Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World AKA What to Get Your Teenager for Easter!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from  Hachette Publlishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them. All opinions are my own.


Still trying to figure out what to get your teen for Easter?

I have an excellent idea for you:

 How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World


Though fashions may change, certain things never go out of style--like your favorite little black dress that can take you from a business meeting to a dinner party to a night on the town. But what makes it work is not the dress, it's how you present yourself while wearing it. A woman who is polite, well spoken, gracious, charming, and thoughtful is always welcome-though such women appear to be in short supply these days! Despite the headline-grabbing antics of certain flashy celebutantes, most of us would rather have respect--for ourselves and from our family, friends, and colleagues.

In this fully revised and updated edition, you will learn how to: 

Appear polished without sacrificing your personal style,
Develop skills and discover interests to boost your self-confidence,
Find your true friendships and make them stronger,
- Date Mr. Right instead of hooking up with Mr. Right Now,
- Land the perfect internship and your first job,
Have a fun night without the risk of a social media faux pas.

With this insightful guide you'll be loving life with style, class, and grace in no time!


if the title of this book sounds familiar, it is because it is actually Jordan's previous book,  How to be Hepburn in a Hilton Worldupdated for 2017 (and the new famous for being famous family). But what made the original book such a MUST have for teens, is still here! the book is still filled with chapters like Stupid Girls, Choose Your Words Wisely, Dress to Impress and Less is More. It is a very quick read!

I would recommend this book for ALL parent of girls and for all girls, but I think it would be better to start around age 8-9 with reading parts of it! Unfortunately in today's age, girls are having to face alot of things sooner than my generation did!

I was raised with an old-fashioned Southern way, so alot of what Jordan speaks of is second nature to me, as it was drilled and redrilled into me growing up. Audrey Hepburn, Kathryn Hepburn, Deborah Kerr, where all women who I watched regularly on old movie re-runs, but saw as smart, defined, styled, cultured, women, who GOT what they wanted by using their brains. The seventies may have been showing me mini-skirts, but I understood that that classic business suit was gonna get me farther and into a better job, than go-go boots!

Things have changed today, kids now emulate the Kardashians, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, etc. Being covered up and taken seriously no longer seems to exist in the media. You only have to look at Facebook, My Space or Girls Gone Wild to know that concepts that should be second nature are no longer taught to the younger generations. I know that background checks are now trolling Facebook and Instagram pages, and what is seen there DOES make a huge difference as to who gets hired, or not. Today's teens don't see that, they just think they are having fun.

Jordan has filled the book with classic quotes to illustrate her rules of behavior-she presents them in funny, daily instance scenarios that anyone can grasp.

The one that sums the book up best is:

"Watch your thoughts, for they become words,
Watch your words, for they become actions,
Watch your actions, for they become habits,
Watch your habits, for they become character,
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny".

The  update to the book really helps to make this the perfect modern Easter gift for any pre-teen/teen, along with a salon gift card, or clothing store card, and a great starting conversation point between mothers and daughters! We highly recommend it.

About the Author:

Jordan Christy has been featured everywhere from NBC's Today Show to the London Times. She has spoken to thousands of women across the nation and continues to write books, travel, and blog. For more information, please visit www.jordanchristy.com.

Bless Their Little Giveaways Linky: March 28-April 3, 2017

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Review: Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook free of charge,from Alibi /Random House Publishing, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since we're talking about coffee today.....

Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.

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Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.

Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.
If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.

This is book 4 in the series, but the first I have read, and apparently unlike the other books, this one takes place mostly OUTSIDE of the coffee house, whereas the others happened inside it. As Juliet is working her new career as a PI, that makes sense, but one wonders if it means the coffee house part of the series is ending...This is a quick read, think chick lit mystery, with plenty of romance- both old and new, friendship and humor. Juliet is a bit scatterbrained to me, and I;m not sure if I'll go back and read the rest of the series, as I tend to like my leads more 'focused', but it would be a good read if you need something for Spring Break vacation, for on the plane, or on the beach!

About the Author:

Caroline Fardig is the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive Mystery series and the Lizzie Hart Mystery series. Caroline's Bad Medicine was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Suspense Magazine.

Callie Beaulieu has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. Callie recently returned to the U.S. after spending nearly a decade living in the Caribbean. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:

Mathh Monday: How Do You Combine Math and Crafting?

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook fee of charge,from Martingale Press, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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For our last Math Monday post this month, I wanted to share an unique way to bring MATH into crafting, aka, how to keep the kids using their math skills over the Summer, or how to liven up Math class at home school!

How is this for alternative math teaching- Sewing!

Yup- you may not realize it, but sewing requires a LOT of math skills, from making sure you have enough fabric, thread and notions, to adding or subtracting on the pattern for a better fit, to figuring out needle sizes! Math is there in everything you do!

But some kids, aka boys, might balk at SEWING. So how about making ti FUN and practical for them? And EASY, thanks to a new quilt method that uses STRIP piecing for easier (and much quicker) putting together!

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We recently got to check out The Big Book of Strip Quilts: Start with Strips to Make 60 Stunning Quilts  by Karen M. Burns

Cut strips from your stash or gather your favorite pre-cuts to make fabulous strip quilts that shine! Each pattern will inspire you with its remarkably versatile look and scrappy style, easily achieved with simple strips. 
- 60 stunning strip quilts at a great value--just 47 cents per pattern
- Choose from sizes ranging from wall hangings and baby quilts to bed-sized quilts, all by top designers
- Includes projects for beginners and experienced quilters in a variety of attractive patchwork styles

This is a GREAT book for beginning quilters, as strip piecing is the EASIEST and quickest way to put a quilt top together, which means your kids will stay interested and WANT to finish it, AND because it is so quick, it's FUN!

And check out the different maths:

he Big Book of Strip Quilts: sample 1he Big Book of Strip Quilts: sample 2

So you can see already, how measuring is needed, and kids would have to work out if they have enough material for each strip. Addition, multiplication, subtraction and division before they even start cutting! Then as they are cutting, angles and width! Woot!

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And NO worries if you know how hard it is matching up triangles when quilting! This new method has an easy peasy way of making triangles for no hassle matching and corners! Your kids might even walk away ENJOYING triangle piecing with this method!

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And NO worries if you've never pieced either! As you can see, you get COLOR illustrations, showing how to attach each piece together to make the square, and then how to add all the squares TOGETHER, including adding sashing and borders! Yup, this really is THE book for beginners! And because it is so clear on the instruction, you really don't need to supervise older kids, unless they need help with the sewing!

These quilts would be great project pieces for homeschoolers, as many are patterns from the 1800s, early 1900s, or look much older, like this one, that looks Grecian:

he Big Book of Strip Quilts: sample 6

There are optical illusion quilts, and quilts that show off your pride:

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So your kids could research the history of the block, determine when it came about, and pick one to use as a history/math project! Isn't bringing history ALIVE, and carrying on family traditions, SO much better than a boring book report of stodgy mini research paper! I don't know about you, but I would be a LOT prouder of a kid who could show me a quilt they made, and tell me about the pattern, when it was used, by who, how it used to be put together and how modern technology has changed how it is made. I love when kids can think OUTSIDE of the traditional schooling boxes and really LEARN, don't you?

But the BEST thing is that you are NOT limited to color matching what is shown! The optical mirror quit above could be made in all dark or light colors, and the Americana quilt could be made in Irish flag colors. It really is what YOU want to make it. Which means, you can add a level of creativity and ART to the project!

Plus you could really make it a FAMILY project by letting them do the quilt top and basting, and then everyone help quilting it, just like the old days, while watching a good family film or two!

So if you are looking to take Math and creativity out of the traditional boxes for your kids, check out this book and the 60 great projects and give it a try instead of more boring math worksheets! 

Your kids might even thank you!



This book with a store gift card to buy fabric would be a great Easter basket present for older kids too!

Crazy Cups Coffee is YOUR Guilt FREE Easter Dessert! (review and giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, and giveaway,free of charge,from Crazy Cups Coffee, as one of their ambassadors, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


So you've been busy getting stuff ready for the kids' Easter baskets...

all that sugary goodness from jellybeans, Peeps, and of course the Chocolate bunny.

Who can forget the hollow chocolate bunny, right?

And you KNOW you just want to open that package and bite it's ear off, cause you know, it's an EASTER bunny....sigh....

BUT you're an adult. 

And you're trying to fit into that Spring Break swimsuit in 2 WEEKS.....

Dang it.....

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Oh wait, there IS a way for you to get that chocolate smooth flavor, in a guilt free way!

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With this new Chocolate Covered Almond flavored coffee from our friends at Crazy Cups, you can have it all!  You can enjoy the great taste of nutty almonds, dipped in creamy milk chocolate, and a great cup of java! 

And, no, you don’t have to share it with your kids.
Nor do you have to de-ear a chocolate bunny!


Chocolate Covered Almond flavored coffee

What you get is a supremely rich dark cup of coffee (there's NO creamer in that cup above), that is perfectly suited to your afternoon cup of relaxing joe, and is not only GLUTEN FREE, but NUT FREE, and has NO CALORIES. 

You can thank me later- go ahead and do your happy dance!

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And since we brought up nature- with Earth day around the corner, it's ALSO important to remember that Crazy Cups K-cups are GOOD for the environment, unlike other companies (we shan't mention)!

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It is SO easy to recycle the K-cups too as you can see above!
PLUS you can use them as seed starters for the kids as part of your Earth day prep!

 Easy peasy is always great, isn't it? 

Plus you can use the coffee grounds for lots of different uses, like as a great compost for the garden, to help condition your hair, or my favorite- as part of homemade soap that is killer for getting seafood (it's crawfish season!!!!), onion and garlic smells off your hands!

crazy cups screen shotBe sure to sign up for the Crazy Cups newsletter and register for the new Crazy Cups Rewards Program  too! You can get extra special deals, discount codes, early notice of new flavors and sometimes even FREE coffee. We all love that last one, right?

Don't want more emails? Then download their app from the App Store or from the Google Play Store!

Plus, if you check out their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Pages, you might find ways to win some awesome Crazy Cups prizes (like free coffee!). You'll need the app though to participate for those contests though!

But now the BEST part about this guilt free dessert- WINNING a FREE box!!

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One BTHM reader will win their own box of Chocolate Covered Almonds K-Cups Coffee, 
to delight in at home!



If you want to freak out the Easter Bunny-
have some of this Crazy Cups coffee on hand for Easter morning!

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Yeah, cause Bunny flavored would be wrong......

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