Photo Blogging Challenge: Nature #photoblog #gooutside

The theme for September’s photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaa.com/ was NATURE. Once again I need to confess that I did not actively participate in this challenge. I wanted to have a post included, so I took some extreme creative license to make some of my pictures fit the them.

Without further ado, here are my pictures on the theme.

Picture #1

This is Toby. He is my dog-nephew. I dog sat him the other week and we were playing fetch. He does not totally understand the game yet, but he is learning. He is my cutie pie. After this, we went inside an took a nap.
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Picture #2

Labor Day weekend, were were in Gatlinburg TN an saw this butterfly. She(?) was still long enough for me to get a close up picture. I love butterflies for their strength and delicate beauty. Plus, they teach us that life’s struggles can change us into something beautiful.

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Picture #3

This is a picture of a pot of elderberry syrup in the making. How is this nature related? I love that natural foods can help us to be healthy. Elderberries are known to help boost the natural immune system and fight the cold and flu. I used dried, organic elderberries and added Ningxia berries because they are full of antioxidants. Drinking this means I can enjoy the outdoors even more!

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Picture #4

I took this picture to use as part of a post I had to do for a project I was part of last month. While I was researching about my top five tree essential oils, I learn a lot of interesting information.

Did you know that scientific studies have shown the essential oils from many trees were found to reduce the levels of cortisol stress?

I read a lot of studies on PubMed website that were very eye-opening and convinced me I need to take more walks in the forest for my health!  If you want to know where to buy any of these, I am a distributor .

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Check out the website to see the other bloggers’ submissions and interpretations of this theme.

To quote another blogger GeoKs

While you’re there, please consider joining us next month! Participation is like taking on a low-stress photo assignment, which you can use to refine your photography skills. Any camera will do: your phone, a pocket-sized point and shoot, the DSLR that’s been gathering dust somewhere or a film camera. For each month’s theme, you’re asked to share five photos; the amount of accompanying text is up to you.

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Try It Tuesday: Caye Caulker, Belize Central America #traveltuesday #travel #TryItTuesday #review

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Try It Tuesday is also Travel Tuesday because I am focusing on a destination!

Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize. It is a long narrow island divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach. To the south is the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve. The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve has dive sites on the Belize Barrier Reef.

It is accessible by water taxi or plane. We chose the water taxi San Pedro Express and it cost $50BZ ($25USD) for a round trip ticket.

What is there to do in Caye Caulker? Relax, eat, and enjoy life!

Where to stay in Caye Caulker? There are so many options. I recommend Caye Caulker Condos (https://www.cayecaulkercondos.com/) or Sun and Sea Guesthouse (http://www.seaandsunguesthouse.com/).

Tips when traveling to Caye Caulker
✔️Take small bills (vendors accept USD but give change in BZ)
✔️Look down the side streets for food vendors
✔️Ask if the motel/inn has free bikes or kayaks included with your stay
✔️Confirm if the room includes a private bath and air conditioning
✔️For the best room rates, go in the summer months (November-February is their busy season)
✔️Stay near the Split to be close to everything

TOW Top Picks
Breakfast: Jenny’s To Go – the best fry jacks! Try the salbutes too.


Lunch: Enjoy delish grilled lobster or stewed chicken

Dinner: Wish Willy – best lobster and steak! Get there early though. He sells out quickly.

Look out for guys with carts…
Guy with cart proclaiming loudly “Taste Belize!” has good coconut tarts
Guy with cart selling tasty chicken tamales on Tuesdays and Fridays
Guy with cart and yellow umbrella has yummy pineapple cake

Looking for desert in Zurich #Zurichsweets

If you have a sweet tooth, Bachmann’s will help you satisfy it!

I found this bakery while I walked around Zurich. The location I visited was huge and people were everywhere trying to get their order placed for the delectable sweet treats.

When you go, find a spot at the large counter and place your order!

Here’s some pictures so you can know what they have to offer.

So many macaroons! Yum yum 😋 But no pistachio flavor 😭

So many cake flavors 😊

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Cupcakes for days!

The Hazelnut chocolate filled croissant was so delicious. I wanted to save it and devour it at the same time.

I needed a napkin to wipe the sugar off my face.

Photo blogging #challenge April 2019 #color #photoblog

The theme for April’s photo blogging challenge hosted by http://hoohaa.com/ was COLOR MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND. I need to confess something: I did not actively participate in this challenge. However, when I looked at my pictures from April, I saw I have more than enough to share on this topic!

Without further ado, here are my pictures on the theme.

These are my pictures for this month’s photo challenge.

Picture #1

I went to Maker faire Miami and they had this cute little craft where you paint using an airbrush method with markers.

Picture #2

At the same event, I made one of these. The hardest part of this was picking out enough of the little plastics of the color that I wanted. After the melting process, I put a magnet on the back.

Picture #3

April is my wedding anniversary month. We went to an axe throwing place for a fun date. I enjoyed it! It was like darts but with axes. Of course, hubs got top points. I surprised myself and got bullseye too.

Picture #4
I love flowers.

Picture #5
I helped hubby make lard soap. I added essential oils for scent and mica for a little shimmer effect.

Check out the website to see the other bloggers’ submissions and interpretations of this theme.

To quote another blogger GeoKs

While you’re there, please consider joining us next month! Participation is like taking on a low-stress photo assignment, which you can use to refine your photography skills. Any camera will do: your phone, a pocket-sized point and shoot, the DSLR that’s been gathering dust somewhere or a film camera. For each month’s theme, you’re asked to share five photos; the amount of accompanying text is up to you.

Pythen by Erin Raegan #alienwarromance #KU

Pythen by Erin Raegan

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Synopsis
Peyton
I was having a cold coffee with my best friend Vivian when the whole world went upside down.
Now there are gazelle-glowing-like-a-light-bulb aliens running around eating everybody, and enormous dark purply colored aliens that have a strong resemblance to bats, dive bombing from the sky.
One of the bats says I’m his and I need to ease his mating rage. Yeah, not happening.
Except, they tell me the fate of my world comes down to me sacrificing myself to him. Maybe this won’t go like I planned. But I figure, if I have to bend to the big guy’s will, I’m damn well getting something out of it.

Tahk
My Pythe is a human.
Weak as they are, I cannot fathom how she was chosen for me. The Commander of all Dahk.
But then she rises up for her species and I cannot help but notice her fierce heart.
I will slaughter all who dare harm her and her species, and she will be mine.

Opinion
I am raging right now!

Cliffhanger.

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I stuck with this story even though Vivian was screaming or crying every five minutes. I get it. Aliens are taking over the world, biting people’s heads off (not an exaggeration, actually happened in the book), and who knows how many friends or family members have escaped the carnage.

I had somewhat started to like Peyton. She mated Tahk even though she was scared and did not understand all what was going on.

I even liked old man Colt. He put up a good fight, but used common sense in dealing with the alien encounters.

But what I absolutely HATE, detest with a passion are cliffhangers. WARN ME!!!!!

I get to 99% and the heroine says, “I loved Tahk, but it wasn’t enough to leave my home.”

What?!?!?! Yea I am not happy. Not to mention the fact that there are aliens ravaging the entire planet and eating people. That home? That’s the home that you are so emotional about leaving?

That is not the only complaint I have. The heroine has to have sex with the hero to calm his “mating rage” hormones so he can think rationally again. His crew members put her on a guilt trip when she balks. He’s a scary alien. At first I did not think of this as coercion but it sort of is. She’s making a decision to mate but it’s under duress. Mate or else he goes crazy and everyone on your planet dies. Who needs that pressure?

There was also a mention from the hero that their species is not monogamous. I would like to think that the hero will not look at any other female since he found his true mate, but I could not tell if that would be the case. Technically he was not thrilled when the universe revealed that his true mate was human. He seemed almost disgusted. Not sure that is a good start to the relationship. Will he want an alien piece on the side?

Lastly, this author needs an EDITOR!!! There was improper sentence structure, misspelled words, and incorrect grammar. If I had played a drinking game for every needed edit, I would be passed out drunk right now.

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TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
PASS. However, if you like alien romances, you might decide to BORROW once the whole series is out. It is available on Kindle Unlimited.

Book details
Series: Galactic Order
Heat Level: 🔥 🔥 🔥
Print Length: 248 pages


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