Monday, September 30, 2013

Sassy Baby Essentials

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Alison's Blog Life and Times of Alison and Justin, (due any day and may possibly already have her little one already!) for a free girl's headband from Sassy Baby Essentials! Even though we are not finding out the gender, I need to have some "key girl" and "key boy" pieces on hand for when the baby arrives home. Whatever I have on hand that I won't need for my boy or girl, I'll have ready to go as baby gifts for my friends as they start to have their babies in the next year or so as well. Or...I'll just keep everything until our next child. ;)

I was so overwhelmed by all the amazing choices I had to choose from on the Sassy Baby Essentials Etsy's page. How could I chose just ONE?? After a while of looking through the options, I finally settled on the Mini Bow Trio.
I emailed Mandy, the shop owner, with my selection and very quickly received my order over the weekend! I didn't take a very good picture of them, but they are so adorable and so cute! I will be so excited with either a boy or a girl this coming November...but when I look at these little headbands, I can't help but hope...just a little...for a little girl!

For the time being, Zoey will just have to be my little girl model, and she was very happy to oblige this weekend.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review: Wild

From Goodreads
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. 

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

My Thoughts: 
I couldn't put this book down! I read this in 4 days and it was such an enjoyable read. It's kind of like "Eat, Pray, Love" but way more rugged and intense. This was written just about 20 years after the hike took place on the Pacific Coast trail. I think this time lapse was for the best because Cheryl Strayed comes at the material with a much more sophisticated look on the experience. I think if she wrote it in her 20's, it would have been a completely different book...because, well....she was kind of insane and immature. Who takes opium from strange men who live in their truck?! I don't think I would have liked Cheryl in real life, but I certainly admire her tenacity and what she did. She makes some really dumb choices, and it's pretty much a miracle that she didn't die on the trail. Told from her own reflection back on the experience and how her life has changed for the better in the 10 years since, I really enjoyed it!

Interesting side story: Cheryl Strayed's father left her and her family when she was young, which she talks about a LOT in the book and how it affected her. Through publishing this book, her half-sister actually made the connection and realized Cheryl was her half-sister, and reached out to her. I don't think this was a happy or joyous occasion - Cheryl has a lot of animosity toward her father, but it is an interesting story, and hopefully Cheryl can finally find some peace with her father. You can read or hear the story here:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Weekend Wedding in Salem Part 2

On Monday, I told you all about our awesome day in Salem, Massachusetts and the first part of our friends, Juan and Meg's, wedding. After the ceremony, the Cocktail Hour and the reception were held back at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.
My friend, Kerry, enjoying "the bump"
With the Hubster

After enjoying cocktail hour, we were sent into the reception where we were asked to take our seats. Our rock-candy place cards were an awesome and sweet treat to be greeted with!
The Bridal Party as well as the Bride and Groom were introduced to the party and they shared their first dance.


Meghan danced with her dad. Again, just like during the first dance, Meghan's little brother cried through the whole thing and it was just about the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life.

Juan danced with his beautiful mom:

And then they cut the cake! Meg and Juan opted for a cupcake tower with mini cake on top. All was going perfectly smoothly and then Meg totally smashed the cake in Juan's face! She got him really good!

By the end of the night, the dance floor was packed with people dancing their rumps off:
I even had to dance around our table at one point in a "win the centerpiece" competition held after dinner - how the pregnant lady became the chosen one to dance, I'll never know. But I gave it my all, and I think their photographer has some pretty priceless pictures of this to boot.

Congratulations Meg and Juan! We couldn't be happier for you both!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

How Far Along: 30 Weeks! 10 more weeks to go!

Baby is the size of: Cabbage

Total Weight Gain: 25.8 pounds

Sleep: Actually really really well this week. I've been out like a light each night, and feeling sooo comfortable wrapped up in my snoogle. I do sort of miss cuddling with my husband though...or like..even being on the same side of the bed as him - this pillow is literally the size of an entire person. I finally switched it to the outside of the bed instead of in-between us though, and that is working out much better!

Best Moment of the week:
Our sonogram!!!! The baby weighs 3.5 pounds which is in the 54th percentile. As I like to say: My baby is already just like its mom on a regular basis - always weighing just slightly over what it should, LOL.
We were very surprised to get four 3D sonogram pictures as well. I had no intention of getting these as I always heard they weren't covered by insurance and you generally had to pay extra for them. Plus, I just prefer the 2D sonograms more. I know it's a beautiful thing yadda yadda yadda...but I can't get into the 3D sonogram pictures, honestly, they freak me out. So I will NOT be sharing those, but we have them as a nice keepsake.

*The doctor confirmed for me that I am indeed feeling the baby when s/he hiccups. I always feel it in the lower left side of my stomach, which is where she said the head is right now...right where I feel those little hiccup pulses every so often!

*Our crib is officially ordered (a special gift from Chris's grandma) and in stock! We can arrange delivery at any time!
* I went to see Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp in concert at Adelphi University on Friday night with a friend and her mom. Adam and Anthony were the original stars of Rent on Broadway, and also the movie and I've seen them both in several Broadway shows through the years. I am a self-professed Musical Theater nerd and it had been FAR too long since I'd attended a good old fashioned Broadway-style event. This concert just filled me with so much contentment, love for musical theater, and happiness. Even better: The baby was moving around lots during most of the concert so I think s/he liked it too!
Worst Moment of the Week:
* Two things upset me at my appointment. The fact that epidurals were not patient-controlled at my hospital, and that they do not participate in any cord-blood donation services, so you either bank it, or nothing.

I was really uncomfortable on Sunday night. I got a really bad stomach something (a cramp? some sort of shooting pain?) that lasted maybe 5 minutes and I had to really sit down and focus on my breathing before it went away. I got it when I stood up from off the floor, so I think I just aggravated something or go up too quickly. It was only on the right side of my belly and didn't feel like actual cramps. Then I was having pretty bad back pain sitting on the couch. I finally got up and did some stretching and yoga and it went away. Nothing feels better than stretching these days.

Miss Anything:
Shaving - or shaving easily at least.

Food Cravings:
Just giving into my chocolate cravings more :)

Anything make you queasy or sick:

Have you started to show?
When I saw my doctor she asked me if I had any questions. I said "Yes, um...I have ten more weeks and I feel like I look like I'm going to deliver tomorrow...where does this go from here?!" Her response: "Out." Seems to be heading further "out" week by week now!

Team Green and we didn't even remotely accidentally see anything at the sonogram appointment. The technician didn't really "explore" down there.

*The guys I work with brought me back some Spicy peanut noodles from their lunch in Chinatown, Flushing one day at lunch. They wanted me to try something new and thought I would like them. I did like them..but WOWZA were they spicy, and I paid for it the rest of the day. The heartburn was unbearable!! I think they were trying to get me to go into labor!!

Couldn't make yoga last week, doing some good morning walks with the pup-pup Zoey and had some great afternoon lunch walks with friends.

I'm starting to get into my manic, nesting, "holy-shit we have so much to do" phase...I can feel it creeping closer and closer each week. It's part adrenaline, part anxiety, part excitement, part everything!

Looking forward to:
My Baby Shower in less than two weeks!

Maternity Clothes:
Yes! I forgot to talk about my experience shopping at Pea In The Pod last week! I went into Pea in the Pod dreading it - I thought that everything I'd find would be $150 or more. I was pleasanty surprised! First of all, they offer water and apple juice to all the mothers while shopping. Second of all, I scored a fantastic dress for Juan and Meg's wedding and hopefully for an upcoming rehearsal dinner for only $30 on the sale rack!! (the dress I was wearing in yesterday's post). They have a "bump" in the dressing room so people can shop early on in their pregnancy. I tried it on for fun - this is a 7 month bump over a 7 month bump. Does that make it a 14 month bump?


Still there, but not getting any worse. Chant it with me: BioOil! BioOil!

Rings on or off?
Engagement Ring off, wedding band on

Bellybutton in or out?
Still in! The top of it is starting to pop out a tiny bit- sometimes it pokes out more than other times.

This week I:

Set up another pediatrician appointment, got my breast-pump from my insurance company!! Annd I think that's about it!

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
This week the brain and eyes are continuing to develop. The baby can regulate his own body temperature and is starting to shed the downy body hair that has been keeping him warm up until now. (That's funny, Zoey is shedding her summer coat like crazy right now too!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Weekend Wedding in Salem Part 1

As I mentioned last week, we spent a beautiful Fall weekend in Salem Massachusetts for a friend's wedding two weekends ago. We stayed at the beautiful Salem Waterfront Hotel, which is also where the wedding was held - totally convenient by the way!

We arrived in Salem on Friday with our friends, Chris and Corinne. We grabbed some pizza and then headed over to take a tour of Salem. Unfortunately, it started to downpour about 5 minutes into our tour, and the guide was kind enough to let us meet him for a tour the following day instead.

On Friday night, Chris and Corinne were at the rehearsal dinner, so Chris and I enjoyed a really delicious dinner at 62 Restaurant and Wine Bar. This was basically an Italian Tapas restaurant, in which they served small plates of different Italian dishes, and I totally dug it. It was so great to order a couple different small plates of pasta so we got to try a bunch of different things! We tried gnocchi, tagliatelle, ravioli, fried zucchini blossoms and fried risotto balls! We were stuffed, but certainly got to try an array of things!

On Saturday, we went back to take our Bewitched in Salem tour which covered all the key places of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. We brought along some other friends, Kerry and Kate, who arrived in Salem late the night before. The 5 of us were the only ones on the tour...private tour score!! Jeff, our tour guide, was very interesting to listen to and very informative.
 Samantha from Bewitched - the most photographed spot in Salem!
We hugged the oldest tree in Salem:
After the tour, we went back to our hotel to rest up and get ready for the wedding that evening. The ceremony was at St. James Parish and was a beautiful church.
Meg looked gorgeous! Both her and Juan looked so happy and excited. Juan's dad is a Deacon so this ceremony was performed by both the pastor and Juan's father. It was really neat to watch a father do the honors of marrying his son and now daughter-in-law.

On Wednesday: I'll recap the reception in which I, the pregnant lady, danced the night away!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Book Review: Sisterland


From Goodreads:
Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wifeand Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today

My Thoughts:
Meh. This was my current book read for book club, and while I enjoyed most of the beginning, by the end, I found myself slogging through the last 75 pages. One would think, by the title, that this book's main focus and overall arch would be soley about the sisters: about some journey or understanding that two sisters come to discover together and I really thought that was where the book was heading, but by the end it really was about just one of the sisters. The whole book kept building building building for an event that never actually happened...and when it didn't happen, the book took an entirely different turn, started a completely different storyline, and followed the one sister's journey a difficult time in her marriage. I don't know, it didn't resonate or leave anything with me, but I might have more insightful things to say after my book club meeting on it next week!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Business of Being Born and Epidurals
Last week I finally sat down to watch The Business of Being Born and 2 of the 4 episodes that comprised More Business of Being Born (hoping to finish the other two this week)! These had been recommended to me time and time again and were very interesting. Ricki Lake and her videographer friend (who happens to get pregnant during their time filming) take us through the world of hospitals, midwives, doulas, and all the different options available to women during childbirth. Whether you are hard-core for or against medical intervention in pregnancy, I think it's an important video to watch to see both sides of things.

They focus a lot on Ina May Gaskin, whose book The Guide to Natural Childbirth I read and reviewed over the summer. In the first episode of More Business of Being Born, Ricki and her friends visit the Farm where Ina May lives and delivers babies naturally every day. Seeing what the birthing process is like there, was very interesting. After watching and hearing stories from these women who are so gung-ho for natural childbirth, I was feeling very torn (no pun intended...ok...intended...bleh!) on the subject of epidurals last week, so I listened to the Pregtastic Podcast entitled "Everything Epidurals"

"According to the doctor in this podcast", epidurals are now considered "patient-controlled." Before, it used to be "This is the dosage and this is what you get when you get an epidural" but if someone wants a tiny bit of pain medication to "take the edge off" or if someone wants the full dosage to completely numb their legs and not feel's up to you. It's all controlled by you. I heard this and thought "Great! Fantastic! How wonderful!"
From the beginning of pregnancy my stance has been "I would love a natural childbirth, but I am open to an epidural." I don't want to go into it really set on one specific way only to be let down if it doesn't go that one specific way. I'm going in with an open mind. In High School and College I experienced a handful of times when my menstrual cramps were of the "throwing-up-knock-me-to-my-knees-writhing-in-pain" variety, and it was pretty terrible. I remember the time I was sprawled out on the floor of the bathroom at my piano teacher's house waiting for my mom to come pick me up, only to end up throwing up in her toilet. Or the time in college during my FIRST EVER COLLEGE FINAL, unable to go back to the classroom to finish because I was on the bathroom floor of the college building (grosss) and a sweet girl had to go tell my professor what was going on with me. According to my mother, who also experienced this growing up, those cramps were pretty much about the same amount of pain I could one day expect from childbirth, and so I should have an indication of what to expect (just like...triple the time) But, I can't help but think...getting the minimum dosage of pain meds...just a little bit to, as they say, "take the edge off" would be nice.

So when I asked my doctor about this so-called "patient-controlled epidural" on Tuesday, she seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. Epidurals, at least at my hospital, are not patient controlled. You either get the dosage, or you don't. Ugh...I was a bit dismayed to hear this.

So what is your stance, for or against, epidurals? Did/Will you have an epidural? Were you planning or not planning to have one?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Baby Safe Class

Last Thursday we took our "Baby Safe" Class at the hospital where I will be delivering.

The Baby Safe class focuses on creating a safe home environment for baby and discusses crib and toy safety, safe sleep positions and SIDS prevention, water safety, baby-proofing the home, choking and fall prevention, home emergencies and basic first aid for bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and poisoning. This class only cost $35, so not a huge investment, but I have to say: I wasn't impressed.
  • First: The teacher used a VHS (yes...a VHS) probably from 1972 to structure the class. Has there really not been a single informative video on baby safety since the 1970's or 1980's?
  • The video showed examples of how to keep your baby safe in a crib and showed drop-side cribs in the examples. Those don't even exist anymore!
  • Each time our instructor paused the video to talk and add her own piece to the segment she would start off by saying "I'm sorry...I know you're probably sick of hearing my voice...I'll just be really quick and then wrap it up, I just want to quickly add in two little things if you could bear with me...I'm so sorry..." No one was openly groaning, or giving her a hard time. This wasn't a High School math class where we were passing notes about who was going to ask us to prom. This was a class we willingly signed up and paid money not apologize every time you want to say something. If I wanted to pay to watch an out-of-date movie, I'd rent one for far less money or even pull it up on youtube for that matter.
  • The class was supposed to be 2 hours, she had us out of there in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once I saw how things were going, I wasn't disappointed to get out of there early. But really?
  • Everything was basic...I don't feel like I learned anything I didn't already know. Don't make water too hot, don't put anything else in the crib with the baby, don't shake the baby, etc. etc.
At the end of the class, she asked us to fill our evaluation forms and bring them up to her. I noticed at the bottom of the form there was a fax number where you could send your completed form. I opted to do that instead of bringing it up to her since I had some "not so nice" things to say about the class. Oh well, here's hoping our 8 hour Lamaze and birthing class next month goes better than this one!

In case you missed it yesterday, don't forget to sign up for the Fall Swap that I'm hosting with some other blog friends! It would be so great to see you all join in to share your favorite Fall items with a fellow blogger!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall Swap

Looks like this is going to be a "Two post Tuesday"! I am hosting a Fall Swap with some other fabulous blogging ladies: Megan from Elliot Wife, Elliot Life, K from Down at Fraggle Rock, and Britt from First Comes Love! This is a great way to get to know some fellow bloggers and to share some of your favorite Fall items with them. I so hope that you will consider joining in and signing up to participate in the swap! If you've never done a swap before, it's super easy and a lot of fun!

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1. The swap is only open to those in the U.S.
2. For your swap package, you must spend a minimum of $15 not including the cost of shipping your package. You are welcome to spend more, but don't go too crazy.
3. Items should be things that you love about Fall. For example, your fave color of nail polish, or your favorite tea or treat during this time of the year. Get creative here!
4. Once you have been paired with your swap partner, it is your responsibility to contact each other and make sure that you 1) have the correct address and 2) to get to know your swap partner a little. After all, this is about finding new blogs and making new bloggy friends!
5. Have fun and get creative!

Dates for the Fall Swap
September 16th - Sign ups begin
September 27th - Sign ups close
September 30th - Swap partners will be announced via email
October 14th - Swap packages need to be in the mail
November 1st - Link up to share all of your swap goodies

And this should go without saying, but I will say it anyways. If you aren't going to send a package, please don't sign up. It isn't fair to your future swap partner, so please think about that before you sign up. Sign up using the form below! And then grab the button and post away! Happy Fall and Happy Swapping!

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Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

How Far Along: 29 Weeks! Last week of the 20's!

Baby is the size of: Butternut Squash

Total Weight Gain: 24 pounds

Sleep: Pretty good this week. I think I'm slowly becoming a morning person. Not in the "Bright and chipper" sense, but in the I wake up earlier and can't go back to sleep sense.

Best Moment of the week:
*One of my goals during pregnancy is to be able to still do a split when I'm 9 months good! Thanks so my friend Corinne for capturing this moment for me! I so hope I can keep this up!

However, I will say...getting into the split isn't exactly glamorous::

*YOGA!! Omg how I missed prenatal yoga, it felt sooo good to go back after a two week hiatus!

*Baby Safe Class! I wish I could file this under "mediocre moment of the week" (Review of the class will be up tomorrow!)

*I'm 99% sure I felt little baby hiccups this week! They were kind of like little kicks, but very rhythmic and it just made sense that they were hiccups. 

*Taking some pictures with Chris in Salem this weekend!

Worst Moment of the Week:
*Being openly openly judged by the woman sitting next to me at the nail salon for getting a gel manicure. She was more so inquisitive about what I was having done, and then said " you're not getting it done again until after the baby is born then right?" I told her that I was getting it done and that I am a very careful person and feel that there is no harm done by continuing.

I mean honestly, even with just the fumes at a nail salon at least with a gel manicure I only have to sit there every 3 weeks as opposed to one or two! However, that's not even the point. First, let me start out by saying that throughout my pregnancy I have been extremely careful, and research-oriented through mostly everything I do. I haven't taken a single medication except a few tums here and there, I don't dye my hair, I take my vitamins daily, I've avoided all the foods I'm supposed to avoid (except for certain soft cheeses in moderation), I do yoga, I eat a variety of things, etc. etc. When it came to gel manicures, I did do the research - and well ok, the research isn't really there. Gel manicures are a fairly new thing, but it's such a small, non-invasive sort of thing that it would be next to impossible to actually trace it's effects because you're not really doing anything that harmful.

Here's what I do know (or think, or semi-researched):
  • The 5-8 minutes of UV light that I'm getting is less invasive than the UV Rays I would get from the sun on my hour long lunch-break walks. 
  • If this is the one thing that I do that's maybe not "scientifically researched" I think I'm ok. As my coworker said "If you encounter a problem with your's not because you got gel manicures." Women every day do far more "harmful" things while they are pregnant - not that that justifies anything, just saying.
We are conditioned to fear everything and while for the most part I strive to live a healthy, balanced, natural life...I know that after awhile you can drive yourself crazy with constantly googling every little thing. "How long can I be in the sun?" "Is spf 30 too light to use if I'm pregnant", "Can I eat scallops?" "Can I eat (insert anything into here)?", "Is is bad drive a car pregnant?", "Should I wear black colored clothes?", "If the sky is blue should I leave my house?", "If it's raining will I go into labor?" and other ridiculous things we all start to fear. In all actuality, the deodorant with aluminum I wear every day is probably more harmful to my child than my manicures. I do enjoy my gel manicures, and I made the personal decision that this was one thing I felt would be ok to continue for the every 3 weeks or so that I get them done.

On another note, I have decided that after the baby is born - I will be resorting back to doing my own nails as a cost-saving measure. Getting manicures was an indulgence I allowed myself to do in the city while working and to make up for my sometimes hellish commutes. Perhaps I should start now, but these last few manicures are my "last hurrah" or sorts.

Anyone else have opinions on the gel manicure while pregnant topic? Not that I'm inviting more ridicule...but lay it on least this time it's solicited.

Miss Anything: Being able to just bounce out of bed or out of a car.

Food Cravings: Dark Chocolate

Anything make you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show? Nope..nothing.
Ok...I'm gonna do it....I'm going to show what may be my one and only bare belly shot...don't get too used to this, but it really does show you exactly how I look right now.

Gender: Team Green

Symptoms: I'd like to know who's bright idea it was to place the uterus right next to bladder? Huh? Anyone? Anyone wanna take responsibility for that bright idea?

*Intense kicks! I was stopped in my tracks at LEAST 3 times on Saturday by the movement. It didn't hurt, it was just so intense that it physically made me gasp. It's the weirdest thing to describe, and I'm much more used to it now. Baby is certainly growing and running out of room!

UM...I TORE UP the dance floor at our friend's wedding on Saturday.  Everyone wanted to dance with the belly, including our friend Anthony. I'm sure there were some people there who were finding great humor in watching the pregnant lady break it down on the dance floor - as much as I could anyway.

Mood: Good all week, but I don't wanna even talk about yesterday...The only thing that got me to laugh and out of my funk was the Nicolas Cage version of Miley Cyrus's music video for Wrecking Ball- watch it, you can thank me later.

Looking forward to: Our 30 week ultrasound today!

Maternity Clothes: Yes

Stretchmarks: Minor stretch marks, and a little linea negra

Rings on or off? Engagement Ring off, wedding band on

Bellybutton in or out? Still in!

This week I:
*Watched the Business of Being Born, 2 episodes (out of 4) of More Business of Being Born and listened to a couple interesting Pregtastic Podcasts. Highly recommend will be coming soon!

Reading: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The baby will develop 75% of its skeleton in the next few weeks. Calcium is of UTMOST importance right now. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Review: Drinking & Tweeting

Brandi Glanville

From Goodreads:
She’s the brutally honest breath of fresh air on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, known for her dramatic divorce, her barely-there clothing, and her inability to keep her mouth shut. So why should she change now? Brandi Glanville tells all in this hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir. Fans have been waiting for Brandi’s scoop on one of the biggest divorces of the decade, since her husband of eight years abandoned her and their two sons to marry country singer LeAnn Rimes. Not only does Brandi spill the beans about her side of the split, the lovable housewife shares the incredible wild ride that took her from a life in the ghetto to Hollywood’s most elite circles. For the first time, Brandi talks about how she escaped a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Sacramento and stumbled into a successful modeling career that swept her into a world of Paris Fashion Weeks, private jets, and uncircumcised penises. Before she knew it, Brandi was the perfect Hollywood trophy wife—at least until her marriage exploded.

Today, the refreshingly filter-free housewife and unapologetic mom is the newest full-time cast member of Bravo’s juggernaut franchise, where she often elicits raised eyebrows and gossip from her costars for her refusal to be the scorned ex-wife, to be bullied, to change her sarcastic sense of humor, or—on most occasions—to wear a bra. Sassy, raunchy, and compulsively readable, Drinking and Tweeting perfectly captures Brandi’s open-book attitude, as she dishes about everything from her DUI, her cheating ex, her one-night stands, and the secret plastic surgery that made her “seventeen” again. You’re sure to enjoy every page of this funny, upbeat, honest tale. Clear your schedule for an afternoon and grab your favorite cocktail, a comfy seat . . . and maybe a Xanax. But that’s for later.
My Thoughts:
LOVED! So this is another book from the Housewives Franchise. Firstly, this book was SO MUCH better than Kyle Richard's book. Completely different books, I realize, but still I enjoyed this much more. Brandi talks mostly about her highly-profiled divorce in which her husband left her in 2009 for LeAnn Rimes. Brandi shows all sides of what she went through: the good, bad, ugly and makes no excuses for it. She admits when she was wrong, and praises herself for when she was right, and to her credit, she does the same for her ex-husband. She talks about dealing with the kids, how she's moved on, and how she's a much better person on the other side of things. I know there are two sides to every story, and we're only getting one side here...but I keep up on my celebrity gossip enough to know that LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are pretty much bat-shit crazy, attention whores, and I'm totally "Team Brandi". So, I feel for Brandi and her situation and found this book pretty empowering, even if she teeters on the "crazy-train" line, and she does...often. If you are into any type of celebrity-gossip or reality tv: I recommend this book!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wedding Recap: Liz and Tom

As I mentioned in my post on Tuesday, Chris and I attended the wedding of a college friend, Liz, on Sunday evening. The wedding was held at the Lake Valhalla Club in Montville, New Jersey.

Liz and Tom had beautiful details all over, from their beautiful card-box, to the place-cards with wine charms attached to them, and baby's breath bouquets decorating the entrance-way.

After a beautiful cocktail hour out by the lake; the bridal party and new Mr. and Mrs. were introduced at the reception:

And we watched as the couple shared their first dance!

They then went right on to dance with their parents: This was the dance to Butterfly Kisses in which I criiiieddddddd.

For my meal I ordered the vegetarian black bean cake over spicy polenta with roasted vegetables and zucchini salsa. I don't usually get the vegetarian options, but this one sounded delicious and it was!

Quick funny note: Chris didn't eat his salad which was great because, well, more for me! So when the waitress brought out a salad that had been forgotten for another person at our table, she rushed over to Chris and said "Honey, did you not get a salad either?!" and we both kind of laughed and he said "Oh wife is just having it" and she took one look at me and said "Well good!! You deserve it!" I giggled, said "thank you" and continued eating my second helping of salad....
 The Matron of Honor and Best Man gave their speeches:

After dinner we danced a little bit, walked the beautiful grounds of the country club and then it was time to cut the cake!


Liz arranged for a groom's cake for Tom: A Jeep on top of a snare drum!

In addition to the cake, Liz and Tom had a full Viennese hour with different cakes and cookies, an ice cream sundae bar AND a bonfire outside on the beach for making s'mores. I was in sweet-tooth heaven!
It was also COLLLLD which explains why I'm wearing Chris's jacket. You can still see my owl eyes from wearing my sunglasses on the beach last week! Haha...

Congratualtions to Liz and Tom and thanks so much for inviting us to share in your special day!