January 13, 2017

cool stuff i like

 Happy Friday! There's a really fun new post up on 5 Hours 'til Bedtime, if you'd like to go check it out. I'm happy to report that the last remnants of My Worst Cold of All Time (MWCoAT) have finally vanished. This week I looked around and realized that what with Christmas and MWCoAT, I basically hadn't cleaned my house in a month and half. So I've spent pretty much every spare moment this week cleaning something or putting something away. That's been....not fun, but it has been satisfying. I've been doing a ton of reading from this cookbook, which I got as a Christmas present. The whole vibe is to cook weekly dinners on the weekend and you can then mix them and match them in different ways. I'm not sure how well I'm actually going to accomplish this idea, but I'm going to give it a whirl; I'll let you know how it goes. The recipes in the book look AMAZING.

This week's Cool Stuff is heavily winter themed, if you can't tell:

Winter chapter books to read aloud.

Spice and sparkle for the depths of winter.

I want to live in this pretty townhouse.

2017 YA fiction books for Harry Potter fans.

Winter art projects for kids.

'Beauty and the Beast' nail polish.

Beautifying winter drinks.

A peanut butter cup in breakfast form.

Kids can now wear their own drawings!

Cool Book of the Week: Continuing on with the magical circus theme I began last week, I have 'Caraval' by Stephanie Garber to show you. An amazing blog reader wrote to me about it. It comes out at the end of this month, and I've already pre-ordered it. This one looks like a YA fiction version of 'The Night Circus' with a little splash of 'The Hunger Games' thrown in. I heartily apologize to these authors, whose works I keep comparing to 'The Night Circus', but friends - that's the bar by which I will judge every book about circuses forever, and that's just the way it is. Want to impress me? Be better than and/or as fine as 'The Night Circus'. This one follows two sisters who are swept up in the far away world of Caraval - a once yearly show wherein the audience is allowed to participate. Is it a game? Is it a show? Is it real? One reviewer described it as 'stepping into a living dream.' I'm very excited!

Have a lovely weekend! Is it snowy where you are? I have friends who live in Portland and they are buried in snow. The Seattle area has received zilch. The white you see in the above photo was from about a month ago, and we got about 2 inches. Whyyyyyyyy does Portland get all the snow? Why Portland why? I'm hoping for another blast of cold in February or March, but my snow hopes are dwindling.....



  1. Yay! I'm so glad you were intrigued by the book description too! I just started it last night, while I too, am in the middle of my worst cold ever. Ugh.

  2. Definitely adding that book to my to-read list. (I see it's on HP fan list you posted, too!)

    I wish it would snow here. We had that nasty winter storm for a day last month (the night the girls were in The Nutcracker), but it was only 3 degrees outside and windy. It melted two days later. We were under a big ice warning this weekend, but it never got bad. Not that I want ice and bad weather, but I would love some snow. It might help my mood. xoxo