Saturday, December 31, 2016

December Photo-a-Day Part 2: my month in pictures


Not a hefty load of pictures today, I actually am missing five, but I'm also writing this 4 days late too....so oops. I'm going to backdate it and leave it at that. I'll pretend that I really published it when I was supposed to LOL.

We watched Elf together and I snapped this picture because it was so funny and cute. Saydee cuddled up between the two kids, licking on Cami, Bella chilling in the background, Nick laying on Cami LOL // SpiderElf, SpiderElf // For our 10th wedding anniversary, Nick picked me up an Aerogarden because the chipmunks ate all of my plants this past summer. It's the coolest thing ever. // Wolfy tail // My Bella kitteh.

We are beyond blessed with a big family and it's grown a lot in 2016 with two new littles added from my husband's sisters. Mason loves his little cousins! Here he is hugging on his 7 mo old cousin, Ezra. // We decided to let Mason skip his nap on Christmas Day to maximize our family time...he fell asleep during Christmas dinner. // My brother-in-law has been helping redo our mantle and fireplace area each time he comes into town. The boys (Nick and Big Mason) built shelves, placed the mantle on, and mounted the tv this time around. They're hoping to do the stone and set in the insert properly in February and that should be it! // Big Mason and Kathleen (my husband's sister) brought their dog Klaus down and Saydee was so sad when he left :( // A week into germination and my little herb garden has some sprouts!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season - no matter what holiday, if any, you celebrated, and I hope everyone has a safe, prosperous, and happy 2017. xoxo

Monday, December 26, 2016

Plan With Sarah E. | 20


I recorded this way back in June so it may be a little weird with me talking about little Mason or what not. And this is my last old video, so from here on out it's all new and current and YAY. Hope y'all have an amazing NYE and the best 2017 ever :)



Monday, December 19, 2016

Plan With Sarah E. | 19


I cannot believe it's the week of Christmas already!! So crazy. I am in love with this Ninny Muggins kit from Little Dog Paper Co. It's not overly red and green, but still Christmas enough to make me happy. Plus...it's Elf, so there's that!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

December Photo-a-Day Part 1: my month in pictures



I have no idea what day it is...well, I do, but it definitely takes me a hot minute each day to figure things out. Nick has worked two weekends in December and now he's on vacation. When he works weekends, I feel like it's Monday on a Saturday and then I just lose track of my days. I was supposed to get this up on Thursday the 15th, but failed to do so. I had my pictures ready to go, but forgot to log onto my blog and make this post. I know it's highly doubtful that I will get back on track until my big kids go back to school in January. *sigh* I need an adult! So let me show you what is going on in my neck of the woods!

Mason has discovered boxes and they are one of his favorite things now. Although he got really angry when he couldn't fit all the way in this one.
Cami made her Turkey in Disguise into Elsa and the sign says "Let it Go-bble" which she came up with herself and I thought was just absolutely hilarious. // Another box for the Little // I decided to not take the stroller with when we took Cami to her ENT appointment (which went very well) and Mason did pretty well. Still not there where we can do no stroller all the time. // I'm trying to break Saydee of this habit after transferring a million pictures of her like this one LOL

Monday, December 12, 2016

Plan With Sarah E. | 18


I decided to do a sped-up Plan With Me this week and love how it turned out. This week in general is just so gorgeous and I love it. I am using Creating and Co's Peppermint Twist kit and added in the KPL Plans Christmas Countdown stickers, as well as, Once More With Love's December Wacky Holidays. Those three shops are linked in my video description and I will be back next Monday for another Plan With Me :)


Thursday, December 8, 2016

November Monthly View


It looks so empty here, but I still love it. I used a glossy monthly kit from Scribble Prints Co and added some Once More With Love, Little Dog Paper Co, Planner Belle Press, and Let's Make It Sparkle in there. Links, as always, are in the description on Youtube.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Books I Read in November


The Empty Throne by Cayla Kluver - 2 stars (DNF)
BOOK 2 IN THE HEIRS OF CHRIOR TRILOGY

I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
I try to make it 10% through books before I decide to put them down if I don't like them. Because I adored the first book so much, I tried very hard to make it through this book, but unfortunately had to "DNF" it at 25%. It definitely fell victim to second-bookitis. The plot moved like pondwater.

Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu - 3.5 stars (finished 11/2)
I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
I'm really into the crime scene right now. It's basically all I'm reading and watching at the moment. I thought I would enjoy a story where a girl goes missing and the best friend is the main character and suspect.

Kadence is a royal bitch. Let's just get that straight right off the bat. Lauren is the "yes" person that Kadence has chosen as a best friend and Lauren feels she is so lucky to have her until she gets an infection that puts her on total vocal rest. Not a big deal unless you are being pressured to continue singing with your best friend after a video she posted of the two of you goes viral. Eventually, Kadence gets fed up with Lauren's recovery time and decides it's time for her to go solo. Then Kadence goes missing and all signs point to Lauren being responsible.

I like this book and I disliked it. It was written well and was very readable, but the characters weren't necessarily my favorite. I felt there needed to be a little more substance in the storyline. The ending was quite surprising though - I have to admit.


Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige - 2.5 stars (finished 11/27)
BOOK 1 IN THE STEALING SNOW TRILOGY

I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
I was really excited about this book going into it, but ended up more disappointed than anything. The story definitely has/had a lot of potential and I will definitely be reading others' reviews of the sequels, but I will not be reading them myself. I think there was a lot of filler, a lot of stuff that didn't make sense in the story, and it did seem to drag on quite a bit.

Monday, December 5, 2016

November Collective Sticker Haul


Now that it's December, I get to start my new video schedule where I post Mondays and Thursdays. Next Monday, I will be starting the Plan With Me Mondays and my extra videos, like hauls and monthly PWMs will be posted on Thursdays. Today I have my November haul to share with y'all. All the shops are tagged in the video's description on Youtube!


Friday, December 2, 2016

October Collective Sticker Haul

I failed really hard at my controlled spend in October...and November, so this haul and the November haul are quite lengthy. All shops are tagged on my Youtube channel :)


Thursday, December 1, 2016

December TBR List + Upcoming Releases


I finished 2 books in November and DNF'd 1. Not ideal, but it happened. I'm hoping to finish at least 4 this month. It would be incredibly nice to finish 11 and meet my goal of reading 45 books this year, but I highly doubt it'll happen. I don't want to get my hopes up.

Possible reads:
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
  • White Cat by Holly Black - new series
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga - new series




What books do you hope to read this month?
What releases are you excited for?



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Photo-a-Day Part 2: my month in pictures


I can't tell you all how excited I am to not be dong this post anymore in 2017. It's too much for me, especially this time of year. So I will have two more of these and then be doing a short weekly post on Fridays :)

My weekdays are spent hanging out with these three: Presley, Saydee, and Mason. // I cannot believe how big Mason has gotten - Matthew picked him up for comparison's sake. // My sweet Rosie Riveter little niece :) // 40 degrees means I got to steal Nick's hoodie LOL // Our family makes the cutest kids...my little nephew, Ezra, is sitting unassisted now and will be crawling, walking, and talking before we know it!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Plan With Sarah E. | 17


I scrapped my original reserved kit for this week and used this Pumpkin Spice kit from Nicole Alexia Designs. I was going to try a Plan as I Go type style PWM and then it just morphed into this look, which I actually really like :) Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

October Monthly


I finally got to film a Plan With Me with my new camera, despite it being a monthly view spread. And it's my first monthly PWM, so it's even stranger for me LOL. This monthly kit is from Little Dog Paper Co and I used some Once More With Love Munchkins and Scotch glitter tape as well.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Photo-a-Day Part 1: my month in pictures


November is already half over and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly the last few months of the year fly by. Here's what we have been up to in the first part of the month!

My little chunk (he's wearing shorts and they rode up LOL) in his new Chucks! // Yoda ears // Those grins - he is rotten and he knows it // When your dad steals your cheese...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Plan With Sarah E. | 16


This is a sped-through for the week of December 5th thru 11th. I had a straight up panic moment this morning when I realized I had already posted the video that was supposed to go live today (that was for this week's spread). Turns out I have so many things written down in different places and they are all wrong LOL. This is my first time using a Serena's Stickers (Shop) kit and I loved it :)



Friday, November 4, 2016

Books I Read in October


Because I Love You by Tori Rigby - 4 stars (finished 10/6)
I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
I chose to request this book because it dealt with something that hits close to home for me: teenage pregnancy. I was 17 when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. The MC, Andie, is slightly younger at age 16 and has a slightly different life than me, but still I knew I was going to relate in some ways to her and I was excited to read her story.

Being pregnant before graduating is about the only thing I have/had in common with Andie. It was pretty different otherwise. Andie is the co-captain of the cheerleading squad, but once she finds out she is pregnant, she is not only slut-shamed but treated like she is a leper. The degree of bullying once she finds out she is pregnant is not something I experienced and it was incredibly heartbreaking. She is basically ostracized by nearly everyone in school before she makes the switch to being homeschooled. The only people she has left are an ex-boyfriend she reconnects with after she finds out she is expecting and a new friend she has made after everyone else refuses to have anything to do with the pregnant girl.

I really loved this book despite the 4-star rating, but I docked a star because there was some plot whiplash. A lot of back and forth and I am not really a huge fan there. And it didn't really have much to do with pregnancy hormones - because I have been there (three times now) and know how that goes. I did cry in like half the book though, so that means I did really connect with the characters and the story. The end was not what I expected and I did like that too. Although I did hold out that Andie would choose differently.

The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras - 3.5 stars (finished 10/11)
I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
The synopsis of this book said nothing about anxiety that the MC, Viviana, deals with when it's a huge part of the plot. I would have been even more inclined to read this book because of it, even though the current synopsis caught my attention.

Vivi strives to overachieve due to the unrealistic pressures her father has placed on her. She's got her eyes on the Stanford prize because that is what is expected of her. She ends up riddled with anxiety after her now-ex-boyfriend makes a private picture of Vivi go viral after she dumps him via text. I can really relate to her anxiety and panic attacks having experienced pretty awful anxiety over the last 6 months.

I felt like the story needed more development though. It was good, but it was definitely lacking. It needs more. I wasn't really a big fan of Vivi's bestie, Sammie, and I felt that her 8 year old sister, Mila, was written entirely too young - I have an 8 year old daughter. I feel like Mila reads/acts more around 6 years old or so. Professor Cox was also another really strange addition to the story that was completely confusing.

Bitter Blue by Jennifer Estep - 5 stars (finished 10/20)
BOOK 14 IN THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES

I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
It's hard to leave a review without spoiling some major plotlines of other books that have come previously, but I will say that I really enjoyed this one. I felt like the recaps weren't too prominent like in some past books - they were more useful than just fillers. The plotline had me slackjawed. It was SO good. Finn was quite frustrating, as was the new character. You just wanted to shake them both. The ending was great too. I love seeing where this is going! Thoroughly impressed with this one!

Unraveled by Jennifer Estep - 4 stars (finished 10/25)
BOOK 15 IN THE ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES

I was gifted this book via Netgalley.
I felt like this was Bitter Bite part two and loved it. It's rare that you get to see a bad guy more than once in this series because Gin is so very good at her "job". I loved the flashbacks to Gin's childhood and more of a glimpse of her life before Mab stepped in. Overall, another great book in the series and, of course, now I am dying to read the next book. January cannot come soon enough!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

September Sticker Haul


I am so excited to share some of my sticker goodies that arrived in the month of September. I am still playing catch up but hope to have a better schedule soon :) In fact, I believe in December I will be on track. This video features stickers from Little Dog Paper Co, Once More With Love, Nicole Alexia Designs, and Station Stickers. Links to all those shops are in my video description on Youtube.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November TBR List + Upcoming Releases


I read 4 books last month which is what I'm supposed to read each month, however, I am still 5 books behind schedule of my goal of reading 45 books in 2016. I am nearly finished with my current read and then I'm not sure exactly what I'll read next. I may go back to finishing up the Southern Vampire Mystery series once and for all. I think I only have 3 or 4 books left to read in that series. But we will see :) I think next year I am not going to keep trying to read the books I had on my monthly "schedule" from 2 years ago and just read what I want to read when I want to read it, which is really what I've been doing anyways.

Possible reads:
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Married with Zombies by Jesse Peterson - new series
  • Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind - reread
  • Reboot by Amy Tintera - new series


Unnatural Deeds // The Diabolic // The Friendship Experiment // We Are Still Tornadoes (Netgalley) // Double Down // The Amateurs // Saving Hamlet // The Sun is Also a Star // Heartless // Scrappy Little Nobody // Flashfall // This is Our Story // Turbo Twenty-Three // Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins // Of Fire and Stars


What books do you hope to read this month?
What releases are you excited for?

Monday, October 31, 2016

October Photo-a-Day Part 2: my month in pictures


I'm actually going to be getting my photo-a-day up on the right day! GO ME!! Here is what we have been up to in the second part of October:

Mason enjoying some pancakes for dinner :) // We celebrated the founder of Girl Scouts' birthday at our last meeting. Cami and I made 50 cupcakes for the troop. // I have literally the cutest nephew ever! // And my little niece is quite the cutie pie too!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Plan With Sarah E. | 15


Another glorious morning...makes me sick! :) I'm sharing my current week's spread in my Erin Condren that features Pretty Sheepy's Hocus Pocus kit...because HOCUS POCUS! Shops are tagged in my video description on Youtube. Thanks for watching!