Saturday, March 19, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #13

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews-

This is where we get to share our book purchases, borrows, ARC's etc. And of course any other bookish news!

This week I received an awesome package from the author Sharon Biggs Waller (The Forbidden Orchid) -I love this and send big THANK YOU to her!
Isn't this awesome? I am now ordering her book tonight with a GC I just won! Can't wait to get it!
Since I have two days off in a row I am going to get my Instagram together as I now have some really cool stuff. I received this from the Handmade with Love Etsy swap- a HUGE thank you to Kaitlyn Michelle of The Vivacious Hobo-

This is awesome-I love it all-Here is what was inside this cute box:
Ok here we have two very nice bookmarks, 2 notecards-both of which have bookish quotes, 2 pins, a little pink bag with a pin, and the very lovely notebook, I love all of this and thank Kaitlyn very much- I am also hoping you will visit Fable and Black for yourself!!

Omg, I love this shop- I want everything, if you're a book lover (I am assuming you are) check it out-please!!
Now I only got one book for my pile as I am watching my money until I get everything caught up, and I also got 1 new coloring book. And finished 2 pictures.
Here is what I got
And my new ACB:I didn't get a picture of (oops) but its called A Splash of Color-it goes with my Designing in Color book. And I ordered my Aunty Acid ACB on Amazon (again with GC-for $4!!
These are the pictures I finished.

I am currently reading In Wilderness by Diane Thomas (my aunt's name) of which I am pretty engrossed. It is not something I would normally read, so this is interesting.  I got this for Early Reviewer from Library Thing.
After this I am finishing the other two books I've started!!
Have a good week!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Best Basic Blogger: COLORING CORNER #5

The Best Basic Blogger: COLORING CORNER #5: WELCOME!! Coloring Corner is where we can share our coloring pictures, items, etc. Fun facts,links and contests are also a part. This is ...

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


WELCOME!! Coloring Corner is where we can share our coloring pictures, items, etc. Fun facts,links and contests are also a part.

This is my weekly meme, please link up in comments below, as I am currently working on getting linky set up properly!!

Which do you prefer to use colored pencils, markers, gel pens or crayons? I myself use dollar general markers, I get a whole package for $3!!

This is definitely on my wishlist!! This is a great page for us serious colorer's(word?), I get their emails, so I can share this!! Hopefully, you will visit and check them out!! 

Please share your post of which items you like to use (colored pencils,markers-etc) and what kind of pictures do you like to do? 
Here are 3 of my favorite coloring books so far:

I LOVE this one-I hope they make more volumes!!

These books are great-and am hoping they keep making volumes!
This one is a runner up- because I really like this one as well.
Now, I tear my pictures out so I can use the table to color, and I have a stack of pictures I really don't want to do and would love to swap or sell these!!
I have 19 pictures-here is a few photos(2)

If you're interested please email me at joanndownieATyahooDOTcom-thanks!!

And finally, here is one picture I finished this week!!
And I am hoping to get a new ACB (Adult Coloring Book) tomorrow, they have a new one for spring...
Thanks for reading, and please link up your Coloring post in the comments, so I can come visit!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Its Monday What Are You Reading?

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Finished last week: The Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein

Am reading now:
Received from Library thing for Early Review!!
And am still reading:
After I finish this I am going to finish To Helvetica and Back!!
Thats it for this week!! What Are you reading?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Sunday Post

Hosted by Kimberly @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Happy Daylight Savings Day!!
I have been pretty busy this week with just regular old daily living, and working! But I did get my review done for The Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein which was excellent, that one I also reviewed on Barnes and Noble and am going to do one on Amazon as well, I also reviewed on goodreads.

I became a mystery shopper this week, and am very excited about it- I have my first mission this coming week-can't wait!!

I got one winner's gift out this week-3 more to go!! (I am sorry-finances got really tight this past month)My fiancee's is a roofer and has been out of work, however he got two jobs, which helps-in fact it's spring now so work will be coming in.

I got one gift from my Etsy handmade swap-mine are sent out. I should have another one coming, we'll see. This is what I received:
Now for bookish items, got 1 tour scheduled and this past week I got this book in the mail for review:
I look forward to reading this, am about to start this one!! Also, the author has the same name as my aunt-so she's going to receive this as a gift after I have read and reviewed!!

From Dollar General, another mystery for my mystery Challenge! And couldn't pass up the coloring items!!
That's the update for this week!!
Have a good week.
A view from behind where I work-it was 72 and beautiful!! Am so glad it's warming up!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


The Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein

To begin with, this is an expat book, and my first one at that, of which I enjoyed enormously. I can also relate to it in certain aspects that I will touch on shortly.
He travels to Peru (of which I learned some!) and what he learns, overcomes, teaches, shares, explores is fascinating and shows the human spirit in terrific form. He certainly showed terrific determination in learning the language and exploring the country which is quite inspiring. It is difficult to learn a second language (I believe learning at a younger age is the best way) but nevertheless he not only mastered the language, he was able to help others learn too!!
I had moved from my home state several years ago (PA) to TX-down near the border where Spanish is predominant. I cannot tell you how many Spanish for Dummies, And learn how to speak Spanish books I tried to learn!! But as in this book, you have to live the culture, and he was able to explore it more fully than I did, however I had a smaller learning experience, so much of the beginning of this book I understood. And there is nothing like being connected to the person writing the book.
So many places he explores in this book, is something to read-especially how he shares his views. I think a few photos would've been beautiful to see- however, I used my imagination (that's what it's for!)he describes his visits beautifully,well-detailed. I actually hated ending this because I wanted to see where he went next!! 
This is definitely a read for someone who has an adventurous spirit and the backbone to do something with it. I am so glad I was able to read this, and am glad to sit here and write this. 
From the backcover: The Instruction manual for aspiring backpackers (Loved this) How to avoid malaria, bribe police, find employment abroad and what not to do when armed mercenaries board your charter bus.  And also (this is my own little quip) always have a can of Raid, your own bottle of Ibuprofen!!)
A short paragraph excerpt:"The ruins alone don't make Machu Picchu amazing;the combination of mountains, layout, and wind coming up from below do that.Everything conspires to create a magical ambiance unlike anywhere else.The sight reminded me of Elven villages from Lord of the Rings." Can you picture how beautiful that must be?

Photo: Tourists on a summit

I definitely enjoyed this book. 5 shots of Pisco Sour-specifically to/for this book!! 
5 Pepsi's for non-drinkers!!
I would like to thank Walter Rhein-author-for the opportunity to read, review and expand my mind. I received this book from Mr. Rhein in exchange for an honest review.

Barnes and Noble- I am reviewing there as well.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Its Monday What Are You Reading? #11

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I am currently reading : 
A Scottish Love

And I just finished The Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein-review to come later on!!
Reckless Traveler

Have started reading To Helvetica and Back, will finish that also before starting another. I have a ton of ebooks to read, which,I'm  not sure when that will be-thankfully none are for reviews.

I also received this book in the mail last week- and not sure where it came from but it looks good!!
And I bought one book last week:
I won a free Snickers bar:
Who Are you When you are Hungry- I uploaded this photo-
And thats all for me this week, what are you reading?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #11

A fun weekly meme where we can share our new books, etc. Hosted by Tynga's Reviews:

Here's what I got this week:
And a few more coloring supplies:

Had 1 person link up with my Coloring Corner- but I couldn't visit her, as I couldn't find it!! Ah,well, maybe this week!!
I am about to finish The Reckless Traveler by Walter Rhein- I received this copy from the author himself-of which I am thrilled, as this book is terrific! Review coming soon.
Thats it for this week.

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