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Rescuing Teaser!

Posted at May 18, 2015 4:42 pm

A Teaser?

On a MONDAY?!  😯 

Why not, I say? 

 

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~Jess :)

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Starting Things Right

Posted at May 15, 2015 4:33 pm in , , ,

I’m not much of a morning person…

but I do like to get out of bed and have a nice morning. A slow morning.

Typically, I start by crawling my aching body out of bed (My mattress is way too hard. I know this and one day I will remedy it.), dragging myself to the kitchen where I make a halfhearted attempt to drink a glass of water before I make coffee (or Mr. Lemmony makes me coffee). And then I drink my coffee and play on Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest or all of the above.

Finally I get rolling on my writing or editing or whatever tasks I need to do that day. And honestly, it works.

Until it doesn’t.

After working my hiney off on a deadline all week long, I am stiff everywhere. My right side is tight and hurts–every joint from my neck to my shoulder to my elbow to my wrist to my hip…you get the idea. The cause? A combination of being hunched over my laptop in the IKEA chair or hunched over my laptop at the kitchen table, or hunched over my laptop on the sofa.

In a word: YOWCH.  😥 

This morning, I realized I needed to do that thing more…you know that thing… where I do a little bit of yoga.

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I’ll admit something: I’m not much for working out.

I don’t enjoy it. I never have. The only reason I lost 30 pounds in the first place was because I drastically changed my diet. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and I knew that when I did yoga I felt better. Now, thanks to an app called Yoga Studio (seriously best couple of bucks I ever spent!), it’s really easy to grab my phone or my iPad, call up a ten or fifteen or thirty minute yoga class (I typically go for fifteen), and get my yoga over with.

The hard part is physically walking downstairs to my basement to the yoga mat and wide open space. I don’t know why that part is so hard. My house isn’t huge. I am perfectly ambulatory. I don’t know if it’s because the basement is slightly unpleasantly cool, or maybe because it’s dark, or maybe because I JUST DON’T WANT TO.

(It’s the last one.)

My wants consist of curling up on the couch, checking my social media, and drinking coffee. But I’m a grown up and grown ups (especially those turning FORTY FREAKING YEARS OLD soon) need to do things they don’t want to.

So.

I walked my butt downstairs and queued up a yoga workout. Lucky for me, Mr. Lemmony came with me. Bonus! It was like a little class…where the instructor is on a tiny screen and the people taking the class show up grouchy…

Fifteen minutes in, I was grunting inelegantly and realizing that I probably should have started/kept doing yoga a long time ago. I was on a pretty good run their few months back.

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I marked the days with my special little stickers on my Erin Condren calendar. But then like anything else, I fell off the wagon. I stopped getting on the exercise bike, I stopped doing yoga, and I just in general quit doing much of anything.

Side note: I didn’t feel great after my tiny yoga session.

You can tell by the tweet the app prompted me to share. (I took a little artistic license on the wording…)

So after, I noticed something else. I didn’t want coffee right away. Instead, the hubs and I made a lovely morning shake consisting of banana, kale, almond milk, vanilla, mint leaves, and ice. Mojito, anyone? I added a squirt of agave nectar to mine and it was absolutely delicious.

Also, that right hip pain plaguing me? It’s not gone but it has eased considerably! As it turns out, after yoga the rest of my body moves much, much, much better. A few hours post-shake, I got hungry for a breakfast/brunch, but I didn’t want a bowl of sugary cereal. No, no. I craved something healthy. Something summary. And so I made this:

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That beauty is smoked salmon, goat cheese brie scramble served with baby spring greens, San Marzone tomatoes and sliced strawberries, and Ezekiel 4:9 toast. How good do I feel right now?! Amazing!

And what’s my point?

Well, I just wanted to write all of this down so that I remembered on the days I feel like curling up and playing Soda Crash and in general being a slug, that it feels much, much, much better when I start my morning the right way.

Not to mention, I got to put a sticker on my calendar again. :-) Bonus! 

Any old habits you should pick up again, or new habits you’d like to share?

~Jess  😉 

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Mother’s Day Recap

Posted at May 11, 2015 2:13 pm in ,

I love it when family gatherings go well! 

There was delicious food, grandparents, beers, and pie. But there was also laughter. A lot of it.

I have to throw my mom under the bus just a little, because this will be one of the funniest things you read today. 

My brother took off his hat and my mom commented his hair resembled a certain famous actor’s.

“You know… that one guy.”

“What guy?” I ask.

“That guy, um. Oh… Gabriel Capriano.”

Everyone at the table is now blinking in startled confusion and I can feel a smile creeping onto my face. “Who?”

My mom is now laughing, knowing she is getting this so wrong. But through her giggling, she manages, “That guy from the Titanic.”

Ohhhhh.

 

 

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You mean THAT Gabriel Capriano.

I hope I spelled his name right…

~Jess  😆 

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Early Review for Donovan!

Posted at May 7, 2015 4:45 pm in , , ,

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Reviews have started trickling in already for Rescuing the Bad Boy, and I couldn’t be more excited! This is one bad boy who is READY for his moment to shine. As you know, his book has been a long time coming.

I wanted to share this fun review from Talk Supe, in which Braine (her adorable nickname short for Brainfreeze) says:

“I am in love with this series!”

And really, who can blame her. 😉 Thank you, Braine! (Psst, if you like spoilers, she also included a screenshot of a certain #NSFW part of the book I like to call simply: s’mores…)

Read more HERE.

Remember kids, badder is better.

~Jess  😈

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My Stitch Fix Success Story

Posted at Apr 29, 2015 2:13 pm in , , , ,

Clothes.

I don’t love clothes. I don’t love to shop for clothes. I don’t love to piece together outfits. Now shirts? Shirts, I’m good at. That SOA T-shirt, or that pleather button down, or the scoop neck fuchsia? All fantastic. Dresses? Pants? Forget it. I try on many, and usually hate them all.

So when I heard of Stitch Fix (I think I stumbled across it on Pinterest), I was really excited. A stylist takes your “case” and researches your style (including the Pinterest board you provide) and then the stylist MAILS YOU CLOTHES SHE PICKED FOR YOU.

Did you hear me?

A stylist.

Mails.

You clothes!

And you try them on in YOUR OWN HOUSE!  😮 

I thought, surely, this will never work. Surely, this will be a waste of time, energy, and $20. Then a small voice in the back of my head (the voice who hates dressing rooms and malls and digging through clearance racks) whispered, “But what if it works?”

Well, kids, it WORKED.

 Here are the pieces chosen for me:

The gray shirt

This one was not a stretch. I totally would have picked this up on my own. First of all, it’s gray, my favorite clothing color, and secondly, the zippers on the shoulders are a little rock n’ roll. 

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The neck was another favorite element–love the scoop!

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The legging/jeans

These pants. I was positive anything with a  tag that read “super skinny” was a “no” for this girl. I have hips. I have a backside. Those two elements alone make jean shopping a NIGHTMARE. But these? They feel like pajamas! So comfy, really flattering, and a natural fit with the gray shirt.
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The striped top

Love the color but the fit was “eh” in my opinion. Though, I must say, paired with a summery skirt or shorts, I think this one will work just fine. Plus it’s out of my comfort zone, so I decided to keep it.  😛 

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The necklace

Things Jessica doesn’t need help shopping for: accessories.

That said, this feather necklace was the perfect length and accessory for the pieces chosen, and since I receive a “buy all 5″ discount, and everything else worked, keeping it was a no-brainer.

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The dress

This was so hard to photograph! But I tried… Navy blue with black on the shoulders, this short-sleeved dress was a great cut with a flared skirt. My stylist (snicker!) suggested I wear it to book signings, so this one will be making an appearance at RAGT this year.

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So, there’s my Stitch Fix success story!

I seriously can’t recommend this experience enough! I ran straight to my author/clothes-horse friends (Lauren Layne & Maisey Yates & Shannon Richard) to show them pictures. They all agreed the outfits were on par. :mrgreen:

I have no idea if I got really lucky, or if Stitch Fix is just really good, but nevertheless, I promise you, I’ll try this again.

Here’s a referral link if you want to check it out: CLICK HERE.

~Jess :-) 

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RT Magazine: Donovan!

Posted at Apr 21, 2015 11:56 am in , , , , , , ,

I was thrilled to learn that RT Magazine reviewed Donovan’s book (Rescuing the Bad Boy) and gave it FOUR STARS!

Here is the review:

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Authentically flawed! 

That’s my new favorite phrase.

Here is the summary:

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Preorder now: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Everywhere Else

~Jess  :mrgreen: 

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Isn’t She Lovely

Posted at Apr 9, 2015 1:25 pm in , , ,

Isn't She Lovely (Redemption, #0.5)Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

He irons his golf shorts. She wears army boots. And they DO NOT. Like each other.

This book, you guys. YOU GUYS! You know how I gush when I love something, and this book–I loved it. Ethan is a hero that is not like many others I’ve read. He’s got it all, but he’s not damaged. Not even a little. He’s polite. He’s hilarious. He’s drop-dead gorgeous and ridiculously wealthy. Can I fall for a normal-guy hero, I hear you asking?

Yes, yes you can.

Stephanie on the other hand is a nightmare. She’s not nice, she has a sharp edge, and then…then you find out why and if you can keep the tears from pooling, then I think maybe your heart is malfunctioning. Because her story is tragic, but in a real way.

The book is also about these two writing a film together that they end up acting out, and the movie-within-a-book premise is pulled off marvelously. The ending is perfect and will have you grinning.

I’m only sorry I can’t give this book more than five stars…and that I waited so long to read it.

View all my reviews

~Jess :)

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Evan is a Kindle Daily Deal!

Posted at Apr 8, 2015 11:55 am in , , , , , ,

And I. Am. STOKED.

Kindle Daily Deal means Evan will get seen by more readers. Maybe even purchased (at a killer discount… that’s $5 off!). And more eyeballs on the fineness that is Evan, and hopefully leaking tears because well, Rae, makes my heart happy.

>>>get the deal<<<

***NOOK*** just price matched, too!

So spread the word, share this graphic, and help other people find the book that has a 4.12 rating on Goodreads with over 500 reviews.

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Thanks guys!

~Jess :)

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Posted at Apr 7, 2015 2:24 pm in , , ,

I have to share a reader’s pictures!

For her birthday, Mary Ruth created this book cake, and I was honored to see Evan’s book (Bringing Home the Bad Boy) earned a spot on her cake! Isn’t this gorgeous?!

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I bet he was delicious.

~Jess  :mrgreen: 

 

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More Erin Condren…

Posted at Apr 5, 2015 5:51 pm in , ,

Because I had to have a notebook…

And because I randomly won a $50 gift card, I treated myself to a purchase from Erin Condren. You know how much I love my planner!

Here’s how it went down:

1. IT’S HERE!  😮 

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2. ACK! Purple paper!  😛 EC Box paper

3. OMGOMGOMGOMG!!! 😯 

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4. This is pretty…hope I use it.  😐 personalized insert

 

 

 

5. And labels! A meal-planner! What do I do with these coily things, again?  😕 EC haul

 That’s it from this nerdy part of the world. What have you been up to lately?

HAPPY EASTER!

~Jess  :mrgreen: 

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