readathon

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This is so good.

Penguin Random House along with GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation has declared January 24th National Readathon Day. From noon until 4:00pm this Saturday I’ll be playing along by plopping down with lots of yummy food and beverages, not moving–settling in to READ something.

My Mom is hosting and it should be funny to see if we can keep from yapping the whole time. Many coffeeshops, libraries, community centers, and even bars are hosting silent, group reading this Saturday.

Click here for a list of participating venues throughout the country.

I found out about this from one of my favorite podcasts, Books on the Nightstand. I’m a little overloaded with great podcasts right now…I plan to share a list of what I’m loving tomorrow.

zazzle

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I am so excited about this post. And before you read any further, just know that this is NOT a sponsored post. I found Zazzle just a few weeks when researching possible sticker options for the studio and have been a little obsessed ever since.

My phone has been living in one of my most heinous Otter boxes imaginable. Mainly because when I bought my Samsung Galaxy 3 this fall (woohoo Virgin Mobile prepaid cell phones!) it was the only Otter Box still available for such an old phone. HA! After lunching with a dear friend that’s way cooler and hipper than I am, I realized that it was just unacceptable. Totally joking of course, I know this is not a real issue in life, but I did think a new case might be fun. I ordered one just to see how it turned out and was blown away! I can’t believe the quality–so good.

I have not been painting much the past couple of years. It’s something I need to get back into. While living in Norway and Edinburgh I got a little obsessed with it. I have digital files of all that work and it translates very well into phone covers. Who knew!?

Each of these photos is linked to its listing on my Zazzle store. Go take a look! They are available on many, many different kinds of cases for a wide variety of smartphones and tablets. You are also in control of aligning the image and zooming in and out.

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The possibilities are endless with this site. I kind of get overwhelmed thinking about all them. If you like these or want to design something of your own, head to my store on Zazzle.

chapter books

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Chapter books. Y’all know that I really enjoy my day job as an elementary school librarian. However, I am a huge picture book fanatic. I’m not as keen on chapter books….I love them of course, but if I had my druthers, we’d be picture booking it all year long.

I especially enjoy working at school after the holidays. I find that after we get through the onslaught of Halloween through New Year’s, the kids and staff come back ready to settle into a routine.

Thus, I always start chapter books with classes in January. Now, inevitably we’ll get messed up with snow days, but so far, so good.

Earlier this week I was trying to decide what to read with second grade. I always read a different book to each grade, but  this year I’m reading different books with different classes. I find that each and every class has a personality of its own and I have tried to select books that are tailored to the individual classes.

Here’s a quick look at some of the books we’re reading right now. I’m still working on picking the others. Any ideas out there?

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Happy reading!

excuse me while I love this blog

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So, I found Sara Cornelius’ illustrated food blog awhile ago. Then completely forgot about it. Not her though, I’ve keep tabs on instagram, but somehow missed most of her feed?!

Whatever, we all know I’m a mess when it comes to organizing social media. Anywho, when she posted a beautiful illustration yesterday, I was reminded of her great blog. After reading an fantastic post of podcast recommendations, right when I’m needing new podcasts, I knew I had to do a post on her blog, Cake over Steak. 

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It’s unique, beautiful, and aligned directly with my tastes. I feel like a total goober for forgetting about it!

Please forgive me Sara, you are awesome and I’ve added you to my Feedly. I await more posts…eagerly.

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staying warm

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Wow, has it been cold.

Word on the street is that we’re in for some “wintry mix” tonight.

This week I’ve been keeping warm and ignoring the cold by wearing extra soft, extra long warm crazy socks.  

Like everyone else, continuously dancing to this song…maybe in the shower.

Margaritas at El Mundo. Last night Andrew ordered the prickly pear and it was so good!

Thinking about this hot chocolate from my name is yeh

Reading. I’m on a roll. Currently reading these two:

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Loving my new Sorel boots. I have been wanting Sorels for ages and my head about popped off when I found them discounted by 60% at Anthropologie…they had one pair left…which was my size. I had to.

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I really should end this post because I’m working on it instead of meal planning/grocery listing for the week. So far, so good on that one..we’ll see how week two goes.

Stay warm!

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we made it

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Friday.

It was a sort of rough, kind of great first week of the year. It was super duper cold, I felt a little blech…getting up at 5:00am for yoga is hard when you’ve been off that routine for a couple weeks. But we now have Kaylex + Baby Graham just down the street, the studio was packed, and we accepted an offer to buy our land! If you don’t remember, way back when we bought 8 acres of woods in plans to build a house, but that all went out the window when brick central became available. It will be a big weight off to sell it. Paying for it and our house and the lot next door has been slightly unnerving.

Looking forward to a weekend of nothing. Hanging out with fam and friends, yoga-ing, etc,