Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book Review (and giveaway) - The Iron Duke

A few months ago I was contacted by Galaxy Press and asked to review the book The Iron Duke by L. Ron Hubbard

The Iron Duke paperback

The only thing I knew about L. Ron Hubbard is that he was the founder of the Church of Scientology.  But he also wrote pulp fiction adventure stories. He was one of the more popular writers of the pulp fiction era. Writing short stories in almost any subject; westerns, gangsters, spies, deep sea adventures and of course science fiction.

The Iron Duke is set in the 1940's around the time of World War II.

A story about a man named Blacky Lee. He is wanted by just about every government in Europe. He discovered a few years back, that he is a spitting imagine of Prince Phillip from Aldoria. He learns Prince Phillips mannerisms, speech, and royal family tree and proceeds to impersonate the prince. Blacky devises a plan to impersonate the prince in order to escape the governments that want him dead. While trying to convince officials he is the prince of Aldoria, he is discovered a fake due to a small scar that the real prince has, which Blacky does not. Blacky is jailed, but instead of executed, the officials of Aldoria have other plans for him. They set him up as a body double so that the real prince is not murdered during an election. While in jail, the countess of Aldoria sends Blacky fine wine, meals books, and doctors. Blacky uses the countess in another scheme to escape. Unfortunately it doesn't work, and he is almost assassinated at a bridge dedication while posing as the prince. There Blacky declares a free election in the country. He also makes a wager with the countess, if he wins she must marry him.

Can Blacky convince a country that he is fit to be there leader? Will the countess take the wager and end up marrying Blacky the pretend prince?

It was a short read, but entertaining and well written. The audio version was entertaining, with great voices and great sound effects. I enjoyed listening to the production as if it were one of the old radio shows.

If you'd like to read it for yourself, then comment below! I have a paperback version to give away, and an audio version to give away!

Enter to win and I will mail one of these off to you!

Winners will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends in one week on July 3rd!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Crazy Mom

I'm turning into a crazy mom. Seriously.....

We've been plowing threw potty training. Some days are worse than others. Monday was awesome, no accidents at all. I thought maybe it finally "clicked"

But then yesterday happened. Six "accidents" in all. Because he was too lazy, distracted, or bored? We were by a bathroom all day, not out in public. But he didn't want use the toilet at all. I'd ask him if he had to go, he said no. 5 minutes later I'd ask him again only to discover he had already peed his pants.

Why? I don't get it.

So I did something crazy.

I grounded him to the bathroom!

I'm really not quite sure what else to do. So he was grounded to the bathroom for a while (probably 30 minutes total) Of course while grounded in the bathroom he proceeded to poop in his underwear.

WTF why?

It's a control thing I guess, but I don't know what to do with it. I have promised him EVERYTHING under the sun. And he just goes in his pants. But then he has days where he has no accidents....

He's making me crazy! At this rate the baby will be potty trained first!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jensen's 1st Birthday - Pirate Party

Last weekend we had Jensen's 1st birthday party. We are so lucky to be able to celebrate with all of our amazing friends and family.

I couldn't find any invites I liked, so I found some scrapbook paper cheap (.20 cents a sheet!) and bought a whole bunch. Knowing I would use it for other aspects of the party.

I ended up making a banner, thank you tags, and all the food name tags out of the same paper.

Here's the Banner, It's kinda hard to see. (don't mind the mess, I hung this up a week before the party)

Here's the Treasure Chests (favors).

I found the boxes and all the favors on Amazon. I forgot to take a picture of what is inside, but there were temporary pirate tattoos, eye patches, gem rings (for the jewels), pirate flags, kaleidoscopes, Pirate Booty and sticker sheets. I also ordered some gold coins for the treasure chests, and for the cupcakes

Now onto the food and food tags! (my pictures didn't turn out that great. Guess that's what happens when I throw a party at 10 am and scramble to get everything done in time and still try to get pictures of it!)

We had Pirate Jewels (fruit)

The cupcakes were the "Pirate Gold" I just made chocolate cupcakes with gold cream cheese frosting.

Jensen's smash cake (which he wanted NOTHING to do with!)

Dead Man's Fingers (little smokies)

Fish and Chips

Cannonballs (black olives)

Pirate Booty (of course!)

Walk The Plank Sandwich (a sub)

Here are the close ups of the name tags

Silly birthday boy wanted nothing to do with his cake, seriously didn't even touch it!

I also had an adorable shirt made for him. I didn't really get a good picture of it, but if you need to get a custom shirt made I definitely recommend Zoey's Attic! Seriously amazing!

I can't believe my baby is one already! We had an amazing time throwing him a party!

This is linked up with:
White Lights on WednesdaysMade in a Day

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Old School Blogging ... The ABC's of Me

The ABC's of Me

It's old school blogging time!

I was tagged by Jennifer  and I am so excited to link up with Miss Elaine-ous Life!

A. Attached or Single? Very attached to my one and only Casey
B. Best Friend? Other than my husband, Sally has been my BFF since the 2nd grade!
C. Cake or Pie? I would have to say cake, unless it was dutch apple pie. That's my favorite pie and the only one I eat!
D. Day of choice? A good ol' Saturday, or a really nice lazy Sunday
E. Essential Item? My purse, it has EVERYTHING in it! Seriously I have everything
F. Favorite Color? Red, I love red! OR Tiffany Blue!! It's my new favorite, I want to re-do my kitchen in it
G. Gummy Bears or worms? Totally bears! They just taste better
H. Hometown? Well... I was born in Tucson, AZ and moved to tiny little Monroe, WA when I was 8 (2nd grade, the same time I met my BFF)
I. Favorite Indulgence? Time with my friends without kids!
J. January or July? Well... July cause it's hot and my anniversary, but my husband's birthday is in January so it's a good month too.
K. Kids? 2 wild and crazy boys
L. Life isn't complete without? Humor, Sarcasm, Love, Family
M. Marriage Date? July 24, 2005
N. Number of Brothers / Sisters? 2 younger sisters
O. Oranges or Apples? Apples of course, Granny Smith are my favorite
P. Phobias? Creepy crawly bugs!
Q. Quotes?
Julia says.... People who love to eat are always the best people. Agreed.

R. Reasons to Smile? My boys, Vacations, Humor, my dog, My husband, my BFF, Baking

S. Season of Choice? Summer, I love summer
T. Tag 5 people? Tami, Emily, Kim, Bridget, Wendy
U. Unknown Fact? I was supposed to go to culinary / marketing college in Denver, but I didn't have the money so I stayed home. Good thing cause then I met Casey and as they say, the rest is history! Oh and I have 2 tattoos on my back (yes a tramp stamp is included in that)
V. Vegetable? Anything except brussels sprouts
W. Worst Habit? Sometimes (not very often) after "adult time" with my husband, I have a cigarette. I should quit that, but once in a while it's nice
X. X-Ray or Ultrasound? X-ray usually means something is broken, and that sucks. But ultrasounds are usually for babies, and I'm not having any more... so X-Ray?
Y. Your Favorite Food? Pizza, Cheese, French Bread, Chips... Snacky foods really. But I love baking desserts!
Z. Zodiac Sign? Well... it depends on which horoscope you are reading, on some I am a Taurus and on others I am a Gemini. It's called the Cusp!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1st Birthday Already!?

Oh my goodness, today my baby is one. ONE!!!

I swear it was just yesterday that I was in the hospital having you. And wasn't it just a few months ago you were rolling over? Didn't you just start learning how to eat foods, and crawl? It seems like this year has flown by in the blink of an eye.

Seriously, where did the last year go? Why does time seem to go so much faster with the second child?

Jensen, you changed our lives for the better, and I can't imagine a day without you. You are so handsome and look so much like your daddy. You are smart. It's amazing to watch you figure things out that took your brother so much longer to do. You're a dare devil and seem to have no fear. You love climbing onto anything and everything. And you are so funny, making anyone around you laugh all the time. I love listening to your giggles and belly laughs. You are such a mama's boy, and that's ok.

Happy, Happy 1st Birthday my sweet baby boy. I love you more than you will ever know.

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