Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

I know Valentine's Day gets a bad name, but in my opinion that's completely wrong. What's not to love about a holiday devoted to love! Today I put together a few fun gift ideas. Obviously you don't need to give someone a gift to show your love (unless that's your love language) , but sometimes it's fun to give a little something! 

Personalized Mug / UGG Slippers / Headband / Heart Serving Spoon 

Treat Jar / Custom Stitched Placemat OPI Nail Polish 

PS : To my husband, I do not want/need any gifts this year. I'm buying the massage gun (which we know is as much a gift for me as you) and you can buy takeout. But if you really insist, I wouldn't say no to a king size Reese's Heart

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


I haven't written one of these posts since May, so now 8 months later seems an appropriate time for an update! 

So currently I'm......

Watching ... I finally finished this latest season of The Crown and think it may have been my favorite. I'm excited to see what they do with the final two seasons! Now we're slowly watching Bridgerton to try and savor it. 

Eating ... A few months ago I had my annual doctor's visit and was told I need to watch my cholesterol levels, so we've been eating lots of salmon. I really only know two ways to make it, so if you have any good recipes I'd love if you'd share 

Loving ... that I'm still working from home! And rumors around the office are that there are no plans for us to return to an office any time soon 

Listening to ... Taylor Swift's Evermore. Dropping it during prime Christmas music listening time meant I didn't have enough time to fully appreciate it at first, so I'm really enjoying digging into it more now 

Reading ... Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella. I'd been on the wait list so long at the library that when I finally downloaded it I forgot what it was about, but about 100 pages into it and I'm enjoying so far! 

Anticipating ... The long holiday weekend plus a few extra vacation days off work next week! 

What is currently going on in your life? 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

2021Reading Challenge Books

I have a goal of reading 30 books this year, or about 2.5 a month. Hopefully 2021 is a little busier work/travel wise meaning less time to read, so I think this is a happy medium between the 12 books I read in 2019 and the 53 I read in 2020. I thought a fun way to help encourage me to reach that goal is to make a reading challenge. I've never done this before so it could end up being a total disaster, but I thought it sounded like a fun idea! To make my list I decided to pick 21 specific books (inspired by my book club picks and the Popsugar reading challenge prompts) and leave the other 7 as miscellaneous ones that catch my eye during the year. 

1. Code Girls (January book club)

2. The Lions of Fifth Avenue (February book club)

3. A Woman is No Man (March book club)

4. The Dutch House (May book club) 

5. The Book of Longings (June book club) 

6. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (July book club) 

7. The Book Thief (December book club) 

8. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  (A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign) 

9. Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune ( A magical realism book )

10. Z A Novel of Zella Fitzgerald ( A book whose title starts with “Q,” “X,” or “Z”) 

11. Evvie Drake Starts Over (A book about do-overs or fresh starts) 

12. The Night Portrait (A book about art or an artist) 

13. The Perfume Collector (The book that’s been on your TBR list for the longest amount of time)

14. The Lacuna (A book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction) 

15. Hollow Kingdom (A genre hybrid) 

16. Next Year in Havana (A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t) 

17. The Floating Feldmans (A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child) )

18. The Stationary Shop (The book on your TBR list with the prettiest cover) 

19. The Book of Lost Names (A book set in multiple countries)

20. The Rose Code (A book that published in 2021)

21. The Royal We (A book with a family tree) 

What's your reading goal this year? Do you make a reading challenge list?

Monday, January 4, 2021

Hello 2021

Remember this time last year when our biggest concern was writing the year out as 2020 vs. just abbreviating it as 20 for fear that someone would change that date on documentations? I'm literally laughing thinking about how we were concerned with that! I think it's safe to say we're going into 2021 with a few more concerns. Even though the calendar changed to a new year the problems of last year are not gone. 

Last January it was impossible to imagine all that 2020 would hold, so I'm not even going to try and do that for 2021. My overall goal for 2020 was to live each day with intention and honestly looking back on it now that's the best possible goal I could have come up with for such a difficult year. I decided I'm not going to do a big 2020 goals recap because honestly getting through the year seems like a win enough. The only goal I want to highlight was my success in my personal goal of reading 15 books; I beat that by reading a total of 54 books! I did this by being intentional and making it a priority every day to include some "me time" devoted to this hobby. 

And that leads me to my 2021 resolution. This year I want to continue living with intention and doing more of what brings me joy. That's it; that's my plan for 2021. I may make some smaller monthly goals as the year goes on, but overall I just want to create joy in my everyday. A few months back I made it a habit to start the day reminding myself of 3 things I was excited about for that day, and the days I did that were the best days. There is good in every day and I plan to remind myself of that in 2021. 

Wishing you joy in 2021!