April 30, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Use Your Words ***

Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Viva Editions; Original edition (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936740125
ISBN-13: 978-1936740123
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

USE YOUR WORDS introduces the art of creative nonfiction to women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. Written by award-winning teacher and writer, Kate Hopper, this book will help women find the heart of their writing, learn to use motherhood as a lens through which to write the world, and turn their motherhood stories into art. Each chapter of USE YOUR WORDS focuses on an element of craft and contains a lecture, a published essay, and writing exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers’ own writing. Chapter topics include: the importance of using concrete details, an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre, character development, voice, humor, tense and writing the “hard stuff,” reflection and back-story, structure, revision, and publishing. The content of each lecture is aligned with the essay/poem in that chapter to help readers more easily grasp the elements of craft being discussed. Together the chapters provide a unique opportunity for mother writers to learn and grow as writers.
USE YOUR WORDS takes the approach that creative writing can be taught, and this underscores each chapter. When students learn to read like writers, to notice how a piece is put together, and to question the choices a writer makes, they begin to think like writers. When they learn to ground their writing in concrete, sensory details and begin to understand how to create believable characters and realistic dialogue, their own writing improves. USE YOUR WORDS reflects Kate’s style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing, and passionate voice. As one student noted in a class evaluation: “Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mothers build their confidence and strengthen their game as writers.”

So you’re ready to tell the world a story. Your plan is a gifted, cunning, picturesque chronicle of the comedy and drama called ‘life as a Mom’. Before you start, you might want to check out a book called “Use Your Words” by Kate Hopper. This bestselling author is much like a director, as she escorts and guides you through assignments to make you a better writer. Sadly, writing about motherhood and children is sometimes looked at as a lackluster genre. Kate Hopper shows how to give your memoir character, voice, and structure. With multiple directives and easy understandable exercises, this book might be the key to a harmonious blend of words to captivate and capture your reading audience. Whether we see your chronicle of ‘Life as a Mom’ head up the best seller list or one day your child shows her grandchildren a slice of your life, “Use Your Words” can only enhance the story. I really like Kate Hopper’s development of a good-humored and adaptable approach to writing. The book is filled with educational techniques mixed with perfectly understandable examples." Use Your Words” is a positive accessory for mom writers and bloggers as well. I love words, but I can see several areas I can improve my skills!

* Review by Debbie.

April 29, 2012


I won this jacket in a local giveaway from Sofigo at Fashion Özge. It's so shiny :)

I won this cute hat from My Hobby Shop at Facebook giveaway.
ARV: $15

*** REVIEW: EdenFantasys #10 ***

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Express your love with Vroom! Sex toys from EdenFantasys. Shop now!

Here is another post about EdenFantasys, the number one online shop for sex toys, lingeries, costumes, make-up & skin care products, and many more. Today, I would like to mention about the clothing pieces that I have ordered from them recently. The first one is "zipper detail two piece set - black" ($16.89), however this product has been discontinued anymore. I wore the top part in my first gig of the year; it's a light piece and makes you look very cool! My friends liked my outfit that night :)

Zipper detail two piece set - Bra and panty set

The second one is "apprentice zip-front corset" ($35.24); 32 and 38 sizes are available right now. I wore this piece last night in my second gig. Wow, it's sexy and very comfortable! You never feel yourself as if in a press machine with this corset :) I really like it and I can combine it with anything.

Apprentice zip-front corset - Corset

And the third one is this cute "blue babydoll and g-string" ($32.99); S and M sizes are available now. Of course, I'm planning to wear it in a gig again! It's like a normal dress and you don't have to wear it in only bed :)

Blue babydoll and g-string - Babydoll and panty set

I really adore their clothings section, but I wish they also sell more varieties such as boots, more different corsets, accessories, etc. But all in all, they are the best!

* All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I will be provided with a gift card.

April 25, 2012


I won this Krauterhof Anti-Cellulite Gel from a local giveaway at makeUparfume blog.
ARV: $15

April 24, 2012

*** REVIEW: Design Glassware by Mont Bleu ***

I know you love anything related to the nails, so you will love this review, because you will find both usefulness and elegance here! Design Glassware by Mont Bleu is a great place for beauty and cosmetic items such as glass nail files, glass foot files, tweezers, compact mirrors, hair brushes, nail scissors, etc. Their exceptional feature is that their products are adorned with Swarovski crystals. This is the only place to buy genuine glass nail files. They sent me two nail files (one with Swarovski crystals and the other is without) for review, and also a pair of earrings & tweezers (total value of $48). They arrived in a box as wrapped and in their own protective covers.

Glass nail files Swarovski MC-M5: Glass nail file hand decorated with crystals “Marbles Color - Light Topaz”. Length 135mm (5.32 inches). Made with SWAROVSKI® ELEMENTS.

Travel nail file C-S6: Travel nail files that is perfect for purse and travel. "Green" nail file is made of Czech hardened glass.

These nail files aren't rough unlike rasp, so they will gently file your nails, so you will have perfect nails. It's light and easy to hold in your hand for a comfortable manicure. Also, the crystals make you feel like a beauty queen, so it complements this beauty process which must be one of our daily routines as a woman :) You can see in the picture how shiny they are. I also would like to mention about the tweezer. It's very strong and easily plucks the unwanted hair in your face and/or body. I tried it on my moustaches (nooooo, I don't have them much :D) even without using a mirror, and the result was very nice. I'm going to continue it after finishing this review :)

My Favorite Three From the Shop:

Eyebrow Tweezers CT-9.7Compact mirror ACS-02

About the Company:
Mont Bleu Ltd Company is one of the world leading suppliers of glass nail files. Our glass nail files are made of high quality Czech glass; they are decorated by patterns, or by Swarovski crystals. At present our company is growing, and we became one of the main producers of the accessories decorated with original Swarovski crystals in Europe.
Mont Bleu delivers its products all over the world, that is why clients from USA, Canada, Israel, CIS countries, Asia and from all over the EU are buying our products with great pleasure.
Our company offers to your attention only quality production approved with quality certificates of Czech Republic, Russia and EU. Our glass nail files were tested and approved by Czech institute of health.
Our assortment of cosmetic and office accessories is permanently supplemented. Most of the designs were created in our design-studio SIS-Luxury Glass Fashion in Prague. This means that you can order products a la carte, with your own designs.

Cubic zirconia earrings EFS-4.3Nail Scissors SCMB-1

VISIT IT: (Website)

BUY IT: You can buy glass nail file and other accessories for reasonable prices considering that Swarovski is quite expensive.

* I received the abovementioned free item for an honest review.

April 19, 2012

Quick Update :)

Hi all :) This week has been very busy; I had gigs as I told you before. Sunday was very enjoyable, we took the stage in Taksim and it was beautiful. This was the first gig with our new members after quite a long while, so it was important for us. Yesterday, we would take the stage in a rock fest, but it was cancelled because of the storm, so we could not perform. But we will perform again on 28th April at an anniversary party in Taksim :)
By the way, I'm still trying to lose weight and I lost 2 kg. more. Well, I have lost 4 kg. since 30th March, and now I'm 69 kg. I hope to be 60 kg, and then I will aim 50 kg :)

And you can watch another video from our gig here:


I won this whimsy luxe handknit scarf from How Was Your Day. It's beautiful!
ARV: $85

April 17, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Stay Tuned ***

Stay Tuned

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Monterey Press (November 10, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984725008
ISBN-13: 978-0984725007
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

For TV producer Melissa Moore, crisis management comes with the job. From employee disputes to her high-maintenance boss, there's not much she hasn't seen or can't handle. But no one--including Melissa--expects a fistfight during the ten o'clock news. When sexy-but-crazy Alyssa Andrews lands a punch on her co-anchor's face, Melissa jumps on set to help. She's determined that WSGA's reputation won't be destroyed on her watch. Both anchors are fired and Melissa agrees to fill in--but not before polishing her look from haircut to heels. While the new Melissa wows WSGA viewers, her personal life starts fraying at the edges. Melissa's husband is away more than he's home, leaving cryptic Post-it notes in his wake. Her mother's antics spiral out of control at the nursing home and a stalker decides Melissa is her next target. What happens next? Stay Tuned to find out...

This just in, an enthralling story comes to us live from Lauren Clark. Excitement and action are all caught on the pages of Lauren Clark’s Stay Tuned as the line follows the work and personal life of Melissa Moore. This book has drama, great description, and will keep you turning pages for more. Melissa works as a producer in a fast-paced news station; WSGA the number one ranking news station of Macon, Georgia. Her personal life is strained with a husband she rarely sees, a daughter gone to college and a mother with a failing memory that is wilting away in a nursing home. After drama breaks out at the news station, Melissa is forced to fill in temporarily as an on camera anchor. But will she be able to leave the position she has grown to love? Will the constant lack of communication and physical contact end up hurting her marriage? Stay tuned, and soon you will know.

* Review by Melissa.

April 16, 2012

The First Gig is Over

After a long while, we performed for the first time with our new members and repertoire last night. It was very beautiful! By the way, I can't update my blog very often nowadays as I'm very busy. We also have a gig on Wednesday at a rock fest!

You can watch a portion of our gig from last night here:

April 12, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Cleaning Robots - How to Choose ***

Find out how to get robots from the future to clean your house today! There are lots of cleaning robots out there. Which ones are right for your house? Which ones are right for your budget? How will you know?Just download this amazing ebook and clear up, once and for all, which robots are right for your home.
PS: Maybe you want to buy Cleaning Robots - How to Choose, huh? Then, check it out!

My Review:
I hate cleaning, yes :( I always wish there was a system to do all the boring and time-consuming jobs for me. Of course we are not living in a super futuristic world where everything is automated. Human power is always necessary, but maybe we can get some help, can't we? And there are cleaning robots! They are not human-like creatures, but they are a helping system in our daily chores, especially cleaning. But choosing the right one is another issue. Here, this book helps you pick the most appropriate one for your needs. It shows the pros and cons of various types and brands like Roomba and Scooba. There are 3 main categories in the book including carpet cleaning robots, tile cleaning robots and even cat box cleaning robots if you have a cute small friend at your home. The book then starts to explain the technical specifications, how to use them, how to do the maintenance by comparing the versions. According to your requirements, it tells you which one to choose, and your job becomes easier! The best thing of the book that it does comparisons and this helps you pick the right robot for your home more easily. If you are about to buy a new one, but cannot decide, I suggest you to check this book before doing anything.

* I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 10, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Lemons and Lavender ***

Lemons and Lavender: The Eco Guide to Better Homekeeping

Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Viva Editions (March 13, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936740109
ISBN-13: 978-1936740109
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life. Lemons and Lavender is an inspiring and instructive guide to living the handmade life by consuming less and creating more. Practical and profound, this handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet. Learn how to ditch your lawn and raise organic vegetables, cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs, and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender. With this guide, families can live more joyfully and far more creatively, all on a dime.

Viva Editions are books that inform, enlighten, and entertain. The very name, "Viva!", is celebratory. And while Viva Editions is a line of books that are as fun as they are informational, the intention behind Viva is very serious—these are books that are truly helpful and intended to enhance people's lives. Viva Editions was founded at a pivotal point in time, as the stock market plummeted, the economy softened, and businesses tightened and cut back. Viva focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life. In short, Viva is about the very best in the human spirit.
PS: You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

I just finished reading Lemons and Lavender, the eco guide to better home-keeping by Billee Sharp. I was very interested in reading this book, as I strive to be as kind to the environment as possible, and I prefer to avoid the use of chemicals whenever I can.
I was surprised by the number of useful tips that author Billee Sharp offers in this useful book! I loved that the tips were not limited to cleaning; I additionally found many useful recipes and home remedies within the pages of Lemons and Lavender.
This book would be ideal for someone who is interested in learning more about living a greener life, but needs a little help to steer them in the right direction. As more people begin to understand the dangers to overall health and the environment that are associated with many popular cleaning products, eco-friendly home keeping is gaining popularity. Lemons and Lavender is a good choice to use as a guide for beginning your environmentally friendly home keeping project!
With the summer wedding season quickly approaching, Lemons and Lavender would make a nice addition to any gift that you might give to a newly married couple. Not only will they enjoy the money saving, environmentally friendly tips this book offers, but also the recipes and words of wisdom from the author.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to a green lifestyle, is looking to create less waste and reduce the negative impact that their life has on the environment. Overall the book was an entertaining and interesting. I believe I will reference the tips and recipes included in Lemons and Lavender many times over the years!

* Review by Sara.


I won these white shoes from a local giveaway on Masum İnciler and the sponsor was Günün Ayakkabısı.BağlantıARV: $27

April 9, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Specific Impulse ***

Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (April 18, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1936236591
ISBN-13: 978-1936236596
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Space scientist Carin Gonzales and former submarine commander Jake Sabio are two strangers drifting separately through life when a thunderous explosion above the giant Barringer Meteor Crater inexplicably brings them together, transforming both in unpredictable ways. Now able to see and smell more precisely and move in ways that are clearly impossible, Gonzales and Sabio soon realize that these kinds of life-changing alterations do not come without a price. Worse yet, they soon notice that others who witnessed the explosion are now dead from a seemingly incurable infection. The CDC wants nothing more than to lock them up in a lab for study. Special Agent Will Greenfield wants them for questioning. Contract killer Antonio Crubari would be happy if they would just hurry up and die, but he is willing to speed up the process if need be. Time is running out for Gonzales and Sabio. But even as they struggle to survive and find a cure for the deadly infection, they uncover a secret of monumental proportions that changes everything-including the future.

About the Author:
Charles Justiz is a pilot, corporate aviation safety consultant and the author of Specific Impulse. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a former officer of the United States Air Force, Justiz spent tours of duty as an instructor pilot at Webb Air Force Base as well as doing flight test at Eglin Air Force Base. Retired from NASA as of June 1, 2010, he was rated as both an instructor pilot and an examiner pilot in the Astronaut T-38, the Shuttle Training Aircraft (with more than 25 years of experience and 15,000+ Shuttle approaches), the C-9 and in the 747 Shuttle Carrier.
Overall, Justiz has logged in excess of 15,000 flight hours in more than 100 different types of aircraft, including NASA’s weightless training aircraft affectionately known as the “Vomit Comet” and the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Dr. Justiz developed the Crew Resource Management program for NASA aviators and pushed to get it adopted, was the program manager for developing an on-board landing simulation system for Space Shuttle pilots to use while on orbit and has been the Chief of Aviation Safety for NASA.
This highly experienced aviator is the author of 20 technical papers on in-flight simulation, as well as 30 technical papers on ionized plasma flows around charged spacecraft. Justiz is also a former instructor for the University of Colorado, where he taught several graduate courses in astrodynamics and spacecraft mission design. Currently, he holds an adjunct associate professorship at the University of Houston in aerospace engineering.
A first generation Cuban-American, Justiz holds a doctorate degree from the University of Houston for his research in Thermo Physics and Plasma Dynamics and is a NASA Doctoral Fellow. He lives in Seabrook, Texas, with his wife, Dayna Steele, author of Rock to the Top: What I Learned about Success from the World’s Greatest Rock Stars, three sons and a faithful Labrador.
His first novel and the first in a trilogy, Specific Impulse, is available at and wherever books are sold. The book is a science based thriller that has been compared favorably to the works of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook. Follow @charlesjustiz on Twitter for updates and become a fan on Facebook. See his LinkedIn profile for more information on his company, JFA Corporate Aviation Safety Consulting. And please visit his website – there you will find pictures of Charles, his book, and find out about him.


Roller-coaster! Yes, that would describe it. Jake, a charismatic former sub commander, is tracking clues from the tragic deaths of his ex-wife and children. Dr Carin Gonzalez, a former Airforce officer, is on sabbatical from her job as a space scientist. Their paths are unknown to each other until both are led to a meteor crater in Arizona and they become witness to a perplexing and unnatural explosion. They both start experiencing an unusual heightened awareness that enhances not only their perceptions, but also their ability to sense danger. They soon discover they were infected, as were all the others present that day in the crater and… all the others have died! Along with a machine based intelligence brought to life by Carin, F.R.E.D. (Friggin' Ridiculous Economic Disaster), they must find a cure while being hunted by a psychotic assassin. Are they looking for an answer that seems to be 'not of this world'?
I love the twists and turns that keep you glued to the story. The story is far from the ridiculous science fiction they put out nowadays. It is true to the science fiction genre. I was intrigued with Charles Justiz development of the scientific element that made the character's conclusions believable. A truly enigmatic story that leaves you impatiently waiting for the next book in the series, as well as, anxious to experience 'Specific Impulse' as a movie (scheduled to begin production in 2013).

OFFER: You can get the Kindle version for $3.43. Anybody that has the Kindle version, the author is generous and is willing to mail out an autographed signed copy of the book. They are having a weekly drawing.

* Review by Debbie.

Losing Weight

From now on, I'm dedicating myself to losing weight, yes! And I even started it. It's necessary for both health and aesthetic issues. I started to drink much more water (and I'm running to the toilet throughout the day), to eat half of what I used to eat and to do Leslie Sansone workouts.

As I drink more water, I don't feel my hunger so much and I'm quickly full. I also eat less bread and this helps a lot. In this way, I don't feel myself full to the scuppers, so I don't feel guilty. I cannot diet, so I still eat what is cooked at home, but eat more carefully.

The other thing I do is walking workouts. Leslie Sansone is a great instructor! And the videos are very enjoyable. 2 years ago, with these videos I shrunk 10 cm from my waist and hips in a month, but at that period I forced my body so much (I was also doing pilates and mild weight training) and I injured myself, so I had to give up all these workouts. Now I'm much more in control. Better late than never.

I just do this program on weekdays. I have rehersals with my band at the weekends, so the weekends are my reward days :) But I still keep myself under control.
I started this program on 30th March with 73 kg. / waist: 87 cm. / hips: 112 cm.

And now I'm 71 kg. / waist: 84 cm. / hips: 110 cm. Hurray! Friday is the measurement day :)

April 6, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Growing Culinary Herbs In Containers ***

File Size: 192 KB
Print Length: 113 pages
Author: Anja Koch
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

You don't need to be a gardening pro to have a little window herb garden or some patio pots with delicious herbs for flavouring your meals. Everybody can learn how to grow herbs in containers and window boxes and have a supply of these healthy plants available to spice up your cooking and add a unique flavour.
If you don't have a suitable outdoor space you can even start growing culinary herbs indoors. All you need is a sunny window sill!
A lot of popular herbs like Chives, Parsley or Oregano are surprisingly easy to grow and need little care. Little Miss Greenfingers will show you the little tricks to achieve successful herb gardening! At the end of this book you will be able to grow your own supply of healthy and delicious herbs for cooking and preserving.
You will also learn how to preserve and store surplus herbs so you will have your favourite herbs available all the time even in the winter.
Growing herbs from seeds is an inexpensive way to grow your own supply of herbs. With this method you can also grow the more unusual herbs that might not be available to buy as plants that easy. We will also show you where you will be able to purchase them!
Of course we will also show you how to grow each culinary herb in detail. We grouped the herbs into annual and perennial herbs to make it even easier for you to learn how to grow your selection.
PS: Growing culinary herbs is also available on Amazon.

About the Author:
Anja Koch has been a plant enthusiast since her early teens. Growing and cultivating plants has always been one of her favorite pastimes. Having finished school in Germany she began an apprenticeship as a landscape gardener.
This was followed by a professional program in landscape design and involved a thesis on Robinsonian Gardens. Anja moved to Ireland in 1997 and since then has built up an award winning garden centre and nursery business. Trading and dealing with the amateur gardener on a daily basis for over 13 years has taught her the challenges and problems that people face when it comes to growing plants and indeed gardening in general.
On her website Anja and 'Little Miss Greenfingers' help gardeners around the globe to grow and develop the gardens of their dreams.

My Review:
First of all, I must say that the book is really attractive in visual meaning! The pictures inside and the font make the book more interesting and enjoyable. Also I love the quick tips about growing herbs. The book gives information about how to and where to (inside - outside) grow your own herbs. From the containers (shape, material, etc.) and soil you need to use, to the space suitable for them, from where to buy the seeds and preparation of these, to the detection of the sick plants and how to look after them, you will find all the vital information in this book, because the details are very informative. You will also find the plant types defined in the book, so you can choose which one to grow!
Think about it. We live in a world where almost everything is subject to chemicals. Everything we eat has some sort of hormone, additives, etc. and these sometimes make us sick! Don't you ever feel tired, have stomachache, heartburn, etc? What do you think the reason is? The world has become such an "artificial" place that everything is almost against our nature. But I don't think this will come to an end, unfortunately :( However, we can start at some point making healthy and natural things for ourselves. For example, start reading this book and set to work to grow your own herbs and vegetables for your delicious salads, soup and herbal teas! You will not regret and you will feel happier and more energetic. The pleasure of growing something is very precious. I absolutely recommend this book if you want to be your own personal gardener.

* I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 4, 2012


I won these wonderful black thigh-high boots from through a local giveaway. Actually I won a 100 TL GC and I chose these. I can also wear them as knee-high boots by folding the upper part. I'm planning to wear them in one of my gigs.
ARV: $50

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April 3, 2012

Giveaway Linky

Wow, it's a new month and I hope you all survived April's Fool day :) Fortunately, nobody tried to trap me with jokes and it was an easy day for me. I didn't fool anyone either.
By the way, I hope this is a good month for me and for my band, because we have three scheduled gigs in April, including two nightclubs and one rock fest in Turkey!

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