Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Q & A

Happy Thursday! I love reading all of the holiday and Christmas themed posts that bloggers have been posting. One of my favorite posts that I love are questionnaire posts. The Blended Blog had this holiday Q & A link up, but unfortunately I didn't find out about the questionnaire in time. However, I thought it would still be fun to answer the questions.



Real or Fake Tree? Always a fake tree. I definitely would not be able to deal with cleaning up after the tree.

Favorite Christmas cookie? I love chocolate chip cookies and Pepperidge Farm's Chocolate Cookie collection.

Home or Travel for Christmas? Home. I'm so glad that we do not have to travel anywhere for holidays since our families live in the same state as us.

White or Multi-color lights? Multi-color lights

Christmas cards? I always make handmade Christmas cards for my boys' teachers, but I do also purchase some Christmas cards too.

Favorite gift received and/or given? I don't really have a favorite gift that I have received. I have loved all of the gifts that I receive on Christmas. I don't have a favorite gift that I have given. Usually I know what my kids and mami want for Christmas, but it's always such a great feeling to get them what they want.

Stockings or No stockings? Of course! I love how excited my boys get when they see their stockings.

Christmas pajamas? No, but I think next year we are going to start getting matching pajamas.

Favorite Christmas song? Jingle Bells by Michael Buble and The Puppini Sisters

Favorite holiday tradition? I have way too many favorite holiday traditions. I love taking my boys to see Santa at the mall and also going to see Christmas lights.

Early shopper or last minute? Always an early shopper, but there are a few times when I have to do some last minute shopping.

Favorite Christmas movie? This is a tough one. Elf and The Polar Express are my favorite Christmas movies.

Favorite holiday beverage? Hot chocolate. Starbucks has several different hot chocolate flavors that are so good! You have to try the Peppermint Hot Chocolate...so good!

Cookies and milk for Santa? Of course!

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? Do you like reading holiday themed posts?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Target Baby Registry Gift Bag

Everyone knows that babies need a lot of stuff. Since I found out that I am having my third son, I basically have to start all over again. My two boys are 7 and 5 so as you can imagine, we do not have any baby items. John and I decided to make a few baby registries at a couple of our favorite stores. We made a registry at Target and Babies R Us. We also plan on making a registry at Buy Buy Baby.



One of the perks of making a baby registry at Target, Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby is that you get to receive a baby registry gift bag that is filled with products and coupons. You also get a completion discount that ranges from 10% to 20%. We are not sure if we want to have a baby shower this time, but we still decided to make a registry because a lot of the coupons are actually pretty good and the completion discount/coupon is a great deal.

Below is a list of the items that I received in my Target baby registry gift bag:

  • Reusable Target tote bag
  • Mam pacifier (Newborn size)
  • NUK pacifier (Size 0-6 months)
  • Aveeno Baby daily moisture lotion (1 fl oz)
  • Baby Dove wash (1.8 fl oz)
  • Sample of Palmer's Cocoa butter skin therapy oil
  • Philips Avent 4 oz bottle
  • Lansinoh Sample (2 nursing pads and 2 breastmilk storage bags)
  • Sample of Babyganics diaper (Size 1 diaper)
  • Sample of Aquaphor healing ointment 
  • Small Pampers clutch with 1 Newborn size diaper and 6 Pampers Sensitive wipes
  • 2 Honest Company Size 1 diapers 
    • There was supposed to be a pack of 10 wipes in the small box, but it was not there.*
Coupons
  • BOGO Target Starbucks beverage
  • 10% off a nursing bra and/or cami purchase
  • 10% off Maternity apparel purchase
  • 20% off Cloud Island baby item
  • $1 off coupon for Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil
  • $5 off 1 Boppy Total Body Pillow
  • $1 off any 1 Baby Dove product
  • $1.50 off any 1 Aquaphor healing ointment for baby
  • $5 off a purchase of Babyganics diapers box (priced at $24.99 or higher)
  • $5 off coupon for Munchkin STEP diaper pail
  • $2 off Philips Avent multi-pack of bottles
  • $.75 off any Philips Avent pacifier pack
  • $10 off when you spend $35 on Honest Beauty products
  • $25 off any Honest Product when you purchase $50 or more
The Target baby registry bag is my favorite registry bag. I plan to use all of the items that are in the bag. I'm really excited about the Cloud Island coupon. Cloud Island is Target's new exclusive baby brand and their products are just so adorable. You can check the collection here. I'm also excited about the Honest Company's $25 off $50 purchase. I have never tried the Honest Company products so I can't wait to try the diapers and wipes.

This was such a great baby registry bag. If you ever need to make a baby registry, I highly recommend that you make one at Target.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, December 8, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.


1. Making my baby registry

2. Naps

3. Spending time with my family

4. Baby registry gift bags from Target and Babies R Us

5. Encouraging words

6. Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes

7. Christmas movies

8. Snow

9. Getting stuff done ahead of time

10. New Currently Cards from Kristin

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: If you haven't watched Damnation then you really should. Seriously this is such a good show.

Reading: I'm a big fan of Shel Silverstein and I just bought this collectible edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends and Every Thing On It for an amazing price.

Listening: I'm loving Wolves by Selena Gomez and Marshmello. The song has been stuck in my head all day. You can check out the song here.

Making: All. the. lists. Seriously I have so much stuff that I want to get done before the new year. I've been making lists of what I need and want to organize before December ends. I seriously have to clean out a bunch of my closets and donate some more stuff. I've also been working on a list of things that I want to get for the baby as well as few things that I need to research like breast pumps.

Feeling: I'm feeling so much better. I still have morning sickness, but it's starting to go away. I'm also getting some of my energy back too.

Loving: I have been feeling my little boy kick and it just makes me so happy. I can't wait to finally meet my little one in May.

Planning: I got a new planner and a couple of sticker books so I am ready to plan for the new year. I am hoping to start sharing more stories on the blog and having a new planner is definitely going to help. I'm also planning to get some shopping done for the baby. I've already bought some onesies and a mini blanket during Macy's Black Friday sale.

What are you currently up to?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday Sale


Happy Wednesday! I'm currently having a sale in my shop. You can get 30% off your order in my shop. No coupon is needed. The code is valid until December 1, 2017.

Happy Shopping! I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and have a great time with your family and friends.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I love watching reruns of Supernatural. I'm currently watching season 2 and it's making me miss some of the characters that were killed off.

Reading: I just started reading The Princess Diarist  by Carrie Fisher and I am loving it. Even though I haven't finished the book yet, I highly recommend it. I'm also catching up on some blog posts.

Listening: I really love Erin McCarley's cover of Into the Fire. I remember hearing this song on Grey's Anatomy.

Making: Thanksgiving is almost here and I am making some last minute plans. What do you all plan to do for Thanksgiving?

Feeling: I am so excited for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. I can't wait to spend time with my family.

Loving: I'm loving the holiday season. We have been trying lots of limited edition flavors of products like cookies and drinks. I just tried Sprite Cranberry and it is so good! I also bought some chocolate covered Ritz crackers and white fudge oreo cookies.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, November 20, 2017

First Trimester Recap

In just a few days, I will be 16 weeks pregnant and I am so happy that I am now in my second trimester! I am so excited to finally share a recap of my first trimester.

*The picture isn't so great, but I thought I'd share a first "baby bump" photo. I'm currently 15 weeks pregnant in this photo.*

How we found out: I remember I took a test a few days before I expected my period and the test was negative. I decided to try again on the actual day that I should have gotten it and was surprised to see a faint line. I immediately called John and asked him what he thought. He immediately said "That's a line! We're pregnant!" I was a bit shocked so I told him I was going back to the grocery store to buy another test. When I came home, I took the test and it was positive!

Symptoms: The first week I felt completely fine...actually I felt very energized and was exercising a lot. I started to feel sick and exhausted the next week. It was so weird to go from being energized to being so sleepy and nauseous. I also had a bit of heartburn.

We did have a bit of a scare when I was around 8 weeks pregnant. I had a cold, but my entire body was in pain to the point that it kind of hurt to move so we decided to go to the hospital. When I got to the hospital, they checked to see if I had the flu and I asked if they could check to see if the baby was ok. Thank goodness the baby was doing just fine. We got to hear the baby's heart beat and I didn't have the flu. Apparently, I had a really bad cold and I was dehydrated even though I had been drinking a lot of water.

Cravings: In the beginning, I wasn't really craving anything since I've been dealing with morning sickness. Drinking water even made me feel sick.

I've been eating a lot of fruit...mainly pineapple and strawberries. Luckily, the morning sickness is starting to get better. I haven't had any soda in a long time which is great.

How we announced our pregnancy: We waited a few days before telling my mother. Then I told one of my close friends. We decided to wait to tell everyone else until a few weeks after having our first ultrasound (we waited until I was 12 weeks pregnant).

And that's my first trimester recap. I plan on sharing a recap for my second and third trimester as well.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Our Baby Gender Reveal Story

Hello! We have some exciting news to share! Are you ready? We are so excited to announce that we are having a boy! That's right...we are going to have our third baby boy! We are so happy to be welcoming another little boy to our family!


Our Baby Gender Reveal Story

At my last appointment, my doctor asked me if I wanted to get a blood test done to check genetics. She also told me that the test would also reveal the gender of the baby, but that I could tell them not to tell me. I decided to do the blood test and John and I decided that we would like to know the gender of our baby as well.

A little over a week had passed so I decided to call my doctor to see if the results were in. I was so excited when she told me that the results were great. Then she asked me if I wanted to know the gender and I told her yes. She said "It's a boy!"

When John came home from work, I told him about the results of the blood test. Then I told him that I found out the gender of the baby. When I told him that we were having a boy, he was happy and surprised. He actually thought we were having a girl. I was a bit surprised as well because I thought we were having a girl. This pregnancy has been a bit different compared to when I was pregnant with my two older boys. However, a few days before finding out the results, I had a few dreams that we were having a boy which made me start leaning towards boy.

John and I told our boys that they are going to have a baby brother and they were also surprised, but also very excited. They also thought that the baby was a girl. Since we have told them that they are going to have a brother, they have been trying to come up with baby names. Seeing my boys so excited is just melting my heart and I can't wait until the boys meet their little brother.

Here's to you little man! We are so excited to meet you!

*Be on the lookout for my first trimester recap in the next few days.*

Thanks for visiting and being so excited for us!

Until next time...

Friday, November 10, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.



1. Finding out the gender of our baby! We are so excited!

2. Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino

3. This awesome article. The video made me so happy!

4. "Hot Cocoa" Cocoa Puffs and "Cinnamon Vanilla" Lucky Charms - It's on sale at Target!

5. It's finally Friday!

6. My boys

7. Me time

8. Having more energy

9. Kind words and well wishes from friends and family

10. "1-800-273-8255" by Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid - Check out the video here

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I've been trying to catch up on lots of shows. I finally caught up on Lucifer, Grey's Anatomy, and Supernatural. I still have to catch up on a few shows like The Walking Dead and The Gifted.

Reading: I've been reading lots of reviews on baby products. It's amazing how products can change in just a few years.

Listening: Bam by Jay-Z has been stuck in my head for days. I love that Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley was featured in the song.

Making: All. the. lists. I still haven't been making cards, layouts, or any art because I've been so exhausted, but I'm hoping to make something this week.

Feeling: I've been really exhausted and nauseous. All I want to do is sleep and the only thing that I can really keep down is fruit. I'm hoping that all of this morning sickness goes away soon and that I can finally get some energy.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Life Lately + A Special Announcement!




SURPRISE!!!!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen my pregnancy announcement on Halloween. John, our boys, and I are so incredibly excited. We can't wait to meet our little bundle of joy.

Lately, I haven't been blogging because I have been dealing with morning sickness and I've been really exhausted. I'm starting to feel a bit better, but some days the nausea is really bad. Since I am starting to feel a bit more energized, I plan to blog a bit more.

I will be sharing a first trimester recap in the next few days (or maybe early next week). Thank you all for being excited and for all of the kind messages that we have received in the past few days.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 20, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.



1. Smoothies

2. Shopping for my boys

3. My family

4. My new letter board

5. Finally picking a pumpkin to carve

6. Taking time for myself

7. Relaxing and resting

8. Kit Kat candy bars

9. Halloween movies

10. Yoga pants and sweaters

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I've been a little sick so I spent some time resting and watching Twilight (don't judge me lol). I also have some shows to catch up on like The Gifted and Marvel's Inhumans.

Reading: Since it's October, I had to read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. It's such a great book. Do you have any books that you like to reread during October?

Listening: I still love this song so much. You can check out the song over here.

Planning: It may be a bit early, but I'm going to work on some Christmas cards soon.

Loving: The weather has been so amazing. It was in the 40s and then it got up to 70 degrees. It was the perfect fall weather.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Friday, October 13, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.



1. Fall Festival

2. My boys

3. Lazy Sunday

4. Goldfish crackers

5. Hallmark Channel movies

6. My mami

7. Halloween shopping

8. Deep cleaned carpets

9. Marietta Pizza Company

10. Cooler weather

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

What We See in the Stars -- Blogging for Books Review

Happy Thursday! Today I am so excited to share my review of What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid.


I absolutely loved this book. I have always been fascinated with astronomy and mythology. This book is amazing and the illustrations are gorgeous. I love how the book is organized. The book is broken up into seven sections: The Constellations, The Milky Way, The Moon, The Sun, The Planets, Asteroids, & Meteors, and Deep Space. The book includes some definitions and explanations that is easy to understand. I learned so much from this book and even did some more research on a few things. I really loved reading the stories about Ptolemy and the constellations.

This book is perfect for all ages and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves astronomy, mythology, and science.

Have you read What We See in the Stars? What are your thoughts?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I've been catching up on some TV shows. I'm currently watching Lucifer, The Gifted, and The Good Doctor. I'm so glad that Lucifer is back. It's such a great show. I still don't know if I like The Gifted, but I'm going to watch a few more episodes.

Reading: I've been reading lots of blog posts. I didn't read a lot of blogs over the past few days so I have a lot of catching up to do.

Listening: So I found out that Ciara made a cover of Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones. I was actually surprised that I liked her cover. You can check Ciara's cover of the song here.

Making: I'm trying to get better at meal planning so I have been making grocery lists and menu plans. I also made a list of recipes that I want to try and added the ingredients that are needed to my grocery list.

Feeling: I'm feeling so well rested and a bit energized. It's amazing how getting enough sleep can make such a difference.

Planning: I haven't made a lot of cards, layouts, or art. I've been feeling a bit off and uninspired, but I plan on making something in the next few days.

Loving: I'm loving this season. Fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons. I love that the leaves are changing and the weather is cool in the morning.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Chick-fil-A Mom Panel 2017-2018

Happy Monday! If you follow me on Instagram or read a few posts in the last few weeks, you may have noticed the announcement that I made about being selected to be part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel.


Since I am on the Mom Panel, this means that I will be able to share lots of cool news and updates with all of you. There may be times when I might receive a little something from Chick-fil-A which I will disclose with you all. I am so excited to be on this panel since my family and I love Chick-fil-A. I can't wait to see where this adventure takes me.

Have you been to Chick-fil-A? What's your favorite menu item?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 6, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.


1. Naps

2. Lemonade

3. Strawberries

4. Michael's school performance

5. Cooler weather

6. The moon

7. Old songs

8. Cleaning the house

9. Donating clothes

10. My favorite cardigan

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I woke up to the terrible news in Las Vegas. I have been watching the news all day. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all of those affected in the shooting.

Reading: As usual, I have been catching up on some blog posts. I still have to finish reading a few books too.

Listening: I have been listening to a bunch of songs by Britney Spears. Some of my favorite songs are "I Wanna Go", "Hold It Against Me", and "Criminal". I just realized that all three of these songs are from her Femme Fatale album. What's your favorite song by Britney Spears?

Making: Since I want to try a few new recipes, I decided to add the ingredients to my grocery list and I am also making a menu plan. I've noticed that if I make a menu plan, I tend to stick to it.

Feeling: I'm feeling a bit better after being sick for the past few days. I definitely think that getting some rest helped me recover.

Planning: I have to finish planning for October. Time to get my planner and work on scheduling some events and blog posts.

Loving: I prefer pancakes over waffles, but lately I have been devouring waffles.

What are you currently up to?

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Until next time...

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Goals

Happy Monday! I'm so excited because it's finally October. September was a bit of a busy month so I am hoping that this month will be a bit easier. October is one of my favorite months and I'm so excited for spooky movies, delicious treats, and Halloween! Since it's the beginning of the month, I'm going to share a recap of my goals for September as well as my new goals for October.



Recap of my September Goals


  • Try 2 new recipes: This was a fail. I have so many different recipes that I want to try, but couldn't decide on which ones to make. September was a busy and very strange month. I was feeling so exhausted which left me not wanting to make new things.
  • Post 15 blog posts: I did not accomplish this goal. I had 13 blog posts up in September.
  • Read 2 books: Unfortunately, I did not accomplish this goal. Although I did read a few books this month, I didn't finish all of them. I should probably just read one book at a time. I should be done with one of the books by the end of this week.
  • Exercise two days a week: I'm not sure whether to consider this a pass or a fail. Although I was extremely exhausted and I was sick for over a week and a half, I did exercise. 

October Goals

  • Try 1 new recipe
  • Post 15 blog posts
  • Journal more
  • Try writing poetry
  • Read 1 book

Hopefully I can accomplish my goals for October. 

What are your goals for October?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


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Friday, September 29, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Old episodes of Supernatural

2. Catching up on shows

3. Quiet mornings

4. Apples

5. My mami

6. Grey's Anatomy

7. Reese's Popped Snack Mix

8. Limited Edition (Halloween) Froot Loops

9. Feeling more energetic

10. Horror movies

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I will never get tired of watching Law & Order: SVU. It's such a great show and I still wish that Stabler was on the show. I prefer the older episodes, but I still watch the new episodes too.

Reading: As usual, I'm catching up on blogs. I'm almost done reading The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna. I'm still reading Sylvia Plath's journals as well.

Listening: I really like this song. I first heard it on the season finale of Teen Wolf. You can check the song out here.

Making: It's been over a week since I made any art, layouts, cards, or even journaling. Today I've been journaling and it feels really great.

Feeling: I've been feeling a bit all over the place and emotional, but don't worry...everything is ok.

Planning: I have to catch up on a few shows. I also plan to watch the season premiere of The Good Doctor. I'm so excited to see the first episode and even set my DVR to record it.

Loving: This time of year is amazing. One of the best things about Fall is the TV line up. Grey's Anatomy is coming back on Thursday. The third season of Lucifer premieres on October 2nd and the thirteenth season of Supernatural premieres on October 12.

What are you currently up to?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, September 22, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Being selected to be on the Chick-Fil-A Mom's Panel

2. Going to bed early

3. Sleeping in

4. Strawberries

5. My boys and husband

6. Mailing orders from my shop

7. Getting lots of rest

8. First day of Fall

9. Encouraging messages

10. Watching (new to me) movies

What made you happy this week?

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: John and I caught up on the latest episode of Rick and Morty as well as Teen Wolf. I also have to catch up on The Last Ship too.

Reading: As usual, I'm reading some blogs. I also just picked up a couple of books that I had on hold at the library. I can't wait to read Sylvia Plath's journals.

Listening: I love this song so much. It's been stuck in my head for days. You can check out the song here.

Making: I've been working on a few blog posts for the rest of this month and am already planning for October too.

Feeling: I've been feeling a bit strange, but I'm not even sure if strange is the best word to describe how I'm feeling. It's not a scary feeling so that's a good thing. I don't want to brag, but a lot of good things have been happening to me and I've been getting some great news lately so I've been feeling a lot of emotions. Have you ever felt just strange? Like you feel as if something really big and amazing is going to happen very soon?

Planning: I have so many projects that I need and want to finish. I have got to schedule some time to work on my projects. I also need to start working on one or two projects at a time instead of trying to take on four or five projects. I tend to work on lots of projects and then never finish most of them.

Loving: My notebook from Kristen Sgalambro arrived last week. I still can't believe that I won her giveaway. The notebook is absolutely adorable. You can check it out here.

What are you currently up to?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Start Where You Are: Week-At-A-Glance Diary--Blogging for Books Review


Most of you may know that I am a big fan of planners and I'm so excited to share a review of this cute planner by an amazing artist. I am a fan of Meera Lee Patel's art and was so excited when I found out that she made a diary. Although it's called a diary, I think it's more of a planner. This is a undated weekly planner so you can start your planner on any month. The planner is small enough to fit in a bag or purse. The pages are a bit thin so you may notice some bleeding through the pages if you use a pen or marker.


I love that there are monthly pages at the beginning of each month where you can list your monthly goals, notes for the month, and important dates. The monthly pages also has some of Meera's art and quotes from famous people. At the end of the planner, there is a section for contacts and birthdays. There's also a section for world time zones and international calling codes, conversion factors, phonetic alphabet, and roman numerals.


Overall, I really love this planner and can't wait to use it. Although I already have a planner, I do think I have an idea for how I'm going to use this planner. If you use multiple planners, please let me know. I would love to get some more ideas.

Do you use a planner? Are you a fan of Meera Lee Patel?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Friday, September 15, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. Celebrating John's birthday

2. Spending time with my family

3. Feeling better

4. Getting a lot of stuff done

5. Donating lots of stuff

6. Zaxby's

7. Halloween displays in stores

8. Havana by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

9. Season finale of Preacher

10. Funny memes (especially Game of Thrones memes)

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall 2017 Bucket List

Fall does not officially begin until September 22, but it sure does feel like Fall to me and I am so excited! The weather has been so much cooler and the leaves are slowly starting to change. Every year, when the season changes, I make a bucket list. I tend to get more excited for my Fall bucket list and I thought it would be a great idea to share my list with all of you.



  • Go to the Farmers Market
  • Try a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Drink apple cider
  • Make a pumpkin pie
  • Make an apple pie
  • Bake pumpkin bread
  • Walk on the Silver Comet Trail
  • Eat caramel apples
  • Watch scary movies
  • Read scary stories
  • Bake Halloween cookies
  • Go on a Haunted walk tour
  • Toast pumpkin seeds
  • Make chili
  • Try two new recipes
  • Buy Halloween candy

What is on your Fall bucket list?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I always watch 9/11 documentaries days before 9/11 as well as the day of the anniversary.

Reading: I've been catching up on lots of blog posts. I've been sick for over a week so I haven't been able to catch up on a lot of blogs.

Listening: My boys are so funny. I love hearing them tell jokes to each other.

Making: I'm still a bit sick so I'm making some more chicken noodle soup. I'm also making some grape jelly and BBQ sauce meatballs in my crockpot for dinner.

Feeling: I'm so grateful for my family and friends. They mean so much to me.

Planning: I found a ton of Fall recipes that I want to try. I'm so ready to start baking some yummy treats and using my crockpot a lot more.

Loving: It's raining and I love it. It's the perfect weather to just make some hot chocolate and read a book.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, September 11, 2017

I Remember


I remember and will always remember. I am sure that this country will never ever forget about September 11. To this day, I still remember exactly what I was doing and where I was at. I still remember how I felt when everything happened.

This day always makes me emotional. I feel sad because so many people were injured and so many lives were lost. So many families were affected. It hurts to know that there were so many children who have to grow up not knowing their fathers. It made me angry to think of how people can just be so evil and have no regard for human life.  However, when I look back and watch videos and photographs of people helping one another, I think about how strong and united America is.

Today I plan to reflect on this day of history and remember those whose lives were lost. Today I plan to remember the heroes of September 11.

We will always remember.

"Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation's Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us."
-Senator John Kerry

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Friday, September 8, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.



1. More happy and exciting news!

2. Relaxing

3. Butterfinger candy bar

4. Meal planning

5. Me Time

6. The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

7. Cat & Jack collection at Target

8. Cookie Dough Ice Cream

9. Going to bed early

10. Stories about people helping one another during Hurricane Harvey

What made you happy this week?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.


Watching: I've been watching some Instagram stories. I love that the stories are short. It really is a great way to keep up with friends and family.

Reading: I'm reading The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna again. It's such a great book.

Listening: I still love Echoes by Eliza Hull. You can check the song out here.

Making: I've been working on some paintings in my watercolor journal. I also need to work on the prompts in Jenna Rainey's new book. Her book, Everyday Watercolor, is available for pre-order and I highly recommend it.

Feeling: I'm feeling so many different emotions at once. Most of them are really good emotions which is awesome!

Planning: The next few weeks are going to be so busy so I decided to start planning in advance.

Loving: I love my bed. It's so comfortable. I wish I could stay in bed all day, but that's probably because I am a bit sleepy.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, September 4, 2017

September Goals

Happy Labor Day! Wow, can you believe that it's September? I'm so excited because Fall and Halloween is almost here! Today I'm going to share a recap of my goals for August as well as share my new goals for September.


Recap of my August Goals

  • Read 1 book: I actually read three books this month. I read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The ending to the story always makes me emotional. I also read Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky. This was such an amazing book and I highly recommend it. I also read Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell. 
  • Make 5 new cards: I made five cards and love how they turned out.
  • Pitch at least 1 brand a week: I did pitch to a couple of brands and applied to a few design teams. I'm still waiting to hear back from a couple of brands, but at least I tried to pitch a few brands.
  • Practice painting: I'm currently reading Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey and have been following the prompts in the book. There are 30 prompts in the book and I have been working on one prompt a day. 
  • Exercise more: This was a success, but I can definitely improve. I went to the Silver Comet Trail and loved it! I plan to visit again very soon.

September Goals

  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Post 15 blog posts
  • Read 2 books
  • Exercise two days a week

What are your goals for September?

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Friday, September 1, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday and Happy September! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly grateful and happy list link up.


1. A productive week

2. The Silver Comet Trail

3. Day date with John

4. Cooler weather

5. Naps

6. Snickers candy bar

7. Pizza

8. Cinderella movie


10. Happy mail

What made you happy this week?

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Just What I Needed



Yesterday, John and I went to the Silver Comet Trail and walked for 6.5 miles. Despite living in Georgia for over a decade, I had never visited the trail. For the past few months, I have been wanting to check out the trail, but didn't have the chance until yesterday.

I have been going through a roller coaster of emotions. So many good things are happening, but I have also been really stressed and a bit overwhelmed. I really felt that I needed a few hours of just feeling at peace and a restart.

Going to the trail was just what I needed! John and I had so much fun on the trail. We talked about everything and saw so many cool things. We saw tons of caterpillars, berries, a woodpecker, and a snake! A grasshopper jumped on me which freaked me out because I thought that it was one of those huge flying bugs that I am terrified of.

There were also times where we were silent. I felt so peaceful and even got a few ideas for new projects. It was so nice to just hear the sounds of nature...I can't even describe how amazing it felt. I nearly wanted to cry at how calm everything including myself felt.

I plan to visit the Silver Comet Trail more often and explore it some more. I highly recommend this trail and I can't wait for my next visit.

Have you been to the Silver Comet Trail? Are there any trails that you love?

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: We watched the final episode of Game of Thrones and it was awesome! So much stuff happened and I can't wait for the next season.

Reading: I received my magazines from Holl and Lane. I absolutely love the stories. If you are looking for a new magazine to read, I highly recommend Holl and Lane magazine.

Listening: I rarely listen to the radio except when I'm driving. I loved some of the stories that were discussed. Do you listen to radio when you drive? Do you listen while you are at home or work?

Making: I've been working on some blog posts. I also journaled a bit in my Moleskine sketchbook.

Feeling: I have most of my week planned so I'm feeling ready to tackle everything on my to do list for the week. I have a feeling that this week is going to be awesome.

Planning: I have been excited about Fall and Halloween since the day after the 4th of July. I can't wait to work on some Fall and Halloween projects. I also can't wait to make some recipes that are perfect for Fall. My boys already know what they want to be for Halloween so I'm really excited to get their costumes.

Loving: I was so surprised by how cool it felt outside, but I loved it! It's been in the low to mid 70's for most of the day which was so much better than the 90 degree weather that we've had for the past few weeks.

What are you currently up to?

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Friday, August 25, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for weekly happy/grateful list link up.



1. Zaxby's

2. Ice cold soda

3. Holl and Lane Magazine

4. The Mist

5. The Bold Type

6. Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey

7. Cooler weather

8. Accomplishing my monthly goals

9. Scrapbooking and card making

10. Encouraging words from friends

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Sweet Darling Scrapbook Layout

Happy Thursday! Lately, I have been using lots of sketches to make layouts and I am loving it. Today I'm sharing my take on a Citrus Twist sketch challenge. Below is the actual sketch.




For this layout, I used a photo of my husband. I love when I capture photos of my family while they are not looking at the camera. I really love this photo so I knew that I had to use it on my layout. 


I decided to keep this layout simple and used a few items in my stash. Since the sketch has several hearts going down the page, I knew that the transparency die cut hearts from the January 2016 Freckled Fawn embellishment kit would be perfect for the layout. To adhere the hearts, I used my Tombow Xtreme Adhesive glue runner. Then I used the same adhesive on my photo and placed it on top of the hearts. Once I had my hearts and the photo adhered, I added the Tim Holtz sticker phrases and the Amy Tangerine puffy heart and word stickers. I also used some alpha stickers to spell out the word "My" since I didn't want my title to simply be "Sweet Darling". Then I added some sequin stickers and then added the date to my layout. Below is another look at my layout.


I really loved using this sketch because I was able to use so many items in my stash. I have had a hard time using up a lot of my transparency heart die cuts so it was nice to finally put them to use.

Supplies Used:
  • Recollections sequin stickers
  • Date stamp
  • Alpha Stickers
  • Tombow Xtreme Adhesive glue runner

Do you use sketches when creating layouts or other projects? What have you been documenting?

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Women in Sports -- Blogging for Books Review

Happy Wednesday! Today I'm so excited to share my review of Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky. I first heard of Ignotofsky when her book, Women in Science, was released.


I am not really into sports, but I have always been interested to hear about the achievements and stories of women in sports. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of people focus on men and sports so I think it's important to note that there are women who helped contribute to sports. 

This book is absolutely amazing! The book features 50 women in different sports. Some of the sports mentioned are soccer, basketball, baseball, figure skating, skydiving, softball, track and field, tennis, ice hockey, and more. There are a lot of doodles and the art is really cute. Each page features information on the athlete in the form of a mini essay. I also love that there are little facts and quotes that the athletes were quoted as saying on each page. The book also has a timeline, a section on muscle anatomy, information on pay and media statistics, and features influential sports teams as well as a section about more women in sports.

I loved learning about Madge Syers. She was a figure skater who began the trend of skating in calf-length skirts so that the judges could see her footwork. She was also the first woman to win two medals in figure skating at the same Olympic Games. I also loved learning about Tiny Broadwick, a skydiver. She was called "The First Lady of Parachuting" and was the first woman to parachute into a body of water. The U.S. military asked her to advise the aeronautics corps on parachute use during World War I.

I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend this book. I think it's perfect for people who love sports as well as people like me who are not really big sports fans.

Have you read Women in Sports? If so, what are your thoughts?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Currently List

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Currently List.



Watching: I'm so excited that The Last Ship premiered last night. It's such a good show and I highly recommend it.

Reading: As usual, I'm catching up on some blog posts. I also plan to finish reading Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky.

Listening: I really love this song. You can check it out here.

Making: I've been making lots of blog posts, greeting cards, and layouts. I also have to finish working on some projects.

Feeling: I'm so excited to get a lot of stuff done this week. I'm also excited for the solar eclipse. I think it's going to be cool to see that it's dark outside in the afternoon.

Planning: I have so much to do this week and I really need to finish planning this week.

Loving: The latest episode of Game of Thrones was amazing. I am a bit mad about a specific scene (I won't spoil it lol), but it was still a great episode.

What are you currently up to?

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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Nerd Nest Challenge - Mimic Your Photo

Happy Monday! Today I'm over at The Nerd Nest with my take on this month's challenge. This month's challenge is to mimic your photo. You can check out my entire take on the challenger over here.



Are you participating in this month's challenge?

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Friday, August 18, 2017

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with CharlotteLindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy/grateful list link up.


1. Target

2. Driving

3. Women in Sports by Rachel Ignotofsky (review coming soon)

4. First sponsored post!!!! (check it out here)

5. Happy Mail

6. Cinnabon Bakery

7. Chick-fil-A

8. Spending time with my older sister

9. Soft blankets

10. Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

What made you happy this week?

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