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Necessary Lies – Book Review

29 Aug

Necessary Lies

I just finished reading this book and I could not put it down! My mom and sister have both read previous books from Diane Chamberlain and raved about her so I wasn’t hesitating to get started on it. I will admit that in the beginning I was getting a little mixed up with the characters but it’s totally worth it to keep reading.  Once you get past the first few chapters and really start getting to know the characters you won’t be able to put this book down!

Barnes and Nobel’s Overview

Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.

When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.  She quickly becomes emotionally invested in her clients’ lives, causing tension with her boss and her new husband.  But as Jane is drawn in by the Hart women, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm—secrets much darker than she would have guessed.  Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing the battle against everything she believes is wrong.

Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?

This book will be available for purchase on September 3rd or you can pre-order it on Barnes and Noble here! I am now looking forward to checking out some of Diane’s previous books!

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The Perfect Weekend Includes..

18 Aug

In my house – you can’t have the perfect weekend without:

A project and a book

Someone special by your side

Electronics are a must!

Cuddles from everyone in the family

and having a blast until you pass out!

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend as well 🙂

A Book In The Mail

11 Aug

Emma received her first book in the mail from Ope 😀

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We love Ope! ❤

Furniture Makeover Book Review, Project, & Giveaway!

24 Jul

If you haven’t heard of the new book Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair. You are missing out!! This is a great resource for DIY tips and techniques on restoring, updating, painting, and fixing furniture!

Here’s Barnes & Nobles Overview:

Furniture Makeovers shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You’ll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic, Furniture Makeovers is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.

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I don’t know about you but I LOVE before and after pictures, especially ones with tips on how they did the makeover, and a story behind the piece. This book is not lacking this at all! Barb goes into great detail about how she made these pieces new that are easy to follow and wonderfully informative. My favorite part of each of these projects? She has a materials list! You’ll know exactly what you need before you even start the project!

Thanks to this book giving me some serious inspiration, I decided to do a makeover pieces myself!
We’ve had this corner cabinet in our family longer than I can remember and it’s been passed down to me! I love the idea and the functionality of it but in it’s current location – it sticks out like a sore thumb!

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I’ll be posting the makeover results of this beauty on Sunday! I hope you are ready to be WOW’d! While you are waiting – check out this Awesome Giveaway provided by Chronicle Books & Knack.com

Furniture Makeovers

Live What You Love tote

Today I’m doing a giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Furniture Makeover’s and a fun Knack Tote! One lucky winner will be receiving these goodies in the mail in no time! Want a chance at being a winner? Comment below letting us know what piece of furniture of your own that you’d love to update along with an email address to reach you at!

Don’t feel like waiting? Purchase a book here:  AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBound, or Chronicle Books

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour here:

Monday, July 15 – A Beautiful Mess

Tuesday, July 16 – The City Sage and Cranny + Me

Wednesday, July 17 – Urban Comfort

Thursday, July 18 – Indie Craft Parade and Door Sixteen

Friday, July 19 – Simply Grove

Monday, July 22 – Poppytalk

Tuesday, July 23 – The Curated House and Ambrosia Creative

Wednesday, July 24 – The Bedlam of Beefy and The Underestimated Mom

Thursday, July 25 – Decorology

Friday, July 26 – Bloesem 

The contest winner will be contacted via email Wednesday, July 31st!

In My Mailbox!

14 Jul

I had so much goodies in my mailbox I had to share!

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Two books for me!

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Ladybug shoes for Emma!!

Stay tuned for more info this week 😀

Wasted Space Not So Wasted Anymore!

8 Jan

Emma’s closet has been only used for storage since she was born. We have a big chest of drawers for her and since her clothes are so tiny I would just fold them up and put them in there. We also had the changing table drawers for sheets and blankets so there was really never a need to hang up her clothes.

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This resulted in using the closet to put things she wasn’t using in! For a while I’ve wanted to do something differently and I finally got the kick in the butt to change things up around here 🙂

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Emma’s closet has this nook inside of it that I’ve been dying to make a little reading spot out of! So while I was giving the closet a useful makeover I decided to make this part a little place to hide out for Emma.

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On one side she has her spot to sit and read with her books.

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The other side is her stuffed animal pile and puzzles on top of the shelf. Sometimes she’ll crawl into the pile of animals and hide out!

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The rest of her closet got organized and is finally be used for it’s main purpose!! For the past few mornings she’s had a blast picking out her outfits not that she can see them all!

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When it gets quiet around here I know just where to find her!

 

Now I need to make a special spot for me to go hide and get things done 😉 I wonder if Emma would let me work on my blogging in my closet?

 

Love Always,

J

 

The Alchemist

2 Oct

Thanks to an amazing blogger friend 🙂 Kristin from Bliss At Home I found an online book club that this busy mommy can attend!! This week we were reading The Alchemist:

 

Barnes and Nobles Overview

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho’s charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

 

After reading it Niki from Book Babes asked some questions about the book and here are my answers 🙂

 

What did you think about the way he described love in the book? Do you feel true would keep you from wanting to be apart even if someone you loved had a destiny to fulfill?

It was interesting! As much as I’d never want Brian to leave me or me to leave to leave my husband, I can see how we probably do get in each other’s way of fulfilling dreams due to the fact that we both have to comprise things.

Have you discovered your own personal legend? Or do you have any idea of what it might be?

Last year I realized that I didn’t only want to be a stay at home mom, that I also wanted to be my own boss by selling the items I make for myself and my home.

This unique story was unlike a lot of the books I’ve read, both in content and writing style. Did you love or hate it for it’s uniqueness?

I love the uniqueness – the way he uses his words really puts a picture in your head. I feel like the way he wrote also kept my attention. In most books I might read a paragraph and then think about a story similar to my life and then have to cut myself off and go back to the book. This story held my attention without me wandering off anywhere!

I would have never picked this book up for myself but I do think it’s worth a read to anyone who likes books. It’s a great change of pace, a great way to stop and think about your life, and a new perspective on our goals for the future. It’s a keeper!!

Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Taking it Easy Today!

27 Sep

 

I have two little girls here today and we are going to be taking it easy! Most days we spend half the day inside and half the day outside but since the weather is going to keep us from going out – I decided to take a practice day of keeping them entertained inside!

 

Since they are 2 and 3, their attention span is about 30 minutes. Here’s our usual schedule for a day that includes outdoor time:

8:30-9:00 Excitement to see each other which involves, hugs, kisses, chasing each other, and showing each other toys. Then they’ll usually “help” me get breakfast ready.

9:00-9:30 Breakfast time!

9:30-10:00 Free play time in the house.

10:30-11:00 We go for a walk.

11:00-11:30 Color or Play-Doh

11:30-12:00 They help me make lunch

OR

10:30-11:30 Park Time

11:30-12:00 They help me make lunch

12:00 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Quiet Time

1:00 -4:00 Nap Time

4:00 – 4:15 Snack

4:15 – 5:00 Puzzles, Reading Time, or Blocks usually.

 

So what I’ll need to do is find an indoor activity to keep us busy from 10:30-11:00. Some days we’ll bundle up and play out on the back patio but for those really cold or yucky days I wanted a few options to keep us entertained.

Today we are going to try music time. I’ve got a bunch of musical toys ready and I’m hoping it will include lots of dancing and giggling to get out all their energy!

Do you have any great ideas you’d love to share?

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

 

 

 

Get It Together Girl!

26 Sep

Sorry for the late post this morning – I’ve been trying to get it together over here 😉 Since I’m waiting for my studio organizers to come in I decided to get to work on my desk. It seriously needed some TLC!!

This desk was being used for pile things instead of actually work on. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve had to organize this desk because it’s become a dumping station. I decided I need to create enough space in the drawers to keep things off the desk so it doesn’t pile up anymore.

The first step was to clean out these messy drawers. We had a ton of stuff in here that was just taking up precious space – including a bunch of things that didn’t necessarily have anything to do with desk work. Surprisingly I had a ton of crafting related things in this desk that I gladly took to the studio room. It doesn’t belong in here and definitely wasn’t getting used being in this desk.

After I got the drawers all cleaned out, I was able to decide what I wanted for my desk.

1. A place to keep and organize my coupons.

2. A place to keep and organize my receipts for taxes.

3. A place for paying my bills and desk supplies.

4. A place to write cards (thank yous, invites, and such).

5. A place to file my paperwork (which was already there).

6. A place for the books I’m working on and reviewing.

7. A place for my notebooks and organizing tools.

Some things just can’t fit in the desk very well so the last two items got cute boxes to be used to store them.

After two hours – taking loads to the studio, thrift store pile, and trash – this desk was finished!! I even hung up a hanging folder to put my “need to be filed” items up so they don’t pile on my desk. The gray container holds the books I’m working on and reviewing. The tan container holds my organizing notebooks and tools – including my pens, pencils, and scissors!

In my drawers I made room for my coupon notebook, my tax/receipts notebook, my bill supplies & desk tools, my notecards, thank you’s, and invites. The bottom drawer stayed the same with my files.

In order to keep this desk from getting back to being a dumping ground, every night I’ll be cleaning it up so in the morning it’s ready for some work to get accomplished!

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Blogging Book Giveaway Winner!!

15 Sep

So here it is – the big moment where we find out who the lucky winner of this book is!?

If you want to see more about the book here is the blog post I did about it: Blogging Book Giveaway

And the winner is………………………………………………………………….

 

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Congratulations! I hope the book gives you the guidance to either start your new blog or gives you tips to help you out! Be sure to come back and let us know what you thought of it when you get it 😀

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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