Pantry Makeover

Finding ways to make spaces work for us has always been a special skill I enjoy employing, and as our family and its needs have changed, I've been able to utilize my skills to make our spaces work for us. Nothing has challenged me like having two virtual learners and two work from home situations [...]

When Tangled Hits Too Close to Home

The other day, I was watching Tangled on Disney+ with my kids when I realized something with startling clarity: we kind of lived part of this movie last year. No, no one was kidnapped nor did we find a magic golden flower. But as Rapunzel sang of spending all of her time in her tower, [...]

Book Review: The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

Letty Carnahan may be my favorite Mary Kay Andrews character of all time. She is smart, fierce, protective, and resourceful. Add to that witty, kind, great instincts, and you have a winning and memorable character that I'm low-key mad I can't be friends with in real life. The Newcomer, the Mary Kay Andrews novel set [...]

Date Night at Home

Valentine's Day is right around the corner (February 14, if you're lost in time), and with it comes the stress and pressure of Date Night. This year, we have the added bonus struggle of Date Night: Pandemic Edition! Never fear, as someone who has small children who didn't like to be separated from her as [...]

Book Connection: Where to Find Book Deals and Freebies

I love to read. I read quite a bit. Even writing that feels like a gross understatement. Reading isn't just a passion or a hobby or a job for me; it's my non-human spouse. I read to escape, I read to research, I read for fun, I read for work, I...read. I love words and [...]

Review: Dash and Lily

After watching just one episode of Dash and Lily on #Netflix in December, I lost all willpower and binged it. As soon as I learned it was based on a book, I knew I had to read it. Imagine my joyous reaction when I discovered there are not one, but three Dash and Lily books! [...]

Book Review: This Tender Land

William Kent Kreuger's This Tender Land is a lyrical novel set during the summer of 1932 and follows four children as they go on a literal and metaphorical journey. Odie, Albert, Mose and Emmy are all students at the Lincoln Indian School, and their time there will forever shape who they are and the choices [...]

Non-Fiction Book Recommendations for Fiction Fans

When you read a lot, you may find you receive judgement for the kinds of books you like. That's lame. The books you enjoy are worthy of your love, whether 'society' or anyone else deems them acceptable. I often get asked for non-fiction book recommendations. As a lifelong fiction fan, it took me awhile to [...]

2020 in Books

I've been participating in Goodread's Reading Challenge for the past few years. I don't view it as a competition, but as a goal I'm setting for myself. I also just love keeping track of what I've read, and the Year in Review is such a fun feature. You can view mine here. In summary, I [...]