Book Review - Love Like Crazy

Saturday, February 18, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Love Like Crazy by Megan Squires
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I really did. I gave it 4.5 stars and the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is that the ending left me wanting to ask a zillion questions. It felt like there were too many huge revelations all at once and then it ended. That may sound silly but as I said before - I just wanted to ask questions. I wanted a little more closure. Just a bit more!

That said... this book was sweet, touching and far more moving than I thought it would be. I fell in love with Lincoln, Eppie and even Phil. I loved Lincoln and Eppie's pure hearts and I loved how they connected so naturally. They are perfection.

If you are looking for a book that will make your heart smile, this is for you. If you want to see what hope and love looks like, this is for you. If you want to fall in love with beautifully flawed characters, this is for you. This is so much more than a typical love story - this book has real depth.

Somebody, please... please make this into a movie. I want my non-reader friends to enjoy this lovely story!!


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Book Review - A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

Sunday, January 29, 2017 / Leave a Comment
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My rating for this book is 4.5 stars

This is my first book by Joshilyn Jackson and to be honest, I had not really heard of her prior to grabbing this book. However, the title, cover, and brief overview of the book seemed interesting enough, so I thought I'd give it a go. I sure am glad that I did!

I can get distracted easy, so for a book to really capture me, it's got to be good. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty not only captured my attention but left me thinking about the characters long after the story was over. When you reminisce about the characters, you know you have something special.

At first, I wasn't really too sure where the story was going but I have to say, I loved how it was written. The mystery of the baby bones in the backyard leaves you curious and sad all at once and the deeper I got in to the book and the search for the truth, the more I loved where it was going.

Written in three POVs, each of the three Slocumb ladies had their own style of telling their piece of the story and each was incredibly believable. Big, Liza, and Mosey are all special in their own right, even if you do not see the depth of each one straight away. I love that we get to see the strengths and vulnerabilities of each lady throughout the story.

I enjoyed this book greatly and I look forward to checking out more titles by Joshilyn Jackson.

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Unofficial Discover Me Challenge: 20 Questions

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / Leave a Comment
My amazing bff over at 99shadows did an Unofficial Discover Me Challenge and thought I should also partake. She's always usually sometimes right. 
oh... and sorry it has taken me forever to do. I'm busy girl...

1. What’s your life motto, or philosophy you live by?
My father always taught me to take one day at a time. When things get tough, we remind each other, "one day at a time." It is so incredibly simple but we both tend to worry greatly and try to project into the future of how things are going to be. When we remind ourselves, it really helps us center and focus.

2. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
I love that I am very passionate. Whether it is trying a new craft or tending to a relationship, I am all in. I give absolutely everything that I have.

3. Do you follow a religion or spiritual practice?
I am Catholic, newly converted just in 2013. I love my faith and though I don't attend church as much as I would like - or should - I do believe it is a vital part in who I am and how I view the world. There are parts of my that are absolutely fascinated by other faiths and spiritual practices. I love, love the ways that Buddhists practice. Religion and spirituality are beautifully complex and so personal. 

4. What was the best time of your life?
Right now is the best time of my life. I am married to the most incredible man I have ever known. I have a beautiful, sweet little girl. I've got a few friends that are true. Right now is exactly the way it should be. I am blessed beyond words.

5. What was the worst thing that ever happened to you?
There are some things that are just too ugly to share. I don't mind putting myself out there but this one is best left behind. Sorry.

6. What’s your biggest dream?
I want to find my own version of success. I love to create and if I have it my way, I would love to turn that into something bigger. Currently that is my biggest dream. 2 years ago, I would have said that my biggest dream was to have a child. Dreams evolve, as we evolve. I like to catch as many dreams as I can. 

7. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be lots of things but the one that stands out the most is a journalist. I liked to write and thought that it would be a great way to continue that hobby. As I got older, I realized that I hated writing on assignment and preferred to  only write when the moment struck me and not a word more. Hence my long breaks in-between posts. ;)

8. What was/is your biggest accomplishment?
I want to say that having my daughter is my biggest accomplishment. It may sound cliche but you have to understand that we went through a lot to have her. She is nothing short of a miracle.

9. Why do you think we’re all here?
We are here to grow. This is not a test... this is a part of a great journey. 

10. What was your best relationship?
My best relationship IS the one that I have with my husband. Very few people understand me. Even fewer people can put up with me and my crazy. He not only loves me, he loves my crazy too. He reads me, he knows me and he gets me. We support each other and drive each other to do better and do more. We are a great team.

11. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
People would have more compassion for each other. Why is kindness such a foreign idea?

12. Do you like your job? If not, what would you like to do instead?
I am a SAHM and I love it. Before this, I worked in various roles in IT - the last being Disaster Recovery. It was a fine job but this one takes the cake!

13. What are you favorite hobbies?
I love to sew, embroider, crochet, read, cook, listen to music and sleep. I really love to sleep.

14. If money was no object, what would you do in life? 
I would buy all the beautiful fabric that I see. I would have an incredible sewing room. I would just create all day long...

15. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
I believe so but I never intended to.

16. What are you thankful for?
My life. I am thankful for every moment that I get to be here and love my family. Life is so friggin precious, people just don't even get it.

17. What do you wish people understood more about you?
I have so much going on in my head and I am often distracted and overwhelmed by it. If I go quiet for a bit, it's because I need a moment to center myself. I am not ignoring you. I just need a minute to bring it all in.

18. If you could turn back time and do anything differently, would you?
Yes. I hate the word regret but it is one I am familiar with. I would have been a better daughter to my mother. I would have told her that I loved her more often. I would have visited more. I would have thanked her endlessly. She deserved more than what I gave her.

19. What’s the craziest, or most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
I am so square. I can't think of a whole lot of crazy in my life. I was a stupid teen and did stupid teen things but I wasn't crazy or dangerous. The most exciting thing I did and the most exciting time in my life was when I lived on my own in 2012/2013. It doesn't sound like much but after never living on my own for 34+ years, it was a monumental and very exciting period in my life. It was so necessary.

20. What do you think about most often?
My family.... but other than that, the obvious, I do think a lot about starting my own business. I have ideas... lots and lots of ideas...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / Leave a Comment

I know that this election has been rough... a bit of a circus... to some, a joke. That said, your vote is still extremely important. Even if you don't like either of the two major candidates, there are other options or write ins or you can just go with what you feel is right. I know a few of us may even leave some spaces blank. That works, too. Go with your gut instinct, if you will. 

Also, there are tons of other very important issues on the ballots this year. Your voice is important. Today is the day to make your voice heard! Go out there and get your vote on.
YOU can make a difference!

Not sure where your polling place is? Easy... Just Google "My Polling Place" and the search engine will give you a field to enter your address. Just like magic, you know where to cast your vote! Aren't the interwebs great!?

Now get out there and make a difference!!

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Happy Boo Day!!

Monday, October 31, 2016 / Leave a Comment

Happy Halloween Everyone! 

I am so looking forward to dressing up the little one (and the pup) for her first Halloween, not to mention seeing all the adorable costumes that visit our house tonight!! 
Be safe and eat lots of candy! Your dentist will thank you!
...and if you must, you can send your extra 3 Musketeers this way!! 

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Friday Favorites 10/28

Friday, October 28, 2016 / Leave a Comment
TGIF!!! I don't know about you but I am ready for this weekend. What a busy week!! Actually, I started my Friday wrap up post and realized that I had too much going on to share in the same post as my Friday Favorites. I've decided to just save that for the weekend. Lots going on over here and lots to share!

So here we are. In no particular order, this week I am really loving...

I am so in love with Sandra Boynton books and so is my daughter. The illustrations keep the little ones very interested and the stories are always simple and fun to read. At just 11 months, mini me doesn't really understand the storylines but she does love every Sandra Boynton book we own. So for Halloween, I picked up Eek! Halloween and it has been a HUGE hit!!! We have read this book at least a few dozen times already and I am sure we will continue reading this one long after the ghosts and goblins go home!!

we love a good story!

Eek! Halloween!

With the weather being cold and a bit miserable lately, I have been making lots of chili and stews. I was on the lookout for something big and versatile because I really love to cook and I tend to do so in large amounts. Well, I am a lucky gal because my mother-in-law gifted me one of my new most favorite things ever for a kitchen. She gifted to me the most gorgeous Le Creuset Cast Iron Dutch Oven. It's important to her that I cook great meals for her baby! Seriously, if you like to cook but don't have one of these already then this needs to go on your Christmas wish list because I can say that this dutch oven is pretty flippin awesome. Aaaand... she got it for me in a gorgeous Palm color. It's a beautiful thing. Really.

Le Creuset 9qt Cast Iron Dutch Oven in Palm

In my beauty bag I have a ton of eye makeup. Wait... who am I kidding? I have storage bins full of makeup. I seem to collect more than I could ever possibly wear but I do have a few things that are forever a part of my daily routine. Over the last few months, I have been using Cover Girl's Roses TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette and I just love it. I got turned on to this goodie just in the beginning of the year through Influenster. I've been using it regularly since. The colors are fantastic. Earthy, warm, some shimmer, highly pigmented and lasts all day. I would rate this palette up there with some of the more high end ones and it's a great find for under 10!!

CoverGirl TruNaked ~ Roses

Ok... This is something that I have only just started getting into but I am already addicted to dry brushing. I ordered the Wholesome Dry Skin Body Brush after watching a beauty vlogger swear by it to remedy dry skin. The price was really great, the reviews were stellar, so I gave it a go. It totally works. Using the dry brush not only feels like heaven but my skin is also way smoother, softer and all the yucky dry stuff is brushed right off. If you want to amp up your skin regimen and you don't do it already, I highly recommend dry brushing. The Mr. has even picked up on it!

Wholesome Dry Skin Body Brush

That does it for this week! Happy Friday & Happy Weekend!!

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Wordless Wednesday 10/26

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 / 1 comment
crafts, party planning, puppies who don't feel so great and an amazing little girl...

I found a new hobby... maybe I am on to something?

ouchies... spider bites are the worst

taking good care of her puppy

this is love

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Friday Wrap-up & Friday Favorites

Friday, October 21, 2016 / Leave a Comment
It's incredible how everything seems to zip by lately. I can barely keep track of the days and have come to the conclusion that mom life moves at abnormal speeds.

My little one turning 1 year old in less than 3 weeks. I am not ready for this! But... I have to be. So, I've been spending the past week going over invites, RSVPs, calling caterers, making decorations, buying party favors for children and trying to find the perfect outfit for my princess. I think I am almost there... almost.

The last week has been a mixed bag of "eureka!" moments and "oh, snap!" realizations. I've got some pretty cool ideas up my sleeves and if these come into fruition, I will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks! Let's just say... I get bored easily and I am always looking for a side project...

more projects than you can shake a stick at!

Moving on...

Nap time has been a blast. No, really. It has been worlds different than two weeks ago. I could have sworn I was losing my noodle a couple weeks ago. Stressed, tired, and mini me refused to nap. We decided that maybe she would just fare better with 1 nap per day and so we tried. This actually worked very well for 3 or 4 days. Then we started struggling to stay awake when morning naps usually occurred. So... back to 2 naps a day and she goes down just fine. I am chalking this episode off to growth spurts and wonder weeks.

Then there is the teething. Oh. My. Goodness. It's horrible and my heart breaks every time she wakes up in the middle of the night crying and rubbing her ears. The uppers are coming in and all I can say is that I hope they hurry the hell up. These guys are far worse than the first two bottom teeth. Are they all like this going forward? We have been using Dr. Talbots All Natural Teething Gel and it seems to be doing a great job at keeping her comfortable. Between that and gently brushing her teeth, which she loves, we are doing all we can to ease this teething process. Of course, I am definitely open to advice or suggestions!!

I thought I'd end the week with a couple of Friday Favorites!! I did this a couple weeks back and really enjoyed putting together my list. So, in no particular order, this week I am really loving...

If I don't write it down, it just ain't happening... I have tried hundreds of planners and organizers. I have wasted so much money on stuff I won't even use because it just didn't have all I wanted or just had so many options that it overwhelmed me. The ONLY planners that I have ever successfully used from start to end has been the Molang Planners and Molang Diaries. Seriously. Now, these little books are a bit on the cutesie side but I like that! I also love that they are not dated and you can use them as you like. The one pictured below is the exact planner I am using this year and it is laid out a bit different than previous years but I love it. The pages are substantial and can handle my heavier ink pens. There is room for me to add notes for future blogs, projects and the many lists I like to make. More importantly, for me, is that this is a clean layout. There isn't too much "stuff" which allows me to use this book any way I like to.
Molang Planner

I usually go for body washes that have a sweet, feminine scent but I recently found this Kiss My Face Anti-Stress Body Wash and I really like it a lot! The scent is very clean and light. It does have a bit of a woodsy and natural hint to it but the scent doesn't overwhelm you at all. I love that this wash is free from parabens and sls and it contains aloe and other natural oils. This wash is very calming for my extremely sensitive skin! Oh, and the Mr likes it a lot, too!

Kiss My Face Body Wash

Of course, I have to include Dr. Talbots All Natural Teething Gel. This little tube goes a long way and only a pea-sized dot is necessary. We use it just at nap time and bed time - seldom in-between. The flavor seems to be ok, though it did take some getting used to. Now she opens her mouth right up as soon as she sees the tube! She knows that relief is on the way!!
Dr. Talbots All Natural Teething Gel & Teether

Last, but certainly not least, is the Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Hydrating Hand Cream. This stuff is every bit amazing. My hands are forever cracking, splitting, bleeding and dry. I wash my hands constantly and I wash all my dishes by hand, so my hands are always in water. The summer months are just a little bit more kind to my hands but not much - they are forever cracking. This stuff... this stuff is amazing. I don't have any adjective better, sorry!! It just is. I use the hand cream a few times throughout the day and my hands not only feel so much relief and look better but they smell great. The blood orange is my favorite scent!!
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Hydrating Hand Cream

Happy Friday and Happy weekend!!!

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