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I’m Going to Disneyland!

9 Oct

You guys, I AM SO EXCITED! Right now as you are reading this, I am on a plane flying to California.

I recently mentioned that I’ve been working with Netflix DVD for the past couple years. I love working with them and they always make me feel so valued and appreciated. Well, now I’m feeling like QUITE the diva… because they are flying me out to California for a fun-filled trip.

When I get to California this afternoon, I’ll be checking into my fabulous hotel room and then going to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland! DISNEYLAND!


I’ve never been to Disneyland (just Disney World) and I’ve basically been randomly bursting out into jazz hands ever since I found out about the trip.

I even did some outfit planning:

Because, of course I did.

Anyways, if you have any Disneyland tips or Mickey’s Halloween Party tips, please leave me a comment on this post!

In addition to visiting Disneyland, I will also have the opportunity to tour a Netflix DVD Hub and check out the WB Classics Studio Tour. I’ll be posting all of my adventures on my Instagram account (Pocketful of Joules on Instagram), so feel free to follow along!


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Reading Round Up

2 Oct

I love reading. I love downloading books on my Kindle. I love going to the library and picking up a bunch of books to take home. I just had one of those delicious library trips where I filled my cart with treats, so I thought I’d share my pickings with you all.


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Simple pleasure: going to the library all by myself and spending time picking out a bunch of goodies! 🤗🤗🤗

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{Pssssst: I linked to each book on Amazon if you want to click through for a synopsis, but I highly recommend you put them on your library list before purchasing!}

Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff by Alison Stewart
Find it here on Amazon (if you have Amazon Unlimited, it is free to read)

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been on a thrifting streak lately, which often leads me to wonder who is donating such awesome stuff. We’ve also done a bit of antiquing, which has made me want to bring cool old things into my house. On the other side of things, I’m getting to the point where I can’t stand clutter… and have been relentlessly purging things. So, cool stuff comes in… cool stuff goes out.

This was the first book from my library trip that I read and I have to say it is interesting… in parts. While I’m normally a ‘read the whole book from front to back’ kinda girl, this one had some parts that didn’t interest me, so I skipped right over them. It was very, very interesting though and now I want to take everything in my basement to the dump.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: I love a good romantic comedy piece of chick lit, but it’s imperative that the lady be strong and quirky. No swooning dummies for me! I’m looking forward to reading this one and if I like it, it looks like there are a few others by the same author.

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: Another chick lit book… this one about an American finding love while she is at Oxford. You know right off the book jacket that they are going to fall in love and she will have to make a decision about whether to stay or go. I’m hoping this is a good one!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorn and John Tiffany
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: I LOVE the Harry Potter series. Which is exactly why I have been avoiding this book. I just love it TOO MUCH, you know? This one was just sitting on the shelf staring at me and I decided that now is finally the time. So, now it is.

Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: I’m not familiar with comedian/journalist Faith Salie, but this is a collection of essays “chronicling the author’s adventures during her lifelong quest for approval”. I’ve been on a bit of a Netflix comedy special kick lately, so this fits in perfectly with my needs right now.

How to be a happier parent: raising a family, having a life and loving (almost) every minute by KJ Dell’Antonia
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: I’m not typically a ‘self help’ book reader, but I’ve been listening to a lot of the Armchair Expert podcast and thought this might be a nice read. Now that I’m done my master’s program, I have a little extra time on my hands… so maybe a little self-improvement is in order.

On Starlit Seas by Sara Sheridan
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: This one looks like kind of a chick lit/mystery/romance/period drama. It’s a little out of my wheelhouse as I’m not really a historical fiction lover, so I figured I’d try it.

I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. This book was all the hype when it came out and in this current age of politics, when I saw it sitting on the shelf I had the strong urge to add it to my basket.

As You Wish: Inconceivable tales from the making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: I LOVE The Princess Bride and I remember putting this book on my list when I heard it was coming out. I have no idea what happened to that list. But I am super excited to read this one! This one is next on my list and I have it with me to start reading at lunch today.

I hate everyone, except you by Clinton Kelly
Find it here on Amazon

Initial Thoughts: This one is billed as a snarky collection of essays, so yeah. It had me from ‘snarky’.


What are you reading right now? Have you read anything from my current pile?


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19 Sep

Each year on my birthday, I post an annual birthday picture.

If you feel like doing a little clicking, here is 40, 39, 38, 37, and 36.

And now, I’m 41.

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Feeling Like a Rockstar: My Pinup Photo Shoot

17 Sep

Years and years ago, I remember thinking that it would be fun to do a pinup photo shoot.

But I would never do it. I mean, I’m not skinny enough. I basically only have two poses. And I’m dreadful at trying to ‘be sexy’ in photos… instead I look mad. Or constipated. Or just terribly unphotogenic and weird.

The thought stuck with me though. And a couple years passed.

And I still had plenty of excuses: I need to lose {magical number} pounds. I have weird tan lines. My tattoo wasn’t finished. I’ll probably look stupid. The photos will call attention to my lumps and bumps. It will be disappointing and a waste of money.

But then, when I turned 40 last September I told myself that THIS is the year. I’m going to just do it. I’m not getting any younger or skinnier or more coordinated.

So, for my birthday last year I purchased a photo session from Atomic Cheesecake Studios. I decided to do a 2 outfit shoot, so that I could try two separate looks and a bunch of different poses. I figured, at least one of them might turn out well, right?!

Stacy from Atomic Cheesecake started by putting my hair up in curlers, airbrushing foundation on and then slapping on a crap-ton of makeup.

Then, she helped me pick out my first outfit. I chose a classic pinup look and went with a corset, ruffled panties, stockings, garter belt and heels. She used superhuman strength to tie that corset so tight that I could barely breathe. Then, she styled my curls, added a flower to my hair and told me EXACTLY how to pose.

Since this is the internet, I’m not going to share most of the photos with this outfit because it was QUITE THE SEXY. Honestly, if I saw you all in person I’d show it to you on my phone. However, I’ve gotten some gross emails/comments/direct messages from stinky boys on here asking to see my goodies… so I’m not going to share them because EWWW.

However, I will share this close-up shot:

Yeah, that’s right. I’m a pinup.

And I don’t look weird OR dorky!

For my second outfit, I wanted something garage/mechanic themed. My husband was a mechanic for about 7 years and he still spends lots of time in his fancy garage rebuilding cars for fun (and changing my oil, thanks honey!). So, I thought it would be fun to do something that I could stick on a calendar for his garage.

Stacy had a “mechanic’s outfit” and added different thigh-highs, a garter and red heels. She also restyled my hair into a different look. She even added a few props I could use for my super sassy ‘oooh, I’m a sexy ass mechanic’ posing.

These are my two favorites of this look:

I’ve had these photos since the spring, but I haven’t shared them anywhere before today. I’m not sure why. I love them. I mean I really LOVE them. They make me feel sexy and confident and pretty and strong and awesome! I’m coming up on my 41st birthday in a couple days, so I figured it was the perfect time to show you all.

And I alllllllllmost shared the scandalous photos too, because they are HAWT. Maybe when I’m celebrating my 50th… {wink}

Have you done a pinup photo shoot? Is it one of those things on your bucket list that you think you might do someday?

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