Mailbox Love

I have a confession– I love signing up for subscription boxes but I don’t usually stick with them long term. Long term would be more than six months. Because I will come across another one that I get really excited about and the truth is I cannot afford several a month. So here are a few I have tried … Birchbox-Ipsy-FabFitFun-Barkbox to name a few. And they are fun! My long running subscription is Barkbox which is for my girl Stella. She is my two year old Golden Retriever. Oh and by the way here 2nd birthday is tomorrow May 26th.  🙂

I do get these waves of feel guilt when I look at the plethora of sample size products  mucking up my dressing table. But lucky for me I have three grown up daughters to share with. 🙂 So I cancelled all of the makeup and personal item subscriptions after my friend shared her experience with Everyplate (super positive) and it was right after I had been shopping at the maze that is now our grocery stores. I was very frustrated because I am horrible about back tracking through the store even with a list to keep from having to do that. So, my bestie sent me a code to save $20.00 and I signed up for Every Plate meal service. And since there is just me at home I was able to get 8 meals for less than 30.00 with the discount. That was just a bit more than the take out for one I had bought a few days before. I am going to share that love just click the Everyplate link if anyone would like to save money and not have to deal with the crazy world of shopping in a maze at the grocery store and save $20.00 on your first order.  Everyplate

 

I have another confession I am going to sign up for a few book boxes — not at the same time of course but I thought it would be fun to share those with you all on the Sunny Daze  Book Club page. And if you have not clicked the page to check out what I am reading I hope you will. 

Again I blame my Grandmother for my love of good old fashion mail– She used to make and ship me amazing blankets, afghans, toys, baby sweaters and outfits and as a young mom with a growing family, it was like a holiday every time we received a package. It is very nostalgic for me, especially if I don’t know what will be in the box–and there are surprises. FUN ! It just never gets old. 

Sending you blessings and love~

 

 

 

-Karma 19-

Crazy chaos 

silent war 

quarantined

Viral Holds

New Meaning

Spreads

Fear for breakfast

Uncertainty with dinner 

Sheltered in Place

Earth Healing

Animals play

humans be still

 listen

birds sing

clouds float by

blue ocean sky

Finger of God 

o be grateful 

little children

Restless

strong 

we’re all mad

here

masked

six feet apart

curiouser and curiouser

what does it mean?

Don’t ask me

how long will it last?

until it ends-

What can we do?

BE and DO

the best You.

~Life It’s A Flippin’ Thing~

I blame my wonderful grandmother whom I am named after for my love of thrifting. Whenever I was struggling and having a very terrible awful day, she would give me ten dollars and say “go to the thrift store or yard sales and see what you can find.” I can’t explain how she knew it would help me but it always did. I came home excited to share with her what I had found on my trip out and about. Thrifting was cheaper than other forms of therapy and it helped me to stop dwelling on the pain of what I could not change.

And it is still the perfect therapy for me on those very bad awful day’s that still pop up now and then. My son call’s it my time to go treasure hunting. I love that because it’s so true.

I am a treasure hunter.

We are now in the day’s of up cycling, recycling, reduce & reuse, it has become quite the thing to do and it is seems to be a constant evolving way to care for our planet and ourselves. And of course the popular advent of decluttering, Marie Kondo your home, and minimalism. Which in my opinion is a cool idea in theory. But in my world maybe not so realistic. Just let me say I would like to know any true book lover who has been able to cull their to be read(tbr) pile to a minimalistic level? I really don’t want any advice on how to do that, that is a rhetorical question. 🙂

So in order to continue therapy, reduce clutter and continue treasure hunting, I have found ways to share my awesome finds through resell sites such as eBay and Poshmark, see the links below. I invite you to visit and take a look, you never know what you will find.

https://www.ebay.com/str/itsaflippinthing

https://poshmark.com/closet/itsaflipinthing

Unique sometimes one of kind hard to find items- Clothing- Books-Video Games- Home Decor-Vintage Items – Toys-Dishes-Glassware-Handbags/Purses-

Poetry Random Writing

 

I see you you staring back at me

In the mirror

Alone

Eyes of blue

flecks of  fear

Cover your ears

you don’t want to hear

I see you

through the years

Looking back at me

Wild on your own

Escaping one hell

For another

and another

Searching

Hoping to find

What you can’t define

Lost in words

A safe place to be

Just to BE

No escaping reality

I am always with me

I see you there

in the mirror

 

Book Reviews-Tattooist of Auschwitz and Daisy Jones and the Six

 I am not a professional book reviewer but I am an avid reader who loves to talk about books and will share my personal takeaways, thoughts and bookish ideas.

I would love for you to add your comments, book suggestions, and thoughts as well. Did you read a book you think is must read? I would love to hear about it. Ideas for recipes, outings, online excursions, please share!

I will be adding menus, recipes, music, and travel ideas that are based on book’s I finish  as a fun way to connect, learn and explore. Again please share your ideas as well. I would love to connect with other bookish people here.   

So without further delay here are my two recently completed books.

1.The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

   I loved the idea concept for this time period in history because I have not seen this particular scenario written about before. So initially I was very invested in the story but less than half way through it disappoint set in.  Had I not paid full price for a new copy I would have closed the book at that point.  

Pros: Unique view of a time period that was fresh and like no other.

Cons: The language and character responses seemed out of time and context. Historically felt flawed me. Character development was not done in a way that kept me interested I felt they were underdeveloped. There could have been more emotional depth but this felt flat without dimension.

Foodie Suggestion: Cabbage, Potato, and Sausage Soup in the Crockpot/Instant

Reading Suggestion: Night and Dawn by Elie Wiesel

Explore: Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Virtual Tour at. hmlc.org

2. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins

       Sex, drugs and Rock and Roll and the 70’s. I will admit I loved the 70’s a little too much. But I learned after the first 20 or so pages that the interview style for me does not work in a full length book. The story would have felt more satisfying as a reader had it been a fully developed traditional book style. And to be honest the story was a little underwhelming but that could have been because of the interviewing style. I would recommend it if the style works for you and you want to just get lost in the 70’s rock vibe for a while.  

Pros: I enjoyed the authors writing so I will be looking for other books by her. Historically an awesome time for music and a window into the world of the characters who lived it. I think the characters were very well developed.

Cons: The interview style works in a magazine but not in a full length book for me.

Foodie Suggestion: Grilled Burgers with Onions and something cold to drink..any way you like it.

Music: Listen to Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Foghat, I could go on…

Explore: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on line at http://www.rockhall.com

These are just my own personal thoughts…about what I am reading and liking or not liking so much.

Random Writing

I am thankful –

thankful I survived

the torture and the lies

When I look into their eyes

I am thankful-

the scars across my soul

mark all the times I let go-

to grab a hold of

Forgiveness

the balm of Gilead soothes my mind

in the night

I am thankful

looking from here to there

across time

shivers crawl across my skin

memories close in

pull me under

no longer can they hold me down

long enough to watch me drown

I am thankful

day and night

for holy intervention on a drug filled night

screams no one can hear

lungs on fire

tears unleased

Here I am

All these years later

thankful

in the valley of the shadow of death

streams flow

flowers bloom

and I am thankful.

Domain Is Mine Again

After two years of trying to get my personal iolareneau.com domain back — I finally was able to today. And I hope I will now be able to create the site I have been wanting to have where all the eclectic pieces come together so I can share my randomness with the world. (lol)

This will be a place where you can read what I write, check out my book reviews, enjoy random wanderings, and buy cool stuff I find along the way.

In the meantime while I work on the general store.. You can visit my eBay store at itsaflippinthing and poshmark at itsaflipinthing (only one p) .. Life is a flippin’ thing … and you have to be able to flip the switch on expectations, lifestyle, emotions otherwise you will get drowned in the drama.

The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.