Monday, June 29, 2020

Lunch Time This or That

I'm a sucker for books.  All books. List books, notebooks, this or that books. Yes, the ones that ask you introspective questions that you have to fill out.  I think they're interesting. I came across this book, 3000 Pick One Questions, at Target and it made its way into my cart. A few days ago during lunch I started at the beginning and asked the buddies a few of the this or thats. I thought I would know most of their answers but a few caught me by surprise!

Dancing or Singing?
WAC: Singing
TAC: Dancing

Video games or board games?
WAC and TAC: Video games

Snow cones or popsicles?
WAC and TAC: Popsicles

Butterflies or dragon flies?
WAC: Butterflies because they're so beautiful.
TAC: Butterflies because it's so cool when they come out of their cocoons.

Build a snowman or a sandcastle?
WAC and TAC: Sandcastles!

Cake or Cookies?
WAC: Chocolate chip cookies.
TAC: Double doozies. Wait I like both!

Foot massage or back massage?
TAC: Back massages!
WAC: I actually like it when you massage my forehead


Popcorn or Golfish?
WAC: Golfish
TAC: I think popcorn with M&M's for me!

Angry Birds or Candy Crush?
WAC & TAC: Angry birds

Donuts or muffins?
WAC: Definitely donuts! And chicken minis..... I love those things!
TAC: Donuts!

Summer or Winter?
WAC: Summer. I think spending time with my family.
TAC: Winter! I like it when Santa comes down our chimney.

S'mores or Brownies?
WAC: Brownies
TAC: Both

Drums or guitar?
TAC: Drums
WAC: Guitar

Purple or green grapes?
TAC: Cotton candy green grapes!
WAC: Oh, that's green.


Jelly beans or gummy bears?
WAC: Rainbow mini gummy bears with chocolate
TAC: Gummy worms!

What are some ways that you get to know about your kiddos?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

May 2020 Book Review

Good golly!  When I tell you how many books I read in May please hold your judgement. 😂I promise I fed my family, kept the clothes clean, entertained and educated them too!  I discovered Kindle Unlimited.  It may be the reason why there have been many nights that I'm telling myself it's okay to close the Kindle because the book won't disappear over night and the characters will be there tomorrow.  

Twenty one.

Did you catch that? 😳😂
Twenty one books!  I read a lot of series: one set in Dallas around hockey players, one about Jane Austinites, two about a royal love stories.  
You can see the list in its entirety here

Here are a few of my uber favorites!

The Best Friend: An utterly gripping psychological thriller with a ...
I love a book that is full of twists and turns, one that keeps me on my toes while I'm reading.  I find myself speculating out loud and then feeling all the feels when I'm right or when I'm gobsmacked because I didn't see it coming!  The Best Friend is all of those things as it chronicles the unexpected friendship of Louisa and Darcy.

Amazon.com: The Heir and the Spare (0045079590106): Albright ...
The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright
I'm a sucker for a well written love story where a royal falls for a regular old citizen.  This book starts in Oxford and follows the story of Evie who is there to follow in her mother's footsteps and hopefully find out a little more about the history of her family.  A really cute story with a twist that is fresh!  A must read and one of my top 5 of the year!

Love You, Love You Not: The laugh-out-loud rom-com that's a 'hug ...
Love You, Love You Not by Jo Watson
I follow Shay's book recommendations each month and this was in her review for May.  Once I saw it was on Kindle Unlimited, it found its way thru the atmosphere and onto my device.  Love You, Love You Not follows Poppy, an out of work actress, as she lands a job as an Executive Assistant to very cute, very uptight Ryan, CEO of his family's business.  Poppy is grossly under-qualified for the job yet despite knowing he should, Ryan cannot bring himself to fire her.  This book is everything you want in a romcom: hilarious situations, quick banter, tension, resolution and a happy ending!

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The Royal Treatment, The Royal Wedding, The Royal Delivery by Melanie Summers
In the Royal Treatment, Tessa, writer of the blog "The Royal Watchdog", gets invited to the palace so that Prince Arthur can convince the crowns biggest critic that his family is indeed necessary to the success of their country.  What starts out as two people at opposing ends of an issue ends in finding that they are better when they join together.  Their story continues through the next two books.  This entire series is lighthearted and again, quite funny!  If you enjoy a royal romance, these are for you! 

Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel: Holmes, Linda: 9780525619246 ...
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Months ago this book was all over social media as a must read book.  I added it to my library holds list and waited for weeks and weeks.  Then it became available and I consumed it in one evening {well, and into the wee hours of the morning!}! Let me tell you, I was not disappointed and it lived up to the hype!  I can see this on being in my Top 5 at the end of the year!

Amazon.com: Carnegie's Maid: A Novel (9781492646617): Benedict ...
Carnegie's Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict
A friend of mine posted this on one of her social media accounts during quarantine. Having roots in Pittsburgh and being familiar with the proper want to pronounce Carnegie as well has being a member of some of the museums that bear his name, I was in before I started reading.  This historical fiction novel follows the life of Clara Kelley as she embarks on a journey to America on her own. A case of mistaken identity leads to her becoming a ladies maid for one of prominent families in Pittsburgh. If you are a historical fiction fan, I recommend this one for you! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What's Up Wednesday April 2020

April.  What a strangely beautiful and wildly weird month you were.  With COVID-19 closing down school buildings and businesses, we did our best to keep up with online learning and enjoy the breathing room this time has given us.  

Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Draw Rowlet


These days it is rare for Winston to be seen without his Rowlet cuddled up with him. Rowlet is his favorite Pokemon character.  It's not uncommon to hear him say "Don't you think he's just so cute?!" 😂 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato Soup Pasta Bake

If you've been around here for any time, you know that I gravitate towards easy to make dinners.  When I came across this recipe for a grilled cheese and tomato soup inspired pasta bake I knew that it would be a winner in my home.  One: we love a cheesy grilled cheese sandwich and two: half of us love tomato soup {I'm looking at you Truman, my little soup buddy! 😂}

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What's Up Wednesday January 2020

With a new year comes a new start at documenting the things.  Last year I did gangbusters at the start and then we disappeared for a month and I never made the time for it, although I really do want to get down all of our fun fall time adventures.  For another day!  Today is about a recap of January so here we go!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Today is National Dress Up Your Pet Day.  Bless Lulu and her sweet heart.  She has endured quite a few costumes over the years, not to mention loads of accessories, sweaters, dresses and jackets!  There was event a time when we tried to get her to wear doggie boots but she was not having any of that!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Favorites: Bath Edition!

We've done it.  We made the jump from pajama wearing moof-muffins to functioning members of society waking in time for school, work and other commitments! 😂

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Purchased on Amazon

Now that all the presents have been unwrapped, here are a few things that I purchased from good ole Amazon this Christmas season!
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