Book Review- Just Add Watercolor

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I have a minor in art, so I have taken a lot of art technique classes, and have read a lot art articles and books.

I never got to take a watercolor technique class, so I am always looking for anything to help me with watercolors. So I was excited to receive a free copy in exchange for a review.

I was a little disappointed in this book. The first thing I noticed was the size and packaging of this book. It is quite small and , well, long. This made for a little bit of an awkward read, I felt like I was going to tear it as I turned the pages.  Because of the smll size of the book, the font was pretty small, which is a little off-putting for my healthy eyes. How is anyone with any kind of eye issue going to be able to read this book?

So the format of this book is an artist statement on one page and the artist piece on the other. The author talks about the piece. In the back there are about 20 pages of reference and technique terms. I just felt like I was reading a student gallery book. Which, really, is what it was.

If you are knowledgeable of basic watercolor techniques and want to explore modern tricks, this is a nice choice for you. If you are new to watercolor, I wouldn’t recommend this.

Book Reviews- A Warrior’s Faith

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I love this book. The writing is excellent and dynamic.

I got absorbed in the story very quickly and couldn’t put it down.

A Warrior’s Faith is an incredible story about loss, faith and survival. I think is such an important book for civilians, just to get a glimpse at the psyche of a disabled American veteran.  I would hope that this text could help other soldiers in their journeys.  I highly recommend this amazing book.

How To Be Samoan…Even When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

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I once had a conversation with a friend who is also half Caucasian and half another pacific culture. I was trying to explain to her why I felt I had to do something in a certain way because ‘in Samoan culture…’ it was this or that. I can’t remember what the topic of conversation was but I’ll never forget her response: “Why do you have to be Samoan? Why can’t you just be YOU?” This question caught me so off guard that it threw me into a state of perplexing inquisitiveness about the nature of my sense of belonging to the Samoan community and how it was shaping my personal identity. In that moment I did not have an answer for her, but after years of trying to understand, now I do: Love.

You see, I wasn’t born in Samoa. I wasn’t raised Fa’a Samoa (the Samoan way), I didn’t…

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Book Recuew- I’m Happy For You, Sortof, Not Really

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Is comparison living hijacking your life?

Do you find yourself measuring your value against your friend’s house, body, marriage, resume, paycheck, organic garden, or Pinterest-worthy holiday décor, and coming up lacking? Do your colege roommate’s Instagram snapshots bear little resemblance to the scene at your house this morning?

Excessive comparison and competition sap our energy and steal our joy. Our friends become our audience and judges, and our kids become part of our brand. Add social media’s constant invitation to post and peruse, and it’s no wonder that we’re left exhausted, discontent, and lonely. Thankfully, there is another way!

With  refreshing candor and humor, Kay Wyma shares her experiences with comparison living and offers readers the simple remedies that helped her and her family reboot their perspective and discover freedom, authenticity, and joy.

I think everyone knows that person. That one person who just seems perfect.

Could be a girl you went to college with or a guy you work with. They always look great no matter what, They seem to always have everything together. They can’t take a bad picture.

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They just seem to be perfect. That makes you look at yourself and your own life and become frustrated and jealous.

“I’m Happy For You…Sortof not Really” is a book entirely devoted to this conundrum.

Everyone does it to some degree, even if it is hard to admit sometimes.

I felt this book was really great for helping to address this issue.

I think the hardest concept is in the title, saying and genuinally being happy for someon else being happy. It is an easy thing to say you are happy, but another thing entirely to say it and truly mean it.

-Senna

(I recived a sample copy in exchange for a review)

Adovia Mud Mask

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Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask is the Most Effective and Potent Natural Acne Treatment Mask on the Market. If You Don’t Feel Your face Looks Younger, Smoother and More Attractive after 1 Month of Use we will Give you 100% of Your Money Back. (That’s how confident we are that our Dead Sea Mud Mask Works!)

The Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask by Adovia:
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I am so impressed by the ingredients list. It is full of vitamins and oils and of course that amazing dead sea mud that is literally epic of biblical proportions.

I love the mud mask, you can feel the toxins being soaked up out of your skin and your face and neck feel so clean after you wash it off.  The bottle is a generous size and I lit that it is in a tube instead of a pot like most masks.

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Book Review- How to Get Dressed

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Costume designer Alison Freer’s styling kit is a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solutions have to work fast. In How to Get Dressed, Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what’s in your closet work for you. She provides real-world advice about everything style-related, including:

• Making every garment you own fit better
• Mastering closet organization
• The undergarments you actually need
• The scoop on tailors and which alterations are worth it
• Shopping thrift and vintage like a rockstar

Instead of repeating boring style “rules,” Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun, and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison’s arsenal of tools and expertise.

I worked in a costume shop for 5 years and I learned so much about costumes, but more I learned about clothes, I learned about laundry, I learned about cleaning clothes, I learned how to disinfect shoes and surfaces and how to store pieces to make them last longer. I learned how to sort pieces, how to dry clean. I learned how to care for vintage dresses and repair holes and reattach zippers and buttons.

Even though I do know a lot about the care and keeping of clothing, I learned a great deal from this book. I would recommend it to any clothes horse, and it is a must for any aspiring costumer, costume designer or wardrobe master.

Senna

Hyaluronic Serum – Oz Naturals

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I am very pleased to work with Oz Natural and receiving a sample product in exchange for an honest review.

I have used a lot of amazing serums and this is hands down my favorite. I don’t think I could really ask for a more perfect product. There is no smell and goes on so clean and clear.  My skin feels amazing, and I feel like it has really helped to balance the moisture in my difficult to maintain skin.

Another thing I like about this product is that the packaging and company is transparent. The instructions are clear and precise.  I will buy this later in life.

It doesn’t smell at all and I feel like I am not wearing anything on my face when it dries.

This is one product I feel great about supporting and recommending. I look forward to trying other Oz Natural products.

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Princess Aurora Costume from Wholesale Costumes

I adore costumes.

Lately, I have seen more and more Disney cosplays at cons and in social media, and in particular, Disney princesses.

Another trend? Jedi Disney Princesses. Which is just as fun as it sounds.

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So I was excited to partner with Wholesale Costume Reviewers and to get my hands on this Aurora costume in exchange for an honest review.

I saw Maleficant in theatres and I really enjoyed it. I’ve had my eye on doing more Disney costumes as of late.

I decieded for my first Disney cosplay I would try out Aurora. I liked the movie and loved how Aurora’s gentle and trusting nature created Maleficant’s character arc and storyline. I also chose this because I liked the costume and I could wear this one with my natural hair and not have to mess with a wig!

The dress itself is very dramatic. I feel like it makes an impact when you wear it. It definitely says  princess!

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The weakest part for me it the headpiece. It is a gold wire ring with some fabric leaves on it. It doesn’t quite make the dramatic and fairytale like impact that I wanted.  I will deifntly be adding pink flowers to it to make it more fun and fantastic. I personally don’t think there is any costume that will fit every single person’s needs without any alteractions or additions.

The sleeves are tight, not a question. If you have a little bit of a bigger chest, I would recommend buying a size up because there isn’t much give.

One thing I liked about the fabric is that the gold was kindof an ombre color, where in some light it had more pink and some it had more gold to it. That is a fun touch.

It closes with Velcro in the back. It definitely needs a slip.

Warning: there is lots of fine gold glitter and you know that gets everywhere! That doesn’t really bother me but it might bother some. The pink flowers detailing is a very interesting touch, I like it, but I think I might add some white paint to add a bit of contrast. They are painted on, not embroidered or silk screened.

Overall, I would recommend this dress. You might want to make a few alterations to make it special to you. But I am very happy with it!

you can get your own here:

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Book Review: Headstrong

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Fifty-two inspiring and insightful profiles of history’s brightest female scientists.

In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: “She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.” It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?      

Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these 52 women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.

If you have been following my blog at all you know I love books and I greatly enjoy reviewing them. It has been a little while though, since I have read a book that I couldn’t put down. So I knew when I saw Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World. I jumped at the opportunity to get a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely adored this book. It is an inspiring, uplifting and enjoyable read for a feminist like me. I hope to pass this book on to future generations of young women. As a child , my hero was Eugenie Clark, a female scientist who was the first women inducted into the Jacque Custoe Society.  I would have loved to read about more amazing female scientists. I recommend this to any girl who has an interest in women’s studies or science.

-Senna

Book Review- Effortless Healing

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I was pretty disappointed with this book.

First of all, I feel like most of what I read was stuff I already know, drink more water, make sure you get enough sleep, get your hugs when you can. I feel like that is pretty common knowledge.

Most of this book felt like common knowledge backed up by statistics. I didn’t feel like it was effortless at all. Unless you consider huge lifestyle changes effortless.

The biggest thing that was a turn off for this book for me was in Healing Principle 5, which was about vitamin d and sun exposure. The author recommends that the reader spend time in the sun, and use a tanning bed in the winter, without sunscreen.  I was absolutely horrified by this advice. I can’t think of a doctor who would seriously recommend prolong sun exposure without any kind of protection.  It is a well-known fact that skin cancer is a serious threat and I cannot pretend that this book recommending something that is known to be bad for you doesn’t bother me a lot. Yes, you need vitamin d, yes a little sun is good for you, but don’t act like skin cancer doesn’t exist.

There was an interesting bit about you air intake capacity, and I will continue to research some of the ideas in this book, but honestly, this isn’t one I would recommend without hesitation.

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

Senna

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