Saturday, July 5, 2014

In Honor of Our Blessings as Americans

A fabulous firework display courtesy of my mom who found it via James Finley via Facebook.

Happy Freedom Days!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LISTEN: Trolling Audible's Pages for Summer LIstening by Rick Riordan, Julianne MacLean and Jim Butcher

It has been a fabulous day for getting reacquainted with past discoveries.... audible books.  One of my loves from my DC days.  They made my commute so much better.  I would listen to CD after CD on my portable CD player on the Red Line.  Then later when Z was a baby I would stick them in my CD player and listen to stories as I went along my new mommy adventures.

Fast-forward in time, I have been reconnected to my love of the audio book (Thank you, Tyra and Julianne) and now that I've been become firmly addicted to my Kindle Fire HD and introduced into the world of the iPhone (yes, I know it's 2014) -- I'm still discovering new-to-me ways to use the devices.

Here are the new treats that I have found for our reading listening pleasure.

For the Kids (Stories that won't drive you up the wall)

1) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Fans of the Percy Jackson series will love this series by Rick Riordan.  While I was teaching Middle School history, I would read to my students a few times a week from a story that had linked in some manner to the content that we were working on.  They loved listening to me read, and I adored fostering and encouraging a love of learning and the written word in my students.

This summer, I chose to start at the beginning of one of his series for my own short people. Adventure- laden and told through the eyes of a early teen and a tween -- it has been a win for both of mine.  We also picked up The Bailey School Kids: Zombies Don't Play Soccer -- it's short -- just about 40 minutes -- but it is a hoot as well.

Credit: Audible (available here)

2) For the SciFi Fan:  Set in our world, but not exactly...

Storm Front: The Dresden Files Book 1

(credit: Audible -- available here)

I positively adored the one-series cult favorite The Dresden Files about a modern day wizard set in Chicago, IL.  So when my sister gifted me with the Dresden Files audiobook 1, I couldn't have been more delighted.   Voiced by the familiar voice of James Marsters, Spike of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer fame, it's escapist fun to be had.

3) Like a really good Lifetime Movie with a happy ending....

 The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean

(credit: Audible (available here))

I am fan of Julianne's historical romances.  I love her light touch, believable characters and sweeping romances that have you rooting for the heroine and happy for the hero.  On a lark after reading her newsletter and adoring the cover, I picked up a copy of the first book in her latest contemporary series -- The Color of Heaven in e-book form.

It's a lovely, sad, happy, absorbing tale that is really, really well done. Recently, I won a drawing for the third book in the gorgeous series, The Color of Hope, that came out on Tuesday, the 24 June.  I'm going to do myself a favor and pick up book two.  Do yourself a favor and pick them up.  I'll bet you'll be telling a friend as well. :)

Head on over and let me know what you find.

Cheers to a happy summer.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

WATCH and READ: Real Girl's Kitchen and Set Apart Motherhood

June is our busy season -- lots of changes, camping it out and exploring the city.  It's also an experience relearning how to juggle everything with a newborn in tow.  I have noticed that it takes me exponentially longer to get out of the door.  Planning helps  --- as does coffee -- and more than a little flexibility.  Also to accept that it is ok to just chill at home and have no -- I'm mean nothing -- planned.

Here are 2 of the fun discoveries of the last week:

Think cool, modern food with normal ingredients and fun show that reminds you of chatting with your best girlfriends while reading OK magazine.  Good times!

Review copy courtesy of  Tyndale House

Touching, real-life advice, wisdom and grace-filled talking from a mom that's been there.  As a mom with 3 under the age of 8, I appreciate her advice and inspiration.  The devotionals that are included at the end of each chapter are helpful, thought-provoking and encouraging.  

Available online here -- out July 1, 2014

What's on your summer read and watch list?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

INSPIRATION for JUNE from Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball or two.  And more often than not when you look up, take a step back and refocus, you can see that the result is more beautiful than you could've imagined before.

So chin up, buttercup! 

Step for forward and do that which your heart desires.  Be fearless.  Don't let doubt stand in your way. Channel your energy.  Give your dream the benefit of your passion.  Pray in earnest and armor up. 

Happy June, Y'all.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

LABEL LOVE: SALE: Kiehl's Friends and Family Sale -- 20% off

Fans of Kiehl's skin care products, rejoice!  Here's the scoop on the Friends and Family sale.  Deals are good in store and at

My fave line:

Buy here

Want to enjoy it now, click here

Happy Shopping.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

EVENT: DALLAS: Outdoor Classic Film Series at Klyde Warren Park Begins May 3

It's summer when the outdoor screenings begin.  Reminiscent of The Wedding Planner, it is one of my favorite traditions from my Washington years.

Pack a picnic with fried chicken, yummy sliced meats, fruit and cheese.  Grab a couple of splits of champagne, some lemonade and something sweet for dessert.  Be sure to pack napkins and something to eat with or on and prepare to have a sweet night out in the city.

Saturdays in May at 8:15pm on the Ginsberg Family Great Lawn, the screenings are free of charge and are as follows:

.     §  May 3:   “It Happened One Night”'
§  May 10: “The Big Sleep”
§  May 17: “Red River
§  May 24: “On the Waterfront”
§  May 31: “North by Northwest”

Enjoy!  For more details, visit Klyde Warren Park here

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GIVE: Tiff's Treats Las Colinas Opening to Help Grant Viggo's Wish

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Tiff's Treats will open their 6th DFW location with a new hot cookie stop in Las Colinas.  In honor of their new location, the fab folks at Tiif's Treats have partnered with a Wish with Wings to grant 9 year old Ft. Worth local Viggo's wish of traveling to Disney World with his family this summer. Viggo has stage 4B Hodgkin's Lymphoma and adores family time and Minecraft.  This trip will provide a very special opportunity for him to enjoy simply being a kid at a very special place.  A Wish with Wings is a 33 year old organization that grants life-affirming wishes to young Texans with life-threatening illnesses.  To learn more about the organization, visit here.


All images courtesy of Tiff's Treats and A Wish With Wings.

How you can help:

Visit the Las Colinas Location and buy a dozen cookies for $4.  You can purchase up to 6 dozen cookies, and they come in yummy deliciousness like chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin. Proceeds from the day up to $5,000 will be given to help Viggo's wish come true.  

Get there early as there will be prizes,raffles and giveaways.  This is a special grand opening special only available at the Las Colinas location with no 30 minute hot cookie wait.  :) 


Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where to go:

Tiff's Treats Las Colinas
114 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 110
Irving, Texas 75062
(at the intersection of 114 and O'Conner)