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February Netflix Binge: Chuck (NO SPOILERS)

1545678For those of you that don’t know… I just finished season 5 of Chuck on Netflix. At first I was overly suspicious of the show’s almost 5 star rating, but after watching the shows to its completion I have to agree that it is a great show.

Here is some info on what “CHUCK” is all about according to the internet:

Computer geek Chuck Bartowski opens an e-mail that has been encoded, subliminally, with vital government secrets, triggering a massive download of critical information to his brain. With assassins and international terrorists eager to nab Chuck’s noggin, it falls to Maj. John Casey and his partner, CIA agent Sarah Walker, to protect the government’s newest and most-unlikely secret agent.

First Episode Date: September 24, 2007

Last Episode Date: January 27, 2012

 

Here is my formal review about the show:

All in all, this was a fantastic show! Not your typical spy show…These spies CARE! I was instantly drawn into the characters and was sucked in as if I myself was a member of the Buy More family. When I saw this on Netflix and started watching the first show it took me about a month to complete all 5 seasons. Five years in one month almost makes me feel like the Intersect! HAHA…it is okay if you don’t understand everything I am talking about now… just watch the first episode and you will see for yourself. Although trust me, you won’t feel the same about spy shows anymore….my only question now is, When’s the movie?

 

Did you know all of this already? CLICK HERE TO READ MY SPOIL FILLED REVIEW OF CHUCK AND THE SEASON FINALE. (Beware of spoilers- read only if you have completed all 5 seasons!!)

February Book: The Secret Keeper By Kate Morton

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From the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Distant HoursThe Forgotten Garden, and The House at Riverton, a spellbinding novel of family secrets, murder, and enduring love. 

During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.

 

 

I am looking forward to it!

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A Thing of Beauty

January 2015 Book Review: A Thing Of Beauty by Lisa Samson

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Yes I do realize that it is not Wednesday (I usually post book related material on Wednesdays). BUT I wanted to post my review for this book already so I can start on another one this month. So without further ado…..

Rating:

2 out of 5 Stars

Basic Review (Getting to the Point):

Although I do like the “idea” of the theme of this book (washed up child actress trying to live a normal life and find happiness despite past horrid circumstances and uncaring parents), I felt like the characters needed to be developed in a better way. My main problem was that I didn’t get enough details on certain main characters enough to accurately picture them in my head. It also seemed like some characters were dropped in the middle of the book which seemed a little weird to me. (Like what happened to Randi?)

I did start to like the book more towards the ending where I got some closure with some characters. Thats why I didn’t give this book a flat 1 of 5 stars.

Now I will go into more detail about the pros and cons of this book.

My problem with the characters

Something I always enjoy about reading is being able to visualize the characters and being able to figure out what kind of people they are. Am I going to like them? What are they like? What do they look like?

Even with the main character Fia (or Fiona), I didn’t really feel a connection with her. I don’t even know what this 30 something year old looks like…. I always felt that there was something missing in the beginning that would have really drawn me in to want to relate to Fia. Instead I found myself saying “what?” a lot.

My problem with the relationships of the characters

I was actually disappointed with all of Fia’s relationships….they all seemed really unrealistic and dysfunctional.

From the back of the book summary of the A Thing of Beauty, I had imagined the relationship between Josia and Fia to be different. But Josia isn’t really mentioned as much as I would think. Plus it almost seems to me as if Fia was taking advantage of him. And while having a strict “Don’t bother me ever ” type of rule, in the end somehow they become really good friends. Which makes no sense to me because it wasn’t properly developed. It felt like it was “Don’t come into my kitchen” and then next it was “Please redecorate my whole house and make yourself comfortable” ALSO, HOW OLD IS THE GUY? I still don’t know.

Without revealing too much about the overall plot, I do feel the need to discuss my thoughts on her relationship with her parents. I never knew there was even such a thing as “divorcing” your parents. Like what? Totally weird.

And then there is Jack. Basically a “no booty” booty call. Such a strange relationship…and believe me… it will leave you wondering the whole time about what the point is. The conversations that they had didn’t really feel like it made much sense and didn’t really help move along the story.

Randi, the barista and coffee shop owner, seems like one of the only normal relationships in the book. Although I felt this character was neglected in the middle of the book and is almost thrown in at the end in what seems to be an after thought.

And don’t even get me started on Tony and Big Mike…

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Let me just say…. I very rarely DONT like things. I wanted to be honest with this review though. When I read the summary of this book I was very excited because I really liked the plot line. I felt it really didn’t live up to what I thought it would be like. I think if the characters and their relationships had been more developed then this book would be a grand slam.

 

Now for some good measure I will answer the questions from the Reading Group Guide

1. Although A Thing of Beauty isn’t meant to be read as an allegory, who or what does Josia represent for you?

For me, Josia represents hard work and helping others. His character almost never is sleeping and is always doing something to improve the quality of life in others. He is an all around good guy.

2. What is the difference between running away from your circumstances and reinventing ourselves or our lifestyles? How do we know if our choices denote healthy change or refusal to address the past?

In my opinion, real adults face problems squarely and head on. Running away from problems is impossible. Like the case with Fia, if you wait too long to address the past, it can haunt you for the rest of your life. You will also develop a longing for answers to questions that never had been answered. Do you want to know why somebody did that? ASK THEM! Worry is like sitting in  a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere. Be the change  that you want to see in the world. Do something about your lifestyle. Don’t expect all the answers of the world to be handed to you on a silver platter. Remember, nothing GREAT in life is easy. It requires effort.

3. What does Fia’s house mean to her, and to you?

To Fia it means all the things that she cannot let go of. All the clutter in her home is all the resentment she has for her life and her parents. Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. You are only hurting yourself. Fia was really the only one holding herself back.

To me her house reminds me that I need to clean mine.

4. How do you think you would fare living out your life under a microscope, whether it’s of your own choosing or not? 

You make your own life. I guess for those that are born in the spotlight it is harder to choose. But let me just say, if you are boring people probably won’t pay too much attention. The reason they get all that attention is because they make drama ( just like Jessica) to get publicity. Any kind of publicity is good publicity right? Me personally? I wouldn’t like it. Sometimes I get my mail in my PJs and I wouldn’t want it in the section “Stars Are Just Like Us” in People magazine.

5.Social Media: Good or bad?

Depends on how you use it.

6. When must we stop blaming our parents?

When you point your finger at someone, remember that three fingers are pointing back at you. Take responsibly for your actions.

7. Have you ever dealt with a narcissist? If so, have you been able to free yourself? Why or why not? If you have, how?

I think to a certain extent, yes I have. Not to the degree of Jessica. But people like that are almost like leeches. The best way to get rid of them is stop letting them feed of of you. If you don’t baby them like how they want you to, they will eventually find someone else to do it.

8. What character did you most relate to and why?

Randi, she seemed the most normal in the book. Although I do like to go thrift shopping….

9. How much of what you believe is taken at other people’s word? What does it take for you to be certain about something? How much or how little? Are you naturally skeptical or accepting? Why?

I feel that if you believe in something you should know why YOU believe it, not why others believe it. I am usually more skeptical. I want to make sure something is true before I accept it as my own.

 

Okay so that is my review of this book. Have you read this book before? Do you want to read this book? If so leave a comment below giving me your thoughts!

 

Always,

Life*Laughter*Lipgloss

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

Thriller! Mystery! Suspense! Oh my!- My Opinion on Books and Awesome Book Swapping Websites

Let me just say… my favorite books have to GRAB my attention. I guess it is because of my short attention span or something else but I really need to feel like I can relate to what the characters in the book are feeling.

I am always looking for new additions to my library…but I have also ended up with a million (almost literally) books that I only read once (if that…if it is super boring). So in efforts to expand my library while also getting rid of some books, I have stumbled on a couple websites that I think you will enjoy hearing about.

The first website I stumbled upon was Paper Back Swap. Basically on PaperBack Swap what happens is that you upload some books into your bookshelf that you no longer want. A customer then can purchase your book for a credit (paperback and hardcover books are 1 credit. Audio books are 2 credits). Then after they purchase your book then the credit(s) go into your account that you can then use to purchase another book. You are responsible to pay for shipping of the book that was sold.

I think the whole idea of PaperBack Swap is awesome! I love how you can just trade in gently used old books for someone else’s. Such a great idea! I just started using this website and the sister sites (CD SWAP and DVD SWAP- Although a personal note is that those sites do not get as much traffic since many people are not using CDs or DVDs anymore…I have traded a CD on there before though) but so far I am loving it! I encourage you to try it out!

 

The next thing I wanted to mention was something a lot more local…And that is LITTLE FREE LIBRARY!!! The concept of Little Free Library is similar to Paper Back Swap except it is local! If you visit the website you can look up “little free libraries” in your area and take a book/give a book with your fellow neighbors.

 

Okay the final tip for changing up your bookshelf with little to no cost is BookLookBloggers. This website is for bloggers that write reviews on their blogs and they get to choose a free book from their website to do a review on. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE REVIEW I AM DOING FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY. 

 

Hope that helps some!!

 

Always,

Life*Laughter*Lipgloss

 

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Manicure Monday: Floral Nails

Hello my all well manicured friends! This week I would like to talk about FLORAL NAILS (whoop!) 

 

1. Red Poppies- OH MY GOSH. Literally my favorite. Such a adorable look!
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2. Blue and Pink Flowers- I think this would also look nice if the flowers were only on one accent nail and the rest just plain blue.

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3. Pink floral- I am pretty sure I am not good enough to do this, but such a cute look! Maybe nail wraps or stickers were used? floral pink

4. Black and Floral Print- This is a classic floral look…I LOVE IT!!! floral nails

5. Simple Floral Tips- Floral nail designs are often difficult to pull off, but this look gives a much more simple approach to the floral design.

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Let me know in the comments below what one was your favorite!!

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A Note on Fashion

Fashion is something that defines who we are on the inside. It really is a reflection of who you are. What do your clothes say about you? Here are some Fashion Quotes…
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“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” —Yves Saint Laurent

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada

 

A Thing of Beauty

January Book: A Thing Of Beauty by Lisa Samson

Hello my fellow bloggers and book lovers!

 

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I am starting a new thing on this blog where I also do book reviews! So to start off January I am going to do a review of the book, A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson. Here is a brief overview of this book and more about the author:

Book Description

It’s a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in . . .

Former child star Fiona Hume left the biz a decade ago, after she left rehab. She retreated to Baltimore and bought an old mansion downtown with dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece-maybe creating an artist’s studio for herself. And living an artist’s life.

That was the plan.

Ten years later, Fiona’s huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for a project, but all she’s got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length.

Her money has almost run out. She will soon lose her house and will be forced back into acting.

So it is that Fiona comes to rent out a room to a local blacksmith, Josiah. Little by little, Josiah magically transforms Fiona’s home into something beautiful. She comes to life again. Her relationships heal and she experiences, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be human, what it means to be loved, and what it means when we let go and allow the wondrous workings of forces far bigger than we are to take over.

About the Author

Lisa Samson is the beloved author of the award-winning novels Quaker Summer and The Sky Beneath My Feet.Publishers Weekly recently compared her style to that of Anne Tyler.

 

 

I am totally looking forward to read this book this month. Let me know in the comments below what book you are reading this month or if you are going to check out the same book that I am reading too!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Artist of the Month: Mindy Gledhill

So here is the story, I was in DSW minding my own business, checking out the shoes. When all of a sudden…BAMB California by Mindy Gledhill comes on. Using Siri on my phone I was able to find out the song.

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So then I checked out Spotify and found her whole album Anchor.

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This album is actually really good. Here is the track list:

1. California

2. Crazy Love

3. Anchor

4. Circus Girl

5. All About Your Heart

6. All The Pennies

7. This is My Song

8. Whole Wide World

9. Hourglass

10. I Do Adore

11. Mi Ancla

 

My favorites are California, Crazy Love, Circus Girl, All The Pennies, Whole Wide World, and I Do Adore.

Let me know in the comments below if you are a Mindy Gledhill fan…or if you like any of her songs!

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Manicure Monday Idea: Foil Nails

Okay I guess I am last jumping on the foil nail train but I have been looking at some ideas for foil nails and I wanted to share them with you!

 

1. Power Gold- I like this look because it is simple, yet people will be drawn to your nails. Will look perfect with any kind of black dress or futuristic/modern clothing.

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2. Super Cool Metallic- I think this is so awesome…and yet I have no idea how to do this…Does anyone know how?

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3. Turquoise Style- I think this is such a simple look and it looks really cool!

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4. Accent nails- I think using foil to accent certain nails is an easy way to spice up your plain nail design.blue foil

5. Galaxy Foil Nails- What a cool look!

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What foil looks do you like? Which one was your favorite? Leave a comment below!

 

3L Blog Music Awards 2014- What’s on My Spotify Playlist- Top 10

2014 was a great year of music! Here are some of my favorite songs that landed on my playlists in 2014! My Spotify username is: kianavaldez
Follow me for new music this coming year.
Now this list is just the top ten songs of 2014, but to hear the full playlist you can click on the following link.

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Top 10 Songs of 2014:

10. Marilyn Monroe by Nicki Minaj

I heard this song (I think it was a remixed version…still can’t find it but anyway) in Victoria’s Secret and instantly fell in love. I’m not typically a fan of Marilyn Monroe OR Nicki Minaj so that’s a little interesting…but I actually really like this song.

9. Say You Love Me by Jessie Ware

I loved this song!! It was constantly on replay. I feel and hear such raw emotion in the song. I think Jessie Ware did an amazing job on this track.

8. Budapest by George Ezra

A change of pace with this song. Upon watching the music video I realize that I didn’t picture the guy to look like that. That happen to anyone else?

7. Say Anything by Tristan Prettyman

One of those songs that when you listen to it in the car, you look out the window and pretend that you are in a music video.

6. Cool Kids by Echosmith

Echosmith’s whole album was pretty solid. This song was the first song of theirs that I heard. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

5. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Such a beautiful love song. I fall in love just listening to this song. Basically describes the type of love story that everyone wants to have!

4. Secret Island by Thee Acquainted

Okay this song..I am pretty sure you might not have heard of them before. Maybe not the most popular but certainly one of my favorites! I found Thee Acquainted on YouTube. The band is of a newly married couple (how adorable) who do covers and original songs. Out of their EP this was my favorite song and almost made it to my top three list. So beautiful…you have to listen!

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3. Cheap Sunglasses by RAC

This song has such clever lyrics that it had to be in my top three. “We all know your made of plastic/ You might seem like something classic/ But your cheap sunglasses/ And I’ll see right through you” I Love THAT!

2. Reflections by MisterWives

You really cannot listen to this song without wanting to dance! The music video is pretty funny too!

Best Song of 2014 goes to…

1. Dear Future Husband by Megan Trainor

This is the winner!! I love the old school vibe of all of Megan Trainor’s songs. This is definitely one of my favorites! Isn’t as well known as the others but certainly very good. I love the old school sound with the modern day theme for the lyrics.

 

What was your favorite song of 2014? Leave it in the comments below!!