Monday, September 1, 2014

The Big Wide Calm

Paige has dreams – dreams of being a rock star. John is a former singer and songwriter who was somewhat famous in his time. Now put the two together and you get the formula for a novel that is as interesting as it is realistic. The two butt heads and before dreams can be realized, they have to work together as a team and that may just be harder to do than it seems.

The Big Wide Calm is an experience. The story was engaging and the characters were not only realistic but interesting, which is as important as the writing style, which by the way, was excellent as well.

The story starts with Paige meeting John as his recording studio and him inviting her to stay there so he can record her album at no charge. Of course, Paige is no ordinary pop star wannabe; she's complex, multi-layered and far beyond her years, as you'll find out when reading more about her. John is complex too but its his mysterious demeanor and sadness that leads her to discover more about him. I won't give anything away but this is a story that draws you in and allows you to feel as if you are a part of the book, not just reading it.

No matter what kind of writing style you enjoy or what genre you usually read, this book is an excellent choice. The story makes you want to read more and when you've finished, you've read a novel that will stick with you and make you glad that you had the opportunity to experience it.

This is my first novel from Rich Marcello but I enjoyed every minute and will be checking out more of his work. I highly recommend The Big Wide Calm and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time for a Vacation

No, we're not going on a vacation again yet but I sure want to. While we plan on visiting New Orleans again on our next trip, I miss the Caribbean. I've been doing quite a few articles on areas in the Caribbean lately and it makes me miss it. Whether it's the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, or Mexico, all of those areas are places we've visited and want to return to.

I do believe we'll go in a couple of years and hopefully money isn't an issue. In the past, we were able to save up and go but this year it's been harder to try to save. However, at least you can pay for your cruise in advance and make payments if you need to. Then, all you need is your spending money and money to get to the port.

Now we are lucky enough to live in Florida and can drive to the ports at least but if you're looking at going, check out where you can save on a variety of things, including airfare.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

SnapLeash - Innovative and So Very Helpful

If you have dogs like we do, then you know how difficult it can be to take them places. Say you want to sit down at a park bench and have an iced coffee but don't want to hold on to the leash or attempt, and the key word here is "attempt," to try to tie the leash to the bench, then you're pretty much out of luck. Out of that same scenario, this perfect solution was born - SnapLeash.

SnapLeash is different than any other leash around. You can simply snap the grommets with the double ended snaphooks and you're ready. There are eight different uses for the SnapLeash such as:

  • A hands-free waist leash
  • A quick and convenient tether
  • The ability to adjust to multiple lengths so you can walk any size dog with ease
  • The double handle traffic lead so you can walk two dogs at once
  • and more!
Each leash comes in blue, black, or red and in two sizes for your furry friend - large for pets over 40 lbs and small for pets under 40 lbs. It's so simple to use that there's no learning curve and you don't have to read through instructions to figure it out. You can see how it works here:

We've used it and love it. Right now if you order before August 31, 2014 you not only save 25% but you get free shipping as well. Just use this link and check it out for yourself. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Earned Income Credit Calculator

Now while we never qualify for earned income on our taxes, many people depend on this deduction in order to help them out when it comes time for a refund and the Earned Income Credit Calculator is a perfect way of finding out just how much you may be getting.

What many people may not know is that with a certain amount of earned income deductions, they may also be eligible for free tax preparation too and this is very helpful in getting the most money you can.

What is great about this Earned Income Credit Calculator is that it is not only easy to use but it's free as well. You simply enter the usual information such as your filing status, how many children you have, your state, and your estimated earnings. You get in return an estimate of how much earned income credit you may qualify for. While this isn't a number that is set in stone, it will help you gauge how much you may be getting back and if you're like me, you always want to know that number as soon as possible. Check it out!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just for Those Who Vape

I just joined this awesome new club and I love it. I get a sample box of e-liquid each month and I was amazed at my first box. While it varies from around 60-110ml in the size I chose, I got around 100ml - far more than I can use in a month and best of all, the flavors are awesome. It's also top quality e-liquid. Check it out here

I honestly love it, it's kind of like getting a surprise each month. :)

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