Sunday, March 30, 2014


  I hate mosquitoes! Louisiana is overrun by these horrible little monsters. While we are blessed with lots of water, we have to endure the torture of being bit by these creatures all summer long. Summer in Louisiana can start sometimes in February. I was recently told by a friend that if you plant lemongrass all along your porch, you won't have the pesky mosquitoes attacking on a warm summer night. Armed with this new information, I decided to start my lemongrass seeds. I hopefully will have an army of lemongrass to wage war this summer.

"Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), fever, thecommon cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent.Some people apply lemongrass and its essential oil directly to the skin for headache, stomachache, abdominal pain, and muscle pain.
By inhalation, the essential oil of lemongrass is used as aromatherapy for muscle pain.In food and beverages, lemongrass is used as a flavoring. For example, lemongrass leaves are commonly used as “lemon” flavoring in herbal teas.In manufacturing, lemongrass is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. Lemongrass is also used in making vitamin A and natural citral"- WebMD

   Lemongrass is used in natural insect repellents which contain citronella oil. Lemongrass can grow up to six feet tall, so keep that in mind if you plant in the ground. It has a strong and wonderful fragrance so plant lemongrass along walkways and close to areas where you sit outside. If you have a big plant, do your neighbors a favor and start some in a pot and give them as a gift. Send the mosquito swarms to someone else's neighborhood. 


Friday, March 28, 2014

The Forgotton Pharaoh Giveaway


Julie Gerber isn't thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting.

The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn't the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence?

As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.

 Be sure to add The Forgotten Pharaoh to your to-read list on Goodreads and check it out on Manic Readers!

 About the Author

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama.  Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult.

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The Giveaway

Author Laura DeLuca has put together a selection of prizes that go along with the story. All the prizes are Egyptian themed. Prize pack includes a decorative wall plague, oil diffuser, incense, book mark, collectible pens, necklace, scarab bead, real papyrus bookmark, pin, and ankh charms. ACV is around $100.

Our friends from Magical Monk Bags have also created a one-of-a-kind Egyptian style handbag depicting a scene of the Great Pyramids. The bag was hand-embroidered and is absolutely beautiful. AVC - $40.

Finally, The Whimsical Pixie has contributed a handmade dowsing board complete with blood stone pendulum valued at $45.99.

One lucky winner will walk away with all these prizes! Total value is over $180. To enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will end on 4/29/14 and is open to the US only.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HP Printer Giveaway

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HP Envy 5330 e-All-in-One Printer is an web enable printers that offer tons of services through HP Connect. HP Connect Services include:
  • HP Printables - Offers endless hours of activities for the entire family
  • Save 50% on the cost of Original HP ink with HP Instant Ink.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Brave The Outdoors Giveaway Event

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 “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” 
― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina

I hope everyone is as excited to see Spring finally arrive. I have been on a little blogger vacation for awhile. Even bloggers need a break. My full time job has been taking up most of my time and my need to be outside has become an obsession. What a long Winter we have had. 
The flowers are just now blooming. My nose isn't happy but it is beautiful. 
Spring means Crawfish Season!!!
It is a time that we love. We plan weekend family crawfish boils. Yummm...

Now that we can shake off those Winter Blues, I will have some fun and exciting things for all of you..Stay tuned..

Monday, March 10, 2014

Knock On Wood Giveaway

JORD Sully Wooden Watch (A.L.L. Review)
Teak Closeouts 48" Teak Bench (A.L.L. Review)
ARV $330
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Spring Into Cash Sweepstakes

Welcome to the Spring Into Cash Sweepstakes!

Spring means Gardens, Birds, Flowers and Fun!!!

Two lucky winners will each receive a $250 Visa Gift Card.

Transcendent Release Day Giveaway

release day pbt banner"Olivia Hardin takes a character we hated in a previous book and somehow makes him a hero we love. That's no small feat. Transcendent captures perfectly the tension and temptation of falling in love in the midst of turmoil and intrigue. . .it's a story that will linger in your heart."

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"Olivia Hardin weaves a wonderfully emotional story of love, redemption, and political intrigue in Transcendent. Be prepared to transcend your own expectations."

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To the Women on the Hill McKenna is a spy who sails the nightwind to keep close tabs on her people. In truth, McKenna is a double operative, an integral part of an underground rebellion. The Women are secretly bleeding the fae of their powers then banishing them to the Island Anethemusa; but the Dissenters, rebels who suffer under the crushing power of the Women, mean to put an end to their reign.

When McKenna happens upon a talking weasel, she knows she’s found the perfect envoy for her covert mission. Robin Weir’s punishment for a life of betrayal is to be stripped of his magic and exiled as an animal in a foreign realm. He’s used to dirty jobs and subterfuge so becoming McKenna’s errand boy should be a simple task.

But things heats up when Robin finds he has the power to shift into a man again. For McKenna the pet she’s invited into her home now wants nothing less than to possess her heart, body and soul. With the uprising at the ready, lives could be lost if McKenna can’t balance her separate identities of spy, rebel and lover.

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And don't miss the Facebook Party and Social Share Event March 10-14! Lots of prizes and fun to be had


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab Giveaway

One lucky winner will win


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – 16GB – White with one year insurance

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sack O'Gold Giveaway

Comfy Sack Children's Sack
(A.L.L. Review)
ARV $150
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lucky March Giveaway


Giveaway Ends 3/31/14

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