Tuesday, September 25, 2012

5 STARS For SUSAN MALLERY'S "ALREADY HOME"






After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, Jenna is desperate for a change. She's supported her ex-husband's dreams for so long that she can't even remember her own. Until she sees a for-lease sign near her parents' home and envisions her very own cooking store.Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But just as she's gaining a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents--aging hippies on a quest to reconnect with their firstborn.

Now Jenna must figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with her traditional parents, deal with her feelings for a new love interest and decide what to do about her exes latest outrageous request. In the end, Jenna will find that there is no perfect family, only the people we love...

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I'd like to start off my review by telling you how much of a compelling story this is.  I found that once I started reading it I had a hard time to put it down. When I did I was daydreaming about it.  I like the way the book begins and I also enjoyed how it progressed.  It seemed to fall into place at just the right  page all the way throughout.

Susan Mallery is an extremely talented writer who is not afraid of writing about the tough situations that come up in a person's life.  She doesn't hold back and tells the story as it's meant to be told.  I laughed when I was suppose to laugh and I cried when the characters cried.  This book was so well written that I rode the waves of emotions all the way through.

Susan's characters are great, she gives them true qualities like you would find in a real person.  I found Jenna was great when it came to her creative side and her loving ways toward her parents and friends.  I also found some of her other qualities to be quite annoying and self-depreciating.  Jenna often put herself down due to a low self-esteem which is very common, I could relate to her, but at the same time it annoyed me. It made me think that I may be annoying by doing the same thing sometimes.  LOL I learned a lesson from this book.

Not only are the characters realistic but the storyline is amazing.  Jenna is recently divorced from a Chef that she use to work with.  He was a real piece of work, he brought down her self-esteem and made her question herself. She gets smart and leaves the guy and goes back to her hometown and without thinking about consequences buys a store.  Divorce can make you loopy I guess.  She decided to make a kitchen/cooking store and hired a wonderful assistant called Violet, whom I think would make an awesome main character.

They make a go of the store together and during that time many things happen to them.  They have many, many ups and downs that are incredible and definitely worth reading.  From long lost birth parents to abusive boyfriends.  No punches had been held back in this book.

I hope you'll take the time to read this book.  It's not just a book but a true journey through someone's struggles and happiness.  I give this book a 5 because it's an amazing read.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Awesome Product Reviewed! Packaways Reusable Plastic Storage Boxes!!!

Hi everyone!  

I had a wonderful opportunity to review an awesome product.  I was so excited when I found out that Packaways would be sending me Reusable Plastic Storage boxes.  I thought it was a very innovative idea.  These boxes are made of heavy-duty corrugated plastic which is light-weight and water resistant.  If that's not cool enough it's also collapsible and your able to store them anywhere.  

When I collapsed the boxes I received I was able to hide them behind my bedroom dresser, I swear that's amazing because you save so much room and if your like me you need all the storage room you can get.  I could have put them under the bed but this way I have that space for something else.  By putting them behind my dresser it's well hidden and such a small space that I could never put anything else there.

When I received my boxes in the mail I was so excited I forgot to take a picture of the box they were shipped in lol I ripped it open and was in awe at how pretty the Collapsible Boxes are, they come in some great colours.   Check it out:



Now I got the pink and green ones.  Seriously!  I got 4 boxes to review, talk about an awesome company!  I'm usually lucky if I receive a sample size of anything.  Now, not only did they send me something I absolutely love, they sent it really quick!  Here are the ones I got:



I sat and stewed for awhile how I would use them.  You all know I recently moved and I had a ton of cardboard boxes left over from the move and of course lots and lots of those huge plastic 21L containers with blankets and household niknaks.  I already had most of that stuff stored and put away.  I could have emptied them into these boxes instead but I've been a bit laid up with a shoulder injury and couldn't do it.  So guess what I decided to use my awesome boxes for....

LAUNDRY BASKETS!  YES REALLY!

I am using them in each bedroom as laundry baskets because I love the colours, they weigh almost nothing and the kids can even carry them with no problem because of the great handle holes on each side.  I have one box left to use and while writing this review I thought of the perfect use for it.
I pulled out the box from behind my dresser and opened it up with one hand because I can't use the other, it's in a sling.. Ick!  anyhow I pulled it out and used my one good hand to push on the bottom of the box and Voila!  It was ready to be filled.  I decided to put all my extra sheets and pillow cases in it and put them in the closet.

Another great feature with these boxes is that there is a dry erase board where you can write what's in the box and erase it and put a new name on it when the contents changes.  Cool right?  LOVING IT!



So, I ran away from the computer for a moment to do that.  I am so glad I'm able to share this great product with you all.  They are super!  I have quite a few ideas on how these things can be used and plan to buy more in the future.  Let me share some of my ideas with you:

  • You can use it to store stuff
  • You can use it for laundry baskets
  • You can put it in your car, open to grab things needed like sporting equipment, tools, swimming gear
  • You can use it as a toy box outside
  • You can use them as moving boxes
  • Use these instead of bags at the grocery store 
  • You can use it as an open toy box inside
  • You can use it as a gift box
I'm sure if I sat here longer I would would come up with even more ideas but you get the idea I'm sure.  These boxes are great and I highly recommend you getting some from Packaways.com  The prices are very reasonable and these boxes will last years and years.

Go check the out at www.packaways.com

also,  thanks so much for taking the time to stop by :D

HUGS!

Leanne



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