Book Review: Successful Self-Publishing By Joanna Penn

About the book:

It is a guide to help with self-publishing.

My Thoughts:

I have thought about writing a book and self publishing it. I found the guide quite useful in my quest to write my own book.

I give this book 3 stars out of 5 stars.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

Product Review: Lush Cosmetics Ambrosia Shaving Cream

Hello Everyone,

This will be the last Lush product review for awhile since I have one product to test out and I have to go to my local Lush store and pick up some more goodies. So lets get started.

About the product( Lush Website):

Ambrosia is our shaving cream for sensitive faces; those poor souls who suffer from razor burn, ingrown hairs and itchiness. Mark (LUSH co-founder and product inventor) used the gentlest ingredients he could find for Ambrosia, like oat milk and linseed to protect the skin during shaving, cocoa butter to soften and calming chamomile extract to soothe. Apply liberally before shaving for a smooth, irritation-free face.



100 ml retails for $9.95


250 ml retails for $19.95


My Thoughts:



I didn’t like this product for shaving under the arms and was not great in my husband case to shave facial hair but it was fantastic for shaving legs.


The scent was also nice.


Under arm: Big no with a sensation of skin irritation.

Facial hair: Same as under arm.

Leg: Yes! Best leg shaving cream I have ever tried. Will be rebuying for leg shaving.
I give this product 2 stars out of 5 stars.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

Books Haul Spring Part one 2016

Hello Everyone,

I have bought quite a few ebooks this season with their being major holidays like Valentine’s, my birthday and Easter. Lots of gift cards where had. I am going to post them in order I bought them.  I will also be rating the ones I didn’t do a review for. So lets get started.

Apprentice by Rachel E. Carter. Book 2 of the black mage series.

Heller Brother Hockey Series By Kelly Jamieson. The books in the series are breakaway, faceoff, one man advantage, hat trick and offside. When I saw this series I knew I had to have it. As a Canadian I do love my hockey, I was looking for something different what is more different then a hockey and romance.

Infinity Blade Awakening and Blade By Brandon Sanderson.  Books one and two of the Infinity Blade duology? I have not heard if this is a duology or if there are going to be more books. I thought reading some Brandon Sanderson other works will help ease me into the mistborn series.

I gave book one 2 stars and book two 1 star.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow. Book one of the prisoners of peace series.

I gave this book 1 star.

Steelheart By Brandon Sanderson, book one of the reckoners series.

Starry Night By Isabell Gillies

I gave this book 3 stars.

So you want to be a wizard by Diane Duane, Book one of the young wizards. This is my book challenge from my husband. At  the begining of the year we pick a series that the other person has not read that you would think the other person would love. This is the series he chose for me and for he I pick Harry Potter series. He has seen all the movies but never read any of the books.

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston, book one of the witch’s daughter series. Book 2 will be release this year on March 8.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

I gave this book 3 stars

Mail-Order Bride Of The West Series By Debra Holland. There is more books in this series by Caroline Fyffe. The sad new is that she only sell on Amazon. So I am not too sure if I will pick up the rest of the books since I mainly read and take everywhere with my kobo.

I gave Lina 2 stars.

I gave Trudy 3 stars.

I gave Darcy 1 star.

I gave Prudence 5 stars.

Black In White by JC Andrijeski, Book one in the Quentin Black mysteries.

Mary Hades Beginnings box set by Sarah Dalton.

Warrior Mage by Lindsay Buroker, book one  of the chains of honor series.

I gave Warrior Mage 3 stars.

Until The Next Time by Kevin Fox.

Ever After Book one of the Cursed Series by Odessa Gillespie Black.

I gave this book 1 star.

Queen Mab By Kate Danley.

I gave this book 3 stars.

Trial by fire book one in the worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini.

The Blemished Series by Sarah Dalton.

Before You By Amber Hart. Book 1 of the before and after series.



The Oracle Code By Charles Brokaw. Book 4 of the Thomas Lourds series.

Fracture Era Series by Autumn Kalovist

False Truth series By Diane Capri.




Faerie Tale Book Collection Books 4-6 by Jenni James.



Cinderella 5 stars out of 5 stars


Hansel & Gretel  1 star out of 5 stars


Jack & The Beanstalk 3 stars out of 5 stars.




The Jim Rubart Trilogy by James L. Rubart.




James Bond Collection by Ian Fleming.

Casino Royal 3 stars out of 5 stars.


Leighann Dobbs Cozy Mystery Collection by Leighann Dobbs.

For Queen And Country Books 1-3 by Patty Jansen.

The Lady Who Lived Again By Thomasine Rappold. Book one in the survivor series.

Part two will be coming next Monday.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

I Am Going Away For A Week August 2016

Hello  Everyone,

I am going away to stay with my in laws for a week. So I will be choosing the giveaway winners when I get back home.

Blog Posts are still happening for this week. I am working on them as we  speak.



(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

Book Review: Dream Student (Dream Series) Book 1 By J.J. DiBenedetto

About the book:

Sara can travel through people dreams and see people’s intend.  Her dreams walking is becoming more real as girls that she sees in her dreams are going missing. Can she help stop the murderer?

My thoughts:

I found the story interesting. Something I have not read  in my life time.  I really dislike the main character Sara. I found her one side. However that didn’t take away from the story.  I love how at the end of the book we finally find out who the murder is. I like that the author gave away nothing till near the end. I would have never guess that person.

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 stars.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

Product Review: Lush Cosmetics Yuzu And Cocoa Shower Cream

Hello Everyone,

Today I am reviewing another Lush Product. So lets get started.

About the product(Lush Website):

his one’s packed with enough cocoa and tonka to make Mr Wonka wish he’d invented something half as sweet. Citrusy fresh yuzu juice is blended with reassuring cocoa and tonka absolutes for a shower that smells like chocolate oranges. You might not be able to lick it, but with a scent this sumptuous your comfort eating cravings are sure to be satisfied.



100 ml retails for $9.99


250 ml retails for $20.95


500 ml retails for $28.95





My thoughts:



By far this is the best shower cream made by lush in my option.  There is no color staining with this product. The yellow color dye rinses off with no color left behind.

The shower cream smells more of oranges then cocoa. Not a downside but for people who hate oranges scent it could be a deal breaker.

My husband lost my shower cream while camping. He hates the fact that it does not foam up. Thank god it was almost done when I gave it to him.

I give this product a 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Will I be rebuy? Yes.






(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

May Empties 2016

Hello Everyone,

Empties are sometimes hard to finish but I sure used a lot of them this month.  So lets get started.

CF= Cruelty free brands.

BCF= Batch is cruelty free. Which means that the product was tested on animals but what you are buying was not tested on animals.

That is some pretty empties in that bin.


Ombra Spa Citrus Sage Shower Gel(CF): Rebuy but at the moment I have no room in my shower gel drawer for any more shower gels.

Fiama Di Wills Shower Gel Brazilian Orange And Ginger: This product is made in India so it will be hard to get my hands on it. So no rebuy.

I Dream Of… Candy Apple Shower Gel: Can’t seem to find this product anywhere. So no rebuy unless I find it.

Cake Beauty Keylime Cupcake Shower Gel(CF): This scent was a LE. So no rebuy.


 Champange Diva White Tea and Honey Body Lotion: Don’t know if I would rebuy it or not. My Husband used this one up on me.

Bath and body works Hawaii Passonfruit kiss body lotion(BCF): I love the scent. Would I rebuy? Only if it was at the semi annual sale.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion(CF): My daughter use this up and it will always be a rebuy.

Bath And Body Works Tokyo Lotus  Apple Blossom Body Lotion(BCF): rebuy only if the scent was on sale.

Caprina Fresh Goat Milk Body Lotion In Shea Butter(BCF): Rebuy.

Avon Naturals Cocoa and Rose Body Lotion: I love the scent but when my fave. etsy body store opens up. I will custom order the scent. So no rebuy.

Bath And Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom(BCF): No rebuy. I can buy from the body shop.



Zen Jasmine Bath Fizz: No rebuy cause it is sold in France.

Caprina Fresh Goat Milk Soap in Olive Oil and Wheat protein: My daughter use this soap and loves it for her dry skin. Rebuy.

Exact Spring Fresh: My Husband used this soap.  Not a rebuy for him.

Ma Provence Fleur of Orange Soap: No rebuy. Maybe? This soap was so pretty with it image of France that I didn’t want to use it for awhile but I finally did. Soap is soap no matter how beautiful it looks.



Coni Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Black Mask: Rebuy

Etude House Aloe Mask: No Rebuy.

Real Nature Face Mask Blueberry: Rebuy.

Daiso Nose Pack: No rebuy.

Revitinzing Eye Pads: No rebuy.



Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner: Rebuy.

Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil: Rebuy.

Mizon Collagen Firming Eye Cream: No rebuy. This product didn’t firm at all.

Air Repair Super Hydrating Eye Cream: No rebuy. This didn’t nothing for dark circles.

Arbonne RE9 Eye cream: No rebuy.

epice exfoliating scrub: No Rebuy.

Renew Rosehip Oil: Rebuy.

Arbonne RE9 Night Cream: No rebuy.

Langsre Rose Berry 70 Sleeping Mask: Rebuy if I can find this product. I got in it a meme box.

Korres 24 hour rose cream(CF): Rebuy.


Dirty Works Your Soft Touch Hand Cream(CF): Rebuy. I love that this product has no real scents. It was perfect to keep in the bathroom for visitors looking for a hand cream with no scent.


Etude House Castle Hand Cream In Pink Wish: Rebuy. I really like this scent and will rebuy next time I order on ebay.

O’Keaeffe Working Hands: No rebuy. This product didn’t work for me.



Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet in Albaster: Rebuy.

CoverGirl Ready Get Gorgeous Concealer In Fair: No rebuy. This did not have the coverage I wanted.

Elizabeth Arden lipstick in Petal: Rebuy.


Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm: No Rebuy.


Shopkin Lip Balm in Strawberry: My daughter use this one up. Rebuy for her.


Cargo 3 action mascara(CF): No Rebuy.


 Australis Paparazzi Perfect In Frock & Roll(CF): No Rebuy. This broke on me and I tryed to fix it but didn’t work. So I am saying good buy.

Cargo Swimmable Water Resistance Blush in Bali(CF): I will be rebuying this blush. I used every bit of it.

Sally Beauty Eye Liner in Black: No Rebuy. Dried out after two uses.

Maybelline Great Lashes: Rebuy.

Tarte Lights, Camera Lashes Mascara(CF): No rebuy. 

Oral Care



Colgate Total Alcohol-Free Mouth Wash: Rebuy.


Crest Whitening Toothpaste: No Rebuy.


Colgate Fresh Stripe Toothpaste: Will rebuy.




Hair Care





Garnier Fructis Clean and Fresh 2 in 1 Shampoo: My husband used this product up and it is a rebuy for him.

Dove Quench Serum: No Rebuy.

dfi hair spray: No rebuy.

Sun Care






Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration spf 50: Rebuy.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Spf 60: No rebuy. This product left a white cast on my face and would not sink into my skin.







The Body Shop Loofa: Rebuy.


Old Wallet: Rebuy.


ebay sponge: Rebuy.


Disposable Razors x 4: Rebuy.


Daiso Hair band: Rebuy.





Disposable razors : Rebuy.

Raspberry mini candle: No rebuy.

Bath and body works wall flower in lemon: Rebuy. This was  a clean lemon scent.


Glasses cleaners x 2: Rebuy.


Yves Rocher Deodorant in fresh cotton: No rebuy.


Bath and Body Works Candle in Nectarine Green Tea:  No rebuy. The scent was not fantastic and the candle wick crackled every time it was lit.

Fluff Cotton Pads: Rebuy.

Full Size:123+49=172


Deluxe Size:36+13=49


Foil Size:  7


Total All Together:166+49+13=228



Product used so far: 228




(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)


Samantha Watches Jem And The Holograms Season One

Hello Everyone,

I am slowly getting back to the swing of watching movies and tv show. I have decide to change the formula from my norm for tv shows.  I will be adding a fave. episode and a least fave. episode. So there will be some spoilers for fave. and least fave. episodes. So lets get started.

About the series:

It is about Jerrica who has to fight for her father company by starting a band. She finds out that her father made Synergy, a high-tech computer that has the ability to generate holograms. So forming the band Jem and The Holograms set to take on Eric Raymond and the band The Misfits. To win Starlight records.

The series runs for 26 episodes.

My thoughts:

My fave. song of first season:  Click/Clash perfomed by Jem and the holograms and the misfits from episode 2.

My fave. episode is The Music Awards episode 2: My fave. part of the episode is when Pizzazz of the misfits at the end of the episode drops the music award. I think that is when she realizes that music awards are not everything.

My least fave. episode is Glitter And Gold: To me Jerrica/Jem acted like a child at the beginning of the episode.  When she found out that the Misfits might win the award for most sold records. Jem and the holograms decide to make a new record in two days.  So they enter the contest.  Who ever sell 500000 thousand records wins the award. So they get close and Rio decide to buy a record and the Jem and the holograms get to the 500000 thousand records but are discount cause Rio works for them. So sad Jem. So sad. Then the misfits sells 500000 thousand records first and jem and the holograms won’t have it cause the person bought both a misfits record and a jem and the hologram record. Alas Jem and the holograms runs out of records to sale. One of the starlight kids snatches Rio’s record and puts it back on the shelf and someone buys it and the holograms won the award.

To be honest the misfits should have won the award and not Jem and the holograms. The misfits were working hard on their record to do the award contest. Sure they gave people money to buy their records but music companies do the same thing today.

I give this season 3 stars out of 5 stars.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

Product Review: Lush Cosmetics Honeytrap Lip Balm

Hello Everyone,

I want to take the time first and welcome my new followers. Hello, My name is Samantha. I am 34 years old and my fave. color is red.  I post 3 times a week Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Today I will have a Lush cosmetics product review. It sure has been awhile since I last did one.  So lets get started.

About the product (Lush Cosmetics Website):

Our product inventors worked hard in the labs, experimenting with all sorts of different flavors before they landed on this seductive honey lip balm. Recently, they revisited the formula, mixing it by hand on lower temperatures to make it softer and more flavorful. Honey Trap is filled with toning sweet orange and cooling peppermint to soothe dry, chapped lips. Rich honey moisturizes and melted white chocolate is part of that delectable flavor. After all that chocolate tasting and kissing we did in the name of innovation, we think Honey Trap can certainly be considered our most delicious lip balm to date. It’s a hard life we have here at LUSH.


The product is 10 grams.  Has a melt warning and retails for $7.95 online and in stores $9.99.




My thoughts:


Sadly this product didn’t work for me. It is a well loved product by youtubers across the globe.  This product made my lips blisters and bumps all over my lips just after using it for two days.


I also found this product smelled more like almonds then honey and vanilla. So I won’t be rebuying this product.

I give this product 1 star out of 5 stars.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)

What I Got For Mother’s Day 2016

Hello Everyone,

Normally I do a May Empties but due to the fact I got a new empties basket. I thought I would started off with this.



Mother’s day is tough for me each year. It was the day four years ago when my mother took off on us and ran off with some guy and cut all communication with everyone in her family.  I won’t go into more detail but it has become a least like holiday for me. Even though I have children of my own.

So my husband know that day is the worst for me. I was watching Coffeewithdani and notice that she got a new empties can in May from Ikea and want to get one. I was just imagining how much empties I could put in there. My empties bag was getting a hole in it. So my husband said I never been to Ikea before why don’t we go tomorrow which is of course Mother’s day. I thought what a great idea. When I am not feeling well or not happy. Shopping is a great way to get my mind off things I don’t want to think about.

Copyrighted @ Ikea, Knodd bin used by Coffeewithdani



I got this glass tealight holder. My husband thought it would be great for me since I like to seat outside and drink my tea before going to bed.



I got two candles one in berries and cream and one in green apple.

I saw the Knodd cans and was not happy with the way they looked and were not my style but my husband found this pink metal basket and it was what I was looking for. It reminds me of the color of my childhood bedroom.

So that is what I got for Mother’s day.

(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)