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11 Books I Keep Recommending

Reading is something I do almost compulsively. There is always a stack of books next to my bed and another on a shelf nearby. I visit my local library biweekly and love the free books I get monthly thanks to Amazon Prime. I’m always on the lookout for a good read. I follow book people of Instagram and Facebook . Check out A Book Lover’s Adventures for a fun blog on books and travel. Books to… is also a fun blog to check out for recommendations. I also find book recommendations on Goodreads and on my local library website. I use Read More

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Much Needed Getaway in Vancouver, B.C.

I just spent six days in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. My husband and I marked our 25th wedding anniversary in August and decided we deserved a getaway.  The last time we took six days away without kids was when I was pregnant with child number one. She turns 21 next month. So it was more than time for our trip. I can’t say enough good things about Vancouver. I loved it and I’m not necessarily a “city girl.”  The city boasts a population of over 647,000 people who come from an amazing variety of backgrounds. Vancouver reminded me a little Read More

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17 Quotes to Help Shine Light During Dark Times

Have you watched the news lately? Maybe you shouldn’t. Some days it seems like all we hear about are tragedies, victims, anger, hate, violence, crime, and wars. The world can seem like a very dark place. It can be discouraging and even frightening. It’s part of the reason I began this blog. I wanted to share some light during dark times. How we talk to ourselves and others has a big effect on how well we handle dark times.  Negative self-talk creates self-doubt, lowers self-esteem, and creates fear, anxiety, and even depression.  The same goes for how we talk about Read More

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My Fall Bucket List

I cannot believe it’s already fall. Not that I’m complaining. I love this time of year. From farm-fresh apples and pumpkin spice treats to cooler weather and cozy sweaters, Fall is probably my favorite season. Since I created bucket lists for spring and summer, it only makes sense to make one for Fall. Reviewing my summer bucket list is a good idea too. It was a little hit or miss, but I’m hoping my fall bucket list will be more successful.     Summer Bucket List Review 1.  Eat As Much Fresh Summer Fruit as Possible I always do a good Read More