Book Love, Magpie Reviews

2017 Reading Rundown

2017 has been an interesting one in terms of my goals, and what I’ve achieved, particularly when it comes to reading. Strangely enough, 2017 was the first year in a very long time that I didn’t have a specific reading goal on my resolution list, and yet somehow, it has been the year in which… Continue reading 2017 Reading Rundown

Holidays, Life, Lists

Hello, 2018

I’m really no different than anyone else when it comes to having a, well, not-so-great track record when it comes to sticking to New Years Resolutions. And yet, here we find ourselves, year after year after year after year… making more goals, and not always keeping them. But while I’m definitely one of those people… Continue reading Hello, 2018

Holidays, Home Dec Love

My Home Office Christmas Decorations

When we bought our house, we quickly decided that the extra two bedrooms would be an office for each of us. Both Jim and I have work-from-home components to our jobs - his when the weather is bad, and mine during breaks from teaching as I plan and lecture write - and it’s immensely helpful… Continue reading My Home Office Christmas Decorations

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