Manic Monday ~ March Madness!

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My Manic Mondays are intended to share little snippets about myself, and folks, here’s the deal…

March was yet another continuation of a mad reading binge that began for me back in February. No, I don’t sit around and read all day! As a busy wife and mother, who really has time for that??? Not this gal, but somehow I’ve managed to cram it all into my schedule.

Why is it that you either find yourself in a total reading slump or jumping obsessively from one book to the next? It’s so freaking unexpected when it happens, and it can actually be pretty frustrating on both ends of the spectrum!

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Manic Monday ~ Reading, Rocking, & Roadtripping!

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My Manic Mondays are intended to share little snippets about myself, and although it’s pretty obvious that I love to read, I also have other obsessions, if you willincluding my love for concerts and travel…

I know I’ve mentioned before that I have a huge love for music. It reaches my soul in the most unexpected way, and I love how it can bring back nostalgic memories of my life experiences during their time of release. I’m more of an alternative kind of girl, with a huge love of the 90’s, but I’m really not picky and enjoy all genres of music. I also love to go to concerts. Regardless of my age, I am the biggest and quite possibly the cheesiest fangirl at shows, always collecting a t-shirt and singing at the top of my lungs. I really can’t seem to help myself!

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Just Another Manic Monday…

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Photo credit: My Daisy Guy for capturing the face of inspiration I see in my garden.

Stuck. On. Repeat.

Do you ever hear a song that just gets you right down to the core?

Where you can’t really explain why it affects you so deeply, but it just does?

‘Where’s My Love’ by SYML, has completely left me stuck on repeat, as is it continues to play in a loop over and over in my mind!

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Manic? Maybe.

Every time I hear the song, I find myself cranking up the volume and crooning along. It cries out to me, and although I’m not in this particular situation at all, I can associate it with so many things, whether it be friends, lovers, or stories in books. I even researched the songwriter and the song, and believe me, I have little time for things like that. However, for some inexplicable reason, I cannot get away.

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Twelve(ish?) Days ~ Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Did you know that the Twelve Days of Christmas officially start on Christmas Day and run until January 5th? Well, I did not and actually figured it out when I was going to do an epic wrap up of 2017 starting the twelve days before Christmas. You see, I have quite a few things that I wanted to share and cross off my ‘to-do’ list. It’s quite embarrassing really, but I have numerous lingering book reviews, tags, and random thoughts that have been staring at me from that damn ‘draft’ folder, just begging for some love and attention.

I wasn’t 100% sure if the ‘twelve days’ included Christmas Day or not, looked it up, and to my pleasant surprise, the Twelve Days of Christmas actually start on Christmas Day! However, I did not… Ha! Even the best laid plans go awry, BUT LOOK, I’ve still made my date to at least get one post in (with the Christmas photos that I took) and celebrate the new year!

… And speaking of resolutions, can anyone say quit overanalyzing everything and follow through? Yes, I’m working on it!

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5 Star Reads & Oh No, Say It Ain’t So…It’s Almost Time for Game of Thrones!

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Oh my gosh! I mentioned on my Instagram awhile back that I have been on a bit of a hiatus. I have had a ridiculously hard time getting into my reading lately. I can’t decide what to read and then when I finally do, I don’t finish. I feel antsy, and it is driving me nuts! Have I fallen into the notorious ‘book slump?’ Am I sick? Who knows!

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Coffee Talk: Thirteen Reasons Why…It’s Scary to Parent Teenagers.

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Have you read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or watched the new series on Netflix?

I had not heard of either until a few weeks ago, when my 16-year-old told me she was going to start watching the new series. Like any curious parent, I looked it up and then informed her that I thought it would be a little too much for her. She was quite angry about it, because drugs, bullying, and sex were all at her school anyway. ‘All of her friends had watched it already’ and ‘their parents let them.’ I won’t even bother to get into my thoughts right now on the whole ‘letting my kids do something because someone else’s parents let them’ bullshit. I don’t buy it. However, I was surprised to hear this was all going on at her school already.

The kicker of the whole situation occurred a few days later when my 13-year-old presented almost the exact same conversation to me about wanting to watch the show as well. This completely blew me away. How in the world are these things already happening in Middle School? Why is this show almost like a ‘fad’ amongst the teenagers? I really don’t understand it at all. There was no way his eyes needed to see this or be a part of any situation regarding a heavy topic like suicide, and I certainly wouldn’t want to put ideas into either of my kid’s heads for that matter. Of course, he got an even firmer NO.

Then I found out that the kids at his school were showing clips from it on their phones, and he had officially seen episode #13 which was the finale – the life ending one. Seriously? We try so damn hard to protect our kids from the evils of social media, but no matter how diligent we are, unfortunately, other parents aren’t. Then we’re forced to face situations like this that we try to avoid head on. So, we decided we would watch it together as a family. At least this way, we could openly discuss these difficult topics that apparently were impacting the kids in one way or another and make sure we were all on the same page with it.

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Goodbye 2016 & Hello 2017 GiveAway!

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Pigs are Good Luck Right?

2016 was a year of SO many changes in my life… pretty overwhelming to say the least. It wasn’t necessarily a bad year though. We are all healthy and very blessed, and I try to remind myself of that at every turn and kink in the road. There were a lot of accomplishments made and courage found throughout the year which rewarded me with getting to know many new and wonderful people. That was a pretty big deal to me.

I also had the opportunity to go on a lot of fun family adventures, and although we are a bit like the Griswolds, I still LOVE to travel. New York and Mexico, made for amazing getaways from all of the rigamarole!

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Christmas Dismisses.

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So this year has definitely been a little different around our usually festive home. I have always loved to decorate the house for Christmas and courageously bring on the holiday season with love and joy. This year has hit me like a total brick to the face.  Now that we have transitioned into parents of teenagers, it seems as if EVERYTHING has changed. These young adults that I am living with aren’t the little cherubs that I once knew them to be. Excitement, enthusiasm, and participation have all packed their bags and left the building leaving me with a useless bunch of Bah Humbugs. Seriously, it’s like no one in this house cares this year, and unfortunately it has completely rubbed off on me and left me unusually quiet sitting in this seasonal slump…

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🍂🍂 ‘It’s Finally Feeling Like Fall’ Bookworm Box Giveaway! 🍂🍂

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The temperature is finally dropping today here in Texas from the upper 80’s to supposedly freezing temperatures tonight! Since it’s finally feeling like Fall and the holidays are quickly approaching, I am celebrating by giving away one of my favorite things- a FREE Bookworm Box featuring 2 surprise autographed books from popular romance authors and lots of fun swag!

To ENTER go to my Facebook Page and follow the instructions on the GIVEAWAY Post. I made it easy and really just wanted to share something fun with you (plus some great books to read or gift for the Christmas holiday!).

Winner will be chosen on Monday November 21st, contacted on Tuesday November 22nd, and box will ship within 2 weeks. I am solely responsible for this GIVEAWAY and anyone/anything besides me is not affiliated in any way. The Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only (sorry!) For more information on The Bookworm Box and my review, please click here .

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

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