Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February in Review

I really enjoyed the little wrap up I did in January, so I really want to continue to do those little reviews :)

In February:

1) I made ONE personal post. Ouch. Gotta change that next month. That post was about my daughter turning 4 {here}

2) I participated in a Valentine's Day Swap - so much fun! I can't wait for more swaps.

3) I did more nail painting: Nail Files Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8

4) I started shredding and have a group of bloggers/sweet ladies who give me constant motivation. Click here to see my 30 Day Shred journey so far.

5) I posted another informative "If You Want To Be My BFF" post. {here}

6) I participated in my first readathon: Wicked Winter Readathon. It was so much fun and I made a couple new friends and found a few more book blogs to follow.

7) I started a new meme: Top Ten Tuesday. It's hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's fun :) I got abducted by aliens in my first one! Wee!

7) As far as reading goes, I was on fire this month! I finished 8 books (same as last month), but hopefully will be finishing another today and adding the review tomorrow.
Here's what I reviewed:
  • Fudge Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke {here}
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher {here}
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick {here}
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick {here}
  • Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick {here}
  • Fracture by Megan Miranda {here}
  • Sugar Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke {here}
  • Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison {here}

February seemed to fly by! I hope March does too. I'm ready for warm weather :)

Now to sum up my progress on "resolutions":

  • Eat more fruit - still not making much progress here. I really need to turn this around!
  • Drink more water - Last month it was 16 oz a day. This month it's between 16 oz and 32 oz every day. I've definitely done way better here and I will be shooting for a steady 32 oz each day and up to 40 oz for March.
  • Exercise 5x a week - I started shredding on the 20th. I'm taking Sundays off.
  • Get organized - Getting there...
  • Stay on schedule (I'm hoping to manage my time better) - I slacked a bit this month.
  • Read A LOT - I think I can still do better!
  • Keep track of finances and save lots of money - I did the same thing as last month, started off strong and then fell off :/ Let's improve this in March.
  • I want to blog more - regular blog stuff. Just talking about whatever. Less fluff. - I need to talk more about me! Ack.
  • Book blog more - I actually am transitioning to where my blog is at least 1/3 books. I think that will make me happy. - I accomplished this again this month and will be crossing this off my list!
  • **new** Start doing crafts with the kids. Like Wednesday is craft day or something.
  • **new** Start family traditions: Family Movie Night and Family Game Night. We did movie night last Sunday and we'll be doing game night this Friday. :)

Hope you all had a wonderful February! :) I'm so stoked it's finally March! C'mon Spring!

P.S. My food blog is open for sponsors - since there hasn't been much interest, it'll be for the beg. of April. If you are interested in sponsoring, stop by and let me know! :) Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday #2

 

Today's theme is Top Ten Books I'd Give a Theme Song

This one was a bit difficult for me because the books that are fresh in my mind aren't very many books at all. So I did what I could with what I have:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Al the Killer by Coheed & Cambria - it's the first song that came on my mp3 player and the first book that popped into my head was Divergent.
Seal the lips of your voice with haste
And cower at the sounds as they make their way
Surprise speed and malice
The opposing break the surface hold ready


Matched by Ally Condie
Tourniquet by Evanescence - I really love Evanescence and they are a perfect fit for a lot of YA books.


Crossed by Ally Condie
To the End by My Chemical Romance - this seemed fitting for the second installment.


Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold - had to have some A7X in here somewhere :)


Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Uprising by Muse - time to fight back!


Fracture by Megan Miranda
Numb by Linkin Park - I could just see this playing in the montage of them pulling her out of the ice!


Dark Lover by JR Ward
Scream by Avenged Sevenfold - had to have another A7X song in there and when Scream came on, I immediately thought of Wrath and Beth :)


A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Before I'm Dead by Kidney Thieves - this was in Queen of the Damned and I thought about it a bit when I read the book.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Camisado by P!ATD - I'm not sure why, but I thought this would fit Hannah's personality and almost the sense of revenge she got.


HP & the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park - Linkin is good for movie too. This was in Twilight, I think. And that is probably going to piss off a lot of HP fans that hate on Twilight...but I think it is perfect for the last installment of Harry Potter.