Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Have you ever wanted to write a letter to someone?  To get something off your chest?  Maybe you did, but you were too scared to send it.  Or you just wanted to vent, and never had any intention of sending it.  Regardless, it can be so cathartic to say what you need to say... without having to deal with the drama. 

Dear You

Well, thanks to Dear You blog, you can do exactly that. Send a letter to thedearyoublog[AT]gmail[DOT]com.  All submissions are kept strictly confidential. Submit your letters now... and be free. 

I also participated in the February Cara Box exchange hosted by Kaitlyn from Wifessionals

February's theme was Club Sexy.  Basically, what you thought of as a great date night or something you could do with your significant other, etc.  We were also paired up according to the state we lived in, which really appealed to me because you guys know I'm always looking to meet new bloggers from Virginia! :)  I was lucky enough to be able to send a box to Stevie from Colorful Commotion - you can check out her awesome blog here.  Hope you loved everything, Stevie! :)

Meari from Adventures of The Nerdy Secretary sent me some cool stuff: 

I mentioned that Hubs and I like to watch movies and have "date nights" at home, so
Meari sent me some DVDs. 

And in honor of Chinese New Year, she also sent some dark chocolate
covered fortune cookies. 

Not pictured is the neat little Oriental kitty figurine - because my boys took it to play with and I'm sure it's in their toy box somewhere. :)

Thanks, Meari! 

If you'd like to participate in the Cara Box exchange, click the button below.  Ciao! 

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Is it Spring yet?

I am seriously suffering from seasonal depression.  All this gray, dreary, bone-chillingly cold weather is making me bananas.  Add in the fact that I'll be 30 years old in about 8 days, and you've got the perfect mix of depression and more depression. 

Sometimes I feel like a failure.  Like, there are so many things that I want to accomplish and feel like if I haven't done it by now, I never will.  I guess this just isn't where I'd pictured I'd be when I thought of myself turning 30.  

But luckily I have some great friends who know just what to say to cheer me up. Like this awesome chick, who tells me to knock it off, but in the sweetest, most caring way possible: 

Thank you, Lindsay.  It's true, that I can list a million things that I haven't yet accomplished, but the things that I *have* accomplished are the most meaningful.  Taking the time to acknowledge how far I've come as a person helps get me out of my funk.  At least a little. :) 

You know what else helps?  Gift cards.  To Target, of course!  Enter Breanna's awesome giveaway for your chance to win!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013


Do you guys watch "Spartacus"?  I hated it at first.  Charlie of course loved it - with all the blood and guts and fighting scenes and naked women on the screen every 5 seconds.  But the more I watch it, the more I like it.  

Here's why:

Wait, what was I saying?  Oh well.  I'll give you a moment to wipe the drool from your chin... and then come enter this super awesome giveaway.  :)

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Book Chat - Books That NEED to be Movies!

I'm linking up with Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine for The Book Chat and I am *loving* this week's topic - Books You'd Like to See As Movies. 

Two books jump right out at me, mainly because I've read them very recently, but also because I just adore them and think they'd be awesome on the big screen. :)

First up - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  

Here's the synopsis if you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of it. ;) 

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night. 

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Doesn't it just sound beautiful? I can imagine how visually appealing it would be on screen with the black and white colors of the circus.  

I don't know why, but I think Ewan McGregor would be the perfect Marco. 


 And I think Rachel McAdam should be Celia. 

And then the second book that I'd like to see as a movie is Divergent by Veronica Roth.

This book would be so epic on-screen.  Seeing the different factions and the action scenes and the people jumping onto and off moving trains... just pure awesomeness!

Here's a synopsis if you haven't heard of it...

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Just epically awesome-sauce, right??
I would pick Liam Hemsworth to play Four.  Just because I'm obsessed with him at the moment. :)

And Mia Wasikowska for Tris.

OK Hollywood... I'm going to need you to read this post and get on it.  Peas-and-spank-you.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How YOU doin'?

*Disclaimer* If you are someone who gets offended by the word condoms, I would skip this post. But.. we're all adults here, just sayin. Plus, you'd be missing out on an awesome giveaway... so you probably better stay. 

Good evening, folks!  

Hubs and I had a babysitter this evening and were able to enjoy a rare night out to dinner, just the two of us. We went to the Thai restaurant that's right down the street from us.  We had a nice dinner and dessert and then I mentioned that I needed to stop at Walgreens to pick up a few things. 

So, we're wandering the aisles and I pick up what I need and Hubs gets a few things and we go to the register to pay. As we're checking out, I notice the cashier is kind of looking at us weird.  But I don't really pay attention to it, I mean, he was like 18, just a kid. 

We get back to the car, and I'm digging the car air freshener out of the bag for Hubs when I glance down at my bag... yea... this is probably why he was looking at us that way. 

I bought
-Vicks VapoRub
-Baby butt paste (diaper rash creme for you non-parents out there)
 -Condoms (yes, TMI, get over it, we're all adults here, you know I have 2 kids, right?! There was only 1 Virgin Mary, people, and she died a loonnnnggg time ago.)

Bow chicka wow wow!  Bwahahahaha!  Methinks the cashier thought Hubs and I were having a much wilder night than we really are.  Because it's not even 9pm and he's asleep and I'm laying in bed typing up this post.  Aren't you glad I shared that with you?? 

Anyway, to reward you for sticking around for that totally embarrassing post, check out this super cool giveaway that I'm a part of over at Tarole's blog: One Haole Girl. :)

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Awesome Possum

Do you have a favorite word?  A word that you use ALL the time?  

Wanna guess what mine is? 

AWESOME!  I think it's in just about every single post I've ever written.  Seriously.  

Merriam-Webster defines the word as: 
awe-some. adjective. 1) expressive of awe.  2a) inspiring awe.  2b) terrific or extraordinary. 

I think I work it into just about every sentence that I say.  Occasionally it also works as a sarcastic remark.  "Oh gee, another traffic backup today? Awesome."  So versatile. :)  I'm teaching my boys to say it, as well.  Because I'm awesome, duh. 

What's your favorite word? 

Wanna know what else is awesome?  Books.  And bloggers who send them to me.  I recently participated in the Blogger Book Swap and was partnered with Maria from I Believe In Story.  She sent me some awesome stuff:

Super excited to read both of these books, but especially Fahrenheit 451 because I've never read a Ray Bradbury book.  I know, I know, don't whip me with a wet noodle.  And I am LOVING the leopard print bracelet, she totally knows my style. :) She also sent me some really great postcards which are not pictured. Thanks so much, Maria, you're the best!  

Hope everyone is having a nice Monday.  xo 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Confessions v24

Forgive me lovelies, it has been a couple of weeks since my last confession.  But I'm back and chock full of confessions for you today.  You know you missed me. 

1.)  I confess that I fail at the Photo a Day challenge from Fat Mum Slim this month.  I started out strong, but then I just got really tired and wouldn't think about it until I was already in bed.  Oh well.  But here are some of the pictures that I did take. 

2.)  I confess that I'm really excited about going shopping tomorrow.  I'm going to try and find a cute outfit to wear to my birthday dinner.  I usually don't buy clothes from anywhere other than the clearance rack at Target, but I am actually going to the mall tomorrow, eek! 

3.)  I confess that I thought hubs was going to forget about me on Valentine's Day... but he didn't. :)  I guess I'll keep him. 

4.)  I confess that I have not gotten my eyebrows waxed in months!  Exhibit A:

But don't worry, I shall remedy this problem tomorrow while I'm out.  Operation Anti-Caterpillar in full effect!

5.)  I confess that I watched The Expendables 2 last night with hubs.  Willingly.  Haha.  And it was so cheesy and funny and I would totally watch it again.  Just to see Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme all in the same movie.  Epic! 

What do you confess?