L.A.M.A Soaps Haul 2017

Hello Everyone,

First I like to Announce my book blog coming next month. Which will be called Beautiful Covers, First Lines And Witty Endings. Which will be up and running next month.

So to celebrate my first 100 empties of the year. I decide to treat myself with buy some indie soaps. Here is what I bought.

 

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I picked 24 Carrot soap which smells like grapefruit.

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I picked spice coffee cake soap.

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I picked pineapple Cilantro soap.

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I picked Lemon Drop soap.

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I picked Queen Of Hearts soap. Which is currently in use and so far I am loving it.

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I picked Milk & Honey soap.

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I picked white tea & ginger soap.

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I picked Black Raspberry Vanilla soap.

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I picked Spring Fling soap.

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The owner was kind  enough to throw in a couple of full size goodies.  41pULB1iJoL._SY355_

I received solid bubble bath cherry bomb which was use my daughter.  I also go a pink lemonade lip balm which I am using cause I got to it first.

Look to my empties post for future reviews.

(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: The Time Keepers By Jenn Bregman

I was sent this book for a honest review.

 

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About the book(Goodreads):

A fast-paced thriller, The TimeKeepers plunges headlong into the depraved underbelly of Big Law and big money where greed is king, murder is incidental, and winning is the only thing that matters.

Attorney Sarah Brockman is young, idealistic, and naïve. Having left Big Law in search of work that would make a difference, she finds herself barely scraping by running her own personal injury law firm working for clients who can’t pay and pursuing causes she can’t win. Then a random horrific car crash shatters everything. Now she’s staring into the darkest shadows of the very system she’s dedicated her life to upholding, filled with corrupt judges, dirty cops and attorneys, offshore banking, massive fraud, and twists and turns through the highways and byways of Southern California, Mexico and the Cook Islands.

Facing off against a cunning and deranged adversary, Sarah is aided by a sharp-witted socialite, a felon and occasional crackhead, and a shameless Mexican raconteur. All while kindling a tender romance with Sam, her boyishly handsome new love, who has been following the same trail but from the other end – and the wrong side of the law.

Sarah feels invisible strings pulling her ever closer to the core of the conspiracy. But if she’s just a pawn in someone else’s game, are the strings being pulled for good or for bad? Or, even, both? And will she be on the side that wins?

 

My Thoughts:

What I loved about the book:

  • A main female character. I found a female lawyer was refreshing and a rare thing in books.
  • The book cover is awesome. I really love the skyline being over lapped with a analog clock. Really nice touch.
  • The case in the book is really interesting. No I am not going to spoil it for you.

 

What I didn’t like:

  • I felt the book was 60% romance and only 40% thriller. The book lost my undivided attention after chapter 13.
  • I feel the relationship between Sarah and Sam felted rushed and not real. It really felt like something the author shoved in there to eat up pages.

 

My opinion:

I do give Jenn Bregman  props for taking a chance on this book and see her writing style growing as a writer. This book to be honest was not for me. I would have love if the book kept the romance at 30% to 20% of the book. It would have made the book flow so much better.

However I am glad to had a chance to read a arc of this book.

 

I give this book 1 out of 5 stars. This book really was not for me.

 

(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.)

 

 

Movie Review: King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Hello Everyone,

My sister and I went to see King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword which is the first movie in a 6 movie series.

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About the movie:

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.

 

My thoughts:

I don’t know why this movie got back reviews but I loved it. I thought it was a refreshing retelling of King Arthur.

Yes it was dark in a lot of parts and yes it didn’t stick to the story of King Arthur from the book. But really what movie really sticks to the book.

The movie was really about the sword and not king Arthur. Arthur only plays a small part in the movie while the legend of the sword played a big part.

If you going into knowing this. I am sure you’ll love the movie as much as I did.

 

I gave this movie 4 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.)

 

Samantha Does The North Delta Farmer’s Market

Hello Everyone,

On Sunday I went to the North Delta Farmer’s Market at the North Delta Rec Center. Which is held on Sundays 10 am to 2pm. I bought a few goodies. So lets see what I picked up.

 

First I visited the Arnalia Pristine Beauty Booth and bought a couple of goodies. If you didn’t know Aranalia Pristine Beauty products are made with cedar nut oil and ceder resin. Which is handmade in Russia and in BC, Canada.  If you are interested check out their Facebook page here Arnalia Pristine Beauty

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I picked up Kedra Cedar nut oil and cedar resin toothpaste.

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I picked up Nourishing Face Serum for oily skin types.  I will have a review up for both products in two weeks.

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I picked up German Farmer’s Bread. This was so yummy. I just finished the bread this morning.

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I also picked up butter tarts. They were a fave among my family.

 

I will not be going tomorrow’s farmer market since my little one has caught a cold but I will have more future blog post of the farmer’s market.

 

(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.)

 

 

Weekly Book Wrap Up #1 2017

Hello Everyone And New Followers,

I have decide to do my book reading as a weekly wrap up.  I read 5 books last weeks. I will start with the lowest rating and worked my way up. So lets get started.

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The Hidden Oracle By Rick Riordan

About the book:

Apollo ticks off Zeus again and from there it becomes a horrible book.

My thoughts:

It was a really badly written book. I dislike Apollo from the beginning and don’t think he should get a book series.

1 star

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About the book:

There is a virus that causes lock in where they are forever trapped in their bodies but their minds are still there. With help of a robot body they live normal lives.

My thoughts:

I Dnfed it after about 200 pages and realized that it was not going to get any better story wise.

1 star

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About the book:

Theo ‘s best friend was kidnapped but not kidnapped by anyone. She has to deal with her eating disorder  and the fact that her ex boyfriend kidnapped her best friend.

My thoughts:

This book would have been much better if it was a adult book. I also like to give a warning that this book has to deal with eating disorders and rape.

2 stars

 

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About the book:

A book filled with short stories about Men and Women lives.

 

My thoughts:

A lot of the stories where bland to say the least. My fave. was Drive My Car.  Which was about a woman driver driving a actor to and from work.

 

3 stars

 

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About the Book:

It tells the story of working on the Carol Burnett show and about how it got started, stories about the famous people who were guest and much more.

 

My thoughts:

I listen to this on audio and it was read by Carol Burnett herself. I felt she add a bit of herself that really made the book seem like you being right there with her.  I am going to be listening to her other books on Audio.

4 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.)

 

Bi Weekly Empties #9 2017

Hello Everyone And New Followers,

(CF)= Cruelty Free

(BCF)= Batch Cruelty Free

(ETB)= Empty That Basket Challenge

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The Body Shop Raspberry Scrub(CF): I will rebuy later. I decide to buy some different scents for scrubs.

Dove Shea Butter Shower Cream: I will not be buying this product. It was more like a really think shower cream and it was really hard to get out of the bottle.

Fluffs Cotton Pads: Yes I will rebuy.

Listerine Total Care Zero: I will not be rebuying. I love crest one so much better.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Day Cream(CF): I will not be rebuying this product. It made my skin red and irritated.

 

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Wet Ones: I have already bought them.

Colgate toothpaste: I have one on the go.

Personna Gentle Touch Razors: I have already bought them.

Herbal Essances None of Your Frizzness Shampoo: I will not be rebuying this product.

Etude House Lemon Sheet Mask: I love this product and will be rebuying it in the future.

Nivea Double Effects Deodorant in Violets: Love the scent and will rebuy it.

Sugar Plum Hand Cream: I will not be rebuying it.

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Spray (CF): I will not be rebuying it at this time. I have a smokey rose body spray in my stash.

 

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Jergens Wet Skin Lotion in Green Tea: No rebuy.

Avon Bubble Bath in White Lily: No rebuy.

L’Occitane Shea Butter soap(ETB): No rebuy.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum: No rebuy.

 

Full Size: 93+13=106

Deluxe Size:31+4=35

Foil Size: 6

Total All Together:147

How many Cruelty Product:98

How many Batch Cruelty Free Product:4

How Many Cruelty Free Products:46

Empty That Basket:41-1=40

(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: The Bone Witch By Rin Chupeco

 

Hello Everyone and New Followers,

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About The Book:

Tea has powers not just any powers but the magic that wakes the dead and brings them back to well not life but close to it.  After raising her brother Fox from the dead she falls ill and is taken under the wing of a bone witch.

Also the book also follows her  need for revenge a few years later.

 

 

My thoughts:

I don’t think I can wait a year for the next book. I need it now. I really like that the young witch went through some thing like memories of a geisha to pay back what they owe for clothes and magic lessons.   I love Tea and her brother Fox. He is my fave. zombie book character. So sorry R. It had a very Japanese and Mexico theme to it.

The only thing I didn’t like was the instant love with a prince. That was the only disappointing thing about the book.

 

I give this book 4 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.)

Samantha Talks:The Problem With Indie Book Authors

Hello Everyone,

Today I know I was going to post a book review and a weekly book reading wrap up but that can wait till tomorrow.

Today I want to talk about Indie Authors but first I am going to post a pic of Lush bye bye products that are leaving us.

 

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So on with the blog post. I buy all my ebooks on kobo since I live in Canada and own a kobo ereader and have for years.

I finish the second book of this unnamed indie author and emailed them I can’t find books 3 and 4 in the series which I was going to buy. I get a message back sorry but I don’t make enough money on kobo. You can buy the book on amazon.ca. I thought okay that is reasonable but later that day I see the book was picked up as a movie coming out in 2 years and they are on the best sellers list.

Which left a very sour taste in my mouth thinking sure you don’t make enough money. Which made me a little disappointed in how the world and book publishing became money greedy.

 

Here are three books series that I want to finish but was taken off kobo due to not making enough money there. Yet their first book is still for sale on Kobo.

 

The Black Mage Series By Rachel E. Carter

Isa Maxwell Series By Ana Spoke

The Arc Series By Alexandra Moody

 

Yes I know this post seems like a bitter Betty post but when you buys so far in the series.You are hoping the last book will stay on the site you bought the previous books more then a week of publishing.

 

(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.)

 

 

 

 

 

Topbox May 2017

Hello Everyone And New Followers,

You probably notice that no posts went up on Friday or Monday. I decide to take my computer in and get the fan changed. After hearing Get to the chopper every time I turned it on. I decide it was time to take it in. Tomorrow you will be getting a book review and a weekly book wrap up.

Last month I signed back up to topbox monthly box. I will be using all the product and will be review what I finish in next month topbox wrap up.  So lets get started.

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Smashbox Liquid Lipstick

Benefits The Porefessional Primer

Cake Beauty Heavy Cream Hand Cream(Full size)

Seche Vite Top Coat

Extra Colgate Optic White Toothbrush And Whitening Pen(Full size)

 

Topbox costs me 13.44 dollars.

 

(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: Big Little Lies By Liane Moriarty

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About the Book: Madeline, Celeste and Jane who is new in town. All three ladies have children starting kindergarten.

Kindergarten is not what they expected for their children. With bully happening and the blame game going on. These three moms start a friendship to support the mom who got blame and set out to find out which child is the really bully.

With spicy secrets of their own personal life that their dealing with.

Desperate housewives meets a murder TV show. Which one? You decide.

 

 

My thoughts:

I got this book in my book swap. I can’t say it was more of a perfect book. My youngest is starting kindergarten next year.

I love this book so much that I am sure when she starts school I am going to read it again. I am for sure going to watch the tv show.

I can’t say too much cause I am afraid I would ruin the book. Just say I love all three of the main characters.

I also didn’t have problems with this book.

I give it 5 stars out of 5 stars and the award of best book I have read this year.

 

(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.)