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Book Review: I Don’t Belong To You

I don’t think I have ever felt more OLD reading a book.  Keke Palmer’s “I Don’t Belong To You” is an autobiography and also an inspirational and potentially “self help” book.  However, I couldn’t get past all the use of “lol” and hashtags throughout the text.  Maybe if I was about 10 years younger I would find it appropriate – but it was written more like she was writing you an email than an actual book – which maybe was the point, but again, I’m just realizing that at 32 I am old. Watch out, or  I may bust out a “kids these days”.

LOLs, emojis and hashtags aside, the book did have a lot of lessons that Keke learned throughout her career and learning to love herself and the secrets and struggles that she went through and would be perfect for a teen or twenty something to read as I think that a lot of kids, especially girls, go through some of these same things.  Of course, I grew up before social media was a “thing”, so I don’t relate to all of the struggles that Keke mentions, but anyone her age would totally get where she is coming from.

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

A sometimes serious, often hilarious, and always inspiring guide that encourages young women to live a life full of ownership, confidence, and freedom from singer and popular Scream Queens and Grease Live! actress Keke Palmer, delightfully illustrated in four color with Keke’s favorite inspirational quotes, journal entries, and memes.

As a successful singer, actress, and talk show host, Keke has always used her huge social media following as a platform for real talk about the issues that matter to her generation, but now she is speaking out candidly and for the first time about the secrets, struggles, and practices that have guided her to succeed. On the surface, it may appear that Keke has it made, but under the success, she has grappled with the same issues all young women wrestle with—identity, pressure, self-worth, love, sexuality, heartbreak, and family.

With this in mind, she created I Don’t Belong To You—an inspirational guide that encourages young women to change their mindset and live with more freedom, confidence, and love as they navigate the rough terrain of the twenty-first century. Full of revealing stories from Keke’s personal and professional life, this book tackles twelve topics—sexuality, race, anxiety, success, bullying, and body image to name a few—with refreshing honesty.

Within each chapter is a personal interview with one of the many people that have inspired and motivated her, including Serena Williams, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lee Daniels; quotes, texts, song lyrics, and funny memes that have inspired her; and practices that can help you stay on a path of always growing, never grown. With a voice of empathy, tough love, and determination, Keke speaks about the challenges and triumphs she has experienced on her journey to finding her own voice and creating a beautiful life. I Don’t Belong To You is the motivation you need to move past pain and fear to lead a life full of creativity, spirituality, passion, and unlimited success.

Virtual Race: 2017 New Year

Race Title: 2017 New Year
Distance:   31.1
Company:  Yes.Fit
Charity:   NA

What better way to kick off 2017 with my first race having a medal of 2017 New Years glasses?  You can actually wear them too, although they are super heavy so I don’t really recommend it for more than long enough to snap a photo 😉

Music Monday: Ed Sheeran How Would You Feel (Paean)

Ed Sheeran released another song recently, this time for his birthday!  One the one hand, I like the slower releases because I can listen to just the one track without having to carve out a lot of free time but on the other then I feel obligated to come up with something to write for each song on its own for a blog post… and sometimes that’s not easy.  And on the other other hand… it gives me more fodder for Music Monday posts 🙂

How Would You Feel is more of a ballad, which if you know me at all are never my favorites. But John Mayer plays on it and… he is always my favorite. So that is a plus.  And it’s just nice to have Ed back again 🙂  I am looking forward to the rest of Divide from Ed, so far I have been liking what I am hearing and hoping that a tour will be making its way to the US in due time as well.

Scrapbook Saturday: Disney Pt 1

A few Disney pages I did with some overlays.

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Book Review: Everybody Curses, I Swear!

Everybody Curses, I Swear is by Carrie Keagan.  I recognize her from VH1 Morning Buzz Live but you may recognize her from her YouTube videos.  The beginning of this book warns that if you offended by curse words (and at about 2 paragraphs in, she has already used a LOT) then you should pick out a different book to read.  A couple of paragraphs below that she lists 80 curse words – since the average person swears 80 times a day! The list is in alphabetical order and some of these I don’t even consider to be swears so I would venture to guess I’m well above average in the “Daily Cursing” department!

The book is part autobiography and a bit more “crude” than most, but that is what made me love it.  It’s not written all prim and proper, it’s written as if you’re sitting around and having a real conversation with Carrie – average of 80 swear words per day and all.  (Although I think her average is a bit more than 80 too…)  Throughout there are also conversations she’s had with celebrities that were full of swears and double entendres. (Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck to name a couple)

There is even a word search puzzle – full of curse words! And a crossword puzzle!  And no book about curse words is complete without a Profanity Index at the end of the book.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

She’s been called vulgar, crass, sophomoric, offensive and dirty…and that was just in one article. But there’s so much more to talk show host, internet entrepreneur, and original YouTube sensation, Carrie Keagan. You may know her as host, writer, and producer of VH1’s hit morning show Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan, but before Judd Apatow made being dirty mainstream, she was pioneering the R-rated, A-List celebrity digital video to an audience of tens of millions on one of the first and most successful YouTube networks ever, No Good TV. She’s turned swearing into an art-form and invited all of Hollywood to join in.

Some women f*ck their way to the top but she “f*cked” her way to the top. Her naughty interviews with Hollywood’s elite are the stuff of legend, earning her the nickname “Barbara Walters on Acid.” She’s gone toe-to-toe with virtually every celebrity in the world, and she’s been taking notes. Get ready for all the juicy, behind-the-scenes stories from the biggest stars as she shares her journey from being a bullied kid from Buffalo to Hollywood’s most fearless host. After 8,000 interviews, 2 billion views online, her own TV show, and countless appearances including her upcoming season on Celebrity Apprentice, she’s got crazy stories to tell.

Everybody Curses, I Swear! is the quintessential book on the wonderful world of potty-mouthed depravity inside Hollywood!

Throwback Thursday: Jonas Brothers 7/18/09

Headliner: Jonas Brothers
Opener(s): Jordin Sparks, Honor Society, Wonder Girls
Venue: TD Banknorth Garden
Cost: $105


Book Review: Bless This Mother-effing Home

Bless This Mother-effing Home is a book of sweet stitches for snarky bitches.  I have seen some similar crafts online and always get a good laugh out of them so when I saw there was a whole book of them, created by someone else named Katie, I had to check it out.  Cross-stitch is a craft I have done before with some success, provided that it is printed and not counted.  Katie has been selling her crafts on her etsy page but after getting some publicity on the show GIRLS things have taken off for her.  The cross stitches in the book are all cutesy and adorable, as one would expect, but the text on them are a bit unexpected and anyone with a sense of humor would surely find one or five that they feel the need to have in their home. My favorites are probably the ones based on rap lyrics like “mo money mo problems” and “y’all gonna make me lose my mind up in here, up in here”.  If you don’t crack a smile at least once when reading through this book you may need to consult a doctor.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

The combination of sugar and spice is irresistible in this adorable and appalling collection of cross stitch. Laugh-out-loud fun through crafting is found in these biting yet precious patterns.
Katie Kutthroat’s warped and witty cross stitch has taken the internet by storm and has been featured on TV shows like HBO’s Girls and The League. Cute but snarky, each cross stitch pattern featured in Bless This Mother-effing Home evokes laughter and irony. Perforated pages allow for readers to hang up or share favorite entries, spreading the cross stitched love.

Virtual Race: Woodstock

Race Title: Woodstock
Distance:   69.1
Company:  Yes.Fit
Charity:  NA

This is one of my favorite medals, it is kind of like a sun catcher.  It took me from August to January to finish the 69.1 miles for this race and appropriately I finished this “Peace, Love, Music” race in the airport on my way to Back to the Island in Jamaica!

Lauren Alaina at the Wolf’s Den

Sunday March 5th, Lauren Alaina made her way to the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun casino.  She had previously been scheduled to perform but had to cancel, so I was glad that she had chosen a make up date and I was able to attend (the first date I wasn’t able to because I already had a commitment).  In addition to her performance, she would be signing copies of her CD “Road Less Traveled” after the show.

Sunday night Wolf’s Den shows begin at 7pm instead of the usual 8pm.  When Lauren first came out on the stage, her mic was not working.  She ended up trying her band members mic – still nothing. Then she walked across to the other mic. Still nothing.  She shrugged, she joked around with the crowd in the front, she tapped the mic and waited for something to happen – taking it all in stride.  Then the Wolf Den made an announcement to stand by and they’d get everything fixed.  The band left the stage, mics were I assumed fixed and we started the show again – Lauren this time ran out and yelled “IS THIS THING ON?” to a roar of cheers and applause from the crowd.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Lauren on Idol, though her season is arguably my most favorite season of the show.  I’m not much of a country fan so I went into the show not really sure what to expect but I ended up having a BLAST.  Lauren puts on a great show, she’s funny and seems super down to earth.  For her 3rd song she said she was going to bring a guy on stage because she always picks out her “Next Boyfriend” from the crowd.  She said there was one guy up front singing every word so she picked him – but someone else told her that he brought her flowers so she brought TWO Next Boyfriends on stage to dance with her.  After having one say his name and having us all say “Hi Brandon!” She had the other guy introduce himself and he was Brandon too! (two?) And as it turned out – one of her guitarists is also named Brandon.  “Too many Brandons!” she announced and had the guys dance with her – even getting them to whip and nae nae.

She changed before coming out for her encore of “Road Less Traveled” her current single that has made it on to the Billboard Charts! We slipped out early to jump in line for the signing and made it near the front of the line. She came out about 45 minutes after the show had ended to quite a line. We were able to get through quickly and say hello and get our CD signed and even had time to check out one of Mohegan’s newer restaurants before heading home.

Lauren is currently on tour as an opening act, but if you get the chance to see her, take it! I don’t think you will find yourself disappointed.


Scrapbook Saturday: December

December, just 2 shows. All Star Christmas and One Tree Holiday!

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