Saturday and Sunday Only (or while my supply lasts!)

That’s December 7-8, 2013!

Order 1 book from my website THIS WEEKEND and I’ll send you 2 books!

That’s 2 books for $5.95!

If you need more copies, I always offer discounts for 5+ books at $3.95/book.

CLICK HERE to go the Lady and Bella BUY page

Since I ordered extra books for my event this weekend and road conditions are keeping me from attending, I’ve decided to give my social media friends and website weekend visitors, along with other friends and family, a special book offer for my new children’s coloring storybook. Here’s a little info about my new simply adorable book!

Imagine a friend that appreciates and accepts you for who you are, who is happy when you win, and who is kind, considerate and always there for you when you need her. Meet Lady and Bella! Two dachshunds that know how to be a good friend! Lady and Bella love their friendship and want other children to learn the treasure of what it means to be a good friend and to have a good friend.

  • A large 8″x10″ entertaining and educational coloring storybook
  • 32 black and white detailed illustrations printed on high quality paper, perfect for coloring with crayon or colored pencils
  • Great for children of all ages, schools, day care centers, Sunday Schools and dachshund enthusiasts
  • Highlights 7 important and endearing friendship lessons
  • First in a trilogy of Lady and Bella books to be part of an Anti-Bullying Campaign


As always, you’ll also find my books on Amazon and! But when you order from my website, this coloring storybook comes with a colored pencil 5-pack and a matching bookmark! I will get orders shipped out next week….AS SOON AS I CAN GET TO THE POST OFFICE! Would you believe the post office could not deliver mail yesterday? My husband said our mailbox is frozen shut even if they had tried!

Wishing everyone a warm and toasty weekend where ever you are! And a merry merry merry Christmas!

What's there to be happy about?


I heard someone say that boasts more than 20,000 titles on the subject of happiness. Yet with all the reading we’re doing, many of us will still say we haven’t found it yet.

Some say a deep longing for happiness is at the heart of the desire for money, fame, and power. Perhaps the best advice anyone could give us, whether we’re married or single, is to stop waiting for happiness to come galloping over the next horizon.

From my own experience, happiness does not come from trying to be someone different than who we are, nor in running from here to somewhere else. Happiness is not in the things we desire nor is it based on conditions. Happiness is always within our reach, but to have it we must sometimes take a stand and mentally fight for our divine right to be happy.

Abraham Lincoln said, “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Roman Emperor Marcus Antonius said, “No man is happy who does not think himself so.”

English journalist Roger L’Estrange said, “It is not the place nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.”

I have proven to myself that a change in attitude and viewpoint leads to a change in perspective and outlook, which inevitably results in improved situations. Living next door to in-laws who, in my early marriage years, often made me feel they weren’t pleased with my husband’s choice in a wife gave me many opportunities for implementing my attitude adjustment.

I believe happiness must be as consciously practiced as gratitude, forgiveness, and kindness. As with everything else, the more we practice it, the better we get at it.

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A Queen asks, "Why not?"

Many times in my life I’ve let fear stop me from reaching some goal or aspiration. Since I can’t go back and change all the things I wish I had done and living in regret is completely pointless, today my resolve is fierce when I’m faced with a fear that is trying to hold me back.

Now, I do believe in making informed decisions. There could be information that might stop me from making a change.

It could also be that some changes are better at one time than at another. If a desired change shouldn’t happen today, it doesn’t mean that at some point in the future it couldn’t or shouldn’t happen.

But one thing is for sure—

Do not let fear paralyze you with uncertainty, indecisiveness, and inaction.

You must stop fear before it stops you.

It’s helpful to look at your fear straight on and examine what it is telling you. Perhaps your fear is saying: “You can’t do it or it will be too difficult.” “You’re afraid of what others will think.” “You will fail.” “You will be wrong.” “You won’t like the outcome.”

Some people say that fear can be rational and logical and is a helpful instinct that protects us from danger. I don’t think it is fear that makes decisions and actions rational, logical, and safe, but rather knowledge, understanding, and common sense, as well as divine inspiration and revelation.

At least from my own experience, fear is irrational and base- less. It is some illusive belief that would stop me from making my life better—happier, more satisfying, more interesting, more productive, more fun.

Changes are natural—and can be progressive—throughout our lives. Making a well-thought-out change need not be feared but welcomed, explored, and enjoyed.

I always say asking yourself “Why not?” when considering some change can be very telling.

You may find that there isn’t a good enough reason not to.


“A Queen asks, “Why not?” is a chapter title in my latest book!

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Taking our own damn good advice

I want to be sure that anyone planning to read my new book understands something very important!

“Annette” is NOT the queen of damn good advice. My new book is about finding the “queen” that resides within each and every woman.

It’s about finding the strength, power, courage and ability to overcome problems, leap over hurdles, jump through hoops – whatever it takes – to reach goals and realize dreams. It’s about discovering your voice and your purpose. Recognizing your potential. Believing in YOU.

In fact, my latest epiphany had me asking myself, “How often do I take my own damn good advice?” We moms give our daughters plenty of advice, instruction and suggestions but as it turns out, what we share is good for each of us, too. We need to take our own advice!

So…you got it! I’m reading THE QUEEN OF DAMN GOOD ADVICE from cover to cover myself!

But you don’t need to read a book to find YOUR queen, ladies.

She is there within you.

She loves you and wants the best for you.

You are your queen!

You can do whatever you want to do, be who you want to be.

Give yourself permission!

You rule!



Never doubt your greatness


I say, “Never doubt your worth or worthiness. Never doubt your abilities.”

I have always believed that God not only will give us what we need, she’s going to lead us, she has our back, and she’ll hold our hand. “The Queen of Damn Good Advice” in my life, my mamma, has always assured me that God is with us every step of our life journey. No matter what need arises along the way, God would have a solution. My mamma has always been right!

Our journeys are our own. Each princess and queen has a purpose that is significant. Each of our missions is distinct. No one else is suitable or worthy to fulfill our individual mission. Don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise.

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Want to hear a song that encouraged me at a time when I was questioning my worth, my purpose, my passion?

“A small star” by Jana Stanfield.

Joy can be found in everything

Looking to learn some fresh ways of making a busy life more fun, I decided to ask several friends for their suggestions. Here’s a recap of their responses:

One very wise friend reminded me that there is

always joy to be found in everything.

She’s right. I thanked her for the reminder. A change in my point of view has often changed my outlook from drudgery to joy.

The idea of having fun may sometimes seem far away or unreachable, especially when we feel too busy to take time to do any of the fun things my friends have mentioned. But I think this could be due to a limited view of what having fun means or under what conditions that fun is supposed to happen. Perhaps we need to broaden and expand our definition. My friends gave me more possibilities of fun to consider. I hope you’ll find their list helpful as well.

Finally, in the words of yet another thoughtful friend: “May we all find a little fun whenever we need it.” Maybe we could make our own fun by imagining our favorite song playing while we dance up the stairs. I can just imagine my daughter dancing up the stairs on her way to teach a history class. I still remember her doing pirouettes down the grocery store aisles when she was a very young girl. (Oh the FUN memories I have!!)

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