Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How to make soy candles~Great Guest Post

I love this post. This was originally posted by my friend Krista on couponfreestuff.com. But she graciously shared it with me so I can pass the great information on to my loyal readers. Get crafty and enjoy! Remember to always craft at your own risk!


Krista has been making soy candles for a little over 10 years now. Wow, time flies when you're having fun. At one time I used to make and take them to craft fairs and home parties but she has just became so busy that it isn't possible anymore.  She still makes them but just when someone (friends and family) requests them now.  She makes jar candles, votives, tea lights, pillars, floaters and car fresheners.  She has done centerpieces, gift baskets and even shower favors.  My favorite thing is making candles in baby food jars in the scent of baby powder and tying them up with pastel ribbons.  They go over great at baby showers.  Wedding showers I have done wine and champagne glass favors in the wedding colors as well. Great ideas for you to do for showers!

Krista says: I started making my own candles when I realized just how much I was spending on Yankee candles as I was addicted.  My husband bought me a Yankee candle for my birthday about 10 years ago.  It was one of the big ones with 3 layers of different apple scents.  This candle cost 30$!!  But I thought, Oh well, it's Yankee.  I lit the candle as soon as I opened the gift and let it sit on my dining room table.  About 4 hours later I went by the candle it had gone out and the wick had melted down into the wax. 

It was so buried, I could not retrieve it.  I took the candle to the Hallmark store where my hubby bought it and was quickly told, they do not refund or exchange candles for any reason.  So I had a candle that my husband spent 30$ on that I could not even light.   I went to Michael's and bought some wicks and some glass jars.  I went home and chipped the wax out of the Yankee candle and remelted it in an old pot. ( would not recommend this again unless you are going to throw the pot out).

I hot glued the wicks into the jars and re poured the wax into them so I could at least enjoy what he paid for.  And my passion was born.  I had recently heard a lot of buzz about soy candles and started to investigate.  I quickly found some supply companies, spent a small fortune at first to get started and after trial and error and l a lot of sweat and tears, I had my recipe down pat!!

Now, unless you know you are going to make huge quantities of candles for yourself or gifts etc  or are going to sell them, I suggest starting out small.  It is definitely more cost effective to buy in bulk, but why waste money if you are not sure this is something you are going to keep up with.  I, myself, even though I don't sell as much anymore, still keep a huge supply of everything on hand as it is cheaper to make my own  for my own home because we go through a lot of candles.  especially the Odor eliminator candles( which are my fave and have a cherry scent and even get rid of cigarette odor).  DID YOU KNOW SOY CANDLES ARE NON-CARCINOGENS!!  every other wax has cancer causing agents in them, the worst offender is GEL candles, I do not allow these in my home  ever!!  as the gel  burns and evaporates, it never quite loses its gel quality and adheres to the nasal membranes and lungs like a leach.  Soy candles burn cooler and even if you stick your finger into a pool of liquid wax as its burning, it will not burn you.  Soy wax can be cleaned out of carpet with hot water and soap.  Try that with paraffin wax.

Ok, here is what you will need to get started making your first few candles....
Remember I am starting you off small. Later in the post, I will tell you where to get your supplies.


Buy about 1 pound of soy wax flakes
1 or 2  one oz liquid colors ( I would start with 1-2 just to see)
1 bag of wicks ( now depending on the size candles you are going to make, will determine what wicks to buy.)  if you are going to make small glass ware candles  use CD 12 or CD 14
if you are making them the size of jelly jars, use CD14 or CD16   if you are using glassware that has more than a 3-4 in diameter across, use CD 22
Glue gun
Scent oil.  Now this gets tricky.  I would decide on 2 scents you like and buy the small 4 oz size bottles.
a melting pot ( again buy the small one until you are sure)
and old pan
a old metal spoon
and old glass or ceramic plate you will never use again except for candle making.
 food scale



First off.... ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WINDOWS CRACKED OR OPEN AND IF POSSIBLE A CEILING FAN ON.  VENTILATION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN YOU HAVE THESE SCENTS BREWING IN THE KITCHEN IT'S REALLY EASY TO GET A HEADACHE .

Plug in glue gun
Fill your old pan about a 1/3 of the way up with water and put on medium heat to start boiling.
I suggest starting off with small glassware at first just til you get the feel for it because unfortunately most candle making is trial and error.
put about  2-3 oz of wax into the melting pot then put melting pot into water pan ( acts like a double boiler) while the wax is melting,  use a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the wick then press into place centered in the glassware.  be careful, hot glue is just that, HOT!

Now candle making is not an exact science , I don't care what anyone says, There are so many variations that you cannot even calculate them all.  altitude, gas or electric stoves  etc.

Most candle making books and websites will tell you that each wax has to be brought to a certain temp and use a thermometer blah blah blah.. In ten years, I have never used one and won't start now.

When the wax is completely melted, take it off the heat.  it works best to sit the pot on a hot pad or trivet.  your ready to add your scent.  the general rule is to use 1 oz of scent for every 3oz of wax.  I use an old shot glass for this.  some scents are normally stronger than others like vanilla is a much lighter scent than say, apple, so you may have to use just a tad bit more of a lighter scent.  Be careful though until you have some experience under your belt.  the scent is an OIL. and if you use too much in a small candle especially, when you light the wick and the wax gets liquid , the excess oil can float on top and burn.  I always suggest for the first few candles you make, never leave them unattended, & do not place anywhere that something is above them such as a cabinet.

Don't be freaked out if it does ignite ( even after 10 years, it has happened to me, especially when I let the hubby help out and he goes scent crazy)  simply  pour a glass of water over the candle. 
One thing to remember with soy candles, less is more!! Soy wax automatically holds and releases scent better than any other wax.  If you find that you have not scented your  candle enough, just add a little extra the next time.  Don't expect perfect candles when you're just starting, heck don't expect perfect candles every time even when you have been doing it for ten years lol.

Now it is time to add color.  The liquid color is the easiest to work with.  you only have to add a drop at a time as it can become dark quickly.  if you are using a color such as red, add a drop , stir, and let a drop from the spoon dry on the ceramic plate and see what the color is.  if it is not what you are looking for then add another drop and so on.

When you have the scent and color where you want it, you are ready to pour.  if the wick is way too long in the glass, simply trim it with scissors but make sure you leave at least a half inch above the glass, as a beginner maybe leave an inch.  pour your wax slowly as the other hand holds the wick so that it won't fall into the wax.  do not fill the glass all the way to the rim , leave a little breathing room.  Now you can buy wick holders on line or in stores but I always improvised at first.  I used a pen or pencil laying across the top of the glass to steady and center the wick.  make sure it is in a place on your counter where no one will bump it or try to move it.  If the wick dries crooked, it stays crooked.

Drying time varies with the size of the candle but if you are making a small one with 3 oz of wax, general rule is about 3 hours for complete setting. You do not want to move a candle until it is all the way dry.

As you get more adept at candle making, you can experiment.  I mix scents, layer candles etc.
If you are going to layer, make sure each layer is completely dry before adding the next.

I hope you have as much fun making candles as I do  and below is a list of retailers and websites to help you out!!  HAVE FUN!

 I use a lot of canning jars like jelly jars, Biglots has these but usually seasonal so check at local grocery and ACE hardware stores  I even get them at yard sales.

Michaels   I suggest the store as the website does not offer much.  Micheal's is great for small glassware and usually has coupons in their ads.


Lone star candle supply    below I will post individual links for the different supplies


soy wax  this soy 135 is the best and easiest to work with


CD wicks  this is a sampler pack of different sizes.and they come with the wick pins attached


liquid dyes  start out with 1 oz bottle til you try them


fragrance oil  again start off with the 4oz bottles til you try them




Glassware, I suggest using old candle glass you may have around the house or getting some from yard sales or thrift stores while you are practicing.  cheap is always better to make mistakes with.






After you have gotten a little more practiced and decide you want to venture in to molds etc,  just drop me an email and I would be glad to help.  officegirl70@yahoo.com







Leave me a comment and telling me what you like to do when you get crafty! I usually do small Mother's Day projects. What do you do?

Couponfreestuff( Krista Lafave) and Dina Demarest of My UnEntitled Life is in no way liable for any mishaps that may occur from candle making.  You are starting a new craft at your own risk.  There are always dangers involved when using fire, hot wax etc. I suggest using the utmost care at all times and to remove any distractions while you are crafting.  Keep lit candles away from children, pets and anything flammable.  Do not leave burning candles unattended ever.  This post is for informational intent only.  I am in no way affiliated with Yankee and the opinions expressed in this post are based solely on my experience.  It is not meant to deter or deflect anything from yankee company.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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Monday, May 21, 2012

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Summer vacation ideas #gocentraljersey



We're thinking of where to go on vacation. I have never been to the East Coast and was looking at going to the Jersey Shore. But then I researched and found out how much there is to do in Central New Jersey. We love to take family vacations and there is so much for a family to do there. Here are the things that we have decided to do when we visit.

1. Liberty Hall Museum~ reviews of this museum tout it as a true American treasure. The Museum takes us down a walk on History Lane. It's a great place to find out about New Jersey's history.

2. Revolutionary War Sites in Perth Amboy has the Proprietary House The Royal Governors Mansion. You can also visit St. Peters Episcopalian Church which is the oldest church in the state (built 1698) and was used as barracks for the British troops in 1776. We love to study war and the history in this state is simply amazing. When you visit the Bluff you can see the site where a British ship fought with the colonists on shore. You can even see the Bill of Rights Arch which honors the fact that New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.There's a George Washington statue and a replica of the Liberty Bell.

3. In June there is a 5k and a Royal Ballet going on in Central Jersey. I would love to see the Royal Ballet. I will make sure to schedule us to be there when that is going on. How cool!

What a great place to visit. If you're a homeschooling family or a family that just loves history Central Jersey is definitely a great place to visit. Make your plans to go there soon! 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Who needs $25 to Old Navy? #idratherhave $25 for Old Navy!

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In a Pikle Review and #Giveaway



I got the most amazing bag in the mail the other day. It's the In a Pikle bag. My In a Pikle bag has the most amazing stuff in it.

Every In a Pikle kit contains:
Pikle with Starter Pak Contains:
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  • 4 double sided clear bags
  • 1 hand sanitizer pen
  • 1 spot remover pen
  • 3 individually wrapped antibacterial wipes
  • 1 credit card size mirror and floss combo
  • 1 pair of tweezers
  • 1 pair of fingernail clippers
  • 2 emery boards
  • 1 travel size sewing kit
  • 1 retractable mini scissors
  • 1 24" tailor tape
  • 3 hair bands
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 5 bobby pins
  • 5 safety pins
  • 5 paper clips
  • 1 phillips head mini screw driver
  • 1 straight head mini screw driver
  • 1 mini pen
  • 1 "In A Pikle" sticky notepad
  • 10 adhesive bandages
  • 1 package travel tissues
  • 1 pill box



This kit has everything you could ever need. I have already used it to get me out of a pikle. My son needed a band aid after playing and then we went out to dinner and used the hand sanitizer to wash the kids hands. You should not ever be in a real pickle when you own this bag. It is awesome! I put it in my car so that I am never in a pickle. Here's an example bag/kit.



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

#Orgreenic Pan Review and #Giveaway

I was so excited to do a review and giveaway on the Orgreenic Pan. I used it quickly the other night, right after I received it, to make tacos. It was a dream to use...well you know I was cooking so dream may be a bit of an overstatement simply because I consider it work. lol

I sauteed the onions first using my Orgreenic pan. After they had been cooking for a bit I added some water to soften them up. Added my ground turkey and black beans and seasonings and cooked until ready to eat. They were some really yummy tacos. I loved that I didn't have to add any grease or butter to the pan to make these tacos.

It was quick and easy and I loved the ceramic Orgreenic pan! Here's the description of the pan from their site.  OrGreenic™ Kitchenware lets you cook healthy food safely and quickly. Because of its super hard, durable all natural ceramic coating, Orgreenic sears in the juices and flavor of your food without releasing toxic gases. And, you don't need to add high calorie oils and butter! Now you can boil, bake, braise, steam, sauté, or fry without adding any oil, grease or fat. Best of all, absolutely nothing sticks to it! Just run the sauté pan under water and it wipes clean. Foods never stick so you never scrub!


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1st degree or 2nd degree Murder




There's a trial going on in my town right now and it just went to the jury. They decided on 2nd degree murder and 15 years for killing someone and not bothering to even try to get them help. There was talk of this on facebook the other day. A friend of mine couldn't understand why killing a person only gets them 15 years in jail just because they didn't intend to stab her repeatedly with a knife. Really, who understands that? What I hate...is that I know the difference between first and second degree murder because I was part of a murder investigation and attended the trial.

You know as your life goes on and you're without your best friend because of someone's immaturity and rage you begin to see things differently. It's little things. This fact stood out to me so much this week. I don't want to know what the difference is between first and second degree murder. I shouldn't even have that knowledge...I'm not a lawyer. But I do and I have the anxiety to prove it.

I often think maybe I'm not normal. Then I think of all the things that have happened in my life and wonder how I even leave the house. I cope pretty well. I am normal but I do have higher anxiety then most. Things bother me. I've always been an over analyzer, over worrier, over thinker. I mean before I bought a house I had a list of things a mile long that the house had to have. No swimming pool so my children don't die, couldn't be close to the interstate so my child won't be kidnapped and taken out of state, had to have 3 kids so that if 2 of them died I would still have one. Who thinks like this?

People who've experienced loss think like this. People who look like me think like this. I. AM. NORMAL. Yeah, I'll just keep telling myself that!


PS The difference between first degree murder and second degree murder is premeditation. Did they set out and show us that they very well intended to murder that person. In my situation, yes they did. The one my friend was talking about she did not set out to do it. In the end we lose someone we love do we really care what their intent was? No, we just want our loved one back.

Monday, May 14, 2012

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Colonoscopy day





We have had a long hard road with my dad.  In a way he reminds me of this rock wall. Old and stubborn while still standing!  I still worry about him every day.

 
My dad's health is still really not very good. Every time he goes under anesthesia I fret that he won't come out of it. After the colon cancer he had last year we know he'll go under once a year for that colonoscopy. However, each time he does I am planning his funeral in my head. Anxiety is a wonderful thing right? Ugh.

He has had it rough. His kidneys have been trying to fail for the last 3 years. He's had lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, colitis, colon cancer, brain surgery for trigeminal neuralgia and we were told 3 different times during a 6 month stint in the hospital that he wouldn't make it through the night. What an amazing will to live he has. Another procedure behind us for a year. I'm looking forward to taking him to Florida to the beach with his grand babies this year. It will be his first time down with us.

I'm so thankful another procedure is behind us. I pray for no more procedures for the rest of the year! The man with 9 lives gets up and walks again! Thank you God.



iPad Mania #Giveaway 6/4




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Sunday, May 13, 2012

#Win $20 and 250 Business cards #giveaway

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Louis Vuitton #Giveaway

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Here's your Mother's Day Poem!



Happy Mother's Day Friends. Here's some flowers for you! And a beautiful poem written by Nicholas Gordon.

"Happy Mother's Day" means more
Than have a happy day.
Within those words lie lots of things
We never get to say.

It means I love you first of all,
Then thanks for all you do.
It means you mean a lot to me,
And that I honor you.
But most of all, I guess it means
That I am thinking of
Your happiness on this, your day,
With pleasure and with love.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Can you go green with spa covers? #spacap






When you thought about your hot tub did you ever think that you can get a replacement cover that is green as well as a great cover? If you're in need of replacement spa covers why not go green and get one that is good for the environment as well. SpaCap has made a cover that is good for the environment. One that is not made of foam. The foam covers get saturated and have to be replaced frequently (think every 2 years or so).

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Ebates Mothers Day $150 #Giveaway #win




I get to host a Mother’s Day giveaway and one of my readers could win $150 to Ebates! Thank you Ebates!   What could you do with $150 and double cash back at stores online?

May is here and it’s a big month for Ebates! This month we’ve got a lot on our plate including Mother’s Day, birthdays, and getting ready for Summer. Here’s just a sampling of what we’re doing this May.

Ebates is so easy to use.  Once you sign up when you go to shop online all you do is go through ebates and you earn cash back. You know you're going to shop online so why not earn yourself some cash back. 


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We’ve doubled cash back at 24 stores including Nordstrom, Groupon, JCP, Teleflora, and many more. Check out the full list and cash back offers herehttp://www.ebates.com/mothersday-gifts.htm  

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So How do you enter? First go to Ebates and sign up. Then come back here and leave me a comment with your name and email address. We will check before we choose winners so please do all the steps. Thank you and Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mine's bigger than yours



That's what shows up in your email spam. That's not what you hear as you are walking your dog. It's especially concerning when you're not in the best area of town. Yep, happened to me the other day. I tried to ignore it thinking...why on earth would someone be saying that to me. They can't be talking to me.

I finally take a glance and look up and see this older gentleman with a long ponytail, baseball hat and army jacket walking this tiny, tiny chihuahua. Once I looked up and saw his dog I busted out laughing. My dog is little he weighs like 12 lbs. This dog couldn't have weighed 3lbs. That was so funny. Turns out mine was bigger than his! Not often a woman gets a chance to use that phrase to a man!

The picture is me walking my dog down the street...not in the bad area of town. We love walking the dog in our town. Anything fun happened to you as you were taking a stroll?

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Monday, May 7, 2012

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If you're a parent and you know it clap your hands...




If you're a parent and you know it
then you're face will surely show it
if you're a parent and you know it
clap your hands!

As I get older I notice all the things I didn't use to have. Such as gray hair (and pink, oh and purple hair), a few fine lines and some extra weight hanging around. I've decided that from now on I'm going to blame it on being a parent. That's healthy right? 

Nothing better than to shift blame on something you are doing to someone else. That's like the first rule of psychology 101. I should know I took a class in colledge. (lol)

Ok, so a bad picture and some gray hairs may just be age and not my children's fault. But it is so much more fun to say "hey kids, look what you've done." The beaming smiles from the children as they pride themselves on their hard work is truly something to behold.

That is all!

What fun things have you blamed on your kids? Being late for work, missing a deadline, taking a sick day? Or maybe you are the one that does the right thing and doesn't shift blame! If so, then you are the Man or the Woman!

May I truly write something worth reading tomorrow...stay tuned or not. Please ignore the silliness in this post. It is a joke and intended to be taken as such. If you find it not funny it's my kids fault.



Sunday, May 6, 2012

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Accidentally Married to a Vampire...#giveaway

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO...A VAMPIRE, Book 2 in her popular "Accidentally Yours Series", recently hit #34 on the NYTimes Best Seller List (Fiction eBooks)!! "VAMPIRE" has also earned a well-deserved spot on both the Amazon and USA Today Top/Best Seller lists! To celebrate, Mimi Jean is giving away an eBook copy of not only ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO...A VAMPIRE, but ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE WITH...A GOD, Book 1 in the "Accidentally Yours Series", as well, to 20--yes, you read that right, 20--lucky winners!

Accidentally in Love With...a God?
(Book 1, Accidentally Yours)
Contemporary Paranormal Romance by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

"4.5 out of 5 Stars for Accidentally in Love With...a God? (Amazon)!"

Blurb:
Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

Excerpt:
With his golden face beaming, the man smiled as he stroked my sopping wet hair and cradled me against his warm, smooth chest. “I love this dream,” I said with a breathy voice, then stretched my arms above my head, gazing happily into the most striking set of luminescent, turquoise green eyes I’d ever seen.

To boot, they belonged to a breathtaking, masculine face, a face one would expect to see on the cover of a magazine named something like, I’m Way Too Hot to Be Your Man, or In Your Dreams, Honey.

Oh, yeah. Without a doubt, I’d topped myself this time. Sculpted cheekbones, thick dark lashes, chiseled jaw, and lips so full they simply had to be meant for kissing or eating something really juicy. He was way hotter than the specimen of perfection from my last dream, and bonus, he didn’t have that scary vibe. I reached up and ran my fingertip along the ridge of his hard-lined warrior nose.

“Emma, what in the name of the gods’ creation are you doing?” he scorned. “We really don’t have time for your immature little fantasies. We’re in the middle of a crisis. Do you not remember?”

I blinked and slowly moved my eyes from side to side.

Jungle? I was in the jungle. And my clothes were wet. Come to think of it, for a dream, I didn’t feel so hot. My lungs burned, my body felt like it’d been chewed up, and my head was throbbing. So, aside from the perfect man with long, damp, wavy black hair holding me in his arms, none of this felt like a dream. It felt…

“Holy Mother!” I pushed myself away and rolled into the dirt, pointing in disbelief. “Wha—you—you—?”

“Aaah. So eloquent as always, my sweet. It is astounding; you actually have a college degree, yet cannot find better words.” He pushed himself up off the ground.

As he rose, my heart stopped, started, then went into overdrive. His legs and spine straightened into a towering mass of unforgiving muscles. With shoulders like a lumberjack and thick, powerful thighs, I didn’t know if I wanted to run away or climb him like a tree. He was utterly enormous. Jolly Green Giant enormous. Except, obviously, not green. More golden brown. He was a gorgeous, towering mass of golden brown perfection.

No. Definitely not a cave-dwelling, wart-infested troll. Great. Just great. Now I knew I wasn’t crazy—Guy was definitely real—but now I also knew I was way over my head. He was gorgeous.

I stood in awe, my mouth gaping as my eyes attempted to register every rope of muscle, every capacious curve packed with power. Christ, he had to be at least seven feet tall.

“Six nine, actually,” he said, guessing my thoughts.

“This can’t be possible,” I whispered, my eyes continuing to dart up and down the length of his body, stopping right on dark trail of hair that started just below his navel and continued down, down, down to his enormous beast of a—“Oh! You’re naked.” I turned sharply, but only to stop myself from reaching out to touch it; no man could be that…that…endowed. Wow. “This can’t be happening.” I covered my face.

“Emma,” he moved behind me, placing his powerful hands on my shoulders. A jolt shivered its way through my body.

I was wrong about the vibe. Way wrong. This man, or whatever he was, radiated hazard. He should come equipped with a set of blinking lights or flares. He was…“Bad. Very, very, bad,” I mumbled, pinching the bridge of my nose.

And pathetically, after everything that had happened, all I could think about was this naked, hard-bodied, glorious “man” who’d just permanently seared his image inside the storage compartments of my female DNA. All men from this day forward would have to survive a mental side-by-side comparison against him. They’d all lose.

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Accidentally Married to...a Vampire?
(Book 2, Accidentally Yours)
Contemporary Paranormal Romance by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

"4.5 out of 5 Stars for Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? (Amazon)!"

Blurb:
“If you love her, set her free. If she comes back, she’s yours. If she doesn’t...Christ! Stubborn woman! Hunt her down, and bring her the hell back; she’s still yours according to vampire law.”--Niccolo DiConti, General of the Vampire Queen’s Army.

The Determined Vampire:
Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command. However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell. So when a powerful goddess prophesizes he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge? Harder than he thinks. Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire. Can he win her over before it’s too late? Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.

An Unwilling Bride:
On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed. Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence. And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true. So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire? Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”? Deal breaker. Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people.

Excerpt:
What the hell is this place?

Then Helena’s eyes focused on something else she couldn’t quite grasp. In the middle of the room, lying across a stone altar, was a naked man with dark symbols tattooed down the length of one arm. But he was not just any man. He was a male so perfect that words would catfight each other just for the honor of describing him. He was a god. A bona fide deity. He had to be. Because a normal man wouldn’t give her the urge to fall to her knees and worship at his feet. Or drool.

The torchlight licked his sculpted cheekbones, angular jaw, and full, sensual lips. Every capacious curve and ripple of hard muscle looked to be packed with raw power, and his size left no doubt that he’d been built in another time. A time when giant warriors roamed the earth, looking to rescue lame tourists wandering the Mexican jungle at night.

In my dreams. Wait...this is a dream! It has to be.

“Move closer my sweet, delicious woman.” The deep voice radiated from every direction, filling the room.

Helena’s blood pressure crashed to the floor. She gasped as the weight of her body slammed back against the cold chamber wall to keep from falling.

“Hel-hello? Can you hear me?” Fists clenched, Helena waited for a response, her eyes continuing to soak him in. Every inch of him.

Was he real? No, he must be a statue. Too perfect. His full lips were built to nuzzle a woman’s neck. Specifically, her neck. And that hair—thick, long waves of black satin—was the kind a woman could grab fistfuls of while being driven insane by those lips.

Then there were the diamond-cut grooves of his abs, his perfectly shaped navel, the fine dark hair adorning his lower belly that trailed down to his awe-inspiring man-gear. The size and thickness, even in its slumbering state, was something women dreamed of and scores of artists throughout history attempted to immortalize in marble. He was every woman’s fantasy, she thought. And by every woman, she meant hers…’Cause I’m not gonna share.

“Kiss me, Helena,” the seductive voice rumbled.

Had the man said her name? No. Clearly, his lips hadn’t moved. The margarita amoebas were attacking her brain and she was losing her mind.

“Kiss me, woman. I command you,” the voice echoed, this time compelling her to obey.

Helena’s survival instincts gave her a hard kick, jarring her back into the horrific reality of the situation. But as she tried to regain control of her body, her tongue slipped from her mouth and wet her lips.

Traitorous tongue. Backstabbing lips. What the hell are you doing? Her body inched closer.

“Sì, that is it, my love. I can smell your blood.”

Blood? What the...? Every nerve in her body fired on all cylinders, but she couldn’t run even if her hair had been on fire. It seemed the harder she fought, the stronger the force controlling her became.

“Brush it against my lips, my love. I want to taste you when you kiss me.”

Without realizing it, her hand stretched down to coat her fingertips with the thick, nearly dried blood from her knee. Trembling, she smeared it over his lips.

“Now, kiss me, my love. Awaken me, my bride.”

“No! No! Let me go!” Helena struggled, but her body’s betrayal persisted. Her head dipped, and her lips rested on his sensuous mouth. In that instant, the compelling force dissipated and her entire body lit up into one glorious pyre of life.

Had she been asleep the last twenty-four years? Because she could swear she’d just taken her first breath. Ever.

Holy hell, what was that?

The torches flickered, and the wind kicked up around her.

The altar was empty.

She crumbled to the cold, dusty floor. A pair of strong hands gripped her shoulders from behind.

“Oh, Christ. You...you’re behind me, aren’t you?” she whispered.

The deep dark voice replied, “, my love. Stand, and let me see my mate.”

Helena slowly rose to face the naked god behind her.

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COMING IN SEPT 2012!
Sun God Seeks... Surrogate?
(Book 3, Accidentally Yours)
Contemporary Paranormal Romance by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Blurb:
Twenty-four-year-old Penelope finds herself in all sorts of hot water, vaporous and otherwise, after agreeing to become a surrogate mother for an eccentric, wealthy, and devastatingly handsome man who isn’t exactly a man.



About the Author:
Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

Website: http://www.mimijean.net
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mimi-jean-pamfiloff/id498303364?mt=11
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/MimiJeanRomance
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mimi-Jean/218935048190356
Email: mimi@mimijean.net

Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: The Avengers Movie



My husband and I were brave parents last night. We took 5 children to see the sneak preview of  The Avengers. When we are at home I'm doing a thousand other things and rarely watch the movies with the hubby and kids. When you go to the theater you are captivated by the movie. I have to admit, even as a girl, I loved this movie. Loved it!

It had a decent plot with great characters and actors. They killed off my favorite Agent Coulson...sniff, sniff. But other than that it was a great way to lose myself for a few hours. It kept all my kids attention ( and their friends). There's lots of action packed drama. No curse words that I remember, no nudity, there might have been one kissing scene. But it was just that, kissing. Jam packed adventure from start to finish.

The Avengers was one movie I would go see again. Ok I did think that Captain America looked a bit underwhelming in his suit when you compare him to Thor and IronMan. Heck, even Hawkeye had a better outfit. LOL It's 5 stars out of 5 stars stellar! Go see The Avengers. You won't regret it.

**I was not compensated in any way to write this review. I simply went to see the sneak peek of the movie and was not asked to write a review.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hey, Get a Job!



I received the book, Hey, Get a Job A Teen Guide for Getting and Keeping a Job for my teenager to read and for me to review. My son sat down and read that book in less than a day. It was a quick read and one that he actually enjoyed reading. He learned so many things from this book.

He learned how to write a resume. He read about how to fill out an application. There is a whole chapter on how to interview for that first job. How is he supposed to dress for that interview? This book really does cover it all. It goes into how to manage the money you earn from that first job. As well as what the labor laws say, how to spot a good employer versus a bad employer.

I'm very thankful to have received this book as a review. My son is only 15 but I definitely feel that in this job market he will have an edge when it comes time for him to get a job. He has 6 more months before he will start working to pay his car insurance, gas, etc. During this time I feel this book has helped him decide what kind of job he'd like to work and how to go about getting that job. He is more prepared for the job market then the average teenager. I pray he gets a job quickly!

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