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1. Do you make your kids finish all the food on their plates? (WordPress is not letting me take off the bold print) I don’t have kids but I WILL answer this for my future children…I will NOT make them finish their plate because I really think this sometimes makes people eat MORE…I know it’s instilled in me that if I put it on my plate, I should finish it, and it’s really hard to get this out of my head. I do not BLAME my mom for doing this because I understand the reasons behind finishing a plate and know it was not meant to be as a way for me to stuff myself, however, I think a better method nowadays is to make sure your kid eats a little of eat food group and not just all junk…so if there’s veggies on the plate, the kid should eat so many “bites” instead of eating it all if they are just not hungry….2. Do you give an allowance? I have no one to give an allowance too…and I don’t remember ever being given one, I was just given money when I needed it. I think when a kid starts getting old enough to do chores, an allowance could be a good thing to instill responsibility and have them be rewarded for doing what they are supposed to do. Not necessarily a lot of money, though……if they are little, maybe $1 a week and have a little piggy bank where they can save up to buy their own BIG prize or something….I always loved to save pennies to buy something with my own money when I was little. 🙂

3. Do you actually park your car in the garage? There is NO garage at my apartments…I am just in the big parking area LOL

4. What is one food you will NEVER cook? I feel like this is almost a question better answered with NEVER say NEVER…because there are foods I absolutely hated when I was younger that I love now and there are foods I might not like but would still make for my husband…ex. Spaghetti with spaghetti sauce. My future kids might like foods that I don’t like but I would cook them for them… I don’t know….I guess I could say with a pretty good certainty that you won’t catch me cooking caviar(snails) LOL….never tried them and don’t plan on it….even if I did, I just couldn’t see myself cooking them! And probably any bugs that some like to eat as exotic food… cats or dogs either….cause that’s just messed up….

5. Do you have anything exciting planned for the

summer? (NOW the bold print turns off! ugh!) I have nothing planned….:( my boring life LOL….BUT if you have the money and would like to pay for me a nice vacation, I am willing to accept 😉

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Timesplash” by Graham Storrs

What did you recently finish reading? “Rick and Bubba’s Guide to the Almost Nearly Perfect Marriage”  by Rick Burgess

What do you think you’ll read next? I may read “Jemima J” by Jane Green next, a book I recently purchased for .75…or I may read another book on my Kindle…


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1. Groceries are high right now what is easiest way you have found to cut back? I try to stick to NON name brand items mostly and buy what I can on sale or in bigger portions that will last longer
2. What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list”? I haven’t really thought about this before…..I guess one would be to go back and visit Wales again and see England, Ireland and Scotland as well. Another one would be to buy a nice house and the third would be to start AND finish writing a book.
3. Would you rather give up AC or heat? Seeing as I live in a state where it rarely gets TOO cold but it definitely is hot more than 90% of the time…I would rather give up heat.
4. What’s your favorite cocktail?? Shrimp cocktail? LOL…I’m not really into drinking…
5. What was your first job & how old were you? My first real job that I paid taxes on was at Natural Wonders Preschool in Indiana and I was 23, I believe…

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason” by Nancy Pearl

What did you recently finish reading? “The Last Chance Texaco” by Brent Hartinger

“Ketchup is a Vegetable: And other lies Moms tell themselves” by Robin O’Bryant-got this free on the Kindle and the title just sounded interesting…I’m not a mom YET but this was a fun, hilarious read! 🙂

“Now you’re thinking!:Change your thinking…Revolutionize your Career…Transform your Life” by Judy M. Chartrand–This book began with a wonderful, miraculous story that was great…THEN it honestly started boring me when it went into details on different thinking styles and how to learn how to incorporate the different styles…it just was not my cup of tea….BUT the story at the front of the book is worth reading by itself…

What do you think you’ll read next? “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn–One of the books I got to read from Books Free AFTER hearing about it from a blogger friend…looks interesting and can’t wait to check it out! 🙂

Ok…don’t pay attention to the date today….Just knowing it’s Friday the 13th can make people wary and end up having a bad one, so don’t even think about it!


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1. Who mows your grass? I live in apartments so they hire people to mow all the grass…
2. Do you have a picture wall or picture gallery in your house (show us! ) I have pictures on just about every wall of my house….I don’t have any pictures OF the walls, though….
3. What book has influenced your thinking the most? Or, what blog?  I read SO many books and there are so many that make me think, I can’t even begin to name them all! As for blogs, there are a few of those as well…my blog friend Dayle’s blog makes me think in ways I never considered and has really opened my eyes to new thinking!
4. Do you have allergies? If so, how do you handle it this time of year? I have allergies year round, which is why I take Zyrtec daily!
5. What’s your go to meal to cook in an hurry? Things I can microwave? Lately I have been making the steamed veggies you microwave that come with pasta or rice…I can cook really good, but I just hate to….

*I am aware I am actually posting this a little into Thursday, April 12th…I’m late!*

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “The Last Chance Texaco” by Brent Hartinger

What did you recently finish reading? “In a perfect world” by Laura Kasischke (my second book to read by this author, I really liked the story up until the ending…only because it left so many questions unanswered, I wanted more closure in the story)

“Don’t breathe a word” by Jennifer McMahon-I saw this book featured on Goodreads and automatically put it as “To read” because of the description. I loved the idea of a little girl finding this door to the fairy world, but I didn’t realize the book would freak me out some and give me chills into the night. This story had more twists and turns than a rollercoaster and left me trying to figure out who was bad and who was good. It was all done in a thrilling way, though, at least in my opinion and I definitely wouldn’t mind reading more of this author!

“A Walk in the Snark” by Rachel Thompson-Hilarious, but NOT as funny as her “ManCode” book…

“The Walk” by Lee Goldberg-The big one hits L.A. and one man makes the journey back to his house to find his wife whilst facing life and death situations and “meeting” a friend that ends up showing him that he is WAY more than what he thought he was…maybe I’m not as good as predicting endings but I was left shocked by this ending…another good find on my Kindle! 🙂

What do you think you’ll read next? I MAY read “The Abduction of Mary Rose” by Joan Hall Hovey….BUT not for sure..I have SO many to read on my Kindle


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On to the questions!

1. Would you prefer having people over for dinner or going to their house? I prefer going over to someone’s house because my apartment doesn’t really fit a lot of people in it…
2. Favorite Bible verse and why?Probably Philippians 3:14, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

3. What was the first concert you ever attended, and the most recent one?The first one was probably a Christian concert…not sure which one was first, maybe 4HIM and Crystal Lewis…I was such a huge fan of Crystal Lewis….the most recent one was Kid Rock and that was when I was 19 so about 9 years ago! NOT very recent….

4. The year is 2025. What are you doing, and what have you done?
I see myself as being happily married still, it will be 16 years by this point….I hope to have had at least 3 or 4 kids by this point, hopefully have less weight on my body and be in better shape….hope to have a successful career and a house by this point and just be happy…

5. What’s your favorite Easter treat? It depends…used to be Cadbury Eggs, but I’m not a big sweets person, so it differs depending on my mood….lately, I’ve liked dark chocolate more…but only at certain times…

I just got a notification last night from WordPress that I have gained my 50th follower! YAY!

I find it hard to believe, looking back on when I started this blog, that even half that number would be THAT interested in following me and this definitely gives me a great big boost! I know some people have thousands of followers and fifty seems awfully small compared, but it sounds HUGE to me…not to mention five has always been my favorite number.

I should have done my 12 in 12′ update on the first, but needless to say, this past week has been hectic. The day before April 1st I did a post, sounding like a story of someone else, yet it didn’t take much for everyone to figure out it was about me. I had been holding back a secret from some of the people closest to me for years and it was eating me up inside. I had a strong urge to write about the situation, but a part of me STILL felt unsure and not ready to claim it as my life so I decided to post in third person. Writing about the secret felt like I was draining horrific memories from myself and helping myself heal…which is something I should have started during my month two goal, but I just wasn’t ready. I think, deep down inside myself, I KNEW people would see through the third person and KNOW the truth, but I somehow hid that fact from myself so I wouldn’t delete it.

And it was a good thing I didn’t delete it, because it gave me a great way of finally exposing the truth in the best way for me. When I write about difficult things, it’s so much easier for me to talk about them and explain them than when I speak aloud. I’m not sure if it’s like that for everyone, but it is for me. Because of this blog, I was able to tell my secret to my mom and drop this burden I’ve been carrying. Until the moment after I spoke to her, I never realized how much this secret was holding me back. I feel an inner peace within I had never felt before.

A huge step has been taken in improving my life, but I know I still have some work to do, which is why I am looking for a counselor to talk with. Thankfully, I know I have the support to do so now.

As for updates on my other goals, which seem to diminish in comparison to this HUGE one I have got through, I have continued drinking water daily and I have gotten back to blogging more. So far, my first three goals are progressing wonderfully.

So, what’s my goal for April? Get on a regular schedule with my medicine and add vitamins to the mix. Yea, doesn’t sound that exciting, huh?

But…I seem to have a problem with consistently taking my medicine at the right times and I have even forgot at times in the past. 😦 Yea, not so good. Therefore, this is actually a HUGE important goal for me. Not to mention, I NEVER take vitamins anymore and my mom is always hounding me to take them. So starting today, I’m going to put a post it by my bed with the times I need to take my pills and a note to ADD vitamins! I am crossing my fingers that this one becomes a habit in a way going to the bathroom is. I read somewhere that it only takes like 2-3 weeks of doing something everyday before it becomes a habit, so here we go!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “In a Perfect World” by Laura Kasischke

What did you recently finish reading? “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson

“Pretty in Plaid” by Jen Lancaster

What do you think you’ll read next? “Don’t Breathe a word” by Jennifer McMahon

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