Book Chat: Never Look Down

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Sorry I’ve been M.I.A, we were on holiday in Italy and it was aaahhhhhmmaaaaazing!! Two weeks, four cities, and more pizza, pasta, and gelato than you can shake a stick at! The only reason I didn’t come back big as a house was because we walked and walked, and walked some more, every day.  Tours, sometimes two a day, would make us walk even when our legs were screaming in agony.  Our first stop was Torino, which upon first glance, I wasn’t a fan of but after getting out and checking out the city, I fell in love. Such an amazing place filled with kind people, dogs running around without leashes, and squirrels you could feed by hand. While there we checked out the Egyptian Museum which was crazy good, I think probably one of the best in the world.

Next was Rome, where we did the Roman ruins, Colosseum, and Vatican tours. I’m not even remotely religious but I can’t even get over the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. It’s huge and beautiful and over the top. We only had 2 days in Rome but we made the most of it, that’s for sure!

Then it was a train to Florence, where we stayed right on the Ponte de Vecchio, a view that is a requirement to see. The duomo was also glorious, but by this point the kids were churched out. They had more interest in staying in the hotel room, but I couldn’t blame them, it was the best we’d had thus far on the journey. Ferragamo doesn’t do anything bad, does he?!

Finally we set off for Venice. It was as cool as I imagined it to be, nearly as smelly but hey, it wasn’t summer yet so the worst smells were yet to come. We had a blast being typical tourists, taking gondola rides, feeding the pigeons in the piazza, and wandering the streets getting lost. None of us wanted our Italian journey to end but eventually, it’s back to the grind.

Back to the task at hand. So this review  is actually a bit old, I had forgotten to post it way back in February so here it is!

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From Amazon:

In his first case in private practice, Oregon lawyer Cal Claxton came to the aid of a tagger calling himself Picasso, a Banksy-like figure in Portland. Dividing his time between a wine-country town and the city, the ex-L.A. prosecutor now encounters another urban teen at risk, Kelly Spence, also a tagger. Using climbing skills learned from her much-loved deceased father, a mountaineer, Kelly places angry tags in visible, hard- to-reach places. A runaway from an abusive foster home and alternative high school student, she lives with her father’s former girl friend. Kelly is four stories up at 3:00 one morning when she looks down and witnesses the brutal murder of a woman in the parking lot below. Unluckily the killer spies her but Kelly escapes. The police soon seek her as a witness. Desperate to stay anonymous, she seeks help from someone on the street she trusts. Too soon she finds his mutilated body and becomes even more afraid. Cal is drawn into the case by his volatile Cuban friend and landlord who is devastated by the murder: the dead woman had just become his fiancée. Her ex is the obvious suspect, but Cal’s instincts lead him in a different direction where he will run into Kelly. Can he get her to talk, or will the killer find her first?

My Take:

I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were rich and well-developed. I loved the Cal Claxton character most, as I assume I’m supposed to being that he’s the protagonist. As for the story line, I thought it was good but a little unbelievable. I mean, he made Kelly sound like Spiderman, climbing buildings like it was no big deal. I had a hard time buying it but beyond that, it was a totally fun read, great for a ski weekend trip cozied up by the fire (can you guess where I read this, lol?!)

Overall, I’d definitely recommend and will be seeking out other Warren Easley books!

PS. Try not to judge the uber cheesy cover, I think they could have down waaaaaay better than that!

**Full disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

Stuff: My Itty-Bitty Interview Over At Whatmatterstomommy.com

Not gonna lie, I’m kind of loving Michelle’s blog, What Matters To Mommy. She’s full of great advice on making money, saving money, and all things blogging. It’s basically a mom’s place to hangout and learn how to be more than just “mom”.  I think a lot of mother’s tend to lose their identity after their kids are born, and I know for me it has definitely happened. But I do still yearn for something to call my own. Cue my starting up this blog.

Having not worked in so many years, I have kind of forgotten how to deal with things besides making lunches and being a mom taxi. (You’d think scheduling would be easy peasy for me but I literally just came home defeated because I missed lunch duty at my youngest daughter’s school.) With that said, blogging is a good reintroduction to finding yourself again while *possibly* making a little moola on the side. Clearly, I’m not there yet but am hopeful that once I really figure this stuff out, I’ll actually get some readers!

Anyway, Michelle asked me to do a little interview for her blog about introverted bloggers and I certainly fit that description. I’m feeling a bit badly as my answers are so minimal but that’s who I am, a woman of few words (not in this particular post I suppose) so I kept true to myself…hopefully not to the detriment of what she was trying to accomplish.

Michelle has started a Facebook group called Introverted Bloggers Unite so if you feel you fit in with that, go check it out, the more we can do to help each other, the better!

Thanks Michelle!!

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Stuff: What I do besides ogle stationery and shiny things!

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I haven’t been terribly with it in relation to the blog and it’s for a multitude of reasons but one of the main things I do is study Aromatherapy.  I initially started out getting a starter kit from Young Living from a friend of mine and jumped in whole hog. I have always been a crunchy, granola type (if anyone takes offense to those terms I’m sorry because I find them fantastically complimentary!) of gal but didn’t really know the proper outlet until I stumbled upon essential oils and herbalism.

I was hesitant at first because I didn’t really know the proper way to use oils and was honestly almost afraid of them but I’ve been learning slowly. While I enjoy learning from my Facebook groups, I did take it upon myself to do my own research and started with a FREE introductory course from Aromahead. I enjoyed that so much I decided to go ahead and do the full-0n certification course and I couldn’t be happier.

As a mom, it’s important to me that I do things that will benefit my kids and some of the information I found online was misleading to say the least. I prefer to err on the side of caution and believe that less is more in just about every capacity (except maybe chocolate). What I was seeing on sites like Pinterest and the like were EO recipes that were far too strong or just not consistent with findings from leading people in the aromatherapy industry like Robert Tisserand.

So yes, I still use my Young Living oils, love them in fact, but I use them in ways that make me feel confident and comfortable. If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with oils, let me know, I’d be happy to chat with you, no pressure, I promise. I’m not in this to make money, I truly love, love, love all things oils! One of the best smells in the world is diffused Frankincense and Bergamot, especially when I’m doing yoga or meditating, but even if I’m not, it is a welcome scent any old time.

Other things I use my oils for are: diffusing Tea Tree in my bedrooms to help with mold spores as we live in a super humid climate where mold loves to grow; using Pine, Lavender, and Mandarin in a baking soda, Castile soap base to make a “soft scrub” for sinks and tubs. The list is endless and they truly are an amazing, non-toxic option for today’s overly chemical world.

Stuff: UO Ruthie Velvet Floor Pillow

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Random? Perhaps. But if you like to be comfy then I can’t see it being a bad thing. I bought two of these pillows for my daughter’s playroom with the thought that I’d buy more if I liked them when I saw them in person. Needless to say, I loved them and promptly went onto Urban Outfitters to buy 3 more but to my dismay they were sold out. So I’ve been obsessively checking in to see if they’ve put them back up and lo and behold, to my delight, there they were the other day, in all their muted pink, crushed velvet glory!! I quickly scooped up three more, not caring that they are backordered until February. My derriere can wait…

Paper: This Is Ground ‘Mod Tablet 3’

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Keeping in the vein of organisation, The Mod Tablet 3 by This is Ground is the older, more sophisticated version of my last post, when it comes to a place to keep your goodies. I bought one of these bad boys a couple of years ago and it’s gorgeous. The leather is beautifully worn and flexible and just looks rich. I have it in this particular colour, which is called “Toffee” and it’s been fabulous for traveling and keeping all my important documents together as well as all essentials like my headphones, iPhone and most importantly, the pen & paper to fill out those customs forms!

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Stuff: Fed + Fit Blog

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Has anyone else checked out the blog Fed +Fit by Cassy Joy Garcia? I’ve just discovered it and let me tell you, GIRL CRUSH TIME! She is amazing! Her blog is filled with fantastically yummy things to eat that keep you healthy and satisfied, IF you’re paleo (mostly) that is. After stumbling onto the blog,  I recently discovered her Snapchat account, which is kind of a big deal because dude, I’m like 40-something and all these newfangled apps can sometimes be out of my realm. Like, I don’t even know what half of the new slang means and I’ve given up watching MTV because I don’t know any of the performers anymore. (Insert frowny face that no amount of Botox can remedy)…but I digress.

Back to Snapchat. If you haven’t checked out Cassy Joy’s account, it is a must do! There is something soooooo cute about her, when she talks for her dog ‘Gus’, I end up having a big dorky grin on my face. I love her quirkiness and her passion for helping others and she literally makes me happy, how great is that?!

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Hello there!

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Hi fine people! I’m getting revved up to start this thing, even though I know nothing about blogging and highly doubt people will even read it but it’s a place for me to put some thoughts on products I love, things I love to stare at (i.e., shiny things!), and book reviews. I’m an avid reader or I should say I would like to be but busy-ness seems to get in the way of aaaallllllllll the reading I’d like to actually do. But I do make time, oh yes, even if it’s a chapter a day, I work my way through. I’m a murder mystery type of gal but am not averse to good old contemporary fiction and historical novels as well. I like the idea of self-help books, parenting books, and health/recipe books but darn if I can see my way to the end of them (or the middle…or even the 2nd chapter, oops!).  I hope if you’re reading this, you’ll hang with me while I figure this whole thing out, and even enjoy a post or two along the way. Cheers!

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