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The Daily Dime : March 2018

Time for a Daily Dime post where I share 10 pictures from one day in my life. These pictures were taken last Saturday on St. Patrick’s Day.

One//Around 8:45 AM
IMG_20180317_084920Charlotte has been cramming her mouth full of food lately. I don’t know why she does it, but you can see her chipmunk cheeks here! You can also see a little bit of Koopa in the background.

Two//Around 9:30 AMIMG_20180317_092716Koopa had a long overdue grooming appointment (he was so smelly!), and it was a pretty day, so we decided to go a few places after we dropped him off. This was our first stop – Charbucks as we call it. I also found a quarter on the floor under my chair. #LuckoftheIrish

Three//Around 10:30 AMIMG_20180317_102713Our next stop was Charget (yes, we really do call the coffee place Charbucks and the store Charget…we have issues lol). I love this picture because it shows what a big girl she’s becoming! Plus, it was so sweet seeing them holding hands!

Four//Around 10:30 AMIMG_20180317_103346While Will was waiting in the checkout line, Charlotte and I went over to the not just a dollar spot and browsed. She loved this hat, so of course we had to buy it!

Five//Around 11:00 AMIMG_20180317_110036She picked this out completely on her own. Girl’s got good taste! She also had to wear the hat for the rest of the morning. It was so cute!!

Six//Around 12:00 PMIMG_20180317_115052Around 4 AM Saturday morning, we had a pretty heavy storm with hail. The hail was still there the next day, even though it was close to 80 degrees outside! It fascinated me!

Seven//Around 4:45 PMIMG_20180317_164428Clean and soft Koopa! He was posing in his bandanna from the groomer!

Eight//Around 6:00 PMIMG_20180317_175608After naptime and an early dinner, we decided to go a few more places. Char climbed up on this bench on her own, and Will and I were both trying to take the perfect picture of her. Love this expression!

Nine//Around 8:30 PMIMG_20180317_202959Char got a couple of new pairs of pajamas. These were from the boy’s section, but they said “squadron goals” which made me laugh for a good two minutes, so we had to get those too. I think she was waving good night at the camera!

Ten//Around 10:00 PMIMG_20180317_220111Spending the day at the dog spa can wear a pup out! I had to crop this one for the sake of decency (ha!), but he also had his back paws crossed. Such a gentleman.

It was so nice to have a sunny, warm Saturday! We’ve had so much rain lately, and now it’s super cold here again. Come on Spring…we’re tired of Winter!

I’m not sure if this is a linkup still, but I enjoy these posts, so I’ll keep doing them!

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Amber Can Read : March 2018

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Books read this month : 2 

You can generally tell how my life is going by the number of books I’ve read in a month and how often I post on here. Since I only read 2 books last month and this is just my second post in March, I’ll let you be the judge of how everything is right now!

Book 1 : Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Ugh. I should’ve just read the first one in this trilogy and called it a day. Books two (reviewed in February) and this one were both terrible! I feel like Kwan tried to pack too much into both of the books and got away from the snarky humor that I loved so much in the first one. Plus, this one felt like it ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger. Cliffhanger may not be the right word, but something was revealed that just seemed thrown in and could’ve been more fully explored. I don’t recommend this one at all.

Book 2 : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

On a recent quiet afternoon at work, my friend showed me the movie trailer for this and then insisted that I needed to read it. I checked it out with the intention to get to it after my huge stack of things that I’ve had checked out since December (for the Erin 8.0 challenge). Instead, I read this one in two days, staying up ridiculously late one night to finish it! Oops! It took me a little bit to get into because it’s written as letters, and I got a little confused about who the characters were (#toddlermombrain), but once things clicked for me, I didn’t want to put it down! I really enjoyed this one and recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction (World War II era…which is my favorite historical fiction era!) or anyone who likes a twist on a love story. She and I are planning to see the movie and hope it lives up to the book.

Here’s hoping to things calming a down a bit so I can read and write more often! Have you read anything good lately? Be sure to share your recent favorites with me so I can read them…eventually! 🙂

Linking up with Steph and Jana!

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Sentence a Day : February 2018

Hello again! I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback and encouragement on my post about having trouble being motivated to blog. I took a few days off and found that I missed writing, so I’m back just in time for the Sentence a Day linkup!

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1 – Today was a good day.

2 – Cold day but no snow.

My caption on Instagram was a joke about people eating Tide Pods. One of my coworkers made this the desktop background on one of our front desk computers. Funny, funny. 

3 – Living near family is a gift!

Our letter board was ready for the big game…

4 – See yesterday’s statement. 😉

5 – Lunch with Jen was fun!

Strike a pose!

6 – Another lunch with another college friend!

I have a feeling that someone is watching me…

7 – Feeling not so great 🙁

8 – Big program at work was a success, and I’m glad it’s over!

9 – I feel discouraged today.

10 – Tons of rain, plus Char was up half the night…blerg.

11 – No nap today made for a long day!

Wonder if she’s scheduling her lack of a nap in my planner…

12 – Mom and Dad are sick, so I was home with Char today…and no nap again!

This is her favorite Snapchat filter, and I love that Will got in on it too!

13 – Today has been very discouraging.

14 – We received some much needed good news today!!

15 – Aaaand, I’m back down again…

16 – Yay for forgotten gift cards from Christmas!

17 – Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can climb back up.

Mama and Charlotte selfie time!

18 – I’m more fascinated by Char’s toys than she is…

Sometimes a girl needs to sit in her chair, eat some Goldfish crackers, and watch a few videos on Mama’s iPad…

19 – Things are looking up!

20 – Gorgeous weather and free coffee today!

21 – Raining yet again, but it’s warm, so I’m getting spring fever!

22 – So we’re back to poor sleep again, huh…meh

23- Free coffee, sunshine, and Friday!!

I have no shame in admitting that I was trying to get her to hold the belt over her head like a WWE champion.

24 – Char, Mom, and I went consignment shopping today, and it was fun!

25 – Char walked around the grocery store, then ate an entire banana – living the dream…

26 – Saw Jen for a second time this month, plus went to the gym for the first time in nearly three years…ouch!

27 – Moving your arms is overrated.

28 – Feeling so much more optimistic than I have in a while!

I took my work bag and lunchbox to the car, and this is what I returned to. So sweet!

Did you write a sentence a day in February? Join the linkup!

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Slogging Through Blogging

I’m struggling with this blog lately. One part of me just wants it to keep being what I started it as – a way to write and share thoughts and enjoy myself. The other part of me has started doing things to try to make money from blogging, but I haven’t had much success and am feeling discouraged. Honestly, the money making side is making the writing side not fun anymore. I think it’s because my efforts aren’t really focused, and I’m trying a lot of different things at the same time instead of building upon things. I’ve gotten into that all or nothing mentality that I’m so bad about.

Those of you who read this regularly – and not just because I’ve joined some kind of comment thread on a Facebook group – what do you enjoy reading about? Do you really care if I post every day, or would you rather see me skip a day instead of putting filler up? I know I set a goal to write every single day this year, but that’s starting to feel tedious and forced. Plus, my mindset behind it was if I publish every day, then that will increase my traffic, which will increase ad revenue, etc. It has sort of worked, but I’m rethinking a lot of things on here.

Blah, sorry if this sounds negative. I’m actually pretty happy right now. Maybe that’s why I’m looking at this with a more critical eye; now that I’ve got some big worries off of my plate, I can start looking at the little things in life again!

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday! We think Char is getting her two year molars in because sleep has been a mess lately. She and Will laid down for a nap a little while ago, and I’m hoping she’s more pleasant when she gets up!

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Slight Scheduling Change

Charlotte didn’t want to go to bed last night, so I didn’t get my Week in Review post finished. Since it’s semi-started, I’m going to post it tomorrow and skip Seven Sunday Sites this week. I don’t know if she’s getting more teeth or what but dang her sleep has been rough the last couple of nights. Blah.


Management 😜