Date Archives February 2021

For the Road | Books, Home Decor, Bites, and the LBI Region

February was a heck of a month, lots of highs and lows. I’ve really stepped up some at work and gotten better at sticking to a decent workday schedule, which is really just all I do nowadays! Looking forward to March though, increasing my business marketing to reach a few new potential clients, possibly some big changes coming for the house, and looking to take on a cooking challenge, we’ll be celebrating Nowruz! It wasn’t something we ever went too wild celebrating, mostly due to picky eaters (ahem, Dad). But keep an eye out for the planned menu soon!

For the Bookshelf // Vanishing Half

Colorful cover of the Vanishing Half

I’ve been really enjoying reading Brit Bennett’s Vanishing Half. I’m more than three-quarters of the way through as of writing this, and it’s just an enjoyable read sharing the story of sisters across time, economics, and race. I would absolutely recommend it. Plus Vanishing Half has the most beautiful cover are, so it can pull double duty as a gorgeous piece on the bookshelf too!

For the Home // H&M Cotton Twill Laundry Bag

Being in a new home and starting completely from scratch on everything has been high effing stress, especially keeping the design on a budget. H&M Home fits exactly that, and it’s my newest obsession. I’ve got my eye on a few pieces and for the past few weeks, I’ve had my eye on this super cute laundry hamper. I’ve been in need of a new hamper for a while, and it’s just one of those little things that would go a long way to start refreshing the look of the bedroom. 

For the Locals // Union Market Open Indoors

Photo of Moira, the blogger at Moira The Explorer, with breakfast at the Union Market, a women run cafe in the LBI Region

Almost every week, C and I are on our way down to Tuckerton to hit the Union Market. Some would argue, it’s not so local, but it definitely qualifies as the LBI Region still. The Union Market is a small women-owned cafe at the Tuckerton Seaport that specializes in healthy food with vegan and allergen safe options and supports local artisans and Makers with products available to purchase. It is my favorite place to get chai, get lunch, or just sit to work in the whole of the LBI Region. Absolutely would recommend, favorite place in town. 

For the Plate // Tate’s Bake Shop Oatmeal Raisin

Is this really a meal on the plate? Heck no. Is it sometimes a meal anyways? I’m invoking my right to remain silent. These are my favorite desserts lately and I cannot get enough. The chocolate chip cookies are amazing too, but oatmeal raisin is the superior cookie.

The Rabbit Care Guides: How to Keep a Pet Rabbit

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Almost 3 years ago now, on an absolute whim, I pulled a tiny, cuddle bunny from a small pet shop and brought him home in small cardboard box. Back then, I was excited to have my cuddly carrot-eating little GusGus in his cute little cage. 

And then I learned more about rabbits. I learned a lot more. 

Young Moira, girl with banks and glasses holding baby Black and white Dutch bunny rabbit who inspired the Rabbit Care Guide in her arms and petting his nose.

I never realized how much I didn’t know about rabbits until after I had already gotten one. And that’s the case for so many other rabbit owners I know, some of whom unfortunately learned these things too late. 

Learning all the info has been difficult. So much of it comes from groups or forums online and contradict common sources of information people usually trust like chain pet stores, friends and family, or even some veterinarians. 

What is difficult about learning in these groups is actually sharing knowledge. Often the same common questions are asked, and it’s difficult repeating the same answers. Or worse, looking for new information and being unable to find any reputable or reliable sources.

This Guide

All of that inspired this series of posts, The Rabbit Care Guides. This will be a series of informative blog posts, each covering different topics in rabbit care and keeping. This includes things like proper nutrition, spaying and neutering, cage sizes, and more, and will feature information from veterinarians and rabbit care experts.

Black and white Dutch bunny rabbit who inspired the Rabbit Care Guide standing on his back legs and looking up into the camera

This post will serve as a table of contents for this series, continually being updated as new information is published. It is also the best place to ask any other questions about rabbit care that you may have. We can point you to a post that could help or write a post to answer your question. 

Who is the Rabbit Care Guide for?

The rabbit care guide is for anyone. Do you just love rabbits? It’s for you. Looking to get a pet? It’s for you too! New bunny owner? You too! Owned rabbits for years? Yep, it’s also for you. It’s never too late or too early to learn more about rabbits. 

Black and white Dutch bunny rabbit who inspired the Rabbit Care Guide hiding and peeking out of a paper bag

Animal care and keeping is always updating and growing. There are elements of rabbit care that we are learning about now that 5 years ago would never have crossed our minds. It’s important to continue to stay in the know for our pets, making sure we’re providing them with the best care possible, especially for rabbits, who can be a lot more at risk than other pets. 

If you want to write for the Rabbit Care Guides, contact me here

If you have a topic you want to see covered in the guides, comment below and let me know!

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Book Explorer Vol. 5 | Reading Addie LaRue

Not a bad reading start to the year! I was hoping to finish two books, but I only got halfway through my second book. Not too bad at all! I’ve started reading before bed more, which is much easier since most of my books are on my Nook. But I do want to try to incorporate it more during the day and on weekends too. I usually have the time, and I’m much better off getting some pages in instead of staring at Facebook for an hour, as though I don’t do enough of that for work!

Currently Reading

Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch (and absolutely loving it!)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Finished Reading

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab

2.5 / 5 Stars possible spoilers ahead!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was fine. It wasn’t a good book, but it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read. The book was long, like way too long. I read classic Russian literature for fun, and this was too long. The first two-thirds of Addie LaRue needed to be cut, or at least condensed. It took that long for a plot to vaguely appear. And even that was weak. It was supposed to be a dramatic love story, the titular Addie LaRue growing and learning to sacrifice herself for those who she loves (I think). In reality, it’s Addie LaRue being in two pretty crap relationships, and sacrificing her life to an abusive man for a mediocre man. It’s a love story that shares two deeply twisted and broken view of “love.” The overall concept is really interesting, the pacing in the last third is spot on, and the prose is truly some of the best I’ve read in a while. But the massively delayed arrival of the plot, the 2-D characters, and the anger-inducing crappy relationships ruin The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue for me.
I would be willing to check out another of VE Schwab’s books, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue to anyone.

Up Next

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Becoming by Michelle Obama

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