Thoughtful Thursday: Next on Deck!

Happy Thursday everyone! I’ve been pretty MIA with a business trip, my best friends Master’s Graduation and then a trip to NM to look at neighborhoods for our upcoming move. It’s been a whirlwind to say the least and reading/blogging had to take a back seat. However! I’m getting back on the wagon and I’ve got a review for Run Away coming at y’all soon. I thought I’d take today to show y’all what I’m reading and what I will be reading and review in the next couple of weeks.

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Thoughtful Thursdays: Married to a PhD Student

Happy almost-end-of-the-week day my friends! So I've shaken up my "Thoughtful Thursday" posts a few times and I thought I'd do it again this week! I've been reading a lot of blog posts about being married or in a serious relationship with a grad student. I thought I'd take today to write a bit about my experiences and share some tips for helping anyone else who is dealing with trying to navigate marriage and an intense graduate program at the same time.

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Thoughtful Thursday’s: The Binge Watch!

Happy almost Friday readers! I know *most* of my content is either book or cooking related but a few months ago I did a cheesy Christmas movie post and it was super fun. I thought I'd change things up a little bit today and give y'all something you haven't asked for - great TV shows to binge watch! With the weekend looming and spring cleaning in full swing, what's a better way to get all that laundry out of the way than to pop on a great binge-watchable TV show and mow through those chores.

First things first, I'm not going to go over some of the all-time best, and well known shows that generally, the entire world and their moms have seen. So, no The Office, Parks and Recreation or Game of Thrones will be found on this list. While all of these are fan-freakin'-tastic shows, they're also some of the most popular shows and you've likely either already seen them, or decided you wont watch them (but I highly suggest giving them all a real shot)! I've got another Recipe and a Read post coming at y'all tomorrow so keep an eye out!

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Thoughtful Thursday’s: Whole30 Review!

We have finally arrived ya'll! My husband and I have officially and successfully completed Whole30. I couldn't decide if this was a true book review or not, but I'm more so writing about my personal experience, not the book. For those of you that don't know, Whole30 is an elimination diet where you remove various food groups from your diet for 30 days and slowly reintroduce them back in to see how they affect your body and the way you feel. I'm not going to be giving any advice (other than, if you do Whole30, meal planning is super important) but rather, just giving my experiences on the way we've felt and what we've thought throughout this process. 

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[Belated] Sneak Peek Sunday: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing + Upcoming Reads!

As I sit here and lament the fact that it's Monday, and therefore the very beginning of another long work week I am simultaneously jumping for joy for all the great books out there in the world just waiting for me to read them! Today I'm linking up with Kim of It's All About The Thrill and Brenda and Norma of Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee! Last year I got a little over zealous with my reading, and this year I'm trying to tone it down a bit. I've still set my reading goal at 100 books, but I'm working on broadening my reading scope further and selecting books I really want to read.

However, that's not the only thing I wanted to do today, I also wanted to take some time to give ya'll a sneak peek of my upcoming 2019 short list of reads! I've put in a bunch of requests at my library, I'm eagerly awaiting some 2019 releases and finishing up some of my top 2018 TBR books as well. It's been a long time coming but I'm gearing up to bring you guys not just a lot of reviews - but a lot of recipes to go with them as well!

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Thoughtful Thursdays: World Building!

So I've talked about a lot of different book topics on Thursday's, along with touching on kitchen essentials as well. As you all well know by now, my previous go-to genre, and one of my absolute favorites is Fantasy. Not all Fantasy novels are created equal though - some focus on strong character building or building worlds that are a little too contrived and artificial for me to get into. Obviously, none of these are realistic because that's what Fantasy is - but I like my worlds grounded in thought, I like my "rules of magic" to have consistency and not feel arbitrary. So, in the spirit of getting back to my roots, I thought I'd do a post about my favorite novels, with the best world building!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Kitchen Essentials!

We're back to it's-almost-Friday-day and I couldn't be more excited! I have a work trip that has me flying in and out of Dallas in one day tomorrow for a meeting but I've got nothing but a couple of errands, some chores and a boat load of reading lined up for my first *full* weekend… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Kitchen Essentials!

Thoughtful Thursdays: Top Books of 2018!

We're here people. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL, WE ARE HERE. Within a week of the best time of the year - Christmas!!! I have an endless number of things to be thankful for and while 2018 maybe wasn't my favorite year with it's stresses and changes it was certainly one for the books (get… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursdays: Top Books of 2018!

Wednesday: A Little Something Different – Cheesy Christmas Movies!!!

As one does: let me wish all you readers and bloggers like a happy fracking hump day! It feels rich wishing others a happy hump day because time means little to me at this moment because if you want to suspend reality - spend a week in the hospital. Everything runs together in a swampy… Continue reading Wednesday: A Little Something Different – Cheesy Christmas Movies!!!

Thoughtful Thursdays: Books That Stay!

What it do my dudes - happy Friday-Eve! Today is an exciting day, one of my best friends is coming up and another one is coming into town tomorrow! While this does detract from my reading time, it's always nice to be surrounded by people we love *also I always find time to read -… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursdays: Books That Stay!