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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review of Baby's First Bus Book Plus a $20 Gift Certificate Giveaway to Usborne Books!

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Baby's very first Bus Book

From the back cover:

Babies will love looking  at the bright pictures and playing with this delightful sturdy book. 

My thoughts:

I have been so impressed with Usborne books that I have ordered many books from them.  They are all so original and cute.  I think Baby's very first Bus Book has to be the most popular for the youngest  The wheels on the book attract the baby right away.  The story keeps them interested as they travel through the town.  It's a perfect gift for a baby shower.

A wonderful, wonderful children's book.

Here is another favorite:



I'm excited now to introduce you to my daughter, Eva, and her family!

 Hi, everyone! I'm Eva, Vickie’s daughter, and your new Usborne book lady! 😊 I am a single Mom of two children. My son is 7 and my daughter is 2 and their love for each other and reading makes me very proud. I am an administrative assistant by day but I absolutely love my job with Usborne Books & More! I couldn't stop buying their books so I decided to join.


What is Usborne Books & More, you ask? Usborne Publishing is a globally minded literacy-promoting body aimed at bringing quality books to kids everywhere! Usborne Books is the 2014 Children's Publisher of the Year, offering over 2000 books for babies through young adult and publishes almost every type of children's book for every age group, from baby books to young adult novels.

To help launch my new business, I’m giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader of my Mom’s Blog!  You can spend the $20 anyway you’d like at my Usborne Book Shop.



One of the best ways to save on your Usborne Books & More purchase is to host your own Facebook Party! As a new consultant, I am able to offer DOUBLE FREE books! It's super easy, very fun, and who doesn't want free books?!?! Anyone who hosts an Usborne Facebook Party with me in August will get a Book of your choice up to $9.99 PLUS a 65% off your $30 purchase coupon in addition to the rewards you see below! Simply email me at evalworthing@gmail.com to set up your party date and you will earn a total of 10 more entries for the $20 Usborne Book Giveaway! 

 Eva's Usborne book page


If you'd like to be in the loop on literacy tips and inspiration, activities for the kids, special Usborne customer deals and more, please head on over to my Facebook group page and "join" it:  

Giveaway!  
Eva will be be giving one reader a $20 Gift Certificate to Usborne books!  This giveaway for the U.S. Only.




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Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 7/16/17!

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Here are the ways I've saved this past week:





It was very hot one day and I decided to put my bread in the car with the windows rolled up to help rise the bread.  It worked great and in no time at all it was ready to bake.  

I harvested two small zucchini and made zucchini bread.  I only used 1/2 of the recipe and put it in small loaf pans.


I bought a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card on Prime day  and received a $5.00 credit after I bought it.  I received a $1.50 reward for using my credit card to buy it.

I received a  $12.00 coupon back in the mail from Staples for recycling my ink.  I also had a $5.00 coupon on my account (not sure what for).   I bought toilet paper and copy paper.  I put in for the rebate for the copy paper that will end up making it a $1.00.


We cancelled our cable t.v. this past month and we went with Set tv (I'm not an affliate). We pay $20 a month plus we paid for two boxes to receive it on.  There are over 500 live channels including all the sports channels my husband could ever want and all the shows I love (like HGTV and DIY) plus more.  So. while he is in the living room watching baseball and I'm in the bedroom watching Chip and Joanna.  This is more like regular T.V. and not just shows, although they do have some great on demand movies.   I love the easy to understand remote.  




What was on the dinner table last week:

Monday               Hot Dogs

Tuesday               Out to eat

Wednesday          Homemade Pizza

Thursday             Ham and cheese omelettes

Friday                  Grilled chicken and bacon salad

Saturday              Sloppy Joes

Sunday                Grilled chicken, green beans,  green onions, and biscuits



My Goals for This Week:

At Home

It rained quite a bit this past week so we have lots of weeds. This week my husband will help me with tilling between the rows and I will weed in between the plants.  In spite of the deer everything is growing great! 


Read more books to the grandchildren while they are here.  


On the blog

Put up another giveaway!  It's been a fun giveaway month on the blog.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway for the $15 gift card for Amazon or B/N on Charlotte Hubbard's book tour for Weddings at Promise Lodge.  


What ways have you saved this past week?

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Ode to the Deer

Going out to see the damage every morning in the garden caused by deer as been very sad. The deer seem to think we've made that garden just for them. Hoping to scare them off  I have put out banging pie pans through out the garden, used light, and a fake owl. The reach of these things though can only go so far and the deer are very smart. So, this morning I have decided to let off some steam and laugh a little at it all.  Please bear with me as I publish my first rhyme. 


Ode to the Deer 
 (not sure if this title makes sense but it sounds good).  



Night after night you stroll alone, back to the little garden of eating.
Just maybe you could get together with friends and have a little meeting,
The talk could be about the next week's Summer garden tour,
What a captivating and delicious meeting that would be, for sure!



They all would laugh at that fake owl and the pans banging,
That the silly gardener has just everywhere hanging.
I'm sure though they would just love those greens,
Especially the ones on top of the beans!



Uh oh what's that scary light?
It wasn't there the other night!  
Time to go, time to fly,
Until another night, bye!  



The Silly Gardener:

The last few nights we have seen fewer signs of deer.
They haven't been in the garden or even near.
Maybe it the pans or the addition of the light. 
It could have been that thunderstorm the other night.  


Have you had any problems with animals in your garden this year?  

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard Book Tour Plus an $15 Amazon or B/N Gift Card Giveaway!



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I'm so excited to host the book tour today for Weddings at Promise Lodge, Charlotte Hubbard's new book!. After your done reading the excerpt don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a $15.00 Amazon or B/N gift card!  


Weddings at Promise Lodge by [Hubbard, Charlotte]



Weddings at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

Book Excerpt:  

When Rosetta sat down at the eck table beside Truman, the light in his eyes made her hold her breath.

“Honey-girl, if your new bishop allows us to marry, when do you want to tie the knot?” he murmured as he grasped her hand. “I fell head-over-heels for you the moment I met you last summer, making dinner in that big kitchen—”

 “Jah, the way to a man’s heart has always been through his stomach,” Rosetta teased. Her heart was hammering in her chest, and she suddenly felt like a tongue-tied teenager. It still surprised her, the way Truman made over her and waxed so romantic, considering he was somewhat younger than she was.

Truman smiled. “I have no fears of going hungry after we marry,” he murmured, rubbing his thumb over her hand. “But my clock’s ticking. I’m thirty and I want a family—and I can’t wait to watch you grow big with our children, Rosetta.”

Rosetta held her breath. She, too, had dreamed of mothering a large family, but the years after losing her first fiancé and then caring for her aging parents had slipped by. Even though God granted children to women who were older than she, at thirty-seven, Rosetta was concerned about getting such a late start. “My clock’s ticking, too,” she murmured. “I—I hope I’ll be able to have healthy, normal babies—”

Truman squeezed Rosetta’s hand, gazing at her until her worries disappeared. “We’ll do our best,” he stated. He smiled playfully. “Maybe we should slip away and start practicing right now—and keep at it until we get it right.”

Rosetta felt her face flushing. Truman’s way of making her feel desirable was only one of the reasons she loved him. “We’d better speak with Monroe soon,” she teased. “And gee, since the tables are already set up for a crowd—and we’ll still have lots of food—maybe he’d marry us tomorrow.”

Truman picked up his fork. “That would suit me fine, time-wise, but you deserve better than someone else’s leftovers, Rosetta. We should have our own special day. Soon.”

You can read my review here.


Author Bio:




Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

WEBSITE   www.CharlotteHubbard.com

Facebook    www.Facebook.com/Charlotte.Hubbard1



Charlotte will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Here are the tour dates so you can follow along:
July 10: Fabulous and Brunette
July 10: Maureen's Musings
July 11: T's Stuff - review
July 12: BooksChatter
July 13: Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
July 14: Hearts and Scribbles
July 14: Buried Under Romance
July 17: Cafinated Reads
July 17: Booklove - review
July 18: The Reading Addict
July 19: LibriAmoriMiei - review
July 19: Long and Short Reviews
July 20: Southern Gal Loves to Read
July 21: Reader's Handbook
July 24: The Book Connection - review
July 24: Books, Dreams,Life
July 25: Book Lover Promo
July 26: Miss Tina's Snitz Pie Book Review
July 27: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
July 28: Queen of All She Reads

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Frugal Ways this Past Week 7/9/17!

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Here are the ways I've saved this past week (it's a total of two weeks this  time):



My friend gave me a peach tree!  It may be awhile before  we see a harvest but it's a great addition to my little backyard orchard!   I'm very excited!  


Meijer shopping:   Meijer has been so good lately with their coupons.   When my husband checked out last week he received two coupons.  One was for $3.00 off Frozen food and one was for $3.00 off Produce.     So I was able to get all this for $6.52!   



3 pounds of bananas   $1.59
Sparklers    $4.00
carrots   $1.39
onions $1.99
Bread dough $4.59
Almond Milk $2.19
coupons:
Mperks offer $3.00 off
Frozen Food coupon $3.00 off
Produce coupon $3.00 off
Almond Milk $.40 off
Total spent $6.52 Plus a coupon when I checked out for free Halo Top ice cream (worth $5.00).  I put my groceries in the car and went back inside real fast!  





My first harvest (sorry about the bad lighting).  I harvested two green onions and a zucchini.  

I sold another item on a facebook selling group. I list things on both craigslist and facebook.  I have one more thing to sell and then I'm done!  



I went to the 1/2 clothing day at Salvation Army,  I found the some jeans and a top for me, and some clothes for the grand kids, I also found what I think is a wooden wall mounted dryer rack for $5.00 (at least this is what I'm going to use it for).  When I went to the check out everyone was guessing what they thought it could be. Do you know?


What was on the Dinner Table this Past Week:


Monday       Grilled out for the 4th

Tuesday       Leftover grilling out

Wednesday  Spaghetti (used the last of the hamburger from grilling out)

Thursday      BBQ chicken strips, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob

Friday          Birthday dinner

Saturday      Stew (made with beef)

Sunday        Coleslaw, snap peas, green onions (from my garden), wilted lettuce, and cornbread.  This may be a meatless meal.



My Goals for This Week:

At Home

Work in the garden (keep killing weeds).


Read more books to the grandchildren while they are here.  


On the blog

Put up another giveaway!  I'll be on a book tour this Thursday for Charlotte Hubbards new book, Weddings at Promise Lodge.   I have some more great giveaways coming up in the next few weeks. So exciting!  


What ways have you saved this past week?

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