Winners, Great Links, and FREE Stuff!

Hello, everybody! Hope you’re enjoying a great weekend.

I did something I haven’t done in ages: I slept in until 9:00! It was bliss. I know all of you out there with kids under 7 now want to bean me, because you dream of the chance to sleep in, but it’s coming one day soon.

Have a bunch of quick things to share with you this weekend:

Great and Interesting Things Around the Internet

1. My husband’s at a Pediatrics conference right now, and he just sent me this link to an appalling news article. Long and the short of it: dad has custody of 12-year-old daughter. Daughter using internet inappropriately (sending inappropriate pictures of herself, chatting with strangers, etc). Dad takes internet away and grounds daughter. Daughter SUES–and apparently wins. Daughter now living with mother.

This is in Quebec, and as a Canadian, trust me, this sort of thing doesn’t really happen in the ROC (Rest of Canada, as we like to call it). Quebec has a justice system that is quite unique. But nevertheless, it’s terrible. Check it out.

2. I don’t tend to like celebrities, but this speech by Ashton Kuchter at the Teen Choice Awards was just great. “Opportunity often looks like work….”

Some Winners

Women Living Well Book

I’ve done a few giveaways lately and notified the winners, but I never notified you all! A few weeks ago I gave away Courtney Joseph’s book, Women Living Well.

And the winners were: Cheryl W. and Kelly K. (both have been emailed already). Thanks for entering! And do check out Women Living Well. It just encourages  us to focus on what’s really important, in a very practical way.

31 Days to Great Sex paperback

31DaysCover-110At the same time I gave away a copy of my new paperback: 31 Days to Great Sex. It’s been available in ebook format for a year, but I finally put it out in paperback. And the winner for that was Lindsey B.

Of course, if you want it, you can get it in anytime in my store!

And don’t forget–starting November 4 until November 9, the ebook version of 31 Days to Great Sex will be part of the Healthy Living Bundle Sale! I’ll have more info on that soon, but you’ll get 80 ebooks for under $30–books on everything from real food to green living to organizing your schedule to marriage. It looks like an awesome bundle I know you’ll love! I’m working through a bunch of quinoa recipes this weekend.


andRuby Giveaway

Then I did a giveaway for andRuby, which has awesome discounted jewelry and clothing and decor. And the stock is always changing, so it’s new deals all the time! You can sign up here to be notified of what’s new in the store.

Melinda T. won the giveaway!

Here’s a necklace that’s new (it wasn’t even available when I did my post) that I think is so cute:

owl necklace

Browse more at andRuby.

And remember: they’ve given us all a coupon code you can use to get 10% off–good until November 30. Just use the code love at andRuby.

Wall Decal Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway that’s happening RIGHT NOW–$150 towards wall decals for your child’s room. They’re awesome!

Want Something To Do This Weekend? Take FREE Craft Classes!

One of my big projects for the weekend is pulling out some knitting and planning my next few projects. I love knitting. It really relaxes me. If you’re a crafty type of person, too, you can learn some amazing techniques at home–for free–from Craftsy. Check these out:

Free Craftsy Classes

Now, personally I like the cabled necklines knitting one, but there are lots more, from cake decorating to painting to sewing to a LOT of quilting options.

A Note About The Blog

Here’s the good news: Google did something that worked out well for me! Some of you may have heard about the hummingbird update that Google rolled out for its search engine a few weeks ago. Well, I guess it really helped me, because my search traffic has gone up about 25%! And most people searching who end up on this blog end up on the “hard” posts–my husband uses porn, my husband doesn’t want sex, my marriage is in trouble. So that’s so encouraging that those who are hurting are coming here, because I hope my words can help steer them in a more positive direction.

The bad news is that my advertising has gone wonky, and I’m sorry if you’ve seen it. Apparently there’s been a really bad ad from BlogHer on the sidebar, but I had the worst time getting rid of it because it’s not a regular ad–that I can opt out of–it’s an “extra”. I think I’ve done it, but if you see an ad for gaming, can you just email me and let me know? I’m working hard to keep them off (everyday I go on and check out the new ads to see whether I’ll let them on), and I hate it when one slips through. But it’s the advertising that lets me keep running the site, because it’s getting expensive with all the traffic I have!

Thanks for understanding, but please tell me if something sneaks through, because I don’t always know. And then I can take care of it right away.

And that’s it for me for now! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  1. First, thank you for introducing us to andRuby. That is a really neat website. Secondly, I love the link to the Ashton Kutcher speech. I actually showed it a couple of weeks ago to my students. It is a really good speech (we discussed rhetoric and other devices used in public speaking), and I love that I got to talk about thinks such as “opportunity looks a lot like work.” I think what he said was relevant to teens as well as adults.
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  2. It’s nice to see someone from Hollywood actually acknowledge the truth for once–that honest, hard work matters, and that a person’s character is what really counts; not external beauty.

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