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Practically Imperfect by Mary Frame

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Synopsis:

Gemma McDougall is certain about three things: One, she’s never going to lose her Latina ass. Two, her career is more important than the crappy (and nonexistent) relationships she’s had to endure her entire adult life. Three, she’s going to get the next promotion to detective if it kills her. But then her job literally almost kills her, and she’s forced into unwanted medical leave.

Sam London is certain about three things: One, he has no idea how to have a normal adult relationship and will likely die cold and alone, ravaged by wild dogs. Two, playing a game of Drinking Jenga, while fun, also leads to late nights sneaking into the neighbor’s yard and getting held at gunpoint by the neighbor’s daughter. Three, he has no idea what kind of trouble Gemma McDougall has gotten herself into, but he’s going to be a part of it, no matter what.

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I really enjoyed reading this series. I loved all the characters and their stories. I heard that a book bundle of this series will be available soon and that it will be cheaper than buying the books one by one. So, if you liked the blurb and decided to read the Imperfect series you should consider buying the book bundle.

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Happy weekend everyone!

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Practically Imperfect by Mary Frame

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I finished this book a while ago and I’m currently writing a review with a friend. Hopefully, it will be up on our bookaholicfairies blog by tomorrow. I really enjoyed it. Thanks Ms. Frame for sending us a copy! I think she have an ongoing giveaway at goodreads right now, check her facebook page here. I’ll post the link here later once our book review is available. If you love books and book-related giveaways go visit our book blog at http://www.bookaholicfairies.blogspot.com.

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Speaking of giveaways, it’s been a while since I joined one, but I won the first
instagram giveaway i joined this year. It made me so happy! I won a paperback copy of The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter which is one of my favorite PNR series. Thanks again Ms. Hunter for that awesome Instagram giveaway. =)

Update on my sister’s wedding playlist: Were still looking for more songs. I didn’t realize how hard it could be to create a wedding playlist. I think she’s down to two songs for her “walking down the aisle song” (she have to choose just one song). For those who are getting married soon, or even those couples whose not on that stage yet but are planning to get married in the future, I suggest you start taking note of those songs you love that are wedding appropriate. Just write it down on your notepad and hide it in your documents.  I promise, it will be very useful later.

If you have any wedding song in mind you’d like to share, please let me know. Book recommendations are also welcome! Hit on the comment box below. Thanks in advance!

April Weddings & a font nightmare.

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In December 2014, I made a post regarding my best friend’s engagement. Just recently, my sister also got engaged with her boyfriend. Now, they are going to have their weddings on the same date. Awesome, they have the same wedding anniversary! Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to attend either because I ran out of vacation leaves. I just got back from a two and a half month vacation. I do feel terrible about it but there’s nothing I can do. Also, my sister is getting married in California, my best friend’s wedding is in Manila, and I’m currently in Riyadh. Good luck with that. Anyway, I’m excited for both of them, I can’t wait to see the videos and pictures of their weddings!

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I am helping my sister out remotely. I made their wedding invitation using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) 2.8. It’s a pretty cool photo editor software (and its free). It is a litle overwhelming at first because there’s so many tools and buttons to learn, but It wasn’t too hard to use. I finished the invitations in a couple of days or so. Which I think turned out really well. I had to finish it quickly because the fonts were haunting me in my sleep! I had a Font Nightmare! LOL. It’s so hard to choose the perfect font.  It didn’t help that I know several sites where you can get gazillion kinds of fonts for free. (1001fonts.com or dafont.com) I downloaded a bunch. I narrowed it down to 14 fonts and made my sister pick one. Anyway, I’m glad that part is over. I am currently helping my sister out with the wedding playlist.

Do you have any song in mind that should be added on a wedding playlist? Please leave a message on the comment box if you have any recommendations. Thanks in advance!

Tips to control overspending

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Many of us are guilty of overspending. Some have already spent their salaries in advance (even though it’s still weeks before they receive their salaries) with the use of their credit cards. Personally, I tend to overspend on groceries and I don’t feel too bad about it because I’m buying food anyway. However, overspending is still bad. So, how do you control overspending?

1. Create a budget. I know its easy to say this but difficult to practice it. Make sure that your budget is feasible. Some people do the 70-30 (70% general expenses, 30% savings), 70-20-10 (70% general expenses, 20% savings, 10% tithes), etc. Make a budget that you think will work for you. Set an amount for specific expenses such as grocery shopping, date night expenses, clothes shopping, etc.

2. Make a list. Before going to the grocery store, write a list of the things you need to buy. Stick to the list. Be strong! Also, avoid going to the store hungry, you’ll end up buying stuff that looks good even though its not in your list. I usually go the store after work, so, I’m often tired and hungry. I end up buying stuff I don’t usually buy because it looks delicious. Haha. There are so many tips on how to reduce your grocery expenses on Pinterest. You may want to check those out too. They are very helpful, specially if you want to eat healthy food minus the huge expense. Fruits and vegetables can be expensive, specially the organic ones.

3. Practice delayed gratification. This applies really well on material stuff like computers, cellphones and other gadgets. If you don’t have the cash now, try to save up first. Don’t charge it on your credit card. Trust me, even before you pay off the amount (plus the interest) you will charge in your card, the price of that gadget already depreciated. Also, there are some store who give discounts if you pay in cash. Most people like to have the newest gadgets once they come out. Apple, Samsung and other companies have elaborate unveiling of their new products to entice people to pay an exorbitant amount for their latest stuff. Believe me, waiting for a few months for the hype to go down will save you some money. 

4. Live simply. This pretty much answers the whole overspending problem. You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses. Know what you can or cannot afford. Know your wants and needs. Don’t spend to look rich, save your money to be actually rich.

I hope this helps. If you have more tips to avoid overspending, just leave a message at the comment box! Thanks! =)

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