Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Boom Clap

Lately I've been *loving* the song Boom Clap by Charli XCX. Now, I haven't seen or read The Fault In Our Stars yet, but I have no doubt that it's an amazing movie! If you liked the movie, there's a version of the song that's on YouTube with scenes from TFIOS mixed in to the actual music video.


One of the reasons that I love the song so much is that it's clean. It's something that I can actually listen to with the kids I nanny! I can't tell you how many times I feel the need to change the radio station because a suggestive song comes on the radio, or a song that has multiple swearwords in it. The boys are only 4 & 6 for goodness' sake! I'm honestly considering getting a few kid-friendly CDs from the library and playing them when we're in the car since we have to drive almost EVERYWHERE we go.

Does anyone have any suggestions of good kid-friendly CDs/artists??

-JMB

Monday, July 7, 2014

Beach Days

Well, this 4th of July weekend was a HUGE success! I was able to visit one of my best friends, Malina, at her beach house in Brigantine, NJ for the entire holiday weekend. On friday we visited her friends, met cute kittens, and even made it to bed before 1am hit! Ever since I started working normal "business hours" I've been unable to sleep past 830am or stay up too far past midnight! Saturday was a day full of breakfast at Mad Dog Morgan's, hanging at the Cove with a bunch of family friends, and getting ice cream late at night to satisfy those cravings! Sunday morning Malina had to work, so I spent a lazy morning around the house until she came home and we headed to the beach for a few hours, despite the chilly wind! Sunday night there were beautiful fireworks in Atlantic City that we could see from the back deck of her house, so we got some ice cream and avoided the traffic getting off the island to watch the show! Unfortunately, today means back to real life, but here are a bunch of pictures from the weekend!








Hope everyone had as good of a holiday weekend as I did!

-JMB

Friday, July 4, 2014

Goodreads

Lately, inspired by Carly over at The College Prepster, I've been trying to log all of my books on Goodreads! Many of the books that I've been rating and logging were books that I read in my childhood and during my middle and high school days. Lately, I've posted a few book reviews for you all, and I hope that using Goodreads will help me be a little more committed to being active and faithful in reviewing what I read.

My taste in books varies widely. There are days that I want to read Historical Fiction, days I want to read a fluffy romance, and still other days where I want to read a self-help or organizational book. However, I love to see what other people are reading and I love to share the books that I'm currently into!



Please visit my profile on Goodreads to see all that I've been into lately and all that I plan to read!

xoxo,
JMB

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Being home with my parents for the long weekend is...well, it's a lot of things. It can be comforting, fun, and restful, but also hectic, stressful, and tiring. My parents have always been the inquisitive type, so the time Mom and I spent in the pool was more of a Q & A session for her to catch up on my life! (specifically about RR....) My dad is always a bit more laid back about the questions, he likes to let me tell him what I want him to know on my own, which is essentially everything.


I also get to spend time with my stud of a Little Bro. He works at the same grocery store that I once worked at, and his girlfriend works there as well. Last night the three of us bonded and took a trip to Kiwi, our favorite frozen yogurt place.

My "home base" is in the Royersford area in Pennsylvania. Despite being only 15 minutes from King of Prussia, it's a whole other world out here. We have farms, small towns, and mom & pop restaurants. Frankly, it's one of the things that I love about being home, it's still small town America at it's finest. This time of year especially! There are small fire company fairs everywhere, and they are easily one of my favorite things about the place I live. Sooo much nostalgia going on those rides and eating blue and pink cotton candy!

What are your favorite things about "home"?

-JMB

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Review: Ladies' Night by Mary Kay Andrews



From the back of the book:

"Grace Stanton's life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their "divorce coach" starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life's unpredictable twists and turns. Ladies' Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on."

The summer is the time of year that I spend the most amount of time reading. Luckily for me, I have a few hours each day that I can devote to that hobby! I've finished yet another book, Ladies' Night, and I absolutely love it! It was one of those books where I was crying - yes, crying - by the time I was 4 or 5 chapters in. The way that Mary Kay Andrews writes makes you really feel what the character is feeling, the type of character that takes up space in your brain and stays with you long after the book has ended. 

The book feels real, not just in the way that you can relate to the characters, but in the way where you know someone who's gone through something similar. Divorce is a painful subject for many people, and the bonds formed through the "divorce recovery" group show how important it is to have a strong support system around you while going through such a large life change. This is a great book that I finished in about two days, so I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves an intriguing summer read!

Buy the book on Amazon!

-JMB