Monday, October 14, 2019

What I Read in September

Happy Monday! Last month, I accomplished my reading goal. I was on a short horror story kick. I really wanted to read some books that I loved when I was a kid, but I also wanted to read scary stories. I ended up selecting Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

I didn't read a lot of blog posts or articles in September, but there were a few great ones. It was definitely a great month for reading. I can't wait to see if I accomplish my reading goal for October.

Let's check out the books along with some of my favorite blog posts and articles from September.


Must Read



Last month, I read the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. There are three books in the series, and they are all awesome! The books are a quick read. I read each book in one day.

I remember devouring these books when I was a kid. Some of the stories are scary, and some are funny. There are notes and sources at the end of the book. I loved that Alvin Schwartz researched folklore and urban legends. I really loved learning about the origins and variations of some of the stories. Stephen Gammell's illustrations are amazing! Every single illustration is so creepy and perfect for each story. One of my favorite stories is The Bride. I also really loved The Wolf Girl and The Wreck.

Blog Posts I Loved in September

The Things We Choose by Erica

A Radical Guide to Spending Less Time on Your Phone by Ryan Holiday

Finding Your Identity Outside of Motherhood by Jaelan

Madelyn Miles' Crying for My Baby Who Didn't

What did you read in September?

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Until next time...

Friday, October 11, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Happy Hour at Starbucks

2. Marietta Pizza Company

3. Creative work

4. T-Mobile Tuesdays perks

5. Cookie BonBites at Cinnabon

6. Belgian Boys Waffle Chips and Choco Waffle Chips

7. Where to Begin by Cleo Wade

8. Freeform's 31 Nights to Halloween

9. Six Feet Under by Billie Eilish

10. @Rosieraindrops on Instagram - amazing artwork!

What made you happy this week?

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

30 Days of Lists - September 2019 - Lists 16-30

Happy Thursday! I cannot believe that it's already October. The 30 Days of Lists challenge ended last week. I had so much fun working in my little book. Using minimal supplies and keeping things simple really helped me complete the challenge.

As promised, below is the last set of my lists.










I can't wait for the next round of 30 Days of Lists.

Did you participate in this round of 30 Days of Lists?

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee


If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet at a little coffee shop and try some seasonal drinks. We'd eat some pastries and then take a stroll in the neighborhood. The weather has been amazing, and it finally feels like fall.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you what are some of your current favorite TV shows or movies? I've been on a horror movie, and Halloween related shows (and movies) kick. I watched In The Tall Grass, and now I want to read the novella. It was a bit scary. There was one scene that left me speechless. Hulu has a section called Huluween, and I can't wait to watch all of the scary movies and shows. 

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I started watching the news and once again, I'm going to stop watching it. I really don't have the words to even describe all of the terrible things that have been happening. 

Even though it seems like most of the stuff on the news is terrible, there were a few stories that made me happy. This story on an 8-year old dressed like Princess Tiana dancing at Disney World and wowing the crowd was adorable. Another incredible story that I recently read is about Emily Zamourka

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that this month is already so busy. We have so many fun plans. Halloween is my favorite holiday and I'm always excited for this time of year. However, I'm more excited this year than usual. 

We attended the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain two weeks ago. Last weekend, we went to a Fall Festival, and we might go to our city's Fall Festival this weekend. We have a few more Fall and Halloween events that we plan to go to, and we're so excited. 

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I only missed one day of the Season of Habit challenge. It's been bothering me just a little that I missed one day, but I'm trying really hard to give myself some grace. It's a 49-day challenge, and it's halfway over. Honestly, I'm a bit impressed that I only missed one day.

I'm so close to finishing my journal, and I'm excited to start a new one. I'm also planning to work on a new art project soon. I won't go into too much detail, but I can't wait to share it. I'm debating whether or not to share a few pieces here and there or if I should just wait until I complete the entire project.

What would you tell me?

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Friday, October 4, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Finally got my kitchen and dining room back!

2. Starbucks

3. Get Messy Season of Habit

4. It's finally October!

5. Naps

6. Huluween

7. Ghostbusters theme song

8. My boys

9. Decluttering

10. TOMS limited edition shoes (I really want to get these)

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

October Goals

Happy Thursday! It's finally October, and I'm so excited! October is one of my favorite months. Fall is in full force (even if the weather doesn't feel like it yet) and Halloween will be here before we know it.

Last month was amazing. The boys had their Fall break from school, so we decided to take a staycation. We packed a lot of stuff in that week, and it was glorious. We did so much in September. We went to the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival (I'll share about that soon), celebrated John's birthday, went to the Taste of Smyrna, relaxed, and went on a few more adventures.

As you know, it's a new month, so it's time for some new goals. Before we get to my goals for October, let's see how I did on my goals for September.


Recap of September Goals
  • Read 2 books: I read 3 books in September. I'm in the Halloween spirit, so I decided to read the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. I used to love to read the series when I was a kid. I was hit with a wave of nostalgia when I went to the library to pick up the books. I still love the stories, and the illustrations are fantastic. One of my favorite stories was The Bride. 
  • Try 2 new recipes: Once again, this was a fail. I couldn't decide which recipes to try. We were also on vacation and didn't really cook during that time. 
  • Stay active 3 days a week: I'm not sure whether to call this a fail or not. I didn't really keep track of how often I stayed active, but I do think that I did a decent job. I really have to start actually keeping track of this. I'm going to use my planner to keep track of how active I am.
  • Work on 30 Days of Lists challenge: I'm happy to say that I completed this challenge. I kept my lists simple and used only a few supplies which helped me finish the challenge. I love how my little notebook turned out. I posted the first half of my lists here. I will post the second half in the next few days.
  • Work in my sketchbook every day: This was a success. I decided to use my sketchbook as part of the Season of Habit challenge by Get Messy. 

October Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Finish Get Messy Season of Habit
  • Start a new journal
  • Stay active 3 days a week (and actually keep track of it)
  • Try 1 new recipe
  • Write more (Essays, poems, blog posts, etc.)
  • Work on a new art project

What are your goals for October?

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Friday, September 27, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes

2. Staycation

3. Buying tickets to the Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival

4. Target

5. John Wick - Parabellum

6. Sleeping in

7. Reading spooky stories

8. Zombie Dumb - such a cute kid's show

9. New books for Fall

10. Creative time

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...