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    Posted at 10:43 AM  |  by Elle

    I just learned about this wonderful event today,
    so I'm a tad bit late in posting, but I wanted to participate!


    What is Bloggiesta?
    "Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon (sometimes over a weekend, sometimes four days and this time one week!) where we as bloggers gather together to help each other work on all sorts of blogging tasks, stuff that we often put off and avoid. Or stuff that we’re scared of trying. Or stuff that we haven’t had time for. But during Bloggiesta all that stuff suddenly becomes fun! There are others doing the same thing ! So, it becomes a party! 
    Wait, no. It’s a FIESTA!"  (More info. here.)

    I've already missed today's Twitter chat but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to attend tomorrows!

    Here's My To Do List:
    • Schedule posts instead of writing on the fly and then posting.
    • Create a page on my blog categorized by authors, the title of the books I've read and links to the reviews of done on my blog for those books.
    • Find more places to get my book reviews read at
    • Network with other bloggers.
    • Learn to use my time more wisely.
    • Schedule reading time daily so I can get through books faster.
    • Comment on other Bloggiesta participants blogs
    • Fix large blank space @ bottom of blog
    • Fix tab that wasn't linking up to blog tags
    • Monetize?
    • Disclosure Statement?
    • Create Review Policy
    • Featuring past posts ~ How to go about doing this?
    • How to grow my readership?
    • Create a book rating system with my own graphics (Ratings Scale)
    • Figure out 'small' things I can do to make things easier on myself.
    • Plan 'focus' days (network day, blog education day, post writing day, sharing content day, etc.)
    As I read through other bloggers to-do lists, 
    my list may become longer!

    Looking forward to meeting other book bloggers!
    Let's get this Fiesta Started!!!!
    (Click on Start Graphic Above To Join This Party!)

    Spring 2015 Bloggiesta ~ Sign Up & Progress


    I just learned about this wonderful event today,
    so I'm a tad bit late in posting, but I wanted to participate!


    What is Bloggiesta?
    "Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon (sometimes over a weekend, sometimes four days and this time one week!) where we as bloggers gather together to help each other work on all sorts of blogging tasks, stuff that we often put off and avoid. Or stuff that we’re scared of trying. Or stuff that we haven’t had time for. But during Bloggiesta all that stuff suddenly becomes fun! There are others doing the same thing ! So, it becomes a party! 
    Wait, no. It’s a FIESTA!"  (More info. here.)

    I've already missed today's Twitter chat but I'm hopeful that I'll be able to attend tomorrows!

    Here's My To Do List:
    • Schedule posts instead of writing on the fly and then posting.
    • Create a page on my blog categorized by authors, the title of the books I've read and links to the reviews of done on my blog for those books.
    • Find more places to get my book reviews read at
    • Network with other bloggers.
    • Learn to use my time more wisely.
    • Schedule reading time daily so I can get through books faster.
    • Comment on other Bloggiesta participants blogs
    • Fix large blank space @ bottom of blog
    • Fix tab that wasn't linking up to blog tags
    • Monetize?
    • Disclosure Statement?
    • Create Review Policy
    • Featuring past posts ~ How to go about doing this?
    • How to grow my readership?
    • Create a book rating system with my own graphics (Ratings Scale)
    • Figure out 'small' things I can do to make things easier on myself.
    • Plan 'focus' days (network day, blog education day, post writing day, sharing content day, etc.)
    As I read through other bloggers to-do lists, 
    my list may become longer!

    Looking forward to meeting other book bloggers!
    Let's get this Fiesta Started!!!!
    (Click on Start Graphic Above To Join This Party!)

    Posted at 9:48 PM  |  by Elle
    I just watched the final episode of the television show:
    (Read about the show here if you're unfamiliar with the show.)

    I must admit that I actually thought last season was the end, 
    but was pleasantly surprised to learn that there would be a sixth and final season.  My husband hasn't been a follower of the show, (although he's seen plenty of episodes) and this last season his comment was, "Wow, this show has really jumped the shark!"
    Yes, I must agree that much of the storylines have been far-fetched.
    It's been difficult to see many of these characters change, move on and the Glee Club change faces so often since the originals graduated and moved on.

    But by far, the hardest hit to this show was the death of Cory Monteith who played McKinley High School quarterback, Finn Hudson.  Cory and Lea Michele (who played Rachel Berry) were dating in real life since 2011 and were still a couple at the time of his death on July 13, 2013.  The show lost a very important player in my opinion and I'm not sure it ever fully bounced back after this.

    Here is that first performance
     that had so many hooked on Glee:


    This is the song Lea wrote about losing Cory
     with a video montage put together by a fan:


    If you haven't watched the final two hour episode yet,
     I'm not going to post any spoilers,  just like I try not to post spoilers when I do book reviews.

    What I will say is that the first hour of this final episode is devoted to the original Glee members and all the loyal fans who stuck by these characters the past six years.  This final episode will remind you why you fell in love with the show, the characters, the talented actors, writers and musicians who brought this show alive.

    The second half of the final episode will give you some closure on the main characters and what they move on to do in their lives within the next five years.

    If you DO want spoilers on what this last episode entailed, 
    please check out this Time.com article. Also check out this interview with Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina Cohen-Chang and what it was like taping the final episode.

    Lastly, although this is goodbye for now,
     I know I will be seeing this show all over again because
     my twelve year old (whom was only five years old on May 19th, 2009 when the series first premiered!!!!) will absolutely LOVE it!  I haven't allowed her to watch Glee because of the adult content, but she loves to sing, is in her school chorus and will get the show's humor in a few more years.

    I hope Glee will live on through re-runs and that upcoming generations take an interest in the show because between the quirkiness and stinging jokes, 
    there were some great and honest messages.  


    Farewell Glee.....
    Don't Stop Believin'

    #GleeGoodBye


    Whether your child plays an instrument, your toddler learned a new song they like to sing, you want to do a throwback of a favorite music video from your past and countless other ideas, as long as it is musical, linkup with Musical Mondays here at All Around the Circle!
    Musical Monday Link-Ups can always be found on the
    Blog Hops/Link Up Page ~ don't forget to sign up each week!)

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    Musical Monday Link-Up Rules






  • Follow your host.





  • Link Up your Post.





  • Display The Above Banner On your Site.





  • Check Out Those Listed In The Link-Up, Make New Friends & Spread The Word!  The more friends who join, the more fun the link-up will be!





  • Have Fun!






  • Musical Monday #19 ~ #GleeGoodBye

    I just watched the final episode of the television show:
    (Read about the show here if you're unfamiliar with the show.)

    I must admit that I actually thought last season was the end, 
    but was pleasantly surprised to learn that there would be a sixth and final season.  My husband hasn't been a follower of the show, (although he's seen plenty of episodes) and this last season his comment was, "Wow, this show has really jumped the shark!"
    Yes, I must agree that much of the storylines have been far-fetched.
    It's been difficult to see many of these characters change, move on and the Glee Club change faces so often since the originals graduated and moved on.

    But by far, the hardest hit to this show was the death of Cory Monteith who played McKinley High School quarterback, Finn Hudson.  Cory and Lea Michele (who played Rachel Berry) were dating in real life since 2011 and were still a couple at the time of his death on July 13, 2013.  The show lost a very important player in my opinion and I'm not sure it ever fully bounced back after this.

    Here is that first performance
     that had so many hooked on Glee:


    This is the song Lea wrote about losing Cory
     with a video montage put together by a fan:


    If you haven't watched the final two hour episode yet,
     I'm not going to post any spoilers,  just like I try not to post spoilers when I do book reviews.

    What I will say is that the first hour of this final episode is devoted to the original Glee members and all the loyal fans who stuck by these characters the past six years.  This final episode will remind you why you fell in love with the show, the characters, the talented actors, writers and musicians who brought this show alive.

    The second half of the final episode will give you some closure on the main characters and what they move on to do in their lives within the next five years.

    If you DO want spoilers on what this last episode entailed, 
    please check out this Time.com article. Also check out this interview with Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina Cohen-Chang and what it was like taping the final episode.

    Lastly, although this is goodbye for now,
     I know I will be seeing this show all over again because
     my twelve year old (whom was only five years old on May 19th, 2009 when the series first premiered!!!!) will absolutely LOVE it!  I haven't allowed her to watch Glee because of the adult content, but she loves to sing, is in her school chorus and will get the show's humor in a few more years.

    I hope Glee will live on through re-runs and that upcoming generations take an interest in the show because between the quirkiness and stinging jokes, 
    there were some great and honest messages.  


    Farewell Glee.....
    Don't Stop Believin'

    #GleeGoodBye


    Whether your child plays an instrument, your toddler learned a new song they like to sing, you want to do a throwback of a favorite music video from your past and countless other ideas, as long as it is musical, linkup with Musical Mondays here at All Around the Circle!
    Musical Monday Link-Ups can always be found on the
    Blog Hops/Link Up Page ~ don't forget to sign up each week!)

    Here is a smaller banner for you to display on your site

           

    Musical Monday Link-Up Rules






  • Follow your host.





  • Link Up your Post.





  • Display The Above Banner On your Site.





  • Check Out Those Listed In The Link-Up, Make New Friends & Spread The Word!  The more friends who join, the more fun the link-up will be!





  • Have Fun!






  • Posted at 12:45 PM  |  by Elle

    It has been such a cold and snowy winter here in Northeastern Pennsylvania that it shouldn't be surprising that on the 1st day of Spring we get around
     6 inches of the white stuff.


    My daughters were dismissed from school two hours early and the roads were terrible.  When we got home they both had a snack and then I told them they needed to use their time wisely.  They both have school projects due in the near future and I told them that if they used their extra time today they would have some extra time to do something fun this weekend.


      Kaye wanted to sign up for the school science fair and is doing her report on Koala Bears.  Em has a book report which includes a diorama depicting a scene from her book.  This is due on Monday.  Em also has a Rube Goldberg report for science and is working on a machine that performs an operation.  She will record and then e-mail this her teacher for extra credit.


    This morning I did three loads of laundry and started to
     'Spring Clean' our back room in the basement.  
    This consists of going through paperbacks I want to find new homes for, organizing scrapbooking supplies I haven't touches in forever and switching out wardrobes (put away winter and get out spring clothes.)

    I finally took down the St. Patrick's Day decorations and decided to go up in the attic to get some Easter decorations down.  Very weird to be putting up Spring decor when it looks like we're in the middle of winter outside!  (I'm secretly hoping that by doing this I'm keeping away any future snow in our future.)


    I also made some new blog friends today on a few
    FanPage Friday Parties and entered my blog into

    There are a lot of upcoming events for Em.
    She'll be in her school district's All City Middle School Choral Concert, PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators) orchestra concert (which she was nominated for), her middle school's orchestra & jazz band concert and finally her middle school's Spring orchestra concert.  She'll also be going on an end of year band trip to Great Adventure, an indoor water park and an aquarium!  She has a few Girl Scout activities lined up as well.  She'll be camping out at a local amusement park and then spending the following day riding the rides.  She's also going on a hiking trip along a river and there are a few more trips her Girl Scout leader has planned I'm sure.  I do not remember being this busy when I was a 6th grader, that's for sure!

    Of course all of these activities keep me (Mom) busy as well.  Early morning practices, a few Saturday morning practices here and there this month, along with fitting in the normal day-to-day errands & activities.  

    So, if you see that I haven't posted much on the blog, it could be because I'm playing taxi-cab driver more than I'm finding time to to blog.

    Welcome Spring???


    It has been such a cold and snowy winter here in Northeastern Pennsylvania that it shouldn't be surprising that on the 1st day of Spring we get around
     6 inches of the white stuff.


    My daughters were dismissed from school two hours early and the roads were terrible.  When we got home they both had a snack and then I told them they needed to use their time wisely.  They both have school projects due in the near future and I told them that if they used their extra time today they would have some extra time to do something fun this weekend.


      Kaye wanted to sign up for the school science fair and is doing her report on Koala Bears.  Em has a book report which includes a diorama depicting a scene from her book.  This is due on Monday.  Em also has a Rube Goldberg report for science and is working on a machine that performs an operation.  She will record and then e-mail this her teacher for extra credit.


    This morning I did three loads of laundry and started to
     'Spring Clean' our back room in the basement.  
    This consists of going through paperbacks I want to find new homes for, organizing scrapbooking supplies I haven't touches in forever and switching out wardrobes (put away winter and get out spring clothes.)

    I finally took down the St. Patrick's Day decorations and decided to go up in the attic to get some Easter decorations down.  Very weird to be putting up Spring decor when it looks like we're in the middle of winter outside!  (I'm secretly hoping that by doing this I'm keeping away any future snow in our future.)


    I also made some new blog friends today on a few
    FanPage Friday Parties and entered my blog into

    There are a lot of upcoming events for Em.
    She'll be in her school district's All City Middle School Choral Concert, PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators) orchestra concert (which she was nominated for), her middle school's orchestra & jazz band concert and finally her middle school's Spring orchestra concert.  She'll also be going on an end of year band trip to Great Adventure, an indoor water park and an aquarium!  She has a few Girl Scout activities lined up as well.  She'll be camping out at a local amusement park and then spending the following day riding the rides.  She's also going on a hiking trip along a river and there are a few more trips her Girl Scout leader has planned I'm sure.  I do not remember being this busy when I was a 6th grader, that's for sure!

    Of course all of these activities keep me (Mom) busy as well.  Early morning practices, a few Saturday morning practices here and there this month, along with fitting in the normal day-to-day errands & activities.  

    So, if you see that I haven't posted much on the blog, it could be because I'm playing taxi-cab driver more than I'm finding time to to blog.

    Posted at 9:47 PM  |  by Elle

    I received this book in exchange for
     an honest review from NetGalley.

    A Taste of Sauvignon by Heather Heyford
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    A Taste Of Sauvignon is the third book in Heather Heyford's debut series, the Napa Wine Heiresses. This book follows the eldest sister,  Sauvignon 'Savvy' St Pierre.

    Savvy decided at the age of thirteen that she would become a lawyer.  She's working for a small law firm in her hometown in Napa Valley and is being assigned her very first case.  On her way to her firm's weekly meeting she accidentally hits the neighboring farmer's chicken with her car when it runs out into the street.  She doesn't know much about the neighbors since she and her sisters were sent away to boarding schools on the East Coast when they were young and then they attended college thereafter.  The St. Pierre's cook Jeanne is friends with the neighbors since she's been buying vegetables from their farm stand for years.  Savvy knows that her father, famous vintner Xavier St. Pierre, does not see eye to eye with them, but she doesn't know why.  

    Savvy meets the neighbors when Mrs. Morales and her son Esteban come out to her car to retrieve the chicken she hit.  Savvy is awestruck by Eteban the "agrilicious, king-sized man in faded jeans."  Mrs. Morales invites Savvy into the house for some tea and Esteban is perturbed that his mother is treating Savvy like the victim instead of the chicken.

    Savvy finally goes off to her meeting and is assigned a case with a group called NTI who would like to acquire a piece of property in the Napa area.  The NTI group is making a million dollar offer for the land, but it isn't until Savvy sees the address of the land that she realizes she will be seeing Esteban again because it is the Morales' land the group wants to purchase.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am quite sad that I have to wait until Fall 2015 for the 4th installment of this series.



    A Taste Of Sauvignon is available to Pre-Order now
     and will be available to purchase on April 14. 2015


    Book Review: A Taste Of Sauvignon by Heather Heyford


    I received this book in exchange for
     an honest review from NetGalley.

    A Taste of Sauvignon by Heather Heyford
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    A Taste Of Sauvignon is the third book in Heather Heyford's debut series, the Napa Wine Heiresses. This book follows the eldest sister,  Sauvignon 'Savvy' St Pierre.

    Savvy decided at the age of thirteen that she would become a lawyer.  She's working for a small law firm in her hometown in Napa Valley and is being assigned her very first case.  On her way to her firm's weekly meeting she accidentally hits the neighboring farmer's chicken with her car when it runs out into the street.  She doesn't know much about the neighbors since she and her sisters were sent away to boarding schools on the East Coast when they were young and then they attended college thereafter.  The St. Pierre's cook Jeanne is friends with the neighbors since she's been buying vegetables from their farm stand for years.  Savvy knows that her father, famous vintner Xavier St. Pierre, does not see eye to eye with them, but she doesn't know why.  

    Savvy meets the neighbors when Mrs. Morales and her son Esteban come out to her car to retrieve the chicken she hit.  Savvy is awestruck by Eteban the "agrilicious, king-sized man in faded jeans."  Mrs. Morales invites Savvy into the house for some tea and Esteban is perturbed that his mother is treating Savvy like the victim instead of the chicken.

    Savvy finally goes off to her meeting and is assigned a case with a group called NTI who would like to acquire a piece of property in the Napa area.  The NTI group is making a million dollar offer for the land, but it isn't until Savvy sees the address of the land that she realizes she will be seeing Esteban again because it is the Morales' land the group wants to purchase.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am quite sad that I have to wait until Fall 2015 for the 4th installment of this series.



    A Taste Of Sauvignon is available to Pre-Order now
     and will be available to purchase on April 14. 2015


    Posted at 9:53 PM  |  by Elle

    "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way.  Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day!"

    "May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
    May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

    "Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity."

    Good luck is often with the man who doesn't include it in his plans.



    "Always remember to forget

    The things that made you sad.

    But never forget to remember

    The things that made you glad."



    "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more

    and nothing but happiness come through your door.



    "May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.  May your heart be as light as a song.  May each day bring you bright, happy hours.  That stay with you all the year long."


    Enjoy your St. Paddy's Day!


    Some Quotes found at SearchQuotes.com and CorsiNet.com

    St Patrick's Day Quotes & Irish Blessings


    "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way.  Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day!"

    "May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.
    May good luck pursue you each morning and night."

    "Good luck happens when preparedness meets opportunity."

    Good luck is often with the man who doesn't include it in his plans.



    "Always remember to forget

    The things that made you sad.

    But never forget to remember

    The things that made you glad."



    "May your troubles be less and your blessings be more

    and nothing but happiness come through your door.



    "May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.  May your heart be as light as a song.  May each day bring you bright, happy hours.  That stay with you all the year long."


    Enjoy your St. Paddy's Day!


    Some Quotes found at SearchQuotes.com and CorsiNet.com

    Posted at 11:02 AM  |  by Elle

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