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An Unexpected Surprise While Sick… by lipstickblogger

The stomach flu recently invaded our house.  First, it hit my five year old, then me and lastly my four year old.  Only my husband was spared – and thank goodness, because he tends to get hit much harder than the rest of us with these things.  J  My boys were really good about being so sick.  It was concerning seeing them sprawled out on the couch in the middle of the day rather than running around like the Tazmanian devil, but I knew that they were getting their rest, which is ultimately what they needed.  They would throw up and go back to resting and watching Scooby Doo.  No complaining, no whining – I guess they were thrilled to be allowed to watch cartoons all day long.

Me on the other hand…I thought I was going to die.  My husband thankfully stayed home for two days from work while I recovered and was good at keeping his distance.  When he did come near me – he was armed with a gas mask (I am not joking) and a bottle of Purell that he kept hanging off his belt loop like a pistol.  He was smart, because like I said, he was the only one who didn’t get sick.  The best part of being sick was I found a new reality TV show that I fell in love with.  The show was, “Tori and Dean Home Sweet Hollywood”.  This is the reality television show featuring Tori Spelling, her husband Dean McDermott and their two children.   I previously read all the tabloid headlines about them, how they met while both being married and eventually got married to one another.  I am of the  mind of “to each their own”, so while I never formed an opinion on the pair, I definitely had some pre-conceived notions of Tori Spelling, daughter of Aaron Spelling and what a spoiled, rich brat she must be. 

I have to say that after watching one episode of this pair I was hooked.  They are a really cute, sweet, and down to earth couple.  They have two small children, a boy Liam and a little girl, Stella and are loving parents just trying to make it through another chaotic day with two little ones.  I could SO relate!  After watching the Tori and Dean marathon on the Oxygen network, I decided to check out her book, Stori Telling.


Stori Telling, written by Tori Spelling talks about growing up as the daughter of Aaron Spelling, her trials and tribulations as an actress, going through horrendous relationships, her time on Beverly Hills 90210, her marriage and later divorce to Charlie Shanahan and how she ultimately met and fell in love with her now husband Dean McDermott. The book definitely shows that regardless of how much money you have, our struggles are all the same.  Wanting to fit in, wanting to feel loved, the neverending journey to finding true love and troubles with family.   The one criticism I would have for the book is that it does have a few “poor me” moments, which I think is ridiculous considering that complaining about leading such a charmed life is petty and selfish, but all in all it was a heartfelt read. 

The book makes a great beach read, great conversation with your next girls night out and a great read if you belong to a book club.  There are definitely some interesting topics that I am sure many could give some interesting insight into.
I hope you are all having a great summer!  Aside from the stomach flu, I know I have! 🙂

All the best,
Lipstick Blogger






All Different Kinds of Love… by lipstickblogger
April 5, 2009, 8:57 pm
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I love seeing people in love. My favorites are the really old couples that still hold hands, giggle together and where the man still opens up the door for his wife. There is something so beautiful in seeing love that has endured many years together and through the ups and downs, still remains strong. I have been married for 10 years and I can honestly say that I love my husband more today than I did 10 years ago. Now he might tell you different since I don’t dote on him the way I did the first few years of our marriage, but our life has evolved so drastically that there isn’t the time to concentrate solely on him. But seeing him stick by me through our ups and downs, birth of our sons and being my rock through all our years together has shown me what a remarkable man he is.


Love is the main theme in my latest book, “You Don’t Know Jack” by Erin McCarthy. But in this case, it is new love, which definitely has the thrills that make it so amazing to read about. Jamie Peters is a social worker with a wonderful spirit, who has an affinity for dating all the wrong guys. A tarot card reading by one of her friends, Beckwith reveals that she will meet the love of her life. While some may not take this prediction at face value, Jamie does seem to have some faith in Beckwith. When Jamie literally runs into a man, Jonathan “Jack” Davidson on the subway who is charming, handsome, kind and thoughtful she immediately is reminded of how her faith in Beckwith was correct.

However, Jamie is no stranger to Jack. Their meeting was intentional on his part as he is investigating Jamie’s agency as it has requested funding from his grandfather’s agency. Upon reviewing the agencies records Jack notices that the books don’t appear to be in order so he is forced to work undercover to figure out what is going on. What Jack didn’t expect to happen was to feel such an intense attraction towards Jamie. The attraction is mutual and after they spend some unbelievable time together Jack soon realizes that he is in way over his head and feels terrible for not coming clean to Jamie.

Both characters are kind and for lack of a better word, lovely. The book has an amazing ability to pull you in and Erin McCarthy has the gift of creating a connection so deep between these two characters that as a reader, I could almost feel. On more than one occasion I found myself sneaking away to read this book. The love is not old or a married love, but it is young and very, very hot. Enjoy! 🙂

All the best,
Lipstick Blogger


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