31 July 2013

Book/Movie Review

I picked up "The Silent Wife" because it was being hailed as the next Gone Girl (If you haven't read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn then I sugguest you do so!) I thought hey I loved the story how it went between the husband/wife taking turns telling the story so I'll probably really get into this book. MEH......

This book was so BORING. I wasn't on the edge of my seat reading it, and the plot was just not so great. I say skip this one friends!

What goodreads says:

"Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.(less)" synopsis taken from goodreads

Next up:

Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman
This movie was a little to sci-fy for my liking. It was like Planet of the Apes meets Star Wars. That's all I could think of when watching it. 

And what's with movies always wanting the world to end and have us living in the sky or on another planet? 

Skip it. I only watched because I do think Tom Cruise is a terrific talented actor.

on to Mud.
This one stars hottie Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. 
Ugh. Another total bomb. We didn't even finish the movie. Turned it off out of pure slowness and bordeom. It reminded me of Reese's last terrible movie called "how do you know" starring Owen Wilson and Jack Nickelson. I mean why these superstars take these blah roles is beyond me. Skip this one too. This movie was like Stand By Me if anyone has seen that gem. Boys looking for a dead body, in this case 2 boys find an alive man instead of dead...You get where I'm going with this. 

30 July 2013

Anyone Remember Katie Wright?

When I was much younger...14 when this came out,(the film is called A secret between friends also called when friendship kills)

 I remember watching about the friendship between Lexie and Jen (actors Katie Wright and Marley Shelton) and learning what an eating disorder is for the first time.

I remember wondering how girls could do this to themselves. For a girl who loathes throwing up, bulimia was NEVER a thought that came to my mind. I cry over the fact if I ever get sick enough to actually throw up from the flu or the thought of having to get my head that close to the toliet makes me want to get sick.

The whole movie is on Youtube if anyone wants to take a stroll down memory lane.

What led me to even talk about this?

I was watching Malibu Shores. (A Show that lasted ONE season created by Aaron Spelling lead stars were Keri Russell and Neve Cambell's brother Christian Campbell) anyway Keri Russell's best friend in the series is Katie Wright, and upon seeing her face in the show I said hey, she's the girl from the eating disorder movie I watched as a kid!

The movie is sad, but so true for so many young and even women my age who don't eat and think bones are attractive rather than muscle. 

And another random tidbit,
Marley Shelton has a daughter named WEST. No I didn't make that up. Wikipedia if you want!
Think she'll call Kim K for a playdate with North? hahahahahah

Now on to research to see if there are any other celeb babies named East and South? LOL

28 July 2013

My Summer Series

So each summer I try to watch a TV show's whole series.  Last summer I watched Friday Night Lights and Lost. The summer before that I think it was The Wonder Years (which I actually own on DVD)

This summer, as of yesterday, I watched all six seasons of Party of Five.

I absolutely LOVED and still love that show. I think I was so drawn to it, since it was filmed from 1994-2000 my prime "teen" years. I related most to the character of "Claudia" played by Lacey Chabert. In real life she is the same age as me, and as her character on TV she was 11, in 1994 I was only 2 years older so I seemed to gravitate towards her.

The house is one of my all time favorite TV houses.

Here's a pic of the house in 1994
And a pic of it today

2311 Broadway
San FranciscoCA 94199
The house recently was for sale for for the sum of 7.2 million dollars

You can check out pictures of the inside here

Here's the opening clip for season 1 if you have never seen or heard of the show!

Speaking of famous houses, apparently down the street is another famous house. The house that was used in Mrs. Doubtfire!


I've never been to San Fran, but as most tourists, these 2 houses as well as seeing the "Painted Ladies" are on my list of places to see!

27 July 2013

Mixed Emotions


I am feeling mad/sad/frustrated at the moment. Most of these feelings are due to my toe being broken and the fact that I have been completely couch bound for the last week or so. I feel like I've done to much to quick. What I mean is, I have been told to stay off my foot as much as possible. Well, when your summer job is to nanny 2 twin six year olds, that makes it quite difficult to "stay off" of anything as in most of the day is spent going here or going there. I'm not walking on it without wearing aircast, but I am fearful that even with the cast that I am not staying off of it as much as I should. Over the past 2 days or so I've reverted to my couch potatoe ways which means I literally haven't gotten up off the couch other than to eat or go pee. 

I have a check up on Wednesday, which they will x ray my foot again to see if my toe is healing. I am just worried I won't be "healed" in time before the kids come back to school. Not to mention I have to set up my classroom 5 days before my students come back. This is quite the challenge considering I have a lot to get out of cabinets and moving back and forth in my room to set things up. I'm trying not to stress myself out over this, I mean it's a toe for cryin out loud. I guess the point is, don't take your functioning limbs for granted. I just am hoping that even though I am still feeling pain 3 weeks later, that I am healing and not in need of a pin in my toe which could set me back even more. 

On the social media front I feel like I haven't had much to say, which is why I haven't been on twitter or blogging or even instagramming photos. Is it okay to say sorry but I'm not sorry for my pretty laying low life right now? Sometimes I get so lost in trying to "keep up" with bloggers and their travels and purchases and this and that. A girls got to catch her breath I suppose. Anyway, that's where I'm at in all of this. 

22 July 2013

Decorating Decisions

In a few short weeks, it will be one year of living in our first home together. With that being said, we haven't done much decorating as many of you home owners know, when you buy your first home, you kinda sink every penny you have into your house.

The hubby and I spend a lot of time in our family room and it's the one room I really really want semi done (decorated). This has been such a challenge since we sold our old entertainment center, our old couch, basically all our old decor! Who knew starting over would be so hard!?

It all started with me seeing these chairs and HomeGoods.

I had been talking to my stepmom about the challenge I felt with this room and she was recommending how we need a statement piece for our living room. Well when we made it to CO last weekend, I showed her these chairs and she said Yes, those are exactly what you need! I actually called HomeGoods in AZ all the way from CO to see if the chairs were still there. Sadly a man on the phone told me no, they were already gone. I was bummed. I finally had the hubby convinced with the coaching of my stepmom that these would be great and then poof they weren't available anymore.

Well on the day we got back to AZ, and picked up Aspen from boarding, I told the hubby that I Just had to stop in to HomeGoods (right next to our petsmart) just to see for myself if the chairs were in fact really gone.

Those exact chairs were gone, but in their exact spot where two chairs same pattern but a little bit wider! I was jumping for joy! Ran out to our car, told the hubby, he said okay, and then I got to bring these home with me a few days later! 

I hate that the I phone takes crappy pictures inside and whenever I photograph anything black it always looks snowy. Does this happen to anyone else? booo.



I like these accent pillows for our couch from Etsy. 
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I'd like to find some oblong pillows for the chevron chairs but so far no luck. How many pillows and how many different designs should one have on a couch anyway? I don't think 3 is enough for the whole couch, perfect for one side of the couch, but what about the other side? The exact same 3 pillows down at the other end? I need some pointers!

I really love this lamp from Potterybarn, but it's a little to expensive.

 It's on sale and still a little to much budget wise, and it's on back order till NOVEMBER. Would any of you wait that long to get a lamp?

Well if any if you have any decor tips or see anything online going with this theme of mine, do let me know! :)  

19 July 2013

For Sale


Here's a few more things that I'm selling!
The Sexy Boyfriend Jeans/capris are from The Gap size 26 but lemme just tell you right now I am a normal size 28 and these run way way way big, so I had to size down that much. 

The skirts are both from Express size 4 new with tags still on. 

Asking $20 for the skirts (each) 
$30 for the jeans. The jeans are currently still for sale on Gap's website but at 40ish bucks on sale. I paid 60 for them. Holla if you are interested!

17 July 2013

Book Review!

I finally finished "Fly Away" by Kristin Hannah, the sequel to Firefly Lane. It was so heart wrenching and real. For someone who lost their mother at a young age, I could definitely relate to the teenage daughter character Marah and how lost she felt. 


Don't read this if you haven't read Firefly Lane first. You'll kinda be lost and not get the full story on the characters.

I really liked that this book turned it's focus onto Tully's mom "Cloud" and her life story to help us readers understand why in the world Cloud pretty much abandoned Tully. 

Great read and I definitely recommend it to others!

16 July 2013

I'm Alive!

If you follow me on instagram you probably saw a few random feet pictures and a hospital picture of myself. 

To sum it up real fast, I broke a toe while exiting the airplane to Colorado. A lady who was told she had to big of a bag and would need to check it, had her bag out to far in the aisle as I was exiting and my foot totally got caught and thus, it broke my toe. I was really mad. And scared. And sad because my father who was on a different flight, flying in from Atlanta to CO had to be up all night for another 5 hours dealing with the ER in Aurora, CO. Needless to say, we didn't get to do anything they had originally planned for my husband and I, since I was on crutches and was told to stay off my foot. 

I'm no stranger to feet problems. I've had a broken foot before, and 2 toe surgeries, so this new toe that I broke, pretty much knows what to expect. It's always the right foot too! 


That's all I will write for now, I'll have to recap our trip later when I get more time to write!

09 July 2013

July Happenings

I have to admit, since teaching summer school all throughout June, I thought I'd slow down a bit for July! Turns out I'm just as busy. I'm still waitressing 2 nights a week as well as nannying for 2 6 yr old twins (boy and girl) for this whole month!

On a side note, watching two six year olds has been quite enlightening. 

So far I have learned it takes 20 extra minutes to go anywhere with 2 kids. From booster seats and buckling seat belts, getting in and out of the car. Holy guacamole! They get "full" easy and I've learned don't bother packing your own lunch, bec 8/10 times they won't finish theirs, leaving you to eat what's left so you don't waste it! 

Yesterday,I was able to meet up with this a good friend whom I've known since HS. She's one of those few people from that far back that are still actively apart of my life regardless of living in NC (as far away as you can get from AZ) She's expecting her second child too! 


And you can't see it in this picture, but I am loving this cute little arrow necklace I picked up from Anthropologie!

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And these wedges 

whom I spied on the beauty Maureen over at The Northeast Girl. I am pretty sure she's my new blog crush. She's in the same age bracket as me and totally has the best outfits! You have to check out her blog! 

This weekend the hubby and I are going to see my folks since our wedding last August. Eeep! Has it almost been a year already?! 

06 July 2013

For Sale!

I bought this dress in April hoping to wear it for my 31st B day, but never got to wear it since my husband was out of town on my B day. Thus, I am selling it. It's new, without tags. Purchased from Impressions Boutique.

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If interested comment or email me!

02 July 2013

Movie Review/Book Review!

Over the weekend the hubs and I saw two movies. First up, World War Z. 
I'll come right out and say all I kept thinking about was how this movie was pretty much exactly like Will Smith's  "I Am Legend." I Am Legend had me in tears this movie, eh not even close. Skip it and wait for redbox if you are interested in seeing it. Both husband and I felt the ending was very abrupt, and didn't really give closure. 


Next up, "White House Down."


This movie was really good! Very funny and Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum are a great duo! I kept thinking of Tatum as a younger version of Bruce Willis in Die Hard, running around in a dirty wife beater with guns everywhere. I'd recommend seeing this one in the theater!

I think it's safe to say that I am really officially hooked on Kristin Hannah's writing. She is a terrific author and I just finished "Firefly Lane" a few nights ago. This book rocked because it spanned the course of three decades. From the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s to present day. It reminded me of the movie Beaches with Bette Milder and Barbara Hershey. If you've seen the movie or read this book then you know what I am talking about! 

I am currently reading the sequel to this, so I'll keep y'all posted!

01 July 2013

Baby Making

I'll tell you all one thing, this baby making bit is not as easy as it appears to be!
It's rather difficult to constantly see on Facebook and Instagram how everyone is so easily knocked up with little to no effort. When the decision to start adding to your family is secure, the journey of trying to conceive begins. For some, they just go with the flow and take things easy and for others they do all they can to make sure they are actively trying.
True, the whole ‘make a baby’ thing seems simple enough. You have sex, you miss your period — you’re pregnant. Or if you are in my boat, it is actually quite a complicated process of fertile windows and Lord knows what else.
I debated sharing this with all of you, but I haven't had much else going on in my life now that summer is in session and I get a break away from teaching.I also know it wasn't all that long ago I wrote a post on NOT having a baby any time soon. Truth be told, my husband and I don't want to have a kid in our late 30s or early 40s, but rather now in our early 30s. The hubs and I had a nice little chat right around X mas time of last year regarding the whole baby making and when did he (we) I want to start all of that? 
 To catch some of you up to speed, I came off the pill in February (if you are doing the math it's been 5 months) after have never been off of it since I was 18. I have been on birth control non stop since the moment I got into college. I am healthy, I am the right weight, I eat pretty darn good, yet nothing thus far. 

Some of you may wonder why didn't I come off sooner?
 Easy answer: there was no way I was having a baby alone or being single or being to young. Yes, I know, babies are a gift from God, but in a 21 yr old's case, it would of been my worst nightmare. I had just finished college. To get knocked up would of meant I went to school for nothing. 

I've done the teaching bit for 8 years now, going on 9 and it's been a blast. Should we have a child, I am 99% I'd keep teaching. The difference now being I am married with "Help" (husband = income and support for a child) VS saying being single and alone with no help. This is the reason why I stayed continually on the pill for so long. I knew financially as a teacher I could not afford to care for a child on my salary alone. Anyway moving on....

To help with this baby making process, initially Mister Wonderful and I both just said, well "if it happens it happens." Which a few months later, turned into, "hey lets look a little more into this." Which led to me tracking my periods which is something I haven't done since HS. What a pain. Of course ideally in a perfect world, having or conceiving a child would be best in the summer months being a teacher and all. I've been using this app

Next steps have been getting an ovulation kit and see when I am supposidly a fertile myrtle so to speak. If nothing happens after this kit trial bit is over, then chances are hubs and I will have to go and talk to my gyno as to what our next steps are. 

Truth be told I am very scared that all of those years on birth control could of messed me up. My gyno assured me over and over that that is just an myth and old wives tale so to speak. I am scared of having something wrong with me, if maybe I'm one of those that just can't? So many factors. Regardless of what happens or doesn't happen, I will always leave it in God's hands as he knows what is best for my husband and I. 

Anyone else in the same boat?

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