My Life of Travels and Adventures: November 2012

Book Review: Save Me

17 November 2012

I recently read Save Me by Lisa Scottoline.  I love that her books are set in the Philadelphia area... homey.

According to goodreads... "Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. Her fears come true when the bullying begins, sending Melly to the bathroom in tears. Just as Rose is about to follow after her daughter, a massive explosion goes off in the kitchen, sending the room into chaos. Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to run to the bathroom to rescue her daughter or usher Amanda to safety. She believes she has accomplished both, only to discover that Amanda, for an unknown reason, ran back into the school once out of Rose's sight. In an instance, Rose goes from hero to villain as the small community blames Amanda’s injuries on her. In the days that follow, Rose's life starts to fall to pieces, Amanda’s mother decides to sue, her marriage is put to the test, and worse, when her daughter returns to school, the bullying only intensifies. Rose must take matters into her own hands and get down to the truth of what really happened that fateful day in order to save herself, her marriage and her family.

In the way that Look Again had readers questioning everything they thought they knew about family, Save Me will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love. Lisa Scottoline is writing about real issues that resonate with real women, and the results are emotional, heartbreaking and honest."

I really liked this book.  At first I thought I knew where the book was going but it surprised me.  Always a good sign.   I liked this book and would recommend it.  Good read!

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Craft: Fall Wreath

15 November 2012

I am a sucker for wreaths/decorations on our front door.  I don't know why.  We don't get very many visitors but I like wreaths and door decorations. 

For Halloween, we alternated between a sparkly trick-or-treat sign and a glow-in-the-dark skeleton.  But now, that Halloween is over, I was lacking a door decoration.  

So when Joann's was having a nice sale (and offered at 25% off everything coupon) I headed out (by myself none the less) and stocked up on lots of crafty things. 

After Reid went to sleep one night, I busted out my hot glue gun, some thread and a needle and got crafty!

I started with a straw wreath (it was messy) and three 18" square pieces of fabric 

The first square, I "sewed" into a little fluff ball.  The second square, I hot glued (much easier) into a fluff ball.  The third square, I  cut into three pieces and hot glued into tiny fluff balls. 

Then I hot glued them onto the wreath.  Simple.  

Some thread to hang it on the door and it was complete.

Total price: $ 6.50
Total time: 30 minutes

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Book Review: How to Photograph your Baby

02 November 2012

Remember a while ago, I mentioned a private photography lesson I had attended.  The lesson itself was really quite helpful.  During the lesson, the teacher  mentioned Nick Kelch's book "How to Photograph your Baby".  So a quick order with Amazon and 2 days later this book arrived at my doorstep. 

According to goodreads... "Everyone with children -- from expectant parents to grandparents -- wants to take clear, beautiful photographs of their kids and, for the first time, Nick Kelsh shows them how to do it in this accessible, easy-to-follow guide.In his introduction, Kelsh explains his successful approach to baby portraiture and the techniques he has developed over the years. Then, through nine beautifully designed, fold-out lessons, photographers of all levels are given a foolproof method of mastering baby portraiture. Each accessible lesson includes instructions, dos and donts, visual examples of good and bad techniques, sidebars, and quick tips.

Essential concepts covered include: mastering the close-up, utilizing natural light, ensuring agreeable and compliant subjects, and transforming locations throughout the home, or even the car, into studios for spontaneous photo shoots. Also featured are creative ways to display work and suggestions for unique photography projects.

This invaluable book reveals how to capture the essence of your special baby using the tried and true techniques of a well-known professional."

This "book" was interesting.  There wasn't really much to it.  I think I finished it in 20 minutes or so while pumping at work.  

He does have some good concepts... Get close to your subject (thus eliminating the junk cluttering your background)... He explains good lighting vs using the flash on your camera... And he talks about taking a lot of pictures to try to get a couple good ones.  

He does not go into detail on your camera itself... He does not talk about shooting in a mode other than automatic... 

Overall, it was an okay book with a couple main points but not much else.  For me I felt like it was a waste of money.  Oh well. 

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