Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thoughts On a Budget or When You're Just Really Cheap

Oh no...another list ;)

Thoughts I Had Once I Got Married...

Became a Grown Up...

Moved to Another State...etc.

1. Victoria's Secret panties are seriously made of the worst lace/fabric on the market. I only get to buy new underpants sparingly and you better believe I am not shelling out $7/panty for holey underpants.

2. Avoiding beauty vloggers because they are like the sirens of the internet world and before you know it, you've spent $30 on various shades of pink lipstick at CVS.

3. But you can't avoid the beauty vloggers because they have the best tips on what drugstore make-up to buy since there's no way in H-E-Double hockey sticks that you can afford NARS, MAC, Urban Decay, or any of your other besties.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Place at the Table and Etched in Sand


This book review has been waiting to post but it's worth it.  I gave A Place at the Table five stars because of the seamless interweaving of several different storylines into what I consider the main story, that of Bobby.  Although a large chunk of the book focuses on Bobby, the opening pages introduce us to a little black girl named Alice and her family's hog farm.  This is an important introduction as it establishes some of the cultural roots of the South that are major factors in the lives of the characters.  One such character is Bobby, whom we meet as a little boy in '70s Georgia.  A devoted Christian, he adores his mother, youth group, and sleepovers at his grandmother's house.  As we watch Bobby develop into a young man, it becomes evident to the reader that Bobby is struggling with his sexual identity and has few outlets to not only explore this area of his life, but also to inform himself.  His grandmother becomes an amazing, supportive influence in his life.  She encourages him to go to New York City because that's where she feels a creative soul can develop and prosper.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Small Town Parades


Small town parades are so great! Great Falls is super adorable about throwing several small town parades throughout the year.  This is the first town that I've lived in that has several small parades. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Family Life Update


This past weekend was pretty awesome! I got the notification that my third grad class was about to start on Monday (which I almost forgot about- totally normal for me) and so I was able to get my books squared away on Amazon.  I also got my first 100 on an essay in the course. CHYEA!  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cuz I'm HAPPY: Spreading Seeds of Happiness

Over the weekend, Brittany and I decided to explore more of the downtown area.  At a great store called Dragonfly Drygoods, we found these quirky and fun trinkets called Seeds of Happiness.

Seeds of Happiness was born out of an act of kindness. Mark Borella, a sculptor, created small smiley faces from left-over lumps of clay. He gave these to his friends whose young son was dying of cancer. He told them: "I know there is nothing I can say or do to make you feel better so I thought I would bring you some smiles to help you get your smile back. I call them Seeds of Happiness." Sharing the Smiles continues to grow as our customers plant Seeds around the world.