Sunday Coffee

It has been forever since I posted a Sunday Coffee. They were my favorite posts to do once upon a time and I’ve missed them, so here we are.

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I finished three books this week; The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jiminez which you can see my thoughts on in my most recent reading vlog, here and I rated a 4/5. Then I read The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel which I rated 5/5 stars and most recently I finished Cowboy Come Home by Carly Bloom which I rated 4/5 stars.

Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to moderate my Second ever author panel which was a total blast! IMG_1688

All three of these beautiful ladies have new releases out so it was fun to chat about their writing processes and their lives as readers. The event was presented by BookPeople which is my all time favorite Indie bookstore, located in Austin, Texas. All three books are absolutely wonderful and The Boyfriend Project is a Book Of the Month pick which makes me happy! I am always geeked to see romance as a pick. You can check out the BookPeople’s website here and support an independent book store. They have copies of these ladies’ books in store.

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Last night I put Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis and The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan on my nightstand. I have both checked out from my library on audio and need to get to them before they are due back. I also checked out my first ever Mary Kay Andrews novel. I hear she is Queen of Beach Reads and she has a new release that I can’t wait to get my hands on titled Hello, Summer. It sounds amazing. I have been in an unexplainable reading mood but it mostly consists of just going with my gut. I predominantly read women writers but now more than ever, women’s stories are getting me through the $hitShow that is 2020. So I’m just continuing to go with the flow because so far it’s working and the reading has been a lot of fun.

Today I plan to squeeze in some movie watching time, but it is currently Weekend Contemporary-a-thon and I’m low key participating in that so I also would like to read some. I have Hallmark movies recorded that I’ve neglected and would like to get watched. I have also before bed, been watching Frasier on Hulu. I will never get tired of 90s sitcoms and this is my first watch of Frasier. It is hilarious, I love it so much. I’ve also gotten back into my first ever watch through of The Twilight Zone (the original) and it is so damn good. The crafting of the stories is so good and I love the lessons that come with each episode. If I watch anything during the day it is usually one of my paranormal ghost hunting shows (I am addicted to them!) I try to keep at least one or two episodes recorded for when the mood hits me but even if not, there is typically at least one on tv.

Cooking life here in the Hill House has consisted of big pots of spaghetti that we can eat off of for a few days, taco nights (my Hubs makes delicious tacos) and the occasional last minute BBQ. Oh, and wine! Lots of wine. Stella Rose Black Reserve is my new favorite sweet red wine and that is a hill I will absolutely die on with no problems.

I’ve been journaling, doing group therapy every Monday at 11 and trying to stay sane like I think everyone is at the moment. I have some days that are extremely overwhelming because I crave that sense of normalcy so bad but I am determined to find the silver lining, and find the vacation in everyday. That’s why today I am plopping on the couch and treating myself to a movie day. So excited.

Sending you my best. If you need to chat, I’m only a message away.

 

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up

This past week went by in such a haze. Over on my Youtube channel, I have been going so hard with trying to stay on top of #Vlogmas, that it has consumed so much of my life. It has been fun, I’m proud of myself; up to yesterday I had filmed and uploaded everyday. It feels like though, that I haven’t really consumed much. December is almost over and it feels like all I have to show for it is a video everyday. *the struggle* the weird thoughts I tend to have.

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I had two really stand out reads from this past week. Most recently, was Romancing The Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels. I was in the mood for nonfiction but romance at the same time and decided what a perfect time to remove this gem from the to be read cart. Whether wanting to create a romance novel of your own, or in my case, to step your review game up, I think this gem is a read that’s definitely worth it if you love the genre and want a bit more clarification on the mechanics which make it work.

I also read and loved (of course) Insatiable by Melanie Harlow. This is such an emotional and sexy as hell friends to lovers romance between Noah and Meg that to my core, hit all the right spots.

I chat about it in a recent video on my channel where I break down and chat a bit about a few of my favorite romance tropes..

 

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On audiobook I have been listening to Fluffy by Julia Kent which I really recommend if you are subscribed to Audible Escape. I highly recommend reading the novella prior to this book, Little Miss Perfect, but this one is hilarious. It is a friends to lovers’ish romance between Will and Mallory. All I’ll say is “my high school crush thinks I’m a porn star.” If anything, read it for the hilarious scene the leads to this quote!

It is safe to say, I am addicted to the Fated Mates podcast. I recently listened to Season 2, Episode 15 which is a recommendations episode. Click here for more info and to check them out.

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At 1 AM this morning, I watched Christmas On my Mind on Hallmark which starred, Alice from Twilight! She did a really good job. She was always my favorite side character in those movies and I’ve missed seeing her. It is so nice to see her in the starring role and in a Hallmark movie.

Of course I am trying my best to keep up with fellow creators vlogmas videos. One I have been loving is my girl Donna Tsundoku. I love her channel, her videos are so creative and I really look forward to seeing what she is reading next.

I hope your week was amazing and your December has been one you’ll definitely remember. I will chat with you soon friends. take care of yourselves. xx.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Sunday Friends. I hope your week has been amazing. This past week was my last week in my current two courses. Last week I had a research paper due for each class and this week was *sigh* final exam week. I won’t get into specifics of how bad it sucked, but I will leave you with this: I’m glad it’s over. 

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I am currently in the middle of 2 audiobooks and loving them both despite the fact that I have been too busy to listen to them these past few days. I did manage to read one book this week, and that was Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain. I rated this holiday romance 4/5 stars. It was may first romance by the author, and I really enjoyed it. I began reading this while participating in TisTheSeasonAthon and finished it up this week.

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The only thing I listened to this week was one episode of the Fated Mates podcast, where hosts Jen and Sarah chatted about their favorite romances of 2019. You can find that episode here.

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Last night, I introduced my daughter to the beloved holiday family film, The Santa Clause. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I watched that movie but I had obviously blanked at some point on how hilarious it is. It was so good, I am so glad after all this time, I finally rewatched it! And my daughter Loved it!

Over on Youtube, Vlogmas is in full effect! I am patting myself (tiredly) on the back because your girl has posted a video everyday in the month of December. I don’t want December to go, but..Vlogmas is exhausting! It’s fun, but exhausting. It definitely challenges you creatively. I may do a post about it at some point, but yes, fun and exhausting!

One of my favorites to keep up with during Vlogmas is my friend Michael, from the channel Michael Reads. I am always so interested in seeing what he’s reading, especially his short story collections, he has the cutest niece  and I love his coffee shop visits!

I just wanted to pop in and say Hey this morning. I hope your December has been amazing so far.

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WEEKLY WRAP UP

Happy Sunday friends, time for another weekly wrap up!

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I had a pretty good reading week this week. I finished Christmas In Vermont by Anita Hughes which was a book I picked up on a haul due to it’s really beautiful cover and hello! I’m totally in holiday romance binge mode. I ended up not loving this one as much as I’d anticipated though. You can see more of my thoughts on it my most recent holiday romance wrap up, here.

I also finished This Christmas by Sarah Spade, which you can also see my thoughts on in the video! I highly recommend this series by Sarah Spade, and last I checked, all of the books are part of Kindle Unlimited if you subscribe to it.

I finished F*Ck and Fall In Love by Nicole Falls. I chatted a bit about this in my recent Kindle Haul post. I enjoyed it. It was a short novella, basically showcasing two characters who meet, fall in love and pursue what they’re feeling.

I also finished The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane, another new to me author. Basically what happened was, I woke up really early on day 1 of the weekend edition of ContemporaryAThon and wanted to completely deviate from my to be read list and add some novella action into it, so I picked this up. LOVED IT! Totally taboo and so damn sexy. 

Yesterday, I finished The Corner of Holly and Ivy by Debbie Mason which I rated four stars and Shopping for the Billionaire by Julia Kent which I rated three stars.

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Have I been living under a rock? I don’t know, it’s totally questionable. What has taken me so long to listen to the Fated Mates podcast? The hosts of this podcast are Sarah Maclean and Jen Prokop. I am absolutely a fan of the discussions these two ladies have. They are so engaging and so insightful. I listened to two really good episodes this week; first is season 2, episode 11 where they give recommendations based off emails and tweets they received. Click here to check it out. The other episode I listened to and LOVED SO MUCH was Season 2, episode 9 which you can click here to check out. In this episode, the ladies chat about Priest by Sierra Simone which if you don’t know, is one of my all time favorite books. Period.

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My friend Amanda posted her response to the Get To Know The Romance Reader tag, and it is a must watch! I really love seeing how different all of my friends’ answers are. It is a true testament to just how huge the romance genre is and how there is something for everyone; you just have to find what works for you.

Also, this week my husband and I sat and watched The Apollo documentary on HBO. It is so good. So insightful. Having never been to New York City, the Apollo theater is only an entity I know of because of television and just hearing people discuss it. This film really opened my eyes and educated me on its cultural importance; the entertainment it provided for people of color during times when we weren’t allowed to go into just any location for entertainment and how it has survived time. It was beautifully shot and such an eye opener.

I am slipping on my Hallmark movie watching. Last night, my hallmark app reminded me there were two films premiering and I could have swore I had them recorded. Well, I ran to the grocery store under the assumption that I was okay, my DVR was recording the movies, I’d only be about 45 minutes and could come home and watch them. nope!   I don’t know what I saw, but I didn’t see that I had them recorded! I have already searched to see when they come on again and have them both set to record. I did watch Write This Christmas which was okay and Small Town Christmas which was also okay. I am looking forward to this upcoming week because we are getting some Thanksgiving films, so that’s exciting!

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I hope your week was amazing and your weekend has been full of relaxation. We will chat again soon,

xx.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Sunday friends. I have decided I would like to do weekly wrap-ups here on the blog. I will share whatever highlights from my week there are, what I’ve been reading, watching-all the jazz! So let’s get into it.

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Besides reading for school, I did manage to read a few things for fun..

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I am kicking my holiday romance binge’s butt and my fingers are crossed that the momentum keeps up. This week I finished two books, A Coldwater Christmas by Delores Fossen and Christmas In Winter Valley by Jodi Thomas. Reviews for both will be up in December during my attempt at #Blogmas. I am vlogging my progress through my stack, so if you want to keep up with my video diaries and see firsthand thoughts of my reading, click here to subscribe to my Youtube channel.

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One of my favorite romance focused Podcasts is The Wicked Wallflowers Club. I love their blend of asking questions to get to know their author guests both as readers and diving into their writing life. I checked their website and the episode I listened to this week and loved isn’t posted on the website yet, but click here to check them out! Wherever you listen to your podcasts, episode 106 is the most recent episode and it’s an interview with author Andie J. Christopher, author of Not The Girl You Marry. Along with the author, they had her editor from Berkley Romance and the interview was such an insightful look into the world of getting published.

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I watched two really good Hallmark movies this week; Picture A Perfect Christmas and Two Turtle Doves. I tend to wait until after the premiere to watch but these were both new releases and oh, so good! Picture A Perfect Christmas specifically is now in my top five favorite Christmas movies. I highly recommend them both though.

My friend Sarah, at Steeped In Books over on Youtube, posted her 2019 Holiday Book Bingo announcement video here, and I was so excited. In the summer she hosts the summer romance book bingo which I am always sad to see come to an end, so I am so overjoyed that she does this during the holiday season. I already have my bingo card printed out and can’t wait to get started.

Also, this week, my friend Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk did a live show while answering the End of Year Book tag which you can see here.  I am always amazed at how many books a day Steph reads and how many she rounds out each year having read. It was a nice group of viewers watching and just what I needed that day. It felt like a group of friends hanging out, chatting about books! We need more positive spaces like that. Certain spaces within the book community have become so toxic lately.

As for me, I have two videos that went up this week. First, I vlogged through a few Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape romances and I posted my to be read list for next weekend’s Contemporary-A-Thon.

 

I hope this week was amazing for you! It was a chill, low key week for me because I didn’t have a crap ton of school work due. I definitely overindulged on the relaxation time. Let me know what you read/watched/listened to this week. Anything you’d recommend?

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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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Romance Bingo First 5 Wrap Up

Hey Friends! I hope you had a wonderful week and are enjoying your weekend. I wanted to check in and quickly recap my first five completed reads for the Summer Romance Bingo I’m participating in.

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  • My pick for a historical romance was Katherine by Anya Seton which I gave 3/5 stars. This is the fictionalize depiction of Katherine Swynford and John Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster’s love affair. Their love affair changed history. My first Anya Seton novel was Dragonwyck and it completely blew me away but the two I have read since have just been okayKatherine is over 500 pages and to be honest the first 200 were very slow. Had I not been reading this as a buddy read, I probably would’ve DNF’d it.

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  • I read Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne for the challenge of “reading a novel with someone in the medical field.” This is book three in the Haven Point series and I gave it 4/5 stars. Redemption Bay follows Mayor McKenzie Shaw whose sister Devin is a doctor. I loved this story, so much.

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  • For the challenge of “read a paranormal romance,”  I read The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark.  I gave this one 3/5 stars. It had so many things in it that I am a complete sucker for but it just didn’t hit the mark for me. Somewhere along the line, I started losing interest and had no idea what was going on. It had the creepy old house, a town full of witches, demons, vampires and faeries. It had old manuscripts from a romance author who lived in the creepy old house before passing away. I seriously wanted to love the hell out of this book, but I didn’t.

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  • For the challenge of “read a book with a cowboy in the story,” I read the next book in the Haven Point series, Evergreen Springs.  This is Devin’s love story with single dad, cowboy,  Cole Barrett. I gave this one 4/5 stars. Raeanne Thayne does such a fantastic job at truly capturing human emotions. Her characters are very real people with baggage, ghosts in their closets and self-doubt. I loved it.

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  • Lastly, for the “small town romance,” challenge, I read Riverbend Road which is book four in Raeanne Thayne’s Haven Point series. If you can’t tell, I was totally sucked into the town of Haven Point. I literally couldn’t get enough of them so I finished one and immediately jumped into the next and lucky for me, they fit into a few challenges.  Riverbend Road is the love story between Police Officer Wyn Bailey and the Chief of Police, Cade Emmett. These two have pretty much grown up together–Cade’s mentor was Wyn’s Father who was a police officer until his death, and he was best friends with Wyn’s brother.  Raeanne Thayne does such a good job in this novel of capturing that internal conflict we tend to have when we don’t think we are good enough for someone. That was definitely the case for Cade. True enough he worked himself up to Chief of Police but he saw Wyn’s family structure and never thought he was good enough for her because of how his was set up. I gave this one 4/5 stars!

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Let me know if you are participating in any summer reading challenges or if there are any read-a-thons coming up you’re excited for! Until next time, take care of yourself!

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A Christmas romance. A demon lover & reaching my Goodreads Goal.(Weekend Catch Up)

Hey Friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I honestly just wanted to check in with you all and chat about my current reading status and my thoughts after having reached my reading goal on Goodreads.

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Recently I finished Evergreen Springs by Raeanne Thayne which is book 3 in the Haven Point series. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads. This series is just what I need at the moment. I really believe sometimes you read books when you’re truly meant to, and that’s how I’ve felt with each of these books. Yes, this book is a Christmas romance and yes, I know it is the middle of June. I told myself I would read Christmas novels throughout the year because they really put me in a good mood!

After finishing Evergreen Springs, I immediately checked both Audible and Overdrive to see if either had the audiobook to book four, Riverbend Road. I was super excited to see one of my libraries indeed had it-so just like with Evergreen Springs I will be reading the physical copy and following along on audio.

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Friday Reflections/ June 1.2018

Happy Friday Friends we have survived yet another week. It has been a H O T one here in south Texas, like unbearably hot. One day this week I walked to my car after group therapy, turned the air conditioner on immediately after getting inside and literally sat in my car for about 30 minutes because it was so hot, I couldn’t bring myself to start driving.  Summer is for sure right around the corner and although I can’t stand the heat and the fall has always been my favorite season, there is something about summer I love. It makes me so nostalgic for growing up in Missouri and nights playing softball with friends, cherry lime-aid’s from Sonic and sitting outside of my Grandma’s at night feeling the amazing breeze.

Despite the heat I’ve been facing though, this week wasn’t a bad one–

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  1. What I’ve Been Reading: I have been buddy reading Sarah Morgan’s Sleepless in Manhattan with Ashley from AshHeartBooks on Youtube. This book is so much fun and I highly recommend reading it with a friend. Three friends living in New York City, setting out on a new job venture, late night roof top movie watching and NYC skyline gazing and awesome brother-sister relationship–this book is everything I need at the moment. I also recently finished Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne which is book two in her Haven Point series. –I went to the library closest to my work a few days ago and actually checked out a couple physical books (I am an avid Overdrive user!).  I checked out Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han and The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo. I am very much in the mood for some young adult/contemporary reads to kick off my summer.
  2. What I’ve Been Listening To: I recently cancelled my subscription to Sirius Radio because honestly I hardly ever used it, and was at this point where I was like I need to cancel the things that I pay for and really don’t use. So I had to start programming the local radio stations in my car and I got to the country station and they were playing this song called Small Town Boy by Dustin Lynch. I have been playing the heck out of this song ever since! And I am still making my way through the backlist of the Heaving Bosoms Podcast I am currently on episode 18 where they review Fifty Shades Freed by EL James. These two ladies are hilarious and I just love starting my day out by laughing with them and at them in my car in the morning and on my way home after a long day!
  3. What I’ve Been Watching: It is almost embarrassing to admit this, but I finally watched for the very first time, You’ve Got Mail starring the lovely Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks the freaking God himself. I love these two in Sleepless in Seattle which is top 3 one of my favorite movies and I’ve always known about this movie, just for whatever reason I never had any intentions of watching it. I finally caved though and damn I’m glad I did. It was incredible.
  4. Moving Forward: Okay so my main goal right now is to get my shit together health wise, physical fitness wise. I haven’t stepped foot in the gym in months. I haven’t put my running shoes on in months and I am starting to feel like a straight bum. Its uncomfortable and if I don’t get it together soon I am just going to be in this habit of not caring about being in shape or eating healthy. I am going to make sure I am drinking way more water than cokes and I am determined to either wake up early and go to the gym before work, or suck it up and go afterward–when it will be ridiculously hot and I’d rather just go home! I have to do this, it is crazy how unhealthy I’ve become. Any advice, tips, guidance you have, please send my way!!

 

I truly hope you’ve had a great week Friends! Share with me what your weekend plans consist of if you have any. My plans consist of a lot of lounging on the couch getting some reading done. I hope you enjoy yours and I’ll talk to you in my next post-xoxo, Bree

Friday Reflections/May 25.2018

Happy Friday Friends! This week is a blur now that it’s coming to an end. It went by so fast. It is, for some a long weekend here in the states with the upcoming holiday–so if that’s the case for you, enjoy your down time-have fun, relax and be safe. I will be off for four days and am very much looking forward to some relaxation. It is my daughter and I this weekend so it’s going to be some much needed girl time (and quiet time with my boys being out of town) So let me reflect on this week.

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  • What I’ve Been Reading: Currently my main read is Redemption Bay by Raeanne Thayne  which is book two in the Haven Point series and I am loving it. I read book one, Snow Angel Cove a few months ago and have been so antsy to get back into the series.  I am speaking it into existence that Raeanne Thayne is going to become one of my favorite authors. After only one book I was very impressed and happy with her way of creating this cozy small town feel with such a proud sense of community with characters who are very realistic–and book two is not disappointing.  I have also started listening on audio thanks to Overdrive, The Shop on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber  which is book one in the Blossom Street series and so far I am really enjoying it as well. I love how Macomber’s female characters are very real women with real problems. The main character in this one is a two time cancer survivor who opens a yarn store in Seattle–with a father who passed away, a sick mother and a sister who resents her.  Debbie Macomber’s novels thus far for me have been not too heavy on the romance but shatter my heart before piecing it back together again with how hope inspiring they are, so I am bracing myself with The Shop on Blossom Street because I know it’s coming.
  • What I’ve Been Listening To: In the car I mostly listen to either Podcasts or whatever audiobook I have checked out from the library or via audible–so my radio listening is very rare sad to say which leaves me out of the loop with new, good music. I am always late with discovering artists. One I recently found while searching for songs to save on my Apple playlists is Maren Morris. I have in particular been listening to her album Hero and what I am liking about her, is I can’t really put her in a box. Some songs are hard core country while some are pop with some hip-hop inspiration. The song that I am most in love with is, I Could Use A Love Song    which is a slower one, but oh my goodness the lyrics! It starts off, “Usually a drink will do the trick/Take the edge off quick, sitting in the dark/With a shared cigarette/Seeing eye-to-eye, and heart to heart/But maybe I’m just getting old/Used to work but now it don’t/ A Long gone drive/ You know the kind where you take a turn and you don’t know why/But it clears your mind, a surefire cure/I need something stronger/That’ll last a little longer.”–I am such  sucker for lyrics that sound like something 17 year old me would have written in my composition notebook full of poetry and each song on her album has made me reminisce in some way.
  • What I’ve Been Watching: I didn’t watch any movies this week and not much television but my friend Ashley, from AshHeartBooks on Youtube posted Historical Romance Recs-Part 2 which I loved! I am still trying to find my way with historical romances so I just watch and gush as she shares some of her favorites. Go check her out!
  • Moving Forward: Okay, I took the plunge. I was sitting in my bath tub Tuesday night and sent my sister a text message telling her to log into my Facebook, change the password and not give it to me until August 1st (if I even ask for it!).  I don’t want the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is to be checking Facebook, or what I do when I get a moment to myself. It is a big part of my wanting to put my phone down more. I have felt like I need to be logged in to see what is going on in other people’s lives–which is fine but I want it to be an every so often thing. Seriously, if an emergency happens, someone will call me! I don’t need to be on Facebook for it. So I have been without it these past few days and you know what…it hasn’t driven me crazy to not be logged in. I have actually gotten a ton of reading done, started a new art journal and felt a tad more present. The summer is less than a month away and I want Summer 2018 to be one to remember, so I think actually being present in the moment will be a huge part of that!

 

So those are my reflections for this week Friends. Share with me yours if you have any! Did you read any good books this week? Watch anything cool that you’d recommend? Let me know..and Happy Friday!