Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Emotional Assault: Recognizing the Abusive Partners Bag of Tricks by Lisa Kraulik

Emotional Assault: Recognizing the Abusive Partners Bag of Tricks by Lisa Kraulik

I chose to review this book not only because I am focused on reaching out and helping woman in these types of situations, but also because I experienced this type of abuse for many years. I had to learn on my own that I was not a horrible wife and mother as I was told daily. I had to learn on my own how and that it was ok for me to leave. This book should be share with many others so that others can know before it is too late. I still suffer from occasional relapses and its been more than ten years later.  Kraulik did a tremendous job explaining the cycles of emotional abuse through her own story. Although my story differed slightly, the results were the same. I suffered anxiety and poor self image. I as terrified to say or do anything that may set my ex off.
I applaud Kraulik for being brave enough to share her story. Woman need to know that they are not alone. Woman (and men) need to know that emotional abuse is real and just as consequential as physical abuse. I recommend this book to anyone, not just those who are in situations like these, but so that woman (and men) can learn the signs, can learn how to help others.

Book Description by Publisher
When most people think of abuse, images of domestic violence come to mind. However, there is a much more subtle form of abuse that takes place in many marriages and intimate relationships today that also deserve recognition. Emotional abuse is difficult to overcome because it is often impossible to identify. While domestic abuse is tragic, there is no denying the bruises and broken bones that occur as a result. Emotional abuse, on the other hand, is often referred to as invisible abuse because there are no physical scars. This leaves the victim in a perpetual state of confusion and self-blame.

In this book, author Lisa Kroulik identifies eight common tactics that emotionally abusive people use to control their partners, such as giving the silent treatment or playing the victim. Ms. Kroulik uses examples from her relationship with her former husband to help readers name abusive tactics in their own relationships. As she states in the introduction to this book, knowledge is power. After identifying a trait of emotionally abusive partners, Ms. Kroulik goes on to offer suggestions on how to confront it. She makes it clear that confronting the behavior may not make it stop and that each woman needs to decide for herself if her relationship is worth saving.

The second section of Emotional Assault helps the reader assess her current relationship and provides resources should she decide to end it. It is a hopeful, engaging book that empowers emotionally abused women to change their lives. The author is living proof that it is possible to learn from the abusive relationship and make better choices the next time around. She has been happily remarried for three years to a man she refers to as the anti-narcissist.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Werther’s Original® Baking Bash MommyParty

 Werther’s Original® Baking Bash MommyParty

  I had the pleasure of hosting a Werther’s Original® Baking Bash MommyParty!!! Not only was this a chance to get the family and some friends together, but it allowed me to try some INCREDIBLE recipes using Werther's Baking Caramels!!! The caramels melted VERY easy and were absolutely delicious!!!! I could cook and baked with caramels all the time!!!

The following are two of the four recipes we tried!!! 

Caramel Surprise Cookie Cups

  • Recipe recommended by:
  • Meghan Burmier, Illinois



  • 36 pieces Werther’s Original Baking Caramels, unwrapped
    Favorite chocolate chip cookie dough mix and necessary ingredients
    1 can chocolate frosting
    Sprinkles (optional)
Time for preparation: 25
Time for cooking: 10-12
Number of portions: 36

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cookie dough according to instructions.

Roll cookie dough into 36 balls (approximately 1 inch each). Press into greased mini-muffin cups. Press one piece of caramel into each center of dough in each cup.

Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Cool completely before 

My results were perfect cupcake cookie surprises!!! LOVED THEM!!!

 Caramel Pecan Brownies

  • Time for preparation: 15 Minutes
  • Time for cooking: 25 Minutes
  • Number of portions: 24



1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare brownie mix according to instructions on box. Let cool 10 minutes.
2. Microwave caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 2½ minutes or until melted, stirring after 1½ minutes. Stir in vanilla extract. Drizzle caramel mixture over baked brownies in zigzag pattern. Place pecans on top of brownies, pressing gently into caramel. Let cool and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired

 My results....mmmm they were sooooooo goood!!!!

 Check out Werther's Caramels online now to find more awesome recipes ideas!!!  Not only is this a great place for recipes but a fun haven for caramel lovers! When going to the site you’ll find special offers, baking tutorials, and even giveaways and sweepstakes!


 Just  few snaps of our evening!!!