Give a Meaningful Personalized Gift with InJoy Artistry

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Looking for a meaningful personalized gift idea for the holidays? Particularly something that would be great for new moms? InJoy Artistry let me pick out my favorite of their gorgeous prints for tots, personalized it and sent it my way for review. Now, I’m sharing it with you! First, let me point out that I removed some of the details from the finished product to protect my niece’s privacy. After I had already sat there and diligently cloned out Abbie’s last name and birth place, my sister-in-law Jennie said not to worry about it! Anyway, any flaws that you see […] Read more »

Honor our Heroes on Veterans Day & Every Day #RunWithGlory

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for BAND-AID® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I am proud to come from a family full of heroes. See that picture there? That’s my grandfather back at the end of WWII. He was a Sailor on a Minesweeper.  Decades later, my aunt married a sailor. My uncle David also served for 20 years in the Navy. Two of his sons served in the Navy. One is currently serving in the Marines. My son’s father […] Read more »

Enjoy Your Favorite Mega Berry Smoothie Recipe Year Round with Frozen Fruits!

Mega Berry Smoothie Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I love berries. I’m an incredibly picky eater. There are so few veggies that I will touch, but I do love berries! Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. If it has berries in the name, chances are I love it. I remember picking blackberries off the bush when I was a kid. I’d come home with baskets full of them. Now, I don’t live anywhere near those bushes. I find that fresh berries in the store are a bit pricy. I […] Read more »

Outbreak… Breakdown: A Forensic/Medical Author’s Take on Ebola & the CDC

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Welcome D.J Donaldson, author of Louisiana Fever. He’s sharing his views on Ebola and the CDC. I am super excited to have him as a guest here today. I’ll shush so you can get to reading. My book, Louisiana Fever, involves the spread of a bleeding disease known as Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever. This is a real disease that, like its close relative, Ebola, is caused by an infectious virus.  And having researched this thoroughly (and having come from a forensic/health background) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Ebola outbreak. When I was plotting Louisiana Fever, I figured I ought […] Read more »

Little Tikes Activity Garden Adventure Set is Almost as Cute as my Niece!

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Two weeks ago, we babysat my most insanely adorable niece, Abigail, for the weekend while my brother and sister-in-law had some much-needed time alone. I’ve been holding on to the Little Tikes Activity Garden Adventure Set since it was sent to me for review. I wanted to really get you pictures of it in use. I also wanted more excuses to share pictures of Abbie, not that I need them! I’m going to kindly ask you to pardon the stuff in the background. I forgot how much work babies are and didn’t really have a chance to turn my living […] Read more »

Found on my Phone: Five Cute, Silly & Just Plain Odd Pictures

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Did you ever just sit there and go through the random pictures on your phone? I was going to do a Wordless Wednesday post. A week in pictures. Realized I had a boring week. Was going to do a month in pictures. Realized I didn’t do much picture-worthy stuff over the month. Realized I needed to get out more. Cried in my coffee. Then realized I have some STRANGE pictures on my phone! I also have some super cuties too. So I thought “hey, Nik, how about you come up with a whole new concept? A ‘Found on my Phone‘ […] Read more »

Halloween Candy Bar Latte Recipe with Legit Organic

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Trick or Treat!! Time to get out those costumes, grab a bag and start the yearly candy-begging ritual. This year, I’m thrilled to introduce you to my very recently discovered new favorite: Legit Organics chocolate bars! Plus, I have a super awesome Halloween candy bar latte recipe for you to try! Legit Organics supplied the tasty treats, but the recipe and opinions are all mine. Candy Bar Latte Recipe Let’s start with this delicious (if I do say so myself) candy bar latte recipe, shall we? Now, I have an inexpensive little espresso maker (dreaming of a fancier one…someday!), but […] Read more »

Go Confidently in that Strapless Dress with Jolen Creme Bleach #GoConfidently

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Funny story, the other day I was at a new doctor, filling out the forms. They asked my nationality. I needed two lines! On my mom’s side, I’m Italian, German, French and Lithuanian. On my Dad’s: Irish and English. Why am I telling you this? It’s pertinent, don’t worry. See, I got my dad’s Irish skin. It borders on ghostly pale. When I was a goth chick in high school, I didn’t need much makeup to accomplish the vamp look! I also have my grandmother’s Italian hair. Dark, thick and wild. On top of my head, that’s great! On my […] Read more »

Life’s Plot Twists Build Character (inspired by Disney’s Maleficent)


Life never goes according to plan. Ever. Show me one person who says “everything went exactly as I imagined it” and I’ll show you a person who probably led a boring life. Just like on a rollercoaster, it’s the twists and turns that make life so exciting. Take, for example, the life of Maleficent, the ‘villain” in Sleeping Beauty. Up until the recent Disney film starring Angelina Jolie, we never really got to hear her side of the story. Why did she curse Aurora? What was her motivation? Turns out, the curse stemmed from a plot twist in her life: […] Read more »

Corruption Promo Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Corruption Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

As a category six wizard in her eighties, Josephine O’Connor has always enjoyed a youthful body due to extremely slow aging but when she discovers she’s become immortal, she must return to the workforce. Soon after starting her investigative work for the police, Josephine discovers a secret organization called the Valituras that has amassed ancient magic and power with single-minded determination. Her new assignment of defeating this agency may prove to be an impossible feat as their members have infiltrated all levels of the government including law enforcement and their advanced wizardry rivals her own. Josephine realizes she may be […] Read more »