April 16, 2014

Spreading the Library Love


A friend recently pointed me in the direction of an article published by The Huffington Post, 5 Good Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Library Today.

Of course I'm biased when it comes to libraries (I work in one, I'm a lifelong lover of them) but I found that this article raised a lot of really important ideas about spreading the library love to our children.

I can remember traveling to my local library a lot when I was a kid, and even more so when I was able to walk there myself when I was old enough.  I could have spent hours exploring those shelves, discovering books and new worlds along the way.  When I entered college and began working in my college library as a student assistant, I grew to love the environment even more, and not just for the items I found there.  Librarians and library staff are a dedicated group of people that have so much knowledge to share with individuals about a wide range of topics.   I found so much help from my college's librarians, and I learned valuable research skills that I still use today in own work in an academic library.

My daughter already loves looking at pictures in books, and I can't wait for her to learn how to read, to watch her learn and grow from books, an to engage more with the library world that I love so much.

What do you love about libraries?  Do you think it's important that your kids love libraries too?

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

April 10, 2014

Definitely need to see this...

I recently heard about this movie and just have to see it!

 

I think it's nice to see that people are putting out faith-based films that could actually appeal to a wider audience.  It's also great to see well-known actors like Sean Astin and Sarah Drew in a movie like this.  And being a busy mom is something a lot of women can relate to!  It comes out Mother's Day weekend, so I'm hoping I can convince my husband to see it with me.

What movies are you looking forward to this year?

March 29, 2014

Review: Coastal.com Glasses

I recently purchased and received my first pair of glasses from Coastal.com, and I love them!

But let me rewind a second.  A few months ago, after spending a large amount of money on my most recent pair of prescription glasses, I decided to give this buying glasses online thing a try.  I researched a few companies thanks to recommendations from friends, but ultimately decided to go with Coastal.com for my fist online purchase.  With their First Pair Free promotion, you really can't lose!  The promotion includes a lot of really cute frames, including many name brands.  You can search my shape, color, material, and even the size.

Please excuse the grainy photos below.  I will be taking some better photos, including a photo of how they look on me, really soon!


I purchased a pair of Bulova tortoise frames.  I ordered them on March 19th, and they were delivered yesterday, March 28th.  Less than 10 days!  I was very impressed by the preparation and shipping time.

The box included a nice glasses case and a great cleaning kit, which included a cleaning cloth, cleaning solution, and small screwdriver keychain.  I will definitely be carrying this cleaning kit in my purse!

I was really impressed by the quality of the frames, along with the lenses.  I've worn glasses since I was a kid, so I've owned quite a few frames.  These feel just as durable, and are just as comfortable as any pair I've bought in a store.  And they were only $15 thanks to the First Pair Free promotion.  All I had to pay for was the shipping and handling.

Now I will mention that if you need upgrades, like bifocals, transitions or any other sort of special additions to the lenses, you will have to pay a bit extra.  But even if you did some upgrades, you could still get a pair of glasses between $50 to $100.  That's a great deal, especially considering that I paid $200 for the last pair I purchased in the store.

I will definitely be buying from Coastal.com again,and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an affordable pair of glasses.

Have you ever purchased glasses online?  What was your experience?

I purchased a pair of glasses from Coastal.com from their First Pair Free promotion.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  This post does contain referral links.

March 27, 2014

Book Review: The Housemaid's Daughter

Cathleen Harrington left her home in Ireland to marry a man she had not seen in five years, a man that she did not really love. But she made a life in South Africa, though she often felt estranged from the local community, and even her own family. But she finds solace in her housemaid, and later the housemaid’s daughter, Ada. Mrs. Cath teaches Ada how to read and play the piano, despite the protests of her husband.

Ada is in inquisitive child, who desires to understand things that she does not understand. She learns much from Mrs. Cath, reading Mrs. Cath’s diaries, and witnesses a world at war around her, as South Africa is a country divided by apartheid in the mid-1900s. But when tragedies strike the families, and Ada disappears from the house, Cathleen is desperate to understand what has taken her darling Ada away from her.

The Housemaid's Daughter is a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of two women that work to rise above the cruelty and hate that surrounds them to find love and understanding. Mrs. Cath is a kind woman with many regrets, who sees past color and grows to love her beloved Ada more than her own daughter. But Ada is really the center of this tale, a woman who struggles to overcome feelings of shame, who longs to create a different world, a world of acceptance, for her young coloured daughter, Dawn. A woman who lives with her own regrets, much like Mrs. Cath. The two are so connected, but nearly driven apart by shame and the world outside their door.

Read the rest of this review at Luxury Reading.

A copy of this book was provided to me by Luxury Reading.  I received no compensation in exchange for my review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

March 24, 2014

Ordinary

No woman wants to seen as ordinary.

But these days, it's difficult to think of myself as anything but.

Days where I struggle to get ready for work.  Days where I often go without breakfast 'cause I am getting my daughter ready for the day with the sitter.  Days where I wonder if I'm focusing enough on her during the small amount of hours that I do get to be home with her.  Days that I scramble to finish even a small amount of housework to feel a sense of accomplishment.  Days when things are put off simply because I don't have the time or energy to put into them.

It's difficult not to feel anything but ordinary on days like these.

But lately I have felt a call to live a life that's anything but ordinary.  To see the beauty in these sort of days, when my tendency was to view them as mundane.  To look for opportunities to be better, to do better, to be more kind, to love people where they are, and to offer encouragement to those that I encounter during even the most trying of days.

How do we start living a life less ordinary?

I suppose I begin with praying that God would give me the strength.  That when I don't have the motivation to be different, to live differently, that He would give it to me; that He would be my strength in those weak moments.  That, in moments where I might have reacted more negatively, more harshly, and with less humility, that he would grant me the grace to be truly different.

To be more than ordinary.  I want to start today.