ON SABBATICAL

My Life With Books will be on a summer sabbatical and will return in October 2013.

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pinned It and Tried It!

While on my sabbatical I decided to stop just pinning ideas and recipes and actually try the things I pin. So I have decided to do a weekly Pinned It and Tried It post.
 
My favorite and most used pinned tip and trick is one I found on Ask Anna and titled how to get rid of that boy bathroom smell.
 
How to get rid of the boy bathroom smell - Ask Anna
I was a little skeptical when I tried this but I thought It wouldn't hurt anything. After all, I HATE cleaning the toilet, and anything that makes the job easier I am all for doing. Plus this process calls for all household items, no toxic cleaning chemicals involved and therefore is safe for the kids to do too.
The how to: 
 
It calls for lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar and a damp rag.
Make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice. Fair warning - it fizzes like crazy so be careful and have a bigger bowl or pour the juice slowly so you don't spill. (It should be mixed to the consistency of pancake mix.) Then you spoon the past around the base of the toilet where the linoleum or tile meets the toilet. 
 
 Let it set for 15 minutes while you read one more chapter in your latest favorite book  ;) 
 
Next spray the mix with white vinegar. The mixture will fizz and bubble much like the volcano did you made in school did. Once the fizzing is complete, wipe it up!
 
 What I love about this pin: 
The smell! The bathroom no longer smells like the bathroom - it is amazing! When I poured the soda/juice mix it smelled just like old fashioned lemon head candies.
 
You don't have to have boys to try this cleaning method, I think it is valuable to any basic bathroom cleaning process.
I love that the chemical reaction fizzes gets down into the crevice between the toilet and the floor. I don't have to scrub because the mix does it for me. I just have to wipe it up. Easy peasy! 
 
I  have taken it once step further and poured some baking soda into the toilet bowl then some white vinegar. The same fizzes happen again and scrub the toilet for you. Once the fizzing stops take your toilet brush and scrub like normal. It reactivates the baking soda and vinegar once more for additional cleaning. 
So there you have it, my favorite pin of all time. I will be posting a pin I have tried once a week for you. Some pins will not be book related but lets face it, while we want our lives to revolve around books - we can't read all the time. So why not give you some tips and tricks that can cut your cleaning time in half so you can have more time to read? 
If you would like to follow me on Pinterest here is my page. Leave me a comment with your link so I can follow you or list your favorite pin. I love to try out new pins!
Happy reading and cleaning!

Disclaimer: The picture and idea for cleaning up that boy bathroom is from Ask Anna, it is not my idea or photo. Check out her website - she has some pretty awesome tips like how to clean between the glass in your stove and how to clean your Dyson!
 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wishing for a Champion

November 5th won't be here soon enough!


Champion (Marie Lu's Legend Series #3) 
 
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

L♥ving What I'm Reading


 Of Poseidon

Galen, a Syrena prince, searches land for a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. It’s while Emma is on vacation at the beach that she meets Galen. Although their connection is immediate and powerful, Galen’s not fully convinced that Emma’s the one he’s been looking for. That is, until a deadly encounter with a shark proves that Emma and her Gift may be the only thing that can save his kingdom. He needs her help—no matter what the risk.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Utah Book Month Challenge

         
FablehavenThis summer I read Fablehaven to my two children. (Ages five and six) The family reading wasn't just for the kids, it was for me too – I love this book! I got to watch my kids, wide eyed in wonderment, giggle, hide and laugh at the story. I got to listen to them bargain for one more chapter and discuss with them what they think would happen next. We unplugged and read as a family – and through my children’s eyes – I saw the world with much more vivid color and imagination.

I remembered.

I remembered what it was like to sit criss-cross applesauce on teachers rug or moms lap and listen intently - hardly containing my excitement and wishing, oh wishing with my entire soul for one more chapter today. I remembered laughing with an entire class and knowing we were all the same at that exact moment, unified by our love of the book.  

So with these fond moments we at the Jovus household have created this summer, I issue a challenge. To pick up that book you read as a kid and re-read it without your adult goggles on. Re-read your book with a child or by yourself – but appreciate the magic of a book, the pure joy, wonder and excitement that you felt as a child.

Remember and create those magical moments for you or someone else. If you participate in this challenge come back on August 28 for a giveaway of Brandon Mulls Spirit Animals – to be released on September 10, 2013. Bonus points will be given for reading a book by a Utah Author.  
Wild Born (Spirit Animals Series #1)
Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts - a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children - and the world - have been changed forever.
Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers . . . and on you.