Odds & Ends

 

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Riley and I went to Purposeful Play class again this Saturday but this time Will came with us! Then we came home for a nap (well, for her, blogging for me) and then Riley and I went to go hang out with my friends and their babies who I feel like I haven’t seen in foreverrrr!!

 

 

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10 Books On My Kindle I Keep Forgetting About

 

Girl Reading Kindle

P.S. These are my new favorite jeans!!!

 

 

Kristen over at See You In Porridge (a fab blogger & person I love following!) wrote a post a couple months ago about books on her Kindle that she keeps forgetting about and I was like OOH I like this because my poor Kindle books get neglected (mostly because I buy so many Kindle ebooks bc ALWAYS A GOOD DEAL SOMEWHERE (you should follow me on Facebook because I often post about them) and because they aren’t in my face the way my physical books on my shelf are). So I decided I was going to follow her lead and take a romp through my Kindle library and showcase some of the books on my Kindle that I totally forgot I had and should probably read soon.

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and if I should prioritize them!! I went with 10 as a good sampling but this list could have easily been 50…because I’m an ebook hoarder!

 

Books To Read: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I remember being really excited about this YA fantasy when it first came out but somehow I never got to it and I thought “well I will just wait until the series is complete” and well here we are. Sidenote: it’s $3.99 for Kindle as of right now when I’m writing this.

 

 

 

Books To Read: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

I remember being excited about a YA contemporary romance set in the South but I never got to this one! Years later I read one of this author’s newer books but didn’t love it. This premise is so much better though. (The ebook is $2.99 right now at the time of writing this)

 

 

 

Books To Read: Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

I remember being really excited about this one because it was about a group of twenty-somethings and I felt like it was so hard to find books with main characters that age! But then it got terrible reviews so I think I put off reading it. Still might get to it one of these days!

 

Books To Read: Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park

Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

I definitely started this one because I thought I did and also my Kindle confirms it by saying I was 20% of the way in. I’m thinking I started it and then probably a book I was really excited about came in the mail and I forgot about it. I just glanced over some of it and I don’t know why I would have put it down…it seems like I would have been digging it.

Books To Read: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

I’ve read some of her other books but I bought this when it was really cheap and I totally forgot I owned it!! I love the premise of this one and I can’t believe I didn’t get to it!

 

Books To Read: Sarah Dessen's The Moon and More

The Moon & More by Sarah Dessen

How did I forget I had a Sarah Dessen book on here? One that I haven’t read! I feel like it was really mixed feelings about this one so I was not as excited when it came out but I’m really feeling like I need a Sarah Dessen book in my life right now so I think this one is going to happen soon!

 

 

Books To Read: Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

I forgot this book even existed and honestly I had no idea what it was even about or why I downloaded it! It’s got a shoplifting theme apparently BUT the most interesting thing I just found out when I looked this one up was that the author is a Hollywood writer who co-wrote things such as 10 Things I Hate About You!!! Legally Blonde!!! She’s The Man!! Fun fact of the day!

 

 

Regency Romances To Read: Why Dukes Say I Do

Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins

Totally forgot about this Regency romance on my kindle!! Has anyone read this one??

 

 

YA Books To Read: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Oh man I’m really kicking myself about this one! This YA timetravel novel was SUPER popular when it was released in 2013 and somehow I managed to keep it collecting metaphorical dust here on my Kindle!

 

 

YA Books To Read: Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Life In Outer Space by Melissa Keil

As an Aussie YA book enthusiast, I’m REALLY ashamed by admitting this one. I was SO SO SO excited for this one…but I’ve never read it!

 

 

Have you read any of these?? Tell me which ones are worth picking up soon! Are you an ebook hoarder like I am or are you better about reading what is on your e-reader?

 

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P.S. Check out my most anticipated books of 2018 or this list of 42 books becoming movies/tv shows in 2018

6 Small Ways I Practice Self Care As A New Mom

Self Care Tips For New Moms -- gotta take care of yourself before you can take care of your little

 

I used to be pretty decent at self care before having Riley. I wasn’t perfect with it and sometimes I would forget to really stop and take care of myself but it was WAY easier then to take a pause on life and engage in some self care. Typically it would be pretty indulgent and luxurious because I had ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD…even at my most busy. I look at all the time I had pre-baby and I’m like OMG HOW DID I NOT DO ALL THE THINGS WITH ALL THAT TIME I HAD? *cries about all the squandered time I would kill for now*

ANYWAYS…when I was at my lowest with the PPD I would find that, unless Will or his mom were around to remind me, I was NOT taking good care of myself — I wasn’t sleeping when I could, I wasn’t eating or drinking nearly enough, I wasn’t taking any time to recharge my own batteries which probably wasn’t helping anything. As I got better, I vowed to myself that even when I felt like I had no time (which feels like 99% of the time) I would find really simple ways to practice self-care. It’s important, as a mom, that I replenish and recharge my own self so I can at my absolute BEST for her. I learned that the hard way with my PPD/PPA…my friend Anna said it in such plain terms and it stuck with me — I have to put my own oxygen mask on before I can put on hers. I won’t be able to be the best for her if I don’t take care of myself.

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Odds & Ends

 

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Riley and I went to her first Purposeful Play class at a nearby community center and she had a blast! I learned that she doesn’t like maracas apparently but she loved the parachute time and bubble time!

 

 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: All The Remaining Books I Read In 2017 Edition

book recommendations and books to read

 

 

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The SH!T We Couldn’t Live Without: 0-3 Month Survival Guide

The Absolute Essentials For Your Newborn Baby

 

Whew it’s taken me forever to finally finish this…mom life, amirite?

ANYWAYS…a little awhile ago I was hanging out with my lady squad (who are mostly also new moms but had their babies before me) and we were talking about how the first 3 months is just survival mode (in addition to being wonderful having the little bundle of joy in your arms). I mean, REALLY…it is. I had totally new eyes when it came to the mom thing after we got out of the first 3 months. It felt like we would be in that forever and my life would just be one big act to survive…but alas here we are at almost 6 months and I can say…IT GOT BETTER.

There is no amount of assurance that anyone can give you during that time because every time someone would say “I swear it gets better” or “the first 3 months are just survival mode” I just couldn’t even comprehend because every day felt like a 50 days in New Mom Time. But I do promise…it DOES GET BETTER. It’s just this constant juggling act between this is so awesome/omg I am so tired/this is so hard feelings. But you just have to survive….even when it feels like you can’t take one more cry or one more sleepless night. I felt like I might not at many points and wondered if I made a mistake…but now I look at the first 3 months like OH OKAY so that’s what everyone was talking about…IT DOES GET BETTER. I get to be that annoying person who tells other people that and they will be like YEAH RIGHT just like I did to my friends and then had to admit, afterwards, HEY YOU GUYS WERE RIGHT.

Anyways…I just wanted to share all the things that were part of our survival arsenal — all the crap we couldn’t have lived without during that hard newborn time or the things that just made life plain ol’ easier. Because even if I can just help one new mama by recommending something that works…that would make me so happy because it’s hard enough! See, look, I totally survived and she survived and everything is okay!!

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Odds & Ends

 

Happy Sunday! It’s been a while since I got my crap together to do one of these!! They have quickly become my favorite little posts to do!

 

 

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Looking Ahead To 2018

 

If you read my Planning For A Kickass New Year post, you know that I’ve been thinking on my goals and my process for it all for a while now! But I’m a weirdo and I don’t actually set everything in stone until the first week of the new year because a big part of my ~process~ is to reflect on the past year as a whole (and the holidays get too crazy for me to really do that…and honestly pre-baby I was always too hungover on the 1st to do anything productive).

I thought maybe it would be interesting to share my “process” of how I reflect on the year and try to channel it into the goals I’ve been setting for 2018 and just allow myself to LET THINGS GO that I don’t want to bring into 2018 with me.

P.S. Check out my Best of 2017 post!

 

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Best (And A Little Of The Worst) Of 2017

Best Of 2017

 

Ah, the New Year. I love a good clean slate even though I maintain you can start anew every day/hour/minute. I also love it because it brings forth a lot of reflection for me when I look at my year as a whole. What did I accomplish? What stood in my way? What were the ups and downs? What did I enjoy? What were my favorite things! So let’s take a look back, shall we? (and then come back tomorrow as I look ahead to this new year!!)

 

I used to do several Best Of posts but this year I kind of just felt going simple and minimal with it! If you REALLY want to get a feel for my year you can surely check out my Monthly Rewinds!

 

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We Were On The Nice List

 

What a successful first holiday season for Riley — lots of time spent with all our family and our gifts for others were a big hit (because let’s be real…they were all Riley related). Even made my MIL cry with our gift for her! Plus Riley was such a champ with all the late nights and messed up naps and socializing that was done!

Riley and I were totally on the nice list for Christmas (Will too but his gifts are mostly gift cards haha) and I thought it might be fun to share some of the things we got as gifts for Christmas. We are so fortunate to have family who spoils the heck out of us!

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