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Skoy Cloth - Review

I am not sure about you, but I know that we use TONS of paper towels in our house!
Is there a spill?
Get a paper towel.
Is there water from me cleaning the nine million bottles?
Just get a paper towel.
Time to wipe down the counter,
You guessed it...
Get a paper towel!

I have been hearing so much about Skoy Cloth and now I can add my own opinion!
They are great!
Not only are they just absolutely too cute to look at, they do work!

From their website:

Wet your SKOY cloth before using. Be sure to squeeze out the excess water for optimal absorption. It can be used with popular household cleaners, but works just as well with water.
Note: Rinse cloth very well when combined with dish soap in order not to leave residue.
We recommend that after your SKOY cloth has passed its prime, it can be used as a rag for heavier cleaning. Chlorine-use is not recommended.
The SKOY can be cleaned in your dishwasher and is washer and dryer safe up to 90°C (190°F).
Another option to keep your SKOY cloth germ-free is to microwave it daily when damp for 1-2 minutes. This will also remove possible bad smell that is caused by bacteria. Remember your SKOY cloth must be wet when microwaving for best effect and to avoid risk for fires. The SKOY cloth will be extremely hot when removing from the microwave so please use caution and wait a moment. Immediately run under cool water to rinse.
Note: Make sure the SKOY cloth is wet when microwaving to avoid fires.
Warning: The SKOY cloth can be extremely hot when removing from the microwave.

I will say though, when I got them for review, I was a bit skeptical.
They looked like really cute and colorful pieces of paper.
They were hard as bricks and did not look like they would really work!

But, if you do as it says, just wet it...
Then use to wipe down / absorb/whatever you need it..

We have them in our kitchen now!
Love it!
I know I will be ordering more...
What a cute idea!
Besides the functionality of the cloth, they really are just too cute!

********** I received a set of Skoy Cloths for review purpose. The opinions expressed in this post are mine. **********

Our Book Club

Back when I used to have a job... ( As a manager of a sports bar and grill)
Well, that was like a year ago... But anyways,
We decided that since we all enjoyed reading so much that we would start a book club.
The first book that we chose to read was, CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi

Okay, lets start by asking this...
How many of you have ever read a Jodi Picoult book?
At this point, I never had...
But, we read it...
Her book was awesome!


Shay Bourne - New Hampshire’s first death row prisoner in 69 years – has only one last request: to donate his heart post-execution to the sister of his victim, who is looking for a transplant. Bourne says it’s the only way he can redeem himself…but with lethal injection as his form of execution, this is medically impossible. Enter Father Michael Wright, a young local priest. Called in as Shay’s spiritual advisor, he knows redemption has nothing to do with organ donation – and plans to convince Bourne. But then Bourne begins to perform miracles at the prison that are witnessed by officers, fellow inmates, and even Father Michael – and the media begins to call him a messiah. Could an unkempt, bipolar, convicted murderer be a savior? It seems highly unlikely, to the priest. Until he realizes that the things Shay says may not come from the Bible…but are, verbatim, from a gospel that the early Christian church rejected two thousand years ago…and that is still considered heresy.
Change Of Heart looks at the nature of organized religion and belief, and takes the reader behind the closely drawn curtains of America’s death penalty. Featuring the return of Ian Fletcher from Keeping Faith, it also asks whether religion and politics truly are separate in this country, or inextricably tangled. Does religion make us more tolerant, or less? Do we believe what we do because it’s right? Or because it’s too frightening to admit that we may not have the answers?
I am telling you! We had so many discussions about this book... Think about it...
What would you do? He wants to DONATE HIS heart to the sister of his VICTIM.
Would you grant his wish and let him donate it?
This book, as in pretty much ALL of her books makes you think.

After reading this one, we tried to read other books, but some how or another, we would always find
ourself reading another one of hers... What turned out as a small book club of 4 girls turned into everyone reading Jodi Picoult!
We could not stop talking about this book, it really made everyone stop and think...
Slowly we started to notice...
I would read another of her books, a few friends would read others, then we would swap.
We noticed that customers that had heard us mention it were reading these books, other people that worked with us. Our friends...
It was an addiction!

I hate to admit it, but over the next couple months, I slowly bought ALL of her books.
The only thing I hate about new releases are that they are hard back and all of her other ones are paperback...
So, Change of Heart doesn't flow when you look at my bookshelf.

Then, she released another one...
Handle with Care.


When Charlotte and Sean O’Keefe’s daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated – she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain. As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow’s medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow. But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say in public that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she’d known about the disability in advance – words that her husband can’t abide, that Willow will hear, and that Charlotte cannot reconcile. And the ob/gyn she’s suing isn’t just her physician – it’s her best friend.
Handle With Care explores the knotty tangle of medical ethics and personal morality. When faced with the reality of a fetus who will be disabled, at which point should an OB counsel termination? Should a parent have the right to make that choice? How disabled is TOO disabled? And as a parent, how far would you go to take care of someone you love? Would you alienate the rest of your family? Would you be willing to lie to your friends, to your spouse, to a court? And perhaps most difficult of all – would you admit to yourself that you might not actually be lying?

Once again, you start to ask questions...
I think this is one of the main reasons I love her books...
Lifetime had her movie, The Tenth Circle...
Then, My Sisters Keeper just came out...
Another winner!

She has a new book coming out in March!
Check out her books...
I know you will love it!


Aloha Friday #16 - New Years

Head on over and say hey to Kailani...

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

So, for MY ALOHA FRIDAY Question...
What did you do for New Years Eve?

I read a book with my sick baby on my lap... Finally got him to sleep, and went to my parents room to watch the ball drop...

Now, I am heading to bed...
LOL, very exciting, I know...

Hope this year is full of everything and more for you all!!!!!


New Years Eve and Diggers

Well, this feels kind of crazy!
For AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, I have worked on New Years Eve.
Actually, I have worked for pretty much all holidays/celebrations...
I am 30 years old and I have had a job since I was 15!
But, that is not the point!

Last year, the job I had for the previous 10 years decided to shut its doors, with NYE being the LAST night of Diggers... (Diggers is the name of the place I worked at!)
I was 7 months pregnant and when I got off of work (this time around 11:30 ish) I headed home to ring in the New Year with the hubby and his sons...
It was a nice change to be able to spend time with my husband... but it SUCKED that it was the LAST night I would ever walk into Diggers. You know, that was my family!
I moved up there at the age of 19, got a job immediately and that "job" became a second family/home.
They were there through it all...
Anyways, I could ramble on forever about that...
All I wanted to say was that with tonight being New Years Eve...

Be responsible... Be safe!

Also, I will be taking pretty much the month of January for a well needed break.
I have scheduled a few posts for while I am gone.
( I do not want you to forget about me!)


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


W/W # 5 Pretty Old

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday...

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Random Tuesday Thoughts

So, today is Tuesday...
Randomness it is then!

To start with...
If you have not seen MY SISTERS KEEPER, you should definitely watch it!
Have the tissues handy!
I love Jodi Picoult.
Her books are great!
( I will post about all of that soon!)

Moving along, I do not know about y'all, but I watched the hangover the other night with my little brother, I was LAUGHING OUT LOUD, like, for real! It was too funny! Now, this movie is not for everyone, so do not go and rent it just because I said so... but for some of you, YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Speaking of not for everyone...
Have you heard all the hoop-la over this new show on MTV, called Jersey Shore?
Well, we watched it the other night...
I hate to say it, but come on now...
These people are killing me!
They say it is supposed to be all about "the Jersey Shore" and representing "Italian Americans", Ummmmmmmmmmmmm I DO NOT THINK SO!
My family is Italian, my husband is Italian... This in NOWAYWHATSOEVER represents ANY of us...
Top it all off, one of the GIRLS on the show gets punched IN THE FACE by some random GUY! Needless to say, MTV blacks it out, so that you can not see the actual punch, but you can You Tube it and see it...
That is just so sad...

Anyways, I have been SICK as a dog...
I got it, and lovingly I passed it on to my mom, dad, brother and Broxton.
Broxton and I are on meds...
The others are just now getting sick, so they are still trying to deal with it with no medication or with over the counter stuff...

Hope all of you had a Very MERRY Christmas!

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