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14 Inspiring Journals and Doodle Books

I never thought I would be the type of person who loved writing in books. I keep my books in the best condition I can…I never fold down pages or remove jacket covers…my dad would make fun of me, saying I should “live in the books” like he did (his were always filled with food crumbs and had water damage from reading in the tub), but I couldn’t do it.

But it wasn’t until I tried actually doodling and journaling in a book that I found that I actually loved it. It’s a great way to keep your brain active and is sure to be a fun memento for my kids and grandkids to find!

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If you’re looking for a way to relax and recenter, here are 14 awesome journals that are great motivators for getting more creative in your down time.

14 Inspiring Journals and Doodle Books

Wreck This Journal: Now in Color

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Rip it! Write it! Draw it!

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Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls

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You’re Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs and Anyone Else Who’s Uniquely Awesome

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Create This Book!

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My Life in Color: Inspirational Coloring Journal

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Write it Down, Let it Go

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Finish this Book

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Listography Journal

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642 Things to Write About

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Start Where You Are

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Good Days Start with Gratitude

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It’s Gonna Be Okay

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Present, Not Perfect

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Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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15 Fun Pom Pom Crafts

Aren’t pom pom’s da bomb?  A great way to use up leftover yarn, pom poms make everything from shoes to scarves way more fun to show off!

With these 15 fun pom pom crafts, you can create your own fun wearables and home decor in no time…and you don’t even need a pom pom maker (though it does help!).

15 Fun Pom Pom Crafts

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  1. Pom Pom Scarf
  2. Pom Pom Gift Tags
  3. Pom Pom Wreath
  4. Pom Pom Wall Art
  5. Pom Pom Floral Branches
  6. Pom Pom Rug
  7. Pom Pom Earrings
  8. Pom Pom Necklace
  9. Pom Pom Pillow
  10. Pom Pom Shoes
  11. Pom Pom Cake Topper
  12. Pom Pom Hair Clips
  13. Pom Pom Flowers
  14. Pom Pom Bookmarks
  15. Pom Pom Clock

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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15 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

Ok guys, Christmas is coming but THERE’S STILL TIME to get your favorite bookworm a little something special for their stocking…

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Some think that shopping for a reader is difficult, since you don’t know what books are on their shelves already…but you can still please your favorite Jane Austen, Harry Potter, or Mark Twain fan without having to step foot in a bookstore!  Here are 15 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers that you can buy right from the comfort of your own home (thanks, Amazon!).

15 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

A page a day keeps the bordem away…

Wear your love of books on your sleeve…or arm or leg or face…

The perfect gift for those trying to keep track of their reading list.

Cook recipes from your favorite stories (I have this book and it’s adorable).

Not EVERY book lover loves tea…but almost every book lover loves a novel pun…

Novel Teas contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea.

Speaking of puns…

Every great book usually grabs you with the first line…

A little cushion for those long reading nights…

Every book reader needs this sign!

Keep on coastin’ with these Jane Austen coasters…

I always thought Quidditch was a deadly game…

Great for late-night reading…

If your book lover needs some tunage to set the mood, try this relaxing CD…

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Or make your entire room smell like a bookstore…

Finally, this book and wine caddy is perfect for reading in bed, in the tub, or just on the couch curled up in a Snuggie…

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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The Best Books to Give to Everyone on Your List

We all have so many different kinds of people in our lives…and it’s near impossible to find books that best suit every type of friend…BUT, I’m here to offer some help!

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Outside of the usual fiction lovers or top 100 lovers, there are people out there who just want to laugh at their sadness…or read about f*cking amazing food.  There are people who need advice on raising their kids and people who are just kids at heart.  With this list, you’ll be able to find amazing books that you can buy for your single friend, your friend who loves to travel, your friend who secretly loves a good YA novel and even your friend who is there for you during your most embarrassing times.

The Best Books to Give to Everyone on Your List

The Single Friend
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, Jenni Ferrari-Adler
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A collection of hilarious short stories about cooking for one, this book is a MUST even if you sometimes cook for two or five.

The Traveler
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
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No one can tell a travel tale like Bill Bryson. With hilarious antidotes about hiking the Appalachian Trail, A Walk in the Woods will make you want to pack a backpack (and maybe some toenail clippers) and hit the open road.

For the SAHM
Sh*tty Mom, Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo, Mary Ann Zoellner
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Written by four moms who have seen it all, this book is the ultimate parenting guide. Each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest way possible (like, “How to Sleep Until 9 AM Every Weekend”, for example).

For the Foodie
F*UCK, that’s Delicious, Action Bronson
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This ain’t no cookbook. This ain’t no memoir. This is a devotional book about the overwhelming power of delicious – no, f*cking amazing – food.

The Working Girl
#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso
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The founder, creative director and CEO of Nasty Gal fills her memoir with advice on how to get hired, stay employed, and how to take care of your own business…all while keeping true to yourself.

For Music Lovers
Your Song Changed My Life, Bob Boilen
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NPR’s music guru asks dozens of artists (Jimmy Page, St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson) about the songs that inspired them.

For Film Buffs
Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris
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A look at five films, including The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, that were made during the 1970s. Studios were taking chances and making daring, thought-provoking, original movies that had nothing to do with sequels. By some, it’s thought to have been the true golden age of Hollywood.

The DIY Enthusiast
Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, Amy Sedaris
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Filled with actual great ideas for cheap ways to make gifts and decorate you rhome, Simple Times is bound to be a favorite with crafters and creative minds alike.

The YA Lover
One of Us is Lying, Karen M. McManus
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It’s The Breakfast Club meets Gossip Girl.  Five teens walk into detention, but only four walk out alive.  A threat to release juicy gossip about classmates finds one teen belly up in a classroom.

For Those Who Love a Twist
My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
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I know it’s an old book, but I LOVED the twist at the end! When Kate is born with a horrible illness, her parents decide to give birth to Anna, a child who was medically altered to be able to be Kate’s sole blood and organ donor. But when Anna fights her family for rights to her body, things start to spiral out of control.

For the Book Lover
My Ideal Bookshelf, Jane Mount
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A large assortment of writers, actors, musicians, and popular leaders in the country share what books would populate their ideal bookshelves.  This book also features amazing illustrations of what those shelves might look like. A coffee table-style book that’s a must for any bibliophile!

For the Fashionista
Women in Clothes, Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton
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The three women behind this book survey more than 600 women about their feelings and perspectives on fashion.

The History Buff
Grant, Ron Chernov
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Often misunderstood and under-appreciated, General Ulysses S. Grant is all too often caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman…but Chernov gives readers a new view of the General, bringing to light how one simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

For the Soon-to-Be Grown-Up
Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown
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Based on Brown’s blog, ADULTING, this book makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable…and even conquerable.

For the Quirky One
Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse, Alida Nugent
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They say misery loves company…and this book is like that weird friend you just need in your life sometimes…to help pick you up, dust you off, and give you a story so bizarre if not just to make you feel better about wearing your shirt inside out all day.

For the Visual Reader
The Lego Architect, Tom Alphin
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If you’re looking for a book for someone who just loves looking at pictures, take a gander at this book of amazing Lego creations.  There are even instructions on how you can build your own replicas of the models featured in the book.

For Animal Lovers
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
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This book is about a man and his dog, narrated from the dog’s point of view. Enzo, the dog in the book, is the kind of pet that we all imagine we own…wise, genuine, loving, kind and comical.

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

Are you traveling for the holidays? Thank your hostess for everything they’ve done with one of these awesome homemade hostess gifts. Sure, you can pick up a box of chocolates on the way or spring for a $15 bottle of wine, but what better way to show someone how much you care than with something that’s homemade?

These fun crafts also make great gifts or stocking stuffers, so even if you’re not going to someone else’s house for the holidays, you can make one of these little trinkets for a quick and easy gift idea!

8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

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  1. Rosemary and Peppermint Scrub
  2. Slate Coasters
  3. Recipe Box
  4. Painted Utensils
  5. Monogrammed Cheese Board
  6. Crystal Wine Stoppers
  7. Hot Chocolate Gift Set
  8. Homemade Vanilla Extract

 

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12 Unique DIY Advent Calendars

Whether you’re counting down the days to Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, a wedding or a baby being born, an Advent Calendar is a fun way to help the time go by!

These 12 Unique DIY Advent Calendars are great for families looking for a fun way to count down the days until Christmas.  Opening one little gift every day was one of my favorite family traditions, and I can’t wait to use some of these ideas with my family!

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12 Unique DIY Advent Calendars

Gather up some Christmas-colored baby socks for a Stocking Sock Calendar. Fill each sock with candies or small trinkets. This would also be a cute way to count down the days to a baby’s birth or gender reveal!

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This Punch Board Advent Calendar is great for kids! Fill each hole with candies or little toys to help them count down the days to Christmas, a birthday, or New Year’s.

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Not all advent calendars have to have gifts. This Printable Advent Chain encourages families to spend time together with different daily activities. Once you’re done with that day’s task, add it to the paper chain for a fun Christmas decoration filled with memories.

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Hang paper cups filled with goodies from the ceiling with this Paper Cup Advent Calendar.

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This Balloon Calendar is great for counting down the days or hours until New Year’s Eve!

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I love this Rustic Advent Calendar.  This doesn’t have a tutorial, but you could easily wrap small gifts and attach them to a strong branch for the same effect.

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Turn an over-the-door shoe storage container into a countdown calendar with this Woodland Inspired Advent Calendar.

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If you don’t have the room to display a full advent calendar, you can arrange your gifts in a bucket for a similar, adorable effect.

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Mini muffin pans are just begging to be advent calendars!  This Muffin Pan Advent Calendar is great for bakers.

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This book advent calendar is one of my favorites. Wrap 24 books and put them under the tree. Unwrap one a night and read it together as a family.

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This Ornament Advent Calendar gives you a cute decorated tree just in time for Christmas!

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If you’re a house of adults, this Pringles Advent Calendar is just the vessel to fill with mini alcohol bottles, beer bottles, or wine!

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Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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Pre-Holiday ETSY Sale!

IT’S NOVEMBER.

HOW HAS THIS YEAR FLOWN BY SO QUICKLY?!

You know that once November hits, December is only a hop, skip and a jump away…and if you want to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping, I’m here to help!

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I’m having a pre-holiday sale on EVERYTHING in my ETSY shop.  To help make room for new inventory, everything (EVERYTHING) is 50% off!  Stock up on cards, gifts, and all the Harry Potter merch you can handle!

Shop Between the Pages between now and November 28th for great deals on holiday gifts!

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