Monday, April 24, 2017

Random Doodles

Not much to post today, so here are some random doodles drawn by my sister Gina.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sippin' Saturday - IHOP Splashberry

This drink is a combination of Sprite, orange juice, and strawberry syrup. While it sounds very similar to the Olympic Torch that I reviewed here, it is so, so much better. It's served over ice (cold drinks area always a plus) and it has just the right balance of each of the flavors so that it's refreshing, but no one flavor is overbearing. Depending on your taste, it might be a little to sweet to go with a sweet breakfast food, like pancakes, but it would definitely go well with anything else!

💗 Annette

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reading Wednesday - Marry the Doctor by Beverly Farr

This is book two in the "Love and Chocolate" romance series by Beverly Farr. It follows Frank Brannigan, a neurosurgeon who is part owner of a large chocolate corporation. He's lonely, but as a single father and busy surgeon, he's having trouble finding that connection with someone.

While this book still follows the pretty typical romance, it was a little bit different for a couple of reasons:
1. The author doesn't reveal the female love interest until almost halfway through the story. (There are plenty of different options, so you don't know who it will be.)
2. Once the couple gets together... they're together. Instead of relationship-y oriented stuff, they (mostly) deal with external problems. I like this.
3. I liked the female character. She wasn't super typical for a romance - but I can't give too much away!

Overall, this book gets four out of five stars. It was cute and it was shorter than your average novel, which made it a quick read.

💗 Annette

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Spikes Square Eight from Bring Color to Crochet

This is the second square I've crocheted from Bring Color to Crochet. It was also my first time ever using spike stitch!

(My first row of spike stitches, I'm so proud.)

So, since it was my first time, I definitely didn't go far enough down when I first did the spike stitches. Which worked well enough for the first couple of rows, but got a bit tricky when I got farther along. I studied the author's picture quite a bit to figure out what had gone wrong. Basically, you want to go to the very bottom of the previous color for the spike stitch. If you're sticking your hook in somewhere in the middle, you're doing it wrong. :) I've included a (hopefully helpful) picture below.

The blue stitch in the very center, that one is wrong. The blue spike stitches to the right are right.

I thought this was a super fun square. It was easy, and now I want to try all sorts of patterns with spike stitches in them. They're simple and look very cool. And thankfully, the author has more squares using these stitches.

Both sides look pretty cool, but quite different. What side is your favorite?

I think this is the backside, but it's my favorite.

This is technically the "right" side, but I don't like it as much.

This week and last week's squares

💗 Annette

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reading Wednesday - Only Mine by Susan Mallery

This is book four in the Fool's Gold romance series. It follow's Dakota, one of a set of Triplets, who has lived in Fool's Gold almost her entire life. She's been assigned by her boss to keep an eye on a new reality TV series that has set up camp in town. While doing this, she meets Flinn, the older brother of two of the reality show contestants. Flinn is adamant that his brothers need to return home to Alaska to finish college, but even if they don't, he's staying to make sure they don't get themselves in trouble.

After reading a couple of her books, I sort of have high expectations for ones by Susan Mallery. This one was not to her usual standard. It wasn't bad by any means, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat either. It was a pretty classic romance. I'm still looking forward to reading the rest of the series though. :)

In February I went to a very large booksale that's held at the state fairgrounds, and I got most of the rest of the series. Here are pics of my stash. (Also, this isn't all of the books I got there... just the ones by Susan Mallery.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Songs for April!

This post is a little late, as per usual, but here are 30 songs to listen to in April! I've been having a lot of fun discovering new and awesome songs and I hope you take a minute to check some of them out, and maybe share a few of your own. :)

1. Believe by Jimi Cravity
2. Hard Love by Needtobreathe
3. Where You Are by Auli'i Cravalho
4. Thumbs by Sabrina Carpenter
5. Don't Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers
6. Magic in the Air by Magic System
7. Ice Cream Cake by Red Velvet
8. Confident by Demi Lovato
9. Je suis chez moi by Black M
10. Towards the Sun by Rihanna
11. Entropic Time by acapellascience
12. Mercy by Shawn Mendes
13. Alone by Hollyn
14. The Greatest by Sia
15. Never Too Far Gone by Jordan Feliz
16. Sapes comme jamais by Maitre Gims
17. Drag Me Down by One Direction
18. I Am Moana by Auli'i Cravalho
19. Est-ce que tu m'aimes? by Maitre Gims
20. Happiness by Needtobreathe
21. Money & Fame by Needtobreathe
22. Good Fight by Unspoken
23. Overdose by EXO-K
24. Barman by Soprano
25. Work This Body by Walk the Moon
26. Wake Me Up by Avicii
27. Problem by Ariana Grande
28. Dope by BTS
29. How Far I'll Go by Auli'i Cravalho
30. Stay by Alessia Cara & Zedd

Monday, April 10, 2017

Musicmicetro Pinterest Board Feature - Book Images

If you couldn't tell by my weekly book reviews, I love books. So I have quite a few Pinterest boards devoted to the subject. Today, I'd like to share with you my ten favorite pins from my board Book Images.

As per usual, if you choose to pin any of these, please do so via Pinterest or via the original website so the original creator/poster, etc., can be credited. Clicking on the image will take you to the pin.

I'm fairly sure I want to be this girl.

Isn't this illustration just adorable?

Reading is probably one of the only things I like doing on a beach. This picture looks wonderful.

Reading takes you places. :)

This picture is just adorable. Squee <3 p="">

I'm a sucker for monochromatic pictures like this.

I like this one because it's whimsical. Not a situation you'd ever encounter in real life.

*Sigh* This picture just makes me so happy.

Rain, coffee, and books. Could a day get any more perfect?

Another super pretty picture to wrap this post up!

If you have any adorable or quirky or pretty book images, I would love to see them! Share them in the comments!

💗 Annette

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