kids who seem to go through socks and undies at an alarming rate!

Kids should stay barefooted!!

Well okay then, I have to buy them stuff to put on the feet. The boy is religious with making holes in his socks. I think it's the carpet, but I have socks and we use the same carpet and there are NO holes in mine!!! But then I don't skate, play, scrub the carpet with mine.


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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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8/30/14

The Last One

I'm going to embark on reading a book my hubs is reading. I hope it will be interesting. Like they say, you can't just a book unless you read it. Or something like that :)

Here is a new one to add to your reading list :)

TheLastOneBannerTLOEbook   Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone's life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan's looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.

But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.

Sam Reynolds doesn't need excitement, and he doesn't want romance. Fun is out of the question. He's been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.

When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won't be easy. Sam's tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.

Nobody ever said love was simple.  

Pre-Order NOW at Amazon and Smashwords for only 99 cents!

Release Date: September 28th

  Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child's Life magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she's released contemporary and paranormal romances in both the adult and New Adult genres. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair. Follow Tawdra on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Website/Newsletter




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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Tips On How To Prevent Hot Car Deaths

Oh I can't even read the stories or listen to the news of a child dying in such a way anymore. It's like my heart stops for a few minutes!

So I want to share this information from a source with you.

One Friday afternoon in high school, I drove to the local shopping center to visit my friend at work. I’d just taken my dog for a walk, so I left her in the backseat while I dropped in. I only planned to be gone a couple minutes.

As I walked back to my car, I saw a crowd of shoppers gathered in front of it. I was uneasy about their the disapproving stares, but I was most concerned about the sheriffs standing by. Clearly I’d done something wrong. But what had I done?

“Is this your car, ma’am?”
“Yes, sir,” I stammered, trying to hide my panic (and embarrassment).
“You left your dog in the car without opening the window. Didn’t you know that’s dangerous?”

Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it. It was early evening, it wasn’t hot out, and I was gone for five minutes. Plus, my dog seemed content in the back seat. But that didn’t matter to the sheriffs. I had endangered my dog’s safety, and I should have realized it.

That was in 2005, a year before leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle became illegal in California.
I walked away with just a verbal warning, but it got me thinking: What if that had been a child? Would I have left him or her in car, even for “just a couple minutes?”

Leaving kids in cars is illegal in only 19 states, and its consequences can be fatal. I’m not a mother, but I’ve been a babysitter and a nanny. I can’t imagine putting any child —my own or someone else’s—in so much danger. But leaving your child alone in a hot car does happen, because parents make mistakes, too. They’ve got a lot on their minds, and all too often, they simply forget about their child in the backseat. Or they don’t want to drag a young child along for a quick errand, so they leave their baby behind, thinking that it’s safe to do so.

As a result, a staggering 23 children have died just this year from being left in a hot car. While leaving your pet unattended in the car is irresponsible, neglecting your own child in the backseat is simply inexcusable.

If the subject of hot car deaths makes your stomach churn, then please take a moment to share this new infographic created by Instant Checkmate. It reveals how quickly a car can turn into a death trap for small children—and reminds us that this terrible trend is also completely preventable.


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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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A Scrabbled Foodie Books Week

It's been a fun , interesting week.

My daughter received Student of the week at her school. Yay V! Rock on!
She is super excited! It's the first week of school.


My laptop has died. I should cry, but maybe I'm numb. Just hope I can retrieve somethings off it. Especially family photos. Sigh.

Otherwise just trying to give my best to my little loves.

I love my bookworms. He asked if he could continue reading Huck. Said he likes the book. I was doing two chapters a night



After school snacks for the kids. One of their favorites. Chicken with spinach, baby kale and tomatoes


Still no 'S' on the board - #familyGameNight


My Lunch. Captains bread with chicken, spinach, baby kale, and tomatoes



Mouthwatering. I want to make another , but that would be greed and I probably wouldn't be able to eat it


Having fun hammering and building a toy at Lowes.
Photo: Time to build and grow

So even if my mode of entertainment has died, blessings abound just the same.

Enjoy your end of August!


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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8/29/14

JamericanSpice Update

I am not sure what is happening with my website, but I cannot load the site. Just will not come up for me.

I hope I can keep my schedule posts happening.

I am not sure what else to do.

First my laptop died and now problems with my website. Whooop-te-doo eh :)


For a few minutes today it came up and wouldn't load again.

I've done all the cookies and what not. Oy. Just one more thing I'll try not to get upset about. Just let it flow.

Bear with me y'all.





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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8/28/14

PetBrosia Pet Food Review + 3lbs Box Pet Food #Giveaway

My kitties are grown up now. Who would believe they are still alive, thriving, loving and so comfy in our home! I wish I was that way with plants :) But I"ll settle for taking good care of humans and pets :).

Do you have pets at home? Then do enter the PetBrosia Pet Food Review + 3lbs Box Pet Food #Giveaway.

I remember when we first started talking about getting a pet for our family. I was all for the dog, but my husband was more interested in cats and only cats. He does not like dogs. I love dogs, but I figured a cat would be okay too.

We decided to wait and see how the kids would feel as they got older. They seem to like the cat idea and when our neighbor's cat became pregnant and two of the kittens survived, it seemed to be perfect timing and setting to get pets for our family.

I researched and asked tons of questions about having kittens. We got to visit with the kittens when they were born, up until we were able to take them home after about about six weeks.

Getting kittens is almost like bringing home a newborn baby. They seem to require much and little. I wanted them to have their first shots for good health for the future.

Food, litter, toys and food bowls were meticulously selected.

However the time has come for switching cat food, since they are no longer kittens.
I've wondered what kind of foods I would switch to, and so it was just wonderful to have this opportunity from PetBrosia!  I can introduce them to specifically  made healthy cat food!

I might not be able to take my sweeties to the vet every month, but I can ensure they are healthy and have good food and exercise just for them!

What is Petbrosia? 
Petbrosia Customized Nutrition for your unique pet. Petbrosia determines the right Petbrosia diet for your dog or cat based on their breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level, and other needs you feel should be brought to our attention. At Petbrosia, we believe that feeding your pet the very best dog food and the very best cat food begins with all-natural meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Petbrosia’s cat food delivery program is really easy and I like that I get to be involved in the process. I give my cats information and they provide the right blend for my cats nutrition. They also update your cats food according to the changing nutritional needs of your pets. I have both a male and female cat, and you are ask to give the gender of your pets while putting up their profile.

Using your pet's breed, age, and weight, Petbrosia will create a pet food diet specifically for your pet's unique health needs. Your pet's custom nutritional plan will never contain corn, soy, cassava, or wheat, and always uses real chicken or salmon as the first ingredient.

After completing my pet profile, we were sent the Chicken and Rice Formula Premium Cat Food. At first the my cats were all snotty about the new food, but they eventually dug in and seem to like it.

Over the past few weeks, they've really enjoyed it and I'm very glad that they do, and wish I could do a recurring delivery each month from PetBrosia!

PetBrosia also have a pet food comparison chart which is very helpful in my quest.

My cats and I recommend the cat food from Petbrosia :) They are also charity friendly!
Petbrosia supports the welfare of less fortunate pets by donating a percentage of each sale to support the Rescue Bank, the national pet food distribution program for animal rescue groups and organizations.

Giveaway: One of you lucky readers will get a chance to win a Free 3 Pound Box of dog or cat food! How awesome is that!!

Discount:  $10 off your First Purchase of Petbrosia Pet Foods by entering the promotional code: BRV610

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Tom and Jerry - The Lost Dragon - DVD #Giveaway

My kids LOVE Tome and Jerry. I'm glad, because that is the cartoon I used to watch as a kid :) But somtimes I don't get how they love it so much. Hahahaha.  

If you have kids, you will too. Or just will because it's a fun cartoon. Well....

Anyway come enter for a chance to win in the Tom and Jerry "The Lost Dragon" DVD #Giveaway! 


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Tom and Jerry has been a fan favorite since it was released in 1958. Everyone's
favorite cat and mouse duo is back with song, sorcery and slapstick in this
enchanted tale. The adventure begins when Tom and Jerry happen upon a
mysterious glowing egg. Little do they know, this egg was stolen from a very
large, fire-breathing dragon! In short time, baby Puffy hatches from his egg 
and takes Tom as his mommy.



The angry dragon mom wants her baby back, but she's not the only one. a
powerful witch named Drizelda captures the baby dragon for her own wicked
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The action takes flight in a climactic ending filled with magic and cartoon mayhem.


My Grandchildren loved watching this movie, from beginning to end they were captivated
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of the whole movie was. Without a doubt it was when Tom and Jerry helped get the baby
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8/27/14

Dream Killers - There's More To Dreamland Than Happily Ever After + #Giveaway

I haven't read these or know anything about them, but I am sharing for another author. Take a  look and see if you like anything to add to your reading list :)

Have a fantastic week!

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DK S1 3D Box Set 2The Sea of Dreams spat me out with no memories, no idea of who I was or what my purpose might be. When Captain Bo, dream killer extraordinaire, arrived, I took a chance to explore. On the road of discovery, I tripped upon dreamplanes floating dead in a graveyard, scared children attempting to survive their dreams turned nightmare, strange guardians, rogue Dreamlanders, and ships with hearts of silver. 

I learned more about Dreamland than I ever thought possible. But people are dying. They’re disappearing. Dreamland is twisting, shifting, ripping. I don’t know how best to help, how to save those I’ve met, who have wormed their way into my heart. If only I knew who I was, what I’d been born to do. Then I found out. I know who I am. I wish I didn’t. 

Dream Killers is geared for fans of Once Upon a Time. The first season (Spring 2014) consists of 3 novellas called episodes. It follows River as he discovers who he is and his role in Dreamland. Dream Killers is to Dreamland Stories what Agents of Shield is to the Marvel movies. Dreamland is an intense, rich, fascinating world with lots going on. If you like fairy tales, are looking for something new,try this one.

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SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Behind the Scenes With Frankie
Dream Killers started out as a behind-the-scenes moment of Dreamland Stories. I wanted to show people some of the other locations, like some of the other Dreamlander Burbs, and all of a sudden, I had a whole other series, so I gotta kinda watch what I do here. LOL! I think the coolest behind-the-scene exclusive I could give you is on the elements of Dreamland. These are simply used. They don’t get explained in great detail. Dreamland is really like a trip inside my mind. 

You learn more about me in this crazylandscape than you do in any other setting. Like the reason behind Place. I am directionally dysfunctional as all get out. I’m ambidextrous, though not nearly as much as I used to be. I’m predominantly right-handed—right? No, left, no. Right. It’s right.—as it’s faster and more accurate, but I’m left eye dominant, which means I do all my aiming and leading with my left. To make things worse, when I hold up my hands to form the letter “L,” they both look like “L”’s, so that really doesn’t help. If I’m perfectly honest with you, the right “L” looks more correct than the left “L”. To make matters even worse, when I travel, I follow my gut, or my nose, or my intuition. I go where it feels correct. I’m not alone. There are a lot of other intuitively directional people. 

So in Dreamland, we travel by Place. We reach out with our minds, gathering the feel of the location, the history, what it means to us, where it is in time, and then wepull ourselves through the In-between to get to our location. Intuitive driving! If we lack the feel of a location, but we need to go meet someone, we follow their Who. I love getting to know people, and I feel connected to each person I collect as a friend or family member. 

My daughters and my sister—my three girls—were the ones who really got me thinking about a person’s Who. My sister and I have always been connected. When I went into labor, SistaPITA felt it. When I swallowed a watermelon seed, SistaPITA nearly choked to death. Well, when she tells the story, she nearly died. I’ve always known when she was in trouble, and I mean trouble! However, as we grew into adulthood, we drifted apart, and so did our connection. Our Who’s altered. Then she moved in with me. I can tell when she’s having a bad day. I can feel when she’s just being lazy. I can feel when she’s had an argument with her boyfriend. Andthat’s before get home. And because Dreamland is a fold in space and time, and with the fact that most people are only corporeal beings, a Who is more important than a photo ID. It is you. So you better guard it and keep a watchful eye on it. 

Another major element of Dreamland is the shifting of time. There’s a portion of your brain that resides between your eyes, right behind your nose, that tracks time relative to where you are. I’m pretty sure mine is irrevocably damaged! I recall talking to my youngest daughter when she was, oh, I don’t know, five? Maybe? She was all excited about all the things she was going to do on her birthday because it was the twenty-nineth. I smiled and nodded. I had some great ideas of what I wanted to do for her birthday. She asked me if today was the twenty-ninth, and I said it was, and would be all day long! I completely missed the point that TODAY was the TWENTY-NINTH and TODAY was her BIRTHDAY! That is just one of the reasons I won Mother of the Century. 

However, my mind literally sees time as fluid. I see the future happening in my Now. I see the past occurring ahead of me. It seems strange to me that you see time as being straight! Silliest darned thing I ever heard. So, every time we meet people in Dreamland, we have to get a time reference. Howmuch time has passed since last we met? There were a couple of scenes where timewent backward, but I felt it was too difficult to follow for the reader. It was too soon. However, in Season 2, be prepared. You’re going to start experiencing time the way I do. So, there’s a behind-the-scenes view of some of the elements of Dreamland. I hope Ididn’t scare you off and that you enjoy the read! 

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8/26/14

Chronicles Of Steele Raven - #Free #Book

If you are searching for a new read, here is a free one to add to your list.

Enjoy and share with me What is your favorite book genre?

Chronicles1bannerHuman life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end.

If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in. The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.

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8/25/14

I'm Still Here #BookTour and Blast + #Win $30 Amazon Gift Card

Silence does speak volumes. Just because one is silent, doesn't mean so much isn't going on inside our hearts and world.

My hubs think I"m being mean while being silent in a disagreement, but usually that's the time I use to wrestle with myself and try to figure how to move forward and how to find a resolution to whatever the problem is.

Silence isn't always about hurting someone else.

What book are you reading this week? Come have fun in the I'm Still Here #BookTour and Blast + #Win $30 Amazon Gift Card Event!

I'mstillherebannerim still hereIt started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary.

Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted.

Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes. Put I'm Still Here on your TBR list! Buy on Amazon / iBooks / B&N / Kobo and Smashwords Pre-Order

About the author:

biel-8490 - Copy (533x800) (2)croppedTelling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. 

She attended Boston University and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. 

Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather (kathrynbiel.blogspot.com). She is the author of Good Intentions (2013) and Hold Her Down (2014). Please feel free to follow on Twitter (@KRBiel) or on Facebook (Kathryn R. Biel: Author)

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