Archives for November 2012

GoGoBot #GogobotTravel

If I could pick anywhere to go to I have decided that I would want to go to New York, New York.  GoGoBot is a great site to use when planing your  vacations.  It has all of the information that you could ever want when it  comes to booking a hotel to planning what you are going to do while you are there!  I am going to be planning my dream trip using GoGoBot and here is what I would be doing if I had the money to travel there.

I would for sure rather stay in a condo for sure.  I am not a huge fan of hotels and since I would be there about a week or so a condo is a great way to save some money on food because you can do your own cooking.  GoGoBot has a list of all of the places where you can rent a condo or a hotel room.

I really like these condo’s because who doesn’t want to be right at times square???  You can click here and see more of the pictures of these condos.

There are so many things to do there that I decided I would just list a few of the things that I would love to do while I was there.  This list doesn’t even touch on how much shopping I would be doing!

You can go here and see more of the attractions and things that you can do while in New York.  Since I have done all this research on going there I am going to start saving so that I can go there and experience what it is like to be there.

If you are planning a trip you really should use GoGoBot because it makes it so easy to see everything you can do.  It is great to have everything all on one page and at one location.  For my next trip I am for sure going to be using GoGoBot to plan it!

Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.

And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.

The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Open Adoption, Open Heart

As I am sure most of you know I placed my daughter for adoption when I was 20.  I was contacted about hosting a guest post of a writer who has adopted his 2 children through open adoption.  I jumped at the chance to have a guest post on my blog as well as get the chance to read the book he has written.  I will have the review of the book up sometime next week after I have had the chance to sit down and read it.  Here is the guest post and please leave any comments or questions down below!

My wife and I are infertile. We don’t know why. The doctors and nurses can’t seem to give us any real answers about why we’ve been unable to have kids for our 8 years of trying, but here we are. No little ones carrying on our genes.

Infertility is a funny thing (if you’re willing to look at it that way). It seems to come with some invisible sign that only fertile friends can read. The sign, of course, reads- “Here I am without a baby. Please please please tell me how we can solve our infertile woes.” Cornered at church or at the supermarket, as soon as someone hears that we can’t have kids, it’s, “Well, you know what we did? We went on this all carrot and celery diet. And guess what! By Thursdays that week we were pregnant.”

Even more common is the ever popular, “My brother and his wife couldn’t get pregnant so they did such and such.”

Don’t get me wrong. It’s annoying and all, but after a while we infertile people get to a point where we start to enjoy it. I absolutely love it when I get to say, “I’ve never heard that one before.” I fear some people may think I’m being rude by laughing at my own friends. I don’t mean to be rude. I really don’t. I’m just pointing out that some people are really funny and they don’t seem to see it. Here are a few of my favorites-

Woman should stand on her head after intercourse. Now, that one may actually have some scientific reasoning to it. I don’t know. I aint a doctor. Gravity is real, though, so who knows. That one is actually pretty popular to try, or some variation of it.

Rub ice cubes on your (fill in the blank here). I don’t leave that “fill in the blank” empty because I’m censoring myself. I leave it blank because I’ve heard just about every body part, male or female, in that blank spot. Whatever the body part, I always enjoy that one.

Try intercourse in the back seat of a car. Now, I have actually heard that one from real people, but the fact that I also saw that on The Simpsons when Apu was trying to get his wife pregnant should tell you something if you think it’s a good problem solver.

Have an affair. I haven’t heard that from any of my “friends” because they wouldn’t be my friends anymore if they suggested that, but I’ve heard other people say it was told to them. Idiocy.

Eat more (another fill in the blank). Spaghetti, or vegetables, or Mexican food, or B vitamins, or or or…

Again, I’m not trying to pick on people who give their input. I appreciate when my friends take the time to care- just know that I may be laughing at you behind your back if you tell me the reason I’m not able to get my wife pregnant is because I wear boxers instead of briefs- or the other way around.

Adoption is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and Open Adoption, Open Heart is our adoption story. It’s not simply a matter of filling out papers and waiting for a baby. It’s a process of building relationships- the birth parents are still in our lives. Infertility is still part of us, but it doesn’t define us. We are able to laugh at our problems because we are able to embrace our successes. Hooray for adoption, and hooray for those wonderful birth parents who helped make our dreams come true.

Author Bio

Russell Elkins was born on Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1977. Along with his five siblings, he and his military family moved around a lot, living in eight different houses by the time he left for college at age 17. Although his family movedaway from Fallon, Nevada, just a few months after he moved out, he still considers that little oasis in the desert to be his childhood hometown. He and his family now live in the Boise, Idaho area.
Russell has always been a family man at heart, looking forward to the day when he could be a husband and a father. It took him a little while, but eventually his eyes locked onto a beautiful blonde, and he has never looked away. Russell and Jammie were married in 2004. Years of struggling with infertility left Russell and Jammie with a decision to make and their lives changed dramatically when they decided to adopt.
Russell and Jammie have adopted two beautiful children, Ira and Hazel, and have embraced their role as parents through open adoption. Both are actively engaged in the adoption community by communicating through social media, taking part in discussion panels, and writing songs about adoption. Russell also writes a weekly post for Adoption.com and contributes regularly to Adoption Voices Magazine.
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Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love

Every Perfect Gift by Dorothy Love

About

Book 3 in Dorothy Love’s Hickory Ridge Romance series.
Ethan and Sophie long to share a future together. But the secrets they’re not sharing could tear them apart.
Sophie Caldwell has returned to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, after years away. Despite the heartaches of her childhood, Sophie is determined to make a home, and a name, for herself in the growing town. A gifted writer, she plans to resurrect the local newspaper that so enchanted her as a girl.
Ethan Heyward’s idyllic childhood was shattered by a tragedy he has spent years trying to forget. An accomplished businessman and architect, he has built a majestic resort in the mountains above Hickory Ridge, drawing wealthy tourists from all over the country.

When Sophie interviews Ethan for the paper, he is impressed with her intelligence and astounded by her beauty. She’s equally intrigued but fears he will reject her if he learns about her shadowed past. Just as she summons the courage to tell him, Ethan’s own past unexpectedly and violently catches up with him, threatening not only his life but their budding romance.

My Review

This book was amazing.  I read it in less that 24 hours which is fast for even me.  I instantly fell in love with Sophie and Evan.  While I was reading the book I hoped that they would end up together because they seemed so perfect for each other.  The author does a great job of describing things and also does a great job of keep the reader on the edge of their seats.  I didn’t put this book down until I was finished with it and I am going to read the other books in the series along with any other books that the the author has written.

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Elizabeth Ludwig’s “No Safe Harbor” Kindle Fire Giveaway and 12/6 Facebook Party!

Elizabeth Ludwig is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 12/6.

One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5th. Winner will be announced at the “No Safe Harbor” Author Chat Facebook Party on 12/6. Connect with Elizabeth, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Edge of Freedom series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and win some great prizes—gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of No Safe Harbor and join Elizabeth on the evening of the December 6th for a chance to connect with her and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

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No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

No Safe Harbor

About

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she’s found is a web of danger.
Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother’s warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.
She’s then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother–but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.
With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke… a man she’s grown to love?

My Review

I loved this book.  Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.  I fell in love with Cara and hoped through the whole book that she would find her brother.  I knew once she trusted Rourke that everything would get more complicated but I hoped that in the end things would work out for her.  On a side note I have recently started listening to a group of singers called Celtic Thunder and I imagine Rourke to be one of the singers from that group so I always liked him.  Anyway, back to the review I have to say I liked the ending in once sense but on the other hand it made me sad as well.  I wish that everything would have worked out for her but the way it is left it could still work out and I hope that it does.

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FTC: I received a free copy of “No Safe Harbor” by Elizabeth Ludwig in exchange for my review.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Resurrect by David Stevens

Resurrect by David Stevens

About

Book 1 in the Resurrect Trilogy.

Preventing his burning fighter from crashing into a neighborhood, Navy Commander Josh Logan ejects … too late.
Critically injured, he’s offered a new life and mission exploit highly classified military technology to stop a global cataclysm. The price? He’ll be dead to everyone he knows.
He wakes in a city hospital with a genetically enhanced body and no identity. With the help of his brilliant, Neuro ICU nurse, and guided by nothing but a voice, he must infiltrate the military-industrial complex to develop the world’s most powerful weapon … to protect humanity?

My Review

A very well written book, combining action, philosophy and science. Though sometimes heavy on the science side of things the book uses dialogue and character development to move you comfortably through some of the heavier bits allowing to the book to flow and bring you along, without making  you feel  like your in some college lecture hall. An excellence example of a talented writer combining mystery and science fiction into a riveting book. For those who like a great read with a lot of technical information, well researched, to back up the plot this book is for you. The author does a great job of introducing ideas and plot twists then bringing you into the story, making you not want to put the book down.

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FTC: I received a free copy of “Resurrect” by David Stevens in exchange for my review.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Amazing Artwork With #AlphabetPhotography

#AlphabetPhotography

 I was so excited when I this offer to get a free picture because I have always liked the look of them.  I was so excited when I found out that I was chosen to get one and review it.  These would make great gifts for the holiday’s.  They are something that can dress up an area in your home or office.  I chose to get my daughters name who I placed for adoption almost 8 years ago.  This is what mine looks like:
Alphabet Photography-Whole PictureI am still kicking myself because I didn’t take pictures of how well it was shipped.  I was totally shocked at how well they packaged it to ship.  I do tons of online shopping and this was by far the best wrapping I have ever seen.   You definitely don’t have to worry about the glass or any other part of the picture breaking while they are being shipped to you.  I also love how each on of the pictures is signed by the person who put together the picture for you.  Here is a picture of the artist who put mine together:

Author Signature

They also have over 1000 different pictures that they can use to make your words or names.  I love the fact that I could add the hearts to the front and back of the picture.  Here are a couple of close ups on the letters themselves:
Letters

lastletters 2

As you can see they are great pictures and a great present to give.  Like  I said before they are great to put up in your house of office.  It would be nice to get your last name done and then put it above your fireplace or behind your desk in your office.  They are great quality and they have so many different pictures of each letter that you can spend hours mixing and matching different letters together until you find something that totally matches your personality and also the decor you already have in your home.

If you are looking for unique gifts this is one that I am sure anyone would love to receive!

The perfect customized gift that includes photographs from all over the world, this is the original Alphabet Photography. Celebrity owners include: Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, John Schneider, Nelly Furtado, and many more!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alphabet Photography. The opinions and text are all mine.

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