Another Stitch Fix

I had gotten another Stitch Fix around Christmas, but then I lost the memory card that had the photos on it with all of the holidays and such… But I found it!! So now I can make up for lost time and blog about things I had wanted to blog about a while back, lol.

I am going to start out by saying that I loved almost everything in my box. I was so excited when I opened it… But alas…I only kept one thing. There will be explanations under each picture…

Stitch Fix sweater

This is called a Brookline Mix Material Sweater. I thought this was so cute! I wish I had snapped a pic of the back. There is a zipper in the back and when you unzip it, it shows that light material underneath. I tried it on and it was adorable…until I unzipped it and then I looked like I was pregnant.. I had also just gotten a sweater that color and I had another in my closet. It was just too much of the same, plus the pregnant factor and if I had this, I would want it unzipped…

Stitch Fix Dolman Top

This is called the Corinna Striped Dolman Top. I loved the look of it when I was unpacking the box! But, trying it on, I have come to realize I just don’t like dolman type sleeves. They just feel uncomfortable to me. I am going to make sure to make a note of it for my stylist for the next go around. But the color was just right, the stripes…everything else..great.

Stitch Fix Faux leather jacket

This is called the Rhonda Faux Leather Jacket and I loved it! My stylist even sent the correct size for outerwear since I tend to layer and my normal size just wouldn’t work with that. But I had JUST gotten a brown jacket similar to this the week before. What are the chances? But I really think it is a sign of a really great stylist to pick so many things that I like…

Stitch Fix distressed boyfriend jean

These are called Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean and I loved the look of them when I unpacked them. I love me some boyfriend jeans!! And I had gotten rid of all my distressed denim a while back, so I thought that was fun. But the fit was just….ugh. I tried to love them, I did!

Stitch Fix sweatshirt

And finally, the one item I kept from this box. This is called Evie Draw String Funnel Neck Sweatshirt and I loved it! I had something similar, but it has a different neck. Again, I love this stylist!! :) The front pocket area, the neckline with the strings.. It just fit well and it was quite comfortable! I just put a cami on under it and it works for all kinds of different weather.. Love!!

So, that is another Stitch Fix box of mine! I forgot to blog about the last couple, but I think it has been too long for that, so I will have to be better about doing it in the future.

Have you tried Stitch Fix yet? I would love to see some of the things from your boxes! :)

If you haven’t tried a Stitch Fix box yet, you could use this link and I would get a small credit from that.. Or, you don’t have to..lol.

 

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What I read in January

As I went back to see what books I read this month, I was surprised that I read so many! One book seemed to go on and on and on, I guess that’s why…

My Goodread’s goal is 62 books in 2016 and I am well on my way! I think being able to read for an hour when Ryan is in his college class helps!

Here is what I read in January! Let me know what you have liked lately so I can add it to my list! :)

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Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella – The unstoppable, irreverent mother-daughter team presents a new collection of funny stories and true confessions that every woman can relate to. From identity theft to the hazards of bicycling to college reunions and eating on the beach, Lisa and Francesca tackle the quirks, absurdities, and wonders of everyday life with wit and warmth. As Lisa says, “More and more, especially in the summertime when I’m sitting on the beach, I’m learning not to sweat it. To go back to the child that I used to be. To see myself through the loving eyes of my parents. To eat on the beach. And not to worry about whether every little thing makes me look fat. In fact, not to worry at all.”

What I thought – I have read a few of Lisa’s books in the past so it was definitely interesting to read a more humorous title from her. A lot of the stories made me laugh and some were just cute. I will definitely look for more books in the future by this duo. It was also nice to hear more personal stories…

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100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi – What would you do if you knew you only had 100 days left to live? For Lucio Battistini, it’s a chance to spend the rest of his life the way he always should have—by making every moment count

Womanizing, imperfect but loveable Lucio Battistini has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping in the stock room of his father-in-law’s bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucio’s life, as he attempts to care for his family, win back his wife (the love of his life and afterlife), and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn’t felt in years. From helping his hopelessly romantic, widowed father-in-law find love, discovering comfort in enduring friendships, and finding new ones, Lucio becomes, at last, the man he’s always meant to be. In 100 epigrammatic chapters, one for each of Lucio’s remaining days on earth,100 Days of Happiness is as delicious as a hot doughnut and a morning cappuccino. Wistful, often hilarious, and always delectable, 100 Days of Happiness reminds us all to remember the preciousness of life and what matters most.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. The main character was portrayed thoroughly, which I liked. You really got into the idea of only having 100 days to live. I definitely recommend this book.

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Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa – Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.

Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.

Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.

As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.

What I thought: Kind of like the description, this book kinda went everywhere. I liked the general story, but I think something was kind of off. I still enjoyed it though, and the personal touches throughout the book…

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Shackled by Tom Leveen – From author Tom Leveen comes a taut, suspenseful novel about a girl’s abduction that leaves her best friend emotionally paralyzed, until a chance encounter points her toward the truth…and a terrifying new danger.

Sixteen-year-old Pelly has a master plan. After years of therapy, medication, and even a stint in a mental hospital, she’s finally ready to re-enter the world of the living. Pelly has been suffering from severe panic attacks ever since her best friend, Tara, disappeared from a mall six years ago.

And her plan seems to be working, until an unkempt girl accompanied by an older man walks into the coffee shop where she works. Pelly thinks she’s seen a ghost, until the girl mouths “help me” on the way out, and Pelly knows she’s just seen Tara.

Too shocked to do anything, Pelly helplessly watches Tara slip away again as she steels herself against a renewed spiral of crippling anxiety. But rather than being overcome by anxiety, Pelly feels more energized than she has in years. Determined to track down enough evidence to force the police to reopen Tara’s file, Pelly’s master plan takes a turn for the dangerous.

Pelly decides she cannot be shackled by her past—and the anxiety, fear, and grief that comes with it—any longer if she wants to save Tara. But in seeking answers through whatever means necessary, she’ll come face-to-face with true evil. And not all the shackles are in her head…

What I thought: I went to high school with the author, so I always find that fascinating.. This is the second book of his that I have read and liked. I think I liked this one more than the other one.. This one is kept me on my toes and I finished it quickly. I love that it is based where we are from so I could picture exactly what he was talking about.. But the characters were well written and I kept trying to jump to conclusions and I kept jumping to the wrong ones, lol. I thought it was great… :)

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The List by Siobhan Vivian – An intense look at the rules of high school attraction — and the price that’s paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

What I thought: Well, I thought the book was confusing in a way. I can’t imagine this ever happening honestly. Maybe that’s my problem. The ending was just weird and didn’t seem to go with the rest of the story… I don’t know.. :P

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The Lake House by Kate Morton – Living on her family’s idyllic lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented sixteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure…

One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest child, eleven-month-old Theo, has vanished without a trace. What follows is a tragedy that tears the family apart in ways they never imagined.

Decades later, Alice is living in London, having enjoyed a long successful career as an author. Theo’s case has never been solved, though Alice still harbors a suspicion as to the culprit. Miles away, Sadie Sparrow, a young detective in the London police force, is staying at her grandfather’s house in Cornwall. While out walking one day, she stumbles upon the old estate—now crumbling and covered with vines, clearly abandoned long ago. Her curiosity is sparked, setting off a series of events that will bring her and Alice together and reveal shocking truths about a past long gone…yet more present than ever.

A lush, atmospheric tale of intertwined destinies, this latest novel from a masterful storyteller is an enthralling, thoroughly satisfying read.

What I thought: I had no idea that I would like this book as much as I did.. It surprised me! The way that the characters were drawn into the story really helped it make sense. Although sometimes I had to remember who was who, for the most part it flowed nicely! I normally am not a fan of books that jump between storylines, especially with different time periods, but I liked the way it was done. The ending was kind of cheesy, but it is still good…

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Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell – Everyone thought we were dead. We were missing for nearly two months; we were twelve. What else could they think? -Lois

It’s always been hard to talk about what happened without sounding all melodramatic. . . . Actually, I haven’t mentioned it for years, not to a goddamned person. -Carly May

The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Maggie Mitchell’s Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.

What I thought – The characters were woven throughout this book alternately and sometimes it drove me crazy, but it ended up working. In the middle of the book was part of another book from the story and that was kind of odd. It was a good story though, kept me interested…the premise was a little confusing.

So, those are the books that I read in January! I have a stack here waiting already for February, but I am also willing to get more from the library from suggestions, if they have it! :)

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Thursday Things

What a crazy week. Did you get any of that storm Jonas that came through? We still have a bit of snow on the ground from it, which is silly because you drive just a few minutes down the road and there isn’t a sign of any at all. Hoping that more melts off soon so that we can let our birds back out. They have been locked up for a week now!

Anyway, I thought it would be a good day to do a Thursday Things since I am home sick today. Thinking about the good things from this past week will make me feel better… :)

khombu bootFirst things first.. With all of the snow, my super warm snow boots came in very handy. I had recently ordered them after a friend had some of the same ones. I don’t mind copying…ha! My feet are notoriously cold and these totally helped, especially with the warm socks my wonderful cousin sent me. :)

I used to eat Snickers all the time when I was working at Ward’s. (remember that place?) But I hadn’t really had them in a while…and then I saw this. Crunchy bits in an already yummy candy bar? OK!! :)

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I love me some fun packaging.. ;) Lauren has the original chicken poop lip stuff but I saw this at Tractor Supply and I couldn’t resist. The colors are all very nice too! The first ingredient is Avocado oil, which is a nice change.. Gotta love poo poo. hehehe.

I have tried making pancakes from scratch…many recipes…and I just can’t seem to get it just right. I got a box of this and LOVE them. We have made them a few times now and they are just so so tasty. We eat pancakes a lot around here, mostly because we love our special bacon that we get, and well, they just go together. But seriously, if you are a packaged pancake mix person, get yourself some of this.

Almost every single one of these is me as an adult. (there are some swear words, so keep that in mind) But really, I could have made this entire video…lol.

Okie dokie, that’s my Thursday Things. I am off to do my bird and goat chores and go back to bed with my box of Kleenex and my iPad…and maybe some Netflix…and a book. And my water. Ah heck, everything, just everything…

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Saturday Snippets

Howdy! January is already half over! I swear…Valentine’s Day is going to come and then bam, it will be Halloween. Aghghgh, make it slow down!!

I’ve been on the internet frequently lately catching up on stuff, since our lovely internet was not functioning for a few days. The internet company told us that they have the technology in place to provide us with faster internet, all they have to do is flip a switch…they had plans to roll it out in December, but…nothing. :sigh: So, here we sit with download speeds of .54 and upload speeds of .38, or something similar. Gotta love Century Link out here in the country. :P

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On that note, since I WAS on the internet, I came across quite a few things! Figured I may as well make it all into a Saturday Snippets post! :) Now granted, some of these things may be old….but I might have just seen them for the first time, lol.

1. I just watched this video and will now look at jelly beans differently. Woah.

2. I’m pretty late to the game, but I had no idea that there was furniture for sale!?!?

3. Kids reunite with their fathers in prison in this video. Wow, what a meaningful day for them all.

4. A church in TN asked members of their church to each donate a dollar. Check out what they did with that money here.

5. This photographer is taking photographs of women in every country.

6. Photography, laughter and animals…some of my favorite things here! :)

7. This dad can’t say eyes. lol

8. Oh, just skating on the street. NBD. Except it’s ice skating!

9. So much goodness on just one website.

10. These large scale murals of children are so neat.

That’s a good batch of goodness right there..

Let me know what silly, cute, and interesting things you have found on the internet lately. :)

 

 

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PASSION Salvation’s Tide Is Rising {Review and Giveaway}

I love me some music… I have mentioned that many times in the past. ;)

I recently was asked to review the latest PASSION cd, Salvation’s Tide is Rising and it was a great listen.

passion coverThere are ten tracks on this album; Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, and Kristian Stanfill are all included.  It features all new songs written specifically for Passion 2016.

Track List:
1.  Salvation’s Tide is Rising – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill
2.  My Victory – Passion featuring Crowder
3.  Remember – Passion featuring Brett Younker & Melodie Malone
4.  God & God Alone – Passion featuring Chris Tomlin
5.  Simple Pursuit – Passion featuring Melodie Malone
6.  I Turn to Christ – Passion featuring Matt Redman
7.  Your Grace Amazes Me – Passion featuring Christy Nockels
8.  All We Sinners – Passion featuring Crowder
9.  Surrender – Passion featuring Jimi Cravity
10. Good Good Father – Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill

I have listened to this album a couple times since I got it. I will say the songs play more like ‘listen to the words’ rather than ‘jump out of your seat’, but I don’t mind that at all! In fact, I appreciate it! But just to let you get a feel of the songs, I thought I would mention it. :)

Since the first release in 1998, Passion albums have sold over 1.3 million units while introducing the church to worship songs like “Our God”, “Holy Is The Lord”, “How Great Is Our God”, and “God Of This City”.  Passion is coming off its best charting radio success in 5 years with the single “Even So Come”, which went Top 5. Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation.  From its start in 1995, the Passion Movement has had a singular mission–calling students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most.  This yearly conference uses live worship music and teaching to encourage young people to live for the glory of God.  In 1998, Passion decided to document the musical portion of the annual conferences via live worship recordings — raw, in-your-face praise songs with an alternative edge.

The Passion Movement and the messages of founder Louis Giglio have marked the lives of millions of people around the globe, calling people everywhere to live for the glory of God.  From its inception, the movement of Passion has birthed new anthems of worship, influencing countless churches and helping to define the current worship climate and establish artists Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Matt Redman, Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill and others.  Louie Giglio is the pastor and founder of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

You can check it out on Itunes here if you’d like! It isn’t even being released until the end of the month!! Some of my favorite Christian artists are on this cd, so that is kinda cool.

And the exciting part!! You can enter to win your own copy of this cd! :) It’s pretty easy, check it out below!

PASSION Salvation’s Tide Is Rising {Review and Giveaway}

 

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Thursday Things

First Thursday Things of the year!! Exciting! ;)

I hope everyone had a great New Year! I am hoping that 2016 is a great year for everyone!

Here are the things that I liked about the first week of the new year!

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First thing…Hold & Shine Moisture Mist by Shea Moisture. My hair is all sorts of wonky. Straight bits, wavy bits, curly bits…all mixed together. Not even sure what to do with it anymore. Than add in our lovely humidity? Yeahhh. Well, this has helped a little with some of my problems.. And I am thankful. ;)

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I have the best neighbor.. :) I could say nothing but good things about her and go on and on.. But she invited us to her New Years Eve party that she was having. Just some friends and family. I don’t know how you could leave her house without feeling like you are family. We had chili and cupcakes…s’mores by the fire, some drinks, a little bit of fireworks, some games. It was relaxing and fun at the same time.

pandoraJeffy and I have been listening to Pandora around the house lately. He listens while he drives too, but my vehicle is older, you know, it plays cassette tapes and all…. But one of my favorite stations right now that I have been listening to a lot is ‘The Head & the Heart’ radio. It just has a good mix of music. Not too heavy and definitely not the overplayed stuff on the radio. :P

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I may have mentioned it on here…but shortly after getting my laptop I got a huge crack that ran down the left side of the screen. Now, that’s where a lot of the information is in a lot of the programs I use.. It has been a long year plus of having that crack! We finally ordered a replacement screen (yay for Amazon!) and Jeffy replaced it in a matter of minutes after watching a youtube video. (yay for youtube!) Hooray! I can see my left side of the screen again!!

I have been a huge fan of Bad Lip Reading for a long time. A little bit ago they had a little blurb of a song in one of the Star Wars videos and they ended up making a full extended lyric video out of it. I can’t get it out of my head and it makes me laugh, so that’s added to the list.. :)

So, what did you like about your week? It’s always great to think about the good things! :)

 

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com {Review}

Before we moved to North Carolina, I had tried out SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I had only done a trial as we were packing up, but it had come through my email and I wanted to check it out. Wow…was all I can say about that then. And wow…is all I can say about that now. ha!

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As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was asked to review SchoolhouseTeachers.com again! Exciting! Even better, I was asked to review the Yearly Membership! So, instead of only having a month and being slightly overwhelmed with what to do with it, I am able to take advantage of a full year of trying different courses!

Personally, when I log onto a website, I am usually drawn to the menu at the top of the page. It is usually pretty clean and easy to read. That’s what I did on this website, although there are buttons if you scroll a tad that are great for visual people…and people like Jeffy who doesn’t like reading small type. ;)

schoolhouseteachers.com start hereThe best thing to do after logging on is to click on the ‘start here’ link. Like I said, the website can be a tad overwhelming if only because there is so much to offer. But there are a lot of helpful links and information just on this page that you will refer to it often! There is a great FAQ section that answers many different questions.

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My biggest question was…what do we do first!?! As I was looking around, I noticed the music section. Ryan has a piano and has pretty much taught himself how to play. Kyle has a guitar and has had lessons for a month. Lauren has a violin, but hasn’t had a lesson at all! I saw immediately that they had a violin course! Score!! As we clicked on the Beginning Violin course, it brought us to the main page that has information about the course. It explains what type of course it is, what it includes, what age group it is for, it also has an outline. Quite a bit of information on this page. Once you are a member, you can click and go to the lessons.

Lauren Violin schoolhouseteachers.comThe Beginning Violin course is taught by Nancy Blue. I like that it tells you about each instructor. This particular course is mostly videos, which makes sense…but it has a couple downloadable music sheets as well. We haven’t gone through the whole course yet, but from what we have done so far, Lauren has learned so much! She has played Twinkle and learned many different notes and even a tip on how to hold the violin properly. Nancy has a great way of explaining things that even young children can understand, but she doesn’t talk babyish toward an older student.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Drama SpeechAs you hover over the courses link, you can view the courses by Subject or Grade Level. I like the Grade Level selection, since my kids are older and it gets rid of a lot of the younger stuff that we don’t need. If you use the Quick Links link, like shown above, it is a fast way to get to what you need with some extra information. This is the Drama and Speech section on the Quick Links window.

I was interested in the Public Speaking course. That is something that my kids don’t do all that often, and now that I am seeing that one of the classes that Ryan needs to take in college is Public Speaking, I think that is a great idea to get some of that done now, so they are all a little comfortable with it. From the Quick Links page, I can click on Lessons or Read More, depending on what I want. So, like the Violin class above, The Read More selection brings you to information about the class as well as the instructor, and the Lessons selection brings you straight to the lesson.

None of the kids wanted their picture taken just standing there speaking, and I don’t blame them, so I don’t have any pictures of that class. I like that this course gives help with writing the actual speech rather than just the speaking part. That is another thing that my kids need to do more on. We took a year off from writing last year and again, after seeing what college classes Ryan has taken so far, I need to do MORE writing this year, not less… There is also an Advanced Public Speaking course, that I will look at after the first one.

Now, we have only been logged into SchoolhouseTeachers.com for a short time, so I am excited to look around even more. Our school year starts on January 11th, so you can bet that I will be adding a few courses to our schedule!

There are so many different things that are included in this one site, you will definitely have to at least check it out! There is even a large section just for parents! Whole food cooking, special needs section… And they are adding things all the time!

If you are interested in trying it out, you can try it out for only $1 like I did a while back! When you decide that you can’t live without it, go ahead and sign up! Regular price is $12.95/month or $139 for the year. That is per FAMILY, not per child, which is great! But, since I am doing this review for Schoolhouse Review Crew, you can use the code CREWFOLLOWER and that will give you 50% off of a year subscription! The code only lasts until January 31st, so if you want to use it, use it soon!

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If you are interested in reading what other reviewers had to say about their time with SchoolhouseTeachers.com feel free to click below! I always love reading different viewpoints with curriculum because sometimes my children are different ages and I may read something else helpful on another review… :)

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Don’t forget to take advantage of that coupon, it is a great deal!

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What I read in December

I had set my 2015 Goodreads book goal at 60 for the year. I had set it lower than what I read the previous two years, but I wasn’t sure how things would go with our school schedules and such. I ended up reading 67 for the year! Now, granted, some of those were smaller books for school and such, but I also read some big books..so I think it evens out…lol.

This year I set my goal at 62 because I think our school year is going to be a little more hectic than in the past, but I think I can still do 60…so I will try for 62. We will see how it goes! Is anyone else making a book goal for 2016?

Here is what I read in December!

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Into the Dangerous World by Julie Chibbaro – 17-year old Ror comes from the boonies and is tough as nails and all she really cares about is drawing and painting and making art. She ends up in the ghetto that was Manhattan in 1984, where she discovers that the walls, the subways, the bridges are covered with art. Before long, she runs into trouble with Trey, the ultimate bad boy and president of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew she desperately wants to join at all costs.

When Ror falls in love with Trey, she realizes she’ll do just about anything to get up in the scene. She has some decisions to make: she wants to be a street artist but she doesn’t want get shot by the cops; she wants her stuff in the museum but she doesn’t want to die waiting to become famous; she wants to makes money selling her work in a gallery but she doesn’t want to be a puppet at the mercy of a dealer. The book follows her descent into a dangerous world, where her drawings are her only salvation.

Ror’s journey is a seamless blend of words and pictures, cinematic in its scope – a sharp-edged, indelible creation that will live inside your head.

What I thought: This book wasn’t like any I have ever read, which is great! I found it kind of weird at first, but it grew on me the more I read. I think it is a good book!

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The Shack by Wm. Paul Young – Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

What I thought: This book surely didn’t go where I thought it would. It was well written and I really enjoyed the way the story went throughout. It kept me questioning things that I thought….

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Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler – Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.

Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.

What I thought: Ok, has anyone watched Jane the Virgin tv show? It was all quite so similar…but I thought it was a great read and I really like how the characters were written. I liked this book!!

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Deadly Design by Debra Dockter – Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Their parents figured it was safer that way, to increase their odds of survival. Connor was born first, paving an impossibly perfect path for Kyle to follow. He was the best at everything—valedictorian, star quarterback etc. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try.

But when Connor, 18, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, and Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays, he’s suddenly motivated—to save his own life. Like Connor and all the rest, Kyle was conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory, where the mysterious Dr. Mueller conducted experiments on them. The clock’s ticking as Kyle searches for answers: who was Dr. Mueller really, and what did he do to cause their hearts to stop at eighteen? He must unravel the clues quickly, before, he too, becomes another perfect, blue-eyed corpse.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. I seem to be getting a lot of twin books where one dies. Ack. But I thought this was well written and it makes you really feel the characters..

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Another Day by David Levithan – Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

What I thought – I had read Every Day forever ago and was excited to see this book in the library. It was interesting to hear Rhiannon’s story. I had forgotten a lot of the first book, but as I read I remembered more and more. It was a good way to explain a few things and I appreciated the way it was done…

Anyway, so that is all that I read in December! What books did you read in December, or even in 2015 that you loved?  Let me know!! :)

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Warby Parker

I recently tried out the Home Try On program at Warby Parker. I do wear eyeglasses in the morning and evening, or just whenever I am not wearing my contacts. The place that I normally get my glasses sometimes has a good selection….and sometimes they don’t. And it is busy so there isn’t always a lot of time or space to try on the glasses that you want to.

warbyparker logoWith the Try On program, you can pick up to five frames and try them out for five days! There are so many to choose on the website too! I am picky because of my face shape but I found some that I liked.. Now, I am glad that I wasn’t just ordering them without trying them on, because some definitely fit my face shape better than others…ha!

They have a new winter collection right now and I made sure to get one pair from that. You can mix eyeglasses with sunglasses which is what I did. They start at just $95 which is a great price! AND with each purchase, a pair is distributed to someone in need! Love that!!

Now, I was planning on taking better pics, but it had been raining for a week straight. Not just raining…full on flash flood warning type rain. So, I just did what I could. You may get a laugh. ;) But, here are the choices that I tried out.. Let’s start with the sunglasses!

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I thought that these were great! The only problem is that I ordered them in English Oak. I already have a great pair of brown sunglasses that I wear everywhere. I should have tried them in black!

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Now, I liked the color of these…but they were just bit too big for my face. In my opinion anyway, I know some of you like your big sunnies.. ;)

Warby Parker Sims

I loved the color of these! Loved! And I thought they looked good with my face shape. Hooray!! :) They did sit a little crooked on my head, but I am sure that once they would be ordered it would be fine…

Warby Parker Simone

I loved these too! The glasses I have now have a little blue on them too, so I must still like that! :) But these colors all work together and work with a lot of my clothing options, should I ever have to wear them out in public. heh

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This is the one from the Winter Collection that I tried. I loved them too, see the blue? Yup, must still be loving the blue. ha!

You know what I found out? They even sell a monocle. YES! I love that…lol.

I am going in to get my eyes checked again in the spring.. So I am thinking about what glasses I would get after that.. I love that I can try a lot of their glasses on first, in the comfort of my own home! There are a ton of different styles, I just happen to like the chunkier glasses. At least right now. Ask me again in the spring and it may be different.. ;)

No, I didn’t get anything for this post. I did a home try on just like anyone else would, sent them back like anyone else would. Didn’t get free glasses or a discount. This is just what I thought of their glasses. I kinda dig what they do and that they give a pair of glasses to someone in need. Good eyewear, good outcome.

Have you tried any glasses from Warby Parker? Or do you have a favorite? Let me know! :D

 

 

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Recipe Clean Out: Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

I haven’t posted a recipe from our recipe folder in a long time. If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out my recipe for Oreo fudge, it kind of explains it a bit.. ;)

This recipe didn’t have a title written at the top, but looking at the ingredients, I just assumed it was a sort of rice krispie treat..

I was pleasantly surprised! I have made these twice since I re-found the recipe, lol.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats –  they look amazing, right? They taste even better, lol.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie TreatsIngredients
5 TBSP salted butter
9 cups mini marshmallows
4 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
4 1/2 cups Cocoa Krispies
One 8oz bag of rolo mini’s cut in half
1/4 cup salted caramel ice cream topping – you could use plain caramel sauce if you’d like
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Grease a 9×13 dish. You can line with foil if you’d prefer, but I just use a glass dish. If you use foil, make sure you grease that too!
Melt butter.
Add marshmallows until melted.
Mix up the cereals in a large bowl.
Add caramel sauce and salt to melted marshmallows, stir well.
Pour the cereal in and mix well.
Add in candy and stir again.
Put in your 9×13 dish and lightly salt the top. I use pink Himalayan salt in the grinder…

That’s it! Then, just cut out the size square that you like…and eat! Yummm!!!

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