On Becoming A Mom & Motherhood So Far

I didn’t know what to expect motherhood to be like. I could conjure up images in my head of what it might LOOK like — sleepless nights, sweet baby feet, cuddles, dressing up my little mini-me, idyllic afternoons doing all sorts of wonderful things while my baby napped. But I couldn’t really imagine what it would feel like.

This is what it looked like sometimes — no sleep…literally running on empty. Feeling like a zombie.

 

Basically everything I thought it would look like….was wrong. Or just different, maybe? I feel like that is like a lot of things — trips, big events, etc. Reality is typically a lot different than our expectations and romanticized visions of it before we experience it. But it’s better in ways. And in some ways I found myself thinking THIS IS NOT WHAT I IMAGINED IT TO BE WHY IS THIS BABY NOT PEACEFULLY SNOOZING RIGHT NOW WHILE I DO ALL THE CRAFTS (reader, I never did crafts before Riley) AND BECOME A DOMESTIC GODDESS.

I think a lot of it, for me, was that I couldn’t imagine something that for years I wasn’t sure if I even wanted.

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Ahhh the last time I did one of these so many of my answers were whining about how pregnant I was in some way or another. And now I have a 4 month old. HOW FAST TIME GOES.

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Gift Guide: Gifts For The Harry Potter Fans In Your Life

 

 

Gifts for harry potter fans

 

Hellllooo back this week with another gift guide (check out last week’s gift guide if you happened to miss it — chock full of gifts for the book lovers in your life/yourself let’s be real).

 

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Gift Guide: Gifts For Book Lovers That AREN’T Books

 

 

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Many years ago I used to do gift guides on this blog and I THINKKKK I remember why I stopped doing them…they are fun to do but OMG I have been working on this post 5ever (no REALLY I stopped doing them because I started doing my Handmade Holidays series instead and couldn’t juggle both). But really I thought MAYBE this would be ready for next Christmas especially with having a new baby that makes my blogging time limited! BUT I abandoned some sleep and household chores (eek!) to get this done.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE gift giving and I love when I find the ~PERFECT~ gift for somebody. I try to be thoughtful and really think about the person I’m giving to! I love someone knowing I really put thought into a gift rather than them being impressed with a price tag (although $$$ presents TOTALLY can be thoughtful FOR SURE). But you know what I mean….I’m trying to really make them know how much they mean to me and that I really KNOW THEM.

SO today’s gift guide is all about those book lover’s in your life…aka basically my wishlist because *waves* hello book lover here in case you didn’t know!!

(P.S. I also stand by everything I talked about in this post in 2014 and some of it still is available on Etsy!)

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New To The Queue

New things to read, watch, listen to

New To the Queue is a semi-monthly thing around here wherein I give you a tiny glimpse into some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!

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What To Read After You Finish Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

 

Books To Read After Turtles All The Way Down

 

If there is one author all my non-YA reading friends love, it’s John Green! Even my older sister who reads zerooooo YA has read and loved all of John Green’s novels. I’ve had co-workers not know any other YA books but John Green’s! Which is great…I LOVE John Green’s books…and he’s a great gateway into other YA books.

So, since Turtles All The Way Down has come out, I have gotten numerous texts or Facebook messages from random friends like “WHAT DO I READ NOW THAT I’VE FINISHED JOHN GREEN’S LATEST??”  This is like my favorite question because I was born ready to recommend books to people! Plus it’s always nice to know, even after you haven’t seen someone in 5 years, they still see you as a go-to book recommendation machine.

So, if you are like my friends and have just finished Turtles All The Way Down and are wondering what to read next because you’ve already read all his other books and WHO EVEN KNOWS WHEN HE WILL HAVE ANOTHER BOOK OUT…I gotchu.

Here are some of my recommendations for books I think fans of John Green will just eat up based on Turtles All The Way Down and also his previous works:

 

books for john green fans to read next

 

 

History Is All You Left Me Kids of Appetite Let's Get Lost Adi Alsaid
Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford

 

 

 

 

 

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera // Kids of Appetite by David Arnold // Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid// North of Happy by Adi Alsaid //Mosquitoland by David Arnold //Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith // How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford // The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

 

The Serpent King Extraordinary Means Robyn Schneider
Made You Up Francesca Zappia My Heart & Other Black Holes Our Chemical Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

A World Without You by Beth Revis // The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner // Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider // OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu // Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley // Made You Up by Francesca Zappia  // My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga // Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

 

The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis // When We Collided by Emery Lord

 

 

I would love if you would leave in the comments YOUR recommendations for books perfect for John Green fans to read after they’ve finished Turtles All The Way Down!

 

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How Would You Choose To Spend Your Last Day?

Credit: Katie Daisy

 

All through my life I’ve been super aware that every day absolutely could be my last, that tomorrow is not guaranteed, that we never know which moment it could all come to an end. I’ve carried sentiments with me like “live like you were dying!” or “live every moment like it was your last” or “make the most out of every moment and live fully” etc. etc. etc. Or a personal favorite is the quote above!

But actually LIVING like that? It goes something like this:

 

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My Ultimate Plan To Make Winter Suck Less For Me

 

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WE HAVE OFFICIALLY ENTERED THE SEASON WHERE IT IS DARK ALL THE TIME UNTIL FOREVER. No but seriously I almost cried yesterday when it was dark before 5pm. I miss our late evening summertime walks with Riley and Finn already.

I can honestly say I am one of the most miserable human beings in existence once Winter hits. I hate the cold weather and I overall hate the snow (I like how PRETTY it looks when I don’t have to go out in it??) and the slushy sleet and the cold temperatures that hurt my body, taking my dog out in said awful weather. I love certain THINGS about the cold weather seasons but overall I’m just VERY grumbly and miserable. Plus it doesn’t help that the sun is like NEVER out. I really, really struggle. SO this year I’ve devised a plan to make it suck less for me.

 

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