Friday, December 30, 2011

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones


Honestly, the first few pages I was thinking that There You'll Find Me was going to be just like every other bubbely YA novel. Boy was I wrong!! I absolutely LOVED There You'll Find Me. Great writing, Fantastic Characters, and an emotional roller coaster!

This is a YA Christian book but It wasnt too pushy or annoying. Having lost my father a few years about I completely related to Finley. Finley recently lost her brother and decides to go to school in Ireland, where her brother had recently been before he passed. On the plane she meets the hunky Beckett Rush who is the Irish Robert Pattenson of There You'll Fine me land. Beckett is on his way to Ireland to film yet another teenage vampire movie. Throughout the book Finely and Beckett have a few adventures and fall in love. Finely finds out that Beckett isnt just a celebrity hearthrob snob. There were many other interesting characters in the book expecially Mrs. Sweeney.

This was such a great book, that every woman, young or old should read! Not being a very religious person, I still found this to be extremely beautiful! Get the tissues out, you're going to need it!


I recieved a galley from the publisher Via Netgalley. com I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

LÄRABAR



Thanks to Influenster.com and LÄRABAR, I was honored to recieve a LÄRABAR complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. If you haven't heard of LÄRABAR check out their website. http://www.larabar.com/products/larabar
These are amazing snack bars that come in many delicious flvors like apple pie, ginger snap, chocolate chip cookie dough, and cherry pie! Whats even greater is that these bars have very minimum ingredients. For example, I recieved Cherry Pie http://www.larabar.com/products/cherry-pie
LÄRABAR Cherry Pie contains 3 ingredients!! Yep, thats right, only 3. Unsweetened cherries, dates and almonds. It contains 1 full serving of fruit, 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. I was highly impressed. So, how did it taste? It tasted exactly like a tart cherry pie! The texture would be best described as chewy, like raisins. I enjoyed the Cherry pie bar and will be trying out other flavors! Check out the pics

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Softsoap Bar Soap




Thanks to Influenster and Soft Soap, I recieved two bars of Softsoap Coconut scrub bar soap to try. So I lathered up a bar and got squeeky clean. There was absolutely no soapy residue after I rinsed off and the scent wasnt too strong or overpowering. In fact, I think it could use a bit more scent. It is enriched with crushed coconut extract and exfoliants! There are very small exfoliants and it was extremely gentle. My cat had to barge in while taking pictures of the soap- *disclaimer* NOT intended for pet use!! Humans ONLY!
The product is available in three exotic fragrances - Juicy Pomegranate & Mango Infusions, Coconut Scrub and Sweet Honeysuckle & Orange Peel. Check out more from Softsoap on Softsoap.com.
I can't wait to try out the Juicy Pomegranate & Mango Infusions!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Montagne Jeunesse

Thanks to Influenster and Montagne Jeunesse, I received Pulped Pomegranate Passion Peel Off mask complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. I honestly wasnt sure about it going on, it was a little runny but smelled fantastic. The .017 fl oz trial size packet wasnt enough to cover my entire face, I was just able to cover my cheeks, chin, and just a tiny bit on my nose. While waiting to dry I enjoyed the fabulous scent. I was concerned about actually being able to peel it off because it was so thin but nope, it peeled off good, clean,and pain free. I was surprised and my skin feels great. Monatagne Juenesse has made a new fan. Im adding a few pics, one is to show how great it peeled off. I highly recommend Montagne Jeunesse and will be buying more from now on.


Check out their website http://www.montagnejeunesse.com

Here is the product information Via Influenster's website
"Montagnue Jeunesse Fun, pampering beauty treatsWhether you enjoy looking after your skin, being pampered, or indulging in some me-time, be it alone or with friends, you will absolutely enjoy one of these ‘Life Little Pleasures’… With a huge array to choose from, our face masques are packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious fragrances. Suitable for all different skin types, there is one to suit every mood and everybody! Montagne Jeunesse beauty treats are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. So treat yourself today to a masque that will hydrate, nourish and leave your skin cleansed, smooth and glowing. Available at ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers across the US, these masques are available in a variety of succulent flavours, including:
Cucumber Peel Off
Passion Peel Off
Dead Sea Mud
Fruit Smoothie
Strawberry Souffle
Chocolate Mud
And many more!
Montagne Jeunesse… good for your skin, your wallet and the earth!"

Monday, December 26, 2011

Mesmerize (Mystyx #4) by Artist Arthur


This was the first book from this series that I had read and enjoyed it. Mesmerize was easy to read, fast paced and kept my interest throughout the entire book. This was a clean read that I would recommend to any young adult. Being the first book that I had read from the series, I was able to enjoy without being confused. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series now!

I was provided an ARC of Mesmerize (Mystyx 4) via Netgalley.


I rated Mesmerize 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com

Friday, December 23, 2011

Influenster Holiday VoxBox pics








imPRESS Press-on Manicure




Thanks to Influenster and Broadway nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure, I had the pleasure to try D080 Working Girl. I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. Right away I noticed how cute the packaging is. The nails come in a container shaped like a bottle of nail polish!
I was a little worried that the nails would be too small for my finger nails. I have wide nail beds. I sorted through all the shapes and was able to find enough for all 10 fingers. The nails went on so easily..just peel and stick. Broadway nails included a "prep pad" to cleanse your nails off before use which I believe helps the imPRESS nails last much longer than other brands.
Working girl, as you can see from the pictures, is a black and silver color. So shiny, I totally loved it! imPRESS nails are so unbelievably easy to use! It was like taking a trip to the nail salon! I will definitely be using the coupon that was included. I would love to see Broadway nails create different shapes and lengths. Try them, you'll love it! http://www.impressmanicure.com/)
Here is the product information VIA the Influenster site-
"imPRESS Press-On Manicure This changes everything! Introducing imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPress is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPress, your nails will always be your best accessory.imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!"

Mentos Gum Pure Fresh




Thanks to Influesnter and Mentos, I was honored to recieve a 15 piece container of Mentos Pure Fresh gum via the Influenster Holiday Vox Box progam. I recieved the Fresh Mint flavor and fresh mint it is! I totally fell in love with this gum! Its sugar free, contains green tea extract, has a great package, and is long lasting. Mentos was, is, and forever will be the fresh maker! Mentos.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NYC New York Color





I recieved a NYC New York Color liquid lipshine to try complimentary through the Influenster Holiday VoxBox program. I recieved NUDE YORK CITY color and absolutely LOVE it. The first thing I noticed was the smell. It smells fantastic! I believe its either coconut or vanilla. The lipgloss works great, not too gloppy or sticky. It goes on smooth and is long lasting. My lips look and feel great! The nude color for me was almost clear, but luckly I was graced with natural lip color so the little color that is in it, is all I need!
At only $2.49 this lipshine is such a inexpensive staple to any womans' make up bag or purse.
Check out the other colors
And check out the entire line of New York Color athttp://www.newyorkcolor.com
Check out all of the other fantastic shades

Via the Influenster site - "NYC New York Color Liquid LipshineStraight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 - $4.99. The energy, style and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!A beauty-editor favorite is Liquid Lipshine ($2.49). It has pure pigments that created a 3-D gloss effect. Vitamin E provides shine and a moisturizing feel. The formula is non-sticky, super shiny & soft. Available in 10 on-trend shades from neutral nudes, to berries & fuchsias. Start shopping for NYC at these stores nearest you: Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Family Dollar, Duane Reade, Kmart, HEB, and others. Visit newyorkcolor.com to check out all shades and fun products from New York Color!"

Monday, December 12, 2011

Welll Im new to posting videos..


I can't quite figure out why the sound works on my desktop version only :*( heres a snazzy picture

Influenster Holiday VoxBox

video

Influenster Holiday VoxBox has arrived!!!

Woo-hoo I just recieved my Influesnter Holiday Voxbox!! I did a quick little video will post shortly!

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Girl by Paige Harbison


Thanks to Netgalley, Harlequin, and Paige Harbison, I had the pleasure of reading New Girl.
After finishing this book I have discovered that New Girl is a tribute to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I have not read Rebecca, and honestly hadnt heard of that book before. But thanks to New Girl, I am going to have to read Rebecca.
New girl is about a Florida teen who was accepted to a private boarding school in New Hampshire. When the New Girl was younger she had asked her parents to go to a boarding school because of her love for the Harry Potter books. She was hesitant to go her senior year but didnt want to disapoint her parents.
Upon arrival, the New Girl discovers that she isnt welcome at all by her classmates and the mystery begins. A year before a student went missing and the classmates continue to wonder.New Girl is told in two point of views. The New Girl and the missing girl (Becca) Normally I don't enjoy books were the POV skips around alot but I enjoyed this and it was a well fit for the book.
Im not sure how I would rate New Girl, I was entertained and it kept my interest. But the fact that the students a year later continued to talk about the missing girl and accusing the New Girl of basically wanting to be here just didnt work for me. I wanted the New Girl to stand up for herself, tell her classmates to GET OVER IT! Over all I enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone for some light reading. It did contain drug and sexual content.
I did enjoy the writing and am looking forward to reading more from Paige Harbison.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

me&you.com by KE Payne

Thanks to Netgalley.com and Bold Strokes Books, I had the honor of reading me&you.com by KE Payne. Me&you.com is a a modern YA story about a college student named Immy. Immy has it all- great friends, a boyfriend everyone wants..but something just doesnt seem right. While chatting in a online forum, Immy discovers what was missing.
Me&you.com is a clean story about dealing with the feelings of being sexually confused. It is a honest and interesting look at opening your mind and heart to another person. That both men and woman can be heartbreakers..and that true love just might be right in front of your nose.
I just wanted to point out that I am straight, but I enjoyed this book. I recommend this to any openminded young person. The slang can be a bit difficult for American readers, but after awhile I found it cute.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Time for some reading...

Ok time to stop posting and cuddle up with some books! YAY!

Gillette Venus PRO SKIN Review



I received a Gillette-Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program - So, Gillette Venus has finally decided to make their version of the Shick Intuition. (the razor that doesnt need shaving cream) I'm glad they did! This is much less bulky and easy to shave with. I did have to run it across my legs a few times and the "shave gel bars" can get pretty slimy. But overall its a great product and it left my legs silky smooth. The only thing I dont like about it is the price. I guess I'm just a frugal gal. Im not really into paying $9.95 for it, However the package states you get 3 razor cartridges. But if buying these means no more shaving cream and beautiful legs...its worth it! http://www.gillettevenus.com

Vitabath In Bloom - Asian Orchid and Coconut body wash review


I recieved the Vitabath In Bloom Asian Orchid and Coconut body wash from my Influenster CosmoVoxBox. First..The smell: yuck! To me it was faintly like bug spray mixed in with a little bit of old lady. Luckily it was faint and by the time I dried off I couldnt smell it anymore. (But if I had liked the scent that would have been a bad thing) anyhoo...the product worked as expected. I felt clean and moisturized. The price for these bodywashes (IN MY OPINION) are not worth it. The are $9.99 for a 12oz bottle. product works good and its apparently "Formulated with: * Antioxidant rich super fruit blend: Acai, Goji, Coffee, Noni, Pomegranate, Green Tea & Mangosteen* Vitamin A, B3, C, E and Pro-Vitamin B5 skin conditioning nutrients enrich the formula. But $9.99 seems way to high for such a little bottle. Id love to try the other scents, but that price is just too high http://www.myvitabath.com

Woo-hoo! I recieved my Influenster Holiday Voxbox invite


I absolutely LOVE influenster! I can't wait to try and review the Holiday Vox Box products!

NetGalley

Yesterday, I somehow stumbled upon this awesome site called Netgalley.com This site lets book publishers send galleys a.k.a advance reader copies (arc) via your computer..which they also luckily send to kindles..in exchange for reviews! So I signed up and requested a few books. So far, Ive had the honor of receiving 2! I will be reading 2 YA (my guilty pleasure) books called me&you.com by KE Payne and Halflings by Heather Burch. Let the reading begin!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

a little book review of; Blood Like Poison by M. Leighton

Ive found this author through Amazon and because of the low price and enjoying the sample on my Kindle I bought this right away. I highly enjoyed this and bought many of the authors other books. I posted a review this amazon "Great writing! The chemistry between Bo and Ridley is so strong and well written it almost gives you the chills (good chills of course!)but its not over the top and it is young adult appropriate. This is the first Ive read from this author and certainly will not be the last!! " I highly recommend!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

i know that noone reads these but..

Im on a review roll and decided to review something I didnt get from Influenster. I have to talk about Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes. OMG I absolutely LOVE these. My face has been so smooth and glowing ever since I started using these. For years Ive been using witch hazel and Ive always loved it. But Dickinson's must have put something extra special in these. I use them twice a day and feel so refreshed and clean. Mrs Frugal that I am, I do cringe at the price $6.49 for 20 towlettes..but my face deserves the splurge. I guess im just use to paying less than a $1 for a bottle of witchhazel. If anyone reads this...TRY IT!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Influenster


So, a few months ago I discovered this amazing website called Influenster. Its an awesome site that (if selected) they send you products to try( the products come in a box called a voxbox) ..basically in exchange for reviews. I was honored to be selected to recieve a Cosmo Vox box which included full size Proactive 30-Day 3-Step Skin Care System, Vitabath body wash, and Gillette-Venus ProSkin Moisture Rich Razor. So I was thrilled to try these out! I will post my reviews and pictures shortly

Monday, October 17, 2011



Ok, so i just had to post that I cant do laundry..someone is in my way

Okay..so I didnt go work out....







Once Im on a computer, Im like a zombie..I swear I have a "surfing the web" problem. Anyhoo... Ive been watching alot of Madmen lately, and I really love the fashion and elegance (minus the adultery) Im not sure if its because I got married or what but Ive been going through alot of old pictures and came across very old pictures of my father and his family. I love these photos..it just seems like a more simpler time (even though it really wasnt!) alright, back to my laundry...uhm I mean work out

Whoa...Ive forgotten about this...

So, Ive been enjoying other cooking blogs lately and thought to myself..hey I should do that! Then I realized..hey I started a blog years ago and forgot about it! So here goes! I recently got married 10/05/2011 to the love of my life and my best friend. After seeing all the pictures of myself Ive decided that its really REALLY time for me to loose wieght. But, I still enjoy cooking and baking...and life is too short ! I dont want to eat rabbit food the rest of my life. So this is going to be my working out / cooking baking blog. I dont have anything to cook or bake right now..so I guess i should go work out!