The Devil in the White City: Review

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed AmericaThe Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just finished reading this book and I loved it. Maybe it’s because I love non-fiction. I am also a big fan of mysteries, and I love books about fairs (weird I know, but I have a thing for fairs and circuses) and history so this was right up my alley. After reading this book, I have new-found appreciation for architects, engineers and landscapers. The book also left me wondering why on Earth some people act and do the things they do. (i.e. The serial killer, Holmes.) I would also love to pay a visit to Chicago now and see some of the places they discuss in the book. The author links the creation and construction of the World’s Fair in Chicago with America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, who builds a “murder castle” about a block away and lures in unsuspecting guest from the fair to his dark lair. You get a very good mix of dark and grand, accomplishment and destruction. I would recommend this book to really anyone, fiction and non-fiction lovers alike, although parts of it are pretty gory, or maybe disturbing. I also heard that Leonardo Dicaprio is making this into a movie!!! If that’s true, then I can’t wait until it opens!! Another book I would highly recommend if you do like this one would be “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan regarding Frank Lloyd Wright another architect, about the same time period as this book.

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Confession Time

Ok. So I haven’t written in a week. I am sorry. I don’t really have an excuse it’s just sometimes my blog gets put on the back-burner. I work 40 hours a week at my real job, I have a side job watching children at my church every Wednesday and Sunday for at least 8 hours a week sometimes longer, I volunteer mentoring a child for an hour or two each Monday after work at the Boys and Girls Club, I am trying to cook more and hang out with Richard and I babysit a lot… I have several people who are always calling me for jobs, it’s like my third job. Really! Ugh. Sometimes… I am like -“nothing to do for a couple of hours!” So I will catch up on tv shows or some kind of project.

Like right now, I have what I think could be some great curtains I am working on for my bedroom, but they are being put aside as well… partly due to my sewing machine not cooperating. Richard- Didn’t you say would help me look at that? Thanks Babe! 🙂

All of that to say.. yeah I have big goals for this blog but sometimes it’s really hard to get it all in. There are not enough hours in the day to do what I want to do, or sometimes other things are more important, and do be honest, I see other people’s blogs and I am like, oh they have such a cool life and it makes me want to document mine, but just because I don’t always have a lot of content doesn’t necessarily mean I have a boring life or I am not doing anything. I think I just need to find a good balance.

I do have something really exciting that I want to do soon with this blog, but again, due to other circumstances, i.e. the weather, or being busy it keeps getting put off also. I have an idea, a vision but for one reason or another it can’t seem to come together.

Now I am rambling so I will stop there, I think you, (hopefully) understand what I was trying to say.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Loves

I won’t lie. This is one of my favorite days. Always has been, even when I didn’t have a boyfriend. I just love this day!

I think it reminds me of Christmas where really anything can happen!  Haha… I know, that’s dorky right?

Have any of you ever seen the movie Valentine’s Day, it really was a let down movie in my opinion, but I like to think I am like the Ashton Kutcher character, who is in love with Valentine’s Day. (Speaking of that, with SOOO many famous really good actors why was that movie such a bust?) If you want to see a really good movie about love, check out  Paris, Je T’aime. Okay, so most of the movie is in French, that’s ok that’s why they invented subtitles and anyways French is a really romantic language anyways. It’s an indie film basically with 5-10 short stories, but it’s so good!!


I still love the vintage-y cards. Just saying!

Anyways, I wrote this post to today basically just to say that I hope everyone has the best Valentines Day ever and whether you have a significant other or not, just have fun today and share the love.

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Happy Birthday to My Brother:

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Today is my little brothers birthday! (It makes me feel old)

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This is us when we were little!!
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(By the way… my Mom always tried to make home-made  Halloween costumes, that year I was a witch and Nathan was a ninja turtle. haha)

Even though you were an instigator and tried to get me in trouble, I still love you and wish you the best day ever!

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Love you Nathan!

Happy Birthday!

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I am an ENFJ

So, I took this test, and turns out I am an ENFJ. Which means Extraverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging.

ENFJs are the benevolent ‘pedagogues’ of humanity

-Joe Butt

Turns out the test described me pretty well… organized, deep thinker, extrovert, etc.

Want to see what you are. Take the test here!

Let me know what you get and if you think it describes you or not.


2013 Reading Challenge

I really like to read but sometimes I have trouble trying to find books to read. It’s kind of a weird problem because before I got my Kindle I used to go to the library a lot and now I have my Kindle but I still get stuck in ruts.

That was until I discovered I made a profile. Picked the genres I like, (which is really almost all genes) then it gave me a list of books in each genre. I would rate it if I had read it and if not and it looked interesting then I can add to my reading list, to read later. As I rate and add books to read it starts to get an idea of what I like and gets a little more personable on my list. I used to make handwritten “to read” lists and then I would lose them and forget what I wanted to read. This way they are always there.

Then I saw this:

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Amanda has
read 0 books toward her goal of 50 books.


I am pretty sure I will  no problem reading 50 books in a year.  I can read 2-3 every two weeks. Sometimes, if it’s really good, I can read them in a day or two. One summer when I was in grade school,  I read 325 books in summer. I won the reading plague that year for the reading program. (Nerd Alert!!)- granted they were children’s books, but still that’s a lot of books!

So I am going to post my progress on the side bar over there ->

Also, I will post my list of what I have read and my ratings… check it out and so far I don’t have any friends on this thing because I just joined. So, if you have a goodreads account I would love to be your friend and see what you are reading!! If you want to do the challenge with me, let me know!


Book Review: Girls in White Dresses


I just finished reading this book. It was ok, not my favorite ever, but not my least favorite.

Basically, this book is about a bunch of girls who are all friends and it follows them from Freshman year of college through their early 30’s. I could relate to some of the characters and things they were going through. Like, all your friends getting married and having babies, graduating college and things not exactly working out the way you had plan, the tight living during the early years of college, the strong friendships I formed during my 20’s, the awkwardness of being set up with people on blind dates.

The complaints I had about this book is that are too many characters and the author never really goes too much in-depth on them. Some girls, who aren’t really the main characters have their own chapter but it’s just one little story that leaves you hanging because she never concludes what happens to them at the end. Also, all their stories and crisis were about the same, so I kept getting confused on who was who. I think it would have been better to only focus on maybe 3 girls and go in more depth. The ending was very bad, I thought. I felt like it just ended with no real conclusion on any of girls. It just stopped. This is the authors first book and I think you can tell.

Like I said, wasn’t horrible, but not great… I would check it out from the library and not buy it though. I would rate it about 3 out of 5 stars.

Read more about it here.

The Giving Tree

Source: via Leslie on Pinterest


I found my very most favorite book ever on Pinterest in a cartoon form read by the author. How cool is this!?

What was your favorite childhood book?


The Band Perry!

This song…

Love it! Warning though:  It’s one of those that will get in your head and stay for a while.


You Are For Me

I know I just shared a Kari Jobe video a few post down, but here is another one! I can’t get enough of her right now!

I love this song, because it’s so true!

Hope everyone has a great day!