Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Monthly News

Welcome to the September edition of the Monthly News.
You will notice the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is open for submissions. It starts in November so watch for it.
I completed two more reading challenges too, the Netgalley Reading Challenge and the Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2014. That's 7 I've completed now, and 1 I sorely failed.
How are you doing on your reading challenges?



Yearly Total:  67 Books, 11 Products & 23 Movies


Book of the Month:


Book of the Year:


RECIPES:
  1. Shepherd's Pie Soup
  2. Harvest Chili






CHALLENGES FAILED:
  1. Monthly Keyword Challenge

CHALLENGES COMPLETED:
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#Giveaway: #67: While The Gods Were Sleeping - Elizabeth Enslin

Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin’s story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in society—and make their voices heard.



  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (Sept. 18 2014)
  • ISBN: 9781580055444

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AUTHOR BIO:
Elizabeth Enslin, author of While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, grew up in Seattle and went on to earn her PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. While a graduate student, she married into a Brahman family in the plains of Nepal. Inspired by local women, especially her mother-in-law, she researched women's organizing, poetics, politics, and agroecology. Her academic essay, "Beyond Writing: Feminist Practice and the Limits of Ethnography," still inspires conversations about feminism and the ethics of research and activism.
Enslin returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1995 and earned her living as a high school and college teacher, a grant writer, and an independent consultant. She has published creative nonfiction and poetry in The Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, The High Desert Journal, The Raven Chronicles, Opium Magazine, and In Posse Review and received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Oregon Arts Commission and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.
She currently lives in a strawbale house in the canyon country of northeastern Oregon, where she raises garlic, pigs, and yaks. While the Gods Were Sleeping is her first book.
For more information please visit http://www.elizabethenslin.com, and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.


REVIEW:
How do you review someone's life story? That's the dilemma I am faced with.
While I thought Elizabeth's story of life in Nepal was interesting and even eye-opening, I don't know that everyone would enjoy it. The story isn't the issue, it's how it's told. Sometimes I actually was a little bored while reading. Like I said, it was interesting subject matter though. Then I would think to myself what a horrible person I was.... how could I be bored by someone's life?!
The subject of Nepal and its culture is beyond foreign to me. There's a part that was happy about that though. Nepal is a country that is not so kind toward the female population, and the laws differ so much from our own that I actually was offended a couple of times by things they consider customary. It's like all the bad stories you hear of women being treated as second-class or even worthless come to life. I was baffled why Elizabeth would agree to move there and have her child there. No amenities and very dirty circumstances instead of in North America where there is more resources and cleaner safety standards for deliveries. At least the book explains the answer to that question, and it is what made the story good.
In the end, I am glad I read this book. I learned a lot about a country and culture I knew nothing of and heard another human being's story through experiences. 


3/5


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Teaser Tuesdays



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Walking past the floor-to-ceiling windows of the arrivals lounge in Barcelona Airport, Ajatashatru thought he had aged overnight. Large dark rings shadowed his eyes like two parentheses that no longer had the strength to stand straight. This trip is slowly eating me alive, he thought. I need a comfortable bed.


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Nestlé Waters Canada is Challenging Canadians

Néstle Waters Canada has a commitment to helping families live healthier lives. They are currently challenging Canadians to swap one sugared beverage for a Néstle Pure Life Sparkling Natural Spring Water. They have some great tasting flavors that are better for you than having a can of pop. These drinks help reduce your sugar intake. If you are like me, a diabetic, that is what you look for in a beverage. 
Did you know, moms consume on average three to four soft drinks a week? With the average soft drink containing more than 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, whereas orange juice in the same 355ml format only contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. As moms, we should be looking for healthier options. It benefits our bodies and minds.
Staying properly hydrated is important for us to function normally. Sugar is not great for hydration. Water is the best source for getting hydrated. 


LIVE HEALTHY. LIVE BUBBLY.


They have provided me with some great drink recipes to share with you. I can't wait to try them myself!
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I urge you to take the 7 Day Challenge and kick-start your efforts to reduce your sugar intake. I plan on taking the challenge too! 





Here are some tips on food cravings and how to curb them, as well as staying healthy at a desk. Which if you're a blogger like me, this is beneficial information. I spend most of my time in an office chair, and plan to implement these tools to stay healthier longer.



About Nestlé Waters Canada:
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is affiliated with Nestlé Waters North America of Stamford, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.
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Pharmacist, Sherry Torkos, is available to comment on survey results and provide tips on healthy hydration.



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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lampe Berger Paris is now in Canada! #Lampeberger

Lampe Berger originated in 1898, bringing fresh scents to homes.  Now serving 56 countries, they have a vast collection of lamps with an incredible variety of designs, styles and materials. 15 new models are created annually, each one requiring 18 months of work. They hold a collection of 100 lamps currently. These lamps not only give a nice scent, they cleanse the air as well.
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I was sent a beautiful lamp, the Perle boxed set to be exact. I set straight to the instructions and started to follow. It is easy to do, they even include a funnel for you.
So after you pour it in, 2/3 full, you add the wick, and leave it to set 20 minutes. Then the fun part comes...
You light it on fire. You have to let it burn for 2 minutes. This gets the fragrance going through. It's like magic. Then you blow it out and put the protective cap on. I warn you, do not touch the cap with your bare fingers after putting it on for any reason. You will burn yourself. Though there is no flame it still burns. Use a cloth or something to take the protective cap on. You will need to remove the cap when you want to shut it off. It is only advised to use 20 minutes in very large rooms.
Looks are deceiving... that pretty cap is hot right now! 
Still it is a beautiful design, and a beautiful dark brown color. I love the 'Home' scent they provided. It was soft and elegant at the same time. I didn't let it burn twenty minutes though, after 10 minutes my 1800 sq. ft. apartment was immersed in a fresh scent. That was great since I have two dogs. You all know how stinky that can get!
I definitely recommend this for your home or for a great gift idea. The lamp can be lit around 200 times before you need a new one. That provides great value for a luxury fragrance in the home.
Check out Lampe Berger on their website and Facebook. You won't regret it. Also check out their store locator in Canada.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

AstraZeneca Website for Advanced Medullary Thyroid Cancer

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. This cause is dear to me. I do not have cancer, but have thyroid issues. I suffer from hyperthyroidism. I was happy to learn about an organization I hadn't heard of before that created a new website dedicated to the resources for thyroid cancer sufferers.
AstraZeneca brings you:

Did you know that in the United States this year, about 62,900 new thyroid cancer cases were diagnosed? Medullary Thyroid Cancer is a rare form of cancer that is located in the thyroid gland. It is a gland at the base of your throat. This type of cancer only represents about three to four percent of all thyroid cancers. One third of that percentage will be locally advanced or metastatic disease. This website has all the resources you will need, but also helps your loved ones who are affected too.
Meet Rob Bohning. He has Advanced Medullary Thyroid Cancer. aMTCSupport is for people just like Rob and his family. He knows how hard it can be to navigate some of the hurdles associated to living with this disease. He finds the website both comforting and motivating. Given some of the unique situations faced by caregivers of those living with aMTC, this website helps with resources tailored to their needs.
Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
  • a lump in the throat, lower part of the neck
  • a hoarse voice
  • difficulty swallowing
  • difficulty breathing
  • swollen lymph nodes in neck
  • a cough that is constant and not due to cold/flu
  • a sore throat that is not due to cold/flu
  • neck pain that won't go away
The resources available online at aMTCSupport are first-person videos, as well as information to help them with the challenges ahead. AstraZeneca plans on updating the website on an on-going basis to include additional educational and support materials and resources.







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The Friday 56


Welcome to Week 196!

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.




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 Julio Sympa, who was six foot six and had climbed Mont Blanc four times, stopping at the top each time to read Why Am I So Cold by Josette Camus before going back down eight hundred and fifty-three pages later, paused in front of the 'American Teenager' bedroom and pointed in several directions before continuing his way.
 Michou Lapaire, who always wished he had been born a woman, wrote down, in a pink notebook, the furniture pointed out by his bombastic boss.











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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#66: The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the ultimate question: is she a human or monster? With the death of her love she has her answer. MONSTER. Embracing her inner darkness, Allie is now determined to hunt and kill Sarren, the psychopath who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren is leading Allie’s dangerous fight to the one place she must protect at any cost – Eden, the last safe-zone on earth. Forced into a battle that it may be impossible to win, Allie is about to face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, she could face surviving forever alone. The thrilling final instalment in The Blood of Eden trilogy.

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Ink
  • ISBN: 9781848452893


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Author Bio:
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

My Review of The Iron King
My Review of Winter's Passage
My Review of The Iron Daughter
My Review of Summer's Crossing
My Review of The Iron Queen
My Review of The Iron Knight
My Review of Iron's Prophecy
My Review of The Lost Prince
My Review of The Iron Traitor
My Review of The Immortal Rules
My Review of The Eternity Cure


REVIEW:
I've read a lot of vampire stories, but this story takes top pier on the faves for me. Forget Twilight and all the mushiness of it. Get with The Immortal Rules and have a heart-thumping, exciting read for the whole trilogy.
There is a ton of action in this book. More than I could have imagined, and it gets heaviest near the end as the tale comes to a close. Every single scene is a fight or on the brink of something that will have you hyped up all the way through.
There was a moment in the book where I had a touch of deja vu and felt like I read it already. It quickly passed though.
The ending came together perfectly. Not everyone came out unscathed, which is good. Somehow it all really worked together.
I recommend this series highly. 


4.5/5


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. 

~ Maya Angelou


Alphabe Thursdays



#65: 365 Style - Nicky Hilton

From red carpets and runways to front row at Fashion Week, designer and muse Nicky Hilton has earned her reputation as a style icon. Exposed to the top tier of the fashion industry from childhood, in this style guide Hilton reveals tips and tricks of the trade she has learned along the way. 
Never having employed a stylist, Hilton has created her own personal style. In this guide she helps you discover yours. Despite her opulent upbringing, Nicky maintains a less-is-more mindset and instructs you how to look like a million—without spending a million. 
Her formula for creating your signature style is as easy as 3-6-5. Consider the 3 main aspects of your lifestyle, choose 6 staple items of clothing, and identify 5 essential accessories. This simple plan will allow you to make savvy wardrobe selections that keep you on-trend and out of hoarder status, for good. 
Nicky shares her best-kept style secrets: 
*The $30 wardrobe item you can't live without 
*The one closet accessory that keeps you organized at all times 
*Five must-have wardrobe items 
*DIY upgrades: from bygone to brilliant 
*How to pack like a jet-setter 
Full of personal stories, style successes, fashion mishaps and more, 365 Style is the ultimate guide to fashion from the style expert turned best friend you never knew you had!

  • Kindle: 10413 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Nonfiction (September 2, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00JZFWTP0

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AUTHOR BIO:
Nicky Hilton is an international style icon, model, and designer. A respected expert of style and fashion, Nicky has been a red carpet correspondent at the Oscars, and served as a guest judge on Project Runway.


REVIEW:
A fashionista's must-have book!
Nicky Hilton exudes style. She always looks chic and trendy no matter where she is seen. Now I know why, thanks to this book. 
This book lets women in on what her tips and go-to ideas are for any occasion or no occasion at all. With a woman of her stature, I was actually surprised by how many thrifty options she shared. That goes to show you that this book is not just for the rich girls, but women on a budget can benefit from her tips too. She has some great tips that I plan on implementing in my own closet. Her tips on organizing your closet is what a girl like me needs. I have a walk in that you can't really walk into anymore. 
This book is also filled with moments from her personal life. She even included some wonderful and personal family photos. 
You really need to check this book out, no matter what your age. Even if you're mildly curious abut her life and what makes Nicky tick, it's in there. I think this book has something for all the ladies, it just depends on what.


4/5


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Intros & Teaser Tuesdays










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When Julia was very little, she had a splendid meal of sole meunière. And that was that. Julia fell in love with French food. She loved to eat French food. And she especially loved to cook it.


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Cover Reveal: Hunting In Bruges (With #Giveaway)

It's time for a cover reveal!  Feast your eyes on the cover for HUNTING IN BRUGES, the debut novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.



Keep reading for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!





Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild #1) by E.J. Stevens.



The only thing worse than being a Hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vamps in Bruges.



Being shipped off to Belgium sucks. The medieval city of Bruges is
quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are
choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural
predators as likely suspects.



On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.



With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within
the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets
of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering
tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals.  With the
help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues
that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.



Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local
history that only raises more questions--but some secrets are best left
buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles
to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.



Hunting in Bruges is the first novel in the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series set in the world of Ivy Granger.



Release Date:  November 11, 2014

Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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About the Hunters' Guild Series


The Hunters' Guild series is an urban fantasy series written by E.J. Stevens and set in the world of Ivy Granger.  The series is told in the first-person point-of-view of Jenna Lehane, a Hunter with a troubled past, a proficiency with weapons, and an intolerance for monsters who target the innocent.



About the Author


E.J. Stevens is the author of the Spirit Guide young adult series, the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series, and the Hunters' Guild urban fantasy series.  When E.J. isn't at her writing desk she enjoys dancing along seaside cliffs, singing in graveyards, and sleeping in faerie circles.  E.J. currently resides in a magical forest on the coast of Maine where she finds daily inspiration for her writing.



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