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Amber Can Read : May 2019

Another month, another list of books that I’ve read!


  1. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I listened to this one, and let me just tell you, there are a lot of love scenes in it. I felt like that was every other chapter…or twice a chapter…or seventeen times a chapter…whatever. It’s a cute story with a cute premise (although a little bit predictable, which says a lot since I rarely ever figure out twists in books!). Recommended if you like love stories and don’t mind excessive fornication (that may be the only time this phrase ever appears on this blog!).

2. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Okay, now we’re on to one without excessive…well, you know. I really enjoyed this one. It had a fun concept, and it had a couple of big twists/surprises that I didn’t expect (see note above about me being bad about figuring out twists…ha!). Recommended for fans of lighter mysteries or of Kinsella’s other books.

3. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

Admittedly, I only got this one because I saw that it was made into a movie with Anna Kendrick, who I want to be my new best friend (sorry, Kelly Clarkson). This was an interesting book, and it kept me on my toes. I want to see the movie now because I’ve heard that they made quite a few changes to the story. Recommended for mystery/suspense fans.

4. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

This is the kind of but not really sequel to The Wedding Date. It had a better premise and not quite as much…adult time. I liked it better and would recommend it to anyone who likes cutesy love stories or anyone who read Wedding Date and wants to know a little more about a couple of the characters in it.

5. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

Spoiler alert- the “how” in this book is primarily meditation, and we go a loooooong way around the world to get there. I still enjoyed the book because I like autobiographical books, and I enjoy hearing books narrated by the author, but this one could’ve been a touch shorter. Recommended for biography/autobiography fans or anyone that wants to learn a little more about meditation.

6. Food Freedom Forever  by Melissa Hartwig

I completed a Whole 30 in January (4th try is a charm haha), and I am currently on Day 14 of a summer-long Whole 90. This book was really interesting because it helped me see that I don’t have to go off the rails of healthy eating once I’m not doing a Whole Whatever. I tend to have an all or nothing type personality, so on January 31, I rapidly slipped back into my old habits without doing the reintroduction protocol or thinking of a long term strategy. This book has helped me see how I can have long term success with healthy eating, plus what I can do when (not if) I mess up and am veering towards unhealthy habits. Recommended for anyone who has wondered what to do after a Whole 30 or anyone who just wants to have a better relationship with their food.

7. The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

I didn’t know much about her before reading this, so this book was interesting and informative. However, I felt like it was a little jumbled and jumped around a lot. She would start a chapter talking about one initiative or idea and then would be on something that seemed unrelated without any type of segue. She probably could have cut some of the content by leaving some of it out, but then again, it may appeal to other audiences. Recommended for anyone who likes autobiographies or who is interested in politics on a state and national level.

8. I’ll Be There For You by Kelsey Miller

I’m casually binge watching Friends, so when I saw this one on my library’s eBook app, I checked it out immediately! It gives a background of how the show was created and cast, as well as insights about how the show grew over its ten seasons. It also brought up some of the problematic elements of the show, such as the homophobic jokes. Recommended for any fans of the show.

9. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

How have I just now read this one?!? I know I’m behind the curve on this one, but I really enjoyed it! I definitely did not expect the killer to be who the killer was either! Recommended for fans of YA or mysteries.

10.  You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

This one started out a little slow and hippie-ish for me, but as I got into it, I was more hooked. She has a lot of practical lists and tips, as well as some great quotes to remember. Recommended for any self-help fans who don’t mind a little woo woo at the beginning!

Total for the month : 10

Total for 2019 : 49

Have you read anything good lately? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Currently : May 2019

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, so it’s time to see what I’m currently up to!

Currently

Admiring : Pretty spring dresses! I used to have a lot more dresses, but I think they shrunk after sitting in the closet and being unworn for a while…or at least that’s my story for now! Amazon has some cute floral dresses (too lazy to link) and I’ve seen some cute ones in Walmart, of all places. I may have to use a small portion of my monthly “fun money” to start to replenish my dress collection!

Playing : Too many time-wasting games on my phone! I’ve got to delete them if I want to accomplish anything and get my act together!!!

Borrowing : Approximately 17,000 streaming audiobooks and eBooks from the Nashville library! Okay, maybe it’s just 10, but it feels like all of them are available for checkout at the same time, then I have to make the harrowing choice of which one I’ll start first!

Remembering : The early days with Charlotte. Google Photos keeps showing me pictures from the year she was born, and man, what a trip down memory lane!

Finishing : The academic year at work! Phew!! It’s been a heck of a year, and I’m glad to have a little bit of breathing room during the summer sessions.

What are you currently up to?

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Spring Bucket List Update : April 2019

Time for a one-month Spring Bucket List update!

1. Celebrate our family’s spring birthdays – We’ve almost done this one! We’ve got one more celebration for Charlotte coming up this weekend, and then we can check this one off the list! 🙂

2. Create a playroom for Charlotte – Not even close! The room still looks exactly the same as it has for the last couple of months! My mom and I are planning a joint garage sale in May, so I think after that, I can make some progress on this goal!

3. Finish a course – I haven’t even looked at any of my courses over the last few weeks. Sigh.

4. Go on an Easter egg hunt – Oh man, this one has been a doozy. It has rained every weekend for the last month! My work egg hunt got postponed and then cancelled. Another egg hunt we planned to go to got moved indoors, so we thought that wouldn’t be fun. This one was a failure, but Charlotte got 3 different Easter baskets yesterday, so I don’t think she’s hurting for candy/treats!

5. Participate in Rachel Cruze’s contentment challenge – I got the journal but don’t plan to start it until May 1 so I won’t be starting on a random day. I think I missed her challenge, but I’m still going to count this one as “in progress” since I’m starting soon!

6. Practice brush lettering – Not yet. I haven’t even thought about this one!

7. Spring Cleaning –Not yet, but I know that as we start moving things to the garage for the garage sale and decluttering, this one will start happening by default.

8. Take Charlotte to the Children’s Museum – We haven’t had a chance to do this one yet. April has been a really busy month, so we will plan a day in May or early June for this one.

9. Take Koopa to the Dog Bakery –We picked up a birthday treat for him from the bakery, but he wasn’t with us because we had been running other errands. I’m going to call this one a partially finished item until we take him somewhere else.

10. Walk a 5K – Not yet! My mom and I went on a short walk last week, and I realized that I have a lot of work to do before I’m ready to walk 3 consecutive miles. It’s hard for me not to feel discouraged since I used to be a lot more in-shape, but that doesn’t help anything!

So, that leaves me with one failure, two in-progress items, and seven not even started tasks. Eep! Here’s hoping that the other participants have fared better than I have so far!

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On your third birthday

Dear Charlotte,

I feel like it was just your second birthday, and yet here we are on your third birthday! Actually, I feel like you were just born, but you are definitely not a baby anymore!!

Your personality and sense of humor are so much fun! Sometimes you say things that floor all of us and make us wonder what’s going on in that brain of yours! You have become such a big helper – getting Koopa’s food, straightening your room, loading groceries onto the conveyor belt, and tons of other things. You are such a curious girl, always asking “what was that?” and “what happened?” I love your questions and your curiosity!

You don’t really watch The Wiggles anymore, but you still play with the little Wiggles figures that were on your birthday cake last year. You really love watching videos on the iPad, but you also love playing outside and your toys…especially your Paw Patrol finger puppets, Sloppy, and your Elmo ABCs that Santa brought you. You love to sing, and we usually sing at night when we’re snuggling at bedtime. You try to trick me into singing Baby Shark at bedtime, which I don’t fall for since it winds you up! Nice try, little girl! 😉

You know all of your letters, lots of colors, and can count to 30 (although the 20s give you a little trouble sometimes!). You even surprised me by counting in Spanish one day! I am constantly amazed at what you have learned and picked up from the world around you!!

You still love your Bubba (Koopa), but you get frustrated with him sometimes. I understand because I do too and your daddy does too! You also still love Pop Pop more than anyone else. I’ve never seen someone light up like you do when you see him! Lately, you haven’t been too fond of people you don’t know, which is okay because that means you’re starting to realize who you’re comfortable with and who you may need to be a little more cautious around. You also have been having some BIG emotions lately. That’s okay too. We all need to express ourselves, and we have to figure out the best ways to do that. Plus, you’re such a cheerful, sweet girl most of the time that sometimes you have to let out a little fire!!

You love to eat all kinds of things now! You love bananas, cake pops, frenchie fries, jellybeans, sweet tea, and strawbabies, among many other things! You still make us feed you a lot of the time, but I think that’s genius on your part…make the peasants do the work…HA!

I have heard a lot of people say that 3 and 4 are fun ages, and I can see why! You are so joyful and make your daddy and me laugh every single day!! I am so excited to see how you grow and develop this year!

(I had to limit my pictures because this was only going back to October!)

So, to our sweet, smart, silly, sassy, brave, beautiful baby girl, we wish you a happy birthday! We can’t wait to see how you’ll change and grow this year!

Love,

Daddy, Mama, and Bubba 😉

Charlotte’s Chatter : Volume 1

I’ve always enjoyed reading other bloggers posts about the fun things their kids say, and now that Charlotte is a little bit older, I can finally write posts like that about her! I hope you enjoy her personality (and some adorable pictures) as much as we do!


(Background info – before bed sometimes, she will say “snuggle Mama” or “snuggle Daddy” depending on who she wants to lay down with her while she’s going to sleep).

Charlotte : Play iPad?

Me : No, it’s almost bedtime so we can’t play the iPad tonight.

Charlotte, after a brief pause : Snuggle iPad?


After pulling down a stack of clean laundry from the couch to the floor :

Charlotte : Whoa, what a mess!


Me : It’s almost the weekend, so that means it’ll be Mama, Daddy, and Charlotte time!

Charlotte : I don’t like it.

(Gee thanks, Char)


(Charlotte walked across her bedroom, and she shocked me.)

Charlotte : I shocked you.

Me : I didn’t know that you knew that!

Charlotte : I know that!


Gran Gran (AKA my mom) : Your pants are tight.

Charlotte : No, they’re pink.


Me : What does Daddy say?

Charlotte : Stop it, Koopa!

Me : What does Mama say?

Charlotte : Stop it, Koopa!

Me : What does Gran Gran say?

Charlotte : Stop it, Pop Pop!

So, Mom, I don’t know what you’ve been telling Dad to stop doing, but Charlotte is quoting you now!


Charlotte, while riding in the car with my parents : You’re wearing me out!

My mom : Who is? Me?

Charlotte : Yes, you and Pop Pop!


Charlotte : I’m exhausted from playing!


We have a consignment shop near our house that either my mom or I will sometimes take her to. Recently when my mom took her, she said “I’ve been wishing to go here!”

I don’t know where she comes up with this stuff, but I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into Charlotte’s world!