My husband colored my Hair!

IMG_20171110_191642460A while back, my husband and I were talking about coloring my hair, and he asked if an ombre was something I could do at home. I told him not really because I don’t trust my skills, and I don’t have a friend who could really help me with something like that at home. However, I told him I could do a solid color and asked if he would want to help me to see how it worked. I was actually pretty excited at the concept of my husband picking out my hair color. I trust him. He’s got really good taste, and I personally hate making those kinds of decisions. Continue reading

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Scarlett Review


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Hello readers!

I hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. A reminder that today is Small Business Saturday, a day where small businesses give great discounts to their shoppers to combat the box store sales on “Black Friday”, so get out and support your local shop owners today.

Today’s book review is for Scarlett the second installment of the Cinder series. I really enjoyed the first book and, after finishing Cinder, I couldn’t imagine not finishing this series,and couldn’t wait to get started on the next book. I borrowed this audiobook from my library’s online database on Overdrive and it took me about a week to finish, but I feel like I devoured this novel. Continue reading

10 things I’m grateful for this year

As I’ve mentioned many times over, the past few years have been full of blessings and hard times. I moved between jobs and career paths, lost a football teams worth of people, including both of my fathers, and felt utterly lost for the better part of a year. But, I also married the love of my life, gained a whole new family, got to travel to Amsterdam, my blog is flourishing and I’ve found a home in a wine community that is supportive and feels like family.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and with that marks the beginning of a time of thankfulness and giving. What better time to share the things I am grateful for this year. Continue reading

Thanksgiving menu

Oh My G-d! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is here already. It definitely snuck up on me this year. Lucky for me, I make pretty much the same thing every year, and remembered soon enough this year that I could do a run-through on some new recipes I wasn’t quite sure about. Every year, I make roast turkey and brine it, mashed potatoes with gravy, brussel sprouts with cranberries and bacon. My mother makes glazed carrots, green bean casserole, and deviled eggs, and a triple layer pie. This year I am making a wild mushroom and bacon stuffing, which is the new recipe for me, but I’m sure it will come out great. I also opted this year, for less stress, to makePillsbury Original Crescent Rolls and use canned Cranberry Sauce at my husband’s request. He likes to slice the jelled stuff to put on sandwiches the next day.

Most of these recipes are pretty basic and self-explanatory but I do have a couple of tricks to make things extra tasty and I figured I would share this with you today. Who knows maybe you’ll give them a shot in this will be your best Thanksgiving meal yet.

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Bookshop On the Corner Review

The Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel by Jenny Colgan

Earlier this year, while I was waiting for some of my books to become available for my reading challenge, I needed something easy to listen to and wanted something a little bit different than my normal fantasy fiction or dystopian novel. When you first open the OverDrive app and sign into your library, they usually have a list of recommended books based on a seasonal theme. Bookshop on The Corner by Jenny Colgan was one of these recommendations. I had just finished listening to Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat not too long prior, and thought this would be a good transition book.

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Thanksgiving Wine Ideas

Hey readers!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I can’t be more excited. As I write this I’m also cooking my run through recipes for Thanksgiving, i.e. recipes I want to try cooking before the big say to determine if they’re up to snuff or if I need another alternative. But, all this prep work made me realize I also still have to figure out what we will be drinking! Continue reading

Favorite Fall Memories

Hey readers,

I don’t know about you, but I really love fall. It is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, and the smells, and the foods, and the weather. Even if it’s kind of rainy, there’s something about it that just gives me a sense of comfort and happiness. I don’t know if it’s sitting inside more and reading books, or walking in the park looking at the different colored leaves, or driving up on Skyline Drive to see the color change from above.
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