Saturday, September 24, 2016

Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

Here are those suggestions:
  1. Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.
  2. Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.
  3. Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.
  4. Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

Monday, September 19, 2016

1000 Books Before Kindergarden Initiative

I recently came across the 1000 Books Before Kindergarden challenge and decided to take it up for both my daughters. I'm excited to start this challenge and hope all of you with little ones take it too - To me, it's a way to motivate me to read to my daughter everyday.

I've started a separate page for this challenge and will keep track of the books there.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: If the Earl Only Knew by Amanda Forester


Today is National Read A Book day and I finished reading this book today. It was a fast read and I loved the character of Kate and her courage. She and her brother were interesting characters and I look forward to reading her brother's story. 

Here's the description from Amazon:

The chase is on in award-winning author Amanda Forester's brand-new Regency romance series!
 
A sizzling scandal just waiting to happen... 
Orphaned at a young age, Lady Katherine Ashton and her brother have spent most of their lives on the high seas, seeking to restore their family fortune through somewhat dubious means. After that kind of adventure, Kate knows she won't ever be accepted as a proper society lady. 
To the annoyingly clever, temptingly handsome, and altogether troublesome Earl of Wynbrook, society ladies are a dead bore. Kate, on the other hand, is scandalous, alluring, and altogether fascinating. And Kate can't decide which she relishes more, the thrill of chasing fearsome pirates, or having Wynbrook chase after her...

 I found it refreshing that the male character was not given too much importance and not portrayed as the central character. While he is not shown as a weakling, the story does not focus so much on him.

I definitely recommend reading this book if you're looking for a light and fast read!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: Only a Promise by Mary Balogh


I am a big fan of romance novels and have just started to get back into reading after a really long break. I've started reading the Survivor's Club series by Mary Balogh. This book was an easy and enjoyable read and I liked it. 

Here's the description from Amazon:

The new Survivor’s Club novel from the New York Times bestselling author. 
The Survivors’ Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, for one of them, striking a most unusual bargain will change his life forever.…  
Ralph Stockwood prides himself on being a leader, but when he convinced his friends to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, he never envisioned being the sole survivor. Racked with guilt over their deaths, Ralph must move on...and find a wife so as to secure an heir to his family’s title and fortune.
Since her Seasons in London ended in disaster, Chloe Muirhead is resigned to spinsterhood. Driven by the need to escape her family, she takes refuge at the home of her mother’s godmother, where she meets Ralph. He needs a wife. She wants a husband. So Chloe makes an outrageous suggestion: Strike a bargain and get married. One condition: Ralph has to promise that he will never take her back to London. But circumstances change. And to Ralph, it was only a promise.

 I loved how the author explored the characters and emotions of the main characters and dealt with after effects of war. The main characters were not perfect and dealt with complicated problems. I also liked that there was no great grand plot to get them to fall in love or confess their love. The gradual progression of feelings was very well done and I liked that.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Life has been busy!

Life has been busy and both my daughters have been keeping me busy. We had a hectic summer with family and friends visiting almost every weekend. We even had a small family get-together at the Poconos Mountains. It was a fun summer.

AGirl started at a new school close to home over the summer and it took her a while to adjust to the new school but she loves going to school now.

A2Girl has been doing good and growing but dealing with some gas and sleep issues.

I've been staying at home with the kids so far and am not sure when I will be going back to work. It's a hard decision and at this point I can't figure out how I'm going to make it all work.

I hope to start blogging more frequently from now on as I get some more time.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Baby in the house!

So I disappeared from the blog for a little bit because I had my second baby girl in April. 

And as you can imagine, it has been very busy. AGirl has been excited about the baby for a while now but since the baby was born, she has become super possessive of me and been very disruptive. I have been told this is just a matter of time and things will settle down in a few months and I can't wait for that day.

I am hoping to start blogging again this month. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Recent Parenting Articles That Really Struck Me

Why Your Child Should Never Be Forced to Hug a Relative: While the intentions are good, the consequences are pretty bad. As a child, I never felt comfortable being forced to even talk to people and asked to let go of my parents. I can't imagine being forced to kiss or hug somebody when I didn't want to.

8 Things ER Doctors Refuse to Have in Their Homes: Wow, this was pretty eye-opening for me. Things which really surprised me were Ramen Noddle Soups, Old pain pills and High chairs that pull up to the table. I never thought of these are dangerous enough to not keep at home.

How You May Be Ruining Your Child's Love Of Reading: I have been reading to my daughter from the very beginning and she is read to at daycare as well. But recently, as her books have gotten bigger and I'm running low on time, I've been trying to get out of reading after just one book. She wants me to read more and more - I should probably indulge her more and read more books to her.