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WfmwsmallThis week’s Works for Me Wednesday is an online shopping edition.  We are supposed to tell about our favorite places to shop online.  Oooh!  This should be fun!  Unless it is a book store, I hate shopping in stores but really do love shopping online.

Books, Books, Books

By far my favorite place to shop is a bookstore. So, of course, my favorite online shopping would be at an online bookstore.  I really like how Amazon and Borders (same website really) have the option to browse through the book online.  You can usually see the front and back covers, table of contents, index, and a few pages scattered throughout the book.  I really, really love this feature.  Since I have a savings card for Barnes and Noble, I find that purchasing books through Barnes and Noble is a bit more cost effective for me.  You can find some great deals on books when you shop at these stores online in their bargain books sections.  I have been known to purchase about 20 hardback books for around $30 when I browse through the under $5 sections.  Check them out and let me know what you think.

Clothing Adult and Children

When shopping for clothing for myself, I like several websites.  If you are looking for a new pair of jeans that fit you just right, check out Zafu.  The website asks you a series of 8 questions and then finds jeans that will look good on you based on your answers.  Zafu can also help you find pants and bras that fit just right. 

While I have not personally shopped at Bluefly, they seem to have decent discounts on expensive designer clothing.  The prices are still out of my league but you my dear readers might enjoy this site.

For children’s clothing, I love CWDKids.  They carry lots of clothes that are great for play.  You can find designs on the shirts and dresses that are not the commercialized characters like Dora, Spider Man, etc.  The girls clothing is modest while still being stylish.  You can find awesome play clothes if you want to match boy/girl twin outfits, which I did almost all the time when my children were younger.  While the clothes are not cheap, especially compared to Wal-Mart, Target, and Old Navy, they are not outrageously expensive and they do run pretty good sales occasionally.

Looking for stylish clothes for a low price?  Find discounts on clothes online at 15dollarstore, where everything is priced at $15.

Other Miscellaneous Places to Shop Online

Scrapbook.com is a great place to purchase just about any scrapbooking supply you could possibly think of.  They have thousands of products. 

If digiscrapping is your thing or you are thinking of starting digiscrapping, ScrapGirls is a good company to get you started.

Hate calling to refill medicine or order pizza.  Why not just go online instead?  We get our prescriptions refilled at CVS and order our pizza from Papa Johns

Need something for your kitchen?  Need something for a wedding gift?  Need to get a gift for a friend who loves to cook?  Check out cooking.com.  They have so many products and they actually run pretty decent sales from time to time.

Looking for an unusual toy for a birthday gift?  I have found that Fat Brain Toys and Toys to Grow On have unusual, unique toys.

Finally, The Sock Company has tons of socks.  They have comfy socks, athletic socks, double layer socks, all kinds of socks.  I like to purchase 1 specific kind of athletic sock for Mr. Right and me.  This way I do not have to fold and match my socks.  I just put them all in a lingerie bag and pull out 2 at time to when I need to use them.

See.  I told you I like shopping online.  Where do you like to shop online?  Did you write a WFMW post about online shopping?  Leave a comment and let me know.  Don’t have a blog but do have a favorite online shop?  You don’t have to have a blog to leave a comment.  Be sure to check out Shannon’s blog to see What Works for Everyone else.

Like this post?  You may also like my blog series on shopping with coupons.

Next week, I will continue my series on goal setting and goal achievement.

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Flashback

There is a gruesome a massacre of nuns in a French convent.  The murderer is looking for an American woman who is staying at the convent.  It just so happens that the American, Eve, is not at the convent when the murders took place.  The nuns took Eve in a year prior to the massacre because she was recovering from an injury that resulted in amnesia.  There are only 2 clues that point to Eve’s true identity:  her good American dentistry and a ferry ticket from Morocco with some Arabic letters printed on it.  Eve realizes she is not safe must get answers as to who she is so that she does not put anyone else in harm’s way.  And such begins the story of Flash Back by Jenny Siler. 

I purchased the book from Barnes and Noble online when it was on sale because the plot appealed to me.  I enjoy fast paced, action books.  This book did not disappoint. 

I did not except such amazing imagery woven throughout the book.  Siler has a talent for making the reader feel as if they are not only involved in the plot of the book but are also in the setting where the action is taking place.  While I have traveled a good bit in America for business and leisure, I am not really a world traveler.  I have not been to Morocco or to North Africa or to anywhere in Africa.  With this book, I truly felt like I was walking down the crowded city streets or bouncing in train along the countryside of this continent. 

Here are 2 examples that really impressed me with Siler’s ability to describe the scenery:

“Because the streets in the Old City are too narrow for vehicles of any kind, all goods are transported either by human or donkeys. When people die, their bodies are wrapped in white cloth and carried through the medina on the heads of their relatives, floating along above the fray like leaves washed from stream to river to sea.”

While I have seen movies and television with narrow streets in Africa, I never even thought about how the lack of accessibility to motor vehicles would affect the citizens’ ability to move large items or deceased through the streets.  This really made the streets come alive for me.

“. . . I sat down in the desk chair and pursued the utilitarian contents of the room.  It was a place stripped down to its essentials, sleep and waking, and the work that filled the hours in between.   A listening post, Helen had said, but for listening to what?  In Claire’s movies these places were always futuristic, filled with shelves of complicated electronics. . . The rooms were nothing like this one, which was worn and tired and even after years of disuse, still conjured up the creeping pace of boredom.”

Again, the descriptions brought the scenery to life.

Overall, I found Flash Back to be an enjoyable book with a fast-paced action plot.  As a bonus, I was able to learn more about parts of the world I have never seen.

This was one of my books on my Fall Into Reading List hosted by Callapidder Days.  Click to see other participants’ book reviews.

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I don’t know about your children but mine are occasionally (to say the least) picky eaters.  GigglyGirl used to be enthusiastic about trying new foods and eating veggies but now more often than not she declares she does not like a food that she liked a week or two before.  BusyBoy has always been a bit of a picky eater.  He would live on peanut butter alone if I let him.  He seems to prefer breads and starches to meats and veggies.  Luckily, they both like broccoli so I must be doing something right. 

The book Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld teaches how to cook and prepare fruits and veggies that even picky eaters will like.  I have heard quite a bit about it and would love to have a copy of it.  I am always looking for new ideas on how to prepare food that the children will like.

Island Review is giving away 2 copies of Deceptively Delicious on her blog.  Be sure to enter the contest.  Once I get my own copy, either in this contest or at the store, my children better beware.  I will certainly try disguising veggies for them to try.

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Callapidder Days is hosting a Fall Reading Challenge.  Here are the books I plan to read during the fall.

Fiction

  • Forever in Blue The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Flash Back by Jenny Siler
  • A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Parenting Books

  • Raising Respectful Children by Jill Rigby
  • Raising Great Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Business Books

  • Fundraising 101 How to Raise Money for Charities by William L. “Bill” Doyle
  • Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days by Jay Conrad Levinson and Al Lautenslager
  • Fundraising Hands-On Tactics for NonProfit Groups by L. Peter Edles
  • Flying Upside Down What Flies and What Doesn’t in a Challenger Campaign by Joseph Gaylord
  • Ziglar on Selling The Ultimate Handbook for the Complete Sales Professional by Zig Ziglar
  • The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Other Nonfiction

  • Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
  • Caught in the Web Inside the Police Hunt to Rescue Children from Online Predators by Julian Sher

The list may be a bit ambitious but I am going to try to get through all of the books. 

What books are on your To Read list?  Leave your comments below.

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The other day, BusyBoy made me realize how much he and GigglyGirl are growing up.  They are both learning so much about the world each and every day.  Things that they took for granted as being true, they now question with how and why are are you sure.  

At bedtime each night, the routine is as follows:  brush teeth, use potty, dress in jammies, pick out 1 book each for Mommy to read, Mommy reads, prayer time, and finally tuck in bed.  Last night, GigglyGirl changed the routine slightly.  She decided she wanted to read her book to me instead of me reading to her.  This is the second time she has requested to read an entire book to me so I let her.  She cannot really “read” yet and is really reciting the story to me based on the pictures. 

As she was reading, BusyBoy wanted to fill in the gaps when she would pause.  I told him he could have his turn to read it to me after she finished.  It seems important to make sure that they each have a turn without their twin interrupting them.  GigglyGirl did a fantastic job “reading” and knew the entire story.

The Three Bears (Little Golden Book)

When it was BusyBoy’s turn, he began “reading,” “Once upon a time there were 3 bears.  A big Papa Bear.  A middle sized Mamma Bear.  And a little Baby Bear.  They lived in a house.”

He turned the page and then paused for a minute.  I had to remind GigglyGirl to let him have is turn uninterrupted to read just like he did for her.  I thought he was pausing to figure out what comes next in the story.  Instead, he asked me, “Mommy, do you really think there is a Papa Bear, a Mamma Bear, and a Baby Bear?  And do they really live in a house in the woods?”

After choking back the laughter that bubbled up at his sweet innocence and wisdom, I asked him, “What do you think, BusyBoy?”

He said, “I guess they can live in a house in the woods.”  Then he proceeded to “read’ the story to the end. 

New Baby Sayings

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