Friday, October 21, 2016

Blogging, Reading and Baby

It's no surprise to those who read my blog lately that I have a four month old daughter who is the sweetest baby ever, but I feel that my blog is taking a backseat to life again (as it should I suppose). When Spencer naps, I generally try to get some chores done or end up watching Netflix. I haven't put as much time in to reading either, but I'm hoping that changes soon.

I'm trying very hard to work on a schedule for Spencer so that her feedings, naps and bedtime are more consistent in hopes that I can figure out how to fit in reading and blogging a little more. Or at least setting aside a few hours a week for blogging, so I can work on a few posts a couple of times a week so that I feel more accomplished. 

This week Spencer is trying baby cereal and bigger bottles. It's been a challenge going from smaller bottles more often to larger ones spaced out, but we'll get there and I hope this means she may nap longer or go to bed earlier at night. 

The one thing that has been happening is reading with Spencer and I've already posted the first review for a book we read together - No, No, Gnome! So look forward to more reviews featuring my sweet baby girl.

I have a few blog tours to complete, which I think are helping me to make sure I get some reading into my routine. I miss reading! And I've been trying to use my tablet to read using my Kindle app. I've been trying to use social media more while baby is feeding or sleeping my arms. Thank goodness for cells phones with WiFi.

Finding balance has always been hard, but now it's that much more difficult. I'm looking at ways to organize my blogging ideas and posts while fitting it into my day of being a full time Mom (at least for a year while I'm on maternity leave) and keeping my home organized as well. I'm sure when I go back to work it will be even more interesting.

For other momma book bloggers out there - how did you find the balance? Looking for suggestions on getting organized. When do you fit blogging and social media into your day?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10 Character Names That Are Perfect For Pets!


1) I actually have a cat named Esme! I found her at the Humane Society and that was the name they gave her so I kept it!  It was during the Twilight craze.

2) Baz from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell - I'd love a male cat with this name. He'd need to be a brown tabby or a tuxedo cat.

3) Atticus from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - A golden retriever named Atticus would be adorable! 

4) Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor -  I think a rabbit would suit this name best.

5) Selene from Orphan Station by John Kent - I think this would make another great cat name!

6) Wren from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I think either a cat or a rabbit would suit this one too! 

7) Luna from Harry Potter series - cat or bird.

8) Stella from Illicit Magic by Camilla Chafer - obviously a cat (notice a theme?)

9) Nara from Brightest Kind of Darkness by PT Michelle - definitely a dog of some sort.

10) Pearl from Drink Slay Love by Sarah Beth Durst - a fish!

What character names do you think suit pets? Do you have a pet named after a fictional character?

Friday, October 14, 2016

Character Names | Feature & Follow

Hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read.

What are some of your favorite, hated, or memorable character names? via Brooke Banks 

The Good:
Hazel Grace from The Fault In Our Stars
Edie from Who's That Girl?
Levi from Fangirl
Eleanor from Eleanor & Park 
Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead

The Bad:
Renesmee from Twilight Series
Chase Walker from The Sweet Spot

The Memorable:
Hermione from Harry Potter Series
Cath & Wren from Fangirl
Fifer from The Witch Hunter

Thursday, October 13, 2016

No, No, Gnome by Ashlyn Anstee | Review

No, No, Gnome! by Ashlyn Anstee
Published: February 9, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Received: as a gift from Simon & Schuster Canada
Find Online: S&S Canada | Goodreads | Amazon | Chapters

Gnome cannot wait to help his friends harvest the school garden! But his eagerness and excitement get him into trouble, leaving them all saying, “No, no, Gnome!”

My daughter, Spencer, received this book as a welcome to the world gift from the lovely team at Simon & Schuster when she was born at the end of June. She is finally getting into books, paying attention to the pages and looking at the colours and drawings while listening to me reading the story out loud to her. 

So loves the bright pictures in No, No, Gnome! so much! And giggles as I read the story with fun expressions. I also talk about what we see on the pages, especially the ones without words that are meant to be observed. 

For anyone with a young child, I think they would enjoy this book for the illustrations and then as they grow older they will learn to understand the lesson that the book provides. Gnome is an over enthusiastic student and actually does everything in excess and ruins the garden he and his classmates have grown. Realizing his mistake, he works hard to right everything and make his friends happy again.

Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada! 

 About the author:
Ashlyn Anstee is a story artist at Nickelodeon on Harvey Beaks, a picture book writer/illustrator ("Are We There, Yeti?" Simon & Schuster, 2015 & "No, No, Gnome!" Simon & Schuster, 2016), a comic artist, a film maker, and a devourer of cookies.

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