Where I’ve Been…

Oh, hi there!

You may or may not have noticed a bit of a dry spell here on the blog and over on my YouTube channel.

As with my previous hiatuses, this one was entirely unexpected and, thankfully, not for a bad reason at all.

First, I went on vacation the week of my birthday.

And while I fully expected to have a ton of downtime while my family and I vacationed at my friend’s condo on the beach, all I did was lay in the sun, swim, read, and spend time with my family. It was absolutely glorious and perfect.


Then, as soon as we got back, we started working on replacing our floors.

My sister and her husband could basically star in their own HGTV show because they’re so freaking talented when it comes to home improvement projects.

I left the floor replacement to them, but I helped by re-painting all of our baseboards and doors. (I’m terrible at DIY stuff, but they turned out ok… if you don’t look to close LOL! Meanwhile, our floors are perfect.)

It’s an incredibly slow-moving project because my sister and brother-in-law both have full-time jobs, so we’ve been doing one room one day per week. Right now only the girls’ room and the bathroom are finished.

This weekend we move onto the playroom.

We had every intention of starting in my library (which is where the front door and dining room is located), so I packed up ALL of my books and moved all of my shelves away from the walls to remove the baseboards… then we found out we had mold and had to get insurance involved.

Instead, we moved to the girls’ bedroom and are working our way from that side of the house while the mold issue is getting taken care of.

This means that I haven’t filmed in weeks since my beautiful background is a hot mess until we get to the library and everything gets fixed.

Our house has been absolute chaos. Each room in boxes and shifted around as we work on the floors room by room.

Now, I’m the youngest of four and a Gemini and a general chaotic mess in general, so it doesn’t really bother me. In fact, it’s given me a chance to go through and reorganize and unhaul a ton of unnecessary stuff. (Especially in the playroom).

I’ve been able to donate BAGS of stuff to our local thrift store and after cleaning out our hall closet last week, I was able to donate four bags of blankets to our local animal shelter.

The playroom had so many unused toys that the girls have grown out of that we donated this week as well.

As far as reading goes…

I’ve taken on the task of participating in my very on Mariana Zapata Reading Challenge.

This isn’t actually a real thing, I just felt like re-reading all of MZ’s books, so I did. I read every single one. Now, I’ve read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me about 3,000 times, but all the others I’ve only read once MAYBE twice, so going back into her backlist has been so refreshing.

I was in a bit of a slump, so it was nice to be revived again.

Mariana even let me know on Twitter that she’ll be out with a new book soon, so I’ve prepped perfectly!

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I’ve since moved on to reading The Mister by EL James because it became available at my library and I’m so deeply disinterested in the story and characters so far, even though I’m about 20% in.

It should be noted here that I was not a fan of Fifty Shades of Gray, however, I read the entire series and I ADORED the movies. I felt like the movies were cast well and, more than anything, the cinematography and score was absolutely stunning.

Anyway, I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things here on the blog and over on my BookTube channel. I have some pre-recorded stuff I can edit and put up while I search for a place in my crazy house to film!

I love and have missed you all! Please tell me what you’ve been up to!

Just A Little Update :)

Hi there, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I wanted to pop in and say a quick, “Hello!” and give you a little update before I begin with my regular blog posts again.

When we last spoke, I was at least 10 books behind in my Goodreads Challenge. I knew setting a goal of 150 this year was going to be difficult, but I wanted to challenge myself. Last year my goal was 100 and upping the goal by 50 was a stretch I was willing to make.

When November rolled around, I finally got over a MEGA book slump and started reading like crazy. So much that I neglected my blog to do it, and while I missed chatting with you all, it was nice to focus on reading.

Over my Thanksgiving vacation I read 11 books in one week! It was insane, but so awesome! I haven’t binge-read like that in a long time and I didn’t want to stop.

Every spare moment I’ve had, I’ve been reading and now I’m only 2.5 books away from my goal (I’m about to finish another book today!)

Once I hit my Goodreads goal, I have a hell of a lot of reviews to write and a ton of ideas for blog posts, so expect to hear from me soon! I’ll be back on a more regular posting schedule and I can’t wait to see what you all have been up to.

I have a request for you:

I’d absolutely love it if you left links to your favorite blog posts that you’ve written over the past couple of months in the comments or send them to me on Twitter at @inloveandwords so I can check them out. I’m dying to see what you’ve been reading and what you’ve been up to!

Aside from reading ALL THE BOOKS, here’s what I’ve been up to:

My best friend had his Black, White, and Sparkles Christmas/Birthday party and a good friend of mine got married!

I love getting all glammed up for Joe’s Christmas/Birthday parties, and this year for the sparkle theme, I went all out with the sparkles and gems:

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For those of you who are new around here, TeaChats are a monthly post that I do in which I pretend that you and I are going out and grabbing a cup of tea (or coffee or wine) and we’re chatting about what we’ve been up to lately.

Let’s chat!

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Raising Little Readers: How I Instill a Love of Reading in my Kids

It’s 12:30pm on a Saturday and my youngest daughter, Violet (3yo) is napping with her dad in my room.


I’ve been sitting and reading a book for about 20 minutes when I notice that my oldest daughter, Roree (5yo) has been extremely quiet for most of those moments.

Feeling like an awful mother, I decide to see what she’s up to, fully expecting that she has fallen asleep herself in the middle of the playroom floor, which wouldn’t be the first time.

Instead, I find her lounging on her bed with a book in her lap and two piles of books on either side of her.

My heart absolutely soars.


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