Monday, January 21, 2019

Mailbox Monday - Jan 21



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Welcome to Monday. It is a lovely one degree right now. Thankfully, I stayed home most of this weekend, because between the snow and wintry mix--and the lovely arctic air the storm brought with it--I've had enough of winter. Hubby wants to retire to Oahu. I'm still counting on Manteo, NC. The only good thing about the storm is it forced me to stay home and I took down the Christmas decorations.

As far as my mailbox goes, it wasn't a book that had me excited this week. It's the eBay auction I won.

My second generation Kindle has a battery that is on its last leg. I still use it to read the PDFs I receive to review, so that is no good. I scooped up two for only $14.50 plus $8.00 shipping. I also grabbed a charge cord off Amazon for $6.00. That should keep me in business for a while. I saved copies of the files to my computer, but I want to be able to bring these books with me places.

Though my physical mailbox didn't have any books, I grabbed this Kindle freebie the other day:


What was in your mailbox? Anything special you would like to share?

Hope you all have a great week.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Book Review: The Big 15 Paleo Cookbook by Megan Flynn Peterson

Did you go Paleo? Are you thinking about going Paleo? Are you just looking for some great recipes that are healthier alternatives to dishes you already enjoy? Then The Big 15 Paleo Cookbook by Megan Flynn Peterson needs to be added to your often used cookbook collection.

In this book, you'll find over 150 Paleo recipes to help with meal planning. After the author's introduction, you'll find instructions on how to change over to a Paleo diet if you go cold turkey, including: a list of pantry items and a yes and no food list. Each of the Big 15 is then given its own chapter filled with recipes and numerous variations of them. Interspersed throughout the chapters are pantry basics (sauces, marinades, and dry rubs) that have been made to match the Paleo diet--like the homemade mayo that my husband is sure to like because it doesn't include the dairy product that gives it the texture he's not fond of.


I'm not ready to go full in Paleo, but I asked to review this book so I could learn more about it and see how I could add healthier options into our diets. I like how Peterson acknowledges going Paleo is tough on the budget and that we should strive to do our best with it. Her philosophy is that taking as many of these steps as you can will get you moving in the right direction; though she does encourage you to go full in from the start. Surprisingly, I found many of the recipes were ones my family would enjoy because I make some of these foods already. With just a few tweaks, they are Paleo. Changing our diets doesn't sound half as intimidating as it did before. I can't wait to try out some of these recipes.

Highly recommended!


Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: Rockridge Press (August 16, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1623157692
ISBN-13: 978-1623157692

I received a free digital copy of this book from Callisto Publisher's Club. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Task It Tuesday


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

Happy Tuesday. I had big plans for last week, but they got a bit derailed. I'm working to get back on track now. Here's what my list looked like:


  • Daily Bible reading. DONE
  • Exercise - though day or days are up in the air because most mornings I have something going on. Right now slated for Wednesday. Ummm....not even close
  • Finish two marketing proposals. Deadline of 1/9. DONE
  • Finish time blocking this week's calendar. I have to complete Wednesday and the weekend days. 95% DONE I kind of slacked over the weekend.
  • Stick to my 5-5-5-5 plan for reaching out to more people: 5 calls, 5 texts, 5 emails and 5 handwritten notes every day.  I did some days, but not all of them. 
  • Update my CRM. I need to create some regular distribution lists. I have one of 100 people. I would like to expand that for marketing campaigns. Not totally done, but in progress.
  • Finish cleaning the office. Probably won't happen, but most of it is done. The closet is the only thing left. Same thing here. Some progress, but not done. 

What's on this week's list:

  • Daily Bible reading
  • Exercise - Going to be a challenge this week. Probably Thurs and Fri.
  • Time block this week's calendar. Should be done, but Sunday I wasn't home. 
  • Stick to my 5-5-5-5 plan for reaching out to more people: 5 calls, 5 texts, 5 emails and 5 handwritten notes every day.  
  • Update my CRM.
  • Clean my office closet.
  • Take down Christmas decorations. Winter ones stay up, but trees, nativities, and Santas get packed up. 
What is on your to-do list this week? Anything I can help cheer you on in getting accomplished?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mailbox Monday - Jan 14



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

It's a cold winter Monday again, but at least there is no snow. I'm okay if we go the rest of the winter without any of the white stuff. It's horrible the news out the Midwest with the snow storm they endured. The mid-Atlantic is next in its path.

I'm going to ask all of you for prayer for the family of one of our longtime neighbors and friends. She died suddenly and unexpectedly this week. It's a dreadful tragedy and it's made for a tough time around here. She was the sweetest woman you could ever meet. When my girls were born, she brought down a meal for my family so I didn't need to cook. She always thought of everyone. A great example of being a good and faithful servant.

Though I haven't felt much like reading, I did polish off one book and then started this next one.


My physical mailbox was empty, but I downloaded updated versions of two books on my Kindle that I haven't read yet.



Brett used to be a client of mine when I worked in online book promotion. 

Speaking of my Kindle, the old second generation has a battery that is on its way out. I had to copy all my books to my PC in case it totally conks out. I'm trying to grab a cheap replacement for it on eBay. I use it to read my PDF titles I receive from authors for review. Other than that, I read on my Kindle Fire. 

What was in your mailbox this week? Anything special you would like to share?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Odd Squad: Odds and Ends Premiers on PBS KIDS January 21


Fans of the Odd Squad will be thrilled to hear that PBS KIDS announced a new Odd Squad movie that premiers on January 21.

Odd Squad: Odds and Ends will feature agents Olympia, Otis, Ms. O and Oona on the case to solve a string of break-ins at headquarters. When Olympia accidentally exposes a deep secret about Otis’ past, it sets off a series of events with the potential to unravel the entire agency.

The movie will air on PBS stations’ primary channels and on the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (check local listings).  Odd Squad: Odds and Ends will also be available to stream for free starting January 21 on  pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App, which is accessible on a variety of mobile devices and platforms.



“Since its premiere, Odd Squad has been a family favorite with its smart and funny approach to learning,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. Each month, Odd Squad reaches 9.3 million viewers on-air*, and averages 17.8 million streams digitally**. Research has shown that Odd Squad positively impacts children’s math skills, including concepts such as algebraic thinking, as well as increased knowledge in numbers and operations.

Odd Squad is created by Tim McKeon (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!), and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and Fred Rogers Productions.

* TV Source: Nielsen National Toolbox NTI Oct’17 – Sep ‘18, L+7 Avg Mo Reach, Std Mo. Unif, 1+min.
** Digital Source: Google Analytics streams & users, Oct’17 – Sep’18

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Task it Tuesday - Jan 8


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

So much to do at the beginning of the year. Most of it is fun stuff. Here is how last week's to-do list ended up:

  • Set my goals for 2019: writing, real estate, and personal. Deadline 1/2. First things, first. DONE
  • Finalize my 2019 Business Plan. Deadline 1/11. DONE
  • Finalize my President's Award application and submit it to my office for review. Deadline 1/10. DONE
  • Complete three marketing proposals. Deadline 1/6. One done and two to go.
  • Write all my known meetings and vacation days into my work calendar. DONE
  • Put together my 2019 vision board. DONE 
  • Pack for NYC. We are taking a short trip into the city. Deadline 1/3. DONE. Trip was fun.
  • Start reading books for January virtual book tours. The first one is coming to NYC with me for the drive down and back. Started Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown.
  • Start my Read Through the Bible in a Year with a Chronological Bible Reading Plan. Seven days done. 
So what does this week's list look like? 

  • Daily Bible reading.
  • Exercise - though day or days are up in the air because most mornings I have something going on. Right now slated for Wednesday.
  • Finish two marketing proposals. Deadline of 1/9.
  • Finish time blocking this week's calendar. I have to complete Wednesday and the weekend days. 
  • Stick to my 5-5-5-5 plan for reaching out to more people: 5 calls, 5 texts, 5 emails and 5 handwritten notes every day. (I failed on Monday, but I sold a house this weekend so I won't beat myself up too much.)
  • Update my CRM. I need to create some regular distribution lists. I have one of 100 people. I would like to expand that for marketing campaigns.
  • Finish cleaning the office. Probably won't happen, but most of it is done. The closet is the only thing left.
What is on your to-do list this week? What are you striving to accomplish? 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mailbox Monday - Jan 7



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

I swear it is impossible to be back to Monday again, but here we are. We had a great weekend in New York City. The girls love to go before Christmas, but we couldn't fit it in this year. Though it rained Saturday, the weather was warmer than usual, which made walking around more pleasant.


John's Pizzeria in Times Square


NYC Library


Grand Central Station

We ate our meals in some new places, though John's is always on our list, and visited a few spots we have never been before. 

As far as my mailbox at home, thanks to a gift card I received for Christmas, this little beauty that had been on my wish list for a long time showed up.


I also ordered a couple of Kindle books thanks to promotional credits I received over the holidays.



Then I picked up this Kindle freebie as well.


That's it for my mailbox this week. What did you find in your mailbox? Is there anything you're especially looking forward to? 

Enjoy your week. Happy reading!