Happy Quotes


Years ago I had a boyfriend who made little strips with motivational quotes on and hid them strategically throughout my house.  This is one of my classic moves.  But it was done for me instead for once.  He numbered all 50 quotes so that if know when I’d found them all.  I have continued to find them since.  Although it’s been quite a while since I had found one.  During this purging stage,  I fully expected to find many of them.  As I’m nearly done,  I’ve been shocked I hadn’t found any.  Last night as I finally have into a chocolate craving I finally found one! Where I found it,  makes me wonder if I accidently threw / gave away a bunch.  Lol Good thing we’re on good terms! Lol thanks for the smile! Thought I’d share.  :-)

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Please Excuse My Recent Silence….


Please Excuse My Recent Silence…. 

Thank you to my faithful readers, for continually checking back with me. I appreciate the loyalty and interest. 

Lately my life has taken off at Warp 7! There are great things going on, and great adventures! Again, finally!! 

I have been doing some work here on the back end of Jennifer Adventures, please hold on tight as you see new changes and upgrades coming shortly! 

 

New things to look forward to include: 

  • Travels
  • Simplifying Life
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Moving
  • New Relationships
  • More Book Reviews
  • and more surprises! 

Stay tuned! 

 

If I have recently met you while on the road, and out and about through my exciting life – welcome! Glad to have you. Make sure to “Follow” my blog on the left of the top black bar. 

 

What are some things you are excited about hearing or would like me to write about in the future? 

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The Miracle Product: WD 40


I had a very successful 3 1/2 hours painting the ceiling…  Looks great! Almost done!

I went inside to wash off my brush and roller like a good girl should…  When it started getting even more sticky and the little bit of paint on my hands became a LOT!

Mike  &  Uncle along with my grandma and neighbour Wade all had great laughs,  while Uncle and Mike  helped spray and wipe me down with WD40!

Mike decided he liked the touch of white in my hair and that he really likes my new ‘perfume’.  Lol

Hmph

I now feel like a saved wild animal from an oil spill about to take a bath in dish soap!

I’ve decided I don’t like oil based paint no matter of how in – expensive it is! :-|

Hope you had a good chuckle!

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52 Week Money Challenge


So confession. I love Pinterest! 

There was a quote I once saw that said something to the following,

“Facebook makes you hate the people you know, and Pinterest makes you adore people you’ve never met.”

I probably completely wrecked the quote. Nonetheless, sadly enough I think this is so true. Pinterest is fascinating and captivating of all the random things you find that are generally very applicable to your interests.

The point of all of this is that I while browsing today, I just found this great little idea for making saving a little easier. I love the simplicity of this, and the reminder of the old parable of something to the effect of would you rather $1,000.00 today, or $1.00 today, $2.00 tomorrow, $4.00 the day after, continuing to double as each day progresses. I think this theory provides a similar concept.

52 Week Money Challenge

In the attached link to the All Things MW Blog the savings concept is that you save $1.00 for week 1, $2.00 for week 2, and so forth until you are at week 52 in which you save $52. By the end of the challenge (52 Weeks) you have saved $1,378.00!! Now this idea she received from someone else, which she states and quotes. This quote is simply too good not to share, for I think it probably hits home with more than myself.

“Kassandra.Moreland stated what inspired her to do this plan: “I am a single parent, and I have worked at my job for 22 years. I just worked 53 hours alone in this pay period and do this all of the time. I decided that this is the year that I will have something to show for working all of those hours instead of just bills left over at the end of the year.I work better if I am held accountable, even in my personal life, so I decided to see how many of my friends would be honest and say they needed help with a structured savings plan, and even if they don’t would they help me. I had no idea that it wold turn into what it has in just the last two hours.”

Here is the chart that was shared on the blog, which they left the disclaimer that they did not create either and to thank the anonymous creator for the great visual.

52 Week Money Challenge

52 Week Money Challenge

So my same challenge to each of you is to also join with me. As I sit here today, I’m wishing I could have started this a few years ago. What a difference it would make. Especially with my recently found status from being Downsized from my full-time position. If I can do this, while looking for new opportunities, can you? I will admit to not always being the best at saving money, for something always comes up and seems to wipe out what little savings I’ve been able to obtain. So in my new commitment and goals, in addition to what I already put away each month I will be sending this savings to another savings account of mine that hasn’t had much in activity in the past few years.

I’m anxious to see how I do at this! I know I’m putting my own accountability on the line here, and I could royally fail. But it’s worth the shot. In my past few goals and successes the past few years, is not blogging about my new goals and ambitions on my way. So here I am. Who’s with me? I’d love to hear who wants to join me in their own small personal victory? Now if you are already great at putting savings away, and want to challenge yourself to a little more, I’d love to hear your ideas!

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Review: Debt Cures: “They” Don’t Want You to Know About



Debt Cures: “They” Don’t Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this read. The material was fascinating, informative, and entertaining. I felt that it was well compiled and presented. I’ve found the information within helpful and helping propel me forward as well. I have the print & audio version of this, the audio was definitely more entertaining as Mr. Trudeau expounds extra information, and makes funny commentary. Great read, and helpful. Highly recommend. :)

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Review: Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version


Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version
Holy Bible: New Testament: The King James Version by Anonymous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read the New Testament a few times, and felt a few months ago, that I wanted to read it again. Always good to do. I love how each time that I read through the scriptures I find new gems, have questions answered, and find new ones. I’m grateful for a guide in my life to help me become a better person.

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Review: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was fascinating and fun! Well put together and presented. I’m a girl who loves random facts, figures, stats, and seeing how the world fits together. Really great read, highly recommend! I really need to find out if there are any other books by this author. So fun!

(Actually finished 8 January 2014)

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Review: It!: 9 Secrets of the Rich and Famous That’ll Take You to the Top


It!: 9 Secrets of the Rich and Famous That'll Take You to the Top
It!: 9 Secrets of the Rich and Famous That’ll Take You to the Top by Paula Froelich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was ok. I didn’t completely hate it, but I didn’t love it either. I felt it had some good points, and some that were a bit overboard. But it was well presented and flowed well.

(Actually finished 10 January 2014)

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Review: Pros and Cons: A Short Story


Pros and Cons: A Short Story
Pros and Cons: A Short Story by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think I need to read it again. I read it quick and was really distracted….

I’m ecstatic that Janet has a new series out and was excited to see this teaser. It’s obvious that the new series is going to be another fast moving and fun-filled series, with a classic Janet feel. Yet, it came across that Janet & Lee are still trying to find their groove. I’m just grateful it has more of a Stephanie, Diesel & Lizzy or her classic singles, instead of the Husband list. I’m excited to read it all, and I’ll read this one again too. It only took an hour…

(Actually finished 31 January 2014)

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Review: Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do


Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do
Robert B. Parker’s Damned if You Do by Michael Brandman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well, I judged this book by it’s cover at first, it looked good. My library also said this was book 1. Hmph not so much. It was ok, but I didn’t feel that the characters where well developed or that the book flowed well. I think that it had potential, but ultimately fell short. I was bored with it, grateful it was so short and probably won’t pick up another one.

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Review: The Inn at Rose Harbor


The Inn at Rose Harbor
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the past I have not enjoyed Debbie Macomber’s books and I know written a review that did not reflect positively at all. One of my followers, stood up for Ms. Macomber and pleaded with me to give her another chance. A few weeks ago, I found myself desperate for another ‘light’ book to read, this was one of the few available, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I have to say, I really loved it! I was very surprised, and grateful for the uplifting story shared.

I thought in this particular book, her writing was very good. The characters were believable, and lovable, and well formed. I loved that despite the heartbreak and tragedy in the main characters own life, she moves on with life and doesn’t let it beat her. She finds a way to serve and love those other broken souls around her, and vows that everyone who comes through her life, leaves a little bit more healed. I love that.

I really enjoyed this one, and I’m planning on giving some of her other books a chance too. Maybe on the other one, I was in a funk, and projected my own issues.

(Actually finished in just 2 days! 23 January 2014)

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Review: Notorious Nineteen


Notorious Nineteen
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know, in each review of Janet Evanovich I proclaim how much I love her. Well, I do! Each time I crack open another book its like being wrapped in arms of love and life long friendship. It might be the same story with different variables each time. But I don’t really care, I love them! Janet has the ability to make me laugh hysterically and generally harder than nearly anyone else. I love all the crazy characters in Stephanie’s life and they just make my heart swell.

What I really liked about this volume was that we were able to take a huge mysterious chunk out of Ranger’s life and learn so much about him. It was really nice! He’s stayed such a mystery in all of the precursory books. It was fun to see him a little more ‘real’.

Wondering about continuing to read? It’s worth it! :)

(Actually finished 28th January 2014)

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Review: The Buddha in the Attic


The Buddha in the Attic
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was chosen for the Book Club Read this month. (http://www.bountifulbookclub.blogspot.com/) I don’t often attend, but usually try to read the book, if it’s available through the Pioneer Library, my main resource for my books. (http://pioneerutah.lib.overdrive.com/B9A44FC8-1126-4EBC-AB38-7E0F204B5EB2/10/50/en/Default.htm) I was pleasantly surprised to find this one available, and it was a quick read. Although, I would not classify it as easy. In fact it was rather heavy.

The story was told from the mindset of the Japanese Mail Order Brides / Picture Brides (kind of reminded me of the Borg on some levels) taking place just prior to Pearl Harbor being bombed. They told of what promises and hopes they had in mind, and their realities, and shattered dreams, they tell of their treatments, and always being on the outside and then move into the suspicion, going into hiding, and then the disappearing.

Overall it was very interesting, really opened my understanding much more. Despite it being a short read, and with the risk of redundancy, it was very heavy and heartbreaking. Nonetheless, it’s a read I recommend just once.

(Actually finished 20 January 2014)

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Review: The Book Thief


The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what I had expected when starting to read this book. I honestly didn’t know what it was about, just that it was a popular read and that they made a movie out of it. I was hoping it would be decent, as I often don’t enjoy ‘popular’ books. I have to say I was very pleased with this great read. Another surprise was that it was another telling of the horrors during World Ward II & occupied Germany.

I enjoyed the fact that it was told in a narrative manner from the point of Death, as he jumps all over Europe, collecting souls. Follow the story of a young refugee Leisel, the curious and kind hearted young girl, who simply loves books, her only way to obtain them, was to steal them. Her other great love in life, were the people closest around her.

For whatever reason the past year I have found that I have accidentally picked up a handful of World War II books. I obviously love Historical Fiction and find it very rewarding to continually learn more about us as a people, the good and the very bad, and finding the humanity in the horrid situations.

I really enjoyed the different style of the storytelling. I thought it was well written, flowed well and well worth the read. I highly recommend it. However, towards the end, and points in-between, make sure to have a box of tissues.

Now I can watch the movie… Yes, I’m sure, it’s not as good as the book – it never is.

(Actually finished 9 February 2014

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Jennifer Adventures 2013 in Review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Sorry it was a little late in posting. I can’t believe how busy this year has been already! It’s incredibly rewarding to see how many people care what I write about, and to watch how this blog has grown over the years. This new year I hope to be more regular about posting, and be able to actually write about the things I’m most passionate about – not just book reviews. Thanks for your loyalty and support! Don’t forget to click on seeing the full report. :)

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Review: The Ensign – January 2014


The Ensign - January 2014
The Ensign – January 2014 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the Ensign! I know, I say that every month. But I really do! I thought there were some fantastic articles this month and as always eerily applicable to my life.

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Review: Killer Riff


Killer Riff
Killer Riff by Sheryl J. Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So funny! I really enjoyed this ride! It was funny, engaging, fastpaced, well written, flowed great and kept you guessing. :)

Need to finish review
Finished 12 November 2013

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Review: Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work


Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work
Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work by David D. Burns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found it quite interesting with some very valid points. I wish I would have taken better notes. I might have to read again.

Need to finish review
Finished 26 November 2013

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Review: Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats


Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Absolutely fabulous. Quite interesting. Everyone needs to read this. There is so much that goes on around us that we have absolutely no clue of what is going on around us half the time, just trusting that the Government would never do anything to hurt us. Strange thing I realized… I lived within wind distance from this facility when my chronic illnesses came to be (Chronic Migraines, Pain and Sinus Infections). This however could have been from the Black Mold but being downwind of a Plutonium Radiation leak. I need to finish writing the full review on this that it really deserves. Fabulous and facinating read that we all need to learn! I will say this though, I became very board at times and it was difficult to carry on.

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Finished 9 December 2013

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Review: Ender’s Game


Ender's Game
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Honestly I hated it. I know I’m setting myself up for mass amounts of rebuttle about how fantastic this book was. ugh. It sucked. The flow was strange, the writing was confusing and boring. I really don’t like Orson Scott Card, this was the last chance I was giving him. I’m done. I don’t care to fight or argue about my review. Maybe I’m not smart enough to understand Ender’s Game, I’m completely content with that.

Need to finish writing full review.
Finished 10 December 2013

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Review: Dangerous Refuge


Dangerous Refuge
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I overall really liked this, it was fun, engaging and the suspense was just enough to keep you engaged. The writing and flow was overall good. Some parts were very wordy and seemed to carry on and on unnecessarily. It was mostly really clean there were a few tactfully done intimate scenes, not bad at all, but if you are hyper sensitive, skip those pages. Overall I really enjoyed it!

need to finish writing full review.
Finished 18 December 2013

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Review: Dangerous Refuge


Dangerous Refuge
Dangerous Refuge by Elizabeth Lowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I overall really liked this, it was fun, engaging and the suspense was just enough to keep you engaged. The writing and flow was overall good. Some parts were very wordy and seemed to carry on and on unnecessarily. It was mostly really clean there were a few tactfully done intimate scenes, not bad at all, but if you are hyper sensitive, skip those pages. Overall I really enjoyed it!

need to finish writing full review.
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Review: Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work


Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work
Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work by Cathie Black
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this book. I bought it half way through reading it. Simply fabulous!

Need to write the full review.
Finished 23 November 2013

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Review: Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry


Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry
Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry by Jennifer Ann Mann
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a GoodReads 1st Reads.

I absolutely LOVED Sunny Sweet is So Not Sorry! Absolutely loved it! :) It was so fun and engaging. I laughed, I mean really laughed hard on nearly every page! The writing was great, the pace, rhythm, and story were simply fantastic! I’m now a big fan of Jennifer Ann Mann, and can’t wait to read her other work! Thank you 1st Reads! I love this program and love being introduced to new fabulous people and adventures. Highly recommend, to children of all ages.

Finished 19 December 2013

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Review: When Grandma’s False Teeth Fly


When Grandma's False Teeth Fly
When Grandma’s False Teeth Fly by Mary Lee
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book as a GoodReads 1st Reads. I was so excited! I thought the graphics were fun and unique. It was very short, perfect for part of the ‘bedtime’ selections. However, when I read to my niece (I wanted an accurate feel) it was difficult to read aloud, the rhythm was simply off, and very difficult to read out loud. The story had potential of being really cute and my niece really enjoyed the pictures. But for whatever reason the story just dropped off, there was room for more of a conclusion and lesson, and then nothing. It was bizarre, even my 3 year old niece asked where the rest of it was. I’m sad to give the book such a low rating. I really wanted to love it.

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