Year: 2020

Aug 03
July 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

July 2020 Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

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My Goings On in July: Here’s what I accomplished in July: We refurbished another cabinet, made two pet gates, created one more piece of junk art (a pup!), and made a decorative key holder for my husband. Lots of projects in July! I already posted pics of all of these (except the second gate, but it basically looks the same as the first). You can find the cabinet and gate in this Sunday Post and the junk art and keyholder in my July Junk Art post. Digit! I’ve been sharing pics of our new pup in my Sunday Posts every week so you can see him grow up: 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28,7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2. But here’s my monthly “before and after” pic, so you can see the first day he came home versus this week: What I’ve watched: Danielle and I watched through season 6 of The… Read more »


Aug 02
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/2/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 8/2/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): We watched: My daughter Danielle and I are already more than halfway through season 6 of The 100. Very soon, we will have caught up with the rest of the world! SCBWI Summer Spectacular! I’m attending this online conference—it’s been great so far! We made another gate! My husband and I made gate #2 (out of three) for the kitchen. We’ve run into some issues with installation, so we haven’t decided if we’re “done” or not (it’s up, and it could be called done, but we might change the installations slightly—with projects like this and a house with walls that… Read more »


Aug 01
August 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

August 2020 Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway

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Welcome to the August monthly link-up for the 2020 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! I know a lot of us are in reading and blogging slumps, but I have to tell you that these discussions have been a highlight of my blogging life lately—I’m loving reading what you all have to say, so keep it up! The winner of our June discussion challenge giveaway was Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag. She got to pick a book by a black author in honor of BLM and chose a pre-order of This Is My America by Kim Johnson. It just released this week, so I hope you love it, Lauren! If you don’t know what this challenge is all about or haven’t signed up yet (but want to), head on over to the challenge sign-up page to learn… Read more »


Jul 29
Bite-Sized Reviews of Cinderella Is Dead, The Elephant’s Girl & New Kid

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cinderella Is Dead, The Elephant’s Girl & New Kid

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  I’ve got three reviews for you today: a YA fantasy retelling, a MG contemporary fantasy, and a MG contemporary graphic novel. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! What if the stories that we think of as fairy tales were historical accounts? And what if those accounts had been twisted to serve the purposes of the people in power? This is the case in Cinderella Is Dead. Cinderella’s story has been told for generations as an example—and now every girl is expected to go to the ball to be “chosen” by her husband. She has no say in the matter, or in basically any other matter in her life. Girls are considered property and are meant to serve (and look pretty for) their husbands, nothing more. On the surface, it’s easy to feel like this society is over-the-top. So many of the women… Read more »


Jul 27
July 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!

July 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up & Giveaway!

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The Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. The June giveaway ends soon, so head over there for your last chance to enter! This is the link-up AND giveaway for our July wrap-up posts. If you don’t already know about the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up, read the information below: Every month, at the end of the month, we’ll put up a monthly wrap-up link-up post where everyone can link up their month-end posts. There are no specific requirements for what needs to be in your post, as long as you have a book blog and your wrap-up summarizes your month in some way. ►The round-up will include a giveaway that encourages people to visit YOUR month end wrap-ups, giving entries for commenting and/or sharing. ►Anyone can participate in the giveaway—you won’t have to actually link up in order to participate…. Read more »


Jul 26
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/26/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/26/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): We watched: My daughter Danielle and I just started season five of The 100. I’m still really enjoying watching the series again. It gives such a different perspective to know what’s coming. I also watched several episodes of Indian Matchmaking. I like Married at First Sight, and arranged marriages sort of seem like a more “real” version of that. It’s very interesting to see how arranged marriages work (or at least one way that they work). My daughter Danielle and I made a birthday present for my husband. You can see it in my latest junk art post (even… Read more »


Jul 23
July Junk Art Creations

July Junk Art Creations

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My husband and I worked on a lot more refinishing/building projects than junk art in July (you can see the old cabinet we refinished and gate we made by clicking the link—plus, we’re currently working on a dining room table), but we did finish one junk art project that I’m incredibly proud of—it’s definitely my favorite yet—so I wanted to share it with you. And then I thought I’d also share the gift that my daughter Danielle and I made for my husband for his upcoming birthday as well. (Once it was made, we couldn’t wait to give it to him, so he’s already seen it. 🙂  ) Without further ado, meet the newest pup in our household… I’m really proud of this guy because he came purely from my imagination. His muzzle was a candleholder that I bought years ago (and never really loved). When I turned it upside… Read more »


Jul 19
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/19/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/19/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): We watched: My daughter Danielle and I finished season three of The 100 last night. We’re catching up! We bought a new (used) dining table and chairs. We got a beautiful cherry dining room set, but the top has some scratches that we’ll need to fix, so we’ve been experimenting with one of the leaves to figure out the best way to do it. My daughter painted a couple more masks. She did a logo for a friend of mine (her first paid mask!) and a butterfly for my mom, and she finished the anime one for Jade (apparently these characters are… Read more »


Jul 16
Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

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Well, I’m a little later than everyone else with this tag this year, but I figure we’re not THAT far past the mid-year point, so I’m still going for it. Besides, it will make me feel better about my current state of non-reading to remember the good things I read earlier in the year. 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020 It just so happens I’m going with my two March Best of the Bunch picks for my favorites of the year. Apparently, March was a great reading month. My MG pick is In the Red by Christopher Swiedler. Maybe it’s my current state of mind, but that book just captured my attention and held it the whole way through—something that’s been tough this year! Instead of a YA choice, I’m going with an adult read: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen. This book gives hope… Read more »


Jul 12
Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/12/20

Sunday Post: Book Pre-order Campaigns & Giveaways Galore – 7/12/20

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on my blog and share news about what’s coming up in the week ahead. This past week on FYFA (and in my life): Once again, I’m getting this post up very late. We’ve been working on projects all weekend long, and I just didn’t have time to get it up earlier. Well, it’s still Sunday… Here’s what else we’ve been up to this week: We watched: My daughter Danielle and I are finishing season two of The 100 as I write this. Now for season three! We finished refinishing that antique cabinet I told you about last week. It’s really nice to have more storage in our kitchen! Here are a couple of pics of how it turned out: We also built… Read more »