Category Archives: Life

Year in Numbers: 2016

Reading Life:

Books Read: 90
Books Abandoned: 0 (however…)
Books Still in Progress: 8 (and some of them have been on this shelf for YEARS. I really need to clean it up.)

Pulitzer Prize winning books read: None…But I did read The Underground Railroad (it won the National Book Award for Fiction).

Other book related things:

I really like the Goodreads Stats view, it makes for a super quick snapshot of one’s year in books.

Here’s another lovely summary from Goodreads:

I like seeing what other’s have (or haven’t) read. I mean, how surprised are ya’ll that no one else has read a short history on public policy as it relates to¬†marijuana — especially during an election year when there were SO many initiatives to legalize pot. Uninformed public, man. It’s a problem. ūüėČ

Life Life:

Blog Posts: 7. Umm…hi! I’m still here. Sometimes. It’s been a busy and trying year as you can see by….
Homes purchased: 1 – Renters no more! And we moved from our beloved east valley suburbs to the northwest valley. We’ve fancied up the master bathroom, bought new furniture, and planted lovely flowers. It’s been about six months and there’s still SO MUCH we want to do.
Jobs: 2! Well, not at the same time. I’m no longer a public librarian, but I DO still give book talks with my friend Anbolyn (we have another one coming up in early March!). My current position is¬†with a small business with great perks and I do lots of fun (to me) research. (Jesse ALSO accepted a new position in his company).
Hobbies: Perfectly Posh ‚̧. And reading…and coloring…and yoga…and I think that covers all the things I do for fun. Oh wait, Target! I shop there a lot. AND hunting down amazing leggings from LuLaRoe consultants.
Time Spent Chasing a Toddler: I can’t even tell you how busy that kid keeps me. She’s now in the “I don’t want to wear clothes” phase of toddlerhood.

And an aside about Best Books…

It’s best books time! Combine all the best books lists and the holidays — seriously, my favorite time of year. I love to see the variety of titles combined with the clear standout titles that make it on all the lists.

I recommend checking out the #libfaves16 list, Book Riot readers favorites, and Entertainment Weekly’s picks. Plus Earlyword¬†always has excellent summary spreadsheets for those of us that REALLY want to see aggregated results.¬†Thanks to the hard work of Nora and her Earlyword team, I know that the¬†eight fiction titles below were on 7+ year-end lists. I also know that I read three of them and only liked one of them…

Author Title Publisher Name Number of Picks
Whitehead, Colson The Underground Railroad Doubleday 12
Gyasi, Yaa Homegoing Knopf 10
Woodson, Jacqueline Another Brooklyn Amistad 9
Chabon, Michael Moonglow Harper 8
Patchett, Ann Commonwealth Harper 8
Cline, Emma The Girls Random House 7
Hill, Nathan The Nix Knopf 7
Strout, Elizabeth My Name Is Lucy Barton Random House 7

I may not have read as many books this year as in years past, but I did read a few great ones (check out my #libfaves tweets OR follow me on Goodreads). A couple of my favorites that were published in 2016, I read last year. (And then I forgot that I read them and LOVED them…oopsies! I’m looking at you My Name is Lucy Barton and American Housewife! So sorry I forgot you). ¬†Anyway, just wanted to share my love of best books lists. ūüôā

Life: Oh So Posh.

helpwantedimagePerfectly Posh offers a lot of incentives to consultants, especially in the beginning. I’m 2.5 days away from my 90 day goal which would mean BIG REWARDS. I didn’t think I’d come close to the sales goal so I haven’t even tried getting people to sign-up to become a consultant. Well, I MADE the sales goal and now I’m going to try a little bit to get ONE more person on my team… ūüėČ

If you’ve NEVER tried Perfectly Posh¬†(but want to),¬†I recommend just taking the plunge and purchasing a kit. You will LOVE the products and earn commission & perk¬†points¬†on your own purchases. (Trust me, you’ll love these products.) Or you can never buy a single product again (ha! I doubt it!) and simply be a kitnapper. I was going to be a kitnapper, but I can’t NOT share these products with everyone I know. Really. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried.

Every month Posh re-works their kit to focus on a different ingredient or product line. This month is all about¬†Coconut Oil, last month was all about Honey. PLUS they always include a bonus item that the kit purchaser and their sponsor receives¬†(and ONLY those people get these items, they aren’t in the catalog).

October Fantastically Fall KitThe October Fantastically Fall kit includes some of my FAVORITE products: a yummy smelling Snarky Bar, a fantastic moisturizing Mask, Evie’s favorite Skin Stick, a¬†versatile delicious-smelling¬†Coconut Oil, and the very popular¬†Face Wash/Moisturizer pairing!

If you were to buy¬†all the items in the kit at full price it would be well over $200 (and still worth every penny, but why not save some moo-la the first time around?!), but if you take the plunge and buy a kit it’s $99.

PLUS in addition to the items shown in the kit, you also get a consultant exclusive: The Ritual Face Mask (which has become one of my favorites). AND you get the October recruiting exclusive: Violet Femme Whipped Body Butter.

October Recruiting Bonus

Say you do want to work your business, AWESOME! When you join I’ll hook you up with three great teams of consultants that offer excellent ideas, mad motivation, and sweet incentives. People join for a variety of reasons — to support their love of Posh, to spread the word to their friends, or to be their own #girlboss — you make it your own!

So if you’ve ever considered trying Perfectly Posh, now’s the time! (If you happen to do it before October 28th, I’d be eternally grateful.)

If you still aren’t ready to go big, that’s OK, too. I’ve got samples I can send — just let me know!


Life: Posh the Vote!

I wrote about my Posh Life (aka my new beauty obsession) a few weeks ago. I’m still obsessed.

This entire month has been filled with Perfectly Posh birthday celebrations — 5x the items in an order,¬†Spooky Posh, a FANTASTIC splurge of the month. PLUS they’re celebrating this election cycle with the Posh the Vote campaign (because — let’s be real — this election cycle¬†has been stressful, so pampering is NEEDED).

Vote for your favorite foot balm through September 27th. Whichever one wins will be on sale September 28th-October 5th. Look for a new pair to battle it out over the coming weeks!

Two items from the Play Footsie collection are up this week (voting ends tomorrow) and I really wasn’t sure which I liked more. I’ve used all of the products in the Play Footsie line (real talk: my feet were gross), but I couldn’t really tell a difference between the foot balms. Well…I fixed that!


First, my footsie transformation:

daily-grindI don’t have a photo of this because…who wants to document how gross their feet were?!¬†My transformation¬†started with a Snarky bar — the Daily Grind to be exact. I scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed and after a couple of uses my feet were feeling pretty. Plus my showers smelled like chocolate coffee — not the MOST relaxing scent, but for a coffee addict it’s heaven!

rubby-scrubbyAfter seeing results, I decided to give the Rubby Scrubby a try. My friend Sara had used it and said it was pretty great, and she hadn’t steered me in the wrong direction yet! It’s an exfoliating soap stick — so a little easier to hang on to than a snarky bar — and it smells like peppermint and thyme essential oils. It’s a little tingly, a little scrubby, and a whole lotta great. At least twice¬†a week, I double up and use whichever snarky bar I grab (I have several now) and my Rubby Scrubby.

After my shower when my footsies are nice and clean, I grab one of three items: Schwanky & Soft Exfoliating Foot Creme, Cool Your Sole Foot Balm, or Warm Your Sole Foot Balm. If I didn’t exfoliate during my shower, I grab the Schwanky & Soft; otherwise I turn to one of the foot balms.

And this is where I was like, “wait…I don’t notice a difference.” You see, my feet were never warmer or cooler after putting it on so when the Foot Balm Vote came up, I really didn’t know. So I used both to compare.

First thing I noticed: Cool Your Sole is much thicker. In fact, I didn’t realize how much thicker until I opened Warm Your Sole and almost had it ALL over my bed. Warm Your Sole is also a little greasier. Did I notice a temperature difference? With them both on, yes, but not much of one. I prefer the Cool Your Sole because it isn’t as greasy and I live in the desert.

Foot Balm

If you have ANY questions about Perfectly Posh, let me know. I LOVE these products and would love to POSH THE WORLD! But first, I’ll start with my friends. If you’d like to try a sample, I should have some I can mail out soon! OR, give the Posh to Meet You kit a try — you can choose a lip balm, a chunk, and a Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme for only $20!


Life: I Poshed.

I signed up for something I told myself I would never do – a multi-level marketing business. I did it because I want all the goodies in the kit and I like the product, not because I want to “start a business”. I never thought MLM’s were evil (I know there are people who do), I’ve just always found it annoying that I can’t get the products when I want (I mean, I’d like to try some LuLaRoe leggings, but I can’t just order them online, I have to know someone.¬†ANNOYING!)

Perfectly Posh IC Logo Pink RoundPerfectly Posh products are made in the USA, they use natural ingredients, they don’t add controversial¬†fillers, they aren’t tested on animals, and they have a lot of vegan options.

I was introduced to Perfectly Posh¬†by my friend Sara who ordered a kit and is far more dedicated to actually growing a business than I am. She also likes smell-goods more than me. ūüėČ First she tried to grab me with the Big Fat Yummy Hand Cremes, but it didn’t work. Smelly lotions aren’t my thing. Then¬†she introduced me to a Snarky Bar and I was freakin’ hooked. SO MUCH SCRUBBY GOODNESS. Jesse can’t handle the intense exfoliation provided by a Snarky bar, but I love it.

I got my first order in the mail at the end of June and ¬†I wasn’t disappointed.

So many goodies! Thanks, @sar333bear, for introducing me to the #snarkybar. #poshed #hurtssogood @perfectly_posh

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The Tranquilizer Snarky Bar smells lovely and is perfect for scrubbing the day away. I use the Under Wonder Matte Pore Primer every day, and I keep the handy Rehab Solid Lotion Bar at my desk at work (and it all smells delish!).

Of course, they get me with the buy 5, get 6th item free promotion every time. I go to order and I have to add just ONE MORE thing. And I do. Every. Time. I haven’t been disappointed in any of the products yet.

After hanging with Sara and a couple of other consultants on Posh Night, I decided to take the plunge and order a kit (and I purchased a few more items from Sara’s stash).

So many goodies! Thanks for letting me crash your Posh Party tonight, @sar333bear! #smellssogood #perfectlyposh

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Jesse loves that the Gender Bender Chunk¬†doesn’t hurt ūüėÄ and I’m surprised by how much I like the Olive My Love Cleanser sample Sara snuck in my bag. Who knew oil could be a good thing for your face?

One downside to PP¬†(other than how much product I’ve purchased) is that it takes FOREVER for items to ship. I’m an impatient person who is an Amazon Prime member just so¬†I can get whatever¬†I order in two days. Waiting is not something I do well.

So the effort I put into this is still to be determined, but I’m definitely a fan of the product. And I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY KIT! *Fingers crossed* it comes this week. I haven’t tried any of the masks yet and the August kit has¬†a couple. I think I’ll put one on and do a little reading after Evie goes to sleep!

I recommend taking a look at their products and checking out the Perfectly Posh¬†website to learn more about the company. From what I’ve seen, I’m pleasantly surprised and a little impressed.

Have a happy day!

PS — this¬†photo pretty much sums up my life.


Life: I need this outlet.

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately.

Life snuck up on me. But things have changed A LOT in my life lately and I need an outlet. Let’s see…

  1. New job
  2. Bought a house
    • House is 45 miles from old house
    • New daycare
  3. New job for Jesse
  4. Adopted two cats
    • Apparently allergic to long-haired cats

I’m adapting. The new job is wonderful but comes with its own unique challenges. Our little townhouse is great. It’s the perfect size for us at the moment with two outdoor spaces. We live much closer to my family now. But¬†I’m super far from my friends. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for me right now.

A new job means losing the comfort and security of the known. I had my work family and I miss them terribly. I miss my regular patrons. I even kind of miss the smell — the mix of books and homeless people and baked goods.

I know it takes time, I’ll get there with the new job. The trickiest part is that my work family also IS a large part of my Arizona family. But I love what I’m doing in my new job.

It’s so different from the public library life. There’s lots of research, more writing, less reading fun books.

But I’m still keeping a foot in the book world. I did a presentation at the beginning of summer on Sizzlin’ Summer Reads with my friend and fellow librarian,¬†Anbolyn, and we are planning another for the fall. It’s interesting to see where our taste in books intersects and where it doesn’t. It really proves that there’s a book for every reader (and when you read it in your life can really make a difference). I’ll post more about our Summer presentation soon. (I promise!)

Happy summer!