Using an Agenda Book…

This year, I went old school. Not so surprising since I still love the fashions and vibe of the 1990s.

But what I’m referring to here is that I switched from my phone calendar to using an agenda book… as in, an agenda I actually carry  around with me, pull out of my bag when I need to add something, and use a pen to write it down.

 

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But, but, but….! I hear your objections, the same ones I had all through 2017.

1) But you have to carry it with you…

A: Yes, but since I’m carrying a bag with me anyway, a small agenda makes no difference.

2) What happens when someone from this decade wants to share something with you, let’s say through Google Calendar, directly to your phone…?

A: They still do. And I still get the update in my phone calendar–and then I transfer it to my agenda book.

3) WHY?

A: It works for me.

Here’s why:

First of all, many of you are also moms of young kids, and you understand when the kids are with you, just walking through Target can be a harrowing experience: “I’m hungry!” “Are we done?” “I hate shopping!” and that’s just me. The kids complain too. (Insert “winky” emoji here.)

So to survive, my youngest takes my phone, jumping back and forth between “Cartwheeling” in the Target app and watching DIY videos on, “How to make a bed for your new kitten.” (Our cat is almost four by the way.) There’s no way I can grab my phone to input something into the calendar.

Also, when I want to look at my week, I like having the pages of the agenda laid out in front of me. It makes it easier to move an appointment from one day to the next.

 

pexels-photo-279415.jpegEven though I can type much faster than I can write, I also find it quicker and easier — changing colors, fonts, or circling something I want to stand out — to input into the agenda.

I add sticky notes where I need them–plus, there’s something much more personal about the whole experience.

 

Inputting my daily activities into a written agenda book makes it feel more personal and therefore I feel more accountable to myself and those activities I’ve scheduled in my book.

Plus, I love going in and checking something off my to-do list. It’s way more satisfying to use a brightly colored pen to make a big “CHECK!” next to a task then simply to see it pass by on my phone.

And I’m not talking about the big clunky agenda of the 1990s that had names, addresses, and home phone numbers listed. Just a small streamlined version.

So how about you? Do you like the old school agenda or are you all about your phone or other? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Life Without Chocolate…

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Chocolate has been a staple in my life, forever. No matter what changes I’ve made in my diet, mostly for headaches, chocolate has remained an old friend I call once a week for support.

Well, okay, not so much once a week as daily. And I don’t really call chocolate, I visit it.

Every. Single. Day.

Or, at least, I did.

 

pexels-photo-887850.jpegIt’s easy to justify a love for and life filled with chocolate. My girls know dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants and it has other health benefits as well, not the least of which may be improved heart health. But let’s face it, the best part about chocolate is the taste. Warm and smooth, oozing out of the center of a Molten Lava cake, or straight from the Valentine’s heart shaped box, chocolate is just pure heaven.  I’m gluten-free/dairy-free so for me, super-moist gluten free brownies made with coconut oil and then frozen and eaten at an outdoor concert on a summer night is absolute perfection.

 

 

My love for chocolate runs deep and takes many forms, but most of all I have an addiction to Caramel Walnut Brownie Luna Bars (that replaced the Chocolate Raspberry addiction before them). It was easy to eat a couple of these every day, they were a snack or meal replacement when on the run, and they TASTE SO GOOOOOD!!!!!

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Since I’m mostly caffeine-free, chocolate also worked for that pick-me-up I needed mid-afternoon after sitting in carpool as I geared up for homework with the kiddos, or as I sat down at my computer to write late at night.

For me, late night writing equals chocolate. It just makes sense, doesn’t it?

And I wasn’t limited to those times, oh no! I would find a time and a place for chocolate anywhere and everywhere. And the most beautiful part of this relationship with chocolate—both the chocolate and I were happy.

So why the change?

I suffer from headaches. Often. All different types of headaches including migraines. (Migraines have me on a whole other diet just for them.) But for years, I never saw the connection of headaches and migraines—until one night about a month ago.

That night I woke with a headache so fierce it rivaled migraine pain (but without all the other symptoms of migraines.) The headache lasted for days and no painkiller could make it subside. And this headache  began immediately following my “healthy” snack of pumpkin seeds in dark chocolate.

There was no way to avoid the connection this time. For the sake of my health, I have to at least TRY to give up chocolate for a time. So I am going three looonnngggg months without chocolate of any kind. At that time, I’ll reevaluate, and my sincere hope is that I’ll find chocolate wasn’t the bad guy after all.

If that’s the case, I’ll buy that super-moist brownie its own white cowboy hat to wear right before I devour it…

Thanks for stopping by!

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I’ll be documenting my life without chocolate here on Nitty Gritty Romance, I hope you’ll stop by and share your story as well! Have you ever given up a favorite food? I’d love to know! Leave a comment and share your story.


Fruit Fusion – New Snack to Love!

In addition to bringing you the latest in romance you’ll love, here on Nitty Gritty Romance we also tell you about products worth your time.

This week we have discovered a new snack:

“Fruit Fusion Super Berry Supersnacks” !

It’s a super-healthy, delicious treat that stores in your gym bag, or you can munch while typing away…like I am doing…right…now.

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squirrel-rodent-wildlife-eating-60699.jpegBest thing about it? Besides the fact that it’s healthy, convenient, and tastes great, it has NO NUTS – not an easy find when looking through healthy snack choices.

I love nuts…but they’re a migraine trigger for me so I have to stay clear. For those of you with nut allergies, the label states, “Manufactured on equipment that may process coconut.”

Ingredients: (All organic) Cranberries, Raisins, Tart Cherries, Pepita Seeds, Blueberries, Goji Berries, Apple Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Oil.

100 Calories per bag. And as always, read the label to make sure it’s right for you!

 

Enjoy! Happy Munching!

 


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here on Nitty Gritty Romance, we’re wishing everyone a day (and a lifetime!) filled with LOVE!

 

 

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Here are two of my loves, romance & yoga!

 

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Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Release Day! To Be or Not To Be-The Actors

I am so excited to announce February 5th

is release day for:

To Be or Not To Be -The Actors

Book 2 in The New York Artists Series!

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So how about and excerpt…?! 

 

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Excerpt

He reached out and placed his hand on her cheek, stroking it gently. His gaze danced across hers.

“I, uh…” Her tummy rumbled with excitement.

“Thank you, Jenna. For all of it.” He pulled back, letting his hand drop to his side. He walked to the clothing rack in the back of the room, dropped the sauerkraut, and dug a small pink box from his leather bag. “Here. I wanted it to be so much more but this just felt right.”

Jenna took the box with trembling hands. She gave it a slight shake, listening to it rattle. “What is it?”

“Open it.”

Jenna’s heart raced as she tugged at the ribbon and lifted the top off the box. Inside were a hundred pink candy turtles—all stamped with the word “Dream.”

She looked up at him, her eyes aching from tears. “How did you?”

“I know you’d want your father here tonight. And I know he’d want you to dream big, because that’s what I want for you.”

“Trevor, I…” Jenna threw her arms around his neck and held him, tightly, her gown bunching between them. When she broke away, she was inches from him.

“Perchance to dream, Jenna.”

She smiled, biting the corner of her lip, exactly where his fingers had been only moments before. He reached up to touch her hair.

“Careful of the wig,” she joked.

“And with that sugar addiction of yours, I figured Valentine’s Day candy was a given.”

“Oh, you know me so well, Mr. Hughes.” Jenna fanned herself coquettishly.

He smiled. Trevor tossed the container aside and scooped Jenna into his arms. He held her tight.

“It feels like the nunnery scene.” Jenna’s voice was soft and breathy.

“Yes, but does this happen in the nunnery scene?” Trevor pulled her closer to him, and his lips nearly brushed against hers.

“Maybe it should?”

“Are you telling me…?” Trevor studied her, his gaze locked on hers. “You want me to—?”

The stage manager stuck his head through the door. “Hamlet? Ophelia? Places, please.”

Her body ached as he released her.

“Damn it.” Trevor shook his head, jumping up and down in place. He stopped and smiled at Jenna, taking her hand and kissing it, before letting go. “Here we go.”

“Break a leg, Trevor.” She smiled at him, adrenaline rushing through her.

“You too, Jenna.”

She made her way to the door and turned back. “Trevor? Here’s to not sucking and having to do dinner theatre in the middle of nowhere.”

Chuckling, Trevor tossed his head back and Jenna scooted out the door.

 

To Be or Not To Be-The Actors, is available now at your favorite romance site!

Amazon

B & N

Wild Rose Press

iTunes

Bookstrand

Kobo

And wherever your favorite romance novels are sold!

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So how about a giveaway…?!

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To win this beautiful brown, braided bracelet, just stop by my Facebook page and comment under the “Giveaway Post.”

Tell us what you love about NYC, or if you’ve never been, what you’d love to see/do there! Winner will be chosen randomly.

Contest ends Friday night, February 9th!

Click Here to Enter Giveaway!

 

Good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for celebrating the release day of To Be or Not To Be-The Actors with me!

 


To Be or Not To Be- The Actors

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Just one week until the release day for:

To Be or Not To Be-The Actors

Here’s a quick excerpt. I hope you enjoy!

He reached out and placed his hand on her cheek, stroking it gently. His gaze danced across hers.

“I, uh…” Her tummy rumbled with excitement.

“Thank you, Jenna. For all of it.” He pulled back, letting his hand drop to his side. He walked to the clothing rack in the back of the room, dropped the sauerkraut, and dug a small pink box from his leather bag. “Here. I wanted it to be so much more but this just felt right.”

Jenna took the box with trembling hands. She gave it a slight shake, listening to it rattle. “What is it?”

“Open it.”

Jenna’s heart raced as she tugged at the ribbon and lifted the top off the box. Inside were a hundred pink candy turtles—all stamped with the word “Dream.”

She looked up at him, her eyes aching from tears. “How did you?”

“I know you’d want your father here tonight. And I know he’d want you to dream big, because that’s what I want for you.”

“Trevor, I…” Jenna threw her arms around his neck and held him, tightly, her gown bunching between them. When she broke away, she was inches from him.

“Perchance to dream, Jenna.”

She smiled, biting the corner of her lip, exactly where his fingers had been only moments before. He reached up to touch her hair.

“Careful of the wig,” she joked.

“And with that sugar addiction of yours, I figured Valentine’s Day candy was a given.”

“Oh, you know me so well, Mr. Hughes.” Jenna fanned herself coquettishly.

He smiled. Trevor tossed the container aside and scooped Jenna into his arms. He held her tight.

“It feels like the nunnery scene.” Jenna’s voice was soft and breathy.

“Yes, but does this happen in the nunnery scene?” Trevor pulled her closer to him, and his lips nearly brushed against hers.

“Maybe it should?”

“Are you telling me…?” Trevor studied her, his gaze locked on hers. “You want me to—?”

The stage manager stuck his head through the door. “Hamlet? Ophelia? Places, please.”

Her body ached as he released her.

“Damn it.” Trevor shook his head, jumping up and down in place. He stopped and smiled at Jenna, taking her hand and kissing it, before letting go. “Here we go.”

“Break a leg, Trevor.” She smiled at him, adrenaline rushing through her.

“You too, Jenna.”

She made her way to the door and turned back. “Trevor? Here’s to not sucking and having to do dinner theatre in the middle of nowhere.”

Chuckling, Trevor tossed his head back and Jenna scooted out the door.

 

To Be or Not To Be-The Actors is available for pre-sale now!

 CLICK HERE!

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Psst! Love sexy, tortured rock stars? Try Book 1 in the    series, Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star. Available Now!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 


To Be or Not To Be – The Actors

 To Be or Not To Be-The Actors

Book 2 in The New York Artists Series

Now Available for Pre-Sale!

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I had such a nice surprise today when I learned To Be or Not To Be-The Actors, Book 2 in The New York Artists Series became available (early!) for pre-sale!

So, what’s going on in this one? Meet serious young actor, Jenna Joyce, and gorgeous bad boy soap opera star, Trevor Hughes…

Jenna Joyce has the opportunity of a lifetime: to play Ophelia in an off-Broadway production of Hamlet starring the hot daytime drama bad boy, Trevor Hughes. She desperately needs this job to save her family and herself. The problem is Jenna can’t stand Trevor.

Trevor Hughes is tired of his villainous Caspian Locke character and flashy soap opera life. He’d love to give it all up and go back to his gritty acting roots, but he can’t, his sister and nephew rely on him to pay their exorbitant medical bills.

When Trevor and Jenna manage to build an offstage relationship,  the futures of their families as well as themselves are threatened and Jenna panics. But even if Trevor can overcome his challenges, can he free Jenna from hers? And will he ever be able to prove to her that, despite all obstacles, their love is meant to be?

Warning! It’s rated “Spicy!”

 

 

Want to meet veterinary surgeon, Dr. Summer Wynters and rock star Malcolm Angel in Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star, Book 1 in the New York Artists Series…?

 

 

Summer of Irreverence-The Rock Star

 

 

 

Where to find To Be or Not To Be-The Actors for pre-sale?

Pre-Sale – Amazon

Pre-Sale – Barnes & Noble

Pre-Sale – The Wild Rose Press

 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my happy surprise!

Happy Reading!


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