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20 in 2014: Book 5

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the end of summer nears, a new crop of parents prepare to send their little ones to kindergarten at Pirriwee Public School. A school set with a cast of characters, each playing an internally scripted role in an attempt to appease the perceived expectations of others. A story about lies: the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we perform for others, and the ones that simmer just below the surface, ready to erupt at any moment. 3 very different women, 2 sides to every story, and 1 murder investigation.

As she enters a room, most people can’t help but stare at her exquisite beauty. Married to an extraordinarily wealthy business man and mom to two “perfect” twin boys, Celeste lives a life many jealously long for. However, she hides secrets that eat away at her every single day and she is not the woman people think she is. Madeline is the first to help others: often having the missing piece of an art project or the perfect piece of advice; however, she struggles to co-parent her teenage daughter with her ex-husband. An ex-husband who has since remarried and is also preparing to send a child to the same kindergarten. Jane is new to the area and feels like an outsider in every way: her clothes, her rental home, and her single mom status. It isn’t until a tragic murder occurs at a school function that each woman’s secrets are revealed and lies unearthed.

The truth unravels like an intricately woven ball, each layer revealing another set of truths. As the women learn the whole truth, each wishes she would have asked questions, noticed the signs, done…something. Some lies are perfumed in hopes of being uncovered, small purposeful slips in hopes of someone seeing the truth. Others are performed masterfully, the lie so interconnected with the truth no one would ever have known. Ultimately, the foundation of each of the woman’s lies comes from a similar place, a place that connects them in unforeseen ways. Fantastic book.


me & my BIG ideas: Faux Pocket Page

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I fell in love with this mambi paper pad the moment I saw it. I turned to this particular page with 3 x 4 cards and swooned. I debated cutting them out and using them in traditional pocket pages, but decided to have some fun and use them as they were: 12 x 12. I ended up cutting out a couple of the blingy cards from another page and adding them to this layout…love the way it all came together. LOVE this Gold Rush paper pad.

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Sail Away Card: me & my BIG ideas

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Three of my favorite things: me & my BIG ideas stickers, burlap, and blues…quick, fun card. A chance to experiment with textures. Having a lot of fun with cards these days. Can’t wait to surprise people with good old-fashioned snail mail love…


Teacher Thank You Card

mambiteachercardI absolutely LOVED Tyson’s teacher last year. She was magical. Patient. Supportive. Kind. Most importantly, she provided my son with a foundation of learning that allowed him to love going to school each day. I couldn’t have asked for more. When it came time to thank her, I wanted to do something beyond the class gift. A handmade, handwritten note it was…along with a Bux card. I loved the new me & my BIG ideas teacher banner stickers. Add a mini bag, a couple scraps of paper…done. I added a little piece of washi to a paper clip so she would know to pull out the gift card.

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20 in 2014: Book Four

A Fall of MarigoldsA Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One delicately woven scarf. Two women generations apart connected by a shared thread of tragedy. A tale of love lost and redefined.

September 1911: Clara Wood has found refuge from her tragic past on Ellis Island caring for immigrants too ill to gain passage to the United States. It isn’t until the brightly colored scarf on a passing patient catches her eye that she begins to rethink the events that drove her from Manhattan. As she cares for this man, she finds herself in a moral quandary, the truth of which ends up mimicking her life once again…

September 2011: As NYC prepares to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11, widow Taryn Michaels is forced to confront the truth of the events that forever changed her life in a matter of seconds. One phone call, one late meeting…destiny or selfishness? Had her choices on that harrowing day cost her the love of her life? A long-lost camera is found and Taryn’s quiet “in-between” life is rocked. On that camera, a picture of her standing before the tumbling towers wearing a scarf. The pattern of which has haunted her, a textile expert, she has spent the last ten years searching for fabric similar to no avail. As she relives the terror of that day, she discovers truths she never imagined.

I devoured this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. Two seemingly different stories are so beautifully woven together, much like the threads of the scarf that is the centerpiece of this novel. A beautiful, charming, poignant read.


Playroom Art Display

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Updated our playroom art display using the me & my BIG ideas DIY Gallery Art Pad for boys. Super fast. Easy. As I flipped through the pad, I squealed when I saw two of my FAVORITE quotes. One of the happiest rooms in our house. On my summer-to-do list, update the wall with all the artwork the boys will be bringing home on their last day of school. Happy Friday!!


Project Life 2014: Week 6

plwk6A birthday week. My favorite colors. Washi tape. Fun.

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Project Life 2014: January Layouts

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Summer Bucket List

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We have just about survived our first double sport season: baseball. Two boys, two different leagues, two different cities…needless to say, I am desperately looking forward to summer vacation. Visions of easygoing mornings and park play dates dance through my head. With the boys’ help, we came up with our 2014 Summer Bucket List. I fell in love with the me & my BIG ideas Big Alphabet stickers. I absolutely adore the font, the size, the ease of use…

I also updated out Bored Jar to include some of the boys’ new loves:

– Lego Challenge: fill a box/bowl with Lego’s and see how many things they can create.

– Art Journal: Doodle Challenge. I plan to draw a doodle line of some sort and have the boys create a picture around it.

– Yoga: our local cable company has quite a few fun yoga programs for kids. The boys love. It makes me swoon to watch…

– Block City: masking tape + blocks + cars = the boys will play for hours.

– Kinetic Sand Sensory Bins: a huge hit, the boys LOVE this stuff…if you haven’t touched it in person. Find some. It is crazy fun. Think of playing with sand the consistency of fresh brown sugar, minus the stick factor. The boys can build, cut, pretend “cook”…independent play at its finest.

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13 more teaching days until summer. Not that I am counting. Totally counting…