Tuesday, December 22, 2009

2009 Books Read

Short Stories

1. A Reversal of Fortune by Holly Black
2. Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russel
3. Holiday by M. Rickert
4. All Hallow's Haunting
5 - 14. Restless Dead ~ 10 stories
15. Love Struck by Melissa Marr {Love is Hell} ~ May 2009
16. Sleeping with the Spirit by Laurie Faria Stolarz {Love is Hell}
17. Stupid Perfect World by Scott Westerfeld {Love is Hell}
18. Fan Fictions by Gabrielle Zevin {Love is Hell}
19. Thinner then Water {Love is Hell}

Full Length Books ~

1. Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black
2. Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
3. Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale by Holly Black
4. Body Count by PD Martin
5. Murderer's Club by PD Martin
6. Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
7. Whispering Lake by Jessica Coulter Smith
8. Shocking Pinkby Erica Spindler
9. Death Perception by Victoria Laurie
10. Freeze Frame by David Warner
11. Cross Country by James Patterson
12. Save the best for Last by Kim Hanks
13. White Witch Black Curse ~ April 2009
14. Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris ~ April 2009
15. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich ~ April 2009
16. Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair ~ April 2009
17. The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver ~ April 2009
18. Would-be Witch by Kimberly Frost ~ April 2009
19. Blasphemy by Douglas Preston ~ April 2009
20. Silent Thunder by Iris & Roy Johansen ~May 2009
21. Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman ~ May 2009
22. An Accessory to Murder by Elaine Viets ~ May 2009
23. Black Echo
24. Just take my Heart by Mary Higgins Clark ~ May 2009
25. Clubbed to Death by Elaine Viets ~ May 2009
26. Katka by (June 09)
27. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (June 29, 09)
28. 39 Clues Maze of Bones (June 09)
29. Lick of Frost (July 09)
30. Run for your Life - Michael Bennet by James Patterson (July 09)
31. Finger Linking Fifteen - Stephanie Plum - reading
32. Blue Zone by (July 09)
33. Deadlock by Iris Johansen (July 09)
34. When the Wind Blows by James Patterson (July 09)
35. Crop Paper Scissors by Joanna Campbell-Slan (July 09)
36. Cradle and All by James Patterson (July 09)
37. Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
38. Memoirs of a Fortune Teller (September 09)
39. The 8th Confession (September 09)
40. Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (9/09)
41. The Haunting of Hill house by Shirley Jackson (10/09)
42. Ghosts of Anchor Bay (10/09)
43. The Robe of Skulls: The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms (Tales from the Five Kingdoms)
44. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (10/09)
45. Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (11/09)
46. Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (11/09)
47. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
48. Tragic Magic by Laura Childs

Audio Books

1. Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell (12.09)

Graphic Novels ~

1. The Good Neighbors by Holly Black (1/09)

Idea/Instruction Books ~

1. Lost Sock (1/09)
3. Sock Doll Workshop (1/09)
4. Softies by Therese Laskey (1/09
5. Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with junk by Sue Whitney (July 09)

Movies ~

  1. Sex in the City (1/2009)
  2. X-Files (1/2009)
  3. The last templar (1/25-1/26)
  4. Step Brothers (1/28)
  5. Get Smart (1/29)
  6. Dark Night (2/09)
  7. Coraline (2/14/09)
  8. Baby Mama (2/19/09)
  9. Burn After Reading (3/31/09)
  10. Made of Honor (4/09)
  11. Star Trek (5/09)
  12. The Sixth Day (5/09)
  13. Mall Cop (7/09)
  14. Harry Potter (7/09)
  15. Planet 51
  16. Sherlock Holmes (12/09)

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Can't log in

I can't seem to log into my google accounts on my pc for some reason. I'm on my iPod now.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Teacher Gift Idea ~ Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind

My youngest is in 3rd grade this year, so when I was asked to review Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood, I was pretty excited.  Plus I had already heard what a great book it was.

Once again, author and veteran California school teacher Done (32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching) shares his unique, joyful view of childhood with gentle humor and penetrating insight. Going through the school year month by month, Done offers humorous vignettes, student profiles and phenomena unique to the third grade, peppered with memories of Done's own childhood, which only get better as the book goes on. Done's style is straightforward and fast-paced, expertly recreating his adventures as the sole adult in a room of eight-year-olds. Culled from decades of experience, Done's text illuminates the enormous commitment and generous humor needed to get through 25 years of teaching ("After learning their names, I gave them the Keep Your Zippers Up Speech in my best Judge Wapner voice"). Alongside dry wit, Done also delivers heartbreak and wisdom relevant to anyone with memories of a childhood classroom.

This book was such a wonderful read.  It would make such a fun book to give to your childs teacher.  A bit of a different present, that any teacher is sure to enjoy! 

If you aren't in a rush for Christmas, Pick up a copy of Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood at my affiliate Amazon.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Stocking Stuffer for Men ~ Swerve Razor Review & Giveaway

Are you looking for a great stocking stuffer for the guy in your life?  I found one that is practical and fun.  It is called The Swerve.

The Swerve is a new type of razor that was primarily created for men to shave the back of their neck area.  It fits right in the palm of your hand for the control you are looking for.  It has an ergonomic design as well for comfort and ease of use.  The Swerve will allow you to get the close, clean shave you are looking for on any part of your body.  The best thing is you can do it yourself.  

Now my hubby will not be bothering me to help me shave his neck, I love that!  My husband tried it out and he likes it a lot.  He said it was very easy to use, and it gave him a close shave.  Sorry readers, he would not allow pictures, lol.

Another benefit, the Triple action blade and lubricating strip ensure a smooth, clean shave.

The Swerve contains a triple-action blade for swift cutting precision and a lubricating strip designed to help the Swerve glide smoothly along the contours of your body. Use the Swerve weekly to keep your swerve appeal. Replace it every four-six weeks or when the blade begins to dull.  The Swerve comes in a unique, flexible storage tube making it a great travel companion.

If you don't have a man in your life that will get use out the of The Swerve, don't fret.  Many people are using it for different areas of the body including women.  For more info check out the website at www.theswerve.com.

 The co-founder, Brian has been in contact with me and he is willing to send one single pack of the Swerve to one of my readers!  Just head over the website, read a bit about it.  Then come back here and tell me why you want to win.  Will you use it or will give it to someone else?

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 Contest will run until 11:59pm on December 28th

Disclaimer ~ I was sent one single pack for review. I was not compensated for this review.  Opinions are mine and my husbands.  Thanks for reading.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you have a Ballet Dancer to shop for this Christmas?

Do you have any dancers on your shopping list this year?  Is there a special little girl that loves ballet?  If so, I have a couple reviews you will be interested in. 

First, Prima Princessa has recently released their second dvd ~ Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker.  Ever since I first learned about Prima Princessa Swan Lake, I have been waiting for them to release The Nutcracker.  This is my girls favorite ballet.  My oldest even got to dance in it 2 years in a row when she was younger.  It holds a special place in our hearts. 

This family Christmas movie is the perfect Holiday Gift for girls ages 3 to 7. Join Prima Princessa, the adorable cartoon fairy ballerina princess, as she takes you on an amazing Christmas adventure filled with snow fairies, toy soldiers, sugarplums and sweets galore!  Get on your pretty tutu and get ready to dance with the San Francisco Ballet as they perform excerpts from their world famous ballet “Nutcracker.” Between acts your kids will get up off the couch and dance along as they learn real ballet steps demonstrated by students from the School of American Ballet, the official academy of the New York City Ballet.
The Prima Princessa Presents series is designed by two stay at home mom-entrepreneurs on a mission to bring the beauty and magic of ballet into the lives of children everywhere.
You can purchase Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker on Amazon with a retail of $12.99 and is usually cheaper!  If you don't have the Swan Lake dvd, you can pick that up as well.
Why not pick up one or both of the dvds, gift box it with a tutu for dress-up or dance class.  This would be a great gift for girls age 3 - 6ish.  My 8 & 12 year old would have loved these as a gift.  My 8 year old actually loves both of these dvds and does watch them.  They are definitely geared towards 3 - 7 though.

This next item I was so excited to learn about.  505 Games has just released the very first ever Ballet Video game for the Wii!  How cool is that?  You see all the sports, cheerleading, even dancing ~ you never see ballet though.  Ballet is the foundation of dance.  It is such a great activity for kids to take part in.  Not only will it teach grace, but balance and core strength.  
My Ballet Studio, players can pirouette, pliƩ and perform en pointe on the Nintendo Wii Balance Board as they embark on a journey to become the best ballerina!
My Ballet Studio for Nintendo Wii allows players to practice authentic ballet moves. Young ballerinas are encouraged to study hard at ballet school and learn real techniques in movement and position lessons and performance modes. My Ballet Studio comes complete with multiple mini-games where players can earn money to buy new clothes and accessories from tutu to tiara to complete their performances with the perfect look. Gamers will be able to track their progress and measure how close they are to perfecting their dream routines.
"As a fun video game that also encourages an active lifestyle, My Ballet Studio is a terrific game for kids this holiday season," said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games (U.S.).  "Aspiring ballerinas can learn new moves and practice steps with their friends in My Ballet Studio."
My Ballet Studio for Nintendo DS includes interactivity features for aspiring ballerinas on the go. Players can challenge their friends in ballet competitions via the wireless gameplay mode and share unlocked costumes that will provide brand new looks to their characters.
I was excited to see that this game is compatible with the balance board from Wii Fit Plus as well.  I talked hubby into getting me one for Christmas.  He wasn't thrilled since he thinks it will sit around like all my other exercise stuff, lol.  I was happy to show him that when I got my game in the mail!
This game is a great way to see if your little one will enjoy ballet before shelling out the big bucks for a class.  It is also great for girls already in class.  Most girls love to practice and this is a fun way for them to do that. 
My Ballet Studio is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now on both Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS for $29.99. Both versions can be purchased online at Amazon, along with many other video game retailers.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Green Works New Laundry & Stain Fighter!

I really like the new Green Works line by Clorox.  I use several of the products in my home currently and am exicited that they are expanding the line to include new products.
They now not only cover the bathroom and kitchen, but our laundry rooms as well. With its efforts, Green Works continually makes it simple for Moms to incorporate green living into their households. The Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover, launched this past summer, upholds the same high-performance standard as other cleaners from the Green Works line. As we take care that chemicals don't find their way into our kids' hands, food, and toys, we don't want harsh chemicals on their clothes either.
Green works laundry are a  natural plant-based detergent and stain remover. This resulted in a patent-pending formula, which the Environmental Protection Agency's Design for Environment program recognized as safer for families.
 I was sent one laundry detergent and one stain fighter to sample out.  I first want to say that I really liked the scent.  My husband even commented on liking it.  I have been using it for a couple weeks now and really like it.  I haven't noticed any difference in my laundry at all.  Everything is coming out clean with a nice scent.  I'm very happy with Clorox Green Works for laundry!
You can visit www.greenworkscleaners.com for more information.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a bottle of Green Works Natural Detergent and Stain Remover to facilitate my review and a $20 thank-you gift certificate.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Squeeballs Review & Giveaway ~ CLOSED

I  have a fun review and giveaway for you today.  It is brought to you from Performance Designed Products (PDP).  PDP sells all those great accessories for all of the various gaming platforms.  With over a decade's experience in the gaming industry, it doesn't come as a surprise to me that PDP is the first to  introduce the world's first cross-platform motion game.  

Here is more information on the game:

Squeeballs are 12 toys that are manufactured on a secret island somewhere in the Pacific. Before they can be sold to children around the world, the Squeeballs must be fully put to the test...to the point of destruction! You can blow up, cook, slice, bat, bowl, shoot and bounce the Squeeballs. The game features a unique collection of 11 party games, each taking place in a different environment from lava-filled canyons, bowling alleys and kitchens to science labs and snow-capped mountains. As the game progresses and more challenges are met - each one more difficult than the last - the game showcases more than 150 unique challenges.

Squeeballs Party is available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS/DS Lite/DSi, Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The Wii version features 11 party games; other versions vary in content. "Squeeballs Party" is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) with the descriptors "Cartoon Violence" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Find more information at www.Squeeballs.com.

I was sent the Wii version of this game to review, along with 2 adorable Squeeball characters.  Let me tell you this game is fun.  It does have a bit of violence to it though.  When you are putting the squeeballs to the test, you are really putting them to the test.  Again, it can get a bit violent.  The rating of E10+ is a very fair rating, so if you  have younger kids, you might want to test this out yourself first.

Squeeballs Party used to retail for $29.99, but they recently lowered the retail down to $19.99!

Onto the Giveaway ~ I have one copy to giveaway to you.  Visit the Squeeballs site, then leave a comment telling me if you'd like to win; a Nintendo Wii Squeeballs game or the Nintendo DS Squeeballs game.

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Contest will end on December 20th at 11:59pm

Winner is Danetta

Disclosure ~ Performance Designed Products sent me the Nintendo Wii version of Squeeballs at no charge for my review.
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Monday, December 7, 2009

PulseYoga DVD Giveaway ~ Closed

I have a great giveaway for the upcoming new year.   How many of us make a resolution to lose some weight for the new year?  Even if you don't do resolutions, most woman want to lose some weight after the holidays.   Thanks to KMR Communications, I have one Pulse Yoga DVD to giveaway.

Pulse Yoga is a result of Argie Tang's personal quest to find yoga routines that accomplish much more than other yoga styles. 

A few years ago I was diagnosed with osteopenia. This is almost osteoporosis, but not quite. I was shocked as I have been practicing yoga for so many years and consider myself to be in very good physical condition. The doctor told me that I needed to do some sort of weight training program. I have never really liked working out in a gym, always preferring yoga. I also did not want to give up precious time allotted to my yoga practice, so I decided to incorporate free weights into my yoga routines.

Pulse Yoga I Basic
Pulse Yoga I Basic
A basic yoga routine that introduces the Pulse concept of micro movements within a posture. Key areas such as abdominal, lower back and gluteous muscles are targeted. Alternating right/left pulse movements with free weights define and sculpt the upper body.
  • Apply the use of free weights in novel ways to basic yoga postures
  • Strengthen and tone key areas such as the abdominals, lower back upper arms and gluteus
  • Teach core awareness
  • Stretch chronically tight areas such as the hamstrings and hip flexors
Pulse Yoga I Basic DVD
60 Minutes

Only $14.99

To enter this giveaway ~ Tell me, do you make resolutions?  Why or why not and does that include weight loss?

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Contest ends on December 28th at 11:59pm.  Winner is Lys

I was not paid, nor did I receive any free items for this post. 
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TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

I didn't realize that the TVStoreOnline.com sold a huge line of Halloween costumes until recently. They are the place to go if yo...