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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES: Mom Edition

THIS IS EXCITING. We’re kicking off the holiday season with GIFT GUIDES! And this first one is for all the pretty ladies that always tell you that they just want a nice card for Christmas (which is obviously doable, mom, but come on). Moms (or aunts, or godmothers, or whoever really) can be hard to shop for, so I made a lil guide (with a little help from my friends— looking at you alex) for you to pull ideas from!

Lets dive in…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES: MOM EDITIONButter Warmer // Lush Sleepy Moisturizer // Beautiful Bouquet // The Women in the Castle // Lunya Silk Pajamas // Anthro Blanket // Simone LeBlanc Gift Set // Slippers

Okay, I was stalking Crate & Barrel (as you do) and saw that they sell a BUTTER WARMER. Who doesn’t want a butter warmer? Like, greatest invention of all time. You mean I don’t have to put butter in a bowl and then in the microwave and have it melt to the wrong consistency? I can have an actual cute pan that I can control? Yeah, get your mom a butter warmer. She’ll be happy. Also, I got my mom a cute kitchen scale a few years back and she always tells me what a good gift it was because she has to use it during the holidays! Continue Reading

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Winter Reads | Past, Present & Future

It’s time to update you on my winter reads! It’s been a while since my last update (which you can find here). I am so far behind on my reading challenge that I need to step it up into gear. Have any reading recommendations for me? Leave them in the comments below! I need some serious help.

Great Winter Reads for 2017 | Moddie BlogPast: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I’ve had this book on my shelf since like 2014 I think, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it. The Goldfinch is a Pulitzer Prize winner and had glowing recommendations from friends so I knew I’d enjoy it, but I couldn’t seem to pick it up (maybe because it’s 770 pages yiiikes)! Finally I did this past month and it took me the good part of 2 1/2 weeks to get through it. But I did and I’m so glad because I did really enjoy this and it was very different from my normal pick. Glad to get out of my comfort zone.

Okay, so what is this book about, you ask? It’s about a boy named Theo Decker who goes through a trauma that leaves his mother dead but gives him a painting called The Goldfinch. With his father out of the picture, 13 year old Theo is taken under the wing of a schoolmate’s family and slowly forges a path into the art world. We follow Theo to adulthood where things take ominous turns, but ah! I really enjoyed this. The problems Theo faces are ones we all do (although usually on a much smaller scale) and it was refreshing to see realistic, but interesting characters! 4.2/5 stars.

Present: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I’m currently more than halfway through this lil new novel from one of my favorite authors, John Green. He wrote The Fault in our Stars— I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. If you haven’t, well… it’s about cancer and it made me cry. So, go read it. However, this new novel takes on a new health subject— mental health.

Turtles All the Way Down is about 16 year old Aza. Aza struggles with intrusive thoughts and thought spirals and it’s making her feel like she’ll never have a normal life. Insert a missing billionaire, a pink-haired best friend, a $100K reward, and a boy from her past and Aza has an adventure she didn’t see coming. So far I’m really enjoying this and am blowing through it. Would be a great read for a plane ride, a relaxing vacation, or just ya know an every day winter read.

Great Winter Reads for 2017 | Moddie BlogFuture: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I first read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie two years ago and fell in love. It’s so important to read from diverse authors and since reading Americanah, I’ve pushed myself to do so more and more. I picked up Half of a Yellow Sun a few months ago (a year ago?) and knew I would enjoy it as I’ve also read her essay called We Should All Be Feminists (and loved it). So after doing a quick instagram poll (follow me here) on what I should read next Half of a Yellow Sun won by a landslide!

Eee this looks so good. Adichie weaves together the tale of three separate characters who are affected by the turbulence of Biafra’s intense struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s. Ugwu, a 13 year old houseboy for a university professor, Olanna, the professor’s mistress, and Richard, a young Englishman, all have to run for their lives as the Nigerian troops advance. The novel follows them as their loyalties are tested. Honestly, cannot wait to dive into this.

Okay, your turn. What are you reading this winter? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Holiday 2017 Advent Calendar Round Up

Are you screaming at me that it’s too early yet? Well, for advent calendars it’s NOT! You need these on day 1 which means you need to be thinking ahead in November. You’re lucky I’ve got your best interests in mind. This is the season for treating yourself and your favorite people, so get clickin’ on these super fun advent calendars.

I also have to mention that Trader Joe’s does a mean chocolate advent calendar so keep your eyes peeled. And the a-frame gingerbread houses… okay, I’m ready for the holidays.

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First up are TREATS! If you’re more traditional, these may be up your alley. But seriously— a marshmallow advent calendar? UM. OK. Hot chocolate with mallows every evening, please and thank you. Then of course there’s the classic Godiva chocolate calendar where you can’t go wrong. Williams & Sonoma also put out their advent calendar which looks classic & beautiful. And, my favorite, because look at that print— the Alain Ducasse advent calendar with yum chocolates.

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