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He Said, She Said: What To Watch On Netflix

{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
Setting the Scene: Matt and I try to watch at least one or two movies on Netflix a week after the kids go to bed. It’s our poor people with lots of kids version of a date night. I don’t have to put on real clothes and he doesn’t have to pay $12 for popcorn. It works for us. Unfortunately, we do not always agree on which movie to watch because Matt is very much a person who goes by the star rating of the movie and Netflix is somewhat misleading with it’s ratings. The following conversation took place after we spent over 20 minutes searching for a movie that Matt was willing to watch.
She Said: Pick a movie already.
He Said: I don’t want to waste 2 hours watching something stupid.
She Said: So you’d rather spend 2 hours browsing through every single movie on Netflix.
He Said: Yes.
She Said: Wrong answer. 
He Said: Well this one sounds pretty good but it only has 2 stars.
She Said: What’s it called?
He Said: Chick Magnet.
She Said: Keep looking.
He Said: How about Sharknado? Only 2 stars. But it has Tara Reid and Ian Ziering in it.
She Said: Sure, why not. 
He Said: Really? You’ll watch this?
She Said: This week I watched somewhere around 42 episodes of Doc McStuffins, Octonauts, and Sofia the First. My standards are fairly low.
He Said: Good to know.
She Said: Not that low. Smart ass. 
The End.

250 Books In 365 Days: Books I Loved In January


 I’m on a mission this year to read more books and watch less television. I love to read. It’s always been something that gets me through the dark times. I love to lose myself in a good book and escape the real world for a few hours. So this year I am making it my goal to read 250 books in 365 days. I’m a super fast reader, which drives Matt crazy but I can read a 250-300 page book in a few hours. With all the time I spend sitting around waiting for my kids at dance, gymnastics, basketball, etc I have a lot of free time to read. Last year I read almost 200 books so I think I can do it. You can follow along with the books I’ve read on Goodreads if you want and each month I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite reads from that month right here on the blog. Some of the books will be new releases and some will be from my massive collection of unread books on my Kindle. 

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 1. Hard As It Gets by Lauren Kaye Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees. Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge.

 This book was fantastic! I loved it. Be warned- it’s not for the prudish types. Hot alpha men, strong female heroine, and lots of action equals a good read for me. It’s a complete story, no cliffhanger ending which I am so tired of authors doing! Book 2 comes out on February 25th and I already pre-ordered it. 

 2. Blitzing Emily by Julie Brannagh– Emily Hamilton doesn’t trust men. She’s much more comfortable playing the romantic lead in front of a packed house onstage than in her own life. So when NFL star and alluring ladies’ man Brandon McKenna acts as her personal white knight, she has no illusions that he’ll stick around. However, a misunderstanding with the press throws them together in a fake engagement that yields unexpected (and breathtaking) benefits. Every time Brandon calls her “Sugar,” Emily almost believes he’s playing for keeps—not just to score. Can she let down her defenses and get her own happily ever after?

 I really liked this book, more than I thought I would. You know how much I love football so a book with a football player alpha male as the hero is right up my alley. Plus it was pretty funny at times. Book 2 will be out on February 11th and I can’t wait!

 3. Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan– Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

 It’s definitely not a secret how much I love Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. I’ve been waiting for this story for years. The characters go way back in the series and the build up for this story has gone on for literally years. I was not disappointed- the story was fantastic! I think it was her best book in a couple of years. 

 4. The Night Is Mine by M.L. Buchman– First in a thrilling military romantic suspense series based on the real-life elite helicopter pilots who transport Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of combat and covert missions. (SOAR are the heroes of Black Hawk Down.) Buchman’s heroine flys the most dangerous military ops and tries to find the one man who can be a hero in her own life. Ace-pilot Captain Emily Beale goes undercover as bodyguard to the First Lady, with her rugged commander, Major Mark Henderson, who is determined to cover her back. Can she learn to keep her desire at bay before her covert mission implodes.

 I love military romances but I like a good amount of action to go along with romance. This book checked all my boxes. The action was fast paced and descriptive, the romance was intense and little forbidden, and the heroine was bad ass! What more could you want? This is the first book in the authors Night Stalkers series and I will be reading all of them for sure!

 5. Morning After by Melissa Hale– Erica has her life planned down to an exact timeline. It is working in all aspects except one, her love life. She wants what every girl wants, to fall in love with Prince Charming, get married, have babies and live happily ever after. That doesn’t seem so unreasonable. Unfortunately, Prince Charming has eluded her. Until a robbery, an attack and a stalker turn her organized life upside down and she is forced to recognize the Prince Charming she might have missed. Ethan Reynolds is a former Marine who runs a successful security company. He’s not looking to settle down, he’s looking to expand. That is until the woman who owns the coffee shop across the street captures his attention. Unfortunately, she doesn’t give him a chance until a threat makes him the perfect ally. Now in addition to trying to keep her safe he has to convince her they can have so much more than a working relationship. Until he realizes he is putting her in danger.

 I grabbed this book as freebie because it looked pretty interesting and I really didn’t expect much. But I was invested in this story from the minute I started reading. The characters were real and the suspense was believable. Plus the hero was hot and the heroine was funny- a combo I can’t resist. 

 6. Fighting Temptation by K.C. Lynn– Julia Sinclair is your typical innocent good girl with a heart of gold. At sixteen she moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, to live with her Grams after losing her mother to cancer. This is where she met some of the best friends she will ever have and one in particular who will forever hold her heart. Jaxson Reid is your typical tattooed bad boy. His past and soul is as dark as the tattoos he bares. He flies through life and girls with no attachments and no emotions… until he met her. One fateful night brought Julia and Jaxson together. They formed a friendship and a bond so strong it was unbreakable. Jaxson fought the temptation of anything more with Julia because he knew he would never be good enough for her. When he found his control slipping he left the one girl, who meant everything to him, to join the Navy. But one passion-filled night has Jaxson letting go of fighting temptation which will forever alter their relationship. A few years later Jaxson comes home to make things right with the one girl who’s ever meant anything to him. Except someone isn’t happy that Jaxson has returned. Someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way… forever. Now Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul. 

 I just realized a lot of my favorite books this month were romantic suspense. This one was great. The interactions between the characters were real and emotional and not overblown. I love books where the main couple has a long history together. There was just enough action to keep the story moving without detracting from the romance. 

 7. Kiss the Sky by Krista Ritchie– Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way. Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity. 

 This book is hot. And definitely not for the faint hearted with elements of light BDSM included. I loved the characters and their interactions with each other. I laughed, I swooned, I blushed- through the whole book. The hero is a super hot alpha male and the heroine is a feisty, independent, strong woman who started the book as a virgin. This book is a continuation of the Addicted series so it features the same characters but you do not have to have read Addicted to understand this book. 

 So those were my favorite books from January. I can’t wait to see what February holds- lots of new releases, new authors, and old favorites too!


Saving Money With Target Cartwheel


My love affair with Target is definitely not a secret around here. I can spend hours just browsing up and down the aisles- trying on new accessories and redecorating my house in my head. Target is my happy place. So when I first was introduced to the new Target Cartwheel app I wanted to know more! When I found out it was a way to save money, I really wanted to know more! With 5 kids and a husband who works in finance, saving money is the name of the game around this house. 





The Target Cartwheel app is a savings program that can be used on your desktop, tablet, mobile web, and iPhone or Droid apps. There are more than 700 savings offers available from every area of the store on the cartwheel with new ones added regularly. It’s super easy to get started and even easier to use! You can log in with your target.com log in information or you can log in using Facebook. I chose to use my Facebook to log in to Target Cartwheel so I can see what offers my friends have added to their own cartwheels. I like being able to add offers to my cartwheel privately as well- my Facebook friends don’t necessarily need to see what brand of feminine products I use! Another feature that I know I will use all the time is the scan feature from the iPhone app (also available on the Droid app). I can walk around Target and scan any barcode in the store to see if that item has a cartwheel offer available on it. That’s super helpful for me because no matter how hard I try to stick to a list when I shop, I inevitably find something that I just must buy that’s not on my list. It’s just a given.    Unlike regular coupons, your Target Cartwheel offers can be used as many times as you would like until they expire with only a few exceptions including a limit of 4 items per offer, per transaction and a limit of 6 Cartwheel scans per day. For example- if you had an offer for 10% off of 20-ounce bottles of Diet Coke, you could purchase 4 bottles in one transaction and the offer would be applied to all 4 bottles. You could do this up to 6 times in one day, which would give you 24 bottles of Diet Coke at 10% off each. Pretty good deal, right?    





I know I love to save money and I know all of you do too which is why I have to tell you that your Cartwheel offers can be stacked with any other Target discounts or coupons, manufacturers’ coupons, and your REDcard discount! Now that is how you save some money! When you get up to the register there is no big hassle to redeem your Cartwheel offers. There is one single barcode to be scanned and it holds all of your Cartwheel offers. All you need to do is present your Cartwheel barcode to be scanned after any other discount has been applied and you’re done! If you are using the iPhone or Droid app then you can have the barcode scanned directly from your smartphone, otherwise you can print your Cartwheel out to take with you. Target Cartwheel offers are valid for in-store purchases only.


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Random Bits From An Atypical Week

*Matt’s iPhone 4 finally bit the dust this past weekend. He’s had it for 3.5 years so I guess it was time to say goodbye. Of course, it couldn’t have waited a few more weeks until our tax return made an appearance. Nope, it had to break now. I expect nothing else in this house. Also, Zoey’s old mattress decided now would be the appropriate time to bust a spring up through the top of the mattress. Awesome. So we spent our Sunday at Best Buy upgrading Matt to an iPhone 5s and then at IKEA buying a new mattress for Zoey. If you hear whimpering, don’t worry it’s just my credit card. Or my sanity- we had to take all 3 little kids with us. I’m still twitching. See the face on the 9 year old drama queen down there? Welcome to my world. 





*Our cable modem has decided now is a great time to just die. Slowly. It’s been acting up for weeks but resetting it usually fixes the issue. Not anymore. It stops working, which means no television or internet service, and then I have to reset it 6-7 times before it will come back on. It works for 20-30 minutes and then repeat. I’m losing my mind. This post- has already taken me 45 minutes because of the internet connection. The new modem comes tomorrow. It’s not soon enough. Last night it cut off Teen Mom 2 right in the middle. I am not happy. 


*Schools dismissed 2 hours early yesterday for snow. Of course, the snow hadn’t actually begun falling when the early dismissal was announced. Technicalities, folks. It always make me laugh because our schools close for the threat of snow. When I was a kid there could be 8 inches of snow on the ground and rest assured- we were going to school. Period. Not to mention, our high temp for yesterday was 27 degrees. Today is 37. Saturday has an expected high temp of 63. What? Go home Mother Nature, you’re drunk.





*I had to venture out to Walmart for some food. It was packed full of people in a panic because the weather forecast was calling for 1-2 inches of snow. Go ahead, laugh. I sure did. You’d think we were expecting a full on blizzard. But guess which aisle was the absolute busiest out of the whole store? The wine and beer aisle. Ha! It was full of moms, all sharing looks of commiseration. I grabbed 2 big bottles of wine and the lady next me gave me a head nod and said “snow day survival”. You know it, sister.





*I’m really liking the song Say Something by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera. The song is fantastic- the video makes me tear up. Have you heard it? 





Anything exciting happening in anybody’s house lately?


By the way- this post took me 2.5 hours to finish thanks to my ridiculous internet. I’m going to pour a glass of wine and try to stop the twitching. 



Making Breakfast Happen With Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwiches

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BreakfastDelight  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Right? I mean, isn’t that what you’ve always been told? I can remember hearing that statement all the way back to my childhood, which my children like to refer to as the dark ages. Unfortunately the concept of breakfast is a lot easier than the actual application when you have a house packed with 5 kids and multiple schedules.  Our mornings are hectic and busy. Picture a tornado converging with a hurricane and then throw a yappy little Boston Terrier into the middle and that’s pretty much what mornings look like in my house. 


Between dragging the teenager out of bed- which takes a force of nature on its own- and dealing with a tween girl who suddenly hates her hair, her wardrobe, her face, and everything about her life and then add in the bonus of a little boy who has sensory issues with clothes…well you see why my mornings are so stressful? I barely get time for a full shower let alone have time to make myself a nutritious breakfast. Most mornings I just skip breakfast and grab coffee. I know, it’s horrible and really bad for my body. There is just not enough time and as always, the kids come first. Making sure they have a nutritious breakfast before they leave for school is a priority so my own needs take a backseat. A couple of mornings a week I do manage to swallow down whatever one of the kids has left behind on their plate on the way out the door. The best I did last week was to finish off Mase’s half of a cream cheese bagel- sans the cream cheese which he licked off but I didn’t realize that until I was already halfway through chewing. And yes it was a disgusting as it sounds. 


Clearly I need a breakfast intervention. I need something fast, delicious, and nutritious. Enter Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwiches. I found a great selection at my local Walmart- it was hard choosing which one I wanted to try first!





After changing my mind at least 5 times, I decided to try out the Turkey Sausage, Egg & Cheese Honey Wheat Flatbread sandwich. They all looked so delicious, it was really hard to decide. 








Preparing the breakfast sandwich took me less than 3 minutes from freezer to table and it smelled so good while cooking in the microwave that it made my mouth water. 








The best part of this Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwich, other than the obvious convenience factor, has to be the health benefits. Not only am I actually eating a real breakfast but I’m eating a breakfast sandwich that is a great source of protein while also being a fantastic low-calorie option at less than 300 calories while still offering great taste! That, my friends, cannot be beat! 






I made the mistake of setting down my sandwich to answer the phone. I swear I was only gone for a minute but when I came back to the table, someone else had discovered the deliciousness of the Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwich. The perpetrator was easily identified but at least she’s cute…and she left me the other half of the sandwich.









I guess I’m going to need to buy a few more boxes the next time I’m at Walmart. Make sure you check out the selection of Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwiches at your local Walmart. And be sure to head over to the Jimmy Dean Pinterest or Facebook page for more great breakfast ideas!