Saturday, December 31, 2016

Links to Love + Top 4 Posts of 2016

Hello Lovelies!
This was supposed to go up yesterday, but it was a long day. It started out with only 5 hours of sleep (the most sleep I've got all week)! I started out at my family doctor and I was supposed to go get blood work after that, but I didn't have time, so I'll be doing that next week!

I was late getting called back, which put me behind schedule leaving for my doctors appointment in Nashville!!! I was already anxious about getting my injection, since the last one didn't go so well, so of course my blood pressure was a little high all day.

I was really worried cause if you're more than 15 minutes late you have to reschedule your appointment and we live almost two hours away from Nashville. (Yes, it's ridiculous that I have to drive two hours for a injection that takes less than 15 minutes!) Somehow we managed to make it to the doctor with 5 minutes to spare! (Thank you, God.)

Overall, it really wasn't a bad trip, I love going to Nashville, I just wish we weren't so rushed and I could have enjoyed it a little more. So I'm off work for another four days to recover and I'm hoping I can spend it planning content for the new year!

Also, some good news from yesterday, I've lost 8 pounds since I saw the doctor in November! I had no idea but I'm really happy about it!

Here's this week's Links to Love!
Instagram is one of my most ignored social media channels, I always forget about it. Maybe this hashtag cheat sheet will help me step up my game, I suck at hashtags, so wish me good luck!

Sadly I'll be in bed all weekend, but I can still look at all the cute NYE dresses, right? Next year I'm thinking either Nashville or Florida for NYE, if I can get time off work!

10 Signs you are a Mature Adult
I got 2 out of 10!

Standing Core Workout
I definitely want to give this a try in a few weeks when I'm feeling better!


Writing My Story's Best Blog Posts of 2016
Things That Annoy Me: Driving



Well, Goodbye 2016! I hope you all have a good night, be safe, enjoy, and get ready for 2017!
 Are you ready for 2017? Let me know below!
XoXO,

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review - In A Killer's Sights

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'In A Killer's Sights' by Sandra Robbins, copy received from Netgalley via Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

'In A Killer's Sights' is a romantic suspense novel, it is 288 pages long and it took me about three hours to read. It is available at Amazon (Kindle) for $4.99, and Barnes & Noble (NOOK Book) for $4.99.


About The Book

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 288 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: July 5, 2016



Book Synopsis
When Gwen Harwell witnesses someone dumping a body into the Tennessee river, she knows she's the killer's new target. Far from home on a work assignment, she isn't sure where to turn-especially when her ex-husband appears. Five years ago, Dean Harwell's burdens from his police work tore their marriage apart. But now he says he's changed. He's working as a rancher; he's put his problems behind him. And he's committed to keeping her safe until the killer is caught. With their troubled past, trusting him with her life is hard enough. Can she trust him with the truth about the child he doesn't know about?

What did I think?

Like: Didn't wanna put it down.
Dislike:Nothing.

Would I recommend it?
I like how Gwen and Dean were able to work through their differences and find forgiveness. I really liked the ending, the killer ended up being exactly who I thought it was and I love a good happy ending.

Honestly it's been a few months since I read this book so it's kind of hard for me to give an in depth review cause I've read so many books since then. But I do remember loving this book and wanting to read more from this series!

Overall, I loved this book and I definitely plan on continuing to read this series!

Thank you Harlequin via Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Will you be buying this book? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Goals Update

Hello Lovelies!
Looking back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year, I think I did really good! I accomplished more than I thought I would. 2016 in some ways was better than 2015, and in some ways worse. But overall, I think it was a pretty good year!

I still can't believe the year is over and we're getting ready to start a new one!
This is how my goals went in 2016!

Blog Related
- Reach 100 blog followers. (I'm at 62 followers, I think at the beginning of the year I had 45)
-Comment on other blogs more.
-Post more. Get back to a normal blogging schedule. (Working on it)
-Clean up everything, blog content, blog design, social media profiles, EVERYTHING!
-Increase Social Media Reach
-Read More ARCs, request less.

School Related
-Study more.
-Start college. (Sadly didn't happen, no money = no college)
-Work extra hard in Math.
-Stop being so antisocial and make friends!

Health Related
-Lose 60 pounds or more. (Down 7 pounds, shit happened!)
-Be in a size 10 by the end of the year (Still at an 18)
-Cut back on desserts
-Worry less and live in the moment.

 Here's a few more things I wanted to do this year!

Things I Want to Do:
-Open a savings account. (Bahahaha, nope!)
-Buy a new laptop
-Read 30 books. (Made it to 14!)
-Meet with an Army Recruiter. (Never gonna happen, I have too many health issues)
-Buy my blog URL. (maybe next year?)
-Buy a pair of high heels. (My foot is in a boot brace, I don't think I need to add heels!)
-Closet clean out party!
-Budget better!
-Backup my photos more often!
-Redecorate my room.
-Diversify my blog.
-Buy a really nice bag.
-Be more present and social online.
-Kick  my snooze button addiction.
-Live more than I work.
-Be Happy (I'm working on it!)

I think this is the first year I've actually made a pretty good dent in my goals. I'm excited to see how next year goes!

How did you do with your goals? Are you ready for a new year?
XoXo,
Lori

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Hello Lovelies!
We have one week left in 2016, so let's make the best of it!
XoXo,
Lori

Friday, December 23, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 23: Victoria's Secret Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies!
This will be my last gift guide of the year, so I decided to do something a little different! I love Victoria's Secret, they have so many cute and sexy products and I love to look in store and online every chance I get.

I was just in there a few days ago and they still have many great things that could be given as a gift to yourself or to any special ladies in your life! If you haven't finished shopping good luck today, I hope you find everything you want and need!

Me on the other hand, I'm done shopping, but unfortunately I work retail so I'm terrified of going in to work today!

That's all for today, stay safe shopping!
XoXo,

Sunday, December 18, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 18: Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"Think back  years ago. Think of where you're at today. Think ahead  years and what you want to accomplish. Be Unstoppable!"
-Dwayne Johnson

I think leading up to the new year this is something we should all be thinking about. We have two weeks to think about all the things we want to accomplish in the new year, so take advantage of the days and make it happen!
XoXo,
Lori 

Friday, December 16, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 16: Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
Today is day 3 of my 4 days off this week and I am LOVING it! Yesterday I got to go to Evansville, Indianna with my best friend (it's about 45 minutes from us, but there's so much more to do).

We had so much fun, we started at Ulta, ate some Chic-Fil-A, then on to Sephora, H&M, Old Navy and we walked around a little while. Overall, it was a great day, it was freezing cold, but the trip was worth it!

Here's this week's Links to Love!



That's all for today! What links have you been loving this week? Let me know below!
XoXO,
Lori

Thursday, December 15, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 15: Book Review - Their First Family Christmas

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'Their First Family Christmas' by Alison Roberts, copy received from Netgalley via Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

'Their Fitst Family Christmas' is a romacne novel, it is 256 pages long and it took me about three hours to read. It is available at Amazon ( Kindle) $4.99,  Barnes & Noble (NOOKBook).




About The Book

Genre: Medical Romance

Length: 256 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: November 1, 2016




Book Synopsis
Her Christmas past becomes her Christmas present!

When Dr. Emma Matthews was entrusted with the guardianship of her best friend's daughter, she promised that every Christmas would be special...But this Christmas Eve, Jack Reynolds - her old flame and Lily's Uncle - has walked back into their lives.

Both Emma and Jack still bear the scars of this time last year. But now Jack wants to start again - being there for his adorable niece, picking up where he an Emma left off, and giving them all the family Christmas they deserve!

What did I think? 4.5 Stars

Like: The Honesty.
Dislike: Undecided.

Would I recommend it?
I love how open and honest the two main characters were with each other. It seems here lately, with most of the books I've been reading, a lot of the characters problems would be solved if they would just communicate and be honest.

I'm kind of undecided on what I think about the ending, I'm glad there was an epilogue, but I feel like the story before the epilogue was cut short, I feel like it needed a few more pages.

Overall, I really liked this book and I'm interested in reading more from the author!

Thank you Harlequin via Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Will you be buying this book? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori

Monday, December 12, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 12: December Playlist

Hello Lovelies!
It's been a while since I've done a monthly playlist, I wanna say the last one I did was back in the summer! I'm definitely not listening to the same things I was then.

Right now I  have to say my favorite song is Closer by The Chainsmokers! I can't get enough, I'm obsessed with this song! 

And of course, my two holiday favorite songs are Where Are You Christmas by Faith Hill and Greatest Time of Year by Aly & AJ! These two songs have been on my holiday playlist for years!

Here's the rest of my December Playlist!


Where Are You Christmas // Faith Hill
Greatest Time of Year // Aly & AJ
Closer // The Chainsmokers
You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch // Jordan Smith
The Christmas Song // Andy Williams
Jingle Bells // Kenny Chesney
Santa Baby // Kellie Pickler
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas // Kelly Clarkson

What are you listening to this month? Let me know below!
XoXO,
Lori

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blogmas Day 11: Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"If you're asked to take a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat, just get on."
-Sheryl Sandberg

XoXo,
Lori

Friday, December 9, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 9: Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
Its hard to believe we have just over two weeks till Christmas! This year has flown by and I don't know what to think about it.

This week has actually been pretty crappy, my doctor put me in a boot to stabilize my foot and work has really sucked.

However, I get four days off next week and I'm choosing to keep my mind on that instead of the bad!

Anyway, here's this week's Links to Love.


What have you been loving this week? Let me know below!
XoXo,

Thursday, December 8, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 8: Gifts for Her

Hello Lovelies!
Continuing with this week's theme of holiday gift guides, today is for the ladies! I might suck at shopping for guys, but I'm pretty good at gift buying for women.

I've actually bought a few of these and love them, so I had to share them!


The Clinique Moisture Surge overnight mask is really good for sensitive skin. I have combo/oily skin but my cheeks tend to get really dry during the winter. I tried a sample of this mask earlier this year and loved it!

I got a sample of the Black Opium from Ulta last month and I'm in love!

The Hand Food lotion in the Soap and Glory set is amazing, I really want to try the foot cream too.

What are you buying for the ladies in your life this year?
XoXo,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 7: Favorite Hallmark Channel Movies

Hello Lovelies!
Today I wanted to share with you my favorite Hallmark Channel Movies! From October 31 till the end of December my TV is always on Hallmark channel and my DVR is full with my favorite shows!

The Christmas Card is my favorite Hallmark movie of all time! I have it saved on my dvr and watch it yearround!

Matchmaker Santa is a really sweet Christmas movie, I'm a sucker for a good love story!

A Very Merry Mix-Up is another love story success, I can't resist.

Let It Snow I love Candace Cameron Bure

The Ultimate Gift I don't love this one as much as the others, but it is a Christmas tradition to watch it every year and it has a great message.

A December Bride (New!) I think this one premiered on Sunday and I really did like it, it was cute and I watched it all the way through. It was the perfect ending to a rough day at work.

What are your favorite Hallmark Holiday Movies? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 6: Gifts for Him

Hello Lovelies!
Sorry this is so late in the day, but it's been a crazy day! I started off at the podiatrist this morning and he put me in a walking boot for my foot. After I got home, I had to wait all day for the cable man to come, finally my TV is fixed. no more missing channels. While he was working I got distracted trying to clean my little cousins room in my house. She always leaves it a mess and he needed to get to the TV.

Anyway, men are so hard to shop for, I had such a hard time creating this post, but I wanted to write it for other women who have a hard time shopping for men.


My favorite is the glasses set and I also really like the Ted Baker London Watch!

Any advice on shopping for men? Leave it below!
XoXo,
Lori

Monday, December 5, 2016

BLOGMAS Day 5: December + Goals

Hello Lovelies!
It's been pretty quiet this year on Writing My Story, it's been an insane year. I've been so busy and this year has just flown by, I keep trying to catch up and it just hasn't happened.

Even though I've been crazy busy I've decided to go out of 2016 with a bang! Keeping with tradition last week I started this years BLOGMAS!
Clean my room at least once a week.
I've been doing good here lately so I'm hoping I can keep it up and keep it clean.

Blog consistently throughout December.
I'm gonna give it a shot this year and see if I can keep up with the schedule I made!

Get my nose pierced?
I've been going back and forth on this for years! I was going to do it last week when I got my bonus from work, but I had to make my car payment, so it didn't happen.

Have a Christmas movie night.
I love Christmas movies, I love all the old classic cartoons and of course my favorite is The Grinch!!!

Finish the paperback book I'm reading.
I really need to finish Catching Fire and I also started re-reading Pretty Little Liars!

Get back in the gym.
Now that I'm out of physical therapy I want to get back in a normal gym routine!

Organize and declutter my closet
I can't believe I'm admitting this, but I still haven't got my winter clothes out yet! It finally started getting colder here about two weeks ago, so far I haven't needed a heavy coat during the day. However, I've been working a lot of 1-10's and so when I leave work at night I'm freezing, so I really need to find my coat and put it in my car!

Start stretching again.
I quit going to physical therapy last month, I felt like I wasn't improving enough to justify spending 2-3 hours there 2-3 days a week. I can do the stretches here and home. I haven't noticed that big of a difference since I quit going, but I do thing it will help loosen me back up.

Give Khan Academy a try.
I really want to improve my math skills, I want to brush up on old skills and master new skills. Also I love history, so I'm hoping their History courses will be what I'm looking for!

Find time to enjoy Christmas music this year.
Last year between working and everyday life I didn't get to listen to a lot of Christmas music. I love Christmas music, so I want to make the time to listen to it and enjoy it this year!

Be more active on social media.
I've been working on this  here recently, I've been trying really hard with twitter, I try to queue enough posts for a week on Tumblr. My problem area seems to be Instagram!

What are your goals for this month?
XoXo,

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn't mean you have to stay there."
-Robert Downey Jr.
XoXo,
Lori

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekend Wear

Hello Lovelies!
It feels like forever since I did a Weekend Wear post, I felt like this was the perfect time of year to bring it back to the blog!

I'm having so much fun putting together new outffit ideas for y'all, I forgot how much I used to love Polyvore! So here's to re-booting an old series!
Made using Polyvore.

Happy Blogmas everyone! What are you into wearing this weekend?
XoXo,
Lori

Thursday, December 1, 2016

BLOGMAS: Kate Spade Gift Guide

Hello Lovelies!
To kick off Blogmas this year I decided to start with a gift guide! I've been wanting to do this post for a while now, so I'm really excited to finally be posting it!

My number one Kate Spade want is definitely one of their watches, I just can't decide which one I want more. Also the leather wristlets, I love the burgundy color, but the blue is my all-time favorite color, I can't decide!

Anyway, here's the first of many gift guides to start the season with!


That's all for today, come back tomorrow for more Blogmas fun!
XoXo,

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"Cherish the time you have with people because nothing lasts forever, and things can change really quickly."

I think with this week being Thanksgiving, for those of us here in the United States, that this quote is kind of perfect. Thanksgiving is all about being with family and being thankful for what you have, it's also about cherishing your family. 

Unfortunately because I work retail I won't be able to be with my family this year, I'll be working and have to deal with the dreaded Black Friday (Thanksgiving Blitz) shoppers. Last year was really hard on me, it was my first black friday and my anxiety hit me really hard. I'm really hoping that this year won't be as bad, but I'm not getting my hopes up. Last year I was a cashier, this year I'm not sure if I'll be a cashier or if I'll be crowd control.
XoXo,
Lori

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Your Thoughts (Survey Time!)

Hello Lovelies!
Since I've been trying to clean up my blog and get back into a routine, I decided it was time to do a survey and see what you think needs to be done. This isn't the first time I've done a survey, but it's been a while and I think it's time I get some new updated feedback on what y'all like and what you want to see in the future.

If you have a few minutes please take this survey, I just want to pick your brain. I want to know what you like, don't like, what you want to see more of, less of, etc! I also left a spot at the bottom of the survey for you to leave any extra comments or ideas! Thank you so much for sticking by me even though I haven't been as active over the past year!

Here's the survey!

XoXo,
Lori

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I've Added to My TBR List Lately

Hello Lovelies,
Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week's Theme: Movie Freebie.

I'm not big on movies, so instead I decided to go back and do last week's topic since I missed it.

 Ten Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Monday, November 14, 2016

Currently: November 2016

Hello Lovelies!
It's been a while, probably a year actually, since I last did a Currently post. I'm not sure why I stopped doing them, I've always had fun with it, it's a quick easy post, and I get to share with you what's going on.

So here's what's going on in my life this month!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
"Be happy in front of people who don't like you. It kills them."

XoXo,
Lori

Friday, November 11, 2016

Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
So far it's been a pretty good day, I went to the gym this morning and now I'm super happy! Today was my first time back in the gym in about 2 1/2 months. I thought I had lost all of the progress I had made this year, but I actually did better than I thought I would.

I was able to get in 4 miles in 20 minutes on the bike and I did 60 leg presses with 70lb weight. Before my hiatus from the gym I was leg pressing 100lbs, so I'm definitelynot where I used to be, but I'm not too far off.

My goal today was to test myself and see how much I could handle without irritating my newest injury and my chronic pain. I did really well and experienced very little pain, so I'm excited to get back in a routine.

Anyway, that's enough of that for today, so here's this weeks Links to Love!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Success consists of going failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill

XoXo,
Lori

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Guest Post: How to Cope With an Existential Crisis

Hello Lovelies!
Last week Lucy from BuzzEssay contacted me wanting to do a guest post on the blog. The last time I had a guest blogger was last year, so I was really excited to see what she had in mind. So today she is writing about how to cope with and existential crisis.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

When you have a long string of bad days, you can choose to let it drag you down or you can find ways to rise above it. 
-Taylor Swift

XoXo,
Lori

Friday, October 21, 2016

Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
It actually hasn't been that bad of a week, I'm sick of course, but I'm always sick. Work hasn't been too bad either, it's actually been slow in my department. I had one of the top departments Sunday, but since then it has really slowed down.

I'm really excited because my manager goes on vacation next week and once she comes back from vacation she's going to start training me to pierce ears!!! I'm really excited, I already have two volunteers for training.

Here's this week's Links to Love! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review: Rachel Lee - Conard County Witness

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'Conard County Witness' by Rachel Lee, copy received from Netgalley via Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

'Conard County Witness' is a romantic suspense novel, it is 204 pages long and it took me about four  hours to read. It is available at Amazon (for $3.99), and NOOKBOOK ($3.99).


About The Book

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: 204 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: December 1, 2015




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

Hello Lovelies,
Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week's Theme: Ten Characters I'd name a child/dog/cat/car/etc. after.

I decided to go off topic this week, I really wanted to do this week's TTT, but I just wasn't feeling the topic. I missed this year's Books On My Fall TBR List, so I figured why not give it a go this week!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be fat, lazy, broke, and stupid.
Those are things that happen when you don't have a plan.

XoXo,
Lori

Friday, October 14, 2016

Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
It's hard to believe we're already half way through the month of October. Unfortunately I'm getting ready for work, but I do have tomorrow off and it's going to be a crazy day. At 12 I have a baby shower, 3-5 is a birthday party at the park, and at 5 is my uncle's wedding 30 minutes from the park, so it should be a fun afternoon.

I'm kind of nervous, it's been a long time since my family has got together and with all the recent drama it should be an interesting day.

Anyway, here's this week's Links to Love!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

5 Must Have Makeup Products Under $10

Hello Lovelies!
This post has been in my draft box since July and I just now noticed. The post was completely finished, I just never posted it, and I don't know why.

So here is my 5 Must Have Makeup Products Under $10!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Hello Lovelies!
Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly.
It's a masterpiece after all.
-Nathan W. Morris

XoXo,
Lori

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Life Update: Demi Lovato, Promotion, Holiday World

Hello Lovelies!
I cannot believe it's already the end of September! So much has happened this month, it started out really good and then of course the bad had to happen and ruin some of my happiness. I'm still really happy and so far, September has been the best month of 2016!
September 6th & 7th
On the 6th, I found out that I had won tickets to see Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena! First of all, Demi is my all time favorite musician, I love her and her music so much. I was freaking out, I decided to take my best friend Morgan with me. I've never drove in a big city like Nashville, so she offered to drive.

I know they were free, but the seats we got were awful. Thankfully my best friend is much crazier than me and she decided we were going to seat hop. We started out being able to see behind the stage and not being able to see the screen. After walking all the way to the other side of the arena we ended up in some really good seats.

Eventually, later on we were joined by some other seat hoppers and they made the concert even better, even if one of them did give me a headache by screaming directly in my ear the whole concert. Our new friends were two very drunk, very gay guys, and I love them and I wish they were my friends!

When Nick Jonas came out on stage, the one standing beside me started screaming at the top of his lungs, "Daddy! That's daddy!" Even though he was hanging all over me, screaming in my ear, and booty bumping all night, it was the best night of my life.

By the end of the night the total line up for the show was Cord Overstreet, Mike Posner, Nick Jonas, and Demi Lovato. Also, Demi performed her duet with Brad Paisley, then Nick came out and they all three sang a song. And then, (yes there's more) Nick Jonas performed with Thomas Rhett, before Demi came out to close the show.

September 9th
As some of you may know I've worked at Walmart as a cashier since June 2015, I've been trying to transfer departments for a while now. On September 9th, I got the good news that I got the position I applied for. On September 17th, I started my new position as a jewelry sales associate.

September 10th
This was the day I got to go to Holiday World, I had only been one other time and it wasn't a good experience, I almost drowned on my first visit. I ended up not going to the water park this time, (I still can't swim), but I still managed to get completely soaked.

My advice if you ever go to Holiday World, make sure you go on the Raging Rapids, it is my favorite ride in the park. I went with my mom and my two little cousins (ages 5 &12) and they loved it too, we ended up riding it 7 times, and they wanted to keep going.

September 13th
This is the day the bad decided to come back into my life. I was going down stairs to get ready for work when I fell. I fell down 10 stairs and I have no idea what happened. I ended up with bruising from my neck to my back, thankfully nothing was broke. But it's been a week and a half and I'm still in a lot of pain. My neck and my hips/butt got most of the impact, my chiropractor says it's going to take time for me to heal.

Overall, it was a pretty good month, I'm gonna do my best to get back on track with blogging starting tomorrow!
How has September treated you? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be fat, lazy, broke, and stupid.
Those are things that happen when you don't have a plan.

XoXo,
Lori

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weekly Inspiration

When you have a long string of bad days, you can choose to let it drag you down or you can find ways to rise above it.
-Taylor Swift

XoXo,
Lori

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review: Nancy Warren - Best Man...with Benefits

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'Best Man...with Benefits' by Nancy Warren, copy received from Netgalley via Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

'Best Man...with Benefits' is a contemporary romance novel, it is 224 pages long and it took me about 4 hours to read. It is available at Amazon for $4.49 (KINDLE), and Barnes & Noble for $4.49 (NOOKBook).



About The Book

Genre: Romance

Length: 224 Pages

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: June 16, 2015




Book Synopsis
May the best man sin...

Lauren Sanger is practically the perfect maid of honor, except for one tiny flaw. She hates the best man. Jackson Monaghan is beyond hot--his body is the stuff of sexy lady dreams--but he's just such a jerk. So when a prank lands them in the same bed, Lauren should have flipped out, instead of having the best sex of her life with the best man!

Jackson can't figure out how two people with anti-chemistry during the day can have such wickedly hot sexual chemistry at night.Worse still, he wants more. Enough to dare Lauren into doing the last thing she should be doing...him. But friends with benefits is one thing...enemies with benefits is quite another

What did I think?

Like: The timing of the story.
Dislike: Secondary characters, Amy and Seth.

Would I recommend it?
Normally I love a good enemies-with-benefits trope, but for some reason I just couldn't connect with this one. I finished the book and I like it, but I wasn't completely sold.
I liked the main characters, but could not deal with the secondary characters. Thankfully, Seth and Amy only had small parts in the book.

One thing I always love about Nancy Warren is her timing, her stories are always pieced together just right. If you're looking for a quick, flirty and sexy easy read then this is the one for you. It didn't work for me, but I would still recommend it to anyone who loves a fast and easy romance.

Thank you Harlequin via Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Will you be buying this book? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Links to Love

Hello Lovelies!
I don't know what happened, but somehow my Links to Love didn't go up last week. 
So far August has been pretty good, I've been working a lot, with it being back-to-school time it's been crazy busy!

On top of it being back-to-school time, I'm also cross-training for the fuel station at our store! So I have officially done everything at our store with a register except, the vision center and pharmacy.

Anyway, here's this week's Links to Love!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review: Tina Wainscott - Falling Free

Hello Lovelies!
Today I will be reviewing 'Falling Free' by Tina Wainscott, copy received from Netgalley via Random House Publishing - Loveswept in exchange for an honest review.

'Falling Free' is a romance novel, it is 240 pages long and it took me about four hours to read. It is available at Amazon for $2.99, and Barnes & Noble for $2.99.
Falling Free is the third Falling Fast Novel, I reviewed the first book last year, you can read my review of Falling Fast, here.




About The Book

Genre: Romance

Length: 240 Pages

Publisher: Random House Publishing - Loveswept

Release Date: June 14, 2016

 

Book Synopsis
Ever since she was a teenager, Grace Parnell has had one ambition: to prove her father's innocence and overturn his prison sentence. That drive led her to become a tough, compassionate lawyer - until the case hits a heartbreaking end. Now Grace is adrift, with no idea how to rebuild her life. It's certainly not the time to fall in love. But from the moment she meets Artemis Tanner, their instant connection is undeniable.

A motor-sports pioneer, Tanner has come to this little coastal town for the racetrack- but he's staying for Grace. Even though the standoffish attorney seems determined to stay out of reach, Tanner doesn't need a law degree to tell that their attraction is very, very mutual. As her visits to the track become more frequent, and as Tanner learns more about Grace's troubled family, he starts to pry open the tiny cracks in her controlled demeanor. Hidden beneath, there's an incredible passion waiting to be set free.

What did I think?

Like: Getting to see old characters.
Dislike: That it took me so long to read!

Would I recommend it?
Even though I still haven't read the second book, I can honestly say that this series, just keeps getting better and better. I LOVED the first book and I love this book just as much. It took me way too long to read this book, I pretty much read this book on my breaks and lunch breaks at work.
Mixed in with all the distractions and the days I wasn't able to read, it took me probably a month from start to finish! Overall I would say it took four to six hours, when I'm in the break room I tend to get distracted and have to re-read spots.

Grace and Tanner were very likable character's, the chemistry between them was there from beginning to end!I really enjoyed the banter between Tanner and Grace, and I love that we get to see a peek into the future for the characters in Book #1 and Book #2. These books can be read as standalone novels, but I highly recommend you read them all.

Overall, I love this series and I really hope there's another book in the series. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance!

Thank you Random House Publishing - Loveswept via Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
Will you be buying this book? Let me know below!
XoXo,
Lori
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books To Read In One Day

Hello Lovelies!
Top 10 Tuesdayis a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week's Theme: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND

I actually just finished this book, it took me WAY to long to finish, just because I could only read in 15 minute periods. I should have a review up either tomorrow or next Wednesday!

I remember really loving this series, book two was my favorite in this series, so you should check that one out too.

The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont
I haven't mentioned this one in a while, but I really enjoyed reading this YA novel. It was the first YA book I had read in years and I ended up reading it in one night! Plus I still think it's pretty awesome that because of Top Ten Tuesday, Nina saw where I mentioned her and she sent me the book!

Snowstorm Confessions by Rachel Lee
Let's be honest, pretty much anything by Harlequin can be read in one day. But I find myself thinking and going back to this book pretty often, I really love Rachel Lee as a writer. She is just one of those people who can write an amazing romantic suspense and not make me want to burst into tears out of  frustration and throw my phone at the wall while reading it!

When I had to read this for English in high school I was dreading it, but once I started reading I actually enjoyed it. I really want to find more classics like this that don't bore me to death.

Too Friendly To Date by Nicole Helm
I think this is just such a sweet story, as I mentioned in my review of the book, I'm a huge sucker for a good friends to lovers trope. Also, I just love Nicole Helm, if you aren't following her on twitter you need to be, she's always cracking me up! (@NicoleTHelm )

Okay, so I only made it to six, but I think that's enough to keep y'all busy for a while!

What would you recommend for reading in one day? Leave a link to your blog below and I'll check it out!
XoXo,