Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mary Scholz - Awesome Album Release

One of my friends, Mary Scholz just released a new album today. You should definitely check it out, because it is amazing!

Read more about Mary Scholz here:

You can buy the album on iTunes here:

Do you know of any cool emerging artists? I am always looking for some awesome new music!

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

January Goals Recap & February Goals

I know it is practically mid-February, but I finally have a recap of my January goals.

I kinda failed on reading the Bible. I was supposed to read a bit every day, but I only was able to do that the first week and then I just stopped. I am going to try to pick this back up in March.

I shared my walking progress. I am so proud that I did not skip any days!

I did it! I read three books in January. It was down to the wire. I finished the third book on January 31st. I am super proud that I got this done. The three books I read were:

Super interesting look into the first 6 books by a number of different authors.
I have a whole new perspective on these books and can't wait to read them again.
Susannah's book was so interesting and intriguing.
It was not what I was expecting but it did grab my interest.
I gained a lot of insight into things I had never thought about before when I read this.
I really enjoyed it!
For my January specific goals I was 50/50. I did really well at donating 100 items, but failed miserably at not spending any money (I did spend less than normal, but still way more than necessary).

My goals for February:

  • Watch 2 Levo League Office Hours each week
  • Have a no spend month (I'm rocking it so far!)

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Upgrading a Cheap Walmart Bookcase

I was getting sick of my cheap Walmart bookcases (that were slanted because I have too many just enough books). I decided to try a cheap trick I have found in many places; including John & Sherry's book Young House Love and Pinterest.

Step 1: Take everything off the bookshelf, dust off and remove the shelves.
Step 2: Put the bookshelf on the floor and remove the cardboard backing.

Here is the rest of the process in pictures!

Reinforced the corners with loads of ugly looking brackets.

This was a shower curtain I found on clearance a while ago at Target.
I cut it in half to make the backing for two bookcases.

I added the cardboard backing on the bookshelf to make it extra sturdy (hopefully).

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Walk a Mile Each Day - January Recap

As I said on New Year's Day, this year I am going to walk at least a mile every day. Here is how I did this month.

January 4
2.15 miles

January 5
1.76 miles

January 6
1 mile

January 7
1.1 miles

Total Miles for January: 39.34

I'm pretty proud of not skipping any day in January! I'm hoping to make it past 40 miles this month (but with losing three days I'm not sure if that will happen or not!)

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Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Goodies

This was a fantastic swap hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps and helped me to stock my February reading list. My partner for the swap was Ricki of Art @ Home. Ricki's blog is fantastic! I love her Literary Friday posts; I'm not sure how she is able to read a whole book every week, but I want to be able to do that too! You definitely need to check out her blog.

I received some amazing Kindle books from Ricki (and I'm pretty sure all of them were on my wish list too):

I happened to start reading this as soon as I got it and it was amazing.
I just started reading this one last night... I love it so far!
This is a book Ricki had not read yet but wants too.
I can't wait to start reading this one; Ricki said she loved it!

Ricki was amazing and wrapped up some goodies to send to me as well! Such a sweetie!

The packaging was so pretty! 
She wrapped everything up so nicely! I LOVED the pink paisley paper.

These are some fantastic Valentine's Day themed little gifts. I absolutely adore the vintage Valentine's Day card and the sweet talk notes are super adorable. I am going to leave them everywhere for my fiancee!

Thanks so much Ricki! This was an amazing experience and I hope everyone involved had as great an experience as I did!

Happy Friday!!!

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Restaurant: La Bamba {101 in 1001}

The newest restaurant that I have tried is La Bamba. It was a snow day at school due to the ice storm which has knocked out a ton of power. I luckily got power back before the night, but it was out for a good 12 hours (ick!). Since my power was out, I took a trip into town to get some stuff done at Starbucks where I ran into the best professor I ever had. I got some work and we decided to grab some food. We walked around town for a good 20 minutes trying to find a place that had power and was open. We tried 4 different places before settling on this little Mexican restaurant neither of us had been to.

Let me tell you it was delicious. And we were so hungry that I didn't even get any pictures! I had a chicken and a beef taquito lunch special; it was super delicious and they definitely gained themselves a few new customers. Their prices were super affordable and the decor was super cute! I can't wait to go back.

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