Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Rewind


This month was full of great reads! The book club pick The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis blew me away. I literally read it in one day. I also finally got around to One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it was such a thought provoking read. Something I haven't felt since her other book Maybe in Another Life. Other goodness includes It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmont and the comic Wytches by Scott Snyder.  November was a really solid reading month for me friends. 


I finally was able to catch up on Supernatural on Netflix. Man oh man do I love those Winchester boys. I'm actually a little sad my epic binge watch is over. I've moved on to hard core binging Gilmore Girls so maybe I can watch the revival before any spoilers hit my ears.  On another note, my boyfriend and I finished up our Battlestar Galactica watch, so now I'm excited to see what he's going to pick next, 


I've added some new podcasts into my rotation this month. Podcasts literally save my commute from being the worst thing ever. First up is Shailey and Katie: DIY, Design, Photo & Video, Parenting, & Laughter. Shailey and Katie are hilarious and give a nice glimpse into being work from home moms with creative jobs. They have really cool perspectives on things and have guest from other blogs, like Emma Chapman from A Beautiful Mess. I also added Kill by Kill to my subscriptions and it's been a real treat. If you are a horror fan, you're going to love Patrick and Gena taking on Friday the 13th and all the silly and awesome details. 

Also this month:
Sickness 24/7
I wish this was a joke, but I was literally sick for almost 3 weeks straight. Two of those times was with strep throat. One of the times with strep throat also included a horrific head cold. So I spent a lot of time feeling miserable and working from home. For the first time maybe ever, I'm excited to go back to work and kind of kick ass instead of barely keeping it together. 

Cat Cafe Goodness
The best thing to happen to The Best Friend Gang was the opening of Mauhaus in St. Louis. Mauhaus has been on my radar for the past year, obviously being the crazy cat lazy I am. So as soon as I saw they were taking reservations on Instagram, I signed us up! Jen and I took the girls and we all got delicious coffee drinks and spent over an hour petting cats and having the best time. We are totally going back asap! Bonus: all the cats at the cafe are up for adoption and I've seen that 4 of them have already found forever homes! 

The First Annual Friendsgiving
In my small goals for this month I mentioned a sister Thanksgiving was in the works. This turned into a Friendsgiving that was maybe the best! Jarrett and I hosted and cooked a lot of delicious food (some was more of hit than others) and had fun laughing with the people who are most important to me. It was a hit and I think it's a tradition that we will keep up next year as well. Though this time we are thinking of doing a little something different food wise. 

Knitting Profesh
We usually only do 3 things here, but I wanted to brag a little that I took a knitting class and have fulfilled something I've been wanting to learn for years. I took a beginners knitting class and it was such a good investment. I have learned so much and actually finished my first project today. I'm already moving on to my second scarf so I'm basically a pro now you guys. 

I made some progress book wise this month with a total of 5 finishes. I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and I really loved it. It was in an email/instant message/journal entry format which I'm always a fan of. I'm dying to read book Gemina. I read a cult inspired book called The Family by Marissa Kennerson. It was a little scary, really sad, yet fascinating all at the same time. I ready Drew Barrymore's memoir (even though she isn't calling it a memoir--who need's labels?) Wildflower and I really enjoyed it. I'm always into reading about someone's life and what shaped the person they are.  I randomly picked up All the Rage by Courtney Summers over the past month and was also able to squeeze that in. It's about rape and was a pretty heavy topic. I didn't love it, but I got it. Oh, and let's not forget about our book club pick, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.  I won't say too much now, but I pretty much loved it.
Gilmore Girls Revival! I'll obviously keep this spoiler free since the bestie and I'm sure many others didn't get to binge it this past weekend. I really enjoyed it and I think I'm destined to rewatch the entire series because those Gilmore Girls give me alllll the feels. Maybe I was just going through Gilmore Girl withdrawal. Either way, I dug it.  I also watched Good Girls Revolt on Amazon. It was set in 1969-1970 during women's liberation and it was great. Great music, great fashion and great women kicking ass and realizing their potential. It's a great feminist watch for sure!
The husband and I listened/watched Dana Carvey on Netflix.  I can't see Dana without thinking of Wayne's World and him making fun of his 20 something sons was seriously one of the most hilarious things I've ever heard. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Also this month:

Life at the Cat Café
I think this deserves to be on both of our rewind's this month. I would like to think I have a different perspective on the subject, but I think we are all pretty much in agreement--it was fantastic. We got some yummy drinks and sat down amongst the kitties and the fun began. Pretty quickly one made a bee line for my lap and took up camp there for a few minutes.  I thought my heart was going to explode in happiness. Not only do my 5 fur babies at home love me, but so do ALL THE KITTIES of the world. It was great sharing this experience with the members of The Best Friend Gang and I can't wait to plan another trip there.  Also, shout out to the best hot chocolate I've ever had and I've been chasing that high ever since.

Thanksgivings Traditions
I celebrated thanksgiving multiple times and they were all great. It was super fun attending Heather's Friendsgiving and I'm super pumped to hear it's going to be an annual thing! Josh and I also prepared a huge ass meal the weekend before.  We made a mess, giggled and used all my fancy pyrex dishes.  However, I learned that in all the amount of junk I own, that I do not own a gravy boat. I have 2 soup tureens, a butter holder and even 2 sets of vinegar and oil cuvettes but nope, no gravy boat. I found this highly complexing while I was finding a dish for gravy.

Cross Stitch Catch Up
When it comes to starting crafts, sometimes I'm like that kid who's eyes are too big for their stomach when it comes to meal time. I get so excited starting ALLLLL the projects that sometimes I have 3 going at once and I feel overwhelmed and like I'm not making any progress. This month I spent a lot of time working on catching up on some outstanding projects.  I finished one, caught up on one and am reallllly trying to catch up on my yearly sampler before the end of the year and the new one is released.  Anyway, I guess I'm in a perpetual state of playing catch up.

Monday, November 28, 2016

30 Before 30 {The Recap}

Well here we are. I'm turning 30 this week and closing out my 20s. It's been a rollercoaster of decade, and I'm more than ready to put 2016 especially behind me. Every year since I was 25 I've put together a list of things I want to accomplish by my next birthday. I try to mix the list with practical things I need to do and things I want to do that stretch me as a person. There is kind of a weird disconnect when making these goals. What you think you want to do doesn't always turn out to be possible, or maybe your goals shift and something you thought you wanted to do ends up not being as big of a priority as you thought it would be (going to a casino *ahem*). I think I crossed off maybe half the things on my list, but looking back, a lot of things I wanted to do just didn't fit with my life. I'm ok with that. I did accomplish a lot and this list pushed me to make some things a priority so I could make sure I got to do them. I'm perfecting my list for 31 now but before I post that, I wanted to do a small check in of what I got to cross of my 30 Before 30 list. 

30 Before 30 {Recap} 

1 Go to City Museum    Done! I went with Jarrett for our two year anniversary in October 
2 Organize photos (on computer…possibly putting them into photo books?) 
3 Keep a daily or weekly journal   For the past like 6 months, I've kept a weekly journal type thing. I think I'll keep it up! 
4 Weekly portraits of E & M  
5 Buy a new swimsuit Guess what? I bought THREE new swimsuits this year 
6 Go on an overnight camping trip 
7 Decorate our place So this is like a work in progress but I made some serious strides. It counts.
8 Buy a bike  So I bought a bike for Jarrett for his birthday and I'm counting that 
9 Take more everyday photographs 
10 Write 3 short stories/essays Done and done. I've kept them all private for now, but I did it! 
11 Reread one book (or more!) a month  Yup. I have a list but I'll spare you for now. It was really nice to revisit some favorites this year. 
12 Sew a dress (possibly with pockets!) 
13 Get a tattoo
14 Make some art for the walls  
15 Run a 5K  I actually ran/walked TWO 6Ks
16 Get some houseplants (succulents)  They have all died but I still got them. I have a cactus (for now) 
17 Go to a casino
18 Learn to make 3 fancy-ish cocktails  I made a Dark & Stormy, Bourbon Spiked Cider, and Wine Spritzers. Fancy enough for me! 
19 Make two quilts 
20 Get a passport 
21 Learn to knit (FOR REAL THIS TIME)  Took a knitting class and completed my 1st project this week! Got it done right before the cut off 
22 Take a solo day trip 
23 Cook one new recipe a month 
24 Go on a birthday trip with my sister 
25 Host a wine club 
26 Plan a best friend trip with Jen  BookCon in Chicago was a DREAM! 
27 Make some jewelry 
28 Try waterskiing 
29 Go to a festival 
30 Throw a surprise party 

14/30 birthday goals accomplished

So I didn't accomplish even half the things on my list, but I'm ok with that. Looking over the list I feel like I put things on there that just didn't fit with me anymore. Like I would have loved to try waterskiing but I didn't get the chance to go to the lake to do so. I also thought about getting a passport but with no trips out of the country on my radar any time soon, it seemed like money that could be better spent elsewhere for now. Same with a birthday trip with my sister. Timing and finances did not align, so we are going to try to fit this in sometime in 2017. Also "take more everyday photographs" is really super vague and hard to judge on if that was accomplished or not. Like I took a lot of great selfies but I don't think that counts. I think the most disappointing ones that I wish I had made more of an effort on would be organizing photos on my computer and taking weekly portraits of my beebs. This year for my 31 list, I'm trying to really examine who I am and what I think will work for me this year. I want to grow and challenge myself so I'm putting the finishing touches on that list now. If you do similar birthday lists, I'd love to hear any tips or tricks you have. What works for you? 

I'm really looking forward to 30, mostly because I strong armed my boyfriend and sister into throwing me a party. I'm scrappy when I need to be. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

3 Reasons You Need to Read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Hey book loving friends! It's been a hot minute since we've had any book discussions here on the ol' blog. Book discussions are Jen and my favorite thing, hell it's why we started this whole blog! A cool place to talk books with your BFF! However, book discussions aren't our most read posts. They were kind of long and clunky and could be a little alienating if you hadn't read the book yet. So we took a break for a few months to think of a new way to make book discussions exciting again and here we are. A short list of a few reasons you need to read this book! This being of course whatever our book club pick was. So here, we go! Let's discuss in the comments, feedback appreciated.
So we read Three Dark Crowns in October for book club so let's refresh on what it was about shall we? 

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown. 

Ok now that we are all caught up, here's 3 reasons you need to read Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

1. Magical Sisters  
Heather Says: 
So three triplets all with different powers. On their 16th birthday, there's a huge festival where one walks away with the crown. Each chapter alternates points of view with the sisters so you get to know each of them individually. I don't know if I could pick a favorite sister, but it was so cool to see them struggle with the fact that they would have to fight each other, while two of them are keeping secrets on how powerful they actually are. 

Jen Says: 
The different powers were so cool and Heather is right, it is way too hard to pick a favorite sister or even a favorite power. The idea of being able to control the weather or things within nature or being able to withstand the strongest of poisons. I was way into watching them develop their individual gifts.

2. So many schemes
Heather Says: 
Everybody has an agenda in this book and you literally cannot trust any body. One sister learns that a little harder than the others. Sure, there are plenty of great solid friendships (see reason 3) but there is so much going on behind the sister's backs that it's kind of insane. Each sister was raised in a different part of the island among others with their gift. Some people see keeping certain gifts in power as the most important thing and aren't afraid to manipulate their way to the crown. 

Jen Says: 
I agree! Everyone had a different opinion who should win out in the end. Watching the schemes unfold and the odds stack up really made my heart race!

3. Friendship to the max 
Heather Says: 
The friendships in this book are so real and vital. Each sister has her own sets of friends, along with people who she maybe shouldn't trust all that much. There's so much behind the scenes scheming by both the princesses and the people surrounding them. Friendship in YA novels is one of my hands down favorite things and it was really well developed in this novel. There's a little bit of romance in here too but it's totally overshadowed by the sister's relationships and friendships. 

Jen Says: 
Strong woman helping each other while kicking ass is seriously my jam and this book was full of that. 

So 3 pretty great reasons to read Three Dark Crowns, like yesterday. Totally let us know if you add this to your list! It was maybe one of my favorite reads this year and I'm basically dying until the next one comes out. 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What We Can Do

Hey friends

It's been a week hasn't it? I feel confident speaking for both Jen and I when we say we definitely did not expect the outcome of our Presidential Election on Tuesday. Even growing up in a small, conservative town, it was easy to roll our eyes that of course the people in our town and some that we grew up with were awful but most of America was like us. Committed to progress and staunchly against hate of any kind. Boy were we wrong. 

It sucks to wake up in a world that feels scary and unfamiliar. We can relate as women, but we do accept the white privilege that we've had for our lives, so while we are scared, we know other groups out there are even more terrified. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, Muslims, and of course our fellow women. We are all scared and worried and kind of in a daze this week. 

Jen has been a huge fan of Samantha Bee for awhile now, but I totally feel like her day after recap hit the nail on the head. If you haven't seen if yet, check it out below: 

White women, we have got a lot of work to do. Yes, take time to grieve, all the time you need. I'm still reeling from this today and probably will be for awhile. After that, we've got to get to work.

Jen signed up to volunteer at Planned Parenthood, I donated money to them. There are so many more things you can do. Here's a list of some actionable things we can do and good articles to check out if you are one of the people who doesn't "get" why we are all so upset.

-A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

-A really good look at the ways white women failed, and what we need to do next 

-Get you one of these awesome Nasty Woman t-shirts from Google Ghost. 50% of profits go to Planned Parenthood <3

-Volunteer! Find an organization close to your heart and volunteer your time. Planned Parenthood is a solid choice, I also really love the Moms Demand Action organization, find a local chapter and see what you can do to help!  

-Read this reflection by Roxanne Gay, one of my feminist heroes. 

-This blog by Stephanie Drenka made me cry like a baby 

-Sevi's short stories are always a weekly must read for me, but this week even more so. 

It's a short list but it's a start. Above all, be there for each other. Acknowledge the pain and anger of your friends and family. We are all heartbroken right now, but we will rise up and work our asses off to make things better. Get in formation ladies. We've got work to do. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Go To Outfits

Hey blog friends! I would love to start this off by saying "Happy Fall" but honestly, Missouri sucks and temperatures are still hitting 80's most days. We are a little worried that we aren't really going to have a fall and we are going to dive head first into frigid winter. This totally bums us both out because its fall in our hearts.

This outfit post we are going to focus on our more casual looks, or "go to" outfits that we love to where when outfit planning becomes too much.  These outfits happen multiple times a week because sleepy accurately describes us most mornings.  At this point, we both have legit graphic tee obsessions and we both can't seem to stop buying them.  When our favorite independent graphic tee shop has a sale we get super pumped and talk about our upcoming orders for weeks as we anticipate their arrivals (everything is made to order so it takes a while, but it is 100% worth the wait!). It gets a bit silly.

I absolutely love the evolution of our casual styles.  I think we both had a few graphic tees toward the beginning of the summer and then we just went a little crazy.  But I love that people can tell what we are all about just by looking at what tee we are sporting that day. It seems like my favorite tees are centered around cats, Harry Potter or books in general, quilting, favorite TV shows and feminism. Pretty much the best things.

Outfit Details
Tank {Wicked Clothes} / Jeggings {American Eagle} / Plaid Shirt {Vintage Forever 21} / kicks {Toms-very similar} / Pin {Heartificial}

Something about graphic tees speak to me. Lately it seems like you can find really cool and unique ones that can represent all your nerdy interests. When I saw this tee from Passive Juice Motel, I knew I had to make it mine. Coffee and contemplation are kind of my jam. Also one of my favorite quotes from Stranger Things, so yep. I had to have it! 

This outfit is basically what you can find me in lately. My office is cold year round, like most offices, so I always have a cardigan with me. I just picked up two of these extra cozy ones that I'm looking forward to wearing them non stop this winter. 

Side note: this coffee was so gross! I was really disappointed. Jen cracked up when I spit this out after the photo was taken, but I just could not. I live in a small town with limited coffee options, so I am pretty excited that it was just announced that we are getting a Starbucks. No more driving 30 minutes to get that Sbux fix y'all! 

Outfit Details 
Cardigan (Charlotte Russe-sold out) / Tee (Passive Juice Motel) / Jeggings (American Eagle) / Booties (Forever 21)

Monday, November 7, 2016

November Small Goals

So we can all agree that October went by in like a blink right? It seems like I was getting myself psyched for all things spooky and then before I knew it I was chilling on the couch watching my last scary movie of October before I knew it. At least the weather is finally starting to feel fall like. Most of October was spent in the 80s. Global warming much? November sometimes feels like an in between month to me, but I'm turning 30 at the beginning of December so I'm determined to make the most of the last month in my 20s. As always, we are linking up with Nicole at Writes Like a Girl, so go check out every one's small goals! 

Jen's Small Goals 
1. Nightly routine This was probably the goal I most wanted to tackle this month and I completely failed. I didn't start a nightly routine in the slightest or even just wash my face before bed. FAIL!
2. Pin Storage  This is the one goal I excelled at and probably because I tackled it at the first of the month and it was a goal I've had for a few months now.  I absolutely love the addition of the pin board and how easily it makes getting my accessories together in the morning.
3. Try Pore Strips I remembered this goal over the weekend, went to buy groceries, realized I was responsible for the full bill this week (groceries are usually the husband's domain) and couldn't justify spending the $10 on them--so fail.
4.  (re)Read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children I really tried to finish this goal. I read the first book and half of the 2nd book. I wasn't loving the 2nd book and was feeling like I was forcing myself to read it. Then I spiraled into a book slump that I'm just now coming out of.  Another fail.
5. Fall Outing  There were plans and sadly they fell through so this one is also a fail.

1/5 - I basically failed for the month of October.

November Small Goals 
1. Make a Christmas Tree Skirt.  Last year was the first year since I've lived on my own that I was able to have a tree without the cats destroying it. Last year, I used my small Christmas quilt as the skirt so this year I'm determined to make a quilty patchwork tree skirt.
2.  House projects. I live in an ancient home, that is over 100 years old.  It is a mishmash of different time periods all rolled into one.  The dream when we purchased the home was to renovate it and it has been the slowest process ever. You tend to lose steam on such large projects. Anyway, my goal is to spend a total of 2 days on the weekends to make some progress to hopefully help re-motivate these projects.
3.  Nightly Routine.  I'm sticking with this one because I'm 30 and should really be making my skin a priority before it is too late.  I'm putting all excuses aside!
4.  Vote on November 8th.  This probably seems like a no brainer and something everyone should do even if they are super turned off by the presidential race, which I think most of us are.  However, if you are unhappy about who is currently controlling congress, you need to get out and vote so we can flip the senate!
5. Mix up the Podcasts.  I've been obsessed with the Best of Friends podcast for a while and have been trying to catch up like a crazy person but also rewatch the episodes that correspond with each podcast episode.  I'm at about February of this year which translates to season 5 in the friends world.  Since I haven't been quilting as much, I haven't been watching as much friends so it has been hard for me to stay caught up with the corresponding podcast. Anyway it's time to mix it up and listen to some new stuff. There is a Babysitter's Club podcast calling my name next!

Heather's Small Goals 
1. Stick to my budget  Not only did I stick to my budget, I did better than my boyfriend did on his budget this month, which is basically unheard of (he’s super thrifty and budget minded) 
2. Daily Gratitude list  Done! I kept a list in my notebook and every day managed to write down 3 things I was grateful for. Even on bad days, this was a nice mindfulness practice to have this month 
3. Write two short stories/essays Done, but just barely. I saw this on my goals list on Sunday (10/30) and finally sat down and wrote a horror short story I’ve been thinking about for awhile and a personal essay about my mom 
4. Accessorize twice a week  Fail. I totally forgot about this goal. I did wear my fall lipstick more often, even to work, but I’m not sure that counts. 
5. Make two Halloween crafts  So this was also a fail. I did finish a few craft projects that had been on my to-do list but I didn’t make two Halloween crafts, only one (which was my Halloween wreath and is pretty amazing). 

3/5 complete. Not too bad! 

November Small Goals 
1. Make 3 seasonal things (desserts, cocktails, food)   I'm really into seasonal everything so I'm hoping to make a few goodies this month that embrace the fall flavors before everything Christmas explodes 
2. Check out the new cat cafe in STL I've been keeping tabs on the developments of Mauhaus in St. Louis for like the past year. It finally opens this month so I want to take the girls with me to check it out! 
3. Take my beebs shopping for fall/winter My beebs are in serious need of some new cold weather clothes. I think they are old enough to start helping pick out their outfits so I'm thinking a trip to the mall needs to happen. 
4. Blog 3x a week  Our poor blog has been a little neglected lately. I'm working on a blog schedule for the month so we can get some more content out here. 
5. Host Sister Thanksgiving My sister is one of my best friends and we both thought it would be nice to have a small Thanksgiving so I'm working on planning that now. I think this will be a really nice way to connect (and eat delicious food!) 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November Book Club

And just like that, we have two months left in the year and book club. What is happening.Time seems to speed up each year and I kinda wish it would slow down just a little. Like I barely got to enjoy the spookiness of October and last week my boyfriend pointed out that my kids will be 18 and moving out in 11 years, and I basically lost it and was a sobbing fool. So year, time is flying and I'm bad about prepping these book club posts for the beginning of the month. Moving on! 

This month Jen chose a book that was on both of our radars. I had actually just purchased it when she suggested it for book club! I try not to read too much about books I'm interested in since I don't want to influence myself too much one way or another, but I have seen some positive reviews from people I trust on this one. We're reading The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis and from the description it seems right up my alley. 

What's it all about? 

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.


Ok so that seems pretty legit right? If you've read it or are planning to read with us, let us know! Hopefully we can all have a kick ass discussion at the end of the month. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Rewind

Other than our book club book, Three Dark Crowns, I was able to read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot.  Honestly, all three books were a major win for me. The latter two were in email correspondence formats which I absolutely love. The dialogue seems so real and I love the flow within that format. I'd recommend them all!

This month was full of a bunch of rewatches for me.  I forced my husband to watch Stranger Things, which inspired a bunch of Stranger Things purchases.  I just love that show. I also watched a couple of Halloween movies that are mandatory every year.

Kyle Kinane had a new Comedy Central special and it was amazeballs. If you've never watched/listened to any of his stand ups before, I suggest you get on it because he is legit hilarious. I mean, he is basically the voice of comedy central.
Also this month:

1. Quilty Finishes!
In October I finished up two quilts! One was a Christmas quilt big enough for the bed which was a seriously goal of mine to get completed before Christmas.  I think I knocked that goal out of the park. Heather and I routinely have quilt days where we both simultaneously work on a similar quilting project and we were able to also finish that quilt up too.  I love doing bestie quilting projects.  They can take quite a while to finish since we work on them together, but they are so satisfying. Plus it is so much fun to see how the other puts their own spin on a pattern.

2.  Pin Board Organization
You guys are probably going to get tired of hearing about this since it was an October goal, but I love how my pin organizational board turned out.  It is so easy to find my pins and accessorize my outfits. It definitely makes getting accessorized in the morning way easier.  I shared my pin board on instagram and received over 600 likes which is a crazy amount when my normal posts only receive about 20-30 likes. I felt like an instant celebrity for a day.

3.  Halloweening
Halloween is seriously my favorite holiday. I love it all. I want all the Halloween stuff. The amount of money I spent on Halloween paraphernalia this year was a bit ridiculous.  We continued our bestfriendclub Hocus Pocus tradition and this year we made witch hat cookies to go along with the movie. It was a fun easy project that tasted amazing. I tried to do Halloween related stuff all month, even if it was as simple as decorating the porch or watching a Halloween movie or doing a Halloween craft. I just need to do all things Halloween during October. 

So October was kind of a terrible reading month for me. I felt really unmotivated for most of the month and the few books I was able to read weren’t very good, so I don’t think I’ll even mention their names here. Now I feel like I’m stuck in this reading slump and I’m trying to claw my way out. I did really enjoy the book club pick Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. It was one of my favorite reads of the year so far. 

I’ve been on a mission to catch up on Supernatural. It’s one of my favorite shows but I’m a few seasons behind. I finally made it up to season 10 so I’m hoping to have a binge watching day this weekend to catch up even more. I also started watching Futurama with Jarrett. It’s one of his favorite shows and I’ve never seen it. We’ve already watched two seasons so I would say I’m enjoying it so far. 

I haven’t listened to an audiobook in weeks and I have so many piled up in my Audible library, I decided it was time to add one back in to my daily commute. I started listening to Presence by Amy Cuddy and so far I’m really loving it. She gave a pretty famous Ted Talk so listening to her describe the importance of being present in our daily tasks has been eye opening. I heavily relate to it with my job but also in my daily life as well. I just listened to the chapter on Imposter Syndrome and am still pondering it hours later. I’m not finished but I’d say this book is one I def recommend. 

Also this month 

Anniversary Celebrations
At the beginning of the month I celebrate spending two years with Jarrett. Our actual anniversary was on a Tuesday so we took some wine to a lookout spot to watch the sunset and talk about the past year and our goals for the next year. The weekend after we went out to dinner at one of our favorite places in St. Louis (shoutout to Mission Taco and the best margaritas I’ve ever had) and played around at City Museum, which both of us had never been to but was so amazing. We paid extra for roof access and it was totally worth it! There was a ferris wheel ON THE ROOF. We just happened to be riding it at sunset. It was perfection. 

All the Fall Things
This month was filled with so many fall things, even though the weather is constantly bouncing from cold to hot every week. I’m surprised I haven’t gotten sick yet. I was able to chaperone the girls field trip to the pumpkin patch, we carved pumpkins with my sister and her boyfriend and baby, Jen came over and we made witch hat cookies and we watch Hocus Pocus. Jarrett and I took the girls to our friends house in STL where we made s’mores and told ghost stories around the fire. I drank maybe 10 pumpkin spice lattes. It was a month of fall goodness even if the weather didn’t always feel that way. 

Luna was lost (and found) 
If you know me (or follow me on Instagram) you know I’m obsessed with my cat Luna. We take a million selfies and spend every evening on the couch cuddling in quilts. She is always trying to get outside and at the beginning of the month she escaped and was gone for two days. I was basically in mourning for 2 days. I couldn’t work and was walking up and down the street sobbing and looking for her. On day 3 of her disappearance, Morgan was playing outside and found her safe and sound in a storm drain. We brought her in and fed her and covered her in kisses. She had some scratches on her face but otherwise she was totally fine! It was the most dramatic 3 days I’ve had in awhile friends.