About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.

New Website

Now that my son is older and the focus of my blog has changed, I have decided to change my blog.

My new blog is Bookworm in the Kitchen http://www.bookwormkitchen.com/

Thank you for the awesome blog name, Steena from https://angrivatedmom.wordpress.com/

I will still keep this blog as I don’t want all my posts about my son and life as a new mom forever deleted. I want this blog to always be here for memories

I Messed Up

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Matt Damon~ Winnebago~ Celebratory dance~ Best

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

I had a great post but then I deleted it by accident while looking it over on my phone. So I am sitting here and trying to recreate it, but failing miserably. Seriously, how did I do that? Why can’t I undo or find it? I am shocked that this happened and am limited as to what I can do right now. 

When I first saw the words, I immediately emailed Karen and said the dirtiest tthoughts came into my mind. Seriously, good job wth the words Jules. I mean, where else could my mind have gone with Matt Damon, doing a dance, being the best in a spacious home on wheels?????? hmmmmmmm 

There was supposed to be a Matt Damon gif here

Though the image of a celebrity is always better than reality. The real Matt Damon would probably leave his underwear on the floor, miss the toilet, and be a loud chewer.  Yeah, he’d be kicked out while I kept driving.

There was supposed to be a cool winnebago pic here

Have you seen a Winnebago? I’d love to go on vacation in a Winnebago. Though, I’ve seen horror movies that involve that as well, so I’d need get my firearm licence and stock up to protect myself against zombies, cannibals, and psychos. So many surfaces, so many spots, so much room! Sighs…

There was supposed to be a zombie gif here

I know I have taken what could have been one of the best experiences, and just added a sick and twisted edge to the whole story. Sorry, one of the negatives of reading gory psychological thrillers.

There was supposed to a picture of a setting sun and a mountain

Well, maybe after we destroy all the evil, we could dive around, never running out of gas and firearms, and start over. It would end with a romantic celebratory dance with a gorgeous setting sun in the background. That is until he pisses me off with a bad habit and he accidentally trips over the edge of the mountain.

So that’s it. I tried to rewrite it best I could. Sorry

I had another idea, The Scooby Doo Mystery Team with Matt Damon as Fred! I just couldn’t think of who I should cast as the other members of the team.

                                                                                                                                                                    

 Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

 

Respect and Kindness

Respect and Kindness

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 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.

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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:

My subject is:

How do you feel about the phrase “boys will be boys?”

It was submitted by: http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com    

 

What a great prompt!!!!

Uuugggghhhh I think it’s a dual edge sword.

Yes boys will be boys, when they….

  • pee all over the bathroom
  • jump from couch to couch, even after breaking a limb doing this last time
  • they are covered in mud
  • sport holes and grass stains in all their clothes
  • punch it out with friends and then get over their issues and are still friends

 

Men will be men when they

  • hold open doors for other people
  • treat their wives with respect to show their children what a good spouse does
  • respect others bodies and voices
  • stand up for what’s right instead of folding to peer pressure

 

Boys will NOT be boys (Men will NOT be men) when they

  • they use their maleness to hurt others
  • they tease and bully
  • hurt other’s feelings because they can
  • don’t take no for an answer
  • beg and whine for just a bit more action
  • say if she’s too drunk to say no, then it’s okay
  • say she really wanted it
  • make excuses for taking what they want
  • expect women to move out of their way on the street
  • think they are helping their wives instead of being equal partners

 

I am teaching my son to treat everyone equally.

I am teaching my son that a true friend will love you for who you are, not what you can do for them.

I am teaching my son that kindness, generosity, humility, helpfulness, and love are more powerful than money.

I am teaching my son that having faith is important, but actions of those faith are more important.

I am teaching my son that he has final say on his body, no one is allowed to touch him without his permission. This encompasses hugs, kisses, and handshakes. If he understands that, then he will understand that he doesn’t have a right to touch anyone without permission or make them do something they don’t want to do.

I am teaching my son that he does NOT have to agree without other’s opinions, but he can NOT attack, hurt, criticize, or mock them. He can agree to disagree.

I am teaching my son violence is not the answer, but always defend yourself when attacked.

I am teaching my son to be friends with everyone. He is living this, even when a classmate and his parents were cruel to my son, he still treats everyone kindly. To me that is what makes him a great person.

What are you teaching your children?

Book Review: The Marriage Lie

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Iris and Will’s marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane.

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.

*****3 STARS*****

 

It was pretty obvious what what going to happen, the mystery was why? It was a bit annoying to see how gullible she was instead of facing the truth.

I did love the ending, just desserts are always the best revenge.

 

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 13 books toward
her goal of
55 books.
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*~*~*NOW I’M READING*~*~*

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This is sad and hysterical, loving every minute of it thus far. 

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???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 

I will no longer host a book review blog hop, trying to make time to blog, work, and be a mom. Therefore I had to cut some things out. Please continue to enjoy all my book reviews. 

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Book Review: And Then There Were None

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First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

*****5 STARS*****

 

Nothing beats a good mystery and Agatha Christie is one of the best.

No spoiler this time. You must read. Who did it? How and why? I had no clue. Loved it.

 

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 12 books toward
her goal of
55 books.
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Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 

I will no longer host a book review blog hop, trying to make time to blog, work, and be a mom. Therefore I had to cut some things out. Please continue to enjoy all my book reviews. 

Linking up with

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February Funny Friday

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by ME!!!!!!!
(dinoheromommy.com)

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Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up, Mommy. 


2.

Want to see a cool trick? 


3.  

Why can’t I eat breakfast like this? It’s how astronauts probably eat. 


4.

Now I have my own lounge chair. Yup, I’m living the life. Now I just need my drink. Hey wait, I can’t move to well in this thing. Help! 

     
5.

See I told you, letting him do that could cause a problem. Now we have an ER bill and a child with stitches in his head and lip. 

 

 Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

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Fly on the Wall

 

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 9 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.

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

Oh man that Scooby Doo. He’s silly. That’s his reality. He can’t change.

Holy Whoa. All that snow. It’s like Mount Everest.

While repeating one of many things to AJ, most of which go ignored. He finally looks at me and yells, “Stop aggravating me, Mommy.”
 
 AJ recent responses to most things in his life…
  • Well that’s reasonable
  • That doesn’t make sense to me
  • Okay Dude
  • No, I’m in charge
  • I am going to tell everyone how mean you are
  • I know, I know what to do (meanwhile he doesn’t)
 
I’m lucky I’m an only because (his list over the past month)
  • You lay in bed with me and rub my back at night
  • I get to sleep in the living room Friday nights for movie night
  • I don’t have to share my marshmallows
  • I don’t have to share my toys
  • I don’t have to share my Mommy or Daddy
  • I get to hold both my parent’s hands
  • I don’t have to share my toys with an annoying baby brother or sister
  • I get to always choose what to do
  • I am the king of the house

Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

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First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion

*****5 STARS*****

A heart-warming romance that is sweet and loving.

A wonderful read about starting over and a sweet bond between daughter-in-law and mother-in-law.

A wonderful read about finding love and accepting help.

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Great characters and beautiful romance!!!! A must read and perfect after reading the dark psychological thriller, Behind Her Eyes. i

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 11 books toward
her goal of
55 books.
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*****Now I’m Reading*****

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Nothing like an Agatha Christie book! 

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 

I will no longer host a book review blog hop, trying to make time to blog, work, and be a mom. Therefore I had to cut some things out. Please continue to enjoy all my book reviews. 

Linking up with

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Shrimp and Veggies Over Rice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag of raw shrimp that is peeled
  • 1 bag frozen veggies of choice
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • seasonings of choice (I used parsley, garlic powder, Goya, and
  • 1 cup cooked rice (with Goya, parsley, Garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and turmeric to give it the yellow color)

DIRECTIONS:

  • peel shrimp and cook on stove top with butter, olive oil, and seasoning
  • When halfway cooked add veggies and stir
  • You could add pepper flakes for an extra zing, but AJ would have flipped out if I did that
  • After shrimp and veggies are cooked, serve over rice.

 

Reviews:

AJ: ate just about every bite of the dinner

Mommy: loved this recipe, cheap and easy, and perfect for our family of three

Daddy: loved it as well, but wish there was a bit more. 

 

I’m linking up with

 Lori's Culinary Creations

 Epic Mommy Adventures

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Book Review: Behind Her Eyes



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Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

*****5 STARS*****

SO F8CKED UP! I was not thinking it would go that way. I knew Adele had some sick plan, but NEVER expected that. If only Louise had listened to her friend. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Want to know what’s going on, well it’s some voodoo, crazy dream, soul swapping. If you’ve seen the movie  Skeleton Keyhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397101/

Rob swapped souls with Adele and killed her, which is why her personality changed. She really loved David. Rob killed the baby inside her body. 

Then he played Louise, and killed her too. Rob is planning to kill Adam, Louise’s son…so sick and twisted.)))))

 

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
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*****Now I’m Reading*****

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After that sick and twisted book, I need to read a sweet romance. Hope this helps me get over the other book. 

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 

I will no longer host a book review blog hop, trying to make time to blog, work, and be a mom. Therefore I had to cut some things out. Please continue to enjoy all my book reviews. 

Linking up with

“Mrs.AOK, photo meanderingmondaybadge1014200x200_zps679d2e71.png