An Active Lifestyle Blog by Holly A. Phillips
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Ramona Blue’.
Happy Hump Day! We’re already halfway through the week, plus I’m so excited to share Blanche’s Book Club’s latest read – it’s a goodie! Today, we’re talking about “Ramona Blue” by Julie Murphy. Here is the description from Amazon.com: Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Sun is Also a Star’.
TGIF! This week has been so WEIRD – Texas is in its special legislation session (basically meaning they didn’t get the work done the first time), so a lot of my work has been at the Capitol. I’m always up for a change of scenery during the week, but it definitely throws me off. Not […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’.
Hello! I’m assuming everyone survived the Star Wars’ holiday and is now prepping for margaritas, so happy Friday! And double score for you guys, because I’ve got a great book recommendation to share! The latest read from Blanche’s Book Club is “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Morgan Matson. Another YA novel! Here’s the scoop: Emily […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ’13 Reasons Why’.
Eeeek! I am so, so excited to share my latest read from Blanche’s Book Club with you! I know this plot is a popular subject (or at least it seems to be in my world), so let’s get to it. The book is “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. I had this book on my […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘My Year With Eleanor’.
Hellooooo! I know it’s technically a holiday, so perhaps you’re reading this from the comfort of your bed? Or the beach? Here’s to hoping! I’m at the office today, but we have spent a majority of the week packing, since the movers are coming tomorrow to put all of our work things in a new […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Rest In Power’.
I heard about this book, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin” when Trayvon Martin’s parents appeared as guests on a recent episode of “The Daily Show”. They’d taken their story, which started when Trayvon was born, and put it into print for all to read. And I immediately added my name to […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Two by Two’.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I almost ran out and bought a box of Lucky Charms last night so I could eat it today for good luck – but I know I legit just wanted anything sugary because sometimes you just have to treat yourself. I didn’t (I had egg whites and spinach instead), but the […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Truly Madly Guilty’.
Helllooo! Whew! This week has been such a blur – I think it’s safe to say that staying up really late on a Sunday night is just a bad idea. I feel like I started the week off on the wrong foot and I had a bit of a crazy work schedule this week, and […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Superficial’.
Whoop – it’s Friiidaaaaay! I’m excited for the weekend because my dance studio is hosting it’s semi-annual showcase on Sunday and I’m really looking forward to the performance, and seeing all of my other friends rock their dances, too. Each weekend I’ve been spending some quality time reading, and I hope to get a few […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Goodnight Nobody’.
Heeyyyoooo! It’s Friday, and it has been a helluva week for many reasons, and you know what? I have to be at work before 9 am tomorrow, so damn. But is it weird that it doesn’t really take away the shine of today STILL being Friday? Cause I’m still pretty happy about it. Anyway, I’m […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’.
Hello! Happy Weekend Eve! You guys… I took a new fitness class on Wednesday night, which kicked my ass so hard I thought I was going to puke… and despite being so sore yesterday, I still went to two dance classes last night. So today I basically want to die. But, hey everything is always […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Today Will Be Different’.
Hellooo! With my new job, I’m actually allowed to take a lunch hour (imagine that!) and since I get off work at 5 instead of 5:30, I’ve had so much more time to read for the book club! It’s really the small things in life, isn’t it? The latest read for the book club is […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Big Little Lies’.
Hey, hey! We all made it to Friday! I’m actually working from home today, so the fact that I get to stay in my comfy pjs and have the TV on is basically like I’ve already made it to the weekend. Last night, I finished reading the latest installment in Blanche’s Book Club: “Big Little […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Scrappy Little Nobody’.
Howdy! Is anyone else still having trouble adjusting back to life post-holidays? I’m not sure what my deal is, but I’m still finding I can’t quite get things together – it’s a slow process, and it just might be February before I’m fully ready to tackle 2017. But, I am having a pretty good time […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: “Still Life”.
Happy Friday the 13th – Mwahahahaha! It’s my last day at my current job, and on Monday I’ll be skipping to someplace new, and of course, I’ll be sharing the next leg of my journey with you. But today, I want to talk about Blanche’s Book Club’s latest read, “Still Life” by Louise Penny. I […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘A Man Called Ove’.
So, the holidays are officially over (I think now is the appropriate time to stop saying ‘Happy New Year!’ to everyone, right?), but it’s Friday and I’m sure this week was a struuuuggggle for everyone involved. I actually didn’t hate my life too much on Tuesday morning, but as each morning passed, I hit the […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: 2017 reading challenge!
One of the podcasts I’ve been listening to, “What Should I Read Next?” mentioned a reading challenge for 2017. When I went to the website, there’s a complete challenge with checklists and everything! In the podcast, Anne (the host), often asks her guests if there’s anything they want to change about their reading life. Because […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘One True Loves’.
Oh here we are, another week down, another Friday is upon us! Is it just me, or has this week been ROUGH? I I am hoping to get in some quality rest this weekend – I’m exhausted. But in the meantime, I am happy to share the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club! It’s “One […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: 2016 Holiday Reading Guide.
I’ve always thought it would be so cool to be reading a book with a holiday or Christmas plot, during the ACTUAL season. But that would involve planning, and actually being on top of things, right? Well, this year! This year, I put my tree up much earlier, started watching seasonal movies much sooner, and […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ’99: Stories of the Game’.
I feel like every single day this week kicked my behind – it was the holiday, the chilly weather, and yeah, I just wanted to stay in bed! At least it’s Friday, because I’ve got huge plans to sleep in this weekend and make tortellini soup. How cool am I? Basically, it’s the perfect season […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Nest’.
Happy Thanksgiving! I am up early this morning, as I’m about to prep my turkey, and really, I just couldn’t wait to get this day started. Is it just me or is there something glorious about still waking up early when you don’t have to work or tend to other, serious obligations? My only goals […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Orange is the New Black’.
It should come as NO surprise that I haven’t watched “Orange is the New Black” yet, because 1. I am always behind on the cool stuff, and 2. I don’t have Netflix. And yes, I know it’s cheap – it’s not even about that, so spare me. I really wanted to read the book before […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Regulars’.
Hey, hey! What a week this has been, right? I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to have a book review for you guys today because I’ve been recovering from a cold all week, and given the Tuesday night depression, I really just wanted to soak in my bathtub and cry until… well, until the […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Adnan’s Story’.
I am so excited to share the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club with you all! I’ll preface this by saying that the month of October was SO, so busy that sometimes reading felt like a chore to me, and that is a feeling I hate. But, after this weekend, my schedule is clearing up […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Modern Romance’.
I know I say this every Friday, but seriously, this time I mean it: I’m SO glad I’ve made it to Friday! Between my blog class, the film festival, prepping for the dance showcase next weekend, and general business at the office, it has been a CRAZY month that has not allowed much time for […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘All the Bright Places’.
Oh my God… was this week the longest week for anyone else besides me? I felt like every morning I woke up I said, “Ugh, it’s only Tuesday?” or “Ugh, it’s only Wednesday?”, and so forth. But alas, Friday is here, and I’m trying to psych myself up to spend my Saturday looking for and […]More
Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Sweetbitter’.
Whew! Another crazy week is in the books, y’all – and I’m exhausted! I’ve got a semi-busy weekend ahead at the Austin Film Festival, but am looking forward to some quality time on the couch and perhaps a movie. I have a decent stack of books I’ve been wanting to read, so maybe I can […]More
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