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


Drive Me Crazy! - Aloha!

Driving. Y'all know how it is out there and we all fall into one category of drivers or the other.  It really doesn't matter where you are, you will find inconsiderate driving.

What are two of your pet peeves about driving/drivers where you live? 
1.  Driving in thick fog without headlines on.

2. The left lane is for passing. If I have to pass you on the right, it means you need to GET OUT the left lane!

What foods are you craving or can't wait to make this week or weekend? 
I'm sharing one of my childhood foods that I can't seem to forget eating.
You can find the recipe HERE.
And a little about me:

1. What movie do you love to quote?

'Say hello to my lil' friends!'

2. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?

I was the passenger! It was scary! He rides FAST! He always seem to get in accidents, however he didn't want me to walk to the bus station that day and I agreed after weighing it for a long time. 
I didn't have a helmet on.  I guess I did something risky :) 

3. What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Watch the rain or play in it. :) I love rain!
4. Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts, or one really big, (expensive) gift?

Small and thoughtful is the way to go :) 

5. Do you ever lose track of days and show up somewhere wrong?

LOL. Yes. Once I got my son dressed and rushed off to school. In the middle of the traffic light, I realize there was no bustle and traffic like it always was, then it dawned on me that it was a holiday :) 

Smart and Trendy Moms

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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Banana Fritters - A Childhood Memory Food

I used to eat this at least once a week and while sometimes it was great, other times it would simply made me cry because I wanted something else to eat.

As a child, not having a favorite food can really reduce you to tears.

But if you have bananas going bad, this is a great way to get more usage out of them so you don't have to waste.
Bananas ( I used 3 or 4 depending on how many I have going bad)
2 TBSP Sugar
1 1/2 TSP baking powder
1/3 cup milk
6 TBSP Flour
1/2 grated nutmeg

1 Crush bananas until they are creamed
2. Combine flour, baking powder
3. Add milk and bananas and then mix together
4. Dip a large spoon in oil and spoon scoop batter into frying pan
5. Deep fry in a frying pan till brown and crisp on the edges
6. Drain on paper towels and serve
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I serve this with hot cocoa, or use as a snack or sides for meals.

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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AVG Anti-Virus Uses Toothpicks Against a Tiger!

It's that time in technology. Everything goes fast or slow or dead, as in computers, so let's protect yours!

There's NOTHING worse than turning on your computer and realizing you have a terrible virus! Luckily, AVG Internet Security offers their excellent anti-virus software for completely free. The leading software company has filmed a wild new video to demonstrate their strong anti-virus skills. Filmed deep in the jungle in Thailand, the mini-documentary tracks two people who plan to stop a tiger with toothpicks.

Watch "Tiger vs. 3.5 Million Toothpicks" here:

It takes millions of toothpicks to keep a tiger at bay, just like it takes millions of users to link together, stop digital threats and create strength in numbers with AVG Anit-Virus. The software is available for free download at

Information shared with me form AVG to share with you readers. JamericanSpice disclosure.

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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How to nurture the Grandparent and Grandchild Bond - Grand Parents Month

I have always wanted the grand parents of my children to be very close with them. Bonding and loving and teaching and leaving little learning and memorable legacies that would be constant with them as they grew up.  
I wanted grandparents who would spoil them and let them have that special thing that grandparents and children have and are supposed to have, but sadly it's not as I desire it to be. I wish that there was a heap more bonding and loving for my children.

However I think grandparents are very important and should be apart of a child's life and the family. 

Why are grandparents such an important role in a child’s life? 

Grandparents are often a grandchild’s strongest connection to family heritage. Grandparents are free from the day-to-day parenting, so they are able to provide a special time of uninterrupted play. Grandchildren especially enjoy hearing about the “good ‘ol days” and what their parents were like when they were little. By telling fun family stories and singing silly songs, grandparents are treasure troves of happy memories, actively passing down their family heritage to this curious generation.

What are some key tools readers can use to help nurture an intergenerational relationship?

At GrandCamp Adventures, we believe strongly that it is the simple things, spending playtime with grandchildren rather than entertaining them, which nurture this special relationship. From our research and focus groups, our GrandCampers tell us the key is discovering things both ages enjoy doing. They want experiences vs. ‘things’. These experiences should be meaningful, alive with happy memories, continuous and frequent, full of joy, fun and laughter.

How faraway grandparents can bond with their grandchildren

No. 1: Make time for the relationship and make that time sacred.

No 2: Fun, Familiarity and Frequency. At GrandCamp Adventures, we call it the 3 “Fs” of Family:
  • Fun: Enjoying one another is an essential ingredient 
  • Familiarity: Sharing deepens the relationship. Share about yourself, about parents and about the child.
  • Frequency: Carving out time often makes family interactions more rewarding and enjoyable for everyone.
No 3: Plan ahead. Take a few minutes ahead of time to plan the interaction.
How to nurture the Grandparent and Grandchild Bond:

1) How does GrandCamp Adventures help grandparents and their grandkids strengthen their bonds & relationships?

GrandCamp Adventures gives grandparents and their grandchildren avenues to share time with each other, learn, and have fun. Every one of our offerings is creatively designed for interaction and sharing. All create great memories.

2) What will kids go gaga for in relation to these adventures, activities products- specifically- how will they engage kids and how specifically will they help kids and their grandparents strengthen their relationship?

When we did focus groups with eight-year-olds, they all were excited about the magic compass in the storybook and had their own ideas as to where they would want the compass to take them and their grandparents. They loved the vibrant illustrations in the book and the idea of an around-the-world adventure. Similarly, when we introduced the “Here We Go!” music CD at an outdoor event on Grandparents Day, all the kids loved dancing and wiggling to its lively tunes, and many began singing along on the choruses.

Grandparents and grandchildren play their way to getting to know each other through their shared experience with GrandCamp Adventures. The bonds get stronger every time they greet each other with their own unique family handshake created with our Shake It Up secret handshake game. In a like way, grandchildren and grandkids share memories, feelings and ideas as they uncover family treasures through our  “Search for Longbeard’s Treasure” treasure hunt.”

3) Grandparent perks: how will engaging in these activities, using these products, etc (please specify specific activities and products) help in their relationship with their grandkids? 
GrandCamp Adventures’ focus is to create beautiful, high-quality products that deliberately celebrate and build the grandparent / grandchild relationship. Each product within the “Here We Go!” adventure line gives our GrandCampers all the ingredients to encourage simple and easy sharing of family stories and creating of new memories through play. This deepens bonds and has kids begging to go to grandma’s house.  Because these experiences are rooted in play, they become what we call “sticky” memories.
  •  “Here We Go!” Around-the-World Family Adventure storybook sets the stage for grandparents and grandchildren to use their imaginations and plan adventures together. 
  •  “Here We Go!” CD gives grandparents and their grandkids shared music. Many families play the CD in the car on the way to grandma and grandpa’s house. Some grandparents and grandchildren have selected one of the songs from the CD and made it their own special song.
  •  Shake It Up, besides being a fun game for all generations, helps bond grandparents and grandchildren with a handshake they have created together and can use every time they greet one another.
  •  The Search for Longbeard’s Treasure gives grandparents a way to play with their grandchildren while also teaching them about their family treasures. When played at the grandparent’s house, the treasure hunt changes the house and yard into a fun playground rich with treasures and experiences.
  •  The Meerkats — Grammie Gigi, Aidan and Papa — reinforce the grandparent/grandchild relationship by reminding each of the other. Grandchildren quickly equate Grammie Gigi and Papa with their own grandparents, giving the dolls hugs when they are not with their grandparents.

Patricia Babuka, Family Expert & Founder/CEO of Grand Camp Adventures
PatricaComing from a childhood filled with family, love and laughter, Patricia wanted her children to experience the same fortune and admiration for their grandparents as a child as she did. The original “grandcampers” were inspired by Patricia’s in-laws, Margie and Reuben, and continued to be their motivation for 10 years while creating Grand Camp Adventures. This group of educational and entertaining storybooks, music, games and activities were created especially for grandparents and grandkids in hope to bring them closer and to create lasting and unforgettable memories.

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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The Train With No Name - Just Kids Gifts Personalized Books Review & #Giveaway

Books. What can I say about books. They are simply amazing and delicious to the mind and spirit! They top the list of my favorite things! I love books and have always been in love with books.

Fortunately so does my husband and children! Each time we go to the library, we always joke that we are taking half the library home and to be honest, if my home was big enough I'd 'demand' my own library space.

My son received his very own personalized book from Just Kids Gifts and he is so excited! He can't wait to share this with his friends! I told him I'd like to keep the book at home until after the review. He was a bit disappointed but even that makes good conversation for kids to learn about emotions.

The personalized book he received is called "The Train With No Name" by J.W Dixon. The book started off with my son going to the train station. It is so cool because we have a train station here and the trains go by often in the day and sometimes at nights. We love to watch the trains whenever we get to see them, and you know how fascinated with trains, boys can be! My son also love trains so this book is just perfect for him!
My son is six and he read the book first and then his sister who is four, wanted to read it. She is quite the reader and is inquiring about her personalized book. I will have to look into it as a gift and surely she'll be wanting princessy stories :)

The Train With No Name
You don't have to be big to be important. Meet a little track tester who proves this to be true. But, this is a train without a name. Along with an uninvited band of tag-along engineers, the little engine must save the circus train from certain danger. 
There is a loose track on the bridge and only our nameless track tester can sound the alarm. But, with a broken whistle, somebody better think fast!
Through the magic of personalization, your child becomes the hero and joins all of the characters in a journey upon The Train With No Name. Climb Aboard! This heartwarming story begins in your hometown's favorite train station.
The book seem so familiar because some of the characters are my son and his friends and our hometown is mention in the story. 
It's not just a few words on page with my son's name.  It's a story about character and it teaches good lessons about being important and the fact that it doesn't matter who you are, you are important and have a role to play in life. A very good message. 
The little track tester isn't important enough to have either a name or an engineer...That is, until your child steps in and helps the little track tester to save the circus train. This educational book helps teach about compassion, helping others and most of all, they'll learn that you don't have to be big to be important! 
This is a quality hard-cover personalized children's book with washable surface and fully illustrated pages in color. (32 pages)

Just Kids Gifts specializes in custom-made gifts for children – personalized books, music CDs and DVDs. Our personalized products make cherished keepsakes and are great gifts for newborns through age 12. 
Make your child a star! With our personalized books, your child is the story. Our books are customized with your child’s name, age, hometown and friends. We offer thousands of names to choose from with our music CDs. Hear your child’s name sung by their favorite character – Mickey, Elmo, Barney , Princess, Wiggles, Veggie Tales and more! Simply put in your child’s name on our website and you can listen to music clips singing your child’s name. Our personalized photo DVDs features your child as the main character. Just provide us with your child’s photo and your child can be incorporated into Dora & Diego, Spiderman, Carebears, Barney, Little Mermaid, Snow White and more!

Our personalized selections make fun and unique gifts for a baby shower, child’s birthday, birth or adoption, Christmas, Chanukah, Easter and any other special occasion.
Our personalized selections make fun and unique gifts for a baby shower, child’s birthday, birth or adoption, Christmas, Chanukah, Easter and any other special occasion.

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Love Me

I'm learning something. It's harder on some days and easier with God's grace on some.

Each day I have to practice this with my son after his long continuing day of school and after school. Poor sweetie is beat and so his unlovely comes out.

Some days I have this Swedish proverb on my own back.
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For more Wordless/wordful Wednesdays check out 5 minutes for moms ,Wordless Wednesday and Parenting By Dummies and Go Graham Go!  and Stacy Uncorked.


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Being Jailed Was Extreme But...

I always tell people NOT to eat while shopping. I don't like seeing anyone just walking around and taking things off the shelves and eating. Of course you have upstanding people who will pay for what they eat, but you can forget and easily dismiss trash in your cart as just that, trash. And some people simply think they'll fly under the radar and just don't pay for it.

I am against eating / tasting while shopping (unless it's like at SAM's Club or a store) that has specific kinds of samples being given out to the general public during their shopping. 
I admit that this arrest and how this family was treated is quite extreme. Especially having CPS take their daughter away.  The part about her child being taken away because of the situation really got the blood roaring in my head! I cannot even imagine how she controlled herself, watching her daughter being taken away. I swear I'd have fainted!

I have a feeling the police did ask if they wanted to press charges. They could have been made to pay and given a warning or ban or something. 

I can also understand that it's hard to take someone's word in a situation like this, but surely this could have been handled differently.  

You will not find me taking things off a shelf in a store and eating it before I get to the check out and I always try to feed my kids before we go to the store or bring snacks for them.  I will not allow them to play with items in my cart while shopping (because I might change my mind about getting something). So until I pay for it, it's not mine. And when I do bring snacks, I ensure I open it outside in front of the door  attendant before we go inside the store. 

I don't think this couple had mal-intent at all, but this is a lesson to everyone who just nonchalantly take stuff and eat while shopping.

I'm glad they dropped the charges, and I read the couple is thinking of pressing charges against Safeway, but I don't think that's necessary. Everyone just need to take responsibility for their part in what happened and move on. Be glad that Safeway dropped the charges. Shoplifting whether intentional or not is shoplifting and they have their store policies for things like that occurring. 

Pregnant mom says sandwich arrest was 'horrifying'

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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