February 11, 2014

Max On Life: Answers and Inspiration for Today's Questions



Max Lucado is one of those authors that I want to gobble up all of the words he writes and store them in my brain.  The way he writes I find so easy to understand and retain.  At the time that I received Max On Life I was in a place that I had a lot of questions about God, prayer, the Bible, religion, etc.  It was a perfect God send for me.  I read the book front to back in just a couple of days and then have gone back with specific questions time and again since I first received it. 

In Max on Life he answers some of the common questions that he receives from his readers.  Questions on topics such as prayer, suffering, finances, parenting, and on and on.  Some of the topics discussed are more of the lighter hearted questions and others are on a deeper spiritual level such as: Is God really listening?

I really found this to be an interesting book and a useful book in my life.  This book would also make a great gift for someone that is a new Christian.

 This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review and thoughts.

God's Promises for the American Patriot



God’s Promises for the American Patriot is not your typical front to back, one story, kind of book.  Rather it’s a collections of scriptures, pieces of speeches, quotes, and pieces of history all gathered together and shown in a way that we can see the relationship between what God has promised and what has occurred in America.  It is a look back on history and where this country started and how it was founded on Godly principles.

The book is divided up by topic so that you could actually start anywhere in the book rather than just starting at the front.  I found the book interesting and very informational.  I think this would be a great gift for someone that is/was in the military or is just a proud citizen of this great nation.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review and thoughts.

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews

The Final Summit by Andy Andrews



I read The Final Summit a while back and honestly forgot all about it.  It just wasn’t a book that was memorable nor engaging for me. 

This is a fiction book about a guy named David Ponder.  Apparently there is a companion book before this one but it didn’t seem like this couldn’t stand alone.  David has been visited by Gabriel and told that God wants him to go to this meeting place and try to answer the question that will save mankind.  The answer is only two words and they get five chances to guess.  The cast of characters are somewhat interesting when you get to “talk” with Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, etc.  The overall back and forth conversation just didn’t hold my attention.

I also just couldn’t wrap my brain around a situation where God would hinge the fate of the world on a situation like this.  The premises just didn’t make sense to me and therefore I think that kept me from having the open mind that I really needed for this book.  Maybe I will come back to it one day and have a different opinion.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review and thoughts.

July 23, 2013

Off Season – TV Shows

I never really have a whole lot of TV shows that I watch in the “off season”.  Most of my favorites are the traditional ones like Grey’s Anatomy.  However, there are a lot of shows right now that are REALLY good.  I’ve never been much of a reality tv fan but most of my favorites are of that genre at the moment.  Maybe I’m getting sucked in like everyone else. ;)

Here are a list of my current favorites.  What are you watching right now?

Newsroom

This is one of our absolute favorites right now.  We just added HBO because of this show.  We had seen the first episode (Dish Network loves to put random things on our DVR) and we were hooked instantly.  Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) is the host of a news program called News Night.  It’s your typical run of the mill type of nightly world news until his ex is hired as the EP and the show is overhauled.  The news then becomes focused on what American Voters should know about the goings on in America to make informed voting decisions. Will doesn’t hold back the tough questions for his guests and never lets someone dodge a question.  I wish our news could really be like that!

There is of course more than just the news going on in this show.  Will and McKenzie (his ex and new EP) of course have a strained love/hate relationship that you just know any minute is going to work out.  Then my FAVORITE characters Maggie and Jim …. will they FINALLY get together this season?!

If you have HBO set you DVR to record all episodes and get caught up because season 2 just started!

 Siberia

I’m going to call Siberia my guilty pleasure.  Basically 16 people are left in the wilds of Siberia and are told to survive until the end of Winter.  No voting people off.  Whoever is left at the end splits the money.  I was thinking THIS IS MY KIND OF REALITY SHOW!  No back stabbing or alliances.  Just people working together to survive.  Then I found out that every single person on this show is an actor and it’s all fake. Boo :(

I’m still addicted to it though.  Supposedly it’s not scripted.  Different people are given different scenarios and prompts and the others have to act on improv.  There are tigers roaming around in the jungle along with some kind of tiger killing monster.  There is a creepy girl that seems to know way too much about the forest and people find her in random places.  This show is kind of like Lost meets Survivor … but a little cheesier.  I love it!

Whodunnit

Whodunnit is a show very similar to the movie and game Clue.  Thirteen people live together in a mansion with a creepy butler named Giles.  One of the thirteen is a murderer and goes around killing the other guests.  After each death it’s up to the survivors to figure out how they died and name who they suspect as the killer.  The killer then decides who will be spared and who should be scared of impending death for the next episode. 

I love trying to figure out all the clues along with the survivors!  I had two people picked out from the beginning as the killer and one of them just died so my bets are still on Melanie.

 Get Out Alive

Adam and I really love the show Survivorman with Less Stroud. When this show started up on NBC with Bear Grylls and 20 contestants I knew that this was something I would like.  Each show they have some type of extreme journey over mountains or through rivers that test the contestants and show them what they are really made out of.  They have to work together and rely on each other to be able to survive.  At the end of each episode Bear sends home a team (of 2) that he knows wouldn’t ever Make It Out Alive. 

I love that this show promotes working together and survival.  There isn’t a bunch of drama or backstabbing on this show and that’s what I love about it.  I’m not a fan of some of the really gross things he has them eat and drink but I just close my eyes on those parts. :)

Under The Dome

This show starts when an average American town called Chester's Mill is sudden and violently separated from the rest of the world by an invisible barrier.  The soon learn that they are under a dome and cannot access the outside world in any way.  The towns people start to find out who they are really living next to.  A few outsiders have been trapped in town as well and everyone is suspicious of one guy in particular named Barbie. 

This show seems like it would be pretty straight forward but then you remember that it was written by Stephen King.  Every episode something creepy or weird happens that just keeps me coming back for answers.  I can’t say this is one of my favorite shows but there are several plot points that I want to see how they are resolved.  I honestly can’t see this show lasting too long but I’m enjoying it while it’s on.

 

So have you seen any of these shows?  What were your thoughts?

July 9, 2013

Back on the Skinny Train

I hope everyone had a great and safe 4th of July!! Ours was pretty spectacular.  We ate too much, got too much sun in the pool, had a few too many Jell-O shots, and watched an amazing firework show by Adam.  It was great! :)

I had to work Friday but we ended up cutting the day short at 3:00 because it was just so dead.  Why work when we could be doing fun stuff?

Lately I’ve been in a cleaning mood and my house is looking pretty great.  Probably because I have been so tired and not feeling good for the past month it just feels great to have some energy.  Also I started the Zeal diet again which has really helped with energy. I had started it in May but then found out I was pregnant the very next week! If you haven’t heard of it you can check it out HERE

Basically you have 2 meal replacement shakes a day, a vitamin shake in the morning, snacks, eat a healthy dinner, and take fat burners and cleanse pills.  My favorite part about it is the actual zeal shake that is your vitamins and energy.  It makes me feel great all day long and I take it first thing in the morning when I get up. I really liked it the week I did it before … although I was starving most of the time.  That was due to the fact that I was needing to feed more than myself though.  The past few days that I’ve been doing it this time have been good.  I haven’t been hungry at all and I’m feeling really great.  My goal is to lose 40lbs in 3 months.  It’s a big goal but I really want to get a lot of weight off before we try again for kids.  My limited plus size maternity shopping experience wasn’t pleasant at all.

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