The House Cup Reading Challenge

From Kelsey’s site:
Welcome to the House Cup Reading Challenge! It’s my first time co-hosting a reading anything and I’m super excited! My co-hosts are Alex of Book Daisy Reviews, Lauren of Live, Love, Read, and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. This is a month long and it’s going to be super fun! We hope you join us for some awesome reading,

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Happy Mail ::Holiday Mail Dates::

The USPS went above and beyond today and published the dates for holiday mailing this year–this is PRICELESS information if you are like me and send letters (you know, partially to keep the lines of communication open and partially because YAY!). These are the dates you need to keep in mind for domestic items:

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Do you send holiday mail?

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My Grown Up Pen

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I’ve made no secret of my love for pens AND for fountain pens. Since I’d had much more luck with a TWSBI Eco pen (no calluses on my finger like on the Lamy Safari pens I’d started with), I decided to take the plunge and get a TWSBI Vac pen–it’s a pen that runs over $50 (which I never thought I would spend on a pen),

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My Kindle Fire is 2 months old!

2 months ago, my nearly 4 year old Kindle died. It was rough for me, as I’d been reading like crazy on the device and had grown accustomed to the old Kindle (generation 2). It was bittersweet to get the new Kindle. First, yay for new devices. Second, it looks so pretty! It’s a smaller in the width, but it is taller vertically.

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Welcoming the Echo Dot

I kept pondering the value of the small, round object that fit in the palm of my hand. Could something this small add value to our current life? And what were the costs of the device, apart from the price tag? Thanks to Amazon Prime day, I snapped up this little disc, and cannot believe the positive changes I’ve experienced in just 24 hours.
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The Echo Dot is made by Amazon and while it works with the taller,

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::Around the Web:: Summer 2017

I just wanted to drop in and talk about some of the awesome things I’m thinking and seeing and hearing about on the Web right now. Hope you enjoy this!

#Husband and I got to go to an escape room with another couple that we hadn’t seen in FOREVER (okay, maybe a year). It was so much fun!

I heard this song twice before I found out it was an Ed Sheeran song.

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Summer Reading (as an Adult) with Los Angeles Public Library

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Summer always meant one of the best parts of the year–Summer reading programs. While most of us have aged out of these programs (sadly), the Los Angeles County Public Library opened up a Summer reading program this month for adults!

I went to the library this month to collect my signup gift (a really awesome totebag) and then got to shop at the library store (which is way cool).

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Saving the World in an Hour: A Review of Room Escape (LIVE) LA

A short time ago, we were lucky enough to visit Escape Room (Live) Los Angeles with some friends. Forbes calls this the best escape room in LA. What is an escape room you may ask? It’s an interactive, group experience where you are put in a room for a finite amount of time and asked to solve clues to get you back out.

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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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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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