Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday Session .. yesterday and today...

Who I was at 17...

and who I am now....

I love good music

My sister hosts The Sunday Session every Sunday over on her blog.. I don't always play by the rules... but i love to join in some weeks.. because I love music.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Daddy Dates by Greg Wright

~ a book review ~

As a father with four daughters, Greg Wright has found what works for their family. Daddy Dates. He began dating his girls from a young age and has now put his experience into this entertaining and informative book. Wright takes us on a journey of age groups, personality types and the affects of peers.

Greg wants what we all want for our daughters, the hope that they will grow up to be strong and confident. The hope that we will have strong relationships with our children throughout their lives. And the hope to save them from too much heartache as they journey through adolescence.

Also included in Daddy Dates, is a chapter on Mommy Dates. As I am the Mom... or even the Mum, (lol.. seriously… why do we spell it differently?) I chose not to read this chapter. The Daddy of our household is looking forward to getting his hands on this book now that I've written the review.. and I’m sure he’ll pick up some tips… and our relationship will benefit too. (happy wife… happy life)

Although this is a parenting book and somewhat a how to book, Daddy Dates reads more like a narrative. This is very well written and edited. It is clear to understand and worth the read. I would love to see a follow up... 'The affects of Daddy Dates in the Adult years' ???

I highly recommend this book to anyone with daughters.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Best Forgotten by Paula Vince

Best Forgotten

An Aussie Book Review

This is the forth book I’ve read by Paula Vince. Her style of story telling is relaxed and enjoyable.

The blurb…
Courtney survives an accident but he suffers from complete amnesia. When he is released from hospital, he meets his mother, sister and girl friend. His girl friend mysteriously insists they get to know each other again. Courtney then goes on to reconcile relationships that seemed doomed before his accident. His memory comes back in a flurry and he subsequently has the choice of who he will be, the Courtney before the accident or the person he’d become during the week of his amnesia. The outworking of his self discovering brings a compelling read.

Best Forgotten has mystery, action, faith and suspense with a touch of romance. This book sends the reader into their own mind, to question family relationships and if there is need for restoration. The younger reader would acquire insight into consequential actions. There is also the journey of faith and fate weaved throughout this novel.

Charming and delightful! I would highly recommend this one.

Contemporary Inspirational Fiction

Monday, July 18, 2011

Date Rape ~ The Mockingbirds

The Mockingbirds

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Not a review…

This YA novel is an issue book. Date rape. Whitney writes in this book, the view that the lack of a ‘yes’ means ‘no’. No means no. Silence means no. And if someone is sleeping – that means no. The only yes which would lead to consensual sexual contact (not only intercourse) is a verbal ‘yes’. ‘The lack of a yes is a no.’ I totally agree with this point of view.

This novel has very conflicting reviews, after reading it, I can understand why. But the reason I’m writing about the novel and not reviewing it, is of a parenting nature. Sex changes who you are. Sexual purity is worth working towards in a world that tells us otherwise.

If you have been a victim of date rape, I’m so very sorry that you had to go through the pain of such an act.

The issue of date rape reminded me that as a parent I am responsible (alongside my husband) to educate my boy that the only yes is a verbal yes when the girl is of sound mind. I hope to teach my son how to respect girls and regard them as people, not sexual objects. I will help him guard his eyes and mind from computer games, magazines and TV etc, that portray the complete opposite.

I will prepare my girls by discussing the effects of alcohol on young small bodies and the possibility of black outs. (I can speak from experience) The danger they could put themselves in, if they are not of sound and sober mind. I will talk to them about the safety of group dates, double dates and chaperoned dates. I will teach them that not everyone has the same values that we have and that not all boys can be trusted.

We will discuss with our children why abstaining from sexual contact until marriage is a viable option.

I love teenagers. I love their energy. I wish I loved being a teenager but I missed out on loving being a teenager. (that’s a whole other story). I want my children to enjoy their adolescence. I hope they will, within safe boundaries.

We are still in the preteen years… Do you have any advise on how to protect your children?
(all ideas other than locking them away would be appreciated. xx)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

African Hearts by Laura O'Connell

An Aussie Review

The blurb…

Gina Messina jumps on a plane to leave Australia after she hears news that her brother in Africa is critically ill. She meets Dr Kam Bonsu and they have an instant attraction. Their hearts are both bound by past love and loss and neither can see how they can have a worthwhile relationship spanning the continents. Then add Gina’s eight year old nephew into the mix and a whole lot of romance … and … you have African Hearts.

The journey …
Laura takes the reader on a journey of love, loss, responsibility, grief, hope and peace. The reader has a chance to think about their own religious beliefs and the condition of their heart.

The landscape…
The majority of this story is set in Africa and Laura has described the country in beautiful prose. I was reminded of my desire to travel to Africa one day and see all of the animals in their natural habitat.

This novel falls into the Inspirational/Christian Romance genre. Romance wouldn’t be romance without silky hair, beating hearts and racing pulses.

African Hearts is available from all good Christian Book stores in Australia or Light The Dark

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Real Estate Integrity

From the wife's perspective pt 2...

Ok… I’ve heard the murmurings, the snickers behind hands. Many people have strong views when it comes to Real Estate salesmen and their level of integrity. ‘You can never trust a Real Estate agent’ was a common statement when my hubby was starting out. Back then, I thought the same.

Con Man v’s Integrity

Yes there are many shonky real estate agents out there who work in the grey, who will lie just to get a sale and who will put the pressure on you to sign contracts.
Remember, if you aren't completely sure about something, check with your solicitor, and never feel pressured to sign a legal document.

How do you pick an honest agent? Use your gut. Women are often better at recognising the con man. Also go by word of mouth. Speak to friends and neighbours about who they’ve dealt with. But don’t always listen to other Real Estate agents, some of them are too willing to put others down to boost themselves.

My husband has seen throughout his career, many colleagues who are less than honest. Working only in sales, he decided to always do things by the book, sometimes it’s hard to, but in the end it’s worth it.

Who does the agent service?

Real Estate agents work for the vendor. They are not buyers’ advocates and if they are busy, they probably don’t have time to call you back every time they list a property you might be interested in. If you are a buyer and would like that kind of service, ask the agent if they have a mailing list (email, or paper) that they could add you to.

There is a well used term, ‘you snooze, you lose.’ If you really want a property, don’t expect an agent to chase you. If you want it, act fast.

I hope my thoughts ‘from the wife’s perspective’ have changed a few mind sets.

What are your thoughts? Are Real Estate agents you've dealt with dodgy or mostly honest?

Friday, July 8, 2011

5 Winners!

Thank you so much for entering my competition!

And the winners are...

Drawn by

1st ~ Emily Rittel-King

2nd ~ Helen

3rd ~ Alex

4th ~ Thea

5th ~ Jo Princess Warrior

Please contact me via email... with your preferences ... or wait patiently until I email you.

Hugs and Love

Mich xx

PS Emily I couldn't fine your email address... mine on my profile page - please contact me by Saturday night. xx

Monday, July 4, 2011

Celebrating 2 Years Give-a-way



Thank you readers, commenters and lurkers

I appreciate everyone one of you.

For you, my followers I am giving away over $200 worth of Fifth Avenue Collection Jewellery to celebrate my second blogging anniversary and 200 followers.

1. Ode to Beauty necklace ~ 16 inch  RRP $59.95

2. Vintage Flower necklace ~ 16 inch - cubic zirconias and swarovski crystals    RRP 39.95

3. Express Your Style pierced earrings RRP $43.95
4. Small Hoop Necklace - 16 inch - Your choice between red or clear crystals RRP $29.95

5. Honey Kissed Earrings ~ sparkling cubic zirconias RRP $49.95

So here’s the deal..

Follow and leave a comment to be in the running …

1. You must be a follower via Google friend connect

2. You must leave a comment to enter

3. You must have an email attached to your commenting profile or leave you email address with your comment

4. I will use to pick the winners

5. First drawn gets first choice

6. Second drawn gets second choice etc

7. Winners must reply to email within 24 hours

Entries will close on Friday night ( 8th July) at 9pm

Are you a silver or gold girl?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Session ~ The Cure

My sister has a Sunday Session over on her blog... now an then I play along with a song.. but I never play to the rules...

My youth... so close yet so far... this is a song that reminds me of my early 20s

I was so enfactuated with Robert Smith!

And I was blessed to see him play live... almost close enough to touch... the night my dream was killed.. yet kept alive

I do love to reminisce...

This music I turned to ...

Was so close.. yet so far...

And they were popular...


And possibly around the time I fell in love with bass...

Sometimes.. I felt ...'apart' from my friends...I sang a different song to them.

But now as I look back.. I see this amazing music

And intersting lyrics

Possibly something that helped me stay in the dark

An not something that led me to light

My friends were light chasers

Today I choose life

Today I choose light

Today I choose joyful sounds

With joyful lyrics

Life is intersting when we take a moment to look back....

What do you look back on?