South Dakota Hygge

Have you heard of the Danish concept of hygge?  I first read about it a few years ago and was intrigued by the concept.  It is: I was captivated because, looking back, that’s what the majority of my childhood winter evenings felt like.  They were special: we took time to be together, to enjoy each…

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Not if I Save You First

Yay!!! A new Ally Carter book!  She’s one of my favorite heist/spy authors.  I’m a sucker for heists and I love all things spy-like.  This was…neither.  It was more a survival story with a bit of tension thrown in (because survival stories aren’t tense enough).  So, did it survive?  Did I survive reading it?  Well……

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Postponing a Wedding

Two weeks ago my fiancé and I decided to postpone our wedding. Why? A few reasons.  Poor communication habits + being too busy + not seeing each other in two months + lack of family support = both of us feeling unloved, neglected, and discouraged with one another.  Things came to a head when I…

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Tempests and Slaughter

A new Tamora Pierce book!!!  Be still, my heart!  No, really, be still, because as much as I wanted it to be, this wasn’t the heart-pounding book I was anticipating. Synopsis We meet Arram Draper, a 10 year old who’s already lying about his age, at the arena, where brutal games are going on.  He…

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Wedding Dress Update

I know, I know, it’s been a while. And you’re all dying to know: did I get my dress done? Well. Yes. And no. It’s wearable. And it’s taken a while to get to this point. But let’s start at the beginning, recap for those of you just joining us. I started my dress the…

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Surprise Me

  Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite chick lit authors and her latest book does not disappoint.  I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob. Synopsis Dan and Sylvie have been together for 10 years.  They have two daughters, twins, and both have jobs that they enjoy and are good at.  A visit to…

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Have Sword, Will Travel

This was such a fun good read!  I’m a sucker for old-fashioned fairy tales with some twists, I find them very refreshing.  The tendency for fairy tales is to repeat story lines and recycle old ideas.  This one did…and didn’t.  It addressed the dangers of being cautious vs. being headstrong and impulsive, exploring the strengths…

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