Recently I was contacted (via my Fiverr account) to read & review the book Once Upon a Star by Peggy Trentini.
In her book, Peggy writes about her steamy 'relationships' with men such as Sylvester Stallone, Nicholas Cage, and many others. A beautiful model, and one of Old Milwaukee Beer's 'Swedish Bikini Team', there was seemed no limit to whom she may encounter. Each new page takes you into a world where many only dream of catching a glimpse of. However, Peggy also shows us that, though it may be fun & exciting, being the beautiful one that the people flock to is not always the best thing for a person.
I can honestly say that this is one steamy book (for Adult readers ONLY) but it also teaches a heart felt lesson. As Peggy writes to help work through parts of her own life, she also brings knowledge to the reader. I was unable to put this book down and each page drew me in deeper. As it came to a close I was left with sexy visions dancing through my mind & the yearning for more juicy details. With that said I only have one complaint about this book... it was not longer.
So swing by your local online bookstore today & purchase a copy of Once Upon a Star by Peggy Trentini. (It's only $7.99 for the Kindle edition)
Joanna was also nice enough to donate the above bracelet which includes the following: (6)Crystal Star Charms, Military Wife ribbon, PCS ribbon, & Silent Hero ribbon. Certificates for the 3 ribbons are also included! The bracelet and certificates come in their own seperate gift boxes & would make an absolutely amazing gift for yourself or that special someone in your life who serves as a Military Spouse!
To Enter You Must:
-Leave (1) comment telling me who you would like to get this bracelet for (yourself or someone else) & what challenges they have faced being a military spouse.
-Be sure to include an email or your entry WILL NOT count!
*Extended until November 21, 2011 @ 11pm EST*
**Items donated by AttaGirl! Gifts. Opinions however, are solely my own and no monetary compensation was given**
A starter bracelet is only $6.95 & each ribbon is $29.99. However, 9 ribbons complete a bracelet and no starter links are needed. This is something you definetly want to add to your Christmas list for this year!
I was lucky enough to ask the creator of AttaGirl! a few questions about herself, the AttaGirl company, & life as a Military Spouse...
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Include one thing that you consider unique about yourself.
-I never thought I would be a military wife. As a matter of fact, I swore I would never become one. I went to high school in a Navy town and every six months families would be boo-hooing at the pier as the carrier went to sea. Six months later, families would be boo-hooing at the pier when the carrier came home. But God always has a better plan, and a wicked sense of humour. I now proudly join the ranks of families who cry those precious tears of joy and sadness and am ever the richer for it.
Unique..hmm..I lived in 8 different countries before I was 12. I suppose it should not have come as a surprise that I would continue my nomadic life in adulthood!
2. What are your top 3 inspirations in life & business?
-I can't say I have particular people or things that inspire me as I try to stay open to the gift each day gives me. Some days I'm inspired by my children as I see them maintain a fabulously positive attitude during our PCS and fourth week in the Navy Lodge (when I have long abandoned my 'happy place'.) Other days, it's watching the workers in the strawberry fields of our host community. Backbreaking work for hours on end, reminding me that every berry is precious and I am grateful for the comfort of my office and desk chair. I'm inspired by my mother, who came to this country with barely an education and three children under the age of 12. She now has an advanced degree, her own private practice, runs a non-profit organization, and teaches classes at a community college.
I'm inspired by the women who joined me in the fight to get the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act passed in Congress and by the women who stuck with me as we built the Military Spouse Business Association. But without a doubt, my top inspiration remains the emails I receive from the families of our fallen heroes. They are the ones who are left to pick up the pieces. They are the ones who are allowed to fade from everyone's memory. But not from mine. Never from mine.
3. How did AttaGirlGifts come to be? How about those adorable charms?
-When my husband's battalion came home from their second (back-to-back) tour in Iraq, his CO was awarded a second bronze star. A well deserved award as he led the battalion through those very difficult tours (we're talking going from the initial invasion to the the cordon of Fallujah). But what did his wife get? I was brand new to this military life at the time and I thought for sure there was a mistake. There was nothing for her work? She had kept the entire battalion's families motivated, inspired, distracted, informed, entertained. She held babies when mom's were too exhausted. She set up picnics, ladies night out, fundraisers. She put aside her studies (she was in the middle of her PhD) to focus solely on the families. And there was no award for her. I looked everywhere for something that would adequately recognize her achievements in a way the military would understand, a military ribbon award.
Meanwhile...after my husband came back from Iraq in 2004, he had wanted to give me *his* Iraq campaign award. When he deployed the first time, we only had 4 weeks notice. Our boys were 8 weeks and almost 2. We made it through the harrowing times. During his deployments, I started a mom's and tots group for our spouses club, volunteered on the board of our Family Readiness Group, fixed the air conditioner (we were stationed in Mississippi) and the dishwasher. Hired a realtor, then fired a realtor, hired a new realtor, sold the house, scheduled our PCS, and had everything ready to go in the car to hit the road the day after he came home.
Road trips are the time when my husband and I solve the world's problems so it wasn't a surprise that during our drive from Mississippi to Georgia we started talking about how military families accomplish so much in support of their servicemember's career. Not just one thing, but many things. Each one of those accomplishments needed to be honored. I sat down and started thinking of the amazing military women around me...I wasn't the only one who had taken on the challenges. What had they achieved? And the first Atta Girl! awards were born.
4. What keeps you trucking forward with your life & the business when things get tough?
-That's a really good question since the boys and I have been in the Navy Lodge for the last 4 weeks and we have another 2 weeks to go before we head to our next duty station where housing is so limited, we'll be in the Lodge again for at least another month! And of course, my beloved husband is in Rhode Island for training! (Why would I think it would be any easier?) He's also unbelievably handsome, freakishly intelligent and after 14 years of marriage, I'm completely smitten...which really helps on the days when I'm not feeling so 'Go Navy'.
Moving this business four times has been tough, there's no sugar coating it. It's not what they would tell you to do in any business course. But if there is anything I've learned from my fellow military spouses, it's that we are resilient past the point of most. We are innovative, creative, and embody the adage "where there's a will, there's a way." I keep going because I feel so very strongly that the military life achievements of our military families deserve to be recognized and honored. That military wives are routinely overlooked and I have a responsibility to change that. It's also important for military families to have a way to identify themselves to each other and to their community. It has always been my dream for a military wife to recognize another by seeing her Atta Girl! awards. Ultimately, for military families to no longer be invisible to our communities, that an Atta Girl! would be as identifiable as our servicemembers' ribbons. We may not wear a uniform, but we can have our own awards!
Oh, and being really stubborn helps. :)
5. Any advice to offer for our 'Women Left Waiting'?
-Don't wait. Life is so short, don't waste it waiting for him to go, or him to come home. Waiting for the next phone call or the next email. I know, it's much easier said than done but if there was something you were meaning to do, let *this* be the time you actually get to it. Let the 'waiting' be for a friend to come over, or the kettle to boil, or the pizza to be delivered, or the craft paint to dry, or your pictures to print, or anything, just don't let the waiting be for someone else to press play and take your life off pause.
We took my son on post to visit the companies in my husband's battalion. Each company had decorated an area of their building and were giving the kids candy. This is the first time my son has been old enough to truly understand what was going on. Needless to say- this is also the first year that he has gotten any amount of candy... After visiting the companies, we left with a bucket full of Reese Cups, various suckers, an Almond Joy, gummies of sorts, etc.
Now I know, since I am watching my weight, that I REALLY shouldn't divulge myself into these sweets. But yeah- truth be known, I'm SO gonna raid that bucket tonight. I'll go easy on it. Leave what he can eat for him. Monday night is the official 'Trick .or. Treating' evening for our area & being as though we live in an amazing neighborhood this year- more candy is in our future. So why not indulge in a piece or two?! The kid can't eat all of it on his own... Right?!
So tell me... What is your favorite kind of Halloween candy??
Feby is a 'one size fits all' bracelet compiled of wooden beads of four different colors. Each color represents the different cycles our bodies go through as females:
- RED- Red represents Blood. These are the days during which we have our period.
- WHITE- As a female, we walk around with hormones running through our insides. These days just happen to the calmer days of the month.
- PINK- Which came first, The chicken or the 'egg'? Ovulation happens during these days. During the 'pink days' we are most fertile and able to get pregnant.
- BLACK- Mood swings, headaches, cramps, oh my! These are the days we are likely to have 'Premenstrual Syndrome' (PMS)
To some this bracelet may seem a tad bit childish, or strange. I admit- at first I had these thoughts. However, once I started to think about it I was completely on board. For years I walked around knowing when I was supposed to start my menstrual cycle but that was the extent of my knowledge. Sadly this is what is occuring more often than not with females of all ages. This bracelets helps change that. Today we have 'Silly Bands' and those thick colored bracelets supporting numerous causes. Why not make an educational bracelet the next craze?! Make a difference by educating the females in your life about their bodies. Who knows, maybe this could be the answer to some of the issues the current generation is having...
So swing by & check FEBY out. For only $6 you could change the life of those females around that mean the most to you. Also, turn it into a chance to discuss other issues: sex, pregnancy, etc... This bracelet truly does come with numerous benefits.'Like' Feby on FACEBOOK
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Do you ever play Roulette online? How do you feel about winning? Yeah, that's what I thought... if you are like everyone else, you LOVE to win. Now, what would you say if I told you that there was a downloadable program available to help you win at Roulette in the long run? Well, Roulette Number can do just that.
For those of you who are new to the game of Roulette, let me take the time to give you a little insight into the game. You're watching you favorite television show & the main character is walking through a casino. As they pass by table after table you see a wheel being spun that is covered with red & black squares that contain numbers 1-37. This is the 'game board' (if you will) of Roulette.
There are many ways of betting on this game but the one that seems the most difficult to achieve a win would have to be betting on one number alone. The odds of the ball landing on your number, when the wheel is spun, seems impossible. Well, let me introduce you to a "Roulette Strategy" that is certain to change the way you look at this method of betting.
Roulette Number is a Roulette Download Software that will help you further understand how to win at the online casinos. By using randomly chosen numbers this program will allow you to see just how you the average hourly winnings would be with $.10 bets.
Still not convinced that this program can successfully assist you in winning? Then feel free to check out the roulette winning of others who have used the Roulette Number program.
*Please note that this program aids only with Online casinos. Those residing in the United States may purchase the US Edition that is available at the website as well.
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Abby offers various earrings, bracelets/anklets, necklaces, or 3 piece sets (necklace, bracelet, & earrings)on her FACEBOOK page but you may also email her with custom requests. Custom requests, however, require a deposit of half of the total before the piece is started. This serves as a security & promise that you are serious about purchasing the requested piece.
Glass beads are the bead of choice for most of Abby's creations. However, some pieces have been known to be made with plastic beads. (pictured on left) Also, magnetic clasps are used for all bracelets to ensure an easier time placing it on your wrist. If you happen to prefer a regular clasp, she has those available as well. All of this is attached to nylon coated silver wire and difficult to break.
-3 piece set (earrings, bracelet, & necklace) $25Shipping has not been added
To check out more of Abby's wonderful jewelry, please swing by & 'like' her FACEBOOK page. Be sure to let her know that Sugar in My Grits sent ya!
[PS] With this being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Abby says that having (2) aunts who have had Breast Cancer, she enjoys making jewelry in honor of the cause & donates to 'Relay for Life' as well...
You know, the guy who does Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel. The completely yummy guy, in my opinion. Well, to see him with no pants on is really simple. All you have to do is visit the page denimday.com.
While you're there be sure to check out more information about Lee's National Denim Day (October 7th) & the way they are raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Feel free to pass on the word to all of your friends. The more people we make aware of the 'cold hard facts' of Breast Cancer, the more money we can raise to go towards the fight against Breast Cancer. Since 1996 National Denim Day has raised more than $83 Million.
So head on over to denimday.com & donate the price of your favorite jeans. & don't forget- You get to see Mike Rowe pantsless!
- approximately 230,480 new cases of invasive Breast Cancer in women. This does not include the cases where Breast Cancer returns to women who had gone into remission prior to the return.
- an estimated 57,650 cases of carcinoma in situ (the non-invasive early stage of Breast Cancer).
- about 39,520 women will DIE from Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer is the second highest killer of women when it comes to cancers. (Lung Cancer being the #1) The number of deaths has been declining since 1990 and is thought to be because of the increase in early detection.
With my grandmother having been a Breast Cancer Survivor, I have always had a heightened nervousness when it comes to Breast Cancer. My fear of finding a lump, according to some, may raise my chances of having the disease. In my opinion, my stronger that average fear simple makes me more aware of the possibilites. It makes me research and stay on top of checking & keeping that extra eye out. If, for some reason, I happen to find a lump- I'm determined to catch it in it's earliest stages. Breast Cancer will not sneak up on me.
I have received a breast exam from my doctor once a year since I was the young age of 16. The recommendation is for women in their 20s & 30s to get a breast exam atleast once every three years. This goes with doing regular self exams at home. Women 40 and older should get an exam once every year. With self exams also being done at home.
Early Detection really is the key!
With his follow on twitter.
*I will be notifying Mayy by email shortly. As usual, if there is no response within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen*
Thank you to everyone who entered
Many years, before I was even born, my grandmother suffered from Breast Cancer. After having one of her breasts removed, I am proud to say- She was a survivor! There never was a great deal said about the situation. However, I remember being a young girl & traveling to Charlotte, NC to purchase her special bras. Ones that allowed her to use an insert to "even things out" so to speak. I was too young then to realise it but now I see just how much those ladies who run that shop truly make a life changing difference in the lives of women such as my grandma. Only having one breast was a sensitive matter to my grandma. Those special bras kept her from a lifetime of embarassment. Losing the girls is never easy, even after beating the terrible disease.
As I grew older I never took the time to sit down & listen to my grandmother's story. Sadly, she passed away when I was 12. However, even though I never had the chance to hear her story of survival- Breast Cancer Awareness has become a huge cause that is close to my heart. Quite literally in some matters. After turning 18 I had a pink ribbon tattooed upon my chest. Right above the girls. It is an everyday reminder of my the fight my grandma won. Of the fight that so many other women (and men) are still fighting today. Many are winning their battles but there are still those who find out too late & loose their life to cancer. Even more of a reason for early detection awareness.
To find out more about Early Detection check out:
American Cancer Society- "Breast Cancer- Early Detection"
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month- "Disease Information: Early Detection"
Susan G. Komen for the Cure- "Early Detection & Screening"