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Life Update

Life Update

Earlier this week I hinted about some exciting life changes heading our way and I am so excited to share with you that Josh and I are expecting a little baby girl!

We could not be more excited to welcome this little lady into our lives and are excitedly getting ready to celebrate her arrival! We found out in late February that I was pregnant and shared the news with our family about a week later, and then slowly included more family and close friends over the following weeks and months. On Mother’s Day, we announced to the (social media) world that we have a baby on the way!

Since then, I’ve been happily growing and we’ve been happily preparing for her arrival. My first trimester had some general nausea, but no prolonged sickness or really horrible episodes, and since the second trimester started, I’ve been healthy and happy throughout the pregnancy. Josh and I traveled to California in late June/early July for a babymoon, and even though I’m not exactly at my pre-pregnancy energy levels (so clubbing in LA was a no go), we had a perfect babymoon vacation.

Now, I’m settling into my third trimester and although I’ve had a little bit of back/stomach pain, I’m still feeling wonderful. Pregnancy has been good to me and although I’ve been able to enjoy relaxing at home this summer, I am excited to get back to school in after Labor Day and be moving around a bit more and engaging with my colleagues and my students again.

It's hard to believe that there's only a couple of months left until our due date, and we cannot wait to meet our baby girl!

Welcome to Sara Levine!

Welcome to Sara Levine!

Wow. It’s finally here. FINALLY. I’ve been dreaming about updating this space for such a long time, and wavered for quite awhile on whether it was even worth it. But let me tell you… It definitely was!!

You will notice a couple of major changes have taken place here! For starters, the name of the blog has officially changed. Five years ago when I first started this blog, Forever and a Recipe seemed like such a perfect name. I wanted to primarily blog about home and food and Josh and I had just moved in together so I liked the play on the phrase “forever and a day” because it was fun and a little cheesy - just like us! But, fast forward five years, while I do still want to blog about house projects and food, it isn’t my primary interest anymore. There is so much more that I want to talk about and I feel like I had stuck myself in an impossible spot with the original name. And so, I changed it! The new blog is simply my name - Sara Levine - and that way I won’t feel stuck into any specific categories. You will automatically be sent to the new URL - saralevineblog.com - if you go to the old foreverandarecipe.com, and all of my posts have transferred over, so you can still find all of your favorite posts from Forever and a Recipe!

Along with the new blog title and URL, I have also done a complete redesign - courtesy of the fantastic Terintino Shop on Etsy. A simple, classic design that I am excited to enjoy for a long time to come! And it is a bit more streamlined for those of you looking for specific posts - whether it’s on something related to the home, the kitchen or the classroom, you can find it faster by going through the pages at the top.

Also, you will find that I’ve updated my social media as well! My Twitter and Instagram now both share the blog URL name as well - saralevineblog. You won’t have to do anything to follow these instead of the old ones, it will automatically update in your Twitter and Insta feeds. If you want to keep up with blog posts on Facebook, and you don’t already, you can follow the Facebook page at Sara Levine Blog to stay up to date with blog posts each week!

I am so excited about these changes and thrilled to share some exciting life changes with you in the upcoming weeks! I hope you like the new design as much as I do and that you're looking forward to a new season of blogging from me!

Progress > Perfection

Progress > Perfection

A lot of changes happening on the blog right now, and you will likely see a blog in transition over the past few and next few days as everything gets settled. Please excuse any issues and e-mail me if you have any questions!

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

A new year, a new reading challenge! This year, I'm challenging myself to read at least 75 books again! In 2015, I read 76 books - largely in part because I read so much during our marathon snowy winter and days off from school last year. I do know that it may take some extra work, but I think that I can achieve this challenge.


To make things a little bit more interesting, I am giving myself a bit of an extra challenge - to only read books that as of January 1, 2016 are on my Goodreads To Read list or sitting in the large pile next to my bed or already purchased on Audible (with exceptions for book club picks!). This list is comprised of over 226 books and so I will have lots to choose from! I am hoping to start with the basket and the (not so neat and organized) piles of books next to my bed, before moving on from those.


This is the list of the books pictured above...

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Family Pictures by Jane Green
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Her by Harriet Lane
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
The History of Venezuela by H. Michael Tarver and Julia C. Frederick
The Country Under My Skin by Gioconda Belli
Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution by Hugo Chavez and Marta Harnecker
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Native Son by Richard Wright
Walking Dead Compendium 2 by Robert Kirkland
Walking Dead Compendium 3 by Robert Kirkland
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
The New New Deal by Michael Grunwald
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Z by Therese Anne Fowler
Is There Tomorrow? by Caroline Leavitt
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Son by Lois Lowry
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kieran
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
The Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

And, finally, my already purchased books on Audible...

 
I am currently already reading All Fall Down, The People of the Book and The Notorious RBG and as soon as I'm done with them, I am excited to start reading A Little Life! I've heard incredible things about A Little Life and I am so excited to dive into it! I am also excited to finish listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe - which I will hopefully finish this week! 

Have you read any of these books? What were your favorites? Are you taking on any reading challenges for 2016?

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