4 Month Old Emmy Update

Emmy 4 Month Update!!

Emmy is doing so many things now that she’s 4 months old. She reached some major milestones this month such as rolling over !!She’s only done it a few times but she was so proud of herself.She is just growing so fast, I don’t have a baby scale so I don’t know her current weight.

She is grasping toys, and everything she grabs she immediately she puts it into her mouth. It’s so cute to see her playing with her toys.She wants to see everything,she wakes up in the morning and she just stares at her surroundings.

She had a few rough nights this past month where she wanted to nurse all the time and to sleep she wanted to still hold on even once she finished eating.Once that passed she was happy for a week and then she got a little cold. Her nose is stuffy so when she nurses, she can’t catch her breath, she gags and spits up the milk.She wants to be held all the time or she wants to nurse a lot.

We are still co-sleeping, for naps I’ve been trying to first put her down in her crib. Just so she can get used to being in the crib and the view. I think in June I’m going to start trying to get her exclusively napping in the crib, as then slowlywork on getting her to sleep in the crib at night.

She still has no teeth, I kept thinking her bad moods were teething but still no tooth yet.

She is such a joy to have around and we love her so much !!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie


Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi // Review

34992929.jpgTitle:Restore Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Ya,Dystopian
Pages: 448
Rating: 4 Stars


Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to  kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


TW: Transphobia, Child abuse, Gun violence, Anxiety

I was full on ready to read this book and love it but sadly I was mildly disappointed. Maybe my expectation were to high. I found the first half of the book to be a bit slow, around the half way point things start to pick up.The writing style of course is beautifully written.Shatter Me was a trilogy that is now going to be a 6th book series, and Restore Me is book 4. I feel like this is a bridge book setting up the series to keep moving forward.

Restore me picks up exactly where ignite me left off with Juliette becoming Supreme commander of North America. I really like how this book is told in the POV of Juliette and Warner’s. A lot of things that left me wondering from the original trilogy where explained in this book. There were so many revelations and twists in this book and I’m so excited to see where this series goes.

Juliette has come such a long way since book 1, she is stronger and able to better control her powers.  But she’s not perfect and that makes her such a relatable character. She discovers a lot of intense information about herself and her past in this book, it was incredible.I love how the more Juliette emotionally heals the more in -tuned with her powers she gets.

Warner I’m STILL COMPLETE TRASH FOR HIM !!He’s still swoonworthy and I love him so so much !! I really loved his point of view , we get to see how he views the world.We see him deal with anxiety which was so well done.

There relationship is still full of so much drama. These two need to learn to communicate better. Warner’s life has always been mysterious, no real information about his past. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise to Juliette that there was still things he was keeping from her. In Unravel Me and Ignite Me it’s hinted at that Warner had to do something to become in charge of sector 45 but it was never revealed what he did. But I think that now that all these secrets have been revealed will make there relationship stronger.

Kenji deserves the world! I love how supportive of Juliette he was, and he finally got some much needed bonding time with Warner. They have so many good interactions, they were so funny together!! I have always loved Kenji and I’m super happy he stayed relatively the same character. I love his witty banter.

I think Adam deserved a bigger role in this book, he was barely mentioned.We spent most of the original trilogy with him and for him to be excluded left me missing him.

I have no idea how in the hell Tahereh Mafi expects us to wait a WHOLE YEAR to read the next book. The ending scene I felt was rushed, I wanted more!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon // Review

36373464Title: From Twinkle, with Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars


Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film
geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director?
Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is
that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected
places love can find you.


First off, thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an e-ARC of this book. I was ecstatic when I received the email saying I was approved to review this book.

This was such an amazing book. I can’t believe it but I loved this one even more than Dimple! I loved Twinkle from the moment I read the first few sentences.
This book is so adorable and funny it will have you laughing one minute and have tears running down your face the next! This book is just jammed packed with diversity. We’ve got biracial characters,a bi character, a gay character.

The book follows Twinkle, a sixteen-year-old Indian-American girl who inspires to be a filmmaker. Who happens to be a wallflower,while her best friend Maddie has joined the popular crowd. Twinkle believes that if she dates Neil, the school’s it boy then she too will enter the popular group. Neil’s twin brother Sahil approaches Twinkle with the chance to work with him and direct a movie for the school’s upcoming film festival she jumps on board. The movie references were some of my favorite parts I love how Twinkle writes in her journal to her favorite female directors.

I loved Twinkle as a character so much, she is dorky ,funny, impulsive and an overall really realistic character.I identified with her so much,her love of films,her relationship with Maddie, how she felt left out. She struggles a lot in this book, with family and trying to figure out who she is vs who she wants to be. Dadi is one of the sweetest character’s ever, she is quirky and free spirited. Her love for Twinkle just warms my heart.

The romance is adorable and fluffy. Sahil is so swoon-worthy I just loved him so much !!! He is sweet and understanding. He has a blog where we go to see his thoughts as well which I really enjoyed. I liked how the romance developed over time, it wasn’t just thrown in your face from the beginning. We got to see Twinkles feelings grow and deepen throughout the novel.

Overall, I loved everything about this book. From Twinkle, With Love is set to be released on June 5, 2018.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

35068742.jpgTitle: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 377
Rating: 4 Stars


Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

This is the first in a set of three standalone books with crossover characters.


A goal of mine is to read all of Kasie’s books this year, they have been adding up on my kindle, this is book 2 that I get to check off. Love, Life and the list is such a stinking cute story!! This is the perfect fluffy,light hearted read when your in the mood for something quick and fun. I’m not going to lie I got teary eyed a few times throughout the story arc.I am sucker for the in love with your best friend trope.

This book is told in the first person point of view, following Abby, a seventeen year old girl who is trying to prove herself as an artist.She wants the museum she works at to display her art in a show being held at the end of summer. the catch is there is an age restriction, but Abby is determined to be chosen despite her age.The manager tells Abby he finds her art lacking depth and to try again when she turns eighteen. Abby and her family come up with a list of things for Abby to complete to help her gain experiences for her paintings. She and her best friend Cooper set out to accomplish the list before the art show.

I love Abby as a main character and I feel like I relate to her a lot. She feels comfortable in her routine and little bubble,which I completely relate to. She also has a sarcastic humor and I love that!! She is also very passionate about her art and will work on improving her work.

I really liked the family dynamic in the story, Abby’s mother suffered from anxiety and agoraphobia. Abby also has a fantastic relationship with her grandfather, there witty banter was entertaining to read. Her father was deployed for the entirety of the book, I found it sweet how Abby strives to stay in contact through emails and phone calls. It was nice to have the family be a part of the story.

Abby and Cooper are adorable together!! It’s so obvious that they are meant for each other.Love, Life, and the List just made me really happy, it was the perfect Sunday read!I really enjoyed this book and I definitely recommend it.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi // Review

34967819Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Middle-Grade,Fantasy
Pages: 368
Rating: 5 Stars


Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales,
she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from their latest archaeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?


Thanks to Edelweiss and Rick Riordan Presents/Disney Hyperion for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book from Rick Riordan presents, with Disney Books. If your a fan of Riordan’s book’s then this is a must read, its full of hindu mythology, wittty
character’s and an epic quest to save the world. I loved learning more about Idian culture and Hindu mythology, I have never heard any stories about it before. This
is why diversity in book’s is so important. I had so much fun reading this story, it’s told from the point of view of Aru as she embarks on her journey.

This was an AMAZING book!! I couldn’t put it down, its such a fun read. It’s fast paced with short chapter’s. This was my first book by Roshani Chokshi, will have to pick up A Star Touched Queen soon. Chokshi has such a beautiful and magical way of telling a story. Her writing sucks you in and makes you want more.  While reading this book I got so immersed into the story that I forgot it was middle grade. Also look at that cover its absolutely stunning !!

Aru is a wonderful character, she is sassy and has a big imagination that gets her into trouble. Which is basically where this book starts, Aru is trying to impress the popular kid’s from school by telling them about a cursed lamp. Of course the kid’s don’t believe her so to prove her story Aru lights the lamp allowing a powerful demon to escape. Turns out that Aru is one of five reincarnated heroes from Indian mythology.

The side character’s are also amazing, Mini comes off as a little neurotic, she knows all these facts about germs and death. She has insecurities about herself and worries about being left behind.She is quirky and that’s what I lover about her.The friendship and sisterly bond that Aru forms with Mini is wonderful. Another character that I adored was Boo, who is a pigeon. He is the chosen guardian for Aru and Mini on the journey. He is so sassy, I love it!!

This was a great middle grade book full of adventure and witty characters.Fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series will love this book. I highly recommend that people of all ages read this book, you wont be disappointed.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

My Breastfeeding Journey so far

I am a second-time mom and with my oldest, I did breastfeed him but that was 11 years ago. From what I could remember it was pretty easy.I didn’t remember all the early days of feeding but my milk had come in before I even left the hospital with him and everything was going great.Fast forward to baby number 2, Emilia, I knew I wanted to breastfeed her. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding and a lower cost then bottle feeding. I was able to have contact as soon as she was born which was an amazing experience. The first time I tried feeding her she latched on immediately and I thought
see this is as easy as I remember. Afterwards we were moved into our room,with Noah I was lucky enough to not have to room with someone else. This time I was also really lucky, no roommate. Emilia spent most of her stay in the hospital sleeping, which is completely normal for a newborn baby.

Emila was born on Christmas Eve and a lot of the hospital staff were off for the holidays. The lactation specialist was one of those people. There were a few times that Emilia latched on and there was a pinch, I didn’t think much of it but I asked a nurse if she could come in and see what I was doing wrong. She said she couldn’t see any problems but maybe prop a pillow underneath her.

A few days later, I was so sore, nipples were cracked and dry. I had to go back to the hospital for my discharge appointment, because the discharge nurse was also away on holidays during our stay. The baby had lost some weight, the nurse wasn’t to concerned as it was less than 10% but she made me an appointment to come back in a few days. She also sent me over to the breastfeeding clinic, where I got to see a nurse who watched me feed her. She was amazing!! She showed me better ways to position Emilia so she could get a better latch. That night my milk came in.

At the end of the week I had my follow up appointment at the breastfeeding clinic. Emilia had gained some weight back !! It felt great, I was getting the hang of this feeding thing. The nurse again watched me feed,because now Emilia preferred the right side to the left side. Turned out I need to use different positioning for each side for Emilia to get a proper latch.

A few days later, the cracks healed and she was now latching on, . We did it !! We figured out a way to work together and got it done. It’s amazing everything our bodies go through and everything we can accomplish.At her 2 week check up she had gained the weight back and she was back up to her birth weight. YAY!!! My goal is to breastfeed I go back to work at 11 months,but I am planning on pumping while working. I want to give this little girl all the benefits breast milk can give her.

So if your having a hard time in the first week, don’t give up seek help, there are a lot of resources out there for breastfeeding mamma’s.

3 Month Old Baby Emmy Update

Baby Emmy is 3 months old and is officially moving out of the newborn stages.

This girl is a very big baby, at the last doctor’s appointment she weighed 15 pounds and was 27 inches long.She is a super long girl. She’s now wearing size 2 diapers, can fit into 3-6 clothes and size 6 clothes, some of the pants are to long but they are less tight on her belly. She is growing so fast,and getting so big. She’s getting so strong, being able to hold her head up.

She’s interacting with us more, smiling and cooing when we talk to her.It’s so much fun. When we talk to her she coos back at us.It’s so cute Noah will make faces at her and she will have the biggest smile on her face. She loves her brother so much. In the last 2 weeks she’s become interested in a few of her toys,mostly the Sophie the giraffe teether and this kitty crinkle paper. She loves her playmat,it has this little dog toy and she will reach up and try to grab it.She will kick and smile. She’s nearly laughing,she has a little ha! she dose when she’s excited.

She is such an amazing sleeper, I usually will nurse her at 10pm in our bed and she will fall asleep and most nights she will sleep until 4-5am. She will nurse again and then sleeps until 8am. which is really awesome, this is considered to be sleeping through the night. For naps, the first one is usually around 11am and she will sleep until 2 or 3, she will sleep in the wrap as I do the dishes from the night before. She will only fall asleep in the wrap if I’m moving around. Her second nap she takes between 4-5 and she sleep until bath time at 7pm.

She loves being carried in the stretchy wrap.
She wants to chew on anything thats close to her mouth and she’s starting to drool alot.
Loves to kick and swing her arms.
Bathtime, she will kick and spalsh water all over the place.

Tummy-time, is still her most hated thing.

This is a new series I’m planning on posting every month,mainly for myself so I can see Emmy as she grows each month.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

Netflix Shows to Binge Watch // Spring 2018

Today I’m here to bring you a post about my top 10 Netflix shows that I’ve been binge watching.Being home with a new baby leaves little time to read, so I’ve been watching a lot of TV. It’s easy to throw on Netflix while feeding Emmy or cleaning up. If I don’t mention your favorite show make sure to leave me a comment as I’m always in search of new shows to try. I’ve narrowed this list down to only 10 because I have tons and I don’t want this post to be huge. These are in no particular order.

1.Jane the Virgin

Jane is a young latinix writer,working as a waitress in a hotel. Her life drastically changes when she goes to the doctor a virgin and accidentally gets artificiality inseminated with her boss’ sperm. I was not expecting to love this show as much as I do. This show is hilarious, the jokes will have you laughing out loud. The dialogue is so fun and the character’s are great.


2.Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl is an older favorite of mine, I started watching it while still in high school although I never saw the final season until now. The show follows a group of privileged New York teens. This show is not meant to be taken seriously, Serena is the stereotypical blond party girl, Blair is a queen of the school, Nate the pretty boy, Chuck is a womanizing party boy and Dan the outsider. The actors/actresses are gorgeous and the setting is glamorous. I love this show so much, I will forever ship Blair/Chuck!!



I’ve watched this show for 13 years now, its a drama that follows two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester. They hunt supernatural creatures, the show takes a turn in season 4 and starts to include biblical character’s. Dean will forever be one of my favorite character’s. If you’re new to this show then you’re in for one crazy wild ride.This show has everything; love,friendship,family. But it’s the character’s that will keep you coming back.



This is probably my favorite show, it has it’s problems but I still love it. This show follows the Gallagher family, Frank is an absent alcoholic father played by William H Macy. Fiona(Emmy Rossum) is the eldest daughter of six children, she holds the family together while dealing with crazy situations that her family goes through. The casting is terrific, I love these character’s so much. Some have left the show and it has gone slightly down hill but I still love this show so much!


5.The Office

This show is pretty new to me, I first watched it 2 years ago. I’m usually not a huge fan of comedy shows, but this one is perfect. It’s filmed as if it were a documentary, about a paper company and it’s employees. Steve carrel plays Micheal Scott the manager of the company, and he’s brilliant!! The character’s are all well developed and funny in their own way. Jim/Pam’s relationship is adorable, and there pranks on Dwight is the highlight of the show. This show is perfect for a self care binge watch.


6.Jessica Jones

It’s been 2 years since I watched season 1, I’m currently in the middle of a re-watch as season 2 was released last week. This show is incredible ! Jessica is a kick-ass PI with super strength, after going through some major trauma’s she tries to rebuild her life while suffering from PTSD. Killgrave (David Tennant) is one of the best villain’s ever. He is a sociopath with the ability to control minds. This show is just so good !


7.Gilmore Girls

What kind of list would this be if I didn’t include Gilmore Girls. I come back to this show every fall,it’s my comfort show. Gilmore Girls is my favorite TV show of all times. The story follows a mother/daughter relationship, in a small town in Connecticut. I love the witty dialog, and the complex relationships of the character’s. I could write pages and pages about these character’s and why I love them so much, but I wont do that right now.You won’t regret watching this show, you will laugh and cry, its just so good.



A Canadian show about Amy Fleming, a teenage girl who has a special gift for understanding and treating troubled horses. This is a heartwarming, family centered show. I love the characters and love the horses. The setting is in Alberta and it’s a beautiful backdrop for the show.Once you see a few episode’s it will pull you in to keep wanting more.I strongly recommend this show.


9. Outlander

Claire Randall,a combat nurse from 1945 who is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. I had never read the book’s before watching the show, as of now I’ve read half of book one. The show follows the book pretty closely. I loved their choice of actors to take on the roles of Jamie and Claire,there perfect. The costumes and scenery are gorgeous. The show has the right amount of action to romance.


10. This is Us

The lives of Rebecca, Jack and their three children – Kevin, Kate and Randall – are followed at different points in time. The Rebecca and Jack stories generally take place during the early stage of their marriage. Separate stories for Kevin, Kate and Randall are followed in their adult years. I was hooked right from the first episode.I LOVED IT ! It was wonderfully written,the acting is excellent. This show will continue to break your heart, but you will keep coming back.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve watched any of these shows and what you thought!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker // Review

34841233Title: DROPKICKromance
Author: Cyrus Parker
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 5 Stars


A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.

The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.



This is a poetry debut I was HIGHLY anticipating and I wasn’t disappointed.

I cannot explain how much I LOVED this poetry collection !!! I was reading it while in the waiting room at my doctor’s office, trying to fight back tears. The tears won by the way, all these strangers were looking at me but I didn’t care. Cyrus put so much emotion into his writing. You can feel all the pain and heartache he endures in the beginning. The
first half of the book tells the story of an abusive long distance relationship. His words
are beautiful and you could tell he put a lot of himself into this book. The second half of the book was about his wife Amanda, who is the Author of  The Princess Saves herself in this one. Knowing this section was about her, made the connection I felt to the poems all the more powerful. Amanda wrote a the forward to the book and it was so touching. Cyrus and Amanda are such a loving and inspirational couple, they are also very nice people!!

This is a poetry collection about the path of healing, the journey to self discovery, and love. Cyrus writes with raw honesty, that makes his book stand out from other collections.I honestly can’t wait for more book’s from him in the future, he is definitely a favorite poet of mine. Pick up a copy of this book, I promise you wont be disappointed.

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie

The witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace // Review

34518216Title: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 Stars


The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Today is the release day (March 6 2018) and even though I just ordered my copy, I couldn’t wait to read it. So I bought the kindle version. I LOVED The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One! I’m so excited to have finally read this book, it feels like I have been waiting forever to get a copy. Amanda is such a talented and inspiring writer. Princess will always have a special place in my heart but this collection is my new favorite.

This poetry collection includes topics on feminism,rape culture,body shaming,eating disorders,abuse and many more. This collection of poems are powerful and empowering.

Reviewing poetry is difficult because there not written like a novel, but I found that the overall flow of the poems went really well together.This collection isn’t as personal as Princess, it focuses more on women as a whole group. Amanda has definitely grown as a writer. I love her writing and I will continue to support her in the future.

I am always blown away by her poems. Words  cannot express how much I loved this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!

Goodreads: Stephanie Gillespie