Younique look; fall transition

Making the switch from summer to fall is kind of hard. Your never really sure if it’s going to turn hot during the day while it’s so chilly in the morning. I’ve been having a bit of fun playing on Polyvore creating looks that go with Younique pigments. It’s been fun sharing them in my group on FB, so I thought it might be fun to share them here now and then.

This is an outfit I put together for a fall transition. Something that can keep you warm and cozy, but can also be comfortable with the temperature rises.

youniquefalloutfit

What do you think?

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Luffa update

It was a long shot from the start. Luffas require a long growing period that we just don’t have. However, I just had to give them a try anyway because sometimes we have warm weather longer than what is normal. This year however, is not one of those years. In fact, it’s been colder than normal at night recently.

Luffa plant

Even though it hasn’t been freezing, you can see that the cold weather has taken a toll on the plant. We have one lone luffa that I hope will survive and get large enough to become a “sponge”. You can eat the young luffas, but I am really hoping for a sponge.

At least we tried!

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A Tale of Light and Shadow

Tale of Light and Shadow

I recently read A Tale of Light and Shadow, which is the first book in a series, which means I am now waiting impatiently for the second book to come out!

Story description: Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it; where magic is feared by all but a few; where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. Unknown to either, a dark prophecy has set in motion events which will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas by eclipsing the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

Sounds pretty interesting, right? It was! I really enjoyed the book. It’s a fun read, with humor in it as well as adventure and a bit of romance. In fact, I read it all over the course of a weekend, I just wanted to find out where the story was heading! The characters are easy to relate to, each of them has something about their personalities that make you either like or hate them.

There is also a bit of mystery around one particular character. Could she be more than she seems? I guess I have to wait until the next book to find out! That’s my only complaint about this book, that I read it before the rest of the series was out! Waiting to find out more is going to be hard!

About the Author:
Jacob Gowans was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in theater studies, and then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University. Jacob and his wife and three children live in Arizona where he works as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. A Tale of Light and Shadow is his first published book.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for my review.

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BloomNation aims to keep it local.

TwigandPetalsHave you heard of BloomNation? They are an online floral service with an important twist: local flower shops! That’s right! They are aiming to keep things local and support the little guy. And of course I think this is amazing and just had to share it with you dear readers.

The site seems easy to use, just punch in your zip code and up pops a list of participating florists. Sadly there wasn’t a local florist in our area yet, but hopefully that will change soon. I love the idea of an easy to use online ordering system paired with great local providers. It’s a win win.

Would you like to give it a try? BloomNation has offered a special discount code just for you. Use code: BloomNationStyle10 for 10% off your order!

*Not paid to share, just loved this idea.*

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