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The Viking

The Viking

I get my love of books honestly from my mother. She’s the only person I know first hand that has more books than I do. Granted if I didn’t have to move every 3-4 years, my collection would probably be a bit larger than it is. But today I’m sharing with you a book review written by my mother just for you guys. So here goes…

 

The Viking
by Marti Talbott
Reviewed by Deborah Berryhill

This story begins in a Viking village. The Commander or leader of these Viking warriors is Donar. While away at sea leading Viking raiding parties, Donar’s wife, Sheena, and his newborn daughter die during child birth. Sheena’s sister blames Donar for her death but agrees to raise Donar’s son, Stefan. Filled with grief and guilt for the woman he will always love, Donar stays out to sea. When Stefan is about to turn fifteen, Donar agrees to take him on a raiding party. As they sail towards Scotland, Donar tells Stefan of a promise he had made to Sheena. A promise that will change Stefan’s life forever.

Kannak lives with her mother in Scotland. They belong to the Macoran clan. At thirteen, she discovers her father has abandoned her and her mother. Taking everything they need to survive, Kannak has come to the realization that their only means of survival is for her to marry.

Circumstances force Kannak and Stefan to unite for survival. Forging a path that teaches them the true meaning of life.

This is a story of love, forgiveness, jealousy, friendship, and betrayal. It will take you on a journey through the times of the Vikings and the Scottish clans into their culture and beliefs. It is filled with suspense and surprises that you will never expect. Marti Talbott brings the past alive with characters you will never forget and a story that will have you spellbound.

 

 

 

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It’s officially my birthday month and I’m excited to share some of the fun holidays I’ll be celebrating with my kids this month!! 

International Children's Book Day

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National Burrito Day

April 5th – National Burrito Day

Cinnamon Roll Day

April 10th – Cinnamon Roll Day

National Sibling Day

April 10th – National Sibling Day

Grilled Cheese Day

April 12th – Grilled Cheese Day

Look Alike Day

April 20th – Look Alike Day

World Penguin Day

April 25th – World Penguin Day

 

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101 Things in 1,001 Days ~2019 First Quarter Recap

101 Things in 1001 DaysApril 1, 2018 to December 27, 2020
15% Complete

 

  1. Write a letter to myself to open when the 1001 days is over
  2. Pay off all debt, excluding mortgage ~over 75% done
  3. Fully funded emergency fund
  4. Fully funded rental emergency fund
  5. Start kids college funds
  6. Go on a Disney cruise
  7. Attend a photography workshop
  8. Go zip lining
  9. Camping in the mountains
  10. Horseback riding
  11. Week in Gatlinburg
  12. Take a Segway tour
  13. Attend an Alabama home game
  14. Go geocaching
  15. A golf day with the hubs
  16. Stay at a beach house for a week
  17. Get another tattoo
  18. Ride in a hot air balloon
  19. Improve my handwriting ~Order handwriting book
  20. Get Ancestry DNA test
  21. Learn soap making
  22. Make a candle
  23. Take pictures in a photo booth
  24. Work on a pottery wheel
  25. Attend a music festival
  26. Attend a film festival
  27. Go through a corn maze on Halloween
  28. Go to a renaissance festival
  29. Send hubs to comicon
  30. Go on a trip with my best friends
  31. Take piano lessons
  32. Sew an article of clothing that I can wear
  33. Have a spa day
  34. Try acupuncture
  35. Create an inspiration jar
  36. Go on a shopping spree
  37. Make every recipe in a cookbook
  38. Recreate a classic dish
  39. Start an herb garden
  40. Grow a container garden
  41. Take a cooking class
  42. Do the Whole 30 challenge
  43. Host a cooking class
  44. Try a weird food
  45. Try the 7 day Vegan challenge
  46. No fast food for a week
  47. Read a book on the NY Best Sellers List
  48. Build a house with Habitat for Humanity
  49. Go on a church mission trip ~planning a trip for August
  50. Random act of kindness
  51. Adopt a family for Christmas
  52. Visit a nursing home
  53. Prepare care packages for the homeless
  54. Learn sign language ~Working on
  55. Learn a new language
  56. Serve in a soup kitchen
  57. Sponsor a child’s wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation
  58. Unplug for a week
  59. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  60. Write a book
  61. Write a cookbook
  62. Do a color run
  63. Hit my goal weight ~30% complete
  64. No soda for a week
  65. Try a juice fast for a weekend
  66. Go deep sea fishing
  67. Take a self-defense class
  68. Go paddle boarding
  69. Challenge hubs to a paintball war
  70. Be a tourist in my own town
  71. Spontaneous road trip
  72. See Niagara Falls
  73. Visit Coney Island
  74. Tour the Biltmore Estates
  75. Visit the White House
  76. See a Red Sox home game
  77. Learn to quilt
  78. Pay a stranger’s bill in a restaurant
  79. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me
  80. Go to a marriage retreat
  81. Plan a year’s worth of dates with the hubs
  82. Host a poker night
  83. Attend a Women’s Retreat
  84. Double our income
  85. Attend ITN
  86. Start a YouTube channel ~prepping
  87. Become a yoga instructor
  88. Create my signature program ~working on
  89. Become a CPR instructor
  90. Get my concealed carry license
  91. Visit Salem
  92. Watch 25 documentaries ~48% complete
  93. Read 50 book
  94. Read 10 biographies
  95. Save $20 for every goal completed
  96. Watch every Audrey Hepburn film
  97. Make a memory jar
  98. Read the entire Bible ~reading through the Bible in a Year chronological plan.
  99. List 50 places I’d like to visit
  100. Write a list of 101 things I’ve already accomplished ~working on
  101. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years

 

 

 

 

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Spring is right around the corner and I’m ready to wash off these winter vibes. Since spring is a time of renewal it’s time to refresh my skincare routine. Blame the health coach in me but my first rule is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I know this is repeated for every diet, nutrition, and beauty regimen, but it’s because it’s that important. Your organs need water to function and your skin is your body’s largest organ. So not only will you feel healthier, your skin will start to have a healthy natural glow.

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Recently I’ve started using the Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast sugar scrub once a week to exfoliate my legs and arms. With waxing appointments and self-tanning on the horizon, I want to make sure to buff off any dead skin cells to give my skin a smoother and brighter look. I just picked up this St. Ives Radiant Skin exfoliator for my face and I have to say that I absolutely love the way it smells.

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I’ll also be switching out my heavier winter moisturizer for a lighter one that contains more SPF. Skin cancer runs pretty heavily in my family, so I want to make sure I’m taking what precautions I can now. After some research, I decided to try the CeraVe Ultra Light Moisturizer. It was repeatedly ranked at the top of the lists for best moisturizer. And while I was at Walgreens I saw this CeraVe Eye Repair Cream next to it. I genetically have extremely dark circles under my eyes so I’m always looking for an eye cream to reduce the dark tint. Thanks, mom!

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Another switch I’ll be making is by using a lighter foundation or possibly even a BB cream. It can be a little difficult for me to find a good foundation with my extremely light complexion so I usually grab a few different ones to try. I recently purchased the Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Light, the Covergirl Outlast Active in 805 Ivory, and the Maybelline Dream BB Fresh Cream in 110 Light. I honestly don’t wear a lot of makeup now that I work from home, but I do want something light for when I have appointments or that rare date night. It should be an interesting time seeing which one of these products works best for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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This month my son turned 9. Now I understand the saying that they grow up too fast. It does not seem like my baby boy should be 9.

Laser Tag Birthday

To celebrate we hosted a laser tag party at Bounce, Play, and Create in Charlottesville. I absolutely love this place. They have an area set up for painting, building blocks, and tons of bouncy houses. They also offer different classes such as crafts and cooking.

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The birthday parties here cost more than I usually budget for parties, but the plus is that I don’t have to do anything at all. They handle all the décor, food, and treats. We have a party hostess that takes the kids through all the activities that are scheduled. I just show up, smile, and get to know the other parents.

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After one particular birthday that ended up with the cake thrown in the garbage, me crying on the kitchen floor, and my husband going to the 24-hour grocery store at one in the morning to get more cake ingredients, I don’t mind increasing my budget to be able to just sit back and relax. No more Pinterest parties for me.

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