I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was curious about the idea of this book. I mean, Is there anyone that didn’t go through the dinosaur phase as a kid?

Mine was definitely propelled by the amazing creatures in Jurassic Park:

When I got my hands on this book, I was immediately taken in. I would describe this book as endearing and charming.
My whole life I have never been able to draw. I am a very creative person, I can paint, dance, sing, take photos, but I could never draw. I have had a few scattered drawing lessons but never really had the great guided instruction that I needed to learn and improve.
This book made me excited to pick up a pencil and try again. It uses simple instructions and silly humor. I am so happy I got this book!


Everyday Minerals

I recived a free product in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t done a makeup review in such a very long time, and I was thrilled when Everyday Minerals agreed to work with me on their sponsorship of this review.

This makeup is so light and airy, I felt like I wasn’t wearing any makeup, and it made my skin look fresh and bright. It felt great on my rather sensitive skin.

This would be a really nice gift for any makeup loving girl! It would make a great gift for a young girl who you don’t want to be caked in makeup.

The We Will eye shadow is so soft and subtle was probably the one I will use the most. It doesn’t feel like you are wearing any makeup and just looks fresh and clean!

The tiny bamboo brush is awesome. The hairs are so soft and the bamboo handle just looks cool. It would make a great travel brush.

The cameo blush and More I See eye shadow are lighter than I normally wear, but when I tried them one they just blended in and gave my skin a subtle pearly, moonlight inspired glow. It would be lovely for an evening event.

Summer of ’14 Eye-shadow is a lovely sun-kissed inspired eye-shadow that I adored.

I highly recommend this lovely, soft subtle, mineral makeup!

You can buy this kit here: https://www.everydayminerals.com/store/who-s-that-girl.html

Ypu can check out their other products here: https://www.everydayminerals.com/store/

I also have to comment that the customer service was the best I have encountered in some time and the shipping was crazy fast!



If you have followed me at all, you know I love to read, and I am quite partial to fantasy fiction. I am excited to bring a book review about Yuriah’s Song, the debut of Author and Filmmaker Shannon Kelley.

This book is a fun read for a fantasy lover, it dives into action and immerses the reader into Yuriuh’s world. Although it is fantasy, it is still accessible to non-fantasy fans.

Yuriah’s Song is a remarkable tale of courage and survival… an epic fantasy novel about an outcast who rises against all odds for the sake of love.

Every year a great contest is held – where competitors must battle to the death through a grueling marathon of cunning traps and perilous terrain. Only the bravest and the most foolish enter, some to gain honor, some for wealth, others for power. But Yuriah has entered for a reason no one ever has before.

To save the woman he loves.

Not since The Hunger Games has a novel offered up such an enthralling story of perseverance. Full of excitement, magic, and wonder, by the end you can’t help but stand up and cheer.

You can check Shannon Kelley on his author page here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4454235.Shannon_Kelley

You can follow his work on Facebook here:


You can read and excerpt from the book and purchase it here:

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone

51LdBeOS95L__SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The captivating, untold story of the great explorer, David Livingstone: his abiding faith and his heroic efforts to end the African slave trade

Saint? Missionary? Scientist? Explorer?

The titles given to David Livingstone since his death are varied enough to seem dubious—and with good reason. In view of the confessions in his own journals, saint is out of the question. Even missionary is tenuous, considering he made only one convert. And despite his fame as a scientist and explorer, Livingstone left his most indelible mark on Africa in an arena few have previously examined: slavery.

His impact on abolishing what he called “this awful slave-trade” has been shockingly overlooked as the centerpiece of his African mission.

Until now.

The Daring Heart of David Livingstone tells his story from the beginning of his time in Africa to the publicity stunt that saved millions after his death.

I had never heard about this very amazing man named David Livingston until I discovered this book. This man was truly one generations ahead of his time. I was really impressed with the immense amount of detail included that could only be a result of meticulous research.
I feel like I really learned a lot about history and especially African history. This would make an amazing gift for anyone who really loves history, African Studies, African Literature. I would recommend this especially to African history students and teachers.
It warmed my heart to see that it was endorsed by Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children, An organization near and dear to my heart.


Dr. Who- Silhouette

This is my second review of a Doctor Who young adult fiction novel. Even though I am new to the Whovian universe. I enjoy watching the New Doctor Who on the BBC network,.
The cover art is lovely, but Clara isn’t in it, which made me a little sad.
I felt that while the writing itself is indicative to the Doctor Who sub-genre, I feel that the author was a little “off” on the idea of the characters. I understand where the author would view the Doctor and Clara in the more arrogant fashion as he wrote them in the book. However, he didn’t really include the Doctor’s gentleness and self-sacrifice.
This is a rather picky observation, however, from someone who is quite familiar with the series and the characters. So, my criticism aside, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It made for an easy and pleasant Sci-Fi read on a very rainy and dreary day.

Doctor Who- The Blood Cell


I admit the first con I ever went to, I was completely overwhelmed with Doctor Who. There were Doctors as far as the eye could see. Ever few feet there was a sonic screwdriver, a long colorful scarfs, and red bow ties. There was a TARDIS and a Dalek prop to pose with.
I was amazed at the bredth and loyalty of this newly discovered fandom.
So I began to watch the show on Netflix, and I found I enjoyed it. I especially like David Tennet, and Matt Smith’s Doctor.
When the Doctor’s new companion Clara was brought in to fill the void Amy Pond left, I immediately liked her, and with great excitement some and high expectations Peter Capaldi was brought to bring to life the Doctor’s classic archetype.
I have enjoyed the pair on the BBC so I was stoked to get a chance to review the The Blood Cell by James Gross.
I was intriqued by this interesting POV that the author chose. I liked this nice and enjoyable read. To me it had the “feel” of Doctor Who. It didn’t read like Fanfiction.

Book Review -Forever Christmas

This Christmas will change Andrew Farmer’s life forever.

Andrew can’t remember the last time he spent Christmas away from work. The end of the year is crunch time for literary agents. But when your career is your life, your life starts to suffer . . . beginning with your marriage.

When a heart-wrenching accident in a Christmas Eve snowstorm jars this high-powered agent from his obsession with success, a Christmas miracle will give him a second chance at love, life, and gratitude, but only if he can put aside his own ambition and learn to appreciate each moment.

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to change a man’s life—and to teach him to treat every day as if it were his last.

Robert Tate Miller began his writing career with homespun essays of small town life that were published by Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and wrote successful family-oriented telefilms for NBC, ABC Family, and the Hallmark Channel. Robert lives in Northridge, CA, with his wife Gina and stepdaughter Chloe June.

This is a sweet, simple relatable, Holiday story. It makes for great cold weather reading. i was hooked quickly by the lovely and straightforward style of writing. It is a great book to stuff a stocking or to read on a cold snowy day with a cup of coffee. It was a pleasant read for me. Anyone who likes reading romances, watching Hallmark will like this book. The style of writing is indicative of the author’s previous writings and has the same feel as Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
I would love to give or receive it as a gift. I highly recommend it. I also plan on checking out the author’s other works. You can check out his author’s page here on Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Tate-Miller/e/B001H6OZ4S/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Book Review- Conrad and the Girl Next Door

(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)

“I hear that becoming a cowboy can be dangerous. Especially if you don’t know the rules.

I don’t know the rules.”

It’s a good thing Conrad brought his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit to Uncle Clint’s ranch because learning how to be a cowboy turns out to be a lot harder—and more painful—than he thought. Conrad has a lot to learn – including don’t squat with spurs on and never wave your red sweatshirt at a bull. But the biggest challenge of all is dealing with Imogene Louise Lathrup, the know-it-all-cowgirl next door. When Imogene shows up, she is all too happy to point out Conrad’s shortcomings. In this follow-up to their debut hit Pirates on the Farm, author Denette Fretz and illustrator Gene Barretta team up once again to tell a humorous tale about what it means to love your neighbor.

This wasn’t my favorite children’s book I have read. I didn’t really like the characters, the idea behind it. It had some ironic humor that I don’t really care for. The illustrations are alright. I didn’t like the idea of the “Rules of being a Cowboy” that was half-emphasized.
Nor did I feel that the concept of “love thy neighbor” was emphasized either. It isn’t a book I would really like to read to my children.


Book Review- Lost in Translation


An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English.

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?


Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation.

I found this book quite charming. It is a fascinating peek not only into language, but also into the cultures that they represent.
I’ve been looking for a collection of these untranslatable words for some time, ever since I heard about the play Ubo Roi which contained an untranslatable profanity that greatly affected the public.

I think this would be a great gift for anyone interested in language or humanities, or even just yourself.
I can’t wait to use it in my lesson plans.

Book Review-Blessings of Friendship


(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)

From the publisher:

The Blessings of Friendship, created by New York Times bestselling author and artist Mary Engelbreit, is a playful and poignant treasury of poetry, Bible verses, and quotes that celebrate the joy of friendship. Children will learn from timeless sayings and poems what it means to be a friend – helping, encouraging, listening, sharing with, and loving one another. Colorful and whimsical illustrations bring these words to life, as children learn the value of friendship. Verses from the Bible give us instruction on putting others above ourselves, loving each other, and being kind to one another. This book will make you smile with each turn of the page, remembering old friends and new friends alike.

This was a sweet little book, there are many sayings and quotes about love and friendship.

There is a new trend popping up on pinterest and other social media sites that is the idea for expecting parents to request baby shower attendees and other well-wishers to bring books instead of cards. This would make a nice gift for an expecting parent who is also a long-term friend.

The illustrations are not really my style, but they are nice and sweet.



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