Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gun Love (book review)

  A book is never just a book.  What makes you select a book? The cover? The summary? The author?  Every once and awhile I step outside of my comfort zone and choose an unknown book. A surprise book.

  My surprise book was Gun Love by Jennifer Clement.  Read more about the author here.

  The story centers around a single mom (Margot) raising her daughter (Pearl) out of a car parked at a trailer park in Florida.  The community of neighbors are definitely some characters to say the least.   In the story you follow the mom and daughters daily routine their interaction with the neighbors and you get an idea of their environment they live in to include the trailer park and their car.

    She left home young with good intentions to raise her daughter better then she had been raised but also knew living in the car was not much better.  Life in a car went years unnoticed or rectified.  It made me think of how many things do I just walk by because it's been the same for so long.

  I enjoyed all the descriptive details.  There was a two headed alligator, a blue opals ring, and even barbie dolls buried up to their heads! I think the author did a amazing job creating a picture for the whole book.

  I enjoyed the book, the ending was not my favorite but, you win some and you lose some.  This book without being labeled as a true story could so easily be the life of anyone.

   It's a book that will make you think. Not about what you can do necessarily but a book to make you appreciate your present situation.  Or maybe it is a book that encourages you to open your eyes and see where you can help.  To learn more about this book or for purchase information check here.

   I received this book complimentary for review purposes from Blogging for Books and the review and opinions stated are my own.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Decorating with Encouragement and Giveaway

  Who doesn't need inspiration or encouragement along the way in this journey of life.  I love to see biblical quotes, psalms and encouraging words on items we can use.

  Gone are the days of posters and bumper stickers being the only object to hold words.  Now we can sport our favorite saying on a t-shirts, phone cases and pillows! Pronetowanderla has endless products to help you grow with God and be encouraged. They provided me complimentary items but my review is honest and all statements are my own.

  I love that I can see beautiful words on the back of my phone as it sits beside me.

  Words hung next to my desk to put me at ease or help me get through the day.

  A beautiful statement pillow tossed on a bed be it mine or a guest room.

  I selected the canvas banner and pillowcase above.  Both of my items were grey in color and will compliment any room or color pattern!  I love the font and size of the letters because it had a fun modern feel to it. The canvas was thick and durable and quality made.  It looks like it will last a while!

  Prone to Wander is having a giveaway enter here for your chance to win a set of 3 phone cases.  Don't stop there though take a look at all their items and add to your home or shop for a gift!

  Thank you Prone to Wander for some beautiful items and for the future encouragement it will provide me daily as I pass by the items.

  What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes or bible quotes?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Family Fun (Plants)

  I don't know if spring is only here because the calendar said so or not.  By the way the weather is acting it's definitely not a confirmation.  I heard today on the new Punxsutawney is wanted.

  Apparently people are fed up with the lies!   With a few more days of a threat of snow this weekend I have decided to start pretending spring was here with a little bit of planting.

  If spring won't come to us we will do it our ourselves.

Some of my perennials are coming up so I know winter is almost over.  This pot has some Hostas.

 I will clean it out after the snow is gone.  Until then I will keep the debris for extra warmth.

  We planted a variety of flowers.

So now we will sit and watch them grow! 

Next we will maybe plant some veggies!  I did plant some parsley for the butterflies and found some milkweed I'll need to plant as well.

  Have you started planting flowers?  Do you plant flowers or buy them. I will buy a few plants as I can't grow everything and I like all the colors.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Dinner is Served

  This week my meal plans were not complicated. I try to leave the complicated meals to the professionals or a holiday. 

  This week I pulled out the slow cooker, used leftovers and followed the meal plan for the week.

  I find my recipes in a variety of places but this week everything came from the internet.  My biggest goal was to use leftovers items I bought last week.  I succeed. So yeah no waste for me!

Chicken and spinach enchiladas!

Potato soup!

Zucchini Italiano casserole!

Each week I try to make new recipes and not just stick with old tried and true ones.  I have made this soup before but the other two recipes were new.  Two days of leftovers from last week was nice too.  

All of the recipes were easy and everyone liked all the meals.  No complaints means these recipes can go in the rotation to be made again.

  Now the weekend is here and the kitchen is closed.  It's everyone for themselves! Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tasting Thursday (coconut chips)

Back with another tasting today.  My daughter has grown to like this activity.  She asks what the treat is for the week and reminds me when Thursday is coming up.

I picked up another treat from Dollar Tree.  It's not that I frequent the store that often; it's just luck of the draw when I remember to grab something.

I brought up the idea of sampling all the food in the produce section but, she didn't like that idea.

Today we sampled Coconut!  I have used coconut in baking so it's a taste the kids have had.  It's hit or miss depending on how it's used.

These coconut chips were purchased for $1.00.  These coconut chips are by the brand Real Coco.  I bought the original flavor but am interested in what else is available. The bag was 1.43 oz and it was filled!  Might I add it was filled with a lot of air so definitely packed for safety. Plus if you like coconut the smell is amazing.

These little chips are crunchy to be expected but, the flavor is 100% coconut.  The chips sizes vary.  These are not the same size as a potato chips. They are more like shavings but each piece is delicious.

Check out the stats!

Did you know coconut is a good source of fiber?

My kids actually liked this snack. YEAH for their approval! They ate this straight from the bag but, think of the endless possibilities of snacking.  You could sprinkle these on anything or blend them into things. This is  definitely something we will buy again!

What have you snacked on this week? Have you tried anything new?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ipsy Bag Review (March)

  A new month means a new bag! Boy Ipsy really brought it this month.  I love the create your own bag this month.  What a fun way for us all to get a little creative.  When your supplied with a canvas and markers you feel compelled to get busy.

Now lets check out what was in my bag this month.

  First up a little bit of lip care!

This balm by Glossier is a tube full of fun and efficiency.  I received the coconut flavor but other flavors include: mint, original and Rose.  The scent is awesome and I love how smooth it makes my lips.

 Surprise there's an eyeliner in my bag.  I need to count all the eyeliners I have gotten since I started this subscription.

This sex kitten eyeliner by Tarte is in the shade of black.  It's a nice little pencil.  Providing the perfect grip for eye lining perfection.  I like to think Ipsy is trying to help me perfect that cat's eye.  Maybe it's not me but, the right eyeliner hasn't been given to me yet. Or maybe practice makes perfect.

 Does your lotion inspire you?

Words speak a thousand words.  Meet solutions for stressed skin.  This is Pure Cloud Cream by Skyn Iceland.    I don't care for the scent but, I like the light weight lotion. It's easy to rub in, absorbs immediately and is not greasy!

After you have taken care of your lips with that balm it's time to make them pop.

Apply some Unspoken lip veneer cream gloss by Kokie Cosmetics to do the trick.  I haven't tried this yet but, one claim is its not sticky! 

  There's always an occasion for gold!

  My last item was this eyeshadow by Hikari.  This cream pigment is a gorgeous color that holds the color solid.  This shade is shine! With all the rain and cold weather I think this is the perfect shade to warm things up!

  Each Ipsy bag comes with 5 products based on the answers to the profile questions.  I appreciate all products I get because it's usually a brand I have never tried. With these samples it's the perfect size to try it a few times and decide on a future purchase.

  This is the best $10 I can spend every month.  A little treat for myself.  Something to pamper myself with.  A product to give me some me time with.  Makeup can be a guilty pleasure right?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Its OK (by me)

It's that time again. A time to reflect on what we did a little less then perfect but, who cares!  Shake it off! It's ok! I'm going to play along with airingmylaundry today as I tell you what items/events/activities are OK by me.

Check out her latest post here.

It's OK that I actually started cutting my daughters birthday cake before I sang to her.  She stopped me before I started serving.

It's OK that we got more rain today with this Nor'Easter because all the spring flowers need water.

It's OK that I'm excited for Housewives of Potomac to start on April 1st as long as it's not an April's fools joke.  I swear sometimes a series gap is too long.

It's OK that I went to the gym today after skipping ALL last week and only accomplished less then 2 miles (all day).    

That's a wrap!  What are you OK with this week?