How to Start a Book Club

Hello Book Lovers!

Interested in starting a book club? There a few ways you can do it.  

 1.Online: This is way requires the least of your time and resources. You can start it through GoodReads, Facebook, InstaGram or even a blog. The hardest part would be getting the word out and convincing people to join. But build it and they will come! My biggest advice to you is join an online book club on Goodreads and see how they organize it. Then, simply put, follow their example. For an online book club you would just pick a book and a specified time to read it in and everyone would follow along with you. In my opinion the best ones are those with a reading shcedule to help the readers along and keep everyone on the same track. Then after each reading portion everyone can comment on it and have a nice discussion. 

2.In Person: This way requires a bit more on your part. The first thing you need to do is talk to your friends/ fellow readers and see when the best time is to have your book club meetings. What fun would a book club be if no one can make the meetings? After you get a general cencus, set the date & time. 

Then pick the book for your first read! When choosing a book for your club, it may be a good idea to do some research and see what other people are reading in their book clubs. I found quite a few lists on GoodReads. Type in the search bar something like “book club books.” This really helped me narrow down the options and also look at some books that I probably wouldnt have otherwise. 

Next, you can do one of two things. You can contact all of your friends and tell them to get the book you chose from their library or purchase it by the time of your meeting. OR you can contact your local libray and see if they have “Book Club Kits.” I stumbled upon this on my library’s website. My library calls them “Book Club Bags.” It is an awesome way to check out 1 item, but still have enough for everyone! In each Book Club Bag comes 15 copies of the same book, discussion questions and future reading suggestions. I like this option, because my book club members dont have to find the book and dont have to do much but show up! But if you dont want that responsibility or if your library doesnt offer this program, you can certainly have everyone pick up their own books. 

We do book club at my house so I provide light snacks. You dont have to do this, but I think its nice and people chip in. Another option is to have your book club meetings out, like at a coffee shop or library. Then people could bring or buy their own refreshments. 

The last thing you need to think about is how often you would like to meet. My group is pretty busy, so we meet every 3 weeks. the first week we pick up the book, and decide what the next book will be. The next week we discuss the book we read, drop off that book, pick up the next book and decide what the next book will be. So at each meeting we would have read the entire book and be ready to discuss it. 

As you can see, there are many ways you can start a book club, and you really have free range. Just do what you and your friends feel comfortable with!

Here is my video on this subject if you want to check it out : http://youtu.be/pOYYrWV_scg

Thanks for Reading

Always,

M

Product Review: Lush Shampoo Bar- Godiva

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Godiva Shampoo Bar by Lush

I give this beautiful Shampoo Bar 5/5 stars!

This is what the Lush website has to say about it:

“Our vegan, 2-in-1 shampoo bar cleans and conditions your hair with moisturizing nut oils and shea butter. These butters and oils care for dry, processed locks and leave you with glossy, shiny, and softened tresses. Long used as a tonic for the hair and scalp, jasmine also perfumes your locks with an ultra-sexy fragrance with serious staying power. Named after a certain naked protestor, Godiva gets to work sending a message to your hair.”

I got this bar because of its conditioning qualities and I was not disappointed! Normally I have to use a ton of liquid conditioner, but with this bar I don’t have to use any additional conditioner.  I use this bar every time I wash my hair. The smell is just as wonderful! My friends and family are always commenting me on how good my hair smells. I love this Shampoo Bar!

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A main ingredient to Godiva is Fair Trade Shea Butter. 

Go out and buy Godiva today:)

Always,

m

How to Plan a Themed Date Night

Theme: Divergent 

My Wonderful Husband surprised me and is taking me to see the movie “Insurgent”. I have been anticipating this sequel to Divergent since I read the book series by Veronica Roth and seen the first movie! So needless to say I was ecstatic when my hubby said he was taking me out!

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Since Quinton was taking care of the entertainment, I started on the food:)

I went Pintresting to find Divergent themed food. I found an awesome blog, that has great Divergent themed party ideas! So I catered them to fit my date night.

This is our Menu:

  • Drink: Amity Apple Cider  ( I just mixed Apple Cider with Rum and Lemon Lime Soda;more spiked cider ideas here.)
  • Food: Dauntless Hamburger, topped with Erudite Bleu Cheese and Abnegation Fried Egg. Served on an Abnegation Flat Bread Bun.
  • Dessert: Candor Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

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We will start the night off with dinner and then watch the DVD of the first in the series, Divergent and then go to the theater to see the premier of Insurgent!!

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So, to wrap up: All you need to plan a themed Date Night, is an idea, entertainment and a menu.

It doesn’t take much to make a normal Thursday night into a fun time for 2:)

Cost: The Movie tickets were $25 for both. I already had rum, hamburger, eggs, and lemon lime soda at home, so for the rest of the groceries it cost $13. Total Cost for an awesome themed Date Night: $38!!!

I cant wait for our date night tomorrow!!

Always,

m

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Style Inspiration: Yzma

Hello Style-istas!

I can not think of a more hilarious villain than Yzma from Disney’s Emperors New Grove!

Here is how we are inspired by her style:

style break down yzmashe is sleek and a bit over the top, but we love her that way!

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1. Forever21 Headband

2. Forever21 Earrings

3. Heels.com High Heels

4. H&M Tank

5. Jamberry Nails Lacquer set

We had a ton of fun with this one!

Always,

m

 

Party Planning 101: Decorations Part 2

Hello Party Planners!

I wanted to just take a moment and talk a little more about party decorations. If you read my post, Party Planning 101: Decorations, you know that I planned my older sister’s baby shower recently. I had so much fun and I made almost all of the decorations myself. In the other post, I talked about the tissue paper pom-poms. Which are super easy to make and really tie in the look of whatever party you are throwing. For my sister’s baby shower everything was pink and orange. So when I decided to make my own garland, of course it had to be shades of pink and orange!

As I was planning and looking for inspiration, I had seen these circle garland on etsy.

il_340x270_477536542_q51mI think these are sooo cute! However when I was making them, I did not have the patience or time to sew the circles together like that… So this is how I did it:

Supplies: Card Stock, White Thread, Scotch Tape, Poster Board, something round to trace and Scissors.

1st: Trace as many circles as you can fit on the card stock. My circles were around 2 1/2 inches.

2nd: Cut out the circles you traced.

3rd: Tape one strand of thread to the back of the circles. I did 9 circles per strand, with each circle about 2-3 inches apart.

I, for some reason, forgot to take any “real” pictures of the party decorations. (Don’t worry I am still kicking myself) So, I apologize for the horrible picture quality!

IMG_20141221_201743I really liked the idea of using the garland as a back drop. As you can see I used the circle garland along with party streamers and gift ribbons. I also made some heart shaped garland the same way I made the circle garland. I taped a top part of each line of garland to a strip of orange poster board, in a random pattern. It was a little hard to transport, and to keep them from tangling. But I was happy with how it turned out!

treat bar blurrySorry its so blurry!! this is the best pic I could find from a friend. This is the treat bar. All treats fit with the pink and orange theme.

I hope this was a bit helpful! I will be posting more about the treat bar and the fun Baby shower games we played soon!

Always,

m

How to Plan a Fun, Cheap Trip

I love traveling, however, more times than not, I don’t have a ton a cash on hand that I can use to get away from day to day life.

These are some pointers I have learned from experience!

1st: Decide where your want to go. For whenever I need some time away, I pick a town that is in driving distance but is still far enough away that I can forget about my life at home. Usually around 3 hours away..  However I am attending a special convention out-of-state next month, so we will talk about that too.

2nd: Now that you know where your going, look for lodging. The cheapest way to stay some where is to camp. My husband and I love to camp and get in touch with the great outdoors, but I know its not for everyone. You can easily find hotels in the area where you want to stay. I like expedia. Another option is to stay in a cabin. If you book last minute, you can find some awesome deals. The down side to that, however, is that you run the risk of the cabin of your choice already being booked.  For my trip in February we are staying in a hotel. If you decide to do that, its probably best to stay at a hotel that has breakfast (when you are booking your room, make sure you ask if the breakfast is included in the price or if it is extra). I really think having your breakfast at the hotel saves you money in the long run. When we camp or stay in a cabin, I make sure to bring breakfast food to make. It would be cheaper than buying your breakfast every morning. This is a cute little cabin for 2 my husband and I stayed in a couple of years ago:)

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3rd: How are you going to get there? Obviously if your destination is around 3 hours away, the cheapest way to go is to drive. But you have many options of transportation! My best advice to you is to compare prices and decide what is best for you. Sometimes we decide to drive even if it is a great distance. (we are driving 16hrs to OKC in February:)) We decided to rent a van and car pool next month, so there will be a total of 10 of us driving together. It came out to around $80/person including gas for the transportation for the entire trip!

4th: What to do while your there.  This is my favorite part! And its the most simple. Before you leave, go online and google “free stuff to do in…” I know this sounds like I am giving a dumb step but this is how I do it!  I find the coolest places to go and things to do this way!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHere is an example of how I would plan a cheap fun trip:

1. Where :  Maumee Bay near Lake Erie.

2. Lodging: Camping in Maumee Bay State Park. $27/night

3. Transportation: Driving (only 3hours away)

4.Things to do: We are going to stay from Mon-Fri.

Monday: We will be arriving this day so we will probably just do some exploring in town

Tuesday: Ottawa  National Wildlife Refuge for Bird Watching and  a picnic (free)

Wednesday: The Great Lakes Museum ($12/person) and  Sandpiper’s ($20/person) Dinner Cruise

Thursday: Hanging out at the state park, on the beach and maybe canoeing (free)

Friday: Toledo Museum of Art. On Friday’s they do free live entertainment! (free)

Total Cost: $172 for 2 people (since we will be cooking most of our meals, Im not including cost of food)

I hope this helped you guys a little!

Always,

m

Style Stalker: Agent Simmons

Im totally in love with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Jemma Simmons is definitely in my top 5 favorite characters in the show! I love her style. She has that Menswear, casual, fem thing going for her!Jemma_Simmons_Agents_of_SHIELD

Take the outfit above. She rocking a polka dot blazer (oober feminine) the blazer ties in the menswear element and the jeans & chucks help this outfit to be more fun and not too dressy.

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She definitely wears her share of collared shirts with sweaters! And…I love it!!

Now that you’ve had your fill of Agent Simmons Style Stalking, here’s some more Agent Simmons inspiration so you can incorporate a little bit of her style into your own:)

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1. Jamberry Nail Wraps

2. H&M Floral Button Up

3. Target Navy Blazer

4. Forever21 Stud set

5. H&M Pink Round Collar Silk Blouse

6. Converse All Stars

I also found this awesome Shirt Dress that I think Agent Simmons would wear! Its from Urban Outfitters:

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I also found this awesome site that shows you exactly where you can find Agent Jemma Simmons outfits to purchase! Here: WornOnTV

Always,

m

Style Inspiration: Maleficent

Maleficent definitely has awesome style! Shes slick, classy and is in touch with nature.

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My sister Kelsey was, once again willing to be my lovely model:)

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Everything from this look was from our closets. We wanted to show her with her hair up because Maleficent wore her hair down and up away from her face. We had so much fun with this look!

More Maleficent Inspiration:

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1. Forever21 Purse

2. H&M Necklace

3. M.A.C. Lipstick (I could only find it on Amazon)

4. Forever21 Hairpiece

5. H&M Boots

6. Jamberry Nail Wraps

7. Etsy Necklace

I found these awesome Maleficent Inspired shoes on Disney’s Style Blog!

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Maleficent Inspired Shoes: Chiara Ferragni

Always,

m

Manicure Monday

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I did my nails for the Sugar Bowl, representing My team Ohio State!! Ready for them to face off against the Ducks next Monday:)

These Nail Wraps are from Jamberry, they have tons of Collegiate styles so you can represent your team! You can see them all in the links!

Always,

m

Style Inspiration: Kristoff

I had so much fun doing the Honey Lemon Style Inspiration, so I decided to do Kristoff from Frozen!

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Kristoff has got to stay warm and cozy and he definitely has that Classic Norway kind of style! My sister Alix was nice enough to model this look for me!

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Everything Alix is wearing is from our closets.

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1. Forever21 Hooded Infinity Scarf

2. H&M Sweater

3. H&M Lined Parka

4. Jamberry Nail Wraps

5. Forever21 Hat

Always,

m