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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TeaChat:


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.

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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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Finding Time to Read

I’m pretty sure all of us here in the blogging world have quite a bit more going on in our lives than just reading and blogging about books.

I’m no exception. With a more than full-time job, an almost 2-hour daily commute, and two young kiddos… finding time to read is a lot like piecing together a puzzle.

My weekdays begin at 5am and I don’t stop going until 8pm.

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TeaChat: Playing Hooky

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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February was a LOVEly month around here… minus a couple of rounds of sickness that made its way through my house (AGAIN!).

My husband and I played “hooky” (and by hooky, I mean we used PTO days) from work so that we could spend some time alone together while the girls were in school.

We very rarely get to hang out alone these days as babysitters are hard to come by… and I definitely have major mom guilt any time I am away from the girls too much since I work full time.

During our little staycation we saw two movies: The Shape of Water and Black Panther, went shopping, and went out to eat before picking the girls up from school.

Black Panther was AMAZING! I had goosebumps the entire time. The Shape of Water was… weird, but I respect it.

Anyway, let’s jump into the categories of what I’ve been up to lately.

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