Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blood Ties book series

Blood Ties is a very interesting book series written by Jennifer Armintrout. I have read the while series and love it.

Book 1 is called The Turning- It is about how Dr. Carrie Ames is attacked by someone in the morgue that she saw die in the hospital. So now she is having issues and looking into these she finds that she is turning into a Vampire. Seeking help to try and figure this out lands her with another vampire (Nathan) and his vampire hunter "son" (Ziggy). She finds out who sired her, Cyrus.

Book 2 is called Possession- It is about how Carrie is sired to someone else and is falling in love with him. Then her sire, Nathan, get possessed and starts killing people.

Book 3 is called Ashes to Ashes-

Book 4 is called All Soul's Night-

Monday, January 27, 2014

Radom post /book wrote about anthros

So Cassie is getting switched into a new class. She will have a female homeroom teacher now instead of the one male for the 7/8 classes.

I have been reading this story someone is writing. They are quite great at writing it, except for the spelling mistakes. It is an adult fiction. They update their story with new chapters every couple months from what I can tell, they already have 79 chapters and I really love it. I hope they continue to write and let us know about what is going on with certain characters.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Captives - The Safe Lands Series



By Jill Williamson
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 4.38 Stars

This novel is set in the future, it's about how in the Safe Lands, they can't have healthy children, they all have this disease. In a village by the Safe Lands they are all healthy and can have healthy children but are forced into arranged marriages. Omar arranges with the Safe Lands enforcers to try and help his town move into the Safe Lands where he believes it will be better for them all.....

Very interesting book. This book grabs your attention and it is hard to pull yourself away from it once you have begun to read.

I will be posting more on this later on








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

One choice could destroy them all.

When eighteen-year-old Levi returned from Denver City with his latest scavenged finds, he never imagined he’d find his village of Glenrock decimated, loved ones killed, and many---including his fiancée, Jem---taken captive. Now alone, Levi is determined to rescue what remains of his people, even if it means entering the Safe Lands, a walled city that seems anything but safe.

Omar knows he betrayed his brother by sending him away, but helping the enforcers was necessary. Living off the land and clinging to an outdated religion holds his village back. The Safe Lands has protected people since the plague decimated the world generations ago … and its rulers have promised power and wealth beyond Omar’s dreams.

Meanwhile, their brother Mason has been granted a position inside the Safe Lands, and may be able to use his captivity to save not only the people of his village, but also possibly find a cure for the virus that threatens everyone within the Safe Lands’ walls.

Will Mason uncover the truth hidden behind the Safe Lands’ façade before it’s too late?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

.......?

So my daughter has a friend Emily, they are in the same class together. Their teacher is Emily's cousin. Cassie said that Emily texted her that she had sex with him. I don't know if the girl was lying or not. Apparently Cassie told Satara and gave her Emily's number (which she thought Satara already had) and now the shit hit the fan. Cops are involved.

The principal asked Cassie not to talk about it. When the kids asked Cassie started talking about when she was told not to. The principal asked us to keep her home for a couple days while he looks into it. The teacher doesn't want to teach Cassie so he isn't sure what to do.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Doon - (A Doon Novel 1)



By Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Published by Zondervan
Average Blogger Rating: 3.33 Stars

Veronica keeps seeing and hearing this blond boy around her age who is wearing a kilt, but no one else seems to see him when they go to look he is gone. She goes to Scotland with her friend Mackenna, where she sees the boy there again a few different times. Mackenna Aunt Gracie has left Mackenna some instructions that are hidden away which she eventually finds and the girls put them to the test. Mackenna doesn't believe it will work but Veronica does. When the instructions work, they find themselves in Doon........only reading the book will tell you whether that is a good or bad thing! Hope that intrigues you enough.

The book reads in the first person, switching between Veronica and Mackenna. I think it is good to go that so you are being kept up to date with them both, but I am also glad there wasn't more than the two aspects cause it can get confusing.

When I was reading this I hadn't realized that it was going to be a series. When it ended I was dying to read more and was worried that was it, but I was and am glad that there is another. The next novel is actually due out in September this year, so I won't have to wait too long.

This was an awesome read and was glad I chose it over some of the others books I had seen.










Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt---and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for… or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Laryngitis?

Today started of great.
My Aunt gave me some random goodies.
Our dietician gave us a good food box free (it wasn't picked up yesterday by the person who paid for it).
My book that I will read and write a review came in.

But now I seem to be losing my voice, for no reason what-so-ever. It is very weird it feels like there is Flem there in my throat and I keep wanting to clear it. So I looked up the causes and here is info in case it happens to others.

Noninfectious causes
Acid reflux disease, resulting in laryngitis gastrica
Allergies
Excessive coughing[citation needed], smoking, or alcohol consumption
Inflammation due to overuse of the vocal cords
Prolonged use of inhaled corticosteroids for asthma treatment
Thermal or chemical burns
Laryngeal trauma, including iatrogenic one caused by endotracheal intubation

Infectious causes
Viral infections can be caused by rhinovirus, influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, coxsackievirus, coronavirus, and RSV.
Bacterial infections can be caused by group A streptococcus, streptococcus pneumoniae, C. diphtheriae, M. catarrhalis, haemophilus influenzae, bordetella pertussis, bacillus anthracis, and M. tuberculosis. Bacterial infections usually follow pre-existing viral infection.
Fungal infections can be caused by Histoplasma, Blastomyces, Candida (especially in immunocompromised persons), and rarely by Cryptococcus and Coccidioides.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Make makeup with crayons (safe to use)

I have even used the lipstick remdey on my cheeks and eyes, but this may not be safe for others. I do love using the lipstick though.



Make lipstick with crayons

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

Optional ingredients:
-Vitamin E oil/gel cap

Tools:
-Small travel jars (can be purchased at a dollar store) or empty makeup containers to store your lipstick
-Small knife
-Spoon
-Microwaveable bowl, preferably ceramic or glass
-Microwave
-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 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
Spoon
Old eye shadow tray or small container


Instructions
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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Homemade Play Dough

Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”. Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.

This amount of play dough this recipe produced was perfect. Each of my 4 kids received a huge clump of play dough, so there was lots to share. Also, a great tip with Fall around the corner – add cinnamon to the dry ingredients (as much as you want until you get the right scent). It produces a magical smell that transports you to a world of pumpkin patches, colored leaves, and windy days.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DIY - Finger Paints



3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups water

combine in small pan.
warm till it thickens
cool, & pour in containers
add a food coloring to each jar

It is a non toxic type of paint.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Hunger Games - Catching Fire

Me and Cassie watched this together and loved it, and now we can't wait to watch the third one (though it pisses me off that they take the third book and are making 2 movies, but oh well). I have read the whole series twice and it is still very interesting.

I have to say I sometimes get pretty mad when there are some great things missed in the movie(s) that were in the book. There was quite a few things that were taken out and quite a bit that was CHANGED, which is stupid to do.

This story/movie is about how the Quarter Quell changes everything. It shows how the Capitol is ALWAYS in control no matter what happens.



WARNING:
THIS POST BELOW TELLS OF SPOILERS FOR BOTH BOOK AND MOVIE







This 75th Annual Hunger Games (named The Quarter Quell) is a special one just like every other 25 years is. But this time the Capitol is taking it a little bit father. Instead of making the people of each District choose their children to go into the Hunger Games, they Capitol has decided that instead all victors male and female from each District must be chosen from. So poor Katniss, being the only female in District winner in 12 is guaranteed that she will have to go back in.

Description
The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Like Moonlight at Low Tide



This was a great read. I was quite surprised and happy at the way it ended. I thought it was going one way and it took me in a different direction, for which I am glad. Once I began to read it was hard to put the book down so I could get things done.

Melissa Keiser is 16 and she is returning to her hometown she grew up in and was made fun of. She dreads returning to face her tormentors again. When she returns, she is surprised by the good attention that she gets. Sh can't believe her luck has changed for the better.

This book definitely draws you in with the emotional power of her feelings. It is described very well so that you can know exactly What she is thinking and feeling.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

When high school junior Melissa Keiser returns to her hometown of Anna Maria Island, Florida, she has one goal: hide from the bullies who had convinced her she was the ugliest girl in school. But when she is caught sneaking into a neighbor's pool at night, everything changes. Something is different now that Melissa is sixteen, and the guys and popular girls who once made her life miserable have taken notice. When Melissa gets the chance to escape life in a house ruled by her mom's latest boyfriend, she must choose where her loyalties lie between a long-time crush, a new friend, and her surfer brother who makes it impossible to forget her roots. Just as Melissa seems to achieve everything she ever wanted, she loses a loved one to suicide. Melissa must not only grieve for her loss, she must find the truth about the three boys who loved her and discover that joy sometimes comes from the most unexpected place of all.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Years

Taylor went home today, offered her a ride but she said she wanted to walk. She said she would come back later on, but we figured she wouldn't be, cause of what today is. We were right, she never came back. Sydney was supposed to come over tonight but finally got a hold of us later and said she couldn't make it, but maybe Friday.

Made a Turkey dinner, potatoes, corn, dressing, gravy. Had a chocolate cream pie for dessert. It all tasted quite good.

Watched the first Hunger Games today (I also had just finished reading the first and started reading the second novel in the series). Likely going to watch the second one tomorrow.