Here Comes The Sun – Review

BOOK – Here Comes The Sun

AUTHOR – Nicole Dennis-Benn

PAGES – 345

PUBLISHED IN 2017 by One world publications

ISBN 978-1-78607-239-9

Blurb

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

First of all, I’d like to put it out there that I read a signed copy! I brag different.

The first thing that attracts you to this book ( if you’re like me) is the cover.

Bright, sunny and beautiful just like the Jamaica we foreigners know. The one we visit expecting to sip cocktails with occasional shots of rum on a beach half naked in Montego Bay. Well, sorry to break it to you but this is not the Jamaica you read about in this book and I really love that it isn’t. Every now and then we need a dose of reality. This story is told from a local’s POV. So you get to see the not so shiny and attractive aspects of Jamaica.

This book is centred around three women. Delores and her two daughters Margot and Thandi. Margot grew up hustling, doing whatever she could to survive because her mother,Delores pushed her into the world at the age of 14 without caring if she was ready or not.

As expected that put a huge strain on their relationship. Margot was willing to sell her body to make sure her sister, Thandi never have to go through what she did. Thandi would seem like the lucky one in this story, having a sister that would literally do anything to make sure you have a good life, a mother that was willing to do the same. She grew up always being reminded that everyone is sacrificing everything for her. Whew chile! The pressure.

The story gets a little complicated as you progress and it unfolds slowly but beautifully. It explores heavy themes – Homophobia, prostitution, sexuality, colorism, racism, survival, trauma and its long lasting effects.

Here Comes The Sun is as raw and authentic as it gets. Nicole unapologetically wrote some parts in patois which I particularly enjoyed. It made the book even more memorable for me.

The book is like a roller coaster of some sort. It starts off really slow paced, you almost want to ditch it (Don’t make that mistake), then it gets so good, you literally cannot drop it and you find yourself reading it everywhere and then before you know it, it’s over!

You know a writer is good when you start to come up with reasons why the most horrible character is the way they are. When you start to justify the silly things a character does. Nicole made me feel things with this book and I’m thankful for that because at least I know I am still capable of feeling things.

I initially gave this book 5 stars but changed it to 4.5 stars because the ending was unnecessarily abrupt. My heart did not need all that, Nicole.


Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

Also, Let me know if you’d like to see more book reviews on the blog!

TOSIN

January Reads

Hey y’all!

How’s it going ? So if you don’t know my reading goal for the year, you should probably follow me on goodreads – Tosin Ade. For those that know, I think I’m doing alright.

I read 4 books in January. Bear in mind that January was one of my worst months ever. A lot of things happened that made me question life. I’m alive and healthy tho so I’m still thankful.

  • The first book I read was Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

I absolutely loved this book.

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The book is largely about Eilis an Irish lady in the 50s who lives with her mother and sister in Ireland. A very simple and boring life if you ask me. She however was struggling to get a job when an Irish Priest from America came and told the family about job opportunities in America. Colm takes us on a journey of how she struggled in her new environment away from the familiarity and comfort of her home, how she fell in love with the sweetest guy, Tony , how she experienced new things. The book was divided into four parts and I must say the fourth part was super frustrating. (This is why I gave the book 4.5 stars) Eilis is such a sweet character tho and I think Colm did a fantastic job with her. He wrote so well you could almost understand and feel what she was feeling.

  • The second book I read in January was Wake Me When I’m Gone by Odafe Atogun
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Ese, a young lady who recently lost her husband lives in a remote village somewhere in Nigeria with her son Noah. The book follows the story of Ese, her life, the tribulations and trials she went through. The ridiculous traditions and cultural practices she had to endure. It was a very simple story but I did not love it. It was almost impossible to connect with the characters. I’d probably not have finished it if it was a bigger book.I did find some parts hilarious but it was still pretty bleh for me. Just felt like a pointless story if I’m being honest. An unrealistic plot. I gave it 3 Stars.

  • The third book I read was Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is such an adorable book!

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It follows the story of Simon a gay teenager, his friends and his journey to finally coming out and meeting his secret friend/lover who he has been emailing for a while. The emails between Simon and blue were my favorite part of the book. It was also super easy to read. Written in a conversational tone. I started listening to the audiobook but I just couldn’t finish it so I switched to the ebook and I couldn’t drop it. The guesses and the struggle to figure out who Blue was kept me glued. I gave it 4 Stars.

  • The fourth and last book I read in January was I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart

You guys! I loved this book!

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I’ve always been a fan of Kev so I knew I’d enjoy it. It was a book about his life and journey to fame. Of course I expected it to be funny because duh it’s Kevin Hart! but it wasn’t just a funny book about his life. It also felt like a motivational/inspirational book. With kelvin there is always a lesson to learn. I basically had to stop myself from taking pictures of every page. So many good quotes man! He also seems like a very positive guy (I could definitely learn a thing or two from him in that aspect ). I lowkey wish he wrote it after the cheating scandal tho. Always here for the juicy behind the scene gist. Of course I gave this 5 Stars!

So guys, how many books were you able to read last month?

2018 in books!

Hey y’all! Happy new year!!

It’s been a hot minute! How is everyone doing? How was 2018 for you? It was quite dramatic for me to say the least but it ended with a bang! If you’re following me on Instagram you already know what I’m talking about and if you’re not then ask yourself if this is really how you want to start your 2019.

I read 60 books last year (59 actual books plus the one my fiancé made for me. Yes he made a picture book with the story of how we met and basically our journey together so far. If that isn’t the most romantic thing ever! )

So let’s get to it shall we? I read a total of 60 books like I mentioned earlier. Here is a mini breakdown. Out of the 60 books, 7 were Nonfiction, 53 fiction.

15 books by African authors,

37 books by female authors

19 books by male authors

13 paperbacks

18 Audiobooks and 19 ebooks.

From this breakdown, it is apparent I like audiobooks and ebooks just as much if not more than paperbacks. Oh and whooosh! I clearly have a thing for female writers!

So out of all 60 books I read, four books stuck out to me and I’m sure I’ll probably reread them in the nearest future. The four books are;

1. Educated by Tara Westover

2. Beartown by Fredrick Backman

3. The book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

4. Born a crime by Trevor Noah

Guys! You really should get these books and read them. I laughed a lot, almost cried, screamed and giggled while reading them.

I’m excited and a bit nervous about 2019 but I know and trust that God will handle everything so I’m chilling.

I plan to read 60 books this year and that’s because I have professional exams coming up, wedding planning (still feels weird saying this) and a whole lot to do this year by God’s grace. I’m putting zero pressure on myself to read 60 books. If I end up reading more, Awesome! If I don’t, awesome!

So here’s to reading more books and taking each day as it comes!


Have you started any book this year?

How’s the new year treating you so far?

Book Review : How To Stop Time – Matt Haig

Hey people! I haven’t posted a book review in a bit not because I’m not reading but life has been a bit crazy lately. I shall be doing a life update post soon.

I absolutely loved loved loved reading this book. Titi actually bought it on her trip to Bermuda. If you haven’t read about her trip, you can read about it here, here and here.

Book Title: How to stop time

Author: Matt Haig

Published February 6, 2018 by Viking

ISBN: 0525522875

Blurb

‘The first rule is that you don’t fall in love’ he said… ‘There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.’ A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41 year old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history — performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook and sharing cocktails with Scott Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher — the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to stop time is a big hearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.

I read this book in one week.

It’s a strange but awesome book. I love books that make me imagine things, books that take me on a journey, books that can temporarily have all my attention and this definitely ticked all the boxes. It started off a bit slow and confusing but it started to make sense as I progressed. Although, the end was a bit predictable, it was what I hoped for and was still intriguing.img_20180407_132821-011693549723865907230.jpeg

The story revolves around the main character Tom Hazard, a man who has a condition called Anageria which develops around puberty which in plain terms means he aged slower than the regular human. He looks a year older every 15 years. How insane? He looks about 41 years old but in reality is 439 years old. He took us on a journey of his life from 1599 to present day 21st century. The timeline was a bit too scattered for me. It went from 1982 to present day to 1599. I still was able to follow but I’d have preferred if it wasn’t so scattered.img_20180407_132754-01851876731128832482.jpeg

Another aspect I liked was that he incorporated famous people like Shakespeare, Captain Cook, Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda into the story. Although it was a bit pointless if you look at the book as a whole but I found it super cool partly because I haven’t read about the lives of these people.

Of course having lived for over four hundred years, Tom has seen it all. Literally. He went through loss and then love and Hapiness and more losses. Everyone has a thing to learn from our obsession with time and the future. I don’t want to share too much so as not to spoil it for you but it’s definitely a good read! I gave it 4 stars!

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My fav quotes were

‘As you get older you realise you never get away with things. The human mind has its own prisons. You don’t have a choice over everything in life.’

‘It doesn’t matter that we age differently. It doesn’t matter that there’s no way of resisting the laws of time. The time ahead of you is like the land beyond the ice. You can guess what it could be like but you can never know. All you know is the moment you’re in.’

‘But the thing is: You cannot know the future. You look at the news and it looks terrifying. But you can never be sure. That is the whole thing with the future. You don’t know. At some point you have to accept that you don’t know. You have to stop flicking ahead and just concentrate on the page you are on.’

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2018: The year of paperbacks.

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Hey book lovers! How’s it going? I hope your reading challenge is going as planned. My reading goal this year is to read 50 books. I’ve read 12 so far. I don’t think this is a promising start but as much as I want to accomplish this goal I’m putting zero pressure on myself and enjoying every book I read. I wanted to share and blog about the books I read in 2017 because I actually was able to list all 40 of them thanks to Goodreads but I was taking a short break from blogging last year December. (We are always taking breaks. We know and we apologise). Let me know in the comment section if you still want me to blog about that.

I’ve bought 11 books so far this year.

1. Men are from mars, women are from Venus – John Gray (Got this in camp)

2. Aké- Wole Soyinka (Got this at the Abuja airport)

3. Sorrow’s joy – Ogochukwu Promise (Also Got this at the Abuja airport)

4. Fine boys – Eghosa Imasuen (Ordered this from Alaroro books on IG)

5. Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Also Got this from Alaroro books on IG) – Bought two copies and decided to give one away.

6. Strategies for securing your dream job – Francis C. DAVID (Got this in camp. They gave us a lecture on this and I decided to buy the book after the lecture)

7. Under the uduala trees – Chinelo Okparanta ( Got this at the SLAY festival I attended last weekend. There was a nice sale going on and your girl had to get on it! Shout out to Patabah books!)

8. We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (I also got this at the SLAY festival)

9. It wasn’t exactly Love (Stories from the farafina trust creative writing workshop 2012)

10. Blackass -A. Igoni Barrett

11. Attitude is everything – Keith Harrell

I feel like I’m going to be spending a lot of money on books this year. So I’m taking a break for now till like April. My birthday was three weeks ago and i’ll be accepting late gifts. Thank you very much! 🙂

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy it?

(I’ve always been a fan of ebooks but I’m getting into paperbacks this year)

Are you a fan of ebooks?

In case you missed the review of Aké by Wole Soyinka, you can read it here.

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Book review: Memoirs of a professional bridesmaid – Nneka Ijeoma

Hey guys. I haven’t been on here in a while. I’m kinda tired of giving excuses so yeah let’s just leave it yea? Anyway, my friend got me three books (Stay with me, Sweet medicine and this book) at the just concluded Aké Arts and Book Festival. [All for N10,000]

Blurb:With witty and humorous dialogue, Memoirs of a professional bridesmaid is the telling of Nneka’s numerous experiences as a bridesmaid. Its tongue-in-cheek style reveals all elements of being on a bridal train.  Memoirs of a professional bridesmaid is a fun read for everyone and dishes on the beautiful, the bold and the ‘extra’.

This book is just 146 pages so it’s a very easy read. Like you can actually finish reading it in Lagos traffic.

It was published this year in Nigeria under Prestige imprint.

Book cover: I really like the cover of the book. Not so much going on and simple. Although I’ve been known to be drawn towards colourful covers and I sometimes judge books by their covers but it is what it is.  🤷🏾‍♀️

Okay. So let me get right into it. I have only been a bridesmaid once in my life and that was for Titi’s wedding so I’m sure you’re wondering why I bought the book. I honestly had enough drama that one time and wanted to hear from a professional bridesmaid.

Nneka talked about her various experiences with different brides, bridesmaids, maid of honour, vendors, designers e.t.c. I love that she wasn’t trying to be funny. Reading this book sorta felt like a friend was just gisting me about her experiences. Very simple style of writing. She talked about serious issues lightheartedly.

I like that she was very personal. I found myself saying ‘Yasss’ as I was reading especially when she was talking about bridal showers. Always remember that the focus is the bride.’ The petty side of me wanted to buy this book for a certain somebody. Like I remember being so frustrated planning my sister’s bridal shower. Guys, ‘Set realistic goals’. ‘Why do you need almost half a million naira to plan a shower?’.
I did not like the fact that every time she was brutally honest about any of her friends, the next statement is about how she loves that about them or how amazing they are. It was almost like she was making them feel better just in case they happen to read it.  I was like for you to be friends with them, they’re probably not so bad. So please say what you want to say with your chest and keep it moving but then again I know girls are dramatic so it’s probably best she did it that way.

Here are some tips she gave.

Parents are not your ATM

To thyself be true.

No Maid of Honour is a BAD idea.

Delegate. Especially if you have a large train.

If the timeline doesn’t favour you, you have two options – A) Get ready at home, do your own makeup and hair and come in ON TIME for the pictures. B) Make sure there are enough makeup artists. This might mean you may have to pay a little extra to book your own makeup artist.

Relax and be yourself.

Do not take everything you see on social media at face value, always do your background checks and ask questions. Some things are all smokes and mirror. – Funke Bucknor

Set realistic goals.

Ladies, be considerate (When you’re in a bridal WhatsApp group)

Think about the concept and a dress for your girls. That discussion should not be up for debate. This is a tip for your health and wellbeing.

Don’t be messy.

Don’t feel bad if you’ve ever get left out of a friends’ train. You may just be the next professional bridesmaid.

It was a light and fun read. I’ll give this book a 3.5/5. It is highly recommended for those getting married soon or anyone actually.

Have you ever been a bridesmaid? Please share your experience.

What book(s) are you currently reading? Please share!

TOSIN

Dark Matter – Review 

Book Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch.

I remember seeing it on Olayinkareads instagram page but I never got around to actually reading it. (If you’re a book lover, you should totally check out her Blog). I’ve read quite a few books outside my TBR list for the month like Homegiing by Yaa Gyasi, Turtles all the way down by John Green, Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Highly recommended. I’m currently reading The Fishermen- Chigozie Obioma and I’m liking it so far.

So, I read Dark matter in one day. The book is about a guy Jason Dessen who is just a regular teacher living  happily with his wife Daniela and his son Charlie. He is not where he thought he’d be career wise but he’s happy and content until he got kidnapped and somehow landed in an alternate universe.
Anyway, Jason finds himself in another universe and here he’s not married with a kid. He’s a successful scientist. Plot twist – the Jason from the universe he’s stuck in is now living his life- pretending to be him and having the time of his life while at it.

I watched fringe (a tv show) for years and I used to be so into this alternate universe concept and the idea that multiple universes exist where we make different decisions at different points in our lives. It was such a great read that I could not drop my phone.
It was a very interesting and intriguing read.

I did not like how it ended though. I’m a sucker for happily ever after and although the ending was not terrible, It wasn’t what I was expecting.

I’m trying not to share too much so I don’t ruin it for yall.

This book got me thinking of the different  things that have happened in my life and the different decisions I’ve made at different points in my life. In another universe I’m probably not a Doctor or I am a Doctor but I did not do my internship in Ibadan and I’m probably traveling from one continent to the other under Doctors without border or for fun. 😂
But ultimately, i am happy in this life with the decisions I’ve made so far. Of course my life could be much better but I regret nothing.

I’d give this book a 5/5.  Yas it was that good!

Guys, would you love to be in another universe as you but living a totally different life? how’s your month going?

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Book Review – Small Admissions 

Book Title:  Small Admissions

Author: Amy Poeppel
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Blurb: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiance,” she abandons her grad school plans and spends her days lolling on the couch, leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don’t know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback, while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews. For reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there’s no time for self-pity during the height of the admissions season. Meanwhile, Kate’s sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends, dropping bombshells, and fighting each other on how to keep Kate on her feet. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome neighbor is more than he seems. Through every dishy, page-turning twist, it seems that one person’s happiness leads to another’s misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary-including the truly unexpected.

 

It’s basically about Kate Pearson who everyone seems to be worried about having dealt with a rough break up that turned her life upside down that had her on her couch feeling sorry for herself until she had to get herself together – Her sister practically forced her to go for a job interview and she surprisingly got the job in the admission department at this prestigious school in New York.

MY THOUGHTS. 



I read this book in two days because I found it hard to stop reading. It’s the kind of book you sleep late reading even when you know you have to go to work early the next day.
I love that it’s not so serious, quite relatable and hilarious.

Kate Pearson is effortlessly and annoyingly lovable.  I found myself randomly laughing while reading this book. Lmao I had to give the ‘It’s this book I’m reading’ talk a lot.

I also liked Kate’s sister Angela who is borderline obsessed with trying to make sure Kate is okay and constantly trying to take care of her. I mean, I guess it’s not a bad thing but at some point it was like damn sis! We get it.

I loved reading this book so much. Absolutely loved the style of writing.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:


“Takes initiative to pull out of a depression; you have to do something about it, like see a psychiatrist.”


“Dress the part, sound the part. They’ll figure you are the part.”

“Kate had been hijacked by a fictional version of herself: a girl who didn’t take it all so seriously, a girl who was experiencing life instead of studying it, a girl who ran away. The scariest part of all was that she bought this bullshit fantasy so completely, that when the possibility of it was taken away, she had no idea who she was anymore.”

“Breakup stories bore the shit out of me. If you meet a new man, I’m happy to listen, but I look forward, not back.”


“…even therapists need therapists from time to time.”

“Happiness is not a zero-sum game. It’s the only case in which the resources are limitless, and in which the rich can get richer at no expense to anyone else”

I’d give this books a 4/5. 

So I’ve read 3 out of the 4 books on my TBR list. Wow.

P.S- New exciting stuff coming soon guys!!! I’m so excited.
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Work is a bit annoying but it’s better than being idle at home sha.

How’s your week going?

What book are you currently reading ?

The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble| Review-ish 

Hey! 

How’s it going?


So I started reading this book a week ago! I was ready to drop it after a couple of hours because it was so bleh to me. I thought it was a bit boring but I decided to just continue and see whether I’ll eventually get into it because that happens sometimes. 

Surprisingly, that happened. I fell in love with the characters in the book. Although They’re so different and their struggles  are so complicated and different, I felt something reading it.


First of all, I love the idea of a reading group especially among friends as it is an opportunity to do something outside your regular activities and gist as well and if you know me well, you know I love gist. 

The book is basically about 5 women in a reading group and their lives. They meet once a month to discuss a book they’ve all read. (I really like some of the books they chose and might just go look for how to get and read them) Most times they get distracted by gist/real life issues but that made it feel real. For some of them it was a way of escape from their lives. They were dealing with infidelity, abortion, loss of a relative, infertility and so much more. 

This isn’t supposed to be a book review. It was just supposed to be about some parts of  the book I read and really liked but here we are! 

The point where Harriet and Nicole were talking and Harriet felt like she married the wrong person, settled for less. She always felt like there was something or someone better for her out there. 

I feel like, it’s like you reach a certain age and you choose the person you’re going to marry and you marry them and get membership to this club, and it’s a really nice club and you like all the other members, and you get to have a nice house and clothes and holidays and stuff, and great friends and you have these babies and these are like wow- the best thing that ever ever happened to you, and you can’t believe how much you love them but at the end of the day, when they’re in bed, and your friends have gone home and you’re sitting in your beautiful house, it stops being about all other stuff and it’s about that person you’ve chosen and only about them and they have to be the right person, because otherwise all of the other stuff doesn’t matter. 

 I was like damn sis. She literally has the best husband in the book but was too busy thinking the grass is greener on the other side. 

Harriet and Nicole had the best conversations tbh. I absolutely loved their friendship.

Here, Nicole was talking to Harriet about her serial cheater of a husband. She was the wife that kept forgiving him and felt that she was the problem. So terrible. 

Catching him in bed with that woman in Spain- well, it changed things for me. I think it changed me. It was like I could suddenly see things clearly. Like at that moment I realized it wasn’t my fault that Gavin is like he is. It isn’t because I’ve changed, or because something’s missing. It was never about me. It was about him having no strength, no willpower, no morals and, most of all, Harry having no love or respect for me.

I was like yassss sis. Finally! 

I genuinely enjoyed reading this book even if it took a while for me to really get into it.

I’d give this book a 3/5. Lol


I don’t have the e-copy of the book but I might be willing to lend my copy out to anyone interested. Emphasis on might. 

P.S – I got this book along with two other books for N1,000 somewhere in CMS. 

The weekend is over already! What did y’all do this weekend? Excited for the new week? 

We went to the beach yesterday and it was amazing. Expect a review on the blog soon but you can follow us on Instagram to see some pictures from our beach day! 
TOSIN