Friday, January 24, 2014

Gimme Shelter Movie & Flash Giveaway 1/30!

This is going to be a quick giveaway, but for a very good movie! I have been seeing the trailer for this movie, and while I don't watch very many movies, I am really looking forward to this one. This giveaway is for a pair of tickets to see Gimme Shelter.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Real Food Wednesday: White Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

This recipe was a toss together from pantry items. I wanted chili on a cold day but only had white beans and sweet potatoes, but none of the traditional meats that go in a pot of chili. So I tossed some things together and it turned out so good, it's now a family staple! The awesome thing about this recipe is that you can substitute what you have in the pantry. For example, any dried beans will work, and you can easily substitute sugar pumpkin or winter squash in place of the sweet potato.

Serves 8-12
Homemade Beans:
  • 16 ounces Dried white beans (or substitute dried beans of choice)
  • 8 cups Hot water
  • 1 piece onion diced (I like vidalia)
  • 2 pieces cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Real Salt or Grey Celtic Sea Salt  (I used Real Salt)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 8 cups Hot water
  • 2 pieces uncured bacon such as Beeler's Applewood Smoked uncured bacon
Add very hot water to dried beans until well covered, cover with wrap or lid, and let soak overnight. (I cultured mine by adding 2 tbs of whey to the soaking water, but culturing is optional).

 Drain beans, fill with water until covered 4 inches, add bacon, onions, garlic, Real Salt, and freshly ground pepper. Bring to boil over high heat, and reduce to medium cooking for 1.5 hours or until beans are soft and done. Stir occasionally, and if the water cooks off before beans are cooked through, then add more water as needed.

Note: I did not need to add water, but since every stove cooks differently, be sure to check frequently and add more water to prevent burning if needed.

  • 3  medium sweet potatoes
  • 1  green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon organic onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons Organic Chili Powder Blend (I used 365 Organic Chili Powder Blend)
  • 1 teaspoon organic smoked paprika (I used Spicely organic smoked paprika)
  • 3 tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup Organic Ketchup such as Muir Glen or homemade lacto fermented Ketchup
  • 2-3 teaspoons Sriracha or 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Grated cheese of choice-optional
  • 1-2 tablespoon Homemade Sour Cream or Daisy Sour Cream
  • 3 cups water
When beans are done, add in diced veggies, spices ketchup, and water and cook for another 30 minutes or until the veggies have soften, flavors have married, and water has cooked down. Be sure to stir frequently to prevent burning. When chili is done, serve with favorite toppings such as homemade sour cream, shredded cheese, and hot sauce.

Don't forget to jump on over to Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop check out more submissions from like minded Real Foodies! 

Love And Other Subjects Book Tour & $15 Amazon GC Giveaway! Three Winners 2/6

For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things–to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and genuine compassion for people who don’t fit effortlessly into society are no match for weapon-wielding, struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is.

The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the existence she always wanted?

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About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

My Review:

As always with Kathleen Shoop's work, I was mesmerized, and I really enjoyed this book. She successfully captures the feelings of everything from euphoria, giddiness, and even the heart breaking searing pain of being in love. She images the insecurity of youth and brings the character full circle to finding herself and being confident in who she is without a man-which is exactly what she needs to be with the man she is in love with!  

I give this book a 2 thumbs up because I every time I picked it up to read, I didn't want to put it back down!


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wonderfully Dysfunctional by Buffi Neal Blog Tour


The true story of... A woman who laughs at funerals. A gypsy mother who refuses to wear a bra and a father who refuses to leave his first wife. A brother who sleeps under the coffee table and a sister who was kidnapped. A cheating minister, a missing uncle and a feisty, red-headed grandmother who was longing to leave it all.

Buffi always knew her family was unusual, but she was lucky enough to escape that gene. Or was she? Joined by her siblings at the bedside of their dying grandmother, Buffi begins on a journey of self discovery as they recall stories of their youth including juicy family secrets, inappropriate practical jokes, abuse and betrayal. She is on a quest to find Normal but finds herself instead.

It Must be Genetic is about an American family of no particular importance, descendants of the once wealthy and revered Perry clan, but stripped of their family wealth during the Great Depression. It’s full of quirky characters like grandmother Mopsie; a sexy divorced mother of two in the 1950’s who would turn the heads of her conservative neighbors when hosting the best poker parties in town, but who can now be found sleeping her days away in the bed of a nursing home. The story climaxes when Mopsie accidentally reveals a secret that sends her family frantically searching through old documents to find the son she gave up for adoption half a century ago.

It Must be Genetic is about acceptance, forgiveness and the great capacity to love. The story is written from the perspective of a third generation divorced mother, Buffi, who realizes that the very traits that make her family dysfunctional may be the same traits that make it so wonderful. At 64,000 words, it's paced for a quick-and-easy read.

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Buffi Lynn Neal is a free-spirited mother of two currently living in a small town in Central New Jersey. She earned her Masters of Computer Science from Lehigh University. She also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in both Mathematics and Physics.

Although Buffi spent twenty years working in the field of Computer Science she longed for the day that she could use her passion for writing to tell the unusual stories of her life.

Who am I? I'm a forgetful, kind-hearted, forty-plus year old mother of two who has great logic skills but spells worse than a fourth grader. I'm afraid of the dark and never shut my eyes in the shower. I bite my nails and peel my sunburn. Actually, I will peel anyone's sunburn. I would rather stick hot burning embers in my eyes than take out the garbage and I would rather be comfortable than look good. Like my mother and grandmother, I love the beach.

I am much more than I can write and I can write much more than I am.

Buffi is currently working on the second memoir in her "Wonderfully Dysfunctional" series. 
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Wonderfully DysfunctionalTM - Breaking the Silence

At the age of nine I met my grandfather for the first time. It had been over twenty five years since my mother saw him. He arrived completely by surprise, bringing gifts for all, and was ready to be a part of our lives. I was the lucky one chosen to take a month trip to Florida with him. During the day it was ice cream, new clothes, and Disney World, and during the night it was something very unnatural. What my family did not know, was Grandpa Jack was a pedophile.

"Breaking the Silence" is part of the "Wonderfully Dysfunctional" Memoir series. It's the journey of a young girl who loved her grandpa so much that it would take thirty years, four deaths, two lawsuits, many lawyers and doctors before she would Break the Silence and tell her story of love and abuse through the eyes of a child.

buffi neals booksWonderfully DysfunctionalTM - 1982 Out Past Curfew 

It was 1982. I was only fourteen, and it was the year I learned about sex, drugs, love, and friendship. It was the year I became a woman and my mother became a person. It was the year of firsts for many of us; our first real kiss, first drink, first smoke, and first ride in the back of a police car.

We were a poor family living in a middle class neighborhood. The world was exciting and everything was new. I was a sponge soaking up all the good and the bad life had to offer. I learned that the child of an alcoholic has an unmistakable talent for holding their liquor, a teenager has the power to drive their parents to insanity, and if you turn your back on a friend you have turned your back on yourself. 

"1982 Out Past Curfew" is part of the "Wonderfully Dysfunctional" Memoir series. It's about the coming of age, the struggle to understand your sexuality and accept your past. It's about finding lifelong love and friendship from the most unexpected people. Many life lessons happened after curfew in 1982.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

My Review:
This book brought out a myriad of emotions in me ranging from full out crying to laughter.  I had several "aha moments" while reading this book,  yet I felt like I am not alone in the wonderful crazy world I grew up in.  Buffi portrays the patch work quilt of people in her life in a way that you can't help but love all them because of their quirks!  Wonderful read that elicits the wide spectrum of emotions while helping you understand that the difficulties she faced made Buffi the strong, amazing woman she is today!

Disclaimer:  I received the book to facilitate my review, but I received no compensation.  Any opinions listed are 100% honest and the property of My Wild Crazy Life Blog.

Home Again by Kathleen Shoop Book Tour

1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.

In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?

"I loved this novella! I was expecting a simple romance, but this was so much more and I hope the author will be continuing writing more of April and Hale's story." - review from Amazon
"Shoop’s characters breathe. I am blown away by the authenticity of the dialogue and setting. … a gifted writer with a bang-non sense of atmosphere, time, place and social class." - review of The Last Letter from Bev Kratz Rosenbaum, author of I Was a Teenage Popsicle and Beyond Cool.

A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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My Review:
When her life falls apart on her wedding day when she discovers pictures of her groom cheating, April Harrington goes to the only place she remembers solace: the family beach home on Albemarle Sound.  There she discovers the once beautiful beach home has deteriorated with neglect. While there repairing the home, she runs into her childhood pal and her brother's best friend who is battling his own demons from the war in Viet Nam.

They find solace in one another, morn their mutual grief of her fallen brother, and find the love both desperately need! Although this is a novella, there is a huge amount of feeling, and depth to this love story! Kathleen did an amazing job depicting the demons that often follow our soldiers fresh home from the war, and she kept me so riveted I didn't put it down until I had read the last word.  Two Thumbs up!

Disclaimer:  I received a book to facilitate my review, but I received no compensation.  All opinions are 100% honest and the property of My Wild Crazy Life Blog.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: Bébé Confort Easy Clip Bottle and Silicone Teat

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Breastfeeding can be a challenge at best.  With my last son, there were a lot of products on the market to select from to help make breastfeeding a success, but with my first son 15 years ago, there weren't so many.  Add in the fact that I was completely naive and basically learning on my own, and it was pretty much a disaster waiting to happen.  I think if I had more products to help me, or maybe were more informed about the products available, I would have had a better go at it the first time! 

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Maxi-Cosi, a premier European company that has been supplying moms with natural feeding products  and car restraining systems for over 75 years is now available here in the US for the first time ever!  (Read more about the Maxi Cosi Car restraining seats here)  

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Bébé Confort is BPA free and has nipples shaped just like the mother's breast so that babies can naturally go from breast to bottle better.  As a matter of fact, 80% accept the nipple on the first try which any nursing mother will tell you is NOT true of your typical bottle!  

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The Bébé Confort Teats feature a Dual Air System™ which control air and flow rate.  This allows the baby to control the rhythm he/she feeds to literally reduce colic and acid reflux.  As a mom who has experienced both with different children, I can tell you this is a HUGE plus in my book! One last feature of the bottle that is truly different from any bottle I have ever purchased in the US is that the lid of this bottle clips on instead of screwing.  It took me several tries to figure out how to effectively do this without spilling the liquid in the bottle, but I can be technically challenged at best on most good days!

My personal opinion of these bottles is that I love them.  I love that they promote breast feeding which is truly the best thing for our little darlings, and I love that they control air flow to reduce colic and acid reflux. If you have ever had your baby turning blue and unable to breathe from choking on acid reflux as I did with my 3rd child, you will know the true value of something that can literally save their life.   I would be a little nervous at first clipping that lid on in the middle of the night while I am trying to keep my eyes open, but most babies prefer the breast at night anyways! 

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Additionally you can purchase Bébé Confort Teats in slow, medium, fast, cereals, and variable flows so that the bottle literally grows with the needs of your baby! 

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 Bébé Confort Bottle Accessories:

  • Travel Formula Container
  • Bottle Brush

Easy Clip™ is available in the below sizes:

  • 5 oz.
  • 9 oz.
  • 9 oz. with handles
  • 12 oz.
  • 5 oz. transition cup
You can gain access to the retailers who exclusively carry this line of bottles and teats on the Maxi-Cosi Facebook Tab so that your baby can also have these time-tested, European mother approved bottles! 

Disclaimer:  I received a product to facilitate my review, but I received no further compensation.  All opinions listed were not affected in any way and are 100% honest.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Free Blogger Opportunity: Tommee Tippee and Maxi Cosi Giveaway-Free links with post!

Free Facebook AND Twitter link on Giveaway Tools for posting an Announcement post of this Giveaway on your blog.  By signing up, you agree to post the giveaway HTML on the date the giveaway goes live which I will email to you the day before the giveaway, and.  Also, you agree to promote the giveaway via Facebook and Twitter at least 5x's a week. 

Prize: $89 Baby Prize Pack of Tommee Tippee and Maxi Cosi Feeding and Diapering Supplies
Event Dates: Nov 16th - Dec 8th
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Holiday Gift Guide: VTech InnoTab 3S Premium Kid Connect and Giveaway 12/1

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Not long ago, I shared with you an awesome toy that is perfect for any child ages 3-9 (or even younger/older) and would make a perfect Holiday gift:  Vtech InnoTab 3S which comes with age appropriate apps.

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I want to share with you a cool new app that is EXCLUSIVE to the Vtech InnoTab 3S.  VTech Kid Connect is a unique family communication app that brings families together and also helps parents stay connected to their children when they are apart.

VTech InnoTab 3s photo DSC00669_zps08f4c2e2.jpg This is a tablet to mobile communication app so that you can link up  your smart phone to the InnoTab 3S and send texts, pictures, voice messages, drawings and stickers in a kid-safe, kid-friendly secure way!    Not only can you communicate between phone/tablet, but InnoTab 3S tablets can communicate with each other so if your child's friend has a tablet, they can text, voice mail, etc back and forth!

This is such a fun app to have.  I love nothing more than to receive a cute picture from my son, or a sweet message from my older kids who also love the freedom to communicate without me paying for an extra cell phone line!

FREE One Year Subscription:

That's right, when you purchase the Vtech InnoTab 3s, you receive one year free subscription of Basic Kid Connect which allows users to send these text messages, and stickers.   A Premium Kid Connect Subscription is also available at the Vtech Learning Lodge store which offers the enhanced features of voice messages, photos and drawings.

Holiday Season Discount! 

The InnoTab 3S typically retails for $99.99, but for the Holiday season you can nab one for $79.99!  Don't forget that it comes with 20 free apps so that you can use your tablet without spending time purchasing apps right away.  Also, with the significant savings, and leaves you plenty of extra to purchase extra apps with as well.  See previous post HERE for details about obtaining new apps, and their prices! 

How to win one for Free!  

You can stay up to date Socially on Facebook and Twitter.   Also, VTech is generously offering one of my readers a VTech InnoTab 3s of their very own!  Just complete one or more of the options on the widget to be entered to win.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer

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Do you have someone on your Holiday list who is expecting a baby? I know you want to buy them something they will love, get lots of use out of, but not something they will get 30 more of at their umpteen baby showers.

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Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer is the perfect product for them.  The Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer system is a disposable diaper disposal system that keeps that "somebody just had a dirty diaper" smell out of your whole house.  Anyone who has had children knows what smell I am talking about:  the one that lingers for days, and not even the industrial strength Febreze will eliminate that smell!

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Features of the  tommee tippee 360° sealer™:

·         Pail comes fully assembled
·         Pail holds up to 30 diapers
·         Each refill seals up to 100 diapers
·         Film contains built-in antimicrobial protection
·         Color indicator in the film lets you know when you’re running low
·         Film is made from easy to tear material, making emptying the diaper pail quick and         simple
·         EasiSlide drawer for easy emptying

How well does it work? 

With four kids spanning 15 years, I have used every diaper disposal system out there, including the first one.  I ultimately quit using them quickly because when I would go to empty it at the end of a day or two, it would smell worse than the local gas station bathroom.  I would rather toss them outside in a bag in the trash bin than deal with that smell every time I emptied it.  This is NOT the case with the Tommee Tippee 360 Sealer.

It is so easy to use that even my little one can put his night time diaper in and seal it all by himself!  (Most nights he wakes up dry, but we do have wet nights still).  

I have shared with you several items in the past few months including the Tommee Tippee Closer to nature® manual Breast Pump, the Tommee Tippee Limited Edition Royal Baby Products to celebrate the birth of the new Prince, and the original Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles that are designed like a breast and help reduce colic.  

Tommee Tippee:

Stay Tuned for an AWESOME Tommee Tippee and Maxi Cosi:  Bebe Confort Diapering and Feeding Prize Pack giveaway coming soon!  

Disclaimer:  I received a product to facilitate my review, and received no compensation.  My opinion was not altered, and all opinions stated are 100% honest and the property of My Wild Crazy Life Blog. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Signed Not for Profit by Glenn Shepard, MD Giveaway 11/1

This wonderful giveaway has been brought to you by
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A prominent surgeon accused of murder and terrorism ...

A corrupt healthcare administrator hell-bent on bloody revenge...

A mysterious seductress whose secrets could free the doctor and kill thousands ...

A terrorist cell with missiles aimed at a leading hospital in America’s Bible Belt ...

Not for Profit takes you on an action-packed thrill ride that will have you questioning suspects, motives, and outcomes until the very last page.

Renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Scott James is charged with murder after two bodies are found at his surgery center. Just weeks before the start of his capital murder trial, Dr. James is approached by a beautiful woman claiming she can help him gain information that would prove his innocence.

As James hunts down the evidence that might free him, he faces a barrage of threats to his life and liberty—and makes one chilling discovery after another: Corporate corruption. A conspiracy to frame him for murder and for terrorist acts. A secret drone-control operation that takes out targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The true identity and intent of his beautiful ally. And a plot to blow up the local hospital and surrounding community.

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