Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week is the books on my fall TBR list. I noticed that most of the books on my list are there because I loved some of the author's previous work and I just can't get enough. I don't know if I'll get to all of these this year, but I'll get to them eventually.

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
3. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
5. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
6. Beast by Brie Spangler
7. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
8. Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
9. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Things I Learned About Vacationing With A Toddler

Hello all!

My husband, Baby Jay, and I went on a vacation to Lake George this summer and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it for city dwellers as a weekend getaway. We spent a whole week there and it was worth it. Didn't spend a lot either thanks to my penny pinching husband.

Anyway, this was our first family vacation with just us three. It was the experience you're probably thinking filled with the tantrums, nap times, and buying things to please the toddler. One night while sitting in the hotel room after Baby Jay finally fell asleep, we made a list of things that we learned on this trip. Of course I wrote them down to share with all of you.

1. Take a stroller.
My husband fought me while packing up the car. Why do we have to bring that? He is walking everywhere now. It won't fit in the trunk. Jay you're a big boy right? You don't need that. He ended up packing it into the very spacious trunk anyway just to make me happy. In the end, everywhere we went he said: "Wait, take the stroller".

2. Keep the bathroom door closed.
I cannot tell you how many times it was too quiet and we found my son getting into trouble in the bathroom.

3. Bring a few extra toys/books.
This is kind of a given. Books for bedtime, toys for the car ride or to play in the hotel room while you're figuring out what to do that day.

4. Take a tablet or electronic device or a favorite DVD
This may be your only chance for some quiet time or again, a distraction while you're figuring out what to do that day.

5. Pack two or three outfits for every day.
I changed the baby's clothes 2-3x a day. This was because of potty accidents, spilled something on his shirt, we were going somewhere and he needed to wear something nicer, the evenings were cool and the afternoons were crazy hot. Yea. I didn't realize I was changing his clothes so much until hubby said something.

6. You will go to bed early.
Not just because of toddler bed time. You will be genuinely tired.

7. Get double beds, or a crib if the hotel offers one.
I wanted the crib our hotel offered but we had double beds so we decided to make that work and ask for the crib later. Double beds were amazing. I got to sleep alone while Jay cuddled with daddy and then my husband got to sleep alone while the baby cuddled with me. We alternated like that all week and it worked for us. Definitely call on ahead before you take the portable crib/playpen to see if the hotel offers one for the room.

8. Travel booster seat for restaurants.
Not every restaurant, diner, or whatever offers a high chair and that made eating out a mission. I really wish we had thought of bringing a booster that straps baby to the chair.

9. Plan one big adventure per day.
We planned one big outing for each

That's all for now. I look forward to reading about all of your traveling adventures for inspiration for our next vacation.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

K-Drama Review: The Heirs

Title: Heirs
genre: romance
original run: October 9- December 12, 2013
network: SBS
number of episodes: 20
my rating: 4 stars

synopsis from dramafever.com
A worthy successor to the international hit Boys Over Flowers, Heirs follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control–except their love lives. Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) is heir to the Empire Group sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it's a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home (Choi Jin Hyuk) schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), who's arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she's the daughter of his family's housekeeper. When his fiancĂ©e Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji Won) arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. Meanwhile, Rachel's half-brother Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin) develops his own crush on Eun Sang. Who said being a rich, beautiful high school student was easy?

What I liked:
Park Shin Hye- I only added this drama to my "Must Watch" list because of her. I like her acting very much.

Kim Woo Bin- Loved him in this drama. Idk why, but he's always been kind of eh for me, but he shined in Heirs.

The romantic scenes. I wish there were more. The chemistry between Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho was great. Also Kim Woo Bin had good chemistry with Park Shin Hye. Overall, great main cast, but we knew that already.

Eun Sang's mom. OMGSH she was great. I loved her relationship with Kim Tan's mom and how it grew as the drama progressed. She was essential to the way the plot line moved forward. Thank goodness for her.

What I didn't like:

The ending. What was with that ending?! It took me a while to realize that the drama was in it's final few minutes and I was so disappointed.

The American actors. No just no. It was so bad. There are no other words to describe the acting except that it was seriously just bad. So so bad.

The teen angst. Um... yeah. I found myself skipping a lot of the talking and I still understood what was happening with the plot.

This drama scored 4 out of 5 for me because I felt like it moved kind of slow and had a lot of teen angst for me. The lifestyles of the rich and all of their problems with how to keep their money. I definitely recommend this drama to fans of Boys Over Flowers for sure.