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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Drops of Awesome

We all want to be more awesome, so when I saw Kathryn Thompson's Drops of Awesome "The You're More Awesome Than You Think Journal" I had to have it! 

It's an amazing journal filled with 40+ prompts to help you discover your inner awesome. This would make a wonderful gift for yourself or any teen or woman in life. 

Because life is hard. And speaking from my point of view, teenage journals, mother's journals, can be filled with angst. It's easy to write down the bad things that happened during the day. This journal helps you fill it with your awesomeness! 

"Every time you do something good, something kind, something productive, it's a Drop in your Bucket of Awesome."  

 Look how awesome it is inside! Who wouldn't want to sit and journal about their awesomeness within these pages?!

We can all use encouragement and writing down the good things about ourselves, the good things about our days, the good things about our life help us focus on just that - the good!

There are words of wisdom throughout this journal and some great thoughts to ponder. I'm excited to get to work and make myself more awesome than I already am. ;)

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Familius Publishing in exchange for my honest review. You can see more or order this book through Amazon 


U.S. Cellular Entertainment

Does having a cellphone in your hand mean that you can save money on entertainment costs for your household?

Many households that have cellphones have dropped their landlines completely. Now the trend seems to be cutting cable costs and going for streaming via the computer, tablet, and smartphone. Hulu Plus and Netflix begin at just $7.99, which is an extreme savings from cable and satellite.

We do not have cable or satellite, nor any streaming service, though I have considered trying out Netflix to get some programs that our family may enjoy. The fact of the matter is that while cable delivers a huge amount of channels, there often just isn't anything good to choose from. Also, with families being so busy and on the go these days it is easier to stream an episode when you can watch it rather then when it airs. Having U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network means that you can watch your favorite shows wherever you are!

Having so much at your fingertips can be a distraction, especially when fall television is new and kids are still getting into the routine of school. That is where the U.S. Cellular Parent-Child Agreement comes in handy. It's a perfect way to raise awareness of what you expect of your child with their phone and have them agree to your terms. 

Have you been able to cut household costs by having a smartphone? 

This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade but all opinions are my own. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Magnolia Market

I love reading books about shop owners, whether be a bakery, vintage thrift store, or in this case, a market. Magnolia Market by Judy Christie did not disappoint.

While the beginning chapters were a bit too secretive for my liking, only delving into the details later, the rest of the book was quite enjoyable. It was a slow read, meaning I was able to put it down throughout the weekend and pick up during some quiet time. 

The premise of the book is that Avery's life is falling apart when she helps to take control of a mom and pop market that is as well. I enjoyed all the little details of the market. There is a religious slant to this book but in a good way, here and there but not so in your face or fake like a lot of Christian fiction can be. I wouldn't consider it a Christian book though, as it is very mellow and light. 

It was a nice cozy read for a chilly weekend!

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, September 12, 2014

September Birchbox Review

I'm still loving my Birchbox subscription! It's a fun sampler of products, you can earn points for each product reviewed on their site (10 points per product, 100 points equals $10 to spend in their shop and you can stack the points - I'm at close to $40 saved to go on a spending spree near Christmas!).
This month the theme is "Fresh Paint" and is about fall's colors, textures, and inspiration. The box design is amazing this month and I've decided to start saving these for some special project in the future.
There are over 50 varieties of boxes each month, so you never know what mixture of products you will receive. My box included:

*Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser

*Chapstick day and night

*Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eye Pencil

*Whish Shave Crave

*Jouer Anti-aging Moisture Primer 

*Juicy Couture Gold Couture sample

I actually am liking all the products this month and happy with this box! And with 6 items reviewed I "earned" $6 in credits for their shop. Birchbox is $10 a month and there is a subscription for women as well as for men. I think this would also be an excellent gift for a teen or college student.

Referral links included in post. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Where has this week gone? It's crazy to think it's already Thursday!

We awoke to windy, grey, chilly weather. With a high below 60 degrees today we are breaking out the long sleeves and pants. This is early for us, and there is already talk of a slight chance for frost this weekend.
If you want your indoors to smell like fall you have to try the Pumpkin Sugared Doughnut candle from B&BW works. It is amazing and fills my whole house with a delicious fresh baked pumpkin yumness!
We hit up some garage sales yesterday, probably some of the last of the season. I had to wait to leave town until my favorite one opened (Keens, Mini Boden, Gap, Hanna Andersson at awesome prices each season!) but was sorely disappointed when she said that the majority of stuff wouldn't be put out until today. I'm *almost* tempted to go back today but don't think it would be worth it to drive the 30 minutes in hopes of finding more. I think it's several people's favorite garage sale as while I was there a lady bought a garbage bag worth of clothes and another filled her whole laundry basket with items! Wow!
I had to snap a photo of this and text it to my husband yesterday. Why? Because it's like the second Starbucks drink that I have bought in my lifetime. Peach Green Tea has been all the rage online so I finally broke down and tried it. It's good. But totally not worth the $3.25! Oh my gosh, I can't believe that people would buy this regularly when it tastes almost exactly like the Arizona tea that you can buy for $1 in huge cans. It must be the status symbol of the cup. 

I'm following Jennifer for Thursday Thoughts! 

Monday, September 8, 2014


My mornings have been filled with school work.

My days filled with mothering. Housework. Cooking.  Bill paying. Grocery Shopping. Errands. 

My evenings with reading. Writing. Tiredness.

This period in my life is busy. Frantic. Full. Some hours take forever to pass, while the actual days weeks  months fly by. I'm not sure where summer went as Fall seems to be ushering itself in.

I'm dreaming of a relaxed Autumn and Winter. Crunchy leaves underfoot. Bonfires. Sweaters. Hot mugs of apple cider. Snuggling beneath quilts. Reading more. Relaxing more. Breathing more.

I may be looking forward to winter for the first time...ever? Last winter was quiet isolation. A cocoon from the world. Family time. Our own little bubble. Blessed stillness. Just what we needed.

Seasons change. The second Autumn without Jacob. Still stumbling our way through our immense loss. Clutching the memories which come at the oddest times. 



Friday, September 5, 2014

First Fall Project

I mentioned yesterday that I was hoping to begin some fall decorating. Well, when Joe returned from a walk with a bucket filled with acorns I realized there was probably a project made with them, so I did what any good mother would do...I searched Pintrest. :)
Lo and behold, I was right! The most simple was just painted acorns in a vase.
We had the acorns. We had the vase. We had the paint. Score - a free project! I'm probably going to add a branch or two with some colorful leaves but this alone looks cute sitting on my buffet.


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