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Ode to my Kitty now gone…

When I was in fifth grade, life was odd. Friends were had, but all in competition. One day life changed and something was all mine. Hershey Kisses was brown and black. His tongue was never held back. Sweet rough tongue kisses were given aplenty. Snuggles and bonks from his head were many. Through miserable years in middle school and high. Hershey, my HK was always nearby. Even in college when I had an apartment of my own. HK stayed with me, so I was never alone. As a small child I had another cat. Her name was Sugar, part of a pair with Spice. In less than a few months she was gone, Taken by a neighbor not so nice. Never had I gotten too attached. Memories are sparse. Hershey was here. Thirteen years he was near. Uncountable are the numbers of tears in his fur. He was never too. . .

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Giveaway: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

This Giveaway is now closed. Why do you want to read this one? Thanks to Hatchette Book Group I have up to FIVE copies to give away!! This is a general market title and I have not read it. Depending on how many people enter the more I will giveaway. This giveaway is open to US & Canada Only. Deadline for entries is January 8th. He was going to lose the house and everything in it. The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn’t recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday. Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man,. . .

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FIRST Chapter: Faith that Works

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Anne Fortenberry and the book: Faith that Works: A Topical Study on the Book of James Hannibal Books (July 7, 2009) ***Special thanks to Jennifer Nelson at Hannibal Books PR for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Fortenberry was. . .

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1ST Annual Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

1. The goal is to read and promote Christian Historical Fiction by reading at least 24 titles. That is two per month, but anyone who wants to commit to more or less is welcome to join in on the fun. Anyone can join. You do not need a blog to participate. I have started a CHF Ning to promote discussions as well.  2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, and other formats are all allowed. As long as the book can by purchased it counts.  3. Feel free to list a proposed lists of TBR (to-be-reads) but you can also list them as you go.  4. Duplicates from other reading challenges can also count.  5. Challenge begins January 3rd through December 31st. Books started before count. *wink* Sign up here!! 

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Product Spotlight: Minui Handy Sitt

Recently I saw the neatest new product to the US! It’s a high chair that is above and beyond all other high chairs and let me tell you I want one!! It’s called the Minui Handy Sitt and it would be the perfect (space saving) investment for restaurants as well as personal homes.  What age child is the minui HandySitt designed for?It’s designed for kids as young as 6 months (or as soon as they can sit up on their own) to 5 years old. For young ones 6 months to about 12 months, our Baby Cushion is recommended for keeping them snug. Once children reach age 3, the harness is no longer needed and the HandySitt can then be used as a booster seat. What can you tell me about their safety certification? Please read this short blog article. Some parents prefer a 3-Point harness to the safety guard. . .

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2010 Reading Challenges

Obviously I have no “desire” to read. HAH This is just fun and way to organize my reading a bit and meet more people. Jump in! History Christy Award Finalists Reading Personal Challenge. 1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. –Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post. To learn how to sign up without having a blog, click here. 2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts. What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible. 3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change. . .

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Top Ten Books of 2009 and more

This year I still did pretty well and read over 103 books even with being pregnant and then having a newborn. It is funny, because at times I was beating myself up for being so far behind in reviews, but with that said, I still accomplished a lot more than I realized. My top ten fiction picks in no particular order: 1. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen 5/5 2. TSI The Gabon Virus by Walt Larrimore 5/5  3. Silent On The Moor by Deanna Raybourn 5/5 4. Breach of Trust (Call of Duty, #1) by DiAnn Mills 5/5 5. Never the Bride by Rene Gutteridge 5/5 6. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran 5/5  7. Leaving Carolina (Southern Discomfort, #1) by Tamera Leigh 5/5 8. Honor in the Dust (A Breed Winslow Series, #1) by Gilbert Morris 5/5 9. Ransome’s Honor (The Ransome Trilogy, #1) by Kaye Dacus 5/5 10. Montana Rose (Montana. . .

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12 Pearls of Christmas Winner

This comes from the ladies behind Litfuse Publicity on behalf of the 12 Pearls of Christmas giveaway:  Nearly 1,000 people entered the contest to win the pearl necklace –  amazing! We’re excited to announce that Carol from Carol’s Notebook won the necklace! Also, please let your readers know that we’ll be giving away 5 copies of the Pearl Girls book this week on the Pearl Girls’ blog. All they need to do to be entered is leave a comment before 1/8/10.

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New Releases for January 2010

(Revell Books – Weddings by Bella, #2 – Sequel to Fools Rush In) (Revell Books – Sister to Sister, #3 – Trilogy end to Stuck in the Middle and Age Before Beauty) (Revell Books – The Callahans of Texas) (Revell Books – Lancaster County Secrets, #1) (Harvest House – Sequel to Before the Season Ends and The House in Grosvenor Square) (Whitaker House – First published 1997 – Reprint 3-in-1 Collection of Bridget’s Bargain, Kate Ties the Knot, and Follow the Leader) (Tyndale House – Miss Pickworth) (Tyndale House – Left Behind Series Collectors Edition Volume I, Rapture’s Witness, contains Left Behind, Tribulation Force, and Nicolae) (Tyndale House – Debut Novel) (Barbour Books – Charles Towne Belles, #3 – Sequel to The Red Siren and The Blue Enchantress) (Barbour Books – Montana Marriages, #2 – Sequel to Montana Rose) (Barbour Books – First Published 2008, Reprint – America Loves a. . .

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Product Review: Child to Cherish holiday gifts

Perfect for giving and receiving, Child to Cherish holiday gifts include decorative Handprint Christmas Ornaments to celebrate a child’s first Christmas and capture the memory of their precious little hand forever. A colorful gift box stores the memory for use year after year. Another great Holiday Collection gift item is the “Plant a Tree for Me” Christmas Pine Tree Seedling Kit. *Thanks to Hilary Abbott Communications, Inc for providing a sample for review.* Without a doubt, we have received one of the best gift ideas this year. The first Christmas of your child is a time to remember forever. With money tight from the unemployment stuff and new baby and blah blah blah gifts are not extremely practical for a child who will not retain the memory of the “first Christmas event”. But… the first Christmas is too important to forgo. Something simply, yet unique and extremely eloquent is the. . .

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Product Review & Giveaway: Dropper Stopper

This giveaway is closed, but please still enjoy the review. Over the holidays there were three things in my AppleBlossom’s life that I found to be incredibly valuable. One of which is the Dropper Stopper, the other two I’ll tell you about in the days to come. The Dropper Stopper is an incredible invention designed to “keep cups and toys clean and close” and it does that. Although at this time AppleBlossom is still too little for her own cups, she has reached the point of holding toys and getting excited and then losing them. Such as the main event of her toy collection, Winky the lamb. We have five Winkys just in case one disappears, but when I’m out and about those others do not help me much. What helps is this fabulous tool! The dropper stopper is an accessory that no parent should live without! With its patented. . .

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Product Review: Lamaze Chime Garden

The Chime Garden is a flower themed music toy. Each flower features a different note or plays a song when hit. There are 3 music modes: chime, song segments and full song play. What a great baby toy! Includes batteries. DIMENSIONS: 9″ X 8.75″ X 6.75″ This Christmas AppleBlossom was spoiled and got two big gifts. One, from Grandmama and Grandaddy was the Fisher Price Classical Super Star Stacker with music and lights. The other was the Lamaze Chime Garden thanks to ThanksMama.com a new and amazing online cloth diaper store based out of Boston, MA.  The choices of which to play with are hard to make.  Right out of the box, Daddy helped her play.    The recommended age is 9mo and at 5mo AppleBlossom is a “supported sitter” and gets a little carried away while sitting alone and playing, but with support she’s all into it. Brain research. . .

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Product Review: Baby Einstein’s Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym

One of the first toys that we purchased for our AppleBlossom was the Baby Einstein’s Baby Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym. At first she would cry anytime she was put down aka out of Mama’s arms, yet after a while she started looking around. It was at about ten weeks old that she was interested in playing or batting around. Her favorite part is the octopus with it’s rattle, scrunchy-like tentacles, and now (15 wks) the orange handle. Let the ocean adventure begin! This soft activity gym features a musical aquarium toy with Baby Einstein ocean characters, classical melodies, and dancing lights. A whale shaped prop-up pillow accompanies baby on this underwater adventure during tummy time, which comes to life with the crisp and colorful real-life scenery of the sea on the play mat. Tummy time is enhanced by the animal peek-a-boo flaps with real-life imagery, and the ability to reposition. . .

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Product Review: Taggies Soft Blocks from ebeanstalk

Something we have discovered is that picking a toy is not easy. There are so many variables to choose from and there is a website called ebeanstalk dedicated to selecting good, safe baby toys and toddler toys. But they need help from Mamas like me to help pick the toys. Thanks to ebeanstalk, the toy they provided for review is called Taggies Soft Blocks, it is one of their many unique toys. Taggies Soft Blocks are great learning toys because each feature tons of tactile elements, colorful images, silly sounds and, of course, TAGGIES galore! Easy-grab, un-stuffed blocks can be squashed into a diaper bag. Clever hook & loop links attach all blocks together for play in the stroller, highchair or car seat. DIMENSIONS: 8.75″ X 4.25″ X 8.5″ PACKAGED When I opened the box to find these Taggies soft blocks I was ecstatic. AppleBlossom likes them too. There are. . .

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