Recycled Book Reading Challenge: American Beauty by Zoey Dean

This is my RBRC book for the month of September.

I have to start by saying that this was not my kind of book. I think this book is aimed more towards the teen crowd. Apparently this is one book out of a large series.

This was more of a Beverly Hills high graduation story, rife with teen angst and first world problems. I was unable to get through the entire book.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, we would love to have you! You can find the complete challenge layout by clicking here. I usually post on the 1st day of every new month. I will add the link to your post from that month on my upcoming posts.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

 

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Must Have Witches!

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I realized today, that halloween is next month! As most of you know, I am a new-found Halloween fan. As we don’t have so much on offer for Halloween in this country, I realized that if I order soon, they will be here well before Halloween time and just in time to really freak out the neighbors 😉

So I’m loving witches at the moment. Why, you ask? Well, because here we can use them several times a year and not just for the one holiday. And I love multi-use items. So a witch-fest it is!

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Sunstar Industries – Crashing Witch Betty Bash Decoration

I don’t know why, but I kind of need this witch! I have the perfect place for it and I think our friendly neighbors would cry laughing when they realize what it actually is 😀

halloween wall witch.jpgNational Tree Halloween Boot Wall Décor, 18 Inch, Black

This is just cute as an alternative to a seasonal wreath on the door…

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Worth Imports Pair of Witch Legs Stake, 18″

Now, I must admit; I was thinking that some zombie hands would be the perfect scare. However, given that we all watched The Wizard of Oz as children, how perfect would it be to stake these at an angle by the house as if it fell on her?!?

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Witch On Broomstick Caution Crossing Sign Outdoor Yellow Diamond Metal Signs Novelty Funny Aluminum Sign Yard Sign 12×12 inches

This is just fun…especially if you have a public place with ‘witch’ to place it by your home..hehehehe

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BZB Goods 9 Foot Tall LED Lighted Halloween Inflatable Castle Haunted House Archway with Ghost Witch Spider Lights Blowup Party Decoration for Outdoor Indoor Home Garden Yard Prop

At over $100, this is quite indulgent, but I thought it was really neat so I had to add it!

 

And this is my list (for this week) of Halloween must-have’s that I’ve been drooling over. Do you celebrate Halloween? How do you do it?

-Mliae

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Guest post: Ten blasts from the past that are making a comeback

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There are some things that fade in our memories, only to come back from time to time when we are reminded with a chuckle and a shake of the head. Then there are some things that come back in the kind of way that can’t be ignored – coming to real popularity once again. These ten things might send you deep down memory lane, but they’re also making a big comeback right now!

1. Resort shirts

Fashion right now is returning to the 80s and 90s, big style. Resort shirts are one of the select pieces that are coming back for the upcoming season, and they’re going to be everywhere really fast. Even if you haven’t been anywhere exciting, pick up one of these quirky, kitsch shirts to rock the style with straight-leg jeans and boots.

2. All-natural furniture

Wicker and rattan were materials you most likely associated with your granny’s house, but these days, you can expect to see them popping up in the homes of your peers instead. All-natural furniture is making a comeback, and that means these plant-sourced styles are going to be seen in a lot of modern homes.

3. Conversation pits

You might never have seen a conversation pit in person, as this 70s home design trend was short-lived – and quickly became so much of a turn-off that many homeowners did away with them in order to sell the house.  Now, they’re coming back: a recessed pit in the centre of your living area with connected couches facing one another, so you can’t do anything but chat.

4. Brutalist design

Brutalism came about after WWII in the first place, and uses the textures and colours of metal and concrete to make the home seem cold, stark, and even almost dirty. It’s a bit of a rebellious look, and it comes about for a second time now as homeowners go against the mid-century modernist trend we’ve been seeing in recent years.

5. Scarf dresses

Do you remember the scarf dress? Made from a mixture of textiles, often actually looking like pieces of cut-up scarves, the shape often includes a jagged hem that continues the theme. This style is back in for the season ahead, hitting on the gypsy trend as well as the current penchant for asymmetry in design.

6. Yellow

It’s funny to say it, but colours really do have a big rise and fall in the world of fashion. Sometimes they’re in, and sometimes they’re out. Rising hugely this season is yellow, coming on the coattails of the infamous Gen Z Yellow. For this trend, however, mellower tones are also acceptable.

7. 90s windbreakers

Those oh-so-stylish windbreakers that your mother made you wear in the 90s are actually now a thing again. It’s just a shame that your child-sized jacket will no longer fit!

8. Dad sneakers

Again, we have the 90s to thank for this one. Dad sneakers are so uncool that they’re cool again. Normally we’d tell you to avoid this type of shoe for looking so ungainly and unchic, but now they’re back in vogue for a while.

9. Crazy heels

Stick a few weird shapes into the heel of your shoe and you’re good to go with this trend. You saw those crazy heels in the 90s and again in the 2000s – and this decade’s turn has come at last.

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10. Western trends

We’re going all the way back to the Wild West for this trend: think cowboy-style boots, fringed jackets, and prairie chic with a vintage air.

All these trends are back in style, which really makes us wonder. Maybe we’d better hang on to everything we ever buy just in case it comes back!

Regards,

Anna

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AUTHOR BIO: Anna Ashmore is a woman of many talents. She is passionate about literature, sports, travel and education among many other things. She is also an amateur writer who hopes to make it big in the blog world. Professionally, Anna is a market research analyst at http://businesscheck.co.nz/ and loves her job.

*Photos sourced via Pexels & Anna’s own biographical photo

Introducing: Oma’s Cottage!

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Hi there and thanks for stopping by today!

We met so many nice people when we were visiting the States this summer. One lady who stands out, is called ‘Oma’. This wonderful woman runs her own online store selling doll clothes made for the American Girl Doll series as well as some of their counterparts. I really felt the need to do a spotlight on this business because it is quite different than anything I’ve done and because I know that the American Girl Dolls and all of their accessories are quite expensive. The doll clothes at Oma’s Cottage will not hit you in the wallet the way that many will. So I also thought it might be of benefit to you, my readers, to be aware of the many things that Oma’s Cottage has to offer.

Oma’s cottage started 2 years ago when Oma found herself currently without employment and in need of an outlet for stress. She has been a seamstress since her teenage years and also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. As handicrafts are known to be a therapeutic hobby, she was really looking forward to getting back to it.

While she was researching ways to do the handicrafts she loved, as well as searching for new business ideas; This family woman noticed the Target doll one day. As an 18 inch doll, she really liked the size of them. When she was a child, she played with the ‘Ginger Doll’. The ‘Ginger Doll ‘is a pre-Barbie Doll. Because of this, Oma prefers childlike dolls instead of the womanly figured Barbies and when she discovered the ‘American Girl Dolls’ (while playing dolls with her granddaughter) she got to thinking about it and a business was born!

Oma enjoys the imaginative play that playing with dolls brings to children. And I have to agree with her! Children’s imaginations should be fostered as much as possible. Something we seem to be losing in our modern day.

As this business began with family, Oma began searching the web for patterns that she could make for her granddaughter. After awhile, she realized that she could do this and loved making these items. She began to get creative with colours, textiles, and patterns. Even trying her hand at shoe making for the dolls! (I believe that this must’ve been quite a challenge!)

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She has up-cycled silky formal dresses and other items into these doll clothes, which I believe should give her a big ++ in sustainable business practices. Oma wants all children to be able to enjoy having beautiful clothes on their dolls, so the clothes for the 18 inch doll are not exclusive to the ‘American Girl Dolls’ but will also drape beautifully the ‘Our Generation Doll ‘from Target and the ‘My Life As Dolls’ from Walmart.

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Once Oma got into the rhythm of making clothes for the 18 inch dolls, along came the 14.5 inch ‘American Girl Doll’ and the 14 inch dolls that are similar. Oma explains to me that the ‘Wellie Wisher’ is for younger girls. That there is no cloth body and the eyes don’t close. I don’t so much about dolls, so it was quite interesting to learn!

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Oma’s Cottage is currently working from her facebook page and the occasional craft fair. If you are looking for doll clothes for some of these sizes, I strongly recommend checking out her facebook page. I know that these doll clothes are made with love. I also know that my readers dislike overspending on things and that the retail of these items are infamous for being quite pricey. At Oma’s Cottage they will not be a budget buster. The items are beautiful and reasonably priced. Yay! She usually sells within the USA, but Oma is excited about branching out into the world and has made sure that she can offer reasonable international shipping for any of our readers abroad who would like to make a purchase. Double yay!!

Her contact info is as follows:

Facebook 

*If you are having trouble accessing the FB page, please feel free to contact Oma via email. She will send you any information that you request.

Email: mestorms279@gmail.com

(Phone: in US 219-713-9525)

omas groupAren’t they super cute?!

Thank you so much for reading!

-Mliae

Recycled Book Reading Challenge: The Testament by John Grisham

Hi there 🙂

Last month, I didn’t post a RBRC post because we were traveling. I’m continuing the challenge though and so picking back up with this month’s post.

The Testament is a well known book. I have read it before (hence the reason its been collecting dust for a few years), but it was nice to give it another read before I pass it on for someone else to enjoy for awhile.

An inheritance of an unbelievable sum is not going the way the family would like it to. The family is horrendous. The beneficiary is an unknown. You know how this plays out….

I really like the way Grisham has developed the characters in this book. He not only covers the emotional spectrum, but human weakness as well. I believe that the weaknesses are what make his characters so much more human.

This is a good book. Of course, its a best seller.  If you haven’t already read this book, I would recommend it as a good read for a rainy day.

If you would like to join the Recycled Book Reading Challenge, please do! The more, the merrier 🙂 Each month I will be linking back to the posts of those who have joined the challenge.

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae