Tuesday, October 11, 2016

All About the Books October 2016

Since I haven't posted a book post like this since last year, I thought I'd go through the Netgalley books I needed to review and mention a few others that really just bowled me over. I'm planning to finish up the next few months strong so I can remember what I read this year!

First of all, linking up with Steph and Jana so you should check out all of the other readers, too!

Five Stars

Sugar Bowl Series by Sawyer Bennett

I continue to enjoy whatever Sawyer Bennett comes out with, but ALMOST stopped reading this book because of the fact that the main female character was gang raped and I'm pretty sure it starts off with that. I'm so glad I continued to read because it's all about redemption and finding love and trust with her person! #swoon

The third book in the series actually comes out today, not a stand-alone so you definitely need to read them all if you're interested in the series.

This is the epic conclusion to Sela and Beck's story. They've been through a lot both together and separately, coming out stronger when they work together and even though Beck stands to lose everything BUT Sela he knows she is worth it. How far will he go for the one he loves?

These were FIVE star books for me, and I was so thankful I got to read them all close together, talk about cliffhangers!!

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is one of those books that you know is going to hurt and be real. I like my fiction on the light side, so I tend to pad my list with books that are going to feed my happily ever after, love sick fantasies. You have to read this book.

It's personal to the author, she does an amazing job bringing a sensitive subject to life and I found myself rooting for the one she's not supposed to love. I shouldn't say more, spoilers and all but if you read it I hope it sticks with you like it did for me. Make sure you read the author's note at the end, after you read the book.

This is Falling by Ginger Scott was a rec from a friend. She was talking about this author and giving an extra book she won away. Even though I didn't win, I requested the book through the library, and I'm so glad I did. It's that New Adult genre, the characters are in college and they each have struggles of their own.

The hero is a baseball player with great potential and after spending the Summer partying with his brother decides that life isn't for him and focuses on baseball and the new girl that is just his type. The only problem is she is still hanging onto a past that stopped. I love it when an author brings in siblings and other characters that are just as strong as the main characters and Scott has done just that.

Four Stars

Seduction by Violetta Rand is book two of three and I reviewed book 1 and book 3 but missed this one? What?! Haha!

I really liked this one. Rand did a good job setting up the characters from the previous book and it even looks like there's a bit of that love/hate relationship that they need to overcome before they can get together. Craig had been crushing on Marisela's older sister that ended up with his friend in book 1, so you know that relationship isn't ever going to happen. He's a major player and she's been hurt in the past, but I mean she's only nineteen so there age difference also plays a factor. She's also been the "good girl" her entire life and now is trying on the dangerous side. She needs that knight in shining armor to rescue her, my favorite kind of book!

Bare Bones by Bobby Bones was an audio book listen for me. I just love when the author is someone "famous" and they read their words, it makes it so much more personal. Just me? Well, I definitely learned some new things about this radio personality I've been listening to since about 2005. Like there was a million dollar fine because of him?!

We also get to hear about how he brought each of the hosts onto the show. I remember hearing bits and pieces like this in the mornings, but getting to hear the details really made this book for me.

Three Stars and Below

Searching for Harmony by Kelly Elliott was only a three star read for me. While the premise sound good and right up my alley, the actual story was a bit too over the drama for me and I really felt like things were done for the sake of that drama. I also didn't feel like the characters grew that much, so while I enjoyed and was able to finish I wouldn't recommend it as a must read.

A Mess of Reason by A Wilding Wells is another one that sounded good so I requested it from Netgalley. Unfortunately it just didn't work for me. I only made it about 20% and I just couldn't continue - I mean the dialogue was childish, I felt like I was back in high school BUT the characters were older than that and both wanted to be together but couldn't make the first move, yes circumstances being engaged to another guy while you think your best guy friend is perfect for you, I don't know I just hated it and that rarely happens with a book for me.

This is a hot mess of recs and do not reads, lol. I'm currently reading book two in the Falling series. What are you reading?

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Some of these books were provided by the publisher for my honest review through Netgalley. Any book links to Amazon are affiliate links and I make a small portion from the purchase.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

What's NEW with ME?!

What's New With You

It always amazes me when months go by on this blog and I haven't posted. I mean when you go from posting almost daily to not posting the time just flies!

I dyed a "panel" of my hair pink again. My hair was longer this time, which made the experience a little different. My sister does it for me to save all the money and she does a pretty good job, good enough I trust her, lol. I'll share a pic soon on Instagram, I promise.

Speaking of Instagram I slacked all over the place this year.

I'm listening to The Best Yes! by Lysa TerKeurst. A friend of mine has had some BIG decisions to make and recommended it to me as I'm struggling with some decisions of my own.

Said friend is now permanently living in Florida (back from Hawaii after 5 years) and I am soooo excited! All of the fun times we've been having have been so fabulous!

I finally got around to reading It Ends With Us and it was SOOO good! Hoover is one of the authors that CONTINUES to surprise me and I just love reading her words. She's also not big on describing the intimate scenes and as a reader of romance I appreciate that.

Living with my sister is going great! Our neighbors downstairs fight so much more than we do (we've only had two major incidents) and we feel pretty good about ourselves, lol. They DID leave is a passive aggressive note on our door about how we sound like elephants stopping around, their spelling not mine and flush too loud - that wasn't on the note but the community forum. I let the complex know I've recorded a few of their fights and you can clearly hear expletives between 11 pm and 3 am. Unless you're perfect don't complain about your neighbors. I mean the guy next to us constantly drops things and falls? but this is apartment living until I have enough saved for a house.

Hurricane Hermine came through and we got some days off work! Now it's Hurricane Matthew and coming in off the other coast so it shouldn't affect us too much on this side. I did have to reschedule Halloween Horror Nights for tonight to the end of the month. The crowds will be worse, but better to be safe than sorry when your friend lives on the other coast and would be out driving in the hurricane!

I did 14/21 of the 21 day fix with the new Country Heat and I loved it! Sometimes life just gets to be too much and I can't do it all.

I FINALLY found a young adults group at a church so I can make more friends since almost all of mine have moved away. Being old and making friends is hard work. I remember moving when my dad was in the Army and it wasn't nearly as hard to make friends in school.


I shared this awesome chocolate chip cookie in a mug on Facebook and we tried it out so it's legit tasty.

I was on schedule to pay off my credit cards this month, but it's looking like next month and I'm okay with that, still on schedule for the end of the year so that's awesome! I think my last "lately" post I talked about NOT being able to pay it off BUT then I found out I wasn't 0% anymore and got my booty in gear.

What have you been up to?!

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.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tampa Margarita Festival 2016

Instead of focusing on all the rain blanketing the state of Florida, lets look back at my experience at the Tampa Margarita Festival. It's been going for a few years and each year gets bigger.



Tampa Margarita Festival


Tampa Margarita Festival is getting a lot of negative feedback from irate customers and I'm happy to say even though there were problems with our adventure they wouldn't keep me from coming back. With 13,000 people in attendance long lines are to be expected, and our wait to get in was maybe 30 minutes. It didn't look like the VIP line took long if you got there early but I saw a lot of complaints that the VIP line to get in was taking just as long as our general admission line that was only about 30 minutes.

We did Uber down there, back after dinner and then back to my friends and with parking costing $20 I would definitely suggest it was the way to go because out rides only cost about $7 each way. I did see that people found cheaper parking in the Poe garage, which is where they suggest you park. It would have been nice to have a designated drop/pick-up zone for those that did Uber.

Wristbands

We arrived between 12:30 and 1:00, getting our wrist bands topped up at 1:15 according to my welcome email. They used RFID wristbands which you load money to in minimum of $5 increments. One of the biggest complaints was that if you didn't use all of your money and wanted a refund you would be charged $3.50. For couples that could be a loss of $7! I've done the ticket thing where you don't get ANY money back, but at least you can combine tickets. You had to stand in line to top them up, apparently there was supposed to be a way to load them through a website on your phone but I saw some people saying they couldn't get that to work.

I was one of two at my first tent that got charged twice for my first drink. It was a delicious red Sangrita and I should have just taken the two I was charged for and moved on with my day but I wanted to be able to try more than one kind of margarita!! I ended up waiting about 30 minutes to get the money refunded to me and while I was waiting they were very apologetic and even gave me a koozie. They didn't have to do that and I know it was a long hard day for the workers there that kept the show running.



Food

After I got my refund, we stopped by two food tents to get a taco and some nachos. The nachos were delicious, totally worth the money and because I'm not in the habit of taking pictures of everything I forgot to take pics of my food, lol. The first taco was $5 and only came with the meat, lettuce and cheese. No few chips on the side, a little disappointing because across the way where I went to get the nachos for $10 with pulled pork, pico, cheese, etc. my friend got two tacos and a few chips with cheese sauce for $10.

Margaritas

Each margarita started at $7.25 from what I could see. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time to calculate and fill your wristband accordingly. Waters were $2.50 each and I ended up buying four total. Two at the beginning and then two to use up my wristband money at the end!!
I only tried three different margaritas.
Red Sangrita
Ocean Blue Run Rita - vanilla rum, pineapple juice and classic marg ingredients. This one is the teal color everyone kept commenting on while we were walking around.
Summer Breeze Margarita


My favorite was the Ocean Blue Rum Rita and I'm going to try and replicate it because the mermaid color was just gorgeous and the sweet deliciousness has stayed with me all week!

The Shade and Seating

I didn't think there were near enough shaded areas. What they had got crowded quickly and if it wasn't for this concrete arena area near the river we wouldn't have had a place to relax.

With the lack of shade and seating, I did end up almost passing out...not from the drinking, but from the heat. I do outside things quite a bit like Universal and Disney BUT I usually stop in shops with air conditioning frequently. I was a little shocked they didn't have a medical tent with that many people there. They did have EMTs but if they came to check you out they were going to send you in an ambulance to the ER...no thank you when all I needed was some shade, a seat and to bring my body temperature down. We ended up sitting on the grass in the shade between two vendors where I quickly warmed up the water bottles we'd recently purchased with my body heat. The staff was pretty accommodating while I struggled with the heat and now I know to take one of those mini electric fans.



I was not compensated or given free tickets for this event. I spent $15 for a General Admission ticket at Walgreens and saved $10 from the door price!! Cheapest tickets was definitely the way to go and I bought them the morning of!!! I tried winning tickets on every blog giving them away but none of them panned out so I was glad I could still get the cheap tickets the morning of.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team proves that love is a power play. As Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling series continues, the league’s most notorious party animal gets blindsided by the one that got away.

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.


Review

I first talked about this series back in September during a monthly book post and OMG have I been in love with the series ever since. It could be because hockey is something a lot of people are talking about with the finals and other things coming up but it's also a very popular sub-genre in the romance genre right now.

Hawke focuses on hopefully rekindling a romance between broken hearts that were also first loves. I actually read this one twice! I was skimming to see what I wanted to include in this review and couldn't put it down before I finished the entire book again, lol!

I think Bennett did a great job showing the character evolution from when they were young to how different they are now - with Vale especially. What might have been good seven years ago may not have lasted like a lot of young high school romances, but they are both in different places now and really know who they are without the other.

There are secrets that tore them apart, of course, but when they both bond over their shared concern for Vale's dad it brings them together in a way neither of them planned. I loved this book! I'm not sure if it was my favorite of the series but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any sports romance reader!

There's a 6th book coming out in December that I cannot wait for!

If you want to get started on the series and the first book isn't available at your library Amazon has it for $0.99!!

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Confessions and Life Update

I always intended to do a lately blog post at the beginning of one of the last few months but never could quite get my act together, so you get a mid-month update, sprinkled with confessions and a cherry on top of what I'm kind of playing with for this blog.

I fully intended to start blogging for my design business that's been keeping me rather busy, but writing about design just hasn't taken off.


You know what did take off?! A Instagram post that got IFTTT shared on my Facebook page and has been shared dozens of times. Naturally I thought "maybe I should start a local blog" right? While I still think that would be cool and useful around Tampa, I could just come back to this My Little HEA that has treated me so well and really done better than I ever intended.

I'll be looking forward to doing more with makeup and beauty, local stuff and obviously reading...duh! When will I post? I'm aiming for 1-2 posts a week because lets face it that's really all I'm jonesing for right now. One post will probably be book related and the other, who knows!? I have book posts to catch up on!

Since January (OMG I can't believe it's been that long) I've...

Moved in with my sister
Started refinishing a dining room table and chairs - hard work, yo
Read 50+ books
Had car troubles and been afraid to drive in scary FL traffic with people honking when your car won't move
Been to the beach a couple times
Started a book blog, but will revert to sharing books here
Been tempted to start numerous Twitter/Facebook accounts that were too specific
Almost started volunteering for BBBS, finally got matched with a little!!
Celebrated my 31st Birthday and the birthdays or friends and family
Killed a plant that was the least likely to be killed plant
Shared stuff on my Facebook page
Visited friends in San Antonio and got to see my old school
Listened to The Armchair Librarians Podcasts, but not all of them
Enjoyed the face overlays on Snapchat, but still haven't fully embraced it
Voted in the primaries
Wrote for a collaborative blog about fears and religion
Lost 5 pounds which got me off a major plateau and into an old pair of jeans
Hurt my shoulder, and realized I'm getting older and not as limber
Finally got off the PLAY! by Sephora waiting list

What have you been up to?

Confessions -
I really wanted to figure out how to end my list with threw a girl's wooden leg in a fire, lives in a box!

If I don't get to see the family dog every weekend I really start to miss the little guy and he misses me!

I LOVE my new drive to and from work. The view is great and I only have to deal with TWO stoplights. Everything else is highway/interstate baby and it takes me less time to get home!

I got highlights and they've grown out enough I need to decide if I'm getting them done again or doing something else. #decisionsdecisions

I designed a cover for a NYT bestselling author and I can't wait to share it. Since I don't have many covers under my belt, each one is that much more special. I also have had to debate firing a client *gasp* I know and it really is a thing - I Google'd it.

More Coffee Less Talky




Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Favs

Oh. My. Gosh. It's Friday and I really want to start the 5 o'clock dance party right the F now but I shall refrain. Even though my printer didn't work yesterday I got A LOT done at work and I'm hoping for a very successful day today as well so let's get started with some of my favorites lately.

Favorite Purchase with Christmas $$

I really wanted to spend some Christmas money on one of two Tory Burch Fitbit bands like the new metallic ones or the multi-wrap style. One it's still too much for me to spend on one item unless it's a purse, lol AND the metallic one wasn't available until March so I wasn't interested in waiting. Well when shopping for sis for Christmas I found a set of THREE on Amazon for $10 and they had one that was simple with only a texture that gave it more of a style than a plain black band and I love it!!


The pink one is really red, and my sister got this set and the spotty dots is sooo cute but I'm sure it'll get dirty.

Favorite Gift

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my attempt to participate in #fmsphotoaday and I did good until I was inside for the evening and forgot to take a pic of leaves then I fell completely off the wagon. Anyway, I shared my new Swell bottle that I got for Christmas! It's hot pink and I always have water with me, so it's perfect. I even ended up with a gold lid so I feel fancy drinking my water now.

Always have water with me. #fmsphotoaday #swellbottle #hotpink #nofilter

A photo posted by Heather (@mylittlehea) on


Favorite News

Someone shared Will Smith's thoughts on not being in the new Independence Day movie and I was all like there's a NEW Independence Day Movie?


Independence Day was one of those movies our family watched over and over again to where we know most of the movie. I just hope this one is as good as the first, which the preview makes me believe it might just be.


Favorite New Recipe

I made these muffins and they are the bomb.com. Less than 100 calories a piece, no flour and so tastey. She has other recipes I'm so excited to try and I want to figure out how to make different flavors using her recipe as a base. So pumped that I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen trying new recipes but this one has been made twice already!

No pics because I eat or give them away too fast, bwahaha!


Favorite Funnies Because, Always






Now that the cold front is probably over and I can get out from under the snuggle blankets I'm planning on doing some design work and taking down my tree. If I get it down this month I'll count that as a win but if I can get it down this weekend I may just have to reward myself with seeing a movie in the theaters.

What's on your agenda for the weekend?!

Linking up for Friday Favs with Amanda and High Five for Friday with Bright on a Budget, Coffee with Caitlin, Cup of Tea, and Della Devoted!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Book Review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Review

Wow! I knew when I read the synopsis for This Is Where It Ends I was in for an interesting read. I was drawn in from the start and did not want to put it down.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the multiple viewpoints throughout the school. I could picture myself in MY high school throughout the entire book, well minus the upstairs because our small town high school didn't have one of those but you get the point.

Nijkamp wrote it very realistically and I'd definitely be interested to see her other books. At first, the multiple viewpoints were confusing and I thought Nijkamp didn't give enough description but you find out more about the different characters throughout the book, not all at the beginning. By the end, I could see my friends from high school in them.

I would have been very interested in having the shooter as a POV but I think it's very unrealistic to know exactly what a shooter is thinking and would be difficult to write. All in all it was an interesting, fictional look at what could occur in the time frame during which a shooter opens fire in a school.

It was a very out of body experience for me and I ended up having a nightmare the night I finished revolving a shooter and a hotel room.


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I was provided with a copy of This Is Where It Ends in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, January 4, 2016

First Weekend of 2016!

Good morning lovelies!!

Although I must go back to adulting today I'm excited for that clean slate that comes with every new year and every new day. Since I'm not doing the whole resolution thing I am still trying to be the best me I can and am really looking forward to 2016!


Friday we toasted in the night at my parents house, it was cozy and really a good way to end 2015. I ended up staying a few more days than planned and really enjoyed the time to not stress about what was waiting on me at home.


After we got up and around, we FINALLY saw Star Wars VII and I now understand my friends sons obsession with BB-8 he's just so cute!


Saturday we also FINALLY got to go shooting. We have been talking about going as a family for months but just couldn't schedule the time. Well, a friend had company and wanted to go with so we all got to go, yay! I also got to fire one of the new "big guns" for the first time.


Since I wasn't driving all weekend I definitely consumed some alcohol and since mimosas were to be had New Years day for breakfast, we had extra orange juice that was perfect for Tequila Sunrise!


Throughout the entire break I did a lot of reading, finished up some design projects and rarely wore makeup. I would call staycation a major success.

Make sure you check out a guest post I did on Becca Dorr and I posted the things I want to focus on in 2016!

How was your first weekend of 2016?


Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 The Year Of...

Make sure you check out my post on Becca Dorr today as I put together a list of parties you can have in 2016 that don't happen every year!!

Last year I had lots of goals and resolutions. Some I surpassed and others I barely made a dent in. This year I intend to focus on a few things that I believe will lead to a multitude of change.

The year of ME.


I turn 31 this year.

Isn't that supposed to be when your body no longer bounces back, so I need to focus on being the best me I can. No more binge watching/reading because I'm lazy...unless I've done some working out, healthy eating or design work OR blogging for that matter. You know, just a few areas I am looking to improve upon in 2016.

Preparing for the FUTURE


After reading this article I decided my entire year of no spending really could make a huge change if I do six months of a shopping cleanse and then the last six months are buckling down and trying to save every penny.

I want to buy a house that I can make mine with more than just paint, like built in book cases and freaking window boxes!


Apartment living is nice and has shown that I bask in the laziness since I don't have to do anything like yard work or DIY projects to make things so pretty.

While I was writing this my girl crush shared something on Instagram that really hit home and reminded me of why I just love her.

You all know by now that I'm not one for making resolutions. I am, however, a big believer in setting intentions. My friends @iamhertribe hit the nail on the head so perfectly today that I'm going to go ahead and repost what they wrote, and wish you all an incredible, focused, narrow & deep, beautiful year ahead. Put your action where your heart is 💗 ・・・ Be easy on yourself. Don't rush to write down half-hearted resolutions + force accelerated change on your life, all in effort to make the January 1st mark. Now is a time for reflection. For pausing. For learning. For letting go and transcending. What is heavy? What is light? What would you like to see shift? Create an intention, a positive calling, your own personal spark of magic that will manifest itself. All rooted in loving self, then back it all with your action. #iamhertribe

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And now I have girl crush song stuck in my head.

What are you looking to improve in 2016?