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Welcome Everyone!
For those wondering about the medical drama that I was thrust into a few weeks ago… I really have no news. NO ONE has called me about the remainder of the MRI results. Seems my own Dr. had a family emergency and the Dr. who called for her about my neck MRI’s hasn’t called about these. This just reinforces my reading of the results on the “patient portal” – that everything looked just fine (I think the words were more like “unremarkable for a person of this age”). I am now about 3+ weeks without one of the killer headaches. As I write that, I have been having allergy symptoms and some of that included “regular” headaches but nothing like the reasons for those MRI tests.

I also just survived a weekend with my grandson who is a 2.5 year old. He was wonderfully behaved and fun, fun, fun. I was surprised that when told it was nap time, he went in and took one (I think it helps we have a “room” for him here at our house) – and bedtime… no problem – out like a light in a few minutes. Eating, no issues, he ate everything I cooked — breakfast, lunch and dinner. That kid was amazing. Tired me out, but still amazing! And I have to admit, I just love it when he calls me gam ma!


A word about the Facebook Giveaways – they do require you LIKE their page, and maybe even their post to enter, and to win. Some require you to keep liking them through the entire contest to be declared a winner, some don’t. I always stay liking them at least for the duration of the contest, and beyond because I find they usually continue to have contests to enter.

Disclosure: Facebook contests are not associated in any way with Facebook itself — and you are providing your information to the giveaway sponsor. Additionally, I am not paid to do these listings, nor am I influenced by any person as to which ones I chose – all of the information provided here is unbiased and totally 100% my opinion.


Missouri Beef Council
SweepSTEAK your Spring

**This contest seems to require a tweet. Twitter accounts are free.

Prizes: $150 Gift Card to Kansas City Steak Company!
One Entry; 50 US and DC, 18+; ends 04/30/14

FarberWare Cookware
Spring into New Traditions

Grand Prize: Farberware New Traditions Aluminum Nonstick 12-Piece Set, in Aqua or Red
Bonus Prize: Farberware New Traditions Aluminum Nonstick 4 Qt. Covered Sauté, in Aqua or Red
Bonus Prize: Farberware New Traditions Aluminum Nonstick 11.25″ Deep Skillet, in Aqua or Red

ONE Entry, US & DC 18+ ends 05/15/14

And…Millennius .
Samsung Galazy S5 Giveaway

Prizes: (1) Samsung Galazy S5 16GB Mobile Phone
One Entry, 18+ ends 05/02/14

*AOM = Age of Majority
*ARV = Approximate Retail Value

See you again next week with more!!! Comment if you’d like to see certain types of sweepstakes (cash, gift cards, multiple prizes, food, clothing, etc). And if you want to get a look at 5 New Sweepstakes a day… Here’s a great place to find them : http://www.yesuwon.com

I LOVE #CVS!! Great #deals on @Hellmanns, @LOrealParisUSA and more!! See what $6 got me plus $12 back in ECB’s!! @CVS_Extra #Deals #Coupons


As I was going through the CVS circular this week, I noticed they had Hellmann’s on sale! How exciting since I make a lot of deviled eggs for my sister and church when it’s my week for hospitality. I knew I had to get some asap! So, I went to get some and a few other things to add to the mix and get back my ECB’s for the next trip!

Here is what I purchased:


4 Hellmann’s Lite Mayo
2 Colgate 360 Toothbrushes
2 L’Oreal Shampoo/Conditioner
1 Colgate Toothpaste
3 Sally Hansen Nail Polishes

Coupons Used:

4 $1 off Hellmann’s Mayo
1 $2 off Colgate Toothbrushes
2 $2 off L’Oreal Hair Care
1 $2.50 off Colgate Toothpaste CVS printer
3 $.50 off Sally Hansen nail polish
$23 in ECB’s from last trip


YES, only $6.75!! What a bargin! When you think about it you can sometimes get the Hellmann’s on sale at Shop-Rite and such for $2.99. So just four of them would be $11.96. So, getting all the extra’s for half the price — AWESOME!! We really needed the mayo because we ran out and I was waiting for it to go on sale to grab some. This was a great score for us and I received $12 back in ECB’s!! WOOT!!!

How is your shopping going?


Welcome to the Hoppy #Easter Eggstravaganza #Giveaway #Hop! Enter to #win a few treats!!!

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Thank you ladies for hosting!

Welcome to Sweeping Me!

Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

Ahhh the sun is warm and the birds are back. Welcome spring! I am so sick of snow and cold that I am really looking forward to warm weather and t-shirts! I hope your day is going good and that you have a great Easter if you celebrate it. For those who don’t – Happy day to you!

For this wonderful hop I have a few things to offer to either a US/CAN winner or an INT winner!


A $10 eGift card for either Amazon or Barnes & Nobles with a few treats to enjoy!
(Treats my vary BUT will include jelly beans and some chocolate!)

For INT:

A book of choice from The Book Depository ($10) or a $10 eGift Card to Amazon or Barnes & Nobles!

Open WW – Ends 4/24
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#Book Blast: The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace by T.D. Wilson & $50 #Giveaway!!!

EmbraceThe Epherium Chronicles: Embrace

Book one of The Epherium Chronicles

Hope. Captain James Hood of the Earth Defense Forces remembers what it felt like. Twenty-five years ago, it surged through him as a young boy watching the colony ships launched by mega-corporation Epherium rocket away. He, like so many others, dreamed of following in the colonists’ footsteps. He wanted to help settle a new world—to be something greater.

Then came the war…

Hope. During years of vicious conflict with an insectoid alien race, it was nearly lost. Though Earth has slowly rebuilt in the six years since the war, overcrowding and an unstable sun have made life increasingly inhospitable. When mysterious signals from the nearly forgotten colony ships are received, Hood is ordered to embark on a dangerous reconnaissance mission. Could humanity’s future sit among the stars?

Hope. Hood needs it now more than ever. As secrets about the original colonists are revealed and the Epherium Corporation’s dark agenda is exposed, new adversaries threaten the mission, proving more dangerous to Earth than their already formidable foes…

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From Laura (5 star reviewer on Amazon) “I was shocked about how fast the author sucked me into a new world, a world that I am impatiently awaiting the next in the series. I read from another reviewer that it would make a great television series and I would have to agree with that reviewer.”

From Kathryn Svendsen of Kathryn’s Shelf Full of Books Blog (4 star review) : “It was a delight to read. Mr. Wilson did an excellent job of introducing each of the many characters involved in this large crew. There were many people to keep track of, and like a movie we found out a bit about the character of each one as we went along.”


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“I have an idea about that,” Hood said as he opened a channel to Engineering. “Mr. Whitaker. I need that shield of yours.”

Whitaker responded slightly out of breath. “Sorry, Captain. I can’t give it to you. That second rock that smacked us caused one of the reactors to scram, so we shut it down. Until we get that stable and some more juice in the batteries, I can’t power it up.”

Hood muttered under his breath as he pounded his fist on his chair. He took a deep breath, and let it out slowly as he closed the channel. “Alright, our ace is out of commission,” he told Sanchez, “and even with the best of my contingency plans, we are going to have to do this the hard way.”

“You have multiple contingency plans for this?” Sanchez asked as he pointed to the viewport and the many asteroids floating nearby.

Hood looked at Sanchez and raised a single eyebrow.

“Forget I asked,” Sanchez said.


traceyAuthor T.D. Wilson:

T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 5/15/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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#Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers @Netgalley @RLLaFevers #YA #Teen

gravemercyTitle: Grave Mercy
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2013
Length: 565 Pages
Genre: Teen, YA, Romance, Historical Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchasing Links: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, The Book Depository

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?


My Opinion:
I really enjoyed this story. It was different in the sense that we are dealing with St. Mortain who is the god of death. Ismae is a turnip farmers daughter who had been abused from the time she was born. She heals quickly and is able to see when people will die and how. St. Mortain himself shows her his mark on people. She gets help to escape being newly wed and is sent to live in a convent of St. Mortain where she learns how to defend herself and become an assassin. We are taken on a ride of her discovering herself and her purpose in life, one that she likes.

She is then sent to spy on Duval to see if he is against the queen. But, that never works out and she finds that she is falling in love with him and him her. I really enjoyed the cat and mouse of this and how it all came together. There is only one thing I would change about this book and that would be the length. I just thought it went a little to much into mundane things that could have been skipped, making this so lengthy. Overall a great read and I would recommend it. I am hoping to get the next book soon.

I give Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers 4 of 5 stars.

About the Author:
robinlafeversRobin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch’s mythology, and 19th century poetry. It is not surprising she grew up to be a hopeless romantic.

Though she has never trained as an assassin or joined a convent, she did attend Catholic school for three years, which instilled in her a deep fascination with sacred rituals and the concept of the Divine. She has been on a search for answers to life’s mysteries ever since.

While many of those answers still elude her, she was lucky enough to find her one true love, and is living happily ever after with him in the foothills of southern California.

In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist series. You can learn more about those books at www.rllafevers.com.

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The Series:


By Robin LaFevers
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Hardcover: 978-0547628400
COMING November 4, 2014

Disclaimer: No one sponsored or endorsed this post. All opinions are my own. All information on the book and author can be found at the authors website. I was given a copy of the book from Netgalley for an honest review.

#Book Spotlight & #Excerpt: Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton &$50 #Giveaway!!

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Shadow Fire

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.

All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

Each installment of The Light Chronicles is a standalone story.

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Praise for Shadow Fire

“This book contains monsters, magic, majestic creatures, and a evil guy that wants to destroy the world. If you love hot guys…..Zane is all that plus a few tricks up his sleeve. Just read it!” Venture ~Amazon Reviewer

“Adventure, magical creatures, fun characters, and romance make this book a perfect read for all ages.” James ~Amazon Reviewer

“I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written.” Lisa Temple ~ Goodreads

“Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn’t put it down.” ~Sasha Hibbs ~ Amazon Reviewer

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When we reach the deck, everyone stops to stare at me. Trying to ignore the blatant curiosity, I follow Hanna down the aft stairs to the brig. Zane and Taranis occupy cells across from each other. They’re both sitting on the floor glaring daggers at each other. Hanna hands the key to me and slips away. Inching closer, I’m careful to remain out of reach of the two prisoners. As soon as they see me, both men jump up and start talking over each other.

“Ashlyn! How are you feeling, Love?” Zane asks.

“Ashlyn, my fiery angel, you are a ray of sunshine in this dank prison!” Taranis says.

“I’m gonna let you both out, if, and only if, you promise to behave,” I threaten. Both men nod their agreement. “That means no fighting. It also means we never, and I mean never, speak of what happened last night.” When I get no argument, I free Zane first and then Taranis.

“Do you even know what happened last night?” Zane asks, taking me into his arms. I stand rigid in his embrace, not sure if I’m ready to forgive him quite yet.

“Only what Hanna told me,” I snap at him.

“I saved your virtue from this raving lunatic,” Taranis says, pointing at Zane.

“Then you decided to take it for yourself!” Zane yells back at him.

“Did you not hear me?” I shout. Pulling myself from Zane’s embrace, I back up and glare at both men. “No speaking of last night. Period. End of discussion.”

“Yes, Love,” Zane replies.

“Yes, virtuous virgin,” Taranis replies.

“Taranis!” I release a menacing growl, and wince when my right eye starts to tic. “Yes?” he asks, eyes full of mock innocence.

“Run,” Zane says.

Taranis listens to Zane’s advice and takes off up the stairs to the deck with me hot on his heels.



Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Kimber Leigh Wheaton is a YA/NA author with a soft spot for sweet romance and is a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is married to her soul mate, has a teenage son, and shares her home with three dogs and four cats. No, she doesn’t live on a farm, she just loves animals. Her house is filled with dragons, though she does lament that they are the porcelain, non-flying variety.

Kimber Leigh is addicted to romance, videogames, superheroes, villains, and chocolate—not necessarily in that order. (If she has to choose, she’ll take a chocolate covered superhero!)

Her debut novel, Shadow Fire, is the first book in The Light Chronicles series. Watch for book two, Stolen Moon, a standalone sequel, coming soon.


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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 5/15/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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I Love @RiteAid!! Late Night #Deals – Had to use my #coupons before they expired! See what I purchased for $5 with $12 in +Up Rewards back!!


I really wanted to go to Rite-Aid before the sale ended on Saturday. I wanted to use some of the TRESemme coupons I had stockpiled before they expired. I was hoping that I would have a chance before my daughters soccer tournament but didn’t and had to go after which was what made this a light night deal by the time I got to get there. But, I did get to use some of the coupons I had sitting in my pile. Like the one that ended on the 12th for Garnier Fructis. =)

Anyway, I scored some awesome products!

Here is what I purchased:


4 bottles of TRESemme
2 Secret Clinical
2 Speed Stick Gear
2 Shampoo/Condtioner Garnier Fructis

Coupons Used:

4 $2 off TRESemme
2 $3 off Secret Clinical
2 $2 off Speed Stick Gear
2 $2 off Garnier Fructis
$19 in +UP Rewards from last trip


Total was $5.24 with tax! Awesome score and I received $12 in +Up Reward’s back! These are the trips I LOVE!

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