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Monthly Recap: May 2018

Posted June 5, 2018 by Rowena in Family, Features | 3 Comments

Can you believe that I didn’t post one post in the entire month of May? I kept meaning to but work kept me busy from the time I got to the office to the time that I left for the day and I spent the rest of the day, relaxing from my taxing workload. I didn’t have the energy to keep up with this blog and that made me sad so I’m going to try harder this month. Wish me luck. 🙂

What I Did

For the most part, my month was taken up by work. I did take a week off to travel to Colorado for my nephew Kaleo’s high school graduation. That trip was a much-needed break from work and I ate up my time away from the office.

What I Read

Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff | 3.5 out of 5
Hooked on You (Chicago Rebels #4) by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker | 4.25 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Speakeasy (True North #5) by Sarina Bowen | 4.5 out of 5
Rumor Has It (Real Love #4) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Hooked on You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4.5 out of 5
Fantasy Love (Dark Hunters #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 3.75 out of 5
Regrets Only by Erin Duffy | 3.5 out of 5
Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart (Love by Numbers #3) by Sarah MacLean | 4 out of 5
The Hookup (Jordan Brothers #1) by Erin McCarthy | 4 out of 5
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | 4 out of 5
Neaderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid | 2.75 out of 5

What I Bought


Cocktales: The Cocky Collective
The Thing about Love by Julie James
Restricted Fantasies by Kevin Kneupper
Getting Down by Helena Hunting
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
They Who Fell by Kevin Kneupper
The Cockiest Cowboy to Have Ever Cocked by Jamila Jasper

What I Got for Review

For the Duke’s Eyes Only (School for Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell
Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley
Down with Love (Love Wars #1) by Kate Meader
Speakeasy (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen

What I Listened To

These are the four songs that got the most play time in the entire month of May. I love each of these songs and can’t get enough of all of them. So good!

What I Watched on TV

I haven’t been reading a lot because I haven’t been in the mood to read so I’ve been binge-watching the heck out of all of the shows above. Lots and lots of great tv show watching though. Of all the shows that I’m watching, my favorites are The Resident, For the People and Splitting Up Together.

What Movies I Watched

The Avengers: Infinity War (2018) | 4.5 out of 5
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) | 3.75 out of 5

There you have it, a look back at my month of May. How was your month in books, tv shows and movies? Read or see anything good? Share with me!


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Monthly Recap: March 2018

Posted April 3, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

What I Did

Brenna turns 19. Brenna turned 19 last month and we celebrated first thing that morning with breakfast with the family before she headed to Mt. San Jacinto to take an L in the second round of playoffs.

Caiden turns 1. Baby Caiden comes to California by himself! Caiden’s parents rushed to Samoa to be with family after the death of one of their family members and Caiden came to stay with us. You guys, coming home to this little guy has been such a delight. His happy, smiling face and his cute baby voice shrieking has been such a treat and we were lucky enough to celebrate his first birthday. What a fun night that was, too. Chuck E. Cheeses, pizza, endless salad bar and cake! Best party!

Meghan went to Nationals, Brenna and Kenna advanced to Round 2. This is what I chose to picture this month. The girls work so hard during the season and try to do as little as possible in the off-season and their work paid off. They each had such great seasons and though it wasn’t easy, they worked through all of their issues and were proud of the seasons when all was said and done. Meghan’s team made it to the Elite Eight and Bren/Ken’s team made it to the second round so there is much to be proud of and I can’t wait for next season.

What I Read

10 new reads | 1 re-reads | 1 DNF | 3,907 pages read
Read by source: 6 gifted | 3 bought | 3 review copies
Read by format: 8 eBooks | 4 eARCs

1. Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
2. White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
3. Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
4. Over Us, Over You by Whitney G | DNF
5. Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas | 4.5 out of 5
6. On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
7. On Hart’s Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
8. Bayou Moon (The Edge #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
9. Jock Blocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick | 4.75 out of 5
10. Hot Response (Boston Fire #4) by Shannon Stacey | 4 out of 5
11. Suddenly Forbidden (Gray Springs University #1) by Ella Fields | 4 out of 5
12. The Love Coupon (Stubborn Hearts #2) by Ainslie Paton | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

On Hart’s Boardwalk (On Dublin Street #6.7) by Samantha Young | 4 out of 5
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.25 out of 5
Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 2 out of 5
So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader | 4.25 out of 5
Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux | 4 out of 5 for story, 1 out of 5 for ending
Love Between Enemies by Molly E. Lee | 2 out of 5
Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1) by Loretta Chase | 4.75 out of 5
The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 4.25 out of 5
The Truth about Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove #1) by Laura Lee Guhrke | 3.75 out of 5
Burn for You by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 and 5 out of 5

What I Got

What I Got for Review

What I Listened To

March was for old-school slow jams that I used to love. I listened to a lot of Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, New Edition, Justin Timberlake & NSYNC, Pebbles, Eric Benet, Tamia, etc… Baby making music, haha. I blame all of that on my friend Theresa, who sent me the Mariah Carey March Madness thing. You’ll read all about that below.

What I Watched on TV

My favorite TV shows right now are The Resident, 9-1-1, and For the People. I’m still watching Jane the Virgin, Chicago PD and Grown-ish but it’s more out of loyalty than anything.

What Movies I Watched

Iron Man (2008) | 4 out of 5
The Secret Scripture (2016) | 4 out of 5
Not Cinderella’s Type (2018) | 3 out of 5
Home Again (2017) | 4 out of 5
Thor (2011) | 4.5 out of 5

What I Loved

My bestie Therese and I used to be obsessed with Mariah Carey songs from a really early age. I’m talking elementary school, middle school, high school, after high school, we loved us some Mariah Carey songs. So when Therese sent this March Madness bracket to us (she sent it to me and her two sisters), we tackled this and it was hard. We shared our results with each other and I laughed a lot, comparing, arguing and just having an absolute blast with old friends. I loved it and it was my favoritest thing of the month.

There it is, the month of March in my life. How was your month? What were your favorite books, movies and TV shows? Did you do anything fun with your family? Share in the comments.


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Monthly Recap: February 2018

Posted March 22, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

This post is coming all hella late but it couldn’t be helped. I was lazy. Haha. Better late than never, right?

What I Did

February was for basketball.

Meghan’s team went to Conference finals and lost to Westmont. =( Brenna and Ken’s team went to the second round of Playoffs before they were ousted. =( Still, both teams had great seasons and we still got next year so I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll come back and do great things next season. We also got to catch one of my cousin’s daughter’s games in Santa Monica and that was fun.

We celebrated Delene, Jarred and my brother Mel’s birthday near the end of the month. I also got to spend some time with my bestie, Therese and that’s always a good time. February was not too shabby on the activities front.

What I Read

12 new reads | 0 re-reads | 1 DNF | 3,705 pages read
Read by source: 2 bought | 10 review copies
Read by format: 2 eBooks | 10 eARCs

1. Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
2. So Over You (Chicago Rebels #2) by Kate Meader | 4.25 out of 5
3. Undone by You (Chicago Rebels #3) by Kate Meader | 4 out of 5
4. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory | 4 out of 5
5. Runaway Groom (I Do, I Don’t #2) by Lauren Layne | 5 out of 5
6. Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
7. Living Out Loud (Austen #3) by Staci Hart | 3 out of 5
8. One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews | 4.75 out of 5
9. What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
10. Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross | 5 out of 5
Beyond Scandal and Desire (Sins for All Season #1) by Lorraine Heath | 4.25 out of 5
Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Shot on Gold (Play by Play #14) by Jaci Burton | 3.25 out of 5
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles #2) by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5

What I Got

What I Got for Review

What I Listened To

I’ve been in a Samoan music mood so I’ve been listening to a lot of Samoan music. I’ve been enjoying these Poly Songbook videos on YouTube, too. These are two of my favorites.

What I Watched on TV

I’ve cut way back on the TV shows that I’m watching. Not because I’m trying to spend less time watching TV, but because these are the only shows that I’m still interested in watching at the moment.

What Movies I Watched

1. Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) | 3.75 out of 5
2. Forever My Girl (2018) | 4 out of 5
3. Black Panther (2018) | 5 out of 5

What I Loved

On + On Kitchen in Gardena, CA

How was your month in books, movies and TV? Did you do anything fun? Share in the comments!


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