Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John TIffany and Jack Thorne

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.







Guys! A new Harry Potter Book! Hear the angels sing!



For me, I didn't even care if it was a chapter written on a napkin. It was just good to have a Harry Potter fix.

Now, this book isn't like the previous Harry Potter novels, as in its not a novel. Its a screen play.  At first this took a bit used to, but the dialogue between the characters made it flow pretty easily. However, this is a huge negative. I WANTED MORE! The previous novels had such magic in them, explaining things, rather than just talking. I wanted the back stories!  But, again this is written based off of the play.

Okay, so back to the story line. This is about Harry Potter 19 years later, focusing on his son Albus. Of course having a famous dad isn't the easiest thing for anyone, especially when you aren't in the same house, talented at Quidditch, and basically the exact opposite of what everyone expects of you. Albus just ain't having a good time at Hogwarts, and falls into the friendship of Scorpius Malfoy. (Oh shit, Harry and Draco have kids that are bffs....oh snap!)

I liked Scorpius, and this is where another problem comes with this book/play. I felt it was more focused on Scorpius than Albus, which is fine, but ya...

I also wished it focused more on the ol' gang, Harry, Hermione and Ron. They did feel grown up and mature (especially Draco). Obviously they had to deal with some shit after the Battle of Hogwarts, so - but I wanted to know more about how they got to where they are. I mean the kids are important and all.. but.

All in all, I am glad to have gotten my Harry Potter fix and now I want more.


 Come on JK Rowling, you know you have to make more!!



Monday, July 11, 2016

Pinterest Fail: Jello Senesory for Kids

Well. This had great promise.

I was searching pinterest for things to do with a 9 month old and this came up a lot - Mixing sugar-free jello (with some food dye) and putting some random toys in it. The ideal outcome is for your little one to have a great sensory experience.  I see the promise. I really do.

But, my kid decided to eat the jello and smear it all over him- resulting in a blue little smurf baby.

Ahh well. Time to  look into other activities for him to do.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: I Take You by Eliza Kennedy


 Meet Lily Wilder: New Yorker, lawyer extraordinaire, blushing bride. And totally incapable of being faithful to one man.

Lily’s fiancé Will is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink (or five) and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights—and mornings, and afternoons—of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

Unapologetically sexy with the ribald humor of Bridesmaids, this joyously provocative debut introduces a self-assured protagonist you won’t soon forget - goodreads


Reading Challenge Book: A Book You Can Finish In A Day

And I am glad I could only finish this in a day. I wouldn't have continued it if it was any longer.

This is one of those books that I picked up off the library shelf without really looking at it. I kinda liked the cover art, and there was a lot of "FUNNIEST BOOK OF THE YEAR" reviews on it.

And well it wasn't funny.  And I have some crass humour.  

I don't even want to waste time explaining what it was about - the synopsis hits the nail on the head. However, I  did give it 2 stars though, because it wasn't the most horrible story line, except the whole cheating thing just irks the shit out of me.

Crossed me off another one:


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PIIT28 Review



I figured it's about time I do a review on my PIIT28 workouts.

After a few months of being a bit disappointed every time I looked in the mirror and saw my postnatal body, and the lack of pants being able to fit I knew I needed to get my ass in gear and follow a work out program. I was working of and on for so long, but I came to the realization that I need a program to follow.

Enter PIIT28!

PIIT28 is a 28 day workout, in which each workout is only 28 minutes and 40 seconds! So for me that is a win right of the bat. I don't always have time for a full hour workout with Hunter and his lack of naps. 28 minutes is something I can do even if he is playing in his exersaucer.

It also follows a HIIT style format, mixed with pilates and cardio. Which is one of my favourite types of workouts. Get in and get out. I don't  have time to waste.


Another thing that drew me to this particular challenge instead of just following blogilates regular monthly calendar is the community that this program promoted. Enter accountability. Follow @justaddchampagne on instagram to see my full #piitsagram challenge.

So what did I think....

After 28 days,  I loved it. I am actually doing Round 2 right now, and am excited about the results.

My first few days of doing it, I was drenched in sweat, could barely finish the moves and seriously contemplated only finishing 1 or 2 out of the 4 rounds.  However I pushed through, and as the days and weeks went on, I felt stronger. I knew I could do the moves (even if I had to modify them) and I started feeling proud of myself. I knew the more I pushed myself the better the results. And the faster it would come. Sure some days I half assed it just to get the workout over with, but after I knew I could and should have worked harder.

Casey was right. This program isn't just about seeing physical changes. The mental change. I began feeling more confident, I was happy when I looked in the mirror assessing my outfit. I was more energetic. And I think that is the most important part.

 But as people want to join a workout program for the physical changes here is my progress pic, from Day 1 to Day 28.

I lost about 4 lbs and a few inches all over. Nothing to huge, but still great for 4 weeks.  And look some abs are slowly starting to reappear.


I am extremely happy with this program, the community of popsters, and the price of it is well worth it! Please check out this link if you are interested in reading more about PIIT28/signing up:







There is also a 28 Day Reset Diet plan. I did not follow this due to breastfeeding but it is something that I eventually will buy into!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Kefir


I have found a new obsession to add to my diet. Kefir.

I was always a bit skeptical of it in the grocery  store because I thought it was just fermented milk. Turns out it's not. It is yogurts super big brother, basically more potent and probiotic filled than the regular stuff.  Plus it tastes like Yop. And who didn't love those as a kid?
I have only tired the Liberte version but you can make kefir as well instead of buying the pre-made stuff, and I guess it is pretty easy, although I have yet to try it.

And Kefir has amazing health benefits as well!

Here are some of the top 10 benefits I found:


  1. Supports a healthy immune system - helps combat allergies, as well as act as a natural antibiotic
  2. Natural energy boost, giving you a ton of energy
  3. Helps to curb cravings for junk food, as it is very filling (full of protein) = great for weight loss
  4. Supports healthy digestive system, while supporting regular bowel movements. All the while reducing the amount you fart
  5. Contains high amounts of minerals (especially phosphorus), and amino acids
  6. High in calcium, magnesium, vitmin B-12, vitamin K, Vitamin D and biotin to name a few more
  7. It is great for nursing mothers, as well as for kids!
  8. It’s abundant in tryptophan, which is relaxing to the nervous system
  9. Great for healthy skin (anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties are found in kefir)
  10. Supports a healthy brain, joints, blood pressure
and as a bonus: It's delicious and versatile (throw it in a smoothie, drink in plain)







Thursday, March 10, 2016

Throwback Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


By Markus Zusak
Read: Nov 10, 2012

 “It's probably fair to say that in all the years of Hitler's reign, no person was able to serve the Führer as loyally as me. A human doesn't have a heart like mine. The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. The consequence of this is that I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both. Still, they have one thing I envy. Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.

Another book club read. And it was great.

I love that the book was written in deaths perspective. It gave another view into the Holocaust that I haven’t read before. His descriptions of his ‘job’, of the skies, of human nature are superb.

"So many humans. So many colours. They keep triggering inside me. They harass my memory. I see them tall in their heaps, all mounted on top of each other. There is air like plastic, a horizon like setting glue. There are skies manufactured by people, punctured and leaking, and there are soft, coal-coloured clouds, beating, like black hearts. “

It follows Liesel, a 9 year old German girl, on her journey of stealing books from Nazi Germany book burnings and even the mayor’s wife.   She learnt how to read by her father and shares her gift by reading to people in the bomb shelters, and even to the Jewish man hidden in their basement. Her stealing isn’t crazy though. They are methodical and she cherishes every single book she takes.
The mom, Rosa is painted as a hard ass who swears a lot. Being German I can definitely identify with the type of woman Zusak was portraying. Although she is hard on Liesel, you can tell she loves her as her own. The father, Hans, the calmer one of the two, is one of my favorite characters of this book.   He is patient, understanding of having a foster child, and is shown as a man of his words when the son of one of his friends shows up at his door and he takes him in. The man at the door is Jewish.  Which, given the time was not exactly a person you want hiding in your basement.  
Max and Liesel become good friends, he even writes a book for her. It was a beautiful story about his life and to add some more descriptive magic it was written on the back of Mein Kampf.   After many scares, eventually Max has to leave the confines of the basement.*Spoliers*It was heartbreaking to read the part where Liesel sees that Max has been captured by The Nazis and is being forced to walk to one of the concentration camps, tears almost formed (who am I kidding, they did). 
Zuzask wrote with such great descriptions of every character, main or not, that you believe the importance of why they were mentioned in the first place.  And I wish my review of it was written as well as he did for being a first time author.
I recommend this book to anyone. Don’t let the setting of the Holocaust scare you away. 4.5 stars.


“Please believe me when I tell you that I picked up each soul that day as if it were newly born. I even kissed a few weary, poisoned cheeks. I listened to their last, gasping cries. Their vanishing words. I watched their love visions and freed them from their fear.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday Tunesday: Love Yourself by Justin Beiber

I know. I know. Justin Bieber. What?

I actually didn't know that this song was by him, so I was fairly surprised about it. But still diggin it.

Plus I absolutely love this video....

So, enjoy!






Friday, March 4, 2016

FF #4 - Running and PIIT28

Hey!

Well. I have a couple things to announce.

1) I started running again.  I ran 4km in about 38 minutes. That was my first run in well over a year.  And I have to say I am super proud of myself. I did have to walk quite a bit, but not as much as I was thinking. I do have a 5km race in about a month. Not entirely sure if I am going to go for it yet.


2) I started the #PIIT28 challenge via blogilates. It's a 28 day challenge and so far I am loving it. The workouts make me drenched in sweat and its only 28 minutes. Today is Day 4 and I can't wait until the end to see the result.  You can follow my progress on instagram @justaddchampagne


I also noticed, even though its only been a few days, that I have more energy. Not only do I want to work out, I want to do more than just the PIIT28 Challenge.

which brings me to #3...

3) I am also doing the #DAMOChallenge via The Berry. Very simple stuff, but great for that added want I have been craving.


So far so good. I haven't weighed myself or measured myself, figured I will wait till the end.