Jun 9, 2009

A Must Read

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks- E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:Debate Club.Her father’s “bunny rabbit.”
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer.
Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society.
Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew’s lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way.

I absolutely loved this book. If you're looking for some light fun reading, pick this book up. Frankie is a feminist who wants nothing more than to be able to be part of a all male secret society. She is tired of being nothing but arm candy to her boyfriend who belongs to this secret society, and when she feels she isn't getting acknowledged as a equal by him and his buddies she takes matters to her own hands. Don't underestimate Frankie!

Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (March 25, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786838183

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Jun 7, 2009

Coffee Filter Ideas

I read this interesting article on the internet on Real Simple, 10 New Uses for Coffee Filters. Wanted to share...

Use Coffee Filters to:

1. Diffuse the flash on a camera. When you’re taking a close-up, soften the brightness by placing a coffee filter over the flash.

2. Strain wine from a bottle with a broken cork. Place the filter over a pitcher or a carafe and slowly pour the wine into it.

3. Serve popcorn or other snacks. The filters act as disposable bowls, so there’s no dishwashing.

4. Make yogurt dip. Use a rubber band to secure a paper coffee filter over the mouth of a deep cup or jar. Slowly pour 8 ounces of plain yogurt onto the filter. Let drain for one hour. In a bowl, mix the thickened yogurt with 1 small minced garlic clove, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crackers.

5. Heat up leftovers in the microwave. Use a filter as the protective covering over a bowl or a plate.

6. Prevent soil from draining out of flowerpots. When repotting, place a filter at the bottom, over the drainage hole, then add the soil.

7. Prevent scuffs and scratches on fine china. Use flattened coffee filters as spacers when you stack your dishes.

8. Protect hands from Popsicle drippage. Slide the wooden stick of an ice pop through a coffee filter so your hands stay mess-free.

9. Serve pita sandwiches. A circular filter is the perfect size for carrying a sandwich on the go.

10. Clean windows and glass when you’re out of paper towels. Coffee filters leave no lint or other residue.

Pretty cool, huh?

Heres the link to the article.

Jun 2, 2009

April's Book of the Month- Time of My Life- Allison Winn Scotch

Time of My Life- Allison Winn Scotch

Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads. She’s got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home, the elegant meals from Gourmet, the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple, and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents. With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her cherubic eighteen-month-old in the backseat, hers could be the family in the magazines’ glossy Range Rover ads.

Yet somehow all of the how-to magazine stories in the world can’t seem to fix her faltering marriage, banish the tedium of days spent changing diapers, or stop her from asking, “What if?”

Then one morning Jillian wakes up seven years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she married Henry. Suddenly she’s back in her post–grad school Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. She’s back in her fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And she’s still with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if fantasies.

Armed with twenty-twenty hindsight, she’s free to choose all over again. She can use the zippy ad campaigns from her future to wow the clients and bosses in her present. She can reconnect with the mother who abandoned her so many years before. She can fix the fights at every juncture that doomed her relationship with Jackson. Or can she?

With each new choice setting off a trajectory of unforeseen consequences, Jillian soon realizes that getting to happily ever after is more complicated than changing the lines in her part of the script. Happiness, it turns out, isn’t an either-or proposition. As she closes in on all the things she thought she wanted, Jillian must confront the greatest what-if of all: What if the problem was never Henry or Jackson, but her?

What if I could go back and change the course of my life? What would I do different? Those are the kind of questions Jillian gets the opportunity to answer. She's bored with living the cookie cutter suburban life and not happy with where she is at in life and starts to look at her old life, ie. boyfriend, job, city life with rose colored glasses. Does a trip to the past change that? Read the book to find out.

Jillian did get on my nerves sometimes with the constant whining about her life, but I whine sometimes too, so she stayed true to what a SAHM sometimes feels.


Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books; 1 edition (October 7, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307408574
ISBN-13: 978-0307408570