Disney Vacation

Wooohooo I survived Disney!! Six grueling days of walking and rides and I survived lol…I had such a blast though. I would probably do it again but not for years to come.

I enjoyed spending time with my family and my nephews. They were so cute, my youngest nephew who is ten was of course ten, meaning he was acting his age. Making fun of everything I was doing and what I looked like haha but hey he’s ten that’s expected. My other two nephews were a little older and they were fine. They just wanted to ride the rides. It was just really nice to get away.

The plane ride going there was fine. I was scared to death but my lovely mother bought me a drink so I could calm my nerves, which helped. I didn’t mind the flight at all. Heading home however, was a different story. We had to get up at three a.m. and be out front of the resort at three-thirty. My mom and I were exhausted. We arrived at the airport and our flight was supposed to be at 6:55, but it was delayed by about a half hour.  My brother and his family drove the nineteen hour drive home. I was grateful that our flight was two hours. Which was enough for me because I didn’t enjoy the flight home. I gave my mom a break by not freaking out on the plane. Instead I freaked out inside my head. I was thinking the worse of everything lol…but that’s just me. Anyways we made it home safe and I was super happy. Tired but happy.

So let me tell you what my favorite ride was and the worst was in my opinion. My favorite ride was the banshee ride in Pandora. OMG it was so real. It was amazing! It really felt like you were flying. You could smell the ocean and feel the breeze in your face. It was incredible! I don’t think nothing will ever compare to this ride. A close second was Soarin’. They put you in a chair with a harness and you sit there and you take off but there is a movie screen surrounding you and it felt like you were flying. You could smell the the different things and feel the wind blowing. It was pretty amazing! It took you around the world to different sites like the seven wonders of the world.

The worst ride I think was the Nemo one. Now first of all I love Nemo the movie, it was such a cute movie but the ride ugh. Second of all, we had to wait in this god awful line that was about an hour wait. When we finally get there we sit down and the ride lasted about 30 seconds and then it was over. I was so disappointed, but what could I expect for a kid ride. Also we did Mission: Space, which is in Epcot. There is a less intense ride and more intense ride. The first time we went to Epcot my mom and I went on the less intense ride and that was fine. The second time we went we decided to do the more intense ride and that was horrible for me. I was so dizzy and I couldn’t enjoy the ride at all. For me it was like when you drank a lot and had the spins. It was terrible. My mom thought it was fine but me, no way. I’ll never get on that ride again if I ever go again.

If you’re heading to Disney, prepare to walk a lot. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as well and hydrate. I went there and it was hot and I was sweating and I went through so much water. I had comfy shoes with me but my feet were still killing me. I feel like you should train as if you’re going on a marathon haha. We calculated that we walked about ten miles a day, so by the end we walked around sixty miles! Can you believe it!?

Other than that, it was a great trip! We went to Hollywood studios, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. My favorite was Animal Kingdom. It had real animals and the rides were fun and of course they had the Tree of Life, which was amazing! Magic Kingdom was my least favorite because it was so crowded. If it wasn’t so crowded I would have enjoyed it more, but it was surrounded with screaming babies, toddlers, and kids. Loads and loads of kids. We did have dinner at Be Our Guest at the Beast’s castle which was neat. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, so I was excited to eat there. We even got to meet the Beast and had our picture taken with him. It was great! All the roller coasters were fun too! If you’re into that.

All in all if you’re thinking about going to Disney, you should go!

P.S. The parade was amazing!

I swear by this…

I have to get this off my chest. It’s something wonderful don’t worry. Since February, I’ve been having this annoying issue with my mouth. I had thrush and it was off and on since February. I thought it was super strange that I kept on getting it. At the time I had a massive sinus infection. So on Super Bowl Sunday, when the Eagles were playing the Patriots, I dragged my husband to Urgent Care. I felt god awful and had a fever. They said at that time I had thrush and possibly the flu. They wouldn’t test me for the flu though because it was expensive. They gave me a prescription for the thrush and they gave me me Tamiflu. I ended up not taking the Tamiflu because I didn’t believe I had the flu. So I took the thrush medicine and it was cleared. The sinus infection wasn’t going away, so I went to my regular family doctor. They gave me a Z-pack and sent me on my merry way. I took the medicine and and when it was finished, I was fine for a couple days but the sinus infection came back.

I went back to the doctor and they gave me amoxicillin. I started taking that and soon after the thrush returned. I told the doctor and he gave me a pill form. However, I was taking heavy duty probiotics and my thrush went away. After I was done with the amoxicillin I started having issues with my stomach, which if people take amoxicillin then they know it can disturb your digestive system. The thrush came back yet again! At this point I was getting really frustrated, because I was in pain. So then I decided to take the pill form medication for the thrush. It didn’t really work, it just kept it at bay.

By this time I was super frustrated. The doctor told me that I should get some blood work done, because they were concerned. I’m a HUGE hypochondriac and of course I started freaking out. I did however, get the blood work done. That was two weeks ago. I have an appointment this week to discuss but I know there is nothing wrong because of the portal. The blood work was pretty much normal, so I don’t really have anything to worry about. At this point, I didn’t know why I kept on getting the thrush.

A week ago, I felt like shit. My mouth was in pain, meaning not my teeth, it was the thrush.

THIS IS WHERE IT GETS GOOD!

My mom contacted my aunt who is really into homeopathic remedies. She told my mom about oil pulling. Which you swish a specific oil, in my case MCT oil in your mouth for twenty minutes. I must tell you after I did that. I felt instant relief. I started taking a candida supplement which is a godsend. My mouth has done a complete 180 and I feel great. The MCT oil you also take 1 tablespoon a day. I do that as well, I make sure I eat something before I do so, because it can make your stomach uncomfortable.

My thrush was all cleared but there is still something going in there. I went to a dentist that my parents go to and he checked my mouth and saw nothing. Please note: He didn’t take X-rays. He referred me to an oral surgeon since he didn’t see anything. So I go to the oral surgeon, and again he didn’t take any x-rays. He looked all around my mouth and he said there’s nothing going on. I would think that all these dentists and doctors would at least take an x-ray to rule out anything. It’s like if you have a sore arm, your primary doctor would ask you to get an x-ray. It’s just weird. So now this week I have another appointment with a completely different dentist who has great reviews. Hopefully he’ll take x-rays, which I’m sure they will.

The MCT oil however, is definitely making me feel 99% better. If I didn’t have this weird taste in one part of my mouth I would be completely 100! Hopefully soon I will be. Maybe all I need is a cleaning, it’s been about a year so I’m overdue. Just tired of mouth issues.

Oh and before I forget, the thrush that I was getting all the time is because of stress. I am overwhelmed in my life by various things and the candida I was diagnosed with caused the thrush to happen. I’m trying to manage my stress. I just wanted to let you know MCT oil really does work, it’s a miracle. Without it I would be in terrible shape.

MCT is derived from Coconut oil. It is really beneficial to your health and can do some good for you and your body. It’s good for your digestion and it’s even good for weight management among other things. I’m grateful that my aunt recommended this to me.

 

M.

Review # 3 Fly Away

Fly Away

I read the final book in the Firefly Lane series. Fly Away was in my opinion a really great book. It was so heart-warming and touched me in the right spot. The writing was excellent and I fell in love with the characters.

THIS WILL HAVE SPOILERS!!

So the journey continues with Tully and Kate but after Kate passes away. Tully is destroyed by the loss of her best friend and she doesn’t know how to cope. Kate’s husband Johnny is beyond upset by his wife’s death and he doesn’t know how to handle their 3 kids. Marah who is the elder daughter of Johnny and Kate, spirals out of control with the passing of her mom’s death.

The story focuses on Tully and Marah. Tully is her godmother and promises to be there for her but Tully becomes a total recluse. She starts taking Xanax and drinking excessively. Marah wants to leave her family and move in with Tully. Tully agrees but Johnny is beside himself. He doesn’t want his family apart but he reluctantly agrees to it. They move to Seattle and Marah notices that Tully is out of control. She takes Marah to therapy because she feels it would be good for her to talk about her mother.

When she goes to therapy she meets a boy who ends up destroying Marah’s life. She moves out of Tully’s apartment and in with her new boyfriend.  They start drinking a lot and doing drugs. She stops talking to Tully and to her family. She starts to spiral out of control.

The story takes a turn when Tully crashes into a wall and ends up in a coma. She sees herself in the hospital room with her lifeless body surrounded by doctors and sometimes by family. Kate comes to her and Tully is so happy to see her. They relive their experiences of their childhood and Tully’s mother. The relationship of Tully and her mother, if you read the first book, you know is strained. In this book, they talk about Tully’s mother and how she ended up the way she did. In the end of the story Tully is being taken care of by her mother and is living in the house she grew up on Firefly Lane. Tully comes out of her coma when she hears the sound of Marah reading the journal of Kate.

To me I thought this story was amazing. They brought everyone together. I enjoyed reading about each character and how each one had a purpose. From Kate’s parents to Kate’s family and even to Tully’s mother. It made me laugh, it made me cry. It was definitely a feel good book. If you read Firefly Lane then you should read Fly Away. Although the journey of Kate and Tully are over, I’ll always have a special spot in my heart for them. Well done Hannah!

M.

As it Goes

I love to write, I can’t think of anything else I would rather do. I know most of you know that I have a full time job as a receptionist and it’s boring tedious work. This morning I woke up and I rolled out of bed dreading I had to be here. I know people say, “Hey, if you don’t like something then change it.” I wish I could do that, but unfortunately until I sign a contract for my books I can’t do anything. I have to do what I have to do to make money.

It’s been so long since I even blogged. I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me because it’s my life. I chose the path I’m walking down. I’m just tired. I want to do what makes me happy, but money is the root of all evil.

So anyway, I started writing a new novel and it’s completely different then what I usually write. I tend to stay with the Young Adult books, but this time I decided to stray. Who knows though, it could turn into something else. That always seems to happen to me. I’m excited to see how it will turn out. I am however, going to take my time with this one. I have to be honest, the first novel I wrote Braver Than Yesterday, I coasted through it. I did get a good response from the book, but honestly it’s a mess. It’s all over the place and it didn’t get really good reviews. Hey I get it, it’s my first novel. It was my first try. Someone destroyed me with a brutally honest review on Goodreads. They gave me one star, if they could give me no stars they probably would have. I was upset at first but then I thought, hey it’s someones opinion and everyone is entitled to their own. I took it in stride and wrote a response back that was nothing but professional. I could’ve flipped out, but what’s the point? That’s not what I’m about. I just take it and learn from it and put my heart into the next novel.

My second novel From Within, I feel is a much better novel. Not many people read that one, but the people that did really enjoyed it. I was excited when I saw a review on Goodreads for that book. It was four stars and I was like yes! I’m hoping more people will check out my second book, because I have the sequel Forward to the Past out. Well it’s not technically out yet because I’m trying to get it out there with publishers/agents. It’s not an easy process. You have to get the query and the synopsis perfectly. The pitch is the most important. From Within is just really different because it has to do with spirits and I know how people feel about that. Maybe that’s why they don’t want to read it, but it’s geared towards young adults and teens. It’s a fantasy, magical story. I just want people to understand that.

…if dreams come true it will happen 🙂

It’s here

So my new book Forward to the Past is now available on Kindle and in paperback on Amazon. This book is the sequel to From Within, which I explained earlier in my last post. If you want to check it out just go to my shop header on my page and click on it and it will take you right to it!

Hope everyone enjoys it!

M.

Book Promo

Hey there my fellow readers!

I wanted to let you know that starting tomorrow 2/1 thru 2/3, I will be doing a FREE book promo for my novel From Within on Kindle. The reason for this decision is because I finally finished the sequel which is called Forward to the Past. It will be out next week sometime, if I’m lucky sooner then that.

Please share and pass this around! I can’t wait for this book to come out. I’ve been working on it for awhile and at times it was super hard. My mind would go blank and then I couldn’t write for awhile. I always take a break for a little bit if something like that happens to me.

I’ll give you a little sneak peak into what to expect:

Bianca Yates, who is the daughter of Chelsea can see spirits from the time she is born. When she graduates, she moves to San Diego to live with her grandmother. She falls in love with a guy who actually has the same gift as she does. They stumble upon a portal and  they jump in not knowing to expect…

That’s all I’m going to give you. It’s pretty different then the first one but it ties in together.

Thanks everyone for the support!

M.

Review # 2

My second review is going to be on the book The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. If you haven’t read this book then you shouldn’t read this post because there are spoilers.

My first thought of this book even before I started reading it was eh, I’m not sure I’ll be into all this war stuff. I had to read it though because I love Kristin Hannah. She’s one of my favorite authors. As I started to read the book, she got me sucked in again. This book has so many aspects of it. It has love, it has violence, it has strong willed women, brave soldiers, combat. you name it, it has it. I just couldn’t put it down.

It takes place right before the start of WWII. Isabelle and Vianne are sisters who blatantly seem to loath each other. The war breaks out and Vianne is left with her toddler daughter, while her husband leaves her for battle. Isabelle, the younger sister of Vianne feels like a burden. Nobody wants her but she’s supposed to be this gorgeous girl that all the men want if that makes sense. Her sister doesn’t want anything to do with her and her father is a drunk who also wants nothing to do with her.

Isabelle is a strong a fierce girl. She lets nothing stand in her way. She is eager to fight the Germans so she can win her country, France, back. She leaves her sister and decides to go out on her own and take a stand with others that feel the same way as she does. Along the way she meets this French man, who from what I imagine is a very handsome man. His name is Gaetan. She falls in love with him but he finds her just a girl and very complicated. They part ways and she doesn’t seem him until much later in the story.

Vianne eventually has Germans billeting in her home and feels herself falling for him, which is a big no no. Her husband has been away for sometime and wonders if he’ll ever come back.

Isabelle gets into some trouble down the road and hoards airmen to keep them safe against the Germans. She hides them and rescues them and sets them free into a safe zone. This is where she is now called the Nightingale. Her name is Isabelle Rossignol, also meaning ‘Nightingale’.

The story goes on as Vianne ends up killing the German soldier that’s living in her house, who she was falling for. All because he was ready to kill her sister Isabelle, who was hiding an airman in Vianne’s cellar below the ground in the barn.

Vianne yells for Isabelle to leave her alone and to never come back again. She does as she is told.

Later on in the story, Isabelle is captured and sent to a concentration camp where she is left to die. Vianne meanwhile, is getting raped by the new German that is staying at her home. She winds up getting pregnant. By this time the war is almost over. He leaves the house and never returns. Isabelle is in such a state that she is dying.

Antoine, Vianne’s husband escapes the prison and heads home. Only to find that the two of them are very different then they were. She doesn’t tell him about the pregnancy, so they make love and makes him believe she got pregnant that very night he comes home.

The end Isabelle finally comes home to Vianne’s and they apologize profusely. Gaetan finds her again and confesses his love for her, but it is too late. Isabelle has died in his arms, but she heard him tell her that he loved her. That’s all she needed to hear.

I am amazed at this story. It was well written and very well researched. Kristin Hannah did it again by taking the characters and bringing them to life. I smiled, I cried, I was angry, and I was shocked. So many emotions in a book that I couldn’t believe. This has got to be my favorite one by far from her. She captured everything so well. She did a wonderful job of story-telling where I felt like I was right there with them all of them.

I applaud her for this novel. They’re making a motion picture of this one and I cant wait to see it, to see if it coincides with the book. Sometimes they change things around, which is understandable. But come on, this was just amazing. Through and through.

 

Snow Day

Woo hoo it was a snow day today in Eastern Pennsylvania and pretty much anywhere else that takes place in the vicinity, including Delaware and Jersey. With that I took advantage of a writing day. I wrote and wrote until I had to take a break from it. I then watched some shows I rarely get to watch, cleaned my house, and hung out with the hubby which is really rare.

I discovered a new writing place for books called Wattpad. What this is a place where you can read other peoples works for FREE. I decided to give it a shot. I mean why not, I feel like I’ll take anything to get my novels out there. I’ve been sending my manuscripts to small publishers and have yet to hear anything. Anyway click Here for my Wattpad profile. There you can read my novel Braver Than Yesterday for free. I will hold off on putting my second novel From Within on there because I want to finish the sequel first. I am almost finished with it. They still are on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I hope where ever you are, if there is snow and freezing cold, I hope you stay safe and stay warm. A lot of the country seems to be going through a deep freeze.

M.

Review # 1

So in today’s blog I like to discuss Netflix’s original series Black Mirror. I’ve been watching it since season one and season four just came out.

If you enjoy shows like the Twilight Zone I recommend this show. It’s full of craziness and futuristic gadgets.  I don’t know what I like about this show so much, but it has this appeal to me that I can’t really stop watching.

Every episode is completely different and the concept that they come up with is even more elaborate then the previous one. I do have to admit some episodes I can’t get over and other episodes I’m glad they’re over haha.

The episode that I just watched in season four really stuck in my mind. The episode is called ‘Hang the DJ.’ It takes place in the future and it’s basically a dating game. They hone in on this particular couple. So what happens is these young people in their twenties have this device and it tells them who they are matched with at the time. Basically it tells them who they have to date and for a limited amount of time.

The guy and girl that the episode is about are matched together in the beginning of the show and they hit it off. They last about twelve hours before the system tells them that its over. They go their separate ways and the system provides them with more relationships. Many of which are just one night stands.

The guy ends up in a relationship that ends up being a year. They both can’t stand each other but they have to be together because if they don’t they will get punished.

During the course of the show they are with other people but then they get matched together again. They are happy and you can tell they are in love with each other. They made a deal to never look at how much time they have left together.

The guy couldn’t help himself after a few days. He didn’t want it to end but he needed to know. So he checks and it said five years. But then there was a malfunction and it cut down the time by a lot. Instead of years its now hours.

He wants to tell the girl but he doesn’t want to hurt her, because ultimately he broke his promise. She knows something is wrong and he ends up telling her. She walks away from him hurt. She was most upset that he broke his promise.

Many relationships later she realizes that she is in love with the guy that hurt her. She hears a ting from her system that she will be matched with her life partner. She asks if he’s the guy and it tells her no. However, she gets to see him one more time.

Before she goes on her date with the guy for the last time. She throws her system into a pool and runs to see him. She is ecstatic to see him and they start kissing. Everyone in the restaurant looks shocked. They only had a minute together. She told him to throw it away so they could be together.

He agreed and got up and they started walking out of the restaurant. The people who were in charge of the system were going to stop them but something happened. Everything and everyone froze. They ran to the wall to climb over it. As they were climbing the whole thing resetted. It was actually a simulation. It then started all over again.

Basically this episode stuck out to me because the concept was so off the wall. It was very futuristic, it made me think if this could really happen.

If you ever get the chance, watch this show! You won’t be disappointed!

That’s all I’m going to say on that. Until next time 🙂

M.

Catching up

Its been awhile since I’ve wrote anything on my blog so I wanted to do some catching up. The year is about to end. It’s crazy how fast the year went.

It was a year ago about a week ago since I published my first novel Braver Than Yesterday (formerly known as Not Alone). I’ve had such a wonderful time experiencing everything that had to do with the writing. Whether it was from the book signings that took place this year to even finishing my second novel From Within. I feel so blessed to have this gift of creativity bestowed upon me. I always wanted to do writing but I was always afraid to dabble with it.

This year I also took a writing course to brush up on skills. It was very informative and interesting. I enjoyed writing stories in the class. I wrote my very first short story and felt compelled to send it to some magazines but have yet to hear from them. It’s all good though, at least I tried.

Also this year I got a second job to help out with bills, which actually hasn’t been too bad. I don’t mind it really.

I lost my grandfather this year which was really sad. I will sure miss him.

There were some health scares in my family but nothing major so that’s good.

In the coming year I’m hoping for some new things. I’m hoping to pick up an agent for my novels. I’m hoping to complete at least two novels this year.

I also would love to expand my family this year. So we’ll see what happens with that. I’m ready for 2018 to be the best year yet. How about you?