Archive for November 8, 2012
Most of us have something in our lives we feel we can’t live without. Some women can’t live without makeup or a closet full of shoes. My grandmother, as strange as it sounds, can’t live without her earrings. Of course, we all know we CAN live without these things, but many of these items make us feel more attractive and/or provide us with greater confidence.
Over the past 365 days I’ve discovered my own ‘can’t live without’ product. It’s not fancy or expensive. It’s not decadent or intriguing. These days my can’t live without product is facial cleansing towelettes. You know those moist little cloths that you can use to clean your face. I am a fanatic about washing my face, brushing my teeth and on most occasions flossing my teeth before heading to sleep.
It’s something ingrained in me from my mother. I never went to bed as a child without doing this and as an adult I find it extremely difficult to slip under the covers without these three steps.
When my son was born, just over a year ago, I was often so exhausted that I hated the very idea of dragging myself to the bathroom to scrub my face. Unfortunately, since I couldn’t seem to fall asleep without feeling that silky smooth clean skin I would force myself into the bathroom hating every single second of it.
That is until I discovered those wonderful, moist, little towelettes that help you feel clean even when there is no water or soap in sight. I purchased a collective buying coupon for Yes to Carrots a few months back and recently ordered a whole box of towelettes so I never have to worry about being too tired to wash my face again.
These won’t replace a good-old washcloth and soap on most occasions, but on those nights when I want to feel clean, but also feel exhausted, I think these magic cloths will do the trick.
Is there something in your life you feel you can’t live without? Do you have a nightly beauty routine and do you ever skip it?
The latest BlogHer book club choice, Reflected in You, is the second in the Crossfire series. The book takes readers on a romantic and often volatile journey through the lives of ultra-wealthy fictional characters Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross. The series is rated for mature audiences because it contains quite a bit of explicit sexual content. I’m talking crazy over the top sex scenes.
Penguin publishers provided all reviewers with a copy of the first two books in the Crossfire series. I enjoyed reading Bared to You, the first book in the series, as it introduces you to the two main characters along with a host of other peripheral characters. Some of the characters are interesting, like the crazy male roommate, but others feel a bit stereotypical in nature. The gay boss and wealthy parents didn’t have much depth to their characters.
Unfortunately by the time I started reading Reflected in You I grew tired of the characters and the plot of the story. The second book in the series feels a bit redundant. As a reader you learn more about the character’s pasts and there plausible futures, but the book takes on a rather boring repetitive nature as the characters play out similar scenarios and emotions over and over again.
If you are going to read any of the books in the series I suggest skipping the second novel and just reading the first. Having said that I will say that you don’t need to read the first book in the series to understand the characters and plot in Reflected in You. I know some series work that way, but without reading the first book you would be able to follow along with the plot of the second without any problem.
A third book in the series is scheduled to release in May of 2013.
To learn more about Reflected in You visit the BlogHer book club.
Note: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.