Friday, April 12, 2013

Music of the week: Default

I have been listening to Default lately. They are from Canada and believe it or not, they were started by Chad Kroeger of Nickleback, which I thought was a cool tidbit of information. One song in particular has been stuck in my head, which I am not complaining about this time. "It only Hurts" is a great song, the lyrics speak of heart break and how it hurts to even be awake. I can understand that. So, here is a video with lyrics I found. Unfortunately, they didn't make an official video for it but oh well. I included a few more videos of the band. They have some greats!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Update: Where the hell have I been?

So, I realized today that I haven't posted anything since November. Life has been hectic and crazy with no sign of reprieve. I actually started to miss ranting and crafting and music posts. I think I might need to go gonzo style with some ranting one day for the therapeutic benefit. I have been so busy with life in general that I kind of became overwhelmed and shut down. I have lost 50 pounds and have kept it off for months, but I haven't been exercising lately and man, can I feel it. I feel broken and weak. There was a full two weeks where every one of my kids were sick, which means the hubby and I got sick too. So that put a damper on things.

When I say shut down, I mean I was literally doing just enough to get by. There comes a point when everything is too much and you don't want to do anything. I think that is what happened with the blog not to mention my life.

So, in honor of trying to get my sh*t together I am posting this in an attempt to coax some encouragement out of my readers. I plan to start back up my music of the day on Fridays. I have found some amazing music lately, but I have been keeping it myself (Bad Girl!) Also, the one thing I have been doing to reading. A lot!!! So, I thought I would start doing some book reviews. FYI, I read paranormal romances, Sci-Fi and contemporary romances (usually involving bad boys, rock stars or bikers, love me some bad boys). I can't wait to tell you some of the great books I have found. I have a few book boyfriends, as I call them, that I want to introduce you too so I am not the only one swooning over imaginary characters! HA! I will get back into craft tutorials when I have time to actually craft something. I will be updating my weight loss journey, with pictures I might add. Because, and I am totally tooting my own horn here, but I have lost 50 pounds and I think I look pretty hot, for a big girl anyway.

Once again, I am pulling for encouragement people!!! Pathetic I know, but I don't' really have any cheerleaders around me so I will beg if I have to!!!!

Watch for Friday when I showcase Default! Started listening to some of their older stuff and found some amazing music that has been stuck in my head for weeks, which oddly enough, is not a complaint!!! See you then.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's music of the week: Young Guns

So, I have recently been on hiatus from my blog. I have been going through some personal stuff and I realized I needed to let myself breathe and get my head straight. Story of my life. But even when I am in a funk, my music is always there for me and I need it like I need air some days. So, in the spirit of this, I found new music that I want to share. I recently heard the song "Bones" by Young Guns and immediately fell in love. The band is from the UK, been around since 2009, but I have only recently heard them. I like them, the lyrics are beautifully written and the fact that they are major British eye candy doesn't hurt. Here are a few videos, one of "Bones" and "Stitches." Enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2012

My latest obsession and why I haven't posted much lately.

OK, I know I keep saying this, but I guess that is my guilt talking. I have not been writing much on my blog because my attention has been on books, and work, and kids, and life. Pretty sure I am driving my husband crazy. What started as just wanting to know what the hype was about, I read "Fifty Shade of Grey", led to reading the other two in the series and from there I kind of went nuts. All I can say is, did it just get hot in here? Not the best written books, but I enjoyed them none the less. I forget how much I love reading. I don't have a lot of time for much, but when I get obsessed about something, I go kind of nuts. My husband and I are both like that. Anyway, so After reading these, I started searching the internet for more books. Usually, I don't read romance books, but I found books that I like from this other book review blog, (Thank you, Maryse!) So here is the list of books I have read lately, and bare with me its long...

1. Bared to You - This one was good, alot like 50 shades, but instead of one damaged person, there are two in the relationship and of course there is the billionaire aspect, which is always a fun fantasy. Who wouldn't love to have all the money in the world??? This is also part of a series, the second one, reflected in you, just recently came out, which is a good one too.

2. Gabriel's inferno - This one, I have to admit was not one of my favorites. It was long and kind of slow and kind of mushy. Not that that is a bad thing, but not what I was expecting. Lots of emotions, but like I said, not what I was looking for. This one is a teacher and student relationship. It was sad at times because of the complications of the teacher/student aspect. I am not saying it wasn't worth the read, but it was lacking something for me.

3. Beautiful Disaster - This one BY FAR, is my favorite. Its got your bad boy, a girl with a past she is trying to run from and lots of chemistry and complications that at times, pissed me off. But as all good stories go, it has a great ending. It has a college setting, which I kind of liked. All of it was great. I really like it.

4. Thoughtless - This one I was a bit reluctant to start just because the synopsis suggested cheating within the relationship, but once I got started, I couldn't stop. It has the rock star bad boy, the surfer boy good guy and a silly girl who can't make up her mind. It was emotional and heartbreaking at times, other times it was really hot!!! The second book to the series, Effortless, was really good as well. There is a third one coming out next year!!! I can't wait!!

5. Slammed - This one was really good, and sad. My friend was so mad that I didn't warn her about how sad it was but the story as a whole was really heartfelt. It is a guy who had his entire life dropped in his lap when his parents died and left him with his kid brother to take care of and the girl who moved across the street when her dad died and mom moved them there. There is also the Teacher/student aspect, which is never a good thing. They go to lots of slam poetry nights that yield some really great poems. The second one, Point of Retreat, might have been better than the first one, mainly because of the roller coaster of emotions.

6.Rock Me - Ahh, who doesn't love a hot tattoo artist.... But how do you fall for one when your pretentious parental figures would never go for it. This one was hot and emotional. Definitely a good read!

7. How to Kill a Rock Star - This one I just finished this weekend. I don't want to admit this, but three fourths of the way through the book, I was crying and wanted to throw the book. Luckily I didn't because I was reading it on my android phone and would have broken it. But I finished it and really liked it. I would definitely recommend this one.

8. Fall from Grace - Now on to Paranormal Romances. I tend to like these more, just because I love Vampire, angel, demon books, werewolf  books. I will admit I read the twilight series, but not till after I read the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles books, all of them, I might add. I love supernatural stuff. I was reading this type before they were popular. Anyway, this is a good one, its a little confusing at first, just cause your not sure what the main character is, but once that was clear it was amazing. She is a soul trapped on earth, going from body to body for centuries all because she kissed an angel back in the day. She searches for him for centuries with the help of the Archangel Gabriel, or so you think. Pretty Cool, huh? They just came out with the second one, Saving Grace, which I haven't read yet, but I am looking forward to it.

9. A touch of crimson - Another Paranormal Romance (this is how most sites categorize them, not my words!) More Angels, More Demons and a girl that has a touch of both. Actually, it has an army of angels, which makes it interesting. I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to reading the rest.

10. Bait - Vampire Romance Book. I liked this one. She is, well, the bait for a vampire. She works for a group of mercenaries and they are out to get the "overlord" vampire. So, she is trying to get one vampire and ends up being "given" as a gift to the overlord. Its just gets more exciting from there.  Kind of racy at parts, but who doesn't like a little raciness (is that a word?) This is also part of a series. I haven't read the rest of them, but I am sure I will. Oh and this one is free on Amazon, for kindle at least!!!!

11. Awakened - Another Vampire Romance book, just set in college, and you really don't get that he is a vamp until well into the book. At first, you just think he is a frat boy, little do the unsuspecting co-eds know. So, bad boy vamp, cute girl, lots of excitement and drama. What more could you ask for? Free, that's what. Its free from Amazon.

12. Branded This one was really good. Jessica tries to never fall asleep. If she does, she goes to trial for people she doesn't know in front of angels and demons, who decide the souls fate, up or down. If they go down, she gets the brand, a giant X on her neck, every time. She even has the marks when she wakes up. Its horrifying and she is terrified, but its been happening for years. It gets better when the evil one falls for her while she is falling for another. So, its a fight to keep her sanity. Love this one!

So, I know its a long list and not even all of the books I have read and I will probably give more of my suggestions as I go. Right now, I am reading, Conversion, Vampire romance. He is a part-vampire, part-human, with a crazy part vampire family. I haven't gotten far in it, but I am enjoying it. I will let you know how it goes.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Music of the Week: In this Moment

Ok, so my music this week comes to us from the band In This Moment. As odd as this is to say for me, this is harder music than I usually listen to. But I love it. Its angry and loud and the lead singer, Maria Brink, has the most incredible scream. I think I have a new girl crush. The band rocks and allows me to get my angry on. The video for "blood" is crazy, I don't even know what the significance of the video is, but its weird and scary, my two favorite things. So, here are a few songs from In This Moment. Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Music of the Week: Three Days Grace

Yeah, their Canadian, but we won't fault them for that because the rock. I have been listening to these guys for years. They truly have staying power. I always hate when I first find a band and like them, and then you never hear from them after their first album. Happens a lot to stuff I love, I think, because my tastes are a little more on the outskirts of popular music. I love all types of music, but they stuff I tend to listen to most, does not suit most people. Ah, to each their own.

So, Three days grace are coming out with a new album on October 2, and I am soooo excited. Their newest song that they released is really good, can't wait to hear the rest. Its called "Chalk Outline" and it does not disappoint! You can listen to the whole album here!

Chalk Outline

"Without you!"
I absolutely think this is my favorite song from the album Life starts now. Unfortunately, I don't think it was ever played on the radio. Its is amazing and spoke to me when I need it... Music soothes the savage beast, I think that is the phrase.

"Lost in You!"
I love this song too!! So well written and the lyrics can make you melt!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Music of the Week: Halestorm

Lzzy Hale has to be one of the most awesome women of rock. I love that I can listen to her all the time on Lou Brutus's Hard drive XL radio show. He has an entire segment called "ask Lzzy." Its nice when you can hear them talk and they are normal people. She is a lot of fun and insane! I think I have a girl crush on her or maybe I'm just jealous! Anyway, Halestorm is the band, they are made of Lzzy, her brother Arejay, Joe Hottinger, and Josh Smith. When Halestorm first started, Lzzy and Arejay's dad, Roger Hale played bass for them until Josh Smith started in 2004. I think its awesome that it was a family band before they went big. Anyway, I have been listening to the latest album,The Strange Case Of..., for a while, but this week it has been stuck on repeat. Its great to work out to, scream at the top of you lungs in the car, and rock out with the kids to (Kiera's favorite song right now is "Love bites", that's my rocker daughter for you!) So, here are a few of the songs I like the most. Enjoy!!!

I miss the Misery!

I Get off!

Love Bites
(Kiera's Favorite)