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The Joy of Smoking January 27, 2010

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I know, you’re thinking who would think that way? The joy of smoking? I’ll tell you  who… a smoker! If smoking wasn’t bad for your health, everyone would be doing it! It  relaxes you, substitutes snacks, takes away boredom, and not to mention the people  you meet when you’re kicked outside to your little “smoking area”. We’ve become like  leprosy colonies– looked down on by society- minorities- diseased.  I too have become  like society and hate the fact that I smoke. NOT because people tell me not to, but  because I find myself running out of breath, coughing when I’m not sick, and  inconveniencing family and friends. I’ve decided to become a non-smoker. Thanks to FaceBook I’ve found I have many people who support me, so I decided to go a step farther and document this life changing event. I’m hoping I will hear from those who quit before me and from those who want to try to quit along with me. Together we can do this!!

I am not doing this cold turkey. I started taking Chantix about a month ago. I’m not very good with meds so of course I  kept forgetting to take my pills at the correct time, but I didn’t give up. I was determined to take the pills for 2 weeks and also start cutting back on the smokes. once I got down to 5 cigs a day, I was totally amazed, then 3 a day. This past Sunday I had one cigarette and it wasn’t so bad because I told myself what time I would be able to have it and I looked forward to it. Then I thought, how bad would it be if I only had one cigarette a day- that couldn’t hurt. It could be like that glass of wine or beer you have after work. OK, I get it- QUIT! Then there’s the I’m not a quitter- ok all seriousness This is the hardest thing I ever had to do.

I’m even nervous, I’m feeling a little like I lost my best friend. I don’t know what to do with myself. At this point I can’t talk anymore about it I’m finding it hard at times to even say the word….smoking.

Here’s hoping tomorrow will be better! Please join me on this venture



Frigidaire Spin and Win January 26, 2010

Spin and Win

The holiday season is over, but that’s no reason to stop looking for ways to give back. Here’s an easy idea to keep the giving going in the new year.

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up to support Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Frigidaire is committed to helping moms spend less time in the kitchen and laundry room, and more time with the ones they love.

Their new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes – whether it’s curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick. They’re giving away a prize every day. Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life.

Best of all, each day you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children’s CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States.

Earn a bonus entry when you follow the directions to Tweet or Email a Friend. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make time for CHANGE. Go ahead – take a spin.  

Daily Prizes include:

$200 gift card to play dress up

$100 gift card to go camping, build a birdhouse or take in some family flicks

$100 gift card to build a birdhouse, go camping or take in some family flicks

$75 gift card to curl up with new books

$75 gift card to get out and play

$50 gift card to start a craft project

Drawing for prizes will be held every day between now and April 25, 2010. That’s nearly 100 chances to win when you ‘spin’ each day! Limit (1) entry per person and per email address per day.

Grand Prize drawings for the Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer will be held at the end of each month during the promotion – 4 Grand Prize winners. Participants are automatically entered into the month’s Grand Prize drawing when they play Spin & Win.

Share this link ( with your friends and family and share not only the chance to win but the opportunity to give back too.

**disclosure** No persons at MamaRucci were paid with any monies or gifts by Frigidaire or any persons representing them. We love to share great campaigns that companies are involved in. The information for this giveaway was taken from one of the original posts found on . All information was verified with Frigidaire, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact us.


Once In A Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge January 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rachel Ferrucci @ 8:19 pm

Did you know Dec 31st was a blue moon? With having a blue moon, I thought it was the perfect time to tell you about a book I read, “Once In A Blue Moon, by Eileen Goudge”. Eileen sent me the book a few months back and I decided I would write a post about it and her. I got to email Eileen back and forth and learned how fascinating she wasr that I asked her if I could do an interview and share it with you.

The Book-

I’m NOT a big reader (or writer) and I really have to like a book in order to finish it. In 2009 there were 3 books I read cover to cover, Once In A Blue Moon being one of them. I started the book and couldn’t put it down,  I didn’t even skim…which I normally do. I needed to know what happened next. It brought out all my emotions- in one chapter I wanted to slap someone, another chapter I was crying, and others I was laughing…out loud! The struggle to reconnect two sisters and clean up messes along the way from past mistakes keeps you cheering for them to succeed. It also shows, you create your own destiny! I only wish there was a sequel or more chapters, however, it was a quick read. This is a great weekend book when you want to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and shut out the world for 48 hours after a nice warm salt soak!

Meet Eileen-

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

A writer, natch!  I wrote my first book when I was 8—a ghost story.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I first realized I wanted to become a professional writer when I was standing in line for free surplus food, as a young welfare mom.  I figured I couldn’t do any worse financially, so I had nowhere to go but up.  Plus, I’d always been good at writing & loved to tell stories.
What inspired you to write your first book?

My first adult novel, Garden of Lies, came from a dream I’d had years before.  I had to write a lot of teen novels (I wrote for SWEET VALLEY HIGH) before I could afford the time I needed to spend writing it, but when it was finally published it became a NYT bestseller.  So, you see, some dreams really do come true!
How long does it take you to write a book?

Typically, about a year, but that is with multiples drafts.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I get up at 4:00 a.m.  I love working in the dark, when it’s quiet and the phone doesn’t ring.  My creative juices are really flowing.  Then I’m off after lunch, using the rest of the day for busy work.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Inspiration is everywhere.  You just have to look around you.  Any given issue of “People” magazine has at least one article in it that would make a great novel.  I’m lucky/cursed, though, to have had a lot of ups and downs in my life—I have enough stories from my own past to keep me in royalties the rest of my life.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

My hobby is baking.  I  find it very relaxing; also, rewarding.   To keep my figure I give most of it away.  Also, my husband has a sweet tooth.  I published a cookbook a few years ago titled SOMETHING WARM FROM THE OVEN: BAKING MEMORIES AND MAKING MEMORIES.
Which of your books is your favorite?

I love them all.  Choosing a favorite is like having a favorite child.  They’re  all a part of me.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I love Michael Chabon’s novels.  Also, T.C. Boyle is a writer who never fails to capture my imagination.   I’m reading a new novel now titled “Shelter Me,” by Juliette Fay, that I’m really enjoying.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write something every day, even if it’s only a journal or blog entry.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I want to thank all of you who have supported me through the years.  Those who’ve contacted me always say such lovely things; it’s what gets me through the day.  When you get up at 4 a.m. you need all the boosting you can get!  I think of you all as my extended e-family.

I’d like to Thank Eileen for taking the time out in her busy schedule for us and I hope you all get to read her book. Please come back and let me know what you thought of it.

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