{Happy Monday} 12-11-17

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

Shout out to my friend, Michelle, at That’s What She Read. I love her Sunday Reflections format and decided to incorporate something similar in my post today.

Tradition.  Every year my mom and I make Christmas cut out cookies. Sunnie loves to help – she got her baking gene from my mom, not me. We did our annual baking yesterday, and now I have way too many cookies in my house tempting me.

Date Night. On Saturday night, Nunz and I did a little shopping, ate at our favorite Italian restaurant, and then relaxed at home watching Home Alone. It was perfect.

Grateful For. You all know how much I love to run, and though some days are easier than others, there are days when I NEED it. I had a very lazy rest day on Saturday, and when I’m not active, I generally feel like crap. It felt good to get up and run on Sunday morning – I looked forward to it as much as my first cup of coffee. I’m always grateful for my ability to run.

Enjoyed. Another wonderful weekend. I also finished two books that I really enjoyed.

Looking Forward To. I’m actually using personal time today and plan on enjoying a quiet day to myself. I didn’t realize how much personal/vacation time I had left for the year – it’s enough for me to take off the rest of the month, but that’s not feasible with everything going on at work. I’ll end up taking days between Christmas and New Years’ and have to roll over a few days into the new year. I’m taking advantage today and using some hours.

Linking up with Heather @ My Glittery Heart


{Friday Five} 12-8-17

{This Week in Books}

I read more books in the past week than I’ve read in a very long time. It was great! I started Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon this week, and I’m loving it already. Her books are so fantastic. I also reserved a few books at the library. WHAT? I know, I haven’t checked out a library book in awhile (for myself – lots of library books for Sunnie), because I’m always getting my books on Amazon or Netgalley. I’d like to set a goal for 2018 to be more of a regular at the library.


{Stay the Path}

It is officially feeling like winter in Ohio. I did not venture to the park this week for my runs because brrrr. I don’t mind running on the treadmill, because it gives me more reading time. I will eventually get bored and have to get outside, but this week I was perfectly fine staying warm.


{On a Personal Note}

After two weeks of trying to fight off the crud, I went to the doctor and they gave me a z-pack. Woohoo! Feeling much better this week. Now I’m hoping we can all stay healthy the rest of the month.

It’s been a busy week between Sunnie’s dance classes and her Christmas program at school. She has dance for a good part of the day tomorrow, and then she’s going to my parents for a sleepover. I’m not sure what Nunz and I will get into – probably just go out to eat and come home to relax. My favorite kind of Saturday night. 😉 Sunday I’m making Christmas cookies with my mom, which is something we do every year. I honestly hate to bake, but Sunnie loves it so much, so I do it for her. I don’t really want a bunch of cookies in the house tempting me. 😀


 {Get in my Closet}

I don’t actually have it yet, but I ordered this really cute plaid vest from Amazon, and I can’t wait to get it. It should be getting delivered today.

Sunnie scored some adorable Christmas shirts this week thanks to her grandparents (who got them at Target).



{So Random}

Elf on the Shelf. How many of you are doing it? My daughter loves her elf, Anna, and practically jumps out of bed every morning to find her. In fact she wakes up too damn early to look for her. 😀  It brings her so much joy that it makes it worth it, even though most nights I hate having to move the stupid thing, because I’m usually remembering it right as I’m going to bed and frantically searching Pinterest for an idea. Sunnie remembers everything her elf has done for the past 3 years, so coming up with new ideas is a struggle! I have a few new ones lined up for the next couple of days, and then I’m going to have to search Pinterest again.

{WWW Wednesday} 12-6-17


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



I absolutely loved Moonlight over Manhattan! Perfect holiday read.

After a fellow blogger recommended Bright Side to me, I flew through it and the next two books in the series. It has been a long time since I read a series that quickly! I enjoyed all of them, but probably liked Gus the most. And how did I not know that Sydney and Ridge from Maybe Someday made a cameo in Franco?! That was the highlight of the book.


 what i’m currently reading

I need to squeeze in at least one more Christmasy book this year. I’ve always loved Susan Wiggs and will hopefully love this one, too.


what i have recently added to my tbr

 After enjoying the Bright Side series, I will definitely pick this one up to read at some point.


What Sunnie Read

Reading anything good this week?


{TBB Asks} Holiday Themed Q&A

These are so much fun to do!

  1. Real or Fake Tree? – Fake. I haven’t had a real tree since I was a little kid
  2. Favorite Christmas Cookie? – It’s a tie between my great grandmother’s cut out cookie recipe and Russian Tea Cakes
  3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel? – We will be home until 4 pm this year. We are usually out the door by 10 am on Christmas, so I’m looking forward to a more leisurely day.
  4. Clear or Colored Lights? – Both! For years our tree had clear lights, but this year we got a new tree that can change to both. I love it!
  5. Send Christmas Cards? – No. I did it the first year Sunnie was born and that was it.
  6. Favorite Christmas Present Received? – This answer will always be my first Kindle. My husband got it for me for Christmas the year Sunnie was born. It changed my life – being able to read and multitask!
  7. Favorite Christmas Present Given? – Every year I love seeing my daughter’s face light up when she opens her gifts. I’m excited to see her reaction this year.
  8. Stockings or No Stockings? – We just do a stocking for Sunnie. My parents still do a stocking for me and my husband every year.
  9. Christmas PJ’s? – Just for Sunnie. Her Elf on the Shelf brings her a new pair of Christmas PJ’s every year.
  10. Favorite Christmas Carol? – Carol of the Bells
  11. Favorite Holiday Tradition? – Decorating the house, watching Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story and ELF.
  12. Early Shopper or Last Minute? – Early. If I can swing it, I prefer to have most of my shopping done before Thanksgiving!
  13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show? – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  14. Favorite Holiday Beverage? – I don’t get fancy with my beverages – usually stick to my red wine and regular coffee, although I do enjoy a peppermint mocha from Dunkin once in awhile
  15. Cookies and Milk for Santa? Of course! And we leave out carrots for the reindeer.

{Happy Monday} 12-4-17

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

Shout out to my friend, Michelle, at That’s What She Read. I love her Sunday Reflections format and decided to incorporate something similar in my post today.

Book friends.  I was fortunate enough to meet and have coffee with one of my favorite book bloggers this weekend! We found out that we don’t live too far from each other, so we made plans for coffee and to swap some books. Stephanie (Stephanie’s Book Reviews) is the sweetest, and I loved chatting and getting to know her in person! She let me borrow a few books that I’m really excited to read. If you haven’t yet, go visit her blog!

More friend time. On Saturday, Sunnie had a birthday party for a friend in her class that was being held a town over at a tea room. One of my oldest friends lives close by, so I called to see if she would be home and we met for lunch while Sunnie was at the party. We hadn’t seen each other in a long time, and it was so nice to catch up!

Grateful For. NyQuil. It helped me get through the weekend, and although I woke up feeling foggy and tired this morning, I don’t feel as crappy as I have the past few days. I’m also grateful for coffee right at this moment.

Enjoyed. Kim Holden’s books. I’m almost done reading the second book in this series, and I will probably have to get the next book immediately. Thank you, Stephanie (Wife Mommy Me), for the recommendation!

Looking Forward To. Running at the park later this morning! It’s gonna be almost 60 degrees today! Craziness.

Linking up with Heather @ My Glittery Heart