Review: Joyland by Stephen King

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Ever since I can remember I’ve always been creeped out by the thought of being in a carnival or amusement park after it closes. So anytime there’s a movie or book dealing with one I have to check it out.

Once, way back in my crazy, early 20’s, I made friends with a bunch of Carnies at the local carnival when it was in town. The perks of chumming it up while slumming it up are free rides until your head explodes or you barf up your Dr Pepper and funnel cake. Thankfully, neither of those actually happened. The rides closed down for the night before I could get my puke on. So, I got to face one of my fears and set myself up for a typical gnarly after school special – walking around a creepy ass dark carnival with a bunch of people that I didn’t know jack…

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Through The Looking Glass

Through the looking glass,

a girl looks on with eyes of blue,

lips of red speak of things untrue.

Eyeing herself, she’s of certain class;

other girls, envious of what she has.

All she wants is to live life anew.

 

Mama didn’t know what to do with this girl,

this girl, looking on, through the looking glass.

Life is her excuse, she says us girls always finish last.

Another home has come and gone with the wind.

Seasons change, as does the girl with eyes of blue.

Waves of gold, flowing down, fair skin, untouched.

Looking on, through the looking glass, so unsure.

Looking on, she asks, “Who are you?”

 

 

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.

A Tale of Love

My heart beats fast; I opened my mouth and spoke your name. To my worlds content, you were here, at last. So happy in love, I opened my arms and welcomed you inside.

 

So scared, not knowing, you ran away from me. With anger fleeting, blurred visions of your face, wounds from prickling words lingered. My heart beats fast; I opened my mouth and spoke your name.

 

I laughed, I cried, waiting for your return. The absence grew too much to bare. The night sky speaking, these are lessons learned. A knock at the door, I opened my arms and welcomed you inside.

 

Apologies exchanged, no fear, so sure. Clothes on the floor, hands run wild, warm and strong. My heart beats fast; I opened my mouth and spoke your name.

 

Beads of sweat once warm now cool, run down my neck. I wonder if we are rushing fools; shaking doubt dwindles as desire takes over. Love foreshadowed all as I opened my arms and welcomed you inside.

 

Eyes filled with stars, how envious the night sky would be. Tracing, dancing through the hills of my blueprint. My heart beats fast, I opened my mouth and spoke your name. So happy in love, I open my heart and welcome you inside.

 

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.

 

 

Inescapable Lessons

The world always seemed to move too fast and yet, too slow.

Love was there but neither you nor I knew how to show it.

I blame you for not preparing for what life shed upon my bones.

I blame you for allowing me to spread my wings before I was ready to fly.

Shades of gray turned a pure heart into coal.

I was unprepared but I’m glad, because I came out stronger.

Through the trenches I found the light.

Light and love broke through the blackened walls of my heart.

The world always seemed to move too fast and yet, too slow, but I found my own pace and learned to grow.

 

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.

Brushing Tangles

Chatting Kathy, listening ears. Brushing tenderly, never rushing.

Enjoying the time shared with each tangle, gone. Listening ears turn into sweet lullabies. A brush, soft bristles, dance through tangle free hair.

A happy little girl, giggling, looking up at the smile of a father, holding her favorite princess brush.

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.

Homemade Peanut butter Cups

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I don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed Reese’s Peanutbutter cups. After finding this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try!

Now, mine didn’t come out as pretty as I’d hoped but they are very tasty! 😊

What you will need:

  • 8 tablespoons of chocolate protein powder, I use my favorite nutritional shake, Vegan Chocolate Shakeology. *you can also use cocoa powder or organic cacao (healthiest is always best 😉)
  • 4 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons of organic peanut butter
  • Muffin tray

Directions:

Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until it’s completely liquified. Add 4 tablespoons of chocolate powder and stir. Divide the chocolate mix as evenly as you can between 6-8 spots in the muffin tray. Place the muffin tray in the freezer for about 5 mins or until the chocolate mix is solid.

Take the tray out and evenly add peanut butter, about 1/2 a teaspoon will do. Then melt the remainder of coconut oil and mix chocolate. Evenly add chocolate mix on top of peanut butter and place back in the freezer until solid.

Pop them out and enjoy! You can store the rest by placing them in a container or a ziplock bag. These at delicious and good for you! No guilt in eating these yumi treats! ☺️

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Xo

Avocado Mask

 

I’m back with another beauty post my friends! Today I’m sharing with you a deep conditioning mask with two ingredients you probably already have right in your pantry!

Ingredients:

  • Ripe Avocado
  • Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

Directions:

Cut into the avocado, half is more than enough for a face mask. Using a fork, mash the avocado until it is smooth. Take a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and add it to the avocado.

 

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Be sure to cleanse your face before adding the mask. This coconut face wash is my favorite find! The price is decent and feels great on the skin! You can find it here.

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Wash and gently tap your face dry before applying the mask.

Once you’ve evenly applied the mask to your face, let it sit for 15 minutes. Now, because I don’t like to see the rest go to waste and it was wash day for me, I applied the rest of the mask to my hair. 🙂

Avocado is rich in antioxidants and is an age defying fruit. This tightens the skin, preventing those unwanted wrinkles! It deeply moisturizes and fuels your skin with all its nutrients, leaving your face smooth and glowing. The coconut oil adds moisture as well as adding a fresh bright glow to the skin. If you don’t want to use coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil is a great substitute. You can also add essential oils to the mixture, lavender and rosemary are both soothing and smell wonderful!

After the face mask has set for 15 mins, gently rinse with cool water and apply your choice of face cream. As for the hair mask, in order to get the full benefits, let it sit for at least 30 mins to an hour and wash as usual.

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This is the first time I’ve used this treatment for my hair and face and I have to say, I can really see and feel the difference! My skin feels so moisturized and cleansed. I can see the immediate glow after just one use!

My hair feels and looks great too! It’s soft and shiny and the mask add life to my curls. This was so simple and I will definitely be using this mask weekly.

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Until next time! xo

© Stephanie Cardozo, 2016. Stephanie Cardozo, All rights reserved.