Working Full Time

OMG!!!! I can not believe how much energy it takes to work full time at a position that requires me to be on my feet walking 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day.  It is really cutting into my creative time.  I fall asleep by 9 pm regardless of being in bed.

However check out the Halloween ATC's that I completed this month for the Scrapbook.com swap. I am so bad about keeping the packages that tell me what the name of products is that I used.  I do remember that I found the Trick or Treat sticker at WalMart. 


I picked up the stamp that I used for this card at Goodwill and it was a Recollection stamp.  I do remember that. 

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LEVI KOENIG: A Contemporary King Lear Dorothea Shefer-Vanson Published by Ebook Pro




I was given this book to write an honest review. 

As a social worker, I saw a functional dysfunctional family trying to fake functioning until it becomes a reality. The father Levi has been a workaholic and the family roles are similar to an alcoholic family.  There is the type A older daughter that has it all together in a neat calendar.  There is the alcoholic scapegoat and the younger lost child.  Compounding these dynamics is the aging patriarch and the changing of the roles from independent father to the frail adult child.  The daughters secretly blame him for his frailties while feeling shame that they don’t have enough time or compassion to deal effectively. Levi is not willing to be left out of the decision making about his life and wants his secrets to remain as such.  

If you like real to life adventures plan to purchase this one. You will not be disappointed.  

The following is a quote from the book insert: “In Levi Koenig, A Contemporary King Lear, the author seeks to right a wrong. In Shakespeare’s play of the same name, King Lear’s two older daughters, Goneril and Regan, are portrayed as wicked, conniving women, while the youngest, Cordelia, is goodness incarnate. In her novel, Dorothea Shefer-Vanson seeks to rectify this distorted view of family relations in general, and the part played by daughters in particular.”

This is available at Amazon.com.


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Childrens Book: Nuts about Nuts (Nutrildren - Nutrition for Children 1) Kindle Edition by Shir Guez






Amazing to read and understand as an adult.  This book is geared towards grades 1 thru 6.  It has the nutritional facts about all the nuts on the market. The book has colorful pictures to identify the various nuts and some fun facts, example squirrels like Chestnuts and Macadamia nuts make dogs sick.

The most amazing fact I found is Brazil nuts: “One Brazil nut contains an average of 95.8 micrograms of selenium. That’s more than twice the recommended daily consumption for kids ages 9-13, and more than three times the recommended daily consumption for kids ages 4-8!”

“BUT BE CAREFUL! Because Brazil nuts are really rich in selenium, it can be dangerous to eat too much of them. Eating more than 2-4 a day on a regular basis may lead to Selenosis (selenium poisoning).”

Ms Guez even has recipes available for you to make healthy snack for your children by joining her mailing list at https://shirguez.wordpress.com/subscribe-and-get-recipes-book/

The book is available in print and the Kindle ebook is free at Amazon.com

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Ebook - THE CHOSEN Book I: The Youth by Shlomo Kalo published by Ebookpro




# Promotion
I was given the opportunity to review this book through Tomoson.com for my honest opinion.



A story of Daniel is a historical novel by Sholomo Kalo who is one of the most prolific writers in Israel and a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

I love that Shomo Kalo used imagination that is believable to add to the Biblical character Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  The reader gains an understanding of the long journey to Babylon and the emotions of the loss of family and friends at home and the training it took to learn the Babylonian culture and language. The book ends with the appointment to a position in the court of Nebuchadnezzar. 

Overall this is an enjoyable reading.  I love books on biblical characters and the authors who embellish on the history to come to factual accounts.  I do have one complaint and that would be that I found myself lost many times in the book by the over use of “He” and “the Youth.”  There were several youths introduced and during a conversation “he” was used and I had to reread the paragraph to determine the correct individual who was talking or having a personal thought.

This book is available at Amazon.com both in print and ebook form.

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May ATC

Funny Saying

Black and Whit

Under the Sea

Summer Activity
I had so much fun putting these ATC together.  I used a variety of mediums from my stash.  I find I have too many scraps that ATCs are the perfect pallet to use them up.

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Cards with Cork


I made some cards with cork as the focal.  I like the look.  What do you think?

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Black Cowboy Hat with Red Paisley Bandana

NJ Enterprise Group LLC 

I was given this opportunity to review a custom hat and bandana.  I am impressed with the quality of the hat.  It is one size fits all but the construction was great. The hat is 100% Polyester Felt and the Bandana is 100% cotton.  It is perfect for dress up, role play, or Halloween.  I have securely stored mine for ready use.  I have just the idea. Available at Amazon.com.  #AdultCowboyset






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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SCREENWRITING FOR CHILDREN
Written by Motti Aviram and published by eBookPro

I was given this book to provide an honest review. My background is social work and I loved the how the author discussed the cognitive and psychological development of each stage of  the child's growth. Motti Aviram made it so easy to understand by using the discussion of real life scenarios and practical applications.  The curriculum is as follows:
  • ·        Understanding the cognitive abilities of young viewers
  • ·        Principles of script writing
  • ·        Children's humor
  • ·        Creative skills
  • ·        Puppets in children's TV shows & movies
  • ·        Animation
  • ·        Assess their suitability for the world of children’s writing

This book is easy to read, understand and apply to your personal story telling.  After reading this book you too will feel like you can develop a story board that incorporates all the information in this book for a successful production of your personal story.   

You can acquire this book at Amazon.com


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Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McClain



I really liked this book.  This is a historical account of one family in the late 19th century and into the 20th century.  I rode the emotions of Charley as he lost crops, animals and especially family members.  I cried, laughed and cried again throughout the book.  If you want a book that is factual about ranching and the west, this is book for you.   

The author’s abbreviated exert tells it the best:

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma.

This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie's strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality.
Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.

It is available at Amazon.com

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100% Pure Peppermint Oil by GoPure



I was given a 4 ounce bottle to try in exchange for my honest opinion.  So far I would give it a 5 star rating.  I have been having a terrible flea problem that manifested after the 2 dogs that I was grandparenting went home to live with their own parents.  That left my 19 year old cat and me with a flea infestation.  I had tried a six week treatment of a recommended spray on the rugs and bedding with a brand name topical treatment on Little Bit to no avail. 

I placed 3 drops of the Peppermint Oil on old rags and placed it under the living room and bedroom furniture.  I also changed the flea medicine on her and after 21 days which would allow new eggs to hatch and we live flea free. 

I have also noticed a reduction of spiders and stink bugs that are common to drop in during the spring. 

Little Bit loves the smell as she thinks it spells like cat nip.  I placed a drop of it on her cat nip toy and she plays with it like a kitten but she tires easily due to her age.  I also found it is a great deodorizer for the trash cans.  I put on drop in the can prior to placing a trash bag in it. 

I am still experimenting with the various uses but believe it will be successful in every circumstance.


or directly from their website:

Also like them on Facebook they have give-a-ways throughout the year.

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