Spooktacular Giveaway Hop: Choice of Book up to $20


Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer. With over 200 bloggers participating, each offering book-related prizes valued at $10 or more, you have a lot of opportunities to win! I am going to keep this short and sweet to save you time. My Prize: Choice of book up to $20 on Amazon. You can stick with the spooky theme and get a great horror read, or opt for something else if you’re not a fan of scary.  Enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends on Halloween!   a Rafflecopter giveaway Hop […] Read more »

Jewel Scent Candles: Two Gifts for Her in One!

Jewel Scent Candle

With the holidays approaching way too fast, it’s time to start thinking gift ideas! If you’re looking for a fun gift for her that’s really two presents in one, check out Jewel Scent. I received a complimentary Tropical Kiwi candle for this review, and I can tell you I’d be happy to receive this as a gift from anyone! Jewel Scent makes candles with a bit of a surprise inside: a ring that could be worth anywhere from a few dollars to thousands! It’s like a grown-up version of the toy inside the cereal box, only way better, because, hello, […] Read more »

Easy $4 DIY Halloween Wreath Project

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

I’m excited to share with you an easy, DIY Halloween Wreath project that I made all by myself. That should impress you, as I’m not usually the craftiest person around. The cool thing is, this wreath cost about $4 to make! Remember, folks, I made this, which means you can too! Let’s check it out, shall we? Easy DIY Halloween Wreath Tutorial What you’ll need: A pool noodle. If you don’t have any and your dollar store is all out, I suppose you’ll need a wreath form, but that jacks the cost up. Shiny black tape (I used some sort […] Read more »

We’re Stronger Together: Stand Against Breast Cancer with Estée Lauder #BCAstrength

Breast Cancer Awareness: Togetherness is Strength

As I’m sure you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While finding a cure for breast cancer should be on our minds year-round, having a month dedicated to raising awareness does help a lot. Estée Lauder is one of the biggest supporters of breast cancer research, and every year they have a different theme to help raise awareness. This year, the theme is:  “Let’s Defeat Breast Cancer. We’re Stronger Together.” Throughout the month, they’re calling on you to hear their stories and share their own. Start by watching their very special, touching trailer:   We’re Stronger Together: How You Can Support Estée […] Read more »

Give Your Lighting a Bit of Color Therapy with Moodies


Did you ever notice how the color red makes you suddenly feel hungrier (or, for some, angrier). Or how a great blue sky can instantly calm you down? Maybe orange lifts your spirits while green soothes your senses. Color therapy is a real thing, and a really powerful thing at that. It’s the reason royals wore purple, the psychology behind the paint job in your therapist’s office. Color plays a major role in our life. If it didn’t, we’d be meant to see everything in black and white. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really have time or […] Read more »

Learning Through Play with Schleich Animals: Who Lives in Our Backyard?

Learning Through Play Schleich

I received complimentary Schleich animals to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. When Schleich contacted me and asked if I wanted to work with them on a series of posts highlighting the educational uses for their figures, the first thing I thought of was a diorama. See, when I was in school, I never got to make one. Years later, when Jacob started school, I was excited about all the dioramas we’d be creating together. Sadly, in four years, he’s only ever been assigned one. But then I thought, wait, I don’t need the school to tell me […] Read more »

Fading Light Book Tour: Review & Excerpt + $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


Fading Light: Shadow Born Series # 2 by Angela Dennis Synopsis: Everyone has a breaking point. Her hundred-year penance lifted, Shadow Bearer Brenna Baudouin returns to the Earthly plane with her partner, Gray Warlow, to keep the peace between humans and supernatural creatures—and to prevent another apocalyptic war from happening. The attraction between them is nearing a critical point, but their checkered history has left Brenna unable to trust either her heart or her instincts. It’s chaotic business as usual until humans begin turning to statues of dust. There is no explanation, no sign of magical foul play or a […] Read more »

Take the Paws 4 Life Pledge and Be There for Your Pets


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina®. All opinions are 100% mine. My pets have always been a major part of my life. So much so, in fact, that I named my son after my beloved childhood dog, Jake. Right now, I have three dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs, a parrot and a small tank of fish. As you can see, we’re definitely animal lovers here! My dogs in particular have made my life so much better in so many ways, I can’t even count them.I remember when I was trying to conceive for […] Read more »

Reach Your Higher Education Dreams with WGU #WGUGrad

WGU Logo

When my little brother graduated from college back in 2003, he was the first in our family to walk down that aisle in a cap and gown. I remember thinking at the time: it should have been me. I was five years older than him, after all. It COULD have been me! With a university like WGU, though, THIS still could be me: See, my biggest regret in life so far- really my only regret- is not finishing college. I went away to school when I graduated high school. I was young and irresponsible though. I failed out and moved […] Read more »

Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event: Nancy Rose Performance & Curlies Flats Giveaway ($216 Value) #FashionistaEvents

Fall Fashionista Prize Collage

The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years  and Katy from  ModlyChic .  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize! My Prize Package This is my first year participating in the Fall Fashionista Event, and I’m super excited to have such amazing sponsors! Head over to read about my prizes from Nancy Rose Performance and Curlies Flats. My winner will take home: Pair of Curlies shoes Nancy Rose Performance […] Read more »