Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

Random Favorites:
1. Cardigans: I wear one almost every day.
2. Seeing that smile when a kid finds a book that changes how they feel about reading.
3. Hearing second graders read jokes to each other.
4. My family sitting around a dinner table like we did tonight.
5. Sonic Ice (We have Sonic ice at work--best thing ever.)
What are your favorites this week?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Perfect Nail Polish


I keep it simple when I get a mani/pedi. I like close to clear with a little sparkle or a little pink. I've tried all sorts of shades, but I FELL in love with this one. I even took a picture of it so that I would remember the name.                                   I've looked everywhere online to find it so I can take it to my regular salon, and I can't find it anywhere. I've tried ebay, Amazon, Revlon, etc. Any suggestions?


Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites
This week has been fun. Since I went to the Houston Rodeo twice, that's my theme for the week.
1. Rodeo Food is amazing. Here in Houston, they fry EVERYTHING! Oreos, koolaid, brownies, etc. However, I love the cupcakes stuffed with ice cream. They cut out the middle and put a little deliciousness inside. It's the perfect treat.
2. Dierks Bentley is my favorite county music singer. He put on a fantastic show Monday night!! I'm glad Ashley, Amy, and Jamie were able to go with me. (And why don't I have a name ending in the E sound?)
3. Cowgirl boots. I love my boots. I wear them throughout the year, and I love pairing them with a dress for the rodeo.
4. Good times with friends. Okay, this picture has a story. Wednesday night, my friend Jamie and I went to see Florida Georgia Line (AMAZING show), and the guy behind us kept talking about his wild partying. He went on and on. We wanted to know what he looked like, so we acted like we were taking a selfie but were really looking at him.
The result was hilarious! You can tell she was feeling the same way I was about his stories. Ignore my crazy look! :)
Have a great weekend!
What's been your favorite thing this week?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Favorites

 I used to struggle to think of things for Confessional Friday. To be honest, some weeks, nothing interesting happened.
But, I've seen some people posting their favorite stuff on Fridays. That, I can always do.
I didn't want to use pictures that I don't have licensing for, so these pictures are my own that I snapped. Forgive my lack of ability. :)
I love going to get facials at Aveda. I use several of their products, but I just started using this eye crème. I had tried two other eye creams before this one but can't say I loved them. I've been using this Aveda crème for about two weeks, and I like the way it feels on my skin. I never took pictures to be able to compare/analyze to see if it works, but so far, I'm happy.
My hairdresser used this mask (and the shampoo that goes with it) back at my January appointment, and I had to get some. I don't use heat on my hair often, so it's usually pretty soft. But, this stuff makes it even softer and helps with the flyaways, which I have plenty of.
My hairdresser suggested only using it once, maybe twice, a week. I've stuck to once a week and have been happy with the results.
I'm a HUGE Reese's fan, especially the eggs, hearts, trees, and pumpkins that come out around holiday time. No idea why I hadn't tried a white chocolate egg. Got some tonight and LOVED it! UGH! Canceled my workout for sure.
So, that's what I've been loving this week. What's your new favorite?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play...

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--and her dowry--Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

My Thoughts:
This is my first book by Julie Klassen. I had been hearing what a great author Julie is, so I was excited to read this one even though it looked a bit long.
I was not disappointed. I loved the setting of the book. It felt like an additional character. Abigail, the heroine, wasn't my favorite character in the book, but I liked her. William was likable although a bit forward for a preacher of that time. I loved Leah and the history/mystery surrounding the house most of all.
The plot was layered carefully and artfully. I enjoyed the plot and even though the book was long, it didn't feel cumbersome.

I recommend this for fans of Christian Regency novels.

I was given this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.