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About Diva and Flea

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France–but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

About the Author of Diva and Flea

MoWillemsauthorphotoMo Willems (, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering four Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive! and A Big Guy Took My Ball!).

About the Illustrator of Diva and Flea

TonyDiTerlizziauthorphotoTony DiTerlizzi (, a number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, created the middle-grade series The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies, been translated into more than 30 languages and made into a feature film. He won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating The Spider & The Fly, and in 2014 he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and dog, Mimi.

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One (1) winner receives:

  • A kit for DIY friendship bracelets
  • a copy of The Story of Diva and Flea to read with your best friend.

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Giveaway ends October 16, 2015 at 12am EASTERN, use the rafflecopter form below to enter for chance to win.

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How to Move Forward in Life

Life has a way of happening, whether you want it to move forward or not, it does. Every new morning is a way to start fresh, sure you have the mistakes of yesterday to learn from and the memories of things left unsaid, but life still happens. How you discuss, think and handle yesterday’s affairs is what makes you stronger, more positive and able to move forward.

Your happiness, a true deep happiness within, is dependent upon how you handle situations, thoughts and create action. If you are stuck in a rut, a place of big concern or fear about something, then just stop, let it go. The fear of the unknown can drive you crazy, usually this fear is stemmed from some anxious feelings and anxiety can be a killer to your happy mojo. If you can let go of the anxiety, and as someone tells me often, let go of the emotional side, think logically, then you will end up having a solid resolution.

It isn’t easy to let go of the emotional side of things, after all we are human beings built with a boat load of emotions and if you suffer from anxiety, well life can be rather difficult. I am one to be open about having anxiety, but I work hard to not allow it to take over me. I wish to be in control of my own self, surrounding yourself with understanding, compassionate, yet straight forward people will assist you in moving forward in life.

How to Move Forward in Life

Here are some techniques, methods so to speak, on how to move forward in life when you are feeling overwhelmed by past mistakes, actions or words of yesterday:

  • LET IT GO – stop worrying, stop the fear. Just STOP. Let that thought out of your mind, and get to a place of logic. Write notes down on a piece of paper; get the emotional side out of your head.
  • THINK LOGICALLY – this is really difficult yet easy to do at the same time, find your place of reasoning inside of that brain of yours. If you need to write down a list like you would with Pros vs Cons – do it. Make the list Emotions vs Logic. Evaluate the paper and focus on the logic side of the note paper.
  • SPEAK WHEN AT A PLACE OF LOW EMOTION – try to speak words from a place of logic, rather than a place of emotion, the worst arguments in relationships – friendships or marriage – come from a place where both are so emotionally upset. Make a deal with yourself that you will work hard to not speak, say nothing at all, until you have evaluated the Think Logically side of things.
  • COMMUNICATE – let your partner or friends know that if you go completely silent on them in the current moment or future, it is because you are trying to Think Logically before speaking hurtful, confusing or emotionally stemmed words. If you have the loyalty and compassion in the friendship and relationship, then the partner/friend should respect and admire that about you.

It really comes down to the forward moving mindset and the ability to step outside of the box and train yourself to think more logically. Of course, I am a work in progress with this mindset and often during the PMS times of my cycle, I am a hot mess. I have come to realize there is no reasoning or logic the week before my period. With that being said, I am getting better at feeling that cramping in my abdomen and trying to take more control – sure it is draining physically and emotionally, but as I work to control the emotions stemming from hormone fluctuations during PMS, it gets easier every month.

Moving forward in life is really all about letting go and waking up each day to try better, be better and love harder. Period. That’s all.

Add More Fun and Games to Your Next Party or Event

The goal of any social event, whether it’s a backyard barbecue, corporate gathering, or a family get together, is to get all your guests mingling and having fun. You want to see your friends and family enjoying their selves, but this doesn’t just magically happen. It takes a little bit of time and planning.


Make sure you have plenty of games and activities set up at your party. They are a great way to get people talking to each other and having fun. Even those guests who don’t want to participate will enjoy watching the competitions. Make sure there are plenty activities available to keep everyone involved, and include age appropriate games when younger children are present.

The ancient Roman game of Bocce has become a very popular. Keep in mind that the little ones may feel left out, so have a mini bowling set for them. It’s similar, but they will find it more fun. Bounce houses are also an excellent way to keep younger children entertained while the adults play.

Traditional games such as volleyball and badminton are great for any age guest as well as cornhole. Make the event even more memorable by using embroidered cornhole bags with your name, logo, or event’s date on them from sites such as Don’t forget the older generations who always enjoy a round of horseshoes or croquette.


The food you serve can also create a fun atmosphere at any party or gathering. Be sure to have some type of appetizer out so guests won’t get hungry waiting for the main meal. This can be as simple as a plate of cookies or a bowl of chips.

When serving a meal to large groups it is often easier to do a buffet. Not only does it take less time and energy to serve, it encourages all the guests to get up and walk around. You’ll find they are more likely to talk to others while waiting in line or passing by the tables.

With a little bit of effort and planning ahead you can make your next event a guaranteed success. Be sure to include activities that all ages can participate in, and have the food set up to keep people moving about. Your guests will appreciate your effort.

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Road Trip: Mission Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire #WhiteMountains #NH #Travel

The kid-free weekend had arrived, whatever should I do that involves getting a change of scenery? Well Mike and I weren’t sure, so we talked a bit and had our regular conversations about happiness, positive thinking and all the other topics we end up discussing. I love how much we have in common and can hold a fantastic conversation on any topic from life to business; but then it happened. We wanted to get out and do something. My coworker had mentioned the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, she was going to ride it on her motorcycle with her husband on his motorcycle, I thought maybe the NH foliage would be great up there. Mike thought so too, so off we went …

Dunkin Donuts - Kancamagus Highway Road Trip

First things first, we needed some Dunkin Donuts coffee, hands done. We ventured to the drive up when Mike proceeded to tell the drive up window lady that he has an allergy. What came next, I would have never expected, “I’m allergic to bullshit” … I died of laughter and so did the drive up window lady. It was hilarious. Always making laughter appear wherever he goes. Coffee in hand, him driving … we were off to hit Lincoln, NH on a Sunday adventure road trip.

Shown above is me laughing my butt off because Mike had just given me an example of how good of a driver he is. I was wondering what the heck a porn star had to do with being a good driver? We busted a gut laughing, full belly laughter whenever we are together. I love it.

Scenic View: White Mountains NH

We ventured on, found this scenic view stop and took a ton of photos. I am loving all of the pictures we both take, because when he is back home in New Boston, I enjoy looking at the photos and smiling about our times together. Shown above is the view we had, he took so many dang photos of me and when he posted one that said “beauty it it’s best, on the phone”, I melted. Never have I been treated so good by a man before, the love – the compliments – the kind gestures – it really is wonderful being treated well and being appreciated for both inner and outer beauty.

Scenic View - White Mountains NH road trip

While we had a fabulous time; I think what led us to have the adventure of a weekend was getting pulled over by state police and nearly running out of gas part way up the Kancamagus Highway. The state trooper pulled us over and wanted to know why we were so far from home? Of course, Mike tells the officer that we are in love and out taking a drive to spread our happiness. Which really is kind of true; every place we went to and left? The people were smiling and laughing. Mike and I just have that affect on people and it really is amazing! Mike then had me turn around and show the police officer my website URL that is on the back of the hoodie I own. I have never had a man who shamelessly promotes my blog nor is afraid to admit our feelings to anyone.

Scenic View: White Mountains Couple in Love

Mike took a photo of another couple then asked that couple to return the favor with a photo of us, happiness just radiates off of us when we are in each others presence. It really is the best feeling ever to find that person where happiness just radiates and multiplies when you get around them.

White Mountains Love

After all of the photos taken at the scenic view, we were off and ready to go up the Kancamagus Highway …. yeah. No. This is where another part of our adventure began, you see, we put some gas in along the way but not so sure we accounted for the uphill drive and when we were part way up the highway, in the middle of nothing but mountains; we had the gas light come on. It was dark. It was beautiful but that gas light? Not so pretty. I laughed. What can you do? Mike made the decision to turn around, that way we were coasting downhill versus uphill if we ran out of gas, we could have some hope in making it to a gas station.

Upon turning around, we decided to make the best of the adventure and grab a few photos, sadly we couldn’t get a good photo of the moon from up in the White Mountains, we really need a DSLR camera, but we took what we could take and above is the photo of us at a pull off on the Kancamagus Highway – making memories and laughing all the way.

Kancamagus Highway in Lincoln, NH

I fully enjoyed our Sunday road trip adventure up in the area of the White Mountains, we really just had a fabulous time – state trooper and gas light being a part of it and all. I believe that the events that happened made our road trip all that more memorable, to be honest! I hope to go back up there the next kid-free weekend when maybe the foliage will actually be out and beautiful. Hopefully he takes me up there again … life is an adventure, live it and love it!

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Film – Quiznos $30 GC Giveaway #spon

Quiznos and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are rolling out the red carpet for fans through a new sweepstakes launched this month. Fans can enter at for a chance to win a VIP trip to Hollywood, home theater, and much more! Sweepstakes ends October 12.


Quiznos, home of the hot toasted sub, is also putting guests’ tolerance for spice to the test! Their newest culinary creation, the SatisFIRE, incorporates two varieties of hot peppers and draws inspiration from the brand’s new partnership with 20th Century Fox’s film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, in theaters now.


The SatisFIRE features Quiznos signature slow-roasted pulled pork, honey ham, smoky bacon and melted cheddar cheese, topped with sautéed onions, fresh jalapeños, pickles, lettuce and tomatoes. A house-made Serrano pepper aioli finishes it off, all piled between two slices of fresh Ciabatta bread. For a limited time only.

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The Maze was just the beginning! Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is in theaters now

In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, and Patricia Clarkson

Screenplay By: T.S. Nowlin, based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner

Directed By: Wes Ball

Rated PG-13


One (1) winner receives:

  • Quiznos Gift Card (Valued at $30)
  • Copy of the book (Movie Tie-In Cover)

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Advantages of Pinhole Glasses

My oldest wears glasses, and she has for quite a few years now. I recall the first time we went to the checkup and found out she couldn’t see far away, that day when she got her framed glasses on her face and looked at the world; it was as if she saw the world through new eyes, “everything is so clear, Mama”.  As time has gone on, and years have passed, I notice that the glasses she wears are a bit heavier than I would imagine being able to handle on my face day in and day out, so we purchased contacts. We have come to find out that contacts actually are not good for someone who doesn’t need to use their prescription all of the time, but long story short, I want to talk about the advantages of a different kind of eyeglasses today; pinhole glasses.

Happily Blended - The Advantges of pinhole glasses

One of the Advantages of pinhole glasses is that they are better for someone like me, who has a sensitivity to using the computer all day long at work without having a need for a prescription. Pinhole glasses are ideal for sufferers of refractive eye disorders, the elderly and computer users as the pinholes; they allow only direct and coherent light rays to pass through into the eye. I recall going to the eye doctor one time in high school where I was working at a bank and stared at a screen all day long during the Summer days, my eyes would get so tired that I started to get migraines, dizziness and it was just awful. I found out that my eye sight was fine, but I needed a little something to bring things closer prior to the migraine coming on, so that it would allow my eyes some rest.

Advantages of Pinhole Glasses

  • Increases object brightness – sort of like when my first born had her prescription glasses the first time and had a sense of clarity in her vision finally.
  • Good Vision in All Distances – unlike your prescription bi-focal glasses, you are able to see things in a more level, even way with pinhole glasses.
  • One Pair of Pinhole Glasses Needed – no more having multiple sets of glasses to assist in reading or watching TV – having one pair of pinhole glasses has you covered!

With their attractive design and affordable pricing at around $19.99 a pair, you can’t go wrong when you switch to pinhole glasses. What I foresee with someone who decides to go with pinhole glasses is the advantage of seeing more clear with one set of glasses. I honestly will be looking into these after I get my eyes tested again to see if I still have perfect vision and simply need a little clarity in my world!

Unlock A Life Of Happiness By Investing In Yourself



In today’s world, clever marketing firms regularly convince us that buying their products will make our lives better. However, the best way to truly improve your life is to stop investing in items and start investing in yourself.

If you feel more confident in yourself, you’ll naturally enjoy a better life. That’s got to be more valuable than any fancy outfit or latest piece of technology. Upgrading yourself doesn’t have to be difficult either. Simply follow these tips and you’ll soon feel better than ever before.

Eat Healthier

I know, I know, eating healthy isn’t always easy. In today’s frantic world, it’s far quicker to pick up some processed rubbish from the local supermarket. Deep down, though, we all know that employing a better diet is the foundation for a happier life.


However, crash diets are not the answer. Instead, you need to build a better relationship with food. This is the key to long-term accomplishments and living mindfully health coaching can help you achieve those goals.

A better relationship with food will make you look better, and feel better too. Make the change and you’ll soon notice the benefits.

Get Exercising

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Kick Bad Habits

If you’re serious about investing in your health, one of the best things you can do is to quit your bad habits. After all, these negative aspects will only limit the impact of the other positive steps you’ve taken.

One of the most common habits to quit is smoking. Modern vaping is a great way to slowly rid yourself of the cigarettes. You’ll feel like a brand new person within weeks. Let’s face it, your bank balance will thank you too.

The key to quitting your worst habits is to remain focused. Educate yourself about the negative impacts, and that motivation should keep you on target.

Expand Your Mind

When searching for a happier life, it’s easy to think solely about physical aspects. However, your mental health is just as important and deserves the same level of attention and love.

Learning new skills, whether it be a language or taking a business course, is the key to fulfilling your potential. These accomplishments will provide you with an extra sense of pride while also building your confidence.

Just like your body, the brain needs to be kept active. Nurture it, and you’ll lead a far happier and satisfying existence.



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