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#LoveBlog2017 Day 3 | Fictional Couples

Fictional couples have a lot they can teach us about love.

Yesterday, I talked about my crushes, including some of my fictional crushes. Well, today, I’m going to talk about which fictional couples I think are great together and good examples of real and fictional love.

Fictional couples have a lot they can teach us about love.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Lets Be Friends, #LoveBlog Challenge

Community, friendship. That is what I love about blogging and why I love to do link ups and help cohost them. I get to meet new people. However, sometimes I don’t realize or pay attention to dates when I do sign up to co-host. So, today, I have two link-ups today. But, it works, because they are both about friends!

Since it is February, the month of love, Brita, from Belle Brita, has created a month-long #LoveBlog Challenge. Each day has a different prompt, all focusing on some aspect of love and relationships..

Today’s prompt is “Best Friend.”

Honestly, I don’t really feel that I currently have a “best friend.” I have a bunch of close-knit friends in different groups. Most of them, to be frank, are “internet friends.” I have met so many wonderful people IRL and online through blogging. And, for those who don’t live in Utah and that I’ve never met, I still feel such a closeness with my blogging friends. I cannot, cannot, cannot, cannot say enough how thankful I am for these friends. They truly know who I am. They truly know me and care about me and check up on me and inspire me and encourage me.

A lot of my friends are also Mormons. Each congregation because like a second family. It’s always been that way. Growing up, most of my closest friends were in my church congregation. Having friends that have the same morals and belief systems, view life the same way, and are working toward the same eternal end goal is very comforting. These friends become friends for life.

What are the qualities you look for in a best friend? Do you have one best friend, or many? How has your idea of best friendship changed over the years?
And now, I want to introduce two new friends, my lovely co-hosts for the #LoveBlog Challenge.



Meet Brita Long: Christian feminist blissfully married to Dan Fleck for almost two years. Lover of Paris, pink sparkles, sensible shoes, manicures, and books. Fueled by hot tea and mimosas.

Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Tumblr // Google+ // Bloglovin

Meet Susannah: Grace filled follower of Jesus married to a super hot worship pastor named Nate for 4.5 years. Mama to a precious, stubborn, opinionated, amazing one year old named Caleb. Love of coffee, crafting, and connecting! (See what I did there?)Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Etsy // Bloglovin

And of course, Me: Mormon stay at home mom married to her best friend, Justin, for 3.5 years. Mother to 19 month old Rhys. “Retired” history and English teacher, runner, lover of video games, fantasy, books, and cooking. Consumer of Italian food, chocolate, steak, and strawberries.

Bloglovin // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Reading Roundup // Jan 2016

Join us for the Reading Roundup. What did you read this month?

I absolutely love reading. And now that I have a good routine going as a SAHM, I have been reading a whole heck of a lot more than I have been able to since high school! I mean, look at all these reviews I’ve done!

I’ve decided, because I have sooooooo many ideas for posts, to only do one post per month with reviews for all the books I’ve read that month.

So, I’ve joined up with Emilie, from Burke Does, to bring you a new monthly reading linkup, called Reading Roundup. On the last Tuesday of every month, link up with Emilie and me with either a review roundup post or just any book review post!

Make sure to check out Emilie’s post as well!

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling
I was super excited to read this–everyone who had read it only had good things to say about it. I also really like Mindy in the Mindy Project. I expected this to be more of a themed memoir rather than just an autobiography. I really wanted to get her perspective on the title question, since I have that question a lot. But, I was disappointed with that. However, it was really interesting to get to know the real Mindy and it made me laugh because she based her Mindy Project character off herself! It’s so funny to see the similarities! I also love that she is pretty down to Earth.

 

Redwall
by Brian Jaques
I have wanted to read this ever since I saw a few episodes as a child. I finally got it for a $1 at a local library book sale for my classroom. I loved the book the whole way through! It is pure historic fantasy. It was so creative, and perfectly set up as a hero’s journey. However, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was that some of the conversations between characters seemed a little forced, especially when they were trying to figure out codes and mysteries. They went through every single step of the process and didn’t leave any room for the reader to figure things out.

 

Life is Beautiful
by Sarah M. Johnson
**I received a free copy of  this book from Book Publicity Services in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Holy cow! Sarah grew up in a family of hidden emotions and personal issues (her dad was a recovering meth addict and she had her own issues with failing out of college, depression, and alcoholism). Her family decided to go on a service mission to Guatemala, but their small plane crashed, and 11 out of 14 passengers (including her dad and brother) passed away. Sarah came out physically unscathed–a miracle!–and her mother suffered traumatic burn injuries on her bottom half. This book is how Sarah was able to find her personal relationship with God and how she was able to use how He viewed her to improve and do better.

 

I couldn’t believe all that Sarah had gone through in her life and what a miracle it was that she survived. I couldn’t imagine being in her place, dealing with a meth addicted father, or having to take care of your injured mother as well as your brother and father’s funerals at age 19 while under the influence of alcohol and depression. Sarah’s story truly is one of courage, faith, and hope. She is the epitome of staying strong. Presently, Sarah is married with children and working on a grad program for family therapy. She wants to specialize in loss therapy because she was so influenced by her personal therapist from her own past experiences. No matter what religion you are, this is a good, uplifting read and will definitely make you thankful for your life!

 

Better Than Before
by Gretchen Rubin
** I received this book from Blogging for Books  in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I LOVE Gretchen Rubin! I read The Happiness Project a few years ago, and fell in love! She really spoke to my heart because her personality is a lot like mine! Ever since then, I have been trying to improve myself by her example (although I still need to read Happier at Home). So, when I had the opportunity to read Better Than Before, I was super excited. And, the fact that this book is about making and breaking habits, and I read it in the first month of the year during a time where my life was changing, seemed perfect! To be completely honest, I haven’t finished this book yet–moving got in the way!

 

In this book, Gretchen reflects back to her experience from The Happiness Project and wanted to dive farther into that–why do certain things make us happy, why do some of us succeed while others fail, etc. In form true to her, Gretchen decided to do research–she organized the book in findings of her research, answers to her questions. She reflected on her personality and her responses to certain stimuli. But, the main point she was trying to get across was: there is no one-size-fits-all method to success; there are many different ways to succeed, and you have to find the right model for you.

 

I can’t wait to continue to read and finish this book–I’ve been taking my own notes in the margins for me, researching myself as Gretchen has been sharing her findings. I’d suggest doing that when you read it!

 

Rules for the Linkup

“>1) Follow both of your hosts:

Tayler from The Morrell Tale
Emilie from Burke Does
2) Link up a reading roundup post or a book review post. Make sure it’s not to your blog’s homepage, but for a specific post. All posts that aren’t a book review will be deleted. The linkup will be open for two weeks!
3) Read and comment on at least two other book review blog posts. This is to help build community and meet new bookworm friends!
4) Share the linkup on social media with #bloggerreadingroundup and grab a button to show on your post and/or sidebar!
Grab a Button and Link Up

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Golden Vlog // November

November 2015 Golden Vlog is all about jobs!

I believe that working and holding a job is very important, not only for money, but also for experience and teaching. That’s why I’m so excited that today’s Golden Vlog prompt is on jobs and working!

November 2015 Golden Vlog is all about jobs!

 

Life w/ Mrs G & the ArtistWhat was your first job? Your current job? What have you liked/disliked about your jobs?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Creative Closet // Sweater Weather

I love fall! I love the coziness of the season, the warm and comfortable clothing. One of my favorite fall and winter shirts is this brown sweater that I have owned since I can’t even remember when (either high school or college freshman year).

Creative Closet: Sweater Weather!

sweater: I can’t remember!// pants: Wet Seal // boots: Payless Shoes // boot socks: Runway // necklace: gift


I have participated in Jana’s Creative Closet linkup numerous times and have loved it. It allows me to reimagine my clothes and think outside the box with what I already own. I have wanted to co-host for a long time and this week was perfect.



Jana always has the perfect outfits. I absolutely love her style and want all her clothes! Speaking of which, her Bouvardian clothing shop is now open and how I want all of the clothes! Maybe one day when I actually have spending money!!











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Come link up with us!



What kind of fall and winter sweaters do you like to wear?

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.