It’s National Siblings Day?

Sure, ok.  I have two siblings.  They’re both boys, they’re both older than me, and they’re both smarter than me.  I feel like I can keep the prettiest card though, because I’m a girl.  Anywho, shout out to my big brothers.  I forgive you for rolling me off the couch as a baby and kicking me in the face that one time.

This song’s for you –


I Heart Hilary


I am an OG Hilary Duff fan.  Lizzie Maguire was my jam when I was twelve.  My friends and I were the oldest group by far to see the Lizzie Maguire Movie in the theater – we were 16 – and were likely the only ones waiting the WHOLE movie for LIzzie and Gordo to kiss already.  H. Duff and I are the same age, almost exactly, which makes her my spirit celeb (I just made that up).  Duff followed in the steps of my other loves, the Olsen Twins, and created a tiny empire for herself.  She inspired Selena, Vanessa, and other disney kids to break-out.  Anywho, not sure if you’re all aware, but she’s back in the world of TV and music and girl looks GOOD.  Her music is usually middle of the road, but she just released a single written by Tove Lo – smart move Duff, because it’s one of her best.  I think she’s beautiful, adorable, and I’m stoked for her to be kicking ass again.  Get it, girl.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith


I was going to make an Eminem/Slim Shady joke here, but then I came to my senses.  I enjoyed the CRAP out of this book.  I just think JK Rowling is wonderful at writing characters and relationships.  This Strike/Robin duo is FANTASTIC.  I am all in on Strike.  He’s just the right amount of snark without going full House M.D.

Another aspect I liked – all the pop culture stuff was pretty legit.  There weren’t any awkward “she put in her headphones and carefully selected Coldplay’s ‘Parachutes’ on her iPod” moments.  (Side Note: Fifty Shades of Grey is my FAVE example of this.  We’ll address this soon.)  What I mean is, when she writes dialogue for people under the age of 30, it doesn’t sound like a caricature of a young person.  (Point JK Rowling’s attention to her kids, I think.)

All that aside, this is just a great private detective novel.  It’s got everything – humor, relationship drama, gruesome murders, and lots of drugs and alcohol related activities.

Extra Feature: It’s British, so you get all kinds of fun British jargon and customs.

I say job well done, Mr. Galbraith.  I look forward to the next.


PVOTD: Can’t Stop Dancin’

I love the shit out of pop music.  2014 has been a wonderful, wonderful year for pop music and pop music videos for that matter.  And so, I will share my favorites one by one.  Sometimes two by two.  There are a lot.

Becky G is a gem.  I think she’s the real deal and this is one of the BEST songs of the year.  You know you love it.

Genie, you’re free.

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Without exaggeration, Robin Williams was an integral part of my childhood.  He was there for the whole thing.  He was Genie.  He was Jack.  He was Mrs. Doubtfire.  He was Peter Pan.  I will remember Robin Williams for all his roles, but these are the ones I cherish the most.  I could write an essay on why, but I’ll let other, more eloquent, people do that for me.

My childhood years were better because of Robin Williams, and I can’t wait to make him part of my kids’ lives as well.  Depression hurts every day for those who spend their lives fighting it.  I am sad for his kids and those close to him.  I am happy to have been witness to his genius for my 27 years of life.  I am thankful for that laugh and all the laughs it caused.

Goodnight, Mrs. Doubtfire.  Thanks for the memories.


“But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you, poppet, you’re going to be all right… bye-bye.”

– Mrs. Doubtfire