Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chore Charts for Children - Giveaway

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Children, for the most part, thrive on structure and visual cues.  Asking kids to do chores can be a daunting task and sometimes it seems we have to fight tooth and nail for them to get anything done.  Chore charts are a productive way to help show children what is expected of them and give them a feeling of accomplishment.

Kristin Norton, owner of www.kristinshop.com, sells chore charts, among other things. She has sampled every product she sells to ensure that it does the job.  She believes that the folders, journals, notepads and more are products that will help you streamline and simplify your daily tasks.

The chore charts that Kristin sells were created by her, and they are available in nine different designs.  They sell for $12 and are available on her site, as well as on Amazon. Each pack has 50 individual, tear-off pages, and each sheet is good for one week.

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‘TIL THE END - Book Review

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Book Synopsis:

Ryan, Tyler, Avery and Jacob are high school football stars. Everyone looks up to them. They're living the life that young boys and men dream of and are right at the point of having it all: a state championship, college paid for, a chance for big money and even more glory in the NFL. It's all there in front of them; the future they and everyone expects. Then something happens that could bring it all crashing down. And they can't tell the truth because it's even worse than having to keep the secret for the rest of their lives. They make a pact to cover it up and never tell. Hiding the truth fuels their escalating addictions and pushes them in different directions as they try to erase the past, deal with the present and hope for the future. But at some point, in some way, there's always a price paid for lies told.

About the Author:

Joseph Patrick33 is a Michigan author who grew up in Shelby Township, a suburb of Detroit. He earned his bachelor degree and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and his advanced degree from the University of Detroit. He is concerned about the futures of young people in today’s challenging society of addiction and consequences of actions that lead away from a happy successful and rewarding life.

My Review:

With scenes set in Detroit, between 1988 and 1993, 'TIL THE END tells of four high school football stars who have their whole lives ahead of them.  They want for nothing, and their partying ways are glanced over.  The teens believe they are going to win a championship game but it all falls apart with a fumble.

To drown their sorrows, the boys meet up at a father's cabin.  A fight ensues with an outsider of the group and it ends in disaster.  The football stars agree to make a pact to never tell of the murder that happened.

The boys - Ryan, Tyler, Jacob, and Avery - each handle what happened differently.  They go about their lives, but are always haunted with what happened.  Some get tangled in webs of gambling, drug dealing, and alcoholism.

The story doesn't necessarily revolve around the teens and the murderous act.  It goes more into how the act itself haunts them regularly, and how the demons in their head cause them to make poor choices.

Although I would have liked more plot development, this is a good book that delves into how a decision of the past can affect a person's life in the future.

Wordful Wednesday - World Fuel Altered Nationals

Jason's Pontiac Firebird at the crosswalk

If something involves cars, my husband's into it. All things cars, all the time.  As a tradition that's been going on for a few years strong, Jason and I attended World Fuel Altered Nationals at Eddyville Raceway in Iowa.  It was an entire weekend of cars, and lots of 'em. All makes and models were on scene. Of course, the biggest and best were there to compete in the World Fuel Altered Nationals.

Eddie Munster's car

 Jason raced his car in Street ET class and placed fifth out of thirty.  He was beat by 300th of a second.  Crazy!

Believe it or not, there's a lot of science that goes into drag racing. It's not head-on racing like some people perceive. If a car goes too fast or dials in a time on their car that isn't close to how fast they say it will go, that car loses. A car is also automatically disqualified from the get-go if they "red light", meaning they cannot go at any time before the green light. Even if it's thousands of a second.  There's a whole lot of math, mentality, and control that goes into it.
Brenda in the thick of the fumes

We took a couple with us, and it was their first time attending.  I thought Brenda was going to need an intervention from inhaling all the fuel and fumes.  She loved the smells of it all more than anything.
Eddie Munster - Not quite as I remember him

Although I did not personally do a meet and greet, Butch Patrick was there to meet with spectators.  He's known as the original Eddie Munster from the classic TV show, The Munsters.
me standing next to a car I'll never be able to afford


There were cars of all speeds, makes and models at the raceway. 

The weather was perfect, the cars were awesome to watch, and the company was good. Couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
Brenda and I hanging out in the pit area

Have you ever attended a drag race? Does the sound of loud and the sight of fast cars excite you?

It's National Knife Day

Who knew a knife would have its own day?!  Kind of a mundane, everyday object but the knife is a utensil that functions well for dicing, slicing, cutting, and chopping.  

Celebrate National Knife Day with America's Premium Cutlery Boutique.  At New West Knifeworks, National Knife Day is the biggest day of the year. They invite you to celebrate the cutting edge with 25% off their entire G-Fusion chef knife collection.  The sale prices are already displayed - no coupon or code needed.


For those who want to make a statement with their knives, The Ex Kitchen Knife Set is a great tongue-in-cheek conversation piece that would make a great gift for anyone who likes off-the-wall items. (Yes, I owned one!)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lippy Marker Highlighters - Review

I received products for review from Calendars.com.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
School is back in session for many students, and parents are busy buying supplies.  When I was a student, and even now as a blogger, I was excited to get new supplies.  And the more showy, the better.  I didn't want plain, ordinary stuff.  I wanted things that were decorative and fun.


Although the name declares what they mainly specialize in, Calendars.com also sells a great selection of gifts, games, and supplies.  For instance, they carry Lippy Marker Highlighters.  Fun for school or even at the office, this packaged set includes four different colored highlighters in the shape of lipstick.  The colors include orange, pink, green, and purple.  The caps for each lid resemble colored lipstick.  The tips are small and, because of that, you can even highlight exact passages from a book without the markers bleeding over to unintended sections.  They're novel and useful for bringing color to portions of pages you want to stand out.

Three More August Winners

A few of my giveaways have ended and the winners have been randomly drawn.

The winner of the Applebee's giveaway is #123, Enrique Herrera.

The winner of the 5-Minute Nighttime Bible Stories giveaway is #17, Heather Kelly.

The winner of the Tipsy Elves giveaway is #40, Jamie Leigh Martin.

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all who entered.  Be sure to check out the current giveaways, listed at the top left hand side of my blog.  There's no limit to how many you can enter or how many you can win.

It's National Sponge Cake Day

A classic cake that tastes great alone or with toppings, it's National Sponge Cake Day.  Celebrate with a slice or two!