Tuesday, September 20, 2011

'My Memories' Blog Giveaway

"My Memories"
     Blog Giveaway!!!!
September 20th to September 30th

    Since the birth of my first child almost 30 years ago, I have made scrapbooks.  I was a woman ahead of my time as there were no “scrapbooking” materials available.  I just made up my own.  I knew what I wanted and I created baby books for my children in 8 ½ by 11 inch binders.  Nine children later I have finished nine baby books, stopping at age 12, and 4 teen scrap books.

      There is a new age of scrapbooking now and I have found the best of the next generation.  It is called “My Memories” digital software.  Originally supported by Polaroid and now on its own, “My Memories” is a wonderful digital scrapbooking software for any computer.

Design your own pages with pictures, embellishments and borders. Print your own pages and add your own embellishments. Send off albums of pictures to be professionally bound or place them on CDs.  The sky is the limit.  You can organize your photos in any way you like. 

The best part is if you don’t like the page, start over and you haven’t discarded any paper or materials.  I was a bit skeptical myself until I tried it and in an hour I was able to create three pages for an album with my children’s pictures already placed.  It was amazing.


There are many different choices of creating your own pages, adding embellishments, shapes, borders and photo layout all in a menu driven computer program.  It didn't take long to get the hang of it, plus there are training videos on YouTube to watch for examples of the beautiful keepsakes you can create.

I was so impressed by this scrapbook software program; I have set up a blog giveaway to one lucky person who will win a free copy of this wonderful scrapbooking opportunity. Not only that, anyone that would like to purchase from the My Memories website will be given a $10 discount coupon for the My Memories Suite software and a $10.00 coupon for any online purchase from the My Memories store.

So here is what you have to do:
Just go to the website: http://www.mymemories.com/#  and find your favorite scrapbooking kit.  Post a comment here which kit is your favorite and your email address so I can contact you for the win of My Memories Suite program and you are in!!!!  It would be fun also to tell me a great scrapbooking story if you have one.  If you don't ---that's okay too!!!

If you just want to buy the My Memories Suite program here is the website and code to get your $10.00 off coupon. 

             Code for Coupon:  STMMMS56780

So take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and check out "My Memories" website and post your favorite kit and your email address.  

Good Luck!!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: "A Road To Somewhere"


Here is my review of a book that The Deseret News wanted reviewing.  I thought it would be a great book only to find out that it wasn't what I expected.....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

'No Angel' Has Special Meaning

Reviewing books from writer friends is a special privilege. Reviewing  fictional stories that catch my attention is even better.  Theresa Sneed's debut novel "No Angel" is a special story about a guardian angel who didn't want to be a guardian angel.  Jonathan Stewart had issues.  He was assigned to watch over a special girl on earth but he was counting the days when  he would be released from his "calling".  From the affects of his mysterious past, Jonathan was grumpy and all business.

With a great imagination and some experience with the spirit realm, Theresa Sneed writes an intriguing story which takes many twists and turns. An unexpected adventure into the underworld captivates the reader until the very satisfying end.
As I read this story, it reminded me of my deceased husband so this story has a special meaning for me. Many others apparently have felt the same way as readers are saying it has given them comfort to read about what may happen in the Spirit World.

It's a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Buy "No Angel" at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/No-Angel-Theresa-Sneed/dp/1935217968/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_i

Monday, September 12, 2011

Eliot is doing well.....

I heard from Eliot this morning and he is doing very well.  He is in Prishtine,  and with his companion are doing street meetings and discussions with the people of Kosovo.  This is a picture of somewhere in Albania.  They have been on their own most of the time and are motivated to keep doing their work.  The country side is fascinating as it is an ancient area where the apostle Paul traveled.  We have been studying this in Sunday School this year.
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the attack on  9-11.  President Monson wrote a blog entry for The Washington Post.

Thomas S. Monson Blog Post on 9-11
His writing is very comforting and encouraging.

Friday, September 9, 2011

What a Week!!!!!

The week started off with a bang as Tropical Storm Lee finished it's round on Monday and my children arranged to have a mud party and invited all their friends.  About 20 teens showed up at 1pm and they had a ball skin boarding in the yard, playing volleyball and mud slinging around the yard and eating snacks.

Tuesday was my birthday and I had a great day. Lots of cards and well wishes from Facebook.  It culminated a the end while we were watching "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and my daughter realized she left her phone at church.  A likely story but my husband and children dragged me there only to find out it was a surprise party for me.  I was dumbfounded.  Those who came ate cake and we played the question game.  So much fun. Then we finished the movie when we came home.

The rest of the week was school, work, writing and driving children to their various activities. I'm exhausted but it was fun!!!! Saturday we can rest.....

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Identity-- A Great LDS Mystery Romance Novel

Betsy Love is one of the lucky ones.  Actually she is a great writer and found a publisher to publish her first written novel .  I don't think it took 60 rejection notices like the author of "The Help", Katherine Stockett; but none the less Betsy did the time in writing and editing and now she is a best selling author from Deseret Book.
Here is the synopsis of Identity:

While vacationing in Mexico, two similar-looking young women find themselves caught in a chain reaction of mistaken identities. Amelia is a wealthy heiress and business owner, and Savannah is a sweet Mormon girl deciding whether or not to serve a mission. When they end up on the same flight to Phoenix, Savannah and Amelia unravel the sequence of events that wreaked havoc on their trips, and they make plans to resolve the subsequent misunderstandings. But their flight is cut short when the plane crashes, killing one of the young women and plunging the other into a world of intrigue and deceit where identity means everything.

Here is the link to order Betsy's book.


From Teresa Small Sneed--another LDS author:  Follow the story of two similar-looking young women whose mistaken identity mishaps while vacationing in Mexico cause a rift between one of the women, the wealthy heiress Amelia Vecchiarelli and her finance, Brent Delano. As fortune has it, Amelia takes an earlier flight back to Phoenix without Brent and runs into her look-a-like, Savannah, and they both begin to put the pieces together that caused their vacation to go haywire, until the plane crashes - leaving one of them dead, and the other with no memory of who she is. 
Betsy has skillfully woven her novel, Identity together in a way that even the reader has no idea which young woman survived. If you love mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance, you will thoroughly enjoy reading, Identity!

Well, there you have it.  A great book to get lost in on a rainy afternoon.  It's clean, suspenseful and most readers can't put it down.