Sunday, May 24, 2015

Book Review: The Book of Joan

 I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

If you're a living, breathing human with even a remote sense of interest in celebrity gossip or fashion, you've probably heard of Joan Rivers. I was always intrigued by her hilarity, lack of filter and addiction to plastic surgery. I don't know why, but there are some celebrities I just can't get enough of and the trials & tribulations of Joan Rivers has always been one of them.

When I got the opportunity to read "The Book of Joan" by Rivers' daughter, Melissa, I couldn't say no! Like my own mom and I, Joan & Melissa shared a close and complex relationship. Some might even venture to say they were more like best friends than mother and daughter.

**Don't worry, Mom, I can hear you in my head saying, "I'm not your FRIEND, I'm your MOM"**

Before I even cracked chapter one, I was laughing out loud at the dedication. Melissa dedicated it to her father, who was probably no longer resting in peace thanks to the death of her mother. This light-hearted banter continued throughout the book, but I have to admit--sometimes it felt forced. No doubt, I laughed the entire time, but some parts were certainly genuinely funnier than others.

This book is the perfect quick, beach read! I read it over the course of a weekend and it ran the gamut of emotions from happy to sad and everything in between. If nothing else, it left me appreciating the relationship I have with my own mother.

I would definitely recommend this for anyone needing a good laugh :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

5 Things Friday

It's been a hot minute since I did a "5 Things For Friday" link-up post, so I'm coming at you with one eye open today.

1. First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for everyone who commented and sent love about my upcoming book. I read every single comment, e-mail, tweet and text--this blogging community is a truly amazing place!

Be sure you're following along on Instagram for sneak peeks along the way; I am absolutely over-the-moon excited for the big launch happening this summer!

2. In a flurry of cleaning off my computer hard drive (talk about a monumental task), I found this horrifying amazing screen grab from my first ever taped press conference. Some days I wish I could go back to life in front of the media, but I'll stick behind a computer for now...

3. What the hell is up with all the judgement going around social media (and the world) right now? I thought I had heard it all and then my neighbor who just had a baby disclosed to me her doctor (you know, the one who is supposed to be neutral) shamed her for use of formula. That doctor is damn lucky I wasn't there to reach across the exam table and slap some sense into him. Come on, people! Differing opinions make the world go 'round.

4. This article from is disturbingly good. I've talked here before about the absolution of my relationship with my biological father and in reading this article, I felt waves of epiphany. For anyone who has ever dissolved a toxic relationship from their lives--I cannot recommend this enough!

"Loved ones and friends—sometimes even therapists—who urge reconnecting with a parent often speak as if forgiveness will be a psychic aloe vera, a balm that will heal the wounds of the past. They warn of the guilt that will dog the victim if the perpetrator dies estranged. What these people fail to take into account is the potential psychological cost of reconnecting, of dredging up painful memories and reviving destructive patterns."

5. Is it even a blog post if I don't include a photo of my two favorite people?

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Linking up with April

Raise Your Hand If You Love To Travel

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(raises hand)
Since I was a little girl, I've always had the desire to travel the world. My first real vacation was a diving vacation off the coast of Florida and before I turned 16, I had already been to 8 different countries. I come from a long line of seasoned travelers!
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Our honeymoon to Costa Rica
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Our trip to San Francisco, Fall 2012
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