Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Club Friday

Linking up here for another book club friday
This week's book that I finished last night is:
 Overall I really liked this book but not as much as some of Nicholas Sparks other books. I was really sad at the end and was hoping for a better ending, one that would make me happy. But they all can't be happy endings right? Nicholas Sparks is a great author though who can really capture your emotions. That is why he is one of my favorite authors. Has anyone else read this book? What did you think?
Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner of the 'Favorite things giveaway' is...
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Entry #426Coley S.
Congrats to Coley on winning.
Please email me at  or Miranda at and let us know your address so I can send your goodies!
Planned Spontaneity
Congrats again & thank you to everyone who entered!!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Liebster Award

So the wonderful Kari at Cupcakes & Bling nominated me for the Liebster Award.

                                      If you receive this award, there are a few rules.
-Each blogger nominated must post 11 things about themselves.
-You must answer the 11 questions that the tagger has asked.
-The blogger must create 11 questions for the bloggers they are nominating.
-You must tag 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for this award.
-Tell the bloggers you are nominating them.
-Link back to the nominator when you post about being nominated.
-No tag backs!

Here are the 11 things about me:
1.  I am TV show addict. I seriously watch a TON of TV.
2. I met my husband through
3.  My favorite books of all time is Love the One your with by Emily Giffin and To Kill a Mockingbird
4.  I am a major history nerd. Love learning about wars, presidents, the west, etc.
5. I have to sleep on very flat pillows. The flatter the better.
6. I would rather bake then cook. 
7.  I have a huge fear of snakes and rodents.
8.  I'm a little OCD...there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.
9. I would love to have my own vegetable garden but have no idea how to start.
10.  I have an obsession with OWLS. Love Love Love them
  11.  I can quote the movie Bridesmaids like no other.

Here are the questions for my nominees:
1.  What is your must have beauty product?
Covergirl Eyeliner for sure
2. Have you been to any fun vacation spots lately that you would go back to?
I fell in love with Boston MA when I was there and am dying to go back
3. Favorite all time movie?
Forrest Gump
4.  If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be?
5.  What is the craziest diet you've tried?
500 calories a day, yeah...
6. What is the most valuable life lesson you've learned so far?
That some people will disappoint you and hurt you but there is a reason they didn't make it in to your future
7.  How long have you been blogging and what made you get started?
I have been blogging for a little over a year. My cousin was the one who really got me to do it and I am glad she did because I love it.
 8. What is your favorite holiday and why?
I would have to say Christmas because I get to be with all my family and nieces and nephew.
9.  If you had to choose one store to shop in for the rest of the year, which one would it be?
Tough! Probably Maurices or Old Navy
10.  Favorite things to do on the weekends?
Love watching movies, snuggling on the couch with puppies, if this interests you, we can be best friends, lol.
  11.  What were some of your New Years resolutions?  And are you still working toward them?
I really don't do new years resolutions because I never stick to them...however I do have a goal of reading 25 books that I plan on sticking too. 2 books down, 23 to go!

Monday, March 18, 2013

How my St. Pattys Day was Spent

I had a great St. Patty's weekend.
And no I am not Irish but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate it in my opinion

It started out with drinking some really good beer Saturday night.
Some GREEN beer!
My Cousin Jennifer (l) and my sister Jackie (r)
This is a picture of my other sister Rachel. She would kill me if I knew I put this picture of her but she doesn't know ;) BTW, she had do idea this picture was being taken and no she isn't drunk. lol
My BCF and I (co host of our favorite things giveaway)
check it out here
The whole group. My favorite ladies.
Best family/friends a girl could ask for
My sisters Rachel (L) and Jackie (R)
Girls being silly.
We finished the night off with some greasy Toppers Mac and Cheese Pizza
Fun weekend with the girls!

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Lucky Leprechaun Book & Polish Swap

Little late in linking up but here is what I got!

I am so excited that I got this book!
One breath away by Heather Gudenkauf
I can't wait to start reading the book!
thank you Jennifer for the book and pretty Nicole OPI polish!


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Amusement Parks

Ever since I was little I loved amusement parks.
My parents took us to them all the time.
The bigger and higher the roller coaster the better!
Here are some of my favorites:
Valley Fair
Shakopee MN

Favorite Roller Coaster would have to be the Wild Thing.
I love it!
Universal Studios Orlando
This roller coaster at Hogwarts was so fun. It was one of the few that I could get my husband to go on!

And this one also at Universal Studios
I had to ride this one by myself
My husband has a fear of heights and if you can tell this one is pretty steep and scary but it was so fun! You even got to the pick the music you wanted to hear while you were riding the roller coaster!

Gurnee Mills IL

Six Flags Great America
Raging Bull

So these are some of my favorites.
What are yours?
Also did you sign up for the favorite things giveaway?
If not you should, there is some great stuff!
Go here

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Favorite Things Giveaway!

Who doesn't love stuff?  Who doesn't love winning stuff? 

Miranda & I are giving away quite a few of our favorite things!  And that is some good stuff! :)

What will you win?

* 2 Essie Nail Polishes (Secret Story & E-Nuf is E-Nuf)
* Mini Chevron Notebook (not exactly the one as shown)
* $5 Starbucks gift card
* $15 Target gift card
* Dunkin' Donuts coffee (love it!)
* Emily Giffin "Love the One You're with"
* 2 Baby Lips Chapstick...(Coral Crush & Pink Wink)

~let me know if you can't enter the giveaway...rafflecopter was being a little weird so I will fix it!~


Giveaway by Katie & Miranda featuring

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top 10 Books on my Spring 2013 TBR List


Came across this link up and I loved it.
Link up here
Since I am an avid reader this is great.
Top Ten books on my spring reading list.

1.) Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)

2.) One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
Synopsis: In her most emotionally charged novel to date, New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf explores the unspoken events that shape a community, the ties between parents and their children and how the fragile normalcy of our everyday life is so easily shattered. In the midst of a sudden spring snowstorm, an unknown man armed with a gun walks into an elementary school classroom. Outside the school, the town of Broken Branch watches and waits.

Officer Meg Barrett holds the responsibility for the town's children in her hands. Will Thwaite, reluctantly entrusted with the care of his two grandchildren by the daughter who left home years earlier, stands by helplessly and wonders if he has failed his child again. Trapped in her classroom, Evelyn Oliver watches for an opportunity to rescue the children in her care. And thirteen-year-old Augie Baker, already struggling with the aftermath of a terrible accident that has brought her to Broken Branch, will risk her own safety to protect her little brother.

As tension mounts with each passing minute, the hidden fears and grudges of the small town are revealed as the people of Broken Branch race to uncover the identity of the stranger who holds their children hostage

One Breath Away

3.) The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Synopsis: Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

What do you do when evil lives next door? Can someone who's committed a truly heinous act ever atone for it with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren't the party who was wronged? And most of all - if Sage even considers his request - is it murder, or justice?

The Storyteller

4.) Keeping You a Secret by Julie Ann Peters
Synopsis: With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden's classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love
Keeping You a Secret

5.) The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Synopsis: Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.

The Lifeboat

6.) Matched by Allie Condie
Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow

Matched (Matched, #1)

7.) My Teenage Dream Ended by Farrah Abraham
Synopsis: At sixteen, she had everything a young girl could want: popularity, beauty, a spot on the cheerleading squad, and her first true love. Then, cruelly, without warning, everything changed.
Fans of MTV’s critically acclaimed hit documentary series Teen Mom have followed Farrah Abraham’s tumultuous life as a single teen mother. Her fiery, relentless spirit, and her unwavering commitment to getting the best out of life for herself and her daughter Sophia in spite of all the drama constantly surrounding her have made her a beloved star and media sensation. Now, in this remarkably candid, at times heartbreaking, utterly unflinching memoir, Farrah takes readers into the life that hasn’t been seen on television

My Teenage Dream Ended

8.) Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Synopsis: Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction…

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia--whose caustic wit covers up her wounds--has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life. And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

Mary Kay Andrews' novel is the story of five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.

Summer Rental

9.) The Marriage Pact by M.J. Pullen
Synopsis: Marci Thompson always knew what life would be like by her 30th birthday. A large but cozy suburban home shared with a charming husband and two brilliant children. A celebrated career as an established writer, complete with wall-to-wall mahogany shelves and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family by her side.

Instead, Marci lives alone in 480 square feet of converted motel space next to a punk rock band, hundreds of miles from her friends and family. She works in a temporary accounting assignment that has somehow stretched from two weeks into nine months. And the only bright spot in her life, not to mention the only sex she’s had in two years, is an illicit affair with her married boss, Doug. Thirty is not at all what it is cracked up to be.

Then the reappearance of a cocktail napkin she hasn’t seen in a decade opens a long-forgotten door, and Marci’s life gets complicated, fast. The lines between right and wrong, fantasy and reality, heartache and happiness are all about to get very blurry, as Marci faces the most difficult choices of her life.

The Marriage Pact

10.) Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Synopsis: Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart

Slammed (Slammed, #1)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Groop Dealz...boring Monday

So nothing to exciting on this end.
My weekend was super boring because I worked all weekend long.
So today the post is simple and sweet.
It's my love for the website groop dealz
Today they had some cute stuff that I just may have to get!

These mugs are adorable!!

Love this winter hat. They have them in more colors.
Chevron pillows. Love the yellow one.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oh How Pinteresting



HP cast

modern family

Bahahahaha funniest thing I've seen all week!
Free Ryan Ferguson
Such a cute bathroom color scheme - even love the saying!
Sex and the city quote
Sex and the City quotes