Month in Review: July 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello, readers. Feels as if it was just yesterday that found me working up a "month in review." We've reached that day on the calendar. Here we have month seven's "review," "rewind" or whatever term you wish to use. It's all the same, a compiling of... stuff. Basically it's a monthly post I throw together that recaps some of the blog's content and various other random things - for example, things I've found on the interwebs or me babbling about my latest TV obsession and the books I've read. The good news is, welcoming a new month today means a GIVEAWAY is coming. Yay! I should have  the giveaway information posted tomorrow morning or will be very shortly thereafter (read before the Friday is over). Either way, be on the lookout. (Edit: Giveaway is delayed 'til Monday. Sorry, guys! Have to get the review published to pair with said giveaway first. But it's still coming.)

Without further ado, let's get this month in review started.


1.) Bookshelf*: Got a new, small bookshelf this past month. It's not the greatest (yep, I opt for the inexpensive bookshelves), but I'm hoping this will be my last for a while. At least now I've got LOTS of room. Bring on all the books.

*We only wish we could all have a library as pictured above. Way to make us dream, Google image search.

2.) Jewelry: My mom started making jewelry this past month... and it's gorgeous. We had bought a bunch of stuff a while back, thinking it looked like fun, but she finally pulled everything out and set to work designing. Needless to say, we're just now realizing what fun the task can be - and the creative ways the elements can be used.

3.) L'Oreal: It may technically be called a "balm," but I've decided I really liked the Color Riche Balm Pop L'Oreal makes. The colors are amazing and the texture is perfect.

4.) Nikita: Yes, I became addicted to another TV show (actually more than one if we're being honest, but it's British, and deserves it's own fangirl post). Ignoring the "sexy" allure of the promotional material for this, it's actually really good. It aired on CW, so it's probably on par with Arrow, though think more Alias for an idea of what the story is all about.

5.) Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard: One word: YUM! Who doesn't love a good Blizzard now and again!? 

6.) Starbucks: Technically I haven't been to Starbucks this month... but I'm thinking I'll get there today since shopping is on the agenda. Or more importantly shopping where there are several Starbucks located. Just what one needs to complete their Friday. It's the simple things, guys.

...Blog Favorites... 

blog posts that, while not necessarily popular, were some of my favorite to write or put together.

1.) Aloha (2015) - imperfect, yes, but I really enjoyed seeing this movie in theaters. Quirky and cute.

2.) The DUFF (2015) - this movie was so cute! Some content, but overall, a nice message hidden within.

3.) Just One Summer: A Novella Collection - love(loveloved) this collection!

4.) Meet the Blogger: Jamie + Historical Fiction - always a pleasure to host blogging friends.

5.) Poldark (2015) - it's Ross Poldark. 'Nuff Said. (And if you don't get it, watch Poldark.)

...Most Popular Posts...

July 2015 (Month)

1.) Minions Just Wanna Have Fun*
2.) Real Murders, An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (2015)
3.) Poldark (2015)
4.) Cover Candy, Edition 28
5.) Just One Summer Kindle Giveaway (Closed)

*Are we even surprised the Minions win!? Again.

The week of July 23rd - July 30th

1.) Real Murders, An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (2015)
2.) Top (Nine) Book Nerd Characters
3.) Sisterhood of the World Blogger Awards
4.) Minions Just Wanna Have Fun!
5.) Aloha (2015)

...Books I Read This Month... 

 *Two of these I haven't finished quite yet, but considering I have one day left in the month, I'm hopeful I'll at least finish the one I like... and if the other one is a DNF, well, that's okay.

 ...Around the Interwebs...

Silver Petticoat: I reviewed the heartwarming film, Woman in Gold and having now seen it, can easily saw, it's a film you should consider adding to your queue. The second film I reviewed over there was An Invisible Sign. Starring Jessica Alba and Mindy Project's Chris Messina, this is one fans of his are sure to... maybe like. The film is definitely a darker comedy, not to mention the quirkiness, but overall, it's the rare Indie film I'd someday re-watch.

What else was I up to on Silver Petticoat? I reviewed the first season of the little-known, Canadian series, Bomb Girls; finally, I made a list of ten favorite episodes of Marple. Why? Because a.) it's an amazing show and b.) the guest stars will make you fangirl like the proper British fangirls we are.  All in all, it was a quiet month at Silver Petticoat (for me), but that's okay. I've got something going live today and Saturday, and will hopefully have some fun with a busier month in August.
That's the month in review here at Dreaming Under the Same Moon. Have any thoughts or favorite finds from the month? Share if you'd like. Happy August, readers. Hope you have an amazing month and great weekend.


  1. Yay for a new bookshelf! I go for the inexpensive ones, too. :) I could use another one, but unfortunately I can't possibly squeeze another into my room. I guess I'll have to find new places to start stashing my books...

    1. I feel that struggle, Kristin. I really cannot fit another in my room either without moving something out... and given that I don't like a "cluttered," no-space kind of room, I probably would do well to remember that. We have "storage" rooms in the house that need to be de-cluttered, and once done, I am sure a bookshelf would fit in some of those places. They'd be my "overflow" shelves. Plus, my family just has WAY too many books. Some of which were inherited and we really need to get read of them. We just don't ever read the oldie books.

      Glad you stopped by! :)

  2. I friggin' LOVED The DUFF! I went into with a pessimistic attitude (ugh... another teen movie), but I ended up adoring it. I didn't realize that Robbie Amell was in it for some reason, but that helped the movie along too. ;-)

    1. As did I, Renee! It was so darn cute... and with a message often left untouched in teen or any film, for that matter. Plus, I liked that Bianca really didn't change herself so much as her attitude towards those around her. She decided to own who she was, and that was sweet.

      ...and you're right, seeing Robbie in the film didn't hurt a thing. ;)

  3. Yay for new bookshelves. One thing I like almost much as looking at books is looking at bookshelves. Saw a pretty one yesterday, but alas, it was out of my current budget.
    Ooo, "Shades of Doon" is on my TBR. I hope I'll like it. And I've seen praise for "Anna and the French Kiss." What are your thoughts on it?

    1. Ditto. Love bookshelves, and while I do like the pretty, fancier ones, I opt for the less expensive one. They work. For now. :D

      Shades of Doon is always an interesting, twisty ride. Hope you like it, Grace! I'll likely not review it 'til closer to its release date... as for "Anna," I adored the story. Such a fun, witty kind of novel. Probably not easily recommended to readers who prefer cleaner reads, unfortunately. I actually have a review written that I'll post either here or on GR. Likely, the former and GR, but we'll see. :)

  4. "Blog posts that, while not necessarily popular, were some of my favorite to write or put together." - I'm glad I'm not the only writer that has this experience. :) I had a lovely July -well excepting the heat, but we did have some loverly rainstorms! Favorites? Using Mary Helen Bowers new "Swan Arms" DVD and having lots of fun with Emma and Olivia's "Legends of Western Cinema Week"!

    1. You are not, Eowyn. It's fun to talk about blog posts that we enjoyed writing despite they're unpopularity. :)

      Ugh. Not a fan of the heat, either. We had warmer weather in the latter part of July, but up until then, I guess it wasn't bad.

      Glad you had some favorites this month! Always fun. Hope August is just as good. :) :) :)

      Glad you visited.

  5. Oh my goodness, what did you think of THE GIFTING? I have REALLY been wanting to read it, but haven't had the time as of late!

    1. It was VERY good, Laura. Katie does a great job kind of "reinventing" the genre. Really happy for her, and I hope you have a chance to read it soon. :)

  6. I've been eyeing To Get to You, so I'm curious to see what you thought. You had a fabulous month and I'm looking forward to all your post in August. :)

    1. To Get to You is a charming, nostalgic read, Tressa. Super short, which makes it all the sweeter. Hope you like it if/when you read it - and thank you! Same to you. Looking forward to seeing what August brings for your blog. :)


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