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6 June, 2017

How to Add Jane Austen-Inspired Decor to Your Home

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If you love Jane Austen half as much as I do, you’ve probably tried to figure out ways to incorporate Austen-inspired decor into your home. Honestly, I just love Jane Austen so much that I want there to be small reminders of her stories around my home. But there’s a catch – I don’t want those reminders to be so feminine or girly that they drive my poor husband crazy!

If you’re anything like me, you probably struggled with this at first, too. In fact, I got so frustrated at finding a balance that I nearly gave up. However, over the course of the last year, I’ve figured out how to do it subtly and with taste.

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In All Things English, Lifestyle, Reading on
25 May, 2017

The Best Historical Fiction for Jane Austen Fans

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Last week, I shared about how much I love to read and how my love for reading first started. If you caught that post, you probably know that classics are my favorite and nothing can compare to them.

However, about a year ago, one of my close friends recommended Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. I took her advice and downloaded the ebook on my iPad. And let me tell you, I couldn’t put that thing down! I had it read in less than 24 hours, and I immediately wanted to go back and read it again.

What captured my attention about Edenbrooke were two things: 1) that it was set in the Regency era (the time period in which Jane Austen lived and wrote), and 2) that it was a clean and “proper” romance.

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In All Things English, Lifestyle, Reading on
18 May, 2017

16 Must-Read Classic Novels

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love to read? Let me give you a little look into just how much and how it all started.

When I was in high school, I was given the task to choose from a list of classic novels about which to write a thesis paper. This was really the first time in my education that I was able to choose for myself which book I wanted to read (rather than being assigned a specific book).

Being that I cherished my childhood memories of living in England, I wanted to choose something British. I chose Wuthering Heights, and I have never quite been the same since. From that moment on, I couldn’t get enough of the classics, particularly those published in the 19th Century. After that, I was so passionate about reading in general that I would devour any assigned novel and write my thesis papers at least a week before they were due.

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In All Things English, Home Decor, Lifestyle on
11 May, 2017

Live Simply. Live Ardently. Live Well.

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As some of you may know, I have been dabbling in a side business for a little while now. For the past several years, I have worked full-time as a graphic designer, but I felt like I needed a creative outlet where I could design anything and everything that tickled my fancy. And so my Etsy shop was born.

In the summer of 2015, I started designing wedding invitations and I listed a few of them on Etsy. And then life got busy and I gave up on it. I let my listings expire and focused on other things in my life that were more important.

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In All Things English, Faith, Lifestyle, Reading on
9 May, 2017

5 Things Jane Austen Has Taught Me About Life (Pt. 1)

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Well, I certainly hope you’re not tired of hearing about Jane Austen yet. I have been reading through all of her novels within the last year, and I never tire of being able to apply her stories to everyday life.

I was folding laundry the other day (how exciting, I know), and apparently I do my best thinking when I’m completing mundane tasks. As I was matching socks and hanging up shirts, I was reflecting on some of my favorite moments from Sense & Sensibility, which I was reading at the time. The more I thought about it, the more I realized just how many things Austen has taught me about life, love and everything in between. Today I’d like to share just a few of them with you.

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In All Things English, Lifestyle on
29 March, 2017

10 Period Dramas to Watch if You Love Downton Abbey

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If you know me, you know that I love nothing more than a good period drama. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration – there are, in fact, things I love more than I love period dramas…but not many!)

It’s no secret that my favorite period drama of all time is Downton Abbey. But we all know that Downton ended more than a year ago. So, what have I been doing since that dreaded day in March 2016 when we said goodbye to the Crawleys? Well, I’ll tell you…

Today I’m sharing with you ten of my favorite period dramas that you will enjoy if you loved Downton Abbey. In reading this, you may think I watch way too much TV; however, an episode here and there does add up, and many of these shows have short seasons. Plus, I personally consider anything not from my country of origin nor my time period of living to be educational. So there’s that. 😉

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In All Things English, Lifestyle, Reading on
25 January, 2017

10 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen

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If you have been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that I love Jane Austen. I have loved her since I was first introduced to her by Rory Gilmore more than a decade ago. Do you remember when Rory told Dean to read Emma, and he admitted he liked it? Pretty sure I set out the very next day to purchase my first Austen. (My Gilmore girls love runs deep. Just being honest.)

I have noticed on Instagram that many of you also love Miss Austen. And since I read a lot of novels (and since Austen only wrote 6 of them) I’ve compiled a short reading list of other great works – both new and old – that any Austen lover would adore. Most of them are set in England in the 1800s, but a few of them are set in Canada in the 1900s.

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