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September 2014 Link Loves!

Hiya guys!

How was your September?. Mine was pretty hectic I should say. Preparing to go to India, blogging day and night to schedule posts ahead of time.. Man!. I dunno how I did it :P. It was my husband’s birthday on the 21st and my family came over to celebrate it together. They brought a gorgeous cake too :). It was the Praline Berry Splendor ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. Yum!

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My husband won a cricket tournament and brought home a massive trophy. I just had to share it with you guys. I am way too proud of him right now ♥. Also, kudos to his team for being awesome!

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I became extremely happy when a friend of mine who doesn’t follow a skincare routine, decided to get all the basics to start a routine, after reading my skincare basics post. It’s so delightful to be able to inspire someone to take action! She shared a picture of the products she got and I am so thankful to her for sending it my way:

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She bought herself:

  • An Olay offer pack, containing  day cream, a night cream and  face wash, costing AED30
  • Olay Regenerist Pro X skincare tool, costing AED137
  • A Dermoviva toner costing AED6

All of these were purchased from Carrefour, Sharjah City Center.

Alright, on to my favorites this month:

1) Jamie of Some of This and That, did a Swedish meatballs with mushroom cream sauce, which had me drooling over the pix!. It looks really delicious. Do check it out.

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2) Megan of Lush to Blush, has done a very informative post on how WordPress is better than Blogger. I completely agree with her. I have no experience working on Blogger but I have enough and more friends who complain about it. I personally love WordPress so much. It’s so user-friendly. If you are considering whether to move to Wordpress or not, I say, go ahead!. Please do and also check out this awesome post by beautiful Megan..

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3) Sarah of Blend N Smack, has done a fierce, step by step Halloween makeup tutorial with a half skull, half glam look, that is just so stunning. It amazes me how talented this young friend of mine is. Gosh!. You have got to check her out, especially since this is just the first of a series of Halloween looks that she is going to create!

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4) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s Blog, has done a very helpful post sharing her DIY cleansers for AM and PM. I love DIYs. Natural, homemade things always interests me. I am especially in love with her AM cleanser and hope to try it out soon. Do check out this versatile blogger friend of mine!

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Glorious Mentions

1) Sarah of Blend N Smack, accepted my nomination and did the Lip Product Addict Tag. She also mentioned my own tag post in it. It was lovely reading through your answers, Sarah. Thanks for doing the tag :).

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2) Daania of Serendipity Happens, accepted my nomination and did the Seven Sins of Beauty Tag and also mentioned my own tag post in it. Thanks for doing the tag, Daania. It was so nice getting to know more of your beauty product favs 🙂

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3) Renee of Mother Daughter Book Reviews, did a wrap up post for the Frankie DuPont book and mentioned my review of it, in that post. Thanks Renee!

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4) Renee also did a wrap up post for two Jeff Gunhus books namely Night Chill and Killer Within and mentioned both my reviews in that post. You can read my reviews by clicking here and here.

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5) Monica of Pink Asfoura, did a post on things to remember while shopping when there is a sale going on. I thought it was a very interesting post and when I added a tip of mine in the comments, she loved it and updated her post with it, giving credit to me and mentioning my blog :). Thanks, lovely Monica.

6) Eterspace has mentioned my review of Pose Organic cosmetics on their website permanently 🙂

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7) Lastly, Renee also did a wrap up post for the book From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson and mentioned my review of it, in that post :).

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That’s all for now :). I am super stoked for next month, since it’s my birthday month. I have prepared a pretty good giveaway for you guys. So stay tuned for that!. By the way, next month I will be doing posts every alternate day and not every day like I have been doing since July.

Here is wishing that you have an outstanding October ahead of you ♥

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Naz ♥

Book review : Frankie Dupont and The Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso!

Hello!

Today I am reviewing a Middle Grade mystery book titled Frankie Dupont and The Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso. First, let us get to know the author a bit more:

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With a background in pediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and entertain them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little girl, Giselle.

Book Summary

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When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the scene, only to find bumbling Inspector Cluesome beat him to it. Cluesome thinks Kat simply wandered off. Frankie isn’t buying it.

He follows the evidence to conniving concierge, a six fingered chef, a talking parrot, and a shifty dwarf. Quite frankly, none of them are making any sense until Frankie discovers, Kat’s time is running out.

An exciting new illustrated mystery series for ages 8-12.

My review

In several of my previous book related posts, I’ve mentioned that suspense / crime mystery is my favorite genre. I have read a whole lot of them however this mystery book is new to me, since it’s a mystery written for children!. I found it to be pretty unique. The little ‘detective’ starring in this book is Frankie DuPont, who is just 10 years old!

Now, don’t let his age fool you!. He is a smartie and shows maturity beyond his age. It helps that his father is a private investigator. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense for him to know so much about solving a mystery!. The book begins with Frankie’s cousin, Kat gone missing. Then begins a series of events which leads him to Enderby Manor. That manor seems normal to you at first. However, there is a paranormal element to it, which puts a nice twist in the story!. The characters are described well. Inspector Cluesome who is in charge of the case is often clueless!. Also, Frankie has a dog called Sherlock. That’s pretty funny. When Sherlock got introduced in the first chapter, I actually expected him to accompany Frankie and probably assist him in his adventure. However, that’s not the case. He is mentioned again only in the last chapter.

Though I would say Frankie is intuitive, there were times when he seemed to figure out certain things a bit too fast. You might wonder how had he arrived at that conclusion. Certain situations required a bit more clarity. That said, I am delighted to note that this is the first book in a series of Frankie DuPont adventures!. I can’t wait to read more 🙂

The book cover is very nice. It shows little Frankie, the manor and four of the many key characters in the story. This is easily a book that will keep little readers hooked on to every word. It has the right amount of adventure, suspense and mystery.

I give this book 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean, I ‘really liked it’!

Links to the book

Amazon ~ Goodreads

Source: I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Naz ♥