Flirty Shortbread Cookies

Both my husband and I are gaming geeks. While he has his specific games, and I have my specific games, we mostly support each other’s gaming habits. And sometimes things from one or two games pull into our daily life–enter one that tends to pop up a little more than others–the Sims 4.The Sims 4_AlwaysReiding

Sometimes games have a way of moving into real life–especially with the cooking aspect of the Sims games.

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Take Care of YOU with Maven

Life is stressful, and I think modern life can make it that way. We multitask and commit ourselves to over-committing and then at the end of the day we fall into sleep, for less time than we really need, only to wake up and do it all over again. It’s a cycle that can require copious amounts of self-care. Due to the changing face of insurance and healthcare right now,

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AlwaysReiding_ValentinesdaylinkupValentine’s Day Recipe Roundup

Valentine’s Day has always been special in my family. Great Aunt Jan always made the day special for me, despite not getting a Valentine of my own until college. It usually meant a card, some candy or a special treat and usually a book I really REALLY wanted (or sometimes a movie). I enjoyed shopping for Valentine’s Day cards in school, and the class art project of making a valentine box and carefully adding a card for each person,

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It’s Monday, What are you Reading?

Each Monday, The Book Date asks what we’re reading…  Please visit the site to link up your current list and hold yourself accountable. Also, you can visit some great blogs who are also doing this meme… It’s pretty awesome.

Last week, I only read two books… Luckily, they were the 21st and 22nd books of the year for me. Yay!

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Family Ties: Alex Gets the Business by Joe Claro

Alex P. Keaton’s life just got interesting. Fresh upon acceptance in the exclusive (B Major) frat–Nu Alpha Mu, he starts to open up his network of potential business futures. And when he finds an opportunity to invest his $10,000 in a local beauty salon, he snatches it up. Suddenly, it is a family affair when Jennifer and Mallory get part time jobs at the salon.

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That’s So 90s Pop! A Fill-in Activity Book

I REALLY wanted to like this book. In fact, when it was recommended to me by Clarkson Potter, I was really excited and decided to review it in exchange for a copy–thank you Clarkson Potter Publishers. It’s packed full of 90s pop music artists you know (P!NK, Mariah Carey) and artists you may have forgotten about (B*witched, S Club 7). There’s even a Carson Daly mask in the book.

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::Happy Mail:: Valentine’s Day Swap

My penpal group has some pretty awesome swaps now and again. Actually, I enjoy ALL of the swaps throughout the month that the League of Extraordinary Penpals (LEP) does. This month was no different. I got to send a package to Brandi, up north (still in California) and she sent me a bunch of goodies in reply.

The picture is above–some dove hearts (I love these,

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It’s February!!!!

My So-Called Chaos and A Peek At Karen’s World have a really great idea about a monthly linky party that asks you to be intentional about your month and set up your goals. I LOVE this idea, as I am a planner type person and like to have actionable lists of items that I want to do. Last month, some of my goals were met,

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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Judy Blume returns to the shelves of adult literature with In the Unlikely Event, a ficticious take on the three plane crashes that happened within two months in her childhood home of Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Miri Ammerman is a teenage girl who lives with her mother, Rusty, in one story of the home they share with Rusty’s mother, Irene, and Rusty’s brother,

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It’s Monday, What are YOU Reading

Each Monday, The Book Date asks what we’re reading…  Please visit the site to link up your current list and hold yourself accountable. Also, you can visit some great blogs who are also doing this meme… It’s pretty awesome.


This week, most of the books are library books via Overdrive. I am working on the 20th book being read this month,

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Wilawaloco – The Stickers You Need

I stumbled across some majestic Bob’s Burgers planner stickers recently, thanks to a penpal of all things! I was able to snap some up. I recommend Tina on a unicorn.

I will have to post pictures of how I am integrating them soon. If you want to pick some up, please check out their site!

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