Sunday, June 30, 2019

Apartment Life #87

This is a new 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 20 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 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

I was sitting in my chair at my desk when I heard someone yelling outside. So I looked outside and saw some idiot running across the roof of the building across from me. I got my camera and took a picture from inside my apartment. He was staring right at me and started flexing his muscles. Yeah, total freak show right there. People were yelling at him to get down and he kept running back and forth screaming, flailing his arms. It was obvious to me that he was on drugs so I didn't go outside. His friends did finally get him down off the roof and inside their apartment.

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

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Review: Ipsy Glam Bag - June

Ipsy is a monthly subscription box that sends you 5 sample size makeup or beauty products. You can customize what they send you by filling out the personal surveys. I love the bright pink package they send it in. There's no mistaking who that's from when you see it in your mailbox. These bags are $10 each.

I have three extra products, the eyeliner and mascara. I took advantage of the add-ons you can add to your bag each month. These add-on were $3 a piece but worth it.

What was in my bag? 

The three add on items were... 

Jonteblu felt tip eyeliner. 
Buxom Cosmetics mascara. 
Tarte Base Tape primer. 

The other items were...

Tetris X Ipsy lip balm. 
First aid Beauty primer. 
Tonymoly jelly cleanser. 
Farmacy sheet masks. 
Sugar Cosmetics blush. 
Makeup bag. 

2 more sheet masks! lol It's like a running joke now. I was actually out of sheet masks so I guess fate thought I needed a couple more. They worked about as well as all the others I've tried. Good at moisturizing and that's about it. 

I love the blush, it's a nice peach color. The eyeliner is nice, works good and is very easy to work with. The mascara does exactly what you would hope it would and made my lashes look longer. I like getting the different primers and both of these work well under my makeup. The jelly cleanser smells nice and took off the residual makeup I had on my face. 

The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was the lip balm. It was a bright pink color and even though I like pink, I'm not trying to look like a cartoon. 

For the most part I like everything in the bag. 

Have you tried this subscription bag?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, 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:

A free pack of Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Strips.
Vichy Moisturizer.
Saba Pantyliners.

I'm really looking forward to trying out those nail strips. I like the colors I see in there.
I've tried Vichy moisturizer before and I like it. It always smells so good too.
And a whole pack of free pantyliners, I'll take it! Usually I get one or two samples so an entire pack is a plus.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Review: Target Beauty Box -June

Each month Target releases a new Target Beauty Box but supplies are limited and it's first come first serve until they run out. These boxes go fast so I try to grab one as soon as I see it being talked about on Twitter or fb. I haven't bought a Men's Box before but this month I did because I liked what was in the box. They are $7 a piece and usually well worth the price.

Here's a picture of the Men's box. I mostly just wanted that razor and toothpaste for myself and will be giving the rest of it to Ken. 

The Women's Target Beauty Box had a few things in it that I wanted this month as well. 

In the Men's box there was...

Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean Toothpaste. 
Bulldog Men's Skincare, moisturizer, Face Wash and Shave Gel. 
Dove- Men+Care Clean Comforort Dry Spray Antiperspirant. 
Gillette Skinguard Men's Razor. 
Old Spice Deodorant. 
Head & Shoulders Old Spice. 

In the Women's Box was...

TRESemme Dry Shampoo. 
Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo. 
Pixi T-zone Peel Off Mask. 
CND Vinylux Mini Duo Pack nail polish. 
Pantene Pro-V Rescue Shots Hair Treatment. 

Ken got most of the stuff in the Men's box which he said he liked. He's tried most of the products in that box before and liked them so I figured he'd like the box. I mostly just wanted the razor. lol But I also wanted to show what all comes in the Men's boxes in case you haven't seen them before. Each month is something different. 

I really liked the products in the Women's box even though they were all new to me. Two new dry shampoo's that ended up working pretty good. They do leave a bit of a white residue in my hair though so you really have to work them in if you have darker hair. 

I've been trying out the nail polish and like that as well as the peel off mask. You knew they were going to have to put some kind of face mask in this box. lol 

The Pantene rescue shot is like a deep conditioner and works really well. I have long hair so I don't mind trying something new that seems to help keep my long hair manageable. 

For $7 each, I think these boxes were a pretty good deal. 

Did you get either of these boxes?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Review: Unleashed by Diana Palmer

Book Description

She vowed to never trust another man…until she met him. 

A passionate new Long, Tall Texans romance from New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer 

Clancey Lang knows how to run. She’s been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother’s lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially men. Though she’s tempted—mighty tempted—to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way…

For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But there’s something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, that he simply can’t resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman who’ll never let herself be caught?

My Review

Clancy was young when her parents died, but she still had her grandpa and her younger brother until her grandpa disappeared. Her step brother was down right mean as hell to both her and her little brother but he's been in prison for a while for what he did to them. Because of what happened she's gun shy around men. But she comes to trust Colter, her boss when he takes care of her when she gets sick. 

Colter has been burned in the past and still pines away for the girl that got away but when he finds out that Grace is coming back, he thinks he might have a chance with her and he thinks that's what he wants. Then he gets closer to Clancy and her brother and finds he has feelings for her even though he thinks she's too young for him. 

When Clancy's step bother is about to get out of prison and come back to the house that she and her brother are living in, she knows that she has to get out fast. But she doesn't make enough money to find a place which puts her in a tough spot. But she thinks she has all her bases covered and her step brother won't be able to get at them when he gets out. Only problem is she was wrong and her step brother tries to get revenge for her putting him in prison. Thankfully things work out in her favor that time but that doesn't stop him which puts her and Tad in even more danger. Her step brother is hell bent on getting revenge for her testifying against him and even goes so far as to threaten others to find out where she's hiding. 

Clancy's grandfather has been missing for years and is presumed dead which was sad. Helping Clancy has brought her and Colter closer together and I was rooting for them. They make a great couple. He's exactly what she needs and she's what he needs even if he doesn't realize it yet. There was enough action, bad guys and romance in this one to keep me entertained.

I've been a big fan of Diana Palmer since I started reading her books 20 years ago so I was excited to get this one. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I received a free copy via NetGalley but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review: Alpha's Promise by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Description

To hell and back . . .

Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom.  One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him.  To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that's way too soft.

Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it.   Her function is to think—and not feel—until she’s touched by a vampire who’s nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime . . .

My Review

Promise is a physicist and one of the best in her field and because of this she's just been put at the top of a hit list. When scientists start getting murdered, Ivar and his team know they have to protect Promise. But Ivar jumps the gun and scares Promise when all he's trying to do is make sure she's safe. 

Ivar is half demon, half and one hundred percent badass. His head might not be screwed on right after being in a hell dimension but he knows that he has to keep Promise safe whether she wants him to or not because she is their key to rescuing their brother from a hell dimension. 

The bad guys are after promise which puts them all in danger but Ivar is really good at keeping her safe. Watching these two get to know one another was really fun. It was interesting to see Promise get to know the other members and mates of Ivar's team. They all seem to get along really well and they were really welcoming which is not what I was expecting from vampire, fae, demon type people. There was also a bit of a twist in regards to one of the bad guys but I kinda knew who the idiot was and knew he was going to turn out to be a bad guy. There's an underlying storyline that continue throughout this series and now that I've read this book, I need to know what happens next. I'm well and truly hooked but it was a really good story so I'm sure the next book will be just as good. 

If you haven't read the other books in this series, which I haven't, you're going to be a little confused about the other dimensions/worlds that they talk about in this book but I was able to pick up on what was going on pretty fast. I will say all the math talk did get a little boring at times but I understand why it was in this book, I mean Promise is a physicist and extremely smart. She't trying to find a way to save someone on a hell planet using math, so of course math is going to be a big part of this book, doesn't mean it didn't get a little boring to read though. While there is a lot of astrophysics talk going on in this, the author made it easy or at least somewhat easy to understand what they were talking about. I love Rebecca Zanetti's books so I knew I wanted to read this one out of order and just read the other books when I have a chance to. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure: I was given this book for free via NetGalley but all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Apartment Life #86

This is a new 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 20 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 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

This week we saw one of our old apartment managers that got fired back in 2012. He came here because he's still friends with one of the guys who lives here.

Back in 2012 he said they got fired because his wife got caught embezzling thousands of dollars from the company and she had 2 civil court cases against her from residents who she borrowed money from and never paid back. She had been taking all the petty cash the office had for paying small things like quick plumber calls, after hours maintenance calls ect. But she had been writing down all of these after hours calls that never happened and pocketing the petty cash. 

She had also been messing with rent papers and telling people they were late on their rent on the 2nd of the month even though we have until the 3rd to pay rent and then charging them a $30.00 late fee. And she was keeping all the late fee's that were bogus and she got caught.

Her husband had to sell his motorcycle and give the apartment management company $5000.00 or they were going to file embezzling charges against her. When they moved out of here they went into hiding because of all the charges they were facing. I know because we had been friends with them and the Marshall's as well as the Constable's office called us and came by several times looking for them and asking us if we knew their new address. We didn't know it so we couldn't help them so it was weird to see him the other day. 

Then the woman who I had to call the police on a couple of weeks ago was back knocking on my neighbors door screaming that she needed her phone. She left some of her stuff at his apartment when she left and now she wants it back. When he wouldn't answer the door she started knocking on all the neighbors doors. 

She knocked on my door too but I didn't answer the door. This is the same woman who used to live here and got evicted. She and her boyfriend would get into a big screaming match and she would yell that she was going to f*ck all the guys in this building so she could get money for some coke...and I doubt she was talking about the drink. And yes, she saw me taking her picture so I took the dog outside for a potty break and looked right at her. She just tried to stare me down...didn't work. She said nothing! That's what I thought. 

And then on another day the police helicopter was up in our neighborhood but no police cars showed up.

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

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: Drakon's Knight by N.J. Walters

Book Description

Drakon Jericho Drake, the child of a pure-blood dragon and human, has a simple plan: Kill the leader of the Knights of the Dragon and start a war. Except, when he meets his target, Karina Azarov, she can’t remember who she is. Worst of all––he can’t kill her. His dragon side has just claimed the dangerous woman as his mate.

Karina has no idea why these Drakon’s have taken her to their home. And she most certainly does not understand why she’s so drawn to her captor. Maybe because he’s strong, intelligent, and caring, in his enigmatic sort of way. One thing she knows, he’s not going to hurt her. If only she could remember something from her past that would explain why these Drakon’s hate her so much.

But if her memory returns, mated or not, he may get his war.. And one of them will die.

My Review

Karina was marked for death by the Drakon's because she's the leader of the Knights of the Dragon but when they pull her from the car crash, Jericho can't kill her because his dragon has claimed her as their mate. When the Drakon's talk to her they find out that she can't remember who she is or what she does. She has no idea why they would want to kill her. Even more curious is a tattoo on her that has a big wound through it from the crash that the Drakon's find is magical in some way. She's been having horrible migraines and has been taking pills for it but the pills aren't what they seem either. So she's been lied to by the Knights and didn't realize that either. 

Jericho knows she could get her memory back at any time and he and his team members know they can't trust her because of who she is but she's not what they expected at all. The Knights of the Dragon kidnap the Drakon who are half dragon half human and drink their blood to heal themselves and live longer. Drakon's can shift into a dragon so that's another reason they are caught, caged and experimented on. So there's a real problem with keeping Karina around since her people will be looking for her.

When they all finally come face to face with the person who has really been pulling the strings behind the scenes for the Knights of the Dragon, a shocking revelation will be revealed. Poor Karina has been lied to and manipulated for years and she didn't even know it. 

There were so many secrets and twists right from the beginning of this story and I was excited to see where it all was going. The second half of this book was filled with so many twists and turns, lies and intrigue that I never knew exactly where it was going. This is the 7th book in this series and while it would be better to start reading from the beginning, you can read this book and still understand what's going on. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, 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.

Here's what I received this week:

Cheez It Snap'd chips
Coupon for a free Oreo flavored Creamer
Coconut oil
L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Towelette
10 free Snapfish prints
And I won a kindle ebook from a Goodreads giveaway.

Did you receive any freebies this week?

The Oreo creamer is good. I've never used coconut oil before so I'm not sure what to do with it yet. I haven't used the self tanning towelette yet. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: Fire & Rescue Shifters Collection 1: Books 1-3 by Zoe Chant

Book Description

Three unique shifter heroes who will set your heart aflame!
Whether it's a rogue dragon or just a scared little lion cub shifter stuck up a tree, the firefighters of Alpha Team can handle any emergency. But there's one inferno even these powerful shifters can't fight... the fiery passion sparked by their true mates!

In this red-hot box set, you’ll find strong curvy heroines, sexy British shifters, interracial fated mates, and absolutely no cliffhangers! The set contains the first three novels in the hilarious, heartwarming Fire & Rescue Shifters series:

FIREFIGHTER DRAGON - Welsh dragon shifter Dai rescues a curvy archaeologist with a priceless find and a ruthless enemy who’ll do anything to get his claws on it. Can Dai protect his mate, and convince her the only treasure he wants is her heart?

FIREFIGHTER PEGASUS - No one know that Pegasus shifter Chase’s ready grin and reckless ways hide a broken heart. But now fate has handed him a second chance to win back his one true mate...

FIREFIGHTER GRIFFIN - Torn between two inner animals, retired firefighter Griff has only months to live. But his true mate and her young son need a man who can protect them forever...

My Review

I'm going to do a mini review for each of the books that I read in this collection. 

Firefighter Dragon (Fire & Rescue Shifters 1)

Virginia had been looking for proof that she'd found Brithelm's burial place when someone found her in a place she wasn't supposed to be. After running away, a huge dragon appeared in front of her and she ran. Virginia had inadvertently stolen something from a dragon's hoard and he wanted it back. Dai and his team save her from a fire but Dai realizes that Virginia is his mate. Dai has a face to face with the angry dragon who wants his coin back and assures Dai that he will be coming for his stolen property so Dai tells her that he is there to protect her from the dragon. The story was a fun one and ends with Dai and the other dragon facing off to see who will win. 

Firefighter Pegasus ( Fire & Rescue Shifters 2)

Connie was always finding her father making another gambling bet that he couldn't cover. She was always looking for him in the seediest of bars and making sure he got home before he got himself in over his head. When her dad gets caught cheating, she starts a fire in order for them to get away. When Chase and his team get there to put out the fire and he finds Connie in the fire and pulls her out. He can hardly believe he's found her again because they had a falling out years ago even though he knew she was his mate. He's hoping to explain what happened all those years ago and have her forgive him and have a second chance with her. Connie's father had gambled her plane in a bet and the thugs broke his arms so he couldn't fly the plane in a race so Chase decides to fly in his place and win so she doesn't lose her plane. Things don't go as planned, a surprise enemy surfaces to put them in danger and Connie finally finds out the truth. This was such a good story. 

Firefighter Griffin (Fire & Rescue Shifters 3) 

This was my favorite story in this collection. Griff  has two animals inside him, a lion and an eagle but he's never been able to shift because neither animal will give up control and they fight all the time. Because he can't shift, he's dying and only has a couple of months to live. He's a dispatcher for the fire department and when one of the other dispatchers gets a call about a little boy turning into a lion and getting stuck up a tree, he knows he has to go check it out. He helps the cub down from the tree and finds out the boys mother is his mate. Hayley hasn't seen her son's father since before he was born. The guy just took off and wanted nothing to do with their son. But she sends him an email about him shifting into a lion cub which causes all sorts of problems because now that his son has shown that he inherited his shifter gene, he wants custody of him. The boys biological father turns out to be a complete jerk and Griff turns out to be exactly what she needs in her life. I felt bad for Griff with all her had to endure because his inner animals fought for supremacy and stopped him from being able to shift the way he should have been able to. But this story has a great ending and now I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. 

I give this collection 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Makeup Favorites

I was going to call this Makeup Haul but these are the 4 things that I buy every other month, so makeup favorites was more appropriate. So how about a review or 4?

Some of you are going to think I'm crazy but I wear two different foundations for two different reasons. lol I apply the NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation first but only in places where my skin is red. It's great for covering up redness without having to cake the stuff on. I like a medium coverage foundation so you can still see through it to some of my skin which is why I use the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid #30 on top of the NYX foundation. I like a medium coverage foundation that has pink undertones and this one has the exact right color for my face and you can see my freckles peeking through it. But using both of these foundations cover the redness on my face as well as making my skin all one color with pink undertones so I look like I got a little sun. That's what works for me, you might use something different. 

My next favorite thing is the Revlon Colorstay black eyeliner. It has a twist up top so you don't have to sharpen it but if you like a sharper point it comes with a built in sharpener and smudger. It's soft and glides on so smoothly. It's the best one I've found and I've tried a lot of them. 

Last but not least is my favorite Finishing Powder. I had been using a Maybelline powder until I found this NYX Mineral Matte Finishing Powder in light/medium. It's even more finely milled than some of the other loose powders I've used but what I really like is it keeps me from looking oily. I can use a fluffy brush to put this on in the morning and not have to re-apply it at all during the day and I don't get oily in my t-zone at all. This is the first powder that I've found that will do that and so once I started using it, I've stuck with it because it works so well. 

I use a lot of drugstore brands because I see no reason to pay $30 for a foundation or $40 for a powder when you can find great priced products elsewhere. I buy most of my makeup either from ELF, Walmart, ULTA or Amazon. The prices are just as good as going to the store and I don't have to leave my apartment. 

Here's the prices for the products when I bought them from Amazon. 
NYX Foundation $ 7.50
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation $7.67
NYX Finishing Powder $5.99
Revlon Colorstay pencil $3.51

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Review: Real Men Howl by Celia Kyle and Maria Maddix

Book Description

Mason’s inner wolf will go crazy without her. Lucy thinks he’s already crazy. Werewolves aren’t real. Right?

Lucy Morgan left Ashtown, Georgia, ten years ago and planned to never return. Unfortunately, life didn’t get that memo. She’s back and now painful memories follow her everywhere. Until she meets him. Mason Blackwood is over six feet of sinfully gorgeous man who—for some reason—wants her. He also thinks he’s a werewolf so… yeah. He’s crazypants. But when he wants to have his wicked way with her, his sanity doesn’t seem all that important anymore.

Mason isn’t sure how much longer he can remain Alpha over the Blackwood pack. Without a mate to balance him, his wolf snatches more control every day. It won’t be long before he loses himself to the animal entirely. Then he meets Lucy—a sassy, curvaceous beauty who calms his beast with a smile. One sniff is enough to tell him she’s his mate, and nothing will keep them apart.

Not even the pack’s deadliest enemy who’s determined to kill Lucy before Mason can claim her.

My Review  

Mason was quickly losing control and was slowly going feral. If he turned feral his pack would have no choice but to kill him. The only thing that stood between him and death was a mate, if only he could find her. So when Mason meets Lucy, he knows he can't let her go but she just thinks he's bossy and irritating.

Lucy moved back to her home town after being gone for ten years. She'd left after she'd witnessed her parents murder and it still haunted her. Lucy is accidentally hurt and goes to her childhood home to recover. She's not expecting Mason to show up at her door to make sure she's alright. She's instantly attracted to him but assures him she's fine and shuts the door in his face. He's stunned because women usually fall at his feet, but not this time which amuses him a little. 

Lucy is awesome! Omg this woman is all snark, snarl and verbal jabs. She's clever, smart and funny. I loved her character so much. At first she does not like how alpha Mason is or how bossy he seems and she lets him know... all the time. It was hilarious because he's not used to anyone talking to him like that. He's not used to a female not giving into his charm and good looks right away either and Lucy resists him at every turn. 

Watching these two get to know one another and slowly realize that Lucy is quickly falling for Mason as much as Mason has already fallen for her was a lot of fun. There's also an enemy causing problems for Mason's pack which turns into a huge twist towards the end but it fit so well in this story. I love a good curve ball when done well and this was. 

Mason's pack mates are very welcoming, so nice and everyone is so happy that Mason found his mate and not just because not finding her would have meant a death sentence for him. The best secondary characters were definitely Charlie and Ghost. I really liked how rambunctious the kids or pups were and Ghost the cat was a great addition to the story. 

I had a good time with this book and Lucy had me smiling more times than I can count. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Apartment Life #85

This is a new 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 20 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 20 years here in a weekly blog post.

2 years ago I had a new neighbor and he had 3 little dogs. He didn't walk very fast because his legs and feet were terribly swollen so when one of his dogs ran out and he tried to call him back and it didn't work he started yelling, "Hamburger! Chicken nuggets! Din din! C'mon, I'll feed you something extra good if you'll just come back. Treat!"

Treat was the word that finally got the dogs to run back in his apartment. LOL

I remember laughing so much because it happened a lot while he was there.

Nothing crazy happened this week, which was nice so let's hope it stays quiet for a while.

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Review: The BEARly Tamed Grizzly by Jenika Snow

Book Description


I didn’t know her, what she looked like, where she was, but I knew my mate was out there. And it was that truth that had me saving myself for her. Only her. If I couldn’t fully give myself over to my fated mate, what kind of worthy male was I?

But staying in town, hidden deep within the forest, wouldn’t bring my mate to me. I had to go and find her.
I had to make her mine.


As a former foster child, I never had real family, no roots. I’d always felt like something was missing, so I worked hard on helping others. My mobile medical van was where my passion lay. It’s how I made sure no one else felt helpless.

But when my van was broken into, and my safety compromised, it was a big bear shifting male who came to the rescue.

Oli said I was his. He claimed I was his mate. He seemed certain of it just by looking at me. It was insanity, but I couldn’t deny the pull I felt for him, the way my body craved his.

Pushing him away wasn’t an option, not when he was always there, watching me, making sure I was protected. And it was that need inside of me, the one that grew and consumed me, that finally had me giving in.
I soon realized being mated to a bear shifter meant he was grumpy, protective, possessive, and wanted only one thing. 


My Review

Oli was having a hard time because both of his brothers had found their mates and he still hadn't. He decides to take things into his own hands and go looking for her. 

India is a nurse who has a mobile medical van and helps people who are in need.

Oli felt like something was about to happen but he didn't know what, didn't know when, he just had a strange feeling a few times. He finally put it together that the mobile medical van had been around when he had the strongest strange feelings so this time when he spotted it he went to it. That's when he realized it had just been burglarized and India was inside having just been attacked. They don't meet under the greatest of circumstances but she needed help and he was there to do what he could. 

When he realizes he just found his mate he does what he can to keep his grizzly from coming out and scaring her even more. She's not sure what the heck is going on but she feels better with him there. 

It almost seemed like it was a sort of intuition that made a shifter or their mate go in a certain way or stop in a certain place in this trilogy or at least it seemed that way to me. They always seem to go to the right place to find their mates which was fun. 

Watching these two get to know one another and get closer was fun. They are so good together and it was a great story and ending to the trilogy that I've really enjoyed. I like the little look at the end of each of these books where we get to see a little while in the future and how they're doing. This was a great novella and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Freebie Friday

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, 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...

A bag with a Michelin Man stuffed toy *that Falcor got*
A Michelin Man Tire Pressure Gauge keychain
A tire thread checker coin and a reusable zippered bag

I also won a $5 Amazon gift card from a FB giveaway.

Falcor likes his stuffed animal and he's been laying with it for days. On day 3 Falcor tore the head off and stuffing went everywhere. But he still plays with the stuffingless body. LOL I gave my daughter the tire pressure gauge and thread checker for her car.

Did you receive any freebies this week. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: BEARly Mated To The Grizzly by Jenika Snow

Book Description

I’d once been a great dancer. A ballerina. But an injury ended my career, had me longing to go back in time, had me loathing the city and the very profession I’d once loved.

So, I decided to get away from it all, go out in the middle of nowhere to clear my head, and focus on what was important.

Things were going great until a bear was at my back door, trying to get in. And it ended with me wielding a knife for protection and realizing it wasn’t just any bear, but a shifter who claimed to be my mate.

Strong and powerful, his very presence had me questioning my entire existence. The mating was fast and furious, potent and real. It was everything I ever wanted, and everything I never thought I’d have.

It was all wrapped in one whirlwind, insta-lust experience.

But could I give myself over fully to Maddix? Could I truly leave the city and the life I’d always known behind?

Could I do it all for the promise of love from one possessive, territorial bear shifter who would do anything to make me happy?

Because if there was one thing Maddix made very clear, it was now that he had found me, he wasn’t letting me go.

My Review

This is the second book in the Bear Clan trilogy. I liked the first book so much I went and bought the other two books too. In this book we have Maddix who is feeling like he is about to lose his mind because all he wants is to find his mate. He's a bear shifter who lives close to his brothers but far enough away that they have space.

Allison had been a ballerina but one wrong landing had broken her ankle and ended her career. She ended up being a ballet teacher but it just wasn't the same so one day she packed up and went to get some rest in a cabin she rented out in the mountains.

Maddix was running around the mountains in his bear form when he caught her scent and his human half couldn't stop the bear from seeking her out. She saw him alright and was terrified that the bear was trying to get inside her cabin to attack her. Their first meeting was not ideal but when she finally realizes what he is she does finally calm down. Then of course the attraction takes hold for both of them, they are smokin' hot together. They could hardly keep their hands off each other almost right from the very start. 

Humans and shifters coexist peacefully, humans being taught about shifters in school so they know what to expect if they happen to be mated to one. But even though she knows what to expect, it doesn't make it any less confusing or exciting. 

This was a quick, sexy novella that kept me fully engaged because I wanted to see them get to know each other and see Maddix find his mate. This trilogy has been great so far and I'm looking forward to the next book.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: Daily Goodie Box- June

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 did I get in this box?

7th Heaven - Black Seaweed Peel Off Mask - I've been trying masks lately and I do like peel off masks. This dried pretty fast and was easy to peel off. My face felt soft after I used it and it didn't irritate my skin. 

Prince & Spring - Fruitmojis - These are really tasty and they're cute. I think kids would love these but adults would like them too. 

The Grandpa Soap Co - Apple Cider Vinegar Body Wash - I wasn't sure what to think about this at first. I figured it would have a strong vinegar scent but I was pleasantly surprised that I could smell is apple. It has a nice scent, leaves my skin feeling clean and soft and lathers nicely. 

Smart Pressed Juice - Vegan Vanilla Proteini - This is a plant based protein beverage. I wouldn't say it was bad but I doubt that I would buy it for myself. It did have a nice vanilla flavor though. 

Auromere - Ayurvedic Toothpaste - This a herbal toothpaste and this one has a good flavor. It's vegan, cruelty free, alcohol free and no artificial sweeteners. 

Treeline Coffee Roasters - The GEO - This is a pourover, ready to brew single serving coffee that is really easy to make and it has a great coffee taste. I mostly drink tea but after I made it I drank a few sips before giving it t Ken to drink since he likes coffee more than me. He liked it and it's easy to make. You could take this anywhere and have coffee as long as you have hot water available.

CURAD - Soothe & Cool Bandages - We got through a lot of bandages. My medicine cabinet has 3 new boxes because I knew we were going to need them so trying out a new bandage is always welcome. As if on cue, Ken cut his arm while working on fixing our daughter's car fan. So I had him try this out and he said that it did feel cooler than a regular bandage. I think this would be great for burns and blisters. They are slightly thinner than normal bandage so they keep the wound safe while healing. 

Snack Less - Fruit Bars - I've never been a fan of most bars but these don't taste bad. I can taste the fruit in them and they don't have a bad aftertaste at all. I like that they aren't rock hard and are easy to bite through unlike some bars. I would eat this again.

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. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: The BEARly Controlled Grizzly by Jenika Snow

Book Description

That first time I saw her—my mate—I’d been ready to kick some guy’s ass for even looking at her. I made no apologies for my possessive, territorial side. I was a grizzly bear shifter, after all. It was my nature to be over the top.

Bethany hadn’t known what to do at first—being mated to a shifter—one who was grouchy and burly and made no apologies for how rugged he really was. 
But she wanted me, my sweet little human mate who could have brought a beast like me to my knees with just a look.
I’d wanted nothing more than to throw her over my shoulder and take her back to my lair like a caveman. 

But I let her take the lead, even if my bear wasn’t happy, even if the alpha in me wanted to have my way with her right then and there.
And I would have my way with her. All the ways that counted, in fact.

I’d claim her, mark her, and before it was all said and done, there’d be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bethany was owned by a grizzly.

Warning: Holy moly, this hero’s crazy for his mate, but who wouldn’t want one OTT alpha bear shifter obsessed with you? This story is sweet and sexy, and oh so very filthy. Of course, you get a happily ever after … and a little somethin’-somethin’ at the end to wrap it up nicely.

My Review

Zakari is 30 years old and had been waiting for his mate for a long time. He and his brothers run a construction company and live close enough to each other without being crowded because grizzly shifters need their space. 

Bethany works at a bar and takes care of her extremely grumpy grandmother. Bethany's father wasn't close with his mother but when she fell and hurt herself, he hadn't argued with his daughter when she said she would go help her until she was healed. 

Shifters and humans coexisted peacefully but she didn't know much about shifters and was naturally uneasy with the prospect of being mated to one so Zakari gave her some time to get used to the idea after they met.

But they're mates and the pull for both of them is a strong one so they can't wait too long before they're together and these two are hot! They steamed up my reading glasses! I liked how possessive Zakari is and how much Bethany can't stop thinking about him. They are definitely good together. 

This was a fast paced novella. I felt like I got an entire story because this author really knows how to pack a story into a short read. It was fun, fast and hot!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.