Thursday, September 29, 2016

As National Preparedness Month Ends, ARE Your Kids SAFE? (Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this giveaway, free of charge,from Save the Children, via Mom Bloggers Club, for giveaway purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



Did you know:

- Every day, 69 million U.S. children are separated from their families while they are at school or child care.

- After Hurricane Katrina there were more than 5,000 reports of missing children. It took 7 
months to reunite the last child with her family.


Even at something as basic as a Fall festival, or a pumpkin patch, our kids can get separated from you. While they may know what to do, what if they still can;t FIND you?

That's where a little bit of prep can come in handy! Because Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations.


How do you get YOUR family ready, and ensure that YOUR kids feel safe?

Save the Children has a 3 step plan for you to follow!

Prep Step #1 = Make ICE (in Case of Emergency) cards for your kids.


By having an ICE card, your child can provide any adult the details to find YOU. And the quicker you get reunited, the better emotionally for EVERYONE involved!

And did you know you can literally make an ICE card for your family in 5 minutes? Yup, thanks to Save the Children's FREE and easy peasy ICE templates, it has never been easier to provide your kids with peace of mind!


As you can see above, the template has your child's information, a photo of them, 3 emergency contacts (including an out-of-town contact, because during emergencies (like our recent Louisiana flooding) local communications, like phones, are often down, and you won't be able to reached like normal.

The best part about the Save the Children ICE template is that you can fill out one form for your whole family online, then you download the cards to YOUR computer. YOU keep the info! All you need to do then is to print the ICE card straight to your computer (you’ll get two copies for each child), and then you just cut and fold, and have your copies ready! Plus you can use the same contact info for your kids, without having to repeat all that typing! 

Why do you get 2 copies though you ask? You get one to place inside your child’s bag/backpack/purse and another to keep the other copy in your wallet. That way, you'll have their info to share with emergency personnel quickly and easily too (admit it, you just MIGHT be a tad hysterical and not prone to answering questions).

Prep Step #2 = Make an emergency plan and practice as a family. Check the Save the Children website for checklists and tips , if you don't already have a plan. 

Prep Step #3 = Make an emergency plan and practice as a family.


Save the Children wants to encourage everyone to act to better protect kids BEFORE disaster strikes. So they came up with a fun song and dance called “The Prep Step” to help kids learn the 3 important prep steps every family should take. Check it out!

Isn't that fun?
You and the kids can learn all the steps from the Prep Step Dance Tutorial video

So what are you waiting for? Head on over and created your ICE card today and start your family planning, and then come back here and enter to win!


Giveaway:

You can win one of these great Safety Bags for kids by simply creating an ICE card (In Case of Emergency) by Sept. 30 (tomorrow) and comment below that you did, to be entered to win. It's just THAT simple!

Book Review: The Hope That Kills by Ed James

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Thomas & Mercer Publishing, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


This is the first in a new series featuring DI Simon Fenchurch,
 set on the gritty streets of East London.

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Synopsis:

The body of a young woman is found on the streets of East London, in the shadow of the City’s gleaming towers. No ID on her, just hard-earned cash. But there is no doubting the ferocity of the attack.
DI Simon Fenchurch takes charge but, as his team tries to identify her and piece together her murder, they’re faced with cruel indifference at every turn—nobody cares about yet another dead prostitute. To Fenchurch, however, she could just as easily be Chloe, his daughter still missing after ten years, whose memory still haunts his days and nights, his burning obsession having killed his marriage.
When a second body is discovered, Fenchurch must peel back the grimy layers shrouding the London sex trade, confronting his own traumatic past while racing to undo a scheme larger, more complex and more evil than anything he could possibly have imagined.


Review:

This is a new series, but James is crafty enough to start out with characters already having issues and drama, so that the reader feels like they have literally just dropped in to watcher the character's lives, and all is not being set up for them on page 1. Rather the reader gets to learn and decelop a feel for James' flawed and likable characters, through their actions and words. And just when you think you have them figured out, he throws something new in their path, that makes the reader understand them better. 

Fenchurch is haunted by the disappearance of his young daughter 10 years ago. It destroyed his marriage and has brought him to the brink, with the current case. How Fenchurch works around his internal turmoil and takes on the case, will have the reader turning the pages until the book is finished! The team surrounding Fenchurch is full of normal police team drama and realism, so that when the book is finished the reader is quite satisfied indeed, and looking forward to the 2nd book in the series, Worth Killing For (which I am already reading and will share about soon!). Do note know that some of the crime seem passages might make light weights a bit quesy, but they are realistic and true to the genre. If you are looking for a new series for Fall reading, be sure to check out this one!


About the Author:

Ed James writes crime fiction novels. His Scott Cullen series features a young Edinburgh detective constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. Formerly an IT manager, Ed began writing on planes, trains and automobiles to fill his weekly commute to London. He now writes full-time and lives in East Lothian, Scotland, with his girlfriend and a menagerie of rescued animals.

It's National Coffee Day!


So basically it's like Christmas, Halloween and Mardi Gras rolled into one for coffee lovers, as you'll either get FREE or reduced price coffee just about anywhere you go today...

WOOT!

So in honor of java, which we can't get through the day without, some favorite coffee pins, from my Java board for you...


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Let the Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat Show YOUR Support (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product/giveaway, free of charge, from Carpet One Floor & Home, for review and giveaway, purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


For the past 3 years, we've shared about the great efforts from Carpet One Floor & Home to raise  almost a million dollars (in the past 10 years) to support breast cancer research from the sales of their lovely Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats. 25 percent of the proceeds of the mats sold, go to breast cancer research. That is something we can all support!

Carpet One Floor & Home is a cooperative of 1,000 locally owned flooring stores nationwide. This year they are offering a new collection of Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats, featuring 19 different designs, including four selections created by noted interior designers Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller, Melissa Davis and Kelli Ellis. 

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We were asked to check out one of the new designs, and all of the mats were lovely, but I wanted something for YEAR round (because breast cancer doesn't JUST happen in October- we need to focus year round on finding a cure), so of COURSE, I had to pick Lisa's design!

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Don't you just love the color combination? It SO screams classic Southern style to me!

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The mats are really sturdy-the mat we have from 3 years ago STILL looks as great as it did when it first arrive! They are SO easy to take care of- just throw in the washer with other rugs, or towels, then drip dry and they're back in use, looking brand new! And if you do place the mat on carpet, like we do, their plastic nubs underneath really help them to grab into carpet, and STAY put, so no tripping or falling over them! This is helpful in our house when you have a 70 pound dog chasing the cat back and forth over it, as the cat likes to stop and roll onto the rug, and grab the dogs belly. Sigh, I know. It's like having 2 two year olds running amok in the house... But like I said, the rugs stay PUT. And with Fall, and bad weather, upon us, you know you need something to catch all the mud and yuck that is going to come through your door. We've found that by having them on the inside and a heavy shoe cleaner mat outside, the dirt trail STOPS at the front door! Plus, with the mat there, we can kick off shoes and make sure the dirt stays put!

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Plus, everytime we get a new mat, our friends and family remark how cute/pretty./nice the rugs are, and want to know where we got them! These rugs are more than just practical-they truly are a design decision, that shows off your personality!

 The Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats are made in the USA, so your dollars are staying at home too! The Welcome Mats are available all year long in Carpet One Floor & Home stores throughout the U.S.,(find a Welcome Mat in your area via the store locator) and retail for $24.99. They are a great element to buy for your home, and to give as a hostess gift that gives year round, or for a great birthday gift, to remind someone how proud you are of their fight against cancer! So check them out today and support the cause!

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Giveaway:

One lucky winner will win their own Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat! you can select your favorite from this year's new SIX designs, as shown above!


THANKS FOR ENTERING!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Review:Blood Axe by Leigh Rusell

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from  Witness Impulse via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



This the third installment in the thrilling D.I. Ian Peterson series.


blood axe cover

Synopsis:

 'Silently dipping his oars in the water he made his escape. It was a weary journey, with few spoils to show for it. Next time he would do better. He looked back over his shoulder. The bridge had disappeared, swallowed up by the darkness. From its walkway he too had become invisible. Only the bloody body of a woman showed he had been roaming the streets that night.' 

DI Ian Peterson investigates a series of gruesome and brutal murders in York. As the body count mounts, the case demands all Ian's ingenuity, because these are murders seemingly committed at random, and this is a killer who leaves no clues. If you love Jeffery Deaver or Lee Child, you'll love Leigh Russell!Blood Axe is the latest crime novel by bestselling author, Leigh Russell. 'Silently dipping his oars in the water he made his escape. It was a weary journey, with few spoils to show for it. Next time he would do better. He looked back over his shoulder. The bridge had disappeared, swallowed up by the darkness. From its walkway he too had become invisible. Only the bloody body of a woman showed he had been roaming the streets that night.' DI Ian Peterson investigates a series of gruesome and brutal murders in York. As the body count mounts, the case demands all Ian's ingenuity, because these are murders seemingly committed at random, and this is a killer who leaves no clues. 

Review:

This may be Leigh's best Peterson novel yet! The reader is guessing for motives for the suspect, just like Ian. The case's mystery motive leads the team in so many different directions, and when they think they have the solution, they are wrong. And then as another incident occurs, they have to change their thinking yet again. Are they finally on the right track, or another red herring? This is a super page turner that will have the mystery reader delighting in Peterson at his best! I can't wait to see the next book, and the changes that come at the end to Petersen in this book! I highly recommend it!


About the Author:

Leigh Russell studied at the University of Kent gaining a Masters degree in English and American literature. A secondary school teacher, specializing in supporting pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as teaching English, Leigh Russell is married with two daughters and lives in Hertfordshire. Her first novel, Cut Short, was published in 2009, followed by Road Closed in 2010, Dead End in 2011,  Death Bed in 2012 and Stop Dead  in 2013 and Fatal Act in 2014. She is an English teacher who lives in the UK with her family. Find out more about Leigh and her books on her website 

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