Friday, August 31, 2012

Destiny Unhinged Book Tour - Excerpt 9/21 Swag #Giveaway and $50 Amazon G/C CLOSED


Read an Excerpt from the Book Below!

First stop, the cemetery on the hill. It is quite large

and overpopulated, and I am so amazed that even though we come

and visit only once a year, my mother and grandmother always

remember the way.

pile out and migrate towards the rear, I slowly adjust my dress

and crawl out the back door.

It is a cool day but by no means too cool for the article

of clothing I am wearing. I do my part by carrying a flat of

marigolds over to Martha’s site. After dropping off, I head for

a stroll. I love to explore the stones and dates. Overflowing

with curiosity, I begin to imagine and deduce what kind of life

these people led and why they passed on. As I make my way up and

down the rows of the old and new, I always end at the old maple

tree towards the back end of the cemetery.

within view but never in vocal range, which is definitely a good

As our car comes to a stop, and they both

Grandma is always

“Hi Max. So what have you been up to lately? It’s our

yearly visit. Whoohoo!” I whisper secretly to the stone I now

stand in front of and graciously begin to kneel as if he was a

member of the family.

it. Not beloved son, not an American flag, not a single flower,

all alone, here by a tree. A few yards over towards the road

there is another neighbor. Zachory Riff, born 1903, died 1957.

At least he was in his fifties, I scuff to myself.

I often wonder the cause for Max’s early death. Nineteen

isn’t that old. My grandmother once told me that he is all alone

at the outskirts because he must not have had any family back in

his day, that or he was a criminal.

Somehow, this is one story my grandmother could not be more

wrong about. I’m certain.

Max Harper. Born 1934, Died 1953. That’s

“Note to self, research the story”. I stand and turn

towards the sound of the humming vehicle approaching just a few

rows away when I feel a tug on my leg. In fact, it is more of an

almighty jerk which awakens my senses and begins to bring chills

up and down my spine.

One moment I am in lala land and now with a bone chilling

paralysis, I am completely frozen with fear, unable to even move

I try to get a grip on reality and pull my left leg

in place but can’t budge. I am even too afraid to look down but

have to, knowing I can’t stay like this forever.

All that my eyes allow me to see is purple air, like

someone just spun around in a circle and dusted the air with one

of those huge purple pixie stixs. My vertigo wants to kick in

and I feel like I’m not alone, as if someone is watching me.

My heart begins to beat out of rhythm from all the

adrenaline that is rushing thru my veins. I’m unable to think

clearly. My head begins to throb as a piercing pain penetrates

my lower calf. All of a sudden a rush of coolness blankets

my body while the wind picks up and begins to loosen strands

of hair from my ponytail holders. Memories of time ago begin

banging softly at the back door of my mind but these are

memories that don’t belong to me, so I refuse to let them in.

Again I try to regain control of my body and try to

focus my willpower into moving my leg but to no avail. I can

persistently feel an even stronger force holding me in place.

I can almost make out a creepy feeling of fingers walking

themselves up the back of my leg and resting in place behind my

knee as I continue to struggle.

I hear a honk, instantaneously, my leg releases from this

invisible force that I’m unable to explain.

“What the freak?” I gasp in pure fright, but I waste no

time, I sprint to the car without a second glance back even

after I reach for the door.

“Looks like the clock stroke midnight my dear” Grandma

chuckles, “or did you see a ghost?”

I don’t even register an acknowledgement to her remark. I

search my leg for any signs from its previous restraint, but I

see nothing. I cautiously try to compose myself as best as I can

and gain control of my sanity, well at least what is left of it.

Destiny Unhinged

VANESSA anxiously waits for her birthday, a boyfriend and some much needed excitement in her dull and boring life. She soon finds herself torn between two guys. Well, I guess that is what she would call them, even though one is a dead Alien King. MAX, a dead alien who is trapped in limbo between two worlds and longs for Vanessa, his destiny, to help him home and become his Queen. He offers her his world, his heart and his future. TOBY, a good looking guy who shows an interest and a desire to be with Vanessa, has confessed that he too has a destiny that he's meant to be with another. However, it’s a destiny he doesn’t want. The connection that Vanessa has with Max is strong but the desire she has for Toby may be even stronger. Will she accept what Destiny has in store for her or find a way to escape to find one all on her own? Purchase on Kindle / Smashwords /Diesel Ebooks / Barnes and Noble  


About Kimber Shook I'm a huge sci-fi fan. I love all the paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi genres, of course, when romance is thrown in, it just makes it even better. I grew up with a desire to write. Now being considered a middle-aged woman I have decided I'm running out of time. I stopped taking for granted the amount of time I have left to live and take matters into my own hands by actually working on a dream. Writing a novel, Destiny Unhinged. It's a great feeling to say I'm not just waiting for life to come to me, but rather I'm going after it and not letting go. Connect with Kimber Shook

Twitter: @KimberShook <>

Follow the Tour Kimber Shook and Promotionalbooktours is be giving away a swag pack and a $50 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner open to US International winners win digital ebook and giftcard. Fill out the form below for a chance to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jolly Time Popcorn a Quick After School Snack!

I am sure you have heard me say a number of times that my kids love popcorn.  We eat popcorn all the time.  Jolly Time Popcorn is a quick and easy snack for after school.  My kids were so excited to try out these adorable mini bags.  They are a cute little size that is perfect for healthy snacking.  I love that Jolly Time offers these mini bags because it's great portion control.

I received 3 varieties of the Jolly Time Popcorn.  My kids loved the Blast O Butter Mini Bags.  I really liked it too, but I personally love the 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Butter!   This is a quick and healthy snack for kids and adults.  It's low in calories and it tastes great too. We also received 100 Calorie Healthy Pop Kettle Corn.  They are all great for snacking.  My kids love that they get their own mini bag.  It really makes it fun for them.  I also love to pop the Jolly Time Mini Bags before I pick my kids up from school.  This is a great snack to hand them as soon as they get in the car!

Jolly Time Popcorn is a wonderful way to add more whole grains into your diet.  It's really an easy way for us to help incorporate it into our children's diet.  They have no problem eating popcorn!  Jolly Time is a family owned company that has been around for almost 100 years!  They make a quality product that I really feel good about eating and feeding to my family.  I am pleased to see too that they are endorsed by Weight Watchers.  

What variety of Jolly Time Mini Bags would you want to try?

Don't forget to connect with Jolly Time on Facebook and Twitter too!  They even have some really neat popcorn recipes available on the Jolly Time website.

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.

Thursday, August 30, 2012 Mickey and Minnie Lunch Bag Review

My kids love Mickey and Minnie Mouse!  I was so excited when I saw that offers a huge selection of Mickey and Minnie products.  We have been gearing up for school and I'm so excited that my kids received neat new lunch bags with Mickey and Minnie on them.  We use lunch bags all the time because I send my kids to school with lunch every day.  They carry their lunch bag daily to help protect their food from getting smashed.

They love that the Mickey and Minnie Mouse Lunch Bags from the are fun to carry.  They are also made of great quality materials.  They look like they are made to last.  That is really important when it comes to something that kids are going to use.  They are also really cute.  My daughter loves that the Minnie Mouse Lunch bag she received has a strap that she can put on her shoulder.  She will be able to put her snack in it for Kindergarten.  I like that it's easy for her to carry.  She also has a place on the side of it for a water bottle.  She also loves that Minnie Mouse is right on the front.  It is also easy for my 5 year old to open herself.  This is a great lunch bag for any little girl!  My son received a great Mickey Mouse double Compartment Lunch Bag.  This is great for him because he brings both a snack and lunch to school.  He can use the smaller compartment on the bottom for snack and the larger one to hold his lunch.  This is a great size lunch bag.  It's also very cute and I love that Mickey Mouse is right on the front.  

Do you know someone that would love a Mickey or Minnie Lunch bag?  You can see great selection of Mickey and Minnie products available from by visiting their website.  They also offer a variety of other great products.  They also offer Mickey and Minnie backpacks and water bottles too.

You can also learn more about by visiting them on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Hatch Chiles Review from Melissa's Produce

I previously reviewed some amazing items from Melissa's Produce and was given the opportunity to do another review.  I was looking at Melissa's website and saw that it was Hatch Chile season!  Have you ever had these?  I have always been intrigued by them and interested.  They have these roasting events here where you can go and purchase roasted Hatch Chile Peppers.  I was super excited when I received some of these in both the hot and mild variety.  I am a huge fan of spicy food and chile peppers, so I was ready to get cooking!

Hatch peppers a popular chile out in the Southwest!  They are from Hatch, New Mexico.  The chile peppers themselves are meaty.  They are flavorful and range from mild to medium heat.  If live in the Southwest check out Melissa's website because they offer some roasting events that you might be interested in going to!  If you are Las Vegas, like I am, they have them here too.  

So how do you eat and use the Hatch chile peppers from Melissa's Produce?  You can use them in so many ways.  I roasted some of them on the bbq.  Then I removed the outer charred skin.  After that the possibilities are endless.  They can be turned into a sauce for things like enchiladas.  You could make a sauce and eat it with tortilla chips.  I plan on cooking a pork roast in my crock pot with a Hatch chile sauce.  I can't wait to continue to use them.  I've chopped some of the Hatch chile up and put it in a quesadilla.  I love both the mild and hot Hatch chile peppers I received.  How would you use them?  I have also heard they are great to add to soups and stews.  Yum!

One of my favorite things to do with chile peppers is stuff them with cheese.  You can open up the chile pepper and clean out the seeds and membrane.  I love to use jack cheese inside the pepper, but you can use whatever variety you want.  I then wrap the chile in foil and grill.  I did this with the Hatch chile peppers and it was amazing!  

If you are interested trying some of these wonderful Hatch chile peppers you can find out more on Melissa's website!  You can also find a variety of other wonderful produce items that they offer too while you are there.  

You can also connect with Melissa's Produce on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nook Color #Giveaway 9/19 CLOSED

Welcome to the Nook Color 8GB Giveaway!
BuyDig has teamed up with Kate n' Kaboodle and co-hosts News Wahl and Colleen's Book Nook to bring you this wonderful Back to School giveaway!
This fabulous giveaway includes a 8GB Nook Color and a $25 Barnes & Noble Giftcard!


 The Barnes & Noble 8GB Nook Color features the 7 inch VividView Touchscreen that displays 16 million colors ultra-bright. This touchscreen is specially designed for remarkable clarity, minimal glare and is ultra responsive. The Nook Color is fully customizable so you can make the text bigger, choose your favorite font or read in portrait or landscape. Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Textbooks, Comics...if you want to read it, the Nook Color can deliver in seconds with it's built-in WiFi capabilities! With over 2.5 million titles available, there is something for everyone. There is an endless list of free books and you can even save up to 90% on textbooks! Concerned about storage? Worry no more! With 8GB (up to 5,000 books) of built-in memory and expandable storage up to 32GB with microSD memory card, there is plenty of room! Whether you want to watch movies with Netflix, read your favorite book, listen to music, check your Facebook, search the web or enjoy a wide variety of apps, the Nook Color is for you!

Read Kate n' Kaboodle's Review here and check out her other Back To School giveaways!
Connect with BuyDig
Buy It
BuyDig currently has the 8GB Nook Color available on their website for $149!
Win It
One winner will receive a 8GB Nook Color and a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card!
Enter on the Rafflecopter below. US Only.
Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment, nor did I receive any compensation for this post.

Sparklehearts Yummy Deodorant Review

I am always looking for products for my children that are natural.  When I found out about Sparklehearts I truly loved what they were doing.  Sparklehearts offers 100% natural beauty products for girls.  It can be scary not knowing what is in some of the items geared towards children, but with Sparklehearts I have no worries.

Sparklehearts offers products geared towards girls that include. . . . 

body lotion

body wash

shine shampoo

rainbow conditioner

no knots hair detangler

and gift sets too!


I received a sample of the Sparklehearts Yummy Deodorant.  I think this is a great product geared towards girls!  It not only promotes good hygiene habits, but it smells great too.  It has a mild fragrance that is pleasant.  It's not overpowering.  I love that it's all natural and that you can feel good about allowing your child to use it!  I love that it is chemical free too.  You can purchase your own Sparklehearts yummy Deodorant directly from their website.  It retails for $6.99.  

You can also connect with Sparklehearts on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Carter's Watch The Wear Giveaway 9/19 CLOSED

When shopping for kids clothing now a days- there are so many options! As a mom, there are certain qualities in clothing I want and expect! The clothes need to be cute and durable and my kids want them to be fun! If you have like clothing with those standards than Carter’s Watch the Wear clothing would be perfect for you!


Carter’s Watch the Wear was started in 1890 after Abigail Carter invented the first ever overalls! The sale of the overalls, which were ultra comfortable and affordable quickly spread throughout the United Stated! Carter & Sons became the premier manufacturer of denim overalls and “work wear” and then expanded in to marketing boy’s overalls, as well as railroad overalls, painter pants, coats, jumpers and putting shirts eventually putting everything under the simple trademark “Carter’s”! Growing again a few years later to selling their new ski jackets, sport jackets and wool mackinaw coats, Carter’s would soon acquire the Watch the Wear Overall Company of Keen, New Hampshire and its trade name “Watch the Wear”!


 Under the new trademark of "Carter's Watch the Wear”, H.W. Carter & Sons continued to expand and grow and today they offer adorable and affordable children's clothing! Carter’s Watch the Wear takes pride in the affordability and durability of their clothing! So they have teamed up with Mom Powered Media to offer one lucky winner a $200 gift card! 200.00 can go a long way at Carter's Watch The Wear- so enter
below to win your little one a whole new wardrobe!


Giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8, Powered By Mom and Real Mom Reviews.

Plush Puffs Gourmet Marshmallows Review

I have a huge sweet tooth and I love marshmallows.  I was really interested in trying Plush Puffs when I first found out about them.  So what is a Plush Puff?  It is a gourmet marshmallow.  Yum!  I truly wondered how a marshmallow could get any better.  Then I saw the options available from Plush Puffs and I was amazed.  These are just a boring marshmallow.  They are pretty much marshmallow reinvented!  Plush Puffs come in flavors like . . . . 

Caramel Swirl

Simply S'mores

Vanilla Bean

Toasty Coconut

Cherry Chocolate Chip

Lemon Meringue

Chocolate Chipetta

and more!

I received four amazing flavors to try.  My kids had to open them immediately because they were so excited.    I received the Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Chipetta, Simply S'mores and the Peppi Mint.  I loved them all.  The texture of these gourmet marshmallows is wonderful.  They are soft and fluffy.  They almost melt in your mouth.  They are so good!  These are some of the best marshmallows I have every had.  These are a truly unique and delicious marshmallow!  My favorite was the Peppi Mint.  It had a wonderful mint flavor.  These were great eaten alone, but would be wonderful in hot cocoa too.  What favor would you want to try?  My son loved the Chocolate Chipetta variety. 


 If you want to purchase your own Plush Puffs they are available for purchase on their website.  The packages (like pictured above) retail for $5.99.  These are truly worth it and a wonderful treat.  They would also make a great gift for that person you know that has a sweet tooth too!  You can also connect with Plush Puffs on Facebook and Twitter too!

Disclosure - I received a free sample via facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.   

Monday, August 27, 2012 Jewelry #Giveaway 9/28 - 3 winners! CLOSED

I love when I find great items at good prices.  When I found out about I loved the idea.  They offer cute jewelry at great prices.  I love when I can reasonably accessorize my outfits and look great!  I noticed that they offer a large selection of jewelry at prices that are often under $10 an item.  They offer necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets and more.  They offer jewelry in all different styles too.  This is one of those fun fashion websites that I could get lost in and browse for hours.  

I really had so much fun browsing the selection of items.  I have included some of my favorites below.  It's too hard to pick just one!  

I told you that already has reasonable prices, but they are offering my readers an additional discount too.  You can save an extra 10% off of your order by using the coupon code widfa at the checkout.  This is good on regular priced items and not sale, clearance or daily/weekly specials. also offers a great sale and clearance section.  You can find really cute items marked down even more than what the normal prices are too.  has a daily/weekly special too that features a great item and it's at a great price!


3 readers will receive 3 items from the pictures listed just below.  Open worldwide.  The giveaway will end on 9/28/12 at 8:59 PM PST.  The winners will be chosen by via the Rafflecopter widget.  The winnera will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back to claim their prize.  No PO Boxes.  The sponsors is responsible for prize fulfillment.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost or unreceived prizes.  

The winners can each choose 3 of these items below . . . . 

Antique Drop Pearl Pendant Bib Necklace

Bold Fashion Skull Chain Necklace

Fashion Black Natural Stone Drop Dangle Earrings

Vintage Multi-color Rhinestone Drop Dangle Earrings

Blue Elephant Leaf Key Animal Band Ring Set

Vintage Unique Tennis Bracelets for Ladies

New Dragonfly 5pcs Ring Set

Antique Hollowed Carving Large Vintage Cocktail Ring

All opinions are completely my own.  No compensation was provided in return for this post.  

Cucumber Melon Jewelry Candle #Giveaway $24.95 value 9/17 CLOSED

I love candles, but when I heard about Jewelry Candles I thought this was the neatest thing.  So what is a Jewelry Candle?  It is a candle that has a surprise hidden in it.  Who doesn't love surprises?  Inside the Jewelry Candles is a piece of jewelry that ranges in value from $10 to $7500.  This is a really fun idea.  They are also a great candle.  These are 100% soy candles.  They are 21 oz. and they will burn up to 150 hours.

These are not only fun to purchase for yourself, but this would make a really great gift.  This is something unique and different.  I love the idea of this for the holidays or even when you need a great gift for a teacher. Who do you know that would love a Jewelry Candle?


Jewelry Candles come in a variety of great fragrances too.  Some of the great scents that they offer are. . . . 

French Vanilla

Chocolate Chip Cookies


Lemon Grass

Sweet Pea

Coconut Lime Verbena

Cucumber Melon

and more!

Which scent would you want to try?  They all sound amazing!  You can also connect with Jewelry Candles on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube to learn more about these.


One lucky reader will win a Cucumber Melon Jewelry Candle.  This is a retail value of $24.95.  

Open to US residents only 18 yrs of age and older.  The giveaway will end on 9/17/12 at 8:59 pm PST.  The winner will be chosen by via the Rafflecopter widget.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back to claim their prize.  The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost or unreceived prizes.  

All opinions are completely my own.  No compensation was provided for this post.

Betty Crocker Cereal Muffin Mix Prize Pack #Giveaway 9/16 #MyBlogSpark CLOSED

I love to bake with my kids.  It's a great way for us to spend time together.  My kids love to help me in the kitchen too!  Do you have your kids help you?  What is your favorite thing to cook or bake with your kids?  We like to bake just about anything.  My kids love to help mix things in the kitchen!

I actually saw the new Betty Crocker Cereal Muffin Mixes on TV and was really intrigued.  I was excited when we received a package with some of them in it.  We really had fun mixing them up in the kitchen.  We tried out the Cinnamon Toast Crunch variety and enjoyed it.  We found that it definitely tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  This isn't the only flavor that they have used as inspiration to turn into baking mixes.  They also offer a Cocoa Puffs and a Reese's Puffs too!  These are great for breakfasts or any time.  If you want to try them out for yourself you can print a coupon for 80 cents off your purchase here.  

You can learn more about the Bettery Crocker Cereal Muffin Mixes by visiting their website.  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.  

GIVEAWAY - Enter to win a Betty Crocker Cereal Muffin Mix Prize Pack as pictured above.  

Open to US residents 18 yrs of age and older only.  The giveaway will end on 9/16/12 at 8:59 pm PST.  The winner will be chosen by via the Rafflecopter widget.  The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to contact me back to claim their prize.  The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.  Mommie of 2 is not responsible for lost or unreceived prizes.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.    
The product, gift pack, information, and additional sample have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.