Good Reading? You Betcha!

It is no secret that I love books. From the first time I learned to read---wait---even BEFORE I learned to read I loved books.  My parents both instilled a love of books in me.  My  mom tells the story of one time when a guest was visiting our home and she commented that she was surprised that I was so young and was reading.  Well, what she had seen was me sitting on the steps "reading" a book that had been read to me so often that I had it memorized.  I suspect it was a Dr. Seuss book or Frick … [Read more...]

6 Years Later–A Giveaway

When I started this blog 6 years ago today I had no idea what joy it would bring.  I started out on Blogger with a blog called Beth Ann's Musings and in 3 years time I migrated my blog to WordPress and renamed it It's Just LIfe--Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.  I have never looked back. Over the 6 years we have been on a bit of an adventure.   I have posted 1866 posts and have recorded 22,824 comments on my blog posts over that time (that includes my own comments/responses).  I … [Read more...]

And The Winner Is…….

This could prove to be one long post!!!  Grab your cup of coffee or tea and pull up a couch and settle in for a spell.  You see today is the day I tally up the Comments for A Cause for the month and let my readers know just how awesome they are!   During the month of February you guys all commented like the great folks that you are and I am so thrilled to be able to announce that we will be donating  $202.50 to Tom  Hedin's medical fund through  As you might remember Tom was … [Read more...]

The 100th Follow Friday Fill In Fun !!!!

It's blog hop time at Feeling Beachie so hop over there to join up on the linky and get your blog listed!!!  It is a great way to meet new friends and find out some fun facts about them!!!  This week I am the co host and it is Hilary's 100th blog hop so tell her congrats when you swing by! The statements are: 1.       I can’t believe____ 2.       I never liked the TV Show _____ 3.       If I were a ____________I would most definitely __________. 4.       I ____________ when I … [Read more...]

Finally Friday

I don't know about you but this has seemed like an unusually long week and I am glad that Friday is here finally!  Time to join up with Hilary over at Feeling Beachie for her blog hop!!!  Don't forget to hop over there and show her some love and link up !!!! This week’s co-host is Wayne from Touristic – he came up with the last three statements! Please help me spread the word about this hop…. So, please tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post… This week’s statements: 1. … [Read more...]

Giveaway with an Ulterior Motive

It's time for a giveaway here at It's Just Life but I have to be honest.  I have an ulterior motive.  I am fully disclosing this up front.  You see---the month is almost half over and my comments are not where I would like them to be.  If you have followed me for any time you know that I have a Comments for a Cause on my blog and for each legitimate comment during that month on any post (heck--it could be on a post from 2008 for all I care!) I will donate 50 cents to my cause. This month I am … [Read more...]

Teapot Tuesday and More!!!!

Can you believe I have been doing Teapot Tuesday for over a year now and I have NOT repeated any teapots???  I got 5 for my birthday a couple of weeks ago so I am going to be highlighting them over the next few weeks!!!   This is one that my sister, Paula, got me at a local antique shop.  I love it!  I have no idea how old it is but it has seen some love over the years!   I have yet to brew a pot of tea in it but I will!   I think it will be very hot in this metal pot! The other great … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

I am a giver.  I like to share. Ask anyone.  If I have a great thing that I find I feel like I need to share it with you.  I don't run ads on my blog and I don't do anything to promote a product for compensation but when I find something that I love I like to share. So today I am going to share a wonderful product that I found --- on a website called Gadanke. Go the link and go on over there.  I will be right here when you are done! Isn't it fabulous??  I love her idea that we all … [Read more...]

1000th Post!!! Let’s Celebrate!!!!!

Can you believe it??? I certainly can't !!! My 1000th post!!!   Woo hoo!!!!   And that means a celebration!!!! When I started this blog way back in March 2008 it was just to chronicle our travel and our eventual move to Australia for the family and close friends.  What I did not know was that it would suck me in.  I would soon become addicted  passionate to write posts!   I have always dabbled in writing and while I know that I am not a real writer this has given me an opportunity to get … [Read more...]

And the Winner IS…….

Cookiepalooza is officially over!  Thank you to all who have stopped by and made comments----I really appreciate it!!  Love to meet new folks and stay tuned--more giveaways to come!!!!   Congrats to Amy P. of North Carolina!!! Your cookies are being shipped tomorrow!!!!   Enjoy! … [Read more...]