Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered our very first giveaway! I enjoyed reading your emails and definitely have some great ideas in store for this blog – thanks for your time and thoughts! And now let’s get down to business…and the winner is… Kathleen A. from New York!! Kathleen, your books are on their way […]


Verb(ing) – VI

Reading I just started Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. Does her name sound familiar? It should as she is the author of the amazing Gone Girl. I’m about 20 pages in and, whoa, Dark Places is…dark. I’m digging it though. It’s not my typical read, so I’m proud of myself for branching out.   Dining An […]

Cat Studio

I have always had a thing for decorative pillows, but since I have animals that I allow on the couch (what can I say, I like to spoil my critters), I don’t have too many as it’s only a matter of time before the pillows are destroyed. However, it’s a new year, so I have […]

Yankee Style

As a child, except for a few trips to Ocean City and Disney, the majority of our family vacations were spent up north in New England. Of course, when you’re 8 years old, you couldn’t care less about the fall foliage or the history of the surrounding areas; you want roller coasters and Mickey Mouse! […]

Annapolis Candle Company

For Christmas, my BFF, Mary, gave me a candle from the Annapolis Candle Company. The owners, husband and wife team, Mike and Jenny, are good friends of Mary’s, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them multiple times. They are a charming couple with two adorable daughters. Mary presented me with their Cranberry and Orange […]

It’s All Up to You

In the spirit of the New Year, I wanted to share an image that I’ve had as my desktop background for a few months now. I’m a follower of Rachel Cruze’s, who is a financial advisor, (her father is the more well-known Dave Ramsey). She shared this quote on her Facebook page sometime last year, […]

Verb(ing) – V

Reading For Christmas my wonderful sister-in-law got me Vicky Moon’s Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, and Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant. I’m only a few pages in, and I’m already in love – and I’m so inspired to continue my horsey décor throughout my house.   Learning James and I are signing up […]

Verb(ing) – IV

Reading I’m still working on my “Summer Reading List” from this post. Yes, I’m aware that it’s December. I’m about halfway through Michael Korda’s Horse People and it’s excellent. Interestingly though, I bought this book in 2007, got 20 pages in, declared it boring, and put it back on the shelf. Now that 7 years […]

Giving Thanks

This ecard is pretty darn accurate for most horse people, wouldn’t you agree? But in all seriousness, there is no better time of year to pause and reflect on all that we have and are grateful for. Personally, I’m thankful for the love, support, and good health of my wonderful family and close friends. I’m […]

Verb(ing) – III

Reading You know, sometimes a girl needs to take a break from those serious drama-y books and enjoy a little romance. Equestrian romance, you say? Even better. I just finished Natalie Keller Reinert’s “The Honorable Nobody,” which is Book 2 of 3 in her “Heroines on Horseback” series. The first was the alluring “Miss Spencer […]

Good, Cheap Fun

Every September we take a weekend and head to Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, PA. It’s about two and a half hours from us, and in addition to the park, they have a campground. Camping there has become a family tradition. James grew up going to Knoebels every year. His grandparents lived in the Poconos, […]

Verb(ing) – II

Reading Committed is the sequel to Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat Pray, Love. I’m about 50 pages in and really enjoying it. Gilbert’s writing style is so clean and easy; she reminds me why I love the memoir genre. Remembering I know it’s not officially over, but I’m already reminiscing about my beautiful summer. Maryland had […]

Verb(ing) – I

I’m an avid follower of the equestrian lifestyle blog, Shiny Ponies. It is there that I first saw “Verb(ing),” and I have decided to follow suit. Here are three things that I’m currently “doing.” Packing For a few days next week, my husband and I are venturing to Saratoga Springs, New York. It will be […]

The Shopping Spree That Wasn’t

I’ve failed, you guys. When I said I wanted to buy something new every month to begin updating my closet, I meant it in earnest. I really did. I’m 31 now; it’s time to start dressing a little better. I did really well for January and February, and then I kind of faltered a bit […]

My February Buy

I’m pretty pleased with myself for actually buying some clothes in February. In this post, I mentioned how I was going to buy one nice article of clothing each month in an effort to update my closet and my overall look. Some of you are probably wondering why such a trivial matter deserves its own […]

Clothes Horse

For anyone who has ever seen me, or rather, seen what I wear, you would know that a “clothes horse” I am not. It’s not that I don’t like clothes and owning nice things, it’s just that the latest trends and fashions aren’t on my radar. Horses are on my radar, all the time, as […]

Tis the Season

Sometimes I feel like Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas. “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” I know we, as Christians, celebrate the birth of Jesus, and I do recognize this day as our Savior’s birthday. But on a non-religious level, Christmas has become bothersome to me in recent years…and […]

Summer and Blogging

Hey readers (all 3 of you!) I just wanted to apologize for my lack of recent posts…and for my lack of posts moving forward. Earlier in the year, I had set a goal to try and blog at least 2 to 3 times a week…and I succeeded for a bit! But now that summer is […]

Follow MovieLove

I’m surrounded by super creative people at work, especially on the proposal team. Clara, owner of the Cupcakes by Clara blog and business, started her blog a few months ago – see my post about it here. Nicole is another piece to our proposal team puzzle. Actually, the three of us call ourselves The Tripod […]

Follow Cupcakes by Clara

One of the best things about my job is working with my co-worker, Clara. Not only is she a fantastic proposal writer, but she likes to talk books as much as I do. She also loves to bake cupcakes…and I love to eat them! It’s the perfect friendship. Mmmmmmm……… Clara started making cupcakes occasionally when […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you had a great day filled with lots of turkey and family time. I’m feeling especially blessed this year, and I hope you are too! +31   

Rockin’ the Red

While I love to play sports, I have a hard time sitting down and watching them on TV…especially during the afternoon if it’s a nice day and I could be outside. But I do try to keep up with two sports: tennis and hockey. I played on the Varsity tennis team in high school, so […]

Men in Grey Suits

As many of you know, it’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel! I’m kind of ashamed to admit it, but this is really the first year I’ve gone out of my way to make time for Shark Week. How could I have missed this amazingness!? For those of you who know me pretty well, you […]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

That’s right – summer is here and 4th of July is just around the corner! I look forward to this stretch of the year during the cold winter months. I feel like the July 4th holiday officially ushers in this glorious time of year and that’s why it has always been my favorite holiday, trumping […]

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