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Etekcity Bluetooth Audio Receiver Giveaway!

The giveaway will run from now – 3/2 at 11pm Eastern Time.
It is open to US residents ages 18+
One winner will receive an Etekcity Bluetooth Audio Receiver (ARV $43.99)!

Etekcity Bluetooth Audio Receiver Giveaway Sponsored by Etekcity

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Etekcity Bluetooth Audio Receiver Giveaway

The RoverBeats Unify Bluetooth receiver by Etekcity can turn any speaker into a Bluetooth-enabled sound system. Simply connect the RoverBeats Unify to speakers using a 3.5mm to 2RCA Cable or 3.5mm to 3.5 mm Audio Cable, turn it on, and then connect to it using the Bluetooth function on a phone, tablet, computer, or other device. With support for Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, transmit crystal clear audio with up to 33ft of wireless freedom. Emilee at Deals of Sweetness shares her experience in her Bluetooth Audio Receiver Review.

Would you like to win a Bluetooth Audio Receiver? This giveaway will run through 3/2 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Deals of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) to facilitate her honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.


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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Yes, Sesame Street had it right- we need to know who’s in our neighborhood. I was taken aback last night when I went to Sam’s Club with my husband & youngest son. Standing no more than a foot away from us was I man that I know for fact is a registered sex offender. He wasn’t doing anything wrong, but he also didn’t seem to be bothered at all being in a store full of families. One may have expected him to try & remain incognito. However, he actually drew attention to himself by being the only one around in shorts, without a coat, in -6 degree weather.

I seemed to be the only shopper who was aware of his past. A little background on how I know what I know:

Years ago, I worked as a manager for a family friendly restaurant. It was one of a chain of restaurants. This man had applied & been hired by the franchise. Although technically he’d been honest on his application by saying he’d been convicted of a felony (assault), served his time, & was done with that obligation, he didn’t elaborate on what the assault entailed. Our franchise had hired him initially while his background check was done. At the time, this was their policy which has since changed for the better.

The general manager proceeded with the hire belieiving that all was in order & knowing the franchise had a second chances mentality. In all honesty, he was an exemplary employee. For two solid weeks, he did above average work, was never late, never called off.

Then, one morning I walked in & saw a fax waiting from the corporate office. Human Resources had revamped their background checks to be more thorough. As a result, many applicants had been re-checked. When this man’s background had been re-run, it became clear that this was no simple assault conviction. It was assault on a female minor & he fell into the Megan’s Law category. Basically speaking, he’d failed to disclose that he was a convicted sex offended. Corporate was clear he was to be terminated immediately.

When he walked in, we fired him & told him why. He wasn’t surprised. According to his own admission, this had happened more than once. As a crew, we were floored. Thank God he hadn’t been hired to work with the public. His work was all behind the scenes, per se.

Had headquarters not rerun him, we would’ve never known. Yes, I understand – even sex offenders have a right to work & make a living. But, I don’t think a family environment is the right area.

I’m also well aware that they can shop & interact like everyone else. What I don’t want, is any child, anywhere put in jeopardy. Parents & guardians need to visit these websites that provide names & pictures of these individuals. I won’t want this man talking to my kids. I’d have to speak up if I’d seen him interacting with kids.

We need to educate ourselves about who is in our community. Recently, in Pittsburgh, a Megan’s Law offender who knew darn well he wasn’t allowed to be near kids, was arressted-again- at the Science Center when he asked a little boy to go to the movies with him. He offered him candy. Thank God that little boy found a trusted adult. This man was re-arrested.

Mass paranoia isn’t the answer. But, do we think twice when that nice grandfatherly man talks to our kids in the checkout line? Do ignore it when our kids simply smile at a stranger? Are we educating them about how dangerous it can be to do either of those things?

Children are a blessing. They’re a gift from God. As their guardians, we need to be increasingly vigilant in protecting them. Keep your kids close in the store. Tell them it isn’t rude to not speak to those around them. Avoid taking them places with jerseys that have their last names printed on it. I’ll gladly be called overprotective. I will insist my husband accompany my son to the public bathroom. I will insist on knowing who is chaperoning youth events & parents’ names. Be vigilant. Visit the offender website. Take note of the maps that tell you where these offenders live. If you don’t fight for your kids, who will?


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The Marauders: Tom Cooper

22238371Hurricane Katrina & The BP Oil Disaster devastated the Louisiana bayou. No one could tell you that better than the residents of Barataria. ‘The Marauders’ follows the lives of significant residents & their intersecting lives. Twins, Reginald & Victor Toup, are protective of their marijuana crop not so hidden on its own island. Lindquist, an amputee, is convinced that somewhere in the bayou an infamous pirate has hidden his treasure. Wes Trench & his father eek out an existence by trawling for shrimp while teenage Wes dreams of his own boat. Cosgrove & Hanson are saddled together while doing community service for various offenses. Soon, the become friends & hatch together a half-baked scheme to get rich quick. Grimes was once a local boy. Now he’s working for the oil company, trying to convince Barataria residents to settle out of court for their losses.

Dark & edgy, the story of this town, her people, & their hardships explores both the best & the worst in people. Each of the residents has their own problems yet each one affects another. Readers are treated to a mix of bad tempers, deep-seeded resentments, familial bonds & desperation as the town tries to remain afloat. Some readers will love the characters; some will hate them. But, in the end, all will agree that it was a heck of a ride.

‘The Marauders’ is unlike anything I’ve read recently. Caution: there is violence, drug use, & coarse language. However, there is no doubt that the book is well-written, gritty, & unique. If you’re willing to wade through the lack of niceties, then you’ll enjoy it. I give it a 4 of 5 stars.

I was provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.