Black FIVEday!

Happy Black Friday, if you’re a shopper! If not, Happy Friday! Had an awesome short week of work. Thanksgiving eve was a blast out with some friends and Thanksgiving was probably my most favorite one to date! Today, November 29th is one of my favorite days of the year, it’s Zoey’s Gotcha Day (aka the day I got her!) It’s a day full of extra kisses, cuddles, and of course toys! She’s OBSESSED with the first one she got. I hope you all have an amazing weekend, xo!

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Finally found my perfect red lipstick-MAC Prepare for Pleasure. Wore it out with my dolls Tgiving Eve!

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Between puzzles, crack the case, food, letters to Santa, and Frozen-triplet night was a major success. Btw, I HIGHLY recommend Frozen. It may be the best movie I’ve seen in years. LM bought me the soundtrack as an early Xmas gift, so obsessed!

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A closer look at what I asked Santa (aka Tim Allen) for…!

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How presh is my baby?

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Sable Collar from the Essie winter collection is up next for the mani/pedi.

A quick Thanksgiving recipe…

This year we aren’t making a turkey for home. Last year was the first year we ate at Gram’s, but I made a turkey (my first!) on black Friday so we could have leftovers. This year, we’ll just be eating at Gram’s. But I wanted to share the stuffing my dad makes. For us, this stuffing does double duty as a side for dinner and a dessert for later (if you don’t like warm fruit like me)

Fruit Stuffing

  • Apples- Macintosh and Rome
  • Pears
  • Craisins
  • Raisins
  • Mandarin Oranges and the juice
  • Light brown sugar

Mix all of the above in a bowl and then stuff your turkey. Cook your turkey as you normally would. Like I said, we would put some of the stuffing out at dinnertime and then again at dessert. For dessert, I love it with fat free cool whip! I wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings tomorrow, xo!

 

ps. I’m beyond thankful for each and every one of you!

Red Carpet Style.

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For Sunday night’s AMAs, I’d rock a printed mini dress with all black accessories. To complete the look, I’d wear black polish, a pink lip, and some silver smokey eyes. My hair would be in loose long curls like Victoria Secret Angel hair. It would’ve been a great night of music and fun and of course JT<3! Let me know what you think of this look, until tomorrow, xo!

A Book In Review.

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Brief Summary:

At her father’s death, Casey Anderson discovers she was adopted at age four. Not able to remember anything, she sets out on a quest to discover why her birth mother gave her up and, and why her adopted parent kept it such a secret. She embarks on a dangerous and spiritually enlightening journey that proves to her, nothing is what it seems.

Review: 

I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review. The author does a great job of making it easy to see the scenes she’s creating. The story is full of suspense, wonderful characters, and unexpected twists & turns. The book is beautifully written and the author does an excellent job of attaching you to the story. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Casey and had a hard time putting it down. If you’re in the mood for a book that takes you on a beautiful journey, pick this one up and be prepared not to put it down, xo!

Author Bio:

Tamara Lee Dorris has been a life-long fan of personal and spiritual development, and has written several books that fall under the category of “self-help.” Casey’s Quest explores various aspects of spiritual development, brain science & the paranormal. Tamara She is also an adjunct professor, radio host, and long time real estate professional.

Connect with Tamara!

Website: www.tamaradorris.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTamaraDorris

Goodreads author page:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3349580.Tamara_Lee_Dorris

Twitter: @tamaradorris

Buy the Book!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Caseys-Quest-Tamara-Dorris-ebook/dp/B00EE83696/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1382654171&sr=8-1&keywords=casey%27s+quest

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November 25 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review

November 26- Book Reviews and More by Kathy – Guest Post

November 27 – Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

November 28 – Fiction Dreams – Excerpt

December 2- Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

December 3 – A Blue Million Books – Q&A

December 5 – Traveling With T – Guest Post

December 6 – Book Reviews by Dee – Guest Post

December 10 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post

December 11- Chick Lit Plus – Review

December 13 – Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Guest Post & Excerpt

December 16 – Jersey  Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4wS0_vTPg

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A Book In Review.

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Brief Summary:

With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father’s request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’. Posing as Miss Kane, the children’s new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa’s only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?
**Please note – this book was originally titled Carol’s Christmas**

Review:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was so excited when I saw that CLP would be running a Christmas story! I love kicking off the Holiday season early. This book was such a joy. It was an easy read that was hard to put down. It’s the perfect book to get you in the Holiday spirit. It will make you laugh and you’ll be anxious to see how it ends. This 4 star read is full of fun, love, and Christmas, enjoy it with some hot chocolate and twinkle lights, xo!

Author Bio:
Caroline Mickelson loves her family and loves to write. She also loves a good adventure, among her favorites thus far were attending graduate school in a Scottish castle, riding a camel around the Pyramids in Giza, and taking a best-in-a-lifetime road trip to Graceland. Caroline lives in the American southwest with her husband and their four children, affectionately known as The Miracles.
Connect with Caroline!

Website: www.carolinemickelson.com

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/CarolineM67

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/authorcarolinemickelson

Buy the Book! 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Kanes-Christmas-Romantic-Comedy-ebook/dp/B009SU0NVO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384270852&sr=8-2&keywords=caroline+mickelson

B & N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miss-kanes-christmas-caroline-mickelson/1117004957?ean=2940148746034

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/miss-kane-s-christmas

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November 18 – Chick Lit Plus – Review

November 19 – Chick Lit Goddess – Excerpt

November 19 – Book Mama Blog – Guest Post & Excerpt

November 20 – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

November 21- Livia Ellis –  Excerpt

November 22- Everything Books and Authors – Excerpt

November 25 – Keep Calm and Blog On – Review

November 26 – Musings and Ramblings – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 1 – The Book Bag – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 4 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 6 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post & Excerpt

December 9 – Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

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Oh Fiveday, it’s nice to see you again!

Hello buttercups! Back at Friday again, woot woot. My dad’s big acting debut happened last night, so I’ll be attending his play both tonight and tomorrow. Sunday, maybe some pancakes and a whole lot of relaxing. Enjoy your weekend, xo!

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This Xmas tree of stuffies at IKEA made me smile.

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WOOT WOOT! Happy girl.

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Made these oreo truffles which got rave reviews for my work’s Thanksgiving celebration. Recipe here.

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Nothing like happy hour on a Thursday night!

Again super thankful for my new friends and all of our new inside jokes…I need a picture of them asap!