Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July in Review

You can find June's review: here!
July had to be one of my slowest months for blogging in a long time. I didn't read very many books and in turn didn't review many either. But I was also on vacation for 3 weeks of July and without internet for 1 of those weeks. So overall, I didn't really do that bad :) I also updated my labels in their entirety! All the way from day 1 to today!

So here's what has been going on:

  1. I started a new post to keep track of reading for the month and maybe give y'all a look at what reviews may or may not come in the near future. Here is my July TBR List.
  2. I participated in Nail Files again...of course! Week 27, Week 28, Week 29, Week 30
  3. I made a quick post explaining why I had only posted 5 times by the 14th of July.
  4. Hubby and I went on a Date Night. First one of 2012!
  5. I revealed a little about myself in the new linky party "Me, Myself, and I"
  6. I continued to post Pinteresting posts on Wednesdays. Here and here
  7. I talked about some new movies: Brave and Ted.
  8. I recapped the rest of our long vacation in Tennessee. With pictures!
  9. I announced a new linky party that I am co-hosting with my besties. The Pinterest Project started 24 June, there was a Greatest Hits post for week 1, and Week 2 to end the month of July with a bang!
  10. We went to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg while we were in Tenn.
  11. My 5 year old is a master troll. Yes, seriously.
  12. I read 3 books this month. Ouch. I reviewed a few more than that...
What I reviewed:
  • One For the Money by Janet Evanovich {here}
  • Glitch by Heather Anastasiu {here}
  • Fifty Shades Darker by EL James {here}
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa {here}
  • Talented by Sophie Davis {here}

Some progress on my "resolutions":
  • Eat more fruit - If I continue how I've done this month, I will be able to cross this off the list in August!
  • Get organized - I've begun to organize and I really want to make a plan of how to organize the house bit by bit!
  • Stay on schedule (I'm hoping to manage my time better) - been doing really well with this one - hope I can continue.
  • Read A LOT - :( Fail. I want to catch up all the books I'm behind on.
  • Keep track of finances and save lots of money - We need to get back on track after vacation.
  • I want to blog more - regular blog stuff. Just talking about whatever. Less fluff. - Yes!
  • **New** Do school-like activities with Matthew every day.
  • **New** Update blog love page.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Okay...so I think most internet obsessees know what "trolling" is. And know that it isn't limited to just the internet.

I have a troll for a son (technically, one for a husband too LOL). Let me just tell you what my sweet 5 year old does.

He likes to roll through the gates on base and tell the gate guards that his name is Joe, Jake, Steve, etc. Yeah, his name is Matthew. He just likes to mess with people. I mean, it's not like he's being vicious or mean or anything when he does it. It's still innocent and harmless.

Until we were in Tennessee for block leave/vacation earlier this month...

I was doing something - who knows what - in the tv room. It is on the opposite side of the house of the kitchen, where Nick, Matthew, and Nick's momma were. All of a sudden I hear a little squeal out of my mom-in-law and then laughing. Then Nick calls me in. Mimi holds up a piece of plastic and goes "Guess where this was?" and proceeds to tell me that she was going to get water for Matthew out of the fridge and it sprayed EVERYWHERE! Apparently this little piece of orange plastic had been shoved in the tube where the water comes out of the fridge. Nick knew that Matthew had done it, so he had called him over. Mimi asked Matthew what that piece of plastic was from - to which Matthew quickly answered, matter-of-factly, that it was from a broken ice pack. Then Nick asked where it was. Matthew showed him the tube. Then Mimi asked why it was put up there...

..and Matthew says, "I wanted the water to come out better!"

He totally knew what he was doing and he was the one who had asked Mimi to get him water.

Troll kid.

I'm watching my back. haha.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Talented [Review]

349 pages [Kindle]
Published 17 February 2012
ASIN:  B0076Y7ON4

If you always knew what people were really thinking, would you consider it a gift or a curse?

Talia Lyons is Talented. Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation that possesses special abilities; Talia can read the minds of others and manipulate their thoughts. Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, the Talented are taught to control their abilities under the protective eye of the government- to use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge.

Talia joins the Hunters, an elite group of government operatives, hoping to one day kill Ian Crane - the man who ordered the execution of her parents. Ever since she witnessed their brutal deaths, Talia has spent her life honing her abilities, determined to settle the score. But she still has a lot to learn before she can ease the pain inside. Talia turns to a boy who can mimic her Talents, a boy who truly understands her inner turmoil. But even he can’t help Talia, when she’s forced to choose between saving herself and avenging the lives of her parents.

Talented is an action-packed adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

My Thoughts:

Talented takes you into a post-nuclear disaster future where some people have developed "Talents" such as morphing, super intelligence, telepathy, telekinesis, etc. and the United States is split into the Agency and the Coalition (CA, NV, UT, AZ, CO, NM, TX). The Agency requires all children to be tested for Talents and is placed in the McDonough School For the Talented at age 5. The Coalition rebelled and seceded. Natalia Lyons is a teenage girl with advanced mind manipulation who is on the road to become a Hunter and hunt down the man who ordered the death of her parents, the leader of the Coalition, Ian Crane.

In Talented, you have some traditional elements of a YA book...aka the Love Triangle. However, I think that it was well executed and I attached myself to Talia and felt her feelings and her angst and confusion. The whole environment created by Davis is brilliant. Her characters are so complex. And let me tell you what...that. epilogue. was. KILLER! I HAVE to get my hands on Caged like yesterday. It was such an intense cliffhanger!

**Special shout out to We <3 YA Books! group and Sophie Davis for letting me get my hands on a copy to review**

Previous Review:
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa {here}

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Nail Files #30

The third nail polish I've tried from OPI Holland collection is Kiss Me on My Tulips :) This is my favorite of the three (Red Lights Ahead...Where? and I Have a Herring Problem) that I have tried - it's the prettiest magenta!

Some Pinspiration:

Source: google.com.au via Sarah on Pinterest

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Thursday, July 26, 2012



The Synopsis: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

We meant to see this the night we went for our dinner & a movie night. But we are old people and didn't want to stay out so late. We ended up going to a 5pm showing. If you love Family Guy, you'll love Ted. It's a lot of crude humor. It's Seth MacFarlane, people!! You really cannot go wrong when you put together a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis (not to mention Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, and Alex Borstein with Patrick Stewart narrating). That's just insane. It was so funny - there were parts where I was in tears because I was laughing so hard!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

We were going to go to the Knoxville Zoo while we were home, but the weather didn't want to agree with us. It rained the whole second week we were here, so on a whim we decided to go to the aquarium in Gatlinburg. The kids are always begging to see the fish in the pet area of Walmart, so I figured they would enjoy this. PLUS it has a huge tunnel you go through :) It's definitely one of my favorite places to go. Mimi came with us too! Afterwards, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for a late lunch.

Looking at the drifters

Possibly the most adorable part: Garden eels

Seeing a shark for the first time!

Cool little quote on the wall.

All the fishies!

I think this was Nick's favorite fish: Sawfish

It was in the tunnel and it was huge!

The sharks were all over the tunnel!

In the discovery part of the aquarium, you can go into the tanks and touch horseshoe crabs.

Pretty jellies.

Inside a shark bubble. This picture cracks me up. My husband is a giant kid :)

This shark looked like he would be fuzzy.

By the ray tank! When you go upstairs you can pet a ray, but they wouldn't come close enough :(

I was really disappointed with our service at Hard Rock. The food was great, but the service was awful. I only tipped 10% - our waitress was more concerned with her large party at the other table and she was the fakest friendly I have ever SEEN - it was really annoying. Mind you it wasn't busy and our waitress had 3 tables (including ours).

I tried a strawberry basil lemonade.

Playing around while we waited for our food.

The funniest propaganda poster ever!

My red, white, & blue burger - but without the blue! It's a burger with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and an onion ring. I got mine with jack cheese instead. It was really good. I loved their fries too.

Nick got the legendary 10 oz. burger with buffalo sauce and I want to say bacon?

Probably the coolest part of this particular Hard Rock Cafe is that they have the Rev's drums. RIP! Avenged Sevenfold is one of our favorite bands - shoot all of us kids in the family love them. This was just so cool to see his ACTUAL drums up there.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Random Recap of Our "Vacation"

So...now that we're back at "home" in New York...you gotta hear about all the stuff we did in Tenn.

  • We got to Knoxville on the 30th in the afternoon.
  • There was a stray dog that found her way to the house - we had her for about a week. She was beautiful and sweet.
  • We took the kids to see Brave with their Uncle Zack and Auntie Emma.
  • The power went out one night during dinner and stayed out for nearly 24 hours. Because of this, the desktop fried and the internet went out. The internet was out for a week. *dies*
  • We went to the East TN Discovery Center. It was a bit disappointing. :(
  • Nick and I had a date night: dinner and a movie, but we ended up just doing the dinner at Calhoun's.
  • We swam, played beer pong, played board games like Apples to Apples, The Game of Things, and Boxers or Briefs, watched Game of Thrones, Kevin Hart specials, and SNL, and brewed some beer.
  • We went to the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies with Mimi and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe. [post to come]
  • On the way home from the aquarium, Nick's car's check engine light came on. He found out he had a sensor that had gone out.  He ordered the part and we figured we'd leave a day later. We usually leave early so we have time to settle in home before Nick has to sign back in. But apparently Pep Boys sucks donkey balls and didn't ACTUALLY ORDER THE EFFIN' PART. So Nick had to call his 1SGT and get his leave extended.
  • We went out in ritzy West Knoxville and made our first purchase at Hollister (I got a $7 shirt and $9 skirt!) and of course...made a stop at Godiva because we ALWAYS get Godiva at West Town Mall.
  • The night before Nick's car part got in (ordered it from Advanced this time), his brother and him put a tranny cooler on. 
  • Nick went to go pick up his part and IT WASN'T IN. RAGE CAGE! Gahhhhh. They said it could be in the same day (Tues), but it was slotted for Weds.
  • We finally (bittersweet) left on Wednesday the 18th and arrived on Thursday.

And now...PICTURES!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Nail Files #29

I was a little hesitant for this color in the OPI Holland Collection, but I was actually surprised at how much I loved the color. It's not really blue until you are up on it. It looks like this pretty shimmery grey. It's called I Have a Herring Problem.

Some Pinspiration:
I wish I would've remembered these for 4th of July. I really need a dotting tool.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Love this glitter!

Source: holographic-hussy.com via Sarah on Pinterest

Melissa is having a giveaway - I've tried this brand of nail polish and I completely 100% adore it!

Source: adayinthelifeofamomandawife.blogspot.com via Sarah on Pinterest