Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Toshiba Is Putting Their Products To The Test

Can a laptop withstand dog drool? Will your tablet still work if it is encased in a block of ice? It's a brave move but an interesting one all the same. Toshiba has a video channel on You Tube where they are doing product reviews in a very interesting way. Check it out if you have a chance.

My Kindle Has Been Burning Up With Some Sexy Reads Lately

I have been reading like a crazy person. My need to read list is so long and since I am in a weird place lately, reading is my escape.

Here are some of the books I have been keeping my mind busy with.


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Brothers in Arms, Book One. Kate Collier is still recovering from a vicious rape and trying to make a success of her dress shop when Jason Randal and Anthony Richards return to London from the Continent, intent on winning her. She's known them for years, ever since they served with her late husband in the Peninsula against Napoleon. She'd been in love with them for almost that long. To discover they feel the same is a shock, but Kate isn't ready to turn her life back over to a man, or men.Jason and Tony prove hard to resist, however, especially when their close friendship blossoms into desire for each other as they make Kate's body burn with passion. The combination of their insatiable desire for her and their journey into a sexual relationship with one another is irresistible to Kate.

A nightmare from her past tries to keep them apart, but the three long for a life together in spite of society's censure, and they will not be denied.

Reader advisory: Contains male/male sex scenes.

The 411:

Wow! I loved this book and received it as a free download. My need to read list has gotten very long since I am looking forward to the next in this series.

Kate is a victim of a terrible crime but thanks to the return of Jason and Anthony her saviors are looking to take care of her and make all her fears go away.

I found the threesome interesting as I have yet to read a male on male book.

Enjoyable and well written.

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She thinks he’s despicable. He wants her back…with a vengeance.

BOOK TRAILER:

Ashly Roberts and Jake Connors are barely twenty when they decide to take the proverbial plunge and walk down the aisle to exchange vows in front of the dearly beloved. Basking in bridal bliss, Ashly feels she is living the perfect fairytale, until she’s faced with a runaway groom, dumped at the altar by bad-boy fiancé, Jake Connors.

Five years later, Jake steps back into her life…

He realizes that being a no-show for their nuptials was the worst mistake of his life. A little older and more mature, he is ready to fight for Ashly’s love once again. When Ashly sees him, she can’t deny the attraction she feels, but her hormones are overruled by the horror of what he did to her in the past. Nevertheless, Jake’s most potent weapon, those dazzling baby blues, ignites a spark in Ashly, no matter how angry she wants to be. She cannot deny the spark, and she only hopes the inferno it ignites will not consume her heart again.

*This is NOT erotica* This is a love story and a romance. Ashly is a photographer and took this hot, shirtless picture of Jake before they broke up. He hopes they can rekindle the magic and re-take this picture.

*This is a two book series* (All of your answers won't be answered in book 1)

The 411: 

Ashly was left at the alter by Jake. Ashly's mom passes and forces her and her ex to go on various vacations together in order to get her inheritance.  Interesting premise.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it relatively interesting. Not sure why some of the reviews were negative. While it isn't Moby Dick it has a place in the literary world and was a fun, easy read.



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The Hell Yeah! Series continues with Burning Love (Hell Yeah! Sweeter Version Book 6 – Cajun Style)

Beau’s passion burns hot for Harley Montoya. When he discovers that the woman who has enflamed his libido is the girl he fell in love with so long ago in a runaway shelter, he is overcome with joy. But Harley - or Nada as he knew her - has been burned by tragedy. They both live lives full of adventure. He builds custom weaponry and owns a reptile preserve, and she is an EOD expert - Harley defuses bombs for a living. But nothing is more explosive than the love they share. Beau is determined to show Harley that he is worthy of her trust and that he is willing to protect her from anything that would cause her harm. But Harley has a mad-man on her trail and she can't walk away from her responsibilities. Bombs, alligators, haunted plantations and Louisiana lore spice up their life, and danger and ghosts from their past threatens to tear them apart - but nothing can put out the white-hot flames of their Burning Love.

**Content Warning: This version of the Hell Yeah! Series is LESS explicit than the Erotic Version that is also available. If you’d like more explicit version look for the Hell Yeah! Series. Same Book but with the graphic sexual content.

The 411:

 I read the erotic version which was HELL YEAH! Harley and Beau know each other since they are kids. They were both at a shelter and Beau took care of Harley while there. One day he left and she had to endure unspeakable pain for a young girl.

When they find themselves together again with Harley knowing and Beau not, the sparks fly. Harley has always loved Beau and together they are a hot, hot couple.

While reading I glanced at some reviews that spoke about the dramatic jobs they both have and how it seemed to be tossed in haphazardly. I do not agree at all and thought their jobs added to the storyline. I am not one who is interested in suspense and crime novels however found this mix of romance and suspense interesting.



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This work is meant for a mature, adult audience and contains erotic content which may or may not match the personal tastes of every reader.

Enter a world of mythological places, mermaids, king's harems, dragon-like beings, and gypsies—a world of erotic domination and submission in times and places far different from our own. Submissive Fairy Tales is a collection of previously published novellas by Kitty Thomas: The Auction, Awakening, and The King's Pleasure.

The Auction

Belle Walker lives in a strict society where women are treated as property, sold to the highest bidder soon after their eighteenth birthday. The monsters outside the city have promised to leave them in peace, but one of them is intent on having Belle as his own.

Awakening

Nerina has lived all her life as a mermaid, fascinated by humans and land but also repulsed by sex and unable to understand love. Her curiosity gets her captured by a human male intent on awakening her lust and turning her human. 

The King's Pleasure

In the kingdom of Himeros, Abigail is despised for her gypsy heritage. Pushed to the fringes of society, she’s forced to break the law in order to help feed her family. When a castle guard catches her stealing bread, he intends to cut off her hand for the offense, but the King has other plans.


The 411:

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. My favorite story out of the three was The Auction where Belle is auctioned off to the highest bidder who happens to be a massive, flying monster. He takes her back to his cave where she is meant to service him and his brother because his kind shares.

It was very interesting and different than anything else I have read.

Sometimes Combs Aren't Just For Hair

This past fall we found a beautiful abandoned bee hive that the kids were able to inspect, bring to school and to cubs scouts to show everyone else.

We love how perfect it is with it's symetrical hexagons and newspaper colored layers. So very cool!




Goddess was not afraid to carry it around safely knowing that it was vacant.

ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Check Out Cute Him Up!

This was totally my idea and I should have run with it. Have you ever seen a guy and thought, man I wish I could give this dude a make over because he would totally get all the girls or that guy would totally look fab if I could pick out his clothes? Well, if you have a guy who needs a make over, you will love this show.

There are totally enough female make over shows.

Check out Cute Him UP!

GAME DAY HEALTHY EATING TIPS FROM JENNY CRAIG:


TACKLE CRAVINGS
·        Fill up on fewer calories, and sip on a broth-based soup before the big game.
·        If tempted by too many indulgent choices, take a small portion of the one you like best. Incorporating a small splurge can keep you from feeling deprived and overindulging later.

TAKE AN ALCOHOL TIME-OUT (DRINK DOs AND DON’Ts)
·        Instead of grabbing a regular soda or alcoholic beverage, make a pitcher of iced tea and sweeten it with a no-calorie sweetener.
·        If you plan on drinking alcohol, alternate your drinks with water. This will help you to stay hydrated and avoid excess calories snacking.
·        Keep it light and take it slow when it comes to alcohol. If you are going to have a beer, make it a light one. Plan your number of drinks in advance.
STAY IN MOTION
·        Keep your energy levels up! During breaks in the action, get up on your feet and move, but not to the food table. Stretch your arms and legs, do squats or practice your own touchdown celebration moves.
·        Take advantage of commercial breaks and music during the halftime show to dance, laugh and move around.

MINDFUL MAIN EVENT
·        If you are hosting, provide lots of healthy choices for the big game to give your guests options. Take a look at some of the recipes below.
·        Plan ahead, eat mindfully, and enjoy the day with your friends. The more you get wrapped up in the game and socializing, the less you’ll focus on the food.
·        If you are faced with a calorie-laden buffet, use the smallest plate you can find to keep your servings portion-controlled. Fill up once and avoid the second helping.


HEALTHY GAME DAY RECIPES:

JENNY-FRIENDLY SLOPPY JOSÉS
Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Cook Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
·        1 1/4 pound(s) lean ground beef or turkey
·        1 can (15.5 ounces) sloppy joe sauce
·        1 cup canned, red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
·        1 can (7 ounces) Mexican-style corn
·        10 (6-inch) corn tortillas, heated according to package directions, kept warm
·        3/4 cup lettuce, finely shredded
·        1/2 cup tomato, finely diced

DIRECTIONS:
·        Brown ground beef or turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat, chopping and turning often, about 5 minutes, until cooked through.
·        Add the sloppy joe sauce, kidney beans, and corn and heat through, about 3 minutes.
·        To serve, place a tortilla in a small soup bowl and ladle half cup of the Sloppy José mixture in the center.
·        Top with shredded lettuce and chopped tomato.
·        Yield: 10 servings
JENNY-FRIENDLY LAYERED NACHOS featuring Jenny’s Cuisine® Turkey Chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes/ Cook Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS
·        Nonstick cooking spray
·        ½ cup onion, chopped
·        1 Jenny’s Cuisine® Turkey Chili
·        or (15 oz) refried beans
·        ½ cup salsa
·        1 Tbl lime juice
·        ½ tsp chili powder
·        8 cups tortilla chips
·        1 cup shredded reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend
·        ½ cup jicama, diced
·        1 large tomato, diced
·        ¼ cup Cotija cheese, crumbled
·        ½ avocado, diced
·        4 spring onion, minced
·        1 jalapeno, thinly-sliced
·        1/8 cup cilantro, chopped


DIRECTIONS:
·        Preheat oven to 400°.
·        Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray and sauté onion until translucent. Stir in refried beans, salsa, lime juice, chili powder and simmer.
·        In a 9” x 13” baking dish, place 2 cups of tortilla chips topped with bean mixture and ¼ cup shredded cheese. Layer evenly and repeat 3 more times. Bake for 5 minutes (or until cheese is melted).
·        Top with jicama, tomato, Cotija, avocado, onion, jalapeno and cilantro.
·        Yield: 8 servings
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