Sunday, November 23, 2014

Service Interruption...



I know that this should be Part Three of our Rudolph tribute but my lower back is acting up again so today was spent with heat on my back and my feet up but I am hoping to return to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow with both Part Three and Part Four going up.

Will keep you all posted if I am stuck on the couch again tomorrow.
Amy 
photo credit: Mike Souza via photopin cc

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Had a Very Shiny Nose...Part Two


So here we are at part two of our tribute to the shiny nose!

Sorry it wasn't up sooner I was running around like crazy with the girls today, phew, finally got a minute to sit down.

So part two focuses on hair-do's and accessories and trust me this one is pretty short compared to part one as I only have a few to share with you.



So first up is this super cute Rudolph inspired hair-do. This idea is all over the place Pinterest, Facebook, and even Twitter. If you follow this link it will take you to the tutorial of how to achieve this version of the Rudolph bun.



Totally adorable nails! I envy those who can paint nails my hands shake to badly for me to ever be able to create something like this but I can admire it and if you have a steadier hand then me follow this link to view the tutorial on how to create these nails it even tells you which nail polish brands and colors to use.



Another great Rudolph nail idea, if you follow this link it will show a much better picture like the one above but you get the general idea of how to do it from the image. There is also some other great holiday nail ideas at the same link.

Sunday will be part three which will feature Rudolph inspired food.

Monday will be part four which will feature cool Rudolph items.

Tuesday will be part five which will feature some great Rudolph printables.

Wednesday will be part six, our last Rudolph post, which will feature some Rudolph craft ideas.

I hope you are enjoying our Rudolph tribute series the next topic after Rudolph is all talked out is different ways to save money at Christmas and this includes D.I.Y gifts, including ones that I am making for my girls, so I hope you will stick around for all my holiday talk.

Thanks for stopping in,
Amy 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Had a Very Shiny Nose...Part One



My oldest daughter, Bean (her nickname), loves Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer so I thought I would share her love of the red nose with you in the form of some links to great stuff featuring, yep, the red nose!

Part one is some cool clothes and accessories. 


First up is this sweater she got at JcPenny's last weekend. 
Very festive wore it to school today even though she thought the other kids would probably tease her for it since it isn't even Thanksgiving yet, but she still wore it proudly. I did check JcPenny's online but they don't seem to be selling them on there so you will have to check out your local JcPenny's in the juniors department.


Check out these glasses my mom found at the local hospital's gift shop where she volunteers. Super cute! The antlers have little bells hanging from them that jingle when she moves her head. She freaked when she saw them screaming her head off happy.


I found these super cute plush lounge pants over at WebUndies.com completely adorable and Bean does love her plushy lounge pants so I am hoping to get these for her for Christmas!


I found this D.I.Y Rudolph Shirt over at Sew Creative, Crystal Allen is the brains behind this really cool shirt she made with her Cricut Explore.



My mom loves to crochet so I am hoping to talk her into making a hat similar to this one for Bean. This is a free pattern that I found on Pinterest from Repeat Crafter Me.

Up tomorrow is Part Two which will feature fun nail and hair ideas inspired by the red nose! So make sure to stop back tomorrow for some more fun Rudolph stuff.

Thanks for stopping by,
Amy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

5 Things... (List #1)




1.) Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
I added this to my to read list on GoodReads.
Found on Pinterest the story line looks really intriguing
you should check it out by clicking on the cover.





2.) One of my newest boards on Pinterest
a tribute to all us 4-Eyes out there and
how we rock the wearing of the glasses!



3.) I finally watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
I watched this last night at my sister while chowing down
on some of her famous beer-battered fried chicken! I really
liked it which surprised me I thought it would be to sci-fi-ish
with the fantasy but it wasn't and now I really want to 
read the books.
(Nope haven't read them, And I call myself a Nerd, LOL!)



4.) "Favorite Quote/Inspirational Thing" this week.
I am going to try to remember to say this out loud to
myself every day this week, some me love is needed I 
feel a bit of the blues coming on which always happens
this time of the year, it is only suppose to be 20 degrees
here on Tuesday, sucks.
Found it here: Breakfast at Yurman's (tumblr).



5.) I am now into my 12th week of pregnancy and
"Peanut" is about the size of a large plum! Oh and 
morning sickness is going bye-bye, hooray!


I am hoping to make my "5 Things..." 
an ongoing thing, no assigned date 
just 5 things out of the blue!

Thanks for stopping in,
Amy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mini Review: Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

Lucky Us
by Amy Bloom
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published by: Random House
Publication date: 7/29/2014
ISBN: 9781400067244
Pages: 256
Format: Review Copy
Source: Edelweiss





Summary from Goodreads:

 Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take them from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn's beauty parlors to London's West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.
 


Mini Review:

The best part of this book was the ending, which thank god was a happy one because this book depressed me. I know it got rave reviews but I don't see why it just didn't appeal to me at all.


I Give It:



Thanks for stopping by,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 


This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; Historic Fiction Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge; Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. 

Mini Review: Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson

Chateau of Secrets
by Melanie Dobson
Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian
Published by: Howard Books
Publication date: 5/14/2014
ISBN: 9781476746111
Pages: 400
Format: Review Copy
Source: Edelweiss





Summary from Goodreads:

A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family’s abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisèle Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family’s medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler’s army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France.

But when German soldiers take over the family’s château, Gisèle is forced to host them as well—while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend’s baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child.

A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Sauver, Gisèle’s granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler’s army. Riley wants to research Chloe’s family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored—her family isn’t Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn’t know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover…

With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past.


Mini Review:

A wonderful example of great historical fiction. Flashbacks show us the past while the rest of the story is in the present day. World War II, Nazis, the Resistance, war-torn France, a secret identity, and of course love can all be found inside the covers of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! 


I Give It:


Thanks for taking the time to stop by,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 


This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Review Pile Reading Challenge; Historic Fiction Reading Challenge; Women's Reading Challenge; Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge; Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.

Mini Review: The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld

The Interpretation of Murder
by Jed Rubenfeld
Genre: Mystery/Historical Fiction
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Publication date: 9/15/2006
ISBN: 9780805080988
Pages: 384
Format: Hardback
Source: Owned/Purchased





Summary from Goodreads:

In this historical thriller, Sigmund Freud is drawn into the mind of a sadistic killer who is savagely attacking Manhattan's wealthiest heiresses
Inspired by Sigmund Freud's only visit to America, The Interpretation of Murder is an intricate tale of murder and the mind's most dangerous mysteries. It unfurls on a sweltering August evening in 1909 as Freud disembarks from the steamship George Washington, accompanied by Carl Jung, his rival and protege. Across town, in an opulent apartment high above the city, a stunning young woman is found dangling from a chandelier—whipped, mutilated, and strangled. The next day, a second beauty—a rebellious heiress who scorns both high society and her less adventurous parents—barely escapes the killer. Yet Nora Acton, suffering from hysteria, can recall nothing of her attack. Asked to help her, Dr. Stratham Younger, America's most committed Freudian analyst, calls in his idol, the Master himself, to guide him through the challenges of analyzing this high-spirited young woman whose family past has been as complicated as his own.
 


Mini Review:

This one has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile and I can finally put it on my "read" bookshelf on Goodreads! I was super excited to read this from the book's description but was a little disappointed due to the dryness of it, the words just drug on, and I found myself nodding off sometimes. The saving grace for this book is the storyline it is a twisted and complicated plot which could have translated into a great read if it was written with less dryness, so instead it was just average.

I Give It:

Thanks for taking the time to stop by,
Amy

The books reviewed here have either been sent to me free of charge, or borrowed from my sister or the library, or they were bought (it is an addiction really). However, my reviews have never been, nor will ever be, affected by whether a book’s a freebie or not. A review is just one person’s opinion. It’s always best to check out a book for yourself. 


This book contributed to the following reading challenges: Mount TBR Challenge; Historic Fiction Reading Challenge; My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge; TBR Pile Reading Challenge; Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Art Journal Caravan: Week #36 Singing in the Rain (Water and Rain)



So here is the last one for September so I am officially done with that month and October in my catch up sessions for Art Journal Caravan!! I am on my way. I think since it is starting to feel more and more like winter lately that instead of continuing to work backwards I might just go back to January and February and play around in those months next. I guess wherever the mood drags me!

I used elements from the following to make this digital journal page:




Creatively Wandering,
Amy

Art Journal Caravan Week #37: Vivacity (Water and Rain)


There is indeed a word for living vivaciously and that word is vivacity and in Week 37's itinerary it was the word of the week and I chose to honor it with a woman dancing to the music of an elephant band!

One more to do in September and I will be all caught up for that month in the Art Journal Caravan!

I used elements from the following to make this digital journal page:

Finecrafted Design's Mixed Media Mayhem Kit (retired)

Creatively Wandering,
Amy 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Art Journal Caravan Week #44: Vitality (The Road Less Traveled)


I am finally done with the month of October for Art Journal Caravan 2014, Pause, Sorry had to pat myself on the back!

The last itinerary for October focused on vitality so I wanted something a little more out there then I normally do and this is what I came up with!

I used elements from the following to make this digital journal page:





Creatively Wandering,
Amy