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The Mailbox - book review

I love to read and I think I am starting to get back into my "groove" of reading!
I used to read alot, but now...
It is more Curious George with Broxton versus books for me.
Nothing is wrong with that, of course, I would not change it for anything!

I was able to read THE MAILBOX by MARYBETH WHALEN.
I started it and finished it in 2 days!
It was a great read and a pretty easy one as well!

Are you headed to the pool or beach?
This would be a perfect quick read for you then!

I enjoyed the story and imagine knowing that it was based on a REAL mailbox in North Carolina!
The mailbox is a sweet story about this one mailbox...
Out in the middle of nowhere!
On the outside it says, "Kindred Spirit" and locals and tourists all visit to leave a letter for the "Kindred Spirit!"
The mailbox is filled with notebooks, loose leaf notebook paper and plenty of pens. You go visit and write whatever you need to say to the "Kindred Spirit." No one reads it but them... and no one knows who the "Kindred Spirit" is!
Besides this just being a book about some mailbox, it is a sweet story about love...
Lindsey visited Sunset as a teenager...
She visited the mailbox and since started a tradition! Every year, she returns to Sunset with her family and she makes her yearly trek to the mailbox to write her letter about the previous year. Once Lindsey and her husband divorce, she has to face new territory! Let down her guard and learn to love, or stay guarded and full of pain!

This book was a page turner...
I had a feeling that I knew who the "Kindred Spirit" was, but I had to keep reading to see if I was right or not.

I really hope that Marybeth Whalen writes more books, this was a good one!
Maybe she will even explore focusing another book on one of the other characters next time!

Thanks to B & B Media Group for allowing me the chance to review this book!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


Any advice?

I "met" a fellow Army Wife that I would love to talk to...
(Through the bloghop)
When I try to leave a comment on her blog, it will not let me...
Then I noticed, she has no comments on any of her posts...

I tried to look at her profile to email her...
(and to see what the deal was with her blog not taking comments)
She does not have a visible profile...

She is a new blogger...
I am talking about Crystal @ Life in a Day

Anyone know her?
Anyone know how I can contact her?

Thanks for any help!

Rubbermaid Reveal Mop - Review and Giveaway

How do you mop?
There have been so many ways to mop your floor...
My Nana had the sponge with the squeeze thing, you know, mop, squeeze the sponge, do it again...
My moms house is the mop that is the braided rope and then you pull the thing up to squeeze the water out...
Where I used to work, it was the INDUSTRIAL mop and then the mop bucket had the squeeze.
I had the kind that was the wet pad.

Times, yes, they are a changing!!!!
I was fortunate to review the Rubbermaid Reveal Spray Mop.
First of all, it was released in May...
Where was this before then?

It comes very easy to put together...
Just snap the pieces together and you are on your way!
They even include an extra cleaning pad!
This cleaning pad is no joke either!!!
It is very thick and durable!

One of the MAIN reasons I like this versus other mops...
You can choose what cleaner you want to use!
Not the kind that they want you to use...

I really liked the ease of using this mop!
It was easy to get mopping and the result was a very clean floor! (One good thing, this would be perfect for unannounced company! Clean the bathroom/kitchen floor in a snap!)
The trigger lets you use as little or as much cleaner as you need...
and the cleaning pad is thick enough to get any mess up.
Did I mention it cleans super fast?!
The size of the cleaning head and the way it moves allows you to get pretty much anywhere!

This is really a win/win situation!

- save money by not having to buy the disposable cleaning pads.
- get to choose what cleaner you want to use.
- help the planet by cutting down on trash... No more disposable pads = less waste!

I know, I know...
How do you get one?
Head on over to Rubbermaid Reveal to purchase one today!

Oh, you want to try and win it first?!

Erin has agreed to let one lucky reader experience the ease of mopping!

Mandatory Entry -
Tell me how many times the cleaning pad can last in a regular cycle washing machine...
Find the answer in the FAQ's.

More Entries?
Follow my blog - 2 entries
Subscribe by email - 2 entries (must be verified)
Follow me on twitter - 2 entries
Follow Rubbermaid Erin on twitter - 2 entries
Like Rubbermaid on facebook - 2 entries
- leave a message on their wall saying you are trying to win a rubbermaid reveal mop on Jumpin Beans with a link back here - 3 extra entries
Blog about this giveaway linking to rubbermaid reveal and this post - 5 entries
Enter any other current giveaway- 1 entry each giveaway
Comment on any non-giveaway post - 1 entry (limit 5)

That is plenty of extra entries!
Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
Contest will end at midnight on August 19th. will select the winner.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email or a new winner will be drawn.
Contest open to US and CANADA.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation


Not going to BlogHer? BLOG HOP THEN!!!!

I figure I can join in this...
It will be just as fun!

When did you start blogging?
I started blogging August of last year. I was always online looking at baby items... My hubby was deployed and I wanted a way to "talk to other adults" as well as share all the cool things I found online! It didn't hurt to see what other moms were using either, seeing as though I was a first time mommy!

Why did you start blogging?
I was always online looking at baby items... My hubby was deployed and I wanted a way to "talk to other adults" as well as share all the cool things I found online! It didn't hurt to see what other moms were using either, seeing as though I was a first time mommy!

What is one thing you are going to do this week that is WAY cooler than going to
Only the best the world! Since Marc is home... safe on US soil!!! Watching him and
Broxton play and laugh is better than going there... :)

Share a post that you think says a lot about you or is your favorite.
Wordless Wednesday - Marc is HOME

Aloha Friday - 46

It is Friday!
Time to ask and answer...
Then ENJOY your weekend!!!!

My question to you is pretty simple this week...

Are you tired of the heat?
I am! It is just miserable! Marc has to work out there in it and it worries me... But he can handle it... Me? I like the AC!!!! Poor Broxton hates being in the car... As soon as we get in, he starts fussing... It is just TERRIBLE right now...
Today, my car read 105 degrees! Whew!
So, how's the weather where you are?

Don't forget to link up with other Aloha Friday bloggers!

Oh yeah, I had a blog makeover, so it is pretty easy to enter my contests now! Just click on the giveaways menu up top...
I have 4 going on now and more to follow! :)

ToothSoap- Review and Giveaway

How often do you go to the dentist?
I hate to admit it, but I do not go as often as I should...
Some people hate going there...
But others LOVE going because their teeth feel just so clean after you leave!

Let me introduce you to TOOTHSOAP.
This stuff is like a magical potion!
You know, when you want that dentist clean (and who goes to the dentist EVERY single day?!)
This has to be one of the coolest things I think I have ever reviewed!

So, what is "toothsoap?"
It is basically this little jar of liquid...
You put a drop or two in your mouth and then with your wet toothbrush, you brush your teeth like normal. It lathers up and I am not joking, once you are finished, it really does feel JUST like you left the dentist!
I tried it and was immediately like "WHOA!"
I made my mom try it...
Her response was... "Okay, go ahead and order me some!"
The boys were here...
Of course, I had them try it too...
They all agreed, " It feels just like you left the dentist! Our teeth are so clean!"

Want more info?
Read this, it is taken RIGHT OFF THEIR WEBSITE:

Tooth Soap® is natural, non-toxic and never needs a warning label of any kind ...
Cleans teeth, gums and deep cleans fissures and pits in teeth (the most common place for cavities) ...
Removes oils, residue and other contaminants from teeth
promoting remineralization which reduces sensitivity ...
Therapeutic essential oils nourish gums and subdue bacteria ...
Softens tartar with continued use, making it easier to whisk away ...
Tooth Soap® is made with whole foods, No Palm Oil and 100% sustainable ingredients, ToothSoap is healthy for your teeth and gums ...
Manufactured in the USA in a gluten free facility ...
Kosher certified Star-K ...
Tooth Soap® is available in several different flavors in "Original Shreds" and "Liquid" ...
Economical and saves you money at the dentist ...
Can be used with braces and on dentures ...

Recommended by dentists and endorsed by many health experts ...

I was able to review the Peppermint Toothsoap.
I do have to admit though, it smells like Peppermint, but then the taste is a very familiar one.. After thinking and thinking... and reading the ingredients again... it is OLIVE OIL! At first, it took me a bit to get used to it... Now, it is fine. I will say, I normally brush my teeth with my regular toothpaste every other day... (As well as the toothsoap.) It is just something about the equating teethcleaning with that minty fresh taste...
I was also able to review the tooth brightner, I have not tried it yet... I am trying to cut down the soda/tea before I try it..
The tooth swish was the last product that I reviewed.
You need to freshen your breath? Swish a little and then you are good to go, it is small enough to carry in your purse and after a meal, take a quick swish!

Just look at all the Tooth Soap Flavors available:

By now, I bet you are ready to go ahead and see just how great this is!

Well, guess what?
Toothsoap is going to give a bottle of their Tooth Soap product to one lucky reader!


Mandatory Entry:
Go to their product page and tell me one item you would like to try.
This is mandatory for the contest.

Extra Entries:
Follow my blog - 2 entries
Subscribe by email - 2 entries (must be verified)
Follow me on twitter - 2 entries
Like Toothsoap on facebook - 2 entries
Follow Toothsoap on twitter - 2 entries

This contest will end on August 18th.
Open to U.S. residents. will select a winner. You will have 48 hours to respond to my winning email.


Paperspring - Review and Giveaway

I have always heard of Paperspring before and now I get to tell you about them!!!

With us recently moving, I needed to get the moving announcement cards...
I looked, found JUST what I was looking for and placed my order! (Oh, I have to add, I ordered it on sticky stock... Too cute! You just peel and stick on the fridge or what not... No need for a magnet! Talk about just right for a birth announcement!) Next thing you know, the order is here... and they even wrapped it in bubble wrap and boxed it up. Talk about NO DAMAGE! :)

Paperspring has a wide variety of any type of personalized card that you might be needing! 17 months ago, I could have really used the baby boy birth announcements! (No, I ended up not sending announcements out... I could kick myself now for not doing so! BUT, if/when we have another one... (S)he will be having announcements!)

If a baby is not in your near future, you can always opt to go for the super cute invitations! They range from bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party... You name it, you can probably get it! (While you are ordering invitations, do not forget to go ahead and pick up the Thank you cards as well!)

Would you like to take advantage of all they have to offer?

For $10 off a purchase of $50 or more... and FREE SHIPPING.
Only for the month of August, use code : PSAUGUST . This code ends 8/31

Want to WIN?!
Leave separate comment for each entry...
Also, leave your email if it is not visible...

Paperspring has graciously decided that one of YOU will win a $50 gift certificate!

Mandatory Entry -
Go to Paperspring and tell me what you would get with the gift card if you won.

Extra Entries -
Follow my blog - 2 entries
Subscribe by email - 2 entries
Follow me on twitter - 2 entries
Follow Paperspring on twitter - 2 entries
Like Paperspring on facebook - 2 entries
Leave a comment telling them you are trying to win a gift certificate on Jumpin Beans - 2 entries
Blog about this linking to Paperspring and this post - 5 entries

This contest will end on August 17th. will select the winner.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.

Winners -

Here we go........
Time to announce a few winners!!!! helped me pick them...

Winner one:

Munchie Mug : Number 47

nightowl said...


This would be for my nephew.

Winner Two :

My Lip Stuff : Number 110

Glogirl said...


(#1) I am following you on Twitter @glogirl3

WINNER THREE: (2 winners)

OMNIBALM : Number 3

nightowl said...


#2 I follow you.

gahome2mom said...


#1 Follow Omibalm on Twitter @gahome2mom


W W -

This was taken before Marc deployed. They had a big family picnic for everyone and we had burgers and all that good stuff...
I thought this was beautiful, so I took a shot to remember it...

The Rattles - PREVIEW

Going along with my "birthday month," I thought I would share a little about a new "group" that is debuting their C.D. this month!
On August 17th, you can purchase the debut C.D. from "THE RATTLES!"
But, guess what?
One lucky reader will be able to win their own copy!
The Rattles are a mix of pop and rock!

You can check out their video on you tube... Rattle On

Or you can check out their mp3 Wavy Lane.

If you want an extra entry to win, just leave a comment here...

Here is the press release while we wait for the album...

New York, NY – Hailing straight from the swamps of Central Jersey, an eclectic band of anthropomorphic critters known as The Rattles are preparing to roll out their debut studio album ‘RATTLE ON’. Working in the classic traditions of The Beatles, Moxy Fruvous, The Monkees, and They Might Be Giants, The Rattlesapply a fresh fusion of classic rock and power pop that is sure to appeal to fans of all ages and put them on the map.

The unique animal collective consists of four stellar musicians and life-long friends – Gus, Kitty, Sal, and Hal – who describe their upcoming release as “the album we were born to make”. From start to finish, ‘RATTLE ON’ provides a solid testament to The Rattles’ undeniable musical ingenuity, jammed with catchy pop melodies and feel-good vibes that are sure to inspire lots of head swaying and booty-shaking.

With their trusty manager Benny and a devoted legion of roadies all named Elvis in tow, The Rattles intend to take their show on the road and connect directly with the people who inspire them most – the fans. With such a distinct background and a colorful collection of grooves, The Rattles are shaping up to be one of the most intriguing new music acts of the year.


Random Tuesday Thoughts

It is Tuesday, right?
I have a few random thoughts going through my head, so I figured, why not do a RTT post?
Been awhile, I know!

1. My birthday is not to far...
Yep! I am like a kid, getting excited! Not really sure why, I guess because Marc will be here this year! Kinda sucked turning the BIG 30 and the hubby being in the middle of a war...

2. So, McDonalds really made me mad!
I know, that is what we get for going... Anyways, went to pick up food... left without checking (I know, do not get me started!) and at the red-light (that was not working by the way, once all the cars figured it out, we started having to maneuver around to get outta there!) I check the bag... Missing food, and what are these apple pies? Ugh!!!!!!!!!!! I called back, after being on hold the whole time at the red-light, I finally got a manager... Long story short, she told me to come through the drive thru and she would complete my order, no, she did not mention the pies....
I go back, the drive thru is wrapped around the store! I get out, get Broxton out and we go in...
10 minutes later, yes TEN MINUTES later, I get the food... As for the pies, we were charged for them... did not order them... and I see a sign that says FREE PIES with a purchase of a meal... Now that makes me even more mad... Her answer, she would tell the guy to repeat the order next time... Bad thing was, it was NOT on the screen when I drove away...
Guess who will not be going to MacDonalds?

3. I am having a hard time figuring out the mail system over here...
Some days, we get packages, others they are at the office...
Some mail we get, others are "At the Annex Building"?
What is up with that?!

4. I have family coming to see us this week!
My brother is heading here today, I think he loves his little nephew just a bit!
My parents are coming this weekend!
That is the good thing about having a baby, the family comes to visit more often! LoL

5. Broxton and I have decided to start going to Gymboree...
Post to come about that soon!

6. I have decided that I need to "back track" and post about the fun stuff we have done since Marc got back...
So, I think I need to figure out what day to do it on...
Any suggestions? Or know of any Meme's to link up with?


Breastfeeding Moms?

I tried to breastfeed...
It did not work for us.
I would nurse and nurse and nurse...
and Broxton would still be starving.
When I pumped, it was a guess as to how much would be there...
Sometimes I could only get 2 ounces...
Others it was 8 or 10.

After a few months I had to give it up...
For those of you who do breastfeed, or plan to breastfeed, or need a great gift...

Uddercovers is having a GREAT DEAL right now!
It is breastfeeding week, so for right now, you can get one of their uddercovers for FREE!
All you pay is shipping and handling...
That is a $32 value!

You can get their gift set for only $5.

Just enter the code:

Head on over to check it out.
It is totally legit, I actually ordered one the last time they ran this deal...
You know, for WHENEVER we have another baby! :)
(NO mom, you can relax - not pregnant!)


Help Me Choose Please!

So, there is a Photo Contest Going On...
The Wacky Watermelon Photo Contest ...

I really do not know which one I like better...
So, will you help me choose which to enter?

Photo One:

Photo Two:

What do you think?!

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