Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Books on a Budget

As much as I love reading, I have found that it can become quite the expensive hobby. If I had to guess, I have probably spent close to $2000 in books throughout my married life. Of course, I have found ways to minimize costs, used books, new/unknown authors, searching out the "Free" books.

Some of the free books have been AMAZING, some of average rating. The nice thing about the free books, is that it opens you up to new authors and genres that you may not have chosen had you not been limited. This has been proven beneficial to me, because I have found new authors that I absolutely love!

Both Barnes & Nobel and Amazon have free books. I have never used Google Books or Apple Products but I'm sure they do as well. Of late, I have been introduced to a phenomenal website called Book Bub. This wonderful website offers books for $2.99 or less. Many of them from best selling authors that are offering limited time discounts to promote their books! To be honest, most of the books are free or $.99. I have been visiting this site daily and have only seen 2 books listed at $2.99. Book Bub even offers entire book series for free!!

With Book Bub, you only need a free login. Requiring only an email, username and password. You will receive daily emails with the new listings. You can choose your favorite genres and at anytime, search out a specific genre. Book Bub also offers books in a variety of e-reader formats. So you can use the e-reader of your choice!!!

I am really excited about this website, and hope you take the time to check it out!!! Later this week, I will be offering a giveaway in association with this post!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Does this job come with on the job training?

I am the first to admit that I am domestically challenged...I appall doing the dishes, laundry and I can never sort out our differences, and I swear my house is constantly attacking me with a barrage of clutter and monotonous messes.Some days I could really believe that my house is alive and literally breeding messes!

I have a classic case of "Household ADD" I always intend to do much more than I actually get accomplished. Managing to get distracted by the littlest things...usually small curly haired brunettes (they're so cute!).

After being home every day for the last month or so, I have come to understand 2 undeniable truths:

1) Laundry will never be caught up

2) Dishes appear out of no where

I thought I was going to be oh so smart and would dedicate certain days for each person's laundry. HA! I found that no matter how hard I try...there are always clothes left over in either the washer, dryer or both. So the required "re-wash" and "fluff". I cant tell you how many days I have re-fluffed a load more than once before I every actually got a chance to fold it.

I have also had to come to grips with the fact that dishes appear and disappear at will. Why is it that this never happened when I was working???

Don't get me wrong...I absolutely LOVE being home. And in general, I don't really mind the daily work...but like all "new jobs", it seems as though I need a bit of re-training. I think I need a tutor! LOL



Monday, July 21, 2014

Survey Time!

Join me by stopping by and taking my book survey! Its right on the main page, YOU CANT MISS IT!



My Love of Reading...

Some of you who have been following along with me, have learned that I am an avid book lover. I absolutely LOVE to read. For me, it is like a mini vacation where I can go anywhere in this world or imaginary world. For years, I have enjoyed my escape from reality. I find it refreshing, almost like a restart each day.

My love of books began when I was in about first or second. I was picked on almost daily by a variety of other kids. Not knowing how to deal with my solitude, I started faking illness and eventually figured out how to fake a fever to get sent home. As you can imagine, my mother caught on pretty quick to my scheme. It was then, that my Aunt took me to get my first library card!

She showed me how reading can be a sort of escape. With my active imagination, I soon became "friends" with the characters in the books I read. I explored kingdoms, plantations, and space stations. I traveled back in time and raced into the future. Soon, I began excelling my reading level, and by 5th grade, I started reading "Gone with the Wind".

I found, that I no longer felt lonely or misunderstood. I gained strength from the characters that I read. Learned from their mistakes, and laughed at the private jokes written on those beloved pages. I toughened up at school, and the teasing stopped, or at the very least, I didn't care anymore.

When I entered middle school, I met my very best friend Brittany. Very shortly after, we discovered that reading and writing was a passion we both shared. As I grew older however, I lost touch with my books. School took over, and reading became a chore instead of pleasure. It wasn't until I was married and had our first daughter that I began reading again.

I had moved 1300 miles from my family and my best friend Brittany. My husband was working long hours, sometimes 16 or 18 hour workdays and with the Fire Department responsibilities, he wasn't around much. So I spent most of my time sitting watching cartoons, and feeling lonely, lost and forgotten. It was then, that I decided that I just could not watch another cartoon, and picked up a book.

I began reading feverishly, finishing two hole books that first weekend!!! My love for books was reignited. I started shopping for books on ebay and eventually moved on to Amazon. I kept a budget of $30.00 and found that if I bought used books, I could sometimes get them for next to nothing! My collection grew to over 100 books within 6 months. I was reading a whole book nearly every 3 days. I purchased my first e-reader, my NOOK by Barnes & Nobel, where my collection has grown to close to 1,000 books. Recently, I have upgraded to a tablet, where I can utilize the NOOK app as well as the Amazon KINDLE app all on the same device.

My reading has slowed down considerably. With 2 kids, and one just becoming mobile, my eyes are needed elsewhere. But I do read consistently every day. Mostly at bedtime, when I'm so tired that I barely make it 5 pages in before I knock off for the night, finding my tablet lying on the floor the next morning.

Reading has been an important part of my life for so long. It is a passion I share with my children, and a passion I want to share with my readers. For years, I have wanted to start a book club. Write reviews, and eventually my own books.

If you are an avid reader, I would love to hear your story, or what started your passion. Id like to hear about your collection and what interests you.

This week, my focus is going to be on Reading...At the end of the week, I will be hosting my first giveaway so check in often and follow along.

Happy Reading!!





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Follow Along With Me!

As part of some of the new changes I am making, I have now linked up with Facebook and Twitter!! Be sure to follow along on here as well as my other social media outlets! :)

Visit my pages here:

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Back in the game

It has been months since I have been able to post anything. Things here have been a bit chaotic and hard to keep up with. However, we have now settled into a regular routine and I am now an official stay-at-home-mom, which frees up a little time for myself and my passions.

I am starting a few new things. But first, before I do, I need to have some active posting members. To do this, I will be hosting my first give-away. This will be posted in the next few days!!!!

To begin, I will be starting a new book club. I am looking to connect with a website to promote them as well as my sight and expand/share my love of books with my readers.

I also want to begin a discussion blog for Moms and the many misadventures of motherhood. I think finding joy and humor in the frustrating mishaps that befall us will be entertaining at the very least.

I am also planning some promotional stuff in the very near future, so keep checking back frequently.

I cant wait to get started!!!! See You Soon!



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Update: Spring 2014 - Yard Makeover

Its been almost a month since I have posted something up on my blog. For those of you that follow along, I am sorry for neglecting you.

WE HAVE BEEN SO BUSY! Its been such a wonderful spring here at home. Let me give you a little update as to what I have been up to before I resume my "Ultimate Mom" series....

Last year, as many of you know, we found out that little Madison was going to be joining our family. Throughout that pregnancy, our house suffered GREATLY! Our yard...well, lets just say that a dear friend helped us with the yard upkeep, because poor John was working 7 days a week, and I spent most of my days laying on the couch or with my head in the toilet, because even standing would throw me into a fit of nausea that leave me as weak as wilted lettuce.

This year, however......the yard has been getting a MAKE OVER! We have put in a new front porch, a 130 foot flower bed that literally wraps 3/4 of the way around the house. We have built 2 raised flower beds, cleaned up and pruned the trees and we have even cleared out the little patch of "woods" between our house and our neighbors, getting rid of all those unsightly, over grown weeds and wild shrubs.

I have also cut my hours at the pharmacy down to just 2 days a week!! Almost a full time stay at home mom!! A dream come true! It has just amazed me at how far our family has come in just 1 short year! We are so amazingly blessed, and though I am not a preachy type of person, I can only thank the good Lord for bringing our family through this last year to this time of peace, happiness, and completion.

So thank you for being patient with me, as we have been renovating the yard, spending every available moment between diaper changes, homework, bottle feedings, laundry dishes and cuddles in the yard trying to get everything done before the heat of the summer season is upon us.

Below are the before pictures I have taken of the yard. I will be posting some in process pictures and completed images later. There is a completed picture of our "fantasy garden" made from a fountain that my dogs have destroyed beyond use. It turned out so CUTE! Kalynn absolutely loves it and is constantly rearranging the "furniture". I did not forget all of you though this journey <3





Sorry, I did not have a before photo of the fountain. But didn't it turn out CUTE!

More updates coming soon!!!!