Spellcaster Series-Claudia Gray

I’m currently waiting on the third book in the Spellcaster series, The Sorceress. I just devoured (yes I like to think of fast reading as eating, is that weird?) the first two, Spellcaster and Steadfast. They were so well written, and I loved Gray’s version of spellcasting done through drawing up strong memories. It is such a unique way of looking at witchcraft that I haven’t read before.

I won’t go into a long synopsis of the books, but I will say I’m anxious to get my hands on the third in the series. I love the bond between Nadia and Mateo, and I am so intrigued by Verlaine’s storyline. I hope we get a satisfying conclusion in the Sorceress.

Custom Napkins and Birthday Parties

I have been daydreaming about party planning some more. With Little Man’s birthday just 4 months away, I keep thinking of things I can make to celebrate his big 3rd birthday. I think it would be fun to design some custom napkins for the big day.

I still need to think of the right theme for the party too. This year Little Man might have his own opinion on what he wants. Last year we had a train theme, and the year before we did a Little Blue Truck theme. This year he’s still train crazy, and completely obsessed with Thomas the Train. I thought about doing a vehicle themed birthday, with planes, trains and automobiles. I have a feeling we’ll be doing train theme, specifically Thomas.

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Fun custom napkins with Little Man’s name, and maybe really making the house look like the Island of Sodor would be pretty cool. We’ll have to find ways to make it different than last year. Either way, I can’t wait!

Winter by Marissa Meyer-Book Review

I finally got around to reading the last book in the Lunar Chronicles-Winter. It was SO good! I’m sad to see the series come to an end. Here’s a brief synopsis of the book from the back cover:

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

winterWinter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

This book series is a sci-fi take on the fairytales Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. I thought the last book was the perfect wrap-up to the series. All of the strong female leads made for great heroines to root for. I love that the men weren’t just automatically the hereos in the stories. Levana was written as the perfect villain. She was just so…evil!

If you haven’t checked out the Lunar Chronicles, you need to!

One Year Old Party Planning

My best friend’s little girl is turning one this summer! I cannot believe how fast time goes by. I have already started scheming up party planning ideas. I had so much fun throwing my son’s first birthday, and I want hers to be just as special. I would love to order premier table linens.com custom logo tablecloths to go with the theme.

She is thinking of doing a Neverland theme. Not too over the top girlie, but just the right amount of feminine touch. I found some adorable ideas on Pinterest-seriously what did we do without Pinterest?

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I want to make her this wooden sign, but then it’d be super hard to ship it down to California. I could see about painting the planks and then putting it all together in person.

I also adore this cake!

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I also know my best friend will come up with all sorts of cute ideas. I can’t wait to celebrate her birthday with her!

Project Inspiration

I just got back from a long road trip-over 11 hours in the car, ugh! It gave me a lot of free time to be able to do things like check out Pinterest and look at my project boards.

I have so many cool pins that I wish I had more time to work on. Right now, I really want to make these chairs by Ana White:

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I also want to make this gorgeous wall clock. It would fill some dead space on my wall, and be such a great piece.

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Time Off for Hobbies

Life has been so busy lately. I feel like all we do is work, work, work. I would love to have more time to learn the guitar. There has been a guitar plug I’ve wanted to buy, but it feels like a waste of money since I have no time to practice these days.

One of my New Year’s resolutions would be to find more time in my personal life for my hobbies again. Here’s hoping!

Furniture Finds

I’ve been working on a little project. We have these ugly old bar stools that I painted brown awhile back. They looked fine at the time, but now the paint is starting to chip and they just look terrible. I’m going to sand them down and stain them the same color as our beautiful dining room table. Sanding is such a giant pain in the booty! I didn’t realize just how long it takes to sand things, or else I never would have painted in the first place! I do know that the finished product will be well worth the effort, but it’s still a pain. I have even thought about abandoning the project altogether in favor of buying new furniture. I especially love teak, because it just weathers on its own, and doesn’t need to be stained or finished. check out Home and Patio Décor Center’s Anderson Teak selection! Aren’t they pretty? But alas, my budget is tight, so DIY projects are a must. Someday I will be able to buy new, and when I do, I’m definitely going to look into teak furniture. I just love this outdoor patio set.

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I can picture sitting around with friends, having a great outdoor meal together. A girl can dream right?

Home Decor

You know how most girls are obsessed with shoes? I feel that way about home decor. I don’t know what it is, but I love anything to do with home decorating. I have Every Catalog under the sun that relates to the home, from Pottery Barn to Crate and Barrel. My pinterest is covered with ideas for DIY decorating, my wishlist is all related to home furnishing and decor. I can’t wait to be a homeowner again, where I can put all of these great ideas to good use. For now, I will just have to keep on dreaming, and keep on pinning things to my wishlist.
Right now I’m really into all of the outdoor furniture I see in catalogs. Maybe it’s because it’s summer, and we’re finally living in an area with nice mellow summers. It’s not unbearably hot here, and we can actually stand being outside during the day. Go figure! I would love a gorgeous furniture set like this one from Restoration Hardware.
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For now I will just daydream, but someday…

Singing Toddler

Our little guy has started the cutest stage. He just turned 2, and now he’s talking up a storm, and singing too. I think anything he sings is pure audio gold. I love listening to his stories and his sweet little voice when he sings. I hope he wants to continue to sing music as he gets older. For now, I try to video tape as much as I can, and enjoy this sweet stage of his life.

A Well Organized House

We are finally all settled into our new place. I feel like it took so much longer this time around. Partly because I have a very rambunctious toddler, but partly because I’m working full time. It’s hard to be motivated to organize and unpack on my two days off. This rental has so much more storage than our last place had. I can finally fit all of my toiletries, like my fabulous original german nivea night cream, into my bathroom, instead of stuffed away under our bed. Now to just find the time to clean this new spacious home!