• Online Parenting VS Real Life Parenting

    Online VS Real Life

     

    There seems to be a growing number of moms using social media these days. We use FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Instagram and so many other platforms to keep in touch with family and friends. As moms, we love to show off pictures of our kids (when they are cute and behaving correctly; nobody is showing off pictures of their kids throwing tantrums in the middle of the grocery store). We want to show off that perfect dinner that we got on the table, on time. Lets face it, online we are all perfect moms. But what about real life?

    Maybe I am alone here, but my online face is no where near my real life face. There are filters to help everything look just a little bit better. That dinner that was so perfectly on the table, well the picture that is missing is the one from the night before, where dinner was forgotten in the oven and burnt to a crisp. Thank goodness for take out pizza. The backgrounds might be picked up in the picture, I can assure you there is a mess just outside of the view finder. While in the picture my girls are smiling, clean and dressed; the moment that the photo is snapped, the clothes are ripped off, they are back to screaming at each other, and some how they are now sticky. How do they manage to get dirty so fast?

    Now don’t get me wrong, we are a happy, busy family and my online face certainly shows that. It just doesn’t show everything else going on.

    So while we have moments, of being picture perfect; they are just that- moments. What about you guys? Does your online face show the real family or they also just moments of being picture perfect.

  • Going Off Script- Giuliana Rancic

    Going Off Script

    From The Back Of The Book

    “A witty, warm, and inspiring memoir from the E News! host, Fashion Police panelist, red-carpet correspondent, author, and reality show star Giuliana Rancic.

    Giuliana Rancic is best known for interviewing A-listers on the red carpet and E! News, skewering their shocking style choices on Fashion Police, and giving viewers a front row seat to her marriage and family life on her reality show, Giuliana & Bill. What fans may not know is that she learned English from Eddie Murphy, got her American citizenship so she could be a beauty queen, and used to have a bad habit of stealing cars for fun.

    Giuliana bares this and so much more in her hilarious, warm, and inspiring memoir, Going Off Script. From a young age she dreamed of being a TV anchorwoman but, because of her inclination toward mischief and away from schoolwork, her path to her dream job was far from straight. After a fateful (and mortifying) encounter with the late Senator Ted Kennedy, she learned that Hollywood news was where she belonged. Thankfully for readers, this epiphany led her to a bounty of LA misadventures (featuring notables such as Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Russell Crowe) and an entertaining behind-the-scenes perspective on what our favorite celebrities are really like.

    In spite of her glamorous Hollywood life, however, Giuliana could not escape some rockier times, including her battles with infertility and breast cancer. Here, for the first time, she reveals the whole truth behind her well-publicized struggles, and the highly controversial decisions she had to make. And, of course, at the heart of it all are the two loves of her life who keep her strong through everything, her husband Bill and her son, Duke.

    Candid, funny, and poignant, Going Off Script is an autobiography that proves you don’t always have to follow the rules to get the life you’ve always dreamed of.”

    I LOVED this book. It was a nice break from all the fiction and romance that I have been reading lately. If you have never heard of Giuliana Rancic then you have lived under a rock for over a decade. She has lived on TV E! doing the job that everyone wants: interviewing amazing celebs and co-hosting Fashion Police. She also had her own reality show. She is someone that everyone needs to know. (Side note to myself- the next time that my daughters have to write a bio on someone, I need to make them do it on her)

    Lets be honest for a moment, we all secretly hate celebs. They always look amazing, they always bounce right back after any trauma, their lives have this air where nothing can get them down. They are not “real” people, they never have a bad hair day, they never get bad news, the troubles that plague most of us seem to miss them. And we love and hate the celebs for this persona.

    In Giuliana’s book, her memoirs, she shows us what went on backstage. While her reality show showed us a more real version of her life; it still had a smile through it all. Her book is a no hold back look at what that all was really like. It shows the fight she had to get to where she was, it shows the fear of scoliosis, the heartbreak of infertility, and the real life recover of breast cancer. A must read for anyone!!!!

    Do you like to read memoirs?  Do the lives of celebrities intrigue you? Do you want to read books about their lives, or is it a waste of time?

  • Hello My Love

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    From Back of Book

    “Beyond broad shoulders and heaving bosoms. This thoughtful woman’s romance novel explores the inner life (thoughts, hopes, and doubts) of a couple as they contend with the realities of compelling relationships.

    A modern-day pastiche of Jane Austen novels. Elise is a bright, beautiful law student, focused on a career and distrustful of men. She butts heads with Greg at her parents’ dinner parties. Dark, good-looking, internet-business owner, he finds Elise intriguing, so unlike the dark-haired seductive beauties he used to escort around.

    Specter of revenge. Unable to deny their attraction for each other, they spend an unexpected night together two days before he is to wed someone else. Lori, the jilted fiancée, exacts revenge, tearing Greg and Elise apart and forcing them to face who they are and what they really want.

    An accident. Older and wiser, Greg and Else reunite two years later. He is in for a surprise. Later, their lives are thrown again into disarray when Elise becomes the victim of a hit-and-run. Is Lori back to haunt them again?

    A delicious romance with a literary slant, spiced with a twist of whodunit.”

    This was a quick fun read that I was really looking forward to loving. The characters are wonderful. The writer does a great job letting us into each of the main characters minds, and lets us know what they are thinking. You get to know each of them inside and out. They both are relatable, and real. There is no “we locked eyes and fell in love” type.

    However, with that said, I had a hard time following this book. The author’s timeline jumps around a lot. It goes from present day, back to the past to tell some back story from one perspective. Then rolls the timeline all the back to present. Then would jump back to the past, so you could get the back story from the other perspective. Then it would jump into the future, missing a big chunk of time.

    ***BIG SPOILER ALERT***

    The main character ends up pregnant, but as we near the end of her pregnancy, the story jumps two years into the future. We miss the birth, we miss her moving out of her parents house, we miss her graduating, and getting the job she had her eyes on. I would have liked to have those moments in the story.

    In fact I had to back read to figure out what was going on. Maybe I just needed a more straightforward story, chasing after three kids makes reading hard. But it felt a bit disjointed.

    *** END OF SPOILER***

    Even with the timeline issues, I enjoyed the story. Would it be one that I tell my girlfriends they NEED to read? Probably not. But if someone was going on a end of summer vaca and needed something for the beach, sure it would be acceptable for that.

    Does it bother you when an author jumps around on the timeline? Do you like it when they go back in time so you get some more back story? What type of beach romance do you like to read?

  • Martian Girl #2

    Aoleon The Martian Girl PART 2

    From the Back of the Book:

    “Gilbert never knew that school could be so dangerous! Determined to accompany his new friend, Aoleon, wherever she goes, Gilbert soon finds himself back in school – at the Martian Space Academy.  There he’s introduced to Martian society, hears a history lesson on the Draconian and Andromedan races, and even gets invited to a psiball match.  But Gilbert soon finds out it’s not all fun and games.  Not only is Aoleon’s arch nemesis, Charm Lepton, determined to make sure that Aoleon doesn’t make it through the psiball game, but Gilbert also comes under attack when a mysterious force attempts to control him. Do our two heroes have what it takes to survive?  Find out in this exciting middle-grade science fiction adventure that’s sure to please young readers!”

    Meet the Author

    Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

    Connect with Brent:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl

    My Review

    If you have not read my thoughts on the first book yet, go here to check it out. As you can see we had some mixed feelings about it. While it was not a 100% hit for my girls, they were still happy to get started on book number #2. Let me say that we are so glad that we did. Number 2 was a much better book for us. My girls were way more interested in the story line of this book.

    Maybe it had to do with the fact that they were just starting a new year of school and so was the main character, Gilbert, of the story was too. One big difference, he was going to martian school. The girls were so interested in all the differences between Earth schools and Aoleon’s school.

    It has a dash of Harry Potter: with a new sport to learn, and someone trying to control Gilbert.

    All three of my girls really enjoyed this one. I think that it was a little over the head of my youngest, were she was not completely following and enjoying the story line. However, the illustrations were amazing, she fully enjoyed exploring each one.

    Overall, a great book and they are very much looking forward to book #3.

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