Playing the Part

This book by Jen Turano is actually the third book in the “A Class Of Their Own” series. Lucetta Plum lives in New York City and works as an actress. She is well loved by fans but one of them takes their obsession too far and tries to blackmail her into becoming his mistress. Lucetta’s friend and self proclaimed matchmaker, Abigail Hart, takes her to the Ravenwood estate owned by her mysterious grandson, Bram Haverstein. Lucetta experiences strange happenings during her stay at Ravenwood. Bram has always admired Lucetta as an actress and is surprised to find that she is completely different in person than what he imagined her to be. She is independent and head strong… almost to a fault. However, when unfortunate events occur, she quickly learns that sometimes it is okay to rely on others.

Until now, I have never read any of Turano’s books and I enjoyed this book. I found myself laughing out loud at various humerous parts but the book still maintained a sense of mystery and seriousness. My favorite character was Bram. He has a kind and chivalrous, mysterious, and funny personality. There are several odd and interesting characters! This book is not labeled as being a part of a series so I did not realize that it was until I was reading it. There are characters in the book that obviously have had history explained in previous books. However, I was able to enjoy the storyline without having read the stories that came before it. I am planning to read them in the future though since I really liked this book! I would recommend Playing the Part to anyone who enjoys light hearted humor, romance, historical fiction, and mystery.

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Playing the Part
By Jen Turano / Bethany House



Mama Needs A Do-Over – Free Book Giveaway!


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This book by Lisa Pennington is subtitled: “Simple Steps To Turning A Hard Day Around.” The back cover captures the intended audience perfectly:

“Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid scramming, complaining, and slammed doors–and that’s not even counting what the children are doing!”

The author gives personal stories, practical advice, all mixed with a dose of humor! At the end of each chapter, there are “simple assignments” which may consist of questions, instructions, scripture to look up and read, charting, journaling, etc.

To be honest, I am not a huge self-help book fan. I accepted the opportunity to read and review this book because the title was intriguing and it turns out that this book is a good read! There was not a whole lot of new advice that I felt I should follow, however, there were plenty of reminders of tools that I already knew but haven’t practiced in awhile. For a mom who has not had the opportunity to be mentored by experienced women, this would be a great book to glean practical advice and tools! The author’s humor and positive attitude made this book an easy read (even though I can’t relate to the desire of tearing apart a kitchen and remodeling it on my own)! I also loved how she sprinkled scripture throughout her chapters which was very encouraging! I can definitely see how this book would be especially helpful to a busy mom of young children (and/or many children) but it could be helpful to all moms in various stages of parenting!

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Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around

By Lisa Pennington / David C. Cook


Why Don’t Friend’s With Kids Have Time?


It is often argued whether or not parenting is a job or not. People who are not parents say that parenting is a choice and cannot qualify as a job because it does not involve driving to work for 8-12 hours then returning home with a paycheck. While parenting is definitely a choice; I would say that it is just as stressful (if not more so) than most paying jobs. Especially for a stay at home parent who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even when making the choice to become a parent, most people do not fully understand how hard it can be. By the end of most days, most stay-at-home parents are ready to crash into a sleep coma. Unfortunately, they can’t completely because they are also the parent who must be ready to jump out of bed if their kid(s) needs them in the middle of the night. This results in a constantly tired mom or dad who has the task of doing most of the parenting, chores, errands, etc. I give lots of credit to the single parents who have to do all of that and a job outside of the home.

Since I have started to type this, Audrey has pulled, pushed, cried, whined, etc. to get my attention (and she didn’t start all of that until I sat down to type). Kendal has come to me to describe in detail how ladybugs tickle feet (she is watching tv). Between all that and changing a diaper it has taken me over an hour to create this post when (before kids) it probably would have taken 20 minutes.

This week, I’ve been reading Dr. James Dobson’s book: “The New Strong-Willed Child” (“new” as in revised from the original version). He states:

“Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of raising children between two and three is their tendency to spill things, destroy things, eat horrible things, fall off things, flush things, kill things, and get into things. They also have a knack for doing embarrassing things, like sneezing on the man seated near them at McDonald’s. During the toddler years, any unexplained silence of more than thirty seconds can throw an adult into a sudden state of panic… You must keep a sense of humor… in order to preserve your own sanity.”

Don’t get me wrong; most parents would agree that they wouldn’t trade parenting for the world. I love how they make me laugh with their faces, kid bloopers, and interaction with people. I can’t describe the joy that pours from my soul when my girls wrap their arms around my neck and say, “I love you, Mama!”


Related posts:

Kid Bloopers!

Mommy Brain (Mother’s Day Series-2)

“The Next Survivor Series” (Mother’s Day Series- 3)


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My Little Cookie Thief

First a Money Thief; now an Oatmeal-Raisin-Chocolate Chip Cookie Thief!

Am I a bad mom to think this is hilarious?

Of course; sharing with Daddy makes it all better…

until she makes him feed her the cookie she shared!

Going back for seconds!

(Technically fourths since she grabbed 3 cookies the first time.)

And finally the admission of guilt!

This last one of Audrey is my favorite pic of the moment!

It reminds me of the lovable Puss In Boots:

Image found here.

Show Me The Money!

My husband, Shane, got up with the girls today so that I could get an extra 15 minutes of sleep. When I was dragging my feet out of bed I heard him shout:

“No! Don’t throw away Mama’s money!”


That had me moving a bit faster toward the coffee 🙂

As you can see it’s more than a dollar!

Here in Okinawa we are not allowed to have yard sales on base. So someone had an ingenious idea of setting up a yard sale website: Okinawa Yard Sales. The OYS community is made up mostly of military Americans trying to sell their extra stuff & looking for good deals. We post ads and the people who want the stuff can click a link which e-mails the seller. We then communicate about where & when to meet for pick-ups and payments either through e-mail or by phone. About a year and a half ago; I stopped meeting people and required that people come to my house to pick-up because of way too many no-shows and last minute cancels. It just was not worth it to me to spend my time sitting somewhere for an hour giving people the benefit of the doubt for a $1.00-$10.00 item or two. Then it became a problem that I live off base. Unfortunately for me a lot of people are not willing to travel the 10 extra minutes.

Anyway, since we are PCSing (probably in August) and I really need to condense my stuff; I decided to give OYS a try again. I spent a most of the days on Wednesday and Thursday sorting, taking pictures, and posting ads. I think I posted about 80 of them! I spent Thursday and Friday sitting around at home waiting for people come pick up items. (BTW a tip for you OYS addicts: Disney Movies & Pampered Chef Items sell quickly!) I made $275.00 in 2 days! This was a blessing because last weekend I spent a lot of money on Kimono Pictures of my girls. I wanted them to have the pictures as a memory from where they both were born.

Last night, I placed my wad of cash on my desk next to my computer. Apparently that was the wrong place for it!

Audrey counting the money?

“It’s MY money!”

Leaving a trail behind her!

Playing with the money!

God has truly blessed me with wonderful children and wonderful memories!

I can’t wait to look back in the years to come!

“The Next Survivor Series” (Mother’s Day Series- 3)

I only have two kids and often feel the stressors of life that pop up with everyday busyness and tasks. I have known some mothers who have 3, 4, 5, or more kids that seem to have it “more together” than I do. I have no idea how they do it! They give me the courage and inspiration to know that I will get through the next 20 years 🙂 Even with all of the stressors; I absolutely would not trade parenting for the world. It is generally believed that men just don’t understand everything mothers do. I would agree but I know that this is not true of all men. Those of you men who are stay at home dads deserve more credit than people give you! In honor of Moms I would like to share this story that my friend sent me via e-mail (I do not know who originally wrote it). I admit that some of this is extreme (even for most moms) for a 6 week timeframe; but I have known moms who have had to handle all of this plus more in a short amount of time and SURVIVED 🙂
Six married men will be dropped on an island;
with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.
Each kid will play two sports and take either music or dance classes.
There is no fast food.
Each man must take care of his 3 kids;
keep his assigned house clean,
correct all homework, complete science projects,
cook, do laundry, and pay a list of ‘pretend’ bills with not enough money.
In addition, each man will have to budget enough money for groceries each week.
Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives,
and send cards out on time –no emailing.
Each man must also take each child to a doctor’s appointment
a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment.
He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child
to the Emergency Room.
He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a school function.
Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house,
planting flowers outside, and keeping it presentable at all times.
The men will only have access to television;
when the kids are asleep and all chores are done.
The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily,
adorn themselves with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes,
keep fingernails polished, and eyebrows groomed.
During one of the six weeks,
the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps,
backaches, headaches, have extreme, unexplained mood swings
but never once complain or slow down from other duties.
They must attend weekly school meetings and church,
and find time at least once to spend the afternoon
at the park or a similar setting.
They will need to read a book to the kids each night and in the morning,
feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair by 7:30 am.
A test will be given at the end of the six weeks,
and each father will be required to know all of the following information:
each child’s birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size, doctor’s name,
the child’s weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor,
each child’s favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song,
favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear,
and what they want to be when they grow up.
The kids vote them off the island based on performance.
The last man wins only if…
he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.
If the last man does win,
he can play the game over and over and over again
for the next 18-25 years,
eventually earning the right to be called:


Mother’s Day Series:

My Valley (Mother’s Day Series-1)

Mommy Brain (Mother’s Day Series-2)

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