Book Review: Melinda Harris – Sometimes You Know

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Boats…

Sydney Campbell hates boats, almost as much as she hates unsweetened iced tea, mornings and people that insist on wearing pantyhose with open-toed shoes. But when it comes to sexy London Boys singer, Simon Young, there aren’t many things Sydney wouldn’t do. And that’s how she finds herself aboard a cruise ship to the Bahamas trying to not only win his business, but maybe even his heart.

Simon Young has spent the past four years drowning in a sea of booze and women, trying to dull the memory of a night he knows he’ll never forget. The only thing keeping him from calling it quits on life is a beloved silver locket that has somehow kept his sanity in check for nearly a decade. But it’s not until he meets his new confident and incredibly beautiful public relations manager that he feels like he can finally breathe again.

Simon and Sydney are both shocked by their instant connection, but even more surprising is how right it all seems. And now given the chance, Sydney hopes to repay a favor that changed her forever, but she may be too late. Simon may be too far gone to be brought back to life.

Only time – and a silver locket – will tell.

Remember being a teen and having a crush on your favorite rockstar? That one that even as an adult, when you hear mention of, it brings you right back to that teen who worshiped him? What would happen if you were not only doing PR for your favorite group but actually spending one-on-one time with your favorite guy? That is exactly what happens for Sydney!

Simon, a hunky pop-star, comes from a troubled past and seeks comfort and peace.. Sydney a business woman with a knockout figure and a mind full of creative ideas shares a deeper connection with Simon than either of the two know… Simon is forced to confront his demons while Sydney is also forced to face her fears.. the two of them together is a love story that grabs the reader from the beginning to end. Love, romance, twists, turns, sex, music, and devastation.. what more could you possibly want from a book?! The chapters alternate between Sydney and Simon giving you a unique view of each other and how their relationship develops, as the story goes on, I really appreciated that. I read the entire book in a few hours. I felt connected to the characters throughout the book and couldn’t wait to see how it ended. This was the first book I have read by Melinda Harris but it won’t be the last!

“Sometimes You Know” is part 2 in the Fangirl series but, is a stand alone book (you do not have to read the first one to understand this one). This story contains some adult language and adult situations. Not recommended for readers under the age of 18.

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Bout of Books : August 2014

Bout of Books

I am excited to announce that I am participating in Bout of Books this August! If you know me, you know that I really love to read.. but I seriously lack the motivation to speak-out about them. I have issues with rules and lists.. what can I say, I am a rebel.. so I will loosely lay out a list of candidate books that I will attempt to read (I will edit this post as I read/finish them, and add/replace them as I go, like I said, I need flexibility here!). I will also make a plan to faithfully review 5 books, respond to all comments on this post, and visit & comment on 5 new blogs from the bout of books listing.

So! Without further adieu, the candidate books…

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
Hush by Anne Frasier
The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Matched by Ally Condie
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Secrets of an Organized Mom by Barbara Reich
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Coldest Girl In Town by Holly Black
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
* Some are re-reads and others are need-to-be-finished series.

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Chocolate Body Scrub : Beauty Tuesday

I absolutely love homemade body scrubs! They always smell good and leave my skin so soft and who wouldn’t want a delicious smelling body scrub? Make up a batch of this and save half for yourself and give the other half to a friend. I promise they will love you for it! It’s also edible so you could use it for a lip scrub as well!

Chocolate Body Scrub
1 cup granulated sugar (brown or white)
1/2 cup sweet almond oil (olive oil will also work)
1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or 2-3 vitamin capsules)
1 tsp real vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp chocolate shavings

Combine all ingredients except chocolate shavings in a bowl and mix until sugar and oil are combined. Add chocolate shavings and fold in. Store in air tight containers.

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Paris Charm : WIP Wednesday

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I finally finished the quilt top! I still haven’t decided on what to use for the backing.. but I am thinking I might like a simple Eiffel tower pantograph like this might be nice..

After finishing up this one, I went back and hunted down two more patterns from the company.. now that they are out of business, it’s really making me sad because they had some incredible designs!! I picked up this peace sign pattern, it’s a baby quilt but I intend to make it much larger.

and then I came across this one and I just had to have it!

I know some of you will want to know where to find them and unfortunately I have no leads for you :( I would suggest you google “Blue Meadow Designs pattern”.
Pattern: Paris Charm by Blue Meadow Designs
Fabric : Hello Luscious by Basic Grey

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Manicure Monday :


I wish I had, had more time to photograph this manicure :( the color is a beautiful deep purple with fine flecks of glitter inside. Life has been far too busy lately and sadly I just don’t have time to keep up! :( Sorry about the strange shadows across my hand, it’s from my cell phone.

Base Coat: Nail Tek Maintenance Plus & Nail Defense by Orly
Polish: Finger Paints Polish in Icy Iris
Top Coat: Seche Vite

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Travalo : Beauty Tuesday

Have you heard of Travalo travel sized perfume atomizers? They are supposed to be super easy to use by just placing the end on top of your standard spray perfume and pump. They also make roller ball styles which really got me excited because I love roll on perfume!
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Sounds easy right? I ordered the black roller ball style and anxiously counted down the days to delivery. When it came I was so excited so I grabbed my bottle of my favorite perfume and tried to fill it.

Only, it wouldn’t fill. At all. It just kept spilling my expensive perfume all over the base. It never held more than 3 pumps after wasting about 25 — obviously I stopped using the expensive perfume and switched to trying a body spray.. thinking maybe my perfume top may have been too large or small.. the body spray had the same result. To say I was disappointed was the understatement of the century. HOW could these things have such amazing reviews?! Obviously mine was defective? So I set about getting a return.. then I decided to order the spray instead of the roller ball to see if I could compare and test.


Here’s a shot to compare. The spray filled with no problems at all and I was satisfied that I had a product that I could carry around…. until..

See that? that is perfume leaking from the bottom. Now, to be fair, this only happens when the bottle is held on the end and is warm (like being held)…… but if you are using a travalo, I would seriously advise not using any perfume that is too spendy because evaporation and leakage WILL happen.

My advice? Save your money. Buy one of those with the screw off tops and use a funnel to fill. They cost about the same and your product isn’t going to leak. I kept the pink one but had someone told me that they leaked this way, I probably would have purchased something different.

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Manicure Monday : Mellow Yellow

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It was a little hard to get the glitter polishes to photograph while keeping the yellow accurate in the different lighting conditions. The yellow is a bright, buttery yellow (similar to the color of a #2 pencil) while the glitter polishes on the ring fingers shine with all the colors in the rainbow. The yellow went on pretty opaque and only took two coats for a nice even polish. The Luxe & Lush polish is a little gummy but I am not sure if its just my bottle though.. It always goes on with a thick layer so this time I concentrated on applying the Opal Glitter first and then followed up with the Luxe.

The polish has held up well throughout the week and I had no chipping until about day 4 and even then it was along the top of one nail only. I love this look!

Base Coat: Nail Tek Maintenance Plus & Nail Defense by Orly
Polish: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow, China Glaze in Luxe and Lush, & Sunful Colors in Opal Glitter.
Top Coat: Seche Vite

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Make-Up Brushes & Cleaning : Beauty Tuesday


I posted this photo on instagram/facebook while cleaning my make up brushes and, I got some questions about what I use to clean them & keep them looking nice. I thought I’d share the recipe here as well. :) I’ve had my brushes for years and years and this recipe keeps them looking like new.

DIY Brush Cleaner
1c Distilled/Filtered Water
1/4c Distilled White Vinegar
1/2TBLsp Gentle Baby Shampoo
1/2TBLsp Gentle Dish Soap
1TBLsp Leave-In Conditioner

Mix together gently and store in a clean, air tight container. To use, add a small amount to a cup or bowl and swirl brush in the liquid, rinse and dry your brushes on an absorbent towel. Never dry brushes standing in a cup as this can destroy the brush.

NOTE: If you share your brushes, replace the vinegar with equal amount of isopropyl alcohol. I find that the vinegar does the job of disinfecting just fine and is less drying to the brushes however, if you share your brushes it’s important to remove any bacteria and alcohol is the better choice.

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Manicure Monday: Black, Gunmetal & Green


It’s terribly overcast here today so trying to photograph the green polish was a nightmare. It’s a shockingly bright, neon green. I’m on a fun polish kick. I really loved the look of last week’s manicure so I continued this week with a darker theme. I have come to find that the Orly Liquid Vinyl is my favorite black polish of all time. I really should stock up!

I also found this amazing video on YouTube that has these amazing polish shelves, I am going to have to get my husband to do this! I’m now dreaming of transforming one of our spare rooms into an entire make-up room!

Base Coat: Nail Tek Maintenance Plus & Nail Defense by Orly
Polish: Orly in Liquid Vinyl, China Glaze in Kiss My Glass, & China Glaze in I’m With The Lifeguard.
Top Coat: Seche Vite

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Hello in Paris & Exciting News! : WIP Wednesday

I really wish the Blue Meadow Designs company were still in business.. they had some really amazing patterns! I found this pattern around the same time that Hello Luscious was released and I just knew that it had to be made in this fabric. I hung on to the fabric though and this project sat in my box waiting to be put together for a long while… which led to some problems as it turns out!

I laid all of my pieces out to get a feel for the colored blocks.. it turned out to be a bit more tricky than I thought to get the pieces to lay the way I wanted but after 3 attempts, I finally settled on this layout and began stitching up… and then the problems began.

Originally I had intended the cream fabric to be the inner border and the pink to be the outer.. however, whomever sold me the fabric cut me 1 square yard (36″x36″) not 1yrd by the width of fabric which I thought I had bought. The problem then was, I didn’t have enough fabric to be wide enough for the inner border. My husband (the math genius) discovered that I had just enough of the hot pink (because Moda cuts with generous yardage! YAY!) to swap the borders..

The wonderful Tracey Jay offered me some yardage but we had already cut.. but everyone on instagram seemed to like to new layout better than my original plan.. and it’s grown on me too! That light pink is the binding! I never bought backing for it.. but I am actually thinking I might back it with snuggles! Wouldn’t hot pink minkee be amazing!? I’ll have to see if one of my quilters will longarm with minkee (I know some who won’t).. I am pretty sure someone I know will!
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I’ve got most of it stitched up, I just need to sew on the applique and then sew on the borders. It’s stitched up pretty quickly. The pattern was pretty well written (although some of the fabric requirements were a little confusing at first glance but it was easy to figure out.) I am loving this quilt. It’s a touch busier than I thought it would be but I think everything blends together very nicely.

I also asked my husband to build me a quilt ladder to display some of my quilts and this past weekend, he did! Isn’t it beautiful?! I want to make another and stain it to match our furniture, this one will go into my quilting studio… and guess what?! I won a contest!!

My friend is a longarmer and she does AH-MAH-ZING!! work. She recently held a contest on instagram where she picked 2 winners, one would win a mini quilt and the other a $100 gift certificate towards machine quilting. She pulled my name for the machine quilting! Can you believe it!? I never win anything let alone something that amazing!! I’m sew excited! I’m working on 2 other quilts (I’m waiting on fabrics so you’ll hopefully see those in the next few weeks) and I am definitely sending one of those her way! I’m still in shock! Check out her work here on facebook or on instagram.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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