Saturday, August 31, 2013

August in Review

August has been a never-ending countdown to school. I've tried to get the kids out of the house and do more activities with them as they got more riled up. We went to the library every other week. We did our monthly FRG meeting, steering committee meeting, and Run 4 Resilience. We saw Planes in theaters and even went to the NYS Fair in Syracuse. Plus I did a readathon. *phew* September is probably my favorite month, not because it's my birthday, but because of the weather and school starting (not as a mom necessarily - I loved going back each year as a kid)...AHHHH! :)

On the blog:

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Nail Files #87

OPI Cajun Shrimp, OPI Alpine Snow, and Revlon Creme Brulee

Inspired by this pin, I wanted to do a little variation and use some colors that I have had sitting around. I got the metallic rose gold from Bri during one of our swaps. It was perfection. Went on beautifully and didn't chip at all. It was so pretty too! Cajun Shrimp is a fun bright red with just the hint of orange (the color isn't accurate in the pics).

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Masque of the Red Death [Book Review]

#1 in Masque of the Red Death series
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Greenwillow Books
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Deployment Tales: A Cake a Month

Last deployment, we did a kiss jar and the kids ate a kiss a day for the whole 12-month deployment. With Matthew having 8 cavities, I really didn't think this was a good idea this time around. Plus it was horrible to have to count out 730 Hershey kisses. I thought it'd be fun to do a cake/cupcakes for each month's anniversary.

I have way more cake recipes saved than I should and not enough occasions to make them. So I let the kids pick from my cakes and cupcakes boards for what cakes we'd be having over the next few months. For May, we had Pina Colada Cupcakes.

For June, we had Better Than Oreo Poke Cake and To Die For Carrot Cake for July.

I'll be sharing some more after another few months - it's seriously the best idea I've ever come up with :) If I say so myself - lol

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Lightning Thief [Book Review]

#1 in Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Disney Hyperion (first published June 1st 2005)
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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Perception [Book Review]

Disclaimer: I received a e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

#1 in Perception series
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published September 12th 2012 by ESB Publishing
ASIN: B0095612HK
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Nail Files #86

So I have this thing with pink polish...I have my nail polish stash in a 3 drawer container. The top is all pink polish (the middle other colors and the bottom is glitters). I hope to do a dupes post of my pinks at some point.

Sinful Colors 24/7 and China Glaze Luxe & Lush

So I wanted to take a break from trying new polishes and designs and what not...and of course I go to my favorite color: pink. I wanted to do neon for summertime (I did this back in June) and used the Hunger Games collection glitter to go with it. I love the flaky glitter!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Life Happenings & Tummy Grumblings

Our last week has been pretty uneventful. The only thing we really had going on was our Run 4 Resilience on Wednesday. This was the last one for the kids since they will be in school for the last two. We walked 4 miles in the rain and wind.

I snapped this picture of the kids when we were listening to SSG Boyle speak on self-awareness. They are just too cute sometimes.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Vicious Deep [Book Review]

#1 in Vicious Deep series
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published May 1st 2012)
ISBN: 1402274416
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Readathon [Daily Updates]

Bout of Books

Stop by this post to see my goals and book list for this readathon. It's my 5th time participating! I signed up and this go-around it means I'm a...

I hope to be a really good cheerleader for everyone participating :3

Currently Reading:
Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, #10)Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum, #11)

Pages Read: 272 (Ten) + 1 (Eleven) | Total: 273
Books Finished: 1
Challenge: Pairathon @ Book Pairing - my tweet. Bookish Bucket List @ Sarah Says Read - my comment.
Notes: 10AM And we're off! I read a chapter in bed last night and I'm going to read now instead of sit at my computer :) 6PM Just finished my first book of the 'thon 8PM Kids are in bed and now I'm freeeeeee to read without distraction, but first I'm headed to the goal linky to visit 10 bloggers and comment on their posts. Goals: 273/174 pages read daily; 1/4 books read; 2/3 challenges done; 1/1 Twitter chat.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Books or Bust #11

Books or Bust! is my way of sharing my giveaway wins, purchases, NetGalley books, etc.

I am linking up with Vicki @ Books, Biscuits, & Tea for her Showcase Sunday 

It has been MONTHS...okay...a year and some change...since my last Books or Bust. But I've gotten so much awesome stuff lately that I needed to share. I've read some of these already, but most are ones that I want to read very very soon. Plus some book swag :)

Purchases & Giveaway Wins.
Purchased Heist Society (read) & Pride Popularity (reading this month) in June.
I won Monument 14 & Sky on Fire in a giveaway (on the TBR).

I won Black City and a few bookmarks in a giveaway :) Also on the TBR.

I won some Cordova goodies :)

I purchased Shutdown (reading this month) & Cinder (read) in July.

And we picked up one of the DOWK books that we were missing while school shopping in August :)
The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #5)

On Kindle...
I've read Pivot Point but that's it out of all these.
Most were free on Amazon, the others were under $3.
Lucky CharmParallel Visions (Teen Psychic, #1)Ambition (Perception, #0.5)Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th DwarfCaged (Talented Saga, #2)Daire Meets Ever (Soul Seekers, #0.5)Parched (Parched, #1)Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #0.5)

On NetGalley...
I've already read A Really Awesome Mess and All Our Yesterdays.
The others I will be working on in September and October :)
A Really Awesome MessAll Our YesterdaysWinter ChillConjuredThe NaturalsThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Parasite (Parasitology, #1)The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

What books have y'all gotten lately?

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