Every year, I try and bring a round up of gifts that really thrilled my kids that were under the tree. There's always one or two items I picked up last minute that I didn't think much of that ended up being totally successful and sometimes the toys I think will be the biggest hits are total flops. Here's a few that really stuck out this … [Read more...]

Last week, I posted on Facebook asking for book recommendations for my 7th grade boy. He'll be 13 this winter. This is an excerpt of what I was looking for: I ended up having people responding with all sorts of book ideas for days! I printed out their responses to save for myself and noticed other people were jotting down ideas so I thought … [Read more...]

Looking for some picks for your kiddos beyond their normal school required reading list this summer? We've already hit some of the books on our school reading list and we have a couple of kids who arealways looking for the latest read. So we've put together a list of some favorites for your tween to check out this summer. This list is geared … [Read more...]

I stumbled upon this sale when I was shopping around for something else. $2 Kindle books caught my eye - especially when I saw some really popular books I've had on my Reading Wish List for awhile! Time to stock up for your summer reading!Here's 4 I had on my list to read - click to see these and the other 46 books on the list! When I Found … [Read more...]

Read anything good lately? I've recently joined a second book club because I love to read so much. I'm always looking for new books and an excuse to drink wine and talk about them. So I've been putting together a list to share with you guys from my want-to-read list on Good Reads. These all come highly recommended either by me, a friend or … [Read more...]

Friends, when was the last time you made some time for yourself? You're laughing, right? At the suggestion? I know. I struggle often to find any time for myself with work, family live and general craziness. But you can do it! Early last year, I brought you a review of my blogger friend Jessica's book, The Fringe Hours. Her book helps you find … [Read more...]

Every now and then, I finish a book that's so good, I'm just blown away. I spend days reeling over how it all, picking apart the plot, reading reviews online and mourning the fact that I'm done with the story. It had been awhile since a book had really ripped me to my core but the Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, did just that for me over Christmas … [Read more...]

Every time I turn around, I see a friend or another blogger talking about this book -The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing ($10.81). I've been wanting to order it for months and I finally went and did it this week. I sort of already knew much of what the book was about based on other people's … [Read more...]

When I was in my 20s, I think I would have laughed at myself at 40 feeling like I would need a book to help me figure out how to make time for myself.  Of course in my 20s, I didn't have kids or a schedule that involved much other than going to work, going home and feeding myself.  My 20s are the last time I actually remember feeling like I had all … [Read more...]

Do you guys remember Theo & Beau?  They are the viral napping duo whose totally adorable photos went crazy online last year.  Their mother is Jessica Shyba; she is a blogger friend of mine and the owner of the blog Momma's Gone City.  I looked forward to her photos on Instagram every day when she posted them -- and still do now that the napping … [Read more...]