#FREE Books I Snagged Today

Grab these for free for your Kindle before the price changes because we all know they will, so make sure you double check before you buy.

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Grace-Serve-Protect-Wilson-ebook/dp/B003ZYEXGA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388342168&sr=1-1&keywords=saving+grace+norah+wilsonAfter wrecking her car and waking in hospital with amnesia, fledgling reporter Grace Morgan has no idea why she’d been in the process of leaving the husband she loves so dearly. Her husband, Police Detective Ray (Razor) Morgan tells her she was leaving him for another man, but that just can’t be so. Can it? She’s determined to remember, even if it kills her. And it just might. When bullets start to fly, Ray is forced to take the wife he believes faithless on the lam until they can figure out who is trying to kill them.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Picture-Perfect-Weddings-Design-Book-ebook/dp/B00AHY0RTIFeisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she’s dealing with now. Still, she’s trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island’s most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella’s list of recommended photographers–a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn’t count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.

With her contagious humor and cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives readers more of the bridal business drama they want in a brand-new series all about those long-suffering people who make beautiful weddings happen. Readers are desperately waiting for more of Bella and this new series brings her back in a big way, while introducing new characters fans will love. Fans will laugh out loud as they experience this breezy and entertaining novel from a great storyteller.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Mommy-Little-Flask-Imperfection-Series-ebook/dp/B00DHLITY8PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW: Turner is back and better than ever in this comedic sequel to This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, as reliably honest and zany storytelling conveys both joys and trials of parenthood. Turner, an Idaho mother raising two young daughters, has an opinion on everything, including buffets (they bear responsibility for “what’s wrong with this country”); writers’ retreats and how to measure the quality of someone’s writing by how much he or she talks about it (“excessive babbling” is an “attempt to compensate for crippling insecurity”); and a parenting technique she calls “Willful Denial of Fact.” Vignettes range from botched chemical peels, her children’s Mandarin classes, endeavors to use a Slip ‘n Slide, and six months in Mexico with the in-laws. Readers will be pleased to see familiar characters reprise their roles from Turner’s first book, such as brother-in-law Virgil, who tells everyone that Turner’s father is Dean Koontz, “the guy who wrote The Shining.” Turner’s unapologetic confessional is easy to relate to, and she succeeds in finding humor and entertainment in even the most mundane trials of motherhood
http://www.amazon.com/Gotta-mystery-romance-Cottonmouth-Series-ebook/dp/B00688GE7Q?tag=bookbubemailc-20Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that. Instead, she reinvents herself and the new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—follows her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth.

What better way to show him—and his sweetheart—what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan…until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it…did he?

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Celebrating the Bright Side: Simple Pleasures and Frozen Fruit Bars

Let’s be honest – you guys have heard me complain.  I’ve complained about winter.  A lot.  I’ve complained about the details of winter as well (short days, cold weather, overall misery).  I’ve also complained, although at much less length, about the challenges of working full time while raising a baby with a husband who works on the road, and about how the baby hates naps (and sleep in general).  I’ve occasionally mentioned other things I don’t like as well.  This is reality.  We all express dissatisfaction now and then, and we all see dark clouds in certain situations.  I’m definitely guilty.  But in general, I really do try to be positive the majority of the time.  I make a conscious effort to see the good in things, and to celebrate the bright side of life as much as possible.  I make the choice to be happy. 

For me, the easiest way to focus on the bright side is to indulge in simple pleasures.  No matter how bad my day has been, or how busy or exhausted I am, I find at least one way to experience something I love.  Admittedly, this is easier than ever now that I have Essley.  Just a few minutes holding, laughing, and playing with her, and I’m in a great mood.  But there are so many other ways too.  I take walks in the sunshine.  I go get my favorite coffee drink.  I meet a friend for a margarita at the end of the work day.  I pay a visit to a local nursery and bring home a new plant.  I listen to my favorite song.  I call my best friend in San Francisco or my sister in Indianapolis and talk for an hour.  I take a day trip with my family.  My husband and I order our favorite take-out for dinner.  I eat chocolate and read blogs.  I work in the garden.  I grill a veggie burger.  I take my camera on an errand and snap a few photos of cool things I see.  I paint my nails.  I go window shopping with my girlfriends.  I prop up my feet and eat a Fruttare Fruit Bar.  Each one of these is a small (but powerful!) way to celebrate the bright side.

My regular readers may notice that, despite the fact that I very rarely do food reviews here, this is the second time I’ve mentioned Fruttare.  And for good reason.  Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars have become my go-to snack when I want a quick sweet treat from the freezer.  I love that they’re made from real fruits and juices, rather than strange ingredients that I can’t pronounce.  And as a huge fan of mangos (I put them in my smoothies every single morning), I was especially excited to try the Mango Fruttare bars for the first time recently.  I wasn’t disappointed.  They taste like super refreshing, lightly sweetened frozen mangos.  Heaven on a stick you guys.

Fruttare is also recognized as a brand synonymous with a positive outlook on life, and with the delicious fruit bars they make, it’s easy to see why.  Sitting on my deck in the summer sunshine, surrounded by my plants and flowers, eating a Fruttare with my favorite music playing in the background is officially one of favorite ways to treat myself, and another simple way to celebrate the bright side of life. 

How do you celebrate the bright side of life?  What are your favorite simple pleasures?

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How Awesome Is This Lego Storage!!!

 

Have you checked out this awesome storage for Lego’s?? I am drooling over this right now!!

I have so many Lego’s for the child care children that I would probably need two of these but these are just what I need and the colors are perfect for the Lego’s.

Hop on over to Amazon and check it out!!
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I Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan by Kathi Lipp {Book Review}

I Need Some Help Here!: Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan by Kathi Lipp My rating: 3 of 5 stars “One of the most powerful sentences in the English language is “Me too!” It helps us discover who our people are. You move from sympathy to empathy when you hear that…



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Salukis – Peas in a Pod

Peas in a pod – two beautiful Salukis at the Monaco Dog Show.  Same expression, same stance, same piercing eyes.
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InventHelp Inventor Develops Self-Scratcher for Pets (PND-4370)

InventHelp Inventor Develops Self-Scratcher for Pets (PND-4370)
She created a prototype for the Scratch My CaT to enable a pet to scratch and groom itself more easily. The invention simulates the feel of being petted. The unit ensures that the pet's coat remains healthy and shiny. The accessory removes tangled and
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Keeping Soft By Dionna Sanchez

We live in a cold, cold world. By that I mean that people seem to have developed a tough exterior to things that would normally trigger compassion, kindness, gentleness, and empathy. I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve been hurt so much or if it’s because we feel that’s the only way we will survive…



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Nov 4, Pet products sale up by 7% in the US

Consumer spending is crucial for recovery of the economy. The rising tide isn’t lifting all boats but one of the lucky ones is the pet supplies industry.

High-end pet items drive increase in spending. People like to buy organic dog food, timed cat food dispenses etc

“People are cutting back on themselves more than they’re cutting back on pets,” says Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association.

“Cheap pet food is selling briskly, reflecting the weak economy, at the same time costly items are thriving,” he says. “It’s the middle of the market that’s shrinking,” he says.
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Life’s a Beach

Just some randomness from an early morning beach walk this morning.
Lacey is happy – even with a nose full of sand.

I keep forgetting to bring a toy!  I’m trying not to play fetch so I leave the toys in the car.  Then Lacey gets the snot beat out of her.  So then I have to find something to keep Coulee occupied. Thankfully sticks are numerous at the beach.

Contemplating a swim.

She’s always so sweet with the gifts.

Just happy to be out and about.

A wet, dirty dog is a happy dog.

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