Review: Cetaphil


Hey long time no blog! I’m participating in the JingleVoxBox from Influenster, and I got some products to try and review for free.  One of those products was the Cetaphil moisturizing cream.


While I’m more of a Beekman 1802 lotion girl, this Cetaphil cream didn’t feel greasy and did help some dry spots. I also enjoyed the fact that it was scent free and didn’t bother me.

Overall, I’d recommend it to someone who is looking for something to help with their winter dry skin and I’ll most likely keep using it as a backup lotion as well.

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Product Review: Airbrush Legs


What did I get this time around from Influenster you ask? Well I received  Airbrush Legs from Sally Hansen. I know there’s supposed to be lots of pictures, but I received the “light” color to try out. Well I thought the light color was going to be OK for my legs, then I realized how pale my legs are. When I applied the leg make up on, my legs kind of resembled the  oompa loompa from Willy Wonka and I’m not posting that:)

Overall, the product applied smooth, and set out what it was made to do, cover up issues. I did find that even though it was supposed to be easy wash off, it took some scrubbing to get the make up off the next day.

So how did I apply it?

  1. I squeezed a small amount (less than dime size) into my hand.
  2. I worked the amount into a small area on my legs.
  3. I blended to get an even finish.
  4. Then I repeated for the rest of my legs, until I got an even tone.

While I got this for free, I probably would have chosen the lightest shade they offer for myself to make sure my legs looked more natural. Also it’s great for people who wear clothes that show off their legs, and that is something I just don’t do.

So yes, I give it a recommendation but make sure you know which color works for your skin tone.



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Book Review: Uncle Scrooge: Pure Viewing Satisfaction


Gray,  Jonathan, Rodolfo Cimino, Jan Kruse, Romano Scarpa, and Joe Torcivia. Uncle Scrooge: Pure Viewing Satisfaction. IDW. 2015. ISBN-13: 9781631403880

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Uncle Scrooge: Pure Viewing Satisfaction


The ever famous Uncle Scrooge is back at his money hogging ways in this series of comics. There’s a group of robbers who keep trying to steal his money, and hilariously fail. Donald and the nephews go on wild adventures with their uncle. If you like Disney and you like Uncle Scrooge stories, Pure Viewing Satisfaction will be enjoyable for you. The artwork in Disney comics is always beautiful and detailed. A great children’s comic.

Notes: (all links open in a new window/tab)

I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.

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States I’ve Visited!

In looking through my blog, I saw my old states I’ve visited map. I’ve now added Indiana to that list, and have updated the map accordingly.

So 28/50, I really need to get westward don’t I?

visited 28 states (56%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or Amsterdam travel guide for Android

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Book Review: Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom


Franklin, Emily and Brendan Halpin. Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Company, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-8027-2345-1. Hardcover USD $16.99

Annotation: Lucas and Tessa are best friends. When Lucas realizes he wants more, how will he react when she comes out as a lesbian?


No awards but the book was named to the 2013 Rainbow List.

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Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom


Lucas and Tessa have been friends for most of their lives. One day Luke realizes his feelings for Tessa go more than friendship so he decides to ask her to prom. She declines, but not for the reasons you might think. She comes out as a lesbian.

Lucas feels hurt and betrayed. Some actions on his part cause Tessa and her family a lot of hurt and controversy. Will Tessa and Lucas make up but more importantly, will Tessa Masterson go to prom?

Fun Facts: This book was based on real life events in a small southern town.

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Image Cover: From Goodreads

Award Info:

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green


Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York, NY: Dutton, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0-525-47881-2. Hardcover USD $17.99

Annotation: Two teens with terminal cancer go on an adventure of friendship and love.


Buxtehuder Bulle (2012), Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2013), West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award (WAYRBA) for Older Readers (2013), Milwaukee County Teen Book Award (2013), Indies Choice Book Award for Young Adult (2013)

Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for Preis der Jugendjury (2013), Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (ALAN/NCTE) (2013), Dioraphte Jongerenliteratuurprijs for vertaald boek en publieksprijs (2013), The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2012), Abraham Lincoln Award (2014), Goodreads Choice for Best Young Adult Fiction (2012), Luisterboek Award (2015), Green Mountain Book Award (2014), The Inky Awards Shortlist for Silver Inky (2012) .

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The Fault in Our Stars


Hazel Grace Lancaster is a 16 year old girl battling cancer. Upon her mother’s request she attends a cancer support group. She meets a boy named Augustus Waters. They share an attraction with each other.

How do two people with terminal cancer deal with life, love, and eventual death? Read “The Fault in Our Stars” to see how these two people live their lives to the fullest.

Fun Facts: Author John Green hosts a The Fault in Our Stars Q&A on his website. *Note* Spoilers are abound if you haven’t completely read the book.


Book Trailer:

Movie Trailer:

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Image Cover & Awards List: From Goodreads

Book Trailer:

Movie Trailer:

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Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Notes: I also changed this book from what I originally picked. If I would be living in the UK this biography review would have been about John Cleese.

Age Range: Including age range for this book, while not inappropriate, there may be some jokes or parts of the story that are inappropriate for younger readers. 15+ for the age range on this book. I will note there might be choices in the story where you won’t find anything out of the ordinary, but it’s best to caution.


Harris, Neil Patrick. Choose Your Own Autobiography. USA: Crown Archetype, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0-385-34699-3. Hardcover. USD: $26.00

Annotation: If you thought Choose your own adventure books were out of style think again. Neil Patrick Harris’s autobiography brings this style of book back to the forefront and is a fun adventurous look through Harris’s life.


None yet.

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 5 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

You’ve seen him in reruns of Doogie Howser, M.D., you know him as Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, now read about how Neil Patrick Harris got there, and read about his theater and hosting duties. You’ll see how he gained fame and fortune and has found happiness on and off the screen.

In Choose Your Own Autobiography, you get to choose how you read the story. Just like the choose your own adventure books you read as a kid, you get to read “adventures” in Neil’s life. Don’t worry if you want to read straight through. You can. It doesn’t feel too disjointed as each “adventure” is standalone, but it is neat to see what would have preceded that adventure. If you want a biography that isn’t your standard read, than Choose Your Own Autobiography is for you.


Videos: Book Trailer from the book’s website

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Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Cover Image- Goodreads


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A general housekeeping posts. Please don’t comment on old posts. Seriously. It just makes you look like you are trolling for something. I barely remember what I had for lunch today let alone what I wrote 3 years ago.

Most likely going to add this into my disclaimer or about me page as well.

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Timebound by Rysa Walker

Notes: For my Historical Fiction pick I had originally started to read The Book Thief. While a good read, I just realized I wasn’t reading it as quickly as I needed to for class. I’ll finish it and give a proper review once the quarter is over. I just feel the pacing of The Book Thief is one to be enjoyed slowly.


Walker, Rysa. Timebound. United States of America: Skyscape. 2013. Advanced Reader Copy Paperback. ISBN-13: 978-1-477-84815-9 Price in USD $8.95

Annotation: Imagine being told you can time travel. Imagine being asked to save the world using time travel. This is what Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother asks her to do. If Kate succeeds in her current timeline, how are the past, present, and future affected?


2013: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Grand Prize Winner

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Timebound (The Chronos Files #1)

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 4 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

Time travel? Mystery? A Dash of romance? If any of these sound fun and exciting to read than Timebound by Rysa Walker is your book. Timebound is the first book in the CHRONOS series (2 books and 2 novellas with a third book on the way this fall). Sixteen year-old, Kate Pierce-Keller has had two panic attacks in her life she didn’t think much of them until her grandmother waltzes back into town, and asking Kate to move in with her part time. Kate’s world is tossed upside down when she finds out she has the ability to time travel. According to her grandmother, Kate must now go back in time to find out when her grandmother was murdered in another timeline to make sure that Kate’s timeline doesn’t get erased from history. Which timeline is correct, and how will Kate know what to choose and defeat the evil in the past. What will happen to the people she has met in another timeline? Kate must choose what’s correct.

If you like history, science fiction, fantasy, and adventure this book is for you. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Walker at NYCC (New York Comic Con) 2013, and I remember what she said about the book,” if you like Doctor Who, then you’ll enjoy Timebound.” I find that statement to be mostly true, though I feel that Timebound deals more with historical ramifications than alien encounters.

Videos: There aren’t many video interviews or a book trailer, but I did find a podcast with Rysa Walker talking about self-publishing and more. The podcast is over an hour in length so it’s a little long.

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Noteable Information: The book was originally called Time’s Twisted Arrow, but was changed during the awards process.

Credits: (all links open in a new window/tab)

Cover Image- Goodreads

Awards List and Notable information: Rysa Walkers Website

Podcast- YouTube user Johnny B. Truant

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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

First and foremost, I’m back. You’ll be seeing a lot of book reviews over the next 10 weeks. I’m taking a class on YA Resources for my Library Science degree. I have to read and review 20 books this quarter. Those reviews have their own dedicated blog at Adventures in YA Books. That’s mainly for my classmates and peers. So I’m doing what any multi-blog blogger would do. Cross posting.

Each post will originate at Adventures in YA Books. I am then going to paste the post here at Nicole’s Life Adventures. Pick a place and read and enjoy!


Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York: Speak, a Penguin Putnam imprint. 2003. Paperback.

Growing up is never easy no matter where you come from and no matter the differences, in the end we are all a lot more alike than we believe.

1967: New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book List
1967: Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
1975: Media and Methods Maxi Award
1975: ALA Best Young Adult Books
1979: Massachusetts’s Children’s Book Award
1991: BILBY Award for Older Readers

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The Outsiders

Mini Review:

Star Rating- 5 out of 5 (That’s what I gave it on Goodreads).

The Outsiders is a story about friendship and growing up. Ponyboy Curtis is a 14 year-old “greaser”. He and the rest of his gang are rivals with the “socs”. Throughout the story the greasers and the socs have various scuffles. Until one scuffle changes everyone’s life.  Ponyboy and another greaser Johnny end up on the run.  Even though they return home other events happen that change Ponyboy forever.

I never read The Outsiders in high school. I wished I had, so I could compare my understanding of it now and what I thought then.  I also thought when I first saw rival gangs, I thought West Side Story in non-musical form. The Outsiders is much much more.

The novel deals with social class, violence, gangs, school, and death, S.E. Hinton weaves them all into a compelling story that makes you feel like you’ve been friends with Ponyboy and company for ever.

Videos:  In 1983 Hinton’s novel was made into a movie. Here is the trailer for the movie.


Teen Quotes:  “The Outsiders is the first book I read completely in High School. I love this book.”- Billy, 19.

Cover Image- Goodreads
Awards List- S.E. Hinton’s website
BILBY Award Mention
Movie Trailer- YouTube user Danielle Jonas

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