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#Blog2blogBC with Kelly

Hello Loves!

Happy Halloween Friday!

Hopefully the rain stays away tonight. My college roomie is bring her 6 year old son and her boyfriend up to visit! I’m so excited! I haven’t seen them in¬†such a¬†long time! It’s going to be an amaze ball weekend!

It’s time to link up for this month’s blogger-to-blogger book club with Kelly. This month we read:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

Short Summery from Goodreads:
Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

My thoughts:

When the movie first came out, I instantly went out and read this book. It’s been a few years since I read it, so when I saw that we were going to read it for book club, I was super pumped. I’ll be honest, I’m about 60% of the way done. This book is so wonderful. It keeps you on your toes through out. You are switching between Henry and Claire in the Past-Present-Future. It truly is an one-of-a-kind story. The writing style really worked for this book. It allowed you to see what Claire was going through. She was the one always left behind, always wondering and never knowing when/if Henry would disappear.¬†¬†If you haven’t checked out this book, you really should.

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– Jennifer

Award time

Liebster Award

Hello Loves!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award. Good thing I had my acceptance speech ready to go.

I’d like to thank all my fans, family, Larry in IT, the¬†naked¬†guy on the street corner, Joe¬†at the deli¬†and Sue at the store. Did I forget anyone? Oh yeah, my husband for being just so awesome. Without all of you, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I kid. I kid.

The wonderful Sam over at Miss Freckles’ Blog¬†nominated me for this award. She is a fairly new blogger. Go check her out! This award is for bloggers with less then 200 followers. It’s a way to get to know other bloggers and spread some love around.

Now onto the juicy stuff.


The Rules

  1. Post 11 random facts about yourself

  2. Answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you

  3. Nominate bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to do the same

  4. Let the bloggers know you have nominated know they have been nominated


11 Facts about me:

– I dislike chocolate. Every time I eat it I get sick.

– I have an irrational fear of elevators. I’m always afraid that I’m going to get stuck in them and not know where I am.

– I’m obsessed with Penguins. When I say obsessed, I mean it. I have penguin everything.

– I’m also obsessed with Lighthouses. I want to see as many as I can before I die.

– I listen to Miley Cyrus almost every day.

– I’m only 5’0″ tall so I wear high heels on an almost daily basis.

– Soccer is my life. When I’m not working, I’m at the soccer field. Playing, coaching, refereeing, or watching.

– I majored in General Studies in college. It was the easiest and quickest way to graduate. Plus¬†there wasn’t any math required. ¬†

– I played two years of college soccer. It allowed me to earn my Associate’s degree and get college paid for.

– Before I die, I want to visit all 50 states. Even if I have to put a toe into the state.

– I have such bad eyes that I’m almost legally blind.


Sam’s questions.. My answers:¬†

1. What is one place you want to visit before you die?

Besides all 50 states. London.

2. What is your all time favorite TV show?

Desperate housewives. Man, I miss that show.

3. Biggest challenge you’re facing while blogging?

Balance the time to blog between all my other commitments. I don’t want it to feel like a job more like a hobby.

4. What is your favorite nail polish?

5. What is your favorite store to shop at?

Target or Forever 21

6. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Meeting new friends and bonding over a common hobby.

7. How many times do you post a week?

I try and post every day except the weekends. 5 times.

8. How did you find my blog? And what is your favorite thing about it?

Through the #blogtober14 link up. I loved your Last Minute Halloween makeup post. What a great idea!

9. If you would have to choose between Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram ‚Äď which one would you choose and why?

It’s a toss-up between Twitter and Instagram. Probably Twitter. You can still post picture and go on random rants.

10. What is your favorite dish?

I honestly don’t have one.

11. Who or what inspires you?

My husband. He is a great inspiration. He has taught me to never take life for granted.


My questions for you:

What is your favorite holiday?

 Who is your favorite Author?

 If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be and why?

 How did you start blogging?

 What is your favorite quote?

What is your guilty pleasure?

 What is your greatest pet peeve?

 What tops your bucket list at the moment?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What is the one food staple that is always in your kitchen no matter what?

What is the wildest thing you’ve ever done?


My Nominees:

Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag

Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm

Stefani at Caught Read Handed

Lipsey Pennell at Lipsyy Lost & Found

Mary-Keith at Mary-Keith

Paris at Paris Baker’s Book Nook

And You!


XOXO

Mid Week Wows

MWW

Hello Loves!

Wednesdays are such a weird day. Most people don’t really like Wednesdays. It’s the forgotten about day of the week. It represents the week half over yet still half way to go. It’s like the¬†Sour Patch¬†Kids commercial. Sour¬†one minute but sweet the next. ¬†One awesome thing about Wednesdays is that it brings in a new series that I’ve started; Mid-Week Wows.

Mid-Week Wows is where I talk about my favorite whatevas that I’m liking so-far this week.

{One}

I’m a huge planner. My favorite time of the year is when new planners start arriving. I know you can do everything on your iPhone now but there is something about physically writing something down that brings joy to me. It also helps me remember things better. I recently brought the Kate Spade Planner in medium size. It has been amazing. There is room on each day to write down everything,¬†ranging from soccer practice to blog posts to random ideas. It was way worth the money.

Kate Spade Medium Agenda - Gold Dots 

{Two}

I’ve talked about Rockbox before. But here is a refresher in case you forgot. For $19/month you are sent three designer pieces of jewelry to wear as much (or as little) as you want. Whenever you are ready, you can send back the pieces in the prepaid envelope as soon as you want.¬†If you fall in love with any piece you can keep them and get a member discount price¬†on the item. You only get charged $19 once a month, regardless of how many boxes you get sent each month. I got my first box before my vacation. Over the course of two weeks, I feel in love with the necklace that I was sent. I ended up buying¬†it and I couldn’t be happier. Check out Rockbox here.

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Isn’t it so pretty?¬†

It’s a short list this week. I’m still trying to recover from my vacation. What are a few things you like thus far this week.

– Jennifer

Top Ten Tuesday

 

 

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Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

Hello Loves!

Can we just talk about how Halloween is literally around the corner? When did that happen? I feel like I was just celebrating New Years. But no, I blink and Halloween is here. I really wish time would slow down.

If you haven’t figured out your costume (myself included) then you come to the right place. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween

1.) Ginny Weasley

2.) Nancy Drew

3.) Katniss Everdeen

4.) Veronica Salt

5.) Madeline

6.) Sherlock Holmes

7.) Pippi Longstockings

8.) Alice Cullen

9.) The Cat in the Hat

10.) Ana Steele

What are some literary characters you would want to be?

– Jennifer

Disclaimer: All pictures are from bing.com

Miss me?!?!?!

Hello Loves!

I’m home, alive. I made it out of Vegas with money in my pocket even. I consider that a win-win. For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, let me recap. My husband, my parents and I went to Las Vegas last week. Mainly for the Professional Bull Riders aka Hot Cowboys but really for a much-needed vacation. No vacation is complete without pictures! Behold!

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The hubs and I on the High Roller. AKA we are just chilling about 550 FT above Vegas.

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Living it up Vegas Style!

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The High Roller

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Reunited!

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My mom and I!

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The sunset!

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I was getting some advice from Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer.

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What all the Hot Cowboys are playing for. And I don’t mean the women.

– Jennifer

(Auto) Book Review City of Glass

 

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.


My thoughts:

I have very mix feelings about this book (and series in general). I like the characters and love triangle but I think I’m over the fantasy worlds. Vampires, Werewolves and shadowhunters¬†worlds are starting to fade into the horizon. With that being said I wanted to read this book to see if Jace and Clary get a happy ending. I mean, they really are the only reason I’m reading the series. Out of all the books, this was my favorite. I wish she would have stopped with this one. But she didn’t.

As for the narrator of the book, I enjoyed her. She made it super easy to get lost in the unknown world. I felt like I was along side for all the crazy adventures the crew was going on. When they fought Valentine I felt like I was right along side them with my rune, ready to die.

4/5 Stars


Book Facts:
Title- City of Glass (Mortal Instruments 3)
Author – Cassandra Clare
Format- Audible book
Length of time- 15 hours and 21 minutes
Narrator- Natalie Moore
Release date- March 24th 2009

Etsy Swap

Hi Loves!

My latest obsession has been Etsy. When I was goofing around, I notice this swap that involved Etsy.¬†Only requirement is that you get something for them that was purchased on Etsy.¬†The¬†nicest thing is that I sent to someone different¬†than who¬†sent to me. It’s basically a secret Santa time of swap.¬†Enter Etsy Swap with Taking Steps Home.

A few days ago my package showed up in the mail. I was beyond excited for all my gifts! I jumped for joy when I saw Lola and the boy next door in my package.

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This tea cup is such a delight!

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I sent a package to Rebecca. Go check out her site and give her some love!

– Jennifer

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend‚ÄĒthe one who yanks you out of your shell.
But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.
Apple Picking at Night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?
Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go Skinny Dipping? Um…. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
First off, I started this book the day it came out in May and just finished it in October. That should say something right there. It took too long for me to get into. The plot was too slow that it hardly kept my interest. However, once the pace picked up, I ended up enjoying the book. I wish that the book would started out faster so that it didn’t take me that long to get into it.
Between losing her best friend and falling in love with another friend Emily has a lot that ends up on her place.¬†Matson handles everything with Emily wonderfully.¬†I mean, Sloane left without so much as a goodbye and then poof a letter appears¬†on Emily’s doorstep. Inside the letter is a list that Emily needs to have the A+ summer they dreamed about.¬†¬†Emily thinks if she completes the list, she will somehow find Sloane.¬†Enter a few corky sidekicks and you have yourself a feel good¬†teenage summer book. ¬†Full of love, hate, lost and running.

3.5/5 Stars


Book Facts:
Title- Since You’ve Been Gone
Author-Morgan Matson
Genre- Young Adult
Publish Date- May 6th 2014
Pages- 449
Format- Ebook (Kindle)

New Series that I need to start

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Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Hello Loves!

It’s Tuesday which means only one thing, Top Ten Tuesday. This is by far my favorite list to make. This post is going to be super short, as I’m in the middle of an awesome vacation.

This week’s topic is

Top New Series I Want To Start

  1. Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead

  2.  Heist Society- Ally Carter

  3. Gallagher Girls- Ally Carter

  4. Hopeless – Colleen Hoover

  5. The Selection- Kiera Cass

  6. Welcome to the Point – Jay Crownover

  7. Cocktail – Alice Clayton

  8. Stage Dive – Kylie Scott

  9. Crank – Ellen Hopkins

  10. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

Any other good series out there?

– Jennifer

Vacation

Hey Loves!

By the time you read this, I will be on an airplane on my way to Las Vegas! I have a few post already scheduled. If you want to see all my cool adventures, follow along on instagram @jdspencers!

Talk to you in a week!

– Jennifer