I made my son's dream come true - A Guest Post

Apr 16, 2015

My friend Jillian who blogs at Puzzle Me Complete has just published her first children's book. She is taking over my blog today to share with you her story.

I love to write, I love being a mom, and I love seeing my kids smile. You add all those together and you get Dragon Boyz. This sounds like a simple equation, but it was a long journey getting here… and well worth it.

I had fallen in love with the idea of writing and have been dabbling in romance writing since I was 23. I always enjoyed creating different story lines, exploring various layers of the characters’ feelings and emotions, and to me, just completing a book was an amazing accomplishment. However I would have to confess my passion for publishing was not as driven. In fact it really intimated me. The idea of someone having the powers to judge the publishing quality of my book, and in retrospect judging my writing ability were intimidating. Pursuing a publisher was a big step to take… but I took it to show my son that with courage and determination, you can achieve your goals.

My son was the true inspiration behind this novel and he walked with me every step of the way. 

                                 He laughed, I laughed…
He fought, I fought…
He talked, I wrote…
He agreed, I smiled!

Though this fantasy book centers around two boys being gifted with a magical dragon’s powers and saving their island home from being overpowered by wolf-men, the true underlying message is FRIENDSHIP. It makes you laugh and it brings a little adventure to your life, but it also teaches you… once you have someone standing by your side, anything is possible.

At this point I would like to invite you all to read my children's novel, Dragon Boyz. I feel blessed and amazed my book was accepted by the USA publishing company Black Rose Co. and therefore it is available on popular websites on paperback and eBook. (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and many more).

A special thanks goes out to my good friend Tami who always believed I could do this and who has been a confidant in many ways. Tams … You Rock!

Author’s Information:
Name: Jillian Carreira
Facebook Page: Jillian Carreira

“You do not have to have super powers to be a Hero!”

You rock even more Jillian. Congratulations and I'm so proud of you. xo Tami

$300 Target Giveaway

Apr 14, 2015

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You know you are a blogger when...

Apr 12, 2015

Me: "How are you doing? It feels like you were just here."
Delivery Guy: "Uh...yeah. Three days ago."
Me: Smiles casually
Delivery Guy: Questionable look
Me: "Thanks, see you soon."
Delivery Guy: "I'm sure."

I asked some of my favourite bloggers to share their thoughts on blogging...

1. 'You get free tickets to a Baseball game but you spend the whole time taking pictures of everything.' Robin from Masshole Mommy

2. 'Your kids ask you to hurry up and take a photo so they can play with their new toy!' Melissa from Keeping up with the Rheinlanders

3. 'The whole family is sitting at the table with empty plates in front of them while mom is trying to get the perfect 'shot' of dinner.' Lisa from Bites for Babies

4. 'You stop a dinner party to arrange the food to look better in a picture.' Madaline from Pretty Thing and Co.

5. 'Tax time becomes beyond complicated and when you unnecessarily catch yourself wondering what the hashtag is at non-blogging related times.' Monica from Marino Bambinos

6. 'You carry a notebook with you at all times to write down thoughts that may come to your mind.' Terri from Take a walk in my shoes

7. 'Your kids ask if something is for a review when it comes in the mail.' Rosey from Mail4Rosey

8. 'You stay up far too late editing photos of food/travel destination/crafts.' Kerrie from Family, Food and Travel

9. 'You go out to eat and ask to sit by a window just so you can get a better picture of your food.' Melanie from Me & Mr.

10. 'The delivery guy thinks you are a drug lord because of the number of packages that come to your home.' Me from here :) 

Looks like we bloggers really take our pictures seriously. Thank you ladies for your input.

Can you relate to any of the above? Also, how do you know you are a blogger? Share with me in the comments. 

Quote of the week

Apr 11, 2015

Helen Keller was onto something when she said that life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

We have no clue what the next moment, the next day, the next year will bring, but we move forward never the less. We take a leap of faith and hope that we land on both feet. Daring

The journey forward can be an incredible one or a mediocre one...the answer lies with us. Do you march by, carefully keeping your eye on the road ahead or do you stop to take in your surroundings? Do you follow the straight road or do you veer off to other paths?

There is definitely something fulfilling in reaching the finish line first. The thrill of a win is priceless. But, what did you gain? What did you learn? How to win? How to come first? Eventually, the thrill will wear off and you'll be back to square one. Why not try something different this time. Instead of seeking the finish line, seek the journey. You may not reach the finish line first, but when you eventually do get to the end and someone asks 'What have you learned?' Imagine the tales you can tell. Adventure

At the end of this journey on Earth, we take nothing but our intangible self...our memories, our experiences, our soul, our life.


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