Retail Therapy: Fall Vibes


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Freaking FINALLY it’s starting to feel like Fall here in Philly. I LOVE summer and hot weather and always beg Mother Nature to keep the party going into September so I can prance around in dresses that make me look like I took time to get ready and lay outside & read with the sun warming my body (and probably burning it…pasty skin and all). But I hit a wall here when in mid October it was still 80 degrees. All I wanted to do was freaking wear my sweaters and trade my sandals for boots and actually be able to dress Riley in all the 0-3 month Fall stuff I bought her thinking YOU KNOW IT WOULD GET COLDER OUT.

So alas, FALL…here we are. I’ve busted out the sweaters (even bought two new ones on sales from Old Navy) and the boots have made their appearance.



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What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Belated Book Talks Of Spring Releases I Read

book recommendations and books to read



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Monthly Rewind: September 2017


Well I haven’t done a Monthly Rewind since June before Riley was born because literally everything would have been NO SLEEP NO SLEEP BABY BABY BABY. It still is kinda like that but I’m feeling more up for trying to blog!

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On Identity

Why hello there darlings! It’s been a little bit (if you don’t know why I’ve been MIA go here)….but I’m still here…a little more sleep deprived, absent-minded and I’m pretty sure I have baby spitup in my hair from last night (don’t judge…it’s hard to get a damn shower when your 11 week old is on a nap strike).

It’s been quite the wild 11 weeks, as you know. I’m in a MUCH better place than even my last post and really am loving being Riley’s mom and watching her grow. Seriously…she laughs at me all the time now and it’s delightful because SOMEONE FINALLY THINKS I’M FUNNY. I pretty much alternate all day between OMG MY BABY IS THE CUTEST AND BEST AND OH I JUST LOVE HER and WHERE DID THIS SPAWN OF SATAN COME FROM? Which I think is pretty much normal life with a newborn. I’m glad I reached out to my OB and friends and family and got help to treat the PPD. I feel MYSELF again.


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Meet Riley Josephine

HI FRIENDS! It’s been awhile. Do you remember me?? Did you miss me?? (Did you even notice I was gone). This is going to be REALLY long…but there is cute baby spam involved!

Most of you probably guessed why I basically abandoned the blog….I had the baby! I went a week late (her due date was July 11) and had to be induced which was not what I wanted…but it is what it is.

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I put together one of these Currently posts that I see in other blog niches back in May when my brain was not functioning and I decided I should do another one right now because my brain is 99% full with thinking about impending labor and the fact that soon I will be responsible for a tiny human. So not much space to think about posts that require more brain power than that.


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Monthly Rewind: June 2017


How is June over?? I’m in shock because that officially means that we are in July — aka THE MONTH IN WHICH I WILL HAVE A BABY. Woo boy.

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9 Books To Read To Fill The Pretty Little Liars Shaped Hole In Your Heart


You ever have those shows that just go on and on and you have a love/hate relationship with them but you keep watching anyways? Pretty Little Liars has been that for me for the past 7 years. Sometimes it would start to lose me or make me mad but then it would suck me back in somehow. I can’t deny how addicted I have been to that show — no matter what happened.

As I’m writing this it’s a couple hours before the finale of Pretty Little Liars (have no idea if I will finish it in time to post it before it airs) and I’m just SO sad it’s ending even though I think it DOES need to end. It’s the end of an era and that always makes me sad. It’s always been my favorite twisty teen mystery to watch and scream in misery over as we get one answer for every 50 new questions that pop up. I never did read the books but maybe will someday to see how the diverge but I’ve just always enjoyed having this show to keep me on my toes.

So I figured I would put together a book list for those of you who are going to have that same void needed to be filled now that Pretty Little Liars is OVER. WAH. But the good side to this is…with these books you won’t have to wait 7 years to find out the answers! So that’s a win?

I hope you will leave your own recs of books to fill the void for me in the comments!!


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas: If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know how much I rave about this mystery. I devoured it from page 1. It is twisty and suspenseful and you will be addicted in this story about a group of friends having the time of their life on Spring Break until one of the girls ends up brutally murdered in their house and the main character ends up being a suspect and being at the center of a murder trial in a different country. SUPER TWISTY LET ME TELL YOU.

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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!


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So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I AM actually drinking some coffee because I’ve had a headache going on 24 hours and I finally called the OB because it was freaking me out (pre-eclampsia and all) because Tylenol was not even helping and he told me to drink some caffeine the next time I take my Tylenol so WE SHALL SEE.


If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading Warcross by Marie Lu. I love her books and this one is intriguing so far but I’m equally excited to be passing this on to my 17 year old nephew who I got hooked on her books. I think he will REALLY love this one being super into video games.  I’d ask what you are reading right now!

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I can’t believe I haven’t written anything on the blog since June 6th. I had gotten in a good rhythm and was excited again and then the vampire of the third trimester just came and sucked the life out of me and I kept saying “Okay tomorrow I’ll write a post” and then “okay next week I will try to post” and then nothing. Only so much energy in this body of mine right now and blogging didn’t make the cut. Stinks because I had so many good ideas in my head. If only there was a way to just let me THINK THEM and then they just show up on the blog. Until then…neglected blog is neglected.

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10 Fantasy Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Fantasy Books On My List To Read


I was supposed to have a Q&A with Sarah Dessen going up for today but unfortunately, time-wise, it wasn’t able to work out. I’m hoping maybe soon I’ll get the answers back and will be able to have that up eventually.

I don’t like double posting so this post was scheduled for tomorrow and I just decided to schedule for today instead and take part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at my other blog I take part in with some awesome ladies, instead of being a day late with it.

So, check out what fantasy books I’ve added to my TBR lately. PLEASE tell me what fantasy has gotten added to your TBR lately!


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