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I’ve come across this quote several times over the last few weeks so I think it was trying to tell me it wanted to be seen.

I sat and thought about this quote.

I realized that there are so many books that I’ve read that really have shaped who I am. There are books that I can remember the context of but not the name that circle in my mind and come to me at random times. There are books that I come back to year after year that I can recite that play like a movie in my head.

It doesn’t matter if I only read the book once or have read it a dozen times the words and stories have help shape my world. They’ve given me new perspectives and helped me open my mind to new circumstances and possibilities.

It can also be said that the food I’ve eaten as also made me who I am but that’s another story.

5 Months Old & Counting…..


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My baby is 5 months old! Can you believe it?!?! Just yesterday I found out I was pregnant and I felt like my pregnancy took forever but now I look back and it’s a little over a year later. How can that be?

Did you know that at 5 months babies start to make this beautiful noise that sounds like “mama” and it melts your heart? They also think crawling is ridiculous and prefer to stand and try to walk but somehow always end up stepping on their own feet. And forget about balance, they’re all too drunk on milk or formula. Read the rest of this entry

Gallbladder Blues

I’ve had gallbladder issues now for about 2-3 years. It started as what I thought was just a corn allergy and has ballooned to anything fried, nuts, seeds, pasta, red meat, dairy, etc. Needless to say, I’m on a very bland diet. I can’t have spices at this point either because the pain has become so intense it actually sent me to the ER last week. Did you know mustard was a spice?!?! Read the rest of this entry


I chose this quote today because it’s something I’ve struggled with recently. I couldn’t control the situation that caused the feelings but I did realize I could control whether I got angry and stayed angry.

For a while I stayed angry but then I decided I was tired of giving the instigators power over me and decided to instead be happy. When other people and outside forces seek to draw you into their toxic circle it’s so easy to get sucked in because you don’t always see it coming or realize it happening.


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Top 5 Books So Far….

I wanted to wait for the end of the year but decided screw it, I’m going to give you my TOP 5 BOOKS of the YEAR so far…..

I’ll admit I don’t get to read as much this year so I’ve been very picky about what I am reading. I feel like if I’m going to devote my time to a book it better be good. I’m going to leave out series in this list and save them for the year end. I’ve read some amazing series this year and they deserve their own post.

I’ll also let you know my year isn’t a calendar year. I’ll base the year starting last July 2015 when I found out I was pregnant. I read a lot during my pregnancy because I knew that it could be a long while before I got a chance to sit down, in peace, and read again.

And away we go! Read the rest of this entry


As some of you may or may not know I’m a HUGE fan and admirer of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I name my daughter after him. I look to his writings for advice, inspiration and guidance.

I’ve decided that to pay tribute to this great man I’ll be posting a quote or writing of his every Wednesday in the hopes that many of you will come to love him as I do.

This week I’m going to start with the first quote I ever saw of his and what led me to research and discover more about him.


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#BookReview – Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

A captivating debut novel, meticulously researched and beautifully imagined, about the passionate marriage of Harry and Bess Houdini—a love story that defied death itself.

Before escape artist Harry Houdini died, he vowed he would find a way to speak to his beloved wife Bess from beyond the grave using a coded message known only to the two of them. When a widowed Bess begins seeing this code in seemingly impossible places, it becomes clear that Harry has an urgent message to convey. Unlocking the puzzle will set Bess on a course back through the pair’s extraordinary romance, which swept the illusionist and his bride from the beaches of Coney Island, to the palaces of Budapest, to the back lots of Hollywood. When the mystery finally leads Bess to the doorstep of a mysterious young photographer, she realizes that her husband’s magic may have been more than just illusion.

In surprising turns that weave through the uncertain days of the dawn of the twentieth century and continue into the dazzling 1920s, Mrs. Houdini is a thrilling tale that will take you deep into the heart of one of history’s greatest love stories—asking what drives people to believe in something bigger than themselves—even as it reveals the famous magician’s most remarkable feat of all.  Read the rest of this entry

Holy Crap, I’m in New Orleans!

I’ve known about the trip since I got back from maternity leave but actually being away from my baby is by far the hardest part of this trip.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying seeing a new city and experiencing something that I will never experience again but there is always an ache in my heart thinking my husband and my baby. I know they’re doing fine and the bonding experience for them is worth it but again my heart.

So far we’ve only seen the hotel, the local Walmart and the company office in Ellwood, LA but it’s been beautiful! So much green! This morning I awoke to thunder, lightening, rain and a tornado warning!! 

The humidity has been unreal! We walked to Walmart because the locals told us it was down the road. What they didn’t tell us was that we’d sweat to death in under 5 minutes and they don’t believe in crosswalks! I have watched people just walk into the middle of a high traffic road and the cars just stop?!? In Las Vegas you’d be a fatality on the nightly news.

It has been nice to bond more with my boss and people from other branches. I make the ladies I’m traveling with take selfie each day and I must say we’re fabulous!

Hopefully next week I’ll be able to give you all a better post on the week but for now here it is! Enjoy! 

Sunshine Blogger Award!!!

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Betty at The Bookish Regards nominated me for this award.  She’s such a kind and wonderful person and I’m thankful she thought of me when making her own nomination selections. I highly recommend her blog for top notch book reviews, opinions on life, TV shows and MORE! Read the rest of this entry

What is Sleep?!?!

Did you know when you push forth a person from your body or decide to bring a baby into your home a switch is flipped on inside of you that prevents a restful sleep? I didn’t. I don’t think I’ve slept longer than 2-3 hours at a time since Emmie was born. It’s not her fault, well mostly, either! She’ll have those rare nights when she sleeps for a 4-6 hour stretch and I will still catapult out of bed to stare at her monitor just in case. Read the rest of this entry

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