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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Friday

I Did Light It Up!

In 2013 and some parts of 2012, I had been so stressed out and overwhelmed that I tried to get away. I couldn't just get up and leave, so I tried to get away.

It seems everyone has their thing that they can get away in or with. I had nothing. So I went to the shop and bought a box of cigarettes and a lighter.
I forced myself to smoke one. I figured I'd get the 'feel', that calm, that so many others claim they get from lighting up.
I couldn't breathe. I figured I should finish it. I tried.

It didn't help me.

I tried a second time many months later, and it did nothing then either.  I just smelled like stinky smoke that I despise. I can't even stand beside someone who smell of it.

I still have the rest and the lighter.

I didn't get to get away and I still wonder how I haven't gone mad with stress.  But alas when you have children, you no longer belong to yourself and so you'll fight to survive, to be and to do.

Most importantly, I've noticed every time I'm at my wits end and I just pray, even to say "God Help Me NOW!", He has been faithful to provide peace, help, grace.
Most times the situation isn't gone, just that I am better able to handle it without melting or feeling as if I'd go mad.

I do not agree with smoking. I wouldn't advise anyone to do it. I was desperate for some sort of relief. Of course that is going about it the wrong way, but at least I learn how bad things can get and how the human will seek anything to lighten their burdens from life. This is why we have to speak, and we need people in our lives that can help balance us when we need it most. I rarely speak, but just as I tell my kids to use their words, use their power, so too I'll have to begin.

But if you smoke or want to begin, I want to share this with you.

Look at it differently.

Now I have to do the same. If my kids are stressed out, how will I help them to find calm? How can I help myself to find calm in healthy ways?

Do you smoke? Did you? Have you stopped? Do you want to stop? Look at it differently.




It's not cool. Death is not cool. And it definitely does not help.

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

Applebees's Seasons Best $60 #Giveaway

I can't remember going to Applebee's. I have a feeling I've been there, but just can't remember. I suppose if it was just once, then it would be hard to remember. Which means it's time to visit again. I've seen all the ads on TV and I know I'd love to sample a few items on their menu! 

Do you dine at Applebee's regularly? 

Because trust me, I could do with a nice lunch with my girlfriend or husband right now! I want a big bowl of hot soup and a salad! That is it. No meat, no dessert, nothing else. 
Like their delightful Strawberry Avocado Salad
What are you craving? 

Welcome to the Applebees Seasons Best Giveaway Hosted by My Best of Both Worlds
Disclosure: Applebees invited My Best of Both Worlds to be their guest and experience their new Season’s Best Flavors menu items. The food was provided compliments of Applebees in order to facilitate a review. No other compensation was provided in exchange for this publication. All opinions expressed are true and my family’s own. 

 If your family is anything like ours you enjoy going out to dinner and that’s what this giveaway is all about. Discovering Applebees new Season’s Best Flavors. Applebees     You can read all about our review of Applebees' new dishes containing fresh and fabulous ingredients in Applebees is our go-to neighborhood restaurant.

One lucky reader will win an Applebees $60 gift card to experience these delightful dishes.

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 year and older. The giveaway ends on 6/25/14 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be randomly chosen, once the winning entry has been verified, an email notification will be sent to the winner from My Best of Both Worlds. The winner will have 24 hours in which to respond to the email to claim their prize. If there is no response within the 24 hours another winner will be randomly selected then verified.

The prize will be sent via sponsor. No P.O. Boxes please. By entering this giveaway, you release participating blogs and their owners from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway or delivery, mis-delivery or acceptance of any prize.
GOOD LUCK!!
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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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Wednesday

#TheLegoMovie #Giveaway And Awesome Blog App!

I remember when we first saw The Lego Movie advertised and how excited my children were. My son loves everything legos. You should see the kind of things he makes! I really should take more photos of them all! He is very creative.

My daughter also loves them, but she show more passion elsewhere :)

About The Lego Movie
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The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president's powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Starring as Emmet's fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC's Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.

Why you will LOVE The LEGO Movie App:

• Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action and play "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME" at the same time to really get crazy with it!
• Press the "record" button and make a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!

YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSrJ1F17ad1WYmL95B7of1Q




I've vowed to the kids not to sing that song and so whenever I burst out singing "Everything Is AWESOME!" they get all excited and begin to giggle and do their kiddy thing: "Mommy is singing the songggg" :)

So have fun with the app and enter below! Thank you.

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Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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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Tuesday

Monday's Shake And All That Rocking - #Music

I've heard Elvis throughout my childhood, but only have my faves like footloose and so forth, but today I'll share another fave that he has covered.

It's a testy and exhausting week for me, so the best thing is to start each day with prayer and music.

So glad I beat out the rain and got my lawn mowed. Hard work and exercise should make me happy and hurting from sweet ache, but like I said, tis a testy week indeed.

Have a blessed week y'all! Our theme: Rock n Roll legends



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
Michelle - Naila Moon - Just The Stuff Ya Know
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! 

You can also join 
Inspire Me Monday


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 is America Charlie Brown DVD #Giveaway

Our family really do enjoy the Charlie Brown programs. I definitely have a favorite video that the kids and I love to rock out to in the living room! We just need it on a loud speaker :) 

Can you even have a favorite? There are so many! 

How about you? Does your family like the Charlie Brown programs? 

Come have fun entering this DVD Giveaway! 

This is America Charlie Brown DVD Review/Giveaway
Hosted By:
Holiday Contest and Sweeps

Co-Hosted By:



Proudly Brings You The

"This is America Charlie Brown DVD Giveaway"

1 - Winner

Holiday Contest and Sweeps recently had the pleasure to review
the  soon to be released "This is America Charlie Brown" DVD.
Along with holding a giveaway for one of my readers to win a copy.
Warner Brothers Home Entertainment brings us 8 delightful episodes
 of the animated Peanuts television specials that have been 
 re-mastered for superior picture and sound quality. After having
the help of my Grandchildren in the past reviewing Warner Brothers
 New Releases, I thought that I would bring them back once again 
 for this release.

 Snoopy and the Peanuts gang inspire viewers to celebrate the upcoming 
Independence Day holiday with the release of This is America, Charlie
 Brown, available June 17, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
 (WBHE). This entertaining collection is comprised of eight delightful animated 
Peanuts television specials that have been re-mastered for superior picture 
and sound quality. Each of the animated specials centers on various important 
events in the course of American history, as seen through the eyes of the
 Peanuts gang. 



My little reviewers enjoyed watching the Peanuts Gang sailing into the New
World and had many questions. They were glued to the screen as they watched
them endure how life was during the winter on the Plymouth Plantation. From
Sailing on the Mayflower to watching Linus and Charlie Brown witness  the
Wright Brother's first flight. They truly enjoyed the episode called "The Great 
Inventors" as they watched each member of the gang reports on some of the
 greatest inventions of mankind. My Grandsons loved the episode on the
on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad as Charlie Brown tells how
two railroads combined to create the Transcontinental Railroad.


Each of My Grandchildren were mesmerized to the TV and watched all of the 8
entertaining episodes. Afterwards I asked them to rate the DVD on how much
fun it was to watch and on new things that they learned while watching it.
Needless to say they gave this DVD 5 Starts all around.

This DVD is not only entertaining but very educational at the same time.
I would recommend this DVD to all parents for their Children to view and
enjoy, especially on the upcoming 4th of July Holiday. This DVD will be made
available on June 17, 2014 and has a SRP of $26.99

Click Here To View The Episode Line-Up


A big Thank You To our Sponsor Warner Brothers Home Entertainment!

This giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed or 
affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest in any way.

This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only
and entrants must be 18+ years old to enter. This giveaway
will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 7/7/2014.

Holiday Contest and Sweeps received a copy of this DVD for review
purposes and did not receive any other type of compensation for this
giveaway. The sponsor will be responsible for awarding and shipping
the prize directly to the winner.

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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

Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island + $200 Home Depot GC Giveaway

I'm still hoping to get out of my reading funk so that I can enjoy some summer reads. In the meantime i want to share this exciting Anniversary Giveaway from Michael Phillip Cash!

What would you do with this $200 Gift Card if you won? Would you gift if to someone else?


"Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free."

There are so many things we want to do around our home right now. The fence needs to be fixed. The deck needs to be fixed. I'm worried someone will fall into it pretty soon. Maybe I should put a sign up for when kids come over to play. 

And of course all the other matters inside the house. Our washer and dryer are not being so agreeable anymore. Since I'm the one who uses them most often, I don't think the husband realize that they are rather on the death path. 

So much this could go towards.  How about you? What could this gift card help you with at your home? Or would you gift it to someone? 

Author Michael Phillip Cash's book Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island still ranks among Amazon's best seller list a year later after being published. 
The book has won the following awards:
             *ForeWord 2013 Finalist Book of the Year in horror category
             * Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards honorable mention for fiction



To thank everyone for reading Stillwell, for the reviews, and for the support, Michael Phillip Cash is having an one year anniversary giveaway. He is giving aways a copy of his book along with a $200 Home Depot Card to one lucky reader.

Go by and tell him congratulations on one year and enter in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.


Disclosure and Rules:
This giveaway is sponsored by Michael Phillip Cash and is arranged by Away We Go Media.
JamericanSpice was asked to promote this giveaway and received no compensation in any form. Michael Phillip Cash is responsible for prize shipment.

NOTE: You MUST enter your address in the first entry in order to win but this sole entry does not constitute a win for you. If you do not enter your full address, you will be disqualified. This information will only be seen by Michael Phillip Cash and Away We Go Media. It will not be sold to any third party.
This giveaway begins on June 17th at 12AM MST and ends July 1st at 12 AM MST
This is open to U.S. residents only and will only be one winner.

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social media outlet. This is not associated with Home Depot.



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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Kindle Fire HD 16GB Wi-Fi #Giveaway Event

I really would love to own one of these Kindle Fire HD's, but it's not worth the price to put my monthly budget in the toilet. And with my patience I can wait it out until the prices fit my budget, even if it's then out of style.

How would you use your Kindle Fire if you win? Reading? Work? Gift it to someone special? Comment at the bottom of this giveaway post.

Share with me below and enter to win one of these luxuries for yourself or a friend!

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Welcome to the Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

Organized and hosted by Summer That

Co-Hosted By:

Army Wife To Suburban Life and Failing Perfect

The new Kindle Fire HD is a full-featured HD tablet at an SD price. There's more to enjoy than ever before with a stunning HD display, faster performance, longer battery life, and lighter design. Use your new Kindle to read your favorite books, watch your favorite movies, connect with friends on social media and more!

One lucky reader will receive a Kindle Fire HD 16GB WiFi!

Retail Value $169
Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.
Giveaway ends June 30th at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+.

Good luck!


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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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