Resolutions Schmesolutions…

Every new year gives us the open invitation to begin again. Usually, we start something new and then by mid-February we’ve lost that motivated push and we go back to how we’ve lived every year before. But, I like trendy things usually so I’m jumping on the new year resolution wagon once again but doing things a bit different. Tangible goals. So I suppose sharing them with you here will make them more solid and will hold me accountable!

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1. Read more books!
Time to put down the electronics now and then. Flying home for Xmas I bought a book and I’m really into it. Almost forgot how much I loved reading. I want to attempt to read a book in German too. That may be a bit difficult but worth a shot!

2. Eat better and count calories!
Wedding time is just around the corner and I want to feel and look my best for the big day. But besides that, I think its just time to start paying attention more to what I’m eating. I want to change my eating habits so they stick! So counting calories has been helping with that. I write everything down and have been trying to drink 9 cups of water a day. Tough, but so far so good!

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3. Live in the “Now”!
Big things are happening this year and I just need to have a healthy balance of looking forward to things and living in the moment. I have a bad habit of looking forward and not coming back! I focus on what is to come instead of making each minute count until I get to that point in the future. So, My goal this year is to live it up, in the here and now!

4. SAVE!SAVE!SAVE!
As I mentioned above, big things are happening this year (you’ll hear about it later :-)) and I really need to get a better savings plan in place for us. Doesn’t hurt to save the pennies. Last year I started a wedding fund and it was basically all loose change goes into the jar. That will be used to buy decorations or whatever for the wedding. Besides all that, I just want a good chunk of money saved in the bank in case anything ever happened or for that rainy day when we need a vacation!

Wish me luck! Starting with these 4 and really hope to turn them into good habits that never go away!

What are you resolutions this year? We are 13 days in, are you still going strong? Have any motivational tips to share? Write them in the comments below!

Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxoxo

For The Bookies – Pin Challenge – Day #11

Great little find on Pinterest for those of you who are big readers! I’m limited to whatever the German book stores place in their tiny minimal “International Books” section but when I get back to America, I will be purchasing as many books as possible! I want to be like Belle in Beauty and The Beast with her 2 story library in her house. Know what I mean??

 

This cool new website allows you to put in a book you like and it will suggest something you may like as well! I searched by Author and picked a specific book I enjoyed. It then listed for me similar books to read of the same genre and like authors. SO, take a peak! I think you’ll like it!

Pinterest find is here and the link is www.whatshouldIreadnext.com


What Should I Read Next?

Here are the results for
Mr. Maybe
by Jane Green:

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Laura Wolf – The Diary of a Mad Bride
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Gemma Townley – Learning Curves: A Novel of Sex, Suits, and Business Affairs
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Laura Wolf – Diary of a Mad Mom-to-Be
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Kim Izzo – The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum
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Carmen Reid – Three in a Bed
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Adele Parks – Game Over
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Anna Maxted – Being Committed
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Gervase Phinn – Head Over Heels in the Dales
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Anna Maxted – Running in Heels
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Lynda Curnyn – Engaging Men (Red Dress Ink S.)
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Mike Gayle – His ‘n’ Hers
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Marian Keyes – Angels: A Novel
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Megan Crane – Names My Sisters Call Me
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Rebecca Shaw – A Village Dilemma
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Cara Lockwood – I Do (But I Don’t)
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Mia King – Sweet Life
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Kirsten Lobe – Paris Hangover
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Erica James – Act of Faith
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Adele Parks – Larger Than Life
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Meg et al Cabot – Girl’s Night Out
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Laurie Notaro – We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive
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Libby Schmais – The Perfect Elizabeth: A Tale of Two Sisters
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Liane Moriarty – Three Wishes
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Jen Weiner, Meg Cabot, Sophie Kinsella – Girls Night in (Red Dress Ink Novels)
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Carole Matthews – For Better, for Worse
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Mike Gayle – Dinner for Two
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Louise Bagshawe – The Movie
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Suzanne Enoch – Flirting with Danger
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Laurie Notaro – I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl
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Mia King – Good Things
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Cara Lockwood – I Did (But I Wouldn’t Now)
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Cara Lockwood – Dixieland Sushi
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Melissa Senate – See Jane Date
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Erica James – Time for a Change
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Anna Maxted – Getting Over It
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Erica James – A Breath of Fresh Air
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Naomi Ragen – The Saturday Wife
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Marian Keyes – Cracks in My Foundation: Bags, Trips, Make-Up Tips, Charity, Glory, and the Darker Side of the Story, Essays and Stories
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Erica James – A Sense of Belonging
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Tia Williams – The Accidental Diva
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Liz Ireland – The Pink Ghetto
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Carole Matthews – The Sweetest Taboo
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Melissa Senate – The Breakup Club (Red Dress Ink)
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Beth Harbison – Shoe Addicts Anonymous
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Liza Palmer – Seeing Me Naked
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Beth Harbison – Secrets of a Shoe Addict
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Until next time, Readers!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

The Greatest Things To Come Out Of My Childhood

So obviously my childhood was more colorful and amazing than anyone else, therefore in keeping with the theme of this blog, I’m going to continuing to bask in my own awesomeness and blog about myself and what I loved growing up!

Just joshin ya! I thought it would be good to run down memory lane with you all due to two things:

1. The end of the world is/is not happening in December of this year

2. The internet where all our memories can be found is about to be seized from our hands, thanks a lot SOPA and PIPA!  (Learn about it here and do something about it here.)

I was born in 1984, you do the math, so I’m a mixture of the late 80’s and early 90’s baby.

BOOKS: Oh, the places we could go in books. I would imagine all sorts of things. In fact, I guess I miss mostly my imagination! Frog and Toad were amazing. And I definitely thought that frogs could be friends and wear sweaters in real life.  In Madeline, I was super freaked out by the hole in her stomach…and that nun was just strange looking. I became a big fan of Anne Frank after I went to Amsterdam and saw the annex at around the same age she was when she was found (12 or so.) Blueberries for Sal was my ultimate favorite. I can’t remember how many times I’ve read that! Cloudy with a chance of meatballs…dammit! I’ve been waiting for the freaking pancakes to fall!!! 

Frog and Toad (series), by Arnold Lobel

Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans

Diary of Anne Frank, by Anne Frank

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs  by Judi Barrett

Blueberries for Sal by By Robert McCloskey

TV/MOVIES: I definitely think now that TV isn’t what it was. Nothing good is on and the kids are learning crap! Hence why they brought back the 90’s shows on Nick at Nite, is it? I’m not in the US so I wouldn’t know but if I had kids and I lived in the US I would force my children to watch ALL of those shows. ALL OF THEM. 

The Worst Witch (1986) – I thought this was the GREATEST 80’s Halloween special ever and the graphics…WOWSER!

The Raisins (Claymation) – just no words for how awesome. Dancing vegetables and fruits? GENIUS! 

Garfield’s Nine Lives – This movie was crazy. I loved it and must have watched it a million times. 

Faerie Tale Theater – OMG…LOVED these!!!!!! Especially The Dancing Princesses. I wanted to be them so badly…and wear their fluffy costumes. *sigh*

PC GAMES: I’m going to go ahead and date myself here but I remember when Internet didn’t even exist…I’m feeling old. Keep in mind the graphics back in my time were the cream of the crop! Now it’s just unreal! Looking at them now it actually makes me sick to look at…literally, have a headache. I can’t even put up the videos of these because I’m just not that mean. I wouldn’t make you go through that…

The Sims – not going to lie, I’m still obsessed with these games!

Theme Park

Theme Hospital

Sam and Max

Populous

Mixed-Up Fairytales

TOYS/OTHER:

Scented Crayons – the best ever was the light blue one called “Fresh Air”….this was MAGICAL. I wish I had these again…seriously. Mom? Dad? Can I get these for my bday??  These crayons were a dream come true, I remember being on the bus and smelling them over and over again. Scents like: Baby Powder, Lumber, New Car, Leather Jacket, Blueberry, Lilac, Pine, Tulip, Smoke, Dirt, Chocolate, Jelly Bean, Banana, and more! And then….parents complained because their kids are IDIOTS and started eating them! UM…I think Crayola should have called social services rather than discontinuing the “food flavored” ones!

Holiday Barbies from 1990 and 1991 – There was no feeling in the world that compared to the joy I felt holding these barbies in my hand. For the majority of my young life I was pretty sure my wedding dress was going to resemble the fluffy pink one. Hmm…I think I just may go through with it!

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Annoying the HELL out of my brother – I was amazing at this and this would sum up my entire childhood experience just by these memories. I would play legos, poke at  and overfeed his already enormous goldfish named Harvey, and constantly try to make him punch me. If he did, I would scream, mom would yell, and I would win the game! (Love you Steve-o!)

Talk Back Dear Diary – I LOVED this diary. It was wlectronic and let you write an entry up to 20 words lol. All of mine said was, ” I LOVE *****” (You didn’t really think I would tell you who my crush was growing up now did you?)

I would LOVE to hear what you remember from your childhood or maybe we shared the same things?

Until next time, Readers!!! xoxoxoxoxo