Books read Beginning of 2018 and REVIEWS

******SC AWARD I want everyone I meet to read these books, no matter who you are.
*****5 STARS I loved this book you should read it if you like this genre or want to try this genre
**** 4 STARS This is a good book if you have time read these. I enjoyed them.
*** 3 STARS This book is ok, you can read it but there are probably better books to read
** 2 STARS I don't like this book and don't recommend it. Simple as that.
* 1 STAR I would encourage people not to waste there time, I really didn't like this book.

Nothing to Envy : Ordinary Lives in North Korea - by Barbara Demick ******SC AWARD
This book includes a history of Korea and follows peoples lives there from after WW2 up to 2009. The author was so talented the way she wove all the perspectives together along with the history. She gives you so much to think about. Freedom, food, daily simple pleasures, I have a whole new perspective on North Korea, along with South Korea, Japan, China, and Russia. It also made me think of the United States, our history and today. I also thought of immigration laws, refuges, and aliens. Defiantly a good book to better shape your opinions about the world around you

Just Mercy - by Bryan Stevenson ****** SC AWARD
I originally picked up this book just because the true story, of a lawyer who defends people on death row, sounded interesting to me. I got so much from this book. It left me thinking about racism and prejudices in general. It had me thinking about justice and injustice and most importantly Mercy. I am religious and felt like I had a good understanding of Mercy, but our knowledge can always expand and I with the grown understanding I have gained from this book,  I feel ready to be more merciful to myself and those around me. 

"Embracing our 
Brokenness creates a need and desire for Mercy and perhaps a corresponding need to show Mercy"

The Emperor's Soul - by Brandon Sanderson ***** 5 star book
I am not a huge fan of science fiction but have found a few works I enjoy. I like most of the books Brandon Sanderson writes. His books are usually long and many are series but this is a quick read and can I say again, I really enjoyed it, it as good as his other works but not a huge commitment

Lady Susan - by Jane Austen ***** 5 star book
Jane Austen is one of the most well known authors, which is why I find it so interesting that very few people have read her Novella, Lady Susan. In this book her main character is a Villian and most of the book is written in letters. It is my favorite of all of Jane Austen written works, not because it is her best story but it is the most enjoyable read for me.

Room-  by Emma Donoghue **** 4 star book
I can't say what I really think without giving away the ending but if you read it and want to talk to me about it, I do have a lot to say about this book, for now I will leave the summary of the back of the book for you to look at

"To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. 

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. "

Arabella - by Georgette Heyer **** 4 star book
If you like Jane Austen I am going to introduce you to who I personally think is a little better. Why is she not as well known, she didn't start writing until 100 years later and all of her stuff is still copy righted and people can't make movies or spin offs. But maybe in the future her amazingness will be made into films and everyone will discover her. This book is a comical romance. Almost 5 stars, it just had a slow beginning that I didn’t think was relevant or at least could have been shortened. Defiantly read it if you like Jane Austen.

The Westing Game - by Ellen Raskin **** 4 star book
Defiantly a good mystery. Kept me very engaged the whole book trying to keep people and clues straight and trying to solve what felt like 17 mystery’s. It all tied up wonderfully too. Warning :  This book defiantly takes your full attention.

Encouraging Your Childs Imagination - by Carol Bouzoukis **** 4 star book
A nonfiction book that has some great ideas on introducing kids to acting. Simple stories, not many lines, lots of good ideas. Plays can be done at home at night for bed time or made into a full production with practices. This book wouldn't be for everyone but if you are a mom looking for something fun to do with the kids, or a teacher, I think this would be a fun read.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Cafe by the Sea - by Jenny Colgen *** 3 star book
Would have been cool if it was a memoir but it’s just a novel and didn’t do enough for me. Now while the following wouldn't offend others, it wasn't my cup of  tea and I am going to write it for other people like me who would want to know before picking up a book. There is a lot of unnecessary swearing. There is also sexual tension the whole book that ends with a sex scene I had to skip through that made me feel awkward. Just a heads up for others. 

Heartless - by Marissa Meyer *** 3 star book
This Author wrote Cinder series, which I enjoyed. I was hoping she could twist Alice in wonderland into a better tale but alas I dislike this story as much as Alice in wonderland. The beginning was to juvenile for me. The middle really picked up and I was quite excited. The end got strange and left me unsatisfied. The author is a creative genius. I will admit that and her cleverness wasn’t lost on me I just didn’t enjoy the journey as a whole. SPOILER - She is talented in writing books for villans but I enjoyed her cinder villain book better.

Siren - by  Kira Cass **2 star book
I should have known I didn't love selection but they were okay and an easy series to fly though. I was hoping for another easy read on an intriguing idea but it was painful to read. I kept with it hoping there would be a good twist or revelation at the end. Which there wasn’t.

One for the Money - by Janet Evenovich **2 star book 
I read it because if it was good enough to be a movie I thought the read would be good enough for an easy read but I wasn’t impressed and I wouldn’t say this is a very wholesome book. Doesn’t have my recommendation.

Joan of Arc : a History - by Helen Castor *1 star book
Only a third of this book is about Joan of Arch and it seems there isn’t enough historical accounts to learn many details about her story. I would only recommend this book if you want to know about Frances military history. It was a drag for me to get through.
As always my number one book I recommend is THE BOOK OF MORMON-ANOTHER TESTAMENT OF JESUS CHRIST
I am Christian and I believe that any text that can bring us closer to Christ is worth the read. If we could all be more like Christ there would be harmony in the world. As we come closer Christ we come closer to each other. We have more love for each other and ourselves. Through Christ we can become better people and be forgiven for our misdeeds. We learn to accept his Grace and see that blessing in our life, we too learn to give Grace to others and ourselves. Though the Book of  Mormon, the Holy Bible, and other religious texts we find a better life that brings true happiness. If you want to read some of my favorite quotes click here. You can also get a free copy on that link


FREE 2018-LDS Primary Sharing Time Assignment Bands

I got sick of filling out the primary bands every sunday, so I filled them out for the whole year.

I wrote the dates, put the themes on the talks, and the assigned scriptures, in the back I put blank bands incase we need them, or incase someone using this has more assignments then we do.

I hope this helps you, please share with a primary presidency that you love and save them tons of time. Pinterest HERE Facebook HERE

The free printable is down below. You can also purchase on Etsy HERE if you want to support me in my designs.


Click here for the free printable

Paper Nativity Craft

This craft is fun and easy to make and share. We like to mail them missionaries, soldiers that are deployed during Christmas, and other loved ones that live far away.

1)take any piece of paper 
2-3)fold it one or two times to the length you want 
4-6) then one or two times the other direction to make it square
7-8) now that your paper is square fold each corner to the center
9-10) then fold just the tip of each point back
11-12) flip it over and put Baby Jesus on top

1) take a paper fold it in half and cut a notch out of both sides then unfold
2) with white side face up, fold the top of the paper down
3) fold in half with colored sides facing each other 
4) bring corner of the folded top down and fold down leaving a 
bit of white on the folded side, same thing on the other side
5) fold each side in on the loose edge
6-7) one more fold that looks like this on each side
9) if it stands up  you did it right
For the WISEMEN glue anything to look like treasure
For the SHEPHERDS and ANGEL use pipe cleaner
For MARY you can cut the bottom down to make her shorter

1) this is the folder that doubles as a background
2) take a manila folder and cut it into this shape
where my thumb is holding the envelope that is where you fold up
3-4) here are close ups 3 of the left side 4 on the right side
5) fold the edges, glue them and place your people inside

I hope you have fun creating these and sharing them!
Christmas is a special time to celebrate the birth of 
Jesus Christ and this craft is perfect for the season.

May the true spirit of Christmas be with you

How to get rid of carpet lines from furniture

We have moved a lot 9 times in the last 9 years to be exact

I decided I've become a moving expert and I need to start
sharing all my knowledge I've gathered through the years

how to get rid of carpet lines from the last owners furniture

we moved into this... we could see exactly where the last owners dresser had been.
We don't have a dresser we just put a few baskets in our master closet and 
try to only keep clothes we love. So we had nothing to cover this

When our Realtor came to see how we were settling in she gave us this tip
1.Put ice in the impression and let it melt
2. after carpet has soaked up the water message it around
3. in a few days it should start to go away
4. if not repeat :)

Reasons I am loving Daily Burn 365

1. My first month was FREE
This was important to me because I didn't want to spend money on a program I wasn't going to be able to stick to. I liked have 30 days to see if it was right for me without financial stress. After 30 days I was able to confidently start my subscription knowing that this is the best investment for me.
Click this link for a FREE 30 DAYS
2. I can work out from home
There are many reasons this fits my lifestyle
-Saves me time. The time it takes me to get ready, get the kids ready, pack the kids up in the van, drive to the gym, put my children in the kid center (if the kid center isn't full) takes a lot of my time, and then when I'm done with my workout I have to do it all again in reverse.
-I work harder. I get self conscious in the gym but not at home. I wear whatever I want or don't want to. No one is watching me (except the occasional kid that wakes up early to cheer me on) and I don't have to watch myself in all those mirrors. The result is nothing gets in my way of getting ugly sweaty, red in the face, in my PJ's.
-Nothing prevents me from getting my workout in. Sick kids, bad weather, sleeping in and missing my class, these were all things that used to get in my way when I worked out at the gym. Now I sweat on Snow Days, I workout with fevering kids, and if I miss my morning usual I make up for it during nap time.
3. Everyday is a new workout with a variety of Trainers
-We all know it is important to have variety in our workouts not just for our bodies but to keep things interesting. This is my favorite part of 365 every single day is a different workout and I don't have to worry about any of it, I just follow what the trainers have put together for the day. A variety of Trainers also keeps it fresh and I love how it never feels boring or mundane, I know I'm going to experience something new to try every day. They also have other programs you can try but I mostly do Daily burn, on Sundays I try to keep it a day of rest and might do yoga if I feel like it. One particular day I found a workout just not giving me what I needed and so I chose another video from their extensive library and did that workout instead.
4. It is Live with familiar faces.
I love working out LIVE with the 365 group. This factor is what sets Daily Burn apart from recorded workouts you can buy. With the recordings I was always skeptical, they could be editing out breaks they are taking or mistakes they made, and even though I'm suppose to do the workout every day they aren't doing it with me, no they just recorded it once and are done. I have connected with the live workouts because the people you worked out with yesterday are just as sore as you and you can see them struggle to do some moves your struggling with, they are in it with you day by day and their are so many different people, men, women, pregnant, postpartum, skinny, not skinny, old, young, different ethnicities, and they all inspire me in different ways.

5. I can work out any where, no equipment required

 I usually workout in the morning, while my kids get ready for school, downstairs on the Apple TV. But I can work out anywhere. When Family came over I quietly worked out in my room on my phone, and when we go on our family trip, I'm going to take my iPad and do my workouts on vacation. I also like getting a great workout without having to have a lot of equipment. Where would I put workout equipment? and again it makes it so I can workout anywhere, anytime.
6. I am sticking with it
I was really concerned about being able to stick with a program, but because if all the reasons mentioned above I have been able to stick with this program. I have ran into two challenges, I have hurt my knee and I got a head cold. Both days I just modified the moves which they help you do, and kept going. This has been a big boost to my confidence, and that confidence boost has helped me with other daily things I am trying to tackle :)
7. I am getting stronger
I was surprised how much stronger I have felt since starting, even the difference in just one week. When I started I couldn't do a burpee, A BURPEE people, and in one week I tried again and was able to do it with ease. I notice everyday how much stronger I am. Stairs are easier, keeping up with the kids is easier, we currently moved, and moving boxes around is becoming easier. I have more balance, I'm standing taller, my everyday movement feels better. The first week I wasn't seeing weight results, but it didn't bother me that much because I loved the energy and strength I felt

8. I am seeing healthy results
The second week I started seeing physical results on the scale and my overall body shape. They are slow results 1-2 pounds a week, but this is the right way to lose weight and I've decided to be patient and enjoy the process, and can I say it again... I AM LOVING IT!

If you think Daily Burn would be a good fit for you try it

Also a huge part of my success has been doing it with a friend. We check in with each other everyday after our workout and I have loved that, so find a buddy or  go to Facebook and search for the group Daily Burn Friends :) your welcome to find a friend here

18 ways to be Thankful and Giving this Thanksgiving Season

Our family loves celebrating Halloween and Christmas, we have a lot of traditions and a lot of fun, but I've noticed my kids don't look forward to Thanksgiving, or really understand it's purpose. I've spent the past few months thinking of ways we can celebrate Thanksgiving and came up with many ideas for the kids and for me too. 
Here is one of my ideas

This is a list of different things to do to be Thankful and Giving this Thanksgiving Season.
I wrote one for every weekday of the month 

or a list version if you prefer to pick one here and there.

I will be posting each weekday of November on my Facebook page
Feel free to follow us there and share your experience :)

if you are feeling extra blessed and in the giving mood you can purchase both of these designs here on etsy

you can also download them for free here for the calendar and here for the list

Poetry and Soup - a Poetry Reading Party

A friend and I were talking when she confessed to writing Poetry.
I shared my thoughts on Poetry with her.
I told her I think Poetry is such a romantic art form,
and the writing and sharing of Poetry should be a more regular 
occurrence in our social groups.

and this is how this started...

We were afraid we were the only old fashion, romantic minded people
but we found quite a few neighbors who thought Poetry and Soup

We had a variety of soups; a hearty bean and ham soup, a warm minestrone soup, 
a classic broccoli and cheese soup, and a creamy chicken noodle
We also had an apple crisp and oreo pudding dessert. Nothing sweeter 
than topping off the event with these treats.

The gathering was delightful if I could have changed anything
I would have had everyone bring their recipe cards
to set aside their dishes, since I want to replicate all of them.

I didn't try to pen my own verse for this party,
Partly because I need to grow my confidence in writing Poetry
and Mostly because I had in my possession a Poem my 
Grandpa used to recite to us at family gatherings.
We believe his Grandma was the original writer
and he had such fond memories of her sharing it
that he continued the tradition 
and that is a tradition I want to be apart of as well.

Here is my family poem, it really is to good to keep to oneself

Once I had a handsome Beau,I loved him dear as life
I often thought the time would come when I would be his wife

His pockets how they would jingle, you bet he had the cash
the diamond ring, a watch and chain, and a darling Black mustache
Oh that Black, oh that cute black mustache,
Now you know I've got a Beau with a darling black mustache

He come to see me last Saturday night, stayed to almost three
said he’d never loved a girl as well as me
said we’d live in the greatest style, you bet we’d cut a dash
then he pressed upon my lips that darling black mustache
Oh that Black oh that cute black mustache
Now you know I've got a Beau with a darling black mustache

But o alas things changed for me, a blondie came to town,
my handsome Beau he fell for her and flatly turned me down
I tried so hard to get him back but away from me he’d dash
so now you know I lost my Beau with the darling black mustache

Three of the poems shared were penned by their owners and I think they should publish their poetry for all to enjoy. Other poems shared were these
If by Rudyard Kipling
this poem would make an excellent discussion piece
this poem is quite entertaining and quite a mouthful

I enjoyed myself so much at the party and I do so
look forward to dabbling in Poetry and penning something of my own.
I am quite excited to make this another tradition
that will add simply joy to my life.

I hope it brings joy to you to,  HERE is a blank invite with the images.