Friday, May 31, 2013

{ june book releases... }



June is looking to be a quiet month for new releases. And believe it or not I'm pretty okay with that.  I have eight books sitting on the stand in my room waiting to be read.  They have patiently waited their turn and with the kids almost out of school, hopefully I'll have more time to read.

But that's not to say that what's coming out in June won't be on my stand soon.  The Play By Play series is one of my favorites and I'm sure that One Sweet Ride won't be any different. As a matter of fact, some of the books on my stand are from the Fast Track Series by Erin McCarthy.  I'm not really a race watching person but I do like to read about it!

I'm also looking forward to reading The Submissive. I won it in a Good Reads giveaway this month and just received it in the mail. I did read the original story when it was fanfiction so I'm interested to see where the story will differ and stay the same. I also discovered the KGI Series over the winter and I'm still trying to catch up to the newest release, Forged in Steele, but I may skip ahead because the summary of this one sounds like it's a must read.





What's on your must read list for June?




Thursday, May 30, 2013

{ book.chat - cookbooks }


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You should know that I was not raised a cook.  My family worked in restaurants while I was growing up so all I had to do was go downtown and someone would feed me.  It lead to lots of time hanging out at the local coffee table and was very convenient during my high school years.  It also limited the variety of foods I liked and my cooking skills were zero. But boy could I reheat leftovers in the microwave. When the hubby and I got married it turned out that he was a far better cook than me.  We still spent a lot of time in restaurants and it was still that convenience factor and my lower-than-average skills that contributed again.   
 
I'm going to be honest here- my cooking skills are still only better than average.  I have a few Betty Crocker cookbooks and a huge Better Homes and Garden cookbook but I've found my cooking talent is actually in baking.  
 
So when Jessica announced that this week's book chat topic was cookbooks, I was sure about what to share.  While I am a okay cook, I am genius in the over. Oh yes, I can bake.  And I like it.  I don't bake as often as I'd like because really, that many cookies and cakes and pies would wreak havoc on my waistline, but I love the chances I get.  I go all out on cakes for the kids birthday parties and I make a crazy amount of cupcakes for bake sales.
 
I also love making things in jars.  Aren't things cuter when they are in a Mason jar?  Even little mini pies are adorable.  I'm pretty sure since they are mini you can eat more right?  Makes sense to me.
 
 
Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations & Everyday

SprinkleBakes: Dessert Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Artist

1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes (1000 Series)

Big Book of Cupcakes: 150 Brilliantly Delicious Dreamcakes

100 Easy Recipes in Jars

Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine

Cutie Pies: 40 Sweet, Savory, and Adorable Recipes

Mini Pies: Adorable and Delicious Recipes for Your Favorite Treats

I have all of these cookbooks either in digital or hardcover and they are full of wonderful recipes and amazing pictures.  What are your favorite cookbooks?


Friday, May 24, 2013

{ Life-n-Reflection May Finds - Heirloom Textures Vol 3 }



Heirloom Vol 3 Texture
It's no secret that I'm in love with textures.  I love how that give amazing picture that little extra something that turns them into extraordinary pictures.  The Heirloom Vol. 3 textures from Life-n-Reflection and my absolute favorite at the moment. 

You can see below how I've used them on some images that I've shot around town lately to give them that lovely, dreamy look. 


 


Spring has (finally!) sprung in my area and it's absolutely beautiful. 


There are lots of great things going on at Life-n-Reflection right now.  When you sign up for the Life-n-Reflection Newsletter, you will receive the lovely Sing Song texture!


And that's not all!  Kristy at Life-n-Reflection has also introduced some wonderful programs for her products including Getting Your All Access VIP Pass to the Life-n-Reflection Photo Pizzazz Club, a  Peek Inside May's Party Time Club Kit and What's Inside May's Photo Pizzazz Club Kit.  You don't want to miss out one these amazing items!


Have a wonderful holiday weekend!




Thursday, May 23, 2013

{ book.chat - war and historical books }


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This week's book.chat with Jessica and her co-host Erinn is about war and historical books.  I have to admit when I started thinking about this topic I was a little stumped.  Most of what I read is what you would call "fluffy" reading or from the comedy genre.  The only "historical" I have read recently would be with knights and castles and the Highlands and even those are few and far between.  And you can pretty much eliminate the war factor from my bookshelf.  I read Schindler's List and watched the movie but that's about as much war as I've read.

When I sat down and thought about it I realized that most of the historical books that I've read was from when I was a child.  Classic children's literature is full of historical books from all time periods and social classes.  They teach important lessons, explore worlds and let our imaginations run free.



Each of these books holds a special place in my heart and I can just about remember exactly how old I was when I first read each book.  Some were on my own and some were required for school but in the end each left a strong impression.

The first time I ever cried while reading a book was the first time I read Number the Stars.  I remember sitting in my seat on the back part of the school bus and reading the final chapters of Annemarie and Ellen being so nervous about whether they were going to be okay that I almost missed my stop.  I wanted to live in a covered wagon and play outside all the time like Laura in Little House on the Prairie and my first book crush was on Dickon in The Secret Garden

I may not read many war and historical novels in my grown-up years but the ones from my childhood are are pretty top notch.  Maybe someday my oldest will want to read them as well. 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

{ literary junkies - may }


It's time again for the Literary Junkies link-up for May!  

What is Literary Junkies?  It's the creation of Taylor and Lesley to bring together bookworms from around the blog world.  


This month's questions are...

1) What are you currently reading? Tell us about it.

I'm almost done with Beautiful Stranger.  I've always loved a story about a woman who changes her life around and a guy who falls and falls hard.  I didn't think another character could rival Bennett Ryan but Max Stella gives him a good run for his money.


2) Summer is just ahead and my fav thing to fantasize is laying in a hammock with a good book. What are your top 3 fav "summer" reads?
   
When I'm between books or if I just finished a heavy story I always like to go back to one of my favorite series to decompress.  It's like cleansing your palette in a way.  Reading about Eve and Roarke or one of the Brothers is always a pick-me up. 

3) What are your top 3 summer "to-reads"?
   
This summer I plan on taking it easy on the reading.  I have several books on tap to review already but for my "fun" reads I'm going for humor and fluff.  I'm waiting for Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist's Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie Is Not the Answer, Plus One and How to Be a Woman to come from the library so I can get started on them when school gets out.


4) What book do you wish they'd make it a movie of?

I'm kind of cheating on this question because the book has already been optioned to a movie (and even has a website!) but I'm looking forward to seeing Beautiful Bastard on the big screen.  Way more that 50 Shades.


5) Has your favorite author published a book lately or going to publish a book soon? Tell us about it.

 
One of my absolute favorite authors is Julie James and she just released the latest installment of her F.B.I./Attorney Series, Love Irresistibly, last month.  The book centers around U.S. Attorney Cade and general counsel of a restaurant company Brooke and how they fall in love while trying to take down a corrupt Senator.  There was one very, very late night involved as well as the ignoring of a few household chores while I read this book.  I think it was the best one yet.  

Now onto this month's book selection...Diamond in the Rough: A Memoir. I didn't read this month's book choice but from the Amazon and Good Reads reviews say it seems to be a fairly solid memoir.  Memoirs aren't my favorite genre to read honestly.  I've read a few in the past but I have so many books on my to-be-read pile that I just couldn't get into it.

I am pretty excited for next months book choice, The Silver Linings Playbook.  I read it a few months ago before I saw the movie and I loved it!  I'm going reread it again because really, it's that great of a book.

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