Book Love, Magpie Reviews

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

So, for all the years that Outlander has been on the shelves, I’ve spent a great deal of time circling around it in bookstores, only to ultimately walk out without it. I’ve always found the premise intriguing, but so much of what I hear from people who love it always gave me pause. I like… Continue reading Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Holidays, Life

November Wrap-Up and December Goals

Once again, November has come and gone, and I’m left confused and dismayed about how it passed by so quickly. Like, seriously - I swear it was just the beginning of October the other day. How did this happen? How is Thanksgiving over already? How are we almost two weeks into December already and I'm… Continue reading November Wrap-Up and December Goals

Life, Photography

Seven Days, Seven Black and White Photos Instagram Challenge

A few weeks ago I got tagged on my personal facebook/instagram to participate in this Black and White Photo Challenge that's been going around. It was a pretty neat challenge and forced me to look at what is so often "just another day of the grind" for me with a more creative eye. So, now… Continue reading Seven Days, Seven Black and White Photos Instagram Challenge

Blogging, Life, Lists

October Wrap-Up and November Goals

October was a whirlwind of a month, to put it lightly. Much of the first few weeks flew by as our days were consumed with moving, and unpacking... and setting up the house... and figuring out bills... and... and... and... That said, even with all the chaos, October ended up being a pretty good month… Continue reading October Wrap-Up and November Goals

Baking and Cooking

Magpie’s Pinterest Test Kitchen: Beefy Tomato Soup via Mantitlement

Now that we have our own house, I’ve begun to get back into cooking again. Not that I didn’t love our apartment kitchen, but I just got a bit out of the habit over the years, since the type of cooking I love to do is big batches of stuff, but there’s only so many… Continue reading Magpie’s Pinterest Test Kitchen: Beefy Tomato Soup via Mantitlement

Blogging, Home Dec Love, Life

August/September Wrap-Up, or, “Why Magpie’s Been Away for Three Weeks”

So, big news here in Magpie land. I’ve been pretty absent from the interwebs for the last few weeks, and I’ve teased on twitter a number of times that it’s because of some serious life changes happening in the background, but never really specified exactly what was going on. Well, it’s finally time to specify:… Continue reading August/September Wrap-Up, or, “Why Magpie’s Been Away for Three Weeks”

Book Love

Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

So after how much I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight, and after what a cliffhanger it left off on, I was super excited to start Heir of Fire. Annnndddd…. It started off pretty disappointing. Where Crown of Fire seemed to hit the perfect balance between developing nuanced characters and weaving their growth in with a… Continue reading Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Book Love

Book Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

So, I sort of let this review linger in the “unfinished” post pile a little too long, given how hard I came down on the previous book in the series, Lirael. I read this not long afterwards, and honestly was so amazed at how much better it was than its predecessor - and how much… Continue reading Book Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Blogging, Life, Magpie Writes

On Blogging Seriously (and Being Seriously Overwhelmed)

I’ve wanted to blog seriously for years. Honestly, 10+ years ago when I first discovered bloggers like Alicia Paulson of Posy Gets Cozy and Jane Brocket of Yarnstorm it quickly instilled in me a nagging want. To be a blogger. To take this seriously. To make this world of creativity a serious part of how… Continue reading On Blogging Seriously (and Being Seriously Overwhelmed)

Life, Lists, Travel

July/August Wrap-Up and September Goals

The last two months have been just an absolute whirlwind. There’s some pretty big and significant life-changes that have been going on behind the scenes here at Magpie over the last few weeks that have been simultaneously super-exciting, and absolutely terrifying. I won't say too much about it all on here until all is said… Continue reading July/August Wrap-Up and September Goals