Book Review: The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher

To start, this book combined many of my personal interests into one–magicians, the spirit realm, and the 1920’s! The history behind the “Spiritualist Movement” was really fascinating to read, and it made sense, with families losing so many to the Spanish flu and World War I.  They desired to have some sort of contact with those who’ve passed.

Without giving away much, the author talks about how magician Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, were great friends until the “Spiritualist Movement” came in between them. They had widely opposing viewpoints which eventually drew them apart,publicly no less.

The most fascinating part of this book, of course, happens to be the about the “witch” of Lime Street-Mina Crandon. Throughout the book, readers will struggle to determine if she is the real deal or one of the many phony mediums of the time.

I give this book a solid 10/10. It’s one I’ve been looking forward to reading, and am looking forward to reading again!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.If you love reading ANY kind of book, I highly suggest checking this program out.



Book Review: The Navy SEAL Art of War by Rob Roy with Chris Lawson

I have been a bit busy with my new position, but have been slowly trying to make time to read in the process.

The Navy SEAL Art of War by Rob Roy with Chris Lawson, first of all, was something I wouldn’t normally pick.I’m more of a realistic fiction type of reader, so It was nice to go outside of my comfort zone for a bit. It’s a fantastic leadership book, but not one without flaws. The author refers numerous times to leaders being male, and repeatedly mentions that there’s no room for error. Reality is not perfect, so any expectation of that, I personally believe, don’t think will ever be met.

I give this book a solid 6.5/10. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but gained some interesting tips from it, some even applicable in my profession.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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Book Review| Living with Intent by Mallika Chopra

Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace, and Joy is by Mallika Chopra, daughter of Deepak (the last author I read). The very first thing I want to mention is how truly authentic she comes across. Very different style than her famous father; definitely more my style!

What I loved about her book the most was her willingness to show readers that nobody has to be “perfect” in order to have a fulfilling life. She even gives several examples from her personal life. I think this book is great in that it will help me as I work through my own home/work balance, which is definitely far from perfect.

I give this book a 10/10. Definitely worth a re-read, too, once we have children!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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Book Review: The Future of God by Deepak Chopra

The Future of God by Deepak Chopra initially intrigued me with the title, followed by the overview. I consider myself to be a very spiritual, “non-religious” individual, but highly intrigued by world religions. I love reading books about metaphysics, religion, spirituality, etc. so this was right up my alley.
However, I had to force myself to get through this one.

Right off the bat, the book brings up The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, a book claiming that “God does not exist and those that believe there is one are essentially delusional”. While I didn’t have a problem with an initial reference to said book, I had a problem when Chopra kept bringing it up and arguing against its claims. I prefer to become completely immersed in a book and not have to try to compare it to other written works.

I give this book a 6/10. I think Chopra has some great points throughout his book to think about, but as a whole I did not care for his dialogue.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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Book Review// A Beautiful Mess: Happy Handmade Home

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Emma and Elsie are from my hometown, so I was genuinely looking forward to reading this book! I’ve been a long-time fan of Elsie and Emma’s site for yeeeeears, and enjoyed shopping at their two local stores.
Right off the bat, I could tell that it appeared they had total control of every detail of the book, visually, the layout, the “texture” of the book itself. As I like to say fairly often, it’s pretty slick!

I appreciate that their crafts are fairly easy for just about anyone to do, but especially because they all are quite AFFORDABLE. Which means a lot, coming from a family who just bought a new home and wants affordable, fun touches!  These girls have fun, quirky personalities, and that speaks to me as both a reader and a consumer! In order to keep my interest with books, blogs, or as a general consumer, I need to feel like I have some sort of connection to the person/company putting it out there.

If you’re not into DIY’s or bright things, it would be safe to assume this book would not be for you. I think it would also be safe to assume that most people who have this book or are interested in buying it are A Beautiful Mess blog followers.

I give this book a 9/10, only because I have seen a couple of the DIY’s on their website previously. Still an excellent book!!

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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Book Review

Hey everyone–I apologize for it being sooo long since the last post. I have been up to my ears in school-related ventures. 

For now, here is a quick review of a book I received from Blogging for Books.
Stuck in the Middle with You
 by Jennifer Finney Boylan —well—it needs a re-read I think. To be totally honest, I judge the quality of the book by its first couple of pages–whether or not it reels me in. The beginning of this story, and I can’t really pinpont why, felt like it was all over the place. She was at her son’s fencing tournament talking with another mom about sons, and I felt like she started talking in a bunch of different directions and  I couldn’t follow her.

As part of the LGBTQ community and also a strong supporter, I was really excited to read more about a person’s experiences with transitioning. I got that, but so much more, honestly. This book was more about how the author’s transition played a role in parenting, which was pretty fantastic. Without giving anything away, I loved how her children “transitioned”, in a way, along with her, even giving her a special name. Those kids seem like they are  so sweet and well-rounded.

For my initial read-through, I give it a 6/10 for not “getting” or liking the way Jennifer talked in the book–very “disjointed”. However, if I read it again, I may give it a higher score knowing that in the next go-round.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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Book Review: Parenting Beyond and Blue

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As a new teacher, I thought this book would be a great choice to get into. Although we don’t have children of our own yet, much of this affects us with our jobs, our friends’ kiddos, and gives us things to think about and discuss for the near future. I have yet to really discuss the meat of this book with my husband, but I am looking forward to it. Some of the info that you might read in this book could seem like common sense, but it quickly digs into much more than that. 

There are many things I appreciate the author bringing up in this book. She really digs into the scientific aspect of “male” and “female” brains. The whole discussion of nature vs nurture could go on FOREVER, but I like that she points out how each have or potentially have effects on gender. Some of the studies that were done (without giving anything away ;D ) were really fascinating. 

The author at first brings up many habits we as parents or adults do that further gender stereotypes.What I appreciate is that she spends about the last 3rd of the book suggesting different ways of eliminating and freeing these children of these stereotypes.

I give it 10/10! Definitely worth a read, and a great book for discussion groups.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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Otherside-Macklemore X Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Addiction, Controversy

Seeing Macklemore last year was life-changing. I got chills listening to of”Same Love”, and came to tears when he performed “Otherside”, a song of his I had not heard yet. It shook me to the core.
“Otherside” is a song about addiction. I am sure every person out there has either personally had problems with addiction, knows someone who has, or has suffered by the hands of someone with an addiction. Or some variety of the three.
I could go on and on about how addiction has played a personal role in my life. However, this is not the time. This song, “Otherside”, was in part a personal story of Macklemore’s fight with addiction. The main emphasis of this story truly breaks my heart because this very story happened to my cousin over 5 years ago. He lost his life to a story eerily similar to the truth this singer.
We all wish we knew the answers. We wish he were still with us today.
The very least I can do is spread this word. Macklemore’s anti-drug Public Service Announcement of sorts.

Addiction is a terrible demon that affects us all.
All I ask is for you to be there for one another, spread the word, be the support that someone needs, speak up.
Too many are taken from us.

Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Projectknow–support for family and friends

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Influenster// Go VoxBox

First off, for those of you that are not familiar with Influenster and VoxBoxes//

What is “Influenster is a community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.” []
What people do on this site is take surveys and provide information on the website and become “Masters” of certain areas, gaining “Expert badges” that qualify them for themed VoxBoxes.

What is a VoxBox?//”VoxBoxes are boxes filled with complimentary products from your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite) brands. Not all Voxboxes are created equal: some programs feature an assortment of products while others will spotlight one awesome brand. But make no mistake: All VoxBoxes are created awesome.” []


I qualified for and recently received the Go VoxBox, and I must say it was pretty darn awesome.
This product was given directly to me from the company for review. For my full disclosure, please see the bottom of this post.



Playtex Sport: Fresh Balance
NEW Playtex Sport Fresh Balance is designed to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field.
I didn’t use these, as I’m not a tampon kinda gal [TMI?]. I could smell the scent it claims to have from outside, and wasn’t a fan. Almost too chemically.


PROFOOT: Triad Orthotic
This original, three zone every day orthotic is clinically proven to relieve knee, leg and back pain when worn in your favorite shoes.
These were a nice surprise. I typically see these at my local Target, and am never disappointed. The insoles cushion all three areas and live up to its claims.



Vitamin Shoppe 20 oz. Jaxx Shaker Cup & Next Step Weight Management shake meal supplements
The little shaker dude [actual technical term, haha] works wonders. As far as shakers go, this is my favorite thus far. It gives you enough room for both your protein and milk [or whatever you typically use] and blends everything really well! This probably ties with the bath soak for favorite item in the VoxBox.
Seen below–I was given three different flavors–chocolate, vanilla and strawberry I believe. I’ve only tried the chocolate, and the flavor and consistency are great, but I’m not sure it’s the most filling protein I’ve tried! I will say it was easier on my stomach than most of the protein supplements I’ve had thus far.




Blue Diamond: Flavored Almonds
Loaded with antioxidant Vitamin E, our fruit-flavored almonds combine almonds with the flavors of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
I got the blueberry flavored almonds. They taste like I’m eating blueberry muffins, therefore I’m a fan! I think it’s a snack you’d almost have to be in the mood for,like my husband mentioned when he tried them.


Muller Greek Corner: Lowfat yogurt with crispy crunch
Muller Yogurt is known for its delicious, silky smooth texture and playful mix-ins.

There was a coupon included in the VoxBox to purchase a yogurt of my choosing. I went with this flavor!I’ll be totally honest-I just ate the cereal pieces, and they were quite tasty! If I were in the mood for a sweet yogurt, I may try it again, although these days I’m hooked on that darned greek yogurt.


PROFOOT: Pedi-Rock
The PROFOOT Pedi-Rock is the first foot file ergonomically designed delivering the ultimate foot file experience. The silicone carbide crystals gently remove even the toughest calluses in the shortest amount of time. Pedi-Rock can be used wet or dry and simply rinse with water and let air dry for the next use.
I am not sure about the cleanliness of this so far, as to if it will be clean enough after a few uses. So far though, it is a pretty decent callous softener. It doesn’t get rid of the really intense calluses on my heels, but it certainly makes them smoother.


Aqua Spa Relax: Bath Soak with Lavender+Chamomile
Revitalize tired muscles with this gently foaming, restorative bath soak salt treatment that diminishes the signs of aging with Marine Youth Complex.
Relax body and mind with an aromatic blend of lavender and chamomile for calming relief. Marine Youth Complex helps protect stressed skin from premature aging. Benefit-rich minerals stimulate cell renewal and boost collagen for visibly smooth, supple skin. Made in the U.S.A. without animal testing, parabens or formaldehyde donors.[!relax/c20ih]

I am a HUGE fan of anything “bath” related. This soak has so many pluses in my book:
+Smells amazing
+Skin indeed feels smoother afterwards
+ No weird junk in it!
I would love to try this brand some more. They have a Eucalyptus+Mint line as well that I’m interested in buying down the line.

This product was given to me for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on this blog are my own words, thoughts and/or opinions.

What a Tuesday!

But first, can we talk about these shoes! Jeffrey Campbell jelly flats. Everything wonderful in a shoe// glitter, flat, JELLY! And the intoxicating smell!


The husband and I have been enjoying our last day off together for a while, and it’s been a bit interesting!
Due to the holiday, the banks have yet to process our deposists and payments, thus (temporarily) throwing off our account in a bad way. THANKFULLY, it’s all sorted out!

We next called LG to get updates on our new tv. A couple of days ago, our brand new LG tv we bought in November started going black, only allowing us to hear audio. This is the 2nd LG product we’ve had issues with (1st being our washer). THANKFULLY, that too got sorted out and we’re having someone come out to fix that later this week.

Last, we purchased this rug from Society6’s website. It was a gamble as far as quality went, since I couldn’t track down any reviews on their items.–Room-237_Rug#36=288

It’s not a terrible rug. We both have mixed feelings about it. I almost equate the texture to a thin shower rug. The color on it is also very strange. It looks super faded when you’re up close to it. However, when you step back a bit, it looks much darker. It certainly is an interesting addition to our home.

Lastly, I wanted to share these two AMAZING videos. Ed Sheeran has officially won me over, and PENTATONIX has been a favorite from the get-go. [Sidenote: I used to be a puppeteer for my old church, so I LOVE the Ed Sheeran video!]

(Bear with me, I am learning how to post different media 😀 )