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This Just In!!

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Haley Fans! Good news!! I have decided to release the sequel to "You Heard It Here First" in serial installments. This second book is called, "This Just In!" (Gotta keep with the newsie theme.)
THIS JUST IN! Haley McAdams has found the love of her life in Camden Morrison. She's landed her dream job and fame and fortune are hers for the taking. Her life reads like the perfect modern-day fairy tale. She's never been happier.  But just as the starbursts and fairy dust begin to settle, the fireworks and explosions begin. Cam's career is on the line, and worse, Haley is starting to realize they may not want the same things from their relationship. Her best friend Jessica is about to lose everything, and Haley doesn't know how to help her. Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, she finds herself back in the spotlight as scandals, pirates, and a kidnapping turn her life upside down.  Is her life a fairy tale or a complete nightmare?
Each installme…

What will be will be

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I have deemed today a creative day. I may even deem the whole weekend a creative weekend! I have several projects in mind- a wreath, writing, a tulle princess skirt, and maybe even video editing.
After battling my now 10-day bout of bronchitis/pneumonia/worst respiratory infection in history/whatever it is, I am in dire need of getting out of the house, even if it is just to go pick up pine cones and random things in the wood.
Oh who are we kidding? I'm in dire need of just getting to see unfiltered daylight and not sitting by the phone wondering why it won't ring with GREAT news?
Maybe if I play the odds of Murphy's Laws and go spend lots of time away from the phone it will finally ring? Think that will work?

Buy the Book!

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Just wanted to share a few of these exciting book reviews of "You Heard It Here First!" 
************************* This book was such a surprise for me! I had the opportunity to review it and so I took it, but because it was a political fiction - I didn't expect to love it as much as I truly did! Personally, politics have never been my thing - I leave that for my husband. But this book drew me in with its characters, plot, and moral values. I loved the strong, modern woman that Haley is and enjoyed the special looks into her character, her personality and into her thoughts. She just felt like a "real" woman - one that everyone can relate with. I loved the very likeable male character and their love story. I enjoyed the conversations, the adventures, the mysteries, and even the political situations in this story. Even in the midst of moving, I couldn't wait to pick it up at the end of the day to read. It was the perfect book full of romance, …

Nanny Rocker

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How just incredibly awesome is this? I am in love with it. I want to buy it even though I don't have a baby or any plans to have one in the near future. It's just perfect! It's called a Nanny Rocker. I saw it first on Facebook today and then looked it up on Amazon. Sadly, you can't actually buy the finished product. It's only the plans to build it yourself- which is incredibly sweet and romantic as well. But as someone with no wood-working skills nor tools, I would need to buy it finished.  Isn't it just the sweetest thing??

So not what the doctor ordered

This has not been the week I had planned.
It was supposed to be an exciting week with volunteering at the local rescue mission in my town, and going up to NY/NJ to do Hurricane Sandy relief work. Not to mention, being the ultimate hostess for some visiting relatives.
What happened instead?
The world's nastiest head cold, that's what happened.
2 boxes of Kleenex, 2 rolls of toilet paper, 1 bottle of NyQuil, 1 bottle of Mucinex, a bag of cough drops, more rounds of the neti pot than I can count, and 5 days later-
I am still sick.
I started on antibiotics for it this morning.
All I do is sit/sleep/stare vacantly at Netflix for about 2 hours, and then sit up for an hour, sit/sleep/stare for 2 hours, sit up for an hour.
I haven't left the house since Tuesday, maybe Wednesday. It's all a blur. I can't remember anything.
All I want at this point is to sleep through the night. Right now it feels like the impossible dream.
here's a video to entertain you -

E36

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A significant date came and went for me this past weekend.
Not a date that anyone else has ever been alerted to before.
It's the day I change my age over.
No, my birthday isn't for 2 more months (to the day to be exact). But the next two months fly by, what with the holidays and all, and suddenly it is my birthday, and boom, I'm a year older, but it still feels like we're back in Thanksgiving, just treading water, trying to get through the holidays.
And so, somewhere along the way, I just started to change my age the week the holiday madness begins.
No need to send birthday cards or gifts. Or to even acknowledge my age in general. But feel free not to look at me completely askance when I give an age you aren't familiar with.
Because this year I've decided to be 36.

Don't miss my new novel, "You Heard It Here First!" on Amazon, Nook, and Kindle!

All this talk about Twinkies has me thinking...

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Every year right around this time the thought occurs to me that I hate living in a place with all four seasons.  Seriously, I hate being cold. I hate cold air. I hate wind. I hate sniffly noses. Which basically means I will go to great lengths for the next 6 months to avoid being outside.  My parents are strongly suggesting I find a job in that sandbox of a country they live in. I've been fairly against it so far (lack of interesting jobs). But today, as I wrapped a scarf around my neck, put on Uggs, wore a big coat, and took my dog for a walk, just to get cold anyway, I thought, maybe my parents are on to something? After all, it never gets below 70 degrees there. Granted, it also gets up to 130 degrees, but I'm mostly okay with that.  Honestly, I keep thinking I belong in Southeast Asia. I really miss that place. And you know what they don't have there? Wet, moldy leaves every where you look, messing with my allergies! [insert long deep dramatic sigh here] Really, I thi…

I love a good flash mob

You know I love a good flash mob, and this one might be my most favorite one ever, and all because of the very last second.
(even though I am really curious as to why and how Kaley Cuoco (Penny) ends up on the floor)




Don't miss my new novel, "You Heard It Here First!" on Amazon, Nook, and Kindle!

Christmastime is Here Again

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I've picked up blogging at my "Cutting Back and Going Green" blog again. I will be sharing Christmas deals, recipes, gift ideas, popular product comparisons, and cost saving ideas throughout the holidays!
My first few posts- Best Selling Christmas Albums of All Time Tablets for Kids How to Brine and Roast the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey 2012 Most Popular Gifts for Toddlers
And while I'm busy promoting myself-
Will the Energy Sector Improve in Obama's Second Term? You might be surprised. There's more than a few people who think we'll see the no-longer-campaigning-and-not-stuck-making-promises-to-financial-supporters- second term president be a little friendlier to the oil and energy industry.
And don't forget my novel, You Heard It Here First is only $2.99 on Kindle and Nook.  Autographed paperback copies are available for $7.99 plus shipping as well!

Choice and Accountability

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I'm thinking a lot about accountability today, and have been for a while. All politics aside, we seem, as a nation, to be moving towards a belief that we should not be held accountable for our choices and actions. It starts with a sense of entitlement and grows into demands for non-accountability.  I've been wondering where it begins - this idea that we shouldn't have to be responsible for the consequences of our own actions. I almost have convinced myself (with no studies or reports to back me up) that it begins all the way back in the sandbox with parents who blame other children for making their baby cry. And it continues on with the parents who blame the teacher or the school for their child's bad grades, instead of blaming the child and working with the child to improve his/her grades.  I worry about the anti-bullying movement. Don't get me wrong, I'm completely against bullying. We need to combat it! But I worry how much of it is really bullying versus k…

I Will Keep the Faith

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In my column yesterday ("Elections, Facebook, and the Throne of Thoughtless Stupor") I quoted Elder Neal A. Maxwell.  (For my non-Mormon friends, he was a much beloved leader in our Church who was known for not only his incredible knowledge and understanding of the scriptures, but his beautiful way with words. Check out this YouTube clip of him talking about Jesus Christ and the Universe. It's wonderful.) “The same God that placed that star in a precise orbit millennia before it appeared over Bethlehem in celebration of the birth of the Babe has given at least equal attention to placement of each of us in precise human orbits so that we may, if we will, illuminate the landscape of our individual lives, so that our light may not only lead others but warm them as well.”

I have often turned to this quote when I question  what is the point of my life- under- or unemployed, single, no children, no spouse to share my life with, no one person to cherish and love me. And the wor…

Election Day- go do your duty with a heart full of song!

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As one of the greatly underemployed Americans out there, I beg you- go vote!

A Few of My Favorite Things

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I found myself in the car, driving solo, for several hours today. I went up to Charlottesville for a singles activity/get-together at Monticello. I hadn't been to Monticello since I was a little girl. I have a very visual memory, and can often remember full scenes of my life when I re-enter a space I had been in once before. I was surprised that I remembered almost nothing of Monticello.
I really enjoyed the tour and learning more about the lifestyle in the late 1700s & early 1800s. I am currently deep into a historical fiction phase and this trip came at just the right time. (And just as I was in need of some socializing and meeting new people too.)
I am normally not a gift shop fan. I avoid them like the plague, but changed my mind today and spent some time in the very large shop at Monticello. I found some beautiful plates and other dishes (completely out of my price range) in there that I studied and admired for a few minutes. They were traditional Staffordshire plates, s…

Support Riverkids and Fight Sex-Trafficking in Cambodia with just $10!

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Your donations will go to help these exact girls in this picture! Plus many more!

Can you donate $10? Global Giving's going to split their huge Girl Effect fund — $450,000 raised last year — between 12 winning charities this November. And with a $10 donation, you can help Riverkids win.

We need to get at least 800 unique donors in November to win and completely fund our wonderful Get Ready for Girls in Cambodia. How are we going to do that? With your help!!

Can you donate $10 and then ask 10 friends to donate $10? 


Tell them why you support Riverkids. (Read about my personal experiences with Riverkids!)

Tell them about living in slums in Cambodia where a girl has to choose between collecting trash on the streets or being sold to a bar, and school is a distant dream. (Break out your tissue box and read my first-hand account of meeting these girls and what their lives are really like.)


Tell them how their $10 will snowball into support for those girls to get a chance to go…