Thursday, January 4, 2018

Merlin's Shadow (The Merlin Spiral #2)

By Robert Treskillard
Published by Zondervan

I have read the first book in this series, and wanted to continue reading of Merlin's life. It did not disappoint me. I loved reading it through and will continue to find the other book(s) and read them as I find them and they come out.

The book continues to follow Merlin and his sister through their continuing life. She hating him, he trying to keep Arthur living so he can one day take over his fallen father's throne. This book definitely grabs you as you are reading and keeps your attention.

This book falls in many Genres in the book, so this is a great read for so many different kind of people who like different things. I would definitely read the first novel first though, so you can better understand what is going on in this second book.

Book Description:


After destroying the sinister Druid Stone and freeing his people from its dark control, Merlin finds himself a royal advisor without a king. Along with his friend Garth and Natalenya, his betrothed, Merlin treks north with the orphaned Arthur in hopes of keeping the young ruler safe from soldiers misled by their turncoat captain. Relentlessly pursued by his old nemesis Vortigern, Merlin and his band make for the fortress of Dintaga.

But dangers multiply when Merlin realizes that Vortigern is not his only enemy. Even his own sister appears bent on Merlin’s destruction. As the threat on all their lives increases, Merlin discovers their only hope is sailing to the lands of eternal darkness and once again cleansing the world from an ancient and powerful evil.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Stained-Glass Sugar Cookies


3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Very finely crushed hard candy, such as Jolly Rancher, in various colors (1 cup total)


In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat to combine. Form dough into 2 disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough between floured parchment paper to 1/8-inch thickness. Stack dough in parchment on a baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes. With a 2 1/2-inch Christmas-ball-shaped cutter, cut out dough (reroll scraps, if desired). Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. With a 1-inch star cutter, cut out dough in center of each cookie. Bake until cookies are pale but set, 8 to 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Remove sheets from oven; fill cutouts with crushed candy. Bake until cookies begin to brown at edges and candy is melted, 3 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

Cook's Note

Quick Tip: To crush the hard candy, seal in a zip-top bag and pound with a meat mallet or small skillet.

Disks of dough can be refrigerated overnight or frozen, up to 1 month, and thawed in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature until soft enough to roll. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers, up to 1 week.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Start of a Cold

So last night and all today I have been spending my time coughing my head off. Now my head is pounding. My throat is sore and scratchy. Along with the cough. Isn’t being sick fun everyone? And this is just the stat as we know. It will progress. 

Ok so in my apartment we have no control over the heat per place it is downstairs and only one person who has access and who is hardly ever home. And this is the first year it has been cold in my 3rd floor place. Lived here for 5 years or son  Is it cause the owner of building said not to set it as high this year since he is a new owner or is it cause the guy that does the heat hates the one family living here now. 

But because of this I now have a cold and am not happy with any of them. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Merlin's Blade (The Merlin Spiral #1)

By Robert Treskillard
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 4.67 Stars

I first thought to pick this book, because pretty much everyone knows the name Merlin. So I thought this would be a great read, to see what this could be about him as a child, and not the most famous part of his life as an adult. I was not disappointed, it was very detailed writing and of course I really love the cover. This is a great book to choose to read, so please do so.

I will be looking forward to reading the other books in the series: Merlin's Shadow & Merlin's Nightmare

Merlin is a half-blind boy (wounded in a wolf attack years ago). He has a lot of courage and tries to do the right thing. He offers up prayers when he is whipped. He has a friend name Garth, who has done a wrong thing in the beginning of the book, it is right after a fight they have with two other boys.

While he is in some woods with his friend they see two people, though Merlin can't really see much, they see a flash of light that comes from some kind of stone.

Merlin is attacked in his own home by a wolf (but there was more outside of the home), which his sister calls her friend. His sister, Ganieda, says the wolf was her friend and she was only protecting herself. Merlin is taken in as a bard by the king. We find that he possess a wisdom and courage that no one knew he had.

Info on the book's character's (mostly for my own information)

Merlin's real mom's name is: Gwevian
Merlin's step-mom's name is: Monda
Merlin's his half sister's name is: Ganieda
Merlin's his father's name is: Owain
Merlin's friend's name is: Garthqys
Merlin's crush name is: Natalenya

Natalenya brothers: Rondroc & Dyslan
Natalenya father: Tregeagle
Natalenya mother: Trevenna

Monda's father: Morganthu
Monda's brother: Anviv

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Glow-in-the-Dark Lip Gloss

Glow-in-the-Dark Lip Gloss

Things You'll Need
Glow-in-the-dark cream makeup
Plastic container
Petroleum jelly
Moisturizing cream
Cotton swab

1 Squeeze 1 tsp. glow-in-the-dark cream into your plastic container. If a larger volume of glow-in-the-dark lip gloss is required, increase the amounts accordingly, ensuring equal parts are used throughout.

2 Add 1 tsp. petroleum jelly and a pea-sized amount of moisturizing cream and blend well using a spoon. Make sure the lip gloss is thoroughly mixed to ensure an even finish.

3 Apply mixture evenly to clean, dry lips using a cotton swab.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Glow In The Dark Nail Polish

6 Steps on How to Make Your Nail Polish Glow in the Dark

Things you need:
(1) clear nail polish
(2) glow-in-the-dark resin
(3) pen cap
(4) ball bearings

Step # 1 – The Use of Ball Bearings
First, open a bottle of clear nail polish then put two to three small ball bearings in the bottle. This is what you call BB’s. The BB’s will go down the bottom of the bottle. This will serve as a support in mixing the nail polish since it may be prone to separate if not in use. On the other hand, set aside the lid and brush for awhile.

Step # 2 – Glow-in-the-Dark Resin
After step #1, pick your choice of a glow-in-the-dark resin. Open it and grab the pen cap from the bulky end and it’s time to scoop out resin from the jar.

Step # 3 – Put Six Pen Caps of Resin into the Nail Polish
Pour the scooped resin into the bottle of clear nail polish. Repeat the procedure until you have added six pen caps full of resin to the bottle of clear nail polish.

Step # 4 – Shaking the Bottle of Nail Polish
After you are done putting resin on to the nail polish, replace the cap and brush and try to shake the bottle of nail polish vigorously for around one minute.

Step # 5 – Painting Your Fingernails
Now you are ready to paint your fingernails. Just open the bottle of nail polish and begin painting a fingernail. You can now see the desired colors you have chosen whether it’s a red, green, yellow, purple or pink. You can choose any color you like.

Step #6 – The Outcome of the Glow-in-the Dark nail Polish
As soon as you are finished painting your fingernails, try to turn off the lights or you can go to a dark place so that you can see the result if your nail polish is glowing in the dark. If you are not contented with the result or rather the glow of your nail polish does not satisfy you, put some more glow-in-the-dark resin to your nail polish. Then recheck, paint some to your nails again until the glow you desired is achieved.

For a better result, use a clear nail polish that has glitter in it. Also make sure that you use a stainless steel bearing. Non-stainless steel bearing can result to a gray hue nail polish.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Make makeup with crayons

Make lipstick with crayons

Things You'll Need
3 nontoxic crayons (your choice of color)
1 100 percent pure beeswax candle (no added color, 1-inch diameter)
3 tbsp. oil (mineral oil, baby oil, soy oil, coconut oil, etc.)
Resealable plastic bag
Heat-resistant cup
Small container with a lid or an empty lipstick tube

1. Remove the paper labels off the crayons, and place them in a resealable plastic bag.
2. Break up the crayons into smaller pieces with a hammer.
3. Put the crayon pieces, oil and a 1-inch segment of candle in a heat-resistant cup. Place the cup in a saucepan on the stove.
4. Fill the saucepan with enough water to reach about an inch up the side of the cup.
5. Heat the contents of the pan on a low temperature setting, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients in the cup melt together.
6. Remove from heat and take the cup out of the pan. Allow the contents to cool slightly--about one to three minutes.
7. Pour the mixture into a small container or an empty lipstick tube while still warm.
8. Allow the lipstick to cool completely (uncovered). Cover or close the container.

Make lipstick with crayons

Basic Ingredients:
- Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
- A crayon, any colour you like

Optional ingredients:
-Vitamin E oil/gel cap

-Small travel jars (can be purchased at a dollar store) or empty makeup containers to store your lipstick
-Small knife
-Microwaveable bowl, preferably ceramic or glass
-Oven mitts
-Stirring stick

Instructions: 1. Remove the paper from the crayon, then using your knife, cut the crayon in half and put one half away.
2. Finely chop the crayon, and place the bits into the bowl.
3. Spoon out 1 teaspoon of petroleum jelly into the bowl, then mix it with the bits of crayon. Optional: Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil or use the knife to cut a slit into the gel cap and squeeze the oil in. This will provide extra softness and shine.
4. Put the mixture into the microwave for 3 minutes or until it is melted. Carefully take the bowl out with your oven mitts on; the bowl will be hot!
5. Act fast, or the mixture will harden! Take your stirring stick and mix well, then spoon the liquid lipstick into your container. Wait a few seconds until the mixture hardens, then apply your new lipstick! Tip: you may need to rub your lips together a couple more times than with store-bought lipstick to evenly disperse the product.

Make lipstick with crayons

Basic Ingredients:
- Shea butter
-Castor oil (if you don’t have castor oil, choose another carrier oil)
- A crayon, any colour you like

Refer to the above recipe.

Refer to the above recipe, but for step 3, instead of petroleum jelly and Vitamin E oil, spoon out a ½ tablespoon of Shea butter and a ½ tablespoon of castor oil into the bowl, then mix it with the bits of crayon.

Make Eye Shadow Using Crayons

Things You'll Need
Mortar and pestle
Sealable plastic bag
Wooden mallet or rolling pin
Miniature herb grinder
Clean, dry towel
Several small bowls
Powder binder
Old eye shadow tray or small container

1. Purchase the nontoxic color crayons you want to use. Grind each individual color down in a mortar and pestle. You can also put the crayons in a sealable plastic bag and pound them with a wooden mallet or crush them with a rolling pin.

2. Pour the ground crayon into the miniature herb grinder to reduce the grounds into a fine powder. Put the powder into a bowl. Grind one color at a time, and put the powder into separate bowls. Make sure to wipe the grinder down after each use with a clean, dry towel.

3. Experiment with different color combinations by mixing small amounts of ground powder into the grinder. Once you have the desired shade, inspect the mixture for any color streaks. Continue grinding the mixture until streaks disappear.

4. Pour the mixture into a clean bowl, and spray it with powder binder. Use a spoon to mix the binder until you have formed a paste.

5. Press the mixture into an old eye shadow tray or other small container using the back of a spoon. Allow the eye shadow to dry before using it.