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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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...

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