New MAGNUS CHASE Chapters 1-5 FREE

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You’ve heard me go on and on about my love for Percy Jackson, right?

Well Rick Riordan has done it again with MAGNUS CHASE, a new series by the acclaimed author and brilliant story teller. He has been the only author to capture a sense of adventure and might I dare say, love of reading?


Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous.

His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday.

To prevent Ragnarök, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

The first book in this new series by Rick Riordan will hit stores on October 6th everywhere.

You can download and read chapters 1 – 5 today.


I am totally looking forward to making the time to read this series.

You can preorder the first book, MAGNUS CHASE and the GODS of ASGARD today.

What Are Your Top Shelfies?

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Saves the Day


Richie left for basic military training yesterday and today I am trying hard not to think about how empty our home feels now.

I know there are so many positive things to focus on in this new season even though I am finding it to be quite a challenge to move into the season I find myself in.

So here are a couple of the positives I am focusing on today.

Now that I am officially a real empty nester, I can do things I wasn’t able to do before when I was busy being a full time mom.

For starters, I can make whatever I want for dinner and not have to think about kids and what their tastebuds will agree with. This includes all the pasta, onions, and tomatoes I want!

I can also plan my days all around my own activities instead of youth activities or sports events. No more running from place to place and waiting for someone else (although I loved it and will miss that part of being a mom).

But the most important thing that I can think of today is the ability to catch up on all the Shelfies I have put off just for this day!

What is a Shelfie you ask?

We all have them – they’re the shows you’ve been wanting to watch but they’ve been sitting on the virtual shelf because…well, because you’re a parent and who has the time?

Guess who has lots of spare time now?  Me!!

Here are my top three shelfies that I plan to use to occupy my mind while my baby boy (the last of my babies) is 22 hours away learning to become a real hero and man full of integrity.


When Emma Swan is visited by the 10-year old boy she gave up for adoption long ago, she returns him to his foster mother in a town called Storybrooke.


Long before he was commissioner, rookie cop James Gordon takes on Gotham City crime and corruption to avenge the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents.


A criminal mastermind surrenders to the FBI with a stunning offer to catch an elusive terrorist – but he’ll only talk to a specific rookie profiler.

Lastly is a show that we watched faithfully together as a family each week when my kids were younger.


A genetics professor continues his father’s secret research: finding people whose extraordinary powers may represent the next step in human evolution.

You can find all of these shows and SO much more on Netflix!

Glam Bag Sweepstakes + U by Kotex Coupon

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I am a long time Walgreens shopper.

For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while you will remember the days when I used to share my weekly shopping hauls that always included a trip to Walgreens.

What I love the most about shopping at Walgreens, besides the everyday low prices and great coupon program, is the fact that they carry just about anything you could ever need all in one store.

Truth be told, there are just some weeks that I would rather avoid stepping foot in a larger supermarket and thankfully this is where Walgreens comes through to save me every time.

I know that I can make a quick trip and find all the essentials such as housewares, cleaning, electronics, food and health and beauty products.

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The sweepstakes runs through October 3rd 2015 and readers can enter once a day!

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Which item in the Glam Bag do you think you’d like the most or are most excited to try?

DIY Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

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Homemade Hand Soap

DIY Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

In my ongoing quest to rid my home and life of all toxic chemicals I found this recipe.

Items Needed:

3/4 cup Castile Soap, such as: Dr. Bronner’s
3/4 cup water (distilled or boiled if you don’t plan to use the soap within a few weeks)
1 Tbsp. Vitamin E oil
1 Tbsp. nourishing oil such as: sweet almond or jojoba oil
15 drops tea tree essential oil
5-10 drops lavender essential oil


In a mason jar, add the water first (to prevent bubbles) then the liquid castile soap, followed by the oils.

In Process 1 (2)

Top your mason jar with a rust proof soap pump or you can get the whole kit here.

In Process 3 (1)

Shake the ingredients together.

In Process 2 (2)

Shake the soap dispenser before using, and then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

This is very moisturizing and smells great!

This makes a great DIY gift idea and these adorable labels would be a perfect final touch.

Baked Glazed Pumpkin Donut Holes

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

One of the best ways to celebrate the arrival of autumn is by using the season to try as many pumpkin recipes as you can.

This Baked Glazed Pumpkin Donuts Holes is the perfect pumpkin treat!

Donut Ingredients:

1 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ C sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp all spice
1 egg, room temp
¼ C pumpkin puree
3 TBSP whole milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP canola oil

Donut Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep the donut pan with baking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar.

In a large bowl add the egg, pumpkin, milk, vanilla and oil.

Whisk the wet ingredients together.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Gently mix the ingredients together.

Do not over-mix the donuts.

Spoon the batter into a pastry bag with a large tip.

Squeeze the batter into a treated donut pan.

Bake for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Allow to cool briefly before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sugar Glaze: 

Glaze Ingredients:

½ C unsalted butter, room temp
2 ¾ C Powdered sugar
2 C heavy whipping cream

Glaze Directions: 

Add unsalted butter in a double boiler until the butter melts.

Add sugar and heavy whipping cream in a bowl, stir to combine.

Add the sugar and cream to the double boiler.

Whisk to combine.

Continue to stir and bring to a boil.

Remove from heat.

Pour into a bowl allowing to cool slightly.

Dip doughnuts in the glaze and place on a pan lined with parchment

Pumpkin donut holes

You might also be interested in some of my other recent recipe posts.

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Best Superhero and Villain Costumes for Boys

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9.18 Amazon Round Up - Super Hero Boy Costumes Under $30 SAVINGDOLLARS

Is your child looking for the very best superhero and villain costumes for boys?

  1. Captain America Winter Soldier Costume — $20.46
  2. MegaForce Power Rangers Silver Muscle Costume — $18.99
  3. Avengers 2 Hawkeye Costume — $26.99
  4. Avengers 2 Hulk Costume — $25.63
  5. Batman Riddler Costume — $27.70
  6. Batman Dark Knight Rises Costume — $23.10
  7. Toddler Spiderman Costume — $24.38
  8. Captain America Winter Solder Falcon Costume — $24.99
  9. Big Hero 6 Hiro Costume — $18.33
  10. Justice League The Flash Costume — $15.00
  11. Toddler Hulk Costume — $19.99
  12. Dark Knight Rises Joker Costume — $20.53
  13. Iron Man 2 Muscle Costume — $25.99
  14. Deluxe Batman Muscle Costume — $19.98
  15. Classic X-Men Wolverine Costume — $22.05
  16. Green Ranger Power Rangers Costume — $28.37
  17. Big Hero 6 Baymax Costume — $26.62
  18. Avengers Assemble Thor Costume — $20.68
  19. Spider Man 2 Muscle Costume — $21.49
  20. Green Lantern Hal Jordan Costume — $24.83

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