Someday, Someday, Maybe Review & Give A Way

Here is a book full of heart, full of promise and the dreams of a lovable main character who you will be cheering for throughout her entire story. 

Here is Franny Banks, with her unruly curly hair, her bad luck and her admirable determination to make her dreams come true.

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club.
Her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

My favorite part of this story could be the Doc Martin references, or the fact that anything 1995 makes me think of Rachel's hair cut, but I wouldn't be able to tell you just one thing that I loved most about this charming story.

Lauren Graham knows how to tell a fun, easy, breezy story as well as she played a wholesome, loving mother in Gilmore Girls, so you can imagine the talent in the writing of this story.

Franny's adventures trying to "make it" in the big city on limited income and no agent are hopeful, even when she is unsure of herself and her dreams. One of my favorite visuals from the book is where Graham writes a literal example of how Franny sees herself from the sole tiny mirror in her apartment:

"I've only seen my upper or my lower self; I haven't seen the whole thing all at once in a long time. Maybe my upper-lower unity if now what I thought it was...regardless, I should have bought myself a new outfit for this missing. In a store with a full length mirror."

I related alot to this notion of not being able to see yourself in the full picture. I think one of the struggles for Franny is seeing parts of herself: a daughter, a dreamer, an actress, a friend but not as one whole person. How does she juggle it all? And do all of those things fit in her picture?

Franny is so relatable. She does thing real girls do, and I know I can relate. She babbles uncontrollably in front of cute guys and tries on dozens of outfits trying to find something to wear and then ends up wearing what she tried on in the first place. See what I mean? You'll see yourself in Franny!

There are many glimpses of the not so pretty side of show biz. Like getting offered a boob job from the guy you are seeing, or having your agent play "Tag" through voicemails, (aka, avoiding you). And that reminds me of another cool aspect of Someday, Someday Maybe. It's 1995. There is no Facebook, no texting, no cell phones per .5 person. If I were Franny, I would have never left my apartment for fear of missing a phone call about my big break! It made me appreciate (or hate, sometimes) the ability to get in contact of someone at any time.

Lauren Graham's novel is an easy, flowing read that is like a great episode of your favorite sitcom. It has touching scenes, comedy and great characters!

I give Someday, Someday, Maybe a Full Glass Rating!

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to review Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham! And the icing on the cake is that I get to give a way two copies to my readers!

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Mom's The Word Linky Week Celebrating Mother's Day

I'm so excited to tell you about something really fun!

I've teamed up with Brin at Bold Butter Baby to bring you a week of fun
Mom-themed posts and link ups in celebration of Mother's Day! 


Here's what we are planning! 

Mon. May 6- Mother's Famous Recipe Link up:  Share the best dish or dessert your mother made for you as a kid or the recipe your kids love for their mom to make them! 

Wed. May 8- Kids Say The Darnedest Things Link Up: How well do your kids know their mom? We'll give you fun questions to ask your kiddos about you and then you share their answers! 

Friday. May 10- Moms Take Over Link Up: Let your mom take over your blog day! Even if you do a weekly link up on Fridays, let your mom do it for you! Have her tell a funny story about when you were little or let her show off a craft! 

We may also have an exciting give a way at the end of the week for all of those you link up with us. 

It's going to be fun and a great way to Celebrate all those mommies out there! 

It's a good thing she's cute

So, I have a confession to make.

I have a potty mouth. 

Don't look at me like that. I know it's a bad habit but I just can't help  it. 

Frusterations and agravations leave my mind by way of the f bomb train and the d word track. 

And really, I never really thought it was a big deal. 
Until this little angel started picking up on my habit. 

She's cute, right? Yeah, well, at least she is until she opens that mouth. 

Last night the kids helped me make a cake for a co-worker's birthday and I told them I would bring them home a slice. So they raced up to me when I got home today asking me where the cake was and I told them that my co-worker had taken it home before I could take some. 

Ryder insta-pouted and Reese hits her thigh and sighs 

"Damn it!" 

One time Ryder brought her home a picture of Rapunzel he drew for her. Her response truly showcased how happy it made her: 

"What da hell? Tank you so much, I lub it!!"

A couple mouths ago she was walking around in a circle looking out the ground, mumbling: 

Where's my f*@k!ng pony?" over and over again. 

She has a slew of other doozies, some of them don't include actual cuss words but are just as effective.

During our last trip to Target together she pointed to a lady in the next check out and told her she was going to lock her in a tower for 18 years and "you are never leaving, ever!" 

So, here's my dilema: A cussing 2 1/2 year old.

Is it cute or is it inappropriate? 

Because I am not going to lie, I laugh every time. I can't help it.
The girl weighs 27 soaking wet, wears sparkles and quotes Rapunzel. So when bombs fly out of her mouth with her sweet little speech impediments, it sounds so cute! (she can't say the R sound yet) 

I'm hoping it's just a phase and I do reprimand her when she does it. (after stifling a giggle)

Maybe she's old enough for a "swear jar."

I'll probably enjoy the cuteness of it for a little while but lay the hammer down when it's time for pre school next year, otherwise she will be saying "Read that f#!@ing book!" in front of everyone and that would just not look good. 

Have you battled a toddler with the mouth of a sailor too? 

Sip, Read, Swap Link Up!

You thought we forget, I bet, didn't you!!? 
Nah, we just got side-tracked! 

Better late than never right? :) 

It's time for everyone to share their Read, Sip, Swap goodies! 

We can't wait to see what everyone received.
We had so much fun matching and meeting everyone! 

Hope you come back for another swap sometime! 

xoxo, Mal & Jen

Weekend Shenanigans!

How about a good ol' fashion photo dump? 
This weekend was totally uneventful, unless you count numerous trips to the park, doing my nails and reading  action! But never the less, it was relaxing! 

Added some springtime decor to the dining room table! 

Just happened to have the polish on hand to try a Pinterest pin. 1 coat of gel activator, a coat of Essie Good To Go top coat and 2 coats of polish. I thought it turned out pretty good and looked better than just regular polish alone. 

Sounds likes we have another week of bad weather ahead of us. The "spring" has been a crock so far. Rain, wind and 40 degree weather is NOT what I had in mind! I am itching for open windows, grilling out and playing outside with the kiddos! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

Book Round Up!

Here's what I've been reading lately! 

The Coupling by Meg Wolitzer. 
I read about this book in several reviews, including People and Entertainment Weekly. 
The premise is really interesting: What happens in a sleepy town when a spell overcomes the women that makes them immune to their sexuality? Suddenly, happily married woman and women who are proud of their non-monogamous statuses have no interest in sex. 
It seemed like an interesting concept but the story telling just fell completely flat for me. I was shock to find that it was completely boring. There's apparently a literal "spell" that befalls the women but the spell itself isn't explained with enough detail to make you believe it's anything legitimate. 
I didn't finish it, so I'm not going to write a review. If you've read it and enjoyed it, please let me know! 

I didn't intend for this Book Round Up to be Debbie Downer-ish but here's another book I started last month and didn't finish. Maybe the problem is me, not the books? I just couldn't connect with these characters. It's many stories woven into one but they are all centered around one pivotal moment: When a woman finds out she is pregnant with her lover's child. He's an older, married man with his own children and she finds herself at a very sad and lonely crossroads. The baby is adopted by a couple who find out how holes in their lives aren't the fillable type that could be patched by the love of a child. 
I just found this book totally boring. I know that sounds rough, and for my fellow book reviewer at Novel Escapes, it was perfect (she gave it 5 stars!) because she enjoyed the full character development in lieu of page turning action. However,  I must have been in the mood for more because I was b.o.r.e.d. So if you are like Lyida, check it out because she is right, it does handle some pretty momentous emotions! 

Currently, I am halfway through: 

I am SO intrigued! Linsey, a beautiful, smart 17 year old girl has disappeared on the eve of her departure to Cornell University for college. The story is told by the people in her neighborhood: a precocious genius young boy, a troubled pianist who dresses in his deceased mother's dresses and Reeva, the matriarch of her Desperate Housewife-esque clique, who Linsey spotted through a window having an affair with a 19 year old barista. It may seem like there's too many characters in this tightly woven story but the way the author ends the chapters has me riveted to each page. There's cliff hangers and mysterious facts around every corner and  some people turn out to be very suspicious even though you want to love them. There's someone in the neighborhood who must know more about why  Linsey is gone and where she went! I'm not through yet but I have a feeling this is going to be one I recommend! 

Here are some books that have caught my attention on the web or in magazines lately: 

From GoodReads: A sharp-edged satire of contemporary motherhood from a comic novelist on the rise.    In the hip haven of Portland, Oregon, a pack of unsteady but loyal friends asks what it means to bring babies into an already crowded world.      Sarah studies animal behavior at the zoo. She’s well versed in the mating habits of captive animals, and at the same time she’s desperate to mate, to create sweet little offspring of her own. Georgie is busy with a newborn, while her husband, Humble, finds solace in bourbon and televised violence. Dulcet makes a living stripping down in high school gyms to sell the beauty of sex-ed. Nyla is out to save the world while having trouble saving her own teen daughter, who has discovered the world of drugs and the occult. As these friends and others navigate a space between freedom and intimacy, they realize the families they forge through shared experience are as important as those inherited through birth.      A smart, edgy and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, Monica Drake's second novel demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom

Maybe it's because she's from Nebraska, but it's almost because she's an amazing storyteller, but I love Rainbow Rowell. I vividly remember details about the incredibly cute book, Attachments, which I read well over 2 years ago. She just creates the most relatable, comfy characters. And there is rarely a book about first loves that I won't pick up. Those kind of stories always bring me back and remind me of my adorable first love, my high school boyfriend, Andy. Even my mom still sighs in longing whenever we talk about him. Can you say C.U.T.E.? 

Anyway...where was I? oh, yeah. Books.  Eleanor & Park 

From GoodReads: 
"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

And one more: 

From Goodreads: t a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored. Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to--reluctantly--take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago. As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He's back to run his father's carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival? After all, you can t judge a carny by its cover.

What do you think, do any of these sound interesting to you? 
Have you read any of them? I would love to hear what you think! 
Don't forget to tell me what you are reading now! 


Can I get a TGIF??? 


And I forgot one more Peak! 
I received my 

Not only did Meg hook me up with some seriously cute flip flops and summery polish, but she picked them out during her trip to Vegas! 
I thought it was so thoughtful for her to think of me even though she was on a get-a-way! 

Thank you so much Meg! I love the stuff you picked out for me! 

I'm Getting Exposed

Hey Friends!

Today, I am making a cameo over at Jess's Tooth N Nails.

If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Jess, you are welcome in advanced.

Head over there and find out what happens when 3 Blog BFFs finally get their Vlate cherries popped. 
Because there are so words for the giggles that ensued. 

You can also read about why I am making that weird ass face and vogue-ing. 

Hap-Hap-Happy Thursday! 

Literary Junkies Link Up

It's my favorite Tuesday of the month! 
It's been the bookworms of the blogsphere take over and share their love of stories and I can't wait to browse everyone's answers! 

First Off: What Am I Reading Now? 
When She Was Gone
When She Was Gone by Gwendolen Gross. 
I've had it on my to read list for a while and then I got assigned to review it for
So it's a win win! 
It's about the disapearance of Linsey, who is young, in love and on the threshold of adulthood and about to leave for college. Instead, she vanishes. What's interesting so far is how intracitely the story is told through the eyes of several of her neighbors. So not only do you get the story of Linsey through several perceptions, you also get to meet many other interesting characters. It's riveting so far! 
  • Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store? I have to say big name only because in my infinitely boring life in a small town, I can't say I've been to that many locally owned bookstores...but I know that if I had, they would be my favorite places on earth...I think I just figured out what I want to do when I grow up! Can a town of 1,400 support a book store? I'd even call it "That's What She Read" and we'd have comfy teal couches and popcorn on tap...

Where was I ??? 

  • Bookmark or dog-ear? Dog-ear my pages. I know, every time I do it, the little librarian lady inside me dies a little but so does the grown woman who can't ever keep track of a damn book mark.

  • Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? Um...I have no idea what this means. I think it's meant for people who actually organize their books and don't pile them on their desk, floor, bedside table, etc??
  • Keep, throw away, or sell? Give a way, pass on, etc. 
  • Keep dust jacket or toss it? I always want to keep it but it always ends up falling off or getting crinkled...
  • Short story or novel? Write the short ones, read the long ones
  • Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? I love collections! 
  • Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I read until my eyes literally won't stay open any longer. 
  • “It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Once upon a time...every time. 
  • Buy or borrow? Buy
  • New or used? Either or! 
  • Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? All. I have found really great reads from recommendations and others from book reviews.
  • Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending for sure! I like all the ends to be nice and finished and always feel antsy or like I'm missing out on something if it's a cliffhanger. 
  • Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading? Always night time, but if I get a chance to read in the middle of the afternoon on a weekend, I consider myself lucky and happy. 
  • Single volume or series? Both, but the first novel has to be pretty amazing to make me want to read another. 
  • Favorite series? I think I'll say Hunger Games. I know alot of people will say Harry Potter and I bet one day when I actually read them with Ryder, they will be one of my favorites too. 

The Face Behind This Blog

a traveling Wife

The Faces Behind The Blogger
What a fun concept! 
I sure talk alot about books, my kids, and everything else
But now that I think about it, I don't really share that much about what makes me, me.

I am a mother.

My children popped into my life before I even knew that teething was an event that caused mental distress and fevers (and it's hard on the baby, too!). I learned fast though. 
I try to teach my kids something new every day, whether it's ways to be polite or what happens when you microwave a marshmallow. (seriously, though. Try it, it's awesome)
Most times though, I find that they teach me much more. Especially unconditional love, simple happiness and how to make a large mess in a short amount of time. 

I am a family member

I have a total of 7 brothers and sisters (a beautiful mix of halves, steps and all) with more in laws, nieces and nephews to count.

My stepdad/buddy Jay. He willingly supports my habits. 

My mom and dear friend. I feel like BFF/Partner In Crime is a better term, but Mom works pretty good too :)

My BFF Sister and I have been together from the start.
(Except when she was embarrassed of me in high school and I was forced to play the role as her crazy cousin)

I am a friend 

These 2 are the ones who've known me the longest, outside of my family.
Elementary, middle school, high school and college are all things we tackled together.
Maybe we jumped off roofs onto inflatable coaches, maybe we replace the vodka in her parents' liquor cabinet with water...and then again...maybe we didn't .... 

(I feel the need to explain right here that this was my 21st birthday party so that you will feel a little more inclined to forgive the goofy smiles :)

My book club gals. Love them so much! 

I am a crafter

I am emotional

I cry when my kids do something cute/sweet/smart. I cry when a good contestant sings their heart out on singing competitions. I cry during commercials with slow music. I cry when I have to speak in front of large crowds. (Like literally, cry, in the middle of whatever I am saying. My cheeks start trembling and I just cry. I usually try and pass it off as a running nose but I doubt I fool anyone)

I am a goof ball
Especially if I am nervous. Being a goofball also means that I break out into songs or British accents pretty regularly. It also apparently means that I can't take a normal/serious selfie to save my life.
When in doubt, smile like a dork. 

I am a bookworm

Always have been and always will be. 

I like fun
I like to have fun with my kiddos.
You want to make wings out of balloons? Sure, buddy

You want to wear a crazy hat to school? Help yourself.

You want to dress up like a fuzzy, disheveled princess? I'll help! 

You want me to cut up my favorite t-shirt and make a super man cape for you? Consider yourself flying, young man.

You want to sit outside and watch the cars go buy? I'll pull up a seat too. 

Other random facts:
Everyone who knows me knows I love ketchup and hate cucumbers, my house is usually a mess, I'm a horrible driver and I like wine. 
Socks are never matched, the trash only gets taken out when it's overflowing, I doodle on everything while I'm on the phone, even if it's not paper (sorry about your shoe) and I play with my hair ALOT. 

And that's me!