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Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want
Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want
by Tess Vigeland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars What The Hell Are You Doing, 4 Sept. 2015
2006, a year or two before the economic bubble burst. Remember Obama and McCain at that time, McCain went home to think, and Obama went to DC to get things done. What we have is a young woman, Evelyn Beegan, from the shores of Maryland in New York City starting her first job after college. Her mother, Barbara, a society climber wanted Evelyn to be in the center of society. Evelyn went to the right prep school. Sheffield, in New England, and then to the right college.

Evelyn Beegan, the protagonist of this novel is not likable to many. However, I found a side of her that I understood . When you are pushed and educated your entire life by a mother on the proper manners and mannerisms of society like Evelyn has been, what are your choices. You can brush your family off and follow your own way, or you can follow your mother's dream. We can see the black road ahead, but Evelyn is hell bent. Her first job falls apart, and then she takes a new job as the media advisor at a start-up tech in a media business much like Facebook. Evelyn goes on to gather members with her old school friends and then onto new society members. Her friends like her, her new society friends use her. Her father is being investigated by the federal government for fraud. Evelyn lowers her head and moves in with a careless disregard for anyone or anything.

Mistakes are made, tragedies occur, and Evelyn tries to rise above it. The author, Stephanie Clifford, has a compelling voice, and it is very easy to move on with her. She gives us a pretty accurate glimpse of society from what I have observed. Evelyn does not give her all, the job at the society media start-up showed a lazy approach, and it was only to improve her situation in the class she wanted. This book should be a beacon to all new graduates, a new beginning, a new job, new friendships; this is not a how to manual, this is a warning.

Recommended. prisrob 08-06-15
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Everybody Rise
Everybody Rise
by Stephanie Clifford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Climbing Vine, 4 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Everybody Rise (Hardcover)
I2006, a year or two before the economic bubble burst. Remember Obama and McCain at that time, McCain went home to think, and Obama went to DC to get things done. What we have is a young woman, Evelyn Beegan, from the shores of Maryland in New York City starting her first job after college. Her mother, Barbara, a society climber wanted Evelyn to be in the center of society. Evelyn went to the right prep school. Sheffield, in New England, and then to the right college.

Evelyn Beegan, the protagonist of this novel is not likable to many. However, I found a side of her that I understood . When you are pushed and educated your entire life by a mother on the proper manners and mannerisms of society like Evelyn has been, what are your choices. You can brush your family off and follow your own way, or you can follow your mother's dream. We can see the black road ahead, but Evelyn is hell bent. Her first job falls apart, and then she takes a new job as the media advisor at a start-up tech in a media business much like Facebook. Evelyn goes on to gather members with her old school friends and then onto new society members. Her friends like her, her new society friends use her. Her father is being investigated by the federal government for fraud. Evelyn lowers her head and moves in with a careless disregard for anyone or anything.

Mistakes are made, tragedies occur, and Evelyn tries to rise above it. The author, Stephanie Clifford, has a compelling voice, and it is very easy to move on with her. She gives us a pretty accurate glimpse of society from what I have observed. Evelyn does not give her all, the job at the society media start-up showed a lazy approach, and it was only to improve her situation in the class she wanted. This book should be a beacon to all new graduates, a new beginning, a new job, new friendships; this is not a how to manual, this is a warning.

Recommended. prisrob 08-06-15


The Bees (Down in the Garden Book 1)
The Bees (Down in the Garden Book 1)
Price: £2.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Busy Bees, 3 Sept. 2015
This book by DCSwain is a lovely book for young children. The story of bees and what they do is an exciting one for young children. Explaining the collection of pollen and hurrying to and fro of the bees, tells the story that a young child could understand. I do think that the addition of buckets for collection gives an impression that is not accurate. A simple explanation of how bees carry pollen would be my preference. However, I did like the storyline.

Parents/preschool teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children . The children can now understand that most bees are workers and are good bees. The introduction of honey and bee hives is a good start. The illustrations are bright and vivid, and depict the story of the bees. The book is written in rhyme,which I find the most compelling for small children.

Recommended. prisrob 09-03-15


Paper Chase [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Paper Chase [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5.0 out of 5 stars Contract Law, 3 Sept. 2015
It seems to me that reviewing old films brings the best out of the film's. I found 'The Paperchase' by chance and viewed it again. I do remember the television series and how much I loved it, and how much I revered John Houseman. That same feeling overcame me again.

Hart, a young man, played by Timothy Bottoms, is a very intelligent young man from Minnesota. He is now at Harvard Law, among the best and the brightest. He joins a study group where they outline each class and share the information. Hart chooses Contract Law, not because he loves it, but because of the professor, played by John Houseman. It is such a difficult class that most everyone cringes when they enter, but they leave revering the professor. John Houseman won an Oscar for this role, as well he should. His character, for me is an unforgettable moment. One you want to share, but don't particularly want to go through. The study found that seems useless, and in the end, Hart and Ford, another study participant, rent a hotel room for the weekend and study. One of the shining moments is when Hart discovers he is dating this professor's daughter, played by Lindsay Wagner. Their relationship matures as does Hart. Such a fine film. Everyone should view it again.

Recommended. prisrob 9-03-15


Children's Books : Sweet as Fruit (Books for kids , ages 4-11 ) (Nutrildren - Nutrition for Children Book 2)
Children's Books : Sweet as Fruit (Books for kids , ages 4-11 ) (Nutrildren - Nutrition for Children Book 2)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 'A' Is For Apple, 2 Sept. 2015
'A' is for Apple and on and on. The author, Shir Guez, has written an important book for children and their adults from Grades 1-6. One important point I would like to make is that schools should include this book into their libraries. My granddaughter is 6, and at her after school program she is fed cookies and candy as snacks. Her parents feed her a very healthy snack and lunch, and this after school snack is not welcome.

In this book we learn about all kinds of fruit, and what each fruit contains that will be healthy for us. A nice discussion is that the fruits are divided into colors, red, orange, yellow, green, purple and white. Each color is then subdivided into each type of fruit. It is very helpful to be reminded what each type of fruit contains, and how helpful they are to people. A lot of useful information is Included with each fruit,and we all know that information is essential for our children's education. Including this book in the classroom would be a wonderful addition. My granddaughter and her family would be very happy to see each child read this book. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review

Recommended. prisrob 09-02-15


Children's Book: The Prince And His Dragon: Magical Rhyming Bedtime Story - Picture Book / Beginner Reader, About the Power of Friendship (for ages 3-7) (Top of the Wardrobe Gang Picture Books 5)
Children's Book: The Prince And His Dragon: Magical Rhyming Bedtime Story - Picture Book / Beginner Reader, About the Power of Friendship (for ages 3-7) (Top of the Wardrobe Gang Picture Books 5)
Price: £0.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning To Breathe Fire, 2 Sept. 2015
The author, Melinda Kingsman, continues with her children's book series, 'the top of the wardrobe gang'. In this book we meet Peter the Prince and Flinto the Dragon. Peter was sleeping one night when he was awakened by a cloud of smoke. When the smoke cleared, a very large dragon appeared, asking for assistance. Peter was taken aback by the large dragon and told him he did not know what he could do. The dragon started crying, and Peter feeling sorry for him asked for more information. Flinto the dragon, could not breathe fire and that was part of his job as a dragon. When you read this book, you will discover what Peter and Flinto decided to do.

Teachers and parents will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will love the story of Peter and Flinto. The children will have many questions about the dragon, and if he learned to breathe fire. The book is written in rhyme, and that is one of the best methods for children to learn. The lilting sound is such fun for children and parents. The illustrations are bright,vivid and colorful, and they depict the story of Peter and Flinto. The author also likes to make sure her stories have lessons learned, and that is the sign of a good children's book. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 09-02-15


Andrew James 3.5 Litre Premium Red Slow Cooker with Tempered Glass Lid, Removable Ceramic Inner Bowl and Three Temperature Settings, Includes 2 Year Warranty
Andrew James 3.5 Litre Premium Red Slow Cooker with Tempered Glass Lid, Removable Ceramic Inner Bowl and Three Temperature Settings, Includes 2 Year Warranty
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Best One Availabe, 31 Aug. 2015
As Fall approaches I took out my slow cooker and found the cord was smashed. I perused the slow cookers on Amazon and found This one had some excellent reviews. I purchased it and tried one of my favorite recipes. This slow cooker is easy to use, the settings are quite simple, some recipes came with the slow cooker. Almost everywhere has a slowcooker, get it out and try this recipe that I love. It feeds a crowd.

SLOW COOKER SOUTHWESTERN BEER CHILI

(makes 10 servings)

Ingredients

3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
6 gloves garlic, chopped
2 small cans corn kernels no salt added, drained
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2lbs lean ground beef
1lb hot Italian sausage
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 bottle lager (Sam Adams work very well)
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon light molasses
2 15oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 small jalapeno chili peppers, seeded, stemmed, and diced
2 arbol peppers, seeded, stemmed, and diced
3 teaspoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Directions

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook and break apart the ground beef and sausage. Cook until beef is evenly browned, and sausage is cooked (about 8 or so minutes). Drain and discard any excess grease.
Combine the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low for 10 hours, or high for 4 hours.
To serve, garnish with cheese and serve with sour cream. From 12 tomatoes

Recommended. prisrob 08-31-15


Morden i Sandhamn (Still Waters) (Murder in Sandhamn) (English subtitles) (Swedish import)
Morden i Sandhamn (Still Waters) (Murder in Sandhamn) (English subtitles) (Swedish import)
Dvd ~ Marcus Olsson

3.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Noir, 31 Aug. 2015
3.5 stars

Swedish noir can be a little heavy at times. This new series, 'The Sandhamn Murders' gives us a new take on this beautiful island in the Stockholm archipelago.

The Sandhamn Murders Finds Nora Linde, played by Alexander Rapaport, with her family as summer residents in Sandhamn. While swimming one morning she finds a corpse wrapped up in a fishing net. The island is covered by the city police and Thomas Andreasson, played by Jakob Cedergren, is sent To investigate. Coincidentally, he and Nora went to the same school, and an instant attraction begins.

As the investigation proceeds, there is another death, linking to the first murdered man. Thomas and his colleague cannot find much evidence until Nora gives them some clues. Of course, mischief and mayhem ensues. Nora becomes too invo,fed in the case and danger befalls.

All in all I found this series a little disappointing. Action is slow, writing is so-so. The characters are predictable, romance comes and goes. However, there is enough interest to look at the second series.

Recommended. prisrob 08-31-15


Polar Gear Bento Box, Berry
Polar Gear Bento Box, Berry
Offered by Pink Sumo
Price: £6.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Bento Box Is The New Lunchbox, 30 Aug. 2015
'Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese households' wiki

My oldest granddaughter, 12, needed a new lunch box and requested this Bento Box. It is an expandable
bento box that compresses for easy storage. The lid snaps and tight tabs keeps the food secure and fresh. The gel filled freezer tray is non-toxic and keeps helps the meal cold for 4 hours or so. The main
container: 53 FL oz (1.57 L), medium container: 8 FL oz (236 mL), small containers: 3.5 FL oz (103 mL).

My granddaughter is a vegetarian, and finds lunch at school not to her liking, so she prefers to bring her own lunch. She and her mother decide which foods she will bring and together they pack her lunch. I was quite impressed that my granddaughter was so forward thinking in her lunch box. Her mother had read about the bento box, and passed the information on to her.

Recommended. prisrob 08-30-15


Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! (Rachael Ray Books)
Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! (Rachael Ray Books)
by J M Hirsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Nutritious Lunchbox Meals, 30 Aug. 2015
The author, J.M.Hirsch, is a father who packs his son's lunch everyday. He recognized fairly quickly how repetitive lunches can be. No real imagination. Often prepared foods stuck in, not really nutritious. As a busy father, he also realizes there us precious little time in the morning, when most lunches are made and packed. It takes time to be imaginative and to provide nutritious meals. So, J.M.Hirsch, decided to start packing nutritious lunches, and then he started blogging the daily lunches.

This book is imaginative, itself, full of the best photographed found I have seen. Every page is packed full of photographs so test at times, I was so entranced with the photographs it was difficult to find the recipes. The author starts out with an introduction about how he came to write this book. After blogging his daily lunches. He realized the publicity he was receiving deserved a bigger audience.

He has 160 lunch box recipes and 30 main meal recipes. He suggests that you cook more if your main meal so that you have leftovers for an easier packing of a lunchbox. Extra pasta, bigger chicken, and so on. He also gives advice about what kind of lunchbox to choose for your child or yourself. The recipes all look delicious. I was particularly taken by such an easy suggestion; cut and core an app,even half, spread peanut butter or sun utter on the open half of the apple, then place the buttered side in granola that has a few mini chocolate chips. What child could resist this apple? He uses a lot of wheat wraps with chicken and other fillings. He suggest cream cheese or a butter of some kind to close gee wrap, then cut into smaller pieces. Page after page of delicious Lin he's and meals for quite a reasonable price. This is one if the first books in Rachel Ray's new book publishing business.

The real recipients of this book will be your children and your family. Finding nutritious lunches without reverting to prepared foods is a real struggle. And, once in awhile prepared foods are okay. I gave this book to my daughter who is very conscious about preparing nutritious foods for my granddaughter.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-30-15


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