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The Monthly Recap: July 2018

Posted August 7, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

What I Did
Family pictures: My month started off with family pictures on the beach in Redondo Beach. I thought it was going to take much longer than it actually took. There are 9 of us and we all have hella kids between us but we were done within 3 hours. We almost made it through the entire shoot without any issues but then little Caleb fell into the ocean with his cast so between his family pictures and the rest of our big family pictures that we took a couple of hours later, his shorts are 8 shades darker but he’s still a cutie patootie. The picture above is one with just my siblings and my Pops. We’re missing my sister Ingrid but everyone else is there and I really like this one. Here’s a picture from me and Brenna’s shots. It’s my favorite. I love the background with the Palos Verdes cliffs, it’s a gorgeous shot. David’s Funeral: My month ended with a funeral for one of my good friends David. He suffered from depression and struggled with it for a while. I’m going to miss him but am glad that he’s finally at peace. It was really good to see everyone that came out to pay their respects. Lots and lots of our friends from Church came out, which was nice because everyone is so spread out. We have people in Utah, Arizona, all parts of California but everyone came home to say their final goodbyes to David and that made me happy for him.
What I Read
1. Coming Undone (Brown Family #2) by Lauren Dane | 4.25 out of 5 2. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely | 4 out of 5 3. Every Time You Go Away by Beth Harbison | 3 out of 5 4. Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | 3 out of 5 5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5 6. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5 7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5 8. A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole | 4.25 out of 5
Book Boyfriends
Michael Phan in The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Hunter Cross in I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne Peter Kavinsky in P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han Peter Kavinsky in Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
What I Reviewed
Good Kids (2016) | 3.75 out of 5 The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | 5 out of 5 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) | 4 out of 5 Sea Swept by Nora Roberts | 4.25 out of 5 I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | 4.5 out of 5 Double Standards by Judith McNaught | 4 out of 5 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5 The Kissing Booth (2018) | 3.25 out of 5 Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | 4.75 out of 5
What I Posted
Week in Review (92) Monthly Recap: June 2018 Can’t Wait Wednesday: When a Duke Loves a Woman by Lorraine Heath Week in Review (93) Can’t Wait Wednesday: Down with Love by Kate Meader Week in Review (94) Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting Week in Review (95) Can’t Wait Wednesday: Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G Throwback Thursday: Saying Goodbye to David The Weekly Recap (96) My TBR Pile: August 2018
What I Bought
Save the Date by Carrie Aarons Crank (The Gibson Boys #1) by Adriana Locke Cross (The Gibson Boys #2.5) by Adriana Locke Getting Schooled by Emma Chase Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan Book Boyfriend (Book Boyfriends #1) by Claire Kingsley Cocky Roommate (Book Boyfriends #2) by Claire Kingsley The Soldier Prince by Aarti V. Raman Coming Undone (Brown Family #2) by Lauren Dane Cocky Client (Steamy Coffee Reads #3) by Whitney G. Beginner’s Luck (Chance of a Lifetime #1) by Kate Clayborn Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2) by Kate Clayborn Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (Kwan Sisters #1) by Jackie Lau Mr. Hotshot CEO (Kwan Sisters #2) by Jackie Lau Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
What I Got for Review
All the Way by Kristen Proby Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
What I Listened To
These are the three most listened to songs for me in the month of July. I have so much love for all of these songs.
What I Watched on TV
I enjoyed each of the shows I watched, even in some parts, 13 Reasons Why Season 2. There was a lot going on and while I was still frustrated with how shitty those kids were, in the end, I’m glad that I watched it. Suits and Take Two are both great shows that I’m really liking and Kims Convenience cracks me up. Goodness I love Asian comedy shows and movies.
What Movies I Watched
1. Forever My Girl (2018) | 4 out of 5 2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) | 3.75 out of 5 3. How it Ends (2018) | 4.25 out of 5 4. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) | 3.75 out of 5 Locke (2013) | 3.25 out of 5 Blackway (2015) | 3.5 out of 5 The Loft (2014) | 3.5 out of 5 Love, Simon (2018) | 5 out of 5 The Commuter (2018) | 4.25 out of 5
What I Loved
Having this guy around… There you have it, the month of July in my life. How did your July treat you? Read anything good? Do anything fun? Share in the comments!

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Throwback Thursday (10)

Posted May 5, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

TBT When I was younger and in the Youth at Church, every summer we went to Young Women’s Girls Camp and my partner in crime was always Hanah. There aren’t a lot of memories from Church back in the day that don’t involve Hanah. Whether I was helping her boyfriend at the time figure out how to see her or talking about anything and everything at her house, my house or in Young Women’s class, we were always together. ..and I have a lot of pictures to back up that statement. This week’s throwback picture is from Girls Camp when we were, around 15 and 16 (Hanah’s a year older than me). I don’t remember much about where this picture was taken but I do know it was taken after our big camp picture that we took every year. Wena and Hanah Look at us, we were freaking babies! I can’t believe it!

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Book Club: Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley

Posted May 4, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Book Bunch 1 April’s book club meeting was the first meeting of the year that we had to postpone and surprisingly, that was my fault. Meghan’s basketball banquet was on the same day we planned to meet up for book club so I moved the date back and I’m hoping against hope that it won’t be an every month thing. We’re trying to keep things on track each month and I want to keep that going. This month also marks the second month that I was a group picture failure. We didn’t take a group picture again this month. Ehh. I need to put Tasha in charge of making sure that we take pictures each month. Book Club Book Own the Wind Own the Wind (Chaos #1) by Kristen Ashley.
Too hot to handle… Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos—the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos’ leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby’s thinking about much more than friendship… Tabby is everything Shy’s ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can’t have. She’s beautiful, smart, and as his friend’s daughter, untouchable. Shy never expected more than friendship, so when Tabby indicates she wants more—much more—he feels like the luckiest man alive. But even lucky men can crash and burn…
This month, we met up at Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill to get our discussion on and everyone was in attendance. We had a straight up discussion on what we thought about the book and as far as enjoyment went, we were split down the middle. Lilo didn’t like the book at all, while B Nice said it wasn’t her favorite but Tasha and I? WE LOVED IT. Haha. Book Club Thoughts Hero: Tasha and I loved Shy while B Nice remained of the opinion that he wasn’t her favorite and Lilo hated him. Everything that Lilo hated Shy for are the very reasons that both Tasha and I loved him. Lilo thought Shy was an asshole who was too alpha and too dark for her tastes. She didn’t like the parade of women at the club house and the way that he broke Tabby’s heart. She felt that he was cruel. Tasha and I loved the fierceness of his feelings for Tabby…the way that he stood by her, the way that he comforted her when her fiance’ died and the way that he stood his ground when he was cast as the black sheep of the MC for daring to bang the president’s daughter. In my eyes, he was Jax Teller from Sons of Anarchy and just like with Jax, I forgave Shy everything. Both Tasha and I adored him. Heroine: We were all in agreement that for a huge chunk of the book, Tabby was a freaking brat. When we first meet her and she’s being followed by the MC so they can watch her back and she keeps getting herself into trouble that the guys have to bail her out of, we were all not fans of that. But she does grow up and even though she still had her moments where she drove me nuts, we all liked when she stood her ground where Shy was concerned and we loved how she called both her father and Tyra on their shit. Story: Tasha and I read this book a while ago and after reading it the first time, we were absolutely in love with the book. We were in love with everything about the book but after this last re-read, the story itself didn’t hold up to all the love we had for it the first time around. B Nice remains unchanged in her opinion that while she enjoyed the romance between Shy and Tabby, the story itself was a bit much for her. It was raw and gritty and that’s not really her thing. Lilo felt much the same way as B Nice but while B Nice was more “meh” about the story, Lilo was “ugh”. We picked this book last month cause Tasha and I were curious to see if Lilo and B Nice would enjoy something like this…now we know. Haha. Most Memorable Scene: Hmmm, we didn’t talk about this last night. Mostly we talked about the book as a whole. Pimp Worthy: Even though Tasha and I didn’t LOVE the book as much this time around, we still thought the book was pimpworthy. Lilo and B Nice? Nah. Book Club Next Book
Falling into Bed with a Duke and The Earl Takes All (Hellions of Havisham #1 & #2) by Lorraine Heath.
It would appear that my book club is all about the historical romances these days. B Nice is reading a bunch of them and loving them while Lilo was curious about this set of books so it was decided that these are the books we’re discussing next month. I can’t freaking wait!

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The Girls Went to see Sammy J

Posted April 27, 2016 by Rowena in Miscellaneous | 0 Comments

I have been dying to see Sammy J in concert ever since I found out that he was coming to California way back in January. At the time, I was pretty obsessed with his song Waiting and with his voice as well. I remember sitting in the stands at Brenna’s game one night, singing along to the song playing on my phone when I started googling his tour dates. I found out that he was going to be in town in April and immediately asked my friends to go with me. I got responses immediately from most of them and they were all a go…and this is one of the things we planned on that we actually followed through on. Mulu and I didn’t make it out to Vegas for the Rugby tournament but I wasn’t going to miss out on Sammy J too. I had a blast. We missed the first opening act, The Late Ones (haha, we were the late ones that night) which was a bummer because I actually know those kids. I know their parents and I remember them as little kids but my kids kept me from getting to the venue earlier to catch their performance. Still, the concert was fantastic. We caught Tenelle’s performance and while she sang a lot of covers, she did rock the hell out of them and had Meghan and I scream singing our asses off to the two songs of hers that I knew. Haha. She was great. The crowd was jamming hard when Tenelle was on stage but the minute that Sammy J came out, the crowd somehow got bigger and they just erupted. It was complete madness and that guy from New Zealand rocked the hell out of that crowd. It was one of the funnest things that I’ve done in a while. I didn’t get a lot of videos of the concert cause I was too busy scream singing my way through the show but here are some that I took. Please excuse Meghan’s big ass head in front of me. Haha.
Sammy J singing Waiting (my song!) Sammy J and Tenelle singing Say That You Love Me (my other song!)
Also? Please excuse the shakiness of the video too. My arms got tired. LMAO! Freaking Meghan wouldn’t get her damn hand and phone out of my way either. Ehh. Still, all in all the concert was great. I had a good time with Sammy J (haha), with my girls and I only felt a little bad that Brenna and Makenna (who wanted to go to the concert) stayed behind to babysit Hanah’s kids so that Hanah can go. Here are some pictures from our night out with Sammy J! Sammy J 1 Sammy J 2 Hanah and I are trying to figure out what our next adventure will be so I’ll update when we figure that out. So much fun!

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Good Eats: Porto’s

Posted February 25, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Good Eats Foodie Club Downey Portos Porto’s 8233 Firestone Blvd Downey, CA 90241 Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 6:30 am – 8:30 pm, Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm It’s the second month of the year and I got together with my friends to try a new to us place again. Well, new to some of us. This month we did lunch and we drove out to Downey to try out Porto’s. Did you guys know that Porto’s is the #1 food place choice on Yelp? Mulu and Therese haven’t eaten there yet so we went so they can try it out for themselves. Porto’s is known for its potato balls and bakery but they have great sandwiches and salads as well. I didn’t take any pictures of our food but we tried something from everywhere. Theresa had the Raspberry Mojito (great), I tried the Caprese sandwich with banana chips (good), Mulu and Hanah had the Turkey Croissant sandwich (yum) and then we tried chocolate croissants, beef empenadas and the creme brulee. Everything was good, very tasty. Not one complaint. Portos Downey This place was great and it got two thumbs up from all of us. If you’re going to the Porto’s in Downey on a Saturday, make sure you have the time cause there’s always a line that wraps around the building. On the upside, the lines move fast so you won’t spend your entire day there. Next month is Dinner and we’re thinking Indian…but we shall see.

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