Sunday, September 29, 2013

Update on my Reading Challenge for 2013

I admit it, I have slowed down a bit. I started out really good, but then I hit a wall. It was taking me longer and longer to finish a book. I love reading, don't get me wrong, but I haven't been able to stay focused on a book for too long. So, my goal, this year like many years in the past, is to read 50 books. 50 is not too unreasonable is it? As of today, September 29, 2013, I have read 28 books. I am 9 books "behind schedule". That's not too bad though right? I look at it this way, even if I don't meet my goal, I will still have read more books than many people read in a year, or even in there lifetime. You have to start somewhere. I track my goals at 43things which is a great site to track your goals on. I also track my books at Goodreads. You can see my goal here as well as the titles of the books I have read so far.

Have you heard of Influenster yet?

So, I just joined this new site called "Influenster". What happens is your social media activity, as well as your product reviews, etc, help build up your expertise and you can qualify for VoxBoxes, which are boxes of products for you to try...for free! How cool is that? I haven't qualified for one yet as I just joined, but I am busy reviewing products I have already tried and building up my Influenster Expertise Score. Interested in receiving an invite? I have two left!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Walk to End Alzheimer's

We're walking to end Alzheimer's in September and for the month of August, I am donating a portion of ALL my sales to the Alzheimer's foundation to help find a cure. I am walking in memory of my Grandmother, Ruth Ostrosky. All purchases count, no matter how large or small. Visit and go to the online events tab, and at checkout use the code: AFAlzheimer Thank you so much! Or, you can visit my personal page and see the beautiful woman I am walking in memory of, my Grandma Ruth. I appreciate your support. It means alot to myself, my family, and the millions affected by this horrible disease.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spirit Lockets are in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK.

Spirit Lockets make great gifts. I've made a mom necklace for myself and plan to make one for breast cancer awareness month in October to donate to a local charity.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A little mystery and romance

Olivia Joules and The Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding Helen Fielding is the author of "Bridget Jones's Diary" and this book is #10 in my "50 books to read in 2013". I really enjoyed this book and found that the real romance of the book was not the one that was playing out in front of your eyes, it was the one that reveals itself at the end of the story. A really enjoyable read, again, from this author. I had enjoyed the Bridget Jones series and was very hopeful about this book. I would definitely read more books from her.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult (Book 9 of my 50 book challenge)

It seemed like it took me forever to finish this, but it is rather thick compared to what I have been reading lately. I haven't read any of Jodi Picoult's books lately, but that is mostly because my stack of books to read is so large that I am trying to keep things mixed up a little book. This book covers a very controversial marriage. No matter what your opinion on this subject, this book will make you think. I really enjoyed this book!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

From Ashes to Honor: Book #1 in the First Responders Series by Loree Lough

If he had only answered that last phone call from the World Trade Center . . . Minutes before two jumbo jets changed U.S. history, New York police officer Austin Finley ignored the call from his brother, who’d been bugging him for days. Trying to live with his one regret causes hatred and bitterness to consume Austin, and when counselor Mercy Samara recommends desk duty, Austin resigns. Haunted by her own memories of 9/11, Mercy takes a job as a school counselor in Baltimore. When Austin, now an EMT, responds to an emergency at Mercy’s school, both are stunned and wary. I really enjoyed this book, and had it all figured out in my head and then when the book was over, I was stunned and maybe even a little disappointed but that's just because it wasn't the typical romance novel ending and seemed rather abrupt. But it is a good read. There is a conflict of faith, romance, as well as the fact that the main character is dealing with surviving the 9-11 attacks.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Manhunt (Janet Evanovich)

Book 7 of my 50 book challenge.
A very quick read, and a good book. A little predictable as many romance novels are, but the story line had plenty of meat to it and the characters were well written and very likeable. A nice little read until I decide that I want to read next.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Holly's Inbox (Holly Denham) -

This is Book 6 of my 50 book challenge. I am one book ahead of the pace I need to meet the goal!
The size of this book, 672 pages, makes it seem a bit, impossible to get through at first, but since the entire book is written in email form it really goes much faster than you think. I laughed alot. You get to know not just Holly, but all her friends and family in this book and I found it to be quite an enjoyable read. I will have to get the next book in the series and find out what happens next.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Look Again -- Book 5 of my 50 Book Challenge

Oh my gosh. I picked up this book after seeing a note from singer Faith Hill that she had just finished it and it was a MUST READ. I did not want to put it down. It tugged at my heartstrings. It made me think about what I would do in the same situation. Such a fantastic story. I highly recommend!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Saturday we had to put our 10 year old Aussie Shepherd/Blue Heeler Mix, named Ginger, to sleep. It's been a very sad few days in our house. There are people out there who think the loss of a pet shouldn't be heartbreaking, but it is. We had her since she was 8 weeks old and her health declined very quickly in the past few weeks. We miss her very much. RIP Ginger.
This is Schatzie on the left, our 2 year old German Shepherd, and our beloved Ginger on the right.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pink Slips and Glass Slippers - Book 4 in my 50 Book Challenge

Pink Slips and Glass Slippers by J.P.Hansen I got this book for my Kindle and I really enjoyed it. I found myself not wanting to put it down, but unfortunately, sometimes, life gets in the way and you have to go to work, and do other things that don't afford you the chance to read. This book is very well written. The storyline isn't all just a "boy meets girl, fall in love and get married" type of romance. Sure, that is all there too, but there is also very realistic drama..pain and heartache in the story as well. I highly recommend this book to my fellow readers, especially if you are a fan of Chick-Lit.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book 3 in my 50 book challenge

It's only the 13th day of the year and I have already finished my 3rd book in my "Read 50 books in 2013" challenge.
Today I finished "Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley and Kerry Okines", finishing it in just a few days. Our health is something we all take for granted and I had had this book pop up on a list of recommended reading, so I picked it up on my Kindle. I really enjoyed this story. I have heard of people with Progeria before, but I didn't really know much about the disease, other than the fact it made children age at a much faster rate than children without it. Through this book, I got to know Hayley and learn more about Progeria. This young woman has such a positive attitude in the face of so much adversity. And her mother, Kerry, speaks from the heart with her struggles to deal with the diagnosis and the fact that her first born was not expected to live past the age of 13. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who needs a little positivity in their life.

I track my books at Goodreads and at Shelfari and would love more friends at both of those sites. I also track my reading goals over at If you are a member of any of those sites I would love to connect with you.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spirit Lockets

I love these lockets. You can create one to show your support for your children's little league team, or your college team, or really, just about anything. I will post a picture of mine soon. I have made mine with the initials of my children, and some other charms.
If any of my readers are business owners themselves, I recently joined a group called "Cup of Coffee Networkers" which is full of like minded business owners who network together and help each other out through sales, shared information, etc. I am still learning my way around, but I love what I see so far. This is not just a place for Direct Sales Reps, but for business owners of all kinds. Check it out, and if you join, please tell them that Michele Irvin Risner sent you.