The year so far

As you can tell, I have not done a good job or reviving my blog in 2019 so far. I would often think about something I wanted to post about and then not do it. I am going to have to be more intentional in this.

So what had happened so far in 2019?

Well, one big thing is that on January 22, I got a new title… CiCi! My first grandchild was born! That day was one of the best days.

On January 26th, I did something I have never done before. I auditioned for a part in Beauty and the Beast at The Historic Ruffin Theater and I am happy to say that I will be playing Mrs. Potts!

Just a few days later, on Jan 28, I stood in a hospital room in Nashville at the side of my step dad’s bed along with family and we said goodbye. It was a very hard day and I still cry thinking about it.

On Feb 16th, I was interviewed by the NAJA nominating committee for Recording Secretary and was called back later that evening to let me know I was chosen to be on this year’s slate which will be voted on in April.

At the end of Feb, I decided to rejoin Discovery Toys because I wanted the BEST TOYS ON THE PLANET for my grandbaby! I have many of the toys my own children played with that I saved but I wanted her to have her own so when I searched for a local DT Consultant and discovered there wasn’t one, I knew I HAD to do it! Kids need these products!!

I do plan to post more. So keep checking back.

My 2019 Word

I started doing a word for the new year a few years ago so usually the last week or so of December, I begin to pray about what word I want. My word for 2019 came to me this morning and it is revive.

What does Revive mean?

SO…what does this mean to me? What am I wanting to revive?

REVIVE My Health and Fitness Goals – A few years ago I was doing GREAT with this. I was working with a nutritionist and a personal trainer and feeling amazing about the changes…and then something happened and it all came to a screeching halt.

REVIVE My House – Um… well, my house is older and even though we redid a lot of things when we originally moved in, that was 14 years ago so is looking a little tired and outdated and I would love to focus on some much needed renovations to REVIVE this old house.

REVIVE Hobbies – I used to scrapbook and have not done it in at least 4 years. I am going to get some pages done in 2019! Looking forward to some scrapbooking nights and weekend getaways with my friends!

REVIVE My Dream – I have always dreamed of being a writer. Last year, I read a book by a young author named Kenya Smith called The Little Book of Encouragement that really pushed some buttons and I know that I just need to do this!

REVIVE My Business – There were circumstances that kept me from working my business and even though I didn’t grow as much as I had hoped, the residual income that came in during those times was not only helpful but also showed me that if I worked harder during the times when life was going smoothly, more would be available during the rough times. I have learned how to be more creative in ways of working toward my goals even when difficult situations arise.

And obviously I will be REVIVING my blog since this is the first post in two years! I plan to share updates on all of the things that will be revived in my life in 2019 to keep me accountable.

Do you have a word for 2019? Leave a comment and let me know what it is.

Here’s to a happy and successful new year!

Book Review: One of the Few by Jason Ladd

    When Mr Ladd contacted me and asked me to read his book, I immediately said yes because I wanted to learn more about what my friends and family members who are Marines go through.  I figured it would help me understand them more.  While I did gain some knowledge about what it takes to be a Marine and some of the issues our service men and women face, there was more to it.  The point of the book is to tell how his Christian walk tied in to his life as a Marine but at times it was confusing to me.  I continually had to go back and re-read a section to fully understand what he was talking about…and at times, I never really did get it. Not sure if it was due to my lack of knowledge of some of the military terms, which he did try to explain, or just my not understanding how he was describing things but I often felt lost.

     If you like to read books about the military and need encouragement through battles in your life, then check out One of the Few by Jason Ladd.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Mirror Images by Laurie Norlander


I love a good suspense novel.  The inner detective in me tries to figure things out before the ending and this is one of those books that had so many twists and turns that I was totally wrong in my guesses!  It was a bit confusing at first trying to figure out who was who and how they were connected but once I got everyone straight, I couldn’t stop reading.

The main character, Madison, was annoying to me in the beginning because she seemed like such a snob but once her layers started to be peeled back to see why she was the way she was, it all made sense. She had a genuine heart of love that had been hurt so she used her attitude to protect herself.

There were parts that had my heart pounding in anticipation of what would happen next or from fear over what was happening. Many things were totally unrealistic but, hey, it’s fiction so what do you expect?

All in all, I think the book was great and will recommend it to my friends.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I also must tell you that this post does contain affiliate links.  Please use my links if you choose to purchase item.

FitBit Force Fiasco

I have debated on whether or not to post this because I wanted to give the company a chance to respond to my concern…it’s been a week and I have yet to hear from them.

In November,  I ordered the Fit Bit Force for my birthday. It took a couple of weeks to arrive so I didn’t start wearing it until mid-December.   It was so comfortable that I would forget that I had it on. I loved it…until the rash started.

I first noticed the redness around the 2nd week of wearing it.  I had washed my hands that afternoon without taking it off and a little soapy water got between it and my skin…it started itching a couple of hours later.  I thought that maybe it had something to do with it getting water under it so I took it off, dried it, & switched wrists. Within a couple of days, my wrists looked like this


I looked online to see if others were experiencing any problems and discovered that I was not alone. Many people are having issues. The company claims it is from an allergic reaction to the nickel or even bacteria from not cleaning the product. I don’t think it’s either. I honestly think the water getting on the exposed battery charging posts caused the product to actually burn my wrists.

Hopefully I will hear from the company soon and get my money back so that I can look for another fitness tracking device.

UPDATE 2/6/14
I have received a full refund from FitBit and have sent the Force back.



At the start of each year, God gives me a word to use as my “theme”.  This year, the word is Focus.  I didn’t quite understand why He gave me this particular word at first.  I thought that I was a pretty focused person. I mean, I DO get a lot done so I must be pretty focused, right?

The more I prayed about it and asked God if He is SURE this is the word for me, the more clarification I received.  It all came into focus so to speak.

I looked up the definition…

The first definition under noun –  a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity

Ok…so I needed a central point or activity to focus on this year.  Got it.  I have kept my focus on God and having Him in the middle of ALL I do.  So why is He telling me to focus?  I don’t understand.  What kept coming to mind was the fact that I have had so many different projects going on at one time that I haven’t been able to finish this one particular project…writing my book.  I have helped 3 other people with their dream of publishing a book in the past couple of years and now I need to focus on MY dream. I have been to scared to really do it…afraid of what people will think.  Afraid to hurt someone’s feelings. Afraid to put myself out there.  And most of all, afraid it wouldn’t be successful.  I am letting go of the fear of failure and going for it.  I got the sweetest encouragement from my grandmother on my birthday.  She sent me a card that had 2 bookmarks in it.  In the card she wrote “the bookmarks are for that book you are writing.  I have faith that you can do it.”  Wow…that spoke volumes to me!

So, folks, I am FOCUSING on getting this book finished and in your hot little hands this year.

I am asking for your prayers, support, and encouragement.  Thanks and Happy New Year!


Book Review: Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

A few months ago I received Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell to review for Booksneeze.  I was excited about reading it because I thought it would help me learn how to deal with rejections I have experienced in my business but I quickly discovered that this book focused on personal rejections that we experience in life and how they can affect relationships which in turn can affect all of life.

I have always struggled with insecurity and even though I have learned to deal with this, reading this book helped me to understand more about WHY I felt the way I did and some ideas I can use when those ugly feelings start to come up again.  It also helped me to understand why some of the people in my life are the way they are and how I can better deal with them. Like my momma always said “Hurting people hurt people.” When I figure out WHY these people are hurting, I can relate to them and help them.  Tracey Mitchell digs deep and shows that through God, we can take the rejection we experience and use it to grow and learn.  That is exactly what I am doing.

I enjoyed this book so much that I gave away a copy on my blog and plan on having an online book study of it starting in January.  If you are interested in joining, simply fill out the Contact Me form and be sure to note that you want to join the book club.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through theBookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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Downside Up Book Giveaway

I recently reviewed this book for Booksneeze and after I finished it, I kept thinking about it and knew that it could help many others like it did me so I decided to include it in my annual Birthday Bash giveaways but what’s even better is that we are going to start an online book study beginning in January so I am giving everyone who registers for the FREE study 10 extra entries in the drawing! Go ahead and sign up now with and put Downside Up Study in the message box.

When you are done, register to win a copy of the book here:

Enter to Win a copy of Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

Birthday Bash 2013 Intro

Woo-hoo! It’s time for my annual Birthday Bash where I celebrate my birth month by giving YOU great gifts! Like I said on my Facebook Page, this was not my first choice out of the MANY takes we did trying to shoot it but it was the only one I could get to actually upload so even though the lighting isn’t the greatest, please watch the video to see what is new this year.  Get ready to see lots of changes in yourself and your community!

My Facebook Breakup


Yes, it is official…I am breaking up with FACEBOOK!  Ok, it isn’t a permanent thing.  Just a separation I guess.  Here is why…

I got behind on a lot of things around here while I was caring for our foster baby. He has gone home to live with his birth family and I noticed that in the week that he has been gone, I spent more time on Facebook than I used to so I know I need to seriously step back and evaluate where I am spending my time. I need to catch up on things and I don’t need Facebook to distract me. I am not saying that I won’t be on at all but I am only scheduling myself for an hour a day to log on.  You may see some posts from my Christie Jarvis Connects page or any of the other pages I manage but these will be pre-scheduled and I won’t be replying to them until I get on later. Since I DO get paid to do some of these, I kinda need to make sure they get done! You may even notice that SwagBucks posts when I earn for searching, iHeart tells you when I like a song, or Goodreads may tell you about my reading progress but that doesn’t mean I am ON Facebook. These are automatically posted.  I will be busy homeschooling my boys, finishing up some websites, doing a project for Bright Ideas Press, reading the books that I am supposed to be reviewing and posting my reviews, finishing MY book, making plans for the 2014 Relay for Life of Tipton County, purging my home of stuff I don’t need and giving it to Tipton County Junior Auxiliary for their yard sale, and working on many other things that I need to do…like clean out the fridge! So, as you can see, Facebook is not on the top of my list.

It feels good to be logged out on my phone and not be tempted by that little red notification number.  Ahhhhh freedom!

Anyway, I will get on once a day and will answer as much as I can during that hour so if you absolutely need to get in touch with me during my separation, you may email me.