In Motherhood, My Journal on
September 30, 2017

I’m Hard-Core Mourning The End of Breastfeeding

1 Year Old and Ready to EAT

Jack Douglas Cortes is now a toddler. Just that sentence makes me want to cry. And to-be-honest, I’ve been crying a lot lately. He’s growing up faster than I could possibly imagine and we’re crossing one milestone after another. Two weeks ago, we reached the end of our nursing phase and I’m taking it a lot harder than I thought I would.

But also I just established that I cry a lot, so maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that stopping our nursing routine would HURT. A lot.

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In Events, My Journal on
September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Tree Damage

The largest hurricane I’ve ever seen just hit my home, Hurricane Irma. To say we got lucky this time would be an understatement. Seeing the damage to our apartment complex and our neighboring area, realizing that it all could have been so much worse if the hurricane had stayed on its original path… As a mother and provider for my family, it was horrifying to know everything we held dear could have been stripped away from us like the victims of last month’s Hurricane Harvey.

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In Reading, Review on
August 13, 2017

Playster Review – Playster vs Audible – Playster vs Spotify and more!

Playster logo
If you are anything like me, you are constantly looking for more ways to read at an economical price. Also, how to make time for reading in general. This is why I’ve been a user of Audible for many years, as well as my local library for renting audiobooks. After I started driving more this past year for a new job, I upgraded my Audible account to platinum (from $14.99 for one book a month to $22.95 for two books a month) so I could get in more reading time while driving. When I realized two books a month wasn’t enough for me, I started looking into Playster. See below for a comparison of Playster vs Audible and other similar platforms.

This review focuses mainly on these three media options: Books, Audiobooks, and Music.

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In Tips, Writing on
July 3, 2017

NaNoWriMo Essentials That Every Writer Needs


In the past few years I’ve really discovered my love for storytelling and now I work hard daily to make storytelling my reality and day to day. This true love became a part of my life initially because of the event, National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, where people all around the world write 50,000 words in one month so that the world can read their stories. It’s called NaNoWriMo in shorthand, and now it’s my favorite month of the year.

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In Reading on
June 28, 2017

Go on a Fairytale Adventure with Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury

Fairytale retelling

If you are anything like me, you spend too much time on social media. For most of my adult life, social media was my job! To nip that endless scrolling weakness in the butt, I have spent time tailoring my social media accounts. Now my accounts only show me inspiration. On my list are only authors, aspiring authors, bullet journal enthusiasts (it’s a thing, I love it) and other bloggers. And the occasional family/friend member, of course.

If I’m following you, basically, I know you or you inspire me!

Through this quest, I found Chantal Gadoury, someone that I’ve really enjoyed getting to know. I look forward to seeing daily on the internet. And guess what? She is coming out with TWO novels this year. Here I’m sharing with you a bit on her Grimm Fairytale retelling release, Allerleirauh from The Parliment House.

What is Allerleirauh about?

Once Upon a Time…

In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he’ll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king’s eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh.

She enters the safe haven of Saarland der Licht, where the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus takes her under his care. Hoping not to be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Allerleirauh tries to remain hidden under her new identity when she finds unexpected love with Prince Klaus, even though his arranged marriage to the princess of a neighboring kingdom approaches. Risking everything, Allerleirauh must face her troubled past and her fears of the future along her journey to self-acceptance in this triumphant retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? And I’ve got something even more exciting to share. Watch the book trailer for Allerleirauh below.

National Book Trailer Premiere:

Add this book on Goodreads and pre-order Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury for $0.99 on Amazon (limited time price!) if you want an exciting retelling to your book TBR pile.

And if you want daily sneak peeks into an author’s life, follow Chantal on Instagram.

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