My Little Girl

My Little Girl by Shalini Boland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this book yesterday and finished it today.  Meaning a five-star book of course.  I could not put this story down.  It starts off with an abduction of a 7 year old child and unlike most books this type…it does not follow what the police are doing to find her.  Instead we have the mom, dad and grandma involved in this every step of the way.
When Beatrice goes missing Claire’s world is turned upside down.  But that does not stop her from turning over every rock to find her daughter.  Her relationship with her husband, her mother-in-law and her friends are entangled in this search for her daughter. 

This amazing book I could not put down and with every page I was greeted with another twist, another surprise and a different look into the world of kidnapping.  Not the first book I have read by Boland and certainly not the last.  Thanks to #Netgalley I got to read this ARC before its release on April 22, 2021.  Make sure you pre-order and place it on your TBR list.  #fivestars

Lets talk about TEETH

I know right now with wearing masks, we dont get to see teeth much. Actually we dont get to see most of our face either. But when we are in a safe environment, we do not wear a mask and our teeth are so important. But being at home should enable us to really take care of ourselves.

So I direct you to a great article – right here – on How to Whiten Teeth at Home

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Let’s talk about HAIR

Has being in the house this past year affected your Hair? I have found that the heat in the house has thoroughly dried out my hair and even has caused split ends. While I never had a problem with my hair before, this has got me worried. I dont use chemicals, like hairspray and always use a conditioner. But I do keep the heat up higher than it should be for other reasons.

I also think that we should change our hair shampoo and conditioner from time to time. Like anything else, we just tend to stay with one type and like other things – change is needed. I believe your hair gets used to one type of shampoo and eventually it does nothing for your hair.

So I decided to change and started using a great shampoo and conditioner and have recently found there is also a hair mask (I have never used one) and a leave in spray conditioner. And so I jumped in and tried them….

The name is PROPOLI THERM – and it is great for getting shiny, voluminous hair. The bottles are huge and they last forever (well, not forever…but a long time)

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Propoli Therm

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Amp up the volume with Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volume Mist, a volumizing spray that adds weightless volume and lustrous texture to thinning hair, without the sticky residue you’ll get from other sprays. Made with good-for-you ingredients from bees, this hair spray gives flat hair a boost, leaving your locks feeling soft and light as air. 

Get the curls of your dreams. Avon Elastine PropoliThera Curl Cream provides rich hydration for bouncy, defined curls, and reduces frizz for a healthy-looking shine. The ultra-moisturizing formula absorbs quickly to smooth and soften dry hair. Formulated with honey, propolis and royal jelly, this nourishing style booster is one of the best curl creams out there.

For luscious, voluminous locks, wash up with Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volumizing Shampoo. Formulated with our signature bee-derived blend, this gentle shampoo provides weightless volume and hydration to give your tresses a fuller, thicker, stronger appearance.

Follow up with Avon Elastine PropoliThera Volumizing Conditioner, made with the same nutrient-rich ingredients as the shampoo. This rejuvenating conditioner delivers weightless volume and hydration to thicken locks for fuller-looking hair. If you’re looking for the best shampoo and conditioner for thin hair, these volumizing hair products are the perfect solution.

Hydrate and nourish hair with Avon Elastine PropoliThera Leave-In Conditioner, made with the goodness of honey, vitamin-enriched propolis extract and royal jelly. The nutrient-rich formula nourishes dehydrated strands, helping your hair regain softness, body and shine.

Treat your hair to some self care. Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Serum repairs damaged hair and mends split ends while infusing strands with healthy-looking body and shine. Made with propolis (a combination of tree sap and beeswax) to help strengthen and restore weak and brittle hair, this restorative hair serum is great for all hair types. 

And so, using all these wonderful products has put my hair back into being shiny and full …. we all need a change sometimes, even your hair.

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Lets talk about LIPS

I would love to hold conversations about beauty routines….do you moisturize, what cleanser do you use, what skin problems do you have? Would anyone like to start? No? OK, I will try to get the ball rolling…….lets talk about lips. I have very thin lips and hate the way lipstick looks on me. What do you think is the best way to widen and show fuller lips?

I am not even sure of what color is good for me. How does one pick a color? I am not fond of dark colors and tend to go with the light pinks or even the nude colors. Do you use a lip liner? I bought one recently and found I didnt even know how to use it. Does it go darker than the lip color or should I have gone lighter than the lip color? Give me some ideas on lip color. Avon just came out with new shades and I am dying to try some. How do you pick a color?

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I read this book for a book club and at first I wasnt into it. My usual genre is mysteries, thrillers and this sounded more like a chick flick. I did love the theme….Henley Evans is a marketing manager who decides to go on a cruise for her company in order to boost herself into a promotion. Problem is, she is up against Graeme who is a social media manager and wants the job also.

Of course you know they will be attracted to each other and a bit of romance goes on. But the more you read this rom-com the cuter it becomes and just when you think you know where it is going…..a curve I didnt see coming. If you need a light reading, this book is for you. #fourstars

Anxious People

Anxious People

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quirky little story about a bank robber and hostages. An apartment showing gains another as the bank robber runs in and holds them hostage. From there we have conversation with all about hurt, secrets and passions.

Wasn’t getting this book at first, but delving in deeper to the story, I kind of liked the characters and their friendship. Who makes friends at a bank robbery? But we all have a story and it seems these people all had theirs. And through it all we find hope and forgiveness and maybe an inner meaning to why we do the things we do.

This #audio was definitely bumped up to a #fourstar reading.

This entry was posted on February 12, 2021, in family.

Shadow Box

The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first Luanne Rice book, but not the last.  I loved this story and the surprises in it.  Claire Chase has a well connected husband who is running for Governor.  But things are not always what they seem.  There are secrets and murder and people who will do anything to protect her husband…even kill for him.
This story has intrigue and keeps you turning the page.  Claire makes shadow boxes and they are not only part of her story but also part of her past that she must unveil.  Great story.  #fourstars  
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This entry was posted on February 11, 2021, in family.

You are completely……

Responsible for your life!

You have the power to change what makes you unhappy.

Accept responsibility for where you are right now.

Change the ways your story plays out……

Its a new year….make it happen!

This entry was posted on January 8, 2021, in family.

Focus: Don’t Give Your Thoughts Too Much Power

Just like you think negative thoughts, you can think more positive ones, too. I am a ‘cup is half full’ type of person as opposed to ‘cup is half empty’. So try training yourself to think differently by acting in ways that align with the thoughts you prefer to have. But it takes practice to change your thinking.

I try not to think too much. Thinking makes you doubt yourself. Considering there are many things there is nothing you can do about….so why worry, why think about it until you work yourself into a tizzy (whatever that is).

Besides, I have a husband who does that, so why should we both think too much. What are you always thinking about? The weather? Not much you can do about it, I dont even look to days ahead…they can say sunshine and all of a sudden there is a rain storm. Dont give that thought any power at all.

The safety of your children? Yes we all want our children to be safe, but you can only protect them so much. Sh** with happen. I will admit I try not to think much about it….but yes, the thought is always in the back of my mind, especially when the roads are bad and I know all my children drive….I try not to hover and drive them crazy, but must admit I do give a lot of power to the thoughts of my children. grandchildren, in-law children…but thats just me, being a mother – it probably wont stop until I am dead.

I think we all give our thoughts too much power….but then again, its human nature to think…..but is it getting up sick, making us crazy….maybe we should just stop and breathe and smell the roses once in a while. Namaste.

The Wisdom of Kintsukuroi

Kintsukuroi is a kind of Japanese ceramic style. The word means “to repair with gold”.

When a ceramic piece breaks, an artisan will fuse the pieces back together using liquid gold. So rather than being covered up, the breaks become more obvious, and a new piece of art emerges from the brokenness.

So Kintsukuroi embraces flaws and imperfection, but it also teaches the essence of resilience. Every crack is part of its history and each piece becomes more beautiful because it has been broken.

You will fall.

You will fail.

You will break.

You will stand up and dust yourself off.

You will repair yourself again and again.

And eventually, though you will be different than before, you will again become whole.

You will be even more beautiful precisely because of all of this.

You will be a better person because of your imperfections, not in spite of them.

Think about it!

This entry was posted on January 5, 2021, in family.