Monday, March 30, 2015

Bloominous DIY Flowers

I was recently contacted by Bloominous to tell you guys about them. Previous to this, I wasn't aware of a DIY floral service, here there it is!

As a newlywed, I'm trying to save costs by going DIY (within a reasonable amount, of course). So if I chose to have floral arrangements, this would be a service I could reach out to. They do the research, purchase the blooms, and make the floral arrangements for centerpieces, bridal bouquets, etc.

Bloominous says they can save brides anywhere from 30%-50% on floral, because while traditional florists do a 300% markup for bridal anything, Bloominous does not bump up the markup.

Their flowers arrive de-thorned, trimmed, and ready to go. And each kit (flowers, vases, favors, etc.) comes with step-by-step photo instructions, designed to be assembled within 20 minutes. Each florist that designs the pieces has 10+ years of experience in event and floral design.

Check out some of their fun DIY guides:

And follow them on social media to learn more:

* This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloominous

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bookish Bingo #1

Only 4 BINGOs this time! 

Anna and the French Kiss - Forgotten Fridays Pick
Hero - Pretty Dress Cover
Video Game Storytelling - Blue Cover
Promethea - PoC MC
Exquisite Captive - Gold Lettering

Video Game Storytelling - Blue Cover
Broken Monsters - Mystery/Thriller
Insurgent - Over 400 Pages
The Undertaking of Lily Chen - Graphic Novel

Dearest - Fairytale Retelling
NPH Choose Your Own Autobiography - LGBTQIA
Elizabeth is Missing - Mental Illness
Exquisite Captive - Gold Lettering

Promethea - PoC MC
Elizabeth is Missing - Mental Illness
Enchanted - Romance
We Were Liars - 2014 Release You Missed
Antigoddess - Based on Mythology

Misc reads:
What-the-Dickens - Magical Realism
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant - Start a Series
The Secret History - Male PoV

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Audiobook Challenge Recap #1

If you've never tried listening to audiobooks, you really should. 
They make my commute go by so much faster- I load them from
the library onto my iPod, plug it into my car's USB, and fight
commuter stress with intrigue and plot.

Also, it makes washing dishes more fun.
So far this year, I've listened to...

In January...

In February...

In March...

Book Review: Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.
So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?
Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz was actually edgy and gripping, with some laugh-out-loud funny turns of phrase and snark, and the kind of real-life complications that make a story authentic. The protagonist, Vera, is not so general that anyone can relate to her, but she's admirable as one of the few characters in the entire town who is intelligent, self-confident, and driven. If I were in her shoes, I'd be Breakdown Central even a third into the book.

Because she's such an admirable narrator, you keep flipping pages to find out what happened. And you can also side with her reasoning, which is why parts of this book broke my heart. I felt like Charlie was an authentic, earnestly real voice as well. I went to high school with boys who, as surface appearances go, were very Charlie-like. So of course, reading this book makes 16-year-old me wish I'd actually dared to befriend those boys.

In all, it was a compelling, engrossing read that felt more fiction than YA. I listened to it on audiobook, and Lynde Houck and the male 'guest narrator' both did a fantastic job. I highly recommend this one for fans of contemporary fiction, YA or not, especially ones that deal with friendships, secrets, and father/daughter relationships.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beabies Teether Necklace and Bracelet review

It's that time of the decade, when my friends are procreating and making adorable droolie babies for us 'aunty' types to cuddle (and then pass back when they are stinky).

As usual, I embrace this with gusto. If you didn't know, shopping for baby clothes and gear is fantastic good fun. Everything is adorable and wee and, these days, you can even skip the over-gender-biasing via colors.

One thing I've learned as an 'aunty' type is that babies put everything into their mouths. Especially jewelry, while you're holding them. This is doubly true when they're teething. That's where the genius of products like this teether necklace and bracelet come in.

(to get an idea of the length)

It's pretty fashion-forward and goes with everything (I got it in grey, for ultimate matching of any outfit). Mom can wear jewelry that's safe for baby to gnaw on.

(pop-open safety clasp)

  • It's made of 100% food-grade silicone (and BPA-, PVC-, latex-, rubber-, and lead-free) so it's safe for baby to put it in their mouth. There's no taste and no smell (yes, I checked this).
  • It's also freezable, so baby can chew on these semi-soft beads and reduce the gum swelling that comes with teething. I imagine that feels pretty soothing. 
  • It's dishwasher safe and can be boiled to sterilize.
  • The beads decrease in size as you move toward the clasp, which keeps them from looking like costume jewelry. And the push-in clasp is easy to operate one-handed.
  • The bracelet is made with elastic cording for comfortable tightness (not too bangly).
  • It does pick up lint and hair (and as with all bead necklaces, your hair will get stuck in it sometimes) but it rinses clean easily.
(bracelet has elastic for expandability)

Overall, this is a great gift option for pregnant friends, especially fashionable ones.

* I received this from Tomoson in exchange for my honest review.