Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: Warm and Cozy



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.

                                      

What we do:

Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:

We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:

Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:

We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:

More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.


If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.


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This week the prompt is a word: Cozy. Have fun and happy writing!




Fall has arrived. This is the best time of the year. Crisp, cool weather in the mornings and the evenings. Colorful leaves on the trees. Pumpkins on every porch. Halloween is almost here, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It's heaven!

One of my favorite things to do during this time of year is to turn off the heat in the house and hubs and the boys and I will all gather together in the living room. Hubs will get a fire going in the fireplace and then we'll all pile on the couch under a mountain of blankets and snuggle. We'll watch a movie and eat popcorn and laugh together. Even the dog gets in on the action and tries to be a lap dog even though he's the size of a pony. None of us want to get up because it's cozy and warm, so we stay huddled together for hours. It's a giant love-fest.

Later, after the kids are in bed, hubs will put more logs on the fire and we'll just sit together. Most of the time, we don't even talk. We'll sit in a comfortable silence, staring at the fire, mesmerized, drinking hot cocoa.

I can't even put into words how happy it makes me. It's rare that we all get to spend that kind of quality time together, and when it happens, it just melts my heart. I was always the girl growing up who said she didn't want to get married or have kids. And I ended up marrying my high school sweetheart and finding out we were pregnant with our first child 4 months later. It's funny how life turns out. And I wouldn't have it any other way!


What makes you feel warm and cozy? 



   

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Read All About It: The Promise of Stardust

Book Review The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

Oh, this book. It was so good on so many levels. I cried buckets. I'm feeling a little verklempt just thinking about it. Go read the synopsis. Let me cry my "I love this book" tears for a few more seconds. 



Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they've always wanted.
When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.
But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle's pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt's mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle's living will. 
Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life."

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): 5 out of 5 stars.
Have a box of tissues nearby. You've been warned.

Why I liked it:
It has a little bit of everything. Childhood friendship. Budding teen romance. Tragedy. Life-or-death choices. Love, morals, regrets.

Matt and Elle could be any married couple. Hoping to live a long life together, not knowing that things will be cut short. In this case, Elle had watched her mother die a slow, painful, miserable death and she vowed that if something like that were to happen to her, she would not want to be on life support - she made it known to all her loved ones and she made it official by putting it in writing in a legal document.

But her husband knows that more than anything else, she wanted to have a child. So when he finds out she's pregnant, he decides to keep her on life support in hopes that the baby can be saved. What would you do in this instance? It's hard to say. I go back and forth - he shouldn't have done that / he absolutely should have done that. It really makes you think. And more than anything else, I resolve to put my wishes in writing as well so that my loved ones won't be faced with making those difficult decisions and agonizing over if they are doing the right thing. It's heartbreaking to think about it.

Favorite Quote:

  • “There is uncertainty in hope, but even with its tenuous nature, it summons our strength and pulls us through fear and grief - and even death.”

Have you read this book? Or what are your thoughts on "right to die" issues? 


P.S. Hope you'll join Vashelle and me for the Write or Die writer's link up this Wednesday, 29 Oct. This week, the prompt is a word: Cozy. And click here to find out what "Write or Die" is all about. Happy writing! 





Monday, October 27, 2014

Are you my BFF?

I recently read "MWF seeking BFF" by Rachel Bertsche. [Bear with me, this post isn't a book review, but it really got me thinking about making friends and friendship in general.] Basically, the premise is that Bertsche has moved to Chicago with her then-boyfriend (now husband) and left behind her BFFs in Manhattan. She doesn't have anyone to go to brunch with or anyone to come over and watch tv, according to her, so she embarks on a year-long quest to find a new BFF and goes on 52 "friend dates".

She tries different tactics to make new friends - mutual acquaintances, speed friend-ing (like speed dating), taking out an ad, meeting people at restaurants, the gym, book club, etc. Sometimes she connects with the person, sometimes she doesn't. But what was most interesting to me was how difficult it was for her to truly make a friend. Making friends when we were kids was so easy. If our parents were friends, or we were in the same class or rode the same bus - boom, instant friendship. But making friends as an adult is really hard.


Now, I'm not talking about acquaintances - those people that you are friendly with and may hang out with occasionally. But I'm talking about a true friend, a best friend for life or BFFL (pronounced "biffle") as I like to say. Someone you can tell your deepest, darkest secrets to and know that they won't breathe a word to another soul, and they certainly won't judge you. Someone you can call any time, just to chat, and not need a particular reason for the call. Someone who will come over and hang out with you and watch stupid tv. Someone who lets you cry on their shoulder or rant and rave when you're angry. Someone who truly cares about you and has your best interest at heart. Where do you find someone like that when high school and college are many a few years behind you? When you have work and family obligations that take up most of your time? Think about it. When was the last time you made a new BFFL? All of my close IRL friends are people that I know from high school or college. 


Some people say that their spouse is their best friend and I agree - to a certain extent. Your spouse is the person you are spending the rest of your life with and knows you better than anyone else. But too much dependency on your spouse can be unhealthy, as I know from personal experience. You need that girl time to talk about girl stuff. Profound, I know. 

So, what's your take on this? Do you find that it's harder to make real BFFs as an adult? Share what you think, I'd love to hear about it. 



Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Never Too Early to Think About Christmas

Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards


OK, OK, I know what you're thinking. "Mia, it's not even Halloween yet, and you're already talking about Christmas." I totally get it. But hear me out.

There's only 61 days left until Christmas. That's 2 months. It'll be here in the blink of an eye! Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Have you even started?

What about your Christmas card list? Better yet, what about the cards themselves? This is the time of year that most people are getting their family photos done. So, it's the perfect time to get a move on with designing and personalizing your own Christmas cards.

This is where Minted.com comes in. You can upload your own photos, choose your design/colors/personalization. You can even get recipient addresses printed on the envelopes! Talk about easy peasy, and not getting hand cramps. Bonus!

I checked out their site, and these are a couple of my favorite Christmas photo cards:


Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards | The Complete Tree
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Minted.com Christmas Photo Cards | Wreck the Halls
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With the craziness of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas right around the corner, it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas. Minted.com is offering 10% off their holiday card collection + free recipient addressing using promo code JOY2014. Talk about fa-la-la-la-fabulous.

And I may have mentioned to you guys that I have a serious notebook obsession. So of course the awesome notebooks at Minted.com immediately caught my eye. You can personalize them, add photos, etc. I'm pretty much in notebook geek heaven.

Minted.com Notebook | Botanical Garden
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Minted.com Notebook | Pen Doodles
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Have you ever used Minted.com for your holiday cards before? What's the number one thing on your Minted wishlist? Tell me all about it!! 


{Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Minted.com, but all opinions are my own.}



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursdays: Live



I don't want to just exist. I want to live. Truly live. I want to put myself and my family first. I want to achieve my dreams. I know I've said it before, but I don't want to wake up one day and have more regrets than happy memories. 

Food for thought: Are you truly living the life you want to live? 


P.S. The Write or Die writer's link up is live, feel free to check it out and join us, if you're so inclined. It's open all week. Hope to see you there!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Write or Die Wednesdays: I'm not going to wait.



Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us each week.


                                       

What we do:

Each Wednesday we will supply a writing prompt for you to run with. But don't run too far away! We want to see what kind of masterpieces you wordsmiths are creating! Some days the prompt will be a single word. Other days it might be an image. We will pose questions and ponder quotes, post videos of ourselves reading interesting or profound book excerpts or improvising until a genius prompt reveals itself to us. The possibilities are endless!

Why we do it:

We love to write, and if you've found yourself bloggin', you probably do too. All of us experience creative dry spells every now and again. We hope that in some way, inspiration will knock on our doors and pay us a visit. This link-up was created as way to say "knock-knock."

How we do it:

Take our prompt and have your way with it! Be as creative and outside the box as you can be. Link up your post using the "add link" at the bottom of this post, check back throughout the week and comment on at least two other bloggers' posts. Don't forget to follow your hosts, Vashelle and Mia, and link back to us too!

What makes this link-up unique:

We will always try to supply prompts that anyone can work with, as they will not be geared toward a specific group of people (crafters, moms, fashionistas, red-headed unicyclists...). But if you feel, for whatever reason, that a prompt does not apply to you or your life, write in 3rd person and pretend it does! This link up is meant to exercise your creativity.

What's in it for you:

More blogging connections (find your writing tribe!), more inspiration and ideas, more post output, and a chance to win 1 million dollars! Not really. You can, however, be our "Weekly Write or Die Featured Writer" if your post made us want to go streaking in Target.

If you love what you see here, please feel free to spread the word! Add the button below to your posts, or your blog's sidebar. Or click on the "Tweet" button below to share with your friends.

Write or Die Wednesdays


This week's prompt is as follows:

Do certain memes get under your skin? Are there any popular sayings that you despise? Choose a quote or saying that you do not agree with and explain why you do not agree with it.


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Good things come to those who wait. We've all heard that before, right? Maybe you were feeling impatient about something, or feeling envious that something had already happened to someone you know. And your parents or your friend said that to you, trying to reassure you, and remind you to be patient.

Do we really think that's true? That the universe will just reward us for sitting around, hoping and waiting and wishing for something? I don't buy it. I want a million dollars. I've been waiting for several decades now. I'm sad to say, the money hasn't just fallen from the sky or into my bank account. I think sitting around waiting for something to happen is the worst thing you can do if you really want it to happen.


Are there times when things are out of your control? Absolutely. But if you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to make it happen. That's the key phrase - MAKE it happen. Not wait for it to happen.

One saying that I do agree with - Life is short.


So don't sit around waiting. Get out there. Kick some ass, take some names. Go after what you want. Nobody is going to hand it to you.

Now it's your turn. Tell me what sayings you don't agree with and why. This link up will be open for a week, Vashelle and I hope you will join us!



Monday, October 20, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things: October 2014 Edition



Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite things this month. 

  • I have been drooling over the Day Designer Planner. I already have my Erin Condren planner for 2015, but you have no idea how tempted I've been to buy the Day Designer anyway! I really, really need a daily planner. The weekly just isn't doing it for me anymore. I need a full page for each day, instead of trying to cram everything into these tiny little columns. Sigh. But I suppose I should do the responsible thing and wait until 2016. *pout* 
The Day Designer Planner
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  • Oh, Fall and everything pumpkin. I need this candle in my life. 
Pumpkin candle Bath and Body Works
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  • I must have this sweater from Kiki Larue. I mean, who's a bigger geek than me? Exactly. 
Kiki Larue sweater geek ivory
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  • The Last Song is the only Nicholas Sparks book that I haven't read and I really need to. I think I've been avoiding it because Miley is in the movie version. But I've decided that the book doesn't need to be punished for that... ha! 
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OK, now it's your turn. Tell me some of the things you've been drooling over this month! Ciao. 


P.S. Our writing prompt for Write or Die Wednesdays is: Choose a quote/saying that you do not agree with and explain why. Hope you'll join us and check it out!

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