Blog-tember, Day 25: Nachoooooooo

So it’s been a crazy week with school and normal life stuff, so I didn’t get to participate in the Blog-tember project as much as I’d have liked. That’s life, I guess, and hopefully I’ll do a little better this week (no promises).

I haven’t shared any awesome handmade shops in a while so I thought I’d do that for today’s prompt. Small businesses are my fav!

Sunday, Sept. 25: Review something! 
A place, a book, a service, a product. Anything at all!

I think hoop art is such a cute addition to a gallery wall and I’ve been telling msyelf for years now that I need to learn the art of embroidery so I can create my own pretties. Since that stilllll hasn’t happened (boo) I have to content myself with being awed by the skills of other people and then one day I happened upon and Instagram photo of a hoop someone had purchased from bazaarLatino on Etsy and, you guys, it was NACHO LIBRE! I instantly contacted the shop about getting my own. There’s no such thing as waiting around to learn stuff in my own time when it comes to Nacho. He’s the baest. 😉

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 Is that not awesome? (If you don’t think so I don’t want to know.) The hoop is tiny and perfect and I have it hanging in a place of honor right behind my sewing machine so I can smile at it whenever I’m ripping out stitches.

Be sure to pop over and check out the Etsy shop; she has all kinds of cute hoop art listed (and other things as well!).

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Tuesday Letter

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Dear September in Texas, I have a bone to pick with you. It should not be 98 degrees on the 20th. You’re sneaky and mean and I hate you so much more than August. Dear universe, am I seriously the lone holdout on LuLaRoe leggings? Is is possible that I’m the single person in the world who doesn’t love those weird/wild colors and patterns? Please tell me it isn’t so. I need some friends who will stand with me against this trend. Dear pumpkin-all-the-things-lovers, I think yall need to hold your horses. Do you not understand that it’s still almost ONE HUNDRED DEGREES here? Have some pity on all of us in the South and wait until like…the end of October or something. And by the way, pumpkin-flavored-everything cannot possibly always be good. You may think I’m crazy, but I think you guys are a little too fanatical for your own good. Dear horrible, awful, plague-of-my-life flies, GO AWAY!! It is not summer again. You do not have my permission to be back in my house. My sanity will not stand for this re-invasion. Once a year is my limit. Ask anyone in my family…this will push me over the edge. Retreat is necessary before I do something we will all regret.

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Blog-tember, Day 12: Three Books (plus a bonus!)

Monday, Sept. 12: Three books! One you just read, one you’re currently reading, and one you want to read.

Soooo..obviously this isn’t Monday, the 12th, but yall know how much I love book posts so I knew I’d have to come back to this one when I had a chance.

A book I just read: Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Yall. This was an amazing book, probably my favorite read on parenting ever. If you’re raising kids or plan to raise kids and want some solid Christian advice on training and disciplining children, be sure to check this one out. I absolutely love the heart behind the words and have had to re-think a lot of the ways I’ve been dealing with my girls. I can’t recommend this one enough.

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I bookmark passages I love to copy down into my book journal so even if I don’t keep books I can remember my favorite parts.

 

A book I’m currently reading: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

I’m actually listening to this one while I walk each evening and it’s one of the first audiobooks I’ve truly enjoyed. This is partly due to Kate Morton’s fantastic way with words, but if I’m really honest, I’m pretty much just in love with the narrators perfect English accent. She has the most lyrical voice ever. Plus it’s a super intriguing mystery and makes the miles in the hideous September heat feel more bearable. (Don’t get me started on Texas in September.)

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A book I want to read: Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

Totally not gonna lie, this one is on my shelf only because a) the cover is interesting and b) everyone in the whole world seems to have read it and recommended it. I don’t even really know much of what it’s about (except that it’s set in England during the WWII, at least partially), but it’s been on my to-read list forever and I’m finally about to actually get to it.

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And here’s my bonus review: Me: A Compendium

I received a complimentary copy of this from Blogging for Books a few weeks ago and gave it to Susannah to fill out and she’s enjoyed it as much as I imagined she would. What I didn’t expect was for Madeline to be just as enthralled as Susannah (because she has very little patience for art/drawing/crafts), so after a few days I ordered a second copy for Madeline to complete as well. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of kid drawings and it made my heart happy to flip through these books and see their cute art.

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**This book was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion via Blogging for Books. All thoughts regarding this book are my own. (And obviously we liked it well enough to purchase another.)

So how about you? Read anything recommendable lately? (Is recommendable even a word?) I love, love, love book suggestions!

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Blog-tember, Day 13: If I could be Jerm for a day…

Tuesday, Sept. 13: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be? Why?

This was a hard one. My first thought was Chip Gaines, because I wouldn’t want to switch lives with Joanna – I’d want to hang out with her and watch her work her magic. But then I remembered how much I hate interacting with people I don’t know so I ditched that idea and went with someone I’ve wished I could switch places with for ages: Jerm.

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He’s the king of striking ridiculous poses when I try to get photos of him. He really doesn’t make a habit of staring off into the distance while standing on the edge of a cliff…

While I don’t think I’d particularly enjoy being a guy for any amount of time, I’ve wished for a long time (along with countless other women, I’m sure) that I could understand the way my husband thinks. (Also, it’d be nice for him to be in MY brain for a while, too. RIGHT?!) We’ve mostly learned to deal with the things we don’t understand about each other, but no matter how hard we’ve tried, there are definitely some things we just don’t get about the other person.

Also, I’d like to understand, for even just a few minutes, some of the technical stuff he deals with every day. I’m the worst at understanding anything science-y (ha!) and technology is more my enemy than my friend most of the time, so it’d be cool to actually get what he does for a living.

Plus, Jerm is a pretty cool guy. I mean, he doesn’t even try and everybody still likes him. Sometimes I wish I could shut my brain off , not care what people think anymore, and just go with the flow. Not gonna happen, yall. But it’s fun to dream.

So your turn. Who would you be for a day if you could?

Blog-tember, Day 10: A day in photos

Saturday, Sept. 10: A day in your life! Take us through it with you by sharing a photo each hour of the day.

Okay, here goes. I doubt I got one every single hour, but close!

7am - Woke up early(ish) and finished up this book, which was my first Agatha Christie and was pretty excellent.
7am – Woke up early(ish) and finished up this book, which was my first Agatha Christie and was pretty excellent.

 

9am - knocked out the Sunday School lesson for tomorrow. Check!
9am – knocked out the Sunday School lesson for tomorrow. Check!

 

10am - Finished watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Although I've seen this once before years ago, I enjoyed it so much more this time around. Mr. Collins alone makes it worth watching.
10am – Finished watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Although I’ve seen this once before years ago, I enjoyed it so much more this time around. Mr. Collins alone makes it worth watching.

 

11am - Worked on #listersgottalist
11am – Worked on #listersgottalist

 

1pm - Still surrounded by crafty goodness. Sneak peek of a project for later this week.
1pm – Still surrounded by crafty goodness. Sneak peek of a project for later this week.

 

2pm - time for a short walk
2pm – time for a short walk

 

3pm - Supervising the girls as they made cinnamon rolls to bring to the in-laws tonight.
3pm – Supervising the girls as they made cinnamon rolls to bring to the in-laws tonight.

 

4pm - This kids hair is ridonkulous. How scary is it that I cut it myself? It doesn't look bad, I promise!
4pm – This kids hair is ridonkulous. How scary is it that I cut it myself? It doesn’t look bad, I promise!

 

5pm - Look what Jerm did to the cinnamon rolls. It's a good thing we love him.
5pm – Look what Jerm did to the cinnamon rolls. It’s a good thing we love him.

 

I forgot to take any photos after 5pm, but I’m calling it good anyway. Happy Saturday!

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Blog-tember, Day 9: Oh, the places you’ll go…

Day 9 prompt: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

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The quote above pretty much sums up how I feel about traveling. There are a zillion places on my to-go list, but Greece is the place I would choose if I could go anywhere right now. The history fascinates me, the landscape is so varied and gorgeous, and it’s one of the few places in Europe that Jerm has any interest in visiting. We even considered it briefly for our 10th anniversary last year but decided we’d wait until the girls were a little older before going. Someday, though.

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So where would you go if you could pick anywhere in the world? I’d love to hear!

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Blogtember, Day 7: Joy

Sidenote: This was actually yesterday’s prompt. I had it ready to go last night, but due to technical difficulties couldn’t post until today. Nice one, blog.

Today’s prompt: 5 things that bring me joy.

When I started thinking about this one I realized that a lot of things bring me joy, so this was hard to narrow down. I wouldn’t say these are necessarily the top five things, but they’re the first that came to mind so I just went with them.

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Cake – I adore cake. I’m trying not to eat cake, though. Life is sad without cake.

Books/bookstores/libraries – Books and places I can find books have always been my happy place. I could sit in a bookstore all by myself for hours and hours.

Journaling – I’ve always wanted to journal but never kept up with it much until the past year. It’s my new fav because it’s memory-keeping, a creative outlet, and my sort-of daily planner all rolled into one. I wish I would have started years ago.

My girls – It seems a little crazy that one of my biggest sources of frustration can also be where I find the most joy, but I guess that’s kind of normal for kids. I really, really love the age my girlies are at right now. They’re still in that everything is exciting and silly phase, and it’s so fun to do things together.

Traveling – Because seeing new places is just fun. I think I’m even converting Jerm into a traveler because he keeps talking about where we’ll go/what we’ll see next. There’s something magical about visiting a new place (or even re-visiting favorite destinations), right? Traveling with Jerm is one of my favorite things to do, even if it’s just for a few hours.

So, there you have it. Five things that bring me joy. What brings you joy?