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Be my RED Valentine!

On the reddest day of the year, please Be my Valentine and order your FREE Kindle copy of my new book!

Please share the red! #Valentine’sDay #freebook

A gift for my dedicated followers, friends and family.****See disclaimer below

Valentine's Day Book Free****Disclaimer:  This book is in no way associated with Valentine’s Day other than the color red.  It is not a romantic read and should not be misconstrued as a nice Valentine’s Day gift – husbands take note.  Sharing this offer with your friends however is not only acceptable but greatly appreciated by the author!  My complex marketing research tells me that running a book promotion with a RED book cover is easily associated with a holiday focused on the same color.  Happy Valentine’s Day!


All Aboard! Setting out to see “the States”

It’s official, we are setting out to see the states!  The United States ~ the country we call home.1017615_10152101119519014_1702857193_n

After much deliberation and debate we have concluded that the best way for this family of five to see the states is by …. wait for it… TRAIN!  Thirty days, 12 segments and as many contiguous states that we can cram into one trip!  (For more information, click here AMTRAK USA RAIL PASS).

How did we arrive at this decision you might ask?  Well, it goes something like this…. I have always wanted to travel cross country and I anticipated that I would be doing it like the Griswolds (if you are unfamiliar check the video reference in our last camping trip post).  The Griswolds less the dead grandmother on the roof!

Seriously, my vision involved renting an RV and spending a summer month leisurely riding across America with my family.  I’ll admit I’m an optimist and an adventure seeker, but thankfully, I also possess a very practical and realistic mindset.  The idealistic version in my head collided with reality and produced these frightening truths about my family’s ability to drive across country together:

1)  I actually do not like to drive ~ I am a great passenger!

2)  My family loves each other but let’s face it my teenage children do not get along like the Brady Bunch.

3) Our marriage like most marriages has its strengths, however, after 2 decades together I am quite certain that getting lost while driving in a new city is not one that brings out the best in us.

4) The idea of driving a large RV, repeatedly parking and setting up in campsites, and copious amounts of gasoline all worked against this once dreamed of idea.

Enter the train plan.  Many years ago I traveled through Europe on a Eurail Train Pass and it was the time of my life.  A few google searches later and I stumbled upon the Amtrak multi-city pass.  For Christmas we surprised our children with the plan and gave them their first assignment, to choose the one city they can’t miss on our trip.  (Our only caveat was to start 10-12 hours outside of the northeast since that is within driving distance of our home and can be saved for a later adventure).

Now I need your help, my fellow bloggers and followers.  What advice can you share about train travel?  Where should we go?  What cities, places, adventures should not be missed on our next great adventure?  Any and all suggestions are most welcome!

More to love about Facebook than not!

facebook-like-button-takes-over-share-button-functionality-28804238feWe have all heard the stories, the scams, the bullying, the loss of time in the great black hole that is social media.  I too, worry about the time I spend on-line and of course monitor my children constantly.  There is the issue of FOMO and well there are also the very annoying posts.  Certainly nothing is perfect, and while we are so often bombarded with criticisms for how we choose to spend our time, it occurred to me this week that I truly enjoy being on Facebook.  There I said it,  I’m confessing to a guilty pleasure.

Facebook is my social media of choice, not because I think its better than any other, it just works for me and really I am too lazy and overwhelmed to learn a new one. (Here are my thoughts on Twitter)

Here is just a sample of my Facebook activity…

– Sent a friend a message about Mallomars 100th birthday
– Messaged my daughter that it was snowing and that I was out sledding
– Shared a video from this weeks Scandal show, featuring of all people Phoebe from Friends!
-Told my college roommates that I blasted our getting ready to go out tape “Don Dixon” for my kids this weekend… (anyone heard of him???)
– Helped our neighbors locate their lost dog
– Saw a beautiful picture of a former co-workers new baby
– Posted a picture of my 75lb lap dog sitting on my daughter
– Talked to (okay multiple messages) my husband’s cousin about buying an electric guitar for my son’s Christmas present
– Did some research for a book I’m writing and posted blogs to groups across the country and around the world.
– Creeped on _____ (I’m not saying who, that would be really creepy).
– Memorized a picture of some hot chocolate Santa pops
– Gave some advice on mothering multiples
– Was brought to tears by multiple stories and posts
– Laughed out loud several times!

In one hour, I learned, I laughed, I cried, I connected, I supported, I helped, I shared, and I thoroughly enjoyed what I was doing… now this can’t be all bad…

Do you live better with Facebook?


Lessons Learned and Gratitude Month