Friday, February 27, 2015

Oh Hey, Friday Favs

It's the last weekend in my twenties!!!

I feel like I said that last Friday and I would have been wrong, lol. My brother and sis have both called me so excited that I'll be turning the big 3 0 next week and it just really made me feel special. They might have also asked what I wanted for my Birthday and while I totally appreciate that they want to get me something...knowing that they're thinking of me is absolutely more important!!

1. First you must vote in my poll about which color you see. I missed this on FB yesterday because I was devouring a book, see Hold on Tight by Abbi Glines. Anyway, this tumblr dress went viral and I was asked which color I saw. Showed my parents the same image on the same screen and they both saw something else. THIS is the actual dress from Amazon UK.



What TWO colors are in this dress?
Black and Blue
White and Gold
Poll Maker

I love the science behind this, I mean COME ON how can we see different things when it's clearly black and blue?! Floored me. Then A texted me later and said he now saw the colors of the actual dress.

2. MAC sent the email the Cinderella collection was available. I debated buying the compact because hello, Disney princess dream come true. However I put it in my cart and came back from lunch and it was sold out. Along with almost everything else. Now, I'm technically not supposed to be buying makeup due to lent...but I'm so going to the MAC store on my Birthday when they'll be available "in store" to see if I can get the compact AND the HEA lip gloss. I obviously need THAT!


3. I am IN LOVE with these wine snack tray things with cork spreaders. I hate that they're green, yuck - BUT I might order it anyway. I just have to decide which one. Why so many choices?!


4. I have been super excited about this weekend for months! Ever since I bought Scotty McCreery tickets for tonight and booked my hair appointment to CHOP off my hair tomorrow I have known this would definitely be a favs weekend for sure!


5. Did I mention it's my birthday week? How can a favorite top that?!

Sooo, obviously even though I was late to work and I don't have a 3 day weekend I only have a 4 day work week next week because for my Birthday I'm finally getting to go to South Carolina!! Have you ever been? What's your favorite thing to do/eat/visit? We'll be in Charleston Saturday and I can't FREAKING wait!!

What are some of your favs from this week? Any plans for the weekend?


Linking up for Oh Hey, Friday with these fabulous ladies - September FARM and The Farmer’s Wife. Linking up High Five for Friday with Bright on a Budget, Coffee with Caitlin, Cup of Tea, and Della Devoted!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: Slow Burn by K. Bromberg + Giveaway!!

ONE NIGHT. THAT'S ALL IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE.

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?


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Review


This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and it did not disappoint. FIVE freakin' stars for this one!

Many readers fell in love with Becks and Haddie as individuals as we saw them interact with the main characters of Driven, but it wasn't until I read Slow Burn that I realized we didn't really know them at all. Especially Haddie.

It's true, I was on a deadline to read this book so I could get my review up, but there was a point a little over half way through the book that Hell could have frozen over and I wouldn't have been able to put this book down.

The sex scenes are a little drawn out, like entire chapters worth of sexcapades so I could have done without all that but that's why a lot of people read "romance" novels, so I get it. I'm all about the love story, the slow burn and K. Bromberg definitely delivered that for me.

I was an absolute emotional wreck reading this book as I literally placed myself in Haddie's shoes many times. What she was going through, that I never imagined when I picked up this book, just felt so real.

And Beckett Daniels, oh how I fell so much more in love with him throughout Slow Burn. The way he is there for Haddie, even when she keeps pushing him away is exactly the kind of guy I'm eventually going to be looking for because I am one crazy lady.

Don't worry, if you haven't read the Driven series or never finished the other books (which got better as they went along) you can still read this. They allude to things from the Driven books but nothing substantial and it was almost like I was reading a completely different story.

I can't wait for the release of Sweet Ache revolving around another different couple we were introduced to in Driven, and whatever else K. Bromgerg puts out.

You can read a little more about my love for Driven here , plus check out when I did the 4th Driven book cover reveal here.

Excerpt


“Yeah. That’s one way to put it. Is there something else you called for besides trying to stick your nose in where it doesn’t belong?”
I open my mouth and then shut it, unsure how calling him because I just needed to hear his voice has devolved so quickly into this. Into me scrambling for words I can’t find to fix shit that doesn’t need fixing.

Because I don’t want this. Don’t want him.

“Well then, if you want to actually talk instead of pull this ridiculous bullshit, I’m here for you…but Had…? Whatever this is here…this passive aggressive crap? I don’t do too well with that. We had our one night. You made it quite clear you didn’t want anything more than that so you don’t get to call me up and question what I might or might not be doing with anybody else. You want no strings? Then cut the ties…but frankly I don’t think you know what the fuck you want so until you figure your shit out, I think it’s best that we say good night before we make a bad situation even worse.”

“Wait!” Desperation rings in my voice in the single word. And I hate myself for sounding like this but I’m so lonely, so scared and just want the comfort I know he can bring me right now.

I wait for the sound of the dial tone to assault my ears. Wait for the incessant beep that reaffirms why I have barbed wire wrapped around my heart – painful but necessary. But there is nothing for a few moments until I hear the phone scrape against the stubble on his face.

And I wait…my throat burning with the tears I want to shed but am so sick of. The ones that no longer bring me comfort.

“I’m here, Haddie. I’m not going anywhere, okay?” The timbre of his voice carries his concern and sympathy to me through the line.

The incoherent sound I make is all I can offer in thank you to him for not hanging up on me. For not giving up on me.

About the Author


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author K. Bromberg is that reserved woman sitting in the corner who has you all fooled about the wild child inside of her—the one she lets out every time her fingertips touch the computer keyboard.

K. lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. When she needs a break from the daily chaos of her life, you can most likely find her on the treadmill or with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good, saucy book.

On a whim, K. Bromberg decided to try her hand at this writing thing. Her debut novels, Driven, Fueled, and Crashed of The Driven Trilogy were well received and went on to become multi-platform bestsellers as well as landing on the New York Times and USA Today lists. Her other works include a short story, UnRaveled, and a companion piece to The Driven Trilogy titled Raced. She is currently working on three stand alone Driven novels, Slow Burn, Sweet Ache, and Hard Beat. She also plans to release a novel addressing the 10 year gap at the ending of Crashed in late fall 2015.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CONFESSIONS!!

Ummm, is there still a confessions link up? Oh well!


I found this article and it reminded me of all the things I loved about Sons of Anarchy and that was the many faces of Jax Teller aka Charlie Hunnam.


Then I got to thinking I really wish I could see what he would have been like as Christian Grey because you know, they cast him first and I just can't fully picture it.

I'm getting my hair not just cut, but chopped off on Saturday and OMG I can't wait! It's just gotten to be too much and I want some low maintenance hair again. These are my inspirations!


I had my hair cut like that back in 2011? After seeing a more round face dancer on SYTYCD with this cut and loved it! Totally works with my face.

I haven't been to a workout class since last MONDAY. I was sooo sore for a couple days and then I got busy.

Speaking of BUSY, Slow Burn showed up in my mailbox yesterday and I had every intention of finishing it last night but that didn't happen. I must finish it today because I stupidly signed up for a blog tour featuring this book and then wasn't selected to review but you guys don't just want to hear about a book...you want my thoughts!!


Instead I attempted to make the liquor lollipops with cake flavored vodka. My mom sure liked them, lol!


I have TWO trips coming up over the next month and a half.

I won't make it to the Carolinas before my 30 Before 30, BUT we're going the weekend after my Birthday, so that counts, right?!

I also just booked a flight back home to see my sister and other extended family over Easter. Hopefully I'll get some friend time in as well.

Oh! If you don't follow me on Instagram you haven't seen these buttons yet!


Also, I'm really getting into Youtube so make sure you're following me over there. I went on a major shopping haul Monday with my mom and I can't wait until I get to share everything with you this weekend!!

Ummmm, I think that's all folks.

Do you have anything you need to confess?!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Freakin' Kinda Productive Weekend

On Friday, I posted my list of things I was hoping to accomplish this weekend and I crossed off TWO things off completely, yay! I'm glad my weekend isn't over because I still have time to cross off a few things.

Friday evening I sat down to try and get into the duo book club book I've been struggling with this month and I just don't think it's going to happen. I can always tell when I've tried to read a book I don't really want to read because I end up with a low number of books read that month. Sorry Jenny Han, I think I'm breaking up with you.


Saturday I got another Youtube video up, this one focusing on the QVC Tarte Miracles from the Amazon 6pc. Collection and a demo of me applying their new foundcealer. I figured out how to use my DSLR to record which is something I've been meaning to do since last Summer! I'm still learning how to do the music with the videos and a lot of things but it's been quite a fun challenge.


Sunday I decided I would try and find some used books, but it was a total bust.

I saw a few Goodwill book hauls from a few girls in one of the book Facebook groups I'm in and I wanted more books! The Goodwill on my way home has a ton of books, but none that I'd want to read and it's not organized very well. So, there are a couple others nearby and the one I tried Sunday didn't have ANY books at all. It was a complete 180 from our close Goodwill that I'm not interested in ever going back.


The other place I wanted to try was Haslam's which is a local book store that sells used and new books. They had used romance books, from 1987 but nothing from the last decade. They didn't even have a decent used young adult section, I mean...all us young'uns must keep all our books or that's the way of the eReader, huh? It was still cool to see their store because I'd been wanting to visit for quite some time but I won't be going back. Bummer.

I also paid off my car, checking off another thing on my 30 Before 30 list!!


TODAY I'm heading to another Goodwill in a different area so I'm hoping for better luck.

Other than that, it was a lot of NCIS because marathons and catching up on DVR shows like Nashville and Chicago PD.

What did you get up to this weekend?


Linking up for weekending with B Loved Boston and Champagne and Suburbs.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Oh Hey, Friday Favs

This week has been such a weird week, I feel like I'm even more excited for a Friday than I normally am. I've only had a combined 13 or so hours of sleep (as of Thursday night) this week and can definitely feel it so I'm hoping to recharge this weekend!

Plans, are to get a lot of schtuff done. I only have one outside commitment and then I'll be at home crossing things off my list.


This is your LAST weekend to enter the Veet® Infini’Silk™ PRO, so make sure you get entered!!

Now how about some favs?!

1. I was browsing through the weekly UnSplash email and saw this random link at the bottom. Of course, I clicked on it and Tampa does not have any listed but this is SUCH an awesome concept. Good coffee shops, with wifi. I love Starbucks but I miss going to local coffee shops with wifi like I used to in college before the boom.


2. Ya'll know how much I LOVE me some Amazon shopping, but I learned a lot from this awesome list of Amazon secrets!


3. I'm trying to decide if I want to try the liquor or wine lollipop recipe.


4. This quote, it can be so easy to be envious of others so I'm constantly reminding myself AND others this.


5. I can't not leave you with some funnies! I'm a dog person and these are SPOT on!






What are some of your favs from this week? Any plans for the weekend?


Linking up for Oh Hey, Friday with these fabulous ladies - September FARM and The Farmer’s Wife. Linking up High Five for Friday with Bright on a Budget, Coffee with Caitlin, Cup of Tea, and Della Devoted!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

30 Gifts for My 30th Birthday

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do for my 30th Birthday, but since it's in ONE month two weeks I have been perusing Pinterest and dropping things on my Birthday board like it's 1985.

One of the cool ideas I came across mentioned giving the birthday girl or boy as many gifts as they are turning. So, for my Birthday wishlist that I've done and seen other bloggers do in the past I thought I'd include large and small things someone could get me if they were wanting to follow this idea! Also, it's VERY hard to find this much cheap'ish stuff, especially when I don't really "need" any of it.

1. This makeup brush holder.

2. Eyefi camera card

3. Contact Lens Case

4. Pore Strips

5. Nail Files

6. Book Gift Cards

7. Makeup Gift Cards

8. Nova Off Camera Flash

9. Sleep Mask

10. Cooler Ice Pack

11. Fifth Harmony CD

12. Florida Georgia Line CD

13. Heidi Swapp Minc Machine


14. Finish Vanity Mirror

15. Black, Silver or Gold Handheld Mirror

16. Pie Dish

17. iPad Mini Case Mine is falling apart :(

18. Magnetic Recipe Stand


19. Leopard Print Scarf

20. Coldstone Cake - Yum!

21. Pink, Silver or Gold Glitter or Sparkler Candles

22. Sparkly Coasters


23. Picnic Basket

24. Eye shadow brushes

25. The Foldio

26. Confetti in Balloons

27. Fresh Flowers

28. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

29. White Casual Tennis Shoes like Converse

30. No dishes for my Birthday week!

Now I have to wait a WHOLE month to order any of these for myself in case I get them as gifts. Does that worry anybody else when you make a wishlist?

14 days until my Birthday!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Confessions

Making Melissa

I don't usually have a lot to confess so I don't do these weekly, but once a month. Then...you get a HUGE confessions post, lol. Sorry, not sorry.

I confess...

I would never take a one way ticket to Mars. Period.

I've only had 4'ish hours of sleep the past two nights and I just know I'm going to CRASH early one night. This body just can't take too many nights like that.

Last night it was because I finished Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren (comes out April 15th!) and I always think they can't possibly top the last book but they did it again.

I love the Bobby Bones show in the mornings, BUT I've been switching between listening to them, listening to my current audio book Play by Kylie Scott and the Fifty Shades soundtrack which is absolutely fantastic! I haven't loved a soundtrack like this since Burlesque.

I skipped blogging yesterday in lieu of watching NCIS with my parents the night before and trying to catch up on blog reading yesterday. I think even though I have all of these ideas, I'm going to have to cut down to posting only four times a week. *cries*

I tried the Chick-fil-a Iced Vanilla Coffee this morning AND it was comped because I had to wait! Since I haven't been drinking coffee on the reg since the new year, it's a little bitter but pretty refreshing!

I am sooooo sore from a Barre workout Monday. I tried out a different Barre studio, not Pure Barre and I felt like it was a lot harder than the barre class I took recently at PB. However, I remember my first PB class and how sore I was. It's possible it's just the different muscles each similar class works.

I am addicted to buying makeup. I don't need anything else so that's what I'll be giving up for lent I think. This is THE most nervous I've ever been for giving something up, I think.

I was supposed to post my 30 gift ideas for my 30th birthday today and I only have like 10 items so I'll be finishing that and posting tomorrow? *checking schedule* Sure, I can do that as long as I finish. What's something you'd put on a wishlist this time of year?

Ugh, I made my Plenty of Fish account active again. Why can't a boy just fall into my life? Is that too much to ask for?

I've been trying to wear foundation without powder. Newsflash! I've always worn powder, ever since I started wearing makeup in my teens. So far, Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup was my favorite like this. Do you wear powder on top of your foundation? If you wear foundation at all of course. I wish I didn't have to but I just feel better when I cover up what I can of my acne scarring.

I started reading Fifty Shades Darker after the cliffie in the first movie, but I have so many more things I should be reading!

I'm not sure about the Category thing on Bloglovin' when I go to save posts. Does anybody have that figured out?

I just had the perfect idea for a super personal post about over dramatic early twenty year old Heather.

I still have a giveaway going for the Veet® Infini’Silk™ PRO RRP $299.00 so make sure you're entered if you look forward to quitting shaving!

I'm done.

What do you need to confess?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Freakin' Fifty Weekend

It's the Monday I have to work and I was up SUPER late last night finishing important things like this blog post.

I got a couple of things crossed off my list like ordering blog specific business cards and my taxes, yay! I made the mistake of trying to order blog/business cards all in one and now I'm just not loving it so I decided just to order a limited QTY for the Blog class I'm attending in TWO weeks!!

Mug Swap reveal - It's been a little while since I've done a swap. I used to do them all the time and you can check out those posts here. I got paired up with Erica and she sent me a travel tea mug!! I usually wait to drink my tea until I'm at work, but this is the perfect excuse to have my caffeine early.


In case you were wondering where my love of tea cam from, I gave up coffee in January because I can't drink it black. I must have milk and sugar of some sort. So not only am I lowering my caffeine amount, I'm saving calories!!

I've got my mug all set up to take this morning so I'm excited to try it out!

Friday night I celebrated Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day by having a super rich peppermint mocha mudslide! Isn't my heart straw cute? Thanks mom!


Saturday morning the parents decided they were frying eggs. I'm still very picky about how I'll eat my eggs so that meant a sandwich for me. So yum!


I finally got around to posting my FIFTY blog post ideas in honor of Fifty Shades!

FIFTY

All. The. Feeeeeeels. I think Dakota was stellar and since I've only read the book once I really didn't remember a lot of what happened in the first book so I was surprised at the end. I was expecting that part a lot sooner and then it just ended. Cliffhanger. Bummer.


I was supposed to go see the movie with S, but she had to work so I still went by myself and because I had actually purchased two tickets I didn't feel bad about having an empty seat on either side of me.

We're still planning on seeing it together, and this was our text right after the movie


I wrote that first part Saturday and then Sunday S asked me if I wanted to go ahead and see it that night. Of course! Second time wasn't as emotional. I was more prepared for the scenes, obviously. I also had a dude sitting next to me with his GF so I'm not sure if that had something to do with it or not.

I was actually kind of shocked at how much boobage there was. Like there could have been closer cropping after the first few shots. We know she has them and now I sound like a prude that went to see it, lol. I'm not!

The guy sitting next to me even commented about how she'd already been naked 10 times.

I recorded myself opening my Popsugar Must Have box and they got another thumbs up from this girl. Let's hope they keep this up!


If you're interested in seeing other videos I upload I'd love for you to subscribe to my channel. In case you can't/don't want to watch it here's what I got in the box.


I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but that's all for now!!

How was your weekend? Oh! I bought the Fifty soundtrack because some of the songs were so fitting to the movie and those usually make the best soundtracks. Loving it!


Linking up for weekending with B Loved Boston and Champagne and Suburbs.