18 January 2018

[Review] Genuine Fraud - E. Lockhart

Release Date:  Sept. 5, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover

Summary from Goodreads:
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

What I Thought: I picked up this book because We Were Liars was one of the most wonderfully told stories I've ever read, and I also have fond memories of Frankie Landau-Banks (even though it's been a while for that one), so I had high hopes for this. I can honestly say I was NOT let down.

I loved the non-chronology of the story, with the slow unravel. While this format takes away suspense, because the ending happens first, there's definitely something to be said for the slow reveal of everything that Jule & Imogen went through.

The characters were interesting and multi-dimensional, which I appreciate in a YA novel.

To be clear, this book is NOT We Were Liars part two, but it's still a really good book.

Read this if: if you're looking for stories with some mystery and suspense, but not a full on mystery.

Out of 5☆: 4/5

This book was 1/20 in 2018.

15 January 2018

I'm back!

Hi! I'm back! I haven't posted here since March of 2014 and a LOT has changed since then. To start with, that hellish year of deployment ended!

In the last 4 (!!!) years, the husband and I have moved to a nice little suburb in our home state of Pennsylvania and had two children. Our older daughter is 2 year old CJ, who loves French fries, coloring and the Magic School Bus. The younger is Baby E, who is currently 2 months old and loves being held, her pacifier and waking up at 4 am. I'm now a stay at home mom & spend my day trying to raise smart, kind humans.

I still love crafting and creating, and spend most naptimes working on projects for us & to sell on my newly refreshed etsy page. I haven't shared my projects anywhere in quite a while, so I'm looking forward to having a place to do that again. I've got a few ideas in mind for projects I want to do, so you'll be (hopefully!) seeing them shortly.

Reading is still something I love, but have less time to do these days. That being said, there will still be book reviews posted on the occasion I actually finish a book. I'm hoping to hit 20 books in 2018, so let's see how that goes!

In addition to those three main topics, I also hope to just have some general blog type stuff, reviews, and whatever else strikes. I hope you stick around for the ride :)

-Jenn

About Technicolor Moments

Welcome to Technicolor Moments - my home for all things crafty, booky & #momlife related.

I'm Jenn: a 29 year old stay at home mom to two adorable little girls, two year old CJ and baby E. This blog has existed longer than either girl, so there's a heck of an archive to look back on, but this revival will have a good bit of mom stuff in addition to the craft projects & book reviews.

You can find all of my craft stuff here, mom stuff here, and book reviews here. Those are the main things that make up *me*, but I'm sure there will be plenty of other things here, too.

If you're looking to find me elsewhere on the internet, links are up along the top bar.

Welcome to Technicolor Moments, I hope you enjoy this ride as much as I do.

-Jenn

PS: Wondering where Technicolor Moments comes from? "We pencil-sketch our previous life so we can contrast it to the technicolor of the moment" - David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy :)








13 March 2014

Care Package #1: Pokemon Themed Anniversary

I finally got my first care package together to send out! I wanted to send it out about a week ago because I wanted it to get to where it needed to be for our anniversary, which is April 13th. I don’t know if it’s going to make it or not, but I got it done so I’m sending it out tomorrow! A full month should be enough time.

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The first thing I included were two cards. The first one with the text on the front had a lot of writing on the inside which was very nice and sentimental, and I went at it with a pen and sort of annotated it to make him laugh and fit us a little better. The second is a heart with a missing puzzle piece and the inside of the card has the missing piece and says “you complete me,” but most importantly LOOK HOW CUTE the envelope is!



IMG_6208The very bottom of the box has the things he actually asked me to send him, some tee shirts and a box of Q-tips. Very exciting, I know, but since didn’t ask for anything else, it would have been a disaster if I had forgotten the only things that were requested, so I had to make sure they were in there.


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He is not a big candy fan at all, with the exception of Snickers bars, so I got a huge bag of fun sized bars and filled the box with them. I just kind of tucked them between the shirts and hid them under other things. I kind of like the idea of them just falling out as he keeps pulling things out, so they're like a constant surprise that keep landing all over the place.


IMG_6210Then I filled it in with the other snacks I know he loves. Peanut butter crackers and wasabi peas are a big favorite, and you can never go wrong with beef jerky, but the Sriacha peas were the crowning glory of my shopping trip. He loves the wasabi peas and loves Sriacha, so I can’t imagine he wouldn’t also LOVE them combined.


Finally, I also stuck in a flash drive that has a bunch of movies that have come out recently, and that I know he hasn’t seen yet. We were very sad that we weren’t able to see the LEGO movie together, so that’s on there, with about 10 others.


IMG_6205The box itself I’m so very proud of. Obviously we’re both Pokemon freaks, so I drew a couple of different types of pokeballs, and then on the bottom flap wrote out “I choose you!” I think it looks really cute and I’m hoping he’ll like it.
So that’s what I’ve been working on lately. I am planning to send about 5 total, so we’ll see how that goes.

Stay crafty!
Jenn

07 March 2014

Turn a Tee into a Throw Pillow!

Hey guys! So I have another tee project for you guys today. This one was actually a request I got a few weeks ago, on how to turn a tee into a pillow. Well, I had been holding off on it because I didn’t have a shirt to use and I hadn’t had a chance to get to a thrift store to find one, but then I got a shirt in the mail from Taco Bell? I don’t remember ordering it, but maybe I did. Either way, thanks, Taco Bell!

Besides the shirt, I used a sewing machine, a 16”x16” pillow form and some velcro. You can hand sew or use gluing options here, and you can also substitute snaps for the velcro or just choose to have it not open at the back if you don’t mind not being able to wash it.
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