• Graphics and Printables,  Holidays,  Life,  Lists

    30 Days of Gratitude and Reflection

    As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m not usually one for making a blog post every day. I normally don’t really have the time or energy required to do that. And so a lot of “blog challenges” aren’t really something I ever take on or complete – particularly if they’re formatted in an “every day” kind of way. However, 2015 has been a rough year for me emotionally, and I find myself really needing to take some time and take stock of the good things in life. Additionally I desperately need to get back in the swing of regular blogging. So I’ve decided to combine the two needs into…

  • Holidays,  Music

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

      Just popping in to wish you all a Happy St. Paddy’s Day with an offering of some of my favorite Irish folk songs as an apology for having been so absent lately. Things have been crazy, and I’ve been dealing with some personal and family stuff, and blah blah blah, excuses, excuses. So here! Irish Music! First and Foremost, we have The Holy Ground by the Dubliners’ (my favorite Irish folk band, like EVER). And next, another Dubliners’ song – The Rising of the Moon, which is a song that recounts a battle during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.*     And I’ll leave you with one with a…

  • Book Love,  Holidays,  Life

    What’s Up, Thursday?

    Because we’ve had a bunch of pre-scheduled posts in a row, I wanted to do a quick “currently” post yesterday (The title “What’s Up, Wednesday?” just sounds SO MUCH BETTER), but I kiiiinnnndddd of let yesterday get away from me. It all started when I started trying to find the text of the eyewitness testimony by John S. Smith about the Sand Creek Massacre to share with my students. Then before I realized it was happening, I found myself in the middle of a four hour primary document bender. Historian problems. Psh. But anyway, better late than never, I guess. Currently I’m… …working on: some book reviews for on here.…

  • Holidays,  Links,  Lists

    Last-minute DIY Valentine’s Day Roundup

    I don’t do roundups much, but with Valentine’s Day coming up TOMORROW (I know, right? When did that happen, and what happened to January?) I figured a quick roundup of fast, last-minute DIY projects from around the web might be just the ticket. Starting with these adorable heart-shaped friendship bracelets from HonestlyWTF (pictured above – not my photo, clicking will take you to the original)… … This adorable printable from The Dating Divas. … These cute little DIY fabric heart valentines from Flamingo Toes. LOTS of other awesome ideas on this site as well, and these particularly would make an adorable scrap-busting project. … This quick and easy crochet heart…

  • Book Love,  Holidays,  Lists

    12 Books for 2015

    As I said in my New Year’s Goals post, I read a ton throughout the year – but rarely get the opportunity to read a whole book solely for myself. I’ve just slipped out of the habit of using my free time for pleasure reading. And I miss it. So this year I made it a goal to read at least 12 books that I don’t NEED to read. Specifically: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming I picked this book up several years ago when Borders went out of business, and like most of the stuff I picked up during that sale, it’s just kind of…

  • Holidays,  Nail Polish Love

    New Year’s Mani Monday

    Just a quickie for our first Mani Monday of 2015. Apologies for the slightly blurry photo – I had to use my phone for this one since I forgot my big camera over the holidays (although it shows off the sparkle quite nicely!). My manicure for the Christmas holidays was a simple one, with polishes that have been on my favorites list for years, so no untried review today. The main manicure is two coats of China Glaze Ruby Slippers (one of my absolutely favorite sparkly reds) and the accent nails are Funky Fingers Star Studded, which is a great gold glitter because it’s really dense and builds to opacity…

  • Book Love,  Holidays,  Life,  Lists,  Pet Related Posts

    New Year, New Goals

    This year I’ve decided that instead of making general resolutions, I’m going to try to set slightly more specific goals. While I had a moderate amount of success with some of my plans from last year, the ones that I failed the most at were the ones that could have easily been made more specific (like, “read more” and “work more efficiently”). However, on the other hand, I’ve made “do this every day” kinds of resolutions before, and without fail – well – I fail. So this year, I’m instead trying to keep end goals in mind and leaving the process of getting there a little more open and flexible…

  • Holidays,  Jewelry,  Life,  Pet Related Posts

    HAPPY 2015!!!

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a happy and fun-filled holiday season – the Christmas/New Year’s season is by far one of my busiest, so I’m still playing catch-up a bit here. I’ve got a couple New Year’s related posts on the docket for the next week, but in general am still cleaning stuff up from the holidays. I was able to get a bit more into the season than I thought I would be able to as of last post – I spend the holiday at my parent’s house, and that really helped. Their house always looks like a christmas decoration store exploded inside, and being surrounded by…

  • Holidays,  Home Dec Love,  Life

    A “Meh”rry Christmas…

    Christmas is my favorite holiday. Hands down. People like me are the reason Christmas stuff is already flooding store shelves in October. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, I basically turn into a 5 year old as the lights and decorations start getting dragged out – that is, if I haven’t already gotten too excited and started the decorating a week early. But this year, for some reason, I’m having trouble getting into the spirit. I’m very “meh” about the whole thing this year. I started out with my usual enthusiasm, decorating my parents house with them the day after Thanksgiving – Christmas carols on the radio, hot chocolate in hand.…

  • Holidays,  Life,  Lists,  Pet Related Posts

    I’m Thankful For…

    So… uhhh… I guess it’s a week and a half into December? What? When did that happen? But… uhhh… I haven’t even made my Thanksgiving thankful for post yet. Whoops. I SWEAR Thanksgiving was just yesterday. SWEAR. But anyway, this year I’m thankful for the little things. My schedule has made for a very overwhelming semester, and as we wind down I’ve had to try REALLY hard to remind myself to take joy in the small things. Because when I remember, oh boy does it help take some of the weight off. So this year I’m thankful for… … pink “kitten” noses.* …a good cup of coffee and a dash…