Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WW - A Few Blooms

I am very lucky to still have some plants in my yard that are still blooming.

One of the great things about living in So. California is plants flower all year round.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Proactiv - Warning

They may have a good face care product. I won't argue about it one way or the other.

But they are a pain to work with.

Once you sign up for their product, they keep sending them even if you have told them not too.

If you send the product back it takes four to six weeks to get your money back.

And if you have signed up with a debit card, you get charged automatically with no way of fighting the charge.

Would I recommend signing up with them, no.

If you like their product find another way to buy it, they aren't worth the hassel you have to go through to deal with them to get your money back.

This is my opinion, your experience maybe different and I hope it is for your sake. This is just a heads up to be forewarned.


Friday, November 25, 2011

RT - Remember

If you remember the important things great, but remembering the little things is even better.

Like your first date,
How opening day of baseball is special to him.
She loves having Black Friday to shop.
What flower she likes,
His favorite ball cap.

We all like to know we are cared about, so give some one a hug today, and happy shopping,


Thursday, November 24, 2011

MY - Some of the plants that leave during the Winter

Gone until next year,
Luckily living in So. Cal. there are still a number of plants in bloom.

Hope you are having a great Turkey Day,


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WW - Feel the Need to Run?

Watching a horse run with such grace makes one want to feel the same joy.

A quick walk or jog can help spark a change of attitude that can turn a bad day into a manageable day.

Get out and breath in some fresh air.

Life is good,


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why Is It Never That Easy

Okay, I just wanted to move the pictures on my cell phone to my computer.

Should be easy right?

The people at the computer store said all I need was a Usb device cable, which would let me transfer the pictures no problem.


When I go in to do it. The instructions,which I had to find on the internet(not in manual) said I first have to save the pictures to a memory card. Do I have a memory card ---No.

So now it is back to the store to figure out if this is really worth it.

Will keep you updated -- but oh how I wish this was easier.


Monday, November 21, 2011

MMI - What to Wear

Of all the things you wear,
your expression is the most important.

Have a great week and smiles to you,


Sunday, November 20, 2011

How is the NFL like a Bad Parent?

It doesn't seem to punish all its children in the same way.

Just look at the fines it hands out. Some players are constantly getting fined while others can do no wrong.

Friday, November 18, 2011

RT - Egg

The incredible edible egg

Looking for something new to fix for breakfast give this site a gander.

I also wanted to share - how a playful adventure can go wrong.

I'm always saying "try to do little things that show your lover that you care."



So to show my lover that I was thinking about him, I wrote a message on an egg. He eats eggs every morning.

Did he see the message and get a warm cushy feeling?

No, half asleep he totally missed it.

Was I upset?

No, it was more fun giving him a hard time about missing it.

I mean I wrote with a black permanent marker.

Oh well, will have to try something else,


Thursday, November 17, 2011

MY - Watching the Waves

How long can you sit and watch the waves?

For me, not long, I enjoy walking the beach.

But I get bored quickly if I'm just sitting in the sun. 

I do however enjoy the fresh air, clears out the cobwebs and gets the brain thinking again.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Take a Break

Do ever wish you could take a break and fly to the beach for the day?


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Having Fun at College

And they say the fruit doesn't fall to far from the tree.

Hey, us fruit have to stick together.



The theory of Feng shui is to arrange your surrounding to attract positive energy.

Which when you think about it is never a bad thing.

But what about other things?

Balance is important in all things. Like after I have spent a day working, I need to balance out my evenings with noise, (because I work in silence) I enjoy then listening to music, watching tv, and talking to my husband.

Do I have the secrets to a balance life, probably not, but I like to think, I work at it.

What more can anyone ask for?


Monday, November 14, 2011

MMI - The Future

The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Mine is to write books.

What is yours?

Have a great week,


Friday, November 11, 2011

RT - Add Candlelight

Turn off the light tonight and eat by candlelight.

So its a TV dinner, doesn't matter. It's the thought that counts.

Could even add some soft music.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Play Starts - "You Can't Take it with You."

All Campus Theatre Presents "You Can't Take it with You"

Nov. 10, 11, 12, 13.

At the 2nd Presbyterian church on 2829 Kingston Pike.

in Knoxville, TN

Only wish I could be there to see it.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WW - One Woman's Desire for a Celebration

Turkey Day was not official celebrated until November 26, 1789 by presidential proclamation.

Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of the famous "Godey's Lady's Book, started a campaign in the 1830's to make it an annual national day of Thanksgiving.  It was not until 1863 that she succeeded when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving Day.

Check out

to learn more about the lady.

Thank you, Sarah, for fighting for a cause that reminds us to celebrate the wonderful gifts in our lives.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cooking Tip

Want to skim away fat quickly?

Dip a lettuce leaf in the soup and it will disappear quickly.

Hope this helps,


Monday, November 7, 2011

MMI - Intentions

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

Have a great week,


Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Interview with a Reviewer

I want to thank Tina for having me on her blog today.  It’s really an honor.  Most people don’t want a reviewer on their blog much less having them talk about reviews.

Okay, right to it…a little background on myself.  I live in East Texas, raised in Dallas, married with one son in 1st grade and work an EDJ.  I review for CBLS Reviews, The Romance Studio and The Forbidden Bookshelf.  I also have a review blog that I update semi-regularly.  Why the information about me?  To let you know, that I’m a real person, with a real life and real everyday issues.  I’m not a god, a fairy, or an ogre.  I bleed just like you do.  Why the dramatics about me?  I have some things that I want to talk to you about reviewing and what goes through my mind when I’m reading a book for review.

1. I get to pick the books that I review.  Bet you didn’t know that?  Well, I do and I choose books/authors/publishers that I normally don’t read or know much about.  I pick books that are way out of my comfort zone.  When I decided to review, I decided that I wouldn’t read books or authors that I was comfortable with.  In the year that I began reviewing, I have found authors, genres and publishers that I seek out on a regular basis.  I have been given books to review from authors for my blog and again, I follow the same guidelines if I was reviewing it for one of the sites that I review for.

2. When I review a book, I look for the following:  plot (does it hold my interest), characters (do I even like them), flow (am I having to start and stop all the time) and lastly, did the characters connect emotionally and was it believable?

3. When writing a review, I don’t give out spoilers, the ending, the conflict, nor do I give out plot points.  I will however, talk about what I did like about the book and what I didn’t.  I hate when book review blogs from individuals give you a dissertation on the book.  I mean, why buy the book in the first place?  The blog already told you everything that you needed to now and more.  This is becoming more and more commonplace with so many people reviewing books on their blogs and it really pisses me off.  I have books on my Nook that I bought that sadly, I’ll probably never read because of it.  Grrr…

4. Also, if you get a bad review, just remember, its only ONE reviewer’s opinion.  Some people are going to love your stuff and some won’t love it.  Reviewing is subjective and therefore, should be taken with a grain of salt.  That said if the review is snarky and/or down right rude and mean, please, please let the review coordinator/owner know.  That should not be tolerated at all.  That does happen and it puts all reviewers in a bad light.

5. Lastly, why do I review?  I review because I love to read.  Period.  Some reviewers crave the power they have over an author but for me that’s the wrong reason to review.  I review for the simple pleasure of reading and then telling people why I liked it.

If you’re an author, tell me some of your experiences good or bad with reviewers.  No names, please.  If you’re a reader, what do you look for in a review?  I’ve listed below links to where I review to check me out.  I look forward to hearing from you. - personal review blog - Marika is my review name - Kate is my review name

 And you thought reviewers were stuffy and not human?

Thanks Marika for sharing with us.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011