Books You Should Read: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?


As much as I love reading, I am surprised by how very few books I have shared with you. And I can’t believe that I didn’t read a book in January. Mostly it was due to not knowing what to read. That’s the hardest for me, deciding on what to read next. Unless, I have book suggestions from friends. And either I have a lot of suggestions or I have none. I really wanted to find a book to read while Audrey was in her ballet class. So last week while at Target, I noticed Mindy Kaling’s book and thought this should be entertaining.

I loved Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor on The Office. I thought she was the funniest character on there. She always made me laugh, so I was quite sad when she didn’t appear as much towards the end of The Office. However, now I have The Mindy Project! I am so looking forward  to it coming back on April 1st! This show makes me want to work at a fun office like hers, or work with someone like her. She’s so smart, funny, & so into fashion.

If you want a lighthearted, funny book with random advice then this your book. This is just a little excerpt from her book, just in the first few pages.

“However, you should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face–who will love them now?”

Which by the way, I was laughing out loud, literally lol’ing. The other parents probably thought something was wrong with me. I have to agree with her on her thoughts on revenge though, not that I am advocating violence. Especially not throwing acid in someones face. But come on just living well? Maybe just go a little “Brandi Glanville” on them and at least slash the tires? No?

So the book in a nutshell: Mindy tells you a little about her life from childhood to where she is now, with random thoughts here and there. For example, she shares her karaoke etiquette and best friend rights & responsibilities. There is even bit of romance.

I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to read her next one. I feel like I know her after reading her book. Like I could just call her up and say, “hey Mindy, let’s go have lunch.” So Mindy, no it’s the opposite…everyone wants to hangout with you!

Oh and for those of you who loved Kelly Kapoor as much I did, here you go:


Empowering Women Through a Lens: “A Beautiful Body”

I just found out about this amazing book project by Jade Beall, “A Beautiful Body,” and I have to share with you.

A Beautiful Body” is a book of portraits currently in the works that aims to celebrate unPhotoshopped, real mothers and their changing bodies. Photographer, Jade Beall is traveling the country and meeting with women who are interested in being part of changing society’s view on body-image & what is considered beautiful. The book will consist of 100 or more black & white portraits of mothers. Not only that, but the women will be able to tell their own story as well. Stories about self-hatred, feeling unsexy, and much more. It all sounds pretty interesting! I am sure many women will be able to relate to the mothers in this book project.

Jade Beall is funding “A Beautiful Body” through a Kicktarter campaign and aims to complete the book in January 2014. Afterwards she hopes to continue with volumes on different topics such as women living with cancer, women facing aging and women facing eating disorders. So please check her website out and take a look at some of the beautiful photographs. There is also a section on there with FREE things you can do to help out if you are unable to donate to her campaign at the time.

Mother and Child

                           (Image by Jade Beall)