Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life & My Dog’s Life

Ki and I have been busy reading Chicken Soup for the Soul My Cats Life and must admit this book is simply amazing. The reason we started with My Cat’s Life is because we own two cats and after moving have my mom’s two cats, which means four outdoor cats at the moment. We are cat lovers, to some extent, at least the kids are.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members has been full of heart warming and funny stories about the feline pets. From a story where a cat showed up for his own funeral to a story of a cat helping someone overcome addiction and smile.  Ki and I have simply enjoyed this book and can’t wait to finish so we can move onto Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions.

Check out more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul My Cat’s Life.

  Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog’s Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions is surely to be full of heart warming stories for those who love their canines.  We are looking forward to reading more into this book about companionship, adventures with furry friends and much more!

It’s a dog’s life. This collection of 101 new stories focuses on all the memorable ages and stages of our lovable canines’ lives. Starting in puppyhood and covering a range of middle and senior years to the twilight and end when our dear friends leave us, this book captures the entire experience of living through the natural life cycle with our dogs. All dog lovers will laugh, cry, and recognize themselves and their furry friends in these heartwarming and inspiring stories of puppy antics, teenage rebellion, adapting to an aging dog and, finally, having to say goodbye.

Check out more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul My Dog’s Life.

Purchase your very own copy of My Dog’s Life and/or My Cat’s Life from Chicken Soup for the Soul on today for yourself or someone you love.

Disclosure: I received these books for free. All opinions are based on my own experiences with the books.

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Worrier by Nature: Aj Missing Too Much School? #parenting

Aj started kindergarten this year and he has done amazing there. Finally able to spell his name and each week on Friday he brings home a school folder with the weeks work and school/teacher notices in it. The work is amazing, Aj is surely showing off his intellect. The only problem that Aj seems to have is that he is extremely shy, but other than that he is rocking kindergarten.

I am a worrier by nature so of course I worried forever before he entered school and here he is showing me he is able to be independent and do well at school. I worried about other health and emotional/behavioral issues he has had all of his life yet he seems to be getting better as he gets older. There is still a hint of aggression which I don’t like but it’s no where near what it used to be.

Aj has always been my child who lives in the pediatricians or specialists offices. So far he has had to be late or get picked up early a few times for ENT appointment, counseling and pediatric visits.  I hate to see him missing school, especially since it took him a few days to really settle in and no longer cry when I leave him at school.

I worry that they will keep him back if he misses too much time, which really isn’t fair to him because he is smart. Come October he is going to have to miss a full week for tonsils & adenoids getting removed and I just get so frustrated about this. It’s like every time this poor kid gets settled in and starts to get used to one thing he has to go to get surgery done on something.

In the past he has been home with me so there was no missing school issues, but now that he is in school that is his priority, he needs to be in attendance yet he also needs his t&a removed because it’s causing sleep apnea which could be what is causing many of his emotional/behavior type issues from the lack of sleep all of his life. It’s a necessary procedure and not something we want to wait for. We obviously have the option to do it during the next school vacation which would be Thanksgiving or Christmas break but in all honesty this is causing sleep apnea, which is not okay and he doesn’t sleep well. His sleep is important for healthy brain and how he does on a day to day living basis. I wish to see him sleeping better and as soon as possible and so it’s scheduled for beginning of October.

I wonder if the school will start to give me a hard time? I feel once your kid is in public school they are in control but that shouldn’t be the case … parents should always be in control and should be able to actively communicate what’s going on with the school so they are aware it’s not bad parenting, or a lack of me thinking school is important. I am worrying again, about things outside of my control.

For example today Aj is out of school, after his pre-op appointment with the pediatrician we noticed he was itching like crazy and his face seemed to be breaking out in hives. We walked to soccer yesterday which meant him and Ki were walking in tall grassy areas so I wondered if he has poison ivy or something. The pediatrician said it’s hard to say, it’s definitely an allergic reaction to something so give him benadryl .. well benadryl puts him to sleep sooo he has to stay home because he can’t be in school itching with something we don’t even know if it’s contagious & he can’t be on benadryl passing out in school. If it’s not one thing – it’s another – I swear!

Do you worry a lot about your children? I hope it’s not just me.

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The Lion King 3D is Available in Theaters

I am so excited that The Lion King 3D is out now for you all to catch at the theaters and in celebration I wanted to share with you an activity kit that I actually printed and made for my Lion King, Family Pride Party hosted here in NH at my home. Click here to print out your own Lion King Activity Books; recipes, crafts and coloring pages!

Let me know if you get to the theater to see this 3D version of a family favorite!

Visit to find a RealD 3D-equipped theatre playing “The Lion King” in 3D.

Ragu Brand Ambassador NYC Trip #raguweekend @ragusauce

I am just back from a fabulous trip to NYC where about 27 of us Mom Bloggers got together to learn more about Ragu & Ragu Brand Mom’s The Word on Dinner program. The trip was scheduled and I packed light for the overnight trip.

This is the first time I was going to be flying completely alone and only the second time flying in my life, so I decided not to pack all of my hair gels and what not. I am still not up to par on the restrictions of what you can carry onto a plane these days. I boarded a propeller plan in Manchester, NH without any issues.

I took a few pics from the plane for my sons to see a big plane, well actually this is technically a small plane, but to my sons it was huge! I sat back and tried to see what I could see from my window seat on the way to NYC airport. After about a 50 minute flight I arrived in NYC.

I was picked up at the NYC airport in an Escalade which was pretty stylish, thank you Ragu! My driver wasn’t too talkative, but was very professionally friendly and even walked me to the door of the hotel I stayed at. Once I was inside the hotel lobby and all checked in, I walked up to my room to check it all out.

I met friends down in the lobby for lunch and after that I capture a shot of my best friend @mommadjane and new friend @angengland while we waited for cocktail hour.

Thursday was more of a “meet n greet” kind of night, we had cocktail hour and a fabulous dinner where Kim Kardashian actually ate & filmed right behind where we were sitting.

I had a wonderful time meeting and greeting all of the Ragu Brand Mom Ambassadors and the PR firm representatives. Dinner was pretty good and the socializing was fab! After dinner @mommadjane , @onescrappyblog and I walked around Times Square before retiring to bed.

More stories to come about my experiences at Unilever on Friday and the Ragu Brand Trip as a whole!

Disclosure: I am a Ragu Brand Mom Ambassador and I do receive compensation for this program. This NYC trip was free. All opinions and experiences are that of my own.

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Always Thought Of Eyeglasses as Stylish

I wear eyeglasses, but I don’t really need them. I simply have a small prescription to bring things forward so my eyes don’t get strained out when working on the computer for hours upon hours. I received my glasses years ago while working as a bank teller, eight to nine hours in front of a computer screen really made my eyes stress out.

When you are looking around for glasses because you have to wear them all of the time or at least more frequently than I wear mine, it’s important to make sure your eyeglasses fit your style & face in a way that suits your personality!

Zenni Optical has so many eyeglasses to choose from, making it nearly impossible not to find a frame that works for your facial structure and needs. If I were shopping on Zenni Optical I would go with one of their darker, maybe black colored frames, but if my daughter needed eyeglasses she would go for more of a pink frame.

Having an eyeglass store that allows you to pick and choose at an affordable price the style that matches your lifestyle is very important, at least to me.

What is important to you when choosing the best eyeglasses for your own needs?

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