I’ll be MIA for a little while.

Hi!

I know I haven’t updated in almost a week. I’ve been in this horrible reading slump, so I haven’t been updating or doing reviews because of that. NOW we have this hurricane coming (I’m in Florida in case you weren’t aware), so I will probably be away from blogging a little bit longer. Need to prepare for this hurricane (hurricane Irma) and figure out what we are doing. It’s so hard when you have three cats and a dog! We definitely have to go somewhere though, because we are only a mile from the beach and we can’t stay here.

Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update and let you know that I’ll probably be gone for a little while longer from the blogosphere. LOTS to do and figure out with very little time to do it, ughhh.

In case you missed it;
Recap|| August.
Book Haul|| August.

I hope you have a great day! Be back soon!

ashleyblack

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I’m back!

Hey!

Just wanted to quickly say that I am back from vacation and will hopefully be jumping back into blogging and catching up here. I have a ton to update about (SC, VA, DC, NYC, BookCon, and more) and pictures to share, so hopefully sometime soon I can do that. We actually just got back maybe an hour or so ago. I go straight back to work tomorrow, so I’ll be pretty busy the rest of the week.

Feel free to check out my Instagram heyyitsashleyย to see pictures from our vacation right now if you don’t want to wait until my post goes up. ๐Ÿ˜› Or you can search the hashtag “averywileyadventure” on Instagram to see all the pictures that way as well. I ended up taking over 500 pictures and I posted about 100 or so to Instagram throughout the time we were gone.

Here’s a couple of my favorites from Central Park.ย I have so many favorite pictures from this entire vacation though. We did so many things and seen so many cool things.

Hopefully at some point this week I’ll also finally have my May wrap up and May book haul posts up on my blog. I have them started, but just need to finish them up and take a few pictures for my book haul post.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Be on the look out for a few posts coming this week and next week. I’m actually going to post a review for The Unlikelies right after this and then go force my furbabies to love me, because I missed them so much. ๐Ÿ˜› I also need to get myself back to reality and I am beyond tired.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

 

Random|| Vacation & Short Hiatus.

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Hi!

I am leaving for my honeymoon/vacation this weekend, so you won’t see any posts and stuff from me for a little over a week. I’m so excited for the trip though! First we’ll be driving to VA/DC area for a few days, which I am beyond excited about. I’ve always wanted to go to DC.

We are also going to BookCon next weekend in NYC, which will hopefully be amazing. Signing tickets went quickly, but luckily a lot of authors I want to see have in-booth signings as well. Adam Silvera, Stephanie Perkins, Nicola Yoon, Renee Ahdieh, Marie Liu. Just a few that I hope to catch their in-booth signings. Sad I didn’t get Leigh Bardugo tickets, but those went SO FAST! I did get tickets for Veronica Roth, Danielle Paige, Morgan Matson, and of course Barry Lyga!

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Barry Lyga is the number one person I’m most excited about. We were going to go on Sunday as well, but we are skipping so we can see more of NYC instead and I’m totally cool with that! I am super stoked about Morgan Matson too. I read her Broken Hearts and Revenge series that she wrote under “Katie Finn”, so I tweeted her asking if Katie Finn would be able to make an appearance (LOL) to sign some books too and she said “for sure”! That’s one of my favorite series. I feel like I’m getting a two for one with her signing, because I can get a book signed by Morgan Matson and Katie Finn. ๐Ÿ˜› lol.

I got Veronica Roth and Danielle Paige under the hubby’s badge, but I am hoping they’ll let me go in his place. If not, he’ll be getting books signed for me. Total bummer, because I originally wanted Veronica Roth but at the time getting my tickets there weren’t any. I checked later in the day and there was one available but my spots were used up and he had an opened spot. I was sitting at the computer when tickets went on “sale” and as I was looking through the list of who I wanted, tickets were getting sold out quick. Totally my fault, I should have figured out who I wanted ahead of time. Live and learn for next time.

My May monthly wrap up and book haul will be late this month since I won’t get back home until June 7th. I am officially (minus working from home today) on vacation! We leave Sunday, yay! Today aside from working at home, I have a ton of things to do to get ready for the trip. I totally slacked this week and did nothing, the usual. I’m always a last minute person. I do my best work last minute? ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, that’s all! Just wanted to give you guys an update letting you know that I will be MIA for a little bit. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at BookCon if you’re attending!

Follow me on Instagram to see pictures throughout our trip! HEYYITSASHLEY (two “Y”s). Also, my Bookstagram (book Instagram account): FOREVERBOOKISH_ย 

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #38.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer Reads Freebie.

I hope you have a great day, weekend, and week next week!

ashleyblue

Random|| Update & Pictures.

Hi! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a big picture post for you guys! It’s been almost a month since I’ve done one. I think the last one was just before my wedding. I want to share more wedding pictures too, but I probably won’t do that this post. I’m waiting to see the pictures that I get from the photographer. Anyway, onto the picture! It’s a mix of random pictures and bookish pictures.

For the bachelorette party, we decided to go to Key West. Stopped along the way to get pictures.ย We topped on the seven mile bridge to get a picture of the water. The last picture is the sunset when we were out at the bars. So pretty!ย We saw this HUGE mermaid along the way and I had to get a picture of that, so we stopped there.

mom, me, older sister, younger sister, amanda, christina, and aunt.

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We camped when we were in Key West instead of staying at a hotel. Our campsite was right on the water. I don’t have the picture on my phone anymore to post here, but a HUGE iguana crawled right out of the water. It was pretty crazy. They just chill out there and in the bathrooms. I seen one try to get into someone else’s tent.

Here’s a random picture of my wedding cake. We had a Doctor Who cake topper, because we both LOVE Doctor Who. I also had macrons at my wedding and they were so good! I am dying to go get some more and they are my new obsession.

Speaking of new obsessions, why didn’t anyone tell me that the bath bombs from Lush are so freaking HUGE! I was like “WTF”. I feel like I’ve been lied to all my life with the ones that I’ve been buying on Etsy or Target. They are TINY compared to the ones you get from Lush. I plan to order more ASAP.

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A week after being married and on our way to the pizza festival, which sucked badly. We didn’t even stay for it and ended up going out to eat somewhere else instead.

So I moved my bookshelves again, hahah. I swear I move them at least once a month. Our bedroom is really odd shaped, so I ended up putting all my bookshelves and my chaise in the area in our bedroom that is never used and I really love this new setup so much! I am in love with my new tapestry too. Such pretty colors. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am pretty happy with this new setup. Now I just need to get two more black bookcases to replace the brown ones I have, so they all match.

Just some randoms. A little dandelion puff. A sea shell. A pineย cone. I found the pine cone at the park where the pizza festival was being held. That was probably the best part of the day, because I hadn’t seen one in years.

I finished The Darkest Minds on Thursday, it was so amazing and everything I hoped it would be and why the heck did I not read it sooner? It crushed my heart. I started PS I Like You on Friday morning and finished it Friday night. I read the entire day and couldn’t put it down. I loved it so freaking much! Ahhh it was so cute. I am currently reading Isla and the Happily Ever After now and it’s great so far.

It’s not a picture post without these three. Dax, ColbyJack, October. These three are pretty amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh and here are some other furbabies that I love….

The outside kitty, which I am obsessed with. She always hangs around our house and she’s so cute and sweet. She probably sticks around because I feed her though, let’s be real. ๐Ÿ˜› And DIGBY! We watched Andy’s parents’ dog for a week, which was fun. October wasn’t really fond of him much, but it was all good. He’s so cuddly and I wish my furbabies were.

Other random pictures. Hanging out by the pool. The weather was really nice. And taking Dax on a walk before work the other day.

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The new season of Doctor Who started on Saturday and I loved the first episode so much. I think I am really going to love the new companion. She reminds me of a mix of Rose, Martha, and Donna. I was telling Andy that she has all three personalities and it’s perfect! I even got teary eyed a couple times during the first episode, lol. I am really looking forward to this new season, except that it’s Capaldi’s last season. I am not ready for him to go. I love him so much as the Doctor and I don’t think he’s had enough time as the Doctor. He’s my second favorite after Ten. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

How was your Easter if you celebrate? What’s your favorite Easter candy? Mine is Cadbury Mini Eggs. If you don’t celebrate Easter, how was your Sunday? What’s your favorite non-holiday Candy? ๐Ÿ˜€

Add me on Instagram:
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That’s all for this post! I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Random|| Update & Pictures.

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Hello!

I haven’t updated in almost a week, but I have been SO SO busy. This weekend I was able to finish up all the wedding DIYs that I had to do, which included making the boutonnieres for the guys, doing little touch ups to the bouquets, and decorating the arch. My older sister helped with a lot of it and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it without her! I also spent a lot of time shopping all weekend trying to gather all the last minute things that I need. You guys….I get married in like FIVE DAYS! AHHH! There have been so many hiccups with planning this wedding and things not working out for me. I really hope it turns out good. Here are a few pictures of some of the things my sister and I made!

Boutonnieres.

The one with the book page heart is for the groomsmen and the one with the book page flower is for Andy (the groom). I didn’t include pictures of the bouquets, but they are similar. The bridesmaids have little book page hearts in theirs and I have a book page flower in mine to match Andy’s.

Arch.

This is the arch that my sister and I decorated. Weย still need to put one more strand of the purple flowers in the back and also trip the fabric at the bottom, but that’s pretty much what it’ll look like when it’s finished. It took us so long to do it. I think we were outside for like four hours yesterday. I really hope it survives the drive to the venue.

The weekend before last I went to a St. Patrick’s Day parade with my my mom, cousin, and her son. It was SOOO hot outside, but pretty fun. Left is a picture of my mom and I. Right is a picture of my cousin’s son and I drinking frozen lemonade, which were amazing.

A couple pictures from actual St. Patrick’s Day. Andy, me, and my sister. And the little had I wore. It was a really fun night. I went out with my mom and then around 10ish Andy and my older sister came out.

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I read two Tarryn Fisher books last week. I finished Bad Mommy, which was pretty good but different than what I expected it to be. I gaveย it 3.5 stars. I absolutely hated (actually LOVED) F*ck Love. It made me so angry, but I could not stop reading it.

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I think I will finally read The Song Rising next. I wanted to give it my full attention and I also wasn’t ready for it. I’ve been so busy, so I knew I wouldn’t be reading much. I think I will be starting it next week and I am so stoked. I got some cool Bone Season bookmarks in the mail (I’ll post in my haul post next week) and can’t wait to use them with this book! I am obsessed with this series and Warden.

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Here is a current picture of my reading area in my living room! I’ll eventually have a room for all my books and my new chaise, but I have to wait a few months for that to happen. I also need to clean out the other room, because it’s pretty backed with boxes and wedding stuff. It’s good for now though. Once the wedding is over and we catch up on things, I will be getting new bookcases…so that’ll be when I move everything into the other room. For now it’s like a storage room and it’s baaaad! I plan to go on a MAJOR decluttering spree of the house once things get back to normal again.

Random flowers. I am obsessed with the cacti and the color of them. And I am living for the pink roses. I want to go back and buy them all.

Random picture of the lighthouse we bought for the backyard and a ferris wheel when I went to the carnival with my niece, nephew, and older sister.

That’s pretty much it for this post. I wanted to give you guys an update since I haven’t in awhile and I am still here. We have family coming in all week, starting tonight. It’s going to be a crazy busy week for me. Should be fun though! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll have my book haul (it’s a pretty big haul) and wrap up posts next week.

In case you missed it;
Happy Release Day, RENEGADE RED!
Friday Finds #60.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Random|| Update, Birthday Haul, Pictures.

Hello!

The last update I did was in February, oops. It was my February recap/book haul post, which I was pretty proud of my reading that month. ๐Ÿ˜€ I figured today I will do an update and picture post with that’s happening in my life right now. I haven’t done one in awhile. I’ve been pretty busy getting all my wedding stuff done. Almost time! About sixteen days away…yikes! I still have so many little things to do. I think it’ll all come together though, so I’m not too freaked out….yet.

One of the little things below. Andy and I labeled about 60 of these things the other night.

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Last Friday (March 3rd) I had a birthday! I turned 29…dang! I am getting so old, but luckily for me I don’t feel or look 29; so it’s all good. ๐Ÿ˜› I worked on my birthday, but then I went out with my old sister and that was fun. I ate cake for breakfast for three days straight too.

The fiance got me this emoji birthday balloon, which I love so much. Taco Bell for my birthday and it was amazing as always.

I was pretty spoiled this year as far as birthday gifts go and I got some pretty amazing gifts from my family and friends.ย Want to see my birthday haul?

These are a mix of gifts from my two sisters, Shelbie (book_shelbs) and Maren (The Worn Bookmark). Everything is amazing and on point to what I like. They know me so well. I am living for my Rumple & Belle sticker and my shark pizza shirt. I love everything so much…ahhhh! It’s a mix of books, Funkos, Stickers, Doctor Who, Supernatural, CATS, PIZZA, Pokemon!! A Stranger Things candle, which smells like Eleven’s waffles and it’s amazing. Hah. Love those girls. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My cousin Michelle got me a ton of things for my birthday as well. A few shirts, which are cute. Nail polish and lots of photo crafts and a travel box, which will be perfect for saving my honeymoon stuff in! Andy’s parents got me this amazing shirt; books & cats yessss! And a Target gift card. Target is my favorite store…ever.

While I am talking about cute stuff, I’ll show you my Sherlock Nerdy Post. I usually save it for a monthly subscription post, but I probably won’t do one this month. I think this Sherlock box was my favorite one yet! I skipped the Disney box, but I am getting the Middle Earth one next month. ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, onto my Sherlock Nerdy Post unboxing!

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This is everything together and I’ll post below of some of my favorite things. Included were a ton of awesome quotes/prints, bookmarks, sticker, enamel pin, notepad, and a new item they never had before…WASHI TAPE! I am obsessed with washi tape.

A few of my favorite things.

I also go the Sherlock Nerdy Tee that went along with the box. It’s a separate subscription though. I am obsessed with this shirt!

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This isn’t a book blog without talking about books, so here are a couple books that I got on Tuesday. Some highly anticipated books that I have been dying to get my hands on.

The Song Rising…finally. I know I just read the first two books last month, but it’s been a hard couple weeks waiting for this book. I know some of you have been waiting years, but holy crap this series is everything to me. I need my Warden. And GOODBYE DAYS! You beautiful beautiful sad (crying still) book. I loved this book so much and I am glad to finally have a finished copy in my hands.

My mom, sister, and aunt went out one Friday night to the beach to drink. There was a live band too. Can we just appreciate these blender cup drinks? Our drinks came in a cup that looked like a dang blender and they were amazing.

I may or may not have posted this picture on the blog before, but Dax celebrated his 7th birthday in February. Seven years old. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ *crying* He’s still very much a puppy though. He’s not a grumpy old man yet.

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While I am showing you furbabies with hats….I bought this little hat for St. Patrick’s Day and I had to put it on ColbyJack. He hates hats, but I can’t help but want to put ALL THE HATS on him. A million picture attempts later, this is what I got…

And here’s a couple pictures of my girly October. She’s so pretty and she’s growing so fast and I hate it. I want her to stay tiny forever. She’ll be one in June (or July).

And this picture of Dax, haha. ๐Ÿ˜› And sorry…but another picture of Dax, because look at his face! He was having the time of life at the park.

I may or may not have two outside cats that look almost identical to my inside cats, lol. Why am I a crazy cat lady? Seriously….

Here are some random nature type pictures. Sky, flowers, trees, etc. I love taking pictures of things outdoors, but I honestly hate bugs and all of that. lol. Andy wants to go camping and I’m like “is there a house though?”.

Here is a picture of the Status of Liberty bookmark that I got because I am going to New York City for part of my honeymoon! It’s from Craftedvan. The other picture is a picture of my mom’s pineapple that she’s growing. It’s so pretty right now and colorful.

That’s all for this update and post. So many pictures! Feel free to follow me on any of my Instagram accounts to see more pictures! ๐Ÿ˜€

Instagram: heyyitsashleyย โ€“ personal Instagram account
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ย โ€“ book Instagram account

OH YEAH, a year ago today I got engaged. ๐Ÿ˜› AHHH! It’s also Bird’s birthday today (Shattered Blue), so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HER! I can’t wait for you guys to read Renegade Red when it releases next week. She was actually in on the entire plot with Andy proposing to me. Since Shattered Blue has been a big part of my life and the engagement, it was only fitting to include it in my engagement photo shoot last year.

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I hope you have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

ashleypurple

Random|| Update & Pictures.

Hello! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been awhile since I’ve last done this type of post. I think the middle of October was the last time. It is definitely time for a new one. Warning; you might see double pictures because I can’t remember where I stopped since it’s been awhile since I’ve last done this post. It will also be picture heavy! Anyway, onto my life update and pictures!

The beach that is down the street from me has Margaritaville that just opened up there, so my mom, aunt, and I went to the beach and walked around. We got frozen margaritas and other drinks. It was a lot of fun. We also ate at 5 o’clock Somewhere, which was really nice. They had chairs in the sand and it was really cool!

Mine and the fiance’s Halloween engagement party was in October as well. It turned out to be a lot of fun minus all the wind that messed up decorations. My sisters and I made these treats for the party and I dressed up as Harry Potter. I then resurrected my HP costume to go to a Halloween party at the local bar with my sister. She was a cat, so I told her that she could be my house pet. hah.

I was able to visit my dad in November. It was the first time in a really long time (years) since I last seen him. It was a lot of fun being able to see him again and I definitely want to make it a point to see him more. He had the coolest yard and garden. So many different plants, flowers, and trees. Most that he grew himself and takes care of. Mom, dad, and I in the top picture.

We found a fire pit at Goodwill for $30 and decided to buy it. Since then we have been having a ton of fires and roasting marshmallows and making smores a lot lol. Pretty much addicted lately, for sure.

In November they have the Camelot Days Renaissance festival here. It’s always fun seeing everyone dressed up. They also have different shows to watch, tents to buy stuff, and FOOOOOD! I may or may not have been always found at the beer tent. ๐Ÿ˜› I love this festival because I love Merlin and King Arthur.

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I went to see some of my favorite bands in November. I sadly already moved all my pictures from the concert to my other computer, so you only get a picture of The Wonder Years. I also seen Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, Moose Blood, and Seaway. I love them all so much, so it was cool getting to see them all in one night! I’ve seen Knuckle Puck and Real Friends like five times, hah. They never get old, love them so much. I seen The Wonder Years a couple times and it was my first time seeing Moose Blood and Seaway. So much fun!

Thanksgiving! I didn’t get a ton of pictures on Thanksgiving. To be honest, I was pretty drunk most of Thanksgiving. OOPS. I was bored and started drinking early, hah. It was still a lot of fun and the food was awesome of course. ๐Ÿ˜€ October is totally in the Thanksgiving spirit, hah.

It’s that time! It’s that freaking time of the year! FA-LA-LA-LA-LA! I actually had my Christmas tree up the day after Halloween, because I am that person. Last year I made a fireplace for my stockings. This year I made a giant present and decorated it and hung our stockings. I even got another stocking for October, because she needed one too!

The fiance’s parents got me this really cool sugar skull Christmas ornament! I also got myself this really awesome doormat with flamingos wearing Christmas hats. I love Flamingos. I also got some other cool Christmas ornaments this year for my tree, sorry no pictures. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I failed you guys.

I rearranged my bookshelves. This was in October and now they are a disaster again. Mostly cluttered with stuff that I don’t know where else to put them, sigh. Also, ColbyJack will forever be the king of photobombing my bookstagraming. Doctor Who recently turned 53, so you know I had to take a picture. I LOVE DW so much.

Some random pictures. My sister bought me this cute shark bracelet. Everyone knows I am obsessed with sharks. Kokomo – “Off the Florida Keys, there’s a place called kokomo; that’s where you go to get away from it all.”. Everyone knows that I am obsessed with the Beach Boys. I actually seen them in concert twice and John Stamos played with them both times! In case you didn’t know, John Stamos is my celebrity crush. First hot chocolate of the season. I sent out my wedding invitations; it took me over four hours to get them done! And it’s that time of the year for peppermint bark. It’s my favorite Christmasy candy.

ARE YOU STILL WITH ME? SO MANY PICTURES TO SHARE! I THINK I HAVE A FEW MORE SETS AND THEN YOU ARE FREE TO GO, PROMISE.

Some more randoms. I bought this new shirt and I am obsessed with it. I honestly want to wear it everyday and buy it in ALL the colors. Maren (The Worn Bookmark) and Lauren (Shattered Blue) sent the fiance and I some pizza stones for our wedding gifts and we used them and we love them and PIZZA! I started doing the dot-to-dots in my Dot-to-Doc book. Pretty time consuming, but it’s fun.

We took my nephew fishing. He loves to go fishing. I love going to take pictures and read. I used to fish a lot when I was a kid. I even won a fishing trophy in a fishing tournament I was in when I was a kid! I don’t fish anymore though. Now I find it kind of boring, lol. Oh well. I was a kid and didn’t know any better. ๐Ÿ˜› And some random sky pictures, because I am a sucker for taking pictures of the sky.

The rest of the pictures below are going to be furbaby pictures, because I love them so much and I always have to include them in my posts, so be prepared for cuteness overload.ย These first three are furbaby selfies, because I have a problem with forcing them to love me and take pictures with me.

Why yes that is my cat ColbyJack sitting on a bag with cats all over it! I thought it was hilarious, because it’s a cat sitting on a bunch of cats. Also, I totally bought Dax (dog) a beanie and he wore it and he seemed stoked about it. The last picture is a picture of October. I am obsessed with it. She was standing in the window and it was the perfect picture opportunity.

And that is all! HIGH FIVE to you if you finished this entire post!

I actually didn’t mean for it to be this long, but I had so many pictures to share with you guys. I need to do this type of post more often so it was be as crazy LOL. Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram accounts to see all of these pictures and more that I don’t always post. ๐Ÿ˜›

Instagram: heyyitsashleyย โ€“ personal Instagram account
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ย โ€“ book Instagram account

In case you missed it;
Day 3: Favorite author of 2016.
Book Haul|| November.
Recap|| November.

I hope you have a great day!

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