Sunday, April 17, 2016

Born To Run

Juliana here! I'm excited to review the book, Born To Run by Ann Hunter

I got this in exchange for my honest review.
I really enjoyed this book because it has (race) horses (like black Stallion), and a technically out-law. Alex goes to this family that she has to stay with for ten days, after running away from a foster home. She bonds with one of the really fast horses that I think is named Magmite. There's also another horse that goes in a race that I think is named Victor Galixies. I loved it so much (and Piece of Sky #CrownsoftheTwelve) that I want to read the rest of the series (of both).

 Get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Born-Run-North-Oak-Book-ebook/dp/B00U68Q8JI/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8


 Visit Ann Hunter's page here: http://www.amazon.com/Ann-Hunter/e/B00HNL6K3K/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Absolutely Genius

Every now and then, someone in the world comes up with something so genius that one wonders- WHY was this not here before?! This has happened again!

I have a 7 year old. He's cute. He's smart. He's funny. He plays soccer. But he CANNOT tie his shoes. We've tried teaching him by example. We've tried walking him through it. We've tried having his siblings teach him. We've tried other adults teaching him. We've tried YouTube videos. Nothing. Soccer cleats MUST be tied to be safe. I was at my wits end. Then I was offered to try these silicon shoelaces. I'm so happy I could cry!!

Look how cool!!!



 My video is short, but soccer practice was moved to tomorrow, so I couldn't get the actions shots I wanted. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL2vxgnQQY8

While I did receive these for free in exchange for my honest review, I will willingly buy more!!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Scale-O!

Don't laugh at me, but I get excited about..... um, everything. It's not on purpose, it's just who I am. So when I was accepted to review a BATHROOM SCALE, I was ecstatic. What, it doesn't make YOU jump for joy? Then you are missing out! I've been married for almost 13 years and have always WANTED one, but never felt it was high enough on the priority list to justify spending any money.

However, this one IS. I decided to make a list of things you can use a scale for. Ready?

1. Seeing how much you weight.
2. Seeing how much your kids way so you know if it's time to go up a carseat!
3. Having a contest between you and your husband and making sure he keeps weighing more than you!
4. Weighing small animals- No really, I'm kind of tempted to weight the chickens.
5. Seeing what time of day you way the most and the least.
6. Seeing if you really did drop 10 pounds when you were throwing up
7. Comparing your REAL weight to your drivers license.
8. Weighing things around the house that don't fit on the kitchen scale.
9.  Checking to see if your airline bag will fit without paying for extra baggage.
10. Figuring out how much your food storage weights

Anywho, if you like this one (which WE do!), you can pick it up HERE.  #EatSmartScale


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Piece of Sky- review by Juliana

Hello I'm Juliana and I'm going to tell you about "Piece of sky" by Ann Hunter. It's about a chicken named Rose that finds an " acorn" but it's a magic "acorn" but she calls it a piece of sky. The characters are Rose, Grainia, Abaven, Nurgal, dog, mare, the kelpie, Shiver, Cerennunos, and E.N.Ts. 



The book teaches us even though we are small, we can do BIG things. In it she is gone so long she forgets about the farm. She went on a long journey and almost froze to death on the mountain. Then she, a little chicken, had to face Nurgal the lord of decay! She had to go through many trials, and exhaustion to save the world! 


GO READ IT BECAUSE IT IS AMAZING AND IT'S A GOOD BOOK!  #CrownsoftheTwelve

Oh, and we have a video review, too!

Purchase it HERE! 
*We did receive this book for free in exchange for our honest review.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Stone Bearers

I love having the opportunity to be part of something new and exciting. As most of you know, I've recently had the chance to start reviewing products and books. I like it because it makes me feel important, lol! #sorrynotsorry #FutureHousePub

One of my most recent reviews was for a book. It's called the Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens. It's a clean, exciting book that I'm excited my 11 year old wants to read. Right now, you can get a free, SIGNED copy of the book if you head here:
http://wp.me/p4x4ek-mX 

If you don't want to wait (and I wouldn't), the book is currently $.99 on Amazon, so grab it here:
http://amzn.to/1SCEA8L

Lastly, if you are on Goodreads, first follow me (imafishtank) then find Stone Bearers:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29420265-the-stone-bearers 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Drops in a Bucket

The way I see it, we are all given 4 buckets that sit nicely inside each other. The biggest one, the financial bucket, is made of plastic- a beach bucket, I guess. Drops in this bucket are saving, smart planning, paying off debt, etc. As the drops add up, wealth is built. But what do you do if someone forgot to put the bottom on your bucket? Or if you got the one someone stepped on? For every dime you save, an expense that costs $1 comes along. I'm not talking about luxuries or wasted money. I'm talking about broken bones and transmissions....

Bucket #2 fits inside. This one, the physical bucket, is made of clay. Drops in this bucket include eating healthy foods, exercising, sleeping at night, putting your needs there so you can run at optimum level. Friends, someone has taken a shotgun to my bucket. I have had one night's sleep in the last 16 months. I'm grateful that my shotgun shells are not fibromyalgia or chronic pain or diabetes as I know so many are dealing with. But between lack of sleep and my ADHD (temporarily not under control because of the missing bottom of the first bucket), this bucket can hold no drops.

But luckily, bucket #3, the emotional bucket, fits snugly inside. This bucket is made of wood. When we take care of ourselves, treat ourselves, take a night out, paint our toes, etc, we put drops in this bucket. Some people every get the luxury of adding coats of lacquer to strengthen this bucket. Mine, however, has had the sandpaper of exhaustion and the very rough sandpaper of battling Satan for my children taken to it. I fear that the bottom of this bucket is now broken, weak, and completely worn through.

There's one more bucket, though. The metal one. The strongest one. The one that is spiritual. It's the easiest to fill & to protect. Reading scriptures, attending the temple, family home evening, studying conference talks, praying, attending church, giving service, keeping the things around you uplifting and clean. But what happens if it begins to rust? If the elements let through by the other buckets start corroding it from the outside in? How do you protect this little bucket?

I'm so weary, friends. I feel beaten. I just want a whole bucket. I don't want to feel broken. But I don't know what to do. There is nothing left in me. There is no way to repair the other buckets. This last one is the key to it all, I am sure, but there is no end to the attack on my little bucket.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Sorcery Code

I was asked to review a book. It's called the Sorcery Code by Dima Zales  #SorceryCode



Here is what I have to say about it:
It's about a guy who accidentally creates a girl instead of a magical object. He has to decide if she is dangerous. At the same time, he has to deal with his ex. It was recommended to me because I like Harry Potter (magic) and Cinder (Dystopian).

Pros:
No swearing (maybe 1 or 2 in the whole book)
No details of the bedroom scenes
Very different story
Well written
4 different perspectives
set-up for the next book
violence was redeemed

Cons:
Definite innuendo
violence- kind of gory, lots of beheadings
the romance was bit cheesy

My official say- It was a good story to pass the time. It doesn't take a long time to read and it's easy to follow. I won't read it with my kids, because it was borderline PG-13 for me.

Check it out for yourself at: http://www.amazon.com/Sorcery-Code-Fantasy-Romance-Intrigue-ebook/dp/B00HB8TGVS
Check out my video review here:
https://youtu.be/PFNGK4TwXhc
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Check out these FlipStir puzzles!!

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for what's about to happen here in my life!!

I was picked by a company to review their product!! It might seem like a silly little thing to some of my friends, but to me- I am GIDDY!!

The other day, I was sick in bed with a nasty cold, but then I got this in the mail!! #ShakeStirSolve




It's called a FlipStir. Pretty much it's a puzzle, but it's self contained, so you never lose pieces. I love that!! I called dibs on doing the puzzle first. It was trickier than it looked at first, but not so hard that the kids couldn't do it. Xander was the first kid to try it. He thought that was pretty cool!




We even made a couple videos reviewing it!!

While you watch, go get your own at http://www.flipstirpuzzle.com

Here is what the kids had to say about it!



And here is my take!



I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review! Opinions are all mine!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ta-Da 1-22-16

I've already been busy this month!!

My main thing has been my bullet journal. I actually started it in December because I just couldn't contain my excitement, but now I"m a month into it. I have found that it helps me out a LOT. However, I'm not good at making it for other people.
I was crazy inspired by BohoBerry's journal (see her video HERE) . She actually has some neat things to help set yours up and plan for the next month. I couldn't afford a nice journal like hers and I was super impatient, so I just used my composition notebook.

Here is a flipthrough of MY bullet journal, but I'm telling you, it's not exciting, haha.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMO2_nWEVqY
If you're not up to watching the video, here are a couple snapshots of the journal-

This is my monthly calendar page:

And each month I track things. This will change monthly. For example, I'm not even going to bother with the "eating after 10" or "bed before midnight" because it's just a visual disappointment, lol

This part I'm kind of proud of because I think it's clever. I like to study LDS conference talks (check them out here). This way I can mark off if I read it. I"m hoping to have them all re-read before the April session.

Here is an example of what my every day and weekly pages look like. As you can see, the pens bleed a bit and this is what happens when you don't spend the money on quality products. Live and learn, I suppose!




I told you that one thing I wanted to do was work on Easter all year and crochet each month. I put the two together  this time and made this fantastic blanket that I love so much! I love that the pattern changed often enough that it never got boring. The pattern is called Flowers in a Row. It's by Red Heart and it's FREE!! Click HERE to get it!

Here is my finished product (with 2 of my kiddos!) It's nice and big, wide enough to fit my hubby and I and tall enough that it covers all of me when I want to be cozy!


In case you were wondering, I went pretty close to the pattern. I did use a K hook (Boye) for most of it and an N hook for the border. Yarn was all Red Heart. Colors- light blue, white,  pumpkin, spring green, and pretty in pink.



Here's a closeup!


Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty accomplished so far this year!

2016 Goals

Ok, so I realize that I have not always been the best blogger, mostly because I'm not the world's most exciting person but that changes this year!!

I don't know if you remember the  ORIGINAL purpose for this blog- craft projects and togetherness. I'd like to kind of get back to that. I have decided that instead of staring at Pins I've pinned for years and years, it's time to do them! And so far, it's been a blast!

Hopefully, I'll also be reviewing products and things that make Mommy life a little easier.

We'll be talking crafty things, homeschool things, Primary things, family things, ALL THE THINGS!!!


First up, I want to talk about goals.

I've decided this year to decorate for Easter ALL year!!! I did this years ago with Halloween and 4th of July. It was a lot of fun and I miss it. So each month, I'd like to make at least one Easter project.
Here is my Easter Board:  https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/holiday-specifics-easter/

I'd also like to complete a sewing project monthly. I have SEVERAL sewing boards. Don't get too excited, I'm not about to start quilting right now, but I've got to be honest, these geek quilts REALLY make me want to!!
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/sewing/
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/sewing-clothes/
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/sewing-home-decor/
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/sewing-quilts/
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/sewing-toys-and-gifts/

I'm planning on crocheting monthly as well.
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/crochet-love/
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/gifts-and-toys-crochet/
https://www.pinterest.com/imafishtank/crochet-things-to-wear/

I should probably make a goal to do something business related- either up my photo shoots, learn more about what I'm dying to do (cosplay!!), or making props. That would be a great idea, though that I'll probably do on the photography blog:
http://geekgirlphotos.blogspot.com/


Follow along! Share links to what you've done, what products you used, and tell me about your experience! THAT is what makes this idea great!!