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!

Fairy Tale 2.0 Giveaway

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It doesn’t matter how old I get, I am a total sucker for a great fairy tale story!

I am not ashamed to admit that I have been known to watch some of my favorite Disney fairy tale movies long after my kids decided they were too old for them.

There is a brand new series of books being released that is written with the older Disney fans in mind.


A Whole New World

What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin.

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.

To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next?

A Street Rat becomes a leader.

A princess becomes a revolutionary.

And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

You’ll also find the following books being released soon.



by Wendy Toliver

in stores September 22nd

About the Book

Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival.

Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.)

She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out.

Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.



by Elizabeth Rudnick

In stores October 6th

About the Book

Told in alternating chapters from both Anna’s and Hans’ perspectives, A Frozen Heart takes a sophisticated look at events of Frozen, exploring the couple’s backstories, motivations, and doomed relationship.

To celebrate the release of these new versions of the classic stories we all know and love, I am giving away this fun Fairy Tale 2.0 prize package to one lucky Saving Dollars and Sense reader!


Here’s how to enter:

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite fairy tale story and why you love that one the most.

This giveaway is open to all legal residents of the US age 18 and older and will end on September 27th.

**Although the product for this giveaway was supplied to me free of charge from Disney-Hyperion, all opinions expressed are solely mine.

Game Day Tailgating Must Haves

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There is no denying that football season has arrived in full force no less.

This means a lot of yelling, no-fry buffalo wings and fun!

This is a great list of Game Day Essentials for the perfect tailgating party.8.20 Kohls Game Day Essentials NO HEADER

  1. Team Licensed 6 Can Tube Cooler – $29.99
  2. Team Licensed 2-Piece Travel Coffee Mug Set – $49.99
  3. Team Licensed Straight Leg Canopy — $230.00
  4. Tex Sport Compact Propane Stove — $65.99
  5. Team Licensed Folding Chairs — $44.99
  6. Team Licensed Stadium Chairs — $39.99
  7. Team Licensed Grilling Utensils Set — $59.99
  8. Wembley Man Grilling Apron — $16.00
  9. Team Licensed Folding Cooler — $34.99
  10. Team Licensed Folding Round Table — $49.99
  11. Team Licensed Uniform Blanket with Sleeves — $38.00
  12. Team Licensed Youth Cap, Scarf and Mitten Set — $24.00
  13. Team Licensed Metallic Travel Coffee Mugs — $23.99
  14. Team Licensed Umbrella — $49.99
  15. Picnic Time NCAA Team Cutting Board — $34.99

Copycat Three Musketeers

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Homemade three musketeers

This 2 Ingredient Copycat recipe for Homemade Three Musketeers recipe is SO easy to make!

musketeers ingredients


16 oz Chocolate Dipping Tray
7 oz Marshmallow Creme


marshmallow fluff

Line a loaf pan with aluminum foil and grease. Set aside.

Take 8 ounces of chocolate and melt by microwaving for 45 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

melted chocolate

Heat marshmallow creme in a large bowl by microwaving for 30 seconds.

choclate marshmallow

Stir melted chocolate into marshmallow creme and mix until blended and spread into prepared loaf pan.


Place in freezer for 30 minutes.

Remove from pan and cut into serving sized bars.

three musketeers

Return to freezer for 1 hour.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Take remaining chocolate and melt by microwaving for 45 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

Dip each bar in chocolate to cover completely (shaking off excess) and place on prepared sheet.

Place in refrigerator until set.

Homemade Three Musketeers


Homemade Candy Bar Recipes:

Copycat Payday

Copycat Kit Kat 

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

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Toms Shoes 40% Off!

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