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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Total Social: My Favorites

Happy Thursday! I have to start this post by saying Happy Anniversary to my husband, Lee! Today marks 4 years of marriage!

Today, I am linking up with Helene in Between and Venus Trapped in Mars for Total Social. This month's topic is favorites. So, I thought I'd share a list of a few of my favorite things.

Helene in Between

Movie: Titanic

Book: Harry Potter series

Quote: "I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count."  

Bible Verse: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18

Place: Mountains

Food: Ice Cream

Color: Yellow

Team: University of Alabama Crimson Tide

Holiday: Christmas

Season: Fall

Clothing Item: Pajama Pants

Music: Throwbacks from 90's early 00's

Game Show: Wheel of Fortune

Guilty Pleasure: Eating raw cookie dough

I'll end with 2 of my favorite posts. These aren't the most fun or happy posts, but I love them because they are 2 that came straight from my heart: You Can't Go Home and Tales from the Emergency Room.

Share a favorite of yours with me in the comment section! Thanks!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Literary Junkies

It's the second Tuesday of the month which means I'm linking up for my favorite book related link up, Literary Junkies!

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1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
I am currently reading Enchanter by Joanne Wadsworth. It's the 3rd book in the Magio-Earth series. If you like fantasy and romance, I'd recommend these books to you. You can buy all 3 books in this series for your Kindle for less than $10!

In these stories, young people can find their "soul bound" mate who is literally their other half. This particular story follows Silvie and Guy who (like the others in the previous books) are from opposite warring countries. They have to try to find a way to forget each other or see each other without their kings finding out.

2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer? 
 For the most part, I'll read anything during the summer. Usually, if I'm going on vacation I like to take "light" reads. For example, I'll read romance novels, or chick lit, or just fun books that don't require a lot of thought.

3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)
A villain I enjoy is Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series. Of course, he's not the "main villain" and there are plenty of more evil characters. However, he serves as a good foil for Harry Potter and also represents the bully that every story taking place at a school must have. I would have loved to have known more about him. I feel like there's much more to his character and he sort of redeems himself in the end.

I also love the Grinch from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He's one of my favorite characters ever.

As a Harry Potter fan, I can't leave out Snape. *SPOILER ALERT* You spend the whole series disliking this man, especially from the end of the 6th book through most of the 7th. BUT find out he was a hero all along. He's another character I'd love to know more about.

Lastly, I enjoyed the character Cain in the Gone series. He is similar to Snape in that he did some bad and he did some good. He was a complex character.

4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
My first choice would be JK Rowling. I love how she can weave a story so complex yet everything fits together. I love the symbolism she included in Harry Potter and the characters she developed.

5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
Usually, I only read one book at a time. Occasionally, I will read more than one book. This usually happens if I'm reading a nonfiction and want to also read something entertaining at the same time. I will also read more than one book if I have a lot of books on my to read list and just can't wait.

6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books? 
Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis and Orphan Justice by Johnny Carr are two of my all time favorites. I also really enjoyed Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.

What about you? Have you read anything good lately? Do you have a favorite nonfiction to recommend?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Deciding What Role Social Media Will Play in my Life as a Mom

I recently came across this video and thought it was very powerful. If you haven't seen it already, I'd encourage you to watch it first.

It took me a while to get a smart phone. I didn't want to be one of "those people." You know...the people who are attached to their phones. Well, I finally got a smart phone and I hate to say I've become what I didn't want to be. Sitting at a red light? Check my phone. Waiting to pick up my order at a restaurant? Check my phone. Laying in bed at night? Check my phone. Commercial on TV? Check my phone. The list could go on and on. It's just second nature now to reach for my phone when I have a second of down time. What happened to just sitting a minute? Why do I now feel the need to be constantly entertained? Over a year ago, I wrote a guest post about this growing habit I observed in others. Now, this person is me.

On a good note, I do try really hard to not get out my phone if I'm visiting with someone-even if it's just my husband. I still try to respect that time.

Smart phones aren't the "bad guys" here. Even before I had a smart phone, I spent more than enough time on social media.

Now, don't get me wrong. There are things about social media that I love. I live far away from my family and many friends. It's a great way to keep in touch, know what they're up to, and share what I'm up to. Through blogging I've been able to meet people and have opportunities that I never would have met or had otherwise.

It's just interesting to me to think how in a few short years social media has really integrated itself to be a part of our every day life

Now that we're expecting our first child, I've really been thinking about what role I want social media to play in my life as a mom. I also have been thinking about what role I want technology to play in my child's life.

My thoughts on my social media use:

-I don't want to miss out on time with my child because I can't get off my computer or phone.

-I don't want to be so wrapped up in capturing a moment in a picture or video and sharing it on social media that I miss enjoying and actually living in the moment.

-I don't want my child to view me as the person who always has her laptop open or her nose stuck to her ipad or iphone screen. I don't want that to be the norm.

-I don't want to feel like I need to share every little thing my child does and says with the internet world.

-I don't want to feel like I have to be super mom and do all the cool things that I see posted on my various social media newsfeeds and Pinterest feed.

-I don't want to share every little detail of our personal lives with "friends" who I don't even know that well.

 My thoughts on technology for my child: 

-Obviously the abundance of technology brings up a lot of issues like children accessing things they shouldn't be looking at or talking to people they shouldn't be talking to. At this point, that isn't even my main concern. I'm concerned that there are babies who can use an iphone better than my mom. (Sorry's true.)

-I don't want to use technology to pacify my child.

-I want my child to grow up playing and using her imagination, not stuck in front of a screen of some type.

-Technology has it's place and it will be an even bigger part of my child's life than it was mine, but I don't want it consuming her life from the very beginning.

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Again, I will say that I don't think social media or even technology are bad things. There are things about them that I love and that make my life so much easier. I just think it's about finding a good balance and sometimes that can be really difficult.

How do you balance your time on social media as a mom? What are your thoughts on your child and technology? 

*Linking up at Mommy Moments and Made to Mother*