There have been a number of changes in my reading life over the years. For as long as I can remember, I have been a reader. Books are my happy place, an escape from reality and one of the best ways to entertain myself. They allow me to learn and experience wondrous stories. Yet I don’t read the same way I used to as a child or even during my teenage years. Today I will highlight all of the changes that have occurred with my reading habits. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic discussesRead More →

The second week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end. The path to 50,000 words is nearly half over. This means, that if you are on track, you should have written 23,338 words so far! Even if you haven’t reached that point yet, I want to say you are doing a great job! Keep writing and you will get there. The second week of NaNoWriMo tends to be fairly smooth for writers, as they have hit the writing rhythms. Let’s all take a moment to relax, stretch out our fingers, get a drink and check to see how NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 2 treated us. MuchRead More →

Subscription boxes have been on my radar to try for a while. With so many different options to choose from, it can be really hard to decide which one to get. I was in that exact boat for a while, but then I discovered Bokksu. What is Bokksu? Bokksu is a monthly subscription service that creates themed boxes around traditional Japanese snacks. Each month highlights a different area and their unique treats, pairing them with a tea. The November 2019 Bokksu is my first experience with subscription boxes and I was completely excited to experience the taste of Japan. The November 2019 Bokksu allows youRead More →

The crisp air calls for fall baking. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the fall harvest, especially the abundant apples, and create some delicious fall treats. While apples are available year-round. Freshly picked fall apples are the best. If you have the opportunity to go apple picking, do so. Not only is it a great fall activity, but you will have plenty of apples for fall baking. These apple oatmeal muffins are the perfect way to use up some apples. Between the apple base and the cinnamon highlight, it tastes like the perfect autumn day. Your house will smell wonderful as theseRead More →

Can you believe that we are already a week into NaNoWriMo? The time sure is flying by! How are my fellow participants doing? Are you remembering to take breaks, stay hydrated and see to your other needs? Finding a balance between writing and life can be difficult, but hopefully, you have taken plenty of steps to make sure you are keeping up with everything outside of writing. Now that NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 has come to an end and it’s time to do a word count check. Let’s break down the week of writing. NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 Day 1 I don’t know about otherRead More →

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November is here! I can’t believe it. This month completely snuck up on me. Despite this, I am ready and eager to tackle another month of goals. The last few months of the year always seem to fly by, but they are also some of the busiest. These are the months I rush to get all of our winter prep done. Despite this, I am still focused on setting and knocking out as many goals as I can each month. I know November will be fairly busy, but even so, I have set up a good number of goals for the month. Before I shareRead More →

October’s reading time has come to an end. There is something about the cooler weather that just makes me want to curl up with a good book. In fact, I spent a pretty good amount of time this month reading. While not my strongest reading month, I did get through quite a few books. My daily reading time, plus tossing in extra time when a book demands my full attention is a big contributor to putting a big dent in my enormous TBR. October in books tenth installment of my ongoing series highlighting what I read in a month. The post may contain affiliate links.Read More →

NaNoWriMo has arrived! A month-long challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Day 1 of NaNoWriMo is the most important and often the most dreaded day of the month. But this does not mean that you are on the verge of failure. A few simple tricks will keep you going strong. The novel that is inside of you wants to come out and NaNoWriMo is your opportunity to do just that. Do not let the pressure of the first of writing stop you from reading your writing goals. Day 1 of NaNoWriMo Though the challenge spans thirty days, by far the hardest dayRead More →

Just like that, the garden season has ended. As quickly as it started, it has finished. That is all part of gardening in Northern Ontario. The season is short and generally speaking, on the cool side weather-wise. Yes even with these factors to contend with, it is possible to have a garden. It merely takes some work and dealing with a bit of a learning curve. Even a beginner gardener can manage if they put in the effort. The October garden doesn’t have much to offer in Northern Ontario. The growing season has ended, though a few stragglers still grow. October garden update What’s leftRead More →

NaNoWriMo is swiftly approaching. What is NaNoWriMo? It’s a 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. This challenge occurs every November. Writers around the world will be busy typing frantically, bringing their stories to life. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, toss in all of your normal life tasks as well. It sounds difficult, doesn’t it? Balancing NaNoWriMo & life is not impossible. After all, we are capable of so much. You have your NaNoWriMo survival kit ready and you have done what you could to prepare for a month of writing. But the question still remains, how do you balance NaNoWriMoRead More →