I just finished reading A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley. As someone who lost their dad suddenly, I always wondered what it would be like to find out that he was still alive somewhere in the world. Laura Gantt is faced with this possibility. The story begins a few weeks after Laura mom dies and she returns home to take care of the house.
While attending church, she runs into an ex-boyfriend, Sean, who breaks the news that some people around town have claimed to see her deceased father. Together, Laura and Sean begin to sift through their past and uncover the truth. The good, bad, and ugly. From abusive parents to cheating spouses, to struggling marriages, to a crazy old lady. This book is riveting from the beginning.
As I was reading A Stillness of Chimes, I found myself hoping Laura and Sean worked out their differences, that Laura found her dad a live, and that everything would be perfect in the little town of Prospect, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Meg Moseley has an interesting way with her characters. You don’t feel like you are an outsider looking in, you feel like you are right there beside them during the entire story. That’s what grabs you in this story, makes you fall in love with the characters and keeps you in it’s grip until its shocking end.
This is definitely a must-read, the story and all its under-currents, keeps you entertained and wondering from the sad beginning to shocking end!
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About the Author:
Meg Moseley is still a Californian at heart although she’s lived more than half her life in other states. Holding jobs that ranged from candle-maker to administrative assistant, Meg eventually contributed human-interest pieces for a suburban edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contemporary fiction remains her real love, and she’s the author of When Sparrows Fall and Gone South. She lives in Atlanta near the foothills of the Southern Appalachians with her husband.
It is rare that I get excited about a product that I review. But, this posi+ivi+y bracelet is amazing. Not only is the message inspirational on its own, but the company and background of how the bracelet was developed is amazing as well. Alexa’s Angels believes that attitude is a choice and posi+ivi+y is contagious!
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I was given the opportunity to review Alexa’s Angels Posi+ivi+y bracelet set. The concept is cool – you get three bracelets – you keep one and give the other two away. You can give them to friends, family, or complete strangers – anyone who needs a little positivity in their lives!
Alexa’s Angels is an all-women jewelry company founded in Colorado in 1998. This bracelet was designed after a devastating tornado hit Windsor, Colorado where their headquarters is located. The bracelets were a way to keep a positive attitude during the tragedy and to share hope with others. Since then, customers have used the bracelet to connect with others during their own life experiences – from tragedies to weddings to just because.
Now, here’s the really awesome part – not that the entire concept isn’t already cool! The reverse side of the bracelet directs the wearer to http://www.shareyourpositivity.org, where they can share an inspirational story, photo or quote! The stories are beautiful – from the bracelets reminding the wearers to stay hopeful during difficult medical issues to encouraging the wearer to be positive in their daily lives. An amazing, and awe-inspiring idea!
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About Alexa’s Angels Women have connected with Alexa’s Angels designs since 1995 when founder Beth Lang first began selling her jewelry creations at art shows across the country. Since then, Beth and “her Angels” have grown Alexa’s Angels into a fashion-forward accessory company well known for its innovative and stylish designs. Each piece is thoughtfully designed to inspire heartfelt emotions. Wearable, giftable and meaningful, designs by Alexa’s Angels create connections and nurture a sense of well being. Proud to be a company with a social conscience, the team at Alexa’s Angels is dedicated to creating, finding and supporting programs that benefit women.
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My father never told me no. As a teenage girl, when I decided to become a drag racer, my father started teaching me about cars and racing. He believed in me 100% and never questioned the fact that perhaps being one of a few females in a male-dominated sport might be an issue. I remember him telling me, over the engine of my race car, “You are just as good as any man out there. Better even.”
Every year, on International Women’s Day, I tell a version of this story. A story about the belief my father had in me – as a woman – and how I should never, ever let that stand in my way.
However, most women and girls are not that privileged. About 1 billion people in the world live in poverty. Most of these are women and girls. Women and girls are the faces of poverty in the world. Not only are these women and girls living and struggling in poverty, they also have to deal with cultural and religious practices that devalue the female sex. They are denied education. They are forced into marriages. They are sexually exploited. They are victims of violence.
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It is estimated that 60% of all women have been physically or sexually abused
Women produce half of the world’s food, but own less than 1% of property in the world
300,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth that is preventable
2/3 of the children denied education are girls
98% of human trafficking victims are women and girls
1 billion people in the world cannot read or write – 65% of these are women.
1 billion women will be victims of violence in their lifetime
1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before their 15th birthday
These statistics are disheartening.
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On International Women’s Day, Global Impact, in conjunction with CARE, World Vision, Plan USA, and ICRW are launching the Women & Girls Fund.
The Women & Girls fund is unique. It is a way for individual women, corporations, and other institutions interested in helping women and girls worldwide, come together to make the greatest impact. By donating to the Women & Girls Fund, millions of people will be able to change the world and help provide education, protection, rehabilitation, job training, healthcare, safe drinking water, and other assistance to women and girls around the world. You will be directly supporting actions to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
Some of these resources include:
Access to education
prenatal and early-childhood care
micro lending opportunities
safe drinking water and sanitation
vaccines and lifesaving drugs
protection and rehabilitation from violence
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Global Impact’s fund, which brings these four well-known and respected charities together is revolutionary. These groups are leaders on these issues and have a common focus on making the world a better place for women and girls. They have come together to change the world.
Global Impact is 60 year old leader in helping people around the world. They partner with more than 100 major corporations and 300 public-sector entities. With these partnerships, Global Impact provides much-needed funding to more than 100 US-based international charities. Since 1956, they have donated more than $1.6 billion dollars and help an estimated 400 million people each year.
CARE is located in more than 80 countries and strives to conquer the gender inequality worldwide. CARE works to provide futures to women and girls within the communities by working to change the attitudes of community members, social and religious leaders, politicians and other organizations.
World Vision is a Christian organization that works with children, families, and communities to help individuals reach their full potential and eliminate poverty and injustice. World Vision is the largest international non-governmental organization in the world, with locations in almost 100 countries, and 45,000 staff members.
Plan USA invests in girls and their families to help provide access to clean water, food, health care, education, financial security and protection from violence and exploitation – basic human rights. They fight for girls and their future to help them overcome the overwhelming odds they face from birth.
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) helps identify barriers to becoming contributing members of society. These can include lack of education, HIV, violence, and many other factors. The ICRW helps develop a map, if you will, to help improve conditions for all women.
Think about this: what if one of these girls who is living in extreme poverty, abused, and denied education COULD discover the cure for cancer. Or HIV/AIDS. Or any other currently incurable diseases. She could be the next Nobel Prize winner. She could be a great writer or philosopher. She could be the key to world peace. Think about it. If she is not given the opportunity to learn, thrive, and strive for something better, we will never know what greatness she could become! We will never know what difference she could make in the world.
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In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want you to join me in changing the world by investing in women and girls. Help women and girls everywhere live the lives they deserve. Help them make a difference in the world.
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This post is a part of a sponsored awareness program that seeks to help women and girls everywhere live healthy lives wherein they are protected, respected, educated and empowered to reach their potential. Visit www.togetherforwomen.org.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.
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We had these jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwiches Sunday for lunch and I couldn’t wait to share the recipe! Well, that was after my eyes stopped tearing up from the pepper capsaicin. When they tell you to use gloves, they really mean it. I have been tossing around making something with these fresh jalapenos they had at our grocery store. I wanted to make jalapeno poppers, but didn’t want to have to go to all the trouble for just a few poppers. This, my friends, is the next best thing. Enjoy!
Wearing gloves, wash and dry peppers. Cut both ends off each pepper, then slice in half lengthwise.
With your knife flat against the inside of the pepper, scrape the seeds and ribs out. Flatten pepper with your hand against cutting board.
In a medium skillet, heat olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Place peppers inside down on the skillet, pressing down with spatula.
Cook peppers for 2-3 minutes; flip and cook the outside for 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet to plate and set aside.
Spread 1/2 Tablespoon of butter on each slice of bread. On the opposite side of each slice of bread, spread 1 ounce of cream cheese to edges. (You will have 8 slices with butter on one side and cream cheese on the other side.)
Layer, in skillet, 1 slice bread with butter down, 1 slice cheese, 2 jalapeno halves, 1 slice cheese, then the top piece of bread with the butter side up/cream cheese inside.
Cook over medium-low heat until toasted, then flip sandwich over with spatula and continue to cook until the second side is toasted.
Remove from skillet and repeat with remaining two sandwiches.
Note: When preparing fresh jalapenos, always wear gloves and avoid touching your hands to your face, lips, or eyes.
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Advice for my teenage self? Oh jeez… where do I start? It’s Monday and it’s Listicles time! Listicles makes Mondays ALMOST worth getting up for. This week’s topic is 10 Things You’d Tell your Teenage Self as suggested by Colletta. Next week’s topic is 10 Traditions as suggested by my blog-buddy Christine. (Make sure you go check out her new blog header that I made her!)
10 Things You’d Tell Your Teenage Self
Stay in marching band. Don’t get mad and drop out before your senior year.
When the students in history class gang up on you and buy you a toothbrush and sand paper as a “Christmas present”. And when you complain to the teacher, he laughs and does nothing. Don’t listen to your mom about the teacher being a “nice guy because he is a Mason.” Turn him and the students in to the principal.
Don’t get a burr up your butt about being accepted to a prestigious college. Go to Rio Grande like you planned and become a teacher like you wanted.
Go bowling with your brother every time he asks.
Hang out at Mrs. Grusenmeyer’s house more.
Sneaking out of a hotel in Sandusky by belly crawling down a hallway, and then proceeding to walk down a busy highway to a gas station that is a mile away and no one knowing where you are… is probably not a good idea.
Never date the cousin or any other relative of your so-called best friend.
Don’t trust anyone 100%. They are going to prove themselves as not worthy.
Question authority. Always.
Be nice to the kids who don’t have friends or anyone to sit with at lunch.
Today, Nana is guest posting and reflecting on “Get Off Your Knees & Pray” by Sheila Walsh. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy!
Get Off Your Knees & Pray by Sheila Walsh: A Book Reflection by Nana
If the title of this book has not made you curious perhaps the author has made you interested. Sheila Walsh is one of those powerful christian women who travels and speaks at Women of Faith Conferences throughout North America. Women of Faith Conferences bring thousands of women together in arenas for a weekend of love, laughter, and spiritual uplifting.(I have personally gone to one of these
When I first saw this book (at a garage sale for 50 cents) the title caught me. We have heard so often, get down on your knees and pray, humble yourself, fall down on your knees, kneel before the Lord. Sheila writes from her own experiences about her prayers and how they have helped her through those happy and sad times in her life. There are a lot of interesting points and themes in the book:
Life changes in a Moment
I can’t do this, Lord
I don’t understand, Lord
Why is it so hard to pray?
Now praying is nothing new or uncommon to Christians. We do it all the time! And when you practice or do it a lot it is easy. Praying for someone means you represent that person. You have been granted the authority to speak for them to GOD. Haven’t you ever said to someone “pray for me”. Or what about when you call the church for prayers, aren’t you looking for more to call on GOD on your behalf?
Soren Kierkegaard said: Prayer does not change GOD but it changes him who prays.
Prayer is who we are. This book helps to understand that.
If we are on our knees or as we walk through each day. There are moments when we want to kneel and there are those when all we can do is lay on our faces and call on the Lord.
But what about those moments when we stand, faces to the warmth and praise GOD in prayer for our blessings?
I close with a title of a song sung by Jake Hess(no relation) gospel Homecoming singer for Bill Gaither:
Prayer is the key to heaven, But faith unlocks the door.
So, start your day out with prayer, go through your day with prayer and end your day with prayer – GOD IS LISTENING!
Today, I am sharing a behavior chart free printable! We have used these in our home to help the twins remember to brush their teeth, wash their hands, not have night-time accidents, and to be nice to others. I made this one blank, so you can add your own behaviors you want your child to work on!
You can use stickers, stars, small stamps, or even a pen to mark when the behavior is completed or achieved. We’ve used both stickers and stars on ours – the kids love seeing how they are progressing through the week on their behaviors. I also recommend creating a reward after so many days. Depending on the behavior, we had things like M&M’s after a week’s worth of no accidents, or a small toy for brushing their teeth. Wait… was that the other way around? (I’ll never tell.)
This mommy has issues. A few months ago, I was late picking the kids up from Nana. I had called and told her I was running late and that I was having some “issues” at work. I got to where we “kid swap” and as Bo was getting out of the car, he said “Mommy, do you have issues?” Rather than explain to him what was going on at work, I just said, “Yep, I had issues.”
Bad choice of words.
He walked into the house that night and immediately said to Don, “Daddy, mommy has issues.”
I am not really sure what Bo thinks issues are. But, that is his go-to word these days.
You ask him to pick up his toys: ”I can’t, I have issues.”
You ask him to take a bath: “I am having an issue right now.”
A couple of weeks ago, I was freaking out about who knows what. I was rushing around the house, trying to get the kids dressed and out the door…
Bo says, “Calm down, mommy.”
Then, to no one in particular, I hear him say: “Mommy has issues.”
There is an easy and an attractive way of getting rid of the cord mess! Cheap! If you are like most modern families, there is somewhere in your house that is a messy jumble of cords – cell phones, e-readers, computers, tablets… But, today, I am going to share with you a tutorial on how to clean up and camouflage the mess! In fact, some visitors have even thought my cord box was a recipe box! So, grab some coffee and let’s get going!
I have been tossing an idea around in my head similar to this for a while. I kept debating on the best container to use – I didn’t want it to be plastic or see-through, but when I found this decorative cardboard box with a magnetic closure… I knew it would be perfect. Then, I was contacted by Nite Ize® for a review and they sent me some samples of their Gear Ties®, I knew immediately what I could use them for!
1. On back of box, trace circle with pencil. Using craft knife, carefully cut along the circle.
2. Separate cords (Sorry, it has to be done!). Determine the Gear Tie® sizes needed for each cord.
3. Feed socket through hole in box. Wind up the extra cord and wrap with Gear Tie®. Make sure you leave a “tail” on the end you plug into your device.
4. Plug the cord ends into the outlet, then using Gear Ties®, group them into one bundle, if desired. (The picture below is horrible, but its up under the cupboards.)
5. Neatly place cords into the box, ensuring cord “tails” are on top and easily accessible.
6. To use a particular plug, pull it out and close the lid around it gently, or just leave the lid open.
I had never heard of Gear Ties®, until Nite Ize® contacted me for a review. They are amazing! They are basically reusable rubber twist ties. You can fold them, twist them, tie them. Then take them off and reuse them again! Don is already eyeing the larger ones for the cords and other stuff in the garage and car trailer. I’m not sure how I lived without them! I even have a couple in my purse right now! I use them to hold my measuring cups and spoons together, to tie Mo’s hair back for a few minutes, and to hold ribbon to the spool. They are very, very versitaile. The prices are outstanding too! You can get a 4 pack of 5″ ties for less than $5! You can also get an assortment of a bunch of sizes for less than $25. Definitely, check the website out and do some shopping! The 3″ and 5″ ones were used in this project and are perfect for tying up cords neatly. They also have other really cool products – phone covers, bike lights and mounts, and flashlights!
This momma gives Gear Ties® TWO THUMBS UP!
For this review and project, I received one tube of assorted Gear Ties® in exchange for my honest, and unbiased opinions.