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Book Review: Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life

This last week I read Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton. What can I say? I loved this book. I felt like it really spoke to me in so many ways and on so many levels.

Sometimes at work, depending on census, we have some down time. I usually bring along my Kindle so I can do a little reading if the situation allows. This last week I read Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton. You might recognize her name from her very popular Love Warrior novel, which I had actually read …

Book Review: Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan by Yellena James

Star, Branch, Spiral, Fan: Learn to Draw from Nature's Perfect Design Structures (Amazon, $15.17) did not disappoint - it's gorgeous inside and out and the content is amazing! The book is designed to teach a beginner how to draw, using nature's shapes to form beautiful designs.

I’ve been a huge fan of artist Yellena James for years. In 2009 I purchased one of her beautiful prints, framed it and hung it above my daughter’s changing table. That print now hangs over the crib of my youngest daughter. When I’d received my print in the mail from Yellena, she included a limited edition lino print in aqua which I have framed above …

Book Review: Excavation by Wendy C. Ortiz

One of the best books I’ve read lately is Excavation: A Memoir by Wendy C. Ortiz. As many of you know, I was molested by one of my high school teachers over a period of nine months when I was 15. I’ve blogged about it before here. It was a complicated time in my life and I was struggling with a lot of things. Unfortunately, …

Book Review: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

As many of you know, we’re moving in about a week. We decided to get a dog and needed to move somewhere that allowed pets. We found an adorable little house a couple of miles from where we are now and we move next weekend. That’s meant the last few weeks have been all about packing. We have, embarrassingly, three storage units between us. A …

Book Review: A Field Guide to Now

I picked up this book years ago and had largely forgotten about it until I started packing up the house and came across it again. I’m at a good place in life right now to appreciate it’s message and I thought I’d share it with you. A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness And Life In The Present Tense by Christina Rosalie is a …

Top 5 books for a 1 year old

Baby girl might only be 14 months, but she loves to read! (More like look at the pages while mama reads, but it still counts – right?). Many of these were enjoyed by my older kids when they were little, so I know they’re wonderful. Here is what’s currently in our top five: Moo Ba La La La by Sandra Boynton Your baby’s first word …

Book Review: Printmaking Unleashed and Collage Unleashed

For Valentine’s Day, my hubby got me a gift certificate to Amazon. I’ve been debating for a while what to use it for and finally decided on a couple of new art books – Printmaking Unleashed and Collage Unleashed by Traci Bautista. I’ve been playing a lot with abstract painting and I thought that the printmaking book especially would be helpful in coming up with …

Thoughts on Lucky by Alice Sebold

Some of you may have noticed I was reading this memoir last week. In fact, it was so gripping, I finished it in two days. I’ve debated writing about it, and my thoughts on it, but have decided to go ahead. Rape remains somewhat of a taboo subject, although it is much more talked about than in Sebold’s experience in 1981. Lucky is a memoir …