The Great Library — My Favorite Series

Second in my favorite books series is The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine. I adore this series! There are five books total and it is YA so it was easy for me to zoom through. I highly highly recommend this series if you are into fantasy, steampunk, books about books, librarians, alchemy and government control in books.  Read on to see the entire series and what it's about! The Great Library #1: Ink and Bone The series starts off with Ink and Bone. We learn that in this world The Great Library controls all knowledge and allows the masses…

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Mail Art With Me: How to Decorate an Envelope

Learn how to make mail art with me! Today I'm decorating an envelope for a Harry Potter themed stationery swap. My swap partner is Gryffindor, we got to add that Gryffindor lion in!  Read on for some great tips and tricks as you learn how to get creative with pen paling and happy mail! Watch the Youtube video below to see my decorate my envelope.  How Do I Make Mail Art? I'll start by saying there are really no rules for when it comes to making pretty mail art! You can try to follow what I do here and use…

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Easy Creamy Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is super delicious, healthy and so easy to make! It makes a great breakfast with jam, berries and granola piled on top or a yummy filling snack. The best thing about it is you can mix it up in five minutes! Perfect for meal prepping. Chia Pudding Ingredients There is only two required ingredients for this! The vanilla and maple syrup/honey make it way yummier though. Chia Seeds Coconut Milk* Vanilla Extract Maple Syrup or Honey *You can use any plant based milk for this, but the coconut milk makes it super creamy and delicious. I might go…

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Free Printable Bookish Coloring Pages

When I made the first set of bookish stickers that are currently in my Etsy shop for sale, I decided to save outlines of those drawings to give to you as free bookish coloring pages!  This is the perfect time for a freebie too because this is my 100th post on this blog! What a cause for celebration! So thank you for being here :) Coloring is  such a fun relaxing activity. It can be one of the things you start to do this year for self care! New year's resolution through coloring pages.  **The watermarks on the preview images…

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Envelope Art Inspiration to Send Your Pen Pal

I've been pen paling for a few years now and I take photos of every single letter I write, so I've accumulated quite a lot of photos of my envelope art! I like to save them to look back on and I thought you would like to see some as inspiration for your own crafting. Create with me! Here's some envelope art inspiration for you.  I don't know the exact number but I know I have written dozens of letters by now so this might end up being one post in a series. As you can see I don't seem…

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Tea Dragon Society — My Favorites Series

I decided to start posting a little series of posts highlighting my favorite books and the first is The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O'Neill!  This is a series of three graphic novels for middle grade and up, so perfect for you to read along with your kids! Why Should I Read This Series? This is an amazingly diverse series filled with absolutely gorgeous illustrations.  All the characters are part of this beautiful fantasy world where they all seem to be creature-like, not completely human. They have varying shades of skin color, mostly darker shades.  This series also represents characters…

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Need My Greens Kale Salad

This salad was just so delicious, I had to share it with you. I thought the name would be appropriate since this kale salad is packed with greens and is the perfect nutritious pick me up for your body. The original salad and dressing are from the lovely @thejenjones. She is just amazing with all the plant based recipes she posts on TikTok, check her out when you have a chance. I used her recipe and just added several ingredients to the salad. Kale Salad: Ingredients The base of this salad is kale, broccoli and red cabbage. I added pecans,…

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Geometric Watercolor Bookmarks

Geometric watercolors is something I stumbled across looking for craft program ideas for my day job as a librarian. I loved it so much I had to share. This is a fun easy craft that any ages can do! No experience or skill required.  Just be creative and have fun! Look at my step by step instructions and Youtube video below for guidance! Geometric Watercolor: Supplies There are only a few things you need to get started on this craft: Paint Brushes  Watercolor Paper  Watercolors Washi Tape in different sizes (1.5mm, 3mm and 8mm) Markers (I like metallic colors or…

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Reduce Your Anxiety through Preventative Practices

Reduce your anxiety through these practices I've been using for years! I can pinpoint the exact moment my anxiety started: during a math test in my senior year of high school. I panicked over an equation and ended up asking to go to the nurse's office. I've lived with anxiety since that point.  Since I don't want to take any medications, there are quite a few things I do in my routine everyday and tools I use to help me relax if my anxiety levels rise. For almost a decade, I've amassed quite a few tools and practices to help…

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50 Things to Send Your Pen Pal

I love a good list, don't you? This ultimate list of 50 things to send your pen pal should never fail you. You will have endless ideas to choose from! I know when I first started pen paling, I struggled a bit with thinking of some cute things to add in besides the letter itself.  This post will help you so you don't struggle like I did.  There are all manner of things you can send, goodies, ephemera, stickers, artist trading cards, small jewelry, candy, tea and more. This is a list of flat things that will fit in an…

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