Interview 2

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Hey friends, Today I am sitting at home while america party’s! So i thought why not do another interview for this blog 🙂

This is miss Ashley and she has been my friend for about 5-6 years, I stopped counting because this is a friendship that doesn’t need a date because we are just cool like that! She is nothing short of amazing and she just gets me! She is the fastest reader I have ever met and I am super jealous of that. She taught me to love tea, read with an open heart and mind, and to enjoy everyday! On top of all of that she hopes to have her own bookstore/cafe called Elsewhere (which is the name of our book blog that we host together). Her interview is going to be amazing and I am excited!!! So let me introduce Ashley!!!

Q. Where were you born?

“The old Roseville Hospital, but I lived in Lincoln.”

Q. What is the first chapter book you can remember reading?.. and why did you choose that book?

“The Secret Garden because I love that movie”

Q. Who is your favorite Doctor? Ash is a HUGE Doctor Who fan so naturally I had to ask!

“It’s a tie between the fourth doctor Tom Baker and the ninth doctor Christopher Eccleston”

Q.What is it about the Gemma Doyle Trilogy that makes it your favorite?

“The story. It’s so beautifully written that it just sucked me in, and reminded me that there are so many mysteries and adventures in life. I stumbled upon that book in Borders during a time that I had kind of quit reading, I think I might have been depressed I didn’t really want to do anything. But then I found that book and I fell in love with reading and life again.”

When Ashley described this to me, I was almost in tears at how beautiful it was.

Q.What is it that makes you read a book even if you do not like it?

“Even if I hate it I have to know how it ends or I won’t be able to stop thinking about it.”

Q.Whats your favorite movie?

“It’s a 3 way tie between Spirited Away, Fantasia, and Coraline”

Ashley and I both frequent Coraline, especially when reading!

Q. Something you love that most people do not?

“Watching shows about haunted places by myself at night”

Q.What would make Elsewhere unique from other bookstores?

“It would be a new and used bookstore with something for everyone and a café that sells coffee and tea beverages and baked goods made by me.”

Ashley is a master at pastry, so anything she makes will be amazing!

Q. Favorite book in the following series…

~Immortals after dark: Lothaire

~Lords of the Underworld: The Darkest Night

~Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets

~Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince

~Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire

Blackdagger Brotherhood: Lover Awakened

Q. Favorite show to binge watch?

“It’s a four way tie between How the Universe Works, Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock”

Q.Where is your favorite place to read?

“My chair”

Q. Best book you have read so far in 2016?

“Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton”

Q. We got your first tattoo together, What is the next tattoo we are going to get?

“I think the next one I want is the quote “dreamer of improbable dreams” next or “We’re all stories in the end just make it a good one, eh?”

Q. Book you read that was really popular that you loved?

“Besides Harry Potter?”

Q. Book you read that was unpopular that you loved?

“Well I have yet to meet anyone besides my friend Taylor who has even heard of Memories of Empire by Django Wexler or Tell Me What You See by Zoran Drvenkar and I absolutely love those two books.”

Q. Favorite books in the following genres

~Horror: Dracula

~Paranormal Romance: The Alpha and Omega series. I know that’s more than one book but I love that whole series

~Historical fiction: A Great and Terrible Beauty

~Young Adult: Right now I’m loving Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

~Childrens book: The BFG by Roald Dahl or The Secret Museum by Sheila Greenwald

Q. and finally if you were a teacher and got to choose a book for the required reading list what book would you choose?

“Stolen by Lucy Christopher”

Well That’s Ashley for you! She beautiful and wonderful. I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did!!!

Thanks Beazus!

 

 

Adventures in Baking

hey readers, I am posting via my phone so bare with me! Yesterday I decided to make my husband and late birthday treat. For my bridal shower last August I got a really bitchin cake pan…

Super cool right? I am in no way a master pastry chef or good baker so here is my adventure…

Yellow cake and chocolate frosting. YUM!

Start making the cake

Add oil, water and eggs

Mix mix mix and pour!

Bake for an hour then frost!!!!

And the very sloppy but cool pre frost. Will have to buy other colors next time. For now we will eat and enjoy!!!

Kyle James

Hey Readers, I will be heading home tomorrow and wont have internet at my in laws house so I decided to share that tomorrow is the BEST man in the entire worlds 28th birthday!!! Kyle is literally the coolest person I know. He and I have grown up together these last 9 almost 10 years. I have seen him work hard to get the career he wants and I have seen him fight to win…no really, he did fight, he was a MMA fighter and trainer. He is my champion and best friend in the whole world. I love him more than he knows and I love being married to him!

Happy Almost Birthday Love!

I love you forever

Fun Friday!

Hey everyone I was driving from my house to my parents and on the 2 hour drive I was thinking of things to write about and here is some fun stuff, and probably some unexpected facts about me!

What songs are on your Spotify/Pandora that many people would not expect:

~Shoop -Salt n Peppa

~California Love-Tupac

~The Hardest thing 98 degrees

~Barbie Girl- Aqua

~Phenomenal- Eminem

What Movies do you dislike so much you can’t even watch them again?

~Scarface

~From Dusk till Dawn

~Resavouir Dogs

~Frozen

Fun Facts about your life?

~My uncle is the co-inventor of Nike (yes, that’s true! My uncle Jim was part of it)

~ I’m terrified of the dark and fall asleep with the TV on.

~Wintergreen Tic Tacs are my favorite mint EVER!

~I don’t know how to ride a bike 😦 let me rephrase that, I cant ride a bike on two wheels.

~My favorite football team is The Miami Dolphins and I chose them when I first saw Ace Ventura!

~I am pretty good at impressions ( The Little Mermaid and Trina from Mad T.V are my best so far)

~When I was in Junior High I went through a crazy 80’s phase and unlike my friends who had Eminem and Justin Timberlake on their binders I had Corey Haim, River Phoenix and Keifer Sutherland.

~My Hollywood love is Mark Wahlberg and has been since I was 10 when I first saw him in Fear (my parents didn’t know I watched that 😉

~Katy Perry, Stevie Nicks, Wednesday Addams and Lydia Deetz are my Heroines!!!

Books I hate and will never read again:

~Lord of the Flies

~The Alchemist

~Anything by J.R.R Tolkin

~ Basically any of the classics…

Well that’s all folks!

 

 

Accomplishments

Today I was sitting with my husband and I mentioned that I am having a hard time finding content to write about that I felt was “worthy” of this blog. I am very critical of what I choose to write and I only write on what I know. He mentioned “write about things you have accomplished that you are proud of.” Great Idea! so here is my list!

  • Graduate High School. If you did not know me in high school then you have no idea how bad high school was for me. I was very much disliked and did not have a ton of close friends. I also barely graduated. It literally came down to my finals senior year… that is scary but I turned it out and got to walk and got my diploma. It was touch and go all 4 years.
  • My relationship/marriage. Kyle and I are 10 years strong next month. This is something that I am overly confidant about, (almost cocky) because he and I have worked very hard for all that we have even when we had MAJOR setbacks. 10 years as us and almost 1 year of marriage… WE ROCK!!!!
  • School. I have been in college for far too long, however I am extremely proud of how hard I work. I have missed out on alot of social outings but I care too much about school and care very little about parties. People have given me shit for that but I value my grades now!
  • My blogs. I have had 6 blogs now, all of which have been unsuccessful but this blog and my book blog are up and coming and the response has been humbling!
  • Being a God mama. 2 very important people in my life gave Kyle and I the honor of being god parents to 3 beautiful children. I feel blessed to have all of them but even more blessed to have this title, I am not just an auntie, I’m a God Mama!!!!!!!!
  • Rachel. She is my biggest accomplishment. My mama did all the hard work but the fact that I get to be her sister is AMAZING. She is the light of my life.

Well those are just a few. It felt really good to share these because if you have been following this blog you know about my rough patch of wanting to fight back against the world when really all I had to do was change the way I looked at it and see just how blessed I am!

Growing up glam

Hey again everyone. I was listening to one my Spotify playlists and came across some of the music I grew up with. To many of you these bands will make you shake your head but for me they made me “bang my head” Here is a visual of what I mean!

These were the bands I grew up listening to, among many others. My parents listened to everything but there is something that I love about the leather and make up. I had very few friends who understood this love besides Jamie and my pal Josh! I love everything about the Hair Metal era. When I was in high school I used to walk around with my discman and I always had a Poison or Motley Crue CD on me. Until the last few years Poison was my all time favorite band and while I still love them I realized that Motley Crue is my favorite. They are the one band that I never get sick of hearing and I am in love with Nikki Sixx. As I am sitting in my Living room posting this I have the music on full blast and all of the songs bring a smile to my face.

Favorite songs include (some bands may not be pictured)

  • Same ol’ situation: Motley Crue
  • Night Songs: Cinderella
  • Fallen Angel: Poison
  • Here I go again: Whitesnake
  • Kiss Me Deadly: Lita Ford
  • Gypsy Road: Cinderella
  • Talk Dirty to me: Poison
  • Primal Scream: Motley Crue
  • I Won’t Forget You: Poison
  • Shout at the Devil: Motley Crue
  • Cryin: Vixen
  • 18 and Life: Skid Row
  • Sweet Child of Mine: Guns and Roses
  • Fly to the Angels: Slaughter
  • Summertime girls: Y&T
  • Ride the Wind: Poison

I Love that I got to grow up with this music. I love all the leather and makeup, the theatrics and most importanly the music.

Top 5 Actresses I love!

Hello Again! I was sitting in my living room watching some Youtube videos and I thought of a great post topic. Here are the top 5 actresses that I love to watch!

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Number 1 is this beauty! I LOVE Jennifer Lawrence! I love all of her movies, I love her attitude about herself and what she does. She is truly America’s Sweetheart. She broke out in a movie called Winters Bone which was a fabulous film but she began to rise when she made X-men: First Class as Mystique and The Hunger Games where she played Katniss Everdeen, the Girl on Fire! She is truly talented and I love all of her movies!

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2. Kate Winslet… She made America fall in love with her in Titanic but it is movies like The Reader and Revolutionary Road that truly show you her talent. I believe that she is by far the most under rated actress in the business. She can play any role and I look forward to seeing her in many more movies.

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3. Blake Lively. Many of you probably know her for her role in Gossip Girl as Serena VanderWoodsen and I too agree that she is brilliant in that role, however If you have not seen her in The Age of Adaline you are missing out. This is the role that I think really put her on the map and into our hearts. Not only is she beautiful but watching interviews with her she is extremely eloquent and humble.

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5. The amazing Meryl Streep! I cannot get enough of her movies! Streep has been nominated for 19 Academy Awards and deservedly so! She is a woman of so many wonderful roles. I happen to love her the most in The Hours, Death Becomes her, and Marvins Room! She was the witch in Into the Woods and in my opinion the only good role! She is one of Hollywood best and in my opinion one of the best of all time!

Honorable mention: These ladies are equally as talented and are in my top ten!

 

 

Friday Fun!

Hey Friends! I hope all of you are stoked for your weekend! My weekend won’t start until 6:30 a.m on sunday, where I will hopefully be seeing my God babies (thats what I call them) and celebrating a very special and sweet girls birthday! I wanted to do a fun, kick off to the weekend post, and since I am 4 days deep in a cold I want to have some fun so we are going to do some my favorite things lists from a book of the same name!

Reruns- What shows are play it again worthy?

  • Bob’s Burgers
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Supernatural
  • Friends
  • New Girl
  • South Park

Decade- What things do you love from the decade you were born in?

  • Hair Metal
  • Acid Wash Jeans
  • Madonna
  • Motley Crue
  • Cinderella
  • Band T-Shirts
  • Poison
  • Prince

Occupations- Which professions do you admire, respect or aspire to practice

  • Book Editor
  • Librarian
  • Voice Over Actor
  • Actor
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Writer
  • Dancer/ Dance Teacher

Comedy- What comedy movies make you LOL

  • Beetlejuice
  • Superbad
  • Knocked up
  • Land of the lost
  • I love you man
  • The Change up
  • Horrible Bosses 1&2
  • Grown Ups 1&2
  • Just Friends
  • Dead Pool

Songs- What you would find on my favorite playlist (as of 6/3/2016)

  • Purple Rain-Prince
  • Dirty Diana-Remake by Shamans Harvest
  • Cant stop the feeling-Justin Timberlake
  • California Love-2pac
  • History- One Direction
  • 18 and Life-Skid Row
  • Night Songs-Cinderella
  • Lovesick- Jacob Whitesides
  • In the still of the night-Whitesnake
  • When Doves cry-Prince
  • Bad Company-Five Finger Death Punch
  • Black Magic-Little Mix
  • Shoop Shoop-Salt n Peppa

Novels-Which books would or have you read over and over

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Hollow by Jessica Verday
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Drama-List movies that left you breathless

  • A League of Their Own.
  • The Reader
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Philadelphia
  • The Help
  • The Age of Adaline
  • The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood
  • How to Make an American Quilt
  • The Dallas Buyers Club
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Stuck in Love
  • Her
  • Saving Mr.Banks
  • Practical Magic

Actors-List your favorite men who rule the screen.

  • Michael Keaton
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Tom Hanks
  • Brad Pitt
  • Gregory Peck
  • James McAvoy
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Logan Lerman

Book Time Travel-Books you would like to live in.

  • The Hollow Series
  • The Mortal Instruments Series
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Between the Spark and the Burn
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds

Well thats it for now! Stay tuned, I am currently coming up with more post ideas!

 

Tattoos I have and will have!!

Hey readers, so I LOVE tattoos. I love making an appointment. I love the sound of the Tattoo gun and the smell of the antibacterial soap. I love the whole experience! I have 7 of my own but only have pictures of a few of them. I also have a bunch that I want to get done so here is what I have and what I want…

No Regrets Just Love I got this when I was at a lower point in my life. If you read the post about positivity, I got this done right in the middle of that time. I am obsessed with Katy Perry and while I was watching her movie Part of Me and listened to her sing Teenage Dream, I knew I needed to have this message tattooed on me. It’s a great practice that I put into place to this day. Kyle and I both want to live our lives with no regrets, and taking all the bullshit out and just loving our lives!

This is my latest and greatest! Growing up I always loved the big rose tattoo my dad has on his arm and I have always wanted a rose, but let’s be honest everyone has a rose so I decided to make it my own and make it look like it was made from pages of books. I have quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird,  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,  The Mortal Instruments City of Glass,  James and the Giant Peach and Matilda!  It is the newest love of my life! What I love most about it is that when people see it they always say “That is so you”

Rose tattoo

This one is fairly new too! It’s on my back and looks crooked from how I had to hold up my shirt but this is a very personal one. The quote She dreams in plots and chapters was a quote that was made up about me by a wonderful lady I used to work with. She came into work one day with a bag of handmade treats for me. She said that while she was working on the projects she kept thinking about me and so she coined this quote. I told her one day i would have it tattooed on me for life. She didn’t believe me, until I got it done and her response was “IM PUBLISHED” The creepy cute girl is a version of something I found online and everyone says its me!

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I know that this one is hard to read but it says “With brave wings she flies” I got this because my mama, my whole life has told me I was the bravest girl she knew, coming from a U.S Army and National Guard Veteran, A prison guard, a grenade expert, a single mom and a rock of a woman, that means a lot so why not put it in black and white right?

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I also have a butterfly and flowers with my sister Rachel’s name. A heart on my lower back that my best friend Raymond did!

Now here are the hopefuls 🙂

 

I don’t want this particular picture however I told my husband that after we have kids I am getting a Beetlejuice themed tattoo as a reward 🙂 He laughed at my verbage but he always says he doesn’t care what I get as long as I love it!

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Photo found via Pinterest, Not my tattoo

My Gypsy obsession has become bad! I want my own gypsy super bad but I want to commemorate Stevie Nicks, the original witchy gypsy. I would love to have it look somewhat like her, with a white-winged dove, a tambourine and big flowers like peonies all done in black and grey except for the flowers! and maybe the quote “She rings like a bell through the night and wouldn’t you love to love her”

Photos found via pinterest!

I found this via Pinterest and I have been wanting a skull. It all goes back to my dad and his skull he has, but my husband has a skull and roses tattoo and I love it. what I love about this piece is that it is very romantic. The framing of the skull and the rosary beads gives it a very feminine quality.

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I also found this via pinterest and my best friend of  years Jamie and I are planning on the spellbook of Winifred Sanderson. She is designing it because we want it to have a personal flare to it and I want to add the Black Flame candle to the mix as well.Spellbook.jpg

This will be my next one! Pansy is my favorite flower and they remind me of my mom so I will get one for her, my sister and I in various colors!!!

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that’s all for now! Stay tuned for more fun!

Routine

Hey friends! Today I wanted to share a little bit more about getting healthy and the journey I am on! So recently I have upped my running and my strength training but I have not lost anymore weight. This is because I have reached my plateau. During a weight loss and fitness journey once you find something your comfortable with and continue to do it, your body becomes accustomed to it and it holds on to more stubborn fat. The idea is to trick your body! Mix up your routine. My God-daughter Desi is a fitness junkie and she gave me some amazing tips and I will share them with you! As well as what I have learned so far.

Step 1: Its a marathon not a sprint. Although I HATE this quote it is very much true. I thought if I started running the weight would just melt off… Not the case and I have had to change my eating habits and add to my routine.

step 2: eat good food. I am a sucker for a good cheeseburger and I love ice cream. You cant live on these unless you want to put your health in danger. I used to eat anything I wanted and now when I eat bad I feel guilty… I never thought I would be able to say that. everyday I have my coffee, a meal replacement shake, my lunch which is usually string cheese and or veggies and my dinner which as of lately has been steamed veggies and brown rice. here are some other ideas Desi gave me…

Step 3: Just do it. I used to dread my run in the mornings. I would sit there with my coffee and make up reasons in my head as to why I couldn’t run and then try and give myself validation for it. I finally realized if I want this as bad as I think I do, then just do it. Get off your ass and so something.

Step 4: pick fun routines. I know that for some of you that may sound stupid, but your body knows and preps itself for the same routine everyday. Play a trick on it and chose something different!

Well those are all the tips I have for right now. Check back for more on this journey. I have to go and run now 🙂