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Loves & Loathes – 1 March

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LOVES

1. Birthday love! I was majorly feeling the love over the weekend so thank you to everyone who had a part in that ❤ – C

2. EEEK!!!! Austin Book Fest this weekend!!! My first book signing and I am sooooo excited!!!- A (I am SO jealous Amy!!! You’re going to have the best time! -C)

3. Penny Reid. I’ve just finished the ARC of the first book in the Elements of Chemistry series. Dead. I’m dead it’s so good! I’m not usually a NA reader but I will be if this is what it’s like! I swear this author can do no wrong – C

4. My new phone. By old one has been slowly dying and it was getting to the point that I wanted to throw it against a wall every time I had to use it. Soooo……new phone time! So quick, so fast, no freezing up or refusing to take calls or text messages…..I’m in heaven. So long, old phone! You will NOT be missed. – K

5. I recently stumbled across an Urban Fantasy read called Dark Hope (The Devil’s Assistant Book 1) by HD Smith. I love finding UF that I haven’t read but….it’s incredibly difficult to find good UF. And even harder to find something original. I’m currently around 60% and it is going swimmingly for me. I’m loving the characters, the world and this STORY. WOW!  I haven’t read anything like this in a loooong time. – K

LOATHES

1. Deciding what type of cell phone to buy! I love my phone. It’s an android.  I’ve had it for 2 years. It’s finally starting to have issues and needs to be replaced sooner rather than later. I have no clue what to buy?!?- A (Amy – Snap! See above! – K)

2. Goodreads is hating on me at the moment. Posting my comments twice. Deleting comments that I have definitely not deleted? WHAT IS GOING ON! – C

3. Courier companies. That is all. – K

4. Left over birthday cake. Thanks to my son and I sharing a birthday weekend we have so much cake that I actually think I never want to see cake again! (For the rest of this week) – C

5. Adjusting to my new workout/healthy eating routine. I’m loving doing it and feeling super dedicated but these first few days are brutal. I’ve turned in a raging bitch while adjusting to my sugar free, processed food free, new life. At least the food’s still good and there’s plenty of it. – K

Loves & Loathes – 22 February 2015

Loves

1.  Sometimes you just need a break from angsty same-same romance and read a sweet and fun chicklit. Chicklit always reminds of everything I love – best friends, chocolate, rainy days and warm blankets. If the book is set in the Cotswalds it’s even better.  I DNF’d a bunch of books recently before deciding to go for Jill Mansell’s Three Amazing Things About You. LOVED. IT. Book funk = officially over. Thanks, Jill Mansell! Always a winner. – K

2. Only 2 More Weeks Until Austin Book Festival!!! -A

3. Dakota Johnson. Didn’t love the Fifty Shades of Grey movie but loved Dakota Johnson as Ana. She saved that movie from being a total dog. That board room ‘negotiation’ scene? She killed me! – K

4. I’m currently reading the newest installment of the Beyond the Veil series by Pippa DaCosta. I LOVE these books! Whether you’re an Urban Fantasy lover or if you’re new to the genre I bet you’ll love them too! – C

5. Kristal’s Chicken Pie recipe. So easy and SO delicious! – C

 

Loathes

1. Cliffhangers!!!! This is actually a love and loathe for me. I love a good cliffhanger, but loathe the wait for the next book to come out! -A (Oh I’m with you on that one Amy! -C)

2. The Fifty Shades of Grey movie. See above. That ‘laters baby’ line actually made me cringe. Cringe. – K

3. I’m right handed… my kid is looking to be left handed. I can NOT for the life of me understand how to teach him how to hold a pen! Argh! – C

4. Hanging baskets. They look cute, so cute, but they die. And then they look hideous. Mines off for a visit to Grandmas house. Maybe she can revive it. – K

5. Charm and I are starting the Kayla Itsines bikini body guide next week. We have to do it for 12 weeks. 12 whooooole weeks. Maybe even longer if it all goes well. We’re are not hoping for bikini bodies out of this (HAH!) but more a general tightening and toning. I’m 1/4 excited and 3/4 dreading the food part. It all looks so….boring. Check it out here and feel free to join us! http://www.kaylaitsines.com.au/ – K

Loves & Loathes 15 February 2015

Loves

1. We’ve reached 1000 Facebook Followers!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Keep your eyes peeled for a little giveaway for being such amazing readers ❤

2. My baby turns 4 on Wednesday!! Wow, has time flown by!- A

3. Girl movie nights! Ok so we might not always see the most amazing movies, but going out to the cinema and stuffing ourselves full of popcorn is super fun no matter what we see, we always end up entertained! – C

4. Movie theaters that actually show independent films. -A

5. Happy Chinese New Year everybody!! This year is the year of the Sheep/Goat, so enjoy your amazing year ahead  sheep/goats!  

Loathes

1. After weeks of Spring like weather, Winter has returned 😦 -A

2. People who don’t share cupcakes. Ahem. – C (whaaaat?! someone didn’t share their cupcakes??! That’s rude…  – K)

3. WOW. It’s totally my fault this L & L list is a week late. WTF is wrong with me, honestly….I have no excuses. Sorry everyone!! – K

4. Why can I not easily convert a file to go on my kindle! I NEED to read this book! Can anyone help me pleeeeease?! – C

5. I busted up my hand at netball at the start of the week. It’s driving me CRAZY. It’s my right hand and I can’t do bloody anything. I have started physio but in the meantime I’m going to be a grumpy troll. – K

Loves & Loathes – 8th February

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1. Charm and I had the most perfect day on Saturday. We ditched our husbands and kids and headed to the beach for paddle boarding, eating and relaxing. We had almost the whole beach to ourselves and it was the perfect day of relaxation! – K (It really was the best day EVER -C)

2. Charmaine sent me this early today and it’s CRACKING me up. So spot on. Has anyone else noticed this??? http://defamer.gawker.com/50-shades-of-sigh-the-disastrous-50-shades-of-grey-p-1683492446  (Haha some of those GIFs! -C)

3. LSA peanut butter… Linseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and peanuts all blended together to make my new favourite food! Seriously, I’m eating it by the spoon! – C

4. My husband and I are off on a big trip to the U.S later this year and I. AM. EXCITED. I’m most excited about seeing NYC, despite the giant roaches I saw on TripAdvisor. OMG. – K

5. I got the best package in the mail on Saturday from the amazing Kristal and Charmaine! I spend all day Saturday making my family try all the New Zealand goodies! -A

Loathes

1. Being unfriended on Facebook by someone you see (used to see?) regularly. The 21st century is a dangerous and exciting time 😉 – K (HUMPH! – C) (What??-A)

2. I just got my books that I ordered for ABF and one of them was all bent!! Come on! If I order a book brand new, I expect it to be in perfect condition! I’m the only one that should be damaging them….SIGH!-A

3. Waiting for the mailman to be kind to me… I am SO impatient! – C

4. I’ve hit a reviewing brick wall. I know what I want to say… it’s just not translating into written words. SIGH – C

5. I’m still hating moving…. Just saying! – C

 

Loves & Loathes 1st February

Love, love, loves

1. Yay! Our first L&L list of 2015!

2. I just ordered all the books I’m taking with me to Austin Book Fest!! It’s February, so my countdown to ABF has officially begun!!- A

3. Kristal and I are reading The Bronze Horseman at the moment and LOVING it.

I’m only 25%-ish in so far but already I can tell that this book is going to turn me inside up and upside down – C

4. In keeping with my New Year’s Resolution, I’m starting a new work out routine next week. I’m super excited to start working out and to be a healthier version of me!- A

5. We are having a GORGEOUS summer here in New Zealand! Loving the fun filled weekends and evenings. – K

 

Loathes

1. I have started back at work after three years at home with my youngest kiddos and I. AM. LOVING it. However, it’s really cutting into my reading and blogging time. Hopefully I’ll be able to find balance soon (maybe when summer is over and there isn’t so much to do!). – K

2. Packing up houses. Sigh, my family and I have to become wandering gypsies for a good part of this year and I had forgotten the horror of trying to pack every  part of your life into cardboard boxes! We’ve only just started and I’m already over it – C

3. This cold season has been very rough for me and my family. We are all finally on the mend! Fingers crossed that this is it for us cold wise! -A

4. Idiots on the road. It’s summer, people all around New Zealand are hauling ass to the nearest beach towns but CHRIST ON A BIKE, what’s the hurry??!?!?! The things I have seen on the roads over this holidays period leave me with no doubt as to why our road toll is so high at the moment. Chill out guys guys and slow the hell down. – K

5. I have not had nearly enough reading and blogging time so far this year! Now that Kindy is back in full swing and the holidays are just a distant memory I’m hoping that this will change! – C

 

Loves & Loathes – 14 December

Love love love…

1. I had my laser eye surgery as planned this week and already I feel like a whole new person who can SEE! I’m easing myself back into reading marathons but I’m betting it wont be long until I’m back to normal! Yay! – C

2. I can finally share with everyone that I’m going to Austin Book Fest in March!!! I am so excited!!!- A

3. The first full Insurgent trailer released on Friday!! I know I was a little skeptical about this movie when the first teaser trailer was released, but my faith has been restored! The trailer looks amazing and I’m super excited to watch the movie! March is shaping up to be a good month for me!– A

4. Australia went through something pretty horrendous yesterday – a hostage situation that resulted in loss of life in Sydney. But out of the tragedy and horror something amazing occured; #illridewithyou. ‘#illridewithyou’, is a Twitter hashtag created yesterday after a Sydney women, Rachael Jacobs, posted on on Facebook about an encounter that she has with a Muslim woman earlier that day. The story goes that the Muslim woman was on a train and started to remove her hijab because she was afraid of the backlash that would be headed her way after the events in Sydney. Rachael Jacobs saw this and told the women to put her hijab back on and that she would walk with her. This action sparked the #illridewithyou hashtag, which has now gone viral all over the world with hundreds of thousands of people spreading messages of love and solidarity. What a powerful way to deal with hate and racism. I love it and I am so incredibly proud of our Australian neighbours right now. – K

5. We have had the BEST time with our week of Christmas giveaways! We love you guys for joining in and helping us spread the Christmas cheer!

Loatheeee

1. I’ve left my Christmas shopping til the last minute. Oops. – K

2. I tried listening to an audio book for the first time thanks to my eyes being out of action and WHY do I keep falling asleep?! I’m pretty sure that’s not a normal reaction to listening to a book?! – C

3.  We had my hubby’s Christmas party last night and it was at a dinner theater, kids were welcome (no sitter). Even though kids were welcome, it wasn’t really a kid friendly atmosphere. The area we were seated at was super cramped, the kids were restless and the food was sub-par.  We lasted an hour and a half. – A

4. It’s so busy at the moment! I love all things Christmas but the mad rush of everything in the two weeks leading up to it can be so stressful and overwhelming! Argh! – C

5. Racists, bigots, homophobes. Don’t spread your dangerous and disturbing opinions anywhere near me or my Facebook news feed. I’ll unfriend your ass so fast. In real life AND on Facebook. – K

Loves & Loathes – December 7th

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1. We are having an EPIC Christmas giveaway!! There are so many awesome prizes for you guys! We will be giving prizes away every day for a week. It’s going to be stupendous. Keep an eye on the blog! 

2. It’s my eye surgery week! And NO I’m not excited about lasers hacking up my eyeballs BUT I am excited about being able to be glasses and contact lens free! Wish me luck! – C

3. Two things – It’s so summery here at the moment! LOVE. IT! Also, if we don’t count Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday (no one counts the first days in the week anyway) then it’s only TWO MORE WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Wooo! – K

4. Well, since we’re talking about Christmas……….After a late start to my Christmas shopping, I’m almost finished!!! And….we’re going to buy our Christmas tree tonight!! Yay! I love having a real Christmas tree!!! -A 

5. I am also on a Christmas buzz. We’ve bought a new tree decoration, hung up a gazillion lights, visited Santa, I play the TV music channel that has Christmas songs all day long (which the kids and I sing along to.) Pretty much it’s Christmas galore at my house, possibly because this is the first year my big boy has understood what it really means. Next up on my festive list is shopping and gingerbread house creating! – C

Loathes

1. I loathe that I’ve been so busy with end of year business I haven’t had nearly enough reading or blogging time. Argh!!! – C

2. My twins turned three this past weekend. I don’t loathe this – I love it. Babies are beautiful but I prefer older kids.. Aaaaanyway, after three ‘sometimes awesome and sometimes completely hideous’ years at home with them, I’m headed back to work! But don’t worry (hahaha) – I’m still going to be blogging! – K

3. I loathe that my buddy will no longer be at home when I have a life crisis and need to come a die on her couch…Although I’m guessing I can just go and die on her office floor… So maybe I loathe the fact that now if I need to address a life crisis during business hours I’m going to have to pay for inner city parking! – C (LOL! omfg. There is free parking right outside the office 😉 And GREAT places to have lunch that are just a short walk away. Priorities. -K)

4. So, as you guys know, I’ve been sick for what feels like the last month 😦 Well, last week, I actually cracked a rib coughing. Yes, you heard correct! Coughing! I am beyond over this cold season!!!- A

5. I have the dinosaur of iphones. I’m pretty sure that my phone is how Fred and Barney kept in touch. It’s a 4S, which is practically ancient these days, but I absolutely refuse to upgrade because my 4S is still working (for now) and iPhones are just ridiculously expensive for a phone. But lately (sincI did the stupid Apple update actually…conspiracy?), bad things have been happening and I fear my phone is on its way out. If this happens, I’m going back to an old-school brick phone. It will save me so much money! It’s a GREAT idea!! (Reality check: this will probably last for about 2.5 days before I’m running into Vodafone begging for a new iPhone. FML.) – K