Camping at Echo Bluff State Park

Formerly Camp Zoe and located in Eminence, MO, the beautiful Echo Bluff State Park is a relatively new park with lots to offer by way of accommodations and things to do. Nestled in the Ozarks near several springs, the waters of the Current River flow through this park, providing multiple areas for swimming and fishing, and it is a great place to stay if you are planning a float trip! There are even sightings of wild horses that roam the area!

A Week In and Around St. Augustine

Come along with us as we visit family in St. Augustine Florida and tour the Alligator Farm, take an airboat tour, go to the beach, and visit Kennedy Space Center in this photo + video travel log!

Regretting You- Book Review

I had nothing but good feelings toward Hoover going into reading this book, but I also had reservations because...her books are...angsty. But this book, while an angsty romance, has motherhood and parent-child relationships at its core, and that was enough to draw me in.

20 Crochet Bookmark Patterns

If you've been following along with me on Instagram or if you're a member of my email list, you may have seen where Ruthie of Teal Dragonfly Creations and I have started a couple of hashtags for those of you who, like us, are equal parts book and yarn enthusiast. If you love books and love working with yarn in any way, then #bookishyarnie and #booklovingyarnie are for you! In honor of our new hashtags, and in addition to the giveaway, I wanted to round up a list of patterns for bookmarks you might enjoy making!

The Henna Artist – Book Review

The inspiration behind this story was the reimagining of the author's mother's life had she not wed at 18 and had 3 children by age 22, had she been able to choose her own path instead of uphold the cultural responsibilities of her sex. The vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells really took me to India and had me dreaming of it for days after finishing.

The Push – Book Review

Nature v nurture, the age old debate. What makes a good mother? If your mother was a no-show in your life, did that mean you were doomed to be a bad mother? Blythe’s mom left her and her dad when she was a little girl, and when her husband, Fox, starts talking babies, Blythe is doubtful about motherhood, but is desperate to keep Fox happy. Motherhood is hard, anyone will tell you that, but is it supposed to be THIS hard? And when tragedy strikes the family and the blame game starts, lines are drawn and sides are taken, for better or worse.

An iPad showing the cover image of an audiobook titled "The Condemnation of Blackness" by Khalil Gibran Muhammad lays next to a working crochet project, a ball of cream yarn, and a candle lay on a wooden board on top of a white bedspread.

The Condemnation of Blackness – Book Review

As someone who was raised in the North, I used to believe that I was not racist, particularly because I hail from the northern states, and frown at the outright, in-your-face racism of the South. I mean, the North won the Civil War after all. Clearly we're the good guys, right? I'm ashamed to say that I thought that way for far too long, blind to the systemic racism inherent in everything, even here in the North, and especially that within myself. Thankfully, books like this one were written.