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I enjoy sharing things I find with others, and hope that you enjoy them too!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

31 Days of Fun, 31 Days of Winners!

Tomorrow, August 1st, is the kickoff of Purex's "31 Days of Fun, 31 Days of Winners" sweepstakes. This sweepstakes is open to fans of Purex's Facebook page! Hurry up and go like them to get ready for the sweepstakes! One of the best things about this is there is a winner EVERY DAY!

Each days has some awesome prizes....check them out!

Tomorrow I will have more details up! Are you excited? I am!!! What 4 items would you want to win the most? I am having a hard time deciding. 

I know an extra laptop would be nice. That way my son has his own to do his homework on. I take mine with me to work so I can get ready for more days of work and then he can't do anything until I come home.

The outdoor weekend getaway would be a treat. I only had 1 day off work during the month of July, and now I have to wait until August 8th for a day off. That will put me at 25 days straight.

The Pet Lovers would be good for Sasha (pit bull) and Molly (bulldog). I think I would save that til Christmas tho!

I would also pick the digital camera package as one of my favs.  I love to take photos, but all I have is my phone. A friend of mine took some great pics of my son at the zoo a few years ago and the other day I ordered some canvases of those pics. Would love to add more. 

I can't wait to hear what everyone else would want to win!

Don't forget to stop back by for the details of the sweepstakes!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kids Say: What is an Orgasm?

We have already started our homeschooling year. Right now we are reviewing 4th grade, as he is going into the 5th. 

A couple of days ago he was doing his homework while I was asleep. When I woke up my mom told me he asked her what an ORGASM was....all I could do is lmao. He was asking what an organism was!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Torn by K.A. Robinson

Two people with battered souls are thrust together unexpectedly, leaving a profound impact on each other’s lives.

In K.A. Robinson’s USA Today bestselling debut novel, Torn,Chloe hasn’t had the easiest childhood. With a mother who was absent most of the time, she practically had to raise herself. Determined to start a new life and leave her demons behind, she heads to West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan. On the first day of classes, she spots a student who takes her breath away. Drake is a pierced, tattooed bad boy, and no matter how hard she tries to fight it, he’s all she can think about.

Drake has never cared about anyone other than himself, but when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, he is instantly drawn to her. Drake is left wondering whether this girl can take his cold, womanizing heart and alter him forever.

Falling for each other was never a part of their plan, and when it happens, things do anything but fall into place. Long-hidden feelings are revealed and friendships are tested to the brink as Chloe and Drake become helplessly entwined in each other’s love.

Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Atria Publishing

My Review

LOVED this book! I finished it in a day. Tattoos. Piercings. Bad Boy. Chloe takes a seat next to Drake on her first day in class at WVU. Now she can't get her mind off of him. She sees again again later, and finds out he is the lead singer in a band.  Drake isn't one to have a relationship. He goes through the women, the groupies, with no thoughts about after. He is feeling a connection to Chloe, like she feels with him. Once they start to to fall for each other, enters the "triangle". You knew that was bound to happen.

Tempers, sex, love, hate.....come get it all in Torn! Come see their mistakes, and journey they made to end up where they did.

As with all books there are downsides. I did find that Chloe was too emotional. Cried a lot (which I do when it comes to books, just not IRL...hehe). There were things that she did in the book, that could have been handled better, but at the same time she is young. Starting her first year in college. I know I had done things around that age that could have been handled better or just not done it at all. Life is for exploring and learning. She made her mistakes, the best is to learn from it and correct it if you can.

I would have loved to have the story from Drakes POV as well as Chloe's. I think it would have made this book even better!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Something to look forward do

I budget my paychecks to see what has to be paid, what I have to work with. I have been counting down to getting my car paid off. I really excited! If I budgeted right, I will have it paid off on the 2nd of August!

Now it's not the best car, I will start getting everything fixed once I get it paid off. It does get me to and from work, and that's what I want. I don't plan on getting a new one. I am going to enjoy not having payments. It will be mine. All mine. 

November 2011 my car quit. I bought a 91 or 93 Toyota Camry. The ugliest car I had ever owned. I bought it for $200. It was a good car. I didn't care that it was ugly. It was mine, paid for. There had been an oil leak. It was slow. I had forgotten to check it for 2 weeks. I was on the interstate when the knocking started. Needless to say, I didn't have the money to fix it. I was only working part time, at that time. A friend of mine, who happened to be my neighbor, would give me a ride to work when she went into work, and would pick me up when she was done. My job at the time was flexible enough with my schedule it worked out pretty good. This went on for 3 months. In February 2012 I had a little bit saved up and started looking to where I could get a new car. My credit sucks, and have a low down payment  Only places I could get a car at is a "buy here, pay here" place. I found one car lot in town that worked with me to get me into a car. That car is my 2005 Chevy Classic (Malibu). It was great that they worked with me and got me into something that day instead of waiting another week for my next check. I had also been putting in job apps at the time to find full-time work. Would definitely need my own vehicle to work 2 jobs. The same day I got my car, I also accepted a position as front desk at a hotel (not the hotel I am at now). I did it backwards and accepted the position before I knew for sure I was getting the car. It all worked out in the end. 

In 2 weeks I hope to post the good news that the car is paid off!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Joys of Parenting

Son: Is c*nt a bad word?

Me: Huh? Yes.

Son: What does it mean?

Me: Well...

Son: I'm only allowed to say one bad word. Crap.

(son forgot he asked what the "c" word meant....to a much relieved me!)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left Drowning

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.
Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+
Paperback, 399 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Skyscape

My Review

I have been reading more of the New Adult (NA) books here lately. This book pulls you in, and keeps you in the story. I loved Blythe and Chris. Each have dealt with their own family past, and learn to come to terms with it throughout the book. I really enjoyed the twist that came with each of their history. There is so much emotion throughout the story. It's hard not to get sucked into the book!

Blythe has been in her own stupor since the death of her parents. If you had not read the synopsis before reading the book, the beginning may be a bit confusing. I hadn't read it since I requested the book from Net Galley, and reading the first few pages I wasn't sure what was up. The further I read, the more I understood.

Since the death of her parents, Blythe hasn't seen much meaning to life. She doesn't have much in the way of family. She has a younger brother, and her aunt that took her in. Throughout the story you learn about the guilt she is left with when it comes to the night of her parents death. During her last year of college she meets Chris Shepard, and he helps pull her out of her stupor. He is able to bring her out of a place that she has been for the past few years, something that Blythe wasn't sure could happen.

Authors Links:

Left Drowning (book site)
Chapter Preview
Left Drowning Playlist (Spotify)

Monday, July 15, 2013

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I just signed up, and whoever follows either one of my blogs (2 entries for both blogs!), will be entered to win a 99c Amazon e-book of their choice!

GIVEAWAY: Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley

Music of the Heart (Runaway Train, #1)

For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn't in his bed on purpose.

Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.

As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?

ebook369 pages
Published March 24th 2013 by Smashwords

Enter to win your own copy! This giveaway ends on July 20 @ 8pm Central time. The winner will have 48 hours to contact Barefoot Dokusha for their prize. Barefoot Dokusha is responsible for providing the prize.

Monday, July 8, 2013

My trip to Australia

I just got back from Australia. It was about a 2 month trip spent in Pipers Cove, a wonderful small town. Now my first day there it was pouring down rain. Walking out to my car I almost got ran over! But, am I ever so glad that it happened! I met "Boy Wonder"! Did I mention he is part French? There started what was probably the best 2 months of my life. I experienced love, sorrow, anger, contentment. I laughed and cried, felt brave, and sometimes unsure.

I experienced all this within 8 days. Now, how did I spent 2 months in Australia in 8 days?

Saving Wishes by GJ Walker-Smith. Charlotte (better known as Charli) is 17 years old and lives in Piper's Cove, Tasmania. Not much happens in that small town.She lives with her brother, Alex. Charli tends to get in trouble. Then enters Adam. An American visiting a cousin. After meeting Adam, Charli's life begins to change.

Be sure to check out my review at Barefoot Dokusha's Book Reviews.