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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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Review: Girls Trip

Posted August 31, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifa, Jada Pinkett Smith & Tiffany Haddish
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Rating: R
Run Time: 2h 2min
Movie Type: Comedy

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

I can’t remember a time where I laughed as much as I have in a movie theater. I about peed my pants from laughing at every turn in this movie. As great as the big name actresses were in this movie, newcomer Tiffany Haddish stole the show. She made this entire movie, at least in my opinion.

So this movie is about four friends coming together after years apart and taking a girls trip to New Orlean’s for the Essence Festival. Ryan Pierce has her life together. She’s half of America’s golden couple. She’s got a fabulous husband, a happy marriage and a talk show in the works along with a bestselling book that celebrates having it all. Sasha Franklin had a promising writing career but these days, all she’s writing is celebrity gossip and she’s struggling to pay her bills. Lisa Cooper is a single mother who really needs to get laid. She’s uptight and she’s a Mother Bee that practically hovers over her children and doesn’t have a life of her own then there’s Dina. Just Dina. Dina is the ratchet friend that is ride or die. She’s the friend you don’t want to piss off because if you do her friends dirty, she will come at you with a machete and loads of curse words that will have you shivering in your boots. Each of the women had their own reasons for going on this trip and seeing them in action together had me bent over at the waist, laughing my ass off at every turn.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m ghetto or what but I laughed and laughed and laughed every time that I’ve seen this movie in the theater and I watched it multiple times. No matter what your personality is or who you are in your circle of friends, you’ll connect with one of these ladies in this movie. Me? I’m the Lisa in my group. I’m the single mom that reads racy novels and is the mother hen in the group. When Jada Pinkett Smith came onto the scene, my mouth dropped open as I turned to my niece Meghan and said, “OMG, I’m Lisa.” What’s even funnier is that my circle of friends also has a Dina, a Sasha and a Ryan.

This movie was fun. I felt like I was right in the thick of things with these four women and I was dancing and reacting the same way that these girls were throughout the entire thing. When Dina goes for Ryan’s husband’s throat and uses her South Central hood voice on him, I about died laughing. When they get white boy drunk and zip line across the Quarter and Lisa has an accident? I about died laughing. The grapefruit scene? I about died laughing.

This movie is the perfect girl’s night out movie. It’s the movie that you watch with your girls and laugh the night away. It’s got everything in it, something for everyone. I highly recommend watching this movie if you want to laugh your butt off.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

5 out of 5

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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


3 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 4
DNF: 1


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


eBooks: 2
eARCs: 5


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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