Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer is Hard (But it's Almost Over!)

When I was a kid summer was all about hanging out with my Mom and brothers, going to the pool, and riding through my neighborhood on my bike.  The days were carefree and long.  I wasn't a fan of when August rolled around and I had to start collecting school supplies and get ready for school.

Now that I work in the hotel industry, I'm happy for summer to be over in a week and a half.  The shifts have been hard.  The guests have been challenging.  We're all ready for the kids to go back to school, the vacations to end, and for everything to go back to normal.

I had the day off today so my Dad took me to the beach house that he and my Mother own.  They live in a cute little townhouse complex and today was the official opening day of the pool and so we went to check it out.


I had so much fun.  The weather was wonderful and everyone was so nice and there was picnic food. I waited in line for us and got chicken for my Dad and a hotdog and chips for myself.  We may or may not have partook in a few beers as well. Haha!



There was even an older gentleman playing the steel drum along to all of his favorite songs as entertainment.  My Dad and I picked out two beach chairs right by his music so that we could listen as we soaked up the sun.  When I closed my eyes I felt like I was on a tropical island.


We're driving back to Pennsylvania tomorrow so that I can go back to work.  I'm very grateful for this time that I got to spend relaxing with my Dad.  I just have to keep reminding myself that summer is almost over!

Take care,
Marian

Friday, August 26, 2016

Books for your Coffee Table


I can't wait to have my own apartment someday and get to decorate it with pretty things. But more importantly, I can't wait to get to decorate it with literary things.  We all know my book shelf is full to bursting at all times.  But that's mostly with fiction/journals.  I was looking online the other day and found a few awesome books that would be cool on a coffee table.






Do we see a theme here?  I seem to have a fondness for eye catching art and pretty things.  I also added the agenda to the end of the list, because why not?  You never know when you'll need to look at a calendar to double check a date.  I know that's what we have smart phone for, but this option just seemed so much prettier. lol

Take care,
Marian

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review of Boomerang

Boomerang (by Noelle August) starts off with a very intriguing premise.  Mia wakes up after a one night stand to find herself in a very hot guy's apartment.  His name is Ethan and they apparently slept together.  Oops!  The two of them hurry to find their clothes so that they can get to their respective jobs and wind up sharing a taxi.

The only problem is that they find out they are both starting work as interns at Boomerang, an online dating site.  Their boss doesn't have too many rules but one is that coworkers can't date.  The other is that Mia and Ethan must compete against each other.  At the end of the summer, there's only one position available.  And that means that only 1 intern can work full-time at Boomerang.

It is very rare for me to like the male and female leads in a romance story so much right off the bat but I loved both Mia and Ethan.  I think this is because as characters, neither of them really had any flaws.  Or at least I didn't see any.  Their main conflict is that they've been together (haha) and they want to keep being together but work doesn't allow for it.  This leads to some very frustrating but interesting experiences for both of them. haha

One of the funniest parts to me was that Mia and Adam's boss made them try out Boomerang, so that they would both have experience with the app and knowing how it works.  As someone who has given internet dating a try (I met my current boy on Bumble, and he was the first good date I had in about 6 months!) let's just say that their experiences were pretty realistic.

Anyway, here are some other reasons why you should read Boomerang:

  1. The internet dating aspect is pretty interesting and I liked learning about Adam Blackwood's unique business.
  2. Noelle August is the pen name of two women, which means this book was written by two authors.  I generally like books that are written by two authors.  They seem more refined.
  3. The chemistry between Mia and Ethan is hot!  You know how it goes.  Whenever two people can't be together, it's always funny/adorable to watch them struggle with not being with each other. haha!
Take care,
Marian

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dialogue Prompt #12


While I love birthday cake (and birthday cake ice cream), I will choose cookies every time.  Which would you choose?

Take care,
Marian

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review of The Consequence of Seduction

This is my first time reading a book by Rachel Van Dyken and it certainly won't be my last! I loved this romantic comedy about an actor who must seduce his publicist for good publicity from start to finish.

Reid (an actor) and Jordan (a publicist) first meet in a bar, where Reid tries to pick up Jordan.  The only catch is that Jordan is so used to being "invisible" to men that she assumes Reid is gay.  Oops!  Despite his claims, she doesn't believe him and leaves the bar alone.  Imagine her surprise when Jordan is running late to a meeting with her new client the next day and finds out that her new client is Reid.

The Consequence of Seduction is filled with everything that I love. A relatable heroine (Jordan).  I related a lot to her past, although thank god my yearbook wasn't emitted from our high school yearbook.  Haha.  This book also had a hot and funny hero (Reid). Not to mention the goofy yet endearing side characters (like Max). The writing was just really funny and I found myself devouring this book.

I didn't want the book to end because every scene made me smile. If you like books about forbidden romance, I think you'll enjoy this story of an upcoming actor who must seduce his publicist for the sake of his career.

Have you read any of Rachel Van Dyken's other books?  Have any suggestions of what I should read next?  Let me know in the comments.

Take care,
Marian

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Some Stationery for End of Summer

I've been having more orders in my etsy shop lately and so I've been looking for cute ways to package my zines and other crafts.  I love collecting cute and unique stationery to mail my products in.  One of my favorite places to look is the dollar bins at Target and Michael's.

But I also like to look online!  Here are some goods that I've been coveting lately.











One of my favorite parts of buying products and handmade goods from etsy is the packaging.  I love using cool stationery, papers, and envelopes to package my goods.  Do you have an etsy shop?  How do you like to package your product?

Take care,
Marian

Book Review of Consider Lily


*My book reviews normally consist of 5 bullet points but I've decided to just put together a couple of paragraphs on Consider Lily!

Consider Lily is a Christian Chick Lit novel by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt.  The story focuses on Lily Traywick, a mid twenties young woman who is just trying to figure it all out.  Her parents are the owners of Traywick's, the finest department store in San Francisco.  Lily is thankful to have a job, working in the kid's section of Traywick's, but she also wants to become more independent and live her own life.  That's where one of her best friends Regan comes in!

With Regan (the fashionista's) help, Lily starts dressing for success and working on building up her confidence.  She starts dating and moves out of her parent's house and has quite a few blunders in the dating (as well as the fashion world).  All the while, Lily is documenting all her adventures on her anonymous blog.

Just like in Harriet the Spy where Harriet's friends find her notebooks and read all of the nasty things she said about them, the people in Lily's life find out about her secret blog. Unfortunately, an article in the newspaper outs her to EVERYONE in her life, and I mean everyone.  It's an unfortunate situation but I thought the ways she went about making amends was realistic.

I liked the plot of this book and even though it is a Christian novel, the themes weren't overly preachy.  The members of Lily's Christian Singles Group are really funny and I'm glad that the book recognized that Christians and Non-Christians can still hang out together and be friends.  If you like chick lit novels, I would recommend this one to you.  I'm planning on lending my copy to my best friend, Emily!

Take care,
Marian
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