Friday, November 21, 2014

HunnyBunny Boutique! Come and get 'em!

Introducing the HunnyBunny Boutique! A boutique manufacturer and retailer specializing in all-natural bath and beauty products designed for families

My beautiful sister-in-law Leigh Byers, has started her very own line of natural products. There is a great selection of naturals soaps, body butters, lip balms, etc.

If you're like me and trying to move towards a healthier lifestyle and cut out some of the chemicals we're putting on and in our body. Check out her site!

https://squareup.com/market/hunnybunnyboutique


Here are some of the products!

Simply divine!!!! These will keep that winter dry skin nice & hydrated!

Cleans without irritating your skin

Keeps your lips nice and soft!


Meet the owners of the HunnyBunny Boutique! You won't find cuter CEO's :)

 
And you will receive a personal 'Thank you' note with your order!



Contact Information:

To purchase:  https://squareup.com/market/hunnybunnyboutique

Find them on the web...

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovehunnybunnyboutique

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hunnybunny_dc
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fruits & Veggies = Writer's Block

Well, I'm once again back on the healthy eating streak, or at least trying :) It seems to change weekly!

My newest cravings are for Sugar Snap Peas! If you've not tried these things you are missing out! I call them my new alternative potato chip #crunchcrunchcrunch

These are lightweight, crisp, sweet, refreshing, oh and crunchy!

A perfect snack!

You know you wanna try them now, right?

Since I work nights, I "try" to eat something healthy when I get home versus the whole, it's technically my evening, so its okay to have cookies! Yep, cookies for breakfast... Bad! very bad!

Lately, my new food of choice is a nice egg white omlete with assorted peppers, topped with Salsa. #Delicious!

Well, the other day, I get home and start getting the stuff together for my omelet. I open the freezer to grab the frozen pepper blend bag, and BAM!!

My sweet detector radar goes off! Why?  This....


What? Ice-cream! TWO 2 TWO CONTAINERS!?!?!?

The hubby brought home my weakness, my sweet indulgence, my Kryptonite! And so the inner war begins. I try to fight it and tell myself, "Oh, but the omelet is so tasty."

I fight it. I resist the urge to eat the ice-cream, but the evil side tells me, technically it IS your evening, so ice-cream is fine, and you've been doing so well, treat yourself, go ahead. This time, I won, I told the other side to shut up! I had the omelet. LOL!

The battle will continue. When I'm on a serious writing sprint, I have crazy-insane-high-sugar cravings! I've mentioned before I've tried keeping a bowl of fruit or veggies nearby when writing, so I would eat that instead, but it didn't work!

For some strange reason fruit and veggies gives me writer's block! As crazy as it sounds, it does. I can't write, the words don't flow. But give me a bag of Reese's cups, chips, Twizzlers, or a wad of bubblegum, and the words pour out!


Paging: Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Spock, and Dr. Seuss! Help!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Melting Pot...a fondue restaurant (A review)

My husband and I tried out a restaurant I've kept hearing about. It's called The Melting Pot (a fondue restaurant).

What the heck is fondue? 
Fondue is a Swiss, Italian, and French dish of melted cheese served in a communal pot over a portable stove, and eaten by dipping long-stemmed forks with bread into the cheese. Wikipedia
Hmm sounds interesting, right? maybe? a little?
Welllllll, lemme tell you! I LOVED IT!!!  But, it's probably not for everybody. Not everyone wants to go out and basically cook their own food. Not everyone would want to eat their meal in bits and pieces. Some people may just think it's just too weird.

Let me just tell you about our experience...

First we were seated in a section called "Lovers Lane" (I think that's what they call it LOL) It's a section off by itself with booths for two people. Each booth faces an aisle and a wall. the sides of the booth are higher, so you can't see your neighbors sitting in the next booth. The lights are dim. A really nice low jazz was playing in the background. I found out if you call ahead and you have a really super duper romantic evening, and they will spread rose petals around the booth, a bottle of champagne or wine, and bouquet of roses (Cha-Ching $$$$ LOL)

Okay, back to our experience!

When we were being seated we were asked if we were celebrating anything special, and we said that our wedding anniversary was the other day. A short while later she came back out with an anniversary card signed by all the staff (very sweet).
She explained how the whole fondu thingy worked. We chose the 4-course meal. (Tip: check out the weekly specials, you can get better deals) In the middle of your table there is a smooth top stove type thing, and a pot is placed on and the waiter starts adding things into it.
The first course is Cheese (melted in fondue pot) They have a few different kinds. We had,
The Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue
Aged, medium-sharp cheddar and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, lager beer, garlic and seasonings.
They serve it with a platter of breads, fruits, and veggies. That cheese was sooooo good and melty (hmm is that a word?) You really could just stop right there and be good. We had to stop ourselves cause we were getting full from that.

The second course was Salad. Again, they have different kinds, but I chose:

California Salad
Mixed baby salad greens, Roma tomatoes, candied pecans and Gorgonzola cheese with Raspberry Black Walnut Vinaigrette.
These salads needed nothing, they were perfect and delicious!
The third course, the Entree. Again, lot of variety, but we went basic: chicken, shrimp, teriyaki marinated sirloin, and some type of pork. They bring it out raw on a platter, along with a bowl of veggies. You also select what type of liquid or oil to use to cook the food in. We picked....
 
Coq Au Vin
Burgundy wine infused with fresh herbs, spices and mushrooms.
 
My first thought was that this was going to taste like boiled meat, but it didn't. It was very tender and so flavorful! Plus, they bring a bunch of different sauces to be paired with each meat.
Finally....OMG! Dessert! HEAVEN!
 
There were several different type of chocolate combinations to try. We went with basic Original. which was basically a big melted Reese's Cup, but OHHHH MY!!! They brought out a selection of goodies to dip. (pineapples, bananas, strawberries, coated marshmallows, pound cake, rice crispy treat)

WHO KNEW EVERYTHING WAS BETTER DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE!!!!!!

Let me add a little note here. I'm sure like every restaurant the experience will not be the same. It may taste differently, you may not get a really wonderful waiter like we had. Or, you may find that it's just not your cup of tea.

We enjoyed it! I recommend it for a girl's night out, family night, or a romantic date with your honey :) They're all over the place!

Blessings!
Beth

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MIA

Dear Blog,

I sincerely apologize for ignoring you for the past several weeks (couple of months Ack!).

**brushes cobwebs from site, opens windows, spritz with Windex, and wipes down**

I promise not to neglect you again. Or, at least I will try. Okay? K.

**gives big box of chocolate & flowers**

Hugs & Kisses

Beth


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Book Deal! POLARIS

It's Official!

Put on the dancing shoes!

Turn up the music!


Coming February 2016!!



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Diversity

di·ver·si·ty
: the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization


If you've spent any time here recently on any of the social networks, specifically Twitter, you've noticed an increase of chatter (or Tweets #WeNeedDiverseBooks) concerning diversity. My response, YAY! :)

I'm all for diversity in books. I've always love libraries, and I've spent whole lot of time in them. However, when I was very young, a very long time ago, I couldn't help but notice the lack of diversity in books (...it's getting better, but we need more...)

There was a very limited supply of books for African Americans. Well, there were books, but they were about Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth. I remember at one point, the only fiction book that I could find was Sounder! Remember that one, about the dog and poor black sharecropper's family? There were plenty of books like that, poor little black children or chirren as they were called, playing happily on the plantation? Unfortunately, the only books that I remember for Hispanics had them all wearing Sombreros and sleeping. Asians, not much better, they all wore big hats and the only job they had was working on rice paddy farms. WHAT?!?!?


Don't get me wrong books that tell various cultural experiences are necessary. However, at that time, it seemed as if that was the end all and summary of the entire culture.

In the books that I saw, I did not see any little black kids playing in the suburbs and living in nice homes. Hmmm where were they hiding?

My books are diverse. Why? Because that is the world that we live in. If you put a bunch of kids from different cultures in a room, they will find a way to play and have a great time. It's only when close-minded adults get involved and tell them why they should not like someone, or be around someone who is different from them. 

There is a great website that showcases diverse authors & books, and they were kind enough to showcase my book SEVEN SHADES OF LUMINOSITY.  A Fantasy middle-grade book with an African-American male protagonist.

Check it out here...






Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!




Happy Mother's Day!!!


A Mother’s Love by Helen Steiner Rice

A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.