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Lets face it, we all want young, glowing, fresh looking skin. As we age (not that any of us are, no no not us), we lose a lot of that natural radiance that comes from youth. And it is really hard to get that back. The products that we are needing to use to really make a difference are either expensive or not great for us (think botox). Both are bad options in my opinion. Continue reading

Fooling Around with Cinderella

Fooling Around With Cinderella

After all the holiday craziness (and family drama), are you needing something fun, fluffy and enjoyable to read? Then Fooling Around with Cinderella is the perfect story for you. It is sweet, simple and a great read.

It has everything that is needed for a perfect after holiday break that you need before jumping into the rest of the winter holidays. The characters are well developed. Everyone from the main characters, to her sister, to the rest of the staff, even her niece has a full personality. It was so refreshing to have such a great set of characters. The story moves along at a great pace. It certainly doesn’t dawdle, but let you stick around in each scene long enough to get a great feel of it and be ready to move on. While it has a pretty easy to see coming story line, it is still a nice read.

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Hello My Love

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From Back of Book

“Beyond broad shoulders and heaving bosoms. This thoughtful woman’s romance novel explores the inner life (thoughts, hopes, and doubts) of a couple as they contend with the realities of compelling relationships.

A modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen novels. Elise is a bright, beautiful law student, focused on a career and distrustful of men. She butts heads with Greg at her parents’ dinner parties. Dark, good-looking, internet-business owner, he finds Elise intriguing, so unlike the dark-haired seductive beauties he used to escort around.

Specter of revenge. Unable to deny their attraction for each other, they spend an unexpected night together two days before he is to wed someone else. Lori, the jilted fiancée, exacts revenge, tearing Greg and Elise apart and forcing them to face who they are and what they really want.

An accident. Older and wiser, Greg and Else reunite two years later. He is in for a surprise. Later, their lives are thrown again into disarray when Elise becomes the victim of a hit-and-run. Is Lori back to haunt them again?

A delicious romance with a literary slant, spiced with a twist of whodunit.”

This was a quick fun read that I was really looking forward to loving. The characters are wonderful. The writer does a great job letting us into each of the main characters minds, and lets us know what they are thinking. You get to know each of them inside and out. They both are relatable, and real. There is no “we locked eyes and fell in love” type.

However, with that said, I had a hard time following this book. The author’s timeline jumps around a lot. It goes from present day, back to the past to tell some back story from one perspective. Then rolls the timeline all the back to present. Then would jump back to the past, so you could get the back story from the other perspective. Then it would jump into the future, missing a big chunk of time.

***BIG SPOILER ALERT***

The main character ends up pregnant, but as we near the end of her pregnancy, the story jumps two years into the future. We miss the birth, we miss her moving out of her parents house, we miss her graduating, and getting the job she had her eyes on. I would have liked to have those moments in the story.

In fact I had to back read to figure out what was going on. Maybe I just needed a more straightforward story, chasing after three kids makes reading hard. But it felt a bit disjointed.

*** END OF SPOILER***

Even with the timeline issues, I enjoyed the story. Would it be one that I tell my girlfriends they NEED to read? Probably not. But if someone was going on a end of summer vaca and needed something for the beach, sure it would be acceptable for that.

Does it bother you when an author jumps around on the timeline? Do you like it when they go back in time so you get some more back story? What type of beach romance do you like to read?

Mystery Book Review- Z-Train

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From The Back Of The Book

Beneath Brooklyn’s wintry streets, seven people are dead, slumped in their seats on an F train. Fast thinking and good fortune prevent the subway car doors from opening, spilling poisonous gas into the station. It’s not long before a frightened metropolis of eight million demands answers: if this was an act of terror, where will these cruel killers strike next? NYPD detective Flo Ott looks closely at the victims. Each of their stories leads to another, one more colorful and complex than the last. A few of these quintessential New Yorkers catch Flo’s attention: a mysterious off-duty FBI agent; the beautiful woman next to him, who may have been his lover. Then there’s a Russian mobster with more than his fair share of enemies. As Flo battles false leads, conflicting witnesses, and meddling politicians, her investigation delves into the dark side of the city that never sleeps. Flo becomes convinced that this wasn’t a random act of violence, and she fears something much worse may be rumbling down the tracks.

About The Author

Richard Hilary Weber, a native of Brooklyn and a Columbia University graduate, has taught at the universities of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and has been a scriptwriter for French and Swedish filmmakers. He lives in Provence, France.

My Thoughts

Honestly I struggled with this book. Back in the day, I use to love mystery books. They were my all time favorite; any more I just don’t need that edge of my seat, biting my nails, staying up till the early morning terrified because of a book. That being said….. It was really good. My struggles were just that it was not what I was wanting to read.

It was very well written, the characters were great, it took twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. It had me on the edge of my seat for a good chunk of it. If this is the type of book that you like, then you are going to LOVE it and should immediately add it to you must read list.

Where to Buy

Penguin Random House: Penguin Random House
Amazon:  Amazon
Barnes and Noble: B&N
iBooks: iBooks
Google play: Google Play
Books a Million: Books a Million
Goodreads: Goodreads
Kobo: Kobo

The Dilemma.. Tween MakeUp

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It seems that every year, the age for acceptably wearing makeup is getting younger and younger. I remember a time when it was frowned upon for anyone younger then high school to wear any makeup. And now it seems like girls in elementary school are wearing some form of makeup every day, to school. It seems that the question to be asking would be, “Is it okay for a tween to be wearing makeup and if so where/when is it appropriate to be worn?”.

Most of our girls are not in beauty pageants (don’t get me started on those and the amount of makeup they have young girls wearing to complete), so there are many reasons to keep young girls from wearing it. In today’s world, it is our job to help keep our kids kids for as long as possible. The media, tv shows, their friends, have such a push to grow up (and wearing makeup is a step in growing up); we as parents should help our girls enjoy being little girls. There is no reason for a tween to be in a full face of makeup, making her look like she is 17. That might be getting her attention that she likes, but it will almost always be the wrong type of attention.

On the other hand, there are a few over looked perks of letting your tween wear makeup. I consider a tween to be an 11 or 12 year old (anything less makeup should be a bare minimum and only for very very special events). At that age, your daughter still thinks that you are cool enough to know what is going on. They still trust you to let them know when they look good, verses wearing to much. They are still at an age where, while starting to branch out and becoming their own person, they still want to be like you. You can take advantage of this; by showing them how to apply it, when it is appropriate to wear it, and when they have applied to much or it is to dark for their age.

My daughter Tink, is one of those tweens that is allowed to wear makeup most days. For me, I decided that it would be okay for a few reasons: fist she wanted to wear it. And had for quite awhile. Second, I wanted her to still be close enough to me to trust that I knew what I was talking about. Trust how I was showing her to apply it, would make her look her best and trust that I would never let her leave the house looking like a clown. I wanted to be the show her how, not some random teenage friend who is trying to figure it out themselves.

So then, what is she allowed to wear and when. Well, my daughter wears makeup just about every day. But before you get on me for letting my 11 year wear makeup all the time, we do online school (I think that if she went to school, in her age appropriate grade level, I would not let her wear it to school) and she is actually in the 8th grade, so when we see friends they are mostly 13 year olds. If it is a typical day (errands, grabbing lunch and seeing a friend), she likes to wear mascara (since her eyelashes are blonde, they are nearly impossible to see), primer (we like Benefits Porefessional, it helps control the redness on her face that she gets from me), and a little lipgloss or a lip crayon. Very natural, very low makeup look, and just focusing on enhancing natural beauty. It’s not a whole lot, but enough to make her feel put together and a little more polished. If we are going out for dinner or charity event, she is allowed to either wear; full eye makeup (shadows, liners, mascara) in any color she likes and a clear lip gloss OR a simple eye (just mascara) and a bold lip (she is a huge fan of red lips). But never both (but many adults can’t seem to pull off both either).

What about you guys, do you let your tween daughters wear makeup? Do you think it is silly for a tween to be wearing makeup on a daily basis? If you only have sons, what are you thoughts when we see a tween girl out and about wearing it?

Summer Means New Sandals


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It’s summer time, time to show off your piggies!! What better way then with a new pair of sandals. Both Belle and Baby were able to get  some new shoes, and they were so excited.

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Belle loves how comfortable they are. She said that she could walk to the moon in them. (Hard to think that we painted those toes only two days ago)

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Baby loves the cute 3-D decals. Plus with everything being velcro she can put them on herself. Being a three year old, you know how important that is.

A few perks about the Gold Pigeon Shoes

  • Snap Locks- Super easy magnetic locks. Makes it very easy to put on and take off
  • 2 Ways to Wear- they can have a strap around the back of the heel or they can be slip on style
  • Adjustable Straps
  • Water Resistant
  • Lots of Flexibility and Shock Absorbing

A quick note- they run really big. I bought a size up on my girls, cause otherwise they would out grow them by the end of summer, and it was about 2 sizes to big. As you can see in the photos, they are big. With all the ways to adjust all the straps, they are still snug on their feet and wearable. But a word to the wise, buy the shoe size your kids are in.

Would you pay the $37.99 for a pair of sandals for your kids? What do you look for in a sandal? What shoes are your favorite for your kids?

Merry Monday Link Party #58

Welcome to the Merry Monday Link Party #58

Welcome to another great party!!! So sad that this is my last week Co-Hosting. I have LOVED being part of this great party. The bloggers that link up are amazing, you all seriously have some skills and I have loved reading all of your posts. My Co-Hosts are lovely, they not only put together a great party, but they are some pretty rocking bloggers too. Thank you for letting me be a part of this.

As a side note…… I have some VERY exciting news. Are you ready for it? Can you handle it? My book is being released on Aug 1!! Confessions Of The Perfect Mom: Baby and Toddler Years, is a quick, fun, witty read about motherhood. Everything from being less then polite with other moms on the playground, to temper tantrums, to potty training. And I am looking for bloggers to help me spread the word. Click here for more information.

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Choices by J.L. McFadden

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I LOVED this book. Even without out reading the first one (The Guardian), you get into the story. The author does a great job of getting you right in, and not feeling like you are one step behind.
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This book is written in such away that it can be read as a stand alone or after the first book of the series- The Guardian. After so much more loss Adela finds herself in the middle of a love triangle and the fight for the head of Covens.

Adela and John both have their fair share of choices to make. Adela must think of her coven, but at the same time she feels a burning desire for her great, great niece’s Guardian John. She is torn because though fate has blessed her great, great niece with a Guardian that is connected to her by Mother Earth to protect her from anything, she keeps rejecting him. John is torn between the woman he is fated to and Adela. He fears that it is Adela’s powers of seduction that is tempting him. He feels a desire to protect Gala, but also feels a yearning for Adela. At the same time Adela must search for the secret journal known as the Guardian journal and protect those she loves from the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

About The Author:
J.L McFadden is the Author of the Guardian Series: Guardian, released,Adela,release in September, Chooses, release in May 2014, Adela’s Lost Guardian, March, more to be named at a later date. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind. Jamie Lee was born in a mixed Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar Center; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be excepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains that the people rich and colorfully different people he has met, spawned a lot of his characters.

 

Merry Monday Link Party #57

Welcome to the Merry Monday Link Party #57

Hi everyone!! Hopefully you all had a great weekend. We certainly did. Not much of anything, which was amazing. Nothing quite like a weekend focused on family. With the majority of my book work (oh see that shameless plug there about a possible upcoming surprise) done, I was able to spend some much needed time recharging my batteries with my girls and husband. We watched lots of movies, and stayed in our PJ’s all weekend long. Can you imagine?

I am so so so excited to co-hosting this week’s Merry Monday Link Party. It is a party that I have been linking up at since I started blogging and always get such great ideas from all the blogs that link up. You will love this party as much as I do, so pop around. Check out the other Co-Hosts; and if you don’t already follow them then sign up. You won’t regret it.

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  • The Spring & Summer Craft Blog Hop 4 is live! This is the last installment of the four-part spring craft blog hop challenge for 2015! This hop will run from May 26th – June 20th. We’re challenging you to create a craft project that reflects a general spring or summer theme, Father’s Day, or Fourth of July.
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