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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
Stacy Sews and Schools
Just a Little Nutty
Menopausal Mother
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
The Momisodes
Follow Me Home
Crumpets and Bollocks
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
Spatulas on Parade
Someone Else’s Genius
Battered Hope

SORRY…this will be a short FLY on the wall…as I was just so busy with work. Next month will be a LONGER post.

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This is a terrible day. You are a mean mommy. After not getting what he wanted.

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This is a fantastic day. You are the best mommy ever. After getting exactly what he wanted.
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After hitting his head on daddy while play fighting and me kissing his eye to comfort him…which he didn’t like. Everyone is hurting me in this house!
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Pop Pop called him and was being silly. There is something wrong with you Pop Pop.

Then another time…You are always getting hurt, you are an old man.
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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: Keeper of the Bride:

After Nina Cormier was jilted at the altar, the empty church exploded. Then someone tried to run Nina off the road, and she realized someone wanted her dead, but who? That’s what Detective Sam Navarro needs to find out, fast. With a nightmare unfolding around them, Sam and Nina decipher the stunning truth. Now they’re at the mercy of a brilliant madman who plays for keeps.

Tess Gerritsen, throws one twist after another until the excitement is almost unbearable. 

Review: 5 Stars 

wow…LOVED this book…

I thought it would end one way and then it ended another way…my emotions. Well, I can’t say, because I’ll give it away. 

So worth the read…

So missed Tess Gerritsen’s writing.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Deep Dish

Chef extraordinaire Gina Foxton doesn’t expect anything to be handed to her on a platter. After years of hard work, the former runner-up Miss Teen Vidalia Onion is now the host of her own local Georgia public television show called Fresh Start, and she’s dating the show’s producer.

But when her show gets canceled, and she catches her boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the boss’s wife, Gina realizes that she’s meant for bigger and better things. The Cooking Channel is looking for its next star, and Gina is certain that she fits the bill. Trouble is, the execs also have their eye on Mr. “Kill It and Grill It” Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show called Vittles. Tate is the ultimate man’s man, with a dog named Moonpie and a penchant for flannel shirts. Little does Gina know, though, that she and Tate are soon to embark on the cook-off of their lives.

I already want to hang Scott up by his tiny testicles…what an arrogant jerk and douche. I love how Regina Tate just want to be who they are and their moron managers are messing it all up…I hope they put them in their places soon.,

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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Sun Meatloaf, potatoes, broccoli, and crumble

Dino LOVED the meatloaf and veggies…he even asked for a second helping of food. I mixed my meatloaf with some shredded cheese just to give it an extra flavor. For dessert, we had my favorite, apple crumble.

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Who needs Annie’s mac and cheese when you have Whole Food’s mac and cheese AND it’s GMO free? Beat that Annie’s. I mixed broccoli into the mac and cheese and topped with shredded cheese…so good. I had some salmon burgers on the side…which were too salty for me.

Tues collage curry rice, pesto chicken sausage, and broccoli

As I made the rice, I added a good amount of curry and some Latin seasoning mix and threw in some broccoli. Then I cut the defrosted chicken pesto sausage and baked it for a bit, since it’s precooked. After I mixed it all together, I topped it with shredded cheese….AWESOME!!!!!!

WED pizza

Instead of taking Dino back home before karate, I picked up pizza and we ate in the car at the rec center. Dino loves this…we listened to music and chatted.

 

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Dino just LOVES rice and beans…and this just looks so “Halloweeney” if that is even a word. As usual, I slow-cooked kidney beans with lots of seasoning, then we added rice and veggies. Topping it with shredded cheese finishes it off. It was tasty and filling!

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We went out to eat at our favorite place, Piccolo’s Pizza. Dino of course got pizza, but I had the pesto chicken wrap…my favorite.

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Hubby said he’s a bit tired of meatloaf, but Dino loves it…so Dino wins as he can’t go out and get his own food. I love it too…sorry hubby.

 

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For me the best tasting qunioa is when I add olive oil and butter to the water with TONS of seasoning…then dump in the quiona when the water boils. This locks in the flavor and keeps it super tasty and fluffy. Then mixing it with the sausage and broccoli only adds even more flavor. Dino LOVES it and will eat it like mad. you can mix it with eggs or sprinkle cheese on top…so many choices.

 

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I bought Dino a new lunch box…Planet Box Shuttle. The rover seemed too big for him, especially since he doesn’t eat a lot of the food I pack…too busy talking. If he starts to eat more, then I’ll get him the Rover size. I remember to take pics of three lunches. Planet Box keeps the food cold, is cute, and easy to 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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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: The Fixer Upper

 

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. “Bird Droppings” would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump. There’s also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter’s rights and isn’t moving out. Ever.

Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey’s business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute former lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey’s doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.

All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected—back home again.

Review: 5 Stars 

OMG…I was dying to find out the ending…but when it came I was thrilled and sad… Thrilled that it ended how I hoped it would and sad that the book was over. 

I felt as if I was part of the family and friends in town and wanted a glimpse into Dempsey’s new life. Alas the book is only about one part of her life…we now know her decision and I can take comfort in knowing her life is starting over for good. 

A must read!!!

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Keeper of the Bride

After Nina Cormier was jilted at the altar, the empty church exploded. Then someone tried to run Nina off the road, and she realized someone wanted her dead, but who? That’s what Detective Sam Navarro needs to find out, fast. With a nightmare unfolding around them, Sam and Nina decipher the stunning truth. Now they’re at the mercy of a brilliant madman who plays for keeps.

Tess Gerritsen, throws one twist after another until the excitement is almost unbearable. 

WOW…poor Nina…left at the alter and now someone tried to kill her? Maybe? I know I’m in for a sick and twisted ride. 

~~~MOVIE REVIEW~~~

I just saw Gone Girl with my mom and LOVED it. I can say there were about ten things that were not in the book-some didn’t change the movie, but others were really needed and I wished were in there. IF you’ve read the book and seen the movie, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. 

Ben Affleck rocked it in that movie…wow! I was amazing to see Nick Dunne come to life! It’s always amazing to see books you read on the big screen…now if only all the books I’ve read were made into movies. 

What books have you read that were later turned into movies? Did you love the movie? Were there parts of the book did you leave out? 

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Updated Bucket List

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 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.

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:

 

Secret Subject Swap

 

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

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

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.silenceofthemom.blogspot.com                    Silence of the Mom

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                                Climaxed

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

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

http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com                       Crumpets and Bollocks

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

http://www.smalltalkmama.com                            Small Talk Mama

 

My subject is “What is on your bucket list, and why?” It was submitted by:  http://www.silenceofthemom.blogspot.com

 

About a year ago I did a bucket list post for Finish the Sentence Friday, you can find it here.bucket list

So, instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m going to update the list…cross off things I did, delete things I changed my mind about, and add new things.

1. I want to visit Italy with my hubby. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS

2. Learn how to change a tire. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

3. Get a tattoo of Dinosaur’s birthday on my shoulder. I DID get a tattoo of our fur baby, balboa, who passed this summer. I STILL plan on getting a dinosaur and his name, Anthony, on my arm. 

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4. Learn Italian so that if I ever go to Italy I will understand some of the language. YES STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

5. Go sky diving from a plane. NOPE, this was one of my jokes. I will NEVER do this.  

6. Crochet a poncho for myself and all of Dino’s hats and fall jackets…at least for a few years. While I have crocheted MANY things, I have not crochet any jackets for Dino. He DOES love the blanket I made him though. 

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7. Eat more (not ALL) vegetarian meals and even buy organic foods if I can afford to do so. I have gone completely organic and NON-GMO. While it is expensive, I see differences in our health and feel better about what we are eating. 

8. Go for laser hair removal, you ladies know what I’m talking about right? YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS…one day when I have spending money. 

9. Travel to every state in the US and get a picture participating/next to what that state is known for. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

10. Buy Dino an iPad, that will be all his. He has a Kindle Fire right now and that seems to be good enough. He can use our computers for ABC Mouse, so we’ll hold off on that iPad. 

11. Swim with the dolphins. While dolphins are majestic and amazing animals, I don’t want to be in ocean with them. 

12. Win the lottery and buy a house with three bedrooms, and eat-in-kitchen, and a pool. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

13. Watch Dino graduate with honors from college. YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN…or graduate from a technical school and open his own successful business….AS LONG AS HE’S HAPPY! 

14. Dance with Dino at his wedding….and hold his MANY children… YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN. 

15. Have Jackson Rathbone serenade me while I get a full-body massage. YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN…even if it’s in my dreams

16. Learn Karate…that would be cool While I haven’t learned karate, Dino has and now has an orange belt! GO DINO! 

17. Learn how to pole dance. YES, STILL WANT TO DO THIS. 

18. Get to my ideal weight and still LOVE to eat. , NO…who cares about what I weigh???? It’s all about being strong! I can squat 115 pounds. I have gone down three dress sizes. I recently put on dresses that I couldn’t even get on months ago…now I look smoking hot in them. BESIDES…I DO EAT LOTS OF FOOD…but it’s all real food, no chemicals in this house. It’s not about eating less, it’s about eating right. 

19. Just once ride on a roller coaster with hubby NOPE, this was one of my jokes. I will NEVER do this.

20. Run a marathon. I DID want to do the TriAtholon…but don’t think I’ll have the time to train…maybe I’ll change my mind.     

 

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: 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.

Review: 5 Stars 

OMG…wow…I cried, laughed, and shouted. 

I am glad I gave THIS a second chance…. What a journey they all have been through. 

Will Holly finally leave Marcus? Will Ana and Paul finally have a child? Will Olivia find love? Will Saffron have the life she wants? 

I so want to share the ending………but I won’t spoil it for you. But I will tell you I LOVED the ending…it ends as it should. Tom brought them all together when they needed each other the most. 

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: The Fixer Upper

After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. “Bird Droppings” would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump. There’s also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter’s rights and isn’t moving out. Ever.

Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey’s business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute former lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey’s doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.

All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected—back home again.

What a beginning…the plot already thickens abd so many ways this can play out. LOVING THIS

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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I’ve been slacking on posting my meal plans and taking pics…I normally posted every Thursday, but will probably post for the weekend…but that could change. Some days it may be mid week, others may be for two weeks. We shall see.

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Dino had a spirit run after school. It was hosted by the PTA and got the kids up and moving for two hours after school. I couldn’t help since I work, but got there about 5:30 and was able to help a bit for the next half hour. I stopped by Whole Foods to get some take out…Dino LOVED the curried broccoli, Feta Cheese Rice, and Chicken Salad.

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Dino said he’s tried of pasta and meatballs…so I had to think of another meal with ground beef…and decided to try meatloaf. I added mozzerella in the middle of the loaf, but it melted out….grrrr. I might just mix shredded mozzerella into the meat mixture next time. Any tips on that?

 

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After marinating chicken in a mequite bbq mix, I quickly coated the chicken with dry pancake mix…it was perfection. Just a hint of breading without the frying or heaviness… Hubby said it was similar to the chicken Marsala without the thick sauce. Potatoes and veggies added a nice addition to the chicken.

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Dino is all about rice and beans now. I slow cook dry beans with water and lots of seasoning. Then after it’s done, I add alredy cooked rice and sausage. This sausage was already cooked, otherwise I would add it to the slow cooker with the beans.  Throw some shredded cheese on top and you have a perfect meal.

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In an effort to eat real food for desserts, I made some apple crumble. I cut up an apple, mixed melted butter with dry pancake mix and coated it over the apples. I baked in the oven for thirty minutes and topped with ice cream.  Real food never tasted so good…who needs all those fake additives to taste like apple, when you can have real apple?

 

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No idea, what we had for dinner Tuesday…yup, I’m losing my mind. I do remember our dessert. Just like with the apple crumble, we made banana crumble. Boy, we loved it…so tasty and healthy. I melted butter and mixed it with dry pancake mix and bananas…then placed in a well oiled cast iron skillet. Bake for twenty minutes and you have a tasty and healthy dessert. Top with ice cream of your choice.

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What a great, but simple meal. I made quinoa with an organic Latin Seasoning mix…just like Goya, only without the nastiness. Before the quinoa was done, I added diced tomatoes, peas, and carrots. I baked some chicken sausage and mixed it all in. Then topped with shredded cheese for an extra taste. Perfection. Dino and I ate every bite.

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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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Just Finished Reading…

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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.

daddy face

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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