Recent Reads

Oh hey there, friends! After a little break and a busy winter, I’ve been itching to get back on my laptop and type out all of my thoughts and feelings and things I love. So what better way to get back in the swing of things than to share some of the books I’ve finished over the last few months!

The Immortalists

This book sounded very interesting – it’s about four young siblings that visit a fortune teller, and she tells each of them individually the specific date they will die. This impacts each one differently, and you follow the siblings as they live their lives and make decisions and get closer to their date. This was not a happy, feel-good book, but boy oh boy did it make me FEEL. It also made me cry quite a bit. I cried on two different flights in 2 days!! So if you’re not in the mood for an intense read, then don’t pick this up. But if you want a book to make you think and feel all the feelings, this is the one!

For the Love

If you’ve ever read or listened to Jen Hatmaker, then you know she is hilarious. This book makes no exception, and made me laugh out loud a few times! I’m a little late to the game reading this book, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. It’s a collection of little essays about various topics- some silly, some serious, all great.

The Assistants

This one was so fun to read!! It was a quick read, too, which can be a good thing. I had kind of fallen out of the reading habit and wanted to find a fun book to get me back in the swing of things. This story follows an executive assistant, Tina, who kind of accidentally finds herself stealing a little money from her super rich boss/company. Just when she’s decided to make things right, she gets blackmailed and things spiral out of control. Will they get away with it? Will they get caught? Will her crush find out? I didn’t want the story to end!

At the Water’s Edge

I really loved this book! It had drama and suspense and romance and World War Two and the Loch Ness monster and deception and more romance I enjoyed all of it!! We go to Scotland with Madeline, her husband Ellis, and their friend Hank as the men search for Nessie in order to prove a point and restore some family honor and some other stuff. Madeline meets some great people, has some adventures, and OH THE WAY IT ENDED YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT!

Have you read any of these? Did you love them or maybe hate them? Let me know! I’m reading another great book right now, I already can’t wait to share it when I’m done!


Blogtober Recap… I DID IT!

I DID IT YOU GUYS! Today is the last day of Blogtober 2017 and I completed it!!! It was a close call on a few days, but I set out to complete 31 posts in 31 days and this one will finish me out. It was kind of a fun challenge (and y’all it really was a challenge…) but I can definitely see why I do not post every single day the rest of the year.

Some of the favorite posts I made this month were:

A Quick Hello from Kelly (Not Katie)

Just a quick hello and some fun facts about me!

10 Things to Know Before Moving to Dallas

Just what it sounds like – 10 things I wish I’d heard before moving to he best city in America.

My Favorite Christian Podcasts

Some of the MANY podcasts I listen to, and I love that I get something out of these.

Random Ramblings

Some some of the random thoughts that were bumbling around inside my brain.

I Took a Baking Class (and so should YOU!)

Sharing my fun time taking a macaron baking class!

And just like that, October is coming to an end! I don’t know if I’ll ever participate in this kind of challenge again, but I’m glad that I did it and I’m glad that I stuck it out!

Did you participate in Blogtober, too? Let me know, I want to check out all of YOUR posts!!!

My Favorite Halloween Tradition

Trick-or-treating was always pretty fun growing up. Getting dressed up in costumes (my all-time favorites were Dorothy, a 50’s girl, and an Oompa Loompa!) and going out with family and friends – what’s not to like! Besides it being super cold and having to wear a winter coat that covered the amazing costume. That was always kind of a bummer. But while walking around and going house to house was great, my very favorite part of Halloween happened AFTER trick-or-treating!

My favorite Halloween tradition: trading candy with my sister!

Every year my sister and I would come home, get into our pajamas, and immediately spread ALL OF OUR CANDY on the living room floor. Then the sorting began. The sorting was the most important part. We would get all of our candy into neat little piles so we could assess how many Skittles, Snickers, etc. we had. Then it was time to look over all of the candy, decide what we wanted to keep and what we wanted to give away.

Now the exciting part…. the TRADING! My sister and I would spend SO MUCH TIME bartering back and forth, trying to get rid of the candy I hated (like Nerds and gobstoppers) and get more of the candy I loved (like ALL of the Reese’s cups!) We would also eat some candy here and there during the trading, but it was very important to focus on the task at hand.

Finally after a while when we both felt satisfied in how we had changed up our candy situation, the trading floor would close, the candy would go into the pantry, and we would go to bed in a slight sugar coma.

So that’s the best thing about Halloween in my eyes. I can’t wait for my nephews to get older so I can make sure that this tradition continues with them. I’m sure my sister will teach them the importance of trading candy, but don’t worry, I’ll be there to make sure.

How to Decorate for Halloween When You Don’t Really Feel Like It

I don’t think that I’ve ever really been too into Halloween. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED dressing up as a kid and going around to get candy was pretty much the ultimate things, but I’ve never liked scary movies and I even remember being kind of nervous about all the scary costumes walking around (I totally blame this one neighbor we had in San Antonio who was dressed up and sat motionless on the front porch, waited until we had rung the doorbell, and then JUMPED to scare us! It was all in good fun and wasn’t that traumatic, really, but I WILL NEVER FORGET!)

Now that I’m a grown-up, I still don’t really care too much about Halloween. And this year I (for some reason) volunteered to have a Halloween gathering at my place and then realized uhh…. I HAVE NO DECORATIONS!!!! So, I ran to Target and grabbed a few little things. It took all of 20 minutes to “decorate” my place and I think it turned out just fine!!!

I got: an orange plastic tablecloth, a Halloween banner, some paper straws (everybody loves paper straws!!!), orange light bulbs, orange twinkle lights, cobwebs, and white candles for the fireplace. That’s it! I love how it turned out, and my friends said my apartment was just and “festive enough,” so I’m calling that a win.

Once Halloween is over and I take these (minimal) decorations down… I think I’ll go ahead and start decorating for Christmas! I have the PERFECT spot for my tree this year, and I didn’t really decorate my place at all last year, so I’m feeling extra antsy to get some holiday cheer in my new apartment!

Falling in Love with Stretching (Again)

Back in high school, I was part of the color guard for the marching band (you know, the really cool people that spin flags and toss wooden rifles metal sabres). It was so much fun, and I was in the best shape of my life! All that running around and training and throwing around heavy-ish objects is really great for the waistline, tbh. But another great thing about being on colorguard was the fact that I was SO FLEXIBLE! We did INTENSE stretching before every practice/performance (which was necessary before dancing and jumping as much as we did) and all that stretching really added up. I could do the splits every which way and kick all the way up to the sky and you get the picture.

Fast forward to recently and I am…. less flexible. A lot less flexible. Somewhere along the way, stretching got out of my regular habit and man, it really shows. I can NOT do the splits any ways. I can NOT kick all the way up to the sky. I can barely kick higher than waist level without bending over. #yikes

I’ve been trying to get back into stretching lately, and thankfully I remember the stretch routine that we did back in high school. It definitely takes a while but I’m slowly getting some of my flexibility back.

I wanted to share the routine that I do for stretching at home, but I can’t figure out the best way to do so… so instead I’m going to share another stretching video that I have used and love!

Are you big into stretching? Do you only do it when you workout out or do you stretch other times, too? I’ve been trying to remember to stretch every night before going to bed – hopefully I can keep it up for a while!!