Sunday, November 22, 2009

Me vs Me

I asked some of my friends for some chick-lit recommendations, other authors that maybe I didn't think to look up, or perhaps even an author that I had never heard of before.

My friend Lauren R. told me about Sarah Mlynowski, and recommended a couple of her books. I went to the bookstore, and there weren't even any books at all by this author! I went on my library's website, and looked up the author there, and found a few different books that were available. I looked each one up and read the synopsis of each, and made my decision to read Me vs. Me.

Here's the synopsis that sold me - oh and the author is originally from Montreal ;)
From Barnes and Noble (no that's not the bookstore I initially went to):
Gabby Wolf has pretty much, almost definitely (this close!) come to a decision: She's trading in Phoenix (nice but uneventful life with boyfriend) for Manhattan (dream job as producer for highly successful news show). Then Cam swoops in and gives her a sparkling engagement ring, making her decision even more impossible. Husband vs. career. Vera Wang wedding dress vs. sexy first-date outfits. Planting roots in Phoenix vs. playing the field in Manhattan... She wishes she didn't have to decide, that she could have it all.

She never expects her wish to come true.

Suddenly Gabby's living two lives. Whenever she falls asleep in one, she wakes up in the other. She's got the best of both worlds--what more could a girl ask for? Right?

This fantastic (and fantastical) new novel from bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski will have you flipping pages as quickly as Gabby flips lives to find out which Gabby reigns supreme in the battle of Me vs. Me.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Forget Me Knot

I finished this book by Sue Margolis a couple of weeks ago, and forgot to blog about it - oops! This was another "can not put it down" book!


Florist Abby Crompton has a knack for arranging the most exquisite bouquets for the hippest clientele. If only her personal life could run as smoothly. Although her fiancĂ©, Toby, proposed a month ago, Abby’s still waiting for the ring. An up-and-coming lawyer, Toby’s been far too busy to shop—let alone muster the energy for romance. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, the night she’s supposed to meet her future mother-in-law, Abby gets stuck in an elevator—with a sexy stranger bearing fine wine. Needless to say, a tipsy Abby arrives late for dinner and doesn’t make the best impression. In the aftermath of the dinner disaster, Abby is thrilled to learn that a film studio wants to use her shop in an upcoming movie. But when she meets the director, Dan, she’s shocked to discover that he’s none other than the same man with whom she shared the elevator—and some highly personal information. Now, with Toby putting in more overtime, Abby’s feeling even more neglected. And her attraction to Dan is growing daily—as her own life begins to mirror the romantic comedy he’s shooting.

Diaper Cake

My sister-in-law's baby shower is in a couple weeks, and everyone was asked to bring diapers. So, me and my creative self, I couldn't just bring a package of diapers!

Here's, somewhat, of a step-by-step "how-to" of making a diaper cake:

You will need:
1) diapers, I used 2 packages of size 2 42-count Huggies diapers, and had a few left over
2) something for the center...I used a bottle of lotion, and a bottle
3) a stuffed animal, this will be used for the top of the "cake"
4) other baby items for decoration...I used pacifiers, I also bought socks, that I didn't end up using.

Craft supplies:
1) 1½" ribbon
2) thin ribbon
3) double-sided tape
4) a lot of small rubber bands, and a few large rubber bands
5) other things you may want to use for decoration (bows, other ribbon, etc)

Start with the center - a bottle of lotion

Roll the diapers from the outside inward...and put one small rubber band in the center

Rubber band together the rolled diapers around the bottle of lotion

Now do it again with a second time around

And lastly, a third time careful that you don't snap yourself with the rubber band (yep - I did)

Now for the second tier, you will do the same as the bottom, only this time, only going around twice.


For the third tier, you will band together the rolled diapers around the bottle, and place them on top.

Now, you can start making it pretty.
Use the thicker ribbon and some double-sided tape, and wrap it around each tier

Add other decorations, pacifiers and stuffed animal

Et voila!

I'm hoping she likes it!