Book Review: “Inside Out” by Demi Moore

I want to say about three days after my review for “The Handmaid’s Tale” published, I finished with my second book of the season which was Demi Moore’s memoir “Inside Out”. I was pretty proud of myself but not for the reasons you might assume. My mom and I are the readers in the family, and she is fast and can focus all of her attention into the books she reads, whereas I am very easily distracted. So, the fact that I got done with it before her, made me happy as a clown!

Before we got it though, I happened to read some of the articles of when she talks about her relationship with Ashton Kruchter, but thankfully nothing I read online diverted me away or towards it, I actually wanted to read it and see what kind of life she has lead to this point.

45167624Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir.

For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight—or the headlines.

Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years—all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress—and, always, if she was simply good enough.

As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life—laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender—a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.

Taken from Goodreads

Personally, I have never been a really big fan of Demi’s. I’ve only seen maybe two or three movies and for a good chunk of my life, I didn’t know that she was the actress who voiced Esmeralda on The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Other than that, I just read the book because A) biographies and memoirs are one of my favorite genres and B) I was really curious to hear her story.

In the beginning, as she was describing her early life with her parents, the dysfunction of it all with their fighting and moving around, made me remember the earliest parts of my life. My parents were young when they had my sister and I, and they had a lot of fights in front of us that I think has always made me second guess anything about love and marriage. Thankfully, as the years go by, the fights die down a little and you start to see more love come out of the result of all those hardships.

Since I have never been that interested in celebrities’ private lives growing up and even now–and trust me I try not to read any of the tabloids mentioned in People magazine–but the fact that she let us into her life was in a way bittersweet. I think my favorite parts were when she was talking about her time with Bruce and living in Hailey. You can tell that she loved it, not only because she became a mother during this time but she also portrayed herself as happy, despite dealing with her issues she discusses in the book.

If you’re like me and you’re movie crazy, you will enjoy her talking about the process of doing some of her notable roles over the years. She gives you little nice details about each film, whether they were enjoyable or not. But if you are just looking for a nice biography, this is also up your alley too! She really makes you think about everything. There was one word that I thought worked well with the entire thing and that was: perspective. When you decide to read it, I think you should keep this in mind because it will help you out as you get towards the end.

Have you read Demi’s book yet? If you have, what were things you liked or maybe disliked about it? Do you have a favorite section like I did?

Guest Post | Top 5 Favorite Rap Songs by Rachel of Where The Wild Things Grow


Today I have a special guest post for you!

Back in early February, I was on Twitter and Rachel from Where The Wild Things Grow, had posted a tweet about how old school doesn’t even compare to the newer stuff that the younger generations are listening to nowadays. We literally had a whole conversation about it, because I completely agree! The message was different, you could understand them, and they used some gnarly beats behind their lyrics! The day after our little chat, I asked her if she’d like to do a guest post about some of her favorite rap songs that came out of the late 80’s and the early 90’s.

When discussing the topic of music with others, I always say that my favorite genre is rap and typically, I’ll receive a response such as, “You don’t seem like the kind of person who would like rap music.” I’m still not entirely sure what that means, but I always assure them that listening to rap music has brought a lot of joy into my life in more recent years. It’s been the one genre of music that never fails to put me in a better mood and provide your girl with a little confidence booster. But allow me to make what may be quite a shocking confession, today’s rap music just doesn’t do it for me. I mean, I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to come up with more than three artists that are still currently making music that I actually listen to, and unfortunately, I can’t.

Thanks to the internet, I’ve been lucky enough to come across some of the most amazing, old school rap and hip hop artists to ever exist, some that make me envious of those who happened to be young adults in the mid-80’s or early 90’s! It’s safe to say, I’m forever hooked on the men and women who paved the way for the young rappers we know today. And with that being said, I have a list of my top five, absolute favorite rap songs ranging from those time periods! Friendly reminder, these are just my personal favorites and are not necessarily the most popular songs ever made in the genre. If I’ve left out one of your favorites, please leave a comment and let me know!

Disclaimer: The songs featured on this list may not be suitable for all ages due to some language and themes, please be aware and if you’re under the age of 18, have permission if needed before listening or watching the included videos. Thank you!

5. Let Me Clear My Throat – DJ Kool (1996)

This song was literally released the year I came into this world, but somehow it still manages to hold up today! I discovered this song a few years back when Apple was still offering their iTunes radio for free, which was ultimately how I discovered most of the artists on this list. My reason for enjoying this song as much as I do, is that it’s completely carefree and most importantly, fun! It’s the kind of song you could play toward the end of your wedding reception, when you’ve got all of the formalities out of the way and everyone is anxious to bust a move!

4. None Of Your Business – Salt N’ Pepa (1993)

I’ve been listening to Salt N’ Pepa for a little over a year now, but it wasn’t until just a few months back, that I was able to dig deep and find this little gem, that would quickly become my favorite from the all female hip hop trio! The song dives in heavily covering the of judgement. Discussing what it’s like when those surrounding you, attempt to pressure you into living life the way they believe you should be, when you’d just like to be left alone to do your own thing. Which I definitely think is something we all have experienced to some degree.

3. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice (1990)

Confession time again, I absolutely love Vanilla Ice! His music was what had originally pulled me into exploring more of the older generations that rap music has to offer and I’m almost positive I’m not alone in saying that “Ice Ice Baby” was one of the very first songs I’d ever heard in the genre. I mean, love him or hate him, this song is a total classic, and the odds are, you probably know all of the words and wouldn’t be able to resist rapping along. It can’t just be me, right?

2. It’s Tricky – RUN DMC (1986)

RUN DMC is the kind of group that you can be familiar with even if you’re not that huge fan of rap or hip hop, arguably their biggest hit, “It’s Tricky” can still be found featured in several trailers, promos, and commercials throughout television! Released in 1986, RUN DMC practically ruled the world of rap music at the time and helped elevate the genre to new heights. Plus it wins the award for being one of the songs I blast the most in the my car! I’m sure they’re quite proud of such an accomplishment.

1. Hold It Now, Hit It – Beastie Boys (1986)

I couldn’t complete this list without a song from my all time favorite rap/hip hop group, Beastie Boys. Fresh off of their first album “Licensed To Ill”, I picked “Hold It Now, Hit It” not only for the song itself but for the video that goes with it. Filmed with their fisheye lens effect that went on to be featured in several other classics such as “Intergalactic” and “Triple Trouble” the video perfectly captures the Beasties for what at they actually were, three talented but rowdy teenagers from New York who happened to become accidentally famous.

In conclusion, I’ve always been the kind of person who views music as ageless. Of course, every genre of music has most definitely changed and evolved throughout the years in some way, shape or form. But at the end of the day, when the music was made isn’t nearly as important when you find yourself thoroughly enjoying what you’ve been listening to. In fact, the year something was released, could be the last thing we find out about that new favorite song we’ve been blasting on repeat! Moral of the story, don’t be afraid to educate yourself on different genres of music, both old and new. Because if you limit yourself to the music within your time now, you could be missing out on something great!

Rachel McRad is a lifestyle and self-improvement blogger who covers topics such as mental health and adulthood. She decided to create her blog “When The Wild Things Grow” in order to help provide advice and encouragement to young adults during more difficult times in life. When away from her computer and blog, some of her favorite hobbies include practicing photography, creative journaling and living the life of a proud dog mom.

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A Decade In A Box

840732866What do you remember about the 90’s? For some of us, that was the decade that we were born in. A lot of times I’ve heard of anybody being born in 98 or 99, they are not considered 90’s kids even though they clearly are, but I know the people who tend to think that way think that because they didn’t get enjoy the stuff that we did. What I remember the most about the 90’s are The Powerpuff Girls, Arthur, MTV playing music videos practically all day long, but what was something we used to record our favorite shows or sports events, because we sure didn’t have DVR’s back in the day, did we? We might’ve needed them but sadly we knew the words “fast forward” and “rewind ” like the back of our hands. VCR tapes were our best friends when we were kids and the only circle discs we ever had were CDs for music and CD-Rom for the ancient computers. A lot of people could easily forget about these things or if you are like me, you miss them a lot.

I’ve been in love with finding old things, from letters, photographs, to I guess VCR tapes. Growing up, everytime we would go over to my grandparents’ house they had different bookshelves full of different VCR tapes. They were mostly all of my papaw’s tapes of different things he thought were interesting, whether that was old classic movies, movies or specials about trains, and then you got the majority of the tapes were sporting events, mainly basketball games. Well, my nana has been wanting to empty out the bookshelves of these tapes and have them used for books and such, so that is what we’ve been doing for the past couple of weekends. The first time we did this, the tapes were mainly about trains, planes, basketball games, and etc. Well, we had found the lone movie in the bunch and it was Apollo 13 and I had talked about that the last time. This time, we went and cleaned out a small bookshelf with one shelf full of tapes. According to my nana, the reason why they kept these were important. Now I understand why they were important, because most of them were home videos of all of the grandkids, meaning my sister, cousins, and myself. So those videos you see in that top picture, that is basically all family videos.

840732714The rest of the tapes were “less important” if you were to see them, but for my grandparents, they have a meaning just as much as the home videos do. The other tapes are not sporting events, they’re more like last episodes, specials that you probably haven’t seen in years, and a few of them actually their original cases they came in. These were the ones I’m talking about, they actually have the 90’s or (maybe a little older) cases. We found a few of them but I thought these were the most interesting to me as I’ve heard of four out of five. I know it’s a little hard to read of what they are, I’ll just give you what each of them has in them. From the top left going to the bottom right we have, Judy Garland, Elvis, The Three Stodges, Johnny Benny comedy hour, and Bill Cosby. We found three different Elvis tapes and I thought my nana was a like a kid in a candy store, so happy but a little sad that she couldn’t watch them on her TV.

One of the most weirdest and craziest things that happened was when we first went into the living room. My nana went in there first to make a path as she had been working on rearranging in there but I was a little distracted with the CD cases on the bottom shelf of my Papaw’s old stereo system, I’ve seen the old VCR tapes, vinyls, and even cassettes. I’m taking a big step back in time I think. Anyways, he did have a couple of CDs and the one that caught my eye, was of a guy that I had never heard of before. Victor Borge was his name and the album was called, “Caught In The Act.” When I found it, I was very curious about it and I thought it was an old CD of Bill Cosby and I thought it said “Vincent” instead. It was dark! I couldn’t see very well until my nana finally opened the door and I grabbed it and found out I was wrong on all counts. My nana did tell me some interesting facts about him though, he is Danish and apparently he was very funny! Well, while we were in the middle of finding those tapes. We ended up finding about three Victor Borge tapes in the process too. It was weird! If I hadn’t seen that CD case before we started, I don’t think I would have been seeing Victor Borge for the rest of the afternoon.