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Postcards From the Hedge – Book Review

30th July 2010

Postcards From the Hedge – Book Review

Thanks to Parent Reviewers, I was given the opportunity to read and review the fun and unique book, Postcards From the Hedge. I received the book in the mail, but have received no other compensation for this review and this review is 100% my own opinion.

Postcards From the Hedge is a collection of vignettes covering the four seasons of gardening and life. I found it to be entertaining and humorous and easy to read. The stories range in subject matter covering everything from the interesting neighbors, the growth of our children, the learning experiences of a novice gardener, and even the entertainment and disasters of our pets.

I am definitely a novice gardener and I found most of the stories in the book to be very easy to relate to. If you ever tried your hand at gardening you know that while parts of it are easy, other parts can be very labor intensive and even frustrating. Sounds just like life to me and that’s exactly how author Jill Appenzeller relates the stories. I love how she writes, it made me feel as if I was experiencing every garden dilemma, every conversation and every joyous occasion. If I was having a tough day, I knew I could sit down and read a couple of the short stories and I’d end up with a smile on my face.

I recommend this book to anyone. Gardening, like life, can teach us so much about who we are and how we get along in this world!

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28th July 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday – Changing Colors

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I’ve hated this nasty pea green color since the very first time we saw this house and that was over 3 years ago! Unfortunately, painting the kitchen has been quite low on the priority list, but, I felt inspired this week and had a few days off. So, I did it. I finally did it!

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Now I’m dreaming of having my cabinets resurfaced!

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27th July 2010

Laptop Giveaway

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.


I can’t believe it, but the start of school is just around the corner! My nieces go back in less than 2 weeks, and my daughter starts her freshman year in just over 3 weeks. Summer has flown by and I know I’m not ready for her to go back. She’ll be excited to see her friends at school, but I do hope the schools are ready!

Do you realize just how difficult it is for school districts to keep up with technology? Many schools don’t have enough computers for all of the kids to use and technology is so important to our children’s educations. Imagine not having access to computers to do your research for school projects. Seriously, think about how much we depend on computers for our daily activities and then think about what it would be like to not have one. I want my daughter to have the best at home and at school and that’s why I’m nominating her school in Charter’s laptop-a-day giveaway, part of Charter’s Back To School campaign in which they are giving 50 laptops to two deserving schools. Schools have to be nominated by August 12. Charter will choose 50 finalists (based on the nomination stories submitted) and announce them on Aug. 16. Public voting occurs between Aug. 16 and Sept. 20 and Charter will announce the two winning schools on Sept. 27th.

I also registered myself for a chance to win a laptop too, while nominating my daughter’s school. The laptops are Lenovo G555′s with a 15.6″ screen, 160GB drive and 3GB ram (with a Targus bag). Ordering any Charter service will get you an automatic entry and a chance to get $300 cash back. Be sure to visit Charter on Facebook and “Like” them for their back-to-school efforts!

Visit my sponsor: Charter is giving Free laptops to Schools

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21st July 2010

Four Foods on Friday #119

We leave in the morning for California to meet our new grandbaby!  Thought I’ d post this now since I won’t be on the computer the next few days.

This week’s questions relate to how different foods have different names in different parts of the country, have you ever noticed that?  This week’s questions and my answers:

1. How do you pronounce manicotti? Men-e-got, man-i-cotti or some other way? man i cot tee (the a and i are sort)

2. What do you can the carbonated drink that comes in a bottle? Soda, tonic, pop, fizzy or something else? I call it coke (no matter what brand it is)

3. What do you call a sandwich on a long roll? Sub, grinder, hoagie, hero, poor boy or something else? I call it a sub.

4. Do you call it broth, boullion or stock? How do you make chicken stock? I call it broth and I make it by opening a can and pouring it in my cooking pot!

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19th July 2010

Buying Generic

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

This month and next are both turning out to be expensive months for us, hitting our budget hard. In just 3 short weeks I will have to write a check for almost $300 to cover my daughter’s marching band expenses for the upcoming school year. Add buying back to school clothes to that and my bank account is getting hit pretty hard. I have to work more hours while also thinking of other areas of our budget that we can save in. One big area is in groceries. Obviously we still have to eat, but there are ways to save money on groceries including using coupons, shopping sales and even buying generic products over name brand.

WalletPop recently published an article titled, 10 Products to Always Buy Generic that I found very interesting. I’m also happy to say that I all ready do purchase many of the generic items on their list, like batteries, pantry staples, soda (pop), and even gasoline. There can be big cost savings associated with purchasing generic products and, for the most part, I find the generic products to be equal to their name brand counter parts. If you are the parent of an infant, you might want to know that even store brand formula is a recommended generic product.  I know we all want the very best for our babies, but “according to the Food and Drug Administration [FDA], all formula marketed in the U.S. must meet the same nutrient specifications, which are set at levels to fulfill the needs of infants. Although infant-formula manufacturers may have their own proprietary formulations, brand-name and store brand formula must contain at least the minimum levels of all nutrients specified in FDA regulations, without exceeding maximum levels, where those are specified.” ( So, you can save money and still feel confident that your baby is getting the best.

So, I’m back to working on my budget. What do you do to save money?

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