Sunday, June 14, 2015

Book Review: Cold Fear by Rick Mofina


I love books that are full of twists and turns. Just when I think I have it all figured out, another bombshell gets dropped. Cold Fear by Rick Mofina is an edge of your seat page turner that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. In the recent months we have all seen how the media has fueled certain stories, which in turn has driven suspicion and created assumptions. In this case, fear and suspicion could have deadly consequences.

Emily Baker has struggled desperately to hide her past, even from her husband Doug and her daughter Paige. As she begins to crack under the pressure, and it starts to tear apart her family, her therapist suggests she return to her childhood home to finally face her past and bury it. Emily and Doug decide to turn the trip into some much needed family bonding and heads to Glacier National Park with their daughter Paige and their puppy Kobee. They plan on camping in one of the most remote parts of the park, a region called The Devil's Grasp.

Doug's patience begins to wear thin when Emily won't confide in him. This eventually leads to a screaming argument. Needing time to think and cool off Emily goes off into the park alone, leaving Doug and Paige behind at their campsite. Doug, trying to work off his anger, begins chopping wood. Paige having witnessed her parents blow out, is worried that her parents are getting a divorce and desperately tries to talk to her dad. Doug screams at her to go find her mother, not paying attention when the ax slips and he badly cuts his hand. In a fit of rage, Doug screams at Paige, with the ax in his hand and gushing blood, to leave him alone and begins to chase her off. Terrified Paige grabs Kobee, her puppy, and takes off into the forest. While walking through the forest, Paige loses Kobee. Frantically searching for him she suddenly realizes she has no idea where she is at, and it's getting dark.

Doug, thinking Paige has finally gotten the point and went to find Emily, heads back to the campsite to take care of his hand. A couple of hours goes by when Doug sees Emily walking up to the campsite, alone. He asks where Paige is and then realizes Emily has no idea and that Paige never went to her. Panic sets in as the parents desperately start searching the quickly darkening woods for their missing daughter. With no sight of Paige or Kobee, Doug decides to hike out in the dark to find help.

With Paige having been missing for almost 24 hours by the time Doug reaches help, the seriousness of the situation draws immediate media interest. There is immediate suspicion that Doug and Emily are somehow responsible, especially when the FBI agents assigned to the case see the wound on Doug's hand. As the investigation mounts it becomes worldwide news. Reporters are trying to come up with anything on Doug and Emily's lives that may answer what happened to Paige. As certain things are uncovered by the reporters, the FBI begins building their case. But are they right? Did Paige's parents have something to do with her disappearance? What are they hiding?

Cold Fear will keep you guessing all the way to the end, I couldn't put it down. I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Product Review: Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant



I've been dying my hair since I was 14. In the last 22 years I have gone through the color spectrum and back again. That's a lot of chemicals on these locks! I've also spent a lot of money so it's important to me to pamper my hair, but I also want to pamper my pocket too!

I had the opportunity to review a product that helps do both! Anyone who colors their hair knows that UV light causes your color to fade. Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant not only provides UV protection, it helps fortify each strand of hair, protects hair from the damage of heat styling all while giving your hair some texture. Shielo's protective complex is a blend of pro-vitamins, proteins, and amino acids. Shielo uses all natural organic extracts and is paraben and formaldehyde free.

Now that the weather is nice, I plan on being outside as much as possible. I will definitely be using Shielo Leave In Protectant to help keep my color looking fresh. check out the full line of the Shielo hair are products, all of which are designed for color protection! While you're there be sure to check out their skincare line as well!

**I was given this product for free for the purpose of my review. No compensation was offered. All opinions are my own and unbiased.**

Monday, March 30, 2015

Movie Review: It Follows

Friday night Chris and I found ourselves childless. The kiddos were at Grandpa's house for a sleepover and our oldest was spending the night with her BFF. Whoop-whoop, date night!! Having just watched a trailer for It Follows the night before, we decided to go to the 10:25 showing. Chris and I both really liked it. It had a throw back to the 80's horror movie vibe which was enhanced by the music that was playing. The story line was unique as well and was left open to the possibility of a sequel. Check out the trailer below!


It Follows stars Maika Monroe as Jay Height. After going on a couple of dates with a guy named Hugh, she decides to sleep with him, and he passes on something to her, and I'm not talking about an STD. What follows her after this encounter doesn't think, it doesn't feel, and it doesn't give up until you're dead.






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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Leftovers

When I first saw the previews for HBO's new show The Leftovers, I was excited and intrigued. However after just watching the final episode of the season all I feel is stupid and pissed off. I don't get it, what the hell is it about? I'm a relatively smart person and so is my husband. We are huge movie and TV watchers and we really get into our shows. Neither one of can figure out what this show is about! That being said, I will still watch the next season just to see if it ever gets to the point.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Final Dawn: Season 1 by Mike Kraus

I'm a huge fan of the post apocalyptic genre of books and movies. I actually stumbled across this series of books by accident while searching for something new to read on Amazon. For those that aren't familiar with this genre, there are a few different types: nuclear event, zombie, and global illness. Final Dawn: Season 1 by Mike Kraus deals with a world wide nuclear event... with a twist.

Final Dawn is told from the point of view of four characters: Rachel, Leonard, Marcus, and Nancy. It follows them from the moment of the nuclear event through their struggle for survival and their fight to save humanity. I loved the development of the characters and how I felt like I knew them by the end of the series. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that certain parts of it, I felt, needed more explanation while others needed less. Overall it was a good read and action packed! It received 4 out 5 stars on Amazon and a 3.80 on Goodreads. Final Dawn was originally released as short episodes with 1-2 issues a month but you can now purchase it on Amazon in seasons which contain all the episodes together which is how I recommend you get it as the episodic form just isn't enough!

I liked the series so much that I'm giving away the first season to one of my readers! The winner will have a choice of either a Kindle or paperback version. Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email announcing their win, if winner doesn't respond then Rafflecopter will then choose a new winner. All entries will be verified and any entry that does not comply with the entry task will be disqualified. Good luck and thanks for reading my review. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

ADHD X 2

I recently posted a guest post on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) & ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Upon posting the article I decided to share my own struggles with ADHD in my household. I have two children with moderate and severe ADHD. My oldest was diagnosed in Kindergarten and my youngest will be going through the evaluation in August but I already know what is going to be determined because I've already been through it.

I knew when my daughter was 3 that there was something very off with her behavior. I know, every child goes through the "terrible twos" but this was different. From birth she was a very hyper stimulated child and had severe colic when she was an infant. The tantrums continued into toddler years and progressively got worse, horrific and constant. They often ended with both of us in tears and me feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. When she was 3 I reached out to the local Area Education Agency to have her evaluated and they deemed her "spirited" and handed me a book about time outs. Really?! You don't think I tried that? It wasn't until she was 5 and in Kindergarten causing major problems in the classroom that they were finally saying what I knew all along- she had ADHD and needed medication.

A lot of people knock the ADHD diagnosis and parents who medicate. They're usually the people whose children don't have ADHD. They don't realize that it doesn't just affect the child who has it, but it affects the entire family, and it affects other people's children in the classroom. When a child with ADHD is present everything tends to be very chaotic and disruptive and usually the teacher has to spend a great deal of time trying to wrangle that one child under control every day, all day.

Medicating my daughter was a tough decision but one I don't regret at all. She's now 13 and flourishing in school, she was on A/B honor roll the last two years! The medication works so well that I can tell within 5 minutes of being around her whether she has taken her pill or not. It's like night and day difference.

My youngest's story is very similar but his is more severe than my daughter's was. We knew about the age of 18 months that there was a problem. We actually had him evaluated for Autism and other spectrum disorders because of his behavior. While we don't have a definite diagnosis yet, I know that it will be ADHD.

Being a mom to two children with ADHD isn't easy and there are a lot of stigmas that you have to fight between the schools, other parents, and usually anyone with an opinion. The key to keeping your sanity and helping your child is finding a really good doctor and being open and honest with teachers and other parents. People seem to be less cruel and more understanding when you tell them what the issues are and that you want to be informed of any concerns immediately.