Kristin Billerbeck+Giveaway

kristin-billerbeckWelcome back to my Mostly YA Fab Author Summer Extravaganza!!!! (MYFASE)

Today we’re talking to the funny and talented Kristin Billerbeck. Kristin also got right with Jesus and began writing YA last year. YA…it gets the best of us. It was Kristin’s Ashley Stockingdale series that I read years back that caused a light bulb to go on, and I thought, “This character could be any of my friends. I would hang out with this person. And not one person spoke in a dialect called King James. Maybe this Christian fiction stuff isn’t so bad…”  That was life-changing reading for me. Beach reads save lives.

Kristin is graciously giving away a signed copy of her latest YA release, Perfectly Invisible. Details at end of the interview.

Welcome, Kristin! First of all let me say, I love the character of Daisy in your Universally Misunderstood YA series. Tell us about Daisy.

41KTwkyGX4L._SL500_AA300_Daisy is the typical American Christian teenager. She wants to devote her life to God, naturally, but she also wants to dress cute and have a date for the prom.

You have teenage boys. How does this figure into your YA writing?

It doesn’t, or there would never be romance in the teenage world again.

A theme of the series is that everyone is special and worthy, no matter how we feel inside. Why do you think teens this message? (or 30 or 40 year olds…)

I think we can be told again and again how special we are, that God loves us, but then someone pinches our weak spot, and we question ourselves all over again. Everyone suffers from a lack of belonging at some point in their life. We all need the reminder that God only makes quality. Have you ever had a friend where she thinks she’s fat? And you’re like, girlfriend, there’s not an extra ounce on you! But if she grew up in a household where her father was overly concerned with her weight, it’s going to be a lifelong issue. For her. Not for anyone looking at her. I think we all have to look to others for truths about ourselves sometimes. Of course, looking UP is best.

Love that–when someone pinches our weak spot. So true. You know, I love Daisy’s parents’ eccentricities. How did you come up with the parents?

I melded a couple of characters I know. I think when people are really devout and don’t see the view from the world’s eyes, it can be really embarrassing for the sort of person who has that awareness. I wanted Daisy to have loving parents who truly want what’s best for her, but don’t operate from the same place as she does. I think that’s how most natural conflicts arise. We simply can’t understand the way another person sees things.

I always say writing for teens girls and women isn’t all that different. One protagonist just has better skin and a later curfew. What is it like for you writing for both YA and women?

It’s actually very difficult for me to write YA over women’s fiction. Even though my adult characters can be immature at times, I have a hard time keeping things teen appropriate because my own kids go to public school, and sadly, I know what they see/hear every day. I want to address those things, but I know a lot of parents want to shield their kids from it. Because I am the kind to ask “why” constantly, there was no way I would have been satisfied with pat answers as a child, so I struggle with that aspect.

I totally get that. There’s a lot of filtering that goes on when portraying the teen from the Christian writer’s pen. I think, collectively, the Christian writing community has had a hard year. There’s a lot of creative fatigue and frustration out there–along with the good times and the blessing of the work. What has been the hardest part of writing in 2011 for you?

Anything and everything. My husband works long hours and I am on my own with four kids–at three different school, in different activies.

Tell me about it, sister. I have a cat. I sooo hear you.

Trying to carve writing time out of this life is difficult. Once you have the time, you’re so brain-dead, you just want to lay down and watch reality TV, not work.

The best part of the past year?

A+Billion+Reasons+Why+by+Kristin+BillerbeckA Billion Reasons Why making the CBA (Christian Book Assoc) Bestseller List and proving that my love of the 1940s era is truly romantic.

Any era that included Cary Grant has to be romantic.  What’s a book you wish you had written?

The Thorn Birds. It embodies the most perfect conflict. A man who loves a woman, but he’s a priest. Oh, and he’s ambitious, so when he can give his love the money that’s rightfully hers, he takes it so he can get promoted into the church. The characters are so juicy and ruthless. It’s like people at their worst trying to work out their idea of faith, yet being so drawn in by their humanity. I read it every year. McCollough’s descriptions make me feel as if I have an IQ of 7.

I so remember that miniseries. Speaking of TV, have any guilty pleasures besides reading books about priests who like the ladies?

Oh, bad reality TV. Real Housewives of this and that, Flipping Out, Millionaire Matchmaker. Pretty much everything on Bravo. I have to pay for the extra tier on cable to get my channel. Drives me nuts! What I love about these shows is that we are all so ignorant of our own shortcomings, and I think these shows offer a peek into our own lives.

Those Bravo folks are crazy. I mean they are their own breed-o-crazy. Makes me feel a little better about myself. Okay, tell us about your ideal day.

Someone brings me Starbucks, then they all leave. I’m home alone with my computer, my reality TV-filled-DVR and no dealine. Then, dinner out with the family and a movie.

Very nice. All right, Lightning Round of Seriously Heavy Intellectual Questions. I’m about to pose some queries worthy of CNN. FOX News. That weird guy on PBS. You ready?

You’ve come into some money from a forgotten, distance, rich, dead relative. You can either hire a maid, chef, or chauffeur. Which do you choose?
A maid. Without question. I don’t care that much about food. If I have my coffee, I’m happy and I like to drive. Gets the aggression out.

I don’t care that much about food either. ::steps to the left to avoid lightning::  Okay, favorite 80s flick?
Sixteen Candles and Romancing the Stone.

If you could step into the shoes of anyone else for the day, who would you pick?
Ingrid Bergman’s. For someone who’s alive, Lady GaGa’s, though I probably couldn’t walk in her shoes. I think it would be really fun to be that inhibited. Oh, I should say Lady GaGa dressed.

And not on a meat-dress day. Okay, last question of the day. Tell readers where they can find you.

They can find me at www.KristinBillerbeck.com and at my daily blog at www.girlygirl.typepad.com

Thanks so much for stopping by, Kristin. We so appreciate it. And one person is going to win a copy of Perfectly Invisible, book two in the Universally Misunderstood series. To get in the running for this, leave a comment by Wednesday, July 13th, answering the following question: What is your guilty pleasure? People mag? Easy crosswords? Scrapbooking? SPAM?

AND don’t forget, if you comment on all six MYFASE blog posts (June 27-July 11),  you’ll be in the running for an ARC of There You’ll Find Me AND a $25 dollar Barnes and Noble card, in addition to any other books you win these two weeks of book/author fabulousness.

Be sure and return Friday when we talk coffee, one-year olds, and fun reads with Erynn Mangum. And another book giveaway! (Do the freebies ever stop? No! They do not!) 



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  1. Rebecca July 6th, 2011 6:29 am

    My guilty pleasure is People magazine for sure. I get in the mail on Friday. I grab my Starbucks and sit right down and read it!

  2. Amy July 6th, 2011 7:23 am

    I had to laugh when Kristen said that Daisy is the typical Christian teen who wants to love God, dress cute, and find a date for prom. I’m your atypical Christian 30-something that loves God, sometimes dresses “up”, and I just want to find a date period. My, how times have changed! :)

    Guilty pleasure? Reading YA and listening to old Paula Abdul music (not at the same time, but I guess I could give that a whirl.)

    Great interview and thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Bethany Ellis July 6th, 2011 7:35 am

    I don’t think I have a guilty pleasure. Maybe buying shoes. I love shoes. I have more than 20 pairs. But my good pleasure is Starbucks. :P I go just about every day now. I have this nice little routine. I drop my dog off at my parents’ house then spend an hour or more at the Starbucks around the corner from them. I usually study my Bible for a while, then read a few chapters of the latest novel I’ve gotten my hands on, all the while listening to music and people watching and sipping my iced venti green tea and nibbling on either a cinnamon scone or some madeleins. It’s extremely relaxing, and it helps me prepare for the day to come ;). After I leave there, I pick up my dog and I’m off to work.

  4. Bethany Ellis July 6th, 2011 7:36 am

    Oh yes — and A Billion Reasons Why is totally AMAZING! It’s definitely top of the line when it comes to Christian fiction.

  5. Clare July 6th, 2011 7:57 am

    My guilty pleasure would probably be watching Zac Efron movies with my sisters. Highschool Musical… Hairspray… Charlie St. Cloud… Yeah, yeah. I know. But he’s cute even now and me and my sisters laugh about personal jokes and make new ones everytime we watch those movies. It’s the perfect medicine to a bad day.

  6. Rachel July 6th, 2011 8:14 am

    My guilty pleasure is….(don’t tell my friends) Justin Bieber music.Yeah, he might kinda sound like a girl, but you gotta admit, the guy’s good. And…he’s kinda sickeningly adorable. Excuse me while I go jam out to “Baby” in the seclusion on my car…

  7. Suzanne Schaffer July 6th, 2011 8:19 am

    My guilty pleasure today is the chocolate covered cranberries that I have hidden. Not going to tell you where though. And the guilty pleasure will probably change tomorrow. I like variety. LOL

  8. Jenny July 6th, 2011 8:24 am

    Reading. While that sounds nerdy and like a good thing that I shouldn’t feel guilty about, I can be a bit…um…obsessive. It may even be an addiction – chain book reading. Put down one, pick up the next immediately. I hope there is never a Surgeon General Warning about reading. Can you imagine – not in airplanes, not in restaurants, is hazardous to your health?

    I am a big fan of Kristin Billerbeck. She has contributed to my addiction.

  9. Julie Arduini July 6th, 2011 8:37 am

    Chocolate milk. When I’m stressed I have my Big Gulp size cup out and it’s filled with chocolate milk. You may see me one day on Intervention.

    Such a fan of Kristin’s work. I read Ashley Stockingdale’s adventures years ago and she still stands out as a favorite.

  10. Kristin July 6th, 2011 8:54 am

    One of my guilty pleasures is reading Christian historical fiction romance books- you know, the kind where the hero is godly, tall, dark, and handsome and has some sort of super-manly occupation like being a blacksmith, and after a few minor misunderstandings, he falls in love with and woos the nerdy, awkward, average-looking girl? I love that. =) But I always feel the slightest bit embarrassed to be seen reading them…I feel like I should be reading some intelligent classic like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens (I do love Austen, though, she’s one of my favorite authors).

    Another guilty pleasure is Disney songs. I’m a little obsessed with them and can frequently be heard humming them. A personal favorite is “Gaston” (from Beauty & the Beast). Really, the lyrics are hilarious: “I use antlers in all of my decorating!”

    ~Kristin

  11. Mississippi Mama July 6th, 2011 8:56 am

    My guilty pleasure is nail polish! I have a LOT of it and just keep buying more. My nails – fingers and toes – are ALWAYS painted. Always.

  12. Madi A. July 6th, 2011 9:37 am

    Hmmm…I’m not really sure. But I’m thinking one of my guilty pleasures would probably be
    ice-cream. Or maybe all the cheesecake I’ve been fed EVERYDAY for the past week. But they’re oh-so-good, I could hardly resist:)

  13. karenk July 6th, 2011 9:37 am

    my guilty pleasure is…coffee…w/ french vanilla creamer…lots of it :)

  14. Lauren July 6th, 2011 9:45 am

    Hmmm…guilty pleasure is…What Not to Wear, and coffee. I try to like the stuff…but so far it hasn’t happened…

  15. Laura J July 6th, 2011 10:32 am

    Oh, I love Kristin! I stop by her blog every day. :) Perhaps that’s my guilty pleasure.

    My guilty pleasure is keeping up with the Young and the Restless. I blame this on my grandma who got me hooked on it when I was a kid. :)

  16. Cheryl Olson July 6th, 2011 10:52 am

    Hmmm I would say my guilty pleasure is “Pretty Little Liars”- not a great show…but I got hooked!

  17. K. Floodle July 6th, 2011 11:01 am

    First off, let me say that I LOVED Kristin Billerbeck’s Ashley Stockingdale series. That said, my favorite guilty pleasure is those romantic comedies that are so predictable yet ohhhh so good :)

  18. Nicole July 6th, 2011 11:19 am

    My guilty pleasure would probably be reading. I read a LOT. More than the average person. I always have a book around. Although dessert is another guilty pleasure, chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookie dough…I love it all. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t mind working out once in a while lol

  19. Helen Loss July 6th, 2011 11:38 am

    Please please don’t tell, but my guilty pleasure is Taylor Swift. Sigh! My husband would die if he read this. He hates country music.

  20. HopefulLeigh July 6th, 2011 11:39 am

    Definitely reality shows. Like Kristin, I love the Bravo shows, especially the Real Housewives. But I also like The Bachelor and those crazy Kardashians. Just a glimpse into the lives of people who are completely opposite of me!

  21. kiersten July 6th, 2011 11:45 am

    My guilty pleasure would either be reading (I walk out of half price book store with like 20 books every time!), or sappy chick flicks. 13 Going on 30, Pride and Prejudice, Letters to Juliet. You name it I have goof-grinned when “nobody puts baby in a corner”, hid my eyes and cringed at the embarassing moments that inevitably happen to the main character, and yelled at the screen when she’s about to walk out on the love of her life. Major movie buff.

    While we are on the subject of movies…. Disney movies have to be one of my guilty pleasures too. At 4 this morning I was watching Thumbelina, and I had to talk myself out of Mulan or Hercules.

  22. Catrina July 6th, 2011 12:08 pm

    My guilty pleasure is Starbucks… or Chocolate… or Reading… or internet shopping

  23. Tonya July 6th, 2011 12:20 pm

    My emerging guilty pleasure is country music. Although Jenny in your eyes that just makes me right before the Lord ;)

  24. Kelly July 6th, 2011 12:24 pm

    Starbucks Iced White Mochas. Also, I watch Psych almost every night and even made Shawn and Gus mii’s.. and the theme song is my ringtone when my husband calls. Sometimes I wait to answer so I can hear it longer.

  25. Paris July 6th, 2011 12:58 pm

    My guilty pleasure is icecream. I could eat the stuff all day long.

  26. Felicia July 6th, 2011 1:28 pm

    My guilty pleasure is definitely reality TV shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. I definitely watch almost every episode, but I don’t tell people about it!

  27. Erin McFarland July 6th, 2011 1:43 pm

    eek! My to-read list is becoming impossibly long! Must learn to speed read!
    Guilty pleasure: Starbucks. It is reeeeeally ridiculous to pay $5 for a cup of coffee. But i do it. And then i do it again. If it came down to my last 5 bucks and i could buy myself real food or a Starbucks, i’m a little embarrassed to say which one I’d pick.

  28. Ashley Mays July 6th, 2011 2:05 pm

    The Ashley Stockingdale series is what inspired me to write in my own voice…LOVE it.

    As for a guilty pleasure…music on the top 20 list.

  29. Liv July 6th, 2011 2:36 pm

    Guilty pleasure…fan fiction. Namely Harry Potter fan fic. I’m obsessed. ;-)

  30. Katy July 6th, 2011 3:00 pm

    I haven’t read any books by Kristin Billerbeck, but Perfectly Invisible sounds like a fun read. I’d love a chance at winning a copy. :-)

    Hmm…my guilty pleasure? Well that would be sneaking into my room at odd hours in the day (no matter what’s going on in the house…i.e. company, clean up, dinner) and pick up the book I am currently immersed in and read for a few minutes before leaving my room. If I plan it just right, no one in my family even notices I was gone and I am that much farther into my book. :-P Haha! Ya, so there is my guilty pleasure!

    ~ Katy

  31. Lauren July 6th, 2011 4:30 pm

    I guess I’d have to say…my guilty pleasure is eating any kind of sweets. Lots and lots of them. They’re so delicious! :)

  32. Sarah July 6th, 2011 6:00 pm

    My guilty pleasure is reading into the wee, unholy hours of morning. When I get my hands on a really good book it takes me a while — especially when it is suspenseful — to rip myself away from it. Lol

  33. Joy July 6th, 2011 6:19 pm

    Top five guilty pleasures 5.Coffee 4.Mountain Dew 3.Reality TV (What Not To Wear, Say Yes To Dress, Four Weddings, My Fair Wedding, Cake Boss) 2. Reading the end of the book to make sure the guy gets the girl before I read the rest of the book 1.Convincing little cousins, nephews, and other kids I have babysat to watch the movies that I loved when I was a kid, like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladin, so *cough* that I can watch those movies again without feeling weird where I’m an adult.

    Sorry, I couldn’t pick just one. :)

    I love Kristin Billerbeck! Love all your books.

    I love Erynn Mangum too!!!! Can’t wait for friday! Read all her books like three times waay to close. Not that I care. :) Supper excited for the interview by one of my favorite author by one of my favorite authors. Like that wasn’t obvious :)

    Wow, that felt like a long post! :)

  34. Rachelle Rea July 6th, 2011 6:30 pm

    Once again, I loved reading this fun and fantastic author interview! Thank you! My guilty pleasure is chocolate. Need I say more? ::giggle::

  35. Jess July 6th, 2011 7:12 pm

    Guilty pleasure…reading and chocolate, especially reading while eating chocolate! I always have to have a book to read, ALWAYS! And many times it is YA (I JUST turned 30).
    I am loving all the author’s you are featuring!

  36. capillya July 6th, 2011 7:31 pm

    “Someone brings me Starbucks, then they all leave.” I think I’d leave my perfect day at just that. ;)

    Because I have almost zero amount of shame, it’s hard to figure out what my guilty pleasure is. I’m not ashamed at the terrible Step Up Movies that I adore. Not ashamed of my disgusting salty-sweet pairings that I eat (and make Hubs want to barf). CERTAINLY not ashamed of my ridiculous need to purchase books when I have a TBR pile at home that should make me automatically banned from bookstores.

    Does liking Enrique Iglesias count? He’s so hot, but I read somewhere that he’s kind of a douche. And who wants to admit to liking a douche?

  37. Reagan July 6th, 2011 9:12 pm

    Guilty pleasure?
    Haha, ummm, I like to watch CBC’s show Heartland on youtube, cause that’s the only place in the US that I can find all the episodes, haha.

  38. Rachel July 6th, 2011 9:34 pm

    Top guilty pleasures:

    1. Coach purses, bags, bracelets, shoes,…

    2. Disney movies. Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorite movies!

    3. Buying new books-working at a bookstore is rather detrimental to my bank account; I just keep recycling my paycheck back into the store :)

    4. Shopping. Anything from the above mentioned Coach store to bookstores to Loft(clothing). I am one of those people who can spend the entire day in the mall (with a shopping buddy, of course) :)

    And, I have to mention, I bought A Billion Reasons Why right when it came out. I almost never do that, I have kind of a $5 rule when it comes to buying books. LOVED it. Went out and bought What a Girl Wants the very next week.

  39. Carla July 6th, 2011 9:36 pm

    My guilty pleasure is cookie dough. On scoop for me, one for the pan, one for me, one for the pan. Then I cook the ones that actually make it to the pan and eat them…at least four with a large class of milk. My other guilty pleasure is reading…I become quite neglectful to my children, house duties and sleeping when I’m engrossed in a good book. Kristin Billerbeck did that too me. I believe I finished the Ashley Stockdale series in a week or less! :P

  40. Casey July 6th, 2011 9:45 pm

    My guilty pleasure??

    Okay.

    Fine.

    I’ll answer IF I must. Or rather that gift card chance will make me…

    Checking my emails. I really, really, really love to connect with other people and living in a small community I love to interact with my Christian fiction friends online. Looking forward to meeting many in Sept!!

    caseym.writer(@)gmail(.)com

  41. kayli July 6th, 2011 10:39 pm

    mine would probably be Karen Kingsbury books or White Collar.

  42. Dakota July 7th, 2011 5:59 am

    Guilty pleasure: weekly trip to the library and then reading all my books while lying outside in the sunshine.

  43. Cíntia Mara July 7th, 2011 8:52 am

    Well, my guilty pleasure is… Listen to children’s music, the same that I used to listen when I was a child.

  44. Shanda July 7th, 2011 8:53 am

    A) Kristen’s Ashley Stockingdale series made me put down the prairie romance books & read contemporary Christian fiction. I had always struggled with the battle between my desire to give extra money to missions & to buy lots of cute shoes. Thank you for helping me navigate those waters.
    B) Guilty Pleasure: buying multiple copies of favorite books. When I’m at Goodwill’s half off sale, I’m picking up paperbacks like crazy. I need extra copies, so they’ll fit in my purse to read on lunch, at the doctor’s office, or at a red light (with the car in park, of course.) I don’t ever want to be without reading material; plus if I can pick them up cheaply, it’s easier to share them with the uninformed. “What do you mean, you’ve never read Jane Austen (or insert Jenny Jones compliment here)????”

  45. Crystal July 7th, 2011 9:12 am

    My guilty pleasure is strolling around in a bookstore. I love picking up the books, reading the back covers, and ultimately purchasing one or ten.

  46. Becky Tidberg July 7th, 2011 9:14 am

    My guilty pleasure is Glee. Love the music and have plans to make my 5 year old son dress in Warbler attire and wander around the house singing popular A Capella hits.

  47. Adrianne July 7th, 2011 10:27 am

    My guilty pleasures would definitely be watching movies. I recently found Drop Dead Diva and I really like it. I enjoy all kinds of movies….Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Julia Roberts……First Wives Club, Step Up 1-3, Sahara, National Treasure, The Interpreter, and most romance movies that don’t show too much. On a separate note, I absolutely loooooove Kristin Billerbeck. I love all the books I have read by her and I could hardly put A Billion Reasons Why down.!!!!! I also can’t wait to read the blog with Erynn Mangum, I adore her writings as well.

    Side Note:
    Jenny I have read Just Between You and Me and am in the middle of Save The Date and I absolutely loved both of them! What great stories that really captured my attention! I think Save The Date should definitely be made into a movie!! I can’t wait to read Then You’ll Find Me!

  48. Rachel Kulp July 7th, 2011 10:30 am

    My guilty pleasure is reading books while drinking chocolatized coffee. I want to win a package of books. I now have pre-teen grandaughters, and I want to learn what makes them tick.

  49. Hannah July 7th, 2011 2:35 pm

    My guilty pleasure is…Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream! It’s completely unhealthy & delicious.

  50. Tarrah July 7th, 2011 2:42 pm

    My guilty pleasure is sending the kids to bed early and reading a good romance novel…with a bag of white chocolate covered pretzels & cinnamon bears. Aaahhh!

  51. Kate Meyer July 7th, 2011 3:11 pm

    My guilty pleasure? Easy! Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms :D

  52. Jenny B. Jones July 7th, 2011 4:25 pm

    Apparently I have a LOT of guilty pleasures because I’m reading all these and saying, “Me too. Me too. Hey, me, too.” Love Disney songs. (Little Mermaid is a favorite. “Up where they walk! Up where they run!”) And People mag and nail polish, yep. Shoes, yep. Teeny-bopper music–most definitely. (Y’all Taylor Swift has unusually good lyrics, admit it.) Chick flicks (which Hollywood is in short supply of…) Step-Up movies–love. Excessive book buying, check.

  53. Alli July 7th, 2011 7:26 pm

    My guilty plessure would have to be hollywood gossip…you know E! News, E.T., Inside Edition, etc. I know some of the stuff sometimes isn’t true but admit it we girls love our juicy gossip. ;)

  54. Alexis r. July 7th, 2011 7:53 pm

    My guily pleasure: Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet. And books… ha

  55. Mattie July 7th, 2011 11:42 pm

    My guilty pleasure is the History Channel. A lot of people don’t understand why a teenage girl would love history so much but I love learning! I could sit down and watch Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Decoded, and America the Story Of Us for HOURS on end! That ,along with a carton of Ben and Jerry’s, would be my ulitmate guilty pleasure :)

  56. Katherine July 8th, 2011 12:48 am

    My guilty pleasure– so weird, but watching korean shows/dramas on hulu! It is the strangest thing in the world to watch something from a different language/culture yet soooo addicting! :) I have recently learned to control it haha

  57. My guilty pleasure—I like to watch Mike Rowe on the Ford commercials. There I’ve said it. According to AA (Admirers Anonymous) that is the first step toward recovery.

  58. Elizabeth July 8th, 2011 9:01 am

    My guilty pleasure is either shopping or reading. I could spend all day doing either one.

  59. Jenny July 8th, 2011 2:17 pm

    My guilty pleasure…a secret stash of mini Reese’s PB cups that only comes out after everyone else goes to sleep…perfect for snacking on while surfing the web or reading a book.

    Really looking forward to Perfectly Invisible…thanks for the chance to win.

  60. macy muray July 8th, 2011 5:11 pm

    Those books sound so cool! My guilty pleasure is some good ole chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream while watching chick flicks! Oh that sounds like heaven on earth right now!

  61. Allison July 8th, 2011 5:12 pm

    My guilty pleasure comes in a carton with the words “Ben & Jerry’s” written on the side. Five words: chocolate fudge brownie ice cream.

  62. Katie P. July 9th, 2011 10:02 am

    Guilty pleasure is drinking hot chocolate while watching Leap Year (and then looking at OMG)…. Sad, huh?! :D

  63. Em Sto July 9th, 2011 5:06 pm

    People magazine all the way!!

  64. Joy Andrea July 9th, 2011 6:02 pm

    Guilty Pleasure? Ben and Jerry’s ice cream with a romantic movie….. :D

  65. Lindsay July 10th, 2011 11:09 pm

    This is so embarrassing but I’m gonna be honest here…The Disney Channel…some of the shows are actually really funny…however teeny-bopper they may be.

  66. Jess July 11th, 2011 12:15 am

    I love me some Justin Bieber. Yikes, I said it aloud.

  67. Cara Putman July 12th, 2011 4:56 pm

    My guilty pleasure is reading on the treadmill…

  68. Sheri July 12th, 2011 5:03 pm

    My guilty pleasure has to be reading but chocolate and coffee are running a close second!!

  69. D Elizabeth July 16th, 2011 3:02 pm

    My guilty pleasure, oh goodness I think I may have too many!
    As far as food goes:
    White Queso (and it has to be good).
    Other guilty pleasures? Dresses, and Books. I spend WAY too much money on them.

  70. Kate July 16th, 2011 10:53 pm

    Mine is Disney movies. Beauty and the Beast is an all time favorite!

  71. jenncallinghome July 17th, 2011 9:34 am

    Hmmm, let’s see… Currently, Master Chef and So You Think You Can Dance. Also, Step Up movies and magazines (travel, home, fashion).

  72. Kristin Billerbeck July 22nd, 2011 7:48 pm

    I have been so swamped I haven’t been able to visit your blog lately Jenny, and I so love it. But I especially love seeing everyone’s guilty pleasure. It’s very inspiring!! Thanks for the great interview! And I loved your airport experience. I have traveled enough where I do think I can control it all, so if I couldn’t, no soap would make me zen.

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