Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Monthly News

Welcome to the August edition of monthly news!
My baby turned 19! Now both of my kids are adults!! That is a change in itself.
Won a weekend pass to Riverfest Elora. Saw The Sheepdogs and 54-40 perform, among a few lesser known bands, and that was cool. We only went the one day though. Work calls!
Other than that it was all about family as we get set for the next season to arrive.
What did you do this month that was out of the ordinary?

Yearly Total: 59 Books, 4 Products & 9 Movies


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COMPLETED READING CHALLENGES:
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  2. What's In A Name 2016 (completed in August)
  3. 2016 EBook Reading Challenge (completed in August)


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fuji Film Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP2

The coolest phone accessory has hit the market folks, and I'm here to tell you all about this thing.


Introducing the Fuji Film Instax Share Smartphone Printer!



The Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2 is a fun, compact, wireless printer that lets you print photos instantly on Instax mini film, from any smartphone, tablet or FUJIFILM X-Series digital camera. Share them anywhere, any time. The Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-2 has many improved features vs the SP-1 including: improved image quality; faster printing speed; rechargeable battery with micro USB charger; additional filters for the SHARE App; stylish angular shape; and, improved LED indicator. The SP-2 is available in 2 colors: Gold and Silver. A variety of customizable templates and filters have been added to the SHARE App including photo Collage and Split that creates an image as two prints. The Instax SHARE Printer also uses a wireless LAN that allows up to 8 users to connect at once making it great for parties.



It was easy to unpack and load the film. Next was to charge the printer, so I could try it out.
After a few hours, I added the app to my Samsung phone and chose a photo of myself and my children at a church event. With my kids being older I get so few photos nowadays...



Adding the app is free. You then follow the easy instructions to start printing but you must have a wifi connection. 



You literally hit print with one button and boom!



Within one minute this is what I had in my hand. It was still processing, but it was fast and also quiet when printing, which I loved!



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This smartphone accessory is definitely my favorite. You do have to buy the film, they do not come with the printer. At the price, you get a great deal for what you're getting.

Check out the Fuji Film Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP2 on Amazon and grab a single pack of film too.




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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin (59)

“This book made me happy in the first five pages.” —AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Award-winning author Gretchen Rubin is back with a bang, with The Happiness Project. The author of the bestselling 40 Ways to Look at Winston Churchill has produced a work that is “a cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.” (Sonya Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want) In the vein of Julie and Julia, The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • ISBN: 9780061583254

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The author of "Happier at Home" and "The Happiness Project," Both books became New York Times bestsellers. The newest book "Better Than Before", released March 17, 2015.

On her blog, www.gretchenrubin.com, she writes about her daily adventures in happiness.

She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.






REVIEW:
Well then...
I wanted more from this book. I don't know, maybe I thought it was more self-help than memoir. I still enjoyed it though, just differently than I thought I would.
I read through Gretchin's personal journey to happiness. She researched and put things to use that she learned, all in the name of finding inner happiness. It was captivating to hear her results and findings, and I felt that I learned a lot myself.
The best for me was dealing with her children. Although mine are 19 and 21, I still feel the practices she used, specifically when talking to them, could be useful to me as well. It's like taking positive reinforcement to a whole new level, and I like it.
A great read. If you want a glimpse into happiness though, you have to take note and look inside yourself. That's where happiness lies. You just have to find it, like Gretchin did.

3.5/5


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hotel Ruby (Hotel for the Lost) by Suzanne Young (58)

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Program comes a brand-new haunting, romantic, and suspenseful story about one girl’s search for healing in a grand and mysterious hotel full of secrets.

Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between in a place that is so much more than it seems…

And the 13th chapter will only add to the mystery behind the 13th floor of Hotel Ruby...and ultimately, what it means for Audrey.

Welcome to the Ruby.


*Title has been changed to, Hotel of the Lost

  • Kindle: 3565 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (November 3, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00TBKYK9W

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My review for The Program
My review for The Treatment
My review for The Remedy





Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, and A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. You can visit her online at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com.





REVIEW:
And The Eagles sing....
Welcome to the Hotel California. But, wait! We're at Hotel Ruby. Where everything is what it seems and not as it seems. Where the ballroom is grand and the dances long.
Oh, how I got caught up in this book. The story of Audrey, her brother Daniel, and their dad, and how they cope after their mom dies.
Although the subject is tragic, the book is not so. After you finish the book, you almost feel an odd romantic feeling towards it.
I am sure there won't be anymore of this, it was wrapped up quite nice, but I would love to see more of the characters at Hotel Ruby. 
This is a really good story. Somewhat twisted, and yet with such a flow you can't help but get caught up in the drama of it all.
I like this one a lot, and I will be talking about it for some time.


4.5/5


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings & Instagram 56)

Welcome to Week 288!

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)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.


Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!


Rules:
* Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56.
It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with.
Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56
*Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What We Pretend To Be by Shaun David Hutchinson (57)

In We are the Ants, Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. (How’s THAT for a premise?  If you haven’t read this yet, you want to now right?!)
Now, in Shaun David Hutchinson’s new short story, What We Pretend to Be, fans can glimpse some of the impossible decisions other characters have faced at the hands of the aliens, and even see Henry’s very first abduction.

Read it yourself at Riveted Reads

26 pages




Shaun Hutchinson is a writer and geek living in sunny South Florida. He grew up in Florida and has only lived outside the Sunshine State twice in his life. Shaun loves geeking out on tech and sci-fi, and worships at the altar of Joss Whedon. He's fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse.









My review for, Violent Ends. (Favorite Read of 2015)
My review for, The Deathday Letter


REVIEW:
Cute!
Now I now more about, We Are The Ants, which I still need to read. I think I am going to love it too, based on what I read here so far. 
Alien abductions. Not something I read usually, but maybe I should be more open. I may be missing out otherwise. 
Only 26 pages long but it definitely left me wanting more. Not because of a cliffhanger, but because it is so interesting. The synopsis, the cover, the short story read, all show me that the full length book is going to be worth it all. 
This is just an introduction to the characters though, so I am treating it as such, and don't really see a story other than these abductions are happening to several people. I guess all the answers I have and more will be revealed in the novel.

3/5

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Hampton Creek; Makers of #justproducts



Easy Ways to Lose Weight 

It’s summertime, and that means that many people are on a mission to shed a few pounds before the end of the year. To end the year healthier than you were before, follow these tips to cut calories and live a healthier lifestyle.

Start Walking 
 
For those of us who need to build a significant amount of fitness, walking is the perfect place to start. It’s a low impact exercise that still comes with plenty of health benefits, like boosting your mood and gently strengthening your muscles. If you need to slowly build up your fitness, start walking around the neighborhood instead of joining a gym. Walking is free, and you won’t have to deal with the intimidation and high costs that often come with gyms. Aim for 30 minutes of walking per day for the best results.

Opt for Healthy Alternatives 

If you can’t handle a salad without a helping of dressing, or a sandwich just tastes better with some mayo, have no fear. Although traditional versions of these foods are high calorie and should be avoided, hamptoncreek has created a line of sustainable produced salad dressing, mayo, and cookie dough so you can still enjoy your favorite foods without the extra calories and cholesterol. If you’re looking for new recipes to try, visit their website or Facebook page to find new and exciting foods.

Stop Drinking Your Calories

If you’re used to grabbing a vanilla latte every morning, this is a source of empty calories that you’re probably not even thinking about. Sugary drinks like flavored lattes and soda quickly add up in calories, leading to steady weight gain over the course of time. To stay hydrated and energized without the sugar and calories, try packing a water bottle with a wedge of lemon or bring calorie-free teas to work. Green tea is known for its metabolism-boosting properties and antioxidants, so this is an ideal tea to bring with you to work to sip on throughout the day. It’s low in caffeine, so you can enjoy several mugs each day without interfering with your sleep patterns.

Use an App

If you’re motivated by connecting with others or seeing your progress in numbers, consider downloading an app like MyFitnessPal or Lark. These apps are great for monitoring calorie intake and activity level, and checking in each day can help you stay on track to meet your goals more quickly.

Write In a Food Diary 

If technology isn’t your thing but you still want to keep track of what you eat each day, start a food diary. This can be as simple or elaborate as you like. A plain notebook works just as well as a food diary purchased online, but it’s up to you to decide what best suits your needs.

Take Walk Breaks at Work 

We’ve already discussed how great walking is for your health, but it’s even better if you can find time for short walk breaks at work. Sedentary jobs, which most of us have, can wreak havoc on our health. Too much sitting is linked to cardiovascular problems and diabetes, so it’s important to stand up and move around as often as you can. Once an hour, try to get up and go for a quick walk around the office or around the building.

Drink Water Before Meals 

It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, so try to keep a water bottle with you as often as possible. Drinking a full glass of water before a meal is a great way to prevent overeating and stay hydrated. Drinking cold water has the added benefit of burning a few more calories each day, as your body has to work harder to warm ice-cold water to the correct temperature. Although this won’t make a huge difference in weight loss, drinking cold water is refreshing and effortless.

Eat More Fiber

Adding fiber into your diet is wonderful for weight loss, as it helps you stay full for longer periods of time, leading to fewer calories consumed in the course of a day. Try eating a hearty breakfast like oatmeal topped with berries and flaxseeds, or toss a few tablespoons of chia seeds into your morning smoothie.

Go to Sleep Earlier 

Studies have shown that people who don’t get enough sleep are in greater danger of overeating, as well as having a slower metabolism. If you’re used to going without sleep, try to get to sleep earlier to encourage a healthy metabolism. A good sleep schedule will help regulate your hormones, and going to sleep earlier should also help you stop snacking late at night.


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie #EarlyReview (56)

Welcome, neighbor!
Julie Prentice and her family move across the country to the idyllic Mount Adams district of Cincinnati, hoping to evade the stalker who’s been terrorizing them ever since the publication of her bestselling novel, The Murder Game. Since Julie doesn’t know anyone in her new town, when she meets her neighbor John Dunbar, their instant connection brings measured hope for a new beginning. But she never imagines that a simple, benign conversation with him could set her life spinning so far off course.
We know where you live…
After a series of misunderstandings, Julie and her family become the target of increasingly unsettling harassment. Has Julie’s stalker found her, or are her neighbors out to get her, too? As tension in the neighborhood rises, new friends turn into enemies, and the results are deadly.

  • Kindle: 4529 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (October 4, 2016)
  • ASIN: B01CTY1INW

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A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine practises law in Montreal, where she was born and raised. An avid skier and runner, Catherine's novels, SPIN, ARRANGED, FORGOTTEN and HIDDEN, are all international bestsellers and have been translated into numerous languages. Visit her online at www.catherinemckenzie.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @cemckenzie1.







Other reviews of Catherine's books;
My review for Spin
My review for Spun
My review for Forgotten
My review for Hidden
My review for Smoke

REVIEW:
Six degrees of separation.
In a short description, this is a roundabout story of heartache, though you don't realize how bad it aches till the ending. Which sort of makes the story epic. The build up is intense, so many times I thought I knew what was going on, only to find out how far from the truth I was. Again, that is sort of what made the story though, and in such a groovy way. There were several viewpoints to get the story from, and having them come together with a bang was key. The author was definitely able to pull that off.
I like her books a lot though. I always feel put in the moment. So if you haven't read any of her books, do so. Start with this one.

4/5


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