What I’m Into ~ October 2014

What I'm Into - Trying New Things October 2014

I’m so excited to be back and linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer again this month! Her WHAT I’M INTO link-up is a highlight of my month! Pour yourself a steaming cup of apple cider, curl up with a blanket, and check out the other awesome links! I know I will!

He’s home!!!

My Beloved finally came home! Deployment is over! My friend Katie told me recently that I’ve been glowing since he returned! I went to meet him at the airpot. My eyes began to overflow with emotion as he walked toward me at the baggage claim. The instant that he put his arms around me, I felt the weight of the world being lifted off my shoulders. I cried as the realization set in – He was home safe and sound. The months of fear, stress, being alone, and trying to be tough were finally over. It was so good to be at home again in his arms…and I melted. *Happiest of happy sighs*

We came home and pretty much hibernated for the next two weeks before he had to go back to work. We did school with the boys, went on family outings, cooked, played, and watched movies together – soaking in the feeling that our family was finally complete!

Daddy Joe's Bedtime Story

Joe also began a new project – designing and building a new TV stand for our living room! We decided to go with a clean, almost mid-century look. I think it will mesh beautifully in our living room once it’s finished!

Joe's TV Stand Plans

Joe's TV Stand - Wooden cuts

He went back to work after his two weeks home with us… but the exciting news is that his time in the Air Force is coming to an end! He’ll be moving home very soon – and we will finally get to begin the new phase in our life together! *Happy Snoopy Dance!*

New ‘do ~

It was one year ago that I made a big change. My Beloved was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2014. Caring for those touched by cancer became close to my heart, so I cut off twelve inches of my hair and donated it to Children With Hair Loss. I loved my long hair – but I honestly wasn’t sad to see it go. I knew that it was going to a little girl who needed it so much more than I do, and I haven’t regretted it since!

A Year of Trying New Things

I decided to bring a little color into my life recently. I’ve never really dyed my hair, but I’ve always wanted just a little color peeking through my dark mane. I went to my hair magician last week, and I couldn’t be happier! A little chop-chopping, straightening, and color will make a girl feel like a brand new woman!

Can you spot my little wild streak of color? It’s temporary – only lasting through a few washes – but I love it so much that I might take the plunge and do something a little stronger!

New Hair

Pucker up ~

My beautiful friend Heather and I went to Sephora last week! It was her first trip to that heavenly place – and we were on a mission. She was looking for lipstick and ended up with the lovely NARS shade “Charlotte”. I hadn’t planned on buying anything, but you know how it is when you walk into Sephora… it’s nearly impossible to not by something. And, boy, did I strike gold!

Do me a favor, and head to your nearest Sephora. When you get there, try Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer lipgloss. It’s infused with champagne grapes – and it tingles your lips with an awesomely cool feeling! Just try it and let me know what you think!

Here we are with our new kissable lips!

Heather and Ginger

Between the pages ~

While I was so busy snuggling with my Beloved that I actually didn’t get much reading accomplished this past month, but here’s what I have been reading lately:

Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change Your World, by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand  – An inspiring and challenging read for all women!

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful, by Myquillyn Smith – Filled with beautiful pictures, practical advice, and engaging stories from a favorite blogger, it encourages us to bloom where we’re planted! LOVED!

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – The sequel to my favorite book from last year, Half the Sky, that tells the stories of amazing people all over the world who are making a difference!

Magic Treehouse #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, by Mary Pope Osborne – Quinn has been reading this out loud to me in the afternoons after school. His reading is improving every day! I have loved revisiting this series with each boy around this age! So fun!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixby J.K. Rowling – Aiden and I are reading this together at bedtime. He laughs at my Dumbledore accent, and I love experiencing this story for the first time with him!

On my nightstand ~

My lovely friend Jan, (and fellow Jojo Moyes fan), lent me her copy of Sheltering Rain. I think it’s one of the few Moyes books that I haven’t read so far, and I’m excited to get lost in another one of her stories! Her writing allows us to see many sides of the story. I may not always like the decisions her characters choose – but she always makes me think!

This week I was thrilled to see Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please, arrive on my doorstep! I’ve been a fan of Poehler’s since her SNL days, and I have been excited to dive in to her memoir!

If you need me over the next few days, you’ll find me curled up with my nose in one of these books!

Yes please

Screen time ~

Since he’s been home, my Beloved and I have been catching up on episodes of The Blacklist, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, New Girl, and The Big Bang Theory. I started watching the first season of The Good Wife recently. Whoa. I think I’m hooked!

I’ve also been keeping up with Downton from across the pond. Shhhhh…I don’t want to give anything away. I’ve loved this season so far, and I can’t wait to see where these stories lead!

Swing dancing ~

We also went for our very first swing dancing lesson! Joe and I tagged along with friends, and we learned the basics of the Jitterbug. SO MUCH FUN!!! I can’t wait to go back! I’ve always had two left feet, but maybe I’ll actually learn how to dance after all!

On the blog ~

I shared my struggle with finding ways to show love to my ex-husband, and I received so many kind and encouraging responses from you! I can’t tell you what that means to me!

Mommy, Do You Still Love Daddy?

I also answered more of your questions in the DEAR GINGER series:

Dear Ginger

~ 10 Ways Counseling Changed My Life…

~ Why Homeschooling?

~ My Husband is Having an Affair…

 We also had some wonderful IN HER SHOES guest posts:

(Click on the photos to read the post…)

In Her Shoes ~ Just Breathe

In Her Shoes ~ I am the Kitchen Sink

In Her Shoes ~ 7 Things I Didn't Know About Entreprenuership

What about you? ~

What have you been into this month? Seen any great movies? Found any books I should add to my GoodReads list? I’d love to hear all about it!

Wishing you a lovely November!


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  • Alysha says:

    Its so fun to get a little sneak peek into your life! You have been a busy woman. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh, and your hair is so cute!

    Alysha <3

  • Hey Ginger … That your husband is home, safe and sound … and already hard at work building a TV stand? Life just doesn’t get much better, does it. I’m happy for you … truly!

  • Steph says:

    So glad your husband is home and you got to snuggle in for two weeks! Also, I’m so excited for when my kiddo is old enough for Harry Potter. I just finished the series for the first time a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it.

  • Victoria says:

    I’m here for the link up!!!

    I’m so happy that you have your husband home!!!! That is super exciting. 🙂 I hope that you are all doing very well!

    And SWING DANCING! You guys will have so much fun with that!

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    Oh, Ginger! I am THRILLED your husband is home. I can only imagine your relief and joy. Love your hair! At my last haircut, I talked to my stylist about adding a fun color and as soon as my finances are stable, I’m going for it. It’s just so fun. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on Yes Please. The reviews I’ve read have been very mixed. Swing dancing is so much fun! I used to take lessons and go to a swing dance bar all the time in college.

  • Visiting from the link up – yay for your husband being home! that’s awesome! I totally want to read Amy Poehler’s book, along with like every other book I see in a given day.

  • I love the hair! In fact, inspired by you, and my friend with pink bangs, today I put orange/copper streaks in my hair. I love it.

    I’m on a Harry Potter kick right now…just read books 6 & 7 a couple of weeks ago, and this past week while my husband was out of town, I binge-watched the first 7 movies. I ran out of time to watch the last one, since he got home last night. So I’ll watch that sometime this week. I love those books. And I despair that I’ll never be able to write as well as J.K!

  • […] to be tough really wore me down – and I felt as though I crawled across the finish line when he wrapped his arms around me when I waited for him at the […]

  • Swing dancing! Do you remember in the last 90s/early 2000s when that was really popular? My husband and I took lessons and went dancing quite a bit back then — it was so fun and I think we were actually pretty good! Ah, memories…
    Thanks for the reminder about Yes Please – I’ve been wanting to read it but not paying attention to the release date. I was very pleased to see that there is an audiobook available already. Woo!

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