Thursday, September 14, 2017

Books Read In August

I read 7 books in August.

1. Reality TV Bites by Shane Bolks


This was a very light read. At some parts, I lost interest but towards the middle/end of the book, it was good. I rated it 2 stars on Goodreads.com.

2. Behind Closed Doors -B.A. Paris


I loved this book. The writing was great it kept me on the edge of my seat. If you like a good mystery novel, I definitely recommend this book. B.A. Paris just released a new book and I'm on the wait list for it at my library. I rated this book 4 stars. 

3. The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily -Rachel Cohn & David Levithan


I loved this book, which is the follow up to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Even though I read it during the Summer, it totally put me in the Christmas mood! I hope they write more books starring these characters in the future. I rated it 5 stars.

4. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


I had really high hopes for this novel since I absolutely loved Paula Hawkin's debut novel, The Girl on The Train. However, this book had so many characters in it and kept jumping around a lot that it was hard to keep up. Overall, I did like it, but not nearly as much as I loved her first novel. I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads.com but I would have rated it 3.5 stars if they would have allowed half stars.

5. Still Missing -Chevy Stevens


This book was definitely creepy but overall I still enjoyed it. I've read another book by this author and I have the rest of her novels on my TBR list. This book isn't my favorite as it took me a while to get into it but once I did, I liked it. I rated it 3 stars.

6. All The Summer Girls -Meg Donohue


This book took me a while to get into but once I did, I enjoyed it. It wasn't my favorite book but I did like it. I rated it 3 stars.

7. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid


I love this author and this book was great. It was really sad but I knew it was going to be going into it because of the summary of the story line. I have two more books of this author's that I want to read but only one of them is available at my library. I rated this 4 stars.

My favorite books of August are The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily, Forever Interrupted, & Behind Closed Doors. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Five On Friday... A Day Early


I'm posting this a day early as I will not be able to do so tomorrow.

1. Trip to NY

I went to NY for 8 days in August to visit my family. I had the best time. I got to spend lots of quality time with my nieces & nephews and my siblings. This was my first real visit to NY this year as I had only been for one day in February before I went to Turks & Caicos. I miss my family so much already and I can't wait until the next time that I get to see them!

^Photo I took when we landed at the airport^

2. Nieces & Nephews

My nieces & nephews all started back to school either this week or two weeks ago. My nephew M is going into 8th grade, my niece O is going into 7th grade, my nephew J & niece M are going into 6th grade, my nephew N is going into 4th grade, my niece A is going into 3rd grade, my nephew S is going into 2nd grade, my nephew M is starting Kindergarten, and my nephew M is starting pre-school. My nephew A is just a baby and isn't in school. I hope they all have a great school year!

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3. Dancing With The Stars Season 25

The new cast of Dancing With the Stars was announced yesterday. I'm looking forward to seeing the following people: Nikki Bella who is dancing with Artem, Sasha Pieterse who is dancing with Gleb, Vaneesa Lachey who is dancing with Maksim, and Nick Lachey who is dancing with Peta.

4. New Book Releases

There are so many awesome books coming out soon. Here are some of the ones I'm most looking forward to:

I Heart Forever by Lindsey Kelk
Christmas At Mistletoe Cove -Holly Martin
How Hard Can It Be? -Allison Pearson
Top Ten -Katie Cotungo
Standing Strong -Teresa Giudice

Credit: Found on Pinterest but don't know the artist

5. Quotes/Funnies


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Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TBB Asks: Back To School


1. Did you love school or hate it?

I loved elementary school but didn't like middle school and I only liked high school in the beginning of 10th grade and my Senior year of high school.

2. Start school before or after Labor Day?

Growing up in NY, we started after Labor Day. When I moved down South right before going into 11th grade, we started before Labor Day.

3. Wake up: eager beaver or slow poke?

Slow poke! I always had the hardest time falling asleep at night and would always wake up exhausted.

4. Favorite breakfast?

In the Winter time when I was little, I loved Farina. Other than that it was usually cereal, oatmeal, or waffles.

5. Favorite cereal?

Life.

6. School uniform or no uniform?

I only wore a School uniform in 7th grade when I attended Catholic school.

7. New outfit for the first day or no?

Yes.

8. Walk to school or ride the bus?

I rode the bus in 7th grade and grades 10-12 otherwise I walked or was driven to school. My middle school was at the end of the street where I lived so it took me 5 minutes to get to and from middle school in 6th & 8th grades.

9. Backpack, tote, or messenger bag?

Backpack.

10. Eat school lunch or pack lunch?

I mostly packed a lunch.

11. Remember the little milk cartons? White or chocolate?

Chocolate.

12. Paper bag or lunch box?

Lunch box.

13. Favorite thing to do at recess?

In Elementary school, it was playing on the playground or playing games like red rover.

14. Favorite back to school supply item?

Planner/agenda and new pens and markers.

15. Chalkboard or dry erase board?

Dry erase board.

16. Regular pencil or mechanical?

Regular.

17. Homework as soon as you got home or after dinner?

As soon as I got home.

18. Favorite after school snack?

Pop-tarts.

19. Favorite after school show?

When I was younger it was the shows on Disney Channel or Nick. When I was in middle and high school, it was TRL on MTV.

20. Favorite subject in school?

Reading, English, Creative writing.

21. Least favorite school subject?

Math.

22. Name of your best friend in High School?

My mom has always been my best friend.

23. High school mascot type?

9th grade: Blue Dragon
10th grade: Bulldog
11th & 12th grades: Panther

24. SAT or ACT?

ACT.

25. Favorite year in school?

My Senior year in high school.

26. Class ring or no class ring?

No class ring.

27. Attend or not attend high school reunions?

Not attend.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: August Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week

Monday: Gino's Pizza
Tuesday: Grilled sausage, ravioli, and green beans
I'm not sure about the rest of the week.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

My trip to NY to visit my family that happened earlier this month.

Credit: Pinterest

3. What I'm Loving...

That I was able to spend a week in NY and spend quality time with my nieces & nephews and my siblings.

Credit: Pinterest

4. What I've Been Up To...

I started back to work last week when it was the first day of school. I work at an elementary school in the aftercare program and I'm also a substitute teacher.

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing at the moment.

6. What I'm Working On...

I have a couple of blog posts that I want to get posted and one of them is my review of the 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner.

7. What I'm Excited About...

My brother R and my nephew J are coming to visit on Sunday & Monday and I'm so excited to see them!

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8. What I'm Watching/Reading:
Watching: Mets games, Bachelor In Paradise, The Fosters, Outdaughtered, Chesapeake Shores
Reading: I will be posting my August book post sometime this week!

9. What I'm Listening To...

Brett Young, Luke Combs, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Train, Jillian Jacqueline

10. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I'm going to do some cleaning on Saturday and then take it easy the rest of the day and then Sunday & Monday, I will be spending time with my brother R & nephew N who are visiting!

11. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

FALL will be here! I'm also excited for the return of Fall TV shows! My sister K has a birthday next month and on the 25th, it will be 9 years since my sweet Davey boy (my fur baby cat) came into my life. I'm also excited for a planner meet up with my friends!

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

12. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TBB Asks: Summer


1. Pool, lake or ocean?

If I could trade the Caribbean ocean for the Atlantic ocean, I would in a heartbeat and I would be there all the time. Since I sadly can't make this happen, I love both pools and lake. I grew up going to Lake George, NY for a week every Summer for our Summer vacations and that place has my heart. To this day, it is still one of my all time favorite places in the world.

2. Camping, cottage, or hotel?

I've only been camping a few times in my life so I would say cottage or hotel.

3. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Funfetti (it tastes just like the Funfetti cake mix).

4. PJ's, Nightgown, T-shirt/Shorts or Birthday Suit?

Combination of PJ's and t-shirt/shorts.

5. Fave Summer Beverage?

Sweet Tea/Iced Tea

6. Would you rather be hot or cold?

Cold.

7. Sandals with heels or flats?

Flats

8. Shorts or skirts?

Shorts.

9. Sit in the sun or the shade?

Shade.

10. Water, tea, or soda?

Water or tea. I rarely drink soda. If I do it's usually root beer, cream soda, or ginger ale.

11. Fave Summer Fruit or Vegetable?

Fruit: Mangoes ; Vegetable: Zucchini

12. Sunrise or sunset?

Both.

13. Bike ride or walk?

Walk.

14. Winery or brewery?

Neither. I don't like wine or beer.

15. Garden or no garden?

We don't have a garden anymore but growing up we always had one in our backyard.

16. Big Summer concert or music in the park?

Both!

17. Fave cookout food?

Cheeseburger or Sausage, Pasta Salad & French fries.

18. Dine indoors or patio?

Indoors.

19. Fave Summer Destination?

Lake George, NY

20. Big theme park or local carnival?

Big theme park.

21. Drinks blended or on the rocks?

Depends on my mood.

22. Popsicle or freezie flavor of choice?

Popsicle.

23. Hot Dog or Hamburger?

Hamburger.

Friday, August 4, 2017

July Book Post

Here are the books I read in July:

1. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

I really enjoyed this novel. The story was very different and it held my interest. I was very curious to find out what was going to happen next and how the story was going to end. I rated this book 4 stars on the Goodreads website.


2. Always & Forever, Lara Jean -Jenny Han

This is the third and final installment of the Lara Jean series. I have loved all of the books in this series and this one was no exception. I'm sad that there are going to be no more new books but I do love how this book ended and wrapped up Lara Jean's story. I rated this book 5 stars.


3. The Sunshine Sisters -Jane Green

Another fabulous novel by Jane Green. This one focused on three sisters and their childhood and how they were raised by their mother and how the mother treated each of them so differently. A circumstance finds all the sisters (who are spread out in different places) back home for the Summer and trying to juggle their lives and their relationships with each other and their loved ones. I rated this book 4 stars.


4. The Big Love -Sarah Dunn

After I finished The Arrangement earlier this month, I wanted to read Sarah Dunn's other two novels. I didn't enjoy this novel nearly as much as The Arrangement and I kind of struggled to get through this book. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read but it wasn't one that I would recommend either. I rated it 2 stars.



5. Secrets to Happiness -Sarah Dunn

This book held my interest but I didn't love it/dislike it. I liked it more then I liked The Big Love but I didn't love it as much as I loved The Arrangement. However, I would recommend this book as it was a really thought provoking book in the sense that everyone has different things to them that brings them happiness and not everyone is going to be happy over the same things. I rated it 2 stars. Also, how adorable is the cover of this book? The dog laying on his back in the Summer grass just screams happiness to me.


6. Down A Dark Road -Linda Castillo

This is one of my all time favorite book series' and the ninth novel in the series was just as amazing and captivating as the other 8 novels. Linda Castillo just pulls you into every book in this series. The main character, is Kate Burkholder, the chief of police in the fictional town of Painter's Mill. She is formerly Amish and the Amish community is featured prominently in each of the novels. If you love a good mystery, I definitely recommend this book series. I rated this book 5 stars.


7. Mystic Summer -Hannah McKinnon

I was browsing the shelves of the library and this book stood out to me. I ended up loving this book so much that I added it to my list of books to buy one day. It was such a fun Summery story and I really liked the characters. Unfortunately, the two other books by this author aren't available at my library but they are reasonably priced on Amazon's website. I definitely recommend this book if you want a fun and refreshing read for the Summer months. It would certainly be a great book to read at the beach/pool/lake or out on a boat. I rated this book 5 stars.


All images are from Goodreads!

What did you read in July? Do you have any book recommendations that I should check out? Have you read any of the books I read in July? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: July Edition



1. What We're Eating This Week...

Monday: Sausage & peppers
Tuesday: Chips & salsa (I'm keeping it real... lol)

and I'm not sure about the rest of the week

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

Summer memories made with my nieces & nephews and my family. I'm also still reminiscing about my trips to the lake every Summer growing up and how it was always one of the absolute best weeks of Summer vacation!

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3. What I'm Loving...

This past weekend, I got together with my planner friends and we had a meet up. It's so much fun getting together to chat and plan with good friends. I also got to meet one of my best friend's new baby boy!

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4. What I've Been Up To...

Last week was my sixth and final week of physical therapy for my hip bursitis. For fun, I've been spending time with my mom (when she's not working). I've also been doing a lot of reading and planning. I'm also trying to catch up on my Bloglovin' feed and Youtube videos.

5. What I'm Dreading...

The problems I'm having with falling asleep and staying asleep. I had a sleep study done earlier this year and apparently I don't get REM sleep, which is the deep sleep that makes you feel rested.

^I saw this on Pinterest and it made me laugh.^

6. What I'm Working On...

Upcoming blog posts. I'm trying to get back into a routine with starting to post more.

7. What I'm Excited About...

On Monday, I found out that I won a really big planner related giveaway and I'm so excited about it!

8. What I'm Watching/Reading...

Watching: As always, I'm watching lots of Mets games. I'm also watching Nashville, The Fosters, the new show on Freeform: The Bold Type, Date My Dad, The Bachelorette. I just finished binge watching the last season of Total Divas. It's a show about the women super stars in the WWE (professional wrestling). I don't watch wrestling anymore but I watched it for many years and I love watching the show Total Divas and Total Bellas (a spin off of Total Divas which focuses on Brie & Nikki Bella, the Bella twins, and their families).
Reading: I will be posting my July Book Post on Monday! I read a lot of great books this month!

Credit: Pinterest

10. What I'm Listening To...

Right now, I'm listening to the Nashville cast on Spotify.

11. What I'm Wearing...

Lots of comfy clothes... pajama shorts/pants, t-shirts.

12. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

As of right now, I don't have any plans except watching the Mets baseball games.

13. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

My trip to NY to see family!!!

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14. What Else Is New...

Earlier this month, I had some fun times hanging out with two of my best friends. On Saturday, my friend Lisa and I went out to eat and did some planning together. It was really fun and we have plans to do it again one of these days. Then on Sunday, I went out to lunch with my friend Naomi, her husband, and son. It was really nice getting to catch up with her since I don't get to see her as often as I would like. On the 17th, my nephew N, turned 9 years old! On July 23, it was National Auntie's Day!

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Bonus Question:

What's Your Favorite Thing About Summer?

I usually take at least one trip to see my family in NY. Also, it's baseball season and you know I love baseball.

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