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March Favorites

I adore seeing what all of my friends and families are up to. I love to get all up in their biz and know what they are watching, reading, and listening to. What they are wearing, and what tea they are drinking. Just in case you are similarly inclined, here is what I was up to this month.faves_march

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Five Spring Time Must Reads

Hello lovelies! It’s been a little while, a thousand apologies. Between the holidays, family emergencies and some refurbishments, I had to take a little break from blogging. But I am back and ready to recommend some perfect spring time must reads! Spring officially just started March 20th so pick up one or two of these bad boys to start the season off right!

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Why You Should NEVER Buy a Bookmark

I’ve been an avid reader since the second grade. I remember that so specifically because my second grade teacher had a wonderful library and when you finished your school work early you could choose a book to borrow from that library until the end of school. I read through that entire library over the course of the second grade and I haven’t stopped reading since!

And over the entire duration of my reading career- not once have I purchased a bookmark.

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What to read this October

Is there a more perfect month than October to curl up with a good book? The weather is cooling off here in Oregon, and the cold makes me want to lay in bed with a good book all day long. But the question was, what to read this October? I went perusing my local used book stores and found these beauties that I’ll be reading over the next month. Check back next month the see what I thought of them!

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Annual Pumpkin Patch Trip

Kettle corn and hay rides and corn mazes, oh my! It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin season! You may have noticed that I went a little pumpkin crazy on the blog, but I just can’t help myself. Everything about them is awesome! You carve giant smiley faces on them, bake them into pies, and there are a plethora of farms that dedicate the entire season to them just for our amusement! Pumpkin patches are a good clean source of family entertainment, a wonderful place to take family portraits and an extremely valid excuse to get some fresh air!

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Autumn Inspired Pumpkin Risotto Recipe

As you may have read in some of my recent posts, gluten has decided to team up on me, and wreak havoc on my body- inside and out, anytime I attempt to eat it. Goodbye pastas, pastries and bread. I love you, but you have hurt me, and it is time to say goodbye. Finding other items to eat has been a bit of a challenge. Do you know how much of our foods contain gluten! A lot of everyday food items! I had become accustomed to eating everything with toast, or on a bed of pasta to help fill me up. So when I discovered risotto, it was a good day for me!

If you had asked me a month ago what risotto was I would have been able to tell you two things.

1.) It was a dinner item that came in a bowl.

2.) Gordon Ramsey talks about it a lot.

Risotto is just one of those foods that I happened to never have up until recently. And it wasn’t until I saw a recipe for a pumpkin risotto that I became interested in it. When I learned it was a rice, and therefore gluten free- that was it! I had to try it.

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Outline October: Prep and Resources for NaNoWriMo

November is coming up and that means a couple of things! Get ready to see a lot of mustaches and beards growing in as No-Shave November continues to be a thing. And get ready to write a novel! That’s right, November is National Novel Writing Month, or also known as NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo is a site that encourages you to sign up, and write a 50,000 word novel rough draft in 30 days. That means you need to write an average of 1,600 words a day to finish! NaNoWriMo is a great way to get into novel writing, and accomplish a goal that you set yourself!

So October has become known by some as Outline October! You can go into NaNoWriMo with just an idea, sure. But having an outline or a template would sure help you stick to that 1,600 word minimum a day. This page lists some preparation tips, tools and other resources that myself and other NaNoWriMo’ers have stumbled upon in our research, and will help you in all aspects of novel-writing, from character creation to world building and beyond!

If you know of another resource that you think belongs on this list, comment below and I’d be happy to add it!

Hope this list helps all you newbie (or seasoned!) novel writers out there!

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