Friday, March 27, 2015

Graduation Planning-- the stationary portion

*I was provided with products from Shutterfly for my time, but all opinions and views are my own.  

I've been stressing and planning the upcoming graduation events for several months. I've had a secret Pinterest board that is borderline out of control.  One of my main concerns is getting the invitation. And in true typical Natalie fashion, I can't decide on what I want.

Naturally, one of my first stops was to Shutterfly to browse their graduation line.  They're go-to for Christmas cards and photo calendars, I just KNEW I would find what I needed there.

Sure enough, there are some ADORABLE prints.  Here are a just a few of what I've added in my cart and can't decide on.

For the announcement:: 

and the back of the announcement

For the party

At this point, I think I'm going to order several of each..  Create my own little variety pack.  I truly can't decide. 

And because I'm a mom who is desperate to instill the importance of good manners, we will be sending thank you notes.   Thankfully, Shutterfly has a personalized line. 

Stay tuned for more grad posts-- including gifts and party planning. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Girl on the Train- Book Review

When this was nominated as our March book club choice, I had never heard of it.  I put off picking up a copy, but once I got it and started?  I couldn't put it down.

From goodreads:

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you
 look at other people's lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the
 track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that 
allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s
 even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. 
Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, 
but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel
 offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what 

next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she
 done more harm than good?

A compulsively readable, emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller that 
draws comparisons to Gone GirlThe Silent Wife, or Before I Go to Sleep
this is an electrifying debut embraced by readers across markets and categories

The whole novel was filled with dark and twisty characters and plots.    I wasn't sure who I liked or who I trusted.   It was a definite page turner and I could not put it down.  I finished it in a matter of days and once I was done, I was hoping for a sequel because I needed to know more about these people.  

All of the characters are well-written and developed. It was one of those books wehre you felt like you KNEW these people.  And the one thing I knew they were all CUH-RAZY.   Certifiably insane.  

If you're looking for a new book to read, I highly recommend this one.  And once you read it, let me know.  I'd love to pick your brain.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Whole Lot of Random

When you do something multiple times, does that make it a habit?  Or a trend?  Because I can't seem to keep my stuff together long enough to actually manage to write multiple blog posts.  Or to post on a regular schedule.  

These breaks are becoming more and more frequent.   Does that mean I should just stop all together?  I think I would miss it too much.  Although, the blog game is exhausting.  Which is partially why I've stayed away.  Trying to get comments and sponsored posts, get your words and pictures on Pinterest or take swoony pictures for Instagram.   It's just too much. 

Plus, my kids are old now.   I don't want to share their stories without permission. They are THEIRS.  I hate when someone posts an unflattering picture of me on social media or talks about how I acted or things I said, so it's only fair for me to treat my kids with the same respect.  

I thought about dropping the Mommy part of my blog, but I LIKE talking about my kids.  They're hysterical.  And do I really have it in me to become a Lifestyle blogger?  

Why do I have to put a name on what I do?    Speaking of names.. I'm thinking of changing up with this space is called  Would that be weird?   I definitely think I want a new look.   I'm tired of the stripes.  Maybe if I invest in a make-over, it will be the UMPH I need to start writing here again .