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4 Things We Can Learn from a Weiner Dog By K.J. Hales Review

It's Hard to be Good

Kids and canines have a lot in common, especially when it comes to being good. Just ask my little dachshund, Ellie.

One day after running errands I came home and knew something was wrong the minute I walked in the door. It was the smell. Then I noticed that there was no wagging tail to greet me. The house was silent and very, very stinky. I followed my nose into the kitchen and my mouth dropped open. I gasped at both the sight and the stench of what lay before me. The entire contents of our trash compactor were strewn everywhere. Shreds of paper, meat wrappers, potato chip bags, cans, rotting produce and flies, lots of flies. My mind reeled. How on earth could a wienerdog have done all this damage? My temper rose as I snapped a quick picture for proof of the crime and started looking for the guilty party.

I called and called but no there was no response. I searched the house and yard but found nothing. Anger changed to worry. Minutes passed and worry turned to panic. Where could she be? Is she okay? Then something caught my eye in the far corner of the backyard. There, hiding behind a tree, was a very guilty Ellie, shivering and trying to make herself as small as possible. Her sorry brown eyes peaked up at me from under her worried brows. My heart melted and relief flooded over us both. I scooped her up in my arms and she smothered me with kisses that said over and over again, “Mommy, I’m so sorry.”

What were the lessons we each learned that day?
Forgiveness. No matter how bad the mistake, it’s always fixable and forgivable. I forgave Ellie for making such a mess.
The power of apology. We should always try to be good but when we do make a mistake it’s best to follow Ellie’s example and say we are sorry.
Making good choices. Our choices, both good and bad, affect not only ourselves but all those who love us. Ellie’s bad choice upset me. My choice to forgive her made us both very happy.
Respect and understanding. Every person (and dog) has different trigger points that tempt or upset them. Help others be good and feel good when you can. Smelling all the things in the trash tempted Ellie to make a bad choice. I now try not to tempt her by leaving really good/bad smelling stuff in the trash for any length of time.

Ellie faces choices everyday that can be good or bad. They may not always be good. We have choices on how we react and deal with those choices. We help them make good choices in the future. At the end of each day the most important thing is that all our choices are made with love and respect.

Another lesson I learned: Leave a note on the door to remind myself to lock the trash compactor before I leave the house.
Ellie the Wienerdog - I love Me!

K.J. Hales is the author of the children’s book series, Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog. The first book in the series, It’s Hard to be Good,” is now available online at

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A very cute book for all ages, I really enjoyed hearing my family giggle and connect with this book.  The author really knows ho9w to have some fun and shares her message in a very good way. 

Zim's Max-Freeze #MaxFreeze

Zim’s Max-Freeze® is a fast acting, cooling gel designed to provide temporary pain relief from aching, sore muscles and joints.

Zim’s Max-Freeze is one of the products in the newly rebranded Zim’s Max line. Ingredients include aloe vera, arnica, and ilex along with vitamin E and tea tree oil. These combine to create a soothing cooling effect when applied to aching, sore muscles. Zim’s Max-Freeze is paraben and sulfate free - created without the use of animal testing.

Zim’s Max-Freeze features a greaseless, vanishing scent formula.

Zim’s Max-Freeze temporarily relieves pain associated with simple backache, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains.

A tube of Zim’s Max-Freeze Gel retails for $9.99 and is available through major food, drug, and mass retailers nationwide.


I received complimentary product.

Vimtag (Fujikam) security camera Review #Vimtag

Vimtag (Fujikam) 361 HD, IP/Network ,Wireless, Video Monitoring, Surveillance, security camera,plug/play, Pan/Tilt with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision

Advantages: Pet Monitoring, Nanny Cam, Business Monitoring, Security, Vacation Home Monitoring, Senior Monitoring, Remote Live Video Streaming via Smart Phone, Tablet, and PC App, No browser needed
Basics: Remote Pan and Tilt, Motion Detection Snap Shot alerts Clear Two-Way Voice built in mic and speaker, Internet Access Required Wired or Wi-Fi, No cloud Recording, Indoor Use Model, Wired Power Outlet Required
Convenient: QR Code Scan for Super easy 4 step setup, Real Plug and Play 5 minute setup, WPS button for easy Wi-Fi connection setup, 3 times Digital Zoom, Super Clear Night Vision ,Internal SD Card slot (32 GB recommended) for video Recording and Playback
Super: Strong and Heavy Rubber Based material, 3 Dbi Antenna for extreme reliable Wi-Fi connection, Superior high quality 3.6mm Lens H.264 video compression format with maximum clarity
Specifications: Stunning HD Video Quality 1280 x 720p 25 fps Face to Face effect, 320 Degree x 120 degree covers every corner of your home, 12 IR LEDs for Night Vision Up to 10 Meters, Ir cut for capture love images, One million pixel high definition


I received complimentary product.

Cassandra's Review- While this is not really an outdoor camera and, I would not use it as one.   I was hoping for a security camera that I could use to keep an eye on my property.   I am also always leary of App cams, because I feel that your security footage can still be viewed by the brand or company providing it and that really take the private security feature off of the table.   As far as the camera, it arrived in excellent condition and has very easy to understand directions.  If you are not tech savvy, this might be a bit problematic.  If you have pets the motion snapshot will not be very helpful unless you're monitoring them.

Gnome Workshop Bluetooth Foldable Selfie Stick #GnomeWorkshop

Bluetooth Selfie Stick By Gnome Workshop®The Selfie Stick That Fits In Your Pocket!
- Tired of selfie sticks that are too bulky to comfortably carry with you?
- Have you already tried a selfie stick, only to find that it bends when your heavy phone/Phablet is attached to it?
- Have you tried a selfie stick which fell apart on you in a short period of time?

Introducing The Gnome Selfie Stick!
- Extendable arm is made with stainless steel, making it sturdy enough to hold larger devices without bending, as well as making it extremely durable
- Easy to use.
- Includes a built in shutter button at the base.
- Rubber Grip makes it very comfortable to hold.
- Collapsable head makes it easily fit in your pocket or bag.
- Extends to 31.4 inches.
- Thumb key at the head of the selfie stick, allows you to lock devices in place at any angle.
- Compatible with most smartphones and cameras, as long as they are bluetooth capable.
- The maximum extension of the head is 3 and a half inches, enough to fit an iphone 6 plus, with a case on it and a little room left over.
- Rubber coated head prevents scratches
- includes a wrist strap, charging cable and instruction manual.


I received complimentary product.

Specials by Presents Dinner & a Movie #spon

e-Movie Cash: 2 Movie Tickets + $100 RDC eGift Card-121415_122015
I received a gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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The holiday season ushers in festive foods, d├ęcor, and winter's highly anticipated movies of 2015! 

Now you can your family can explore the galaxy, sing with the Chipmunks or solve a Sherlock mystery—and dine out with Special by’s Dinner & a Movie deal. Now through December 20 for $30, you’ll receive two tickets PLUS a $100 eGift card to redeem for a star-rated restaurant.

Spend family time discovering the perfect table and flick. Use your movie tickets to see any winter blockbuster hit here. Hurry – this offer ends Sunday, December 20 at 11:59 pm CT or when it’s sold out. and Specials by make great gifts for everyone on your wish list. Connect with on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and never miss their next great deal! 

I received a gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 

Ascendancy by Karri Thompson book blitz and GIVEAWAY

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Ascendancy by Karri Thompson

 Published by Entangled Teen

 Published on November 30th, 2015

 Genre: YA Dystopian

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 Indigo Books:

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated once again. I shouldn’t be surprised, but in a way I am. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity, my every desire fulfilled by those who need me the most. But instead, they plan to control me, keep me hidden, and force me to be complacent while I give birth over and over again. Hell, I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right?

I’m the one with the power to re-populate this world of clones, my ancestors who were produced from harvested DNA. Michael. He loves me. At this point, he may be my only friend. There may be others. Tension is building in the regions. A secret sect is growing. A rebellion is imminent. My awakening into this future should have been my savior, my renaissance, my ally. But instead, it has become my plague.  
  About the Author:

 Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education.

 When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like teaching high-school English, cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network), and attending her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.




 Instagram: authorkarrithompson  

  Read Below for an excerpt from the book:

 Michael was the only good thing to come out of my awakening. I didn’t know how long we’d have together, but I realized I wanted to make every second with him count.

Twisting to face him, I brought my right leg to the other side of his body and kissed him gently at first, and then a little harder as he brought his hands to my back, massaging his fingers against my shoulder blades. His lips moved to my neck, and he slid his hand through the hair at the base of my head. I lay against him, savoring his warm breath at my throat as his chest pressed against mine. “Duck!” Cradling my body, he scrambled to the floor, bringing me down with him. “What?” I whispered. “I saw something outside. A shadow. It looked like a person.” “Victoria! I need to get her.” Crawling on my hands and knees, I entered the living room and picked up my sleeping baby. “Behind the couch. Let’s go.” “Watch her,” I said, and rested her on the floor next to Michael.

 Drawing the laser pistol from my waist, I scooted to the edge of the couch where I could see the back door. “I locked it,” he whispered, “but any Security guard or SEC can open it.” The door slid open. I aimed my pistol, my arms and hands trembling.  

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Super Middle Grade Mondays: Author Spotlight Jennie K. Brown with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays

Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!
Today, we get up close and personal with
Jennie K. Brown
author of Poppy Mayberry, The Monday a 2016 title coming from Tantrum Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram
Inspiration with Jennie K. Brown
Many people have asked me where I got the big idea about having magical powers based on the day of the week you’re born for my MG novel POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY. So, I’ve written a bit about my inspiration below!
The idea actually came to me when I was stopped at a red light in my hometown. I glanced up at the Starbucks on the corner across the street to see a young girl tossing a ball into the air. From the angle I watched, it looked as if the girl was controlling the ball with her mind. At pretty much the same time I asked myself, What day of the week is it? (I have a tendency to lose track of the days over the summer!) And then I put those thoughts together – What if a person had certain powers depending on the day of the week? Or what if a person had a special power specific to the day of the week in which they were born? And that’s where I got the concept for Poppy’s town of Nova. Then I took that a step further and gave certain powers to certain days of the week. If you check out this link, you can see what day of the week you were born and the power behind that day!
Monday – telekinetic powers (controlling things with your mind) Tuesday – teleportation Wednesday – energy/electricity manipulation Thursday – mind reading (So cool!) Friday – invisibility (disappearing!) Saturday and Sunday – powerless  (This is funny, because I was actually born on a Saturday myself!)
In POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY, the main character (Poppy Mayberry) is struggling with her telekinetic Monday power. Because of this she is sent to a remedial summer camp for the powerless - Power Academy – where she gets teamed up with her archrival, a mind reading Thursday, and a few other weekday hopefuls to combat the awful headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby and her equally awful sidekick. The novel is set to release in April 2016 with a sequel in December! Find out more and Jennie and her writing inspiration on her website
:) Jennie
What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a 'Wednesday''? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not---Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she's passing may just end up on someone's head. And if that's not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It's enough to make a girl want to disappear...if only she were a Friday.
"Whimsical, imaginative, and fun. Poppy Mayberry is a modern Annie - immediately likable, charming and spunky. Kids will be rooting for this wonderful heroine from page one." --- Robert Beatty, New York Times Bestselling Author of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK
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Poppy Mayberry, The Monday by Jennie K. Brown Publication Date: September 2016 Publisher: Month9Books
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Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas by Ben Sowards $25 Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY

Asleep on the Hay Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas by Ben Sowards It’s Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It’s the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck. Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth—extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas. amazon Asleep on the Hay 1   Asleep on the Hay 2   Asleep on the Hay 3  
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ben sowardsAuthor & Illustrator Ben Sowards Ben Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles that Saved America, and Christmas Oranges. Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where has directed the illustration program since 2001.
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