Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MS Madness by Yvonne deSousa Book Tour + Giveaway @PromoBookTours

MSmadnessbannerLook what we have from Promotional Book Tours today.  Read the Reviews and see just what you think plus you can win an amazon gift card. Sounds like a great idea to me..  Woot thank  you for the fun PBT and Yvonne deSousa.

 mscover-halfYvonne deSousa’s diagnosis of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis came with an insightful declaration from a new doctor (“MS Sucks”) and a brother’s helpful advice (“You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now”). What followed was a year of MS-adventures: “accidentally” kicking an officious male doctor in the crotch, becoming an undercover agent to pay for medication made from Chinese hamster ovary cells, discovering the amazing effects of legal speed, and battling her arch-nemesis, the dreaded food group-vegetables. Throughout her MS journey, Yvonne learned how to use humor to find acceptance in her diagnosis and how to smile in the face of chronic illness. Life with multiple sclerosis can be daunting, but Yvonne shares her giggles at the bizarre world she has unwittingly entered and the new perspectives it has given her on life. MS Madness! makes us realize that with a sense of humor, we can survive anything. “MS Madness! A ‘Giggle More, Cry Less’ Story of Multiple Sclerosis combines defiance with humor, the secret weapon of the sick. Laughter has carried me a greater distance than conventional medicine ever will. In the end, attitude drives well being.” -Richard M. Cohen, NY Times best-selling author of Blindsided and Strong at the Broken Places

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Author Bio yvonneYvonne deSousa has worked as a street sweeper, a shell seller, a babysitter, a candy peddler, and a guest house manager, all before the age of sixteen. Later on she worked as a waitress, sales clerk, library assistant, victim’s advocate, and at the front desk of a doctor’s office. Two years before Yvonne’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a relative volunteered her to write an article for a local newspaper. Little did she know it was the beginning of a writing career. When MS threatened to turn her into a lunatic, she started writing more frequently and quickly discovered that writing about the insanity that is MS was helping to keep her sane. Her work has appeared on CapeWomenOnline.com, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding My Faith and Something On Our Minds, Volumes 1 and 2. Yvonne also writes a weekly blog on www.yvonnedesousa.com the website that uses a giggle stick to beat up on MS. Since finishing MS Madness! A “Giggle More, Cry Less” Story of Multiple Sclerosis, she has started presenting programs designed to help others use humor to help cope with chronic illness. Yvonne enjoys writing, laughing, and resting. She lives by her personal mottos, “how you deal affects how you feel” and “my MS is not your MS and your MS is weird!” Contact her at Yvonne@yvonnedesousa.com
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Monday, September 15, 2014

This Moms Guilty Pleasures { A Confession}

I started out writing this post I was going to share a dinner recipe.  The pictures I need for the post are not on my computer yet, so my lazy self is deciding not to go and get them. Instead I'm going to talk about me.  Guilty Pleasures  what causes the guilt in such matters. It is my life after all.

1.  McDonald's Sweet Tea-  at least once a week I visit McDonald's for nothing more than the tea.  Why the guilt? Friends do you know how many calories are in that one cup of tea.  I mean its a big old cup right and guess what I drink it all.

2.  Binge Watching a season of TV on Netflix.  I love my Netflix. I will watch a season straight through almost like reading a book cover to cover except seasons are a little bit long so usually I just watch one or two episodes a evening. The season last me a while this way. There is an occasional weekend or two when the kids have been at their Dads and I'm alone that I watch the entire season and stay in my Pajamas the whole day long.  I guess the guilt would be accomplishing absolutely nothing on those said days. My current favorite Netflix show has to be Prison Break.  I'm a bit crazy over this one so far its AWESOME!  Here's a looksie at the Season 1 Trailer.

3.  A Good Book the Trashier the Better - Okay it doesn't have to be trashy but it definitely has to be good.   Fiction, murder, romance, history, whatever but its got to be catchy and Free on Amazon would be even better (just saying) Mama could  easily spend to much money on books in a week.  Plus I like to totally be absorbed in the story, to run away into another type of world/life whatever.  I also like to read cover to cover so if its a good one look out I'm probably not going to put it down unless I just have to.  Good Books Rule.  What have I been reading these days?  I just finished Silent Wife  . 

4.  Ghiradelli Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Escape Bars-  Oh boy I really do not buy these often. I do love them so.   Chocolate is a headache trigger for me so I know I really shouldn't. Sometimes I just can not resist.

5.  General Hospital -  Okay okay I know this should probably be listed above with my binge watching on Netflix.  I don't binge watch GH though.  I watch it when I can.  I grew up on Soaps "Guiding Light, , Young and the Restless."  I am a soap girl I mean come on!!  They're like a life staple or something like that.  I replaced Guiding Light with General Hospital when it was taken off the air.    They seriously have some issues going on over there. I love the drama of daytime TV .  It's just plain silly sometimes.  Anyway, I usually try to catch today;s episode of GH on Hulu Plus.  If I don't its not a biggie because I could always binge watch it. LOL .  

Now that you know a little bit more about me and all this guilt tell me a little bit more about you.  
Leave me a comment what is a guilty pleasure you indulge in? 

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Chronicles of Steele RAVEN by Pauline Creeden Cover Reveal + Giveaway


Look friends a new cover!  Doesn't it just scream pick me up and READ?  I'm liking this cover friends.  I'm going to be adding RAVEN to my reading list right now. It sounds like it will be an entertaining one to read and I love something intense and exciting.  Want to win a copy for yourself now?   Be sure and visit the Good Reads Book Giveaway

Raven_ebookPromoThis is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Annie Crow Knoll : Sunset Available Now + Paperback Book Giveaway !


LOOK what's available to read now friends.  We love finding something new to read and so we're sharing this one with you.  Annie Crow Knoll Sunset is now available for purchase.  Enjoy!


Return to Annie Crow Knoll. . . a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their lives. Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child. Nate swears that he will never return to Annie Crow Knoll, his family home on the Chesapeake Bay. Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.

When near-tragedy strikes their lives, though, Nate is forced to return to the one place he hopes may save his wife: Anne Crow Knoll. There, surrounded by the love and support of his mother, their friend Packard and Beth Ann, Nate and June face their doubts and fears about themselves, their marriage and their future. In the beauty of this Chesapeake community, they find hope and healing.  

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Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

3 - Back to School Bulletin Boards

A creative bulletin board always stands out to those passing by it (parents or teachers).  Today I'm sharing three back to school bulletin boards from my neck of the woods.

The wee toddler room created this fun back to school bulletin board.  I loved it!  "A new year of sew much fun with "  Each colored circle had a name on it and then yarn laced threw it like it was being sewed (see photo.)

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A New Year of Sew Much Fun With....

Variations of this board could be:

Sewing Up our Letters
Sewing UP our Colors in School
School is Sew much fun

The after school gang came up with this cute board. " Hands Down Its Gonna Be A Colorful Year"
They made rainbows to go on their board.

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Hands Down It's Going to Be a Colorful Year

A variation to this board would be to use colored hand prints instead of rainbows. 

The toddler room colored school buses and displayed the first week of school with a WELCOME sign to greet those entering the hallway.  The toddler room uses magnets to display their artwork in the hallway making things super easy to display and then change it up as new projects come about. 

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Back to school with school buses. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sesame Street News

News  from Sesame Street .  Big Bird has a new Boss.  Seriously, Sesame Street announced September 8th that Jeffrey Dunn would be the new President and CEO of the nonprofit educational organization.  We are looking forward to seeing what Mr.Dunn's new vision will be for Sesame Street!    You can f ind out more information on the news from Sesame Street in the press release below.   Thanks

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(New York, NY, September 8, 2014)  Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced today the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, effectiveSeptember 29, 2014. Mr. Dunn, formerly the President and CEO of HiT Entertainment, will succeed Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year. Mr. Dunn will lead the nonprofit educational organization in its mission to use the educational power of media to help all children reach their highest potential.

Mr. Dunn currently serves as a 2014 Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University with a focus on media and education. Previously, he served as President and CEO of HiT Entertainment from 2008 until 2012. HiT was one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers airing its content in more than 160 countries around the world, primarily on public broadcasters. HiT’s signature property was Thomas & Friends, which was the world’s leading boys’ preschool brand. Before joining HiT, Dunn served as Group Chief Operating Officer of the Nickelodeon Networks group and the President of Nickelodeon Film and Enterprises, where, among other things, he built Nickelodeon’s international networks business and oversaw the growth of Blue’s Clues, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer into three of the world’s largest licensed property brands. 

“Jeff Dunn has an outstanding track record in the world of children’s media,” said Vincent Mai. “At HiT Entertainment, Jeff led the company’s resurgence and successful turn-around before it was sold to Mattel in 2012. And under his leadership, Nickelodeon became one of the industry’s most global networks, largest licensing businesses, as well as the world’s largest digital media business for kids. His current experience at Harvard is a testament to his commitment to the educational power of media and we look forward to the Workshop thriving under his creative, inspired leadership.”

Jeff Dunn said, “Sesame Workshop really invented the business of kids television as we know it today and all of us in the kids media industry recognize the debt we owe the Workshop for leading the way. I am truly humbled by this opportunity to join the Workshop and help to steer its future and educational mission.”

Jeff Dunn recently served on the board of American Greetings and Sprout, the award-winning preschool children’s TV network. He graduated with honors from Harvard College, and earned his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help all children reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve, helping children everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

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