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In All Things English, Friday Favorites on
10 November, 2017

My Favorite Period Drama TV & Film Scores

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Happy Friday! I know I usually do a “Friday Favorites” when I post on a Friday, but since I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks I’m doing a regular blog post. But it is a list of favorites, so it totally counts!

If you ask me, the most important component of a great period drama is the film score. Music can make or break a movie and/or television show – I even would go as far as to say it matters as much as the acting. Something just isn’t worth watching if the music is horrible. Read More

In Faith on
20 October, 2017

The Bible Is Not A Book About Me

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For most of my life, I believed that if I walked away from my daily time in the word feeling encouraged and fulfilled, that meant I was doing something right and that I was “close” with God. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve wondered something: If that’s really the case, what happens when I don’t feel any emotion when I read my Bible? Does it mean that God doesn’t love me right now or that I’m doing something wrong? Worse still, does it mean I’m not a Christian?

Over the years, I have realized that I won’t always feel a strong emotional pull toward God when I spend time reading my Bible or praying. I used to think it was because I was in a dry spell, or I was simply in a tough season in my relationship with God. And while that may have sometimes been the case, I think most of the time I just didn’t understand what the purpose of the Bible truly is. Read More

In All Things English, Lifestyle on
4 October, 2017

The Best Period Dramas To Watch In The Fall

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I don’t know about you, but when fall weather comes there are certain types of books I like to read and shows I like to watch. I’m usually in the mood for something a bit darker than usual – something with a little mystery or with brooding characters.

Can anyone else relate?! If so, you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m sharing seven period dramas that are PERFECT for crisp fall weather. I hope you will give one (or more) of these a chance!

Poldark

Bear with me here and let me get this one out of my system before we go any further (any of my friends reading this will roll their eyes right about now because they have heard me talk about this SO MUCH). I started watching Poldark about two weeks ago, and I am a fan. A really HUGE fan. Perhaps it’s because I started watching it in the fall, but I think this is the perfect drama for autumn! The weather in Cornwall is always so foreboding, and the amount of mystery and scandal in this show is perfect for the fall months. Read More

In Friday Favorites on
29 September, 2017

Friday Favorites (No. 7)

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Happy Friday!

Normally I like to pop in here on Fridays and share what I’m reading, but if I told you I read anything this week, I would be lying to you.

A few of my friends have been telling me for about a year that I need to start watching Poldarkbut I didn’t listen to them. That is, until last weekend. And I can’t do anything else except watch it. I have done nothing but eat, sleep, work… and watch Poldark. If you haven’t given it a try, I am serious when I say DO NOT DELAY. Especially if you have an inconsolable Downton Abbey void. This one helps with the pain. Promise. (You can find the first two seasons on Amazon Prime, and if you live in the US, season 3 starts this Sunday on PBS.) Read More

In Reading on
28 September, 2017

Austen Fan, It’s Okay To Love Pride & Prejudice The Most

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Ever since I began blogging about my love for literature – in particular, Jane Austen – I have been doing a lot more research about my favorite works of fiction (and their authors). And there’s something I’ve noticed when it comes to Jane Austen and some of her fans.

I’ve noticed that it’s a sort of taboo to admit that your favorite of Austen’s novels is Pride & Prejudice. I mean, if you’re a REAL Austen fan, you know that her other works are better than the infamous love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, right? Read More

In Home Decor on
22 September, 2017

Decorating For Fall On A Budget

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Fall is hands down my favorite season. I love crisp weather, cozy sweaters, and of course pumpkin EVERYTHING. I also really, really love to decorate for fall.

Since my husband and I recently scaled back on our budget to save some money, I’m finding myself coming up with creative and inexpensive ways to decorate for fall. As much as I love spending money on this kind of stuff, I’ve found that there are many budget-friendly ways to make my house cute this season.

Shop the dollar store/section

Would you believe these cute little burlap pumpkins came from the dollar store?! You’d be surprised what you can find at places like Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, etc. I’ve found lots of little goodies for the holidays at these stores. (Target also has a section at the front of the store where there are usually all kinds of seasonal decor items for $1, $3, or $5!) Read More

In All Things English, Reading on
12 September, 2017

10 *More* Books to Read If You Love Jane Austen

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As some of you may know, earlier this year I posted an article called 10 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen. And, before I can go any further in sharing my second list of this kind, I feel the need to just stop and give thanks.

10 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen has become by most popular post OF ALL TIME. I have been blogging since 2011, and never before have I had so many hits on a single post. I can see that most of you wonderful people are coming from Pinterest, and I just want to say THANK YOU. I am just blown away by the popularity of that post and so, so thankful to have you all here. I hope you enjoyed the last list, and I pray you will enjoy this one just as much! Read More

In Friday Favorites on
8 September, 2017

Friday Favorites (No. 6)

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Well hey there! It’s been awhile since I’ve had the pleasure of doing a Friday Favorites post. I love these because they allow me to share what’s going on in my life in a more informal way.

So what’s new this week? Well, I finished reading my first Anne Bronte, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. A friend of mine recommended it, and I’m glad I followed her suggestion! I couldn’t put it down, and I was surprised at how much easier Anne Bronte is to read than her sister Charlotte. (But I LOVE Charlotte, and her books are worth the effort.) Read More

In Reading on
7 September, 2017

6 Incredible Resources For Book Lovers

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I wanted to start this blog post by telling you just how much I love to read, but then I realized that several great names before my time have already put these thoughts into words perfectly. And why should I try to reinvent the wheel? So, I’ll start this post by sharing with you some of my favorite famous quotes about reading.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!” Jane Austen Read More

In Lifestyle on
5 September, 2017

Why I Took A Break From Blogging (PS…I’m BACK!)

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As some of you know (from being subscribed to my email list), I have taken a bit of a break this summer to refresh and refocus. I have had a lot going on in my personal life these past few months – and I was also in the middle of several commitments – and I just began to feel overwhelmed at the idea of keeping up with this blog.

Simply put, I was putting way too much pressure on myself to grind out a particular number of posts each week. And, every writer knows that when you have a deadline (even if it’s self-imposed), it can be extremely difficult to produce quality content. I felt like I had all of these wonderful post ideas, but I would run out of time to write them well. I wasn’t completely happy with some of the posts I published because I wrote them in haste. I don’t like that feeling one bit! Read More