Author Archives: Vasilly

About Vasilly

Mother, daughter, sister, college student, bookworm, lover of chocolate and coffee.

Happy National Poetry Month!

Bless the notebook that I always carry in my pocket. And the pen. Bless the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel. With gratitude for the grace of the earth. The expected and the … Continue reading

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Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano 213 pages Published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press Source: I bought it English artist William Morris once … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 4:16 p.m. – Saturday afternoon The scene: // Since California has decided to skip winter AND spring, it’s a hot summer day. The kids are outside enjoying themselves while I’m sitting at my desk and feeling a little … Continue reading

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Bloggiesta!

Bloggiesta’s finally here! If you don’t know, Bloggiesta is a yearly blogging event where bloggers come up with a to-do list for improving their sites while having fun with mini-challenges and Twitter or Google chats. For the first time ever, … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 7:36 a.m. The scene: // Sitting in my living room with my son as he watches Steven Universe. I was trying to get some alone time to just read, but that’s okay. I love spending time with my … Continue reading

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It’s spring. What I’m looking forward to reading. . .

I’m a winter person, but for some reason I am happy that spring is here. The new season is bringing a sense of renewal and the belief that better things are on the horizon. At least, it certainly feels that … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:35 a.m. The scene: // sitting at my kitchen table while being surrounded by books. Drinking: // water and my first cup of coffee. I know that’s a little odd, but I wake up sometimes thirsty. Eating: // … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:18 a.m. The scene: // sitting at my kitchen table listening to my tea kettle. The boys are watching TV and my daughter is off to a sleepover. It’s a cold winter morning and for once, I’m wishing … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:54 a.m. The scene: // Cuddling with my family on the couch while watching HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. The older kids are in the kitchen washing dishes and making pancakes. Love. This week: // has gone by in … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Time: // 8:08 a.m. The scene: // It’s MLK Day, so the kids and I have the day off. That means I get to clean up the house, correct school work, celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday, and maybe buy some baby … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 6:46 a.m. The scene: // I woke up early this morning to get some me time in. The living room was nice and cozy as the coffee pot perked in the background. Not even five minutes after I … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a new year and I am determined to read more! Well every year I’m determined to read more, but this year is … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Happy New Year!! Time: // 7:26 a.m. The scene: // It’s a cold SoCal morning, so I’m bundled underneath covers on my couch. The boys are making pancakes and it’s a pretty quiet morning for the most part. Wait. I … Continue reading

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Favorite Children’s Books of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction … Continue reading

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Favorite Adult Reads of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll 208 pages Published in 2014 by McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Source: Public Library You guys have probably noticed that I haven’t posted a review in months. That’s because I … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

It’s official. Christmas break is here and the kids and I have wrapped up our last week of homeschooling. That gives me plenty of time to start blogging again after my month-long break. I can’t blame my break on just … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Menu 2014

This morning, I woke up thinking about my Thanksgiving menu. After scouring the internet and looking at Amanda’s post for inspiration, I have a rough idea on what I’m going to serve. Thanksgiving Menu 2014 Main Dish Ham with Cloves … Continue reading

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Going on a small blogging break. Well, really, I’m already on it.🙂 I’ll see you guys in a week or so.

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November’s Happiness Project: Food and Gratitude

Time: // 7:09 a.m. Monday morning The scene: // my little sisters are getting ready for school, Spongebob Squarepants is playing in the background, and of course, I’m drinking my second cup of coffee. It’s so nice and chilly outside, … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November: My list of potentials

It’s back! Lu (Regular Rumination) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), along with two new co-hosts are bringing back one of my favorite blogging events, Nonfiction November! I’ve been getting ready for this event for the past month. While a slim majority … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Week 3 of My Happiness Project

Time: // 12:46 p.m. – Saturday afternoon The scene: // The sun is out and shining. If you didn’t already know it, you wouldn’t think it was fall. It feels more like summer, but for once, I don’t mind. My … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Week 1 of My Happiness Project

At the beginning of October, I decided to spend the month de-cluttering and focusing on managing my time better. I’m pretty tired of my days going by in a blur with little to show for it, but an ever-growing to-do … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: My plans for October

Time: // 8:34 a.m. The scene: // sitting in my living room with the kids, watching HellBoy 2. The kids and I decided to watch a scary movie every day in October. We missed two days but are planning to … Continue reading

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“Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines” by Pablo Neruda

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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson #diversiverse

brown girl dreaming Jacqueline Woodson 338 pages Published in August 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books Source: Public Library The first time I write my full name Jacqueline Amanda Woodson without anybody’s help on a clean white page in my composition … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:42 a.m. The scene: // my living room is a mess! As I sit at my desk typing this post, behind me my son has poured thousands of Lego pieces on the floor. I better remember to walk … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8: 52 a.m. Sunday morning The scene: // sitting in the living room, listening to my kids and sisters talk. Is it me or are teenagers kind of loud? It’s already 80 degrees, set to be 97, and … Continue reading

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Review: The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and Eddie Campbell

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All KindsWritten by Neil GaimanIllustrated by Eddie Campbell74 pagesPublished in 2014 by William Morrow In Neil Gaiman’s, The Truth is a Cave … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Have I Got a Book for you! #diversiverse

Happy Sunday! Instead of telling you what I’m up to, I decided to do something different. A Diverse Universe event is coming up and I thought I’ll write a list post for anyone who’s thinking about joining the event and … Continue reading

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