Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Family

There's been something lately that has me stuck in a real nostalgic mood.  Not just in the mood to look back to the past but back to my much younger days.  Happy hours spent with family, which is always a wonderful thing.

I can't remember the last time my sister and I had a picture taken with our mom and dad but I know I will be insisting on one at Christmas.  I think my sister is still short enough that we can even mimic this pose. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Express Yourself: MBTI Personality

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: Do you know your MBTI personality?  If so, please share.  If not, go take the test. Please.

I had never taken this test before but I was not surprised at all by the results.  As you can see below I am a slightly judgemental introvert.  I totally could have called that. ;)

Introvert(89%)  Sensing(38%)  Feeling(50%)  Judging(11%)
  • You have strong preference of Introversion over Extraversion (89%)
  • You have moderate preference of Sensing over Intuition (38%)
  • You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)
  • You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (11%)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things: November 14, 2014

It's time again for the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop hosted by Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.  It's a chance to look back over the week and remember the things big and small that made it a little brighter.

This brightest spot in my week this week was game night with my kids on Wednesday, it was awesome to get to spend that time with them even though I wasn't feeling well.

I am also celebrating Ace getting a better than anticipated report card this week.  He had a rough start to the school year with trying to find his balance between fitting in and doing his best work but he still pulled off decent grades.  He gets a big high five from Mommy.

Really looking forward to the weekend and a chance to relax and work on some projects that I have lined up.

Check out what everyone else is celebrating this week and let us know what you are celebrating too:

Blog Tour Book Review: The Match Maker

Match MakerBlog Tour hosted by I Am A Reader
November 4th to 21st
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Match Maker Book CoverThe Match Maker by Karey White (The Husband Maker #2)

(Summary contains spoilers if you have not yet read book #1 The Husband Maker)

It’s been six months since Charlotte and Kyle broke up, and the Husband Maker strikes again. Kyle is officially engaged, while Charlotte is still nursing a broken heart.

In an effort to get Charlotte out of her rut, she and her best friend decide it’s time for some good old-fashioned matchmaking. While Aleena arranges for Charlotte to meet up with a handsome Scottish tourist, Charlotte gets her two best friends together. But when sparks start to fly between Aleena and Angus, Charlotte is left feeling more alone that ever--at least until the charming Scotsman becomes more than just a safe, rebound guy and teaches her that maybe, just maybe, she can dare to open her heart again.
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“Have you heard from Flynn?” Aleena asked between bites.

“We talked last night for a while.”

“You’re still talking to him?” Angus asked. He sounded surprised.

“They’ve been talking a lot,” Aleena said.

“I don’t know if I’d say ‘a lot.’” I really didn’t want to talk about this.

“I think he really likes Charlotte,” Aleena said.

“We’re friends.”

“How much do you talk?” Angus asked.

“A couple of times a week, I guess.”

“Maybe at the beginning it was a couple of times a week, but hasn’t it picked up lately?” Aleena asked.

I shrugged and kept chewing, even though I had already swallowed.

“Have you seen that new Reese Witherspoon movie?” I asked.

“Nice try,” Aleena said. “Let’s talk about Scotland. When are you going?”

“I’m not,” I said.

“You really should,” Aleena said. “What a great chance to see another part of the world.” Aleena turned to Angus. “He’s invited her over and over and she keeps putting him off.”

“Why?” Angus turned to me.

“I’m busy. I’ve got lots of projects going on at work.”

“Oh please. That’s not why you’re not going.”

I gave Aleena a pointed look, but she wasn’t looking at me, so she didn’t see it.

“Why aren’t you going?” Angus asked.

I took another bite of salad. “I think she’s not going because she’s afraid she’s falling for him and a boyfriend in Scotland is pretty inconvenient.”

“I’ve never said I’m falling for him, but you’re right. Scotland isn’t convenient.”

“Maybe he’ll move back here,” Angus said. “His brother did.”

“And that’s why he won’t,” I said. “He doesn’t want to leave his mom and the family business.”

“Maybe you could split your time between here and there.” Finally, Aleena looked at me and I gave her a “shut up” look. “What? I’m just trying to help you work things out. Maybe the fortune meant long-term romance.”

“What fortune?” Angus asked.

“Charlotte’s fortune cookie that said ‘romance will come to you from foreign lands,’” Aleena said.

“First of all,” I said, “that was your fortune. Second, I don’t believe in fortunes. Third, let’s talk about something else.”

“Why?” Angus asked. “He seemed like a nice guy.”

I sighed. “He is a nice guy. A nice guy who lives in Scotland.”

“Who’s invited you to come visit,” Aleena said.

“I think you should go,” said Angus. I stared at him. When I realized my mouth was hanging open, I hurried and clamped it shut. “What?” Angus looked at my surprised face. “Has he asked you to marry him and move there forever?”

I shook my head. For some reason, I had expected Angus to discourage me from going. I would have thought he would disapprove. I’d have imagined him saying, “Don’t follow a guy halfway around the world unless you mean business.” But instead he was telling me I should go.

Angus and I looked at each other for longer than was comfortable. I could feel Aleena’s eyes on us, and I wanted to look away, but I needed to read what was behind Angus’s words. Finally, he lowered his eyes. “Just go. There’s nothing here to stop you.”

What did he mean? My family was here. My friends were here. My job was here. There was plenty here to stop me.

I laughed, but it sounded fake. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you want me to move to another country.”

Angus shrugged. “Just want you to be happy, Charlotte, and you don’t seem to be happy with what you’ve got here.”

My review:

I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this book, from the summary I read when I signed on to do the book blast I was sure it wasn't just your run of the mill romance story but that was about it.

Not having the best track record in relationships (does anyone really?) I felt a deep sense of kinship with Charlotte which is always a good starting point in a book for me.  I want to be able to relate to the characters, I want to know what they are going through, it needs to feel real, and with Charlotte it really does.

My favorite part of this book was the ending, it felt like it had a good sense of closure.  That's been missing from a lot of the books I have read lately.  All in all I would definitely recommend reading this book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series myself.

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The Wife Maker by Karey White
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Karey WhiteAuthor Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Sister Mice

I can't even begin to remember all  the stupid nicknames me and my sister had for each other over than last twenty some years.  At some point though she started calling me sister mouse. I have no idea why.  It possibly would have made sense when we were children but we were long into adulthood at this time.

As a loving tribute to my sister I decided to post a picture of us when we were much younger, because I am past the point of being embarrassed of the days of horrible hair and worse glasses.

How much though do my kids look like us?  Cat is almost a dead ringer for my sister and if you were to give Ace a wig and a tan he could be me no?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Review

A few months ago I went to a company meet and greet for one of my favourite cosmetic companies, coffee in hand as always...even though it was seven in the evening.  During the course of the evening and talking to people it was discussed how coffee has become a bit of a crutch for me at this point in my life trying to keep up with work, kids, housework, friends etc.  I won't tell you how many coffees I was knocking back in an average day but let's just say it wasn't a healthy number.

One of the woman there suggested I try substituting some of my coffee for Matcha, she said it would give me more energy and be much healthier for me.  At the time I didn't know a whole late about it other than it was an option at the smoothie place.  Oh how I have learned.

I got the opportunity to try out this Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder from Kiss Me Organics and I was excited to give it a go and try to kick my excessive coffee habit.

My original plan was to replace the coffee I was having in the evening with a Matcha and cut down my coffee consumption and just go about my business.  You know what though?  This stuff is pretty awesome.  It comes with a handy recipe book that gives you all sorts of other great ideas.  (Ace thinks I should bake cookies, but I have been too bogged down with work to try it out)

What I have started doing though is making Matcha, blueberry, banana, yogurt smoothies in the morning for breakfast.  So delicious and now I am finding that I don't really feel the same pull for coffee ALL THE TIME that I did before.  My other new favourite thing is to throw a spoonful of Matcha in my with my Shakology before I workout.  Talk about energy boost.

I definitely have more energy than I did a few weeks ago before I added Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder into my life and more energy is never a bad thing.  So I did a little research into what the other benefits of matcha green tea are there are more than a few so I will only list my two favourites other than the increased energy.

It enhances calm.  As you may or may not know, I am not queen of the zen, matcha green tea powder though contains amino acids that help produce alpha brain waves in the brain that promote relaxation.

It fortifies the immune system.  After my nasty battle with the cold that wouldn't go away and multiple trips to the doctor, chest x-rays, my asthma rearing it's ugly head again etc. I love, love, love anything that gives me the advantage of an immune system boost.  Studies suggest that drinking matcha green tea on a regular basis promotes overall health.

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is so delicious though that just having a nice hot cup of it a night, sitting down with a book or my crafts is nice too.  Which is good because we all know I need lots of energy for that pre-Christmas craft rush.

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Something Adorable to Brighten Up Your Day!

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When you are having a really bad day there is nothing quite like watching something adorable be silly brighten it up.  I have had a real string of unpleasent days lately where it seemed like everything that could go wrong did.

What a pleasure it is to be able to go and watch videos like this one of a kitten chasing her tail to bring a smile back to my face.

Adorable Kitten Unsuccessfully Catches Tail
Adorable Kitten Unsuccessfully Catches Tail

Or this super cute puppy in the snow.

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Puppy Experiences Snow For First Time

Who can resist a puppy in the snow?

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