Sunday, June 17, 2012

Where The Heart Is

I just finished reading Where The Heart Is by author Billie Letts...
I know that some people may have seen this movie, but the book is quite different.

I very much enjoyed the movie and thought I would read this novel...
And I am pleased to say that it was worth every minute.

This novel is full of a lot of love and lots of drama.

Warning may contain spoilers!!!

It follows a young Novalee Nation who gets dumped at a Walmart when she is pregnant and without a penny in her pocket.
She is greeted with the kindness of strangers and grows bonds with the people who help her grow and learn along the way.
She lives in the Walmart for the end of her pregnancy and ends up giving birth there.
It follows her struggles of thinking she is nothing but stupid useless trailer trash and learning to love herself so that she can find love of her own.
While her ex boyfriend finds himself in jail and writes a song that gets him some stage time when he gets out... Though his bad choices and bad karma get the better of him every time and he eventually falls to his lowest point...

Definitely a cute story of love and heartache.

Good read! I give it two thumbs up.


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Pines Acres Recreation Destination, Raymond, NH

Okay, my family and I just stayed at Pine Acres Campground located in Raymond, NH...
I had been there with my mother when I was a young teen and remembered it to be a good time... But apparently time has not been so kind to this camping area.

The biggest disappointment of all would have to be that the two water slides they offered, were both closed down for repairs the whole weekend of our stay...
(We had called the number on their website to make sure that they would be open, since this was the main reason for our stay here for the kids.)
Apparently, there is a lack of communication between the two offices...

So, second choice would be to go swimming down at their small lakeside swimming area...
Which we found to have at least 12 dog poops all along the edge of the lake where the kids would be running or building sand castles... Gross.
(In all fairness a man did come around a few minutes after arriving at the beach with a rake, shovel and a trash bag to rake out the dog turds, but even so, we didn't want the kids playing there anymore.)

Our site was clear of trash and debris, but the fire pit was built out of cement blocks with exposed rebar sticking out and random rocks where one of the walls is missing... We did notice that the surrounding campsites had nicer fire pits with a grill like cage.

The picnic table was extremely pitted and rotted, it looked as though it was about to fall apart. Apparently, they only replace your table if you complain, though they had a small pile of new in box picnic tables sitting outside of a garage area near the teen arcade. 

The closest restrooms were at the pavilion...
They consisted of two bathroom stalls, which is just fine.
Although, the mens room had both stalls clogged with feces.
And the women's room only had one stall operating...
Some carved something in the door about being a blond chick...
And there was an empty nip on the floor of the closed stall...

The pavilion held a rather loud Father's day dance, which was still nice for the kids when they played a few good songs...
(I found it a little odd that a song about a guy asking a girl when she was gonna give it to him was being played... Odd choice for a Father's day dance...)
The popcorn offered was $3.00 for a small bag... So we passed.

The pavilion was less than remarkable in it's self...
The icicle lights that only half blinked or half worked were not that exciting.
Plus, there was graffiti on the building that definitely was not family friendly...
Such as things like, 'Slut bag', 'Butt Slut', and 'Smoke Weed'....

The closest shower/bathroom building to our site looked as though Chuck Norris had kicked the screen door in and then proceeded to punch the siding making a hole.
The shower was ultra uncomfortable as well, since the water was either scorching hot or ice cold...

The closest playground to our site consisted of two ride on animals on springs, which were falling apart and the bolts were deemed useless... The playground also had a "swing" set, and I use "swing" very lightly, considering one swing was missing and the other was hanging broken, unable to be used. Also, the slide was missing.
The only nice playground equipment near us was a wooden train to play in. 

They did have a baseball field, a horseshoe area, a basketball court and a volleyball court with a net that has seen better days.

The only positive things about the campground was the escort to our campsite and how the man helped us back our camper into the site.
The also had a second playground which was in better shape, but was quite some distance from our site...
They also offer a small mini golf course as well as a skate park for the teens.
Another plus was a small store at the office and the kid across the street that had a wheel barrel full of fire wood for $4.00.
The also had an adult arcade which I did not visit since it was on the other side of the park and a teen arcade that was fairly entertaining and large. 

This campground is apart of Morgan Recreation Vacations.
And we can honestly say, that we will not be visiting any of their parks in the future.

I don't think I can portray clearly how awkward it was having to answer my ten year olds question as to what a butt slut was...


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Target Sample Bag and John Frieda Hair Color Foam Coupon

Just received my free Target Sample Bag in the mail today!
As well as my coupon for a free John Frieda Color Foam!

In the cutest little bag ever...
Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner
Target Coupon Booklet
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 70
TRESemme Split Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner
Aveeno Active Naturals Smart Essentials Daily Detoxifying Scrub
Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter Peach Parfait

Can't wait to try out all these new products!
 Also, to try a new hair color with John Frieda Color Foam!


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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tampax Radiant Review

I got a chance to try out the new Tampax Radiant Plastic Tampons recently,
and I would like to announce that I have a new favorite brand of tampons.

First of all, the packaging of the tampon is ultra discreet,
So you don't have to announce to the whole restroom that your changing your tampon with the crackling wrappers of other tampon products.

And they've added something new to the Tampax Radiant packaging...
A way to reseal the wrapper, to allow clean and ultra discreet disposal.
No more wrapping your tampons like a present in toilet paper before tossing!

Even better, Tampax Radiant Plastic Tampons are just as comfortable
and still great at protecting against leaks!

I even received a cute little pouch for my purse to keep them in with my sample.
I definitely have made the switch the Tampax Radiant Tampons!


Post Note: This was not a paid post, these are my own opinions.

Post Note II: To learn more information about Tampax Radiant Plastic Tampons visit click here to be directed to their website.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kaylee's First Real Bedroom Reveal!

Yes, this has been the month of room reveals since we moved into the new apartment...

After Kaylee had seen her big sister's surprise room reveal,
She stated that she wanted to be surprised too and close her eyes as well.

So, I snuck around behind the nosey little girl's back and created a girlie room for her as well!

Presenting Kaylee's new and improved dream first real bedroom!!!

She was psyched and pleasantly surprised to see all her toys where she could get to them, since before the reveal they were still all packed away in boxes in the living room...

In her room she has a designated play kitchen area, as well as a dress up area with a full length mirror on the wall. I used hooks that would normally be used for robes or towels for a bathroom as places to hold necklaces or boas. And all of the hooks are at her height level for easy access.

The tree on wall was sketched using chalk just as I did with Elizabeth's room, but I also added faux flowers in pink and white, which I hot glued on the branches.

I got the design for the tree from Colorful Kid's Rooms

I plan to add more to the tree that I painted on her wall, like they show owls in the one I sketched the picture from... Maybe not owls, but something at least.


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Elizabeth's Dream Room Reveal!

By some magical means, my laptop surprised me this morning and booted up again!
So, I am here to present Miss Elizabeth's Dream Room as a finished product!

Like I said originally, purple is her 'favorite' color.
It's not done completely though, I want to paint her dresser black and stencil some zebra print on the drawers.
I also want to paint her bookshelf black so that all the wood in her room matches.

I am happy to say that she loves her room! =]


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