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Book Giveaway | The Girls from Ames

Hey all you bookworms out there! (I know there must be a few of you.) ;)

Darlene at Peeking Between the Pages is hosting a giveaway of the book The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. The book is a memoir about eleven women who became friends as children, grew up together, and continued their friendship into adulthood. It's definitely on my to-read list not only because all the women are from Ames, Iowa... but also because it's a testimony to the strength, endurance, and beauty of lasting female friendships.

Head on over to Peeking Between the Pages right now to read Darlene's review, find out more and enter yourself into the giveaway.




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.