Tuesday, February 9, 2016


In honor of HEART MONTH and Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness week, I will be donating 100% of proceeds earned for Broken Heart to CHD this month. Please share with a friend. 

There is NO CURE for CHD, only monitoring, procedures, and surgeries. This is why CHD awareness and research is so crucial 💙 💙

Please help us spread the word.

You can find BROKEN HEART HERE on Amazon. 
THANK YOU so much for the support! 

Sending you all MUCH love for this Valentine's Day!

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Wishing you all the MOST MERRIEST CHRISTMAS!! 

May this New Year bless you 
with much happiness!! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


One Stop For Writers online library is my new favorite tool for writers!

I must admit, I had big expectations as everything Angela and Becca share in the writing world is always amazing. And as always, they delivered! (BIG kudos to Lee too:)

Have writer's block? No problemo. The idea generator has got to be one of my favorites! Not only is it one category, but several. And unique. The symbolism and search box option is another really helpful feature that I enjoyed. 

So many awesome tools for writers.

No doubt colleges and workshops will be using this resource as a writing tool. 

Kudos to One Stop For Writers for delivering an excellent resource for writers!

You can check out some of One Stop For Writers features HERE

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A New Library In Town: One Stop For Writers

Big CONGRATS to ANGELA AND BECCA for sharing some AWESOME STUFF with all of us in the WRITER WORLD!!! Tell me this isn't AWESOME?!

If there's one thing all writers agree on, it's that writing is TOUGH. The road to publication twists and dips as we learn the craft, hone our abilities, create stories we're passionate about, fight discouragement, educate ourselves about the industry...and then start the process all over again as we realize there's room to improve. But you know what? If you are like me, you wouldn't have it any other way.

Yet, sometimes it's nice to get a helping hand.

Finding a good writing book, a helpful blog, a mentor or critique partner to share the journey with...these things are gems along the writing path.

And guess what? Maybe there's another resource waiting just up the road called One Stop For Writers.

One Stop For Writers is not writing software, but rather a powerful online library that contains tools, unique description collections, helpful tutorials and much more, brought to you by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi, the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus and Lee Powell, the creator of Scrivener for Windows.

Could One Stop For Writers be the writing partner you've been searching for? Visit Writers Helping Writers this week and see, where Angela, Lee and Becca are celebrating their venture with prizes and some pay-it-forward fun.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Miracle Cocktail

Since summer is here and it's always a nice feeling to get things spruced up and organized, I just had to share a little miracle cocktail that works amazing wonders.

Last post I shared how to get a whiter and brighter smile  and I just felt the need to share this useful tip as well.

Miracle Cocktail = Less bathroom slaving & more writing/reading time :)

If you have stubborn water stains (shower doors/shower floor etc.) this will help diffuse them.

My little experiment started out by trying to remove the water stains from the base of the ice and water dispenser in my refrigerator. And it worked!!

The cocktail?

Simple. Simple.


For my fridge ice and water dispenser, I poured a little vinegar and a little baking soda- let it set for about fifteen minutes.

I used a little brush to loosen things up and ALL the water stains disappeared. Wish I discovered this trick years ago.

As for the shower floor, I followed the same steps however, I used a tile brush with coarse/stiff bristles and scrubbed.

For the shower door, it's most easiest to pour a mixture of baking soda and vinegar in a spray bottle and soak the doors. I like to also make a baking soda paste and apply over it.

If the buildup is extensive, it might be necessary to make a fresh batch a few times.


Baking soda
Spray bottle
Tile brush with stiff bristles

Happy summer!! XOXO

Shout out to Stina Lindenblatt for trying out my cocktail!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to Get a Quick and Easy Dazzling Smile Under Two Minutes

Because I love learning and love sharing what I learn with others, I think it's time to share a random tip of the day every now and then. Yes?

First random tip of the day...drumroll please....

Lighten and whiten teeth in less than two minutes.

I don't get out much so I'm well aware that a lot of you may already know this little trick, but I thought to share just in case there's somebody out there who hasn't tried it yet. And because let's face it, whether you're a writer or a reader (or a human being for that matter) drinking teas and coffee has become a longtime hard habit to break. Not to mention colas and berries tend to darken teeth. 

So here's my random tip of the day:


That's right plain ol', good ol' baking soda. 

I learned this trick many months ago and was so excited and amazed that it actually really worked. 

I recently went to the dentist and mentioned my baking soda discovery to my dental hygienist.

Though I was more than afraid to share it with her, thinking she might ruin all the fun-I was 100% certain she'd scold me for one reason or another, but to my surprise, she agreed with my little discovery and had just recommended the same tip to a patient earlier in the day. No wonder we get along so great :D. 

I realize they'll still might be a naysayer, but I'm good with my dental hygienist approving and as long as I don't abuse it, I feel pretty OK about it :)

So here it is. Baking soda wonders. 

**Note: ALWAYS check with your dentist before trying any new whitening techniques. NOT advisable to use on veneers and dentures. May discolor. 

1. Mix a generous amount of baking soda in a small cup/bowl/container.

2. Use a new (separate) toothbrush.

3. Add a little water at a time by dipping a toothbrush under the facet and into the cup. Careful not to add too much water. 

Paste should be thick not runny. If it gets thinned out too much simply add more baking soda to desired consistency. If too thick, slowly add more water. 

4. Leave paste on front of teeth for 1-2 minutesRinse.
May brush teeth after with minty toothpaste for that extra clean feeling.
Use a Sonic rotating toothbrush for an extra, extra dentist clean feel.

And that's it!! 

Voila. Bling. Bling.

Repeat 1x a week, or like my dental hygienist says, "When needed."

I've also heard this technique used with lemon as well. However, I’m too chicken to allow lemon to sit on my teeth as I knew a person who loved to eat lemons as a child and it messed up their enamel big time. My dental hygienist agreed with me on that one. 

So there you have it. 
A quick and easy dazzling pick-me-up smile. 

If baking soda isn't your thing and you prefer to use a store bought whitener, my absolute favorite is CrestWhitestrips Professional Strength
But it's gotta be the PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH. 

P.S. Nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. from a slumber sleep and inspiration nagging to write a post on baking soda and a vibrant smile.
Must be meant to be :)

Here’s to a NEW VIBRANT you! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Inspiration For the Day

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

❤️February is HEART MONTH! ❤️

It's February!! One of my favorite months!! 

And guess what? President Obama declared February as American Heart Month

How awesome is that?

I've always loved Valentine's Day, but it wasn't until doctors discovered my congenital heart defect that I learned to truly appreciate and embrace it.

Never in my life had I expected to say that I'm 1 in 100--a CHD survivor. 

Born with a broken heart. It is what inspired me to write my latest children book, BROKEN HEART

February is more than a special month for me. Always will be. 


Let's spread some CHD awareness and save a heart. ❤️ 

Sending you all much heart love! 

Hope you have an amazing February! 

#CHD #HeartMonth 

When seven-year-old Stephanie learns her twin, Julia, has a broken heart and the doctors have to mend it, she tries to make sense of things. Doing her best to stay strong, she helps Julia face her fears. 

It's up to Stephanie to be Julia's biggest cheerleader. If she had only one wish, it'd be that doctors would fix Julia's heart and make it all better.

Will Stephanie get her heart's desire?

Click HERE to view/buy BROKEN HEART on AMAZON.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


The amazing Sharon K. Mayhew is graciously giving a copy of BROKEN HEART away on her blog!  

Check it out HERE
THANK YOU, Sharon!! 

Sharon is an awesome freelance editor over at The Manuscript Maven and helped edit BROKEN HEART. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014


*My Maui Sunset* Photo by Martha Ramirez

Wishing you the very best in 2015! 
May it be filled with lots of love and 
happiness and great health! 

Let's make 2015 count!!!