Thursday, December 18, 2014

Breaking Free Review

I like reading Young Adult books, I find that it's a genre that deals with a lot of life's not so pleasant subjects in a straight forward way.  Something happens to someone, they cope with the aftermath (well or not) and you get a resolution.  Sure there's stuff that happens around that but that's the basic gist of it.

Breaking Free is a beautiful example of that, you are watching Kelsie recover from the aftermath caused by the coping mechanism she chose for dealing with her best friend's death.  As you read you learn more about the situation and the people in her life.

Maybe you can relate to what she's feeling.  To what drives her to do the things that she does.  Teenagers, especially troubled ones, are driven by some pretty powerful emotions and if you have ever been there then there is a lot to relate to in this book.

I received the product mentioned above for free through Tomoson to review however all opinions are my own. 

Throwback Thursday: Ace and Cat

There's nothing I love more than seeing my kids get along and in the weeks leading up to Christmas they are always on their best behavior as much as they can be because Santa is watching.  They don't quite look this innocent but it is close.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin Review

You may have noticed that we read a lot around here, it's just something that I have always done and luckily the kids have picked up on the habit.

Ace likes to read very factual stuff, he's into learning something when he reads.  That's what makes it fun for him.  Which is more than wonderful.

Cat's more like her mom though, she like her reading to be full of fluff and wonder.  Dragons, princess and fairies have free reign over most of her half of their bookshelf.   This book hit both categories for them though, it was apparently informative (or at least interesting enough) for Ace as he stopped what he was doing to come join us and it kept Cat interested the whole time. 

Which is not always an easy task with e-books, there's something about the e-reader that doesn't do it for her.

You can find the book on Amazon at Terry Treetop Saves The Dolphin.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel Review

I don't know about you but I have suffered from a few spots of skin issues I wish I didn't have.  The worst of which is dry spots on my forehead, chin and lower jaw that are especially bad in this wintery type weather.

When I got the chance to try out [re]fresh Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel I was excited and a little bit nervous.  I had never had a peel before, let alone an at home one and I was a bit scared of doing myself some sort of damage.  (you know, we have all heard horror stories)

It couldn't have been easier with clearer to follow instructions though.  I started with a clean and thoroughly dried face, used the enclosed eye dropper to put a few drops onto the back of my hand, spread it over my face being careful to avoid the more delicate areas and left it on for just under a minute the first time.  Then I rinsed well with cool water.

I have done three peels now and I couldn't be happier with the results, my skin has less dry spots.  The colour is more even all over (except for those pesky freckles) and I have notices less breakouts.  All a win in my book.

I received the product mentioned above for free using Tomoson.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Express Yourself: December 15-19, 2014

The Express Yourself Weekly Meme is hosted Bouquet Of Books and Entertaining Interests.  This week's topic is: in celebration of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - highlight ONE of your favourite characters from The Hobbit/LOTR film franchises.

Ok, I thought this would be a lot harder than it was.  When I sat down and thought about it my favourite character was actually a really easy choice...Aragorn.

Not just because of the super handsome and absolutely manly fantastic thing either.  Aragorn reminds me of King Arthur and I am quite a King Arthur fan. (groupie?) I know that really goes more back to the books but what can I say I am more of a reader than a movie watcher.  Which is not to say that this isn't among my top book to movie adaptions.

Do you have a favourite character from the Lord of the Rings movies?

Read what everyone else had to say below:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reading Challenge

One of my pen pals mentioned doing this reading challenge for 2015 and I thought I would hope on board.  You know along with all the other reading I do. Because it sound like so much fun.

I have done reading challenges before but they never work out because I get bored.  I like this list though, it is varied.  So I have printed it off and it is taped on my bedroom wall and I will naturally blog about my adventure.

Of course you could also follow along with my reading on my Goodreads though my blog probably gets updated more often.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Days Of December: December 1-10, 2014

I have been lucky enough to participate in some really awesome swaps through the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club but so far this has been one of my favourites.  The premise was you got a partner and you exchanged a small gift to unwrap for each of the 31 days of December.  Like an Advent calender.

I'm not sure which was more fun, picking out small gifts to send to my partner or receiving mine in the mail.  

Gifts from my partner
On December 1 I unwrapped candy:

On December 2 I unwrapped origami cranes:

On December 3 I unwrapped a London magnet:

On December 4 I unwrapped a lollipop:

 On December 5 I unwrapped a sheet of super sweet stickers:

On December 6 I unwrapped an adorable little notebook:

On December 7 I unwrapped tea straws:

On December 8 I unwrapped a Christmas paper chain craft:

On December 9 I unwrapped this neat pen:

On December 10 I unwrapped love hearts which are my favourite candy <3: p="">

So far this swap has been super fun, I enjoy unwrapping my tiny gift every day and I love how varied and wonderful the things my swap partner has sent have been.