Mother's Day Brunch Ideas ~ Life Made Delicious

With Mother's Day right around the corner the kids have been talking about what they want to make for breakfast for me. One of their favorite things to make is a fruit and yogurt parfait. They will head into the kitchen after telling me to not go in there. 
They will gather their supplies as follows:
small plastic bowls
plastic spoons
cutting board and plastic knife
fruit (whatever is on hand that they can cut with a plastic knife) - this is usually strawberries, blue berries or blackberries and bananas 

The kids then proceed to make mommy's yummy breakfast. First adding a couple huge spoonfuls of yogurt and some granola. opping this delicious mix with berries/fruit they have chopped themselves. I love how excited and proud they have become of their master pieces as they take the pride of doing it all by themselves.

This year they have asked for a bit more help to make some yummy muffins or main dish. We decided to head over to the Life Made Delicious website to pick out a couple recipes to try out this Mother's Day.

The top two choices A & P made are Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Breakfast Ring or Banana-Walnut Brunch Squares. Both look very tasty and super simple.

What will you be having this Mother's Day?

Head over to Life Made Delicious for more easy tasty recipes!

~*Disclaimer: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.*~

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash #Doveisdifferent

Choosing the right body wash is really important to me. I don't have overly sensitive skin but if I am not careful my skin does dry out especially with body washes that have tons of fragrance in them. I am also one of those people that has been trying to find a great body wash for the kids as they have decided they want to be "big" people and move away from the baby products. I really can't blame them as they are 5 and 6 (almost 7) years old.

Last year at Blissdom Canada I tweet I would be interested in trying out the new Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash. I will be taking the next couple weeks and making the switch, will you join me?
Let's first talk about why we should look at making the switch to Dove body wash. Some body washes can be harsh but Dove is different. Dove is introducing a new breakthrough body wash that wont wash away the skin's essential nutrients. The new improved Dove Deep Moisture cleanses gently and nourishes deep down with NutriumMoisture. This is Dove's proven best care.

Try out the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with a $2 off coupon by  heading over to the skin tab on Dove's Facebook page.

Contest: Discover the Difference
Contest closes May 7th,2013

Three Easy Steps for Entry
1. Watch the demo to see the proof for yourself
2. Tell us why you would switch to Dove
3. You and a friend could WIN Free Dove Body Wash for a year!

There are 50 prizes to be won, consisting of gift basket with (8) eight, 354 ml Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash bottles. In addition, the 50 winners will select a friend to also receive a year’s supply (gift basket
consisting of (8) eight, 354 ml Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash bottles).

How to Enter

Go to Dove on Facebook and click on the Skin Tab, and click “Enter”. Watch the Dove Body wash TV commercial (optional), click on the “Submit an Entry” tab, write a caption outlining why you would switch to Dove and complete the contest entry form.

See full rules and regulations

Check out this great video showing how Dove body wash is gentle on our skin.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of Dove. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Stars on Ice Ottawa

Growing up there were many days spent on the ice at the rink down the road from my house. Between my brother and I we almost lived at the rink. When we weren't at our home town rink we were in the city as my brother skated pairs at that rink.

Many competitions and trips around Ontario I was lucky to meet many of the great skaters of my time - Elvis Stojko, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov just to name a few.

Last weekend P and I took the trip into Ottawa to see Stars on Ice! I haven't been to a Stars on Ice show yet but have been to many other competitions and skating shows. This was P's first figure skating show other than Disney on Ice. I want to send out a Super Thanks to Jergens who is a sponsors of Stars on Ice Canada for sending myself and my date. We had a wonderful time and this show took me down memory lane. A part of me misses the skating life I left behind. Maybe one day I will be a figure skaters mother and we will tour around with great skaters like Kurt Browning.
This years tour cast includes Kurt Browning, Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Joannie Rochette, Jeffrey Buttle, Meagen Duhamel & Eric Radford, Sinead & John Kerr, Ashley Wagner, Shawn Sawyer and Ottawa's Patrick Chan! Kurt Browning is still as amazing as ever and Shawn Sawyer is very artistic that I can see him following in Kurt's footsteps. I always loved the exibition skates at the big competitions as this is where the skaters can really let go and become artists with music, costumes and skating.

Check out this great interview with Kurt Browning on Canadian Dad's blog.

Check out the tour dates and see an amazing show this year with Stars on Ice.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. Thank you goes out to Jergens for sending me and a guest to this event. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Genuine Jenn is Looking for Contributors!

Do you like to write? Are you a crafty or food savvy mom? I am looking for people to write bi-weekly for Genuine Jenn! You don't need to be a mom or a blogger, I am looking for someone who is interested in sharing their stories, voice and hobbies.

I am looking to add two writers for the months of May, June, July and August with the possibility to continue writing for Genuine Jenn on a regular basis.

I am looking for a craft and food writer. If you enjoy making crafts with your children then I would love you to share with Genuine Jenn readers. I am also looking for a food writer who would like to share great tips for in the kitchen, easy quick recipes, getting picky kids to eat, etc.

This is not a paid position, you will get a link to your blog or social network in each post you write along with a a little bio about you.

If you are interested please fill in the form below. If you have any questions please send them to I will be accepting application for a week ending on May 3, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. 

Seduced by Power by Kimberly Kinrade Book Tour Review & Giveaway

Forbidden passions.
Deadly secrets.
A love that will stand against it all.

Their passions will destroy them.
Only true love will save them.

Find out why critics and fans are raving about the Seduced Saga. Heat, romance, mystery and poetic writing make the Seduced Saga an original new adult paranormal romance that you won't be able to put down!

In Seduced by Power, the final book in Rose's Trilogy, Rose and Derek face the greatest threat to their love, and lives, as they are forced to make painful choices to save those they love the most.

They give everything they have to end the battle against Rose's mother and retrieve that which was stolen from them. But will it be enough to save them?

Purchase your copy today!

Get caught up in the Seduced Sage with Seduced by Innocence and Seduced by Pain.

Coming Soon:
Seduced by Love (A Surprise Seduced Book)
Seduced by the

Author Bio:

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for all ages and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal series
The Forbidden Trilogy, her lower grade fantasy series The Three Lost Kids, and watch for her New Adult romance and fantasy books coming in 2013 including The Seduced Saga, Sunrise and Nightfall, Death by Destiny and The Fallen Trilogy and her next YA fantasy adventure, The Reluctant Familiar. You can find her books on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads among other fine retailers.

When she's not writing, she runs Daring Books Design & Marketing with her husband, Dmytry Karpov, where they help authors with all manner of marketing, editing, and design needs until such a time that their brilliant children take over the business for them.

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two cats
who think they're gods (and probably are), her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband,
also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

Follow:  Website, Twitter: @KimberlyKinrade, Facebook

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My thoughts: 
Another great book by Kimberly Kinrade. In this series Kimberly shows her "adult" style writing with pretty hardcore intimate scenes. I would say a bit of a erotica novel with some harsher words than a typical romance book. Rose and Derek have figured out they are be intimate as long as Derek in flicks pain, but can this really happen or will Rose's powers take over and send Derek into the demon world? This was a super finish to the Seduced Saga and I can't wait for the surprise books.Usually I don't read many demon, witch, shapeshifter books lately but this saga has been a great read, it has been full of love and magic to keep me wanting to know more and see what happens in the next book. I would highly suggest reading these in order and well for that matter I would suggest any of Kimberly's books if you are looking for the next read.

I give this 4.5 stars out of 5. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

A Dairy Queen or Orange Julius Treat from General Mills

Spring is almost in full swing! (I say almost as we had snow last weekend and until the end of April anything could happen). With spring here and summer really just around the corner I am looking forward to spending time at the park with the kids, swimming, camp, fishing and can't forget our special treats at Dairy Queen.

When I was pregnant with my son I ate tons and when I saw tons I mean LOADS of DQ Blizzards and looked forward each month to see which was the new flavor! I would go almost daily for my Blizzard. My fave of course is anything chocolate or peanut butter. Now I love taking the kids for a special treat and look forward to grabbing out first Blizzard's of the season very soon. 

General Mills is helping Canadian families make summer time memories that will include Dairy Queen and Orange Julius! This month specially marked General Mills cereals (Lucky Charms, Cheerios and Oatmeal Crisp and others) will be sporting awesome coupons for these great products - Orange Julius beverage and DQ Blizzards!

Between April 1st and July 31,203 you can redeem your Orange Julius coupon at any Dairy Queen location to receive a small drink!

The second coupon and likely my most favorite treat of all time can be redeem between May 1 and May 31,2013 for a small Blizzard!

~*Disclaimer:  I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador Program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of General Mills. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.*~

Through the Valley, Love Endures Book Tour & Giveaway (US Only)

Through the Valley Love Endures

What if death came for you today? Would you be ready?

Forced to face his own mortality, Eddie Santiago fought to stay alive in a broken world. His incredible journey through heartbreak, abuse, and adversity left him with one truth: every life makes a difference.

This is the true and compelling story of his supernatural quest through the valley of death, doubt, and darkness. Eddie provides a passionate story that will capture the attention of even the toughest skeptics.

Angels, demons, heaven, hell, Jesus and the devil: are they fiction, or are they more real than anything else in the world?

Purchase a copy today! Paperback or Kindle

About Eddie David Santiago

Eddie David Santiago has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field since he was 18 years old. He holds bachelor degrees in both psychology and religious studies and has provided counseling related services for multiple mental health, substance abuse and human service agencies. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in counseling along with certification in educational administration.

With over fifteen years of counseling related experience, Eddie founded the organization L.E.A.D. (Love Endures And Delivers) which offers interactive group trainings, seminar sessions, speaking opportunities for groups of all ages and crisis counseling sessions.

THROUGH THE VALLEY, LOVE ENDURES is based on Eddie’s early collection of writings, through which he found his voice. He seeks to inspire others to find their voice and share their own stories. Eddie resides in the Midwest with his beautiful wife Sarah and their three amazing children, Faith, Isaiah and Makaylah.

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The Blue Room by Madeleine Peyroux - CD Review & Giveaway

Madeleine Peyroux is a Brooklyn-based jazz singer-songwriter/guitarist who just released her newest album The Blue Room on March 5 with Decca Records.  

Madeleine and longtime collaborator / legendary producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), re-examine Ray Charles’ classic, and one of his most controversial albums, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. But instead of replicating the album, Madeleine and Larry represented the artistic freedom Ray exhibited, using imagination to break down musical categories and barriers.

What Madeleine and Larry created is a sophisticated album rich in strings, pushing the power of Madeleine’s vocal capabilities – her melody changes, choices of tone and phrasing. The Blue Room explores new ground, showing that like jazz itself, Madeleine is willing to take new chances – reinterpreting songs with an emotion and depth that can’t help but touch the soul. 

Follow Madeleine: Website, Facebook, Twitter. Purchase a copy of The Blue Room

Want to check out Madeleine live? Tour dates for Toronto, Ontario are as follows:
May 31 & June 1 - Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center
Review: Without knowing anything about Madeleine Peyroux and her musical style, I played her new album, The Blue Room. I knew I liked Jazz but didn’t expect to be so familiar with the songs on this record. Madeleine captured each song as I remembered it, but added a feminine smoothness to songs that I had only ever heard sung by men. She changed the timing on a few and by speeding up or slowing it down, she gave the songs her own signature. I played the album on quiet evenings at home. It added a sparkle to the conversation during dinner with the hum along nature of the songs.

The album pays homage to Ray Charles and his musical genius. Almost half of the album is songs that were covered by Ray Charles himself back in the early ‘60’s. Other songs on the album are by more modern songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman. The song choices were excellent and everything blended together. It is a very balanced compilation of music. Madeleine’s voice was well suited to the songs. I really like the jazz influence on songs that I originally known as Country music. Without a doubt, I will be listening to this cd again and again

This was a guest review from JoAnne.

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~*Disclaimer: The post was written by JoAnne. A copy of the cd was received for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Tin God Book Tour & Giveaway! (US only)

Tin God

Getting pregnant as a teenager and being coerced into giving her baby up for adoption left a festering scar on Jaymee Ballard’s life. Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee nearly gives up hope of getting her daughter back after her best friend is murdered. Now, four years later, a wealthy woman with legal connections hires her as a housekeeper, and Jaymee gathers the courage to seek her help. But Jaymee’s last chance ends up in a puddle of blood in one of the historic antebellum mansions in Roselea, Mississippi.

I just murdered your wife…again.

An unsigned letter consisting of six horrifying words turns Nick Samuels stagnant life upside down. Stuck in emotional purgatory since his wife’s unsolved murder four years ago, Nick is about to self-destruct. The arrival of the letter claiming credit for his wife’s murder and boasting of a new kill sends Nick to Roselea, where he and Jaymee’s worlds collide.

Jaymee and Nick realize exposing the truth about her daughter’s adoption is the only way to solve the murders. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence–and Jaymee’s daughter–are lost.

But the truth doesn’t always set the guilt-ridden free. Sometimes, it destroys them. 

About the author

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

You can find her debut novel, INTO THE DARK as well as TIN GOD in both digital and print.

Website / Amazon Author Page / Facebook / Twitter / Literary Addicts

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Earth Day Wings of Life Educational Guide

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With Earth Day right around the corner. Check out this Educational kit from the makers of Disneynature's Wings of Life. Clicking the banner above will open a zip file with a pdf file that contains lessons for grade level 2-4 all about pollination, including activity sheets. A great weekend project.

Twistos Baked Snack Bites & Baked Snack Crackers Review & Giveaway!

As a mom of two school aged children I am always on the look out of tasty, healthy, peanut free snacks to give my children for school lunches or just when they are craving a snack. I love to bake but to be honest since working the overnights over the last year I haven't baked as much as I would like to. This includes making sure there are baked treats in the house. Instead I like to pick up snacks while at the grocery store.

Just recently I was asked if we would like to try out the new Twistos Baked snack crackers and being a cracker snacker I said yes right away. I love crackers and well so does my daughter. It is the easiest thing to pack in her lunch as she doesn't like sandwiches. She will take crackers, cheese, meat, veggies and fruit.

Twistos came out with a Baked Snack bites last year with three different flavors. People loved them so much that Twistos decided to add to the flavors and also come out with a new product - baked snack crackers. The newest flavor to the Baked Snack Bites are Balsamic Vinegar & Olive Oil. The new cracker flavors are Cheddar - Cheddar & Chive and Parmesan & Oregano. 
The one thing I love for myself as I try to watch my weight are that these snacks are less than 100 calories per 20g serving! They can be used to dip or add a spreadable topping, cut them up and add to salads instead of croutons or eat them on their own.

I have ate them all on their own and they are bursting with flavor and are crispy. They are just the right sized snacks for young children or to put out when you have guest over. Both my kids love these lil bites for an afternoon snack or have asked for them in their school lunches. The only downside I have found... they are soo tasty it is hard to walk away from the bag. I also don't like that the bag doesn't have a resealable top. They stand up nice but you will need to add a clip or well just eat them up!

Want to try Twistos Baked Snack Bites and Baked Snack Crackers for yourself? Enter to win a  sample box with two packages of each flavor (total of 12 packages - value of $50). Enter on the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), it will end on April 30 at 11:59pm EST. Good Luck!  
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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of Pepsico, I received the above products for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Disneynature's Wings of Life - Released April 16th,2013

Spring is definitely in the air in Ontario and we have spotted tons of what we call Spring signs, last night we saw our neighbours tulips starting to spurt and have seen many robins running around looking for worms. Our neighbourhood blue jay was spotted also in the last week!  

Just in time for Spring Disneynature film Wings of Life is out on DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack today! This up close look at the world of winged creatures and their life-sustaining relationship with flowers in directed by Louie Schwartzberg and narrated by Meryl Streep.

Disneynature has also has other great films out - Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee and will soon have a new Bear film in 2014, see the sneak peak in this dvd pack.  

The filmography was very well done, seeing the close ups of these creatures in slow speed. This movie is gear for older children then mine who are 5 and 6 as mine liked the pictures but we not as interested in the narration yet. It is a great movie to learn more about pollination with bees and the life of butterflies. 

Head over to Facebook to check out the Disneynature page,  follow @Disneynature on Twitter for updates and also head over to the Disneynature website for tons of great clips, photos and information on this film and all the others in the nature series. 

Check out the Trailer below for Wings of Life

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. We received the above movie for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage - Giveaway!

Today we have another great book in the Howard B Wigglebottom series. This time everyone's favorite lil bunny learns about fear and how to over come it. This book is geared to 4 - 8 year olds in a simple playful way. The kids learn about how to work with their fear issues

This is the eleventh book in the Howard B Wigglebottom series! At the end of each of these great books is a tips and lesson section. Visit to find more books in the series, parent information and great games for kids to play.

My children love all the books we have read in the series so far. They enjoy the fun characters, drawings and great lessons that are told in each book. We sit down after reading the book and go through the book tips and discuss what they learned while listening to the story.

Purchase a copy of Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage for $6 

Head over the Howard B. Wigglebottom's Facebook page to get great tips to help your children and join the conversation. Also follow on Twitter @HBWigglebottom
Want to win a copy of this book or one of your choice from the Howard B Wigglebottom series? Enter below on the Rafflecopter form. This giveaway is open to Worldwide and will end on April 28th at 11:59 pm EST. Thanks and Good Luck!

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

SLUGTERRA: Return Of The Shane Gang Review

Slugterra is an epic sci-fi comedy/adventure set deep underground, where the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! In this luminous, high-tech, underground world, every cavern holds a new adventure, a new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered.

Movie summary: 

Eli Shane is determined to be the greatest slugslinging hero of them all. To do it, he’ll need to collect and train an army of little critters called slugs. When these magical creatures are fired at 100 MPH out of a high-powered blaster, they transform into powerful battle beasts! The adventure follows Eli and his team of friends as they explore the underground caverns of Slugterra, challenge rivals and each other to duels, upgrade their cool gear, and generally have a blast in this never-before-imagined world. But there is a very real threat to Slugterra; Dr. Blakk is seeking to “ghoul” the slugs, transforming them into feral mindless weapons!  No one has been able to stand up to Blakk’s powerful ghouls and army of henchmen… until now!

Episodes included: 
The World Beneath Our Feet, Part1
The World Beneath Our Feet, Part 2
The Trade
The Slugout
DVD Features: An Intro to Slugterra with creator Asaph Fipke and story editor Rob Hoegee
Three bonus animated Slugisodes 

P's thoughts: P had never seen Slugterra before we had the chance to review this DVD. He was super interested when he saw it was a save the world type of cartoon. He loves that the slugs help fight by being shot out of the special guns that Eli and his team have.

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Book Review ~ Grim by Joseph Spencer

Paranormal Crime Thriller

Date Published: 9/1/12

Grim is a complex, gritty, and often gory tale which follows a series of grisly murders in Prairieville. The blood trail leads to a reclusive millionaire Heath Grim, who wears a mask to hide his war scars from the world, but he harbors a darker secret on the inside. Virtuous detective Adam White almost always gets his man, but he's haunted by the one case he's never closed - his wife's murder. When White is pushed to the limits of his sanity from a rising body count and a criminal kingpin who has turned crooked cops and corrupt politicians against him, will he be able to collar the killer? Or will a plot to tarnish his image and the killer's information on a common enemy turn White into the type of man he's hunted throughout his law enforcement career?

Author Bio: Joseph Spencer

Joseph Spencer is the author of the Sons of Darkness series launched by his debut novel, Grim, on September 1, 2012. Work on his second book of the series, Wrage, is already underway and is expected to be released some time in 2013. 
The Sons of Darkness is a series of paranormal crime thrillers following investigations into mysterious deaths in the central Illinois city of Prairieville. Home of the notorious serial killer, The Reaper, Prairieville has had a history of violence centered on an ongoing feud between the Marino and Black organized crime families. When bodies start showing up again at the abandoned Marino State Hospital, many fear the Reaper has returned. The people of Prairieville are about to find out their problems stem from a supernatural source which has lurked in secret for decades. 
As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer. 
Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations. 
Joseph was married to Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.
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My thoughts: I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

I really feel this book is meant for 18+ and not for the squeamish. I was a bit confused at the start as it jumped right into what felt like an already established scene. The author does a great job with building the characters and following each throughout the novel by switching back and forth between them. He also does a great job at keeping you hooked and on the edge of your seat. There is blood and guts which makes this a very gruesome novel but if you are fine with some raw, intense storyline you will love this book. This is a debut novel for Joseph Spencer but by the way he writes you wouldn't have guessed it. I look forward to reading more of his work.   

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Wordless Wednesday ~ Super Princess Hula Kitty

After going to the library and find a book called Super Princess Kitty this is how A came out of her room before bath time! What a girl!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Book Tour - Stress Test by Richard L Mabry, M.D

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They may not have enough evidence to convict him, but they have enough to ruin his life.

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left his last shift in the ER have no such plans-they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt's only thought is escape. He does so, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he's being charged with murder.
Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors. But when Matt calls, she knows she can't walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.
Matt's career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he's a murderer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth-and the faith to keep going-will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.
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About the Author:
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of four critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

Learn more about Richard on his website

My thoughts: This is the first medical thriller I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. I love medical type books and it is nice to see someone getting it right when using medical terms. This is a edge of your seat thriller that you wont want to put down. It is called Stress Test for a reason and will definently have the reader stressed for the main character. 

I have not read any of Richard Mabry's writing but really felt he has a great structure, flowing chapters and a solid plot. Each character is worked in a way that you get to know everyone and feel part of the story. The ending will have you wondering how you didn't figure it out before. A great read! 

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars  

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~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

Knitting ~ Glitzy Ruffle Scarf (Frilly Scarf)

You know those nice frilly scarves that were all over the place this past winter? The ones that are multi-coloured, some with sparkles and some plain? My mom has been dying for one of those. Now that I have been learning to knit I thought this would be a great lil surprise for my mom as she does so much for us.

I ventured into the craft shop recently with the kids and we picked out this pretty multi-coloured sparkly yarn called Sashsay by Red Heart yarn. The ball of yarn has the pattern on it for free and all you need is one ball of yarn. This is the pattern Glitzy Ruffle Scarf.
This was the first time I worked with this type of yarn. It isn't a typical yarn, if you haven't seen this yarn it comes in the ball looking like yarn but then you are to spread it out as you knit and it looks more like a lace. Just like in the picture above.

This pattern is an easy pattern and great for beginners as it is just a knit stitch with 6 stitches or 8 if you prefer. I did find it a bit tricky to get started and keep the stitches on the needles. They slip and slide so you will want to be careful while knitting this and also if you put it down. I put mine down and have them slip off when I picked it back up. I am super thankful I was only 6 rows in.
On the company website and on YouTube you can find tons of get how-to videos for this scarf. It helped me with the cast on since it is different and more of just a weaving in through the loops. My scarf ended up being huge! Maybe 6 feet long but my mom loves her new scarf and I am pretty proud on how it turned out.

Next project a Cowl with this fun looking yarn I picked up on clearance for $1.40 a ball!

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. This is not a sponsor post. Just thought I would share what I am knitting. All opinions are honest and my own.*~

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Chivalry and MalevolenceChivalry and Malevolence

When the Unseelie Court sentences an innocent man to death, the elven Princess Morgana cannot sit idly by as the human Knight perishes. The Queen calls her pathetic and worthless. It does not change how Mori feels about the old laws of Alfheim. These rules punish the faultless, lesser races of the Nine Realms of Odin.  

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Of the nine, this realm of the Light is home to many mythical creatures. The portal gates remain forever closed to the human race. However, neglected for centuries, a Knight from the realm of Earth enters the Light. Holding onto his faith and code of honor, he holds stoically in the face of capture and death. Princess Mori remains his only hope, but to save him, she must first save herself.

Rae Z RyansAbout Author Rae Z. Ryans

Rae Z. Ryans loves to create mythical lands and characters that entertain, promote equality, and love. She writes for both children and adults in her world of Six and Twenty. When she is not writing, Ms. Ryans spends her days chasing after her own children, and dreaming up new adventures.

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Wicked queens, knights in shining armor and dragons oh my! Chivalry and Malevolence was a book I read in one sitting. It appealed to my love of fae, elves, dragons and the UnSeelie and Seelie courts. I was hooked. ~Jen @ The Crafty Cauldron  

I loved the way the author created such vivid imagery in describing the setting and characters in the fae world of Alfheim. ~ Lisa@ Mommy Reads too Much Acting Balanced - Excerpt  

Chivalry and Malevolence is an lovely blend of romance, strength and adventure. Princess Morgana's journey from insecurity to empowerment is relatable for every young woman. Jessi @ Mama's Got Flair Gina's Library - Excerpt
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