10 Unicorn Novels That Adults and Children Will Love

In the past couple of years, unicorns have grown in popularity as a trend in beauty products, on school supplies, clothing, and jewelry. Some of this may have started with the revamp of the My Little Ponies toys and TV show in the early 2000s. Before unicorns became associated with glitter and beauty products, the symbolism of the unicorn was associated with purity, femininity, morality and divine power. Growing up, I was fascinated with unicorn lore and stories and read any books I could find from the local library. Now, as an adult, I still collect and look for unicorn…

All I Did Was Breathe

Today was a hard one. I awoke to the sound of my child screaming for me. Already exhausted from the day before, I crawl out of bed and dress my body. I have fifty things on my mind and none of them are myself. I don’t have that time. I don’t have any time. I need food on the shelf. I need to clean, do dishes, pack for an impending vacation, And plan a birthday party, write a speech for a wedding. I should bake cookies, a cake, and make lunch in only a few hours. My son is throwing…

Review of Perfect Nanny

Introduction Have you ever peeked at the last chapter of a book you were reading to try to find out what happens at the end? I have. But in the international bestselling novel, The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani, the end is the beginning. The first four words are “the baby is dead”. You go in knowing what the outcome is. So why keep reading? It’s simple, this sentence intrigues, excites, saddens and disgusts all at once. We want to know what type of monster could murder a child. So it was for me when I happened to see The…

3 Artist Colonies to Inspire You

You’re an artist. You live for art. You love to find inspiration and often times find it while in the company of other people. Collaboration entices you and you find yourself carousing the cafes at night in search of other artists. What should you do? Well, that’s easy! You should move to an artist colony. Artist colonies have been a somewhat popular option for artists for the past 100 or so years. Some were founded at the turn of the 18th century, others are brand new. They seem to exist in every continent, in most countries. Photo Credit: Jess Graphic…

My Favorite Songs for Dealing With Anxiety

For as long as I could remember, I’ve dealt with anxiety and never really knew how to deal with it or how to ask for help. I grew up an introvert, so I naturally just like being alone and not talking to anyone. I don’t like to ask for help and because I never knew how to talk about anxiety, I genuinely didn’t know who I could turn to. I never liked talking to people or asking for help, this led me to turn to music. Music was the one thing I had where I didn’t feel like I was…

The College Dropout “Family Business” by Kanye West

Listen here. To be honest, I’m a pretty new Kanye music fan. My boyfriend introduced me to Kanye’s music and when I heard this song for the first time it just made me feel so good. I loved it instantly for its unique sound and for the sentimental/nostalgic quality it has. Since then, I’ve gotten into the habit of playing it whenever I need a little pick-me-up. It always seems to do the trick when I’m feeling down! The Inspiration It’s pretty clear here that Kanye’s family inspired this song for him. The interesting thing here is if you’ve watched…

5 Prolific Japanese Authors Who Brought Japanese Culture to the USA

Have you ever been interested in another country’s literature? For me, world literature has been an intriguing subject ever since I studied European classics in college.  The world literature class I took gave just a small taste of what was available by ‘classical’ authors from different countries. Growing up, I was always drawn to the Japanese culture through my hobbies of watching anime and reading manga. As an adult, my interest matured into wanting to explore the country’s literature, and I began to discover different Japanese authors whose works have been translated into English. This list is not conclusive, and…

Top 5 Binge Worthy Cult Classics to Keep You Busy This Winter

For as long as I can remember I have been a massive film fan. While I can appreciate the big blockbuster franchises like Star Wars and Harry Potter, my heart really belongs to the cult classic films that aren’t always everyone’s cup of tea. ‘What is a cult classic film?’  you ask. Well, a cult classic film is a film that has developed a small following… One could say a cult. They often use less well-known actors and they usually touch on grittier and more controversial topics because with less mainstream exposure it’s easier to get away with certain subjects.…

The 10 Best Equestrian Book for Families.

As a child, I fell in love with both horses and reading. Even as I grew older, I would still look for books about horses, even those meant for kids and middle-grade readers. Actually, the novels targeted at middle-grade readers are some of my favorites to read even now as an adult! The popularity of horse stories is evident by the continued publication of many of these beloved titles! Your children will enjoy these novels if you are looking for a new book to read to them. Graphic Credit: Mica Photo Credit: Kayla 1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell Black…

Post-Christmas Blues Playlist

Is it just me or do you feel like things feel pretty glum now that Christmas is over? The Christmas trees are coming down, everyone is going back to work, and all the talk has shifted to the New Year.   I can honestly say that the few days between Christmas and New Year may actually be my least favorite days of the entire year for those reasons! It’s like all the happiness and cheer of the season are getting put away in boxes and stored in attics until next year. It’s so sad!!   Every time Christmas ends, it…