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The Fault In Our Stars – Review

23 Jun

Lately it’s been really hard to get any reading done. As much as I love it,  I don’t have the time sit with an open book and get swept away with the story. I also don’t have the budget for new books and since I’m not spending any money this month (#30makeitwork) I needed an alternative.

My sister has been talking about audiobooks for a while and I was intrigued! I do think it matters who the speaker is for audiobooks because some of them I can’t imagine listening to for multiple hours, or I just can’t understand but that wasn’t the case for this book!

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was exactly what I expected it to be and more! I’ve been seeing the previews of the movie and hearing everyone rave about it that it was an obvious choice on my wish list. (Let’s just say I am a sucker for a good love story too!)

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Here’s Amazon’s description in case you haven’t seen or heard about it:

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

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I think sometimes we forget what it’s like to be a young adult. The struggles, the high’s, and the moments that are unforgettable. This book takes you back and reminds you what it’s like to have all of those and to not have all of those things. Imagine a life without all those school memories and moments because they were taken away from you due to your health. Imagine finding those moments you never thought you’d have when you least expected it.

John Green takes you inside the life of three amazing characters who haven’t had it easy and gives you a new perspective on what it’s like to live with cancer as a young adult. It’s not just about a life with cancer though it’s about life and love in general. How we impact each other in this world and whether it has a lasting impression on those we love. Are we sure we want a lasting impression after all?

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To me, this book is a must read for those who enjoy young love stories and new perspectives. I absolutely enjoyed it!

I got the free audiobook this go round from Audible but luckily our library supports audiobooks so I will be able to continue to more free whenever I please! This is a great alternative for me since I can’t sit and read these days, but I can sit and listen!

 

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Necessary Lies – Book Review

29 Aug

Necessary Lies

I just finished reading this book and I could not put it down! My mom and sister have both read previous books from Diane Chamberlain and raved about her so I wasn’t hesitating to get started on it. I will admit that in the beginning I was getting a little mixed up with the characters but it’s totally worth it to keep reading.  Once you get past the first few chapters and really start getting to know the characters you won’t be able to put this book down!

Barnes and Nobel’s Overview

Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

This book will be available for purchase on September 3rd or you can pre-order it on Barnes and Noble here! I am now looking forward to checking out some of Diane’s previous books!

Mom, You Rock!

6 Aug

My mom has been a huge inspiration in my life, a dedicated supporter, and by my side no matter what I’m going through. I owe her the world and can’t wait to repay her back one day (either when she lets me or needs me – we’ll see which one comes first!).

My wonderful mother and amazing sister! ❤ love them with all my heart!

The past few weeks my mom has come to the new place 😀 and I’ve helped her switch over from blogger to wordpress. I really wanted the experience in it since it can help with my job being a virtual assistant but I also just wanted to give back to my mom for always giving to me!

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We can now proudly say she is an official WordPress blogger 😉 I am also so impressed with how well she dealt with the transition! It may just be me but I love getting a phone call from her randomly throughout the day. It tends to go like this:

“Jenn, do you have a moment you can help me with something on my blog?” Mom

“Sure!” Me

“Okay, so I am trying to do …. and it’s not working.” Mom

That just makes my day! I love being able to help people in an instant! It’s always been a favorite thing of mine and I’m not exactly sure when it started but it’s like I get this self esteem boost every time I fix something for someone else 😀 I know, I know, I have problems 😉

If you are unfamiliar with my mom’s blog let me just explain it to you:

She writes book reviews, book life events, reading to Emma, and how the beach inspires her. If you like to read books she is definitely worth a follow! You can get the inside scoop on books that are getting ready to be published and some already published. Follow along with her on some of the BEST book events in the area (northern va, maryland, dc, and new york!). Check her out at Opes Opinions

I’m one proud daughter 😀

I LOVE YOU MOMMY!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today everyone and I hope you’ll support me and my family as well.

The Alchemist

2 Oct

Thanks to an amazing blogger friend 🙂 Kristin from Bliss At Home I found an online book club that this busy mommy can attend!! This week we were reading The Alchemist:

 

Barnes and Nobles Overview

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

 

After reading it Niki from Book Babes asked some questions about the book and here are my answers 🙂

 

What did you think about the way he described love in the book? Do you feel true would keep you from wanting to be apart even if someone you loved had a destiny to fulfill?

It was interesting! As much as I’d never want Brian to leave me or me to leave to leave my husband, I can see how we probably do get in each other’s way of fulfilling dreams due to the fact that we both have to comprise things.

Have you discovered your own personal legend? Or do you have any idea of what it might be?

Last year I realized that I didn’t only want to be a stay at home mom, that I also wanted to be my own boss by selling the items I make for myself and my home.

This unique story was unlike a lot of the books I’ve read, both in content and writing style. Did you love or hate it for it’s uniqueness?

I love the uniqueness – the way he uses his words really puts a picture in your head. I feel like the way he wrote also kept my attention. In most books I might read a paragraph and then think about a story similar to my life and then have to cut myself off and go back to the book. This story held my attention without me wandering off anywhere!

I would have never picked this book up for myself but I do think it’s worth a read to anyone who likes books. It’s a great change of pace, a great way to stop and think about your life, and a new perspective on our goals for the future. It’s a keeper!!

Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Get It Together Girl!

26 Sep

Sorry for the late post this morning – I’ve been trying to get it together over here 😉 Since I’m waiting for my studio organizers to come in I decided to get to work on my desk. It seriously needed some TLC!!

This desk was being used for pile things instead of actually work on. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve had to organize this desk because it’s become a dumping station. I decided I need to create enough space in the drawers to keep things off the desk so it doesn’t pile up anymore.

The first step was to clean out these messy drawers. We had a ton of stuff in here that was just taking up precious space – including a bunch of things that didn’t necessarily have anything to do with desk work. Surprisingly I had a ton of crafting related things in this desk that I gladly took to the studio room. It doesn’t belong in here and definitely wasn’t getting used being in this desk.

After I got the drawers all cleaned out, I was able to decide what I wanted for my desk.

1. A place to keep and organize my coupons.

2. A place to keep and organize my receipts for taxes.

3. A place for paying my bills and desk supplies.

4. A place to write cards (thank yous, invites, and such).

5. A place to file my paperwork (which was already there).

6. A place for the books I’m working on and reviewing.

7. A place for my notebooks and organizing tools.

Some things just can’t fit in the desk very well so the last two items got cute boxes to be used to store them.

After two hours – taking loads to the studio, thrift store pile, and trash – this desk was finished!! I even hung up a hanging folder to put my “need to be filed” items up so they don’t pile on my desk. The gray container holds the books I’m working on and reviewing. The tan container holds my organizing notebooks and tools – including my pens, pencils, and scissors!

In my drawers I made room for my coupon notebook, my tax/receipts notebook, my bill supplies & desk tools, my notecards, thank you’s, and invites. The bottom drawer stayed the same with my files.

In order to keep this desk from getting back to being a dumping ground, every night I’ll be cleaning it up so in the morning it’s ready for some work to get accomplished!

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Magazine Review: Woman’s Day Specials – Halloween Celebrations

18 Sep

Who’s ready for Halloween magazines? I AM! This week I’m reviewing Woman’s Day Specials Halloween Celebrations!! This is your all around get ready for the season kind of magazines that includes, crafts, home decor, food, and some extra goodies as well. I can’t imagine you flipping through this magazine and not wanting to attempt something in this magazine – even if you hate Halloween – some of these things are worth a look!

Each page is filled with multiple ideas and and things you can try to create on your own but you can also purchase! One of my favorite things about this magazine is it tells you where they found the item, how much it is, and the website for it! Another plus – they showcase Etsy shops 🙂 I love supporting fellow etsians.

Their how-to’s are easy to read and follow and they also have extra instructions and patterns in the back! I’d say this magazine is filled with enough goodies to keep you busy up until Halloween this year 🙂 I already have a list of things I’d love to try as well as a few shops I’ll be buying from. Since this magazine isn’t completely about crafting I deducted a point for ideas & inspirations since part of it is food and that might not interest some as well as a point off for exciting pictures and fun reads because there’s less articles and more shopping.

Halloween Celebrations comes . Each magazine is $5.99 which is a fantastic deal to me. The deal for a subscription is $14.99 for two years or 1 year for $7.99. There are $10 issues a year. You can’t ask for a better deal than that!!!!

  • 4 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 4 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 5 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (5.99 for one issue)

I give this magazine 4.5 out 5 stars which I think is my highest one yet!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

 

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Blogging Book Giveaway Winner!!

15 Sep

So here it is – the big moment where we find out who the lucky winner of this book is!?

If you want to see more about the book here is the blog post I did about it: Blogging Book Giveaway

And the winner is………………………………………………………………….

 

HOLESINMYSOCKS!

Congratulations! I hope the book gives you the guidance to either start your new blog or gives you tips to help you out! Be sure to come back and let us know what you thought of it when you get it 😀

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Sneak Peak at Next Week

9 Sep

Here’s a quick sneak peak at next week! Let me know what you are looking forward to!

 

A messy situation at our place!

A blogging magazine review

New listings of course!

Another bed sheet project.

A scrap fabric project

And the book giveaway winner will be announced this coming Saturday!

What are you excited to see?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Don’t forget to sign up for my book giveaway – the winner will be announced Saturday 15th!

 

Love Always,

J

 

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Blogging Book Giveaway!

8 Sep

Hey everyone! I am excited to do a book giveaway today 🙂 I picked up this book while I was out shopping a few days ago and had a chance to read through it and thought it would be the perfect book to giveaway.

 

If you are a newbie blogger and you are trying to figure out your way around this world this book is for you. If you a blog reader and haven’t even started a blog – but are thinking about it – this book is for you too!!! Even though I’m way past the starting point of my blog, I picked up this book to see what guidelines and hints it might have that I might not know about 🙂 Plus the title was pretty catchy!

After reading through it this book I had wished that I had found it when I was wondering whether or not to start up this blog! It has so much wealth of information from starting your own page, running it, writing tips, picture editing, to making it a piece of you.

 

Another thing I love about this book is between all the information they feature a few blogs to give you examples but the way that they feature them is like a little journal into why that blogger started, what they do, what they love about it, and it makes you look at blogs in a completely different light!

So if you are a newbie blogger or haven’t started a blog but want to – SIGN UP NOW! To enter to win this book all you have to do is leave your email address in a comment below or you can email me your contact information – just make sure to put in the header Blogging Book Giveaway! theunderestimatedmom(at)gmail(dot)com

This giveaway will be open until September, Friday the 14th at midnight! Saturday the winner will be announced and contacted and the book will be mailed right away!

Who loves giveaways!? I DO I DO!

Love Always,

J

Fresh Style: The Holiday Issue – Magazine Review

4 Sep

This magazine grabbed my attention for multiple reasons. 20 DIY gifts under $20 dollars -HECK YES. Easy decor – Yes Please. Quick Projects – WIN! I love all of those things 😉

When it comes to gift giving for my family I love to go out and buy things that they really want (with a budget in mind) and then on top of that I like to make something that’s more personal as well as budget friendly. Whether it’s an ornament, home decor, or just something fun I couldn’t resist – it makes Christmas over here a lot easier to handle. When you have a large family like mine it’s even more difficult to give a lot of gifts when there’s just way to many people to buy for!

So when I saw this magazine, I instantly picked it up, didn’t look at the price, and trucked it to the check out counter! You can never have too many cute, small, budget friendly gift ideas!

After one quick flip my heart was already racing and ready to go. They have enough choice options to make sure there would be something for everyone in here. From buttons, to books, to personalized pieces; this magazine really makes you feel like you could be a gift giving queen! Another plus? If you don’t feel like making these things – you can easily purchase them from their directory in the back.

Not sure where to pick up all the pieces for these crafts? Oh they got you covered there too! Under Resources for Readers in the back they list where they got what pieces and how much certain things cost (decorative things). Talk about getting your homework done for you? Right!?

Now I didn’t forget – the how to’s, pictures, and descriptions. Icing on the cake people. Their pictures are fantastic – for those who see instructions better through pictures; they give you a taste here and there so you aren’t lost. Their descriptions are easy to read and not so long-winded to keep the attention of those easily distracted people like me 😉 Lastly: How to’s! If the descriptions don’t give you enough details in the back they have Step by Step instructions. Ahh what a life. This magazine beats anything I’ve ever seen so far and I am so in love with it that I’m not willing to let it go!

Since Fresh Style only comes out once a year they don’t do subscriptions but since it’s only $7.99 a magazine – it’s totally worth it. I’m adding this magazine to my yearly inspiration 🙂

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (7.99 for one issue)

Four out five stars for this one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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