Excerpt From Scales

scales Excerpt  TO KEEP FROM CREAMING, I bite hard on my lip. The copper mixture of blood and saltwater mingles on my tongue. Mer claws rake against my back. The barnacles on the post to which I’m tied stab me in the chest. Pain sets my body on fire. Everything burns. I squeeze my eyes shut tight and keep my silence. “Ugly.” “Repugnant.” “Unsightly.” “Ignorant.” “Bottom Feeder.” Each word cuts as deep in my flesh as the physical wounds my clan inflicts. It can’t last Read more [...]

Why This Memorial Day is More Special to Me

memorial dayMemorial day brings on a whole new meaning to me this year. This year we will be remembering our own hero, MGST. A.E. Greene United States Marine Corps. My dad fought in Vietnam and then in the worse battle ever and ultimately he lost the battle. The enemy was CANCER. His cancer could be traced back to the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Vietnam was a war that many people did not want to be involved in. The soldiers when they returned were not given a heroes welcome, in fact most were greeted Read more [...]

Just in Time For Summer Learning Groovy Lab in A Box

summer groove lab in a box**The links in this blog post are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on these links, I will receive a small commission from Groovy Lab in a Box. A recently released survey from the National Summer Learning Association confirms that teachers spend a huge amount of time re-teaching material due to summer learning loss. The survey, which was based on answers from 500 teachers, found that 66 percent of the teachers have to spend three to four weeks re-teaching students course Read more [...]

Aloha Keeps You Going

aloha trail mix**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. What's better than ALOHA's tasty treats and nutrient-packed products? How about getting them for 20% off? Well then, you are in luck! Now through Sunday, May 31st, you can get 20% off your entire purchase of ALOHA products when you use code WELCOMESPRING20. This offer expires on soon, so don't wait! You can also get Free Shipping on all orders over $50 at ALOHA. How cool is that sometimes Read more [...]

Feeling Like A Real Housewife with Purex

Purex Crystals ScentSplashDisclosure: I received some awesome samples for the purpose of this review. But the fact that is made me feel like one of those Real Housewives off of Bravo TV is all my own.   One of my favorite rooms in my house is my laundry room. And no it is not because I like doing laundry because it is one of my least favorite things to do.  But it is because my laundry room is the most fashionable designer worthy room in my house. I am talking worthy of a spread in any Interior Design magazine, Read more [...]

Home Matters Linky Party #38

HMLP - Featured Image for Party (1)Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. So happy that you are here to join the party. Home Matters Linky Party #38! Well, we had the MOST EXCITING PARTY EVER last week. Thank you so much for knocking the socks off the Home Matters Linky Party with a final total of 519 Links for a New Record!!! We were definitely doing the happy dance! LOL Because of last week's awesomeness, we are INTRODUCING A SPECIAL SURPRISE for Read more [...]

It is Never To Early To Shop For Prom Dresses

prom dressIt is never to early to think about Prom Season. And being that Mikaela will be a senior next year, I know that she will want her dress to be extra special. So we are already on the lookout for that special dress. She has had so many special dresses in her life from her Quincenara dress, to her 8th grade prom to her two prom dresses that she has worn each year she has always gone a little different with each dress. Her Quincenara dress was a big beautiful ball gown that she had to wear two hoops Read more [...]

Inspiring Stories of Beauty #BeautyStory

#BeautyStory Disclosure: These inspiring stories of beauty have been sponsored by Global Influence. A few months back I wrote a post on my other blog Champagne Style Bare Budget about how some people excel at being beautiful and some have to struggle. I have always found that I am in the struggling category, just recently I have started to become more comfortable in my own skin. This has taken a long time and I still have a long way to go but it most certainly is a journey but I am totally enjoying the Read more [...]

A Premature Story

premature birth Today I am so excited to have another guest post on my blog. This young woman, I have known for a while, her and her husband got married in our yard. All three girls were in her wedding. In fact Gracie cried because Kaci was marrying her Mark. To say that they are family would totally be an understatement. She is sharing the story of the birth of her third child. Since May is the month for Awareness this story fits right in with it. I hope you enjoy reading her post. Look for more posts from her Read more [...]

Kitten Surprise and A Contest

Markie and her four little ones.If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you know that we had some excitement this weekend. After weeks of wondering if Markie's kittens actually survived we got our answer Saturday night. My youngest and I were sitting in the living room and I heard a meow coming from the patio door. Thinking it was Markie I looked down and started talking to her but imagine my surprise to find a little orange kitty next to Markie. I immediately told Gracie look a kitty. This one is a little ball of fluff. A Read more [...]

Conceal Don’t Feel! Stealth Towers Revealed

disguise your cell towerThis is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. Did  you know that there are 21 cell phone towers to every one McDonalds in the United States? You are probably asking yourself the question wow that many how come I can't see them? Well because they concealed so well that you can be looking right at them and not even be aware of what you are looking at. Just last week, my husband and I took a ride to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was a long overdue trip to celebrate our anniversary. Read more [...]

Home Matters Linky Party #37

HMLP - Featured Image for PartyWelcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. I can't wait to try out those yummy recipes I discovered last week.  Home Matters Linky Party #37! Can you believe we are half-way through May? Summer is almost upon us. Thank you for joining us at the Home Matters Linky Party. We are looking forward to what you have to share with us this week. Invite a friend to party along... We have some exciting news from one of our co-hosts--Melissa Read more [...]

Blurb Books Make Great Gifts

IMG_2211*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb Books are such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business Read more [...]

Magnet Street Celebrates Life Moments

magnet streetThis post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Did you know that ten years ago  a little known online stationery company started with save the dates magnets? They were one of the first national businesses to offer this must have wedding item. Since then they have branched out to become the go to business for all your stationery needs. From invitations, to birth and graduation announcements, to thank you notes, and party favors they Read more [...]

Superhero Powers With This Rein Coat

rein coatHey Folks, Guess who is back?? I know it has been a long time since my last blog post but let's face it my mommy is getting a little slack in pitching products for me to try out. ( Oh Crap! I hope she doesn't read this . Oh well!! It will be our little secret if she doesn't ;) ) I have been enjoying my time running around the yard and visiting my Nana she needs me now more than ever now that my Grampie is gone. Visiting my Nana involves me riding in a car and unlike most dogs I don't really like Read more [...]

My Adventures in Becoming an Author, Part 2

School Bio HeadshotI'm back! Just in case you missed last week's entry, you can check out it here. Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, I just wanted to thank everybody for their participation last week. Your comments were SO encouraging, and I can’t wait to continue this adventure with every single one of you!  YOU are the reason that I do what I do, and I'm excited to hear your thoughts on Burlwood Forest! I hope you've been able to check it out. Please let me know what you think, and don't forget Read more [...]

Unique Ways To Share A Coke

share a coke goodie bag This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareItForward #CollectiveBias I am always looking for creative ways to make an ordinary item into an extraordinary item. That sometimes can be challenging but I do love a challenge so one day while I was looking at a regular can of coke I wondered how I can create a unique present from this. I totally came up with some totally awesome gift ideas if I do say so myself. The first people I Read more [...]

Stackins: A Visual Reminder We Are A Part of Something Bigger

stackinsI received a complimentary set of Stackins for this review but the concept I came up with to use them is all mine.   This past Easter I introduced something into my girls Easter baskets. I know what you are thinking your girls are teens what do they need Easter baskets for, but to you they be teens but to me they will always be my babies. When it comes to Easter baskets of course they don't get the traditional Easter presents toys and such, instead I give them jewelry that I have picked Read more [...]

Blowing Bubbles Memories From Childhood

Allie is trying to catch the bubbles.I received  some bubbles to help write this post. However the memories and fun we had blowing bubbles are all ours. As a child, I loved nothing better than spending time outside. Riding bikes, cloud watching, playing ball and playing in the pool are some of the things my sisters and I enjoyed. But my favorite thing to do  was when my mom would bring out the bubbles. Even my mom who is a big kid at heart would get in on the fun. We would have contests who could make the biggest bubble. We would Read more [...]

Home Matters Linky Party #36

HMLP - Featured Image for PartyWelcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. I have had so much fun looking at what everyone is sharing. Home Matters Linky Party #36! Thank you for stopping by for this week's party! We love having you for a visit. Add your links for a chance to be featured next week. And, please invite your friends to come by and party too. We'd like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all mothers. Have a wonderful day, and let your loved Read more [...]