6/24/16

Elizabeth Warren - A Fighting Chance (Review)

 

I debated (ha, get it?) whether or not I wanted to do a review of this book. I don't think it is any surprise that I am as blue as a person can get when it comes to politics, but I wasn't sure I wanted to write a review that would be like standing with a bull horn in terms of letting my politics be known. In the end, I obviously decided to hell with any concern I had...I welcome any civil discussion in the comments...just remember that key word: CIVIL!!

First off I have to say that I was surprised when I saw this book prominently displayed at my local library. I live in a very, very conservative town and I often joke that our house is where they contain all the liberals. So seeing a book like this displayed caught me off guard and I of course, picked it up right away!

In A Fighting Chance, Warren gives a linear telling of both her personal life, as well as how she came to be a senior senator for Massachusetts. I have watched Warren on television for years now and remember watching her senate race against Scott Brown with my fingers crossed. Thankfully, she won and we have watched her go on to create even more noise in the United States Senate.

Before reading her book, I know that I liked Elizabeth Warren, but that was based on the small bits and pieces I knew from her political career. I really knew little about her personally so I picked up this book partially because I liked Warren, but also because I wanted to learn more about her. I honestly, didn't know what to expect from her book and this might actually be the first book I have read by a politician so I was feeling a mix of intrigue and hesitancy going in. I remember my grandfather used to love reading political biographies so I figured there had to be something there to like (I think I can say with great certainty that my grandfather would have loved Warren as well)!

Reading about Warren's life was fascinating. I find that I often enjoy biographical books and hers was no exception. From early on in her life, she often challenged the normative expectations laid out in front of her and I appreciated that. While she struggled with balancing what was expected from her as a woman and from her family, she never gave up on her dreams and found ways to trudge on with her own personal goals, even when doing so made her feel guilty.

"The women's movement was exploding around the country, but not in our quiet New Jersey suburb and certainly not in our little family. I wanted to be a good wife and mother, but I wanted to do something more. I felt deeply ashamed that I didn't want to stay full-time with my cheerful, adorable daughter." 

She grappled with being pulled in different directions and went on to be quite successful as a professor, and then working in Washington as a loud advocate for the American consumer in many ways. I enjoyed how Warren tackled the stigma associated to such challenges as bankruptcy, as she took on adversaries like big banks. She understands that not all individuals who find themselves in dire straights financially, are bad people and steered away from the victim blaming that often occurs.

I loved how her book was balanced with stories from her personal life and of her career - both of which were filled with many challenges and triumphs. Oh, and she's a dog person - so that absolutely won some points! ;) I think her book can easily be labeled as inspiring and it only furthered my support for Warren.

I also enjoyed reading about her campaign for senate and found that she made some points that could be incredibly applicable now, in this current political climate. She touches on the sexism that is still alive and well within our society, particularly within politics. During a conversation with Mandy Grunwald, Grunwald makes the comment that,

"It happens with every woman. People have to talk about how she looks before they can talk about what she says." 

This bit made me think about the endless line of comments that are made regarding Hillary Clinton. We comment on her hair, or on what she is wearing... (I'm guilty of doing so...), often before we look at her credibility on any other scale. Her campaign has even utilized this by making campaign merchandise that gives a nod to her infamous pant suits.

Warren also made some important remarks in terms of the idea that people need to band together. Throughout her campaign, the idea of working together was ever present but it seems that this idea really told hold even more after she spoke at the 2012 Democratic Convention.

"When we fight, we can win. And when we get really fired up and fight shoulder to shoulder, we can do some pretty amazing things." 

Given our current political climate, I feel like this is a very important idea to try and take hold of. I also am aware that it can be a difficult message to appreciate. With so much tension within parties, it can be difficult for some to understand the power, and the importance of coming together. I hope that we see a shift, and that people start to band together - I won't doubt that Warren will help us to achieve that.

Overall I can easily say that I enjoyed reading A Fighting Chance and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who might have the slightest bit of interest in learning more about her.


6/20/16

Garden Party (garden update)

Happy first day of summer!!! There's been a lot going on in the garden since the last time I did an update! Things are blooming and growing more and more every day!




We've got plenty of annuals planted around the house. My favorites are the hanging baskets that we picked up from a little local place that is just starting out. They're huge and were SUPER affordable!





Since taking these photos a few weeks ago, things have seriously blossomed! The hostas have all grown nearly double their size, the chives are blooming, the bachelor's buttons and daisies are blooming... I think that this year is going to be a really good year for the garden. Things seem to just be off to a good start!






We put up a piece of fence for the berry bushes to amble across and the veggie garden is looking fairly decent. Right now I've got two kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of peppers, peas, beans, nasturtiums, garlic chives, cucumbers, zucchini, watermelon, radishes, eggplant .. and I think that's it??



It seems like this year a lot of plants finally woke up. This climbing rose is doing magical things and when I counted last, had FIFTEEN blooms on it! Compared to previous years, that is amazing. I love how it looks against the Bachelor's Buttons as well, and can't wait for the gladiolus in the back to perk up and give more dimension. We also put up a new hook with a third hummingbird feeder and I love watching the hummingbirds from inside. I keep meaning to take my camera to the front window to watch them!



This clematis was picked up last year and looks like he was hear for far longer. I love how well he has taken to this tree!

I'm just loving how well everything is looking so far this year and I cannot wait to see how things progress!! If you garden, I'd love to know what you're growing this year, or what's shining in your garden - it seems to be a good year! 


6/17/16

Etsy Wishlist

I'm sure that this is clear from some of my past posts, but in case it isn't: I love shopping. I wish I didn't, but it true that I do. Some of my favorite shopping though, is often what I call treasure hunting. I love going to antique stores, thrift shops, flea markets, farmers markets, etc. You never know what you mind find in these types of venues which makes the shopping more like an adventure. You can do this online too and I frequently do, through Ebay and my favorite; Etsy.

Etsy is nothing new, and most people have probably bought something from the site at some point over the years. You might even be a seller yourself (if you are - please share your shop in the comments!!). What I love about Etsy is that you can shop from small, local artisans on a global scale, all on one site. There are so many shops that it can often get overwhelming the hunt is what makes Etsy so great sometimes. Given my love for the site, I figured I would put together a wishlist of some items that I am currently lusting over!


1. This stained glass panel from Creative Glass n Crafts is gorgeous!! I have always wanted a stained glass panel, and I just LOVE the colors in this one! It's got a classic style and is beautifully done. LOVE! 

2. I love this Rhino drawing from Tall Girl Arts. Rhinos are my favorite animals (behind my labs of course!) and I just love this print. It's colorful and intricate and would look great framed on a wall. I just need to find the space! 


3. When I took my dog Nessie for obedience classes, it was suggested that I purchase a martingale collar. I did and it really made a big difference! I started walking one of our other dogs, Jewel with Nessie's collar recently and it helps so much. I'm not sure what it is exactly about the style but they're SO MUCH better than traditional collars. What I don't understand is why stores don't stock these collars!! I have yet to see one in a pet store! I've been looking to get another one so Jewel has her own and this chrysanthemum one is amazing! I absolutely love chrysanthemums (When I was really little, I felt proud that I could spell the word. Nerdy? Indeed.) and the detail on this collar is astounding. Also, can we talk about how great the same of this shop is? The Hound Haberdashery? Awesome. They have plenty of other absolutely gorgeous collars to choose from and I strongly suggest trying out a martingale collar if you haven't before!  


4. I'm a huge plant nerd and the consequence of that is often that space is in high demand. I have been wanted to get some more hanging planters but there aren't many (if any) stores around me locally that seem to cater to house plants enough, or at all. Etsy totally saves the day though and this hanging planter from Function Pottery is right up my alley!  



5. This set from Right Soap intrigues me because I'm always trying to find a way to be more eco friendly, and I like their hand knit scrubbies! You can choose from a multitude of colors but I'm really attracted to this deep gray.  


6. I've been wanted to properly mark some of my plants and these plant markers from From Artisan Hands, combine function with aesthetics.  You can pick what plants you want labels for which makes them even better! 


7. I'm honestly not that big into jewelry, but I really love this necklace from Freshy Fig. It's dainty, which is what I generally strive for and I love the style of the abalone. 





I'd love to know what you've been loving on Etsy lately, so please leave some links in the comments!! Oh and if you didn't know, I also have an Etsy shop, where I sell vintage finds, and possibly in the future: some handmade wares! Right now you can get 10% off by using the code GRAD16! Check it out and stay tuned!!

6/13/16

Our Shared Shelf Book Club + Persepolis Review



A few months ago I saw through twitter that Emma Watson had started a book club through Good Reads. Given that I live to read, use Good Reads, and am quite a fan of Ms. Watson (who isn't?), I signed up immediately!

Our Shared Shelf is a Feminist book club so the books focus on feminism and equality for the most part. Due to a taxing school semester, June has been the first month that I've been able to properly participate. For the month of June, the book Emma selected is Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.


 

According to Good Reads: 

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Persepolis is presented in two parts and I selected the complete version (which is the one I link to!). It's the first time that I have read a graphic novel in a really, really long time - say, high school? I wasn't sure what I would think about the format now, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it! So much so that I'd like to read some more graphic novels. Reading Persepolis was more than just another book, the presentation made it more into an experience. The only negative was that I struggled with deciding to power through or to try and savor the experience. I loved the book so much that I had a difficult time putting it down!

Marjane tells her life story with humor and honesty. There are stories of hurt, fear, war, love, disobedience, activism....her life and experiences are a melting pot of raw emotions and its difficult to read about them without having some emotions yourself.

Persepolis is a book that I suggest everyone to read. Even if you are not an avid reader, this is a book which you can get through. I think we could all learn from reading Persepolis and as I hope you will pick up this book if you haven't read it, I don't want to get into the book too much and take away from the experience of reading it. I will however, share a few of my favorite bits below:


"In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that its because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... always keep your dignity and be true to yourself" 

"When we are afraid, we lose all sense of analysis and reflection. Our fear paralyzes us. Besides, fear has always been the driving force behind all dictators' repression." 


There is still plenty of time to grab a copy of Persepolis and join in on the Our Shared Shelf book club if you're interested! This is the first time I've been part of a book club and doing so virtually is a lot of fun! You can always join for the July book as well! 

6/10/16

Rainy Day activity: Adult Coloring Boooks




When I was little, I loved to draw, color, and play with art supplies. I can't honestly say that I believe I was any good, but it was fun to get lost doodling surrounded by the smell of Crayola and paper (I like weird smells...). I grew up demanding Crayola and was a bit of a snob when it came to art supplies (You couldn't get me to use a Rose Art crayon...blegh!). Unfortunately I cannot say that I draw much anymore, but with the craze surrounding adult coloring books, I've picked up a few books and have rekindled my love for coloring.



What I love about coloring is that you can totally get lost in it! It doesn't require an extreme amount of focus or talent even (woo for me!). You can just pick some colors and go to town.  There aren't any rules re: color or medium and it's more about the process rather than the end result.





Right now I have two coloring books, one is an animal focused one and the other is Harry Potter themed. There are thousands of different coloring books out there and you're sure to find one that suits your tastes!





Coloring goes beyond just being enjoyable and can actually feel quite therapeutic. It's nice to just step away from technology, and life in general for a little bit and get lost in something that lets you shut out the world. It can be stress-relieving and recently, I found it was perfect for filling in some time on a rainy day I had planned to spend out in the garden.



Another bonus is that coloring can actually be a pretty frugal activity. Coloring books (adult and otherwise) are everywhere now and you can pick up a book and some drawing supplies (I use Prismacolor pencils that I got for a steal on Amazon!) for pretty cheap!

I'd love to know what some of your favorite coloring books are, and also what you like to draw with! I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to art & office supplies, so this is right up my alley! ;)

6/7/16

Let's Go: Ode to CMAC - Canandaigua, New York



Music has always been a big part of my life, and I can still remember the first time I went to a real concert. Over the years, my concert attendance has dropped, and it's due to a number of reasons. I don't particularly enjoy large crowds, but I really dislike large inebriated out of control crowds. I also feel like the cost of attending a concert has significantly risen over the years. If I'm going to pay a lot of money to go out and see a band/musician live, I'd like the evening not to be ruined by a rude crowd or a shitty venue thank you very much! So I've learned over the years from the concerts that I've attended and I'm now far more mindful before I'll go out to a show.

I actually live not too far from a venue that has a pretty long line up of shows every summer. However, I haven't been there in a number of years because to be completely honest, the place is a joke. A giant cesspool of a joke (with pretty inadequate sound to boot). I generally dread when a band I like says they're coming to this particular venue, and in many instances, have passed on the show.

With that being said, there is however, a venue that is about a 1-2 hour drive from me, that I absolutely adore. The grounds are clean and the crowds can be a bit more considerate. That venue, is of course, CMAC! 

What isn't to love about CMAC?! First off, they get the basic amenities down and done right. The parking lots are manageable, the bathrooms are clean, and they offer edible food. Perhaps these don't seem like lofty goals, but after a concert or two at Darien Lake, you can start pretty basic.

The grounds of the venue actually reside on a college campus, which perhaps is why it's so gorgeous? Or maybe it's just that finger lakes juju... either way, the grounds are clean, welcoming and beautiful. I generally opt for lawn seating and their lawn is absolutely my favorite.




This year we did seats for the first time when we attended their season opener - a musician I grew up on (and one of many on my list of I want to see them at least once in my lifetime!) - Jackson Browne. Seats were the only option offered for this show but they worked out. We had a pretty decent view of the stage (I'm short so this is a rarity), the people around me were more or less decent, and the sound was good from the spot I was at.

Jackson Browne put on an amazing show in my opinion and played a few of the songs that I really hoped he would. In my opinion, the sound was a little unbalanced, and there were times I felt he was drowned out by other instruments, which I think was a technical issue with whomever was working the sound. But regardless of that, it was still a wonderful show - and certainly a great way to kick off the summer!






If you ever find yourself with the opportunity to catch a show at CMAC, I fully and completely endorse doing so!! I've seen some great shows/artists there (Allman Bros, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and now, Jackson Browne!). You won't regret it!!

Check out the rest of the 2016 Jackson Browne tour dates here! 


6/6/16

A Walk in The Woods: Book Vs. Movie (REVIEW)


I'm embarrassed to admit how long I have been meaning to get around to reading A Walk in the Woods. It took me so long in fact, that I had to repurchase the book because I couldn't find the first copy I had bought! When I first saw the trailer for the movie adaptation, I was filled with excitement, even without reading the book. As a nature lover, A Walk in the Woods was right up my alley. Well, I finally got around to reading the book, and after I finished reading I watched the movie. I love seeing how movies match up to their book counterparts. In most cases, I end up finding flaws within the movie and how well it follows the book. There have been rare occasions in which I ended up liking the movie more than the book, but I'll admit that those moments are rare.

A Walk in the Woods was the first I had ever heard of Bill Bryson. When I found out about his book, it happened to be during a time in which I was just learning about the Appalachian trail. I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, camping, etc., so books on the subject intrigue me.

The book's full title is A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Now, I have to confess that given the name, I expected far more trail and much less history from this book. Bryson gives a great deal of information on the flora and fauna that inhabit the trail over its 2,190 miles. I truly appreciated this knowledge and would have gladly read a book solely filled with this information. However, I found that the history lessons within the book often distracted from the story of Bryson's journey on the trail, which I felt deserved a greater focus. One minute he would be traversing a bit of trail in Georgia, and the next he was discussing the trees in that space for the next five pages. I will repeat: I did enjoy this knowledge. I just felt that it broke up the flow that the book had. Perhaps alternating chapters of history and first-hand experience might have worked better. I'm not sure. Personally, I felt like I was reading two books at the same time.

Looking beyond the issues I mention above, I did enjoy the book. It was impressive how despite age and perhaps the expectations set out by society, Bryson and his friend Katz were able to traverse such a daunting task. I can say that I had a love/hate reaction toward the fact that they left the trail incomplete. I felt bad for them that they were not able to complete the task they set out to do, but I also found myself agreeing with Katz, that despite not technically finishing, they had indeed achieved their goal of walking the Appalachian trail. I also appreciated in some way, that they were able to find acceptance of their goal being technically incomplete.

Despite not finishing the trail, they still achieved a great deal, experiencing more than many ever will. Something Bryson touches on in the book is how disconnected Americans as a society have become from nature, as well as how cars and other modes of transportation have left walking to be a nearly obsolete task. He talks about how people drive to the gym, only to walk or run on a treadmill. He talks about the rarity, and the challenge of trying to live without a car (something I have personally, always wanted to achieve). There are many scenes where this dependence is highlighted, but one that stood out to me in particular was a scene in which Bryson tries to go to a Kmart to obtain bug spray. He has to traverse highways, bridges and roads that are unwelcoming to pedestrians and by the time he reaches his destination, he is more battered and dirty than following a day on the trail. This scene resonated with me because I live in an area which is in many ways, cut off from public transportation, and largely unwelcoming to pedestrians. Unfortunately, this isn't uncommon in the US and I'm not alone.

Overall I did like reading the book, but I wonder if I set myself up by expecting so much from it. If you enjoy nature, camping, hiking, or learning about America, then I would recommend reading A Walk in the Woods.

Now, onto the movie. Like I said, when I first saw the trailer and found out that A Walk in the Woods was being made into a movie, I was excited. When the movie finally came out on DVD I picked it up and after reading the book, I gave it a watch.

Watching a movie after reading the book has always been tricky to me. Sometimes it frustrates me (like when the Weasleys house was blown up in the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie for example). Sometimes it just solidifies why I loved a book. For me, A Walk in the Woods was a good movie, and there were scenes which I enjoyed very much. For example, the Kmart scene I mentioned above, was done rather well in the movie. I found myself nodding, or laughing at scenes which matched up to my visions well.

But like with any book to movie adaptation, there were parts which I disliked. I found myself surprised when the movie ended because it was different and felt abrupt after reading the book. I also didn't enjoy some of the changes they made from book to movie. I realize sometimes changes are needed but I struggle with them! I have a certain image in my head and when a movie changes that image its difficult for me to appreciate it. Perhaps its my flaw. Perhaps it falls on the movie. Maybe we can meet in the middle?

Like with the book, I still recommend giving the film a go. If anything, the actors are great and it's a fun little movie. I also appreciated how they maintained the humor that was present throughout the book thanks to Bryson and Katz. You can pick up the movie on DVD here.


I'd love to know your thoughts on either the book or the movie in the comments! Also, I'm curious: have you, or would you ever hike the Appalachian Trail?


6/3/16

Getting out of a reading rut - I Feel Bad About My Neck (REVIEW)

 

During the semester, I generally expect my reading to wane. With all the reading I need to do for my courses, I tend to opt for other activities during my down time (knitting, TV binging, etc.). So it's no surprise that my reading slowed during this past semester. The only problem is that my reading more than slowed. It came to a screeching halt. I was on a roll and actually completed my very conservative reading goal for the year, and then BAM! Nada, zip, zilch.

So as soon as I wrapped up for the semester, I wanted to dive into a book to try and get back into the swing of things. I find that sometimes, when I stop reading it can become a challenge to pick it back up again. I am a huge book nerd. I love to read. But when I get into a rut, it can be difficult to get out of it. But I did it, I picked up a book and I got going again and I instantly felt better. I was reminded why I love reading as much as I do and it felt like the perfect reward to finishing another semester.

If you're struggling to pick up a book again like I was, I suggest starting with a small, light read. I got out of my rut by picking up Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck. It's a easy read of about 140 pages and it's also funny which kept me engaged. It was a book I was able to read in one day which also helped to get me back into the swing of things. If you're feeling stuck, I strongly urge you to go for a short and sweet book. I find YA novels or humorous books are the best when you feel like you've lost your reading mojo. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them!


Source: Huffington Post

Now, on to the book. I am a HUGE, and I mean HUGE fan of Nora Ephron and her work. You've Got Mail is my favorite movie without question, and I will never tire of watching it. This is the first time I have ever read any of her books, and I will certainly be reading more in the future! This book wasn't merely a book to get me back into the groove, it was genuinely enjoyable.

"I'd moved to New York, two historic events had occurred: 
the birth control pill had been invented, and the first Julia Child cookbook was published. 
As a result, everyone was having sex, and when the sex was over, you cooked something."

I Feel Bad About My Neck is a collection of stories all centered around being a woman. Nora Ephron shares her thoughts and advice on the subject, that she has amassed over the years. Beyond her sage insight, there are personal stories as well which if you are a fan of hers to any degree, will make the book beyond satisfying.

Reading I Feel Bad About My Neck left me wanting to know more about this magical woman who held the key to the perfect romantic comedy. Her dry sarcastic sense of humor had me cracking up many times throughout the book, which I'm sure made me appear 100% sane.

I also enjoyed how despite her fame, she had a similar mind as any of us. She touches on relationship problems, aging (and the influence society has on how we do so), and of course, financial challenges, in her case spouting from living in one of the most expensive cities in the world; New York. She rationalizes the astronomical amount of money she spent on moving into a particular apartment in much the same way I might rationalize a big (but in my case, a FAR cheaper/less exciting purchase!) expenditure.

"I should point out that I don't normally use the word "amortize" unless I'm trying to prove something I can't really afford is not just a bargain but practically free. This usually involves dividing the cost of an item I can't afford by the number of years I'm planning to use it, and if that doesn't work, by the number of days or hours or minutes, until I get to a number that is less than the cost of a cup of cappuccino."

 🙌 🙌 🙌 Yep, I totally do this all the time. I enjoyed that while reading I Feel Bad About My Neck, she became just like anyone else I know. Trust me, if you enjoy her movies even the slightest, you should give this book a try. If you're currently in a reading rut, you should give this book a try. If you're a woman. Hell, if you're a human, you should give this book a try. Looking for a summer book? This one should fit the bill! ;) 

The only trouble now will be trying to decide which Nora Ephron book comes next! 



6/1/16

May 2016 Favorites

Long time, no post! Well, May is done and behind us now and that means that another semester has come to a close. This semester however, is different in some ways from previous ones as it was my final semester toward my bachelors degree. I have officially completed the courses needed for my BA in Sociology! I'm thinking about writing up a little post regarding my experience with that, and also, my thoughts on the school I attended, so perhaps more on that later? Let me know if that might be something you'd want to read!


Anyway, while I took a break from the blog for a month, I still had plenty of favorites, so I figured what better way to come back than with a monthly favorites post!




1. Hot in Cleveland - I actually started watching the show for my capstone and all I can say is that what was I thinking not watching it sooner!? I'm still in the midst of catching up but I'm absolutely loving the show!! I only had to watch five episodes for my research, but I ended up powering through the first season without realizing. Now I'm completely hooked. I've been watching on Hulu, but I really think that I need this DVD set in my life? Over the summer I have the hopes of getting through the entire series!


2. This green tea with toasted rice is a recent discovery and I'm really enjoying it. I think the taste is likely not for everyone has it has a different, perhaps earthy taste? (I really suck at describing tastes!) But it's nice and I like that it's a great tea that doesn't instantly make me nauseous as I have found some do. The bags get thrown in the compost too, so it’s zero waste and zero guilt!


3. On a completely different side of the spectrum, are the not at all healthy, and totally indulgent, Cadbury fingers. I would like to give Wegmans a great big THANK YOU for stocking these as they are one of the rare ways in which I can get my hands on Cadbury that hasn’t been totally screwed by Hershey’s!! I keep these by my bedside (yes, you read that right) for a reading/knitting treat. ;)





4. Going back to the healthier side with a juice brand I discovered this month. I picked up a couple of juices from True Organic juice when I wasn’t feeling well and holy moly, I am so glad that I did! Perhaps they tasted even better because I wasn’t feeling well but the ones I picked up (a mango one and a strawberry banana) were soooo good. I especially liked the mango! I only wish that they were stocked closer to where I live, and not nearly an hour away. The company gets major points for their customer service as they were super kind and sent me some coupons and True Organic swag. Seriously, if you happen across these, give them a try!!!



5. Fiddle leaf fig plants – I have wanted a fiddle leaf fig plant for years and I finally just bought one. I lust over them on Pinterest and Instagram, so it was definitely time. He’s (yes, he – his name is Ferdinand) been doing well for about a month, so things are going well so far!



6. Heartland Thick and Quick – It shouldn't come as any surprise that I have fallen in love with another Lion Brand yarn, but I’m currently working on a blanket for my sister with this yarn and it is such a dream to work with! The yarn itself is so soft and the blanket is like a cozy cloud. The skeins are smaller so it is taking about 14 skeins total to make her blanket (using the pattern I followed in my blanket post), but it’s absolutely worth it with this yarn!! I’m using the color Joshua Tree, which is a total beaut.


That’s it for this month, now tell me: what have YOU been loving this month??