Die, My Love

One of my goals for 2009 is to read more books. I’m a fan of true crime stories. Anything by Ann Rule is a must, I love her. I decided to pick up a few books by Kathryn Casey to add to my reading arsenial as well. I’m starting 2009 with Die, My Love. This book caught my attention because Ann Rule stated it was “One of the best in the true crime genre”. Also, because the murder took place two hours from me, in Richmond, Va. A murder in a familiar place is always intriguing.

You ask what is this book about? The murder of a Virginia college professor and two look alike sisters. One is his ex-wife, a pretty, little petite number from Texas. Did I mention she was an attorney?

I read Chapter 1 and it has my attention. I can’t wait to curl up in front of the fireplace with my blankie and a nice, hot, cup of tea with this one. What’s on your reading list for 2009? Leave us a comment and let us know what book you’re reading or you intend to read.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from my family to yours. Well, it’s hard to believe that 2008 is over. I’m looking foward to 2009, but I’ve been reflecting on 2008 today. All in all, it was a great year for me. I hope that 2009 is just as good. In 2008, I was able to spend time with my family and strenghten my love for them, make strides with my blog and business, keep my job of 30 years, travel, and meet new people. I lost a friend, but I made a new friend too. I believe I’m better off with the new friend, so maybe it really isn’t a lost but a tradeoff, lol.

I’m not into New Years Resolutions, but I do have a few goals for 2009:

  • Attend church more often
  • Give my on-line boutique more attention
  • Continue with my blog give aways/reviews
  • Work to increase traffic to my sites
  • Exercise more (Buying a treadmill)
  • Complete a few home projects that I’ve been wanting to do for years
  • Increase my savings account
  • Purchase new computer
  • Purchase new camera
  • Read more. (I love true stories by Ann Rule and Kathryn Casey)
  • Take a nice vacation or cruise
  • Keep my readers informed of my journey on all of the above

What’s your goals for the New Year? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re striving for in 2009.

Carseat Blankie Give Away

If you’re looking for a great baby shower gift or a soft and stylist blanket for your child’s carseat look no further. We’ve found them at Carseat Blankies. We were thrilled when were asked to do this review. When we actually received the blanket we were quite impressed. It was wrapped with a beautiful ribbon and tag with information and directions on how to care for your blanket. The blanket we received was approximately 21 x 26 and made out of a delicious soft, minky fabric. I loved the color combination of chocolate, tan and blue (shown above). The blanket is well constructed and my grandson adored it. He rubbed it constantly while drinking his bottle in his carseat.  He finds the blanket soothing. We have two words for this find, Oh Snap. This blanket goes in grandma’s bag of fabulicious finds.
My Carseat Blankie has a nice selection of fabrics to choose from, flannel, fleece, and the soft minky. I love the soft minky. Kim King, owner of Carseat Blankies, has offered a blanket to one of our readers.  You choose the blanket.  You could be our winner.  Here’s how: visit Carseat Blankie and let us know which blanket you would like to win.  You can earn extra entries:
  • 1 Entry – Follow or subscribe to our blog
  • 1 Entry – Follow us on Twitter and tweet about this give away
  • 1 Entry – Place our button on your sidebar
  • 1 Entry – Subscribe to our Giggles & Sugar Kisses Newsletter
  • 2 Entries – Blog about this give away and link back to us
This give away is open to US and Canada Residents 18+ only.  We will randomly select a winner, so please leave a valid email address in your post.  Posts with invalid or no email addresses will be disqualified.  Give Away ends February 1, 2009.  Good Luck!

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Happy New Year!

Care Packages For Troops

Operation Sugar Kisses will be launched January 2009. Each month Giggles & Sugar Kisses will send a Sugar Kiss (care package) to a soldier. They miss home and the modern conveniences that we take for granted, so we’ve decided to help brighten their day.

Sugar Kisses needs monthly donations and we would like our readers to become involved. Please place our Operations Sugar Kisses button (above) on your blog and let family, friends, your church and anyone who will support our initiative know about our program. We need donations as well as the name and address of a soldier who would appreciate a Sugar Kiss. The name and address of the soldier can be sent to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. We will build a list with the soldier’s name and post of duty. Each month we will randomly select who we will receive a Sugar Kiss.

Here’s a list of what our soldiers need:

  • hard candy
  • homemade cookies
  • chips/pretzels/cheese curls (snacks)
  • envelopes & writing paper
  • pens
  • deodorant
  • tooth brushes
  • tooth paste
  • foot powder
  • lotion
  • sun screen
  • chap stick
  • batteries (AA, AAA & D)
  • gum/mints
  • sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old
  • disposal razors
  • white socks
  • cheese & peanut butter crackers
  • ramen/cup o noodles
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • hair brushes & combs
  • unscented baby wipes
  • toilet paper on rolls
  • packets of Kleenex
  • shower shoes
  • cans or packages of nuts
  • facial moisturizer
  • unscented lotions
  • hand sanitizer
  • paper back books.


Donations may be sent to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Thank you for supporting for this worthy endeavor.

In Memory of Caylee Anthony

I’m sure everyone has heard Caylee Marie Anthony has been declared dead. I’ve been following this story on CNN for the past few months and I must say that it has truly touched me. I can’t imagine how Caylee’s grandparents are feeling at this time. Making it through this tragedy will be an enormous task. The fact that their daughter, Caylee’s mom, is being held for her murder is a double blow.

I look at this little girl, and I have asked over and over how anyone could harm such a precious child. Any child for that matter. When I see pictures of this beautiful little girl my heart breaks. I squeeze Xavier, my grandson, so much more these days.

I know that in this country people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but if Casey Anthony did murder this beautiful little girl, her own daughter, I wonder what would make her loose all sense of right or wrong. Motherhood is so sacred. I’ve thought about my own daughter and my grandson. I wonder what I would do or how I would feel if I received a phone call and someone told me that my daughter was being held for killing her son. I just can’t get that far in my thinking. I could never fathom that someone I gave birth to could take her own child’s life.

My thoughts and prayers are with this family this holiday season. I’m so looking forward to seeing my grandson Christmas morning. I feel so bad that they will never see Caylee Marie again. From one grandparent to another, I pray that they be given the strength, insight and endurance they will need to move forward. Would love to hear your thoughts on this child murder.

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Cookie?

There’s a whole lot of baking going on. Christmas cookies are being baked across America. We’re looking to taste yummy cookies in the blogosphere, so we want you to tell us your favorite cookie. My favorite holiday cookie is the Peanut Butter and Hershey Kiss cookie. So yummy!

I’ve used this recipe for years and it’s a favorite of kids young and old. I love serving them warm with a glass of milk to the kids. Their eyes light up and little fingers and faces are covered with yummy chocolate. We hope you enjoy it too. Leave us a comment and share your favorite holiday cookie.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add remaining flour and mix until you form a sticky dough. Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until just golden brown. Place Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie, while they are still hot. Should make approximately 48 cookies.

Packages for our Troops Needed

Giggles & Sugar Kisses will be shipping packages to our troops in Iraq from 12/16 /08 through 1/1/09. They’ve sent a list of items they would like to have and we’re looking for donations.

Their list includes hard candy, homemade cookies, chips, envelopes & writing paper, pens, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, food powder, lotion, sun screen, chap stick, batteries (AA, AAA & D), gum, sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old, disposal razors, white socks, cheese & peanut butter crackers, ramen/cup o noodles.

For the ladies, sanity products, magazines less than 2 months old, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes & combs, unscented baby wipes, toilet paper on rolls, packets of Kleenex, shower shoes, cans or packages of nuts, facial moisturizer, unscented lotions, hand sanitizer, and paper back books.

Homemade cards from your child or children would be a nice surprise for them. If you’re interested in participating please send your goods to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403
Lets wish our troops a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year from the Giggles & Sugar Kisses Family. Leave us a comment on what you’re doing to help someone this holiday season. 

First Picture Book Give Away

Kids love books and we’ve found some great ones. Nancy Murphy owner of Blooming Babies carries a diverse selection of first picture books in her boutique. Her selection includes everything from picture books of clothing, the body, dinosaurs, trucks to animals. They are sturdy, hard cover, and fun to look at. My grandson loved the animal book. He loves to point at the pictures and have Gran tell him the animal and make the animal sound. What a fun and educational way to spend time with your child. These books get 3 snaps, a booty shake and go in Grandma’s bag of fabulicious finds.

We were impressed with the quality of the books as well as the price. Books of this caliber are quite expensive if purchased from your local book store. Blooming Babies First Picture Books start at $11.99 and make great birthday, new baby, or Christmas gifts. The books are a generous size and the pictures are crisp. Your children will have them for years to come.

Blooming Babies also offers a Children’s Guide. Here you will find helpful books on nutrition, exercise and cooking all geared toward children. I love the Recipe Guide for children. This is a great site to visit on cold, snowy days when the children are stuck inside. You will find recipes for pizza, smoothies, and snacks. Blooming Babies has it it all.

Giggles & Sugar Kisses is adamant about teaching our children to read and write and good eating habits. We firmly believe that education is the key to success and it starts at home. Blooming Babies believes education is a must as well and we’re teaming up to offer our readers an opportunity to win the First Picture Animal Book shown.

You could be a winner. Here’s how: visit Blooming Babies First Picture Book section or Children’s Guide and leave us a comment on these great products. We will randomly select a winner from the comments. Please leave a valid email address. Posts with invalid addresses will be disqualified. Give Away is open to US Residents 18+ only. If you’re a blog subscriber, you may enter twice. Give Away ends January 5, 2009. Good luck.

Children’s Book Give Away

Giggles & Sugar Kisses was given the opportunity to review several groups of books by Kumon Publishing Company. Kumon focuses on basic learning skills for childen aged 2 through 6. They cover everything from the alphabet, reading, counting, tracing, basic addition and subtraction to scissor skills. Kumon’s workbooks are unique. They use a step by step approach, so children can master one skill before moving to another. Their learning system was developed in Japan by Toru Kumon 50 years ago. Mr. Kumon wanted his son to do better in school, so he developed workbooks to help his son. By the sixth grade, his son could do calculus. His techniques have been proven. Kumon currently has learning centers in 44 contries.
Giggles & Sugar Kisses will be offering several sets of books to our readers to test for us. You could be the winner of our second give away. This set is geared toward a children ages 2 – 5. The set contains a Tracing book and Numbers 1 – 30. Visit Kumon Publishing and check out their site. Leave us a comment on the books that you see most beneficial to your child. We will randomly select a winner from our posts. This give away will end January 5, 2009. It is open to US Residents 18+ only.
Winner will have 3 days to contact us once they are notified. Failure to contact us will result in disqualification. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified.
We will be listing additional sets over the next month, which includes Mazes, Simple Addition, Telling Time, and Rhyming Words. If you are interested in testing any of these books, be sure to check back. Giggles & Sugar Kisses believes education is the key to success. As a result, we require the winners to follow up with their opinions and comments on the set of books that they win. We would like to share your experience with our other readers, they may be interested in purchasing the books. If you’re not willing to follow up, please do not enter the give aways. Thank you and good luck!