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Secret of Life

Secret of Life

secret of life

Do you know the Secret of Life?   Maybe it is something you have wondered about at times in your life. I know that I have. A very dear friend’s blog post this month was about the Secret to Life. She is a Stroke Survivor and an exceptionally strong woman.  I knew her before her stroke and have followed her progress for over 10 years now. To be honest, when I heard about her stroke, I had little hope. But she has continued to make remarkable progress through the years. She loves her life and has attacked her recovery with every bit of spunk and will that she has in her other life endeavors. She continues to amaze me. 

As I mentioned, her post this month was about the Secret. She shared the story of Barry Zito, a former pitcher for the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. .My friend loves baseball and Barry’s newest endeavor caught her eye. He has become a  singer and one of his first songs is all about the Secret of Life

After watching the video numerous times, which I love, I was curious to learn more about Barry and what inspired him about this song. I found several videos on YouTube that I watched about his early career that chronicled the ups and downs he experienced. When he started with the A’s he won the Cy Young award two times, When he signed with the Giants he became the highest paid pitcher in MLB history. He led the kind of life any movie star, rock star, or other sport’s star would seemingly love. Then his career took a hit. The fans turned on him. He watched his beloved team go on to win the World Series without him. 

He spent his time off reading self-help books to try and build his confidence to see what he was lacking. Finally, his girlfriend came to him and said there is only one book you need to be reading and she gave him a Bible. He began to read it and found what was missing in his life. He ended up making a huge comeback, but more importantly, he figured out what he thought was the Secret of Life, wasn’t. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlPBmiMQRDI

 

There are many Secrets of Life. Today is my 50th birthday so I thought I would share my Secret:
Faith, Family, and Friends.

I thank God every day for my life. Even though my life is not always easy, I am blessed to have a husband who loves me and takes care of me. I have three wonderful sons and three amazing grandchildren. My life is vastly different than what I imagined it would be, but I have so much more than most. 

I have been fortunate to have some amazing friends through the years. Not all friendships have lasted the test of time, but each one of them has left me with dear memories and lessons learned. 

I hope you take the time to listen to Barry’s new song and watch at least one of the other videos. If you are searching for the Secret of Life, I urge you to look towards Faith. I don’t mean to make this sound like I am preaching, but I can not tell you how much comfort my own faith has brought to me since I was in high school. If I didn’t share my most honest feelings with my friends and loved ones, what kind of person would I be? 

To read more about my incredible friend Vangi, check out Vangi Uribe’s Stroke Blog. The song inspired her in a little different way, as I am sure it may have for you also. It is a worthwhile read.

I apologize for being offline the last few months. It has been a hard winter but things are looking up. I have a lot of new things to share and, of course, lots of plans for some new things for you!  I hope you have enjoyed my “comeback” post and please do share about what you have found to be Secrets of Life. 

Thank you all for being a part of my life. 

Lynn Marie

This morning I woke up terrified…

This morning I woke up terrified…

This morning just after 5 a.m. I woke to the sound of bells ringing. It seemed like every bell in town was ringing and immediately my mind flew to the thought that there must be some disaster happening and they must be trying to warn us. Was it 911 happening all over again???

I quickly woke my husband but he just said he didn’t know and rolled over, exhausted, his mind couldn’t even understand what I was saying. The bells continued to ring and I opened the window to see if all the neighbors were up, wondering if we should we prepare for the worst? I was really panicking. 

I turned on my tablet and pulled up cnn.com but only saw more complaining about the election so there must not be a world crisis going on but why were the bells ringing? I belong to a few local Facebook groups that talk about news around town and so quickly went to one of those groups and found my answer.

veterans-day-collageThe bells were not ringing because the world was imploding, the bells were ringing to signify PEACE and to thank our Veteran’s for their service. Imagine my real relief.


Veteran’s Day

Can you imagine what it must have been like when WWI or WWII ended and the bells were ringing here in the US and in so many countries in Europe and in the home countries of other allies? Can you imagine the joy and elation they felt?

I would not mind waking up every morning to the sound of bells, reminding me that we have a lot to be thankful for and that peace is possible. I never again want to wake up to anything like the news of 911.

This morning I woke up terrified…. and my fear turned to gratitude and thankfulness to our Veterans, and the Veterans that are our allies, for protecting our country and our way of life. Whatever your politics are, surely you can acknowledge the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country.

Many of us are sadly at the age where our grandparents are no longer with us to tell us about what it was like to live through the Great Depression and then WWII, much less WWI. Not many Vietnam Veterans are vocal about their experiences so a great deal of history is being lost. I love history myself and combined with reading, I have a great hobby. I have put together some lists of books if you would like to find out more about these periods of time and what went on for the common man, not from the standpoint of generals or politicians.  If we forget the past, we are at risk of reliving it.

But let’s not forget our new generations of Veterans either. We have millions of people now that are Veterans of the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I am probably missing some group so someone will be kind enough to correct me and I can add them. 

aaron and griff

My oldest son is my own personal hero, a Veteran of Iraq. I am unbelievably proud of him and the man he has become. He not only volunteered for the Army at the age of 16 (that’s a story for another time) but now works in the Veteran’s Affairs office at a college and is an advocate for Veterans at the state level.

Here is a picture of my son Aaron and his son when he came back from Iraq, one of the happiest moments of my life! 

 

 

I hope everyone today is thankful in their hearts for what these men and women have accomplished and preserved for us and to remember that Freedom isn’t Free. Thank you to the men and women just like us who have gone and given something of themselves that not all of us would or could. Thank you also to their families at home for everything that they have also had to sacrifice. 

America's Veterans Honor All

 


Free Kindle books to learn more about the history of Veterans who have fought for us. Please double check the prices before you order, they can change at any time on Amazon. 

Kindle books with good reviews, check at your local library for copies before spending money on them. These are not affiliate links, just links to books I think you might find informative.

For Children

Fiction Series

  • World War I (5 Book Series) by Anne PerryThis series begins on the eve of WWI in England and follows the Reavley family throughout the war. They uncover a conspiracy that could have prevented the war and as the story progresses, they try and track down the Peacemaker, the code name of the person behind the conspiracies to drastically change the war as it continues, leaving the world a completely changed place than what our troops are fighting for. The  conspiracy plot is interesting with many twists to keep you interested. I also found it just as  fascinating to read about what it was like not only for the people left on the homefront but particularly, learning about what life was really like at the front. 

The plot is constantly questioning war and sacrifice and the author reminds us “that love and hate, cowardice and courage, good and evil are always a part of life, in our own time as well as on the eve of the greatest war the world has ever known.” 

Those concepts are as true then as they are now and I enjoyed each novel, though some were hard to follow with the twists of plot and espionage involved. I was constantly researching the battles and real events as they took place in the books and think that anyone who loves history will certainly love these books. As always, there is a bit of romance thrown in also. 

No Graves As Yet

Shoulder the Sky

Angels in the Gloom

At Some Disputed Barricade

We Shall Not Sleep

Unfortunately, there is so much controversy surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is difficult to recommend any book without offending someone unintentionally. I wish I did know of some good books to share with you about those wars and the lives of our brave soldiers who fought in them. If you know of any, please let me know. 

freedom isn't free


 Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


 

Reviewing 🌟 The Dust Has Settled, What’s Next? Even Better Things!

Reviewing 🌟 The Dust Has Settled, What’s Next? Even Better Things!

keep-calm-and-experience-serendipity🌟”Late Reviews”  🌟ARAT  

🌟Blogging  🌟Social Media

🌟Other Opportunities  🌟Amazon

🌟What’s Next!


 

🌟 “Late Reviews”

Keep calm and just say noI am still hearing about some people receiving pressure from Sellers or admins to finish reviews that you were holding off on. Keep Calm And Just Say No! It will in all probability be taken down by Amazon anyway and you could lose your account. Anything published after the 4th (I believe that is the date, they supposedly gave one day for the policy to go into effect) is subject to the new policy and if you didn’t use your own money to buy it, don’t review it. Let anyone that is pressuring you know that it is against Amazon policy and offer them an alternative posting on one of your social media accounts. If they are still adamant, I would consider reporting them.

If you did post a review after that date for anything that involved any type of agreement, I would delete it. That is my personal opinion only, I have no facts to back that up. I know I have always said in the past not to delete any reviews, but the rules have changed now.

As far as I am concerned, and the consensus among people that I trust, is that the dust has settled and it is time to move on from posting reviews involving anyone else at all, on Amazon. If you haven’t read my post Questions and Answers With Amazon About Writing Reviews I really encourage you to. If you have read it, you should take a look at some of the Comments people have left.

I always love reading Comments, they are the favorite part of my blog. The additional information, corrections, questions, and insightful thoughts really make for great reading. We have had some really great participation the last 2 weeks, it seems to help when I write a post, lol. I love the interaction with you all, your thoughts and opinions, just learning more about you. Thank you!

🌟 ARAT

keep-calm-and-download-a-copy-of-your-reviews-with-aratIf you still haven’t backed up your Amazon reviews using ARAT, do it now. How To Back Up Your Amazon Reviews Using ARAT  It doesn’t take that long to get a copy of your reviews and you never know when they might come in handy! You have worked hard and you should always keep a copy of your work. Who knows, save it and in 20 years publish it as a “Remember When” funny commentary about products we used in the early part of the century! If you only have an iPhone or Mac and don’t have access to Windows, which is required by ARAT, contact me I will make a copy of your reviews for you. I do not require your Amazon password to do this.

🌟 Blogging

keep-calm-and-enjoy-blogging-5If you are planning on starting a blog and have a copy of all of your reviews from Amazon, courtesy of ARAT or your own foresight, you have ready made content! Just because they are still on Amazon today, doesn’t mean they will be there tomorrow. Remember, Amazon is sifting through the reviews with their new algorithm removing content if the Reviewer was excessive or did not follow policy. Amazon Removing Some Reviews

Even if you already blog, you might be like me and only have a small percentage of your reviews on your blog. Having more reviews on your blog is a great way to showcase your work to potential sponsors (Sellers who either give you products or money in exchange for a potential review or endorsement.)

If you need to start a blog I recommend WordPress. You can get a free account and they even have free templates. They have a great Support Forum too. I can post some places for free tutorials for WordPress and I can offer some support to other WordPress users if you have a problem with your blog. There are other places to get free blogs but I don’t know as much about them, if anyone wants to recommend what you use, I would be happy to add it to this post.

If you are looking for a company for a self hosted blog, I use SiteGround and have been extremely happy with it. It is only $3.95 a month. If you already have a blog but want to move for some reason, you can get free site migration and up to 6 months of free hosting bonus added to your new account for unused time with your current host. (Please note, I do receive a referral bonus, but that is not the intent of this post.)

🌟 Social Media Reviews

keep-calm-and-review-on-social-mediaSocial media just keeps growing and growing and Sponsors are taking advantage of people like us who are usually micro-influencers! A micro-influencer can sometimes market products more effectively than an Influencer who has hundreds of thousands of followers and up. (Blogging is technically social media but for my purposes right now I am keeping it separate because it takes more effort to get started.) If you haven’t already, create your social media accounts and start to build up your network, your followers and friends. The number of people in your network is one of the things that Sponsors look at when choosing who to work with. I will share some tips on how to do this if you want, in the meantime I would recommend these as the most popular social media sites to be on: Facebook with a Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. For YouTube you need a Google+ account which you may have already if you use Gmail. Do you have to do all of them, of course not! Especially if you are new to any of them, go ahead and create your accounts but concentrate on 1 or 2 at a time or you may quickly become overwhelmed.

As you are creating your new accounts, or even if you have existing accounts, think about branding. First of all, do you want your personal and review accounts as the same account? Second of all, think about your name. If you have a blog, your social media accounts should reflect your blog name in some way. This can get tricky, especially if your blog name is long, not all social media accounts allow the same number of characters in your name. Some of the services will let you change your name, on others it is harder to do, so think about it first.

🌟 Other Opportunities

keep-calm-and-review-on-other-online-retailersMany other online retailers have successful review programs. There are a few FB groups that I know of that are already working with many retailers, if you know of any that are looking for additional members, please let us know! I will share a list once I have the admins approval. There are also a few websites I can think of that put you in contact with different brands. So if you just enjoy the ease of posting on one site, similar to what many people did on Amazon, those opportunities are out there.

🌟 Amazon

keep-calm-and-keep-reviewing-your-own-purchases-on-amazonReviewing on Amazon is not going away. You can still review books. I plan to still review what I purchase myself. I just enjoy writing and it makes me feel productive. We buy an awful lot of things on Amazon because I am home bound and need an easy way to shop. I know some people feel like Reviewers have been treated poorly by Amazon and I agree that there are things they could have done differently. They have a huge challenge ahead of them to now improve their Customer Service from top level management down, not just at the Help Desk level.

However, they are still the largest online marketplace and a great place to show off your ability to write a well-written review and/or your talent making videos in order to be found by Sellers looking for people to do posts on social media. Don’t forget, you can still pitch to Sellers on Amazon to do reviews on your blog or other social media accounts.

🌟 What’s next for this little blog that started out to help other people learn about Reviewing on Amazon??? Well, it has turned into much more than I planned and I really love it. At times my health gets in the way, but no worries, I always show back up!

keep-calm-and-remember-that-life-is-about-the-map-we-follow-and-the-treasures-we-find-along-the-wayIf there is interest in learning about social media reviewing, I would be happy to share what I know and research what I don’t. There are lots of other things now that I talk about on this site and maybe there isn’t enough interest in reviewing anymore. I plan to send out a survey to see what you all are interested in. so you will really have to let me know what you all enjoy, want, and need. I love still being able to help other people because I learn so much myself along the way.

👑 Coming up I have some inspirational quotes, coloring links to add, craft ideas for colorists, some boring health updates (that help my soul to share, thank you!), and some re-blogging of some really wonderful things from other incredible people I have been wanting to share!

💗 Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


 

Question :: Reblogging

Question :: Reblogging

blogging questionsI love reading other people’s blogs and many of their posts often inspire me, giving me things to really think about and learn from. Other bloggers share great craft ideas i would love to try or think my readers would find fun. I also love finding great recipes, though I could and would never cook them myself. Maybe someday! My bookmarks are always full of incredible ideas!

I think that is why I love Pinterest so much. You see an idea and can grab it to Pin, or now that they have changed it, you can Save it. By the way, are they going to change the name to Saverest now they have renamed the button, lol!

what is rebloggingCircling back to my question, what do you do when you see a great idea on a blog? What exactly is reblogging? What happens when you push that button? I imagine my computer will explode or Bugs Bunny will pop out of my screen saying No-No-No!  Is reblogging where  you just write a few sentences and then that person’s whole post is now on your blog? Or is reblogging taking inspiration from what someone else has written and expounding on it, sharing with your reader’s how it has affected you, how it has inspired you?

questions and more questionsWhat is the etiquette? Every time I have shared something I have contacted the owner and asked. Is it okay to just hit the reblog button without asking? If someone has inspired you is it okay to just tell them after the fact or is your ping-pack enough notification to them?  I have also seen where people leave a message in the comments afterwards.

What do you do?

I hope there is some knowledgeable blogger out there who can answer my question for me, and I hope that it answers someone else’s question too. I have usually found that if someone has a question about something, they are not the only ones!


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


 

 

 

A Little Bit of Everything

A Little Bit of Everything


WelcomeI want to welcome the new subscribers to this blog, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of people signing up for updates just this month alone! I am so excited to have you all here. A lot of the new subscribers seem to be from Europe, how wonderful!

I know there are a few companies opening sites for Reviewers in Europe now. But I don’t want to assume anyone is here for any specific reason. I would love it if anyone at all, new to the blog or not, would like to share where you are from and what you are interested in. Are you here to learn about Reviewing, or have an interest in inspiration, coloring, or health related topics? Anything else, good old fashioned Serendipity?

Keep calm and color onFor those of you who like to color, I just posted 15 new Kindle books for you to download and print for FREE over on my FB blog page. Here is the link, Facebook :: A Treasure Chest of Serendipity to the specific post where the books are posted in the Comments. Make sure to double check the price before you order in case the price has changed.

I also noticed that many of the eBooks that I shared last on the Coloring for Adults page are still FREE, so be sure to check those out while you are at it.

I used to dreamOn to the topic of health, I have actually missed all my appointments this week. On Tuesday there was a mix up and the person I thought I had asked to take me couldn’t manage it. So I rescheduled for today but couldn’t even get out of bed to make it in. I am just managing to get up one or two times during the day to make it into the bathroom.  I am in such a great deal of pain and the heart medication I have started seems to have drained every bit of energy. Here’s a graphic I made last month for Twitter, it is even more appropriate now! It is a little tongue-in-cheek, my life isn’t a nightmare but it isn’t what I thought it would be.

When you change the way you look at thingsBut let’s end on an inspirational note. It is better to think of the things in our lives that are good instead of focusing on the things that aren’t. One of the ladies that runs the Grandfamilies organization that I am a member of has arranged something very special for our family this weekend and my heart is full of such gratitude and thankfulness to her. I will share more about it next week, I am just too tired right now… But the world is full of wonderful people and I am blessed.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Lynn Marie


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


Finding Serendipity

Finding Serendipity

Well, some of my regular readers may have noticed I have been offline for the last few weeks.  I was on another doctor ordered break from everything….  My heart beats at an exceedingly fast rate at times and the doctors have been trying different things to get it to regulate.  I have been reluctant to speak too much about my health of here though I have referenced issues such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. For me, those are just the tip of the iceberg, and believe me, they are enough by themselves!

This blog started out as a vehicle for sharing what I have learned about writing product reviews. Then I realized that writing product reviews gave me something that I didn’t even know I needed. Something I wasn’t looking for. Something that I didn’t even know I needed.

I connected to people. For the 7 years prior to that point I had been completely hiding away from the world. I was at such a great place in my life before that. My career was just what I wanted, my husband and I had made it through the ups and downs of raising our children and were soon to become empty nesters. I was looking forward to the honeymoon years we never had. My life wasn’t perfect but everything we had worked so hard for seemed to be working out. Then I got sick. I got very sick.

I am still sick 8 years later and I will always be sick. I am not saying that because I am giving up, I am saying that because dealing with chronic illness means that at some point you have to have acceptance. Acceptance doesn’t mean that I have given up hope and have lost my faith. It means that I needed to ground myself and accept that my life has changed and I will never be the person that I once was or the person that I had planned and dreamed of being.  As with any great challenge in life, it  changes who you are at your core level.

I have talked before about wanting to share about my health but to be honest I have never known where to start.  So I have just decided to start from today. Today I am anxious to get back to work after being cut off from all of you for almost two weeks. I have so many things to catch up on and so many reviews to write.

I am making a public commitment today and announcing that I will be sharing more about the things that really matter in my life. My health, my family, our family growing to become a grandfamily. In the middle of everything else going on in the last 8 years, my husband and I adopted our youngest son. We are a grandfamily now because he was actually a child we thought of as our grandson, though he was only related by marriage.  When grandparents adopt or start raising a grandchild they are often called a grandfamily. Grandchildren and adoption are things that are very near and dear to my heart so I will be sharing about them also.

To keep everything straight and make it easy for you to pick and choose the posts you are interested in reading, I will be including the name of the category in the post titles. They will go something like this:

Product Review ::  XXXXXXXX
Health :: XXXXXXXX
Grandfamily :: XXXXXXXX
Inspiration :: XXXXXXXX
Coloring for Adults :: XXXXXXXX

I hope you all continue to stick with me as I share my journey and the many different ways that I find Serendipity in my life. Or is it Serendipity finding me?

Lynn Marie


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


Inspirational Post :: Hope in a World Gone Mad

Inspirational Post :: Hope in a World Gone Mad

 


Hope

After another weekend full of violence and tragedy, my thoughts turn once again to what is happening all over the world.  Why is there so much hate in the world? 

treasures in life

Or is there so much hate in the world because we have lost hope? The world has become such a scary place and I know I am not alone in my feelings. There are so many things I can’t grasp, things I don’t understand.  I just know that no matter what, I must not give up hope. Hope for a better world, hope for my children and grandchildren.

How do you find hope? I recently read a blog post by a new friend, Rose Wolfe. Five Steps to Hope in a World Gone Mad is a wonderfully written post that I urge you to read.  I am just going to give you a short introduction to her writing and then you really do need to visit her site to read the 5 Steps that you can personally take to bring HOPE into your life.

Personal struggles explode into public arenas. Those with shredded souls seek disconnection – wanting to destroy what they don’t understand. They claim their hate is an act of love. In the aftermath, not only is flesh bleeding out, but also the hearts of those who hate the hate.

Challenges are now part of every life as we claw at the chains to live beyond the prison of madness. In an attempt to throw off the albatross of hopelessness that has been tossed around our shoulders, we can actively take steps to find hope. It will require courage.

Read more, Five Steps to Hope in a World Gone Mad

Thank you for such an inspiring blog, Rose.  You have such a beautiful way with words and I have found so many of your posts strike close to my heart.


20 Free Coloring Books Just for You!

20 Free Coloring Books Just for You!


LIfe is about using the whole box of crayonsYou can get these FREE Coloring eBooks on Amazon, I just ordered mine not even an hour ago.

Anyone and everyone can download the Kindle App and then once you have downloaded your books, you can pick and choose which pages you would like to print. These coloring books are made specifically as eBooks by the authors and their publishers, to be downloaded and printed.

You can print them 1 time or 100 times, the book is yours once it is downloaded! For more instructions on the Kindle App and how to make this work for you, head on over to the Coloring for Adults page and the directions are there towards the bottom of the page.

Make sure to ALWAYS double check the price before ordering. Amazon can and does change their prices frequently.  I can only guarantee these at the time that this is published. If you accidentally order one, no worries, you can always return it with no problem.

color my lifeThese books are FREE for you to enjoy, with no strings attached. They looked good to me and they are part of what I downloaded today. I have not had a chance to look at all of the books completely, but I have high hopes for these. Ignore the ratings, it looks as if there are only a few on most of these and one person has gone through and put the same negative comments on almost every book I looked at today, crazy huh?

If you don’t like these, who knows, maybe I will post some more soon 😉

Note: This list has been removed as it was very much outdated, check out the Coloring for Adults page for the latest updates on free books, thanks!

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This page DOES NOT contain affiliate links.  I am not an Amazon Affiliate and make no money from what you purchase or download.  Enjoy!


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way

Hope, Strength, and Gratitude

Hope, Strength, and Gratitude

where do you find inspiration

Yesterday was one of those days that started out with a lot of mixed emotions. I have a very dear friend who is struggling right now and I don’t know how to reach her.  I can’t find the words to be both supportive of her problems but at the same time motivate her to find the strength within herself to seek the help she needs.  I ended up using some straight talk, hoping that tough love would help. Instead, I feel like I made the situation worse.

In the midst of all that worry and doubt I was still thinking about my post concerning Gratitude that I had been reworking for over a week. I wanted it to be a great piece to help not only others look at what they are grateful for, but to hopefully inspire me to find the words that I needed for my friend.

I finally logged on to my computer and instantly a friend pinged me about some great news concerning a reviewing opportunity but then shared something very special with me. What had started as a pretty bad day turned into a day that brought me back to a more settled place.  A place where I found Hope, Strength, and Gratitude.

Here is the story my friend shared with me. We decided to both do blog posts about this today since it impacted us both so much.  But more than that, we want to share the story of a special family and one very special little girl.

Hi ya’ll! My Good Friday started off like any other day with my 2 teenagers. Pretty rough! They woke up late and were rushed so neither of them was in the best of moods.  I knew my husband and I needed to hurry and get them ready and on the bus so we could get our day started. Yes, every morning is a tag team with my husband and I because that is what it takes to get our 16 and 14 year old boys ready and out the door for school.


Cancer picked the wrong princessI had a doctor’s appointment at the VA and was running late myself so I rushed out the door and made it in time. I realized I forgot a VERY IMPORTANT package because I decided to do something different today.  I belong to a Jeep Club and I met this wonderful woman named Robyn and her 3 yr old daughter
Abigayil online. I was going to meet them in person for the first time.  I started talking to Robyn because I heard the story about her 3 yr old daughter Abigayil having B- Cell A.L.L Leukemia. My heart broke at the thought of a 3 year having Leukemia!! I was trying to find a way I could do something to brighten both Abigayil’s and Robyn’s day so I got some stuff donated. In my rush to get to the VA in time I forgot it so my awesome husband brought it to the VA for me.

I needed help taking the stuff up to Abby so I found 2 Paramedics who followed me over to the Children’s Hospital and helped me take it up. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the company and I forgot to take pictures of the paramedics. I was just way too excited to be finally meeting Robyn and Abby after talking online for a while.  The Paramedics left and I went to move my Jeep only to find a ticket on the windshield.  One of the paramedics walked up to my car and took the ticket and walked into the hospital. He then came back out, ripped it in half and said you don’t have to worry about this.

Cancer picked the wrong princessWow!!  I found a handicapped parking spot and got back upstairs and we were moved the Chemo room and we were waiting on her levels to see if she was moving up to a higher dose (which is good) or staying at a lower dose. Come to find out after a long wait that is her levels are GREAT!! Abby had to get fluids before she could get her first round of Chemo so that took 15 minutes and then each round of Chemo lasts about 30 minutes.  It is 15 minutes of Chemo and 15 minutes of fluid and we did this twice. While she was being a trooper, Robyn and I started talking and I found myself talking about my troubles and my boys and how they are different.

They are ADHD, ADD and “On the Spectrum”. For those of you who don’t know what that means, Autistic is the Spectrum, but they are NOT Autistic. I told her about how difficult it has been raising them and that now in this present day it is not easy. They both are on Mood Stabilizer, Sleep Meds as well as their ADHD and ADD medication.  Our life can get pretty rough!! She is so easy to talk to, I even found myself talking about my military career and how I ended up disabled.

Abby cancer picked the wrong princessRobyn and Abigayil showed me and gave me the most WONDERFUL gifts today!! Even when I was telling Robyn about my problems all she did was lift me up!! In the midst of her own problems with her daughter having Leukemia, she found compassion and empathy for me.  She showed me HOPE again!! Something I think I recently lost. Abigayil, Oh The MIGHTY little Abigayil!! Smart as a whip, showed me STRENGTH!! Something I really needed because I have felt so weak lately. They both have shown me and made me GRATEFUL for what I have! Yes, the trials and all!! I am ever so GRATEFUL now with renewed HOPE and STRENGTH Thanks to Robyn and Abigayil.  

I have included both the link to  Abigayil’s Fight against cancer- A.L.L  Support Page and her Go Fund me Page. Please take some time out of your day to visit both. Like and Share the page, please!! Please if you can do anything to help, do so, if you can’t then please, just share it with a bit of background information.

Abigayil’s Fight Against Cancer – A.L.L
Abby’s Medical Fund

Jody Estabrook
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cancer picked the wrong princessCancer is indiscriminate and can strike any of our families at any time.  This time, cancer has picked the wrong little Princess, every time, cancer picks the wrong person.  Join in the Fight Against Leukemia and Cancer by helping to support Abigayil’s family through her GoFundMe page or her page where you can buy a shirt to raise awareness for Leukemia. The shirt has a really great theme; When fear knocks, let faith open the door ~ Hope anchors the soul ~ Hebrews 6:19.  Abby will be needing at least 2.5 years of Chemo. That’s a lifetime for a child. Please help take some burden off this special family.

Serendipity ~ Once again I found something very special that I wasn’t expecting to find, but something I so desperately needed at that moment.  Hope, Strength, and Gratitude came from a little girl and her mother who are brave, strong, determined, and giving. Thank You Abby and Robyn!

Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way

Announcing….

Announcing….

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….the winners of the  Serendipity Love and Friendship Contest
congrats to our winners

Well, of course you know I am going to make you visit the actual Coloring Books for Adults page now, but I did want to say a special thank you to everyone who participated.  I also would like to thank our wonderful sponsors CulaLuva and Coloring the West, An Adult Coloring Book.



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Gel Pens and Coloring Books :: Contest Ends Sunday at 11:59 pm MT!

Gel Pens and Coloring Books :: Contest Ends Sunday at 11:59 pm MT!

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Have you entered? Well, why not?
This is so easy, just click a few buttons
and you are on your way to
winning some fabulous prizes!

 

You can enter just the general Rafflecopter Contest or you can submit an entry into the Coloring Contest.  It is not too late to even start a coloring entry now. Three great options to choose from!

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 Win one of 3 sets of Gel Pens from CulaLuva along with 5 other coloring books for adults, including Coloring the West An Adult Coloring Book for Travelers.

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Remember, life is about the path we follow and the treasures
that we find along the way.



Just for you! Thanks, Relaxation and a Contest

Just for you! Thanks, Relaxation and a Contest


Life isn’t all about Reviews….

Did you know that coloring is the new meditation?  I hope you all come and check out what I have set up! Anyone out gel pens in cupthere like Coloring Books for Adults?  I have compiled a whole page of links to countless collections and some free Kindle downloads with instructions on how to print them.  I am also starting a Contest with some fantastic prizes that include 3 sets of 60 gel pens, 2 copies of a newly released coloring book along with three other coloring books for adults.

 

 

 

You have 2 ways to enter. You can do a quiz that I know square w'syou know all of the answers to or you can enter the coloring contest. 

I am not exaggerating when I say there are countless printable sheets for you along with all of the downloads! I was amazed at everything that I was able to find.  I want you to be able to relax and enjoy yourself, you all deserve it!

Brought to you by CulaLuva, Donna Hull and my own personal Valentine, Mr. White.

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What was your biggest rookie mistake?

What was your biggest rookie mistake?



What was your biggest rookie mistake?

Your rookie mistake doesn’t have to deal with writing product reviews, it can be about anything new you have tried that you would like to share.  Parenting, blogging, purchasing a home, making new friends, dieting; whatever you have done and realized the mistakes you made after the fact.  Hindsight is 20/20!  For me, I know my biggest rookie mistake this year was not getting organized BEFORE I started doing product reviews.  I had no idea that things would progress as quickly as they did.  Soon I was buried in products and the holidays were here.  I thought I had a handle on it, but soon realized I was getting swamped and not enjoying it like I should be.  If your hobby is not fun anymore, you need to examine what you are doing wrong and reevaluate your decision to do it.  I love reviewing products so I needed to find a way to get organized, and fast. There are so many things you can do to prepare yourself for this, and it is never too late to start.

OrganizationOne of my next articles is about being prepared to review products.  ∼ What do you need to do before you even start requesting products. ∼ Amazon Profile ∼ Email Set Up and Folders ∼ Organization on your computer ∼ Workspace ∼ Schedule ∼ Networking ∼ What are some of the ways to keep track of your orders ∼ What else do you need to do so you can you can be ready for the actual products once they start arriving!!! There are so many ways you can make this easier so that you can enjoy it more. These organizational tips aren’t just for beginners, experienced reviewers may find some gems in them also.  

Leave a Reply below and share what your biggest rookie mistake was and tell us what is the most useful thing you do to stay on top of being organized as you do reviews.  I love to hear from people and I think it is important to be able to share our mistakes and success. I want this blog to be a place where you can feel welcome to come and not only hopefully learn something, but share your own experiences or find a sounding board for your questions from not only me but the other wonderful people who are following this blog. 

I would also love to read about what you all use to stay grounded and organized in LIFE!

 



Remember, life is about the map you follow and the treasures that you find along the way ~ Lynn Marie



 

 

Questions about AMZ Review Trader 2.0???

Questions about AMZ Review Trader 2.0???


I have been reading posts in numerous FB groups all week and have seen that many people have questions, concerns, and even downright anger about AMZ Review Trader’s new 2.0 release. The changes and incorporation of  Tiers & Limits along with Word Count Grades has certainly generated a lot of buzz. I have been corresponding with AMZ RT about these issues this week and think you will find this helpful.

For the full article, please click here: AMZ RT 2.0 Tiers, Levels, and Word Counts



5 New Sources for Great Discounted and Free Items for Product Reviews

5 New Sources for Great Discounted and Free Items for Product Reviews


 

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I have added 5 new sources for you where you can find some wonderful products to do reviews on
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I now have a total of 15 opportunities listed, one of them is closing to membership soon.  The new ones include 2 email groups, which I love! They are similar to many of the FB groups I am in, but their products are better and have many unique things that I haven’t seen available in FB groups.  As an added bonus, no drama!  I then have 2 new websites I am using and one limited time opportunity.

 

Click on the following link for full details:  Finding Products
Thanks, and Happy Reviewing!

Do you have a great site or group that you would like to recommend?
Please leave a Comment and let me know.


 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


2016 New Year Words
Well after a short break off while I was migrating my site to my own domain from WordPress, I am finally up and running again.  I have a ton of new things to share about Product Reviewing and I thought I would come out of my self-imposed prison of over 8 years and start really interacting with the world again.  I plan to share more about myself including things like adopting one of our grandchildren, my health struggles, interests such as aromatherapy, DIY, recipes and many things to inspire us all.

Thank you all for following me.  Your support has meant more than you know.  It has actually given me the courage I needed to face up to my illness and realize how cut off I am, and I am the main one to blame.  But more of that later, for now, HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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A Treasure Chest of Serendipity

A Treasure Chest of Serendipity


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Serendipity… the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something truly wonderful, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.

 



As I have jumped into the Reviewing community feet first, it has felt so good to connect with people again. That is something I have really missed in the years since I have no longer been able to work.  As it became more and more necessary to spend most of my time in bed, I cut myself off from the friends and colleagues I did have, trying to deal with the grief I still continue to feel over losing my independence and developing some really complicated health problems.

That is something I have really missed in the years since I have no longer been able to work.  As it became more and more necessary to spend most of my time in bed, I cut myself off from the friends and colleagues I did have, trying to deal with the grief I still continue to feel over losing my independence and developing some really complicated health problems.

I hope as a reader of this blog you are able to experience Serendipity and not only discovered wonderful things about shared interests, but also things about yourself, that you didn’t even know you were looking for.



At first, I thought I would only share about my reviews with you and show how you can do reviews yourself.  But then it occurred to me that just reviews can be very boring at times.  I like to get to know other people and so I hope you do too.  In the coming weeks, I will be sharing more about what is going on in my life right now and my current health, but more importantly, sharing the jewels of inspiration I have been finding as I rediscover my life.

Please keep checking back, I never expected to have so many new friends and followers and am looking forward to sharing this journey called life.  



Topics I would like to share include:  Inspiration, Family Dynamics, Aspergers Syndrome, Adoption, Grandfamilies, Friendship, Essential Oils, Recipes, DIY,
Health (Dysautonomia, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Hypoxia, CFS/ME)
and of course, more about my favorite new activity Product Reviews!