A Quiet Couple of Weeks + GIVEAWAY

A couple of weeks ago I went on some grand adventures and was so excited to share them with you. Then, as what often happens this time of year, I was struck down. Too sick to go anywhere I had to content myself with more sedentary activities and put the writing and exploring on hold. […]

Celebrating Autumn With Bella’s Fall Coat

As soon as August rolls around I start long for fall. I just want to put on a sweater, grab a hot cider and curl up with a good book. Well, today it’s finally here. It’s the first day of Autumn and while the weather may not be cooperating at least I’ve got the perfect […]

Reading Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge

As an avid reader I find myself gravitating to particular genres like classic literature, history and memoir. I love a good memoir and find that I often can relate to the authors and find a little of myself in them. Every once in awhile I read one where the author’s life is so far from […]

Reading Wear and Tear by Tracy Tynan

I love reading just as much as I love classic Hollywood and when the two combine I’m extra happy.  Recently, I received a review copy of the book Wear and Tear: The Threads of My Life by Tracy Tynan. The daughter of famed theatre critic Kenneth Tynan and novelist Elaine Dundy,Tynan has written a memoir […]

A Unicorn Named Sparkle and Once Upon a Time Bookstore

I’ve long since graduated to chapter books but I still can’t resist a good picture book. Filled with colorful illustrations and cute stories they’re delightful to audiences of all ages. Plus, I’ve got a few little ones in my life who I’m happy to shop for books. Recently, I was sent a copy of A […]

Using the Going to Disneyland Guide

It’s no secret I love Disneyland. Growing up in Orange County I spent my formative years there and continue to visit it regularly. Although I pride myself on having a vast knowledge of the park I’m always open to new insights into the Happiest Place on Earth. While scrolling through Instagram one day I came […]

On the Case at the Doheny Library

I’ve looked a good mystery ever since I was a kid devouring Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew books. So when I heard about an Atlas Obscura outing to view the True Crime exhibit and solve a mystery at the Doheny Memorial Library I knew I had to sign up. Luckily, Shannon is also a big […]

Cockatoo, Too by Bethanie Deeney Murguia + GIVEAWAY

I’ve always loved a picture book. Even when I was well into chapter books I would still check them out from the library to view their beautiful illustrations. To this day I have a growing collection that I continually add to. Recently, I was sent a new title to enjoy – the delightful Cockatoo, Too […]

Reading 438 Days

I’ve been a book lover my entire life and some of my greatest memories are of being lost in a fictional world. Whether it be arriving on Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, working on the farm with Caddie Woodlawn or wandering the streets of Bath with Anne Elliot I’ve loved every minute […]

Reading The Snoopy Treasures

This holiday weekend has been quite the lazy one for me. After working 12+ hours days prior to Thanksgiving I’ve spent the time after relaxing. Catching up on the DVR, listening to podcasts and reading books has been the bulk of my activity. One book I was happy to finally dive into was the The […]