Cillian is 4!

I’ve been a parent for four years now. Wow.

I the last four years have been the craziest of my life. Where do I even begin?

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He was the most precious baby, I didn’t even know I could love someone so much. It physically hurt how much I loved him. He made me such a softy.

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His first year was hard. He spent his first night home in a light box for jaundice. I was distraught. I wanted to hold my baby but he had to stay in the box when he wasn’t eating or being changed. He slept in our bed his whole first year of life. I couldn’t sleep unless he was right next to me so I could hear him breathing. He woke us up every four hours to eat, when he started walking he got into everything and he had the biggest personality I had ever seen in such a small person.

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Watching him learn and grow has been amazing. I understand now why they call it a miracle. You have never witnessed innocence until you’ve spent time with a child. I can’t believe such purity even exists. He has just opened my eyes so much.

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The things he says are so funny, his imagination is wonderful. He wants to be friends with everyone he meets, he smiles so easily. He has the sweetest heart.

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He loves cats, bugs, cars, pasta and going to the park. He loves playing with other kids and having fun. He doesn’t like meat, swimming pools and being held upside down. He’s excited about starting school and he loves to learn.

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I can’t believe my baby is four years old. It won’t be long before he’s an adult and I’m trying to soak up all the time with him being little as I can. Happy birthday Little Boy. I love you soooooo much and I always will.

Book Challenge of the Month! June 2019

Can you believe we’re already at the halfway mark for the year?! I feel like this year is just flying by and I am pretty grateful for that. I mean time flies when you’re having fun, right?

This month’s challenge is:

A book set somewhere you want to visit.

The book I chose for this month’s challenge is Witches of New York by Ami McKay. I think it’s pretty obvious where I want to visit. One day I will go to New York. One day. But until then I have to be happy with reading books set there and watching Friends. This will be the second book by McKay that’ll have read. The first was The Virgin Cure. I really enjoyed it so I’m thinking I’ll enjoy this one too.

My sequel book is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. The first one was just interesting enough to get me to want to read the next one. I don’t know if it’ll keep me interested but we will find out.

My classic book of the month is Paradise Lost by John Milton. A series that I love called The Mortal Instruments references this book all the time. At least the characters do and so I need to read this one to know what they’re talking about. I love when authors pay homage to other authors or artists by mentioning their work. I feel like it’s the ultimate compliment.

My for fun read of the month is The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo. It’s a murder mystery set in a harsh winter wooded area. So basically it’s two of my favorite things together in one book. I can’t wait. It’s also the first in a series so if I love it I get to keep going!

Well those are the books I will be reading this month. What will your challenge book be?

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May Book Reviews

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I really loved this book. I feel like it’s one that everyone should read. I don’t have to tell those of you who have read it that it is a classic. There is so much about this book that is still true today. We as humans don’t seem to learn from our mistakes, sadly. We don’t seem to notice how our actions affect other people. We don’t take the time to understand what another person has to deal with. We just take the way a person looks and judge them accordingly. It’s one of the reasons there is so much meanness in the world. One of the best quotes is “Being alive begin to seem like a awful strain” and I can relate to that. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t.  All I can say is, if you haven’t read it you should. 5/5 

One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

This was a pretty entertaining story. I thought it was nice to have a female bounty hunter who was learning as she went but why did she have to be so predictable? It’s about an out of work lingerie saleswoman who needs a job really bad or she’ll be out on the streets. She takes a job from her cousin, who’s a bail bondsman, as a bounty hunter for criminals who skip out on their court hearings. Her first target? A guy she has quite a history with, if you know what I mean. It was a fun read none the less. It’s the first book in a series but I most likely won’t continue it. I give it 4/5

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

So I didn’t love this one. I know a lot of people do and I know it’s a classic but I wasn’t blown away. It was okay. I give it 3/5

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

It took me a few chapters in to get into this one. That’s how the first one was for me too. But once I got into it, it took off. I really enjoyed this series. It’s weird to call it a series because there are only two books in it but that’s what it is! I really felt like it reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones, the books not the show. Just with all the different places and peoples and the power struggles. The idea for this story is more original than most I’ve read lately so I definitely recommend it. I give it 4/5

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New Series and What is Leaving

I have been going over my lists for blog posts and I have realized there are a few things I want to change. I know at the beginning of the year I told you guys about some new things I was adding to my blog so I thought I would do that again.

So a few things are staying like Toddlers Around Town, The New Thing I Tried This Month, Short Story of the Month and the Book Challenge/Book Reviews of the month. These posts are fun for me to do and I really enjoy doing them. I realize this month I wasn’t able to get a short story up but I’ve been pretty busy so I will have one up next month.

Series that I won’t be doing any more are the Dream Series, The Days of My Life and my Religion Series. All of these were fun while they lasted but I’m just not getting any enjoyment out of them anymore. I have one last Dream Series post going up next month but it will be the last for a while. I’m not saying they are going away forever but they will be gone for at least a while.

I do have some new series that I’m excited about. Hopefully you all will enjoy them. I’m going to have a monthly makeup post, I enjoy coming up with new looks and I want to get some good use out the eyeshadow I have. I have also noticed you all seem to enjoy them as well so hopefully I don’t disappoint you. I also want to try new makeup and give reviews on it. I’m also going to do a series on serial killers. Shocker, I know. It’s going to be called My Favorite Serial Killer and each month I will pick one to talk about. I’m kind of a psychology junkie so I’m planning to stick to that part of the discussion. I of course am not a licensed professional, I’m just going to discuss any research I find.

Well there you have it! I hope you’re excited about the new stuff to come. I sure am. I hope you all have a good week!

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My Writing Process

I might have done a post like this before but honestly I’m too lazy to check. Even if I have my process has changed a bit and I wanted to talk about it.

When it comes to blog posts I google or Pinterest ideas for topics. I have some ideas of what I want to do but to be honest, trying to come up with topics for posting three times a week (12 posts in a month) the well runs dry sometimes. I have found a lot of good topics and some I even tweak a little to fit me or my audience. I also keep a list and it evolves over time. When I finally sit down to write a post I either will talk about what is on my mind or I answer the question of the topic I found.

Finding new topics is a fun challenge though. It gets me thinking and it can sometimes change my perspective on something I thought I knew. For blog posts I don’t really have a set way of writing. I just write. I go back and change things as I go and when I’m done, I’m done. I try not to think too long about it or spend too much time writing it because this is something I do for fun. I want to keep it as easy as possible and feel like I have to over do it. The friendships I’ve made doing this has become more of a reason to keep doing this than trying to push information.

When it comes to writing short stories I of course do things differently. First I get inspiration for the story, whether it’s from another story I heard or a dream I have or if my imagination is in a particular, crazy mood. I take a tiny idea and push it around in my mind and see if anything comes of it. Then I start writing. I don’t ever know where it’ll go until I start writing. It develops on it’s own. I just write until I get a firm grasp on where it’s going then I go back and fix it to feel cohesive and functional.

When I write novels, which I’m still working on, I think a little harder on it. I get the idea and I outline. I have to have a clear outline. It’s not like writing a short story where it can just go where it wants. I have to keep a guideline or the story can get away from me. I go one stage at a time. I try to go in order because again, the story will get away from me if I don’t. Sometimes I have to take a break and write a scene for the middle or the end. It helps to give me ideas when I feel stuck. I have a novel that I’ve been working on for a couple years now and it’s taking a while because I procrastinate something horrible. Hopefully I can get back on it soon.

I hope this post gave you some insight to how I do what I do. For the writers out there: what is your writing process? How do you stay motivated and get the writing done?

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The New Thing I Tried This Month! May 2019

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So I’m cheating a little bit. I actually did this last month but I figured since I did a few new things last month it would be okay to talk about one of them this month.

This month’s new thing is: I went to my first drag show!

I went to a bar here in Oklahoma City called The Boom. I went to their Sunday Gospel Brunch with my friend Christian and it was an absolute blast. I loved it.

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I had the breakfast burger. It had bacon and cheese with a fried egg. It came with au gratin hashbrowns. The food was phenomenal.

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Christian had the french toast plate with bacon and eggs. We were so hungry by the time we got our food we ate it so fast.

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The show was great. It was hilarious. My cheeks hurt so much from laughing. We had such a great time. I even got teepeed.

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The atmosphere was great, the food was amazing and the show was the best. I give a huge thumbs up for my first drag show experience. I will definitely be going again.

Toddlers Around Town

The hubby and I took the boys to Martin Nature Park in Oklahoma City.

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There’s a cute little playground for the kids to get out some energy.

There’s a visitor center that is air conditioned to give you a break from the heat as well as educate you on the weather, animals and plant life in the park.

This is one of my favorites because of the nature part. The trails are perfect for feeling like you’re walking through a forest. I would not recommend taking a stroller down these trails though. We learned that the hard way.

There was a couple look outs.

There was a wonderful river to see. I loved just standing and listening to the rushing water. I wanted to get in it so bad.

We saw a cute little snake on a tree. My husband thought it was a vine at first.

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And I thought this was a cute little witch’s nook.

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We had a good time, got some sun, fresh air and exercise. The boys were worn out and next time we go we are definitely leaving the stroller at home.