December 20, 2019

Immune Support

The holidays are here, that means lots of parties and gift giving. It also, unfortunately, mans lots of germs. I know at my kids school alone we have strep, influenza, stomach flu, colds, and so much more already going around. That means I want to take every step that I can to keep my family healthy. One way that I have found to help boost our immune systems is Elderberries.

We have used Elderberry Syrup and Jam in the past but I just found these Elderberry Gummies that are great! Although we can collect elderberries near my house I love that these are prepackaged so there is less work that I need to do. I also love that they are sweet enough without artificial sweeteners that even my kids will take them without a hassle (talk to your pediatrician before you give these to children under 18).

Overall these seem to be working well. I'm hopeful that they will continue to help us survive cold and flu season without too much craziness. There is absolutely nothing like having a family of 10 where everyone is sick. Moral of the story, try these! You'll be glad you did!

December 18, 2019

A Fresh Smelling Fur Baby for Christmas!

At the Kerr house we love our fur babies almost as much as our human babies. This year for Christmas I have been working on the perfect stocking fillers for them and am excited to have found this great shampoo. Yes, we like to get them something fun but we also like to make sure there are plenty of practical things included in their gifts.

We just stated using K9 Pro Aloe & Oatmeal Cucumber Melon Shampoo and really like it. It's simple to use, works well, and I don't have an allergic reaction to it. The formula is simple to use, just wet the coat, apply, let sit for five minutes, and rinse.

The one thing I didn't like was simply the packaging. It is really helpful to me if shampoo has a pump top because it is all I can do to keep the dogs and the kids under control while I'm doing baths without needing a hand to open and tip the shampoo bottle but I'm sure for all of you who have much better behaved dogs (and kids) this won't be a problem.

Overall this shampoo did a really good job of getting our fur babies clean (we only bath the dogs around here - the cats get too mean). Now, if I could just figure out a way to keep the dogs out of the dirty snow and mud so they would stay clean I would have a truly great thing going!

Anyway, if you are in the market for a good dog (and cat and horse according to the bottle) shampoo then this is a great option! Make sure you grab some to stuff your fur baby's stocking before it's too late!

December 14, 2019

When Cleaning Becomes More Important Than Christ

Disclaimer: I usually don't bring up religion here at Kerrific but tonight I'm going to. Tonight I am sad and frustrated and I turn to you. Maybe you will be upset, maybe you will cry with me, but mostly I hope you think. I hope, just maybe, this will inspire someone to be kinder, to think about others and just maybe, through you, it will change someone's life.

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tonight was our ward Christmas party. For those of you not familiar with this concept it's when all those who worship together in our area gatherer together to celebrate Christ's birth. Often we have a dinner, sing carols, and just enjoy being together. We are always encouraged to invite those who live in our area but are not of our faith to join us for this celebration as we Light the World. Tonight was this celebration in our area.

You may have read this and thought that sounds like a wonderful thing, which it should be. However, tonight our celebration was missing the Light if Christ. The Spirit of Christmas wasn't there. How can we celebrate the birth of the Savior without having his spirit in our presence?

Tonight started as a normal night for our family. We had somewhere to go, we were running late. We arrived at the church house about fifteen minutes late and the party had started. We found a place to sit and visited the buffet to fill plates for the children and once they were settled for ourselves. We have a large family, we took up a whole table by ourselves. Nothing about this is new, it's part of parenting. Yes, I was flustered, but I was looking forward to the uplifting that I knew could come as I celebrated a wonderful event with friends and family.

I was feeding myself, I was feeding the baby, it's slow but it was working. My kids were behaving ok and eating well. I was half way though my plate when the singing began. I stopped eating to enjoy the music and sing along to my favorite carols. I helped my little ones follow along with the words. We sang together. The Spirit of Christmas was beginning to fill the room. And then it stopped.

Just like that it was over. Never mind that there were a good number of people still eating. Never mind that some were still visiting the buffet for food. The Bishop himself, the leader of our little congregation, had been so busy serving at the buffet table that he hadn't had the opportunity to sit with his family and eat. All at once everyone was moving, putting away tables and chairs. This was not a gathering of friends, it was a group of people there under obligation and anxious to finish the cleaning so they could be on their way.

Yes, my family of ten were all still eating when a bucket arrived at our table with a frowning face and a quick request for "dirty silverware please". But my faith is strong. I know that Christ's love is bigger than these people who just wanted to go home. What about those who don't have that? What if I had invited that friend who did not share my faith? What would she think of these people? What about that elderly person who doesn't get visitors but put in the effort to wear a special Christmas sweater that went home without a conversation? What about the mother who spent the entire meal feeding others and not herself? What about the person with mental illness who struggled to convince themselves to attend and sits in the corner by themselves? What about the person who was still at work and arrived as quickly as they could? What about you? Did you feel welcome? What would Christ have done?

I know my Savior Jesus Christ and I know what he would have done. He would have hugged that grandmother and listened to every story she had to tell about her grandchildren's letters, complemented her sweater and then invited them to join him for the holiday. He would have hugged that mother too, even if she was covered in baby food slime, and held that baby while mom ate a good meal and chatted with friends all while telling her how wonderful her family is and what an important job she is doing as a mother. He would have sat with that individual all by themselves and asked them quietly about their day and introduced them to others until they felt comfortable and part of the group. Christ also would have sat with that person who arrived late. He would have filled their plate, reheated, found more food, and made them feel welcome no matter the time or the tardiness of their arrival. He would have taken time and given love to each individual in attendance. Each would be welcome and embraced. Each would leave feeling loved and uplifted. As we celebrate Christmas, the day of Christ's birth, are we sharing this love? And are we teaching our children to love each other in this way?

I promise there is no better feeling in the world than the love of Christ! He loves each of us. He even loves me, the frustrated mom with the children that don't always listen. He knows exactly who I am, what I'm going through and what I feel. He loves me for me! I am important to him!

I hope this Christmas that you remember that Christ is so much more than the people who celebrate on his day. I hope you take the time to see, truly see, those around you. And I encourage you to look beyond the gifts and the cleaning and the parties and see the people as Christ would see them. Love them just a little. The world will be better for that love!

December 5, 2019

The Mini-Mindset Series Tour & Giveaway

My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual 
The Mini Mindset Series 
by Neeta Oza 
Genre: Self-Help, Wellness

My Mini-Mindest Manual is a must read A-Z guide for anyone who wants to know more about the power of mindset. This powerful little book is packed with simple tips, ideas and supportive words, to potentially turn your life around.
(Half of the authors royalties are donated to MIND charity)

Nominated for The Peoples Book Prize 2019 

My Back To Basics Business Bible
The Mini Mindset Series 
Genre: Self-Help, Business

My Back-To-Basics Business Bible is a must-read A-Z guide for anyone in need of a confidence-boost when setting up a business, becoming an entrepreneur, or building a start-up. Those early days in a new business can be a steep challenge, and in this powerful little pocket-book, fitness entrepreneur, Neeta Oza, shares an indispensable mini-guide to how she helps herself during times of doubt, and times of delight. A must-read that you can dip in and out of without taking up too much of your precious time, this little book will lift up everyone who needs some words of comfort and advice during the tumultuous early days of entrepreneurship. My Back-To- Basics Business Bible is packed with pearls of wisdom the author has learnt from many people, near and far. Starting her own fitness business changed Neeta's life in many amazing ways, and she is constantly learning from this journey; all day, every day! Written as part of her own life journey, this powerful little book is packed with simple tips, ideas and supportive words, to potentially turn your life around. It is part of a Mini Mindset Series designed to help people at various stages of their lives, relationships and careers. 

My Fun-Filled Fitness Folio 
The Mini Mindset Series 
Genre: Self-Help, Fitness

My Fun-Filled Fitness Folio is an inspirational A-Z guide to keeping fit by Yoga and Pilates instructor, and all-round health, fitness and wellbeing lover, Neeta Oza. This powerful little book offers tips and inspiration to keep newbies - through to fitness fanatics - on track, to keep life flowing during times of finesse and fireworks. Neeta Oza is a Yoga and Pilates instructor, blogger, writer, and all-round health, fitness and wellbeing lover, who started her fitness business in 2017. Written as part of her own life journey, this powerful little book is packed with simple tips, ideas and supportive words, for those who simply love fitness, to those who absolutely loathe it - but are prepared to give fitness a try! My Fun-Filled Fitness Folio is part of a best-selling Mini Mindset Series designed to help people at various stages of their lives, relationships and careers including My Mini Micro Mindset Manual (January 2019), My Back To Basics Business Bible (May 2019) and My Super-Compact Self-Care Script (December 2019). 

My Super Compact Self-Care Script 
The Mini Mindset Series 
Genre: Self-Help, Self-Care

My Super-Compact Self-Care Script is a must-read A-Z guide for anyone who needs a helping hand to learn self-care strategies for life. Self-care is not selfish, far from it, nor is it a millennial buzzword with no real meaning. Neeta Oza, fitness entrepreneur and author, has created this mini micro manual for anyone who understands they need to step-up their self-care skills in order to bring their best to their health, relationships, life and work. 

This book is for anyone who wants to boost their wellbeing 

through self-esteem, rest and relaxation, and time-out to help them feel more in control, balanced and happy...but could do with some friendly guidance as to how, what, where and when! 

We can be the masters of looking after everyone else, but it can be more difficult to learn - and remember - to care for ourselves. Neeta shows small steps that can be adopted into daily life to take us on a lifetime journey towards self-care. Neeta's latest mini manual offers practical and realistic suggestions that can be applied with ease to add a sprinkle of self-care to our lives. 

Read alongside My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual (January 2019), My Back-To-Basics Business Bible (May 2019), My Fun- Filled Fitness Folio (September 2019), My Super-Compact Self-Care Script is a wonderful addition to this hugely popular series. 

My notes: I haven't finished reading these yet but I'm so glad they are part of my library as I enter the new year! I love the simple format and the down to earth tips to help me in every aspect of my life!

Neeta Oza is on a mission to show people that health and fitness is not something only available to those with buckets of money to throw around! This book series is for anyone passionate about making a change to their life, their wellbeing and their health. 

Neeta is an EA, Yoga & Pilates Instructor, & Author. Her 1st book - 'My Mini-Micro Mindset Manual' came out in Jan 2019. 50% of her proceeds for MMMMM are going to MIND Charity. All 4 of her books are part of an A-Z Self-Help Series. She is hoping to inspire and be inspired through the powerful beauty of writing! 

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December 3, 2019

Is Your Gut Healthy After The Feast?

We all know we had a great time feasting last week over the holiday, or at least I hope everyone did, but now we have to face the fact that eating this way does not help us be healthy and feel good. Thankfully, there are many simple ways that we can help our guts, and ourselves, feel better. One of them is to take a good probiotic.

Recently I was introduced to these Probiotics 70 Billion CFU and have been impressed. Besides the fact that I can order them from Amazon I absolutely love that they are shelf stable so I can keep them with all my other daily routine essentials. Other great features of these probiotics include:

  • 70 Billion CFU Max Strength Available - includes 15 broad spectrum strains
  • Doctor Formulated - made with prebiotics and probiotics based on clinical research.
  • NON-GMO, Gluten Free, Shelf Stable, Vegan, No Binder, Soy, Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Peanuts, SHellfish, Additives, or Preservatives
  • Patented Capsules and Heat Resistant Strains
  • Naturally helps to support the digestive system and supports natural stomach balance
  • Great for support for digestive health, weight loss, immune system, intestinal health, gut health, gas relief, bloating relief, constipation, and leaky gut
  • Made in the USA in FDA cGMP certified facility.

One of the most common questions about these probiotics is how they have made them shelf stable. A Customer Care Specialist tells us that the probiotics do not need to be refrigerated to remain viable because they are produced by a special freezing process, keeping the organisms stable and viable at room temperature. The delayed release capsules also allow for the bacteria to survive stomach acid so they can remain alive when they reach the digestive tract where they can colonize in the small and large intestines. 

If you're looking for a simple way to boost your health and feel better a good probiotic is a great way to start! Make sure you put these on the list of things to check out.

November 13, 2019

Memories in December by Gina Ardito + Giveaway

Memories in December
Calendar Girls Book 4
by Gina Ardito
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: November 7, 2019

Siobhan Bendlow is struggling with her recovery from an eating disorder and the financial downturn of her photography business. The last thing she needs is to become the sole caretaker of her wacky grandmother. Especially since the man of her teenaged dreams, Jimmy Vais, has moved back to town, newly single and available. So has his pesky younger brother, Justin. One Vais is fun, but juggling two is a problem.

Althea Bendlow may be in her seventies now, but she still craves all the things she wanted in youth: joy, comfort, laughter, and happiness for her loved ones. If gaining the latter means performing some matchmaking magic for her only granddaughter, she’s up to the task. As long as her own past doesn’t keep distracting her, in the form of Captain Lou Rugerman, a man who meant the world to her for one night only.

Welcome back to Snug Harbor, where the memories of a lifetime can become the dreams of tomorrow...  

**easily read as a standalone!!** 

I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I'm not boasting. I just figure that if you're reading this, you're looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear reader, even if you're not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother, not a female. We're human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine: 

I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don't know--jingles from television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I'm grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I'm not singing, I talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after a while. 

I don't eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about ten years ago, but I'd still rather have a cookie. 

Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I'm extremely fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb. 

I can't sleep without background noise so the television's on all night. If it's too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts. And even *I* don't want to be alone with my thoughts. 

Don't ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have absolutely no rhythm. 

I color outside the lines. Not because I'm a rebel, but because I suck as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don't even draw that well. 

Regrets. I have more than a few. 

My favorite activity is sleep, and I'm pretty good at it. I don't clock a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate within ten minutes. 

I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong in my life. 

My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter century claims it's because I'm an alien sent to Earth to destroy him. (He might be right about that.) 

Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you've given me plenty of advance notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets once a week (I'm climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?) Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally honest, it's not on the list at all. 

I can resist anything...except ice cream. 

Since this is our first date, I figure I've revealed enough secrets for now. But if you've read this bio and think I might be the author for you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website:

Two $15 Amazon gift cards 

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November 12, 2019

Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop with N

Woot Woot! We love a good giveaway!

Here the prize is a set of two holiday DVDs from NCircle Entertainment.

To enter simply use the form below. Good luck!

Now that you've entered here make sure you hop along to all the other great participating blogs and see what they have up for grabs!

November 7, 2019

The Revenge Game by Alice Gaines + Giveaway

The Revenge Game 
by Alice Gaines 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Adam Morrow is a self-made millionaire. But one night with her could ruin everything... 

I’ve worked my ass off for what I have, and I’m damn proud of it. I started off with nothing and now I’m filthy rich. Let me tell you, there’s nothing like revenge to help you get your ass in gear. And that’s what I’m taking, with every exclusive resort I open—sweet, sweet revenge...on her. 

Nicole Westmore was my first love. The poor little rich girl stole my heart with her sweet smile, hot body, and irresistible innocence. The summer I worked for her father was the best time of my life...until he drove me away. Even then, I thought Nicole would wait for me. She didn’t. 

And so, I decided to get even, opening rival hotels, slowly driving them out of business. The old man is gone now, but Nicole is still running the company that’s about to collapse. All my hard work will soon pay off. 

And then I catch sight of her at a wedding, and all those feelings come rushing back--for both of us. Still, she doesn’t know what I’ve done—yet—and she seems more than willing. What will one night in her bed hurt? 

The sex is hotter than ever, and I can’t help wondering if I’ve made a mistake. Until I get up the next morning...and realize I’ve been kidnapped! 

Alice Gaines lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in a fixer-upper house she never fixed up. Aside from writing and reading hot, hot romance, she loves cooking, knitting and crocheting, and her church. She has a pet corn snake named Casper and she's insanely passionate about the funky soul band, Tower of Power. 

$25 gift card from the winner's retailer of choice

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November 4, 2019

Once Upon A Christmas Past + Giveaway

Once Upon a Christmas Past
A Historical Romance Holiday Collection
with stories by:
Regan Walker, Paula Quinn, Catherine Kean & Brenda Jernigan

Christmas in Scotland or Christmas in England – it is the best time of the year.

NY Times & USA Today & Bestselling Authors present – Once Upon a Christmas Past – 4 full books of Christmas and Love.

A Secret Scottish Christmas by Regan Walker
Spies, Scots, and Shipmasters celebrate a very secret Christmas in Scotland as identical twins, Robbie and Nash Powell, spies for the Crown, compete for the love of the daughter of an Aberdeen shipbuilder.

A Highlander for Christmas by Paula Quinn
As the bard of the MacGregor clan, Finlay Grant is a natural-born charmer. He can easily win the heart of any lass . . . but somehow, the right words to express his love for stunning Leslie Harrison have eluded him. Yet as Christmastide approaches, Finn knows he must find a way to propose to the raven-haired beauty who has stolen his heart.

A Knight’s Redemption by Catherine Kean
Six Christmases ago, after refusing his kiss, Lady Mary Westbrook was locked in the dungeon by Lord Holden Kendall, a squire at Branton Keep. When an attempted child abduction days before Christmas brings Holden back to the castle, Mary must confront again what happened between them.
Holden is a grown warrior now, and he resolves to not only make matters right with Mary but finally win her kiss. Yet, as peril ensues, Mary must risk far more than a chance at true love. 

Christmas in Camelot by Brenda Jernigan

Sir Nicholas the Dragon’s orders are clear. He is to fend off the enemy besieging Noelle’s castle and bring the lady safely back to Camelot for her wedding day to Sir Gavin. But spending time with the proud beauty awakens an irresistible hunger in Nicholas. Now, as desire does battle with duty, Nicholas has only two choices — to surrender the woman he loves to another man or fight to the end to make her his own.

**Only .99 cents!!**

Regan Walker is an award-winning, #1 Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. She writes historically authentic novels with real historical figures along with her fictional characters. Among the awards she has won are the International Book Award for Romance Fiction, the San Diego Book Award for Best Historical Romance, the RONE Award for her medievals and the Gold Medal Illumination Award.

Paula Quinn is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of medieval, Scottish historical, and paranormal romance. To date, four of her books have garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She has been nominated for Storyteller of the year by RT Book Reviews and every one of her books from the Children of the Mist series have garnered Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. She also writes fantasy romance under the pen name of Genevra Thorne. Check out her newest series, Hearts of the Highlands on Amazon now!

Catherine Kean is an award-winning, Kindle Unlimited All-Star author of medieval romances whose creative muse has coaxed her to also write in other romance genres.

She wrote her first medieval romance, A Knight’s Vengeance, while her baby daughter was napping, and now has a backlist of over 20 published books. Catherine’s novels were originally published in paperback and several were released in Czech, German, and Thai foreign editions. She’s won numerous awards for her stories, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her novels also finaled in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the National Readers’ Choice Awards, and the International Digital Awards. In 2019, she co-founded CPC Publishing with author Wynter Daniels and is busy writing books for the Cat’s Paw Cove Romance series.
When not working on her next book, Catherine enjoys cooking, baking, browsing antique shops, shopping with her daughter, and gardening. She lives in Central Florida with two spoiled rescue cats.


Brenda Jernigan is a bestselling author. Her books have been nominated for many awards - Book Seller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. Publisher’s Weekly said, “Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic”

She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire. Brenda discovered the love of books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library -- she was hooked. She set an ambitious goal and began work on her first novel. She continued to write six more novels in rapid succession. She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt.

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October 31, 2019

What Heals the Heart by Karen A Wyle Review & Giveaway

What Heals the Heart 
Cowbird Creek Book 1
by Karen A. Wyle 
Genre: Western Historical Romance 

Joshua Gibbs survived the Civil War, building on his wartime experiences to become a small town doctor. And if he wakes from nightmares more often than he would like, only his dog Major is there to know it.

Then two newcomers arrive in Cowbird Creek: Clara Brook, a plain-speaking and yet enigmatic farmer’s daughter, and Freida Blum, an elderly Jewish widow from New York. Freida knows just what Joshua needs: a bride. But it shouldn’t be Clara Brook!

Joshua tries everything he can think of to discourage Freida’s efforts, including a wager: if he can find Freida a husband, she’ll stop trying to find him a wife. Will either matchmaker succeed? Or is it Clara, despite her own scars, who can heal the doctor’s troubled heart?

I'll admit, I haven't quite finished this book but I'm loving every minute of it! I can't wait to put the kids in bed tonight so I can get my face mask and my phone and finish the adventure. I love how the characters in this story are 100% human. I can't help but smile at sweet Clara. I might come update this after I finish, if I don't know it was good and that you should  go grab yourself a copy asap!

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. She now considers herself a Hoosier. Wyle's childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age 10, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age 9.

Wyle is an appellate attorney, photographer, political junkie, and mother of two daughters. Her voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.

Author Links 

$20 Amazon
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