Monday, November 23, 2015

Brimbles Box: My Project Life Halloween Mini Album

It's my turn again to be on the Mrs Brimbles blog to share with everyone how I used my October Brimbles Planner Box!!!

For the month of October, I received this amazing Brimbles Box (Personal Ring Planner) and instantly knew that I would be using the majority of these things for a Halloween mini-album instead of in my planner!

I found this tiny 4x4 album and page protectors by DCWV in the clearance section of JoAnn's Craft Store here in the U.S. and fell in love with the size! Even though some of the Project Life cards are larger than the album, I really wanted to use the entire package of Halloween Project Life cards in it... ALL 40 of them!!!

I decided to keep decorations to a minimum since I don't have my pictures to put on the pages/cards yet... I used the 2 washi tape rolls and the Crate Paper "After Dark" puffy stickers that came in my Brimbles Box; I also colored and cut out a few stamped images (from The Greeting Farm).

Here is video of a quick flip through...
(I apologize now for the bad lighting! I recorded at night so the video would be quiet forgetting that I can add music to hide the noise, lol!)

Here are some thumbnail pics of the pages in case you cannot view the video...

And YES, I did manage to use all 40 project life cards!
Except for the 3 little scraps that you can see in the background, lol!

Oh, and I still used the other items to decorate my planner for October/Halloween too :) 

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my little mini-album and that it inspires you to get creative with your crafty items no matter what they were initially intended for!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #146: THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by Jessica Khoury
Expected release date: February 23rd, 2016
Published by Razorbill (Penguin)
Genre: Young Adult Fairytale Retelling


She is the most powerful Jinni of all. 
He is a boy from the streets.
Their love will shake the world... 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years - a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity - only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? 

As time unravels and her enemies close in Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin. 

Why I'm waiting on THE FORBIDDEN WISH???

Yes, it's another Aladdin retelling!
BUT, the twist - the jinni falls in love with Aladdin!
And, of course, there are going to be complications... 

I can't wait!!!

What are you waiting for???

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October 2015 Book Haul #101, Wrap-Up and November TBR!


It's November 1st, can you believe it???

I hope you all had a lovely Halloween, or, if you don't celebrate, a wonderful weekend - month!!! 
I did not expect to have any books to share with you all this month, especially not this many, lol! 

Hubs surprised me with the reimagined Twilight, he remembers my Edward-year's, lmao!

My reading time has dwindled down quite a lot. I'm sad that I don't have as much time as I used to for reading and blogging; but I still try to! And that's what counts, right?!

Here's my haul for October... 

My October book/movie haul :)

*What I received for review...
- DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (The Secret Diamond Sisters #3) by Michelle Madow (ARC) from the author. 
- UPROOTED: A Canadian War Story by Lynne Reid Banks (ARC) from Harper 360.
- RED: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (ARC) from Penguin Randomhouse.
- THIS IS SADIE by Sara O'Leary and Julie Morstad (HB) from Penguin Randomhouse.
- THE NOT VERY MERRY POUT-POUT FISH by Deborah Diesen (HB) from Macmillan.

From the author, Michelle Madow.

*Books I received from giveaways...
- THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (HB) from Scholastic.
- THE COPPER GAUNTLET (Magisterium #2) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (HB) from Scholastic. 
From Scholastic.

*Gifts from my awesome #OTSPSecretSister...
From my #OTSPSecretSister

- CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas (PB) 
- FUNKO POP: Amy Farrah Fowler 

*Books and Movies I purchased... 
- LIFE AND DEATH: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer (HB) 
- INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (HB) 
- THAT'S NOT MY SNOWMAN by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells (HB) 
- PANDA IN THE PARK by Anna Milbourne and Rachel Wells (HB) 



- SCARLET (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
- UNDER HIS SKIN (Alien Encounters #1) eBook by Stacey O'Neale (A)
- MAX THE BRAVE by Ed Vere (C) 
- DREAM ON, AMBER eBook by Emma Shevah (MG) 
- TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer 
- LIFE AND DEATH:Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer 
- THIS IS SADIE by Sara O'Leary (C) 


Not pictured: CRESS and UP TO THIS POINTE

- CRESS (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer 
- THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater 
- DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (The Secret Diamond Sisters #3) by Michelle Madow 
- UP TO THIS POINTE eARC by Jennifer Longo 
- A ROBOT IN THE GARDEN by Deborah Install (A) 
- SNOW WHITE by The Brothers Grimm 

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by!!! 
Please be sure to leave a comment and your links so I can visit your blogs too :) 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #145: THE IRON WARRIOR (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3) by Julie Kagawa (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #3
by Julie Kagawa
Release date: October 27th, 2015
Published by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback, eBook


The Iron Prince - my nephew - betrayed us all. 

He killed me. 

Then, I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind's glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. 
Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter - a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever. 

Leading the Lady's Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan's nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase. 
To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan's enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore. 

Why I'm waiting for THE IRON WARRIOR... 

I've been waiting, and waiting, and anxiously waiting for this book!!!

Book 2 had one of the biggest cliffhangers I have ever read!!!

I NEEEEEEEEEED this book the minute it is set wild and free into the world!!!

I don't even care that my ramblings right now don't make any sense at all... 
so sorry if you have no idea what I am talking about! BUT... If you haven't read this series.
I don't know if we can be friends. You're missing out on some of the most epic characters to have ever been brought to life!!!

For the love of all fae!!!!... 

SO, what are you anxiously waiting for???!!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

"Girl Talk" Planner Fun with Brimbles Planner Box

Hello there, friends! 
I'm popping in today to share the things I created using my September Brimbles Personal Ring Planner Box!

Please be sure to swing by Mrs. Brimble's blog for more details and links to products :) 

I was inspired by all the pretty colors in the October Afternoon "Girl Talk" Vintage Paper Pack to create new dashboard and 5 dividers for my personal ring planner... 

For my dashboard, I used the Dear Lizzy "Documentary" Stamp Set

... and added an October Afternoon "Girl Talk" Vintage Badge to embellish one of my punched flowers; and I just love how my dashboard greets me every time I open my planner :) 

I also added in Mrs. Brimble's "The Mix Tape of My Life" laminated dashboard as a second dashboard... 

... because who doesn't need TWO dashboards?! lol
It's laminated and perfect for extra sticky notes, etc.
Also, this mixtape image just brings back so many memories from my childhood, I was a lucky girl to be able to grow up in the '80s :) 

For my dividers, I used the project life and 2x2 sized cutouts in the paperback as my main focus...
as well as adding in the washi tape that came in the box... 

I'm always afraid of cutting down my pretty papers and patterns, but once I get going I am motivated to use it all! Never be afraid to try something new or add in new elements! 

Mrs. Brimbles boxes always comes with a special note from Anna herself, which is such a sweet personal touch that makes me feel like she's a dear friend of mine for ages! 

I love the typewriter watercolor that she had done for her card this month, so much so, that I had to borrow fellow designer Geraldine's idea and framed it so I can add it to my craft room's window shelf! I adore how it looks!  

And here is a peek at my precious leftover scraps! 

I will be incorporating these little bits into my monthly/weekly pages... and I have special plans for the October Afternoon "Saturday Morning" sticker sheet that came too - reminds me of my Saturday cartoon mornings with great big bowls of cereal, lol! 
But, I will share those projects another time ;) 

I hope something here inspires you to get creative today!
Thank you for letting me share my projects... Margie :) 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #144: THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH by Ali Benjamin

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!
And, quite possibly, to make our shelves look pretty too :) 

What I'm currently waiting for... 

by Ali Benjamin
Expected release date: September 22nd, 2015
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory - even if it means traveling the globe, alone.

Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe... 
and the potential for love and hope right next door. 


Why I'm waiting for THE THING ABOUT JELLYFISH... 

First, the book's cover caught my eye immediately... 
the yellow font and how the sky is made to look like the sea is brilliant and pretty.

Secondly, the summary is very brief, but, I can already feel Suzy's heartache and need to make sense to what has happened to her friend. This little girl is desperately trying to make sense as to why this tragedy happened; she is doing what she has to do in order to grieve.

Lastly, there aren't many books out there that explore and help children through grief. Death is a very difficult subject to talk about in general, to anyone. As a parent, I am always looking for the right words to use, how to keep it 'short and straight' and then give them cookies and a funny movie so they don't dwell on the difficult subject that we just discussed. It's hard not to sugarcoat things for them. They need to know that things can happen. That things do happen. And having books like this really helps us to help them come to their own understanding. 

Now, please tell me, what are you waiting for right now??? 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Getting to know me and my creative things on Mrs Brimbles Blog today!

The creative team is being introduced on Mrs Brimbles' blog throughout the last week and more within the next few. It's my turn today!!! Please be sure to stop by Mrs Brimbles blog to meet the other ladies as well!!!

It's me, Margie aka The Bumble Girl.

Hello there! My name is Margie, (many of you may know me as The Bumble Girl around social media) and I am so very happy and excited to be here on Mrs Brimbles blog today; to share a little bit about myself and my creative ways!!! 

My current planner, fauxdori, project life albums and sticker binders.

I live out on Long Island, New York, married for 12 years now, and am a stay-at-home mommy to 3 wonderful, adorable, but sticky little boys; my family is my life! Without them, I wouldn't have the support and motivation to do the things that I love to do... I have always been a creative person; I was probably the only kid in elementary school that kept her crayons sharpened and in color order, lol! I have always drawn to the stationery part of the store. I had an extensive collection of cute pens, crayons, coloring books and small paper pads. I never left the house without pen and paper. I journaled and drew a lot as a kid and teen, and then got into pencil drawing and watercolors... once I graduated high school, I lost my way and didn't do anything creatively for a long time.

After my second son was born, my sister introduced me to scrapbooking and blogging. I loved it all and jumped right into it. But not for too long! Once I found stampers and cardmakers, I knew that that was what I wanted to do... I worked with quite a few small companies and design teams, and created many, many cards. I had also started dabbling in mixed media art... 

Greeting cards that I have created throughout the past few years.

 I then took a break from stamping and cardmaking, life has a funny way of forcing you to do things that you don't want to do, lol! But couldn't let go of the blogging part of it. I loved being able to connect with people. After a few months, I decided to create a new blog. And for the last 3 1/2 years I have been blogging and reviewing books! I figured, if I couldn't get creative nor be able to journal or write, I may as well do something else I was passionate about, and that was books. And while baby boy #3 was being born and brought home, I read and read and read... 

My beloved bookshelves.
However, earlier this year, the creative itch started up again! And I am finally at that point in my life where I not only have the support from my family, but also, found that balance where I know what my limits are and how much I needed to be creative again. 

I like adding 'Currently Lists' to my project life albums and planners, on a weekly basis!

For the last few months I have jumped backed into stamping and cardmaking! A few mix media projects are waiting to be completed... I also started Project Life! To me, project life is like journaling, but now, with pictures, and I love it! I have also been art journaling, making lists... And in the midst of all of this, on Instagram, I found people who were getting all creative and artsty in their planners!!! And I just knew that I had found my people; this is where I have found bliss! 

The first dashboard I ever created.
 Being able to mix all of my creative endeavors into one spot has brought me SO much joy! As you can see from the second picture of this post, I have accumulated quite a stack of planners and fauxdoris already... and I have 2 more planners and another fauxdori enroute to me right now, lol! 

I never thought that I would find something that would allow me to use all the mediums that I love to use and fit it all in one spot - stamping, journaling, planning, lists, coloring, etc.

The love and addiction is very real, my creative friends!!!

My newest dashboard using only products from
Mrs Brimbles September Personal Planner Subscription Box

A huge thank you to Anna, for allowing me the opportunity to be on her first creative team!
I look forward to working alongside all of these creative ladies, and cannot wait to start sharing my projects with you all very soon!!!

Instagram: @thebumblegirl
Twitter: @TheBumbleGirl 
Periscope: @TheBumbleGirl 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

August 2015 Book Haul #100, Wrap-Up, September TBR and HUUUGE Update!

Hello, bookworms!!!

It's been way too long since I've chatted with all of you! I haven't even been able to keep up with twitter lately... but that might be because I'm an Instagram-addict, lol! 

Every time I think life is going to be one way, it goes in the opposite direction - not a bad thing, but, it is unpredictable! My energy isn't what it used to be (don't worry, I have a doctors appointment coming up soon) and, as you all know, my boys and family come first! And then the baked goods, books and my creative adventures...

Here's a (somewhat) quick recap of all the things that have happened in the past month - lots of changes will be happening around here, including on my blog! Take a peek and let me know what you think! xo

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First - all the books I received in the last 6 weeks... 

*What I received for review...
GAIA (The Wings of War #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins (eBook) from the author.
- EDGAR AND THE TREE HOUSE OF USHER (HC) by Jennifer Adams (Children's Picture Book) from Gibbs Smith. 
- DREAM ON, AMBER (ARC) by Emma Shevah (MG) from Sourcebooks. 
- CONCENTR8 (ARC) by William Sutcliffe from Bloomsbury. 
- INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD by Julie Chibbaro from Penguin Random House.
and EMMA: An Emotions Primer Book (BabyLit) by Jennifer Adams from Gibbs Smith. 

*From my new #OTSPSecretSister...
THE ASSASSIN's BLADE (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas (PB)
- THE SHADOW PRINCE (Mortal Enchanment #1) by Stacey O'Neale (PB) 

*From an instagram giveaway... 
- A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall (PB) from Randi @sweetlittlepenpals :)

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My August Wrap-Up

- The Wanderers by Kate Ormand (YA - eARC)
- Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer (YA - Audiobook) 
A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale) by Liz Braswell (YA - ARC)
- Edgar and the Tree House of Usher by Jennifer Adams (C - HB)

I am SO sad that my pile is SO small this month!

I usually read 8 to 10 books... it's been a very busy time around here. And with my boys new schedules for school this year, it doesn't seem to be getting any slower. I don't want to disappoint myself anymore, so I am lowering my monthly reading goal to half, 4 to 6; in hopes that I can review more and also keep up with my new creative adventures :) 

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My September TBR

Well, being that we are already on the 12th, my pile has changed a bit, lol!

Here's my updated TBR for September

- Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer (YA - HB)
- Under His Skin by Stacey O'Neale (Adult - eARC) 
- The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (YA - HB)
- Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid (YA - ARC)
- First & Then by Emma Mills (YA - ARC)
- Max the Brave by Ed Vere (C - ARC)
- Always There Bear by Trudi Granger (C - HB) 
- The Red Car by Tim Hoppey (C - HB)
- Tito, the Firefighter (Tito, el Bombero) by Tim Hoppey (C - HB)

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If you follow me on Instagram (@thebumblegirl), you'll know that I have a new obsession with getting creative in planners and travelers notebooks! 

I'll be sharing a lot more of my creative ventures on the blog, starting today!!!
Many of you know already that I am a papercrafter and mix media artist... I create greeting cards, scrapbook and started project life. 

I've recently teamed up with two amazing small shops to not only help my new found obsession, lol, but to help promote their products! 

I am so very happy to say that I am a part of the
Mrs Brimbles Creative Planner & Journal Design Team!!! 

Mrs Brimbles Shop and subscription boxes offer a variety of papercrafting needs - 
you will find all things planner, stationery and project life/scrapbooking related. 
"Bits and bobs" can also be used for greeting cards, mix media art and anything your creative heart desires!!! 

Mrs Brimbles Personal Planner Subscription Box contents
Follow Mrs Brimbles on her Blog / Instagram / Facebook / Facebook GROUP
and don't forget to check out her SHOP!!!

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I'm also so very happy to say that I am also a part of the

For all you sticker lovers! This is the place to go to get the cutest stickers right now :) 
Follow on Instagram - there's a giveaway going on that ends on September 19th!


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when you use coupon code


Happy shopping :) 

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A few pics from the last month... 

Hubs gave me flowers for our 12th anniversary :) 
Brothers <3 
Back-to-School shopping! 
BEEish card/stickers and bookmarks from the very sweet, Marie Landry!!! 

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Thanks for stopping by!!!

Please leave a comment with your link so I can visit your blogs, book hauls, creative posts and anything you'd like to share!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: UNDER HIS SKIN (An Alien Encounters Novel) by Stacey O'Neale (A)

by Stacey O'Neale
Expected release date: September 21st, 2015
Published by Entangled: Covet
Genre: Adult Science Fiction - Romance
Format: eBook


Earth girls are never easy. But they're worth it.

Bakery owner Annabelle Sparks' business is booming ever since she won reality TV's Cupcake Wars. The one thing deflating her happy soufflé? The extremely sexy Kaden Chance only sees her as a best friend-and Annabelle wants so much more. After waiting a year for him recognize their chemistry, she's giving up and dating other people.

What she doesn't know is Kaden's heart doesn't actually beat. He's not human. Heck, he's not even from Earth. To retain his intergalactic immunity, no one can ever know he is an extraterrestrial. But when Annabelle starts dating, something strange happens to Kaden's unmoved heart: it begins to beat. 
Now he faces an impossible choice-tell Annabelle the truth and be deported - or lose his last chance at love.




Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers.

Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance.
Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

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