About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

A New Dark Thriller For You, Bookworm

A New Dark Thriller For You, Bookworm - An Eye For An Eye by Caroline Fardig

An Eye for an Eye (Ellie Matthews Novels Book 2) by Caroline Fardig

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A New Dark Thriller For You, Bookworm

I love finding new authors to read, but any bookworm out there will understand when I say that choosing a new author to read can be daunting. Walk into any bookstore and you will find row after row of books of all genres with widely-ranging topics. It can easily be an all-day endeavor to stand there reading the backs or inside covers for a quick summary of what a book is about when choosing which one(s) appeal to your interests.

I read authors that are new to me all the time, and it’s just as gratifying as reading (or re-reading) the work of authors I know well. An Eye For An Eye by Caroline Fardig is the newest in a long line of authors I’ve read for the first time in recent years. I have enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely be picking up one or more of the other novels to her credit very soon.

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Romantic Table Settings For Two

Romantic Table Settings For Two-Vivanco Wines & Teleflora Valentines 2018 Bouquet

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Who says you have to go out to a fancy (i.e. expensive) restaurant to have a nice, cosy romantic dinner? While it is nice on occasion to get dressed up and go out on the town, sometimes it’s equally as nice to have a quiet night in with your significant other. And it can be easier on the pocket book, too.

Two things I think that make a dinner for two just a little bit more of an occasion are flowers and a nice bottle of wine. Since it’s the “season of love” I’ve come up with two in-home settings to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my husband of 25 years. Teleflora and Vivanco Wines are helping me set the mood. [read more]

Get A Clean House Without Harsh Chemicals

Get A Clean House Without Harsh Chemicals - Breathe Air-Fueled Aerosol Cleaners

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I like a clean house just as much as the next girl. But, some of the cleaners I’ve purchased in the past have had characteristics that really give me pause. Namely, pungent chemical odors and sometimes causing the skin on my hands to become irritated, dry and cracked. To be fair, even without cleaners sometimes the skin on my hands will be really dry and crack, but harsh cleansers definitely exacerbate the issue.

It’s a constant struggle when it comes to purchasing household cleaners for me because I’m always trying new brands of cleaners with many different kinds of ingredients as I fine tune my own personal preferences for such products. I tend to really like certain cleaners over others for their ease of use, ability to clean well, and their scent. That’s why I’m excited to share a new line of products I’ve found, Breathe™ — the first ever line of household aerosol cleaners that have received certification from the EPA’s Safer Choice Program. [read more]

Easy Professional Teeth Whitening At Home

Easy Professional Teeth Whitening At Home - IGNITE by Britewhite LED Teeth Whitening System

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Nice white teeth are essential for a beautiful smile. There are a lot of things that can make maintaining our pearly whites difficult — stains from food and drinks, poor oral hygiene, smoking, etc. I’ve tried quite a few different types of teeth whitening products over the years, so I thought I’d share my experiences with a couple of those with you and show you the newest product in my personal care arsenal, the IGNITE® by Britewhite LED Teeth Whitening System. [read more]

Fun Eats For The Big Game

Fun Eats For The Big Game - Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Game Day is fun at our house. No matter which big game day it is, whether it’s the Super Bowl, a basketball championship or the olympics we here at my house like to celebrate with some good food to go along with the fun…. [read more]

Lose Yourself In A Good Book

Lose Yourself In A Good Book - My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari-What Doesn't Kill You by Aimee Hix

What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Midnight Ink (January 8, 2018)
Language: English
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My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari
Print Length: 304 pages Publisher: Graydon House (February 1, 2018) Language: English

 

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One of my all-time favorite hobbies is reading. I have a few favorite authors, but am always looking for new ones to expand my horizons, so to speak. I love to read everywhere — in bed, while waiting for the kids to be done with sports, on the beach or while out on the boat … there is no such thing to me as a place it’s not good to read.

I wanted to share two new books I’ve read recently by authors that are new to me. My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari is a love story, but not just any old love story. The plot has a pretty great twist to it and it also incorporates something else I love, a foreign culture. What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix also involves a love story of sorts but it’s wrapped up in a thrilling murder mystery.

I read the murder mystery first and was completely hooked and thrilled throughout that story. It was nice to have a book to follow it up with that was of a different sort of engagement style. Both of these books are really good and were well worth the time I spent living within them!… [read more]

Beautiful Bouquets To Dress Up Your Table

Beautiful Bouquets To Dress Up Your Table-Teleflora Christmas 2017 Holiday Bouquet Arrangement

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I don’t think any table is properly dressed for a family gathering unless there is some kind of centerpiece that pulls the whole tablescape together. You don’t have to confine yourself to flowers or a bouquet, though. You can let your imagination roll when it comes to what you make the focal point, anything from a bowl of colorful fruit to a display of greenery or any decorative display that fits the occasion.

This holiday season, Teleflora® is decorating my table with this distinctly beautiful holiday bouquet arrangement. While I haven’t yet decorated the house very much, in general, this one simple area of decoration has done a lot to lift my spirits and start getting me in a more festive mood…. [read more]

Create A Dedicated Writing Space

Create A Dedicated Writing Space-DIGIBUDDHA Personalized Stationary-Mobilevision Bamboo Organizer

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I love having technology available with my laptop, smartphone, and tablet because it allows me to connect, communicate, and write no matter where I am. However, that being said, I still think it’s nice to have a dedicated writing space in my home.

Whenever I sit at either one of my desks (I have one in the mud room – pictured here – and one in my bedroom) for some reason I instantly feel more productive. There is something to be said for sitting at a desk where there isn’t a television around to distract me from my task.

To create this space, I have incorporated two items that I am currently enjoying very much. DIGIBUDDHA Personalized Stationery is going to give me the opportunity to take a step back to the olden days (lol) and actually write a real handwritten letter to my sister, while the Mobilevision Bamboo Desktop Succulent Holder will organize all of the paper and writing utensils that I use regularly and keep them handy for me to use…. [read more]

Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors

Creating And Canning Seasonal Flavors-Ball Collection Elite Sharing Mason Jars-Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee

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Canning jars can be used for many purposes: to can and store foods, to combine ingredients to create meals, salad dressings, or marinades; as serving containers; and to store and organize any number of small household goods such as buttons, pens and pencils, spices and oils. The uses are just about endless and are only limited within the bounds of your imagination.

I enjoy making jams and jellies as well as canning pickles, so these are the ways I most often use canning jars. But, I also have one that I keep spools of thread and sewing needles in for quick access to materials to mend garments and stuffed animals that develop holes with repeated use.

Ball Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Mason Jars

Canning jars make great gift receptacles for many types of small gifts. Not only do you minimize waste since wrapping paper or gift bags aren’t required, but you can use other small and simple things to dress it up such as ribbon, twine, and/or a gift tag. This minimalist approach allows you to let the gift itself (rather than the wrapping) take center stage. In addition, gift recipients can keep the jar to re-use in their own home in any way that is useful to them.

I’m going to show you two ways that I like to use canning jars utilizing the new Ball® Collection Elite Design Series Sharing Jars. First, I’m going to use one to combine the ingredients to make a delicious fall drink using Mocha Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee. Then, I will illustrate how I use them to make gift-worthy food items, like the Spiced Pear Butter I recently made, that are great gifted on their own or as an item in a larger gift basket to friends, family, co-workers and acquaintances alike…. [read more]

Everyday Is A Great Day For Coconut

Everyday Is A Great Day For Coconut-Carrington Farms-Brooklyn Organics-Munk Pack-Sparkling Ice

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Well, World Coconut Day (Sept. 2nd) may be over for this year, but I don’t know anyone who feels beholden to enjoy coconut-infused products only one day a year. Do you?

Coconut is a sweet ingredient that can be worked into everything from snacks and drinks to side dishes and entrees. And it has some pretty beneficial health benefits, too. Coconuts are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, calcium, magnesium, potassium and amino acids. [read more]