Monthly Archives: July 2012

one lovely blog award…


Wow – I was totally surprised today when I received a message that I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by Willow Feller at

Thank you Willow – I am both happy and humbled that you thought of me and my little blog!

There are five guidelines for accepting this award:

  1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
  3. Tell them seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.
  5. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated.

Seven facts about me:

1. I have a wonderful husband.

2. I have three awesome daughters.

3. We have 2 dogs (Francis and Hannah), 2 cats (Angel and Violet), and 4 gerbils (Rocky, Lovey, Ginger, and Paprika).

4. I LOVE TO READ.  It is one of my favorite things to do.

5. I am originally from Minnesota.  I now live in North Carolina.

6. I recently started exercising.  It’s going well and I am going to do my best to stick with it!

7. I love to “bargain hunt.”

The next part of the award is nominating other bloggers:

My friend Claire has a funny, heartfelt new blog:  Ding Dang Blog

Real Food, Real Deals

Lady Fi

h20 by Joanna

Word by Word

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

Russell Ray Photos

Ever So Lulu

On the Homefront

Looking for the Sweet Spot


Wife Mother Event Planner

Melinda McGuire Writes

Frugalista Blog

iPhone Photoblogging

the thing about joan

Super funny mommy blog (don’t be fooled by the name)… People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Please check out all these wonderful blogs – just click on the name of their blog to go directly there!

Thank you, again, Willow for nominating the coffee club and me blog!


how it ends…


I just finished reading a great novel called “How It Ends” by Laura Wiess.

The book is written from the perspectives of both a 16 year old and 70 year old.  Their voices go back and forth throughout the book.

Hearing from both of these age groups makes for quite an interesting read.  The young girl is trying to find her way in life and find love and the older woman has found love and wants only the same for the teen.

This is quite an amazing tale – at times, I was amazed at the author’s imagination.

I have also read “Such a Pretty Girl” and “Leftovers” by the same author.  Both of these books were good, as well.



just finished…


I’ve been busy reading.

I read three very different types of books recently and enjoyed all of them.

1) The Poisonwood Bible – This is a story about a husband and father who is a Southern Preacher.  He decides to move his wife and four daughters to Africa on mission work.  The book is written from the perspective of the wife and the daughters…  each telling their own view of their life after the preacher moved them to the Congo.  This was a great book.  It was also chosen as part of Oprah’s Book Club.

2) The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – This was actually a quick read written by a very humorous author from the UK.  I read it in two days.  It’s an odd book, not fictional.   It was very interesting and I now find myself trying to pick out possible psychopaths.  I am armed with a checklist (ha!).  I would recommend this one as well.

3) Basketball Junkie – I bought this book because I saw Chris Herren interviewed on ESPN.  He has a very interesting story.  He was a high school basketball superstar and went on to play basketball in both college and the NBA.  He also turned into a heroin addict along the way.  It’s his story about his life, his addiction and ultimately, his recovery.  He looks like a movie star.  It was intriguing to read about someone you think “had it all” but really didn’t.  This book will not win any literary awards, but it was interesting and I read it quickly.  Chris Herren is a success story in regards to addiction and I am glad I read the book.