If We Were Having Coffee

I saw a life coach I love, Ashley, do a post entitled If We Were Having Coffee and I decided to take her lead and do one myself in November 2013 because I loved it and sometimes I feel like we forget that there is a whole life behind the people that write and read blogs. I got such a great response to my initial post so I made it a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!


So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I am drinking water (I’ve been slacking at hydrating myself these days).


If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke. I’d ask what you are reading…

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that #momlife has been fantastic lately. I genuinely have so much fun with Riley and she is such a little ham and I love it. Getting out of the newborn stage helped but also the fact that she sleeps marvelously at night helps things, too. I’m still bumming because I miss my friends and I had hoped we would have so many baby squad playdates but I guess this is part of adjusting to life with a baby for all of us. BUT this Friday is Will’s work Christmas party and it will be the first time that we are BOTH out together without Riley. I’m kiiiinda nervous about leaving her with someone who is not us but gotta rip that bandaid off eventually because then that means more date nights for us.

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42 Books That Will Become Movies/TV Shows In 2018

Book List: 42 Book To Movie/Tv Show Adaptations in 2018


I had a lot of fun putting together last year’s Books To See Before The Movies Come Out and I couldn’t wait to put together this list for 2018! I am SO excited about many of these that I’ve already read and I found so many new books to read before they come out as movies/tv shows!

Let me know in the comments which ones you’ve read!

books to movies 2018
books becoming movies/shows 2018

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Odds & Ends


Happy Monday, lovelies! Hope you crush this week! Back with Odds & Ends this week!



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Gift Guide: Gifts For The Kids On Your List

Gift Guide For The Kids In Your Life

I struggled with whether or not I wanted to do a gift guide for just babies or for kids in general because I know wayyy more about babies. Plus with the kids in my life I tend to gift ~experience~ or activity type things…like we always do a day out with my nieces and take them out to eat and do something fun. Same with the boys I nanny. I’ve also made them craft boxes so that we have something to DO during the day especially in the winter. So I have zero idea of what the HOT toy items are  (except I keep seeing those fingerling things) so I was doubting my skills but then I thought I have enough experience to know what the kids in my life like and actually spend time doing so I can totally do this list!

gift ideas for kids and babies

Check out the rest of my gift guides for more inspiration: Gift Guide For The Book Lover In Your Life, Gift Guide For The Harry Potter Fan, Gift Guide For (Almost) Everyone On Your List

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8th Annual End Of Year Survey – 2017 edition!!


Best books of 2017

My silly little survey I created for myself to highlight what I read in 2010 suddenly grew when a bunch of others jumped in and has turned into such a fun end of year event that I have LOVED hosting and has made my TBR list grow immensely! I didn’t count last year (morning sickness hell) but the year before 360+ people linked up last year and I know even more participated on their blogs and on Youtube!! So without further ado: the 8th annual End of Year Book Survey!

So feel to fill this out whenever you feel like it (please link back to this post/credit me)…whether that’s today or in January   — I know everybody will want to reflect at different points! Feel free to link up and share your End of Year Book Survey and visit others on the list!

I’m still up in the air if I’m going to fill it out because I didn’t read A TON this year but I’ll look over my list of what I read closer to January.


Note: The survey is for books you read throughout the year, no matter when they were published, and is not limited to just books that came out in 2017!!


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My December TBR

So if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter (come join the fun there too!) you may have seen me talk about how I realized I only read baby-related books in the month of November so I vowed to myself that I was going to reclaim my reading life in December (what little of a reading life I have!) and I’m not going to read ANY baby-related books at all. So I figure I would post what I plan to read in December…accountability and all! I have off a week around Christmas so I’m hoping to get some reading done!


I’m trying to keep it totally reasonable even though in my head I want to read like 50 billion books. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or tell me which one should be my first priority! I’m also looking to add a holiday romance to this list but haven’t decided which one! Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite!


Foolish Hearts by Emma Millss

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

(the pre-order price for this book is a great deal if you are wanting to buy this book!!)

“A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.”

I really enjoyed her most recent book This Adventure Ends so I’m really excited for this one!


Reign the Earth

Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen

A girl realizes she has the power to control the earth on the same day she marries the king who hunted the Elementae to extinction.

This sounds soooo good! I haven’t read her first series (though I own it) so I don’t know what to expect but I know she’s a favorite of a lot of friends!


Girl With The Red Balloon
The Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

“When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.”

This is my current read actually! Started it last month but baby sleep books got in the way.


The Girl In Times Square


The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons

“Living in bustling New York City, Lily Quinn has plenty of distractions and is struggling to finish college as well as pay her rent. But that all pales in comparison when Amy, her best friend and roommate, disappears without a trace.

Spencer O’Malley, a cynical NYPD detective assigned to Amy’s case, immediately captures Lily’s attention. Though he is wary and wrestling with his own demons, he, too, is irresistibly drawn to Lily.

But fate has more in store for Lily than she ever expected. As she looks deeper into the mystery surrounding Amy’s disappearance, Lily finds answers she never imagined she’d find—answers that challenge everything she knows about her own life.

Lily’s search puts her on a collision course with tragedy and love, and gives her a glimpse into the abyss that swallowed her friend . . . until she faces a final confrontation with her own life-changing destiny.”



Far From The Tree by Robin Benway

“A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.”

I love Robin’s books so much so I am DELIGHTED to finally read this…I’ve been hating that I was in the newborn fog and couldn’t get to this. I’m SO SO happy it’s received such high praise and is winning awards and things!


So what should I read first?? And remember…leave me any holiday romance recs in the comments! I’m really in the mood for that type of book right now!


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Monthly Rewind: November 2017


I cannot believe we have one month left of 2017!! HOW?? What a year — I mean that seriously and sarcastically. Because god what a dumpster fire it was on a world level but on a personal level it was a life-changing one.  So shall we talk about November??

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Gift Guide: Gifts For (Mostly) Everybody On Your List



Gift Guide 2017


Hellllooo back this week with another gift guide! If you are like me, you have quite the array of people you might be shopping for — parents, siblings, co-workers, bffs, a significant other, people you don’t know that well but feel obligated to buy for for some reason, a Secret Santa exchange recipient and they all have different needs and wants and likes. I love finding fun things for people so I’m giving you some inspiration from my own lists that I need to buy for and putting it into a gift guide to (hopefully) help you with everyone on your list (or with your own list for yourself).

Check out this year’s previous gift guides: Gifts For Book Lovers That AREN’T Books & Gifts Harry Potter Fans NEED!


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Planning For A Great New Year


How To Plan The Best New Year Ever

I’ve always been one of those people who is totally invigorated by the idea of the ~new year~ even though I know I can start anew any day. I always DO get super pumped about the beginning of a new month or a new week or a new season also. There’s just something about it for me that gets me mentally focused on all my goals and things I want to accomplish.

planners for 2018

I’ve done everything — from the typical New Year’s Resolutions, New Year’s intentions, one word resolution that defines the rest of my year, monthly resolutions. EVERYTHING. I’ve done it all. I have mild success most of the time at keeping the long-term resolutions but I do pretty well breaking it down.

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Odds & Ends





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