Tuesday, March 31, 2015

140 Characters Not Needed..

Today is all about the short and sweet, but stupid emails. All of the emails below are from different fellas.

Email #1:
Hey...how are you? ?...myself Jay

You, Jay. Me, Kayla.

Email #2:
Well good morning

Why? Why would you send that?
He didn't stop there...

You have some very gorgeous eyes 

So because I didn't respond to your "good morning" 3 days ago, you went for the compliment. Well played sir.

Email #3:
You sparked my interest.

And you put my fire out instantly. (You can also file his one liner in with the men who can't read category. He's 42.) Ps. he also sent this twice.

Email #4:
After not responding twice, the next guy went back to basics.

Hi How are you?

To be honest, I feel like death and am overtired. But moving past that. Did you send this last email because you realize you came on a little weird. Remember your last email? No, okay I'll refresh your memory. "I think your really pretty. You should write me back." Sigh, lots of luck to ya.

Another week still single. Which if this is what's out there, I'm good.

Monday, March 30, 2015

a book in review

Brief Summary:
 When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.


Paper Towns is an instant classic. There's something about John Green's storytelling that his books just captivate you. The twist and turns that the Margo's scavenger hunt leads you on keeps you guessing until the very end. Every time I thought I figured it out, I was stumped. Q's journey to finding himself along the way to finding Margo is what makes the story so much more than what it seems. If you liked The Fault In Our Starts, you'll definitely like Paper Towns, it hits the big screen this Summer. I recommend 4 star book to anyone who loves a good mystery that has a whole lot of heart, xo!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

a book in review & giveaway!

Brief Summary:

The doctor will see you both now...

Brook Ogden has never encountered a broken heart she couldn't patch together. Her counseling practice as the Breakup Doctor—on call to help you shape up after a breakup—is so busy she’s expanded to offer group sessions. (Turns out there are far more than fifty ways to leave your lover.) Her radio show and advice column have made her a local celebrity, and even her personal life, after some gruesome breakups of her own, is in recovery: Ben Garrett started out as a revenge date against an ex, but has turned into so much more. 
But when sizzling-hot Chip Santana, an old client she once shared a rather unprofessional midnight roll in the sand with, comes back into her life asking for her help, Brook can’t say no. Yet while she’s busy stitching up his relationship troubles, Chip reveals much more than a therapeutic interest in her.
In the standoff between her heart and her hormones, Brook’s cool, collected Wise Therapist persona begins to crack like thrown wedding china. She’s yelling at recalcitrant cheating husbands. Offering crazy advice to radio callers. She’s even hugging her clients. 
When the situation goes critical, Brook’s forced into a decision she isn’t ready to make—and the Breakup Doctor has to decide what kind of casualties she’s willing to accept. 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Brook is such a fun leading lady. Her likability is obvious from the start. The amount of advice and wisdom in the love/breakup department is crazy. This story is everything great chick lit should be, lighthearted, hard to put down, and you'll think of the main character as a friend of your own! I highly recommend this 4.5 star book that takes you away to Brook's journey for love and finding your own way, xo!

To enter the giveaway for an e-copy of this book, just leave a comment below :)

Author Bio
The official bio:  Phoebe Fox spent far longer than average looking for love, finally finding it just before her odds dropped below those of being attacked by killer bees. Her long and colorful dating life--and years of comparing stories from the trenches with single girlfriends--inspired her Breakup Doctor book series, from Henery Press, as well as her regular guest column in the Huffington Post. Though now happily married in Austin, Texas, with two embarrassingly adored dogs, she remains a close observer of relationships in the wild.

The bio I’d tell you over coffee and doughnuts: My earliest memories are words: sounding them out with the characters on The Electric Company and Sesame Street; trying to decipher signs as my mom drove me and my brother and sister around town; using (and misusing) new words I’d seen in magazines or advertisements or on TV. The first failure I remember is blowing the third-grade spelling bee when I got to the finals (“analyze”—I spelled it with an i instead of a y). Words and language have fascinated me as long as I can remember—and even more so, the worlds that can be created with them. Nearly every childhood picture of me shows me with my nose in a book. Stories were my sanctuary, my fantasy life, my dreams, and my escape from childhood sorrows. As I got older, I realized that what I loved most was reading about people, and how they think, what they do, and why. Shoot-’em-ups didn’t grab me, and neither did mysteries or thrillers or horror. I wanted to examine people’s actions, and the psychology behind why we do what we do, and when I started writing (another earliest memory—as soon as I knew how, I had a pen in my hand), those were the kinds of tales I wanted to create. 

Still weeding thru the duds...

No clever into this week, let's just get right to it...enjoy!

Hey kmarie,
Your profile isn't very extensive, but I like what I'm reading so far. You have a great look about you - very fun-loving, but still refined and nuturing :)
So I actually just moved here; have you lived in the HV throughout that solid coaching career? What local hiking would you recommend besides the AT? I'm excited to check out the views along the TSP once the trees get blooming, have you ever been up to ______? 
So what kind of music/concerts do you like? My favorites include indie rock and blues, but trap can be pretty hot when dancing... but yeah if you're interested, definitely message me back so I can learn more about you and what you like. 
Stay warm, Zander

Hi Zander,

Welcome to the area. Yes, I've lived here my whole life. I didn't even recommend the AT. I don't even really like hiking all that much. I don't do it enough to call it a hobby, but way to take the ONLY thing we have in common and run with it. Shows real heart, Zan. This nuturing gal-wait, what exactly makes me "nuturing" cause I have pets? Let me let you in on a secret, I love my animals, but TOTALLY favor my dog over the cats. Which I don't think makes me a great nuturer (side bar; I love my cats and they know it, but the dog can do no wrong in my eyes, ever. It's always the cats fault. Sorry Rbi & Wally...) I like rap, hip hop, and pop. Concerts include Justin Timberlake and *nsync-if they ever decide to get out there again and make me the happiest lady in the world. What the shit is "trap" and what do you know about "hot dancing"? You look like the biggest dorky dork in your profile picture. What I like isn't you, Sir, sorry. 

Hey. Beautiful photos. Would a seemingly intelligent and beautiful woman like yourself want to get to know a guy like me?

Alright guy, what does that bs even mean?? First, "a guy like me?" don't act like a needy girl who tells herself "I'm not good enough for him" Second, I don't think you used the word "seemingly" correct. Wait hold on, I'll google. Nope, you didn't. By using the word seemingly there you have implied that I'm "apparently" intelligent and beautiful. So you offended me and didn't even realize. So in short, no I do not want to get to know a dumb dbag like yourself. Peace out, cub scout. 

Forever I'll be alone. Sigh.

Monday, March 23, 2015

a book in review

Brief Summary:

What would you do for your friends?
What could be more fun than celebrating your fortieth with your three BFF's?
Josie sets off with Lana, Poppy and Meredith for an evening celebrating her birthday with the best intentions. Dinner, dancing and a little drinking.
A little more drinking, in a few questionable locations. It's good to catch up with the girls. But then...
Josie realizes her husband isn’t cheating on her, but Poppy won’t talk about the fact that her husband is. Lana won’t talk about her ex, Ted and Meredith is trying to hide something.
The secrets start to come out.
And then something bad happens.
Secrets can really ruin a friendship.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was sucked into this book. It's so realistic of how nights with your friends can be. The author does a great job of sharing the secrets of the characters and keeping you hooked. Just when you think you've gotten one of the gals figured out, bam-another secret! I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who loves very well written chick lit, that has love, laughs, drama, secrets, and friendship, xo!

Author Bio:
Holly Kerr writes contemporary women's fiction/chick-lit/romance and doesn't particularly enjoy talking about herself in third person.

Her books include Coming Home, Unexpecting and Absinthe Doesn't Make the Heart Grow Fonder. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three kids.  She doesn't consider herself a typical chick-lit writer since loves everything about Star Wars, Harry Potter, Joss Whedon and has a thing for superheroes; however a story about falling for a superhero might be interesting for her to write. When she's not writing, she likes to play in the dirt in her garden and enjoy a glass of wine while cooking, although she's trying to cut back while she's training for a marathon. 

If you require more information about Holly and her books feel free to visit her website or follow her Blog. At times she discusses the craft of writing but usually she muses about her life and what's she reading, writing or watching. Holly hopes you enjoy her books and she welcomes a chance to interact with her readers, but not in any creepy way. A simple comment "Hey, I really like/don't like..." would be a lovely way to begin a conversation.

Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1BpwpVA

February 23 - Samantha March –  Excerpt

February 25 - Beppe DM Books Blog – Excerpt

February 27 - Writer’s Corner – Review

March 4 - Authors to Watch – Excerpt

March 5 - Two Children and a Migraine – Review

March 6 - Chick Lit Plus – Review

March 10 - Living Life With Joy – Q&A & Excerpt

March 12 - Christy Herself – Review & Excerpt

March 13 - Ogitchida’s Kwe’s Book Blog – Excerpt

March 16 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Q&A & Excerpt

March 18 - Chick Lit Plus – Review

March 19 - Book Referees – Excerpt

March 20 - Reeca’s Pieces – Review

March 23 - Polished & Bubbly - Review

Thursday, March 19, 2015

4pm pick me up!

Wayyyyy too cute! I love this little makeup guru in training! I won't tell you how many videos I watched after this one. Be prepared to fall in love, don't say I didn't warn ya :) xo!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Influenster VoxBox!

Influenster hooked it up with the #XOVoxBox. Here's what they included in this bad boy. 

John Fredia's new Frizz Eases line. The shampoo, conditioner, and primer. I used the primer yesterday and loved it! It smells really good and makes me hair stay frizz free all day. I can't wait to use the whole trio together.

Colgate's new Optic White toothpaste is my new favorite toothpaste. It tastes good, not chemically, just minty fresh. They also sent me the new toothbrush that comes with a whitening pen that you can keep in the bottom. I haven't used mine yet, but will post a full review after I do!

I love the laundry pods, so I was super excited to see the new Tide plus Febreze pods. I actually can't wait to do my laundry and try these out!

Okay, my favorite part of this VoxBox has to be the Skinfix hand lotion. I have incredible dry skin and this stuff isn't greasy and keeps my skin smooth for hours. It says that it's fragrance free, but I think it smells a little like cinnamon buns. It's so faint that it's not annoying or overbearing, but it's amazing. I will be buying the large size asap!

 Adore Me is a monthly subscription that sends you lingerie right to your door! It's VS meets ShoeDazzle.

Ebay has new buying guides to help make your ebaying a snap. Definitely head over and check them out...you may even see some written by yours truly...!

Until tomorrow, xo!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cause once wasn't enough...

Ah, yet again here we are, another round of emails that will go unanswered. What makes today's two guys so special is that they are repeat offenders.

First up, we have 2 from a gentleman who's pictures all look kinda different aka they aren't recent or he's a catfisher.

March 11th: "Hi"
March 12th: "I think your really pretty. You should write me back."

Hi there. You really gave me nothing to respond to. But since I need to fill the space up, I will share some fun facts.
Essie currently sells 311 nail polishes (or at least when these facts were printed.)
Painting your nails is prohibited on airplanes.
Neon nail polish is technically illegal.
In 1934, a bottle of Cutex nail polish was 35 cents. (Sheesh, my collection would be over 1,000 by now...)
So basically, you got nothing out of this response. Which is exactly what I got out of your email. Oh wait, sorry, thanks for saying I'm pretty. Okay, now we're even.

Next up, is 2 emails from a guy who has a strange ass handle. No really, it includes "flogging". Anywho, here's what the flogger had to say.

February 27th: Hey, 
how are you doing today? Our Rangers have been on fire lately! I think they should rest Lundqvist until the just before the playoffs. What you do if you were the coach? A dog and 2 cats must hectic around dinner time....

March 3rd: Hey,
So, no response.......I can only guess you've been searching hundreds of travel sistes. You should try kayak. com
:) Brendan

Oh brother.

Hey Brendan,
First, I'm doing great, thanks for asking. Second, yes, my Rangers have been doing fantastic. I think that Hank will need some games under his belt before a playoff run. But, that's not my answer to your coaching question. If I was the coach of the New York Rangers, I would do the same thing everyday...Rick Nash. No really, I would. But that's probably not the answer you were looking for, so honestly I would run the power play units until they learned to score again and then work on face offs. I'm not 100% sure what you meant about travel sites? I go to the same place every year on vacation, I could write a travel blog on the place. If I did have to use a travel site, I prefer Expedia. Oh wait, were you supposed to be offending me cause I didn't respond to your clever email that you clearly didn't proof read? Sick burn.

My dating life is looking bleak people.

Monday, March 16, 2015

a book in review

Brief Summary:

Could love be a nip/tuck away?
Having endured her mother's fourthwedding, hypnotized by makeover shows and tempted by a Zvengali-esque image consultant named Kennedy J, ├╝ber bridesmaid Dot Lindell launches into an odyssey of self improvement, plastic surgery and therapy.
Then new and improved Dot encounters former high school hottie John Miller. She begins a risky deception, convincing both John - and herself! - that she's a totally different person. Maybe she can pull it off: after all, she's unrecognizable.
But John introduces Dot to his best friend and that bully from her nightmares Jack Weston. Jack has changed since high school, too. He's grown more dangerous.
Beauty and the Bridesmaid is a darkly comic tale of transformation and choices, frenemies and friendships, the heroic saga of a nice woman who only wants to look in the mirror and feel beautiful, but may find the price higher than she bargained.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a book I would've loved to have read on the beach or next to the pool, it just has the Summer read vibe. Dot is a very sarcastic lead character which I love cause I can be very sarcastic myself. I found myself laughing out loud a lot throughout this story. The author does a great job of making Dot relatable and keeping the book very real world. I always appreciate when you read books that aren't far fetched. This 5 star book is a book I recommend to anyone who loves a well written, witty, and will get you thinking about certain situations we've all encountered book, xo!


“She’s very pretty, Jasper.”
He shakes his head in denial. “She’s whiney.” The fine lines at the corner of his eyes crinkle, making him appear confused. “She’s got these fingernails like Wolverine’s.” He holds up his hands, makes a claw fist. “You know, the guy from X-Men?”
Secretly, I’m thrilled to hear this little stab at Penny Perfect. “Trying to get voted out of group?” This seems to go over his head. I switch course, “So how’d you meet?”
“She does my mom’s hair. Apparently that makes her perfect for me. Perhaps because we’re both unmarried and disease free. Well, I am anyway. A slam dunk, right?” He drops his voice a notch. “She has two kids by two different men and a ring through her belly button. She scares the crap out of me. And she brought her friend. She asked if she could bring her BFF along for company. I thought it was a book, or some weird breed of pocket dog. Instead she brings her girlfriend along.” He sighs heavily, shakes his head.
Note to self: introduce these two to Sean Driscoll ASAP. “So does your hairdresser know Rupert Rooney or the bride?”
“Neither as far as I know. My mom belongs to the bride’s bridge club. She sent me as her emissary while she’s off in Mexico on a cruise.”
I nod. “Ah, the ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ gals. Your mom’s a player?”
He stifles a laugh. “That’s not an expression I would normally equate with my mother, but yeah, that’s her group. I take it your mom’s with them too?”
I grin. “My mom’s the bride. Thus, the shocking fashion faux pas.” I wave at my dress.
He grins back. “No kidding? You know, Dot, she looks amazing. Really.”
Damn it she does. Which is great, honestly. Nothing quite says wonderful like your mom looking amazing at her forth wedding. A muscle in my cheek tenses up. “It’s nice of you to say so.” Everyone always does. Bless them.
The redhead struts over and drops a proprietary hand on Jasper’s arm. She snaps some chewing gum, an oddly infantile behavior in the face of this aging population. “You ready, Dr. J?”
I raise both eyebrows at Jasper. “Doctor?  Do you play basketball or carry a stethoscope?”
He finally achieves that fuchsia shade I feared. He dips his head toward the girl. “Tiffany, this is Dot Lindell. Dot, my date, Tiffany Bunch.”
I want to say something snide. I really do, but thank god for social niceties. “Nice to meet you, Tiffany.”
At that moment, Aunt Vonda sends out the stink eye from over at her position near the cake table. Rats. No time to grill my new friend Tiff about Jasper’s medical credentials. “Gotta go.” I pin Jasper with one last look, trying to read a profession there. Nothing. Clearly my career as a psychic has stalled. I do the hitchhiker thumb over my shoulder, aiming in Vonda’s direction. “Duty calls.”
“Nice seeing you, Dot.” He nearly stumbles when Tiffany tugs him off toward the bar.
From my spot behind the cake table, where I remain Velcroed by Aunt Vonda’s frequent glares, I observe the new couple do the honors. Mom and Rupert look like teenagers rather than a dignified married couple. Rupert Rooney, (who I’ve secretly been calling “Lord Rooney” given his stiff upper lip style), wipes smashed cake off his face and beard, eyes crinkling with laughter, while mom giggles behind her hand like a geisha. I’m struck by a sense of possibility. Maybe this one will work for her.
I know, I know. It’s the spiked punch talking.
Still, what if this is the real thing? What if this time mom has found that Vaseline covers the lens and she Rupert are running through a field of wildflowers into each others’ arms? What if this is real? I take a mental snapshot of them: Rupert’s hand a gentle brace in the small of her back, she leaning slightly into him, acknowledging the touch.
I swipe a fist at my damp face, leaving a thin trail of mascara on the back of my hand. No one thought to add pockets to the hibiscus dress, so I’m stuck without a Kleenex. I wipe the mess onto the side of the dress, leaving a dark smudge on the already vile fabric.
Good riddance.
I serve cake for hours. For days. Forever. My hands continue to push cake, but my brain takes a holiday, creates little mini movies. In one, John Miller sweeps in, demanding I dance with him. Magically, the loud dress I wear disappears replaced by some Barbara Cartland inspired ball gown. Like Barb’s heroines, my body in that dress appears waif-like, delicate.
Then Jasper Atkins – that’s DOCTOR Jasper Atkins – swaggers onto the dance floor wearing hospital scrubs. He drags me from John’s arms. The two face off, scowls of testosterone fueled anger on their faces as they prepare to fight for my hand.
So I’m a bit startled by Tiffany Bunch’s open palm shoved in my face. I lurch back, worried she plans on punching me out, before I come to: she wants cake. Her vacuous gaze makes it clear that she doesn’t recall our brief meeting, or more likely, chooses not to recall it. I’m just the help and she wants free cake. Give it.
I slap a broken piece on a plate, happy to note that it is a bit short on frosting. I shove it unnecessarily hard into her hand. It’s a paper plate. Maybe she’ll tear a nail? A girl can dream.
Eventually the new couple makes their exit, an exodus of their friends and family in their wake. I schlep behind the partygoers, tidying up so mom doesn’t lose her deposit. That’s the price for not helping with wedding plans. I pay the caterers with checks Rupert Rooney filled out in advance. I make a quick pass around the floor using an enormous mop head designed for the purpose, but refuse to go the extra mile and search for a dustpan. I cut the lights and lock the door behind me.
I’m alone in the dark in a sweat stained, mascara marked taffeta dress. There’s no one around to offer me a ride.
I have to ride the bus home in this damn dress.

Author Bio:
Lisa Souza was raised on the mean streets of Spokane, Washington, one of five siblings wrestling for attention and hot meals.

She has a degree in English because both her husband and parents insisted she buck up and finish something. Without outside pressure, she fizzled out on an interior design program, bailed on computer science after two years, but rallied to complete her certification in hypnosis in 2012.

Lisa lives in the Snohomish Valley with her first husband Mark, (author of Robyn's Egg), two stoic children, and Tater the rescue dog, whose ancestry is very much in question.

Website:                      http://www.lisasouza.com/
Facebook:                          https://www.facebook.com/lisa.souza.3348
Twitter:                               https://twitter.com/LisaSouza_WA
Goodreads:      (still waiting for Author Profile Approval response)
Amazon “Buy” link:     http://amzn.to/1uV2ZIH 


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