Saturday

Hayden Scott Lee: Reading

I am an avid reader and naturally, one of my wish is for lil man to have the same interest too. To discover the world from the book we read.

    
He begun to show some interest in reading when he master his basic vocabulary understanding. I focused on his words recognition and sight words understanding. His favorite books are Peter & Jane and he can read 4 books at one go. He laughed at some funny narration which let me know that he understand what he reads. It’s also  a moment for us to spend some time together every night. 

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Wednesday

Moving Forward

I started this blog to document my journey and memories along the way. I was given the opportunity to do review for well established US publisher too. After a year of hiatus, I m still not sure whether I should continue this blog  journey as before or to just focus on documenting my journey with my lil man. 
Please bear with me as I really want to continue this journey.. 

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Monday

Hi, I m Back!

After the longest hiatus ever since I started blogging, I m back for good :)

Lil man is now 6 years old and it is not as easy to handle him now. He have his temperament and at time, it really tested on my patience.

We still on our journey of after schooling activities and I have yet to forgo my ambition to homeschool him myself (though chances are not high in that area). Lil man is into paint and Color now. Did loads of colouring activities.

Excuse his purple horsey. He insisted to Color it purple. :P

Will try to document our update from where we left later here. As of now, let just say that my blogging mojo has returned and I hope it is here to stay…

Hsiau Wei
Saturday

I Read Book #666 ~ It Must Be Your Love (The Sullivans #11) By Bella Andre

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Successful Seattle Realtor Mia Sullivan is nobody’s fool…apart from that one week five years ago when she gave away her heart to a sexy musician who gave her nothing in return but a few sinfully perfect days—and nights—in his bed. Though she swears she never wants to see him again, he’s the one man she’s never been able to forget.

One of the hottest rock stars in the world, Ford Victor can have any woman he wants…except Mia Sullivan. But now he knows millions of strangers singing along with his songs can’t fill the hole inside of him. Only Mia’s love has the power to do that—so he vows to do anything and everything it takes to win her heart again.

From the first moment they see each other again, intense sparks of attraction fly. Between irresistible kisses, a romantic Sullivan wedding in Napa Valley, and a deeply sensual connection that neither of them can deny, can Mia and Ford finally rediscover a love—and a friendship—strong enough to last forever?

Published Date: 20/11/2013

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Copy from Publisher. Thanks to NetGalley!

My Review

Mia have wanted nothing to do with Ford who is a famous rock star. Not after what he did to her five years ago. But she found herself staring at him now . But she no longer the girl that walk on him with another woman. She is a successful realtor with her own right and in total control of her life. She have never let any man to own her heart after Ford and doesn’t intend to do it again, and to the same man again. Ford knows that he need Mia in his life. He could not forget her and he have the intention to get back to her, only if she allow him to. He acknowledged that he will have an uphill task but it is still better than living without her in his life.

This book is a part of The Sullivan series and as the usual series, there were mentioned about the earlier characters in the story which kind of refreshing for the readers as this allow us to know where are they now after conclusion of their story. Back to the book, it have the similar romance plot of a Cinderella where a poor lady met her prince charming. Overall, it is a sweet read for me ;)

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Monday

Hayden Scott Lee: Giant Bubbles & Frozen Hand

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My first attempt in creating bubbles, not just any bubbles but giant bubbles ;P

Asked a mummy that I get to know online on ways to create one.

Only two ingredients; Washing soap and glycerine that you can get from the baking shop. Did even know what is glycerine till then.

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See the bubbles. Guess I succeeded ;) Seeing lil man’s excitement on his face makes it so worth it for the trouble to source the glycerine.

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This hand stayed in my freezer for a week. Initially thought of letting it stay overnight in the fridge but ended up longer than that as we didn’t have the time to play with it.

Lil man filled up the glove with miniature animal and pom pom, as part of a fine motor skill activity the night before. It is not an easy task but he managed to do it.

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“Defrosting” in progress

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This is how it look like but I broke the two last fingers when removing the glove ;(

Lil man refuse to play with it. Doesn’t even want to go near the hand. Hence there is no picture of him playing.

Guess I didn’t pre-empt him earlier. Should have do so. ;)

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Saturday

I Read Book #665 ~ Flirting with Disaster (Jackson: Girls’ Night Out #2) By Victoria Dahl

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There’s no hiding from sizzling chemistry…

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs . . . except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied U.S. marshal threatens to unearth secrets she’s spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.

Published Date: 27/01/2015

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Copy from Publisher. Thanks to NetGalley!

My Review

Isabelle is an artist who stays in a isolated neighborhood. It has been fine for her until Deputy US Marshal, Tom Duncan visited her. Tom goes door to door to alert the neighbor of the Marshall’s presence in the neighborhood as they are involved in protecting a judge and when he met Isabelle; his six senses told him that she is hiding something and he begin to dig. To make matter worse, he found himself to be attracted to her. Isabelle wanted nothing from him and only wanted him to leave her alone. But he seems to be everything except that. She have her secret which she buried long time ago and doesn’t want anyone to unearth them now.

This is a romantic suspense story that keeps me on my toe throughout the book. It have a good combination between the main characters. Isabelle comes across as standoffish (might be because she is hiding something) while Tom is on the pleasant side. Hence when they are together, it has the explosives effect between them. The story plot is very well crafted and the characters was given the room to developed. Overall, it is a solid read for me.

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Thursday

I Read Book #664 ~ The Way You Love Me (Lawsons of Louisiana #5) By Donna Hill

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Making a case for love…

Struggling law student Bailey Sinclair is working two jobs to make ends meet on the night a charismatic stranger walks into her bar. The attraction between them is instantaneous—and explosive. Until Bailey discovers that her anonymous hunk is none other than Justin Lawson, one of the richest, most hotly pursued bachelors in all of Baton Rouge.

Justin is thrilled to discover that the woman managing the bar at his family’s celebration at the Lawson mansion is the intriguing beauty he hasn’t been able to forget. Now all he wants is to lavish Bailey with gifts and his passionate attention. But she’s too proud and independent to accept his help—and determined to make it on her own. They may come from different worlds, but doesn’t Bailey realize there are no obstacles to love…if she’s willing to trust him with her heart?

Published Date: 20/01/2015

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Copy from Publisher. Thanks to NetGalley!

My Review

Bailey met Justin at the bar where she is bartending. Both of them are captivated by each other yet they didn’t say a word to each other. She discover that he is one of the richest and hotly pursued bachelor in the area.She is working two jobs to survive and to support her sibblings. She have no time to think about relationship But then, they met again at the house party hosted by his family members. Justin is intrigued with the girl that he could not forget since the day they met and was happy to see her again at the party. He wanted Bailey’s attention and to make her happy. He is determine to show to her that though they are from two different world, they could find their happiness in each other but Bailey is all set to deny him all that.

This is a story of two persons who are from two different background met and fallen in love with each other. It was indeed that the author has created a very strong character in Bailey and to convince her of the future, Justin is up for the tough task. I enjoyed reading their love journey and Bailey’s transformation of a vastly independent self to someone that could trust and love another person Overall, this is a sweet read for me with good story plot and likeable characters.

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Tuesday

Hayden Scott Lee: His Lego Collection

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It has been awhile since the last time I updated on our introduction to Lego to Lil Man.

We started with this:

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And as of now, his collection has been expanded to:

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The collection of miniafigs are kept here while his build up vehicles, we kept it here in the glass cabinet:

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We have two IKEA glass cabinets that we bought from preloved group to store Hubby’s gundam and Lil Man’s lego:

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We gonna move Lil Man’s lego to the empty glass cabinet to make way for Hubby’s gundam collection. Moreover, Lil man’s collection is expanding and in need of space. Hence, with this arrangement, both of them will have their own cabinet to store their collection ;)

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Sunday

I Read Book #663 ~ Playing by the Greek’s Rules (Puffin Island 0.5) By Sarah Morgan

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It’s time to throw away the rule book…

Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairy-tale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily’s trying a different approach—a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis!

Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There’s no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But while Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart…

It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik’s rules? And what’s more, can he?

Published Date: 20/01/2015

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: Copy from Publisher. Thanks to NetGalley!

My Review

Lily wanted it all. Love, commitment and happily ever after. But her past relationship is all but that. She is a young archaeologist who is doing a part time job for Nik. She is just freshly out of a relationship where she found out he was married She decided there and then that she should not focus on love and commitment but to enjoyed what a relationship can be offer to her. She met Nik and decided to embark on a commitment free relationship which is all that Nik can offer because he doesn’t believe in love after what happened to his parent.

It is an enjoyable and entertaining story about what has started off as something that they have planned but only to turn out to be something that they both has sworn off. Lily and Nik have their reason for a noncommittal relationship but as the story and relationships progress, it has turned to be much more than what they are willing to give. The story started with conflict which allow us an insight as to who they are before and to what they are now. I love the funny batter between the twos and the emotional lines after that. Overall, it is a sweet read for me.

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Friday

I Read Book #662 ~ The Daddy Wish (Those Engaging Garretts #6) By Brenda Harlen

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This could be the merger of a lifetime

The holidays are over, but Allison Caldwell can’t stop thinking about the kiss she shared with Nathan Garrett under the mistletoe. The dazzlingly attractive playboy she’s secretly crushed on for years isn’t just off-limits because he’s out of her league; the heir apparent to the Garrett furniture empire is about to be crowned CFO—and the single mother’s new boss!

One night changed everything for Nathan. And now his executive assistant is strictly hands-off despite their intense physical attraction. Besides, Allison has a son, and Nathan’s no family man. Then why is Nathan’s head suddenly filled with fantasies of being a father? Perhaps this once-happy bachelor won’t be single for long…

Published Date: 20/01/2015

Publisher:Harlequin

Source: Copy from Publisher. Thanks to NetGalley!

My Review

Allison and Nathan shared a kiss under the mistletoe. But it is a one off thingy. At least for Allison but she couldn’t fathom the reason for her to remember the kiss. Not that she would have any future with the playboy whom is going to become her boss. Nor she would possibly risk her job for a fling with her boss. Nathan still remember the kiss very well. Too well to his liking actually. When they were stranded from a meeting and having to stay overnight together, they comes to a conclusion that one night will be enough to answer to their need. But as story normally goes, it is not the case. Nathan couldn’t stay away from her and Allison is resisting her everything not to get involved with him especially she have her son to consider.

I love the story very much. Nathan would never commit to a relationship and it took a strong character such as Allison to change his heart The relationship developed very well and I love the idea of Nathan getting cosier with Dylan and spending time with him even though he strongly doubt he can be a good father material. What I like the most is that it is a family ties that support each other. Overall, it is a sweet read for me and I enjoyed reading it very much.

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