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Monthly Recap: August 2017

Posted September 14, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

August was a busy month for me and for my family. Summer came to an end, we went to Vegas for our annual end of summer family vacation, we moved Meghan into her dorm room, Brenna came home from her summer trip to Colorado and started her freshman year of college. We also got to spend some time with baby Caiden without his parents for an entire week. That was fun and I miss him just a little more every day that passes and he’s in Utah and I’m here in California. We also celebrated some birthdays. Brookey, Caleb, my sister Blanche and Brenna’s boyfriend RJ and then my friends Foti and Ralph. When did August get so popular in the birthday department? Ha!

September will be filled with lots of school stuff. Brenna starts basketball with Kenna, Chase and Brody are playing football and Makaela is playing volleyball. There are 9 of us siblings and we all have kids. Our lives are never boring, that’s for sure.

What I Did

Team Wilson Gang Takes Over Vegas

Before summer ended, Team Wilson gang headed out to Vegas for a week of fun in the desert sun and we laughed the week away. So much fun swimming, eating and shopping at the outlets.

Jarred’s Baby Shower

As you can see, I really liked the dessert table at my nephew’s baby shower. The whole theme for the shower was Wild Things and the decorations were adorable…the snickerdoodle bars were the bomb too.

Moved Meghan into her Dorm

Meghan started her junior year of college at Vanguard University and we went to help her set up her dorm. I thought the whole set up came out well.

What I Read

1. Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
2. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
3. Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
4. Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
5. Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
6. Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
7. Something about You (FBI/US Attorney’s #1) by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5
8. Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9. Royally Raised (Royally #2.5) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
10. Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
11. Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5
12. Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt | DNF

My favorite read of the month goes to Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase. I just adored Henry and Sarah’s story. I loved Sarah so much too.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt. I just couldn’t deal with the Royals shenanigans. I’m also not here for another cliffhanger so I think I’m going to quit this series for good.

What I Reviewed


8/4: How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5
8/15: Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
8/22: Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee | 4 out of 5
8/23: Queen of Babble in the Big City (Queen of Babble #2) by Meg Cabot | 4.5 out of 5
8/28: Links by Lisa Becker | 3 out of 5
8/29: The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3) by Kendra C. Highley | 3 out of 5
8/30: Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5

What I Bought


North to You (Journey to the Heart #1) by Tif Marcelo
Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne
Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne
Steadfast (True North #2) by Sarina Bowen
Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase
Temporary Arrangement (The Renaldi’s #0.5) by Karen Erickson
Big Shot by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
The Soul Mate (Roommates #4) by Kendall Ryan

What I Got for Review

Fallen Heir (Royals #4) by Erin Watt
Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

What I Listened To

This song was my favorite song from August. August was the month that we decided to get a group together to go to Stagecoach. The we that I’m talking about is me, Bren and Ken. Ha. Brett Young is going to be there so I’m all in. I honestly can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun, I just know it.

What I Watched on TV

This is the only show that I remember from July to August. LOL. Can you blame me? Jon and Dany and the big war and Jon’s real identity (and name!), the Stark shenanigans, it all made for one thrilling season and we’ve got a long ass wait until the next and final season. Someone hold me.

What Movies I Watched

These were the only movies that I watched in August because, well, Game of Thrones. Everything is GOT’s fault. I didn’t shit else but watch and obsessed over that damn show and Jon Snow. Ha!

What I Loved

Poke Bowls

Brenna and I are pretty addicted to the poke bowls at the Poke Bar. They opened one near our house which is a lot closer than our normal poke bowl spot and we get to mix and match our poke bowls just the way that we like it. We’ve had poke for lunch or dinner every week in August. Brenna is getting scared that we might be close to being in danger of mercury poisoning, we’ve eaten there so much. But dude, it’s the bomb.

Man, what a month. How was your August? Did you do anything fun? Read or watch anything that was good? Bad? I’d love to hear about it all in the comments!


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Monthly Recap: June & July 2017

Posted August 23, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 0 Comments

I have been sorely lacking in getting any posts written for this blog. I’ve been busy, lazy, not in the mood…you name it, I was it. I’m slowly starting to get back in the thick of things so wish me luck. I missed my June monthly recap so I’ll just add the jist of things here. It’s not like I have much to report, book wise for June anyway.

What I Did

 Bren, Ken, & Cher graduated from High School and Makaela was promoted from middle school to High School. Bren and Ken will be attending our local junior college while Cher leaves for Utah this coming Friday to start her freshman year of college at BYU, Provo. Makaela has joined the North High Volleyball team and I’m sure she’s going to do great things.

We met Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma in Las Vegas. In July, we traveled to Las Vegas for the girls last Club tournament with the Mustangs. It was hot as hell and the girls played game after game after game and on our first night of games, we had dinner at Raising Caines and one of the newest Lakers ate right next to us so of course we welcomed him to Los Angeles and got a picture with him. Fun times!

What I Read

1. The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
2. The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean | 5 out of 5
3. Wired by Julie Garwood | 3.5 out of 5
4. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (re-read) | 4 out of 5
6. I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
7. Dating You, Hating You by Christine Lauren | 4 out of 5
8. Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
9. Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy | 4.25 out of 5
10. Some Kind of Hero by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.5 out of 5
11. Lucky in Love by Kasie West | 3.25 out of 5
12. How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis | 3 out of 5
13. Ready to Run by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
14. When It’s Real by Erin Watt | 4.25 out of 5
15. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
16. The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley | 3.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
True Love and Other Disasters (Chinooks Hockey Team #4) by Rachel Gibson
Wired (Buchanan-Renard #13) by Julie Garwood
Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Fair Play by Deirdre Martin
Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally
I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne
Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters #17) by Suzanne Brockmann
The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young
Second Chance Season (Grand Valley #2) by Liora Blake
Stay (WAGS #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean
Black Tie Optional (Wild Weddings #1) by Ann Marie Walker
The Girl with the Make Believe Husband (Rokesbys #2) by Julia Quinn
Shadow Readper (Shadows #2) by Christine Feehan
Revenge (Lawless #3) by Lexi Blake
Silver Silence (Psy/Changelings Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4) by Lorraine Heath

What I Bought Or was Gifted

I Knew You Were Trouble (Oxford #4) by Lauren Layne
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
My Roommates Girl by Julianna Keyes
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
When It’s Real by Erin Watt

What I Got for Review

The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare
A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase
If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne
Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis
Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon

What I Listened To


Perfect by Ed Sheeran

This has gotten some major play on my Apple Music. I still love the hell out of this song…in August.

What I Watched on TV

Loving all of these shows, except Suits. I love the show but this season is pretty boring.

What Movies I Watched

John Wick (2014) (re-watch) | 4 out of 5
The Art of Us (2017) | DNF
Wonder Woman (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
Life As We Know It (2010) | 4.5 out of 5
Something Borrowed (2011) | 4 out of 5
Bad Date Chronicles (2017) | 3 out of 5
Bound & Babysitting (2015) | 4.25 out of 5
My Favorite Wedding (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
The Russell Girl (2008) | 4.5 out of 5
Loving Leah (2009) | 4 out of 5
Portrait of Love (2015) | 3 out of 5
A Wish for Christmas (2015) | 3.5 out of 5
Chance at Romance (2013) | 3 out of 5
Sand Castle (2017) | 4 out of 5

There you have it…all of the things that I did in June and July. Did you do any fun things?Read any good books? Watch any fab movies?


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Monthly Recap: May 2017

Posted June 6, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Personally, I’m so glad that May is behind me. It started off great but then it kind of went downhill for me. Some big ass truck hit me on my way into the office and then I suffered from a reading slump and I just wasn’t in the mood for much. My nephew RJ came into town for Memorial Day weekend and that was a lot of fun and now it’s June. Woot! Summer is close.

What I Did

Road Trip to Utah: May started off with a road trip to Utah for Baby Caiden’s blessing. As a family, we set off on Thursday and returned home on Monday. It was nice to get away from home for a little bit and just relax with the family. We met Chance’s girlfriend Emily and hung out with Chloe and Markus and had a fun weekend away.

RJ came to California: May ended with a visit from my nephew, RJ. RJ lives in Colorado but is attending BYU Idaho so he drove into town with his friends from school and we hung out with him over the long weekend. I love spending time with family and RJ is one of my favorites!

My Work Moved: Another reason I’m glad that May is behind me is because I spent a huge chunk of the month packing up my entire office by myself. That was not fun but we’re in our new space, everything is accounted for and I have set up the new office the way that I want to set it up so I’m happy about that. I also love that my boss built us an employee lounge, complete with couches and bean bags and we’re getting a TV so woo hoo!! We’re a social office and a lot like the staff on The Office (the US one) so the lounge is perfect for us! I seriously love my job when I’m not packing up everything. Ha!

What I Read


1. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
2. The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn | 3.5 out of 5
3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett | 4 out of 5
4. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | DNF
5. Second Chance Season by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5
6. Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker | 3.25 out of 5
7. Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

Total Books Read: 7
Total Pages Read: 2,391
Highest Grade: 4.25
Lowest Grade: 3.25, DNF
Part of a Series: 6
Standalones: 1

Grades

3 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 4
DNF: 1

Genres

Contemporary: 3
Fantasy: 1
Historical: 1
Paranormal: 1
Young Adult: 1

Format

eBooks: 2
eARCs: 5

Sources

Bought: 0
Gifted: 2
Publisher/Author: 5

What I Reviewed

What I Bought

I only bought one book in the entire month of May. That should make my bank account happy. Ha!

What I Got for Review

Reading Challenge Updates

April and May have been terrible months for me, reading wise and it’s showing in my reading challenges. I’m on track for Goodreads but the others? Not so much. I really need to catch up this month and get back on track. Wish me luck!

What I Watched on TV


What Movies I Watched

1. Before I Fall (2017) | 4 out of 5
2. The Outcasts (2017) | 3.75 out of 5
3. Gifted (2017) | 5 out of 5
4. Table 19 (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
5. Date with Love (2016) | 3 out of 5
6. Summer of Dreams (2016) | 3 out of 5
7. Unleashing Mr. Darcy (2016) | 3.5 out of 5
8. Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) | 4.25 out of 5
9. The Perfect Catch (2017) | 4 out of 5
10. Love on Ice (2017) | 3.25 out of 5
11. Can’t Buy My Love (2017) | 3.5 out of 5
12. Love at First Bark (2017) | 2 out of 5
13. Before We Go (2014) | 3.5 out of 5
14. King Arthur (2017) | 4 out of 5
15. Lion (2016) | 4 out of 5

What I Listened To

Both of these songs got mad love on my Apple Music. I listened to them a lot all month long.

What I Loved

I spent a lot of time playing this game on my phone. It’s an old phone game that the kids used to play all the time but these days, I’m all by my lonesome playing it. I can’t stop playing though. I’m trying to get to 10K and I’m soooo close.

There goes my life in the month that was May. How did your month go? Do or see anything good? Read any great books? See any fabulous movies or watch any great TV Shows?


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