Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Tea // 51 Simple Pleasures


Oh, the resurrection of Tuesday Tea! Although this post has nothing to do with tea other than the fact that I'm on my second cup of earl grey for the day, haha :)

But I recently found a list that I wrote during high school about 51 things that seem small that give me great pleasure. It can sometimes be hard to find beauty in every day life, but I know that life is a whole lot better if I slow down and give thanks for the simple things. I've already listed these 51 things on a previous blog post, but I thought I would update it with 51 new things, with maybe a couple repeats.

1. squishy, gorgeous yarn
2. Gilmore Girls re-runs
3. big cups of hot tea
4. tall glasses of iced tea
5. re-reading a favorite book and getting something new out of it
6. Anthropologie candles
7. paychecks
8. old recipes
9. sinking into bed after a long day
10. thank you notes
11. rolling the money in your change jar
12. this beautiful print
13. crocheted flowers
14. good hair days
15. salt water taffy
16. getting magazines in the mail
17. dressing up for no reason
18. rooftop dinners
19. dandelions
20. my favorite mug
21. using loose leaf tea instead of teabags
22. Milano cookies
23. my Kitchenaid stand mixer
24. finishing a Rubik's cube
25. maxi skirts
26. finishing an amazing book
27. grace
28. dahlias
29. kitty cats
30. banana babies
31. card games
32. a fresh haircut
33. compliments
34. spooning
35. ceiling fans
36. dishwashers
37. hand-me-down clothing
38. blog comments
39. knowing you're going to spend the rest of your life with your best friend
40. Etsy stores
41. an intricate cross-stitch
42. snuggles
43. looking at baby photos
44. perfectly clean and organized living spaces
45. guitars and ukuleles
46. clean slates
47. waking up early by accident
48. good guacamole
49. good Mexican food in general
50. ceiling stars
51. dreamcatchers

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I'm on a flower making roll! These purple colors are so amazing, and I love these yarns so much. More flowers to follow in subsequent weeks, I'm sure :)

Monday, July 6, 2015

On My Bookshelf: July

What a month it has been so far! It feels like my life is been going full-speed ahead right now, and I'm loving every minute of it :) As such, many of the books I'm reading are mirroring my desire to enjoy every second of life and to gain new perspective from everything.

Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
This book is about celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life, and the way God infuses every aspect of even the seemingly mundane aspects of things. It's about slowing down and being aware and about how unspiritual things can be spiritual.

Pope Francis: Pastor of Mercy by Michael J. Ruszala
Pope Francis is such an extraordinary man who is transforming modern Catholicism. As a Catholic myself, I'm drawn to learn more about his life, how he grew up and his calling to the priesthood, and this short biography will give me more insight into his life and what makes him so captivating.

The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer
This memoir of sorts is about the journey to enlightenment, letting go of worries, and transforming your life into what you've always desired. The book is the newest Blogging for Books read that I have received, and I curious to maybe learn a new way to live in the moment and maximize my happiness.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I've been crocheting lots of flowers recently for a very special project that I have in the works (details to follow, but I haven't decided when). These particular flowers are being made with scrap yarn from my Halstead Shawl (which I finally got to use this past weekend in Door County, Wisconsin!), and based on their weight, I should get 11 of these "crocodile stitch" flowers out of what little yarn I have left. That's the good thing about making flowers--they don't take very much yarn!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hyacinth Girls // A Blogging for Books Review

I have to be brutally honest and say that I did not like this book. While it dealt with a very serious subject matter--bullying--I felt that this novel could have done better. As a plus, the story was very nuanced and subtle, mirroring for me the way bullying often is, but the storyline often became overly complicated and not well explained.

The biggest con against the book for me was that it felt very scattered. The book frequently jumped to parts of the narrators past without any indication that the transition was taking place, and then it would jump back to the present situation just as suddenly. This heightened my confusion in the story, and I also felt the shift in narrators towards the end was out of place and unnecessary.

Overall, although I felt no connection to the plot, I feel that this novel raises important issues. Bullying is a very really problem, especially in teenagers lives, and I think that they would benefit from and enjoy this book more than I did.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Monday, June 22, 2015


At work the other day, someone filled up a table in the breakroom and said that some plants were up for grabs. Since free is essentially one of my favorite words, I picked out the plant that looked the best and that I thought had the greatest chance of surviving in my care. The only problem is that none of the plants have tags so I have no idea what kind of plant I adopted. I posted a picture on Instagram asking people with greener thumbs than mine what kind of plant they thought it was, and although I don't have a finite answer, the concensus was some kind of a yucca or a dragon plant. What I really wanted to glean from this information was how to care for the plant, and I'm pretty sure that moderate to direct sun and minimal watering would be best.

If you have any idea what kind of plant this is, or if you think I'm totally on the wrong track, let me know because I would like this plant to stick around awhile, evidenced by the fact that I named it--usually a sign of over-attachment, but I thought it looked like an Edith. Call me crazy.

Nonetheless, I bought a beautiful planter for it, mostly because I'm trying to dress up the apartment a little bit, and I think it looks gorgeous. Of course, no picture is complete without a cuppa tea (in the most beautiful mug I own).