Thursday Things 12/31


It’s that time of year, when everyone is thinking about the fresh start looming ahead of us and what we can do differently to make the next year even better than the last. With that train of thought in mind, here are a few things that are inspiring me for this coming year…

Books for the successful woman… I’ve read Bossypants, the next ones up are How to be a Woman, Why Not Me?, and #girlboss. I also really want to read Leave Your Mark and I’ve heard really good things about I Am That Girl so it’s on the list too… I’ve been feeling lately like I have two (or more) paths ahead of me and I need to figure out which one I want to take. I’m hoping that reading these types of books will help me make my decision without wasting more time. I’m taking the Spring semester off from school and transferring in the summer so a lot of things are up in the air right now, so to speak.

I really really love this take on digital detoxing – I think I’m going to talk to the hubs and see if he’d be on board for once a week or once a month digital detoxes – our phones and/or laptops are constantly glued to our sides when we’re at home and I’m over it.



It’s no secret (or maybe it is?) that I have a shopping problem… I spend way too much money on clothes for myself that I generally don’t really need… it’s my way of making myself feel better when I’ve had a bad day and I’d really love to learn how to not rely on that outlet. I’ve heard a lot about no-spending and no-shopping years in the good ol’ blogosphere, and I think 2016 is going to be my year… I’m going to commit to buying no clothes for an entire year. This terrifies me. I really like this take on the whole process, and while I’m not going to go as hardcore as she did, I am determined to end next year without a huge pile of new clothes I’ve collected throughout the year. My only exceptions to the no-clothes-buying rule are going to be (1) underwear and bras (because the size of certain things gets out of control sometimes), (2) if something I wear regularly gets ruined, (3) workout clothes within reason and (4) I will make exceptions for smaller sizes… I’m on a workout program and getting my thyroid medications figured out, so if I lose weight and cannot fit in the clothes I currently own, I will not force myself to deal with them longer than I have to for confidence reasons. I think that’s it though. Wish me luck!


P.S. Sorry for this ridiculously long post 🙂

P.P.S. I want to read ALL of these books. Damnit.

P.P.P.S. 2015 is officially over and while I didn’t hit my Goodreads reading goal (50 books… I feel like such a failure), I DID read more this year than last year. For 2016, I’m not setting a number for a goal, my goal is just to read more than I did this year. Happy 2016!!

Thursday Things 12/24


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?!?! I am probably more excited than I should be, but whatevs. Cannot wait to see it!! & there’s this wonderful list from Buzzfeed to go along with the trailer. As soon as I heard ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ the tears welled up. I wish they would do theater showings of the HP movies so we could get the experience all over again.

Another Harry Potter related tidbit… Hermione Granger was cast for JK’s new play HP & the Cursed Child… and I LOVE the choice. Harry and Ron were cast as well, but I’m not as excited about them… it’s weird seeing HP as someone other than Daniel Radcliffe. What are your thoughts on the casting??


That’s all from me today, I’m off to spend some much needed time with the family & in the kitchen (all of the FOOD!).

See you next week & have a very Merry Christmas!!K

Thursday Things 12/17


I AM SO EXCITED!!! The first trailer for the BFG has been released!! Sophie’s glasses look exactly like the ones I wore when I very first read the book like 20 years ago. LOVE.

And of course, here are some more really awesome gift ideas for the book lover in your life!

This year saw the release of some REALLY REALLY good books & I’m so glad that Saint Anything made it on this list. There are also a ton of other amazing books too! Any that surprised you?

I may have to recruit Lauren to make some DIY Harry Potter ornaments with me… so adorable!

I am ridiculously excited for the new books coming out in 2016 and this list has SO MANY that I cannot wait for. WHY WHY WHY is Heartless not coming out until next November though?! 😦


Thursday Things 12/10


Well, we’ve got less than a month til Christmas (just over 2 weeks actually!!!!!) and if you’re doing some last minute shopping, here are a ton of really good ideas for the book lover in your life (or you can just send it to your significant other/best friend/sibling/parent,etc. like I did… 🙂 )

Sorry Lauren, Netflix is my new best friend… 🙂

Proof that Hufflepuffs are the best. Sorry to all you Gryffindors, Slytherins & Ravenclaws!

If I hadn’t already gotten all of my stocking stuffers (I buy my own… it’s more fun that way haha), I would totally be getting some of these. Is it bad that I really want that wand remote?

Even though it’s winter, I’m still loving Lauren Conrad’s Fall reading list… so many good books on it! I love that she includes YA books!


Thursday Things 12/03


The holiday season is strong in me, and I always feel a lot more lovey-dovey and thankful around this time, so this list was perfect (and to be honest, it made me tear up a little bit).


 This is so beautiful. And it was made in a single night!

I’m a little while away from having kids, but I swear they will own (and wear regularly) most of these onesies.

The 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced! Did anyone that you voted for win? Anything that took you by surprise?

 This list literally made me laugh out loud – I love ALL OF THEM.

Cupcakes = happiness. When has Gilmore Girls ever been wrong? (the answer is never in case you were wondering).

I follow 3 of the authors on this list but you’re right if you think I’m going to start following all the others now!

Thursday Things 11/26


Today, since it’s Thanksgiving and all, instead of doing a link roundup of all the things that have caught my eye lately, I’m going to tell you about a few things that I’m super thankful for right now, in no particular order.

  1. Lauren. I cannot tell you enough how thankful I am to have her in my life, as my best friend, a work colleague, my partner in blogging, and my workout buddy. It’s incredible how much my life has changed since she came into and I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have someone that really, truly gets you. Also, we have so much fun together & push eachother to constantly be better. I love our friendship so much!
  2. Hubs. We have been through A LOT together & let’s just say that I wasn’t the nicest person when we first started dating. He has helped me grow up so much & become a much, much better person. I’m so thankful to have him in my life and couldn’t imagine growing old and grumpy with anyone else. ❤
  3. Family. We are a crazy bunch, but we love eachother no matter what and we have so much fun together! Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without all of them (and neither would Cards Against Humanity and my brothers & husband trying to get my mom to say the most horrible things they can lol).
  4. Friends. Obvs Lauren is already on this list, but I have a few other friends that I couldn’t live without. There are some I go to for their wisdom and advice, some I go to because I know I can count on them to lighten things up and just be goofy with, and others that I go to because I know they’ll always be there. I couldn’t imagine my life without any of them to be perfectly honest.

And with that, I shall resume my eating of all the Thanksgiving things and playing Cards Against Humanity with the entire family! Hope everyone has a great day!


Thursday Things 11/19


If you’re in the market for some new ink & you’d like some literary inspiration, definitely take a look over here – there are a lot of really cute options. I say take an idea to your artist & let them run with it!

Um. Have you seen this yet? I’m not sure how I feel about it… I loved the first movie but the second wasn’t as good and now… 😦

I love that so many people want Veronica Roth as their survival buddy – but my favorite was Bardugo & Aveyard choosing eachother because of their jewelry.

I LOVE this idea that Uppercase came up with – be sure to give your thanks! You can even link your social media in your thank you, which I love.

The Rock is one of my most favorite people to be perfectly honest (follow him on Instagram if you don’t already), and this made me love him even more. Depression is real and affects EVERYONE.