The Mother of All Meltdowns Book Review

“Every mother, at some point, inevitably becomes her own worst enemy. In a millisecond, her halo crumbles and she has a moment so crazed it is forever known as the one…The Mother of All Meltdowns. The following anthology was written by women who have had their moments. Together we have experienced the anguish and frustration of the adult-sized tantrum. We have shed the tears, dropped to our knees in agony, and asked the age-old question, “Why me?” From poop-decorated rooms to having our liquid gold scrutinized and confiscated by TSA, we’re not afraid to share our collection of thirty tell-all stories. We are survivalists and know that within every meltdown there is a silver lining.”

The Mother of All Meltdowns was by far one of the most fun books I’ve ever read.  It took me a little longer than usual to read it with being so busy with my newborn son, but it was well worth it!  I read it many times during my late night nursing sessions with my son, and I must say it really helped.  While being dead dog tired, I was able to pop on my deemly lite iPad and enjoy a few laughs while my son filled his belly.

Being a new mom, this book was so fitting and relevant to me.  I could relate to many of the stories, and the others…well I’m sure I’ll be able to relate in no time.  I laughed and cringed, and thought to myself “That will be me one day.”.  Every expectant mom, new mom, and parent in general should read The Mother of All Meltdowns.  Its reminds you that you’re not in this game called parenting alone.

Its so easy to get discouraged and be uncertain about being a mother.  In the two months I’ve been a mom, I’ve gone through so many highs and lows.  Reading The Mother of All Meltdowns let me know that what I was experiencing was normal, and that every other mother has been through it as well.  I will definitely be re-reading it and I hoping for a part 2 in the near future!

is available on Amazon in paperback and for download on Amazon Kindle.  It is written by Crystal Ponti, who blogs over at and a slew of contributing bloggers.


What I’m Watching | The Conjuring
A couple of weeks ago Hubs & I went to see The Conjuring.  We had planned to see it for months, after seeing the trailer for it when we went and saw Evil Dead.  He is an avid horror movie fan, and while I’m not as brave and fearless as he is, I do enjoy them (with him).  We both like that scared excitement that horror movies bring.  Why we like to scare ourselves, idk…we’re crazy people.  Nonetheless, we eagerly anticipated seeing The Conjuring, because it looked scary and seemed to have a good plot.  Well, I’ll tell you its both!
I won’t give away too many details, but if you plan on seeing it *disclaimer:  This post may contains spoilers!*  The movie revolves around one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s, renown paranormal investigators, case files.  The movie opens with Ed and Lorraine teaching a lecture to college students on paranormal activity.  They show some footage of one of their most recent cases, that just so happen to affect Lorraine heavily.  The couple was doing an exorcism on a man, and during the exorcism Lorraine ended up seeing something so horrific, that it took her 8 days to recover.  During this time she did not speak to anyone, eat, or do really anything.  She was in essence a catatonic state.  The movie takes place in New England America, as with most of this type of genre horror movie (did that even make sense, oh well…you know what I’m trying to say.).  When we see the family who the movie centers on, you see a typical family; dad, mom, and five, yes five, daughters.  They have just moved into a big old farmhouse on a lake with lots of land.  Its picturesque, quaint, but from the jump a little eerie.

This house is the type of house with a cellar, secret/hidden rooms, and a basement.  The dad discovers a basement and decides to go and explore.  He finds a bunch of old, cob-webbed covered things down there, but doesn’t think much of it, outside of them being left by the previous owner.  They bought the home from the bank, so there was really no homework done by them as to who lived in the house prior.  He goes on to tell the mom that some of the things might be antique and valuable, and that maybe they can make some money off of them.  You see the girls playing a game called “hide and clap”, in which one person closes there eyes, counts to ten, and everyone else goes and hides.  Once you count to ten, you start walking with your eyes closed and yell out “clap”, the hiders are supposed to clap and the finder follows the clap to find the hiders.  Easy enough, right!  Well, this is how they end up finding the basement, because one of the girls ends up going into the closet that leads to the basement.  Anyhow, the night ends seemingly normal, with everyone going to bed.  The next morning everyone is up and off to school, but the mom has a pretty painful looking bruise on her leg.

All but the youngest leave for school, and its just mom and her for the day at the house.  The youngest girl, who looks rather angelic, but weathered with slightly darkish circles around her eyes wants to play hide and clap.  Mom, who you can tell at this point is feeling some kind of way reluctantly agrees.  We see mom going through the house trying to find the youngest daughter, but can’t.  She hears a clap and follows it into a room calling out for her daughter, no answer.  Next thing we know the little girl pops up in the door way telling her mom she was in an entirely different room.  The little girl mentions a new “friend” and starts to talk about him. Mom asks if she can meet the new friend, and the little girl give her a music box to “summon” so to say the “friend”.  Of course we know at this point that this new “friend” is imaginary, and most likely supernatural.
After this, the movie develops pretty quickly and doesn’t waste time getting into some mild horror theatrics.  Just enough to get the water in the pot simmering.  A few other creepy occurrences later, you see the mom approach Ed and Lorraine at the college and ask for their help.  Ed and Lorraine are reluctant, due to Lorraine still recovering from the last case, but agree to help.  They come out to the house to meet the family and assess the situation.  Almost immediately, you can tell that Lorraine senses something, but we don’t know what.
They agree to help the family out, and proceed with having them to make an audio recording recounting the recent supernatural events.  Once Ed and Lorrain return home to review the recording, the mother’s voice doesn’t come up on the tape.  After a few minutes they hear some “white noise” and then the mother’s voice comes up on the recording, weird huh?
Ed and Lorraine begin their investigation be doing some research on the house and property and come to find out some pretty eventful facts.  They find out that the house was once part of a large 100-acre farm and had sense been sold off in many sections over the years.  On this land, many strange events and tragedies happened over the years.  The penacle thing we learn is that a woman accused of being a witch was married to the man that originally owned the land.  She was accused of killing a baby when she was younger, but aquitted because there wasn’t enough evidence to convict her.  We next learn that when she became pregnant, after delivering she sacrificed her and her husband’s child 8 days after the baby was born.  The husband caught her doing this and she proceeded to commit suicide by hanging herself outside from a tree in the yard.  Hence, the movie poster scenery.

The movie goes on to have some jolting events happen revolving around the witch and the mother of the family.  The Conjuring doesn’t have the cheap scares that many horror movies have these days.  It has a solid storyline, giving some it real substance.  You feel for the characters during the emotional moments, and during the scary moments.  They have this force attached to their family that won’t leave them alone, and you sympathize with them on this.  All they want to do is live a normal life in their new house, and have a fresh start.  They can’t move because they have a lot of money tied up in the house and the dad, who’s a truck driver, is the only one that works.  Its not like them moving would solve the problem anyways.

The Conjuring wraps up nicely, with a little easter egg to the Amityville Horror House being mentioned.  In which the Warren’s investigated as well.
The storyline doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, which I can appreciate and actually makes sense.  Many horror movies these days end with the ol’ cliffhanger so that the creators can always leave that door open for a sequel.  The Conjuring doesn’t do this.  The case is closed once the movie ends.  If you enjoy a good scary movie, without the gore and over the top scare tactics, then you will like The Conjuring.  It did very well at the box office and is definitely worth all 112 minutes of it.  According to, there could possibly be a sequel in the works, but no definite word.  I honestly don’t think that it needs a sequel whatsoever, because its wrapped up nicely and sequels tend to cheapen movies, especially horror movies.  No follow up is ever better than the original, at least when it comes to movies.

Happy Saturday folks!  Have a great weekend and I’ll see ya ‘round.


July 2013 Birchbox Unveil


Here it is, July’s Birchbox and the goodies I got in mines:


I have to admit that I haven’t even used one single product from my May and June Birchboxes.  Its not because I’ve been lazy, its been quite intentional.  I have been trying to decrease the amount of products I use while being pregnant, because I don’t want to put a lot of different things on my skin with baby in tow.  Skin absorbs anything you put on it, and thus its gets into my system and passed to the baby.  I will however have tons of products to try out once baby is here, so I’m super excited about that.

Yes, that means the reviews on my different Birchbox products won’t be out until several months from now, but rest assure I will delve into a few of them. 


In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure I have included a few pics and my Youtube video on July’s box.


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Movie Review | After Earth


Hubs & I went and saw After Earth on Saturday.  it was one of the movies we had been planning to see since we saw the trailor.  We totally didn’t realize it was an M. Night Shamaylan film, but it definitely had that feel to it thinking back on it.  The story was actually written by Will Smith himself.  It was nice to see Will Smith on film again, because its been a few years since he’s last come out with anything.  It was also a cool dynamic to seea him and his son Jaden star in another film together.  I think Will Smith has had both Jaden and Willow in at least two other of his films.  You don’t see that a lot, so its quite nice to real life father and sons to play as such on screen.

After Earth is Sci-Fi-Thriller in many senses, but its more of a post-Earth film.  The human race no longer inhabits the Earth and had to evacuate thousands of years prior to the time in the movie.  Humans basically live out in space and travel to different planets to conduct missions.  Of course since its thousands of years in the future, they have superior advanced technology to be able to do this.  Will Smith plays a General, just back from a mission and Jaden plays his young son, who is trying to become a “Ranger”.  The movie goes through Will Smith’s character coming home only to realize that his son had been not been promoted to Ranger-status and that he is jaded and dismayed.  The General decides to spend some quality time with his son by taking him on a mission, when things go awry in route to the mission destination.  The ship they are travelling on ends up crash landing on Earth, and the remainder of the movie plays out Jaden’s character having to retrieve a beacon to call back to space to them get rescued from Earth.

I’m trying to avoid spoilers here folks, so most of what I’m saying is what you can get from watching the trailor.  Overall, I though After Earth was a really good movie, especially since I’m not a Sci-Fi/post-Earth movie person.  Hubs really enjoyed it too.  It was well worth the roughly 90 minutes that it was and I predict that it will do well.  After all, we saw the 3:20 show and the theater was about 3/4 full. 

Next, we want to see Now You See Me, it looks like a really interesting movie with a cool storyline. After that we will be seeing Man of Steel.  As you can tell we are big movie buffs and it is one of our favorite things to do.

Until next time folks!

Happy Bumping!



What I’m Reading…

I was bored on Sunday night before falling asleep and thought…hmm, let me go on Amazon and order pregnancy books.  Prior to ordering these three books, I only had one other pregnancy book…the famous What To Expect When Your Expecting.  I actually received it after taking an early pregnancy class from the facilitators.  I had purchased the electronic copy of the book, but didn’t have the physical copy and honestly I didn’t plan on buying a physical copy.  I’ve skimmed through the book, but haven’t read it cover to cover in detail.  I love reading on the internet and magazine, but when it comes to physical books, I’m not very disciplined.  Well, given that pregnancy is the one topic that I can never learn enough about, I figured I’d commit to reading these.  I received them on Wednesday evening, so I haven’t had time to dive into them yet, but plan to this weekend. 

I’m particularly interested in reading the Ina May Gaskin books, because she is a legend in the midwifery industry.  She was featured and raved about by Ricki Lake in The Business of Being Born.  I also picked up Ricki Lake’s book Your Best Birth, because from watching The Business of Being Born, I’m really interested to see what she’s saying and if its an extension of some sort of The Business of Being Born. I will be posting my thoughts as I read through each one, so stay tuned!

Happy Bumping!