October goals + September book review

file-oct-06-6-57-43-amOh, October.  You are such a busy (and) fun month.  Here are some of my goals for this fabulous month.

  1.  update my phone.  I HATE updating my phone and have fear that I  will lose all of my photos on it (even though I back them up) silly right?  I have Wyatt’s birth on my phone right now and i panicked just the same when i updated my last phone and Corbin’s birth pictures were on there.
  2. Read one book.  This month is just SO crazy if I finish one book it will be a success.
  3. Plan our December trip to Branson/Nashville.
  4. Finish ALL my christmas shopping.  I’m almost already done!  Ill share my secrets in another post!

My September books didn’t impress me much.  I read the Thornbirds and as it was a good book, it was very long and I would just really be getting into a character or story and then it would switch point of views.  There is a mini series made from this book and I think that would be SO good.  So I plan on binge watching that at some point.  The second book I read (kinda) was The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult.  I couldn’t finish it my friends.  This was another story that bounced all around and I just couldn’t get into it.  I made it about 3/4 of way through before it was due back to the library and I didn’t have the desire to renew it.  Hopefully October’s book is another good one so I can get back on track!

Here’s to a super busy month!

xo,

j

 

 

August Book Review

My goal is August was to read one book. I read three. I forgot how much I loved reading and how easy it is to get sucked into the world of literature. I so enjoyed holding good old-fashioned paperback books in my hands (thank you public library). I wrote out quick little snip its but you can also follow me on good reads here.

The Nightingale by: Kristin Hannah

Ya’ll. This book. Just stop whatever you are doing and go get this book. It is SO so so good. It chronicles the lives of two women (sisters) during WWII. This book will leave you crying – happy tears, sad tears, just because tears. The point of view it is told from is amazing and it is so hard to pull yourself away from it. I gave it 5 stars and I will be reading it again at some point!

The Shoemakers Wife by: Adriana Trigiani

This is good solid book of make you feel good. A love story driven by fate and outlined by what American dreams are made of. Deep in history, this book carries you through the era as If you were there with the characters shopping in Ciro’s shoe shop. Again I gave this book a 5/5. It was just that good.

The Husbands Secret by: Liane Moriatry

I gave this book 4/5 stars. It makes you think and really opens your eyes into how everybody has a past and you cannot (and should not) judge a person; especially when you don’t know what battles they are fighting or the truth. It was a quick read, but did hop around a bit. I really got into it about half way into the book.

I am SO happy that reading is taking a forefront in my life again.  I have missed it SO much.  I love escaping into the worlds of these stories.  what are some of your favorite or must read novels I can add to my list?

xo,

j

September Goals

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Happy Fall Ya’ll 😉  I love September for so many reasons, but I especially enjoy thinking about how cooler temps are in the near future!  September is not only time for pumpkins and PSL, but it is also Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  I was a pedi hem-onc nurse for 6 years, and ya’ll, the kiddos that fight the fight of cancer are heroes.  They.  are.  awesome.  They deserve the world, they deserve a cure.  I encourage you to donate to research efforts of pediatric cancer this month if you have some extra change laying around.  Currently, only 4% of cancer research funds go towards pediatric research and lets be honest our kids deserve more than 4%.

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Okie Dokie I accidentally took like a little sabbatical from blogging.  I’m glad to be back at it!  Here are my September Goals…
-September Spending Freeze.  I think this will be my hubby’s favorite goal.  EVER 😉  Other than groceries, medical expenses, and kids school I plan on going on a September spending freeze.  What does this mean?  no chic-fil-a runs, no starbucks runs before work (sorry PSL, I’ll catch ya in October!), no fun little extras here and there.  Why?  I mean why not?  I always start buying Christmas early in October so it dosen’t hit all in one month so saving extra before the holiday craziness starts just makes sense.  This dosen’t mean I can’t socialize.  We can have friends over for dinner, I can still go out and visit I just don’t need to spend the money ordering, etc, etc.  Now I do have my sisters bridal shower this month that I have to order the cake for/get fresh flowers for so that will be an outside expense.  Other than that I plan on sticking to it!

-Read 2 books.  I flew over my August goal of one book (I will review them in a later post) So this month my goal is two!  I am currently reading Thornbirds and when I finish this I plan on reading The Storyteller.

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-Still working on the less phone time.  I am going to start leaving my phone in the kitchen to charge at night instead of on my bed stand.  I did this a few months ago and not quite sure why I stopped.  I am also going to be leaving my phone in the back seat of my car in my purse when driving.  I am guilty of red light phone use and it’s just silly and not needed.

-send out 2 snail mail notes this month.  Lets be honest.  Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era.  I love me some snail mail and I miss the good ‘ole days of getting a letter in the mail.  #briningitback

-SELL THE HOUSE!  I feel like this is going to be a monthly goal till the end of time at this rate.  We have decided to keep it on the market thru October and if nothing we will take off and re list in the Spring for peak season.  We listed very late this year and it has been SLOW.  It’s been hard because we were/are SO excited to get started on the next chapter, but in God’s time – not ours.  And if we end up staying until the spring and hanging out with our neighbors for longer I won’t complain 🙂

We are off to meet the teacher at MDO this morning.  woohoo!  What are your September goals?!

xo,

j