Update, Review, and Goals!

Hey everyone, I’m back! It has been about three months since I posted anything book or youtube related. I wanted to check in and give a little update on everything!

First of all, the twins were born in October which is a big part of my absence, things have been a bit chaotic. I have also been in and out of the hospital due to some health issues I’ve been having but I won’t go into big detail on that.

Last time I posted anything I was reading Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel by AW Jantha, I have finally been able to finish that one so I can let you know what I think! The first half of the book is the first story which I know all too well because Hocus Pocus is my number one favorite Halloween movie of all time. So I loved that part of the story. Now, fast forward twenty five years later and this is where the sequeal begins. It was a bit strange to me having it told from the point of view of Poppy, who is Max and Emily’s daughter. Yes, they got married. (spoiler, sorry.) Some parts of the new life for them kind of annoys me, it actually took a lot for me to keep interested on the second part of the book but I stuck it out. It ended nicely, but I don’t believe I’m the biggest fan of how it all played out. Maybe if I had not gone into with high expectations, I may have enjoyed it more. But, go into it with an open mind. Some parts have great plot twists! I hope if you do read it, you enjoy it.

I am actually editing a video for a youtube update as well, if you guys want to see that. My youtube channel is called BooksWithGypsy, please check that out. Give me a like and subscribe if you’d like! I hope to post there monthly at least. I am also creating an Instagram platform for my book reviews/updates. It will be under the same name, BooksWithGypsy. I haven’t created that just yet, but by the time you read this, hopefully it will be up!

My current goals for this year are to read more, I set a goal of twenty four books this year. That is two a month, I’m on my second book all ready which I mention in my youtube video. So expect a review on that one to be out this month also! I’m hoping to dive into my love for books more this year and just take some time for myself.

Thanks for staying with me on this journey!

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/hocus-pocus-the-original–the-sequel-25th-anniversary-edition_anna-waggener/18850846/#isbn=1368020038&idiq=28426429

 

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“Meant to be a Mom.”

That’s the last thing my high risk doctor told me the day I had the twins and some days I question if that man knew what he was talking about.

They say the moms who feel as though they are doing it all wrong are the good ones, but what if that mom constantly feels like she’s failing at motherhood? That mom is me.

I brought two beautiful baby boys into this world causing my first born to no longer be the only one. He no longer gets the attention that he used to get from me and some days he lets that show by acting so awful I want to cry.

We used to do so much together and now I wonder if I’m doing enough. Is it enough only going on “Mommy and Me” dates once a week? Is it enough to sit on the sofa eating snacks and letting him pick the movie? Is it enough to make Walmart trips with just him? Is it enough to lay with him at bedtime after our story and hold him until he falls asleep? Is any of it ever going to feel like enough?

I’m watching him grow up right in front of my eyes and I feel like I’m missing it, between diaper changes and feedings, I’m too exhausted to do much these days. People probably think my son gets too much screen time or that he doesn’t eat healthy enough. I’m doing the best I can and some days none of it feels right.

I lay my head down every night promising that tomorrow will be better, I’ll do more tomorrow. The house will look better tomorrow, the kids will have all the attention they need from me tomorrow. I’ll be a better mom tomorrow. But when will tomorrow really come?

I’m my own worst critic, I know this. At the end of the day, I also know my children love me. My oldest tells me the same thing every single night.

“Mommy, I love you. You’re my best friend. Hold me tight.”

In that little moment I find the ability to breath through the anxiety, because maybe I’m not screwing this up completely. Maybe it was meant to be.

Youtube Is Back!

So I did another thing, two years later! I’m hoping not to get discouraged this time around, huge shoutout to Faith Fulk for giving me the push I needed to start it up again! If any of my friends are book lovers and like watching videos from other book lovers, please give my channel a chance and subscribe! Thanks. 

Always,
Lauren

The Other Life by Ellen Meister;

A book review finally after so long! I’m so happy to be back to doing these for you guys. Last night I finished reading The Other Life by Ellen Meister and let me tell you, THE TEARS.

If you had the ability to take a portal to another life, would you? That’s the choice pregnant and happily married Quinn Braverman was able to make in this story. Due to decisions her mother had made before she was born, Quinn had the ability to live two separate lives.

But ultimately she has to make a decision, did she want to live the life of a happily married mother of soon to be two children (the child she is currently carrying comes with devastating news) or would she choose to live the life of more freedom (the life where she can spend more time with her mother).

From beginning to end this book has you on an emotional roller coaster but I can promise you it is worth the tissues!

Now I’m off to start reading Hocus Pocus and The All New Sequel by A.W. Jantha! Happy Thursday, friends.

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-other-life_ellen-meister/669447/#isbn=0399157131&idiq=3370328

Life Update and Current Read;

Hi everyone! I am so sorry for my absence these last few months, life has gotten chaotic. I finished my first term of classes for veterinary technician at the local community college in my area. At the end of that term, I found out that I was pregnant! The doctors believed at first that I was losing the pregnancy, they were not able to locate the fetus and so they assumed the pregnancy was a tubal. Turns out there was just TWO babies in my womb and they have been stubborn ever since. My body hasn’t coooperated the best for me during this second pregnancy, I have tried going into labor a few times. My cervix is softening all ready when it definitely should not be. The babies are identical boys by the way! I’m all boy mom now, Lol. My oldest is so excited, he calls them HIS babies.

Due to everything going on and recently moving into a place of my own with my fiance and my son, I haven’t had much time for reading. BUT do not fear, the doctors have told me to no longer do much at this point due to my body giving signs of preterm labor. Which means what?! Lots of reading time.

I’m so excited to get back to writing reviews for you guys, the book I’m currently reading is phenomenal and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Always,
Lauren

Drunk Driving;

 

It is one of those things you think will never happen to you, your family, or your friends. Nick Townsend never got to walk the line at graduation because a drunk driver caused a tragic wreck that would take his life. Drunk driving is a huge problem in this society. It destroys the lives of everyone involved, it is something that could easily be avoided, and it is something the world needs to stop viewing as an “accident.”

Drunk driving does not only affect the driver who chose to get behind the wheel impaired, it affects everyone they may or may not come in contact with. Nick was on his way home that night when a random woman he probably never met chose to drink and drive. Her choice changed Nick’s life and the lives of everyone he knew forever. The woman made a choice not only for herself when she got behind the wheel drunk, but she also made a choice about how Nick’s life would go. Nick had family who loved him more than anything, and he had friends who thought the world of him. Their lives were ultimately destroyed by one selfish decision a person chose to make.

Nick Townsend was and always will be a wonderful young man. He had big plans for his life. He wanted to go into the National Guard and when he finished with that journey in life, he wanted go come back to Portland and work for the police department. All he ever wanted to do was protect and save. Even at the end of his life, he was still able to do what he wanted by being an organ donor. This fact alone proves so much about the kind of human being he was. He was such an outgoing and selfless person. He was a wonderful friend to anyone he came in contact with. He always wanted to put smiles on our faces. He was hard working. He always fought toward his goals. He loved his family and God more than anything. He was never ashamed to admit he was a warrior of God. My heart truly believes Nick is up there in Heaven right now with his shield of faith and sword of light that he rightfully earned.

The definition of the term “accident” is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. Drunk driving is not an accident nor is it unintentional. When you make the decision to get behind the wheel impaired, you are doing so intentionally. Using the term accident minimizes the situation. It takes away responsibility from the person who decided driving while intoxicated was a good idea. Words have power; Nick did not die in an accident. He was coming home from an event he attended with his girlfriend and her family when a car crossed into their lane and hit them head on. An accident implies nothing could have been done to save his life. This simply is not true, had this woman chose not to drive while impaired, Nick would still be here with us today. People need to be held responsible for the choices that they make and society should not downplay drunk driving crashes by referring to them as accidents.

Even though Nick is no longer with us, he will always live on in our hearts and minds. He had such a huge impact on our small town in Portland, TN. I watched my brother’s life change significantly on that day in May 2015. I watched his heart shatter when he found out his best friend was gone. My brother would be the first to tell you what an amazing person Nick was. They had some great memories together. Anyone who ever came in contact with Nick was better for it. His family suffered a great loss, but his mother has fought from day one to keep his memory alive. She has been so strong and brave through all of this. She speaks out about his story often in hopes it will save lives and help people realize drinking and driving is never worth it.

 

Lauren

Dreams Don’t Last by Joyce & Jim Lavene;

My mother is a huge book lover, without a doubt who I inherited my love of reading from, she let me borrow this book and I could NOT put it down! I read it in a day and a half.

This story is based in a town called Diamond Springs, North Carolina, the main character is a sheriff named Sharyn Howard. She is going through a lot with trying to be reelected as the town sheriff when a series of crime sprees hit her small town. The senator is shot, an unidentified woman’s body is found in a local hotel room. Just when you think you have figured things out, the twists begin!

I definitely recommend reading this one if you enjoy crime/mystery novels, it is definitely one that will grab all of your attention and you won’t want to put it down until you know what happens!

I’ll share the link from thrift books and if anyone snags it, let me know what you think!

Always,
Lauren

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/dreams-dont-last-a-sharyn-howard-mystery-avalon-mystery_joyce-laven_jim-lavene/611848/#isbn=0373268483

Life Stuff;

I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I promise! My son has had some issues arise with his health. But he’s doing perfectly fine now! Thank God.

I am currently reading two books. One is the second book in the Ice and Fire series by George RR. Martin, Game of Thrones for those who don’t know! I am also reading Dreams Don’t Last by Joyce and Jim Lavene. I have a book for home and a book for work! Hopefully I’ll have some more review content up soon.

Happy 2018 everyone!

Tearing Me Apart;

I walked away from all of my social media today, minus this blog. Simply because I need somewhere to use as an outlet. I have so much going on lately but I don’t even want to burden someone talking about it.

You know how cars freak out when they get backed into a corner? That’s what I’m feeling currently. It’s the best way I can describe it. My life is going in so many directions, some good and some scary. My depression and anxiety are really getting to me.

“Why do you feel backed into a corner?”

I’m stuck in this corner, my life and mental illness are in front of me. Opposite sides, but both there. They keep pushing me back and pushing me back. But now I am in this corner.

My life wants and needs to battle these demons, but here I am, cowering in the corner hoping one day it’ll all just balance itself out or go away.

It gets better right? 

Always,

Lauren

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