{Friday Five} 10-19-18

Here are 5 things giving me joy.

 

{Finally Fall}

We went from 80’s to 50’s in a matter of days. In Ohio, there’s no in between. But, I’m happy to see the arrival of fall and the death of all the annoying bugs. This is my favorite time of year to run outside, too.

Also, I thought it would be fun to do a little home tour of my fall/Halloween decor (thanks, Stephanie, for the idea). I like to keep things very minimal in my house, including my decorations, and I stick to just the living room and kitchen. Anything I don’t use I donate or let Sunnie use to decorate her bedroom.

Kitchen: I have a little wine station that I put out for Halloween and Christmas, because I only have Halloween and Christmas themed wine glasses. 😀 I also added a few cute fall mugs to my collection from Pottery Barn – they are on sale!

99% of my decor is from Target. Including everything seen in both of these pictures. I just got the gray pumpkins from the Target dollar bins this week. I was excited to find pumpkins that match my living room.

Again, all of the decor on the mantle, including the banner, is from Target. And it’s always from their dollar bins. I love my black skull and purple and black pumpkins. I don’t love the giant pumpkins on the floor, but we’ll be carving those soon. 😀

The Bottle of Boos I just got a few weekends ago when we went to a local pumpkin patch. I had to have it. The cute little Boo pillow is another Target bin find.

And that’s it! I decorate the most for Halloween. I’ll leave some of the pumpkins out for November, and I have a ‘Give Thanks’ banner (from Target…shocking) that I will hang on the mantle, but the rest of my decor is very minimal. Until Christmas. But I’ve even cut way back on my Christmas decorations, and I plan to get rid of a lot more of it this year.

 

{Husband’s Birthday}

Nunzio’s birthday was on Saturday, and even though he had to work the night shift, we tried to make the most of the day with him. Sunnie and I surprised him with his favorite cake and some new shirts and then we went out to dinner.

 

{Pumpkin Patch Fun}

Nunz and I took Sunnie and one of her best friends to the local pumpkin patch a few weekends back. It was before the weather changed drastically and was super hot out, but we still had fun. We went early to beat the crowd and the worst of the heat!

 

 {Career Day}

Sunnie asked me to come into the school last week for their career day and talk to her class about my job. I don’t have the most exciting job to talk about (Executive Administrative Assistant), but I won the kids over with strawberry scented pencils. 😉

 

{NKOTB}

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on my blog before, but I’m a big NKOTB fan. I’ve been to almost all of their concerts in the past 10 years, since they started touring again. They announced their Mixtape Tour this week, and I’m going with several of my dance mom friends! It also happens to be the night of my birthday (May 4). Great birthday present!

 

 

Hope you all have a great weekend, and thanks for reading!

 

{WWW Wednesday} 10-17-18

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

     

Cress was definitely my favorite of the series.

Most of my book friends didn’t like Paper Ghosts, so I went into it with very low expectations. I ended up loving it! It was perfectly creepy. I couldn’t put it down.

 

 what i’m currently reading

  

My buddy read of A Discovery of Witches with Renee from It’s Book Talk has been temporarily put on hold. We’re going to pick it back up in a few weeks.

I’m loving Winter, although it’s super long. I’m at the halfway point now.

The Craftsman is probably the one book I’m most excited to read this month!

 

what i have recently added to my tbr

I’ve been seeing lots of great reviews for this one, and I was excited to receive a review copy!

 

WHAT SUNNIE READ

  

  

I decided to bring back What Sunnie Read, because she has been reading a lot lately, and I love it!

 

 

 

Reading anything good this week?

{WWW Wednesday} 10-10-18

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 didn’t love The Clockmaker’s Daughter like everyone else seems to. It was good, but it felt like it drug on in the middle and got bogged down with too many details. I will still try another book by this author in the future – her writing is beautiful.

Cross Her Heart was just okay. I liked the authors last book more.

I feel like each book in the series just gets better (but longer), and I really liked Scarlet.

 

 what i’m currently reading

 

Third time’s a charm, right? I was actually almost halfway into A Discovery of Witches last time I picked it up, but it’s been so long that I don’t remember anything and have to start from the beginning again. I’m buddy reading this with Renee from It’s Book Talk in hopes it will make me want to finish it!

I think Cress is my favorite of the series so far. I love Thorne. 😀 This book and the final book are long and will take me some time to get through.

 

what i have recently added to my tbr

I’m a big Harlan Coben fan, and I get excited about his book releases every year. He’s only ever disappointed me once – hoping this one is another good one!

 

Reading anything good this week?

{Top Ten Tuesday} Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being featured on That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the Longest Books You’ve Ever Read.

I admit that I avoid reading long books. They intimidate me and I think about how many smaller books I can read in the same amount of time. I’m trying to get better about it.

There are actually 12 books here – I grouped them together either by series or author or both.

 

Always and forever a Twilight fan. I loved all of these books. The Host took me 3 tries before I could get into it, and then I remember reading the entire book in a day.

One of the most unique and fun series I’ve ever read. I didn’t care one bit how long they were because they were all so good.

It seems like every book by this author is super long. I really enjoyed both of these books, but felt they could’ve definitely been shorter and would’ve still gotten the point across.

I honestly don’t remember a thing about either of these books, but I must’ve liked them, because they both got 5 stars. Lol.

I was in the minority on both of these books. Didn’t really care for either one of them, even though the hype was BIG at the time.

 

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?

 

 

{WWW Wednesday} 10-3-18

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 think Waiting on You is my favorite of the series so far. I’m waiting on my audio holds for the last two books in the series.

I’ve wanted to read this Marissa Meyer series for awhile, so I decided to try the audio version. I didn’t love it in the beginning, but it grew on me by the end, and now I need to listen to the next book.

 

 what i’m currently reading

 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a slow read, but I’m still enjoying it. I’m anxious to see how everything plays out in the end. I’m so close to finishing that I will probably be done with it by the time this post goes live.

I’m reading Cross Her Heart as part of a book club/discussion on Instagram. This was one of my BOTM choices, so I’m excited to get into it (and finally read one of my BOTM books…as they keep piling up).

 

what i have recently added to my tbr

I had several blog friends recommend this one recently. Excited to have a copy and saving it for one of my holiday reads.

 

Reading anything good this week?