This Week’s Five!!!

 

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It’s that time again! Time to find five recent things that have made me happy or I’ve found interesting.

  1. I’ve been doing a lot of for fun reading.
  2. I’m making progress on my #GardenWithJulia project.
  3. We are now gaining sunlight every day!
  4. I’ve made really good food this week.
  5. I’ve been having fun with the S. Usher Evans street team competition that’s going on!

How about you? What positive things have you experienced this week?

Review – The Reader by Traci Chee

I’d been seeing a little bit of The Reader on Twitter, and thought the cover was beautiful. When I found out Traci Chee is going to be at YAKFest, I thought it would be a good excuse to read this book 😉 I borrowed the kindle edition from my library on Overdrive. Continue reading “Review – The Reader by Traci Chee”

#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Winter Sowing

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Hello there! I bet you didn’t think you’d see a gardening post so soon! Last year I came across an idea called “winter sowing.” Basically, you sow the seeds you want to grow in a plastic container and set it outside during the winter. In colder climates (those with freezing temps/snow), this is a way to get a jump on the gardening season. It’s hard to find much info on winter sowing in warm climates, mostly because I think there’s not really a need for it. BUT! I figure there’s no harm in trying, right? I already have all the materials, and if nothing comes from it, I’ve lost nothing, and gained experience I wouldn’t have if I didn’t try at all. Continue reading “#GardenWithJulia 2017 – Winter Sowing”

Review – Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby has been on my radar for a while. But honestly the push for me to finally check this out from my library’s Overdrive is that Ritter will be at an event I’m attending at the end of the month. I haven’t read books by most authors appearing there, and his was available, so…yeah. Choice made. Continue reading “Review – Jackaby by William Ritter”

This Week’s Five!!!

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Hello and welcome! I hope your first week of the new year has been good! Here are five things recently that made me happy:

  1. I have successfully done the first 7 days of Yoga Revolution. That might not seem like much to you, but it’s the world to me.
  2. I had a great time at #RQWN and #GardenChat on Twitter.
  3. There are gardening things in the works.
  4. My in-laws got me a heated electric “wrap” which is basically a rectangle (with pockets!) that fits around your shoulders. I love it!
  5. Aaand, aren’t these beautiful!? See Earth and Its Moon From Mars in Stunning New NASA Photo

What things have made you happy recently?

Looking Back (2016), Looking Forward (2017)

I’d like to reflect on some of the positives from 2016.

IMG_20160612_105606One of the biggest positives for me is my #GardenWithJulia project. To have found something that bring such genuine happiness, curiosity, and excitement to me is incredible. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes. But I also learned a lot!

I got to spend a weekend with the incredible authors S. Usher Evans, Christina McMullen, J. Leigh Bralick, and S.K. Valenzuela at Fan Expo Dallas.

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I went to NTTBF and the Mansfield Book Festival with my mother-in-law, and we met/listened to some incredible authors. This included meeting the wonderful Kelsey Macke, author of Damsel Distressed.

I spent lots of time with family.

Welcome, 2017

I look forward to seeing what you have in store.

I’m not really one for setting resolutions, but if I had one, I’d say it’s to be better. That doesn’t mean I aim to be Supermom or anything, but I want to generally take better care of myself and be happy about whatever I’m doing.

 

Stacking the Shelves – January 1

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Hello there! Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Usually a weekly meme, mine pop up on a monthly basis. These are the books I’ve acquired since the December edition.

Bought*

*This is just a sampling of what I “bought” this month. I frequented the top free best-sellers on Amazon, stocking up on romances for the most part.

Faery Swap by Susan Kaye Quinn

Unmatched by Stephanie Kay

The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy

Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

The Cowboy’s Christmas Plan by Shanna Hatfield

Borrowed

Austenland by Shannon Hale (Audiobook)

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Reader by Traci Chee

Won/Gifted/ARC

Wicked Misery by Tracey Martin

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Sunrise Canyon by Janet Dailey