Thankful for the Little Things

from the desk of: Veronica

I’m pretty sure everyone knows you’re supposed to take a moment to reflect on all the things you’re thankful for in between enjoying the parade, stuffing your face, watching football, having seconds of pie, and prepping for any Black Friday sales. I’m also pretty sure you have had people in your facebook feed post things they’re thankful for every day this month. You all already know the things I’m most grateful for, but there are some things you don’t know I thank my lucky stars for every day. Here are five of them:

1. Coffee. I prefer it strong and black, but I’ll take it about any which way. Mr. Coffee, french press, Keurig, heck, even gas station. Just gimmeeeeeee.

2. Extra-thick rubber bands. Thick-haired girls, I think you know the pain of needing two of these babies to hold up a ponytail and having them all stretched out into nothing by the end of the day. What would I do if I had to use those regular ones? The horror.

3. The backspace key on my laptop. It wasn’t until it started sticking recently that I realized just how much I use it.

4. My Otterbox. My phone would be broken a million times over by now if I didn’t have it. Fact.

5. Netflix. Oh, the joy of binge-watching an entire season or series of a show in a matter of days. Being able to watch movies and shows whenever I want without having to dig through all the DVDs. Don’t ever leave me, Netflix.

I’m obviously very blessed to be able to think of all these little things that make my life great on top of all the big things. Thank you for letting me share them with you, and I hope you have a lovely and peaceful Thanksgiving, however you spend it.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

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Book Review: Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster

Now that Halloween is long gone and I’m done with my scary-reading binge, I thought I might recommend some lighter reading that will only keep you up at night because you want to keep reading, not because you’re checking your locks.

Wait, let me just get this out of my system:

Here I go again, on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
And I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go agaiiiiinnnnn

Okay, thanks. And yes, there are many Whitesnake and 80s rock references throughout the book, so rock on.

If I could sum up this book in one sentence, it would be to say that this book is Mean Girls meets Back to the Future meets Wizard of Oz meets Thirteen Going on Thirty. You totally know what I mean, right?

Maybe the summary from the publisher will make more sense:

Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn’t understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped…beloved…feared. Present day, not so much. She’s been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband and kicked out of her condo. Now, at thirty-seven, she’s struggling to start a business out of her parents’ garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom. 

Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was. Her present is miserable because of her past. But it’s not like she can go back in time and change who she was…or can she?

Can I just say that I should have been reading Jen Lancaster a long time ago? Her writing is biting and hilarious, and … what’s even better than hilarious? Whatever is funnier than hilarious, that’s what she is. I can understand why she chose to write the voice of a mean girl, because it made for some interesting dialogue and inner monologues. On top of that, Lancaster is a master of character development. There was not a single character in the book that I didn’t feel like I had met in person and had known for years. I have to hand it to her, even though I was having a REALLY hard time in the first third of the book suspending disbelief (Okay, she’s … going back in TIME? Good lord.), once I was halfway through the book, there was no way I was putting it down until I was done.

Bottom line: Hilarious, well-written, great characters. If I can read from the point of view of someone I dislike and still want to devour the book …. that’s some dang fine writing. Excuse me while I go out and read all the rest of Lancaster’s work.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

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You know what people love? Etsy. 

You know what people who are planning a wedding love? Extra-special handmade touches. And Etsy.

Since apparently we’re all fans of Etsy, I’d like to offer you a few round-ups to show you what’s out there. This week: Cold weather wedding accessories.

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The weather took quite the turn here in Michigan this week. Snow. In my yard, people. IN MY YARD. I’m not a fan of snow, and I’m not a fan of the cold in any capacity, and yet … I had  winter wedding. I know, I know.

When the temperature plummeted, I thought about all the cold-weather weddings ahead and the wedding parties that are planning to brave the elements — if only for a few minutes — to get some beautiful photos in the splendor that is a winter scene. Here are a few of my favorite things to keep you cute and (relatively) warm while still managing to keep your wedding duds exposed.

1. A faux fur wrap

White Faux fur wrap bridal stole 800MM-WHIWhite faux fur wrap, $59.99

As classy as can be, especially with a nice detail like a sparkly brooch. Why not have your bridal party wear them as well?

2. A faux fur muff

Faux fur muff, $28.95

I find these so elegant and classic. Keep your hands warm and look extra-fancy? Yes, please.

3. White gloves

ROSEBUD GLOVES made in France vintage 1950s white leather wrist gloves size 6.5Vintage rosebud gloves, $28.50

Obviously you could go a lot of different ways on this one, depending on the look you are going for and how casual the affair might be, but something about these leather gloves just called to me.

4. Faux fur ear muffs

White faux fur and lace earmuffs, $29

If you don’t mind the possibility of messing up your hair or want to go all out with the outdoor look, these are made for you. They would also be great for a flowergirl who might not be as pleased to be outdoors in her flowergirl dress. These even have a hint of lace!

5. Faux fur hat

White Faux Fur Snow Hat

White faux fur hat, $75

If earmuffs aren’t your thing, perhaps a hat is? My dad has a faux fur hat we all call his Russian hat, and DANG that thing is warm. You could go outdoors in only that and it will hold the heat in like you wouldn’t believe.

These are my favorites. What would you add to the list?

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.

What’s Making You Laugh Lately?

from the desk of: Veronica

Here’s a fun secret about me: I pretty much always have a tab open on my browser with the latest video that is guaranteed to make me laugh — just in case I need it at a moment’s notice. I’m pretty easy to please, too. I watched Gangnam Style for weeks, and dang if that ninja cat doesn’t get me every time.

Currently, my husband and I are cracking up over the parody of What Does the Fox Say, What Does My Girl Say, from this week’s SNL.

If you visited my home, you would certainly witness me doing a little dance and singing “GOT YOU GOT YOU GOT YOU POW!” complete with hand motions.

What I REALLY want to know is, what video is currently cracking you up or is your favorite of all time? What I would love is to fill the comments with links so when I inevitably need a new video to make me laugh, I can come here and find a pick-me-up. Can y’all help a gal out and share a link?

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), and on TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.