Thursday, February 28, 2013

{ happy birthday book chat! }

Happy Birthday Book Chat!

I so excited that my absolute favorite linkup is celebrating it's first birthday.  Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine has hosted the book chat for a year now and I'm pretty lucky to have been able to co-host a few of them with her.  She's also one of my favorite blog friends and I love that we have the same taste in books.

This week's chat is to revisit a topic from the past year.  I didn't discover the book chat until last fall so I decided on one that I hadn't wrote about yet.  It was a little tough to narrow down but I went with "your favorite quotes" from last August.


One of my favorite things about books are the fun dialogue they have and the snarky inner thoughts of a character.  To me dialogue can make or break a book and believe it or not, a lot of the stories that I've read in the last few years have had a problem with this.  I love hearing characters have conversations like I would have in real life and I've even stole a line or two to use in my conversations.  One of the best things about my Kindle is being able to highlight my favorites. 

I like the ones that end up as pop culture...
“Laters, baby.” 
 E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey

And the ones that make me laugh out loud when I am reading....
“You'd be surprised how many people in the modern age no longer fear zombies as much as teletubies.”

― Sherrilyn KenyonDream Warrior

But the ones I love the best are ones from my favorite series.  I love talking about my favorite series "In Death" by JD Robb and "Black Dagger Brotherhood" by JR Ward.  Many of these quotes I go back to time and again and I've read them so many times I can pinpoint exactly where they are in the book.  
“We're standing here, beat to shit, walking away from a crime scene where either or both of us could have bought it, and you're asking me to marry you?"
"Perfect timing.”

― J.D. RobbGlory in Death

“I want to see you again." He stopped, took her face in his hands. "I need to see you again."
Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. "Roarke, what's going on here?"
"Lieutenant." He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. "indications are we're having a romance.”

― J.D. RobbNaked in Death

“A cop? You married a bloody cop?"
"I married a bloody criminal," Eve muttered, "but nobody ever thinks of that.”
― J.D. RobbVengeance in Death

“Okay. Look, why don't you take care of the half a million things you've been letting dangle in Roarke's Empire of Everything?"
"Catchy title. I may use it one day.”

― J.D. RobbNew York to Dallas

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.”
― J.R. WardLover Awakened

“You are a manipulator.
I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”

― J.R. WardLover Eternal

“What is your name?" she murmured.
He cocked an eyebrow at her and then went back to staring at his brother. "I'm the evil one, in case you haven't figured it out."
"I wanted your name, not your calling."
"Being a bastard's more of a compulsion, really. And it's Zsadist. I am Zsadist.”

― J.R. WardLover Eternal

“After a moment, Wrath turned to John. "This is Lassiter, the fallen angel. One of the last times he was here on earth, there was a plague in central Europe-"
"Okay, that was so not my fault-"
"-which wiped out two-thirds of the human population."
"I'd like to remind you that you don't like humans."
"They smell bad when they're dead."
"All you mortal types do.”

― J.R. WardLover Enshrined

And there are the quotes that aren't necessarily from books but are about books or from my favorite authors.  I'm not too picky on classifying these but I've wrote each of these down at different points and they are some of my favorites. Ever.  
“Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” 
 Bernard M. Baruch

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 
 Marcus Tullius Cicero

“So many books, so little time.” 
 Frank Zappa

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” 
 C.S. Lewis

“Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.” 
 Janet Evanovich

Stop by the book chat and wish Jessica a happy book chat birthday and see what some other favorite topics.  Thursday is a great day!

Monday, February 25, 2013

{ project life printables roundup }

I've had a fail of a week and weekend so I have no new printables to share this week.  Instead I have a roundup of some of my favorites from around Pinterest this week.  

I hope to be back later in the week with the book chat but other than that it's going to be a quiet week from me.  Hopefully when this storm passes I'll have my mojo back.

Friday, February 22, 2013

{ oscar sunday predictions }

I'm linking up with Jessica at Sweet Green Tangerine for her Oscar Party this weekend and I can't remember the last time that I was excited to watch the Oscars.  I've always read the winners the day after and watched the fashion reviews but I've never really been into watching the show.  

Not this year.  

This year I am looking forward to the Oscars and it's mostly because this year I've seen or at least read most of the nominees.  Most of the movies this year and well know and not obscure, strange films that I've never even heard of until they nominated and then never heard of again.  

My predictions this are are absolutely based on who I want to win.  I have no idea what's creating "buzz" or who has "momentum" coming into this weekend.  Most of those articles are usually wrong anyway.  By far I am pulling for Silver Linings Playbook.  Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are two of my favorite actors right now.  Can I just say that I want to see a shot of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner on the Red Carpet so I can say, "It's Syndey and Will!".  Do you remember that show?  I loved that show.  

Anyway, I finished reading Silver Linings Playbook not too long ago and made it to the theatre just in time to see it before it was gone.  I am so glad it did because it was amazing.  The book itself was well written and the movie had all the right parts and all the right actors.  I'm gushing but it was really that good.  I really, really hope that it wins the Best Movie.


As much as I praised Silver Linings Playbook above, I want to see Hugh Jackman win the Best Actor award.  I have not seen his performance as a whole in Les Miserables but he is such a wonderful actor and nice guy that I want to see him win.  I think his acceptance speech would be one of the best of the night too.


She may be a newcomer and one of the younger nominees but if I could pick one award where I was assured a winner it would be Jennifer Lawrence.  She gave an amazing performance as Tiffany.  There were times where I cringed at how raw it really was.  I can't say enough good things about how much she wowed me and now I'm rambling.  There aren't many movies I buy anymore with having Netflix and Amazon around but I am definitely buying this one.  

I read over the ballot here and made my picks for the categories that I recognized as well.  I didn't make picks for things like Best Cinematography or Best Foreign Documentary because it would be just guessing because I either don't understand exactly what it is or have never heard of it.  So yeah, but if someone explained it to me that would be okay too.

Do your winners match up with mine?

Sadly, there will be no Oscar party at my house because it is a school night and my husband is more excited to watch Ax Men than the Oscars.  But if I was having a party then this site has some great ideas and a super pretty ballot.


Who are you voting for?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

{ - books you'd like to see as movies }

It's great timing that this week's is all about movies, ya know with the Oscars this weekend, and a lot of this years nominees are movies based on books.  So what books would I like to see as movies? I did a little googling before I stated writing this because I don't typically read a lot of type books that are made into movies.  At least until I'm going to see the movie.  

My favorite kind of books are romances and while a lot of romance books are made into movies, I mostly stick to the same authors and series.  I'm not that big on change.  The one thing I love about series are getting to see the same characters that I've read about before again and see them interact with characters I'm getting to know better.  Does that make sense?  

So here are some of my favorite book series that I'd like to see made into movies...

In Death Series
I would do backflips and cartwheels if the In Death series ever made it to the big screen.  I've heard rumors for years but nothings ever come of it.  Can you imagine how hot the screen would be between Eve and Roarke?  And I don't think there's another buddy than Peabody.  Oh, and McNabb's fashions.  I want to see how an Auto Chef works too because that would be the best invention ever.

Black Dagger Brotherhood 
The Black Dagger Brotherhood would probably be the hardest on my list to translate on to film, there is a lot of violence...and profanity.  A lot of profanity but still, I'd love to see the Brothers and their shellans.  I also think the fight scenes would be pretty amazing too.  But those wouldn't be the real scenes I'd want to see...

Bride Quartet
Mac, Emma, Laurel and Parker are like the glam squad for weddings in their little town. Wouldn't this be a fantastic rom-com?  Or it could go the way of Sex and the City with a tv show and them a movie?  But I love all things weddings and the relationship and history between the four girls.  This would be a happy movie!

FBI/US Attorney Series
 I've never really talked about my love for Julie James books a whole lot here.  I'm not sure how widely known they are but if you're not into over the top romances you'd like them.  I want to see the strong women  and confident FBI agents and lawyers solving crimes and falling in love.

Heiress For Hire
And just so it's not all about the series I read this book several years ago and it was a funny and cute.  Amanda is a socalite cut-off by her father and takes a job as a babysitter to a farmer's little girl.  It's cute, it's funny and the relationship between Amanda and Danny is fun to watch unfold.  It's a classic recipe for rom-com.

Sometimes when I read a book it's easy to picture what the character looks like in my head and sometimes it's not so easy.  The number one reason I'd like to see a book as a movie is to actually see the interaction between the characters and see something that before was just in your head, come to life.

It can be done wonderfully (Harry Potter) and not so wonderfully (The League of Extraordinary Gentleman) or the casting can just be wrong (some of the X-Men cast).  What books do you want to see as movies?

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{ pinterest picks - peter pan }

Peter Pan
Have you seen the commercials announcing the new Diamond edition of Peter Pan?  I love Peter Pan. I love lots of things Disney but I have a special spot in my heart for Peter.  The Boy who didn't want to grow up. The boy who introduced up to Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys.  "Following the Leader" is one of the first songs that I knew all the words too.  And I get a really high score when I do that song on Just Dance Disney too. 

And I love the quotes that come from Peter Pan as well.  Okay, they aren't really "quotes" but reading them make me happy and I wanted to share them with you.  

And watching him makes me happy too.  Check out the video too. 

Source: via Bridget on Pinterest

And if I would have seen this shadow in my bedroom?

I would have never left.  

What's your favorite Disney anything?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

{ literary junkies - february }

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It's time for another Literary Junkies with Taylor at Pink Heels Pink Truck and Lesley at By the Porchlight.  

This month's book is American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin and yet again I haven't finished it.  And I feel ba about that because the beginning of the book is extremely well written and brings the time period to life but it started to stall out and that's when I had to take a break.  It was kind of wearing me down a little.  You can join me and the rest of the Literary Junkies on Twitter today at 1pm (cst) and 7pm (cst) for a chat (#literaryjunkies) about this month's read.

 On to the questions...

1. What are you reading right now? Tell us about it.
Highlander Most Wanted
I am currently reading Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks and so far its been a really heavy book.

In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting. Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.

So far I'm about halfway though and I love it.  The author is doing a wonderful job of balancing the material and straying true to emotions.  I was a little hesitant to start it because usually stories of this kind really pull at my heart but it really is a wonderful story.  (I'll have a review coming next month!)

2. Give us the recipe for a great book. 
The recipe for a great book would a smart, handsome somewhat-alpha male.  He isn't a pushover but not arrogant either.  And none of this dominant stuff either, although a take charge attitude is appreciated. The heroine should be smart as well with a witty personality. There's a fine line between witty and bitchy and she will just straddle it.  Pretty is good but not intimidating.  

And I want a love story.  Mystery and suspense are good but what I really want is a love story.  Two characters would meet and not fall instantly in love but like.  They would get to know each other and not rush into things because of a crazy stalker.  Although a persistent ex is sometimes good for comic relief and a little tension.  There can be obstacles to overcome but stupid miscommunications would be out.  

Last but not least I don't need to see a wedding but the marriage proposal would be great. Yeah it sounds kinda boring but I'm in the mood for a fluffy story right now.  

3. Tell us things you've learned from a book recently. Did you learn anything about history? Did you take away a deep & profound realization about the world around you? Or maybe even a beauty tip?
I read Tell Your Time a few weeks ago and I've been working on applying a lot of her advice to my new routines.  I'm trying to work my schedule so I'm not always doing things "on time" because hiccups seem to happen to me a lot lately and I hate having to scramble to stay on track.  

4. What was your favorite book as a child?

I was absolutely obsessed with Dr. Seuss when I was a child.  I had practically the whole library and I was so impresses with my little self that I could read all the strange words that he made up.  They are my absolute favorite to read to my kiddos to.

I used to have an old copy of Green Eggs and Ham that I used to take everywhere and read to anyone that would be sitting still for five minutes.  But a strange fact about me- I don't like eggs.  At all.  Not even green ones.

Monday, February 18, 2013

{ project life - vintage paris 3x4 printable cards }

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As I make more designs and explore my ideas I find that I like the vintage look more and more.  I love the colors and the designs of old Paris.  I love the all things vintage in a way.  This week I've come up with some Vintage Paris Project Life cards for you.

They can be filler cards and some have room for journaling as well.  I've only been at this for a few months but I like feeling my style grow and define.

What is your favorite style?

Friday, February 15, 2013

[ my favorite reads - project life and sweet treats }

I found so many cool things around the interwebs this week.  I'm trying to expand our dinner options and found a few new things that I want to try.  My kiddos aren't really picky eaters but they like to stick to what they know, ya know?  And I've added some of my favorite Project Life layouts that I found on Pinterest too.  Are there any topics you'd like to see in the future?   



Some of my favorite pages from around Pinterest this week...

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