Archive for April, 2012
Review: Clockwise by Elle Strauss
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Clockwise is the first in a series of novels by Elle Strauss about the complicated life of sophomore (in high school) Casey Donovan. Starting when Casey was about 9 years old, she for some unknown reason, travels back in time. And anyone who has the fortune or rather misfortune to be touching Casey when she starts to “trip” back in time goes with her.
When the book starts Casey is flustered when approached by her crush, senior (and hottie) Nate Mackenzie during football practice when Casey catches his football. Not long afterwards Lucinda (Casey’s best friend) drags her to the Fall dance and miraculously Nate actually asks Casey to dance! But of course that is the moment when Casey is thrust back in time toting Nate along with her!
Review: Here by Denise Grover Swank
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Here by Denise Grover Swank is about the life of 16-year-old Julia Phillips after her best friend is killed in a tragic car accident. The book begins about 6 months after the accident. Julia is having a lot of trouble trying to ‘go on’ with her life. She once had excellent grades, but now is in serious jeopardy of failing every class. Home isn’t any better and her family is being torn apart by the strain.
Julia’s school counselor and teachers give her an ultimatum either she start doing her school work or be sent to the alternative school. Even though it is only about half way through the fall term, Julia finds herself dozens of assignments behind per class and faces an uphill battle to complete all the work. Her counselor also arranges for a couple of students to tutor her in her subjects to help her catch up.
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Product Review: Caroline’s Creations
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
I received a cloth menstrual pad from Caroline’s Creations. I had been hearing of cloth menstrual pads for about 6 months prior to receiving one to try out myself. From my first email correspondance with Caroline to receiving the pad in the mail was only about a week. Because it is a cloth item there wasn’t the concern of it breaking from a tumble in the mail and so was packaged simply.
When I had first heard of cloth menstrual pads I thought that sounded a bit odd. But as I read what other bloggers had written about them being much more comfortable and in the long run a lot less expensive, i admit I was intrigued. Then when the opportunity to try one came up I immediately wanted to try one out for myself. I didn’t have to wait too long after I received it to be able to try it out.
I found that it indeed was a LOT softer than the Always brand I usually use. And it came in a very pretty material. The one I tried out was comparable to the moderate flow daytime pads. Instead of sticky adhesive on the back and wings, the cloth pad has a plastic snap to help keep it in place.
I gave Caroline’s Creations cloth menstrual pad a 4.5 out of 5 stars because it didn’t always stay in place and because there were not any care instructions included with the pad nor any on the website that I could find. The top side is a soft flannel print with pink and brown hearts and says Love on it. The bottom is a very soft chocolate brown fleece and the wings have a pink snap that helps to hold the pad in place.
Since I usually use overnight pads all the time, I think one of the heavier pads would work better for me. Overall I found Caroline’s cloth menstrual pad to be much more comfortable than the disposible counterparts and will continue to use this product.