Posts by: Sam


Parenting is Hard – Daycare

Parenting is Hard – Daycare
29 November, 2017 / 0 Comments

My daughter is turning 18 months in just a few days and so she is starting daycare on December 1.  She has been with my mom for the past 6 months, since I went back to work when she was 12 months old.  It’s ridiculously hard to get kids into daycare before they are 18 months old where I live, so she is now about to start daycare. I’m getting so nervous about it.  She is so shy and scared of strangers right now that I just don’t know what she’s going to be like when we try to drop […]


Parenting is Hard – It’s not all Sunshine and Lollipops

Parenting is Hard – It’s not all Sunshine and Lollipops
13 September, 2017 / 0 Comments

My husband and I came to this realization after having our daughter.  Raising a child is not all sunshine and lollipops.  It’s not just the beautiful, happy, perfect moments that it looks like from the outside.  Social media and people on social media make it seem this way.  All we see is happy families and then we think that’s what parenting is.  At least, that’s what my husband and I thought.  When I was pregnant, we were so excited.  We pictured this perfect, beautiful little baby and all the happy, wonderful moments we would share.  We didn’t, however, picture all […]


Review: Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson

Review: Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson
11 September, 2017 / 1 Comment

Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson My Copy: Paperback, 352 pages Publication Date: January 24, 2006 Publisher: Avon Source: Purchased SEX… What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth — nothing convinces them that they can’t snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named “luvstick” and “bigdaddy182,” Lucy Rothschild should know. LIES… But sitting across from her now is “hardluvnman,” and he seems different — sensitive, honest, and hot! He says he’s a plumber, while Lucy claims she’s a nurse! She’s really a mystery writer, dating […]


Parenting is Hard, but Worth It

Parenting is Hard, but Worth It
6 September, 2017 / 0 Comments

So, my mom inspired me to do a series of posts that talk about the good aspects of parenting as well.  Last week, I wrote about how parenting is hard and announced that I would be speaking up about the difficulties of parenting.  Then my mom called, told me she read my post, and went on to tell me how she didn’t sleep well.  She was so concerned that – I don’t know – that I hate parenting?  That I’m all messed up about it and need help?  I’m not sure, but my post caused her to be concerned.  So, […]


Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
4 September, 2017 / 0 Comments

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard My Copy: ePub eBook Publication Date: February 9, 2016 Publisher: HarperTeen Source: Purchased If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare […]


Parenting is Hard

Parenting is Hard
30 August, 2017 / 0 Comments

Seriously.  That title is so true in so many ways.  Parenting is hard, and yet it seems like nobody talks about it or shows how hard it is.  All you see on social media is perfect families with smiles on their faces in their perfect houses and we are made to believe that they are perfectly happy and have their shit together.  The truth is, at least from what I’ve experienced, that is all a lie.  So, why do we do that?  Why do we feel the need to put on happy faces and act like we know exactly what […]


Review: The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

Review: The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski
28 August, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski My Copy: eBook, 265 pages Publication Date: December 31, 2011 Publisher: Self-Published Source: Author When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds. Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane. Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land […]


Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

Review: Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
21 August, 2017 / 0 Comments

Between the Lines (Between the Lines #1) by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer My Copy: Paperback, 352 pages Publication Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Source: Borrowed Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped […]


Review: The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer

Review: The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer
14 August, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Trilogy #1) by C.J. Archer My Copy: ePub eBook, 190 pages Publication Date: May 25, 2013 Publisher: Self-Published Source: Author It’s customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn’t that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl’s daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she’s lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her […]


Early Review: Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White

Early Review: Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White
7 August, 2017 / 0 Comments

Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White My Copy: ARC ePub eBook, 190 pages Publication Date: August 8, 2017 (Tomorrow!) Publisher: HarperTeen Source: Publisher via Edelweiss The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more. The last thing on Everly’s mind is getting into […]