Real Talk: The Face of Addiction

Has anyone come across Leah Grey? I met her through a wonderful Christ-centered community for bloggers called The Peony Project. She had asked a few of us if we would be interested in being a guest blogger for her series about addictions since it’s a topic that hits so close for her at home. Although I don’t necessarily put this experience out there publicly, I felt driven to share my story in hopes that others can relate or it can connect those who are dealing, or have dealt, with addiction.

This space of mine is a safe place to discuss the inspirations of the heart and soul. Today I am revealing a more difficult and painful part of my past and how it has influenced the woman I am today. It’s not an easy topic to discuss openly, however I felt the need to shed light on an aspect of addiction that is rarely discussed: the siblings involved.

My story comes from being the sibling of addicts and is something, that although extremely frustrating at times, that has taken me many years to compartmentalize, grow, and move onward from. It doesn’t resolve itself overnight or heal wounds left from years past.

My story reflects my experiences and perceptions, but furthermore is a reminder and testament that even during the darkest season of my life through proxy, I have been truly transformed by His unwavering grace, love and guidance for my life – especially throughout such a difficult family hardship.

Read all about my experience here as I invite you to get real for a moment with me.

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Bringing Up Bébé: Breastfeeding & The ‘Perfect’ Mom

Welcome to week four of this book study and we’re officially halfway through! I am so appreciative of the ladies who have either joined in the conversation through the comments, linked up to share their thoughts, or even co-hosted with me. I have learned so much, and continue to do so, as I’ve read through the first eight chapters and I can’t wait to see what other kinds of French wisdom lies beyond the next corner. lisa two martinis.001

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I am excited to introduce to you our next guest blogger! Please welcome Lisa from the blog Two Martinis! She’s currently pregnant with her second child, who is due in April, and spends her time loving on her adorable son. When discussing which chapters she’d like to discuss, Lisa was pretty adamant about guest blogging for these particular chapters about breastfeeding and returning to work. I too, found myself (for the first time I might add, during this reading) at odds with the French practice related to the length of time a new mom breastfeeds and stays home with their newborn.

Without further adieu, here’s Lisa and her thoughts on chapters 7 & 8!


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Hi! I’m Lisa and I write over at my lifestyle blog, ‘Two Martinis’. I spend my days running around after my toddler and incubating a tiny little human who will be born in April! This whole motherhood thing is exhausting and so rewarding. I’ve found ‘Bringing Up Bebe’ to be fairly thought provoking, and I’m happy to be able to share my thoughts on chapters 7 & 8 with you! I found these chapters especially interesting because I’m a huge fan of breastfeeding and I’m also a stay-at-home mom. I guess I don’t have that much in common with French moms, but we’ll get into that…

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The way Pamela Druckerman describes French women throughout this book (“Bringing up Bebe”) is fascinating to me, but especially so in this chapter, in which French moms come across as put together, happy, and even (gasp) sexy, albeit somewhat unfriendly.

The first difference she identifies between American moms and French moms, directly after the birth of a baby, is that French mothers don’t breastfeed, or at least they don’t breastfeed for longer than a few days. Now, I’m not sure what the statistics are around this assertion, but I find it pretty shocking in general. I guess, living in America, I was under the impression that everyone knows the benefits of breastfeeding, and they at least try to stick with it for a few weeks, if not months or years. Personally, I nursed my daughter for the first year of her life and then I still nursed her a few times each day until she was around 18 months old, at which point my milk supply dried up from pregnancy. Anyway, the thought that French moms don’t even try to breastfeed because of the inconvenience factor seems really counterintuitive to me, but I definitely see how it would make their lives a bit easier/more convenient!

Druckerman describes, “French mothers generally aren’t won over by the health arguments involving IQ points and secretory IgA. What does persuade them to nurse, he says, is the claim that both they and the baby will enjoy it. Many French mothers would surely like to breast-feed longer than they do. But they don’t want to do it under moral duress or flaunt it at two-year-olds’ birthdays. Powdered milk may be worse for babies, but in no doubt makes the early months of motherhood a lot more relaxing for French moms.”

Druckerman then goes on to describe that French women are very dedicated to losing ‘baby weight’ within a few months, postpartum. So, it appears, from this book, that French moms aren’t opposed to inconveniences when it comes to their appearances, even though they can’t be inconvenienced for their baby’s health. (Sorry if that statement seems harsh, it’s just what I got from this particular chapter!) And their bodies aren’t the only thing that French women want to claim back postpartum, they also want their pre-baby identities back, which means using child care and going back to work and having a house that isn’t overrun with baby toys, and generally fitting the baby into their lives instead of the other way around.

“In France, the dominant social message is that while being a parent is very important, it shouldn’t subsume one’s other roles.”

I guess the piece I’m missing in this chapter is… what about the kids?

Yes, I can see how it would be great if I could spend money on part-time child care so that I could go to the gym and get my pre-baby body back quicker (although, sidenote, breastfeeding made me lose the weight within a month or so… muscle tone, however, was a whole different story), but I didn’t have the energy to do this when my baby was still a newborn. If I had a few extra hours, I was resting or relaxing or cuddling my baby or doing other things I enjoyed. Yes, I worked out, but I didn’t pressure myself to do it just so I could look great.

What message does it send to children that having a baby is an ‘inconvenience’ and something that must be gotten over quickly? While I agree that women should maintain a semblance of their pre-baby identities and be more than ‘just’ a mom, I also think that it’s completely unrealistic that moms shouldn’t expect their entire world to change after having a baby.

I don’t think that moms are martrys, so I don’t think that they should act like sacrificing themselves is necessary or even admirable. I think that parents should go on date nights regularly and moms should work out and have careers (if that’s what they want to do) and maintain relationships with friends.

That being said, bodies change, marriages change, family dynamics change, careers can change, relationships with friends change, priorities change, routines change… everything changes! I find that the most frustrated parents seem to be the ones who aren’t accepting of this and continue to try to fit a square peg in a round hole – meaning their child into a non-child-friendly life. I think that having the expectation that life can simply continue on as usual, even with an additional family member, is unrealistic at best and potentially harmful at worst.

The Perfect Mother Doesn’t Exist

Did you know that, according to Druckerman, almost all French women go back to work after having a baby? I didn’t! Evidently, this is made easier by government run day cares. This is another chapter that had me scratching my head… I love staying at home with my daughter and I’m simply surprised that more French women don’t stay at home if they can afford to. I guess in America financial concerns are a major factor for women to either go back to work or stay at home, and those concerns are made easier in France, since with cheap daycare, it’s almost a no-brainer that a woman working is better for her family’s financial situation. So the stereotypical French mom is a working mom with a ton on her plate, who spends a large portion of her time away from her child, doing adult-type things and leaving the education of her child(ren) to the very-skilled daycare providers.

And then Druckerman goes on to describe the ‘stereotypical’ American parent whose “one-year-old had at-home tutors in French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. When her child was two, the mother dropped the French but added lessons in art, music, swimming, and some sort of math. Meanwhile, the mother, who’d quit her job as a management consultant, was spending most of her time applying to two dozen preschools.” The assertion is basically that Americans have the tendency to be overly involved with their children in general. That we follow our kids around the playground, narrating every step they take, while French moms sit on the periphery and simply observe.

Here, I guess I’m more French, because I simply don’t have the will nor the energy to narrate Clara’s every move, and I certainly don’t have her signed up for any language classes. To each parent their own, and I certainly know a couple of moms who fit into the American stereotype Druckerman describes, but I think that generally moms in America don’t relate to that at all. The moms I know are more concerned with getting through their days in one piece, and less concerned about their child’s collegiate prospects before they enter preschool. I wonder if our media simply makes it seem like American parents are more overly-involved than they actually are, or whether this is a breed of parent that only exists in certain parts and societies of America.

For American mothers, guilt is an emotional tax we pay for going to work, not buying organic vegetables, or plopping our kids in front of the television so we can surf the Internet or make dinner. If we feel guilty, it’s easier to do these things. We’re not just selfish. We’ve ‘paid’ for our lapses.” She continues, “French mothers absolutely recognize the temptation to feel guilty. They feel as overstretched and inadequate as we Americans do. After all, they’re working while bringing up small children. And like us, they often aren’t living up to their own standards as workers or parents. The difference is that French mothers don’t valorize this guilt. To the contrary, they consider it unhealthy and unpleasant, and they try to banish it.”

Here I will say, that if this description is true, French women have it right.

This chapter concludes with my favorite sentence in the book thus far. A Parisian friend of Druckerman assesses herself as a mother with this simple response, “In general I don’t doubt whether I’m good enough, because I really think I am.”

I can fully identify with this. I actually don’t feel a lot of guilt when it comes to my 18-month-old daughter. I had almost no anxiety when she was born and I still don’t feel worried about her health, future, temperament, etc. I also don’t concern myself with what she’s doing at every second or what she’s thinking or how what I’m doing is affecting her. Quite simply, I do the best I can every day and that’s more than good enough for me. I can’t explain what makes me a laid-back and confident parent, I just know that it seems natural to me. I don’t feel guilty and I don’t think I’m a bad mom. I’m certainly the best mom my daughter is ever going to have, which I plan to remind her of when it gets closer to Mothers Day. Anyway, if you’re a mom I hope you can say something similar. I hope that you feel good enough, because you are.

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Lisa is a lifestyle blogger at ‘Two Martinis‘. She loves writing about a little bit of everything, but the topics closest to her heart are marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage other women and mothers in whatever stage of life they’re in. 

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Bringing Up Bébé: The Art of Doing Their Nights

I can’t believe we are in week two of this book study! We’re reading all about the secrets to babies “doing their nights,” or otherwise known as sleeping through the night – even at just a few weeks old. I was completely fascinated with these two chapters as we learned more about how French mothers not only get their babies sleeping soundly each night, but a key to this feat is something known as le pause.

Join me in welcoming Iryna from We Are Moms as she discusses her thoughts on chapters three and four!

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New to this book study? Join us, and other bloggers, as we dive into learning the ways of French parenting through our reading of Pamela Druckerman’s hit book, Bringing Up Bébé. Find more information and how you can join in the discussion by visiting the book study page!


As a mom of a 2.8 year child who doesn’t sleep through the night, the chapter about baby’s sleep was particularly compelling to me.

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When I first read that French kids start “doing their nights” from as early as 6 weeks old, I was stunned. How is it even possible? The talk is not only about some random child who started his all night sleep at a very young age. Pamela Druckerman, the author of Bringing Up Bébé, describes it as a very common experience among French babies.

It is quite fascinating how the author’s method of getting her daughter to sleep resembles my own methods. Since my daughter rarely fell asleep during nursing, I had to rock her in my arms until she would doze off. Then followed the ritual of keeping her in my arms for 15 minutes or so (because according to a theory, these first minutes of sleep are light sleep and you don’t want to wake up a baby before putting her in a crib).

As you can imagine, the routine was far from teaching a child an independent sleep and even further from “doing the nights.”

That’s why when I read the first sentences of kids starting to sleep through the night at 6 weeks old, I craved immediate answers. I needed to know, what are these French parents doing differently and whether I can change my parenting technique to achieve that long awaited night’s rest.

There is one thing, that worths to be mentioned about France. The country is often criticised about its approach to breastfeeding and its very low rates in comparison to other European countries. Many people believe that bottle fed babies begin to sleep better at a much younger age than breast fed babies. So, at first I thought that bottle feeding is the reason behind a good sleep.

But as I continued reading the chapter, the author pointed out that type of feeding doesn’t make a crucial difference in a baby’s sleep pattern. Bottle feeding is not the reason why French babies sleep well. 

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As the author attempts to dig deeper into the sleep secrets, she discovers one small detail, that finally sheds a light on why French babies sleep. And the secret is in a “pause.”

Instead of rushing to a crying baby after every single peep, first, try to carefully listen and observe. Did he really wake up or maybe he’s making noises in his sleep? Does it seem like the baby’s hungry or having a dirty diaper? You just need a couple of minutes to get things clarified before responding.

At this point, it’s important to distinguish between waiting a few minutes before attending to a baby versus letting him cry-it-out. In fact, most French mothers don’t condone the latter method.

As a French paediatrician Michel Cohen, whom the author met in New York, put it: “My first intervention is to say, when your baby is born, just don’t jump on your kid at night,” Cohen says. “Give your baby a chance to self-soothe, don’t automatically respond, even from birth.”

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I finally start to realise, that it might be the reason I was long searching for why my daughter doesn’t do her nights. When she was born, people told me about “the pause”, but I totally disregarded this advice. I responded to every single noise because I thought she was up and ready to play.

There are a couple of reasons why babies wake up at night. One of them is that babies make a lot of noise in their sleep and we can misunderstand these sounds as a demand for food. Another reason is that babies wake up between sleep cycles. And it’s normal if they cry a little bit. If we wait a couple of minutes before responding, the baby will learn how to connect these sleep cycles by himself.

In order to clarify that truth, I went a little further and I joined a Facebook group of French “mamans”. I felt an urge to know if all this information was true. Given that, I explained myself in English, I had only few responders who could understand me and give me a clear answer.

And their answer was: YES! French babies indeed start to sleep through the night early on. Voila!

As one woman described it, – she would wait 2-3 minutes before responding to baby’s cry and then she would go in and comfort him. Her first son started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks old and second at 2-3 months old. 

Isn’t that cool?

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Now, what about breastfeeding at night? Many parents know that if you don’t feed a baby at night, your milk will dry out.

But as a person who dropped night feeds when my daughter was 21 months old and then continued nursing only few times a day for 3 more months, I have some doubts in this theory. In a former Soviet Union, doctors advised against breastfeeding during the night. Therefore, my mom didn’t give me milk at night but successfully kept nursing during the day.

If many French parents don’t feed their babies at night, would it mean they are starving their children and all kids are underweight? I highly doubt that. Instead, the mothers try to tank up their babies as much as possible during the day so that a baby wasn’t hungry at night. Makes sense? It does to me.

What also intrigued me in this educational overview of French parenting is that all kids  follow the same feeding schedule as adults. They have breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon snack. And French see it as a common sense. They start to incorporate a 4 meal day rule at a very young age, as early as 4 months old, gradually easing babies into a schedule.

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What surprises me even more is that French children are capable to wait long stretches between feeds without whining or crying.

Feels like these French have perfect babies, who sleep and eat well. But how did they achieve such an unquestioning obedience? It turns out, the secret lies in that same old “pause”.

French parents apply “the pause” rule not only for sleep issues, but for everyday matters as well. If a child wants something that a parent cannot give him right away, the parent will simple say “wait”. And some crying is considered normal, because a child needs to understand and respect that some things cannot be done his way.

French parents expect from younger kids the same discipline as from the older ones and give them a lot of opportunities to learn how to cope with the frustration of not getting what they want.

It’s also important for French that kids could play by themselves. And here I think to myself: Yay, finally, there’s at least something that I can see a resemblance with those parents. I never have a problem to make a phone call or do some other home chores without being interrupted. My daughter can easily play by herself. She learnt that mama can be busy with other chores and cannot play with her all the time.

After reading these two chapters, the whole French parenting thing started to make sense to me. Why didn’t I use these simple yet effective “pause,” and “wait” techniques when my daughter was much younger? I’m confident that the earlier you start these life teaching lessons, the easier it will become later on when your child grows and develops his personality. In my observation in American culture as well as in some other cultures, parents don’t expect much from small babies. French parents instead, take the infancy very seriously and consider it as an important stage to teach important life lessons.

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Iryna is a lifestyle blogger at www.wearemoms.org and writes about all things that are dear to her heart. She has a major interest in pregnancy/childbirth and parenting topics. Iryna loves good food and gladly shares most loved by her family recipes on the blog.

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Meet Mattie: A Guest Post!

I am so excited to have my very first guest post here on Primarily Inspired and introduce you to a sponsor and blogger who is new on the scene, but is quickly rising! I love reading her blog for DIY inspirations or just to see what she’s up to or inspired by. Here’s Mattie from Mattie’s Makings!


Hi there, guys! Kelly has gracefully allowed me to take over her blog for a day! I must admit – this is my first time guest posting – so be prepared to be wowed! {is wowed a word? I’m not sure, but were going with it!}I’m going to share with you one of my biggest passions today! {You’re probably thinking it’s something super deep & emotional} It’s not!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it’s probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I’ll be watching! Most of the shows – I already love – but I’m excited to start some new ones as well!!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

You’ll notice some popular favorites are NOT on this list. How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, Pretty Little Liars, Modern Family…This is due to the fact that I don’t like these shows. There. I said it! I just can’t get into them! How do you feel about these shows?!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I already love // Arrow, The Flash, The Vampire Diaries & The 100.

Shows I’m excited to watch // Legends of Tomorrow & The Originals

Legends of Tomorrow: This show focuses on the assembling of a team comprised of both heroes + villains in order to save the world from an apocalypse. Since I love most super hero shows – I’m excited to see what this one is like!

The Originals: This is the spin-off to Vampire Diaries – a show that I need to get back into. I’ve been told that you don’t have to have watched Vampire Diaries to enjoy this show. This show focuses on the original vampires {oh, really?} and their day to day trials and tribulations!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I already love // Chicago Fire, & Law + Order SVU

Shows I’m excited to watch // Chicago P.D, Blindspot, & The Blacklist

Chicago P.D: Since I love Chicago Fire & have seen some of the crossover episodes, I really want to watch this show. Plus, I love Sophia Bush. This show is similar to Chicago Fire – in that it’s a drama but about the police rather than fire. Go figure. But if you’re into dramas, it’s worth giving this show a shot! Right?!

Blindspot: A woman is found naked in Times Square with no memory. Once the FBI gets involved, they discover the tattoos that are all over her body lead to different crimes that need to be solved. These crimes lead closer to the identity of the woman. This show looks so intense. The main actress is absolutely beautiful + it’s a drama/crime show – whats not to love?!

The Blacklist: Fugitive, Raymond Reddington, is on the FBI’s most wanted list. He turns himself in and promises to trade information on fellow criminals as long as he can work directly with new FBI agent, Elizabeth Keen. The relationship between Keen and Reddington  is somewhat of a mystery – which is what makes the show so enticing! The relationship between Keen and her husband is also pretty intense!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I already love // The Fosters, Switched at Birth, Baby Daddy, & Monica the Medium

Shows I’m excited to watch// Shadowhunters

Shadow hunters: I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS SHOW. It just started – yesterday! This series is based off of the Mortal Instruments series. There was a movie – but I didn’t like it as much as I liked the book. I’m hoping the series will do a better job. From Wikipedia: “Clary Fray learns that she is a Shadowhunter, a human-angel  that hunts demons. After her mother is abducted by a demon, Clary joins a band of Shadowhunters to save her mother and discovers powers she never knew she had.” I’ll report back on this show once I watch the episode!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I already love // Blue Bloods, The Big Bang Theory, & Criminal Minds

Shows I’m excited to watch // Supergirl

Supergirl: I’m a big fan of superhero shows – especially ones with female leads! I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m hoping it won’t let me down. The show is about, you guessed it, the comic book hero supergirl, who is superman’s cousin! How cool does that sound?!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I Already love // Daredevil, Gilmore Girls, Friends, & Charmed

Shows I’m excited to watch  // Making a Murderer, Jessica Jones, Fuller House, Grace & Frankie

Making a Murderer: There is so much hype about this show. I haven’t worked up the courage to watch it yet. I’ve watched about 4 minutes of the first episode before I decided I shouldn’t watch it at night! Hehe. But in all seriousness, I do want to watch it. It’s basically about a man who was wrongly imprisoned for a crime & thanks to DNA technology was exonerated after 18 years in prison. Later, he becomes the prime suspect in another crime.

Jessica JonesOkay – I’ve seen a few episodes of this show here and there – but it seems really intense + dark. I want to give it a shot though. I love the actress who plays the lead roll. This show is about a girl {with super powers obviously} who becomes a private investigator. From what I understand, she’s trying to get back at this guy that has the ability to take control of people’s minds!

Fuller House: This show goes along with the 90s television show – Full House. They brought back a majority of the original characters and I’m excited to see which direction they take this show. I know the original Full House was known for promoting family values and being very family friendly. I hope the new show sticks to this as well!

Grace + Frankie: My fellow blogger friend Annie {Miscellaneous} recommended I give this show a shot. She said it was hilarious – and I’m excited to start watching it! From IMDB: “Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.”

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I Already love // Shark Tank & NashvilleI must put a #shamelessplug in for Nashville. I’M A HUGE FAN. MY FAVORITE SHOW. When I went to Nashville this past year I stalked all the places that were seen on the show and bought about every T-shirt that had anything to do with the show! I’m thinking about doing a post on it!

Shows to get back into // Once Upon A Time, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy

Once Upon A Time: I watched the first season of this show and loved it. Then the second season came and it was just too much for me. I’ve heard from several friends that it gets better- so I’m going to give it another shot! This show is all about fairytales!! It has an awesome concept about how the fairytales intertwine with one another and have overlapping stories.

Castle: Writer, Richard Castle, follows along NYPD homicide detective, Kate Beckett, in order to gain insight on the life of an NYPD detective for his next novel series. The show follows these two and their journey of solving murders. I was super into this show & then just stopped watching when I couldn’t keep up with all of my shows in college. I’m going to start this back up because I love how their relationship grows over time.

Grey’s Anatomy: Okay, let’s just get this out in the open. I’m totally team Meredith – when it comes to anything. I couldn’t handle when Shonda Rhimes, the writer of the show, made Cristina and Meredith go through a rough patch, so I just stopped watching. Now that some time has passed – I can get back into it. I told you I’m really emotionally involved in my shows 🙂 The show surrounds five interns in the very first season and their journey on being surgical interns. Now, in its 12th season – these guys are no longer interns and have gone through pretty much anything you can imagine. It’s a really good drama show that never gets boring to watch!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

Shows I Already love // Project Runway Jr., Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Man in the High Castle, Flip or Flop, & Bones

The Man in the High Castle: Can I just say that this Amazon Original Series is AMAZING! It is about what life would be like had the United States lost World War II. Definitely worthy of checking out!

Shows I’m excited to watch // The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles & Suits

The Last Ship: This thriller looks super intense. McSteamy, I mean Eric Dane, plays a Naval Commander Tom Chandler who is in charge of a ship that is on a mission out at sea. They hear word from home that the world has been struck by a pandemic that has wiped out a large portion of civilization. On their ship they head out with a scientist who searches for a cure to protect those that have survived.

Rizzoli & Isles: Another crime show that follows Boston detective, Jane Rizzoli, and medical examiner, Maura Isles. This show is super entertaining to watch because of the banter between the two women. I haven’t been keeping up with this show, so I need to get back into it!

Suits: Coming from an aspiring lawyer, I love this show. I’m really behind though. While I don’t want to be involved in law that is that cut throat it is fun to hear the two main lawyers talk in legal jargon. Mike Ross, illegally sits to take the BAR examination – and passes. He ends up getting a job at a very prestigious law firm and hides the fact that you know, he actually doesn’t have a law degree.

Thanks for reading! – What shows are you going to be watching this winter?!

I LOVE TV SHOWS. Seriously, it's probably unhealthy how much. I know, I should be outside hiking somewhere. But the truth is, I love curling up on my couch and catching up on my shows. With winter premiers quickly starting {some have already started!} I figured it would be the perfect time to let you know what I'll be watching! Most of the shows - I already love - but I'm excited to start some new ones as well!!

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