Showing posts from January 18, 2009

Friday Favorite ~ Pouchee

I decided to do a new thing here, Friday Favorite.

This will be a product that I love, either through review or something I buy.

My first friday feature is the Pouchee from Organize it with Sandy, and good news ~ I have one to giveaway as well!

When I first came across the Pouchee on Sandy's site before Christmas, I knew I found something I'd love and my readers would love as well! I use a big purse, so I'm always digging around for the things I need. I also like to switch bags around a lot depending on what I'm doing. I bring a bag to dance, the beach, etc. These are also amazing for diaper bags, but am happily past that stage :)

What is a pouchee then? It is like a portable wallet/purse. Check out all the things it can hold ~

Designed with organization in mind:
Six credit card pocketsFour other pockets on the outside that are great for your cell phone, glasses, pager etcInside contains a zippered pocket for money, loose change or anything else you may want to stay h…

Qlubb ~ 'Gets Organized' for 2009

I joined Qlubb back in November thanks to Mom Central. Now through Team Mom, I am reviewing Qlubb again. They have a launched a new 30 day calender service to make the site even better.

Qlubb is great for moms! If you are a room mom, run a playgroup, coach sports, even run a book club ~ Qlubb is what you need for easy organizing! You get all of this totally for free ~
Secure, Private SitePublic WebpageGroup Event Calendar with RemindersShared To-Do Lists with RemindersGroup Invites/RSVP'sFile SharingNo user registrations requiredAnd Much more!With Qlubb you can:
Eliminate back and forth emailsAvoid reminding (nagging) everyone about events and responsibilitiesEasily delegate tasks to group membersCreate a secure website for your group
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Interview with Bruce Cook ~ Blood Harvest

Bruce Cook was kind enough to allow me to interview him. Enjoy ~
When and why did you begin writing?I took screenwriting from Irwin Blacker at USC while working on my second Masters (this one in Cinema, the first in Math). He had been the head writer on Bonanza, had been nominated for a Pulitzer for his novel Taos, and had written hundreds of hours of television and film. It was a summer course lasting only six weeks. I was headed toward a PhD in cinema and needed a B or better to remain in grad school. The only item for a grade was to complete a feature length screenplay.We weren’t allowed to begin writing until we had pitched a story to the entire class that they agreed was worthy of being developed as a studio movie. They didn’t accept my first two stories. Finally in week three I pitched an idea that the class greenlighted. I now had 21 days to write a 110 page screenplay. If it wasn’t completed by the end of the course I would receive an F, be dropped from grad scho…

Review ~ Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler

This is an older Erica Spindler book, but I discovered her with some of her new books and wanted to backtrack. Shocking Pink is titled well, here is the book description ~
They were only watchingThe mysterious lovers the three girls spied on were engaged in a deadly sexual game no one else was supposed to know about. Especially not Andie and her friends, whose curiosity had deepened into a dangerous obsession... Now fifteen years later, someone is watching Andie. Someone who won't let her forget the unsolved murder of "Mrs. X" or the disappearance of "Mr. X." Suddenly Andie doesn't know who her friends are...because loyalty can be murder. Andie. Julie. Raven
Three very different women bound by more than friendship.I found Shocking Pink a bit slow to get into at first. I thought it would be more like her more current murder mysteries that I had already read (See Jane Die). Once I gave the book a chance though I really enjoyed it. Had some great twis…

Crafts'n Things ~ Free Newsletter

Besides reading, Scrapbooking and Crafting is my all time favorite thing to do. It relieves stress, helps me be creative, preserve memories and make memories!

The winter months are some of the best crafting months for me. I hate the cold, so I stay inside as much as possible.

Crafts 'n things offers a free, monthly newsletter that provides members with unique project ideas for home decor, gift giving, and gardening.

Once you sign up at, the newsletter arrives to your email providing a first look at special offers, products, and more. In addition, each subscriber has an opportunity to sign-up for "Win It!" - a prize program that gives participants a great chance to win fantastic craft-related prizes.

Once you confirm your newsletter, you have access to bonus material, 30 minute cards (one of my favorite sections of the mag!), the current newsletter and the Win-It section.

I absolutely love Crafts'n Things magazine. I usually get it at th…

Prohibition racial lynching author Bruce Cook ~ Blood Harvest

What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920s to lynch a man? Immigrant Nick Decosta's skill as a wine grower makes him a fortune as a moonshiner and puts him at odds with the 'shine sales of the MacKay clan, even though he's wed to their wildest youngest daughter. But is this the real reason he is killed? And who is the second corpse in the woods?

Blood Harvest takes you back to a dark time in our history. The story takes place in 1929. It is a about a young white woman, Mary Elizabeth that falls in love with an immigrant Nick Decosta. We get a look at the events in this one small rural New England town through the eyes of seven humans and two animals.

What made this a page turner for me was the fact that the KKK was involved. It seems that we missed some history lessons during school. After reading this book, I wanted to go back and learn more about discrimination. It actually hit home for me ~ My mom came from England back in the 60's. My grandf…

Review + Giveaway ~ Skin MD Shielding Lotion

I have spoken before about my super dry skin, so I love trying new products to help it out. I was contacted by Pete from Skin MD Natural last month about trying out their newest shielding lotion, Skin MD Natural with SPF15 sunscreen.

If you haven't heard of the Skin MD line of shielding products, you are really missing out. These are not just basic lotions. They actually form a protective barrier on your skin. Here is some information from the website ~

A Shielding Lotion is far more effective as a dry skin treatment than conventional moisturizing lotions or protective creams. If you suffer from dry skin, you know that just using a moisturizing lotion doesn't solve the problem. A shielding lotion does much more than just treat dry skin – it’s a new kind of skin care product that makes a real difference to all skin types.Skin MD Natural™ is promptly absorbed, without the slightest hint of any greasy or oily feeling or residue, transforming the outer layer of skin into a hydra…

Protect-A-Bed Review & Giveaway

I have spoken on my blog before that my family all suffers from allergies. Both of my daughters also suffer from asthma. When my youngest was diagnosed with asthma 3 years ago, our doctor recommended buying a mattress encasement and pillow covers for her. Money was tight, so I bought the cheapest I could find at the time. Last month Protect-A-Bed contacted me asking if I'd be willing to try out their brand, I immediately said yes!

There are millions of allergy sufferers all over the world, all of whom would benefit greatly from Protect-A-Bed® allergy relief products. Their state-of-the-art mattress and pillow protectors provide an impermeable barrier between you and the dust mites and allergens within your bedding. Protect-A-Bed allergy relief products ensure that nothing comes between you and an allergy-free, rejuvenating sleep.

It has been estimated that two million dust mites can thrive in an unprotected mattress. Combine that with other allergy triggers such as pet dan…

Awakening Consciousness: A Girl's Guide

I am pretty open when it comes to religion. I have never stuck to one belief. My beliefs have changed over the years. I am an open Atheist. I have made it a point in my life to learn about religion, be open to other beliefs and cultures. With raising my girls, I want them to decide what religion they are. I try to teach them things about the various religions, so that they can make a educated decision. We tend to focus on Christianity just because that is what the majority of their friends are. When I had the chance to review Awakening Consciousness: A Girl's Guide! I was very intrigued at what could be in the book.

Awakening Consciousness is a workbook designed to encourage spiritual growth on a path of self awareness. The fun hands-on exercises in this motivating, easy to use workbook are for girls of all ages and will encourage great exploration into universal Awareness. In this book you will:

Exercise your seven chakras Learn about crystals Discover how to keep a he…