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SamanthaMarie

SamanthaMarie

Joined February 2018

Gentle soul in a wild world, sustained one book at a time. Married and momming it up to a sweet 3 year old boy.
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Waiting at the dentist for my appointment. My bookmark is my most recent card from @Crazeedi !!! Love that this is such a Litsy moment. A book while waiting and a card from a Litten pen pal. A happy moment. :)

Crazeedi Perfect!😉💖 4mo
Crazeedi Hi there! How are you 2mo
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@Endowarrior21 @Lea
#HogwartsintheSpringSwap #HogwartsintheSpring #HITSS

AHHHHH!!!!!! I love everything so much. That note book is the coolest thing Lea! And it was all so perfectly Ravenclaw. Thank you SO SO much. I'm feeling so magical 😍❤

Lea Yay!! I‘m so glad you love it all! 4mo
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Starting this today. I never attended camp as an adolescent but I worked at camps in college and professionally for awhile. It was a true highlight of my life. (Though the worst experience of my life also happened while I was working at a camp 🤷🏼‍♀️) I can't wait to dive in!

Did you ever attend camps? Work at them? Fond memories? Terrible memories?

QueenJen I worked at a Girl Scout camp for the summer after I graduated. I shared a tent with another counselor and we named a spider that had moved in Charlotte. 4mo
emtobiasz My fiancé and I met while working at an academic summer camp for tweens and teens! I never really liked my camp experiences as a kid but loved working there as a college student. 4mo
Lauram I worked at a camp for children and adults with disabilities. 4mo
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SamanthaMarie @QueenJen When working at a camp we went on camp tours in the off season, the Girl Scout camp we visited was one of my favorites! Aww Charlotte 😍 that sounds so fun! (Also brave, I have a hard time with spiders.) 4mo
SamanthaMarie @emtobiasz So glad your experiences were redeemed in college!! I met my husband when we were both counseling at a summer program. It is a great place to meet people. Do you have a date for your wedding set? Congratulations! 😍 4mo
SamanthaMarie @Lauram I bet that was a great experience!! In this book a small section talks about a woman had really great camp experiences and then when she had her daughter with down syndrome she opened up a camp for kiddos with disabilities so they could have the same wonderful experiences she had when she was younger. Camp can be so powerful! 4mo
Chrissyreadit I volunteered at a week long camp for kids with cancer and their siblings for seven years. Still holds a place in my heart. I would miss everyone for months after each year. 4mo
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@Endowarrior21 #hogwartsinthespring

I meant to post this a few days ago (but my husband returned from his deployment so we have been very busy!) So excited!! I just have a couple of little things to get and then my package will be ready to go to my recipient!

Hogwarts 😍

Endowarrior21 Yay and I am glad your husband came home safely 4mo
Lea Hope you enjoyed it!! Yay for husband at home. 4mo
SamanthaMarie @Lea I so did!!! Just posted a photo. Thank you SOOOOO much!!! ♡♡♡ 4mo
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I love Christie Purifoy and I'm so happy to be reading an advanced copy of Placemaker. Hoping this stirs around the embers in my heart this cloudy, melancholy day.

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My seasonal depression has been a little rough these past few weeks. Some days I'm just so tired I can't even deal with the internet "world." But I've been steadily reading. This macabre book was interesting to read and led to more than one nightmare. The counterpart of the World's Fair was interesting. You could tell the author was passionate about the fair. A few too many details for my taste and I'm not usually a reader of true crime.

KrystleTheBookSlayer I hope you feel better, my seasonal depression has been bad lately too. This book had a bit too much architectural details about the fair for my taste, I thought it was so-so too. 5mo
SamanthaMarie @KrystleTheBookSlayer Thank you so much. I hope you feel better soon as well. Winter always seems to get longer year to year. Yes! I think that was it. It had a lot of jargon that I didn't care to research more to understand. Thus making large portions of the book so so. 5mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer It honestly feels like we're in our 3rd winter this year & February has had a lot of snow! I think I really need to move somewhere with a better climate. 5mo
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Congratulations @TheReadingMermaid What an incredible Litfluence!! And it is mighty nice of you to help your books find new homes haha!

My favorite genre is probably kid lit. Or memoir. Just depends on my mood :)

If you don't already follow Tamara you need to! She is so nice and hosts great swaps. Congrats again!!

#150kGiveaway

TheReadingMermaid Awe, sweetie thank you so much. That touched my heart today ❤️🥰❤️ thank you for entering and much luck to you 🤗 5mo
Crazeedi Hi there @SamanthaMarie !!! I got your lovely card, I'll be writing soon!!! 4mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Awesome!! So glad it arrived. :) 4mo
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Breaking the kid lit cycle (mostly because I've finished a bunch of the ones on my TBR the last three days) with this book. Has anyone read it before or anything like it??

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Jonathan's fever broke early this morning!! 🙌🏻🙆🏼‍♀️ he is a whole new boy. But now I'm a little more sick than yesterday so definitely another bed day. Starting Neil Patrick Harris' second installment of his kid lit series. I really enjoyed the first one! I love how his personality shines through in his writing. He's a great narrator.

Cinfhen So sad when the little ones aren‘t feeling well but equally tough when u get what they have 6mo
Velvetfur I'm glad little one is feeling better but sorry to hear you're not *hugs* 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Cinfhen Yes!! It makes for a few very long days. Thankfully he is generally good natured and pretty independent but I'll still have to manage getting him food and such haha! 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Velvetfur Thank you so much!! His was 24 hours so fingers crossed for me. :) 6mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie I'm so sorry to hear you're now not feeling well! Jonathan is such a cutie! Stay in touch, a note on the way this week 6mo
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Next up will be the last book in The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer. And toys for Jonathan. And smoothies. It may be 40 something degrees out, but sick days call for smoothies!

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I really do love the Greenglass books by Kate Milford. I hope she comes out with more of them. I find that they tackle serious issues (adoption and all that it can mean for the adoptee) that some kids deal with on a daily basis. Milford never shies away from the hard emotions, I love that. This is an empowering book that tells a great story and provides outlets and covert advice to kids struggling. Highly recommend!

SamanthaMarie Also Jonathan got sick from our terrible house guests and I'm not feeling too hot myself so a relaxing day in bed is on the docket. 6mo
Dragon Hope you both feel better soon! 💐 6mo
Slajaunie Beautiful pictures! 6mo
cobwebmoth Hope everyone is feeling better soon. 6mo
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Death by Chocolate | Abigail Keam
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Thank you @Crazeedi for the tag!!!
This is hard in that... I have dogs, I love cats, tacos are a weekly occurrence here, chocolate happens almost every other day, and books are a daily!! So let's see...

🍫Chocolate
📚Books
🐶Dogs

I justify getting rid of tacos because there are always taco bowls which while not the same, are still tasty. 🤭
@iread2much what about you??

Tove_Reads I‘m all about fajitas and burritos, so no problem 😃 6mo
HannaPolkadots Coffee, books, make up 😅 If I lived like that I would probably be a lot skinnier 😉 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Tove_Reads Oooo good point!! I do love fajitas!! 😍 6mo
SamanthaMarie @HannaPolkadots Haha!! I so hear that. I'm thinking of doing a Whole30 soon and I always miss my chocolate the most 😂 6mo
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I was about 100 pages in when our house guests from hell showed up. Two boys about Jonathan's age... I have never heard so much whining, screaming, fighting, and bullying. I'm all for hands off parenting to foster independence... but I'm not for negligent parenting that causes your kiddos to be monsters. And I *hate* when kids push, punch, and make fun of my little guy just because he is more reserved and not as athletic. *Steps off soapbox* cont.

SamanthaMarie Anywho. Recovering by picking this read back up and letting Jonathan play with his duplos to his heart's content. We also had a playdate with our in town friend group this morning and I was reminded that there are SO many good kids in the world. So that was heartening. But I need naps, books, and chocolate after the past three days. Ooofdas! 6mo
DivineDiana Well, that wasn‘t a fun play date or I mean house guests‘ visit! ☹️ (edited) 6mo
SamanthaMarie @DivineDiana It was hard!! They were here for three days 😳😭 I really like my friend as a person... but maybe not as a parent. 😖 6mo
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Spencer_Labbe Love that cover! 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Spencer_Labbe Agreed!! It is a lovely one. 6mo
RebL Both the pic and description so full of shared experience. I once stupidly made my son apologize to a kid who smashed a LEGO creation. My son yelled at the kid and the kid‘s mother demanded the apology. After however many years, I‘d still like to take that apology back. 6mo
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I must be on a kid lit kick (probably because I am uber stressed out and had the worst panic attack I've had in years, this morning.) I read the first of this series back in... October? November? Then tried to listen to this on audiobook loan through the library but I'm just much better at hard copy fiction. So excited to dive in!

Itchyfeetreader Sorry to hear about your arrack. Go easy and look after yourself 🤗 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Itchyfeetreader Thank you so much! I have gotten better over the years at resting afterward which I'm counting on helping me so that another one doesn't come again any time soon. 6mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie oh no so sorry to hear this! I had a terrible panic attack several years ago while driving, I thought I was dying, seriously. I got pulled over, and told my husband I loved him as he called 911. So scary, have had other smaller ones. So please know I'm thinking of you 6mo
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SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Yes! I used to have to call 911. And then I got a therapist and naturopath and quit caffeine and most sugar and gluten and dairy (most of the time) and I do much better now. But it still comes out of nowhere occasionally and it is so scary and stressful. Especially when Jacob is gone and it's just me at home with little Jonathan. But I did okay and we just spent most of the day in bed reading and playing with toys :) 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Thank you for sharing your experience. It truly helps me to know I'm not alone and that in some ways it is almost "normal" since so many others have experienced it as well. How did you fare your big snowstorm?? 6mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie we got 6 or 7 inches of heavy snow. The piles froze on the car we had in the driveway! Its like -1 farenheit here this am! Brrrr 6mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie and I just realized you have 2 little boys? Ok I will be writing to you this week! 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Oh my goodness, that is so cold!!! Yikes. We dropped down to 28 last night. Cold for us. But no snow sadly haha. And no!! Just Jonathan. He is 3 :) and then Jacob is my husband who is deployed. It can be hard to keep their J names sorted. People mix them up all the time haha! 6mo
Crazeedi @SamanthaMarie omgosh I've been calling your little boy Jacob, oops! I'm so sorry!!!!!! I'll keep it straight now🤪 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi I totally knew what you meant, it is all good!! Your life has been so busy!! 6mo
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You guys. An amazing ending to one of my new favorite series. It uses lovely words like "jolly" and "plucky." It has just enough whimsy. A dastardly deed trying to be done throughout the series. Hijinks! Adventure! A curse! So much a winner. I can't wait to read these to my son.
After reading "I'd Rather Be Reading" by Anne Bogel I've taken care to read the acknowledgement page. This one had me in tears.
This is my 4th of my goal of 100 for 2019!

Crazeedi Great review! And you're doing well on your goal too! Hugs to Jacob! 6mo
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I LOVE these books. And I've finally gotten my hands on the newest and the end to the series. 150 pages in and I'm not a bit disappointed. Truly enjoyable narration and a delightful, "harrowing" story. Can't wait to find out what happens!! Anyone else a fan of the Incorrigibles??

mabell Looks cute! 6mo
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Blended | Sharon M. Draper
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I am about to begin reading this!! Has anyone read it before? How was it for you?

SW-T @SamanthaMarie It‘s in my TBR. Interested to hear how you like it. It looks good 🤔 6mo
EH2018 Just borrowed this the other day, sounds really good. Draper is a really good author so I have hight hopes 6mo
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This library hold came in late. What can you do?? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I really enjoyed reading this little guy and will add it to my list to try and snag again in November or even October to get lovely ideas for how to celebrate. I love all Susan Branch books. Definite fan girl haha!

mabell Same here! 6mo
SamanthaMarie @mabell Yay!! Another Susan Branch fan. I think her books and calendars and even newsletter are all so joyful. 6mo
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Perhaps I should preface this by saying, I LOVE Savannah. So just about any book set in Savannah is going to win my heart. However this true life memoir crime novel was crazy interesting my adoration aside. Written in a very magazine reporting style (as the author largely wrote for magazines and newspapers) it records his time and friendships with some Native Savannahians and a murder amidst them all. Not scary (in my opinion and I scare easily.)

JenReadsAlot I read this book which led to me visiting Savannah! 6mo
SamanthaMarie @JenReadsAlot That would have been really interesting to read it first and then visit. What did you think? Did you go and see the places talked about in the book? 6mo
JenReadsAlot I loved it there! 6mo
Kaye Sounds like a beautiful city. Wonderful book. 6mo
Crazeedi I have had this on my reading list but have never read it yet, now I must! 6mo
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It has been a LONG TIME since I've read a "Christian" book. This one was well worth reading. I've been deeply traumatized and wounded by "men of God" and in some ways that was a blessing- I stepped away from Evangelical Fundamentalism... but in other ways it ruined my spiritual life, which is very important to me. This book was a good step in the right direction. With practical action steps at the end of each chapter. Would recommend :)

Crazeedi Keep searching, you will find Him 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Thank you ♡♡♡ I am finally getting to a hopeful place. :) 6mo
Slajaunie Amazing quote! Man is sinful but it is hard to separate them from who they are supposed to represent. Prayers! 🙏 6mo
Texreader I walked away from organized religion long ago. I struggled so with what humanity said and did and trying to reconcile it with Christianity. This looks good. 6mo
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I was video chatting with his daddy when all of a sudden he passed out. This kid never naps anymore!! That's how you know he is sick. ☹ Thankfully he passed out on me on the couch that held my current read. So no complaints from this mama. 😊💕

kyraleseberg I strategically place a book in each room because my daughter doesn't nap regularly - when she does, she always falls asleep on me 🙈 so I like to have a book close by so I don't wake her! Hope your little one feels better soon! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Win/win! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Now hopefully you don‘t need to use the bathroom or get a drink. 😆 6mo
SamanthaMarie @kyraleseberg That is genius!! My little guy has always been a nap on mommy kiddo too. We must be comfy 😂😂 thank you, I sure hope so too!! 6mo
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SamanthaMarie @Reviewsbylola I definitely was wishing I had eaten before he fell asleep 😂 6mo
Crazeedi Such a Cutie! Sweet boy who loves his mama! 6mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi Thank you so much!! He is a total sweetheart. I feel very lucky to be his mama ♡♡ 😍 6mo
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Winners: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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You guys!! 33 of you entered my giveaway!! 33!! If that isn't the universe working good for all of us, I don't know what is. Thank you for your patience while I was sick. I assigned everyone a number and did a random number generator and @throwmeabook won!! So excited to send you a book off your TBR and some goodies.

Thank you to all 33 of you who entered and for celebrating with me!

SamanthaMarie @throwmeabook Send me an email at samanthathorson at hotmail dot com and we can get the ball rolling for you goodies :) 6mo
sudi Congrats @throwmeabook 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
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throwmeabook @SamanthaMarie Sending you an email now. Thank you so much! This is awesome! 🎉 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations @throwmeabook 🎊🎉📚 6mo
mabell Congrats! What a coincidence!! 6mo
gradcat Congratulations 🍾🎉🎈🎊 @throwmeabook ! 6mo
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Everybunny Dance! | Ellie Sandall
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Hello everyone! I haven't forgotten about #samanthamariegets3333 I've just been sick with a chest cold and last night my little guy came down with a fever so trying to get better and then I'll announce the winner!!! Thank you to all who have entered!!!
For now we are cuddling up with some picture books to help us feel better. :) I certainly miss my husband even more when I'm sick haha. #ohdeployments
Favorite/best ways to spend sick days?

mabell Hope you both feel better soon! 6mo
tammysue Oh no.. I hope you both recover quickly 🤗 6mo
jessinikkip Hope you get feeling better soon!! I like to spend my sick days in bed with a good book 6mo
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In all the holiday hub bub, I did manage to finish a few books. I wanted to share how much I really loved this one. In high school I became a very strident fundamental evangelical Christian and in the last 6 years I've been dismantling that harmful theology. This book made me ache over the things I used to believe.
It was intensely engaging prose all the way through. Cameron's story is raw and honest. Well written young adult fiction.

ohyeahthatgirl That's a hard journey, but as someone with experience, it's absolutely worth it. 6mo
SamanthaMarie @ohyeahthatgirl I'm a MUCH more loving and kind person now that I'm not worried about who is "in or out," "saved or unsaved," etc. It definitely messed with me especially early in my dating with my now husband. I could go on. But I'm so glad to hear you say that. ♡ 6mo
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#Giveaway !!! Three is my second favorite number and I've been wanting to do a fun giveaway to give back to this wonderful Litsy community.
To enter: Repost, tag me, and use the hashtag #samanthamariegets3333 AND on your post tell me your favorite number and why.

You will win: Your choice of book from your Litsy TBR!! (And probably some fun goodies.)
Winner chosen: Saturday the 5th

Thanks again for the fun times Litsy. Good luck! Open to all!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego International or US only? 7mo
AmyG Thank you x3! 7mo
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UnidragonFrag Congrats! I'm never able to catch a good number, haha 7mo
SamanthaMarie @UnidragonFrag I was stalking my Litsy for an hour hahaha 😂😂 7mo
SamanthaMarie @AmyG Thank you!!! 🤩 7mo
JoScho Congrats! And thanks for doing such a kind giveaway ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congrats! That‘s a great catch! And thank you. 7mo
deadrabbitsbooks Congrats!!!! 7mo
tournevis 🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺 7mo
elyseh Congrats! 7mo
gradcat You go, girl!! 🎉👍🥰 6mo
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I Am Her Tribe | Danielle Doby
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Staring the New Year off with a bad chest cold (boo!) And some poetry (yay!) And this poem seems like a good thing to practice coming into a new year.

Happy New Year everyone!! How are you spending this first day of 2019??

squirrelbrain Love this poem! ❤️ 7mo
SamanthaMarie @squirrelbrain I really do too! Though it is quite the challenge to my mostly frenetic brain. :) 7mo
squirrelbrain Exactly! I read it thinking ‘That‘s what I should do‘, but it‘s just not going to happen.... too many squirrels running round in my brain! 🐿 7mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 7mo
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I feel like December has made me a crazy person. We have had visitors almost the whole month. Which was great but also SO draining for this hardcore introvert. I can't wait to delve into the amazing books @debthmpsn got me for #blinddatebookswap She got me the tagged book and also The Dark Heart of Florence. I had to show off how amazing her wrapping was, I'm SO bad at it haha. Completely in awe of your lovely skills, Deb!
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻💕 7mo
debthmpsn Awww, thanks ☺️ Hope you enjoy the books! 7mo
Michollio That's funny -- I refer to myself as a hardcore introvert 😆 7mo
SamanthaMarie @debthmpsn Thank you so much!! Ans thank you for all of the goodies. My toddler made me share the cookies ;) haha! 7mo
SamanthaMarie @Michollio When your survival/sanity count on alone time... I think it is safe to say hardcore introvert is the right descriptor, right?! 😉 7mo
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Sorry I have been MIA. My husband deployed and life has been so busy. I'm in a reading slump because of it. The worst 😢 I'm hoping to get my life back together soon. Thank you for the birthday wishes yesterday!! I'm on a fun trip to Savannah, GA with my best friend and my toddler :) it's great to have good friends when husbands are away.

gradcat Happy belated birthday 🎂! Hope things settle down for you.... 7mo
Amandajoy Happy Birthday! Deployments are tough, but there is an end to them! 7mo
Ddzmini Awe I know how that is and can relate. I also know how hard it is during the holidays, and how painful it can be for your husband to leave during this time of year. I will be sending you all the best thoughts and prayers during this time. Happy birthday 🎉🎁🎂 🎈 and if you need to talk my email is ddzmini@me.com 7mo
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julesG Happy belated birthday! 🎂🎁🎉💐 7mo
GripLitGrl Happy belated birthday!!🎂🎉🎈deployments are hard especially around the holidays. Sending love & praying for a safe quick return💕💕 7mo
Birdsong28 Happy belated birthday 🎉🎊📚📖 7mo
mabell Happy Belated Birthday! 🎉❤️🎂🎁 7mo
Itchyfeetreader Hope Christmas and New year was good - deployments are even tougher over the seasonal period x 7mo
SamanthaMarie @Itchyfeetreader Thank you so much!!! Sure did miss him but I hosted his parents for Christmas and my little guy sure had fun with his grandparents. 😊 6mo
Itchyfeetreader @samanthamarie good for you. We did 4 deployments before he left the military and holidays were always tough. So pleased you all found the joy x 6mo
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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Finished this last night. It was so good I had to keep picking it up even though it was well past my bedtime. Haddish's life was uncommonly difficult. But she hasn't let the terrible things stop her. It always makes me wonder how some people can conquer the hard stuff with such a great attitude... maybe in Haddish's case it's her passion for comedy. TW for abuse. And a weird section with a disabled friend that I wasn't so sure about...

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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@LazyDays #favoritepoetswap #litsyswaps #openingday

Oh my goodness Sheneve!! @MirrorMask I am so excited about everything you got me. That mug is perfect and the tote bag is such a darling size! And these books 😍 they are so on the mark. Exactly what I've been wanting to read more of, but new to me!!!! Thank you very, very much. My first Litsy Swap was really fun!

LazyDays What a wonderful fun package! Some great books in there!💗💗 8mo
LazyDays Im happy you've had a great time 8mo
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erzascarletbookgasm These are great!! 😍 8mo
JenlovesJT47 Awesome tote! 8mo
MirrorMask Yay, I'm glad you like it. I had fun picking things out. 8mo
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@JenlovesJT47 #TuesdayTidbits

1. I am cheesy. Tagged book.
2. We like to camp out in the living room as a family with our little guy. ♡ I love the magic of the twinkle lights and a cozy campout.
3. Elf or Love, Actually
4. Whatever protein my husband makes 😍 and cinnamon rolls!
5. Anyone who hasn't at this point in the day haha.

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 8mo
TheSpineView Over 20 years ago I worked for a big company that did a huge computer conversion. It was a nightmare! Afterward the one of the VP wrote a poem called The Night Before Conversation. Now when I see that title I think of that poem. Wish I had a copy it was hilarious 8mo
SamanthaMarie @TheSpineView That is so awesome! I love the creativity. Misery can truly manifest some great art 😉😂 8mo
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Some Enchanted Éclair | Bailey Cates
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About 1/3 of the way through this book. Potty training my little guy today, it is apparently exhausting him. 😂 while he naps in a tent of pillows, I'm cozying up on the couch with the 4th in this mystery series. I can hear the rain and it is a day of content.

(BUT ALSO POTTY TRAINING IS NOT FOR THE WEAK OF HEART, HA!)

Please pray to the potty gods and toddler gods for us 😂

Cheshirecat913 Good luck with the potty training. It is such a "fun" and messy time, though that describes a lot of toddler's life. 8mo
SamanthaMarie @Cheshirecat913 Isn't that the truth?? 8mo
SleepyDragon I've been trying to train my twins for months. It's not going well. 8mo
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SamanthaMarie @NeesyBeth I waited until he was well past 3, all the boys in my family were hard to potty train. So I'm all the fingers crossed that he will get it. How old are your twins? 8mo
SleepyDragon Yeah, we waited too. Hope you have better luck than we are. 8mo
SamanthaMarie @NeesyBeth Oh no!! 😂😂 well we will see. 3 accidents today. But 3 successes as well. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good luck 😊 💪 8mo
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I've been reading a LOT of Hygge books in preparation for winter and my husband's coinciding deployment. I have suffered from SAD for as long as I can remember so I'm really trying to focus on the best, natural ways to help myself through winter. I really liked the emphasis on getting outdoors in this book. And the added elements of design in your home. Of course, the emphasis on community was not lost on me. Much to implement from this cozy book!

Mitch We‘re here for you 💕💕💕 8mo
SamanthaMarie @Mitch Thank you so much. I'm definitely weaning myself off IG and spending more time here. It's much healthier and more joyful. Better for challenging the mind as well :) 8mo
Mitch @SamanthaMarie couldn‘t agree more! 💕💕 8mo
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Velvetfur Yes stick with us, we're cool, not like IG 😂 Litsy is hygge! The book looks really nice btw 😊 8mo
SamanthaMarie @Velvetfur Haha Litsy is absolutely hygge!! Such a good point. 😊 It was my favorite hygge book so far!! 8mo
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You know I love me some food memoirs. This one was pretty good. I thought it was an honest portrayal of one man's experience at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America). And I think the tone of the memoir was reflective of that time of life but it was really melancholy and whiny the whole time. I had to put the book away and take a break from the torturous tone. But it was, none the less, interesting. Especially his externship. 3 Stars.

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#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

1. My husband. He is my safe space. I'm going to miss him when he deploys soon.
2. My son. He's small. ;) Actually, he is quite tall for a 3 year old. People always ask if he is 5 or 6 😅 but still, small in relation to me and my thankfulness for him is unending.
3. The perfect reading day!! It was dark and rainy. I had tea and finished the tagged book in between chores. Lovely.
4. My moms group is having a bonfire!

wanderinglynn Thanks for participating! ☺️💚 8mo
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I have lots to update haha. I've also started this cozy mystery series. I've never read cozy mystery and this is a delightful introduction (I think anyway.) It's set in Savannah, GA which is one of my favorite cities in the world. And who doesn't love a little witchery, baking, and murder?! 😂 I've ordered the next 3 from the library. Can't wait!

Do any of you like cozy mysteries?? Any recommendations??

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CaitZ Laura Childs' Tea Shop mysteries set in Charleston, S.C. are great. The first one is 8mo
SamanthaMarie @Literary_Siren Ooo great suggestions!!! Thank you!! 8mo
SamanthaMarie @CaitZ That sounds right up my alley. Thank you!! 8mo
Literary_Siren You‘re welcome! 8mo
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Poetry Please | Various Poets
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Also, I've been completely absorbed with reading (yay!), cooking, play dates with friends, and the fact my husband deploys soon :( ... but I did want to mention I received my #favoritepoetswap box and mailed mine on Monday!
@LazyDays #litsyswaps

This is my first Litsy swap, so I hope I did enough for my package I sent. I can't wait to open!!

LazyDays 🎊🎊🎊🎊 8mo
jmofo Yay! Welcome to Swapville! 8mo
SamanthaMarie @jmofo Thank you!! It's fun... I think I'm already hooked. Just signed up for my second 🙈 8mo
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Chrissyreadit So glad you joined in Litsy and swap fun. Hope you have a good community to support you will your husband is deployed! 8mo
SamanthaMarie @Chrissyreadit Thank you so much!! I am very lucky to have a great MOMS Club that I'm part of and family and friends coming to visit over the holidays. It definitely helps. And books. Lots and lots of books haha! 8mo
Chrissyreadit @SamanthaMarie good! Hope deployment goes past quickly. 8mo
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I love books that envelop me with their earnestness and sincerity. Anne Bogel is my kind of book lover. Completely okay and in love with her reading life. She described so many experiences about the reading life that just... YES! It was a quick afternoon read. And one I'd happily curl up again if ever I need reminding how wonderful the world of books is.

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I was eating lunch and reading this book when all of a sudden I heard little snores on the couch next to me. Sweet boy. Gave me enough time to finish another Ruth Reichl. I have just a couple left about her mom and I will have read them all. This too, was good. I love the food descriptions and a peek into the life of a food critic.

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Sorry for the poor lighting. I just finished this book by book light and I know I'm late to the party hype, but I LOVED it. I got it from the library today and finished it in one sitting (minus taking my dog to the vet and putting my little guy down for bed.) It was so good. I felt like I fit right into the world of the Vanderbeekers-it was written so warmly and invitingly. If you enjoy kidlit, READ THIS BOOK!

Prairiegirl_reading I like the picture! I‘ve had this on my ridiculous tbr shelf (and by that I mean entire tbr book case) for a while now. It sounds like I need to move it up on the priority list. 9mo
SamanthaMarie @Prairiegirl_reading HAHAHA. I am the same way regarding a whole TBR bookcase. Please do move this one up! Reading it around Christmas would be an utter delight. 9mo
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I got two new journals today. I had finally finished my "life" journal that spanned 3 years. And I decided that I wanted to get a new one but also a journal to record books and quotes. Is anyone else into journaling? Have more than one going at a time? Tell me all about it!!
Happy Friday Littens :)
#journal #journaling #bookjournal

Lel2403 I keep trying, but end up changing my mind...I need a topic to focus on I think 9mo
jmofo I keep a journal that is written out (and I sketch in or paste things into) about plans, events, things I want to think about, recording how I feel and what‘s going on with my mental & physical health. These last anywhere from three months to a couple years (there have been dry spells). To deal with the anxiety that comes up in writing in it sometimes, I have a planner that I open and write in at the same time, to organize my goals and my time. (edited) 9mo
Crazeedi I have journaled for probably 20 plus years, for a while it was daily, now I find I don't do it regularly but I have one by my bed at all times! 9mo
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kathedron I have a reading journal, a planner, a writer's notebook and an "everything else" journal. I tried using OneNote and Evernote for a while but if I want to stick at it then only pen and paper works for me. I'd *love* to create a stunning journal with as many sketches and little paintings as written bits but that's not going to happen anytime soon! 9mo
Kindredanne I am a journal freak!! I have been keeping one since I was 12 years old. I have my personal and my book record journal! Love. To. Journal. 9mo
olivia.ferz I've been keeping a journal since I was 11 years old. I wrote everyday but these recent couple of years I've been irregular. I've also wanted to keep a book journal though I haven't figured out how to start one. 9mo
SleepyDragon I just put everything in one journal, sort of a non-bullet journal because I have no use for a paper planner anymore. I use the calendar on my phone so that it syncs with my husband's and oldest's phone calendars. I have included quotes, doodling, sketches, etc. in my journal since I started journaling seriously in college. I don't always write regularly, but I'm trying to be better about it lately. 9mo
CouronneDhiver I do! I keep a journal... mostly, about my faith. I record bible verses, prayer requests (and answers!), life lessons, inspirations, etc. 9mo
SamanthaMarie @Lel2403 I understand that for sure. I think that's part of the reason it took me three years to finish mine haha! 9mo
SamanthaMarie @jmofo That sounds like such an excellent processing tool. I had a severe panic disorder for 2.5 years and journaling was so helpful for tracking my mental wellness. I too, like to paste things into my journals. :) I might have to steal your idea of using my planner alongside my journal! 9mo
SamanthaMarie @Crazeedi I would love to get into a daily practice! I used to do it daily in high school and college, but then my hubby came along and life is more distracting with a husband and now a toddler. 9mo
SamanthaMarie @kathedron I'm the same way with needing actual pen and paper. I tried Evernote a few years back. Definitely not for me. And so much yes about creating a stunning journal haha! 9mo
SamanthaMarie @Kindredanne Yay!!! I love other journal freaks!! I started around that age too. I had so much to say about boys and school 😂 but it really was a helpful thing for this introvert!! 9mo
SamanthaMarie @olivia.ferz Lifelong journaling for the win! I haven't quite decided what I am doing to do for my book journal either. Maybe write down favorite quotes and reflections as I go... but then that journal will fill up quickly haha. 9mo
SamanthaMarie @NeesyBeth I've tried putting everything in one journal but I'm too scattered if I try that. I so admire the "Bullet journal" strain of journaling. 9mo
SamanthaMarie @CouronneDhiver I've done that before!! :) I used to have a journal specifically for that through high school and college. I should try and find it and see what prayers were answered/lessons learned/compare how my faith has changed. Such a good tool in our faith:) 9mo
Crazeedi @CouronneDhiver as I've gotten older, my journals have focused more on my faith too. 9mo
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Just finished this one, though I've been reading it in snippets over the last two weeks (heading to the library soon for more holds and wanted to get this returned.) Excellent and heart wrenching. I like the idea of 12 simple, but powerful words or phrases to say. Language and life intermixed... my kind of nonfiction book.

My little guy is eating granola and relaxing on the wild pile he created in the living room haha.

HOTPock3tt Your little guy = adorable!! ♥️ 9mo
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Delicious! | Ruth Reichl
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Another read I finished in the last week. Just like Reichl's memoirs, this novel was full of delicious prose (if not sometimes an overly decadent offering... but this is Reichl's style.) A fun story that draws a smidge from some of her own life experiences. I think I'd like to add this one to my own library one day. (I borrowed from the library because I'VE REMEMBERED HOW GLORIOUS LIBRARIES ARE!!)

irre I really liked this one as well. 9mo
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Greenglass House | Kate Milford
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I've been reading a bunch the past week. So time to update Litsy :) LOVE this book. It's a cozy kid mystery set in a cozy inn run by the protagonist's (Milo) parents. It takes place during the Christmas holiday break. It checks so many of my boxes for a good, relaxing, adventurous read.

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#poetrysurvey for #favoritepoetswap

1.) Either! I'm so easy to please 😂
2.) Pretty up to date mhmm!!
3.) Herbal tea, decaf coffee, dairy free hot chocolate!! I love it all :)
4.) Chocolate. Dark and dairy free. Dumb allergies.
5.) Anyone else who is doing the Favorite Poet Swap!

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5/5 Stars. A wholly interesting and fast paced memoir. Some people have lived and know how to write to make it all very interesting. Some adult themes. This memoir deals with Ruth's life from her early 20s to early 40s. I started it and couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting (sorry for ignoring you yesterday my toddler 😂) some recipes I would love to try. Again, recommend this one for anyone who loves memoirs and/or food writing.

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4/5 Stars! I enjoyed this immensely. It recalls the author's life from a young age to her early twenties. Full of nostalgia and Ruth's journey toward food (her parents were wholly uninterested in food and down right awful cooks.) Tender moments, good recipes, and also some fun laughs. Would read again and recommend to anyone who loves memoirs or food writing.

Zelma I had highly recommend her latest book. It‘s a memoir/cookbook/art book. Very original and just wonderful. A lot less text than this one but full of beautiful photography and emotion. 10mo
SamanthaMarie @Zelma I read that one first!! It made me want to read the rest of her books. SOOO good. I sadly read it on Kindle though so I really want to get a hard copy of it. My Kitchen Year is definitely my favorite so far. 10mo
irre I really like her novel 10mo
SamanthaMarie @irre I want to read that one too! I need to add it to my TBR stack. Good reminder :) 10mo
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I just finished the tagged book on my Kindle and OHMYWORD IT WAS EVERYTHING. I love good food writing. Part personal story, part cook book (over 130 recipes I think!) it was just what I needed to get back into reading. Lucky for me I have two more of her books in paperback so I'm jumping right in to this one next. Do you love food writing? Any recommends? Are there any food lovers book clubs? Happy Friday everyone :)

Reviewsbylola I‘m not big on food writing but my book club just read a pretty good food inspired memoir. Definitely check it out if you haven‘t already. 10mo
Christine Love Ruth Reichl and can‘t get enough of food writing! A recent fave is 10mo
SleepyDragon This is the only food writing I've read. I found it at Dollar Tree and really enjoyed it. My husband has a Soprano's themed cookbook with passages "written" by the characters. That's kind of fun and the dishes are delicious. 10mo
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Pen Pals | Alexandra Pichard
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In the midst of my miscarriage, I received a beautiful card and post card from my amazing pen pal, @iread2much Thank you so much!! I am going to get yours sent out this week. Sorry it has taken me a bit of time. Love litsy pen pals!! Such a happy reason to go to the mail box. :)
#litsypenpals #penpals

Samplergal I‘m so sorry. Take care of yourself. ❤️ 11mo
Insightsintobooks I'm sorry for your loss. 11mo
bookandcat I'm very sorry for your loss. 💙 11mo
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irre Sorry for your loss 💕 11mo
Betty A heartbreaking loss. I‘m sorry 11mo
TrishB Sorry for your loss 💕 11mo
Dragon 💔 hugs. 11mo
JoScho 😔 11mo
laurenbescoby Sending love to you. So sorry for your loss. ❤x 11mo
2BR02B How awful. I'm so sorry. 11mo
CouronneDhiver 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽 11mo
quietjenn I'm so sorry. 💙 And that is a lovely card. 11mo
callielafleur Love and virtual hugs to you. I'm so sorry for your loss. 11mo
iread2much I‘m sorry to hear about your loss, but I‘m so glad that my letter made things a bit brighter 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im so sorry - all my love to you ❤️ 11mo
DivineDiana Sending love. ❤️ 10mo
readinginthedark 😔 Thinking of you! 10mo
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Life goes on. And I'm being extra gentle with myself. Reading a magazine to get back into books. Chaos in the form of dogs and my toddler. But I like the chaos, keep it coming!
Also, have read the tagged book, such a sweet couple, even if I don't agree with all of their politics 😏

Prairiegirl_reading I missed your previous post and so I wanted to send my apologies. Words are never enough in these kinds of situations. I wish they were. 11mo
Laura317 I missed your previous post, too. I‘ve been there, too. Yes, please do be gentle with yourself and each other (because our spouses have lost as well). Sending hugs and prayers for comfort. 💕💕 11mo
mabell I'm so sorry. ❤️ 11mo
RocketMom Ahh! I‘m waiting on my copy of this magazine to come in the mail! I hope it‘s a good one! 11mo
rather_be_reading i love her magazine! 11mo
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