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Things That Are “Saving” My Life Right Now February 1, 2015

After a recommendation from my BFF, I have started reading the blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy.  She writes a lot about books, which are my favorite posts, but recently she inspired me to type up a list of things that are making this winter that much more bearable…to be posted on Groundhog’s Day, the halfway point of winter.  To explain and encourage her readers to do the same, she writes,

“I’m marking the things—big and small—that are making my life so peculiarly precious during this season. The things that are saving my life, even if it sounds silly to say so. “

So, without further explanation, here is my list of things that are “saving” me from the winter blues:


1. Boots, boots, boots — I would not mind dressing up for work in the winter if I could just wear jeans every day with a nice sweater or top…but that is frowned up.  I also do not like wearing heels to teach in, but I think they look the best with dress pants, so basically this amounts to me not really enjoying dressing up for work.  :p  My solution to this problem has been to wear boots  every chance I get.  I wear them with various colors of leggings or with skinny jeans in a variety of non-blue colors.  i.e.  I have a new khaki pair from American Eagle that are super cute with brown boots.  The only problem that this creates, is that I am always dreaming of another pair that I “need” to buy.  (Boots from, Journey’s, and



2. Coffee — Coffee is the new water…at least for me it seems to be.  Not only do I love it, but I feel that it is a necessity.  Three cups minimum.  Every now and then I even drink a cup after I get home from work too, as I feel I need a little caffeine boost, but do not want to drink a soda.  (After reading several articles lately about how terrible pop is for you, I’ve been trying to cut it out almost completely.) This particular day I had Starbucks, that pretty much only happens about once month.  Most days I stick to using my precious Keurig.



3. Dreaming of Florida — My husband and I had gone on a vacation every single year we were together, usually to various parts of Florida…and then we had Avery.  Ha.  Two years later, we are finally going back, this time with our baby.  We have a condo booked for Orlando the first week of June.  Adam and I are constantly talking about and planning different aspects of the trip.  It’s making the end of the school year that much more exciting and giving me a reason to daydream about summer.  (Trip to the Key’s in 2011.)


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4. Books — Books are my constant go-to for entertainment.  When I am reading something really good I get excited for the opportunity to sneak in even five minutes.  Plus, when there is no beautiful weather outside calling my name…cuddling up with a good book and a blanket sounds pretty darn good.






5. Not Being Sick, one day at a time — Winter has not been kind to me thus far.  I have already been sick twice since November, and as I type this have almost completely lost my voice…not sure yet if it’s going to turn into something more.  There are constantly sick students all around me, as well as sick students around my husband, plus all of the toddlers running around Avery’s daycare with her.  Therefore, truly every day that I wake up and feel “not sick” is a blessing, as is when Avery and Adam both seem well too.



Christmas 2014 January 5, 2015

Filed under: Holiday Happiness,My Favorite Things — LindseyJuly @ 6:00 PM
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Though it was extremely busy, I was still recovering from a nasty chest infection, and we felt like we spent a lot of time driving…we had a wonderful Christmas this year!  It was our second Christmas as a family of three, and probably my favorite one to-date, because of how much fun Avery was (now 20 months old). She enjoyed opening presents and seeing what was inside, though she still needed and wanted my help with that a bit.  I suppose by next year she will be all on her own!  She also had a blast passing out gifts at my parents house, that might have been even more fun to her than actually opening them.  :)  Here are some of my favorite pics of this Christmas season.


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This was our first time taking Avery to Silver Dollar City during Christmas time.  She liked seeing Rudolph in the parade and thoroughly enjoyed walking the loop of the park, just like she did this summer.  We picked a really cold night to go, but that didn’t make a bit of difference to her!


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This was our first Christmas celebration at Granny and Granddad’s.  Avery loves to play with “DeeDad.”


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Our first true Christmas morning at our own house.  It was perfect.  Love, love, love.



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Christmas day at my grandparents.



Four generations!  I adored getting to see Avery on my Nannie’s lap.  So very special.


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Finally, our weekend celebration in Macon.  This girl also found out how much she LOVES stairs now that she can make it up and down them with no help.  She played all weekend on Grandma and Grandpa’s stairs.


What a great break we had!



Favorite Books of 2014 January 4, 2015

I read 34 books this year, totaling over 11,000 pages.  That is by far the most pages I have ever read in a year.  I contribute this to finally finishing my masters and the ease with which I can sneak in a few pages on a book here or there on my Kindle or Kindle app on my phone.  I also got into reading a lot on the treadmill at the gym.


Writing the below list was rather difficult, as I felt I read a lot of good books this year, but not very many that jump out at me as being amazing.


The best 8 Books I Read in 2014:  (though not necessarily released in ’14)

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (as mentioned in my previous book post)

2. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

4. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

5. The Alloway Files by E.J. Roller (written by one of my oldest and dearest friends)

6. Daily Wisdom for Women: 2014 Devotional by Barbour Publishing (my favorite of the three daily devotionals I read)

7. The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch

8. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes


*Finally, a quick screenshot of the covers of each book I read.

   The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society     Little Bee     What to Expect the First Year (What to Expect)     The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)     Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
   Arsen: A Broken Love Story     The Best of Us     The Silent Wife     The Theory of Opposites     The Husband's Secret
   Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns (The Devil Wears Prada, #2)     Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail     The Last Anniversary     Praying God's Word Day by Day     Believing God Day By Day
   A Life in Men: A Novel     What Alice Forgot     The Language of Flowers     Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)     Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
   Wedding Night     Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media Is Ruining Romance     The Alloway Files     Big Little Lies     Serena
   The Girl You Left Behind     The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)     The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)     One Lavender Ribbon     After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse, #13.5)
   Holidays on Ice     Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)     Time of My Life     Mistletoe in Manhattan     Bittersweet
   Daily Wisdom for Women - January 2014: 2014 Devotional Collection

Books to Read in 2015 January 2, 2015

This is my third year writing down my list of books to read for the new year.  Again though, I made a pretty short list, because my book club tends to dictate about half of what I read, as does the cost of other books I can catch on sale or happen to get from the library.  It’s still fun to have at least a few planned out though.


1) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan — I just started reading this one yesterday.  I have had it on my list the last two years, so I’m finally reading it now.  About 20 pages in and I’m already very interested.  Can’t wait to see where it goes.  

Crazy Rich Asians

2/3) Three Wishes & The Hypnotists Love Story by Liane Moriarty — This past year I fell in love with Moriarty’s work, reading four out of her six books.  Big Little Lies was one of my favorite books of the year.  To be able to call myself a true fan, I most definitely plan to read the rest of her books.  If you haven’t read a book by her yet, I highly recommend starting one now!

Three Wishes     The Hypnotist's Love Story: A Novel

4) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — This one is making it on my list for the second year in a row.  Sheesh!  My BFF gave me this in the hospital when I had Avery and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Hopefully this will be the year.

5) Yes Please by Amy Poehler — I loved Tina Fey’s book (this one is supposedly similar in nature) and I think Amy Poehler is hilarious.  I have also heard from several friends that it is really good, so I’m anxious to read this one too.

Yes Please

And honestly, that’s it.  I don’t have too many books this year that I feel I absolutely have to read….but I always have tons of books that I want to read!  So, here is a visual of some of the books I am interested to read, some are even on my Kindle already….but they  may or may not happen.

Forever, Interrupted     Outlander (Outlander, #1)     Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography     One Plus One     We Were Liars     This is Where I Leave You     The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


How did I do with my list from last year?  I copied my “Books to Read in 2014” post from January below.  I read 4 out of 5 of the books on my main list, and read 1 more off of my secondary list.

Books to Read in 2014:


1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling — Read in March 2014.

2) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty —  Read in Februray 2014.

3) & 4) Deadlocked & Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris — Read both in May 2014.

5) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

And finally, here is a visual of other books I am interested to read…but no way am I going to put on my list, because they may or may not happen in 2014.


  Read in March 2014.




Favorite Books of 2013 January 1, 2014

Filed under: BOOKS, Books, books,My Favorite Things — LindseyJuly @ 7:51 AM
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The best 8 Books I Read in 2013:  (though not necessarily released in ’13)

1. Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

2. The Last Letter From your Lover by Jojo Moyes

3. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos 

4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

5. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves  

6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

7. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


~My favorite book of 2013 was probably Where’d You Go Bernadette?.  I really enjoyed this one a lot!  It also has extra special meaning to me, because I finished it a mere 3 hours before I went into labor in the middle of the night with my precious Avery.  In that way, this book will always be linked to her in my mind, and will remind me of that amazing night.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette


Books to Read in 2014 December 31, 2013

Here is my list of books to read for 2014.  It is extremely short, because 1) I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to, 2) There are always just too many books I would like to read, 3) The book club I am in dictates a lot of what I read–especially at the times when we seem to meet during consecutive months, and 4) I am pretty spontaneous about the type of book I happen to be in the mood for the moment I finish a book.

1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling — So far I have yet to read a Rowling book I did not like, including The Casual Vacancy, which had very mixed reviews.  This one on the other hand has great reviews and sounds very different from what I normally read.  I am anxious to find the time for this one!

2) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty —  This one just looks intriguing to me, and I already have it downloaded on my Kindle.  Might be considered chick-lit, which as long as it’s not completely predictable is still my favorite genre.

3) & 4) Deadlocked & Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris — These are the last two books in this series…#12 and 13.  Though I have heard already that they are not great, I’ve read the first 11, so I feel obligated to finish the series!

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5) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — My bff gave me this in the hospital when I had Avery and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it.  Hopefully this will be the year.

And finally, here is a visual of other books I am interested to read…but no way am I going to put on my list, because they may or may not happen in 2014.




I did this last year as well…with a lot more books!

I essentially copied my “Books to Read in 2013” post from January.  I read 5 out of 9 of the books on my main list, and read 2 more off of my secondary list.   They are crossed out with dates below.

Books to Read in 2013:

1) Allegiant by Veronica Roth — The third book in the Divergent trilogy is set to come out this fall. I can’t wait for this one!  (Finished 11/2013)

2) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn — After reading Gone Girl, I’m dying to try out one of her other books, though I think this one is even more dark and twisted, which is not a typical read for me. Still want to give it a try.

3) Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson — I have owned this one for quite some time, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I hear it is absolutely hilarious! (Finished 3/2013)

4) Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12) by Charlaine Harris — There is only one more Sookie book after this one before the series finally ends. Each book is certainly not a masterpiece, but having read 11 of them already I am anxious to see how it will all turn out. I have this one waiting patiently on my bookshelf as well, so I just need to read it!

5) The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling — Though I know this book is nothing like Harry Potter, I don’t care, I still want to read it because I think Rowling is fantastic. It’s a must-read this year, since I didn’t get around to it last year. (Finished 3/2013)

6) The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2by Alan Bradley — I adored the first book in this series, and there are three more after this one, so I need to get with it and keep reading. These books are so unique and fun, plus I’m still amazed that the lead character is an eleven-year old girl and these books are written by a retired, older male.  (Finished 7/2013)

7) Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss — Woodiwiss is one of my Mom’s favorite authors and I have yet to read any of her novels. This is a long one, but I’ve heard one of the best. It’s on my Kindle ready to read.

8) The Chosen by Chaim Potok — I got this one at our Christmas book club party, it sounds interesting and seems to be a fast read.

9) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman — Someone else got this one at book club, and I have been very interested to read it ever since. (Finished 2/2013)


~The rest of these books are ones that sound very intriguing and that I may or may not get to this year, but hope to someday read:

Paris in Love by Eloisa James  (Finished 6/2013)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith

Little Men (Little Women #2) by Louisa May Alcott

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (Finished 5/2013)


My Favorite Pictures from June July 11, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Good Times,My Favorite Things — LindseyJuly @ 8:00 AM
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Here are some of my favorite shots from June.  Enjoy.

1) This is a classic picture of play-time at our house.




2) Daddy and Avery are all-pro at taking naps together.  I especially love that they are even sleeping the same way in the first shot.

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3) Nap time with Momma.

I adore when she puts her little hand on mine.

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4) Sitting up in the Boppy.  She looks so old in this one!



5) Tummy time on Daddy’s chest.  Love, love, love these two pictures.

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6) Just hanging out with Dad.



7) Hanging with Mom.

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~Life with Adam and Avery is pretty darn good.~



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