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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Continued Look at the Nomads in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Let's continue our evaluation of the nomad vampires in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide. Charles and Makenna are an interesting pair of nomads. They both chose to become vampires; Charles to stay with Makenna forever, and Makenna to follow with her family’s tradition. They felt that having a vampire in the family was a way to stay safe and prosperous. Every other century, someone from the family would be chosen to join “Uncle Luca” as family protectors. Makenna was one of these chosen individuals. Interestingly enough, Renata was a previously chosen member of the family who was later adopted into the Volturi clan. We meet her more closely in Breaking Dawn. Renata was who asked Charles and Makenna to come and “witness” on behalf of the Volturi when it was suspected that Renesemee was an immortal child. Once it was shown that she was not, Charles and Makenna chose not to stay with the Volturi.

Have you read The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide yet? What’s your opinion?

Complete book review of The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide:

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is here!

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Review and Opinions, Part Two)

Third Day's Thoughts on The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Day Four of Reading The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide - The Volturi Guard

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide (Inside the Volturi lair, then South to visit the Amazon Coven)

From Twilight to Breaking Dawn: Religious Themes in the Twilight Saga

Discovering Alaska in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Exploring the Egyptian Coven in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Journey to Ireland with The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

James, Victoria, and Laurent in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Mexican Coven in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Seattle Newborns in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

A Few More Newborn Vampires in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Romanians in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

The Nomads in The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Questionnaire to Evaluate Your Level of Addiction


If you’ve never read the Twilight series, check out these other Twilight books, music, and movies:

Twilight
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
The Twilight Saga Complete Collection
The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide
Twilight: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Twilight Soundtrack
Twilight: the Score
New Moon Soundtrack
New Moon: the Score
Eclipse Soundtrack
Eclipse: the Score
Twilight DVD
The Twilight Saga: New Moon DVD
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

I recently lost 42 pounds on the Take Shape for Life program! Want to check out my weight loss transition? Click here! -Julie L. Spencer

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas Ideas to Help Stimulate the Economy…in the United States!

This year start a new tradition of gift giving by thinking local. Instead of spending money on something that is manufactured in some other country, look for ways to stimulate a small business or local service. Here are some ideas to get you started. Feel free to comment and add your own ideas.

Gift certificate to local hair salon or barber

Gym membership

Gift certificate to local car detailer or car wash

Gift certificate for a one-hour massage at your favorite massage therapist (this should be a gift you need to give yourself too! Most chiropractor's offices now have massage therapists on staff-go get one!)

Lawn mowing service, one time spring clean-up or if you’re a big spender how about a whole summer contract for a loved-one

Snow plowing service, one time or a winter-long contract

Gift certificate to a small owner-run restaurant

Gift certificate for a round of golf at a local golf course

Gift certificate for an oil change at a local service station

Gift certificate for a cleaning service to do a spring cleaning or a carpet cleaning

Check out area craft shows and find artists who spin their own wool and knit them into scarves, make their own jewelry, candles, pottery, or (my personal favorite!) jams and jellies!

Plan your holiday outings at locally-owned restaurants and (as you should always do!) leave your server a nice hefty tip!

Gift certificate to a play or ballet at your local hometown theater

Gift certificate to a concert for a local band or orchestra

Always leave a little gift for your mail carrier – he or she works extra hard this time of year!

Have a favorite babysitter? Make it a point to go someplace special (take your pick from the list above!) and hire your favorite babysitter at a special holiday rate. He or she will appreciate the extra money when it’s their turn to do their shopping!

Most books are printed in the United States, pick your favorite author and give a novel as a gift

Have a pet lover in the family? How about a gift certificate to their favorite groomer

Now that we’ve stimulated the economy, let’s see what we can do to help the rest of the world! Pick your favorite local charity and give them a nice cash donation. Next, pick your favorite national and/or international charity and give them a nice cash donation too! Find an ‘angel tree’ and pick a name, talk to a local school and see if they have a program where they collect items to give to poor families, or serve meals at a local soup kitchen. Try to get the whole family involved. It will be a memory they will treasure far more than anything that you could have wrapped with a bow!

Above all, have a safe holiday season and may the true spirit of Christmas be ever in your hearts, this year and always!

I recently lost 42 pounds on the Take Shape for Life program! Want to check out my weight loss transition? Click here! -Julie L. Spencer