books of 2013... so far.

One of my goals for 2013 was to read at least 25 books by the end of the year - and I've done a pretty awesome job so far! Right now I'm almost done with my 24th book. Not too bad!

Here is a list of all the books I've read so far...

Halo - Alexandra Adornetto
Night Road - Kristin Hannah
Hades - Alexandra Adornetto
A Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
Everneath - Brodi Ashton
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Heaven - Alexandra Adornetto
On Dublin Street - Samantha Young
The Reptile Room - Lemony Snicket
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia
The Goddess Inheritance - Aimee Carter
Taken - Selena Kitt
Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia
John Belushi is Dead - Kathy Charles
If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch
Inferno - Dan Brown
Made in the USA - Billie Letts
Wicked Jealous - Robin Palmer
Half Broke Horses - Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

School of Fear - Gitty Daneshvari

More to come! 

love & cupcakes, 

songs to scrub dishes by #51

Happy scrubbing!

love & cupcakes, 




She's growing up so fast!! 

Reading -- I finished reading Half Broke Horses for book club last week and immediately started The Glass Castle . At our book club meeting, it was agreed that The Glass Castle would be the book for next month so I was already a few pages ahead of the game! I'm about halfway through so far and I'm really liking it.

Watching -- I'm still working my way through The Secret Circle - although Nick and I just discovered Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and we LOVE it!

Anticipating -- My very first 10k is only about a week away!!! I'm still working on reaching my 365 miles in 2013 challenge and getting ready for the 10k has really helped to add a bunch of miles to my tracker. Hopefully after the race I'll still be motivated to keep adding miles!

Listening To -- I'm pretty sure I've heard the Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme song about a zillion times this week...

Eating -- I've been making fish tacos for dinner for the past few weeks and they've been so yummy!

Working On -- Slowly but surely trying to clear some of the stuff out of our bedroom and master bath. There is just so much random junk all over the place - I carried an entire laundry basket full of DVDs downstairs a few days ago! Insane...

Wishing -- For more hours in the day so I could work on tackling the mess in my office, too! Scarlett is super interested in EVERYTHING that I have in there - especially my scissors and markers! Not a fun time...

I hope your week has been amazing! What are you up to currently???

love & cupcakes,

These posts are inspired by Danielle's weekly "Currently" posts. Check them out!


songs to scrub dishes by #50

Happy scrubbing!

love & cupcakes, 

real life...

Scarlett is sick today, the vacuum has been sitting unused for a few days, my sink is full of dirty dishes and I just want to take a long nap...

This is real life. 

Not every day is full of cute pictures of Scarlett. Not every day has a clever video or website to brighten the day. Not every day has lovely weather and fun parks. 

Some days suck. Some days are full of coughing and crying and cleaning up messes. Some days don't have enough coffee to get me through another night of little sleep. 

And I just have to remember that these are some days - not all days. Tomorrow may be bright and happy again. I just have to get there. This weekend may be full of fun. I just have to get there. Next week may be nothing but smiles and laughter. I just have to get there. 

And I just have to get through today.

love & cupcakes,



Last weekend, Nick got me disco ball at a garage sale! I'm so excited to hang it up!

Reading -- I'm finishing up Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeanette Walls and I really like it so far! We have book club tonight so I have to make sure I'm done! 

Watching -- I'm making my way through The Secret Circle on Netflix - totally cheesy, but I'm into it. 

Anticipating -- My very first 10k is in just two weeks! Gah!! I totally don't feel ready - even though I usually walk almost a 10k once a week. I think it's just the fact that other people will be there, too that has me freaked out a bit. But my mom and some friends will be there as well, so hopefully we'll all rock it!

Listening To -- I finally got the new [old?] Rilo Kiley album and have been listening to it like crazy!

Eating -- Nick got me to download the My Fitness Pal app so now I'm tracking calories. I hate it - once I'm held accountable for how many calories I'm eating, it makes me want to rebel like crazy and just scarf everything in sight! Maybe as time goes on my rebellious streak will go away... Hopefully!

Working On -- Knocking out my 365 miles in 2013 walking challenge! I'm doing great so far - over 250 miles already! That puts me ahead of schedule!

Wishing -- For more cool days - we had a few crisp moments, but not enough for my taste... Come on Fall!

love & cupcakes,

These posts are inspired by Danielle's weekly "Currently" posts. Check them out!


city girl...

A few weekends ago we took Scarlett to San Francisco for the day so she could see where Daddy goes each day for work. She had a blast running around Nick's office and looking out all of the big windows... She even got to write all over the special dry erase wall! And like a good girl, she insisted on cleaning off all of her artwork before we left. 

She seems to take Nick leaving for work now much easier than before she visited the office. Maybe since she knows exactly where he goes everyday, it's easier for her to deal with. 

love & cupcakes,


all the small things...

Losing my family in Target and eventually finding them exactly where I figured I would find them...

love & cupcakes, 


amusement park mania

I just realized that I never wrote about our trip to Great America a few weeks ago! Scarlett and I went with Nick's mom and sister and we had a blast. Scarlett got to play in the water park and go on a bunch of rides - she loved it! I got stung on my hand by a hornet [which completely sucked!] but I got some ice from the first aid station and was ready to roll again. 

We ended the day exhausted and toasted by the sun, but it was super fun. Next time Nick will have to come with us and get in on the action!

love & cupcakes,