Blog Break

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for a while. Not sure for how long, but I’ll still be posting updates on Goodreads and Instagram if you want to follow me there. Links are on the right side of my page.

As always, I appreciate every one of you who reads and comments on my posts. ❤️


{Friday Five} 2-16-18


I am reading The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon, and I’m loving it so much. My evenings have been busy, so I’m not as far into the book as I’d like to be. The only reading time I’ve had all week is when I’m on the treadmill. I’m hoping to make some time to relax and read on Sunday.

When I was able to sit down and read a little bit on Tuesday – with the Amy Harmon mug I won in a giveaway.



Tonight I need to do grocery shopping, laundry and get everything ready for the dance competition tomorrow. Honestly, I’m more nervous about tomorrow than Sunnie. I keep worrying I’m going to forget to take something, like one of her costumes. I’m super organized, but this first competition has me wound up. And of course I want Sunnie to have fun and enjoy the experience.



I’ve had to move around my training days a bit this week, because of my work schedule and needing to be in the office several days. Looking forward to my long run on Sunday. I’ll especially need it after the next few days.



Target strikes again, but it was under $15!

A New Day Long Sleeve Plaid

And I love this camo sweatshirt I found on Amazon.




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

{WWW Wednesday} 2-14-18


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!


Happy Valentine’s Day!

what i recently finished reading


The Hazel Wood was good, although it got confusing to me towards the end. Still a fun fantasy read. The Beau & the Belle was an adorable romance I really enjoyed. I loved Girl, Wash Your Face. And now I’m loving following Rachel Hollis on Instragram.


 what i’m currently reading


I’m enjoying The Idea of You – it’s a very addicting read. I’m hoping something major happens to give me a reason to love it – right now it’s just good but not amazing, like I was hoping.

Colleen Hoover is writing a book and posting the chapters in real time, on Wattpad (a free app), for her fans to read. Because she’s awesome. It’s the sequel to Maybe Someday, so you need to have read that book first. Each day she’s publishing one or two chapters, so I’m reading as they’re posted.

The Smallest Part. The book I’m most excited about this year. I just started it yesterday.



what i have recently added to my tbr

I am one of the few who hasn’t read Kepnes’ books. I tried picking up You and couldn’t get through it. This one sounds interesting, so I’m willing to give her another shot.


What Sunnie Read



Reading anything good this week?


{Top Ten Tuesday} What Love Means To Me

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 Love Freebie, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I decided to talk about some of the things that make me feel loved (by my husband) and other things that I associate with love.

I used to be a hopeless romantic in my younger days, and loved all things having to do with the holiday. Candy, flowers, romantic dinners, etc. As I’ve gotten older, it’s other little signs of love and affection that give me all the feels.

Acts of kindness. They may be the simplest displays of affection, but they don’t go unnoticed. For example, my husband holding my hand and walking me to the car yesterday morning, because it was icy and he didn’t want me to fall. Offering to make dinner or run to the store for me. Moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer. I don’t know if he realizes it, but these small gestures make a world of difference to me.

Meaningful ‘gifts’ that cost nothing. I prefer a hand-written note over a card any day. Flowers are nice once in awhile, when they are unexpected. But I would prefer my husband not to spend any money at all and just do something thoughtful, like cleaning and detailing my car. Which is my gift this week, and I am honestly SO happy about it. My car is a filthy mess and needs to be cleaned out badly. I hate doing it, and he’s so good at it. This gift means so much more to me than flowers or chocolates or cards.

Quiet time together. After having a busy day, there’s really nothing I love more than relaxing together in the evenings. Whether we talk, watch a show we enjoy, or I read and he watches his own show, cozy evenings together at home are my favorite thing in the world.

Cooking. I’ve said it many times – I’m immensely grateful for a husband who cooks. Having him help me in the kitchen makes our evenings go so much smoother. And we eat better when he cooks. 😉

Cheerleader/Motivator. I’m fortunate that Nunzio supports my love of running and my need to live a healthier life. He knows I have to run several days a week, and depending on our schedules I will fit it in whenever I can. From the first day of my weight loss journey, he was my biggest support system and has continued to be a voice of encouragement whenever I need it.

More love not related to the husband:

My daughter’s hugs and hearing her laughter

Coffee (especially that first cup in the morning)

Sunshine (oh how I’m craving some sun right now)

A glass of Pinot Noir

Reading a great book

My sweet kitties

What are some things that make you feel loved or that mean love to you?

{Happy Monday} 2-12-18

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

Goodbye Weekend. Friday night Sunnie had a sleepover at a friends house, so Nunz and I went out to dinner and stopped to have a few drinks, still managing to be home by 8:00. I then fell asleep on the couch, because apparently I’m a 90 year old woman. 😀 Saturday and Sunday were typical days – cleaning, dance practice, and resting up for the week. Although the weekends go so fast, at least the sun is out today, and the weather is warming up this week. I’m hoping the rain holds off long enough to run outside a few days.

Dance Dance. First competition is this Saturday. We have the schedule – Sunnie will be in 5 routines from 8 am until 1 pm. We have to be there (with make up and hair done) by 7 am, and will have to stay until after 5 pm, because of the later awards ceremony. I’m thankful this first venue is only 45 minutes from home. Sunnie is really excited, and as it gets closer, I’ll be the one who’s a nervous wreck. 😉

Grateful For. A husband that cooks. Nunz found this Bacon Ranch Chicken recipe online and made it over the weekend. New favorite meal.

Enjoyed. Reading Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I’m not much of a nonfiction reader, but I really loved this book.

Looking Forward To. Amy Harmon’s new book, The Smallest Part, releases tomorrow. This is my most anticipated book of the year, so you can imagine how excited I am to read it.

Linking up with Heather @ My Glittery Heart