tackle your TBR pile

As a book lover, the allure of a new book is always strong. It is near impossible to walk past a bookstore and not pop in. It’s even hard to leave that same bookstore without a new book or two. The satisfaction of placing books on a shelf, adding them to our to-be-read (TBR) list and talking about books with other bookish people. But when it comes to reading our TBR, it’s not always easy. Which brings in a whole new set of problems. So, how do you tackle your TBR? Set monthly reading goals What better way to get through your TBR that toRead More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

It’s officially the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. I thought it would be fun to give you a little update on how I’m doing. Though I have posted a few minor updates on Twitter, I haven’t gone into too much detail. Thus, I give you my official half-way through NaNoWriMo progress report. Day 1 & 2 I started off strong. Getting ahead on the first day is something that I strive to do each year. Not only does it make me feel great, but it gives me that little cushion for days when the words don’t flow as easily. At the end of day 1, I wasRead More →

It’s time for a no spend November. Back in October, Saving Joyfully and Lemon Blessings did a no spend month. I had wanted to join in on that. However, knowing that we had our annual pre-winter stock up trip, it’s wasn’t feasible. Putting off that shopping trip wasn’t an option, because we knew winter could potentially hit at any time and we wanted to get it done while the weather was good. So we decided to do a no spend November. This is not our first time doing a no spend month. Last year we successfully completed a few no spend months and we actuallyRead More →

November goals banner

Ah, November. The second last month of the year and the real beginning of winter for us Northerners. It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. I feel like these past few months just flew by far too quickly. Hopefully, that means that the winter will also pass in a flash. Since it’s a new month, that means it’s time to set some new goals. However, before I share my November goals, I want to take a moment and go over my October goals and see how those went. How I did in October October was quite the month. There was Thanksgiving,Read More →

NaNoWriMo progress update

‘Twas the night before NaNoWriMo, and all through the house Not a keyboard was clacking, no clicks of a mouse; The notebooks were placed on the table with care, In hopes that stories would soon form there; The writers were tossing and turning in their beds, While visions of plot bunnies danced in their heads.   This is it, the day before NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month starts. For those who may be questioning what NaNoWriMo is, it is a 30-day writing challenge to write 50,000 words over the month of November. This essentially equates to writing an entire novel in one month. For moreRead More →

A letter to my grandma banner

Today is my grandma’s 84th birthday. Though we live far from each other, I cherish our relationship a lot. I do plan to call her today to wish her a happy birthday, While I thought I would also celebrate her birthday here as well. My sister often shows her snippets of my blog and I thought I could write a letter to my grandma. Perhaps, I could tell her some things that I have never gotten around to saying during our phone calls. You see, I love my grandma very much, but I sometimes have a hard time saying things – especially out loud. DearRead More →

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I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Linda from Witte’s World Blog, Victoria from Victoria Austin, Thoughts With N and The Modern Hadassah. Needless to say, I am truly feeling the love right now. Being nominated for a blogging award is great, but having four people nominate you for the same award is just phenomenal, so thank you so much! I hope you ladies don’t mind that I lumped you all together into a single post. I honestly can’t thank you all enough for this! The rules for the Blogger Recognition Award Thank the blogger that nominated you Write a post to show your award.Read More →

NaNoWriMo is just two weeks away! Hopefully, by now you have taken the steps necessary to get ready for NaNoWriMo. At the very least, you may have a story idea picked out. Even if you don’t, that’s okay! Half of the fun of NaNoWriMo is that feeling of panic over creating a story and then the joy of when that story appears on the screen. However, knowing your story is only part of being successful at NaNoWriMo. Having participated in NaNoWriMo for seven years, I have learned the importance of having a NaNoWriMo survival kit. But what exactly is a NaNoWriMo survival kit? Why do you need one?Read More →

October goals banner

Hello October! Wow, this year is going by so fast. I have a hard time believing that it is already October. A new month means a new set of goals. Before I get into my October goals, I want to take a moment and look back on my September goals and see how well I did with them. How I did in September Weed the garden. Not so much. Harvest the garden. Done! Got lots of beans, shelling peas and snap peas picked. Prep the garden for winter. Some of this is done. However, with some plants still occupying the beds, not all of it is done. CleanRead More →

Apple orchard

Do you feel it? That change in the air. The mornings are cooler, leaves have started to change colors and pumpkin everything seems to be on everyone’s minds. These are just a few signs that fall has arrived. There seems to be a fine line between those people who love fall and those who don’t. I am one of those people who look forward to fall each year. I might go as far as to say that it is my favorite season of the year. Since we are just getting into fall, I thought it would be fun to share with you the many reasons why IRead More →