Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Product Review: Pedia-Lax® Fiber Gummies

I was able to try out these gummies, or I should say my son was able to try them. He has issues with regularity and as his Mommy it's been rough getting him to eat high fiber foods. He loves these chewy penguins! He gets three a day and that equals about the same as 1/2 cup of broccoli! Seriously this kid lets me know when it is time for his "gummies." He has been taking these for the past month and they have helped him tremendously! I loves these things and so does he!

A little product info:

Suggested retail price is $7.99 for a bottle of 60 gummies; available at Target and Walgreens, also online and other supermarkets and retailers nationwide.

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Product Review: Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo

I received this bottle of Dry Spray Shampoo and gave it a test run. It's a spray powdery type stuff that soaks up the oil that builds up on the scalp after you go a day or so without a shampoo. I have crazy thick hair and I hate hate hate having to wash it every day, plus it gets incredibly dry. I heard about this product and was like "BINGO! Gotta try it out!"

My test was simple and started the day after getting this in the mail. I didn't wash my hair the night before. First off, the fragrance is a bit strong but wasn't unpleasant. The application was pretty easy. Just a few spritzes along my roots and that was it! Then you let it dry and then comb out. It works perfectly! I had shiny, "clean" looking hair! I loved it!

The only thing is that if your hair is super oily like mine can be, then you can only go a day without washing it. The Spray Shampoo can act as a refresher on that second day, so you don't look all scuzzy. If you don't have this problem then you could probably go a day more than this but I wouldn't recommend it.

Bottom line is that this stuff works for me! I love my little bottle!

Just a few facts:

  • It doesn't leave any powdery residue
  • 100% Safe for all hair types
  • Absorbs oily buildup on the scalp
  • Retails for $7.99
If you are interested in this product visit Salon Grafix's website

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Minor Break from Blogging..

I've been feeling like a zombie lately. 'Tis why I haven't been updating the ole blogeroonie! I'll be back to posting regularly tomorrow. I have some plans for some fun things, reviews, and whatnots! Stay tuned kids!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I cannot believe how close it is to the read-a-thon! I'm ready like Spongebob!!! I'm ready I'm ready!

**This is where I will post my reading list and goals!***

  • Jane Slayre
  • Firefly Rain
  • How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
  • Last Snow
  • Daughters of the Witching Hill
  • First Daughter
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
  • The Stolen One
  • Chosen
  • Freaks & Revelations
  • The Two Towers
  • Keeper
  • Black Rain
  • Heresy
  • Beatrice & Virgil
  • Arcadia Falls
  • Fireworks Over Toccoa
This is my list to choose from for the Read-a-Thon! I know it's long but I do not promise that I'll read everything BUT I'll do what I can! I'm going to try and stay up as late as I can so I get a ton of reading done :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

asks you to:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

  • My teaser is from The Fellowship of the Ring by Tolkien. I'm reading it (catching up actually) for the challenge! Here they are!

    "He paused, and then said slowly in a deep voice: 'This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it--but he must not get it."

    What is yours? :)

    Blog Tour and Quick Review-Vampyre Blood: Eight Pints of Trouble

    About Vampyre Blood – Eight Pints of Trouble

    When young New Orleans lawyer Bradley Harrington Chester III lies dying in the street after being hit by a speeding car, it seems that his life is over. But as his spirit drifts away toward a distant light, he is approached by an exotic fellow who claims to be both the Count Dracula of legend, and a violin player for The Techno Zombies, a Goth rock band on a world tour.

    The Count explains that with the aid of a wizard he has abandoned his dark legacy, and now finds himself in need of a legal representative. So he offers Brad a deal–Brad can shuffle off into the light wherever it may lead, or he can become his lawyer, and be revived by a transfusion of Vampyre Blood.

    The very last thing the young lawyer remembers before dying was his wife asking for a divorce, and prior to that he remembered being handed the prosecution of a mafia kingpin on his first day at the district attorney’s office. He wondered why the DA was so friendly to him, and so nasty to his star attorney Richard Bleddon, and he wondered why Bleddon had arranged a champagne supper at a fancy restaurant for him and his wife. After which, a speedy midget had snatched his wife’s purse and led him out into the street to die.

    Impatiently, the Count presses for an answer to his offer, and after being assured that he will not become a Vampyre himself, Brad accepts, hoping to return and make sense of the madness that brought him to the brink of death. Populated by lovable rogues, scheming lawyers, and thieving gypsies, Vampyre Blood-Eight-Pints of Trouble is an insane romp through New Orleans, illustrating the intensity of our human desire to get what we want at any cost, and the strange places that desire can lead to.

    My Review:

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I thought the concept was interesting and fresh, but was taken back by the humor I got. Not entirely in a bad way. I enjoyed the book as a humorish tale that shows the way people act. This isn't going to be for everyone, but I had fun reading it. I'll give it a 3/5 rating.

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Giveaway Winner!!!

    Winner of my Prize is......

    alli said...

    +1 twitter follower (@alitsao)
    +2 new blog follower!

    thanks for the giveaway!

    northssclub at yahoo dot com

    Congrats Alli!


    Thursday, March 18, 2010

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    Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

    Bestselling author Beth Rider enjoys her fame as the South’s newest literary star.

    That is until Jack Dawn, a real-life vampire, vows to kill her because of the vile redemptive message her book is bringing his people. The ancient race of bloodthirsty immortals to which Jack belongs, known as the Rakum, have spread evil among mankind since the Beginning. But Jack alone recognizes the novel’s destructive potential and she must die.

    Jack’s proselyte Michael Stone was brought up from his youth to be strong, sensible and brutal. But at one hundred and thirty, Michael is old enough to appreciate his quiet and ordered life. When he stumbles upon the beautiful and apparently innocent Beth Rider, he is puzzled by his Elder’s unreasonable actions against her. Instantly smitten, Michael takes it upon himself to protect her from the limitless lust of his brethren.

    Facing the most terrifying trial of her life against creatures known only in fables, one simple woman will threaten the existence of a powerful and accursed people. In the climactic final battle, it is a race to the death, or if Beth has her way, a race to the life—of every Rakum who makes the choice.

    My Review:

    This is certainly a fresh new approach to the vampire genre. I definitely enjoyed that about it! It is very well written and the characters are interesting and real. I wasn't as wowed by it as I wished I could have been, but that doesn't mean this wasn't a good book. I do think this book will delight fans of the vampire genre both old and young alike! I'd give it a solid 3.5/5 rating!

    Check out the book's webpage HERE!

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    Review: She-Rain

    About the Book:

    In the early 20th Century, a pair of North Carolina mountain children sow the seed of a love that becomes their only solace in the hard yet beautiful world they know. They grow it from steep ground of poverty, ignorance, and violence. A landscape so brutal it can kill hope long before claiming life.

    Bloodshed years later finally sends Frank Locke on the run, deep into wilderness, abandoning his extraordinary love, Mary Lizbeth. When a whitewater river washes this desperate soul into the hands of Sophia, he discovers a luminous woman steeped in mystery, trapped in a tragically brilliant life. Far ahead of her time. Secreted from the world. As she awakens Frank's mind, they rise to meet a love that binds three people for a lifetime.

    This love triangle forms a beauty no one sees coming. From the wilds of Appalachia, crossing nearly a century, it runs deep into a lush American fortune, and lives in letters of adoration and hope of the least expected.

    In a rhapsody of Southern voices, mingling hilarity and sorrow, She-Rain speaks of lives soaring beyond heartbreak, fundamentalism, and self-destruction. Through the most graceful longing, two women in love with one man ultimately prove the power of human hearts to answer high callings. They show us all how to heal -- and thrive -- to the very end.

    My Review:
    She-Rain is definitely a story of hope and love. I was quickly taken in by the story and the characters.
    I loved the "voice" of this book so much! The story is so beautifully written and a pleasure to read. Each character
    is crafted so perfectly. Each page immerses you deeper and deeper into a great love story.

    Michael Cogdill is a great voice and a wonderful writer. It is certainly clear that he painstakingly chose every single word
    to bring his ideas to life, and it worked! I'm definitely a big fan now!

    About the Author:
    Michael Cogdill is blessed as one of the most honored television storytellers in America. His cache of awards includes 24 Emmys and the National Edward R. Murrow for a broad range of achievement, from live reporting to long-form storytelling. His television credits as a journalist include CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and The Today Show, and Michael's interview history crosses a wide horizon: The Reverend Billy Graham, Dr. Mehmet Oz of Oprah fame, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Abby Hoffman, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain, Howard K. Smith, James Brown, Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops and many other newsmakers. His coverage credits include Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States.

    Michael spent ten years writing She-Rain, letting it evolve into a world of fiction drawn from his upbringing in Western North Carolina but reaching far beyond. His other writing credits are Cracker the Crab and the Sideways Afternoon -- a children's motivational book, and a self-help volume, Raise the Haze. Michael makes his home in South Carolina with his wife, Jill (a publishing entrepreneur), and their second-generation golden retriever, Maggie. He's currently working on his second novel.

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    White Cat by Holly Black

    About the Book:

    Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

    Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the con-men.

    Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

    My Review:
    ZOMG! This book was awesome! I loved the characters and the story. I really felt for Cassel. Living his life in the shadow of his family. Growing up not fitting in amongst his "worker" family. Feeling the guilt and dread about what he thinks he's done. The characters were well done and the plot was great. It did have a few little flaws but they were minor and didn't really steal anything from the story line. I would have loved more story about Maura but that is just me being picky. I will not give away the ending, but I was CRUSHED! Seriously this was me ...>>>
    So yeah read this book! Plus I totally think the guy on the cover is hot..and his kitty is adorable! :)> Obviously I give this book high ratings and recommend it!

    Mmm...Cake (completely random)

    I love LOST so this had me laughing sooo hard and I have no idea why!
    ...I love the end.

    New Contest!!

    See I told you guys that I'd have something to giveaway! So here it is!

    The folks at are giving away THIS super awesome prize:

    • 500 Business Cards for One (1) Winner
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    Giveaway Entries: (gonna keep it simple)
    • +1 for being a twitter follower (let me know your twitter name)
    • +2 for being a follower (both old and new)
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    Have fun!

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Short Review: Stormrage

    This book was a bit slow at first, but certainly picked up speed as you go along. I've played World of Warcraft so the names and places were familiar as I read the story. I really enjoyed how in depth this book went. The story really had me craving to roll a Night Elf character again! I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves WoW or is just a fan of fantasy! A very good book for the gamer in your life!

    Quick Review: The Imposter

    The Impostor is an inspiring story of how one juvenile delinquent turned his life around and became a successful and happy business man.
    The honest storytelling was fresh and interesting. I really enjoyed the way that Kreiling told his story without coming across as fake. His life would have
    turned anyone into a life-long criminal (if they made it to adulthood.) This is a great "how to change your life" story with many good lessons, but definitely not preachy or dry.

    Quick Review: The House of Tomorrow

    This review is going to be short but sweet! The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni is a wonderful book! I totally was not expecting to fall in love with these characters!
    The story is fresh and beautifully written. I loved each and every page and was so sad to see it end! Bognanni is definitely one to watch in the future as I can see that he has a TON of talent! I'd definitely recommend this book! That's all I can say!

    Wednesday, March 10, 2010

    What's Coming Up in March?

    Upcoming Giveways: March 14th-21st 500 Business Cards from

    Upcoming Reviews:
    • Stormrage by Richard A. Knaak-Read and Reviewed
    • The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni-Read and Reviewed
    • The Imposter by Kip Kreiling-Read and Reviewed
    • Rabbit: Chasing Beth Ride by Ellen C. Maze-Read and Reviewed
    • The Seeker in Forever by Alan Fox
    • Hemingway Deadlights by Michael Atkinson
    • White Cat by Holly Black-Read and Reviewed
    Upcoming Blog Tours:
    • She-Rain by Michael Cogdill March 17th-Read and Reviewed
    • Vampyre Blood by George Earl Parker March 23rd-Read and Reviewed

    Challenge Reads:
    • (playing catch-up) The Fellowship of the Ring
    • (playing catch-up) Stone of Tears

    Saturday, March 6, 2010


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    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Quick Review-The Great Hunt

    This is the second book in the Wheel Of Time series by Robert Jordan. Rand and his friends are out to find the Horn of Valere, that was stolen by an evil man. I loved how Jordan writes! I love how much more character development we got to see. Each character is woven into the pattern, as it is called, and each plays an integral part in saving the world.

    Rand's dilemma is intense. He has a calling but doesn't want to face it. He is definitely a tragic Hero type of character, but it's not overdone. He makes his choices and deals with the consequences. I'm reading this series to be a part of the challenge (look to the right sidebar) and I just cannot wait to delve deeper into this world!

    The only problem I had with this was the length. This is an epic tale and the size of the book is HUGE! There were a few slow moments where I thought it could do with a bit of trimming, but that didn't kill the story. I will give this one a 4/5 rating and suggest this series (so far) to anyone that loves a good fantasy story!

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    Fun Little Poll-What Kind of Reader Are You?

    What Kind of Reader Are You?
    Your Result: Dedicated Reader

    You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

    Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm

    Literate Good Citizen

    Book Snob

    Fad Reader


    What Kind of Reader Are You?
    Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    New Month!!! myspace graphic comments

    March is here! I'm going to pretend that February didn't happen. I've seen other blog owners mention that they had a little bit of a slump last month and I do believe that was my case as well. I didn't get much reading done. This month however things in my personal life seem to be improving drastically!

    I have to catch up on some review books and a couple of challenges but I think this month will be a good reading month! I'm ready for action!