Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Current Obsession // Circa Products

I decided today that I wanted to share with you my current obsession with Circa products.  I currently have three, but have two more winging their way to me as we speak.

I  use their junior sized Master Agenda to control my life, blogging schedule and more.  I use a junior size for my Somewhere Over Yonder blogging book, a Letter sized for, and will be using the new letter sized books for a new business idea (bunny based) and for a course I'm taking.

I love the fact that you can take pages out and add them do easily.  Also, I can put pages from a junior sized notebook into a letter sized with no problem -- no matter the size, the "holes" are the same width apart.  It makes it so convenient to write notes to myself at work and them transfer them into the correct book when I get home.  With the punch I bought, I can also punch any paper and add it to my book.  I did that with a pretty photo I found in a magazine to fancy up my agenda.

If you're interested in getting some Circa notebooks of your own, I definitely recommend getting the Circa Simply Irresistible Sampling Kit.  It's a bit expensive at $40, but you get a letter sized and junior sized notebook, PLUS you get a $40 gift card to buy more Circa products .... like a paper punch or their awesome Master Agenda.  It is certainly worth the price if you plan on investing in Circa.
I am not getting paid to review, nor did I receive any free products from Levenger.  I just love the Circa products and want to share that love with the world.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sharing is Caring // Hannah Gale

For this weeks Sharing is Caring, I want to introduce you all to Hannah Gale of ... well, Hannah Gale.  Hannah is a mid-20s blogger out of England.  She writes about life and fashion and about a little bit of everything.

I enjoy looking at her fashion pictures and photo tours of London and other British cities.  She has a good eye for what looks good.

She also seems like the kind of person that you'd (or I'd) like to be friends with IRL.  That's a huge thing for me reading blogs.  Do I want to be friends with them?  Yes? Well, sign me up.
I love how real and open Hannah gets in her posts.  She opens up about past struggles, with how lonely she is after a recent move, how she feels about her weight.  I find her extremely relatable.  She is going through some of the same things I'm going through or have in the past. 
Where Else You Can Find Her :  Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

Friday, March 27, 2015

8 ways to create more joy in your life

Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your own actions.  - Dalai Lama

Serve Others / Volunteer //  There is nothing quite like helping others to give you the warm fuzzies.  Go to the pound and walk some puppies.  Help serve at a soup kitchen.
Forgive //  Forgiving others will bring you a sense of peace.  That's not to say you need to let destructive people back into your life, you just need to let go of the hurt and anger you are holding.
Be Happy NOW, Not When You ______________ //  Everyone has done this little dance - I'll be happy when I lose weight, or get that job, or move, or, or, or.  Yes, you may want those things, but you deserve to be happy NOW.  As you are.
Play //  Laugh.  Be Silly.  Throw a solo dance party.
Send A Love Letter //  This doesn't have to be a romantic love letter.  This can be to a friend, to a family member, to a mentor.  Let someone know how much you appreciate them in your life.
Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone // There is nothing like trying something new and learning to master it to bring you loads of joy.  
Own Your Sadness //  As counter productive as this might seem, sometimes you need to just ride your sadness out to the other side to get it out.  If you try to keep your emotions bruried, it's hard to feel joy.
Enjoy The Journey //  Be happy where you are - right now - in your life.  Maybe you have a job you don't love, but it gets you the money to have adventures.  Maybe you live in a city you hate, but it helps you really figure out what you want in life.  Maybe your relationship is breaking, but it was making you miserable anyway.  I firmly believe that good can come out of any negative situation, you may just have a wait a little to figure it out.  That is one of the good things about life - everything happens for a reason, even if you don't know what that reason is.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

celebrate spring

Although it is *officially* spring, I think we may have a little ways to go here in Northern Maine before the snow goes away.
If you’re like me and cling to the fact that nice weather is on the way (even if you can’t see it), here are some ways to celebrate the start of spring and get you in the mood for that warmer weather.
  • Start Your Plants
  • Buy some flowers for your house – bonus points if they are an early blooming flower like daffodils (my personal fav)
  • Open the windows and let in some fresh air – if it’s super cold, make sure you only do it for a few minutes… I don’t want you to freeze your buns
  • Get outside – if it’s nice, go for a hike.  If there’s still snow, embrace it and go cross country skiing.  Getting outside will also help you notice all those tell-tale signs that spring is starting to appear.
And for the more adventurous and/or warmer climated folk – Go camping.  Perhaps even making it your first camping trip of the season.  I won’t be because I don’t do winter camping, but I am considering a bonfire with s’mores.
** How do you celebrate Spring? **

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sharing is caring // scotland instagrams

With my current Scotland trip planning and obsession, I wanted to share a few of the Instagram accounts that I am following to help get me in the mood.
This is the official Instagram account of Scotland's National Tourism Organization.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

on my shelf // half-life book review

Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she's gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.

Goodreads   //   Amazon  //  B&N  //  Leap  

Author Bio:  Tina Ferraro been writing since she learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national magazines before turning to novels. She is the author of three Random House novels, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, How to Hook a Hottie and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, which have received distinctions such as the ABA Book Sense Award and two RITA nominations.
Her fourth YA, The Starter Boyfriend, has spent time on Amazon’s Top 100 Lists. She lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband, two cats and whichever of their three young adult children is in town. When not writing, she enjoys playing Facebook Scrabble, swimming, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood.
Twitter  //  Facebook  //  Website  
My Review // I thought that this book was well written and ... cute.  I felt like it could have been longer, maybe explored a little more in depth.  Everything was wrapped up quickly and neatly and that didn't feel super realistic.  I felt like the main character, Trisha, was very relatable.  She came across as a typical teenage girl.
All in all, it was an enjoyable, easy, quick read.

Disclaimer :  I received a copy of this book for an honest review as part of the book's blog tour.  I was not paid to review, nor was I told to give an positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, March 16, 2015

sharing is caring // Rad Girls Collective

For this week's Sharing is Caring a picked a relatively new blog that I love - Rad Girls Collective. 
About Rad Girls Collective
We are a community of female adventurers based in Victoria, BC.

We are event hosts, content creators & messengers of rad.

As a collective, we aim to celebrate, inspire, and empower women to jump off the beaten path and forge a new route.

-- via Rad Girls Collective
Rad Girls Collective is a space where I go to get inspired for my outdoor adventures - especially the beautiful photos on their Instagram feed. 
A photo posted by Rad Girls Collective (@radgirlscollective) on


You can find the Rad Girls Collective on their Website  and  Instagram

Friday, March 13, 2015

the week in five // 03.13.2015

**     I unfortunately spent from Sunday at 9pm to Monday at 4:30pm with C in the ER / Hospital.  He's doing okayish at the moment, but I worry about him now. 

**    45 degrees on Tuesday!!  Spring may finally be here!!

**     GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE IN!!!!!!  It's the most wonderful time of the year

**     My bunnies have been fighting lately.  Well, the girls anyway.  Something happened and now every time Daisy even spots Trixie, she runs at her and tries to rip her face off. Hopefully they calm themselves soon.
**     I am loving this Uptown Funk remake video.  So awesome!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

the meaning behind the name

I’ve gotten asked a few times about where/how I came up the name for this here blog – Somewhere Over Yonder.
Whenever an ex and I would go adventuring (which was a TON, it’s basically all we ever did) and one of us would ask where something was or where we were headed, the answer was always, inevitably, “somewhere over yonder” or just “yonder”.  It was our thing.  One day, I even looked up towns called Yonder on the map, so that one day, maybe, we could go.  I found a few but we ended before a trip to Yonder ever happened.  
For me, the name invokes the feelings of adventure and excitement that I want to remember to bring to my everyday life.  It makes me remember all the adventures (with and without the ex) that I’ve had and to keep in mind that even if I feel like I am in a slump right now, life was, and is, pretty freaking cool.
I hope one day to finally make it to Yonder and think back fondly on all the adventures I’ve had getting there.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

bucket list

There are so many things in life I want to do and I LOVE crossing things off a list : thus my love of a life or bucket list was born.  This list is a living document.  Goals will change as my wants and life changes.  That's the great thing about a life list - it's all about you. Your needs, your wants, your rules.

Visit all National Parks
Create a passive income stream
Run a 5k
Rock climb
Re-do a VW Camper Van or pull behind camper
Help build a Habitat for Humanity House
Go to NOLA
Read and watch all Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books / movies
Learn to snowboard
Go on a ghost hunt
Sing in a karaoke bar
Shoot a gun
Shoot a bow and arrow
Go zip lining
Get a tattoo
See Mt. Everest (get to the Everest Base Camp?)
Host a scavenger hunt (Big Bang Theory style)
Throw a murder mystery party
Take a pilgrimage
Buy a house
Write a letter to my future self
Go white water rafting
Do a polar bear swim
Go to San Diego Comic Con
Sponsor a child
Max out my Roth IRA 5 years in a row
Save $10,000
Mentor a high school student
Meet someone who inspires me
Hike the Inca Trail
Go geo caching
Read and watch all the Harry Potter books / movies 
Some goals may be silly or small, but all mean something to me.  And really, that's the point of creating a bucket list - to do things that make your insides happy.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

sharing is caring // 03.09.2015

Did everyone (well, US everyones – I think we’re the only losers who do this) remember to “spring forward”?  Doesn’t losing that hour just seem like the biggest crock of shit ever?  It takes me a full week to recover from the one slight change.  But I digress …..
Onto Sharing is Caring – This week I wanted to share one of my fav new-to-me bloggers, Lou from Whiskey & Pancakes.

Welcome to the ramblings of a Scottish seaside dweller. Mostly in love with... gin | whisky | cake | adventuring | pickled onions | O | frothy coffee | photography | stargazing | constant candle burning | cheese | pyjamas | mug collecting
    -- via Whiskey & Pancakes
Although I have only been following her about a month or so, Lou is one of my can’t-miss reads.  I get so excited when she pops up in my Bloglovin’ feed.  I’m not 100% sure how I ran across her blog (maybe one of those “you may like” emails from Bloglovin’), but I am SO glad I did.
I love that I can travel Scotland vicariously through her… and her photos are GORGEOUS.  She comes across in her writing as a super fun and down to earth.  The kind of person that you’d like to be friends with in real life.  Plus, she lists cheese as one of the things she’s in love with in her “about” blurb – girl after my own heart.

You can find Lou here : Instagram //  Facebook  //  Twitter  //  Pinterest  //  Bloglovin’
But seriously – her photos?  Amazing!!

All photos are from Lou’s blog (Whiskey & Pancakes) or her Instagram account (@weezyduffy).

Friday, March 6, 2015

this week in five // 03.06.15

**     On Sunday, my brother and I both watched The Music Man on Turner Classic Movies.  We Facebooked (is that a word?) quotes back and forth since we're not in the same area.  Yup - we're dorks
**     C and I took a trip to Mass and Vermont to get him a new car.  We spent most of the time driving and it wasn't a ton of fun for me, but I did get to see the beauty of Vermont and finish a really good book.
**     I have finally started to listen to Serial --- why have I resisted podcasts this long?!? Seriously, Serial is awesome!  Check it out!  Also, I started listening to After Buzz TV's Walking Dead podcast, which is pretty cool too.
**     Thanks to that Sprint commercial, I can't get this narwhal song out of my head.  Bastards!
**     I am SUPER stoked about a new website / project idea I came up with this past week.  Oh my god - super excited!!  It's still in the baby phase right now, so no info, but rest assured, it's awesome and will hopefully be starting the building phase soon.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

a maine winter

This winter has been exceptionally tough.  Okay, I’m not sure we really got any more snow over the whole winter as other years, but all the snow seemed to happen in a bunch of storms in a three week period – which blows…. A lot.
Here is what winter in Northern Maine looks like --
all photos except the first one of the police cruiser are my own.  the police cruiser photo came from the maine state police headquarters facebook page.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

on my shelf // march 2015

IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

I have to admit, I have a *slight* obsession with true crime stories and this one has been on my "to read list for a long time.  I recently found a copy for $1.00 at my local used book store and knew it was finally time.
I have mixed feelings about In Cold Blood.  Parts of it moved along at a good pace and others were slower.  Too slow in my opinion.  I did like how it went over what the victims and killers were up to in the days leading up to the murders.
All in all, if you are true crime lover like me, definitely pick it up to round out your reading.  If not, I would probably leave this one on the shelf
2.5 out of 5
DARK PLACES by Gillian Flynn
I loved this book!  If you like creepy mysteries - this is a good book for you.  This is the first Gillian Flynn novel I've read and I'm super impressed.
Without giving away the plot, there were enough twists to keep me guessing and on the edge of my seat.  None of the characters came off as super likeable (at least to me), but it was done is such a way that didn't bug me.  I felt like it actually added to the overall story. 
I read this in the car over a weekend.  Every time we went to do something, I couldn't wait to get back to the car to keep reading.
5 out of 5  
Next up for Reading :  *Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn     *Yes Please by Amy Poehler     *N. by Stephen King (this one is a graphic novel)  *America's National Parks by John Muir

Monday, March 2, 2015

sharing is caring // 03.02.2015

Yay for the first week of “Sharing is Caring” – where I am going to introduce you to all the people and places of the internet that I love to read / look at on a daily basis.  I am going to be sharing a blogger, instagrammer, or website that I just can’t get enough of.  
First up is a blogger that I’ve followed …. well, ever since I started following bloggers.  So a few years now at least.

I’m Kam and Campfire Chic is my story as a crafty micro-adventurer. The posts I share encourage readers to take risks and try new things, like camping, rock climbing, and yoga. Campfire Chic is about accepting challenges, setting achievable goals, and documenting the journey along the way.
One thing I love about Kam is that her writing is so accessible.  When she talks (…writes) about her adventures, you feel like they are something you could do, even if you’ve never hiked, rock climbed or done yoga in your life.  And, she does all of this while holding a full time office job.   
A few of my favorite posts are :  On Microadventures – Take Charge of Your 5-to-9 Life          San Diego Comic Con 2013               Kam and Amy Go To Yosemite National Park
She also has one of the same life goals I do – visiting all of the National Parks.
Along with Amy from Lemon & Raspberry (another of my favs) she has created an awesome (and easy) way to document your life – 30 Days of List.  If you want to add more journaling to your memory keeping or if you just want a fun way to documents what’s happening in your life, this is for you.
You can follow Kam’s adventures here : Blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
All photos in this post are from or Kam’s Instagram