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Anew Riesling Review

I’m usually a red wine drinker, so when Anew Wines sent me a couple of bottles of their Riesling to review, I was skeptical. Would it be too sweet? Would my husband like it? How should I serve it?


That Sunday, it was warm enough to grill outside. I invited my father-in-law over for dinner, and served chilled Anew Riesling with our casual meal of pork burgers and potato chips. My father-in-law is also a red wine drinker, so I was wondering what he would think about the wine.


The wine tasted crisp and was refreshing; it wasn’t too sweet or too dry. My husband said it would be a nice wine to drink in the summertime; my father-in-law liked it as well and said he would drink it again. I can just imagine sitting on the patio sipping a glass of Anew Riesling this summer!

Tasting notes (From the Anew website):
Opening with aromas of bright fruit, subtle spice and citrus, Anew Riesling offers a harmonious blend of pure fruit flavor, heightened aromatics and balanced acidity. Expressive flavors of fresh peach and a hint of spice give this wine a crisp, refreshing essence. Visit Anew Riesling on Facebook.

Anew Riesling is one of the sponsors of our big Mother’s Day Giveaway! There’s still time to enter!

No Mother is Perfect
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(I received two bottles of Anew Riesling to review. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.)


Mother’s Day Giveaway Plus a Special Interview

I have such exciting news that I’m about ready to burst! The authors of The Mother of All Meltdowns are teaming up to give you a fantastic Mother’s Day Giveaway! There are so many great prizes, I wish I could win! I’m not eligible…but you are! Chocolate, flowers, jewelry, a getaway…and more! Not only that, but we have also started a forum just for moms. It’s a community for the perfectly imperfect mother named “No Mother Is Perfect.” It’s place where you can let your guard down and talk about the meltdowns, struggles, and less rosy aspects of being a mom. I hope you join us!

No Mother is Perfect
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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th 2014! And we want moms everywhere to accept the meltdowns, stop chasing perfection, and embrace their uniquity. You won’t find this word listed in Webster’s, but you will find it within every mother on the planet. Enter between April 1, 2014 to May 11, 2014 to win one of three fabulous prize packages including a three night stay for two at a destination spa!

To kick off our giveaway, I’m interviewing Holly Bertone. She writes at The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survivor Guide. Today is Holly’s first blogiversary and she is featuring an interview with me! Please stop on by and give her some comment love.

1. Holly, we were both young women when we were diagnosed with breast cancer. How did you discover your cancer? Tell us what was going on in your life at the time.

I woke up one morning and by accident felt a weird bump in my right breast. I went to the doctor right away, and after a series of tests, received the diagnosis on my 39th birthday. Two days later, my boyfriend, Carter, proposed. We got married 10 days after my treatment ended, and I was sick and bald on our wedding day.

2. The name of your blog and your book is The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide. How did you come up with that name?

When I was going through treatment, it seemed like every day, Carter came up with a new nickname for my bald head. The names were silly and it kept us laughing. My favorite was Coconut Head, because I had several rogue hairs that stuck out of my bald head, and it looked like a coconut. The name for the book and blog seemed to fit right along with my goofy personality.

3. Speaking about your book, what prompted you to write and publish a book about cancer survival?

I had a lot of people encourage me to turn my emails, blog entries, and journal entries into a book. It’s been a life-long dream of mine to be an author, but I had no idea that cancer would be the catalyst to get me there. The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide is raw, and the reader gets an uncensored view of my life and journey during cancer, while simultaneously being engaged and getting married. I realized after I published the first book, that this is where my life’s mission is, to write inspirational books for fellow cancer patients and survivors.

4. Tell us about the company you founded, Pink Fortitude.

It seemed like I woke up one day and realized I was all over the place with my breast cancer awareness. Pink Fortitude, LLC was created to be an umbrella organization for all of my awareness endeavors – the books, the blog, speaking engagements, and even some merchandise. I wanted my work to be taken seriously as a business and I also wanted the flexibility to support different breast cancer charities. Pink is a nod to breast cancer, and Fortitude is my life word.

Thank you so much, Holly, for answering my questions and being an inspiration for all women! You can keep up with Holly on Twitter, Google+ and her website, http://www.CoconutHeadSurvialGuide.com.


Valentine’s Day Heart Craft

Happy Valentine's Day

Yesterday I was playing around with cutting out hearts and glitter. Yes, glitter! I love glitter, but not the mess it makes! In this video I show you the cut-out heart I made, along with a little trick to try to keep the glitter in its place. I also tried to inject a little humor into my vlog. Funny? Not so funny? (My kids didn’t think I was funny AT ALL. But they want to make the paper heart this weekend.)

Watch video here.

I also have a couple of housekeeping reminders to share with you; don’t forget to write about a football term and link up with the Spin Cycle by Friday! (You really don’t have to know anything about football to write. See more details here.)

My book The Mother of All Meltdowns is on sale for Valentine’s Day! Go to our Create Space website and use the password moam123. Get an actual copy of the book for 50% off the regular price with the code 75N5ZSBR!

Go to our Create Space web address, and use the password moam123.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Grateful for the women behind The Mother of All Meltdowns

When Crystal Ponti from MommiFried reached out to me last summer, I didn’t know what I was in for. I signed up to write a story for a book. In the process, I received so much more than just becoming a published author. (Although it is pretty great!) I met a group of women who are extraordinary. Not only did I find myself in the company of amazing writers, I also was surrounded by new friends! When I told the group about my featured post on BlogHer, over 10 comments suddenly appeared on my post! I’m so grateful for their support!

Support is what our book, The Mother of All Meltdowns, is all about. We’ve all had our share of meltdowns, and we share our stories with you in our tell-all book. The Mother of All Meltdowns makes a great gift or stocking stuffer, and can help moms feel connected, normal, and understood. All moms deserve the laughter, validation, and moments of “Me too” this book provides!


I’m pleased to tell you about our Holiday Sale: “Give Mom the Gift of Sanity This Holiday Season!” Here are all the details:

  • Just $0.99 for Kindle and Nook editions!
  • EXCLUSIVE OFFER! 50% off the print edition! Visit our CreateSpace store here. Enter your title access password: moam123 and use coupon code 75N5ZSBR when you order!
  • Weekly giveaways until Christmas! Subscribe to our blog (just enter email address where it says Connect with us!) and enter to win a free copy of the book or your very own Cocktail Party on Christmas Day! Winners will be chosen at random on Wednesdays (December 4 through 25)!

Please share this sale with your friends, family, and colleagues! Or treat yourself and purchase your own copy of the book!

This book's on SALE!
This book’s on SALE!




Your Spin Cycle Prompt for 10/14

This week on the Spin Cycle: What does Autumn look like where you live?

I live in the Midwest, so you can imagine what Autumn looks like here. One of my sisters, however, lives on the central coast of California. My husband’s cousin lives in hot and humid Florida. My cousin splits her time between Arizona and Alaska. How cool is that? Autumn looks so different to all of us, and we all live in the same country. However, pictures of Autumn always show the leaves changing and falling off of trees, pumpkins, scarecrows and haystacks. So show us with your words and photos–what does Autumn look like to you?

Write a Spin about your Autumn any time this week, and link it up here or at Second Blooming! Your link will show up on both our blogs!

Some other things to check out:

On Friday, an article I wrote for Queen Latifah was published! See it here!

The anthology I contributed to is now available! Please check out our website: The Mother of All Meltdowns.

And just for fun: here’s a link to The Frog that launched with a space rocket! Thanks to my cousin Jim for telling me about this photo.

Have a wonderful week!


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