Friday, May 20, 2022

Freebie Friday!

 
Welcome to another weekly Freebie Friday post, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received: 

Pepto capsules anti nausea pills. 

I haven't suffered from nausea in a while but it's in the medicine cabinet just in case someone does now. 

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Book Review: Ruthless King by Meghan March

 

Book Description

Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with an anti-hero romance from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

New Orleans belongs to me. You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t. My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met. I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt. To have her in my debt. She doesn’t know she caught my attention. She should’ve been more careful. I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her. It’s time to collect what I’m owed. Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy.


My Review

Keira finds out that her late husband owed a debt to Lacklan Mount, the mobster of New Orleans that everyone is afraid of. Keira is just trying to keep her family business up and running and then Mount let's her know that she has to pay back the debt that her husband owed him but he doesn't want money, he wants her. 

Lackhlan Mount is the underworld mobster in New Orleans and he's not a nice guy. People fear him for a reason and now his sights are set on Keira and she has no idea what's about to happen. 

Keira thinks that she can just sleep with Mount and that will satisfy the debt and she's ready and willing to do just that. But Mount is not letting her off that easy, he wants her to submit to him, be his slave, to own her. Keira puts up a bit of resistance but it's mostly just talk on her part because she really has no backbone at all. Instead of going to the police, FBI, or some kind of official she let's herself get caught up in Mount's plan for her. 

Mount wants to own Keira and does everything he can to make that plan succeed. He stalks her, leaving her notes, tells her what to wear, how to act ect. I was looking for some hint of decency in him and found none. I kept reading because I figured in the end he would realize that he has feelings for her or something but we never get to that point because this book ends on a huge cliffhanger!

There's no closure at all, everything is left open like the book just stopped halfway through where it should have. Frankly, I don't understand how this book has any good reviews when it ends on a cliffhanger. I expected an entire book with an ending and didn't get that. Plus the heroine has no backbone and the hero is a jerk. I know this was an anti-hero romance but it's still a romance and I didn't see one ounce of hero in Mount at all. Very disappointed. 

I give this book 1 out of 5 stars.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

1950's Baby Formula Recipe

 
My grandma used to tell me back when she had my mom, she made her formula for her because my mom was a preemie and was really small. I remember the recipe my grandma used to tell me about but with the internet today, I wanted to see if I could find it and I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to. Back when I was a kid, I thought she just came up with this baby formula recipe on her own but it turns out it was a well known recipe to mother's back then. 

Now with the baby formula shortage going on, I thought I would post this in case anyone wanted to try it. It worked for my mom who was a preemie and weighed only 5lbs when she was born. And in case you're wondering I found the recipe here

13oz. Evaporated milk
20oz. water
2tsp. Karo Syrup

Heat all ingredients together and let cool, then pour into bottles. 

Of course today's formula is probably better and breastfeeding is best but this is a good backup in case someone needs it. It worked for my mom and she turned out just fine. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Book Review: Off Leash by Jenna Anderson

 

Book Description

A fun, quick ebook! Approximately 77 pages. Candice Gunderson and her purebred pooch, Phoebe, are driving through the Indiana countryside on their way to an appointment with a dog breeder. If all goes as planned, the “meeting” with Charles the Conqueror will result in a lovely litter of puppies.

 Unfortunately, Candice is hopelessly lost, the GPS in her car has gone haywire, and she needs to find a bathroom in the worst way. The pair pulls up alongside a little house in hopes of finding some helpful inhabitants. What she finds is Bull Ramsey, a cute farmer, and his mutt, Jack, who is more than happy to have a “meeting” of his own with Phoebe. Candice is determined to maintain control of the situation and prove she is an independent woman. A few unexpected events and mischievous farm animals won’t interfere with her plans. She can handle this, right? 

~ * ~ Dear Reader: Are you on your way to sit through another soccer practice? Looking forward to a soak in the tub? Did you just finish an intense read and your mind is a bit frazzled? Well, I’d like to suggest this sweet romance novella for your reading pleasure. 

Off Leash is a light, quick read full of silliness, dogs, budding romance, and maybe even a goat or two. The story is 27,000 words or approximately 80 print pages. You have just enough time for that. Enjoy. ~ Jenna


My Review

Candace is on her way with her dog, Phoebe to a dog breeder in the hopes of breeding her dog with another pedigreed dog. She hopes to not only get some cute puppies but make a little money from the sale of the puppies. But she gets lost when her GPS isn't working and her phone dies. So she pulls off to the side of the road because as they say, nature calls. 

Phoebe gets loose and runs onto a farm where she meets a male dog, a mutt and Candace is not happy that the dogs end up doing what dogs might do in that situation. When Mark (Bull), the owner of the other dog comes out to see what's going on, he's met with a very upset Candace. 

Candace is from the city and a little snobbish but that's probably because the people she's around are all snobbish and fake. So she's not sure what to make of Mark and his laid back attitude. 

I found this quick read very comical. It made me laugh on more than on occasion. I really liked how Mark was so laid back and patient with her. She hadn't eaten anything and he offers to make something for her and that was the beginning of the fun between them. The dogs had me laughing with their antics like rolling around in the mud. A mud covered dog is never, not funny. This was a fun, quick read. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Happy Raturday!

 


*Todays pictures courtesy of www.martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Apartment Life #304


This is a weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 24 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 24 years here in a weekly blog post.

My daughter went outside to get these pictures since my phone doesn't take good pictures at night. There were actually two police cars there, one was behind the other. They had two of the tweakers from that apartment building on that side of the street pulled aside and were talking to them. They were out there for about an hour and one guy went to jail eventually.

My daughter took a few pictures while the police were across the street. 

I'm not sure what happened but it was enough of something for one person to go to jail. 

2 hours later at midnight, there were two more police cars out here but my daughter was asleep so I don't have pictures of that. But they were talking to different people so it was a different incident. I happened to get up at 5am with Falcor so he could go out and I was standing in front of my door in my courtyard and a police car drove slowly by the fence, stopped and shined their light on two of the tweakers who were camped out in front of drug dealers apartment. But then they moved on without talking to anyone. Then, the next morning I saw several police cars driving up and down the street, just patrolling. 

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Last week I told you the roofers had been replacing the roof on my building. Well on Saturday the gutter started to fall off down at the end of the building. The roofers had to of loosened it from the side of the roof when they were working. I figured it wasn't a big deal. One section fell off and it would be fine and maintenance would fix it on Monday. 

And then we started getting some high winds and more sections of the gutters started coming down and hanging off the roof. 

They just kept falling like metal puzzle pieces that no longer fit together. 

But not only were the metal gutter sections falling to the ground and hanging off the roof, the wires and cables to residents cable tv, and internet were also getting messed up. You can see one cable in this picture of my neighbors internet. Of course this was a Saturday and no one can come out to fix it until Monday. There are two hanging gutter sections here. 

Saturday night my daughter took more pictures because more gutter sections were hanging off and falling to the ground and even more cables were getting pulled off the roof. 

More cables and more gutter sections. 

By Sunday morning the gutter sections that were falling off had made their way all the way down to my next door neighbor's apartment. 

The next gutter section would be hanging right in front of my door when it came loose. 

Which did happen around 2pm on Sunday. There are 4 sections of the gutter hanging off the roof in this picture. That piece that is hanging at an angle is in front of my door. And then the wind picked back up and we started getting gusts up to 75mph. 

So my daughter went out and took pictures of the rest of the gutter sections that had come loose down on our end of the building. That white chair is in front of my apartment. At this point there were two gutter sections down at the other end of the building that were hanging on for dear life that hadn't yet fallen down. 

That's my door that's open right there. You can see our chairs and table that I'm always talking about having to tell people to get away from. lol But you can see one gutter section directly in front of my door. Now realize that these are hanging from one single nail and are swinging wilding back and forth in the wind that's gusting to 75mph. 

If we opened our door to go out, this gutter section was right there and we had to carefully scoot around it as it blew back and forth in the wind. It was like a dangerous maze when I had to take Falcor out. 

What made it even more dangerous is that there were these 5-6 inch long nails sticking out from the gutter pieces. 

It's not a great picture but that's one of the nails that we had to try and avoid on all of these gutter sections. 

Those last two gutter sections did eventually fall down overnight and ended up in the courtyard. After counting all these gutter sections in this post I've started to feel like The Count on Sesame Street. One gutter piece blah blah blah. Two gutter pieces blah blah blah. 

The cable and internet wires for a couple of residents were pulled even further down when the gutter pieces came down.

If all of that wasn't bad enough, the roofer's left the pile of boards that they ripped off the roof while they were redoing it on Friday and just left it there in the rocks with the nails sticking up. There are a lot of kids around here and this sure looks like a hazard to me. 

The boards.

Monday morning I emailed the office and let them know what happened since there's no one available on the weekends. I knew calling the main office would do no good since they don't answer the phones anymore, it's all automated and you can leave a message but they never get back to you. I never got a response from the email so I was glad to see one of the maintenance guys cleaning the grounds and showed him the gutters. He started taking pictures and got on his phone. Within an hour two maintenance guys had taken down the gutters and put them away. The roofer's never showed up on Monday. 

Sorry that this post was so picture heavy, there was just a lot going on. 

I posted some of this on Twitter this week as it was happening. If you're on Twitter you can find me at 
@scarymary66

The high this week was 95F/35C
The low this week was 53F/11C

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Favorite Song of the Week

 

This is the band, Girl on Fire. They have a lot of great songs but I chose "Monster" because I seem to listen to this one more than the others. I hope you enjoy the song. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Freebie Friday!

 
Welcome to another weekly Freebie Friday post, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received: 

Macy's perfume samples. 
Moroccan Oil Body Souffle body lotion. 

I love getting the perfume samples obviously. I have two big piles of them right now. 

The body souffle lotion is nice. It left my skin very soft. 


This is one of the jars of perfume samples that I have. I have a small box of them in the bathroom as well. This is in my bedroom, inside the metal tray I have some of my makeup in. The blue glass used to be a candle, but once the candle melted down, I cleaned it out and used it for some perfume samples. 

I don't normally single one perfume out but the Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan smells so good. If I were to buy any one perfume that I've tried from all the samples, it would be that one. 

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Book Review: The Girl Who Jumped by Matilda Swinney

 

Book Description

A lifetime of failed relationships. One huge risk. One sexy dominating man. What could go wrong?
Based on true events, after a lifetime of frogs, Tilly sets out to find her own Prince Charming. But there's a catch. She wants her Prince Charming to be the ultimate dominating man.

Not sure if this is possible, she follows her best friends' advice and ditches conventional dating sites for a steamy sex dating website. However, Tilly quickly realises reality is not like the fairy tales. As she battles with her inner feminist will she ever get used to his rules? And more importantly, what is he hiding?

Perfect for fans of steamy romantic comedies, age gaps, the miscommunication trope and elements of BDSM. Prepare to embrace your deepest desires, fall in love with the ultimate dominating guy and learn to listen to your heart along the way.

The Girl Who Jumped is a hilarious, heart-warming and surprisingly moving story of a young woman pulling herself out of her comfort zone to get the life (and sex!) she's always wanted.


My Review

Tilly meets up with her mysterious online dominant after texting back and forth with him for a time. She thinks she might have found the man who will help her live out her fantasy of being dominated after dating a bit and not finding the right guy before this. Her Sir likes to text her and give her orders on what to do, what to wear ect. He's a bit controlling but she likes that. This is the type of relationship she's looking for. 

But as they get to know one another more and spend more and more time together, her friends have some questions about her mystery man which makes Tilly question him and find things out about him that she might not have been ready for. 

I liked this because it was relatable, believable and had a sweet romance once they got through their problems. This isn't just about the D/s relationship or BDSM, it's more about finding love, finding companionship and that one person whom you can call your own and spend your life with. Since this book is based on the author's real life, it was interesting to read it because I felt like I really got to know her better. That's an interesting feeling to have with an author. Not only do we get a look into her relationship but also her life, her past and her dreams. 

I had a good time with this and can recommend it for those who like this kind of story. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Review: The Daily Goodie Box- May

 
The Daily Goodie Box has been around since about July of 2016. I signed up for an account right after I heard about them. They are 100% free, you don't even have to pay for shipping. And for a free box it's a nice sampler box of products.

What was in the box?

Tipson - Liver Cleanse-  I love tea and trying new tea but this was terrible. It has such a weird taste to it that I couldn't drink it. Can't really help, it you can't stand to drink it. 

Ultima Replenisher - Electrolyte Powder- I've tried so many of these hydration powders and they are just terrible. I didn't care for the taste of this one by itself in just water. 

Vitamin Friends - Kids Vegan Iron Gummies- These Iron vitamins are good. They have a grape/berry flavor for them. I like that they have Vitamin C and B vitamins in them. I will take these myself even though it says kids gummies. 

Cleanse Freshen Go - Dental Appliance Cleansing Towelettes- I don't have a dental appliance like braces and don't know anyone who does so this isn't something I will be using. 

SmartPatches - Classic Hangover Prevention- I don't drink so I gave them to my daughter to use and she had a few drinks on May 5th but she said she felt nothing different from using these patches. 


All they ask you to do is try the products and leave reviews for the products you got in order to be eligible for more Free Goodie Boxes. As you guys already know, I'm a fan of all these types of boxes. I love all the different subscription boxes and it's really nice to be able to try new to me products for free. This is a great box to try for.

Oh and one more thing, if you visit their FB Page, they give away Goodie Boxes to people who interact with their posts. So if you've tried before and weren't able to get a Goodie Box, there's even more ways to get one now.




Have you signed up? Have you received one of these boxes?

I'm a fan of subscription boxes and love trying new products for free so this was a huge hit with me. New products+free box = Fabulous!

Disclosure: I was given and free box in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.