Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thoughts, Confessions, Hashtags Oh My!

What's New With You

I've been working on this post for a couple weeks, always wanting to add something else before posting and all of a sudden another week has gone by. What have you been up to?

Nadine shared this ecard in her Friday Favorites post (last week recently) and it's one of the most appropriate ecards for me...ever.


I accidentally bought an ebook on Amazon last month. The good news is I really enjoyed it. The bad news is it's the first in a series of three with the same characters so I'll be buying them all since the library doesn't have them. Hitched* by Kendall Ryan and the third/final book just came out this week!!

I've been crossing things off my Summer Goals list *happy dance*. I really wish I could do emojis with this post.

This could also be a confessions post from the looks of it.

A friend of mine got schooled by his 6 year old nephew when he sent the medal emoji in preparation for the Olympics. Apparently if it lacks emotion it can't possibly be an emoji. I get it, I do and it made me wonder if emoji is more of a brand then?

All hail Jennifer Aniston. I've loved her for years and still refuse to see anything with Angelina Jolie. I died a little inside typing that name. I can hold a grudge against someone I don't know with the best of them. She also used my favorite "happily ever after" in her quote and that's part of why I named my blog My Little because an HEA is what you make of it!

I went to buy a larger size of jeans because the ones that fit have a broken zipper or holes that aren't appropriate for work. Well, I'm legit in between sizes. My "size" is just, like, a smidge too tight and the next size up is like who wants to get in these pants with me...I got room for all ya'll. #vacaweightgainproblems #summerweightproblems

Target Cartwheel has 25% off jeans and since I'm just trying to get by I went ahead and bought some.

I'm taking my BBBS Little to Busch Gardens tomorrow and we're getting there early! Trying to beat the crowds and the heat. I haven't been to BG since 2009? so this should be interesting. - We went, we had fun and got out before the rain!! You can SOOO get lost in that place, or maybe it's just me.

I still haven't tried the "pink drink"" from Starbucks. I did try their cold brew and was not impressed. I've been making more of a frappucino with my cold brew at home. Two large spoonfuls of Greek vanilla yogurt, chocolate syrup, condensed milk and ICE!!


I had a goal to pay off my credit cards this year, complete with a few spending freezes/wallet watches but I haven't been so good about those. I have two that aren't store cards and one I pay off every month so it gets used a lot more because I know I'm going to pay it off. The result of doing that is the 0% interest I have on the other card until March hasn't had much of a dent put in it until now. This morning I paid off 1/4 of it so I can get back on track.

I saw BAD MOMS last weekend and it was hilarious. My favorite part was the credits with the celebrities and their moms, awe!!

The table I'm refinishing STILL isn't done, but it's hotter than Hades. I'm off for the next FOUR days so every morning I have plans to get out there before it gets too hot and get this thing done!

What are your plans this weekend?


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Goals 2016

Life According to Steph

I haven't done a Seasonal Goals link up ever I don't think. I used to do them monthly and then when life took over and I didn't accomplish anything that was no fun so hopefully I can cross off some things for this Summer.

These really aren't in any particular order but numbering seemed natural.

1. Pool party with a fun float like the flamingo or donut!!

2. Get a tan - for the past couple of Summers I haven't laid out as much as I wanted to in the FL sun.

3. Movie outside - Clearwater has an awesome set up Friday and Saturday nights on the beach. I want to take advantage of it more.

4. See a baseball or softball game

5. Tie Die something

6. Go fishing

7. Go to a Farmer's Market, Flea Market or Festival

8. Complete a 30 day challenge (squat, summer body, food, etc.)

9. Make a Summer playlist

10. Go to an Amusement park or theme park

11. Visit the library - I use a lot of their digital books every month but I haven't been in a couple years.

12. Wear different earrings - I have a few pairs but end up wearing the same everyday. I changed it up today already!

13. Visit grandparents

14. Unpack and organize my room - we have a goal for the apartment...Labor Day.

What are some of your goals this Summer?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review: The Lessons by Elizabeth Brown

Question: What happens when a thirty-year-old virgin hires a sex surrogate to take care of her "little problem"?

Answer: Lots of laughs and tons of heat. You'll be left wanting a Dr. Ryan Andrews of your own.

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Warning: This story contains mature humor, a lot of cursing, and of course, sexual situations. It’s intended for adult readers who enjoy that kind of thing.
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Sexual Surrogate (Definition): A sexual surrogate, sometimes called a surrogate partner, is a member of a sex therapy team consisting of client(s), supervising therapist, and surrogate. Some couples attend sexual surrogacy sessions together, while some people (either single or in a couple) attend them alone. The surrogate engages in education and often intimate physical contact and/or sexual activity with clients to achieve a therapeutic goal. - Wikipedia
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Dual POV with no cliffhanger.
Stand-alone book 1 in The Off-Limits series.


Review

I thought the independence that Natalie starts off with was awesome. Moving to a new city, starting a new job and putting yourself out there are all things that can be difficult to some and doing them all at once was definitely the way to go for her. The connection she had with the guy at the library was on point and then the book went downhill from there for me.

Luckily the author and story kept me engaged and I continued to read it. I did want to see how the story panned out. I just didn't think the story was as strong as it could have been and a lot of the situations people would find humorous were either lost on me or irritating more than comical to the story.

I thought it was edited well and Ryan was good book boyfriend material. There is a second book that involves Ryan's little sister AND best friend. I'm adding that to my TBR and maybe it'll be like other companion novels that end up being better than the first book for me!


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I was provided with a copy of The Lessons in exchange for my honest review.