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October Monthly News

Welcome to the October edition of monthly news!
My life is chaotic at the moment.
No kids at home, and my mom has moved out.
Empty-nesting is my life, and so is downsizing.
Yup. Trying to find a place nowadays is harder than it used to be. It's either not what we like, too overpriced, or just in the worst place of the city.
The housing market sky-rocketed and mixed with rising hydro rates... I wanna scream!
But I digress. This is life. Welcome to adulting. 
So, you may see less in the next couple of months. I will still be here, but with moving and working outside the home now, it will be a little less. Maybe.
Tell me what has happened in your world lately... 
Happy Halloween, everyone!

Yearly Total: 71 Books, 5 Products & 13 Movies


Book of the Month:



Book of the Year:



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1. SwagBucks (earn gift cards)
2. GiftHulk (earn gift cards & paypal cash)
3. Unique Rewards (earn paypal cash)
4. Honest Insite (earn cash)
5. LinkVehicle (sponsored posts & ad affiliates)
6. SuperPoints (earn gift cards)
7. TapInfluence (sponsored content for bloggers)
8. SocialSpark (sponsored content for bloggers & advertisers)
9. Izea (soponsored content for bloggers)
10. Buzzoole (connecting brands and bloggers)
COMPLETED READING CHALLENGES:
  1. 2016 Women Challenge (completed in April)
  2. What's In A Name 2016 (completed in August)
  3. 2016 EBook Reading Challenge (completed in August)


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Comments

  1. My son Anthony and I are downsizing. We're going from a 2200+ sq. ft. to a house that is a little over 700 sq. ft. I hope your move isn't very stressful.

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    1. Thank you!
      Wishing you and your son the best in this new journey you two are taking as well. (((HUGS)))

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  2. I haven't read any of the books you mentioned. I'll have to take a look and see if they're something I want to read. Happy November!

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  3. great month. good luck for house hunting, I just started one myself, running in the same issues, lol. Emma

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  4. The housing markets seem to have sky rocketed in so many places. Almost makes it impossible. All the best with house hunting. And enjoy Nov reading - come what may!

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  5. Yikes, good luck with the moving and downsizing, Freda! Make sure there's still plenty of room for books ;)

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    1. Thank you! Y'know books get top priority! :-)

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  6. Looks like it was a good month! And you sure have a lot on your plate! Good luck with moving, and finding the perfect place!

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  7. Best of success as you look for a new place. Looking forward to The Kept Woman.

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  8. Great month you had! Thanks for recommending the cash websites!

    Here’s my October Monthly Wrap Up!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  9. Adulting can suck, but fingers crossed everything goes smoothly for you! I loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie, but didn't realise it was a book. Glad to hear you recommend reading it!

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    1. Thank you!
      I do hope you will read the book!

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  10. Wishing you the best as you downsize! We aren't quite there yet, though we do have much organizing and prioritizing to do.

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  11. Both the Book of the Month and Book of the Year sound very good! I will look into them more.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  12. At first I was all--kids AND mom moving out? Sounds like relaxation, not stress! But then I realized it entails moving, and that is always a headache for sure. It's a good things books are a great escape!

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