Squishy Face

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Need a new bedtime story for your little ones? Then you need to add this to your must read list! My girls just loved this book. We are big moon peeps over here. Any book about the moon is going to be golden in our eyes, then add that it is actually a really good story with lots of real information. And it just makes it over the moon. (hehe pun intended)

Squishy Face and the Moon starts with Squishy Face scared and alone in her room. She is afraid of the moon. Her mama comes in and shows her that the moon is nothing to be afraid of. She tells her all about the moon. At first I thought that she would have gone the fable way of moon stories. Not the case, it is actually very scientific. Mama not only teaches her about the moon, but about over coming your fears.

Over all we loved this book. The only improvement that we would suggest are the illustrations. Maybe we are just spoiled, having professional artists illustrate our books now a days. And while my hat is off to her for writing and drawing it. I think that having some more umph in the pictures would have really tipped it over the top. That being said. At only $6.99 on Amazon, you can’t go wrong.

What are your kids favorite types of books? Are the illustrations a deal breaker for you? Do you prefer stories that are just stories or do you like them to teach about something too?

 

Need A Sweet Romance For Spring

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While It Lasts is the sequel to Written On Her Heart. Now before you get all worried that I am trying to talk you into two books, you can read them individually. But I would HIGHLY recommend that do read them both. They are that good. The books are about three girls, that grew up in a small town together and are all trying to get out.

Written on Her Heart is the first, it does a great job setting up each of the girls. From the outside it looks like they all have the classic American small town life. Rachel as the mayor’s daughter. Andi the legacy, her family founded the town. And Carma, moved to town when her mother got remarried to the fire chief. All perfect, until it’s not. Written on Her Heart, is Andi’s story. As the book comes to an end, it starts to unravel the not so perfect lives of her two best friends. How could they have all been the closest of friends their entire lives and not know the major troubles of their families?

While It Lasts is Rachel’s story. With her father coming up to an election year, her mothers huge gambling debt, and their family on the verge of losing everything. How is a girl going to survive? She chooses to take matters into her own hands, and get things done. Mostly for the family, but mainly for her own survival.

From the back of the book:

“A loan shark that doesn’t bite?

Rachel Beaumont discovers her mother’s gambling debt has put their family in danger of losing their money and social status. It’s up to Rachel to do anything to maintain the lifestyle she’s accustomed to–including hunting down her mother’s debtor. But the green-eyed, dark-haired, hunk known as Rex Greene matches none of the stereotypes of a loan shark. Her spur-of-the-moment plan to make him fall in love with her is a dangerous roll of the dice.

FBI agent Colton McCabe arrived at Callaway Cove with one motive. Play the part of Rex Greene and gather evidence in the Beaumont racketeering case. He never anticipated the involvement of the subject’s beautiful daughter, Rachel. Not only is she unexpected in every way, but she may just be the one to crack the case. Or his heart.”

This book has you twisting and turning right from the beginning. It is a short read, at under 200 pages. Even at that length, everything that needs to be said was said. Both of these books are very sweet romance stories. Your must read lists needs to have them on it!!

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From Fake To Forever

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. And not just because the authors name happens to be Kat. It is not your typical romance formula of: girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl tries to get boy to love her, they fall in love and live happily ever after. Nope not this one. From Fake to Forever actually starts with the couple already married, and they are looking for a divorce.

After one crazy night, and lots of tequila, a pair of strangers make the choice to get married the day they meet. When they wake up, they realize it is a mistake. After an awkward morning, they toss the marriage license into the trash without filing it. Vowing never to speak of this crazy bad choice ever again, and go their separate ways.. Two years go by, without so much as a text. Then fate steps in and forces them back together.

From the back of the book:

“After one night of tequila and sex, their impromptu Vegas wedding shouldn’t be valid. But Meredith Chandler-Harris just discovered she’s still tied to irresistible businessman Jason Lynhurst. She needs out of their marriage, but to become his company’s new CEO, he needs her as a bride. Let the newlywed games begin.”

I loved that the story is basically written backwards, it is such a new twist on the classic romance story. Also, it is a step out of the main-stream rough sex books that seem to be everywhere lately. It is a a slower romance that builds the characters and their affections naturally. While they might have had one crazy lust filled night, they both certainly knew that they weren’t in love. They seemed to work through their issues as people would, not just solving it with a good romp between the sheets. Over all I really liked it, it was cute and I genuinely liked the characters as well as, the plot.

When you read a romance book, what are you looking for? Do you like the more main stream books in the genre at the moment?

How Do Business Find Bloggers

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As bloggers we all want to picked for affiliate posts. We all want that acceptance email, letting us know that we are worthy of getting some free product. Or better yet, that in addition to getting product we will actually be getting paid!! But have you ever thought about how companies FIND the bloggers to pay? Sure we can sign up to all the different affiliate sites, but then so do the brands that are looking for us. Then we have to hope that we have signed up to the same site as the brand. Is there anything else that can be done?

As a matter of fact there is!!

There is a new site, from Buzzoole called Finder. You can go straight to the site here. It is a brand new way to connect bloggers to brands. It has a deep web search engine, that allows brands and agencies to search the internet for the exact bloggers they want to work with. WITHOUT the blogger having to sign up for the service. How cool is that, new brands will be able to find your blog, no matter the size, to help them promote.

It can search via Twitter accounts, FaceBook accounts, blogs, and websites. And if you are big with social media (meaning that you it multiple of those platforms) then your blog will show up as a higher ranking. Meaning that you have more influence.

Four easy steps, and any brand can find any blogger.

  1. Search: Enter the key word that you are wanting to search “Beauty”, then you can narrow that down by also by language or country.
  2. Preview: You will get a sample of the findings. At this point your can exclude types of influences.
  3. Report: Now you will get an awesome report. When you get this, you can sort this even further. Choosing the followers per platform, add bloggers to your favorite lists, remove bloggers that don’t perfectly fit and have click throughs to their social media.
  4. Filter: Keep on filtering to find those perfect bloggers

It is that easy for brands to find you now!! Have you guys ever thought about how brands find you? Or how they pick which bloggers to use?

Remember Della

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“I sat at the kitchen table while Momma contemplated what to do with the ground beef thawing out on the counter. She settled on goulash and was checking the pantry to see if she had all the ingredients when it occurred to her she hadn’t heard a peep out of Gordy. The quietude must have alerted her to his absence. She turned to me, “Where’s Gordy—up in his room?”

I shook my head no. “He’s not home yet.”

She checked her watch and asked, “Did you hear his bus come by?”

No’m. It’s probably running late.”

Gordy should be home by now, Katherine.” She gave me a doubtful look and asked, “You’re sure his bus hasn’t come by?” The look of concern on her face was fleeting, and we both cringed as Gordy heralded his arrival by slamming the front door so hard the house shook. Momma yelled at the top of her lungs, “Gordy!” When he came barreling through the doorway she asked, “How many times have I told you not to slam the door like that? You’ve already taken a minimum of ten years off my life!”

He never even heard a word she said because he was talking louder and faster than his customary mile-a-minute. His words practically ran together as he said, “You shoulda seen it! Sammy Spellman throw up all over prissy ol’ Becky Taylor on the bus! We had beets for lunch an’ Sammy ate a whole bowl of ‘em. I bet that’s what made him throw up. He says he likes ‘em, but I don’t believe it for a minute. I think he just eats ‘em to show off. But the really good part is Sammy’s throw-up was all red—like he was throwing up blood! Then ol’ Becky started crying an’ everything, and Cindy Walker started gagging ‘cause throw-up splattered all over her shoes an’ then she threw up. It was so cool! They were sitting across the aisle from me, an’ I got to see it all. And Becky, with her weirdo-self, told Mikey Olson she was gonna wipe throw up on him ‘cause he laughed at her. And the bus driver had to stop the bus an’ calm everybody down. It was Coolsville!”

I could see Momma was trying to keep a straight face as she said, “Gordy that’s enough—there’s nothing cool about someone throwing beets up all over the place.”

Well I couldn’t be sure, but from the smell of it I think Sammy must’ve been sick at both ends. I tell–”

Gordy!!!” Gordy was treading on very thin ice.

It’s the truth! It was gross I tell ya. Gross enough to gag a maggot! Everybody sitting around ‘em looked like they were gonna puke—’cept me. The bus driver made everybody get off, and the monitor had to go to somebody’s house to call for another bus and for Sammy an’ Becky an’ Cindy’s parents to come and get ‘em.”

Dear Lord, I hope Sammy’s not contagious.” And in spite of the fact we weren’t Catholic, Momma crossed herself.”

Remember Della is one of those books that sticks with you long after you are done reading it. It deals with issues of bullying before they were labeled as social issues. Set in the deep south in the 1950’s. Full of lots of characters that jump off the page and demand that you love them. The book is very historically accurate when it comes to the references, slang, and personality.

I may like this book more since the main character is named Kat. She is a normal sixteen year old girl, with normal sixteen year old problems. Except she is  slightly physic, and this dream keeps coming to her. A yellow scarf and a girl that no one will admit is missing. The deeper she dives into this mystery, the more she uncovers about how she is her life has been intertwined with Della’s.

Remember Della is certainly one you need to put on your must read 2015 list. Then let me know how you like it. What are the other books on your must read list?

That Risen Snow- A Twisted Tale Of Snow White

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LOVED this book! It has everything that one would ask for in a twisted tale: zombie princess, zombie prince, zombie army, and the unlikely hero that manages to save the women he loves. Without being turned into a zombie. What is not to love?

If you read my review on Insanity (if not you can check it out here), you know my love of twisted fairy tales. Maybe it is the sick part of me that likes seeing the princesses in a new light, without all the glitter and tiaras. Maybe I just like a new spin on an old princess story. Who knows, but one thing that I do know, without any doubt. That these authors, the ones that can your traditional story and come up with a whole twist. The ones that take you way way way out to left field, are the best story tellers in our day and age. Their imagination is unbelievable. How they are able to come up with these, is beyond me.

Rob E. Boley is no different. That Risen Snow is a wonderful twist on the classic fairy tale Snow White. It starts the way that every Snow White tale starts. Snow had taken a bite of a poisonous apple and fell into a deep sleep. Where she waits for her prince to come and wake her with a true loves kiss.

The prince finds her, and kisses her. She awakens to look up at the man that loves her, the one that truly loves her. And.. Then she wakes up wrong. The similarities on the classic story and this twist end right there.

From the back of the book:

“The zombie sequel to Snow White begins where the classic fairy tale ends, with the Prince’s kiss waking Snow from her cursed slumber. Snow wakes up, but she doesn’t wake up right.

Now a deranged zombie, Snow infects both the Prince and the seven dwarfs’ leader. That leaves the young dwarf Grouchy, who is secretly in love with Snow, to find a cure for her malicious curse. So begins an epic journey that pits the lovesick Grouchy against dwarf-hating human soldiers, Snow’s ever-growing zombie horde, and his own bad temper.

Snow is hell-bent on spreading her horrid curse across the land, and it’s up to Grouchy to stop her before it’s too late.”

That Risen Snow is currently free, thats right you can read if for free, on Amazon right now! Go get it. What do you have to lose. If you want more information about the author you can check him out here.

What is your thought, fairy tales are perfect they way they are or do you like when they get all twisted? What is your favorite fairy tale? Would you want to read a twisted version of it or leave it how it is?

WLINGUA- Wait What?

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WLINGUA- that is a mouthful isn’t it? It is an awesome new app, that helps you learn Spanish. And as you know, there is Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Mexico. You can pick either one to learn. With being here in the southwest, we opted for Spanish from Mexico.

Wlingua is an app that helps learn Spanish in very easy way: it’s available for iOS as Android (and of coarse you can log in through your computer). You can download this amazing app for FREE. If you are on your mobile app click here for IOS and here for Android for the direct links.

Learn Spanish with Wlingua! This is the online Spanish course you were looking for!! 420 lessons from a basic to an advanced level with easy explanations that will help you learn Spanish fast.

I am loving this app. It is making learning a new language super easy and fun! Actually, my daughters have spent all day working through their lessons. They are having a mini competition to see who is not only getting it done, but getting the highest scores on the quizzes, and who is remembering the most from each lesson. It is fun to see them so excited about learning!

The way they do the mini-quizzes at the end of the each unit is quite unique. They have you match the Spanish words to the English words. They have you listen to the words and match. Then they have you fill in the blanks. If really covers a lot of material in many different ways to make sure that you are mastering the lessons that you are going through. Plus when you sign up, you automatically get signed up for a free trial of their premium side. When you score 100% on the quizzes, you win additional time on your trial. How awesome is that?

If you want more information click here.

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Want Those Big Dreams To Come True

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Are you wanting, waiting and wishing for your dreams to come true? Are you wanting to know what the secret is to “those” guys getting everything they want, while you are working your butt off and getting no where? Then this would be the book for you.

Now a bit of full disclosure, I don’t like these types of self-help books. While I will read parenting books till I blue in the face, but this in your face type of self help just isn’t my thing. So I waited and waited to get stared on reading this. It is a short, easy read but I just didn’t want to get started.

Well I was pleasantly surprised. This one had some really great ideas, pointers and ways to plan to actually get your dreams to manifest. The main idea, it is right there on the front of the book:

GA = T + E

Confused? Yup I was too. It stands for greatest achievement (GA) = time (T) + energy (E). Seems simple right? Your greatest achievement in life will be what you devote time and energy towards. If only life was that simple. It seems like life gets in the way of what we think we want to be our greatest achievement.

This book is laid out like a workbook, so it will give you the idea. Then it will walk you through the authors real life story about that idea. Then he gives you workbook pages to write in your ideas or how you want to relate this to your life. The next chapter will build on those ideas, and have you dive deeper into the idea.

While most of this book is geared to a sales career, and all the examples are set up for a business type dream. The main ideas, the big picture idea can be shifted to any industry or any dream.

Do any of you guys read self help type books? What are your favorites? I am curious as to what your thoughts are on this subject.

Monday MakeUp- Tarte

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This is a pallet that I have been eyeing for a long.. LONG… time. There are so many reasons that I have been watching this one. First and foremost, I love that it is an entire pallet that is matte. It seems that all the pallets on the market have some shimmery shades, and while those are fun, personally I don’t wear shimmery shades everyday. I only wear them on date nights, so I get a new pallet and only wear a few of the shades on a regular basis. Also, I loved that the range of color. Yes they are all neutral shades, they are all browns. BUT.. you are getting warm shades, you are get cool shades, you are going to get that pop of color with the pinks. It has everything that you are going to need.

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These colors are AMAZING. One of the reasons for my delay in getting this was the middle row is very pink. I was more then worried that I would have a third of the colors that I would not use. Let me tell you, that this is so not the case. While yes, it had a pink tone; it is not overly pink. It is more of a muted pink-brown when applied. While, that row is not my go product, I can and do use it for a night out. The shades are perfect to draw the green out of my hazel eyes.

I love how this pallet laid out. Each row are perfect shades to be used together. They really placed a great amount of time to find the best shades to be used together. They make it really easy to use, and completely fool proof. Then while those shades are great to use together, the entire platte can be used together.

The colors are all matte, they are all in very neutral tones and they can give you a very wide range of looks.

Starting at the top left corner the colors are as follows:

  • free spirit- it is a light yellow color, great for a base color.
  • force of nature- it is a very warm, almost peachy medium brown
  • dreamer- is a dark warm chocolate brown
  • multi tasker- is a very dark brown
  • caregiver- is a light, pale pink shade
  • natural beauty- is a perfectly named it is a mutted medium pinkish brown
  • best friend- it is the most pop of color shade in the pallet. It has a berry tone.
  • super mom- this is very similar to free spirit but instead of a yellow under tone it has more of a pink tone
  • wanderer- it is a very cool light brown
  • power player- it is a  cool medium brown with a gray undertone to it
  • fashionista- a black

Since I got this pallet, it has been my go to. All of the shades are creamy. They are a clay based formula, which has more creaminess then a traditional powder. They are so pigmented, you only need a little bit of shadow to make a great eye. A huge perk is that it has major staying power, you can apply in the morning and it won’t budge or smudge at all.

Was it worth the price? Yes, every single penny!! Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts? Would you like a full pallet of just matte shades or do you like having the shimmery ones in there? Let me know

New Release- Left To Forever

NEW RELEASE!
Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

Realist Dr. Carla Harris believes that people create their own fate through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials, she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done…her estranged husband, Jacob.


Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.


She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together.

Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

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About the Author


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Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her

grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract in 2013.
When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.

 

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