{Friday Five} 10-20-17


{This Week in Books}


I’m still working on Sleeping Beauties, but I am really enjoying it. Took me about 150 pages, but now I’m hooked!

I finished The Great Alone, and it was Kristin Hannah at her finest. Very emotional read.

I’m participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon tomorrow, so I’m hoping to read a lot this weekend!


{Stay the Path}

We went from tank tops/shorts weather to long sleeves and gloves pretty much overnight. But I am not complaining – I love this weather! It was 40 degrees the few mornings that I got to the park for my run…and there was me with my ear warmers, gloves and scarf. 😉

For whatever reason, my steps are a lot higher this week – 15,000+ most days. Not much is different from my weekly routine, although I did get 20,000 steps on Saturday (birthday party day – was on my feet pretty much all day), which was the first in a long time.


{On a Personal Note}

We had family pictures taken on Wednesday evening, and I can’t wait to see them! A friend of mine is starting her own photography business, so we offered to be her test subjects. We met at a local lake/park and the weather was perfect. I hope she gives us a sneak peak soon – I’m dying to see them!

Yesterday was the Fall Party in my daughter’s classroom. I love being able to be there for the holiday parties, although this year they are limiting the number of parents in the classrooms. I’m only ‘allowed’ to attend one party and was assigned the fall one. I don’t know how I feel about that – I opted not to be the room mom again this year, and now I’m wishing I’d jumped on it, because the room mom gets to be there for all the parties.

Today is a no school day for my daughter (teacher meeting), so I am taking her and her friend to see the new My Little Pony movie. I think it’s great that something I loved as a kid is now something my daughter loves.


 {Get in my Closet}

I may look like I’m put together most of the time, but I have zero fashion sense whatsoever and rely heavily on Pinterest and fashion blogs for help. I’m the person who’s constantly looking up ‘does this shirt match these pants’, and I’m always looking up outfits based on the season. I used Pinterest to find ideas for our family photos earlier this week. I had NO clue what to wear! Seriously, what did we do before Pinterest?!

I have a few favorite fashion blogs that I follow (on Intagram and Bloglovin) that I thought I’d share with you. What I love most is it’s affordable style (for the most part), and sometimes I’ll get lucky and have a similar item already in my closet and learn a new way to wear it!

Mrs Casual

The Fashionista’s Diary

Guise of the Villain

Vilma Iris

Loving Londyn


{So Random}

Anyone else’s child obsessed with watching Cookie Swirl C? Just mine? 😀



Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

A few weeks ago I mentioned Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon happening on Saturday, October 21. If you want to join, there’s still time to sign up!


Why I’m Excited

It’s been awhile since I last participated in the readathon.  It seems like every time one was scheduled, I already had plans that I couldn’t get out of. But not this time! For once I have nothing major going on, so I will have time to do all the reading!

The Plan

Normally Saturdays are jam packed with dance, cleaning and grocery shopping. But I’m home tomorrow (it’s also a no school day for my daughter), and I plan to get all the cleaning and shopping done. There is no dance class on Saturday morning, because they have an event that night, which I just have to drop Sunnie off and pick her up.

With no plans all day except running Sunnie to her dance thing – I am going to read, read, read! I’ll be ordering pizza for dinner (because it’s easy and less clean up time). And I’ll be doing my run on the treadmill, because I can read on my Kindle while I run. My husband will be at the lake all day, so very little interruptions. And I plan on having Sunnie participate with me for part of the day, which I know won’t be an issue – she’s all for it!

The Books

Now this is the fun part where I pick the books I want to read, and then most likely change them at the last minute. 😀

One Of Us Is Lying – I need something that is fast-paced and hard to put down. Something that will hold my attention and be quick to read. And I want to read more suspense novels this month.

Bountiful – I will need to break up my reads with something romantic and fun. I love this series and am really excited this book comes out tomorrow. These books are always quick and enjoyable reads.

Sleeping Beauties – I have been working on this book for a week, and plan to just read some chapters here and there throughout the day. I have no hope of actually finishing it soon. 😉

The Goal

I would just love to finish one book. From start to finish. I think the first two books I listed are short enough and will be quick reads, so I should be able to accomplish it. I’m not a very fast reader, so finishing one book in a day is a big deal for me!

My other goal is to have fun. I want to check in with my friends who are also participating. I plan to post updates on my Instagram and Twitter throughout the day, and will post on my blog at the end.


Have you signed up yet? What are you waiting for?!

{WWW Wednesday} 10-18-17


W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Worlds is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next. Except I’m changing it up a bit, since I can never plan what I’m reading next (moody reader). Instead I’m going to talk about a book I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’m excited about!

what i recently finished reading

 This was a very emotional read. Started out rough, but I loved it by the end.


 what i’m currently reading

 Yep, you’ll see this one for awhile.


what i have recently added to my tbr

I haven’t read a Sophie Kinsella book in years. But when I saw this one on Netgalley, and read the synopsis, I had to request it.


What Sunnie Read


After a busy week and not a lot of time to read, Sunnie is working on the same two books.


Reading anything good this week?


{Happy Monday} 10-16-17

Just a fun way to share my thoughts and recap our weekend shenanigans.


Birthday success: My husband was really surprised by the donut cake and loved it. Definitely getting the cake again for future birthdays. And his birthday party was a success. It was so nice to have our friends and family over.  We had a fire going, people playing cornhole, and the kids had fun on the trampoline. I even played a few rounds of flip cup, which I haven’t played in years. 😉 It was just a really nice night, not to mention the perfect weather we had. My husband said he had a great time, and I’m happy it was a success.

Leftovers: We rarely eat leftovers. My husband just isn’t a fan of them, and honestly, I’m not either. I’m usually not in the mood to eat the same thing several nights in a row. But, when you make a bunch of food for a party, and there’s leftovers, you eat them! The good thing was that my husband was so busy socializing that he didn’t really get to eat anything on Saturday night. So yesterday he had no problem eating leftovers all day long. And after making all that food – I was all for taking a day off from cooking. I also learned that I can make decent creamed chicken and BBQ pulled pork – we’ll definitely be repeating those dinners in the future.

Ohio weather: Hey there, 50 degrees! The weather forecast for the rest of the week is looking fabulous. Sunny and 50-70 degrees every day. THIS is fall in Ohio, and I love it. I’m about to head to the park shortly for a run – I love running in this weather. It may even be cool enough this evening to turn on the fireplace.

Clean house: I’m a neat freak. OCD. Everything has it’s place and nothing can be out of place. I vacuum daily. It’s just how I’ve always been since I was a kid. Growing up my bedroom was always immaculate. I don’t know why I am this way, but it is what it is, and my husband has learned to deal with it. 😀 I get into these cleaning/purging/organizing moods a few times a year. They are random, but once they hit, I’m on a mission. The other day I cleaned out all the storage closets, kitchen cabinets, junk drawers. I tossed several bags of trash and took 4 bags to Goodwill. It felt good! I love getting rid of stuff and having an organized house. After the party this weekend, our trash is pretty full, and it doesn’t get picked up until Wednesday. On his way out the door this morning, my husband told me not to get into one of my cleaning moods, because there’s not enough room in the trash. Ha. I think I’ll be good for a few weeks. 😉

Bookworms: After such a busy few days, all I wanted yesterday was to have a chill day. And it’s exactly what I got. I did go for a run at the park in the morning, but the rest of the day we all hung out at home, watching football and relaxing. By the end of the night, Sunnie was curled up beside me reading her book. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.






Linking up with Heather @ My Glittery Heart

{Friday Five} 10-13-17


{This Week in Books}


I really haven’t had much time to read this week. And when I finally sit down and pick up my book, I fall asleep. I am not very far into the King book – but I like it. Because I refuse to lug that monstrosity around with me, I have been reading The Great Alone on my Kindle, too. I had started it a few months ago, and wasn’t in the mood for it. Picked it back up and now I’m loving it. Mood always plays such a huge part in my reading – this is why I fail miserably at making TBR lists!!


{Stay the Path}

I promised myself I would hit at least 10k a day all month, especially on non-running days. Some days it’s tough, but I’m getting it done.  I am such a klutz that I dropped a really heavy picture on my foot this week. I manage to stub/break my toes at least once a year, so I was due for this. 😀 I’m just sucking it up and running anyway! That’s what Ibuprofen is for, right?


{On a Personal Note}

Today is my husband’s 40th birthday. Unfortunately the poor guy has to work, and he’s got me all freaked out because it’s ‘Friday the 13th’ and he’s going to be  high up on ladders all day (he works for a gutter company). Please say a little prayer for his safety.

I’m surprising him tonight with a donut cake. For the past 10 years, he’s been telling me he wants a donut cake like the one he used to get as a kid from a donut place that went out of business. I finally found a bakery that makes them – it’s basically like a giant longjohn/creamstick donut. I’m picking it up after I work in the office and can’t wait to surprise him when I get home. He had given up on ever getting a donut cake again. 🙂

Tomorrow night is the real celebration – I’m throwing him a party.  About 30 of our family and friends are coming over. It’s going to be beautiful weather, and hopefully he’ll have a great time.


 {Get in my Closet}

 It’s finally starting to feel like sweater weather in Ohio. I’ve mentioned that I get a lot of my sweaters at Target and Amazon, but another favorite place is Jane. You can find boutique quality items for a lot less than you’d pay directly from a boutique. Jane is basically like an Overstock-type website, and their inventory changes daily. But a lot of times I’ll see the same items show up again after a few weeks, and they’re usually from the same sellers. A few of my favorite long pocket cardigans came from Jane – which were actually from Tickled Teal. But where their cardigans sell for $42 on their direct website, I’ve only paid $26 for them from Jane. Nice deal, right?! And they are great quality – super soft and comfortable.

I’ve purchased a lot of items from Jane the past few years. Scarves, tunics, pants, booties – and I have loved just about everything! You can’t beat the prices, either.


{So Random}

Being a mom is hard. It’s the most important job I’ll ever have in my life. It can be scary and overwhelming at times, and there have been many times when I’ve felt like I failed my daughter. Tarryn Fisher wrote a very raw and honest post about failing as a mom, and I think it’s a must read.