Minute by minute

my thoughts on making the most out of all of life's minutes…


100 to start – will you help me

Hi Everyone!

My friend Mindy loves alliteration.  Anytime we work on a project together she needs to name it and it always needs to have some sort of “flow”.

She was the inspiration to my themed weekday blogs – –  you know “Not-me Monday“, “Tips on Tuesdays” and so on…..

So I thought we’d go with a little alliteration for a challenge I’d like to propose for May.  But it didn’t quite work out – because all I could come up with was  “A Million in May“.

I’m asking you help in getting my eBook, Making Time for Dinner, launched.  I’d love to get some traction in the sales, but I can’t do it alone.

I’d love to say – help me sell a Million copies in May – – but that might be getting a little greedy.  So instead we’ll forget the alliteration for this challenge and go for

100 in May!

So – will you help me sell 100 copies of my eBook this month.  This is a really doable goal.  It is less than four a day.  We can do it – right?

Here are a few ways to help:

  • Buy a copy for yourself.
  • Buy a copy for your friend.
  • Buy a copy off of Amazon.com and post a review.
  • Buy a PDF version and send me your review to share on this blog.
  • Share this challenge with your friends and ask them buy a copy.
  • Ask your firends to ask their friends to buy a copy.

You can buy either a PDF version here or  you can follow this link to buy it for your Kindle.

Here’s what one reader said about the eBook:

As a new mom, I found this incredibly helpful.  Making Time for Dinner is chock full of good, practical ideas that I look forward to implementing.  From shopping and pre-planning to tidying up afterward, this will help your family make – and keep – great habits.”   ~Elsa

Thanks for the help and for the support!



Not Me Monday – Amazon Reveiws

Hi Everyone!

I’m back from vacation.  Rested, rejuvenated and ready to go.

So tell me – – how did last week go with the substitutes?  Did you like having subs?  Did you not?

This week’s Not Me Monday talks about the Reviews found on Amazon.com.


Of course, this particular review (above) is meant to be funny.  Here’s another example.

I have found the reviews that are written for any product to be really quite helpful.  And helpful not just in the sense of “should I or shouldn’t I buy” this product.  But they are also helpful in offering personal and detailed experience.  Many offer tips and hints on how to use the product better.   (See above).

I also really appreciate the star ratings and the ability to go directly to any level of review.

It is sort of like the Consumer Reports for all the rest of the products.  I recommend reading through at least five reviews and pick a variety of review levels so you get the whole spectrum of a product.

Do you ever use Amazon’s Reviews to help with you purchasing decisions?  Do you use another source?  Please share!

Happy Monday.  It’s so nice to be back.




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Freedom Friday! Name my eBook

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!

I’m not really starting another themed day – although I do hope you like them.  But I would like to enlist your help today  – hey – let’s make it a contest.

A few months ago I completed my first eBook – it is a collection of time-saving tips to help make the daily dinner time rush less hectic and more doable.  I named this book “What’s for Dinner” – which I never really loved.  I have it listed on Amazon for Kindle  but I fear it isn’t getting any recognition because the title probably makes it seem more like a cookbook than a tip book.

So – will you help me name my eBook.

For a limited time you can view the book here –  – – –What’s for dinner

Please take a look at it, read through and send me your thoughts.  I’d love any comments but what I’m really looking for is a new title.

Let’s keep this contest running for one week.  Next Friday I will announce the new title.  The winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

I can’t wait to see what ideas you have.

Thanks for your help!


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Tips on Tuesdays – start small and multi-task

One of the many things I talk with people about is “how do I fit a workout in my day…look at it!”

First of all – I love this calendar – why? Because it is color coded!  But I digress.

I hear ya – you calendar is slammed full; you get up early and are running around all day long.  Sadly, all this running isn’t the right sort of running recommended to stay in shape, keep a healthy heart or even lose weight.

So what do you do when it is just as hard to squeeze a workout into your busy schedule as it to squeeze into your jeans (skinny or not).

Let me start by saying – I am not a fitness expert.  In fact, one of my goals for myself this year is to lose 40 pounds.  (Watch my progress on this and other goals I’ve set for this year.)

It is my thought that once you are in the habit of doing something, it will be easier to do more of it.  Think about it – eating that handful of M&M’s one afternoon easily turns into a daily occurrence.  Checking Facebook a couple times a day can easily turn into an hourly occurrence.

So the question is more – how do I start the habit of exercising (did you see my calendar, Amy?)

I think the best way is to start small and to incorporate the new routine into your daily activities.

  1. Check out this list of workout DVD’s on Amazon.  They are all under 30 minutes.  Can you find 10- 30 minutes a few days a week to do one of these DVDs, even if it means waking up a tiny bit early on some days?
  2. Find ways to multi-task with exercise and other things.  Coaching your son’s soccer team, doing lunges while grocery shopping, sit on one of those large balls while surfing Facebook.

The theory is you’ll start to see results and be more motivated and build your endurance so that you’ll be able to work up to your other goals and eventually add more to your day or change things around to fit your other activities.

Question of the day – Do you have any different ways that you fit exercise into your days?

Happy Tuesday!