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F is for...


Friends are one soul in two bodies. ~ a greeting card
Friends are sisters we choose for ourselves. ~ source unknown
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." ~ A.A. Milne
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." ~ A.A. Milne
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"

"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you." ~ A.A. Milne

10 Questions

I stole these from Casey :)

{one} what's your guilty pleasure tv show?
Beauty and the Beast - the 80's show on Netflix :) <3 <3 <3 this show!!

{two} ear piercings on men: yes or no?
No. No. and NO.

{three} do you have dish or comcast?
Cox :P haha

{four} what's your favorite current fashion trend?
Fashion trends are detrimental to individuality.

{five} if you could learn to do anything, money not being an issue, what would it be?
Go to ChristyFest!! :D And meet Stewart Finley-McLennon, among other cast... <3

{six} red or white wine?
I'm a tee-totaler.

{seven} what type of food is your favorite (ex. italian, mexican, etc.)
American? Haha the kiddie version... mac'n'cheese, hot dogs, meatloaf... Totally meatloaf!!

{eight} hp or mac?
Try Windows laptop.

{nine} what color is your bedroom?
Blue and Green all over! :D

{ten} what's your favorite form of exercise?
Walking? I'm not much for exercising, really.

Food Review: Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Cereal and FREE SAMPLE

Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Cereal
ORGANIC Whole Wheat Biscuits Baked with Sweet Cinnamon


The Team:

Dad - eats anything
Jon - eats most stuff, but when he doesn't like it, he really doesn't like it
Nick - very picky
The Grade:

Dad - one thumb up
Jon - two thumbs up
Nick - two thumbs up


The Good:

0 Calories from fat
3% Potassium
15% Dietary fiber
4g Protein
4% Iron

The Not-so-great:
6g Sugar

FINAL SCORE: Two thumbs up

I received this sample for free, without any promise of a review.  All opinions expressed are that of myself and my family.

Friendlight Friday

Bethanyfrom A Pocket Full of Posies

What Makes A WomanBy Albert N. Raub, Normal Fifth Reader, 1878 Not costly dress nor queenly air;
Not jeweled hand, complexion fair;
Not graceful form nor lofty tread,
Nor paint, nor curls, nor splendid head:
Not pearly teeth nor sparkling eyes,
Not voice that nightingale outvies; Not breath as sweet as eglantine,
Not gaudy gems nor fabrics fine;
Not all the stores of fashion’s mart,
Not yet the blandishments of art;
Not one, nor all of these combined,
Can make one woman true, refined.
Read the rest of this post....

Bethany's latest post...

Thankful for This

This weekend, I got distracted yet again by some useless link while checking in on my email inboxes, favorite blogs, and Facebook account.  I found myself trying a new photo-liking website that has no other purpose than enjoying pretty pictures.

Nice, but not exactly useful. And not what I'd planned to spend my Saturday morning on.

But something did come of this 'time-waster.'  I found about a hundred more Beauty and the Beast photos - some Disney, some fan art, some from foreign versions of the story - and was yet again reminded of the book that seems to be nothing but continuous false starts.  Ugh.

This evening, thinking that I really should try writing more of it, I felt that familiar feeling of doom and the question in the back of my mind crept to the front.  Am I really a writer?  Or I am one of the million wanna-be's I notice so easily?  After all, no matter what the how-to books say, just writing a few words down does not make you an author, or my idea of a w…

E is for...

Extra-super-long-braided rope!

Or Emily, who happens to not only be the girl with the rope, but also the person writing this. 

Haha. I don't have a picture of an elephant, and thought this was a fun photo. 

10 + 1 Things I Love

(in no particular order)

1. Cheerios. Original, Honey Nut, Multi-Grain - oh, how I crave Cheerios.

2. Free stuff. Who doesn't?

3. Unusual socks. Knee-length, thigh-high, plaid, argyle, polka-dotted, printed.... abnormal socks are just cool.

4. Books. Duh.

5. Poetry. Especially that of the my favorite poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Sara Teasdale, Christina Rosetti, and the amazing Edgar Allan Poe.

6. Sound of Music. One Night with the King. The Christy movies. And all those other favorite films of mine. :)

7. Seasons. The crisp chill of fall; the glittering snow of a true winter; the new blossoms lining the sidewalk in spring; the lazy calm of summer.

8. Christmas. I love Christmas. I love Christmas music. I love Christmas food. I love Christmas decorations. I love Christmas parties. I love Christmas presents. I love Christmas outfits. I love Christmas spirit. I just love Christmas.

9. The Internet. Facebook, Gmail, Google, and let's not forget the won…

Book Review: Catching Santa


 Catching Santaby Marc Franco

Forget everything you know about Santa, because it is just not true!

When eleven-year-old Jakob's best friends said they didn't believe in Santa, they never expected anything to happen. But when their neighbor, Tiff, tells them of a Christmas curse; Jakob dreams of a man who turns children to wood or coal; and snowmen deliver magic letters to his friends' doors, the children of Central Florida start to wonder what's the truth behind Santa and Christmas.

This book is an amazing first story in a series called The Kringle Chronicles. The plot is completely unexpected and just barely believable; the characters are fairly well created, although there are some 'loose' bits and pieces. I was actually sucked into the story; at many parts I couldn't put it down - for an indie author, that's an achievement!

While the story itself would deserve all five stars, there were some mechanical issues that call out for adjustment. Most we…

Friendlight Friday

Today I decided to try something I'm calling Friendlight Fridays.  Every Friday, I'll share a post from one of my blogger friends or a blogger I love, and leave a link for anyone who likes it to follow that blog.  (The name was a cross between 'Friend' and 'spotlight.'  If anybody has a better idea, I'd love to hear it in the comments.  Follow-Me Friday didn't seem right and Friendly Fridays... well, I wasn't sure.)

So this week's very first Friendlight is...

Bailey! from Big House in the Little Woods (Big surprise, right? I couldn't help myself.)
Random Acts of Kindness
On a wet afternoon, the pavements slick with rain, the sky still grumbling over the busy streets, a woman makes her way through a row of parked cars. She carries a Walmart bag and a swing in her step, and as she passes each tear-streaked windshield, she takes a single flower from her bag and nestles it, carefully, atop the wipers.

She spreads random acts of kindness…

Book Review: Love You More


Love You More by Jennifer Grant
The divine surprise of adopting my daughter

Following the invisible thread of connection between people who are seemingly intended to become family, journalist Jennifer Grant shares the deeply personal, often humorous story of adopting a fifteen-month-old girl from Guatemala when she was already the mother of three very young children. (From the BookSneeze site)

Grant's writing style lets you see into her life and the journey from a New York City newlywed to a mother of four and an adoption non-expert.  She speaks to you as if to her best friend and shares the true emotions and complications hiding in the world of adoption.  When I received the book, I feared it would be merely a how-to or tip book for prospective adoptive parents.  Now, though, I can with certainty say that it was nothing of the kind.

This is not a boring, factual 'everything you need to know about adoption' book.  Instead, it is a honest, personal 'this is how it we…

D is for...


The grass became jealous of the sky and decided to create its own version of sunshine.
Now we all enjoy the bright, cheerful blossoms of the daffodils.

Book Review: Is Having a Boyfriend Really Necessary?


Is Having a Boyfriend Really Necessary?by Jane Grahl

When a hot new guy starts showering fourteen-year-old Sarah with attention, she starts to question her two-year crush on her best friend. Ever since the girls around her started pairing off, she's wanted a boyfriend. But at what price? Will she go after the boy who she's always wanted, but who doesn't seem to want her? Or will she take the offers of the strange new guy and push aside her morals so she'll no longer be plagued by single status?

Now, I know this book is published by a vanity press (in other words, you pay them to publish and they'll print almost anything), I guess I was a little surprised by this book. The title seemed unoriginal and a little too long when I chose it for review. Still, I thought it deserved the chance. While some may have been turned away by the obviously hand-drawn cover, I found it slightly impressive that the author had drawn it herself instead of hiring a professional. …

C is for...


His name is Butterscotch, and he is my kitty.
I love my kitty. <3 

Book Review: The Mother-Daughter Book Club


The Mother-Daughter Book Clubby Heather Vogel Frederick
Drama is required reading.

When four women in the same yoga class put their heads together, the result is a group of four girls who would rather be anywhere but discussing Little Women with each other and their mothers.  Throw in a typical exclusive clique, a love poem read aloud, and an unusual hockey try-out, and these girls are in for a very abnormal school year.

The story shifts between the points of view of each daughter in the club.  There's Emma, whose mother started the club and whose hand-me-downs are a point of constant trauma.  There's Megan, the Asian-American with an environmentally crazy mom and a secret passion for fashion.  There's Cassidy, the eyesore who wishes she were a boy and has never been the same since losing both her dad and her chance at the hockey team.  And then there's Jess, the quiet one who helps her dad around the farm and wants nothing more than for her mother to come home.

As the…

B is for...


Every thing is beautiful to at least one beholder.

Some see beauty in simplicity; others in design; still others in life itself.

Beauty is worth nothing if not admired, yet it is defined by he who admires it.
What is beauty when defined by your admiration?