by katelin on September 27, 2016

You guys, I’ve been busy lately. I mean when I’m not busy chasing around a crazed toddler or going to another park, I’m doing the things I really enjoy, like watching movies and reading and listening to good music and drinking delicious things. And because I’m a giver, I’m going to share what I’ve been up to:

Me Before You: OH HELLO EMOTIONS. I recently read the book so I knew what I was getting into, but man, my hormones/emotions/feelings were in full overdrive with this one. I loved the chemistry of Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin and the story overall. It somehow got terrible reviews but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dope: I had this one on my Netflix queue for a long time and finally got around to watching it. And it was SO GOOD. It was funny, it was poignant, it was well done. I definitely recommend checking this one out.

Sicario: OH HELLO STRESS, NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN. Need a movie to keep you on your toes a bit? Here you go. The storyline was a little complicated for me, but I caught on. And it was a good movie from start to finish.

While We’re Young: If you need a movie to make you think about your life’s choices, this one’s for you. The cast is great, the storyline is borderline funny but also, a slight bit depressing.

The Nice Guys: I snort laughed more than once. Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe are the most unlikely yet highly entertaining comedic duo. Overall it was a pretty hilarious action comedy and the 70s style was excellent.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War: Chris Hemsworth. Literally the only reason I watched this movie.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I really enjoyed this one. The way the story is written goes back and forth between characters and a major event. It’s fascinating to see how it all intertwines and the relationships of all the characters. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every Liane Moriarty book I’ve read and this one is another.

Every children’s book about trucks. If you want recommendations, I’ve got em. My child is truck obsessed, hence we keep finding new books about trucks.

The Hamilton Soundtrack. Hi, I’m here now. I caught up with everyone. And I listen to “Satisfied” at least twice a day. I look forward to actually seeing this show one day.

Matisayhu. Thanks Pandora. This man’s feel-good music is lifting me up. And I love it. Particularly “Sunshine,” that is my favorite and on constant repeat.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee from Trader Joe’s. HALLELUJAH.
Gluten free pumpkin pancakes from Trader Joe’s. HALLELUJAH.
Red wine. All of it. (Well not really, but I just got six bottles to review and I’m real excited about it)


What are you watching/reading/listening to/drinking/eating these days?


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Welcome to the Jungle.

by katelin on September 20, 2016

It’s crazy to think that two months ago I was cracking up at my son’s pal, the wooden spoon. (Seriously, how is it the end of September already?)

Anyways, I digress.

The spoon has disappeared. Or it’s just been relocated to the bottom of a toy bin or a drawer or behind something. But it’s missing and I think I’m more sad about it than Riley.

Instead, we’ve now moved on to the animal menagerie or “the jungle” as I lovingly call it.

When we go on walks or go somewhere in the car, Riley now brings an animal (or two). It’s usually a dog or a bear or a monkey. The kid has so many stuffed animals but those are usually the ones he goes for.

However for sleeping, it’s now always the elephant (the one from all of his monthly photos that he never cared about AT ALL) and the monkey (or “Oooo ooo” as we’ve started calling him – because that’s the sound monkeys make, obviously).


Part of me is nervous about him having stuffed animals that he “neeeeeeds” because I mean, what if they get lost or fall apart? I also was never one to have a stuffed animal or toy that I always had to sleep with, it just wasn’t my thing. But the other part of me thinks it’s the cutest damn thing ever to see this little goofball cuddle up and snuggle with the softest little elephant and the tiniest little monkey.

Honestly, my heart skips a beat a little bit when he’s holding them both or holding any stuffed animal really, it’s adorable.

I just love that when he’s not chucking cars or throwing bouncy balls, he’s snuggling up with the soft ones.


Basically, snuggling up is the new thing in our house. And I’m not mad about it.


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