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Diary of a Submissive – a book review

Diary of a Submissive. Sophie Morgan.New York,New York : Penguin Group



Written under the pseudonym Sophie Morgan, Diary of a Submissive: A modern True Tale of Sexual Awakening is about a woman in her early thirties and how she has ended up in Dominant/submissive relationship. She discusses her fairly typical childhood, fumbling sexual encounters in High School and eventually her first taste of the submissive lifestyle after college. Through the years, Sophie explores just what lengths of pain and humiliation she is willing to endure, surprising herself and readers along the way.

Let me first say that I have NEVER read a book like this before. It was difficult for me to get through the book, not because of the subject matter as much as the fact this is a true story. If this were a work of fiction, it would have been much easier for me to read. My biggest problem with “Sophie” is that she tries so hard to convince the reader that she is a smart, independent, caring and strong woman. A strong woman who just so happens to like painful torture at the hands of someone who supposedly cares about her. I don’t buy it. To me, it felt like she was really trying to convince herself that she was strong and independent by writing the book. Honestly, I feel like many parts of the book would be considered by many as abusive. Especially when Sophie is continually pushed past the point where she is comfortable with what is happening. So, if you are completely comfortable and familiar with the D/s lifestyle, you will probably enjoy this book. If not, expect to be surprised at the amount of cruelty involved.

Join us on the BlogHer book club page  to share your thoughts on this and other great reads, I’d love to hear your opinion.


This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


pumpkin hummus


savory vegan pumpkin dip with baked tortilla chips

I love the tastes of fall. Apples, sweet potatoes, squash, and of course pumpkin. As you have noticed, I don’t really make many desserts or sweet things and for the most part, that applies to pumpkin too. Since we eat a lot of hummus here, a pumpkin version was sure to come along. The best part, Ella helped me to write the recipe ensuring it would be a kid pleaser. Despite the fact that they were SO sure they would not like pumpkin hummus, the ate every last bite.

While we all know baked chips are healthier, they are not always the most exciting thing to eat. Simply use seasonal cookie cutters for a special little (and adorable) touch. We used pumpkin, witch, star and cat shapes this time. Don’t worry, I have a Christmas version coming up too!

Ingredients: makes 2 1/2 cups

1- 15 ounce can organic garbonzo beans
1 cup canned pumpkin or pumkin puree
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons tahini
2 cloves minced garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika

combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until combined.  top with olive oil and paprika.
* I used my stick blender with the ingredients in a bowl because I am too lazy to clean the food processor*


oil or cooking spray – I use an oil mister


preheat oven to 350 degrees, cut tortillas with cookie cutters and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  bake for 15 minutes turning after 8 minutes.
* the cooking time will vary greatly based on the tortilla you use, watch your first batch very carefully.

October 20, 2012 - 4:09 am

Krysta - Interesting recipe! Do you use hot paprika?

fresh peach and tomato salad

healthy and easy peach tomato salad with lemon balsamic and basil

Here in So-Cal we still have buckets of huge fresh peaches super cheap. Frozen peaches will work but might not look quite as pretty. It’s no secret that I prefer savory dishes to sweet ones, but this combines the best of both. and come on, this is one pretty dish to wow your friends and family with- in a healthy way!


Ingredients:  4 servings

4 fresh peaches- thinly sliced
5 roma tomatoes- cored and thinly sliced
2 tablesspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup basil chiffonade (thinly and evenly sliced)


layer tomatoes and peaches on a large serving dish. in a small bowl, whisk together next 5 ingredients. evenly distribute basil and dressing over salad. serve immediately.

fresh peach tomato salad vegan with lemon and basil

sparkling strawberry limeade

sparkling limeade recipe with strawberry


So, after watching the weather this morning, it looks like it may actually be cooling off. In at least part of the country, it’s going to be cold soon, though here in So-Cal, it’s just going to be less hot. Now that I have finished rambling  this recipe is certainly ideal for summer but I think it’s also a special drink for the Holiday Season. Add some vodka for the adults and everyone at your next party will be happy and healthy. While there is sugar in the recipe, you can control the amount to suit you. The vitamin C from the limes and berries combined with the bubbles of the sparkling water taste so sinful, no one will notice the healthy attributes of this drink.




1 cup water
1 cup turbinado sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup pureed strawberries ( fresh or frozen)
2 25.3 ounce bottles of sparking water ( approximately 6 cups)



combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium low heat. stir, remove from heat and allow to cool once sugar has dissolved. ,about 5 minutes. combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, stir, and serve over ice.

sleep pink party, free pink ribbon printable

sleep pink ribbon printable free


When I first heard about the sleep pink party, it sounded like a great idea. Grab a friend, have some fun and Sleep Pink will donate $100 to benefit breast cancer. I originally was going to have a friend over, then I decided to have my 2 best girlfriends, also my daughters, party with me.
So, we listened to Pink Moon by Nick Drake, drank (sort of) pink drinks, read Pinkalicious, and watched Pretty In Pink. (don’t worry, I edited the movie to be age appropriate)  We also enjoyed a healthy snack mix of dry roasted soybeans, raisins, almonds, walnuts and craisins. Our drinks were supposed to look more pink, but the sparkling strawberry limeade ended up with more of a tea appearance thanks to the turbinado sugar I used to make it. It tasted great and was full of vitamin c.
While we clearly had a fun and yummy time, the sleep pink party provided me a great opportunity for me to discuss the importance of breast cancer issues with my girls.
Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is so important to find a cure, and this is something we can all do to help. A fun and easy way to support breast cancer awareness and drive funds to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women that supports finding a cure for breast cancer and advancing access to care for all.
Please join me in hosting your own Sleep Link party, post a photo on the Sleep Pink website, and Estroven will donate $100 to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
So go ahead, get your pink on!
For tips and details, visit Sleep Pink here.
I prefer the circles so that you may use them as cupcake toppers, straw decorations, on water bottles or place cards.
What is your favorite way to decorate with circles?










During the month of October, Estroven is providing women with the necessary tools to host a Sleep Pink-themed party on The site will allow party hosts to upload photographs of their events, and for every photo, the company will pledge $100 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It will also provide information to help organize the Sleep Pink parties including downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly
drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as décor and entertainment ideas.

To find out how to host an Estroven Sleep Pink-themed party and raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.

October 8, 2012 - 2:00 am

jd {veggieterrain} - I love this! Not only is Sleep Pink a great idea, but the pictures of your daughters (& you!) are absolutely gorgeous!

October 8, 2012 - 7:27 am

Amanda - ahhh, thanks jd!

October 8, 2012 - 1:49 pm

hilljean - OMG I love your take on this pink party! My daughter is obsessed with Pinkalicious. That was so cute to include your girls that way. Beautifully done!

October 8, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Amanda - Thank you! Gotta love Pinkalicious, and how she has to eat her veggies to get back to normal- ha ha

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