2. Sad Cat Diary Videos. If you have cats or have ever had cats, this is a must-watch. With the addition of our latest kitten we now have three cats. I realize that makes me a crazy cat lady and I'm cool with it. This video absolutely cracks me up. My entire family quotes it over and over again on a daily basis. Here's my favorite quote:
"Dear Diary, It is three in the morning. The authorities have closed the door to the bedroom. I can only assume that they have forgotten about me and have left me here to die. As a last resort, I will stand post for the rest of the night and sing the song of my people in hopes that they rescue me."
My friend Carrie and I have been toying with the idea of hosting an East Coast/West Coast (she lives in SoCal and I'm outside Washington D.C.) on-line book club. We haven't quite set the parameters up yet, but drop me a note at Korie@wewillalwayshaveparis.com or leave me a comment here if you'd be interested in joining us.
The books are currently piling up on my nightstand and I thought I'd share what I'm currently reading and what's next in line..
1. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan. I read another Jenny Colgan novel earlier this summer (Little Beach Street Bakery) and loved it, so I thought I'd try another of her books. I just finished this one last week. I found it light and frivolous, which suited my needs. Save it for a summertime read!
2. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I just started this one and even though I am only about 50 pages in, I am besotted. The main character Monsieur Perdu mends broken hearts by selling books from his floating "literary apothecary" barge on the Seine. As I turn the pages, I can almost hear the soundtrack from "Chocolat" (a must-have if it is not in your collection!) playing in the background. Loving this one!
3. After You by JoJo Moyes. Earlier this year I read Me Before You and found it to be the kind of book that sticks with you long after you've read it. If you've read it, you'll understand that I occasionally get teary and miss Will Traynor. I was delighted to discover that a sequel to this beloved book was just released and gets great reviews. This one is next up on my reading list!
4. The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. A couple of summers ago I read the entire Stieg Larsson trilogy. And then I watched all three Swedish movies. By the end I joked that I could speak conversational Swedish. Although Larsson has sadly passed away, another author has picked up the torch and run with it. The latest book is getting rave reviews and I cannot wait to dig into it.
So, tell me, what are you reading?
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1. Gurgle Pot. You will certainly want to add one of these to your Christmas wish list. This whimsical pitcher makes a gurgling noise as it pours. I received one as a gift a couple of years ago and we always have it filled with water on the table when we sit down to eat. My girls love to pour their own water (and I'm convinced we all drink more water when we use it) because they love to hear the gurgling noise. I have the white gurgle pot but now I'm thinking I need one in aqua too... Get your own Gurgle Pot here.
2. Sizzix Stamper's Secret Weapon. My BFF Suni swears that this is a must-have tool. The two-sided mat allows you to create a clear impression on the smooth side (I currently use an old crumbly mouse pad) and pierce on the coarse side. Suni swears that your paper does not slip on the mat (something my mouse pad really sucks at...) and allows you to easily get the tiny bits out of intricate die cuts. It also gives you a great surface when molding 3D flowers out of punches. Want a demo? Watch a great video on the tool here. Get your own Sizzix Stamper's Secret Weapon here.
Note: These are affiliate links. That being said, these are things I either purchased for myself or was given by a friend (not an affiliate) and absolutely love (or in this case, my friend Suni loves). Should you decide that you can't live without them, use the links and kick a little money back my way!
It's been so long since I've posted a "Two For Tuesday"! Here are two things that I absolutely loved this summer:
1. These awesome mason jar pour caps. I put them on a regular mason jar and voila -- a water bottle without all the chemicals that come from my water sitting in plastic! I bought a couple of the caps and have not had a single leak. Love, love, love! In the past I have bought glass water bottles, but they always seem so delicate. An old-fashioned sturdy mason jar just makes me happy. Click here to get yours.
2. This fantastically fun family game Our friends Cory and Amy introduced our family to this interactive role playing game. Each player is assigned a character and (after a series of instructions to swap cards, peek at other players cards, etc.) the object is to "out" those who were assigned the role of werewolves. Players ask each other questions to determine each person's character. You may choose to answer truthfully or lie (or in the case of my six year-old, answer each question with a non-answer such as "I like corn dogs"). Each game lasts less than ten minutes and you can download an app to lead you through the role play.
Our entire family absolutely loves this game. Unfortunately, I have discovered that my ten year-old can lie directly and convincingly to my husband without him ever doubting her. It does not bode well for the teen years... We've shared this game with other friends and it was a huge hit. Get your own game here.
Note: These are affiliate links. That being said, these are things I purchased for myself and absolutely love. Should you decide that you can't live without them, use the links and kick a little money back my way! .
The Halloween decorations are slowly going up around our house. The "Dead and Breakfast" sign is up... I am painting bottles for my Halloween apothecary (pics to come)... and the kids lunch boxes are filled with biohazards...
My fifth and first graders absolutely love their seasonal lunch boxes. An Eastertime lunch might come entirely packaged in plastic Easter eggs. Everything in the lunch box is green on St. Patrick's day. Valentine's sandwiches are cut into hearts and strawberries are speared with a heart toothpick. Now that we've crossed into October, I'm having a blast boxing up their lunches:
A witch's hand made from a goody bag (found at JoAnn's this year) and green grapes.
Brownies were wrapped in these fantastic bags I found in the Target dollar section last year.
Bat-skewered raspberries (to go with baguette and Brie -- my kids are obnoxious) and sliced turkey. The cupcake wrappers and picks were found at Dollar Tree this year.
Mini sweet peppers in a goody bag from JoAnns (this year).
I'm planning to show you how I organize my lunch box goodies live via Periscope this Friday. If you have not downloaded Periscope, check it out here. Once you have downloaded it, you can find me @WWAHP or Korie B. See you Friday!
I've uploaded the next section of my printable Christmas planner -- Gifts! I use this section to plan out what I'm going to give everyone, budget my purchases and make sure everything is wrapped and sent on time. I'm hoping to air a live Periscope this Friday to show you my planner and how I use it -- I hope you'll watch!
As a reminder, these printables are designed for a Classic-sized planner - that's a 5.5" wide x 8.5" high page. You'll need to cut your paper to half sheet size and adjust your printer accordingly.
Click here to read my original post about my Christmas planner.
With just 86 days left until Christmas (86 DAYS PEOPLE!!!), I've set my Disney planner to the side in order to prep this year's Christmas planner. In the past I have taught Christmas planner classes and sold kits to make your own, but this year I've decided to share my planner pages with you as I print my own. (Go all the way to the bottom of this post to find the printables!)
I use an old Franklin-Covey classic size red binder for my Christmas planner. Classic size pages are half of a normal sheet of paper - 5.5" x 8.5". I find it to be the ideal size as I can just cut my paper in half and feed it through my printer without throwing anything away.Click here to see a similar binder on Amazon, I found mine through E-Bay for a fraction of the price.
My planner dividers are from a retired (read: really old) line from Basic Grey called Blitzen. I bought a ton of the stuff when I was teaching regularly and now you will see it over and over again because I have so damn much of it.
To make the tabs, I printed them on cardstock and then laminated the front side only. I used my favorite tab punch (McGill 3" tab) to punch them out and then folded them in half before gluing them to my dividers. (here's something similar)
I have eight divided sections:
To Do -- calendars, to do lists and memory keeping
Gifts - who gets what, what is on order and Black Friday deals
Stuffed - stocking stuffers
Advent - advent calendar stuffers and Elf on the Shelf ideas
Merry - movies, tv, books and music, holiday events, crafting ideas and Christmas party info
Cards - who did I send cards to and who did I get them from?
Décor - indoor and outdoor decorations
Eats - yummy holiday treats
As I work on my book this week, I'll be adding each printable section. Because the "to do" section is the busiest, it is a whopping 38 pages -- I promise the other sections are smaller. I print mine back to back (and the margins are set to support that). Remember to print on a half-sheet size -- 5.5" wide by 8.5" high.
I'm working on our 2016 Spring Break trip and it makes it so much easier to have a planner to keep everything in one place. I'm thinking about showing it off with a Periscope live broadcast next week. Be sure to get yourself an account at http://www.periscope.tv! You'll find me at @WWAHP!