Sunday, April 28, 2019

Books to Binge (Right Away!)

Summer is usually when I can get the most reading done because school is out; but maybe you find that your best time to read is a different season.

 I'm not out to give you some massive reading list that would take a year to get through, or that overwhelms with ALL the good ideas.  Nope.  Here are just 3 books I have read recently (or in the case of #3-am currently reading) that are perfectly binge-worthy of your summer!
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Starts off like it's going to be a domestic violence survivor theme.  Woman has bizarre husband, has to call and check in with him, has bruising.  It's a perfectly intense and page-turning book. And then the END comes and I was like "WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?"  You have to read this book so we can talk about it. 










Of course anything from Jodi Picoult is worth your time.  This book in particular deals with racism and the issues that it brings.  It's a well-written book that helped me explore why and how some people are capable of such hatred.

Trigger/Small Spoiler alert:
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--- an infant death is part of the story.  Sometimes a thing like this is a huge emotional trigger for me but I did okay with the book.  But if you've experienced loss...be cautious.


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This is the book I am currently reading.  So far it is pretty intriguing.  A single mom, Angela, has married a man who ends up being a famous author.  She is wanting to keep a low profile but her husband's fame makes it hard.  Then her husband is accused of sexual assault by two other women; one of whom disappears under suspicious circumstances!  That's as far as I've gotten!



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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter to you and your families! 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Funnies

Be honest. How many times have you already done this?
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This makes me think I should start watching Downton Abbey.
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In this kind of friendship I'm going to be the person DRIVING.  Just so we're clear.
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Earn more Swagbucks with SwagIQ

Have you played SwagIQ? It’s a live trivia game show where you test your knowledge to win cash prizes. It’s free to play, just download the app to get started. To earn money, you must be a member of SwagBucks. It’s also free to sign up, and there are plenty of ways to get free gifts cards by using the site! Just click on my referral link to get started!

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Here’s a little more about Swag IQ:
Monday through Thursday they broadcast a live game. Simply tune-in at the appointed time by launching the SwagIQ app and log-in with your Swagbucks account credentials. The game show host will ask a series of multiple-choice trivia questions. You’ll have 10 seconds to answer each one.
Get it right; you get SB (points you can use to get gift cards) and move on. Answer them all correctly and you can win a grand prize! If more than one player wins, the winners split the grand prize.
Get it wrong; still play along. Some questions have an SB award attached to them. If you answer those questions correctly, you get SB, even if you’re out of the running for the big money. And, if you’re in a groove but miss a question, you’ll have the option to rejoin a game by redeeming a few SB.
Have fun!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

8 Things to Say in a Sympathy Card

Ever needed to send a sympathy card? Ever not been sure what to write?  Whether the loss was anticipated or unexpected, we sometimes lack the words to say.  As someone on the receiving end of a lot of cards (our infant son passed away several years ago), here are some ideas for you:

  1. "I'm very sorry for your loss."
  2. "I am here for you."
  3. "Call anytime, day or night."
  4. "Hoping you can find moments of peace in the days ahead."
  5. Share a memory of the deceased. Ex: "I will always remember when you first introduced me to Joe and he..."
  6. Tell a character trait you admire of the deceased. Ex: "Carol was always so good at making everyone feel welcome. I can see that's where you got your gift at hospitality from!"
  7. "May God grant you comfort during this hard time."
  8. "Thinking of you."

These statements are simple but impactful.  Stay far away from any sort of "They are in a better place now" or "At least..." types of statements. 


Remember: the person experiencing loss will have a hard time all year long as the "firsts" roll around (First birthday without Grandpa, first Christmas, first anniversary of the death, etc).  If you put it on your calendar to send a card/text at those times too it will really help the grieving loved ones.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Friday Funnies: Christmas

Merry Christmas!  I'm back this week with 3 great funnies to start your holiday weekend!

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