July 2013 - Simply Samantha

6 questions

3:13 PM

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 (BTW you can never go wrong with a picture of Jaxson) 

1.// What is one of your silly quirks? Or something silly that you get excited about.
If you asked Steve this question about me, he would probably give you more answers then I am going to give. lol. Most of the time I don't notice my quirks, one I do notice though is how excited I get for anything "Star Wars'. So, I guess you could call it a "nerdy quirk"

2.// Favorite movie, song, or tv show?
Its hard to narrow down a favorite movie or song because it all depends on my mood. But my favorite TV show right now that I can watch over and over and over is New Girl. I can watch the same episode 5x and its still just as funny as the first.
OH and in "awesome Netflix finds", if you like goofy humor...watch THE IT CROWD...This show is so witty and funny. Definitely a must watch

3.// What's your favorite beauty secret or product?
Brown Sugar, sea salt, a little bit of lemon juice and olive oil. Its a great scrub for your face. I always feel so clean after using it. 

4.// What's a current dream that you are hoping to achieve?
I cant wait to finish my A.A degree, I'm having to put it off because of the wedding (which is worth it btw) but I cant wait to finish it in the spring and hopefully get in a communications/media program at the school.

9.// What's the coolest thing you've made? (food, craft, anything)
The last thing I made was dinner for Steve and I and I used this recipe. SO good. But i think if you put cheese on anything its good. 
OH but you know what I want to make??? 
Gluten Free Cherry Hand Pies

Pillsbury has new GF dough that you can use to make this.
 I want some. Hook a girl up Pillsbury?? 

12.// What's your favorite part about marriage? Or what have you learned since becoming married?
Well I'm not married yet (soon, very soon).. but I can tell you what I'm LOOKING FORWARD to. Even though he lives right around the corner. I'm going to agree with Ilene, I'm looking forward to just getting to say goodnight to him, next to him, in person and waking up next to him (with him hopefully bringing me a cup of coffee). 

If you want to play/participate in this as well! Feel free! I took part in it after seeing Ilene's post :) You just need to answer 6 of the 12 questions below.

1.// What is one of your silly quirks? Or something silly that you get excited about.
2.// Favorite movie, song, or tv show?
3.// Any funny stories to share that has happened recently?
4.// Tell us something we don't know about you.
5.// What's your favorite beauty secret or product?
6.// What's your favorite or go-to outfit? (pics please)
7.// What's a personal trial you had to overcome?
8.// What's a current dream that you are hoping to achieve?
9.// What's the coolest thing you've made? (food, craft, anything)
10.// Who or what inspires you?
11.// Share one of your favorite pics. Tell us why it's your favorite
12.// What's your favorite part about marriage? Or what have you learned since becoming married?


48 hours

12:00 AM

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48 hours with no internet led me to lots and lot of reading. 
(stupid lightening storm) 
Which in my case isn't a disappointment. 
I'm what you call and Librocubicularist.
So, I spent most of the 48hours in bed reading. Or on the couch. Or on the futon. 
But now the internet is back and I'm catching up on emails and social media amazingness.
But I'm still going to be a Librocubicularist and keep up on my reading.


Anomaly:Book Review

12:00 AM

Book Review: 

Anomaly by Krista Mcgee

About Anomaly: Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Decades before Thalli's birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won't threaten their lives again.

But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli's secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.

She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists' Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.

As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer---someone even more powerful than The Ten. What's more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she's been looking for all along.

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out . . .

My Review:
I am so amazed by some of the new YA christian fiction that has been coming out. First with the Angles Eye's trilogy by Shannon Dittemore and now with Anomaly by Mrs.Mcgee
To be honest, it took me a while to get into REALLY reading this book. Not because it was boring. It was FAR from boring. But from my own laziness. However, when I did finally get into it, I couldn't put it down.
One of my favorite things about this book was how Krista worked in God and different aspects of faith. There we times when it was blatantly obvious they were talking about God but there were also moments where I was trying to figure out if the situation or people or speech was a metaphor for different faith aspects.It made you really think and pay attention to what was going on.
Kind of hard to explain in words. You just need to read it so you can see for yourself.
The relationship between Thalli and Berk is so sweet and innocent and I don't want to give to much away but I never wanted to slap either of them so that is always a good sign ;) 

PLEASE do yourself a favor and pick up this up and add it to your summer reading list!


Krista McGee is celebrating the release of Anomaly, the first book in her new YA dystopian series, with an iPad Mini Giveaway!

One winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card (download Anomaly to the iPad!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced at Krista's website on August 2nd.

Spread the word about Krista and her giveaway HERE!

*this book was given to me by Litfuse Publicity Group to review. All opinions are 100% mine.

just me

It will change your life

11:42 AM

..Or at least make life easier, or funner, or go by faster, whatever you feel it applies to this website will do it....

I was on the wonderful website that is pinterest the other day when I found this site.

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I literally spent all morning going through and finding what I could afford.
My favorite show to look at is "New Girl". I know I've been watching the show and have mentally said
  "I want those pj's/dress/top/shoes."  
I want ALL THE THINGS that is Jessica Day's wardrobe.

Have fun my friends. And you are welcome.


GIF Books

12:00 PM

I made this with google+'s new gif maker. 
If you have more then 5 photos consecutively. Google+ will turn it into a GIF! how cool is that!

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Bottom to top

Complete Collection of plays by William Shakespeare 
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins 
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Of course there are more books I love!! These just looked the coolest and easiest to capture:) 



3:30 PM

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I'm DIYing a lot of our wedding, from the invitations, to the programs, to some of the decorations,
you name it, I'm PROBABLY making it myself. 
After looking at font after font after font, for our wedding programs, I actually started to enjoy it. Something about writing "font" into the search box of my pinterest is exciting and fun! 
(yes I know it sounds cheesy) 
Nothing says FUN like spending all afternoon looking/downloading/ and trying out new fonts! 
Above are some of my favorites!
A majority of these can be found on Dafont.com 



12:00 AM


LC's new photos for here Kohls line. I mean, I like just about anything related to LC, but some of her new clothes at kohls have me drooling and wishing I wasn't poor. 

Anomaly by Krista McGee. I can't wait to review this for you all. There are very few christian YA novels that are futuristic, that are this good. I don't want to give anything away but you can check out the synopsis here

I finished Parks and Rec's on Netflix the other day. Now I am in desperate need of season 5. I've also been catching up on some So You Think You Can Dance. Some of these dancers blow me away. Makes me wanna dance more constantly again.

I cleaned like a crazy person the other day. 4 hours straight. It was much needed. I got rid of stuff and dusted and vacuumed. I was on a roll. It also helped I had the 1st season of New Girl playing the entire time. A little Jessica Day and Nick Miller kept me motivated.

SO much wedding planning/creating going on. I've been working on the program and little things and decorations. So much and only 4months left! The list is long but I'm ready.


Clockwork Princess

12:00 PM

Book Review:

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

My Review:
So. This book came out 2 months ago and I'm just now getting to writing a review on it. Epic fail on my part.
Even so, this finale in TID (The infernal devices), is nothing short of amazing. I am a fan of the TMI and the TID series by Cassandra Clare. How she can write so many stories with so many characters and keep it interesting is beyond me. It sometimes blows my mind.
I do however, prefer TID sliiiiggghhhtly more then TMI. The time period its set in, the plot is much more interesting and sometimes less complicated, some of the side characters are 10x more interesting and entertaining and the main characters don't make me roll my eyes... too much..
Clockwork Princess, how I wish it wasn't the end,  is the end of the great TID series. Its a story I finished withing 2 days and one you should consider reading this summer.
I say consider but I REALLLLLYYY consider you read it. 


Twinkies Cupcakes - R4U

12:00 AM

Yes. I know. Samantha hasn't bloged for a while. Maybe all she needed was a little week to recuperate and try to get some creativeness going on in her brain.

Having this view for an entire day helped too.

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Steve specifically asked for Twinkie Cupcakes for his birthday.
So being the awesome fiance' that I am. I made them for him and his friends, even though I was unable to eat, let alone taste them (they were not gluten free).
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But, I was told they were delish, so now I am going to share the recipe with you.

Recipe 4 You!

Twinkie Cupcakes: 
Blogger Note: I didnt make/use frosting for the top of the cupcakes. I didn't really have time in between making them and Steve's surprise party that I made them for. 
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1 box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant French vanilla pudding mix
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 teaspoons very hot water
Marshmallow Buttercream (click here for recipe) 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin tins with about 20 paper liners. Set aside.
2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, stirring the box of pudding mix into the cake batter to blend. Portion batter evenly among muffin cups, about 2/3 full,
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 and bake for approx. 15-18 mins or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, the core out the cupcake’s middles with a sharp, small paring knife, careful not to cut through the entire cupcake. Eat or discard centers.
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3. First, dissolve the salt into the hot water and allow to cool. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the marshmallow cream, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy. Beat in the salt water. Mixture should be light but not as stiff as frosting.

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4. Scoop filling into a resealable plastic bag, seal tight, and snip off a corner of the bag
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Pipe the filling into each cored cupcake, filling just to the top. Refrigerate cupcakes while you prepare the frosting.
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