Thursday, January 31, 2013

{ - short stories }

     short sto·ry  

     A story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.
     novelette - novel - tale - narrative

The book chat with Jessica and Erinn this week is all about the short story.

Like all the other books that are on my favorites lists, my favorite short stories are ones that have a happy ending (mostly) or are somewhat iconic.  I haven't read that many short stories in the last few years.  I feel that I have met my lifetime quota when I was in high school and college.  English professors love to assign short stories.  At least mine did.  

Some were good and some were awful.  Some I learned from and some I wondered why on Earth it was assigned.  That happened more often than not.  Maybe it's just me though.  

I was absolutely amazed when I found out that most of my favorite Disney stories were originally short stories.  It stunned my teenage mind when I found out that out.  Like most books to movies, they only loosely follow the story and it was rather strange to picture the cartoon in my head while I was reading.  And at the end of Red Riding Hood- I was not impressed at all.

What are your favorite short stories?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

{ 14 valentine's day books for children }

I am excited to share with you my favorite children's books for Valentine's Day.  I love reading holiday themed books with the munchkins.  My Big Man decided that Valentine's were "yucky" and was appalled that he had to give Valentine's to the girls in his class this year.  Meanwhile my Big Girl is picking out the "right" card for each of her classmates.  It's an extremely important task according to her.  I really don't miss those days.  And the Little Man has learned what a heart is and loves to point them out when he sees them.  Which is everywhere right now.

♥ Snowy Valentine♥ The Biggest Kiss ♥ Lilly's Chocolate Heart ♥ I Love You Stinky Face ♥ The Biggest Valentine Ever ♥ Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse!♥ The Valentine Bears ♥ Ruby Valentine Saves the Day ♥ The Perfect Hug ♥Hug Time♥ The Ballad of Valentine♥ All Kinds Of Kisses ♥How Do You Hug a Porcupine? ♥ Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime 

My personal favorites are Hug Time and The Biggest Valentine Ever. They are apart of our personal library and I wish I remembered what I ordered from the class book orders this month but I know they were cute.  

What are your favorite Valentine's books?

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Monday, January 28, 2013

{ project life printables - vintage valentines }

I'm switching it up a little this week.  Instead of a printable I'm giving you vintage Valentines!  You can download the whole folder or 20+ individual jpeg images.  I love vintage Valentines and wanted you to be able to create your own collage or Valentine. The images are various sizes but are very high quality.  

{ download here }

I'd love to see what you create with them.  Send me a copy or tweet me a Valentine!

Friday, January 25, 2013

{ my favorite reads - project life organization notebooks and more }

A lot of people have started their Project Life Albums this month and many are trying to figure out how to keep track of things and have it all ready to go at the end of the week. I still tweak mine all the time but the notebook in the link to Michelle's blog below is looking pretty awesome. Here are some great links from this week about organization and self-portraits.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

{ - what i'm reading right now }


It's Thursday and that means it's day!  I'm linking up with Jessica and her lovely co-host Megan and we're chatting about what we are currently reading.  

I don't know about you but at any given time I am in the middle of at least two books.  Sometimes even three and four.  What book I pick up usually depends on my mood.  My mood can also be turned around by what I'm reading too.  The 3 books I'm reading right now...
I LOVE this book!  Actually, I've already read it once and it was so amazing that I'm rereading it again.  It just sucked me from the first night and I read until my iPad was falling out of my hand (because I was falling asleep).  The dialogue is fantastic and the feelings that Chloe and Bennett have for each other are so well written and they just pull at my heart.  They are two very memorable characters and I can't wait to share my review soon.

I just started reading this one over the weekend and it's so hard to put down.  It's my new bedtime book and even though the story is pretty heavy at times.  I want to see the movie but I have this rule that I can't see the movie until I've read the book, so I've got to get moving otherwise I'll be watching the dvd only.  

I swear to you that someday everyone will know the name Jack F'n Carter.  Sports romances are one of my favorite genres and found this title on a Good Reads List.  I haven't gotten this worked up over a book in a long time.  Do you ever want to be able to reach into a book and yell at a character?  Yeah, that's Jack F'n Carter.

Do you read more than one book at a time?  Does your mood decide what you read like it does to me?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

{ life-n-reflection - sweetcakes parties made simple }

Valentines is just around the corner and Life-n-Reflection has released an all new collection called Sweet Cakes Parties Made Simple.  Well what is Parties Made Simple?

Parties Made Simple: Creative. Fun. Party Planning 
The Parties Made Simple Sweet Cakes edition is a “taste bud tickler” designed for baking themed parties, sleepovers, birthdays and play-dates. Get ready to BAKE UP A STORM” with tips, checklists, guides, printable materials and a cup of inspiration!

Sweetcakes Parties Made Simple 

The Sweet Cakes Parties Made Simple allows you to save time and stay organized with Project Planning Worksheets.  With more than 105 items in all the set included 94 Party Printable Supplies, 8 Planners, 4 Guides, and pages of tips and inspiration!

Here's a little sneak peek:
  • Baking Guide
  • Party Schedule
  • Guest List Planner
  • 2 Cupcake Wrappers
  • Party Invitation Guide
  • 12 Cupcake Flags
  • 6 Baking Gift Tags
  • Party Decoration Guide
  • 4 Bag Toppers
  • Party Playlist
  • 12 Stickers & Tags
  • Pennant Banner
  • 40+ Cupcake Toppers

Bonus Wrappers
In addition you can also download the above coordinating bonus wrappers here.  And don't forget to check out the amazing Project Gallery for more inspiration for Life-n-Reflection goodies!

**Party Photos Coming Soon**

{ book review - the seduction of elliot mcbride }

Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Highland Pleasure, Book 5
Genre: Historical Romance 
Published: December 31, 2012, Berkley Sensation


Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.
Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…
After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

I absolutely loved the utter devotion that  Elliot had for Juliana.  That devotion is what pushed him through the darkest parts of his captivity and helped him hold onto what sanity he had left.  Although they had a unusual engagement and hadn't really seen each other for years, they didn't let time become tension between them.  Elliot and Juliana committed themselves to their marriage and created a truly unbreakable bond. And it wasn't just their emotional bond that was forming- the physical chemistry between Elliot and Juliana was off the charts.  There was no timid virgin here, Juliana was just as active in their love life as Elliot and I'll never look at whiskey the same way again.  The  number one thing that stands out for me though is that no matter how much of the world thinks that Elliot is mad, Juliana never does and she never makes him feel that way either.  

What I liked Juliana and Elliot are a wonderful couple with flesh out personalities but the personality that stole the book was Elliot's distant uncle McGregor who he also bought the run down castle from.  He blew holes in ceilings with shotguns and bellowed up and down halls.  Even Elliot's manservant and his family from India were a wonderful addition to the story.  The relationship between Elliot and Mahindar was very deep and well written. Even the Scottish characters introduced in Elliot and Juliana's new home add heart and humor to a wonderful story.  

Can I say nothing?  All I can say is that I would have liked to see more of the Mackenizes than what we did.  It really was a wonderful story and I was so engrossed in it that I finished it within a day.  

"I would have said that Juliana was my lass, had always been mine.  That I wasn't stepping aside for anyone."
-Elliot, on what reason he had to stop Juliana's original wedding.

My rating

Monday, January 21, 2013

{ january giveaway }

This month one of the blogs I chose to sponsor was the lovely Lesley at By the Porchlight.  Lesley has put together this lovely giveaway of all her sponsors this month.  Personally, I think the vintage postcards are
pretty cool.  

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