Hobbies, Self-Care, Surly's Reading List

10 Books to Revive Your Love of Reading

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There once was a girl who loved reading so much she would read 5 books at one time. She would read one chapter from a book, set it down, and read a chapter from another book.

She loved reading so much she began to write her own stories and plays. She lived for the Scholastic book order and read some of her favorite books over and over again.

She later grew up to major in English in college because writing about great books was the best thing ever! But then her life got side-tracked and she lost her love of reading. Too many textbooks and not enough fun reads makes reading a chore. read more

Hobbies, Self-Care, TV

5 TV Shows to Background Binge

Background Binge Watch

I still remember the feeling of utter panic when our computer crashed. I was worried about our family photos, how I would pay bills, and how I would watch Netflix! It seems like a silly thing to say now, but at the time I had just cancelled our cable, and we didn’t have any other way to stream tv. Oh, did I mention I had a baby and toddler! No Sesame Street, no music for dance parties, and no tv for background noise.

And looking back on it, that was the most frustrating thing. My kids could watch the same Little Einstein dvds over and over so they were fine. Plus I have all seasons of Friends and The Sopranos on dvd, so I was far from bored. What I missed was the ability to turn the tv on for some background noise. read more

Hobbies, Self-Care, Surly's Reading List

Poolside Reading

5 genres of books to add to your poolside reading list!

Poolside Reading

Poolside reading is one of the best things about summer. Relaxing in the hot summer air with cool breezes while your kids get out all their energy playing, splashing, and swimming. When it comes to poolside reading, I have five basic genres I go to: mystery series, young adult literature, major works, parenting books, and personal development.

If you have not checked out Surly’s Reading List, make sure you click on over to see ALL the books on my reading list. read more

Hobbies, Self-Care, TV

“It’s not tv, it’s HBO.”

The BEST HBO series you should watch!

HBO series

You know I love tv! One of my favorite channels is HBO. HBO has been producing killer content for close to 20 years now. They changed the game in regards to tv comedy and drama. Not every one grew up with it as part of their cable package, but today it is easier than ever to get HBO programing right to your tv without a cable or satellite tv package.


“HBO NOW is the standalone streaming service that gives you all of HBO—no TV package required.” To get access to past favorites as well as current blockbuster series, you simply go to HBONOW.com to sign up for a free month, then 14.99 a month after, which you can cancel anytime. You can watch tv series, movies, documentaries, stand-up comedy, and sports! You can stream through your smart tv, game console, phone or tablet, and computer. They make it so easy! read more

Finances, Home & Family, Homemaking, TV

The TV Addict’s Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord

How to watch TV without cable, a TV addict’s guide for cutting cable.

Looking to see how to watch tv without cable? Looking for cable tv alternatives? Then check out this post for 5 simple tips on how to analyze your tv usage and save money!!

I am a self proclaimed tv addict! From Game of Thrones to the Real Housewives, I love it all!! There is no shame in my game. One thing I don’t like about tv, is the price. Cable and satellite tv can seriously cut into a family’s budget, which is why this family does not have a tv provider.

I love living in 2010s because you don’t need cable to see all your favorite shows. Streaming has changed the name of the game. If you are looking to save money on your television bill, I have 5 tips on how to cut cable and still watch your favorite shows. Even if you are a tv addict!! Don’t be scared, you can do this. read more