Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Has Arrived!!

Holy crap! I am sooo sorry I've been absent for a while!  Things have been crazy hectic for me lately, and I'm just now working on finding time to get things up and running.  I will be having regular blog posts 3 times a week and hopefully weekly vlogs/daily vlogs (if I actually manage to keep up with Vlogmas).  Either way, there might be daily blogs and I will do blogmas instead of Vlogmas LOL (yeah, I'm trying to be funny). 

So, couple of big things have happened in the last few months: I have finally managed to get a part timer trained and working well with the flow of things here in the store.  I am thrilled about that, because it means I can actually start having a life again or at least a couple of days off.  Geoff and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary in July, and things have been wonderful, and I'm hoping that I can manage to actually get my shit together and hit my major goals in a few months (provided certain things don't majorly begin to suck and derail my savings goals).  I am currently filming again, and managed to get two videos up today on my channel, which makes me happy.  I need to find my tripod again, and I'm hoping to get this month's TBR post/video up in a day or so because I've literally had to reduce my goodreads goal TWICE in the past 5 months, which does not make me a happy girl. 

Other than that, things have just been kinda rocky as far as stretching my energy beyond what I really should, and I'm working on carefully walking that tightrope and finding the proper balance that I need once more.  I am also looking into maybe starting up with BetterHelp or a similar service (especially since I will have my Stylo 4 back and not be using the crappy loaner phone I have right now), in the new year because trying to find a therapist in my local area that is actually accepting new patients is proving to be more of a headache than it really should be.  Beyond that, I have been going to my Dr. regularly, and there may be a tweak of my meds in the coming months after bloodwork in January, so we will see what comes from that when I go back to my Dr in the beginning of February.  I've got my appointments set up already, and I have them added to my future log in my 2019 bullet journal set up.

As I'm writing this I am sitting at work, watching the rain fall and listening to one of my favorite playlists this time of year, and I'll have that right below. 

Dominoel Indie Christmas  <--this is my favorite Indie Christmas playlist!

Anyway, I've gotta get some photos edited for my next post that will be going up tomorrow and I am a dummy because I forgot my camera which makes me a derpy mcderp pants.  Which means I'll probably get those photos later today or tomorrow and edit them and get the post up....and probably a late start to Vlogmas...but ya know, I at least got up 2 videos anyway!

Until next time! <3

Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Emerald Green


Title: Emerald Green
Author: Lindsay Marie Miller
Format: Kindle
Pages: 416
Rating: 4 stars

Emerald Green is the first book in the Murder in Savannah series, and it is also the first book by Lindsay Marie Miller that I've read.  I can honestly say that I am in no way disappointed by the story that she has created.  This book is honestly a satisfying read. It intrigued me from the very beginning.  The dream that Addie had, the boy suddenly showing up at her school.  It was a unique and interesting experience, and something that I hope travels through the rest of this series.

I originally wasn't certain what to make of Addie at first, but as the story went on I quickly fell in love with her.  She is absolutely one of my favorite characters, and one of the first that I've been introduced to by Lindsay Marie Miller. 

Miller's descriptions are absolutely fantastic, stunning and easily draw you into the story she has crafted.  Her characters are relatable, easily pictured in your mind while you read.  She transports you into the world of Addie and Tom and the drama and intrigue that surrounds them in Savannah, Georgia and Maple Creek High.

The murder mystery is definitely a good draw for this particular story, and the reveals are not what the reader would expect, and when they come they are rather large twists.  The twists and turns are enough to keep the reader entertained and further draw them into this fantastic story.


Honestly, I wasn't certain how fast I would read this book, but the fact that I'd finished it in two days or maybe it was less, I don't honestly remember.  It was that good, and rapid page turning (which at first confused my poor Kindle Fire) had me simply forgetting the world around me and living for the story that Lindsay Marie Miller crafted in this novel.  

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Done with January

This month.  Seriously, I have no idea what I was thinking attempting to be productive this month.  Between being sick and spending most of it freezing my behind off...I'm just yeah.  No, it just wasn't happening.  I did manage a couple of videos and a couple of blog posts.  So, that's at least a little productive.  However, I'm currently working on my plan for February.  The topics might change for the days of the week, but I've not yet decided yet, and you and I won't know until it happens! 

So, for now I will be hopping into my planning cave and fleshing out a few things because I need to, for my own sanity and ultimately your enjoyment. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Meal Prep Monday #2

There has never been another time when Jennifer Lawrence was my spirit animal more than the time she asked this question!  Seriously, I am all about the foods, and all about my meal prep now.  

My meal preps are usually done on Sunday mornings, and I am getting into the groove of making my meals for the week.  This is easier for me because I get my schedule for the week on Saturday.  I will be working on making some breakfasts and things, right now, I am waiting to get paid (this week is pay week) and I am going to be working on some new meal preps for next week.  This week's meal prep was super simple, and gave me about 6-7 meals worth, because I do about half a cup to a cup of the meal that I made for each meal.  This will provide me with plenty of meals for a good portion of my week since most of my days start at 930a and go until about 730pm when I finally get home and can have dinner. 



This week I've got a couple of meals that will be my quinoa, chicken and corn paired with some mandarin oranges, I also have 1 meal that will be paired with some pineapple.  I've also been snacking on some almonds and pistachios, and my little indulgence for the week is some red and green M&Ms that were on sale from overstocked Christmas candies. I also have a few containers of Yoplait! yogurt my two favorite flavors are the Whips chocolate and vanilla.  I've also tried some of their mix-ins which are really good as well and definitely have that crunch factor. 


Okay, here is the basics of what I'd done for my meal prep for this week:

Things You'll Need
  1. 2.5 cups white qunioa
  2. 1 14.5 oz can low sodium chicken broth
  3. 14.5 oz water (I filled the can from the chicken broth)
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. 2 small cans of chicken
  6. 1 can of corn
  7. Fajita seasoning, chili powder, cumin, paprika
The Cooking Process
  1. Add chicken broth, water and rinsed quinoa to a sauce pan, season with pinch of salt and pepper to taste.  Cook for 15-18 minutes until all the water has been absorbed. 
  2. In a saute pan combine two cans of chicken, can of corn, and the remainder of the spices.  Cook until corn and chicken are warm, and slightly charred.  
  3. Add to the pan containing the quinoa, stir to combine.  
  4. Portion 1/2-cup to 1-cup servings into meal prep containers.  Store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday: TBR Pile Update


Welcome to another year!  Which means more reading challenges and more pushing myself to expand my reading horizons, and this year is no exception! At the time of completing this post, and the accompanying video I have already finished my first 2 books of the year, and I loved them both.  The first was The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer and the second was One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake ---which is the 2nd book in a series, and now I'm waiting for the first book to come in! 

The rest of the books I am going to be reading so far this month include: 
1. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
2. The King's Peace by Kevin Hammond
3. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
4. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Book of Dust, Volume 1 by Phillip Pullman

Some of these are digital, others are physical.  This will round out almost my first full 10 books of the year.  My first 2 reviews of the year should be going live in the next couple of days (probably Tuesday or as late as Friday), because I'm intending on reviewing at least at some small length all of the books that I read this year.  

Alright, that's all I've got for now, time to get the video up for this blog post! Lots of love and until next week, what's on your TBR Pile?

-Caedy