Saturday, November 17, 2018

Books (October 2018)


Happy Tuesday or rather... Happy Saturday! I am way late to the party on this one! I was traveling Tuesday and completely forgot to post/link up so i am a little late  :) 

I started off the month with another Mary Kay Andrews book. This book is about a bride who catches her fiance cheating on her the night before their wedding and throws a hissy fit at their rehearsal dinner. Things go downhill from there when her fit affects her business (she is an interior designer) until she lands a job designing an old plantation. This book is a chick lit with a little mystery (she is searching for her mother who abandoned them 25 years prior) so I really enjoyed it. I do have to say that it got a little long and then just sort of ended so that was a little disappointing, but overall I really liked this book.

It's been awhile since I've read any thrillers so I was excited to dive into this one. This book begins with the trial of a woman named Geo, who is on her way to prison after the remains of her high school best friend, Angela, have been found (she had gone missing 14 years prior). Geo's high school boyfriend is convicted of the murder and because Geo knew what happened that night, she is on her way to prison for 5 years. This book follows Geo's time in prison, the point of view of the lead detective (Geo's high school friend as well), Geo's release from prison, and a few additional murders that are related to Geo's high school boyfriend. I found the plot very interesting, and I really had no idea how it was going to play out. However, I found parts of this book to be too graphic and just disturbing. It was just messed up.

This is the first time I have read anything by this author, and when I picked it up I was under the impression that this was a suspenseful book, but I wouldn't really categorize it as that. This book follows 4 neighbors and their secrets-Kellie who has just returned to work and finds herself enjoying the attention of a male colleague a little too much. Susan a single mom and small business owner who is still dealing with her breakup and her ex's new girlfriend. Gigi who has become the perfect politician's wife while dealing with teenage daughters. And Tessa who moved to run away from a secret in her old town. I really liked this book and enjoyed most of the story lines (Gigi's story line wasn't all that interesting to me).

This was my second Colleen Hoover book, and it sucked me right in. This book is about a couple who are having marriage problems (and that's all I am going to say!). The chapters alternate between the present (and their problems) and then the beginning of their love story (when they met/how they fell in love etc).  I found it sucked me in emotionally, and I really liked it! There were a few surprises and I couldn't have guessed how it would turn out. I was seriously on an emotional roller coaster through this book.  And I should note this book is definitely rated R.

Ok loved this book! It begins with a couple who boards a plane for Genevea which soon drops off the radar and later wreckage is found in the Alps. One of the people on board leaves a widow, Annabel, who soon discovers secrets her husband left behind. As she begins to search for answers, she uncovers dangerous secrets and that her husband's death was not an accident. Meanwhile, a journalist in the United States finds herself in the middle of a dangerous story after the death of her mentor. As she begins to dig, she also uncovers dangerous secrets and begins to fear for her life as the story unfolds. The book alternates between these two women, and it is so interesting how they are tied together and how it all plays out. I was guessing all the way until the end!

Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

What have you been reading lately?!



Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday! I'm back with Friday Favorites and am linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea with some of my favorites lately.

ONE.


For both of my kids' birthdays this year, I had these made by Unique Chalk on Etsy. I love love love how they turned out and Frank (from Unique Chalk) was so great to work with. He works fast and did exactly what I wanted. Plus, he has great prices. Frank is offering a promo code right now for 25% the products in his shop, and he said I can share it with you (a deal is always my favorite!). Use promo code ILOVEPOSTERS18 and tell him I sent you!

TWO.



We love doing all the Fall things...especially when it actually feels and looks like Fall outside! This week I took the kids to a local pumpkin patch and we had a blast.





THREE.
 I posted my September book review here this week, and one of these books is probably my favorite book so far this year. Any guesses?! 

FOUR.



GIRL mamas, grandmas, aunties, friends etc this is for you if you like bows! 
Bows are a favorite over here :) and I get Gabriella's bows (and my niece Halle's too) at a place called The Solid Bow. The bows are great quality, shipping is always fast, and the best part- the owner is always offering a deal (especially around holidays....and by that I mean ALL of the holidays during the year it seems). A friend told me about the bows when Gabriella was about 2 years old and I would order her the 3" bows whenever they were on sale for $1 (I have since passed those down to my niece Halle and they still look brand new). Now I order Gabriella the 5" or 6" and we have been happy with them all. I should add that they wash really well too :)

Well that's it for this week! I have a BUSY family weekend ahead, and I can't wait. Happy Friday, friends!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Books (September 2018)


Happy Tuesday! It's one of my favorite days of the month because I love sharing what I have been reading and then linking up and finding more books to read! I read 6 books in September and really liked them all except one. So here we go....

This is another favorite book for me this year! Each chapter of this book is an experience Bob Goff has had and some lessons he has learned about loving others, even when it seems challenging and even impossible. I found this book encouraging, thought provoking, and an overall refreshing read. I loved every chapter!

The premise of this book really caught my interest. A woman and her toddler twins go missing and turns to a cold case. The book alternates chapters between a few of the neighborhood women (who happened to be with the missing woman the night before she disappeared). It took me longer than I thought to get through this book because it honestly was not all that exciting and it felt drawn out. I would say the premise is interesting and then the ending is interesting but other than that I felt like it was kind of a waste of time.

Someone recommended this book to me a few months ago (thank you if that was you), and I really enjoyed reading it! This book is a memoir by a woman named Kimberly who grew up in Long Island behind the doors of a junk infested house. Her father was a hoarder. I thought this really brought together her story and experiences living with a hoarder very well. I found this book really interesting and sad (for her and how they lived) at the same time. I definitely recommend.

This sweet little read is about three best friends who meet at a rental house for a month in the summer. All three are going through some changes (jobs, relationships etc) so this book navigates through those, as well as, two other characters-their landlord Ty and a woman on the run named Maren who ends up renting a room in the rental too. I think this is my third Mary Kay Andrews book, and I just loved it!

This book has been on my list forever, and I finally got to it...and LOVED it! This is about five high school students who are in detention with one another and one of them dies. After further investigation, the death is ruled a homicide and suspicion falls under the remaining four students. This book alternates between the perspective of each of the students as the investigation progresses. I couldn't put this book down!

I had a great reading month and it ended with a bang with this one....this may just be my favorite book this year. I LOVED it! You want to know what's crazy?!...so many people have been recommending this book for months but when I looked into it, I didn't think it would be something I would really like. Well I was WRONG. If you haven't read this book, get it now. It's a story about a family (parents and their only child) who move to Alaska in the 70's. At first, Alaska seems like their dreams come true but as winter sets in, the father's mental health starts to deteriorate. This book is written from Leni, the 13 year old daughter's point of view and it follows them for almost a decade. There were points in the book where I wasn't sure how I could possible like any type of ending but I kept reading and it was SO good!

Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I'm back with Friday Favorites. This summer kicked my blogging booty and my posts were few and far between. I love this little space of mine but have had a hard time keeping up with it over the summer and now half way into September. I'm hoping to be back much more consistently this Fall especially now that we have a routine! Today, I am  linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea with some of my favorites lately.

ONE.
School was out on Wednesday here and taking these six to do something is always a favorite around here so we headed to the Jelly Belly Warehouse in Wisconsin for a little tour. It was simple and interesting (I love learning about that stuff!). And of course, a favorite for the kids was the "train ride" throughout the warehouse and the candy :)

TWO.
Last week I posted my the books I had read in August here and one of them may just be my favorite this year!

THREE.
Gabriella started back at dance last week and that is her favorite activity each week! Speaking of activities, going from nothing to everything starting again is kicking my butt a little bit. I am so tired by the end of the week (and everyone with more than one kid in activities is laughing right now!).

FOUR.
On Tuesday, I blogged about our Fall Bucket List here. We are loving all things FALL and loving that the leaves and weather are starting to turn!

FIVE.

This past weekend we got to see my cousin and his Nebraska Weslayan soccer team play about an hour away from us in Naperville, IL (the cutest town by the way!). Seeing family is always a favorite, and I love getting to see mine so much more now that we live in the Midwest.

That's a wrap for this Friday! Happy Weekend!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Bucket List

Happy Tuesday! Today I am linking up with Erika and Ashley for Tuesday Talk and am talking about our Fall Bucket List. My kids are still a little young to understand the whole bucket list thing, but I love a bucket list so I made one anyways :)

Fall is my favorite season, and after 9 years I finally get to experience a real one complete with leaves changing colors and cooler temperatures now that we live back in the Midwest! Here is our list for the Fall (and please comment below with fun things you do too because I am always looking for other ideas!)....



1. Make a pumpkin cake
Some relatives gave us a pumpkin shaped cake pan so we plan to make a cake with it. My 4 year old is all about baking and helping in the kitchen so this should be fun.

2. Jump in a pile of leaves
We never had the chance to do this while living in California :)

3. Apple Holler
This is one of my favorite places! Apple Holler is an apple orchard and farm park just over the border in Wisconsin (about a 30 minute drive for us). I used to bring my kids when we would visit our family here and am excited that we can now go whenever we want. My kids like the farmyard park complete with goats, chickens, bunnies, ponies, slides, and lots of other farm activities. Apple Holler has a cute little store and a restaurant (we haven't tried the restaurant yet).  One year while visiting over Christmas, we came and did a sleigh ride and had a bonfire. We have visited once so far this Fall and I'm sure we will be back again. 




4. Country Bumpkin
Country Bumpkin is a fun little pumpkin patch in the area that I have heard is cute! We love a good pumpkin patch so we are excited to try a new one out this year (since we live in a new state). 

5. Send Halloween cards
I found this idea on pinterest and thought it was cute. Plus, my in-laws love Halloween and now that we don't live by them I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I'm planning to take pictures of the kids in their Halloween costumes and then send halloween cards out. Since our Christmas cards will go out a month or so later, I thought I would keep it simple and just send them to family. 

6. Paint pumpkins
 I'm planning on buying little pumpkins and letting my kids paint their hearts out :)

7. Halloween movie night
I thought it would be fun to have a little halloween movie night complete with snacks for our kids. Now I just need to find halloween movies that my 2 and 4 year olds would enjoy. If you have any that your little kids love, please let me know!

8. Decorate Halloween cookies
Who doesn't love to decorate cookies?!?

9. Carve pumpkins
This is something I thought I would let my husband do with the kids (and I will watch haha)! I know they will love this, especially seeing their pumpkins lit up outside. 

10. Go apple picking
We did this one last Friday and loved it so I think we will be back. Our town has this cute little family run orchard. It is no frills and just an orchard with an easy up where you pay at the entrance and then go pick, but I thought it was perfect and my kids loved it. 



What's on your Fall Bucket List?! I am always looking for other ideas!