Books, the stuff dreams are made of

Reading has always been something that I have loved and excelled at.

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When I was young(er) I would get lost in reading books for hours. The characters came alive to me, their struggles and triumphs became my own. I LOVE READING!

In my 20s, even before marriage and kids my life priorities shifted; socializing, drinking, dating, working, school all took priority in life. After I became a mom I did not do a whole lot of reading, except books for kids. I always missed reading though, I continued to collect books in the hopes that one day I would be able to resume my love affair again.

Last year I discovered audiobooks, it was a great renewal of my interest/love. It was slow building to get back to where I was as a kid.

With Covid and quarantine it has been difficult to get to the library, my favorite source of books! I have ordered some books on Kindle, through Amazon and I now have an Audible account. But being honest, I can’t keep buying books… we would go broke!

If you follow the Audible link you can try a free trial of Audible Premium, which will allow you to keep 2 free audiobooks!

One of the physical books I bought was You, before I found all these free sources for books!!

SOoooooo I have already talked about Prime reading, which is a benefit of being a Prime member (Amazon). Prime reading allows you to read certain books for free and also offers free audiobooks. If you are interested in other free reading apps check out your local libraries website, they will post if they have any agreements with apps that offer some books online for free, even audiobooks. In my area they use Hoopla and Cloud Library.

So this year I have read 5 books using all of the apps I have talked about above. I have read After You and Still Me, which is the second and third(final) book in the Me Before You series by JoJo Moyes. I have read You and Hidden Bodies books by Caroline Kepnes and I just finished The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.

In my opinion if you are looking for a quick but deep read, the Me Before You series is amazing. I throughly enjoyed reading all 3 and will probably read them again. There is a movie based on the first book, which is surprisingly accurate.

You, is a series on Netflix. It follows the murderous escapades of Joe Goldberg. It is based on the novels by Caroline Kepnes. I am going to say something that I never do… I like the tv show better. I like the second book of the series, Hidden Bodies, much more than the first (You). That didn’t stop me from pre-ordering her third book of the series with an audible credit; the second book leaves a HUGE cliffhanger.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn is a historical romance and is what Netflix’s new series Bridgerton is based on. I loved the book and the show, I binged them both! As a warning they are not safe for children ‘s eyes or ears… A LOT of sex. But I am planning on devouring the book series since it will be at least a year before I get another season.

Are you currently reading anything you recommend? Or is there another free app available for readers?

Quarantine #2

I had to take a mental health break from blogging. It’s kind of funny that something that I love doing can become tedious or something I dread doing. That is my depression and anxiety coming through.

It’s now April 2020 and we have been quarantined for a month. Just like the memes, we started out strong… but it’s wearing on us now

Around day 30…
I was super excited!!

I was really looking forward to homeschooling my kids but as I found out doing the packets IS NOT homeschooling. I don’t even want to go into it!

Days are redundant, we have a picky one year one year old so we watch Cars 1,2,3 or Mater Tales ALL DAY. Schoolwork, Cars, eating and backyard.

Again… and again
I am going to have all these rolls

Other than doing schoolwork, my oldest has enjoyed quarantine the most. He doesn’t have a ton of friends and his one friend is quarantined as well. He is content playing minecraft and watching YouTube all day. I make him go outside and play everyday to give his eyes a break. Honestly he would probably be ok with this awhile longer.

The baby is loving having everyone home. He gets so much attention and love. He is learning so much, he says kitty, no, yes, mama, dada, dog, car, truck. He also is making car noises.

My daughter is a totally different story. She handles schoolwork well, but does not handle being in the house at all! We have spent a small fortune on things to entertain her. I have also tried to teach her to crochet,┬ámake jewelry using UV resin, I let her make slime… which is something I never used to. Everyday she says what craft are we doing today??? I’m running out of ideas!!

My husband is working at home now, we are fortunate that he is considered essential. He is working in our closet Monday thru Friday. Poor man is extremely uncomfortable but it’s the only spot he can be on the phone and not hear everything happening in the house. Other than that he’s fine, probably a little concerned by my new online shopping addiction. But he hasn’t left me yet.

I have great days where I’m killing it and days where I cry getting out of bed. I am an introvert so being stuck in the house isn’t terrible, but I’m an empath and I feel EVERYONES emotions plus my own. So that is exhausting. But I am trying to make the best of the situation. I have started making jewelry, wire wraps and other bracelets.

First wire wrap bracelet

I have finished quite a few resin pieces, I started making YouTube videos for crafts, mostly kids stuff so far. I have been working out and trying to diet (so far my diet has consisted of EVERYTHING in the pantry). Reading books, started a new series on Netflix, playing with the kids, hanging out with the husband. Cleaning… I’m cleaning constantly, it is LITERALLY a never ending battle of cleaning.

How is your quarantine going? Are you having ups and downs or just smooth sailing?

Quarantine #1

Let’s be real. This isn’t going to be my only quarantine post.

I’m late with posting this week, my normal posting schedule is Friday and Monday. Obviously life is a little upside down for everyone right now and I’m no different.

My kids are on their second week of school at home and my husband is now working at home as well. So life is interesting. I also lost my Grandma this week, she died in her sleep after having a stroke, so I am also in mourning again.

So this past month has been rough with losing my Nanny and then my Grandma, kids being stuck in the house and now my husband.

Homeschooling has been interesting, but I’ll write about that another time. Today I want to write about the fun stuff we have been doing to not kill each other!

The older kids still have schoolwork to do so they don’t have to be entertained 24/7. I also am not the parent that restricts screen time often and that saves my sanity at this point. But even still I don’t want them staring at the TV or tablet constantly so we have tried other things

Chalk Mosaic

With some masking tape, chalk, time and patience we created this. It was actually for our neighbors to see as they are walking the neighborhood.

One of 14 anoles spotted

On nice days we are outside doing schoolwork, yardwork and spotting wildlife. We found 14 anoles in one day.

We are spending more time as a family, inside or out. Battleship, Googly Eyes Showdown, Mousetrap. Fire pits and burning things.

When we are inside we are watching movies together or crafting

I made homemade paint from flour, salt, food coloring and water for the baby. He LOVED it!

We painted our tub

That’s it for all, its not perfect but we are all living still. There are frustrations and short nerves fights between kids. But I love having my family home.