books | march 2017

Here’s a look at what I read in March:


The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9) | Lemony Snicket
The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10) | Lemony Snicket
The Grim Grotto  (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11) | Lemony Snicket
The Penultimate Peril  (A Series of Unfortunate Events #12)Lemony Snicket
The End  (A Series of Unfortunate Events #13)Lemony Snicket

This month was young adult series month, it seems! Finished the Series of Unfortunate Events books – my first time reading them. I can imagine devouring these as a kid and loving the three Baudelaires. Looking forward to watching the new Netflix series now that I’ve read all 13 books! These are written in such a fun style and the ending tied the series up in a very satisfying bow.





Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise, Part 1, 2, and 3 | Gene Luen Yang
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, Part 1, 2, and 3 | Gene Luen Yang
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift, Part 1, 2, and 3 | Gene Luen Yang
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow, Part 1, 2, and 3 | Gene Luen Yang
Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South Part 1, and 2 | Gene Luen Yang

Matthew and I recently watched the entirety of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Surprisingly enough to pretty much everyone I talked to about it, this was my first time watching the show (I’m late to most things). We found out there was a comic book series and quickly reserved all 14  of them from the library and flew through them. So fun, especially after the sadness of finishing the show. North & South Part 3 comes out later in April!


Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty

My one novel for the month! I loved Big Little Lies so I was super excited to read another Moriarty. This one was definitely good, I’m just not sure I love how it ended, order-wise. But all-in-all a great page turner that I enjoyed after so many series reads.

Read Together:


Out Of The Silent Planet (Space Trilogy #1) | C.S. Lewis
Perelandra ( Space Trilogy #2) | C.S. Lewis 

Matthew reads to me every night before bed and it’s one of the things I look forward to most each day. We’re currently working our way through C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy and finished Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra in March. A fun, weird, and heady trilogy worth checking out if you’re a fan of sci-fi and/or C.S. Lewis.

 

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On Deck
That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy #3) | C.S. Lewis
Scot Pilgrim vs. The World series | Bryan Lee O’Malley
It Was Me All Along | Andie Mitchell
Simply Tuesday | Emily P. Freeman
Married And Still Loving It | Gary Chapman & Harold Myra
The Best Yes | Lysa TerKeurst
Wild and Free | Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan

More graphic novels and some popular reads that I’ve seen circulating the blogger scene + a couple randoms I selected off the library shelf.

Want more? Follow along with me on Goodreads!

I’d love to hear what you’re reading!

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books | march 2017

i love: september – mug edition

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the object enthusiast, alewine pottery, anthropologie, freckled hen farmhouse, anthropologie, starbucks, alewine pottery, starbucks

 

Hi friends! Happy first day of fall! Let’s celebrate with a list of yummy mugs!

I can’t wait until the weather is a bit cooler and the warm drinks in pretty mugs are a regular occurrence. Coffee, tea, cider, hot chocolate, doesn’t matter just bring it on!

This pretty collection is a few of my current favorites – simple color schemes with charming designs? I’ll take one of each, please.

i love: september – mug edition

i love: november

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make room 2015 advent calendar + devotional by the naptime diaries, mama bear necklace by rebekah gough, fikire leather pouch by fashionABLE, pinecone fire starter DIY from somethingturquoise, project life card organizer by stamp-n-storage, knitting/crocheting needle case by otterburnpq, sorry i’m late tee from thug life shirts, octopus ornament from crate & barrel

The Holiday season is upon us! One of my favorite parts of this time of year is everything feeling a bit cozier. That pinecone fire starter DIY is calling to me, or at least taking up candle making…

The advent calendar + devotional looks like such a lovely way to prepare for Christmas, and I think I’ve found the cutest ornament ever! The tee is so me it’s embarrassing, so I think my goal is to work on my attitude toward going to things for the next two months.

A few things on my list all fall into the organization category, not surprisingly. I keep finding myself digging around the bottom of my purse, so a pretty leather pouch sounds perfect. It’s a similar story with my knitting needles (and now crochet hooks!) – they are all in about four locations – and this is by far the loveliest case I’ve found. And I can’t really ever get enough of Project Life organizing systems. This one is amazing because the slots are customizable and it sits out so everything is visible, and therefore usable.

Lastly, with all the baby shower prepping I’ve been doing mamahood is on the brain, and that sweet mama bear necklace is simply gorgeous.

 

P.S. Fun news! I’m starting a new job today! After a few days of delay it’s finally my first official day. This is also a big part of why my posting has been a little more sporadic than ought to have been. I’m a bit nervous but mostly excited. I’m still processing and deciding what this means for this space, but I intend to keep writing and posting – just maybe a little less frequently. We shall see!

Cheers + Happy Wednesday!

i love: november

cilantro lime avocado magic

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If you’re anything like me, you sometimes find bags of old, slimy, black herbs in your fridge that never had the chance to reach their full potential.

They were purchased with the good intentions of joining taco night, topping pasta dishes, or flavoring soups, only to be partially used and then forgotten. Until weeks later. Slimy and black and destined for the trash.

And another thing: what about all that flavor in the stems? Is that just automatically condemned to the trash or compost for it’s lack of leafyness?

Well to all of that I say: no more!

I was inspired the other day to throw some of the best taco toppings into a food processor and make a little magic. Here’s the gist:

Cilantro Lime Avocado Magic Stuff

  • 1 bunch of cilantro leftovers – stems and all!
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt

    Throw all of your ingredients into the food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

So now, what do you do with something like this? Well, what DON’T you do? [that’s an exaggeration, there is plenty you absolutely should not do with this magic stuff]

It makes a fantastic topping on tacos, chili, soups, and just about any dish with “southwestern” in the name. It also simplifies serving as it combines three delicious toppings into one!

This stuff is really strong. I could eat it with a spoon, but Matthew not so much.

It is also a great base for a salad dressing! Keep it Paleo/Whole30 by adding some pepper and thinning it out with oil. Or go for a creamy dressing and add some mayo/greek yogurt, pepper, and then thin it out with some oil. For both of these I would recommend a light, flavorless oil like grapeseed or avocado oil.

The batch I made kept well for 4 days sealed in the fridge, but there wasn’t any left after that to know how long it’ll stay good for.

I can’t wait to make some more….cilantrolimeavocadomagic

cilantro lime avocado magic

our wedding // reception

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Party time!

But really, there’s nothing quite like the relief of being DONE planning a wedding and being able to just relax and enjoy everything and everyone.

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We spent some time before the reception taking more portraits [which resulted in some muuuuuch better light].

But then it was on to dinner!

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One of the big things I learned about planning a wedding is that at the end of the day the details don’t really matter – it just matters that you plan and prepare for something. People need to eat and somewhere to do that, but the specifics of what and where don’t make or break the day [unless it’s like reeeeeally bad, then maybe it would]. I love hearing the relief and joy in the parents’ voices at receptions – it’s just too good.

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We had a bounce house at our wedding. No, I’m not kidding. It was so much fun my family even used it the next day for a birthday celebration too!

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For our wedding favors we made homemade vanilla extract, bottled and labeled it all ourselves. We even spent hours and multiple drill bits on making the custom display…

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Entering the party like: whaaaat whaaat

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First dance! Let me just say, if you’re nervous about this you should be. Not really, but I would definitely recommend practicing before hand. You don’t need legit dance lessons or anything, but just practice moving together and talk about how you want your dance to go. We trimmed our song down quite a bit so that it didn’t drag on. It was definitely short, but we didn’t have any awkward moments of “man, this song just keeps going, doesn’t it?”

Don’t be nervous, this part is way fun even if you aren’t a dancer couple planning on doing the Dirty Dancing routine.

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One of my favorite parts of the reception was the anniversary dance! We chose some songs to be played and had all the married couples come to the dance floor to dance. Then callers announced lengths of time and the couples sat down as the number of years surpassed their years of marriage until only the couple marred the longest was left. The first one was: “if you have been married for less than 4 hours, please have a seat” which ended Matthew and I’s short stint on the floor :). It was lots of fun and it turned out my aunt & uncle were the winners!

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Instead of a traditional cake, we had a tower of mini cinnamon rolls. So. Good.
[our cute cake topper]

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One of the other personal touches was the bonfire + s’mores.

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Dance party!

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We enjoyed every last drop of the evening, in spite of the dropping temperatures.

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It was such a good day.

our wedding // reception

twelve blankets one year // september 

Welp, finally getting around to posting September’s blanket!

In September I decided I didn’t want to buy any yarn and instead used my stash of scraps to make a scrap yarn blanket! This blanket is 100% inspired by this one. But I definitely don’t think it turned out quuuuuite as well ;).

I knit this blanket in the seed stitch which I think works really well since adding the different blocks causes the stitching to go in different directions.

One of the hardest parts of this blankets was picking up the right amount of stitches. As you can tell by the bubbling in some sections, I picked up too many on some rows which makes the whole thing a little awkward.

In it’s current completed state it’s quite small and reminds me more of a door mat or a small area rug than a blanket. But the cool thing is I can just pick it up and add more whenever!

This was a fun little blanket to try out the technique on, but this pattern has my mind swirling with ideas…

Simple, easy enough, and my favorite: done.

twelve blankets one year // september