Month in Review: February 2016 | Changes

Monday, February 29, 2016

Good evening, blogger friends! Happy leap day.

I hope your February went well and you made new, fun discoveries. With the close of each month I think I find myself feeling a bit... overwhelmed at how swiftly life is travelling past. But it can also be a great opportunity to look at the next month as a "blank canvas" if you will and start a new month with new possibilities.

Another month’s close means another “month in review” here on the blog.

Welcome to Finding Wonderland (because that's where all good stories begin!). 
…..Happenings from February 2016….. 

1. Blog Changes: Some of you may have noticed there's been some awkward and messy changes going on over here on the blog. My apologies for all the "dust." I've been working hard to get things in a more permanent fix and have settled (finally) on some things. Part of the reason the blog is undergoing so many changes is because, while I really liked my last template, the darn thing coded more like Wordpress which made it really difficult to edit blog posts in "compose." I was constantly having to use HTML, and we bloggers know that's way more time consuming. *sigh* I still have some tweaks I'd like to make to this template, but for now, it's better.

Until then, don't be surprised if your FeedBurner emails (if you're a part of the blog's mailing list) undergoes a few more changes, or tweaks. Or if the blog itself encounters a few more slight changes. Here are some of those changes.
+ I'm adding more review archive pages. The main of which will be a page exclusive to the Hallmark reviews amassed so far and also, period drama productions sorted (kind of) by era.
+ I'm slowly working my way through some re-editing of older blog posts. It's a long process but I'm also taking it seriously because I'd like for things to be more uniform around here, and some of my old prose/post appearance doesn't jive with where I am now, at least stylistically.

Until then, please excuse the mistakes, flaws and changes.
2. Giveaway: You can currently enter the blog giveaway for a chance to win Dani Pettrey's Cold Shot. (Ps; it's a fabulous read!)

3. INSPY Judging Applications: Tomorrow's the day. We're asking for YOUR help and looking to success in the next step of our INSPY Awards timeline. We're so grateful for everyone's continued support and help with this program.
We'd like to invite any interested bloggers to apply to potentially be a 2016 judge. Find the application on

4. Cupig: I'd be remiss if I didn't share one of the purchases my mother and I made this past month. While out shopping, we spotted this adorable Hallmark item, named Cupig. It was a Valentine's Day promotion and after watching the little cutie do her song and dance, we brought her home. She's still making us smile.

…..Favorite Blog Posts…..
(Blog posts that, while not necessarily the most popular, these were fun to write) 

1. Downton Abbey, Series Six: one of THE best seasons yet. It's a farewell done well.
2. Grease: Live! (2016): because who doesn't enjoy blogging about a live TV production?
3. Memorable TV Ships | 2016 Edition: any chance to gush about favorite TV romances is a must.
4. Sherlock, The Abominable Bride (2016): anything Sherlock and I'm so there!
5. Top Ten Tuesday | Fiction Crushes: royal princes? Cute guys? Sea-faring captains? Yes, please!

…..Monthly Popular Posts (February 2016)…..

1.  Appetite for Love (2016)

…..Popular Posts the Week of February 22nd - 29th …..
.......February 2016 Books Completed.......

This was one of my better (in recent months) reading months. Hopefully March will see this momentum continue. (Especially since I'll need it with the INSPYs!)


Currently reading: Siren's Song by Mary Weber

…..Around the Interwebs….. 
Silver Petticoat: As is the norm, I enjoyed a fun month of writing and contributing reviews and articles over on the amazing webzine, Silver Petticoat review. Below are the things I added to their archives.
+ The Meet Cute: 10 Memorable First Meetings in Film (had lots of fun with this one!)


+ Anything For Love
+ David Copperfield (Hallmark Entertainment)
+ Romeo and Juliet (2013)
+ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
+ Seventh Son

TV Recaps

+ When Calls the Heart Season Three: A Time to Speak Recap – A Second Chance

+ Downton Abbey Season Six: Episode Eight Recap – A Tale of Two Sisters
+ Downton Abbey Series Six: Episode Seven Recap – A Fiery Day at the Races
+ Downton Abbey Season Six: Episode Six Recap – Crawley Family, Tour Guides?

If you're curious to see what else I've reviewed or written about over on Silver Petticoat, you can see my archived articles on the Silver Petticoat page of this blog.
That is #FindingWonderland Blog's Month in Review.
What new discoveries or favorite finds did you discover?
Let me know all of your favorites. And watch for a new Top Ten Tuesday later.


  1. Happy leap day! Wow, you read a ton of books this month! Unfortunately, this was one of my slow months reading-wise. :( I'm also currently reading Siren's Song...already love. Again, loving the blog changes! Simply gorgeous. :)

    1. I'm trying to ENJOY the number of books I did read, Bekah because I'm not likely to see that again anytime soon. I'm such a slow reader. ;) In the meantime, I'm glad I read THAT many and confess, I'm a little bit happier than I need to be.

      Yay for Siren's Song. I'm reading that one now too. It's interesting and unique and all that awesomeness thus far. :)

      Thanks so much. I had fun with these changes! :)

  2. Love the new look, Rissi!! It's gorgeous :)

    1. Hi Kara! Thanks so much. The new look was long overdue. :)

  3. Loving the look of the blog! And the title is so magical. Wishing you well on more blog designing!

    1. Thanks so much, Miranda. I'll need luck trying to finish the rest of these blog tweaks; I really appreciate that. :)

  4. The new look is fabulous! Love the new name as well. But this doesn't surprise me, all your ideas and plans are always awesome! (And cupig is adorable. :)

    1. Aw, thanks, Kara. It was a sort of spur-of-the-moment decision, but I was a bit restless, and frustrated with the template situation, so in the end, I think a change was good. :)

      Isn't Cupig adorbs?! We're still laughing. :)

  5. Nice new name and look!

    1. Hi Ganise!!! Thank you so much. It was time for a change. :)

  6. Just have to say that, while I loved the old blog name, I love the new one, too. Looking forward to more posts in "Wonderland." ;-)

    1. Thanks so much, Grace! I REALLY appreciate the feedback; when I make a change such as this, I'm always nervous. :)


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