Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wordless Wednesday~ Snow

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We got about a foot of snow this past weekend. I always love how the trees look when the snow is resting on their limbs.




Till Next Time,
Monique


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2018

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Last year, I participated in the 2018 Reading Challenge over at GoodReads. I placed my goal at 100 books, which was a little crazy since I didn't start the challenge right away. I didn't actually start it until the end of  January and then I kind of forgot about it in February. Oh well, I think I did fairly decent last year. I read 42 books!

So. I decided to share my top ten favorite books I read last year. They're in no particular order.


Book #1



Last Christmas In Paris: A  Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor

This story was an unforgettable romantic tale during the Great War. This romantic story follows the love story of Evie and Thomas. It's charmingly told through the letters the pair sent back and forth.

Book # 2




The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

This was a charming tale of two unlikely friends. The story revolves around Arthur Truluv, an elderly widow and Maddy, a troubled pregnant teenager. Together than learn that some families are a little unconventional.

Book # 3





The Book Thief by Mark Zusak

This was a book I read because Therese was reading it for school. I had never read it, although I had seen the movie. I figured I'd read it along with her. This was an interesting story about Liesel, who is growing up during the German occupation. This story is told from Death's perspective. This is a little weird at first, but the story is a must. It's perfect for students studying about Nazi Germany and the War.


Book # 4




The Secret by Kathryn Hughes

This is a heart breaking novel that leads readers through tragedy, hope, and second chances. The story is about Beth's search for the truth. She finds her mother kept a secret for 40 years. This mystery opens up old wounds and brings hope. The Secret was an outstanding read that made your heart ache for all those involved.

Book # 5



Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah

This is a story woven around old love and new love. It deals with the heart ache of lost love and the joy in finding new love. Sometimes, we get so caught up in what we have lost, we don't see what we have right in front of us.

Book # 6




 Losing the Moon by Patti Callahan Henry

This is another story about love that was lost. Amy Reynolds is shocked when her first truelove suddenly reappears in her life. Even though she is happily married, Amy can't stop wondering why her first love was taken away. She can't help wondering what happened. Will there be a happy ending or will it be bittersweet? Anyone who has ever lost a love will feel drawn to this story.


Book # 7




The River Below by Bonnie Hearn Hill.

This book is a mystery. I don't often read mysteries, but I differently enjoyed this one. The mystery is filled with lots of twist and turns, secrets, and murder.

Book # 8



 Goodbye Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival by Kelly Sundberg

This is the brave true story of a women who suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her husband, escaped, and went on to flourish. She survived horrific things, but became stronger. With courage, she shares her story with raw honesty. This is a must read!


Book # 9




Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

This is another story about love that was lost and found again. It seems I picked a theme this year for a lot of my readings. It wasn't intentional, but a good bit of the books I read this year revolved around this theme. Who doesn't love a good love story?


Book # 10




Ghosted: A Novel by Rosie Walsh

This is another mystery book. It's not a traditional mystery book, but it's fantastic. It definitely kept you guessing and then when you find out the secret you're shocked. Even with all the secrets, you can't help praying things work out. You feel for the characters and what them to have a life filled with happiness. This was a random pick for me at the library and I was glad I picked it.


So there are my top ten for 2018. What books did you read last year and love? I'd love to get some recommendations for this year. I've joined the reading challenge at GoodReads again for 2019! I'm 4 books into my challenge. This year, I set my goal at 80!

Want to join in? Head on over and get started!


Till Next Time,
Monique




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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Country Kitchen Decor

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French Country

Over the past few months, we have been working on a kitchen remodel. That's why it's been a little quite around here. We are in the final stretch with the kitchen. I'm so excited.  My dear hubby has done all the work himself (with the help of Michael). They've done an amazing job. We've completely gutted the entire kitchen. Before we had the standard builders 1980's kitchen. Now I have a beautiful french country inspired kitchen. New cabinets, new appliances, and new counter tops. The works! We even changed the layout of the kitchen. It seems so much bigger. I love it! Once it's completely done, I share some before and after pictures.

So now that we are in the final stretch, it's time for some new decorations. Here are some of the things I've been eyeing!




A bright red canister to hold all those utensils.


A bronze soap dispenser.
                     

A two-tiered basket. Either for fruit or I'm thinking for out K-cup pods.



A new red teapot. I love tea!


Luckily the curtains, we had before work fantastically well with the new kitchen. They are a cream, green, and burgundy plaid. So we get to save a little bit of money.

We now have more cabinets and more space. I love this utensil organizer. It will definitely help us keep things organized. Our biggest problem is we now have to remember where everything is. 


I just can't decided on the canister set I want. I really like all of them .


Classic and simple.

I love the rooster on these, but the colors are just not right.

So I have two other rooster sets, I like. I just can't decided which on I like better. This rooster looks like our rooster,  Colonel Drumstick
 

But I love the look of this these. I have a feeling this will be my last purchase since I just can't decide.
Which one do you like?

Now on to the walls!



More roosters. 
I did find a few pictures at our local Hobby Lobby that I loved.


We now have a kitchen island/bar, so we've been looking at stools. Here our few ideas I found I liked. Simple to fancy.
 







This is what we settled on....


Stay tuned for pictures of our kitchen remodel!



Till Next Time,
Monique





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