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Goodreads Summary: Love the One You’re With 

The New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed,Something Blue, and Baby Proof delivers another captivating novel about women and the choices that define them. This is the story for anyone who has ever wondered: How can I truly love the one I’m with when I can’t forget the one who got away?

Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it isperfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. Love the One You’re With is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.

Review: 5 Stars 

At first I wanted to slap Ellen, she seemed so wishy washy, always putting herself last, but as the chapter went on I really liked her.

What a situation…finding out things about your past love you never knew which draws you closer to him, but not knowing if he’s in for the long haul….OR….staying comfortable with a man, who loves you, but also seems to want you to fit into his life and his family. 

let’s not forget some self discovery along the way…so what happens…you will have to see. 

I wanted her to desperately choose Leo…but then I changed my mind and was rooting for Andy. 

Who did she choose? What life did she choose? 

You’ll have to read to find out…I guarantee you’ll love it. 

Goodreads Summary: The Innocent

The horror of one night is forever etched in Matt Hunter’s memory; the night he innocently tried to break up a fight-and ended up a killer. Now nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he’s an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife Olivia pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his home town, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia’s phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins. A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authorities –including homicide investigator, Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt’s with a troubled past of her own– see all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt … Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together

Review: 5 Stars 

Once again Harlan Coben took me on a thrilling adventure. I had some ideas who was behind this and why…but I was WRONG once again. 

Didn’t think it would end like it did…how did it end, you’ll have to read to find out. I guarantee it’s totally worth the read. 

You’ll be screaming and cheering for Mark and Olivia…

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Second Chance

“The New York Times” bestselling author delivers another winning novel?this time it’s a tale of friendship and fate 
Jane Green has become a nationally bestselling author with legions of fans through her novels about the true-life dilemmas of real women?their relationships, their careers, their loves, their triumphs and disappointments. In her latest book, Green tells the story of a group of people who haven?t seen each other since they were best friends at school. When one of them dies in a terrible tragedy, the reunited friends work through their grief together and find that each of their lives is impacted in ways they could have never foreseen. Warm, witty, and as wise as ever, this is a story of friendship, of family, and of life coming full circle.

I think I may have started reading this before and stopped. Not sure why…maybe I wanted to read something else or maybe I lost interest…Hoping I like this…as I just started it. 

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FLY on the Wall

 

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Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                           Baking In A Tornado

http://www.therowdybaker.com                                The Rowdy Baker

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                         The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                       Spatulas on Parade

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                               The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                  Stacy Sews and Schools

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                             Menopausal Mother

http://www.gomamao.com                                        Go Momma O

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                     Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                           Juicebox Confession

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                         Someone Else’s Genius

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                               Battered Hope

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Daddy drove him to the playground, but not the one he likes.

“You screwed up, Daddy. This is the wrong one.”

Hubby then asked him and he said “my playground”

When they arrived at the one he liked, he said, “Good job, Daddy.”

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Anthony started talking about his friend who he is starting kindergarten with.

Anthony: I’m gonna miss Zoe if she gets married. I should marry her, I love her.

Mommy: What does marry mean? What do you do if you get married?

Anthony: It means I dance with her, give her flowers, make her laugh, and love her. I’ll never get mad at her.

Mommy: What if you do get mad? What would you do?

Anthony: Get mad at her? Why? Well, I would just say I’m sorry and love her.

Good kid…I hope he follows his advice when he’s older. Now I have to share this conversation with Zoe’s mom…she’ll get a kick out of it.

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He loves going on the bus to school every morning. It’s a special time for him and his Daddy. I posted his first pic of nice pose…but my son loves to pose with style. While he’s posing he’s shouting…”oh yeah.” over and over

1st day of school

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While playing Monopoly Jr with Daddy, Dino said… “Daddy, you landed on my prophesy.” He then waited for the rent due to him. He’s a smart dude.

Now this pic has nothing to do with the game, but he LOVES to make the “Daddy Face”. It’s the same face Daddy makes when he’s wrong or just being silly.

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Why did Balboa die?

Balboa was sick and his body was in pain.

Why did God let him die?

God can’t keep people and dogs from getting sick. He sends good people to help them. The doctors and nurses were good people sent by God to give Balboa love, hugs, and kisses when he died.

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“Mommy I need my hat.” he announced, put it on his head and sat down to watch Jurassic Park III.

tv in style

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Dino comes out of his room all dressed up. “Mommy, I’m ready. Let’s go on a safari, jungle, hunt for crazy poop guys.”

I nod and follow…it’s always fun playing with my guy.

hes ready

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Got upset with me telling him to take a bath…after complaining and whining, he said “I don’t want to and what I say goes.”

I became a mean mommy and yelled at him. He changed his tune after that and within ten minutes was happily taking a bath.

Just Finished Reading

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What books have you finished reading? Loved it? Hated it? Going to read more by that author? Let us know by linking up… 

Goodreads Summary: How Lucky You Are

In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE, is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who’s always been the group’s anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who’s on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she’s keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics. 

As life’s pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren’t always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.

Review: 5 Stars 

Was NOT expecting the events to play out like they did. WOW…it goes to show you, You NEVER know what REALLY goes on behind closed doors…you never know what someone is REALLY facing or feeling. 

I know if one of my friends was in this situation, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to save them. Just like I become a mother bear for my son, I would become a tigress for my friend…

Life is meant to be lived. Happiness comes from within, not from what you have, an image, or what you think the perfect life is. 

Goodreads Summary: The Crime Writer

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.’s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex- fiancée’s body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn’t know whether he’s guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves. 

Soon Drew closes in on clues he may or may not have left for himself, and as another young woman is similarly murdered he has to ask difficult questions not of others but of himself. Beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly told, The Crime Writer, confronts our inherent fear of what we might truly be capable of—good or evil. Like nothing he’s written before, The Crime Writer, takes Hurwitz in an exciting new direction and is sure to reach a whole new audience.

Review: 5 Stars 

WOW…first of all the same guy who reads for Halan Coben read this book too!!! It was heaven sent. I went changing who I thought really did this. Was it Drew? His ex-girlfriend? His friend? His editor? A detective? The juvenile delinquent? 

Want to know? Then you’ll have to read and the ending will not disappoint you. 

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Love the One You’re With

The New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed,Something Blue, and Baby Proof delivers another captivating novel about women and the choices that define them. This is the story for anyone who has ever wondered: How can I truly love the one I’m with when I can’t forget the one who got away?

Ellen and Andy’s first year of marriage doesn’t just seem perfect, it isperfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she’s living is the one she’s meant to live. Love the One You’re With is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.

Whoa, what a situation. I would say…I would never, but I have learned that you never really know what goes on behind closed doors or what people are going through and feeling. I hope she stands up for herself and isn’t fooled and used…and destroys her life.

Sometimes people think the grass is always greener on the other side…while it may seem that way…If you look closely, it could be fake, only on the surface, or cost way too much and doesn’t really help the people who live there. 

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Switching Places

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 11 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com  Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/  Spatulas on Parade

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/  Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/  Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com  Evil Joy Speaks

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/   Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius

http://dinoheromommy.com/  Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com  Climaxed

My subject is “Change places with a significant other and tell us about you from their point of view.” It was submitted by http://BakingInATornado.com  Here goes…

I had to read this a few times…to make sure I understood it. My brain has been a bit fried lately. So, I have to trade places with my hubby for the day…and complain about me…like I do about him?  Or do I tell about what I do through his eyes??? Hmmm so many ways this can go.

Tony:

Here I am playing the role of wife and mom. It can’t be that hard, can it? Karen makes it harder than it has to be…she’s so dramatic and indecisive. I make up my mind and go for it.

The day starts and I have to get up at 5 am? Why? Does she really need an hour to get ready? I decide to sleep later, but Anthony wakes up at 5:30 and barges in and tells me he’s up and ready to go. Darn it…she’s in bed. Shouldn’t she be up and helping me? 

I have to take a shower, get dressed, get his darn lunch box organized. Why didn’t she pack the d#mn think last night…how does all this fit into a lunch bag? We need to have a talk. 

Wait, I have to put my lunch together too? Does she really eat this healthy stuff? Oh wait, I need to make breakfast? I need to get our guy dressed? I need to bring all this crap with me? I though she just sits with kids and reads books. 

Here I am ready to leave and she’s still sleeping. How long does it take a person to “wake up”? She’s doing it on purpose to get back at me. 

I guess I’ll leave now and hope she gets up to feed our son and bring him to the bus. 

What? I have to listen to dumb books on tape? Who listens to books while driving to work? I want news and music. 

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Okay, I survived her day of work. I can’t believe she has to actually teach students, take attendance, write reports, plan lessons, consult with teachers, email other teachers, and save and organize all this work. 

Now I have to drive home and go pick up Dino without stopping home first. 

I need a moment alone and I can’t get one…I miss having that alone time after Anthony gets on the bus. 

What??? I have to clean out our lunch containers, make lunch for tomorrow, get dinner ready, and do homework with Dino, get my work ready for tomorrow? What???? I have to play with my son, give him a bath, read books, and put him to bed. When will I get a f&cking break?

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It’s 8:30 and our son is finally in bed and all I want to do is go to sleep. I still have to clean up, organize the rest of my work and bags. I have not had one moment to myself. I think I’ll be a bit more understanding of my wife and all she does. 

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Of course that is what I’d imagine or LIKE him to say. 

Now to be fair…I’m going to ask hubby to do the same thing and I’ll post it next Friday. What does he think I’d say if we switched places???

I do love my hubby. He’s a great dad, even if he acts like a big kid most of the time. Dino loves his daddy and loves when we are all home together. 

What do you think your spouse would say if you switched places?

Our Healthy Meal Plan

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I started using The Six O’Clock Scramble for meal planning and organized shopping lists. I can alter the recipe to make it organic/NON-GMO. Most of the recipes use the slow cooker or can be made in under 30 minutes.  If I make a big meal in the slow cooker, we can have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day.

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  • 21st Thurs Dinner- Leftover veggie soup and rice quesadillas
  • 22nd Fri Dinner- slow cooked chicken, potatoes, mushrooms, 
  • 23rd Saturday- leftover chicken
  • 24th Sunday - Chicken parm, meatballs, pasta, and sauce
  • 25th Monday - leftovers 
  • 26th Tuesday – 
  • 27th Wednesday 

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Dino hates burgers, but hubby loves them. Hubby is going back to nights so we had what we wanted for dinner tonight. It’s not my favorite, but Dino was happy with the hot dogs. I loved my potatoes and salad.

Potatoes: sliced, then coated with coconut oil. Then sprinkled sea salt and other seasonings on them, before baking them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. When taken out of oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on potatoes.

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Sorry, forgot to take pics…but Dino and I LOVED them…so flipping good and what a great way to use leftover rice and beans.

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I did take pics…but only of us hanging out by hubby’s fire pit…but it was too dark and my phone doesn’t take good pictures in the dark. We had a great time though

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Now that I will be going to back to work soon and most likely helping Dino with his kindergarten homework I need to make more slow cooked meals and use leftovers for other meals. I made rosemary and balsamic slow cooked chicken. It really was simple…I doused the whole chicken in balsamic vinegar and covered with tons of rosemary…it tasted wonderful. Then I baked potatoes, broccoli, and green beans with coconut oil and seasoning. Together it was a great meal and we have tons of chicken for many leftover meals.

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What a super easy meal to make. Coated carrots in coconut oil, honey, and lemon dill seasoning and sauteed on stove top. Then put chicken on bread and poured on homemade gravy. How did I make the gravy? Well I boiled some of the homemade chicken broth form the slow cooked chicken and added a ton of pancake mix…yup, that easy. Hubby insisted on some mac and cheese, but I didn’t have any. Dino was so tired from having a fun day with friends at the farm, but he had most of his food.

I was able to make three baggies of chicken gravy and three bags of chicken with veggies. Each bag is perfect for two people or three with small portions. Hopefully if I keep this up, I will have extra meals for when I am working late or can’t cook.

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I decided to try Naturebox and do love it. Sure it’s a bit pricey, but you are getting darn good and healthy snacks and tons of variety. It teaches Dino there are more snacks than the ones he’s used to. After sampling each bag of snacks we probably ate a whole serving, so each of the snack bags I made could have had more in it or another bag. Not bad, right?

Toasted Sesame Sticks are like bread sticks…only healthier. Mommy YES, Dino NO

Sweet Blueberry Almonds are great way to eat more almonds, sweet but no yucky aftertaste Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mango Orange fruit Chews are like regular fruit chews, similar to the NON-GMO ones we buy at Whole Foods. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mesa Chips, are like mini corn chips, they are okay, but I won’t buy them again. Mommy No Dino No

Dutch Sun Cocoa Crunch are like mini dried out brownies…but have a great cocoa taste. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Big Island Pineapple are so flipping good and sweet, naturally sweet. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

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Another great slow cooker meal…I put only a BIT of dry lentils…too much and I get sick. Then I added couscous, sliced tomatoes, spinach, and fresh herbs and seasonings. After it was cooked, I added the previously cooked potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

It was so good and tasty…Dino loved it and plan on having it tomorrow with rice.

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I am so excited for Dino, he’s a big boy now and on his way to learning.

 

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I made a big batch of rice and sectioned them into smaller bags. I took one bag and mixed it with some leftover soup and topped it with colby cheese…SO GOOD. Dino just about licked the bowl clean.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

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      Mini Van Dreams

   

Our Healthy Meal Plan

21-27

 

I started using The Six O’Clock Scramble for meal planning and organized shopping lists. I can alter the recipe to make it organic/NON-GMO. Most of the recipes use the slow cooker or can be made in under 30 minutes.  If I make a big meal in the slow cooker, we can have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day.

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  • 21st Thurs Dinner- Daddy Choice
  • 22nd Fri Dinner- leftover rice and beans made into quesadillas
  • 23rd Saturday- dinner with friends – sausage and peppers in rolls
  • 24th Sunday - Slow Cooked Baslsamic Rosemary Chicken
  • 25th Monday - open faced chicken sandwiches with gravy
  • 26th Tuesday – Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup with biscuits 
  • 27th Wednesday - vegetable soup over rice 

thurs collage

Dino hates burgers, but hubby loves them. Hubby is going back to nights so we had what we wanted for dinner tonight. It’s not my favorite, but Dino was happy with the hot dogs. I loved my potatoes and salad.

Potatoes: sliced, then coated with coconut oil. Then sprinkled sea salt and other seasonings on them, before baking them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. When taken out of oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on potatoes.

fri collage

Sorry, forgot to take pics…but Dino and I LOVED them…so flipping good and what a great way to use leftover rice and beans.

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I did take pics…but only of us hanging out by hubby’s fire pit…but it was too dark and my phone doesn’t take good pictures in the dark. We had a great time though

Sun collage

Now that I will be going to back to work soon and most likely helping Dino with his kindergarten homework I need to make more slow cooked meals and use leftovers for other meals. I made rosemary and balsamic slow cooked chicken. It really was simple…I doused the whole chicken in balsamic vinegar and covered with tons of rosemary…it tasted wonderful. Then I baked potatoes, broccoli, and green beans with coconut oil and seasoning. Together it was a great meal and we have tons of chicken for many leftover meals.

Mon - collage

What a super easy meal to make. Coated carrots in coconut oil, honey, and lemon dill seasoning and sauteed on stove top. Then put chicken on bread and poured on homemade gravy. How did I make the gravy? Well I boiled some of the homemade chicken broth form the slow cooked chicken and added a ton of pancake mix…yup, that easy. Hubby insisted on some mac and cheese, but I didn’t have any. Dino was so tired from having a fun day with friends at the farm, but he had most of his food.

I was able to make three baggies of chicken gravy and three bags of chicken with veggies. Each bag is perfect for two people or three with small portions. Hopefully if I keep this up, I will have extra meals for when I am working late or can’t cook.

nature box collage

I decided to try Naturebox and do love it. Sure it’s a bit pricey, but you are getting darn good and healthy snacks and tons of variety. It teaches Dino there are more snacks than the ones he’s used to. After sampling each bag of snacks we probably ate a whole serving, so each of the snack bags I made could have had more in it or another bag. Not bad, right?

Toasted Sesame Sticks are like bread sticks…only healthier. Mommy YES, Dino NO

Sweet Blueberry Almonds are great way to eat more almonds, sweet but no yucky aftertaste Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mango Orange fruit Chews are like regular fruit chews, similar to the NON-GMO ones we buy at Whole Foods. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mesa Chips, are like mini corn chips, they are okay, but I won’t buy them again. Mommy No Dino No

Dutch Sun Cocoa Crunch are like mini dried out brownies…but have a great cocoa taste. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Big Island Pineapple are so flipping good and sweet, naturally sweet. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

tues veggie soup collage

 

Another great slow cooker meal…I put only a BIT of dry lentils…too much and I get sick. Then I added couscous, sliced tomatoes, spinach, and fresh herbs and seasonings. After it was cooked, I added the previously cooked potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

It was so good and tasty…Dino loved it and plan on having it tomorrow with rice.

Tues first daycollage

I am so excited for Dino, he’s a big boy now and on his way to learning.

 

wed collage

 

I made a big batch of rice and sectioned them into smaller bags. I took one bag and mixed it with some leftover soup and topped it with colby cheese…SO GOOD. Dino just about licked the bowl clean.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here

 

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Dinosaur Reads…The Book That Eats People

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I read 51 books for the summer reading program. I got a bag and a money to buy a toy from the toy store. Mommy said I should read to learn and have fun not to get prizes.

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This review was written weeks ago…but with so much going on I haven’t posed a Dino reads in a while. 

Amazon Summary:

WARNING! THIS IS NOT A BEDTIME STORY

Legend has it there exists a book that eats people.

This is that book!

Many readers have been unable to escape its perilous pages.
But this isn’t that book.

Yes it is!

This is simply a story about that book.
Really. I mean, how could a book eat people?
So if you’re just dying to know the history of this literary monster, all you have to do is turn the page…

Don’t do it!

Dino Review: The book eats people, it eats grownups and kids, it eats everybody. It’s a mean book and is always hungry. I can read it on my own, but not when I eat.

Mommy Review: Dino first heard about this in daycare and I was shocked that it wasn’t a happy ending story. But then, the creativity and plot was interesting. Dino loved to read it over and over, but now with starting kindergarten and losing our dog Balboa…he’s scared of the book and wants it out of site.

We had this review written weeks ago…but I just never got around to posting it. Oooops.  

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Just Finished Reading…

 

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What books have you finished reading? Loved it? Hated it? Going to read more by that author? Let us know by linking up… 

Goodreads Summary: Lies You Wanted to Hear

A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.

When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.

“A gripping debut….a morally complex and thoroughly grown-up novel. ” – Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Hard to believe Thomson is a first time author, given the achievement of this novel. … I’m still not entirely convinced that these characters are fictional; that’s how much they lived and breathed on the page.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

“No spouse or parent who picks up this book will be able to put it down. Nor will anyone else.” – Andre Dubus III, NYT bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

Review: 3 Stars 

Seriously, you tell lies to not face the truth, hide your emotions, or not hurt someone else’s feeling, or even to get back at someone or protect the ones you love.

I wanted to scream at these characters…the lies were overwhelming and crazy and down right scary. If you don’t tell the truth and pretend…it will come out sooner or later. One day you will use it against that person.

Did they make the right decisions? Were apologies owed? Should they ever gotten married in the first place? The ending was weird, I wanted something more…but was left wondering…What? Why?

Again…this is so close to real life…and sometimes there aren’t answers. 

 

Also going to add books I’ve read before I started blogging the reviews.

Goodreads Summary: The Bone Garden

Unknown bones, untold secrets, and unsolved crimes from the distant past cast ominous shadows on the present in the dazzling new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.

Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil–human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless woman was, and whatever befell her, is knowledge lost to another time. . . . 

Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, Norris Marshall, a talented but penniless student at Boston Medical College, has joined the ranks of local “resurrectionists”–those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. Yet even this ghoulish commerce pales beside the shocking murder of a nurse found mutilated on the university hospital grounds. And when a distinguished doctor meets the same grisly fate, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.

To prove his innocence, Norris must track down the only witness to have glimpsed the killer: Rose Connolly, a beautiful seamstress from the Boston slums who fears she may be the next victim. Joined by a sardonic, keenly intelligent young man named Oliver Wendell Holmes, Norris and Rose comb the city–from its grim cemeteries and autopsy suites to its glittering mansions and centers of Brahmin power–on the trail of a maniacal fiend who lurks where least expected . . . and who waits for his next lethal opportunity.

With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly interweaves the thrilling narratives of its nineteenth- and twenty-first century protagonists, tracing the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking. Bold, bloody, and brilliant, this is Tess Gerritsen’s finest achievement to date.

“An old mystery is crossed with a modern story in the latest from Gerritsen (The Mephisto Club, 2006, etc.).Julia Hamill, newly divorced and still smarting, purchases an old house outside Boston. Determined to dig a garden, she instead finds the bones of a long-dead woman–the apparent victim of murder–which starts her on a journey to ferret out the story behind her death. Julia connects with Henry, a no-nonsense 89-year-old with boxes of documents that once belonged to the now-deceased previous owner of Julia’s home. The two discover a mystery dating back to the 1830s. At the heart of it is a baby named Meggie, born to the beautiful but doomed Irish chambermaid, Aurnia. Married to a man who cares nothing for her, Aurnia lays dying in a maternity ward with her sister, Rose, at her side. Rose, a spirited 17-year-old, takes Meggie to protect her from Aurnia’s husband, but soon finds herself the target of a bizarre manhunt. Someone is after the child–and Rose, as well, because she witnessed a horrifying murder. The body count piles up as Rose struggles to remain free of those who would take Meggie from her. Meanwhile, a young medical student becomes the chief suspect of the West End Reaper killings when he stumbles onto another terrible homicide. Although he fights the prospect, eventually he and Rose join forces to solve the murders and protect the baby at the heart of the mysterious deaths. Readers with delicate stomachs may find Gerritsen’s graphic descriptions of corpse dissection hard to take, but the story, which digs up a dark Boston of times long past, entices readers to keep turning pages long after their bedtimes.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Review: 5 Stars 

wow, words alone can not express how deeply this book has touched my soul. 

Rose and Norris’ souls have been searching for each other and finally are connected in Julia and Tom, cried so hard and I feel of have learned a lesson from Rose as well

I was trying to figure out who was buried in the garden. never thought it would be ++++++++.

Poor Norris Marshall and Rose… both suffered so much…sobs….. 

Love the history in the story, how far medicine has advanced…and love how the the role of women were portrayed in this book…they were trapped but were strong.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: How Lucky You Are

In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who’s always been the group’s anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who’s on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she’s keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics. 

As life’s pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren’t always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.(less)

Immediately I feel like I’m one of the girls…and want to scream at them for not being honest. They are all lying and hiding major issues and situations. Why can’t they turn to their friends for help? Dying for…Waverly to let her boyfriend know the truth, Amy to tell her friends what is going on with her jerk husband, and Kate to be step up and stand on her own.

Also makes you realize you never REALLY know what someone is going through.  Can’t wait to see how it all ends. 

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Boy, Was I Wrong

 

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Janine's Confessions of A Mommyaholic

 

When I was a kid, I really believed that…

I could do whatever I wanted. 

I knew it all, didn’t we all as kids? I gave my parents hell as I told them numerous times all the things I was going to do as an adult. I was going to…

  • eat what I wanted
  • dress how I wanted
  • work where I wanted
  • stay up as late as I wanted
  • make my own rules
  • stay out as late as I wanted
  • drive where I wanted

Then reality hit

I was not in charge, I had TONS of responsibilities.

  • going to college to earn degrees
  • applying for jobs
  • going on interviews
  • working all day
  • planning lessons all night
  • going to bed early
  • waking up early
  • cleaning my house
  • cooking food

Sure I had money…but that money needs to go for rent/mortgage, food, bills, clothes, and gas. Yup…I could do what I wanted…but I would not like the results.

Then as a parent I had to do all this and care for another human being…OH BOY!  This little human thinks he’s the one in charge and slowly I’m turning into my parents. One day he’ll tell me he’s going to do all these cool things when he’s an adult and I just may laugh in his…then call my parents and apologize for putting them through that.

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I also believed I would NEVER get any tattoos…well after our furbaby passed I knew I needed a tattoo to keep him with me forever. I got the tatto on the side of my calf, right about Balboa’s height. Please ignore the hair, you can’t shave a new tattoo for about two weeks. 

tattooo better

So at the age of 38 I got my first tattoo! Now of course I have to get one on my arm for Dino. I’m thinking his name with a cute dinosaur under it. Perhaps closer to Christmas break, so I have those two weeks to heal at home.

What did you think when you were a kid?
Do you still believe the same things? Or has age/time changed your mind?

 

What is one thing you would never compromise?

Just Finished Reading…

 

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I decided to start a book review linky…there are two great ones that I join up with (see buttons below).  I hope you’ll link up your posts about book reviews below.

Now onto what I have finished reading… 

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Goodreads Summary: The Girl You Left Behind

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Wow…what an amazing book. Beautifully written stories about two women separated by time…ask focused on painting, family, and love. 

so many similarities between Sophie and Liv.

I cried, screamed, laughed, cursed, and yelled at characters.
Oh and the suspense and romance…

A must read…these characters will stay with me for a long time 

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Lies You Wanted to Hear

A deeply moving, beautifully-written picture of how the smallest crack in a relationship slowly, over decades, becomes a canyon too wide to bridge.

When Lucy meets Matt on a blind date, Matt is instantly hooked; he sees Lucy as the fun, sexy, and wickedly smart girl of his dreams. Although she’s still getting over an old lover, Lucy is won over by Matt’s sweet, thoughtful nature. But 20 years later, alone in an empty house trying to imagine the lives of her two young children, Lucy comes to realize that the little lies you tell can create more damage than the truth you’re hiding.

“A gripping debut….a morally complex and thoroughly grown-up novel. ” – Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

“Hard to believe Thomson is a first time author, given the achievement of this novel. … I’m still not entirely convinced that these characters are fictional; that’s how much they lived and breathed on the page.” – Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf and The Storyteller

“No spouse or parent who picks up this book will be able to put it down. Nor will anyone else.” – Andre Dubus III, NYT bestselling author of Townie and House of Sand and Fog

I’m already drawn in so deep…all the craziness and lies…wow! 

Goodreads Summary: Summer House with Swimming Pool

When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business. But the weight of carrying such a secret lies heavily on his mind, and he can’t keep hiding from the truth…or the Board of Medical Examiners.

The problem is that the real truth is a bit worse than a simple slipup. Marc played a role in Ralph’s death, and he’s not exactly upset that the man is gone. Still haunted by his eldest daughter’s rape during their stay at Ralph’s extravagant Mediterranean summerhouse-one they shared with Ralph and his enticing wife, Judith, film director Stanley Forbes and his far younger girlfriend, Emmanuelle, and Judith’s mother-Marc has had it on his mind that the perpetrator of the rape could be either Ralph or Stanley. Stanley’s guilt seems obvious, bearing in mind his uncomfortable fixation on the prospect of Marc’s daughter’s fashion career, but Marc’s reasons for wanting Ralph dead become increasingly compelling as events unravel. There is damning evidence against Marc, but he isn’t alone in his loathing of the star-studded director.

WOW…I couldn’t finish reading this. The thought of my doctor thinking these things made me sick. Knowing what would happen to his daughter made me sick. I’m sure it’s a great book, but I just couldn’t finish reading it. 

 

 

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