Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Book Club: The Royal We

Note: if you're a fan of William and Kate, ignore this note and skip ahead to the review. If you're not (or you don't even know who I'm talking about), just bear with me and keep reading because I promise you, this book is fun.

Sunday Book Club: The Royal We | Something Good


While I'm a fan of Kate Middleton, I was never one of the girls who woke up at 4am to watch the Royal Wedding or obess over every detail of her personal life (if you were/are, no judgement here!). So when one of my friends saved "The Royal We" by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan to their Goodreads list, I was intrigued, but didn't really think to add this to my need to read right now.


Luckily for me, I was offered a copy of The Royal We (available April 7th) to review and share with my readers. I dove into it and was drawn in right away. The Royal We is based around Bex, a girl from Iowa who decided to do a study abroad trip in England during college. While this book is inspired by Kate Middleton and Prince William's romance, it's a truly fictional novel that is just plain fun.

The novel begins on the day before Bex's wedding to Prince Nick when it seems like all hell might be about to break loose. Before we can even find out what happened, the novel then goes back to 2007 when Bex first goes over to England and meets Nick. Their story is unfurled from there and continues the flash backs until we catch up with Bex on the day before her wedding. 

Section's of Bex's unofficial biography and tabloid articles (which are hilarious to read and quickly dispelled by Bex) are included at the beginning of sections to orient you to where we are in the story and what's happened in the time that has passed.

One of my favorite things about this book is that while I expected it to be a fun read (which it was), I didn't expect how tied up into the book I would get. The writing was so good and the story was intriguing enough that I constantly found myself disappointed when it was time to get off of the metro and I had to stop reading. 

Also, let's keep this between us, but there was a pretty pivotal scene during the book that while I was reading, I found myself trying to not cry in the middle of a crowded metro (I only kind of succeeded). Don't worry though, I was also laughing, being angry, and being incredibly happy while reading this book. Aka I felt all the emotions (and the boy may have started laughing at me while I was trying to explain this to him).

If I haven't scared you off of the book, which I hope I haven't because it's so much fun and such a good read), I now have FIVE copies of The Royal We to giveaway! Enter using the rafflecopter below and good luck.



You can also be lazy and pre-order the book now, but personally I would try for the giveaway first.

Note: I was given a copy for review and five copies to giveaway.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

March 2015 Budget

March 2015 Budget
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Purchased


Gifted

Money Earned from Clothing Sales
$58

Total Spent in the March
$54.31

Total Spent in the First Quarter
$390.06 out of $500

My first quarter of the budget is complete! I'm really enjoying this quarterly budget system so far. It's helped me try harder to save on certain items and think about what I really want. It's helped that I've also been doing massive closet clean outs and selling things (and that Old Navy product selections and deals have been getting even better). Now that the first quarter is complete, it's on to the second quarter and a fresh $500. I've decided for this budget that in an effort to save money, I'm not going to carry over the remaining amount.

For the second quarter, I'm trying to focus what I want to buy even more by making lists of holes in my closet what exactly I want to buy. I shared a few of those items in Wednesday's post. While that list had more than I'm actually planning on getting, it helped me really narrow down what I've been looking for.

Linking up with Fran for March's Budget!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Night Links

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I've said it once and I'll say it again. I seriously have one of the coolest undergrads. They just announced "The Drinkable Book" project. 

This project is truly amazing, it looks like a traditional hardcover, but you can tear out a page and use that to filter dirty water. The researchers have found that "after passing water through the treated paper [there was] a reduction of greater than 99.9 percent of bacteria — a result so effective, it is comparable to tap water in the United States."

Not only does this book filter water, but the book's pages include relevant text, (printed in food grade ink) that detail basic hygiene, sanitation, and clean water practices. The plan is to be able to print this book in a number of languages to share it in communities world wide.

How can you support this project at home? Water is Life, has partnered with The Drinkable Book to help secure production funding and begin global distribution of the book. You can learn more about it on their website or donate directly to the mission. Even if you can't donate, just spreading the word and increasing knowledge can help.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Black and White

Black and White | Something Good, white jeans, white denim, j.crew factory sweater, black sweater, leopard wedges

Sweater: Same, Similar / Pants: Similar, Similar / Wedges: SimilarSimilar / Necklace c/o Rocksbox, (join with code somethinggoodblogxoxo for a fun discount)

The sun is finally out long enough that I can take pictures after work! It hasn't stopped me from sticking to black and white clothing.

 Life is good.

Black and White | Something Good, white jeans, white denim, j.crew factory sweater, black sweater, leopard wedges

Black and White | Something Good, white jeans, white denim, j.crew factory sweater, black sweater, leopard wedges

Black and White | Something Good, white jeans, white denim, j.crew factory sweater, black sweater, leopard wedges

Black and White | Something Good, white jeans, white denim, j.crew factory sweater, black sweater, leopard wedges

Black and White | Something Good, white jeans, white denim, j.crew factory sweater, black sweater, leopard wedges



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