Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jill's World Presents...

Ten Things I Love...
Hi everyone!
My name is Jill and I’m very happy to be visiting here from my blog Jill’s World as a guest poster while Nay is on vacation!
Nay and I discovered each other’s blogs not long ago, and we have become fast bloggy friends! Isn’t she the best?!

I thought I’d take this opportunity to share 10 Things I Love so that you can get to know me a little better.

1.
 My family - Not surprisingly, this is number 1 for many of us! I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them – from my parents, to my siblings, right through to my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I’m a pretty lucky kid to come from such a great family tree. Both sides of my family have gone through some very difficult times in the past year; I’m so proud of all of them for sticking together through the dark days, and being there for one another. We’ve lost some special people – and if there’s anything good to come of that, it’s that I think we’re now stronger, tighter, and take every opportunity to show our love for one another. Family is everything.
2.
My friends – Again – where would we be without friends? They’re always there for me when I need them – there to make me smile, or to listen to me when I need to talk, for dinner dates, movie nights, drinking games, craft nights, and book clubs. We have so much fun together! They all mean so much to me!
3.
My bed – Ever since I got my queen-sized bed about two years ago, I’ve been in love with it. So big and comfy! After sharing a double with my sister in my younger years, then cramped up in a day bed after that, this bed is literally like being in the lap of luxury!
4.
My iPod – My first iPod was stolen out of my car a few years ago. I had the sads. Big time. I had to save up to buy a new one as quickly as possible!! I don’t think I could pick one song as my all-time favourite, but with my iPod around, I don’t have to.
5.
Food – That’s right. Food, in general. I love it. I could never, ever give it up. It’s why I’ll probably always be a fat girl. The quickest way to my heart is through spaghetti, pizza, Chinese Food, McDonalds, poutine, chips & dip, or cheeseburgers. Oh, and did I forget to mention that my weakness is JUNK food? *sigh*
6.
This laptop that I’m typing on – J’adore. Don’t know what I ever did before I bought it. It makes being a blogger SO much easier!
7.
My guitar – It’s nothing special, but it’s special to me. It was my aunt’s, and she passed it on to me when I expressed an interest in learning to play. My good ol’ Yamaha. Someday I hope to get a new one – a really nice one – but this one will always be my favourite!
8.
Friends – No, I’m not putting my friends again – the TV show! I own all 10 seasons on DVD, and I keep them in constant rotation. I wish that show had lasted forever.
9.
Movie theatres & Popcorn – I would go every night if I could afford it. I would see every movie ever made in theatres. I love it there. And I love movie theatre popcorn. There’s nothing quite like it.
10.
Wade Redden – You didn’t really think I could put together a list of things I love and not include him, did you? For those of you who aren’t familiar with me and my blog, he’s my favourite hockey player since I was 12 years old. He’s a lot harder to keep track of now that he’s no longer with my team (the Ottawa Senators)– or in the NHL – but he’ll always be #6 in my program...and #1 in my heart.
 
Thanks again, Nay, for letting me help “hold up the fort” while you’re away! Any friend of Nay’s is a friend of mine, so feel free to come visit me at Jill’s World. You can also find my 101 Adventure blog here, and I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as well! Be sure to stop by and say hello!
***
Thank YOU, Jill-girl!
It's simply divine baby to know you...
Thanks for coming over : )
~ Nay ~

PS:  Go on over to http://abranconier.blogspot.com/ today. I'm Amber's Guest Blogger today!
mwah!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Birthday Giveaway Anyone!?

Hi there! I'm Ashley from gogreeno, my little blog about life, crafts & trying to be a little "greener". I'm so excited to be celebrating my birthday with all you Cover to Cover fans! Thanks for having me Nay :)
I'm a huge fan of:

My man.
Sweet baby girl.
Milo- pug extraordinaire.
Giving new life to thrifted "treasures".
The Avett Brothers.
&
Cupcakes

Oh, and I looooooooove birthdays. I never think you can be too old to have an entire day dedicated to celebrating your existence. Cupcakes, pinatas, party mustaches, you know, the works! To celebrate the big 2-6 I'm doing my very first gogreeno giveaway! Creativity has always been my stress outlet and the past 8 weeks has found me crafting up a storm! So I decided it's time to share the repurposed goodness. I'm keeping it simple for this first go round. Just become a follower and leave a comment about your fave birthday. I'll pick a winner Friday and send you your prize. Exciting!!
I can't wait to meet you all. Thanks for celebrating with me :)

<3 Ashley
 
Get on over to http://gogreeno.blogspot.com/ - you never know if you'll win!

"Taking Over My Tuesday" Mama


I Blogging Week
featuring


Isn't it interesting how you just get to know a person and you feel like you're instantly accepted into the family and that you belong somehow?  That's what *Mama* (Tricia) does for people.  I am very thrilled to have her on my bloggy this week while I'm away...

Enjoy!
You're on a deserted island (well, let's not make it totally deserted...just a fantasy island kinda place...) and you can bring three things with you.  What are they?
My iPhone (I’m obsessed), my tweezers (a girl’s gotta pluck her eyebrows even if there’s nobody there), and my refrigerator filled with food (hey, there was no size limit!).
Fill in the blanks
If I had known how tough it would be to travel with a toddler, I would have taken 20 more vacations before we had our daughter.
What's your favorite easy and yummy recipe for you and your family/friends? It can be any meal.
Strangely enough, my favorite recipe comes from a kid’s cookbook and it’s for a DELICIOUS taco dip with lots of gooey cheese. YUM.
Word Association
Blog= Passion
Family= Life
Crafty= Awesomeness
Love= Sacrifice
Funny= Looking
Using the letters of your name, describe yourself.
Tenacious
Rambunctious
Independent
Compassionate
Inquisitive
Authentic
Describe your blog and what you see in the future for it.
Mama Marchand’s Musings is a lifestyle blog about the life of this creative mama on my journey to opening my own etsy shop and living my dream. I write about the ups and downs of mamahood, relationships, health, fashion, and everything in between, with a little bit of dry humor and insight thrown in. Come join me on my journey!

Follow, Share, Like, Re-Pin!
Etsy? Not yet! Fall 2011!

Thanks Mama T for taking over my Tuesday!
You're awesomeness
: )
~ Nay ~

Monday, August 29, 2011

...I♥BW with Mom @ Memphis and Ruby!

I Blogging Week
Featuring


When I think of this bloggy buddy, I always smile...
She has been one of the most welcoming in this bloggy world...
And you know what?
I know you'll like her too!
So here we go...
You're on a deserted island (well, let's not make it totally deserted...just a fantasy island kinda place...) and you can bring three tings with you. What are they?
1. I'm going to 'lump' my family in as 'one'... There's absolutely no way I could survive anywhere without them!
2. Sunscreen (lame, I know... but better safe than sorry! Proud to be pale!)
3. A stack of good books (let's say at least 6 of them... again, I'm going to lump these all in as 'one')... that way once I got to the end of the last book, I could start over on the first.
Fill in the blanks:
I wish I had taken a photography course, because now I would/could probably be running my 'own' business or at least be doing it as more than just a very amateur hobby!

What's your favorite easy and yummy recipe for you and your family/friends? It can be any meal...
The easiest meal that the kids & I LOVE would have to be... Diet Coke Sloppy Joe's! Yum!

Word Association:
Blog= Addict
Family= Love
Crafty= Not
Love= Happy
Funny= Laugh

Using the letters of your name, describe yourself.
Loyal
Entertaining
Nifty
Attractive
-->Haha!! Totally joking about that last one... I coudn't think of any othjer "a" adjectives! ;)

Describe your blog and what you see in the future for it.
It's such a mish-mash of stories of me, my life and my family... I love fashion, thrifting and photography so those pop up ALOT. I have found it to be a great outlet, and when I sit down to write a post... it's ''me'' time. It's something I do only for me & for my sanity! I'm a working mom so I'm busy and my life revolves around my kids (as it should), but those 5 or 10 minutes I can sit and link up, or share a story, or enter (or host) a giveaway does wonders for me! I hope, in the future, to find my 'niche'... although I'm pretty sure I'll always be a 'life blogger' it would be fun, to 'specialize' in something...

Thank you so much for taking over my Monday, Miss Lena!

Follow, Share, Like, and Re-Pin!

xoxo's while I'm on vacay!
~ Nay ~

Friday, August 26, 2011

here in spirit . . . : ]

Hi...
From August 27th to September 5th
{sounds longer than it really is}
I'll be


but

will be having

Week
with a bunch
of
Guest Posts
ALL WEEK!

I hope you enjoy them...
and don't
miss me
 too much!
{Actually, can you miss me just a little...}

I will definitely be back on
Tuesday, September 6th!

xoxo
~ Nay ~

P.S.: 
I will not have internet access while I'm on stay-cation {the hardest part of it, actually...I would've had all the time in the world if I did have access at home}, but I look forward to all your comments and stuff when I get back. {hint hint}

P.P.S.: 
Get excited! 
I've lined up some giveaways for the next couple of months.  I'll tell you all about it when I get back!
{{kisses & hugs}}

(all pics found on google)

to mama! yes, mama marchand, you!

Lately I've been noticing in our little bloggy world a lot of posts about hardships, negativity in our lives, and trying to get through some trials & tribulations...

I've also seen and read posts of joy and positivity...which makes me think, "this too shall pass..."

This week {especially} I have been looking in on one of my favorite blogs and instantly wanted to write a post about it, to her...to encourage her and let her know she's not alone...


So,
Mama
you're not alone.
You have all of us here.
You can do it.
This too shall pass.
You're in His grip
and
He will never let you go through anything
He doesn't think you can't handle.
Trust me.

and, of course,
sending you some
'cause you so deserve it!

xoxo
~ Nay ~

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Book Review: Moloka'i

Moloka’i  by Alan Brennert
This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka'i. Here her life is supposed to end---but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

With a vibrant cast of vividly realized characters, Moloka'i is the true-to-life chronicle of a people who embraced life in the face of death. Such is the warmth, humor, and compassion of this novel that "few readers will remain unchanged by Rachel's story" (mostlyfiction.com).

My Thoughts...

I can't even begin to figure out how to describe this novel.  Before I even try to do that, I want to thank my cousin in San Francisco, Tiffany, for reading this book.  If I hadn't noticed her reading it and asked her about it, I wouldn't have even known about this book!  So thanks *cuzzin*!

The first word I think of when trying to tell you about Moloka'i is...Epic.  This is a novel of just about everything you can think of that can happen in someone's life.  This novel is fiction but read like a memoir you don't want to put down.

I loved Rachel...I experienced every single situation with her - her ordeal of being taken away from the only family she had ever known, her fears, her delights, the ocean, the relationships, the people she encounters.  I don't want to give one ounce of this book away because I want you to read it.  Read it now!

Mind you, there were times I just wanted to put it down because it got a little too descriptive in parts, but all in all, I enjoyed it.  I *just* finished reading it, laughing with it, crying with it....so the writing is very very fresh and vibrant in my thoughts.  And that, people, is exactly what I like to get out of a novel.  "It stays with me..."

I'm a little overwhelmed with how I felt about this novel and am pretty much - very - sure I will continue to read Brennert's novels about Hawaii...

Will you enjoy this?
I do truly hope so...because wouldn't it be just awful if this review wasn't completely truthful?
And that's one thing about me...
When it comes to books - I *always* tell the truth!
: )
Happy Reading!
~ Nay ~

Rating:  8 out of 10
Reason:  I don't know...but that's the number that comes to my brain...maybe because it's a little long for most people.

... thought for thursday ...


via http://pinterest.com/pin/136802613/



So that’s why…
{epiphany!}
I guess I have some work to do then...
: )
~ Nay ~

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Help a Sista Out!

for a most fabulous giveaway from my most fabulous bloggy girl, Jill!

Look at [just some of ]the stuff you can win [ wow! ]
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and I'm telling you there's even more!




Click on
for more details on how to win this awesome prize pack!

Let's
HELP A SISTA OUT
by giving her a big fat welcome to the bloggy family
and
a "Congratulations on the big 5-0"!

xoxo
~ Nay ~
  

WILW - Jeremiah 29:11


awesome tattoo

Happy "What I Love Wednesday"!!!
I woke up this morning after a wonderful 8 hour sleep (finally!) and this verse was the first thing I thought about:
maybe I'll put this up in cubicle at work?

I was blessed in finding Jeremiah 29:11 when I was in my 20s and it has been *my* verse since.
It reminds me that I am never alone and that everything that has happened [and will happen] is for a reason.
As I was looking for *cool* pics (from pinterest) to use for this post, I found these other three verses from Jeremiah, as well...

wow...

pretty darn powerful, huh?
I should...
I think I should make it a goal to read the book of Jeremiah before the year is over...just for me...so I can appreciate it.  

And can I tell you somethin'?
I didn't know if I should write something spiritual or religious on my bloggy. 
But then I thought, this is part of me and it fulfills me.
And...I shouldn't be ashamed of that...so I'm not going to be.
So there! : ]
~@~ Have a most *awesomest* day ~@~
~ Nay ~

Linking up with Miss Krystina @
lollipops
To see her post and all of the other amazing ones, click on the button!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Some Creative Roots...

I Spy
Hide & Seek
Happy "Talented Woman" Day!
Yes, I have found a most talented woman again in my blogging adventures!  I stumbled upon her blog by chance and am so very very thankful I did.  I think her blog is so *cool*...my kind of blog -
Tag
inspiring, sweet, and loving.

When I asked her if it would be okay to feature her on my bloggy, she was so very nice to say yes : ) Yay!

So without further ado...
{{drumroll please}}
Introducing
Alyss
 from
r o o t s
http://alyssandalex.blogspot.com/
I asked Miss Alyss to tell us a little about herself...an "About Me"-kinda thing:
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Hi! My name is Alyss and here are 10 random facts about me:
1.
My son Jude is the cutest one-year old in the world. No contest. Dimples, blue eyes, little raspy voice.
2.
I get to eat two servings of soy pancakes a day as suggested by my nutritionist. No joke. With peanut butter.

You & Me
3.
I started dating my husband when I was 14 and he was 15. We still like each other.
4.
A huge passion of mine is teaching. My favorite grade so far is 2nd.
5.
 My nails are always painted. Toes and fingers, ever since I could do them myself.
6.
I left a bit of my heart in China. I taught English there one summer and greatly miss my students.

Red Chevron Love
7.
I'm a huge, huge, HUGE sci-fi geek.
8.
Along the same line... Who has two thumbs and is the #1 Harry Potter fan? This girl!

9.
I have a lot of freckles.
10.
I entered college as a Mathematics major, switched to English, hopped over to Liberal Studies, and finally ended up in the Fine Arts.

Chevron Be Still
That last one brings us up to speed with where I am in my life right now. I like to paint. Actually, I LOVE to paint and it's always been a large part of who I am. And after having my son, it got pushed to the back-burner. Recently though, I broke the brushes back out and got back into it.
I like to work on natural wood, giving it new life. My trees are my favorites. Even while painting them, I feel a sense of serenity.
I hope you also enjoy my work!
 ***

Thank you so much, Alyss, for stopping by "Cover to Cover" and sharing your creativity with us.

To see more of Alyss' work, visit her etsy shop!

 click here!

and her fabulous bloggy,  http://alyssandalex.blogspot.com/

Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Be blessed with all the beauty around you...
~ Nay ~

Monday, August 22, 2011

I ♥ Blogging...

via pinterest
On that note...just a little
Head's Up!

Next week (aug 29 - sept 2), I'll be on vacation...

No internet access...at all.
The kids are starting school ~ I'll be trying to add a college class this semester (all classes are closed, so I have to beg to get in! ugh...)~ doctor's appointment ~ doing nothing ~ and then, enjoying just being home...

But, not to worry : }
Cover to Cover will still be ON : ]
I won't be, but everyone else will be
because next week will be the week of...
via Google Pics
I'm thrilled to have some wonderful bloggers do guest posts for me while I'm away...
They are some of my favorite bloggers and I hope you'll enjoy them too!

xoxo
~ Nay ~

My Weekend Hotties...

Guess what happened to me this weekend...

I was visited by two wonderful men...
They are just the sweetest guys around and easy on the eyes on top of that!  And the eyes...oh my goodness, can't get enough!


It was so nice to share my living rooom with them and to get to gaze at them for two hours each...


Love man candy...especially these two...sorry, ladies, but I had to dedicate at least one post to my favorite actors...(well, Matt a lot more, but Bradley isn't bad either, right?)

Happy Monday!
~ Nay ~
 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Boostin' the Bloggy



#ff63e0
 
Are you having your breakfast every morning or are you skipping it most of the days?
 
I have a on-and-off relationship with breakfast...it's a little like a love-hate relationship:)  We have our moments and then, sometimes, we just don't.
But we're working it out...
 
Hi there fellow "Boost My Blog Friday" People! 

Thanks for stopping by and checking my lil bloggy out! 
Let me know if you follow...
...because I *always* follow back!
 xoxo
~ Nay ~

i'm VERSATILE !

Hi there : )
A most wonderful thing happened yesterday morning!  I am now an Award Winner
Isn't that just snazzy and exciting?!  It's weird because I was just thinking on Monday about figuring out how I could create a blogger award so that I could award it...
Now that I have won one, I don't have to!  I can just pass on the award! 
Yay!
So, without further ado...my award!!!
The Rules of the Versatile Blogger award:
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.

1.
My wonderful-est, dearest, awesomest Jill
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from Jill's World...
Thank you!  What a wonderful surprise to get this award.  I always, *always* look forward to your comments on my posts.  Sometimes, I feel like I'm reading back something I would write...you are just so darn
AWESOME!
So, thank you!!!
Go check out her blog...no, really, GO!

2.
~ I am a full-time working mommy who creeps blogging into her day as much as possible. Sh!~
~ I love eating chocolate covered almonds and popcorn together (pop the chocolate in mouth and then the popcorn and chew! yum!)~
~I've known my hubby since I was 14! I actually set him up with a girlfriends back in the day, but I guess I figured out I should be *his* instead of him being anyone else's :) ~
~I'm a memory-keeper for my best friend...everything she forgets, I remind her about - even when she doesn't really want to {devilish grin}.~
~I started writing in my teens because I wanted to prove to a boy that I was better at it than he was.~
~I am a chatterbox, so much that my hubby sometimes says, "did you enjoy that conversation you had with yourself?"  I never give him a chance to answer the questions I ask him!~
~I care deeply, love ferociously, defend with purpose, stand my ground until it crumbles, and am my own worst critic.~
3.
My Awardees for the Award are:
(I love Thursdays because of her...)
(I know Lena got this yesterday too, but I wanna give it to her too! So there...)
(cutest jewelry ever!!!)
(My Wednesdays aren't complete without her!)
(Marjie!)
(Have you seen this girl's eyes?!)
(seems like a sweetie pie)
(foodie woman to my heart)
(her bloggy style is so down-to-earth)
(when I need to laugh - I go see Sara)
(I like the whole idea of this bloggy)
(inspiring)
(great sense of humor)
(just discovered her yesterday!)
('cause she just looks *cool*...)

xoxo
Happy Friday!
~ Nay ~