Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other.

Terri Guillemets

Sunday, November 18, 2012

the bridesmaid by beverly lewis

Note: I received a free copy of The Bridesmaid from Bethany House Publisher.

The Bridesmaid is the second book in the Home to Hickory Hollow series. It is based on Joanna Kurtz, a young Amish woman that is single and beginning to push the courting age limit. She meets a young Amish man, Eben Troyer, while both of their families are visiting Virginia Beach. The couple is attracted to one another and begin to correspond via letters once they return to their homes in different states.

The book follows their story together from each of their individual points of view. It gives a great glimpse into day to day Amish life, familial and community relationships as well as romantic relationships in the Amish culture.

I really enjoyed this book. It is one of many books by Beverly Lewis that I've read and she never dissapoints. She always seems to paint a beautiful picture of daily Amish life, including the joys and the struggles. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series, The Guardian.

(What can I say?  I'm a sucker for Amish fiction :)


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

21 secrets for your 20s

I came across this article today and man, it's awesome.  I just started looking around on the website and it looks pretty amazing!  It speaks directly to 20-somethings that are in that phase of "not in college but also trying to find a grown up job" which is ahem, my life.  So yeah, pretty applicable so far.  I encourage you to poke around on the site too.  Enjoy!

The article: 21 Secrets for your 20s

The website: All Groan Up


Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.

Gilda Radner

Friday, November 16, 2012

if ever there were a shirt that i needed...

it would be THIS ONE!

found here

I'm buying it in like 2 seconds!
(thanks to my cousin, Emily, for sharing)

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Never thought of it like that.  Found here.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

your daily beautiful quote

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this week

I finished this book the other night and I loved it!  What a great book.  It's a sweet story set in the Lowcountry about family, grieving the loss of loved ones and how to live through it all together.  Loved it, highly recommend it!

We had this for dinner tonight and it was: 
1. Super easy
2. Delicious
3. Healthy
So you should pretty much make it ASAP.  It's a great weeknight meal, seeing as it takes a total of 30 minutes (at the most) to make.  Yay!
(photo and recipe cred to: The Recipe Critic)

I read a review for this book in People magazine today and REALLY want to read it:
As soon as I started reading the review it reminded me of A Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs (which I read a couple of years ago and loved!) and it turns out the author was inspired by Jacobs' book and began her own journey which led to this book.  I'm very interested to read all about her journey.  I rarely buy books (full price at that) but this may have to be an exception.

So it looks like all I do is read and cook and well...that is pretty much my life.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

election day quote

Hope y'all voted today.  I know I did.  I really liked this quote when I saw it on this blog and thought I'd share.

 (complete credit to rage against the minivan)

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Not a fan of Paris Hilton.  BIG fan of this quote.
(found here)


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i'm baaaaaack

I have a computer!!  Yippee!!  I feel so connected now, phew!  I've already trolled facebook, various blogs I follow, Dog-shaming and I've updated my status on Goodreads. There's a lot of stuff to take care of on the internet, people.  With that said, it was refreshing to not be connected to anything  (while I was at home I was not connected, I used an iPad at work for emails and occasional facebook checking) for a couple of weeks.  But now I'm back.  And here's what I have to say:

This show is amazing!  Country music, drama, Nashville, enough said.  I am hooked.

We watched this last night and it was great!  Acting was great and it was super dramatic.  I highly recommend it.

Currently reading this book and loving it!