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One of the best books I have read in a long time!

In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi KingdomIn the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta A. Ahmed

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I guess you either love this book or hate it. I loved it. It was one of the best books I have read in a while. I love all the detail and I didn’t feel like it dragged on and on about the same thing. I was fascinated with every single part of the culture in Saudi Arabia. I loved reading about all of her adventures with the Saudi people. I would highly recommend this book.

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I was getting ready to change the baby’s diaper one day and Kobe strategically placed himself where it would make me laugh…

So I did what any mom would do. I diapered him up and made him laugh!

Kobe, Fall, Leaves, and Yellow Rain Boots


I just really appreciate being able to stay home with Kobe. This little guy is one of a kind. He is so smart, kind, and loving. He makes sure I smile every single day and laugh until my belly hurts nearly every day. My life is better with him in it. I love you Kobe!

GIVEAWAY! Book Review: MomSense

The following is my review of MomSense. I was provided two copies of this book by MOPS – one to keep and one to giveaway. I prefer to do my reading on my Kindle so now that I have read the book I am going to give both away! Yay! I have two copies of MomSense by Jean Blackmer to giveaway to two lucky winners. The contest will end on Wednesday November 9th at 3pm Mountain Time and the winners will be drawn at random by Kobe. {Wow that is, like, really official sounding} I also reviewed the book on Amazon. Now for the rules. To enter you must leave a comment on this post. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. On your marks, get set, GO!

MomSense: A Common-Sense Guide to Confident Mothering

MomSense: A Common-Sense Guide to Confident Mothering by Jean Blackmer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a good read especially for moms who are feeling alone or isolated. The book does a good job of providing examples of parenting and the lessons that a mom can learn through other moms who are just like her. I did feel like the book was one example after another and that it didn’t really get into something super substantial like I hoped it would. I did learn a lot from the patience chapter. I am severely lacking in the patience department and I really need to work on that. There were some good ideas to help me with that so it was by far my favorite part of the book.

I think this book would be beneficial for new-ish moms, moms of very small children, and moms who are just feeling overwhelmed. I do not think this book is idea for moms who are experienced or deal with childhood trauma because the problems in the book are fairly trivial in comparison to holes in the walls and door and massive property destruction because “mom read one story instead of two”.

Overall, I would recommend this book to my friends. It is a light, easy read that is well-organized. It doesn’t get into heavy-duty parenting like so many of us have to deal with on a daily basis and it provides some fresh ideas for those of us struggling personally in some of the basic parenting skills departments.

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Art Project Courtesy of Pinterest


Again, I am singing praises for Pinterest. I found this little diddy and *had* to make it immediately. And I did. It was so easy and it looks fantastic on my wall. I made a very large canvas but you could go as big or as small as you like. I think mine is 28×34 or 24×28? Something like that.

First, I created the branches –
Next, I added the poofs, balloons, or polka dots –

Ta-da! Lovely, work of art!

Mine is way simpler and does not have nearly as much going on as the tutorial and I like mine better but that’s what it is all about – you make it your own and you love yours the bestest and mostest. Love it!




Ok so who doesn’t love a little bit of free* stuff*? I mean really?! Even better when it is cool. Well I am going to be hosting my very first blog giveaway next week! I know!! Exciting!! Right?! I will give you a hint. It is a book. A book that pertains to Mommies. I want to read the book first and then I will post a review and give you all an opportunity to win a copy of the book. Super exciting stuff. I know.

In the meantime. I recently found Pitter Patter Art and I fell in love! Seriously. This is amazing artwork. I could wallpaper my house in her artwork. Since she isn’t taking new orders at the moment I am relegated to enter every single giveaway she hosts for just a single amazing piece of artwork. You will love it too. Please go to the Pitter Patter art blog and sign up for this amazing giveaway!

Living off of Pinterest!

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Pinterest: A unique bulletin board style bookmarks list. It’s better than your average bookmark. It is a fantastic time sucker. It is just awesome. The new Facebook, only not really because it is nothing like Facebook other than it just sucks your time away. Now I am having to budget some of my Facebook time for Pinterest. It’s a crazy kind of awesome.

Follow Me on PinterestSo far I have created the “Mama’s Ransom Rubbage Bin” which as it turns out is working famously. The kids were *so* excited about it they didn’t even know it is a consequence. They will quickly figure out that it is not all that much fun. So far Javien has cleaned out my car, Jaylean has dusted and made her bed blindfolded, and Kobe has umm well nothing but he has several things in the bin. I added a rule. Once they are in there for a month the kids will go to school and the item just disappears. I figure if it is in lock up for an entire month they must not want it very badly. We did some role-playing {note to self: my kids love to role play} in one of the role plays Javien picked the job “Wipe down the front of the fridge and eat a tasty treat” which he translated as “Eat some candy and get your stuff out of the Ransom Rubbage Bin” – he was so sad when I pulled it back out and he read the job again. Interesting how his little brain translates things to what he wants to hear. Isn’t that how kids are? Too funny.

For dinner last night we had the Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken – I have lovingly renamed it Hawaiian Jerk Chicken – why? First, because if I cook I can call it what I want. Second, because I am going to Jamaica in 99 days and Jerk Chicken just sounds more tropical and fun. It was delicious and a big hit with the whole family! I did feel like I needed more to complete the meal but I am not sure what. Maybe some peaches?

Both of these things I found on Pinterest. I have created a new catch phrase for Pinterest. I say Pin it, Love it. I know it’s awesome. But it’s trademarked and copyrighted so you can’t have it.

Go on, get signed up for Pinterest. Beg for an invite on Facebook someone will come through. It’s fun! Who doesn’t have a little extra time to waste looking for more stuff to do?