Emma’s New Friend…. Cayla



We got a chance to review a neat new toy out there on the market. It is a doll that you can actually talk to  like a real friend! You can ask her questions like , “what is your name, how deep is the ocean, how do you spell certain words, addition and math problems. Cayla can also play games, share photos, and read stories to your little one.

Cayla works with Bluetooth technology and she is super easy to set up.She is Android and Apple compatible. Cayla connects to her app within a range of 30ft. She comes with easy step by step photo instructions and they have even more additional help on their main website.  All you do is  download the app to your phone or tablet. You turn Cayla on, wait for the beep that she is connected and she is ready to talk away with your little one! Also if you forget to turn Cayla off, she will beep every once and while to let you know “she is ready for sleep” .



My little girl had a ball with Cayla. My daughter attends speech therapy twice a week, and she has select mutism. Cayla has actually been a great help for this! She has asked Cayla lots of questions and Cayla answers them in a clear and understanding voice. Cayla is actually helping my daughter with her speech. My little one loves the fact she came with a little hair brush and a mirror. My daughter brushes her hair and Cayla tells her a story. Cayla has been a little wonder toy around here lately!

image1(1)One major question I am sure people will be worried about. Is Cayla internet safe? Can she be hacked in to? Does she say bad words?

Cayla comes with a software system called ViOLET, and it prevents any conversations that involve any nasty words or inappropriate topics. In addition, no additional website links, or images will appear on the smart device and there can be no data mining for personal information. Any word or phrase can be manually blocked.

The interface is self explanatory and super easy to use. I’m sure older girls would not have a problem using it, however my four year old needed some help. We enjoyed and still are enjoying Cayla.



If you want more information on where to purchase your own Cayla, follow the links below! Once you purchase Cayla, the application is free to download!

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/myfriendcayla/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/myfriendcaylausa

YouTube: www.youtube.com/myfriendcayla

Twitter: @myfriendcayla

Darcy Ripper

I love late nights, when I have a random thought and it leads me into this journey of the webs. A friend had asked me something or another about checking links on his site, and I told him to download the whole website itself. Check it yourself. Never rely on computers.

Here is a nice screenshot.

Darcy Ripper makes it possible for you to view every step of your download process. This means that you can visualize any URL that is being accessed or any resource that has been processed/downloaded. Unlike most any other tools, this feature makes it possible for you to notice if something is not working as you expected it and you may stop the process and remedy the issue. Besides the real-time presentation of the download process, Darcy is able to remember and offer to you statistics regarding all your download processes.



Now.. Go have fun.


Tori Amos

Hey Guys , guess what came out yesterday! Tori Amos has released under Rhino Records remastered versions of two of her past albums Little Earthquakes (1992) and Under The Pink (1994).  Each will be available to purchase as 2xCD sets with bonus discs including B-side, rarities and live tracks, and also on vinyl (for the first time ever in the U.S.)


I already have them both, and they are such classics of Tori’s to listen to!
 If you want to purchase your own, I left some links you can click on to and order away. I am not getting compensated if you click on any link. I did however get two free copies of the cd to review and listen to. I have always been a Tori Amos fan and obliged very quickly!


If you have never listened to Tori, she is an awesome singer filled full of soul and life. If you have listened to  her music, but never been to a concert, GO . I went once with my father, and it was amazing. One tip, always stay after the show and when the majority of the people leave, Tori will walk through the crowd! She is such a truly amazing, gifted and kind artist!

New Attractions in Myrtle Beach!



The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center is the best value in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When was the last time you walked the red carpet with an A-List star or stepped into the spotlight with Hollywood royalty? At the Hollywood Wax Museum, you’ll get the chance to pose with your favorites while learning about their pets, pet peeves and accomplishments. Bring your adoring fans (friends & family) for fun photo opportunities! Are You the Chosen One? Find your way through the hidden corridors and save Princess Hannah in Hannah’s Mirror Maze. You’ll need to make your way through 288 potential turns among hundreds of mirrored walls and archways while watching out for surprise curses from Ugly Hetty. It’s a modern-day fairy tale, where you’ll get lost and come out smiling! And finally, in Outbreak, you must stop a worldwide viral attack. Chemacorp might mean well with Alpha Strain, but the gene-altering substance turns humans into zombies. Shriek your way through the ransacked lab and rotting basement where zombie infection is rampant and aerosol attacks are unpredictable. Contain your fear? No way!



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The Eyes Always Tell the Secrets

I remember sitting on my grandfathers porch listening to his endless stories of the war. He would give me a hammer and tell me to nail down all the pop ups on the wrap around front porch he built before I was born. Pops always had his specific spots. When you went up to the house from the road, you could see him sitting on the far right corner in a wooden rocking chair. If grandma was in a good mood and they didn’t fight like cats and dogs, she would be right beside him.  You would usually see me sitting on the steps or playing in the wood pile with hammer and nails, rolling up and down the cement basement steps, or frolicking in my make shift pool which happened to be a broken jacuzzi. It worked just fine and made me happy at the time.

Usually he was quiet when no one was there. He just stared and rocked with the wind. He always had his attention to the end of the road. I assume he liked watching the cars go by. He would always tell me my dad was home, and I would say, “Ok” and keep going. I was never interested in going home early, because I was already at home. See, I spent my summers there. I would cry the last day of school and be super happy the next.

Mom would drop me off at grandmas before she went to work. I would come into the house, still in pajamas, and go watch the morning news with pops. Good Ole Wral, with Greg Fishel. After the news, I watched Bob Ross paint his masterpieces  and then Bill Cosby with his Mortimer pen. Sometimes I would sneak upstairs and watch The Monkeys on the old black and white TV. I secretly had a crush on one of them.

Later on that day, I would always follow him somewhere. He would teach me how to make wreaths from old grape vine leaves in the fall. He would teach me what snakes would bite me and what ones to not kill.

I followed him around a lot.. I always looked at his eyes . I respected that man almost more than my father. He taught me things my father should have taught me. My dad did work a lot and was tired all the time, and pissy for the most part.

The times I loved the most was him in the rocking chair and him telling me war stories. He always talked about Manila. They would send children out with bombs in their hands towards the American soldiers.  He loathed the boat ride he was taking to Japan, and thankfully the war got called off and he sailed back to us unarmed.

I always say the pain in his eyes as he stared off into the woods. I often wondered what he was searching for.. salvation? answers? or clues to make that whole experience go away. I know the war affected him. It affects everyone. He never talked about bad dreams or told anyone he had any. He was a tall 6 foot 5 built stocky fella with overhauls wearing the same straw hat with the green plastic visor on it. He always kept his pocket watch in his bibs, and I always looked at it too.

Thanks Pop for your generation of fighters in WW2. My children are safe and sound being protected by the next generation of heroes.

War is something , not many can push out the back of their minds. The eyes always tell the secrets whether the person wants to or not.

Jesus Daily

Recently, I have come across a book I have enjoyed. It is not my usual genre , and my religion is usually something I keep under wraps. However, I do want to share this book with you. I have been looking for a daily scripture type of book. I have not been able to find one that is interesting or even I could understand. I came across Jesus Daily by Aaron Tabor. I received this copy as a review .


JESUS DAILY presents scripture for every day of the year as well as short online missions, challenging readers to engage with other believers using a variety of social media tools.

The devotional started on Facebook , and gained a huge following 26 million users and likes!

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This devotional goes beyond the Facebook page and creates a deeper experience for multi-million fans of the popular group Jesus Daily by using the author’s posts, fans’ comments and questions, and responses. The author will explore recurring themes found on the page such as:


  • Jesus is our #1 friend
  • Jesus is my relationship, not my religion
  • Jesus is my hero
  • Prayer is always the answer
  • Jesus is coming back for me
  • I’m proud to be a Christian
  • With Jesus all things are possible


Creative design elements and interactive activities will make this devotional truly one-of-a-kind.



Aaron Tabor, MD, is the CEO and Medical Research Director of Physicians Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a nationally recognized diet and nutrition company. He started the Jesus Daily Facebook page in 2009. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Tabor lives in Kernersville, N.C.


Jesus Daily

365 Interactive Devotions

By Aaron Tabor

ISBN: 9781455577231

384 Pages



October 21, 2014

My Planner

School is coming up soon. Even though I am a college instructor, school is already in session for me.

Its my kids! We just enrolled our two little girls into soccer, and my oldest will be playing for the high school team. Also my oldest girl is begging for us to let her do gymnastics and karate. She wont be able to do them all.

Oh Yeah.. the hubby has a crazy schedule … We have a busy household. I had this small planner on our wall, and small it was. We literally had papers stuck on top of papers and it was not cutting it. We had to get something that would accommodate our needs.


We decided on the Bislique. I am in love with it!

On the left hand side, you can see where we can write notes to each other. We can also erase the dates out and use it year round. The best part is that it is extremely durable and very well built. Something you do NOT see alot these days.

When school starts it will be hectic, but at least we have something that will keep us organized for sure. You should check it out, and I HIGHLY recommend this product.


Pens and More Pens OH MY!

*SQUEE* I love pens. I love all writing instruments . I have a little bag I carry with me, and my students call it the goody bag. It has all kinds of pens, markers, pencils you name it. What i write it, depends on my mood. When I do math, it has to be a wooden pencil. When I write in my hardback journal, it has to be a very thin black smooth pen.

I was so excited to receive a package from BIC Pens. 

I am a teacher so anytime someone wants to send me school stuff.. you dont even have to ask.. just send it!

I got my package in the mail today and it had quite a variety!

IMG_0374I love them all.

I do have some favorites though. The stylus pen, i expected to have some weight to it, NO. it is lightweight, and it has no cap to keep up with. Good thinking there BIC.  Also  kudos to you for having the pink pens in honor of breast cancer.

What caught my eye and is my favorite is the Intensity Bic pen. I love it and it has replaced a popular brand that I used to write with. I was provided these pens at no charge for an honest review. This is an honest review and I hope you guys go try these out.


Space to Spare

Are you frazzled by your family’s hectic schedule and chaotic household? Then try Debbie Lillard’s “A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization.” This book walks you through simple processes and tips for organizing your time, your stuff and your space. The second half of the book addresses how to teach your children the life skill of being organized. Written by a busy mom for busy moms.


You can buy this book today!! Just click on the picture. I can not wait to get a copy  for  myself!!

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