New Year, New Books!

I need to revamp this blog. Last entry was in July of 2015…

I started reading YA novels and got sucked into a world of awesomeness! SOOOOO….

I signed up for OwlCrate, which according to their website is:

Every month we’ll send you a magical box tailored to a chosen YA theme (e.g. paranormal, first love, dystopia.) Each box will contain one new Young Adult novel, as well as 3-5 other bookish keepsakes to help set the mood for your literary adventure. Don’t forget to document and share your experience with others in the Owlcrate community!

P.S. Every once in awhile we may include an Adult novel that is being embraced by the YA community. You have our promise that it will always be suitable for ages 16+, and that it will be a fantastic read!

Sounds awesome right!? A new book with extra goodies included every month! Basically what I’m trying to say is that every month I will write a detailed review of my OwlCrate and I would love to have some of you discuss the monthly pick with me.

Don’t have OwlCrate? Sign up here.

Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year-Round by Cassey Ho (Review)

I love Cassey Ho’s YouTube channel (click here), it’s filled with short exercise routines that you can do anywhere. So when I heard she wrote a book that included some of her YouTube recipes I was stoked! Imagine my surprise when I found out Blogging for Books would let me review a copy of Hot Body Year Round… OMG YES! As soon as the guide came home I started the workouts (which are divided into beginner and advanced weekly plans and seasonal workouts) and I instantly felt more energized, especially while preparing those easy recipes the book includes. After a month my abs were toned and my arms gained a bit of definition. The guide also explains every move in detail (it’s filled with instructional pictures) and it also has motivational messages. I recommend this guide to everyone, beginners and advanced Pilates fans will benefit from this amazing book.

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Disclaimer: I received this copy free for reviewing purposes from Blogging for Books.

God Watches Over Me- A review

**DISCLAIMER**

I received a free copy of this book for reviewing purposes. This is my honest opinion and I’m not being compensated for my expressions.

I was looking for a cute motivational book for my two preschoolers (both girls) and I stumbled upon this beautiful Precious Moments book called: God Watches Over Me. The artwork both outside and inside the book reminded me of my childhood and the many “Precious Moments” coloring books I had. I can’t seem to find any Precious Moments things for my kids nowadays. It’s considered vintage now lol! Anyways… according to the website’s description:

Share all the ways that God watches over us with your little one!

Illustrated with the adorable Precious Moments art, this sweet little book features rhyming text about all the ways God watches over His children, helping little ones to feel safe and loved. The book takes a child through all the things that happen in a day, accompanied with a prayer, and closes with a sweet poem that reminds children that God is always watching over us, even when we sleep. Complete with scriptures and prayers, this book will be a wonderful addition to every family’s library.

Since 1978, Precious Moments has grown into an evergreen brand recognized worldwide, with more than 12.5 million books and Bibles sold through Thomas Nelson.

So adorable!

The book is filled with motivational poems for little ones, you can read it during the morning, before nap time and before bedtime. There’s actually little motivational messages that apply to different events in your little one’s life, for example: “God watches over me when I’m brave”. And the best thing… It’s a board book that looks like a regular book. It can fit easily in your diaper bag so you can take it on the go.

Rating:

5/5

Thanks so much for this little treasure BookLook Bloggers.

The Knot: Little Book of Big Wedding Ideas- Review

It’s been a really cold week here in Greenville, SC! And since everything closed because of the snow I was going stir-crazy by day two trapped inside my apartment. Anyways, I was able to take the girls to the public library on Valentine’s Day and I managed to pick up a copy of “Prince Lestat”!!! That review is coming as soon as I finish “Never Let Me Go” from Kazuo Ishiguro.

So here I was doing school related work, teaching my kids how to read and write, and looking through my old Pinterest boards… my future wedding boards to be exact. I married two years ago in a courthouse after my second daughter was born. But still… sometimes I really want to do my “wedding party” you know? The white dress, the flowers, the photographs… I want it. Obviously we still need to save more money so we can make it happen. And I often find myself dreaming about the day when Cj says “It’s time”… But I have no idea how to plan a wedding!

So I was browsing books to review in my Blogging for books account and I found something that forever changed the way I approached wedding planning:

I saw a boxed set called: “The Knot: little books of BIG WEDDING IDEAS” by Carley Roney.

Book Description: The Knot, the #1 resource for brides, compiled their all-time best wedding details (cakes, bouquets and centerpieces, vows, décor and more), planning advice, and ideas for celebrations big and small within this beautiful box set of four colorful mini books. Whether you’re looking for a breathtaking bouquet, an unforgettably original cake, or the perfect reading for your ceremony, these books offer hundreds of ways to make the day your own.

With more than 200 photographs and inspiration for:
Invitations * cakes * bridal bouquets in every hue * aisle and altar decorations * ceremony readings  * guidance for writing your own vows * escort cards * table settings * centerpieces * reception décor * toasts * favors * and more…

The boxed set has 4 little books filled with information and ideas for cakes, bouquets & centerpieces, details such as invitations, stationary lingo, and  vows and toasts. The photographs are amazing…especially the ones in the cakes and details books! The packaging is to die for, so much elegance and cuteness. I read all of the little books in less than 3 hours. These are a must for any bride looking for guidance and ideas for her big day.

Rating: 5/5!

Blogging for Books made my day (possibly my wedding) with this pick! Thanks so much guys for sending me this boxed set for free just to review it.

Stretch marks after baby (or babies)!

We know how it goes…

Meet a guy.

Get to know him.

Like him.

Fall for him.

Have sex.

Get married. (Or move in together).

After some time… GET PREGNANT!!

And then you start to get bigger, and bigger…

And then there’s some female family members that tell you to rub some baby oil on your belly to avoid those dreadful stretch marks that some women get during their pregnancy. Truth is, is all about genetics, and how fast you gain and lose weight.

So what if you have them!? SO WHAT!? What is so wrong about something so natural…

I have them, they’ve faded over time but they’re a daily reminder of when me and my daughters were one person. They remind me of their kicks and hiccups while they were growing stronger everyday. I feel bad ass because I have them, like “Feast your eyes bitches, I gave birth to two kids without any pain medication!”

A year after my second baby was born!
A year after my second baby was born!
Two years after my last pregnancy.
Two years after my last pregnancy. You can barely see any stretch marks.

Girls! Don’t feel ugly, or sad, or depressed. Feel proud, sexy, amazing! You carried life inside you! You are setting an example for your children, for your little girls who need to grow up in a world where appearances are everything, for your little boys so they can learn that beauty is not always what’s outside.

30!

Last night my phone went crazy with all the notifications. I finally reached 30 followers. Not only that, people were liking my posts like crazy. I feel so happy. Especially with all the e-mails saying that you guys related to my “Insane” post. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really do try to pour out the perfect words so everyone who reads can feel like I felt at the moment of writing something.

This is just the beginning...
This is just the beginning…