How to Make Time for Reading (and Books I Read in January)

I have always loved reading. Unfortunately, when I get busy, reading is the first thing that I take off my plate. It’s so easy to sit in front of the tv in the evenings after a long day, especially when part of your job is reading all day. I have to read texts that I’ve assigned for my classes, and then I have to read all the essays and discussion board posts, so oftentimes reading is literally the very last thing I have any interest in when I have a few free hours.

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Meal Kit Delivery Review – HomeChef

I haven’t eaten inside a restaurant since March 13, 2020. Sure, we’ve gotten take-out, but the limited travel means that we’re stuck with what’s in our tiny town…and that’s not much. I don’t know if it was a combination of the pandemic and the winter weather getting to me, but I got to the point where I HATED even thinking about what we would have for lunch or dinner. Sometimes it feels like adulthood is just going to work, paying bills, and thinking about what you’ll make and serve for dinner.

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5 Days of Leggings

If leggings are wrong, I don’t ever want to be right.

Last week on my Instagram page, I featured five different looks with leggings and wanted to share them here! I know I need to give the leggings a break, but we finished the fall semester before Thanksgiving and aren’t starting the spring semester until February 1, and with the pandemic still raging strong, I really have no use for dresses or pants with waistbands.

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Birmingham’s Civil Rights History

Even though I teach English courses, I always make sure that history gets included in whatever we’re discussing. I usually use Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow in my Composition I course, and one day when it’s safe to travel again, I hope to actually take some students down to Alabama to the Civil Rights Institute. I’ve written some posts about Birmingham from when I went in 2018 to a conference, so you can check those out here and here. I’d never been to Birmingham before and knew Birmingham was the center of a lot of civil rights movements, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how powerful that history can be felt in the city. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I wanted to highlight my visit to the Institute.

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A Crisis of Faith

This post has been on my heart for a long time (four years?), but I kept hesitating to write it and put it out there in public. However, after seeing so many people who refuse to wear masks to protect other people, the ridiculous reactions to the election results and false claims of fraud, and then the actual raiding of the Capitol building by violent extremists, I feel like it’s time to unburden myself.

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Bathroom Renovation Reveal

Happy New Year! I hope 2021 has started off well for you – we rang in the new year in our pjs snuggled up on the couch under blankets (or I guess I should say that I did while John and the two pups slept – this is a real party house). 

Since it’s a new year, I wanted my first blog post of 2021 to be about “newness.” I’ve always dreamed of buying an old Victorian or old farmhouse and completely renovating it. This post is not a big reveal about how my dream came true.

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Gift Guide for the Disney Lover

I am a 35-year old woman, and I love Disney. Not just Disney movies, but also visiting all the Walt Disney World parks! Luckily for me, I also married a guy who loves Disney movies and visiting the parks just as much as I do. When we were taking a walk early in the year during lockdown, I asked him if he could go anywhere at the moment, no financial/travel limits, where would it be…and I laughed so hard when his response was “Disney!”

Do you have a Disney-lover in your life? If so, today I’ve rounded up a bunch of Disney-themed items that would be perfect holiday gifts for the Disney fan in your life!

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Holiday Gift Guide – for Mom or Mother-in-Law under $100

Does anybody else out there really enjoy wrapping presents? I love turning on Christmas music and setting up my wrapping station in the floor next to the tree with the lights on!

But in order to wrap, first you have to have presents! Today’s gift guide is a collection of gifts for your mom or mother-in-law, and everything is under $100.

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Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Updated November 29, 2020

My Christmas tree has been up since the weekend after Thanksgiving. I have most of my Christmas shopping done, and all the gifts I’ve purchased are wrapped and under the tree. But for some reason, I’m having a really hard time processing that Christmas is NEXT WEEK.

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Shop Small and Local

Even though the day after Black Friday has been designated as Small Business Saturday, supporting small and local businesses is important every day of the year! And with so many small businesses struggling this year, it’s even more important to show our love.

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