Tuesday, July 28, 2015

$1, $1, $1

Have you ever looked at all your stuff and thought, "Goodness, I need to do an overhaul and simplify things?"

Recently, that same thought happened to me as I scrolled through all the items in the Nicole Joelle Print Shop. It just felt a little haphazard and busy for me.

Especially with new products coming in August and September, I decided that I wanted to simplify and cut down options in the shop. So, on July 31st, the shop will only include print bundles (sets of 4 prints) as well as poster printables. 

I think it will help clean up the shop's appearance as well as provide the change I need to accomplish some fresh ideas and goals that I have for the shop.

But before I take all the 8x10 individual printables off the virtual shelves, I wanted to give you the chance to stock up.

So, from the 28th-30th, 44 (yep 44!) printables are listed at just $1 each (no code needed). If you've had your eye on a design, this is the time to grab it. Click here to check out what's on sale :)

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Six Summer Reads

Summer seems to be my reading season. Maybe it's less structured days, or less TV, or more time--but it always seems that I read so much more in the summer than I do any other time of the year. The library and I have definitely been BFFs this summer ;)

I've read six books so far this summer and have two more waiting for me at the library. If you are looking for a book to read while you lounge at the pool (or, you know, watch your toddler play in the dirt), here are six books I'd recommend :)

Longbourn by Jo Baker
This book took some time for me to get into, but in the end, I did find the story unique and the characters believable. If you like Jane Austen, perhaps this is a book for you. I wouldn't put this book on my top of my list, but I would still recommend it.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
In typical Moriarty fashion, her characters are unique, fun, and entertaining. I didn't love this book as much as some of her other books, but I still found myself laughing and tearing up while I read. I appreciate Moriarty's ability to explore emotions and challenging topics in an unique way.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This book was very different than most books I pick up--a little more futuristic and science fiction. I found it mysterious and a little haunting (but not in a scary way). I think I read this book in less than two days--so it definitely captured my curiosity and imagination.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
This is one of those stories that sticks with you--the characters, the setting, and the issues really brought me in and I couldn't put it down. The story was both heart-breaking and heart-warming--I didn't want it to end.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
I have read most of Francine River's novels, and although I enjoyed this book, it probably wouldn't be my favorite. However, the theme of redemption, love, and acceptance were deep and moving. Definitely an encouraging read.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I adored this book. I don't often reread books, but I'm quite certain I would pick this one up again. It had all the makings of a good read--unique and delightful characters, clever writing, and a setting that makes you want to fly off and visit England. If you want a light and fun read (with a mix of historical fiction), go grab this book.

What have you been reading lately? Next up--I have The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner.

ps. the links are affiliate links--so I would make a teeny commission if you purchased any one of these books.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

While the Kid is Napping

It's been a while since I've just done a post filled with random bits and pieces of life around here and beyond. It's about time, right?

-- First of all, yesterday I made what is my new favorite sandwich--plus, it's so easy! Between two pieces of bread simply layer

  • 1/2 avocado
  • chopped kale (or spinach)
  • thinly sliced cucumber
  • drizzle of sweet chili sauce (which makes this sandwich)

Trust me, it's good! 

-- Today I've hit the second semester, and I am so thankful to be feeling much better and more like myself. Thank goodness.

-- I really love this shirt and think it would be a great transition piece during pregnancy and beyond. Have you heart of Elegantees?

-- The library has been my new best friend-- I hope to have a post up next week about some of my recent recommended (and not as recommended) reads.  I might have to reference Lindsey's post for some more books to add to my list :)

-- I recently made these for supper even though I'm slightly afraid of cooking fish. However, this recipe gave me the confidence to feel like fish and I can be friends. 

-- There are some changes coming to the shop soon. The biggest change: come the end of July, I'll only be offering bundles and poster prints in the shop. So, if you've had your eye on a print, now's the time to grab it! And, until Sunday, buy one bundle and get one free with this code: BUNDLEBOGO

-- This post gives me hope as an introverted parent. Maybe you are an introverted parent too?

-- I recently wrote a post about sponsoring a sweet boy who captured my heart before (and during!) my trip to Haiti. If you have a heart for orphan care, special needs, adoption, or just love kiddos, I'd really encourage you to read the post! Or just click over if you want to see one of the cutest kids ever :)

Well, I better be off to finish other nap time tasks!

Happy Wednesday :)
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