Sunday Stew {8}

Happy Sunday! Welcome for the Sunday Stew, a weekly meme graciously hosted by Shannon over at Books Devoured. It’s a great way to take a look at what other blogs have going on around them and I find it usually introduces me to some great people and happenings around the web! Feel free to pop on over to Shannon’s and join in the Stew!

Bookmark of the Week:

I have been reading on my Nook, so I have not needed a bookmark.

Around the Web:

I just wanted to let you know that Jenn from I Read Banned Books and Kathy from I’m A Reader Not A Writer are hosting Banned Books Week Hop!  I love the banned book lists…I find that when a book gets banned, it gets good!  Do you have any banned books that you like?

Around Me:

It is HOT!!  We have been spending a lot of time at home just hanging out and painting and rearranging furniture to avoid going out in the heat!  We had “summer break” from my daughter’s gymnastics and from my son’s football practice.  It was so nice to not “HAVE” to be anywhere.  Of course we had plenty to keep us busy.  We did a little school shopping and a lot of work around the house.  I am trying to make myself a new “office” so we are moving a lot of stuff around trying to accommodate what mommy wants :) .At the end of the week we celebrated my second child’s 12th birthday.  He is such a good kid and he had so much fun celebrating his birthday.  He got a new electronic drum kit and has been rocking out on it.  Of course I haven’t heard too much of it as I also got him headphones!!   School will be starting soon and it is hard to believe with record temps our summer is coming to a close.

Have a great week!

Cheers!

Cici

TGIF {7}

Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  The weeks have been just flying by and it is hard to believe that summer is winding down and school is getting ready to start!  TGIF has been a fun weekly meme to participate in and I am always disappointed when I miss posting!

Thanks again Ginger for hosting!

This Friday’s Question:

Character Envy: If you could be one character from a book,

who would you choose & why?

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Well, I would have thought this would have been an easier question to answer than it ended up being!  Of course my first thought is Bella, I am such an Edward fan.  I would have chosen her for no other reason other than face time with Eddie, but eh…

I will have to say first choice is Allie from The Notebook.  I love that story.  It is just such a wonderful love story.  Allie chooses her one true love Noah, and against all odds, they have a forever love.  Right to the very end, Allie is so loved by Noah, it makes me cry as I sit here and think about it!

I also kind of wouldn’t mind being Kate from The Goddess Test.  I would have been a little ticked by “the tests” but the ultimate outcome would be pretty flippin’ awesome.  I have a feeling that she is going to end up with a little more ‘power’ than she can handle!

My last choice is really two characters from Personal Demons, Frannie and Luc.  I am just going to say Luc and let you know I apparently have an inner dark side that I have been obviously suppressing for a few decades (thank you Lisa Desroachers for bringing it to light).  My reason for Frannie is obviously Luc for one, and the power of sway!  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Now that it is Friday…go enjoy your weekend!!

Cheers!

Cici

July 28th, 2011 TGIF 5 Comments

Safe From The Past

Safe From The Past

by Patricia Miller Mauro

Summary from LitFuse Publishing:

A kidnapping, the divorce of her parents, the loss of her father, temporary abandonment and extreme poverty are just some of the issues the author dealt with as a young child.

Her mother finally tells her she must go to college so she can break out of this cycle of poverty and hopelessness. But how can she when she has no money and absolutely no confidence or self esteem?

Read this true story to discover what hope, faith and determination can do to change a life. A truly inspiring, deeply personal tale of perseverance in the face of unimaginable hardships, Safe from the Past makes clear the restorative power of an education.

Told in an open, honest voice with the deepest sincerity, the author’s life story serves as a rousing inspiration to those with the desire to create a better life than the one they are currently living. No matter how helpless you feel, everyone has the power to shape their own life.

My Thoughts:

While this is a bit off the path of the YA genre I tend to find myself reading, I was intrigued at first to grab this title by the title alone.  Safe From The Past, seemed to just reach out to me.  I am one who really believes that the title and cover do really matter.  Well, while it recounts the personal tale of Patricia Miller Mauro, I found it could really be the back story or at the very least strike a nerve of many people.

I will always recommend a book to youth, adults too, that will show them what they can do, regardless of where they come from, what they have or have not or whatever situations they may endure.  Whether it be fiction or non-fiction, I find it important to find those stories that can embrace one’s soul and give it, at the very least, an idea of what it can become.  Safe From The Past is one of those books.

All too often people run from their past, Patricia Miller Mauro embraced hers.  Taking all of her experiences and building on them.  I found her telling of her past to be a true inspiration.  We live in an age where it is all too common for people to depend on others for sustenance.  This story is one that should be required reading in all schools.  It is a living tale of what ONE can do for THEMSELVES, a tale that can be the inspiration for real change.

Of the many lessons that I took from reading this book there is one that may be overlooked…be a mentor, an example.  Never be afraid to reach out and extend an offering of help, you never know whose life you can change with not only your actions, but your words.

We all have a past, our story, it is what drives us and makes us who we are today.  Whether we want to believe that or not, some say they escape it, run from it, change their path, I truly believe that no matter how pleasant or unpleasant our past is, it either cripples us or motivates us.  It is truly up to each individual to make a choice.  Choose our destination.  It is not always a matter  of where or who we’ve been, but where our destination and who we become.

I received this book from LitFuse Publicity by The P3 Press, through their Book Reviewers Program in exchange to read the book and write a review about the book.  There were no monies exchanged for this review.  I want to extend a thank you to LitFuse Publicity for the opportunity to take part in the reading of review of Safe From The Past.

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About The Author:

Patricia worked in New York City’s financial district for thirteen years in the field of securities operations. At that time, she went on to obtain an MBA from New York University. She and her husband moved to Dallas, TX in 2001 where they are raising their two children.

During her time in NY, Patricia wrote an article entitled “A Tribute To My Mother” which was published in “The Recovery Journal” in 1999. Her book is a continuation of that tribute and serves to spread the message to those in similar situations that good news is on its way to children considering a higher education but who are afraid to dream. For more information please visit, www.patriciamaurobooks.com

For the Blog Tour Schedule, please click on this link:  http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13380085

Happy reading!

Cheers,

Cici

July 26th, 2011 Books 0 Comment

Monday Bites Ch. 16-20

I am so excited to be participating in the Twilight Re-Read Along!  This event  is being hosted by Ginger over at GReads along with Yani, Jacinda, Jasmine, & Lisa.  I hope you all will grab your copy of Twilight so you too can revisit Forks and the world of Bella & Edward that Stephenie Meyer has created.  I have been on the fence about reading the series again and this read-along is the perfect excuse to pick up and do it!

This week we are covering questions from Chapters 16-20 hosted over at The Reading Housewives.  Be sure to pop over and link up if you are reading or feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!  Thanks to all the blogs who have been hosting during the re-read!  I can’t wait to see what ya’ll come up with for New Moon (hint, hint)!!

So here we go with this week’s questions for Chapters 16-20…

If you where in Carlisle position, do you think you would have been able to fight off your vampiric urges? Would you ever bring someone into that life, as he did with Edward and Esme?

Knowing how I am, I believe that it would be very hard to fight off that new instinct.  I have terrible will power, especially when it comes to something I crave.  That being said, I would hope that I would still find value in human life and have the will to find an alternative way.  Also knowing myself, I do believe that I would want to have some company of my choosing.  I believe that I would probably do as Carlisle did and only take someone because they are dying.  I am sure I wouldn’t want to be alone.


We are introduced to Edward’s playful side in these chapters, before he gets all manic about the new vampires, I think we have a better picture of who he is. If you had to describe him in 5 words, what would they be? Good and Bad qualities, whatever you like!

Quirky, romantic, old-fashioned, coy and chivalrous.

I guess putting only HOT, HOT, HOT, HOT and romantic would have been too cheesy…
While re-reading I have been taking notes: observations that I have come across re-reading and comparisons to the movie. One of my notes deals with page 383, in which Edward screams at Alice there is no other option. The first time around I didn’t get that he meant the future that Alice saw for Bella as a vampire (because we obviously hadn’t gotten to that part), but now that I know the whole story I see that is what he meant… Has this happened to you? Do you have any examples of things that are clearer now or things that you have realized while re-reading?

While re-reading I know there was something that I thought was clearer and of course now that you have asked this question I am thumbing through trying to figure out what it was!  I will say that they whole chase put on by James and Victoria is a little more clear as is his relationship with Alice.  I found it a shame that the movie left out that relationship, as I find it a bit of important information.  I am still not clear as to why Alice didn’t see Bella decide to go to James.

We haven’t talked about this yet, but I think the idea of your human gifts amplifying in your vampire life is interesting (Jasper’s control of emotions, Edward’s mind reading), what do you think your gifts would be?

I would like to think that my gift would be much like Edward’s mind reading.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?  I find that I am often very good at reading people, whether I am familiar with them or not.  I find it kind of fun to make a “prediction” about someone and compare to my initial thoughts to things I find out about them later.  I drive my husband mad sometimes because I will make the “prediction”, share it with him, he usually writes me off often calling me judgmental and then I usually get to say “I told you so”.  It’s fun, I enjoy it.  I think Edward’s actual gift of reading a person’s mind would come in super handy!

We are coming to the end of the book, what has been your opinion on this re-read? First, when was the last time you read it? Second, do you feel you like it more, the same, or less this time around?

The last time I read Twilight was right before Eclipse came out in theaters.  I think that I fall in love with the series more each time I read it.  Although, this time I started to compare movie/book characters a little more and have begun to change my mind a little bit about some of them.  I really like Rob as Edward and find that he is a pretty good fit, as well as most of the Cullen’s and Charlie.  I am beginning to think that Kristen Stewart should have played a little bit softer character.  I think she was good as Bella, but needed a little more feminine qualities.  She needed to have less edge and be a little softer, more fragile.  I also find that as much as I enjoy watching the movie, it isn’t as great as I once thought.    I also can’t help but think of how much I really wish Stephenie Meyer would finish Midnight Sun.  I really love reading Edward’s perspective more than anything.

I have really enjoyed participating in the re-read along with so many other bloggers!  As we are coming to an end of Twilight we will be hosted next week by Ginger over at GReads.  Be sure to stop in and check out all of the great bloggers who have posted their answers!

Cheers!

Cici

July 25th, 2011 Weekly Happenings! 3 Comments

Pearl by Jo Knowles

Information:

ARC provided by Jen Bigheart from I Read Banned Books as part of ARC Blog Tour

Summary from Goodreads:

Bean (née Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry’s mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean’s mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean’s beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household.

Gus’s death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean’s relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love.

My Thoughts:

At first I had thought I made some obvious predictions about how the story would turn out and boy was I wrong!  I really enjoyed the many facets of Pearl.  I find this book a little hard to talk about because I really don’t want to give too much away, so I will try to stay as generic as I can.  I would really hate to ruin the book for you all!

Bean’s character is such a typical teen!  I loved her.  And Henry, how can you just not adore him?  The adults in Pearl were very intriguing to me.  Their unique characters each held a bit of mystery that really helped frame Bean’s story.  I really liked how the setting and characters became so real and vivid without too much written description.  I often find that reading books that are overly descriptive really detract from the story and Ms. Knowles set her story very well.

While reading Pearl I found myself going back in time and remembering people from my past who I found out years later had some intense family secrets.  I always wondered how the families were able to keep their secrets from coming to the surface and when they did, how they dealt with the ramifications.   I really didn’t have a very high opinion Bean’s mom Lexie until she began to unravel her story.  I also felt that Gus may have died with a lot of regret and it made me very sad to think of how real that is in so many families.

I ended up really enjoying Pearl.  I was so glad it was not as predictable as I thought it would be.  I think that this book is definitely a great book to pick up and read with your teen.  So many lessons to be learned and discussed in this book.  I don’t think that this book is just for teens to pick up and discuss, I think that it would make for a great book club pick as well.  So many different stories, secrets and emotions locked up in this book that would make for an unforgettable discussion.  It is certainly a read that lingers long after the cover has been closed.

Keeping secrets, no matter who it protects, always has ramifications.

July 22nd, 2011 Books 3 Comments

Sunday Stew {7}


Happy Sunday! Welcome for the Sunday Stew, a weekly meme graciously hosted by Shannon over at Books Devoured. It’s a great way to take a look at what other blogs have going on around them and I find it usually introduces me to some great people and happenings around the web! Feel free to pop on over to Shannon’s and join in the Stew!

Bookmark of the Week:

This week my bookmark has been my package of Post-it flags for my Twilight book and a post-it flag for the other books I have been reading.  You see, I have been reading along Twilight again with GReads and friends and have decided to flag all the quotes, scene and such that I love and some that I don’t really care for.

Yeah, I know, I used quite a few flags…

Around the Web:

I wanted to take this week and introduce you to a couple of my Twitter/Bloggy pals.  First up is Vivienne over at My Real Life Parenting.  I absolutely love reading this blog and knowing that I am not alone in my parenting adventures.  I have found that a lot of parents connect and support each other almost too much during the toddler years and come the teen years, everyone has the perfect life.  Well, Vivienne has been someone that I have found to be real, honest and supportive.  Parenting is hard work.  Teens are hard work.  There are many trials and many wonderful celebrations.  I suggest you pop on over and give her a look.  I have found her to be a friend and a great support network.  I am always amazed at how people are brought together.

Another great Twitter/Bloggy pal is Jimmy over at Founding A Father.  I love reading his posts about his family, fatherhood and being a husband.  He is quite witty and fun.  I have often read his posts and laughed, knowing that he is just a typical guy (just like my husband) and so I either let things go, or smack both him and my husband :)  We can often be found horsing around on Twitter, feel free to join in!  I often find that Jimmy and his other Daddy blogging buddies have me out-numbered!  Jimmy and I threw an idea out there for a little joint adventure and I am really hoping we can pull it together!  Be certain I will let you know when it comes about!!

Around Me:

Holy cow…what a week!  My husband and sons went away for the week to Scout camp.  I was so grateful to be home in the air conditioning as it was over 100 degrees ALL week!  It was a wonderful opportunity for my daughter and I to have some special time together.  We had lots to do and she made sure I didn’t slack on anything!  We shoe shopped, book shopped, did our nails, watched a movie in bed with popcorn, went to dinner, had dessert EVERY night, organized, painted, read and went to Barnes and Noble to listen to Tara Hudson read from Hereafter.  We also got our copy signed and she even signed Catherine’s copy of Baby Mouse Burns Rubber.  Tara was so kind to Catherine, it made her night!  When we left she said to me, “Miss Hudson is my new bff.  I feel so inspired to go home and start writing.”  It was so fun.  She is only six and sometimes wants to be so grown up.  So, that was a true highlight of our week.  The best part for me was on Friday night as we were preparing for the return of the stinky (very stinky) boys, she turned to me and said, “Mommy, this was the best week of my life”!  Melt my heart!!

Oh…can’t forget the critter that made me scream like a girl…I am pretty sure that my boys brought it back in a bag….YUCK!!!  I am pretty sure I scared it back to where it came from!

Cheers!

Cici

July 17th, 2011 Weekly Happenings! 2 Comments

Monday Bites Chapters 6-10

I am so excited to be participating in the Twilight Re-Read Along!  This event  is being hosted by Ginger over at GReads along with Yani, Jacinda, Jasmine, & Lisa.  I hope you all will grab your copy of Twilight so you too can revisit Forks and the world of Bella & Edward that Stephenie Meyer has created.  I have been on the fence about reading the series again and this read-along is the perfect excuse to pick up and do it!

This week we were to have read chapters 6-10 and were given questions over at Lisa’s blog to answer…so, here are the questions and here are my answers…remember, if you want to join in, hop on over to The Reading Housewives and link up!

Questions for chapters 6-10…

1. Because we have to talk about it sometime – are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?  Does that impact how you re-read the book?

Team Edward.  Definitely team Edward…the guy is just out of this world.  Actually, this time around I am seeing Jacob a little differently.  Now, of course the lad is smoking hot in the movies, so this is really how I see him in the books.  Although my vision of Jacob is a little more young in the book than in the movie, which makes it a little creepy for me.  I also view Edward as more of a romantic and a bit more gentle whereas Jacob is a bit immature and hot-headed.  The old-fashioned elements that Edward brings forth is absolutely swoon-worthy :)

I also read Midnight Sun, which confirmed to me that Edward is definitely my guy…oh my word, I wish she (Stephenie) would just go ahead and finish it already!

2. Bella spends a lot of her time by herself in her room when she’s not at school. What do you think this says about her as a character? Can you relate to her introverted nature?

In some ways I can relate, and in some ways I just don’t get her.  I love people, I’ve never met a stranger.  I also tend to cherish absolute solitude.  In the past few years I have found that I often prefer time to be by myself.  I find that dealing with other people’s drama is really exhausting and often prefer to be by myself.  I feel that is the same for Bella.  She really has no interest in dealing with teenage angst.  After reading the series a few times now, I can see how this characteristic helps to develop Bella’s character in the latter books.  I believe Bella is much more mature than a majority of her peers, therefore she would naturally find herself better company.

3. Probably my favorite chapter of the entire book, chapter eight brings us dress shopping, nearly getting assaulted, and then wraps up nicely with a quaint dinner and confession time. In this we see the blend of typical teenage existence starting to get tainted by the paranormal world. If given the choice right then, would you push to know more about the paranormal, or bury your head in the sand and live the teenage dream?

Ummm…well, if it included the likes of Edward Cullen, I would have to say I would definitely push to know more :)  Seriously, I think I would push to know more.  I guess the odd always appealed to me in a way.  I think that his (their) ability to coexist with the living would really make me wonder.  I would want to know more.  I can only imagine the amount of questions that I would have for such an oddity.  Plus, I think I would want to make friends with him rather than find myself on the other side of the line.

4. Already, it’s pretty clear that Bella is falling for Edward. Is this happening too quickly to be plausible, or is it totally reasonable to you? What about Edward do you find to be swoon-worthy at this point?

I don’t think it is happening too quickly at all.  I believe that when it is meant to be, it is meant to be and the forces will be pushing you toward one another.  As I read the book, I can’t help but think of the fate that has drawn these two together.  It is almost as if Bella’s total existence was all for Edward.  As if it was her fate.

Edward’s non-stop curiosity and infatuation with Bella is incredible.  I also find his restraint admirable.  But what really appeals to me are his old-fashioned courtesies.  Everything he does is so chivalrous, romantic.  It is a shame that men of today don’t embrace chivalry.

5. Jessica has to forcibly remove all of the details on what’s going on from Bella, but through that we learn more about how she’s feeling and how she’s falling for Edward already. If you were in Jessica’s shoes, what would you say to Bella?

Once again, I read Midnight Sun, so knowing what is kind of going through Jessica’s head I can’t really say.  Jessica is really just being nosy and self-serving.  That being said, the question asks if I were Jessica’s shoes, so I will answer as if I were in her shoes.  I would have to say, I think it would be kind of exciting to have first-hand access to the girl that actually got the attention of Edward.  I am sure there are plenty of others who are just dying to get the inside scoop and as petty and juvenile as it is, I think I would want the dish myself.  Regarding lessening the competition for Mike’s attention, I am not so sure that would be motivation for me to encourage a relationship.  I think that if you have to start taking out the competition to gain a guys attention, they aren’t worth having.

My opinion about Bella falling for Edward:  Everything about him is meant to lure people in (remember) and he has certain features meant to keep people at bay (teeth, sixth-sense) and Bella goes in under the radar.  Her attraction isn’t his looks, scent, voice, it’s him, his soul…she also doesn’t see his warning signs.  She is enamored by his smile, not seeing his teeth as a warning, hearing his unspoken quiet sounds and not hearing the hiss…it’s as if she can truly see his soul.  When you meet someone that you can see that deeply into, it is very hard to not fall and fall fast.

Just a few favs from chapters 6-10:

I love when they are talking about her number being up and she mentions that maybe her number was up “the first time, with the van, and that you’ve been interfering with fate?” (p. 174) and he replies “That wasn’t the first time…your number was up the first time I met you.”

OMG…I loved that!  Don’t know why, I can just imagine the look that would appear on her face, priceless.

On page 184 when they are talking about the story Jacob told and her research on the internet and he is prodding for her to tell him how she felt with her search and she discloses that she had decided it didn’t matter…what he was…not human, a monster…and she let’s him know it doesn’t matter and that she is curious…

Page 195, “About three things I was absolutely positive.  First, Edward was a vampire.  Second, there was a part of him–and I didn’t know how potent that part might be–that thirsted for my blood.  And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

At the end of chapter 10 when she goes to spend the day with him.  He encourages her to let someone know that she is with him, but she is so set on protecting him and his family that she doesn’t.  Even though there is a possibility that she may not go home, she chooses to protect the secret of the Cullen family.  I love the exchange when he is telling her she should have at least told Charlie and she doesn’t understand why.  He tells her, “To give me some small incentive to bring you back.”  Ummm…yeah, might have been a good idea (in my mind).

Now…click on Eddie to take yourself over to The Reading Housewives to link up and also to get next week’s questions!!!

July 11th, 2011 Weekly Happenings! 2 Comments

Paradise

PARADISE

DETAILS:

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date: July 05, 2011
ISBN13: 9780312605414
ISBN: 0312605412
BINC: 3273505
Age:12 – 17 years

ABOUT: (from Borders)

Teenaged Paisley Tillery dreams a career as a professional drummer will take her out of her small Texas town, but when her country rock band gets a handsome new lead singer from Paradise, Texas, those dreams may change.

Paisley Tillery is the drummer for a country rock band. If they can make it to the stage at the Texapalooza music fest, then Paisley will be closer to her dream of a career in music and a ticket out of her small Texas town.Drumming and music are what Paisley has always wanted. Until the band gets a new lead singer, the boy from Paradise, Texas. With Paradise in her life, what Paisley wants, and what she needs, complicate her dreams coming true.
MY THOUGHTS:
First off, I would like to Thank Jen for including me in her ARC Tour of Paradise.  I had not read any reviews for it before I got Paradise and I am really glad I didn’t.  Reading what other bloggers had to say may have warped my perspective a little bit with this book.  I really didn’t know what to expect from the cover and the title.  I am really bad about taking a lot about a book from the first glance.  I really liked the rural setting and the characters from the start.  I found myself smirking and laughing a little bit right along with them, that is how real the characters were to me.
One thing that I really liked about this book is that even though the main story was focused on Paisley and Paradise, I could not help but really get into Waylon, Cal, Levi and Gabe (Paradise).  I found the stories of Paisley’s family even intriguing.  Paradise wasn’t a typical teen romance for me.  There were no pretty, popular girls to compete with, no triangles, nothing supernatural.  Just a country girl knowing her dream and working her tail off to achieve it.  What happens along the way is just extra, even though it makes for a great story.
So, here’s what I loved…I loved that even though Paisley was the main in the story, there were so many interesting stories that surrounded her.  Her story was really built up by the stories of each of her band mates and her family.  It was all so connected and so fluid.  It really made it easy to become immersed into this little Texas town.  As much as I enjoyed Paisley and Paradise, I have to say that Paisley’s mother’s story really got me.  Maybe it is because I am a parent.  Maybe it is because I can relate to wanting more for your kids.  I was able to take this story and turn it on myself.  Do I push my kids too hard?  Do I push too much of what I want onto them?  Did I stop living my life to live my kids’ life?  Why do I want “more” for them?  What is it that I ‘don’t’ want for them?  Am I allowing them to grow into who they really are or growing them into who I think they should be?  It was really an eye opener for me.  This is why, as a parent, I really enjoy YA.  I learn a lot from it.  I find there is something that I can take and turn into dialog to communicate with my teen and tween.  Sometimes I even learn from it (just proving old dogs can learn new tricks).
What I didn’t love…I thought the cover wasn’t good enough for the story.  While it was a great cover, I felt it was too summer lusty, didn’t really capture the characters or the story.  Not enough edge for the book.
What I REALLY didn’t love (but really did)…the ending.  I felt cheated, angry, defeated.  I mean this is the most complementing way to Jill Alexander.  That was a story.
I hope you enjoy Paradise as much as I did.  I can honestly tell you, I am still turning the story over in my mind.
Cheers!
Cici
July 6th, 2011 Books 4 Comments

Sunday Stew {6}


Happy Sunday! Welcome for the Sunday Stew, a weekly meme graciously hosted by Shannon over at Books Devoured. It’s a great way to take a look at what other blogs have going on around them and I find it usually introduces me to some great people and happenings around the web! Feel free to pop on over to Shannon’s and join in the Stew!

BOOKMARK OF THE WEEK:

This week I have used several different items for bookmarks!  I am terrible at picking up whatever and shoving it in my book.  This week I have used a post office delivery confirmation receipt, a pink string I cut from my daughter’s shirt and a comb…completely tacky, I know.

AROUND THE WEB:

What’s been happening around the web?  A lot!  I have just been so crazy with our summer schedule that I seem to be missing it all!  There is a current giveaway hop going on celebrating freedom!  It runs until the 7th, so you may want to get in on that hop!

Also, I am participating in Monday Bites, a Twilight book re-read-along!  This event is being hosted byGinger over at GReads along with Yani, Jacinda, Jasmine, & Lisa

You can still hop on over and join in the reading and discussions!  I absolutely loved Twilight and am glad to have a reason to read it again!

AROUND ME:

So much seems to be happening for summer.  I am painting a few rooms in our house in an attempt to make everyone happy and update our older home a little bit.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  I don’t like to waste time taping, so I edge free-handed and it is a pain.  I painted my 6 yr old daughter’s room first as it was light blue from ages ago when we only had two boys :) .  She wanted her room to be fancy and I didn’t want pink, so I let her work with the decorator and come up with a sophisticated girly look and she chose Dark French Chocolate for her walls, with her shabby chic bedding.  It will all come together in the end, but boy was it a chore painting with no streaks!!  I did get it done though and she was ecstatic!  She is ready for the decorator to come and hang up all her ‘stuff’.  I am holding off on having her come back until I finish my boys’ room and the media room and play room.  :)  Going to make it worth her trip (and my dollar)!  I will post a little before and after page soon!

Hope you have a good week!  This one is going to prove to be a crazy one for sure!  Also, be sure to take a moment and show gratitude for your freedoms and liberties.  Always remember as we go throughout our crazy lives those that gave for our country, for all gave some, and some gave all!

Cheers!

Cici

July 3rd, 2011 Weekly Happenings! 0 Comment
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