Monday, April 20, 2015

march book

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I realize my March book is being shared WELL into April, but... it took a little longer to read than I had hoped. I know that I am not a "Young Adult" but WHY are the young adult books always so good. So good that you get teary eyed when you realize you are reading the last page, and not because it's a sad last page but just because it's the last page, period. 

From Huntley Fitzpatrick official site:

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them…until one summer evening Jase Garrett climbs her trellis and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love and stumble through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first romance, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own—even as she keeps him a secret from her disapproving mother and critical best friend. Then the unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
One of my favorite things to do when reading a book is try to predict the ending. I got so caught up in the love story of Sam and Jase that I definitely wasn't expecting certain events to happen. I loved everything about this book... young love, keeping secrets from people you love, feeling like you don't know the person you have been best friends with your whole life and finding comfort in something so opposite from what you are accustomed to. I was imagining this as a movie in my head the entire time. Also, I love a book that HAS an ending! I hate "guessing" what happened, so kudos for giving me that satisfaction.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

feb. book

to all the boys I've loved before by Jenny Han 

Last month I decided to jump on the LC book club bandwagon and I have to say that I couldn't have picked a better month to start. I think you will enjoy this book if you love a good "first love" story. I'm a sucker for those kinds of stories and movies. I would personally describe it as a mix of hopeless romantic love like The Notebook ... and fun, quirky love like Garden State. 

From  LARA JEAN keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved.
When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.
Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. 

I was sad when the book ended (because like all good love stories, you don't ever want it to end) but so excited that a sequel is coming this May! Also, Jenny Han "liked" this pic of our little princess on Instagram! How sweet is that!

Not sure which book will be next in the LC Book Club but I already started reading "My Life Next Door" by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

8 & 9/52

week 8

babe & kins: these kids love taking pics together and laughing at themselves as they look through all the funny out-takes 

week 9

babe: I had a parent teacher conference this week and heard nothing but good about my babe, the teacher said he is her "model student" but did admit that he can get a little crazy when NOT in the classroom. 

kins: she is REALLY wanting to crawl! she scoots a lot and I'm worried I'm going to miss her first crawl. Time for baby proofing.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

thirty five

Turning 35 isn't as bad as I imagined it would be. When my younger brother called to wish me a happy birthday he asked if I felt old. Surprisingly, I said "No. I actually don't". With all the stress in my life and all the things I forget on a daily basis I probably should feel old. But as the years go by I realize it really isn't about "getting old", it's about enjoying everything and everyone around me... doing things that make me feel alive... watching my kids, loving them and cherishing every moment. I think 35 is going to be amazing.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

4 & 5/52

week 4:

Babe: I love that he still loves his little blue bear and likes to have him at his side.
Kins: she will tolerate headbands and hats!

week 5:

Babe & Kins: can't get enough of each other #BigBrotherLittleSisterLove

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

reese's spread teddy smores

I can't tell you how excited I was to find out I would be receiving the new Reese's Spread from Influenster. I knew exactly what I was going to make... Smores!! But not just any old boring smores, a fun little bite size teddy smore.

You will need: Reese's Spread // Teddy Grahams // marshmallows // toothpicks

partner up your teddy grahams and spread half of them with Reese's Spread. Once that is done put a marshmallow on each end of a toothpick (one for every pair of teddy bears). Place them in the microwave for 4 seconds! (those suckers can melt super fast). Place a marshmallow on the reese's side of a teddy and squeeze it closed with it's partner. 
So adorable, delicious and fun to make with the kids!

needless to say, I love the Reese's Spread! It's the perfect spread to satisfy my sweet cravings because I don't need to go overboard with it, I just need a few dabs. 

I received this product (Reese's Spread) complimentary from Influenster. However, all opinions regarding the product are 100% my own.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


week 3:

Babe: he spent the 3 day weekend in this hat and sweater. Good thing he wears a uniform to school, otherwise I believe we would have had a difficult time getting ready this morning.

Kins: found her baby twin! How could I NOT dress her in a similar outfit?!

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