The Blogger Recognition Award

I have been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award! It is a blogger supporting blogger’s award. This means so much to me that other blogger’s are recognizing my work and the work of other bloggers! I am so humbled and awed.

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I was nominated by Melissa with Disabled Disney make sure you check out her blogger! Thank you so much for nominating me. Blogging has become such a lifeline for me!

Disabled Disney is a family blog and vlog. They know everything about traveling while being disabled and they will tell you their tips!

My favorite quote is on there About the Blog and it says: “Life is not over just because you do things differently then able bodied people.”

How I started my Blog:

When I first started my blog it was because I was in direct sales and it was to help me with getting sales.

Now I write for practice and because I like to. I enjoy connecting with others so at times I will do guest blog series. I write book reviews, about family outings, and series.

My advice to new bloggers is:

  • Blogging is not always easy. You have to promote yourself! Stick with it even when you think you don’t want to any more.
  • Be YOU! Always, no matter what be you! You are your own person! Some people will tell you that if you are going to blog you should only have a blog for books or travel and so on, but I believe that you can write about whatever you want. I write about travel, I write series, I write about what my family is doing, I write book reviews. Basically I do what I want with my blog and I believe that you should too.

 

The Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award.

Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.

Give a brief story of how your blog started.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

I nominate:

1. TJ Fox

2.  Jackie

3. Alexa

4.  Bri

5. Em

6. Leslie

7.  Ashli

8.  Jess

9. Anna

10. Emily

Make sure you check out all of these great bloggers by clicking on their names! Leave a comment.

The Road to Forever Book Review, Author Interview and Giveaway

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What the Book is About:

Hannah Gomez has been in love with Ian Salerno since she was sixteen. When her assertive flirtations with him at Sawyer and Karina Bank’s wedding leads to a drunken romp in the bedroom, Hannah is mortified, embarrassed, and no longer a virgin. Determined to put the biggest mistake of her life behind her before he awakens, Hannah escapes with whatever pride she has left.

Ian, Hannah’s late brother-in-law’s best friend, has sworn off relationships forever. Hannah has always been in the background-and someone he has never really noticed much-until now. But after he realizes it was her who shared a passionate rendezvous with him at the wedding, Ian finds he is unable to resist her. But there’s only one problem: he is battling more personal demons than he would like to admit. Now only time will tell if fate has made a mistake by throwing them together or if they will somehow manage to overcome their challenges and find true love.

The Road to Forever is a tale of a young couple’s journey together through obstacles and personal demons after their destinies are intertwined at a wedding.

My Review:

The Road to Forever is the second book in the series (Road Series)! I already felt like I knew most of the characters and I was even more excited to get to know more of the characters in a more in depth love story.  After reading the first book I was so excited to get the second that I read it in a weekend and then I let my mom barrow it to read. We both loved it and do recommend reading it. I was happy to read that this book takes place right after the first, so it was like reading in real life. In this book there were twist and turns that I did not see coming that kept me interested. It go steamy hot, sadness, fights, disagreements, and something that everyone loves, LOVE!

Author Interview: Marla Machado

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When did you decide to start write this book?  I didn’t so much decide to start writing a book as it picked me.  I was going through some stuff in my life at the time when I started The Road Back and for me reading has always been my escape, one night after maybe a smidge too much wine, Karina and Sawyer started talking to me.  Most people would seek help with that sort of thing, I decided to write them down.
Did you know what your book was going to be able before you started writing or what was that process like?  Not a clue.  I just started writing and scenarios just started coming to me little by little.
What do you like to read about?  I love a happy ending so I tend to choose mostly romances, but I’ll pick up a non fiction book if the topic interests me, most recently I read the book The Operator by Robert O’Neill, the Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden, and when it comes out I’m going to read Howard Stern’s new book, I’m a huge fan of his and this is a book of mostly his interviews I’m really looking forward to it I love history so my first romances were historicals. I also read recently the book James Patterson wrote about Aaron Hernandez.
How did you decide on your cover?  I didn’t want your typical naked chest on the cover, I know it sells books, as one blogger told me, but I’ve always prided myself on deviating from the pack, and since my book is called The Road Back, I wanted something that would show a road, I saw this picture and just fell in love.  For the Road to Forever, there’s a scene where they’re at a lake so I wanted to portray that in the cover and I just again fell in love with this cover.
When writing did you write on paper first or the computer?  iPad actually, then my computer.  I had a blog for a little while where I would review novels and then recommend a wine to pair with that book, I put the first two very raw chapters up on that blog until a friend told me to put this to a word program and flesh it out because she really felt I had something here.
What is your writing process?  I just write.  Then I take a break and go back and flesh out what I’ve written, then write more then flesh that out … etc.
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?  I have one novella i’m writing that is going to be spin off of my Road Series but that’s it right now, I started book 3 but it’s in it’s very infancy right now.
Did you do any research before you wrote your book? No even a little.
Do you plan on writing a 3rd book and any juicy details you would like to share about it?  I do!  Book 3 is going to be about Emily, Karina’s best friend.  She’s not what you think she is and she’s got some serious baggage … 🙂
Do you plan on writing another series after this one? I do – I have an idea about a set of quadruplets that could not be more different from one another if they tried.
What is your favorite part of your book and what part did you have the most difficulty with?  My favorite is always the happy ending – life can get so serious sometimes and it’s not always fun – but in my books I can totally control the outcome.  I guess the most difficult is knowing when to let go.  I always think to my self “hmm totally could have made that way better”.
What do you like to do for fun?  Reading of course, we live in a lake town so going out on the lake is always fun, going out and having a nice dinner with my husband, hiking, watching movies and spending time with friends.
You can find this book on amazonBarnes and Nobel and Kobo ,
Marla was kind enough to give this book to me for a review, so I will be doing a giveaway! The only requirement I have once you get it is that you have to sign the book and send a photo over so I can update the photo. and keep it going!
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Please Comment, Share and I will pick a winner at the end of the month!
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Mystery Blogger Award

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I am so honored and thankful that Beth nominated me! Be sure to check out her blog! Finding the Road to Simple is the name of her blog and you will not be disappointed she is AMAZING! I have enjoyed getting to know Beth through blogs and social media! She makes me feel like I have a friend that I have never met, but if we did we would talk non-stop!

The “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma, creator

RULES from Okoto’s site:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog

  2. List the rules.

  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people

  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  1. I was only 2lb and 5oz as a baby. I had to stay in the hospital over a month before I was able to go home with my mom and dad.
  2. I am afraid of snakes and spiders, but I want to swim with the sharks… maybe.
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  3. My favorite soda is Dr. Pepper!

Questions from Beth:

  1. Why do you enjoy blogging? I enjoy thinking outside of the box and doing something for me and only me. I did this blog just to get thoughts off of my chest sometimes and I have thought about writing  a book. I figured if I want to write a book I should practice writing on a blog and go from there.
  2. What is your favorite way to spend a lazy weekend? One of my favorite things to do is binge watch TV series either on Netflix or hulu. I have watched a lot. I wonder if people would be interested in TV show reviews… hmm. Might post some and see if I get any interaction.
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  3. What is the craziest thing you’ve done? Skip school when I was a teenager? Walked out of a job? umm I am not sure if I have done anything crazy crazy, but I can be crazy sometimes!
  4. Can you keep a secret? Yes, but I will most likely end up telling my husband. I can barley keep presents a secret from him.

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  5. What movie could you watch over and over again? Twilight movies.

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I think my best post is:

My nominations are:

Katie

Jessie

Cee

Cadie

Mike

Ann Marie

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Leslie

Lana

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Meg

My questions for nominations:

  1. If you could be an animal for a day what would you be and why?
  2. What keeps you motivated?
  3. What kind of hobbies/actives do you enjoy the most?
  4. If you could move anywhere in the world where would you move to and why?
  5. What is your favorite App you use and what is your most used App?

Thank you for reading and enjoying!

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Music Monday

Happy Monday! Over the weekend my husband and I watched the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. It is a biography about Freddy Mercury’s life after joining the band Queen. I thought the movie was great. It made me think of my DAD! HAHA! When I was little he used to listen to Queen and other rock bands all the time in the car and even at home. He has a record player and would blare it. He used to work nights when my sister and I were younger and he would come home and put on his big headphone and listen to music. My mom used to come down the stairs and he would be dance and playing air guitar like a mad man! I could only imagine what it looked like. I am sure it was super funny and cute at the same time. 
I will attach youtube videos of some of my favorite songs and what the remind me of. 
Obviously you have to love Bohemian Rhapsody! It reminds me of the movie Wayne’s World. Plus, it is just an all around amazing song. In the movie it was great to see how they worked on this song together.
We will, We will, ROCK YOU!!!!! How can you not say the title without singing it and stomping your feet. This song right here takes me back to hockey games, school music class, and just all around fun!
Somebody to Love is just an all around great song! 

What is your favorite Queen song?
Let’s hear them!
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50 Followers

HAPPY Sunday everyone!

I hit 50 followers and 100 likes on the same day and I want to tell you….

THANK YOU!!!!!

Randy made me a new site that he said would be better for my blog in the future and that you can sign up for email alerts. Please do so because I have decided to move over to that one and spot writing in this one.

Here is my new one please take a look and sign up for the emails!

http://loveinjune.com/

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Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers out there!

Ethan is so lucky to have so many amazing adult male figures in his life!

First, I would like to say thank you to his biological dad. We are now at a 50/50 custody agreement and I think it has worked wonders for everyone’s relationship. Thanks for everything you do for Ethan! I know Ethan looks up to you very much!

Second and my most favorite bond that Ethan has is with my husband, Randy. Randy and I have been together since 2014. So, over the last 4 years Ethan and Randy have really gotten to know each other and have built a relationship that I never knew would happen. I am forever grateful for Randy and how much his life changed when met. Randy went from being single, to a relationship with me and then a father figure to Ethan when he is at our house. I am sure it didn’t take much thinking because Ethan and I are pretty awesome, but I am well aware of the fact that he didn’t have to.  There are days when Ethan and Randy get to be by themselves and they call them bro-days! How stinkin cute is that!

Ethan and Randy can now gain up on me and say boys against girls and boys rule. At one point in my life I never thought I would have that and while sometimes it drives me crazy when they do it.. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Randy doesn’t talk much about his father since he pass before I knew him, but I am sure his dad would be proud of the person Randy is today. Sometimes Randy will say things like how these cookies used to be his dad’s favorite and I enjoy hearing those stories from him. It makes me feel connected to him and like he can tell me anything.

Ethan still has both sets of grandparents on both sides and I believe that they need the acknowledge because they are both there for Ethan when needed. Thank you to both of you.

As you can tell when I think of Father it is not always the biological father it is all male figures in my sons life.

For Father’s Day Ethan will be with his dad and I hope they have a wonderful day and we will celebrate Randy and Ethan’s relationship when he comes back to our house.

On Father’s Day our plan is to spend time with my mom, dad, sister, sisters husband and their two kids. We are going to a brewery tour and Gus’s pretzels.

Thank you for reading!

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Appreciation 

Appreciation can be expressed by many ways! We did an appreciation event with a few local vendors this past Summer. We had lots of preparation beforehand and also learned how we can improve for next year. 


First, in preparation we decided that each vendor that was participating will bring a give a way and we would do a raffle for it and let the customer choose what they would like. How you got to enter the raffle was by coming, seeing each vendor, filling out a customer card, and/or placing an order.  

We had BBQ food and drinks for everyone that came and large games for the children to play with. Each vendor invited the customers that they wanted to show their appreciation too. We did a few zoom calls to make sure that everyone was participating and getting something out of it. 

The weather showed that it would most likely rain throughout our event, but we were hopeful and we still kept it on. Fortunately it did not and it was a super nice day. The location was perfect we had a pavilion, lake view, and beautiful weather!

Everyone that came ate, checked out most vendors and had a good time. I did not hear anything negative at all. 
Each vendor had their own space set up and I made it a point to go to each one to see what they had to offer and enjoyed meeting a gaining friendships with each and everyone! 


I am excited to plan this as an annual event! 

Thank you for taking the time to read and have a good day!