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I love a good blog prompt and this is perfect, thanks so much to Eat, Drink, Lauren & Bre Writes for this fun link up!



Add It To Your Watch List:

Hubs and I are almost done with Shameless. I can't even THINK about what I am going to do with myself when we are all caught up. I am obsessed with the Gallaghers and feel like I will be missing my family when we are done with season 7! 

To help me cope with the separation anxiety, I signed up for a trial month of Hulu because I want to watch Harlots. Are there any other Hulu shows that you recommend? 

Add It To Your Hobby List: 

Brush Lettering - I can't stop watching tutorial videos of brush lettering online so I decided to grab some markers and try it myself. I printed off some tutorial sheets off Pinterest and just doodled away. It's super therapeutic. It's not like I want to start an Etsy shop by any means but if I do get to a place where I feel like I am somewhat nailing it, I thought it would be fun to make some bookmarks for friends. (I started with these Sharpie Markers off Amazon)



Weaving- Now this might just be a private hobby because I don't feel like I am getting the hang out of it but I had to at least give it a try. I am obsessed with these walling hangings by ModernMonsterCO and I thought it looked fun so I bought this book and the supplies and dove in. It's actually a lot more difficult than I originally thought but I do love combininh fun colors and learning all the different ways to create patterns. 




Add It To Your House List: 

House plants- I need one in my life. I have never had a house plant in this house- ONE time I kept a small cactus alive and another peace lily plant in college that I kept on the brink of extinction on a regular basis. But I need a plant, like yesterday. I know the exact type I want: 



Either something like this fiddle leaf fig or any type of palm. Anyone who has luck with indoor plants, give me a shout! 

Also coming soon: Our new couch and chair for the formal living room. We had to custom order to fit the space and so it's taking way longer than I thought. Of course I gave away our old couch downstairs the day we ordered it, thinking it would take a while to see but nope! It was gone in a day so now the room is bare and it echos. I need my reading nook back right meow! 

Add It To Your Reading List:

In April, I have a couple of books I am really looking forward to that I received ARCs from Simon and Schuster: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, coming out this summer. Yes, that Ruth Ware-the author of The Woman in Cabin 10! Also- I just got The Fall of Lisa Bellow in the mail today too! Super excited! I am also loving The Arrangement.  I just finished It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany and really loved it. (click on the link for my Goodreads review).



Add It To Your Listening to List:

I was planning on starting The Hollywood Daughter on audio book tomorrow BUT then I remember creators of the Serial Podcast and This American Life published S-Town- a new series about a murder in Alabama. The cool part: The released the entire podcast at once, so now waiting! Let the binging begin! 

Are there any things on this list that you are loving too? 

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 



The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo better be on the top of your summer to-read list. If it's not--trust me you will want to add it! It's pub date isn't until 6/13 but thanks to NetGalley, I got my hands on a copy. 

For those of you who have read the magic that is Taylor Jenkins Reid, you won't be surprised to hear that her newest novel is nothing short of amazing. But here's a surprise: It's totally different from anything she's written before. 

This story has the intrigue and scandal that you'd expect from anything centered around the 50s and 60s era in Hollywood but it also has much more. There's something so interesting about the sudden relationship between reporter Monique Grant and the famous actress, Evelyn Hugo. When Evelyn requests Monique out of the blue to write her biography, Monique is awestruck, suspicious and nervous. But as she listens to Evelyn tell her life story, there are many things that change for Monique. 

In hearing the struggles and various love stories from Hugo, Monique starts to untangle stories that are going on in her own heart. I just can't express how much I truly enjoyed this book. There are stories intertwined with the bigger plot that pull at your heart strings, there is a massively important theme about love, forgiveness and acceptance and major plot twists that you don't see coming...it's just an amazing story.

I love books that have several stories going on but somehow they are all linked. This book was super easy to follow- it's literally two women sitting together and talking about the past-Evelyn's storytelling is quick and to the point and it was addicting- I couldn't get enough! So many great stories about how cut throat and manipulating it was to be an actress back in those days. Add on top of that more issues that you never can fully understand if you've never been in those shoes: marriage, secrets, abuse, secret love affairs...loving someone the world thought you shouldn't... 
 
This book tackles a lot of issues but as a whole, there is one thread woven through out: Love is love... and you will love this book. 

Book Round Up: My Spring Reading List

The birds are chirping, the tulips I planted around our birch tree last fall are peeking through and the mornings are breezy. Spring is almost here! 

Thank God because we need some fresh air running through the house. The kids look at me like I am crazy but if it's above 60 outside, the windows and screen doors are open. In the last week, I've dusted the windowsills and cleaned out the closets. I just really want to not have to clean when the weather is perfect for reading all day. 

Speaking of that, yes I do have a long list of books I want to read this Spring. You know me so well. Here's a list of books that I can't wait to read in the next couple of months, with a short synopsis to peak your interest:  






The Fall of Lisa Bellow  by Susan Perabo - An eighth grader is abducted, another girl is witness to the crime and the aftermath that this dangerous account leaves in its path is riveting.

Always by Sarah Jio -This is the story of a woman with a good life and promising future with a man she loves...until she runs into her first true love, a man who is now homeless and living in the street. Is he still the man she once wanted to spend her life with...and what is worth sacrificing if she wants to find out? 

The Housekeeper by Suellen Dainty - Is a celebrity still worth your adoration once you find out all of their dirty laundry? This main character finds that out when she takes on a job as the housekeeper to someone who appears to have it all...


The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy -This was one of @BookoftheMonth choices for February so it's pretty much a shoo in for me. They never disappoint. This one is a little out of my regular genre-The Possessions are able to channel loved ones who have passed on. People come from all over to talk to the women and communicate with their sisters, lovers, wives- but what happens when that line gets blurred and one of the Possessions falls in love with her client? 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - When I heard that TJR had a new novel out I didn't even read the description before trolling her instagram and requested a copy from NetGalley. I've been reading it at every opportunity this past weekend and I can't get enough. A young reporter is contacted out of the blue to write a biography on a very Elizabeth-Taylor like movie star - Evelyn Hugo-and the retelling of her life will change both Evelyn and Monique's lives forever. It's got 50s Hollywood, love and intrigue all rolled into one. 

It Happens All The Time by Amy Hatvany - Two people share a past but their current lives involve other people. But what happens but a kiss changes everything? Do you go forward or try to go back in time? 

The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner - You know with all this lovey dovey stuff I have to have a physiological thriller to mix it up a bit. This one involves a seemingly perfect marriage on the surface, but underneath is an undercurrent of lies and hurt- obscured by the fact that Kyra Winthrop has memory loss due to a accidental fall. Is her life really as smooth as it appears or are there dangers lurking just out of her memory's grasp? Is her husband really has angelic as he seems? 

So there you have it- now get to reading! 

Perfect and Cozy


I think everyone can agree that there's nothing better than a little more time spent in the comfort of your bed. And if you can't, then we can at least agree that you're crazy. 

But really, my favorite indulgence staying is bed a little longer on mornings that I don't have the alarm set or nights where I am actually awake enough to watch a full episode of Forensic Files without falling asleep. 

My favorite time to stay in bed is definitely on Saturday mornings where there aren't any kids' activities to rush off to (even though I cherish those mornings just the same). I love the way the early morning sun comes in through the window and I can throw the blinds up and let the sun rays warm the blankets. I love the "Thump" and "tap tap tap" of Reese's feet as she jumps off her top bunk and scurries across the hall into my room to watch cartoons with me. 

I love cuddling with the kids, watching silly cartoons and reading. And the cat loves it too. 


Our cat can spot a sun patch on the bed from a mile away. He's a cozy companion. 

My other staying-in essentials for a little more time in bed is of course, the perfect mattress that's cozy and soft, a good cup of coffee (or 3, let's be honest) and either a book or my journal. And the remote, my phone and a couple fuzzy throw pillows. (If you are on the look out for a great mattress, check out this link for some great options!) 

Other things I love to do: Make funny videos with the kids on Snap Chat, watching Fixer Upper and scrolling through Instagram. 


I honestly can't think of a better way to bring a little calmness and breathing room into my day than by reading in bed. Reading brings me time to escape, time to gather my thoughts, a way to travel to places I've never been and experience things I might not otherwise ever even consider. 

I read to my kids about having patience, how to deal with bullies, how to be kind and how to have an imagination. We travel in space, beat up dragons and learn how to bake cookies...all from the comfort of our bed. 

Letting life slow down enough and not getting caught up in the rush of busy schedules and appreciating that calm, extra time I have with the kids is the key to really being able to enjoy these moments. The laundry may be piled up a little longer and there are dishes in the sink but those cuddles and comfy moments snuggled up with my kids in bed is much, much better. 

What are your "staying in bed essentials?"