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Currently : July 2017


Documenting : House changes! I’ve got a “before and after” post scheduled for early August, and I can’t wait to share the progress.

Accomplishing : House changes…yep, same answer twice in a row. #creative #original 

Enjoying : Getting things arranged in the new house so we’ll have a fresh start once we move in.

Reading : I’ve been trying to start one of my reading challenge books for a couple of days now. Maybe tonight will be the night for some reading!

Spending : Lots of money! Flooring, appliances, paint, miscellaneous things that keep popping up. At least we have the money to spend on these things!

Want to participate in next month’s linkup? Join Anne and Shea on August 2 and talk about what you’re currently snacking (on), anticipating, borrowing, admiring, and purchasing.

Linking up with Anne and Stephanie

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Guys Behind The Blog : June 2017

I’m behind on posting this! #movingproblems


I’m so excited to be doing this linkup again! It’s always fun to hear from Will!

1.) What is your summer beverage of choice?
Iced coffee, water, or a cold beer
2.) The ocean…are you a fan or not?  Why? Why not?
W : The ocean’s fun, but I haven’t been there since I was a kid. But, it’s fun to relax on the beach.
A : I haven’t been in a while either, and I would like to go back soon. But you know, we’ll never relax while someone little is with us…
3.) Tell me what the perfect summer day with your family would look like?
W : Picnic in the park
A : Really?
W: Yeah, just nice and relaxing
A : Sorry, I didn’t mean to question your perfect day. That just caught me off guard. Carry on.
W : That’s it
A : That’s it? That’s a long picnic.
W : You know it’s just the whole spending time with you guys.
4.) What was your best summer vacation ever? Why?
I don’t know because they were each different and special in their own ways. I’ve been to Florida numerous times and camped in a bunch of different places. And even the road trip out to Vegas…each thing had something different.
5.) What is the perfect summer temperature for you?
Outside – 75, low humidity, and a nice breeze (three things that hardly ever happen during a Tennessee summer…)
Inside – icebox cold

The next linkup is on July 27. Here are the questions if you want to participate:
1.) What is your least favorite thing about summer?
2.) What is a must have for summer for you?
3.) Grilling..only for men?  Favorite mean to make on a grill?
4.) What’s your favorite thing to do after work on a summer evening?
5.) What’s one summer project you’d like to accomplish before the season ends?
Linking up with Crystal
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The Daily Dime : June 2017

I’m nosy. I love reading “day in the life” posts or seeing those “what’s in my bag” features in magazines. When I saw a linkup called The Daily Dime where you take 10 pictures throughout your day and share them on your blog, I knew I was in!

These pictures are from last Wednesday. It was a little bit of an unusual day because Will and I were invited to join a couple of our friends and their family at an Escape Room to celebrate the husband’s birthday. Charlotte had a mid-week sleepover, so the last few pictures aren’t a typical weekday for us, but I still wanted to share!

One//Around 7 AMIMG_20170614_064559Look at Charlotte’s ridiculous bedhead!! Someone in my baby group on Facebook said they felt like her hair has grown about 5 inches in the last month. I agree!

Two//Around 10 AM

IMG_20170614_095644We decided to initiate monthly staff meetings with our boss. Our situation is a little weird because we report directly to our university’s Provost instead of having a library director as a liaison. We thought that monthly meetings would help keep him updated on what we’re doing. We even made agendas and takeaway sheets for him. Librarians mean business!

Three//Around 11:30 AM


Okay, I’m cheating a little here because my mom sent me this picture as opposed to me taking it, but I couldn’t resist including it because LOOK AT THE SWEETNESS!!!

Four//Around 1:30 PMIMG_20170614_133730A couple of departments at work started something called Bystander Intervention Training. They had an information session today and handed these out. I think it’s going to be very useful for the students, and I’m glad I’m part of it.

Five//Around 5:15 PM

IMG_20170614_171800I met Will after work so we could drive to the Escape Room, which is about 45 minutes from our house. Or 37 hours away during rush hour traffic, give or take a few minutes…

Six//Around 5:30 PM

IMG9523221Cheating again because this is another one my mom sent me. Charlotte is experiencing the wonder that is Blue Coast Burrito’s fruit tea. Yum! Plus, she decided that she doesn’t need no stinking sippy cup. She’s a big girl!

Seven//Around 8 PM

IMG_20170621_171657_01We escaped! It was so much fun!! Let’s note my awkward face in this picture and how close I’m standing to the birthday boy, instead of my husband. I have no idea why I posed like this! Sorry for being so awkward N and J!

Eight//Around 9:45 PM

IMG_20170614_214332Koopa is the most jealous dog in the world! He always squeezes between us on the couch. Yes, we see you, buddy.

Nine//Around 10:15 PM

IMG_20170614_221004I wanted to show how photogenic I am at the end of the day hahahaha. You can also see at least one stain on my shirt. I should always wear dark colors.

Ten//Around 11 PMIMG_20170614_225844Finally bedtime! I’ve gotten hooked on puzzles on my iPad because I’m a 95 year old. I usually will work on one before I go to sleep until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore. Party. Animal.

I hope you guys enjoyed a peek into my day! If you want to join in next month, visit one of the blogs I’m linking to below for more details!


Linking up with Kristin, Kristy, Kerry, Chelsea, Sarah, Jennifer, and Courtney

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Amber Can Read : June 2017

Here’s what I’ve read since last month!

Amber Can Read

(Amber side note : Ughhhhh, I had this post written and formatted and just needed to add a couple more things to it before it was ready to be scheduled. I took a break from the computer, and evidently my computer got mad or sad or lonely or jealous and completely ate the post. Here’s attempt number 2 but probably without the wit and charm that the first draft surely was full of…)

Books read this month : 5

Book 1 : I Love You, Spot by Eric Hill – Charlotte received this as her Imagination Library selection recently, and we read it one night before bed. It’s a short, cute story. I think I need to read to her more often also!

Book 2 : The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – This book was SO GOOD! I’m a sucker for World War II fiction, and this one did not disappoint. Definitely my favorite of the month!

Book 3 : Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin – Not a fan of this one at all. It started out interesting by talking about personality types and why some people find it harder to be self-motivated to follow through on their goals (guilty), but then it became preachy and a bit condescending. Least favorite of the month.

Book 4 : Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – I have mixed feelings about this one. This series was originally supposed to be a trilogy, but she ended it with this book, so it’s just a duology (okay, I just wanted to use that word since I just found out that it was a word). This book was decent, but I think since I enjoyed the first one so much, I had really high expectations for this one, and I just felt meh at the end of it.

Book 5 : The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees – Several fashion blogs I read had reviews of this book, so I wanted to read it and see what the fuss was about. It had some good takeaways, and I took plenty of screenshots of ideas that I want to implement, but I think this is not a practical project for me during this phase of my life.

Have any of you read anything good lately? I’ve got a book review coming up Monday. I can’t remember the last time I’ve posted a book review! I’m also going to share a couple of fun reading challenges I plan to participate in. I’m really excited to be reading more often than I used to! I think reading on my Kindle app helps a lot because I can read on my iPad in bed (especially since I finished watching the first season of This Is Us and am wandering around aimlessly now lol). The Kindle app is free, so download it
here to read eBooks on your devices! 🙂

Linking up with Steph and Jana

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Little Letters : June 2017

A couple of months ago, I ran across this linkup called Little Letters. It seemed like a fun one to get involved with, but I missed it. I finally remembered to write it down in my planner, so now I’ve got another monthly post on my radar!


Dear Pinterest,

Stop giving us so many ideas for the new house. Just stop.

Dear Will, 

You’ve been an awesome husband lately. I mean, you’ve always been pretty decent, but you’re really knocking it out of the park lately. I love you!

Dear Charlotte

Even though we had a rough Saturday, I love you more than words can describe!

Dear Koopa, 

The picture I posted of you last night still makes me laugh uncontrollably. #koopaplans

Dear This Is Us,

I don’t know why I resisted you for so long. I’m not wishing summer away, but I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR SEASON 2 PREMIERE!

Dear Watermelon,

Welcome back. I’ve missed you, my friend.

Linking up with Taz and Belly

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Currently : June 2017


Planning: Our move! Moving is not for the faint of heart!

Wishing: Boxes would pack themselves…

Learning: How to communicate with a very opinionated little girl!

Browsing: I’ve heard a lot about the Land of Nod website lately, so I just browsed there for a little bit. Let’s just say, unless we come into some serious fun money, we will not be buying anything from there!

Going: Nowhere. Womp womp. Our work schedules + moving (have I mentioned we’re moving? Maybe once or twice?) won’t let us take any trips this summer. Maybe next year…

Linking up with Anne In Residence and Love, Fun and Football


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Glossies Made Me Do It : June 2017

Hello again! Time for another project inspired by a magazine. Like last month, this month’s inspiration will be slightly boring but one of those necessary evils in the world of being an adult.


This month’s inspiration comes from the June issue of Real Simple magazine. I used to be a huge fan of Real Simple and even had a subscription for a while, but then I started noticing that they were featuring products out of my price range and some of their “life hacks” were anything but simple. I stopped reading it regularly until my library got a digital subscription to it. It seems like they’re kind of returning to their roots, so maybe I”ll read more often again!

The June cover features a teaser that says “Get It Done! Genius shortcuts to check everything off your list.”

Sign. Me. Up.

Some of the genius shortcuts don’t seem very genius, and some don’t apply to me, but there are two things in particular that caught my eye: deal with the giant pile of mail and get all of the laundry done.

I don’t know about you guys, but to me, laundry feels like a never-ending task. Will did three loads today while he was home, and the pile is still huge. The magazine suggests giving yourself cues, like putting an empty basket in your favorite chair that way you’re reminded to put wet laundry in the dryer before sitting down to relax. It also says to make things more pleasant by clearing clutter out of your laundry room. I’m fortunate enough to have a laundry room at our current house and at our new house, so I’ll definitely implement these ideas!

Sorting mail is not as much of a drudgery as laundry can be, but it’s still something I struggle with. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but my mail “organization” system used to involve just throwing everything in a pile and forgetting about it. I do not recommend that system to anyone! The article about mail sorting suggests immediately discarding obvious junk, then putting bills in one location and anything that needs to be processed, such as invitations, in another location. Then, and this is the part that I need to work on, set a time, once a week, once a month, whatever works for you, and actually go through the bills to pay them, respond to invitations, etc. I know this seems so simple to some people, but it was a duh moment for me!

Anyone have any other genius shortcuts for me? I could use all of the help I can get!

Linking up with Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag, Erika @ Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans, and Ashley @ Happy, Pretty, Sweet