Saturday, April 25, 2015

100 Followers Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Finally, finally, FINALLY . . . it's time for my 100 Followers Giveaway.  It's taken quite some time to get over 100 hundred followers, but I think it's a pretty nice accomplishment considering I do not self promote my blog anywhere.  There was a brief time when I tried to get into that, when I thought I'd turn this into a 'professional' review blog.  There have been times more recently when I've thought about it again, seeing so many people self promoting through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc..  But since I always seem to waver on just what I want to do with this ol' blog, and I'm not even sure from day to day anymore if I'll even keep going, I don't feel like I want to start advertising myself . . . yet.

Whatever happens though, I'd like to take a moment to thank those 100+ people who have followed me on this journey.  Whether you've been here years, or months, or maybe only weeks, I appreciate you taking the time to read.  I especially love when you take time to comment.  It's the interaction that I love.  And who would have thought that simply nattering about various topics would lead to some of the wonderful friendships that have developed along the way?

This is not a high budget blog, so this prize is not huge.
When I asked for prize ideas in a recent post, most of the responses leaned towards Target.  You certainly know by now that I'm hooked on Target's Dollar Spot.  LOL!  So I'm offering a $15 gift card to Target so you can pick some Dollar Spot goodies out for yourself.  Or try the Method foaming hand soap that we talked about.  Or those Glade colors products we talked about.  Or try some of the Target wax tarts if you haven't yet.  Or even some of the Yankee candles that Target carries.  Or anything your dear little Target loving heart desires!

RULES
  • Must be at least 18 years old, or have parent/guardian permission to give me your address.
  • Must have a US mailing address.
  • Must be a follower of this blog.  (There are 106 of you at the time of posting this.)
  • Must leave an email address that I can contact you at, if I don't already know yours.
  • Must answer the following 2-part question.
What is your favorite type of post on this blog?  And what do you think you'll use the gift towards?
(I'm just curious, hehe.)

This giveaway will be open from Saturday, April 25, 2015 to around noon (central time) on Friday, May 1, 2015.  A winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Good luck, everyone!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Read - Percy Jackson / The Titan's Curse

The Titan's Curse
(Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Three)
by Rick Riordan
2007
312 pages

'When Percy Jackson received and urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle.  He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and . . . a ride from his mom.

The demigods race to the rescue to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two powerful half-bloods, whose parentage is unknown.  But that's not all that awaits them.  The Titan lord Kronos has set up a devious trap, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.

Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge yet -- the chilling prophecy of the Titan's curse.'

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I've enjoyed this Percy Jackson series so far.  While I continued to enjoy it with this third book, the plot is starting to get a little 'busy,' and I hate when books are like that.  It almost seems like this one has shifted now into setting up things for later instead of telling a third story.  It was still a fun read, but it left so many things open ended.

Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia go to help Grover pick up two new half-bloods that he's found.  Problem is, they're being closely guarded for some reason.  In the chaos that erupts while trying to get the kids away from their school, some characters go missing, while new ones are introduced.  And that's just in the opening chapter!  lol

Back at Camp Half-Blood with these two new kids, things continue to be troublesome.  Percy is having weird dreams about his missing friend, and he finds out one of the The Hunters (who are staying at the camp for the moment) is also having weird dreams about her missing leader.  A quest party is formed to find the missing leader and see what's going on.  More adventures ensue, more monsters and characters are encountered, and some surprisingly touching deaths find it harder and harder for our good guys to keep carrying on.

Bad boy Luke is still out there but even he seems to be having some troubles these days.  Has he gotten in over his head in his mission to raise Kronos and destroy Olympus?  Is he finding he's just a pawn in a larger game?  Some characters still hold out hope that he can be saved, while others are glad to see him fall to his apparent death in the obligatory battle.

Not everyone makes it back from this quest, and those that do are left with more questions and problems than they had before.  Like I said, a lot of things are being set up for later.

I'm still enjoying the series though, and immediately dove into the next book upon finishing this one.


Small Kmart Haul


I finally went and got a long overdue haircut today.  While waiting for that, I wandered next door to Kmart to browse.  Did you know they are getting into the 'dollar' thing too?  Theirs is severely limited and boring at this point but I did see a few stationery items among the other oddball things.  I also found washi-type tapes by the kids books and crayons.  They cost almost $3.00 but there is a hefty amount of tape on them, and they were mainly popular character themes.  There was one cupcake one that I *almost* got but then decided not to.  Also saw some Scotch Expressions (washi-type) tapes that come in 3-packs and cost $5-something.  Didn't get any of those either.


Remaining Easter items were marked 75% off so of course I had to look through that stuff.  Found these gorgeous eggs that I thought I could maybe add to the wooden bunny banner next year.  There are six eggs in the tube and they feel like they are probably styrofoam or something like that.  There were other designs and colors too.
(Regular price $4.99, I paid $1.24)

I was thrilled to find this one lonely bag of speckled plastic eggs!  I'd seen others using similar eggs in their Easter decor but couldn't find any by the time I decided I wanted them.  I have a simple little brown wicker basket that these might look nice in next year.  I think with the simplicity of these and the wooden bunny banner, it'll be a more subtle or 'natural' type of Easter decor for me next year.  Maybe.  My tastes might totally change again by the time Easter rolls around again.
(Regular price $4.99, I paid $1.24)
And of course Minion had to check them out too.

I bought another tea light warmer.  This cost $4.49 and is almost exactly the same as one I already have.  I've found I prefer the small edged, flat bowl to the scalloped edge, rounded bottom bowl of my former favorite warmer.  Wax pops right out of the smooth one, whereas the scalloped one often needs a bit of edge scraping to clean up bits that stick.

With the great performance of the Essential Home tarts that I tried earlier this year, I went ahead and grabbed more.  I thought all of the tarts were on sale for $1.44 but no, mine rang up as the regular $1.99 price.  That's okay because I was getting them anyway.  Lemon Sugar Cookie, Raspberry Pomegranate, and Grandma's Sugar Cookies are all scents I've had before and loved.

Gourmet Spice is a new to me scent and will be tucked away until fall.  I see cinnamon and cloves in the picture on the label, but not sure what those nut things are.  The scent is very cinnamon-y, reminding me of Big Red gum.

And then at the checkout, the cashier gave me a packet of Forget-Me-Not flower seeds.  I guess because tomorrow is Earth Day . . . ?  That's cute.  I will maybe plant some in that little flowered tin I got from Dollar Tree a while back.

That's my random little Kmart haul.  Nothing too overly amazing this time.  I'm itching to get back to Target, Dollar Tree, and Walmart!  And that stupidest thing about that is that I haven't even touched my journal or planner or any of that stuff yet.  Gah!

What's been occupying your time lately?  Anything new and fun?