Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Trang, by Mary Sisson

TrangTrang by Mary Sisson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I am so glad I did! While I am not a writer (as you can probably tell from my review), I am an avid reader, and was very happy to find this little gem among the many rough books I've received to review. The plot kept moving forward at a good pace. The writing was crisp, clean, and well edited. I was able to connect with the characters as they matured throughout the course of the book. I appreciated the straightforwardness of the writing, with no flashbacks, flash forwards, or other distractions. The product description provides a good glimpse into the story. In short, I loved the book and can't wait to learn more about Trang and the alien races, especially the White Spiders, in future books. Thank you, Mary Sisson, for such a pleasurable read.

View all my reviews

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

25 Lessons I Wish I Had Learned WAY Sooner

While stumbling along, I found this post on and had to re-post.

25 Lessons I Wish I Had Learned WAY Sooner

When I think of my younger, thinner, stupider self, I think, “Holy crap. If I knew then what I know now…” Well, here are some of the things I wish I knew then.

  1. 1 out of 4 people that you meet won’t like you. That’s really OK.
  2. Life isn’t fair. Most of the time it’s not fair in your favor, so don’t whine about life not being fair.
  3. Save your money.
  4. No one knows what you’re thinking unless you tell them.
  5. Perfectionism will kill you.
  6. You’re stronger than you think you are.
  7. You think that sexism and racism were in the olden days. They’re not.
  8. Comparing yourself to others is never a good idea.
  9. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. People are consistent.
  10. Develop critical thinking skills and use them.
  11. Never hide your intelligence from anyone.
  12. Trust your instincts.
  13. 80% of everything is irrelevant
  14. Spend WAY less time worrying about the shape of your body.
  15. Stay away from credit cards.
  16. There are lots of men who will be nice to you. Accept nothing less.
  17. Be nicer to yourself too.
  18. For the most part, it doesn’t matter what people think. Follow your own truth.
  19. No education is wasted. Drink in as many new experiences as you can.
  20. Pay your dues. Work hard.
  21. Networking is critical.
  22. Letting go of control is liberating. Try it.
  23. Don’t treat anyone badly. You’ll be surprised when they’ll pop up again in your life.
  24. Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.
  25. Don’t forget to enjoy your journey!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MEGA PromoFrenzy Team Sale!!!

What a great month! Not only do we have summer left, there's also 2 excellent reasons to shop!

First, it's the grand opening of BabyPenguinCreations on Etsy! This shop is dedicated to the crafts of my 2 wonderful children, Claudia and Billy. A portion of all the sales will be used to fund their trips to Paris as a part of our school's 5th grade exchange program. I'm working on adding items daily, so be sure and check back often!

Second, it's a MEGA Promo Frenzy event and there are some INCREDIBLE sales going on right now as a part of our MEGA PromoFrenzy Team Sale. Right now there are 56 shops participating, with discounts ranging from 5%-30%! Both LaughingPenguin and BabyPenguinCreations are participating with a discount of 25% off all purchases over $10!

Finding these sales is easy! You can...

  1. an etsy search for promofrenzyteam (if you're looking for something specific, include that in the search as well),
  2. ...follow this link to see all the stores participating along with their discounts...Be sure and go to the last page to make sure you get all of the shops :)
There are many, many great gift ideas if you browse around the shops. Some of my favorites include...

PaintedMemoriesByRos - 15% off these sections - BLANK CARD SETS, MATTED CARDS and FRAMED CARDS. She has some gorgeous cards priced very reasonably. No need to use a coupon code - the prices have already been adjusted

CrochetedbyCharlene - 20% off all orders - I ordered some of her facial cloths and LOVE them.

Impact Jewelry - 15% off all orders! I've been drooling over this button necklace for months!

Also, be sure and check out the shops of our fearless leaders...
And finally, if you're in need of a logo designed, check out Kelly Designs - the mind behind our Team logos - for 20% off all pre-made designs.