My Favorite…Children’s Book

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Children’s Book

I didn’t read The Kissing Hand until I was an adult, and I loved it! I also didn’t read Stellaluna until I was an adult, either. What wonderful books!

Another one that is precious to me is the one of my own name about a sneaky kitty, Charlie Anderson. Charlie, a fuzzy gray cat, walked out of the woods one evening and into Elizabeth’s and Sarah’s hearts. Now he sleeps on their beds, lets them dress him up in doll clothes, and laps up warm milk on chilly nights. But where does Charlie go during the day?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Bookish Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In

 

Panem 

I would not want to live in Panem (The Hunger Games). Just reading about Districts 1 and 2 pissed me off. What they did to District 13 and the entire invention of The Hunger Games is just cruel. It is a dystopian, antiquated society for sure. I can’t say I would be any different than Katniss…except I wouldn’t have the wherewithal to keep my mouth shut and play along. I’d wind up being killed for sure.

 

Middle Earth

I never read J.R.R. Tolkein’s books besides The Hobbit (4th grade), but I did see one of the movies. I was more terrified than anything else, so I definitely wouldn’t want to live in Middle-Earth (The Lord of the Rings).

 

Westeros and Essos

I watched the first two seasons of Game of Thrones and I would not want to live during this time or in either Westeros or Essos. It’s too violent, too shady, and too strange. The craze and extremes of the weather cycles, the blood thirst and back stabbing, the other proclivities…it’s a world I don’t think I’d survive in long, either.

 

 

Bookish Worlds I’d Want to Live In

 

Hogwarts

Do I really need to explain this? Who wouldn’t want to live forever at Hogwarts? The most magical place on Earth! (Sorry Disney.) The bravery and desire for knowledge and growth and the competitive side of the houses – not to mention magic! – are right up my alley.

 

Which bookish worlds would you want to never visit? Which ones would you never leave? 

My Bullet Journal: March & April Spreads

Last year I did an entire series of posts about My Bullet Journal journey. It was the first year I started, and I shared my tools, tips, spreads, mistakes, and ideas. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. I hope you enjoy my spreads and ideas from my bullet journal. I’d love if you would share your own ideas or photos of your journals with me, too!

2017 Bullet Journal Posts

2018 Bullet Journal Posts

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March & April Spreads

New Tools

I have spent a lot of time money coupons at Michael’s and JoAnn’s lately. I did multiple orders at both stores. I discovered you CAN stack coupons at Michael’s, so that might be my go-to from now on. JoAnn’s is just ridiculous. I bought some new stencils and a boatload of new washi tapes. I am in love with them! I was waiting on the baseball washi tape to come in to get started on my May weeklies. Once the washi tape came in, I realized I should probably organize them in the memory keeper carousels. I am in love, but my bank account is definitely not.

New Weekly Layouts

Because I didn’t do such a good job keeping up with my March weeklies, the in-depth layout was kind of pointless.

I started looking for another way to organize my weeklies and I stumbled upon a couple I really liked and combined the layouts. I like that it includes a selection of things from that week that I was into, from food to movies to moments. I also threw in my to-do list, but I also added a self-care list of 4-6 things to do that week to just relax and take care of me.

New Artwork

I tried some new artwork out. I still need to work on blending BAD. It looks a little sad.

Weight Loss Tracker

Y’all. I gave Plexus the boot because after a year it was still doing nothing for me. After watching a friend literally melt off 65 pounds of fat in the past year – and keep it off – I jumped on board with her. I started Xyngular products and have already lost a significant number of inches. This is only the the first 29 days! 13.6 pounds and 13 inches gone!!


Have you found any spreads that work super well for you?

What has been your bujo inspiration lately? I’m always looking for ideas!

What do you want to see in next month’s Bullet Journal post? 

My Favorite…Recipe

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it…The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.


Recipe

Sheppard’s Pie

Ingredients
YIELDS: 6 – 8

FOR POTATOES
1 1/2 lb. potatoes, peeled
4 tbsp. butter,melted
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. sour cream
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
FOR MEAT MIXTURE
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 Carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. fresh thyme
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 c. frozen peas
1 c. frozen corn
2 tbsp. flour
2/3 c. chicken broth
1 tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish
Directions
PREP TIME: 0:10
TOTAL TIME: 1:00

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until totally soft, 16 to 18 minutes. Drain and return to pot.2.
  1. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes until smooth. Add melted butter, milk and sour cream. Mash together until fully incorporated, then season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Make beef mixture: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrots, and garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant and softened, 5 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink, 5 minutes more. Drain fat.
  3. Stir in frozen peas and corn and cook until warmed through, 3 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle meat with flour and stir to evenly distribute. Cook one minute more and add chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and let mixture thicken slightly, 5 minutes.
  5. Top beef mixture with an even layer of mashed potatoes and bake 20 minutes or until there is very little liquid visible and mashed potatoes are golden. Broil if desired.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Best Character Names

 

Puck – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

NevilleLongbottom 

 

Karmack

 

Matilda Wormwood

 

Mikhail Stanislaski

 

Huckleberry Finn

 

Ramona Quimby

 

Ichabod Crane

 

What are the best character names you’ve come across?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.


Books I Disliked/Hated…But Really Glad I Read

 

 

What are some books that fall on your bragging rights list?