Friday, January 20, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #153

1. Parenthood- 

I just finished watching Parenthood through for the third time in a row. It ended way too soon, in my humble opinion. Every single time it gets me right in the gut. If you haven't checked it out yet, get thee to Netflix. 

Trust me. 

2. New Music Videos-

3. Consider This-


4. I Really Need to Over-Haul my Hall/Linen Closet-

( I really like those towel bars for tablecloths, hand towels or guest linen)

5. Library Book Dress-


More Links to Love-

-I like this list because it's active & positive. I'm not really into silver linings right now. I'm into hopeful defiance. Time to get to work. 
-Writing tips from one of my favorite humans! 
-Watching things like this & this today to remind myself what I'm fighting for. Katie Wirsing is one talented gal! 
-She's a real class act. This is beautiful! 
-It's an important job & somebody has to do it! 
- If "Star Wars" existed in a 1980's high school. 
-I would love to see this place! Maybe we can go during 5th period? Let's just hope that Mr. Belding doesn't catch us! 

Happy Friday, friends!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #152

1. I Got a New Sewing Machine for Christmas-

And I'm super interested in this e-course! I know a lot of the basics, but I could definitely use a refresher! What are some of your favorite sewing projects/tutorials? 

2. Hidden Figures-

I took myself to a Sunday matinee & saw one of my most anticipated films of the year, Hidden Figures. I loved every part of it! If you have the chance, check it out! 

3. Elbow Patches-




4. New Music (Videos)-

5. Consider This-

More Links to Love-

-I'm a cat person. In case you didn't know. 
-The cutest pin cushion in all the land! 
-These Emy Lou Holmes cards depicting music legends are the tops!  
-I picked one of these peplum tops up in a recent Old Navy sale & I just love it! 
-Great calligraphy practice sheets, just for you! 
-This locket is really beautiful! 
-It's definitely a sickness.....

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites # 151

1. New Music (Videos)-

2. This Adorable Niffler Print From taryndraws-


3. Old Navy Has Some Great Pieces Right Now-


4. Buying Our Favorite Teas in Bulk-

It's been mighty cold around these parts lately! Nothing warms the heart & vittles like a cup of tea. We buy our decaf favorites from Amazon so that we can enjoy them any time of day! 


5. Consider This-


More Links to Love

-The year of awesome
-I love this necklace (minus the birthstone & initial)! 
-She hit her goal in less than 48 hours, but it's still a killer project! I highly recommend! Check out the Kickstarter here
-This photoset is so great! #strangerthingsforlife
-This anatomy of an up-cycled sweater is really cool! Look at all the ways you can repurpose one garment! 
-"There is light somewhere. It may not be much light, but it beats the darkness..." 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Goodreads Challenge

I started tracking the books that I read on Goodreads back in 2014 & it would not be overstating it to say that it has revolutionized the way I read! You can see my 2014 & 2015 challenges if you are interested! If you are a reader & you're not already using Goodreads, this is a band wagon you're going to want to hop on! 

Here's how it works: Goodreads allows you to set a challenge for yourself for the year. You decide how many books you want to try to read and then work toward your challenge by adding the books you read to your list. You can also recommend books to friends, review what you read, take quizzes and even win books! I've consistently won 3+ books every year that I've used the app! That might not be your goal, but it sure doesn't hurt, huh? 

I set a goal for myself every January 1st for the number of books that I hope to read in that year. Every year I have met or surpassed my goal. 

Until this year. 

Ugh. I kind of hate having to admit that. I set a goal for myself of 100 books last January. I was on track to succeed & then this summer & fall hit. It's certainly not an excuse, but I spent a ton of time outside this summer & when I got home, I didn't really feel like reading. I regained a little of my footing this fall & winter and ended up finishing the year having read 83 books. Towards the end of the year, my goal became to beat my number from last year, which I did by two books. 

I guess, in the end, it comes down to the fact that you can't do it all. 

Which leads into this year. I am heading back to school in June & anticipate having much less time to read for pleasure. While I will certainly count the books I read for classes towards my goal, I only set my number to 60 for the year. I would love to say that after a long day of studying & classes that I'm going to want to kick back with a book and a bubble bath, but that just might not be the case. While I certainly don't want to low-ball myself, I also don't want to set myself up to fail. Sixty seems like a very attainable number. I may also have to try my hand at listening to audiobooks so that I can at least hear the stories that I'm interested in. If you would like to follow along, you can see my 2017 challenge here

Here are a few of the highlights from the year:

1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak 

2. Panther by Brecht Evens 

3. Slade House by David Mitchell 

4. Paper Girls Volumes 1 & 2 by 

5. Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech 

Least Favorite: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire 

I encourage you to start your own Goodreads challenge as 2017 kicks off! Whether you use the app or just write your list in a notebook, it is good to keep track of what you're reading as the year progresses. What's on you list of to-reads this year? I would love to hear what you've got on the docket!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Best of 2016

This will be my fourth year posting my best of list! It's still my favorite way to look back over the year & pick out the best media, lit & moments! I would love to hear some of your bests from this year! What was your favorite movie? Or album? Do tell!

Best Film- Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them 

Runner Up: The Witch 

(Technically a 2015 film, but we didn't get it at my local indie theater until this year, so I'm cheating a little)

Best TV Show-Stranger Things 

Runner-Up: Fuller House (Especially the second season)

Best Album- Midwest Farmer's Daughter-Margo Price 

Best Moment- Rick's Brother & Sister-in-law Came Home 

Pictured here with our niece, Eleanor Ruth. 

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Runner-Up: Visiting the Colorado National Monument for our 6th anniversary

Runner-Runner-Up: Visiting a Pop-Up Luke's Diner 

Best Achievement-Running & Finishing the Bolder Boulder

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Best Fiction- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Runner-Up: Slade House by David Mitchell 

Best Book: Graphic Novel- American Vampire by Scott Snyder 

Runner-Up: Harrow County Series by Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook

Best Video Game- Lara Croft GO 

Happy New Year, Friends! What are the bests of this year for you?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Life & Goal Re-Cap

Whew! 2016 has been a real doozy! I'm not going to lie to you; I am so ready to move on to 2017 after this year, as I'm sure most of you are, too! As one who tries to never to dwell on the negative, we're going to do a little glass-half-fulling here & recap some of my 2016 goals & successes! I did this last year & really enjoyed looking back at it!

As per usual, I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to do. There are definitely a few areas of my life that could use some improvement, but that's what new year's is for, right? Taking stock & re-focusing on where we want to be! I'm ready, 2017! Let's do this!

Continued Working to Toward a Healthier, Happier Me 

On Memorial Day weekend, I ran the longest race I've ever run & finished! By participating in the Boulder Boulder I proved to myself how strong, determined & capable I am. I think I knew all that before I did it, but I definately proved to myself that the voices that whisper to me that I can't do something are liars! If I want something, I need to go for it & do the work. The results will come, slowly but surely! 

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Immediately after this, two things happened; While I was immensely proud of myself, running the Boulder Boulder created a bit of a wall for me. After finishing, instead of thinking, "What's next?", I thought, "Well, that's done. That's the longest race I want to run. I guess I don't have any more goals." Secondly, I went in for a complimentary personal training session at my gym & came out feeling terrible about myself, my fitness level & the progress I had made. 

It was an unfortunate outcome I definately didn't see coming from either experience. However, I think I did the best I could with what I had. I saved up & rewarded myself with a FitBit which basically saved my summer. While my running plateaued, I did take up walking. I really enjoyed spending time with myself, albeit at a much slower pace than last summer, listening to podcasts & taking in the sights & sounds of the nature around my town. And I especially enjoyed watching my steps & challenging myself to go further & further! If you use FitBit, let's be friends! 

I was able to maintain my weight & fitness level while working through some emotional junk that had attached itself to my running. With a new outlook & renewed confidence, I hope to get back on the ball in the new year! 

Completed 31 Days of Blogging in October

For the second time in my time blogging I completed the 31 Days of Blogging in October challenge! It was difficult & took a lot of planning, but I did it! 

Take a Class

This fall, on a whim, I joined a session of Barre Renew at my local rec center & was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! It's low impact & combines working out with great music & fun gals! I will definately be joining the next session that's offered & hope to continue branching out in not only fitness classes, but classes of all kinds! *hint, hint* 

Get & Use a Passport 

I am very sad to say that this did not happen. My goal this year is to just travel on a plane. Somewhere. Anywhere! It's going to be a busy year and I want to be realistic, but stretch myself, too! 

Direct/Act in a Play 

I am so happy to say that this was achieved not once but twice this year! My brother & I put up a reader's theater in June & a Halloween themed radio drama in October & I am so proud of both! I can't think of people I would rather work with than my brother & the friends we brought together! Now, we are looking forward to putting another show up in February!  

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Read 100 Books

This sadly did not happen & I've been beating myself up a bit about it, which is just silly! I think that I'm going to top out at around 85, which is better than last year, so I guess I can't complain. My number is going to have to be quite a bit smaller this year, due to some upcoming projects, but that's a whole different blog post! Stay tuned! 

Continued to Work on Letting Go 

I had a conversation with a good friend this summer about hair cuts & how I  can mark every big life change by how short my hair is. This year, I let it all go. 

Right before I ran the Boulder Boulder, I chopped my hair off. 2015 had been such a transformational year for me, but I still felt like I was lugging around junk I didn't need to be lugging. At the begining of 2016, my insides didn't match my outsides. Changing my hair was one tiny way of changing the way I felt. It was something visual to remind me that I'm not the same person that I was at the begining of this year. I'm not really the same person that I was at the begining of this month! 

2016 has been a process & I'm still working, even on the last day of the year! It may come as no shock to you, but I have some control issues & this year felt pretty out of control. I don't need to tell you & everyone has their own experiences & opinions, but it's been a rough one! Between current events & personal life events, I got pretty low this spring/summer/into the fall. There were days it was hard to pull myself out of it & there were days that I didn't succeed in that. 

But here we are! It's New Year's Eve & the champagne is chilled! The poppers are prepped & that ball is gonna drop whether we're ready or not (I'm SO ready!) Big things are on the horizon & hard work lies ahead. 2017 looks to be my hardest, yet most fulfilling year in a long time. It will be a year of endings & beginnings & probably a lot of regular, old life sprinkled in & I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't more than a little bit scared. The new year is here! We just need to take the plunge. 

Happy New Year, friends! Are you ready for an adventure? 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites #150

1. December Playlist-

2. Consider This-

3. New Music (Videos)-

4. Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown-

After reading Box Brown's Andre the Giant biography last year, I knew that I wanted to read anything else he put out. Well, my number finally came up on the library request list & I had the pleasure of reading his history of Tetris this week & I REALLY enjoyed it! While a book about the beginnings of a video game might not sound very interesting, it was! I highly recommend this book to just about anybody! 


5. This Stranger Things Cosplay is the Tops-

She even impressed Aaron Sims, the creator of the Demogorgon! 


More Links to Love-

-If I ever manage to teach myself how to knit, I think this knitted paper crown will be my first project! 
-As the year draws to a close, this track by Danielle Ate the Sandwich is so beautiful! 
-The way that Tessa Violet edited these Ireland vlogs with her mom is so beautiful & touching. Watch the first & second one here! 
-I don't know if this would actually work, but I'd love to give this a try! 
-This might be the most adorable sweatshirt in the world! 
-I made this green bean casserole for Christmas dinner & it was really tasty! I would even make it for non-holiday meals! 
-You can bet that i'll be making a few of these for my nieces & nephew in the very near future! 

Happy Friday, friends!
Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Favorite Friday Favorites #149

1. This Letter to Boris Karloff's Wife-

"The Grinch" turned 50 on the 18th & Cartoon Brew did a great round-up of Grinchy goodness for you to enjoy! This was one of my favorites! After Karloff's death in 1969, Chuck Jones sent this letter of condolence to his widow & it is so brilliant! 

2. New Music (Videos)-

3. This New Year's Eve Party Dress-

We'll be with family this New Year's & won't be going out, but I think this dress would be fab for a casual party or a night out on the town! And it's versatile enough that you could wear it the rest of the year! 


4. The Kitten Lady-

I found Hannah Shaw through Ruby Threads Vintage & realized she's not just a fab vintage model! She's also a bad-ass animal advocate & surrogate kitten mother! Known as the Kitten Lady, Shaw spends her time rescuing cats & advocating on their behalf. Believe me when I say that you will not regret following her Instagram! And in case you're worried (like I was), she doesn't post horrible, sad pictures of her cats to make you feel terrible & powerless. Check her work out here! One of my favorite features is all the resources she has for people who find stranded kittens & don't want to risk taking them to shelter where they might be euthanized. 

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5. This Adorable Target Bedding-

This is on clearance right now at Target. Isn't it the cutest? 

More Links to Love-

-My brother's latest episode of Victorian Cut-out Theater is an absolute riot!  
-This beautiful bowtie has definately caught my eye! 
-I don't even know what I'd do with them, but Frannerd's temporary tattoos are the tops! 
-It's not too late to make some festive Christmas crackers for your friends & family to enjoy on Christmas morning! 
-Who knew TOMS was pumping out shoes as cute as these
-Which Jane Austen heroine are you? 
-Make a Comfort & Joy embroidery to give or keep it for yourself! 
-This news segment meltdown is one of the funniest things I've ever seen! 

Happy Friday & MERRY CHRISTMAS, friends! 
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