Monday, August 27, 2012

Dying to Read ... another book review

Dying to Read by 
Lorena McCourtney 

All she wanted was a paycheck. What she got was a murder.
Cate Kinkaid's life is . . . well, frankly it's floundering. Her social life, her career, her haircut--they're all a mess. Unemployed, she jumps at the chance to work for her PI uncle, even though she has no experience and no instincts. After all, she is just dabbling in the world of private investigating until she can find a "real" job.
All she has to do for her first assignment is determine that a particular woman lives at a particular address. Simple, right? But when she reaches the dark Victorian house, she runs into an hungry horde of gray-haired mystery readers and a dead body. This routine PI job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

This is not your regular mystery novel.   This is a great and funny book.  It kinda reminds me of those quacky mystery movies that are more of a comedy than a serious, thriller.

Cate finds herself in so many funny predicaments that it just makes the book.

I can't wait for the next book to come out in the Cate Kinkiad mystery series   

Friday, August 24, 2012

New home and new school room

I have always wanted a School Room.

Finally, I was blessed with a new home that 
has the room for one.
Here are a few pictures of our new school room.

view from the door

opposite side of the room

I love our new book shelves!
We got them for a bargain...

As you can see, they are already full.... Smiley  

I thought I would share some pictures of our new home as well.

our living room

 living room

picture of our kitchen..

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Haven

Summer is winding down in the Dunning household. 

With one more week of freedom, I have a one more
book to let you know about.

The Haven by Suzanne Woods Fisher

This is book 2 in the Stoney Ridge Seasons Series.

Sadie Lapp returns home after visiting Julia and Roman.  She is still unsure what she wants to do with her life.  Gideon Smucker  is in love with her but Sadie does not know what she feels about him.

Sadie walks home with a huge surprise.... a baby!
Many of the community begin talking.. ... Did Sadie have a baby, and that's why she left and has now returned? 

Sadie does not take to kindly to everyone's talking... even Gideon
has his questions... 
During all this Sadie finds herself with another admirer ... Will Stoltz... a college student sent to the Lapp farm to baby sit some endangered peregrine falcons.

This was a great book!  I love it... I laughed so much, my girls kept asking me what was so funny.

My all time favorite character is M.K. she just gets herself into so much trouble..even though she is trying to "help".

Be for warned ... once you read this book.. you will want the next.

Happy Reading everyone.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Healthy Tuesday Blog: Remedies for that Ear Ache

Ear Aches are painful.  I mentioned in last weeks blog, that I have been suffering from ear aches due to allergies.

I have found something that has helped my ear aches.  

Thieves Essential Oils

Years ago I was introduced to essential oils, but over the years I had forgotten about them.   

When I could not get over my never ending ear ache, I found my essential oil, applied it and was relieved when it worked!

Thieves essential oil has antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious properties.

 "Thieves was created from research of a group of 15th-century thieves, the ’4 thieves’, who rubbed oils on themselves to avoid contracting the deadly plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, these thieves disclosed the formula of herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishment. It is the story of these 4 thieves which brought forth the popular essential oil blend called Thieves." source info

I applied the oil to the back of my ear and down the to my throat at an angle.  The pain was relieved, but best of all... an all natural remedy.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Raising Financially Confident Kids

Money... We all must have it to survive.  Our children see us hand over our dept card, credit card or even writing a check... they know what means.

We are spending money!

If your like me, your child has asked for something to only be told by you.. "Sorry, but we don't have the money for that right now.." You hear this reply.. "All you have to do is use your card."

How do you teach your young one's about the importance of money?

Many children see their  parent's spending habits... and they follow with that example. 

If mom and dad are in dept and struggle to make ends meet... most likely son and daughter will  be the same.... why .... its what they saw.. the examples they had. 

One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. Unfortunately, for most of us, giving our kids a financial education is an afterthought. Where do you start? And what if you don't feel financially confident yourself?- Raising Financially confident kids

Raising Financially Confident Kids by Mary Hunt is a great recourse to help you as a parent teach your child the value of money... why its important to control your spending, why saving for a rainy day is important.

Chapter 12, is one of the most important chapters in her book... it contains information about basic money facts your child needs to know.. for example, why your credit report is so important... what happens when you rack up those credit cards... important information to teach your child about money management. 

I do believe we as parents must take the time to teach our kids how to become good money managers now while they are young.  

If you don't know where to start... this book will give you a starting place.

Lethal Legacy Book review

Irene Hannon has become one of my favorite authors.  Her books never disappoint me.  Lethal Legacy is the 3rd in the Guardians of Justice series.  

Kelly Warren believes that her dad was murdered and did not commit suicide like the police ruled it.  He suspicion  rise again when she receives a gift from her dad with a hand written note in it.   

Detective Cole Taylor believes the original police report until things begin happening which makes him think some thing is up.  Someone has tried to kill Kelly... is it a coincidence?  Or does it have to do with her dad's death?

This is a great story... filled with action packed adventure...

If you are a mystery lover.. you'll like Lethal Legacy.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Let's talk Honey!

I am an allergy suffer.  Every Spring, Summer, Fall... every time the weather changes... I have to deal with a runny nose, sore throat... and most recently... an ear ache.  I have taken so many over the counter meds for my allergies that I now know what brand affects me ... so I can stay away from them.

When we recently moved, I was suffering more than the usual. I was told time and time again to try locally farmed honey.  I was told that it would help relieve my allergy symptoms.  I had never heard of it before, but hey.. what's it going to hurt.

I went to a local gas/ grocery store and pick up some honey farmed right there in town.  Let me tell you, I am not (or was not) a fan of honey.  I remember when I was a child my mother giving my honey and lemon juice to drink when I had a cold... I hated the stuff! LOL...   I began taking one tablespoon in the morning and one in the evening.  This locally grown honey is very sweet, and very taste... so I had no problems getting it down.  After a few days, I realized that I was no longer suffering the runny nose and sinus drainage.

I have found out that there are some great benefits to consuming honey.   

  • Honey is a natural energy booster.   Who knew that taking honey could give you that boost of energy you so needed.

  • Honey is a great immunity builder.  I found that if you take in locally farmed honey, it will help you build immunities to those allergens  that bother you.  

So, If you have allergies.. try honey.  I never thought it would help... but  I can say...I was wrong!

For more information on the benefits of honey... check out this site

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Scripture of the Month

1 Thessalonians 5:24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

He is faithful to do all He has promised in his Word. I'm so glad that he is faithful to meet our needs and to give us our wants. There is no one Greater than OUR LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
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