Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Currently 001 // January

As this is a fresh new year I'm feeling ready to give this little ole blog of mine some more attention and be intentional with my content so here is where I'm at this month! Joining Anne for her Currently link up.
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Starting |
I have so many balls in the air right now that I'm either really killing it or am about to be crushed. I'm praying it's the former. I’m just starting my second week of doing a Whole30 reset and also doing the Declutter like a Mother challenge. As I shared last week I'm trying my best to embrace this year!

Hoping |
I have high hopes that this year will be one of fruitful change. I'm not usually one who does well with change but something in me is just going with it, and that is making it that more exciting!

Scheduling |
All the things. Putting pen to paper helps me keep on track so I've been updating our Family calendar, getting my blog calendar in order (though I will admit I'm a tad behind as this post is proof, haha) and keeping those Well Baby check-ups on schedule.

Reading |
The 6th installment of this series, Tower of Dawn and my fantasy-loving heart is beside itself. I'll be sharing more of my Reading Plans for 2018 later this month!

Playing |
Does Peek-a-boo and Patty-cake count? ;) 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Growing up Clark // four month edit

Growing up Clark // four month edit
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We’re going to his Well Baby check up later today so I will update!

We hit that dreaded sleep regression. For two weeks there was extra night waking nursing sessions which left me useless and exhausted. I'm chalking it up to a growth spurt/milestone achievement as he is also thisclose to rolling over from back to tummy.
Growing up Clark // four month edit
Clark’s hair is growing in! Long gone is the receding hairline, old man comb over. His hair may be getting lighter too. If his eyebrows are any indication of coloring we may have another sandy hued kid ala Kinsey.

Bring on the bibs the drooling has reached a new level. Since Clark refuses to take a paci he’s also slime-ing his hands so they always feel cold and clammy lol.
Growing up Clark // four month edit
The cooing, babbling and smiles are constant. It makes my heart want to burst and my cheeks hurt from smiling. These are the best moments.

Kinsey has totally surpassed the Best Sister Award, the girl is a little mommy. She will talk to Clark to calm is crying, hold him in her arms, everything. They have such a sweet bond. Brielana is less gentle but her heart is in the right place as she coos and talks to him throughout the day. Either way he gives his sisters thee biggest smiles and all is right in the world.
Growing up Clark // four month edit

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Top 5 of 2017

I waffled back and forth whether or not to even do a Top #5 post for 2017 since I gave myself a week off to enjoy Christmas and New Year's with my family, but I realized I enjoy looking back on my "blog year" so I'm sharing!
Top 5 of 2017
Ok, so admittedly this is my best nine from IG but it's fitting, right?

It's always fun to see what resonated with readers and this past year is no different. Every post is so vastly different and yet sums up what I share on here so well- family, fashion and books!

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#1 with 1,449 views
Top 5 of 2017


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Word of the Year 2018

Happy New Year!


2017 went by so fast! I suppose being pregnant for 9 months and then caring for a newborn just eats up a year like that. 2017 had the highest high in the gift of Clark and the lowest low in the passing of my beloved Papa; it also taught me a valuable lesson that I want to apply in this new year, to embrace each season of where I am at and embrace it hard.


embrace
[em-breys]

verb (used with object),em·braced, em·brac·ing.

  1. to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug.
  2. to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly: to embrace an idea.
  3. to avail oneself of: to embrace an opportunity.
  4. to adopt (a profession, a religion, etc.): to embrace Buddhism.
  5. to take in with the eye or the mind.
  6. to encircle; surround; enclose.
  7. to include or contain: An encyclopedia embraces a great number of subjects.

verb (used without object),em·braced, em·brac·ing.

  1. to join in an embrace.
noun

  1. an act or instance of embracing


What are you embracing this year?


Word of the Year 2017 | 2016 | 2015 

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

The November & December Book Report

I have read some AMAZING books the past two months, I mean 3 5-star ratings?! Its been a very satisfying time! Affiliate links used. A small commission may be received if you purchase an item through my links. Thank you for supporting my blog!

Leaving Time by Jodi Piccoult

Goodreads Synopsis:
For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

Thoughts:
I loved this book. I can only tolerate so many courtroom dramas by Piccoult so her fantasy stories are a breath of fresh air (I also loved Second Glance!) I didn’t see this twist coming and was hooked from page one.

Stars:
5 out of 5

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The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sue Monk Kidd's phenomenal debut, The Secret Life of Bees, became a runaway bestseller that is still on the New York Times bestseller list more than two years after its paperback publication. Now, in her luminous new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans. Telling the story of Jessie Sullivan -- a love story between a woman and a monk, a woman and her husband, and ultimately a woman and her own soul -- Kidd charts a journey of awakening and self-discovery illuminated with a brilliance that only a writer of her ability could conjure. 

Thoughts: A bore of a book about a horrible subject. I guess Im most upset about it being nothing like The Secret Life of Bees- no lovable characters, no satisfying ending. But Kidd is a beautiful writer and that earned this book an extra star.

Stars:
3 out of 5

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The November & December Book Report
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Goodreads Synopsis:
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train... 

Thoughts:
I couldnt put this down! Yowza. I actually craved a drink almost as much as the narrator, the writing is fantastic. Flawes characters always have me rooting fir them and I really felt invested in Rachel’s life. Now I need to watch the movie! Also this makes me feel horrible about how much I disliked her follow up novel, Into the Water.

Stars:
5 out of 5

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The November & December Book Report
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Goodreads Synopsis:
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25th they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition. 

Thoughts:
This is the first time I've read an adult Christmas book (because we know the girls have their Christmas books out all month) and I felt seasonally appropriate. This was a fun, easy read and the movie with Tim Allen (my favorite TV Dad) is spot on.

Stars:
3 out of 5

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The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlaine

Goodreads Synopsis:
In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she knows what happened to her missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies. 

Thoughts:
Chamberlaine may be entering favorite author status (along with Jane Austen, Sue Grafton, Alice Hoffman) she writes about every day life, always has amazing conflict and characters and wraps everything up just right.

Stars:
5 out of 5

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