31 August 2014

Book Review: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles By Pamela Carey

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new book Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide For The Kids by Pamela Carey to review.


As we age, so do our parents. We start noticing little things here and there, and before we know it, we're pushing 40 or 50 and our parents are in their 70's. You may find yourself helping out your parents more and more, becoming their caregiver in your own home, or helping them find assisted living that works for them. While the subject sounds serious, who says it has to be? Pamela Carey helps you navigate this difficult terrain with 49 essential points of elderly living, medical issues, and the eventual loss of your loved one.

Both my parents and my DH's parents are still living, but I spent several years as a caregiver for my grandmother. I made sure she had the groceries she needed (a difficult feat in bad weather considering I don't drive!), doctor's appointments were taken care of (again, not the easiest feat for the same reason!), paperwork filed etc. There were moments I wanted to bang my head against the wall, and lots of great moments spent with her too. While a nursing home was not in the works, I know plenty about facilities thanks to my DH. The information the author shares on this, and other sections throughout the book, is pretty much spot on for real life. Maybe I look at things a little bit differently at times than she does - for a lack of a PC way to put it, I think it has to do with family perceptions different being a first generation American.

Family is with us for a short time folks, don't just remember them on the big holidays. If you haven't talked to them this week, what are you waiting? Pick up the phone or drop on by. You'll miss them when they are gone.

Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles: A Survival Guide For The Kids by Pamela Carey is a paperback book published by Barking Cat Books. It is 158 pages long. The suggested cover price is $14.95, and Amazon has it available for $12.30 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own,a and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

27 August 2014

DVD Review: My Gal Sunday

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD My Gal Sunday to review.


Sandra "Sunday" O'Brien-Parker and Henry Parker are a power couple with an extensive political career. They enjoy the political spotlight, but they love sleuthing and busting bad guys even more. Henry's mom Miriam, and Sunday's dad Danny, a Secret Service Agent, are kidnapped on their way to a high-profile family event. The ransomer wants the release of a notorious hit-man from federal prison in exchange for letting them go. Now the Parkers are trying to uncover clues to find the criminal killers before it's too late for their parents - and themselves.

Starring Rachel Blanchard, Cameron Mathison, and Jack Wagner, this is another movie that originally aired on the Hallmark Channel. If you're looking for a bit of suspense and thrills without a lot of violence, this could be a fun watch for you. DH and I were a little bit bored with it, but it's not our usual fare. If you're not interested in buying the DVD, it will be airing again on September 11th on the Hallmark Channel - check your local listings for times.

There are no special features included on this DVD.

My Gal Sunday is available now wherever DVD's are sold. Widescreen format, it is not rated, and safe for teens on up. The total running time is 80 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.93, and Amazon has it available for $12.98 as of this posting.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

26 August 2014

DVD Review: Lucky In Love

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD Lucky In Love to review.


Mira is like most young ladies, and has a definite idea of what the perfect life should be like - from the house to the job to the sexy man. After playing a few innocent April Fool's jokes, her dream actually becomes a reality when everything lands on her lap. She should be thrilled, but Mira soon realizes that maybe perfection isn't what she wants after all. Perhaps what she's really wanted was right in front of her face all along.

Starring Jessica Szohr, Benjamin Hollingsworth, and Deidre Hall, this movie originally aired on the Hallmark Channel. We're all guilty of thinking the grass might be greener on the other side from time to time. But is it really greener? Probably not... it's all about perspective. Maybe we all need that gentle nudge to remember most of us already have exactly what we really need. If you're looking for a romantic chick flick to curl up to on the couch and waste away an evening, this one delivers some entertainment. (Most guys will huff and puff their way through it. Poor DH! lol)

There are no special features included on the DVD. If you don't want to purchase this movie, it will be airing again on the Hallmark Channel on September 27th - check your local listings for details.

Lucky In Love is available on DVD today, August 26th 2014, wherever DVD's are sold. Widescreen format, it is not rated and safe for teens and up. The total running time is 87 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.93, and Amazon has it available for $12.98 as of this posting.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

25 August 2014

Book Review: Since You've Been Gone By Anouska Knight

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new book Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight to review.


Holly Jefferson has a happy life until one terrible night when he husband is tragically killed. Shattered, she spends the next two years grieving, trying to keep the one thing she has left: her struggling bakery business. The answer to her prayers appears when local playboy tycoon Ciaran Argyll wants her to design his birthday cake for the swankiest social event of the season. This one job can tun her financial fortunes around, and while she wonders if there is more to Ciaran's offer than first meets the eye, she has no intention of falling for the handsome guy. Ciaran has his fair share of women throwing themselves at him, but he finds himself drawn to this hardworking baker who wants nothing to do with him other than impress him with her baking skills. Ciaran has some darkness in his past too, but he wants to make Holly see that if she's willing to take a chance on love again, that not even the ghosts can prevent them from finding joy.

Mmmm... cake... oh wait, where were we? lol This book reeled me in over in chapter two where there was a very haughty lady wanting a cake designed in the shape of testicles with an open toed heel in a very painful position on top. Let's let that sink in for a second... ;) (Guys? This is a public service announcement, don't cheat on us ladies and make us angry... lol) I felt sad for Holly's character, she had her prince and had him taken away so quickly - it is the thing of my nightmares. I don't think I could ever love again either if it was me. If you're looking for a book to pack for a Labor Day getaway and enjoy while getting some last minute sunshine, this is the book! (Just know I am not responsible for any cravings for sweets while you read it, lol)

Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight is a paperback fiction book published by Harlequin HQN. It is 320 pages long. The suggested cover price is $14.95, and Amazon has it available for $11.94 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

24 August 2014

Book Review: House Reckoning By Mike Lawson

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new book House Reckoning by Mike Lawson to review.


Joe DeMarco has wanted nothing more than to find his father Gino's murderer, which was never solved - not even investigated. He knew Gino worked for a violent Mafioso in New York, but he had no clue that his job was to be a hit man. Fast forward twenty years to the present, and a former mob associate is on his deathbed wanting to get something off his chest - the truth about Gino's murder and the man responsible. Joe is floored to find out his father's killer is an upstanding citizen who's career is fluroushing. Joe is now at a crossroads - he's about to take a job in Washington D.C. working for a Congressman that will leave him virtually untouchable. Does he avenge his father's death and possibly lose his job - and his life?

This is the ninth book featuring Joe DeMarco, and this one delves into the past and shapes his character. If you enjoy political thrillers and you haven't checked out this series yet, you need to! The books are fast paced and it gets hard to put them down once you start reading. It's a hard decision for Joe on taking out his father's killer. Should he? Would you? I have to say I think I would, no matter how bad of a person my father was. (Well, with few exceptions in the *bad* department, there are some things that are unforgiveable) Add this one to your fall reading list!

House Reckoning by Mike Lawson is a hardcover fiction book published by Atlantic Monthly Press. It is 320 pages long. The suggested cover price is $25.00, and Amazon has it available for $18.30 as of this posting. It is also available as an audio CD and as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

20 August 2014

DVD Review: Hey Arnold! The Complete Series

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD Hey Arnold! The Complete Series to review.


Originally airing on Nickelodeon back in the last 90's/early 00's, Hey Arnold! followed Arnold, your average fourth grader who lived with his grandparents in Hillwood, and his friends. He has to deal with a bully - who actually had kind of a crush on him - and he helps friends get out of trouble as well as his own tricky situations he gets into. You can easily tell by the drawings almost that it came out in the 90's time frame where Nickelodeon had a bunch of great shows - they all have this similar kind of animation vibe to them. The series is more for the 7-8 and up crowd - while there really isn't any violence or bad language, it's just your average pre-tween story lines with a bit of slapstick humor here and there.

This sixteen disc set contains all 99 episodes of all five seasons. There are no special features included on the set. It is only available via Walmart, so no snagging this one via Amazon this time - sorry.

I am thrilled that the entire series is finally released into one box set. DH really loves this series so maybe he was a bit more excited than me. ;) I'm really not much of a fan of buying one season at a time, and even less thrilled when they release them into split discs (like part one of a season and part two). So even though this time it's a Walmart exclusive, it's great that Shout! Factory is on the ball and finally releasing it all into one big punch. (Some special or bonus features would have been nice though. How about some of the old commercials or something?)

Hey Arnold! The Complete Series is available now wherever DVD's are sold. Full screen format, it is not rated, and has a total running time of 38 hours long. The suggested retail price is $29.93, and Walmart has it available for $26.94 as of this posting.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.