MOVING FORWARD

They say a lot can change in a year, and boy, are they right. On the surface were some very visible blog changes; missing images, new ads (very sneak, WordPress, very sneaky), and broken links. Below the surface were some less obvious changes and challenegs that I have been going through, which have all made me become very reflective of my life and where it’s headed. Unfortunately, this has sometimes meant I’ve had less time for the things I once enjoyed, like my blogging.

But life’s too short not to make time for the things you enjoy, so here I am – back and bloggier than ever! I’m going to try and pick up where I left off, but who knows how that will work out. Maybe there will be a change in my style, or topics, or maybe not. Maybe this will be just like riding a bike. You never forget how to do that, right?!

The first change in today’s post is my writing locale. I am sitting on a beautiful dock overlooking the Gulf Of Mexico and enjoying the feeling of the warm breeze gently tossing my hair. Although it’s just a temporary writing spot (I’ll be back to the cold in no time), it’s given me the little boost I needed to get back at it. So for those who have just found me – welcome. For those that have followed me since post 1 – thanks for sticking around. I’m excited to share more with all of you! x

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ROCKFORD READS: ESTHER THE WONDER PIG

Happy New Year, my lovely Peaches! This year, I am all about resolutions that bring me joy, happiness, peace, and make me feel great. No more resolutions that are a setup for failure – it’s time to focus on me! So I’ve decided that I would like to start reading more books. There are few things I find more relaxing than curling up with a good book, a warm cup of tea, and transporting into another world for a few hours.

On the first of every month, I will share a new book title with you and why I am excited to read it. If it strikes you as interesting, grab a copy for yourself, get comfy, and read along with me! At the end of the month, I will share my review (in the comments below) and give you my thoughts about the read – what I loved, what the book taught me, and anything else I want to mention. From there, I encourage you to leave your comments and thoughts about the book, your reading experience, or anything you feel like sharing, and we can have a fun conversation together. Think of it as a modern day book club where we all meet on this blog, and by the end of the year we will all have read 12 new books. Now…on to the choice for January!

Many people don’t know that a few years ago I cut meat out of my diet, starting with pigs and cows. It was something that I had always had a desire to do, and one day decided to make the change, cold turkey (no pun intended). My love for animals has grown exponentially since then, extending to my everyday life with the addition of Killer (aka Mr. Fishy, aka Fishy, aka David S Pumpkins) to my pet family. As I was sharing some pics of Killer with my coworkers, we naturally began talking about our favourite pets and animals and that’s when I learned about about a local pig “celebrity” named Esther. She was a rescue pig who now lived at a sanctuary about 30 minutes from where I live. I checked out her Instagram account (yes, she has an Instagram account) and was immediately smitten with her, so imagine my delight when I discovered there was a book written about her life. Better yet, the book I came across was signed by the authors AND Esther herself.

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Esther The Wonder Pig: Changing The World One Heart At A Time

“In the summer of 2012, Steve Jenkins was contacted by an old friend about adopting a micro piglet. Though he knew his partner, Derek, wouldn’t be enthusiastic, he agreed to take the adorable little pig anyway, thinking he could care for her himself. Little did he know, that decision would change his and Derek’s life forever.
It turned out there was nothing “micro” about Esther, and Steve and Derek had actually signed on to raise a full-sized commercial pig. Within three years, tiny Esther grew to a whopping 600 pounds. After some real growing pains and a lot of pig-sized messes, it became clear that Esther needed much more space, so Steve and Derek made another life-changing decision: They bought a farm and opened the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, here they could care for Esther and other animals in need. 
Funny, heartwarming, and utterly charming, Esther The Wonder Pig follows Steve and Derek’s adventure – from reluctant pig parents to farm-owning advocates for animals.”

I can’t wait dive into the life of this adorable pig, so if you don’t mind, I’m off to find a comfy chair and get started on this book. I look forward to chatting about it with you all at the end of the month!

Find the book here: Website | Amazon | Indigo & Chapters

MY STYLE: SUMMER SKIRTS

I am a skirt lover – short, long, flowy, or twirly, I don’t discriminate! So when the end of summer rolls around, I go on the hunt. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would you buy skirts once summer was over?” One word: CLEARANCE! Stores are making room for their fall pieces, which means the clearance racks are piling up with summer clothing.

On my recent trip to Buffalo for a girl’s weekend, I knew where my first stop would be: Lane Bryant, one of my favourite American plus size stores that hasn’t yet made its way to Canada (they ship to Canada if you shop online, but I’m a try-things-on kinda gal). I headed straight for the clearance section in the back of the store, and as I had hoped, there were skirts galore! I picked up two fabulous skirts, one of them being this super fun Wonder Woman-esque piece. Inspired by Margot Meanie’s recent post about elevating a basic look with accessories, I paired this skirt with fun accessories for a day look, and something a bit more dramatic for an evening look. Which look is your favourite?

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Shop Look 1: Skirt – Lane Bryant | T-Shirt – Your Big Sister’s Closet | Necklace & Bracelet – Atomic Annie Designs | Shoes – Payless ShoeSource

Shop Look 2: Necklace – Ardene | Bracelets – Avon | Shoes – DSW