Friday, December 1, 2017

Planner Love!

Eeek! Can you feel it? 2018 creeping up on us? It's right around the corner, and I can't believe it's December already!

Who has an Advent calendar going? We have several in the house -- two LEGOs, a Marvel mini Character, and I'm waiting on my 12 Days of Ulta Beauty to arrive after CyberMonday.

But we're here to talk planners? Now, I've always kept a paper calendar. With teaching, my kids' schedules and book deadlines and conferences ... yeah! It's a must to see everything happening in a visual format.

That said, it was only a few months ago that I jumped on the planner bandwagon. If you know me, I don't swear to have the crafty-gene. Nope. No way. That said, I do like to have fun, especially with stickers.

Here's a look at my December madness:

I REALLY wanted to do a 12 days of Christmas countdown, but after doing one for Halloween in October, and dealing with the clutter madness! I thought better.

Enter to Win

Anyway, as part of this hop I'm giving away some sticker goodies!

Enter to win these stickers and notes.
Please tell me either what you really like about planners, or what you don't, and leave a valid email addy (you can put in spaces to avoid spam-bots). Shipping is U.S., and the winner will be chosen at random on Dec. 16. (The hop runs through Dec. 15.)

Thank you very much to Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup and Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag.  Make sure to visit the other stops on the hop!

Happy planning!

Louisa Bacio

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fan Review: Justice League

Warner Bros Promotional Image
** Note: A tiny spoiler if you haven’t seen even the promotional images.

Lots of good in the Justice League movie. I will say that two/five who went with us last night fell asleep! So ... yeah, there’s that.

The movie lived up to all the wham/bam potential. The interplay between characters was strong, and each held their own. The movie covered a lot of ground

We needed to see way more of Aquaman than brooding. Flash was fantastic -- very like the new Spiderman character, young and quirky. He adds a lot of the comic relief.  

Most well-rounded new character: the troubled Cyborg. The audience roots for him, and wants to know more. Since I read that the actor reshot some scenes when Josh Whedon took over, I'm going to guess it worked! 

Bad: The film plays upon past superhero conventions. There’s an early scene with Wonder Woman doing something “no man” can do. Pfft. Been there, done that. Still cool but not as powerful the second time.

Likewise, a la Avengers: Age of Ultron, I feel sorry for those isolated towns that become fodder for the final battle.

Warner Bros Promotional Image
Batman: Try as I might, I’m having a hard time differentiating all the trash happening in real life with Ben Affleck (who I’ve traditionally really liked), and the character. The graying hair and chiseled chin pulls me in, but I really don’t want any chemistry with Wonder Woman. Nope. Not ready to go there no matter how much Alfred insinuates.

My 10-year-old said it looked like Affleck was wearing a corset under his Batman “chiseled chest,” and what’s it say that a Tween picks that out?!

Now on the man-chest discussion. Barely a glimpse off Aquaman. Seriously, we don’t want armor from the “mer-man” (again, Tween).

On the other hand, Superman lived up to his super name. (Hopefully, no spoilers because he is on the promotional posters).

“I hope Henry Cavill got paid extra for going around naked the whole time,” the Teen.

“Was that his real chest?” – the Tween.

These two kill me! We’ll definitely be seeing it again in theaters, thanks to the younger one falling asleep, and hopefully, I’ll get to pick up on other nuances.

Extra scenes: DC must have gotten the memo. There are two extra scenes. IMHO, they still need to figure out the magic. The second scene goes way too long. We don’t need that much of a teaser!

Louisa Bacio

GIVEAWAY: I'm giving away a Justice League prize package of: Superman socks, Batman purse, Batman mobile, Aquaman and Steppenwolf Pops. 

To Enter: Leave a comment (and contact email addy) and follow me on Twitter/Facebook (whichever you have). Shipping is U.S. only. The winner will be pulled randomly on Tuesday, Nov. 28, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Facebook Hop

This weekend, I'm taking part in the Halloween Facebook Hop, hosted by Steamy Book Bargains!

With tons of prizes,, including Amazon gift cards, from over 80 authors and bloggers, it's a great way to spend a pre-Halloween Weekend!

Visit the website for a complete list of participants:

You need to enter via the participants Facebook pages (not here). 

I'll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card (or B&N if winner’s choice) on my FB author page. To enter, visit and follow the instructions. 

Contest runs through Monday, Oct. 30 at 12 p.m. EST.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Louisa Bacio