2 Ways To Wind Down After A Long Day

Long day at work got you down? Here are two great tips to help you wind down after an exhausting day.

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Three Books To Read In April

I was looking for a change. Coronavirus changed everything. Many of us picked up new hobbies, clean and organize, find new projects, and find a way to make it all work.  I can only watch so much TV! Some days and evenings, I would take a nap, go for a walk, clean, etc. because I was so bored! At this point, I was in desperate need of a change. I love reading, so when I was offered the opportunity to read a few books, I had to jump at the chance.  If you’re in search of new books to read, we found three books to read in April.

Three Books To Read In April
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As a pre-teen, I read all the Nancy Drew books my mom bought for me. As a teenager, I also read Stephen King and Danielle Steel books. My favorite genres are mystery, thriller, suspense, and a little romance. 

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3 Simple And Thoughtful Gifts For Just About Anyone

Sometimes the simplest gifts are the most thoughtful. Instead of breaking the bank on a fancy present, look for gifts that provide comfort and can even quiet the mind.

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The Gift of Books

Books make a wonderful gift; especially for someone who loves to read. ‘The Mind Remedy‘ by Ruth Williams is a compilation of 20 beautiful and simple projects. Many of these crafts are very familiar to my own childhood; from the ‘trouble dolls‘, ‘God’s eye‘ and the ‘dream catcher

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Pamper Your Skin with These Amazing Products

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Everyone can use a little pampering every now and then and what better way to achieve relaxation is there that to pamper your skin!?! I recently tested several new products, and these are some of my favorites.

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Simply Real Eating

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Life all around us just seems to keep getting crazier, busier, and more unbalanced. Sometimes, no matter what you do trying to balance one area of life can tip another part out of whack. It’s definitely a balancing act, constantly in motion and needing adjustment and consideration as we are constantly assessing what best meets the needs of our families and ourselves.

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A Wonderful Winter Read

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I am always keen to find new authors to read and new genres of the written word to dive into. This winter, a new author I’ve found is Erica Boyce

I love a book with unexpected turns that makes me think about or see a situation in a totally new way. I’ve read novels about people who were adopted and I’ve read memoirs/biographies about people who were adopted. But, I don’t think I’ve read a book that explored the adoption of one child from so many different people’s perspectives at once before. I found that aspect of this story to be very fascinating and fulfilling.

On top of that this story takes place in a small town, features a mysterious disappearance that baffles everyone, the unraveling of secrets, and tackles the topic of substance addiction in and around all of the other plot elements.

Even though there are a lot of different characters and elements, I never felt like the story was rushed or confusing. At the same time, I think that there is enough of a foundation here that Ms. Boyce most certainly might have created a whole series or at least a very long novel out of it easily without losing her audience’s attention. Not saying she should have done that, but I mean it as a high compliment to her that I could easily have become ensconced in the narrative for a much longer time if she’d wanted to go that route. I would love to learn more about the town and its inhabitants.

I mentioned that one of the elements in the story was substance addiction. Without spoiling anything, there is one character who is supplying narcotics to addicts that I just didn’t see coming at all. Total surprise!! And honestly, I’d love to see an exploration of that topic and how seemingly ordinary people come to do very surprising things like this (just a thought I had after closing the last page of the book).

Lost At Sea by Erica Boyce will be on sale March 3, 2020. Definitely pick up a copy and give it a read. I’m glad I made it one of the 50 books I try to read each year for my Goodreads reading goal!

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When beloved fisherman John Staybrook vanishes in the night, his loss stirs up more than grief. His daughter Ella is convinced he’s still alive and vows to bring him home.

But as she searches the small Massachusetts town, secrets throughout the community begin to bubble to the surface. As the pieces fall into place of what really happened, everyone from the babysitter to the local librarian are swept into a more urgent question: Why would someone go out in the middle of a deadly storm?

Erica Boyce weaves a tense yet hopeful tale of family secrets whispering across the rocky shores and the unshakeable strength that love leaves behind.

A Wonderful Winter Read - Lost At Sea by Erica Boyce - Keurig Junior Mints Hot Cocoa K-Cups

Nothing goes better with a good book during the winter time than a nice hot beverage. Hot tea is fine, but I prefer a nice cup of hot cocoa or cappucino.

Junior Mints Hot Cocoa K-Cups are an easy way to get a fast cup of hot cocoa. Smooth and minty chocolate flavor warms me all up inside and the scent takes me back to that smell when opening a box of Junior Mints at the movie theater as a kid.

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The only way this might be better is to have some whipped cream I could dollop on top and some soft, doughy, sweet doughnuts to snack on. You can also find other candy-inspired flavors like Charleston Chew (creamy vanilla marshmallow flavor) and Sugar Babies (caramel cocoa flavor)!

You can find these pretty much anywhere you like to shop for k-cups — like Amazon, Walmart, or Bed Bath & Beyond.

Find Erica Boyce at Goodreads and her website to learn more, and find her book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or anywhere else you shop for books.


I love a book with unexpected turns that makes me think about or see a situation in a totally new way. I’ve read novels about people who were adopted and I’ve read memoirs/biographies about people who were adopted. But, I don’t think I’ve read a book that explored the adoption of one child from so many different people’s perspectives at once before. I found that aspect of this story to be very fascinating and fulfilling. word word word word word word word word

Three Things We Love To Do On The Weekend!

What do you like to do on the WEEKEND? Do you like to rest, clean, party, or 101 million other things that are out there to do! Do you stay at home and unwind from the week or are you the weekend party animal? I think I go in stages. A couple of years ago I was out every weekend, nowadays I just want to CHILL!

Weekends Are The Best To Unwind!

When it comes to weekends, I try not to make a lot of plans. If I had it my way, I would lay in bed all weekend drinking coffee, eating chips, and watching “YOU” on Netflix, but that is only a wish. Most people take the weekend to unwind from the week though.

We need to remember that weekends are blessings because we create memories on the weekends.

I enjoy COMFORT on the weekend.

T-shirts are a MUST on weekends.  

Usually, during the week, you have to dress up for work, so I love to ROCK MY FAVORITE T-SHIRTS on the weekends. Why weekends? Why not? I have more time to show off the shirt and have people comment, “Oh, I like your T-shirt†or ask me where I got it from- like this t-shirt from Boredwalk TShirts Los Angeles. They have T-shirts for EVERYONE! 

I love this shirt because it is SO ME- Cute but Prickly and I love the fact that the cactus looks like it is flipping you off- or is it just me? Boredwalk Tshirts have the best sayings, so if you are a t-shirt person, you better check them out and get some trendy tee’s in your wardrobe before spring is here. Shirts with sayings or funny pictures are the perfect ice breaker. How many times have you commented on someone’s T-shirt- I know I have a MILLION TIMES…ok, maybe 1000. 

Next weekend throw on your favorite t-shirt and some jeans and you are set. Go for a walk downtown and see how many people commit on your shirt. I know I would if I saw you.  

Get my nails done!

I love to get my nails done. Men too- my man likes to go in and get a pedicure when I go in to get my nails done. I work with my hands, so they need to look good all the time. Sitting in a chair and having someone pamper you is AMAZING!  

Go in every couple weeks to get your nails done- it also does your self-love some good too. When you feel good on the outside, you will also feel good inside. Or least I do. Something about getting your nails done all pretty makes me feel like a new woman. Weird, I know, but it is something I love to do for myself. Pretty nails are my thing, and I enjoy doing this on the weekend. 

Read a book on the weekend.

During the week, I’m so busy with my work, family, and household requirements that I rarely have time to read anymore. I love books that are easy but entertaining, so I found that young adult books are exactly what I like to read. 

Let me tell you about the book I’m reading now…WARDENS OF ETERNITY (just released) by Courtney Moulton (author of the acclaimed Angelfire series) #OwnVoices. If you like an action-packed page-turner, which blends history, mythology, and magic, then this book is for YOU!  

Such a smooth read that keeps me wanting more. Every night before bed, I try to read some pages before my mind shuts down. It is about a young woman, and the days leading up to World War II. She has to rely on her wit and magic to outmaneuver the Nazis and ancient Egyptian gods to prevent global destruction. Right- sounds exciting, huh- IT IS! 

Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty, so her magic has been passed down. Her parents abandoned her when she was 3 yrs old in New York. Some parents! The story takes place fifteen years later, and Ziva is learning how to control her magical skills. She has a lot of power, and very evil people want to take that all away from her- want to know what happens well, you better get yourself a copy NOW on Amazon. 

Now I shared three things I love to do on the weekends, but there is so much more fun to have- please share what you like to do on the weekend. 

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Winter Reading For Your Little Ones

Winter Reading For Your Little Ones
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For your little ones, Winter is such a magical time of year. There is so much excitement packed into one season you can’t help but smile with them. I’ve come up with some great choices for some wonder Winter reading for your little ones. Read ahead to see my top choices.

I have four children myself. Their ages range from almost eight to two. I constantly am on the lookout for books that will pique their interest. Speaking of children I’m also the lead teacher at a local daycare for the one to two-year-olds, so I keep my eyes out for books that will work for my classroom too. When I found Clever Publishing I knew I’d found the perfect company to fit all my needs. Founded in 2010 their mission is ” to create a wonderful world of books and ideas for children and their parents. ”

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Infant and Toddler Books

Board books are a great option for Winter reading for your little ones. These sturdy books are easy to grasp and turn the pages for tiny fingers. Arthur’s Holiday Adventure is a favorite here. My youngest loves that its shaped just like her new friend Arthur. You can join him on his adventure, just in time for Christmas. This is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Preschool and Early Learning.

Perfect for getting those tiny minds in gear, the Look and Find: The Holiday Season, is so much fun! With a whopping 989 items to find this book is sure to keep your little ones entertained for a while. Another favorite in our house is the super fun Happy Holidays, Pirates: Lift-the-flaps. With many giggles from my son as he helps Santa deliver to none other than those swashbuckling pirates! This book is a great way to make sure your keeping them engaged as they search beneath the flaps.

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For those bigger kids, I have just the books that they are sure to love. Now with the Warm and Busy Activity Pads. With 40 activities in each pad, your child will have hours of fun no matter if it is the Wintertime or Holidays activity pad, it’s sure to be a favorite.

Winter reading for your little ones is so important. No matter from infant to big kid, Clever Publishing has so many amazing options for your child. It’s never to early to build the love of literacy. Which of these amazing books do you think will be a hit in your house? Be sure to check out their other amazing books and products that offer on Amazon.

Crafting With The Best of Friends

‘The Golden Girls’ Cross Stitch Kit: The Perfect 2019 Holiday Gift for your ‘pal and confidant

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Beautiful hardcover book that’s great for any crafter or Golden Girls fan.
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It has been over 30 years since ‘The Golden Girls‘ graced our television screens and took America by storm. The show has taken us through the comedic adventures of four older women as they lived out their ‘golden years’ for 7 seasons. They have taught us that wit, wisdom and whole lot of sass can get you through anything; especially when you have amazing friends by your side.

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Cool Items You Didn’t Know You Need

As a mom, I feel like I want to be prepared. Whenever I have to run errands and plan on being away from home for a few hours, I like to carry a few essentials, including a phone charger or a portable phone charger in a tote bag. If my son is with me, I like to carry snacks and even a bottle of water. We gathered a few cool items you didn’t know you need! These items are perfect for any home! 

Cool Items You Didn't Know You Need
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Life can be unpredictable and unexpected. If you want to be prepared or just looking to make your life a little easier, we are so excited to share what we found! 

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