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?

Thanks for visiting!

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?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

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?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Photo by Jason Wong on Unsplash

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?

Thanks for visiting!

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?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

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?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, September 20, 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. Working on all of my creative projects

2. Catching up on blog comments (I promise I haven't been ignoring you guys!) and commenting on other blogs

3. Fall-like weather in the mornings

4. Feeling at peace

5. Planning Fall activities

6. Staycation planning

7. The scent of fresh laundry

8. BOGO Smoothies

9. Pretzel and cheese dip from Auntie Anne's

10. My boys

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

30 Days of Lists - September 2019 - Lists 1-15

Happy Wednesday! It's been a while since I posted about 30 Days of Lists. This challenge started on September 1st, and as always, it's been so much fun working on my lists. As you may know, 30 Days of Lists happens three times a year. You are given a prompt for 30 days, and you can complete each prompt in any way you want. There is no right or wrong way to complete the challenge. You can make it as simple or complex as you like.

This time, I decided to use a mini daybook by Amy Tangerine. I also used some label stickers and icon stickers from The Happy Planner sticker books. This little project is so easy, and it only takes me about 5 minutes to complete each prompt. I even prepped my notebook by sticking the list of prompts on the inside cover of my daybook. Then I added the labels with the prompts. I added the icon stickers as bullet points. The only thing that I have to do is simply add my responses.

I've been sharing my lists on Instagram but decided to share them on the blog as well. Today I'm sharing lists 1-15.

Please note that this is a very photo-heavy post.









Are you participating in 30 Days of Lists? Be sure to come back for the next set of lists.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fall 2019 Bucket List

Happy Monday! Summer isn't officially over yet, and Fall begins on September 23, but I considered Summer to be over once my kids started school. It's been feeling so much like fall. The weather has been cooler and a lot more bearable. The leaves are slowly changing colors. Fall and Halloween decorations are everywhere. One of my favorite things to do to celebrate the change in seasons is to make a bucket list. So I thought it would be fun to share my fall bucket list with all of you.

  • Go to the Farmers Market
  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch
  • Go on a hayride
  • Drink seasonal drinks (i.e., Pumpkin Spice Lattes)
  • Bake a pumpkin pie
  • Drink apple cider
  • Go to the Silver Comet Trail
  • Bake pumpkin bread
  • Watch scary movies
  • Take a walking tour of the Marietta Square
  • Visit Oakland Cemetery
  • Go to a corn maze
  • Read scary stories
  • Bake Halloween cookies
  • Make chili
  • Try 3 new recipes
  • Toast pumpkin seeds
  • Buy Halloween candy
  • Buy Fall and Halloween decorations
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Make arts & crafts with the boys
  • Make s'mores

What is on your Fall bucket list?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Eric Muhr on Unsplash

Friday, September 13, 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. Dairy Queen

2. Way Down We Go by KALEO

3. Get Messy Season of Habit

4. Celebrating John's birthday early

5. Raphael's Halloween costume

6. This post on Instagram by @rockinruksi 

7. I finally have all of my Halloween scrapbooking and papercraft supplies that I wanted and needed.

8. I narrowed down the list of costumes that I want to wear for Halloween.

9. Old Navy Super Cash and The Children's Place Cash Coupons

10. Blue Exorcist 

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee


If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet a new coffee shop. We'd order hot drinks, and pumpkin-flavored pastries to celebrate September and Fall's imminent arrival. It's been scorching in the afternoon so we would probably have our coffee date in the morning and enjoy the cooler weather.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you what you are currently listening to. Any new (or new-to-you) music? Podcasts? I don't listen to a lot of podcasts, but I really love the Crafty Ass Female podcast. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of older songs that I never heard of, but have fallen in love with. I currently love Another Love by Tom Odell. I tend to find new songs when they are featured in TV shows or movies. It's one of the many reasons why I love to watch TV.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I've been on a significant creative journey. There are so many projects that I'm currently working on. I'm working on the 30 Days of Lists challenge, my journal/sketchbook, and I'm going to participate in Get Messy's Season of Habit. I think I already know which book I'm going to use for the Get Messy challenge. I've been trying so many different types of mediums and techniques. It's been great learning about what I like and don't like. I've been trying to embrace the imperfections of my work.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I have been loving Instagram. I currently love @reson8ed, @olikanejournals, @brenda.kaya, @marinette_scrap, @rehamcihan, @playingonpaper, @patrice_sketches, @thistleandthimbles, and @cayleegrey.

These accounts are filled with so much art, journaling, and color. I've been inspired by all of these artists.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I am so excited for Fall. Honestly, I've been saying that it's already Fall. My kids have already started school, and it's already September, so I consider Fall to already have made its arrival. There are leaves on the ground, we've had cooler mornings, and I've been consuming Pumpkin Spice Lattes, so it's definitely Fall.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm on the verge of cutting off a few extremely toxic people in my life. It really sucks when it's family and close friends that need to be cut off. But when they are constantly terrible to you, and it's starting to affect you, then it's time to start taking care of yourself and your mental health. If that means limiting or flat out cutting them out of your life then so be it.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm supposed to go to a wedding next month, but I'm having the hardest time figuring out what to wear. I'd ask for your help in finding an outfit. I seriously need all the help that I can get.

What would you tell me?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Jeremy Yap on Unsplash

Monday, September 9, 2019

Target Finds

Happy Monday! It's time for another edition of Target Finds! Last month, I went to Target a lot and found a lot of great stuff. However, I'm going to share the top four items that I loved.

Let's see what I found at Target in August.


Organic Ocho Candy

I absolutely love Organic Ocho candy bars. They taste so good. They are a bit pricey, but I used an offer on the Cartwheel app, so I didn't feel too bad splurging on these treats. My favorite out of the three bars that I tried was the Caramel & Peanut bar. I also tried the Peanut Butter bar and the Dark Chocolate PB bar. Both of these were also good.

ZIPIT Lenny 3 string pencil case

I bought this pencil case during Back to School season, and I love it. There's a lot of space, and it fits a lot of pens, highlighters, and markers. Apparently, it holds up to 55 pens and pencils. I love how it folds up. The lining of the pencil case is adorable and colorful. It fits in a three-ring binder, so it's perfect for students who like to put their supplies inside their binders.

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I haven't read this book yet, but I was so excited to pick it up. I read Elizabeth Acevedo's first book, The Poet X, and loved it. With the Fire on High is a novel in prose. The book is about an Afro-Latinx young mother named Emoni. The story takes place during her senior year, and her school opens up registration for a culinary class. Her dream is to be a chef, but she has a lot of tough decisions to make.

Considering that I loved her first book and the description of Acevedo's new novel, I'm sure this is going to be a great read.

Hello Autumn Mug

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a link to this mug, but I found it in the Dollar Spot section. The Dollar Spot section is full of Fall and Halloween items, so of course, I had to pick something from there.  I love the color and the size of the mug. I've already used it a few times, and it's perfect.

Overall, I'm pleased with the items that I found. I think everything I found was a perfect balance. I can't wait to see what I find this month.

As usual, I was able to save on all of my Target Finds by using the Cartwheel app, buying items that were on sale, or buying things that were at the Dollar Spot section.

What are some of your favorite Target Finds?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, September 6, 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. Visiting Mami

2. Halloween Candy and Snacks

3. Zaxby's

4. New Fall wardrobe

5. Another Love by Tom Odell

6. Mayans M.C. is back

7. Seeing leaves on the ground

8. 30 Days of Lists challenge

9. Creative ideas

10. Extra sleep/naps

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

What I Read in August

Happy Wednesday. Last month was so busy since the boys started school. I almost didn't accomplish my reading goal. Luckily, I was able to start and finish a book on the last day of August. It almost felt like "cheating" because it was such a quick read.

I also read a couple of blog posts and articles. Honestly, there weren't that many pieces that I read that really interested me. It was a slow reading month for sure. Hopefully, this month will be better.

Well, let's check out the book that I read along with some of my favorite blog posts and articles from August.

Must Read



I saw this book at Barnes and Noble during their Mother's Day sales event, but I ended up purchasing it during the Barnes and Noble Book Haul event. The title of the book drew me in immediately and made me laugh, so I knew that it was going to be a good one.

This was such a quick read. As I said before, I read it on the last day of August...in less than an hour. I loved the illustrations. Some of the advice was hilarious. I felt that the book was a bit too short, and it left me wanting more. Most of the advice was just one or two sentences long. I think this was a great collaboration between Marx and Chast. I hope they work together soon.

Blog Posts I Loved in August

Summer's Wild Abandon by Anne Butera

3 Family Friendly Breakfasts on the Go by Erin (Loved the breakfast sandwich recipe!)

Christine's Year of 100/Month "Fun Things" Budget

People are Committed to Being Miserable AF by Steph

Jil Larson's For the Love of Grids, Washi, and Books

Maya Singleton's A Letter on Therapy

What did you read in August?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, September 2, 2019

September Goals

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day! It's a new month! Summer is basically over. There are hints of Fall everywhere. I'm so excited. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back...and I'm not even a big fan of them, but there's just something about them this year. The leaves are slowly changing colors, and for the past few mornings, there's been a chill in the air. I'm all for cooler mornings.

Last month was a hectic month. School started for the kids, and we have been getting used to our new routine. It was definitely a month full of changes and transition. With it being such a hectic month, I didn't really work a lot on my goals. I'm a bit disappointed, but I'm happy that I was able to accomplish a couple of goals.

So, let's recap on my goals for August and check out my new goals for September. Ready? Here we go.


Recap of August Goals
  • Read 1 book: I read Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother's Suggestions by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast. This was a quick read. I'll be sharing a review of the book soon. 
  • Try 3 new recipes: This was a fail. I only tried one recipe. I made a breakfast sandwich, and it was delicious. I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't accomplish this goal. I really got to get back on track with meal planning. 
  • Complete 1 Skillshare class: This was a fail. I'm still taking Meera Lee Patel's Skillshare class. I should finish the course in a few days. 
  • Practice Italian on Duolingo 5 days a week: Honestly, I didn't really keep track of this. I'm going to call this a pass because I am pleased with how often I practiced. I really love Duolingo, and learning a new language has been so much fun.
  • Make art 3 days a week: I also didn't really keep track of this, but I'm going to go ahead and call this a pass. I made a bunch of projects in August. I worked in my sketchbook/journal, made a mini travelers notebook/art journal, and prepped my notebook for this upcoming 30 Days of Lists. I also tried a few new art supplies, and it's been great. 

September Goals
  • Read 2 books
  • Try 2 new recipes
  • Complete 1 Skillshare class
  • Stay active 3 days a week
  • Work on 30 Days of Lists challenge
  • Work in my sketchbook every day

What are your goals for September?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...



Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

Friday, August 30, 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. Halloween display at Target

2. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back!

3. Cooler mornings

4. Netflix

5. Journaling

6. Naps

7. Love It If We Made It by The 1975

8. New Fall Mug from Target

9. Quiet moments in the afternoon

10. Being able to actually drink my coffee while it's hot

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Three Things - August

Happy Thursday! The month is almost over, and I can't believe it. Summer is basically over, and Fall is almost here. I'm still going through a bit of writer's block. I do have a few things that I've been wanting to write, but haven't had time to work on it.

I really love Steph's (from Life According to Steph) Three Things Q & A prompts so I thought I'd share my responses for this month.


Songs that make me think of high school

1. Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy

2. All Good Things (Come to an End) by Nelly Furtado

3. Noviembre Sin Ti by Reik

Things I like to give

1. Handmade gifts

2. Compliments/words of encouragement

3. Books

Things I like to receive

1. Books or gift cards to book stores

2. Recommendations on movies/TV shows

3. Coffee

Things I hate that many people like

1. Football

2. Tea

3. Audiobooks

Clothes I find uncomfortable 

1. Heels

2. Turtlenecks

3. Tight dresses

Things I love seeing other people post

1. Photos of the sky/stars/moon

2. Music/Book/Podcast recommendations

3. Art

Now it's your turn. Feel free to share your response or a link to your blog in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...


Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Friday, August 23, 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 Mail

2. My Canon Selphy

3. Making a new tradition with John

4. Smoothies

5. Organizing my craft space

6. Barnes & Noble Book Haul Sale

7. Hints of Fall

8. My curls

9. Preparing for the weekend

10. Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Monday, August 19, 2019

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. The weekend went by way too fast. And how in the world are we already in the middle of August? I need time to slow down just a bit. Anyways, it's been a while since I've shared a weekend recap so I thought it'd be fun to share one today.

Friday

While Michael and Gabriel were at school, John, Raphael, and I went to the mall. Then we went to Hobby Lobby and Smoothie King. I also went to the grocery store for a few things and then I went to Smallcakes. John and I just accomplished two huge goals, so I decided to celebrate with some cupcakes.

In the evening, we watched some TV and relaxed. We were all excited for the weekend.

Saturday

John and the boys decided to have a father-sons morning, so I decided to go to a few stores by myself. I went to Barnes and Noble and bought Michael and Gabriel a new book. They both love the CatStronauts series by Drew Brockington. I also went across town to Tuesday Morning. Lately, the two closest Tuesday Morning stores haven't had a lot of decent scrapbooking supplies, which is why I decided to go to the one across town. Thankfully, I was able to find a few things. Of course, I went to Target. I only had one thing on my list, but we all know that I left with more than one item. I got Raphael some new shoes. I was surprised to find that Target had some scrapbooking supplies from Crate Paper and Pink Paislee.


In the afternoon, we all went to get lunch at Dairy Queen. We were surprised that it was a bit busy. Then again, it was hot, so I guess we shouldn't have been too surprised. 

Sunday

Raphael and I woke up early. After breakfast, I cleaned the house and got started on the mountain of laundry. I made sausage, bacon, eggs, and waffles for John, Michael, and Gabriel. It was such a lovely, quiet morning.

Mami invited us over for brunch. We all had a great time. Raphael loved watching Michael and Gabriel run around. My heart melted when all three of them were playing together.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing and preparing for the next week.


We had a fun weekend. I wish the weekend didn't have to end. But here's to a great week.

How was your weekend?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Friday, August 16, 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. Crate Paper's new collection Hey Pumpkin

2. Paying off a big chunk of debt

3. Getting closer to reaching one of our big goals

4. The sky

5. La Chona Dance Party

6. Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice will return on August 27

7. Chicken noodle soup (Yes, I know it's Summer, but I'm sick.)

8. Bare by WILDES

9. Starting the second Liz's second session of her e-course, Here

10. The Blackest Day by Lana Del Rey

What made you happy this week?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Studio Calico Mystery Kit Giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Many of you know that I am a big fan of memory keeping, scrapbooking, and journaling. I recently made an order to Studio Calico, a scrapbooking and memory keeping company. Studio Calico sells a lot of really cool products like stamps, stickers, and they even have a couple of memory keeping subscriptions.

Occasionally, Studio Calico offers mystery kits, mystery stamps, etc. at a discounted rate when you make a purchase. Of course, I couldn't resist and added a mystery kit to my order. Unfortunately, I already have the same kit. Now I could use a few of the items again, but I decided that it would be fun to have a little giveaway instead. And so here we are.


This kit is perfect for Project Life, traditional scrapbook layouts, travelers notebooks, hybrid memory keeping, journaling, and so much more. I love that I was able to use my kit on various forms of memory keeping.

This Studio Calico mystery kit is perfect for anyone interested in trying scrapbooking and memory keeping or for those who already love memory keeping. Enter below for your chance to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Please note that this giveaway is only open in the U.S.*
Winner will be notified by email. 


Do you have a favorite Studio Calico kit? Do you have a favorite form of memory keeping?

Thanks for visiting!

Until next time...

*Please note that this giveaway is not associated with Studio Calico in any way. I just really love Studio Calico and had an extra kit to giveaway.*

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

If You and I Had Coffee


If you and I had coffee...

We'd meet up at an adorable, tiny coffee shop. We'd take advantage of the a/c and stay for a while because it's too hot outside. I would order a frappuccino and a pastry.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I just completed the first online session of the Here e-course by Liz Lamoreux. I've mentioned it before that I was really enjoying the class. Now that I have completed the first session, I can say once again that I absolutely loved the class. I started the course on August 1st and never missed a single day. It's been a long time since I've journaled or did anything art related for ten consecutive days. I'm not so great with daily challenges and classes, but I really made an effort to take the time to work on the prompts. I'm happy that I did. Honestly, this e-course came by just when I needed it. It's hard to explain, but I'm taking it as a sign, and it has led me to work on some big projects.

The next session starts on August 14, and I can't wait. Even though the first session ended, I plan to continue to journal every day.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that we got some great news, and it looks like we are going to be able to accomplish some big goals next year. I'm just trying to stay focused and am going to keep working on those goals. I can't wait to see how everything turns out. Please wish us good luck.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd ask you which shows do you recommend on Hulu and Netflix? I'm still catching up on a few shows, but I would love to start some new ones. I've been thinking about watching The Handmaid's Tale. Have you watched it? Do you recommend it?

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I'm considering buying a camera, but I'm having a hard time deciding which one to get. There are so many different brands and versions of cameras to choose from. Do you have any recommendations? Oh, and if you have any photography class recommendations, please feel free to share them. I know I'm going to need all the help I can get.

If you and I had coffee...

I'd tell you that I am so over politics right now. It's depressing, and it really sucks. This country is so broken. I think I'm going stop watching the news for the next few days...maybe a week or two. Usually, I say that it's so important to be up to date with current events, but I also think that it's essential to take care of yourself. If the news is making you sick and it's affecting you then I think it's perfectly fine to avoid the news for a few days.

What would you tell me?

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Friday, August 9, 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. Zaxby's

2. Here ecourse by Liz Lamoreux

3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

4. Valentine by Eliza Hull

5. Good news

6. Catching up on 9-1-1

7. Shipping notifications

8. Fall displays at stores

9. Realizing that we are so close to accomplishing some really big goals (I can't wait to share the news)

10. Slowing down

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Target Finds

Happy Wednesday! It's time for another edition of Target Finds. I'm so excited to share what I found this month. Most of the items that I purchased were practical, but they were all great finds.

Let's check out what I bought at Target last month.


1. L. Organic Cotton Liners

This may be a TMI product review, but here we are. These pantyliners work just like any other liners. I had no idea that some liners have chlorine in them, so I was happy when I found out that L. pantyliners do not have any chlorine in them. These pantyliners are cruelty-free and made with cotton. They contain no dyes, synthetic pesticides, or fragrances.

I also love that for every L. product that is purchased, L. provides access to a pad to a girl in need. The only thing that I wish they would change is the packaging. There is so much plastic wrapping.

2. Love Home & Planet Dish Liquid - Lavender & Argan Oil

If you read my previous Target Finds post then you may remember that I tried Love Home & Planet's Dish Liquid in Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower. The lavender and argan oil scent smelled better than the coconut and mimosa scent. It worked just like the other dish liquid.

3. Skittles Flavor Mash-Ups (Wild Berry + Tropical)

This was an impulse buy, but I'm so glad that I purchased these Skittles. I love the flavor combo. The size of the bag was perfect.

4. Pillowfort Kids' Hangers

This is such a practical purchase, but I love these hangers. After buying the boys a lot of school clothes, I realized that we didn't have enough clothes hangers. I purchased two different kinds of hangers. The Pillowfort hangers are really great. I bought the regular kids' hangers and the hangers with clips. I was really excited to find the hangers with clips. Usually, when I purchase the boys' pants and shorts, I get the hangers that they came on. However, I never have enough of those hangers. I love that the clips adjust to the width of the pants.


Overall, I found some great things at Target. As usual, I was able to save on all of my Target Finds by using the Cartwheel app and buying items that were on sale.

What are some of your favorite Target finds?

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Until next time...

Monday, August 5, 2019

What I Read in July

Happy Monday. Last month, I read accomplished my reading goal. I was on a poetry kick. I read three poetry books, and they were all fantastic. Each book was different, but my favorite book that I read was Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson.

I also read a lot of great blog posts and articles in July. I guess it's true when they say that summer is a good season for reading.

Here's to hoping that I am able to accomplish my reading goal for August. Below are the books that I read in July as well as a list of the blog posts and articles that I loved.

Must Read

Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson

I absolutely loved Andrea Gibson's Take Me With You. Andrea is an LGBTQ poet whose poetry is passionate, honest, and just pure magic. I took my time reading this book because I absolutely loved it. This is a quick read, but I'm sure that most people will take their time reading it because they won't want it to end.

The book is divided into three parts, which are On Love, On the World, and On Becoming. I think my favorite section of the book was On the World. This section touched on things that are currently happening.

Overall, I give this book five stars, and I highly recommend that you check out Andrea's work.



Nocturnal by Wilder

I read this book of poetry in one day. I actually purchased the book because I loved the cover. There were some pretty good poems, and the illustrations are gorgeous. The book was divided into four parts.  The four sections parts are Dusk, Northern Lights, Howl, and Lucid Dreams. I noticed that the central theme in the book was related to nature, which I really enjoyed.

I would rate this book four stars.




Blue Horses by Mary Oliver

I have heard such great things about Mary Oliver's poems and essays, so I decided to read one of her books. I really enjoyed reading Blue Horses. Mary Oliver was inspired by nature, and it definitely shows in her work. This was a quick read, and I actually finished it in three days. The poem, First Yoga Lesson, made me laugh, and I really loved Good Morning. 

I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.

Blog Posts and Articles I Loved in July

Signatures in Danny Zuko's Yearbook by Johnny DiNapoli

Bekah Martinez's Serene and Empowered Waterbirth story on Motherly

A Perfect, Preƫmptive Obituary for My Ex-Boyfriend by Danielle Kraese

Colin Stokes' Reasons I Was Crying on the Subway

How to Cope: Being a Mom Without the Village

Live Your Life Now by Colleen

Mia Sutton's I Miss You (a poem)

This really cute Beach Theme Scrapbook Idea

Summer Anxiety by Mia Sutton

Words. by Stephanie Howell

Everything Changes by Lecy

What did you read in July?

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Until next time...

Friday, August 2, 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. First Day of School

2. Skittles Mash-Up (Wild Berry + Tropical)

3. Back to School Cupcakes

4. Quiet moments

5. Doin' Time by Lana Del Rey

6. Thunderstorms

7. Chick-fil-A Rewards

8. Lemonade

9. Ice, cold water

10. Going for a much-needed walk

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Goals

Happy Thursday and First Day of August! I can't believe that it's August. This year is going by so fast, and I can't believe that Summer is officially almost over. My boys actually started school today, so it actually feels like Summer is over. However, we still plan to complete some tasks on our Summer Bucket List.

Last month was so busy. I had to finish Back-to-School shopping, and we tried to do all the Summer things. It was a fun month full of celebrations, BBQs, and spending time with family. Even though we had a fun-filled month, I am looking forward to a slower month.

Looking back on the previous month, I am quite surprised at the number of goals that I was able to accomplish. I'm looking forward to reaching my new goals for August. With that being said, let's recap on my goals for July and check out what new goals I set for this month.


Recap of July Goals
  • Read 1 book: I read three books this month! Three books! I read Take Me with You by Andrea Gibson, Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry, and Blue Horses by Mary Oliver. I was on a poetry kick and absolutely loved it. I can't wait to share my reviews soon.
  • Try 2 new recipes: This was a fail. I'm actually really disappointed that I didn't reach this goal.
  • Complete 2 Skillshare classes: I only took one class this month. I loved Yasmine Cheyenne's class, Writing for Self-Discovery. The prompts were amazing. Even though I didn't complete 2 classes, I'm glad that I was able to complete 1 course. 
  • Exercise/Stay Active 3 days a week: This was a fail...again. I have to do better.
  • Make art 3 days a week: I made a lot of art this month. I think I was close to making art 3 days a week, so I will say that I did accomplish this goal. I went through a creative burst this month, especially when it came to scrapbooking and crafting. 
  • Participate in Plastic Free July: I did participate. I used my reusable bags instead of using plastic bags. There were a few times that I did get some plastic bags, but I did reuse them. I also used my reusable Starbucks cup, but I definitely want to improve on remembering to bring them with me. 

August Goals
  • Read 1 book
  • Try 3 new recipes
  • Complete 1 Skillshare class
  • Practice Italian on Duolingo 5 days a week
  • Make art 3 days a week

What are your goals for August?

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Until next time...


Monday, July 29, 2019

Three Things: July

Welp...it's Monday again. And I'm still dealing with some writer's block. So I decided to complete some Q & A prompts by Steph from Life According to Steph.


Three Movies I've Watched More Than 20 Times

1. Saving Private Ryan

2. West Side Story

3. Forrest Gump

Three Things I Don't Do

1. Run

2. Go on diets

3. Write in books

Three Things I'm Always Up For Doing

1. Going for a walk

2. Scrapbooking, crafting...anything art related

3. Exploring new places

Three Good Things That Happened This Month

1. John and I celebrated our wedding anniversary!

2. First date night in a long time

3. Accomplished my reading goal

Three Things I'm Tired Of

1. Politics. This country feels broken.

2. The weather...it's way too hot.

3. The never-ending laundry

Three Things I'll Never Tire Of

1. Ice Cream Cones

2. Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccinos

3. Graphic T-Shirts

Three Things I Like To Photograph

1. My family

2. Books

3. The sky (love photos of sunsets)

Three Things I Can't Resist

1. Stationery

2. Book stores

3. Frozen Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Now it's your turn. Feel free to share your response or a link to your blog in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, July 26, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Finished Back-to-School shopping

2. My Sweet Dumb Brain Newsletter

3. Cheeseburgers

4. Winning another giveaway!

5. Working in my Summer Story album

6. Finding magic in everyday life

7. 50% off frappuccinos at Starbucks

8. School supplies

9. Catching up on The Vampire Diaries

10. Yasmine Cheyenne's Skillshare class, Writing for Self-Discovery (You can sign up for 2 free months of Skillshare here)

What made you happy this week?

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Friday, July 19, 2019

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

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


1. Going to the Zoo

2. Ice Cream

3. A/C

4. Back to School shopping

5. Happy Mail

6. My family

7. Joining a book club and starting a new book

8. Early anniversary gifts (Our anniversary is tomorrow!)

9. Trips to the library

10. Quiet mornings

What made you happy this week?

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Until next time...

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Back to School With Crayola Take Note!


Back to School season is upon us! School will start in just a couple of weeks, and we have already started back to school shopping. As you may know, we are big fans of Crayola. When Crayola sent me a big box of Crayola Take Note! products, I was so excited. 

The Crayola Take Note! collection has so many amazing products. The collection includes 2-in-1 Dual Ended and Erasable Highlighters, Washable Felt Tip Pens, Gel Pens, Permanent Markers, and Dry Erase Markers. The Take Note! products are targeted towards tweens/teens as well as adults. My boys are not teenagers yet, so I've been using the products.

Below is a test sheet of the Dual-Ended and Erasable Highlighter Pens, Felt Tip Pens, and the Erasable Highlighters.


I loved making a color swatch of all the pens and markers. Every pen and marker is amazing. They write so smooth, and the colors are vibrant.  There was minimal bleed through on the pages.


I have been using the felt tip pens and the highlighters in my planner. I've also been using them to take notes on the courses that I'm taking on DuoLingo. I'm currently learning Italian, and the pens and highlighters are perfect for taking notes.


I love that I can use the pens and highlighters to color code topics for my blog as well as tasks, to-do lists, etc. in my planner. I'm currently working on my plans for August and using the Take Note! collection has been so useful and fun.



I also love the dry erase markers. I've been trying to get better with meal planning, and the dry erase markers make it fun to plan out my meals. The dry erase markers come in different colors and are available in 2, 4, and 12 count packages. The colors are bold, and there's not an overpowering odor. One cool feature of the dry erase markers is the ink level indicator. There is nothing worse than trying to meal plan and then finding out that your marker has run out of ink.  The ink level indicator allows you to know when you are getting low.


Overall, I highly recommend Crayola Take Note! products for all of your planning and note-taking needs as well as for Back to School shopping. You can shop for the Take Note! products at national retailers and here.

What do you think of the Crayola Take Note! collection? What are some of your favorite Crayola products?

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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.