Funny Friday June

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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!!!!!!! Karen from http://dinoheromommy.com/

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1. On the next episode of Extreme Couponing…”Getting the kids to Help”.

2.  What mess, Mommy? I don’t see a mess.


3.  Why are you crying, Mommy?


4. This is why mommy hides in the bathroom, drinks wine, and eats chocolate


5.   I don’t understand why he doesn’t get out over for play dates anymore? 

 


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June Fly on the Wall

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

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 

AJ:

Watching Kindergarten Cop

  1. The scene where the criminal dad is trying to get his son to remember him. “Look our hands are the same.”

AJ yells at the TV, “Hes stupid, everyone has the same hands. ‘

2. At the end of the movie AJ looks at me and says. “So basically he saved everyone. Good ending.”

“I’m growing.”

“Yes, you are growing.”

“I’m growing like a beast.”

“My birthday is in two days. It’s literally like today.”

Went to the Yale Peabody Museum for his birthday and he LOVED it. He’s been there twice before, but loved showing his mommy and daddy around.

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AJ loved his Star Wars birthday party. Since this is the last big party we are giving him, we wanted it to rock. We had Jocko the magician at the party and he was awesome. Anthony even did his opera singing, which the magician worked into his act.

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AJ: “You’re so mean. You need to apologize to me right now.”(In response to not getting what he wanted and getting a punishment for acting out)

Mommy: “Glad you think I’m mean and no I am not going to apologize for being a parent. I love you too much to let you act like this and turn into a jerky adult.”

Soemtimes he will call my mother “Mommy” since there are some similarities. My mother said it’s okay, I am your Mommy’s mommy.

AJ replied with, “I still can’t believe your my Mommy’s mommy.”

AJ & Bonus:

After Bonus dropped off by the sitter, the sitter said to me. “Boy this is one is a princess.”

It’s so true, Bonus will turn her nose up at lots of food, if it’s too big, too round, too crunchy, too square, too chewy, or is a dog treat or kibble. She will only eat canned dog food and all the chunks must be made into smaller pieces. If not she will bring them around the house and leave them on the couch and floor for us to deal with as punishment.

She will cry if she doesn’t get attention she thinks she deserves at the moment she wants it. As long as she is getting cuddled and can lick/clean AJ she is happy.

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Always Shake Out Your Clothes

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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:

wedding ~ disaster ~ loud ~ gardening ~ sunflowers

They were submitted by: http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html

Nothing like realizing the next day is the Use Your Words post and not only do you have nothing written, but you can’t find the email. Note that this is NOT the first time that has happened. I think Karen should start charging me for losing emails. Normally I do create the post as soon as I get her email, but there are times I am incredibly busy or lazy.

As I type this I am thinking what in the hell am I going to write up for the post? Then as I stare at the words, and keeping staring, take a drink of seltzer and keep staring all I can picture if a messed up wedding.

Now I am picturing my backyard garden…well sort of. Since we rent I can’t around gardening all over the property. Instead I create small gardens in plastic pools. I drill holes in the bottom to let out extra water and the plants and herbs flourish. I am really late in starting this. I need to get my but in gear. I really loved having fresh herbs and tomatoes. One day, down the road I woudl love to have a huge garden with big, bright sunflowers, lilies, daisies, and tulips. Don’t mock my flower choices!

Wasps! Yes I just typed the word wasp, it popped in my head so I typed it. Thinking of all these plants and herbs got me thinking about bees, then wasps, then the time Anthony got stung indoors. Before AJ’s karate teacher set up his own Dojo, we had to take classes out of the local rec center. I had thrown both our jackets on the floor to watch him during class. Then when it was over I held out his jacket for him to put on. All of a sudden he emits a loud scream of bloody murder, I pull off the jacket thinking it’s leftover hay from the weekend and a huge wasp flies out. What a disaster my poor baby is in horrible pain. I was so thankful to the parents who helped.

Never leave your jackets on the floor and if you do, ALWAYS shake them out. You just never know what has crawled or flew inside of them. It took him months to even look at that jacket again.

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So there you go, a post that started out with no direction, lead into a garden and ended with AJ making it through a terrifying wasp sting.

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Time for a Change

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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.

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:

 

My subject is:

After reading your blog, the President nominates you to pick yet another new face to place on American currency. He doesn’t tell you which bill or coin will be involved and asks you to write something on your blog (which he now follows) to let him know who you’re choosing and why. He gives you a few rules–it must be someone fairly well known who showed great character in American history and who exhibits the kind of timeless values that most people globally could connect with. What does your essay say?

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

Just a note, I apologize if this is not as well written as it should be or totally off topic. I’ve been really focused on AJ’s birthday today and party the next day. Can’t believe my little man is 7!!!!

 

Well thank your for choosing me to decide which women are worthy of being on American currency. You chose well as I feel HIStory often forgets about the women who didn’t just help in the background, but shaped and changed our future.

There are so many powerful, courageous, and determined women in American history who need to be honored. While I don’t think the American presidents should be pushed aside, I do feel that times have changed and our country was built on more than just he presidents.

Mr. President, I don’t agree with the fairly well known and showed great American character bit, I mean there are a lot of men and women who are not as well known because this country likes to change textbooks and make their own version of history. Seriously, if it was up to the forefathers, women would still not vote and still be only seen as wives to their men. Most amazing men and women are often left out of history, because it’s not suitable to kids, or fits the curriculum, or fanatics want to burn books, or the protesters were not white men who wanted to keep the status quo of America.

I think the idea of certain months to celebrate certain races or genders is ludicrous…It’s all history and should be treated as such. We need to know ALL the facts, all the stories, all the horrors so that we CAN change the nurture and not repeat the same always mistakes over and over.

Though will it ever change? I mean, we live in a society where commercials advertise half naked women to sell food, cars, and businesses. Clothing is getting smaller and thinner and women are walking around with their breasts all but hanging out, and society loves it. Though if a mother breast feeds her baby in any of those places, she is a vile, disgusting human being who should ashamed of herself. So it’s safe to say the idea of putting a women on our American currently is an outrage. Look at the outrage of having Harriet Tubman on a bill caused.

I think there are many deserving men and women in American history, some well-known, others not as well-known or liked because of their desire to speak out and stand up for others everywhere.

Here are a list of women who I feel have changed history for the better. I wanted to list many more, but I would never have stopped writing then. What do you think? Did I leave someone out? 

Abigail Adams – Wrote letters to her husband and tried to have a hand in government through the letters. She also tried to get her husband to remember the ladies when starting our new nations, but of course only the men were included in the rights of the nation.

Susan B. Anthony – spent 60 years fighting for women to have the right to vote.

Lydia Maria Child: an abolitionist, suffragist, and advocate for the rights of Native Americans.

Shirley Chisholm – the first African-American woman elected to Congress, the first major-party black candidate for president of the United States, and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Amelia Earhart: the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart inspired a generation of female pilots.

Rosa Parks – her decision and strength in not giving into fear sparked a much needed change in history

Alice Paul – a suffragist who refused to cower to fear and did what it took so women could have the right to vote

Sandra Day O’Connor: the first female justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009.

Eleanor Roosevelt: an active champion of civil rights, she supported the United Nations and was directly involved in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: an abolitionist, suffragist, and co-organizer (with Lucretia Mott) of the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, she wrote the Declaration of Sentiments, which outlined women’s rights as human rights.

Sojourner Truth: a former slave who became an itinerant preacher, abolitionist, and suffragist.

Mercy Otis Warren: called “the Conscience of the American Revolution,” Warren was one of the chief intellectuals of the early republic. In addition to penning numerous political tracts and the first history of the Revolution, she also laid out the principles of the Bill of Rights.

Besides my love of insane, crime thrillers, I also love American Historical Fiction, perhaps you would also enjoy these two books. Think about all the people behind the scenes who shaped our government.

The Midwife’s Revolt and Our Own Country. The third book, from Johnny’s POV will be coming out soon. Who is Johnny? Well you will have to read to find out.

Funny Friday May

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

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1. **sobbing** NOPE, I can’t do this anymore. I’m done. 


2.  Perfect. She’ll never find me here. I rock at hide and seek.  


3.  See, this makes the perfect bath. Now I don’t have to take one later. Right, Mom? 


4. For my next magic trick. ***DRUM ROLL*** 


5.  Olaf? Where did you go? He was just here. 

 


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Fly on the Wall May

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

 

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

Mommy

On Mother’s Day we participated in the Run Like a Mother 5K Race…in the pouring rain!!!!!!run

AJ rocked the kid race, he ran without us and did an awesome job.

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I made it to the 2 mile mark, but couldn’t get the last mile out as my knee gave out. At least I had my boys to keep me company all day…best mother’s day.
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AJ:

He was on the phone talking to my dad about how he had to fix the porch. “If I was 10 I would help you in a snap, but I’m only going to be 7.”

I was sitting on the couch and happened to glance at him while he’s playing with his toys.

“Don’t look at me!”

Well excuse me

He’s in the middle of a temper tantrum in his room. I go in and try to talk to him calmly.

He screams at me “Fine, make it quick!”

 

Pretends to be dead after a tickle session.

“If you were dead, you couldn’t breathe….or fart….or try to fart.”

Yes, he farted, then tried to fart again. Definitely not dead.

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Driving home from the after school place.

“On Sunday I’ll write books. On Monday I’ll be a screen writer.”

“What will you do on the other days.”

“I’ll play baseball like Daddy.”

“Oh really? Daddy doesn’t play anymore, he umpires. You have never played, you think you can do that.”

“Sure, I’ll give it a try.”

“I bet you will rock at anything you do.”

“Please stop yelling in the morning.”

“I’m not yelling. I singing opera.”

“Not in the morning, you can do that in the afternoon.”

“You’re right, Mommy.”

“Of course I’m right.” I have to get that in anytime I can.

AJ had his Kempo Karate Tournament on Sunday. He competed in sparring and maneuvers. Last year he hardly made contact in sparring and forgot his moves in the maneuvers.

This year…he won the first match in sparring and got two points in the second match. In the maneuvers competition, he remembered all his moves. While he only scored 5th place, he did much better than last year. We are so proud of him.

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AJ & Bonus:

Our town recently had their annual spring stroll and BBQ event. Tony was away, so the three of us walked up and down main street three times on a scavenger hunt. Then at the BBQ festival, after eating up a storm, I  bought him three Lego mini figures: one Darth Vader and two storm troopers. Once we got home, he was set to work on his Legos creating a “space building” while Bonus ran to her bed and did not move for an hour and half.

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Saving Money with Freezer Meals

save moneyToday’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:

Forget ~ Understand ~ Distant ~ Opal

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

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven. In the future I would love to get a double toaster, just hope it’s not the distant future. At least with the slow cooker you throw your food in, set the time and forget about it until it’s time to eat. Perhaps a second, smaller slow cooker might need to be bought. It would be nice to have a dessert being make while we prep and eat dinner. The tough part would be storage, with our already small kitchen and limited cabinets, where would we keep it? I always wanted one extra cabinet, but where would it go and how would we get it to match our faded, opal-colored cabinets?

We tried Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service. Since I was able to use a $40 referral credit it was more than worth it. After a week of yummy meals, we decided to use HelloFresh every four weeks. After three weeks of slow cooker meals, we will be treated to a week of new recipes. While it will cost us $35 a meal, which is far more than I would EVER pay for a meal, it is nice to try new recipes. We won’t have much leftovers and understand that it will require more meal prep on my part. In the end I love to cook and relish learning new recipes and ideas in our kitchen. Maybe

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PROS:

  • less money per meal
  • little to no prep time on day of meal
  • come home to a cooked meal
  • lots of leftovers

CONS:

  • gets boring after a while
  • if you don’t like you are stuck with lots of leftovers
  • lots of prep to get them into bags and in the freezer

Our normal weekly menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday leftovers
  • Tuesday slow cooker freezer meal
  • Wednesday leftovers
  • Thursday slow cooker freezer meal

Favorite slow cooker meals: 

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Slow Cooker Ginger Peach Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Honey Rosemary Chicken (SLOW COOKER) 
Creamy Mushroom Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Slow Cooker Lasagna (SLOW COOKER) 
Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Potatoes (SLOW COOKER) 

 

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PROS:

  • variety of meals
  • portion sizes are healthier
  • only get ingredients you need, so you are not stuck with unwanted ingredients that you will never use.
  • less time in grocery store
  • get new recipes and add them to my recipe bank

CONS:

  • more prep than I am used to
  • more money per person than I usually spend on a meal
  • leftovers only for one person, unable to spread out meals for the week

 

The week of Hello Fresh menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Tuesday leftovers
  • Wednesday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Thursday Hello Fresh meal 

Two recent Hello Fresh Meals

lemon grass beef stir fry  apricot glazed chicken

Apricot Glazed Chicken (HELLO FRESH MEAL)
Lemongrass Beef Stir-Fry (HELLO FRESH MEAL)

 

Here are some great resources for slow cooker meals.

Happy Money Saver http://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-meals/

Hello Glow http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

Buzzfeed 24 Dump Dinners http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/crock-pot-dump-dinners?utm_term=.uup2MNJ6a

Thirty HandMade Days http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2015/08/31-crockpot-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights/

The Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Read If You Dare

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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.

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:

 

My subject is:

What urban legends are there about places in your city or state?

It was submitted by: http://mybrainonkids.net    

So it was both creepy and interesting looking up and reading the urban legends for where I live. Here are some good ones I found in NY/CT area. I got them from http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Leatherman: a tale of a harmless man who would wonder all around upper Westchester County NY, parts of Putnam County NY, and parts of CT. No one really knew his history, but some stories say that he left his home because of a broken heart. Of all the theories, I think the most chilling one is that his wealthy parents did not approve of his fiancee. One day she was murdered and he knew his parents did. His heart was broken and his mind goine, so he left to never stay in one place again. And yes, he wore brown leather all the time. He was found dead in cave in the winter of 1889.

 “He would stop in a different locale each day and come to the kitchen door of farmhouses, looking for food. In A History of the Town of Lewisboro by the Lewisboro History Book Committee and historian Alvin R. Jordan, Miss M. Louise Bouton, born in 1889, recalled that the Leatherman “came around once a year…always to the east side of the house. He would knock on the leader drainpipe. Mother would give him coffee and some sandwiches. He would say, ‘Thank you so much, lady,’ but never look at you. He was dressed all in brown leather. No one was afraid of him.””

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

 

Hermitess of the Salems: They say her heart was broken as well, perhaps from a sailor who died at sea. Another therory is that she was driven from her home by pludering  soldiers. She arrived in North Salem around 1780 and walked around North and South Salem, NY and perhaps parts of Ridgefield, CT. She survived off the land and lived in caves. She would wander around, but of course dress up for church!

“According to A History of the Town of Lewisboro, she was variously described as “a slender young woman of fair complexion and graceful figure” and as a “thin, ghostly, old woman, bent and wrinkled”…who walked with a “gliding, noiseless movement, which seemed to ally her to the spirit world.” Living in a cave will do that to you. She died in a snowstorm in 1809 or 1810.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Granny Brown the Witch: Granny Brown lived some time after the Revolutionary War in South Salem, NY. If others didn’t do her bidding she would put hexes on them. This alone makes me want to do more research on my town history which is so close to South Salem. Others say she wasn’t a witch, but rather an old, nosy and crabby lady with lots of bad luck.

“Don’t believe she was a witch? Legend has it that a witch could not die as long as someone was watching. When Granny took sick, the good wives of the neighborhood, even though she was nasty and universally disliked, kept watch and looked in on her daily. One day, Granny asked the woman sitting with her to fetch her a cool drink of water from the well outside. When the neighbor returned to Granny’s bedside, the old woman had died.”

http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/October-2006/SubUrban-Legends/

Okay, these were kind of cool, but I was expecting more. Compared to the books I’ve read, this is nothing. Speaking of books, I love to read sick and twisted crime thrillers. Not that I never read sweet and romantic fiction, but they do get boring. I will always go back to a twisted story for a good read.

Some end in a predictable way, others not at all how I expected, and a few leave me on edge for a while.These are just a few, check out all my book reviews on GOODREADS to see if one of the 219 book I’ve read might interest you. Or you can check out all my book reviews I’ve blogged about HERE.

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

Books that require a strong stomach and brave heart. 

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5 STARS: Full of twisted, sick, horrific, torture and pain. Not at all how I saw this ending, but an amazing read if you can handle it. WOW! You just never know who people really are. 

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Book 2 (4 STARS) and 3 (5 STARS) in a series and can’t wait to read more. The detectives deal with the sickest crimes and crime scenes. These criminals are insane and in the most unexpected places, yet the detectives keeping finding ways to move forward. 

5 STARS: A great read! The more I read, the more I knew why the Langley’s were murdered…but the characters’ journey there was so worth the wait.A great read! One secret, one wrong choice, one mistake and you could create a set of events that could destroy lives.

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5 STARS: I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW. A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks. I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

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5 STARS: Another total mind f#ck by Harlan Coben…this one I kind of knew the ending as it got closer. How could you do that to the ones you love. WOW…poor Will to be kept in the dark about it all. Another must read…seriously that good. 

5 STARS: As usual Coben f*cks with your mind…I would never expected THAT ending. Wow! So worth the…if you can handle the suspense and drama it’s worth the read. Towards the end I was screaming like a banshee…so scared that it would end a certain way.  Never doubt a son’s love for his mother. Always trust your instincts.

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4 STARS: Okay at first I was hoping this would pick up speed. It was slow moving and I thought Nadine would NEVER get the truth or save her daughter. Then POW…it all comes to a BIG EXPLOSION. WOW…A must read. GO NADINE!

If only her mom was strong enough or if her brother had opened up to her. She keeps being told that she pushes too much, but if it wasn’t for that evil f*cker would have NEVER been brought down. What a tragedy, but also a somewhat happy ending. 

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5 STARS: Wow, what a book. It truly sickened me how much hate one person can have for another and how some people are truly evil. I was terrified the book would end one way and was shocked when it took a completely different turn. I will say that I cheered quite loud when those who deserved to die, did. In the end, despite the twisted and sick nature, the pure evil in the book, it truly is a must read if your heart and soul can handle it.

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5 STARS: What a book, I had an idea, but it wasn’t easy idea to get to. Some books are poorly written and so easy to identify the killer and mystery. But not Lisa, she leads you there but with more questions than answers…even when you are partially right you are still tricked and amazed.

What a situation, what a story, what an ending. I had to pullover I was screaming and laughing…the last word had so much damn meaning. WOW!

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5 STARS: WTF????? THIS IS CRAZY IN 3D! Wow, what a trip into crazy land. Okay, if you want a book that is going to make you sick and want to walk away, but you can’t because you NEED to know what the f&ck is going on and why no one else sees the truth.

I knew who it was halfway through the story, I can’t blame Camille for not realizing it, she was so deep in it, so sadly twisted and destroyed by her mother.

For calmer books, these might appeal to you

5 STARS: WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets. LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading. Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say.

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Historical Fiction:

5 STARS: At first I was worried as it was a slow and tedious beginning, then it slowly builds up and all you want to know is how they will survive on that ship.  I was sobbing at the end, I never thought it would ever end like that. Perfection. You come to know the women, love some of them, hate others, pray all their journey’s are not for waste, hope each one finds happiness, and get sickened that society and it’s views of men and women have NOT CHANGED AT ALL!

5 STARS: The entire time I read this I was screaming, whooping, yelling gibberish unable to control my emotions. A total on the edge of your seat read! So suspenseful and grips at your emotions. Seriously, I was screaming like a lunatic in my car…people must have thought I was a whack job.

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! LOVED THIS! What a amazing read and beautiful historical fiction. I finished it with a new love of the United States. The sacrifices everyone made was humbling and emotional. We forget that our founding fathers and mothers were humans just like us. We forget that beyond the what the history books tell us they had lives, made sacrifices, loved, lost, and made choices all for their freedom and ours. God Bless America!

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5 STARS: Historical Fiction:

It will only really make sense to you if you have read The Midwife’s Revolt. We finally understand who Eliza is, how she was raised, her awful past and why she made the choices she did.  I have a new found respect for Eliza, a new respect. She really did become a good person, when she became “bad” in her mother’s eyes and society’s views.
I knew they would all be reunited, but had not thought it would end like that.  Also a lesson for everyone, we are all Americans. We all have put in energy and effort into our country and should all enjoy the freedom, not just those deemed better than others.

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5 STARS: Like one of the characters said, it’s better to have a slow burn than a quick blaze. This is exactly, it’s a predictable, but beautiful romance and finding yourself. Love the setting, characters, and fate leading you in the direction you are meant to be.

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.

Funny Friday April

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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 Southern Belle Charm (http://www.southernbellecharm.com)   

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1.  That’s it, I give up this budgeting crap. Where does all my money go? 

2.  **sighs** I was hoping to get a few more minutes of peace before the humans woke up. 

3.  How dare she look at other pugs online. I’m the only pug that she needs. I’m updating her profile pic with my picture. That will teach her. 

4. Netflix and chill! 

5. There we go, the treats will arrive in five days. That will show her to to say “No more treats.”  Amazon Prime rocks! 

 

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

 

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Fly on the Wall April

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Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 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

 

Participants:

Mommy: AKA Karen, me…the wife and mom 

Daddy: AKA Tony, husband and dad

AJ – our only child, a 6 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier puppy 

AJ:

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While AJ’s building with Legos… “These are bad guys and this is their hangout. They have fun and make bad decisions”.

AJ was walking with me as I walked Bonus. I told him he would be too tired after being at the playground for two hours. Of course his exhaustion hit him half way into the walk.

“Is there anywhere I can lay down?” Then proceeds to sit on the sidewalk as Bonus does her business.

I was trying to help him with his seat belt issues he was having. Tony was driving so I couldn’t lean back and across like I normally do. “Don’t worry, Mommy. I have my ways.” Apparently he does, but he fixed it all on his own.

Comes out of his room as Tony was grilling burgers and hot dogs. “Are you grilling? I love these days. It smells so good.”.

Anthony saw me watching a movie about a couple getting married.

AJ: “Eeeeew!”
Mommy: “Why ewwwww?”
AJ: “Because I don’t like that stuff.”
Mommy: “Oh that’s right. You don’t like kisses and marriage.”
AJ: “I’m only into shooting stuff.”

He stayed over his Aunt Julieann and Uncle Adam’s house when we celebrated our anniversary dinner out. In the past he refused to eat eggs, but after Uncle Adam introduced him to a frittata, he loved it. So I had to get the exact directions and made “Adam’s eggs” for him.

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Poor guy got sick with strep throat, so he only made it to one day of Karate Jedi Camp. Thankfully between my dad and the sitter, he is in good hands. According to AJ…

“The best thing about being sick is getting lots of fruit and ice pops.”

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AJ & Bonus:

AJ had off this week, but Tony and I didn’t, so AJ spent three days with my parents on his “own vacation” and Bonus was with pet sitter. Needless to say both had LOTS of fun.

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Bonus:

Such a spoiled little girl. All the extra attention has worn her out and she just fell asleep while I rubbed her belly.

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