Tuesday, October 25, 2016


October is National Book Month, which is something that occurs every month in my world! As I have mentioned before, this year I am participating in the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. This challenge has a checklist of certain types of books to read, which is gotten me out of my comfort zone of reading self-help books and celebrity memoirs. A lot of the items on the checklist I have no idea what to read to fulfill the criteria, so I have found myself googling for books to read.

One of these categories is "a book that takes place on an island." I was unsure of what to read, so I googled just that, and came across We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I read several of Lockhart's books while in high school and although she is a young adult author, I had no qualm in diving into this book. It is about teens in an old-money family and their summers in Cape Cod. This suspenseful novel touches heavy issues such as death, illness, and class issues, while keeping readers in touch with young love and nostalgia. The first day I started this page I read 58 chapters, which is 3/4 of the book! I highly recommend this novel.

Monday, October 24, 2016


1 in 3 women have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. That statistic is scary as a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and a friend. It is scary to me as someone who lives in a society where people often make comedy out of domestic dispute, especially when it comes to professional athletes. It breaks my heart to know that people I love have been witness to and victim of domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have gone back and forth about creating this post, and if I did, what to say. Overall, I felt that I am doing a disservice by not speaking on it. If anyone in your life is abusing physically, verbally, or mentally, please walk away. No relationship is worth putting up with the pain. If you are scared, know that you are not alone and that you are stronger and braver than you think. If you need help or someone to talk to, please contact 1−800−799−7233.

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Today is national talk show host day. One of my (not so secret) dreams has been to host my own show, although the chances of this are slim to none, you never know where God may take the direction of my life. In honor of this unique national day, here are my top five favorite talk show hosts:

1.)   Cristina Ferrare – Cristina was a long time co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. The model and cook book author has a beautiful soul, genuine heart for others, and a warm personality. I had the pleasure of meeting Ferrare a couple times while visiting the set of Home & Family, and also once at our local Whole Foods, and can say that she is truly the woman she has displayed on TV. Unfortunately, Ferrare was let go from Home & Family this year (which I have not watched since), but continues to live stream via Facebook with Maria Shriver, and also is working actively to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s.
2.)   Leah Remini – Remini was a host on CBS’ The Talk before losing her job due to on-set drama, in which I personally do not feel that she was in the wrong. Leah is a tough chick who tells it like it is and this is a trait I really admire in a talk show host. She never once hid her feelings on a topic and recently exposed her nightmare experience with Scientology in her tell all, Troublemaker.
3.)   Oprah Winfrey – Winfrey is the mother of day time talk shows. She hosted her show for many years and built an empire to her name. Winfrey pathed a path for young women all over the world to never take no as an answer. She was fired from her first television position, but bounced back as one of the leading ladies of television.
4.)   Jimmy Kimmel – Although he does not report hard hitting news, I feel Kimmel has brought a new light to night time tv. His pieces on celebrities reading mean tweets, lie witness news, and pedestrian questions are a good laugh that I feel our nation needs when the news is constantly reporting negativity.
5.) Carson Daly – From TRL to The Today Show, Daly has always been relatable, professional, and fun to watch. He has a great rapport with those he interviews, while creating a real connection with his audience. Watching his progression on television through the years has been fun and although not a talk show, I absolutely love him as a host of The Voice.

Who is your favorite talk show host?