Liebster Award

 

 

LiebsterI was nominated for the Liebster Award by Violet Elm and am so honored!  I just started blogging, so it’s so exciting to me that my blog is recognized by others.  Thank you times a billion!  I loved reading your answers & I also love the name of your blog, especially knowing that your initials are ELM.  The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Write 11 random facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions which were asked by the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 5-11 and let them know that you’ve nominated them
  • Finally, provide them with 11 questions to answer

11 Facts About Me

  1. I love coloring! Melissa got me into it, and Jen bought me a Color Me Calm coloring book for my birthday last year.  It’s seriously so relaxing & therapeutic.
  2. My go to nail polish is Lincoln Park After Dark – OPI.  It’s just a classic.
  3. I know every single line in the movie Mean Girls.
  4.  Fall is my favorite season.  I love everything about it – chunky sweaters, riding boots, chicken noodle soup, Halloween….I could go on forever, so I’ll stop.
  5. My current story that I am working on (which no one really knows about, except for Mel) is set in a fictional town called Briarstone.  It involves twins, and it’s a mystery.  That’s all I’m telling! 😛
  6.  Me and my mom have the same middle name, Christine.  When I have a daughter I plan on keeping that tradition going.
  7.  I have an alcohol allergy.  (I don’t know if this is actually true.)  But ask anyone – the second I start drinking a Martini, my face instantly becomes flushed and my chest breaks out in hives.
  8.  Speaking of Martini’s, my favorite restaurant is Venetian Moon.  I love everything about it.
  9.  I live in sundresses in the Summer.
  10.  I literally could not survive without coffee in the morning.
  11.  I am very sensitive.  I’m an emotional person, and I have a lot of compassion for others.

 

Here are my 11 questions to you…

What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?

Read or shop.  Wander aimlessly around Target buying a bunch of stuff I don’t need.  Browsing Barnes & Noble for new books.  Being with my family or friends.  Just hanging out.  Watching Law & Order SVU.

 

What is your favourite book?

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald.  I could go on forever, so I’ll just leave it at that.

 

What is most important to you – love or money?

Love!!! Of course.  Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not one of those people that are like, “Money can’t buy happiness” blah blah blah.  No, money cannot buy happiness, but it sure helps.  But I will always choose love.  Without love, what do we really have?

Where is your favourite place to spend vacation?

My favorite vacations so far have been in Nashville and Punta Cana.  So I’m going to say anywhere in the south where I can listen to live country music and frolic around in cowboy boots, or on an exotic island where I can lay pool or beach side, under a palm tree, drinking fruity drinks.

What is your dream job?

Author.  If I could focus all of my energy on writing, that would be so amazing.

Have you ever met a celebrity?

I’ve met lots of celebrities, actually.  Meeting Britney Spears was my favorite, obviously.  I was only 10, and it was at the Kiss 108 Concert.  She wasn’t big yet – Baby One More Time had just come out.  I got to take a picture with her.  I remember I didn’t get to be in the first group picture, so I was upset.  My mom called out after her.  “Britney, can we please get one more picture?” And she was so sweet, she was like, “Sure!” I met Destiny’s Child at the Square One Mall (also, super young), so this was before Beyonce was big.  One time in Boston I saw Frankie Muniz on the street and Melissa literally screamed Frankie Muniz at the top of her lungs.  I was also with Jacqui & Janel and Janel took a picture with him!

Would you rather watch TV or listen to music?

Can I choose reading?

What was the best gift you ever received?

My Kate Spade bag from Greta.  My necklace from Saully.  I like cards, I’m weird.  I save them all.  So any sentimental cards I’ve received, those are my favorite.

Who has influenced you most in life?

My mom.  She’s just amazing all around.  I have never met anyone as selfless as her.  She is so genuine and caring.  She is an inspiration.  I love my mom.

If you were on a desert island, what 3 things would you love to have with you?

Hmmm….well, I don’t know if I’m allowed to pick a person in this situation, but I would definitely bring Saul because I’d go crazy being alone.  I would also want a book, and a hammock.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I guess writing?  It’s not so hidden anymore, though.

 

My Nominees are:

Sparkle with Kerry

Tea in Wonderland

Life. Love. Lindsey.

Emily’s Adventures

Mundane Glamour

Here are my 11 Questions:

  1. What is the last song you listened to?
  2. Do you have any tattoos or piercings? What are they?
  3. Who is your best friend?
  4. Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. What is your favorite actor/actress?
  7. What is the last thing you spent money on?
  8. Do you dye your hair? If so, what is your natural hair color?
  9. If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be and why?
  10. What is your favorite food?
  11. Are you working toward a goal right now?  If so, what is it?

 

Thank you again, Violet Elm!!  Enjoy everyone. 🙂

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Vacation Mode – ON!

I am finally, finally, on vacation & I could not be happier. I took off this week randomly at the beginning of the Summer, and it feels like a blessing in disguise because it truly could not have come at a better time.  The past few weeks have been hard.  (Hard is an understatement, actually.  They’ve been horrible.)  I really need a break from reality, and to just relax and clear my mind.  My life has been chaotic lately, and I need to center myself and find my zen.  Or is it chi?  I don’t really know.  Namaste.

Anyway, despite the hardships of the past few weeks, I have experienced some good times, such as:

Shopping w/Mel

I know, I know – when aren’t we shopping?  Mel discovered that there was a World Market in Framingham, so naturally we had to check it out.  We were both so disappointed.  It did not live up to it’s hype.  We bounced around from store to store – TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Barnes & Noble – the usual. I really didn’t buy much.  I got presents for my brother (just because), Saul (just because) and Jena (for her birthday), so that made me happy.  (Side Note: I love buying presents! I get so excited.)  I also just had a nice day with Melissa.  I was so happy to see her.  I hadn’t seen her since our IKEA trip, and I just needed a hug from my sister.

Stoneham ❤

Sometimes I don’t realize how much I actually miss being in Stoneham until I’m back there.  (Yeah I know, I only live 30 minutes away, but it’s not the same.  And that’s not counting traffic.)  On Monday I decided to go see Jena.  I went right from work, and I had some time to kill before Jena got home from work, so I stopped at LyLy and got a pedicure.  (It’s the little things.)  Me & Jen ordered salads from Deli Works & just hung out.  I love spending time with my best.

Sakura w/Jamie & TJ

I went out for sushi with TJ & Jamie on Thursday.  I was so happy to see both of them.  They both seemed happy and in good spirits, which made me happy.  We had a nice time.  The two of them are so similar, they have the same silly sense of humor.  It was fun hanging out with them, they’re hilarious.

Jena’s Birthday Dinner!!!!

Saul & I went to Legal on the Mystic for Jena’s birthday dinner with Jena, Am & Bobby.  It was so nice! I had never been to Assembly Row before & it’s beautiful.  There are a ton of great stores and restaurants.  I have also never been to Legal in general (mostly because I hate fish), so I was pleasantly surprised.  Their fried pickles were amazing.  I also had a really good white sangria, and some kind of watermelon martini that Am suggested.  Delish.  We headed over to River Bar after dinner, which is really cute.  It was way too hot for me, but on a cool night it would be really fun to hang outside there.  We took birthday shots for Jen, then I called it a night.  (I get tired on Friday’s, don’t judge.)

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Saturdaze

Yesterday was a “Me Day”.  I got up early (per usual), to go to Target for some cleaning essentials.  Of course, I somehow ended up at Charming Charlie and Ulta as well.  (It’s not my fault University Station has the best stores all in a friggen row.  I’m just thankful that Home Goods is at the opposite end of where I was, because I would have ended up in there, too.)  I got a cute necklace & earrings from Charming Charlie, and I finally bought the Urban Decay face primer I’ve heard so much about.  I wanted to buy a cheap one, but you get what you pay for.  I’m excited to try it.  Saul & I cleaned all day once I got back from my shopping excursion.  And I don’t mean a half ass cleaning – like deep cleaning.  I was seriously exhausted once we finished but I felt a billion times better.  I could relax in peace knowing that the house was immaculate.  A clean home is a happy home.  I didn’t do anything last night, nor did I want to.  I watched Law & Order SVU until I went to bed, and I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing Saturday night.

Now it’s Sunday and I’m getting ready for a fun week ahead of me.  Saul and I are going to North Conway tomorrow for the night, so I’m super excited about that. We are staying at Merrill Farm Inn.  I’ve never been, but it looks really pretty and cozy, and had good reviews on Google, so we will see.  I’ve been to North Conway once before – Saul and I stayed at Adventure Suites for my birthday, which is in the winter.  I’ve never been in the Summer, so I googled fun activities to do.  So far I think I want to go on the Conway Scenic Railroad (it’s a tour), and to the White Mountains.  I’ve heard the White Mountains are absolutely gorgeous, so I’m excited for our trip.  Other than that, I’m not sure what else is going on this week.  I have little things I want to do for me – write more, hang up some pictures, go to the beach, spend time with loved ones, veg out.  We’ll see where the week takes me! 😛

PS: Today is Jena’s actual birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENA!!!! Love you to the moon and back girlfriend.  I hope your day is a fabulous as you are.  Enjoy your Bae, the ocean, your Momma, and of course, blueberry pancakes.  XOXOXOXO.

Jenaaa

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!!

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National Book Lovers Day

It’s National Book Lovers Day for those of you who are unaware, so naturally I had to make some kind of blog post in regards to this lovely day.  I decided to post my Top Ten Books OF ALL TIME (huge deal, I know), as well as my favorite quotes from the story, too.  Picking ten out of a billion books is going to be tough…but here we go….

(Synopsis for the books are from Amazon! I have a hard time describing my favorites because I tend to get into too much detail.)

 

1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

 

 

 

2. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

rebeccaWith these words, the reader is ushered into an isolated gray stone mansion on the windswept Cornish coast, as the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. For in every corner of every room were phantoms of a time dead but not forgotten—a past devotedly preserved by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers: a suite immaculate and untouched, clothing laid out and ready to be worn, but not by any of the great house’s current occupants. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim’s first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.

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3. The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

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At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle…

 

 

 

 

4. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

twiIsabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

 

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5. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks

dearAn angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life–until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. “Dear John,” the letter read…and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love–and face the hardest decision of his life.

 

 

6. Valley ofthe Dolls – Jacqueline Susann

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Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that there is no place left to go but down—into the Valley of the Dolls.

 

 

7. The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen

chasedEmily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in

“I spent so much time telling myself that this wasn’t home that I started to believe it,” she said carefully. “Belonging has always been tough for me.”

“I can be your home,” he said quietly. “Belong to me.”
Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon

8. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

beaThe new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

 

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9. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

MorrieMaybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.

For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world.

It’s been ten years since Mitch Albom first shared the wisdom of Morrie Schwartz with the world. Now–twelve million copies later–in a new afterword, Mitch Albom reflects again on the meaning of Morrie’s life lessons and the gentle, irrevocable impact of their Tuesday sessions all those years ago.

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10. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

meeThey had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

 

 

 

What are your favorites?

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Motivational Monday

I’ve never been one to be a fan of Mondays.  In fact, I actually hate Mondays.  When Sunday night rolls around, I feel myself becoming anxious, thinking of starting a whole new week again.  The weekend, as always, feels so far away.  Dreading Monday though isn’t helping me in any way, shape, or form.  I’ve decided to try to put a positive spin on it – it’s a new week! It’s a new day to start fresh, to be whatever I want.  It’s a blessing to just be alive.  So screw you, Monday, and all of the anxiety you usually cause me.  I’m going to begin embracing Monday, and all that it brings.  And I’m going to start doing small, little things for myself on Mondays, too.  That way, it won’t seem so horrible when Sunday night comes creeping in.

 

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday.  Here are a few words of wisdom to get you through your day!

 

 

 

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