Friday, July 8, 2011

Torment Review

Torment (Fallen, #2)Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is comparable to the "The Two Towers" of the Lord of the rings series because it is kind of slow and is the middle where we are learning all this new information to then set up for the next book. I love this concept and is really what makes this story interesting. I keep wanting to know more about this universe and why the characters are where they are at. I look forward to the next one and then the 4th to finish off the series.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter Craft

I am trying to be a blogger and not doing a great job, but I am definitely a reader and collector of ideas through blogs. This tutorial I found on another blog but I have recreated it here for my friends.

Feathered/ Paper Punched Eggs
Tools: Decorative Paper (whatever you want your egg to look like), sewing pins, Styrofoam egg(s), circle punch (mine is by Fiskars and hand held but if you have something similar feel free to use it), and Mod Podge (to glue the last circle so you could use regular glue if you don't have mod podge laying around). 
1. Attach the first circle at the very top of the egg, using 4 pins. 
2. Attach the next circle with 1 pin, placed at the very bottom. Layer this round as little or as much as you want just as long as it covers the pins of the first circle. 
3. Place the next circle in the round just to the right of the first, placing 1 pin at the bottom of their intersection. 
4. Attach the final circle of each round with 2 pins, one on each side, at the bottom of the intersection of each of the circles below it. 
5. Continue in rounds toward the bottom of the egg. 
6. Glue the final circle to the bottom of the egg, covering all pins placed in the last round.

They look so cute all together! 
Easter Eggs inside my bunny basket. 
Oh and on a final note my mother in law, Carol, bought me these super cute bunnies that are sitting on top of our TV stand. She is awesome! I am going to pass on more crafts that I do so you guys can make them too! Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Win Breathless

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Graceling and my return to reading a lot of books!!

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am in love with the era of strong warrior women in literature but I feel that in comparison with other books of this type the story was lacking the actual fighting and I also felt like it was very much a set up story. There was a lot of background and when it came down to the actual plot line it was accelerated to the point that the final battle took a page. I was invested in the characters but there was not much growth. I do feel that the topics talked about may be a little more for 16 and up instead of 14 like the book says. There is talk about sex and portrays a woman that does not want to marry but is willing to fool around with the man she loves. I probably won't read the sequel to this book but I would recommend it if you want a quick, easy read.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Down With The Capitol!!!

About a year ago my  mom told me that she had just finished the next mania book. I did not believe her but oh was I wrong! The Hunger Games is now one of my most favorite books ever!!! I read both Hunger Games and Catching Fire in 5 days and I am so excited for Mockingjay. I can't believe how obsessed I have gotten because of these books, way more than Twilight. I bought this shirt the other day and I can't seem to take it off I love it so much.
I am also planning on attending a Suzanne Collins book signing on November 3rd in Palo Alto....I will get to meet the genius that wrote these wonderful books for all ages. It will be a book I read to my kids. I cannot wait to see how this story ends oh and...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hunger Games: a new classic?

I haven't read a story in while that makes me love the character and feel for her as much as Hunger Games has. I didn't start reading this book immediately because of all the hype. Everyone said that it was going to be the next Twilight series and I just cringed because books never seem to live up to their names....Hunger Games does!!! I think that a story about a girl that has to do what she can to survive and still keep her humanity intact is something I have been waiting to read for quite some time. Not only does it have appeal for woman but also men can enjoy the rawness that it exudes. Best part of it all is that it starts off as a survival story and ends up being a love story, one that asks some great questions about love and we know if it is truly love that we are feeling. It is now one of my favorites and I can't wait to read Catching Fire. Team Peeta all the way!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Eat Pray Love...sounds like a great idea!

This afternoon I went to watch Eat Pray Love with my mother in law and I loved it. It is much slower than most films because it is about a woman dealing with her own self-worth. I was able to connect with Liz even though I never have been through what she was going through. I teared up several times so make sure to bring some tissues. For those that don't want to know about the movie don't read any further, just remember that I loved it and you should go with a girlfriend as soon as you can.
This movie starts off with Liz, a woman visiting Bali for her book, meeting with a medicine man. He read her palm and tells her that she is a world traveler, and that she will have two loves in her life, one short and one long. Six months later she is married and asking herself who has she become. She tells her husband she doesn't want to be married anymore and ends up with an actor younger than her. She finally realizes that she has been dating someone since she was 15 and has never given herself time to become herself. Her idea is to get away for a year while she visits Italy, India, and Bali.
In each city she begins to let go of her own baggage while she Eats Prays and finally Loves again. Javier Bardem plays Felipe, a Brazilian guy running away from his own problems in Bali. I hope you all enjoy the film and for those that are members of the church realize how wonderful it is that we have the Gospel in our lives especially through hard times.