Friday, April 18, 2014

Birthday Book Club!!

Today is a special Book Club Friday!  Not only is it (obviously) Good Friday, but it's also my birthday!  My 29th birthday.  Again...  

Oh, and it's Skeeter's NICU homecoming anniversary!  SO much to celebrate today.

So to celebrate, let's all link up!

To link up, all you have to do is grab the button (above) and link up (below)!

You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:

Here's the synopsis:
This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it


Here are my thoughts:
Oh. My. Gosh.  If you've read the Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover, you MUST read Finding Cinderella.  I absolutely love when authors write stories from different points of view, but I think this one is my favorite.

Since it's a novella, it's a super quick read and totally worth the time spent on it.

What are you currently reading??

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Humpday Confessions.

It's time for Humpday Confessions with Kathy.  It's my first time linking up and I'm excited. we go!

...Monday morning, my iPhone alarm went off as usual, telling me it was time to wake up.  I still don't know what button I pressed, but it turned my music on...very loudly.  It also chose my Workout Playlist, so Mr. BUB was awaken to the soothing tunes of Marshall Mathers.  (I'd be sorry, but I can't run unless Eminem is yelling at me.)

...The BUB family grew by four a couple weeks ago.  As in, baby birds.  They hatched in a tree in our front yard, so we had a blast watching them.  But this is the real confession: Sunday afternoon I walked outside and realized they were gone.  I panicked and was sure something had eaten them...but apparently they were just out learning to fly.  You know, like birds do.  

...The baby birds actually left the nest yesterday, so I had to explain to Skeeter than when they grow up, they have to go bye bye.  But human babies never leave their mothers.  Never ever ever.  

...Speaking of Skeeter, we've been debating lately over the strawberries in my garden and when they should be picked.  My stance?  The obvious, they're ready when they're red.  Skeeter's?  Green.  Always green.  So she picked a green strawberry and I finally encouraged her to take a bite so she'd realize they don't taste good until they're red.  So she did.  Her response?  "YUM!  Yum yum yum."  And she ate the whole thing.

...Also, I just googled "parenting fail gif" to add to that little anecdote and got WAY more than I bargained for.  WAY more.  And I'm officially declaring my moment totally not a parenting fail.  Holy crap, there are some seriously fail-tastic parents out there.

...I'm officially throwing my support behind Jake Worthington on The Voice.  That country kid's singing voice can make a almost thirty year old girl swoon.  And he was so cute talking about his girlfriend on this week's episode.  Who else is watching?

...Speaking of swooning, have you seen this?  ...and I'll just have all your babies, JJ.  I mean um...oh hi, Mr. BUB.  ...this just got awkward.

What are your humpday confessions?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Choosing a Daycare

I never anticipated how stressful it would be for me to choose a daycare for my daughter.  Obviously, no one can care for my baby like I can, so I worried whether she'd receive as much attention as I would give her.  Since Skeeter came home from the NICU, I was very concerned about her receiving feedings right on schedule so she'd continue to gain weight and grow.  And of course, I wanted the people caring for her to love her like I do.

>>>Continue reading on Houston Moms Blog here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Club!!

Today is Book Club Friday!

To link up, all you have to do is grab the button (above) and link up (below)!

You can write about any book you want.

This week I'm sharing:

Here is the synopsis:
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


Here are my thoughts:
Myra reviewed this book on my blog a couple weeks ago and now it's my turn!

Okay, so this may sound confusing but here it is:  I loved this book.  But it was lower on the love scale.  I think the issue is that I loved Colleen Hoover's other books SO much that the bar is just set really high.  Maybe Someday is definitely still a must read, I just wasn't as blown away as I was with some of her other books.

What are you currently reading?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Picking Strawberries

I planted strawberry plants in my vegetable garden, so Skeeter has gotten to pick two strawberries at home.  She asks over and over again to pick more strawberries and I just don't have enough to pick yet.  So last Saturday we loaded up and drove to Froberg's Farm to pick strawberries.

She loved picking strawberries...

She was also pretty much over it after ten minutes.  Life with a two year old.

Oops!  You're not supposed to eat before you pay.  But we paid for that one!
In the end, we went home with two and a half pounds of strawberries, a couple fried pies, and dried apple rings.  The farmers market there was amazing!

So naturally, we spent the weekend cooking to use up all those delicious berries...

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins- Recipe here.

Strawberry Fudge Pie- Recipe here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party: The Girl

This is the final post for Skeeter's birthday party.  I seriously have a million pictures I could share, but I hate posting pictures of other peoples' kids, so I'm just sharing a few...

We are so blessed to have so many friends and family that came to celebrate Skeeter's birthday with us.  She had a blast and is still talking about all of her friends that came to town.

Of course I edited her name off of her shirt.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party: The Cakes

My favorite decor item from Skeeter's birthday party- hands down- was the cake.  I told the baker that I wanted a light pink Minnie Mouse cake and gave her creative liberty.  It came back PERFECT.

I hate that I have to edit the picture to hide her name, but you can get the overall design idea...

Skeeter was more excited about cupcakes than anything.  She actually sang herself Happy Birthday and ended it with "Happy Party Cupcake Day".  So cupcakes were priority.  And they couldn't have turned cuter!

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