All posts for the month April, 2016

Picture Book Reviews

Published April 28, 2016 by Kattie Sivley


Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?

Goodreads Summary:

Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a profession and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter’s fascination with all things ‘princess, ‘ Carole P. Roman penned this adorable poem celebrating all the wonderful possibilities waiting ahead for them.

My Thoughts:

The premise behind the story is cute.  Little girls can be anything. I don’t think it is an amazing story, and I don’t like the illustrations at all. Overall it is not something I would purchase for my friends or family members children. I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  I really love the author’s other children’s books about living in other countries though!

Goodreads Summary:

Carole P. Roman travels to the stars, orbiting the moon and rocketing past planets in this adorable journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. A beautiful bedtime poem, this verse is sure to delight any child before they go to sleep.

My Thoughts:

This is another unfortunate miss for me.  I still don’t like the illustrations by Mateya Arkova.  I don’t think the poem in the book flows very well either.  I got this book for free in exchange for a review. Although I didn’t like these two picture books I highly recommend checking out her other series for children.
8PS: What do you think of these books?  What are some of your favorite picture books.

Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Ann Volkwein

Published April 26, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

Goodreads Summary:

Few people know that national pie champion Francine Bryson got her start on the cooking contest circuit at age sixteen with a savory stuffed pork loin—that won first place. In Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen, Francine invites you into her home to share recipes for everything that graces her Southern table: chicken dinners, savory pies, Sunday suppers to serve the preacher, make-and-take casseroles, dips and other redneck whatnots, backyard barbecue favorites—and, of course, three chapters devoted to her celebrated baked goods, including her most-requested holiday sweets. Feeding people is what Francine loves to do, and here are simple instructions for 125 dishes with 60 color photographs to help you to bring her Southern charm to your table.

My Thoughts:

Although the types of recipes in this cookbook (like mac and cheese and burgers) are the types of foods that I eat, most of them seem a little over-complicated for me to actually decide to undertake.  There are so many recipes that are fried also, which I guess isn’t that surprising since it is a country cookbook, but that is just not something I do very often.  I do plan on making the Coconut Party Dip at my next gathering! I will also be trying the Faked-Out Fried Chicken (which is baked) and the Mac-and-Cheese burgers sound too amazing not to try, even though you have to fry the macaroni! I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  Overall this book doesn’t have enough recipes that I would be willing to try on my own, but I think it is worth a purchase if you like frying and grilling!


PS: What are your fave cookbooks?


I haven’t felt like reviewing books lately.. part 2

Published April 19, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

So I haven’t felt like reviewing any of the books I have read lately. I am not even sure I can remember enough details of any of them to review them.  Some of them are from way back in January.  Instead of reviewing each book, I am going to list them here and let you know whether I think it is worth taking a glance at. Part 1 here.

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Things I Just Had To Know About Karen from Karen Nerds Out!

Published April 17, 2016 by Kattie Sivley


Today we are so super lucky to have Karen from Karen Nerds Out on the blog!

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TBT Review: Dead Tropics by Sue Edge

Published April 14, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

TBTI had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what  I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.



Goodreads Summary:

IN THE MIDST OF A CATASTROPHE LIKE THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN, ONE WOMAN WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO PROTECT HER FAMILY. Lori Nelson has always seen herself as an ordinary woman, doing the best she can to juggle family and her work as a nurse. But the most dangerous creature in nature is the mother whose offspring is threatened… When miners release an ancient virus Lori is at ground zero of the deadly battle for survival. With the help of a laconic ex-soldier, can Lori find the strength to fight the spreading threat and save her family?

My Thoughts:

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Board Game Bento Unboxing Showdown!

Published April 13, 2016 by Kattie Sivley

Board Game Bento is a monthly subscription box that sends you at least $80 (for only $57 with shipping) worth of board games and accessories each month straight to your door! It is like getting a birthday gift in the mail every month.  April was my first box, and the theme was showdown! Here is a peeky-poo at what was inside the box!
















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This box included Sentinel Tactics The Flame of Freedom Board Game, which did not fit in the box, so they unwrapped it, and included all the pieces in the Sentinel Tactics Uprising Expansion.

Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom is the hex-grid based tactical combat game set in the world of Sentinel Comics! Go head-to-head in skirmish play, or experience the stories by playing through the included Scenario Books! The Flame of Freedom, which takes the players through the Freedom Five’s interactions with their long-lost ally, Ra, and includes the heroes Legacy, Bunker, Tachyon, The Wraith, Absolute Zero, and Ra, as well as the villains Baron Blade, Omnitron-V, and Citizen Dawn. The game uses a hex grid map to represent terrain. Each player controls one or more heroes or villains, each of which has unique powers. Combat is based on the rolling of six-sided dice. Whereas Sentinels of the Multiverse is a fully cooperative game, Sentinel Tactics is a team-based game. Groups of players will cooperate against either a villain player or against another team of players, so while the game is competitive, cooperation and teamwork are still vital to the gameplay.  Sentinel Tactics: Uprising includes 6 new characters, environment elements for both environments from Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom, and a scenario book with scenarios which revolve around the new characters, bringing them into the ongoing storyline of Sentinel Comics! The scenarios involve comic-book style stories, map setups, and scenario specific tokens, powers, and even side characters!. (according to Amazon)

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I’ve never heard of this game, but it looks really fun! I’m excited to try it out!


You have been selected for the most rigorous, cutthroat reality competition on TV. As a contestant, you’ll compete in challenges and work with and against the other competitors for a shot at fame and fortune. You won’t win if you go it alone, but don’t get too friendly; you’ll have to do a bit of backstabbing to emerge victorious. (according to Amazon.)

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Alien Wars is a fast, card-tossing game where your goal is to become Master of the Galaxy. Remember where you put your aliens and try to throw your cards to eliminate enemy aliens. Alien Wars is a droll game for anyone, combining skill, tactics, and memory. (according to Amazon.)

This game is really funny, and I will post a game review soon!

8PS: What are your favorite tabletop games?

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