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The Best of the Black Friday Sales

Black Friday Deals and Steals!

It’s Black Friday, Y’all! I love to shop, but I really don’t like this particular day. I don’t like to shop in crowds, so I do must of my shopping online for Black Friday. Luckily, most retailers have caught on and let people like me shop deals online. Yay!! So, this Friday I’ll be snuggling up with my computer in bed and ordering the following items (or at least contemplating them!) Jackie weighed in on her picks too – so don’t think I’m going nuts here!

Some of these are book related and some are just for fun. Hopefully, you will like our round-up of Black Friday Sales! Continue reading “The Best of the Black Friday Sales”

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Book and Game Pairings PLUS the Hottest New Reading Toy

30+ of the best games for all ages and books to pair with them! Perfect for the holidays and birthdays for the hard to shop for people in your life!

Reading and games go hand and hand.  Games bring hands-on learning and practical application to things learned in books.  For example, you may go over colors in Eric Carle books and a game will reinforce the concepts.  These pairings are great for holiday gifts and parties when you don’t know what to give a child.  Kids of all ages love games.

We think that these games and books are the perfect compliments to each other. The games are easy enough for little kids to play but fun enough that grown-ups won’t mind playing as well.  Sometimes games can get annoying for parents.  I cannot play another round of Hi Ho Cherry Oh or Chutes and Ladders. We have chosen games that will not drive you crazy when kids ask to play on repeat. We also included some book and game pairings for adults because Kirsten and I LOVE games. Continue reading “Book and Game Pairings PLUS the Hottest New Reading Toy”

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An Enchanting Secret Garden Bedroom

Looking for an incredible nursery inspired by the secret garden? This secret garden bedroom is perfect for you!

When I think back to the most magical books of my childhood, I tend to think of classic children’s novels who have heroines with spirit and a dose of mischief who explore wondrous settings. Anne of Green Gables, The Little Princess, Pippi Longstocking, Heidi, and Matilda all rate high on my list of must-reads. Yet, Mary Lennox and the world she inhabits inside The Secret Garden has probably stayed with me the most as an adult.

I’m a dreamer and the very idea of having my own hidden oasis is too irresistible for my imagination to ignore. Luckily, I’m able to indulge my fantasies at places like Longwood Gardens, but I wanted to take it a step further and design a room based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s enchanting book, The Secret Garden.  Continue reading “An Enchanting Secret Garden Bedroom”

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Why You Need to Join the Diverse Books Club & 2 Giveaways!

Looking for a way to expand your other standing of the world? Or perhaps you just want to know what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes. The Diverse Books Club can help!

One of the greatest joys of being a book blogger has been meeting people in the book blogging community, particularly on Instagram – or Bookstagram as it’s known to many. The voracious readers online are a cheerful, welcoming bunch of people who constantly inspire Jackie and me. I love getting to interact with like-minded readers and I learn something new every day! My favorite part, however, is when another blogger inspires me to pick up a story on a challenging subject that enlightens me.

One such blogger is Madeleine of Top Shelf Text. Madeleine has gotten me to read many a book over the past year and I have always been pleased with her choices.  In September she took her recommendations one step further by launching the Diverse Books Club (the DBC.) This incredible online book club explores diversity in literature. Personally, I’ve learned so much about the #blacklivesmatter movement and the refugee crisis. I’ve asked her to share more about the DBC with all of you.  She’s even picked her two favorite reads for us to giveaway!
Continue reading “Why You Need to Join the Diverse Books Club & 2 Giveaways!”

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How Personality Typing Greatly Enhanced My Marriage

Learn how personality types affect every relationship you have. Knowing your own type will build higher self awareness and increase your understand of how you take in the world.

I’m coming up on my 9 year wedding anniversary and I can safely say two things. I love my husband now more than I did on the day we got married and our relationship is far more complicated than it used to be. Both of those statements are true and interconnected. Marriage in your 20s is like playing house; marriage in your 30s with 2 kids and a mortgage is real life. Tough decisions come up every day, tensions run high on lack of sleep and stress can bring out the worst in people. BUT, it is these moments of tension and stress that strengthen and grow a marriage. All you need are tools in place to help you succeed and work together. Enter personality typing and, more specifically, Anne Bogel’s new book Reading People. Continue reading “How Personality Typing Greatly Enhanced My Marriage”