five favorite coming-of-age books

Coming-of-age is more of a theme than a genre, I suppose, but I tend to really like books that can be categorized this way. Maybe it’s the nostalgia (I am very prone to it) or the fact that all humans share the adolescent experience so it usually resonates with me. I think, also, that any good novel will have characters that change over time (usually when they encounter some sort of difficulty) and coming-of-age provides a perfect framework to make that happen ....more

project life 2014 : weeks 41 – 42

Here is my Project Life spread from October 6 -19. It has a hint of fall to it (even though we are still nearing 90 degrees daily, but let’s not go there). I wanted to mark the season somehow, so I put a photo of our fall mantel right at the top center ....more

cross stitch #5 : autumn sampler

Well, I finished this autumn sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery back when I was on maternity leave. My intention was to get it framed and then share it, but since it’s square I haven’t been able to find a cheap frame yet. (So far I can rarely bring myself to spend much on framing…I tend to repurpose thrift store finds.) But since it’s autumn now and I worked so hard on it, I really wanted to display it! ...more

around here : full weekend

Things I did this weekend: >Chores & laundry >Finished a Project Life spread >6.2 mile run >Attended a birthday party for one of Meredith’s old classmates >Pushed through M’s meltdown during said birthday party >Met a friend for coffee sans kids >Took the kids to the park >Finished reading...more

link roundup / 19

Today I’m sharing some stuff I found around the internet. Enjoy! >I did not know this about Laura Hillenbrand, the author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken ....more

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a weekday morning last week

One weekday morning last week, as soon as I got up, I decided on the spur of the moment to document my morning in detail. I had no idea that it would be the most stressful morning that week. Reading this now I am not sure whether to laugh or cry ....more

the project life app : a detailed review

Y’all know how much I love Project Life if you’ve been reading for any length of time. Well, if you haven’t heard – there is now a Project Life app! It’s $2.99 for iPhone and iPad ....more

liam at nine months

He: >Had a wet cough for weeks and weeks until it finally turned into a sinus infection. Then he did ten days of antibiotics, and on the tenth day he got a fever. So he’s still sick, poor boy ....more

working mama files : nora from walking with nora

Working Mama Files is an interview series designed to support and encourage working moms along the path to having a fulfilling life. Today I am so happy to have Nora from the blog Walking With Nora here. Without question, Nora is one of my favorite people on the internet ....more