Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I Think About You by K.S. Thomas...

...Ever since I started writing, I've kind of slacked on this blog, mainly just doing product reviews and doing quick picture recaps of fun events, holidays, and such. My author blog is where I post most of my book reviews these days but I started thinking about it and feeling guilty because I'm not sharing these awesome books I'm reading with you! So, I'm going to do my best to post book reviews here. Luckily, the first one is by an author that I absolutely LOVE and you'll probably end up seeing a lot of my reviews on her books. So here goes, I Think About You by K.S. Thomas!

One's dream can be a funny thing. A collection of random thoughts. A compilation of your deepest fears and desires. A sign? 

Most days, Marissa leaves dream interpretation to the psychologists and psychics, but when her subconscious churns out a vision of her first love so real it jars her from her sleep, she can't help but wish she knew what it meant. Or at the very least, what the lingering feelings still present long after she's awake, mean. 

Drew isn't looking for signs. Mostly, he's just trying to avoid them. Like the street sign that marks the turn to her old house. Or the stop sign at the edge of town, reminding him where he belongs and what else is out there. Her. Marissa. She's out there. But that doesn't matter anymore. 

This is a sweet story about first loves being reunited. I totally related to Marissa and the life of a mom of a toddler. I love that she put her daughter first but that didn't stop her from finding her own happiness. I loved Drew-hot, sexy country boy, what's not to like? This story makes you realize that you should speak your heart and not hide your true feelings.

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Book Signing at Hastings!!!

...Two Saturdays ago, I had my second book signing and event. It was in my hometown at Hastings. For those of you not familiar with Hastings, they are a nation-wide chain that sells books, music, DVDs, etc... I'm trying to stock pile my books for Indie Book Fest that I'll hopefully be attending with K.S. Thomas this summer. I try to order a few a month and rather than let them just sit in my basement, I have them on consignment at Hastings. When I dropped off the books in November, they asked if I wanted to do a signing and I was like, uh... yes! Check it out, here's my poster for Everybody's After Love and my books on display. 

Going into Saturday, I was worried that no one would come. I mean when I did the library event back in November, I didn't sell a single book and barely had anyone stop and talk to me (other than to be polite!). So, needless to say, I wasn't really looking forward to it...

I shocked myself at how professional my table looked! I started the day with the goal to sell three books which was ten percent...Oh and let me tell you how BOTH of the shirts I brought had stuff on them so my sister was frantically trying to spot wash/dry them for me. Thanks, Sha Sha, you're the best!
The signing had barely started and in walked a girl in sunglasses, reading the sign on the door. I laughed at her joke and then realized, "Hey, I know you!" It was my baby cousin, who is almost twenty-one, but the last time I saw her she was in high school! Her parents were with her so it was great to catch up with them. My cousin had curly hair like AR's and whenever someone mentions cutting AR's hair, I always think about my cousin so her dedication had a note about that.

Next walks in a girl I went to high school with and her sister. Surprisingly, they just happened to walk in with no idea I was there or had even wrote a book! It was great to catch up with them. Of course, I didn't think to get a pic until after they left. :( Thank you though, Kayla and sis for your support!

Then my long time friend, and always supporter whether it be moving cross country, running 42 flights of stairs, throwing a baby shower, cake hunting, or spreading the love about my books, Laura came to visit. 
My namesake's mom and sister stopped by to show their support. They're sending one to California for my namesake! She's a doctor, too, so maybe I'll pick her brain for future books.

My Girl Scout buddy, Gabe stopped by! Of course, we spent the majority of time talking about her new, sweet baby.

Mama Laura came by, too! I played soccer with her daughters back in high school. She had read Love is a Fire and commented that she couldn't believe it was me writing that. I always blush but my response is, "Hey, it's no FSOG!"

My childhood best friend's older sister (and likewise my honorary older sister) came by to get a set for both fams. She even bought one for her sweet Mimi since she was the inspiration for the Mimi in Love is a Fire. She reminded me of a prank she pulled on me in middle school, took pics, and posted in the local newspaper on my sixteenth birthday. Keep that in mind, you might be reading in that in a book some day!

And another bestie from back in the day, WAY BACK, stopped by. She's still pissed at me about Nick Garrity, but came to show her support and get some more books.

Overall, I far surpassed my goal of three books, but more than anything, it was great to see familiar faces and while it's been years since I've seen most of them, it's awesome how after all this time, they still support me. A huge thank you to those that came to see me, purchased books, and always have my back. I also have to thank those of you that reminded me of old memories that will more than likely appear in future books.

After the signing, my sister and I went out to dinner with some of her high school friends (she recently joined FB and is kindling old friendships). Dinner was a-ma-zing and to top it off, the day was finished with this little bit of heaven-Baked Alaska! I'd definitely call the day a success in my book!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

AirComfy Travel Pillow...

...We're busy getting ready for our cruise coming up. Passport-check! Airline tickets-check! Clothes, luggage, etc...-check! I thought we were all ready until I found this AirComfy Travel Pillow. I love that it hooks on your backpack so it's not just one more thing to have to carry. It rolls up pretty small and it only takes a few breaths to inflate it. My daughter thought it was pretty comfy too so I'm either going to have to invest in another one or get ready to fight her for it!

•RELAX UPRIGHT COMFORTABLY - Our superior design keeps your head upright, preventing unpleasant kinks and strains caused by tilting your neck to the side. This low-profile support makes it ideal for use as a neck pillow for sleeping on the go.
•ATTACH IT TO HEADREST - Our elastic band holds the neck pillow in place, so you can move around without losing that comfortable placement. It is ideal for airplanes or as an everyday car pillow-providing you more support than a standard headrest.
•PACKS FOR TRAVEL - Weighing less than half a pound, you won't have to worry about a heavy pillow that takes up too much space. This inflatable pillow compresses into an enclosed packsack, and can clip onto your carryon using the attached carabiner.
•ADJUST THE SIZE - Everyone's different, so we've made our pillow adjustable to your personal preference! Open the air valve to allow it to self-inflate, and if desired you can manually inflate it to be firmer or release air to make it softer. Our luxurious interior foam gives you support without the bouncy, hollow feeling you get from some inflatable pillows.
•LUMBAR BACK PILLOW - Have you ever been on a plane or long road trip, and your back starts to ache from lack of support from the lower seat back? You can also use your AirComfy as a lumbar pillow and simply adjust it to provide the lower back support you need!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The COVERPLUG Paintable Outlet Cover Review

...Seriously, why didn't I know about these two years ago when I started baby proofing? COVERPLUG it like a plug cover for the entire outlet. No screwdriver, no screws, just the COVERPLUG and it goes right into the outlet. Even better, it's paintable! What better way to distract your baby from wanting to play with the outlets than to just camouflage it. Even if you don't have kids, this is great for decorating.

The COVERPLUG™ is a durable, molded, and paintable plastic panel that plugs right into a standard, grounded, double electrical socket to cover the entire outlet. This innovative outlet cover is held securely in place by posts on the back that align with the ground openings and require no tools for installation or removal. They are made in the USA and use a specially designed plastic that is easily paintable to match your wall color. The COVERPLUG™ is an excellent child proofing product.
The COVERPLUG™ serves two main functions:
  1. 1. Creates a physical and visual barrier between your family and electrical outlets.
    2. Covers unsightly outlets and makes them virtually disappear!
For a safer home and seamless walls, the COVERPLUG™ is the only option!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Baby Hattie's Birthday Party!!!

...Today we headed over to the Faust Park Carousel for Baby Hattie's birthday party!!! AR was so excited about this, asking all day if it was time to go yet and then while we were there, asking if Baby Hattie would play with her. AR loved riding the carousel, especially the deer one (real antlers!)-Daddy is proud of her!

Cheeseburger for the camera!

AR found a new bestie with Ms. Merri! I love this smile of hers.

And she was excited to see her friend, Eleanor!

Even MORE excited for a cupcake (and fruit and Chex Mix!)

She loved watching Baby Hattie eat her cupcake and would run back to me, giving me updates!

See, I was there, too!!! Here's proof in the mirror!

Oh the warm sun on a chilly January day!

Overall, she had a blast!!! Happy birthday, Hattie!!! Thanks for letting us share in your celebration!

Stewart Dental Treats Review...

...A package came in the mail for the furbabies! It was Stewart Dental Treats, mint flavored! These are supposed to promote oral care which our stinky-breathed dogs need. They come in three different flavors: cheese, mint, or blueberry. I don't think that flavor really mattered for our pups because they scarfed them down! They're wheat and gluten free which makes me feel good about feeding it to them. Their only complaint was that they were on the small size for our 60 and 100 lb furbabies, but taste-wise they loved it and as an owner I loved giving them a healthy, delicious treat!

Dental Treats- Just in time for Dental Month!
Pro-Treat® Dental Treats  are a delicious, low fat way to help promote oral care.  Formulated to help control plaque buildup, stimulate gums and freshen breath as your dog chews!  Pro-Treat Dental Treats are the perfect reward as well as a part of your dogs oral health solution.
Wheat and gluten free
Low fat, low calorie treat
Textured to help scrape plaque and stimulate gums
Three flavors that dogs love
Perfectly sized for a quick reward right from your pocket
Great value – up to 200 treats per container

 Available in four delicious varieties:
  • Cheese
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Time with My Girl...

...It was a nice long weekend! I had a book signing in Cape (more on that later) and then I was off on Monday with AR. Sunday we woke up at my dad's who cooked us a delicious breakfast!

My stepbro and I went from being the oldest (him) and youngest (me) to the middle kids so we snapped a pic so no one would forget about us since we're #middlekids.

Then on Monday, AR actually slept in...almost until 8! It was glorious! When she woke up, we played Candyland... I'm a little OCD to play with a two-year-old but hey, we had a good time. Then she insisted on wearing her flip flops... it was pretty nice out. Later in the day, I painted her nails and toenails. In return, she painted one of my feet...and most of the toes too!

We made a Fruit Loop birdfeeder. Despite yelling at the birds to come eat, they didn't and she was bummed, but she didn't mind polishing off the leftovers.

Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself!

After Candyland and birdfeeders, we ran a few errands. On our way home, we passed Barnes & Noble, her favorite hangout. She requested we stop "for just a little bit" and I agreed. After this video, I'm so glad we did! #lovemyAR

Sure, I get to spend most weekends with my girl, but there's just something about spending a weekday with her. Maybe because it's a special day so I try to plan more fun things for us to do. Maybe it's because I get some extra love and cuddles. Or maybe it's because I see what I'm missing out on. It's always tough to go back to work after a long weekend, but it's even harder when I've spent that free day with my girl. We make the best of it though and on Monday, we finished our day with ice cream sandwiches. It doesn't get much better than this...