Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Scion "Battle of the Builds" For US Military

Okay guys, check it out! I know I said I was gonna be quiet this week, but this is good, and a topic close to my heart. Scion has been doing a competition with the military to see who can create the coolest custom Scion xB for under $15K. So they're doing all this voting through tomorrow. I'm sorry about the late notice, but I just found out about it yesterday. So hey, go support these military members and go vote. :) I've got the poster below, as well as a link for the PR bulletin on it.

For more info, click here!

Vote Here!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Another quick update

Okay everyone, I'm so sorry about this!! I had some family stuff come up, so I'm not going to get much done on the review blog this week. I will take my down time to knock out some reading, and get reviews set up and ready to go next week. I'm making sure that the majority of my content isn't memes, but actual reviews of products, places & services. If you have something you'd like to see reviewed, please comment or email me. I'm always looking for new things. I will have a set-up of what's reviewed each day of the week, just to make it easier to organize, and so you know what to to expect. Here's what's coming up. :)

Mondays: I'm participating in the It's Monday Meme and I'll be doing beauty product reviews under a "Make Me Beautiful Monday" feature.
Tuesday: Nail polish/nail product reviews under a "Tip Toe Tuesday" feature.
Wednesday: "Workin' Hard Wednesday" will be products that hopefully enable you to work smarter not harder...appliances, cleaning sprays, etc.
Thursday: "Wordy Thursday" will be books reviews.
"Foodie Friday" Groceries, restaurants, etc. If it deals with food, check it out here. (Did you know that the term foodie, contrary to popular opinion, doesn't necessarily refer to a "food snob" but rather someone who enjoys eating or cooking? The proper term for someone with more refined eating habits would be a gourmet or an epicure.)
Saturday: Saturday will be shopping adventures...who did I shop with recently? How was the experience? What was their customer service like? If it was an online experience, how quickly did they ship?
"Sunday Cinema": Movies! :) And who doesn't like movies???

Want the details? Let's see...I have Avon products, a really cool shade of nail polish, reviews of several Young Adult Books (and hopefully a Christian thriller), a shopping experience with Victoria's Secret. So stay tuned, there's some goodies coming your way. :)

In your court now..what would you like to see reviewed??

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Update On this Blog

I'm reconfiguring how I'll be posting. I think I've almost got it figured out. I have a lot of vision for things I want to review, but I had no organization to it. I think I'm going to start reviewing certain things on certain days, so I know what I'm reviewing each day. I think it will streamline the process a little bit, and I should have that all figured out tomorrow or the next day at the latest. Any thoughts or advice on this? The floor is open for discussion.

Monday, June 21, 2010

What Are You Reading Monday? #1

Sheila @ BookJourney runs this fun meme. All you have to do is answer 2 easy questions...what did you read last week, and what will you be reading this week.

Last Week

This Week

Calico Captive, I'm reading for my YA Reading Challenge, plus my husband likes me reading to him, so I'm reading this to him while he's overseas.

The Eden Project was sent to me by the author for review, so I'll need to complete it shortly.

The Shack is a book I've been wanting to read for years, but never got around to it. Now it's time. :)

I Am Mordred, I'm reading for the YA Reading Challenge & the Library Reading Challenge. I love Arthurian legend, so I'm looking forward to it. And if I like, I'll be following it up with I Am Morgan LeFay.

Your turn!! Go visit Sheila and tell her what you'll be reading. :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Finds #1

Well this is my first time participating  in {Should Be} Reading's Friday Finds, but I'm looking forward to more. The aim of the game is simple...post what books you've discovered in the last week, whether it be one you read and loved, or one you heard about and are stoked to read!

Let's see I've got.....
I saw this book mentioned in a sidebar, as something fans of Ted Dekker & Frank Peretti would appreciate. That sounded right up my alley, so I emailed the author and expressed my interest in reviewing his book, and I got a copy mailed to me! :) I <3 being a blogger!!!

Then I've also got...
I haven't read it in years, but I have a YA Reading Challenge, where I'm trying to read 75 YA for the year. So I'm revisiting old favorites.

Such as......
I always was a sucker for any kind of historical fiction, as the last pick also demonstrates. I love how they blend the fictional story of Johnny Tremain with real historical figure Paul Revere.

For a more grown-up read..
Everyone I knew was talking about this book when it came out, but I never got around to reading it. Now I'm getting around to reading it!!

Okay this last one is more obscure. In fact, there was no picture available on Amazon. But if you want to check it out, here's the link. It's called "The Improbable Adventures of Marvelous O'Hara Soapstone" and it's another YA from my youth. In fact the copy I used to read, I think was my Moms when she was a girl.

Okay now go put the link to your own Friday Finds in her comment section. :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen

When I began looking for books for the Jewish Literature Challenge, I thought immediately of Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic. It follows the story of a young Jewish girl named Hannah Stern. Hannah is tired of her Grandpa ranting about the Holocaust, and wishes she could spend Seder with her Gentile friends.

When her family asks her to symbolically open the door to invite the prophet Elijah in, she finds her self in the Poland of 1942. Everyone there thinks she's a young girl named Chaya, who survived the cholera that killed her family. She tries to explain to them that she's from a different time & place, but they think she's still feverish from her illness.

She slowly acclimates to her new surroundings, but during her uncle's wedding, the Nazis come to relocate the entire village to a concentration camp. Hannah tries to warn them of the dangers they face...starvation, gas chambers, hard work...but they don't believe her. After all, how would a young girl know of such things?

This book is a sobering look at just some of the realities of the Holocaust. It was the 1989 winner of the National Jewish Literature Award for children's literature. It's a very fast read, and its skillful writing pulls you into the story line immediately.

Apologies, Recap & Awesome Blogging Community

Hey everyone! I've been really sporadic about my posts on here, and the other 2 blogs. Have no fear, I'm not burning out already, and I haven't been ill. I'm visiting my family, and our church here has been doing a week-long marriage conference.

Now contrary to popular belief, you don't have to have an endangered marriage to attend a conference. And isn't it better to learn how to protect your marriage before there's an issue, rather than after? I took my first step in getting ahead of the game when I read Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages. When this conference came up, I got excited! For starters, I love our pastor, but I thought it was awesome that a marriage conference was the week before my anniversary.

So to make up for the inconsistent posts, I'll be participating in a 30 Day post that's been making rounds amongst the military spouses. (Who will be credited on the 1st of those posts. :) )

Speaking of military spouses. I ran across an awesome blogging community at Household 6 Diva. She's got it broken down between military spouses, and military supportive. Check her out, she also has a great article on OPSEC & PERSEC.

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