Saturday, October 25, 2014

#Blogtober~ Favorite Book

Good Morning Everyone,



Today's prompt: Favorite Book


This is SO HARD.

They always ask me to choose I just can't it is impossible so stop asking
I love books. I love a LOT of books.....there are just so many good ones!

Choosing a favorite is like pulling teeth, I mean seriously....they are all good for so many different reasons!!!

So I'm gonna cheat. I'm gonna give you my top ten. #sorrynotsorry

In no particular order:

1. The Harry Potter Series- I really love this series for the more obvious reasons but the not so obvious one is that these are the books that got my youngest brother interested in reading! I started reading these to him when he was 11 (same age as Harry!) and he fell in love with the story and even when I went away to Europe for two weeks he was calling me and telling me that he wanted me to read to him! Since then he has loved books and most especially audio books. So Thank you Harry Potter, it's a memory I will always love. 

2. The Lord of the Rings - I read this in high school and the introduced me (and pretty much everyone) to the Epic Fantasy novel. They are for sure "crunchy" books but I do adore the story, even years later!


3. The Iron Druid Series by Kevin Hearne- These are just pure fantasy fun and thanks to my other brother for introducing me to these! They are quick reads but I am so invested in the characters, I love the mythology, and I WANT and Irish Wolfhound! 


4. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle- I loved the movie when I was little and in fact too young to really understand what it was about! The book is even deeper and I really love it. I has a special place on my bookshelf. 


5. The Wolf Brother Series by Michelle Paver-
Again I have my youngest brother to thank for this one, even though I finished the series way before he did! This is just a great series for the fantasy lover and also it has a lot to do with growing up and finding your place in the world. Excellent series!


6. The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick- This book was kind of life changing for me. That sounds so super lame but honestly I am not kidding. I now completely and utterly embrace my nerdy ways where before I kind of kept it on the DL. I am a nerd and I obsess about loads of nerdy things. However this book will teach you to not only embrace your inner nerd but also really learn to use it to your advantage and put it to work in your daily life! Such a great book and I am so glad that being nerdy is finally something I can embrace and love. 


7. On Writing by Stephen King- Wonderful blend of a Memoir and a Tool kit for the writer. I don't really read a whole lot of Stephen King but I do completely agree with his tool box kit for those looking to be a better writer. I listen to this audio book every couple of months to remind myself to write all the time and to just brush back up on the basics and not get too bogged down with worrying about what people will think of my writing. Just Write! 


8. A Dog's purpose by Cameron W. Bruce- I love dogs. I have always had a dog in my life and this book touched me so deeply. I cried, I laughed, and I felt like someone finally got what it means to have a dog. Now this book is written in the POV of a dog and as that title states he is trying to find his purpose. Never before has anyone written such a wonderful idea of what a dog's purpose might be. I LOVED this book and the sequel. Please read this, but bring tissues. 


9. Belladonna by Anne Bishop-
Wonderful fantasy book. Completely new world to dive into and if you love fantasy and magic and a little love story, you will love this one. 


10. The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reed-
Diet Girl is the reason I started to blog. No joke. Now her blog is no longer up but the book is there for those of you that missed out on her journey. Part weight loss memoir, part wonderful life story it is just a great book for anyone and everyone. All bloggers should read.

Friday, October 24, 2014

#Blogtober~ Best In Beauty

Good Morning Everyone! 




Today's Favorites/Prompt: Beauty Product you Cannot live without. 

This is tough. I love products...as I admitted in my Secret Post. So choosing one beauty product that I cannot live without is really really hard for me. I'm kind of a beauty junkie. 

If I had to pick one PRODUCT however....I suppose it would be lip products. 

I love a good lippy or gloss and I have an extensive collection to prove that. My favorites however are the following: 

Nyx Butter Glosses: 


Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms: 

Maybelline Colorsensational Matte Nudes: 

Nyx Matte Lipsticks: 


Ugh this was hard....because while a good lippy can really brighten up your face I would probably die without my eye liner too.....but lip products are the pick and I'm sticking to it! 

Happy Friday Everyone! Tomorrow is more #Blogtober and we are picking a Favorite Book.....ugh that is worse than picking a favorite beauty item!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#Blogtober~ Favorite Editing Tools

Good Morning Everyone,

Today we are going to talk about favorite editing tools for your blog/instagram.

I'm gonna be real honest here...I only really got into editing things recently and therefore don't have a whole lot to offer but for the beginners I do have some helpful tools that I like to use pretty regularly.

Honestly my first choice when it comes to editing/creating things is always going to be Publisher. That is what I learned on first and is my favorite when it comes to creating fliers and other creative type things and I do occasionally us it for the blog and for newsletters. I used it a lot more when I was working full time but it still works for little blog projects.

Second for the blog is PicMonkey. This is such an easy editing tool and is great for making quick images for any type of blog series you might be doing or if you wanna make any type of collage or edited photo thing for the blog or even Facebook! Very user friendly and if you do decide to upgrade you get TONS more options but if you are a cheapo like myself you can still get a lot done on the freebie version!

Now Instagram and I are new acquaintances but on the rare occasion that I do edit a photo on there I like to use SnapSeed. It is pretty user friendly and lets you have a lot of options when it comes to editing your photos. Also it is free which is super awesome!
Also for a more silly editing tool I like to use PhotoWonder. You can add cool effects and silly images to your photos for days when you aren't taking your selfies too seriously!

I cannot wait to see what editing tools you all use because honestly I'm pretty basic around here! Looking forward to finding more things to play with!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Confessions~ What Grinds My Gears

Good Morning Everyone, 


Vodka and Soda

It's time for Confession! 


Today I will be confessing all the things that Grind My Gears (Or pet peeves if you prefer) for both Confession Day and for #Blogtober!



I confess that people that don't use their turn signal send me into rage mode. 


I confess that a cluttered table is the bane of my existence and will drive me insane one day because I can never seem to keep mine clear. 


I confess that when the hubs turns the TV volume above 20 I grit my teeth in irritation. Seriously WHY DO YOU NEED IT SO LOUD?? I am trying to THINK over here!

I confess that when coupons come to me via mail but all the things I want to buy are "excluded" from the coupon (because they are the things worth getting and therefore are the most expensive) I just toss the coupon out in frustration. Seriously what is the point??

I confess that when the hubs puts his work calls on speakerphone while at the house and I have to listen to him give directions to someone who just keeps yelling into the phone....ugh!!!!! 
I confess that when people say "cray cray" "totes" or "yolo" I want to punch them in the face. You sound ridiculous. 


So there you have it! Now you all probably think I'm crazy but hey if you like my crazy I'll be back here posting tomorrow! 

Happy Hump Day!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#Blogtober14~ Dream Vacation

Good Morning Everyone! 

Today we are going to talk about DREAM VACATIONS!!! 

Now if you saw my post on my Best. Vacation. Ever. Then you will know I went on one Dream Vacation already. If you haven't read that post here is the LINK

Now I have traveled a bit. I've been to Ireland, England, Wales, France, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and to various states in the awesome USA. 

However there is one destination that immediately comes to mind. Somewhere I have wanted to go for years and years now. 

That destination? Tahiti. 

I mean seriously....how gorgeous???

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

I wanna stay in a bungalow....

Bora Bora, Tahiti - this is absolutely a DREAM vacation spot!  Honeymoon perhaps?  http://www.ripplemassage.com.au/about-us-Ripple-massage.html

I wanna see tropical fish....

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

I wanna soak in a deep bathtub because I have never had one and I WANT ONE. 

The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa - 1 of Bora Bora's 9 outstandingly cool-looking resorts

I wanna lay on the beach and watch the waves....

Don't know where it is, but I wanna go there!

I wanna smell the amazing flowers.....

Tahiti #Travel #FrenchPolynesia

In short I wanna go to paradise!!! 

MY ABSOLUTE DREAM HONEYMOON Bora Bora Under the Stars. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BREATH TAKING AND SO BEAUTIFUL

However (if you are reading this darling husband) I would totally go back to Harry Potter World any day! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

#Blogtober14~Fear

Good Morning Everyone, 


We are back with some more #Blogtober!


Today's Prompt: Biggest Fear


I do have a lot of little fears...June Bugs, Extreme Heights, Scarecrows.....

But my biggest fear? 

I fear that I am unremarkable. 

You see my parents are SUPER artistic. They are creative in everything they do....they can take any item you think is junk and turn it into something beautiful. 

My brother Bear is the same way. So artistic but also extremely talented when it comes to music. He taught himself to play the Cello in a weekend! He is also a very good judge of all things awesome and usually if it is something that I love or really enjoy he is the one that referred me to it. 

My brother D is just brilliant. He is so smart and he pushes himself to be smarter all the time. He does numbers in his head and figures out the solutions to very complicated problems. He is also an amazing video editor and knows when and how to get the perfect shot. 

My husband is also very creative as well as very smart. He is a problem solver at heart and he can figure out a solution to about anything. Also his doodles would be like masterpieces for me....

So you see....there is a lot of talent in my family.....and surely with all that talent in the family I got something???

Well I can write...that is the one thing I am good at, but honestly no one really takes a writer serious unless you have published something...

I am a good mom but like any mom out there can tell you....there are no awards for that. It is expected of you and a lot of the work you do goes unnoticed. 

So my big fear is that I will go through life a sort of unremarkable wallflower. If people mention me it will be to say that I was a "nice girl" and that will be it. I want to be more than that.

Whew this is a deep post for a Monday Morning! Grab your coffees and grab the week by the horns everyone....See you here tomorrow.  


find your greatness nike

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#Blogtober14~ Happy

Good Morning Everyone, 




Today's Prompt: What Makes Me Happy


This Little Lady: 




This Handsome Fellow: 


My Dogs: 






My Books: 



Writing: 





This Place: 
Taken at my parents' home where I grew up and also got married.


I am sure there are so many more things I could add to this list but those are the top things I could think of....and honestly just writing this post has made me pretty happy as I count all the wonderful things in my life! I'm a lucky girl.