Thursday, May 21, 2015

Staycation

Our kids left on Friday morning for the beach (jealous) so us adults decided we would have a staycation 

 it was really good for Johnny and myself to have a weekend just to ourselves. Sometimes as life goes flying by, its great to just stop and enjoy time together as a couple.

 we had a great relaxing weekend, we gardened
camped out in the living room
 cooked really great meals together
 made s'more and popcorn every night

and really just enjoyed each others company!

Would love to hear ideas on how couples stay connected to each other in the hustle and bustle of life

Carrie

Monday, May 18, 2015

Author Interview and giveaway

Today I am very excited to be interviewing the author J.C. Mead and introducing her new book  The Silver Cord.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a married mother of two children and one dog. I keep busy with grad school and am lucky enough to work surrounded by books and fun people all day. When I have the time, I love crafts, gardening, reading, and riding our Harley. My favorite place is at home, hanging outside by our fire pit with my family and friends. I love all music, mint gum, and dancing. I don’t eat red meat and was vegetarian and vegan for a few years. I can’t sing, but insist on doing it anyway. I enjoy going to Renaissance Fairs and Dragon Con. I’m originally from the north and have lived in Georgia for eleven years now.

Which writers inspire you?
Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favorite writers. I also like Erica Bauermeister, Susan McBride, and Alice Hoffman. Obviously, I love the magical realism genre. In other fiction genres, I like Gillian Flynn, Janet Evanovich, Chuck Palahniuk, Kim Harrison, and I really love reading YA fiction, too.

So what have you written?
My first book in the Cord Trilogy is “The Silver Cord”.

Where can we buy your book?
The release date for the e-book is June 1st and it can be bought on the Champagne Books website, Amazon, and any online book retailer. I am having a giveaway from May 18th to the 25th for a free copy before it gets released. Enter on my website on the events page,
I also plan on having book signings in the Fall with raffle baskets!

Give us some insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Kat Cambridge is a single mom. After her husband’s death, she decides to pack everything up and move to a new town with her best friend. She is strong in some ways and weak in others. I think like most women, she wants what is best for her children but after the loss she suffers, she needs to remember that she isn’t just a mom, but a woman. She wants to raise her children in a small town and homestead, live off the land, and not be so busy with clients like she was in Boston. But some of her plans change …

You mention Kat wants to homestead and live off the land. Do you have any experience with this?
Yes. When my oldest was born, I quit my job and stayed at home. Because we weren’t bringing in two incomes anymore, we needed to figure out how to have the things we wanted without paying a fortune for them, so I grew herbs and veggies and made as much as I could. I love gardening and canning, making bread, and making honey butter. I even used to make my own wine, mead, and candles.

What genre is your book?
It is a paranormal romance that leans toward women’s fiction.

What draws you to this genre?
I like the idea that there is something more than meets the eye. That “normal” really isn’t. Not to mention that creating characters that are otherworldly allow a writer to be very imaginative. I also wanted a book that included women around my age that were moms, a lot of funny things happen when you have kids and I wanted to include those moments in the book as well.

How much research did you do?
A ton. Since I was writing about some things I knew and a lot of things that I didn’t, I researched everything. I didn’t want to talk about something and have a reader call me out on it because it wasn’t accurate. I know about interior design, making mead, and title searching. I know how to make a candle and how to use herbs. What I didn’t know was how beeswax was taken from hives. Yes, some things are made up, of course, but most of what is written was well researched. I also didn’t want to offend anyone.

Why do you write?
I never knew I liked to write until about five years ago. I just felt the need to write the story down and fell in love with the process of it all. I also had a vegan blog for a year that I enjoyed writing on – it’s still available for recipes. Of course now I am blogging on my author website about writing and the process of getting published on my blog.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
When I first had the idea for the story, it was before grad school and my current full time job. I was working part time and had the time to sit and write when I wanted, so I did. It never started as a paranormal book, but the more I wrote, the more it changed.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write anything and everything. Read about writing. Read the types of books you want to write. Anyone can write a story, but you can write a better story if you know the genre. If you want to publish your work, do your homework and learn about the industry. Publishing has changed so much over the last five years alone. Enter contests, Twitter and Facebook and Publishing companies everywhere have them. Look them up and enter tham. If nothing else, you will get valuable feedback that will move the process forward. Twitter has hashtags for writers that are helpful #amwriting, #pitmad, #pitchwars, #mswl.

Where did you come up with the title to your book?
In astral travel, astral projection, or out of body experience, the Silver Cord tethers your soul to your body. This was a big part of the story so I only thought it fitting to be the title. The other two books in the trilogy are also Cord books, but the significances are different based on the colors.

Okay Carrie, I have a question for you:

You read the book, what character in the book do you think you would be friends with?
I really enjoyed all the characters in the book but if I had to pick one, it would be Jess. I really liked her energy and spunk!


I really enjoyed reading The Silver Cord. It has a lot to offer, romance, mystery, gardening and humor. I think all of you will love it too, so head over to J.C Mead's website to enter for a chance at a free copy!

Here is a sneak peek please be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cat Lady

Today was beautiful 
went out to the garden. The cats followed so of course, I had to take some pictures
Moose being silly
Wednesday being nosy
I love these crazy cats, I never meant to be the parent of 4 cats but it happened and I am so happy 
they choose me to be their human

they give me great joy 
and laughs on the daily 

happy day!

Love
the cat lady

*white cat aka Moose
* black cat aka Wednesday
* grey and white cat aka Fig
*black and white cat aka Tux (not pictured she does not like the camera)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

hello

i just wanted to drop by and say hello
this week

the bad
still dealing with migraines (had one today)
feeling like crap and trying really hard to pretend that i am feeling fine because  you know that your family and friends are tired of hearing it

the good
the garden is coming along nicely, we have veggies and flowers coming up in all our beds (yay)

and thankful for those friends and family that are tired of dealing with my sick a$$ but do and i am thankful for them all!

Carrie

p.s thanks for the comments, suggestions, and emails about having migraines



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

the weekend started out good
 on friday night i played around in the dirt, one of my favorite things to do
 the kids enjoyed the fire pit and smores
 we had a really good night
 saturday i scored some pretty cool finds, this drying rack (which i have been looking forever for
 and these wonderful window panes i have great plans for these babies
 but good things must come to end sometimes, i ended up get a migraine on saturday :(
 and today i am having the migraine hungover
i just hope this week goes well 

Carrie

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring "mantle"

We do not have a mantle in this house, so I decorated this little table and mirror for the holidays


i had this pom pom garland to hang on the mirror 
I printed this spring banner off the internet
added a cute little spring printable on a clipboard

coupled with these sweet salt and pepper shakers fish, a few pom pom flowers and butterflies from the dollar tree (love that place)
There you have a simple but cute spring display!

Happy Earth Day!
Go hug a tree
Carrie

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

So far we have had a very productive weekend
I worked on my Spring mirror and table (more pics of it this week)
 then headed outside with the kitties, to get the garden planted 
 we planted tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, green beans, lettuce and sunflowers 
 it does not look that cute right now but its still a work in process
 after we finished we decide it would be a good fire pit night

 Fig was a big help gathering the fire wood lol



We grilled chicken and pineapple with roast potatoes on the side
and just sat back to enjoy a beautiful night!

Today we are stuck in the house because of rain so I think I will read and be lazy!

Carrie

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Life with Migraines


I don't share a whole lot of "real life" struggles on here but hey we all know life is not gardening and cute shoes.
I have suffered from migraines since I was ten years old, been on meds etc. 
After Noah was born (18 yrs ago) I had the migraines under control with some here and there but off the meds

Well in the last 6 months they are back full blown like one a week!
Its affecting my life now and I am so frustrated!

I am asking for prayers, good vibes, or any advice!

Thanks
Carrie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

This was another beautiful weekend in Georgia
 we spent most of it outside (pollen be damn) we have a garden to get ready lol!
 I worked on a tutorial for this bottle tree coming soon
 the herbs are doing great with one cat mishap...so far

 and today we had a surprise visit from Johnny's dad and our niece
 the porch chalkboard also got a makeover
 well most of it 
Hope y'all had a great weekend and a great week!

Carrie

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Garden Bench

In my last post I mentioned that I really want to have a herb garden so, I saw this really cute garden bench on pinterest 
oh yeah I can do this and I think for very little money
my brother in law gave us some rock borders last year, so a plan came together

with some shelving board I already had
I now have me the cutest garden bench and the herbs are loving it, we see will how they are doing around July in the Georgia heat!


Whatcha' think?
Carrie