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GOODREADS SUMMARY: When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident in a Mercedes no less Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

MY REVIEW: At first I was reluctant with this book. I was actually thinking about tossing it aside…but so glad I didn’t.

First of all Lexie’s mother was an horrible person, who had no sympathy or care for her daughters. I don’t care how much she went through you don’t treat your daughters that way. She was/is selfish and rude to not tell Lexie about all the missing parts of her life. No wonder Amy was acting the way she was.

Seriously John, you couldn’t have informed her of all this before?????? Doh!

I bet her former company is kicking themselves for letting the carpets go…what dumb@sses.

Glad she made the decision she did (I won’t spoil it for you) it was the PERFECT ending in my opinion. 

 

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Goodreads Summary: I don’t know how she does it!” is an oft-heard refrain about mothers today. Funnily enough, most moms agreethey have no idea how they get it done, or whether they even want the job. Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile spoke to mothers of every stripeworking, stay-at-home, part-timeand found a surprisingly similar trend in their interviews. After enthusing about her lucky life for twenty minutes, a mother would then break down and admit that her child’s first word was “Shrek.” As one mom put it, “Am I happy? The word that describes me best ischallenged.” Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of moms today . . . in their own words. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids diagnoses the craziness and offers real solutions, so that mothers can step out of the madness and learn to love motherhood as much as they love their kids.

My Review: very cute and similar to reading all the mom blogs I love. Motherhood is a special gift, but it’s a darn hard job. Perfection does not exist, and if moms say they never complain and love being a mother 24/7 they are lying. We have all earned the right to complain about being mothers, because we are in the trenches of motherhood all the time. Complaining doesn’t mean you don’t love your children, it just means you are need to vent. 

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Goodreads Summary: As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins’ affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman—a girl Will had once loved—was found brutally murdered in her family’s basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good.

Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother, and even himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come.

I fear I am in for a sick and twisted mind f&ck once again. I am loving it! 

 

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Our Meal Plan April 6-11

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 3.2 pounds for a total of 16.4  POUNDS!

After much debating I decided to stop using Peapod. They have been giving me fruit that was not always fresh and I think all their food wasn’t always the best or had the best selections. The fruit and veggies I bought would go bad in a few days each and every time.I will still use stop and shop for seltzer and bottled water, but not on a weekly basis. I decided to use Whole Foods Market (since they were pretty close) and was impressed. I like knowing the foods I choose are not only non-GMOs but also organic fruits, veggies, and meats. It’s amazing to watch the fruits and veggies actually stay fresh and taste better. 

Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but it is sad that the healthier and cleaner foods are the most expensive. My eyes have been opened and I can’t believe how sugar and chemicals are in food. It seems the food companies want us sick and overweight. It is beyond scary. Anyway, after lots of research, I found a bunch of ways I can save money with Whole Foods. By creating a set shopping list for each week.

  • shop the bulk section and pick out the amount of grains, rice, granola, and fresh ground peanut butter I need for the week (what a great idea to only buy the amount you need)
  • pick the produce (2-3 veggie meals), poultry, meat, and fish (3-4 meat meals) that is on sale and plan meals around that. 
  • stock up on snacks, meats, and cereals that are on sale 
  • use the coupons that I can either print on line or get at the store
  • buy their brand “365″ when possible. 

I think I might even be able to take Dino with me next time I go. I’ll feed him in their restaurant area and then let him walk around with me while he’s still snacking. I heard that also offer healthy snacks at customer service for kids. It will be a great teaching opportunity on how to choose foods that are real as opposed to fake foods AND how to stay within a budget but still eat healthy.

***I still have some foods that were not super healthy as I am slowly making the change. I used them for the meals this week. When I post next week, I’ll have even bigger and healthier changes.***

Sun  pork meatballs, roasted tomatoes, and cheese on Italian bread
Mon Dinner rice and beans with veggies

Tues Dinner gluten free pasta, tomato chunks, spinach, and cheese
Wed Dinner  chicken thighs, mushrooms, broccoli, and couscous
Thurs Dinner leftovers
Fri Dinner  chicken taco pizza http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chicken-taco-pizza

Dinners:

Sunday - LOVE the fresh herbs I got at Whole Foods. Mixed bread crumbs, cilantro, dill, and onions into the breadcrumbs, one egg, and the locally grown ground pork. Then I quickly cooked some peas, carrots, and broccoli in a small cast iron skillet and purred it in the blender and added that to the meatball mix. OH BOY DID IT TASTE BEYOND YUMMY

Then I cut some fresh tomatoes with lots of seasoning and cooked for a bit. I placed cut porkballs, tomatoes and cheese on Italian bread slices and ate. Dino was too tired to eat them, but hoping to use them as leftovers tomorrow. 

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Monday - Dino and I had leftover pork and veggie balls. I seasoned and roasted fresh tomatoes and mixed it all with gluten free pasta. What a tasty meal. meatballs and pasta Collage

Tuesday-  Dino has “sports skills” at the Little Gym on Tuesdays, so either I have to cook on Monday nights for Tuesday or just continue to order pizza for us. We had our usual favorites. He chose a plain personal pizza and I chose my jazz personal pizza. We ate half and saved half for lunch the next day. Sorry no pics

Wednesday - I love using my cast iron skillet. I seasoned and cooked the chicken in the skillet and had a small bag of chicken broth left over. I swear nothing better then using fresh/frozen herbs in our meals. I seasoned and cooked portobello mushrooms and broccoli then added it to the couscous. Sorry no pic of Dino eating…he was in a picky mood that night. 

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Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

Friday – using leftover chicken and broccoli from Wednesday’s dinner, I used it in the quesadilla. 

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LUNCHES

MONDAY: 

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Mommy-white bread with wo turkey slices, and one colby cheese slice, apples, strawberries and popcorn. bananas and mesa sunrise cereal with almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-ham and cheese on white bread, strawberries, apples, popcorn, and one carrot. (He LOVED eating the big carrot)
Dino Morning Snack-french toast with apples

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TUESDAY:

Mommy-cheese and turkey quesadilla on gluten free tortilla, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino-ham, cheese, and turkey sandwich, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino Morning Snack- hard boiled egg, cheese snack, pears

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WEDNESDAY:
Mommy- leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino- leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino Morning -toaster strudel (once they are gone I am not buying anymore) and apples

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THURSDAY:
Mommy-turkey slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino-turkey slices, ham slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino Morning Snack-french toast and grape tomatoes

 

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FRIDAY:
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels. 
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.  
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries

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Bring On Spring

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This week’s list is all about spring…”10 Things Spring“. Now while I can’t stand all the insects…I do love the fresh air and warmer temperatures. Too bad it can’t stay 65-70 degrees all year round. For a change and because I didn’t have a chance to ask hubby, Dino will be splitting the list with me. 

Mommy’s list…  

1. skirts and sandals

2. lighter jackets

3. dinner outside

4. after dinner walks

5. open windows and fresh air 

Dino’s list… 

6. riding my bike

7. playing with sticks

8. playing ball with Mommy

9. playing outside at preschool

10. going to the playing  

 What do you like/look forward to about spring?

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All Those Precious Memories

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Finish the Sentence Friday

“If I could go back in time…I would just observe all those precious memories.” 

This reminds me of the post we did back in July “If I could go back in time and change something it would be..

 

Sure I would love to go back and revisit all those beautiful moments with Dino. I’d love to go back and visit my time as a child and see my parents when they were younger. I’d love to watch past memories and cherish each and every one…sadly time passes too fast.

Would I go back in time…

  • to whisper in my ear how to defeat my grammar school bullies? 
  • to threaten the bullies? 
  • to my time as a teen and whisper to stop being such an idiot. My parents DO KNOW more than me.
  • to whisper in my ear to not open credit cards?
  • to whisper in my ear to save more money? 
  • to whisper in my ear to not go so crazy trying to get pregnant…it WILL happen much later when the time is right. 
  • to whisper in my ear to not buy a condo that we would eventually lose? 
  • to whisper in my ear to take more date nights with my hubby…we will so need them.

These are all great ideas, but I wouldn’t do any of them. One slight change could effect everything moving forward. What if one small change finds me living without my Dino? That is just too much of a risk to take…My life unfolded just as it was supposed to…and for that I am grateful. 

What would you do if you could go back in time? 

I Just Finished Reading

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I just finished reading…

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

MY REVIEW: Very cute read…I was screaming like a banshee, laughing like a lunatic, cursing like a…well cursing like me, and sobbing like a fool.

I LOVED IT but wish there was some sort of berating or punishment for the awful co-workers or Kerry and Nev.

Other than that a great read and ending, but too short of a read. I want more…more of what life really looks like now.

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When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident in a Mercedes no less Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she s about to find out just how much things have changed. 

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. 

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

So far it’s intriguing and nerve wracking. I am so curious why she became such a different person…was she really happy with that life? Was she having an affair with John? Was she really in love with her husband? Her true friends and confidants hate her. Personally this would be a nightmare for me. 

 

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Our Meal Plan March 30th-April 5th

I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I didn’t lose this week, but I didn’t gain either. Between me and Dino getting sick this week, I was too stressed and didn’t lose. I thought I would have lost, but oh well.  Last week’s meals didn’t go as planned, but it all worked out in the end. 

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Sun  dinner at in-laws for niece’s birthday
Mon Dinner slow cooker honey garlic chicken, rice, and cauliflower and carrots  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Garlic-Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Thighs/Detail.aspx
Tues Dinner slow cooker meatball subs with veggies
Wed Dinner  potato gnocchi, butternut squash, cheese, tomato and almond puree,
Thurs Dinner  leftovers
Fri Dinner  chicken and roasted potatoes with green beans
Sat  rice and beans, bean and tomato puree sauce, onions, broccoli, spinach

Dinners:

Sunday - Even though dinner was going to be provided I still brought my own pasta with beans and veggies. This is still processed pasta, two days later I bought gluten free. I did have a bit of salmon at the party, but think I was already sick with a stomach virus  

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Monday - Was the worst day for me as I was sick with stomach bug. I don’t know how but I seasoned the chicken and baked it in a cast iron skillet. I baked the veggies in a separate skillet and boiled the rice. I tried to eat that night, but it was too difficult. 

Tuesday-  Dino and I had the leftover chicken, rice, and veggies for dinner. I felt so much better and what a a great meal it was. I truly enjoyed it. I even cut some up and used them for sandwiches the next day. honey garlic Collage

 

Wednesday – I baked butternut squash and tomatoes in the oven (with LOTS of spices). Then I purred the contents with almond milk and water. Then I poured it back into the cast iron skillet and sauteed it for a bit. It was healthy and delicious over the gnochi. Dino ate every bite. 

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Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

Friday – Picked up Dino from daycare only to discover that he just threw up and then again as soon as we walked out the door. Other kids were out sick for the stomach bug, so it was just a matter of time before Dino got it. I just had leftover gnochi and sauce in between caring for Dino. 

Saturday –  Cut up and sauteed fresh cilantro, dill, and onion then added the marinating chicken. I let roasted chicken on both sides then placed cover on, and put in oven. I baked the chicken and veggies at 350 for about 30 mins.  At the same time I seasoned and baked potatoes and sweet potatoes in a covered cast iron skillet as well. I swear I will never use pans again. 

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LUNCHES

Between using EasyLunchBoxes  and planning what I eat ahead of time, I am in control at work and I know Dino is eating healthy at school. 

MONDAY:

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Mommy-obviously I DID not eat any of my lunch that day, but also got rid of the pitas, since they were whole wheat.
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich on (originally multigrain bread) but redid his sandwich on organic white bread, natural applesauce, carrots, and cupcake loaded with strawberries and bananas
Dino Morning Snack-chocolate chip pancakes and grapes

TUESDAY:

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Mommy-I hardly ate
Dino-didn’t pack his lunch so he ordered a pizza for lunch (bad, sick mommy)
Dino Morning Snack- homemade french toast sticks with organic white bread and organic jelly and strawberries

WEDNESDAY: lunch wed

Mommy- leftover garlic and honey chicken made into a chicken salad, tortialla chips, carrots, dried cranberry
Dino-same chicken salad on organic white bread, cucumbers, grapes, dried cranberries
Dino Morning - strawberry and banana cupcake and strawberries

THURSDAY:

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Mommy-leftover gnochi and sauce, cheese stick, two turkey slices, and apples
Dino-ham and cheese on organic white bread, organic applesauce, organic annie’s bunny crackers
Dino Morning Snack-homemade organic french toast sticks and apple slices

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FRIDAY:
Mommy-tuna from a can (nothing mixed into it), guacamole, tortilla chips, cheese stick SO FLIPPIN’ GOOD
Dino- was home sick :( 

 

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Thirteen Years

Thirteen years of marriage, love, fights, memories, and dreams…

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13 years of marriage. 13 years! Wow! How fast time flies…. In all those years we have experienced.

  • owning a condo
  • becoming dog parents
  • dealing with 6 years of infertility 
  • becoming parents
  • losing a job
  • losing our condo
  • moving into an apartment
  • starting over 
  • planning birthday parties for our son
  • letting go of old dreams
  • creating new dreams
  • dealing with loss and grief
  • opening up to love and hope
  • laughing at old memories
  • creating new memories

we’ve been a lot of ups and downs in the past thirteen years. Some times were tough, but in comparison I think we are pretty lucky.

We have changed over the years, but through it all we are still here and happy.

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Parenthood ROCKS

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Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Secret Subject Swap

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                         Baking In A Tornado
http://themomisodes.com                                           The Momisodes
http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/              Stacy Sews and Schools
http://followmehome.shellybean.com        Follow me home . . .
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                        Someone Else’s Genius
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/          Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.dribblesngrits.com                               Dribbles and Grits
http://www.impoverishedvegan.com                        Impoverished Vegan
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com    Spatulas on Parade
http://dinoheromommy.com/                              Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://morethancheeseandbeer.blogspot.com               More Than Cheese and Beer
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com   Evil Joy Speaks
http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com                          Juicebox Confession
http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com/                        Climaxed

My subject is If you had to watch one movie or TV series over and over forever, what would it be and why.  It was submitted by http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Here goes:

I remember watching the movie Parenthood and loving it as a kid. I knew families were crazy, weird, loving, protective, and annoying. I knew it was going to be just as crazy when I had a kid, but I looked forward to it. 

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Then as an adult and parent…Parenthood became a TV series!!! I was scared they were going to ruin it, but they did such an amazing job with the show. It is real life, real families, real situations and decisions. They depict everyday life of parents and kids without going over the top or making it unbelievable. 

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Not only would I watch this show every day and night, but I would love to hang out with the Braverman’s.

Right now I think Joel needs a good junk punch. Seriously, grow up dude. I know Julia lost her way, but you left her emotionally. She didn’t cheat on you, she hung out with a friend. If the friend was a female it would be okay, but because the friend was a guy it was wrong? She was always there for you when she worked, but you left her behind when she needed you most. Now she has to bend to your will. I hope she does move on and Joel can see what a dummy he was/is.

I would tell Adam and Kristina to hire a lawyer and fight for Max. That school is not doing right by him. As a teacher who works in special education this is wrong and completely messed up. No school should get away with this. They are allowing him to be bullied and not put his education first. That school’s administration should be all shamed and fired.

I would tell Sarah to give Ray another chance. She has pure bad luck with men and love, Ray is the best thing for her. He is stable and dependable and will always be there for her. He will understand and complete her craziness.

Crosby sure has come a long way, so glad him and Jasmine are in a good place right now. What a beautiful family they have and Jasmine knows just how to deal with his occasional immaturity.

Amber is making good decisions and needs to continue on road that leads to even better decisions. She doesn’t need a man to make her whole, but will find a MAN that accepts and compliments her.

Drew just wanted a solid and good girlfriend, but one wants to live a free lifestyle and the other was beyond depressed. So glad he got away from that wackadoo roommate and crazy lady. He needs to focus on himself and the right woman will find him.

I would love to hang out at Zeke and Camille’s house for dinner. Just to listen to their conversations and current dramas would be awesome. They make you feel at home and accept you just for who you are. They yell, shout, criticize, and tease…but love with all their hearts. Just like real life families.

So this is what I would watch always and forever. It’s real life, it’s real situations, it’s REAL. Any teen, parent, grandparent, friend, husband, wife, aunt, uncle, daughter, or son can relate to at least one of the characters.

 

I Don’t Get It????

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Finish the Sentence Friday

“I never understand what the big deal was about…” 

I was utterly stumped with this prompt. I kept thinking about all the things that annoy me, but are they worth writing about?

Then the idea of PERFECTION popped in my head. Admitting to being yourself and not someone’s idea of perfection is BIG for me.

I am NOT PERFECT. No way, no how. Don’t want to be. Seriously, who wants to be perfect. It’s lonely because no one is going to be as good as you. It’s tedious, because you have to keep it up all the time. It’s boring, because perfect people don’t get caught doing fun, exciting, risky things. It’s stupid, why would you want to be perfect?

I love my son, I love my life. But I sometimes look at my phone when playing with my son. I sometimes pray that bedtime would arrive so I can just sit and veg out. I pray that he would stop asking me so many flipping questions. I pray that he would stop being rude and listen to me. I don’t make fancy lunches or dinners. I don’t provide candy and treats for class parties. I don’t have matching bags, shoes, and clothes. I don’t cry with desperation when a project I found on Pinterest doesn’t come out like I expected. I don’t stay up late making the perfect cake for Dino’s birthday. I don’t care! 

I am a mom. A mom who knows BEING a mother is more important than image. I am a mom that knows loving my son, reading him books, hugging him, proving kisses and support, respecting his ideas is more important than LOOKING like a good mom. I am a mom who openly complains about motherhood. I HAVE EARNED THAT RIGHT. Whether you work full time, part time, or stay at home you are a mother 24/7 for the rest of your lives. You have EVERY RIGHT to complain. My complaints keep me sane. My complaints help me stay focused and know the true value and importance of motherhood. 

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If we all just let ourselves be the mothers we want to be instead of what we thinks others want us to be…imagine how truly awesome we would all be. If we all supported each other and let listen to the rants, imagine how more secure and respected we would feel as moms. 

Is there something that you just don’t get or agree with? 

I Just Finished Reading…

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: a mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes, that of her husband, from before she knew him.

When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: a fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way.

MY REVIEW: OMG…I knew it was all connected but never would have thought THAT!!! My mind is going to explode…seriously…WOW.

A MUST READ if you love psychological thrillers and mind f*cks.

I bow to the evil, twisted, and genius mind of Harlan Coben

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

 

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: I don’t know how she does it!” is an oft-heard refrain about mothers today. Funnily enough, most moms agree they have no idea how they get it done, or whether they even want the job. Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile spoke to mothers of every stripe working, stay-at-home, part-time and found a surprisingly similar trend in their interviews. After enthusing about her lucky life for twenty minutes, a mother would then break down and admit that her child’s first word was “Shrek.” As one mom put it, “Am I happy? The word that describes me best is challenged.” Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of moms today . . . in their own words. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids diagnoses the craziness and offers real solutions, so that mothers can step out of the madness and learn to love motherhood as much as they love their kids.

 

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