Friday, July 31, 2009

French Press and The Coffee Bump Giveaway

Chuggin McCoffee, CEO
I'm starting off my Coffee Party with The Coffee Bump!
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You have to visit The Coffee Bump! You will find an unlimited selection of all things coffee. Their ABOUT US states this about their site that it includes " whole coffee beans, coffee grinders, coffee mugs, coffee makers and espresso machines, coffee tables, and unique coffee wall art. I have to warn you that this is not just your average coffee purchasing site, but instead, we focus on taking an alternative approach to how you enjoy your brew by customizing and selecting the coffee products and tools that are specifically right for YOU. So, if you are an individual who wants more from your daily cup of joe, please enjoy this site with all the products and resources we have to offer you."

I totally agree with their ABOUT US! Very fun and easy to use site.

How many CEO's do you know with the name, Chuggin McCoffee? I just giggle saying his name.

*You will find The Coffee Buzz: a newsletter that gives you tips and guides about coffee based on your preselected style and roast!

*While there take The Java Questionnaire to find out what suits your taste and what products they have for you. I took the quiz and found out what suits me!

Viennese Roast

Your Viennese Roast type, also known as the Full City Roast, is a little darker than the regular city roast. Meaning - you have something a little more special, favoring hints of sweetness and boldness in your brew. This roast can actually be used for espresso and is known for its caramel flavor, so it goes hand-in-hand with the person you are - someone with depth and an edge, who marches to the beat of their own drum. Take your coffee to go with you on your way to one of your many events, as you are known to have a multitude of friends and a spicy nightlife! (OHHH LALALA)

*Another must check out is Coffee Pairing. You will get recommendations on what brew goes with your favorite meal. (Even Subway?)

*How abut The Coffee Sommelier? Ever heard of it? I had not! You give them your wine preference and then get a recommendation back on a coffee roast to pair with it!!! How FUN! Guess what? Still more fun to be found! You can get a customized coffee/wine ID that personalizes your choice of mug!

*The Brew Crew is a bi-monthly coffee sampling club that offers a new and fresh coffee shipped to you every two weeks! (HINT HINT READERS or SANTA: I want this for Christmas!!!)

*Check out Chuggin McCoffe! He has his own Hubpage! Sweet!!!

*Do yourself a flavor/favor and check out the BLOG too! His latest post is How to Clean your Coffee Grinder. Still need more Chuggin McCoffe? The tweet with him at ChugginMcCoffee!

When I opened the box, my first thought was "ahhhhhh soooo freaking cute!" After playing with it and several uses I still thought that it was so freaking cute, easy to take on vacations and this little girl kicks out an awesome cup of coffee!

It came with very easy to read directions in A LOT of languages! My 10 year old said "OK mom I read the directions and it is easy to use." In case you loose your directions you can get them right on The Coffee Bump's site. (French Press Directions)

Features from The Coffee Bump website:
  • Works to expertly extract the essential oils of the coffee bean for a bold and deep flavor.(TRUE)
  • Yields 12 oz. of freshly pressed coffee.(I only did 4oz at a time)
  • Press mechanism is stainless steel.(yes pretty and shiny)
  • Brass frame is chrome plated.(really! awesome!)
  • Carafe is made of heavy-duty unbreakable polycarbonate glass.(well I haven't broken it yet so that is a great feature)
  • Professional replacement parts are available.(thank you)
  • Quick turn lid to close spout.(yep)
  • Every part is dishwasher safe!(I LOVE YOU)
  • Not to be used on a stove.(ummm ok...are you sure?)
  • Made with authentic Normandy craftsmanship!(thank you Normandy)
  • Awarded the Best French Press coffee maker by The American Culinary Institute in 2004.(also awarded 2 thumbs up by ME!)
LOOK WHAT I MADE Mr. Chuggin McCoffee, CEO
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GIVEAWAY ( I know you just can't wait)
The giveaway winner will get 1 POUND of

Almond Toffee Flavored Coffee

Description from The Coffee Bump: Almond Toffee Flavored Coffee is made of premium Arabica beans infused with toasted almond oil that you can savor. The blend is also full of caramel notes which bring out intense aromas of sugar, butter, and vanilla. The final touches to the complex and delicious tastes of Almond Toffee Flavored Coffee is the sweetness of butterscotch that give a smooth finish to this fine blend. Toffee is a treat that hails from England where molasses was boiled with butter and cream for a flavor that we still love today, and it is even better enjoyed as a steaming cup of coffee. A dessert in your mug!

TO ENTER GIVEAWAY:
1-First entry: Go to The Coffee Bump and search the SHOP. Come back here and tell me one item you would buy for someone for a gift (ok even for yourself). (1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES (do one, all, none, up to you! Better your chances to get "a dessert in your mug". Make a separate comment for each entry.

1-Grab my COFFEE BUTTON (top right on blog) and put on your blog (5 entries)

2-Go to The Coffee Bump Blog and comment on at least one post. Come back here and tell me which one you did. Can do this up to 5 times. (5 entries)

3-Grab my blog button and put on your blog. (5 entries)

4-Friend me on twitter @susieqtpie (1 entry)

5-Friend ChugginMcCoffee (CEO) on twitter (1 entry)

6- TWEET GIVEAWAY - tweet up to once a day for 1 entry per day and leave comment

7- Advertise giveaway and link on FACEBOOK (5 entries) post comment here

8- Leave a comment on any COFFEE POST from Aug 1st-15 and come back here and tell me which one you did for 1 extra entry every time.

9- Sign up on Mr MckLinky (top of blog) with your blog (5 entries)

GOOD LUCK! ALL GIVEAWAYS FOR COFFEE WEEK ENDS AUG 16th!!!
Check daily because I will have a few surprise giveaways that will post that day and end that day!
(HINT first one will be Aug 3rd)

Coffee Product Reviews & Giveaways 2009

I'm sitting in a local coffee shop, Latta Java, writing my first review for my COFFEE WEEK I had such a great response by companies/businesses that I decided to extend the reviews and giveaway listings for 2 weeks! Thank you for your support!

I decorated my kitchen at home last year to resemble a coffee shop. At home it is known as Susie's Cafe. Yes I make things to eat in or to go. Stop in for coffee! You have to pick your own mug. Some people have their favorites.

Yet today, I sit in a "real" down to earth homey local coffee shop with free WiFi, of course!
(Did you know that Barnes & Noble just added that service for its customers?) Mr Coffee IV Bean Man (Jimmy) said that there isn't a website for his Crackhouse...umm I meant Coffeehouse! I told him to get on Facebook and start a business page. He didn't know that you could do that. I'm going to give him a few weeks and if he doesn't get it going I'm coming back here and do it for him. It is FREE I told Mr.Caffeine Man.... as in FREE advertisement. 

I'm sipping a very hot and yummy Caramel Latte Macchiato for $5. A customer just walked in and the barista said "your usual" to the guy (who already looked jacked up on caffeine) holding 2 books and a notepad. Simple nod of the head seals the deal at Latta Java. During this time the phone rings and the barista says "ok I'll have it ready in 5". (Side note the chick came in and said "wow you really had it ready for me") Another lady (early 60s) just came in the shop and said can you make me what you made me before....so Mr. Red Eye Cortado, shot out a few names until he hit the right drink. I love small businesses.

If you have a small coffee shop in your town or a nearby one, stop in and get a cup of coffee. Bring your laptop and check out my blog! Grab your cup of Joe or whatever you are into and surf my blog every day from Aug 1st- Aug 15 th. You don't want to miss out on leaving comments on my reviews or entering the great giveaways! I have a few giveaways that you will only be able to enter that day. (HINT that first one will be Aug 3rd)


If you have a blog leave your link in Mr. MckLinky (to of blog) so I can stop by and visit you too! Grab my buttons. Tell me that you did and I"ll grab yours if you have one! My Coffee Review & Giveaway button was made by Bloggy Buttonz. Didn't she do a great job? Stop in and see her! Tell her Scraps of Life sent ya!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Lost Dog Giveaway


5 Copies of The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser
to be given away!!!

Synopsis
Tom Loxley, an Indian-Australian professor, is less concerned with finishing his book on Henry James than with finding his dog, who is lost in the Australian bush.
Joining his daily hunt is Nelly Zhang, an artist whose husband disappeared mysteriously years before Tom met her. Although Nelly helps him search for his beloved pet, Tom isn't sure if he should trust this new friend.
Tom has preoccupations other than his book and Nelly and his missing dog, mainly concerning his mother, who is suffering from the various indignities of old age. He is constantly drawn from the cerebral to the primitive--by his mother's infirmities, as well as by Nelly's attractions. THE LOST DOG makes brilliant use of the conventions of suspense and atmosphere while leading us to see anew the ever-present conflicts between our bodies and our minds, the present and the past, the primal and the civilized.

About the Author: Michelle de Kretser is a Sri Lankan who has lived in Australia since 1972. She has taught literature at Melbourne University and worked as an editor and reviewer. The Lost Dog is her third novel.

HOW TO WIN A COPY! 5 total to give away!

1- To enter you must leave a comment and tell me something about your dog or another pet. If you don't have a pet tell me why not. Leave email address at least once with enteries. Leave separate comments for each entry.(1 entry)

2-Follow my blog (1 entry)
3-Put my button on your blog (5 entries)
4-Follow me on twitter @susieqtpie (2 entries)
5-Tweet the Giveaway (1 entry per day and leave comment here when you tweet)
6-Enter any of my COFFEE 2 Weeks of Reviews and Giveaways starting Aug 1st-15th (leave entry at the contest and come back here and leave a comment) (5 entries)
7- Put my Coffee Review/Giveaway button on your blog (5 entries)

ENDS AUGUST 10th, 2009
*Thanks to Hachette Book Group for the book giveaway! Books are mailed straight from them and are only available for U.S. and Canada residents and no P.O. boxes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rock on with ROCK OF AGES CD Review

As a member of One2One Network, I have been given the opportunity to review the soundtrack to the Broadway musical: Rock of Ages. What a fun soundtrack to review! My almost 15 year old asked me " What are you listening to, Mom?!" She has been bitten by the Classic Rock of the 80s bug. The Rock of Ages CD when from my player to hers in a flash!

(click album cover to see and order on Amazon)
New Line Records just released the Original Broadway Cast Recording of five-time Tony Award nominated "ROCK OF AGES." For those of you not in the know (apparently I was one of them but my daughter was in the know), Rock of Ages is the new Broadway musical starring American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis (We loved him on American Idol. This music was made for him to ROCK TO!)

The setting of this Broadway production is in 1987 in a legendary Sunset Strip rock club, a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer and they fall in love to the greatest metal songs of the 80's. The musical is an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and more.

ROCK OF AGES Cast Album




(click tracklisting to hear music sampler from Amazon)
Just Like Paradise / Nothin' But A Good Time
Sister Christian
We Built This City / Too Much Time On My Hands
I Wanna Rock
We're Not Gonna Take It
Heaven/More Than Words / To Be With You
Waiting For A Girl Like You
Wanted Dead Or Alive
I Want To Know What Love Is
Cum On Feel The Noize / We're Not Gonna Take It (Reprise)
Harden My Heart / Shadows Of The Night
Here I Go Again
The Final Countdown
Any Way You Want It / I Wanna Rock (Reprise)
High Enough
I Hate Myself For Loving You / Heat Of The Moment
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Can't Fight This Feeling
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Oh Sherrie
The Search Is Over
Don't Stop Believin

Last summer I walked down memory lane of 80s pop music with one of my twins. This summer I did the same thing with her sister to 80s Rock of Ages! Rock on Sister Christian!!! Oh Sherrie you know that Every Rose Has Its Thorn. If you have Too Much Time on Your Hands, here is The Final Countdown so Don't Stop Believin and know The Search Is Over for some summer music. Click the Album cover and buy it NOW. Cum on ..... I know you want to ....Feel the Noise!
(Hit Me With Your Best Shot and click the album cover and you will find Nothin' But A Good Time)

Book Review: I Used to Know that



By Caroline Taggart

Published by Reader's Digest

March 2009;$14.95US; 978-0-7621-0995-1



Facts from School You Forgot to Remember
(information released by FSB Associates)
Take an entertaining trip back to the classroom with I Used to Know That. Witty, engaging, and fun, this little book will appeal to the student in each of us. A one-of-a-kind collection of hundreds of facts learned long ago, it includes:
  • Our Changing World: Test your knowledge of the latest geography.
  • Prose and Poetry: From Shakespeare to diphthongs, English class will come alive again here.
  • Math and Science: Quotients, phalanges, and protons . . . do these long-forgotten words take you back to high school days?
  • History: As Santayana once said so well: "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Author Bio
Caroline Taggart has been an editor of non-fiction books for nearly 30 years and has covered nearly every subject from natural history and business to gardening and astronomy. She has written several books and was the editor of Writer’s Market UK 2009.
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This book came in for me to review at a perfect time! I'm preparing for the new school year for my three homeschooling daughters! Two of them are starting 9th grade and the other, 6th grade! I struggle at times with deciding what do they really need to know. The author, Caroline Taggart, said that while she was researching the book that she discovered that everybody had been to school and that they had forgotten different things. One person said that she couldn't remember what was "square root" and the author said that she wasn't even sure why she now wanted to know this fact again.
1- English: Learning how to master your language. It covers parts of speech, phrases and clauses, synonyms and antonyms, diphthongs (remember those?), figures of speech and prosody! I wasn't surprised by anything listed in this chapter. How often do you think noun, direct object, adjective,etc before you speak or write?
2-Literature: She gives a run down on the "classics" of literature by Author and their work. I loved this chapter! It gave me a lot of ideas for my high school girls this school year! Time to dust off the classics, many of which I had forgotten, and go exploring in the world of classic literature! Did you remember that Jane Austen only completed 6 novels? Can you name them?
3-Math: Arithmetic (do you really ever hear that term anymore?) which is all about sums- adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing and their vocabulary words! The use math is in our every day life. What is important to teach children today? Do they need to know Algebra and Equations? How about Trig and The Pythagorean Theorem? I feel that this is the year for my high school students to really take some time and think about what they want to do for future employment. This math chapter covers some very important concepts. Silly mom and wife of 16 years that I am, I think of blueberry and cherry when I hear the word pie not pi as in the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter! The only reason I've needed to know pi as an adult is to teach it to my children.
4- Science: The author made a very important point at the beginning of this chapter! Every school teaches and covers topics differently. So as a teacher of three what am I suppose to teach them? She covers biology, chemistry and physics! My approach thus far for science is to teach based on their interest. The high school students will have a very structured science this year. Why? Will they really need to know about all those elements and their atomic numbers? How much of what we learn in science do we really need to know?
5- History: We learn history to understand where we have been, why we are headed in this direction and how to not make the same mistakes that so and so made! The presidential facts were full of historical tidbit as well as minor trivia such as "Clinton spent a lot of time in the headlines because of his alleged affair with a White House intern". How many people can name that intern? How many people can name what Act was passed during Lyndon B. Johnson's term? The chapter includes major conflicts as well as other important historical dates.
6-Geography: This chapter is full of facts about the Countries of the World, the States in our Country, Mountains and Bodies of Water. The last part of the chapter covers Paleozoic Era up to the Cenozoic Era. This chapter is very rich with information. All of which someone probably recalls. I do not remember the the capital of Uruguay but know how to use an Atlas to find the information as well as GOGGLE search! That is what I teach my daughters.
7- General Studies: Could you call this chapter "Extra Credit"? All the fun extras of World Religions, Roman Numerals, Mythology, Famous Artist,etc. Very fun and I was surprised as to how much of that chapter I could recall!
Two thumbs up on this book. It only has 175 pages! I would call it a quick read but I can't! It is so full of facts that had me thinking "did I ever learn that?" It also made me think about what my daughters are learning. Learning is to be fun and engaging. Do they love to learn? Will they be able to recall more of these facts if they had fun learning them? What do they want to learn? Thanks for putting together all these "Facts from School You Forgot to Remember"!
Thanks to Caitlin Price, Publicist at FSB Associates for the book to review!

The Scarecrow CD Giveaway Winner





Congrats to A READER for winning the CD set giveaway!
If you didn't win please but the CD or the book and read it. I really enjoyed it.


The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

Little, Brown, (USA),
Hardcover, 2009,
ISBN: 0316166308

B as in Beauty Giveaway WINNERS















Madly59 (Arlene) and Goo Goo Buy Buy (Amy)
are the Winners of B as in Beauty book and CD of music from the author,
Alberto Ferreras.
Congrats ladies! If you didn't win please go buy the book! It really is a fun read! Thanks Alberto for sending me the CD of the music (to be given away with the books) that you listened to when writing B! How awesome!

Written By: Alberto Ferreras
Published By: Grand Central Publishing a division of Hachette Book Group, 2009, First Edition, 352 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-0446697897

B as in Beauty is humorous and eye-opening; a refreshingly unique take on beauty in all its forms.”

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back to School with Master Lock


Master Lock is introducing two new locks just in time for back to school buying!

- The Speed Dial Set-Your-Own Combination Lock opens on up-down-left-right directional movements, instead of the traditional rotary dial, and can be customized with letters, shapes or numbers, depending on how students most easily remember their combination. I love this feature! Master Lock has "unlocked" the secret! They realized that students have different ways of learning and that kids are NOT all the same. So their new lock encourages individuals to set the combo in a way that they will remember. Thank you, Master Lock!

- The Set-Your-Own Combination Lock is a traditional rotary dial for students more comfortable with that method, but with a new reset feature that allows them to choose their own combination using, letters, numbers or both. I personally am "old school" and will appreciate the comfort of the traditional rotary dial! I love that you can set your own combo! It makes life so much easier! We live in a password world! How wonderful that we have the option to set the combo to one we already have and know! Thank you, Master Lock!

Check out the video

They are also introducing the "Master Lock Secret Vault" Facebook application. This fun application will help keep users' secrets safe and secure, as well as offer participants a chance to win a cash prize in the "Master Lock $5,000 Secure Your Future Sweepstakes." I love the application! I"m a Facebook Ap junkie! This one is actually practical and worth having!!

TwitterMoms
just posted this promotion! Please help us spread the news! The first twenty 20 bloggers to post an entry about Master Lock’s new combination locks and/or Facebook application and sweepstakes, and send the URL to hannah@jsha.com, will win a combination lock to give away on her site.

So go to TwitterMoms and get the full scoop!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Non BlogHer Party!

Non Blogher Party

Hey you Bloggers! Come join the Non BlogHer Party LIVE on Stickam (find me there as susieqtpie), July 24th (Friday) at 9:30 EST hosted by
Stefanie from Mommy's Quite Time

and Lisa from Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1


So this is what Lisa posted on her Blog about the Party
"SWAG? Well, a NON BLOGHER PARTY wouldn't be a party if we didn't have something to giveaway, right? We have you covered. We have some great stuff already, but we are looking for more. Do you have something you would like to include in our giveaways for the night? If so email momof2boyswifeof1@gmail.com or bloggymommy3@yahoo.com with your donation. Can you hear us companies? Just because we can't make it to BlogHer 09, doesn't mean we aren't worthy! At the end of the night we will be doing a giveaway of all the SWAG we collect - so don't miss out!"

Hope to see ya there! Click below on the button to RSVP for the Party!

Non Blogher Party

Friday, July 17, 2009

Annoying boy Lost girl

TUPPERWARE'S CHAIN OF CONFIDENCE CHALLENGE,

A PAY-IT-FORWARD CONTEST

Tupperware is proud to kick-off the Chain of Confidence Challenge, a ‘pay-it-forward’ contest which invites you to share your story of inspiration on ChainofConfidence.com by nominating a friend, relative, or member of the Tupperware community, who has empowered you through an act of kindness. Three winners will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.


I nominated my husband, Mark. Even before I knew what was happening between us in college, he inspired me and gave me confidence. The reward was that I became true to myself. The little story that I shared was before we were married and even before we were more than friends in College. This is my submission:


by susieqtpie

I was a lost girl in college. You would never have known it! I was into my higher education! I was into the Social Life! I was loving and living it up! As my love for learning was being met.... as my social life was overflowing with activities and friends...my inner lost girl self was screaming out for HELP!


That is when Annoying boy came to school too. I physically did not want to be around him but emotionally I needed him and craved to be near him. He wasn't aware of this inner turmoil. He was just a kid trying to do what was right.

His personal acts of kindness pulled out the Lost girl in me and brought me up and out into the world. I no longer felt lost and lonely.

I e
nded up marrying Annoying boy. Sixteen years later, Three girls later.... we are now together annoying our TEENS! So fun!


Please click on my title, Annoying boy Lost girl, and vote for my little story! Three winners will receive $5,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. I can't thin k of any better way to give back! I would love to win and give a nice fat check to my charity!

Thank you Tupperware for the opportunity to Pay-I t-Forward to our Charity. I feel like we are doing that already by having kids!

This contest was posted on TwitterMoms.com If you are not a member there please go check it out! You can tweet @TwitterMoms too!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe

If you love to eat Jalapeño poppers then you will LOVE this dip! I do not like making the poppers because they are too time consuming. So this dip is the answer! It is so much cheaper than getting the poppers at a restaurant! Summer and early fall is a great time of the year to make this because jalapeño pepper plants are usually full of peppers! Enjoy!


Do you have any yummy dip recipes? Please share in the below comments! 



JALAPENO POPPER DIP
 
Ingredients

2- 8oz containers of Cream Cheese
1 c mayo
1 c shredded mexican cheese mix
1 c parmesan cheese
4 oz can chilis
4 oz Jalapenos (canned or fresh)- use more or less depending on your preference of hotness!
1 c PANKO bread crumbs
1/2 c melted butter

Directions

Mix cream cheese, mayo, shredded cheese, 1/2 c. of Parmesan cheese (save other 1/2 for topping), chilies and jalapeños in food processor. 

Do a quick mix and spread into 2 qt dish. 

In another bowl, mix crumbs, 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese then add melted butter. 

Sprinkle over dip.

Add cut up peppers on top. This is extra and not included in the above measurement. 

Bake 375 for 20 min! YUMMY! 

We serve it with SCOOPS. It can also be made up ahead of time. Bake when ready!

Three Things ...... MckLinky Blog Hop

BLOG Hop theme is 3 Things you don't know about me!
This is easy because I can think of 3 things that my blog readers and twitter friends don't know about me!

*************************************************************************************1) I'm a RN- BSN from Purdue University. I went into Nursing because it was suggested to me in High School. I had fun working but never really my passion. So that is the reason for me going in and out of retirement since becoming a RN!
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2) My family (hubby and 3 girls) lived in New Orleans for almost 6 years. My hubby received his first Call as a Pastor there out of the Seminary. I REALLY learned to cook in New Orleans. I had a lot of fun and the people were great at explaining why they used this and that! Mrs Dotsy was the most help. We have a lot of good memories from living there. We were kicked out of New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. Our heart still aches at times when we sit back and think about our life before Katrina. We hold our memories and the people we encountered very near and dear in our hearts.
*************************************************************************************3) I have a secret desire to be a Special Crime Scene Investigator for the FBI. I have always thought it would be very exciting to be a Medical Examiner. I really should have taken this route in College. I"m way to0ooo old now and have lost way toOooo many brain cells since giving birth to my girls to really consider this now!
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THANKS FOR the Stop on the BLog HOP! Please say HI so I can visit you too!!!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Scarecrow book review CD GIVEAWAY

Little, Brown, (USA),
Hardcover, 2009,
ISBN: 0316166308

I had the pleasure of listening to this book on CD. It took me a few weeks. If I would have read it I'm sure that I would have finished it in a few days. It was a fast moving book. No down time. All the characters were well thought out and used to their fullest potential.

I really loved how up to date this book was in regards to the internet. It was freaky to read how with just a few key strokes and the right hacker your life can be followed and altered.

He really got into the mind and thinking of the serial killer. I didn't quite expect the ending and was very pleased with how he ended it.

Down side was finding out so early who the actual killer was. I usually love finding out at the end. I did like it how he kept the FBI agents going. Seemed funny that the newspaper reporter was always a step ahead of the trained FBI agents.

Thanks for a great book! Thanks for not killing Rachel. I was worried there for a few minutes.

Watch this video! IT is a crack up!

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ENTER TO WIN my CD set
ends July 27th

MAIN Entry- Post a comment listing an author you enjoy reading.

Extra Chances-(leave separate comments for each one)
3 chances if you add me on twitter as @susieqtpie and TWEET the giveaway
3 chances if you follow my blog
3 chances if you have read a Michael Connelly book. List it.
3 chances if you Stumble or Technorati my blog
5 chances if you FAN Michael Connelly on Facebook (click his name to go there)

US residents only. Must respond within 48 hrs of my email or I'll redraw with Random.org
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wii Fit SiteWarming for Dr. Dolgoff

On Friday July 10th ResourcefulMommy is hosting a Twitter Party Site warming for Dr. Weigh by Joanna Dolgoff, MD


THE BELOW POST IS ALL FROM RESOURCEFULMOMMY. Please click the button to go right to her blog and register for the sitewarming to learn and win!

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You know that for an hour we will be able to ask Dr. Dolgoff our toughest kids' nutrition and exercise questions as well as share tips and concerns with fellow parents - aunts & uncles - grandparents on Twitter.

I would Love to incorporate this into our HOMESCHOOL routine. This would be for the entire family.
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Did you know that you have a chance to win a Wii Fit?

Maintaining a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle is difficult for many parents. Helping their kids do the same can be nearly impossible, but programs such as Dr. Weigh and fun fitness tools like the Wii Fit certainly help!
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Are you ready to win Door Prizes?

Ten SiteWarming Party winners will receive gift cards to eat fresh at Subway! One SiteWarming Grand Prize winner will win one free month of membership to Dr. Weigh.
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WHO IS Dr. Janna Dolgoff and what is the Dr. Weigh website? Go exploring to see what all is on her site. I found Nutrition lessons, recipes, food database, blog and newsletter access and even a message board! According to her site, a child's road to wellness begins here!

The site stated:


"She created a simple traffic light-based system which allows children to lose weight safely and easily. With Dr. Dolgoff's Weigh, kids learn which foods are healthiest without counting calories or fat. Dr. Dolgoff has divided over one thousand foods into green light, yellow light, and red light categories with appropriate serving sizes. Each child is allotted a certain number of colors for each meal and snack. No food is off-limits. Dr. Dolgoff’s flexible program allows kids to be kids. Your child will lose weight safely with a program designed by a Board Certified Pediatrician."
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Hope to see you at the Twitter Chat! Don't forget you must go visit ResourcefulMommy to learn more and enter! Just click her button!
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Homeschool FUN MckLinky Blog Hop

Post your favorite photo week for MckLinky Blog Hop! This one is a favorite because we homeschool and my dd was having science fun! She likes homeschooling because she always gets to participate in every activity! She is the perfect homeschooler!
Thanks for hopping in! PLEASE leave a comment and I'll hop back to you! Thanks!

Energizer Bunny and MckLinky Blog Hop

Favorite Photo Week with MckLinky!!! How fun! Post a pic and visit the the others on the links. The photo i'm posting is a picture my most favorite item that I have won on a blog giveaway!!!! Thanks to Sweeps 4 Bloggers blog and Energizer!! Please visit her button!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Win Weird Unsocializied Homeschool T-Shirts

THIS ENTIRE POST IS from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler BLOG! Click on button to get all the details.

Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers


Question: What does every weird, unsocialized homeschool family need? Why, t-shirts to announce your weirdness to the world, of course! Have you seen the homeschool shirts at Homeschool Boutique? They're awesome! My two personal favorites are:



I think I like them so much because they combine my love of computer/bloggy/Twitter stuff and my love of homeschooling. Want to win one? How about a whole family of shirts?

You can and it doesn't have to be one of the two pictured shirts. Tracy, of Homeschool Boutique, has graciously agreed to give one lucky winner their choice of a family of t-shirts from the Homeschool Boutique website.


Want to know how to win? CLICK THE BUTTON and find out the details!!!!!


Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers


This contest is open to U.S. residents only. It will run until approximately 6:00 PM (EST) on Monday, July 6, 2009. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. The winner will receive a "family" of homeschooling shirts -- one for each member of your family (up to five shirts). The winner will have three days to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Try an online class at Educator for Free!

My blog friend, Lisa, over at
is hosting a giveaway from

She just recently graduated from college in December with a 3.89 GPA in Psychology and Business Management.

She states on her blog "Not that unusual, but I did it at age 42, with 2 kids & a household to maintain. (Yes, my boys & hubby still expected me to cook and clean - there is no rest for Moms.) Since graduating in December I've been going crazy. I need to learn new things. Are you like that? My brain needs exercise."


She was was recently approached by Educator.com, an online scholastic education series about doing a review and decided to check it out. Although this site is great for your high school student to get help with Chemistry, Algebra 1, Calculus BC, Calculus AB, Biology, and other subjects, it is also a great resource for the non-traditional student returning to school.A large amount of the videos and learning tools are free, but you can opt for a monthly subscription ($20) or annual subscription ($200) that opens up a whole new database of interactive learning tools. The professors that teach the classes are all educated with advanced degrees and in many cases already teach at various colleges. For example: Dr. Harold Goldwhite (Ph.D and B.A.) and Dr. Massoud Ghyam (Ed.D) from the University of Southern California have lecture videos here.

Now, not everyone is interested in learning new subjects - but most of us are moms and dads who have children in school. This tool could be your life saver. I know when my son asks me a question about Chemistry I'm lost. With Educator.com I don't have to answer those tough questions anymore. I can refer him to the website and he can get his questions answered by someone who knows. He can watch an interactive video explaining the how/what/why and I don't have to spend hours on the internet trying to understand it in order to explain it to him.

The Giveaway: 3 people will win! Each will get a 3-months access to Educator. So please click on the button and go visit for your chance to win!!!!



This giveaway will end July 15th at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)samples@gmail.com. It is mandatory to leave your email address in your first comment because I need to be able to contact you.

Disclosure: This review was paid for by Educator.com.

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Homeschool Messenger Blog hoppin Friday!

Welcome to The Homeschool Messenger! !
I'm mom of 3 tween/teens. We are a busy family and love to learn and have fun! I love to post on activities we do at our homeschool. This is where I keep educational and homeschool links! Go check out my other blog, Scraps of Life. I have a book giveaway going on right now!

Thanks for stopping in! Come back soon! I have 4 big projects that will be starting related to Online Classes!

Sign in and let me know your linky number so I can visit! Have fun checking out the other blogs! Check out Scraps of life #226 and go see #141 and tell Lisa HI! I got Mr. Linky from visiting her blog today!
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Welcome to Scraps of Life Blog Hoppin' good time!

Welcome to Scraps of Life! Making a life with the scraps that we have been given!
I'm mom of 3 tween/teens. We are a busy family and love to learn and have fun! I love to post recipes. Go check out my other blog, The Homeschool Messenger. That is where I list my educational, homeschooling links as well as reviews and giveaways.


Thanks for stopping in! Sign into my B as in Beauty Giveaway and keep checking back for more fun recipes and giveways! In a few weeks i'm having a HUGE COFFEE WEEK! I have 15 businesses who have donated products for me to review and giveaway!

Sign in and let me know your linky number so I can visit! Have fun checking out the other blogs!
Go see #141 and tell Lisa HI! I got Mr. Linky from visiting her blog today!

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