Archive for August, 2017

Amy’s Notebook 08.30.17

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

5 Grilled Cheese Ideas


These grilled cheese combos look like a practical and delicious way to use up leftovers.

The life-changing magic of getting it together. Not sure if this is a midlife thing, but I feel all of this right now!

How we can help. How we should not help.

What a smart hack for a better lunch at the airport. I would have never thought of that!

This movie looks fascinating and important.

I’m cherishing all the moments with my children, especially the social media likes on my parenting. LOL!

I’m in love with this shift.

Don’t pack away those summer dresses just yet with these simple transitions.

Ohhh, this was very compelling.

A Better Way to  Slice  Bread



Check out this idea for a better way to slice bread– it makes perfect sense.

Want to increase your creativity? This list of 10 books on increasing creativity look like a great place to start.

15 investment pieces you’ll never regret spending money on. I’m learning classic wardrobe investments always pay off!

Speaking of books, my heart is all wrapped up in this one this week. Be sure to check back on Fri-yay for my reviews on what I read this month.

This guy changed the narrative by going undercover and shares what he learned.

What blogging in 2017 really looks like. Also, if you are curious about the blogging shift (I’m just as curious and annoyed), this post does a great job of explaining it all.

The reason why most people will never be successful. This line really stood out to me, “The more successful you become, the less you can justify low quality.”

Are you guys mixing up a batch of this in your house too? This was our most visited recipe this month. Yum!

10 Favorite Salad Dressings


I love making my own salad dressing so I’m bookmarking this list of ten dressing recipes for my salads.

I read this entire piece to my husband and it made for a great discussion. I’m working on being more unplugged so I appreciated the insights.

Speaking of unplugging, I found this piece had a lot of great advice on raising our kids with technology.

How about shaving a little time off an annoying morning routine?

These were your top purchase on the site this month. They are my FAVORITE comfy shoes- I hope you love them too!

I love renting homes and breaking in the kitchen. I’m going to keep this list of vacation meal ideas in mind.

I love this idea for a rotation system in your home.

20 ways to make your workday more simple– great advice!

I’m twinkle light obsessed and love this idea for how to hang them in your backyard. So smart!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo



Small-Budget Crushes 08.28.17

Monday, August 28th, 2017

no diggity print no diggity print

Pardon My French Cape pardon my french cape

shaye rainboots shaye rain boots- my favorite, these are AH-MAZING & never lose their shine!

Tie Bell Sleeve Top tie bell sleeve top- $50 off of $100 using coupon code FLASH!!

nude block heel nude block heels

anne of green gables book set anne of green gables book set

gray hooded poncho gray hooded poncho

but did you die barre socks but did you die barre socks

Black High Waisted Jeans black distressed jeans

Layered Marbles Necklace layered marbles necklace

Chaos Coordinator Tee chaos coordinator shirt

wooden clothing rack wooden clothing rack

Classic Stripes classic stripes- 40% off today

High Waisted Girlfriend Jeans With Raw Hem raw hem cropped jeans

Tie Sleeve Sweatshirt tie sleeve sweatshirt

crossbody bag crossbody bag (in several gorgeous hues)

Wild Orchid Top wild orchid top- $50 off $100 when you use coupon code FLASH

Too Peopley Mug too peopley out there mug


Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 



It’s the 3 Little Things: Nailing Grocery Day, Escaping to the 1980’s, & Glowing

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Life is Better in Pajamas

How the heck are you?  This was our first full week of school and activities and I’m completely exhausted. Twice I have fallen asleep in the middle of the day and almost every night my head is hitting the pillow around 8PM. I’m thankful for this advice today and planning to do just that this weekend.

I am trying to remind myself that this has nothing to do with my health because ANY MOTHER would DIE if she had to get up at 5 in the morning to get her kids on the bus. That said, my body isn’t loving the new changes and I’m thankful to have my Quell to kick in (you can read more about that here).

I did get to take a little outing to see this movie with my Dad. You guys!  It was absolutely horrifying and I even jumped a couple of times. If you love a scary flick, I’d highly recommend it. They also showed a preview for this one and this one… Yup, they are both on my scary movie agenda!

Here are 3 other things that are making me happy-

Walmart Grocery Pickup Review

FREE Grocery Pickup (Here is $10 to shop!!)

This is #notsponsored, I’m just beyond excited that our Walmart has FREE grocery pickup at our local store. I have been jealously watching everyone’s shares about their online Walmart grocery ordering and could not wait until our store offered it. Last week I placed my first order and it was a better experience than I expected.

First, you can use this link to get $10 off your order (that also credits me $10 to my groceries so we both win!!).  Set up an account and then go to RESERVE first to snag a slot time. This holds it long enough for you to add everything to your cart and checkout. They also give you a one hour slot for checking in,  so there is no need to be there right on the dot.

The Walmart Grocery app, for your phone or iPad, is where you can place and track your order. It is super easy and quick to browse and get your groceries. I also love that you can just add everything from your old orders right back in again so you don’t have to do it every single time.

Once you decide you want to pick up your groceries, you let them know you are on your way and they get ready to meet you at your car.  There is clear signage and parking spots for you to park in on the side of the store, away from the hustle and bustle in the front. There is also no need to check in again once you have done that on the app, you just wait for the magic to happen. They come right out (my guy was there in three minutes flat!) and load everything in your car for you.

The entire process took about five minutes! Hallelujah!

When you get home, be sure to use the Walmart app (NOT the grocery app) and scan your receipt in their Savings Catcher program.  Basically, Walmart wants to give you the lowest prices so if someone’s price dips below theirs, they put it in an account for you and you can cash it out on a gift card to buy more groceries. #winning

The best part was that everything they picked was THE BEST. Since I do a lot of shopping for client projects, I was thrilled with perfect berries and the beautiful produce for my photos for my clients. This is a HUGE timesaver for me so I’m REALLY thankful!

GLOW on Netflix


I’m sad to say that we finished the last episode of GLOW this week, but so happy to hear it was renewed for another season. Yay!

Nothing about this show sounds like it would appeal to me, but I can’t get over how incredible the writing was and the great casting choices they made for the series. I was completely sucked in from the very first episode and we had a hard time pacing this one out to enjoy it longer.

This show is set in the 1980’s and centers around the women’s professional wrestling circuit that was originally created by David McLane. This comedy-drama explores how these unlikely women end up coming together to carve out their own characters for the wrestling team while overcoming their own obstacles in the process. The characters are each so unique and fun- it is just incredibly casted!

If you enjoyed the earlier seasons of Orange is the New Black, I have a feeling that you will absolutely love this one.  It is completely binge-worthy and a great weekend escape!

Almay Instant Glow Highlighting Duo

Speaking of Glow…

Looking to add a highlighter to your makeup routine? I picked up this Almay Instant Glow Highlighting Duo and it adds a beautiful little shimmer to your complexion. Supposedly, this is one of those celebrity makeup artists secret to keeping everyone dewy and fresh looking.

I am more like a dewy faced mess in her yoga pants with unwashed hair, but hopefully everyone is distracted by my GLOWING face.

Is it working?

Almay  Instant Glow Highlighting Duo

If you haven’t used a highlighter before, they offer some easy instructions on the back of the packaging or you can see what to do right here on this picture. One side adds a little shimmer to your eyes, forehead, and the center of your chin (it is the consistency of a concealer). The other side is swiped like blush and then over the nose to add a little shimmer to those areas (this is more the consistency of a blush stick). It is so easy to use and gives you a natural looking glow to your face.

I love finding new things to add to my tired beauty routines, don’t you?  Between that and my favorite dry shampoo, who needs anything else?

Banksy Quote


Reading: Just wrapping up this book and it is giving me a new perspective on things.

Inspired By: This woman and her daily routines. She does her own email? WHY CAN’T I?

Television Binge Plan: Here are the shows on NPR’s radar…and now they are on mine!

Discovered: A new favorite red lipstick. I think this one would be pretty universally flattering too.

Can’t Wait: Did you hear this? LOVE her!

Bought: This sweater blazer in camel for my fall wardrobe. I’m all about a comfy blazer for layering. Also more stripes because STRIPES.

Eating: I made this for our breakfasts this week and it was a hit!

Inspired By: Great parenting advice on teaching our kids about gratitude.

Listening: To this podcast on our trip home last weekend. If you are a Stephen King fan, I think you will love it.

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of It’s the 3 Little Things!


Amy’s Notebook 08.23.17

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Craft Closet Makeover


Be wowed by this craft closet makeover!

What a fun spin on meatballs for a weeknight meal.

“Many of us have the belief that if something’s important to us, then we should worry about it. Or that worry makes me a good person. We don’t need to worry to make us good people.”- a compelling piece on our anxiety about world issues.

10 things introverts can do to lead a happier life– I love these tips!

How cute are these?

Here are some tips for the cozy minimalist!

This made me LOL– I’m looking like the pic on the right too!

Tips for making your drapes look custom without that high price tag!

How to be the successful friend without being a snob– these are great reminders to not make it awkward!

Dorm room decorating goals with this post. Impressive DIY bed too!

Life-changing queso recipe? Looks like a perfect weekend snack for this family!

I bought my first piece for the fall capsule!

Copycat Krispy Kreme doughnuts


Check out this copycat Krispy Kreme doughnut recipe– they look soooo good!

Do you freelance? I want to print these out so I can feel accomplished at my job!

99% of people who join multilevel-marketing companies lose money. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a brilliant business model or a predatory practice—or a little bit of both.”

How to build a snack board to dazzle your friends– love the Bloody Mary tip on this!

I’ve never heard of mojo sauce, but now I need it in my life stat.

Amen, Ina, AMEN.

I just started this book and I think it will give me a lot to think about. Have you read it?

I love, love, love these beautiful touches in this bathroom makeover.

4 ways white parents can support black parents in times of injustice.



I love these strategies for a more productive workweek. This is something I am working on too!

This would be a fabulous brunch with girlfriends, wouldn’t it?

Here are some ways to nail your meal prep game.

Understand the difference between racism, discrimination, and bigotry.

Have you picked up bullet journaling? This was an interesting piece about it!

The book stack keeps growing with these fall suggestions.

Forget the doughnuts (hahaha!), check out this awesome list of Whole30 snack ideas.

Being on the wrong side of the evangelical machine is terrifying and punitive.” That one took a lot of bravery and I can’t wait to read her book!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo



Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix in a Jar

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

DIY Vanilla Chai Tea Mix from


Are you as ready for fall as I am?

As soon as the weather starts turning, I start thinking of all the things that I love about autumn.

The crisp leaves, the cool air, my cozy slippers, flannel sheets, and warm drinks.

In fact, sipping warm drinks with a good book is one of my all-time favorite fall activities.

My favorite warm drink is chai and I look forward to making this each and every year for our family. Is it your favorite too? I love to have homemade chai tea mix in a jar on hand for sipping or for sharing with a good friend.

I am sure you have seen that the drink mixes can be quite expensive, but mixing up a batch of this DIY Vanilla Chai mix for yourself can help to keep your pockets nice and warm with a little extra money.

Most of the spices, dry creamer, and dry milk are already stocked in my pantry or can be found easily on the baking shelves at our local grocery store.

The only additions I usually have to run out and get is the instant tea and powdered vanilla creamer.

When I see a sale on these ingredients, I stock up so I don’t run out in the colder months.

We tend to go through this mix rather quickly because it is such a hit over here.

To make the batch more smooth, instead of gritty, I process everything through my blender.

I first mix all of the white ingredients in my blender (milk, sugar, creamer, vanilla creamer).

I dump those in a plastic container and then I mix up all the brown ingredients (tea and spices).

I pour this on top in the plastic container, seal the lid and give it a good shaking to incorporate or mix it up with a spoon.

If you have a large food processor, you may be able to process it all together, but if you have a blender it is best to do this in divided batches.


DIY Vanilla Chai Mix in a Jar from


Not only is this drink mix wonderful for yourself, but mixing up a batch of this and tucking some of it in a mug would be a wonderful gift to give to someone special in your life.

I often rely on this easy mix in a jar for a teacher or bus driver gift because it is always a hit.

Who wouldn’t want a jar of that in their pantry?

If you are sharing this one with your kids, be sure to look for a mix like this.

You’ll have to trust me on that one since I have made that mistake a few times (*ahem*)

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do- please let me know what you think!


Home-made Vanilla Chai Tea Mix from

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea
Prep time:
Total time:
Mix up this easy recipe for Vanilla Chai to keep in your pantry to enjoy throughout the cooler months. This is also a great gift mix to share with family and friends.
  • Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder. Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.

DIY Vanilla Chai Tea Mix recipe from


Love this mix? Check out my hot cocoa mix with an ingredient that just might surprise you!


Amy's Famous Cocoa Mix




You might also love this link to some of my favorite copycat DIY Starbucks Drinks 


33 Copy-Cat Starbucks Drinks


or this great roundup of fall drinks– yum! 


Fabulous Fall Drinks

What is your favorite autumn/winter drink? Do you have any recipes to share for your favorite drink mixes?


Other great ideas for Autumn


How to Tie a Blanket Scarf for Fall from

Blanket Scarves for Fall


Hidden Pocket Scarf DIY

No Sew Hidden Pocket Scarf


Slow cooker Candles

DIY Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles


Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Homemade Gluten-free Pumpkin Bread

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial for Fall

Monday, August 21st, 2017

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

This blog was sponsored by Westcott. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site!

I’m back to crafting today (all the jazz hands!) and I’m SO excited to share a fun apple wreath tutorial to freshen up your front door for fall, but I’m even more excited to share with you a secret that I’ve been keeping for the past couple of months.

Westcott, our sponsor today, has launched a new Mini Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Pen.

A  hot glue pen, you say?


Westcott Hot Glue Gun Pen

Let’s talk about the Mini Hot Glue Guns first. The Mini Hot Glue Gun comes in two versions, high temp (this baby reached up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit) and low temp (that can reach up to 170 degrees Fahrenheit).  What makes these a little different are the smart features that I’ve always wished my glue gun had and I know you will appreciate too.

This has a non-stick tip (!!!) and the nozzle changes color from blue to red so you know when it is ready to use. No guessing and burning yourself checking it anymore! It also has been ergonomically designed to help your hands stay comfortable for all your crafting time.

Westcott Hot Glue Gun Pen

Since I have so much joint pain, I haven’t been crafting as much as I used to. This new Hot Glue Pen though is incredible and helps with your precision and accuracy when you are doing detailed projects. This one also turns colors to indicate when it is ready and it offers a finger trigger right on top to help you dispense glue in a more controlled way.

I have joked that our entire house is held together with a glue gun so I was MORE THAN HAPPY to spread the good news about these new products! You can read more over here and also check out their new site for Westcott Creativators.

How about we take these for a test drive and craft up a beautiful diy apple wreath for your home, to share with a teacher, or a fun wreath to hang to celebrate back to school?

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

Supplies Needed

14″ styrofoam wreath form (or your own preferred size)

60-80 mini foam apples (I used 80 on mine to make it full)

24-30 feet of Mesh Burlap

Westcott Hot Glue Gun Pen or Mini Hot Glue Gun (low temp is great for gluing together plastic and styrofoam)

Hot glue sticks

1-2 Pins to secure on the back

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

 Directions to Make an Apple Wreath

1. Begin by wrapping burlap around the styrofoam wreath form. Once the entire wreath is wrapped in burlap, secure with a couple of pins to keep the burlap tight.

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

2. Heat up your Westcott Hot Glue Gun Pen and wait for the tip to turn red, to indicate that it is hot and ready. Begin securing these foam apples all around your burlap wreath, taking your time holding each of these to the burlap until they are secure. Be sure to tilt them in different directions, covering the entire top of the wreath. You can then leave the wreath as is or you can add another layer on top in between the first layer apples. I loved the dimension of two levels on this wreath so I added an extra round of apples to finish my wreath.

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

3. Finish by hanging your wreath on a door. I looped a little twine on the back through the holes in the burlap to finish this wreath!

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

DIY Apple Wreath Tutorial from

I hope you have fun making a wreath of your own, for yourself or for your favorite teacher! This is such an easy craft to make and can be enjoyed throughout the fall season. Thank you to Westcott for all the hot glue gun fun! I’m so excited to work on future projects with this smartly designed craft tool!


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Amy’s Notebook 08.16.17

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Garlic Herb Chicken With Zucchini


I’m always looking for new one pan dishes and this garlic herb chicken with zucchini looks like a weeknight winner!

8 ways to help after Charlottesville. Also, this piece was great on talking through it all with your kids.

I won’t lie, I could eat this every single day and be very happy.

Stumped on how to mix patterns in your home? I loved this guide to perfecting the pattern mix.

Oh, I needed this laugh today.

Three types of friends you might need to break up with. Great advice for a better #girlsquad!

Did you hear about this new app?

This is just genius– I love how people make the most of small spaces!

How to experience the total eclipse from your living room.

Small Space Movie Night


Who needs a theater room? I love this idea for making the most of small spaces!

I had no idea that Amazon sold wine- here are 5 of the best affordable bottles!

I love, love, love colorful homes.

This is haunting, isn’t it?

I’ve been enjoying this book a lot.

I can absolutely see how this happens. In fact, I think it happens more than we realize.

“Start with what you have, not with what you want.”- I want to live like this always.

I think you should read this.

I thought this had some great advice if you are packing gluten-free lunches for your kiddos.

Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Chicken & Rice Bowls


Put cheese on just about any veggie and I’m in. I love this spin on a good old-fashioned casserole.

Perfectionism, procrastination, paralysis– yes. This was a good read if you are in that awful cycle too.

This is your best defense against bad vibes.

I love these tips on adding removable wallpaper to a room.

Ohhhh, can’t wait to see this movie! And this one. And this one. And this one.

Putting together my capsule so I gathered a few of my favorite capsule pieces this year over here.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Small-Budget Crushes 08.15.17

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

purl-knit sweater purl-knit sweater (several colors)

reversible tote

reversible tote (several color combos)

grey cross back sweater

grey cross back sweater

beaded tassel earrings

beaded tassel earrings (several colors)

barre now wine later shirt

barre now wine later shirt

Jersey Knit Swing Dress

jersey knit swing dress

comfy tan cardigan

comfy tan cardigan



patterned canvas clutch

puff tulip sleeve tee

tulip sleeve tee

english saddle skinny belt

crisscross detailed skinny belt

double-faced plaid shirt

double-faced plaid shirt

gemstone necklace

gemstone necklace

not getting ready today shirt

not getting ready today, me either matchy-matchy shirts

miranda bib necklace

miranda bib necklace

roll tab sleeve tunic

roll tab sleeve tunic (PERFECT fall wardrobe staple)

weaving loom kit

weaving loom kit


Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 



It’s the 3 Little Things: Business Advice, Fresh Planner, & A Great Read

Friday, August 11th, 2017


Taking time off and stepping away from the grind of work this summer has given me time to reflect on how I have been running my business.

Blogging doesn’t always look like business, does it?

Actually, if I’m honest, I have no idea what it looks like to you.

This is my life’s work though and lately I have been reflecting on my business mistakes that have occurred these last few years.

At one point in my career, I got in over my head with my job and refused to allow anyone to help me because I didn’t think they could do the job as good as me (even though I was doing a terrible job). My email inbox was in the 50K region of UNOPENED messages, I wasn’t posting consistently, I had lost a sense of community, and I was doing a terrible job diversifying my income streams.

A magical assistant (here she is– she’s amazing!) swooped in and made all these issues disappear. My inbox was clutter-free, she helped me to get back to consistency, it freed up time to carve out community, she got my newsletter going again, and she encouraged me to find new avenues for income streams.

And then she needed to move on to a new chapter in her own life.

Yup, I lost this incredible person who was doing all the things for me and I was back to my old habits.

Here is what I am discovering though:

The mistake wasn’t in handing everything off to someone to help me manage my time better.

My mistake?

I didn’t know how to do many of these tasks for myself.

I didn’t know how to send out a newsletter, I didn’t understand the changes and new strategies I needed to implement to keep up with my social media platforms, I had no ideas on how to continue cultivating my work here. Basically, I have felt a little lost at sea and I worried about the time and effort it would require to get back in the game.

I’ve decided this new school year is a new school year for me too. I started taking online courses to help manage different aspects of my business this week

Would it still be good to hand things off?


Will I know how to do these tasks though and train the next person who takes the reigns moving forward?

Yes, yes I will.

This week, I’m thankful for a new mindset for my business.

This is the year of not working harder, but working smarter.

I’d love to talk about what goals you have for yourself as your children return to school! What do you hope to achieve this year?

Here are 3 things that are making me happy this week!

The Defiant Ones

The Defiant Ones

HBO has sucked us in with another incredible series. The Defiant Ones is an incredible 4-part documentary that explores the careers of Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine and their remarkable business relationship that ended up landing them a 3 billion dollar deal with Apple.

What I loved about their story is that they were two very unlikely business moguls that didn’t have the background or education to have had such successful careers. Iovine, for example, was known for flaking out on jobs and seems to be lacking the ability to follow through on tasks. Dre couldn’t even get the time of day with a local club owner to deejay in the evenings. What they didn’t end up lacking was a passion for music that, ultimately, ended up bringing the two together on some incredible deals.

This isn’t a feel-good story, this is gritty and honest story about the business mistakes they made and how they almost lost it all. It’s incredibly inspirational though to see that if you play your cards right, even the most unlikely people can become the most successful.

I really think you’d love this one- give it a watch!

Get to Work Book

A Fresh New Planner

I’m so excited to have a fresh new planner for the year! I can’t think of anything more motivating than a new start to getting back on schedule.  I asked what planners people were loving in our MomAdvice Book Club Chat Group and was reminded just how much I wanted a Get to Work Book last year, but never got around to purchasing it.

I’m not saying that this year though because I finally have one. I love that this allows space for goal setting and intentions (both for personal and professional). Each month has a great tear-out motivational print as a fun bonus. The pages are spacious and have thoughtful prompts to help you dream big. I can’t wait to get planning in this.

Also, if aren’t following Elise on Instagram, it’s quite the treat! She’s been a big source of creative inspiration for me.

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

A Great Read

It’s been a busy week, as we start preparing for the new school year, but I managed to squeeze in a great book this week. Ginny Moon was such an enjoyable read from debut novelist, Benjamin Ludwig. Ludwig shares in his bio that he is the foster parent of a teen with autism and it is through his own experience (and fellow parents of autistic children) that helped him carve his character, Ginny Moon.

Ginny Moon had been taken from her neglectful mother and has been living with her new Forever Mother and Forever Father. When her birth mother starts creeping back into her life, Ginny will stop at nothing to get back to her mom and goes to shocking lengths to make that happen. When a new baby then is added to her Forever Family, Ginny becomes increasingly more of a burden to her strained foster parents and they must decide if this is the forever family THEY want. Ginny will stop at nothing though to get back to where she believes she really belongs and there is a pretty surprising reason why. It’s a real page-turner!

Ludwig really sheds light on the difficulties of finding adoptive families for teens of special needs and your heart just breaks for Ginny over the confusion of who her real “forever family,” is.

I won’t blab too much more about it, but I have a feeling you will really enjoy this one!

That’s what is making me happy this week- what’s been making your week?

This week I am…

women rise

Reading: I started this book and I am LOVING it!

Prepping: It’s time to prep the capsule wardrobe for fall. I ordered one of these skirts and I can’t wait to put it to work. I also have a box of goodies coming in from this shop– woohoo! Here’s ten bucks towards your first order, if you haven’t tried it before.

Netflix Binge Plan: Have you watched this yet? I can’t wait to dig in!

Can’t Wait: For this movie (!!!)

Inspired By: This list of intentions, especially the two hour phone break!

Throwing it Back:  Which one are you? Totally, Claudia! I’m all about that unicorn life, are you?

Listening: To this podcast over the weekend. They always have the best book recommendations.

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of It’s the 3 Little Things!

Amy’s Notebook 08.09.17

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Grilled Caprese Zucchini source

This grilled caprese zucchini looks like a great way to put summer produce to work.

What happens when you say, “call me,” in response to emails you receive.

I think you should read this.

Now this is a ruffle sleeve I can get behind.

Love the addition of Greek yogurt to yield a juicier turkey burger– must try!

This bad habit is the reason why you can’t focus. I loved this passage, “Much like slow food, slow living is the world’s response to fast living, and its gospel encourages finding enjoyment outside of online life, urging participants to take the time to truly consider their relationships with others and the world around them. As the movement grows, FOMO is inspiring an opposite reaction of its own: FOBO – fear of burning out.”

Turn a bottle of rosé into four weeknight meals.

I love peeking at what other people are reading this summer. I added a few of these books to my library wish list!

Why not just give people money? I’m a big fan of no-strings attached giving.

Tiny House Kitchen


This tiny house kitchen is dreamy. I refuse to give up on my tiny house dreams!

Are you an HSP too? I could identify almost 100% with these.

20 dinner ideas you can prep & make-ahead on Sunday.

Love this idea for this app– LOL!

Excited to finally dig into this read– it looks like a fantastic escape.

My husband has strong feelings about this font.

How to quickly become happier with these ten tips.

Want to add a little style to your bookshelves? I found this post really inspiring.

Paper Chain Wall Hanging


Do you remember making paper chains in school? This is the coolest paper chain display I’ve ever seen.

Want to raise kind kids? Check out this idea!

How to throw away the memories our kids leave behind– love the bin idea for time to process.

Really geeking out about this movie news.

I loved hearing your tips on this topic. Sometimes just hearing, “me too,” brings relief, doesn’t it?

I’m agreeing with with a lot of these selections on the best books of 2017 (so far!).

I am always on the hunt for the perfect white tee- what a great guide!

I still have a few of these tucked away from my note exchanges with my hubby. Just might need to pick that habit back up!

Let black kids just be kids– a compelling piece I shared with my family this week.

I really need to pick up a tea habit. I did not know the benefits of this tea.

We are starting to get quite the hat collection over here so I loved this diy hat rack for small spaces.

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