Post from: January 2015

Bookfest Friday

When this novel bounced to #1 on the NYT Young-Adult Best-Seller list the first week it released, I felt compelled to share it with any of you who might be interested. The beginning pages are packed with intrigue.

Here’s a quick synopsis, straight from

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

I enjoyed the book; it was an easy read. I may or may not follow through with the next one in the series (there wasn’t as much romance as I typically like) but I still found it satisfying. The beginning definitely hooked me.

Deep Thought Thursday

This is an inspiring excerpt from EARL NIGHTINGALE'S LEAD THE FIELD, an amazing 4-cd series that you should go and buy RIGHT NOW. I'm serious. It's awesome. Listen to what this guy says:

"If the electronic energy of the hydrogen atoms in your body could be utilized, you could supply all the electrical needs of a highly industrialized country for nearly a week.  The atoms of your body contain a potential energy of more than 11 million killowat hours per pound.  The average person, by this estimate, is worth about $85 billion dollars.  (And this was written in 1956!)   Moreover, the electrons that are part of your body are not just particles of matter, they are waves of living energy, and these waves ripple out and spread themselves in patterns of light.  And, as they move, they sing.  If you had the proper hearing aid, you could hear a great flow merging with the waves of neighboring atoms.  And they not only sing, they shine.  If you stand in front of an infrared television camera in a completely dark room, the screen will show you from top to toe as a glistening, radiating, gleaming life form.  In short, you're a whole lot more than meets the casual eye.  Add to all this the fact that, to try to reproduce your mind mechanically would cost many billions of dollars, and you begin to see yourself for what you really are: an amazing, infinitely valuable creature.  And not only are you immensely valuable as a human being, but you are unlike any other human being who ever lived or whoever will live.  You are: unique."

Is that inspirational, or what??

Go get the series.

Order it here.

Super Mom Monday

The following is a very important list that you might want to print off and keep. Below you will find the fruits and vegetables that are most heavily sprayed with pesticides and the least heavily sprayed. If your organic selection is limited, or if you’re simply wanting to pick the best options amongst non-organic produce, this list will be very helpful.

Remember, eating any fruits and vegetables—organic or not—is better than eating none at all, so keep that in mind as you shop.

Also note, the two crops at bottom left—green beans and leafy greens like kale and collard greens—didn’t fall under parameters to get them on the Dirty Dozen™ but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade, but they are not banned and still show up on some food crops.

(This list is provided by the Environmental Working Group at )

Bookfest Friday

This book gives an enlightened view of finances and financial intelligence.  Kiyosaki shares the lessons his rich father (his best friend's dad) taught him while he was growing up.  Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad" went on to be one of the richest men in Hawaii, so his advice should not be taken lightly.

The content is entertaining and easy to understand and if you are looking for a way out of what Kiyosaki calls the financial "rat race," of life, Kiyosaki provides valuable insight into investment options.  He also says the most valuable thing you can work on in order to increase your financial IQ (and your money) is to continually work on gaining more and more KNOWLEDGE on the subject of money and investments.  He encourages the reader to learn financial WORDS and their definitions because WORDS are the most powerful tool we have as humans to work with. 

We love Kiyosaki's teachings.  His most recently released book is the second he has written with Donald Trump, entitled Midas Touch.  It's a good one, too, and worth studying as well as the others in his long list of authored books. 

Happy reading! 

It seems like winter season undoubtedly brings runny noises, coughs, and colds.  Here are 13 things we do around our house to keep colds at bay, or treat them if we get them.  Maybe some of these ideas can help your family!

1) Garlic- A staple.  Just last night I put three garlic bulbs (not cloves, bulbs) into some anasazi beans as part of our dinner.  (Joely and I had a cold.)  This kills bacteria quickly and fights off infection.  When the kids were too young to eat garlic, I would rub garlic oil on the bottoms of their feet and cover them with socks.  The skin absorbs the garlic into the system really well.

2) Echinacea Extract- comes in a dropper form.

3) Vitamin D- we also take this all winter long in dropper form.

4) Vitamin C-chewable for us!  But then, we do have kids...

5) Hot tea-- esp. green tea, elderberry, Echinacea-nothing soothes your stuffy nose or sore throat like some hot tea.  Even the kids love this one.  It makes you feel so much better...

6) Zinc-my kids like these in a lozenge form that I found at Ozark Natural Foods, by Zand-- see the pic at right.

7) Steamy baths-as hot as you can take it.  It breaks up the mucous. 

8) Extra Rest, Reduced Stress


Soul Saturday

"Example is not the main thing influencing others, it is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer

“How you feel at any moment is a brilliant indicator between how much your PHYSICAL you and your SPIRITUAL you are in sync with one another. The more you live your life’s highest purpose, the more you follow your calling, the more you are in line with the INNATE YOU, the better you feel, and the greater your emotional well-being.”

–Heidi Tankersley

I thought this was an interesting look at humanity. Here's the most common NYR's.


1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

2. Incorporate Fitness into My Life

3. Tame the Bulge

4. Quit Smoking

5. Enjoy Life More

6. Quit Drinking

7. Get Out of Debt

8. Learn Something New

9. Help Others

10. Get Organized

Deep Thought Thursday

Ok, so, I'm not one to be a New Year's Resolutions kind of gal (I’m more of a goals-all-year-ground kind of gal),  but I do think the end of a calendar year is a valuable time to evaluate how your life is going.  Another year has passed.  You won't ever get it back.  Was it how you wanted it to look?  Are you growing into somebody you like?  Or, are there things about yourself you don't like so much at all? 

For me, I think Resolutions should be called "Choices," (if you want them to actually happen anyway) because it means you have taken a good long look at yourself and have made a choice to officially change.  See, a choice can't ever happen without doing something.  As opposed to resolutions, which can be made, with or without action behind them.   

Nothing actually happens until you choose.  If you take no action to call your mom more often, than you choose to keep the relationship at the same level this time next year.  If you do take action to call your mom more, you choose the opposite direction--a choice toward growing your relationship with her.  The same can be said of spending time with family, changing jobs, working out--whatever it is for you.