Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: le chat et les jouets

aka, the cat and the toys....

cat 1

cat 2

aka, if you won't play with me,
I'll lay on your toys!

Sensa: Update 4

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As you know, this is my second month using the Sensa sprinkles, and this is my second update.

This has been a really rough month, as I advised you on my last update, as with the broken foot, I am basically fighting against my own body, as it tries to heal the break. I had not known before hand, that your body requires 2/3 more times the fuel to mend a break. Thus, the ongoing hunger I was experiencing got explained, and I realized  needed to address it responsibly.

We also figured out that this month;'s Sensa could be causing some constipation issues, as there is a milk based quotient, and I have mild lactose intolerance. Then I started taking pain meds for the break. Basically I doubled up against myself, as I found out last week that they can cause constipation issues as well. SIGH...Thus, I have felt bloated all month, for a valid reason!

To make matters worse, I started having a severe itching reaction on my foot and ankle. Naturally, the broken foot....So off to see the gp, as ortho is SO slammed with people brekaing things (apparently there is an epidemic, go figure?), they can't see me til next week! While we still do not know what is wrong exactly, it's down to tie between a fungal problem, or an allergy to the boot lining. Oh gee swell....BUT the good news was I got weighed and found out that I had only gained back 4.4 lbs this month. So that means I am still down 8 lbs since starting Sensa. Considering all that has occurred this month, I am thrilled. I went from being VERY active (like parking farther from the store, etc)  the first month, to very LITTLE activity (park as close as I can, only go up and down the stairs once or twice) this month So I call it a pretty good success.

Sensa agreed with my problems and offered to let me try month three, so I will start on it, after my ortho appointment next week. I am going to take a week off in between, to see if I can maintain better portion control and choices, while off Sensa. AKA< have I learned better habits. That and the menstral-chocolate craving are WAY intense, and it probably is a good idea! I am hoping the ortho will ok an increase in activity, which will also help for month three. 

I am still a HUGE fan of Sensa, and have a few people who are buying/starting it, due to my success, and am hoping to get updates from them to share with you as well. I think if I had not had the broken foot, I would have been able to maintain the month one weight loss and had more, as I would have been working out and walking.

So if you are still on the fence about, I recommend getting off and buying some. Once you try it, you'll see and understand it's not just some fad diet that doesn't work!

Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I received this product, free of charge, from Sensa, as part of their Sensa Blogger Review Program, for review purposes only. 
No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Product Review: Knorr's Homestyle Stock

knorr's homestyle chicken stock

Thanks to Smiley360, our family recently got to try the new Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock

"The heart of a great dish is a great tasting stock, and the secret ingredient is Knorr Homestyle Stock. It does all the seasoning for you," says celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. 
You can add it to any dish that has liquid, by substituting it for some or all of the liquid!
With Knorr® Homestyle Stock, you’ll find:

  • The most carefully selected ingredients slowly simmered to perfection.

  • Versatility for a multitude of dishes, from soups to skillets to sides.

  • A better value than cartons or cans – each tub makes 3-1/2 cups of broth.

  • Two great varieties for adding rich flavor to dishes with either the chicken or beef flavors.

  • No MSG, low in fat and cholesterol 

  • We decided to go with chicken first and try it. The first thing Mom did was use it to liven up her normal pot pie recipe. 
    pot pie

    Sorta hard to tell I know- but it gave the gravy a great color (had been white), and talking about taking your gravy up a notch! WOW- the spices really made the pot pie taste like something from a fine restaurant! It was really surprising how much difference a homestyle stock CAN make! From making simple soups, rice and potatoes, taste like you slaved ALL day on them, to really kicking up your traditional favorite recipes!

    knorr's homestyle beef stock

    Our second recipe trial was with the Beef stock. We used in in our regular sausage and beef marinara sauce, that we used for baked Rigatoni. WOW. Talk about tasting like it came from an Italian restaurant! Everybody wanted seconds (and some thirds!). We were really impressed at what a difference such a little bit of stock can make.

    Three things to note about the new Knorr stocks:
    1. The sodium content is obviously HIGH, so do NOT salt any dishes you are putting them into, until you have cooked the stock into them. You probably will NOT need any!
    2. The stocks cost about $1.10 per pod. So definitely keep an eye out for coupons (especially on their Facebook page!)
    3. The package is not real sturdy, so after you open it, and use 1/2 pods, you may want to store the remaining pods in a sturdy container, so they don't get punctured accidentally.

    Interested in some recipes, using the stocks, check out the Knorr website, for recipes from Chef Marco Pierre White and the Knorr Chefs! They've also have video instructions for the recipes on You Tube!

    Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I received this product, free of charge, for review purposes, as member of the Smiley360, from Knorr! No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

    Bless Their Little Giveaways Linky February 29- March 6, 2012

    What Kiddo thinks the EB is doing in preparation for her
    Easter Egg hunt this upcoming weekend!


    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Check out YOUR Colors Today!

    I saw this on Pinterest and got hooked (yes, I know, that's gonna be the 'catch phrase' of 2012 isn't it? LOL)
    my colortopia logo

    Go to MyColortopia (from Glidden paint) and you can take a color personality quiz to see a palate of colors that is uniquely YOU!

    Does it work?

    Oh yeah-

    My palette included:

    Gentle Fawn
    00YY 26/220
    Sea Spray
    30BG 56/097
    Antique White
    40YY 83/043

    Amethyst Jewel
    50RB 14/232
    Dapper Tan
    10YY 55/163
    Toasted Oatmeal
    30YY 79/070

    Icy Teal
    50GG 55/049
    White Lagoon
    41BG 76/025
    Antique Purple
    10RB 23/061

    Half of the colors are in my bedroom already! Yup, it works! 

    So go check it out- it only takes about 5 minutes!

    Product Review: Onlinenailbar Nail Stickers stocks a fantastic range of nail art stickers! No matter what your personality, you'll find some that make you smile!

    Nail art stickers are easy to use and create a professional looking manicure which ends up costing pennies, per nail! Each sheet contains between 30 and 60 stickers, so this means that you can complete multiple manicures, or share with friends. And they are extremely affordable at only £1.25 each (that's currently $1.99 American).

    We were sent a sheet of the Purple White Flowers nail art stickers to try!

    nail stickers 1

    As you can see, the purple flowers were a near perfect match for my Sally Hansen quick dry lavender polish! The white flowers are VERY smaller and you would be better off using tweezers to apply them (I used my nail and thus, it got off center!I couldn't get the stars off at all either.). 

    Here's what the purple ones look like on:

    nail stickers 2

    Unfortunately I could not get a great shot of the green nail- the polish has a severe yellow undertone, and every picture, came out more yellow than the green it was (that's what you get for buying a 99 cent polish, but hey it was for Mardi Gras!)! But you can see how the Wisteria type trail, looks really great on your nail! 

    The stickers lasted 3 days with no problems, with NO top coat! I thought that was pretty great, as I did 3 loads of laundry, worked (aka typed) for 2 days) and did dishes with no gloves on. in fact, the white one stayed intact for an additional 2 days, but the wisteria one lost one main petal and half the 'trail', in the same 2 days. I'm sure had I put a top coat on, they would have lasted longer, but I wanted to test them under real conditions.

    The stickers are alot of fun, and I would definitely recommend them for kids AND adults!  There are flowers, ribbons, glitter, lace, and heart designs. They would be great for a slumber or birthday party, for easy and quick fun! 

    So check out the site today, you'll be impressed with these stickers!

    Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

    No additional compensation, monetary or in kind, was offered or given, nor was I told what to say about the product.

    Rally for Real Pizza and WIN with Freschetta Pizza!

    freschetta pizza

    Date -February 27, 2012 - March 30, 2012
    What -Rally for Real Pizza
    Where -From the comfort of your own home
    Details -Starting February 27, 2012 on

    The makers of FRESCHETTA® products will be asking fans to take a stand for FRESCH® pizza! 

    Fans will be able to submit a photo to a Rally Mosaic on their Facebook Fan Page for a chance to win FRESCHETTA® pizza. Each week, they will select 100 winners to receive 5 FRESCHETTA® pizzas.

    On March 30, they will select 10 winners, who will receive a years supply of FRESCHETTA® pizza. 

    Simple rules and great prizes! So go take YOUR stand today,and enter to WIN!

    Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info, free of charge, from Freschetta, for blog posting/ promotional, purposes on this blog, from Freschetta, as part of their Fresh Connection team. I was entered into a blogger only contest, as thanks for my posting about the giveaway. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about Freschetta or the giveaway.

    Sunday, February 26, 2012

    Winners Sensing Spring!


    1. The China Gambit- #52 Jeane BT

    2. The Snow Child:
        1. #29 Marjorie R
        2. #88 Michelle D
        3. #33 Yona

    3. Easy Home Cookbook #1- #8 Apple Blossom

    and a redraw

    4. Cooper and Me, Military- #27 Shannon F

    All winners have been notified by email. Remember to check your spam folder for an email saying you've won!

    Thanks to everyone who entered to win!

    Giveaway: Life Application Study Bible NLT from Tyndale

    I recently won a copy of this best-selling study Bible—the Life Application Study Bible—and decided as I had recently acquired 2 other study bibles, to share this one with my great readers!

    Life Application Study Bible cover

    Synopsis: This New Living Translation, an authoritative Bible translation, is rendered faithfully into today’s English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT’s scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages. The Life Application Study Bible features the words of Christ in red and the outline of a daily devotional reading program. Updated and expanded, with over 300 new Life Application notes, nearly 350 note revisions, 16 new personality profiles, updated charts, and a Christian Worker's Resource make today's number one selling study Bible even better. Also includes:

    • Most charts revised to clarify meaning and importance, plus eight all-new charts
    • New information on the intertestamental period
    • Christian Worker's Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness, includes: How to Become a Believer, How to Follow Up with a New Believer, Mining the Treasures of the Life Application Study Bible, So You've Been Asked to Speak, and Taking the Step to Application

    • Life Application® Notes-
      • focus on each book’s great themes. An outline, timeline, and other vital facts are also included.
    • Harmony of the Gospels-
      • A Harmony of the Gospels is built right into the text of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In each Gospel, each event is cross-referenced to the other Gospels and to one complete Harmony of the Gospels.
    • Book Introductions-
      • The first-ever application-orientated introductions focus on each book’s great themes. An outline, timeline, and other vital facts are also included.

    • Profiles of Bible Figures- 
      • Special highlighted sections feature profiles of over 100 key Bible figures. Each profile contains a biographical sketch; a key lesson from that person’s life; and lists of that person’s strengths, accomplishments, weaknesses, and mistakes.

    • Charts and Maps- 
      • The Life Application Study Bible has more maps and charts than any other study Bible. With over 200 maps available within the text and book introductions, it’s like having an atlas built right into your Bible! Over 260 charts and diagrams help highlight important information and clarify difficult concepts and relationships.

    • Cross-References- 
      • An updated, extensive cross-reference system helps you find related passages quickly
    • Index/Dictionary/Concordance- 
      • The comprehensive index to all the notes, charts, maps, and personality profiles, and the 70-page dictionary/concordance, are ideal for Bible study and teaching preparation.
    • Christian Worker’s Resource- 
      • Expanded helps for five key areas of ministry and leadership: sharing your faith, discipling a new believer, maximizing an application-based Bible, group teaching and leading, and everyday application.


    • Nearly 100 contributors and several renowned biblical scholars from various denominations helped prepare and review the study helps. Their participation assures you that all study helps are accurate and true to the Bible text.

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    Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I won this book, in a Tyndale Facebook contest, and donated it to this giveaway, 
    on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to review the book.   

    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    Giveaway: The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman

    Blood sugar and dieting is a hot topic right now, so I/m happy to offer the chance for THREE BTHM readers to win a copy f Dr. Hyman's latest book, to check it out for themselves!

    The Blood Sugar Solution cover

    Synopsis: In THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, Dr. Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing not just diabetes but also heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman describes the seven keys to achieving wellness-nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind-and explains his revolutionary six-week healthy-living program. With advice on diet, green living, supplements and medication, exercise, and personalizing the plan for optimal results, the book also teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, THE BLOODSUGAR SOLUTION is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever.

    Read an excerpt, and check out a great interview with Dr. Hyman first:


    About the Author: Mark Hyman, MD, was co-medical director of Canyon Ranch for ten years, and is now thechairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of TheUltraWellness Center. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Ultrametabolism, TheUltramind Solution, and The Ultrasimple Diet, and coauthor of Ultraprevention.  Learn more about Mark Hyman on his website,, on
    Facebook and on Twitter @MarkHymanMD !

    Ready to win?

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    Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I was offered these books, free of charge,from Little Brown & Co, 
    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 what to say.

    Recipe Weekend a Deaux: Kids Who Love to Cook Website and Videos

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    “Kids Who Love to Cook” is launching its second season of webisodes and cooking videos.  The newly-launched website and cooking series takes you into the kitchen with seven real-life kids to show their love of food and to teach viewers about cooking, and how to bring the family together at home. The website and series, which feature kids cooking videos, recipes, food adventures and contests, for the beginner cook, future chefs, and foodies can be found online at

    “Season two has some amazing things in store for our viewers from Baked Chicken, Pain Au Chocolate Bread Pudding, Mussels Three Ways, and Ricotta Pancakes,” said 13 year-old Abby. “It’s so much fun for me to be able to cook for people and help them learn to love new things just like I do! We even did a chocolate episode to show where chocolate comes from.”

    “Kids Who Love to Cook” embraces personal preferences and encourages kids to prepare food from their family history, as well as new ideas and trends like gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. All dishes seen on “Kids Who Love to Cook” are easily prepared and enjoyed at home. The show does not use swap-outs — the dishes that are shown in the end are the actual dishes made by the kids.

    “Kids Who Love to Cook” is currently running an online contest to submit your favorite apple dish – winners will receive an iPad and “star” in a video with Abby and Isabelle.  More info can be found here - Apple Dish Contest. But HURRY, as it ends February 29th! 

    Here's a great recipe from the series!

    Baked Chicken with New Potatoes, Carrots, and Caramelized Shallots

    Baked Chicken with New Potatoes, Carrots, and Caramelized Shallots
    Serves four to six
    8 pieces chicken (4 thighs and 4 drumsticks)
    4 new potatoes, halved
    4 young carrots
    4 medium-large shallots, halved
    2-3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp. parsley, chopped
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    1 tbsp. soy sauce (optional)
    1. Preheat oven to 425°.
    2. Put chicken, potatoes, carrots, and shallots in a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and soy sauce (if using); season with salt and pepper.
    3. Toss everything in the baking dish and place in the oven.
    4. After 20 minutes, turn the chicken pieces and scrape off the shallots clinging to the pan. Spoon juices and shallots over the chicken. Return dish to oven.
    5. After another 20 minutes, check if chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

    About Kids Who Love to Cook:
    “Kids Who Love to Cook” is a unique webseries and dynamic website, created to encourage kids aged 8 to 16 to have an appreciation of, and relationship with good food, while teaching important life lessons: planning, budgeting, measuring, cooking, and being creative and able to adapt when presented with challenges. For more information, please visit or email

    You can even order adorable t-shirts and an apron, with the Kids Who Love to Cook logo- perfect for cooking with YOUR little chef!

    Disclosure / Disclaimer: I was sent this info/recipe, free of charge, for blog posting purposes, from TCO PR. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.    
    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Recipe Weekend: Book Review and Giveaway: Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo

    Julia's Child cover

    Synopsis: Julia Bailey is a mompreneur with too many principles and too little time.  Her fledgling company, Julia's Child, makes organic toddler meals with names like Gentle Lentil and Give Peas a Chance. But before she can realize her dream of seeing them on the shelves of Whole Foods, she will have to make peace between her professional aspirations and her toughest food critics: the two little boys waiting at home. Is it possible to save the world while turning a profit?

    Julia's Child is a warmhearted, laugh-out-loud story about motherhood's choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs. risking it all.

    About the Author: Sarah Pinneo, like her character Julia, understands the work vs. stay at home decision.  Sarah was a Wall Street dealmaker for ten years before making the transition from breadwinner to bread baker.  Now a food journalist, and co-author of The Ski House Cookbook, Sarah blogs on her home page at, and at Blurb is a Verb on She lives with her family in Ludlow Vermont, and Hanover, New Hampshire.

    Review: This was a fun book that I finished in 2 sittings! It's definitely chick-lit lite, with a happy ending, but one that will chase away the winter doldrums! Working mothers will instantly relate to Julia and her dreams, guilt, and fears. ALL mother's will laugh out loud with her tales of sneaking food into playrooms, kids that get away from you at the zoo and Halloween hijinks! The recipes are enticing, especially if you are looking for healthy, organic ones for your kids! Here's an example (while not to eat, it definitely smells yummy!) :

    Wylie's Gingerbread Playdough

    1 cup whole wheat flour (or any other type)
    1/2 cup salt
    2 tsp cream of tartar
    1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (for color)
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon powdered ginger
    1/2 tsp ground cloves
    1 cup water
    1 tsp vegetable oil 

    Have your child stir together the dry ingredients in a saucepan (Tip- toddler+large spoon= large kitchen covered in flour. Give them a chopstick or fork (small) to stir with, you'll thank me later).
    2. Add water and oil, and mix.
    3. On STOVE, stir mix over medium heat for 305 minutes, until you see the playdough form a skin on the bottom, when flipped.
    4. Turn it out of the pan and knead, when cool enough to handle.

    Give to tot(s) to play with. Note: Keeps well in the refrigerator, in an airtight container.

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    Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I was offered this book, free of charge,from KMS PR, 
    for review on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to review the book. 

    Friday Funny...

    Louisiana Ghost Story (true story)

    This happened about 6  months ago on Louisiana Hwy 57, just outside of Dulac, a little town in the  bayou country of Louisiana, and while it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's real. An Ohio businessman, Saul Rubins, abandoned his disabled vehicle on the side of the road, and attempted to hitchhike. The night was pitch dark in the middle of a thunderstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face.

    car in fog
    Suddenly, through the sheets of rain, he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghost-like in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Desperately needing a ride, Saul jumped in the car and closed the door. Only then did he realize that there was no one behind the wheel and no sound of an engine to be heard over the rain.

    Again the car crept silently forward and Saul was terrified, too scared  to think of jumping out and running.. He saw that the car was approaching a  sharp curve and, still too scared to jump out, he started to pray and beg for  his life; he was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into the bayou and  he would then drown!

    pass in car
    But just before the curve, a shadowy hand appeared at the driver's  window, reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around  the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and  Saul was alone again.Paralyzed with fear, Saul watched the hand reappear every time they  reached a curve. Finally, scared nearly to death, Saul had all he could take,  jumped out of the car, and ran to town.

    Wet and in shock, he went into Schmoopy's. Voice quavering, he ordered  two cups of coffee, black, and then told everybody about his supernatural  experience. The room became silent and everybody got goose bumps when they  realized Saul was telling the truth and was not just some drunk. 

    About 30  minutes later two Cajuns, dripping wet, walked into Schmoopy's and one says to  the other,"Look, Boudreaux, ders dat idiot what rode in our car when we wuz pushin'  it in da rain!!!"
    funny chicken

    Thursday, February 23, 2012

    Do You Know Who Is the Youngest Licensed Pilot in US History?

    Since we talked about a woman who stood up for her beliefs last week on History Corner, I wanted to share a movie about a girl with the same spunk!

    pearl dvd cover

    Pearl is the true and inspiring story of Chickasaw aviatrix, Pearl Carter Scott, the youngest licensed pilot in American History, a record she still holds!  

    About HerEula Pearl Carter Scott was born in 1915 in Marlow, Oklahoma to members of the Chickasaw Nation. She learned how to drive at the age of 12, and then took on flying at the age of 13, under legendary aviator Wiley Post. She became the youngest LICENSED pilot in the United States with her first solo flight on September 12, 1929. She later worked as a stunt pilot, until ending her career, to be with her family.

    In 1983, Pearl was elected to the Chickasaw legislature, serving three terms while being inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame, the International Women's Air and Space Museum Hall of Fame, and is a charter member of the National Museum of American Indian at the Smithsonian. She died in 2005

    The movie: Elijah DeJesus, in her first lead role, brings Pearl into being for the film audience. A spunky 12 year old Pearl soars as she befriends world renowned pilot Wiley Post, which introduces her to a love for flying and to becoming the youngest pilot in American aviation history. Pearl encountered her share of obstacles during this time. She rose above adversity, takes on responsibility, and with the guidance of her father, heldfast to her 'never give up' attitude.

    Pearl reminds us of the resilience, determination and drive we all have within us - that dreams are possible when you 'never give up'.

    Here's a film clip:

    So check it out if you come across it! It's a great film for family night!

    Book Review and Giveaway: The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson

    Synopsis: To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule-never turn your back on the ocean-and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets.

    For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story. "Ella's the best thing that's happened to this family," say her close-knit Italian-American in-laws, for generations the proprietors of a local market. But their devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella's quest for truth.

    The Underside of Joy is not a fairy-tale version of stepmotherhood pitting good Ella against evil Paige, but an exploration of the complex relationship of two mothers. Their conflict uncovers a map of scars-both physical and emotional-to the families' deeply buried tragedies, including Italian internment camps during World War II and postpartum psychosis.

    About the AuthorSeré Prince Halverson lives with her husband and four children in Sebastopol, California.  For twenty years she worked as a freelance copywriter while writing fiction.  You can learn more about Seré at her website,, and at her blog, Also check out her Facebook page! Sebastopol, California 

    Review: Having lived in the area the book takes place in, I was thrilled to review it, to return to my memories of the area. Halverson does and excellent job of bringing the lushness of the area, and its inhabitants to life in the book. I liked how she pulled in info on the Italian  interment camps, to educate unsuspecting readers about history that has been swept under the rug, so to speak.

    I wish I could say I adored this book. It is a really well done first novel, don't get me wrong. Halverson does an excellent job in getting you to care for her characters. In fact she did TOO well of a job, as I had a hard time 'switching sides' and seeing Paige's side of the story. It is a story of secrets and lies, and I had too hard of a time wanting to stay with the story. I did til the end, and it was an honest ending, just not to my liking. Others who have been stepmoms, or will be, might find it more engaging, as it is well written.

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    Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book for review purposes, free of charge, from  KMSPR ! No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

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