Friday, December 7, 2018

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. Krispy Kreme donuts and hot chocolate

2. Evening walks to see Christmas lights

3. Quiet mornings

4. Extra sleep

5. Target

6. Finding new-to-me songs and bands (I'm loving Blood Bank by Bon Iver)

7. This firefighter who dressed up as Buddy the Elf and challenged strangers to pillow fights

8. Tyler Perry and his generosity

9. Raphael laughing in his sleep

10. My family

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holiday Gifts with Crayola

The holidays are upon us! I'm sure many of you have already started your holiday gift shopping. Many of you know how much I love Crayola and their products so I just had to share some really cool products that would be perfect for gifts.

Crayola Ultimate Light Board

The Ultimate Light Board is such a fun and easy to use product. You just simply draw your art directly onto the surface and then turn it on. There are LED lights that are built into the frame of the board and it makes the gel FX markers glow. You can also use the removable black panel to trace images. The light board is easy to clean...you just simply wipe it down.

My boys had so much fun using the light board and said that it is their favorite. We used the light board to write what we were thankful for on Thanksgiving. Check out the images below.




You can purchase the Crayola Ultimate Light Board here.


This color chemistry lab set is perfect for children who love science experiments and activities. It's really fun for the entire family. The set comes with an instruction booklet that has 50 science activities. There are enough Crayola supplies to do 16 of the experiments right from the box. I love that the science experiments were approved by real Crayola scientists. This is such a fun and educational gift. Adult supervision is required, but trust me you will have so much fun working on the activities. 

You can purchase the Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set here.

Other Crayola Products to Look for:

Crayola Melter

Scribble Scrubbie Pets

Silly Scents Sticker Maker

Which Crayola product is your favorite? 

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Disclosure: I did receive these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. As always, I only recommend products and services that I have personally used.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

December Goals

Happy Tuesday! Oh my goodness! It's December! I still can't believe how fast November came and went. This year will be over before we know it.

Since it's a new month, it's time for some new goals. Before we get to the new goals, let's recap on November. Okay, here we go...


Recap of November Goals

  • Read 1 book: I read Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was such a great book. Jonny Sun illustrated the book. I loved the little pep talks and poems. I will post a review soon.
  • Clean out the trunk of my car: This was a fail...again! It will get done this month. I really want to have the trunk of my car cleaned out before the end of the year. 
  • Continue to work in my journal: I did work in my journal, but not as much as I wanted to. I had so many little projects to work on so I tried to divide my "me time" on them as equally as possible. 
December Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Clean out the trunk of my car
  • Continue to work in my journal
  • Try 1 new recipe

What are your goals for December?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

Monday, December 3, 2018

TBB Asks: Holiday Edition

Happy Monday! Oh my goodness...it's finally December! Christmas is almost here and the year is almost over! Can you believe it?

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire link up series.


1. Candy Canes? Yes or No? 
Yes, but I don't really eat candy canes anymore. I love to put them on my Christmas tree.

2. Christmas morning early riser or sleep in? 
Early riser since I have children. When I was a kid (and even now), we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was our recovery day. 

3. Did you shop on Black Friday? Yes or No 
We did go shopping on Black Friday this year. We had a few gifts that we wanted to make sure that we were able to get. Last year, I went to Michaels to get a new planner and a gingerbread house. Going to Michaels and Barnes and Noble has become a tradition.

4. Christmas Tree up in November? Yes or No 

When I was younger, we would put the tree up in November. For the past few years, we've put it up in December.

5. Do you get Holiday ideas from Pinterest? Yes or No 
Nope. I'm really bad at checking Pinterest. It's been a while since I checked out Pinterest.

6. Christmas Glam or Ugly Sweater? 
Definitely Christmas Glam. I tend to have a super laid back wardrobe and basically live in T-shirts, leggings (or yoga pants), and sneakers so it's nice to dress up.

7. Stocking Stuffers: Wrapped or Unwrapped?
Unwrapped. Do people actually wrap stocking stuffers?

8. Traditional or Modern Christmas Songs?
A mix of both. 

9. Fruitcake? Yes or No
I've never had a fruitcake and I don't think I will ever try one. They don't look really good.

10. Is your Christmas Shopping Finished? Yes or NO
Almost...

11. Is there Snow in December where you live?
I wish...we have gotten a tiny bit of snow before, but nothing like the snow that NYC gets. Oh how I miss living in New York City during Christmas time.

12. Classic Show: A Charlie Brown Christmas or Rudolph?
Both. They are both such great shows.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, November 30, 2018

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. Cupcakes from Smallcakes

2. Target

3. Belgian Boys Mini Stroopwafel

4. Naps

5. Visiting Santa Claus

6. Christmas songs

7. Baby Christmas pajamas

8. Making new memories

9. Crafting

10. Milkshakes

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Currently List

Happy Thursday! It's been a while since I posted a currently list. I think I may just have to try and post a currently list once a month.



Watching: I finally watched Love, Simon. It was such a great movie. There's a lot that I want to say about this movie, but I think I'm going to share that in a separate post. I've also been slowly catching up on a lot shows. My DVR was out control and almost completely full.

Reading: I've been reading Friday Black and it is such a good book. Everyone should read it.

Listening: Lovelytheband, Bastille, and Panic! at the Disco have been at the top of my playlist. I've also been listening to Christmas songs like Michael Buble and the Puppini Sisters' Jingle Bells.

Making: I've been working in my Autumn Stories travelers notebook. It's been such a fun project and I can't wait to share it soon. I'm also working on another project and I'm really excited about it. I'm slowly getting out of my creative rut because of the second project.

Feeling: I've been extremely exhausted. There's just too much to do and so little time. Being exhausted is causing me to become stressed. I really need to learn to slow down and not take on too many tasks in one day.

Planning: So. Many. Christmas. Events. We went to see Santa and got some pictures taken. Since we got a lot of stuff done ahead of time, we can just focus on going to a lot of fun events. What are some of your favorite holiday events and activities?

Loving: It's been really cold and it makes me love warm pajamas and blankets so much more. There's nothing like some warm pajamas, blankets, and a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.

What are you currently up to?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, November 23, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Today I'm linking up with Charlotte, Lindsay, and Beth for their weekly happy and grateful list link up.



1. My family

2. Warm blankets

3. Good food

4. Black Friday Deals

5. Starbucks toasted white mocha

6. Working on a new project

7. Having a warm home

8. Leftovers

9. Fresh, hot donuts from Krispy Kreme

10. Quiet moments to myself

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ways to Build a Library and Save Money on Books

Happy Tuesday! If you know me, I love buying books just as much as I love reading them. I've been making my own little home library and I'm also working on making a little library for my boys. But let's be real...sometimes buying books can be expensive. However there are so many ways to save money on books and build your own little library. Today I'm sharing how I've been building my library as well as my favorite places to shop for books.

I really need to buy another bookcase.

1. Barnes and Noble

I am a rewards member at Barnes and Noble. Trust me when I say that their membership is so worth the price! The benefits are amazing and I love the new changes that they made to their memberships and rules. The membership costs $25 a year. You can get 40% off the list price of hardcover bestsellers and 10% off the price of almost everything else in store. When you order online, you get free express shipping. Barnes and Noble also mails out a lot of coupons and they also send coupons via email. The coupons also works in the cafe as well. You can find out more information about Barnes and Noble's membership here.

2. Used bookstores

I don't go to a lot of used bookstores, but you can definitely find some good books at very affordable prices in a used bookstore. There's a local used bookstore in my city and it is great. My local bookstore offers store credit and also offers all books at 50% off the publishers list price.

3. Amazon

I personally have never shopped for books on Amazon, but I have checked out the site for prices. The prices for most of the books are pretty decent. The main reason why I don't shop for books online is that I love going to bookstores. I love getting a cup of coffee and just checking out the entire bookstore.

4. Library sales

My local library has two library sales a year and it is amazing! They have thousands of books at insanely good prices. Many people bring little wagons, carts, etc. to carry their books.

5. Scholastic Book Club

My kids bring home a Scholastic Book Club Catalogue almost every month and it makes me so happy. This is such a great way to build a library for kids. The prices are very affordable and I love that the books are shipped to the school. I also love that teachers can earn free books for their class when parents place an order.

Where do you shop for books? Do you have your own mini library?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, November 16, 2018

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. Hershey's Hot Cocoa Kisses

2. Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

3. Christmas music

4. Holiday movies

5. Me Time

6. Cinnabon Stix

7. Getting stuff done in advance

8. Organzing my craft space

9. Starting a new book

10. Baby clothes

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Halloween 2018 Mini Album

Happy Monday! Halloween has come and gone. However, I've still been kind of celebrating by working on some Halloween projects. The main project that I have been working on (and finally completed) is my Halloween mini album. I've been going through a creative rut and this project has definitely helped me overcome this.

When I celebrate Halloween, I usually don't just celebrate it on the actual holiday. I celebrate Halloween all month long so I added a few photos from our pre-Halloween celebration as well as a couple of other photos from throughout the month.

Please note that this is a photo heavy post.


















This was such a fun, little project to work on. I'm really happy with how it turned out.


Supplies Used:
  • American Crafts BOOtiful Night 6x6 Paper Pad
  • American Crafts BOOtiful Night Puffy Stickers
  • Crate Paper After Dark Wood Veneer
  • Crate Paper After Dark Puffy Stickers
  • Crate Paper After Dark Cardstock Stickers


How did you document your Halloween?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, November 9, 2018

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. SweetTarts

2. Starbucks Hot Chocolate

3. Catching up on shows

4. Still watching Halloween and scary movies

5. Scrapbooking

6. Starting a new project

7. Naps

8. Quiet moments

9. New books

10. Target

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TBB Asks: Giving Thanks Edition

Happy Tuesday! I still can't believe that it's already November! How in the world is the year almost over? Seriously, this year is going by way too fast!

Today, I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire link up series.


1. Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal? Yes or No? I've never kept an actual gratitude journal. However, I post a list of all the things that make me happy during the week on my blog.

2. Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Yes or No? No, but I think once we buy our own house, we might just host Thanksgiving.

3. Favorite Food from The Thanksgiving Meal? That is a tough one. I honestly can't choose just one.

4. What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for? I'm really grateful for trees and leaves. They go through changes during the season and reminds me of life and death. It's amazing to watch how they go through changes especially during fall.

5. Pumpkin Pie: Yes or No? Yes! It's a classic! I definitely prefer pumpkin pie over apple pie.

6. Traditional Cookbook: Yes or No? We don't have a traditional cookbook, but I would love to make a cookbook of all of my mami's recipes.

7. Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey? We always make an oven baked turkey. Actually, my husband makes it. I hate cooking and deep frying a turkey sounds like it would be a disaster if I tried it. I'd probably accidentally burn everything down.

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No? Yes! Always yes!

9. What is one household product you are most grateful for? I can't choose just one. I am grateful for all of my appliances. I'm especially grateful for my crockpot. I use it a lot during this time of year.

10. Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals? I'm most grateful for home cooked meals. They are always made with love and remind me of home.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, November 2, 2018

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. Halloween

2. Halloween Candy

3. Halloween Candy on sale

4. Halloween (I love Halloween! It's my favorite holiday...if you haven't noticed.)

5. My family

6. Starbucks

7. Knit leggings

8. Unexpected and very good surprises

9. Christmas movies (I already watched The Polar Express)

10. Cozy sweaters

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Goals

Happy Thursday! Can you believe it's already November? I'm so excited for Thanksgiving! And Christmas will be here before you know it, so I can't wait to finish shopping for the holiday.

It's a new month and it's time to share my new goals for November. Before we get to my new goals, let's have a recap on my goals from October.



Recap of October Goals

  • Read 1 book: This was a fail. I have been reading, but I just didn't finish my book on time. I also need to catch up on a lot of blogs. I checked Bloglovin' and the amount of posts that I have to read is insane.
  • Make 3 greeting cards: I actually made three cards! I made a card for my boys' bus driver. I also made a Halloween and Christmas card. I also made a Halloween mini album. I made the base and put all the pages together. All I have to do is add photos, embellishments, and some journaling. I'm so glad that I accomplished this goal and it felt so good to finally create again.
  • Try 3 new recipes: This was a fail. I did try one new recipe, but I didn't make three. October was such a busy month and I stuck with my usual recipes.
  • Work in my journal: This was a pass and a fail. I did work in my journal, but I didn't write/sketch in it as much as I would have liked. I've been in a creative rut and it's been bothering me a lot. Although I did make a few things this month, I really wanted to work in my journal. However, every time I opened up my journal...I just didn't know what to write. 
  • Clean out the trunk of my car: Oh my goodness. This is a fail. Everyday I would say that I was going to clean it, but then I would push it back. 

November Goals

  • Read 1 book
  • Clean out the trunk of my car
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Continue to work in my journal

What are your goals for November?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash

Monday, October 29, 2018

My Favorite Halloween Movies

It's almost Halloween! I've been watching so many Halloween movies! I've watched a nice mix of family friendly films as well as scary films (that obviously my boys are not allowed to watch). Since one of my favorite movie genres is horror and it's almost Halloween, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Halloween movies. I've included some family friendly films in my list as well.


  • Practical Magic: I love this movie so much. I love the Midnight Margaritas scene and the song Coconut by Harry Nilsson always gets stuck in my head.
  • Hocus Pocus: A classic. This is a must watch Halloween film. I watch it every year.
  • Coraline: This is a creepy movie, but it's so good. There's even a book.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: We love this movie so much. The boys always ask to watch this movie. We consider this film to be both a Halloween and Christmas movie so we watch it on both holidays. It's become a family tradition and we love it.
  • The Addams Family: Another classic. Wednesday Addams is my favorite character. 
  • Hotel Transylvania (The entire franchise): We love the entire franchise. This is one of the boys' favorite film series. 
  • The Book of Life: Oh my goodness. This is one of my favorite movies. The songs are amazing!
  • Coco: This is another one of my favorite movies. I love the story as well as the music. I think everyone should watch this at least once. I've been singing Remember Me a lot.
  • Halloweentown (The entire series): I always love watching the entire series during fall and Halloween. It brings me back to my childhood. However, I don't watch the last film in the series as much as the first three films. 
  • Beetlejuice: Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse!
  • House on Haunted Hill: This film used to scare me so much when I was younger. 
  • Dawn of the Dead: I've watched this movie so many times and it still scares me every single time! *SPOILER* There's a scene where one of the characters asks why the zombies are coming to the mall. One of the other characters says that maybe the zombies remember the mall (perhaps they still retained some memory of their past life) or maybe the zombies just know that they are there! So scary!
  • The Conjuring (The entire series): This entire series is amazing! I love all of the other films in the Conjuring Universe as well. I highly recommend that you watch them all.
  • Halloween (The entire franchise): Another classic. I'm sure this is on everyone's list of horror films to watch. 

There are so many other great Halloween movies that I watch during this time of year and I know I definitely forgot to name a few. However, these are my go to films for this time of year.

What are some of your favorite Halloween movies?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by David Menidrey on Unsplash

Friday, October 26, 2018

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. Michael's school performance

2. Running errands by myself

3. Halloween candy

4. My DVR

5. Auntie Anne's Birthday Cake Pretzel Nuggets

6. Cookies

7. Listening to the radio

8. New leggings

9. Starbucks Hot Chocolate

10. New to me songs (I'm loving A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman)

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 19, 2018

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. Butterfinger candy bars

2. Parent-Teacher Conferences went well

3. Shrimp tacos

4. Voting

5. Naps

6. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

7. Nestle Toll House Monster Munch Cookie Dough

8. Hot Chocolate

9. Amazing deals at Sears

10. Halloween decorations

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Currently List

Happy Wednesday! It's been about a month since my last currently post and I thought it was time to share another one.


Watching: It's that time of year for horror movies and I've been watching so many of them. I've watched a few classics and some newer movies. The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Book of Life, and Coco are some of our favorite family friendly films. We watch those three films every October...it's a family tradition.

Reading: I'm still reading Smothered by Autumn Chiklis. It's such a great book. I plan to read the Graveyard Book or Coraline next as my "spooky" read for the month.

Listening: I'm loving Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer.

Making: I'm working on some greeting cards, but I'm currently working on a card for my boys' bus driver. Bus Driver Appreciation Week is this week and I'm so excited to give my boys' bus driver her gift. She is so kind and the best bus driver ever!

Feeling: I don't know if alive is the right word, but it's the first word that came to my mind when describing how I'm feeling. This is my favorite time of year and I've just felt more energetic than usual.

Planning: I'm going to take advantage of early voting. I don't normally get political on my blog, but I think it's important to vote. I'm excited to go do my part and take action.

Loving: The weather has been perfect especially in the mornings. It's been so much cooler, but then it warms up a bit in the afternoon.

What are you currently up to?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Raphael - 6 Months

I can't believe Raphael is now 6 months old! My plan was to make an update every month on the blog, but I think I'm going to make updates every couple of months.


Size: Raphael is continuing to gain weight. We were taking him every two weeks or so for weight checks. His doctor was so happy with his latest weight check. He is now 13 pounds and his length/height is 24.5 in. Raphael is wearing 3-6 months clothing and is in size 2 diapers.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is still going well and it's still Raphael's primary source of food. He still gets two bottles of fortified breastmilk. We also started solids! Raphael has tried baby cereal, applesauce, and banana (baby food).

Sleep: Raphael is still sleeping more at night, but he does wake up at least once during the night. I am also still pumping at night.

Loves: He still loves bath time. He loves playing with his toys and brothers. We bought Raphael the Fisher Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat and he likes it. It's one of my favorite baby purchases.

Dislikes: He still dislikes the car seat and not being in motion. He hates when we take too long to feed him.

Things I Want To Remember:

  • We started solids! We tried baby cereal, applesauce, and bananas.
  • The face he made when he tried baby food for the first time.
  • He is babbling and cooing even more!
  • His first Fall and Halloween event! We went to his brothers' fall festival and we had a blast. 
  • His costume is Max from Where the Wild Things Are.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 12, 2018

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. A busy week

2. Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

3. Fall weather

4. Rain

5. Sound Machine

6. So many opportunities

7. Fall and Halloween treats

8. Morning and afternoon walks

9. Reading blogs

10. All the fall things!!!!!

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, October 8, 2018

What I Read in September

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a great weekend! We went to a fall festival. We usually go to at least one fall festival, but we plan to go to at least two festivals this year. This festival was so much fun. The boys wore their costumes and played some games. We can't wait to go to the next festival and go on some more fall adventures.

This weekend, I read a lot of blog posts and I started reading a new book. Here's to hoping that I can reach my reading goal for this month. Last month, I didn't accomplish my reading goal, but I am happy to say that I did read one book. I also read a lot of amazing blog posts. If there are any blogs that you love, please let me know. I love finding new blogs.

Below is the book that I read as well as the blog posts that I loved.


Must Read

I read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and I loved it! I love Austin's blog. I wanted to read Steal Like An Artist, but my library didn't have that book in stock. Instead of waiting to read that book, I decided to read Show Your Work (I think it's his second book) and I'm so glad that I did. 

The book is filled with illustrations, quotes, and stories on about getting your work discovered. I love that he focuses on using the network rather than actually networking. This was such an informative read.

There were two things that Austin wrote that have stuck with me. One of those things is his idea to read obituaries. It may sound a bit morbid, but his reasoning makes a lot of sense. Austin wrote, "Reading about people who are dead now and did things with their lives makes me want to get up and do something decent with mine." If that isn't a motivator then I don't know what is.

At the end of the third chapter, Austin wrote "Don't say you don't have enough time". This is something that I have often said when I haven't been able to do something that I actually did want to do. I love that he suggested using a timer in order to work on stuff. I have been using a timer whenever I work in my journal as well as to read. Using a timer has helped and I have noticed that I have been getting closer to reaching my reading goals. He also mentioned finding time in between big tasks. I have tried this and I have found time in between various tasks to work on stuff I want to get done. Sometimes I'll read in my car while I wait for my boys to get home from school or I'll work when everyone is asleep. 

Show Your Work is such a great read and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read Steal Like An Artist as well as his new book Keep Going.

Blog Posts I Loved

This post about showing up for your friends is so good. I always feel bad when I have to cancel or reschedule things with friends. 

Sarah's letter to her son is so sweet.

I love how Kelli used her stamps and a pattern stamping technique in her journal.

This. I think everyone should read this. 

Emelia's post on her experience and thoughts on NICU life is amazing. As you may know, my little one was born early and had to stay in the NICU. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read Emelia's story.

What did you read in September?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, October 5, 2018

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 Starbucks' Molten Chocolate latte in individual size bottles

2. Waffles

3. Quiet mornings

4. Cooler weather in the mornings

5. Fall and Halloween movies

6. Chick-fil-A

7. Halloween candy

8. Raphael's laughter

9. Happy Mail

10. Organizing my "work" space

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October Goals

Happy Wednesday! September went by so fast! I'm so excited for October. I have so many things planned and it's going to be a really busy month. I can't wait to go to a few fall festivals and Halloween events.

Since it's a new month, it's time to share my goals for October. Before we get to my new goals, let's have a little recap on my goals from September.



Recap of September Goals
  • Read 2 books: This was a fail. I did read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon and I will be sharing a review soon. I also read a lot of blogs.
  • Publish 12 blog posts: I posted exactly 12 times. I actually wanted to blog more than 12 times, but I'm glad that I was able to accomplish this goal.
  • Make 3 greeting cards: This was a fail. I didn't make any cards. Actually, I didn't really work that much on any projects.
  • Try 3 new recipes: This was a fail. I do have a list of recipes that I want to try, but I'm having a hard time deciding which ones to choose.
  • Go on a "No Spend" month: This was a fail. To be fair, I did purchase things that I meant to get in August. I did so well until the end of the month.
October Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Make 3 greeting cards
  • Try 3 new recipes
  • Work in my journal
  • Clean out the trunk of my car 

What are your goals for October?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Jess Watters on Unsplash

Monday, October 1, 2018

TBB ASKS: Fall 2.0 Q & A

Happy Monday! It's finally October and I'm so excited! October is one of my favorite months because fall is in full swing and Halloween is in October. John and the boys already have their costumes, but I'm not sure which costume I'm going to choose.

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog for TBB Asks. TBB Asks is a monthly questionnaire and link up series.


1. Favorite Fall Color? I love burgundy and olive green.

2. Apple Cider HOT or COLD? I haven't had apple cider in years and can barely remember what it tastes like. I'd probably try it hot. I don't remember ever drinking cold cider.

3. Caramel Apple: Yes or No? Nope. I haven't had a caramel apple in such a long time. I don't hate them, but I also don't love them.

4. Pumpkin Doughnut or Apple Cider Doughnut? Honestly, I've never had a pumpkin or apple cider doughnut. If I had to choose one to try, I'd probably choose the apple cider doughnut since there's already so many pumpkin flavored food.

5. Long or Short Cardigan? Long cardigans. I'm not a big fan of short cardigans or sweaters.

6. Favorite Football or Fall Party Food? BBQ and grape jelly meatballs. They are so good and the perfect fall party (or anytime) food.

7. Orange or White Pumpkins? Orange pumpkins...always.

8. Hayride or Bonfire? Both. Hayrides are so much fun. There's something magical about bonfires.

9. Favorite Fall Baked Good? Pumpkin pie! It's so easy to make and a classic fall dessert.

10. Most anticipated Fall activity? This is a tough one. I'm so excited to take my boys trick or treating and I'm also excited for all of the fall festivals that we plan to attend.

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Until next time...

Friday, September 28, 2018

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. Good news

2. Smallcakes

3. My favorite Fall shows are back

4. Cooler weather

5. Rain

6. Fall is finally here

7. Buying Halloween costumes and candy

8. Halloween is almost here

9. All of the creative energy that I'm feeling

10. My boys

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Monday, September 24, 2018

My Favorite Fall Things

Fall is here! Fall is here! You have no idea how excited I am that it's finally fall! Last fall was amazing! We found out we were expecting our little boy last year and made the announcement on Halloween. We made so many awesome memories and I just can't wait to make some new ones with my family.

Because I'm so excited about fall, I decided to dedicate this post to all of my favorite fall things.


Fall Colors - I love when the leaves are changing colors. I've been noticing that the leaves are changing colors and it always brings a smile to my face.

Crockpot Meals - Cooking tends to be so much easier during fall and winter. There are so many delicious crockpot recipes. My favorite food to make are BBQ and Jelly crockpot meatballs.

Carving Pumpkins - This is a family tradition. Ever since we had our oldest son, we have always carved a pumpkin.

Watching Scary Movies - I love watching scary movies. They are even better during fall. I've watched Dawn of the Dead so many times and it still scares me every single time.

Reading - I've noticed that I tend to read a lot more during fall. I tend to read horror, mystery, and supernatural stories. I recommend The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, anything by Edgar Allan Poe, and Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enriquez.

Long Walks - During summer, it's way too hot to be outside for a long time and it's way too cold during winter. Going for walks during spring is a bit better, but then I have to deal with pollen. Going for long walks during fall is the best! The weather is cooler, the colors are changing, and it's 100x easier going for walks during this time of year with my entire family.

Cooler Weather - I am so over the heat. Summer has never been my favorite season and I am so glad that we are starting to have cooler weather. I am all for wearing comfy sweaters and leggings.

Taking My Kids Trick or Treating - I love taking my kids to trick or treat. It's one of our family traditions to trick or treat and then give out candy. My boys love seeing everyone's costumes and they love helping me pass out candy.

Fall Festivals - I love going to fall festivals. We always go to at least two fall festivals and it's always so much fun. Last year was a bit too cold, but we still enjoyed ourselves. Hopefully, it won't be too cold or too hot this year.

Apples - Oh apples. It's a fall staple. I don't really have a favorite kind of apple, but don't they just taste better in the fall?

Candles - I love candles, but rarely buy them. However, I tend to light at least one candle during fall. Bath and Body Works has so many great candles this year and I think I may buy one.

Halloween - If you know me then you know that my favorite holiday is Halloween. I love everything about Halloween. It's such a fun holiday and I always look forward to it every year.

What are your favorite things about fall?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Happy Fall



The rustling of leaves under the feet in woods and under
   hedges;
The crumpling of cat-ice and snow down wood-rides,
   narrow lanes and every street causeway;
Rustling through a wood or rather rushing, while the wind
   halloos in the oak-toop like thunder;
The rustle of birds' wings startled from their nests or flying
   unseen into the bushes;
The whizzing of larger birds overhead in a wood, such as
   crows, puddocks, buzzards;
The trample of robins and woodlarks on the brown leaves.
   and the patter of squirrels on the green moss;
The fall of an acorn on the ground, the pattering of nuts on
   the hazel branches as they fall from ripeness;
The flirt of the groundwork's wing from the stubbles -
   how sweet such pictures on dewy mornings, when the 
dew flashes from its brown feathers.



Friday, September 21, 2018

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. Peanut Butter - I've been craving PB&J sandwiches so much! I've also been devouring peanut butter and pretzels.

2. Glenn Weiss proposing to his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen

3. Bloglovin'

4. Hot chocolate with marshmallows

5. Writing blog posts in advance

6. Barnes and Noble Member Appreciation Days

7. Chick-fil-A

8. Awesome surprises

9. It's finally Friday!

10. Naps (I think I've put this down for the past two or three weeks lol)

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Summer Stories Travelers Notebook

Hello! We still have a few days left of summer and I thought it would be fun to share this project. You may have read in previous posts that I was making a Summer Stories travelers notebook and planned to document my summer stories and adventures. I finally completed this little project and I'm so happy with how it turned out.

Please be warned that this is a photo heavy post. 
















The lighting was not so great in some of my photos so I apologize for that. The majority of the supplies that I used came from Freckled Fawn. The rest of the supplies are from my scrapbooking stash.

Have you been documenting your summer? If so, please feel free to share how you document your stories and adventures.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...