(Meme) It's Monday! What are you reading? #14

One of my favorite bloggers Sheila from Book Journey is the host of this weekly meme. If you haven't checked out Sheila's blog yet then what are you waiting for. I love reading Sheila's blog because she covers it all and I always end up walking away like I get to know Sheila a little more from her post.

I also just discovered recently that Sheila has partnered with Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and they come up with  a fun meme with a kidlit focus - anyone reading and reviewing books in children's literature - it can be picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, you name it in the world of kidlit and it's in!
So in case you are wondering what It's Monday! What are you reading? is about well its a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Is it really that time of the week again for another It's Monday! What are you reading? post? I feel as though I just wrote one. Thankfully its a quiet weekend here. Hockey is almost finished we just have a local tournament to take part in and then its done and that is happening next weekend.

I have to say it was really nice to sit back and relax and not rush around from one end of the city to the other. Sadly though Michael had to be up early yesterday (6am) because he had a practice at 7am and then in the afternoon he was gone to a neighbors to play street hockey so I didn't get to see him most of the day which was okay because I was planning his 9th birthday. Yes, he will be 9 years old. Where does the time go?

This year things are different since my in laws have left for Hungary we decided that we would do an Easter/Birthday party for Michael this upcoming weekend with my family. Then the following weekend Michael will have a party with his hockey friends at a local mini golf place. Which will be alot of fun. I will be sure to include some pics in next weeks Its Monday! What are you reading? post.

A quick hockey update sadly Michael's team lost the play offs. They did amazingly well and got all the way to the playoffs. They lost their first game 1-0 (over time) and then the second game 3-2. They were tight games and the kids played so well.

Anyways enough ramblings.

This past week I read:

On Monday, April 2nd I will have my review posted along with a Q&A with Lisa Mondello.

I have my review for West of Wawa scheduled for April 4th along with a Q&A with Lisa de Nikolits.

What I am planning on reading this week:

I am on a book tour for this on Thursday April 5th.

I am on a book tour for this on Saturday April 7th.

What I am hoping to get to this week:

This is what I have planned, what about you?

Deep in the Heart

Dear Friend,

Casey & CIndy in happier times

Eight years ago, late Palm Sunday evening at around 9pm, three US Army officers paid our family a visit to tell us that our dear Casey had been killed in the US's immoral war against the people of Iraq. Needless to say, we were devastated as it wasn't just a sick April Fool's Joke.

Palm Sunday fell on April 4th that year in 2004, so the date 04/04/04 will forever be painfully carved into my heart as the date is carved into the heart of the King family whose loved one, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinate on the same day in 1968 by the same evil system that forced Casey and millions of others to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan. After over ten years, the carnage continues.

April 04 falls is coming up and sometimes it feels like it's been eight days and sometimes it feels like it's been 80 years, but the spring still comes, the sun still rises, and the Empire relentlessly marches on.

On Sunday, April 01, our guest on Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox will be our good friend David Swanson who chats about the book he edited called,
The Military Complex at 50, and I guarantee you that our discussion makes very relevant points and some uncomfortably relevant ones, too.

Hope you can tune in at 2pm Pacific Time, or anytime thereafter at the archives!
Next week (April 08) will be Easter Sunday, so I will take the week off to hold Casey's brothers and sisters close and celebrate New Life with my four grandchildren--the niece and nephews that Casey never knew, but who will know him well and his sacrifice to help make their world a more peaceful place. In Casey's name, I will keep moving forward on that...I hope you all will, too.

Love & Peace

Cindy Sheehan
From Deep in the Heart of Texas, today! 

GlossyBox March Edition

The March Glossybox is finally here. I was beginning to wonder if I was every going to receive it.

As you may have noticed Glossybox was very late this month due to certain products being delayed at the border. I'm not to sure what they were but Glossybox wanted to make sure we received a full box so they ended up delaying shipping.

The next problem that was encountered was with Canada Post. For some reason no one was getting a tracking number so all we could go by was what Glossybox had said about shipping of the boxes. I was very surprised to have gotten my box yesterday (Thursday) because it was shipped out the day before. So to get it as fast as I did I was pleasantly surprised.

I have included a vlog this time because I am extremely pleased with the box and the wait was well worth it in my opinion.

I am also including pictures so if you don't want to watch the vlog you can just look below.
The box is still the same in the pale pink box with the dusty rose ribbon, sticker and black tissue paper.
I love how they enclose the cards in the black envelope. I know some vloggers/bloggers don't look at this right away but personally for me I like to open that right away. Just in case I come across something that I'm not sure what it is.

This is what's inside the black envelope: card from Glossybox (a letter and product description), pandora's makeup coupon, card from Bailey Cosmetics and a Sabastian booklet.

The goodies in the box. Well worth the wait.

Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray. Rehydrate dull and tired skin. Its great for setting and renewing your makeup throughout the day.

Full Sizes are: 50ml $7.00/150ml $12.50/300ml $17.50

I received 50mls.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion. I love aveeno products and this is one of my new favorite lotions.

Full size is: 354ml $11.99

I received 71ml $2.40

Sebastian Re-Shaper Hairspray. This is a salon exclusive item. I don't use alot of hairspray but when I do I like one that will work so I am excited to try this one out.

Full Size is: 43g $19.95

I received 43g so this was another full size product. In a way I am hoping not to fully like this because this is too expensive for me. :)

This was the bonus item in the box and its Algemarin Foam Bath. I am looking forward to using this one very soon.

Full sizes are: 5x5ml $3.99/ 500ml $17.99/ 750ml $23.95

I received a sample of 15ml $0.48
Bailey Cosmetics Fresh Lip Gloss in Pink.

Full size is 8g $28.00

I received 8g.

I love the packaging of this and I really like the lipgloss. It was very nice on. The color was perfect for me and it didn't leave my lips dry or waxy. I would probably look into other shades of this.

I love the packaging of this. Its super cute and this is actually a new to me brand.

This is Pandora's Blush in the shade of St. Tropez (pink) I believe this is a full size product. It sells for $18.00

I like the shade. It gave a slight pinkish tinge to my cheeks. I didn't go very dark because I don't usually wear blush.

So guys the total value of the box is $75.83 WOW that is crazy isn't it?

Although if I minus what I paid for the monthly subscription service $15.00 (+tax) the value would be $60.83 I still think that is awesome and I did get all new kinds of products. Items I have heard of and used and new to me products that I am excited to try and to make part of my routine.

Check back next week when I do a monthly round up and ratings on all the boxes I received this month.

I hope you got a good box and if you got something different let me know. Also if you leave you link for you blog or vlog I would love to check it out.

Have a good evening everyone.

(Book Spotlight) West of Wawa

I am super excited to be a part of this WOW book tour for West of Wawa. I love reading books that take place in Canada and from authors who are Canadian.  I love discovering books that I might not normally read and this was no exception. All I will say is that I really enjoyed this and my review will be coming shortly.

About the book:
Emotionally battered and bruised, 29-year-old Australian immigrant Benny is looking for escape, not redemption. Escape from herself and the dismal failures of her life: her first solo art exhibition is panned by critics and her husband left her for an Andy Warhol look-alike. Isolated from her family, her career as an abstract artist in ruins, she comes to Canada and finds solace working eighteen hours a day as a graphic designer in a disreputable agency. Numbing her pain with hard work, she self-medicates with prescription meds, and becomes involved in a series of increasingly dubious relationships with ill-suited unreliable men who lead her into danger. Cutting off all ties with normalized daily routines, Benny leaves her job and sets off on a road trip adventure across Canada, hoping she will discover who she wants to be and where she wants to be it.

During the bus trip she discovers junk food, cigarettes, hash and drinks a lot of alcohol. She confuses sexual attraction with love in a series of relationships with loser bad boys and continues to put herself in destructive, potentially dangerous situations. Hardcore, she travels for the most part by Greyhound bus, sinking deeper into the underbelly of a world that offers her the anonymity she seeks. Funny, aggressive, fearless and vulnerable, Benny is a road-warrior with a backpack of opiates, a map and a guileless sense of naiveté. In seventy-two days, she travels nearly ten thousand miles overland and more by flight and train; she's a determined modern-day pioneer.

This coming-of-age novel is narrated with wry humour and filled with a cast of engaging characters. A tale of sexual adventure and feminist learning, Benny looks for escape but emerges a heroine instead; with mistakes, epiphanies and friendships helping forge her a home and a sense of identity in the true North.

About the author

Originally from South Africa, Lisa has been a Canadian citizen since 2003--although she still retains a lilting voice that causes fellow Canadians to ask, "You aren't from Canada, eh?" With a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy, Lisa has also lived and worked in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain.

Lisa thought she was on her way to fame and fortune when the South African edition of Cosmopolitan bought two of her poems in 1986. Sadly, the road to being a published writer was not as easy as she had hoped! Throughout her writing career, Lisa has tried her hand at everything from children's picture books to short stories to novellas to feature magazine articles. Her first novel, The Hungry Mirror, which won an IPPY Gold Medal for Women's Fiction 2011, was inspired by her work as art director for magazines including Vogue and Marie Claire. Lisa is now working on her next novel, Between the Cracks She Fell.

Find out more about Lisa by visiting her online:
Author website: http://www.lisadenikolitswriter.com/
Art design website: http://www.lisadenikolitsdesign.com/

Bloggiesta Starting Post

Today is the day that bloggiesta 2012 happens. Be sure to check out http://sueysbooks.blogspot.ca/ for all the updates and challenges.

Also I just wanted to send out a huge congrats to Natasha and her family, they welcomed a brand new baby girl into the family.

So onto Bloggiesta. It starts today (Friday) and runs until Sunday. You can do as much or as little as you want.

While you are doing all that much needed work on your blog just remember to take some time to complete the many mini challenges (updated list here) (flashback on past challenges)  that are being offered and to take part in the twitter parties. The twitter parties are new this year and you can take part in one, two or even all three if you want. Here is the schedule:

Friday night at 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

Saturday afternoon at 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time (EDT)

The first part of Bloggiesta is to share with everyone what you have planned and hope to accomplish over Bloggiesta. I have been pretty good with devoting time to my blog over the Bloggiesta weekends in the past and I am hoping to do the same this weekend.

Here is my list:
  • Clean up email accounts and organize emails into folders
  • Update my agenda with commitments
  • Write up over due reviews
  • Prepare guest posts and Q&As
  • Write up posts and schedule them for the week I will be in NYC for BEA
  • Clean up labels on my blog
  • Edit my about me page and my review policy page
  • Comment on other peoples blogs that have commented on mine
  • Clean up my side bars
  • Reply to emails
  • Organize books that I need to read in April (tours and promised reviews)
  • Start transeferring reviews I have posted her over to good reads
  • Learn some new things (SEO, ranking etc) that I might not know
This is what I have planned this weekend. Not sure how much I will actually get done but since we don't have hockey this weekend I am hoping to tackle some of this list and the challenges.

Happy Bloggiesta everyone.

YA Scavenger Hunt, Red Team Style

Let the YA Scavenger Hunt Begin

This hunt is bigger and better than ever before and designed to
let you, the reader, do as little or as much as you want! Gotta love that!

There are 3 separate loops, Blue, Yellow and Red. There are 20 books to win in each loop. 60 BOOKS, total. You can do one loop or all 3, that's up to you.

I am with 
team RED. 
The Rockingist
team of all!

If at any time you get lost or a link doesn't work, click here
to keep going.

Today I'm hosting, Tera Lynn Childs author of Sweet Venom.

Time to get to know Tera Lynn before you get a peek at her
exclusive content.

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based
Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales
 Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins (July 3, 2012),
and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa,
starting with Sweet Venom and Sweet Shadows (September 4, 2012).
 She has also epublished two fun chick lit romances, Eye Candy and
Straight Stalk. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time
writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of
caffeinated beverages. Visit her on her blog here.

NOW, to her book, Sweet Venom.

Great Cover!
Triplet, separated-at-birth descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful
gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their monster-hunting fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

And now for her secret content:

The hunt is over....boo. No more secret content-but you can still enter to win a coy signed copy of Watched until tonight at midnight, MST. Good luck
see below

And guess what? If you sign up for my newsletter on this blog-(in my right side bar) during this hunt, you will be entered to win a second signed copy of Watched or eBook if you prefer. I can't wait to hear what you think of my exclusive content.

Here is the letter you need to unscramble the phrase needed to enter to win the 20 Books from the Red Loop.

Secret Letter: V
Click here to enter to win the 20 Books from the Red Team.

To continue on the hunt go to LEIGH FALLON's site here
Happy Hunting.

My new SIMPLE Skin Routine

Just before the Christmas holidays I was given a gift certificate for a free skin analysis and facial at a local spa here in my area. I finally was able to book an appointment to go. I have to say its been awhile since I had a facial and I thoroughly enjoyed it since it was nice to lay back and relax for an hour.

This was my very first skin analysis and what a wake up call it was because being able to see what is actually under your skin is impressive. Through this I discovered I have some rosacea and that there are some skin products that are actually bothering my skin without me really knowing it.

I have sensitive skin so I always try to be careful what I use. So of course after the facial they do their sales pitch on their line of skin care products that would be best suited for you skin and honestly I loved the products that she used on me and I could feel the difference but with a price tag of $400 for 10 bottles was a little too much for my liking and my pocketbook.

I admit I was a little bummed at the price tag because had it been a reasonable price I would have bought it  but I think things happen for a reason because that day I had come home to my March Topbox and inside was a package of Cleansing Facial Wipes from a UK brand called Simple.

After reading that they are kind to your skin and contain no alcohol, oil, perfumes or dyes. I quickly checked out the website Simple Skin Care . I knew this was the new skin routine I was going to start using.

I have been using the Simple skin care routine for almost two weeks now. You should also know that I was in no way compensate to write this review. All the products I will be talking about were purchased by me.

I went out and bought:
Moisturizing Facial Wash leaves your skin thoroughly cleansed and nourished, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins.

PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth
VITAMIN E known to moisturize to improve skin condition
BISABOLOL helps soothe and calm
NO HARSH IRRITANTS to upset skin

Dermatologist tested
I loved how this cleaned and made my face feel. Everything they said this product would do, it did it. I love knowing what I am using products that are good for my skin and that won't irritate it. I know some facial washes can be harsh on the skin but not this one. It was smooth and lathered really well cleaning my face completely.

Our Replenishing Rich Moisturizer leaves your skin replenished and nourished all day long, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin.

PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth
GLYCERIN hydrates and nourishes
BISABOLOL helps soothe and calm
ALLANTOIN helps soften
NO HARSH IRRITANTS to upset skin

Dermatologist tested
I accidentally bought this by mistake and only realized it after I was using it for a few days. For me the moisturizer felt heavy on my skin and I wasn't sure why until I went onto the site to check it out. This is meant for people with drier skin so if you have drier skin this would be perfect for you. I will be keeping this on hand just in case my skin gets drier because I know just as the cold season comes I feel the dryness.

Our Hydrating Light Moisturizer leaves your skin hydrated and nourished all day long, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins.

PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth
VITAMIN E known to moisturize to improve skin condition
GLYCERIN hydrates and nourishes
BORAGE SEED OIL helps moisturize
NO HARSH IRRITANTS to upset skin

Dermatologist tested
No this was perfect for my skin. It was light and didn't feel like I was wearing anything. This was the perfect base for my make up. After using this my face felt nourished, hydrated and smooth. This can be used day and night but for me I ended up getting...

Our VITAL VITAMIN Night Cream helps restore and replenish your skin's moisture balance throughout the night, plus it's a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with added vitamins.

PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth
VITAMIN E known to moisturize to improve skin condition
GLYCERIN hydrates and nourishes
BORAGE OIL helps soften
BISABOLOL helps soothe and calm
NO HARSH IRRITANTS to upset skin

Dermatologist tested
The reason I ended up buying this night cream was because I liked what it said it would do and waking up in the morning I would notice the difference in my skin because it didn't feel tight.

One thing I loved about these products is you don't need to use alot of it a little goes a long way. I am so happy that I discovered this brand new line of skin care. I love it and love what its doing to my skin. I have noticed a difference in my skin tone and appearance.

I am looking forward to trying some of the other products in this line such as the eye creams, (because I notice that my eyes get tired and puffy) make up remover and the exfoliating wipes.

One thing I love is the price they are all reasonably priced. Although if you are planning on trying this out you should really go to walmart because they start at $7.97 and go up to $12.97 Canadian and walmart currently has coupons for $2 off if you buy one or $5 off if you buy two. I did see these at Pharmaprix (Shopper's Drug Mart to my friends in other parts of Canada) and they were selling them at $17.99. So be sure to shop around.

Its currently available in Canada and I believe in the US now.

Costco's Launch of Protected

Come have some fun with me at the Bountiful Costco 11-6 today.
I'm also on Susan Kaye Quinn's Blog. Cool
Yesterday, I was Here

I can't wait to hear what you think of Protected.  I'm being told it's better than Watched. Wishes do come true.

P.S. The YA scavenger hunt starts later today....Will you be able to find me?

When was the last time you saw an elephant?

What Makes You Happy?

I've had a ton of things happen lately that make me happy. I thought I'd share.

The first is that all the skin cancer on my forehead is gone. Yahoo. On top of that, my hubby uploaded the pics he took on his iPod to our computer so that I can do a post about it. Are you wearing sunscreen?
Can you guess where it was?
Before surgery pic.

Next, was the movie release of The Hunger Games. I so wanted it to be spectacular and it was. I love it when movie producers stick with the story as closely as possible. I did not, however, like the headache the cinematography gave me.

Also, I am stoked for the movie, The Host. I'm hoping it is as well done, without the shaky camera, as The Hunger Games.

Of course, Protected was released. So freaking amazing.

Finally, the weather has been so amazingly unpredictable. I love that. Here is a pic of a quick blizzard we had last week. Loved it.

Well, now that I uploaded it, it doesn't seem so spectacular...the snow disappeared. Oh well, cool pic anyway.

What things have made you happy the past week?

p.s. YA scavenger hunt starts tomorrow and come see me at the Bountiful,Utah Costco 11-6 Thurs-Sat. 





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(Guest Post) Jessica Shirvington

Title: Embrace
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 400
Pub Date: March 2012

About the book
It starts with a whisper: “It’s time for you to know who you are...”

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, EMBRACE is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It’s a battle Violet doesn’t want, but she lives her life by two rules: don’t run and don’t quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden.

LINCOLN: He’s been Violet’s one anchor, her running partner and kickboxing trainer. Only he never told her he’s Grigori—part human, part angel—and that he was training her for an ancient battle between Angels and Exiles.

PHOENIX: No one knows where his loyalties lie, yet he’s the only one there to pick up the pieces and protect her after Lincoln’s lies. In a world of dark and light, he is all shades of gray.

Two sides: Angel or Exile.
Two guys: Lincoln or Phoenix.
The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

I am super excited to have been give the chance to have a guest post from Jessica. So please help me welcome Jessica Shirvington to Cindy's Love of Books.

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love … more complicated.

At 17, life is about new experiences. It is about self-discovery, friends, adventure, mistakes, career and university choices. And let’s be honest, there are not many 17 year olds out there that aren’t interested in falling in love.

But how many are truly interested in falling in love with THE ONE at 17?

I’m not sure I was. In fact, I probably wasn’t. I was planning to take the world by storm – solo. So when I met Matt, well, actually … it was pretty darn amazing. But it was a little frightening too.

When we first got together, it was sweet and young and … perfect. I was head over heels. But things became complicated quickly. He was an up and coming athletic star and I was working in hospitality. So basically he worked hard in the day, and I worked hard at night. His lifestyle demanded routine and healthy living, mine … not so much. But we were determined to make it work.

Falling in love so deeply at a young age made it difficult to be as reckless as our friends. We watched them coast in and out of short, fun, but meaningless relationships and it just seemed so different to what we had.

Writing the Embrace series has been an opportunity for me to pour some of the incredibly intense emotions of young love into Violet’s story. It has been important for me as a writer, and a person, to recognize that it’s completely realistic for someone at her young age to experience the full effect and heartbreak of love. Violet is one hundred percent invested with her heart. She makes bad choices, but we have to. She regrets many of her decisions, because we all do. And she fights for what she loves, because she is compelled to. Violet’s story is unique to her, I don’t pull on parallel scenarios from my own life, but I do pull on the emotion of intense love. Love that I think adults sometimes forget that 17 and 18 years-olds are very capable of feeling.

I often find one question helps a lot of adults, who maybe disagree with this view, to be more open minded: Do you remember you first true love? Do you ever wonder what your life would’ve been like if you had stayed together? For some, the answer is a resounding NOT INTERESTED, but for others … the pause says it all.

Matt and I celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in March - I believe jewelry is in order ;)

About the Author
Jessica Shirvington is the author of the internationally acclaimed Embrace series.
She and her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic
sprinter Matt Shirvington, fell in love when they were 17.

A finalist for Cosmopolitan's Fun, Fearless Female Award, Jessica lives in Sydney,
Australia and is a full-time mom of two adorable girls, author and co-director in the
company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.

Embrace is her first U.S. release.

Check out the Embrace blog.

Look for the sequels ENTICED in September 2012 and EMBLAZE in March 2013!


We at Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox have been a consistent, loud, and uncompromising voice for peace during the Obama administration.

More people (US troops and Afghans, alike) have died in Afghanistan since Obama took over management of that war.

This Sunday, on the Soapbox, I talk to Fatima, from Afghans for Peace. Afghans must, themselves, lead any effort for peace in that region.

Here is the video that Fatima wanted us to watch that highlights the struggle for integrity of vision and principle even within her own community.


Love, peace, and justice,

Cindy Sheehan

The Soapbox Team 

elli and damian