book review: love with a chance of drowning.

from the first page, I was hooked. I could not get enough of {love with a chance of drowning}it was a true “page-turner”. and the absolute perfect summer read.

on the long drive from colorado back to iowa, in between keeping [J] company as he drove .. I read the entire book.

love with a chance of drowning //

there so many great things to say. it’s a memoir, written by a girl who very reluctantly sailed the pacific ocean with her boyfriend. she was terrified of the ocean. and was constantly plagued by sea sickness. I couldn’t believe it was a true story. she overcame so much. accomplished so much. went against all the naysayers. it was beautiful.

on the smallest of small scales, I thought of [J] & I’s camping adventure/road trip across the country. it was far from sailing the pacific ocean. but it was a feat for us. for me. we constructed our tent home each day. one that provided very little protection. did I mention it rained almost every single night? and we survived two hail storms in our tent. thankfully not one leak. we cooked meals over campfires, when the flames would cooperate. when they wouldn’t, we survived on snacks.

it was so minuscule compared to what the couple in the book accomplished. but it was a lot in our book. and it meant so much to read {love with a chance of drowning} when I did, on our trip back home. we saw so much. but it made us want to see so much more. and this book pretty much says: DO IT. don’t let anything stand in your way, especially yourself.

it’s a beautiful story. with so many great life lessons. and so inspiring.

I may even go against my unwritten rule and read it a second time. it’s that good.

head over to {the thread affect} to read meg’s review!

and erika’s review on {all things E}!


join us in reading our august book!!

he's gone //

{he’s gone} by deb caletti.

get it {here}!

happy thursday.


book review: lean in.

{lean in} is definitely not your my typical summer beach read.

but it is absolutely an inspirational, kick in the rear. and it makes me want to do more, now.

which would have been beneficial feelings to have to get me to start this book.  because I may have underestimated my reading time ..and didn’t quite finish. [but I plan to today, while laying at the pool. lathered in sunscreen].

dare I say this book is a cross between feminism & self-help? it discusses the author, sheryl sandberg’s, observation of women in the workplace. and of her own professional journey to where she is today. [the #5 most powerful woman in the world, ranked by forbes. and COO of facebook].

june read: lean in //

my [thus-far, not yet final] opinion: the idea behind the book is inspiring, and great. I do believe women should continue to move upward, to strive to take the world by storm. so to speak. but [there’s always a “but”] the statistics in the beginning were overwhelming. in a “I need a story line” kind of way. a lot of boys vs girls data, regarding ways we act, perform in academics, and assume expectations. some provided “ah-ha” moments for me, but others were blatantly obvious ..and left me wishing for a “how to overcome” tip, or a “this is how I combat this issue”.

on the other hand, I have gathered some great pieces of advice.

one is a quote I’m going to hang in my office ..

“self-doubt becomes a form of self-defense”.

[I’ve found I too frequently doubt myself, especially in front of others. there is no need for this. I recently told a client “I really hope it turns out ok,” regarding a project I was working on. when I should have said, “I can’t wait until you see it. it’ll be great!”. because I know I put a lot into my work, and I won’t put out a mediocre product. thankfully I now have a reminder in my office to cut out the doubt].

another piece of advice is setting goals. a long-term dream & an 18-month plan. which I’m going to begin this weekend. goals are so important; to keep you on the right path, to serve as a reminder, & to motivate. and then to throw a dance party when you achieve them.


as soon as I complete the book, I will update finish my review.

[I do plan to read the remainder today].

but in the meantime ..

head over to {the thread affect} and read megan’s review.

and tell me..

have you read it? what did you think? what are some ways you stay motivated? do you set professional goals?

happy thursday!


book review: the ashford affair.

{the ashford affair} had me hooked from early on. every time I needed to put it down, I couldn’t ..there was a question I wanted answered.

two stories tango with each other throughout the entire book. one of a grandmother & her awfully eventful journey through life. paired with a modern day tale of a granddaughter’s self-discovery. at the end, the stories meet and you’re left with a happily ever after. which was exactly what I wanted.

I loved it. it had everything I enjoy in a book. adventure, mystery, historical events, and a love story. [actually two love stories, in two different time periods].

from the first page, I was rooting for grandma! I was continuously shocked by the circumstances she faced, but never disappointed at how she handled them.

the story is based around an affair. and I may need to check my morals, but I don’t blame the obvious culprit. [read it, and let me know what you think!].

I loved the many twists & turns, the strong connection I felt with the characters, and the many questions ..that were all answered at the end. [is there anything worse than reading the last page of the book, and still wondering what happened?].

have you read it? what’d you think? how about the colossal “affair”? could you believe the big reveal at the end? whoa!

if you haven’t read, but are in search of a good summer read to get lost in ..give {the ashford affair} a try!

now head on over to {The Thread Affect} ..& read Megan’s review!


we’d love to have you join us for our next #bloggerbookclub read. which is ..

june read: lean in //

get it {here}. and start this weekend – I am!

happy thursday all.