I’ve loved to read books and magazines for as long as I can remember. All of my aunts read to us when we were little, my parents read to us and my grandparents read to us too. We started out with Dr. Seuss then graduated to Nancy Drew, which was followed by the Sweet Valley Twins series. They were all so good. I can remember stealing moments to read in between chores. Growing up, we weren’t allowed to watch a lot of TV so when we weren’t studying, playing games or racing to dance, cheerleading and gymnastics practice my nose was usually firmly planted in the pages of a good book.
I can’t remember when I let myself get so busy that I stopped reading books on a regular basis but a few months ago I decided that I really missed it. I missed just giving myself permission to take an hour out of my day to read. To intentionally get lost in the pages and have nothing else clamoring for my attention save for the words right in front of me. To be fully immersed in the moment. It doesn’t sound like much…an hour a day…but sometimes an hour is hard to find.
While we were in the mountains over the holidays I decided I was going to give myself the gift of carving out intentional time in my schedule each week to enjoy books again. This is also the same time I realized we were all reading similar books on Instagram and the monthly series, What’s on my Nightstand was born. This month the book, The Year of Cozy is on my nightstand and it’s so good.
The author Adrianna Adarme is the creator of the uber popular blog, A Cozy Kitchen. The Year of Cozy is filled with 125 recipes, crafts and other homemade adventures you won’t want to miss. The contents are divided by seasons and each season is broken down into months. During each month you’re encouraged to
The activities range from foraging to making ice cream to putting up a gallery wall. The photographs are so inviting, it makes you want to curl up and read the entire book in one sitting. But there’s something about this book that makes you want to savor each page.
To linger a little bit longer on a quiet Saturday.
To curl up with your old typewriter and write a note to a good friend.
To appreciate how your quilted plaid blanket kept you warm during movie night.
Sure, The Year of Cozy is totally on board with organizing your pantry and starting a good habit but it also makes packing a healthy lunch, going for a bike ride or hosting an impromptu dinner party seems like a lost art. Sometimes, I feel like that too but it doesn’t have to be lost at all. I want this to be the year that we’re intentional about our goals and dreams and priorities. About snuggles and rest and grace. Who’s with me?
This book would make a great Valentine’s Day gift or birthday gift too, just saying.
See you guys back here tomorrow. Joann’s had fabric on sale and I’m sharing 4 different no sew ideas!