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… 

Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 

REVIEW: 4 STARS

This was the first time I was disappointed by Harlan Coben. Was it the writing? NOPE? It was the plot…I had an idea what was going on…he made it too easy to figure out. Then the events that follow seem to be over the top and silly. I found myself screaming in annoyance, “Oh come on!” 

Now I know this was one of his first books. I can see how he developed these characters into characters in his newer books. I love his more recent books as they truly mess with me and leave me in awe at his writing. 

Despite my disappointment, I will always love Harlan Coben and continue to read all his books.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.

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Just a few pages in and I’m already loving it. A great southern flair and a spunky and funny main character. I am loving her journey to self discovery and independence. 

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Getting Stronger and Healthier for my Son

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I am now squatting 95 pounds! That’s right, 95 pounds.

I can wide squat 85 pounds.

And closed leg squat 65 pounds 

I can do 30 burpees with ease!

Why lower weight with closed-leg squats???? I started that weighted squat later than the regular squat and you have to squat down pretty low…which really works your butt.

I haven’t measured insured in a while, but I’ll wait till the end of the summer for bigger/better results.

My personal trainer, who I love, said I am getting stronger, have more endurance, and of course cracks up with me while I work out.

~~~CURRENT STATS~~~

Weight: Inches:

Thighs: 5.5 6.5 7.0 7.5  inches LOST 

Waist: 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0 inches LOST

Arms: 2.0 2.5 3.0 inches LOST

Bust: 2  2.5 inches LOST

Dress Size: 1x 18 16 

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~~~CURRENT GOALS~~~

1. 10 15 knee push ups 5 regular push ups with Dino on my back

2. 10 15 20 regular push ups WITH EASE

3. 10 15 regular tricep push ups

4. 10 30 40 correct burpees with ease

5. climb 70 flights of stairs on the stair master

6. regular squat 50 lbs 60 85 95 105 lbs 

    wide leg squat 85 95 lbs

    closed leg squat 65 75 lbs

7. dead lift 40 50 lbs  

8. do 5 pull ups

~~~RESOURCES~~~

I found this site and just LOVE it…When I have the money I am so going to join. You pay once and you’re a lifetime member.

Staci and Bronwyn are my motivation…LOVE their stories and I know this is what I want. They have tons of useful info and resources

 

July Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

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:

Baking In A Tornado

Just A Little Nutty

The Momisodes

Spatulas on Parade

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

Follow me home

Stacy Sews and Schools

Menopausal Mother

Go Mama O

Kim Ulmanis

Dates 2 Diapers 2

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

Someone Else’s Genius

Battered Hope

 

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While laying in bed one night, rubbing his back Dino asked about why families are different. I explained that each family is different. Some families have two parents, two moms, two dads, one mom, one dad, grandparents only, aunts and uncles only or only brothers and sisters. Some families have three kids, two kids, one kid, or ten kids. Some families different pets too.

“you and daddy just have me, I made you a family.”

“Yes you did.”

“We are blessed to have you.”

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While talking about an event way before Dino was born. He wanted to know where he was and had a difficult time understanding where he was.

“You were in heaven with all the other babies waiting to be born.”

“That’s right. I was with God and the other babies. Then he dropped me down when I came out of your belly.”

“Yes, God put you in my belly, so Daddy and I could have a baby.”

“He wanted me to be your baby.”

I hugged him so tight…he’s so sweet and blessed

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Being silly on the living room floor, rolling around and making silly faces…”It’s a crazy world.”

“Where’d you get that from?”

“Sesame Street, Mommy. It’s a crazy world.”

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At summer camp, he was still hungry and was offered a type of yogurt. He knew it was not something Mommy would give him and shook his hand and head and said. “No, it has chemicals.”  He didn’t go hungry they had a bbq picnic for lunch then went home early and had foods that were a bit better for him.

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At dinner with my parents and my father was teasing him. He got got annoyed and said, “My brain is tired of listening to you.”

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While at my parent’s house taking a bath, he was being silly. My mother said to him “You are so silly.”

“I know, Lala, God made me silly.”

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At a friend’s Build a Bear Birthday party, he built a teddy bear and put her in a flowered shirt and tutu. He called her ‘Pretty Flower Tutu’. “I like flowers and want a baby with pretty flowers.”

He is very proud to be a daddy and I am proud of his soft side.

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Dino was telling his daddy about how much he knows.

“Wow, you sure know a lot, Buddy.”

“Yes, Daddy. I’m very smart. I know things since I was born.”

 This pic has NOTHING to do with the above conversations…but shows you the crazy and silly Dino we have to deal with. I wouldn’t have him any other way though. 

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • DID NOT PLAN AT ALL…between Anthony’s karate test and Balboa getting sick and needing to see a neurologist I just figured out each day as we go.

 

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Dino was so proud to earn his yellow belt. Since this test was at 5:30, we ate pizza in the parking lot of the karate dojo. Dino loves his karate classes. Hopefully he will continue to be successful and learn more than just karate, he will learn how to be respectful and gentle.

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We spent from 10 am to 6:30 pm in the vet office just to see a neurologist. It was worth the time (and money) though. Balboa does not have a brain tumor, he does have increased white blood cells, but not enough to be alarmed. Right now he is to continue his meds unless his seizures gets worse…then onto to steroids instead.

Thanks Mom and Dad for staying with me…

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Dino loves watering my herbs, tomatoes, and lettuce. Even better he loves helping with the compost bin and looks forward to dumping leftovers in the bin and shaking it up.

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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…Pup and Hound, Lost and Found

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I read 30 books for the summer reading program. I got my picture taken and it will be added to the library site.

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Amazon Summary: When Hound turns around, Pup runs off into the crowds of the county fair. Will Hound find out what Pup is up to? This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition.

Dino Review: Pup gets lost and Hound has to find him. That’s not nice, Mommy would get mad and sad if I got lost. 

Mommy Review: Again a great rhyming book for Dino. He loved listening and trying to identify the words that rhyme. I’m sure this would be a great book for him to read when he is able to read on his own.   

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Tickle My Tastebuds

So happy to be guest hosting Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday. I MESSED UP LAST WEEK AND DIDN’T POST, I AM SO SORRY. 

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I love fish, but it can be expensive…one of my favorites is Salmon. Oh boy, I was so glad to get this on sale. Hubby loved it and

Dino even had a few bites. Paired with wild rice and chicken nuggets it was a perfect meal for outside eating.

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Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

Now, let’s meet our lovely hostesses!

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…and our guest hostesses for July!

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Would you like to be one of our guest hosts for the month of August?

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The rules for Tickle My Tastebuds are simple:

  • Link up as many recipes and/or food related posts you’d like, as long as they haven’t been submitted to this party recently (non-food related posts will be deleted)
  • Follow all the hostesses and guest hostesses on at least one type of social media (make sure you let us know so we can return the favor!)
  • Share the love – visit the blogger in front of you, and at least one more
  • Have fun!

 

Please note, by linking up your posts and recipes, you are giving A Peek into My Paradise, Detours In Life, I’m Not A Trophy Wife, Lori’s Culinary Creations, and Mini Van Dreams permission to use your photos in the featured posts and on social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and respective posts.

 

We’d love it if you’d share our party with your friends!

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Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

The Seasoned Mom: Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad

Cook with Sara: Summer Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hello Little Home: Mexican Black Bean Wrap

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops           

Now, “tickle our tastebuds!”


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… 

Goodreads Summary: Justice for Sara

When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

REVIEW: 4 STARS

Of course she WOULD be attracted to the new police chief, who just happened to be the son of the former police chief-the guy who truly believed she killed her sister.

I had an idea of who the killer was…but I was off…there were too many twists, and tricks…Love when an author does that. I love a good suspense and to be totally shocked. Will have to read more of her books.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 

Wow…this one is insane. I think this is going to be another HUGE mind f*ck…and I am scared. I have an idea of what is going on, but have a feeling Harlan Coben will once again throw in a plot twist. 

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 10th Thurs Dinner: grilled chicken and salad
  • 11th Fri Dinner:  burgers, chicken nuggets, salad
  • 12th Saturday- salmon, potatoes, and veggies
  • 13th Sunday - pasta, sauce,  meatballs
  • 14th Monday - leftovers
  • 15th Tuesday – grilled chicken, couscous, veggies
  • 16th Wednesday - leftovers

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Grilled Chicken and a salad makes for a great dinner…even if I’m the only one who eats it.

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Tony totally loves the organic, local burgers. He had the bacon, cheeseburger and I had the portobello mushroom and swiss burger. I got two crab cakes, we roasted potatoes, and had more salad. Dino HATES burgers of any kind…so he had his chicken nuggets.

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I LOVE fish and was so pleased that Hubby loved it too. Even Dino had some of the salmon. Of course chicken nuggets was his protein for dinner. I loved the wild rice and the veggies…the pre-mixed seasonings make a big difference in our meals. We enjoyed watching the family of birds in our tree…even Balboa was curious about the birds.

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I didn’t have any breadcrumbs…but thanks Mom for the idea of using tortilla chips instead. They tasted great and I plan on using them again. I used local ground beef and added brocolli rabe to the sauce…Tony LOVED it. Even though Dino was sick…he ate every bite. At this point, we didn’t know what was wrong with him, but he was burning up and his face was getting swollen.

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Turns out…Dino has a swollen salivary gland… Guess that can happen…really weird though.

Balboa is now on seizure medicine…hopefully it will ease the seizures..watching him go through the seizures breaks my heart.

Dinner was just leftover pasta, but Dino just wanted peanut butter and jelly.

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Dino LOVED the couscous, beans, and veggies. He didn’t want any chicken, but had four servings of the couscous. What a healthy boy.

LOVE cooking beans in the slow cooker, it makes a fabulous sauce and all I have to do is throw the grains, rice, or pasta in at the end with the veggies.

I was able to reorganize my cabinets in our SMALL KITCHEN. We only have one cabinet for food…so I have to make it count. Buying bulk at Whole Foods…saves money and space. Please note…THE SUGAR IS NOT MINE…that is hubby’s.

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Tonight was another leftover night…as Dino had karate. Tomorrow night he’s being tested for his yellow belt…fingers crossed he can handle his routine in front of all the other kids being tested and their parents.

Balboa has a neurological evaluation Friday morning, as his seizures seem to be getting worse. Please keep him in your prayers.

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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…

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I will be prepared for kindergarten with all the books I’m reading.

 

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Amazon SummaryJoin Tim as he visits his future kindergarten classroom and learns what he will be doing during his first year of school. Explore the reading, math, and art centers. Sit at the desk where he will practice writing, counting, and telling time. The classroom may look a little too big at first, but after finding out about all the fun ahead, it doesn’t seem too big at all. In fact, it’s just the right size.

Dino Review: The boy likes his small kindergarten. It’s not big, it fits him because he’s small for me. My kindergarten will be for me too. I’m a big boy but not a big kid. I learned a lot, I’m smart. I’m going to learn more in kindergarten, but I know everything. (shakes his head confirming he knows it all) 

Mommy Review: Cute illustrations and descriptions of each center a child might find in kindergarten. It’s reassuring to know that your classroom won’t be too big and overwhelming, but just perfect for little kids. Dino was happy that he did the same things in preschool and was curious if they would be the same in kindergarten.

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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… 

 

Goodreads Summary: Good Grief 

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house…and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Yes, this is about death and grieving, so why was I laughing when I should be crying? You can totally relate to Sophie, you can feel her pain, sorrow, loss, and confusion. You know you would be going to work in a bathrobe and slippers too. In losing it all, she finds herself and a real life after losing her husband. A must read…

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary:Justice for Sarah

When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

think I am going to be messed up after reading this…love when I get scared…I know it’s a great book

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Karen's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

You can find all books reviews by me HERE

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Wit and Wanderings   Wit and Wanderings   Our Delightful Home

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