Show Yourself Some Grace

Remember when we thought 2020 was going to be our year?

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I am currently sitting in the bed listening to The Summer House by Jenny Hale. I just hung up the phone with my oldest son’s teacher. She called to let me know she emailed me the link for their distant learning which begins next Monday, March 23rd. Immediately my mind drifted to: how are we going to juggle this? I am online student so during the day, I need my computer. My husband is now doing distance learning for his school. Okay, we need a schedule or something. It’s the moments like this, that exhaust me. I just want ONE DAY where I’m not worrying about something, not trying to figure out something.

Yesterday was when we got the notification that school being out was extended through April 3rd. I started freaking out: we need more snacks, we need more snacks! The kids will be home all day. After days of being in the house, I got in my car to drive to Dollar General. I felt bad. I felt like I was breaking some kind of rule-but what do you do when you simply need to run to the store for a few things you need? Right now my worry is about next school year. No one has said it, but I think here in Texas, the school year is over. I’m in that weird state of worrying about the unknown.

I know this is a weird time for all of us, but I hope that amidst all of the craziness, you find the time to show yourself some grace. That is exactly what I’m doing today and tomorrow-full self-care mode! I need to get my mind right the best way I know how..basically reading romances, watching Hallmark, drinking wine and journaling! Be nice to yourselves Babes. Use this time to catch up on that Podcast you haven’t had the chance to listen to. Put it on while you’re making dinner or folding laundry. Rewatch an old favorite movie.  Find a favorite childhood show. Last night I introduced my kids to Lion King 1 1/2 and they loved it! I forgot how hilarious it is. Besides that, we have had quite the Connect Four tournaments going on.

I hope you are taking care of yourselves. Show yourself some Grace-I’m only a message away if you need to chat.

xx.

 

 

WWW Wednesday 2 October 2019♡

I’m popping in for this week’s WWW Wednesday.♡

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

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What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am so excited about my current read. I started (finally) The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alex E. Harrow.

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I saw this out of the corner of my eye on a random trip to Barnes and Noble and have obsessively been wanting to read it ever since. I hauled the ebook and got on hold for for the audiobook from the library and it came through pretty quickly. I am only two chapters in but it’s beautiful so far.

My most recently finished book was Irresistible by Melanie Harlow.

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Melanie Harlow is one of those authors I know I can turn to when I feel a bit slumpy to pull me out of it and she never disappoints. Irresistible is the romance between Frannie and Mack. Frannie is the daughter of Mack’s boss. She’s the youngest daughter who was sick as a kid and still, at 27, is overly protected by her parents and tired of it. Mack is the single father of 3 daughters who feels the age gap between he and Frannie is a problem and uses that to propel in his mind, that he has nothing to offer her. Right amount of sexy but cuteness overload thanks to Mack’s daughters..I really enjoyed this one!

I think what I’ll get to next is Love On Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne which is book 2 in the Central Park Pact.

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That’s this week’s WWW Wednesday friends. If you’d like to catch up a bit more with what has been going on, I have two recent videos posted.

 

We will chat again soon. take care of yourselves.

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WWW Wednesday September 18,2019

Happy Wednesday friends! This is my second go around with WWW Wednesday and I am so excited to share what my current reads are and what I’ve recently finished with you. First though, here is the gist of what you need to know about WWW Wednesday and what you can expect to see.

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday and was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words.  Here is what you’re sharing..

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I decided share this week’s post a bit differently. I haven’t figured out the whole thumbnail situation, so for now we will deal with technologies preference of choosing you in mid sentence looking crazy!

 

Let me know if you like the video format and I can definitely incorporate it more into the blog. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. We will chat again soon.

xo.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words.  

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This is is a blog post I’ve wanted to do for a while, but didn’t have the time. Here we are though, and I’m so excited. Here ‘s the gist:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

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My current read is Midnight At the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber. I have less than 100 pages left in it, and am loving it, so much.

What did you recently finish reading?

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My most recently finished read was Only Him by Melanie Harlow. This is part of her One and Only trilogy, book 2. I’ve already read books 1 and 3, and while book 3 remains my favorite, Only Him was still really good. Very emotional, second chance romance between two high school sweethearts.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’ve made a small dent in The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox, but once I finish my current read, I am determined to give this one more attention. It releases on the 17th of this month! From what I’ve read so far, it is very dark, gothic, atmospheric. I feel like Hester Fox is on her way to becoming one of those authors I turn to when I want something very specific. I know I am going to get the gothic romance vibes that I yearn for so much, and I love her for it.

So that is my first ever www Wednesday! Let me know what you’re in the middle of and have a wonderful day.

xo.

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Sunday Coffee

Hello to another Sunday morning. Grab your morning drink of choice and let’s catch up.

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Shoutout to 3 day weekends! Shoutout to the time having a random Friday or Monday off gives you. This past Friday was so chill. I woke up and tried a new to me coffee shop where I had my first ever Maple Sage Latte. It never ceases to amaze me the many different flavors Baristas can put in my coffee.  After leaving there, I had to get my back right tire fixed. I can only imagine how stressed out I would’ve been had I noticed my tire was losing air while at work. As time consuming I assumed this trip to the car repair shop would’ve been, it wasn’t long at all and while waiting, I got to sit and hang out with my kids. Friday was a local San Antonio holiday called Battle of the Flowers. It’s part of our cities First Celebration and every year school is out for this day. So it was cool to sit and chat with the kids. On a typical work day it feels so go go go that we don’t always get those moments.

One thing I am trying to do better at, is telling myself I can use my free time doing something other than reading..(it’s tough though!) My preference for my Mom time is reading, so I am a horrible television watcher! My husband made me my own profile on our Netflix account and it is so unused, but this week I got on there and saw the Dr. Brene Brown had a special on there. The Call to Courage is what it’s called and while I haven’t read a book of hers yet (shoutout to Long Library hold times) it made me even more of a fan of hers. I laughed, I cried..I took so much away. She is such a good speaker, so relatable, so personable. So if you’re looking for a good watch and have been following her, or are interested in what she has to say, I’d definitely check it out.

I also watched the first episode of a new docuseries (I’m not exactly sure how that’s spelled) they have called Chef’s Table and Oh My Goodness, I’m hooked! The first episode follows and African American chef at a restaurant in Savannah, Georgia called The Grey, named Mashama Bailey. The Grey is located in what was once the Jim Crow South in what used to be a Grey Hound Bus Station that when Mashama first walked through, she could see and feel was once segregated. It was amazing to see this space that once upon a time her own ancestor’s wouldn’t have been able to walk freely through is now ran day to day by her. The episode was shot beautifully and showcased not only Mashama’s journey of becoming a chef but also the people who are part of it: local farmers, local fishermen..the people who assist behind the scenes in making her dream happen. It was beautiful, so humbling. 

“Who you become as a person is up to you–Up to your imagination, your will, your determination, your choices.”-Maria Shriver

I am in a nonfiction mood at the moment. Currently I am about an hour left from finishing I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver. It is just the pick me up I needed. I also have two other on standby checked out from the library: Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning To Say by Kelly Corrigan and Flat Broke With Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha. My current romance is Unbroken Cowboy by Maisey Yates.

I met with my Psychologist and we had a really good conversation. This was our first full appointment together with her being my new doctor. We talked about expectations and literally the entire conversation was an aha moment for me. We mostly talked about work and how I’ve been getting two work an entire hour early with the expectation of leaving at 4:30 (If I’m Lucky) having everything completed! She reassured me, that will hardly ever happen. It was a reminder that I need to cut myself some slack. There will always be something that needs to be done and that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I stress myself out so much at work and still have to go home and be Mom..so I really need to take it easy on myself, and I wish this for you as well. Be Kind to yourself, Take it easy on yourself and Cut *You* some slack.

Let me know what is new with you. Did anything exciting happen in your life this past week?

We will chat again soon. Until next time, take care of yourselves. xo.

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What I’m Currently Reading

Hey Friends! It is Friday and I hope you’ve had a great week. I unfortunately work this weekend, so I’m not sure how much I will get read but these are the books that I will be going into the weekend reading.

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I have been listening to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata on audiobook from the Audible Romance package. It took me a few chapters to get into this book but now I’m loving it. This book is making me smile, I’ve giggled while driving, laughed out loud a few times and am finding myself completely swooning over the love interest Aidan.

Plot Summary:

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

This book has some pretty good reviews on Goodreads and when I asked for recommendations on the Summer Romance 2018 Bingo Group I am participating in, a majority of the recommendations were for this book. Up to the part that I’m at, I feel like this book deserves the hype that it gets. I’m really enjoying it.

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I am currently halfway through The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and wow, this book is living all the way up to the hype that it is getting.

Plot Summary:

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

This book has had my emotions all over the freaking place! I feel like Mariana Zapata is doing an excellent job of putting you in the mind of the main character Stella, who lives with Aspergers. There have been scenes that had me on the edge of my seat because Stella is such an honest person because she doesn’t know how to be any other way, so some scenes are a little intense! I love the love interest, Michael, he is falling hard for Stella and I am totally here for it.

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Lastly, I am currently reading a vintage romance! I say vintage, but this book was published in the year 2000 and that is Enchanted Crossings by Anne Avery, Madeline Baker and Kathleen Morgan.

Plot Summary:

This classic anthology includes three romances by popular authors. In these stories, a Lakota warrior defies the boundaries of life to claim a beauty, a pilot and a dreamer on faraway planets learn that passion can bridge the heavens, and a dazzling temptress uses her powers to open a stellar portal and the heart of a reluctant warrior.

I am currently on the first story in this collection, Heart of the Hunter and it is SO GOOD. I love when a story has a little bit of a paranormal twist to it. The main character Kelly  inherits the home and land that has been in her family since her Grandfather purchased it. Kelly’s Grandfather told her prior to dying that on the land there is a cave with the body of a Native American warrior laying to rest in it, and with his body a bag of gold. Kelly locates the body and is surprised he is still basically in tact and shortly after starts seeing a man out of the corner of her eye and feeling a presence around her.

To be honest, I didn’t know how I would feel about this story. It appears that once upon a time there was a romance craze where stories were written with a Native American love interest and white heroine and the used book store I go to has boxes and boxes of them. I was hesitant at first to give them a try–I didn’t want to read anything crazy and disrespectful, but so far with the first story I’m reading, I am really enjoying it!

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Those are my 3 current reads. Let me know what you are currently in the middle of reading, Friends! Have you read any of my current reads? What were your thoughts on them? I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll chat with you soon!

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