What I’m Loving This Month…. (March 2015)

I see a lot of people do these “What I’m into…” or “What I’m loving…” posts.  And by a lot, I mean my friend E over at Sam & Scout. (Which, for the record, you should go check her out if you don’t already.  She’s 37 weeks pregnant and waiting for that baby… and I know she’d love the comment love.

But I digress.

I see these posts and I’m not sure that I’m really LOVING anything, but this morning, as I was applying this new mascara my daughter made me buy, I thought… I should tell people about this.

And not because I got a free sample (I didn’t) but because the last mascara I bought, I did so off the recommendation of Jo-Lynne Shane.

And not that I’m comparing my beauty/fashion advice to hers, but when you find something you love, it’s share worthy.

So, without further ado…

Here’s what I’m loving this month…

Stella & Dot and my new ring.  Isn’t it a beauty?


And those nails don’t show it, but I’ve been rocking some Jams the last few weeks.  (I’m waiting on the shamrock ones to get here.)  My gal, Nicole, is not only “Jamtastic” but she’s a fellow stepmamma as well.  You should go join her Facebook group.  (And if you share a picture of your “jamicure” you’re entered into a contest for a free sheet of nails.)

Thirty One and my new bag.


It’s the best… and I feel quite important while carrying it.  (Probably because it’s the most expensive bag I own) Shameless plug… I sell ThirtyOne.

My new hair 





Huge shout out to Melissa at Les Cheveux for making my hair amazing and helping me to not freak out when you cut 10″ off. I’ve never had more than a Cost Cutter hair cut (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but I’m not sure I can ever go anywhere again.


Because I’m crossing an item off my bucket list… RUNNING a 5K.  I’ve walked plenty and I want to run.  So I’ve already registered and paid for the Color Run.  Our team name is Run Now, Wine Later.  (And if you’re local, I’d love for your to join us!)


Since I was introduced to the Sisterhood of Stepmoms, and how they view the Peacock, I started collecting them.  Not like I collect handbags and the like, but just here and there.  They stand out to me now.  And so, there have been a few peacocks show up… like my phone wall paper from SheReadsTruth.com


…and this hand painted one that has quickly become one of my prized possessions. One of the gals I coached in softball painted it for me.



I just can’t get enough of it. Fourteen inches over the last few weeks and more headed our way tomorrow.  I’m sorry some of you think it’s a four letter word.  For me?

It’s amazing.

And that mascara that started this whole post?

I love it.  And the price tag. Thank you Cover Girl.

So that’s what I’m into this month… how about you?


The First Book I Wrote Was Fan Fiction… It Wasn’t As Good As the #AfterSaga

When I was younger, like 5th grade younger, I had a slight crush on the New Kids on the Block.  I lived, breathed, ate, drank, and soaked in everything I could related to the five.  In addition to buying ever Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, etc and taping every single poster I could to my wall… (ok, I couldn’t tape.  We lived in military housing and I had to be very careful that I didn’t ruin the paint… but they were up there and my room was COVERED in them) I also wrote about them.

Every day.  For hours.

I would pull out my trapper keeper and write on lined notebook paper every dream I ever had of myself and NKOTB in fiction form.

(I also did this with the group, The Party.  Remember them?)

Any who.  I wrote.  And I wrote.  And my best friends were written into the story and the story I lived in my head was written on paper.

My dad told me he would help me publish my books – because there was enough content for more than one – and so I stared to type my story into the computer so he could edit them.

And then one day, we were out at the book store and there it was on the shelf.  Someone beat me to it.  Someone else had already published a series of fiction books about my guys.  My dreams were crushed.  At least those I wanted to publish for all the world to read.

I never wrote another word about the fictitious life of Heather and NKOTB.  And really, I didn’t write much after that until I was older… and none of it has been fiction.

Had I been writing like that today, I could’ve been using an app called Wattpad.  Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. It has connected over 40 million people around the world who share a love of reading and writing.

Last spring, the 25-year-old One Direction überfan parlayed her love of reading and the British boy-band to create After on Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app, under the nom de plume Imaginator1D. The plot of After revolves around young Tessa and her on-again, off-again relationship with Hardin Scott, inspired by One Direction singer Harry Styles.


Every few days, Anna used Wattpad to publish a new installment. Her fanfic love story swelled to over 2,500 pages and has been viewed more than a billion times. Yes, billion with a ‘b!’ and more than 6 million comments (and counting!)

What’s more?

Anna Todd’s After—which she originally wrote entirely on her phone as a hobby—is now being turned into a four-book series by Simon & Schuster, with the first installment released in October. Paramount Pictures has acquired the film rights to adapt the After story for the big screen.

This could’ve been me.

I’m sure Anna Todd wouldn’t have found all this fame if she were recording her book in her trapper keeper with the large cat of some sort.

So maybe that’s what I’ll work on now… setting up an anonymous Wattpad account in order to write my book.  I have it in me.  I know I do.

You can purchase Anna Todd’s After at barnes and Noble or in ebook form.  Thing 2 and I are arguing over who is going to read it first!

I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.


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