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Hello again…

Hi, my name is Amber, and I used to blog pretty consistently around these parts. Time for a little bit of a life update.

(No, I’m not pregnant. I don’t know if anyone is assuming that, but it seems like anytime someone takes a break, says they have news, or even buys a seasonal picture frame with one more space than the number of children their family has,* people assume there is a pregnancy).

In the spirit of transparency and disclosure, I’ve honestly just been in a huge funk lately. I think there are a lot of circumstances that have caused it, but it’s been tough to do more than the bare minimum. I would sit down to write a post and find myself wasting time online until it was way later than I intended on staying up. I was kind of just shuffling through things and not putting much effort into anything. Even my last post, which I normally love writing, took me about three days to put together because I just kept procrastinating on it and getting distracted.

Things were so bad in my brain that I didn’t even want to listen to Christmas music. If you know me, then you know things are serious when I’m not chomping at the bit to start busting out the carols on November 1.

I’m making my way back to myself though. We’re making some family changes, and they’re going to help bring down our stress levels, which will help keep me a lot more balanced. I’ve started another blog to talk about our major focus right now. If you’re interested in reading about it, click here.

I’m ready to start writing again, and that’s a huge sign that I’m feeling more like myself again. I’m also ready to bust out the Christmas music, take down the fall decor, and Elf this place up while I’m hopped up on homemade peppermint mochas.

Or, uh, whatever.

I want to thank my husband, kiddos (human and canine), parents, and the other half of my brain at work and in life for sticking with me over the last few weeks and helping to bring me back to where I need to be. I have a tendency to want to hibernate and not want any human contact when I get in these moods, so I appreciate all of you dealing with me and making me be a person…even if I was crying about moldy bread or your recap of what I said to you when I was falling asleep. I’m ready to save the tears for the important things – episodes of This Is Us and that one commercial I usually see around this time of year where the mom is a soldier and announces her arrival home from deployment by driving the toy car into her house.

I’m not ugly crying…you’re ugly crying.

So, be prepared to see more writing from me again. I hope you’ve missed me because I’ve missed all of you!

* I saw this on Facebook recently. Someone who has a toddler and just had a baby earlier this year bought a snowman picture frame with three spots and someone asked if that third spot meant there was news. No! It means that it was a cute home decor piece that she stumbled upon while shopping with her two adorable children! The mother was very gracious in her response to the woman who asked if it meant potential news. Much, much more gracious than I would probably be in that situation!

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Amber Can Read : November 2017

Amber Can Read
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Hello! I broke my writing streak on Monday because I felt awful. I don’t know what the problem was, but I think I’m (mostly) on the mend now!

Time to talk about books!

Books read this month : 10!!

This is like the pre-marriage, pre-motherhood Amber level of reading! And none of these were children’s books or picture books. I don’t know how I managed this total!

Book 1 : Beauty and the Beast : Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

This was one of my two Beauty and the Beast themed books for the Erin 7.0 Reading Challenge. I really liked this one! It is a retelling of the classic tale, but there are some familiar elements in it.

Book 2 : Dogs and Their People by BarkPost

This was a book from the people who created BarkBox. It was another Erin 7.0 challenge book. I thought it was really cute!

Book 3 : How I Got My Wiggle Back by Anthony Field

I’ve mentioned a few times here and in real life that Charlotte really loves The Wiggles right now. So, when I saw this in the public library’s eBook collection, I was pretty intrigued. The first half of the book is really interesting. It talks about how the group was formed and some of their earlier days, including Anthony’s struggles with chronic pain and depression. The second half of the book is pretty much all about his treatment regiment and was kind of boring honestly. I think it should by my life’s mission to write a good biography of the past and current Wiggles…

Book 4 : Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross

I’ve seen this one pop up in a couple of these linkups, and it has usually had good reviews. This was a really extensive biography of Kurt Cobain (lead singer of Nirvana). Nirvana was one of junior high/high school bands of choice, and this book really gave a lot of background about his life, how the band was formed, and the struggles they faced even after they were famous. I’m glad I saw this one mentioned!

Book 5 : Wonder by RJ Palacio

Oh man. I picked this one up because I was going to participate in another book-related linkup, but I missed the deadline on it. However, I absolutely LOVED this book! I can’t wait to see the movie and see how some of the scenes were interpreted!

Book 6 : Slow Down by Nichole Nordeman

I liked the cover and description of this one, so I checked it out. There were a few things about embracing the season of motherhood that you’re in that made me cry, especially since it’s been a bit of a roller coaster lately around here! (#toddlerlife). 

Book 7 : The Underneath by Kate Appelt

This was my final Erin 7.0 challenge book, and it was just weird. It was not at all what I expected. I read it in a night because it had short chapters and because I didn’t want to waste more precious reading time than I needed to on it!

Book 8 : The Recovering Spender by Lauren Greutman

I used to read Lauren’s blog pretty regularly but stopped for some reason. I enjoyed this book, especially because it kind of goes along with the budgeting class I’m in right now. Some of her insights really hit me in the face because I could see myself and my behaviors in them!

Book 9 : Dot Journaling by Rachel Wilkerson Miller

I’m obsessed with planners and ways to make myself look a lot more organized than I actually am. Of course, now I’m obsessed with a new way of tracking. Thanks a lot, book.

Book 10 : Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan

I was really excited to read this one, and it (mostly) did not disappoint! I thought the ending was a little disappointing, but otherwise, it had me laughing out loud! She left it open for a potential sequel, so I’ll be curious to see if she does anything with it.

Linking up with Steph and Jana (their new logo for this linkup is fantastic too!). They’re going to have two linkups in December! This one will be on the 12th, and then they’re also planning to talk about their favorite books of the year on the 26th. I’ve got to start my list right now!

Read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments!

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Seven Sunday Sites

Get Trump out of Chief’s ear. I really couldn’t have come up with a better link title than that.

Have you seen Tiffany’s “Everyday Objects” collection? I strive to reach a point in our financial life where a $450 sterling silver and walnut ruler are considered everyday objects for us…

Great advice if you find yourself dragging going to work every day!

Good tips about mistakes to avoid when trying to get out of debt! Silver and walnut ruler, here we come! 😉

(Side note, the above article reminded me about Ibotta! I haven’t used it in so long, but it’s a rebate program for grocery shopping, which means free money!! Click here to sign up. It’s my referral link, which means I might get a small bonus if you sign up.)

Does the cooler weather have you thinking about winter? Here are some predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about winter weather for the 2017-18 season.

Last week, Nashville lost a fantastic man known as “Big Ben.” Will and I met him once at a Preds viewing party, and he was hilarious! He was only 33. If you are financially able to, please consider donating to his son’s college fund. If you’re not, please pray or send your positive thoughts to his family.

Yesterday was Veterans Day, but did you know that the month of November has been proclaimed as National Veterans and Military Families Month? Thank you to all who have served. It’s because of you that I’m able to sit on my couch and write things to put on the Internet.

Have a great week!

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My Week in Review (November 5 – 11)

2012 :

On fear and failure. I had forgotten about this post, but there are some good truths here!

2013 :

A book review about morning routines. This kind of reminds me of Miracle Morning!

I also started a 21 day blogging challenge where I went through a book. Check out days 1, 2, 3, and 4, along with my “oops“! I evidently went ahead and posted day 5 too. Past Amber was on it!

2014 :

Talking about goals…kind of. It was mostly about wanting to set them.

2015 :

I love the post from this week in 2015! It was a list of things that had made me cry while I was pregnant, and it included our low-key gender reveal!

2016 :

A busy week on the blog! First, I posted Charlotte’s 6 month update. Look how short her hair was! I also posted two things about the presidential election – before and after. Gulp.

2017 :

It’s been a busy and tiring week for us! We’re implementing a new system at work (shh…if you watched our Tuesday Newsday on the library’s Facebook feed this week, don’t talk about this…), so we’ve had a consultant in town for a dew days. It’s been tough on the old brain! That’s part of why my posts have been all over the place this week, time wise. Time for me to get back on my schedule!

Besides Charlotte’s one night of terrible non-sleep, we’ve had a good week familywise. Char said another new word Thursday night – bacon! Hahaha!! She also took three unassisted steps at my mom and dad’s house yesterday!!!! Ahhhh!!!!!

Picture of the Week :


This one is a split from the same day in 2015 and 2016. I need to look through my pictures and see if I have anything from the same day this year because that would be really cool to see!

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Little Letters : November 2017


Dear night time,

I don’t love you showing up before I leave work everyday, but if it brings us closer to Christmas, then okay, whatever.

Dear Thanksgiving,

I love you (because a holiday based around eating and gratitude is my jam…), but Christmas has much catchier music. Please forgive me if I start listening to Christmas carols this weekend!

Dear neighbors setting off fireworks,

If you wake Charlotte up, you will no longer like me. I mean, I don’t know if you like me anyway because I don’t think you’re actually in my neighborhood, but you really won’t like me if she wakes up. Also, dude, it’s November 10. What the heck??

Dear debt,

You’re going to like us even less than the neighbors above will if they wake up our daughter. Your time in our family is over. We have had it with you and your friends taking way too much of our money. Consider this your official eviction notice.

Dear pencil and paper,

I know that you get overlooked for fancier things like apps and other kinds of technology, but you’ve still got a spot in my heart. Don’t ever change.

Linking up with Kristin.