My Review of Julia Gregson – East of the Sun

East of the Sun: A Novel

I just got done reading the most fascinating book that kept me hooked I could not put it down the book is called Eat of the Sun- by Julia Gregson I will post little bit about what the book is about and tell you my comment about the book.
 
Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naïve bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her bridesmaid couldn t be happier to get away from her overbearing mother, and is determined to find herself a husband. And Viva, their inexperienced chaperone, is in search of the India of her childhood, ghosts from the past and freedom. Each of them has their own reason for leaving their homeland but the hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India.
From the parties of the wealthy Bombay socialites, to the ragged orphans on Tamarind Street, EAST OF THE SUN is an utterly engaging novel that will captivate readers everywhere.

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I must say to me the start of the book was kind of boar but I kept reading as it got into about chapter two or three I could not put this book down I was hooked! I will tell you this is thick book it has 50 some chapters to it but well worth it, if you wondering how much this book cost I got mine at boarders book for about $16.00 which is not bad I don’t think. I love the fact that this book was set in pre-depression and depression ear and world war two era as well as the Indian movement for Independence as well, this book is set in the late 1920’s in the the 1930’s which I love because it took you back in time if you know anything about India today this book is going to help you understand why India is the way it is today always changing and moving onto better things. There are Hindi words in this book which I did look up because I wanted to know how to say these words and some I wanted to know what they mean, also some of the English words in the book cracked me up at times. I would give to book to any book reader because it’s great read I have this book 5 ******’s . However I would have loved if there was epi log and something at the end of the book that said how everyone turned out or something.

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Nora Roberts “First Impressions”Book review

 

I thought I would finally get around to book review I figured it was time! This review I’m going to do is on Nora Roberts book! I will post little bit about what this book is about that I get from www.goodreads.com then I will give my review about the whole book my own words an thoughts!

First Impressions AND Blithe ImagesEscaping the traps of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to rural Maryland. All he wants is peace, quiet and to keep away from women. The last thing he needs is his sassy, sexy neighbor Shane Abbott. But he has no idea how determined Shane will be when it comes to giving a helping hand–or a loving heart.When small-town girl Hilary Baxter is offered a prestigious six-month modeling contract by Bret Bardoff, handsome, charming and the owner and publisher of fashionable Mode Magazine, the sky is the limit. Thrust into a glamorous career in New York, Hilary knows she has it all…except for the one thing she really wants: Bret’s love
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This book was slow to start off I kind of got board in the beginning of this book but as it went on it got better I think it was half way through this book is when it got better to me. I did have to put this book down for while because I found this slow read, but then I pick this back up to finish this book,this book is great read for rainy day or if you are traveling will make the time go faster for you. I guess I’m not use to Nora Roberts books like this is all I was let down because their was not hot love sceans like you come use to in her books and movies, would I rec   this book to other people yes I would as I have broken foot it past my time  I finished reading this book.

Classy lady needs to come back

In today’s society we are missing lots of things one happens to be good strong classy lady! Us women over the years have come accustom to acting and dressing as something other the respected women which I happen to find shame! I happen to like leaving something to the imagination of men! Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying cover yourself up or anything like that I’m just saying we need to set positive example for the younger generation, it seems that some women have just decided that acting like hoe is good example well it’s not!!!! I will show you some photos of very classy women past and present who know and know how to act like lady, I’m sure your sitting their saying but wait Nicole you say your all east meets west,vintage  type of person well I am however it’s all about how you act as well as dress that make you classy! I’m sure you are wondering who I find classy and what is the definition of classy lady so here goes.

What is the definition of classy lady might you ask?
Well after doing some research I have found the answers for you, yes their is more then one answer for this question so her goes:

A classy woman is self confident. She stands for her principals without being brash.
A classy woman errs on the size of dressing conservatively. Her clothing (whatever the price point) are clean, well kept, and become her. She is neither a clothes horse, nor a vamp.
A classy woman is deeply involved in with the growth and support of her community and family. She is “others minded” and “open hearted.”
A classy woman pays heed to the manners and traditions she was raised with.
A classy woman values education.
A classy woman is not arm ( or sheet) candy.
A classy woman takes care of her body. She is not high maintains but does find that a body requires a good deal of work to maintain.
You are a classic woman who appreciates good quality and timeless fashion. You are usually withdrawn and have a kind nature to you…

 Audry Hepburn was classy lady she knew how to conduct herself as well as dress she could show enough to leave man guessing!

 Audry Hepburn was classy lady she knew how to conduct herself as well as dress she could show enough to leave man guessing!
Today society is perfectly fine to go out in pj’s anywhere heck if you go to WalMart you see it all the time sometimes women even show up with their house shoes on too, to me that is just plain lazy, sloppy looking. I can understand if you are at home and want to wear your pj’s all day that is find but please put something else on! You go put your yoga pants on with nice t-shirt or something or even valor pants with nice t-shirt, but please don’t show up in your pj’s with holey shirt and house shoes you look so sloppy! Don’t even get me started on clothing with holes in the I find them nasty looking on both men and women it looks as if you don’t have money and need clothes, dress showing privates well that is just not cool either and put some underwear on as well we don’t need to see what you don’t have on!!

 She may have had more husbands then we can count but she was classy!

 She may have had more husbands then we can count but she was classy!

Some people get confused on how be lady today most part comes from your home life we learn from our patents well if you have parents that goes round acting nasty well that is how the child will probably be, as from what we see on TV too it shows us that woman can just act like loose goose it’s perfectly fine well it’s not at all no wonder we have the problems we do right now. These  woman of the past they knew how to be respected woman, dress like one, as well as be one! They knew that you drees certain way that is how you are perceived! They knew how to show famine in the way they dress and conducted themselves we can take cue from them in fact some woman today which I’m so glad for.

 she know only respects herself but other as well that is key to classiness! toady’s classy she knows how to dress down make it look good knows how to have fun as well!

Mrs.Oprah Winfrey this woman over the years has taught us tons of lessons which we should learn from on is respect yourself and everyone round you! she taught us no matter our size is how we carry ourselves that makes us look good as well as feel good too! She also told us we don’t need nor should we air our dirty laundry our to the world because it dose not make woman look good! Health is another key to this she taught us to be healthy to feel good.

like her or not this first lady know how to lady!

Set politics aside this woman knows how to act and it’s not fake!! She know she is classy she shows us that we can be out have blast but not be unlady like, she also put her family first which is huge plus and she stand strong next to her husband as well as shows her daughters how to be ladies as well! She even makes wearing Bright color nail polish look good with her clothing too! She is famine yet modern as well!

All these woman have lot in common they are strong, respect themselves, respect other people,treat other they way they want to be treated don’t air their dirty laundry out on social media they deal with it in private which people today should take cue from we don’t need to air out dirty laundry out for everyone to see! They also know how to treat a man, to dress and leave something to the mans imagination to keep them guessing. Woman should take cue from these woman change how to conduct ourselves in this world because toady’s men want classy lady again not nasty one even men of my generation tell me I want lady not just arm candy or nasty woman but real lady!
I for one am all for this change today we need to step back and learn form history so to speak to learn how to be true real lady.

floaty fall scarf in progress

For my next crochet project I’m going to make Floaty fall scarf, that is what the pattern is called you can find the pattern here:http://www.crochettoday.com/crochet-patterns/floaty-fall-scarf I find it super easy this pattern is not challenge for me which I thought that it would be.This year I want to take my crocheting to new limits where I’ve never going before it’s all part of my taking chances more. Here is how the pattern is coming along. I chose to use variegated crochet cotton because I wanted something fun and full of color, when I make this again I will use another color.

 

Beret I crocheted

I think that I have gotten over my block or whatever it was that I had with my crocheting for while. I got an idea while I was in the shower [of all places to get an idea for something] to crochet beret since it happens to be winter up here in PA and I could wear it right into the spring after all. After my shower I went to http://www.ravelry.com/ to look for pattern but after about few minutes I remembered that I have tons of Crochet Today Magazines, so I went right to http://www.crochettoday.com/ as reference point so I knew what magazines that I wanted to dig for and look at to see which one I wanted to try out, after looking at two berets in two different issues I decided that I want to make this one:

 

I just happen to think that this us such lovely beret that I had to make! Pattern said that it was not had to make at all well the skill level was not hard to make so I decided that it was time for me to makes this which I went fourth and did so.

I will say that I didn’t use the yarn that it called for however I did use the size crochet hook that it called for and I didn’t make Gage switch either because well I just never bother to make swatch I never have I know that I should but I just never do I know that I’m bad I should do this and you should have the right to yell at me for this! The Yarn that I used for this project was Lion Brand yarn Jeffy, it’s such soft warm yarn that I thought it would be nice as most experienced crocheters know you don’t always have to use the yarn that they call for you can use whatever kind you want since you are the yarn artist after all it’s your project you can make it as thick or thin as you would like, you can even use whatever crochet hook as well.

My Beret came out looking like this: it came out looking like the one in the pattern photo so to speak expect I ended up making to small I can’t even get beret on my head! I used the size hook they called for and I’m not use to using 6.00mm hook I’m use to smaller sizes from other projects, I had it in my mind that I would learn to use the bigger hooks, expect when I did so I make it smaller I will have to rip this apart and try it again so that it fit someone head or at least an adults head or maybe I’ll see if it fits child’s head or give it to child for their doll.

I will not let this stop me from making another beret after all this is not my first hat that I ever made!!!!

 

Lip Scrub I made

 

It’s winter here in PA and most of you know that what means besides snow, it’s time for those dry, cracked,peeling sore lips! I’ve tried tons of over the counter lip balm you can get at Wal*Mart and such places, when you get them they seem to start to work but then after little while they just stop! Ever wonder why that is? I know why it’s because they are filled with chemicals that don’t work they keep our lip from not healing to be depended on them, I’ve learned this past year that chemical free stuff works wonders for us and our bodies! Okay I know enough preaching get to the point all ready!

Their are few things that I totally love one is sugar scrubs! This begin said I decided tonight that I would make my own lip scrub to help my lips out in addition to great Lip Bliss that I use from http://www.soapothecary.com it’s amazing stuff it help my lips out amazing it’s natural you know what you are putting on your lips! however that ‘s another blog! Onto my lip scrub you may wonder where do I get the products well they can be found right in your home! The photo over here on the left is my lip scrub that I just made and applied to my lips, don’t worry if some gets in your mouth while applying because it’s made from sugar,olive oil,glycerin mixed it together rubbed it on my lips for few minutes nothing hard but just enough though.You can store this in any container that you have round the house just make sure that it’s clean and you have lid that you can place on it, that is if you want to.

Here are my lips before I place the scrub on them
they are dry,peeling,cracking thanks winterLOL

Here are my lips after the scrub they feel much softer and lot better, now right after I did this I place some Lip Bliss on it the scrub helps take off the dead skin on my lips and helps with keeping the new skin soft and moist!

Next I plan to make my own lotion and custom lip balm as well

Happy New years and my list!

Well this is my first post of the new year! YAY me! I hope that everyone has had great holiday and has happy new year, speaking of new years this is the time of year where people come up with resolutions on how they are going to change this year weather is be lose weight to find new house and end the end we don’t keep half of our resolutions we start!

I decided this year that instead of making resolution I would make list a practical one at least that I would like to do this year I will take them one by one they don’t have to be done in order or anything just so long as I get them do or at least try them out one time to see if I LIKE it or not. Once you write it down it’s out their for everyone to see and even ask you about. Here goes mine:

have two jars one I put all my worries in everyday and the other all my good things that happened to me that day and when 31Dec comes around open it up and read all the good things and as for the bad ones well let the universe take care of those

I want to at least once learn how to make custom scented lotions and lip balm that is so to speak natural free from all the chemicals the store brands sell

Keep going with my weight loss of course

Travel more
Learn to cook Indian street food but tweak it to make it healthy same with Indian cooking

Get rid of my old clothes that are toooo big on me say good bye to the old me!

Take more chances this year!

I would like to also make my own tea at well even if it’s herbal

Read more!

Try new thing I have not tired yet!

I told you it was not long list but one that has my interests at heart! If I shall find something else that I want to do this year I will add it to my list as well and share it with all of you!
I find that makes list and one that is with in reason, that one can reach is positive one, as I cross each on of these off I will blog about them as well so that you can see what I have done this year with them. Hope this find you well!

Ocean City NJ

 

 

 

As I’m still talking about my summer travels, we are now going to talk bout my trip to Ocean City NJ! I’m so excited about this trip and I’m excited to share it with all of you as it was one of the favorite places I went this summer as I never was to Ocean City before.  I actually went with one of my friends and her two kids, the drive up their went by quick and I just loved looking at the houses as you can into the city it was amazing,only down side to the trip was my allergies were so bad but once we hit the city where I could start to see the ocean and smell that sea salt my sinus started to open up and my allergy attack left me and I was ablee to really enjoy myself and we didn’t even hit the beach or parking area yet! We were able to park close by and walk to the board walk, to get onto the beach you had to pay 5.00 but it’s worth it as the beach is kept clean and very family friendly!

It was so nice to be able to walk right onto the beach take my flip flops off and walk on nice soft sand and even clean sand. It was packed but not so much so that you could not walk for find spot, I will even say people were friendly as well, we did find spot set out things down go the kids ready too and off we went.

View of the sane and my leg LOL

 

 

The day we were their it was over cast but that didn’t stop me from getting sun burn silly me forgot my suntan lotion so it was my own fault I didn’t think begin over cast that I would even burn yea now I know better!!!! This day we went it was over cast due to the fact out in the Atlantic Ocean there was tropical storm, it was also making the waves high along with giving tons of white caps, and yes folks I ended up getting some mouths full of sea water! I’m still alive thought!!!!! As the day went on it started to get nice out and even hotter, to those that say their is nothing to do on the board walk I say different yes there are shop but also things to as well and tons of places to eat too. I will say for wls person it’s hard but you have other things to take your mind off of it. I do hope you enjoy the photos so here goes.

What great view! Little did I know begin over cast that I’d sun burn!

This is just view of the ocean, once you see it you can understand why we love our freedom!

Yes you can go on some rides while you are here and play some mini golf as well.

This is another view of the board walk from the beach

 

 

You can see some of the shops in this view
you can also see in this photo families have fun and relaxing and how over cast that it was and some of the white caps

This is view of the left side of the beach people having fun in the ocean, I didn’t want to get to close as I was afraid to somehow drop my phone in the water and if you know me thats not hard for me to do.

 

 

The water was starting to get little rough as the tides we getting bigger but what an amazing sky and ocean.

This is the right side of the beach view it’s just I’m further down on the beach to get better shots

 

 

 

 

 

Look I left my foot print haha and found some sea weed too

White caps anyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Wonder what’s coming out of their hahaha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can even go para sailing here too

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look it’s NJ finest lifeguard! Baywatch you better watch out these guys are coming to take your spot!

When lunch time came round we decided on this pizza place to eat, I was amazed at how huge the pizza’s were they are like the size of tire or something, as you can see here in this photo I ordered slice just one and look how huge it is and fruit punch to drink, no the fries are not mine! I was bad that day I spoiled myself with fruit punch and pizza!

 

 

Looking down the boardwalk

 

 

Looking up the boardwalk now as you can see the sun came out!

 

 

Looking at the beach from the boardwalk

 

I saw this and thought great photo opt to take reminded me of something out magazine or something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another great photo opt here I could not resist

 

 

 

 

 

Me with my Sunglasses from the AC trip and you can see my sunburn and checkout me new sundress I had to get cause it was soft and didn’t rub my sunburn I did get some great gifts for some special people

 

This made for great shot as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see in these two photos just how red that I got! I must say I had such great time and I CAN’T wait to go back next year for some more fun minus the sunburn.

Took trip to Mauch Chunk Lake Park

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View of the lake
People enjoying the nice day and view of the Lake

This past summer I went to one of my favorite place here in the town that I live in, I love to go to Mauch Chunk Lake park,you have to pay to get into the beach part during beach season and non beach season it’s closed but the price is not bad if you live in Carbon County it’s no more then 3.00 , 5.00 at the most perperson. It’s great family place to go and cheap to, it’s kept super clean as well so you don’t have to worry unlike some places that are not so clean. I do have must items to take along with them and they are my beach bag/tote bag of course in it I have my beach towels, sun tan spray[yes suntan only cause me and sunblock don’t get long short story on that one] extra flip flops, extra  pony holder for my hair,regular towel, bottled water, flavor mix for my water, my ear buds, book [if I’m currently reading one],and of course some snack or I’ll pack picnic lunch, also change of clothing,I take this with me for the day. It’s such nice local get away I spend the day their I just take in the sites, soak up the sun little talk with some people etc you get the point. Well here are some photos of the day that I went, it’s great if friends some along but on this day I had to go alone none the less I had great time hope you enjoy

more of the view and woods
Me after I woke up form soaking inthe sun such bad pic but posted any how
Not only can your boat over to the woods but their’s path to talk over to.
The plan the plan boss!
me soaking up the sun

Posted by Nicole O’Shaughnessy at 2:11 AM    

Atlantif City trip

Atlantic City by Denis Tangney Jr

Atlantic City, a photo by Denis Tangney Jr on Flickr

Back in May of this year Nana, her friend, myself and friend of mine went to Atlantic for the day! I had to options to get there take the bus or drive, well that was such in easy choice I took the bus. I know what you thinking why did you do that driving is so much better and fun, well my pretties here is why I did so at that time gas was almost 4.00 gallon and bus ticket was like 27.00 person so the choice was easy for me, don’t get me wrong next time I go I’ll drive. I will share some of the photos I took! We all had great time since none of likes to gamble we did out favorite thing we walked the board walk for one end to the other and back along with looking in every shop the board walk had to offer. I’m sure you are wonder well if gambling in PA is legal well AC much be bare I’m here to tell you that is not the case or if you heard that it’s, not true! We did gambel for little bit because when you go down viva bus you get voucher for the casino the bus goes to and our bus went to the Trump we got 30.00 voucher to gamble so we used ours up I ended up wining grand total of 20.00 or more I cashed that out right quick, we left the casino, got something to eat at one of the many eating places The Trump has to offer what made is nice since it’s not cheap to eat there we all have 5.00 meal voucher so that bough our meal down to cheap! After this we hit the board walk. I’ll share with you the photos now hope you enjoy!

View of the beach
Another view of the beach I didn’t walk down as well my friend and I didn’t feel like it!
Me showing off my .99cent sun glasses I got at the .99 cent store in the boardwalk!

We chose not to walk down to the beach that day as its crowed and I don’t like it that much don’t get me wonrg it’s nice. I took this from the boardwalk, that is where we spent all of our time walking up one end going from shop to shop I will say the boardwalk is not as crowded as it use to be so it makes it nice for walking now. The casions are not as crowded as they use to be but still have nice crowd to them makes it nice that you don’t have to fight over machine or anything.

I just love the paintings can you guess which one I am baahahahah
Maybe that’s me hahah

I did happen to find great pair of sunglasses at the .99 cent shop I just love them. My friend found great pair to, as you can see we sat down  to take rest, I’m sure you wondering why she’s not in the photos well because she don’t want her photo taken and I will not disclose her name for privacy! We even found shop that CChristan Grey would have loved too! We stopped in the Candy shop that took me back to then I was kid it was great to look at the candy and remember no I didn’t but nothing in that shop! I saw these on the boardwalk just had to take pic of them as well I found them quite fun and different something that you don’t see everyday here! I also got quite the show on the boardwalk as always never dull on the boardwalk wither!

This is the last of those I just found them so much fun.now

Talk about flash back remember these?
My new sundress I gout on the boardwalk in one of the many shops that I looked in
heading home!