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The Unlikely Start of Me and Him

“Max was just so intimidatingly real.” – The Start of Me and You, Emery Lord A few weeks ago when I read The Start of Me and You, I stopped myself on the page with the above quote (note: it’s from an ARC so it might not be in the final book but I hope it is) […]

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March 10, 2015 - 10:00 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love this! Happy anniversary for last week and thanks for sharing this lovely story with us.

March 9, 2015 - 10:17 am

Topaz @ Six Impossible Things - Oh my goodness, what an absolutely gorgeous tale. My heart is singing. Happy anniversary to both you and your lovely husband – I’m so incredibly glad that you managed to find your happily ever after, even if Prince Charming, wasn’t quite who you expected. <3

March 5, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Brianna - Happy Anniversary! This post is so sweet. I hope I can find my forever person someday. At almost 33, my marriage clock is ticking.

March 5, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Sarah @ What Sarah Read - First of all…HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! My husband and I celebrated four years back in October. Amazing how quickly is goes by right?

I can relate to this post SO much! When I first met my husband I was totally thrown off by how uncomplicated and easy our relationship was. I was always waiting for something bad to happen, so I didn’t really allow myself to fully settle into the relationship until well after we were engaged. Like, literally a month before the wedding I was freaking out. Not cold feet, not at all. I was just still trying to come to terms with the fact that I was in a healthy, loving relationship that didn’t require drama or heartache. My previous relationship was soooo opposite of what I was experiencing with my (then) fiancé and I worked so hard not to project those past experiences on my current relationship. To be honest, I still have to check myself every once in a while. As you can probably guess, my past relationship was pretty horrible. THANKFULLY, I found my current hubby and things are so blissfully normal!

So, thank you so much for opening up about your relationship. This post is so beautiful and I’m so glad you wrote it! xo

March 5, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Tammy - Just lovely Estelle

March 5, 2015 - 11:27 am

Alexa S. - This post is lovely, E! I liked hearing your take on love, and found myself nodding in agreement quite a few times. You’ve captured your feelings so wonderfully, and I’ve got to applaud you for that! (And for making me cry…)

March 5, 2015 - 11:25 am

Elena - ESTELLE!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARYYYYYY! So much love to you and J! I really loved this post, it made my heart so full. I am so so happy for you! You’re right, it does seem like love should be this outright passionate encompassing thing and sometimes it is but sometimes it’s the nuances and inner strength and ease. I hope you guys have the most wonderful day.

March 5, 2015 - 11:16 am

Meg - So lovely and heartfelt. Happy, happy anniversary!

March 5, 2015 - 9:23 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - What a beautiful post, Estelle! And happy anniversary!!!!
I just love reading things like this and hearing other people’s own personal love story. This meant a lot to me: ” Reconcile with yourself that sometimes putting your all into something doesn’t work out.” because YES. I can’t tell you how many times I had a crush — or even outside of a romantic relationship, just thought that if I wanted it enough, it SHOULD work. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes you think that’s exactly what should happen in your life because you want it and you FEEL it… But life has a funny way of not letting those things happen because there’s something even MORE perfect that we don’t even know about at the time. It’s the hardest thing to move past because you DON’T know about this something amazing (and again, speaking to more than just romantic relationships but that also happened many times for me (but I was never serious with anyone before Shane so it was a bit easier for me))
Anyway. It makes me so happy to hear how happy you are! It doesn’t have to be grand romantic gestures. I fell in love all over again when my Portuguese version of Harry Potter came in the mail the other day and was SO EXCITED and Shane laughed and said, “You’re SUCH a nerd and I love it.” It was something so silly and simple but it reminded me that we love each other for exactly who we are and yes, we are constantly growing but we have that same foundation that makes our marriage great. I’m sure we’ll have many bumps along the way but I have confidence that we’ll pull through them just fine!
Thanks for sharing your story! It was so lovely to read — and I hope to meet James someday too! 🙂 Happy anniversary to you both! xo!

You’re Invited: A Fictional Birthday Party

Greetings, friends! It’s early, I know. (Well, depending on where you are, of course, but I’m going to imagine you woke up at 8 a.m. to read this.) You are dressed in the outfit that makes you feel your best and headed to a party to celebrate yours truly and the big “omg I’m 30” […]

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February 15, 2015 - 12:14 am

Alexa S. - Best birthday party ever, E! Loved your post and loved hearing about why these characters would be at your festivities. It sounds like we all will have a festive night 😉

February 13, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Sue Holmes - Yay!! Thank you so much 🙂 I can’t believe I won. jumping up and down with excitement!!
I have just emailed you.
Thank you!!

February 12, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Ann - Dot from Ketchup Clouds! She’s so fun!

February 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Kimberly V - Happy Birthday! I almost hate to admit it, but I would have to invite Edward from Twilight. That is the series that introduced me to the young adult genre.

February 11, 2015 - 10:35 am

Nadia - I’d invite Will Herondale so I can make out with him. Woops.

February 11, 2015 - 9:32 am

Amy Deatherage - I’d like Jordan from Catching Jordan to hangout with my daughter & talk about sports & college. I need some help keeping things in perspective. And she needs someone to talk to that understands her stress.

February 10, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Daiane - This is a very special event because it’s the first fictional party I have ever attended! Can we just take a moment and squeal that Skylar from ” I’ll meet you there” is actually here. Omg! This definitely made the birthday party a wholeee lot better!

February 9, 2015 - 11:53 am

Yun-a - I’d love to invite the Song family as well (although I guess that makes it 4, not 1). My mom could even get non-salty bossam!

February 8, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Ashley - I was initially going to say Levi from Fangirl because he has such a sunny personality, but then I remembered REAGAN from Fangirl. I think we would get along famously!

February 7, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Michelle Lee - I would definitely invite Lara Jean because she and I would get along well and eat kimchi together! haha thank you for this amazing chance! 🙂

February 7, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Crystal - I love the idea of such a party. I would totally go. 🙂

February 7, 2015 - 11:56 am

Jessica D - I would love it if Jordan came to my party! She would dominate at any backyard games we’d play if it were an outdoor party…that would make things so much more fun! Great post 🙂

February 7, 2015 - 9:25 am

Lorena - I would love to invite Gabe!!!

February 7, 2015 - 2:56 am

Sue Holmes - What a clever post idea! Its my birthday this month and now I’m dreaming up my own party! Who to invite… Eleanor and Park will be at the top of my list along with Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Mad Hatter.
Thank you for including us (from beyond), I promise it’s not the moon – just South Africa!

February 7, 2015 - 1:43 am

Holly J - Oh gosh, who would I invite? Okay, for starters definitely Nikolai from The Grisha. He’s hilarious and fun and would know how to throw a good party. I’d also love to chill with the crew from Anna, Lola, and Isla. They’re all pretty awesome and laidback. Oh, and to top it off, let’s get the cast of The Infernal Devices series to come too.

Happy Birthday!! 🙂

February 6, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Sa Lopes - Ah. This is soo cute! Happy Birthday! And I hope you got all the gossip you could get out of these characters!

February 6, 2015 - 11:24 am

Cynthia @ Afterwritten - HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! This is such a wonderful and creative post, wow! This sounds like the best birthday party ever. I recently read Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White and I love all the characters in that book so much (apart from the villain, who is far too terrifyingly villainous), we would have the best party ever together.

February 6, 2015 - 12:47 am

Toni - I forgot to delete the ‘belated’ word on my comment, sorry!

February 6, 2015 - 12:41 am

Toni - Happy birthday!(belated) One character I would like to invite to my party? Hmm.Definitely Magnus Bane! He knows how to throw cool and sparkly parties!

February 6, 2015 - 12:23 am

Dianne - Happy birthday, Estelle! I realize no one might know her but I’ll invite Isis Blake from Lovely Vicious. I think it’s a little indie gem and I love her so much. She’s sassy and sarcastic and smart(mouthed) and I want to bond with her. <3 Ack, I feel so lame with my answer.

February 5, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Summer - Happy Birthday! This was such a fun post to read. There are so many characters that I adore, it’s hard to choose. Maybe I’d go with a character from one of the few chick lit novels I read last year, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. Her name is Nean, she’s scrappy and sarcastic and she made me laugh, so I figure she’d liven up a party.

February 5, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Nattie N - Since my birthday is coming up soon too, I think I would have to chose Izzy Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments. I mean, she could tell me what to wear and do my hair and I would absolutely love to get to know her C: Although Magnus Bane wouldn’t be a bad choice either…

Happy Birthday darling! I hope you have/had a wonderful day filled with love and presents and BOOKS :3 If that was your birthday party, there would be 100% chance of me gatecrashing c:

February 5, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, Happy birthday, Estelle! I love this post, and your party. I would have a great time.

If I could invite one fictional character – oh my gosh, it’s so hard to decide. I think I would Lizzie Bennet from The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet because I want to hear all her snarky comments. And also, maybe she will bring Darcy, and Jane and Lydia and that would be AMAZING! Oh and Charlotte! I want her to bring Charlotte, too.

February 5, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Ashley @ The Caffeinated Booknerd - As I’m reading I’ll Meet You There Now, I’d have to agree with Skylar. I’d invite her in a heartbeat. Thanks for the giveaway!

February 5, 2015 - 11:05 am

vicky - I’d so love to invite Rose Hathaway

February 5, 2015 - 10:43 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Happy birthday, loveliest of Estelles!

One of the first things I thought of after the SuperBowl was “I wonder how Jordan feels about this – also Henry!”

I’m also dying to talk to both Sky and Josh. I want to hug them both.

This would be the best birthday party ever – and not just because of the guests, but because you are beautiful and awesome. Hope you have an amazing day.

February 5, 2015 - 10:32 am

heather - I would have to have Ron Weasley & my birthday party because he would be so fun!

February 5, 2015 - 8:20 am

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - I am SO at this party! And not JUST for the guac, but that certainly is a big selling point.

Happy Birthday, gorgeous!

To Have & To Discard

I get into these crazy cleaning moods. The ones where I am stuck in the middle of a pile of whatever I’m cleaning and it’s really hard for me to move (and also find the motivation to clean it back up). Last Friday, I was in one of those moods. NEW YEAR MUST GET RID OF […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Alexa S. - I love your post, E! I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’ve been bringing into the apartment too (mostly books and souvenirs of all sorts). While I do love having these things, I also think that there comes a point when you’re really more about quality versus quantity, necessary versus nice extra. It’s been an interesting time, particularly with our move, and I’m determined to try to curate the things I own a little more this year with quality and necessity in mind 🙂

January 13, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Alexa - I just went through a lot of my stuff over the past week and I now have a huge box of books to sell and donate. I also got rid of a bunch of stuff that I just didn’t need or wasn’t going to fit in my apartment. I think it is good to discard some things from time to time.
Plus as you said it does take time to build a library.

January 11, 2015 - 6:20 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is a great post! I, too, struggle with the number of unread books that I have sitting on my shelves and I’m also running out of space. I’m trying to cull my books, but I have a hard time parting with books that I haven’t read yet, even if I’m pretty sure I’ve lost interest. This year will definitely be the year that I cut down on the number of unread books on my shelves. I’m not putting myself on a book buying ban, per se, but I’ve decided that I will only buy a book if I read it right away. Part of my problem is that I buy books that I’m super excited to read, only to put them on my shelves where they begin to lose their luster. On two separate occasions in 2014, I ran to a bookstore, anxious for the next installment in a series that I was reading, and dove into it immediately. And, you know what? It was AWESOME. It brought me back to pre-blogging days when I used to do just that. Before my TBR was ridiculous and my shelves of unread books spilled over. It reminded me of a time when reading was just reading, rather than trying to buy all of the amazing books that I knew I would read ONE DAY, just not today. Just as you said, I’m going to be more mindful of what I purchase this year, and buy with the intention to enjoy it right away.

January 11, 2015 - 10:11 am

Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc. - I definitely agree with all of this. I used to be such a hoarder and it’s only in the last few years that I have been able to really get rid of things. Now I’m going the other way and I get annoyed by having too much stuff! I have really fallen in love with my library in the last few months. Reading a book for free and then taking it back so it doesn’t clutter up my flat really appeals to me. I am also thinking of culling my DVD collection in favour of Netflix!

I do still buy things but I only buy what I’m really excited about or what is a very good deal. Otherwise it just gets out of hand.

January 10, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek) - I love this post – mostly because I do this all the time – the first paragraph or so was basically written about my life! In seriousness though, I LOVE a good clear out, I find things I forgot I had and I love the feeling of getting rid of the old to make way for the new – both in books and in everything else. Yes, sometimes I find it hard (I have clothes with tags on I bought two years ago… or more if we’re being really honest!) because I think something might come in handy someday – but I love the sense of freshness, newness and organisation that comes from a good clear out! R x

January 10, 2015 - 11:22 am

Leah - LOVE. THIS.

I’m definitely someone who holds onto things – I have an entire drawer full of holiday/birthday cards! I’ve had notebooks for years because, hey, maybe one day I’ll need a piece of paper! It’s nothing outrageous, but something I would love to change and get under control. You know what? I’d really love to start with my closet. I currently use the spare bedroom as my closet and, to be honest, I wear about 5 shirts out of the piles and racks and drawers full. My mom and sisters have always been fantastic about going through and weeding out things to drop off at Goodwill – I want to get on board! There are so many things I bought that I’ve seriously NEVER touched once I took them out of the bag.

Books are another huge thing for me and I’m happy to say I’ve been getting better at not buying! Last year I got rid of a ton and it felt AMAZING. I’d love to go through and pull out yucky reads or books I’m never going to read again.

January 10, 2015 - 1:03 am

Weekly Recap| Jan 4-10, 2015 | Oh, the Books! - […] Estelle talks about books to have and discard. […]

January 9, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Chrystal - OMG! I do the same thing. Haul it all out start organizing into piles and then overwhelmed or exhausted and don’t want to finish. LOL

I think I have to do the same things this year. I am NOT a hoarder, but I do have more than I need in a lot of areas: books, postcards, stationery items, momentos (yes even stuff from crappy exes), etc. It’s like I cling to items to keep the memories? Does that make sense?

I hope 2015 is a good year of organization for you as it is for me. It’s my overall life goal this year. 🙂


January 8, 2015 - 3:34 pm

molly | wrapped up in books - This is a great post! Sometimes I see bloggers with massive hauls and I think, really? Where do you put them all? How will you ever read som any books? I mean, even if you read 300 books a year!

I’m pretty under control as far as my book buying and book hoarding is concerned when compared with the blogging community, but compared to a “regular” person, I still have so many — and so many unread! You’ve actually inspired me to write about my book buying and hoarding habits 😉

January 8, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - “NEW YEAR MUST GET RID OF SHIT” – you spoke right to my heart.

Happy culling!

January 8, 2015 - 10:03 am

Madiha @ Symphony of Words - Oh, GOSH I can completely understand what you mean! I am SUCH a hoarder myself, and when I do get the occassional urge to clean up, I usually just end up ruffling through old things and sitting in front of my books, admiring them to no end.

Also, you guys have a BEAUTIFUL blog. New follower!

January 8, 2015 - 9:41 am

Meg - Oh, I can definitely relate to this! And I have no wisdom to share as the only solution to my book-hoarding problem (and, indeed, stuff-hoarding problem) was to move from our condo to a house last year. Then I could spread out my crap! Spread all the things! But I know that’s not really a solution… or not a viable one long-term, anyway. I applaud you for thinking about this and considering how to build your library over time with care and consideration! You can do it!

January 8, 2015 - 9:24 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is a great post, Estelle. When I first started reading, I bought books a lot. I couldn’t help myself. But before that, I truly didn’t buy them that much. I did sometimes, but usually I just got my books from the library. And granted, as a librarian, I know how to work the system the best to get the books I want quicker, but I have the same rules as all the library patrons. I can’t move myself up on the holds list.

But, like I said, the first year and a half I bought so many books. And I didn’t read that many. I also was a bit crazy with requesting books from Netgalley and Edelweiss. But since then I’ve really gotten myself under control, and it has been so nice. I’d say for at least the last sixth months, the only books I’ve purchased are when I go to book events, or if there is a book that I plan on reading right then. I have also controlled myself with requesting ARCs. I always ask myself “is this a book I will read before the release date?” Because if it isn’t, there is no point requesting it because I can just get it from the library.

I like the idea of building a library slowly. I think you want to keep the books that mean something special to you.

January 8, 2015 - 9:20 am

Morgan @ Gone with the Words - Oh this is totally me. Our extra closet is full of my stuff, which is mostly paper items (museum maps, greeting cards, all the magazine celeb pictures that used to hang on my walls, literally anything that I can attach a memory to) and things I’m convinced I might need/use someday. I’m very nostalgic by nature and tend to be a pack rat. Genetic on my mom’s side 😛 But I’ve also moved a lot, as a teen and an adult, and each time I get rid of more and more, which feels good. I know I can do even more but it seems impossible sometimes! I do the same cleaning pile thing too hehe. My book situation isn’t bad compared to a lot of peoples but my two shelves ARE full… so yeah. Need to be more intentional with purchases and with what paper items/random things I save 🙂

January 8, 2015 - 9:17 am

Ashley - I’m working on this also. I have a ton of…shit. But I know myself and I know I have to be in the mood to get rid of things. If I’m in the right mood, I have no emotional attachment and I can part with EVERYTHING. But if I’m in the wrong mood and trying to clean, I have an emotional attachment to everything and want to keep it forever.

So yes. I will try to find that balance with you. <3

January 8, 2015 - 9:10 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. Everything about this post — just yes. I mean… my blog is called “The Book Addict’s Guide”. I HAVE A PROBLEM. I cannot stop buying books and I’m terrible at being a sucker for sales too. I keep holding on to books I THINK I might read and hold for the time being and I NEED TO STOP DOING THIS. I’m running out of space on my shelves. And you’ve seen my shelves.
I recently cleaned some things off my shelves. I got rid of some books — even though they were personalized — because as nice of a thought as it was, I REALLY don’t think I’d actually enjoy some of those books enough to keep.
I totally have this issue too. I’ve saved all of the notes and cards that people have sent me — not only notes that came from my fellow bloggers but Christmas cards and birthday cards and wedding cards. I have a stack full of things I mean to scrapbook but don’t have the time… so I TOTALLY understand the significance of wanting to keep all of those memories and the task it is to weigh them out.
This is something I hope to work on this year too! Let’s keep each other in check 😉

On a Personal Note: A “Brave” Reminder

“I might be a little scared.” “That’s awesome.” “No, it’s not,” I said. “Yes, it is, because you can only be brave if you’re scared.” – from The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson ↔ Last week, I flew through The Impossible Knife of Memory (why did it take me so long to […]

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October 20, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Liz - I really enjoy this post, and I hope your new job is off to a great start. I’m sure you’re doing great. I personally have only read ME BEFORE YOU of all of these, but now I know what to have in mind when I want something along these lines. To me, JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR are kind of about bravery, too. I can’t wait to see more of your recommendations along this same line!

September 10, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - Now I’ve got a list for when I jump into something new!

You are going to be awesome at your new job, and like you, I’m always nervous and always worrying, but once it happens, change is good. I think it keeps things interesting and fresh. And it’s awesome that books are inspirational! I mean, yes, as bookworms, we all know this, but I think sometimes we forget.

I’m saving this list for when I move, I’m officially planning to relocate to NYC soon! Exciting and terrifying! 🙂

September 7, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Mawa Mahima - Yes, first days are always dreadful…but thanks for the list Estelle! Good luck on your new job too 🙂
Luckily my first day back went pretty well, I mean when you’re pretty well versed at the art of the first day, then you tend to not get too worked up on the actual day. Needless to say, I was a nervous mess the night before (and I still don’t know why). It all turns out alright of course. 🙂

September 5, 2014 - 11:38 am

Alexa S. - Being brave is something that I have to choose to do constantly. I’ve come a long, long way from the days when I was an introvert, scared of my own shadow, and unwilling to take risks, especially if I felt like I would mess it up or everything would go wrong. I know you’re going to embrace your bravery and do an amazing job at your new job, complete with learning + mistakes along the way. YOU GOT THIS, E!

Also, your book suggestions are totally spot on. I can’t wait to read the latter two – There Will Come a Time + Like No Other – soon!

September 3, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - As someone who has just taken a giant leap into something new, I found this blog post to be very inspirational. So thank you for that. I agree that being nervous shows you care. At 33 years old, I STILL get those Sunday night jitters. But I also know in the end, everything will be okay. I’ve learned to take this leap with my eyes wide open. Ask as many questions as I can, to not be afraid of making a mistake, and soak up this experience as much as possible.

Estelle, I hope the new frontier has been wonderful so far. You’ve been on my mind! Here’s to new beginnings & the journey ahead, xo.

September 2, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Meg - Thinking of you on your first day at the new job! Totally agree that you’re nervous because you really do care and want everything to work out well, which is very normal. Like you, I once stayed up into the wee hours unable to shut my mind off before a first day of school, a big test, a new job . . . but I’m sure only great things are afoot. Love this list, too! Lots of new-to-me titles I’ll have to look up.

September 2, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Jen @Fefferbooks - I adore this list! I feel like really, no one else knows what the heck they’re doing, either. Some of us just fake it really well. 😉 We’re all a little scared, sometimes, and all a little clueless. But sometimes, we all really rock. Have a great first day! Be awesome!!

September 2, 2014 - 10:25 am

Brianna - Good luck at the new job! I love Laurie Halse Anderson, so I’ll have to look for this one. I like to believe I’m brave, but the reality is there’s a terrified person on the inside who is dealing with some tough stuff and doesn’t know what’s going to happen.

Dear Magan + Miss E (Well Wishes from Bookish Moms)

Good morning, friends! You might have heard from a little birdie (literally, Twitter!) that Magan gave birth to a gorgeous little girl on Sunday evening! It’s hard to believe after so much planning, squealing, and excitement that she is actually here! I guess it’s no surprise that I wanted to do something special on Rather […]

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February 15, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I know I’ve already told you this too (broken record much?), but I just love the way this post turned out. I felt a little teary reading all these sweet words, so I can only imagine how much Magan appreciated the thought and time that went into this. You’re so thoughtful, E!

February 8, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] so be sure to enter!) And of course all the little posts celebrating Magan’s exciting news. (Mom advice from the book community + guess the baby blogger!) It’s been so so fun to read your reactions to both of […]

February 8, 2014 - 7:59 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Such a sweet post.

Peanut Butter was my friend. Let that hubby do as much as he possibly can to help. Daughters that have good relationships with their Daddys don’t tolerate loser boys.

Read. Read. Read to her.

Soothing singing is awesome unless you know no songs. I found myself softly singing Happy Birthday, row row row your boat & anything that had a tune at all. I sounded stupid, but she didn’t care.

February 8, 2014 - 6:13 am

Angeline - This is so sweet. Congratulations Magan and good luck with everything!

February 7, 2014 - 8:00 am

Who's Who? Can You Guess the Baby Blogger? - […] I wanted a way to involve more of the community in this celebration of Magan and Baby E! (Check out yesterday’s post from moms around the community!) But […]

February 6, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Ack — I’ve tried twice to comment and my computer keeps freezing up, but let’s try this one more time!

Such an amazing list of inspirational thoughts; I teared up a few times too! And gotta totally agree with Betty — the housecleaning can WAIT while you soak up all those incredible family moments!

And one more thing to add to this list … I think you’re also pretty lucky to have Estelle as your friend. This is a pretty special idea that she came up with; it warms my heart to know that the world is a better place because both of you are in it!

February 6, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Ellice - My goodness, I’m not a momma yet, but I’m sitting here in tears at work while reading this post. Such genuine, heartfelt words. Congrats, Magan!

February 6, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Tammy - Congratulations Magan! As you know already parenthood is the most heart-wrenching and heart-making job possible and worth every up and down along the way.

February 6, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Shandra - This is so precious!

February 6, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Liz @ Along for the Read - Oh my goodness this is so sweet! Kind of makes me want to have a baby so I think I will just make a trip to go see my sister’a babies and get my fill there.

Congratulations, Magan! I am so excited for you. Baby E is a lucky little lady, can’t wait to hear about her through your tweets and posts.

February 6, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Lori - This post makes me so happy, and a little teary. I’m so happy for you and your family, Magan.

Thanks for putting this together, Estelle! You’re wonderful!

February 6, 2014 - 11:15 am

ashley - Oh my heart. I love the love of this community.

February 6, 2014 - 10:47 am

Alexa S. - I seriously teared up reading this post this morning! Such sweet messages from such amazing people. I know I’ve already said this to you M, but congratulations. So happy for you, D, big sister and the baby! You’re going to be a wonderful mom, and Baby E is lucky to have you. Lots of love <3 <3 <3

February 6, 2014 - 10:45 am

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Big round of applause to Estelle for putting this together! I am loving it all!

Betty – OH YES GIRL to #4.
Capillya – Awesome advice to Baby Blasig!
Jess – THAT VIDEO. Oh goodness. My heart!
Lori – I still have PTSD from those early days.
Melissa – NAILED IT.
Melissa – Here’s to always finding the awesome in life!


February 6, 2014 - 10:21 am

Anna - This is adorable. What a great community we have here — I find this so touching and lovely. And Magan, we are all so thrilled for you and the fam — sending lots of love!

February 6, 2014 - 9:46 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - OMGosh I’m all teary eyed over here! Everyone had such wonderful things to say to Magan and Baby E! Great job, ladies!!

And Magan, I can’t wait to see all those pics of Baby E I know you will be taking! 😀

Tree Thoughts, Bear Hugs, Kid President

Hiya! I was planning on writing something totally different today but I thought I would take a cue from Melissa at Writer Grrl Reads and write about right now. I’m writing this on Monday night, a half hour after we just got back from picking up a Christmas tree down the street from our apartment. This […]

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December 17, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - We always name our tree too! Although… I forgot what we named our tree last year because let’s face it… I still miss Short Round (aptly named for his shape). Both of our parents have fake trees now when we used to go cut down real ones (then just buy real ones, then transition to fake). I can’t wait to get a bigger tree next year (when maybe we have a bigger car because squeezing Rudolph into my Elantra was TOUGH) and keep the tradition going!

December 13, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - I love the “stop and write about the moment” idea! Your story of Christmas trees and how you name this was absolutely adorable.

My mom got a kitten this year who literally ATTACKED the tree, so she had to take it down, and my little brother is freaking out about how “non” Christmas it will feel.

Happy holidays!

December 11, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Alexa Y. - This post makes me feel so Christmas-y while I read it! I hate to admit that we’re using a fake tree this year (since we still wanted a tree, but we won’t actually be in the apartment for most of the holidays). We do have a pine-scented candle around though, and we’re having an (unofficial) decorating party tomorrow!

December 10, 2013 - 6:01 pm

alisa selene - That is so fun that you name your Christmas tree..I like the idea of real trees but because of allergies not an option!

December 10, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - I so wish we could get a tree so close! Ever since we have lived in Sweden we have been tree free which is a bummer!

December 10, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - I so wish we could get a tree so close! Ever since we have lived in Sweden we have been tree free which is a bummer!

December 10, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Aww, this was such an adorable and fun post to read, Estelle! <3 I think it's adorable that you always get a Christmas tree, and even name it. I think Linus is the perfect name!! And yay for the fact that you're cat isn't attacking it (yet). 😉

I think Kid President's advice is great. We're watching a video in school (er, at least, we were, until all these snow days!) about how connected people are to their phones, and how it's really preventing us from living. It's really true, unfortunately. It takes a lot of effort to put the phone down or close that tab, but it can be really worth it in the end. =)

Lovely post, Estelle! I may not celebrate Christmas, but I loved this post. <3

December 10, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Meg - Love that y’all name your trees, too — what a cute tradition! I would love to have a real tree but am way too lazy, being on the second floor of an apartment complex in the ‘burbs. 🙂 When we get a house, I would love to start that tradition! We had artificial trees some years growing up, and live ones others… I love ’em either way!

December 10, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love the Canadians selling Christmas trees! It’s so silly but they’re one of the few things that I really miss about NYC. I’ll have to try a Dr. Peppermint. I love Dr. Pepper and even though I have some bad memories of peppermint schnapps (an old roommate and her friends used to do shots of them at parties and I joined them for way too many) it still sounds good.

December 10, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I love this. So, so, so much! And I love that you have a Canadian Christmas tree too :). And you’re adorable 🙂

December 10, 2013 - 11:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Aww, I love your tree. And that you name them. I always prefer a live tree, too. I don’t usually get a tree for my house, but I always help my parents get a tree and decorate.

Enjoy the holiday season!

December 10, 2013 - 9:42 am

Ginger @ GReads! - How cute! I love that you name your tree. Growing up we had a mix of fake and real trees. Just depended on what my mother felt like “putting up” with that year lol. I can still remember one Christmas (well, a few weeks before) my dad was out of town on business, so my mom, sisters and I decided to surprise him and bring home a tree. My sister picked out this giant size tree that my mother was hesitant on buying at first. But we someone convinced her. The thing was so huge, we had to put it in the middle of our living room because it had vaulted ceilings lol. In the middle of the night, one night, we heard this loud crash! Everyone came downstairs and the poor tree had tumbled over. Talk about a mess!! After that we didn’t see another live tree in our home again, ha!