Friday, November 22, 2013

Unconventional Headboards

I am about to embark upon a project, a curtain headboard project.  I have the smallest bedroom in the house and too much furniture as it is so I have no headboard or footboard. I have been trying to decide between a painted headboard and a curtain headboard.  I purchased a curtain panel tonight on clearance and and am going to give it a try.  I don't have a bedframe and only one panel so it may not loof this full or rich but these are some great inspirations for some not so conventional headboards.

What is your favorite?





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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Vanity Removed

I remember as a teen waking up very early before school to hot roll my hair... yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, what on earth are hot rollers? They are incredibly hot torture devices girls of the eighties used to use to beautify ourselves. I would sweat my butt off sitting in front of a fan waiting for my hair to set hoping my makeup didn't melt in the process.

Vanity? I suppose. Vanity seems to die along with age, or is it just me? Don't get me wrong, I still try to look nice. Perhaps it was the cancer and being bald. I am not sure but somewhere I have mellowed out a bit and don't mind so much what others think.

Our society puts so much pressure on us to conform to look a certain way.  It is sad really.

I recently took some medicine to reduce water gain in my ankles. Unfortunately, it absorbed the fluid that had been residing in my breast which had a quadrant of tissue removed from breast cancer seven years ago. Now I am totally lopsided and there is over a two cup size difference.

No worries right? I am alive. I am healthy.

Until bathing suit season comes...

See? Society. I am blessed. Period. Plain and simple. It doesn't matter to me and no one else should be looking to notice anyhow.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe: A Review

Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe

Sheryl and Simon Shapiro
Annick Press Ltd.


Publishers Synopsis: This little book shows children
that squares are here and there,
and if they keep an eye out,
then stripes are everywhere.
The fun, simple text and vibrant design of Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe explore the concept of squares and stripes. Using words such as 'cube,' 'line,' 'block,' and 'band,' short poems encourage readers to spot the similarities (and differences) between the shapes of the stripes on a zebra and the stripes on a crosswalk, for example, or between a square soda cracker and cubes of cheese.
A square puzzle piece has four corners, as does a square chocolate (until someone takes a bite)! Slats on a fence and striped socks both have lines, too -- but on one of them, you can't see through!

My Thoughts: Zebra Stripes Go Head to Toe is a colorful, rhyming book for preschoolers and early elementary which focuses mostly on shapes.  The title is deceiving and the book is nothing at all about Zebras.  This title is a good reference to introduction a child to shapes.  I give this book three out of six stars.

I was furnished a digital copy of this title free of charge from the publisher for review.  This is my honest opinion of this title.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Alphabet Everywhere: A Review

Alphabet Everywhere

Elliott Kaufman
Abbeville Press


"Letters Everywhere" encourages letter recognition and turns the alphabet into an everyday scavenger hunt game. There are no words in this book, only the pictures that are portraying the designated letters of the alphabet, five photos for each letter of the alphabet. All the photos are of object that resemble letters of the alphabet by photographer Elliott Kaufman.

Alphabet Everywhere is a fun, creative book.  The one negative aspect, the lack of an example, actual letter would pose difficulty with beginner readers.  I would suggest this book for a moderate level or advanced youngsters to encourage letter recognition through artistic mediums in an interactive activity.


I received a free digital copy of this book. My opinions are my honest opinions.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rocks

My dad substitute preached at his church this past Sunday.  During his lesson he told the following story.  

 

One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high powered overachievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, "Is this jar full?"

Everyone in the class said, "Yes."

Then he said, "Really?" He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, "Is the jar full?" By this time the class was on to him. "Probably not," one of them answered. "Good!" he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, "Is this jar full?"
"No!" the class shouted.
Once again he said, "Good." Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked at the class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration?" One eager beaver raised his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!"

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"No," the speaker replied, "That's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all." What are the 'big rocks' in your life? Your children; Your loved ones; Your education; Your dreams; Spiritual health; Uninterrupted Time with your Family; Teaching or mentoring others; Doing things that you love; Time for yourself; Your health; Your significant other? Remember to put these "big rocks" in first or you'll never get them in at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, the sand) then you'll fill your life with little things you worry about that don't really matter, and you'll never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big, important stuff (the big rocks).

What are your big rocks?  Are they first priority in your daily life? Give them the utmost priority and place those "big rocks" in first, then everything else can fill in the cracks.

Kinda puts stuff into perspective.

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Feng Shui Simply: A Review

Feng Shui Simply
Change Your Life From the Inside Out
Cheryl Grace

Hay House, Inc

I have attempted to research Feng Shui but have little success. Cheryl Grace's book is not just the simplicity implied in the title, but how each lesson is so easy and practical and leaved you empowered enough to put the methods into practice. Her explanation of how clutter affects the subconscious mind, and blocks the flow of energy in our lives is definitely an Ah-ha moment.

The author explains the aspects and elements that make up Feng Shui in a very "simple," understandable way. Each area of living space is oriented by the position of the front door, and a Bagua map is provided to help the reader to orient their own space. The nine sections represent aspects of one's life such as money or relationships. The purpose is to enhance or balance these areas using Ying and Yang and all five Chinese elements - water, fire, etc. which are represented by materials as well as colors.

I highly recommend this book.


I received a digital copy of this title from NetGalley in return for my accurate, true opinion.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sunday Dinners: Our Favorite Pastors Bring Together Family, Food and Faith to the Table: A Review

Sunday Dinners: Our Favorite Pastors Bring Together Family, Food and Faith to the Table 


Author: Diane Cowen
 
Release date: September 10, 2013


Synopsis: A cookbook that feeds the body and soul, featuring recipes and inspiring stories from some of America’s most prominent pastors, and encouraging everyone to come to the table and celebrate Sunday suppers with grace and good food. Sunday Dinners brings readers to the kitchen and dining-room tables of fourteen of America’s favorite pastors and their families as they share their Sunday traditions, mealtime blessings, inspiring stories, strong family values, and favorite recipes.

Research shows that eating dinner together strengthens a family’s bond, and Sunday dinners are especially sacred. They are a time to bring everyone together, catch up, teach children manners and social skills, stay connected with teens, learn about family history and values, and nourish our bodies and souls.

In Sunday Dinners, the pastor families who share their experiences are known not just for their successes in the pulpit and in their communities but also for the strong families they have built. They preach it, and they live it, and that’s inspiring. This is a cookbook to be read and savored, to remind us that no matter how busy we think we are, we can still take time to come together, break bread, and connect with family and good friends.

My Thoughts: I adore cookbooks. This one is terrific. Sunday Dinners focuses on meal planning from well known ministers across America, such as Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes. Each pastor contributes their favorite recipes along with full-color photos.  I am looking forward to trying several of these.  There are recipes for every cook level, taste and size of family.  Great resource.

I would have like to have seen more recipes and a little less Biography of the contributing pastors.
  
I received a free digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.



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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself: A Review

Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
Lissa Rankin
Miraval
Hay House Publishing

I highly recommend this book.  Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology teaching you to take more of an active role in your own health, especially for those times when you do need the help of doctors and medicine.

Dr. Rankin gives us a six-step program to help with your own healing process. These steps help us discover where we are off balance and then form a positive solution for those areas which allow us to tune into our body's signals so we can take steps to heal.

“By the time you finish Mind Over Medicine, you’ll have made your own Diagnosis, written your own Prescription, and created a clear action plan designed to help you make your body ripe for miracles.”

An index would have been a great addition.


Definitely worth the read.

I received this book free from NetGalley to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Mindful Living Miraval: A Review



Mindful Living
Miraval
Hay House Publishing

Miraval is a luxurious spa retreat in
Tuscon, Arizona. This would be a great coffee table nook.  I receive a free digital copy from the publisher for my honest review.  This book was NOT designed to be viewed digitally.  The font was very small and too light to read.  This is definitely a beautiful book you would want to flip through but not purchased digitally.


The photographs are absolutely gorgeous.  Each chapter follows the calendar year and address a topic with that month. There are spa treatments, recipes, meditations.

I received this book free from NetGalley to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.


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Friday, September 6, 2013

A Review: I Dream of an Elephant

I Dream of An Elephant
By: Ami Rubinger
Abbeville Press
Abbeville Kids



Adorable!!  I admit the cover of this book does NOT do it any justice at all.  I was not expecting much but this book is simply adorable.  I Dream on an Elephant is: Rhyming and interactive, colorful and creative, just the perfect length.  This mom of six is past the picture book stage but my seven year old daughter loves it anyhow.  I highly recommend this great book.

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I loved it.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Review: The Washington Post Cookbook

The Washington Post Cookbook
Readers' Favorite Recipes

Bonnie Benwick (Compiler), 
Phyllis Richman (Foreword)
Time Capsule Press, LLC
Bookmasters, Inc

The variety of recipes will ensure every reader will find recipes he/she loves. The layout is beautiful, the photos mouth-watering (though too few for my taste). The caramel apple pie and lemon chicken are on my too try this week recipes.

I love to “read” cookbooks, they are one of my greatest weaknesses.  This is a keeper.


I received a digital copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.  My review is honest and purely my opinion.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Review: Year Round Slow Cooking

100 Favorite Recipes for Every Season
By: Dina Cheney
The Taunton Press, Inc.

This is a great resource for the avid crock pot cook.  Most of the recipes included require a bit more preparation time than this working mom of six has though.

This cookbook contains: Separate sections for Winter, Spring, Summer, & Fall recipes, colorful photographs and easy to understand instructions.

I would have loved to see more dessert recipes though.  This is a good resource for anyone wanting to step up their crock pot database of recipes. 

Note: I received a digital copy of this book at no charge and the opinions given are mine alone, I have not been compensated in any way.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

I have decided to participate in the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge.  I am now on Day Four and feeling great!  I actually slept last night and I am a MAJOR insomniac!  


The Spark Energy drinks get you going and keep you going without the crash from sugary drinks or coffee.  I am very glad I have decided to do this challenge.

If you would like any more information about Advocare please stop by me new micro site here.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Featured Art



Kiera's Masterpiece - Age 5
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Beautiful Front Walkways

I am on a quest to make an entry walkway from the driveway to the front door (truly so no one breaks a leg tripping over one of the bikes on the porch but shhh...).  I certainly don't want to increase the taxes on my house so concrete is out.  Eight residents also means trippers (pavers, throwing discuses) are out of the questions as well. I am thinking about a  gravel walkway.  Here are some photos of styles I am leaning toward.  What are your thoughts?



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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Amazing Concrete Floor Treatments

1.  We have a new puppy in the house.
2.  Our house is home to six kids, two grown ups, three cats (two outside) and seven, yes seven, dogs (five are outside and most are available for adoption, hint, hint, hint).
3.  This house was a rental for about fifteen years, we rented it for two years and then we purchased the home.
4.  The whole house padded indoor/outdoor carpet that has the special skill of snagging and getting sucked up in the vacuum brush roller, followed by cursing and surgery on the vacuum....

I want new flooring!!! I need new flooring!!! Our budget most certainly will not allow hardwood flooring, carpeting or even vinyl so I am considering treating the concrete slab under the carpet.  There are so many creative people out there.  I have seen, stained concrete, painted, concrete, paper bags glued to the concrete and then polyed over, so many ideas!! (Eeeek)

Here are a few of these great ideas I have run across on the web, what is your favorite treatment?

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What do you think?

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70 Percent of Easter Items at Select Target Stores


Heads up bargain hunters, readers say Target has now put Easter clearance to 70% off.  Check your local stores to verify the clearance percentage.  



I always scan each and every item at a self serve price checker to verify prices before I go to the register, some items actually ring up for less that the 70% off.  Happy Bargaining!  


I already stocked up on Monday at our CVS store (50% off) so there will be NO MORE CANDY IN THIS HOUSE.  For the time being that is...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Special K Chocolatey Delight and Red Berries Reviews

Kellogg's Special K Chocolatey Delight, not delightful in our household'a opinion.  I always love the flakes in all the Special K cereals. The flakes have substance, good flavor, hold up well in milk and best of all have a crunch factor!  However the "chocolate" aspect tastes nothing like chocolate. It must have some chocolate in it because I have the first pimple I have had in about two years thanks to the two bowls I had last week... ugh. Even my sixteen year old son said there was something wrong with the chocolate in it.  I bought three boxes of it at Wal-Mart for one dollar a box.  I never would have payed the higher than average retail price.

Kellogg's Special K Red Berries, very enjoyable.  I loved this cereal and wish I had grabbed more than five boxes of it when Wal-Mart was closing it out at one dollar a box. We woofed that stuff right down!  However, the higher than average price for a box of this delicious cereal will not have me placing this in my shopping cart, I shall stick with the store brands.  The store brand flakes don't hold up as well or taste as good but for that much savings I will buy store brand.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My February Reading List

Here is a list of some of the books I am set to review this month.  What are you reading??

You're Sill the One

By Janet Dailey, Cathy Lamb, Elizabeth Bass, Mary Carter

Description
Headlined by New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey, a compelling collection of four contemporary romance novellas in which couples who were once together—and then broke up—find their way back to each other many years later.

“The Devil and Mr. Chocolate” by Janet Dailey tells of art gallery owner Kitty Hamilton, who is newly engaged to a delicious Belgian chocolatier. But her artist ex-husband, Sebastian is determined to sabotage her plans with an even more tempting indulgence—the irresistible chemistry they still share.
In “The Apple Orchard” by Cathy Lamb, when an injury lands Allie Pelletier in the emergency room, she comes face-to-face with the only man she’s ever truly loved—Dr. Jace Rios. Can Jace mend their wounded past and show Allie they’re destined to be together?
Mary Carter’s “A Kiss before Midnight” introduces Rebecca Ryan, who has never forgotten the magical night she spent in New Orleans with musician Grant Dodge. Now 20 years later, Rebecca is reunited with Grant. Their attraction is as electric as ever—and they have more to catch up on than either imagined.
In “Romeo & Juliet…and Jane” by Elizabeth Bass, veterinarian Jane Canfield’s first love, Roy McGillum returns to town, and memories of their high school performance as Romeo and Juliet—and their real-life romance—come rushing back.

Like Bug Juice on a Burger
By Julie Sterngerg


Description

I hate camp. I just hate it. I wish I didn’t. But I do. Being here is worse than bug juice on a burger. Or homework on Thanksgiving. Or water seeping into my shoes. In this sequel to the critically acclaimed Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, Eleanor is off to summer camp. At first she’s excited to carry on the family tradition at Camp Wallumwahpuck, but when she gets there she finds icky bugs, terrible food, and worst of all: swim class, where she just can’t seem to keep up with everyone else. But as the days go on, Eleanor realizes that even the most miserable situations can be full of special surprises and that growing up is full of belly flops.


The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage:
True Tales of Food, Family & How We Learn to Eat


edited by Caroline M. Grant, Lisa Catherine Harper

Description

The oysters they ate together the first night in their new city. The chicken Milanese she learned to cook after weight-loss surgery. The cassoulet that both anchors and rebuilds their crumbling marriage.
From the $6 peach to boxed macaroni and cheese, food is never just about what we eat. It is the fuel for our life stories. The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage is an anthology of original essays about how we learn (and relearn) to eat, and how pivotal food is beyond the table. Without mantras or manifestos, twenty-nine writers serve up sharp, sweet, and candid memories; salty irreverence; and delicious original recipes.
You will recognize yourself in these stories. These writers, journalists, and chefs are also parents, husbands, wives, children, and caregivers-just like us. They let you see behind the scenes into the kitchens (and shopping carts) of real American families. With crisp honesty, they articulate for us how food-in our culture, in our lives, and in our families-is sometimes as simple as a pasta sauce, or as complex as cassoulet. The true gift of these essays is that they give voice to our own innermost thoughts and questions. Who hasn't considered the ethics of not eating meat, or eating meat again? We all mull over fat, calories, GMOs, and whether to shop at big-box stores or farmers' markets. We celebrate and grieve with food, and we wonder what to do when food becomes the enemy. With reassuring candor, these writers show that it's never too late-and easier than we think-to change what we serve on our tables every day.



Princess Addison Gets ANGRY

Written by Molly Martin
Illustrated by Melanie Florian


Description

Princess Addison is used to getting whatever she wants. But when it starts raining and she can't go outside with her dogs, she gets very angry. Princess Addison becomes Princess Angry and must learn how to deal with her emotions.

From the Princess Heart series. For ages 2-6. The Princess Heart series offers charming, relatable stories that help a child identify and deal with emotions. Fresh art and adorable princess characters will fill every heart with happiness!

* Perfect for teaching how to deal with different emotions
* Different princess character in each story offers variation to the series
* Universal topic that girls can relate to: every girl wants to be a princess; young children experience these common emotions (anger, happiness, sadness, and fear).


Every Day is a New Shade of Blue:
Comfort for Dark Days from Psalm 23

By David Roper


Description

Many people live each day overwhelmed with anxiety and fear—afraid of what has happened in the past, unable to deal with the present, and anxious about the future. Finding a sense of peace and direction can seem hopeless, especially when your heart is troubled.
Every Day Is a New Shade of Blue offers wisdom from Psalm 23 to strengthen your faith and encourage your heart. Focusing on the Shepherd and sheep relationship and drawing from the well of his own experience, author David Roper shares biblical insights and timely quotes that reveal the heart of God as the Good Shepherd.
Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of trusting God to provide for you, guide you, and protect you. Discover how you can put your trust in God, develop an attitude of contentment, and experience a sense of well-being under His watchful care.



There's a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse

By Jessie Clemence


Description

There’s no doubt about it! Motherhood changes your life—mentally, emotionally, and physically. “So if you’re feeling inadequate for the job, join the crowd!” says Jessie Clemence. “No one is adequate! We all need to humbly seek God’s wisdom and blessings to raise these children.”
There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse creatively expresses many parenting issues faced by moms and offers encouragement to help you on your journey. You’ll enjoy Clemence’s sense of humor and casual tone as she explores God’s perspective on motherhood and also shares her personal experiences as a mother of two. Not only will you find practical insights and biblical wisdom, but you’ll also find a funny quiz, interesting interviews with moms, study questions, and more.
Reminding you to rely on God to help you display humility, patience, and love, Clemence says, “Thanks to God’s grace, I have far more patience than I ever knew existed. And you, too, can have this blessing.  May God teach you about His patience as He continues to teach me.”



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