Archive | April 2015

Who says you cant have your cake and eat it too!?

Whoooo so i am still slowly but surely working out throughout the week but it is very hard when it comes down to temptations! I know all men and women know how hard temptations are! Can i get an AMEN!? NO? Okay! Anyway i have another book review for yall!

This week i got another new addition from blogging for books and i was so tempted to just eat the damn pages but, alas, my body cant take that much fiber! My new addition is called The Sweetapolita Bake Book by Rosie Alyea and even though i might not be making any of these for a while there are so many new things that i already have plans for!

Chapter One is mainly sprinkles and cupcakes! It covers the different types of decorative edibles from regular sprinkles (called Jimmies, who knew) to 24 karat gold flakes… Yes gold flakes! There is a recipe for Sky High Chocolate covered Cupcakes that look like something straight from Martha Stewart herself! But it isnt just cupcakes and sprinkles in this chapter! There is also meringues, lollypops and CHEESECAKE!!!!! Sweet jesus i miss cheesecake!

Chapter two has quite a bit more variety in it. There are some more cupcakes, mini cakes and cookies but there is also edible chalk!!!!! and the cutest birthday/birthstone gems that would make the perfect little birthday gift for your favorite sweet toothed friend! There is also a recipe for a circus style Pink candied popcorn!

Chapter three is all about cookies! There is frosted animal cookies, water color graffiti cookies and cookie pops! Im not a big fan of cookies but if im in the mood i will mack down on a dozen or so. Not at this current time of course! Lol

Chapter four and chapter five is all about cakes! Holy cow these look amazing! They have everything from a double chocolate cake to what she calls her Mintiest Meringue Cake! Almost all of these are gorgeous and will take some time to perfect but also a mile high! There is one in here that i want to make for my fiance for his birthday in early May called a Chocolate Root Beer Float cake that looks like a to-die-for cake! But he isnt the cake type so i already have something planned!

And last but not least chapter six is full of tips and tricks as well as how to’s! Filled with detailed and pictured instructions for successful baking, filling pastry bags, decorating with royal icing as well as how to make it and even how to temper chocolate! I am now in love and i think the author did an amazing job of creating a layout that is easy to navigate as well as making things easy to read and understand!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review!

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ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant product line review!

You read it ladies and gentleman this post is a PRODUCT review instead of a book review! So i got this entire set from Smiley360 and i was so excited! I waited my the mailbox for our USPS Worker. The kit i got contains a manual spinbrush, a tube of Truly Radiant toothpaste and a bottle of Truly Radiant Mouthwash.

The manual toothbrush is not something I/m a fan of. It looks like a child put it together and does exactly what a regular toothbrush does. The top of it (spin brush) doesn’t spin unless you turn it with your finger! LAME! But i continue to use it because I needed a new toothbrush!

The toothpaste seems to do what its supposed to! I do get a burning feeling around my lips but im probably just a sloppy tooth brusher.

The Mouthwash i love!!!! Normally i cant use mouthwash because i have sensitive teeth but i have no problem with this one. It doesn’t have alcohol in it or hydrogen peroxide but every time i use everything together my teeth feel so much cleaner and fresh! Plus they stay that way after eating and drink things too!

Milk Bar Life Review!

So last week i know i was telling you guys about how im working on losing weight but i got this cookbook, not for me mind you, for my family and our family celebrations!I love the layout of this book even though it does take some getting use to!

Not last christmas but the Christmas before i made what we call buckeyes and everyone absolutely adored them! They are the perfect little bite of something if you are looking to splurge just a tad. Ill give you the recipe i use;

Buckeyes:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups peanut butter 1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
  2. Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.
  4. Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.

This book has everything from drinks to deserts the only thing is, this book is set up by occassions you could use them for like having a cook out or week nights and even family meals. Each recipe is simple and to the point with tons of full color pictures! The only thing i dont like is using one recipe for another recipe but that is just me. If you love trying new things you should check it out!

I received this book free from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review!

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Rising Red As The Dawn!

OMG OMG OMG! Thats the only way to explain how i feel right now. After a grueling three days i have finally finished The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Holy Balls I am in LOVE! Now I have said before and will again, I hate spoiler alerts but i am writing this while trying not to tell you everything that happens in this book! Let me break it down for you!

Synopsis:

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Now I was a little confused at first because this seems like Kings and Queens era of time but they do have modern technology. I was slightly thrown off but got over it… Its a book… who cares right!? The second thing… Every time i read the main characters name i kept wanting to read it as Bone Marrow instead of Mare Barrow lol. Aside from that  there was never a dull moment in this book for me. And the ending… OH MY SWEET BOOK GOD! I fell in love with every single character, Bad or good, and couldnt put the book down to save my life! The only thing i regret is finishing it so quickly because now I have to wait like, you know, forever, for the next book to come out! Great read and a strong 5 stars from me!

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Amazon Buying Link: http://www.amazon.com/Red-Queen-Victoria-Aveyard/dp/0062310631/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429140143&sr=8-1&keywords=red+queen+victoria+aveyard

How many women work out a few months before summer just to look hot!?

I’m back!!!!!! again with another book review courtesy of blogging for books! So lately i have been hit with this workout bug! And keep in mind i am NOT doing this for summer! I am however doing this because… well… frankly im tired of being fat. I was asked yesterday what my bmi is. If you have no clue what a bmi is It is your Body Mass Index. And mine was at a skyrocketing 48.8…. That is HUGE!!! No pun intended. So before this conversation i had plotted on doing yoga and after one sitting of Yoga For Dummies ( no thank you) i realized i needed something a little more intense. Dont get me wrong. I love yoga! It always seems to help me pop the joints that are stuck in Bitch-You-Are-NOT-Getting-Up Mode but i have a lot of weight to lose so i think yoga would be a post weight loss thing. Anyway! Onto my book review!

I picked Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year Round from b4b and i am in love. This is perfect for anyone who, like me, feels that if you cant do something you shouldnt even try! But i am slowly getting out of that phase of my life. Life is worth living! Do it while you can move it! This book is full of fully illustrated exercises which is great because come on how many times have you looked at an exercise spread and thought ” Wait, my legs get there…. how?” I plan on using this book every day and hopefully within the next couple months ill be showing you how far i have come from this day! Anyway below as always will be the synopsis and the buying like as usual. Like always, Keep reading my loves!

Synopsis*

Cassey Ho, internationally renowned fitness instructor, is known for her irresistibly popular workout videos which have been shared millions of times online. She runs the #1 women’s fitness channel on YouTube, Blogilates. Her unique format, POP Pilates© is a fusion of ab-chiseling, butt lifting, total body sculpting exercises that are performed using only your bodyweight. Cassey’s personality is bubbly, inspiring, and infectious. But don’t let the smile fool you – her workouts will leave you sweating and sore for days. By following Ho’s super effective workout plans and clean-eating recipes, you will transform your body towards a stronger, sleeker, and happier version of you.

Hot Body Year Round is your ULTIMATE exercise and nutrition guide to living a fit, happy, and healthy life while sculpting your HOTTEST body.

Cassey will show you how to stay motivated throughout the year, no matter what the challenges are. You will get:

– 120 of Cassey’s BEST total body transforming exercises
– The complete POP Pilates exercise library – fully photographed and easy to follow
– 20 full length workouts
– 40 brand new, ridiculously delicious & nutritious recipes
– Foods for beautiful hair, skin, and nails
– 4 complete clean eating meal plans & grocery lists that complement each season
– Cassey’s personal daily meal plan
– Motivational tips to stay inspired year-round
– 256 pages of full color, glossy inspiration

Buying link**

http://www.amazon.com/Cassey-Hos-Hot-Body-Year-Round/dp/0804139040

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