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I use Blistex as a lip moisturizer on a regular basis because I live in a very dry climate where our hair, lips, and skin suffers the damage of constant dry weather. I love Blistex because for one, it is healing and two, it moisturizes and protects your lips. I need extra care and hydration so that is why I use Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment. Please visit this page to see my review on Influenster.

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This week I finished The Madman’s Daughter and only gave it 3  stars. I was able to get the audiobook from the library.

I liked it but I had a hard time visualizing the Island and surrounding village where the animals/creatures/humans lived. The voyage on the ship was cool but I am not familiar with H.G. Wells classic ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ from which The Madman’s Daughter is inspired from.

What I watched 

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In the gut-wrenching season finale of The Originals, my heart sank at the inevitable breakup of the clan Mikealson. In order to save Hope from the Hollow, Klaus, Rebekah, Cole, and Elijah and Hailey, are posed a sentence to never be together again. Harsh. I fucking hate The Hollow bitch. It appears that she’s destroyed everything and I’m like “God I hope not”. I was happy to see Cole buying an engagement ring for Davina Claire!? Also Rebekah and Marcel together?!! At least some things ended on a happy note.

In other news …

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I probably shouldn’t have bought magnetic lashes from One Two Cosmetics because they were really expensive AND when I went to open the case, one of the lashes was stuck in the crack. It looks like a freaky spider! Somehow it had gotten loose and I couldn’t get it out. Being afraid I would wreck them, (which I did anyway) I phoned the company, and the girl I talked to on the phone was so nice, she said she would send me a free set of lashes at no additional cost! Well, that was so worth it! I was going to return the faulty eyelashes because of the one eyelash that got stuck in the crack (see above), but instead, I get to keep it, on top of getting a free set, which I am waiting for with bated breath so Yay!

KETO UPDATE

For those of you who don’t know, I started a Ketogenic diet/lifestyle about a month ago. It’s going pretty good but I am not losing the pounds fast enough. I think I’m shrinking slowly and I feel okay but still, I haven’t gone to see the doctor yet. I’ve lost 10 pounds since I started and I want to lose 30 more. (I will post some pictures when I feel more confident.) I have been intermittent fasting in order to reach my goal which means eating only in a 6-8 hour window every day. Furthermore, sometimes I eat only one meal a day and drink coffee, water, or tea without sugar of course. I enjoyed this salad with ground hamburger and cheese and an avocado, radish chips, and made some more mummy dogs. 

FREE SUMMER YA LISTENS

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That’s all folks!

2006-05-29-05-04-34.jpgThese mummy dogs are delicious! I’ve been following a Keto diet and found some good recipes on the diet doctor, and one of them are Mummy Dogs. Sorry about the focus guys.

I had leftover dough so, not to waste it, I made some burger buns (don’t judge) Regardless, it will taste good and work.

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Here is the recipe if you don’t want to click on the link

Ingredients:

8 tablespoons almond flour
4 tablespoons coconut flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 2⁄3 oz. butter
1 ½ cups shredded cheese
1 egg
8 sausages, of good quality (preferably shaped like hot dogs)
1 egg, for brushing the dough
16 cloves, for the mummies eyes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mix almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and cheese in a pan on low heat.
  3. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon, for a smooth and flexible batter. It will take a few minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat. Crack the egg and stir. Add the flour mixture and mix together into a firm dough.
  5. Flatten into a rectangle, about 8×14 inches (20×35 cm).
  6. Cut into 8 long strips, less than an inch wide (1.5–2 cm).
  7. Wrap the dough strips around the hot dog and brush with a whisked egg.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15–20 minutes until the dough is golden brown. The hot dog will be done by then too.
  9. Push two cloves into each hot dog to make them look like eyes – but only for decoration. Don’t eat the cloves!
    Tip!
    Using larger hot dogs? Pre-fry them for a couple of minutes before wrapping them up in the cheese dough and baking.

. . . About a Lost Herondale and a Shadowhunter 
named Annabel

I finished reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare this week and I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!

Here is my review with lots of spoilers

A lot happens in Lord of Shadows. My favorite character is Kit Rooke aka Christopher Herondale.

“You’re Kit Herondale,” she said. “The lost Herondale.”
“I didn’t realize I was lost,” said Kit. “I never felt lost.”

Kit is 15 yrs old. He never particularly cared about being a Shadowhunter, but he slowly changes his mind after he is taken in by the Blackthorn family and the Los Angeles Institute. I expect it was his father who kept Kit from knowing who he really was, but his father is dead now. He learns to steal to survive but has so much potential! I want to see him use his Nephilim gifts to the max.

It just so happened I received my order from Annabelle Cosmetics (not an affiliate link) the same day Lord of Shadows arrived. Coincidence? I think not. I bought two eyeliners in gunmetal and metal daze. They practically match the colors of the books cover! That’s weird, right? lol


Annabel aka Lady Midnight, is a character in Lord of Shadows. She was dead but the warlock, Malcolm Fade raises her from the dead. She, in turn, kills him. Her role is very significant, and she now holds the Black Volume of the Dead with a lot of dark magic inside that promises a whole lot of answers. Anyhow, that book would be dangerous in the wrong hands. Annabel claims it belongs to her and will not give it up for no one. Not even Julien Blackthorn. Because you see, Julien has made a deal with the Seelie Queen. If he finds the black book, he is supposed to hand it over to the Queen in exchange for his parabatai bond to be removed in which it no longer poses a threat to his relationship with Emma. Which means they will be allowed to continue loving each other without it being detrimental. That is how I understood it anyway. Parabatai’s are forbidden to fall in love. It doesn’t make much sense to me since what I believe about Love certainly includes a Parabatai bond Lmao! Love is the opposite of hate, and best friends indeed love each other although not romantically. Whatever I digress. Anyway, Parabatai’s are not allowed to be romantically involved. I guess that would be a better way of putting it.

Jeez, Louise.

Fuck I’m done.

Cassandra Clare whips my ass at story telling :p

I am currently reading. . .

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin #15

Publisher’s Summary

After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows whom – or what – she can count on. Only one thing is for certain: Danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, book 15 in the New York Times best-selling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”
What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?
As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about the Circle. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.
So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure, why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder – and deadlier – than any of us expected.
Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight….

I also watched another episode of The Originals. I enjoyed Phantomesque. It is reassuring to know at least Elijah can be brought back from the dead even though we won’t find out when. He died guys, because of that terrible creature The Hollow. grrr. me no likey.

I missed Rebecca and Cole.
I am left with fewer options in my Netflix viewing. If anybody has any TV recommendations, please let me know.

 

Jaye Wells compiled and published her short story collection of Sabina Kane novellas, THE CHOSEN ONES. You can’t add it to Goodreads yet (at least at the time of posting) but you can purchase it through Jaye Wells’ website
I loved the Sabina Kane series!

I also love the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. They are always a pleasure to read, so I bought #16 SNARED.
I was missing The Walking Dead on Netflix, so I bought TWO GRAPHIC NOVELS about the war against Negan. I hate Negan for what he did to Abraham and Glenn also because he thinks he owns everything and makes everyone serve him out of fear, which I think is pathetic, just saying.

That’s what’s new on my shelf this week.

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I got a few new books this week. I was amazed at the fan art inside the hardcover of A Court of Wings and Ruin! I mean if the color isn’t gorgeous enough you will love what’s inside!

I also couldn’t handle NOT having read To Kill A Mockingbird, and it was in large print, so I had to get it.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I’ve already read, but it was a library loan, so I decided to pick it up today since it was on sale for $5! That’s a steal.

I bought Maria Emmerich’s Ketogenic recipes in the 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse. She doesn’t use dairy. I’m noticing I get heartburn/acid reflux with dairy in my coffee 😦 It’s a beautiful fat book of Low-Carb High-Fat food.

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Goodreads Synopsis:
For those who are brand-new to keto and those who are getting back on track after falling off the wagon, the first 30 days on a ketogenic diet can be challenging. As the body adapts to burning fat (ketones) rather than sugar for fuel, cravings can arise, and some people find that they just don’t feel so great. Many fall victim to the temptation to give up before they can truly experience the benefits of being keto-adapted. The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse isn’t like most juice or other cleanses where you starve throughout the entire process. Keto expert Maria Emmerich offers tasty whole-food recipes—all dairy-free and nut-free—that are filling and satisfying and keep cravings at bay. Plus, she offers helpful tips and tricks for making it through the adjustment period.

The 30-Day Ketogenic Cleanse is a guidebook for healing the body from the inside out. Most people attempting a keto diet do it completely wrong. Maria Emmerich, on the other hand, bases this cleanse on a true, well-formulated ketogenic diet, helping readers reset their metabolism, regain health, lose weight, and tap into increased energy levels.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Indigo Exclusive Edition of A Court of Wings & Ruin will have coloured endpapers of fan art.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Goodreads Synopsis:

This fairy tale doesn’t end with a kiss… A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!

The terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

Goodreads Synopsis:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Coldtown was dangerous, Tana knew. A glamorous cage, a prison for the damned and anyone who wanted to party with them.
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her—and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true. Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s insanity. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

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It was so nice to finally be able to watch the continuing episodes to my favorite TV series this weekend. No I haven’t read any books lately but I did buy a Ketogenic cookbook I posted below.

We waited 4 bloody weeks for The 100!

Season 4 Episode 9: DNR *Do Not Resuscitate”*

What is going to happen to Raven?

We were left with Raven having another seizure in the rocket ship She had been talking to Becca whom she can only see and hear.

Everyone from Skaicru was packing up to go to the bunker but Indra, (who I’m beginning to hate) is always on the war path and wages war with King Roan of the Ice Nation, to settle the business of which people(s) will be safe inside the bunker from Priamfaya. They (tricru) cannot see themselves living together with the Azgeda, unfortunately. Skaicru looks like they will die for lack of a warrior. Until Octavia rides in on a horse with the words “I’m here for the war” on her lips. I doubt she will win the fight. My bet is on Luna IF ONLY SHE fulfill her role as Commander in Lexa’s place! The show is suffering because they have no commander. Clarke is not a truly born natblida aka night blood. Luna is though. And I’m pissed that she isn’t fighting. We’ve seen how good a fighter she is. A true warrior. She kicks ass, and that is what Skaicru and everyone else needs right now. I’m perplexed about Becca and Raven though. What the fuck is the ‘first commander’ doing? I was surprised to see Harper not wanting to leave with Monty. I am worried about her and Jasper and the others dying.

The Originals

Season 4 Episode 6: Bag of Cobras


The snake in everyone’s boot is none other than Dominic, the high priest of the Hollow. The Hollow is stealing children to eat but wants more power since ‘IT’ is a ghost. IT wants to be made alive. I feel this season is missing something. Sure Freya and Vincent can handle the witchy stuff, but I think I’m missing some homies from the Vampire Diaries or something.

In other news

I went 9 days on the Master Cleanse and made some beef bone broth on the 10th day. I am starting the ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting for 30 days. I need to lose weight and correct some health issues like Diabetes and High Blood Pressure so going low carb high fat is the way to go. I am excited to have lost 10 lbs already, and I feel better. I know I still have ways to go healthwise because I still have some numbing on my pinky finger and I have some gut issues. I joined a 60-day Keto challenge starting May 1st, to keep me accountable and for support.


So what is new in your world? Have you heard of the Ketogenic diet? Do you watch The 100 and/or The Originals? Let me know if you’ve seen DNR and A Bag of Cobras in the comments.
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My reading hasn’t been that impressive lately. There is nothing to report as I am struggling just to get through A Court of Mist and Fury. I’m not enjoying it as much as I expected to. Perhaps I’m just in a reading rut? I barely finished The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) by J.R. Ward, which I thought was OK but I DNF’d Arcana Rising. I gave up on Arcana Chronicles series because I decided it wasn’t worth my time anymore. It had to be the YA factor coupled with the narrator’s voice that got on my last nerve. Emma Galvin’s voice sometimes sounds a bit coarse like a brillo pad, although I did like her in Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

I started on the Master Cleanse and Sunday will be Day 5 of fasting strictly on freshly squeezed organic lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. I also do the salt water cleanse in the morning. I’ve done this cleanse before and have had good results. The first time I did it for ten days, and I felt great. This time around I’ve had light headaches, and I developed a stye in my eye, but it is going away. Things like this are to be expected to get better and release toxins out of your body. The reason I’m doing it is that I feel my diabetes is out of control and I want to get my health back. I have type 2 diabetes and DO NOT want to take insulin! So, this is the only way I know that is going to help my diabetes. Already by the first day, I felt ten times better. I have long ways to go, but I intend to stick it out the full 10 days at least. I think the Ketogenic Diet is something to consider especially if you are diabetic.

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I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter weekend. If it isn’t filled with mounds of chocolate, it is mountains of snow that are being dumped on us. Brilliant. I don’t think I can remember it ever snowing on Easter.

What’s new on my shelf this week?

The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) by J.R Ward
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow’s Seduction (The Dacians #2) by Kresley Cole

From the Library

The Shape of Things To Come by H.G. Wells
Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

I binge watched The Walking Dead on Netflix and Season 7 broadcast on Youtube. Because of that, I was curious about what Dr. Eugene was reading and I had to get the book The Shape Of Things To Come by H.G. Wells.

S05E05 – Self Help. Eugene is reading H.G. Wells’ The Shape of Things to Come.

I am addicted, and I can’t wait for season 8. I am debating if I should get some graphic novel of TWD. So I went downtown today and learned that HMV Canada has closed all their stores :/ WTH? Where else are we to get movies and Funko pops? I am pissed about that because now I’ll have to get the shit I want online which makes me have to wait even longer for said shit.

I am participating in the Month in Review Challenge

February’s reading slump made me realize how much I ❤ The 100 TV show!

Surviving makes strong warriors out of the hundred, and they are all great characters. My favorite after three seasons is John Murphy because he is tortured the most.

When Murphy is found outside the camp, he is tortured and made a tool by the enemy for biological warfare putting everyone in danger of being contaminated with a sickly toxin.

Ninety-seven years after the destruction of planet Earth, the council of the Sky Crew sends 100 delinquent teens to Earth to test the survivability of the world. They discover Earth is survivable, but they rebel against the Arks elders. Some of them find the strength they never knew they had making heroes and warriors of themselves to save their people.

John Murphy is banished by his friends and tortured by his enemies and is hated by everyone, but he comes back again and again. I love Clarke, but killing Finn, the one who loved her was not ok. It took me awhile to warm up to Bellamy as his decisions weren’t the best for everyone only himself. Octavia falls in love with Lincoln, her kidnapper and grounder, and kind of goes off by herself and learns to fight and kill. I thought after all Octavia did for Lincoln, sacrificing himself was an ungrateful and terrible mistake when he gets shot in the head. This show has great characters with its twists and turns making it incredible. Eg. King Roen of the Ice nation and Lexa Kom tricru. It was exciting to watch, and I miss them all so much. It hurts how badly I miss them.

The Sky Crew’s mission is to get to the ground before the Ark runs out of air. Parts of the ship crashed, but the lucky ones who made it are subjected to many threats and people.  Mountain men, Tree people aka grounders, Reapers, and Ice Nation.

Season 4 The Tinder Box was fantastic!

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Ice Nation is on the move towards the Ark to take it over, but Tyler is bent on killing Roen, the King of the Ice Nation. He almost starts a war, but Bellamy talks him down.
Raven and the crew are in Becca’s Lab when Raven has a seizure. She realizes she has part of Becca’s mind inside her still and is willing to risk her life to save everyone. They uncover a rocket ship, and that is very exciting.
Ilian blows up the Ark. Bastard. I hope both sides execute him for that because Ilian just wrecked their blood oaths/plans. This was an incredible episode, and it will be interesting to see how they plan on getting night blood to save people from dying of radiation poisoning. Apparently, Becca produced night blood in space and Raven is stoked about blasting off in the rocket she found.
Mansion_2x16Since the Ark is gone, they need to find somewhere else to go. I want them to go to A.l.l.i.e.’s mansion or maybe it will be Murphy who decides to hide out there IDK, but it should hold a lot of people. The room is big enough. I hope nothing bad happens to Raven, though. I don’t know how Luna is going to help Skaicru or if the girl (Indra’s daughter), the one who stole the flame will even seek Luna to be the next commander.  Octavia is alive but she is badly hurt, and she needs medical help.  I only hope Sky crew and the Ice Nation can work together just as Clarke envisions.

Was Abby hallucinating Clarke having radiation sickness? Or was Raven projecting? At any rate, Sky Crew needs to work fast if they are to survive the next six months.

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