Devil Walks in Mattingly

“For the three people tortured by their secret complicity in a young man’s untimely death, redemption is what they most long for . . . and the last thing they expect to receive.

It has been twenty years since Philip McBride’s body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known Continue reading

as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since—Philip didn’t kill himself that day. He was murdered.

Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly’s sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be. His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does for the poor will someday wash the blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion and fear, fueled by madness and hatred.

Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to rise again. Philip McBride has haunted Jake’s dreams for weeks, warning that he is coming back for them all. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes his redemption has come. His actions will plunge the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death . . . Between truth and lies.”

The synopsis of this book caught is what caught my eye, and I am so glad it did. What I uncovered was an amazing supernatural thriller. The author, Billy Coffey, creates a masterful work that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let you go until the end. The writing will have you wanting more, and luckily there is. At least from Coffey and the town of Mattingly. Several books are set in the town, but each is a stand alone piece.

I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone looking to pick this wonderfully crafted story up, so I will say Coffey skillfully brings his characters to a moment of redemption in the novels conclusion.

Sports Create Bonds

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Parents and grandparents have a proud tradition of exposing their kids to the sports and teams that they grew up watching. It is a great way for generations of people to bond over something which they all have in common. Although technology may change and the demands of life Continue reading

may keep people apart later in life, the memories created at the stadium or watching the big games on TV will never go away.

Start Them Young

To ensure that your child or grandchild is a fan from birth, you need to find them baby clothing with the team’s logo or name on it. You can then take pictures to show off to your friends and to later prove that you started your child off on the right path when it comes to their fandom.

Teach the Child Where He or She Came From

Even though most people grow up rooting for the local team, there are ways to make sure that your kids root for the team that you want them to root for. These days, it is easier than ever to follow a team no matter where you live. If you are a Steelers fan living in Michigan, you can use the Internet and advanced television technology to watch every Steelers game during the season. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about your child switching allegiances after you have spent so much time grooming them to follow the same team that you follow.

Teach the Child to Love Sports in General

On the off chance that your child decides to follow a different team or love a different sport than you do, you can at least rest assured that your child got his or her love of sports from you. Whether your child grows up liking hockey or soccer instead of football or baseball, you will still have that bond with your child talking about fantasy sports or complaining that a star player isn’t living up to his contract.

If you are looking for great outfits for your kids, you can use the Internet to find the best retailers in the baby sports market. You can check them out here at your leisure and choose only the best clothing for your little boy or girl.

HauteLook – Nordstrom sale site

2472860 Loyal readers will know that I’ve recently expanded the blog.  I’ve added the “Be Stepford” section. Basically, “Be Stepford” is where I will be posting Beauty and Fashion tips. This is my first awesome find for my readers.


First, you say it so It rhymes with boat or goat. Not like “Hot” like Continue reading

DH seems to think.  Okay, So what is HauteLook? It’s a service from Nordstrom.  It’s also an awesome online store that hosts limited-time, limited-inventory sale events.  How awesome? It’s like a new store every morning, where you can find the brands you love and new brands to discover, all up to 75% off every day. Plus new sales start every day at 8AM Pacific.


Departments you can find there;

  • Women’s and men’s apparel and accessories
  • Shoes
  • Kids’ apparel
  • Kids’ toys
  • Beauty
  • Home Décor 
  • Convenient and fun edited, “best-of-the-best” selection
  • There is even a Nordstrom Rack Section not too

My favorite section is of course the kids apparel.  I just can’t help but look there first.  There were some very pretty spring dresses for girls.  I’m a shoe girl, so checking out the great prices on designer shoes was definitely something I do when I’m at HauteLook.

Membership is free.  The site can be accessed via PC, smartphone or tablet. A great place to shop online for the “California casual-chic” style. Get great brand names from a trusted name like Nordstrom at up to an amazing 75% off. They are offering $10 for every friend you refer that makes a purchase.  Go check out HauteLook..


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take an imaginary trip to outer space. The lesson instructed me to let my son look at the book prior to reading then ask him questions.  Question included; Who do you think the two children are? What do you think is going to happen in this story?.  Next, I asked some “pre-knowledge check” questions.  These questions included;  “What kinds of things are in outer space? What do you think Louie and Susie will see when they go up into space?”

After completing these exercises we moved on to reading the book.  Here there was suggested vocabulary words to go over and questions to see if my son could relate events from the story to something else.  A great tool in measuring comprehension. The story was a hit, but most space stories are.

After the story was complete we discussed the book.  ”What is your favorite picture?” “How did Louie and Susie get into outer space?” these are just some of the questions.  Finally there was a craft/project that fit in with the theme of the book.  In this case it was a tissue box rocket ship.

The books and lessons are well thought out and planned.  They also recommend Apps that are educational and fit well into the theme of a lesson.  You can pick and choose your child’s likes to help get you books and lessons that will be inline with something that should keep his or her attention.

A great service and source for home schoolers or anyone with kids they are trying to encourage deeper effort than words on a page. And as they say -

We curate apps, books, and literacy resources for your child.

Finding educational materials can be a difficult and overwhelming task. That’s where Zoobean comes in – we curate apps and books for your individual child.

Our mission is to encourage literacy and help parents like you give their kids a head start. We know that it’s important to help kids start learning early, and build a foundation for the rest of their lives.

Review: Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom

One of the reasons I called this page “Crazy Stepford Wives” is because as Wives and Mothers we can drive ourselves crazy trying to be “perfect”.  This book fits right into that message.  It is a very quick read for eleven chapters for all of us Mom’s trying to be all Continue reading

things to everyone.  There are some really great tips and tricks in it for helping us “fake it”.  The title may lead you to believe this book is only for Work-at-Home Mom’s, it’s a great resource for anyone finding more items on their “To Do” list than there are hours in the day.  

The fact that this is a faith based book also drew me to the project.  It also covered some of the topics I was struggling with a Wife and Mother.  Where do I sacrifice my time? The Kids? DH? Business? Blogging? With this book I was better able to figure all of that out and not feel like I was cheating myself, DH or the kids.

The author, Tricia Goyer, includes tips on creating focus themes for your family, prioritizing your schedule, using your job to help your kids, making working at home work for you and how to not compare yourself to other Mom’s that seem to be doing it all.

I am even thinking of having DH read it.  We are a team after all and it may help him find some balance in his life too.

Overall I loved this book.  I definitely recommend Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom
to my readers and at $2.99 for the Kindle Edition it’s a great price for such a valuable resource.



Ubooly review

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I’m always on the lookout for learning toys and games so when the chance to review the Ubooly App and Toy I was intrigued.  First a little history, Ubooly was a Kickstarter project.  It was conceived as “Ubooly is your child’s best friend, tutor and gym coach all rolled up into Continue reading

a furry marshmallow creature with ears”.  The App is free and available for both Android and iPad/iPod devices. You first launch the App then place your phone inside the plush toy.


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My Son loves his “Friend”.  It calls him by name and always tells him it’s glad to see him again when we run the App.  Overall it’s a nice set.  The games are not overly interactive on the device, just requiring a tap to start and stop the story.  The real interaction comes from requiring my son to use his imagination and get up and move.  He enjoys the Spelunking adventure where Ubooly describes a cave for the child and instructs them to do things like duck under stalactites or jump over stalagmites.  It even suggests going into a darkened room with a flashlight and then has the child point the flashlight at imaginary things on the walls like salamanders.  Some of my dislikes for the games; One of the games suggestions is putting the Ubooly on the ground and jumping over it.  Lots of fun for my Son, but made DH very nervous to see the expensive smartphone being jumped over by a four year old.   And, one of the games has Robot Vampires in it. DH assures me it’s a harmless thing, but I was not prepared to have to answer what a Robot Vampire was.

There is also a place where you can tell Ubooly what sort of things your child likes and it will bring those things up in conversation.  Upgrades for customization are unlocked as a child completes adventures. New adventures featuring Ranger Rick can be purchased as well.

Construction on the plush itself is nice.  The opening to put the phone in is a little small for our smartphone, but does go in.  The opening is closed by a zipper, but has been secure so far. The company is working on support for multiple languages and new games.  We purchased the Orange Ubooly but it is available in multiple colors.


The Benefits of Counciling

The Benefits of Counciling



No one has the perfect life. Everyone experiences problems at some point in their life that they just can’t handle on their own. Sometimes, these problems are hard to discuss the family and friends. It isn’t that they won’t understand, it’s just that we need a third party Continue reading

to give us more insight on the situation. Counseling is a perfect opportunity to get the fresh perspective you need in order to make an important decision or get through a life event.

Even though counseling can be very helpful, some people are still afraid to go. It takes a lot of courage to open up to a new face even if you are in a safe environment. Taking the first step in seeking therapist services will help you find the best solution for your problems.

When looking for a new therapist you should always try from someone who is professional and willing to help. You should avoid hiring a family friend or someone else who is already familiar with the situation. The idea of a therapist is not to tell you what you want to hear, but to tell you what you need to know in order to get through it particular situation. While family members are great support, only a therapist can provide unbiased opinions and tell you will use to cope with your situation.

Try to find a new therapist that has a lot of experience in their industry. Those with experience tend to understand a lot of different situations. They will be able to understand the situation easier and provide you with suggestions that may have worked for them or someone else that they helped in the past. Experienced therapists will be able to provide a safe environment for you to freely discuss any problems you are having. They will not be shocked at what you have to say, but will instead offer you advice and constructive insights.

Using the counselor service to help you meet your new therapist is a wise idea. A service will have a huge directory of different therapist and providers that can help you. They will be able to choose the best person for the job. This can help you put your mind at ease and give you the assistance you need.

How to Replace a Composite Headlamp

How to Replace a Composite Headlamp



You can get in a lot of trouble driving without proper headlights. Not only could you get pulled over by a police car, but it’s much more difficult to see if you drive when your headlights are burned out or even just dim. Fortunately, replacing your Continue reading

headlights isn’t a difficult DIY project. It should only take you about 15 minutes. You just need to know what you need and how to do it.

There are two basic kinds of headlamps: sealed and composite. Older cars are more likely to have sealed beam lights, while newer ones will probably have composite lights. Composite lights have a removable xenon or halogen bulb inside special housing. For the purpose of this guide, we’ll be looking at how to replace a composite headlamp. If you’re not sure which one your car uses, check the owner’s manual. It will tell you.

To complete this project, you’ll need a screwdriver set, rubber gloves, cleaning cloths, and, of course, a replacement bulb. These can be difficult to find, but you can purchase them online or in an auto parts store if you know what kind of lamp you need — again, this information will be in the owner’s manual. You can learn more at or many other DIY auto repair sites.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. If you know one of your headlamps is dim or out, but you’re not sure which one, briefly turn the car on to check. Once you’ve confirmed which one needs to be replaced, completely turn the car off.

2. Find the wiring harness. It will be attached to the back of the headlamp. Remove it. If you need assistance in finding it in your vehicle, consult your owner’s manual.

3. Gently twist the bulb retainer and pull it back. This will remove the retainer.

4. Pull the bulb straight out. Be careful to only touch the bulb’s base.

5. Using your cleaning cloth, check the connection area for corrosion and clean up any you find.

6. Take the new bulb and attach it just the way the old one was attached. Check the tabs to make sure they line up correctly. Reattach the retainer and do a quick check to make sure everything’s locked into place.

7. Reattach the wiring harness. Turn your lights on to make sure the new headlamp is working correctly. If it isn’t, make sure the wiring harness is fully and securely seated. If you still can’t get it to work, this could be a sign
of an electrical problem, and you should take it to a mechanic.

Headlamp DIY


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• 10 Idaho russet potatoes, peeled and halved
• 1 bag Jerky Direct Buffalo Jerky
• 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
• 1 cup evaporated milk
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 cup sliced green onions, divided
• 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to Continue reading

350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Place
potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce
heat to medium-low and simmer un(l tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and return potatoes to pot.
Use scissors to cut buffalo jerky into small squares and bits. Combine 1 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, sour cream, salt, and black pepper in the pot with potatoes. Mash with a potato masher until creamy. Spread potato mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes; sprinkle with buffalo jerky, green onions, and remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.
Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. ENJOY!

A Wifes Secret

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she swore that it would never happen again. That she was done being the bad girl! Glancing over at the clock she so she only had 30 minutes before her husband was to return home and she needed to get rid of the evidence.


This vigorous indiscretion had become a weekly occurrence, the husband worked away and came home each Friday evening for the weekend and each week Friday became the day to destroy the evidence of her guilty secrets. It was the day that as she sent her children to school she would look around the house and see the telltale signs that proved her to be other than the perfect wife and mother her husband expected!

Running to the bathroom she quickly reapplied her makeup and tied her hair, a quick glance over the room she felt that this room was at least inconspicuous. This torrid affair had not made his way into here yet, but give it time,  had been creeping throughout the house more and more each and every week. Especially since they took the new job, her husband was spending more and more time away.


Thankfully, the evidence in the kitchen had already been destroyed; she quickly ran the trash bag out to the garbage. Eyeing the dining room it was all gone. Running to the bedroom, the bed still needed to be made, the crumpled sheets and tossed pillows would be dead giveaways. A quick spritz of her perfume and a rapid tuck of the sheets and it looked inviting again for husband. The kids rooms were never invaded by her deception but a mental note was made for them to clean their rooms this weekend.


The last 10 minutes before husband came home was spent running around the living room placing the cushions back on the couch and taking the two wineglasses back to the kitchen to put in the dishwasher. A quick surveillance of the house and it looked just as he left it give or take a few things. Just in time as she heard the garage door open, as he entered the room she flung her arms around him and into his embrace. Declarations of love were exchanged and he commented on her flustered demeanor that was cut short has she noticed the crumpled wrapper secretly took the cushion covers. Diving over to the couch to hide it in her pocket, she did not want him to see the secret she had been hiding.


Her breath taken back by the close discovery she sighed with relief as he went into the bedroom to put his suitcase, quickly realizing that she had forgotten one of the largest pieces of evidence in the bedroom. A living breathing entity that was hiding in the closet! Running down the hallway she heard the doors creaking open, coming to the sudden realization a secret was no longer secret. Entering the bedroom, she saw her husband staring into the closet, his jaw dropped in disbelief as he stared at the sprawled body. The jeans, ruffled shirt and sweat covered jacket! As he turned to his wife only one question was asked: why?

He quickly grabbed her,clutching her with every fiber of his being, tucking a loose strand of her hair behind her ear he gazed into her eyes.

“Honey, I knew me being away was going to be hard on you, I knew that things could change but I wish you talked to me, I could’ve got you some help!”

Holding her tight the tears began to flow freely, she told him how the four children and her being alone all day drove her to desperation wanting to feel alive again, how her body ached for the comfort provided, how the phone calls have become less frequent because he was working so many hours, how she felt abandoned and alone. How she’d given up caring and this gave her a reason to try again. How she spent evenings behind closed doors with the children were asleep waiting impatiently for the time that she could sneak and see them. How nearly every evening ended on the floor in the kitchen, breathless, relishing in that sinful moment of pleasure. How her days had become consumed with filling each moment with pleasure and self-indulgence. She broke down and told him everything, from that first moment and the first moment she felt she was no longer living up to his expectations of wife.

He had to know for sure, he had seen her sneak something into her pocket and he reached in to pull out what she had hidden so quickly in the living room, he felt the crinkle and he knew the promises that had been made were broken get worse than that he saw the heartbreak and his wife eyes and the pain that she was suffering from being a part of this deception. He pulled the wrapper out of her pocket, looking at it the sobs became stronger, promises to never do it again, she was a changed woman, promises to be a better person, a better wife and a better mother.

A moment’s hesitation, he asks one more time, why?

Breathing deeply, she said you were gone, the baby is so young, the three other children are so active and no longer felt important, no longer felt desirable, no longer felt the urge to better myself, to grow and then I fell back into old habits. I knew I promised I would do better, I can promise the kids knew nothing, they felt no change they were not aware of my secrets.


I showed them the fun mom, the ones that colored with them after school, the one that took them to the parks, had fun movie nights and even though they saw some of what I am hiding from you, they are happy.


Holding her close, he said “no, you misunderstand, why did you try and hide this? I expected that things will not go the same with me being away all the time, you have three young children and a baby to look after, the fact that they are happy and healthy is all that matters to me. Let’s throw the candy wrappers away, and get this laundry done. We all know that laundry and dust bunnies have an unbridled passion that causes them to multiply and as for your torrid deception that make it a four way tonight with Ben & Jerry. No more secret cleaning marathons for you.”


Things aren’t always what they seem – so don’t judge before you get to the bottom of the story. What do you think of my attempt?






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