A Thanksgiving Tag

So this will most likely be my last post of the week because like most of you I will be spending time with family over the holidays and very little time on the computer. I might get a post drafted for Friday if I am feeling ambitious but we will have to see how it goes. 

Anyhow today I thought I would do a fun little Thanksgiving Question/Tag type post!  If you feel like joining in and answering the questions yourself be sure to send me the link so that I can read them!


What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Sweet Potatoes/Mashed Potatoes....actually pretty much any of the carb items are my favorite.


What quirky Thanksgiving traditions do you have? We don't really have any quirky ones but we often go to the movies as a family after the dinner is finished. I love doing this. Last weekend we did the same thing and it was just so much fun.


What electronic device are you most grateful for and why? Honestly probably my phone. It connects me even if I don't want to talk to people. I can check important emails, browse Pinterest, or just listen to audio books while cleaning. I'd miss it if I didn't have it. (Which I didn't on Monday and it was a major bummer.)


Where do you normally celebrate Thanksgiving? We always celebrate at each of the parents' homes. It takes some maneuvering and sometimes we celebrate on different days but we get to everyone and each celebration is special.


What items do you use daily are you most grateful for? My coffee pot, My Journal, and My skin care products


What skill are you most grateful for? I almost put writing but what really struck me is I wanted to put that I can sing. So I'm going to go with my ability to sing. Kyra loves it when I sing and I love it when she joins in singing songs that I've sung to her since she was just a baby.


What act of kindness are you most grateful for? My family is the greatest act of kindness I know. Honestly just getting to be part of them is what I'm most grateful for.


What flaw of yours are you actually grateful for? The fact that I get overly excited about everything. I think it is good to be excited. I think it is perfectly okay to be jump up and down happy about anything and everything. Joy is a powerful thing.


What are you most grateful for from this past year? This question is a tough one. This year has been especially hard. With that being said it is in the hard times that you find out just who you are. I think this year has made me mature more than I thought I needed. I also think it showed me how strong I am and that despite it all...I can still find joy.


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! For those that aren't celebrating (or already have for my Canadian friends) I hope you just have an awesome week too!

Geeky Guy Gift Guide






1. Loot Crate- Seriously if your Geeky Guy doesn't have Loot Crate then this is the gift to get him! A monthly subscription of Nerdy Awesomeness delivered to his door! The best thing is you can now select all types of different Loot Crate's based on what he likes!


2. Movies- Geeky movies are at an all time high right now and what better gift than to give your guy a set of awesome movies for a night in together?


3. Funko Pops- Super fun to collect and in all types of fandoms you can basically get a funko pop of anything!


4. Geeky Shirts- Wear it loud and proud! Geeky shirts are fashionable and just plain fun!


5. Wallet or Key chain- I know that most guys are big into accessories but I do know that most would also really love an geeky wallet or awesome key chain. Just small tokes of their inner nerd!

In Which We Gave Thanks, Found Fantastic Beasts, and met a Strange Doctor

On Saturday we had our first Thanksgiving of the year at my parents' place. It was delicious as always and a lot of fun. So much good food and talking, visiting, playing games. We had a really great time. Lots of pictures of Kyra were taken because she was especially adorable. 

After our dinner we decided to take a family trip to the movies and see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We used to go to the movies after Thanksgiving when we were little and it was great to relive that tradition this year. We also went to see all the Harry Potter movies together when they came out. It was awesome to have our big group of 8 head to the movies and all get to sit together and watch a movie. 

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The move itself? BRILLIANT. It was wonderful to get to be part of the Harry Potter world again even with different characters. Actually it was even better because this was totally new. I loved the stories and the Fantastic Beasts were like something out of my childhood imagination. I want to see the movie approximately a billion more times. I would drop everything and go see it again today if I could! 



Sunday morning Robert mentioned going to see Doctor Strange and after seeing Fantastic Beasts I was ready to go to the movies again. Kyra was so well behaved during the movies and I think that part of that was due to the awesome theater seats that they have installed. You can recline them and she was having a great time making hers go up and down before the movie started.


Doctor Strange was good though not as good as Fantastic Beasts in my opinion. My biggest issue is the whole world flipping thing, it always makes me a little nauseous and gives me a bit of a headache. But Benedict Cumberbatch was great to watch and the actual story line was good. 
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After the movie we had to stop by Walmart so I could pick up some Christmas gifts I had ordered and then stopped by the Redbox to pick up a few more movies. (What can I say, it was a movie weekend.) The rest of Sunday was spent curled up on the couch together watching Tarzan, Star Trek: Beyond, and Warcraft. 

All in all the weekend was pretty much amazing. 

How was your weekend?

Geeky Girl Gift Guide




So if you are like me you are probably already shopping for Christmas and if you are an overachiever you are already done. However if you find that you are stumped when it comes to the geeky girls in your life or if you yourself are trying to come up with a list for yourself, I have the solution! I give you....My Gift Guide for Geeky Girls!
1. Loot For Her - Another monthly subscription box from Loot Crate! This one features awesome nerdy wearable gear and accessories for us Geeky Gals!



2. Geek Accessories- Earrings, Charms, Necklaces because let's face it showing off your geek via fashion is awesome.(Earrings Link)



3. Makeup- I love makeup and geeky makeup is just icing on the cake! I adore Espionage Cosmetics makeup and nail wraps! Also in case you weren't aware there is an awesome company called Storybook Cosmetics and they made these awesome Harry Potter makeup brushes!



4. Coloring Books- Coloring books kind of took the adult world by storm last year and with good reason. They are so relaxing and calming and now they are geeky as well! They have everything from Harry Potter to Disney to Marvel!



5. Minis-  Blind box minis! These are just so fun and I am in love with the Disney Villains sets! 


What do you think of this Mini Gift Guide? Like it? Any other ideas that you would want? Let me know! 


A List of Threes

Saw this post on Steph's blog but forgot I had started it until I saw Kristen post it....so I finally finished it! 




Three Things I would never give up- Books, Makeup, or time with Kyra 


Three Favorite Vegetables- Potatoes, Broccoli, Zucchini


Three Shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Supernatural. I have also seen all of Friends, The Office, That 70s Show, Deadwood, Sex and the City,.... But the first three I watched from the day they aired until the day they finished. Except Supernatural is still going strong! 


Three Places I want to visit in the US-Hawaii, New Orleans, California.........This was so hard I want to go LOTS of places!



Three places I want to visit outside the US- New Zealand, Japan, Bora-Bora. Again this was SO HARD.


Three things I always have with me- a pen, lip gloss, hair tie or clip


Three things that are always in my car- Ice scraper, napkins, the ever present smell of soy sauce


Three most recent phone calls- Bobby, My Mom, My Dad


Three most often used makeup products- Foundation- I have been using the L'Oreal Stay Matte lately or the Milani Conceal and Perfect , Mascara- I have been using Smashbox and then Buxom as a combo, Matte Lip Cream- I love the ones by Nyx and use Istanbul, Tokyo, and Copenhagen the most!


Three Things that make me laugh- Kyra, My dogs, Silly animal gifs


Three things that make me cry- I am a crier. Seriously I cry over most things. However Hallmark Christmas Commercials, Christmas movies in general, and Disney are the biggest culprits. 


So what is your list of threes?

Currently....November

Working On: NaNoWriMo, Catching up on blog posts, and working on some Gift Guides for the Holidays! (Hint Hint....I will have the first one up VERY soon!!!)


Watching:Still Really enjoying This is Us, American Housewife, and Westworld. However I am over here waiting for for Sherlock Season 4 like....
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Reading: Just finished The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and am now halfway through Book Scavenger! Such a better book month for me!
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Loving: Listening to Kyra play with her toys. She makes up whole stories and it is so much fun to listen to her little plays. She has a great imagination and that makes me really happy.



Wanting: So many things from Sephora and Ulta that I just can't even get into right now. I had some things on my wishlist but they are totally sold out online now :(
This sampler was an amazing deal. I totally get why it is sold out!


Excited:For Thanksgiving because I am ready to bake things. Also excited because I'm starting to feel the pull of Christmas and I really want to decorate and start watching all my feel good holiday movies!
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So what are you up to Currently?

In Which it is Monday Again

This weekend was short but sweet. Robert was gone (deer season) so it was just Kyra and me at the house this weekend. We spent it happily watching Disney movies, Musicals, Reading, and going to the park enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having here. I didn't get many pictures because instead I was playing with my little lady and just enjoying myself, but here are the ones that I managed to snap. 
Swings are the favorite right now. I cannot get over how tall she is though!

She loves SnapChat filters. So cute.


So now it is Monday again and it feels like the kind of Monday that requires a bit of motivation to get the week going. So here is your Monday Motivation post.

We are dying over this. #motivation #workouts #health:


Remember what you are... #wisdom #affirmations:



 Everyone needs love & positivity ☺️  I used to say this everyday...and I hadn't ever read this.:



Have a Great Day Everyone.



Thursday Thoughts: What Makes Me Feel Peaceful....




1. Mornings in those few moments when you are still comfy and snuggled in the blankets. When the world is still quiet.

2. Journaling

3. Snuggles with Kyra


4. Smell of the cold air

5. Hot Cocoa



6. Fall Leaves


7. The pups- Kiya, Arya, and Luna






8. That first sip of coffee



9. Meditation



10. Waves



What Makes you peaceful? 
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This was part of Alyssa's Back to Blogging series! Be sure to check out more like it!

What I Read: October 2016

Okay so I didn't get much reading done this past month. Or at least I didn't read many books, I spent a lot more time writing/reading my own stuff and then reading lots of creepy stories online to get my Halloween fill....also I was having a hard time with books this month and none of the ones I'm really excited to read have come in from the library yet. 
Anyhow this is what I read last month. 





The 5th wave by Rick Yancy-  I picked this up on a whim because I had seen that it was a movie and thought I would read the book first. Also the movie stars Chloe Grace Moretz  and I really like her as an actress. Overall this was a pretty boring as far as  YA reads go, the post apocalyptic world stuff is pretty overdone at this point and this one was really predictable in both characters and plot. It wasn't horrible but it is pretty ridiculous when it comes to cliche. I think that adults that are just fans of YA will get bored and might just want to give this one a miss!
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Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alender- Okay so this book looks SUPER creepy right? Disturbing and weird and totally something that I would pick up off the shelves and obviously I did. HOWEVER, this book was trite and boring right from the get go. The characters are just so utterly predictable....No one "gets me" rebellious but super smart girl, Weak willed younger sibling that will obviously be the target, Boy love interest that is just meh, Evil cheerleaders....*sigh* I just wasn't impressed and by the time the story actually got around to the ghost portion I was pretty much done and in my do not care mode. I started to give it three stars because I felt bad for giving it less but I think two stars is more than enough. Not the ghost story I was hoping for.


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Okay so I didn't get much reading done the past month but this month is already looking up in the book department! Hopefully I will find some winners this time around!
Life According to Steph

In Which We Turned Back Time....

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I had to. Apologies.

Well I took another blogging break apparently but I have been writing steadily so it isn't a total loss. NaNoWriMo has been going good so far and I am getting really happy with my story. 

Friday was a slow day but Kyra and I spent the time taking a long afternoon walk and gathering leaves for a craft project that we will be working on today. She had such a great time finding all the different colors and got overly excited when she found tiny little leaves. 

The evening was spent writing. I had fallen behind on my word count a bit so I made myself sit down and focus for a bit while Kyra watched a movie and I managed to get 5,000 words done. I felt so much better after getting so much done and was really proud of that word count! 

Also super exciting my parents went to Vegas for the weekend to visit my Uncle and Auntie and cousins. They had won tickets and my Mom hadn't seen her brother or his kids in years so I am really glad that she and Dad were able to go! 


Saturday- Bobby went to help his dad move a bunch of furniture so I spent the day taking down and putting away all the Halloween decorations. I was so proud of myself because even though I really wanted to put up Christmas stuff I stopped myself. I instead put up just some nice fall decor to get me through until after Thanksgiving. But I'm not kidding when I say the weekend after I will be putting my tree up! 

That night we went to my brother's Halloween Leftovers party. Bobby was Dr. Bruce Banner and I was Femme Clark Kent. Kyra went as Hazel from the Little Charmers. She got to meet my brother's girlfriend's niece (they are around the same age) and had a great time playing Barbie and Littlest Pet Shop on the floor while we visited. 

 The party was really fun and was a very relaxed and chill atmosphere which was great because I may or may not have had a slight meltdown over my costume before we got there. A great time was had by all but by 10pm we were headed back home. #lifewithkids



Sunday- Funday. Daylight savings happened but I didn't notice other than having to change my clocks that don't change automatically. Kyra was still up bright and early and ready for breakfast at her normal time. #parentinglife
 Made cookies that turned out really flat but super tasty. Took half of them to my younger brother because he was having guests over and had messed up the ones he was trying to make. 
Made homemade pizza that was amazing because we hadn't had it in FOREVER. 
Kyra discovered that the TV in the bedroom will also play her movies so she spent the day playing on my bed with toys and watching her movies while Bobby caught up on the shows he likes but doesn't get to watch during the week. 
I spent the afternoon writing, working on blogs, and attempting to meal plan for the week. 

Don't forget that tomorrow is the big book linkup! Be sure to share your reads from last month! 



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