Thursday, October 20, 2016

Try, Try Again?

The last reading challenge I attempted went about as well as this:

So, let's try this again, shall we?

5 points: Freebie! Any book at least 150 pages long.

10 points: 2016 Finalist for National Book Award, Man Booker, or Man Booker International.

10 points: Brand new release (from 11/1/16 to 1/31/17)

15 points: Book by author of different race or religion from me.

15 points: Book with main character of different race or religion from me.

20 points: Modern retelling of a classic.

25 points: Book with alcoholic beverage in the title.

30 points: Book with a character that shares your first or last name.

30 points: Two books that connect, one non-fiction and one fiction.
40 points: Two books where authors share a name, one's first name and the other's last name are the same.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October Goals


Write at least three blog posts (does this one count as one?)
Finish moving 2013's pictures to Flickr (I'm in August, currently)
Write at least one movie and/or book review.


Finish the dress I'm working on for Quinn
Sew the sweatshirt I've been meaning to make for myself
Sew the shirt I'm making for my mom
Finish knitting present


Pumpkin patch trip
Lunch at school at least once
Get her to sleep by herself (she did last night, lets hope it sticks)

random photo from senior year homecoming parade for your time, me in red dress as Lady MacBeth Jarrod in the back right as goofy medieval guy


Drink at least 32 oz water per day
Catch up on my Bible reading
Stop biting nails, again
Figure out some sort of face/skin care routine


Finish a book
Finish movie challenge
Try five new recipes
Have less than five nights of "whatever" for dinner
Hit the budget HARD with sticking to it

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Hello there. I keep meaning to blog, then it just doesn't happen. I want to, but can't seem to do it properly. I also want to read, but can't seem to keep my concentration for that for more than a page. Don't want to watch any movies. It's just been weird around here. Here's why:

May 5 - bought a house
May 6 - Quinn's field day, moved into house
May 6 through early June - unpacked and organized
May 16 - Quinn's last day of preschool
May 18 - adopted a dog
May 19 - took her to vet, who was not happy with her ear situation
May 22 - youngest sibling graduated high school
May 25 - doggy gets ear sutures out

Quinn at Field Day with her teacher
June 2 - bug guys to spray for roaches
June 5 - house warming party
June 9 - vet check for doggy (whose name is Sassy)
June 10 - another surgery for Sassypants
June 18 - birthday party one of summer
June 24 - got my tubes tied, Sassy got her stitches out

She HATES these cones and managed to break more than one.
July 1 - birthday party two of summer
July 4 - parade and other Fourth celebrations
July 7 - get tag for truck we bought because Jarrod's car died
July 10 - birthday party three of summer
July 24 - baby shower for friend I've known for 16 years
July 26 - kindergarten kick-off pizza dinner at church

Obviously we're playing Pokemon Go, there are four Pokestops and a Gym within reasonable walking distance from our house, so we've been on a lot of walks.
August 4 - doctor's appointment to see if Quinn's vaccinations are up to date, can't figure out if they are, and enrollment
August 6 - employee appreciation picnic for Jarrod's work, babysit my nephew
August 9 - my birthday
August 12 - Jarrod and I go on a date
August 13 - Quinn's birthday party (and birthday party number four of summer)
August 19 - Quinn's orientation/assessment day at school
August 23 - Quinn's first real day of school
August 30 - Quinn's birthday

She kept hiding behind Jarrod instead of making friends or paying attention on her orientation/assessment day.
And now I'm having chest pains. Woo.

So, yeah. None of that was really normal. And it was all done with the regular Jarrod at work, me doing bills/groceries/errands, Quinn needing entertained. We've made it through Quinn's first week of school, so hopefully things will start to return to normal soon.

As far as Sassy goes, we've kept her grain and pork free and we clean her ears out once a week and it seems to really be helping. And on the advice of my oldest sister's mom, we give her a spoon of coconut oil every night and it's made DRASTIC improvements to her fur. I don't even have to brush her and her coat is nice and smooth and shiny.

Quinn enjoys school and loves that she gets to have TWO recesses. She is still adjusting to being there all day and not being grumpy afterward (but it's only been four days, so we're trying to give her a break). She really doesn't like having to wait in the gym for announcements at the start of the day, but she's getting better about it and I try to get her there as close to the start of announcements as possible so she doesn't have to wait too long.

Now that she's at school for seven hours a day, I have no excuse for a messy house, right?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Who Doesn't Love a Good Twirl?

Last month I had the opportunity to test a skirt pattern for Orange Daisy Patterns. I love the idea of skirts, but rarely wear them because something always feels off with either the fit or the length, but I wanted to give it a try!

First, some stats on the pattern.

This skirt was designed by Lauren of Sew by Pattern Pieces and she has some cute girls patterns available on Etsy, but the Glamour Swirl is available in both kid and adult sizes.
It's easy to sew. If you're a beginner or haven't worked with knits before, this is a great starting point.
It's designed as a full circle skirt with a yoga waist band for four-way stretch knit with at least 50% stretch. Lauren has included a chart to calculate stretch within the pattern to make it easy.
The Glamour Swirl skirt is meant to be worn on the natural waist, so it's perfect for anyone who has an hourglass or pear shape, but honestly I think it'd look great on any body type.
There's both a women's AND a girl's pattern available.
It's super cute.

And, best of all, it's FREE. All you have to do is join her Facebook group, Sew by Pattern Pieces Sewing Circle.

It's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of this pattern. It's perfectly twirly.

The Glamour Swirl has options for pockets, a waist tie, and four different lengths. For my first skirt I made the mistake of using some knit I knew nothing about since I had found it randomly in our house. It was see through and not stretchy enough, but I powered through. I went with pockets and no waist tie. I will always choose pockets if that's an option. Quinn was very impressed and now insists I include pockets on everything I make for her.

Even though it wasn't perfect, due to my own mess ups, it's totally cute and wearable.

The second one I made, I wanted to do matching skirts for Quinn and me. I cut hers out first and totally didn't have enough fabric left for my own. Double check your measurements! I managed to make mine work, but shorter than intended and without pockets (*insert crying emoji here*). Quinn is super stoked about us having matching superhero skirts. And she's extra happy about the fact that Black Widow is included (hint hint Marvel or whoever does your toys).

I don't use my tripod and self timer terribly often, but this time Quinn wanted to take the picture. She still needs some practice, but I'm also not the best model!

We did use the self timer for some pictures of us together and I kind of love this picture.

Of course, twirl pictures are required.

We attempted to get a picture of us twirling together, but that ended with Quinn almost falling off the deck, so our picture taking was thus ended.

If you're interested in seeing other things I've sewn, I have an entire public album on Facebook, Sabrina Sews.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mish Mash of a Post

I didn't feel like either of these really deserved their own post, so here you get a lovely mish mash.

Dara posted a link-up with Stephanie and her The Kids Behind the Blog post, so I figured "Why not?"

Here's what Quinn had to say:

What two things do you like to do outside in the Summer?
Playing on the swings and hula looping.

If you could go anywhere this Summer where would you go and why?
To the zoo. To see the red pandas because they're so CUTE.

From our housewarming at the beginning of June. Sassy (the dog) looks much better now, but doesn't sit for pictures.
What is your favorite thing about Summer? 
Um. I don't know. (Kinda surprised she didn't say the pool, since we own one now.)

If you could pick any way to spend a hot Summer day, how would you spend it? 
I would go in the pool.

What is your favorite Summer treat? 
Banana ice cream.

I also attempted to join Erin's "Read My Books" challenge, reading books you already own, but that didn't go so well. I read a grand total of one book in June. At least it was one I already owned!

The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell is kind of a prequel to The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc (which I read first). Belle is Sissy's grandmother, if I'm remembering correctly, but they're both very similar. I don't think I can properly articulate just how much I love these books and the women they're about. Belle's takes place in the 20's and Sissy's takes place in the 50's, both eras when strong women were not the norm. Belle takes up with suffragettes and speaks up against the burgeoning Klan in her town. One of my favorite parts of these books is neither woman is perfect, but they're still amazing women. They make mistakes, but that's normal and human. Mistakes don't automatically make someone incapable of being a great role model or lovely person. I HIGHLY recommend both of these books.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Reading? What's That?

Here's a super sad confession from an avid reader: I haven't read a real book (something with an actual story to it) for almost six months. You may all shun me now. Anyway, that is why I am going to try another Semi-Charmed Book Challenge. We'll see how it goes! If nothing else, I should be able to do the fall/winter one since Quinn will be going into FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN. I have no idea what I'll do with myself, only that I'll have no excuses for the house to be messy. To double challenge myself, I'm going to attempt to do all of these from books I already own. Now, onto the list!

5 points: Freebie
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo
(not the first time this has been on a reading challenge list, hopefully I'll get to it this time)
10 points: Collection of short stories or essays
Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Campbell
15 points: Adult fiction written by an author who normally writes for children
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
(this was really the only one I could think of, if anybody has any other recommendations or one of the books I own fits, please let me know)
15 points: Set in Appalachia
Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven
(I don't own it, but at least it was already on my TBR list)
15 points: Cover you find unappealing
Naked in Death by JD Robb (and this is the first time I'm realizing this is actually Nora Roberts)
(I buy a lot of garage sale books, even if the covers are unappealing)

20 points: Book you've only seen the movie version
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
(technically I haven't seen the entire movie, but it's on Netflix, so I'll finish it before I read the book)
25 points: Punny title
Chicks with Sticks (It's a Purl Thing) by Elizabeth Lenhard
30 points: Microhistory
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
(I don't own ANY microhistories, I didn't even know that was a thing)
30 points: One with a good word in title AND one with a bad word
Make Him Look Good by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell by Loraine Despres
(yeah, I took the literal and easy way out, but I own both of them!)
40 points: Two books with same word in title, one singular and one plural
A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter

Sunday, May 1, 2016


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

Obviously moving and blogging at the same time is not a plan that actually works for me. Moving and doing anything else isn't really working for me, but I'm muddling through. Speaking of muddling, the book I'm reviewing includes some muddling. Sorry, I just like the word muddling. I'll stop now.

I knew I wasn't in a reading mood, but kind of wanted to still review another book, so I requested a recipe book. More specifically a book about the spritz, which is "Italy's most iconic aperitivo cocktail". Then I received the book and realized it had more reading than I expected.

Talia Biocchi and Leslie Pariseau do a great job going over the history of the spritz and all the changes and different formations it has gone through. The informative part was a quick and interesting read. One of the most important things I learned was the three rules involved in making a spritz. Number one, it is always effervescent. Whether through champagne or soda water or anything else, there are always bubbles. Number two, it is low in alcohol. There's never more than an ounce of strong spirits because spritzes are for when the "day is waning and the night is young". And number three, it should be at least slightly bitter. It's meant to be consumed between work and play in the evening, before dinner. Apparently the bitterness is a means to open the stomach for a meal. Which I didn't know.

And then there are recipes.

Along with recipes for different versions of spritzes they include a few different flavored syrup recipes and some appetizer recipes that pair perfectly with spritz. Most of them sound delicious, but unfortunately they're a bit more fancy than I am. Because of that, I am going to be giving the book away.

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Because I don't want to get into any sorts of trouble, you must be 21 or older to enter. Even though it's not actually alcohol, I don't want to encourage underage drinking with recipes. Also, US only please. I'm using my own money to send it out and international mail prices are ridiculous.


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