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Without Regret by Elaine Mingus

Without Regret by Elaine Mingus http://princessmouseycards.com #withoutREGRET #books #Christianity

Without Regret by Elaine Mingus http://princessmouseycards.com #withoutREGRET #books #Christianity

Hello Sunshine! Yesterday was Mother’s day, so Happy Mother’s Day to you! I had a wonderful weekend with my family. My son came by and chauffeured me around to my errands on Friday. He also helped me in a future blog post with his painting skills. I hope to finish & publish that soon.

So, I have this friend, Elaine & you can ask me how I met her but I couldn’t tell you the exact moment. What I can tell you is we were meant to meet. She is such a beautiful person, sweet mother & wife & she published a book. I just finished Without Regret & I absolutely loved it.

Without Regret by Elaine Mingus http://princessmouseycards.com #withoutREGRET #books #Christianity

Without Regret by Elaine Mingus
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#withoutREGRET #books #Christianity

Elaine wrote this novel perfectly about 3 childhood friends that had a conflict 14 years earlier and not communicated because of it. The 3 ladies in the book are so relatable and their stories are so real. While I have been reading the book, I have been able to talk to my girlfriends about it & I feel like I am talking about the characters in the book as though they are one of our girlfriends:

Kate knew from childhood that she wanted to be a missionary. Cora has a beautiful voice & dreams of being a singer. Carmen’s dreams are of being a nurse.

We all have our dreams, but what happens when God interrupts our plans?

Without Regret by Elaine Mingus http://princessmouseycards.com #withoutREGRET #books #Christianity

Without Regret by Elaine Mingus http://princessmouseycards.com #withoutREGRET #books #Christianity

 
Without Regret is the perfect book for you to download for your e-reader & you can order from Amazon now. 

Without Regret $3.99

Once you start Without Regret, you will not be able to put it down. Also, check out this post from Elaine Mingus : The REAL Reason I Wrote A Book {and how it can help you write yours}

Thanks for visiting & sharing.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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National Sibling Day

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Hello Sunshine & Happy Friday! A beautiful weekend is ahead of us all. We have April showers for us in Austin, TX. I couldn’t be happier because as we all know, April showers bring May Flowers.

Did you know that today is National Sibling Day? I am so very happy to honor my Big Brother, Anthony. I have always looked up to my brother & not just because he is taller than me. He is such a great man. He has always been so patient and wise. He has always given me such great advice and maybe since he is a big brother, he has been the best protector. When I saw the movie, Boyhood I was just so taken by the story. How they fought in the backseat of the car when they were kids and teased each other, but no matter what, they were so close. That is us!

Boyhood

Boyhood

Of course, that movie spoke to me on other levels as a parent and a wife of divorce, but that’s a different story.

My brother is a wonderful single father and will be visiting us in a few weeks and I can’t wait! Now, my nephews are growing up to be the sweetest siblings that are very loving, kind, respectable & I know that they will be able to build relationships as adults that are loving to others. I know that Family is where it begins. Family is the foundation.

Celebrate National Sibling Day. Call your siblings & let them know how much they mean to you.

Just my 2 kisses.

Lots of Love,

Lisa

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Golden Art & Heroes

Hello Sunshine! You know I love to see movies! I recently saw 2 movies I wanted to share with you that I really adored. Woman In Gold is in Theaters now & it is absolutely perfect for a date movie. If you are a lover of Art, you may know the painting that the film is about & the story behind it, but if you don’t~ then go in and this will be a nice story for you. I appreciate and love art. I have read so much about history and this movie still shows so much more of the story and I felt so much emotion that I recommend this movie to you for a date or even a family outing. Then have lunch or coffee after to discuss like we did.

This week I finally saw Big Hero 6. I had heard that this is a great movie, but I don’t have kids to watch it with! Anyway, I finally put it in my Netflix DVD Queue. I loved it! These animated movies are really so advanced. Showing kids how to build robots and how to cope with death. Kid or adult, this is a great movie.

If you know of any movies I should see, let me know! I love a movie. Be sure to follow my Instagram @princessmousey. I usually post my movie watching with the #MustLoveMovies.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Spring Reading

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Austin, TX No Place Like Home
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Ok, I have been away for so long! Unfortunately I have had a few ‘episodes’ with my brain injury and I have been unable to post. Just my usual migraines and seizures, but it does keep me from writing. I have also been getting our home ready for a guest, well, guests. We just had my friend Jessica here last week and Next month my brother and my nephews will be here. Jessica was here to speak at Austin’s World Famous SXSW. I felt bad, but I kept telling her it was a big deal that she was speaking at the event because I was making her nervous. I am born/raised Austin, so I know SXSW before it is today. When it was just music and no badges were needed. Oh those were the days. Anyway, she and our other friends did fantastic! They were speaking about ‘How Latina Moms Are Raising Next Gen Coders.’ Yes, SXSW has changed. There is so much going on around the actual Convention Center and so many booths advertising their products & giving their products free to do just that. There are even people walking around as advertising. I was the driver for my friend. She doesn’t live here & I wanted her to have a great time, so it was so fun to see how Austin is still very beautiful and the parks are full outside of SXSW! Of course, get inside the madness and it is full of cars and people.

Well, I have been a busy bee reading for my spring book list. One of my favorite Instagram, @princessmousey friends recommended a book, I Forgot To Remember. I was immediately attracted because it is about a young lady who has had a brain injury and struggled with amnesia. She overcomes amazingly. Reading this book was very good for me, because it helped me to understand that I am not the only one that goes through this.

I like reading Sophia Kinsella books. Sometimes I just need to read a good girl book and the Shopaholic series are my tried and true ‘go to’s’. Having said that, Shopaholic To The Stars is not my favorite of the series. The book took a very long time to get me into it. I can easily read a 400 page book in about 2 days, but this book took me about 2 weeks because I could not find myself getting into it. However, the ending has me wanting to read the next. Go figure!

WOW! The Girl On The Train was amazing. When I was young I loved watching Alfred Hitchcock movies. This book reminded me of watching his movies, like Rear Window. Needless to say, I could not put this book down! If you start this book, look for a thriller.

After reading The Girl On The Train, I asked my Instagram, @princessmousey followers for a recommendation and given The Nightingale. This is a beautiful story of 2 sisters separate lives in German occupied 1939 France. You read the book, you really see how the sisters are different, but as you keep reading are they really that different? It is really a beautifully written book.

I love reading novels to take me to another place & time. I just love to read! You can find me on Goodreads. I really recommend these books. I believe these books were all 300-400 pages, but they are all written so beautifully, the subject is wonderful to take on spring break & are all so exciting that you will be unable to put them down, but that’s just my 2 kisses. You will find every moment of silence or just a moment of alone time to read!

I also want to let you know about e-mails I started receiving from Book Bub. Everyday I get their email of about 1-3 books that are FREE, .99 or $1.99 per book! I have bought a Vegan Cookbook, a Paleo Cookbook and a few novels. Of course, I have just deleted the email most times, but it is good to get a bargain book to download to your tablet.

My favorite is checking the free books on my iTunes books. I always find books there! Always the classics, but they also put newer books. If you have an iPad, check on the very bottom of the iBooks page for Free Books Tab & Weekly Bestsellers Under $4. There are even kid books in there.

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Brain Injury Awareness Month
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Last thing! March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! I have suffered a brain injury and I live in Texas. In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has designated March 18 as Brain Injury Awareness Day. The Governor’s office estimates 2 million Texans are living with Traumatic Brain Injury & 144,000 sustained TBI’s in 2014. The Brain Injury Assoc. of America Texas Division assists victims & their families in finding rehab, legal, financial & other support services. 1-800-444-6443. biausa.org

Thank you for reading and sharing &

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Date Movie

Date Movie

Date Movie

Hello Sunshine! There is so much going on during the holiday season. We really need to take some time to spend with our friends.

Ladies Brunch

Ladies Brunch

I had a little brunch with my girlfriends for a gift exchange. Nothing fancy. We just had a little crudités of fruits, veggies, gingerbread and biscuits. I had purchased these cute potted cactus rose from Trader Joe’s to give as favors for my girlfriends and I placed them in little pottery that I purchased at a bargain discount at Michaels a while back for under $2. I knew I would find something to use them for! It was just a little something for us to get away from all of the shopping and spend time together.

Party Favor

Party Favor

After we had girl time, The Hubby and I had a Date Night planned. We had been wanting to see this movie, Whiplash. I am so glad we kept with our commitment. If you are music fans like we are, you really should see this movie. It is more of a Jazz music movie, but you really do not have to like Jazz so much, just really appreciate music. We had such a nice date as we usually do when we see a movie. We love to see a movie at Violet Crown & I must get the Brussels Sprouts, sans the bacon since I am a vegetarian. We usually go for an after movie snack somewhere and ‘break down’ the movie. We really enjoyed this one & I do hope you take your loved one to see Whiplash. I always believe in dating your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, son, daughter, mom or dad or anyone! Just date each other, keep conversation going and enjoying fun times together. Making memories is the best! We can usually relate to music and this movie is a great way to do that. Let me know if you have seen this or if you do go on a date to see the movie.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Satur-Date Movie: Gone Girl

Satur-Date Movie Gone Girl

Satur-Date Movie Gone Girl

Hello Sunshine! Wow, we had a great weekend here in Austin. It was Austin City Limits Music Festival Weekend, so it was great to have all the visitors in for the outdoor live music under the beautiful blue sky with the cool breeze. Now, we have plenty of days like this here, but it’s nice when we have visitors with outdoor events so we give such a warm welcome. I hope you had beautiful weather where you are also.

Well, The hubby and I had not had a movie date in a while & we pre-purchased our tickets to see the movie, Gone Girl. I had the book on my Goodreads list, but I have so many books on my list that I would probably get to it this time next year. I had Instagram‘d that we were going to see the movie & I admitted that I had not read the book and a few of my friends & followers had mentioned that the book was so good, that I really should have read the book. Ugh! I should have, I know, but I didn’t. I made the decision to load it in my iBooks immediately and do a speed read. So far, so good, I was on chapter 6. I was flying by. Easy read. Then I took a break. Read a few more posts on my Instagram, ‘oh, I hear it’s really loyal to the book’. I started thinking, ‘Should I really complete this book?’ Then what will be the point of watching the movie? I stopped reading the book!

On with the movie:

Wow, A ‘Must See.’ Oh & you do not need to read the book before you see the movie. Now, Gone Girl is definitely for a mature audience, so don’t think you can bring anyone under age and it’s just a scene or two. It’s more than a scene or two. I always like to go into a movie knowing little to nothing. I don’t read reviews. I do watch CBS Sunday Morning, so I do watch David Edelstein’s reviews. My husband on the other hand must read reviews. The bad part of that is, he will tell me about the movie review and tell me what is going to happen in the movie. He did that in this movie also. This movie has so many twists and turns and is just a thriller that you may walk out of there with the ‘what just happened?’ Yes, we were breaking this one down for hours after! If you like a thriller, physiological thriller, suspense thriller, or a ‘Halloween Scary Thriller Reality Movie’ this is the one!

If you are in Austin, I recommend seeing the movie in one of our favorites, Violet Crown Cinema. The top left pic above is from the balcony at the Violet Crown. They have a parking garage and the cinema will validate your ticket. The balcony has the coziest chairs that you can grab a drink prior to your show while you wait for seating and soak up the Austin sun. The cinema has a lite bite menu, but I honestly recommend you get the popcorn and Brussels Sprouts. The popcorn is free refills and I believe they have the best tasting popcorn. I don’t know why, but it is the best. The Brussels Sprouts are almost as good as my own recipe, Top Secret Brussels Sprouts. I order them every time I see a movie at the cinema. Each theater seat has a table top, but you have to take your dish & drinks in, there are no servers. They also serve coffee & specialty coffee. I was enjoying a Double Dirty Chai, as you can see in the pic on the bottom right. We have been going to The Violet Crown since it opened and the staff is always friendly, our food is always fresh and delicious and drinks are always perfect. Recently the bar was short staff for the first time and the gentleman was the friendliest and fastest. I am under the assumption that VCC treats their staff fantastic because the staff treat VCC & their guests fantastic!

I love spending money locally in my Native Austin!

There were a few trailers for upcoming movies, but I will be looking out for The Theory Of Everything Movie. That looks like it might be a good one. Probably a movie I will ask my friend, Holly to see with me but thats all right! Not every movie needs to be a Satur-date. The Hubby saw a trailer, Birdman that interests him. It does look good. Perhaps that will be an upcoming Sadur-date.

Thanks for stopping by & lots of love,

Lisa

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An Unexpected Thank You Letter

An Unexpected Thank You

An Unexpected Thank You

Hello Sunshine! I know it’s been a while since I have posted, I have had some severe migraines & I am afraid they have really impaired me from doing too much. My apologies for not keeping up with you.

A while back I posted a Blog about attending Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing for Hard Choices at Book People in Austin. I mentioned how kind she is and was to me and I will always appreciate her sincerity. Well, during my migraine spells, I received this letter from Mrs. Clinton and I wanted to share it with you.

I can only express again how much I always recommend visiting a book signing for your favorite author or any public, govornment official that may be visiting your town. I always believe that even if you believe in their politics or not, it is someone that could be a once in a lifetime moment, why not check it out?

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

I also wanted to share with you this fantastic snack that we enjoyed while watching The Little League World Series. Heirloom Tomatoes are out now and if you can find them at your local farmers market, grab them! If you can’t find them there, then check out your local supermarket. I grabbed these at Whole Foods. They made it so convenient with the fresh made mozzarella next to them! I had to go home and make some fresh Basil Pesto. I finished the dish with my favorite olive oil from, Mandola’s, sprinkled with fresh Comet Tail Black Pepper and fleur de sel. Oh, we indulged, but it was so worth it!

Labor Day is monday and I do hope you have the day off. Thankfully, we are taking extra time off. So, the hubby and I will be spending a good amount of time together simply relaxing. I hope you enjoy and relax during your holiday, because you deserve it!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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