Travel Thursdays: 2011 Road Trip

In the summer of 2011 my boyfriend and I went on a huge road trip from Chicago to San Francisco. Along the way we stopped in Kansas City to visit family, Colorado to visit family and friends, Utah, Las Vegas, California, and Arizona. It was a three week trip and it was incredible. It was so nice to be able to take time and not rush along the way.

One of my favorite parts of going on road trips is being able to visit with loved ones along the way. It’s such a nice opportunity to see where people live and to see beautiful landmarks and monuments all over the United States.

If you’re thinking about going on a road trip, just do it! You will not regret it. Plan it or don’t plan it and just wing it. Traveling is good for the soul and is so refreshing.

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Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin

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I was so curious and interested in reading this book because I grew up watching Full House like millions of others. Jodie Sweetin played middle daughter, Stephanie Tanner for the 8 years that Full House was on in the 90s. Her book talks about her childhood and growing up in front of the cameras, and what it was like on the set of Full House. They were all really close and got along. They still are in touch today and meet up for private reunions. Jodie talked about how she was an only child but felt like Candace Cameron’s, who played her older sister DJ Tanner, little annoying sister in real life. She would try to impress her with jokes and get her attention.   fh   Full_House_Reunion_092412_LeadJodie was adopted and struggled with that even though she had very supportive and loving adoptive parents. She fell into a rough crowd and spiraled out of control. She hung out with people who she thought were her friends but only used her for the good times in clubs and the drugs she readily provided for them. She chronicles her drug abuse and the heartbreak it caused her family and then husband. She talked about rehab and how quickly she went back to her old ways afterwards. When she found out she was pregnant she changed her habits, but only temporarily. She had the occasion relapse and for a time moved back in with her parents. Her life story is full of ups and downs and she is very honest in the book about her struggles. For someone like me who has no experiences with drugs and alcohol, this was a real look inside the life of an addict and what it is truly like.

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Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher is such a pretty lady and she is so funny. How could you forget her stellar performance in Wedding Crashers? I love that she wears such bright colors that complement her fiery red hair.

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Friday Favorites: City Love

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Hello there Friday! How are you all doing? Are you as ready for the weekend as I am?
I am continuing to link up for Friday Favorites with the lovely ladies of A Little Big of Everything Blog, Grace and Love Blog, and MomfessionalsFridayFavorites3_zpsea6fc451
Today I’m showing some of my favorite city posters. Chicago is my hometown and will always be home for me. It makes me very nostalgic and sentimental every time I think about it. When my boyfriend I first moved to LA, my best friend bought us a Chicago poster with the famous landmarks and buildings.
New York is such a a large city and is so iconic. It’s in so many movies and tv shows. Having visited NYC for the first time last year, it really did live up to and exceed my expectations. It’s got a real energy there and is so fast paced.
San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge is another famous landmark that I love. San Fran is such a great city and is so unique. The steep hills, Alcatraz, the hikes, the weather, etc. It’s all so great.
City Love

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Red wall art
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Chicago poster
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Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde by Jennie Garth

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Jennie Garth is another actress who grew up in Illinois, so she is a Midwest gal like me. Along with Denise Richards and Jenny McCarthy whose books I also read. I think these actresses have the traits that people from the Midwest embody, friendly, down to earth and relatable. What’s not to love?

I was a little too young when Jennie was on 90210, but I did watch her on Dancing with the Stars, What I Like About You, and her family reality show A Little Bit Country.

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She talks about her upbringing on a farm, how she was a daddy’s girl, and the youngest in her family. For fans of 90210 Jennie chronicles her rise to fame. It is fun to hear behind the scenes and what is was like to be famous at a young age and the relationships she had with the cast.

She also talks about each of those shows and what those experiences were like for her. She has had such a long career in Hollywood and has managed to stay real.

She recently got divorced and talks about the heartbreak of that all and how she never thought she’d be there. She is beginning to date again and is raising 3 girls with her ex Peter Facinelli.

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Joanna Garcia Swisher

I have been a fan of Joanna Garcia Swisher since she was on Reba. She seems like a fun girl and is a great actress. She was a blonde during her years on Reba, but I think she looks much better as a brunette. 56a7f54560c6583f3d7037befd33b1ad

 

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Music Mondays: Taylor Swift – Breathe

Taylor Swift is incredibly popular and with good reason. The lyrics of her songs are so beautiful! She is a great writer and is so talented musically. This song is heartbreaking and talks about a breakup and moving on and remembering to breathe. Since 1931-5

 

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