Book Review: Eighty and Out

Traumatized by visits to the nursing home to see their elderly aunt, Louise and her sister Jeannie made a youthful pact to not live past age eighty. Was it a silly childhood idea, or were they wise beyond their years? Most importantly, will they go through with it when the time comes?

Eighty and Out Editorial Review:

“An emotionally-charged women’s fiction novel about the bond between sisters, friendship, and fate, Eighty and Out will have you deliberating your destiny.” ~ Bestselling author Deborah Brown

My Review: 

I agreed to review this book because I found the summary interesting and intriguing. I wondered how the author would paint a picture of two women that have made a pact to only live to the age of eighty. I find it crazy to put a limit on your life but I also know God has a plan for everyone and that may be exactly what you are thinking. My grandmother passed away exactly a year ago this Easter. It was a very hard time for my family but I later found out that she had told other family members that she didn’t want to be a widow for more then 30 years. See I was born in March of ’85 and my Grandpa passed away in May of ’85. When my grandmother passed away it was the month before she would have been a widow for 30 years. Also, my grandmother was a devoted Lutheran and she would go to church, bible studies, and pot lucks so to pass away on Easter with the reminder of the resurrection was so comforting and perfect in everyway!

Ok, back to the book. This story is of two girls. They start young but you quickly go through the years through marriages, struggles and children. This book had me on the edge of my seat ready for the next exciting adventure the girls would go through. This book was a WONDERFUL read and the author did a great job telling the sweet girls story but moving it along quickly and keeping the reader interested in what would happen next. Let me know if you read it and what you think!

 

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“Kim Cano is one of the great writers of our time who will make you feel and think, laugh and cry and in the end nod your head in agreement.” – Miki’s Hope

“A women’s fiction novel that follows the life of a girl into a woman.  Honestly, this is one to keep on the shelves and read again.” – Life as Leels

 “As with all of Kim Cano’s books that I have read, you become mesmerized by the story, a beautiful, gentle story of coming of age, love, loss, despair and happiness.” – Beck Valley Books

About the Author
Kim Cano is the author of two women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, her debut novel and On The Inside, a novel about a middle-aged woman who is sentenced to 17 years in prison for committing a white collar crime.

Kim has also written two animal books: For Animal Lovers, a short story collection for kids ages 9 to 12. and for adults who are young at heart.

Kim Cano lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and cat.

Find the author on the following sites….
Website   Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Goodreads   Amazon Author Page

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End of the Old (2014), Start of the New (2015)

As we come to the end of 2014 I sit and think about all the goals I would like to accomplish in 2015. I have such high hopes of getting lots done that at times I think it is unattainable. I set goals for 2014 and worked hard to reach them. I also had a lot of things happen in my personal life. Throughout 2014 I really did some searching as to what I wanted my business and blog to look like. I feel happy and comfortable with where I am but know I can always set more goals. I will recap my goals for 2014 and how I did then set come new ones for the NEW YEAR 2015!

GOALS FOR 2014:

1. Read and document 50 books- I started the year sting and hopeful that I would be able to get through all 50 books and then also blog about each one. I have currently read 23 books and have blogged about 15 of them. I still plan to blog about the other 8 I have not blogged about.

2. Host at least 1 Pampered Chef Party per month- I did not do so well on this goal. This year I did not host enough Pampered Chef Parties. I LOVE the product but with everything I have going on it was hard to make time to do shows. I am thinking I will start hosting freezer meal workshops every other month at least to start.

3. Every other month host a craft party- (Everyone pays to come to the party where they will make a craft project to take home!)- I did NONE of these but, I did attend one. I made a great friend who makes craft kits for busy women to buy and have all the supplies they need in the kit. At the start of 2013 I thought this was a great idea but unfortunately did not host a SINGLE ONE!

4. I would like to sell $500 in handmade craft goods!- I did not reach this goal but I didn’t figure out my focus for my shop until the summer months. I would say based on my ETSY stats and custom on the side sales I have made about $200. I would say for just starting a business I did pretty good. I have changes my shop from UrbanAnneBags to UrbanAnneDesigns. I LOVE to sew and didn’t want to have to just sew handbags. I have now added paper garland and baby blankets to my shop. I am excited for 2015 to see what and where my shop goes.

I would say for the year 2014 I didn’t do too bad considering everything that happened this year.

Goals 2015

1) Read and Document 25 books

2) Sell $400 in handmade craft goods!

3) Host a Freezer Meal Workshop every other month.

Love and Peace

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December 22nd: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Ashley from Taylors4You, Reindeer Food (Free Printable).

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Add a little magic to your Christmas with reindeer food for your kids to make.

Be sure to check out Cathy from three kids and a fish, Chocolate Covered Cracker Tree.

chocolate treeBe sure to make this sweet, salty and chocolate covered treat for your friends and family that are coming over this Christmas. 

Be sure to check out Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, Holiday Travel Activities.

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Get free printable’s for your young kiddos! Enjoy fun activities to keep them busy while on a plane or in the car this holiday season.

Love and Peace

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December 21st: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Breanna from Faith n’ Coffee, Christmas Cocoa and Letters to Santa.

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Every year we put the Christmas Cocoa in the pot and sit down to write our letters to Santa. We hope you will try our cocoa!

Be sure to check out Nicole from Adventures of Goldilox, Wooden Bunting Tutorial.

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This is a fun and cute DIY project to add just the needed Christmas cheer to you home!

Be sure to check out Selena from Tucson Health Project, Christmas Eve Box.

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Start a new and fun tradition with your kids. Make a Christmas Eve box with lots of fun things to gear up for Christmas inside!

Love and Peace

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December 20th: Countdown2Xmas

Good Morning Readers! You are in luck today! I have been missing for the last few days because I got married on Saturday morning and we had a WONDERFUL celebration with our families ALL DAY! We finished up the wedding by eating at The Keg. I will be sure to post pictures and the run down of our day. I am now Anne Herold once the state sends us our marriage license!

Be sure not to miss out on Tricia from The Good Mama, The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe.

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Need a recipe for your Christmas cookie tray? Check out these Sugar Cookies- they are easy to make and come out perfectly every time!

Be sure to check out Selbe from Oh Heaven, Coming Home for Christmas.

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Did you recently move out and away from your family!? Read tho blog post to see how another person is adjusting and being Thankful for the holiday’s.

Be sure to check out Chastity from My Rays of Sunshine, Create Sweet Memories with your Family this Christmas..

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Do you have kids at home? Do you love to bake? You can start a tradition and combine these two this year and bake with your kiddos!

Love and Peace

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December 19th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Annie from MontgomeryFest, Holiday Gift Tag Printables.

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Top off your pretty presents with these hand-drawn holiday gift tags! Free printables to make your holidays a little sweeter.

Be sure to check out Kristin from Dizzy Busy and Hungry, White Chocolate Dipped Coffee Shortbread Cookies.

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These cookies look AMAZING! I am very excited to make these super yummy cookies.

Be sure to check out Kristin from Crumbs and Curls, Not Your Kids’ Christmas Pajamas.

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 Mom’s do you buy your kiddos cute pajamas to celebrate Christmas!? Well these are fun pajamas for the kid in you!

Love and Peace

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December 18th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Amanda from Burlap and Babies, DIY Burlap Christmas Trees.

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Adorable and simple diy burlap Christmas trees anyone can make.

Be sure to check out Alexis from Alexis Krystina: Creatively Inspired Living, DIY Lamp Shades.

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Add some funs Christmas shapes to your dull and bland lamp shades.

Be sure to check out Heather from Krafts and Kiddos, Santa CD Craft.

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Such a fun craft to do with your littles at home. These would look great on your Christmas tree.

Love and Peace

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Doterra Oils

doterraI have been using oils off and on for the past 2 years. I have just started “selling” them and recommending blends to my friends and family. I am not a doctor and this post is merely and suggestion to help with some of your every day ailments not to diagnosis or treat you. If your interesting in learning more about the oils or have any further questions please feel free to email me at urbanannebags@gmail.com. If you are interesting in some samples please email also! If you know for sure your ready to buy and would like to order you can visit my DoTerra Homepage to order at http://mydoterra.com/underthebrella.

I first heard about Doterra Oils about two years ago from a friend that I knew from camp. She was using them with her young son. I had read on her Facebook that she was reading a great book. So I wrote her and asked her which book. She then told me it was Modern Essentials. I then researched the book and asked her to send me a copy. I was SUPER excited to get my oils. I have been ordering and using oils off and on for the past two years. I want to give you the readers the facts about each oil and what they are commonly used for. There are three different ways in which the oils can enter you body. You can use the oils aromatically and just smell the oils to help your condition. When using the oils aromatically you can use the oils in a diffuser and you can also place a few drops of the oil into your hands and cup them other your nose and mouth to enjoy the aromatic benefits of the oils. You can also use the topically. There are two ways in which you can apply the oils topically, neat and with a carrier oil. When applying the oil neat you are using the oil straight out of the bottle. It is recommended for some oils to use with a carrier oil because it is considered “hot” and it could burn/irritate the skin. The other way you can use most DoTerra oils is internally. You can fill an empty veggie capsule and take the oils to help various conditions. (Please be sure when using other oils you research if they are safe to take internally.) I will be reviewing each oil that comes in the Family Physicians Kit. You can purchase this kit for your own personal medicine cabinet for $125.LavenderLavender: I used lavender for several months for a good nights sleep. I would place the oil neat on my feet, behind my ears and on my wrists. I love the smell of the oil and associated it with sleep after I slept so well. Suggested uses include: diffuse or apply topically to calm anxiety, apply to irritated skin of lips, place on bottom of feet, back, or a drop on your pillow before bed, and apply to calm bee sting or bug bite reactions. Lavender calms skin irritations like bug bites, burns, and it heals skin tissue quickly.

LemonLemon: I love to carry a small bottle of lemon in my purse to add to my water when I am out to eat. Suggested uses include: add to honey to soothe a sore throat, diffuse in a room to neutralize odors and elevate mood, use as a cleaner for kitchen counters and stainless steel appliances, take internally with water as a detoxifier.

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Peppermint: I started using peppermint to help with my headaches. For me it did not work the best so I have tried other oils that have helped. I have most recently added this oil to my coffee in the morning along with some chocolate almond milk for a “peppermint mocha” taste. I really like to diffuse this oil with wild orange in my classroom. Suggested uses include: using with lemon in water for a health and refreshing mouth rinse, inhale deeply to increase alertness, add to a spray bottle with water and mist body when overheated, apply to neck and forehead to calm headaches. Peppermint also helps with sunburns, hot flashes, heartburn, cold sores, and allergies when mixed with lemon and lavender.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree): My first experience with this oil was when I received it in my physicians kit. I had heard and read so may things about how it helped with acne so I tried it! I really like to place the oil right on my acne neat. I have also add this oil along with frankincense to some coconut oil which I use as a face moisturizer at night. Suggested uses included: apply to skin blemishes and rashes, use with shampoo and conditioner for a health scalp, apply to feet after showering, swimming, or working out. Melaleuca helps skin infections, fungal infections (yeast/nail/athletes foot), eczema and diaper rash.

Oregano: I honestly have not yet tried this oil yet. I plan to try out this oil when I have an internal infection or any kind of foot fungus problems. Suggested uses include: take drops in a gelatin capsule for immune support, dilute and apply to bottom of feet as a natural defense, use internally as part of a monthly cleansing for your GI health. oregano helps with warts, skin tags, and internal infections. BE SURE TO DILUTE IF APPLYING IT TO YOU SKIN.

Deep Blue: This oil is considered a blend through DoTerra. I use this oil at least once a week. I work out on a regular basis and this oil works wonderful when applied to sore muscles. DoTerra makes a great lotion that already has this oil mixed in. I have shared this oil and lotion with several people at the gym. All are amazed how much it feels like icy hot but doesn’t have the after effects or chemicals. Suggested uses include: applying to tired or aching joints, rub on muscles before and after working out, use with a carrier oil for a therapeutic deep tissue massage. Please not this oil is only used for topical uses. Deep Blue can be used in any pains- headaches/migraines, arthritis, growing pains, etc.

Breathe: This oil is considered a blend of oils. I have not yet used this oil yet but it came in my physician’s kit. I plan to try out this oil on my sinuses and chest before going to a workout. If I come down with a cold this winter this will be the first oil I will go to and place it on my chest. Suggested uses include: apply to chest and neck to help clear lungs, diffuse or add to a humidifier at bedtime for more restful sleep, apply to chest or bottom of feet for seasonal respiratory discomfort. This oil blend should not be taken internally.

Digestzen: This oil is considered a blend of oils through DoTerra. I LOVE this blend. When I am going through my time of the month I tried out this oil first for my symptoms of bloating. It works like a charm topically. I have had friends use it daily for their bloating symptoms from colitis. My sister is currently using this oil on the bottoms of her baby’s feet to help with his upset tummy issues. Suggested uses include: rub on stomach to ease discomfort, nausea, or motion sickness, internally take at meal time to support healthy digestion, apply to bottoms of feet to help ease digestion issues.

On Guard: This oil is considered a blend of oils through DoTerra. I have been using this oil for a LONG time. This is one of the first oils that I invested my money in. I decided a few years ago that at the beginning of the school year I would place this oil on the bottoms of my feet every night at the start of the school year and didn’t get sick at all. Suggested uses include: dilute and gargle in the morning and night as a protective blend, take in a gelatin capsule for immune support, dilute in a spray bottle to clean doorknobs, telephones, and community surfaces, diffuse in a room to eliminate airborne pathogens.

Frankincense: I was super excited to get this oil in my kit. I have always been told that when in doubt use frankincense. I have placed this oil along with melaleuca in some coconut oil to use as a moisturizer on my face. When I make mixes of oils for friends and family I always add in at least 5 drops of this oil because every little bit will help heal and boast their bodies functioning. Suggested uses include: use to clean and dress minor cuts, bites and sores, apply with Lavender and Peppermint to neck and forehead to help calm stress and headaches, apply to feet or take internally to help boast immune support, use with favorite moisturizer for beautiful radiant skin, use aromatically and topically to help list mood and awareness. This oil is good for applying to scars, preventing wrinkles, and it aides in cell repair.

I hope that this post was helpful. Let me know if there is an oil that you love and use daily!

Love and Peace

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December 17th: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Selena from Tucson Health Project, Not You Average Holiday Meal.

Need some healthy food alternatives to the “typical” holiday menu check out some of the AMAZING substitutes these wonderful ladies reccommend.

Be sure to check out Traci from Traces of Faith, A Holiday Baking Story

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Such a fun read that these little “snowball” cookies look AMAZING!

Be sure to check out T.J.  from Sugar Blossoms, Light Display Scavenger Hunt! (FREE PRINTABLE)

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Grab some friends and get ready to add this tradition to your Christmas season!

Love and Peace

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Snowflake Craft: When is Nap Time?

Hello friends! I have a SUPER GREAT friend named Amber! She blogs over at When is Nap Time? We met through a mutual friend and have been attending bible study together for the last year. She is a great mom, super crafty woman, woman of God, and a GREAT friend! I truly am honored to have her guest post on my space! Be sure to check out her blog as I am guest post over there!

I had big plans to go DIY crazy this year for Christmas! Pinterest gave me a whole mess of ideas and I couldn’t wait to make them all!! Unfortunately, life happened and I was only able to get one made and it was a decoration for my husband’s office. There was a big space to fill so I chose to make a craft stick snowflake. It took less then 15 minutes to make and turned out super cute!

Supplies needed:

Craft sticks (AKA Popsicle sticks)

Hot glue gun

White paint

Glitter (optional)

Ribbon

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Start by painting the sticks white. After they dry begin gluing 3 sticks together making a star shape. This will form the middle. From there, connect 2 sticks making a letter V shape from the points of the middle. Glue a stick to the peak of each V. Then glue 2 sticks sideways to the end of that. It is actually much easier to follow the photo. In reality, there are many ways you can make this snowflake and the beauty is that if yours doesn’t turn out exactly like this, no two snowflakes are identical anyways!

After you get your snowflake glued together, add another thin layer of white paint. Sprinkle glitter lightly on top. The glitter will stick to the wet paint as it dries. If you do not wish to add glitter a second coat of paint is not necessary.

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Once your snowflake is dry, attach a ribbon to hang it from.

Easy peasy! And looks so cute! Here is how it looks hanging in my husbands’s office

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You can see it will take up a good amount of space! I have also seen it as a decoration for the front door! Merry Christmas friends! I hope you are able to find more time to craft this month than I have!

Love and Peace

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