Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Reading List


Happy Summer friends! As you've probably figured out, we are pretty big on summer. Long days, adventures, ice cream -- basically all our favorite things.  We both have outrageously long reading lists and unread books and we thought it would be fun to make some summer reading goals and hopefully knock out some unread books in the process.  Plus, it is always fun to pack a book with you and pull it out on a boat in the middle of a lake. 


Heather's Summer Reading List:
1. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
I'm a huge fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her books always leave me thinking and with lasting impressions I cannot shake. I bought this one a few months ago and really want to get into it. I think it might be my next read.

2. The Leaving by Taylor Altebrando 
A bunch of kindergartners disappear and then appear 11 years later as 16 year old. All except one of them. I love a good mystery and I like the premise of this book a lot. I can't wait to kick back in the sunshine with a good YA mystery.

3. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 
I've heard so many good things about this book! I loved Eat, Pray, Love by the author and I like that this one focuses on how to live a creative life. I feel like I have a lot of creative leanings that can get pushed aside so I can't wait to dive into this one.

4. Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins (and others!) 
Stephanie Perkins put together a similar anthology of winter/Christmas stories that I adore, so I am stoked to have a similar read by her and other authors I enjoy. I don't read many short story collections but I love me a good themed collection like this.

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson 
Morgan is on of the cutest authors who writes really adorable books. Her last one was focused on friendship and this one is one that I pre-ordered. Morgan is an automatic buy for me, so I can't wait to dip my feet in a pool and get my read on.



Jen's Summer Reading List:

1.  The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. 
This book/series has been on my list since I discovered the greatness of Jenny Han (P.S. I Love You).  It looks light and fluffy which is basically the perfect recipe for a good summer read and since I own the whole series, I'll probably just get lost for a weekend.

2.  A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston.
When I think about this book, I think about Aladdin and I love Aladdin so this book should be great, right?

3.  The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
I listened to Alex in a joint panel at bookcon and she seemed super cool.  I didn't dig her book Passenger but I'm willing to be open minded about her other work.

4.  The Diviners by Libba Bray.
1920's, NYC, Occult--referenced to this being the next Harry Potter. Ok, you've officially won this heart over and I'll give it a try. Plus a ton of my goodreads friends has this one marked at 5 stars.

5.  A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
A chick version of Sherlock Holmes? Sign me up. I think this has potential to be a great mystery series.

Do you have any summer reading plans? Hit us up in the comments! We would love to add to our never ending to be reading lists!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer Skirts

Hey friends! Man, it seems like Heather and I have been planning this summer skirts post for a while, but had some serious issues getting together.  Alas, we made it work and would like to talk about our personal fashion inspirations.


For me, the people who are most influential to my personal fashion our fictional characters from tv shows and movies.  And of course, my fashion choices fluctuate based upon what I'm currently binge watching.

I would say my #1 fashion influence is Rachel Green from Friends, although I do take style cards from Monica & Phoebe too. In fact, Phoebe was rocking one of the cutest jumpsuits I've ever seen in the first season.  When I first started watching the series on Netflix last year, I fell head over heals in love with the styles of the 90s.  In fact, I felt the need to a wardrobe overhaul after watching only a couple of seasons.  Bring on all the overalls and pleated pants! I also now own the iconic Rachel Green black overall outfit that was featured in the episode involving Ben's birth. She later changes into a sexy getup in hopes of enticing a handsome doctor. She should have totes stuck with the overall look.

It's funny because you would think staying home and watching Netflix would be a money saver, but sometimes it has the complete opposite effect on me.

Anyway, my #2 fashion inspiration is Sue Ellen Cranston from "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead".  Believe me, I know this sounds like such an obscure fashion influence, but Christina Applegate's many looks are on point during this movie. Everything from her teenage angst look to hip-ly styled professional gear stolen from her mom's closet.  Plus, this was a pretty iconic movie from my childhood and was basically every child's dream summer.  I think the only movie plot that rivaled it at the time was Came Nowhere, but I digress.  I might also have an "I'm right on top of that, Rose" pin in one of my many carts over the interwebs.

My third would probably be Jessica Day from New Girl.  Her outfits are adorable and almost always from Modcloth, which is sadly usually out of my price range unless I'm splurging or they are having a sale.  But I seriously love her overly girly fashion sense. I love her feminist ways.  I love that she promotes you can wear a skirt but still kick ass at life too. Maybe I'm a little more in love with her confidence than anything else.

I do pull back from my 90's girl persona to check out current trends because I do love me a trend and it is fun to mix styles.  Basically, I just love fashion and the confidence it brings to my life.


Outfit details:
Suspender Skirt  (Forever 21) / Tank (Rue 21) / Kicks (Converse) / Sunglasses (Present from the Bestie, obvs.) 



Pin Details:
The top 5 pins on the left and the middle pin and bottom pin on the right are from Darling Distraction.  I'm super into order from Darling because they have such a great collaboration of different artists so it is super easy to collect some kick ass pins quickly.
The bottom one on the left (books) and the Snape pin on the right are from OsloandAlfred on Etsy.

The third from the bottom (cat cream scoop) is from ThePinkSamurai on Etsy.
The top two on the right (Rachel & Ross) are from Heartificial on Etsy.  I'm also super into Heartificial because almost all the pins are pop culture references or have to do with my favorite tv shows. I literally have like 8 of their pins sitting in my etsy cart waiting for me to pull the trigger.  Pins are definitely my new obsession!






First of all, this skirt is the best thing I’ve ever purchased. I was at a Haim concert with my work friend when I saw the girl behind me wearing it. She graciously shared that she got it from Ann Taylor Loft and it was 40% off. The next day I looked and there was one left in stock and it was in my size. So bless you stylish concert girl with excellent tastes in clothes and music. 



This leads me into my style inspirations, which most of the time are real people, though I would love to own almost all the outfits Kimmy wears in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I feel like I’m constantly drawing style inspiration from the people around me, coworkers, cute girls in restaurants or concerts, my sister, or bloggers I admire with similar body shapes. Nicole, Sevi, Leah, and Valery are all blogging ladies I find myself being inspired by. Sometimes they will post an outfit of something I had been considering but never thought I could pull off. Then I try it and love it! 



I think Instagram is another great source of inspiration for me. People I follow on there like Erin and Allie are people whose style I dig and I find myself shopping at a lot of places they tag in outfit photos (shoutout to Passive Juice Motel, what my graphic tee dreams are made of!).


I honestly think there is so much to draw inspiration from in life and it’s pulling the little pieces we find that we love and incorporating them into our own personal style. You might find a jacket you love from a blogger, but I bet you are styling it in your own way and making it work with your wardrobe. It’s the best thing about loving clothes and fashion. It’s expressing yourself through clothes and you never know who you are inspiring just by being you. 

Outfit Details
Top (Forever 21) / Skirt (Ann Taylor Loft) / Shoes (Forever 21 last year) 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summer To Do List

Today the temps "felt like" 104 degrees so I would say summer is in full swing in Missouri. Even with those sweltering temps, summer is my favorite season. The days are long and the patios at all the restaurants are open for business. I love it. Jen and I came up with some things we each wanted to do this summer and I love how different our lists are. We may be best friends, but our interests can vary and I like that. I might steal her idea for ice cream dates because ice cream. 



What's on your list this summer? Let's discuss all things summer :)

Monday, June 13, 2016

BookCon 2016 Recap


Hi friends! On May 14th Jen and I drove from St. Louis to Chicago to attend maybe the best bookish event, BookCon. BookCon is a convention for book lovers of all ages and literally has something for everyone. Comics, YA, adult, romance, childrens lit, author signings, panels from some of your favorite authors, and more tote bags than you will know what to do with. This was our first time attending BookCon or anything like it, so we will share our experience and any tips that we felt helped us while we were there. 



The show floor was where it was at. This was where all the booths were set up and most places were all too eager to push some ARCs (Advance Reader Copy) into your hands or totes bags. The first thing we did when we got into BookCon was to go to the left and get in line at Scholastic (we just saw a bunch of people waiting in line and thought it might be a good idea). Behind us was this amazing Harry Potter wall. Scholastic gave us probably 10 ARCs each, but there were plenty more that we didn't grab because we weren't sure if they were our reading style. Some people are all about getting as many free books as they can carry, but to us it was more like this was a bonus and we tried to only grab what we knew we would probably be interested in. We both did end up buying a few things, but I think I spent $25 and Jen didn't spend much more than I did. There were so many places set up to let you purchase things at steep discounts that there is no way you  could walk away with nothing. 


We attended 1.5 panels. One that I was really interested in was a discussion with Ann M. Martin, author of The Babysitter's Club series that I was obsessed with as a child. She was being interviewed by David Leviathan, and talking with Raina Telgemeier, who helped turn the books into graphic novels. It should have been a panel full of nostalgia and good vibes, but unfortunately this panel was located on the right of the show floor so it was very hard to hear with everything else going on around it. It was not well placed at all and I definitely left feedback on this part because I was really disappointed I didn't get to hear this panel. 


The other panel we attended was one called Friendship is Magic with authors Sarah J. Maas, Sarah Dennard, Victoria Aveyard, and Alexandra Braken (all authors we have read for book club!). This panel was so fun! It was a bunch of cool ladies talking feminism in YA literature and the importance of friendship over romantic relationships and the different challenges in writing those. It also had some cool discussions on female role models from when they were younger (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and it was really fun hearing some authors I really admire get nerdy about the fandoms they love. The only downside to this panel for me was the Q&A portion when a girl asked Sarah J. Maas something spoilery from a book that was released a week ago that I didn't get to read yet. I missed most of it and Sarah was a boss who answered it without letting any spoilers slip out, but damn, not cool random girl at the panel.



Maybe one of the best parts of BookCon was getting to meet Maggie Steifvarter, author of one of our favorite series The Raven Cycle (featured on the blog here). How author signings go is you wait in line for a wristband in the morning and once it's time for that author to do their signing, show your wristband and wait in line. They started handing out wristbands at 8am, but there were people in line starting at 4am, which is crazy. We didn't get to BookCon until 10am so we completely missed the wristband portion and were ok with not getting to meet any of our favorite authors. We made peace with this. However when we were waiting in line for the Owlcrate booth, I noticed that there was no line for Maggie. I had Jen go ask the lady at the entrance to her signing if we could get in without wirstbands and she let us. She is the unsung hero of BookCon. We bought books (literally my third time buying The Raven King) and got to chat for a second with our favorite. I saw on the BookCon app that some other people were able to do similar things as we did and other convention goers got pretty upset. I think we were in the right place at the right time and the book community wants to help each other so when there was no line,  we were lucky and in the right spot to get in. I totally support the wristband system and I think if we tried to worm our way in to a full line while people with wristbands got turned away that would be one thing. I'm just really grateful that we got the chance to meet someone we admire so much.  


There were also plenty of in booth signings. We passed on Sarah Dennard, but did get to randomly meet  at an in booth signing which was so cool. She was really nice and genuinely interested in chatting about real things, not just "How is your day going?"  We got to meet some other lesser known authors, which was so cool. 



At the end of the day, we walked away with so much stuff it was kind of insane. We literally went in with no expectations on how our day would go and were blown away by how amazing the experience was. I got a lot of stuff for Emily and Morgan too and it was really fun to come home and kind of share that with them in the form of books. I'm turning them into tiny book lovers and I'm not sorry. 


Heather's BookCon haul 

Jen's BookCon haul


Final Tips and Tricks for BookCon
-Be wary of spoilers! 
-Don't be afraid to make new friends and ask for Instagram handles to keep in touch
-You will get more tote bags than you could ever dream of
-Your shoulders might hurt for a week straight after because carrying over 30 books all day long is a killer
-It's a balancing act. If you want to do a lot of author signings, you will miss out on more ARCs on the floor. 
-At the end of the day, everyone is trying to get rid of their stock and willing to sell it even more deeply discounted than it already was
-Panels are awesome so pick 1-3 you really want to see. Getting to hear your favorite authors chat is a must
-Mid day caffeine stops are a must
-Comfortable shoes are non-negotiable
-Have a flexible plan and don't stress too much when it doesn't always go as planned. 

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Were you in Chicago and want to chat about all things BookCon? Planning to go to BookCon in 2017? Have even more tips that we need to consider before next year? Let us know! 

Friday, June 10, 2016

June Small Goals



Hi friends! Well the year is basically flying by and it's already June! We are halfway through the year and getting started in my favorite season. I'm looking forward to soaking in all this summer has to offer. I want to eat on all the patios, enjoy drinks with friends, run outside, play with my kids at the river, go to the lake, and basically just live it up during the warm season. I'm ready for it all. I think we both have some kick ass goals for this month. As always we are linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl so check her out as well! 

Jen's May Small Goals

1. Finish Pride & Prejudice  Finished!  Finishing a classic always feels so accomplishing!
2. Buy 2 Enamel Pins  I ended up adding 10 to my collection this month, no big deal.
3. Finish Stash Busting Quilt Top  Finished and waiting to be quilted! I have plans to buy the backing material later today and quilting plans next weekend.
4. No Outfit Repeats Conquered! This goal was a little tricky some morning because favorites and feelings, but it wasn't too hard over all. I just needed reminders.
5. Clean/Organize Bookshelf  Cleaned an organized before bookcon. Major win.
Well, that is my first 5/5 yet.  It feels super accomplishing!

Jen's June Small Goals

1.  Finish 12 Days of Christmas Sampler.   I've been trying to work through some of my older cross stitch kits I've collected over the last couple of years.  Once this one is complete, I will have worked through all outstanding kits that are over a year old! If you are a fellow cross stitcher, you will know how accomplishing that is!
2.  Enamel pin display.  Now that I have a legit pin collection, I need to figure out/craft a way to display their awesomeness instead of shoving them into an owl canister.  Any ideas are welcome!!
3.  Read 1 ARC from Bookcon.  Yes, everything circles back to Bookcon 2016! Anyway, I read one ARC in May and would like to bust out one in June. I think one is doable with the HP reread.
4.  Cut out Sasquatch quilt.  I planned out my quilty goals for the rest of the year and have plans to make a legendary quilt, or as I've been calling it, the Sasquatch quilt.  June's goal is to get it cut out!
5.  Buy a kiddie pool a/k/a reading pool. Yea, this goal probably sounds super random, but I LOVE me some sunshine reading and with summer almost here it is becoming pretty hot, too hot to just roast in the sun for the love of books.  My husband is not all about the responsibilities of the pool life, so a kiddie pool is a good compromise.  I'm pumped to get my summer reading on from my super cool reading pool.



Heather's May Small Goals

1. Put $500 in savings I was actually able to put $600 in savings in May so check! 
2. Update social media with new blog posts  I did this for ever blog we posted in May except one. So I'm also counting this as a win  
3. Read 6 books  I read exactly 6 books: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a Small College Town by John Krakauer, After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvarter, Asking For It by Louis O'Neill, and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. 
4. Only pay for iced coffee no more than once a week  Fail. I did cut down a lot and only went 2-3 times instead of 5-6 but I still would like to cut this down to one this summer. 
5. Run twice a week  I did it! I started using a Couch to 5K app the second week of May so it's been more like 3 times a week tbh 

4/5 which is much better than I thought! 

Heather's June Small Goals 

1. Walk 10K steps daily  I got a FitBit in April and kicked ass for awhile but I've only been hitting my 10K step goal maybe 3 times a week. I want to make more of an effort to hit that goal on the daily. 
2. Drink 64 oz water at least 5 times a week  I've been wanting to up my water intake lately and having a daily goal will help a lot I think. I always notice how much better when I'm drinking a lot of water so I'm ready to get this one started.
3. Write once a week  I've had the urge to write more lately. Short stories or journal entries or whatever. I used to write more and it's something I would love to get into more. I have even been thinking of a private, personal blog where I can post writing that doesn't really fit with TBFBC vibe we have going here. 
4. Spend one weekend day mostly outdoors  I love being outside, but honestly I find myself sitting inside a lot on the weekends. I want to take advantage of summer time and spend more time outdoors. Even if it's just reading outside on my porch, I want to make it a priority. 
5. Engage more on social media I'm sure I'm not the only one who mindlessly double taps on Instagram, but I want to make an effort to engage more with the people I follow. I want to leave thoughtful comments on Instagram posts and blogs, even start more conversations on Twitter. I love when people engage with me so I plan to do the same! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

May Rewind


Read:
  After I do by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Dumplin' by Julie Murphy, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and I Know I Am but What Are You by Samantha Bee.  Oh, and I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses for the epic release of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.  This was a great month for books. It actually felt like a huge relief putting book club on hold this month and having a free read month.  Obviously, Sarah J. Maas' books were amazeballs.  I think my next favorite was The Serpent King. It made me feel all the feels. I was practically in tears as I was reading it. I also really loved After I Do. Somehow I felt it relatable and unrelatable at the same time. It was a super perplexing feeling. Oh, and Samantha Bee is such a bad ass feminist bitch. I'd read/listen/sponge up anything she has to say.

Watched:   Lady Dynamite starring Maria Bamford on Netflix.  Maria is a pretty kick ass female comic, probably my husband's favorite. She comes off a bit cooky and somehow it tickles my funny bone.  Plus other comics made cameos on the show. You should totes check it out!

Listening: I'm going to start this off by saying country music isn't my favorite genre.  With that in mind, I've fallen in love with Kacey Musgraves. Especially her "Follow Your Arrow" song. I'm from a small town and the lyrics really resonate with me. We are all different and should judge less and worry about ourselves more--that is Kacey's writing in a nutshell. I'm still not a fan of country music but I'm a big fan of Kacey's.

Also this month:

1.  BookCon 2016
Honestly this was probably my highlight of the summer if not the entire year. This was the best time ever and you should totes check out our recap. I loved being surrounded by 5,000 other bookish nerds. It was great!

2. Finished my Stashbusting Quilt Top
This happened on literally the last weekend of the month. I'm not the best at gauging how much time something is going to take but I love how this came together. I love the patchworky, vintagey feel of it.  Plus, it is pretty neat to have fabric from almost every quilt I've made come together in scrap form to make up a whole other quilt. Sorry, I get pretty nerdy about quilts.

3.  Modcloth!!
I've been obsessed with the styles of Modcloth for a while now.  As is most of the blogsphere, I think.  Heather is also always looking fly as hell in her Modcloth fashions.  They are a tad pricey but I'm pretty sure the quality is totes worth it. I've been a tad obsessed with New Girl lately and have fallen in love with Jessica Day's wardrobe all over again.  You would think Netflix would be a great alternative to spending money, but it just isn't the case for me. I end up falling in love with the wardrobes of Jessica Day, Rachel Green and Kimmy Schmidt and then think it is necessary to restructure my entire wardrobe around their styles.  It's a problem.


Read:  
In May I read two really powerful books that I want to share: Asking for It by Louise O'Neill and Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jack Krakauer. Both books address in different ways how instances of rape are handled and the aftermath of those cases. Asking for It is a work of fiction that tells the story of Emma and how she was raped at a party. It tells of her life before the rape and after and the drastic differences. While it's fiction, it feels very real and mirrors a real life case that happened a few years ago. Missoula is an investigative look at 5 cases of rape in the college town of Missoula, Montana. It details different cases and the way they were handled by both the college and the police department and the breakdown between what is happening and how the victim is treated. Again, both very powerful and upsetting reads but two that I think are very important. 

Watched: 
I saw The Jungle Book TWICE in May and it was fantastic. I went in with no expectations and came out so pleasantly surprised that I will recommend it to everyone. I also started rewatching the Marvel movies in order as they are listed in Wikipedia. We went to the drive in and saw the double feature of The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War. About 10 minutes into Civil War I realized I had never seen Winter Soldier or a few other Marvel movies so it was time to watch them in order. So far we've rewatched Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Next up is Thor! 
(I also fell asleep during Civil War so I have no clue what happens in that one. The movie was second and didn't start until 11pm!) 
  
Listening: 
May was my month of catching up on podcasts during my daily commute. I focused on Breakfast for Dinner, which might be my hands down favorite podcasr. The only downside of being caught up is that now I feel lost with out listening to Nicole and Dago during my drive each day. 


Also this month: 

1. Queen B Lemonade 
I took my second trip to Chicago in May (both trips were in May!) and it was to see our Queen at the Formation World Tour. Guyssssss.....this was everything. I cannot even give words to the emotions and feelings that there were when seeing Beyonce live. It was an amazing experince, worth every single penny I spent to get there. She put on one of the best shows I've ever seen, one of the best things I've ever seen in my life. If you can get yourself to Bey show, do itttttt. 

2. BookCon
Jen and I went to Chicago (both of us for the first time!). Check out our exhaustive recap here. I would say this was one of the best times I've ever had. If you are a book lover, you need to attend BookCon at some point. 

3. Summer Kickoff 
School ended for my beebs and summer got a kicked off in May. We went to the drive in, spent Memorial Day poolside with friends, and I have gotten to eat on so many patios that my heart is bursting with happiness. This summer is on track to be one of the best around and May really was able to get me excited for my favorite season. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer 2016 {Harry Potter Reread}

Ok guys, let's talk about something super serious for a minute: Harry Potter.  I feel like you can tell a lot about a person based on their opinion of Harry Potter.  If the person doesn't fall all over themselves fangirling or boying about this amazing fandom, then they probably aren't a good person and you should find some new friends. Seriously. (Ok, maybe not seriously but this is the best series ever, can we at least agree on that?!)

For both Heather and I, we go way back with Harry Potter--like back to middle school way back. Back when there were only 2 books released and you agonizingly had to wait for each book to be released. I obsessively reread each book before each release.  Therefore, the first half of the series got a lot of love but the second half has been read way less. Harry Potter is such a well thought out fantasy series that every time you read it, you pick up on something new which basically blows you mind after so many rereads.  Anyway, with the release of The Cursed Child this summer and the fact that next summer marks the 10 year anniversary of the release of the last book, we decided it was due time to reread the entire Harry Potter series over the summer!


I know, you are basically jumping up and down with excitement, right? We are super pumped about this reread, not only because we are re-exploring one of our favorite all times series ever, but because we both recently have obtained the UK version of the Harry Potter books and they are just beautiful.  I could literally stare at them for hours. 


Ok, in case you have been living under a rock for the last 15 years, I've included a synopsis of the series:

Imagine a school in a castle filled with moving staircases, a sport played on flying broomsticks, an evil wizard intent on domination, an ordinary boy who’s the hero of a whole world he doesn’t know. This is the story that comes to life in the marvelous Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.
The Dark Lord, Voldemort, tried to murder Harry when he was just a baby—but he failed, killing Harry’s parents but leaving him with a lightning-bolt scar. After Voldemort’s disappearance, Harry is sent to live with his nasty aunt and uncle, far away from any hint of magic. But at the age of eleven, he is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and a magical world opens before him.
Each of the seven books in the series chronicles one year in Harry’s adventures at Hogwarts and his battle against Lord Voldemort. Harry makes two marvelous best friends named Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. He studies topics like Transfiguration and Potions under wise headmaster Albus Dumbledore and the malevolent Severus Snape. He becomes expert at a game called Quidditch; encounters incredible creatures like phoenixes and dragons; and discovers an entire Wizarding universe hidden just out of sight, as prone to the darker aspects of human experience as our own, but brightened by a quirky original magic.
And slowly, Harry unravels the mysteries of his original confrontation with Voldemort: why the Dark Lord tried to kill him, how he lived… and what he must do to survive another encounter.
(via Scholastic)



The best HP picture the world will ever see.

Ok, so I know a 7 book reread can seem super daunting, but no need to have a mini Harry Potter inspired freak out.  We are going to read them over the course of the entire summer, or June, July and August if you will. For June, we will start with The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secret's and, my all time favorite, The Prisoner of Azkaban. The first few books are significantly smaller than the latter books so we are jamming the first three into June.


We are also planning on doing some Harry Potter inspired crafts, HP birthday party (July 31st ya'll!) and possibly attending a release party for The Curse Child.  As you can probably tell, I've been on a mission to buy as many Harry Potter themed fashions as I can and I'm hoping to add even more to my collection over the summer.  We are super pumped to be revisiting one of our favorite stories from our childhood and really hope you experience this journey with us! I promise it will be full of laughter as well as tears, lots of tears.  NO SPOILERS THOUGH!

The Hogwarts Express is pulling out of the station TODAY so let's leave this Muggle world behind! Hope to see you at Hogwarts!!!  Good luck with the Sorting!!!