Surprise Birthday Blog: 25 things I want to do in my 25th year!

Yesterday was my 25th birthday! WHAT?

I have been anticipating this birthday since last year. I don’t know what it is about my 25th birthday but I have a lot of anxiety about being 25. It feels extremely weird and I feel I was 15 like a week ago. I think the main reason why I feel this way is because I can’t believe that I have actually been alive for 25 years. It just seems so crazy to me and you might want to hit me for saying this but I feel old. I know, I know I am not even close to being or feeling old. But that’s just how I feel… Anyways I wanted to do something a little different and fun that I’ve never done. I came up with the idea yesterday while at work and I would like to share with you 25 things I want to do in my 25th year.  

25 things I want to do in my 25th year!

  1. Read more…….of course! This is always a goal that I set/tell myself I am going to do. These past few years I have really made an effort to pick up more books. Hence why I am hear talking with you!
  2. Learn to love myself. I have always struggled with this and I know I always will. I am not always going to love the way that I look and I have accepted that. But I want to learn to love the body that I’m in no matter what shape or size I am. Society’s beauty standards do not define me, they are unrealistic.
  3. Go to BookCon. I have never been to any kind of book or fan convention before. Once I found out about BookCon I thought it would be a great even to attend since I am so close to NYC (a little under 2 hours) it would be easy for me to get there. Have any of you been to BookCon or another book conference? If so, what did you think of it?
  4. Learn to save money. While I have gotten far better than last year, I would like to make an effort to save more money whether it be for a vacation, a gift for someone, something I’ve always wanted to buy for myself, or a nice date night with my husband. Being able to have the ability to do something nice for myself or someone else is something that brings me joy.
  5. Go on more walks. I live in the beautiful Hudson Valley. There are so many beautiful places to walk/hike and I should really take advantage of this area and what it has to offer.
  6. Develop my blog more. Just starting out with this blog has already been so much fun.. I am always thinking about blog posts to do and what I should read next.
  7. Go to the beach. For the past couple of years I haven’t been able to get to a beach, but this year I would like to put in the time and money to finally go to the beach to relax and read a book!
  8. Be more open to cook different kinds of food. I often bring lunch to work instead of buying something at the local deli. But I have a habit of cooking or making the same meals over and over again. After awhile that gets so boring. Good thing my husband got me a new cookbook for Christmas.
  9. Be willing to try new food. I’d like to say I am pretty open to trying new foods and again, not only do I get bored of cooking the same meals but I get again extremely bored with eating the same meals over and over again.
  10. Say no to things I don’t want to do…. And mean it! I do not like to disappoint anyone. Not my family, friends or myself. I often find myself saying yes to things I truly do not want to do. So this year and for the years to come I am going to start saying no to things I truly do not want to do no matter how much I will want to say yes just to please someone else.
  11. Fill up my bookshelf. My husband just got me a beautiful new bookshelf for Christmas and it is pretty empty at the moment. I would love to fill it up with some of my favorite books and things that I buy throughout the year.
  12. Learn how to speak conversational Spanish. I am so fortunate that my husband speaks Spanish. I had such a hard time in both high school and college with learning Spanish. I think it might be easier if my husband helps me since it’ll be a one on one lesson instead of a class full of 20 other kids trying to learn along with me.
  13. Learn how to take better pictures on both my phone and my camera. For not being any kind of professional, I think I take decent pictures for what I have (iPhone XS Max and Canon Rebel T5). I would just like to become more comfortable with taking more pictures and experimenting with the different options they each have.
  14. Discover new parts of my town/city. Whether it be somewhere outdoors, a coffee shop, a new boutique or a library I’ve never been to. I want to learn more about the places around me.
  15. Make a new friend. Whether it be online or offline I would like to make at least one new friend this year. I am sure this blog will help, so many of you have made me feel welcomed already.
  16. Get new glasses. I have had the glasses that I wear daily for at least 5 years (I know its more than that 😲) and I have said every year that I need to get new eyeglasses. Yet here I am with the same old prescription. So I am vowing to myself that I must get new glasses so I can see.
  17. Expand my wardrobe. To make this one simple, I am in desperate need of new clothing for work and everyday wear. Any suggestion of places (plus size accommodating) to look?
  18. Become a better speller. To put this plainly I suck at spelling. So I am going try my best to teach myself (and with the help of my very intelligent hubby!) to be a better speller.
  19. Learn about my heritage. All I know is that I am Irish and Italian (at least that’s what my grandma tells me). I would like to learn if I actually am Irish and Italian, something else or maybe even something more, what town or city did we originate from and what are some cultural dishes I could make? Who knows, maybe that’s the family secret my grandma won’t tell anyone about 😉
  20. Discover new music. Speaking of my Husband, he is always telling me that I should expand my musical palate because I often listen to the same songs over and over and over and over again until I get sick of it. I will do my best to consciously look into new artists or songs. Do you have any suggestions??
  21. Get my custom domain. I have been thinking and talking with my husband about getting my own .com with this blog. There are so many benefits to getting one but I want to make sure that I am going to make a long time commitment with doing this. I don’t want to waste money on something that I am not going to do in 6 months.
  22. Get off social media and enjoy the real world. I often find myself looking at others’ lives via social media. While sometimes that is nice to do, I feel like I am missing so many things around me.
  23. Get rid of unnecessary things. My husband and I don’t have the biggest apartment and everywhere I turn I see clutter. I feel that it is extremely annoying and unnecessary to have things that you don’t regularly use or need.
  24. Spend more time with myself. I struggled with being or feeling alone almost my entire life. Most of the times I feel uncomfortable and scared when I am not around others or even when i choose to be by myself. But with many years of therapy, I have learned that I have to deal with how I’m feeling. Understand it, acknowledge it and move on. I want to start doing things on my own, just being on my own, doing my own things and feel okay with it.
  25. Have fun! Sometimes I know I forget to have fun. Being an adult doesn’t always have to be a serious thing. I can still goof off, hang out with friends and be sarcastic (my favorite pastime). I want to enjoy the time

Thank you to every person who has made this year really great. I am so grateful to all who are in my life. I am excited and nervous to embark on a new year. I hope that this next year is exciting and full of new opportunities. What are some things that you do for your birthday? Let me know down below in the comments!

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The Billionaire’s False Fiancée (The Beaumont Brothers Book 2) | Book Review


Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date:
November 12th, 2018
Price: Amazon –
Kindle Unlimited: Free
Kindle: $2.99

Jess Green has had to fight for everything she has. When she sees her future about to slide into an abyss thanks to an offhand comment made by her sexy but oblivious boss, Alistair Beaumont, she decides to take things into her own hands. Everyone in the financial world knows the Beaumont brothers need to settle down else the company that Jess depends upon will go under. So when Alistair is overheard discussing his disbelief in love and marriage the company stock price plunges. When Alistair suffers a bout of amnesia on a skiing trip, Jess sees a way to save the company and decides to tell him one teeny, tiny lie: she’s his fiancé.

Alistair loves one thing and one thing only—his freedom—and certainly not the girl he finds in his bed, claiming to be his future wife. Amnesia or not, something’s not right. Sure, she’s got that girl-next-door sexiness about her, and his attraction to her is powerful, but deep in his gut he’s rebelling against the idea of being tied down. However, snowed in and isolated from the world in an exclusive lodge, Alistair begins to believe they are a couple and against all odds, he actually finds himself falling in love.

But when Alistair gets his memories back, will he choose to stay with Jess who he can’t get out of his mind—or out of his heart—or will he choose to take back the freedom he’s always craved?

Jessica Green (Jess) is an assistant who is put in an awful and tough position when her boss, Alistair Beaumont, needs a girlfriend and needs one fast. After Alistair’s grandfather passed away, his two brothers and himself have just eighteen months to be married after his passing. If not, they will lose their business. With the work ethic that Jess has, she made it her mission to find the perfect girl. Interviewing tons of girls, she finally finds one that is the perfect fit and meets all of his qualifications.

After leaving for a last minute ski trip in Austria, Alistair gets into an accident which results in a minor head injury and some memory loss. Jess stops everything and get on a plain to Austria. While on the plane, Jess calls one of Alistair’s brothers to inform him of what is going on. He suggests that she pretends to be his Fiancé.

I really enjoyed this book. You could really tell that Jess was conflicted throughout the entire story, she knew what she was doing was wrong but thought it was the best and only option for Alastair. This book was a breath of fresh air.

I enjoyed Jess and Alistair’s chemistry and felt that they both balanced out each other, even when the truth came to the surface. This is a fun, steamy, adventurous and full of passion. It easily kept my attention and when I wasn’t able to read it, I was thinking about what might happen next. Overall it is well written and very enjoyable to read! I give it a ★★★★ 1/2 out of 5 stars!!

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Operation Sizzle | Book Review

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Publication Date:
December 5th 2018
Price:
Amazon Kindle – $4.99

What’s a girl to do when her boyfriend leaves her because she lacks sizzle? Vow to develop some, that’s what. In a desperate bid to attain everything she lacks, Betsy Kincaid turns to her gay buddy’s new and oh-so-willing roommate for assistance. Matt Pollard is still recovering from his latest romantic debacle. When a beautiful woman offers him the chance to help her improve her sultriness quotient and in the process enjoy some no-strings-attached bedroom action, there’s no way he can refuse. Operation Sizzle is born. But somewhere along the way, their simple arrangement changes from impersonal to something deeper. Then Betsy discovers Matt isn’t gay, and her sense of betrayal at being deceived is matched by his resentment at being blamed for an innocent mistake. But their anger could cost them something they both want: a chance at true love.

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I first found this book on NetGalley it sounded like something I would be interested in. The title alone I thought was cute and was hoping the story would be too. Once I started to read it I got a little concerned. First of all Matt is a stalker and very creepy. I am not sure if I will be the only one who feels this way about him. But I didn’t like him from the start and my dislike of him continued throughout the book. Rob, who is Betsy’s gay best friend, accidentally switched phones with his cousin Matt. A drunken Betsy thinks she’s calling up Rob, though Matt is really the one on the other line. After she realizes that it isn’t Rob, she ends the call and seems to want nothing to do with him. But Matt was relentless, he continued to call her back and eventually goes over to her apartment and ends up staying the night to “make sure she is okay”. Like what? I am sorry, drunk or not, you would not let a strange man who you don’t know into your home. The entire time I was reading this I felt so creeped out by this guy. Betsy on the other hand is not sure who she is and is very insecure with everything about herself. Because of those things I think it is very easy for Matt to take advantage of her when she is in that head space. I had so many hopes for this story and it had so much potential because I personally have never read a story where cousins or friends accidentally switched phones and a romance/relationship forms. But the fact that Matt was extremely creepy and the actions he presented were unbelievably unrealistic. This book was extremely hard for me to read and I had to push myself to finish. I give this book a ⭐⭐ out of 5 stars.

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The Magician’s Nephew | Book Review


Originally Published: May 2nd, 1955
Original Publisher:
The Bodley Head
Reprint Publication Date:
October 6, 2009
Reprint Publisher:
HarperCollins
Now Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Pricing: Amazon – Kindle:
$6.99
  Hardcover:
$9.89
  Paperback:
$7.48

Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free.

Witness the creation of a magical land in The Magician’s Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This beautiful hardcover edition features jacket art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and black-and-white interior art by the series’ original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan’s song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.

This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to journey back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

I have somehow missed reading this series as a child, but I am glad that I found this. I have always been a lover of the movies and I thought it might be a good time to finally read the books the movies are based on.

This book was a feel good read. It found that it was an absolute pleasure to read this book. It was very easy to understand what’s going on no matter where you are  in the story. I only know this story as told by the movies, so I found that it was nice to understand what’s going on through the story not because I watched the movies, but because how well C.S. Lewis tell you the story. He paints you a beautiful picture of what this world looks like. Anytime I read I try and imagine what the place might look like. With this book in particular I feel like I had to do very little imagination because of how well C.S. Lewis describes this world to the audience. I was easily drawn into the book because of how well it is written. I am kind of mad at myself that I never read these books sooner, I know I would have enjoyed them probably even more than I am now. This is definitely a
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read!

It feels like a great introduction to the world of Narnia and I am excited to have this fun and blissful adventure while I read the rest of the book in this series!

Wrong in all the Right Ways | Book Review

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: J
uly 17, 2018
Price: Kindle –
$9.99
         Hardcover –
$ 12.15
         Paperback –
$10.99

An attraction between foster siblings sets fire to forbidden love in this contemporary reimagining of Wuthering Heights.

Emma’s life has always gone according to her very careful plans. But things take a turn toward the unexpected when she falls in love for the first time with the one person in the world who’s off-limits: her new foster brother, the gorgeous and tormented Dylan McAndrews.

Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to echo Emily Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With irrepressible feelings and no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Distraught by the escalating intensity of their mutual attraction, Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page—for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances at being adopted into a loving home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.

Tiffany Brownlee’s Wrong in All the Right Ways marks the exciting debut of a fresh voice in contemporary teen fiction.

I obtained this book on a trip to Barnes & Noble. When I stumbled across this book the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful cover. I was a little nervous at first before picking up this book because I have not read the classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. but the description of the book sounded like something I might enjoy. Then, after reading over the description of the book, it seemed like a book I could possibly enjoy, since I like reading young adult books.

Emma comes from the “perfect” family, where failure and disappoint don’t happen. She has conditioned herself to be absolutely perfect at everything she does so she doesn’t let anyone down. Especially her mom or dad. She is a good girl who is very smart and just wants to be off to college as soon as possible. Dylan comes from a broken home and has bounced around with different families, group homes and with family services. He has a dark past and has learned how to keep his feelings bottled up and to himself. He is artistic and uses that ability to let go some of the emotions that he is feeling.

The one thing that drove me absolutely crazy was that Emma constantly kept referring to Dylan as “her brother or foster brother or boyfriend”, like we get it he is your foster brother and your boyfriend. You don’t have to keep saying it on every single page. We understand what is going on between them but to me it felt awkward that she constantly keeps referring to him one of three ways. We get it, that’s why we are reading the story. Address it in the first few chapters and get on with the story without having to refer to him in one of the three ways.

Don’t get me wrong this book is not terrible. But, it feels like there’s no substance to the story. I felt like I was just going through the motions while reading this book. I felt like I was listening to a teenager ramble on about their life for 26 chapters, which is the point and why this book is best suited for teens, ages 13-18 years old! This book was very easy to read but it felt like a Hallmark Christmas movie. Absurd and unrealistic but I just had to finish reading it to see how it ended. I am sure if you like or have read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront you probably will enjoy this one as well. I am giving this read a ⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars!

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Moonlight & Whiskey | Book Review

Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date:
March 12, 2019
Sold by:
Random House LLC
Price:
Amazon Kindle – $4.99

Successful businesswoman Avery Barrows likes her dips and curves, but she’s sick of the haters telling her that she should be ashamed of her body instead of embracing it. Determined to send them a big f*** you, Avery resolves to cut loose during a girls’ trip, hightailing her quick-mouthed, plus-sized self to New Orleans. So, what’s a smart woman with a little extra gotta do to get laid in this town?

Not much if you ask Declan McGinn, the lead singer of BlackSmith. Tall, dark, and tattooed, with a body made for sin, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars. Avery’s sharp tongue and keen mind makes him want her even more.

As they burn up the sheets, Avery and Declan realize this is no one-night (or even one-week) stand. But for all of her bluster, Avery isn’t sure she can handle any more rejection. Besides, Declan has demons of his own. Now Avery has a choice to make: play it safe, or place her trust in the hands of a man who’s as tempting as the devil himself.

I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

Wow!!!

Avery is a plus size, career woman, with a strong sense of self. Though she hides who she really is and wants to be in her male dominated field of work. Declan, is the notorious playboy who doesn’t do the “relationship thing”, yet he falls head over heels for Avery and she isn’t far behind him. He encourages her to be who she truly is, both in the bedroom and in everyday life. This book. I truly needed to read this book. I was drawn from the very first page. The passion and the steam Avery Barrows and Declan McGinn have jumps right off every page. You cannot deny the chemistry that these two have. This book was extremely easy to read and great for a one sit read. I cannot be more grateful that I was given this book to review. I’m excited to read more from Tricia Lynne and see what she has in store for future books. Overall it is well written and was very enjoyable to read. I originally gave this a 4.5 review on Netgalley and Goodreads, but after thinking about this more and reading it for a second time I am giving this a very STRONG ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5 stars!!

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Faking It | New Release

Faking It has never felt so good:
✓ Enemies to Lover
✓ Fake Relationship
✓ Billionaire alpha
✓ Romantic Comedy – yes, you read that right!!

Now Available: From New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg comes an unexpected romantic comedy about how one little white lie can lead to so much more. 

Affluent entrepreneur, Zane Phillips, is less than thrilled when the woman he mistook for his dog walker finagles her way into being the new spokesperson for the dating app he’s about to launch. Harlow Nicks may have gotten the job, but she did so at a cost; she must pretend to be Zane’s girlfriend as proof that the new dating site works. Forced to live together on a tour bus for the next two months as they promote it, the lines between pretend and reality begin to blur with each mile they travel. They faked their love affair for the public, but when the attention is gone and the job ends, will they pretend the feelings they have for one
another are fake too?

Famous last words.

Now I’m crisscrossing the country — and sharing that bed — with the one guy I can’t stand. And even worse, my traitorous body is wondering at every turn what it’s like to be down underthe gorgeous Australian. But as the miles unfurl, so does our passion… and if I’m not careful, I might end up believing that fairytales really do come true. 

Faking It is out NOW!! Here is where you can buy it:

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate but can’t help to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book on a whim in 2013, Kristy has sold over one and a half million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over thirty times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in 2018.

With her imagination always in overdrive, she is currently scheming, plotting, and swooning over her latest hero. You can find out more about him or chat with Kristy on any of her social media accounts. The easiest way to stay up to date on new releases or sign up for her newsletter (here) or text KBromberg to 77948 to receive text alerts when a new book releases.

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