Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. I hope you all have a great weekend. I just got back from visiting the Special Operations museum here at town where they had a field of flags dedicated to a veteran. It was beautiful and breathtaking to see. I will post pictures of it tomorrow as I have a special memorial day post planned

Just wanted to let every one know that the Military Channel is broadcasting live the National Memorial Day parade from Washington on Monday.Also for Memorial Day, the American Legion and Military Channel have teamed up to honor troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, including three soldiers who never made it back home. A series of ten, one-minute vignettes, "American Heroes" premieres Memorial Day on the Military Channel, which co-sponsored the production with The American Legion -- the country's largest veterans service organization with about 2.5 million members worldwide. (I took this quote from the military channel's website, link is listed below) So tune in to the Military channel this Memorial Day as they pay tribute to those who have given and are giving their lives for this country

For more information you can check out this link

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Guilty Pleasure

I have discovered a new guilty pleasure within the last week and it is this.. Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse vampire series. I am addicted

Last year after I finished reading the Twilight Series a friend mentioned I should read the Sookie Stackhouse books as it is an older version of Twilight. I ran right out and bought the whole series and never read them.

One day last summer I stopped at Blockbuster to rent some movies for the hubs and I. Nothing interesting was out but I did see they had season one of HBO's show True Blood which is based off of the Sookie Stackhouse books. So since the hubs and I liked twilight I picked it up. We watched disk 1 of the first season that night and the next day I went to 3 different video stores looking for the remaining disks of the season. We were hooked. We even ordered HBO just to watch True Blood when season 2 started last summer

I decided it was finally time to start reading the books. One and 2 were amazing. 3 I read, didn't really like and stopped reading. The rest of the series remained untouched on my shelf

The newest novel in the series came out a few weeks ago and I figured it was time to pick up the series again. One of my friends here in town loves them and swore to me that book 3 was boring buy the rest were amazing. So I took book 4 with me home to WI. I read it in one day. I even had to go to a barnes and nobles in town to pick up book 5 to read on the plane home, even though I had a copy of the 5th book sitting on my dresser in NC. I just finished book 5 last night and am now onto book 6. I look forward to getting off work every night and coming home and reading these books.

The books are funny, sexy, intriguing and interesting. It is romance, mystery, suspense and has characters such as vampires, witches, werewolves and other super natural beings. I am hooked

So if your looking for a fun read def check out these books. Do any of you have a favorite book or series that you are in love with? Has anyone out there read these books?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I just started watching Glee this season and I am hooked. I love everything about it! Along with being a book nerd I am also a choir nerd. In high school I took every music class possible and sang in two different choirs. I grew up with show tunes. My mom's parent's were addicted to musicals and every time they babysat me growing up I can remember watching Fiddler on the Roof, an actual opera version of Phantom of the Opera or Oklahoma. I have every cd possible from musicals like Sound of Music to Evita to Les Miserables. I have seen productions of Wicked, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera and I have been known, much to my husband's dismay to randomly bust out a show tune here and there

Too bad my voice isn't like Rachel's however. I only wish it was but I can settle for singing slightly off key to any show tune that comes on my ipod.

Tonight's episode of Glee was fantastic. Not only was the GAGA songs done well but the theme behind the show was amazing.

I could both relate to and sympathize with Kirk and Finn. I, in high school was just like Finn. I tried so hard to fit in with everyone and was so afraid to be different. I love how Kirk embraces his uniqueness without any doubt in his mind. At the same time I could empathize with Finn's point of view. Not only is his mom dating someone new, he is moving into a new house and having to share a room with a Moroccan theme! Poor Finn who loves his sports. My sympathy towards Finn ends there however and watching him last out at Kirk broke my heart. It reminded me that as a society we are constantly treating those who don't fit into societal norms as "different", as freaks. And that many of our derogatory stereotypes and terms that society throws around really do hurt people. It made me take a step back and look at my own actions and think of terms I use that may hurt some one else.
I loved when Kirk's dad stepped in and had his own revelation about his son. Even though someone may be different, they should still be treated with respect. They are still people too.
It reminded me of the kiddo's that I work with. All of my kids are smart, intelligent and so fun to be around. Yet no matter how they are personality or intelligence wise, their label as autistic further labels them as retarded and stupid. Which they are not. Society really needs to step up and stop labeling individuals. It is ok to be different and unique. In fact, it's our differences that make us special

So thanks to Glee tonight for showing that no matter what your sexuality is, or what clothes you wear, or what activities you participate in at school, just because you may be different from what society classifies as "normal". You are not a freak, you are unique and you should embrace it and never hide from who or what you are!
Why would we want to live in a world where everyone was the same?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2 month review

M has been gone for two months already. This marks the halfway point of this deployment. Only two more months to go. Some days I can't believe that 2 months has already passed, other days I can't believe I still have 2 more months to go.

I have gotten quite accomplished these past 2 months. I finished school, paid off alot of debt, enjoyed reading on my downtime and become addicted to Yellow tail Merlot wine!There are some things I have let go though, such as my cooking and cleaning skills. Also, without the man of the house light bulbs need to be changed, and my car needs an oil change that is 5000 miles overdue. Not joking on that one

So these next two months I need to start cooking again, throughly clean up the apt, and take care of some other odds and ends around the house.

My parents are coming into town in 18 days so that will give me motivation to clean. This past weekend I got to go back home to Wisconsin. It was so nice to be back.But 3 days def was not enough time to see everyone.

Friday I left NC around noon and of course my flight was delayed. Once I finally boarded my flight in Atlanta and cruised out on the runway, a huge thunderstorm hit so we spent about a half hour sitting on the runway before finally taking off for WI. I got to WI around 6ish and my family and my bff went out for a fish fry. Fish fries are a huge WI thing. Every friday night the thing to do is go out for a fish fry. I missed that tradition like crazy and nothing has ever tasted so good as my beer battered fish and fries. Yumm! It was also so good to catch up with my bestie. I miss her like crazy.

Saturday I caught up with a few other girl friends. My one friend had a baby a week before I moved to NC so I never got to meet her daughter until this weekend. She is such a cutie. My other really good friend just found out she will be having a girl in October so after enjoying lunch with these two we headed off to the mall to do some baby clothes shopping. My friend Megs and I have always been major shopaholics so we are training her unborn daughter to be like us already! It was such a blast go hit up Baby Gap and gymboree. I can't wait until I have a little girl to dress up. They have the cutest baby clothes these days!

Saturday night my family and I went out to the Bonefish Grill for a nice family dinner. Afterwards my brother's girlfriend came over and brought along the puppy that I had rescued. He has gotten so big and I am sad to say he didn't seem to remember me :( That night we had a campfire in our backyard and I had the best glass of Sangria wine. Yumm!

Sunday was my cousin's bridal shower. I surprised her by coming and she was beyond shocked. It was so nice to be there for her shower and it was alot of fun. Now only 2 more months until her wedding. I cannot wait!

And that about sums up my weekend. It never fails, everytime I go home I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to see everyone. I think I need to make more trips home!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Decisions, Decisions

Hello everyone!!

I am back safe and sound from my trip back home to Wisconsin which I will blog about tomorrow but I wanted to talk about something else today and I need your help!

So a few posts back I told y'all about the hubs and my babymoon to the Dominican Republic. Well M threw out another idea this weekend and I am torn between the two

M and I are going to Wisconsin in July because I will be standing up in my cousin's wedding. We had planned on driving from NC to WI and then the day after the wedding, leaving our pups with my parents and heading to the Dominican Republic whoch would save on us boarding them. Well M's idea was that instead of heading to the Dominican Republic we head up to his family's cabin in northern Wisconsin. I've seen pictures of it and it is truly beautiful and right on a lake. Growing up my family spent our vacations renting a cabin on a lake, boating, fishing and having campfire's at night. Don't get me wrong I loved those vacations but it's a totally different trip from the one I imagine, sitting on the beach with a fruity cocktail in hand. Also since M's relative's all equally own the cabin there is a chance that some of his family member's would be up there to join us. Which would be a lot of fun, don't get me wrong but again not the picture I really had in mind after 4 months of not seeing my hubby

Here is why I'm torn though. I've been doing great with paying off a lot of debt. We would be able to go to the Dominican Republic without putting the trip on a credit card and we wouldn't be hurting financially but then again we wouldn't be paying off debt either. Add to that we need a new couch and will probably need to pay for our whole apt to be carpeted I can't decide if we should save and go to the cabin or head off to our tropical destination.

Other factor's that we have to consider is the fact that in a little over a year we are going to be PCSing to Florida. Which means I will be leaving a great job and if we do have a kiddo or a kiddo on the way at that point, I don't want money to be tight. But at the same time this year would be the last year to take a tropical vacation for at least a few years since we will be preparing to move next summer and may be parent's already we wouldn't have the time or money to take a nice trip. And even if we did, we will be moving to florida and will live close to the beach. We won't need a tropical vacation for awhile.

So what would you all do. Take the dream vacation or do the smart thing and save up some money and head up to the cabin in Wisconsin where weather is always unpredictable and you have no idea what it's going to be like. M and I are torn and don't know what to do so I am asking you all for some advice!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Baby Fever

Baby fever has officially struck our household. And surprisingly it wasn't me that it hit.

Around Christmas it was me that was wanting to start expanding our family. M disagreed and wanted to wait a few more years. So for months I tried to press the issue but M wouldn't budge. So I gave up hope. Then when M left I was surprised that I came to the realization that there were a lot of things I wanted to do before we started a family. I couldn't wait for M to come home and we could take last minute getaways, go out on the town and just enjoy each other. One day when M called I told him about my realization. M had other thoughts. His response, oh I want to start trying for a family when I come home. I was shocked and mad at first. I def was against it. Many thoughts ran through my head. I'm only 26, I'm too young, there's so many things I want to do before we start a family. M was surprised that I wanted to wait. Don't get me wrong, I love kids and def want to be a mom but now all of a sudden when M said he was ready I started backing away.

It all changed a few weeks ago. I went to a friend's pampered chef party and I was the only one there without kids. And it didn't bother me. In fact, I felt like I was the one missing out and I knew then and there I was ready.

SO it looks like once M comes home Operation Baby will commence. We even have a trip to the DOminican Republic planned that M has dubbed our baby moon.

I did start reading What to Expect Before your Expecting. I had to put it down. Reading about everything that could be wrong with your or could go wrong. NO way. As someone who has high anxiety as it is I had to put the book away. So now I'm going to let nature take it's course and go along with what God is planned for us and let it happen the natural way without freaking out about something before it happens.

So baby fever has struck. I even bought my first baby outfit for our yet to be kid. Call me crazy!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Life on the homefront

Sorry for my absence as of late. Things have been crazy around here and not necessarily in a good way. So allow me to vent for a bit

It all started last Saturday. I worked 9-11 and couldn't wait to hurry home and lay out by the pool. My blogger friend KPOD was coming over and I was excited about having company and relaxing on such a nice Saturday. Of course I forgot to bring water to the pool and needed to go back to my apt to get a bottle. I walk back to my apartment and see three kids sitting on my patio. Just hanging out talking to the kids that live upstairs from me. Now this has been an ongoing problem. Kids in my complex are never supervised. The other day I had a kid throwing golf balls into my window cause he was trying to throw the ball to the kids upstairs. This caused my dogs to go crazy. So seeing the kids on my porch aggravated me. I politely said hi and asked what they were doing thinking they would get the hint and leave. Nope. So I go in and my dogs are going crazy. Now my love seat is pushed up against the window and the dogs were on the love seat trying to look out the window to see what was going on. So I put a chair up on the couch and gave them a bone to occupy them. Well I saw that one kid had a ball of some sort but again didn't say anything. So after laying out some more we finished up by the pool and walked back to my apt. You could see when walking up the blinds were torn apart. I walk in and the dogs were both on the love seat regardless of the chair and the blinds looked like they had been eaten. Now in order for my dogs to do that they had to have been highly aggravated. I was pissed. But oh well there wasn't much I could do

So that night after babysitting for a friend I got home and checked the mail. In my mail box was a letter from the County of Circuit courts. Remember that speeding ticket I got, the one the officer told me I didn't have to go to court for and that all I needed to do was mail in a money order for the violation amount. Yea, even though I did that I got a letter stating that I owed more money since the officer wrote down the wrong amount and I now had to go to court. Which meant I would have to take off work and pay more money. Just perfect

Monday I went off to the apt office and explained about the blinds. The office manager was on my side and stated that they had been having alot of problems with kids being unsupervised and cauing problems. ALl I needed to do was pick up some cheap blinds and they would put them in for me. Problem solved.

The rest of the week passed by and on Thursday I received a letter from the District Attorney's office stating my case and charges had been dismissed since the officer was no longer with the dept. Score!! That def made my day

My good mood friday didn't last long. I decided to have my friends over for dinner. The one who just had her baby. Since I didn't want the dogs out with the kids around, I put them in my bedroom, gave them their favorite bones and closed the door. Well after my company left I walked to let them out of the bedroom and couldn't open the door. Something was blocking it. I pushed with all my might and finally got the door opened. It was carpet I had gotten stuck on and now it was ripped all the way across the door way. I's assuming because the dog tried to claw her way out.

SO not only do I have a blanket covering my window's until I can get my blinds fixed, a blanket over my couch covering a rip, I now have a blanket covering a hole in my carpet. Living like trash lol

And not only do I have to deal with all this, I have to deal with the wrath of my hubby who is quite irritated. I think I called my mom friday night at midnight and had a nervous breakdown.

Last night tornado's fiasco didn't help matters. Thanks to everyone's prayers and well wishes. I am ok, only a trailer park was hit a few miles up the road and everyone who lived in the trailer park survived and didn't have too much damage thankfully. Of course when my hubby called I expected to be comforted. That didn't happen, his response was it's tornado season, get used to it. Ugh

Thankfully I am heading to Wisconsin this weekend to spend some much needed time with my family and friends. I am counting down the days until I leave. I need a much needed break

So here is a glimpse into my life on the homefront for now. Ahh it feels so good to unload

Sunday, May 16, 2010


One of my biggest fears is tornado's. I was in one when I was girl scout camping as a kid and from that day forward at the slightest hint of rain I immediately headed to my basement.
Too bad they don't have basement's here in NC cause I could sure use one right about now. As I am writing this I am blogging from my interior bathroom with the dogs. At about 8:00 my friend dropped me off at home from a girls day shopping. About twenty minutes later she called and asked me to turn on the news and see if there was a tornado warning since she was pulled over at a gas station. As I was on the phone with her I could hear the wind, rain and hail. I stepped outside and checked out the weather but it was only raining lightly by my apt. I ran back inside and all of a sudden they started broadcasting a tornado warning. I called my friend to tell her and she was on the road that they were saying the tornado was around. As I watched the news they predicted the tornado to head in my direction. Then they predicted that the exact streets I lived on where to be hit next. My friend made it to another friend's house and I quickly lit candles all over my house and am hanging out in my bathroom. Now they are saying the warning is over but a thunderstorm warning is still in effect. It's times like these I really want my hubby to be home!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I'm back. After my venting post I felt I needed to write something a little more positive hehe

My family is coming into town in a few weeks and I was looking for some new grill recipes. I recently was at a cook out where they made shrimp skewers on the grill. It was fantastic. Different from the usual hot dogs, burgers or bbq chicken. So I'm asking all my fellow bloggers if any of you have any good recipes for cooking shrimp on the grill

Ok I swear I am done posting for the night. I poured myself a bottle(glass) of merlot and am about to sit down and watch Glee!!!

Rank Wars

Hello everyone! I had a totally different post planned for today but after what happened I decided to post about a topic that I'm sure that everyone can relate to. In every job there are supervisor's, entry level workers and so forth. I def agree that promotions should be given when deserved and everyone should work up the ranks. I def wouldn't take anyone's job title or rank away from them. And regarding my hubby's career I always feel a sense of pride when he gets promoted and I must admit the extra money in his pay check doesn't hurt either!!But I never discuss it with others nor do I make an issue out of it. All my friends have hubby's of different ranks than mine and I could care less! What bother's me however is people who wear their rank or the spouse's who wear their hubby's ranks.

As I've mentioned before I worked at the police dept in my hometown before moving to NC. I have many family member's who are officer's and I also wanted to be a cop at one time. When I graduated with my degree in criminal justice the police dept wasn't hiring officer's so I took a job as a office assistant. There were many day's I would be addressed as clerk. Not my name but clerk. However if I were to address a Detective by something other than Detective they would flip out. NOt all of them but many. And I'm talking people I had worked with for 2 years. So my pet peeve of those with rank disrespecting those below them per say started then

So back to today. I went to a meeting for the spouse's of my hubby's unit. I should mention M's unit doesn't have a FRG so I don't know any spouses. I also don't know any of the guys he is deployed with.His unit deploys so frequently so there isn't much time between deployments for get togethers and stuff. At this meeting I was excited to meet many spouses. The first three spouse's I went up to all introduced me as this.. Hi, I'm Sgt First Class Smith's wife. No mention of their name or anything. Since I don't know Sgt First Class Smith that didn't help me in putting a face with a name. And they would leave it like that. I just introduced myself as Katie F and walked away

Then today as I was driving to my last client's house I was cut off by an officer in the army. I was working in the off post post housing and there was a long line of cars entering into the housing development. Well this guy decides to cut me off. Now I could clearly see his rank as I had passed him earlier. I'm sure he could see how irritated I was from his rearview mirror but I didn't care. Then he gets up to the MP checking id's and decides to have a long conversation with him. Never mind the fact that he was holding up the entire line or that I was now a half hour late to work. After he finally puts his car into gear he slowly pulls out all the while starting out his window at me. It took all of my nerve to not shout out I don't care what rank you are asshole, You made me a half hour late for work.

But I restrained myself and drove into the development. It's just things like that that irritate me because at the end of the day no matter what rank you are. any deploying solider is leaving behind their families and friends to deploy and when they are over in Afghanistan or Iraq they are all defending their freedom. So yes, they all might have a different job to do or have a different rank from their fellow soldiers, some may be giving order's and some may be receiving order's but at the end of the day they are all fighting for the USA and I don't think rank makes you better than someone else. Especially when wives wear rank when they shouldn't!

So sorry to vent just a little irritated today lol.Hope I didn't offend anyone

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Winner Is

I am excited to announce the winner of my very first giveaway ever! Announcing Kelsey C from Far from the Safe Harbor

Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway. I saw some new follower's enter the giveaway which also led me to discover their blogs which I love

So thanks again everyone. Kelsey I will be contacting you by email!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Happy mother's day to all you mom's out there! Just wanted to remind everyone that today and tomorrow are the last two days to enter my Emily Giffin giveaway. So if you are interested in this giveaway enter now!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

MilSpouse Appreciation Day

I posted this poem on my myspace about a year ago and decided to share it with y'all in honor of military spouse appreciation day

A True Military Wife
Author Unknown

Can put eight rooms of furniture into a five-room apartment.Has twenty pairs of drapes
and none of them fit the living room windows.
Can emerge from a single room at the guesthouse after spending two weeks over the
holidays with four kids who all have the chickenpox.

Can, in one week's time, pick up a house full of furniture, the kids, a cat, three
hamsters, a bird and six suitcases into a station wagon
and drive all the way cross-country and still greet her husband with a smile.

Can open and close bank accounts, establish credit at the local phone, utility and cable
companies at the drop of a hat. Begins to smile when
she receives the phone call from her husband which begins with the words,
"Honey, I've got good news and bad news."

Is able to sell or rent at a moments notice and move halfway across the world.
Can re-establish a home complete with post war furniture
and only one forth of her household goods without batting an eye.

Doesn't blink when she gets to Korea and finds her household goods are in Georgia
and she's received the boxes marked for storage.
Can make a house into a home in less than three days.
Has all of her kids born in different states (she gets extra points for different countries).

Pull out her ID card when she goes to a civilian grocery store.
Has the ability to find something faintly wrong when she sees the same doctor in the
hospital twice in a row.
And is able to give comfort and encouragement to her children,
support the local PTO, love her husband when he's home,
give laughter to the wives organizations, and helpful
hints of survival to new spouses, who have just begun their military experience.

This poem made me laugh when I first read it because of how true it is. As a military spouse we are always waiting, waiting for our spouses to come home, waiting for them to deploy, waiting for PCS orders and so forth. We have to take all these changes with stride and continue on our day to day lives. Many times I know I get frustrated and annoyed but at the same time I wouldn't trade this lifestyle for the world. I am a proud military wife and I am proud to call all of you out there my friends. Thanks for being there for me through out this deployment. I love you all and this day is for all of you!

So happy milspouse appreciation day. Treat yourselves to something nice. I know I am, off to get my hair did!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

You know your a milspouse when...

You know your a milspouse when your hubby is deployed and...

1.Your kitchen is lacking groceries. Yes I have a freezer full of frozen dinners but even that takes too much effort to make so my dinner's these days consist of pickles, ice cream and pretzels and cream cheese. Too name some of my favorite's

2. You take on the role of Mrs. Fix-it around the house. Take for example my leather couch. Our puppy last summer tore the couch with her nail. Granted it was a small tear but instead of fixing it right then and there the hubs decided that clear nail polish would do the trick. Well it didn't and the tear ripped more and more over time so that a quarter of an inch tear now took up the whole couch cushion. The hubs said he would fix it over and over but that of course didn't happen. So last week I went all over to every furniture store and hardware store looking for a leather repair kit. No one had anything. Finally at Bed, Bath and beyond they had a leather repair kit. The $6.00 price tag should have warned me. I went home and applied it to the tear gluing the two pieces of leather together. Instead of the glue adhering to the leather it adhered to the stuffing inside the cushion so now instead of just a tear along our cushion, there were now globs of stuffing sticking out of the rip. Perfect. Guess I will be shopping for a slipcover

3. Your bed becomes your best friend. Don't get me wrong, work and my friends do keep me very busy but on the nights when I don't have plans the last thing I want to do is sit in our living room alone so I head to my bedroom and curl up with the dogs and either watch tv or read a book before heading to bed. Usually I am also accompanied by a glass of wine! I have become quite the wine fanatic

4.You have numerous calendar's and planners each marking a different date that your hubby may be coming home. With the military the one thing you can count on is nothing. Dates are always changing and plans getting rearranged.

5. You also spend a lot of time getting yourself ready for your hubby to return home. Like scheduling hair appts, getting your nails done and hitting the gym hard. I want to look my best when the hubby gets home soon in two months!!

6. You start planning a nice romantic getaway that you and your spouse can go on when he gets home. I am currently researching trips to the Dominican Republic, Cabo Sam Lucas, Jamacia or a cruise.

7. You become even more addicted to reality tv. I love being able to watch shows such as The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and The Hills without the hubby making fun of me. I also became addicted to Glee. I never watched the first season and started watching it a few weeks ago and I love it! And can I just say that my newest crush is the Glee instructor. Yum

8. You carry your cell phone around and stare at it willing it to ring. Granted I know that I can't answer every phone call due to work and stuff but still, the minute I get off work I am waiting for a call from the hubby

9. You are able to save money. It's been nice to not have to spend so much money on groceries, gas and to split up the money between the two of us. I have been putting all the extra money towards bills. I am hoping to pay off alot of debt before the hubs gets back

10. Deployments make you realize how much you do love your spouse. Don't get me wrong, I never question how much I love my hubby but sometimes when you get caught up in the day to day grind of married life and then a deployment comes up, it makes you appreciate your spouse even more. Deployments give you that time to reflect and to think about things you want to change in your relationship and things that you love about your relationship. I love this time to reflect and it has made for some great conversations with my hubby. So overall as much as deployments suck, there can be some positive's that come outta them

So how about you guys, what are some things you learned from your deployments or what are your you know your a milspouse when moments!

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's time for a Giveaway

Before I announce the giveaway I wanted to say how much I loved the Military blog hop. I came across so many amazing mil spouses. I look forward to reading all my new friend's blogs

And now for the giveaway. For the past few weeks I tried to come up with a great idea for a giveaway and it wasn't until I came across another giveaway that I got the idea. As I have mentioned in the past Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors. She has a new book coming out next week called Heart of the Matter. On the author's personal blog she hosted a giveaway for one lucky person to receive a signed copy of her newest book. As I myself entered the giveaway I saw many of my fellow bloggers also enter. So I decided to giveaway her newest book. For those of you that have never read her, she is amazing. Here is a picture of the book cover and a synopsis courtesy of Barnes and nobles.

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie--a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance--and even to some degree, friendships--believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

One thing I love about Emily Giffin's book is that her character's or the situations her characters face are always something I can relate too. Her writing style is amazing and I can't wait for this newest book.

So if you love Emily Giffin enter the giveaway or if you are looking for an amazing read or to discover a new author join also.

Here are the rules of the giveaway
1. Comment about why you want to win this book. And if you have read her books before tell me which one was your favorite and why
2. Also within your comment leave me your email address so that if you win I have some way of contacting you
3. Feel free to post about my giveaway on twitter, facebook or on your personal blog

I will announce the winner next Monday since the book doesn't come out until Tuesday, May 11th.

Good luck everyone

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Giveaway and weekend recap!

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend! Mine is going by too fast!

Friday night my friend and I got last minute tickets to see Carrie Underwood. She is amazing! Yesterday I took advantage of the 90 degree weather and laid by the pool before heading over to a friend's house for a cookout. Now today I am off to meet a new army wife friend at the dog park and then heading over to my friend's pampered chef party. Give me an excuse to meet up with friends and eat a ton of good food and I'm there!

Tomorrow I will be announcing my own personal giveaway! So stay tuned!!!