Monthly Archives: February 2013


Yes, I have never actually had a ‘blog’ post on here; it is all reviews, recipes, and crafts. I have lots of catching up to do as well. Lately I have been trying to expand my friendships / blogging community and found many devoted bloggers and interesting topics. Thanks so much for reading my site and keeping me entertained.

So.. I recently received THREE awards and I would like to share those with you.


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Illuminating Blogger Award: Writing about meaningful topics to inspire others.

Thank you Rohan7Things for nominating me! Feel free to answer the questions connected to other awards, you are all amazing!

my nominees are:

1. Our Sonny Life

2. SockMonkeyKitchen

3. Kim’s Counseling Corner


5. J-bo



Liebster blog award! Thank you to rgdole for nominating me!

The rules for the Liebster are to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 question they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers.


  1. What is your favorite kind of cookie? I love white chocolate and macadamia nuts the best.
  2. If you only had one day left to live, what would you do? Spend time with family and preserving memories.
  3. What is your goal, at this very moment? To complete my LPC hours.
  4. What would be your ideal pet (it can be mythical)? A kitty who doesn’t make messes and break things.
  5. Pirate or Ninja? Ninja.
  6. Answer the question you imagine being right here. YES, I DO.
  7. If your life was a book, what would the title be? To be continued.
  8. Who is your favorite superhero? Super Grover.
  9. What would you wish to know more about? Nutrition.
  10. Do you prefer books or movies? Both. Comedy for movies.
  11. What would you prefer, to be the smartest person on earth but with no sense of humor, or to find everything amusing but never know what’s going on? Smartest person.

my nominees are:

1. Child’s Play Counseling

2. All Things Holy Hell

3. Licensed Mental Health Counselor

4. The Garret

5. In Your Corner

6. Help Me Help Holly

7. The Heart of Life

8. Trees and Ink

9. The Divine Guide Within

10. Bookshelves and Windows

11. Pittsburgh Psychotherapy

(My questions to the Liebster winners:)

    1. How many books do you read each year?
    2. What is your favorite card game?
    3. Are you a spender or a saver?
    4. If your life was a song, what would the title be?
    5. What’s your favorite tv show of all time and why?
    6. What game show would you like to go on and why?
    7. What was your favorite game to play as a child?
    8. Have you ever been on tv?
    9. Have you ever written (or started to write) a book?
    10. What type of food do you make or eat most often?
    11. Do you know how to snow ski?


beautiful-blogger-awardVery Inspiring and Beautiful Blogger Award:

Thank you Child’s Play Counseling! 

The rules for this award are: 1 . Display the award logo on your blog. 2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. 3. State 7 things about yourself. 4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award. 5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.

Seven things about Holly:

1. Last week I learned how to ski at Breckenridge, Colorado. Snow is beautiful.

2. Last weekend I learned how to play Rummy. It’s fun.

3. Yesterday I played ‘war, in and out, trash, and speed’ card games.

4. Today I finally caught up with my award nominations. I love my blogging friends.

5. Tomorrow is recycling day. I recommend that everyone recycle.

6. This weekend I look forward to going out to the movies.

7. Next weekend I am going to a dinosaur museum.

my nominees are:

1. Rohan7Things

2. A Drip of Truth

3. Polly’s Paper Studio

4. Carrieblueberry

5. Write Meg

6. Bucket List Publications

7. Inky and Bright

Check out all these great blogs and spread the awards!

Thank you so much! Holly


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Review: The Tiger’s Child

The Tiger’s Child by Torey Hayden

Non-Fiction. Published 1995.

Read: February 2013, 264 pages


Book Blurb:

When Hayden first met Sheila, she refused to speak, her only communication coming through bursts of destructive, violent behavior.  After five intense months, Hayden successfully broke through to Sheila, and successfully fought to have her placed in a regular classroom.

Hayden did not see Sheila again until she was 13. Much to Hayden’s astonishment, Sheila remembered little about their extraordinary time together. As Hayden continues to renew her relationship with the teenage Sheila, the memories slowly come back, bringing with them feelings of abandonment and hostility.


The Tiger’s Child is the squeal to One Child where it catches up to Sheila and Torey’s life years later. I adored One Child- you can check out my review of it hereAlthough it fills in the rest of the story for the reader, it neglects to be pleasantly delivered. This book is “more honest” as Sheila puts it.


It is far too often that children are mistreated and abandoned. Sheila is no exception. You learn of further abuse she suffered and the difficulties that remain ahead of her as a teenager. Sheila begins working with Torey as an aide for a summer program with children. Torey sees Sheila more as a client than as her caretaker, which is what Sheila is longing fore. I was appalled that Torey got a letter from Sheila reaching out about suicide and did not respond. It takes a whole year more and more letters from Sheila until she visits her a children’s residential treatment facility.

It breaks your heart to see the pain Sheila endures and her strained relationship with Torey. One thing to take from this book is that Sheila felt ‘Torey/social services/the system’ should and could have done more for her. She was continually forced to remain within an unstable, abusive, and dangerous environment.


What I remember are the colors…as if my whole world had been in black and white. -p61


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Review: More Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out

More Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out by Jerry Wilde

Non-Fiction. Published 2000.

Read: February 2013, 85 pages


Book Blurb:

This is a follow up to the popular original Hot Stuff provides children and adolescents with new ideas to cope with anger and hostility. This book also contains ideas to help manage stress, which is an important component of any anger management program. More Hot Stuff is filled with more illustrations, more activities, and more ideas to help kids learn to handle their anger before their anger handles them.


I do not own the original Hot Stuff so I cannot speak to it’s comparison. This little book is packed of starting points for kids to grasp how anger and stress interact. It has an anger survey at the beginning and end to show your improvements in each area the book covers. I would recommend this primarily for late elementary or middle school ages. It is a workbook style and has illustrations to break up monotony.


More Hot Stuff  points out that we are in control of our anger. It addresses our self-talk.. what are we telling ourselves about anger?

Importantly, the author added several facts and information on the seriousness of stress and ways to reduce stress- the always important positive coping skills such as calling a friend, exercising, listening to music, being artistic, mediating, playing a musical instrument, and reading. I really like this book and use the concepts regularly. It would be great for a take home assignment. Anger causing beliefs, errors in thinking, and managing anger are included as well.


You, and only you, control how you feel. -p24

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