How to Read More (& 2019 Book Favorites!)


“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” – George R.R. Martin

I frequently get asked how I manage to read so much on a yearly basis. Yesterday, I officially hit my Goodreads reading challenge of 50 books for 2019! Yay! By the end of the year, I anticipate having read another 10 books or so.

A sampling of this year’s books.

The simple answer to how I do it is… pure love of reading. I love entering new worlds and getting lost in them. It truly is a hobby for me. But there are a few little things that make it a bit easier for me to read as much as I do.… Continue reading...

October Mood

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Happy October! It still feels like summer down here in Texas after an unseasonably warm September. I’m hopeful for cooler days by Halloween though… Until then, I’ll live vicariously through these images (and a short trip to New York to enjoy some chillier temps). I decorated the home with some amazing pale pink Porcelain Doll Pumpkins from the local grocery store. At the end of the season, the flesh will make pumpkin soup and the rind will go into our compost.… Continue reading...

September Mood

And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde

Well — not quite yet in Texas but I can dream… For now, I’ll start incorporating oranges and muted browns in the home, add the stray pumpkin here and there, and spend afternoons with a hot cup of chai and cookies…

September Mood // images via unsplash

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Minimalist Nighttime Skincare Routine with Differin

Last week, I talked about my minimalist morning skincare routine so, this week, we’re getting into what I use at night. Again, we’re dealing mostly with plastic packaging (except for one metal tube + facial oil in a glass bottle) BUT, overall, a lot fewer products that I have to deal with recycling in general. Also, 4 of the 6 products below are used in my morning routine as well.

1. Origins Cleansing Oil 2. La Roche Posay Gentle Cleanser 3. Drunk Elephant Lala Whipped Cream

Oil Cleanse: I bought this with a Macy’s gift card when I had no idea what else to buy.… Continue reading...