Review: Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

Mystic Summer
by Hannah McKinnon

A chance run-in with a college boyfriend puts a young woman’s picture-perfect life in perspective in this warm-hearted and lyrical novel—from the author of The Lake Season.

Since finishing graduate school, Maggie Griffin has worked hard to build an enviable life in Boston. She’s an elementary school teacher in a tony Boston suburb, a devoted sister, and a loving aunt. With her childhood best friend’s wedding quickly approaching and her own relationship blossoming, this is the summer she has been waiting for.

But when Maggie’s career is suddenly in jeopardy, her life begins to unravel. Stricken, Maggie returns home to seaside Mystic, Connecticut, where she expects to find comfort in family and familiarity. Instead, she runs into Cameron Wilder, a young man from her past who has also returned home, and whose life has taken a turn that puts Maggie’s city struggles in harsh perspective. When tragedy strikes for Cameron, Maggie is faced with big decisions as she weighs what matters most and strives to stay true to the person she’s become.

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FitTALK: Motivation

FitTALK: Motivation

Laddddies! It is SUMMER! Like, the height of summer!  You know what that means! BBQs, camping trips, vacations, mountain/lake/beach excursions it is the season of the swimsuit! AND the sundress! And at least for me, that means I want to up my workout and healthy eating game, and look good!  BUT, it is not just about the Summer Season it is about feeling good, no matter what time of year it is! Today I wanted to talk to you a bit about something that we all struggle with from time to time.. This is FitTalk: Motivation!

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Summer Must Haves: The 2016 Edition

Summer Must Haves

This is one of my favorite type of posts to do! Last year I did a “What’s in My Beach Bag” but this year I’m switching it up and doing a SUMMER MUST HAVES post! This will go across all different types of fields, from books to beauty to fitness, fashion and food!  It’s gonna be FUN! Let’s get to it!

 

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FitBITES: Quinoa Turkey Burrito Bowls

We are all coming off a holiday weekend, maybe we indulged a bit too much! It’s time to add a meal to our dinner menu we can feel good about! Let’s get this delicious and HEALTHY dinner on the table! Of course, use only a little cheese 😉

FitBITES: Quinoa Turkey Burrito Bowls

FitBITES: Quinoa Turkey Burrito Bowls

Is there ANYTHING better than a delicious meal?  YES! There’s a healthy delicious meal that’s ready in under thirty minutes! These healthified and #tiuapproved burrito bowls are AMAZING, quick and easy!  Today I’m sharing with you the secret to making better TACO TUESDAY choices, and it starts with these FitBITES Quinoa Turkey Burrito Bowls!

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Organization Favorites: The 2016 Edition [+discounts & giveaway]

The past year and a half, I’ve done quite a few posts on products I love to use for organization, whether it be meal planning, or life planning, I’ve gone through many products, and found some I LOVE!  This year, of course was no exception!

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The One Thriller You Need to Read This Year

ALL THE MISSING GIRLS

All the Missing Girls
by Megan Miranda

Release Date: June 28th, 2016

Thank you, Simon Audio + Simon & Schuster

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

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From Miss to Mrs.

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So.. its been a while, yes?  Do you even remember me? Let’s hope so!  I promise to be here a LOT more now! Because I have some time on my hands.  Because why? Well, let me tell ya! One HUGE thing has changed since the last time I posted, I bet you all know what it is… I’ve gone From Miss to Mrs.. aka…

I’m MARRIED!

I posted a few months back about wedding stress and planning and how to move past it all, which was all true, and you got to hear how stressful it can truly be. But I have to say, every once of stress, every misstep, every tiny issue, it was ALL worth it.

Jon and I had the most perfect day imaginable. We still sit back and think “I want to go back to our wedding day.”  The entire day was so perfect for us.  And it was more whimsical and more captivating than my “dream wedding” vision.  It was representative of me, Jon, our style, and our love, and it was the most wonderful day of our lives.

Each detail was so elegantly handled [my mother is a TRUE saint and had my vision at the forefront in helping me].  All in all, the day was unbelievably magical, and at the heart of it all, I got to marry the person I love more than life itself.  So, let’s get down to it shall we?

What good is this post without pictures, AMIRIGHT? 

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Audio Adventures: The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

audio adventures
Audio Adventures is a new type of review! It is specifically formatted for my Audiobook Reviews & it helps explain how I feel about all the main categories.

The Execution: The voices, narrations, and accents of the audiobook. How did they hold up? Were they inviting, did I hate them, anything about the voices will be found in this section.

The Excursion: The plot, the storyline, the adventure that was had. See how I felt about the premise of the book here!

The Evaluation: The round up! This includes my normal ratings, some wrap up comments, and a general consensus!

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The Dish: On Planning A Wedding and Having A Life

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The Dish: On Planning A Wedding and Having A Life

As many of you know, I am getting married in… t minus six weeks.  Jon and I had a relatively short engagement [since the trend seems to be taking people towards longer engagements].  Our total is 4 days less than 13 months.  It was a totally ample amount of time to plan a wedding, especially at the size we are having.  But let me tell ya… when its down to the last few months.  Shit gets real.  EVERYTHING piles up, and it’s all about the little things that you forgot about!

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A New Yorker With A Sweet Tooth

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ALEXA POSTA New Yorker with a Sweet Tooth

 

Hello everyone! Alexa from Alexa Loves Books here. If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know this very important fact about me: I love dessert. I have a serious sweet tooth, and I definitely like indulging it! I’m really lucky to live in New York, because when it comes to dessert, there are so many different ones within reach. While I haven’t tried all of the New York desserts that I would like to sample, here are five of my current favorites!

 

IMG_4752Chocolate chip walnut cookies from Levain Bakery

Whenever my friends and family come to visit, I make it a point to encourage them to pay a visit to Levain Bakery. Why? Because they have the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, even though there are technically walnuts in it and I shouldn’t be eating those because of my allergies. If you grab them fresh, they’re just the right level of chewy and sweet and warm. If you take them home, you can eat them straight out of the bag or heat them up to get the same effect. These are pretty large cookies so I usually share with someone else!

 

 

 


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Cereal Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream from Milk

I’m obsessed with this soft serve. It’s seriously a favorite for me, mostly because I’m a diehard cereal and milk girl and to have that incorporated into a dessert is perfection. I love the blend of crunchy and smooth, and it tastes like milk and cereal, and I find that the combination just so happens to be utterly delightful. My only complaint is that I wish they served it in a larger size so I could have more whenever I go and visit them. (They might be doing this by now, and maybe I just don’t know? Let me know if you know.)

 

 

 


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Macarons from Laduree

I do love macarons. They are the lightest of the desserts I’m mentioning here, which is both a terrific and terrible thing. Terrific, because I never feel like I’m overstuffed or that the sweetness is overdone. Terrible, because I can eat them one after another after another, if left to my own devices. While visiting Laduree only happens every so often for more because of the price point, the macarons are quite delicious! I’m always eager to have my favorites (usually the ones that are chocolate and vanilla flavored) and to try whatever new flavor they have whipped up.

 

 

Donuts from Doughdonut alexa

Notice how I didn’t pick a specific flavor of donut here. There’s a reason for that, and that’s because every donut I’ve tried from this place is quite delicious! I actually go out of my way to drop by the branch I’m closest to when I’m at work, and just have a donut, because donuts make everything better. I’ve tried quite a few of their flavors, and I’ve got to say – it’s usually a home run as long as there’s chocolate involved. Or just delicious donut dough, really. I love donuts.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5730Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity

Just like the cookies from Levain Bakery, I also consider this a staple for anyone playing tourists in my city. Yes, it’s definitely a tourist hotspot. Yes, it’s cheesy. And no, I don’t particularly love the rest of the menu more than I love any other place. But their frozen hot chocolate is delicious! It’s sweet and perfectly chilled, topped with copious amounts of whipped. It’s perfect for sharing. Or for drinking all on your own if you can’t stop yourself. I don’t have it as often as I used to, but I know that I can always rely on it to be amazing when I do go and get it.

 

 

 

I can’t believe I only listed five desserts in this post! There are so many more that I would love to talk about, and perhaps, if I’m so lucky, Cassie will invite me back next year and I can share more. Hope you enjoyed seeing all of my current favorite desserts! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or if you want to, or if there’s anything in New York that you’ve tried that you think I need to. Thanks for having me, Cassie! I’m about to go and hunt down something sweet to eat…