Monday, February 29, 2016

Menu: Week 134

Happy Monday! There are a lot fun things going on this week. My newest manuscript made round 3 in the #SonofaPitch contest. This means that Agents and Editors are going to stop by and request the manuscripts they want. I've never made it this far in a contest, so its super exciting for me. Cross your fingers that I land some good requests because it could lead to a book deal. If you want read about my current manuscript on my book page, its called HUNTER.

Also, there is an amazing menu up this week. I can't wait to try some of these recipes. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the food!

Monday
- Chicken and broccoli shells and cheese

Tuesday
- Chicken Alfredo

Wednesday
Beef stroganoff

Thursday
Baked parmesan chicken

Friday
- Banana pancakes

Saturday
- Pizza night

Sunday
- Dinner with the in-laws


Monday, February 22, 2016

Menu: Week 133

Its been quite a week with my middle son going off to a new school, where he can get the emotional support he need while he's learning. He seems to be extremely happy and so I am.

I can't wait to see what this week brings for him and for the rest of the wonderful family.

Monday
Chicken Teriyaki

Tuesday
Buffalo mozzarella pork chops

Wednesday
Mongolian Beef

Thursday
Nachos

Friday
Baked parmesan chicken

Saturday
Beef stroganoff

Sunday
- Tuna Sandwiches


Friday, February 19, 2016

DIY Earing Holder

With the new year here, I'm going to make the next few months all about organization. Now that we've been in our home officially one year, we are nearly unpacked (I know, its been a year) and I've come to realize that I don't have enough storage for all the things I've brought over from the old house. So, to help me with this long transition, I'm going to be posting about storage and organization.

I'e already shared the new shelves in our bathroom, but here is another way to organize your home in a very easy and classy way. 

How about an awesome way to display and store your earings?

This lace covered hoop took me just a few minutes to put together and the cost was under $5.00.

The hoop was $1.99 at my local fabric store and the lace was $2.26 and I got way more than I will ever use.

It looks great and is super easy. Try it yourself and share some photos of what you came up with. I would love to see them.



Monday, February 15, 2016

Menu: Week 132

I hope you all had an amazing valentines day yesterday. I treated my husband to lunch, and then he made me dinner. It wasn't extravagant, but it was exactly what I needed. Spending time with my family for valentines day. I couldn't of asked for more.

The boys and us have been watching this show we found on the science channel. Its called outrageous acts of science. They love it. We all cuddle up on the couch with some popcorn and watch people do amazingly silly things while people explain why there ridiculous things work. The boys really get into it. For anyone with young children, this is an awesome way to connect with them as they learn. You might even learn something as well.

There have been a lot of writing contests of late, so I apologize if some of my posts seem odd to you. I'm trying to get feed back on my submissions and get my name out there. As always, if you want to connect, feel free to email me so we can talk.

Here is this weeks menu. Enjoy!

Monday
- Spaghetti

Tuesday
- Grilled steak and baked potatoes

Wednesday
- Chicken Teriyaki

Thursday
- Mongolian Beef

Friday
Buffalo mozzarella pork chops

Saturday
Chicken caesar salad

Sunday
- Toad in a hole

Son of a Pitch critique round


Hey everyone, this is the entry I am going to submit to Son of a Pitch on Friday. I would love any feedback that you can give me. Thanks,

Title: HUNTER
Age and Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 55,000

Query:
When sixteen year old Hunter’s growing telepathic ability gets her on the FBI’s radar, her partner puts a gun to her head. He wants to silence the secrets of their agency that are locked in her mind. Fortunately for her, it’s not her time to die.

Surviving means making an unlikely friend with an FBI agent named Seeker. He’s the same agent that caused her partner to turn on her in the first place and he has a mission of his own. Bring Hunter back to the PIT alive to face judgment for the multitude of murders she’s had a part of.

After nearly escaping the PIT with a rogue telepath and having her thoughts pilfered for information against her will, Hunter learns that if she wants to clear her name, she must put her life on the line to bring down Talon, the agency she used to work for.

With each passing hour becoming more perilous, Hunter must decide who to trust before her next mission becomes her last. 

First 250 Words:
Seattle, Washington was a dreary place where the sun didn’t shine and the rain came and went like waves on the shore. It wasn’t an ideal place for a type one telepath, a mind reader, but it was where the bounty had brought me. I was searching for a mark that was proving to be a pain in my ass. It had been three weeks since we had taken the job and today was the closest we had been to finding her, to finding Dawn Miles.
            My heart skipped a beat when the com in my ear buzzed. “Hunter, we’re running out of time. You know what happens if someone else gets to Miles before we do. All this work would be for nothing.”
            In the bounty hunter line of work, you never knew who else was out there searching for the same prize, especially when one paid as well as this did. I exhaled and tried to calm my nerves. This one wasn’t going to get away.
            “I’m trying. There are a lot of minds to sift through.” I spoke quietly to my partner Bear, trying not to look like a crazy person. My mind was lost in the sea of people, drifting through their inner monologues, almost losing myself in their stories. Sweat dripped from my temples as I pulled myself from almost passing out.
            “Come on, doll. You got this. Get the job done and we can go home and you can sleep as much as you want. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Menu: Week 131

Its been another long week of sick kids and mom trying not to get sick. They all took turned running fevers, over and over again. It was inevitable though. I caught the bug and what ever the boys were battling over the course of a week, I battled it in two days. Great for me!

I've put together a menu full of yummy comfort foods this week to help us all feel better.

Enjoy!

Monday
- Parmesan Chicken and green beans

Tuesday
- Nachos

Wednesday
- Grilled chicken tacos

Thursday
- Roasted sausage and potatoes

Friday
- Pizza night

Saturday
- Tuna sandwiches

Sunday
- Dinner with the in-laws

Friday, February 5, 2016

Bathroom Makeover

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon. My husband and I didn't have any plans and the kids were playing quietly in their room. I had some things I wanted to do to the bathroom and I knew I needed my husbands help to get them done. First on my list was corner shelves over the sink to give me more room for my hair and makeup products.

Little did I know that my husband would go all out and finish all the projects I had been planning on doing to the bathroom in one afternoon.

Before

After. Notice the shelves in the corner and the jewelry hanger on the left side.

This was the project I had planed on doing on Sunday. Just the shelves for all my things.
Then, I got this. A razor holder which I hadn't planned on doing. My husband actually came up with this design on his own, but its really awesome.
I got a jewelry holder to display my pretties. (or more so I remember I have them.)
And last, I got this really amazing toothbrush holder that matches with the rest of our natural wood decor in the bathroom.
All these things were made from reclaimed wood in our back yard and if you have a drill, some screws, a saw and some wood glue. You can make them yourself. Good luck and keep on DIYing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Movies that will blow your mind

Last week I had a lot of time on my hands since my youngest son was super sick. He was running a fever and wouldn't let me leave his side, which I gladly cuddled up on the couch with him. Over a two day span, I emptied the DVR of all back logged shows, I read several books and watched a few movies that looked interesting, but I've never had the chance to sit down and enjoy them.

The two movies that I watched blew my mind. They were both psychological thrillers that were totally different but both crazy. You have got to watch these movies.

1. Diablo (2015) - A young civil war veteran is forced on a desperate journey to save his kidnapped wife.

Not only does it have Scott Eastwood in it (Who looks just like his father), it has some pretty spectacular gun fights too. Don't forget the twist at the end. My husband claims that he figured it out halfway through the movie, but I was completely entwined in the story until the very end and didn't see it comeing.


2. The Perfect Getaway (2009) - Newlyweds Cliff (Steve Zahn) and Cydney (Milla Jovovich) are celebrating their honeymoon by hiking through a secluded region of Hawaii. Their idyllic trek takes a dark turn when they find a group of frightened hikers who claim that another couple has been brutally murdered. Far from civilization and unsure who to trust, Cydney and Cliff soon get locked into a terrifying battle for survival.

This movie has several of my favorite actors in it. Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn and Chris Hemsworth (Third on my list of favorite Chris'). I didn't watch this movie with my husband, but i'm sure he would have figured out the plot twist before I did. You will not see this one coming. It's a great date night thriller or a sick baby napping kind of movie. 

If you have a movie that has a twist that you didn't see coming, let me know in the comments below. I am always on the lookout for good inspiration and entertainment.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Menu: Week 130

Well, Monday is back and its going to be a busy one filled with taking and dropping kids at school, meetings and appointments. Good thing I had my husband help me with the grocery shopping yesterday.

Its going to be an easy week for meals. I hope you don't mind. Enjoy!

Monday
- Pancakes

Tuesday
- Grilled cheese

Wednesday
- Baked parmesan chicken

Thursday
- Mac and cheese with sausage

Friday
- Creamy broccoli chicken

Saturday
- Spaghetti

Sunday
- Rack of ribs with the in-laws

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