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Reading List (October 2013)

27 Oct

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I have been quite busy this month, but I have still managed to get some reading done! Here are the books I have read so far this month:

  1. Haunting Violet – Alyxandra Harvey
  2. The Lives We Lost – Megan Crewe
  3. Halloween Trivia – Tonya Lambert

Haunting Violet

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I found this book rather interesting. One thing that I didn’t like is the overuse of the word SWOON. I hate when words are repeated too many times in one chapter! Drives me crazy.

Summary:

Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is about as skeptical as they come in all matters supernatural. Now that she is being visited by a very persistent ghost, one who suffered a violent death, Violet can no longer ignore her unique ability. She must figure out what this ghost is trying to communicate, and quickly because the killer is still on the loose.

Afraid of ruining her chance to escape her mother’s scheming through an advantageous marriage, Violet must keep her ability secret. The only person who can help her is Colin, a friend she’s known since childhood, and whom she has grown to love. He understands the true Violet, but helping her on this path means they might never be together. Can Violet find a way to help this ghost without ruining her own chance at a future free of lies?

The Lives We Lost

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As I mentioned in my last reading list, I was trying to get my hands on a copy of this book. Now I finally have it! I have not finished reading this one yet (I am near the end), but I love it!

Summary:

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can’t look back—the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Halloween Trivia 

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I absolutely adore this book! It is the cutest thing ever! I contains folklore, jokes, customs passed down through out the ages, and much more! It was definitely worth buying.

Discription:

Halloween is one of the most celebrated times of the year among North Americans. Find out in this fun-filled, fascinating collection of little-known facts about all of the odd customs of Halloween and where they originated.

(All summaries from Goodreeds )

That’s all for now! Feel free to leave some suggestions on what books I should read. Who knows, maybe it will be in next month’s reading list (plus credits to you for the suggestion). 🙂

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-Caitlyn

Update: Trip to Hamburg

19 Oct

*UPDATE* I am on a train to Hamburg as I write! I just wanted to ask all of you what you would like to see on my blog while I am there. Videos? Photos? 5 top restaurants to visit if you end up travelling to Hamburg? A Haul? Make sure to let me know in the comment section. 

When I get back to Toronto however, I have another Book List planned for all of you! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the books:

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Mini Makeup Haul! (October)

14 Oct

Get excited because I have a mini haul to show everyone! I know it’s October and some of you may be expecting some Halloween type items, but the things I will show are just regular things.  Three of these items were gifts from my best friend (that she bought in Europe), so I don’t know exactly what she paid for them but I have looked up those products and can only give you an approximation. 🙂

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Products: 

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Astor:

Fashion Studio changing metal effect nail polish       Colour: 260 Sophisticated Gold                     Price: $1-2

Essence:

Effect nails 3D pearls        Colour: 07 candy buffet          Price: approx. $2.49

 

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Maybelline:

24hr Colour Tattoo by Eyestudio     Colour: 65 Pink Gold     Price: $8.99 (However, I got mine for only $6.95)

 

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Manhattan:

High shine lip gloss          Colour: 35T               Price: approx. $4.99

Flormar:

Deluxe Cashmere Lipstick          Colour: DC23           Price: around $9.85

 

So that’s all for now. If you would like me to review any of these products, feel free to let me know in the comment section below and if you aren’t already, make sure to follow my blog. 🙂

-Caitlyn

Outfit of the Day

7 Oct

I haven’t posted an outfit of the day for a while (maybe a week or more – I am not sure) now. So anyway, here goes nothing! Also, before I forget, make sure to leave a like if you want to see more posts like this and if you aren’t already, make sure to follow my blog. 🙂

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Ring: Aldo accessories

Dress: TK Maxx

Tights: Ardene

Sweater: H&M

Boots: Forever 21

 

 

And now……some ghostly pictures in the spirit of Halloween!

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Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Until next time,

-Caitlyn

5 Halloween Nail Art Designs

5 Oct

Since it October I decided to share some cute nail designs with all of you! I am not going to do tutorials on these designs because they are not my designs, but rather my version of other peoples designs. I will post the links where I got these designs from under each picture. However, I hope to make my own nail art tutorials in the future. Let me know what you think in the comment section below and if you aren’t already, make sure to follow my blog! 🙂

SPOOKY!

SPOOKY!

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My version of cutepolish’s Frankenstein design. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GgWk1dTRU8
Index Finger

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Again…cutepolish’s design.
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My version has a sparkly blue and purple gradient background instead of just a boring solid purple. http://thatleanne.blogspot.com/2011/10/spooky-haunted-house-nail-art-for.html MIDDLE finger

My version has a sparkly blue and purple gradient background instead of just a boring solid purple.
http://thatleanne.blogspot.com/2011/10/spooky-haunted-house-nail-art-for.html
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Cobweb! RING FINGER My friend showed me this one....I don't know where she got from though.....

Cobweb! RING FINGER
My friend showed me this one….I don’t know where she got from though…..

PINKY

PINKY

The last design (the spider) is from this youtube video. I really love the designs in this video….If only I were that talented! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ept4BB9IrlQ . I really like the headstone! What about you?

Until next time,

-Caitlyn

 

Button Swap

1 Oct

This is a follow up post to my ootd + Blog button post (https://maritimemango.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/outfit-of-the-day-new-blog-button/ ). Since then I have made another button! If you are interested in doing a button swap with me leave a comment below.

Your comment must include:

  • A link to your blog
  • Where I can find your button
  • The size of your button

Also let me know that you have out my button on your blog and I will do the same. My buttons:

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<a href=”https://maritimemango.wordpress.com/”><img alt=”blog button” src=”https://maritimemango.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/blog-button.jpg&#8221; width=”250″ height=”252″ /></a>

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How to Make: Blueberry Pancakes + BONUS: FRUIT SAUCE

26 Sep
I love pancakes!!!!

I love pancakes!!!!

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PANCAKES:

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (I always add more – I LOVE vanilla!!!)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar).  Mix the ingredients slowly.
2. In a small bowl, beat an egg thoroughly. The slowly add milk to the egg mixture.
3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the egg-milk mixture. Add the melted butter OR vegetable oil and vanilla. Stir quickly until ingredients are mixed. If there is too much milk and the pancake mixture is too drippy, just add some more flour.
4. Spread some remaining melted butter (if you have any left over from before – if not just use some vegetable oil) on a pan.  Cook pancakes until they are filled with bubbles and the under-side in golden brown. Turn and brown the other side.
YUM YUM YUM!

YUM YUM YUM!

Prep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min

Number of servings (yield): 2-4 (Depending on how many pancakes each person will eat. Personally, I need to make double the portion to be able to feed four people…)

FRUIT SAUCE:

INGREDIENTS

  • Seasonal fruits
  • brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of butter

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Cut fruits (Unless you are using blueberries, obviously) which ever way you prefer.

2.  And butter, fruits, and sugar into a pot. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes (if you want chunks of fruit in your sauce let it simmer for just a few minutes, if you don;t want any chunks let it simmer for a longer time). While cooking, stir the sauce thoroughly.

3.  And VOILA! Your fruit sauce is ready!

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Fruity fruits

I hope you all try and enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think in the comment section! Enjoy your day and stay tuned.

-Caitlyn