Top Ten Tuesday: my spring 2017 TBR list

Top Ten TuesdayHappy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! This week we’re writing up our top spring TBR lists, and while I have tons and tons of books waiting to be read, these are ten that I’m especially eager to read. Hop over to The Broke and the Bookish to link up your own list, and let me know: what’s at the top of your TBR this spring? (And if we’re not already friends on Goodreads, leave me your profile link, too!)

In no particular order on my spring 2017 TBR list: A Crown of Wishes, by Roshani Choksha // A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn // The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden // Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel // The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers // The Girls, by Emma Cline // To Capture What We Cannot Keep, by Beatrice Colin // The Map of Chaos, by Felix J. Palma // One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez // Britt-Marie Was Here, by Frederik Backman

Top Tten Tuesday: my spring 2017 TBR list

Music Monday: Danza del Altiplano

Has anyone else been watching The OA? I’m not sure what to think of it—it’s definitely very odd—but I have been enjoying the widely ranging musical choices that make up the soundtrack. This guitar piece reminds me a lot of something from Leo Kottke, another very talented guitar player.

Book review: ‘Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency’

(Disclosure: review copy/affiliate links)

Why 'Learn ANY Language' is helping reenergize my lanuage self-study course in 2017!I have always been one of those people who assumed that I am “just not good” at learning foreign languages. I’ve dabbled in a wide range since high school, trying to find something that would “click” for me: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and even American Sign Language. I’ve tried text books, language tapes, online programs, flashcards—you name it. And every time, I’ve inevitably been frustrated by my inability to hang on to what I was learning. After a while I kind of put the attempts at language learning on the back burner, because it was too frustrating.

Recently, I decided that I wanted to get back into language study. I still have my instructional CDs in Spanish, German, French, and Italian. There are tons of resources available at the local library and online. And it’s winter now—if I’m going to be stuck inside because of the cold weather, why not take up a learning hobby to pass the time?

Once again, though, there’s that general feeling that I’m “bad” at learning a language. So my interest was definitely piqued when I got an email asking if I’d like to review a copy of Learn ANY Language: A Practical Guide to Learn Any Language to Any Level of Fluency. Any language? Any at all? Even if I’m “bad” at languages? I definitely wanted to see what tips and tricks I could glean from this book before tackling a language program again.

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How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type

How to choose the best shampoo method for your hair type: what you need to know about dry shampoo, cleansing conditioner, and more!

There are so many options for cleansing your hair these days—shampoo! Dry shampoo! Cleansing conditioner!—that it’s kind of hard to know what product to buy. Then there are the constant updates on sites like Pinterest about famous celebrities’ favorite hair-care routines or bloggers ditching shampoo entirely. Put it all together and the process of figuring out the best shampoo method for your hair can seem pretty daunting!

The truth is, there’s no one best way to wash your hair. There are so many factors to consider, from hair length to scalp type to whether you color and even how often you work out. If you read popular magazines or blogs about hair care you’ll find lots of great tips on how to mix and match products for your specific hair type, and you’ll probably want to do some experimenting to find what works best for you. This post isn’t going to be a comprehensive rundown of twenty different situations simply because, to be honest, I can’t speak from experience for a lot of different hair types. For example, I have never used peroxide bleach and I don’t have ethnic hair, so I can’t give the most detailed advice for those ladies!

What I do want to cover in this post is some general guidance on choosing the best shampoo method for your hair, and talk about the routine I’ve settled on for my own hair after years and years of experimenting. Believe it or not, you can use the wrong shampoo and conditioner or use the right ones in the wrong way, and it will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your hair. I’m going to break down four different types of shampoos and conditioners, how to use them for best results, and what you should consider for your hair type and daily routine. Then I’ll talk about my current routine and the best shampoo method for my hair! (more…)

November 2016 Birchbox

Can you believe November is already halfway over? I sure can’t. I’m trying to get ready for the holidays and it seems like time is just speeding away from me!

In the spirit of holiday prep, the theme of the November 2016 Birchbox was supposed to be “extra, just-because details that make all the difference”. Unfortunately, I felt kind of “meh” about this box. Some of the samples were great, but some just fell short for me. Read on for mini reviews of each sample!

Take a peek inside my November 2016 Birchbox!

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