Monday, July 25, 2016

Best of the Blogosphere Link up: Week 81

Hello again and thanks for coming back to the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party! 

We love to see everyone's posts and can't wait to see what you link up this week. Hope it's a great one.

My favorite post this week was from Skirt, Snails and Supermom Tales.  If you are a mom of little ones, go read this post, this mama is starting things right.

Here are your favorites from this week's Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party!
The Flight of The Bumblebee

Forget the morning rush at your local coffee shop - make your favorite iced coffee drink right at home! My Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee is made with a super-simple vanilla bean syrup, as well as cold brew coffee, and half and half. An amazing drink to start your day!
Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee-Delightful E Made

I love these mommy and me leggings! Great for a casual outfit!

Come meet your hosts!

Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party Hosts
Party Rules:
        • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
        • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. Go ahead and link up a couple that you love.
        • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it's your best post of the week. We're cool with that.
        • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
        • Take the time to visit a few blogs and vote for your favorite post of the week by giving it a visit.
        • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
        • Follow the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party board!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday 5: Busy, busy, busy

Sharing 5 thoughts and 5 pictures to end the week with Friday 5.

Grab button for Emmy-Mom

5 Thoughts

1. My kids sometimes cause problems for me. They all recently started playing Slitherio- they told me I have to play too... there is a reason that game was called the number one addicting game of the year.

2. This week has been so busy I have got a ton done yet feel like I am so far behind, I need to freeze time for like a week so I can get a week's worth of stuff done in one day.  I may have not always used my time the best though, see comment number 1.

3. Alex had one of her best games at goalie this week.  She had one goal at the beginning that I have no idea how she let it essentially roll in, but after that she did awesome and her drop kick seems to be back.

4. Eric and I have started watching Psych- totally makes us laugh every night.  Do you have a favorite show that is on Netflix?

5.  I hate when I am getting gas and the receipt doesn't come out, or it will say receipt inside with clerk; I always just take a picture of the pump and call that good, not going to take the time to go inside to get it.

5 Pictures

Newborn Photography


Yummy burger and fries

Soccer Game

Editing Pictures

Mother and Son

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Why I Volunteer

The school year is fast approaching, we start at the beginning of August.  I am ready and dreading it all at the same time.  A recent conversation with a friend about teachers put a lot of the parents in a panic.  As any parent knows, not all teachers are created equal.  There are always the teachers that everyone wants, the teachers that would be just fine and those one or two teachers that you pray your child doesn't get.  

I didn't think I would have to worry about this teacher this year, but due to some switching, there was now that possibility.

As soon as I got home, I e-mailed the principle, never naming this teacher but instead stating the needs of my child and what kind of teacher would be a great fit for them.  I have been through this before.  I remember Lucas' Preschool teacher telling me, "well as long as he gets good teachers he will be okay, otherwise he may really struggle."  Thankfully, he has had great teachers over the years and now is exceeding out expectations.  This new possibility truly had me worried how this year would go, setting back their education greatly, especially their love of learning if they had this teacher.

The principle quickly e-mailed me back, saying she looked up where my kids were placed and I would be very happy with their teachers.

A huge sigh of relief, and this is why I volunteer.

I like being in the school, feeling the pulse of the school, the teachers and even how my child truly
behaves when not at home.  I like helping out for events and am in school councils as not only do I know what is going on, but then the principle and teachers know me.

I truly believe in being an advocate for my child.  Now, don't get me wrong, I will be the first to call my children out if they are doing something wrong, not trying hard, or being disrespectful.  I don't want them to be spoon fed anything.  I don't want them to take things in life for granted.  I want them to understand the value of hard work, the value of kindness and charity, and that sometimes life is truly hard.  But that will not stop me from helping ensure that they are getting the best opportunities that they can, the best match for who they are.

In this world of instant gratification it is a delicate balance of providing for your kids and teaching them the importance of hard work.  Teaching them to truly appreciate those who help them, provide for them and those they interact with on a daily basis.  I am far from a perfect parent, but I try.

I will always fight for my kids; I will always teach them hard work and kindness; I will always hold my kids responsible for their actions and behavior and most importantly I will always love them and never give up on them.  I am a mother and I volunteer.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Gateway to Hope: A book review

As you all know I love reading, I love reading a book that draws me in, that entertains and even better if it leaves me feeling good in the end.

I recently was given a copy of A Gateway to Hope by E.C. Jackson to review.
















About the Book

Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful.
When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind?
James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.” Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure?

A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain.

In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths.

Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?

My Review
   It took me a little bit to get into the book, get into the flow and even follow the story, but once I was in I really enjoyed it.  The book jumps between the point of the view of the main two characters.  It has some similar story lines to other stories I have read, yet was unique in it's own ways.  This book is definitely a Christian book, but it was nice to read a book where the character's faith was such an integral part of their life.  I liked how the the main character was humble and weak yet ultimately truly strong.  If you are a fan of clean Christian romance, I definitely recommend this book. 
  
I was able to ask the author a few questions

Author Interview

1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
     To live in the presence of God.   Walk in spiritual maturity.   And fulfill God’s purpose for my life.

2. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?

A quiet, trouble-free oasis filled with friendly people. Birds will wake me up with singing every morning. There will be no interruptions until the last word is written. Once finished, I will eat a satisfying meal, and then sprawl on the couch with a good book.

3. Where do you actually write?
     In my bedroom home office.

4. How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
  A Gateway to Hope took eight months to write and another eight months to rewrite.

5. What are your inspirations?
     Life is full of noteworthy experiences.  People provide a wealth of material.

6.  How did you come to write this particular book or series?
    I sat down at the computer and the story flowed.

7. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? 
    Finding the time to write while working a full-time job presented enormous challenges. Unfortunately, I would fall into bed around midnight and begin my new day at 4:00 a.m. Toward the end of the editing stage, I was almost too exhausted to think. And then my body took over and demanded rest. Longevity matters. This time around, I will write the first draft, shelve it for a month, and finish my YA book.  Hopefully, both books will be published this time next year.


Connect With the Author:
  Facebook//Website//Twitter//Goodreads

Purchase the Book:
  Amazon// Barnes and Noble//Smashwords//Amazon UK/



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Monday, July 18, 2016

Best of the Blogosphere: Week 80

 Welcome back to the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party! We're always looking for great posts and last week was no exception. Keep them coming!

My favorite post from last week was from If you Give a Blonde a Kitchen and these yummy Homemade Chipwhich: Chocolate chip cookie ice-cream sandwich, as not only do they look so good, but if I made them I think I would be my kid's hero! 


Here were your faves from last week's Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party
DK0A6327
How to Stop a Toddler from Whining
Stop Toddler Whining-Cutting Edge Kid
HHM Summer Beach
Happy Homemaker Monday- Simple Joys of Home

Come meet your hosts!

Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party Hosts
Party Rules:
        • Follow your hosts! Take a moment and give us some love! Follow us on social media so we can promote you!
        • Link up your best post of the week. Be sure to add the link for a specific post, not your homepage. Go ahead and link up a couple that you love.
        • Please link up family friendly posts- nothing political or religious. Also, please do not link up posts to promote giveaways, link parties or shops. Guess what? You can link up a sponsored post if you feel it's your best post of the week. We're cool with that.
        • By linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party, you are giving permission to us to feature your post with a link back to you- either as a weekly winner or our own personal favorite post
        • Take the time to visit a few blogs and vote for your favorite post of the week by giving it a visit.
        • Tweet about us #bestoftheblogosphere
        • Follow the Best of the Blogosphere Linky Party board!

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