Jackie's Forget Me Nots

No vase can overflow if you never fill it up.

This month, Ipsy challenges you to live a more creative life. They have rolled out their first DIY Glam Bag – and it comes with two markers! I coloured mine with the green pen and my own colours because the orange one didn’t work :/ It was dried out *boo.

Priscilla Witte is this months creator of the DIY Glam Bag design. She says:

“I wanted this Glam Bag design to reflect unique beauty. To me, that meant hip hair, lots of different styles, shapes, and interesting people. I love that my art is going to be used as a keepsake since it’s usually on a wall.”

Hikari Cosmetic Cream Pigment– in the shade Shine

Glossier Balm Dotcom in Mint

Mellow Cosmetics creamy matte lipstick in the shade nude

VENEFFECT SKIN CARE Pore Minimizing Cleanser

TARTE COSMETICS-Sex Kitten Eyeliner

If you like makeup and want to subscribe to Ipsy I invite you to click my referral link. If you use my link to sign up I will get 250 points towards free products, that’s all. Ok? Thanks 😉

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog

I want to thank Kim for being such a good host and I will also be linking up with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? @BookDate
I’ve read 5 books towards the #TakeControlTBR so far, and I love it.

Tweet: Reading Challenges help me stay motivated and encourage me to read more and faster.

These are the books I’ve read so far… .links to my reviews on Goodreads.

Heart of the Wolf
Iron Gold
The Return
Cryer’s Cross
High Voltage

I am on day 7 of the Master Cleanse and everything is good and I feel much better. It’s a spring cleaning of sorts and Lentel Fast to boot. I don’t know if it is because I am getting older but it took me more than 3 days to get over my headaches and 4 days just to begin feeling better in my lower abdomen and intestines. Everything seems to take longer with the process is what I mean. I have lower bowel issues where I get bloated, constipated and sometimes have a lot of gas (I know TMI) so whenever I do the master cleanse, it helps a ton if I do the morning internal salt water bath which flushes me out entirely. If you want to know more about the Master Cleanse follow the link.

I’ve also been keeping up with my daily walk for more than 30 minutes. It’s nice to walk and listen to an audiobook. I am currently listening to Blood Fury (#4) by J.R. Ward of the Black Dagger Legacy series. I just finished High Voltage (#10) of the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and what a blast it was!

So as you can see I have been sticking to my goals and reading challenges and I feel pretty good about myself. My next book to read will either be The Bear and the Nightingale, The Miracle of Santo Fico or some other neglected book. In short, I don’t know yet :p

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It’s the time of the year where we fast and pray and sometimes cleanse. I mean Lent is upon us so it is a good time to do the Master Cleanse. I have fasted on freshly squeezed lemon juice for 10 days before and it has become sort of a tradition for me. I like it. Today is the first day without food. I drink only freshly squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper 8 or more times a day for 10 days and can be safely done up to 40 days or more! I always feel 10 times better afterwards. It is an amazing experience.

Everyone needs to take out the junk from their house so too they should not neglect to take out the junk in their body. Our bodies are more important and sometimes needs help. The Master Cleanse deals with that. It works. What soap is to the exterior body so is the master cleanse to the interior.

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Stanley Burroughs Master Cleanser

How to make the Lemonade drink

Here is what you need:
1. Lemons: You need 2 Tablespoons of fresh organic lemons or limes (approx. ½ lemon). Use only freshly squeezed lemons, never canned lemon or lime juice nor frozen lemonade or juice.
2. Maple Syrup: 2 Tablespoons of genuine maple syrup grade B or C (not maple flavoured sugar syrup). You want the unfiltered maple syrup with all its minerals
3. Cayenne Pepper: 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper to taste
4. Spring water: 8 oz filtered/spring water, at room temperature.
5. Mix: Combine the juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper in a 10 oz glass jar with a lid and fill with water.
6. Drink: Shake it up and drink throughout the day and as much as you like.
For a day’s worth of the cleanse here is what you do. Mix 5 oz. of syrup, 5 oz. of lemon juice, 54 oz of purified water and cayenne pepper to taste.

There is more to just drinking lemonade. There is a salt water flush every morning and a cup of Herbal Laxative tea every night, but most of all you should be prepared to have 5 or more eliminations in the morning which requires you being near a toilet. It’s a big job but if not you then who? There is also a small pamphlet available online for you to read. I recommend you study it fully before embarking on something like this and try it out for yourself. Here is the Master Cleanse Pamphlet

A Master Cleanse Overview:

We live in a world where fad diets are popular and everyone strives to look thin and svelte without having to change their lifestyle. One diet, called the Master Cleanse Diet, promises not only to help you lose weight but also to help your body rid itself of dangerous wastes, poisons and toxins, therefore making you healthier as well as thinner. The Master Cleanse diet was originally created by Naturopath Stanley Burroughs in 1941. Instead of trying to create a miracle weight loss plan, however, Burroughs devised his diet to help those suffering from ulcers and other intestinal disorders. It is only recently that the Master Cleanse has surfaced as a weight loss plan with well-known figures such as Beyonce and Robin Quivers using the diet to lose large amounts of weight in relatively short periods of time. Basically, while you are on the diet, you are not allowed to eat any solid food whatsoever. It is generally suggested the diet be followed for 10 days or more, depending on how much weight you want to lose. During this time period, you drink lemonade sweetened with maple syrup and spiked with cayenne pepper. Some also drink herbal teas and use salt water flushes for their laxative and total cleansing effect. It is important to note that those with special health concerns, such as diabetes or high blood
pressure, should not start on this diet without first consulting their doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should also not try the diet until they have given birth and/or weaned their child because they will not be able to give the infant the vitamins and minerals their growing body needs while they are on the diet.
Most who follow the diet properly do report losing a great deal of weight while on the Master Cleanse. For instance, Beyonce lost 20 pounds during her 10-day diet. That is an average of about two pounds a day. Like any other diet, however, in order for weight loss to be permanent, the dieter must change their lifestyle habits. If they return to their old eating habits after finishing the Master Cleanse, they will simply gain back all the weight they have lost. In order to maintain a healthy weight, one must eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. There are no miracle diets.
There are also some unpleasant side effects noted by those on the diet. Some say the diet left them feeling grouchy, dizzy and lightheaded. Others complained of soreness or pain in their
teeth and gums. In order to relieve the tiredness, it is best to schedule your Master Cleanse for a time when you are not required to do intense physical activity. You should also try to rinse
your mouth after each glass of lemonade to help keep mouth sores from developing. While the Master Cleanse can help you lose weight quickly, you must change your lifestyle habits in order to keep the weight from coming back.
Who is Stanley Burroughs?
While his diet, the Master Cleanse, has become a household word, very little is known about the man who actually created the diet. Many would be surprised that the diet plan was not actually
devised primarily as a way to lose weight. If you read his book which includes the plan for the Master Cleanse Diet, you can get a feel for who the author of the plan was and how he functioned.
We know that Stanley Burroughs was a naturopath. According to MedicineNet.com, a naturopath is a person who “practices naturopathy, a drugless system of therapy based on the use of physical forces such as heat, water, light, air, and massage.” During his lifetime, Burroughs wrote two books which have become popular manuals for those practicing alternative medicine. One of these books is called Healing for the Age of Enlightenment. His next book The Master Cleanse Diet with Special Needs and Purposes is the book from which the plan for the Master Cleanse Diet comes. Most people are more familiar with the plan for the Master Cleanse
Diet because it was popularized by Peter Glickman in his book Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days.
While some think the Master Cleanse Diet is a relatively new idea, it was actually in 1941 that Burroughs introduced this diet plan. When people read the original Master Cleanse book, they learn that Burroughs was not trying to formulate a diet plan at all. According to a forward in this book Burroughs says, “I present this book so that you can help yourself and others. Make the most of this work and know that it is the finest of knowledge in healing.”
In fact, Burroughs goes on to explain he devised the Master Cleanse Diet as a way to heal stomach ulcers. He indicates in his book a close friend was a test case on the diet and indeed his ulcer was completely gone after 10 days on the diet. While Burroughs does acknowledge the diet can hold the possibility of weight loss, this was never the sole intent of his diet plan. As one reads his book, you will begin to notice the actual diet plan is only a small portion of the
book. Most of the book is taken up in discussion of how toxins cause the majority of human sickness and the way in which to properly “come off” the Master Cleanse fast. Burroughs provides meal plans to follow when you first start eating solid food again as well as recipes for healthy meals. While common knowledge of Burroughs’ Master Cleanse Diet can make you think he was a diet
fanatic, the diet plan was actually created by a doctor of alternative medicine who was looking for a natural way to heal stomach ulcers and other digestive disorders. His original book does not claim to make one skinny or happy, only healthy, which he obviously felt was the best way to be.
Foods That Detoxify Are More Common Than You
May Think
Want to feel better and help your body work at an optimal level as well as reduce the signs of aging? One way to do this may be by consuming more foods that naturally work as detoxifiers.
What is exactly is a detoxifier? In this case, it is a food that helps the body combat toxins and poisons that can be responsible for making you sick as well as making you age prematurely. By eating more of these foods that detoxify, we can help improve the health and vitality of our body.
In health news we hear much about antioxidants. It seems antioxidants are everywhere – in our vitamins, our juices and even added to some foods. You may wonder why these antioxidants
are so important. They are important because they neutralize the free radicals that attack our bodies each day. These free radicals are basically tiny particles of matter that are short one electron. For those not familiar with chemistry, these particles of matter, or atoms, don’t like to be short an electron, so they will attempt to “steal” an electron from some other source. When these electrons are “stolen” from your body’s cells, it opens the door for disease and other health-related problems. Foods that detoxify your body, or those containing antioxidants, work by collecting these free radicals and flushing them from the body.
Want to know what foods are good for combating these free radicals? Here’s a discussion of the best ones.
* Fresh fruits are a top choice for anyone wanting to detoxify their body. Fruits have the vitamins
necessary to nourish your body, these vitamins, particularly A, C and E are antioxidants.
*Fresh vegetables are also a good choice for cleansing your body of toxins. Whether you eat them raw, cook them in a stew or juice them, vegetables are great detoxifiers. Some of the top choices are broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, onions, artichokes, and garlic.
*Nuts and seeds are also great detoxifiers. Sesame seeds especially are said to protect the cells of the liver from toxin damage. Other good choices include pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, and walnuts.
*Beans and legumes are other great choices as detoxifying foods. Split yellow and green peas and lentils require the least amount of soaking time to prepare and are also easy for the body to digest. However, other good choices include pinto beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas.
If you want to detoxify your body naturally through the foods that you eat, the above foods are your best choices. Foods that detoxify are easy to choose and cook. They also give your body the nutrients it needs to cleanse itself of toxins that can make you sick

My Ilumicrate box came today! I am so excited to share it with you.

The Howler is a unique one-time curated box inspired by Pierce Brown’s books Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star. It includes 10 items, a hardback copy of the brand new Iron Gold, and exclusive publisher swag.

I paid £59.99 British Pounds which translates to 106.53 Canadian Dollars plus shipping cost $17.79.

If you’ve not read the books yet and don’t know the significance of The Howlers, they are a group of remarkable characters who help Darrow fight a war against the Government ruling power made up of different colours which are all enslaved to the Golds. Darrow is a Red who rebels against the authority that keeps everyone enthralled. . . Octavia au Lune basically. The Howlers can be identified by the wolf cloaks they wear and tend to howl before going into battle. Sevro is their leader. Sevro is also Darrow’s favourite best friend. There is a giant called Ragnar Volarus, Mustang, his love interest after his wife EO dies, Victra au Julii to name a few.

Here are the items included in my Illumicrate Box.

  1. A metal coffee mug engraved with team howler,
  2. epsom bath salts that turn the water red,
  3. a pair of socks
  4. a red beanie toque with break the chains on it
  5. a canvas tote bag
  6. two coasters
  7. an autograph sticker from Pierce Brown
  8. a colour wheel sticker
  9. Haemanthus Blossom lip balm, (a Haemanthus blossom is a flower better known as a blood lily that grows on mars)
  10. a Reaper pin with the words ‘Death is my shadow’ engraved on it
  11. a keychain of Sophocles, a pet fox to the Telemanus’
  12. another per Aspera ad Astra patch
  13. a hardback copy of Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
  14. 5 awesome bookmark swag
  15. a poster
  16. a calendar
  17. a notebook.

Thanks, Illumicrate!

I first heard of The Howler Edition Illumicrate box from Tashapolis


It’s my anniversary today!

I’ve been blogging 7 years on WordPress. woo-hoo! I started my WordPress blog because of Plinky. Plinky was a writing platform that enabled one to write creatively. It was a better version of the Postaday that you can use on WordPress today. Plinky asked questions, and you would answer.  I don’t like the Post A Day where you write a blog inspired by One Word. I can’t do that most of the time. Sometimes, if the word fits. The option to post my plinky answers on a blog was limited to Wordpress I think. I still have a Blogspot blog which I have always preferred. WordPress has taken a long time to get used to. In fact, I never liked it, but it’s free, and I hope that never changes.
The first plinky prompt that I posted on WordPress is called An Unlikely Delicacy.

I went to see Black Panther in Imax 3D last Monday. It is such a fantastic experience. I didn’t know it was a Marvel comic hero but at least I was able to get a seat in the almost sold out crowded theatre. Grrr. I wanted to have more choices to sit but alas! F4 was a pretty good seat regardless of the crowd.

I knew next to nothing about this movie except that it was about black people and everyone is raving about it. Don’t buy into the hype guys. The actress who plays Michonne on The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira, is still a badass. I recognized Forest Whitaker, but either than that, the only white actors are Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis. Both star in The Hobbit btw.

A+ for originality and costume. There was a lot of action which made it exciting to watch. The technology in this show is formidable and edgy!
Erik Killmonger, N’Jadaka, the lost boy who the Black Panther King T’Chaka leaves behind after killing his father N’Jobu, (T’Chaka’s brother) never gets to see Wakanda. Anyway, T’Challa the Black Panther King, (T’Chakas son) is an excellent hearted king and wants to deal with his enemy fair and square. Except that Erik Killmonger only wants to kill the Black Panther and take his throne. He wants revenge for the murder of his father. But with great power comes great responsibility yadda.

Wakanda is an idyllic utopia, and the people are tribal warriors, yet they have the most advanced technology in the world. The heart-shaped herb they harvest gives them power and strength and can heal almost anything next to rising someone from the dead. 15 facts about Vibranium you never knew. It was said that a giant meteorite of vibranium crashed to earth hundreds of years ago causing the plant to mutate.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Oakland California

Someone is stealing weapons from a museum. I think he is the proper villain. Klaw aka Andy Serkis aka Smeagol aka Gollum. lol


This month Ipsy Bag is inspired by the word UNZIPPED, and because February is the month for Valentines, Ipsters were asked what sexy means to them. For me, it is when I look into the eyes of someone special, and they look back at me, but ultimately I think belly dancing is the sexiest thing because it is a solo dance and it boosts confidence and self-esteem, making me feel sensual.  FTW

“move your hips, and the rest will follow.”

I think this video is sexy as are the words of the song

Being sexy isn’t limited to a certain size, shape, or age.
And it’s definitely not about airbrushing images beyond recognition. The way we see it, sexiness is authenticity. It’s real. It’s confidence. It’s celebrating the magic of your unique beauty. It’s forgetting what you think you’re supposed to be and embracing everything you are.
This month, let’s unzip the way we think about being sexy. Let’s define it in our own terms. No rules. No photoshop. No restrictions. Just 100% sexiness, the ipsy way (AKA, your way).
Head to the ipsy app to meet our Unzipped crew, find out how we’re changing the way the world sees sexy, and learn everything you need to know about your 5 Glam Bag picks. And make sure to check out Shopper, where you’ll get 10-30% cash back for every single purchase. (How sexy is that?)

What zips (and unzips) to reveal your 5 fab products?

This blushing pink, lace-trimmed pouch.

Here is a closer look at the 5 beauty  products. You guys, they showed me what I would be getting in my  Ipsy Glam Bag (referral link) before I actually received it.  I had redeemed some Ipsy points for a Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo. UPDATE: I noticed today that I did get the Trestique eye pencil after all. It was in my bag all along. It’s so small and cute and I love it.

Mini Eye Pencil in Swiss Chocolate ($10 value)

Julien Farel Vitamin Shampoo Anti-Aging for your hair

Strengthening Grow Long Leave-In Conditioner

BANG BEAUTY ($20 value)
Blush in Smoked Peach, Cheeky, or Showstopper

Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249

Beach Crystals

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

¶ I watched Anne on Netflix this week. It’s based on Anne of Green Gables, and I loved it! I didn’t know anything about this story before, but I like the show! Season One comprises seven episodes. I was surprised that I fell in love with the little orphan girl played by Amybeth McNulty. She is adorable in her own nerdy way. It’s her freckles and red hair 🙂
I can’t wait for Season Two. The networks assume we’ll still want to watch after waiting so long but that’s not always the case is it? They ruin everything by making us wait ≅ I’m spoiled, aren’t I ¿

¶ Also because Angela’s Ashes has been on my TBR shelf for awhile, I decided finally, to listen to the audiobook. Unfortunately, it isn’t at all the same as the paperback version I have on my TBR shelf!

¶ I received an email from some author Brett Arquette, I’d never heard of before, saying I could download his book, Operation HailStorm for free. I did some investigating on Goodreads and judging by the many comments, this author is spamming them, and it isn’t professional to spam their inbox with a free book. Whatever. It’s free. They could at least read it. But he goes on to say in his emails that he wants us to leave a review of his book everywhere like Amazon. Has anyone read it?

Marshall Hail was a husband, a father, a Physics Nobel prize winner and industrial billionaire. But when Hail’s family was killed in a terrorist attack, he became a deadly predator and redirected his vast industrial assets toward one goal, removing every person on the FBI’s Top 10 Terrorist list. With the help of his MIT colleagues, Hail designed and built a devastating arsenal of attack drones of all shapes and sizes that are flown by the nation’s best young gamers. The world will come to realize that Marshall Hail possesses the capability of killing anyone, anywhere, at any time, unleashing an operation so disturbing that the CIA has named it Operation Hail Storm.

¶ Besides that, my Valentines Day was blue. Wah. Oh, and I have a new riddle

Who was the world’s first carpenter?
Eve. Because she made Adam’s banana stand.

bada-bing, bada-boom. Lol haha believe it, or not this is a quote taken from Pierce Brown’s book, Golden Son.

Well, that’s all for this week guys, I wish it was more productive, love and blessings.

I haven’t purchased any books this week, but I’ve been checking books out of the library more than ever. I just picked up Written in Red by Anne Bishop. Kim from caffeinated book reviewer recommends The Others, said it was one of her favourite series, so I went and got the first book, and that is what I will be reading next.

I just finished marathoning the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown. I loved it, particularly Morning Star. I felt more comfortable with the characters and the world. The main problem I have reading sci-fi books is that I find it hard to imagine stuff. I don’t know how things should be but when I see it on screen it is so good, and I love Guardians of the Galaxy but try to explain that in a book. Raccoons, blue people etc…:)
Anyway I digress
I liked Morning Star, and I am looking forward to reading Iron Gold which is coming in the mail with the Howler Ilumicrate box of goodies that I ordered.

What I added to My Kindle


I am linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post.


You can get a FREE audible audiobook West Cork for a limited time until May 9th, 2018. Check it out. click here (image is linked to the audiobook) it’s not an affiliate link btw

Publisher’s Summary

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.
Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. Investigative journalist Sam Bungey and documentarian Jennifer Forde guide listeners through the brutal, unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a provocative prime suspect, and a recovering community whose story begs to be heard.

What I added to my shelf

I’ve been busy working on my AtoZ reading challenge looking for book titles to complete all the letters of the Alphabet and for the letter Z, I chose Zenith.  It is probably the most hyped up book of the year with the most contradicting reviews. Gosh, I hope being curious didn’t kill the cat.

What I finished reading

Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
Strange the Dreamer  It is a very big novel and I tend to forget or lose important details when I only listen to the audiobook but I can’t just read the book and not listen to it. The narrator Steve Wests performance was stellar.

What I got from the Library

Golden Son and Morning Star, were ready to be picked up at the library in LARGE PRINT!
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. The synopsis looked interesting and I like Urban Fantasy. My reading is slow these days.


Goodreads Synopsis:

13539191.jpgA god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart.
Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.

Set in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between right and wrong blurs.

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