Flower Friday: Larkspur

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today I chose to share larkspur–another easy flower to grow from seed.

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I started growing this flower in our butterfly garden four years ago and it comes back by reseeding itself every year abundantly with little to no care! The version I grow is titled “cloudy skies” and blooms in purple, blue, and white.

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Throwback Thursday: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens – March 29th

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her by using the link above.

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This Week’s Pick:

The Life We Bury (Detective Max Rupert #1)

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book: Life-Changing Foods by Anthony Williams – Medical Medium – Fruit!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all doing well today. I’m not reading any new books this week because I’m still finishing Happily by Chauncey Rogers, so I thought I’d share one that I’m rereading after making the decision to purchase. It’s Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William. ❤

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In late 2016 I started reading Life-Changing Foods by Anthony Williams. I picked up the book instantly at my local library after seeing the cover and reading the summary. I read through the foods and recipes without paying much attention to the author’s story. It wasn’t until I read Thyroid Healing that I understood more about who the author was and where he was coming from as a medical medium.  Continue reading “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book: Life-Changing Foods by Anthony Williams – Medical Medium – Fruit!”

Lessons From Grandpa #7 – Food Addiction and Moderation

From a very young age I developed a love for food. I can still remember some of my very first experiences from being fascinated by the taste of birthday cake and fried chicken to grilled meats. In this picture below from 1982 you can see how I’m shoving my mouth with birthday cake and some sort of reddish concoction. I have no idea what’s up with the box of Domino sugar, but hopefully I wasn’t eating that too. I developed a bad relationship with food from a very young age.

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Music Monday: Cake “Short Skirt Long Jacket”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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Yesterday for Shabby Sunday I talked about an old vintage songbook that I still have from 1975. It belonged to my grandfather and he used to sing songs from it when I was a kid. I was reflecting back on some of the old music from his time and remembered how he mentioned multiple times that music had changed. He wasn’t pleased with very many new artists and when he didn’t have his favorites to listen to, he resolved to listening to only newer artists like Carole King or Amy Grant. After chatting with my friend and author David Dowdy, we got on the subject of music and how much it has changed. I got to thinking about this song by Cake, because in the video they’re walking around asking many different people to listen to their song and to give their opinion on it. Everyone seems to have their own tastes and there were some really funny reactions.

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“Short Skirt Long Jacket”

I personally do feel more attached to the music from the 80’s and 90’s era because it’s music I grew up with and music that connects with many memories. So I have to ask all you music lovers what you think about new music. Are you more attached to older familiar music, or do you still connect with just as many new songs? In your opinion, does music in general have the same level of talent it once had?


Lyrics:

I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what’s best
I want a girl with shoes that cut
And eyes that burn like cigarettes

I want a girl with the right allocations
Who’s fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She’s playing with her jewelry
She’s putting up her hair
She’s touring the facility
And picking up slack

I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnng jacket……

I want a girl who gets up early
I want a girl who stays up late
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
Who uses a machete to cut through red tape
With fingernails that shine like justice
And a voice that is dark like tinted glass

She is fast and thorough
And sharp as a tack
She’s touring the facility
And picking up slack

I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnnng…. lonnng jacket

I want a girl with a smooth liquidation
I want a girl with good dividends
At Citibank we will meet accidentally
We’ll start to talk when she borrows my pen

She wants a car with a cupholder arm rest
She wants a car that will get her there
She’s changing her name from Kitty to Karen
She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron

I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnnggggggggg jacket


 

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Shabby Sunday: Best Loved Songs of the American People by Denes Agay – 1975

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s Shabby Share is:

Best Loved Songs of the American People

 

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Flower Friday: Queen Red Lime Zinnia

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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One of my all time favorite flowers to grow from seed is the zinnia. They are so simple to grow and bloom as quick as sixty days from sowing. This year I decided to have an extra flower bed of just zinnias alone and chose some unique colors including the queen red lime zinnia.

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The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham – Book Review – #UltimateReadingChallenge March

The Secrets She Keeps

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Summary:

In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Happily by Chauncey Rogers – The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

Hello, friends! How’s your week going? Today I have a new smoothie for you that I believe will knock your socks off! I also have two new books to share. Let’s get going!

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When I think of fairy tales, I think of pumpkins and that’s why this recipe was slightly inspired by Happily, a book by Chauncey Rogers that I’m starting this week. You can learn about this book below.  Continue reading “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – Happily by Chauncey Rogers – The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham”

Eugenie Clark “The Shark Lady”

9cdeab_15d46f858e57405fa4c03417eb253416.jpgWe recently came across a few books on Eugenie Clark, the ocean scientist who had a fondness for sharks. We enjoyed learning about her as her story was so inspiring.

From a very young age, Eugenie was told that her dreams of studying sharks and becoming a scientist were not possible. She was told by many that she should do something else with her life. Fortunately, Eugenie did follow her dreams and because of her courage we know more about sharks. People once believed that sharks were stupid and dangerous. Eugenie encouraged people to look at sharks differently.

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Throughout her life she received many awards and honors for her work and made many discoveries, including new species of fish. She was a scuba gear pioneer and conducted scads of submersible dives, traveling around the world and leading more than two hundred field research expeditions. She worked on television specials and even helped with creating the very first IMAX film.

Eugenie Clark continued diving well into her 90’s and conducted her last dive in 2014.

Eugenie wrote two books, Lady with a Spear (1953) and The Lady and the Sharks (1969), which I’m looking forward to reading. She also wrote well over one hundred scientific articles.  Continue reading “Eugenie Clark “The Shark Lady””

Music Monday: Vance Joy “Fire And The Flood”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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The first time I heard this song it instantly made me think of my husband for multiple reasons really, but mainly because of the strong connection I feel when we’re apart and because of his career as a firefighter with the time he spends miles away from home. He’s truly my hero and the reason for sharing this song today. Hope you enjoy. ❤ Continue reading “Music Monday: Vance Joy “Fire And The Flood””

Flower Friday: Butterfly Weed and the Monarch Butterfly

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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For today’s Flower Friday, I decided to discuss Butterfly weed. This is a perennial plant that I grew from seed a few years ago without much thought. I wanted to plant a center garden for our butterflies and just grabbed a bunch of flower seed I knew would attract them.  Continue reading “Flower Friday: Butterfly Weed and the Monarch Butterfly”

Music Monday: “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA and “Pray For Me” by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar — Black Panther Movie

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week! Hope you enjoy. 🖤

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I finally went to the movie theater to watch Black Panther with my family. In the winter we only have one traditional theater close and it’s super old, like from 1936, but it always turns out to be a fun experience even without the stadium seating or huge screen. Right off the rip, I was greeted by this super cool slushy machine with the flavor titled ‘Panther Power’.

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I have to say that for the first 30 minutes or so I was thinking I might not like the movie, then it picked up with a ton of action and it kept my interest all the way the end. I really enjoyed the little bits of comedy and I thought the acting was spot on. There were a few quibbles for me, but for the most part I was pleased. Honestly, I was worried that the movie might’ve been over-hyped, but most of my family loved it too. It’s noticeable now that some people are leaving it negative reviews, but I would just suggest that you see it for yourselves and make your own judgement. 🙂

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The soundtrack is quite awesome and it was hard to choose just one song, so here are my two most favorite songs on the movie soundtrack for today’s Music Monday.

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AWARD: Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award – Most read author? Why do you keep blogging?

Last November, I was nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award by Noriko @ Diaryofabookfiend. I’m sure all of you have already discovered Noriko’s beautiful book blog. If you haven’t, be sure to head over there for some amazing book reviews! Thanks for nominating me for this award, Noriko. I appreciate it so much. ❤

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Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the questions sent to you.
  • Nominate around ten bloggers.
  • Create your set of questions for your nominees.
  • List the rules and display the Brotherhood Of The World logo in your post.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Coconut Date Rolls – Pukka Womankind Tea – Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal

Hello, lovely friends! How is everyone doing this week? I’m feeling pretty good myself and trying to stay caught up here. I may be cutting down to one or two breakfast posts a month as spring is coming in and I have much to do outside. My reading has slowed, but I hope to keep up to at least a book a week for now.

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This week I have a new recipe, new tea, and a new book to share!


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TAG: Reader Confession Tag

I was tagged by Priyasha @ Books and Co. for the Reader Confession Tag. I’m sure most of you have already checked out Priyasha’s amazing blog, but if you haven’t, be sure to!

I haven’t done a tag in a very long time, so I’m looking forward to this one. Thank you, Priyasha, for tagging me and sorry it took so long!

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Rules:

I don’t see any rules. Yes!

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Music Monday: Bruce Hornsby and The Range “The Way It Is” – Tupac Featuring Talent “Changes”

-Music Monday-

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week! Hope you enjoy. 🖤

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This Week’s Pick:

Bruce Hornsby and the Range

“The Way It Is”

I chose this song today because it’s special to me. It’s an important song concerning the Civil Rights Movement, racial injustice in America, and one that I’ve loved since the first time I heard it.

I’ve been playing piano since I was a little child and this is a song that even as a teen I always wanted to perfect on the piano. When I came of age, my mom took me to a casino (even though I had no interest in gambling) and on the way out, there was a band playing along with a piano player. The song they were performing was “The Way It Is” by Bruce Hornsby and I was instantly captivated. This guy was whaling out the song just like I always dreamed of playing it. We stood there waiting until the song was over and actually interacted with the band a little bit. It was amazing! It inspired me to go out and purchase more sheet music and to push myself harder. All in all, I found the atmosphere to be pretty amazing and it ended up being an awesome experience–one that I won’t ever forget.

 

 

Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it. –

-Stevie Wonder


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The Art of Avoiding Books I’m Going to Love ― I’m Insecure

I love this post…”Stumbling over my love for books is better than doing nothing at all.”

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Time and time again I find myself in the same situation. Anytime I get a book that I’m anticipating, I end up avoiding it like the plague. And I’m talking about the type of books I cried about not being released yet on Twitter, books I added on ‘Most Anticipated Books of the year’ lists, and books I even stood in line 2 hours for to get ARCs of.

Why do I do this? It bubbles down to a strange insecurity.

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Flower Friday: Veronica longifolia and Sullivan the Kitten – March 2nd

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pics. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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As spring approaches and there’s much work to be done outside, I’m thinking about some of our landscape flowers. This is one of my favorites. It’s a type of Veronica longifolia if I’m correct. I almost thought it was a type of Meadow Sage or Woodland Sage, but I’m pretty sure I’ve identified it correctly. What do you think?

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Throwback Thursday: Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens – March 1st

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. Please link back to her@It’s Book Talk.

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This Week’s Pick:

Never Let You Go

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Summary: Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

My Thoughts:

Mild Spoilers:

At first, I thought for sure this was going to be another domestic abuse story like the movie Enough with Jennifer Lopez. It reminded me so much of it, but there’s much more going on as the story progresses and it was impossible for me to predict where it was going.

We start out with a newlywed couple that in the beginning of the relationship was your typical love story. Soon the wife, Lindsey, begins to see that something is not quite right with her husband, Andrew. He starts drinking and the relationship quickly turns abusive. What complicates it even more is that there’s a child involved, little Sophie.

What can she do? She needs to leave and she can’t figure out how she’s going to do it. So, she drugs him, runs, and the result, something completely bizarre- an accident that will send her husband to prison.

The story from here on out is a guessing game that will leave you bewildered. I just couldn’t figure it out. Just who is the perpetrator here? We have over a handful of characters and everyone is suspicious! I was so positive that this was going to turn into another Gone Girl with the way the story was so unpredictable. By the time I got to the end, I felt the same shock. I had no idea!

I loved this book!

Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250034566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250034564

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10 Inspirational Songs – Inspired by author Renée Paule

Renée Paule is one of my favorite authors and I’ve been following her new site @ http://www.reneepaule.com for some time now. I was inspired by a post she recently wrote titled 10 Brilliant Inspirational Songs. I couldn’t help but branch off her idea and post my own favorite inspirational songs as well. What better way to start the month of March! You can check out Renée’s original post above by clicking the link and don’t forget to follow!

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