Saturday Night Reading [Blogmas Day 5 2015]

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It's getting pretty late and I have been having a hard time figuring out what to write about today.  I haven't been feeling that great and have spent a lot of the day napping on the couch.  I did go to brunch with some friends this morning.  I totally forgot to take a picture but I had banana bread french toast and it was really yummy!  After brunch Steve and I went for a walk because it was sunny and warm, we ended up taking off our coats before we were done.  I think we walked a little bit too long though because I was so wiped out by the time we got home.  I seriously can't believe how tired pregnancy has made me.

Anyway, my plans for the rest of the night are to cozy up in bed with a book.  I've been reading My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem.  In case you didn't know, Gloria Steinem is a huge name in the women's movement and this is her new book all about the things she has learned and people she has met while travelling for her work.  It's a really good book and I feel like I have learned a lot from reading it.  I think I have about 35 pages left so I should be able to finish it before I fall asleep.

What have you been reading lately?
Let me know in the comments!
:) Alice


Blogmas Day 4 [2015] Top 3 Vlogmas Channels

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I may be doing Blogmas over here (a post every day of December until Christmas) but there are tons of people doing Vlogmas over on their YouTube channels.  (...and you know how much I love YouTube!)  I will say that it can get a little overwhelming when your subscription box is full of videos from every channel every day.  I definitely pick and choose what I have time to watch this time of year.  I thought I'd share a few of the channels that I've been loving and have been watching daily so far.

Melanie Murphy

The Day-In-The-Life Vlog

Melanie Murphy is an Irish vlogger who normally does a mix of beauty and lifestyle videos.  Her channel (and YouTube career) seems to be really taking off at the moment.  She is daily vlogging for Vlogmas this year and I'm loving it.  She is sharing beauty tips, things she likes to eat and she has a cute cat named Bilbo.  She is also doing a daily giveaway of body shop products throughout the month.

Ingrid Nilson


Ingrid Nilson is one of my favorite YouTubers and I've been watching her for what feels like forever.  She is doing something a little different for Vlogmas this year.  She is putting up a new DIY video every other day until December 25 on her main channel.  So far she's made a really pretty light up wreath and also some really yummy hot chocolate recipes.  You should also check out this video from her second channel in which she explains why she is not doing the standard daily vlog style Vlogmas this year and also that Vlogmas started on her channel!

Don't Stop Readin'


I am loving how many people are doing Vlogmas differently this year.  Of course there are plenty of people daily vlogging but there are also people making different kinds of videos on their main channels all month long.  My friend Reggie is doing Bookmas on her BookTube channel so she's making a book-related video every day.  I think this is a really great way to get in on the fun while staying true to the content that she puts on her channel all year long.

If you have any other Vlogmas channel recommendations please leave them in the comments!  Or if you also make videos and you're doing Vlogmas let me know!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


Blogmas Day 3 [2015] I'm Pregnant!

I already announced this over on my daily vlog channel a few days ago but I thought I'd throw it in here as well: I'm pregnant!  We found out two weeks ago and were able to tell our families over the week of Thanksgiving.  It's still pretty early, I'm not exactly sure how far along I am but am guessing it's about 6 weeks.  I've been exhausted for the last three weeks and started feeling nauseous occasionally this week -- all very good signs! :)

I thought I was coming down with a cold but then after a week I thought that I actually might be pregnant.  It's recommended that you take the test in the morning when you first wake up because that when you'll have the most hormones for the test to pick up but I decided on a whim to just take it at night.  I don't know what I expected but I was shocked when the line showed up super dark and also immediately!

One thing I want to mention is that we decided to share this news even though it's still early because we wanted to be able to be excited about it.  This month marks the end of two full years of trying.  I did get pregnant once before in early 2014 but I miscarried.  I will say that this time around is very different.  It's already gone on weeks longer and my pregnancy symptoms seem on track for how far I think I am and they are continuing to be more intense as the days go on so we are cautiously optimistic.  Or just optimistic.  We know that it's still a critical time and that many women/couples like to wait until they are more certain that they've got an established pregnancy.  I wanted to be able to talk freely about it if I wanted to and while I don't currently think that there will be a problem, if there is one, I want to be able to talk freely about that, too.

Anyway, I do not plan to turn this into a pregnancy blog but I will probably post about it from time to time.

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


Blogmas Day 2 [2015] Licked By The Cat

Today was so rainy and gray.  My mom came over for lunch and Stella was obsessed with sitting on top of her bag.  She just climbed on top and sat there looking around as if to say, "This is my bag now.  Too bad for you!"  Ha ha!

Stella is so cute and sometimes I just stare at her trying to figure out what she's thinking.  She was sitting on me licking her paws clean for a while this afternoon after my mom left.  I think she wanted to check in and snuggle once we had the house back to ourselves.  She's pretty obsessed with me and Steve, which is fine, and I think she really does feel like the three of us are a little kitty family.  :)

As proof that she thinks we are just giant cats please notice that we are holding hands in the above picture.  She was actually still grooming here but you can't see her tongue.  She was alternating between her own paws and my hand.  I am pretty sure that if a cat is grooming you it means she loves you, at least as much as a cat can love.  (I'm obsessed with my cat but I know she's still just a cat and therefore doesn't actually have human emotions.)


Blogmas Day 1 [2015] Tasty Tuesday

It's December!  Can you believe it?!  It's almost officially winter on this half of the planet and with that comes the shortest day of the year.  Talk about disbelief: what I can't believe is that there are still a few more weeks to go until we get to the longest darkest night.  It gets dark so early!  Sunset is at 4:12 pm today in Boston.  I know that there are plenty of places in the world where it gets dark earlier than that or is basically dark for the whole day, but 15 hours of darkness a day is still a lot.

Today's #TastyTuesday pictures are from Sunday.  For breakfast I had grits with cheddar cheese mixed in and a little bowl of Greek yogurt with honey and strawberries.

Lunch was kind of small, I had two slices of toast with butter and peanut butter along with a side of kale.  Steve thinks I'm weird for putting butter and peanut butter together but I'm telling you, it's really yummy!

My "snack" for the afternoon was a glass of orange juice.  By the way, that Merry Marshmallow Yankee Candle is the best smelling candle ever made and it smells good all year long because in the summer you can just pretend it's supposed to be s'mores and turn the label to face the wall. :)  Steve's mom sent that to us to get us in the holiday spirit.

I reheated leftover pasta with meat sauce for supper.  I like buying jars of sauce and then adding to it to make it more healthy and filling.  This had kale, red peppers, onions and garlic along with ground beef.

If you are doing Blogmas this year then let me know what your blog is down in the comments section so I can visit!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice