Six in 16: The Best Things I’ve Learned This Year

Six in 16: The Best Things I've Learned This Year

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!

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Audiobook Roundup: The SUMMER Edition

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!

Audiobook Roundup: The Summer Edition

Book One

truly madly guiltyTruly, 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?

Buy Your Audiobook: Audible


 Book Two

heres to usHere’s To Us
By: Elin Hilderbrand

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?

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FitBITES: Cast Iron Tomato Basil Chicken with Quinoa


FitBITES: Cast Iron Tomato Basil Chicken with Quinoa

Cast Iron Tomato Basil Chicken with Quinoa

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!

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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
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.


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 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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