Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Reading List Challenge

So my friend Melissa found this reading challenge list…rather then challenging yourself to read X amount of books, it kind of spices things up a bit and gives you challenges for what kind of books to read.  So I am joining her on this challenge this year.  I know some of them will be easy to do, while others will be more difficult (like finishing a book you stopped reading…that's gonna SUCK haha), but I look forward to the challenge.

Here's the list!

A book with more than 500 pages-
A classic romance-
A book that became a movie-
A book published this year-  Flirting with Felicity ~ By Gerri Russell
A book with a number in the title-
A book written by someone under 30-
A book with nonhuman characters-  The Void ~ By J.D. Horn
A funny book-
A book by a female author-  Time's Edge ~ By Rysa Walker
A mystery or thriller-
A book with a one-word title-  Marked ~ By Sarah Fine
A book of short stories-
A book set in a different country-
A nonfiction book-
A popular author's first book-  Irish Thoroughbred ~ By Nora Roberts
A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet-
A book a friend recommended-  Timebound ~ By Rysa Walker
A Pulitzer Prize winning book-
A book based on a true story-
A book at the bottom of your to-read list-
A book your Mom loves-
A book that scares you-
A book more than 100 years old-
A book based entirely on its cover-
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't-
A memoir-
A book you can finish in a day-  Time Echo's ~ By Rysa Walker
A book with antonyms in the title-
A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit-
A book that came out the year you were born-
A book with bad reviews-
A trilogy-
A book from your childhood-
A book with a love triangle-
A book set in the future-
A book set in high school-
A book with a color in the title-
A book that made you cry-
A book with magic-
A graphic novel-
A book by an author you've never read before-
A book you own but have never read-
A book that takes place in your hometown-
A book that was originally written in a different language-
A book set during Christmas-
A book written by an author with your same initials-
A play-
A banned book-
A book based on or turned into a TV show-
A book you started but never finished-

2015 Out Do Yourself Reading Challenge

2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

If your goal for 2015 is to read more, then this is the reading challenge for you! There have been 350+ readers who have wanted to outdo themselves so far. Are you up for the challenge?

Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2015. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2015 than you did in 2014. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challengeyourself.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • To join the challenge, grab the 2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have dedicated shelf for the 2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
  • Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
  • Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
  • Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
  • I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)

***My goal for 2015 is 'Getting My Heart Rate Up', which is 1-5 more books then last year.  Last year I read 87 books, so my goal for this year is 88-92.

  1. Irish Thoroughbred ~ By Nora Roberts
  2. The Void ~ By J.D. Horn
  3. Marked ~ By Sarah Fine
  4. Timebound ~ By Rysa Walker
  5. Time Echo's ~ By Rysa Walker
  6. Time's Edge ~ By Rysa Walker
  7. Flirting with Felicity ~ By Gerri Russell

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm an Independent Jamberry Consultant!

Hey everyone!  As some of you know, last month I signed up to become an Independent Jamberry Consultant!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the product, and I think that is one of the most important things when you are selling something.  I am so excited about this journey I have started.  In 1 month I have already had more success then I ever did with Partylite.  I have a fabulous and very supportive upline that is always willing to help (and let me tell you, I have bugged my sponsor with a TON of questions, haha!)

Jamberry nail wraps are vinyl nail wraps that are applied with heat and pressure.  They are non-toxic, non porous, gluten and latex free, and vegan.  We have over 300 designs that you can choose from, something for everyone, from conservative to outrageous!  They can last up to 2 weeks on fingers and up to 6 weeks on toes!

A sheet of Jamberry wraps is $15, you can get 2 manis, 2 pedis, and several accent nails from 1 sheet!  That is WAY better then salon pricing, and they last longer too!
Our wraps are always Buy 3 get 1 free, so you get 4 sheets for $45!  That is Jamazing!  4 sheets is equal to 8 manis, 8 pedis and TONS of accent sheets, for less then a mani/pedi at the salon!

I am always looking for Hostess's!  I can do both in home parties and online Facebook parties, whichever is best for you!  You can earn some great rewards including free product, half price items and Host exclusive wraps that you can ONLY get from being a host!

Joining my team is so easy and fun!  At last count we only had 66,000 consultants, Mary Kay has over 3 million!  Talk about an amazing time to join!  Earn extra income for the holidays, to help pay for vacation, or just to have extra spending money!  We have a Fast Start program which rewards you for hitting certain goals when you start.  We also have Jamberry University, online training at your finger tips.  Oh and they also offer incentive trips that you can earn!!  I am a VERY busy SAHM of 4, my kids have marching band, dance, cheerleading, and soccer.  I am on the go all the time, yet even I have time for this!  If I can make time, you can too!

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gardening Exploits

After my post I'll have a bunch of pictures for you to browse!  We made a lot of progress on the garden the last few weeks.  We bought all the wood and put it together, picked out a place and got it all set up. It took 16 bags of soil to fill that sucker!  We put some of the black cloth across the bottom to stop weeds, and we put chicken wire across the bottom too to hopefully stop moles and gophers.

I also got my half a Jack Daniels Whiskey barrel for my potatoes!  I got those planted too, waiting for them to grow.  I also got a plastic container to grow my carrots in, Aislinn helped me plant some carrot seeds too.  Those are both outside by the garden.

I did a bunch of research on square foot gardening, and then I sat down and planned out my garden using what I planned to plant, and I also looked up companion gardening to make up my list too. It took me a bit to figure out how I wanted to do it all, but I am pretty happy with what I came up with.

I bought some broccoli, cauliflower, romaine lettuce and red sail lettuce to put in the garden.  I was able to plant the Cauliflower and Broccoli today, but didn't get any pictures because it started to rain.  of course because it started to rain I was unable to plant the lettuce's or the onion bulbs that I also bought.  Hopefully I will be able to get all those in tomorrow.  Then in about a week I'll transplant my spinach and kale that I started as seeds a few weeks ago.

 Building the Frame

 Frame is done!
 Weed protector.
 Chicken Wire!
 Starting to fill it with soil.
16 bags later!

 After I put up my grid!
Close up of the grid.

 My potatoes ready to be covered with dirt!
Ready to grow!

 My sweet Aislinn, watering the carrot container.
Aislinn planting carrot seeds!

My garden plan!

I'm excited for the coming weeks.  I have a list that tells me when to plant different things for my area.  April is going to be a huge planting month for me!  I can't wait!  Anyone else starting a garden, or maybe trying out a container garden?  Are you excited to get it all started?