Girl, Wash Your Face

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With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

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love this book.

Rachel’s experiences resonated with me on a deep level. Her stories are at turns heart-breaking, inspirational, up-lifting and empowering. The way she approached her book, by addressing a different lie she told herself in each chapter, makes it easy for her audience to absorb her messages. It also means that you can go back and reference specific lies and lessons easily, without re-reading the book cover to cover.

I borrowed the audiobook through my library Hoopla account, but – and this is the first time I can ever remember saying this – I am going to purchase a physical copy of the book as well, so that I can read and reference the book over and over. Not because I can’t get through the audiobook. I loved it. I just want a physical copy too.

Ya’ll, that is how real this book is.

Rachel reads the audio version herself, and both the writing and her narration are superb. It feels like “real talk” with a trusted girlfriend. I don’t find “ra-ra” cheerleader type self-help books to ever be applicable in my life. I’m too much of a cynic I suppose. Rachel’s book is much more grounded in real-life examples that are easy to relate to.

If there is only one self-improvement title you read this year, choose this book.

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Kingsman- a film review

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Synopsis: A juvenile delinquent is recruited into a top secret British spy agency by a stylish mentor who trains him tin the skills of his craft.

Trailer (via Youtube)

Kingsman is a cross between James Bond and a B teen movie, but somehow it works. I remember laughing at the trailer for this when it was in theatres and declining an offer to go, but I was bored and it was on netflix …

I caught it last weekend and Kingsman was actually pretty entertaining! Parts were pretty fantastical, such the bullet-proof umbrella and the whole slicing a man in half bit. There is an incredible dearth of blood up until the end, despite all the violence. All in all, it was a completely unbelievable – yet amusing – story.

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I was very impressed with Colin Firth’s performance. I love actors who can play a wide variety of roles and this one is about as far from King George as you can get.

My favourite parts were the testing stages, from underwater escape rooms to Halo jumps.

I have a little bit of adrenaline junky in me and it would be cool to do this. Not saying I would do the first, because I don’t actually want to experience a likely-to-die scenario, but it would be an AWESOME story to tell, if you did survive.

There isn’t all that much story in Kingsman, but what is plentiful is the fun. It made me laugh. I said it above, but this movie is very James Bond with all the impossible situations and crazy tech, but I was more so reminded of Ethan Cross, from the Mission Impossible series. Firth’s motto “manners maketh the man” is a good one to live by, and something a lot of us could use the gentle reminder of.

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I didn’t understand the the “R” rating that the movie received. It felt very Disney because despite the violence, there was little blood, gore, or repercussion. I certainly feel that 14A would have sufficed.

Minor, minor spoiler:

The only questionable bit was at the end, where the Norwegian Princess offers the young hero anal sex in exchange for saving the world. If the movie was bumped up to an R rating for that one small line, and a quick glimpse of bare ass, it’s a little bizarre compared to some other movies out there that are 14A.

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The Undomestic Goddess – a review

Sophie Kinsella is my favourite contemporary British author. She’s writes humourous chick lit, and let me tell you, it is hard to find funny adult books!

My favourite aspects of her novels is their lightheartedness and silliness, and that they are such quick reads. You can breeze through one in an evening, or pick it up and continue from where you left off three weeks ago, no backtracking required.

Here are the deets:

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Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

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I envy Samantha. She walks out of her old life and mindlessly, accidentally finds a fabulous new one. And yes it is quite a mess at first. She has to work really hard to learn new skills and smooth over seemingly impossible situations but she does so with grace and never doubts her ability to overcome new challenges.

I constantly doubt myself and certainly don’t seem to have the fire that Samantha feels inside, even at her lowest point.

The number of times I’ve wanted to just walk out of my life, get on a train and make a fresh start somewhere else… ! I feel like I get the chance to live a little vicariously through Sam.

I admire her ability to turn a fresh start into a really positive life, building a network of new friends and family around her and you can see where her life is heading at the end of the book. It takes great confidence to turn your back on something you have been working towards for your entire life when you realize that it isn’t what you really want, and to re-invent yourself. Particularly when everyone from that old life tells you that you’re crazy.

Highly recommend this one for a light read.

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This Means War

This Means War is a 2012 movie starring Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy. It’s a romantic comedy about two CIA agents (partners) who fall in love with the same girl and then – unbeknownst to her – compete for her love.

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I love how funny this movie is and light-hearted. It is pure entertainment. The extent to which (FDR) Pine and (Tuck) Hardy go to win their lady’s affections and undermine the other guy are wonderfully ridiculous and entertaining. And most certain in violation of the United States Constitution. Talk about expropriating Agency resources!

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Okay, from the photos, you can probably that I have a little bit of a crush on Tuck. As wonderful as FDR was, the decision would have been no problem for me! I mean, look at this guy …

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… Plus he has a British accent, an adorable personality and mad fighting skills.

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Big Bang Theory

Oh man, I just watched tonight’s episode of the Big Bang Theory and it was quite likely my favourite episode ever!

It had the perfect balance of timing between the growing number of characters and was just. so. damn. funny! Yes, that needed to be emphasized. I love the show and wish there were more comedies like it on air. My life, like many people’s, doesn’t have enough joy and laughter and lightness in it, so the last thing I want to do in my evening is watch some depressing drama. Sorry Grey’s Anatomy fans.

The last few seasons of BBT haven’t been as funny to me, and I think others agree since their ratings stay high but they stopped winning all the comedic television show awards. I even stopped watching the show live, saving up several episodes to binge-watch together without commercials, because otherwise the show was broken up every time a scene gained momentum, and I would end up with this show that I enjoyed but never laughed out loud at. That was sad, in the past I would laugh til I cried and I wanted those good endorphins back. Tonight’s episode was their best in a long time.

I laughed hysterically at the one liners, enjoyed every character from Bernie to Raj to Sheldon, and thought the writing was excellent. This episode wasn’t counting on Sheldon’s idiosyncrasies to carry the laughs, it was genuinely funny and witty throughout. I also loved the big life changes that came to a few of the characters.

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Leonard had an ‘affair’ with a woman scientist on the boat in the Black Sea, a few years ago? Did not see that one coming.

Amy broke up with Sheldon?!

Sheldon was going to propose to Amy?!! Actually I saw that one coming, but he still played it so perfectly that I was in awe of the moment.

And finally, Penny and Leonard are going to get married in Vegas. Yay elopement! I was hoping that we would get to see her Dad again, and meet more members of both of their families, but I didn’t really want a wedding episode. I feel like we had that whole moment with Bernadette’s wedding and then the prom episode, and I like how they decide to handle the wedding. It fits the characters.

It felt like a final episode to the season, but I really hope not because I can’t imagine not getting the fall-out from all these big decisions. Considering they just took a two or three week break and this one was the regular twenty minutes in length, there should be a least one more episode before the season closes and I will definitely be watching for it.

Tonight, the funniest episode in years aired so if you have been on the fence about the show for the last while, it’s time to catch up now.

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