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I follow a ton of blogs.  I get an email each day with updates.  There is also a really cool app for your phone that you can download to keep up with your blogs.  It's very smooth and easy to use.

You can "Mark as Read" and "Like" posts on the phone app.


When you tap on the search button, the side pulls out and lists how many unread posts there are for you to read (I obviously have some catching up to do!) as well as listing all the blogs you follow in alphabetical order.

Bloggers are starting to really depend on Bloglovin, because Google is taking about GFC.  It will officially be gone on Monday, July 1st.  I would love for you to follow me on Bloglovin.  I will be super easy for you to find me :) and super easy for you to find other awesome blogs as well!  Just click on the bloglovin artwork here below (or the button on the top of the page) and it will take you right to my blog!

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Have a fabulous weekend!

High Five For Friday

Happy Friday everyone!


This had to have been one of the most AMAZING weeks I have had in a long time!  Here are my top 5 moments ~

5.  First of all, it's June 28th.   I will be 30 years old in 2 months time - exactly!  Farewell to my 20's...I can't wait!


4.  1 more week of work (and thanks to July 4th it's a 4 day work week) and then I'm on VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm already in vacation mode at work!



3.  I have always wanted a window seat for as long as I can remember!  When I got my entryway table I moved the bench over to the window.  I was able to arrange it so it works as a window seat.  I sat there on Wednesday night and finished reading my book.  It was really pretty because I can see the sun set from my window.  Love it!





2.  I can't believe it's been 3 months since I decided to stop drinking.  I am so happy with the decision I made for my life.  I can see things so much more clearly now.  You realize that there's this whole other world waiting for you.  The people in my life are so supportive and wonderful.  Now, if I could just get the whole Weight Watchers thing under control ;-)


1.  My Bestie and her Hubby had their first baby Monday night!!!!  As soon as the notifications started coming early Monday morning I was scatter brained.  All I wanted was to be with her.  I went into work for a couple of hours and then straight to the hospital.  Baby K was born Monday night and she is absolutely beautiful!  I'm so excited for them and their new family.  They are going to be amazing parents and I am excited to see them learn and grow together!  Plus, as her best friend I'm pretty much a "built in babysitter" as Tolar put it!
You can hear more about Baby K from momma Lindsay herself over at Pursuit of Pink.

As per the usual, I am linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for today's #H54F.  Check her out and link up!  You have the chance to meet some awesome people!
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What are you up to this weekend?  Share in the comments below.  I'd love to hear from you!

the.book.chat. ~ Outdoor Settings

Happy Thursday/book.chat. day!  I'm linking up with Jessica from Sweet Green Tangerine and Deborah from In Whirl of Inspiration for today's post.
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We're talking about Outdoor Settings for books.  I had to really think about this topic and what I came up with was Small Towns
I'm a HUGE Nicholas Sparks fan (as most of you know by now) and all of his books take place in a small town in North Carolina.  It's usually a town where everyone knows everyone.  There's one of every profession (town doctor, town lawyer, town something!).  I grew up in a small-ish town.  It wasn't a big city or anything.  I always thought that I would want to live in a big busy city one day, but I really like suburbia!  I work in the city and live in a suburb and I like it that way.  The thing about Nicholas Sparks stories, is that he makes small towns seem so romantic.  Of course, there's always that one a**hole in the town that causes trouble for everyone.  I especially love the small towns that are on the water.  When you've got water, you've got fishing (I don't fish...I wouldn't fish even if I lived in a fishing town) and you've got the beach (I don't do the beach either). I just really like the idea of it all.  When I go home to visit my small town, not on the water, I appreciate it more.  Granted, I do like being close to a city so my mom has a place to go shopping when she comes to visit :)

What about you?  Do you tend to pick books that take place in a small town or a big city?  Are you a great outdoors reader with adventure or do you have love stories?  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by.  The weekend is almost here!  See you tomorrow!

Purple Profile

Purple has been my favorite color ever since I could remember.  When I was little I lived in Boston, MA.  There is a store in the down town market area called Purple Panache.  It had everything purple you could imagine!  I found a card that defined what a person who is a "purple person" is like ~


You are a purple person if:

You are imaginative, sensitive, artistic, and sophisticated.
You have noble ideas and a keen appreciation of the culture.
You are alert, demanding, foresighted, confident, resourceful, spontaneous and highly independent.
You take delight in the beautiful, the gracious, the sensitive, but maintain an attitude of critical appraisal.
In love you seek to attain a magical quality and refuse to settle for anything less.
You refuse to be "swept-off your feet" unless genuineness and integrity can be absolutely ascertained.
You are active in the support of things you believe in, and are concerned with the pursuit of the truth and other human values.
You take chances and believe that you must do so to make the most of what life has to offer.
Purple is an exclusive color, mystical in quality, blending the two extremes of the spectrum, red & blue.  Traditionally, purple represents splendor, dignity, royalty, rank & wealth.
Purple is a unique color, and it is truly a unique individual whole holds it dear.

I think that I am very much a Purple Person!  I have had the card in a box lately, just storing it.  While I was cleaning this weekend I came across it.  It's too cute and too PURPLE to keep in a box!  I went in search of the perfect frame for it and voila!  Of course, Target came through!



Linking up with Jane from The Pursuit of Poppiness for Wednesday Walkabout and Because Shannon Said So for Random Wednesdays!


Benefits of having a Furry Friend

Having a pet has several benefits.  I am all for furry friends.  I grew up with cats, Kandy and Ollie.  Love and miss them much!  When I lived with Jacq I got to hang with her cat, Frisco.  I don't have a pet currently, but I really want to get a cat. In my May issue of Women's Health there was an article titled "Your Body On Hanging With A Pet."  Here is what Laura Beil had to say...

Mood
Just half and hour with a pooch can trigger your noggin to release brain chemicals linked to happiness.  Your pup gets the same feel-good lift too!  Cats can also help ease the blues.  Kitty owners can be less lonely and have higher morale than those who don't have a cat - likely because cuddling with an animal can unleash oxytocin, the body's "love" hormone.

Stress
Being with a dog for five minutes can lower your levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.  The effect is so pronounced that, in one study, frazzled people said they felt if was more relaxing to be around their pets than their spouses.  It even works at the office: Research found that people who brought their dogs to work had lower stress levels throughout the day (meanwhile, levels rose among their canine-less colleagues).  
*The company I work for, Kimpton, is pet friendly.  Sometimes people bring their pets to work.  It would be interesting to see a kitty cat at work with me.

Pain Relief
Research suggests that spending time with animal pals may help ease your pain. 
*Can they help with cramps? :)

Fitness Level
Active mutts need, well, activity.  So it's no surprise that dog owners are more likely to be in shape.  They're also more likely to get the vigorous workouts the body needs.  There's more: Walking with a dog - versus cruising alone - has been linked to more social interactions, such as conversations with strangers (like, say, that cute guy at the park). 
*What about cats?  We had a cat leash that we put on Kandy and Ollie.  Kandy love it and walked around the yard.  When Ollie had it on he acted like it was so heavey.  He walked really low to the ground.  It was funny!

Heart
Petting an animal - or watching fish swim around in a tank - can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.  Pet aficionados may have also lower levels of heart-hurting cholesterol and fatty triglycerides.  The really great news?  If you life with a Fifi or Fido (or Kandy or Frisco), you may need fewer overall visits to the doctor and have a healthier ticker.  One study found that cat owners were less likely to die from heart disease than those who live sands felines.  Another found that dog owners were nine times more likely to be alive one year after a heart attache than those without dogs.



Sources for magazine article: Sandra Barker, PHD VCU; Ann Berger, MD NIH; Erika Friedman, PHD UMD

I don't have a cat right now, but I'm totally in love with Lil Bub.  I discovered Lil Bub on Facebook, because a Facebook friend of mine liked her page. Lil Bub has a website, a Twitter feed and a Facebook page.  She is a rescue cat that was the runt of the litter.  She has six toes and no teeth.  Lil Bub even has her very own YouTube Channel and show called Lil Bub's Big Show.  Check her out....soooooo cute!



All 'Tangled' Up

Over the weekend I watched Disney's Tangled and loved it!  It was so cute.  I just love Disney cartoons that are musical.  Here are a few of my favorite moments from Tangled.  

Pascal ~ Rapunzel's side kick is so cute!  He's like her Jiminy Cricket.


Flynn Rider's "Smoulder."  He's the kinda of guy you're not supposed to fall for, but of course we all do!  I love it when we find out that is real name is Eugene Fitzherbert!


The "Mother Knows Best" musical number.  Rapunzel's "mother" reminds me of Ursula from The Little Mermaid.  Both are controlling witches with fantastic musical numbers!


Max, the Palace Horse.  I love him!  He's really like a big K-9 cop dog.  First he's after Flynn Rider for stealing from the royal family, then he's trying to help them.  Here they make a truce so that Rapunzel can see the lanterns on her 18th birthday.  Good horsey :)


Once Rapunzel and Flynn are off on their journey we run into a bunch of "ruffians."  They aren't so bad after all!  There is a musical number called "I've Got A Dream."  All of the ruffians start singing about the dreams they have for their life.  Brad Garrett sings about how he wants to be a music composer.  One guy likes being a mime, another wants to fall in love.


Another scene that reminded me of The Little Mermaid was when they were on the boat together.  They're so cute together and the lanterns are so pretty.


I thought Tangled was a great movie.  It's fun for kids of all ages.  I give it five stars!


I'm linking up with Carly for #YOLO Mondays and Logan for Monday Mingling.  Have a great week!




High Five For Friday


WooHoo It's Friday!  It has been an interesting week at work.  Everyone, for the most part, has been in Arizona for a National Sales Meeting all week.  So, it's been quiet and productive.  However, I'm so ready for my weekend!  Here are some great moments from my week ~

1.  Today is the first day of SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Even Google is celebrating with the artwork above! Yay for Summer!


2.  Saturday night me and my girlfriend Marcy went to Nick's Night Club to go line dancing.  We got there for the lessons and had a great time.  We didn't meet any cowboys, but there's always next time!



3.  I went to the Dentist on Tuesday, coz that's always fun!  I got a great review on my teeth.  Everything looks wonderful!

4.  I finally finished The Girl Who Plays With Fire this week.  The way it ended, I really wanted to move onto the third book in the series, but I needed a break.  So, now I'm reading The Best of Me by Nihcolas Sparks.  I'm already half way thru it...it's really good!


5.  Brad Pitt...World War Z...out today!  I'm going to check it out this weekend for a movie review...stay tuned!


I hope you all had a fantastic week!  Tell me about some of your great moments in the comments below!  As always, I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for today's High Five For Friday!

The Book Chat: Best Summer Reads

Ahhh, summer!  When it comes to summer I like to read books that I can really get into.  I can always get into a Nicholas Sparks book!  I'm reading The Best of Me right now.  This is the last one to read before his new one comes out in September.  He's doing a book tour and he'll be in Washington D.C. on September 28th.  Sooo excited!!!!!


Once I finish The Best of Me I am going to read The Forgotten Garden.  I've been meaning to read it for a really long time now.  That will be my July book!


My third summer book will be Beautiful Creatures.  My mom saw the movie, loved it and thinks that I will love it.  I want to read the book first.


I'll be on vacation for 10 days in July and I plan on getting  A LOT of reading done!  What are your bookish plans for the summer?

Linking up with Jessica for today's Book Chat.  Check out her blog, Sweet Green Tangerine, it's awesome!

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Is Dating A Silly Fantasy These Days?

There have been a few times now where I have wondered how personal to get on the blog.  Then there was that other time where I talked about actually getting personal, but I never did.  So, today I'm going to stop talking the talk and walk the walk!


In the last ten years I have been through a great deal and I'm not even 30 yet!  When I was on college I discovered that I had depression.  At first I thought I was bipolar, but after making an appointment with a college counselor I found out that I have mild depression and no signs of bipolar.  Yay! It didn't help my relationships with men though.  My senior year in college I thought I was in love.  Turns out he was just really manipulative and because of this guy I feel like I'm doomed, even to this day!   Only later did I find that he had been lying and cheating on me.  Needless to say I have some trust issues with men...and I get jealous easily.  Ever since him, I have been picking the wrong men. 


After college I moved to Los Angeles to become a movie star. I didn't hit the jack pot with men there either.  I actually haven't been in a relationship in over 5 years.  Sure, I've dated since then, but it's a little harder than you'd think to find a man to commit to a monogamous relationship.  Guys these days, at least the ones I find myself dating, don't want to actually date.  You know, like they did back in the day when men actually courted women.  Asked them out on a date, picked them up, opened the car door, paid for dinner, dropped them off with a kiss good night and did NOT try to push their way through the door for a quick lay!  Oh wait, I'm sorry, let me wake up from my dream world!

Courting is totally extinct, sex comes with no strings, and boyfriends are "main hangs."  Is it possible to find real love anymore?  I read a great article in my May issue of Glamour magazine featuring Zosia Mamet from HBO's Girls.  Zosia says that we should have rules and I agree! There is so much about dating now where there are no "rules" and it makes things confusing.  We should have our own, personal, rules.  Don't follow along with what other people are doing.  Do what's right for you!

Another word of advice from Zosia is to stop Google stalking!  Let me extend that to Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.  I am totally guilty of all of the above!  It's human nature to want to know more about the people we are interested in.  The problem is, these days we rely so much on the internet and texting that we forget to ask the questions face to face. People need to talk more...actually TALK!

Sex too soon is a big, fat, DON'T!  Again, guilty as charged.  Silly me, thinking that it would bring us closer in hopes that it would turn into a relationship.  Another Carrie Bradshaw moment...remember when she dated the Jazz Man?  It doesn't work that way.  Never has never will.  There's a saying, why buy the cow when you can drink the milk...is that right?  Anyways, Patti Stanger says that you shouldn't have sex until you are in a committed relationship and she's absolutely right.  This also goes along with Zosia's advice to DEFINE THINGS. People are scared to have the exclusivity talk.  There's the risk of being rejected.  I get it.  But if you don't have the talk, then you'll always wonder.  Is he dating anyone else?  Is he dating me and sleeping with someone else, because I'm not ready to sleep with him?  That's usually where my head goes first.

In the end Zosia and Patti suggest to Never Give Up and I don't intend to.  My mom sent me a great article about Julianna Margulies.  She says, "until you are content by yourself, you won't find love.  You'll be searching too hard for it."  She's so right. Right now, I'm working on myself.  I'm trying to get to my best place.  I'll be 30 at the end of the summer.  I'm still young and have many years ahead of me! 





Now You See Me...

Come in close, because the more you think you see, the easier it will be to fool you!  



One word…AMAZING!  This movie kept me on my toes the entire time, beginning to end.  Speaking of the end…I never saw it coming and neither will you!



Now You See Me is about four street magicians who come together for one great show on a global scale!  An FBI agent and an Interpol detective attempt to track down this team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Jesse Eisenberg plays a sassy know-it-all card trick magician.  Then you've got Woody Harelson who's a smart ass mentalist and really good at reading people's minds.  Dave Franco (James Franco's little brother) is a shitty little street-smart pedalist and Isla Fisher is a hot little illusionist.  Mark Ruffalo plays the FBI agent trying to track them down; he doesn't believe in magic.  Morgan Freeman plays a man that capitalizes on de-bunking magicians and Michael Cain just plain gets screwed! Quite the cast of actors. They all do a fantastic job.

Going into the movie I knew it was about magic and illusions and that they robbed a bank in France.  You get all of that in the trailers.  The more you get into the story the more things unfold and the more things make sense.  Well, as much sense as magic can make.  From the beginning there's this mystery character and it could be anyone of the 'muggles' out there (people who don't do magic...Harry Potter term).  This movie takes me back to the night long ago that I saw David Copperfield live.  He flew!  How did he do that?  How did they do any of that?  It really is remarkable.  Being that this is a movie, of course there are more tricks that can be done with cameras and CGI.  It still all looked real to me.  But then again, I have a very vivid imagination!

I give this movie 5 stars.  I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

I'm also linking up for I Love Bloglovin' with Northern Belle Diaries and Postcards from Rachel to help get the word out about Bloglovin'.  GFC will no longer be in just a short while!


I'm back with a High 5 for Friday!

Hello everyone!  I have been absent from the blogging world for well over a week and for that I am sorry.  I have had A LOT going on and I needed a breather from a few things.  I am back and better than ever!  It has been a crazy week (in a good way) and here are some highlights from it.

1.

This past weekend I hosted a baby shower for my Bestie.  She had a 2 fruitful showers before this one, so my co-hosts and I changed the theme up and made it a "mommy shower" instead.  Lindsay got so many wonderful gifts for Baby Girl AND Herself!  She had a wonderful time and I loved doing this for her.  Best Friends Forever!!!!

2.  

I started following LeAnn Rimes on Twitter.  I love her and we share the same birthday.  I tweeted that I started following her and she tweeted back!  WooHoo! She said "thx erica"...love it!

3.  

My momma came up to visit for a day and she brought me a present...A Ladybug Pen!  She's so cute :)  Thanks momma...I love it!!!!!

4.  

Last night (my feet still hurt) the company I work for, Kimpton, threw a MASSIVE party called #CraveKimpton.  It's an annual event we throw every year and invite all of our top clients.  This year we sent out 2200 invitations and received 900 RSVP's.  There were TONS of people there!!!!!  We took over the DC Monaco hotel in China Town and had 3 open bars, enough food to feed an entire third world country (and then some), a DJ, an Acapella group, a Steel Drum band, Drag Queens, a Stripper Pole with Dancers...you name it and it was there!  AMAZING!!!!!!!

5.  

This is my new journal...Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I only have a few pages left in my current journal and then I get to start using my new one!  WooHoo!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  What are some great moments from your week?  Again, sorry for the absence!  I have some great posts (I think) coming up this week, so stay tuned!

I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for today's #H54F.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Movie Review ~ Ryan Gosling

I thought I would start today's post off like this...
I mean, he's gorgeous! But, have seen any of his recent movies lately? 

I feel like Ryan is trying to do these gritty indie flicks.  I get it, I really do.  Usually when actors do that it is because they feel stuck in this "idea" that Hollywood has created of them.  They also usually do it to prove how amazing they are! Ryan is a really talented actor, but I think he's choosing bad movies.  Not all of them, but a good amount of them. Out of the indie flicks that he's done in the past few years I would say 3 of them were really good and totally worth his time. 

               
Half Nelson is about a teacher that is hooked on crack.  He develops a friendship with one of his female students that ends up saving both of their lives.
Lars and the Real Girl is about a young man with aspergers syndrome.  He orders himself an anatomically correct sex doll, Bianca.  He believes her to be his girlfriend and takes her everywhere.  Without knowing it Lars and Bianca touch the town in a profound way.  Ryan plays Lars spectacularly.  He really is quite talented.
Blue Valentine is about a couple.  We see when and how they meet.  How their relationship develops and where they are today.  The acting by both Ryan and Michelle Williams is absolutely fantastic.  I believe them as a couple.  Every line and scene they have is moving.

In my opinion, he should have stopped there.


All Good Things was horrible and boring.  I didn't believe they ever really loved each other.  They start off all in love and living in the country being vegan/hippy/happy people.  Then, of course, Kirsten Dunst's character gets pregnant and they revert to daddie's wallet, move to the city, and suck at life. Ryan does a complete 180 and goes psycho crazy on his wife.... That's all I'm going to say.
Drive...I was so bored during this movie that I don't remember most of it.  I think it was about a stunt driver who decided to help with a robbery by driving the get away car.  For a movie involving fast cars, it was really really S-L-O-W. Now, there are some people who enjoyed Drive, but I was not one of them.


The Place Beyond the Pines - his most recent indie flick.  He's all tatted up and has bleached hair and is just gross.  I would not tap that! haha!  His acting in Pines was good, but I just don't care for these roles he's been doing recently. I don't think this movie did anything for him.  He plays a stunt bike rider who robs banks.  Wait, didn't he just do that in drive, except with a car???

He's a great actor!  We already know this.  

Ryan needs to take a page from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Joe had his young tv/teen-movie time with 3rd Rock From the Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You, Halloween H20, and Angels in the Outfield (as did Ryan with Mickey Mouse Club & Young Hercules).  Joe disappeared for a bit and did a couple indie flicks: Brick, The Lookout and 500 Days of Summer.  Then BOOM!  He's doing amazing and high profile projects - Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, etc.  Now he's writing and directing his own stuff (Don Jon looks freaking hilarious).

“I’ve been doing it too much. I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.”
I agree, Ryan has lost perspective.  My advice ~ be picky with your work and stop dating slutty girls (sorry, not a fan of Eva Mendes...mostly b/c she's not me..haha).  You don't have to do every script that comes your way.  Being as high profile as he is, he can do whatever he wants.  He needs to be more particular about his work.

Hopefully, after his time off, he'll come back with a bang!  I have faith in the actor who once portrayed a man we all love...