Wednesday, July 4, 2018

What I Like Wednesday.....

Matcha Do About Nothing - NovelTea Tin NovelTeas

So I have been seriously off track with my blogging schedule these past few months.  I had no idea my daughter's last 2 months of high school would be so hectic and there were some family illnesses on top of that.  Finally, all is settled down for the moment and with the kiddo's move in date for college rapidly approaching in the next 6 weeks I figured it was time to get back on track. 

I am a huge fan of tea. I am not even kidding.  I actually have a designated tea cabinet in the kitchen and on any given day there are like 8-10 different kinds.  I also really like discovering unique new products and color me surprised when I stumbled upon not 1 but 2 tea companies doing some pretty cool things while I was scrolling through Instagram.  I will include links to their sites and/or social media platforms below the description of each. Please do yourselves a favor and check them will not be disappointed.

First up is a company that shares my love of both books and tea in such a cool way. NovelTeas is a company that sells teas in in specialty tins or even loose leaf that are paired with a classic book for inspiration (see the photo up top right from their website because any photo I take could never do them justice). They literally create tea blends to match the theme of a classic novel.  I follow them on Instagram and Facebook because I just can't get enough of their cool designs and the simply delicious. My favorite is Pride and Peppermint.

Here's where to check them out:

The second company is called Pollin8.  Their mission statement says it all.  They just want to spread love and happiness to everyone and their method of distribution are tea bags.  They have custom themed boxes with cool blends and names like Bestea and Beautea.  The best part about it are that the tags all have super positive and motivational sayings. The tags are even stickers so you can keep them anywhere you want so you will always have them.  I am planning to order my self some in the next couple weeks but I have a friend who has ordered in the past and says they are the cutest boxes ever and the tea is insanely good.  The story behind the company is really awesome too.

Here's where to check them out:

Monday, July 2, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Why I Liked It

I grew up watching the Jurassic Park movies and was a little excited yet skeptical when a new one showed up starring Chris Pratt.  I love Chris Pratt but I was unsure how they could capture the overall mood of the first movies and make it interesting for new, younger audiences.  Needless to say, it was amazingly well done.  I loved everything about the 1st one featuring these new characters ( and some older ones also). We loved it so much in my household that naturally we purchased a copy and then promptly had a Jurassic Park marathon.

Here we are in the beginning of Summer 2018 and the newest (and hopefully not the last) installment has opened.  My daughter and I couldn't wait to see it and it did NOT disappoint.  It had the same level of humor and balanced it perfectly with the right amount of action and thrills.  I  will hopefully not give away too much of the movie with my next few comments.  The movie takes place a few later and shows how the dinosaurs have been left to run Isla Nublar in the wake of the park breakdown.  The issue at hand is that the island contains an active volcano that is on the verge of errupting and potentially killing all life forms on it.  Claire Dearing ( Bryce Dallas Howard) has spent her time trying to gain public and poilitical support to save the dinosaurs and have them be given the same rights as any other animals. She is given the opportunity to help rescue as many of them as possible by an old friend  and she jumps at it.  This is where everything goes sideways.  I won't say anymore about the plot at this point BUT.....there was one particular scene that actually made me tear up. I was completely unprepared to feel that while watching this film.  There is also a surprise twist that I SHOULD have seen coming but yet didn't.  I loved this film..maybe even more than any of the others.  Great movie!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Digging A Hole- Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy.
He’s the meanest boss ever.
She’s the sweet shy intern.
They’re about to wreck each other crazy.
My name is Sydney Lucas. I am smart, deathly shy, and one hundred percent determined to
make my own way in the world. Which is why I jumped at the chance to intern for Mr. Nick
Brooks despite his reputation. After ten failed interviews at other companies, he was the only
one offering. Plus, everyone says he knows his stuff, and surely a man as stunningly
handsome as him can’t be “the devil incarnate,” right? Wrong.
Oh…that man. That freakin’ man has got to go! I’ve been on the job one week, and he’s
insulted my mother, wardrobe shamed me, and managed to make me cry. Twice.
Underneath that stone-cold, beautiful face is the evilest human being ever.
But I’m not going to quit. Oh no. For once in my life, I’ve got to make a stand. Only, every
time I open my mouth, I can’t quite seem to muster the courage. Perhaps my revenge needs
to come in another form: destroying him quietly.
Because I’ve got a secret. I’m not really just an intern, and Sydney Lucas isn’t my real name.

If ya'll haven't figured it out by now....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (see how cute she is in the picture to the left!). This is book 3 in the OhHellNo series. I purchased the first 2 books on my own but this one was graciously gifted to me by Ms. Pamfiloff ( all opinions in this review are my own).  I  can't even begin to tell you how funny her writing is or how funny her characters are.  This is the story of "Sydney" who is a bonafide mouse.  She wants to prove to her family that she is so much more than just s young college kid with no backbone.  They need her to help save the family business and she needs to find her voice.  She takes a job working for Nick Brooks who is as hot as he is inappropriate and mean. The sparks fly and you can't help but get caught up in the wild ride that follows.  Do yourself a favor and read this series and then when you are done read some of Mimi Jean's other series. I promise you will not be disappointed.  This book was published on June 19 and I will leave all the details below on where to find it or more info on the author. Happy reading!!



MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author
with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for
more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come
out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two
pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather
pants will make a big comeback for men.

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OhHellNO #1
FromNew York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff,
comes a new Romantic Comedy about enemies who just can’t keep their hands off each other.
He’s the hot college quarterback all the girls want.
She’s the smart girl he loves to pick on.
And now that they’re all grown up, things are about to get geekin’ ugly…
My name is Tass. I’m smart, I’m driven, and I am determined not to let prankster Hunter Johnson
continue raining on my parade. When we were little, he’d pull my hair and call me names. When we
were teenagers, he’d throw food and tease me for being a flat-chested virgin.
But now that we’ve ended up at the same college, he’s out of his hot head if he thinks he can keep
messing with my life. It’s like he’s fixated on me or something. Well, guess what, Mr. Amazefootball?
I’m not that geeky little girl anymore and you do not screw with a smart woman.
So what’s my plan?
It’s definitely wild, and he’s about to find out…
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Oh Henry
OhHellNO #2
FromNew York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, Comes OH, HENRY, Book Two of the Ohellno
Series. (Stand Alone Story w/ Teaser for Next Book.)
My name is Henry Walton, and though I’ve been called many things throughout my life—tree trunk,
moose, walrus—I am now six foot five, solid muscle, and the hottest defensive end in the NFL college
draft. This is the moment I’ve been waiting for: fame, women, and glory.
Just one problem: I’m suddenly in a bad slump. And it started the moment I got dumped by Elle, the
nerdy goddess with thick glasses, a smokin’ hot body, and a genius IQ.
So what gives? We only dated for a few weeks, and it’s not like I’ve missed her. (Much.) Regardless,
all the facts point to one conclusion. Elle is my lucky nerd-charm.
So call me superstitious, but I have to get her back before I lose everything. Even if she’s the last girl I should want and she now hates my guts.
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Who Knew Soul Food Could Be Gourmet?


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Robin by Dave Itzkoff


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Skinny Pants by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Book #3 in the Happy Pants Café series.


DR. JACK REED has been through hell. His wife cheated on him, broke his heart,
and lied for years. But moving on isn’t easy, and it’s impossible to trust women again.
Until he meets Macie, a nurse at his new hospital. There’s something about her
honest heart that makes him want to fight to get his life back.
NURSE MACIE FRANKLIN was always known as “the fat girl.” After decades of
failed diets, she doesn’t dream of ever being anything but invisible to the opposite sex.
One moment of weakness and two glasses of bubbly later, she’s in a steamy online
chat with “Dr. J-Love” as the fake, size 8, bubbly Catrina.Their passionate conversation
convinces her it’s time to make big life changes. But when she goes to see Dr. Reed,
the new amazing surgeon everyone’s talking about, it’s Dr. J-Love! And he’s way
hotter in person.They hit it off a second time as friends, but now Macie’s heart is at
risk of falling hopelessly in love.
Will he ever love the real her back?

My Thoughts:

***First of all, thank you to Mimi Jean for the ARC.  All thoughts below are my own honest opinions.***

I can't explain to you how much I enjoyed reading this book.  I was cracking up from page 1 when Macie's co-worker Kirsten described the hot Dr. by saying, "Something about him makes me want to ovulate, bend over, and give up all my hopes and dreams just to wash his dirty underwear and make him coffee in the morning." How could I not be hooked at that point? The whole book was so good that I can't even pick something I didn't like or would change.  Macie reminded me of me when I was single.  I can absolutely relate to feeling like the practical but overlooked friend. This was like the best possible end book for a series.  Or was it? I think everyone should read this that likes romance with a side of humor. I am so ready for what ever Mimi Jean has up next.

Author Bio:
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What I Like Wednesday- OYAB edition

I know I mostly post about books that I am reading or what I am a watching but I want to change things up a bit.  I have noticed a lot of really cool companies that I want to share with you guys.  The first one, I will admit, is one that I am very partial to since I went to college with the President and Vice President but it is such an amazing brand. Don't believe me? Check them out for yourself....


The Birth Of Obviously Young and Brilliant®
From concept to creation, Obviously Young and Brilliant ® (OYAB) continues to push the limits to spread a lifestyle of excellence. It was during the Taste of Chicago in the summer of 2009 that Narvell Benning and friends came up with the idea of creating t-shirts to spread a friendly, yet competitive message. It wasn’t until he sat down to brainstorm, that this initial idea blossomed into something much more powerful and at 3:45am on July 20, 2009, Obviously Young and Brilliant became a reality. From that point on, he began stirring up curiosity by adding the hashtag #OYAB to social media, sprinkling it among comments and posts. This small buzz had the social media world wondering, “What is OYAB?” On January 31st, 2012, the first set of t-shirts were released and even in their infancy, sold out in only two hours. Word was beginning to spread about the meaning behind OYAB and people knew he was onto something special. OYAB is a brand for all people! It is not defined by age, race, gender, beliefs, or background; but rather demonstrates that brilliance exists in everyone. Therefore, the goal was to provide a product that reflects this movement with a constant reminder to be brilliant in all you do.

“OYAB starts from inception. Just as mother’s and fathers read to their unborn child in the womb, they can be told that they are ‘Obviously Young and Brilliant’. The more you hear it, the more you will believe it” – Narvell Benning, Founder

Narvell Benning
Founder & President
Narvell Benning was born in Buffalo, NY during a time where neighborhood and family structure played an integral role in shaping him to be the man he is today. Coming from a family whose core values are synonymous with perseverance, integrity, and success, he implemented these values into the sports world where he took a liking to basketball. By playing organized sports, he had a way to show his competitive side and through this thirst to win, he did what it took to do just that.
After playing on a collegiate level he graduated from Post University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He moved back to the Buffalo area following graduation in search of employment, and began working in the fast paced financial market before becoming self-employed a few years later.  His goal was to create a company that gives the world a reason to love who they are, love the person next to them, and to know about a brand that was made for 
everyone to wear.

See what I mean OYAB is not just a great clothing's a lifestyle. Obviously Young And Brilliant is a mantra more people should be living by on a daily basis.  Our society needs to practice loving, respecting, and believing in themselves. I purchased shirts for my daughter and myself a few years ago and every single time we wear them we FEEL brilliant. Who doesn't want to wear something that makes you feel happy and inspired.  Check out some of my favorite designs.....

Super awesome and zen like right?

'UndestrOYABle ALEE'

Putting a name together such as"‎ALEE" only comes around when certain minds react brilliantly. Here you have two prominent figures whose skill sets were amazing, and were considered by much of the world to be one of the greatest at each of their crafts.  Their names meshed so perfectly together that they had to be combined to perfect a feeling of strength and perseverance against all odds thus making them, and now you... "UndestrOYABle".

How amazing is this bracelet?       

'I am Me'

This design, which was conceptualized by LaShawn Benning, was one that came about to represent the natural beauty of a woman.  Women often serve as the backbone of today's family and since women often carry a great deal on their shoulders, creating a design that captured both strength and power while still embodying a sense of femininity was key.
The design was launched to not only empower women to continue to be a strong symbol of womanhood, but to also remind them how beautiful they are in their natural element.

Do yourself a favor and check out this Brilliant company. You won't be sorry. You can find out more on their website: or follow them on Twitter: @iamoyab 

****All photos, descriptions, and quotes are the property of OYAB with permission granted for use.****