Friday, September 19, 2014

Pauline Books Blog Tour Presents:Marilee Haynes, "Genius" Author Guest Post and Book Giveaway~~!!


Welcome, friends, on this lovely Autumn Saturday!
I'm honored and delighted that 
an invitation was extended
by Cathy, of Pauline, for 
my home on the web
 to be a stop on Pauline Books and Media's
How exciting is that?!


To refresh yourself with the
 beloved  books offered by Pauline,
Soooo many of their titles have become go-to resources for our family!
 I especially have come to love and rely on
 It's a staple in our faith study!

Marilee, author of AKA Genius and Genius Under Construction,
has been guesting at the homes of a  few of us authors
 in the Catholic blogosphere this week.......
 I am rather flattered to find myself  in the company of 
these host bloggers and  I'm delighted to introduce 
Catholic author, Marilee Haynes, today!
Following Marilee's post, below, is a w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l 
book giveaway that you. do. not. want. to. miss.
Really.....
Now grab a cup of tea and,
whether  you're a Mom-of-Boys or not, 
I know you'll enjoy Marilee's post, 
"Books and Boys!"

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BOYS AND BOOKS—A PERFECT COMBINATION

Other than my husband, our three wonderful children, and my faith, there are truly only two things in life without which I know I could not survive.

One is chocolate. My love for chocolate started early. It is deep and it is true. That love has never wavered. And it never will. 

The other is books. Reading them. Writing them. It doesn’t matter. Some of my earliest and most treasured childhood memories involve books. My mom sitting in the middle of the green-and-gold plaid couch (yes, it was the mid-‘70’s) reading to us, my brother tucked in close on one side, me tucked in just as close on the other. She read us stacks and stacks of books. Even after I was an independent and capable reader, she read from books we would both enjoy. One that stayed with me is Adopted Jane by Helen Fern Daringer. I know I loved the story, but more than that I remember the feeling of snuggling down in bed, listening to my mom tell it to me.

A love for books is a gift that my mom gave me and that I give to my kids every day. We have books all over our house. We take regular trips to the library and come home with our own stacks of books, something for everyone.

So it wasn’t a complete surprise when one day shortly after he started kindergarten, The Professor (my oldest) came to me and asked if he could start a book club. Of course I said, “Yes!” and the “All-Boys Book Club” was born. The Professor and I talked about some friends who we thought would enjoy it and issued our invitations to three fellow kindergartners and two first graders. We were thrilled when all invitees accepted with pleasure 

The overwhelming success of the first meeting of our book club took me by surprise. All six of the boys were excited. Really excited. The kind of excited that only five-and six year-old boys can achieve and sustain. It was loud, it was chaotic, and it was FUN. There were book related crafts and activities, of course there were snacks, and there were discussions about the book. We’re now nearly two years in and still going strong.

There is a lot of talk about boys and books not going together. Boys are too busy. Boys don’t like to read. I don’t believe it. That’s why I not only read books with boys and about boys, I also write books about boys. My books, a.k.a. Genius and Genius under Construction, are about a Thirteen-year-old boy named Gabe. He wanted his story told. And so I told it. And somehow, even though he’s a thirteen-year-old boy and I’m – well and truly – not, the books are his. His voice. His story. And all boy.

So when someone tells you boys don’t like books, don’t believe them. I don’t. And neither do the members of the All-Boys Book Club. I say give it a try. Pick books the boys will enjoy. We’ve read from series featuring fantastic, boy-relatable characters like Stink Moody, Nate the Great and Ready Freddy. As long as you have some structure in place, the support of all of the moms, good snacks, and a healthy tolerance for noise and the occasional potty joke, I promise a good time will be had by all.


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Now, for the super duper easy - as- pie giveaway!!! 
 Marilee's two titles, AKA Genius AND Genius Under Construction
are generously being gifted to one lucky reader on the blog tour
 by Pauline Books and Media. 
 I encourage you to enter AND to support
Pauline, a fine bookseller of authentic Catholic titles!

**The entry is open until midnight on Saturday 9/27/14.
**The winner will be announced here and 
contacted shortly thereafter.

GOOD LUCK and happy reading!
Click here, sweeties, to enter:




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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Five Minute Friday~ "Hold" 9/19/14

 So sublime; there are no words for it.

  
               The little things, the quiet moments. Yes, it’s the many years of Christmas morning memories: The family video of flannel feet-y- pajama clad kids  excitedly zipping down the stairs to squealingly uncover a myriad of surprises peeking from stockings,  peering from under The Tree. It’s capturing the awed whispers of “H-O-W did Santa know I would love this??”

summer 2013

It’s the framed birthday cake photos, number candle poking askew ou
confection, huge, often toothless grin, on crowned head. And the always party theme-accessorized honoree: western, pirate, fire fighter, space, science, medieval. One year, he wants to grow up to be King Arthur; the next, Neil Armstrong; the next, Watson or Crick.

Halloween 2007

       The Moments woven through family, learning, life, are boundless and I am blessed.  Suddenly, I realize that this is why we both came to be. For this. Everything leads to this, our calling.

And I hold close to my heart, these memories, even more so as the both grow.


 who write each week for only five minutes on one word!
This is my first time in months,joining
with the tribe of writers for FMF ...
I'm so happy to do so!

You're invited back tomorrow ...
Campfires and Cleats was asked to be a "stop"
 on Pauline Books & Media's blog tour
for a guest post by their author, Marilee Haynes!
Isn't that exciting?!
Marilee will be sharing her thoughts in 
"Books and Boys" and Mom of Boys or not,
you will not want to miss her style and grace!




 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Visions of the Southwest: Boardwalks, Pyramids, Flamingos, Bats, Magicians and Palpable Immorality in the City that Really Never Sleeps~ Las Vegas: Wordless Wednesday

Welcome friends  to another in my
Visions of the Southwest series~~!
One of the stops on our westward journey
wasn't historic, cultural or natural....
It was just plain fun!
An oasis in a vast desert...Las Vegas:
Here we go~~~
A glimpse.....






Yeah, it was a bit hot!

A buffet, after our hiking, trekking, exploring:

Just a pretty lobby as we walked all over the Strip~

Taking a break on the Champs-Elysee!
This was at about 2:30 AM.
We're from NY, the "city that never sleeps."
Guess what, V-e-g-a-s is really that city.
So much to see and do...I think it was 5Am by the
 time we finally called it "a night!"



The next day:
walking the Strip~


Right at home on the Brooklyn Bridge!


THE name in Vegas, right?


Where we stayed!
The height of Egypt-ness~
The Luxor


...and from the inside of the pyramid:

...pool !!! 

and as we were about to depart that evening around dusk,
 a tiny and adorable BAT flopped right into the pool!
The guys had a crowd of kids around them oooh-ing and aaah-ing at 
this cute little critter.
My hubby and kids,
ever the animal lovers, 
placed him in a  tree off the beaten path
so he could catch his breath and resume  flying when he was ready.
He's very tiny:



REALLY??
How sweet is this little guy?
My kids are still wondering how he's doing!
Of course, my little man wanted to bring him home
to take care of him and  "be sure" that he was okay!


During our time in Vegas we saw TWO pretty jaw dropping
magic/comedy shows:

My posts on the truly wonderful events of illusion and magic are here:
Nathan Burton at Planet Hollywood






Go over and read more about the events!
Both were truly wonderful, unique and left us with a 
how-on-earth-did-he-do-that
feeling for days!
I do have to add that although these pictures reflect 
cavalier, unique fun,
Ls Vegas is not a city we would seek to visit again.
If your 11 year old says,
"Could people in Noah's time been worse than this
when God wiped everyone off the face of the Earth?"
...then just  wow.
He could "feel" the clawing filth.
The streets, the signs, the brochures, the hawking of "entertainment" 
by sidewalk vendors?
And attempts to pass pamphlets with graphic pictures and
 contact info to my boys, ages 11 and 14
as we walked along the street 
at midday??? 
Wow.
Well, the whole town is drenched in palpable immorality
and while we hated to leave Vegas, simply becasue 
it meant another of our travel stops was done,
we were happy to drive away.
The saddest part is that no girl,
none
willingly participates in this.
No girl, any where, says that this is what she wants to be when she grows up.
Yes, it's legal.
Yes, it's everywhere.
Yes, it's accepted.
But how much damage is done to these girls' psyches?
It's painful to even consider.
We have to pray as families for those who found themselves
drawn to these horrible ventures, for they must have been broken.
And life did not get  better for them once they became a  part of it.
This is one <big> part of  Vegas that your travel agents
will leave out.
They don't call it "Sin City" for nothing.




I've intermittently been blogging our western trip 
for over a month and still,
there are sooooo many more posts to come!
Lots of places to share, yes.....
But the best part is chronicling our adventures here and 
re-living it with all of you!

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Last Chance to Get Your Healthy Living eBundle ~ $1000 worth of books for $29.97!


Hi there friends and welcome to a new week!

I mentioned in my Quick Takes  on Friday, since
I believe so highly in
the Ultimate Healthy Living eBook Bundle,
I became an affiliate!





Well, sweeties, I hate to sound like a really bad infomercial,
buuuuuuuut,
today's the last day that the e-bundle is 
available for a low low price~
  This  bundle includes more than $1000 worth of 
Healthy Living eBooks, courses and bonuses for just $29.97.  
What do you get??
You won't believe the array and the vast amount of books, courses,
info and inspiration!
Here you go~



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Fantastic assortment and TONS of great books, no?


It's a great  deal that comes around infrequently;

 so if getting healthier has been a goal,
 this is probably one deal you won't want to miss!
  You can find out more and order your bundle right here.
I loooooove the titles in my bundle...
I could not resist---
I picked one up for myself!

I'll be back soon with general posts, as well
as another installment in

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

The ~ Soccer Begins, Nativity of the Blessed Mother, Parish BBQ, Ice Bucket Challenge, School in the Pool, Healthy Living eBook affiliate version of QT/WWU 9/12/14

Welcome to my home on the web, friends...

Lots going on and a QT/wrap post is a great way to organize my thoughts as
well as share with you, my readers!
Busy week we're in~
here goes.......

1
I'm SO happy to announce that I've recently become an affiliate with 
the Ultimate Healthy Living eBook Bundle

Like to learn more and to  purchase about the awesome variety of books and helpful,
inspirational titles in the bundle, click here!

If you're a blogger and would like to become a Healthy Living affiliate,
please click here.

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A wonderful man in our parish was diagnosed with ALS, 
are you ready, 21 years ago!
We, of course, are doing everything we can to raise awareness about and
funds to aid in researching a cure for  the disease! 
He is an inspiration. 
A local caterer held a huge ice bucket challenge with a dunk tank,
a barbeque and a DJ last weekend....
What a turn out!


That was some cooooooold water!!
But on a super hot and humid day?
Great.
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As you might expect from the title,
 lots of soccer and baseball is  "covered" here at the blog.
Not the pro kind, of course.
Soccer season's in full swing at our CYO:


 as a mid fielder last Saturday:
 ...as goalie:

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Both boys were involved in the behind-the-scenes
of our parish bbq last weekend.....
My younger guy is a jester in our clown ministry and here he is
 with his balloon animal making stand!
A lot of kids were super happy with their elephants, dogs,
cats and teddy bear balloons!



For his fun and informative video on
how to make your own balloon animals easily and inexpensively,
click right here!

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A few days this week were UNbearable in terms
 of heat and humidity....
we took to sitting in the pool
( a wading pool...nothin' fancy)
to red and do work!
Fractions, decimals and exponents...
pass the lemonade! 


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Please, friends, see my post here at my blog
or here at Catholic Bloggers Network
about an amazing family
who needs our prayers and support!

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We celebrated the birthday of our Blessed Mother this week!
~~September 8th~~
How could we "do" our day-to-day without her guidance?



This week's posts:
Visions of the Southwest~ 
Great Sand Dune National Park, Colorado WW


 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!

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