New Favorite Book | The Book Thief

{Alright you know how this works but just a reminder, any amazon links you see in this post are affiliate links. By clicking on them, you help me bring home some more bacon, at no extra cost to you! You don’t even have to buy what I’m blathering on about, but if you buy anything at all, you are helping support this blog and this business. THANK YOU!}   My friend and I were talking about books the other day. We frequently swap favorite titles. Anyways she used a phrase that I just ADORE and am totally stealing... she said that some books are like dark chocolate. They have a depth. You chew on them more. You savor the complexity. So... my set of Twilight novels? Junk food. Delicious junk food. There's a place for all kinds of reading! ;-) No shame in indulging every once in awhile. But back to the good stuff.. I couldn't get that phrase out of my head, and I want to share a really amazing "dark chocolate" type book with you today. I just finished it last

Link Roundup | New York State Parks

  As I mentioned in this post, it's the centennial celebration year for our National Parks Service. And if you're like me, and not too sure that there's a National Park trip in your family's future for this year, how about checking out more of what your local area has to offer?     Right now at the Rockwell Museum there are some pretty awesome historic images on display from Watkins Glen State Park. Which apparently is rocking the #3 Best State Park in America by 2015's USA Today's readers!      With Spring Break starting tomorrow (at least at the Corning-Painted Post schools) I am thinking not only of things to do this coming week, but also in the summer.     Did you know that the modern American notion of a vacation was coined not too far from here? In 1869 William H.H. Murray published a wilderness guidebook about the Adirondacks, and the virtues of "vacating" the city to explore the

More than Just a Headshot

  I had a really amazing experience a couple weeks ago... I went to a local nonprofit organization with the "simple" task of "just" taking headshots for some of the staff and board members. But what ended up happening was so much more rewarding!      I had the privilege of showing these amazing specimens of humanity that they are totally capable of rocking a headshot.  Nothing slams us up against our insecurities like getting our photos taken. And headshots are just the worst, because we KNOW that it's just our face! That's it - that's all we have to tell our story here!  But that's where I get to come in with my ninja skills and teach people how to forget how nervous they feel... to remind them that this is about so much more than their face... that my goal is to pull out the genuine expressions they show the world every single day. Oh and I've only got 15 minutes to do this. But it CAN be done!     Most

Recipe | Ginger Lemon Tea

Baby it's cold outside... and my little monkeys are coming down with colds too! I don't know where Spring is, but in the meantime, I'm making large batches of Ginger Lemon Tea!   My bestie Kirsten taught me how to make it and one thing I love about it is that her Dad taught her... he always used to make it for her and then she made it for me and now I'm hooked! This post is for you Mr. Tudor.  I feel like we're kindred spirits... Thanks for sharing it!     Getting more fresh ginger and lemon into your body is always a really great idea... no matter what time of year it is. Ginger:  contains amino acids, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iron, and a kick-butt spicy flavor!  It helps relieve nausea and indigestion.  It promotes circulation and is anti-inflammatory so it helps calm aches and pains.  Ginger fights against colds, coughs, and sore throats.  It builds up your immune system.  And soothes headaches! Lemon:  helps

Happy 100th Birthday to Our National Parks!

  So get this. In the interest of full disclosure, I was that girl. The one who pronounced Yosemite "Yo-sem-ight" until my friend from California set me straight. (If you're freaking out because you're also that girl and you still don't know how to pronounce it, it's "Yo-sem-ih-tee" ... you're welcome.) It's okay to laugh at me... life's too short to take myself too seriously ;-)      So anyways, after I knew how to pronounce the name of one of our country's most amazing National Parks, I had the pleasure of experiencing it with my sisters! It was one of the most beautiful trips of my life!  There was also a LOT of hiking involved and I was very out of shape, so it was one of the most challenging trips, too. But that's a story for another day!     Have you heard that this year marks 100 years since the National Park Service was established? After falling in love with Yosemite, I definitely can't wait to go