Martha’s Flowers by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey

I have been looking over this great book for a couple of weeks. Martha’s Flowers is an amazing and interesting read. It is full of valuable information. I really love the photos and beautiful glimpses of Martha’s property in Katonah, New York.

When I received this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve read Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine and have enjoy the hours I’ve spent reading about her crafting ideas and other household and decorating ideas. I’ve been glimpsed at some of her wedding books, but this book was awesome.

It was organized by several different flower categories- spring, summer, and autumn. The one flower I was interested is more of a shrub. My mom has 3 hydrangeas that don’t seem to bloom so I thought this book might have the answers. Guess what, I found too many answers in this book. I found how what zones hydrangeas like and work best in. I learned that there are like 4 varieties of flowering hydrangeas. Then I learned how to prune, propagate, and  transplant. I learned how to get the hydrangea to have blue flowers (add sulfur or even lime; don’t use pennies). The best decorative information I learned was how to arrange them in a water vase and how to make the blooms last a while. 🙂  Martha adds and entire section of the book for arranging flowers, and you know how neat a Martha Stewart arrangement is! Lastly, I learned that they like all kinds of weather, except hot, because they wilt in the heat.  Just make sure to wrap them in burlap in winter months.

All the information I mentioned was learned in about 10 minutes. So if you know what type of flower and what season you are looking blooms  in, you can quickly look through this book and find the information for all those difficult confusing flowering plants.

So did I find out what was wrong with my mother’s hydrangeas? Well… I’m not totally sure, because I’m not definite on the variety of the plant. I know one hydrangea probably has root rot or something. The other two are huge, but no blooms. Maybe they need some special food to bloom or maybe they are being pruned at the wrong time. It could be multiple things, however, I’ve try a lot of ideas already. I guess I’ll keep trying and now I have this book to refer to. 🙂

This book was awesome and the photos are extraordinary.  I’m happy I was able to review this book today for you. It is the last book I have received from Blogging for Books. That was a great program, and I will greatly miss it. Thank you to Clarkson Potter Publishing as well for the opportunity to receive this great informative read.

Tomorrow we will look at The Pirate’s Bride. I can’t wait to share that with you.

Have a great day!!! 🙂

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The latest books..

Hi, everyone get ready for a busy few weeks. I have over six books I’m going to be reading, because I’ve made a huge boo-boo in my requests. It is fine, but a difficult feat for me to conquer. However, this means you, my fans and followers are in for a great couple of months of posts and books to think about for the coming spring/summer season.

After all the nor’easters we have conquered the past month, we need a much deserved spring time. 🙂  I’m hoping I can continue to read and post, because I have this ridiculous tickle in my throat today. I’m hoping some emergen-C and elderberry will kill it off.

I can’t wait to share with you the latest books I’m reading. Here are some the following titles, you will see coming up

The Hearts Appeal- so far a very interesting novel

The Pirate’s Bride- I’m not quite half way, but it is very good and different from most books. It is split into two sections, but you’ll have to wait for that review.

Martha’s flowers- This is my last blogging for books request (I’m so sad the company is shutting down it had a great selection of books)

Until next week… Happy Reading!!!

New Publication from Jordan Christy

New Publication from Jordan Christy

Today, I’ve been reading my next book. (I’m reading three at a time at the moment. That’s a hard feat if I may say so!) This book is How to Be a Hepburn in a Kardashian World by Jordan Christy. The book was released this past Monday, April 4, 2017.

This is more of an etiquette book than anything, but it could be classified as a Self-help book. So far I have enjoyed it, although I can’t say it is my favorite. I’ll break down what are feel are pros and cons.

First the pros: This book gives you a good perspective on how to handle relationships, personal or business. It gives you ideas how to manage your character and be a more presentable person and discover who the real you is. I also like the fact the book gives you tips on how to handle social media etiquette and work issues.

Second the cons: I don’t agree that everything in life goes the way Jordan says. She talks about being a hard worker and going above and beyond. I’ve been a hard worker and have done exactly what she has said. From my experience, I was looked at more of goody-two-shoes than being looked up at for all my hard work.  I also noticed that although, this book was published with a Christian Publisher, she doesn’t mention how her faith is probably how she copes with issues and can get through the situations and examples she talks about. She even mentions things like the F-bomb and stuff like that. Real life things, but not something I think about everyday or a person of faith should be doing. Myself, I never ever say a curse word. (Truth!) This particular point is sort of sitting in the middle of the pros and cons list.

Now, I feel I can recommend this book to most girls (and young women 25+), because it leans in the middle of the road and is speaking to both faith and, possibly more, to secular individuals. Don’t get me wrong, it is good thing, but it is confusing to say this book is leaning more as secular advice book than faith driven advice book.

Did I enjoy this book? Oh yes! It has been quiet interesting. I have yet to finish the last few chapters which are going to be very interesting to me. But like I said I didn’t agree on everything the book spoke about or how to handle situations, but its just my opinion.

Before I sign off, I want to thank the great publishers over at Center Street (Hachette Publishers ) for giving my opportunity to read this book for an honest review (whether positive or negative)

I hope you enjoyed my review of this book. Please stop by again soon for another great read review.

Please take a look at the other books I’ve reviewed. Stay tuned for the next review coming soon!

 

 

Joyce Meyer’s latest publication

Oh! I’m so excited to tell you about the latest book that comes out later this week, actualJoyce.JPGly tomorrow, April 4.  Joyce Meyer’s 20 Ways to Make Everyday Better is a very inspirational book.

For those who do not know who Joyce Meyer is, she is a televangelist and tells you how it is in a Biblical perspective. She has been through a lot in her life. She was sexually abused as a child and has dealt with issues many of us face each day. Joyce really makes you think and she really knows how things are in your life. It is like she knows who you are and what you are going through everyday.

In this book, 20 Ways to Make Everyday Better,  Joyce has divided it into sections to get you rethinking in a better and more positive perspective.  The four sections focus on several topics to get you moving in the right direction for changing your negative perspectives to positive ones. The four topics (which have several sub-chapters) are as follows:


  • Section 1: When you Awake
  • Section 2:New Steps to Take
  • Section 3: Patterns to Break
  • Section 4: Before It’s too Late

I’m about half way into the book as I write this review. Joyce Meyer’s books are always and easy read and are big print. I have so far enjoyed the book and my perspective on things in life feel brighter and better. Amazing!!! I also have just discovered that there is a Study Guide book to compliment the publication. This will give the reader a deeper meaning to the book.

For those who order the book before April 31st, they’ll receive a free downloadable sampler from Joyce Meyer that includes LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND, OVERLOAD, and LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. To get your free downloads go here: http://www.faithwords.com/20ways. You simply have to fill in your name, email, and upload a copy of your receipt.
Lastly, I want to thank, Joyce Meyer and the FaithWords-Hachette Publishers in allowing me to share this great and awesome book. I’ve enjoyed it immensely and will continue the journey as I read the rest of the book.
Until next time, Happy Reading!

Books and short stories for the Holiday Season

Hi, folks… We got a great selection of short stories just for the Holiday Season. We’ll also cover two great books I’ve read this month. 🙂 I’m so happy to have been sharing with you all these great stories this year. I hope that we’ll be able to continue and grow our social network next year. 15 more followers would be a great acheivement for 2017. Let’s make that happen!

So next week, watch for upcoming holiday reviews and my latest book Shadow in the Storm. This book gives me mixed feelings on whether I like it or not. I’m about half-way so we’ll be doing a review on that shortly.

Learning the Art of Manga Book

😀 I just love this book. I haven’t gotten all the way through it yet, but I’m really having fun sitting down and trying to draw and sketch the awesome Manga characters in the boDoodletopiaok. 🙂 This book is called Doodletopia Manga by Christopher Hart.

This book is broken down into several chapters and you teach yourself to sketch and draw Manga. After chapter 4 you get to draw your own characters. I like this book, but it’s not like a step by step book. It’s more sketch it first then try freehand. It gets tricky and I for some reason got burned out because there were very little instructions. However, this book is funny and has a lot of humor in it. The characters are fun to draw and I’m enjoying it very much. I’ll probably finish drawing all the characters before too long.

If you get this book, you’ll be on your way to making your own anime characters and Pokemon pretty easily. If you don’t know what Manga is, it is the art of Japanese cartoon drawing. This is probably more of a young adult teenager book. They’d appreciate the humor and the technique the book is giving. Anyone younger I don’t believe would enjoy this book.

Here’s are some links to where you can get this book. Remember to support your local businesses or bookstores instead of always going online. It helps the local economy and gives people jobs. Also check out your local library to see if they have it. I’m only mentioning the paper back version today, because its easier to sketch with.

Amazon: $13.27

Barnes and Noble: $13.39

Lastly, I thank Blogging for Books for the opportunity to receive this book for an honest review… 🙂 Remember to please follow my goal is 30 followers we are up to 11… Come on we are getting closer. 🙂 Thanks and have a great day!

 

I Don’t Get You by Sherry Graf

What an enlightening booklet! I couldn’t have found a more helpful book. Plus, I got it through Tyndale Publishing’s Blog network for free to review. This book shed light on relationships; serious or casual. It helped the reader to see when a relationship was going too far too fast or help decide on how far the relationship should go through 5 simple steps. Those steps are the following sharing guidelines:bio-data, testimony-faith story, dreams, fears, and deepest hurts. Yes, we may share some of these with our friends, but the book is really speaking about the deepest personal fears, dreams, and hurts that you have dealt with.  The book gave light on so  many things that I hadn’t really seen before or took time to notice.

This booklet was an easy read and really helped me figure out how to get through a tough time with a friend.  Grab your copy at the stores below. It helped me, so I’m sure it will help you look at the different side of things.

Amazon: Kindle for $2.37; 10 pack of paperbacks $19.99

Barnes and Noble: $2.49 for all editions

Stay tuned for next week’s post on Anchor In The Store by Sarah Sundin. It’s really been a great read and I’m sure I can use what I read in this book to relate to it… 🙂

Happy Reading!