Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Miracle Morning - Review

The Miracle Morning
Author: Hal Elrod
Publisher: Hal Elrod
Pages: 140
Summary:
What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any—or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved?
What if I told you that there is a “not-so-obvious” secret that is guaranteed to transform any—or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible? What if I told you it would only take 6 minutes a day?
Enter The Miracle Morning. What’s now being practiced by thousands of people around the world could perhaps be the simplest approach to creating the life you’ve always wanted. It’s been right there in front of us, but this book has finally brought it to life.
Are you ready? The next chapter of your life—the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined—is about to begin.
YOU DESERVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL.
My Thoughts:
I came across this book while I was watching bullet journaling videos on YouTube. I heard a couple people talking about some Miracle Morning they were doing and was wondering what the heck a Miracle Morning was! So of course I had to get on YouTube and search. I found a video of Hal Elrod speaking about it. I watched it and was instantly intrigued. It’s a pretty long video but I really enjoyed it. Plus, it will probably explain things WAY better than I can. Here it is: 
The basic concept of this book is helping you create a morning routine that will help you be as successful as possible in every area of your life. He took ideas from what other successful people did each morning and packed it all into one. These ideas are called S.A.V.E.R.S.
S-Silence
A-affirmations
V-visualization
E-exercise
R-reading
S-scribing
Honestly the book probably could have been shortened and a lot of the information can be found in the video I linked above, but it does go a little more in depth on each of the S.A.V.E.R.S. in the book. Despite this, the idea of the Miracle Morning is a great concept that will definitely improve your life if you stick with it.
There’s also a Miracle Morning community on Facebook that you can join. It’s full of positive and supportive members. You can also find an accountability partner there if that’s something that you would like. My favorite tool though is Hal Elrod’s podcasts, “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod”. There are all kinds of guests that speak on the podcast about a variety of topics concerning personal development. I enjoy listening to them while I clean but it would also be great to listen to while you run/workout etc. The only complaint I have is that sometimes I have to listen to it a second time so I can take notes! Haha. I find it to be very inspiring and motivating, you should definitely check it out.
Do you have anything in your morning routine that has changed your life for the better? Join me in participating in the Miracle Morning!
Miracle Morning Facebook Community

*I paid for this book with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own. :)

Teaser Tuesday




Anyone can play along, just do the following:



  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE SPOILERS!
  • Share the title and author as well, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.


I haven't done a Teaser Tuesday post in ages! So I'm excited to be participating today! Here's my teaser:

“ “Fuck you,” I say again. I think he’s going to say more, but he just stands there for a moment, and then walks out.”


~pg. 221 Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills



Please leave a comment with a link to your TT or if you don’t have a blog feel free to leave your teaser in the comments! Have a great Tuesday everyone! :)

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Glass Spare: Review

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The Glass Spare
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 402

Summary:

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.


Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

My Thoughts: 

I received this book in my OwlCrate and was excited to dive in. It sounded different than other YA books that I've read before. Kingdoms, castles, turning living objects into gemstone, and adventures, what more could you ask for? Sounded pretty awesome to me. 

Wil is a princess and she is "cursed". She develops a power that turns and living thing that she touches into gemstone. I'm still not exactly sure what made this power just now show up in this exact moment of her life, but that's what happens. Tragedy strikes and Wil is banished from the kingdom. She leaves and begins searching for the one person who could possibly help her find a cure. She has some crazy adventures along the way and meets some very interesting people.

I liked Wil. My main reasoning for liking her character so much is because she's not a damsel in distress who is in need of a man to come save her. (my kind of woman!) She is tough, smart, strong, and independent. The relationship between the characters in this book are interesting. Each relationship is different and unique, and sometimes complicated. I enjoyed that, it added some depth to the story. 

There were times where the story was a bit slow in spots but it always picked back up. Toward the end of the book I couldn't put it down. I just HAD to know how it ended. But of course, just my luck, it ended on a cliff hanger and now I have to wait for the sequel to come out! Grrr......

How would you feel having this power? It would be pretty cool. Think of all the money you could make from the gemstones you create?! But then again I couldn't imagine having to worry about turning my loved ones into gemstone! EEK..... 



Monday, December 18, 2017

December 2017 OwlCrate Unboxing


 I am a nerd, so I am like a kid on Christmas morning every month when my OwlCrate comes in the mail! I get so excited, probably a little too excited, and I just can’t wait to tear it open and see what goodies it has inside. Today I thought I would share with you what was inside my OwlCrate this month with you.
For those of you that have been living under a rock and don’t know what OwlCrate is *kidding*, it is a monthly subscription service that delivers newly released Young Adult novels (I’m almost 28 but that’s still young right!?) and other bookish treats to your doorstep. (Or in my case PO Box.) AKA: a box of awesomeness! Let’s dive in!
First Glance
This is what you see when you first tear into the box! It took everything in my power to stop and get a picture of this rather than start tanking things out!
The first item I pulled out was this pin. You receive a different themed pin in each OwlCrate box that goes along with the book inside. I shall add this one to my collection of OwlCrate pins on my AWESOME Lord of the Rings drawstring bag that I received in a previous box. One day that whole bag will be covered!
The next thing was this gorgeous magnet designed exclusively by Ink & Wonder Designs. I have another magnet like this and let me tell you, they are very high quality. It actually holds my kids artwork on the fridge without slipping down. So that’s a WIN from this mama. I’m sure Percy Jackson’s mom would agree with me!
Next was this beautiful wooden ornament. It’s perfect because you can show your holiday spirit and your love for books all at the same time! Two birds with one stone. It was inspired by Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and was created by Juniper & Ivory Designs.
Here it is on my tree next to my adorable little hedgehog. Hmmm…. I just realized he doesn’t have a name. The kids and I will have to change that! Let me know if you have any suggestions. We used to have a real pet hedgehog and her name was Miss Talullah Mae Pricklesworth. Back to the subject at hand.
The Dreaming Tree candle is a handmade soy candle inspired by The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, and was created by Novelly Yours. It features a delicious crisp apple scent, mixed with a hint of magic. Sounds AMAZING! Who doesn’t like their apples with a hint of magic? I sure do. It says to “Light your candle and whisper a wish into the night!” I will be getting right on that when I get cozy with this candle.
I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan so I was so excited for this one. (Don’t tell anyone, but I have an entire Harry Potter shelf in my room. With all the books, movies, a wand, and a few other items!) This tote bag will definitely be going to the library with me. It was designed by Bookworm Boutique.
This double-sided bookmark was created by Little Inklings Designs and features quotes from The Serpent King and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The best thing about this bookmark is that it reminds me of my childhood room. Because my carpet was the green color and my walls were that same exact blue! It was b-e-a-u-tiful!
They also includes this bookmark type advertisement for another book. I’ll have to check into that.
Now this is pretty darn cool. It is a planner and reading journal it was designed in partnership between OwlCrate and Blue Star Press. I didn’t think to get a picture of the inside but it features quotes from past OwlCrate book picks, a place to keep track of all of the books you read throughout the year and what you rated them, and more. I will definitely be putting this to use.
Now for the book. Foolish Hearts By Emma Mills. Here’s what it says, “When Claudia is caught eavesdropping on a conversation she was never meant to hear, she gains a new enemy in Iris; one of the meanest girls in her high school. She doesn’t think things could get any worse, but then both her and Iris are forced to participate in the school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Foolish Hearts is a laugh-out-loud story about first love, finding friends in the most unlikely of places, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. This book will definitely give you warm fuzzy feelings!” With this book you can an exclusive cover:
A signed bookplate and letter from the author:
And an embroidered patch:
And can we just take a moment to appreciate how frickin gorgeous this book is naked??
So that is all the came in my December OwlCrate. I am super stoked. If you love YA books this would be perfect for you. This would also be a kick@$$ Christmas gift for someone else who enjoys reading. They even have an OwlCrate Jr. box for kiddos aged 8-12. I’ve been thinking about ordering it for my daughter.
Next month’s theme is:
If this sounds like something you or someone you know would enjoy I will leave a link for you to go check it out. OwlCrate Website
I will also link the OwlCrate Facebook book club for anyone who is interested in joining who is already subscribed! OwlCrate Official Book Club
Do you receive any book related subscriptions? Let me know what you think in the comments!
*This post is not sponsored by OwlCrate. All opinions are my own and all products were paid for myself.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

I am back!!!

Wow y’all! It’s been about 3 years. I never intended to stop posting but life just kind of took over. I was working a ton and then ended up moving. I had 2 more children and was working full time and barely had enough time to shower let alone blog! Recently there have been some changes in my life and it has allowed me to have a little extra time. I’ve been wanting to get back into blogging for awhile now so I just need to make it a priority again. My kids are now 14, 8, 6, 1 1/2, and 10 months. So with two under two you can see why I have my hands full. I hope you all will stick around with me. Thank you so much for your support, I appreciate it immensely. If you have anything you would like me to post about feel free to let me know! I would love your suggestions. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and look forward to chatting with you soon!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Run To Ground: Review

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Run To Ground
Author: D.P. Lyle
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Pages: 384

Summary:

What would you do if someone brutally murdered your only child, served only months in jail because of a technicality, and continually taunted, even threatened, you from behind bars? Could you hide your growing rage from family and friends? Could you gun the killer down as he left prison? Could you change your ID and leave behind your entire life - family, friends, jobs, house -and just disappear? Could Tim and Martha Foster do this? Forensic evidence and criminal behavior expert Dub Walker, along with best friend and homicide investigator T-Tommy Tortelli and ex-wife and TV reporter Claire McBride, employ all their skills to track down the Fosters. But the murder of Walter Whitiker is not as simple as it seems. Tim and Martha are not the only ones who want Walt dead. Someone has twisted the evidence to keep the hot light of suspicion on the Fosters. Will the real killer please step forward? Sorry, Dub, you're going to have to work hard to solve this one. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This was a book that I really enjoyed. I had a hard time putting it down because I just had to know what happened next and I felt for the characters so much. The author kept you in suspense and kept you guessing through all of the twists and turns. It wasn't always predictable like a lot of mystery/thrillers out there so I was really happy about that. I like to be surprised. Run To Ground was definitely a page-turner.

I loved the Fosters. They are such great people who were put in a situation where they had to make a hard decision. This decision was against their morals and everything they believed in and would forever change their lives. If I were in their situation I would have probably done the same thing and I'm sure plenty of parents would. As a parent I can't even imagine what they went through so I really could relate to how angry and heart broken they were.

You can tell the author really knew a lot or did a lot of research to write this book. I highly recommend this one. Check it out!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

If You Were Me and Lived in Norway: Review

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If You Were Me and Lived in Norway
Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 30

Summary:

Join Carole P. Roman on a trip to the Northern Hemisphere and learn about Norway- The Land Of the Midnight Sun. In this exciting series, children are able to read about the many things we share in this great, big world of ours. If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway describes many things that make that country unique and fun. Readers will be able to learn about the capital, common names, a beloved holiday, as well as favorite food and other fun facts. This book is an excellent introduction for those beginners who want to learn about the many thrilling places and great people who share our planet. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This book teaches children what life would be like if they lived in Norway. They will learn the capital, what continent they would live on, what their name might be, and what they would call their parents. They will also learn about currency, how to say "You're welcome.", where they would go on vacation, what kinds of things they would do for fun, what they would eat, and so much more.

My kids and I have read many books in this series and are loving them. It is such a great way to teach your children about other cultures and how others may live differently or the same as them. We are looking forward to the next one!

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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