Calling All Crazy Book People

For the last couple of years September has been the month that I’ve chosen to challenge myself to read 30 books.  Last year Gage even joined me!  This year with everything that’s been going on (I’m literally writing this at our house where I haven’t been since last Friday and I’m leaving again in an hour) I was on the fence about it UNTIL Heather said she was up for it too 🙂  Yay!!!

So now I’m wondering if anyone else wants to join us?  I could have a daily post where we can all link up and even start a Facebook page if there’s enough interest.   No pressure if you don’t make it, life happens, but it’s always fun to try.  I’m already thinking about how to make it doable this year.  Shorter books for sure, but maybe even a different kind of book.  Kids, graphic memoirs, or novellas would all work.  And for sure Gage is joining in.

Here’s my wrap up posts if you’re considering joining in on the fun.

2016 wrap up

2017 wrap up

I’m excited to have Heather by my side and hope that some of you may join us too!


Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Skin and How To Fix It For a Beautiful Healthy Glow by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki

Title: Beyond Soap: The Real Truth About What You Are Doing to Your Skin and How to Fix It for a Beautiful, Healthy Glow, Author: Sandy SkotnickiBeyond Soap. Finished 8-7-18, 5/5 stars, health, 296 pages, pub. 2018

North America’s leading dermatologist offers a ground-breaking, informative, and incredibly practical book that reveals the harmful effects of our modern skincare habits and how you can eliminate common skin conditions.

Sensitive skin is one of the most buzzed-about topics in dermatology today. It can be painful, debilitating, and inconvenient. Astonishingly, many of the women and men who suffer from problem skin are unknowingly causing it by washing too frequently and using too many skincare and beauty products. Often, we slather ourselves in creams and balms that can actually damage the skin. The miracle products we buy at department stores, specialty shops, and pharmacies have the potential to make us less attractive and prematurely age our skin.    from Goodreads

I accepted this book for the  TLC book tour  and just finished it last night, so good.  I could have skimmed it and gotten it done sooner, but once I started reading I was hooked and didn’t want to rush.  I thought I was going to read about how to fix my skin and I did, BUT it was so much more than that.  It was also a history and science lesson. I loved learning about the history of how we wash ourselves.  I know, I was surprised by this too.

An average woman uses 12 personal products which contain 168 different ingredients on a daily basis.  So, when you have a reaction how do you know what’s the problem?  Labels like hypoallergenic mean nothing since they aren’t really regulated.  You need to look first for products with no fragrances and as few botanicals as possible.  The BIG BRANDS of body products (shampoos, body washes…) go to great lengths to woo dermatologists, but in reality are little fazed by suggestions from them.  The companies want what the public wants and the public loves scents so most products are full of them.  Her advice?  Wash less and use fewer (and better) products. She does provide lists of some of her favorite products, but you’ll have to read the book to find them 🙂

Dr. Skotnicki was preaching to the choir about over washing since I gave up my daily shower a few years ago,  but I think this book would be great for everyone to read regardless of whether you think you have a skin problem.  The skin is our largest organ and what you put on it will have profound effects on your body as a whole.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.

July’s Movie & money for charity (maybe yours!) & another life update

The saga of the last post continues with no end in sight.  The mold remediation company has decided to stop work.  This after they contaminated the whole house and have left 5 rooms completely torn up with mold to still be treated.  Not gonna sugarcoat it, it’s been a nightmare.  The outside front of our house is just as big a disaster, but at least that company has bent over backwards to help us.  We can’t live here and haven’t for over a month, although Jason often stays here to work at night, so we are renting a condo 30 minutes away.  We have taken no possessions but clothes as I’m in the middle of purging the house since it must be completely empty of everything for the final cleaning.  That may not happen until the middle of September and that’s only a soft commitment at this point.  We have to hire more people to come in and fix what’s been done, I’m told now, much of which was unnecessary.

And then, to top it all off, Jason’s mother passed away this week.  It was not unexpected, but the timing couldn’t have been worse for Jason.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  A lot of stress around here and I worry about him.

Somehow in the midst of all of this we managed to see two movies, even getting Gage to the theater once.  The show must go on.

Add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity.  Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity.  Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $93 right now.

Bridgetoterabithiaposter.jpgBridge to Terabithia, 2007 (Josh Hutcherson, Anna Sophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Bailee Madison, Zooey Deschanel)        Grade B

Classic coming of age story.

The book won the Newbery. (Brendan)

Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) Poster.jpgHotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, 2018 (Voices-Adam Sandler, Andy Samburg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Keegan Michael-Key, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher, Kathryn Hahn, Jim Gaffigan, Mel Brooks)                      Grade B

Silly, much-needed, laughs.