Bullet Journal – November Cover Page

So here we are with another late monthly post. Should I just make this a thing? It does kind of make sense to post after the month has ended. That way I can actually post about how the entire month went for me. Seems to make sense, right?

The theme for my cover page was another one of my costumes this year. I got invited to a friend’s Halloween party and went as a scarecrow with a sunflower painted on my face. I saw it on Pinterest and it was beautiful, and mine turned out pretty well. It took forever though, and was not easy to paint my face in a mirror.

November itself has been kind of a whirlwind. In the beginning of the month, I posted about my hand-painted pet ornaments on Instagram and the response from my friends was more than I ever could’ve expected.

I would’ve been happy to sell just one ornament, and I’ve sold 32 of them! It’s crazy and literally beyond my wildest expectations. I’ve been painting non-stop this month, but it’s so great and I’m really excited to be doing something that I love. Making a little money on the side doesn’t hurt either.

Thanksgiving was really great. It’s always nice to see family and I had a good time. We went to my Aunt Shelly’s house, but I didn’t stay too long because I needed to get back home to my little Freya.

Speaking of Freya, I brought her into the office for the first time this month. She was a little excited and had to check out everything, but she did surprisingly well. She’s really such a good girl and is growing so fast.

The month ended on a somewhat negative note. I was cleaning up my fall decorations and getting ready to decorate for Christmas and I pulled a muscle in my lower back. It was so bad that I was laying on the floor and had to call my sister to help me out. I spent a few days sleeping on the couch, so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs, and even though I have more movement now, I’m still in recovery.

I’m really looking forward to December. It’s so strange that the year is almost over. I swear it just started. The holiday season is definitely my favorite time of the year. I’m looking forward to the food, spending time with family, and that first huge snowfall. I’m really excited to see how Freya reacts to a lot of snow.

Happy December everyone!

It’s Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus

I Smell Children Hand-Painted Wood Sign

I know we’re past Halloween, but it can still be spooky season in November, right?

I wanted to share a little bit more about what I’ve been working on with my home decor signs. I mentioned it in my last post and I’m really excited and have so many ideas that I’m working on.

In October, I went on a little bit of a Hocus Pocus kick with my Halloween decor. Even painting a huge sign for outside that I had seen on Pinterest.

Every time I’m in home decor stores, it’s hard for me to justify spending money on signs when I know that I can paint them myself. I love painting and often have re-created art that I’ve seen on Pinterest for my home decor.

I decided to give it a shot and paint a few Hocus Pocus themed signs for Halloween, and I think they turned out really well! I know it’s a little late to be promoting them, but I still wanted to share them with the world.

I plan on working on more fall signs next and then some for Christmas. Like I said before, I have so many ideas so I’m really excited to put them to work. I’m going to be selling them on my Etsy Shop: Kayla Cropper Art

This is something that I’m really enjoying doing, so I hope other’s will enjoy my work too. If you have some time, please check it out! 🙂

Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Hand-Painted Wood Sign

Another Glorious Morning Hand-Painted Wood Sign

Bullet Journal – October Cover Page

Happy Halloween!! It’s crazy how quickly October flew by. I can’t believe we’re heading into October already, didn’t 2021 just start?

The last few years I’ve always made my October theme the same as my Halloween costume. This year, I was Medusa for Halloween!

I felt like I was very busy this month. Since getting a puppy it feels like life just keeps speeding up. I even took off a week from work this month hoping to catch up on things, but I still felt like I was just going going going. It was nice to have that break from work though, not gonna lie.

I’m also working on getting more products up on my Etsy page. I’ve been working on some ideas for signs as home decor for different holidays. I’ll post the Halloween ones that I did soon. I have so many ideas, but again just need the time. Maybe I’m crazy for adding something else to my schedule, but it feels right to finally be doing something that lets me be creative and that I enjoy doing. I am really excited to see where this can go, so fingers crossed!

The Bridgerton’s Second Epilogues

So! I noticed after reading The Duke and I that there was a second epilogue at the end of the book. I did a little research and found out that there were second epilogues written for each of the books in the Bridgerton series. It seemed like Daphne’s was spoiling a little bit about the other books, so I decided to put off reading them all until I had finished all of the books.

Since they were all so different, I’ll just list my thoughts about each of them.

The Duke and I: It was so nice to see Daphne and Simon older, with another baby on the way. It was so nice to see them still so happily married, though I wouldn’t expect anything different. I also liked how it finally showed us what was in the letters, even though they weren’t really important at all. It felt like a nice way to end their story.

The Viscount Who Loved Me: This second epilogue was really fun. It was cool to see Anthony and Kate still messing with each other, and nice to know that the Bridgerton’s all get together for their annual game of Pall Mall.

An Offer From a Gentleman: I’m glad we got to see Posy have a happy ending. Benedict’s story was probably the least interesting, though I did like the appearances that he and Sophie made in the other books. I didn’t feel like there was anything else that needed to be added to their story, so it was a nice twist to add in a little happily ever after for Posy.

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton: I’m SO glad that we got to experience Penelope revealing herself as Whistledown to Eloise. Though I wish it hadn’t been spoiled so that we could get Eloise’s genuine reaction when Penelope told her. I feel like it would’ve been different, but I’m also happy with how it turned out.

To Sir Phillip, With Love: Again it was nice to have the story from another viewpoint here. We got to see what happened with Amanda Crane as she found herself a husband. It was cute, but I would’ve liked to know more about Eloise and Phillip.

When He Was Wicked: I’m so happy that this one was included. It was super disappointing for Francesca and Michael to not have a baby by the end of their story. The readers really needed this happy ending. It was sweet to see them happy and finally to have their own baby. It was also interesting that they were able to keep it a secret from her mother for so long.

It’s In His Kiss: This one might be my favorite. I’m so glad that Hyacinth finally found the jewels. It was funny that she had never given up and that her daughter had known about them the whole time. I appreciated that she let her mother find them instead of just revealing that she had them all along.

On the Way to the Wedding: This one was kind of unnecessary. Basically it just told us that they had a lot of kids and that it was kind of dangerous by that point that they were continuing to have babies. It was interesting that they had named their children after all their siblings. Will there be a second generation of Bridgerton’s with the same name?

Overall, the second epilogues were enjoyable. I appreciated how some of them tied up loose ends and gave a little insight into the future of the Bridgerton’s.  Definitely unnecessary to have this as a second book, but I guess I understand for people who had read the books before the second epilogues were written. I feel like it should be mentioned though, that Happily Ever After is just the collection of second epilogues, because it’s a bit confusing what it actually is.

On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn

Does anyone else drag things out when they’re really enjoying something and then you’re getting close to the end and you don’t want it to me over? Like when you’ve binged 8 seasons of a show and then take forever to start the 9th because you’ve just spent the last month of your life obsessed with the characters and you’re not ready to say goodbye. Just me?

I really don’t have a good reason for why it took me so long to finish the last Bridgerton book. It was actually really enjoyable and I liked the story. Maybe it was getting a puppy and not having time to actually sit down and read at first, or maybe it was that I wasn’t ready to be finished with the Bridgertons. I am a little sad to say that I’m finally done.

Gregory’s story wasn’t anything special, but it was certainly enjoyable. From the beginning you know the hero and the heroine, so you know that they’ll eventually end up together. It was kind of a cute story, but I wish there was a little more drama and suspense for who Gregory would end up with.

I appreciate that Kate was so involved in this one. If you’re a fan of the show and haven’t read the books, they’re starting to show previews with Kate and she’s easily one of my favorite characters throughout the series.

It’ll be interesting to see if the show gets renewed for 8 seasons of Bridgerton weddings. I feel like it could if they can keep up the drama like they did in the first season. I hope it does. I definitely want to see Hyacinth’s story and would like to see Gregory’s as well. Would they cast different actors? It would be weird for these children to have the sexual scenes in the future seasons after watching them grow up.

I’m going to do a separate post for the Second Epilogues. I think they are published together in a Bridgerton Happily Ever After book, but I’m 99% sure that they’re the same thing, so I’m not going to spend money on it again. Not sure what I’ll read after that. Outlander maybe??

Bullet Journal – September Cover Page

So here we are…in October…updating with our September cover page (And we thought the last one was posted late).

For September I went with a pumpkin spice theme. My sister and I have been ADDICTED to pumpkin chai’s lately, so it seemed fitting that I make it my theme for the month.

I don’t really have a lot to update you on with my life. This month flew by and I felt very busy all the time. I guess having a puppy makes time fly. I’m always running around with her and making plans around her schedule. She’s doing really good and getting so much bigger already. She’s a very sweet girl most of the time, though we have been dealing with a little bit of a biting/teething situation. I’m hoping she’ll grow out of that.

Work has been the same, it’s a lot going back and forth with my jobs, but I think I’m handling it okay. I don’t really have a social life, but I’m okay with that.

I do have some plans for October, so hopefully I have more to write about when I get to that post. We can only hope it’s more exciting than this month!

Bullet Journal – August Cover Page

August has been interesting to say the least! The beginning of this month was weird for me, which is partially why I haven’t posted my August cover page until now.

I just didn’t know what to write about. It felt like nothing was going on. I was feeling pretty sad and moody, just didn’t have anything that was going good or anything exciting to write about.

I honestly wasn’t even sure what to make my “theme” for August. I was binging Atypical on Netflix and decided to go with a penguin theme. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll understand. I was definitely just in a weird mood the first half of the month.

Things changed very quickly. I decided to use some PTO to take off at the end of the month, so I was looking forward to that. The week before I was working with my dad and saw that one of my local rescues had a few puppies that they hadn’t received any applications for, and decided to submit my pre-approval.

I didn’t have a lot of hope because I’ve submitted my application for puppies twice before. Later that night I found out that I had been chosen to adopt this little cutie below.

The first few days were a little stressful, but she’s doing really good now. She’s quickly become my little baby and is the sweetest little girl (when she’s not mad at me for telling her no).

It’s kind of crazy how things can change so quickly, isn’t it? My whole life has changed in the span of a week. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn

I have to say, after the disappointment in the last book of the series I was completely surprised when I found that I couldn’t put this one down! I loved Hyacinth’s story and really enjoyed the chemistry that she had with Gareth.

Where in Francesca’s story I felt like I didn’t really get to know her, I feel like I know Hyacinth. She reminds me of Eloise a little bit, but definitely bolder. She’s exciting to read and I love how she speaks her mind.

I really enjoyed seeing her fall in love with Gareth. He’s her perfect match conversationally and he respects her. His little backstory with his father was interesting and I loved how Hyacinth helped him deal with that by translating his grandmother’s journal. They were a good team.

It was also fun to have a little side story with the hidden jewels and the treasure hunt that they were on. We got to see a Bridgerton doing something other than attending parties, which was nice. It was exciting and a good change up to the stories that Julia Quinn has been writing.

I’m a little sad that I only have one book left in the series, and I’m hoping that Gregory’s story is just as good as this one. I haven’t read any of the second epilogues so I guess I’ll have those to read as well. I know there’s another spin-off series that goes into Violet’s past but I don’t think I’m going to read them yet. Maybe I’ll save that for when Netflix releases their own spin-off.

When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

I have to say, this one wasn’t one of my favorites. I really enjoyed Eloise’s story and was excited to see more of Francesca, but this kind of let me down.

Francesca Bridgerton has been noticeably absent from most of the books. There were very few mentions of her up until now and most of it was just to say that she was off in Scotland and widowed. We didn’t really know much about her, so I thought we would finally get to see what she was like.

Instead, it felt like more of Michael’s story. It was fine, but I still don’t feel like I know Francesca. She’s just the outsider Bridgerton that Michael is hopelessly in love with. I just felt like she could have been developed more as a person, rather than his cousin’s widow who was desperate for a baby. It also seemed out of character for a person as proper as her to become so dominant during their sexual experiences, especially when she wasn’t even sure that she was interested in Michael.

I was pretty disappointed that we also never got to see whether or not they had children. I hope the second epilogue clears that up. Definitely not my favorite, so I’m hoping Hyacinth’s story is better.

Bullet Journal – July Cover Page

I’m a little late with this one. I had actually meant to do this earlier in the month and thought that I did, and then just realized that it was never posted. Oops!

June was certainly interesting with that Mercury retrograde. If you follow along with astrology, you may know that the Mercury retrograde tends to bring back people from your past, and mine sure did! I didn’t talk to the person, just saw them from across a store, but it hit me hard with all those unresolved feelings. Nothing came out of it because I’ve learned over the years that I can’t be the one always reaching out, but it definitely wasn’t easy this time.

July has been pretty decent so far. I’ve had off work this week and I’ve enjoyed getting caught up on things, watching shows, reading, visiting restaurants that I’ve been dying to try, etc. It feels like I’m finally getting back out there and not just wasting my life sitting at home.

Things are going well, I’m hoping they’ll just keep getting better!