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Monthly Recap: October & November 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

This month’s recap will be for the last two months since I disappeared and this blog was left abandoned. I’ve been busy but I’ve also been lazy. Story of my life.

What I Did

Emme’s baptism: One of best friends from when I was a kid has a kid that just got baptized and Bren, Ken and I were on hand to help Hanah (my friend) make sure that everything was perfect for little Emme. It was good to see everyone come out to support little Emme and we had fun, so all in all, it was a great day.

Meghan met Kobe Bryant: So last month, Meghan met our family’s favorite NBA player of all time…Kobe Bryant. You should have seen us when she texted us her picture with him (the one above) and told us all about how he came to her practice to spit some basketball knowledge and help them with the offense that they’re running since it’s the same one he ran with the Lakers. We were so excited and stoked for ourselves like we met him and not Meghan. What a trip that Meghan chooses to go to a small school and she met Kobe Bryant, her all time favorite player. Never thought that would happen and even though it didn’t happen to me…it kind of did because I’m really close with Meghan..right? LOL.

Those are the highlights of the last couple of months and I’m leaving that Kobe Bryant picture right there, big as hell, because…it’s KOBE!!

Now, on to the books…

What I Read


On a Tuesday (One Week #1) by Whitney G. | 3.75 out of 5
Played (Gridiron #4) by Jen Frederick | 4.25 out of 5
Lady Sophia’s Lover (Bow Street Runners #2) by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (Re-Read) | 4 out of 5
Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase (Re-Read) | 5 out of 5
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
A Duke in Shining Armor (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase | 4.25 out of 5
Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Hard Cherish (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting | 4.25 out of 5
The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Roomies by Christina Lauren | 3.75 out of 5

What I Reviewed

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Changing the Game by Jaci Burton
Table Manners by Mia King
Head Coach by Lia Riley
Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Ready for Wild by Liora Blake
Made for You by Lauren Layne
Hollywood Dirt (Movie)
Only with You by Lauren Layne
A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

What I Bought

What I Got for Review


What I Listened To

I’m still listening to a lot of country music. Mostly, I’m listening to these two country cuties. Brett Young and Walker Hayes.

That’s all that I’ve got for this post so how was your October and November? Read or see anything good?


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Monthly Recap: September 2017

Posted October 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

I didn’t do much in September. I supported Chase and Brody at their football games, went to one of Makaela’s volleyball games and then Brenna played in her first games on a college level team. Aside from that, not much has been going on with me except watching movies, tv shows and reading loads. Gah, what a boring month for me. Here’s a picture of Caiden, haha.

Isn’t he so cute…even with all of that drool? Haha. Go Lakers!

What I Read

1. The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
2. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
3. Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreakers Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
4. Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal #1) by Kelly Bowen | 3 out of 5
5. The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancees #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
6. The Prize by Julie Garwood | 4.75 out of 5
7. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood | 5 out of 5
8. Ransom (Highland’s Laird #2) by Julie Garwood | 4.5 out of 5
9. Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
10. Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
11. Ready for Wild (Grand Valley #3) by Liora Blake | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

9/01: The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare | 4.5 out of 5
9/06: Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
9/07: Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #4.5) by Lorraine Heath | 4.5 out of 5
9/11: The Final Score (Play by Play #13) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
9/13: Acheron (Dark Hunters #12) by Sherrilyn Kenyon | 5 out of 5
9/14: Clean Sweep (Inn Keeper Chronicles #1) by Ilona Andrews | 4 out of 5
9/18: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase | 4.5 out of 5
9/19: Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5
9/21: If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout | 4 out of 5
9/26: Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay #4) by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
9/28: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | 4 out of 5

What I Bought

One Day: Valentine Novella by Samantha Young
The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen
Dirty Little Tease by Kendall Ryan
Filthy Beautiful Lies by Kendall Ryan
Wednesday by Kendall Ryan
Just a Taste by Whitney G.
Turbulence: The Epilogue by Whitney G.
Resisting the Boss by Whitney G.

What I Got for Review

Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Love, Life & the List by Kasie West
Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Beyond Scandal & Desire by Lorraine Heath

What I Listened To

I’m on a country binge, getting ready for Stagecoach next year and these are songs that have gotten a lot of play time in September. I’m kind of bummed that my girls are scared to go to Stagecoach after what happened in Vegas this past weekend so that’s put a damper on our mood. 🙁 I still love these songs though.

What I Watched on TV

I binge watched Powerless a couple of Saturdays ago and then found it was cancelled by NBC so I quit it that same day. LOL. Dammit, it was another show that I really liked. Stupid ass NBC.

The Brave and Seal Team were both good but of the two, I liked The Brave a tad bit more. We’ll see which of these shows stick in the coming weeks.

What Movies I Watched

My favorite movies for September were Wind River, Room and Kingsman: The Secret Service. I’ll be reviewing them all soon so you’ll see my thoughts on them soon-ish.

What I Loved

Words with Friends. My siblings and I have been playing Words with Friends over and over again and we started up again last month. September has been filled with a lot of talking shit, contesting words (even though it’s an app and if the app takes the word, you can’t really contest) and gloating when we beat each other. It’s been great fun and so far, I’m tied for first place with my brother for most points scored in one turn. He’s hating because I got my 126 points against him. Ha!

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


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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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