Are Boys Born with The Building Gene?

My three year old son will take anything apart. You see, he also breaks nearly everything he touches. The problem is that he seems to think that we can fix every broken item with super glue or duct tape. I don’t understand why he feels duct tape and/or super glue fix everything, but he truly believes they do.

If it has a screw on it, my three year old will use any screwdriver he can reach to unscrew it. If there’s a nail, he will use his pretend hammer or anything he deems fit to use as a hammer to hammer it in. If it’s broke, he touched it. If it’s fixed, he hasn’t yet touched it.

This kid is not allowed in my office for the reasons set forth above, but every time I venture out of the home to leave him with Dad, my office usually gets touched. My printer was broken a couple of times. My desk drawn all over, that means my blogging notepad that I use to keep track of the editorial calendar at Happily Blended, totally drawn over. Thankfully it was highlighter.

One time he made it into my office and colored my flat panel computer monitor. He’s lucky highlighter washed right off!

So … all I have to ask is this; are boys born with the gene to just want to tear everything apart so they can find a way to fix it?

Did You Call Me?

I am horrible about using the phone, it used to be because I had a nifty smartphone and was always texting but now it’s just quite simply because the moment I get on that telephone my kids need something. Normally it’s the boys, my daughter is pretty respectful if I am on the phone, at least if she knows it’s an important call. The boys have zero clue on what be quiet means, let alone for me to make an important phone call.

This means when I have to schedule appointments for three children and myself they are often made later than they should be. I don’t like this fact, but that is my life and it’s what happens nearly every time I have to make appointments for my kids. Being on the telephone requires either taking time out of my work schedule, lose household income, during the short period of time I currently have to work or attempt to talk while my three year old is screaming because he thinks it’s awesome to yell at a pitch that blows your ear drums or my five year old all of a sudden NEEDS everything.

I just can’t do phone calls. I try. I really do. I just don’t succeed very well or at least in a timely fashion. If these appointment places would kindly take email, my kids appointments would be made much quicker and life would be a lot easier on my end. Talking the phone to set appointments or during virtual meetings can be quite overwhelming and I avoid avoid avoid at all costs.

Being Outdoors Calms My Soul

I don’t know if I was always an outdoor sort of person but I have found since being a Mom, the great outdoors is extremely important to me. Of course, I still hibernate in the Winter for NH is too cold for this gal, but any other time of the year you will find me outside as often as possible.

While I am outside walking around, my eyes are always in tune with the ground area for some reason. I take in the dandelions, the small spiders, the ants and once in a while walking I happen upon a toad or a turtle.

I sat outside for hours just watching this turtle while she finished up laying her eggs and covering the hole. Sad thing is, we have seen two turtles laying eggs but we caught them at the tale end. Have yet to see the actual eggs dropped into the hole.

Each night we take a family walk around the pond. Usually we see frogs but sometimes we see other animals and it’s simply a relaxing way to end our day. I could sit outside at the pond for hours if the kids would let me.


A Romantic Comedy I Loved “Better Off Without Him”

I am one of those stubborn independent woman who also has a bit of attachment type issues when it comes to relationships. I have the ups and downs of feeling stronger when I am single yet getting attached easily to the person I am with, making my strong willed nature disappear slightly. The book, Better Off Without Him written by Dee Ernst, touches on who I am almost 100%. The main character, Mona, is the one person in this novel I related to the most.

Mona is a best selling romance novel who finds her own life a bit of something she would see in her stories. A married mother of three who simply enjoys the job of being mom and doing it all. Mona has,what she perceives to be a typical marriage where the husband works a big job leaving the mom to not only tend to the kids but also put a bit of her career on hold. When Mona’s husband leaves her, she wonders what she will do now.

At first Mona decides that her life story needs to be written, this is a great way for her to cope with what has happened. Mona sits down to work on an anti-romance novel and works to sell her idea to her publicist. Although an anti-romance novel isn’t greatly accepted by her publishers, they allow her time to work on this novel. What Mona never expected was that this anti-romance novel is what may just help her move forward in her life and find out that she was indeed much “better off without him”.

Where will this book lead us during the journey of Mona’s life? Will Mona take her ex husband back? What will Mona teach us, mothers and woman, that we didn’t realize we had within us? Whatever you learn from reading this book, I know one thing for sure is this; you will find yourself laughing and quite possibly relating to the characters within this book.

Available on Paperback or Kindle.

“This is NOT a review. I picked this book on my Kindle Fire as a vacation time read while the children were fast asleep and just had to share my love of Better Off Without Him.


Sit Back and Read “She Can Run” on Your Kindle

A 2012 International Thriller nominee for Best First Novel, She Can Run, will keep you on your toes from the moment you being reading it! A widow of two young children, Beth, shows the strength and determination of a mother’s love.  Doing up and beyond that of our normal daily activities, what would you do if you feared for your life & your children’s lives? I bet nothing would stop you from protecting them, even possibly murder.

Beth met Congressman Richard Baker when she was in a position of being a widow to two young children. The situation Beth had found herself in made her more vulnerable but it made her the perfect candidate for a wife for the Congressman. Little did Beth know what lay ahead for her after marrying Richard Baker and what lengths he would go to in order to keep her from speaking.

Beth’s love and strength is tested while she runs to a secluded estate in Pennsylvania only to find out some news regarding the person who had hired her to come live at the estate.  Does Beth continue running? Does she get away from the abuse she experienced with Richard Baker? Will her new found friends assist in helping her, and her children, open up to find safety?

Well I guess you will have to dig into this book yourself to find out all of the answers!

My Thoughts

I found myself not able to put this novel down. My Kindle Fire was in my hand from beginning to end and read in less than three evenings while my children slept tight in their beds. Books and movies about abuse really make me squirm, having been through a lot of various forms of abuse both living with situations and seeing others go through such experiences, I can say the topic of abuse sits hard on my heart. I long for abuse to no longer be an issue, but reading books like this really help shed hope on the strength of what a woman and mother can do to protect their loved ones.

Available on Kindle and Paperback, She Can Run is written by Melinda Leigh.

“This is not a review. This is a random Kindle book I personally chose one night to read and fell in love with. Reading books is my vacation time, so I had thought I could share some books I have enjoyed to lend you some of my vacation time”

Kindle Fire Rekindled My Love of Reading

I don’t get away from my kids very often, really only for a trip to the grocery store or downtown to pick up something. For the most part, I am mom 24/7 at least until they fall asleep. My sons are finally at a point where they sleep through the night, my youngest will still occasionally wake mid night but for the most part I finally have three kids who sleep through a whole night and it’s lovely! I stopped working with clients through my virtual assistant business a few months back, just decided that with all I have going on it was becoming too much to run my business on top of blogging and motherhood.

With some time freed up, no longer having to report in to clients, I was able to arrange my work schedule for blogging to be completed each morning instead of me working a few hours in the morning and doing client work at night, I was now open to some free time after the kids were asleep and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with this time. I knew I needed to spend more time working on writing my novel or doing something that was relaxing for me that I haven’t done in a long time; my decision was made once my Dad assisted me in getting the Kindle Fire. Reading it would be.

Reading books on my Kindle Fire has proven to be a fantastic way to keep my imagination for writing skills alive and to relax in silence curled up the recliner after my kids are asleep. Since I have been choosing some pretty amazing books on my Kindle Fire I thought I would start sharing with you all the various books I read and my thoughts on them. So far I have read two kindle books but plan to read many more.

So I can honestly tell you all that the Kindle Fire is a great addition to any tech driven person family home because the Kindle Fire has allowed me more time to read with a wide array of books at my finger tips, the Kindle Fire has truly rekindled my love of reading!

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