Apr 20




I am officially bestowing an honor of distinction on The Perfect Stranger as THE BEST THRILLER BOOK OF 2017. This is the first book this year I dove into and did not come up for air until I was done. Miranda had me from the first sentence. I started reading one night, picked it up after getting work done the next day, read through dinner, after dinner and while my hubby was snoring.

The Perfect Stranger tells the story of Leah Stevens becoming friends with Emmy. But what it really comes down to how Emmy is her best friend but Leah doesn’t really know a damn thing about Emmy. Emmy does everything she can to fly under the radar. She lives in crappy apartments, supposedly works lousy jobs to stay out of the light. Leah finds out after Emmy and Leah whose name is fake, is not who she really thinks she is.

Emmy disappears after a woman in the small town Leah and Emmy moved to, to escape their lives, has been attacked. The woman looks very much like Leah. The attack happens at the same time Emmy Grey, disappears. Two days later after Emmy does not turn up anywhere, and all the leads, which are non-informational, Leah discovers Emmy Grey has been using a fake name, does not work where she says she works, is hanging out with known criminals, and probably is one herself.

What exactly makes The Perfect Stranger THE BEST THRILLER BOOK OF 2017? Well, it’s how Miranda tells the story of Leah discovering she has been best friends and living with a stranger. Emmy Grey is not her real name, nor has Emmy been straight with Leah throughout the entire book. Miranda allows Leah to discover more and more about Emmy throughout the book as Leah’s life unravels. Leah looks like a suspect and then is in potential danger of being killed—but by who? Is Emmy out in the Pennsylvania woods stalking her ‘best friend’?
Suspense rides The Perfect Stranger throughout the entire book, until the scintillating ending.

I could not put The Perfect Stranger down, I had to keep reading. This is without a doubt the best book I have read all year. In fact I would go as far as saying, The Perfect Stranger is brilliantly plotted, well thought out, grabs hold of the reader and keeps you spellbound for its entirety!! Momzinga.com!

Apr 20


This List of Senior Discounts for People Over 50 Might Be the Best Thing You Learn All THINKING THURSDAY!

This post was written by a man named Steve Herman.

Originally posted MOGUL, I decided to share this post because WE cannot wait for retirement!

As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 — get 10% off everything on the menu, every day. (But you need to ASK for your discount.)

Being of ‘that’ age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too. This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals, and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50 .

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family too. Remember, YOU must ASK for your discount!

Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)

Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)

Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)

Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)

Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)

Boston Market: 10% off (65+)

Burger King: 10% off (60+)

Captain D’s Seafood: “Happy Wednesday Offer” choice of 8 meals + drink for $4.99 or less- varies by loc. (62+)

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: 20% off on Wednesdays to AARP Members

Carrows Restaurants: Golden 55 Menu offers discounted bfast, lunch & dinner (55+)

Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)

CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Country Kitchen: Great Senior Menu (55+)

Culver’s: 10% off

Dairy Queen: 10% off for seniors (15% for coaches) varies by location (free small drink at some locations)

Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)

Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)

El Pollo Loco: 10% off senior discounts varies by location (55+)

Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)

Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)

Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)

Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)

IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)

Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)

Kagle’s Barbecue: 10% off (50+)

KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)

Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)

Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)

McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)

Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)

Outback Steakhouse: 15% off AARP members for meals Monday through Thursday (alcohol excluded)

Old Country Buffet: Daily discounts for seniors(55+)

Papa John’s: 25% off (55+) for online orders. Enter the code “AARP25″ when placing your order

Ponderosa Steak Houses: Senior DiscountsVary- Senior menu available (60+)

Shoney’s: 10% off

Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)

Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)

Subway: 10% off (60+)

Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)

Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)

TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)

Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)

Traditions Restaurant (East TX): Senior platter meal: for $4.71 (50+)

Village Inn: 10% off (60+)

Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)

Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)

Whataburger: Free drink w/ purchase of a meal- varies by loc. (55+)

White Castle: 10% off (62+)


Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)(http://www.beallsoutlet.com/)

Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)

Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)

C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)

Clarks : 10% off (62+)

Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)

Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)

Marshalls: 10% off on Tuesdays (varies by location)

Michael’s: 10% off on Tuesdays (with AARP card)

Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off

Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions

Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)

The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)

Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

TJ Maxx: 10% on Tuesdays (varies by location)

Walgreens: 20% off once a month (55+ and AARP) “Balance Rewards” Card required


Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)

American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)

Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)

DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)

Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)

Fred Meyer: 10% first Tuesday of each month (55+)

Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)

Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)

Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)

Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)

New Season’s: 10% off every Wednesday most items (65+)

Pathmark: 5% on Monday (60+)

The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)

Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55 +)

Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)

SuperFresh: 5% off on Tuesdays on purchases over $30 (55+)

Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

Waldbaum’s: 5% off Tuesdays on purchases over $30 (55+)


Airlines: call and check on the status of the update

Alaska Airlines: 10% off (62+)

American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)

America West: 10% off (62+)

Hawaiian Airlines: 10% off (60+)

Midwest: (55+) discount only available by phone

Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Amtrak: 15% off (62+)


Greyhound:: 5% off (62+)

Trailways Transportation System: 10% off 65+

Car Rental:

Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members

Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members

Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members ( 50+)

Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+)

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members

Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members

National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:

Holiday Inn: 62 and older; member of retired persons organization TBD (amount)

Best Western: 10% off (55+)

Cambria Suites: 10% off (60+)

Waldorf Astoria:62 and older; AARP members TBD)

Clarion Motels: 10% off (60+)

Comfort Inn: 10% off (60+)

Comfort Suites: 10% off (60+)

Econo Lodge: 10% off (60+)

Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance

Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)

InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)

Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)

Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)

Motel 6: 10% off (60+)

Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off ( 55+)

Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

Travelodge: 10% off (50+)


AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)

Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50+)

Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)

Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off

U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)

Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55+)

SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Jitterbug: $14.99 /month cell phone service ( 50+)

Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

Apr 19



ONE MORE REASON TO NOT GO TO THE GYM. FEMALE ATHLETES ARE FREE BLEEDING. IT’S DISGUSTING!! These women are literally taking women’s rights back to the middle ages, when women did not have anything but cloths to use as period pads. Besides, it has nothing to do with confidence, it has everything to do with common sense, and not bleeding on seats other people sit on. Who knows if these free-bleeders have HIV, AIDS or other easily spread diseases.

Olympic Gold Medalist, Aly Raisman has her fair share of period woes, but says she won’t take to free bleeding like other athletes.

Despite Raisman’s efforts, Free bleeding has been catching on.

Earlier this year, yoga-lover Steph Gongora made headlines after sharing an Instagram video of herself performing a series of moves while free bleeding in white yoga pants.

In 2015, M.I.A. drummer Kiran Gandhi ran a marathon without a tampon to raise awareness about women who have no access to feminine products and to encourage women to not be embarrassed about their periods.

How about a wealthy female celebrity sending feminine hygiene products to women in countries where they need them? How is that for an original idea, instead of free-bleeding? It’s gross, disgusting and unhealthy!!

Through her partnership with Playtex, the Olympian encourages girls to continue on in sports after they get their period for the first time by providing the tools and advice they need to “play on.”

“I work out a lot with little girls, so sometimes they’ll run and [say to] me, I just got my period!’ I get what they’re going through so I like to be that person for them.”
At least Raisman has the common sense to do the right thing, not allow her period blood to spill out all over everything, and teach young girls the same ideals, and values! Momzinga.com.

Apr 18


TACO TUESDAY: LEMON HERB CHICKEN PASTA DINNER—Easy to make, and only takes about an hour.


Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound vegetable penne pasta
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
5 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 1/2 cups trimmed and sliced sugar snap peas
One 10-ounce bag frozen peas
3 cups baby spinach
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Drain the pasta and set aside.

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and slice it into strips.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the garlic and shallot and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and sugar snap peas and cook, 2 minutes. Add the reserved pasta water and the frozen peas. Cook until the peas are just cooked through, 2 minutes more.

Add the cooked pasta, spinach, sliced chicken, chopped basil, chopped parsley and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Toss all the ingredients together to coat, season with additional salt and pepper and garnish with parsley leaves. Serve immediately. Recipe courtesy of Eddie Jackson

Apr 18



The actual premise for The Sisters of Blue Mountain is a believable one that can happen to any family. The mom or dad can stray because their partner dives too deeply into their chosen profession. The kids are left behind, leave home, become separated from the family because of what happened in the past. But I have to tell you, with the great premise Blue Mountain promised of a family harboring many secrets, with mom having an affair and Dad possibly killing her affair partner, well I was really wondering when The Sisters of Blue Mountain was going to start.

Basically, Blue Mountain never gets a good running start off that pier placed into a nearby lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Karen Katchur does not jump off the pier, take the chance, grab ahold of our feelings and run away with them. It’s as if Katchur is afraid to really delve into making Blue Mountain a great book. She literally holds back, backtracks, tells what just happened way too many times making this great idea of a book into a boredom-fest.

Sorry if this offends. I’m not one of those reviewers that just gives a story synopsis, and not an actual review. But I felt Sisters of Blue Mountain was written too simply. The book did not give enough thrill, chills or intrigue to make it a great read. Blue Mountain needed more than simple storytelling, going back in time and retelling what just happened. Readers need more meat. We need more intrigue, more telling us what happened instead of having characters walk to and fro, drive around, and babble about nothing.

The Sisters of Blue Mountain had a truly promising premise of intrigue, but fell short of allowing the story to grab readers and hold on. Momzinga.com.

Apr 18


TIRED OF THE POLITICAL BULLSHIT nearly every news station is talking about seven days a week? Tired of clinging to your teddy bear, looking for a pouting place or a room to cry in? Well here you have a place to Mom. A place to hang out, created just for you by a woman that is a fun, smartass that like you wants more out of life.

Come to Momzinga.com to escape the bullshit, because I don’t do bullshit here at Momzinga. I am a straight shooter offering relevant ideals just for Moms. Momzinga.com offers short, concise book reviews. Set a good example for your kids and read books, Mom! Turn off the TV and educate yourself. Momzinga serves up #MansliceMonday to gawk openly at good looking guys. #TacoTuesday offers fast, easy recipes to serve up to your family. #WeirdNewsWednesday—gives you strange things people have done—like the 8 year old that recently drove to McDonald’s after learning how to drive from YouTube. #ThinkingThursday offers moms a time to ponder what is going on in the world, learn new scientific advancements that affect you and gain pleasure from what can be an often mundane, harried Mom existence. So skip the bullshit, and relax with Momzinga.com today!

Apr 17




Did you pay attention, I mean really pay attention to The Hunger Games movies? You couldn’t possibly miss the handsome Gloss then, because besides other good looking guys starring in Catching Fire, Gloss tears up the big screen.

You might remember Alan Ritchson if you paid attention to The Hunger Games movies very intently or you are a teenage girl like my daughter who has watched The Hunger Games movies ten times each and remembers Gloss from the 2013 Hunger Games flick, Catching Fire. Gloss was half of the seriously handsome brother/sister team who already won the Hunger Games but is killed by Katniss. Quarter_quell_gloss

Alan Ritchson is extremely good looking, as he acts, sings and models his way into our hearts. Gloss, I mean Ritchson appeared on American Idol way back in 2004, doing a sultry-funny strip tease for Paula Abdul. He didn’t win the show, but he did go on a modeling. acting career appearing in Ambercrombie- Fitch ads. Aren’t those ads the ones with the muscular shirtless guys?

Alan Ritchson appeared in Smallville as Aquaman, has appeared on CSI: Miami, Black Mirror and Blood Drive. Ritchson has also portrayed Raphael in 2014 on The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Momzinga.com.

Apr 14


GRACE NOTES, WRITTEN BY KATEY SAGAL—There are many reasons why Katey Sagal is so successful—

WOW! GRACE NOTES is most definitely a book you will want to read this year. No change that, now, right now. Katey Sagal, (Sons of Anarchy star) lets readers into her strictest confidence, into her inner world, her inner turmoil, her thoughts right away. If I were doing a star rating system, Grace Notes would get FIVE stars.

Sagal is not another bimbo actress who is just acting to make millions becoming another Oscar fixture who spews hatred against whatever cause she feels will give her tons of free publicity this week. Nope, Sagal is a multi-talented actress who will be creating remarkable, mesmerizing characters for years to come.

Katey Sagal brings readers into her inner sanctum right away. I became a big fan of hers after reading Grace Notes. She tells her life story in a small smattering of words, and only uses the right words. She tells us how her parents both worked in Hollywood; her mother was an uncredited writer, in the 1950’s. Her father was a Hollywood producer who made big bucks. Both her parents died young because they both had major issues. Her mother had five children, stayed home because her husband wanted her to take care of the kids rather than work. So Katey’s mom fell into a depressed state of not being for most of Katey’s life. Her mom stopped taking care of the kids, and started lying in bed all the time. Then she developed heart problems—in her 30’s—yikes.

After her mom dies, young, her Dad throws himself into work and Katey starts playing guitar—everywhere she is—girl Scout meetings, at home, in the middle of the night. She joins a band at 13 and goes from there. She starts acting to support her music career and becomes an unwilling star.

I love Grace Notes. In fact, Katey Sagal has made an overnight fan out of me—for writing a meaningful, short, easy to read, involving book filled with depth and character. Thank God, a celebrity is not over dramatizing or sugar coating her life story. It’s simply well written and filled with inspiration. Momzinga.com.

Apr 13


THE MAGIC OF MOTHERHOOD BY ASHLEE GADD—https://www.coffeeandcrumbs.net. Coffee and Crumbs is a collection of stories about motherhood, love, and the good kind of heartache.

Ten moms started a website about being moms, the trials, tribulations and unending love we as moms give to our children daily. Then they wrote a book–all ten of these moms. The Magic of Motherhood is a well written, short story kind of book, with each mom telling a very personal story(ies) of what it means to be a mom.

Being a Mom is the toughest job in the world. Each one of the moms in this book are different, but I have to tell you, each mom had the same voice in this book. I thought that was odd. Every mom is writing about her young children. This is not really a mom of older children, it’s for younger moms who just became moms for the most part. Each mom sounded strangely the same even though they are writing different stories about their very different kids.

The Magic of Motherhood is a book of beautiful stories about how each mom goes through some awful times, some great times and some what happens every day times. Ten moms wrote this book, and they write a website(www.coffeeandcrumbs.net) where they share their personal stories about being moms. But what I noticed about each mom is they all sounded the same. They all had the same perfectionistic voice—like they are trying too hard to be perfect moms. I have to say, I tried ever so desperately to be a perfect mom when my kids were younger, then I gave up. I figured out perfection was never going to happen, and the house was always going to be messy. I simply try to enjoy the time I have with my family—considering my eldest child moved out already.

The old adage of ‘they grow up so fast,’ is completely true. And I do have to say that what the moms in The Magic of Motherhood are trying to say is enjoy your kids while you have them at home because they do grow up really fast.

The Magic of Motherhood is a beautifully written book, very telling, very personal, each story different, but sounding kind of the same. Each mom writes about her young children. One writes about experiencing two miscarriages and adopting her child. They started the adoption process at a very young age. Another mom tells the story of adopting a child from an 18 year old whom she thanks for going through with having the baby and not having an abortion. She meets the mom and throws her a birthday party because this mom was given up at a young age and never was adopted into a family.

The Magic of Motherhood is a great book for young moms to read, learn from, experiencing the same feelings other moms feel. Momzinga.com.

Apr 13


Remember the good old days when newscasters reported news on TV, newspapers wrote extensive stories about what happened , where they actually wrote a story, not an opinion piece? I’d like to go back to that time of having three newsstations appearing on camera nightly, not all day long.

I remember when broadcasters did their research before yelling out a story on the air, a time long ago, way back when the movie Star Wars was the cool new movie to go see. A time when we could pick up a newspaper and read actual newsstoires that weren’t slanted Liberal or Conservative and did not have a hidden agenda in each timely message.

Until that is when we obtained 24-7 newschannels. CNN was the first cable newschannel to run 24-7 with all news, all the time. They ran the same stories 24-7. What I said back in 1987 was—“There’s not enough news for a 24-7 news operation to cover every hour of every day.”

I’m pretty certain I was right and I am still right on this concept—there’s not enough news to cover 24-7 , that’s why cable newsstations run the same stories all day, and why they bring on panelists who argue for their side every single day.

What do you think happens to people when they leave the TV on all day while they work at home? They hear the same news over and over. They hear people arguing about topics that may be true of not. They are racing to get stories on faster than the other newsstations, therefore the quality of the news suffers.Most of the so called facts are not facts, they are opinion.

I don’t want someone telling me how to think, what to think and what call to action I should take to further someone else’s cause–which could have malice and evil intent behind it. Now what we have happening is people who grew up watching 24-7 news. They are completely unaware that there was a time before they were born where we did not have access to news all the time. They are completely unaware that people did not yell at each other on camera, on YAHOO comments section or on Facebook, there was a time when everyone did not have an opinion. We lived our lives, and we were happier for it. We did not stick like glue to our TVs, our Iphones, our computers or have an Echo, Alexa or Google answering our questions for us. We were a happier people. We were more polite, kinderm gentler. We laughed more. We lived life by going out of the house, not staying home continually plugged into the electronic world which feeds us updates on what happened now.

WHAT IS 24-7 NEWS DOING TO US? With all of the electronic media throwing conintual updates at us, we are tied to our cellphones, TV’s , computers 24-7. We are not sleeping as well as we used to. We are on a continual state of awareness. We are becoming an unhealthy people. This will eventually lead to early death and more sickness. WE are putting our bodies in harm’s way. We are in a continual fight or flight mode like our ancestors were in order to survive. We Will see people dying younger, due to having our hormone levels elevated for long periods of time to fight or run away. Which in turn—over time harms our bodies. Fight of flight response elevates our hormones which was needed in cave man times.

WE don’t need our fight or flight response anymore, but it being put into action everyday with people watching 24-7 news stations whose intent it is to create emotions in us to explode so we get mad, cry, and yell at the TV. Our fight or flight response kicks in and we are at home yelling at the TV. Then we go online and yell at strangers due to not having an outlet to deal with our fight or flight hormones raging through our bodies.

Do we really need to know what is going on in the world all day and all night? Do we really to be in a constant state of alertness?

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