Jaime Loves Stuff : April 2010


Upcoming review!

I am super excited about my upcoming review for a product from CSN Stores. I am definitely pleasantly surprised at the diverse selection of products that CSN carries! I was already aware of their furniture and office supplies, they carry everything from corner tv stands to cookware to children's items! I didn't realize that they actually are a group of over 200 stores! Holy cow! How cool is that?

I decided that I want to review a hand mixer and I picked this Hamilton Beach hand mixer with clip on case. I am super excited especially since the last one I owned was so cheap it broke in the middle of mixing a cake! Hopefully this one goes above and beyond and does what I need it to do!




So keep your eyes peeled and I will give you all my feedback!

Upcoming review!

I am super excited about my upcoming review for a product from CSN Stores. I am definitely pleasantly surprised at the diverse selection of products that CSN carries! I was already aware of their furniture and office supplies, they carry everything from corner tv stands to cookware to children's items! I didn't realize that they actually are a group of over 200 stores! Holy cow! How cool is that?

I decided that I want to review a hand mixer and I picked this Hamilton Beach hand mixer with clip on case. I am super excited especially since the last one I owned was so cheap it broke in the middle of mixing a cake! Hopefully this one goes above and beyond and does what I need it to do!




So keep your eyes peeled and I will give you all my feedback!

The Host by Stephenie Meyer Giveaway!



From Hatchette Book Group:

Now available in the trade paperback edition: New Bonus Chapter and Reading Group Guide, including Stephenie Meyer's Annotated Playlist for the book



Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.



As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.



Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.


THE HOST debuted at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list and remained there for more than a year. Meyer’s first adult novel was not only a huge commercial success with more than 2 million copies sold, it also brought a whole new audience of readers to Stephenie Meyer. Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST, appeals to rabid Twilight Saga fans and readers of classic literary suspense alike.

Movie rights to THE HOST have been optioned by Nick Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, the team that produced the film of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Andrew Niccol of Gattaca and The Truman Show will write the script and direct




This is Stephenie Meyer's first book written towards the adult audience. I am not a fan of her Twilight series but this sounds very promising and personally, I can't wait to give it a chance!

Thanks to Hatchette Book Group, I have the opportunity to giveaway 3 copies of this book to 3 lucky readers!

Rules:

No P.O. Boxes
USA & Canada only

MUST comment with an email address!

Contest ends May 10th!

Good luck!



Sirantha Jax #4!! Killbox by Ann Aguirre


To be release August 23, 2010 and I can't wait! I have been wondering if anything more was going to happen in the world of Sirantha Jax. If you are not familiar with the series, check it out! Book #1 is Grimspace, #2 is Wanderlust, #3 is Doubleblind and now, #4 is Killbox. I know there are more to follow from the author's site, annaguirre.com, looks like #5 is titled Aftermath and #6 will be Endgame. I totally stoked. I fell in love with Grimspace and inhaled the trilogy over a weekend. If you like Space Operas, you will love this series!


From the author's site, the blurb:


TALK IS CHEAP WHEN LIVES ARE IN JEOPARDY

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.

And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.

Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers—out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace…


If you would like to read an excerpt, be sure to visit http://www.annaguirre.com/books/jax-series/Killbox/

Nourish Your Inner Goddess Spark and Giveaway!

A remake of the classic (and campy!) "Clash of the Titans" has been unleashed. Visually this looks amazing, I haven't seen it yet but I totally want it!



Thanks to MyBlogSpark™ and Yoplait, I was given a chance to be a part of this AWESOME Spark and not only that, YOU get a chance also! Yoplait has a fantastic Greek Style yogurt (high in protein and a great variety of perfect flavors!) and I have two favorite ways to eat it:

#1 make Tzaziki Sauce
This is my version, I don't measure but it comes out PERFECT!!!

Shred a cucumber (like with a cheese grater) and put it in a colander and sprinkle salt on it. The cukes won't be salty but most of the water will be pulled out and decrease a watery sauce!

Mix with Greek Style Yogurt (Plain and can be Yoplait's if you like, which I thought was really yummy!), garlic (minced or even garlic powder), some fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and dill (fresh or dried) and I like to make it the day before so that way the flavors are perfect the next day. Yummy with just pita bread or maybe pita and make some Chicken Souvlaki, gyros or even lamb kebobs!

The other way, plain greek yogurt (or even Vanilla!) with honey and walnuts! PERFECT!

See the picture below? That's the prize pack! Looks great doesn't it?
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The prize pack contains a towel, slippers, some pamper yourself goodies and two coupons* for FREE Yoplait Greek Style Yogurt! Awesome, huh? All thanks to Yoplait and MyBlogSpark™, I can give away ONE prize pack!

*This coupon offer for a free cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Tennessee


To enter please tell me: How do YOU nourish your inner goddess?

Leave email (I can't contact you any other way!) and giveaway is limited to residents of the U.S.

Good luck and contest ends on May 5th and winners will be announced and emailed. Winners will be picked via random.org




Review: Watermark, a Novel of the Middle Ages by Vanitha Sankaran

Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages


From Goodreads.com:
The daughter of a paper-maker in a small French village in the year 1320 — mute from birth and forced to shun normal society — young Auda finds solace and escape in the wonder of the written word. Believed to be cursed by those who embrace ignorance and superstition, Auda's very survival is a testament to the strength of her spirit.
But this is an age of Inquisition and intolerance, when difference and defiance are punishable "sins" and new ideas are considered damnable heresy. When darkness descends upon her world, Auda — newly grown to womanhood — is forced to flee, setting off on a remarkable quest to discover love and a new sense of self . . . and to reclaim her heritage and the small glory of her father's art.


In a time when women had few opportunities, let alone a young girl who is born albino and due to being albino, had her tongue cut out and rendered mute, Auda is trying to thrive. The book begins with her birth in 1300, Auda's mother dies from a rough child birth where Auda had to be birthed by a crude cesearean section and she is born a "white witch" and she was deformed due to her unfortunate birth. Then "Watermark" jumps to 1320, when Auda is a grown woman, her sister is off and married and she is at home helping her father with his papermaking business. She reads adn writes and has dreams, skills that are a necessity for someone who is mute. During a time of the Inquisitions, Burnings of witches and Heretics, and the Crusades against Jews and Infidels, being something "different" is a curse.

Through Auda's trials and tribulations, the author takes you through her journey of survival, love and the art of papermaking.

I am not sure how I feel about this book. I felt absolutely ZERO connection with Auda. Generally, I fall for the underdog and cheer them on. With this story, I just didn't care as much as I would normally. I didn't want anything bad to befall her but I didn't feel that strong pull that a reader should feel. I thought the historical aspect of the story was amazing and especially the art of papermaking was extremely interesting. I felt the dialogue was underwhelming. There is definitely SOMETHING there, but I feel that something was missing. That "spark" was gone. I just wasn't wowed but I also didn't despise it. It was readable but not re-readable for me.

This book was provided for me from TLC Book tours (http://tlcbooktours.com) for a fair and honest review at no charge. Receiving a complimentary book does not affect my ability to be fair and honest. I am just a hobby reviewer who adores books!

Inaugural, Important, Pivotal and Life Changing...



This morning Emma and I had the honor of being amongst many wonderful people this morning at the Phoenix Zoo. Why was this an honor? It was the FIRST ANNUAL CHILDREN'S MARCH AGAINST CHILD ABUSE for Phoenix Children's Hospital. The turnout was phenomonal and I can't wait for many more marches to come. The entire month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Please make a promise, any promise for Child Abuse Prevention. What promise will you make? I promise to continue reminding all people that it's NEVER ok to shake a baby. NEVER.

It was a glorious morning, a little chilly at first, but as the sun rose it turned into quite a fantastic morning for such an event and then we spent the day enjoying the Zoo.

The first photo is from the press conference on March 3 at Phoenix Children's Hospital and the second is from this morning!




Pivotal, Inaugural, and IMPORTANT!!!



This morning Emma and I had the honor of being amongst many wonderful people this morning at the Phoenix Zoo. Why was this an honor? It was the FIRST ANNUAL CHILDREN'S MARCH AGAINST CHILD ABUSE for Phoenix Children's Hospital. The turnout was phenomonal and I can't wait for many more marches to come. The entire month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Please make a promise, any promise for Child Abuse Prevention. What promise will you make? I promise to continue reminding all people that it's NEVER ok to shake a baby. NEVER.

It was a glorious morning, a little chilly at first, but as the sun rose it turned into quite a fantastic morning for such an event and then we spent the day enjoying the Zoo.

The first photo is from the press conference on March 3 at Phoenix Children's Hospital and the second is from this morning!
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