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Book Review: Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau is a coming of age novel taking place in Baltimore, Maryland. During the 1970's, fourteen year old Mary Jane is caught in the middle of her family's conservative ideals and the progressive ideals of the Cone family where she is a summer nanny. Mary Jane is a sheltered teen who enjoys cooking with her mother, listening to Broadway Show Tunes, and singing in the church choir. On the first day of work, she is shocked at the mess in the Cone's home and introduces them to home cooked meals and keeping the house clean. In return, Mary Jane gets a front row seat to sex, drugs, and rock & roll. This novel was the selected for the book club I belong to. Again, this is a novel that I likely wouldn't have chosen to read on my own, but I was glad I did. Mary Jane is the first novel I've read by Jessica Anya Blau, and I was impressed with her storytelling.  Touching on race, class, and stereotypes, along with drugs and infidelity, it reminded

Product Review: imPRESS Color Press-On Manicure, Reddy or Not

product review impress color press on manicure reddy or not

Not too long ago, I received a Vox Box from Influenster.com. It included several complimentary goodies for me to try out in exchange for my honest review. One of the items I received for free was imPress Color Press-On Manicure in the color of Reddy or Not. I was very excited to receive this product as I've been on a kick with doing my nails so that they look nice.

I was surprised at how easy the nails were to put on. There were three simple steps to follow. The first step was to clean off my nails with the prep pad that was included in the kit. The second step was to find the press on nail for my fingers and pull the tab off. The third step was to press on the imPress Color nail.

The color and nails look very nice on my fingers, and they are very slim and comfortable. They are attached quite firmly, and I haven't had any pop off yet, which is a nice change. They're also quite natural looking, which surprised me.

There was also no mess or fuss when putting them on and only took approximately five to ten minutes to do. So if you're in a hurry and need your nails done before leaving home, this would be a perfect product for when you're in a rush.

However, I'm not a fan of the square cut of the nails. I'm more of a rounded tip type of girl. The nails are quite long as well, so it makes it a bit difficult for me to type, so I may have to file them down a bit.

I give them five out of five stars despite them being a little too long for my taste. I definitely look forward to trying some of their other colors out.

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