In my almost four years of transforming my health and fitness, I have gone through many things. I began with caloriecounting, and then swearing off all junk food, and not eating carbs. It did not take long for me to realize, NONE of that worked. In fact, it all made me feel terrible, and sometimes just defeated and sad most days. So let me say this..
So this post has been on my mind and heart for a long time now. But to say the least, it has been a busy few months. I have been posting over on my personal and now business instagram about this venture for a little while now, but its time to explain why I chose to do it, and why now.
This is an all new feature that I am up to my EARS in excitement about! Obviously, this is not my OWN creative idea [though I wish it were!] Blind Date with A Book has been featured at libraries and bookstores across the United States! Upon listening to What Should I Read Next [Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s podcast] I was reminded of this great idea, and decided to bring it to life in blog post format!
So here’s how this will work! I will bring you THREE selections, each with four descriptive words and when you CLICK the image it will bring you to the Goodread/Amazon/Audible link to see if you like what you’ve chosen! Granted, with this idea in blog post format, you’re not locked into anything, but I assure you, I have rated NONE of these books less than four stars, so they all come highly recommended by me! Continue reading →
As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all.
She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.
Hey all! I feel its been WAY too long since I did a Top Ten Tuesday Post! I am super excited about this audio based post though, and I am bringing you the top TWELVE audiobooks to make your work day go by super fast!
On my way home the other night, I found my mind wandering [as per usual], and I was thinking about how much I’ve learned about myself from blogging. But broader and more important than that, I was thinking about all the bloggers I know, admire, and have connected with in the past 4.5 years. I think we all have some very distinct qualities because we are bloggers. Maybe we had them before, and channeled them more with blogging, or maybe blogging really showcased these things for the first time. Whatever way it is, I think all bloggers in some way, are all of these five things…
Ive been brainstorming a bit this weekend, and I was [as per usual] discussing some ideas with Hannah, of So Obsessed With. We decided that we wanted to share the BEST things we’ve learned in 2016 with you! And then it ONLY seemed right to choose six. So we bring you, Six In 16, The Best Things I’ve Learned This Year. This year was one of the most important of my life, and most memorable as well. And the kicker: it isn’t even over yet! So maybe in December you’ll see a top 12, but for now, I bring you the top six things I’ve learned in twenty sixteen!
The season is summer, and that means TONS of fantastic books have been released! I have been eagerly anticipating these two, from two ROCKSTAR authors. So that being said, here are two mini-reviews of two very different audiobooks!
Truly, Madly, Guilty By: Liane Moriarty
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
Three romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy.
Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They’ve established a delicate understanding over the years–they avoid each other at all costs.
But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon’s final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they’re left to pick up Deacon’s mess. Now they’re trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories–a house that they now share in more ways than one–along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide.
Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together–for better or worse–will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon’s honor?
I simply ADORE basil, and it is basil season right now! I had to find a way to incorporate this into mine and Jon’s dinner routine, but all the while keeping it healthy! This Cast Iron Tomato Basil Chicken with Quinoa is a winner! It is the type of meal to fill your kitchen with delicious scents, and your belly with a satisfying meal!
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.