TBB Asks

I love doing these monthly questions and it’s time for February, which is all about love!

Kisses or hugs?

I genuinely love both!

Candy or flowers?


Baking or cooking?


Do you remember your first kiss?

I do!

My first kiss was Valentine’s Day freshman year of high school with my boyfriend at the time and we were watching Homeward Bound.

My first kiss with my husband was on my parents couch watching the Alabama versus West Virginia opening game over Labor Day weekend in 2014.

Favorite color of roses?

White or yellow.

Conversation hearts. Yes or no?

Only if they’re the sweet tart version.

Do you leave love notes?

I try to leave surprise post it’s in my husband’s office, but this is something I’d like to do more of. I want to find some fun ways to share how much I love and appreciate him.

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day?

I put a fun towel on my oven door.

Red or pink?


Milk, white or dark chocolate?


Do you believe in love at first sight?


Do you give humorous or serious Valentine’s Day cards?

We don’t do Valentine’s Day cards. We got engaged on February 13 and my birthday is the 23, so we’re more likely to celebrate those two events.

Favorite chick flick or romantic movie?

The Holiday. I also love Sweet Home Alabama, An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.

Stay in or go out?

Stay in. My husband’s cooking is better than restaurants in my opinion.


Winter Happiness

I love that Anne Bogel does a series of what she is loving in each season and thought I’d share some of of my winter favorites too.

Roasted potatoes.

Cozy sweaters.

LLBean slippers.

Peppermint tea.

Jasmine Rose tea.

Sleepytime tea.

Homemade hot cocoa.


Cuddly blankets.

Entertaining books.


Bubble Baths.

Space heaters.

Fleece lined leggings.

Flannel shirts.

Infinity scarves.


What is helping you stay warm, cozy and happy this winter?

January Reading

I love these prompts for a monthly theme to read from Rachel and Kristin! I read a few books I would recommend for cozy days, but Dreaming In Chocolate and The Simplicity of Cozy definitely were cozy reads!

Book Club Babies by Ashton Lee


While I have not read the other books in this series, I now want to. I fell in love with this community and it’s sweet residents!

This story centers on three Mamas to be and their support networks as they prepare to bring their babies into the world. It also explored the bond and deeper friendship that forms between them as they walk through this transition and new life stage together.

if you want to read a book that will make you smile and want to be friends with the characters, check this one out!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett


I haven’t read much Children’s or YA in recent years, but am making it a print 2018 to read more, and this was a delightful way to work towards that goal!

I love that this book featured s strong female protagonist who goes through a journey of self-discovery while on her grand adventure. The author had a fun combination of fairytale archetypes, modern technology references, and original ideas to keep readers of all ages entertained.

I think this book would make a really fun read aloud at bed time for families, or a fun solo read for a kid.

I was sent a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Lucy’s Book Club For the Lost and Found by Emma Davies


I deeply enjoyed this story of friendship that was built on the back of a library book club. Each character was interesting and lovable. The journey each character walked through was intriguing and kept me coming back to see where their story was headed. I definitely recommend this book, especially for a cozy winter read!

I was given a digital ARC of this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell


Make sure you have a period of uninterrupted time ahead of you when you pick up this delightful book! The characters are deeply engaging, there is a hint of magic at play, and the plot is so sweet, but also completely believable.

This book is definitely best enjoyed with a rich mug of hot cocoa, and preferably a couple decadent caramels too. When you read the book, you’ll understand why!

If you want a fun book to read alongside a snowy day and a mug of hot cocoa, then this is 100% the book for you!

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

King Truths: 21 Keys to Unlocking Your Spiritual Potential by Alveda King


I read this book on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I thought it was entirely appropriate to spend a couple hours with the work of Dr. King’s niece.

There was so much goodness in what she shared as King Family truths! Classic MLK quotes were present throughout like “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” There was also scriptural passages, quotes from others who inspired the way this family walks through life, and personal stories to share the twenty-one main points Alveda wants to share. I may not agree with some of her politics, but there was a lot of goodness in this book.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

In Bloom by Kayla Aimee


I was selected to be a member of the launch team for the latest release from Kayla Aimee.

This book is delightful. It is funny, endearing, encouraging, and truly relatable in Kayla’s stories, experiences, references, and humor. I am so excited to be part of the launch team for this book, and highly recommend adding it to your 2018 reading list. We all have our insecurities, and it’s reassuring to hear you’re not alone.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my review and participation on the launch team. By

Around the Table by Dr. Linda M. Clark


I was really hoping this would be a good leadership book, but I just didn’t connect with it. It felt disjointed and self-praising. While I’m a strong proponent for women in leadership and try to read and support voices working to achieve that, this book was definitely not a favorite in that category.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Retro Cross Stitch by Veronique Enginger


Growing up I remember my mom cross stitching often. She used this hobby to make wonderful gifts and keepsakes for our family, including stockings for each of us kids! She taught me when I was younger and my first project was a pink dinosaur. This is a hobby I hope to get back into and the beautiful designs in this book are serving as inspiration and encouragement to begin this hobby again.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

The Simplicity of Cozy by Melissa Alvarez


Cozy is one of my favorite words and feelings. I love the global focus of this book in exploring the emphasis and understanding of cozy around the world. It’s very focused on your soul being attuned to the world around you, and a bit new age in that regard. Overall it feels like the author found what’s trendy and used a bunch of buzzwords and common concepts to try and create a book about spirituality, but it feels disjointed and flat. The book started strong, but fell apart very quickly in my opinion.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Who’s That Girl? By Celia Hayes


This was a fun romantic comedy of a book that would make a great movie. However, the lead male is not redeemed in my eyes and comes across as an abusive jerk, not the romantic hero. The lead character is going through a journey of self-acceptance, particularly around her weight, but I don’t feel like she really has any true growth because of where her story ends. So, while I would watch the movie and enjoy it, I didn’t particularly like the characters.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray


Lincee is hilarious. I laughed out loud often while reading this book and felt like I was catching up with an old friend over dinner. My heart broke when she shared about the end of her marriage and her draw to Job and his hardship. I love her writing style, humor and can’t wait to recommend this book to all my girlfriends.

I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my review.

What did you read in January?


I saw Jana answer these questions on her blog this morning and thought they’d make a fun Tuesday post.

Three foods I hate and refuse to eat

Cooked stewed tomatoes. Radishes. Cottage cheese.

Three foods I love and eat more of than I should

Potatoes. Apples. Beef.

Three things chores I avoid until absolutely necessary

Cleaning the oven. Cleaning out the fridge. Organising the pantry.

Three chores I always do

Laundry. Wiping down surfaces. Cleaning the bathrooms.

Three wardrobe staples

Winter: Leggings. Button downs. Sweaters.

Summer: Dresses. Nike shorts. Large t-shirts.

Three TV shows I frequently watch in reruns

The Big Bang Theory. Fixer Upper. Boy Meets World.

Three movies I love (that might surprise you)

Draft Day. Miracle. Remember the Titans.

Three genres I generally don’t read

Thriller. Business. Horror.

Three things I’m looking forward to this year

Getting a job. Beach trip. Seeing my brother graduate from college.

Self-care Favorites

I am a big proponent of self-care, especially in the winter! I thought I would share fine ways I love myself that provide relaxation and rejuvenation.

1. Bubble Baths. Is there anything more calming than a bubble bath? Most of mine last between 30-60 minutes and I treasure each one of them!

2. Hot beverages. There is something so soothing about wrapping my hands around a hot mug of coffee, tea or cocoa and warming up from the inside out!

3. Reading. I love getting lost in a good book and picturing the words playing out in my head. I’ve loved to read since I was really young, and try to read at least a bit every day.

4. Painting my nails. This activity gives me at least 30-45 minutes of uninterrupted time while in paint and allow my nails to dry. I love having them painted and use it as an excuse to watch a fun TV show or movie while I do it.

5. Fresh bedding. I love crawling into fresh sheets in fresh pajamas on Sunday evenings. It’s such a perfect end to the weekend and start to the week!

What are your go to ways to practice self-care?

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Is there anything more satisfying on a cold, snow day than a cozy mug of cocoa? I still believe my mama makes the best homemade hot cocoa mix, but I loved the Crock-Pot version my Aunt Michelle made for Christmas so much too! Today I thought I’d share the recipe I’ve been using to make a quick stovetop hot cocoa at my own house.


  • 1.5 C milk
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon sugar
  • Dash of vanilla extract

I start by warming the milk as I add the cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, and vanilla to the pot. I bring it to just before boiling, while constantly whisking, before I pour the mix in my mug and top with a spoonful of whipped cream.

This is the cocoa powder I prefer using (it also makes great brownies!):

How do you fix your hot cocoa?

I also just finished a delightful book where hot cocoa was one of the main plot points, so it’s been a extra treat this weekend! 😉

2017 in Photos

I saw Amanda post this same prompt today and couldn’t resist following suit!

Find a photo from the year‘s greatest adventure – big or small.

Find a photo of a significant moment.

What photo makes you feel most alive?

Pick your favorite photo of you and the people you love.

Search for a photo of a morning you want to remember.

Find a photo that represents joy.

Locate a photo of the people that shaped your year.

Find a photo of you trying something new.

Identify an image of something you are proud of.

What is a photo that you’ll want to pass down for generations to come?