Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Giveaway

Here we go again!

Beautifully BellaFaith and over 160 blogs have put together an awesome gift card giveaway for everyone to enter. Not only will one lucky person WIN a $100 Amazon gift card, but they will also win a $50 Victoria's Secret gift card AND a $50 Target OR Walmart gift card

This giveaway is open worldwide. You must be 18 or older to enter. It will begin May 30th and end June 7th. There will be NO substitutions for any of the gift cards. 

I realize that there are quite a few entries, so I included an end bonus! The more entries you have...the more of a chance you have to WIN! 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kindle Fire Giveaway (US/Can)

The last Kindle giveaway was a huge success, whose ready for another on?

  DonnasDealsAndMore has teamed up with Giveaway Scoop and an awesome group of bloggers to bring you an amazing giveaway!
 Have you seen Giveaway Scoop yet? They recently launched with the goal to make finding giveaways super fun and easy. Here’s the fun part: all giveaways are displayed in large image-based tiles for the “wow” factor. Plus, infinite scrolling lets you effortlessly scan through hundreds of active giveaways. And, the easy part is: all the giveaways are just one click away! Oh, and if you're a blogger, you can add all your giveaways to their site for free. Thumbs up for more traffic and entries to your giveaways! So, head on over to and discover how fun finding and winning free stuff can be! One lucky fan will win a Kindle Fire! This awesome giveaway is brought to you by Giveaway Scoop and DonnasDealsAndMore, and co-hosted by BabyCostCutters, Couponer's Corner, Smartchicology, Family, Love and Other Stuff, Trinkies, Be radiant by mark, Mommy Moments with Abby, and This Girl's No Expert All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter Below. 
 Remember you can fill out as many or as few extra entries as you want on the Rafflecopter form! This giveaway will run from 12:01 am on May 24th to 11:59 pm (eastern time) on June 21st. You can tweet and share this giveaway daily for extra come back daily to increase your chances! The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn! This giveaway is open to US and Canada. Entrants must be 18 years are older.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Swagbucks Carnival

The Swagbucks Carnival is still going strong, and Swagbucks is releasing a new set of Collector's Bills - five special, carnival themed Swag Buck denominations that you can only win through search! Collect all five before 11:59pm PT on May 31st and you'll get a 10 Swag Bucks bonus! Also, you can share the special bills you win by going to the My Swag Bucks area of your account - if you share on Pinterest and include your SB Username in your pin, you could be randomly chosen to win 100 Swag Bucks. Step right up and join the fun!
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Disney Cruise Giveaway

Are you ready for a HUGE giveaway?

Here's the moment we've all been waiting for! Acadiana's Thrifty Mom has teamed up with American Family and an awesome group of bloggers to bring you our BIGGEST giveaway yet! One lucky fan will win a Disney Cruise for a family of 4 valued at $3000! That's right, a  Disney Cruise  ♥ This awesome giveaway is brought to you by American Family and Acadiana's Thrifty Mom, and hosted by Frugality For Less, and Debbie Does Coupons. GOOD LUCK! *This giveaway is opened to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years of age to enter to win. The winner will be responsible for transportation to and from the port of departure. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Google, Pinterest, or Twitter in any way. Please read HERE for complete rules.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Comfort and Support from Leading Lady is everything you need. 6/7 (US)

Thank you to NaturalHairLatina for letting us have a part in this review and giveaway!

Finding a full figure bra with comfort and support is a bit of a task. Not to mention the limited selection and costly price for full figure. Thanks to Leading Lady  and the opportunity to review
Scalloped Lace Underwire Full Figure Bra (5044) in the color black. Guess what? The comfort and support with Leading Lady is a winner.

It all started with two slightly used sewing machines and a man with a whole lot of ambition.

Leading Lady is founded in 1939 after Frank Farino. 
Leading Lady Brand is best known for manufacturing nursing and full figure intimate specialty apparel and accessories. Read more (_HERE_)

Scalloped Lace Underwire Full Figure Bra (5044)


Back: 85% Nylon, 15% Spandex
Lace: 92% Nylon, 8% Spandex
Exclusive of trim

Hand wash. Use only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Line dry. Iron as needed using low temperature.

Country of Origin: Imported

Lightly padded cups and straps
Side coverage

Only, available in black, nude and white.

Having the ability to shop for quality, support and comfort online is at your fingertips with Leading Lady. First, I thought the lace would itch. To my surprise, NO! Second, I was highly impressed with the support and full side coverage under arms. I could lift arms with ease and have coverage on sides. Also, no protruding under wire. Last, comfortable fit for day or night. Leading Lady is quality at reasonable and affordable prices.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Silly Saturday The Things Kids Say.....

A Sunday School teacher of preschoolers was concerned that his students might be a little confused about Jesus Christ because of the Christmas season emphasis on His birth. He wanted to make sure they understood that the birth of Jesus occurred for real.

He asked his class, "Where is Jesus today?"
Steven raised his hand and said, "He's in heaven."
Mary was called on and answered, "He's in my heart."
Little Johnny, waving his hand furiously, blurted out, "I know, I know! He's in our bathroom!!!"
The whole class got very quiet, looked at the teacher, and waited for a response.
The teacher was completely at a loss for a few very long seconds.
Finally, he gathered his wits and asked Little Johnny how he knew this.
Little Johnny said, "Well...every morning, my father gets up, bangs on the bathroom door, and yells, "Good Lord, are you still in there?!"

 A minister was giving the children's message during church. For this part of the service, he would gather all the children around him and give a brief lesson before dismissing them.

On this particular Sunday, he was using squirrels for an object lesson on industry and preparation. He started out by saying, "I'm going to describe something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is." The children nodded eagerly.
"This thing lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)..." No hands went up. "And it is gray (pause) and has a long bushy tail (pause)..." The children were looking at each other, but still no hands raised. "And it jumps from branch to branch (pause) and chatters and flips its tail when it's excited (pause)..."
Finally one little boy tentatively raised his hand. The minister breathed a sigh of relief and called on him.
"Well," said the boy, "I know the answer you're looking for is supposed to be 'Jesus' ... but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me."

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother," she asked, "is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" 

Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family of seven) answered, "Thou shall not kill!"
Billy had reached school age. His mother managed with a blast of propaganda to make him enthusiastic about the idea. She bought him lots of new clothes, told him of the new friends he'd meet, and so on.

When the first day came, Billy eagerly went off and came back home with a lot of glowing reports about school. The next morning when his mother woke him up, he asked, "What for?" She told him it was time to get ready for school.
"What?" he asked. "Again?"

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway (US/Can)

I am really excited to bring you this giveaway! I have been trying out coconut oil recently and LOVE it!

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 I've been using coconut oil for over a year now and I love it. It's funny though that every time I would tell a friend or family member about it I would get looks of disbelief and of course the one question I always get is does it make everything take like coconuts? Absolutely not! In fact when my family didn't even know when I switched to coconut oil.
I was a bit sneaky about the switch I just started using it without telling my husband and daughter. I wanted to see if they even noticed and they didn't! Now does coconut oil have a taste? Well of course as does every oil out there and they all taste different from each other. It's so subtle though you might not taste it at all, it also depends on what you're cooking it with. The only time my family ever noticed a "taste" is when I made hashbrowns with coconut oil. It wasn't a bad taste but you just noticed it which they hadn't with any other food up until then. That's pretty darn good. It's absolutely wonderful for stir fry, sauteeing anything, pancakes and well everything.

Check out this video to find out more about Tropical Traditions Coconut oil and their amazing process.

 Tropical Traditions coconut oil gets a 2 thumbs up from Powered by Mom.

Still needs so convincing to make the switch? here is what Mom Does Reviews thinks:

After seeing Tropical Traditions Coconut oil as a giveaway on facebook, I thought sure it was a fancy tanning oil.  I was pretty far off.  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is actually a healthier alternative to corn oil, vegetable oil or butter.  It is one of the least processed oils, that helps it retain the coconut flavor.  You can use it in just about anything.  I was skeptical at first to even try it for cooking because my son doesn’t like coconut. But after I made pancakes and used coconut oil instead of spray Pam, I was hooked.  There was a slightly sweet coconut taste to the pancakes which made them so much better.  I used coconut oil in brownies that I made also.  They were so much more moist than when I use vegetable or canola oil.  I have replaced butter or vegetable oil with coconut oil in all my baking.

 The Giveaway:

Four great bloggers- Powered By Mom, Mom Does Reviews,Mommy and Baby Reviews and Kat's Cafe- have joined with these fabulous bloggers-Bargain Hound, Free Social 2011, Life- Full of Unexpected Happiness, One Mom's Moxie , Family, Love and Other Stuff, Central Bargains and Giveaways, Emptynester Reviews and Giveaways, Coupon Klout - to bring you an awesome Giveaway. There will be FOUR quarts of Coconut Oil given away.

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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided the reviewing blogs with a free sample of this product to review, and they were under no obligation  to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Swagbucks Carnival

The Swagbucks Carnival has started, and it gives you an opportunity to earn bonus Swag Bucks each day just for earning the way you normally would. Check the meter on your homepage and you'll see you daily goal and how close you are to hitting it. Every day you hit the goal, you add to your bonus! As if that wasn't enough, you'll get additional bonuses based on how many days of the Carnival you're able to hit your goal! To top it all, Swagbucks is having a Swag Code extravaganza on Monday - that means lots of codes, lots of Swag Bucks and lots of fun!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

In honour of Mother's Day......

Reflections on mothers written by kids ...
What’s the best thing about your mom?: She loves and cares for me.
Describe the world’s greatest mom: The world’s greatest mom is kind and beautiful, which is my mom.
Why did God make mothers?

  • So they could multiply.
  • As helpers to dads.
  • So kids could have someone to love.
If there were no moms, then no one would love us (except dads) and I wouldn’t be born.
  • How did God make mothers?
  • By power.
  • He just made them.
What is the difference between moms and grandmas?
Grandmas are old, pruney people, but moms are smooth and don’t have a lot of lines. Grandmas can barely walk, moms can run.

A man came home from work and found his 3 children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around garden, The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the dog, walking in the door, he found even bigger mess.

A lamp had been knocked over, the throw rug was against one wall, In the front room the TV was on loudly with the cartoon channel, the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel... She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, 'What happened here today?' She again smiled and answered, 'You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?...
''Yes," was his incredulous reply..

She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."

Happy Mother's Day Everyone

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Signing Time On Demand Review

Before I had kids if some one told me to teach them sign language as a baby, I would have laughed. 
After 5 children, 2 of whom have speech delays, and 1 with speech and development delays, I am a believer. 

When my oldest was 3 months, I became pregnant with my second baby. At 1 year, my little baby was a big brother. By age 2, his "baby brother" was talking more than he was. It was then I knew we had a problem, but the waiting list for speech therapy was so long it took until he was 4 years old. While we waited, I didn't know what to do. Then I discovered Signing Time. Suddenly my son was beginning to communicate with me. He was signing and even speaking more after watching the DVD's. Then baby number 3 showed the same troubles. Buy this time we had learned the benefits of signing with babies, and he was able to sign starting at 9 months old. This saved countless meltdowns. Today, both my boys are speaking well, but we face a new challenge. My 14 month daughter is showing gross and fine motor skill delays, and speech delays. She has not said a word yet, but can sign milk when she is hungry.

When I was given the chance to review Signing Time's new Digital Videos, I was so excited. I knew this would be a huge asset to my daughter and the rest of the family. We chose to review Baby Signing Time Volume 1 - It's Baby Signing Time.

The Basics

Signing Time On Demand
Signing Time On Demand takes all your favourite Signing Time episodes and makes them available to you on any of your devices with out on-line steaming, so you can watch them with out an internet connection. No more searching for the DVD, or dealing with scratches. Just instant access to the Signing Time library. It's easy to set up, and easy to use! I can even let my children access it them selves on my desktop. You can take your videos and copy them to your iPhone or iPad (An Android app is in the works) giving you access on the go!

Baby Signing Time Volume 1 - It's Baby Signing Time
Baby signing time is created specifically for babies as young as 3 months old up to 3 years, but all my children enjoyed it. The best thing about Signing Time products is the way they teach the sign. When introducing the sign there is a picture of the object or action and a childs narration of the word. The host then comes and shows the sign and explains how the sign is done. For the sign eat she explains "it's like there is food in your hand, and you bring it to your mouth." Every thing is colourful, and there is fun music playing. We then see toddlers signing and the child narrator repeats the word. After a few children repeating the sign, we see a mixture of children eating and children signing. This repetition and mixture helps show your child what the sign is for. In my experience, the delivery in the Signing Time products has been more effective than anything else I've tried. 

ASL signs taught in Baby Signing Time Volume 1 - It's Baby Signing Time.:
Eat - Drink - Cracker - Water - Cereal - Milk - Banana - Juice - Finished - Mom - Grandma - Dad - Grandpa - Diaper - Potty - More - Bird - Fish - Cat - Dog - Horse - Frog - Hurt - Where

These are the perfect starting signs for even the sceptical beginners

While You'll love it:
  • Convenient. No internet connection is required once you download the video, it's yours to watch at any time with out interruptions or quality issues
  • You can keep your videos even if you switch to a new computer or wipe your hard drive. Just download the player on the new computer and you have access to all your videos
  • Teaches ASL to your children (ASL can help reduce the unexplainable outbursts children tend to have, improve literary skills, teach a 2nd language, and can decrease frustration that comes with being unable to express oneself.)
  • Cost effective. Each episode is available at Signing Time On Demand for $14.99 USD. The DVD's are available for $19.99. Plus there is no loosing or scratching the disc!
  • Eco Friendly. No pollution cause in the manufacturing of a DVD
Why They will love it:
  • Lots of music (It's really catchy too)
  • Fun characters
  • Bright colours
  • Teaches babies how to effectively communicate before they can form words.

Extra Bonus And Freebie

Until May 18, you can be entered to win an iPad 3 with every download! Download a FREE Signing Time On Demand video for your first entry!

Get more information on Signing Time products at

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Silly Saturday Toddler Diet

The trouble with most diets is that you don't get enough to eat (the starvation diet), you don't get enough variation (the liquid diet) or you go broke (the all-meat diet). Consequently, people tend to cheat of their diets, or quit after 3 days. Well, now there's the new Toddler Miracle Diet.
Over the years you may have noticed that most two year olds are trim. Now the formula to their success is available to all in this new diet. You may want to consult your doctor before embarking on this diet, otherwise, you may be seeing him afterwards. Good Luck !!!
  • Breakfast: One scrambled egg, one piece of toast with grape jelly. Eat 2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take 1 bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face and clothes.
  • Lunch: Four crayons (any color), a handful of potato chips, and a glass of milk (3 sips only, then spill the rest).
Dinner: A dry stick, two pennies and a nickel, 4 sips of flat Pepsi.
Bedtime snack: Throw a piece of toast on the kitchen floor.
  • Breakfast: Pick up stale toast from kitchen floor and eat it. Drink half bottle of vanilla extract or one vial of vegetable dye.
  • Lunch: Eat a half tube of "Pulsating Pink" lipstick and a handful of Purina Dog Chow (any flavor). One ice cube, if desired.
  • Afternoon snack: Lick an all-day sucker until sticky, take outside, drop in dirt. Retrieve and continue slurping until it is clean again. Then bring inside and drop on rug.
  • Dinner: A rock or an uncooked bean, which should be thrust up your left nostril. Pour Grape Kool-Aid over mashed potatoes; eat with spoon.
  • Breakfast: Two pancakes with plenty of syrup, eat one with fingers, rub in hair. Glass of milk; drink half, stuff other pancake in glass. After breakfast, pick up yesterdays sucker from rug, lick off fuzz, put it on the cushion of best chair.
  • Lunch: Three matches, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spit several bites onto the floor. Pour glass of milk on table and slurp up.
  • Dinner: Dish of ice cream, handful of potato chips, some red punch. Try to laugh some punch through your nose, if possible.
  • Breakfast: A quarter tube of toothpaste (any flavor), bit of soap, an olive. Pour a glass of milk over bowl of cornflakes, add half a cup of sugar. Once cereal is soggy, drink milk and feed cereal to dog.
  • Lunch: Eat bread crumbs off kitchen floor and dining room carpet. Find that sucker and finish eating it.
  • Dinner: A glass of spaghetti and chocolate milk. Leave meatball on plate. Stick of mascara for dessert.

Friday, May 11, 2012

What kind of giveaways do you want to see?

What kind of giveaways do you want to see?

Lately we have been joining forces with other blogs out there to bring HUGE giveaways to you, our loyal readers. This blog is for you, so I want to know if you like these giveaways?
What would you rather see? Keep in mind, in order to have big giveaways more blogs are involved. It gives you more entry options, which can be viewed as good and bad. Entries are optional. 

What kind of giveaways do you want to see?

Carry Me Please Giveaway Ends 05/26

Do you like babywearing? Want to win a new carrier?

Welcome to the Carry Me Please giveaway! Babywearing can be a wonderful time for both mom (or dad) and baby! For some it is a necessity for others it is just a way of life. For what ever reason you wear your little one, you should be able to do it in style!
Tailor Made Momma has put together and amazing giveaway and is offering up the winner choice of an Ergo or Pikkolo baby carrier!
This giveaway is open to the US and Canada and will end on May 26th!
Don't forget to come back and get your daily entries in!
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Monday, May 7, 2012

Ride The Tide Giveaway (US only)

Oh yeah! We did it again :) Acadiana's Thrifty Mom has teamed up with FreebieShark and an awesome group of bloggers to bring you this AWESOME prize! One lucky fan will win a year's supply (600+ loads) of Tide laundry detergent! WOW, can you imagine not buying laundry detergent for an entire year? Well, all you have to do is complete this super easy rafflecopter and you're on your way to your chance of winning! Good luck!
*This giveaway is opened to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 years old to enter to win. This giveaway is in NO WAY affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

iPad 3 Plus Tuxedo iPad Case Giveaway Ends 05/20

You know we love offering you giveaways, right? Well, are you ready?
Who wants an iPad!, Case-mate and EyeBuyDirect are offering another awesome giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win a NEW iPad and Tuxedo Case!

Case-mate specializes in the design & creation of premium form fitting products to protect mobile devices. We sell the finest cases, holsters and precision-cut protective films for the newest iPad, iPhones, Laptops and much more! Shop, the online leader in prescription eyewear, for glasses starting as low of $6.95! is your new source for discount gift cards and NAME brand coupon codes. Now you can combine these discounts in ONE place to save more than ever before, or claim what's yours and SELL your unwanted gift cards too!

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hallmark Blooming Expressions Vase (Us/Can)

Can you believe Mother's Day is right around the corner.  Are you ready?  I know I am...Not!  No not yet...but am working on getting there.  You see I need to know just how do I tell my Mom how much I really do appreciate her.  Hallmark has a new commercial....Tell Me.  It makes me wonder just how to do that.

Let me paint you a rosie pretty picture of my childhood with Mom baking cookies and patting my head.  Or let me tell the truth.  Mom was a busy working woman raising 5 kids that were loud crazy and out of control 90% of the time.  Mom taught me the home truths of hard so you can pay the bills so your kids never worry about the lights being turned off.  Love someone that you have seen their ugly side as it will be the one that is snoring beside you in the middle of the night.  Hug your babies tight because there is a day they wiggle away to play with their friends instead.  And use sun will will will not like it but you can accept it when the grandbabes run to you screaming....NONNIE!
My Mom taught me that as children we are protected and as adults we protect.  My Mom was tough.  She fought for us as much as we fought with each other.  My Mom most often fell asleep in front of the TV right after serving us dinner because her days started at 5 a.m.  And my Mom did without meals, new shoes and at times even transportation so that we could have what we needed.  I want to tell her....

Thanks for bringing me into this world.

I appreciate all you have done to raise me into a strong woman.

Your beautiful because of the lines in your face.

I love you!  I respect you!  I want to be just like you!

And this year I am just trying to figure out how to get it all written on one lil scrap of paper that will unfold out of a red rose.

We have one of these to share with you too.  One that will be able to tell your mom or special person just what you want them to know.  Now all you have to do is figure out just what you want to tell them too!

Silly Saturday High School Essays

Actual Similes And Metaphors Found By High School English Teachers
  • Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
  • His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances, like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
  • He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
  • She grew on him like she was a colony of e-coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
  • She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
  • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
  • He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
  • The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
  • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
  • McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
  • From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
  • Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
  • The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
  • Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
  • They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
  • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
  • He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant, and she was the East River.
  • Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
  • Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
  • The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
  • The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
  • He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
  • The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
  • It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
  • He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.