On The Shelf March 17′

Bruce Eric Kaplan, also51INl5DocLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ known as BEK, is one of the most celebrated and admired cartooni
sts in America. I Was a Child is the story of his childhood in suburban New Jersey, detailing the small moments we all experience: going to school, playing with friends, family dinners, watching TV on a hot summer night, and so on. It would seem like a conventional childhood, although Kaplan’s anecdotes are accompanied by his signature drawings of family outings and life at home-road trips, milk crates, hamsters, ashtrays, a toupee, a platypus, and much more. Kaplan’s cartoons, although simple, are never straightforward; they encompass an easy irony and dark humor that often cuts straight to the truth of experience. Brilliantly relatable and genuinely moving, I Was a Child is about our attempts to understand the mysteries that are our parents, our families, and ourselves. – Amazon.com




All writers are faced at some point with feelings of self-consciousness and self-doubt
about their work. In this invaluable guide, Laraine Herring offers advice to writers who want to become more comfortable with their writing, face their inhibitions, and gain the confidence to release their true voice. Utilizing the breath, a vigorous movement practice designed to break up stagnation with the body and the mind, and writing exercises aimed both at self-exploration and developing works-in-progress, Herring offers a clear path to writing through illusion. Learn how to remove obstacles in your writing and develop techniques to help you relax into your own voice; discover ways to enter into a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with yourself so that you can write safely and authentically from a place of absolute vulnerability; and discover the interconnectedness of your personal writing process and the community as a whole. The Writing Warrior will not only help you find ways to develop your writing, but also ways to develop yourself. -Amazon.com


On The Shelf February 17′


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams. – Amazon.com




Wrecked by Jeff Goins


Wrecked is about the life we are afraid to live. It’s about radical sacrifice and selfless service—how we find purpose in the midst of pain. It’s a look at how we discover fulfillment in the least likely of places. It’s
about living like we mean it. It’s a guide to growing up and giving your life away, helping you live in the tension between the next adventure and the daily mundane. This book is for us—a generation intent on pursuing our life’s work in a way that leaves us without regrets. -Amazon.com



Clocking Numbers that Count

“A win is more than numbers on a scoreboard, more than dollars in your bank account, ” – ordinarilyextraordinarymom



3 out of 4 = the number of posts my husband shared in July.
2 out of the last 3 = the number of former students who liked, quoted, and re-tweeted my blogs before anyone else.
100% = the percent of blogs my sister and cousin read, like, love and share.
At least 5 = the number of times my husband tells me I am beautiful, and he loves me every day.
At least 5 = the number of times my son comes to give me a hug or a kiss every day for no reason.
At least 5 and up to 10 = the number of students who eat in my classroom for lunch everyday.
At least 2 = the number of those students who never took my class but still come during their lunch breaks.
3,809 = the number of pictures in my phone of captured moments I…

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On The Shelf: August


Kristen Feola, Spiritually Strong: the ultimate 6 week guide to building your body and soul



Dee Brestin, Idol Lies: Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires


Emily Schuman, Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide for Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining with Ease


The Council of Fashion Designers of America, The Pursuit of Style: Advice and Musings from America’s Top Fashion Designers


Greg Gilbert, Knowing the Bible Series: Book of James




Top 10 Fall 2016 Fashion Trends

Although summer has only began to rear its greasy forehead, I can’t help but feel like a kid marking the days until Christmas as I count down the days until fall arrives. Besides the fact that fall has always been my perfect porridge when it comes to the seasons, it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold, fall is a favorite for me because of its fashion and seasonal styles as well. Without a doubt I think this year’s fall fashion looks has given me plenty to pine over and so I decided to post a list of my top 10 fall fashion trends of 2016.

1 Sparkles, Shine, & Gold Metallics
Lanvin RTW Fall 2016
Rocky Star Fall 2016
Marchesa Fall/Winter 2016
2 High Waist Ankle Pants
Dolce & Gabbana
Pedro Del Hierro
3 Extra Long Sleeves




4 Oversized Sweaters & Hoodies




5 Navy/Military Overcoats
Tommy Hilfiger Navy Military Coat Fall/Winter 2016


6 Statement Furs


Rodarte RTW Fall 2016
Ermanno Scervino RTW Fall/Winter 2016
7 Shearling Jackets
Story of Lola Boxy Flight Jacket
H&M Shearling Bomber Jacket
Guess Faux Leather Moto Jacket with Faux Shearling Trim


8 Multi-Layering Jewelry




9 Guitar Strap Bags
Altuzarra Ghianda Bullwhip Bag

Valentino Rockstud Native Guitar Strap for Handbag
Fendi Strap You Whipstitched Strap


MCM Milla Large Tote
10 Half Jewlery / Cuff Necklaces
Guess Neck Cuff Necklace


Michael Kors






On The Shelf: July Reads

Here is whatI’ll be reading for the month of July!


In To live is Christ to die is gain, Chandler takes readers on a walk through the book of Philippians where Paul teaches what it means to be a mature Christian.





The set apart woman is an excellent guide to living life centered on Christ in a not so Christ centered world. It deals with overcoming daily obstacles, distractions and overcoming behaviors that try to divert the heart and mind from sacred living.



In Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, Hagerty masterfully draws from the narrative of her life to craft a mosaic of a God who leans into broken stories. Here readers see a God who is present in every changing circumstance. Most significantly, they see a God who is present in every unchanging circumstance as well. Whatever lost expectations readers are facing―in family, career, singleness, or marriage―Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet will bring them closer to a God who longs for them to know him more.



Joy Cho, of the award-winning Oh Joy!, offers expert advice on starting and growing a blog, from design and finance to overcoming blogger’s block, attracting readers, and more.

On the Shelf: June Reads


A uniquely written year long daily devotional inspired by the word and spirit of God.


Looking for healing, wholeness and the love of God in the midst of pain, shame and defeat? Heart made whole is painstakingly transparent and powerful as Christa shares her own journey through personal hurts and pain. For those who are ready to stop running from the pain and begin running towards the healer.


Amy Poehler’s comedic memoir filled with hilarious stories and surprisingly awesome inspiration.


The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women is a simple and very practical guide for women who are seeking financial stability and direction from a biblical perspective. This book includes useful advice on paying down debt, saving money for retirement, cutting expenses, and sticking to a budget.

On The Shelf: February Reads

From falling crazy in love with Jesus to the perfection of songwriting skills, here are my current reads for this month. You can find out more about these titles and more by surfing through my bookshelf page…ENJOY ♥


“Crazy Love deals with the idea of the average Christian’s love of God and learning how to further develop those feelings into a “crazy, relentless, all-powerful love” I have purchased the book, workbook and dvd resource guide and have taken on this study with a friend. if you are looking for a book that challenges your complacency as a believer, draws you into a deeper love for god and a greater understanding of this God who is madly in love with you, Crazy Love by Francis Chan is the perfect place to start.



Knowing God is a must read for all believers, in my opinion of course. It is definitely for those who are looking to challenge their thinking and deepen their understanding of the character of God. I suggest the audio book on this one because it is quite the lengthy study.


I have found very little on songwriting in the secular world, so as you can imagine I’ve found even less on Christian songwriting. However, when I came across this book I was SAVED. If you are interested in learning more about songwriting technique process, publishing and more from a Christian point of view I highly recommend “The Craft of Christian Songwriting”