Not So Wise Owl

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The Not So Wise Owl is a must read for children of all ages. It was an incredibly cute story of friendship, and not giving up on someone just because they are not wise. This is one of those books that you won’t mind reading over and over and over again.

It is written in a rhyming, Dr Suess kind of way that is very engaging. Plus it has a great spring board to talk about other types of animals that might not be so wise during the day. With us homeschooling over here, we used it start the unit study on owls actually. The story itself has a whole host of great characters actually. And they have to figure out what is wrong with owl.  Continue reading

MakeUp Monday: October Ipsy Review

October Ipsy

Well Hello Monday!! Anyone else ready to just go back to bed and ask for a weekend redo? We had a great weekend, don’t get me wrong, but where did it go? It seemed like it was Friday, then a blur and now here we are at Monday ready for another whole week. Anyway, let’s get down to another AMAZING Ipsy bag. October Ipsy was a fantastic little bag (and a bag that my girls fought over). Plus the lip gloss/liquid lipstick is a perfect pink for Valentine’s Day this weekend. So while a little late getting this out, time wise it works out perfectly. Continue reading

Kings or Pawns

Kings or Pawns

Every once in a while a book really surprises me. Normally I have a pretty good idea of what I like to read and I stick to that. Well Kings and Pawns, was totally outside of that. It is not a book that I normally would read. I am not really big into the whole fantasy genre, and my brain must have been asleep at the wheel when I signed up for this. But I am so glad that it was. This book was really really well written.

It is kinda geeky, I am not going to lie. When I got the book, I giggled a bit. There is a two page map of the lands that are described in the book. Plus there are several pages that point out the pronunciation of the characters name. These were details that I thought kinda odd. They turned out to be wonderful to have!! And I actually referred to them several times throughout reading it. There is actually not much to not love about this book.

About the Book:

J.J. Sherwood’s debut novel KINGS OR PAWNS: THE KINGS, BOOK 1 is the first in a high fantasy epic series sure to please fans of both the science fiction and fantasy genres.

The year is 8994 P.E., and the city of Elvorium is corrupted—rotted to the core by the machinations of depraved politicians. With his father dead and the country facing a rebellion, Price Hairem becomes the king of the elven world of Sevrigel in one of its most turbulent points in history.

Young and daring, Hairem is determined to eradicate the corruption festering in Elvorium’s self-serving and all-powerful council, which thwarts his best intentions at every turn. But Hairem’s problems are far more sinister¬—and deadly—than merely political. The loyal members of the council are being savagely murdered by an assassin loosed within the city—an assassin whose brutality knows no bounds. Outside of the city, the Lord Saebellus wages a vicious rebellion against the capital. He has been thwarted thus far by the brilliant General Jikun, and Hairem is certain that the general can crush Saebellus.

But instead of continuing the campaign against the warlord, the council orders Jikun’s army to be split, sending him on a mission that furthers only their own wealth and power. Jikun knows that the council’s demands will leave Elvorium vulnerable to an attack from the formidable warlord. Although Saebellus has been recently defeated, he is far from vanquished. As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the rebel Saebellus seizes the opportunity to lay siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital and unleash his most powerful weapon yet: a demonic beast that neither weapon nor magic can kill. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem is grasping for his own power to fight against the forces that threaten Sevrigel.

Will Hairem overcome the council’s scheming and duplicity? Can General Jikun defeat the warlord Saebellus? Will this be the war that finally brings Sevrigel to its knees? KINGS OR PAWNS offers action, intrigue, mystery, and suspense—a thrilling story that will leave readers hungry for the sequel, Heroes or Thieves, to be published in February 2016.

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School of Deaths

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So I know that this is not a typical Christmas time read. But sometimes you just gotta have a break for all the sugary sweet Christmas stuff. Right? Well if you are needing a break then this is just the book for you. School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret) needs to be your next read. Any tween girls in the house, looking for a kick ass heroine to relate to? Give them this book! This was a great book, with an awesome twist on old mythology. There is no sex, while there is violence (I mean the title states School of Deaths), it is not real graphic or detailed. The girl is strong, smart AND pretty.

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Gift Giving Made Easy- DIY Snowmen

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OMG how cute are these little snowmen! Everyone seemed to love my DIY Turkeys, (Click here for that amazingly cute post) so I thought that we needed to do something for winter. And who doesn’t love snowmen? This is the perfect little gift for the snowman lover in your family. Plus they were so simple that even my 4 year old made on completely on her own!  Continue reading

The S Word… ShapeWare

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Lets talk about ShapeWare. I know I know, it is a touchy subject and one that no mom wants to admit to actually using. Because, well we are all perfect and never actually need help to hold things in, or push things up, or anything like that. Plus, they are so uncomfortable, who actually wants to wear them? Well, this post is about to get real; lets face it, there are times where a little extra help (especially after Thanksgiving but before the big company holiday party) to make sure that dress looks the absolute best on you.  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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Welcome to Baking Season

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Can you believe that it is December? We are on the count down for Christmas and staring down 2016. In our house, once we pass Thanksgiving it is not the Christmas Season, we enter “Baking Season”. Personally I HATE to cook, you can’t get around it (cause kids like to eat). But baking, I love to bake; warm bread, cookies right out of the oven. That is why I was so excited to get the opportunity to work with Sprinkles Cupcakes and kick off our baking season with their yummy cupcakes.

These are no ordinary cupcakes, that you whip up from a box that you picked up at the store. These are gourmet quality, but from your kitchen, cupcakes. They are rich, dense (yet light), moist pieces of perfection. If you are so lucky to live in a city where you can go down and get one I would highly recommend it. Go now. I promise you won’t regret it. If you don’t live near one, no worries; you can order their mixes and make them at home. Continue reading

V-Girl- A Dystopian Love Story

VGirl- dystopian love story

Where to start with this story? It is a dystopian love story. As with most dystopian books, it is a hard read. The author’s writing style is a fast paced and straight to the point. She certainly does not waste any words on fluff. The subject matter is what I found hard to read. In a land where rape is legal (as long as it is done within the rules that have been set up for sanctioned rape) and virginity is a commodity to be traded or taken away, there were certainly scenes that made me cringe a bit. Continue reading