Monday, May 26, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 :: Introduction

Hello! Greetings to those of you visiting from Armchair BEA!!!

My poor little blog has been sadly ignored for awhile and the main two reasons why are the two little darling girls in my photo above. I'm hoping this that Armchair BEA will be the reason my blog is no longer ignored though. After becoming a mommy, I feel like I've been stuck in "fog" lately. Kind of like I've been on survival mode, just trying to keep my head above water. Lately though, I'm finally feeling inspired again and I'm ready to breathe new life into my blog. I hope you will stick around to see what's to come.

I'm happy to be helping out with Armchair BEA again this year as their Social Media Coordinator. I'll be moderating TONIGHT's Twitter Party at 4pm PST (7pm EST). I hope you will follow @ArmchairBEA and #ArmchairBEA for lots of fun and giveaways tonight!

Without further ado, here are my answers to the introduction questions:

1) Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

My name is Jasmine. (I go by Jasmine Marie on social media.) I'm a full-time elementary school teacher and part-time wedding/portrait photographer. I love reading, board games, traveling in search of good eats and cozy bookstores, doing Project Life and scrapbooking, and binging on shows via Netflix. I'm blogging from sunny San Diego, CA. 

I've been blogging for a long time now. Anyone remember Xanga? However, I started this particular blog in 2011. I got into blogging originally to have some kind of place I could journal and just write out things that were on my mind. "The bookish mama" though came out of the desire to just talk about books and to network with other book bloggers. Armchair BEA has been a huge part of that and I'm very thankful to have found so many great book bloggers to network with. 

2) Describe my blog in one sentence. 

I have a new vision for my blog for 2014 and I hope this will be a place where I can talk about books, crafts, teaching, and mommy-related things.

Connect with me via social media at:

3) Favorite genres

I love to read mostly middle-grade kid-lit, women's fiction (chick-lit), historical fiction (especially regency romance), and Christian fiction.

As an elementary school teacher, I love reading middle-grade fiction. Maybe it's because I'll always be a kid at heart, but it's also so I can connect with my students as readers to instill the love of reading within their hearts. Plus, the more middle-grade I read, the better I am at recommending specific books to my students during reading conferences.

4) A book that I would love to see as a movie...

One of my favorite books from last year (and probably from all time) is Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck. See my blog post here. I would love to see this Kate Middleton-like story come to life on the big screen!

5) Favorite bloggers

Oh man, I have too many. I am a little bit addicted to my Feedly and love catching up on my blogs at the end of a long day. Here are just a FEW of my favorites:

Book blogs:

Crafty blogs:
I am looking forward to this week and getting to know more of you through Armchair BEA! 


  1. Just found you through Armchair BEA, hi! Totally agree with you on the reading, board games and travelling in search of good eats and cozy bookstores - sounds like all the things I love most! And I totally understand the whole blog going by the wayside because of gorgeous kids! My little man is 19 months and the next one is due in the next few weeks & some days I'm absolutely not sure we're all going to be alive by the end :-p We've made it through so far though and have enjoyed some amazing experiences so far! I'm also a crafter and love craft blogs!

    1. Love that we have so much in common! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Hi Jasmine, nice to meet you! I definitely remember Xanga, but I treated my xanga more like some angsty teen diary than a blog. This is my first year participating in Armchair BEA, hope to see you around in other posts and twitter chats!

    1. I'm embarrassed to see what I used to write on Xanga, for sure. I'm kind of glad that they are no longer online!

  3. So glad I discovered your blog during Armchair BEA! I taught middle school English for two years and I also worked with 3rd-5th grade. I agree with you about how reading a lot of middle grade fiction helps you to make good recommendations for your students. I adore this genre and think it's so important--and there is so much excellent literature out there for the middle grade level. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!


  4. Lovely family photo! It's great meeting you!


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