Read With Us: My April Pick


My friend Keri Lyn and I were chatting about needing some much needed de-cluttering, organizing and life-scheduling time. It was then that I knew what would be the perfect choice for April.


About 8 years ago, I found the book called Simple Steps: 10 Weeks to Getting Control of Your Life: Health, Weight, Home, Spirit. When I found the book back then, I bought copies for my Mother, Sisters, Friends and several Co-Workers. We all enjoyed working on the series together.

Each week, you get four new “habits” to work on. Some are simple, things you probably already do– While others, are things to really work on. The idea is to get your life in some sort of control in 10 weeks. Well, I’ve always been a busy person and I found that we had more fun when we broke it down to 20 weeks and only focused on two a week.

It’s a good book to check out. I’ll be giving away a few copies here real soon. So stay tuned!

I hosted my second coupon class a few weeks ago, and all of them received a copy of it then. I just wanted to take a quick moment to shout out a hello to them!

Read With Us: My March Pick

This month, I took a step away from fiction and decided to focus some reading time on learning more about saving money. I love reading new ideas about how to stretch your dollars. And it’s always good to get some extra inspiration at making the most of what you have.

One thing I love about Amazon is that they give you recommendations for items similar to your past purchases or recommend items that other people have purchased based on what item you are viewing. I was on a mission to find a book on healthy recipes and I stumbled onto Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under a $1 a Serving written by Jonni McCoy. I really did like the recipes in that book so when Amazon recommended:


Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Ecomony written by the same author, I was eager to see what it was all about.

I’m a little over halfway through the book and I’m loving it so far. There’s a lot of good advice and I’m learning quite a bit. I definitely recommend adding it to a “library list.” If you find out that it’s one that you think you’ll reference quite a bit, Amazon currently has it on a “Bargain Price” for only $5.20.

As with all of my “Read With Us” picks, I not only send a copy to my Mom but I also do a giveaway for a chance for two of my lucky readers to win one. So stay tuned for that posting! And if you do read this one, I hope that you enjoy it and find some good money-saving advice.

Read With Us: My February Pick



It was so hard deciding which book to pick to read for February. After going through about 10 choices, I decided to pick the book Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks for a few reasons.

I’ve been very happy with several of movies based on books by Nicholas Sparks, such as A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. Also, the book was turned into a movie that’s just been released so I thought it might be fun to see it in the theater after I finish reading the book.

So I thought that I’d give this new book a chance to see if it compares. I hope that you also have found a great pick for your February book that you are going to read.

Stay tuned as I’ll be doing a giveaway for a few copies of Dear John

NOTE: Dear John is discounted to only $6.50 on Amazon right now. It’s such a good price that they’ve limited each person to only 3 copies.

Read With Us: My January Pick


As I mentioned earlier, one of my Goals for 2010 is to focus on more “me time” and get in some reading each month. In order to keep myself focused on this goal, I’m picking one book a month that I’ll share with you and then later do a giveaway on.

It’s interesting how I came about my January pick. I was walking through Target and glanced over at their endcap books and saw one with “tea” in the title. I came home and checked Amazon for a price comparison and to see what the reviews said on it. I was blown away—almost 5 stars after 2,000 people read it. You see, my thing with my Mother has always been Tea. We used to have tea parties and it’s just something I always gravitate towards when I pick out gifts for her. So of course, I had to get this for her for Christmas. Only–I couldn’t find it when it came time to wrap her presents! So I ordered another one, thinking I’d read it whenever I found it.

Of course, a day after I gave her hers, I found it. So not only did I decide to make it my January pick but it also created something so very cool for my Mother and I this year—every month, I’m going to use my Amazon gift cards that I’ve earned through SwagBucks that I have saved up to send her a copy of my pick so we can read it together! She was so excited when I told her my idea. It’s our little way of being able to share something together, despite being not living close to each other.

Now, keep in mind, my picks are not based on books that I’ve read but ones that I’m actually just starting to read. I have no idea if they are great or terrible. But I just wanted to share what I’m reading and hopefully you’ll share what you are, too. It might help everyone find some good books for the year!

So my January pick is Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Note: It’s only $7.50 on Amazon right now HERE. It’s such a great deal that they are limiting how many people can buy.)

Stay Tuned as I will also be hosting a giveaway for 3 copies.

Are there any books that you are planning on reading this month?