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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: From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson by Nikki Bennett!

Hello!

Today I am reviewing a Middle Grade book titled From the Magical Mind of Mindy Munson, by Nikki Bennett. First, let’s get to know the author a bit more:

ABNA-223x300Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.

Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)

Find out all about Nikki’s books at www.worldofnikki.com.

Book Summary

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Every house has a history. This House has a mystery.

When the orphaned Munson kids move with their aunt to The House, Mindy Munson discovers strange creatures living there already. Ghosts. Dragons. Leprechauns. And a scary Thing lurking in the basement.

Mindy’s older sister Susie is determined to find out where these creatures came from and why they’re living in the Munson’s house. With the help of the next-door neighbors and an old lady named Mrs. Wemberley, Susie, Mindy and their brothers unravel The House’s amazing secrets. And along the way, they discover some incredible secrets about themselves.

My Review

I found the summary of this book really interesting. The background of the book cover, the incorporation of golden lines and stars throughout, is magical. It goes very well with the title. However, I found the face of the little kid to be a bit too unnatural, too doll-like.

Mindy Munson is a 5 year old girl, who has a magical mind!. The book is written from the POV of Mindy’s elder sister, Susie, who is 11 years old. They have two more siblings, Tucker who is 9 and Jesse who is Mindy’s twin brother. Mindy doesn’t talk, even though she is 5. She, however, whispers all the time to Jesse. Mindy sees strange creatures in their haunted house and conveys them to others through Jesse!

One thing that was disconcerting for me is that this is a book meant for 7 – 12 year old children. It might make them believe that monsters exist for real!. From the title of the book, I just assumed that Mindy has a magical mind and she imagines about these strange creatures!. However, the story is written in such a way that Mindy is shown to be always right about her thoughts. It even goes ahead to prove that these creatures do exist for real. An example would be a creature called Goony bird, that Mindy talks about. The rest of the children climb a tree to find the bird and at exactly the spot Mindy talked about, they found a red feather!. It acts as a confirmation that that particular creature exists. This might really spook kids who read the book!.

Throughout the book, Mindy whispers to Jesse, who then conveys that to the others in a really garbled way that only Tucker understands and he then translates that for Susie. It’s cutesy in the beginning but then when there is a lot of repetition, it doesn’t seem great. There are a lot of creatures that Mindy introduces to the group in this book. However, I didn’t find it exciting enough.

Now onto the positive parts of the book. These 4 children are orphaned and staying with their aunt. Not many children’s books talk about a tragedy like the loss of a parent or both!. The book goes on to show how these four adjust to that fact and how they support each other really well. The character development of each child is shown well too. The kids undergo bullying at school, but they adjust to that later on. The author portrays these issues very well. Susie also shows a maturity beyond her tender age of 11 years old.  The way they interact with other children and with adults is nice. Tucker could be extremely rude at times but then again a 9 year old dealing with being a orphan could be like that!.

What I loved the most is the ending of the book. They all unite as a family and there is a scene where they get rid of ‘The Thing’ living in their basement, symbolic of casting out unhappy thoughts from their life. That was really beautiful. It teaches children to look at the positive things in their life.

Overall, I give this book 3 out of 5 which by Goodreads standards mean that I ‘liked it’.

Link to the book

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Source: I was provided a complimentary e-book copy of this book for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Naz ♥