Saturday, August 5, 2017

Manga Art (A book review)

Manga Art by Mark Crilley invites readers to beautiful and inspiring illustrations
In the book he not only gives you that inspiration to run with it and go off and create something of your own but he fully explains the techniques and items he used to create the drawings.

The book is split into 5 categories: Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art, and Styleplay.

While I love the whole book, my favorite section was the first, characters. You ge t a look at several different characters. It made me really want to grab something and draw even though I have no drawing skills.

I received this book free in exchange for my honest review

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

the roanoke girls

Here I am back with another book review. It has taken me a few months, lots of family injuries and chaos to start my latest review book.

The book is called The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.

I carried the book with me for about a month and a half intending to start it and finally cracked it open the other night. It was a slow start for me, because early on in the book you learn some surprising twists about the Roanoke family. I put it down for awhile, and not to give spoilers, wondered if this was a book that I could keep on reading the issues were that much.

But over the next few days as my husband started a new work schedule I picked the book back up and began reading it again. Slowly I got hooked. I had to keep reading to reach the ending and find out the final plot twists.

If you enjoyed Flowers in the Attic (SPOILER possibility, right there) this is a new age version of that book.

Check it out for yourself if you are looking for an interesting summer read.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Talking with God

This week has been a challenging week for me. Work, son school schedule, husbands work schedule, cleaning household, just all the little things that add up to my daily and weekly to do lists. Lately I have been adding another one....devotionals and prayer.

I have always been a church person. My parents brought me when I was little, I went through confirmation, and I have regularly attended church for the past few years as a Nursery/Preschool Sunday School Teacher. I have faithfully brought my son to church, even when he was only 5 years old. I have participated in church lead bible studies, but recently I found myself needing more.

I have become obsessed lately with planners. I have one as my main one that tracks everyone's schedule, appointments, bills to pay, meal plans. I have one that lives in my purse for on the go planning. I have one that is a memory planner I am starting to keep track of the things I do during my 28th year. The last one is my Faith Planner.

I saw a lot of people in a planner group on Facebook talking about their faith planner. From there I found another planner group based on having a faith planner. When I first started setting up my faith planner I wasn't sure how I was going to use it. So far for the month of April, it has become a daily prayer journal. I am following daily prompts and writing down a prayer for each day.

It was also in that Faith Planning group that I was introduced to this book:

The book is written by Adam Weber, founder and lead pastor of Embrace, a church that has six campuses in two states. 


When I first saw the book being posted in the Faith planning group I became torn. I felt as if God was telling me to read it because in my current devotional that I am working with, the theme of this week was praying for your kids. But church and spiritual books are hit or miss for me. I don't like ones that are overly preachy and just quote book after book from the bible. If I wanted to read about book after book, I would pick up my bible. 

When I logged onto my Blogging for Books account to select my next review copy, I scrolled through all the sections and BAM! Right there in front of my eyes available for review was "Talking With God." I ordered the copy and I am so glad I did.

The book arrived on a day when I was having the WORST day. My son was throwing tantrums all day long, fighting me on going to school, it was raining, my mood was down, the mail sucked(I was expecting something, but all that showed up was junk). When I went to our apartment office to pickup packages, SURPRISE, my review book was here.

I dove right into the book that night and fell deeply in love. The book is not preachy like I feared it would be. It's a mix of relate-able stories from Adam's life, as well as stories from the bible. It teaches you that life is crazy, and prayer is SIMPLE. It doesn't have to be a perfect string of words that you utter or something similar to a sonnet from Shakespeare. Your prayers can be just as simple as saying "Lord, thank you for this day."

If you are searching for a book that helps you to pray, even if you regularly do so, I would recommend this 10/10 times.


I recieved this book, from Blogging For Books, in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Writing My Wrongs

Several times in my life writing has become something powerful for me. Over the past few days I have found myself searching for inspiration through written word. One thing that inspired me is the book "Writing My wrongs" by Shaka Senghor.

The book is about how after going to prison he discovered literature, mediation, self-examination and the kindness of others.

At first when I cracked open this book I was put off. I kept asking myself if this was really my type of book. I knew it was a little out there because I tend to be hit or miss with memoirs. Until I read the pages in which the author wrote a letter to the victim that he killed.

Reading those pages inspired me in a way that I sat down and began to draw up my own letters of people that I had been murderous too lately. Mostly my husband and son, because I had let my own frustrations and anger, be cast onto them.

As I delved into the book I learned more and more how Shaka became a man who litterly "rewrote his wrong doings."

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for the inspiration that you can rebuild yourself.

Monday, February 27, 2017

When God Made You (Book Review)

Having a 3 year old, I often find myself reading and browsing more children's books that adult books. When I got the chance to check out a copy of "When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by David Catrow I was thrilled.

The book is filled with playful, charming rhymes and vivid, fantastical illustrations. My favorite part of the whole book is those illustrations. They are so bright and colorful.

The story is so wonderful in telling each child that they are special unique because that is just the way God designed them.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Fifth Petal (Book Review)

I have always been interested in the Salem Witch Trials because of my family history.So when I had the chance to read "The Fifth Petal" by Bruonia Barry I was ecstatic. The book synopsis is:

When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. 

But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

I wish I could say that I fully enjoyed the book, but I found it really slow to get started. It wasn't until I was about 80-100 pages in that I really got into the book. Overall I would rate the book 3 stars because it does a good job in relating the story of what happened in 1989 with what happened in the year 2014.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Before I Forget [A Book Review]

Take a moment while reading this sentence and think to yourself of the number 5.2 million. That is the number of people that Alzehimer's has taken hold of. That number doesn't even take into a count the friends and family of the loved ones that are face with becoming caregivers to the person they love that is stricken with the disease.



I was introduced to the book "Before I Forget" by B. Smith and Dan Gasby. I love reading memoirs. But this one really takes the cake. Not only does the book give you a memoir into how Alzehimer's came about to affect their family, but it provides you with facts.



I love that this book gives you a mix of tips for dealing with the disease, but also the true account of a family going through it. To be placed in the role of a caregiver is not an easy thing. Especially when dealing with a disease that currently has no cure, only things that can help "manage" it.






I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Life Changing Magic Journal [REVIEW]

It's been awhile since I last sat down and wrote on my blog. Life has been what it is....chaotic.


Last year I was introduced to the Marie Kondo line of Life Changing Magic. I read her book about tidying up and started putting the words into action. I have gone through different things in my life numerous times to see if items really sparked joy.

One of my yearly resolutions is to get back into things I use to enjoy. The things that before I became a wife and mother, were part of what made me the amazing woman that I am.

One thing that sparks joy for me is writing. I have always had a love for writing. I had countless journals and diaries throughout my life, tons of notebooks for classes and just random thoughts. Most recently I have become a planner addict.....but that is a story for another time.

When I was given the opportunity to receive a free copy of life changing magic- a journal. I jumped on that chance.


The other day while cleaning out our computer desk to make room for a new one, my husband found this journal. I took a few minutes and flipped through admiring the quotes and then I began to use it. The act of taking a few minutes each day to record something that brings me joy is therapeutic.

I love that the journal allows you to use it for multiple years. It can be fun to look back on your past answers and see how much you have grown and changed.

I love that the journal has quotes incorporated into the start of each month. It's always nice to read a positive message and reflect upon it or use it for inspiration.

I can't wait to see where this journal takes me in sparking joy every day.