Friday, September 14, 2007

Best of Becky Higgins Sketches

Did you guys see this? Becky Higgins has a best of book with all her sketches?!?! I guess she did new layouts for each sketch also. I accidentally found out about it because I have a google search emailed me whenever something comes up about Scrapbook sketches. I didn't even realize Becky had a blog, lol. You can check out the book on Amazon, the picture isn't up yet. This is going to be hard, I really want it! I love sketches & she was pioneer of sketches. If anyone has or gets this, drop me a comment on if it is worth the money. I'm on a strict budget right now :)

Review: Murder with Peacocks

I recently finished the book, Murder With Peacocks (A Meg Lanslow Mystery). I have to be honest, I had a hard time reading this book. It seemed a bit slow to me. I liked the format, how it is like Meg's Diary or Journal & it is written by the day. The story line/plot was interesting & I loved the ending. I really can't pinpoint what bothered me about this book. I think part of what bothered me was the way everyone treated Meg regarding all the weddings. That is why I'm going to give the next book, Murder With Puffins (A Meg Lanslow Mystery). I have that on my list for the 2nds Book Challenge & it also goes with the Fall Reading Challenge.

Friday Book Cover Meme

I found a fun Meme over at Charming & Delightful that I had to try out, especially since my name is hard to find.

Here's the deal:

Go to the advanced book search on Amazon, type your first name into the Title field, and post the most interesting/amusing cover that shows up.

Book Description

". . . captures the spirit of the San Francisco Bay area in the 1960's and 1970's and tells the story of Jones' life as Ginny ("the first hippie") drifts into and out of it."-Publishers Marketplace in their "Deal of the Day" column.

"A soothingly disturbing bittersweet elixir. By turns deliciously funny and poignantly painful, it wanders and rambles in and out of the messiness of life. It's real. It's human. You will be different for having immersed yourself in it. Ginny Good has the soul and guts and truth of a classic of American Literature."-Donna McDougle, author and book reviewer

Thought that was a bit funny. There were a few other romances that stared a Ginny & to be honest that is how I got my name, LOL. My mom read it in some cheesy romance. And of course there was a great Vogue Ginny Value guide, but I like the hippie one :)

Feel free to play along!

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Big Scrapbook Magazine Lot

I have a big lot of scrapbook magazines up on ebay right now, no bids & starting at only .99! I really need to get these out of the house. They have tons of great ideas, I scanned tons before listing this lot!!!

Elf Cosmetics Score & Contest from PETA

The other day I was picking up a few items at Meijer & I found such a score. I found some of the already low priced Elf Cosmetics on clearance for .66 each! I was in heaven. I LOVE this brand, you can't beat the low price & then clearance on top of it. Plus they are free of animal cruelty which is a very important to me.

I didn't even realize they sold it locally, normally I order it from the website. I got a great blush & then 2 shades of Eye shadow. One was dusk & the other was periwinkle. Did you know blue eyeshadow is back in fashion? I've always liked blue, but I wear the darker shades of it, almost like a gray. I found out that Peta is having contest, keep reading for lots of info & some coupon codes!

Operating under the belief that "[e]very woman should have the opportunity to participate in innovation, without sacrificing her budget," e.l.f. offers a wide variety of high-quality beauty products that look and feel fantastic. But don't just take our word for it—major magazines like InStyle Magazine, Glamour, Allure, and Self can't stop raving about them either!

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What Is Moms Turn All About?

Moms turn ... to say what she needs to say is such a great concept. They are trying to get the word out & are having a fun contest. Check out the details here. I just love the concept of this blog! In the post What is Moms turn all about? I felt like I could have been writing it :)

Taken from site:

For most of us, we began our blogging experience with one, two or both of the following goals in mind:

1. As an outlet to vent our frustrations of motherhood, womanhood, and adulthood.

2. To chronicle the everyday life, as well as the milestones and special memories, of our children as so we never forget.

As our blogs grow in popularity, not only strangers (now our "blogger" buddies), but our family and close friends have begun reading and commenting. It is no longer possible to really vent about the things we want and need to in order to maintain some balance of sanity.

We don't want to offend a friend, insult a teacher, embarrass our children or start a family feud ... so we don't write about some of the things we are feeling. We just sit and wonder why we don't feel we have the freedom to write and say what we want on our own blog. Well, guess what? It's our turn. MOM'S TURN ... to let it all out.

I created "Moms Turn" as a place where you could post anonymously ... getting whatever it is off your chest that you need to use writing as an outlet for. Most of the time writing and getting it out, is exactly the "therapy" we need.

Don't you feel that way sometimes. I know I do. I have things I would like to write about or vent & then I think "Wait, will I offend someone?" I really shouldn't even care, but hey most bloggers do. I think this site will be a lot of fun, so go check it out & enter the contest while you are there!

I signed up for Payperpost

I signed up for Payperpost back in June. I signed up because I wanted a way to make some extra money from home, help pay some bills or just help with our dance bill. I have really enjoyed writing for them. I have learned about cool new products, fun websites and lots of opportunities. I'm usually only given a small amount of opportunities, but I even enjoy looking through the ones that I am not offered to learn about cool new sites. I think my favorite one had to be writing about Rob Zombies new movie. How fun to view the new movie trailer, write about a great movie and make some money for doing it! I decided right from the start, I would only write about things that I would promote for free. So far, I have made $77.75 via paypal. I am expecting another $27. It is also a great way to make traffic generation.

I like to log in every day because PPP has a blog of the day. It is a great way to find fun new blogs & meet new people.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Booking through Thursday

Comfort Food September 13, 2007

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Okay . . . picture this (really) worst-case scenario: It’s cold and raining, your boyfriend/girlfriend has just dumped you, you’ve just been fired, the pile of unpaid bills is sky-high, your beloved pet has recently died, and you think you’re coming down with a cold. All you want to do (other than hiding under the covers) is to curl up with a good book, something warm and comforting that will make you feel better.

What do you read? I would read any of my mysteries. I would prefer a series so it would feel like I was reading about a friend. If I needed a laugh, I'd re-read a Stephanie Plum, they are just too funny!

(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….) * Have to add my thoughts on this, the Bible is a work of fiction *

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fundraiser 50/50 Raffle

Be sure to check out the great 50/50 Raffle I am hosting on my Daily Thoughts blog. It is to help raise money for my daughters dance competition team. These girls work so hard & an extra money to help with the large amount of expenses is appreciated! You can view the details here.

Fall into Reading 2007

Callapidder Days is hosting a Fall reading challenge. It takes place September 23rd - December 21st. I'm excited about it because I read way more in the fall & winter then I do in the summer (as I discovered this past summer)

Click on the banner to get the full details of the challenge. Katrina will be putting up a Mr. Linky on the 23rd. I am going to update my post later with my list of books. I think some of the books I read will also be eligible for some of the other book challenges I am doing.

If you are interested the other challenges I am participating in are:

RIP Challenge
Book Series Challenge
2nds Book Challenge
1st in serie2008 Challenge

I've also made a blog just for books, but I am going to keep using this one as my main blog for everything.

Wordless Wednesday

Cam's first day of dance class. I haven't gotten Alyssa yet, I'm hoping to today because she has ballet. For ballet they have look like ballerinas, all the other classes the don't.

Check out more Wordless Wednesday here.

BTW, this is my 300th post on this blog, crazy! I originally started it to keep track of my scrapping progress & it has turned into so much more. It is a bit sad because I barely scrap, ugh!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Back to school

The kids have really been enjoying school. Dance is also going really well. I played around at Flektor tonight & made a back to school slideshow :)

Time Travel Tuesday

Time to share your first job experience...
What was your first job experience?
Do you remember the first paycheck, starting salary?
Do you remember your first boss, coworkers?
What was your favorite task/least favorite task?
How did that job end?

Let's see, to be technical my first job was babysitting, but my first real job was at Sharkey's. It was a clothing store in the mall. I used to love it, so I applied there. I was 16 & in 10th grade. I got hired right away, the manager loved me :) I think I started out at 4.25 an hour. I loved the people I worked with and made lots of great friends. I had to help customers, ring up sales, fold tons of t-shirts & regular cleaning. This is kind of funny, my boss had to teach me how to sweep, I never had chores at home. I was great at sales which was surprising because I am VERY shy. I guess it was because I loved to shop & I loved clothes! The management made commission, so they hated working with me, lol. I had one male manager that would always stick me in back, so I wouldn't compete with his sales. The female management never minded me selling though. It worked out to my advantage to because when I was 17 I ended up being the youngest in the company ever promoted to management! I loved doing the nightly paperwork, so my managers would always let me do it while they straightened up, etc. Since I knew how to do everything, my manager stuck up for me with the owner & got me in. I think I got raised to 4.75 + commission. Isn't that funny?

Let's see the worst thing was all the folding. This store was one of those stores that sold tons of those funny saying t-shirts. We used to fold so many shirts it wasn't even funny.

I ended up leaving because one of my favorite managers offered me a management job at a hat store with better pay. It ended up being a bad decision though because that store went out of business. Plus she ended up hating the district manager & quitting right away & went back to Sharkey's. B*tch, LOL

Be sure to check out the fundraiser 50/50 Raffle that I am doing!

Remembering 9-11

I can't believe today is the 6 year anniversary. It doesn't seem that long ago. Here is a great link from the White House.

Desperately seeking Susan asks where were you ...

It was a Tuesday & I had to told my BIL that I would watch my nieces. Aly wanted to go to daycare anyway that morning. I had dropped her off and was driving home with Cammie (then just over 2 months old). I was listening to the radio when they cut in to announce a plain had just hit a building. I seriously thought it was a joke & the way that the dj was speaking reminded me of back before tv the way that they would tell stories over the radio. And no, I wasn't alive then but I have seen shows about it. Then they said another plain hit & again I was like what is going on. I was wondering how they were getting away with playing a joke on the radio like that. Then it hit me it was true. When I got home, I ran up to my apt to put on the tv. I was shocked & horrified. My husband at the time was working about an hour away, so I called him to. I needed to hear his voice I guess. It was so hard to pull myself away from the tv, but I had to get ready to babysit. I had the tv up high, so I could hear what was going on while I was in the shower. I kept Cam close, I felt terrible bring a new baby into a world that was being attacked. I picked up Aly early because I hated her being away from me. Then I had to hurry over to my BIL house to babysit. It was such a strange day & it sucked having to do normal things. On top of that, that was the day of Aly's first ballet class. Now if you have read even a few of my posts, you know my girls are huge into dance. I had dreamed of having a little ballerina before I even got pregnant. I really struggled because I was so excited for her, but felt badly to enjoy the day. Luckily nobody in my family was directly affected by what happened. I felt so much loss for those that were.

Blog about your Blog Belongs in the Top 5,000

Blog about your blog is looking to increase their technorati score, so they are having a contest.

There will be a total of 3 winners, and 1st gets to chose their prize first etc.

Philips MP3 PlayerPrizes

512MB Philips MP3 Player

125×125 Banner in the top right sidebar for 1 month

Full site review by Adsense Tracker on our blog

All you have to do to enter is link to them in your blog. I have been reading this blog for awhile because they give great blogging tips. Go here to read about the contest. Be sure to check them out on Friday, when they do comment Friday. One lucky commenter each week gets a free link & 1 week on the blogroll.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Author ~ Victoria Laurie

Professional psychic Victoria Laurie

Psychic Eye Mysteries

Abby Cooper #1
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye
December 2004
Amazon | B&N

Abby Cooper #2
Better Read Than Dead
July 2005
Amazon | B&N

Abby Cooper #3
A Vision Of Murder
December 2005
Amazon | B&N

Abby Cooper #4
Killer Insight
September 2006
Amazon | B&N

Abby Cooper #5
Crime Seen *
September 4, 2007
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And look for Abby Cooper #6
Death Perception *
Coming September of 2008!

Ghost Hunter Mysteries

M.J. Holliday #1
What's A Ghoul To Do? *
April 2007
Amazon | B&N

M.J. Holliday #2
Demons Are A Ghoul's Best Friend *
March 4, 2008!

And look for M.J. Holliday #3
Ghouls Just Haunt To Have Fun! *
Coming March 5, 2009!

* Need to read still *

Author ~ Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets writes some really fun murder mysteries. I love her sense of humor!

Helen Hawthorne series (Dead end jobs):

Just Murdered
Dying to call you
Shop till you drop
Murder between the covers
Murder unleashed
Murder with reservations

Josie Marcus series (single mom, mystery shopper):

An accessory to murder
High heels are murder
Dying in Style *

Book Series Challenge

Kathryn over at Crazy Cozy Murders has come up with a challenge to help readers finish off their series. I am a big fan of series, so I had to take part in this challenge. You can find other participants here. It starts December 2007

The basic rules would be:

1. There is no set number of books you have to read, you just have to read the books in order to be all up-to-date with the series.

2. Post your review of the books on your blog, no matter how long.

3. Post a comment here when you have finished a series and when you have finished all the series you wanted to finish for the challenge.

4. Always remember this is for fun!

My List

Eve Duncan by JD Robb (just finished Justice in death, have to look up next)
Maggie Mars by Cady Kalian
China Bayles by
Elaine Viets * Dying in style
Laura Childs * Frill Kill
Laura K Hamilton (Merry Gentry) * Lick of Frost
Kinsey Milhone by Sue Grafton * T is for trespass
Abby Cooper series by Victoria Laurie * Crime seen

Ok I have to go through my book list for the rest, but I wanted to get this post started :)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

First school injury

Yes leave it to my 1st grader to get injured the 2nd day of school. Wednesday my phone rings & of course I miss it. Look & it's the school. I wait a few for the message & of course do not get one. Then I found out my mom missed a call & she wanted me to help her figure out the #. Turns out it is the school, so I call them. Cam has been in the office with ice to her EYE because she got hit with a hula hoop of all things. They say she is ok & she wants to talk to me. She tells me she is doing better & will go back to class. I am thinking how bad right. She comes home & under her eye is all scratched up, ugh! I don't know if you can tell in the picture how bad it is. I mean it is just a scratch, but of all the places. I guess the girl had it around her neck when it happened?!?

Contest Roundup

Mama loves giveaways are giving away a great prize:
Hanes Kids Back To School Giveaway

My Little Piggy's Contest over at So a blonde walks into a review.

$30 gc @
KaTasidy and a link to SuperMomz Blog

Enter to win a learning tower here.

I really need this! Enter to win a dyson dc07 pink vacuum

@ Mod Mom

Be sure to stop by Writer Mama to enter the giveaway post for today.

WMBTSD Giveaway Day Nine: September 9, 2007

If you are new to the giveaway, please visit “Station Identification.”

Hardest thing to do on layouts

Twopeas blog challenge, Feel free to join us if you blog.

Today's challenge~
What is the type of thing you find the hardest to you on your layouts? And why do you have a hard time using it?

My challenge really isn't about a specific product, it is starting up. I'm not sure why, but I really struggle with starting a page. Sometimes it is in picking photos, other times in picking paper to start with. I don't know why, once I get started I'm usually ok. This is a big thing that puts me in slumps & is even the cause of this past summer of barely scrapping. I keep saying when the kids go back I will get back on track. I even looked at my scrapping stuff 3 times this week, just couldn't make myself start up. In the past I have even considered giving it up & selling my stuff. I could never do that though! I'll just have to keep working on my issues :)

I have found what usually does get me going is finding a really good sketch or finding a challenge that just seems to click with me. I think this week, no matter what I am going to at least start a page!!!

TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

I didn't realize that the sold a huge line of Halloween costumes until recently. They are the place to go if yo...