Dusting Off the Jackets

Praise baby Jesus!

I’ve successfully been able to find a few pockets of time throughout my weekdays in between school drop off, gym workouts and the duties of everyday life. My to do lists are still a mile long and all the things I should be doing indeed fall to the wayside some days for my Pretty Little Liars obsession (just starting season 4 on Netflix and is Alison alive or what? Discuss.)

Back to the pockets.

I found a stack of magazines I hadn’t read from summer. MS Living and BHG are subscriptions. Real Simple gets me at the check stand every time with their ridiculously catchy headlines. It seems foolish to toss these even though the season has passed, right? So, I’m currently reading about tomatoes and 100+ BBQ tips.

Sharing the magazines and books I've read and will read this fall 2014.

I will say MS Living and BHG are making it hard to resist their fall issues. The no carve pumpkin patterns done with lace stockings and spray paint is totally blowing my mind. Thank you Martha for what may very well be this month’s Adventures in Pinterest. BHG has three pages of black and white Halloween inspiration that gives my tummy butterflies. This usually means that I’ve finally zeroed in on my Halloween theme for the year.

Sharing the magazines and books I've read and will read this fall 2014.

I read books too.

I did go through a huge Audible phase for a while but have been spending more time with the real thing lately. Now, I’m not completely through even half of these yet but all are totally worth a read in my opinion.

People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann. I thought about Jen today as I was digging through my crafting supplies looking for some large popsicle sticks. I wondered if she’d skewer me for having a craft supply box the size of a small coat closet. My saving grace? I’d never bling out my washer and dryer. I loved Jen’s book which is a collection of essays about suburban life, marriage and motherhood. I wish I had an ounce of her wit and timing.

Sharing the magazines and books I've read and will read this fall 2014.

Make it Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker. Remember that craft closet? Well, it mostly sits untouched because I can be a crazy perfectionist which pretty much can halt any project. Make it Mighty Ugly offers exercise and advice for getting creative. I will say I feel a little bit anxious reading her suggestions. A lot of it is really out of my comfort zone – but, I totally get that is mostly the point. She writes about making one part of your home that you love with abandon. Moving furniture, hanging new art, adding and removing knickknacks. Nope. Every cell in my body says I can’t do that until I know exactly what it’s going to look like. I do like a challenge though and plan to spend some more time with this self-help book in the age of Pinterest.

Sharing the magazines and books I've read and will read this fall 2014.

And finally a few I haven’t quite gotten to yet but are in the line up.

Toxin Toxout by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith. Sounds like a page turner, doesn’t it? It’s a little bit like reading a text book (think bar graphs and statistics) but it promises to teach the reader how to rid our body of toxins and how to go about living a healthier life. Cancer friends, take note.

How To Talk to So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. My friend told me the methods in the book can also be applied to your spouse. You’re welcome.

Continuing on the quest to be a better parent, Say What You See by Sandra R. Blackard. This is less that 100 pages with tons of actionable takeaways. I’m actually really excited about this one! Full report as soon as I’m finished.

So friends, tell me… what books have been gathering dust (or not) on your nightstand?

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Thanks to the publishers who graciously sent advanced copies for review. All opinions are my own and I would never share anything I wouldn’t personally love.

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I’m so super excited — and a whole lot scared to death — about the new YouTube channel my friend Megan and I launched today! The show is called Long Story Short with Megan and Wendy and we’re talking about mom life, parenting, health, beauty, holidays, favorites and more. New episodes every Monday. Today we’re talking about after school routines and how I’m failing hard at implementing one in our household. Megan offers up a ton of great tips. We’d {Read More}

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Hope is Reason Enough


September 5th, 2008 was the debut of Stand Up To Cancer telecast. I clearly remember sitting on the floor of our family room, entertaining my 8 month old baby girl and wiping away tears as I watched big name celebrities plead for donations. I cried that night because I mourned the loss of a childhood best friend who died from the disease when we were sixteen years old. I didn’t know it would be only weeks until doctors told me of my own {Read More}

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Challenge Accepted! Re-Charging This Busy Mom

Tiny Oranges Daily Challenge

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How To Leave iTunes Feedback for Your Favorite Podcast

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I listen to a lot of podcasts. I don’t remember exactly when or how that happened. I mean, I’ve listened to morning talk radio for years – Howard Stern and Heidi and Frank – since my mid 20′s. I love the storytelling and the humor. For podcasts though, I think The Jillian Michaels Show was the first I subscribed to in iTunes. She’s got a great show – very relatable stories on health and life and family. It’s one of my favorites. {Read More}

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We took a family vacation to Kauai earlier this month. Seven glorious days in the land of never-ending crashing waves and turn down service. And dessert, like every night. One night we wandered around a bit trying to decide what to eat for dinner. We had already planned to grab ice cream at Lappert’s for dessert so I was bummed when I saw pineapple upside-down cake on the dessert menu at Roy’s. Back at the hotel, I pinned two recipes {Read More}

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Advanced Breast Cancer Panel and Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day


I sat in on an extremely personal and informational panel from the team behind Count Us, Know Us, Join Us during the 10th annual BlogHer conference in Silicon Valley. This special panel was to discuss the needs of women with advanced breast cancer and the mission of Count Us to recognize those living with the disease, their caregivers, supporters, friends and family members. Panel members included Director of Patient Advocacy at Novartis Elyse Spatz Caplan, Dr. Jackie Rogerio, patient advocate Ivis Sampayo, {Read More}

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Last month, I went to San Jose for the 10th annual BlogHer blogging conference. This was the fourth BlogHer that I’ve attended and most likely, my last. There were a ton of highlights as well as a few low but I’m focusing on the fun today. Several of us met in San Francisco before traveling to San Jose. We stayed at the Ritz in Union Square and it was lovely but we wondered why a good three-feet of our hallway {Read More}

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