Friday, October 9, 2015

Prayers for the Stolen

From Goodreads:
Ladydi Garcia Martínez is fierce, funny and smart. She was born into a world where being a girl is a dangerous thing. In the mountains of Guerrero, Mexico, women must fend for themselves, as their men have left to seek opportunities elsewhere. Here in the shadow of the drug war, bodies turn up on the outskirts of the village to be taken back to the earth by scorpions and snakes. School is held sporadically, when a volunteer can be coerced away from the big city for a semester. In Guerrero the drug lords are kings, and mothers disguise their daughters as sons, or when that fails they “make them ugly” – cropping their hair, blackening their teeth- anything to protect them from the rapacious grasp of the cartels. And when the black SUVs roll through town, Ladydi and her friends burrow into holes in their backyards like animals, tucked safely out of sight.
While her mother waits in vain for her husband’s return, Ladydi and her friends dream of a future that holds more promise than mere survival, finding humor, solidarity and fun in the face of so much tragedy. When Ladydi is offered work as a nanny for a wealthy family in Acapulco, she seizes the chance, and finds her first taste of love with a young caretaker there. But when a local murder tied to the cartel implicates a friend, Ladydi’s future takes a dark turn. Despite the odds against her, this spirited heroine’s resilience and resolve bring hope to otherwise heartbreaking conditions.
An illuminating and affecting portrait of women in rural Mexico, and a stunning exploration of the hidden consequences of an unjust war, PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN is an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and determination.

My review:  I really enjoyed this book. While I'll admit I partially wanted to read this because of my Mexican heritage and family, I was also really interested in finding out life in Ladydi's world of trying to hide from the drug wars and living her life in the jungle and dealing with bugs and deadly scorpions. Jennifer Clement's writing is very unique. It's all told from Ladydi herself but there are no quotation marks used and it's almost as if you are sitting down with Ladydi and she is telling you the story. I found it very easy to read and loved it! It's very interesting how Ladydi, her mother, her friends and everyone on the mountain get along without any men around. Ladydi also has a lot to deal with because of her mother. Ever since her father left, her mother does nothing but drink and obsesses over her father. As soon as it seems Ladydi is going to have a good life working as a nanny for a rich family, things all just fall apart. The end ends well and leaves you wondering what next. If you are looking for a quick read that will keep you entertained, I suggest reading Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement.

I received a copy of this book free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my review.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An update of sorts

My goodness it's been so long since I've wrote anything here.  I've done the occasional Influenster post but I guess I've just had a major case of writer's block. I have not been able to think of ANYTHING to write. It's really very sad.

I can't believe it's already halfway through April and school is almost over! Kahle's in 6th grade and has been trudging along. I've talked to the Principal more than I have wanted to this year (he was my Principal too in Middle School) but he did make Honor Roll this last Quarter so we celebrated with a dinner at Red Lobster. It's his absolute favorite!! He decided to join the boys Hip Hop group with dance this year and I could not be more proud of him. He is the oldest boy there but he loves it!

Izzie is almost done with Pre-School and we will be going to Kindergarten round up next week. I can't believe she's old enough already! She absolutely loves Pre-School but says she doesn't want to go to Kindergarten. She's strange. I know she'll love it once she gets there. Izzie is in Hip Hop and Tap/Ballet again this year. Hip Hop is her favorite but she does good in Tap/Ballet too.

The kids have their recital in 2 weeks. I think they are ready and I can't wait to see them!!

We also got a new puppy! Not my idea, but I can't hate a puppy! His name is Ramses and he's such a cuddly little sweetheart!

We still have Halia and Finnegan and they are both my babies. They are adjusting to having a new brother around....well, Halia loves him but Finnegan is such a grouch, he would prefer if they would both move out! 

Well, I guess that's all I have for now. I'm hoping I can come back and keep writing, but I guess we'll just see what  happens.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Reese's VoxBox

I was so incredibly excited to receive the Reese's VoxBox from Influenster!

This stuff is seriously delicious!!! It tastes EXACTLY like a Reese's peanut butter cup, well....a melted one.

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My favorite way was with apples! I'm not the biggest fan of Nutella (I know, what's wrong with me?) and so I prefer this yumminess.

Izzie and I experimented also.

And honestly, it was pretty tasty!!!

I would love to melt some of it too and make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. It would be soooo good!!

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Blogging For Books: Fiend: A Novel

 When Chase first sees the little girl in umbrella socks disemboweling the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to such horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.  
   But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived. And with Chase’s life already shattered by addiction, the apocalypse might actually be an opportunity—a last chance to hit restart, win back the love of his life, and become the person he once dreamed of being. 
   That is, if the darkness inside him doesn't destroy everything—again.
(From Goodreads)

I'm finally back reviewing a book I received from Blogging For Books and I did not enjoy this at all. There are just way too much drug talk for me.  I thought it would be a more "thinking" type of book and it wasn't at all. I mean, I understand the concept of zombies and being a meth user is a lot like being a zombie. Basically, in this book, there is a zombie apocalypse and the only people left are meth users. It's Chase's journey along with his friend, his ex and some other users and how they plan on surviving and possibly saving the world. I was kind of cheering for them to figure out a cure, but when I looked at it as my own logical, non-drug using ways, I knew it would be impossible. I never usually hate books, but I just couldn't wait to be finished with this one.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

To touch or not to touch?

If you are a Mom, let me introduce you to my new favorite product!
It's the Braun No Touch + Forehead thermometer! I seriously love this thing!!

The Braun® No touch + forehead thermometer is the first thermometer to take professionally accurate temperatures with a gentle touch of the the forhead or no touch at all. Braun's clinically proven tehcnology won't disturb your sleeping little one, and the large color-coded display with temperature guidance system is easy to read. For professional accuracy, gentle convenience, and peace of mind, choose Braun. 

When I first opened the box, I tried it immediately out on Kahle and Izzie. When I used it touching their forehead and then a few inches away, I got the same result. I was thrilled. I set it away and didn't touch it again until a few weeks later when Kahle was feeling sick. Sure enough, he had a fever. This thermometer takes the temp pretty quickly and it has different colors to let you know what you are dealing with. It's green if the temp falls less than 99.4, it is yellow if it's between 99.4 and 101.3 and it will be red if it's higher than 101.3.  Also, you will hear 10 beeps of the temp is above 99.4. 

It is seriously so simple to use. You press the power button, put the thermometer on the forehead, just between the eyebrows or 2 inches away and press the thermometer button. If you are not close enough, it will show an arrow and the FWD meaning go forward. 

I really recommend this on your baby registry for all you expecting mama's and it would also be a great gift to give to new parents. 

"I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

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Friday, October 17, 2014

5 years old?

Today is my little Izzie's 5th birthday!! Holy cow! Time sure does fly by. I'm so amazed at how much she grows and changes each day. I recently got the proofs back from her preschool pictures, and she looks so grown up! It's unbelievable. She has grown so tall and her face has lost some of the baby roundness. It's shocking! She is turning into such a sweet young lady. It seems she can never get enough hugs, cuddles and kisses in anymore. She's constantly coming up to me and telling me how much she loves me or just hugging me out of the blue. This is a major thing because as I've been saying, she's been experiencing the Terrible 2's since before she was 2! She had her moments where she would be lovey, but mostly, you had to tell her you didn't want a hug or kiss and then she would laugh and give you one. She also was kind of snotty and wouldn't talk to people, like grandmas, grandpas, aunts and so on. Now she will talk, in person or on the phone, and has completely done a 180! It really makes my heart so happy to see her so lovable! She is really loving on her brother a lot lately too!!  She is also finally really getting into dance. She still gets tired after awhile, but she pushes through. She does Hip Hop first and then Tap/Ballet class right after. I know I would be tired too! She's in her last year of preschool and oh man, she is really catching on. She is starting to write letters all over the place and she is constantly pointing them out to us. I can't believe she will be in Kindergarten next year! Happy 5th Birthday Isabella Lourdes! I love you so much!!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dear Vicki,

Dear Vicki,

Wow! How does it feel to be 40?
Yeah, I know, I can't believe it either! And you thought 30 was crazy. Let's see, Kahle is now 21 and Izzie is just about 15. That's just crazy. I hope things have settled down with the kids and hopefully they can get along and quit tattling on each other every 5 minutes.
I'm also hoping by this time, you and Tim are finally married. I mean, a 3 year engagement is probably long enough, we don't need to wait another 10. Did you ever decide to have another baby? I know you two have talked about it. Also, are you still working in the Assessor's office? Are you the Assessor? You said you never wanted to be "in charge." Did you change your mind or did you finally get to be a stay at home Mom?

I'm hoping by now, you have fixed up your house and perhaps have even sold it and bought an acreage! That would be perfect! Have you started a dog rescue yet?

How's the reading going? Have you ever finished your to-read piles?
Yeah, I didn't think so! I'm sure Tim is used to the piles everywhere by now.

What I really hope for you, is that you are happy and healthy. I know you were really trying to work out and be comfortable with yourself and I hope that you have succeeded. I know you were struggling with a few things 10 years ago and I hope everything worked out for the best for all involved and you are happy with the choices you made.  It's a tough thing but I'm sure you made the best out of it since you have had to do that with struggles your whole life.  I hope everything everything in your life is amazing!


That was kind of fun to imagine in 10 years. And being I have no words. I don't like to think about the age. But I do like to think about where I might be in that time. Make sure you link up today with Taylor and Helene!

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