Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October in Review

You can find September's review: here!
 
I was really excited for October and then it got here. It's been raining all month. The kids and I have been sick on and off all month. We aren't gonna be able to go trick or treating tonight because it's cold and cloudy and rainy and just awful. Just like 2 years ago. We're all just getting over the flu - it's just not going to happen. So I went ahead and bought a couple (five) bags of candy. Today is the first day it's smelled like snow outside too - not at all happy about that. I almost cried.

So here's what I've been up to..

  1. The Pinspiration Project Queen for September was announced. Check out Autumn's winning project: here. She guest posted for me this month too: here.
  2. You can see what was on my list of books to read for the month of October on my monthly TBR list. November's goes up tomorrow.
  3. The Pinspiration Project has really taken off this month. We really appreciate all your support and love seeing all the projects every week! Week 9, Week 10, Week #11, and Week #12.
  4. I've decided to no longer do Pinterest Weds. I stopped doing it on my food blog already, but today was definitely my end day for Fortune. So check out my last few ones: here, here, here, and here.
  5. Nail Files is still sticking around though :) See #40, #41, #42, #43.
  6. I talked about Fringe, New Girl, and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team: here.
  7. Did you know there is a mushroom that is both anatomically and odor correct to a peen? Neither did I until I found some in my yard.
  8. There were also the most clicked from The Pinspiration Project: Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12.
  9. Have you seen Prometheus or Diary of a Wimpy Kid (the first one and Rodrick Rules)? Want an opinion before you do? I talked about them: here.
  10. I split up my sponsor spotlight posts into two parts this month. Find out what my lovely sponsors are passionate about! Part 1, Part 2. If you are interested in sponsoring me, check out my sponsor page.
  11. I talked about NOT leaving Fort Drum and being here for my husband's whole enlistment (minus his training in the beginning).
  12. More TV Talk: The Mindy Project, Brickleberry, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, and Modern Family.
  13. Hubby & I celebrating our dating anniversary this month. I blogged about it. Of course.
  14. I thought it'd be fun to reminisce about Halloweens of the past: here.
  15. I read 5 books this month. AKA Big Fat Fail :(
What I reviewed:
  • Marked by PC Cast [here]
  • The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa [here]
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [here]
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis [here]
  • Betrayed by PC Cast [here]
Some progress on my "resolutions":
  • Eat more fruit - I need to start eating more - probably with breakfast.
  • Get organized - Almost there.
  • Stay on schedule (I'm hoping to manage my time better) - Got off track with being sick.
  • Read A LOT - Fail *cries*
  • Keep track of finances and save lots of money - We are having issues with refinancing. Thanks to NY being a damn title-holding state. Ugh. But I mean once that is done, our car payment will be loads cheaper because we were approved through our bank :)
  • Start exercising again. - 1) I'm lazy 2) We've been sick
  • Get involved in Matthew's school - Still haven't done this....
  • Do some fun girly, crafty stuff with Cami. - Or this...
  • Master the art of being a school-age kid mom. Try to balance everything. - working on this!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Ghosts of Halloween's Past

Well, maybe not ghosts per se....

Halloween is one of my very favorite favorite holidays. Okay, it's my FAVORITE holiday. I love it. So I thought it would be fun to share some of my past Halloween's...

I'm 3 here...my baby brother is crying because he's terrified of the jack 'o lantern.

I think I'm 7 or 8 here...I was a witch almost every single year.

 And then BAM. I'm pregnant :P 
Here's 2006 and my first picture pregnant with my oldest.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

8 Years.

On October 11, my husband and I celebrated 8 years of being together. We started dating way back in 2004 - I kind of tricked him into asking me to be his girlfriend, but only because he was totally holding off on purpose because he knew 11 was my favorite number and he was teasing that our anni would be on the 12th. Butthead.

We've been through thick and thin together. From the moment I saw him, I knew we were meant for each other. We definitely had a love at first sight thing :)

First picture together May 2005 at his graduation ('scuse the picture of a picture thing)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nail Files #43


Wet 'N Wild Megalast Sugar Coat, OPI's Pink Friday, 
Sally Hansen's Strobe Light, and Sally Hansen's Shrimply Devine.

There is this super cute grey and black stripe mani I've seen on Pinterest...unfortunately I don't have a second grey or a good quality black polish, plus it is October - and all about breast cancer awareness, so I decided upon doing pinks. I really loved this mani too. I've been on a roll lately with making manis I love.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Betrayed [Review]

**3 1/2 Stars**

Stats:
#2 in House of Night series
314 pages [Kindle]
Published 1 January 2007
ASIN: B000UZNQQ0

Monday, October 22, 2012

TV Talk: Tons of Shows ~ New & Old



I keep meaning to do these - and have decided Mondays will be my new tv talk post day. So they will be then...hopefully I keep with them! Last time, I talked about New Girl, Fringe, and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader: Making the Team.

The Mindy Project

Source: fox.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Truth be told, I've only watched two of these so far...maybe three because I am way behind on my DVR watching. It's really funny and quirky. Mindy Kalingh is awesome.



Brickleberry

Source: insidetv.ew.com via 2400baud on Pinterest

I had really high hopes for this one and the first episode was actually really funny. It's kind of like a lamer Family Guy. Or it was...offensive humor doesn't bother me. But the second episode just wasn't funny. It was trying way too hard to be funny and failing miserably. So we took it off of the DVR.



Once Upon a Time

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I watched the first season during July/August. I really enjoyed it and have been looking forward to the start again. I'm always trying to figure out what will happen next with especially Regina & Mr. Gold and their past storybook stories. The actor who plays Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin is incredible. So so intense and great! I will say, Charming annoys the heck out of me.



The Walking Dead

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Ohhhhhhh yeah! I was so ready for this. Granted I do spend a lot of my time hollering at the screen because they make so many stupid mistakes that you can't afford to make in the zombie apocalypse! I think I've come down to only liking Maggie & Daryl. I hate new Rick...a lot. I'm still really curious about the ninja girl.



Modern Family

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My husband and I just started watching the first season...and we've been marathoning it up the second 8 pm hits. We both really love it and we're both kind of like WHY DIDN'T WE WATCH THIS EARLIER?! I can't pick a favorite right now because I pretty much love all the characters in their own way. Just an overall amazing cast and great writing too!

Do you all watch any of these shows?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Staying Put.

So...as many of you all may or may not know...I am an army wife.

When my husband joined the army, I expected to move around every 3 years or so. When we got stationed here at Ft. Drum, NY (30 miles from the Canadian border), we thought that it'd only be 3 years and then we'd be off to new places. Hopefully closer to home in East TN - especially seeing as how there are 80 bajillion closer bases to home.

Well after Nick's first deployment, we did come down on orders...to ALASKA...wtf. My oldest, Matthew, has eczema and allergies (and now asthma) and is in a program called Exceptional Family Member Program because he has many specialists he sees and we need a duty station equipped to deal with his medical needs. So our orders to Alaska were cancelled. *phew*

After another deployment, we got orders again. This time to an air force base right outside STL. We were all very excited about this move. Very very very very excited. Nick was going to be able to use his top secret clearance and not deploy, etc. Oh yeah, that's another thing, his branch manager wasn't going to send him to a place he'd deploy from because he had 2 deployments under his belt so quickly when there were tons of other soldiers who had never deployed in their military career.

Unfortunately for us, those orders got cancelled. From there, my husband worked furiously trying to get stationed somewhere - even if he had to reenlist for another year or two. We finally heard word in September...we could go to Germany, Italy, Hawaii, or Korea. Let's just go ahead and say EFF THAT.

The whole reason for us wanting to leave New York is that we wanted to be closer to our family in East TN. Not go overseas. Plus with Matthew's enrollment in EFMP, it'd be unlikely that we would be able to. Plus all the hoops you have to jump through - just no. That's a headache and a half. I could go on and on about reasons for us as a family NOT to go overseas.

So when we are asked after Nick gets out of the military in 2014 what all duty stations we got to travel to...we get to say that we were at Ft. Drum for 7 years.

I do hate it here, but we had a lot of stuff riding on whether we were moving or not. Now we know that we will be here at Ft. Drum until 2014 - and that's not really something most military families have - a solid standing that you will be in one place for a specific period of time. I am familiar with everything up here and I do love Matthew's school a lot. So I am okay with staying put.

I do have a plan to try and make it into NYC in the summertime at least once before we leave New York though. Because once we leave...I am NOT coming back.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nail Files #42


Wet 'N Wild Megalast's Sugar Coat with Pure Ice's Beware & Nicole by OPI's Rainbow in the S-Kylie

I wanted to do glitter tips again - it's kind of hard to see the glitter in the picture, but it's a very pretty  one and I used the chunky Rainbow in the S-Kylie on my ring finger for an accent. This is probably one of my favorite manis so far :)


 
Pinspiration:
 
Cool design!

Source: glamattractions.tumblr.com via Sarah on Pinterest


Essie Fairytale - such a pretty pink.

Source: weheartit.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Jennie's clown-inspired nails, if I remember correctly. Love the color combos :)

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Across the Universe [Review]


Stats:
#1 in Across the Universe series
398 Pages [Kindle]
Published 11 January 2011
ASIN: B004NNULKY


Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.



My Thoughts:
Across the Universe is told in two perspectives: 1) a 17 year old girl, Amy, who starts off being cryogenically frozen. 2) Elder, a 17 year old boy, who has lived his life aboard the ship, Godspeed, and is the only 17 year old aboard. Elder is in training to become the next leader of Godspeed (a ship headed from Earth or Sol-Earth to Centuri-Earth) to take over for the current Eldest. There was an Elder before him that should have taken over, but he is dead and so the Eldest is teaching Elder everything he needs to know to lead the over 2,000 people aboard. He is learning what causes discord in a society. The first is difference, which is why everyone aboard is the same race and no one has religion. The second is lack of leadership, which is why there is an eldest. He doesn't trust Eldest and finds out about a whole other section of the ship from person in the Recorder Hall, Orian, that includes a whole room full of cryogenically frozen people.

After Elder's discovery, Amy is awoken from her frozen state quite violently. She would have died if Elder and Doc (and Eldest, if I remember correctly) hadn't made it in time. After she adjusts (as much as she could) to the new environment, the new society, the thing left to do is find out why she was woken up 50 years early and who did it. Then a few more are unplugged and more and more of the ship and how it is running unfolds.


This was another surprisingly great book. I love how amazingly Revis built the world en route to Centuri-Earth. I cannot wait to read the next in the series and see what happens next. A lot of this is a who-dun-it that you get distracted from by the corrupt "government" and the strange way that people keep acting. It's absolutely awesome!



Previous Review:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [here]

[Counts toward my TBR Pile challenge: here]

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Prometheus + Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I did a little movie talking a few weeks ago...and I've been trying to see some of the newer movies. Although that doesn't always happen. Today it's all about Prometheus & Diary of a Wimpy Kid :)



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Blurb: 
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. 

My Thoughts:
I've never seen any of the Alien movies, but from what I gather, Prometheus is a prequel to those movies. I watched this whole movie even though I thought it was a little hard to get through and slow. I had hopes that it would get awesome. It didn't.

The special effects were awesome! The film was very Giger-esque.

Source: io9.com via IAR on Pinterest
 
The actors were incredible. 
 
David is an android - he is kind of evil, but kind of not. 
I feel like he is the one I connected with most...

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Meredith Vickers is the head of the ship. Queen Bee. Top Bitch.
Charlize Theron never disappoints me. She is amazing in every role that she's in. Regardless of if I like the movie or not.

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Elizabeth Shaw is very captivating as a character.
The actress, Noomi Rapace, absolutely blew it out of the water.
 
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So what was lacking? I don't even know how to explain it really. The premise is something I would totally watch. Some parts were interesting and exciting, but a majority of the movie was slow and boring. For someone who has no prior knowledge to the Alien saga, I feel like I was lost. But this is a prequel, so it should include all the information/knowledge I would need to know, right? Guess not. I give this one 2 stars out of 5. I'm sure there are some people out there who loved it. My husband and I both agreed: cool effects, great cast, but overall not something we would purchase or watch again.




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Blurb:
To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary.

Source: moviefanatic.com via Sarah on Pinterest


My Thoughts:
Call me crazy, but I absolutely adore this movie and I really really really want to read the books even if they are meant for 8 year old boys or something like that. I caught the movie one night on ABC Family and fell in love instantly. The characters are insanely hilarious. I was laughing the whole time and I even caught my husband watching parts of it too.




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Blurb:
Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

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My Thoughts:
So after seeing the first DOAWK, you know I went straight to watch the 2nd. I need to get my hands on the third. I'm not gonna lie. Rodrick is awesome. Kind of cute too. I loved the second way more than the first, which is crazy. If you haven't seen the movies, WATCH THEM. And be prepared to see a little DOAWK book reviews coming up. Sometime. When I can get the chance to read them!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Nail Files #41


During my last stop to Walmart, I picked up some nail polishes...all were under $2

I used Wet 'N Wild's I Need a Refresh-Mint (mint), Dreamy Poppy (coral), and French White Creme (white). Plus Nicole by OPI's Rainbow in the S-Kylie (glitter). {Look out for the claw!! RAWR!!}

I was inspired by this super cute mani.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Pinspiration:

AHHHHH! Want want want the chevron decals.

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Definitely want to try this design. :)

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Lightning Storm

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Fault In Our Stars [Review]


Stats:
328 Pages [Kindle]
Published 10 January 2012
ASIN: B005ZOBNOI


Synopsis:
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind



My Thoughts:
John Green is brilliant. He is a brilliant author who puts brilliant words into brilliant sentences into brilliant paragraphs into brilliant chapters to make this brilliant book. TFiOS easily climbs to my top 5 all-time favorite books. Why?

From page 1, I was hooked. I immediately connected with Hazel. The voice in which Green writes is like you are sitting down with someone and having a personal conversation - that person is retelling a time in their life. There is no way on earth you couldn't adore Augustus. The supporting characters were superb. This book/story makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think, warms your heart, makes you bawl, and when it's all over, you want to read it again to stay in the moment of reading the book. I got so emotionally connected to these kids. Not because of the cancer and for pity's sake, but because this book was so well written that I felt like I knew them. I felt like I was living the moment with them.

Read. This. Book. Now.


Previous Review:
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa [here]

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Lost Prince [Review]

{4.5 out of 5 Stars}

Stats:
#1 in Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series {Sequel Series}
400 Pages [Kindle]
To Be Published 23 October 2012
ASIN: B008X4BIGU


Synopsis:
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’s dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.



My Thoughts:
Julie Kagawa is my hero.

It was so easy to get sucked back into the Iron Fey world. Ethan - you remember him? He was the one taken by the fey in the very first book. Well, now he is all grown up. Broody and a loner, Ethan has jumped from school to school, getting expelled over and over because of the fey. His Sight has cost him a normal childhood and teenage-dom. Instead of making friends and being social, he keeps to himself and pretends not to see the fey and half fey that live in the human realm - once you see them, they won't leave you alone. On his first day at a new school, Ethan steps in when two football players are bullying a half fey (phoulka) named Todd. When Todd tries to thank him later, he gets Ethan sucked into a whole other kind of trouble. There are a new type of fey running around and they are after Todd.

Ethan, by far, is my new favorite character in Kagawa's world. He's very jaded. He's kind of a like a sweetheart bundled up in a bad boy package. A few oldie but goodie characters show up too, like Leanansidhe, Puck, and Grimalkin. I liked each of them in their own way during the original series. Plus a few new faces, like Mackenzie St. James and Kierran. Kagawa is brilliant at world building while still building on her characters on so many levels. I really enjoyed the male POV. I am so ready for the sequel!

Thank you to NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN for the opportunity to read it! 


Previous Review:
Marked by PC & Kristin Cast [here]

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

What is That Smell?!? (mildly NSFW)

So for the last month and a half or so, when I've walked outside I have smelled this horrid smell.

It is the smell of nasty, nasty man juice. Quite honestly, it smells like someone dropped a bucket of sock stock (I just made that up - pretty proud of that) on my sidewalk in front of my front door.

So...I started to get really annoyed when even after it rained, it still smelled. One day, I pointed it out to Nick because I literally thought I was going crazy and he said he smelled it too, but didn't want to say anything either. I had also noticed we had these mushrooms pop up in my little lily bed. They were new, so I decided to start googling mushrooms that smell like semen.

Upon some Google Diagnosing, I discovered the name of the mushrooms and confirmed they WERE the source of the smell.

Now here's the thing about these mushrooms...they are very phallic. Accurately phallic.

Here's the NSFW part.




{you've been warned}







....still okay with seeing this?





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This particular mushroom is called the phallus ravenelii or stinkhorn mushroom. That's right..it's scientific name starts with phallus. Apparently, they are also anatomically correct underneath the ground - check out this forum I found - there's a little cursing, but if you have a dude's sense of humor, it's completely hilarious: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1208415


Poor little droopy guy.