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Magan: We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A

Estelle and I are swapping questions and getting into the nitty gritty details… Welcome to our “We’re Not Talking About Books Q&A.” Today I’m answering Estelle’s questions and soon she’ll be answering mine. I haven’t even read her questions yet. I’m just copying and pasting them and writing whatever first comes to mind. Are you […]

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January 7, 2014 - 12:01 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Let's Talk 2014 Resolutions, Magan - […] guys… I’m worn out. And no, that’s not just the pregnancy talking. I mentioned in my Q&A with Estelle that I’d like to be more welcoming and have people over more often. Maybe these two concepts […]

December 29, 2013 - 10:50 am

Bookworm1858 - Such a fun idea to share more of the personality behind the blog. I’m super late obviously but I look forward to checking out Estelle’s shortly.

December 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

Estelle: We're Not Talking About Books Q&A, Estelle - […] Good morning, friends!  Today I’m answering some questions that Magan sent me a few days ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far! It’s been so fun to reflect on the past year together and share it with you. (If you misses Magan’s Q&A, here it is!) […]

December 22, 2013 - 1:55 am

Liz - I love reading this interview! Magan, I feel so lucky to have gotten to see how you and your family have changed in 2013. I’m really excited for you to have your baby. And I like how you talk about wanting to let people in more! That’s something I’ve found myself mulling over a great deal this year.

On a lighter note, I also recently got Naked 3 and it’s been a great purchase.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings for you!

December 20, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading your answers to E’s questions, M! It’s such a beautiful way to get to know you a little better, and to see how 2013 has changed and shaped you. Even with all your ups and downs, I also know that it’s been a crazy wonderful year for you. I’m honored to know you and be your friend, just because you’re a wonderful person with a genuinely good, caring heart and it shows so clearly how much you value family, friends and life in this post. Love it and love YOU!

December 19, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Omigoodness, there are no words for how much I loved reading this! Magan, you made me tear up a few times, especially at the end with baby girl kissing the snowman — too freakin’ cute!

December 19, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Christina - I love the Naked 3 too!

December 19, 2013 - 11:53 am

Lisa Schensted - I would like to second Magan growing into motherhood as an incredible thing to witness and I absolutely adored every moment of it (and will continue to do so).

I love you both to the moon and back!


December 18, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Ellie - I just splurged on the Naked 3 Palette too! So in love with it.

December 18, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Meg - Loved reading this! You ladies are awesome. 🙂 And I love that Florida shot! We don’t have our travel plans locked down for next year, either, but I definitely need to plan a vacation somewhere . . . . this year was consumed by wedding chaos, but all bets are off in 2014!

December 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Love this series. GREAT read – you both seem like such awesome people, it’s wonderful to get to know you better.

Magan, I am the worst about letting people into my home. My husband is great at it and unashamed of our sometimes untidy place, but I feel like the worst hostess when my place looks like crap, so I know what you’re feeling. I’m going to try to be better at it next year, too, because you’re right, bringing a sense of community into your home is important.

On a lighter note, I feel the same sad way about Zefron. Rehab for coke? Yikes. And we definitely need better movies from him…”That Awkward Moment”? REALLY? =p

December 18, 2013 - 9:58 am

alice-jane - I love the new Q&A series that you’re doing! It’s so nice to get to know bloggers not only through what books they like but also through personal posts like this! The iPhone boat picture is gorgeous, too.

All the memories that you’ve shared are so precious and I hope you have a great 2014 as well! 🙂

December 18, 2013 - 9:45 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Wow, Magan, it seems like you’ve had a very busy, but good, year. As for the UD Naked 3 Palette – I just got that as well. It’s so pretty, and I think my favorite of all the Naked Palettes. So good to talk to another makeup addict.

December 18, 2013 - 9:28 am

Ginger @ GReads! - First of all, I LOVE this Q&A thing y’all got started. It’s nice to see personal posts on book blogs (something I am trying to do more of too).

Magan, I love that picture from Florida. I remember admiring your trip while y’all were there through your Instagram pics & thinking, wow! I need to visit this place. Also, that last question about the ornament and your grandmother: PRECIOUS. That’s definitely a keepsake to hold in your heart forever. I agree with Estelle that you’ve definitely evolved into this beautiful, selfless person. You inspire me, constantly.

PS – LOVE that tidbit about the groomsmen asking if your assistant was single, hehe.

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care

I recently stayed up entirely too late finishing How to Love by Katie Cotugno. Estelle mailed it to me and on a highlighter pink post-it note, said it had to be my next read. How was I to turn down such a request? Estelle’s already reviewed How to Love here on the blog so I’m not going to dive […]

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December 22, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition! - […] willingness to open themselves up to their readers and discuss personal issues like Magan’s reflection on foster care and pregnancy announcement make the experience seems all the more personal and allows their readers […]

December 7, 2013 - 3:04 am

Chloe Lee - Such a beautiful post! I just had to comment, and not ashamed to say it brought tears to my eyes!!!

December 2, 2013 - 9:59 am

YAY OCTOBER! - […] admit it 3. Gayle Forman’s post on endings: Love this post and agree with so much of it! 4. This beautiful post from Magan — Yep. Made me cry. 5. Turning A Book Into A Commercial Empire: Very thought provoking post […]

November 19, 2013 - 10:13 am

Meg - A gorgeous post that touched my heart!

November 14, 2013 - 10:22 am

elena - my heart is so full for you right now! like it is physically aching because there’s so much love in this post. this was an absolutely beautiful, beautiful post. all the good things for you. <3 <3 <3

November 13, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh M, I adore this post! You’ve expressed yourself so beautifully and shared so much of your life with us via this one post. Thank you for being so brave, so honest and so real with all of us. Your parenthood journey with your foster daughter and your baby on the way is beautiful and inspiring, and I wish you lots of love and joy and peace all the time. Lots of love xo

November 12, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, Magan, your posts always make me cry! This is such a beautiful story of your connection to the book! Baby Blasig is so lucky to have you as a mom, as is your foster daughter. What an amazing, inspiring, love-filled, incredible journey your family has been on in the last year, and thank you so much for sharing it with us. You are such a beautiful and inspiring woman — I’m glad to call you a friend xoxo

November 12, 2013 - 6:19 pm

alisa selene - I think this is such an amazing review..love how you tied into your own experiences!

November 12, 2013 - 3:26 pm

alice-jane - Wow, such a powerful post! I didn’t know that How to Love could be that touching, real, and just full of feels but after reading your post, it’s definitely been bumped up my TBR list.

Your foster daughter is incredibly lucky to have you in her life and best of luck with your journey! I’m sure it’ll be wonderful!

November 12, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Lisa Schensted - Oh Magan. Thank you for sharing your story and your emotions with us all as readers!

You are so brave. Both to share so openly and to take on the journey as a foster momma and brand new baby momma too.

And can I just say that I do not believe for one single moment you were out of your league? You are loving and kind and considerate and so very warm. You were born to do this. I am so very happy for you and D and baby girl and baby Blasig!

I think about you guys so often and celebrate all the blessings in your life! God could not have chosen a more deserving family than yours.

And beeteedubs – do NOT feel any shame or guilt about the guest room situation. That’s just another situation where you were being so delightfully YOU and putting others first. No shame in that game. Perspective was gained, yes. But that doesn’t mean you should feel bad in the slightest.

Forever your fan! oxo Lisa

November 12, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Beautiful post! I think foster parents are so amazing and I think it’s wonderful what you guys are doing. My grandparents were foster parents to teens once my dad and his sister were teenagers and they adopted two of the girls. One of my adopted aunts is now retired and works as an advocate for children in the foster care system and there are some amazing stories and some devastating stories I hear from her. Best of luck with everything going forward.

November 12, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Les - Magan, you have such a gift in using your words to convey your feelings and emotions. Praying for you and that the love of Jesus continues to shine through your words and actions. Love you!

November 12, 2013 - 10:10 am

Elizabeth - Magan, this is beautiful and your last paragraph SO true!! That little girl and the baby on the way are so blessed to have you and Dustyn in their lives. Hugs.

November 12, 2013 - 9:53 am

Daphne - beautifully written. you’ve really captured the unexpectedness of becoming a parent. even though i was pregnant for 9 months & had tons of time to prepare, i remember the first day alone with my baby boy & he wouldn’t stop crying no matter what i did. i had to call my mother in law to come over and as soon as she got there and picked him up, he immediately stopped crying. he could smell my fear, i swear it! it sounds like you’re going to be a great mother, you’re so loving and worried about doing it right. good luck to you and God bless. 🙂

November 12, 2013 - 9:45 am

Ghenet Myrthil - Aww, beautiful post. Your foster daughter is very lucky to you have you in her life. I’m really looking forward to reading HOW TO LOVE very soon. 🙂

Magan: 28 Things to Celebrate Number 28

Hi, friends! Today is a super special day for me! IT’S MY 28TH BIRTHDAY! I am not really sure how in the world a whole year has passed. Do you guys feel that way when your birthday approaches? Usually I’m excited for a solid month leading up to my special day because I love to […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I read this on my phone back when M posted it, but I never came back to comment. So, this is me stopping back by and telling you how much I enjoyed getting to know you better through this post! So fun! And happy very belated birthday sweet lady 🙂 So glad you were born!

September 18, 2013 - 2:52 am

Alexa Y. - Belated happy 28th my dear Magan (at least on the blog comment)! These 28 facts were extremely fascinating, and I love that you shared them with us. Hope you had a wonderful birthday! <3

September 10, 2013 - 8:03 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - Happy belated birthday, Magan!! I absolutely love your 28 facts. BTW, there’s a good chance you’ll WIN your fantasy football league. Beginner’s luck, baby! Look how short your hair was! I hope everything works out with your foster daughter and that you had an amazing birthday.

September 3, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Heather M - Happy belated birthday Magan! With all the wonderful things going on in your life now, I hope you experience a marvelous 28th year! And thanks for sharing so much about yourself. I love that you’re such a Texas girl too- never would’ve thought I would be, but its hard to imagine being anywhere else. And thank you for your birthday generosity!

September 3, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - Bah! MAGAN! Please ignore my typo below. 🙂

September 3, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - Happy belated birthday, Megan! It was fun learning more about you through your list! 🙂

September 2, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Happy Birthday, Magan! I love this post, it is so nice to read about all the personal tidbits that make you who you are!

September 2, 2013 - 10:03 am

Anastasia - Happy Birthday!!

September 1, 2013 - 9:58 pm

Anna - Sending very happy #28 wishes your way, Miss Magan. It’s gonna be a good year! <3

September 1, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Shelve It: Estelle Talks End of Summer, Books + More, Estelle - […] Fun facts about Magan + a surprise birthday giveaway! Reviews of Fire with Fire, The Returned, Crown of Midnight, The Hero, and Counting by 7s. Ginger told us all the fun and snazzy details of her summer. You can win some of our top summer reads! Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada! […]

September 1, 2013 - 7:24 am

April Books & Wine - That was actually really fun to read — isn’t Jessica Darling perfect for a binge read? Granted, I read them while I was still living at home, but yes, love love love those books.

Jerk professors are the worst. I never had an experience quite that bad, but I did fail one class in college lol, but then I retook it and all the tests and lectures were exactly the same.

I bet you are going to be a totally awesome mom, seems like the time is perfect for you and Dustyn.

I hate cooking and cleaning too!

Those boots are super cute!

Happy birthday <333333

September 1, 2013 - 4:18 am

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - This was really fun to read, I have also lived five places with my husband but in five years!

September 1, 2013 - 1:51 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

August 31, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Bookworm1858 - Happy birthday! Thank you so much for sharing a little bit more about you-you’ve given me some inspiration for celebrating my birthday later this year 🙂

August 31, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Happy Happy Birthday, Magan! I loved reading your list of 28 things 🙂 For #23 may I suggest the summer TV show Camp on NBC? It’s super super cute & think you’d enjoy it! Makes me laugh a lot! I hope this day has been amazing for you, xo.

August 31, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Lisa - Happy Birthday! I had a lot of fun reading all your facts. I know it’s over with, but I’m sorry your professor was so rude. Bleck.

Also, your brother is hecka cute. Haha.

August 31, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Rose @ The Bedtime Bookworm - Happy birthday Magan! It was fun to learn more about you! I always love posts like these 🙂

August 31, 2013 - 6:30 pm

VeganYANerds - Happy birthday, hun! I love your 28 fact celebration! Enjoy your day 🙂

August 31, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Kristia - Happy birthday! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

August 31, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Stormy @ Book.Blog.Bake. - Happy birthday! It was fun to read your 28 facts–especially the one about getting accepted into a program that had been discontinued. I know schools are big(especially A&M), and things slip through the cracks, but that one is quite mind-baffling.

August 31, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Heather C. - Happy birthday, Magan!! Enjoy the last years of your 20s. I turned 29 this year, and I’m petrified of turning 30, lol. I feel super old =( lol

August 31, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Happy birthday, Magan! What a fun way to get to know you better!

August 31, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Ashton - Happy Birthday, Magan! Hope you have a fabulous one!

August 31, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Tammy - Book shelves by color look amazing! Happy 28th!

Magan: What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee Hathaway, Sharon Mazel Publication Date: February 1, 2002 Publisher: Workman Publishing Pages: 597 Target audience: Pregnant women! Keywords: babies, pregnancy, expecting a baby, books to read while pregnant Format read: Whelp, I haven’t actually read it… yet. Summary: Are you really confused right now? Do you need an explanation. Continue reading […]

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December 22, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2013 Edition! - […] up to their readers and discuss personal issues like Magan’s reflection on foster care and pregnancy announcement make the experience seems all the more personal and allows their readers to connect with them on a […]

November 5, 2013 - 8:00 am

Happy 2nd Anniversary to Rather Be Reading! - […] kind of goes without saying that one of my favorite moments to get to share with you guys was announcing my pregnancy. My whole body was shaking that day as I read your comments, received your tweets/texts, and sobbed […]

August 11, 2013 - 10:31 am

Alexa Y. - I’ve already told you this, but I want to post an official comment on this post because it’s AMAZING. Congratulations to you + D! I can’t think of 2 people more suited to be parents, and I think it’s such a beautiful blessing for you both. Can’t wait to see your little family expand! So excited for Baby Blasig 🙂

August 9, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Kari - Your post just brought tears to my eyes! I’m SO happy for your expanding family! I know what it’s like to be trying for years and see friends being blessed with not one, but two, three and even for kids (one friend of mine is pregnant with baby number SIX). My husband and I welcomed our first baby earlier this year (February 1st!), and we’re beyond grateful for him and the joy he brings to our lives every day. Enjoy every second of your pregnancy! Spend time cherishing your little one as he or she continues to grow and develop inside you (okay, that sounds weird, but hopefully you know what I mean!). Happy, happy day! 🙂

August 8, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Katelyn - I know this comment is getting to you a bit late but I just wanted to let you know that I am so incredibly happy for you and Dustyn! I saw you mention this something in one of your Instagram pics and had to hurry on over to your blog to see what was going on(please don’t be freaked out I was stalking your pics, they’re always just so cute!). But anyways, getting back on track, this post most definitely brought tears to my eyes in the best way possible. I just know that this little baby is going to be so loved and that your little family is going to be even more adorable <3

August 6, 2013 - 12:19 am

elena - I’ve already said this before but AHHHHH SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!! Cannot wait to see your new baby and I already know you are a fantastic mother!!! Good luck with everything and please keep me updated xx

August 5, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - MAGAN, you must think I’m the worst friend ever! I’m LATE LATE to the party, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited and thrilled and overjoyed at this news. I’m SO thrilled, SO happy, and I just don’t know what to say except that my face hurts from smiling so big. It really does. It probably looks really goofy but I don’t even care. I’m so sorry you didn’t hear from me sooner, but I’m toasting you and Dustyn RIGHT THIS SECOND, right here in my PJ’s. Now my prayers have expanded to included two babies! How exciting. I love it. 1 Samuel 1:27 NIV

August 4, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Congratulations, Magan! Such a beautiful post, and such exciting news! Have a wonderful, healthy pregnancy and enjoy every step of it.

Also, I am loving your current hair colour, and you look fantastic in that photo, it looks like pregnancy is treating you well.

August 3, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Magan - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL! I read all of your comments with tears streaming down my face. Getting to share the news felt so amazing and I’m so grateful for this little moment in our lives. So happy we get to share it with all of you. Thank you for all the love and support! I’m overwhelmed (in the best of ways!) by you guys! xoxoxo

August 2, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Annette - Your story brought tears to my eyes. I have several family members who have difficulty getting pregnant. One has two children now. One is still waiting and hoping.

Congratulations. Really…I’m so happy for you and your family. God bless you.

August 1, 2013 - 7:57 pm

picturemereading - Congratulations! That is an amazing story 🙂

August 1, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I exploded with love all over Twitter yesterday….I’m SO happy for you, Magan. Then, I popped over here to read your post, had a good cry, but couldn’t comment because I couldn’t see the screen through the tears. Perhaps it’s because all of the memories are all so fresh in my mind, but I just can’t wait for you to experience every amazing moment that pregnancy has to offer! I had an inkling of the struggles that you’d been through getting to this point, but you’ve explained it SO eloquently in this post that I just want to give you a massive hug for real.

July 31, 2013 - 10:05 pm

Sash - I’m overjoyed that you’re having a baby! 🙂 I know that you’ll be a great mother. Maybe you’ll even get into audiobooks so the little one can listen to books soon too! 🙂 So happy for you and Dustyn! Muah!

July 31, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Jenny - So very excited for you!! I loved every second of my pregnancy and max is more than I ever could have imagined… I wish the same for you and so much more!!

July 31, 2013 - 6:42 pm

kristi wright - So many happy thoughts coming your way. Congratulations!!! xoxo

July 31, 2013 - 5:48 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so, so happy for you guys! Enjoy every minute of it 🙂 xoxox

July 31, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Tara - I am so unbelievably happy for you and Dustyn!! You are already an amazing mom and baby #2 will be lucky to have you. My positive thoughts will be with you throughout your entire pregnancy 🙂 And I expect baby bump pics stat!

July 31, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Christine @ Oh, Chrys! - This is such amazing, sweet news! I loved the creative way you announced. Wish you the best with your pregnancy! Congratulations!

July 31, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Katie @ Mundie Moms - I AM SO HAPPY for you guys! I am literally in tears for you! I am so, so happy! Seriously! Congratulations! What an amazing time in your lives. You are such an amazing person, and I have always thought of you as an anchor of strength. Now I seriously want to go out and buy you baby items. I am dancing around for you. Enjoy this moment Magan! I could not be any happier for your family!

July 31, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Lori - I already told you that this made me cry, but I just read it again and got teary all over again! It took us a long time to get pregnant and we had given up for about a year and accepted it wasn’t going to happen…and then it did. Now I can’t imagine a life without that little guy. So this makes me extra thrilled for you guys.
I absolutely loved being pregnant and I miss it! I hope that yours continues to be smooth and that you enjoy it as much as I did. It’s such an amazing time. Just want until you start feeling that baby move! There’s nothing like it. Oh, and I never had bad morning sickness, but brushing my teeth made me throw up 3 out of 5 times lol. I’m going to stop rambling now, but I just gets so excited about pregnancy and babies these days.

Congrats again. You guys are already wonderful parents!

July 31, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Randi M - Happy anniversary & CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t even begin to imagine how hard the last few years have been for your family. Great news is great. 🙂

July 31, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Tressa - Congratulations! 🙂

July 31, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Nikki @ The Paper Sea - Such exciting news! I am so happy for you and Dustyn! Congratulations, and I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!

July 31, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Cynthia - Congratulations Magan!!!!! I’m so happy for you!!! =D and she looks lovely already in that ultrasound.

July 31, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Daisy - OMG!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! 😀 I’m so happy for you guys!!!

July 31, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Elora Nicole - Welp. I’m crying. This is beautiful, Magan. SO EXCITED FOR YOU. <3

July 31, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you Magan, here’s to a healthy and happy pregnancy for you! 🙂

July 31, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Elissa - I’m so happy for you, Magan. And this is so wonderfully written; I don’t consider myself maternal by any means but reading about how you felt when you saw the positive test made me want to cry for you (with happiness). What an amazing family you guys are!!!

July 31, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - AHHHH congrats, Magan!!!! That story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing your story and I am just over the moon for you guys! I’m so happy for you! xoxo

July 31, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Jessie @ Jessie Marie Reads - Oh. My. Goodness. CONGRATULATIONS! I’m in a puddle of my own tears of joy for you and yours and am so excited. What a beautiful story with a fantastic ending and the most promising of futures. Ah! Babies. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and best wishes for a super awesome pregnancy. : )

July 31, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - AAAAAAH! I am sitting here at work, CRYING because I am SO, SO HAPPY for you guys!! And just another reminder of things happening when their meant to, gosh, what wonderful news, Magan. I wish I could totally hug you right nooooow!

July 31, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Allison L - Ahhh Magan! I’m teary eyed right now because I’m so happy for you. Congratulations!! <3

July 31, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Hazel - I’m real happy for you guys!!! Congratulations!!!!

July 31, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Elizabeth @ Don't Take My Books Away - Congratulations! It is such a joy to be a parent (as I am sure your foster daughter has already taught you) and pregnancy is a really special time. I hope you enjoy it, even with its discomforts. And SO SO soon there will be a precious little baby to cuddle and love and watch grow– SO much fun!

July 31, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Betty - YAY!!! Congratulations!!!!! <3 This post literally made me tear up! So many of my friends have struggled to get pregnant or have gone through miscarriages. Pregnancy seems so simple and natural, yet it isn't always that easy! So so soooo happy for you– wish you all the absolute best!!!

July 31, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, congratulations! That’s so amazing. Your baby was suppose to be born on my birthday (aka Justin Timberlake’s birthday). How funny!

AHHH, I’m seriously dying of happiness right now for the both of you. I know how long you’ve wanted this and already know what an amazing mother you are and will be. I hope the baby likes being photographed!

July 31, 2013 - 12:08 pm


July 31, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Melissa Walker - AHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I love everything, everything, everything about the way you’ve expressed yourself here, and I am so happy for you guys. Your home is already full of love, it’s clear. What a lucky, lucky baby.

July 31, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Rachel - I totally skipped this post at first because I thought it was something else, but oh my gosh! I’m so so excited for you! Reading your story almost had me in tears I’ve known people in your position. Eeek! Best news ever 🙂

July 31, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Cassie - OH MY GODDDDDDDDDD Congratulations sweetheart!!! I HAVE NO DOUBT YOU WILL TREASURE EVERY MOMENT!! <3 congratttttttttttttttsssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 31, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Everything happens for a reason <3 I love you sweet friend!

July 31, 2013 - 11:54 am

Ashley - I know I’ve told you this on instagram (heartontheline) and twitter (_ash) and we’re new friends, but I am so, so, so, so happy for you. Filled with love and joy for you. That baby (and your foster baby) are so lucky.

July 31, 2013 - 11:42 am

daphne - I don’t even know you and this has made me so happy. I’m so excited for you to become a mom. It’s a beautiful journey and it seems like you & your hubby are starting out on the right foot. Congratulations! I know you’re gonna be wonderful parents and your baby (and foster baby girl) are very lucky to have you guys.

July 31, 2013 - 11:40 am

Natalie @ books, etc - Congratulations Magan!!! I am so so happy for you guys <3

July 31, 2013 - 11:38 am

Morgan Rooks - Oh my goodness, what exciting news!! Congratulations!! Sending good vibes for a happy, healthy pregnancy!

On a Personal Note: Hello From Magan!

Hi there, friends! Magan here. I hope you had a fantastic Fourth of July and were able to relax, sip a fun summery drink, and watch beautiful fireworks! I’m not entirely sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve stepped back a bit from blogging since May. I just wanted to hop on and say hello… and […]

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July 8, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Cynthia - The hair looks great! The picture from the middle reminds me of that girl from The Ring, lol! I’m so happy for you and your baby! I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers and thoughts, I’m sure you are both doing great. It’s definitely a life change having a little one around but they are such a blessing. I hope you guys get to keep her forever.

July 8, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Tara - You and the hubs are doing such an amazing thing with baby girl!! It takes a special kind of person to be able to open your heart to a foster child and I admire you guys so much. You keep being an amazing mom and all of us bloggers will always be here for you 🙂

July 7, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ve missed seeing you around M! But I’m so glad to hear that things are going well with the baby. You’re doing an incredible job, and it’s totally understandable that you’d have less time to read and blog. I’ll be praying for you, D + the baby! Lots of love <3

July 6, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - Amazing post! It’s so inspiring that you have a foster child and could go on such a beautiful trip as well! I’ve visited Colorado before, it’s so scenic and awe-inspiring. There’s something so peaceful about being surrounded by those mountains 🙂

I love the hair as well. I just went through a major transformation as well. I cut off almost 10 inches of hair recently, so right now my hair is resting on my shoulders. Weirdest feeling after having long hair for such a loooong time.

July 6, 2013 - 6:23 pm

Jamie - Love you lady! Definitely missed your presence but I am so genuinely happy for everything that is going on with you right now and think you are EXACTLY where you need to be — loving on that little girl! 🙂 We love you!!!

July 6, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Lisa - So much love for this post! Thanks for catching us up! I think of you and your lovely family quite often!

July 6, 2013 - 1:24 pm

elena - miss and love you, lady!! so glad it’s going well with the bb (fingers x’d for you and your fam!) and your hair is so wonderful. colorado looks absolutely lovely. lots and lots of positive thoughts and love xoxo

July 6, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Love your pictures, lady!
Love this personal note. Love every single time you post on the blog, whether it’s a lot or a little, personal or not. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re so fortunate to have the best co-blogger out there AND you and D are so fortunate to have that little miss to make such a wonderful impression on. Everything will balance out and work out and be just so. You are amazing and I love every form of you that I get whether it is twitter or blog or pictures on instagram or whatever. DO NOT let that sound too creepy cause I’m not a weirdo! xo

July 6, 2013 - 11:50 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m so glad to hear that things are going well, Magan! I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and sending all the positive vibes I can in hopes that your foster daughter can become a permanent fixture in your family 🙂 Your photos from Colorado are absolutely stunning and I love your new haircut. I’ve been growing my own out for quite awhile now and while I do like it long, sometimes I get the urge to chop it all off as it can be a bit of a hassle at times. That said, I always tend to regret it immediately so I’m going to hold off on the impulsive haircuts for now 😛 I can’t wait to hear what you thought of I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella, which I adored, and Nantucket Blue and Please Ignore Vera Dietz, both of which I’m curious to read in the future. Best wishes!

July 6, 2013 - 10:40 am

Bookworm1858 - Thanks for the update Magan! I love your new shorter hair-it looks so thick and shiny (my hair is very thin and baby fine). I will also be praying for your foster daughter and her future with your family!

July 6, 2013 - 10:21 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Magan, I am SO happy to hear things are still going great with baby girl! You don’t know how much I want for you guys to be able to keep her in your lives. I’ll definitely be praying for that. As someone who has pretty much been absent a lot around the blogosphere these last few months, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I think sometimes we need these “breaks”, otherwise blogging would become like a job. In other words, don’t worry about us. 🙂 We’ll still be around!

LOVE the Colorado pictures! I so stalked them on IG haha.


July 6, 2013 - 9:30 am

Amy - My dear Magan, I’m so incredibly happy for you that the little lady is doing so well! I think about how you are doing all the time, and I wish I had a few more minutes in the day to actually ASK you instead of just WONDER. But I’m certainly hoping that things turn out exactly as you are hoping they will, and that your foster daughter becomes a permanent part of your little family. <33
Also, birthday snow cones pretty much guarantee an excellent day. Now I am craving one!
P.S. Your pictures from Colorado are gorgeous! As all your pictures usually are. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new hair! Such a pretty length.

On a (Very) Personal Note: A PMS Survival Kit

Male readers, I apologize in advance for today’s topic being so … girly. (Actually, maybe take note and make one of these for your significant other. You could win major bonus points for thoughtfulness.) I’m not sure if you ladies are like me, but when I’m all PMS-y and hormonal, there are a few things […]

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February 19, 2015 - 12:18 pm

My Pregnancy Survival Kit - […] post is completely inspired by Magan’s awesome PMS survival kit post on Rather Be Reading. You should go check it out if you haven’t already. Especially […]

March 28, 2013 - 10:12 am

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love this post! Lori over at Pure Imagination linked today, so I’m just seeing it.

To your pack I’d add my beanbag warmer – I don’t know what to call it. There is a company that makes a heating wrap, but I prefer my microwaveable (reusable and doesn’t have to stick to my skin!) one for cramps. Ugh. The worst time of the month!

Also, maybe a gift certificate for a night out for hubs when it gets its worst. I get more than a little grumpy.

March 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Isabel Gomez - Midol… holy cow those things work wonders! Love your post!

March 17, 2013 - 9:19 am

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - This post is so true!! My staples are chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Oh, and The Notebook for sure. Plus lots of Advil. I’ve never tried Midol but if it can beat my Advil Liquid gels then I’m all for it! Anything fast acting 😛

March 13, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Magan - Liz — I hear ya! I’m so right there with you. The not moving an inch is really the key part of your comment. Moving = pain, which equals me being grouchier than normal. Hahah

March 13, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - haha I always feel like such a cliche when I buy pads/tampons and chocolate in the same trip to the drugstore, but hey it’s a cliche for a reason. Those are some solid book choices for cuddling up and not moving an inch.

March 13, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Magan - Mary — your blockbuster story is THE BEST THING EVER! I died laughing when I read that. And um, is it bad if I haven’t seen that movie? Cause I haven’t. Should I remedy that? 😉
Anne — I did a happy dance when I saw you stopped by the blog! Thanks so much for checking out my crazy. 🙂 And Justin is seriously the best husband ever. Soooo nice of him to go get what you need! I, too, question why the biological process exists and seriously contemplate why on earth the boys don’t have to suffer through anything like this. 🙁
Tara — Thank you, my lady! We certainly did. I complain about being a girl more often than one should, probably. WHY do we have to deal with this?! Aren’t the old lady moccasins the best? I mean, really — who likes cold toes?
Margie — It’s like we’re setting up camp and bunkering down while the storm passes or something, right? I’ve never had Vienna Fingers! Must look these up (though I should probably stay away from more sweets)! I love your explanation for why you love dystopias! That’s so awesome! <3 AND -- I'm so excited you painted your nails! Makes my polish lovin' heart so happy!
Melissa — Thanks, my love! SD is a great feel-good writer. Love her work! I’ve never heard of SCS described as that before, but I fully LOL’d when I read your comment. And old people sex? Ewwwww. 😉

March 13, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Magan - Lena — Sarah’s comment cracks me up too. So glad you signed up for Julep. It’s my FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE EVER! 🙂
Sarah — you’re really the best. DYING over your comment! xoxox
Jasmine Rose — I was totally on that kind of BC also. It made life a little less painful (Again, with the puns. It’s like this topic is nothing BUT a big pun.) ANYWAY, that ibuprofen also sounds amazing. And thanks — it’s such a silly post, but thanks for embracing it! 🙂
Elissa — Tirst, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY THE BLOG! And second, yum burgers. YUM YUM. Love that you’re also a Jane Austen fan. Several ladies have commented about that. It’s a theme! I’m not a chocoholic, but man, do I love the sugar. 🙂
Courtney — I am so embracing the TOM acronym. I’ve heard of Aunt Flo before, but TOM is nicer, I think. Less graphic. Anyway, I’m totally all about the RomComs and chick flicks too. Thanks for stopping by!
Elizabeth — I love gummy candy too. That’s an alternative choice to sour straws for me. The Haribo ones? Heaven. (And thanks for stopping by! Yay!!!)
Lisa — Thanks, love! The moccasins were a super cheap purchase at the end of winter last year ($2, I think!) from Target!
Mandee — You are the bravest, toughest chick I know. No pain meds? HOW?! Okay — my movie of choice last time was Clueless! It so was. Dustyn rolled his eyes, but I definitely caught him snickering a few times at the ridiculousness. How can he not laugh?! 😉
Kelly — I hate being in work clothes too, but USUALLY I look a little less frumpy. I still try to look cute in my loungey clothes. Period week? I’m a disaster. And you’re right — I am such a big emotional mess too. I cry at absolutely everything, but I also get angry, angry too. Irrationally so. 🙁 And yes to the big greasy burger. YUM YUM.

March 13, 2013 - 9:27 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, Sarah’s comment has me cracking up! I almost choked on my piece of gum.

Seriously, this is the best PMS kit ever! I love all of those books and candy and meds. I need to check out this Julep nail polish you guys keep posting pictures of. Me likey nail polishy!

March 13, 2013 - 4:55 am

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - If my husband sees me watching Pride & Prejudice, his first reaction is, “Is it that time of the month already?” Hahaha.

March 13, 2013 - 1:55 am

Jasmine Rose - This is one reason I’m glad I only have one every three months. I used to have terrible stomach pains so I went to the doctor and they’re all “here, try this three month birth control” and I’m all “only 4 periods a year? Heck freaking yes!” And it worked and I only have to deal with it once a month and it’s basically the bomb.They even gave me a bottle of 800mg ibuprofin so when I DO have the hellacious cramps they’re more bearable.

Also, you’re the best for actually writing about this.

March 12, 2013 - 11:58 pm

Elissa - I have a routine too. A few days before, I get this terrible urge for red meat. I have to have a hamburger and fries. The rest of the month, I don’t really care, but like three days before it starts, I NEED a burger (usually from PTerry’s or Sandy’s, not a gross McD’s or anything). I need tons of salt, when the rest of the month I am very anti-salt. Then chocolate, hot tea, Jane Austen mini-series adaptations, cookies with chocolate, brownies, and other chocolate. Yup.

March 12, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Omg I love this post! When T.O.M. (Time of the month) comes to visit, I go for hot tea, anything herbal, and books just like you. I totally rock the sweatpants and nothing’s better than some comedy sitcom or chick flick to lighten up my mood. Great post! 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 11:05 pm

Elizabeth - Gummy candy for the win. And lots of it. 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Lisa the Nerd - This post is basically the best. As are those moccasins.

March 12, 2013 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - LOVE this post, M! I used to try and brave it out with no pain relief but these days I allow myself some on day 1. Thanks for the link to foods you should avoid, I’m already sans meat/dairy/caffeine so I am set!
I do crave more sugar/salt/carbs though. And I love to put on Clueless, it’s such a feel good movie. And I have a comfy pair of pants and my heatable rice bag and then I am set!

March 12, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Kelly - And apparently I felt so strongly about this topic, I had to comment twice…err…three times. Sorry!

March 12, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Kelly - It’s pretty rare I get cramps, but man am I a big baby when I do!

I can totally relate to putting on your comfies: the second I’m home from work, my sweats and hoody are on and I am under the blankets on the couch.

I find that ALL I want to listen to is super sad music. I’ll be on my way to work, and a sad song will come on the radio and I’ll show up to work all blotchy because I was crying.

The thing your kit is missing is CHOCOLATE. It’s all I want. That, and a big greasy cheeseburger.

And I can be such a GRUMP. You better not look at me the wrong way, or I might get angry. Or cry. Or get angry and then cry. Those weeks are rare, but they are emotional when they happen!

March 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I may or may not own the Classic Film First Daughter from the time I stomped into a sketchy Blockbuster demanding something PMS appropriate. It was PERFECT.

March 12, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Anne - I head to CVS for tampons and a dark chocolate bar with sea salt and nuts (for some reason, this one particular CVS location is the only place I can find this candy bar.) If he’s around, I ask my husband to buy me a Mexican Coke or Sprite from the gas station down the block. Then I pretty much stay in bed and question why this biological process exists.

March 12, 2013 - 2:19 pm

Tara - I give this post a big fat ginormous THUMBS UP. Girls totally got the crap end of the stick when it comes to what we have to deal with every month and we deserve a little bit of TLC! Chocolate is my go-to snack and I have to read emo/sad/depressing books because I just want to have the same feels as the characters in the story. Once I snap out of it, then I’m back to contemp, hist fic, and cheesy romances. And PS–I rock those old lady moccasins 24/7 when I’m at home haha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Margie aka The Bumble Girl - Yes! I do the same thing and never realized it until now, lol! I gather supplies and then hide-out; never leave the house except to take kiddos to and from school. SPRITE! That’s my drink too! Along with Vienna Fingers and m&m’s 🙂 And I find that I always dive into a dystopian during this time – sad to say, but I guess I’m looking for characters that are worse off than me so I can feel better about myself, lol!
Thanks for sharing! Good to know we’re not alone in our little habits 😉
PS – Just painted my nails! ha!

March 12, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - This is a great post! I love the pictures too. Sarah Dessen is one of my favourite go to writers when I need a guaranteed feel good read. And Second Chance Summer? It’s The Notebook in print form!!!! (Because the actual print version of The Notebook had old people sex at the end…….totally not as good as the movie).

March 12, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Magan - Alexa — I might need to try your beer recommendation. The problem I fear I would encounter is being a tipsy frump who hates life. That would be zero fun. Bahahah!
Sharon — I’m so glad you like it! It’s definitely a bit unorthodox and … um, personal, but whatever. I TOTALLY forgot about greasy food like BACON CHEESEBURGERS. Mmmm…
Nikki — Thanks so much for liking the post. Let’s just say I was in the midst of pissydom when I began writing this post. I was so irritated that I have to go through this every. single. month and just needed an outlet to vent! I’m all about the heating pads. They’re definitely my BFF for a few days. I’m not sure I’ve taken to reading violent books during my period, but I’m so going to try this! 🙂
Charlotte — I’ve never ever heard of this ginger concoction before. I’m so going to try this TOO. Anything that helps I’m all SIGN ME UP PLEASE. So glad you’re team sour punch, but I do agree, the sugar can be such a mess! I will say the Essie top coat isn’t the fastest drying. Since I wrote this post, I’ve converted to Julep’s Freedom Top Coat which completely dries in FIVE MINUTES. It’s heavenly.
Hemborgwife — You’re so right. It’s like a faux paus to talk about periods and anything girly. Why do we have to stay quiet about it? Sure it’s gross and not the funnest subject, but I sure do like to complain about it and wish my husband could experience cramps for just one day. That chocolate sounds divine, and I’m not even the biggest chocolate fan. Mmmm….
Ginger! — I do love to get manicures too. LOVE THEM. You and I should trade services — I’m terrible at shaping my nails, but am much better at painting. I’ve TOTALLY been craving a good romance too. I need to see if this is a PMS-related thing. Bahah! Fried rice… mmmm … I’m kind of hungry for that right now…
Nancy — I do fully believe emotional books help. It helps me get out all my frustrations and then I’m not taking everything out on my husband. I’m sure he appreciates this. Bahah
Lori — Steel Magnolias! That’s a great PMS movie to add to the collection! I haven’t seen that in ages! And yes, please, please do make a pregnancy survival kit. I’d love to see what you would include. Aside from water and tons of pillows. 🙂
Jessie Marie — I AM ALL ABOUT THE GREY’S ANATOMY. Holy cow that show can make me cry like none other. I’m all about the Grey’s during this time! And yes! I definitely wear Dustyn’s big ol’ baggy shirts he still has from high school. They’re the most comfy and nothing is constricting. And you know — now that you mention it — any time I have had a client meeting, I am much more meticulous about my make-up during that week, too! 🙂
Natalie — yes, girl! It’s one bad, unhealthy cycle. No pun intended. I’m full of self-loathing and need to get out all my angst via movies and books because SOMETHING has to make me feel better, right?

March 12, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I totally hear you lady! When it’s my time of the month, I almost always want to curl up in pain and just sob. Plus, I feel extraordinarily lazy, frumpy and just harassed. You’ve named quite a few of my favorite things for comfort – candy, books and painkillers. It may be odd, but I’ve also found that drinking beer actually makes me feel better too!

March 12, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I love you for this post! ♥

I can totally relate. I get horrible cramps and feel totally frumpy and bleh. Hello, comfiest and baggiest clothes! As for snacks, I go for chocolate, preferably with some peanut butter. Reese’s are not safe in my presence for 5 days out of every month. I also really like meat. Bacon cheeseburgers? Yes, PLEASE.

I vary on what I like to read, but it has to be totally captivating and able to keep my mind focused on it while I wait for the IBUprofin to fully kick in. I always want something intensely romantic, but sometimes I want something that will make me cry happy tears. Sometimes I want something that will make me cry sad tears. Either way, crying is a theme, LOL. But I usually want laughs along with the happy crying.

March 12, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - This post is just fantastic and I applaud you for your bravery in sharing this with us! Thank you!

For me, the pain sometimes gets so bad that I find myself in bed, shades drawn, all balled up and under the covers with nothing but a heating pad and glass of water. It sucks but at least I can prepare because several days beforehand I get all teary and weepy and all unlike my usual self. And I crave chocolate despite my general dislike for the stuff. I’ve come to the natural conclusion that between the pain and chocolate cravings, my body really really hates me. As for bookish tastes…. usually something with a lot of violence (probably a method of me projecting my own agony).

March 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - For me, I have some of the worst cramps ever so it’s a total nightmare but I always drink a concoction which is basically ginger soaked in hot water and with brown sugar so it takes like liquidified gingerbread haha and it helps ease the pain because ginger really helps with cramps, gross though I know haha, I would never eat ginger. But yum sour punch! I love those kind of sweets, they’re the best! But I just hate it when the sugar drops all over you, such a mess! Yay for nail polish 😀 Essie is fantastic, I love their colours. How quick does the top coat dry off? I use China Glaze which takes ages 🙁

March 12, 2013 - 9:08 am

Hemborgwife - Awesome post because for some reason people never blogged about periods but like half the world has them right!!
When I am on my period I want Dr. Pepper from a can and Marabou Daim Chocolate, I think you can only get that in Europe sadly, and want to watch things like Sleepless in Seattle!

March 12, 2013 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my goodness, I adore this post! I love it when y’all get personal 😀 My Survival Kit would look very similar, except swap out the nail polish (I’m OCD about my polish & can never get it even, so I just leave that to the professionals lol) and insert my nail filer & such. I can keep myself feeling feminine without the color, ha. Those books are excellent go-to’s. Lately when I’m PMSing I love a good romance – especially of the adult kind, haha. My sweat pants, baggy tshirts and slippers are the usual attire as well – and heck yes to take out! Mmm Chinese fried rice 🙂 oh and don’t forget the Phillip Phillips on constant repeat!

March 12, 2013 - 7:35 am

Nancy @ Tumbling Books - lol This is a great post! I love it. I have my little routines too, things that I get during this wonderful (not) time of the month. Girly, emotional books will definitely help. 🙂

March 12, 2013 - 6:56 am

Lori - I adore this post! 😀 I looove semi sad or emo books when I’m feeling sad and emo. I must have chocolate, though. Lots and lots of chocolate. My go to sad movie is Steel Magnolias for some reason. Man, I love that movie.

I should do a pregnancy survival kit post. It would just me lots of food and water and pillows. 😉

March 12, 2013 - 1:25 am

Jessie Marie - Oh goodness – this is so me. Every month, I do the exact. same. thing. I’m usually wearing my boyfriend’s clothes – he has a hoodie that I swear is meant for knees-to-chest time. I may dress like a bum, but to feel girly and not add to the self-loathing, my makeup is the picture of perfection (plus, I have to hide the tell-tale breakouts). There are at least two or three Reese’s peanut butter cups in my freezer and a big bottle of Advil close by (because I don’t buy Midol to avoid the world announcements). My bookish tastes get angsty and emotional and full of MC’s with an axe to grind. And a Grey’s Anatomy marathon is definitely in order. Or Sex and the City. How appropriate.

So, yeah, this is a little personal, but kind of fun to realize the patterns in life and what they coincide with. ; )

March 12, 2013 - 12:21 am

Natalie - This post <3

I dont get cramps at all really, but the rest of this describes my process exactly!!! Books, nail polish, yummy candy and drinks, comfy clothes, and chick-flicks.