Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mile 81

Mile 81
by Stephen King

2CDs

Published January 2012
Read August 2015

Love the short stories on audio from Stephen King.  They are short, scary, and wonderful!  I love the shorter audiobooks that make me feel like I've accomplished something. 

This story felt like what would happen if Christine went terribly wrong?  Like way off track!  It's a story about a car that can get enough and some really brave children.  At points I felt like the children were portrayed to be older than King set their age.  But, it didn't take away from the story.

Short story, short review. It was Stephen King...of course it was good!

In November, Stephen King will publish another collection of short stories called The Bazaar of Bad Dreams....can't wait!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Allegiant

Allegiant
by Veronica Roth

544 pages
11 CDs

Published October 2013
Read August 2015



Let me start out by saying I devoured the first two novels in this Divergent Series; Divergent and Insurgent.  I honestly couldn't get enough. With that said, I had high expectations for this final installment.  As I sit here trying to think of something to write for this review, I've written and rewritten what I thought about the way this book ended.  Let's just say I'm not happy with the ending.  However, that is my opinion and that doesn't reflect on the author, who is allowed to write and end her books any way she pleases.

Don't get me wrong, I devoured this book just like the first two.  We still get the frantic relationship between Tris and Tobias that I just love, and we still get the decision-making dilemmas that Tris always finds herself in.  I raced through the pages to finally figure out what happened in the end. It was another good installment from Veronica Roth, whether or not it ended the way I wanted it to.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wedding Advent Calendar

I decided early on that I was going to create a Wedding Advent Calendar for my sister when I ran across this post at Something Turquoise.  I loved the idea from the minute I saw it.  She was married August 8th in a big field at night.  It was beautiful!
Coral and gold were her colors which just made for a gorgeous ensemble.  I found some spongy, glittery, gold numbers to put on regular tags and a coral striped ribbon to tie through them.
The bags were a variety of things I could find for small items.  I had white paper bags without handles, brown paper bags with handles, fabric bags, and gift bags that I just folded to the size of the item.
This pretty box was a gift bag that I cut to size.  You can't really see it here but I added some glittery gold scrapbook paper to the edges.  That made it really pop!
This bag was a fun one.  I just drew any design that came to mind on most of these.  I painted on big coral dots and drew gold confetti with a Sharpie!  I also had gold hearts on a white paper bag and gold dots with coral confetti on another.  I drew swirls on Day 9 gift and chevrons on Day 12. I added some gold washi tape to the edges of some gifts like Day 14, and glued some coral fringe to Day 10.
I was really please with how this turned out.  I did a lot of work and really took my time.  Plan for a few weeks time if you want to make one too!  I had fun with this!
This was my most favorite part.  The Happily Ever After scrapbook sticker I found was perfect!  So were the little shoes, stockings, dress, veil, and purse that I put on the sides. Perfect!
 I don't have a picture of all the gifts but here is a list if you are wanting some ideas.

Day 1 - Godiva Chocolate Pretzels - this was first to avoid chocolate bloat later lol
Day 2 - Relaxing Facial Masks (4) -  because calm is good
Day 3 - Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer
Day 4 - Blue beaded bracelet representing Faith
Day 5 - Island Getaway Yankee votive with holder - to get excited about the island honeymoon!
Day 6 - Fantasy Perfume by Britney Spears - her favorite in high school
Day 7 - Sewing Kit - just in case
Day 8 - Stretchy Hair Ties
Day 9 - Starbucks Gift Card
Day 10 - Lip Gloss
Day 11 - Sleepy Time Eye Mask
Day 12 - Coral Nail Polish
Day 13 - Ariel pajamas - She was a huge fan of the little mermaid as a child.
Day 14 - A picture of my sister and I at my wedding....where she is a bridesmaid.  I wrote a little note on the back =)

Apparently it's an awesome thing.  Here are some other Wedding Advent Calendars:



Monday, August 24, 2015

A Beautiful Wedding

 
On August 8th, my third sister got married (I'm the oldest of 4) and it was definitely a sight to see! She was gorgeous, the view was gorgeous, and the people had a blast.

I made more than 450 mini cupcakes!  I know....crazy, but I enjoy making cupcakes so it wasn't that bad. 

I got to set up the dessert table, with the help of a crafty cousin who arrived early.  Thank goodness because I would have run out of time! There were lots of little Italian cookies, my cupcakes, my mom's cookies and truffles...yum!

 
I made Chocolate Raspberry, Pink Lemonade, and Strawberry Lime.  Nice fruity flavors that paired well with the August heat. What didn't go so well was the rain.  It was an outside wedding and no rain in sight on the radar....however, 630pm (the time they chose to get married) the heavens opened and poured for about 30 minutes.  We had tents but the moisture killed most everyone's hair.  My sister was safe in a car though!

 
When things finally dried up, we all went out to the top of the hill and the ceremony was beautiful!  We were even witnesses to an amazing double rainbow.


My son was the ring bearer, which he absolutely loved.  We had a good time, stayed late, and drank a little too much.  It was a really great time!

Lots of love and luck to the bride and groom!! Now off to Costa Rica!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Deep Dish

 photo Deep-Dish-by-Mary-Kay-Andrews_zpscyln4yjm.jpgDeep Dish
by Mary Kay Andrews

416 pages
Read: August 2015

When I think of Mary Kay Andrews, I think of summer fun and beach reads.  What exactly is a beach read?  Of all the articles and blog posts that I've read, no one really agrees on the exact meaning of a beach read.  While I may consider a Mary Kay Andrews book to be a beach read, someone else may look for a detective novel or the latest techie non fiction. Ok, maybe not so much about the tech novels, but a chick-lit adventure for sure!

Erin Collazo Miller, a bestsellers expert at About Entertainment, tells us a few things that all beach reads have in common.  They are fast, entertaining, and not too heavy.  I would have to agree! 

Deep Dish is a fast, entertaining novel that reads like the finale episode of The Next Food Network Star.  The final two contestants are slated to battle it out in a series of challenges.  One chef is a down home southern force that can whip up anything in her studio kitchen.  The other chef is a hunting, fishing, trapping type who uses several on location sets to create his meals.  Each one has pinned a different meaning to the competition, but they both get more than they bargained for.

I love reading about food, because hey, I can't exactly eat everything I want....so let's read about it! This is a novel for anyone who is glued to The Food Network....when they aren't reading of course!