Posted in life

Can We Talk About Racism?

[Amber Note : This is waaaaay outside of my comfort zone, but it’s been on my heart quite a bit lately. I’m not going to apologize for it though because I really feel compelled to write about it. If you disagree with what I say, that’s your choice, but I refuse to engage in any kind of debates about this topic. And for those of you that don’t want to read anything heavy, I promise to be back to frivolity in my next post.]

I am white.

I had never really given my whiteness a second thought.

I always made sure to point out the black friends that I had, as though that made me less white. But I never fought for them. I never thought I had to. Until now.

Regardless of your political, religious, or whatever other affiliation, I think we should all be able to agree that what is happening right now is unacceptable. Why is it suddenly “acceptable” to be racist? Why are white people emboldened to make death threats to black people who make comments about their discomfort in certain places? Most of all, why do I feel so helpless to do anything about all of this?

I debated a lot about writing this. I don’t really know that this has a point, other than to just clear my own head. I said back in November that I was tired of being silent, and yet I so easily slipped back into being silent. No. More. I still plan to be 99% fluff around here, but that 1% will be my real voice. That 1% is my small way to start doing better and to stop feeling so helpless. Who’s with me? 

Posted in Linkups

Little Letters : August 2017

TazandBelly-Little-Letter-Linkup

Dear Chris Pratt and Anna Faris,

I am legitimately saddened by your separation. I don’t usually get too interested in celebrity marriages because they don’t last, but I was rooting for you guys, especially after reading a clickbait article that showed your back-and-forth affection on the Twitter. Sigh.


Dear Starbucks,

Your summer game is kind of meh. Why are you only giving one star as a reward? That’s bogus…


Dear August,

I’m not ready for you. I know it’s the 11th, but I still can’t accept that you’re already here.


Dear Sirius/XM Satellite Radio,

I scoffed at you in the past, but I’ve been hooked on your 90s pop, 90s alternative rock, and 90s hip hop stations (see a trend here?) during my trial. You’ve hooked my husband with your sports and heavy metal channels. Dang you, we’re going to have to subscribe, aren’t we?


Dear tattoo,

I’ve only had you for two weeks, but I’m ready to give you a sibling already. I never understood how or why your kind were considered addictive, but now I totally get it.

P.S., I plan to write about you soon. Are you prepared for the fame?

Linking up with Taz and Belly

Posted in Humor, life

Weird and Wonderful Gifts for the Lefty in Your Life

This post contains affiliate links. Want to know what that means? Read my disclosure policy for the details.

August 13 is International Left Hander’s Day. In my shameless attempt to always get free things, I’ve put together a handy little guide of gift ideas for your favorite lefty…

Screenshot of Ned Flander's store the Leftorium from the Simpsons TV show
If this store was real, then this post wouldn’t have to exist.

Left Handed Ballpoint Pens

These are angled and supposed to eliminate that annoying smearing and hand staining that a lot of pens cause. Let’s hear it for clean hands!

A notebook for lefties!

No more getting ridges on your hand/arm from the spiral of traditional notebooks. Between this and the pens, writing may actually be comfortable again!

Majestic Unicorn T-Shirt

I always knew that I was a majestic unicorn, and this shirt confirms it…

Left Handed Scissors

I’m going to be honest – unless I try these out, I’m not sure how they’ll differ from regular scissors. Then again, my brain is tired, so I could be missing something completely obvious here!

Left Handed Tape Measure

I don’t use a tape measure often (stop laughing, Mom), but when I do, I always have a moment of hesitation trying to set it up. The struggle is real, my friends.

Ambidextrous Can/Jar/Bottle Opener

Okay, this one is not specifically for lefties, but it can be helpful if you’re sharing a house with righties!

Hope all of my lefties have a great Left Handers Day!

Posted in Linkups

Amber Can Read : August 2017

This post contains affiliate links. Want to know what that means? Read my disclosure policy for the details.

It’s National Book Lovers Day! I was supposed to publish this last night, but now I’m going to pretend like I waited until today for the sake of the day…

Amber Can Read

Before I dive into what I’ve read since July, I’ve got to share the one book I managed to read from my June post to the day that I should’ve posted for July.

I finally read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and it was really, really, really good. It was extremely challenging to read at times but very eye-opening. I highly recommend it!

Books read this month : 3

Book 1 : Love Story by Karen Kingsbury – Karen Kingsbury books are my guilty pleasure and literary crack. I can’t turn them down, even if they’re usually incredibly cheesy and semi-predictable. This one was pretty good though! Or maybe I’m just brainwashed…

Book 2 : Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz – My month of books by women named Karen continues. This was another Imagination Library book. Charlotte was indifferent about it. I was fascinated. Where is baby’s belly button? Where is his hat? What is behind this flap? Mystery upon mystery upon mystery.

Book 3 : I Will Take A Nap! by Mo Willems – And my non-Karen book of the month rounds out my three reads. Ha! I think the Elephant and Piggie books are adorable, so when Charlotte received this from one of my friends, I was really excited. Char has started pulling books down from her bookshelf when she plays, so I will read a couple of them to her while she’s playing. I got really into this one, doing voices and everything. I think she appreciated my performance because she stopped playing for 2.5 seconds to look at me. I’m winning at life.

Have you read anything good lately? Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page!

Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Posted in Linkups

Currently : August 2017

Sunset over an ocean with an overlay of the word currently written in white cursive

 

Snacking (on) : Coffee and doughnuts and ice cream. Ughhhh. That doesn’t really help my whole “I really want to lose weight” situation. Unfortunately, our new house is about a two minute drive from a combo Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins. I know I’ve mentioned before how one of the employees knows our coffee order. I’ve got to change this habit!

Anticipating : Cooler weather! If I could walk to the mailbox without sweating my face off, that would be fantastic!

Borrowing : DVDs and books from the library I work at. I may or may not have had these checked out since sometime in June. Apologies to anyone who visits my library and wants to read any of my reading challenge books.

Admiring : Anyone who seems like they have their act together right now! I have felt so scatterbrained all summer, and August has arrived a lot more quickly than I anticipated. Suddenly all of these summer projects that I thought I had a lot of time to complete are due RIGHT FLIPPING NOW. I think I’ve just figured out why I’m consuming so much coffee and sugar…

Purchasing : Nothing lately since my debit card has been making it rain with a lot of online shopping lately (“You got another package today. What did you order this time?” – said my husband earlier this week). Also, I might have just gotten a new-to-me car when Will got his new-to-him car to replace his poor wrecked Fiesta. I believe that someone needs to take my debit card…and my Internet…away from me…

Want to join in next month? Link up on September 6 and talk about what you’re currently celebrating, watching, welcoming, preparing, and photographing. Don’t have a blog? Post on social media and use #currentlylinkup so I can find it!

Linking up with Anne and Shea

Posted in Linkups, motherhood

Enjoy Your Journey

Today was the first day of school in my county. My Facebook and Instagram feeds were filled with posts and pictures that all shared a common theme : “I can’t believe how fast time is going.”

Since Charlotte had been pretty restless all night and decided to give us a 4:30 AM wake up call, it seems so hard for me to think about time going quickly, but I know it does. She is learning new skills daily and approaching milestones that seemed like far away concepts just a few days ago.

IMG_20170801_073916.jpg
This is what a rough morning looks like…

Part of me wishes that she would stay little; she’s so sweet and affectionate (when she wants to be!), and it’s fun watching her interact with the world around her. However, the bigger part of me is looking forward to seeing her grow and develop as a person. I’m curious to see what her personality will be like. I want to be able to talk to her and have her respond back to me with more than just a couple of words or random babble. And, let’s be real here, I really, really, really look forward to the days when her sleep is more consistent (when she’s about, what, 20 or 25? Ha!).

But, I’m not going to wish this time away. I’m going to attempt to savor every moment – good and bad. We are not having more children so every phase we go through is the first and last time we will experience those things as parents. I’m going to work on enjoying the journey because before I know it, we’ll be sending out high school graduation invitations, and I’ll be trying to remember what life was like when she was little. Enjoy your journey. Even the not-so-enjoyable parts have a purpose, and one day, they will be what you miss.

OPLG Blog
Linking up with Our Pretty Little Girls
Posted in Linkups

Guys Behind the Blog : July 2017

It’s time to hear from Will again! And, not only am I participating in this linkup, I’m also co-hosting! Woo hoo!
 Guys Behind the Blog - New - 1
(Funny story about my picture…evidently Will and I didn’t take any pictures of just us after the wedding, so I had to find one that was easy to crop people out of! Sorry, family!)
1.) What is your least favorite thing about summer?
Will : The swampy hotness
Me : That sounds like the name of a terrible cover band
Will : I know what I’m doing next year
Me : Who are you covering?
Will : Not sure yet
Look for our first single to drop next summer…
2.) What is a must have for summer for you?
Will : Any kind of cold drink

3.) Grilling…only for men? Favorite meal to make on a grill?

 

Will : No, it’s not. You can never go wrong with a nice grilled steak. Wrap some baked potatoes up in tin foil, cook them on the grill, that’s really good too.

Me : I’m going to need you to go buy a grill, some steak, and potatoes tomorrow.
4.) What’s your favorite thing to do after work on a summer evening?

Will : Just relax

IMG_20170618_214807.jpg
This is what happens when Will tries to relax!

5.) What’s one summer project you’d like to accomplish before the season ends?

Will : I guess it would be spraying the fence with weed killer so that can get cleared up.
Linking up with Crystal and Jessica. Join us by clicking the link below!

1af60-gbtb2b-2bhall2baround2btexas

The August linkup will be on August 31, and here are the questions:

1.) August is back to school for most kids…was that a day you used to look forward to? Or no?
2.) What was your best memory from this summer?
3.) What are you looking forward to for the later half of the year?
4.) What is your dream vehicle?

5.) Tell us about your occupation…