Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Life Through Instagram


I did one of these last year and honestly I think it is a lot of fun to look back over the year and see what you posted, I apparently took a LOT more selfies than I thought I did and a lot of food pics, but this is my year as seen though my Instagram!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Music Monday What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

This is a pretty song, I love Etta James’s version and I think Idina Menzel did a really good job on it. So what am I doing New Years Eve? I will probably kiss Kensei at midnight and then I am off to bed because I work at 6 am the next morning.

What are you doing New Year’s Eve??

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Gut Punch in the Feels…


I really wasn’t planning a post today but I watched something that I felt needed to be shared…

This woman’s bravery and thoughtfulness makes me know that even though the world is filled with crappy people there is some light that shines through, and if you cried along with me during the first half, at least I know I’m not alone.

Thank someone today…

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2015 Book Challenge

I am going to attempt to try this pop sugar reading challenge in addition to my GoodReads book challenge this year, it might be fun to try! Anyone want to join in with me??

Friday, December 26, 2014

December 2014 Bark Box!!


Penni was thrilled about her Bark Box this month, she was ready to dig in as soon as we pulled the box out of the mail box, BUT there was a mix up, they sent a card about how we were going to get a different item than registered sadly Penni does not like ANY of the replacement…

Penni got another Etta Says Rabbit Chew—she LOVES These so we were happy to get a repeat item.


Bucher’s Block Bones 6’’ Trachea  she was excited about this bone and so was I she loves natural bones!

R2Pet Zany Ziggler Giggler Moose—Penni actually like this toy, which is funny because noise making toys usually scare her, but she has already eaten through the toys ears which is a sign she like a toy.

Safemade Green Sweater Bandana, I love putting Bandana’s on Penni and she gets REALLY attached to them, and even though I keep getting yelled at because I call it a Christmas jumper and not a Christmas sweater, but penni loved it.


Now for the meh part….

These are the replacement treats, but penni did not like them AT ALL. I think they look and smell like bullion cubes, and we gave her one, it took her a good 10 min to decide she wanted to try to eat it and she just never finished it, which has never happened with a treat before.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

December 2014 Anniversary Loot Crate


(Groot and Robin not from this months Loot Crate)

We were super excited for the Exclusive The Joker Batman-Batman Pop! Figure.

An Exclusive Batman Comic Book Issue 36.

Simpson’s Cast Mighty Wallet, honestly we won’t be using this is is pretty flimsy in out opinion and I am not a Simpson fan and Kensei said he would wreck this in less than a week.

30 year Ghostbusters door hanger

Tetris Sticker set, Kensei was excited about this one, he plans to decorate his laptop with them!

Groot Socks!!!

Captain America Car Air Freshener

All in all not a bad loot crate, did you sign up for one this month? What is your favorite thing in the box?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Top Ten Things I Want For Christmas

So this Christmas I feel not really in the Christmas spirit, I am not sure why, but it hasn’t really felt like the night before Christmas Eve for me, either the weather or just my mood, and I also know that I will not really be getting any Christmas gifts this year due to financial reasons. So here is my top 10 list for Santa to bring me:

10. My family, I really miss them and think that it would be nice to see them this year

9. Some paid vacation, I would love to have a paid break from work.

8. The winning lottery numbers, I would like to pay my bills with the winning lottery numbers

7. Books, a lot of books to read

6. People I can trust

5. A relaxing weekend

4. some meds so I don’t feel ill all the time

3. a wedding dress

2. everything planned for my wedding,

1. a week where I can just sleep, and catch up on life.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Music Monday Where Are You Christmas

I love this song, It really touches my heart and makes me smile during the holiday season (as if you guys couldn’t tell I am a MAJOR Christmas fan)

But I REALLY LOVE Nick Pitera’s vocal range and his takes on songs, so I figured I would share this one for this week!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Review Extravaganza 2014 Part 3 July, August and September!!


I talked about what I was going to watch for the Fourth of July!

I FINALLY Did the review on my Jawbone Up Activity bracelet.

I talked about my opinion on #BanBossy and #LikeAGirl

I posted my Books N Bloggers recap!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE That swap!!

I posted 10 songs that make me happy.

I asked everyone’s opinion on which dress I should wear to the wedding

#coetzeelyonwedding #coetzeelyon my family together!!! #Family

A photo posted by Jacquie G (@starri09) on

This is the one I picked!!



I did the 10 Random Song Shuffle,

I Got my blog completely redesigned and I LOVE IT still. (also changed the name and url)

Went to M’s Wedding!!

Shared what is in my Purse!

September is my favorite month because it is my BIRTHDAY month!!

I shared my most prized possession.

I participated in #GYSTS14

Posted my September Goals.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

2014 Review Extravaganza Part 2 April, May and June


I posted my April Goals, and really tried to stay on track!

I blogged about my fears

I blogged about what makes me, me


I apparently skipped the month of May entirely… 


I answered 11 questions about me!

I got my VERY first Loot Crate 

And my very first Bark Box!

Review Extravaganza 2014 Part 1!!!




I talked about my reaction to the #BeautyIs campaign and how even though I like the message I don’t personally see a difference that the company is doing.

I did my 1st ever photo an hour!! I need to do more of these!

I talked about my child like attention span and posting some cosplay images from the Anime Blue Remix!

I had a little vent about the health of Kensei’s dad. (who is doing MUCH better now)

I posted my first Angel Reads of the year!

I’m the Kinda Girl Who

I celebrated Love Your Pet day!

I vented about my job .

I recapped all the books I read in January

I talked about some of my fears for Lung Leaving Day.

I participated in the Big 20/20 event and posted my recipe on Homemade Chicken Pad Thai with a twist!

I talked about my dream wedding and ball gowns,

Made my March Goals,



I love doing these recaps!! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Angel Reads: Earls Just Want to Have Fun


Shana Galen is an author I adore so when Net Galley offered me the opportunity to read and review her book Earls Just Want To Have Fun, I was thrilled. Marlow is not your usual heroine, she is spunky and a pickpocket and was kidnapped as a child. Marlow is also a little bit of a brat and can be a bit of the B-word. I didn’t love her the whole book but she grew on me. Max was a little stiff and not a hero I immediately fell for, I love the fact that these two did not fall in love at first sight, that they had to work at their relationship. I love how both characters had flaws and evolved over the story and that they were not perfect cookie cutouts of what a hero and heroine should be!


Would you read this one? I liked it!

This book was provided for free for my honest opinion from net galley, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

KISS Instawave Curler Review and Demo

I was lucky enough to have been chosen by BrandBacker to try out the KISS Instawave Curler, When I first heard about the KISS fully automatic hair curling device I was picturing something like the Conair curl secret but I really like the open style of the Instawave a lot better.
It is really easy to use, you hold the wand vertically and allow the automatic mechanism to wrap the hair around the barrel ensuring an even and pretty curl.

Now I have a LOT of hair, it is really long, really thick and hard to curl.

I found the KISS Instawave  to be really easy to use, I did need to practice a few times to make sure I could wrap it easily but as you can see in my demo all you need to do if it catches your hair is to either pull straight down or reverse and reposition the wand! There are a lot of pros on this curler, the price point is not bad, you don’t need to be a pro to use this and the KISS Instawave  would work great for a beginner.
It is sold online for $59.99 at KISSInstawave.com and is also sold at Ulta, Wal-Mart and Target. Amazon.com also sells the KISS Instawave
The Company says The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro).
I do agree with this it was really easy and fast to curl my hair!
I also love that it has an auto shut off after 90 min. So if you forget to unplug or turn it off you won’t burn the house down, (although you should ALWAYS double check all hair appliances to make sure they are off!)

Some cons I had,
There is not a stand or anything to keep the curler resting off of the surface it is on, so in particular when I am waiting for it to cool so I Can store it I need to hold the curler until it is cool enough to store.
The barrel is a little shirt for girls with long hair like me, if I wanted to get Shirley temple ringlets (which you could with this curler) I would either need to curl each piece twice or break the curls up to curl my whole hair strands, maybe a second version with a longer clip and barrel will be out later.

This is the Final product from the curler, I love the way it looks!!

Do you like these curls? Would you try the curler?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Old Factory Candles!!!

I LOVE Candles, especially during the wintertime. Old Factory candles are really great candles.

They come is a cute set

I got the Winter Wonderland set, which has Roasted Chestnut, Hot Coco and First Snow. I LOVED
Roasted Chestnut and First Snow was a great candle as well, kind of a men’s cologne smell, but I couldn’t burn Hot Coco which I was really sad about because I LOVE the smell of Hot Coco, but the fake vanilla scent was way to strong for me and gives me a headache, so it was given to a friend of mine.

If you want your own set you can pick one up from Amazon!

OR You can enter my giveaway to win a set!!! This giveaway ends 12/8/14

This post is a sponsored post by Brandbacker, I was given these candles to review for my honest opinion and these are my honest opinions and feelings, I have not been influenced in anyway. The giveaway is run through Old Factory Candles, the winner will need to give their information to them to be able to ship, the winner must live in the US and have an amazon account.

Old Factory Candles

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention 2014


I was super lucky a few weekends ago to be able to attend the annual Memphis Comics and Fantasy convention with Kensei! Our steampunk group the Clockwork Mechanalists had a table and a panel at the con! If you want to watch the panel  I have a video of it!

Here are a few of the
Pictures I took over the weekend!!

And this is me with the group!!

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