Monday, June 17, 2013

Friend Connect Blog Hop

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the Friend Connect Blog Hop!
It's the time to meet new friends and find new blogs. You can choose to follow the cohosts in whatever way is best for YOU! Here are some of my favorite ways: GFC, BlogLovin', HelloCotton, RSS, Twitter, Facebook.
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host 
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts 
The Next 6 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!
I have cohost spots available! Email me if you're interested at melissa@thelifeofanotsoordinarywife.com

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Super Blog Saturday Link Up 5



Happy Saturday Everyone!
I hope everyone links up and enjoys the fun today.
I also hope everyone will come back and enjoy the fun next week.
This hop is a way to make some new bloggy friends and get some exposure.
So, feel free to grab a button and share or pop it into your side bar.

There are only 3 rules:

1. Follow your host

2. Share a tweet about the link-up

3. Make some new bloggy friends and share the love

This=My Experience









Thursday, June 13, 2013

This Week ... Blah

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So, I haven't been around here much this week. Pretty much I've been dealing with one thing after another and somehow, in all the mess, blogging just fell to the wayside for a little bit.

We are currently trying to buy a house. We were supposed to close on it last Friday and be finished with everything. Well...that still hasn't happened. We still haven't close. The loan "people" are still processing paperwork. They called us on Monday afternoon still requesting information and documents from us. Is it just me, or should all of that type of stuff been taken care of weeks ago? I don't know. I just know I don't want to go through this process again anytime soon. It has been so stressful and irritating.

So, that's what I've been dealing with this week. I hope you week has been better. And hopefully, next week will get better for us.

Did you have anything funny or interesting happen to your this week? Tell me a funny or interesting story. I'm sure it will make me feel better.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Monday Mingling

Welcome to the nineteenth week of Monday Mingling! Please take the time to introduce yourselves to our co-hosts! If you are new to this blog hop, please leave us a comment letting us know you are following and we would be happy to follow you back. Thank you for joining us this week, and don't forget to link back to us by grabbing our button. Happy Mingling!

Southern Sunflowers and Coffee Beans
 

Sara @ This = My Experience


This=My Experience


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I have a lifestyle blog where I blog about books, my pets, movies, and whatever is going on in my life. I love coffee, Dr. Pepper, Dr. Who and Scentsy. I'm aways happy and excited to make new Bloggy friends!

Lindsey @ High Heels and Training Wheels

High Heels and Training Wheels

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I'm Lindsey, a married mommy to three. After years in the momiform (yoga pants and ponytails), I finally decided no more! I'm evolving my personal style and doing it on a budget. On my blog, you will find some inspiration, tips and tricks to make fabulous work on even the smallest of budgets!

Rules:

1. Follow both of your hosts via GFC or Bloglovin'.
(first 2 links below)

2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC or Bloglovin'
(next two links)

3. Link up your main blog URL, not a specific post.

4. Link back to us by grabbing our button.

5. Tweet, Facebook, and Pin this blog hop. The more you spread the word the more people will link up, and the more success you will have! 



6. Be sure to visit other blogs! Don't just link up and wait for others to find you. 

Let's get this party started!!...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Super Blog Saturday LinkUp 4



Happy Saturday Everyone!
I hope everyone links up and enjoys the fun today.
I also hope everyone will come back and enjoy the fun next week.
This hop is a way to make some new bloggy friends and get some exposure.
So, feel free to grab a button and share or pop it into your side bar.

There are only 3 rules:

1. Follow your host

2. Share a tweet about the link-up

3. Make some new bloggy friends and share the love

This=My Experience




Hush, Hush Series Review

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Apparently I am a little late to the party for this series. I guess I missed all the hype for it when it was new. But, I am just now getting around to reading it. 

I finished the last book of the series a couple of days ago, and I have been letting my feelings for these books mull around in my mind for a little bit before I decided how I felt about them. And, I've come to the conclusion that I have mixed feelings about this series. 

On one hand, there were some aspects of this series that I absolutely loved and couldn't get enough of. But, on the other hand, there was some aspects that I had serious issues with that caused me to question a lot of things about the characters, plot, etc.

So, let's start with some of the issues I had:
  • First of all, the mythology of fallen angels that Fitzpatrick uses/creates/adapts. I have a lot of questions about this. And I'm not entirely sure I buy into everything she presents.
  • The parents in this series, specifically Nora's mother, are pretty shoddy parents. Nora's father was murdered a year ago, but her mother has no problems leaving her home alone for days at a time in their isolated home in the country when her daughter is obviously dealing with some major problems through out the series. I have huge issues with the parents in these books. 
  • For Nora to be such a smart girl, she makes some really dumb and questionable choices. Seriously, there are more of these than I can list. 
  • Throughout the course of the series, the bad guys all start to seem the same. By the time I finished the last book, most of the bad guys (except for Hank) seemed to blend together in my mind and I had a hard time remembering and differentiating which bad guy did what.
  • The policies of the school Nora and Vee attend. Obviously, Fitzpatrick has no experience in a high school setting as an adult. First of all, if a student reports to a teacher that another student is harassing/bothering/bullying them, the teacher must report this to the appropriate people, not assign the reporting student to be the tutor of the harasser. This is only one of many examples of inexcusable behavior of the adults at this school.
Now, to the things about this series that I did like:
  • PATCH - I absolutely loved this character, seriously made me swoon. I've read a lot of reviews that really hate and despise this character, presenting his as a would-be rapist, stalker, etc. But, I didn't get that feeling at all. I just saw him as a good-looking, cocky, typical guy. Maybe I was just too caught up in the story that this didn't jump out to me. But, for me, he made this entire series. I could not get enough of him.
  • Marci. Yes, even though she is Nora and Vee's nemesis, I loved her. Let me explain. As a character, I completely hated her. She made my blood boil every time should came into the story, but I think that means that the author is doing something well. I liked the character of Marci because I hated her so much. Does that make sense? Surely you understand what I'm saying here, you know, it's like how you like certain actors because that are so good at playing bad guys. 
  • The cover art on the books. For me, this is one of the first things that draws me to a book. If I find the cover art interesting, more than likely, I'll give the book a shot.
  • The author wasn't afraid to kill off an important character in the end. For me, this is very important. If an author is willing to off one of the most popular and important characters, this shows a little bit of bravery. And sometimes, as a reader, its good to feel pain and grief in order to better experience the love and happiness. 
Overall, I enjoyed this series. It was about on par with other YA series of the same genre. It follows the same story arch as other similar books. In reality, it's almost just like everything else that is out there now in this area. But, there are a few small aspects of the story that make it different and interesting. Would I say that this is one of the best YA series to be published? No, I wouldn't say that. Honestly, it probably isn't even in my top ten. But, I did find it light and enjoyable. It kept my interest and I was happy to keep reading and see how it would all play out. 

For more information about this series, you can click here to read more about the series on goodreads.


What about you? Have you read this series? If so what did you think?

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Stop By and See Me at MunchkinLand Designs

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Last summer my little blog was in desperate need of a makeover. I was so tired of looking at what I had and was no longer feeling inspired at all.

So, I began shopping around different blog designers, reviewing their past work, comparing prices, etc. And I ended up choosing Jenn from Munchkin Land Designs. She had great work, reasonable prices, and the waiting time was extremely long.

Well, after I submitted my order form, she responded very quickly. We spent the next couple of weeks emailing and going over everything she was doing for me. From time to time she would send me some updates and samples of everything as she was working on them. I have to give her a thousand A+'s for communication. She was so great to work with. And, in the end I absolutely loved the work she did. The blog design she created for me is what you see on my blog today. I still love the colors, the header, everything. I still cannot thank her enough for the great job she did. 
Then, last week, I received and email from Jenn letting me know that I was going to be featured as the Blog of the Week on her site. So, I'm letting you guys know this to ask you to hop on over to see what she has going on in the wonderful space of hers. 
Also, she has been generous enough to offer a 5% discount to my readers if you are needed any blog design work done. If you choose to take her up on this generous offer, be sure to include the discount code "BOTW SaraB" on your order form. I promise you will not be disappointed in her work. 

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Don't forget to get your name in the raffle for a June Scentsy Warmer of the Month. Click here for more info. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Scentsy Warmer June Giveaway

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Some of you may remember my post from earlier this year where I discussed becoming a Scentsy Consultant. Well, since then, things have been going great and I am still as excited as ever to be a part of this company. I genuinely love the products and use them all the time myself.

If you have never heard of Scentsy or are unfamiliar with the products, they are a "safe, wickless alternative to scented candles." There are tons of warmers that melt scented wax with the heat of a low-watt light bulb, enhancing your home with fragrances safely, with no flame, smoke, or soot.

Each month, a new warmer and scent is released and available at a special discounted price for the month.

This is the Warmer of the Month for June. It's this cute? I think this would be perfect to display in my living room for the 4th of July!


I'm also super excited about the Scent of the Month for June. This month is BananaBerry. This smells so yummy and the promo video just makes me hungry. I love it. I've had it in my warmer all day today. It is so sweet and yummy. 


And, here's the good news. I will be giving away one of these Warmers of the Month for June at the end of the month.  Yay!

Everyone that makes a purchase from my website this month, will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of these great warmers! Any purchase puts your name in the hat. There is no minimum purchase required. 

So, to get your name in the bucket for this prize, visit my site by clicking here or on the logo below. When you go to the site, please make sure to order from the link on the left side of the page for "June Online Orders."



Thanks so much! And Good Luck! 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

TastyKake Kandy Bar Kakes

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Disclosure: I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own honest response to the products discussed.


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A few days ago, I made a post about some great products I received in my Spring Fever VoxBox.

One of the products that I received was a TastyKake Kandy Bar Kake. Guys...let me tell you...this was such a yummy little snack. I absolutely loved it. I will just have to exercise a huge amount of self control to not eat five of these a day.


According to their product page on Influenster "Kandy Bar Kakes are the best of both worlds. Light and fluffy chocolate enrobed cakes come in a unique kandy bar shape with a delicious creme filling made with your favorite candy flavors. Available in S'mores, Peppermint, and Peanut Butter flavor." 


I had the opportunity to try the Hershey's bar, but I'm sure I will eventually end up trying them all. 

Have you been lucky enough to try these little yummies?