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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: Color Street Nail Strips, Moon River

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I finally bit the bullet and purchased some Color Street Nail Strips a few months ago when one of their sales representatives was selling them at a local fundraiser. I bought two packs for myself in the colors of Moon River and Inner Strength.

The Color Street Representative demonstrated how to put the nail strips on, and it seemed relatively easy. I recently decided to put on the Moon River nail strips because I was didn't have time to wait for regular nail polish to dry. It only took approximately ten minutes for the nail strips to set and dry!

Each package of nail strips also includes a wipe to clean off your nails and a mini nail file. The nail file in the package I put on is extremely cute! I loved the fact that directions are provided on each package and even tells you how to watch YouTube Videos of the process of putting on the nail strips. Putting them on was just as easy as the demonstration given by the rep. However, I did mess them up a little bit, which is to be expected since it was my first time using them. Fortunately, the errors I did make when putting on the Color Street Nail Strips isn't very noticeable unless you look closely. Other than that, my nails look like they were professionally done in my opinion.

The nail strips are supposed to last for up to fourteen days. With that being said, I noticed the polish rubbing off slightly after three or four days, but it wasn't too noticeable unless you looked really close to my nails. Within a week of having the nail strips on, the polish chipped off of one of my nails. All in all, I was pleased with the way they held up, and I gave it five out of five stars.

 

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