Month: April 2017

Funny Friday April

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Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Baking In A Tornado  

1. This makes the perfect Halloween costume. I can keep the candy in my costume, so I don’t have to carry around a bag. 

2. I don’t can’t care what the doctors’s say, skateboarding is the best exercise  

3. All you can eat buffet? Here I come! 

4. It all started with “Don’t worry this will be fun.” Now I’m in a full body cast for the entire summer. 

5. This is why you shouldn’t get drunk in front of your friends. You’ll find yourself trapped in a crazy costume with only a skateboard for traveling. Don’t worry, I have the best prank already planned out in my head. Revenge is the best. 

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

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Fly on the Wall March

Yes, this is the right place if you are looking for Dinosaur Superhero Mommy.  I created a new blog now that my goals for blogging have changed and as my son grows.

Thank you for the awesome blog name, Steena from

Fly on the Wall

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 8 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes


Bookworm Mom: the wife and mom to this crazy crew

Bookworm Dad: the husband and dad and often referred to as the big kid

Bookworm Boy– our singleton, a 7 year old boy who thinks he knows it all and is the one in charge

Bonus – our sweet and lovable adopted rat terrier 

Bookworm Boy:

At school I made a discovery and it will blow your socks off. I found a dinosaur bone, but then I lost it. 


The sandwich at school, OMG it was a blast. 


Walks into religious class late and announces, full of happiness, “Hey guys I’m here.” Yup that’s my guy. 


Really Mom? You need to look with the good eye. It’s right in front of you. 


Okay, I’m going in my room to get my toys. Hopefully I’ll miss the kissing part. Why do people have to kiss in movies? ***growling noises***. 


Shows his Bookworm Dad his baseball fidget spinner. Dad looks on in jealousy as I announce that they have a camo one as well. 

Bookworm Dad asks, Why didn’t you get me one? Am I not worth it? 

Bookworm Boy spits out his water and laughs. “Oh man, that’s funny.”


On the weekends I let the boy sleep in the living room, sort of camping out and watching movies.

He wanted to do it all this week because having off from school. When I explained that it is only one the weekend if he deserves it. Well he didn’t like that answer.

“You’re mean!”
“I don’t accept your decision.”
“The conversation is not over.
“You’re a meanie.”
“I’m sleeping out here anyway.”

After he calmed down, thirty minutes later, we spoke about how  him sleeping out here is not a reward. Once he calmed down he agreed. I told him I love him which is why I’m making rules to help him grow up to be a good man.

Bookworm Dad:

What? I just wanted to kiss him goodnight. (As he continues to horse around with our son, setting him off instead of calming him down)

Bookworm Mom:

Fellow moms, please take care of yourself. I was in ER Monday night from last Monday night 9pm to Tuesday 4am with my mom. I thought I still had bronchitis, but when at the doctors they saw signs for a heart attack, but after an EKG that was ruled out for the moment. Then 8pm at night the doctor called to say my blood work showed a pulmonary embolism. (((If it was my regular doctor he would have called much earlier))). After all those hours in the ER, more blood work and a cat-scan, I was told my heart heart and lungs are fine, but because I never took good care of myself. I need to get back in shape, eat better, but still had signs of bronchitis and never got better. Now I;m on steroids and an inhaler.

I thought the worst was going to happen, thankfully I am fine now. I have learned that I need to take care of myself in order to be my best for my family. 


Two days later, I fell. No trip to the ER required. I was standing on our old plastic step stool, one we had for over ten years, when it decided to finally give. I went crashing down, hitting both the cabinet and it on the way down. I was in shock and freaked out, but after some rest perfectly fine. 


This week I got strep throat. Yup, I was about ready to give up. I mean, how much shit can one person have thrown at them? Though, that’s three in a row, so I should be good for a while, right? 


Think it’s time to start working on a new vision board. 


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Circles and Plus Signs

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

I’m using: Blue ~ Warm ~ Deep ~ Spring ~ Bright ~ Flowers      

They were submitted by:

Okay, as soon as I saw the first three words, I laughed out loud. Blue, Warm, and Deep…ummm, I have a dirty mind and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Okay, now back to a family friendly post. I need to learn how to stop stressing and really stop and smell the flowers. Though that’s easier said than done for an Italian/Sicilian Scorpio. It’s hard to not react violently and emotionally. It’s difficult to not want to wish bodily harm and death. It’s difficult to not focus all my hate and rage on something. It’s difficult to be in the same room as the person who has so horribly offended me. 

I need to find a way though. I have to just stop and relax. I have to learn to take deep breaths and just let them on their stupid and ignorant ways. Okay, so I’m still learning.

I am trying to calm down at home and have created a new system of talking/listening/following rules for my son. This bright idea popped in my head out of the blue and was an instant hit. Instead of repeating things 1,000 times and then yelling, I started a circle/plus system on a dry erase board. 

He knows what expected of him, so I tell him twice and if he doesn’t listen he gets a circle. What does that mean? Each circle is a quarter that he owes me at the end of the night. He has learned to not yell, cry, or bribe the circle away, it will only add more circles. 

If he listens the first time or is caught doing something good, he gets a plus sign. Each plus sign equals a quarter I owe him at the end of the day. 

He can turn circles into plus signs by listening or getting caught doing something good. He LOVES to put a plus sign on the dry erase board when told. 

He gets to earn money, which any soon-to-be 8 year old is motivated by and craves. Instead of yelling and screaming, there is a sweet, warm feeling in this house.

Lord knows there needs to be less yelling in this home. Not only for stress relief, but with spring time the windows are open and I don’t want the neighbors to think we are killing each other.

Will it always work? Maybe? Maybe not? If he outgrows it, I’m hoping it’s not before being calm and listening has already been programmed into his mind and body.  

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:


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Book Review: The Devil’s Work

The Devil’s Work


It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job…before it kills her.

*****5 STARS*****


I was so wrong about the ending, totally threw me for a look. Like Sophie, I thought I knew who was behind it all, but I never imagined who it really was. I was screaming at each incident and praying Sophie would stand up or act out. Sadly after each event, I knew Sophie was more trouble and feared she could be attacked at any moment.Everyone was a pawn in their game and no one was safe. But to use Sophie’s daughter and try to harm her is pure evil.

What an ending, disgusting and horrible how one evil person could cause all that damage to everyone in their path.

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 18 books toward
her goal of
55 books.


???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 





The story pulls you in, the friendship that has formed, the history yet to be told, how it will forever change them.

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Music is Life

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado
Spatulas on Parade
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Lieber Family Blog
The Bergham Chronicles
Never Ever Give Up Hope
Simply Shannon
Southern Belle Charm
Not That Sarah Michelle
A Little Piece of Peace
The Angrivated Mom
When I Grow Up

My subject is “If your life was a mixed tape, what songs/artists would be on it?” It was submitted by:

I’m not a music person, or rather only know a few songs. Now if it was about books, then I would never be able to stop writing. Instead of looking up songs and artists that don’t really mean much to me, I had my husband answer this prompt.

So here’s what songs and artists my husband would have playing during important events in his life.

When he earned his Eagle Scout Rank

His high school graduation – We Will Rock You

When he first saw me – Bohemian Rhapsody

When he proposed to me – Love of a Lifetime

During our wedding march – Top Gun Anthem

When our son was born – These are the Moments

When he wins an argument – We Just Disagree

When he loses an argument – You’re Human

Any major decision we make – Don’t Look Back

What do you think of his sound track for his life? He also added that any Journey song would work as well.

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Sausage and Pasta Bookworm Mom Style




Sausage and Pasta Bookworm Mom Style

Our typical Sunday night dinner...nothing better than a pasta dinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 can large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can small can of tomato paste
  • 5 links italian sausage
  • 1 box spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp goya seasoning
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp seasoning of choice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. cook sausage in oven, bake at 350 degrees for 25 mins. Only cook sausage halfway (you want to finish cooking sausage in pasta sauce)

  2. saute minced garlic in olive oil in a pan

  3. add crushed tomatoes and paste to the pot, then add spices

  4. add sausage to the sauce, then simmer for two hours (the sausage will melt in your mouth)

  5. before dinner is ready, boil pasta and serve with sauce and sausage

  6. sprinkle with grated cheese for extra flavor

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Book Review: The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door


Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash – no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.

*****5 STARS*****

Yeah a bit too graphic, but awesome writing. Each of them has a past that’s forcing them to live in this crappy apartment building.

They all want to pay their rent, and continue hiding in peace. Except too many outside influences are causing them to react the best way they know how.

I knew halfway through the book who the killer was, but as freaking out while the residents had no idea of what was happening in their own building.

I was a wreck hoping they would all survive and find the happiness they needed.

Then the ending came like freight train of horror.  I was on the edge of panic, fearful their sudden impromptu family would be torn apart by evil and hate.

Then another big reveal, which proves Colette/Lisa was right to trust anyone.

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 17 books toward
her goal of
55 books.


???Not sure what to read next???

Click HERE for a list of all my book reviews. 




Holy hell, right from the beginning you know there is evil lurking. I literally am scared to keep reading, fearful for Sophie. Will she suffer the same fate as the first team manager? Was that the team manager from the prologue???? I’m freaking out, but loving it.

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