Sep 04
Project Vlogust: Week Four Highlights

Project Vlogust: Week Four Highlights

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Since there were a couple extra days at the end of August, I couldn’t really fit all the awesomeness of it in just one short video, so I decided to split it into two. Yay! Anyways, we had a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party for BG3 to celebrate her first birthday. I had so much fun planning it and getting everything together. There weren’t a lot of people there, but it was still fun. We also got the girls’ professional pictures in and we bought frames and hung them on the walls. It’s crazy how I never realized how bare our… Read more »

Sep 03
It Never Gets Any Easier

It Never Gets Any Easier

BG3, Parenting 0

I was a fool to think switching the baby to cow’s milk would go off without a hitch. A damn fool. You would think she’d welcome the taste of milk after the stinkfest that is Alimentum formula, but no, neither man, woman, nor beast can force this girl to drink her milk. I knew there would be a slight transition phase, but her sisters never had a problem with the switch as a whole. But then again, she is nothing like her sisters. There’s just something about the taste of milk that she doesn’t like and she outright refuses to… Read more »

Sep 02
Book Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

Book Review: Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins

Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★½

One Line: I’m definitely sighing for Kai after this. What I Loved: Kaiden. DONE! Ok, I know that’s not enough. But seriously, that boy knows how to make me swoon! I’m a sucker for being in a guy’s head when it comes to reading and I loved seeing the his and Anna’s story through his eyes. Seeing his feelings for Anna change so drastically, and with good/believable pacing, made me melt a little. I also liked that we get a good amount of new material that ties into the original trilogy. It gave me a different perspective on each of… Read more »

Sep 01
Book Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Book Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★½

One Line: A sweet story that readers of all ages can easily connect to and enjoy. In My Opinion: Add to cart! It’s been a very long time since I read a Jen Smith book, but it’s good to know she still draws me in with her writing and characters. I like that she’s able to keep her theme of a short time span, yet being able to pack so much story into it. So many things can indeed happen in just one night, if you let it. I think this is a very good book for teens to read,… Read more »

Aug 31
Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway – Bounce by Noelle August

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway – Bounce by Noelle August

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Synopsis: This final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other. Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink… Read more »

Aug 29
Project Vlogust: Week Three Highlights

Project Vlogust: Week Three Highlights

Family Life 0

This week was extra special for our family because it marked the birth of BG3. True, the party didn’t happen until the 23rd, which you’ll see in next week’s highlights, but her actual birthday was the 21st. We kept it pretty low-key and just had a family dinner at Olive Garden. Before that though, she needed to get some bloodwork done, routine for a 1-year-old. The girls also went exploring around Philly with their aunt, who has never even ridden on a subway train before. She wanted to experience it all before she left. That and so many other things… Read more »

Aug 28
Still Feel Blessed

Still Feel Blessed

Family Life 0

It’s times like this, when I realize that I have no friends and my family sucks, that I feel truly blessed to have met and fallen in love with the man I call Husband and for the family that we created together. When I wonder wth is wrong with me, if I’m even worth loving/caring for, it helps to know that at least one person in this work loves me. He’s my “ride or die” dude. Some people, even family who have known us as a couple for 12 years, don’t understand our relationship. Many think I’m controlling and that… Read more »

Aug 27
Blog Tour: Book Review – Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

Blog Tour: Book Review – Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

Blog Tours, New Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★½

One Line: The romance and characters were great. In My Opinion: Add to cart! I was very hesitant to give another one of Dyken’s books a try after the disaster that was The Consequence of Revenge, but I’m always open to giving authors a second chance. Thankfully, it paid off with Capture. I was drawn to the characters right from the start and they entertained me from beginning to end. I really liked this group of friends. I really enjoyed the budding romance between Dani and Lincoln. Lincoln was a pretty nice guy, despite his playboy/bad boy reputation. Their banter,… Read more »

Aug 26
Blog Tour: Book Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway – Playing for Her Heart by Megan Erickson [CLOSED]

Blog Tour: Book Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway – Playing for Her Heart by Megan Erickson [CLOSED]

Adult Book Reviews, Blog Tours, Giveaways 2 ★★★½

One Line: The perfect mix of nerdy and sexy and their antics kept me fairly entertained. In My Opinion: Add to cart! This is my second book from Megan and I liked it considerably better than the first one I read, especially in terms of character appeal. Also, I liked how even though there was a kid in the book, it didn’t feel like a plot tool, but just as an aside. There isn’t much to this story outside of the romance and I felt like there could’ve been more to Chloe and her family, but I think that might… Read more »

Aug 25
A Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party

A Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party

BG3, Parenting 6

I’m quite proud of myself and my family for putting this all together. Granted, Mickey Mouse is a staple, so there are plenty of party ideas and supplies, but still. I really liked how everything came together. The birthday banner was made from a banner company that the Hubs used for his job. We bought a wooden frame with clothespins to put together BG3’s monthly pictures. I was so happy to see that Michaels had them pre-made and ready to buy. This display was on one of the side tables in our living room. The Mickey Mouse glove is a… Read more »

Aug 25
First In Line + Giveaway [CLOSED]

First In Line + Giveaway [CLOSED]

Giveaways, Promotional 0

I’m so excited to share with you all the exciting news from Random House Children’s. They’ve got an exciting new YA program called FIRST IN LINE, which offers YA readers exclusive advance access to bestselling and debut authors and behind-the-book content! Being the first at anything is no easy feat, but you already know that. – You were reading The Hunger Games before VOLUNTEERING AS TRIBUTE. – You were FEELING THE FEELS from The Fault in Our Stars before it was TFIOS. Okay? Okay. – You KNEW YOUR FACTION while other people were being sorted into their houses. Members receive… Read more »

Aug 24
Book Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Book Review: Sustained by Emma Chase

Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★½

One Line: Now this is how you do a romance book with kids in it! In My Opinion: Add to cart! I’ve had really bad luck with romance books that feature kids in it lately. Sometimes that plot tool is done right, sometimes it isn’t. In this case, Emma does it right. As if I had any doubt. Poor Chelsea is thrusted into the life of raising six kids, ranging from 14 to less than one. There were plenty of emotional, heartfelt scenes, but also plenty of downright hilarious ones with this gang of comical characters. Jake is one of… Read more »