Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Reading Log

I was able to read four books this month.  I am really enjoying my new morning ritual of reading while eating eating breakfast and lunch.  My biggest problem has been at lunch time I tend to get lost in the book and forget to do my other responsibilities.  Oops. 

My rating system:
5 Stars =  Amazing  A book I could not put down nor could I stop talking about it.  I recommend this book to everyone I know. 
4 Stars = A wonderful book  A book that I couldn't wait to read.  I would rather read this book than watch TV.  I would recommend this book to certain people depending on their reading habits.  
3 Stars = A great book  A book I enjoyed reading during my reading time.  Generally I struggle to get into the book at the beginning but once I am half way through the book I can't wait to finish it. I may or may not recommend this book.
2 Stars = A good book  A book I struggled to read but yet I wanted to know what happen next or wanted to know how it ended.  I probably will not recommend this book to anyone. 
1 Star = A book I did not enjoy  This is a book I probably did not finish or if I did I wish I didn't waste my time reading.   

The Nest
I really struggled with this book.  I know this was on the New York Times Best Seller List however I did not like all the unnecessary details in the story. If the author would have just stuck to developing the characters of the Plumb family I think the story would have been better.  I would give this book 2 stars.   

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This book was pretty interesting.  I enjoyed the style that it was written in...letter form.  It was easy to read a little bit and just right back in later.  I really liked that the author stuck to the main characters and developed the story around them.  It had a very interesting facts and information about an English island during WWII.  I would give this book 3 stars.  

Silver Girl
This is a great book to read for just relaxing.  It was a interesting story with a enough of a problem to keep me interested. I wanted to know how the characters solved and worked through their problems.  I would give this book 3 stars.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
I enjoyed this book a lot.  It was hard to put it down I felt that I wanted to know more throughout the whole book.  Francie Nolan is the main character and the book spans throughout her life and explains the world and family around her.  I thought is was very interesting. 4 stars

Monday, September 26, 2016

Chicken, Green Beans, and Potatoes

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I found this recipe on Pinterest.  It was super easy to make and it tastes delicious.  I did have to modify it a bit because of the dressing.  So I used my back up basil and oregano.  I also cut way back on the butter and you could not tell at all.  The last five minutes I pulled the baking dish out of the oven and sprinkled parmesan cheese on the entire dish and put it back in.  

Really it was so delicious and easy to make.  I am adding this to my back pocket dinners.  Something I can make with no effort quickly.  AND because it is all in one dish it is easy to clean.  PERFECT!  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Reworking my Morning Miracle Affirmations

At the beginning of summer I put together a Daily Affirmation book with lots of inspiring quotes and goals.  My thought was to read it in the morning and it would help me set the tone for the day.  

I think I read it four times....and then it eventually ended up in a basket and I never really look at it.  So I decided to change it from a book to a board.  I wanted to put it something place I know I will look at it often.  So I decided the back of the bathroom door would be the best place.  I can read it while I brush my teeth morning and night.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Timeless Decorating

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When I think of Timeless Decorating I imagine white pitchers on a white buffet cabinet.  I never grow tired of this look.  I have been trying to collect white pitches and vases for awhile.  If the pitchers and vases I find do not come in white then I spray paint them white.  

Recently I had to move some things around in my family room and I had a handful of white vases and pitchers leftover.  At first they were headed to the Goodwill pile, but then I thought of this empty cart in the guest bedroom. 
My first thought for this cart was books....but then I remembered the extra white vases.   

I really like this look.  It looks clean and fresh.  I am always changing or modifying something daily.  However my goal is always the same...simple, clean and fresh.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

I Love Red Umbrellas

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I believe my obsession with red umbrellas started at a very young age along with my love for reading.  This was one of the first books I remember reading.  I held on to this book for a long time, unfortunately I no longer have the book.  

It was a bit raining this week and that made me think a lot of umbrellas and so that was the inspiration of my day dream today.  

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There is nothing more adorable than children with red umbrellas.  I love watching the children come to school on rainy days with their character umbrellas. It is so cute.  I already bought my grand daughter a ladybug umbrella for when she goes to school.  I cannot wait to see a picture of her carrying her umbrella.   


This was the first time I saw this photograph.  Someone biking with a red umbrella.  It is awesome.  I really wish I had somewhere to hang up this print.  I really LOVE it.  


I LOVE these winter photos as well especially the one on the right is amazing because you can see the frozen ice on the trees. 

However my absolute favorite photos are the ones with the Eiffel Tower in them.  I am obsessed with the Eiffel Tower and Paris.  The photo on the right is my favorite.