Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017 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, and 2016 (which I did not complete. Boo.) 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, ammaright? 

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, except for 2016. The year we shall not speak of. 

2017 was a great reading year! I returned to university in August, and yet I still completed and surpassed my goal of 60 books by reading 61 books! I know that I'm going to have to work extra hard to keep up the pace this year, with a goal of 65 books, but I think I'm up to the challenge! 

In case you're looking for a few books to add to your own list, here are the my highlights from 2017:

March Books 1 & 2 by John Lewis- 

The Dark Tower Series (Books 1 & 2)-

Best Non-Fiction: The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea-

Best Children's Literature: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick-

Least Favorite of the Year-

I encourage you to start your own Goodreads challenge as 2018 begins! It's definitely not too late! 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!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Favorite Friday Favorites #169

1. I Started my Second Semester This Week-

And this accurately represents my Monday morning feelings. And Tuesday through Friday feelings......

Yeah, I'm a damn delight every single day. 


2. Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events-

As a big fan of the Lemony Snicket book series of same name, I was really excited to see what Netflix did with A Series of Unfortunate Events!  After finishing it earlier this week, I can tell you that it's dark, hilarious, and captures the feeling of the books perfectly! 

If you haven't seen it yet, check it out this winter while the weather is gross and your couch is calling to you! I think you'll join me in hoping they produce a second season! 

3. New Music (Videos)- 

4. This Dino Crew Neck Slays Me-

Seriously. I'm extinct.....

I'll show myself out. 


5. It's Been Nine Years Since Mama Passed Away-

It's insane that something that happened just a year shy of a decade ago feels like it occured yesterday. I wrote this on the 6th anniversary of her passing and it's still relevant today. I will miss you until the very second we meet again. And then? 

Then we'll party. :) 

Ain't she a beaut? 

More Links to Love-

-This swimsuit is an absolute dream! 
-I would almost always rather be positive than negative. But sometimes you just need to sit with the negative without trying to dress it up. Side note: Roxanne Gay is a stone-cold badass. Period. 
-Cat faux thigh highs? Sign me up! 
-Please read this. And then read it again. 
-Not often does Twitter make you actually feel better about the world. This tweet will. #wolfarmy

Happy Friday, friends!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Favorite Friday Favorites #168

1. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel- 

I recently finished this fabulous Amazon prime show and I HIGHLY recommend it! I've heard a few people mention that they were shocked by the language as it's much more than Gilmore Girls. In my opinion, the language isn't gratuitous and makes sense given that the show isn't on network tv. If you're a prime member, what are you doing? Get on over to Amazon and get watching this awesome show! I don't want to have to tell you again! If you're not, why not use your free trial to watch this? Then you can join me in hoping that Mrs. Maisel gets a well-deserved second season! 

2. New Music (Videos)-

3. Storyland Cross Stitch- 

I picked cross stitch back up this Christmas break but decided that I only wanted to stitch designs that I love. No country chic samplers for me. Enter in What Delilah Did and Sophie Simpson's beautiful designs! I started with a foxy little scamp below and couldn't be more pleased with my progress! This should serve as a crafty outlet during the semester when my brain is too tired to paint and draw my own designs. 

If you're interested in embroidery or cross stitch, I highly recommend looking into these beautiful books! Learn more about Sophie and What Delilah Did here


4. These Gorgeous Embroidery Scissors-

5. This Woodland Dress-

Isn't this fabric a dream?! If anyone knows the source of this picture, please let me know! I would love to give them credit! I would also love to know where to buy this dress or find the fabric! 

More Links to Love-

-Inspired by my love of The Great British Bakeoff and butter, I am drooling over making these palmiers! Who wants to be my taste-tester? 
-This bad-ass babe notebook! Isn't she the tops? 
-A reading challenge for the new year! Looking for more ways to push yourself in reading this year? Join the Goodreads 2018 reading challenge! Guaranteed to increase the number of books you read this year! 
-Oh, for Pete's sake! This is so tacky and I love it! Doesn't it remind your of Umbridge's office in the Harry Potter series? 
-Look at these precious angels
-These amazing satirical miniatures by German artist, Frank Kunert are worth a look! 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #167

1. December's Playlist-

2. New Music (Videos)-

3. Consider This- 

4. Button Up Skirts are my Jam-

I have thrifted two of these bad boys now and I'm having so much fun styling them for winter! I like me an A-line cut (Hello, hip city!) and these skirts really deliver! Throw on a pair of opaque black tights and some booties and you're all set for frolicking and merriment! Check your local thrift store for one of your very own! 


5. Vacationland by John Hodgman-

I finished this fabulous book right before Christmas and I highly recommend it! It's hilarious, touching, and heartbreaking at times and John Hodgman's voice comes through, clear as a bell. If you're looking for a book to end or begin the year with, this should be it! 

More Links to Love-

-As you can see from above, I've been all about NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. I have always loved listening to this segment on the radio, but I didn't know that you could actually watch the concerts! Check them out if you want to get buried in some of the best music in the land! 
-Listen. If you want to blow an hour on the internet, head on over to and look for merch from your favorite Disney film. I'm especially fond of a few items including this Mr. Toad bowl. I love me an obscure Disney film, ya'll! 
-This talented gal  has an art opening at John Galt in Greeley on January 5th. If you live locally, you need to come check it out! 
-Lori Beth forever.....
-I picked up one of these planners from Michaels during their planner sale and I am so excited to start the new year off with a clean slate, so to speak! Is it just me or does a new planner just make you feel like anything could happen this year? Like you could work towards making 2018 the best year yet? 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #166

1. Music for your Ride Home from your Family Thanksgiving-

2. These Christmas Ads are Adorable-

3. This Striped Dress is Gorgeous-

And it would be perfect for the holiday season! 


4. New Music (Videos)-

5. Look at This Adorable Gift Wrap-

Wouldn't you love to open one of these up on Christmas morning? 


More Links to Love-

-This sweater is amazing!
-This Wes Anderson alphabet poster
-This blue vintage frock is fab! And RubyThreadsVintage is having a sale right now! 
-My sister-in-law made this cheeseball for Thanksgiving dinner and it was SOO good! Try it out for your next holiday party!
-As if I couldn't love them more, Modcloth went and shut down for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. More large companies should really take a note! 

Happy Friday and Happy day after Thanksgiving, Friends!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #165

1. Consider This-

2. New Music (Videos)-

3. Every Dress Ms. Frizzle Ever Wore 94'-97'-


4. This Bat Shift Dress is the Tops-

And I wouldn't even relegate this baby to Halloween attire! You heard me! I'd wear this dress any chance I could get! 


More Links to Love: 

-Listen. I don't watch anything with Drew Scott in it (I'm not one for home improvement shows, people! Don't judge me too harshly for it!), but this is really funny & the gnocchi tots actually look really good!
-If Trae Crowder is selling, I'm buying. This. This is important. 

-These strawberry turnovers look AH-mazing!
-Watch this, but don't read the comments. Just trust me.
-Some great tips for when the bottom falls out of your professional life.
-DIY cardboard jewelry for your kiddos or yourself! 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #164

1. Consider This-

I recently returned to college classes after a twelve year hiatus & one of the hardest things for me to come to terms with is that I can't do all the things I was doing before now that I'm taking 16 credit hours.

And that's okay.

I have this propensity to want to do all the things while running myself ragged in the process & that's just not going to work anymore. Seeing this little reminder this morning calmed my worries.

I hope it does the same for you.


2. Rick's First Friday Show-

If you live in the Northern Colorado area, we'd love to see you tonight at John Galt Coffee Company! Rick has been working his little butt off for this show & all the hard work has definitely paid off! Can you tell I'm a proud wife-bird? If you can't make it tonight but would still love to see the art, the show will be up all this month! Check it out! 

3. New Music (Videos)-

4. Train by Danny Cohen- 

Do yourself a favor & read this beautiful, heartbreaking & inspiring novel. You won't be disappointed. 

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But don't just take my word for it. Check out this great resource where you can read the first 50 pages of this important & timely novel. 

5. August's Playlist-

More Links to Love-

-I recently stumbled upon Zoetrope: All-Story while browsing around my local newsstand & I was really impressed with the issue I flipped through. Zoetrope is a literary magazine founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997. It primarily explores the intersection of story, art, fiction & film. I really look forward to picking up my very own copy soon!  
-Oh, James Cameron
-This is important & absolutely worth the 56 minutes you'll spend watching it. If you live in Northern Colorado & know nothing or very little about the Chicano civil rights movement, watch this now. 
-I used to do FatMumSlim's monthly photo challenges every month. I might have to give this one a go. 
-Helping after Hurricane Harvey. 

Happy Friday, Friends!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Favorite Friday Favorites #163

1. Consider This-


2. This Hedgehog Tea Infuser-


3. These Old Navy Jeans-

Now, listen. I'm not normally a jegging type of girl, but I was at Old Navy this past week trying on some jeans (since I really struggle with finding good-fitting jeans at the thrift store) & I grabbed these on a whim. Well, they fit like a damn glove, kids! The only bummer is that the front pockets are fake & sewed shut. Why, Old Navy? WHY? Regardless, these bad boys are definitely on my list to pick up at least one pair for fall! 


4. This Vintage Star Map-


5. The House of Shadows-

If you're in the Greeley/Ft. Collins area, come on down to the Atlas theater on Saturday night at 7 for the third installment of the House of Shadows "Project 1950"! You won't be disappointed! Get all the pertinent deets here or take a look at this fabulous poster! I've never looked better, kids! 

Poster design by the endlessly talented Jordan Nicholson! Seriously. We're not worthy. 

More Links to Love-

-I love the cut of this top & the message! 
-Greeley's first annual Monster Day is going to be off the hook! 
-How to make fun of Nazis.
-I'm in the market for a new backpack & I'm leaning towards this one or this one
-My pastor & friend announced his candidacy for Greeley-Evans Schools District 6 School Board & that is a definite favorite! 
-You can watch the first episode of the DuckTales reboot & it is sooooo good! 

Happy Friday, Friends!
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