February Reads

This month I read three books. Not too bad considering I started a new venture. I have decided it was time to get my butt in gear and focus on me for a little bit. I decided to dive right in and become a Beachbody coach!!

I couldn’t be happier with my decision and things are getting better by the day!

All That Glitters

I was asked to review this book and of course said yes!!  I really enjoyed this book. The book is set back in time with a focus on the gold rush. It is about two sisters who have a father that is dying. The youngest daughter runs off with a man because she basically wants to be away from the family. When the oldest daughter realizes what happens she sets off to find her sister but not before an injury, a chance meeting, and you guessed it a LOVE story thrown about.  The oldest goes on a crazy adventure to find her sister and comes across begging for God to keep them both safe and to find each other.  I really enjoyed the book, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Like with most of these books and hallmark endings I find the endings a little off or maybe it is just because I want so much more!!  I wish there was another book ready for me to read to learn more about this family!!

You are a Badass

With my new coaching responsibilities it is my duty to do personal development each and every day and I so needed to start doing it. I have been looking at this book for awhile and new it was the first one I wanted to read. I chose this book and couldn’t put it down. I read a chapter or two a day to keep what I was reading small and so I would be able to apply it to my every day life. There is so much honest trust in this book that each and every one of us needs to hear. I highly recommend picking this book up.

Girl, Wash your Face

So yes funny title but it is such a good read.  I would honestly stop reading this post and go pick it up today. I haven’t been able to put it down. Again so much honest truth that each one of us needs to hear or read to realize we are not alone and what we are feeling is ok. The ways to deal with it are what makes us better people. Each chapter of this book starts out with a lie. That lie is something that we tell ourselves every day sometimes every hour of that day. Then it breaks it down to tell you why it is a lie and how you turn it around to be a truth with a positive outcome/look on life. I definitely recommend picking this book up as well!!

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

All three of the books I read this month were great. I would recommend them all to anyone who loves to read and o rlooking

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January Reads


Hello Mornings

Hello mornings is a must read in my opinion. It started out by saying how important mornings are and how they do matter. God is always waiting on us even if we quit 100 times. He wants us to get that focus first thing in the morning so that we can have full attention on everything else that matters throughout the day. We need to take each morning as a new adventure because you never know when it can lead to greatness. Give yourself grace. It talked about how we are always so hard on ourselves and never really give our own self a break, learn to give grace. The section that really spoke to my heart was about habits and how we do too many things out of habit instead of focusing on the important things and actually wanting to get up and do them.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Westing Game

Matt introduced me to this book when we were strolling the kid section with our daughters (yes I am a little late to this game). He asked me if I had ever read it and looked at him like he was crazy. I decided to pick it up and give it a read and see if I liked the book.  I actually wound up loving the book. If you are not familiar with the book it is a murder mystery about 16 heirs to one man fighting for an inheritance all while solving clues as to who the murderer is.  It is full of twists and turns and the ending is definitely not what you expect.

31 Proverbs to Light your Path

This book was neat. It was your typical devotional type setting. The book had a Bible verse to start with, followed by a message of 1-2 pages. Then there was a prayer at the end of the passage and then to close out each proverb there was a call to action. Something simple that you could do that day to put what you had read to use. It was neat to see how each proverb had a meaning and then try to figure out how to put it to use in your every day life.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”


  • Melissa Explains it All
  • Braving the Wilderness
  • Audacious
  • Christmas Stories
  • We’re Going to Need More Wine

Did you read any good books this month?

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December Reads

so … I am about 99% sure that I didn’t get much reading done this month. With the chaos of the holiday season, I feel like December just flew by and I didn’t have a chance to do much of anything. I did manage to start these two books and am extremely excited to finish them.



Devotions from the Mountains was a book that just caught my eye. Matt and I are huge outdoors people and if he had it his way he would live in the mountains with neighbors about 10-20 miles away. When I received this book I knew I would love it. Each page has a beautiful picture on one side and on the other there is a Bible verse, followed by words of understanding, and then a devotion/quote at the end. The pictures themselves are worth it for this book. They are all breathtaking and make you just want to stop and stare at the pictures.  I would highly recommend this book.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.



This next book I wanted for the girls. We have been having a rough go with them and their attitudes and not really appreciating things in life. I saw this book and thought it would be perfect for us to read together and learn. The Brave Girls Confidential starts out by introducing the girls. They all have names (Faith, Hope, Grace, etc.) It starts by telling a little bit about each girl on their own separate page. It then goes on to tell different stores involving the girls. At the end of each story there are some questions for you to go over.  I really like this book because I feel like the girls are going to learn some valuable lessons and learn to be better girls at the end of the book. Each night we are reading one of the stories. The girls are already starting to ask questions and are participating in the books questions.  I really hope they learn something from this book and will continue to be better humans as well as teaching others along the way.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Ok …. I know disappointing right. Two was all I have for you.  I did, however, get a ton of books for Christmas and my birthday is right around the corner so I am hoping for a few more.  Hopefully I will have more reads for you next month.

Did you read any good books this month?


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November Reads

Today I am bringing you my November reads. I didn’t get any reading done this month to be honest. I received two books on the 25th and finished both of them by today.

STAYING STYLISH by Candace Cameron Bure


I have read every single one of Candace’s books and was so excited to read this one. This book is a little different from her normal book reads, however, it was something I am not familiar with. I am not a “fashionable” person. I don’t follow the trends or try to even say that I am stylish. To read her book about fashion, hair, skin, exercise, etc. was huge for me. There were so many things that I never even thought about that I can bring in to my every day life. There were things that I need to take a little more time to myself for and I am so glad that I got this book to learn those few steps that can make me have a little more respect for myself.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Emily Ley is someone who I follow on social media and have read all her books as well. I love Emily’s outlook on life. Recently I have come to discover that our house is clean but a big cluster.  I have started going room by room to do a huge clean out and have really downsized from all the “junk” in the house that we don’t need. Emily is a wife and has three kids (including twins) just like myself so I can really relate to her parenting tips and tricks.  I really like how she has taken the everyday things we do in life and showed ways that we can simplify them without breaking the bank or throwing away our whole house.   I really enjoyed this book and took a lot away from it that I can use in my own every day life.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Daily Question, My 5-Year Spiritual Journal


Although, I have not officially started this book, I have read and went through it plenty of times. I have always wanted to do a 5 year journal where you just document what happens each day. I like the added value to this journal by the fact that it asks you a question. Each day of each month has a question directly for that day. You answer the question and then work your way through the year. Then you repeat this for 5 years. I really love the questions and how I can really see true growth in myself from year to year and look back at how things (myself included) have changed! I am so excited to start this book and keep it as a keepsake for my kids to keep through the years.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

I also read Starstruck by Lauren Conrad this month.  I plan to get back on track with reading and have a lot more reviews for you next month!

Any recommendations for me to read? What books fill your shelves?



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October Reads

Hello readers …..

Today I am bringing you my October reads and bear with me because there are quite a few!

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham.

I have a love hate relationship with this book. I really enjoyed the story telling and the basis for the story. It caught my attention and kept it throughout the whole book. If I am being honest, I read it thinking, I know what is going to happen.” ….. and then it didn’t. It of course did not go the way I thought it was going to go, however, it was still a good read. The only thing I did not care for was the ending. I wanted more. I wanted to keep reading and see if things eventually wound up this way or that way. Definitely a good read and I would recommend it!


Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines

Of course I had to get this book and do a review for it. I am obsessed and love Joanna and Chip. I think we all know that everyone else in the world is too :). OK maybe not everyone but anyway. The one thing that I love about Chip is that he is consistent or the same. It seems that no matter what he is doing: on the show, in an interview, on Instagram, in his book, etc. he is always the same Chip. His personality comes through and it makes me love him even more. I really enjoyed this book and was afraid that it was going to be a small repeat of the Magnolia Story, however, it was not. It was a little of this and a little of that but all brand new stories. If it was the same story it was mentioned but didn’t drag on throughout the whole story. I really enjoyed the book and knowing that even if you are famous, they struggle. Just like you and I. The biggest message from this book is to keep going, that you never know when that moment will come and keep going and doing things you love!

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

Yes, I read this book and I actually enjoyed it. I picked a couple of her books up a long time ago on the clearance rack and just never got around to cleaning them. I tend to get a lot of books for Christmas so I figured I should start clearing my shelves and get some of these stories read. I liked the story line and the characters and how I could really picture these four characters as people in Hollywood and trying to live their lives. Again as I mentioned in the Capital Gaines book that the book revolves around spoiled Hollywood characters but how their real lives can be just like ours as well and they deal with real life issues that many of us face too.

Can I say by Travis Barker

Ok. When I started dating Matt, it came with a catch. I had to be prepared to listen to Blink 182 for the rest of my life. Which I was ok with because I already liked Blink 182. ;). We purchased this book as soon as it came out and I figured I would go ahead and start reading it. I read the book in two days, it was that good. I didn’t know much about Travis besides that he was in the band so reading the book was very interesting. I loved learning a little more background about Travis growing up and how he came to be this amazing drummer in a band. The book takes you through all of his ups and downs, good times and bad. He truly has been through a lot in his life and reading about how he has grown into the person he is now was such an inspiration. I would highly recommend this book, especially if you like Blink 182 and one of the greatest drummers of all time!


Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky

I absolutely loved everything about this book. As a girl who grew up playing sports and learning of hard times for women in sports it was truly amazing to see all these amazing women in this book. The book basically takes a look at 50 female athletes that have paved the way for the women who play today. It shares stories of struggles and how they had to break so many barriers in order to get women the rights to be able to play the sports they love. It breaks my heart to read some of these stories and how women had to participate with the boys just to prove they were capable or better than the men, but on the other hand I love it. We have broken so many molds and showed a lot of men in the world that we are strong and we can compete on the same levels. I would highly recommend this book to any woman out there. Even more to those who play sports or with young girls to show them that anything is possible. I have passed this book to my girls and shared stories from the book and hope they know they can do anything they want to do.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

Mistress of all Evil by Serena Valentino

This book goes with a series that I have been reading for a little while now.  This is the fourth book published so far. They are basically your favorite fairy tales told from the villains point of view. I have read the tales of the Beast, the Evil Queen, and Ursula. This last one I read was about Maleficent. I grew up watching all the basic classic Disney movies that the whole world has seen. I hadn’t seen very many until my husband brought me all their old VHS tapes with practically every Disney movie there is and made me watch them all. I think I appreciate these books a little more because it shows a different side the stories that we know and love. It shows you a little compassion or insight in to why the villains are the way they are. It makes you not want to just automatically hate them but to feel compassion for them (a little bit). I love these books and they are super easy reads.


100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs

I choose this book to review because it was time for a new devotional. I thought this book would be your typical devotional that makes you get into a go with the flow to finish the book. Boy was I wrong. This book is so much more and gives you a true insight to things in your life. The book consists of a two page layout with: a title, Bible verse, writing, a quote, and then a Be Brave call to action. It also has a nice bookmark in the middle to keep your place as well. The book consist of 100 days of being brave. It shows you ways that you have been brave in your life and ways that you will be brave in your life. It has a way of looking back on your life and seeing when you have been brave without even knowing it. I am so excited to finish this book and see just how brave I have been and will be.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Beside Still Waters by AnnaLee Conti

I loved this book as well. This books takes place starting in Alaska in 1915. In the beginning the hard part about reading this book was going to that time period.  Obviously, I was not around in 1915 so I had to think a little bit when it came to the way the writer shared some details. A little confused at first and then remembering that it was set in 1915 not 2015. I loved the way she wrote the book and I love the story line. There were so many parts to this book and I loved every minute of it. Just when I thought the story was going to have its happy ending, something else would happen. I love how the main character in this book goes through many, many heartbreaks and finds the courage to keep moving and pushing forward. I love that initially she went to Alaska for work and later comes to learn, live, and find her way back to her true passion.

What did you guys read this month? Any good reads I should pick up?




13 years and counting ….

This past Tuesday, Matt and I celebrated our 13 years and counting dating anniversary. Although we are married and celebrate on our wedding date, we still acknowledge the day that I said yes to being his girlfriend.


Most people will sit here and post about how their marriage is perfect and they never fight, etc.


I would just like to say that although Matt and I aren’t perfect we make the most of every situation. We have had our fair share of fights and makeups along the way. We don’t always see eye to eye. We don’t always look our best. We don’t always want to cuddle and be lovey dovey. There are days when we don’t even want to talk to each other. That is marriage. Marriage isn’t always pretty but we definitely know that no matter what our day entails or what we have going on we love each other and will always be there for each other. Even on our rough days, I know that I can go snuggle up to him and he will hold me and everything will reset and re-balance.

I wouldn’t trade my marriage for anything in the world and I truly feel that I am with the man who I was meant to be with, good days and bad, I know that he ALWAYS has my back and will love me flaws and all.

13 years have flown by …. here is to many more!! I love you Matt!




Therapy is a word that many people don’t want to hear. It means you are behind in a certain area and need a little work to get back on track.

When we brought the girls home from the hospital we knew we would more than likely have some set backs but I don’t believe in either one of our minds we thought we would be doing therapy for so long.

We are so grateful for all the tools and work that was given to us for Kendall at a young age, however, when it came time for school, she still wasn’t quite there. At the end of the last school year my mommy heart got to JUMP FOR JOY as we were told that Kendall had officially graduated from ALL therapy services and was on target with here peers. When you are going through therapy for so long it is a weight lifted off your shoulders when you hear that your child is caught up and back on track with other kids her age.

Read a little more about our journey on the hand to hold website today!!

Have you ever experienced going through therapy?


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September Reads

Today I am bringing you my September Reads. I got a lot reading in this month and every single book that I read had a huge impact on me. I love reading a book that totally blows my mind and makes me realize things could be a lot worse and that I should cherish all that I am given and live for TODAY!

The Turquoise Table

This book was amazing. I have seen this book for a while, however, just had the chance to pick it up. I read it one day. YES, I said one day. I truly loved the book and how it was all about community and bringing people together. The author sets up a table in her front yard for her community to come and share, socialize, vent, etc. It made me think about how I would love to have a place where I could just let it all out or relax. A place where people could really come together. The book made me think about how some people just need to be asked, they need that “hey do you need to talk about it?” moment. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!!



This book hit home for me a lot. I have never been one to stand out or want all the attention on me, however, there are moments that I wish I got a little more praise for the things that I did or accomplished. This book was all about those unseen moments and how they do get noticed even when no one says anything. It was about how so much of what we do today revolves around what others think. We take pride from people liking a picture instead of what the true ROOTS of things come from. We take pictures for likes not because it made us feel good or we were totally in the moment. It tells of stories about how we all struggle, no matter where we come from (rich/poor, ugly/pretty, dirty jobs/easy jobs, single parents/married couples). It talks about how God puts us in rough times for a certain reason. It may not be what you want or what you think is right but 9 times out of 10 it will bring you back to his mission in the long run of needing and wanting HIM. It talks about how even though we don’t always share or tell people that we are committed to him that we aren’t growing and making those roots go deeper. Just because no one is watching doesn’t mean nothing is happening.  If we slow down and stop and see God’s beauty we will continue looking for it. Unseen is a great feel all book. It will make you stop and think and feel every emotion you can imagine. I again would highly recommend this book to anyone willing to learn and grow in life.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Choosing Real

UM … can you say amazing. This book made me feel like a real human. It was about the raw and real moments that happen in our life. It was about how we take a lot of moments for granted and each situation should be taken at what its worth and live our lives to the fullest. It was a book about making yourself feel good even in the roughest, ugliest times of your life.

The Moment you were Born

This book was one that I picked up because it was preemie related. I saw someone post it in a group I belong to on Facebook and knew I wanted to get it for the girls. They see pictures and know a little bit but this book was short and sweet and gave a little more into what we actually endured as we lived out some of those days in the NICU. It takes those rough, raw moments and made them sweet and cherished.

Come and Eat


Come and Eat was another book that made me feel HAPPY! It was a book about coming to the table and how a lot of our “big” moments in life happen around a table. You may not realize it but when you sit down and think about some of the most honest conversations you’ve had,  where you have had a major breakdown, where you shared that you got a promotion at work. It is more than likely happening around a table with the people you love most in this world. It was about how you should love that table and where things all began. Where we should pray and show love and tell the ones we love about our days and things that we struggled with. I really enjoyed this book. It had a lot to offer and also some amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try!

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What did you read this month?



Just Keep Swimming …..

Life has been crazy busy lately and at times I feel like I have just been drowning.  Then I sit down and realize how blessed I am to have all these things going on in my life keeping me busy. One day I will have nothing to do and look back and realize that these were the best years of my life (image taken from google).


I decided today I would do an inspiration post and post some uplifting quotes for when life gets hard to JUST KEEP GOING … keep pushing …. NEVER GIVE UP!

  • Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. — Sam Levenson
  • You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. — George Lucas
  • He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. — Isaiah 40:29-31

  • Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.
  • Never give up. Great things take time.
  • Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

Getting stuck and feeling down happen often. The only thing we can do is enjoy life and realize that the busy, chaos, nerve ending days are what make us who we are. Never let it get you down and keep building a life that you enjoy!

What are your go to quotes that inspire you to keep going every day?


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Crazy is my Superpower

So …. I just want to start out by saying this book was definitely not what I expected. I was expecting a book about a female wrestler and how she came to be a wrestler.


what I got was an entire different situation than I could have ever imagined.

This book was full of raw and real emotions and AJ put it all out there for everyone to know that making it in this world is not always as easy as everyone thinks it is. AJ starts the book from her childhood and upbringing and how hard it was for her. They were constantly broke, looking for a place to life, and fighting to just stay alive and positive in this crazy world.

As she got older she had to take on more responsibilities as well as dealing with the diagnosis of her mother’s bipolar disorder. As the unfolding of the disease was taking on her mother, she saw a lot of similarities between herself and her mother and decided to take matters into her own hands. What she discovered was that she too battled with bipolar disorder.

The book tells lots of stories about her childhood and growing up, however, goes on to tell a beautiful story. A story about how AJ was inspired by people and loved to inspire others. It is about her long journey to get to her success. She shows the world that it is not always super easy to get the success you think comes by snapping your fingers. She grew up  fighting for everything she ever had and wanted and she continues to show how anything is possible if you work hard and never give up.