Monday, November 16, 2015


I'm not a re-reader. I don't know what it is, but I would just rather read a new book. I mean, I have over two thousand books on my TBR list and there's ABSOLUTELY no way I'll ever read them all, but I'd like to read as many as I can. Since that is the case, almost all of my books are unread. Once I read a book, I usually pass it on to my mom and/or grandma to read, then I'll put it on BookMooch. There are a few books I've gotten that I've kept. I have two series (Bloody Jack and Uglies) that I will keep because they're my favorites. I also have a few random books that I've kept because I like them and just don't want to part with them. Anywho, here's my #BookShelfie:
And a couple close ups.
You can see Quinn's "artwork" on the back of the shelf.
The white flowers are my bouquet from our wedding and the red flowers (in front of the I Love You and I Like You print) is my corsage from senior prom. I like to keep random little knick knacks on my bookshelves. Or bookshelf, as it were. We have another shelf, but it has Jarrod's books, Star Wars figures, and some of Quinn's books on it.
And, I also have a giveaway of Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan since Blogging for Books accidentally sent me two! (The book was free for me, but I am paying shipping, so US only.) If you haven't read my review yet, it's right here.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

I Want to Take Jim Gaffigan Out to Dinner

I received this book from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own.

Pretty sure everybody has heard of Jim Gaffigan by now, even if you haven't read one of his books or watched his show. He's pretty dang funny, so I was happy to see that I could request his book Food: A Love Story for review.

I think this book explains the title of his first book.
Let me start out with sharing this quote from the book:
"As you know by now, I'm an eater, not a cooker."
I feel like that accurately sums up how Jim Gaffigan approaches food. This book is all about different kinds of food, the memories attached to them, and which ones are worthy of more time or stomach space. Hint: If it's green, it's not likely to be worth much to Jim.

I loved the personal stories interspersed throughout, especially the ones involving his kids. Jim takes his kids on daddy-dates to Katz's Deli to get a pastrami sandwich. Based on the pictures I think the sandwiches are as big as his kids' heads. I'm totally cool with that kind of place, despite the bizarre ticketing system of getting your food that he describes.

My other favorite part of the book was his Food Geography.

Best map of the United States ever made, I'd say. Although that might be my hunger talking. This book will make you hungry. I'm getting hungry again just writing this review.

Really, there's not much more to say about the book. It's funny and about food. If you're looking to be entertained, what more do you need? I haven't listened to the audio version, but Jim Gaffigan reads it himself, so I imagine it's good stuff.

Stay tuned tomorrow because I'm giving away a copy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October 2015

I did read some books and watched some movies, although I kind of got overwhelmed and decided to (more or less) give up on the reading and movie watching challenges. This month was mostly about sewing and doing stuff with Quinn.

Little Big Lies - LOVED 5/5

Hector and the Search for Happiness - Cute, especially if you like Simon Pegg.
Stardust - HOW had I not seen this before? It was so good. And the lead is currently Daredevil.
First Knight - Meh.
Rear Window - Good, but got kind of boring in spots.
Much Ado About Nothing - So good.

We had missed Quinn's first field trip to the zoo so I was going to do just about anything to make sure we didn't miss the second one and we didn't! She had a ton of fun and, while I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either.

My mom went to Vegas with her sisters and she brought back this mug for me. She did promise to take me next time she goes, so it's okay. And I do love a good coffee mug.
My pajama shirt, which you obviously can't see, says Wake Up & Be Awesome. I just thought you should know.
The pumpkin that we got on Quinn's field trip decided it wanted to be Bob, the Minion.

I took the "What Would Your Hunger Games Name Be" quiz and got Sabrianna Mason from District 8, which happens to be Textiles. AKA sewing. Most legit Buzzfeed quiz ever? Possibly.

We pre-bought tickets for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens since it comes out on Jarrod's birthday and he's slightly obsessed. If you didn't know, I suggest this post. Or this one.

Jarrod and I got to go on a date and we went and ate at Red Robin's (the Towering Doh Rings are THE BEST) and then saw Crimson Peak. It wasn't as scary as I was hoping, but it was still good. And Hiddleston, so worth it.

We went to a Trunk or Treat that one of the high school's clubs was doing to raise money. My younger sisters, nephew, and mom wound up joining Jarrod, Quinn, and I. The little Batman hiding behind Quinn is my nephew, but he's not allowed on the Internet yet.

I made my top and skirt for Halloween last year, glad I kept them!
Quinn and I made Back to Her Roots' Three Layer Pumpkin Brownies and THEY ARE SO GOOD. Go make them. Now.

I tested the Fishtail Kimono pattern for Chalk and Notch, but it doesn't release until November 9th, so I'll wait to share pictures.

We went to the pumpkin patch with my family (minus a few) and, of course, took some pictures. This one got photobombed by Papa trying to copy Quinn's signature pose and my nephew sitting on a pumpkin.

I made that shirt I'm wearing, by the way. It's more of a wearable muslin, but I love it nonetheless.
I started on my tree skirt for Christmas. Turns out the knit sections (solid red, it's kind of sparkly in real life) are about two inches shorter than every other section. No idea how.

And, obviously, Halloween. I'm super proud of Quinn's dress (made by me!) and I don't think mine turned out too shabby (it's repurposed from a bridesmaids dress). I made my leggings also, not that you can see them very well, but I'm glad it was just for a costume because they just would NOT stay up on my bum.
For those of you without knowledge of preschool shows, we're Henrietta, Katarina, and Daniel from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, which is on PBS.
This was a pretty full month and between all the holidays and birthdays in November/December/January, I think it'll be the norm for a while.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Free Month of Junior Explorers

This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

If you haven't read my previous Junior Explorers post, you should go do that. Or just check out the Junior Explorers website. Or do both. This post will still be here when you're done.

Okay, now that you're caught up I want to tell you about an awesome offer they have going on for the rest of October. You can get your first month free. Free. Well, you do have to pay for shipping and handling, but that's only $4. Skip your fancy coffee for a day, make it at home, and get your kids an awesome (and educational!) adventure kit. Especially because it's going to get cold soon and you're going to need something to keep them entertained while stuck inside. Now, the offer is for new members only, but if you're not a new member the aforementioned necessary entertainment is a great reason to resubscribe.

It's super easy to do. You go through my personal link and the code FREEOCT should automatically be input, choose which option you want (either one month alone free or one month off any of the 3, 6, or 12 month packages) and fill out your info.

Another great option is you can send it as a gift if you don't have kids of your own or if you know of some other kids who would love it. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Do you ever feel like you need to write or talk, but just cannot for the life of you figure out what to say? When it happens with talking, I physically feel weird. Kind of like there are cotton balls stuck in my vocal chords. It's weird and I'm sure that at least some of you will think I'm particularly crazy, but whatevs. I'm just gonna ramble.

Quinn and I have had runny/stuffy noses for what feels like forever. And she refuses to blow her nose because she thinks that'll make more snot. It's obnoxious and disgusting and I just want us to be able to breathe normally again.

We did manage to make it to her class' second field trip, the pumpkin patch, yesterday and she had tons of fun. I wound up doing squats while helping her play on the seesaw, so my thighs hate me right now. Especially since it's been forever since I've been to the gym. I've either had to do stuff while Quinn was in school or just haven't been feeling it. Especially since I can't run right now. I sprained my pinkie toe on the 4th of July and quit running for a while, but when I tried to start up again it just hurt too bad. Not sure if I need new shoes or just messed it up too much.

Quinn likes taking pictures and has decided she's a photographer whenever she gets to play with my big camera.

I currently have four books to read for Erin's challenge that ends on Halloween, but I don't think it's gonna happen. I have eight more movies to watch in Jen's challenge before she releases the bonus list on the 15th. Not sure I'll get all of those done, but I think I can at least finish the original list before the challenge ends at the end of November. I have Rear Window and First Knight checked out from the library at the moment. Quinn has four different VeggieTales movies checked out from the library and even though they're on DVD, they're set up to be viewed on an older tv and she gets SO worried about why the picture is square.

Mmmm. All I want to do is sleep. Or maybe get a massage. Or sew. But fabric is so expensive. But it is cheaper than a massage. I am making Quinn a Katerina Kittycat dress for Halloween. And I'm going to be Henrietta, Katerina's mom. Luckily my (step)sister has an old bridesmaid's dress that's yellow that I can use as the base. I just have to figure out how I'll make ears and tails. And Jarrod's going to be Daniel Tiger, but that's just going to consist of light tiger make up and sticking a trolley patch on a red jacket he already owns.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

September 2015

Movies watched (all for the Fall Film Challenge, I've linked to Netflix where available): 
Treasure Planet - cute!
The Duff - stereotypical, but cute
Let the Right One In - weird, not as much of a horror story as I was expecting and not good enough to make the subtitles worth it
The Importance of Being Earnest - super cute, kind of Shakespearean
Home - adorable
Tommy Boy - funny, but not hilarious
Oz the Great and Powerful - it was okay, but not great
Cleopatra - way too long, but the costumes were pretty
We Bought a Zoo - so much better than I thought it was going to be
Cinderella (2015) - not a huge Cinderella fan, but this was good and pretty
Superman (1978) - also not a Superman fan, but this was okay
How to Marry a Millionaire - adorable, but a horrible moral (if you set out to marry a millionaire, then a millionaire will just happen to fall in love with you)
Sabrina (1995) - I didn't like this as much as I hoped
Horns - WEIRD
White Bird in a Blizzard - weird and gratuitous

Things Sewn:

Two pair of pj pants that I pattern tested for Cucicucicoo, but she hasn't released the pattern yet, so I can't share. They were made out of Power Rangers and Batman sheets from the early 90's.

Quinn requested a dress for Momo, so I did what I could. Monkeys are difficult to sew for.

A jumpsuit from Call Ajaire's Paneled Sunsuit pattern, but will Quinn wear it? No. Of course, not. But I'm bribing her with a Starbucks cake pop so she'll wear it for picture day.

Disney Princess Fabric
Books read:
Emmy & Oliver - It was pretty good. I don't normally read contemporary stories, so this was out of my wheelhouse, but I liked it. 4/5
Shatter Me - Good! Not great, but I do really like it and can't wait to read the rest of the series. 4/5
How to Be a Woman - Bleh. The idiocy outshone the few things I thought were good. 2/5
Girl on the Train - Didn't live up to all the hype, but it was okay. 3/5

Quinn has a best friend at school and EVERY time I drop her off she asks me if Olivia is there yet. Then, when Olivia does get to school, they scream each other's names like high school girls and hug. It's flipping adorable.

Being adorable as usual:
Quinn's Bible has questions after the stories.
Jarrod: Does God love poor people?
Quinn: Yes!
Jarrod: What can we do to help poor people?
Quinn: Give them kisses. And put bandages on their booboos.
Jarrod: Never grow up.
And Quinn had, what I'm assuming is, the best day of her life so far.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Unfinished Book Challenge

I didn't manage to finish the Literary Ladies challenge, but I'm also not that surprised. Here's what I did read:

Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris for Kickass Female Character, 5 Stars

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman for On TBR for Over 1 Year, 4 Stars, review

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler for Written by Comedian, 5 Stars

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare for YA Book, 5 Stars

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs for Being Made Into a Movie, 4 Stars

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn for Suspenseful, 5 Stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins for Non-US Author, 3 Stars

My favorite out of these was Yes, Please by far. I'd give it more than 5 stars on Goodreads if I could. I love Amy Poehler, so so much.

Random picture for your time.

Doing makeup for Don't Drink the Water in college. 03/2008
Quinn. She wanted her name added, so there it is. And she got upset when I tried to delete it. Anything to appease the sick kiddo, right?


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