What I’m Into – February 2014 Edition

Hey, y’all! It’s my favorite time of the month again – time to link up with the lovely Leigh Kramer and find out what everyone has been up to this month! I’ll be curling up with a cup of Lady Grey tea and checking out all of the great links this week!

What I'm Into ~ February 2014

Β Fashion ~

Do you see the blue and red purse in the picture above? I had been eyeing that beauty at my favorite local consignment store for weeks. It ended up going on sale, and I finally snatched it up! I love the different shape and colors, and I have been getting compliments on it when I’m out and about. I love finding unique bargain treasures!

In my list of goals for last week, I decided to work on getting dressed in real clothes. I’ve been relying on comfy sweats too often, and I know that I feel better and more productive dressed in actual clothes. Dressing in real clothes made me feel put together, ready for the day, happy that I had spent just a couple of minutes taking care of myself. I’m doing the same thing this week – intentionally taking just a little time for myself by wearing clothes that make me feel like ME.

Outfits 1

Family ~

Quinn is such a ham. I have no idea where he gets it! πŸ˜‰

funny face

Aiden and I have been working on perfecting his multiplication facts this month, and he is steadily getting faster! It’s just that some of those darn number families get him mixed up. We’ll keep working, and we will conquer! A few rounds Multiplication War helps him to learn without realizing that he’s doing something educational. Shhh…don’t tell him. It’s out little secret.

multiplacation war

Camden and I worked on his Valentine box for school one night. I handled the super glue, but he did the rest. He even won 1st place for his Pikachu box! Can someone tell me how long this PokΓ©mon phase is going to last? I don’t know how much more I can take. Hold me.


The boys joined me for my very first run since having hip surgery last fall. They had a blast having me back in the mix, my hip didn’t hurt, and I only almost died on our trek…so it’s all good! Back to the very beginning for this wannabe runner!


Books that I read in February ~

What Im Reading in February 2014

I took Leigh Kramer’s February reading challenge, where I only read books that have been sitting on my shelf and that I have been meaning to read. This was a great challenge! This was the first month that I joined Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Twitterature link up. I had a blast sharing about the books that I had read by mid-February – The Thirteenth Tale, Blue Like Jazz, and Mockingbird.

Since the Twitterature link up, I’ve read The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. Whoa. Exquisitely written, heartbreakingly honest, and oh so vulnerable. If you haven’t read this book yet, please do. I’ll be diving into her newer book very soon.

I wasn’t able to finish Olive Kitteridge this month, so I’ll be wrapping it up this week. I’d love to connect with you on GoodReads! I’m always on the lookout for new books to add to my ever-growing to-read list.

Books on Tap for March ~

Buddha in the Attic,Β by Julie OtsukaΒ – My friend Jeri is lending me her copy, and it comes highly recommended. I can’t wait to start it as soon as I finish Olive Kitteridge!

Undaunted,Β by Christine Caine

Operating Instructions, by Anne Lamott

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion

I decided to take Leigh’s reading challenge one step further for the rest of the year. I have loved so many books over the years, but I haven’t re-read any of them for a long time. I want to add one book to re-read to my list each month. The Olympics put me in the mood to revisit one of my favorite love stories – Β My Sergei, by Ekaterina Gordeeva. Pair skaters Gordeeva and Grinkov were my favorite skaters when I was was a teenager. I adored their artistry, their skill, and how they seemed to move as one.

Screen Time ~

This month I took our boys to go see Frozen. Did anyone else bawl through this movie? Holy cow, I was a mess. My Beloved and I took the boys to see the Lego Movie, too. While I go around the house singing, “Let it Go,” from Frozen, the boys dance around the house singing, “Everything is Awesome,” from the Lego Movie. Such cute films!

My Beloved and I became House of Cards addicts this month when we thought we’d check out the first season on Netflix. One week later, and we’re almost finished with the second season. This show is not for the faint of heart. It’s like Walter White from Breaking Bad went into politics. Drugs, murder, control, and betrayal – it’s not pleasant, but we just can’t quit it!

I’m super excited for the return of Scandal this month! Anybody else miss Olivia Pope, her wardrobe, and her gladiators?

On the Blog ~

Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet


This month I shared a post about getting through Those Jonah Days. There are some things in life that even chocolate can’t fix, but tomorrow is such a beautiful gift.

A Happier Healthier You - justoneoftheboys.com


This month I began a series on taking better care of ourselves – A Happier, Healthier You. I feel like so many of us have put ourselves on the back burner for too long. This series is about taking a little time for us, caring for ourselves the way that we care for those that we love around us. Each week have I have shared my 10 goals for the week, even as simple as taking my vitamins and drinking enough water, and then I let you see how I did on last week’s goals. So many of you have told me that you’re starting to do little things for yourselves – and I am beyond thrilled! I love hearing how someone took the time to paint her nails, or scheduled a massage, or is going to bed a little earlier. I am so excited to hear your goals and to know that I’m not doing this alone. We can do this – together!

Happier, Healthier collage

This month we shared our pictures and progress stories on Facebook and Instagram. I’d love to connect with you and hear what you’re up to this month!

Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the world today!

Hoping that you have a spectacular March!


~ Ginger

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  • So much great stuff going on in February for you! I’ve really enjoyed your fashion-y posts, even though we don’t have quite the same sense of style, I always think it’s inspiring to see someone whose style is really expressing their personality.
    I haven’t seen Frozen yet, but I just heard it’s on Amazon streaming… I might have to check it out today! (Day off — woo hoo!)

  • Shana Norris says:

    I want to start watching House of Cards SO badly but we need to get caught up on Scandal first. Isn’t The Glass Castle AMAZING?!?! I’m a little envious that your boys ran with you. I think my 7-year-old might run with me, but my almost-9-year-0ld is kind of going through a lazy phase. Even when we walk on the trail, her ankle … or leg … or hip … “hurts” after about 1/8 mile and she “needs” to go home πŸ™‚

    • ginger says:

      Ooooh – Scandal and House of Cards. Love! My 10 year old wants to train for a 5K, so he likes to run. My 8 year old is only recently showing a liking of running – I have them run laps outside sometimes when the energy gets too much inside. πŸ™‚ Maybe it’s paying off!

  • Misty Maki says:

    Love this idea of a monthly wrap up. It’s fun seeing what’s been going on with you and your family. I am trying to jump on the band wagon of taking care of myself and posting it. I keep saying “when I am have a little more of this school wrapped up…” Truth is I better start now before I unravel. Thanks for encouragement!

  • Love your outfits!!! It definitely is amazing how much more productive I am when I get dressed. πŸ™‚ We are House of Cards fans. I wish it weren’t quite so raunchy, but I still can’t quit it. πŸ™‚

    • ginger says:

      Jo-Lynne, you hit it right on the head – I wish it wasn’t so raunchy either. But they sure know how to keep you guessing! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Super cute outfits! I’d wear any and all of them. The Happier, Healthier You series is such a great idea. We moms tend to let our self-care fall by the wayside, this is a great reminder to take care of us instead of just everyone else. πŸ™‚

  • Fiona Lynne says:

    I feel the same way as you when I make the effort to dress nicely, find some accessories, actually do something more with my hair than a ponytail… it makes a difference. Something about telling myself I’m worth it. And you look so pretty πŸ™‚
    Have added you on Goodreads so I can follow your book recommendations coz all of these look like reads I’d enjoy!

    • ginger says:

      Hiya, Fiona! Have I ever told you how much I love your name? πŸ™‚ Thank you so very much for stopping by – and I was thrilled to become friends with you on Goodreads! Yay for book buddies! πŸ™‚

  • AlissaBC says:

    The Glass Castle is SO GOOD isn’t it? One of my absolute favorites.

    • ginger says:

      Most definitely! Have you read her other book, Half-Broke Horses? I’ve heard it’s amazing as well – putting it on my to-read list soon! πŸ™‚

  • 1. I just friended you on Goodreads. Yay! 2. I think I said it in Insta-world, but I love the books you chose for the February reading challenge! 3. I need to see Frozen – I feel like the middle school world around me won’t stop singing it! xo.

    • ginger says:

      Yay!!! I’m so excited to make new book buddy friends! πŸ™‚ Frozen was amazing – I still sing the songs around the house! πŸ™‚

  • Katy says:

    I’m with you on The Thirteenth Tale! I just read it a couple months ago, and it was glorious. I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner.

    I friended you on Goodreads!

  • Leelee says:

    It makes me really happy that a quote from Anne Shirley made it onto this month’s wrap-up.

  • Amy says:

    Discovering you through Leigh’s link-up…I thoroughly enjoyed Frozen – it seemed more like good Disney animated musicals I grew up on. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of “Buddha in the Attic” – I thought it was a very interesting story telling voice.

    • ginger says:

      Hiya, Amy! Yes, Frozen was amazing! I just finished reading Operating Instructions, so I’m excited to begin Buddha in the Attic next. I cant’ wait to dive in – I’ve heard so many great things about it. πŸ™‚ Thank you SO much for stopping by – I’m off to check out your blog!

  • Erica Layne says:

    Hi Ginger! I am with you 200% on the feel-more-productive-in-real-clothes thing! And I am definitely putting The Glass Castle back on my to-read list. I had forgotten about it, so thank you! I added you on goodreads!

    PS. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog the other day!

    • ginger says:

      Hi, Erica! I am so thrilled that you stopped by. Thank you so much for your sweet comment! And yay for new GoodReads buddies! πŸ™‚

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    Cute purse! It’s even better knowing it’s unique AND you got it on sale! Glad your first post-surgery run went well. I love the way you’re making the February Reading Challenge your own. Happy reading, my friend!

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