Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bad Book Reviews -

Oh, my goodness.... what do you do when you get two different books from two different publishers and both are not at all what you thought they would be??? That's the predicament that I currently find myself in!

The first book was "I Almost Forgot About Me" by Terry McMillan. I really thought it would be about a lady finding herself, what she wanted to do with her life, looking at her past along the way, and how she got to that decision.


I wasn't completely wrong, but most of the book was made up of Dr. Georgia Young going back to all the men she had 'loved' (had sex with), her two horrible girlfriends, and a whole lot of bad language.

It was defiantly colorful - and I don't mean that in a good way - I have never read a book so crude and with so much swearing in it. Ever. I don't mind a little swearing, but this was just too much. The three friends were extremely foul-mouthed, promiscuous, women who come across as lacking the ability to cultivate lasting, loving relationships. 

The story was disjointed, lacked focus, full of inconsistencies, and the writing was sub par.

The only thing good about the book was that Dr. Young really did want and end up doing something different with her life in the end, but that part left a whole lot more to be desired. 

This book was more like a mumble jumbled, foul mouthed ranting, mid-life crisis. A complete waste of good time.

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The second disappointing book was "As Southern As It Gets - 1,071 Reasons to Never Leave the South" by H. Jackson Brown. 


I figured it would be a coffee table book, so I was expecting different, but wow!!! 

Seriously, I think the author just wrote down everything he could think of that he likes about the south, even though a lot of things he has listed could be said for right here in Indiana, or anywhere throughout the USA. 

Honestly this book is a list of words and have no rhyme or reason other then alphabetically ordered. I thought it was going to be filled with stories, or at least some explanation of things, but it is like reading plain words in a list with a few quotes thrown in. There is simply no point to this book at all.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This Life I Live Book Review by Rory Feek


I live just 45 minutes south east of Alexandria, Indiana and although I've heard of Joey & Rory Feek - I've never kept up with all the buzz on social media or of them in the news. I wasn't sure that this book would hold my attention, but I thought I'd give it a try and see who these 'Feek' people were and what the fuss was all about.

..... I was pleasantly surprised!

I really enjoyed this book! Rory's writing style was interesting and held my attention.... I read the whole book in one day! Grant it, I was in the hospital with my son, so I had the time, but still, usually it takes me a few days to get through a book -even a really good one. I love how God can take a broken down individual and make them into something great! I love that the author is raw and honest - it isn't all fluffed up - it's just the plain, hard truth.

"I've leaned that it is never too late to start over. Never too late to impact someone in a good way. Everyday is a new day - the start of a new and better story." - Rory Feek

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through a book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Best Fresh Fruit Salad for Any Occasion



2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 
1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
1/2 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool. (Note - don't simmer too long on too high heat or it will be to thick - I kept it a thin liquid to pour over the fruit.)

1 cubed fresh pineapple 
3 lb. strawberries, hulled and sliced 
6-8 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 
1 bunch of 4-5 bananas, sliced 
oranges, (I used a bag of Cuties) peeled and sectioned 
1 lb. each of  green and red seedless grapes 

Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, and grapes. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving. - I mixed the fruit altogether right before serving.
-Enjoy!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Planning a Graduation Party


Our beautiful daughter, Faith graduated from High School this Spring - so I wanted to have a graduation party to recognize that accomplishment... only problem was, trying to keep it simple, and not spend too much.... here's what I came up with....

Our theme was blue (her school colors), gold, silver, black, and white with pink peonies for a touch of elegance.


                           

The Guest Table - 
We had guests sign a JENGA block with a message. Picture frames hung on the wall. A Vase of flowers, a card box, and a basket for the JENGA blocks on the table. We also had a quiz about the graduate for guests to fill out. You can see the quiz here.

The Gift Table was pretty simple - it was the top of a garage cupboard... I glammed it up with a sign and flowers...



We had her diploma, more pictures and some of her artist work (paintings and drawings) showcased in a bookcase.



Faith Through The Years - On one of the garage walls, I posted 8x10 pictures of our graduate from a baby to her senior year. I used gold stars to write her age on. And used cutout lettering above.



Another section of the wall had a picture of the graduate, along with an Inspirational Speech printed out. You can read the speech here. (This was my hubby's contribution!)



The Food Table was decorated in blue and white table clothes with gold doilies. We hung gold, white and blue table clothes from the ceiling to hide more garage stuff. We hung paper lanterns, paper fans, and blue paper swirls above the tables. 

Our Menu was simple....
We had a Cheddar Cheese ball, Dried Beef Cheese ball and crackers, Mixed Fruit, Assorted candy, and Vanilla and Chocolate cupcakes. I also made a layered cake to use as a center piece.... we sprayed the cakes with gold color mist. I used clear plastic serving dishes from the Dollar Tree.





For drinks we had fresh garden mint tea, chocolate and regular milk, and bottles of water. I purchased the milk cartons from the public school and bought 'Class of 2017' labels for the water bottles.



The one thing that my daughter wanted most, was a Photo Booth/Selfie Station. I bought a room divider, hung a sign, and set a basket of props on a chair beside it! For props, we had a mustache, bow tie, masks, boa, top hat, sun hat, sunglasses, necklaces, leis, #DONE, and a chalkboard sign. I bought skewers and hot glued the masks, mustache, and bow tie myself.




  


The tables were covered in blue table clothes with confetti. We bought a helium tank and had balloons around the garage in several places and tied to a pole by our lane and at the walk in door. 



Overall, I thought the party turned out pretty much how I imagined it to be.... the only regrets I have is that I wish we would have had more people show up (out of the 90 invites, we only had 40 guests). And I wish that I would have taken more and better pictures....



Most of our party decorations were purchased at Party City.

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