Small Victories Sunday {2}

Posted August 4, 2013 by Tanya M in Small Victories Sunday Linkup / 33 Comments

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Welcome to Small Victories Sunday! This weekly post will recap for you the reading I’ve done during the week, the food I’ve cooked, the posts I’ve written and the small victories I’ve celebrated in my personal life. When I started this blog over a year ago, I wanted a place where I could focus on those accomplishments in my life, both big and small. It’s helped me to focus and gain a healthier, more positive attitude as I juggle my 3 boys and the physical impairment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (a chronic and incurable illness). I thought Sunday would be a perfect day to reflect on the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead.

This Past Week I:


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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (paperback) is required reading to maintain my professional license but it is quite insightful and I’ve had many “aha” moments.  I am learning a little more about how I do handle situations and how I should better.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Kindle) has been entertaining and fascinating. I love how clever Holmes is being both the master of disguise and deduction.  Although I didn’t read much for fun as a kid, I always loved a good mystery, Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew being my favorites. It’s nice to reconnect with a good mystery and the Adventures are great since it is a series of short stories.


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An entertaining beach read.  BeBe Loudermilk falls for Reddy Williams, a charasmatic wealthy man. But her life turns upside down when Reddy turns out to be a con man and steals her livelihood from under her.



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* Mango Peach Smoothie (pictured) from Mama Buzz. 4*

* Mexican Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas and Cilantro – Lime Rice Bowls (pictured) from Skinnytaste. 5*

* Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppyseed Dressing (pictured) from Skyline Empire – but I didn’t add the poppyseeds because my kids wouldn’t eat them otherwise. 4*

* Buttermilk Waffles (pictured) from Cooking Classy. Best Waffles EVER. 5*

* Not pictured: Chorizo and Egg Tacos, Oatmeal with Strawberries and Pure Maple Syrup and Citrus-Tequila Chicken and Rice


* Signed up for the Beat the Heat Readathon taking place now through August 11th. I’ll be reading more than I normally do by reading during my youngest child’s naptime.

* Signed up for the ARC August Reading challenge and the Bout of Books Readathon. ARC August is to catch up on author review or advance review copies now through the end of August. The Bout of Books is a big week-long readathon coming up August 19th through 25th.

* Feature & Follow {4}: To Finish or Do Not Finish a book you are not enjoying?

* Signed up for the Sherlock Holmes Reading Challenge. Although I didn’t read much for fun as a kid, I used to love reading mysteries, in particular Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew. It’s been fun getting into the clever and unique stories of Sherlock Holmes.


* Reorganized the kitchen desk so Superstar has a place to do homework. Before pictures are too embarassing to post but pleased with the result so now all the kids’ art and school supplies are in the desk and more importantly, they know where to put the supplies back!

* Built RC from Toy Story with kids at the free Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic. We love these clinics, free family fun but they fill up fast!

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* Went to a free concert downtown and saw a couple bands.  It was a muggy and sticky night but we enjoyed the music and free food!

* Swam for the first time in years. After a near drowning accident during swim lessons when I was a kid, I don’t attempt to swim. I know how it should be done theoretically but I am self-conscious and embarrassed that I am not a good swimmer.  I am trying to conquer my fear and embarassment since I know that swimming is a great, low impact exercise for my joints.


Next Week I Plan To:


Finish The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and continue with my Beat the Heat Readathon books.



* Doughnut Pancakes with Donut Glaze Syrup from Cooking Classy

* Strawberry Nutella Pop Tarts from The Novice Chef via Chickabug

* Thai Basil Chicken from Chocolate Broccoli with Pineapple Fried Rice

* Copycat Macaroni Grill’s Penne Rustica from The Girl Who Ate Everything, Olive-Herb Bread and Strawberry Avacado Salad and Poppyseed Dressing.



* Review Devil in the White City

* Review The Girl in the Pearl Earring

* Sign up for the Nonfiction Adventure Challenge

This post is linked up to  Sunday Post with Caffeinated Book Reviewer, It’s Monday, What Are You Reading with BookJourney and Little Things Thursdays with A Beautiful Ruckus.


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What are you reading, cooking or blogging about? What are you planning to do next week? What accomplishments are you proud of this week? Be sure to leave me a comment and a link to your Small Victories Sunday post for the week! I’d love to hear from you and cheer you on in those small victories you are celebrating!

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33 responses to “Small Victories Sunday {2}

    • Thanks so much Marie for stopping by. What sorts of books do you like to read? What are you currently reading? I always love discussing books with fellow book lovers!

  1. I love both Stephen Covey and Agatha Christie’s books! And the recipe pics look amazing! I am about to check some of the recipes as well as the rest of your site!

    Thank you for visiting

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  2. Oh My Goodness! You are so organized, and you Pork Carnitas look SO SO delicious!

    When I was in high school, I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I don’t remember the details, but I do remember the feeling of validation and power I had when I read it. You might have inspired me to pick it up again, because you’re right, it’s SO full of those A-Ha moments.
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    • That’s a great idea to read the 7 habits in high school, Anna. You gave me the idea to check out 7 habits for highly effective teens for my middle schooler who is an avid reader. Maybe it will help him learn a little bit about himself and how to handle tough situations. There’s hope isn’t there?

      Thanks for stopping by and glad to have found your blog!

    • Sorry to hear you have RA as well Sharon but there is an odd comfort in #s and the feeling like we aren’t alone. Before I started blogging, I was the only person I knew with RA and didn’t know what to expect. 11 years later I find a very supportive community and not too surprisingly many book bloggers have RA too or some other chronic physically limiting disease. I guess when we need an escape, it’s safe to turn to a good book! Hope your RA is under control and you are feeling well. Celebrate those small victories with me!

  3. Hi Tanya! Thanks for linking to the Strawberry Nutella Poptarts. Jessica at the Chief Novice blog did a great job coming up with them. I can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you! : )

  4. I really like your idea of keeping up with “Small Victories.” Often, I feel as though a day has gone by without me doing enough. Your way would allow me to remember what I did accomplish even if it’s just one thing. I enjoyed your Pinterest board as well.

    • Thanks so much. It is easy to get overwhelmed with a to-do list and not being able to accomplish everything when I want it done. I realized I had to appreciate what I can get done. I hope you write up a post and leave me a link 🙂 We need to stay positive in our hectic lives and times.

  5. My GOODNESS you have been busy! I realized a few years ago (right after the first Robert Downey Jr movie came out) that I had never actually *read* any Sherlock Holmes. I loved it!

    Can’t WAIT to hear about something called “donut pancakes”. That just sounds like heaven!! –Lisa
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    • yea Lisa, click on the link to Cooking Classy, they are adorable and perfect for a birthday breakfast. Superhubby loves donuts and it’s his birthday month so thought he would like it. Yes, we celebrate birthdays all month long in our house!

      Have you seen the second Sherlock Holmes movie? I actually liked that one better than the first. We meet Irene Adler in the movie and its interesting to read her story in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and understand why Holmes is smitten by her.

    • Thanks Lisa. I am often pinning and finding recipes at night which does not help my latenight cravings! I realized after I said I was a new follower, that I already followed you via Twitter. I think we talked about our chronic conditions one of the readathon chats, maybe bout of books. Anyway hope you are having a pain-free day!

    • If you think my pictures look good, visit the bloggers who posted the recipes! Holy moly, they’ll have ya drouling! 🙂 Hope you have a great week too!

  6. Ooo all those food picks made me hungry and I now want a mango smoothie. Not sure if I shared this with you but I have RA as well. Treating with meds has been a real problem as illness has become a huge factor. I had pneumonia nine times last year. I have good days and bad days, and being able to blog and share books has become my passion. It is much easier to type than to write. My handwriting is now horrible. I loved Agatha and Holmes as a child/teen and read all of the books. Enjoy your week and thanks for linking up to the Sunday Post
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    • I’m sorry to hear that you have RA as well, I don’t think you had told me that before. Pneumonia 9 times! Whew! My former rheumatologist had recommended the pneumonia vaccine but I did not get it yet. I am glad blogging and sharing books has become your passion, I am quickly discovering it is mine as well. I gotta agree my handwriting is horrible too. Do you have much pain or joint damage in your hands? My hands are the worst and my rheumy said only way to fix it is knuckle replacement surgery. They look awful but they don’t hurt so I have not taken the plunge yet.

      I hope you have many more good days than bad and hope you can stay healthy enough to be able to get on the good meds to give you some relief.

      Thanks for stopping by as always!

        • Well between the two of us maybe we make up a normal jointed person. I don’t have knee or hip pain. Mine is mostly shoulders, hands and feet. Since leaving my emotionally stressful job, my health has actually improved and I’m not flaring as often and feeling feverish every morning. I think it helps chasing around my active kids instead of sitting behind a desk all day. I am glad you are able to reduce your work load, I hope it helps you feel better. I love escaping reality into books. Just wish I had more time to write and blog about these great books!

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