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Books

Book day!!! I am having a hard time believing I only read two books this month. I am in the middle of an audiobook and a physical book right now, but two finished doesn’t seem accurate? Serves me right, not having this post going as the month went on like I usually do. It is really hard to remember what all you read over the last month, time blends together!

Anyways, I am babbling. Linking up with Steph and Jana. (Happy belated Birthday, Jana!!!) Both book were wonderful, so excuse me while I gush for a minute.

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Corner

First of all, you have to read the introduction! It makes me want to be besties with the author! I absolutely loved this book. And some of the quotes are so fantastic! I have to share two of my favorites…

“Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can’t fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.” 

“Because life is like that, isn’t it? If you thought of all the tiny things that divert your path one way or another, some good, some bad, you’d never do anything ever again. And some people don’t. Some people go through life not really deciding to do much, not wanting to, always too fearful of the consequences to try something new. Of course, that in itself is also a decision.” 

I immediately found myself cheering for Nina, and can totally relate to her situations in some ways, having lost my job last year. I wish I had her confidence to push forward with a dream. There were so many great characters in this book, and you feel like you are experiencing everything with Nina.

Bottom Line: Read it!!! If for no other reason, but because you are a book lover and so is Nina and all the booksish things about the book are awesome! I absolutely adored this one.

Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey

Coldhearted Boss

I do love a good R.S. Grey book, and this has been my favorite of the last few I have read. Misunderstandings, family drama, mean boss, saucy girl, sexual tension, hot construction workers, small town feel, I mean this book has it all! This was a slow, slow burn romance and had me LOL’ing multiple times.

Bottom Line: If you like romantic comedies, read it!

**Thanks R.S. Grey for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

Currently Reading

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel
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Weekend Shenanigans

It was a rainy weekend here in Birmingham. We needed the rain though, and sometimes it is nice to have a lazy day because of it…you know?

You know those days where the universe kicks you when you are already down, and you are just like….really??? Well that day was Friday for me. It started out alright, but when I got to work…my lunch plans got cancelled. We were going somewhere new that is only open on Fridays, but at least we have that to look forward to this Friday. But then a work email came in that enraged me. And then I had an accounting disaster with this software that I finally wrote over in black sharpie because there was no fixing the damn thing no matter how many times I deleted or switched out it was entered. On my walk to lunch, there was a huge ass puddle that I stepped in that splashed poop colored water ALLLLL over my pant leg. And the day just went on like that.

But I had a poke bowl and diet coke for lunch, and it was delicious!

And then the best thing ever was said to me in the car, right after I picked Zoe up at daycare. We were sitting at the red light, right outside of the school parking lot and she said “Mommy, you’re my best friend.” I sat silent for a second making sure I heard correctly. And I said, “I’m your best friend??” and she said “yes, mommy, you are my best friend!” I hope I am always her best friend. <3

When we got home, it was kind of wet outside and she decided she wanted to stay in. She is really into coloring right now, and I absolutely love it!! I have always loved to color. I find it really relaxing.

Saturday morning, we met my sister and nephew at Chick Fil A for a super late breakfast/early lunch. Then hit up Target to do our grocery shopping. Did anyone else take advantage of the extra 5% off for redcard holders this week??? What a deal!

I bought Zoe some non-toxic kid nail polish while we were there too. She has been asking for weeks to have pink toes. She was so cute trying to decide what color she wanted to paint her toes. She settled on the darker pink color, which I did them all in. And then decided she wanted purple and blue toes too….soooo basically each toe is a different color now. They are so cute! We grabbed the piggy paints if you are looking for a good kid polish!

Saturday afternoon, we ran some errands and then headed over to Chris’s parents house because it was his dad’s birthday. We skipped nap time, so Zoe was exhausted when we got home and promptly went to bed!

Sunday it rained on and off all day. We ended up riding bikes and playing in the garage for a little bit with the door open. Zoe has a new obsession with Fancy Nancy, so we watched lots of that and she was attached to her Nancy doll and Frenchie dog, and we even had an ice cream party Sunday afternoon on the living room floor since there was a thunderstorm outside.

I even made homemade banana pudding since we had so many extra bananas sitting around! It was delicious!

Just like that, its Monday morning! I started and finished RS Greys new book this weekend, and plan to talk about it tomorrow for book day!!! Cant believe it is time to link up already! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Linking up with Kristen for What’s New With You! On the right day even, look at me go!

Reading: I just received the ARC of Coldhearted Boss from R. S. Grey yesterday and I am in deep! Love her! You can pre-order it now for like 99 cents, so get on it!

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Listening: Lindsay and Christine went live yesterday with Influenced The Podcast!! I am so proud and happy for these two. I listened on my way in to work in the morning, and it was like they were two friends chatting with me in the car. I cant wait for their next episode to drop!

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Watching: Riverdale! We finished the current season Tuesday night. Goodness! Who else??

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Eating: A combination of all the healthy things, and not the healthy things. Balance, you all. I don’t know why I am struggling so hard with it right now, but I am. We do pretty good during the week, and that is good enough for me right now. I have upped my workouts in the morning and hoping that helps! Because…..

Planning: Our annual beach trip is coming up! I cant wait to experience all the excitement and wonder through Zoe’s eyes this year. It will be her third beach trip, but I feel like this year is going to really be fun for her. Here is a picture from last year, and two from her first trip. EEEEE she has grown so much!!!!

Just look at her now!

But seriously, can we talk about this little fashionista? The girl can pull off a tutu skirt.

Loving: The Harry’s shower gel!!! I got the fig scent and OMG!!!! It is amazing! I had been using a sensitive skin, no fragrance one but my whole body is itchy and spotchy so I had to make an emergency switch. This is clean, no sulfates, parabens, dyes, etc. I absolutely love the scent!! I cant quite put my finger on what it is about it, but it sort of reminds me of the winter candles from Bath and Body Works but better. I found it in the men’s section, figures they get all the good shit, right?? How fun is the packaging?

Excited: I am meeting up with two of my former co-workers for lunch today. Haven’t seen them since September, so it will be nice to catch up!

Laughing:  

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Friday Favorites

Short weeks are the best weeks! You know what else is the best, summer hours. Who knew that was a thing??? But my company closes at 3:00 pm on Fridays from Memorial Day to Labor Day!!! I will probably just wander around Target alone for 30 minutes before I get Zoe from daycare…because that is what moms do when they have alone time. Its like a vacation, lol.

Favorite Moments: Laura and I grabbed lunch yesterday. We had plans for today, but I had to do a switch-a-roo on her, so we rescheduled our original outing for next week and went to Carrigan’s yesterday. It has been in Birmingham for quite some time, but I have never been. such a fun spot! They have a lot of outside area, and would be really nice on a summer night! (You know, after the sun goes down because we are flying close to 100 degrees here already.)

Anyways, we decided to split our meals so we could have some tastes of each, I got the corn dog and Laura got the au jus sandwich. Both were freaking amazing and they have REALLY good fries. We totally burned all our food off on the several blocks walk back to our offices in the hot hot sun.

We also spotted the Before I Die…mural wall on Morris Avenue that has really filled up since it was done!

Favorite Finds: Another product my dermatologist recommended for me was Elta MD PM Therapy. My morning moisturizer is tinted and has spf in it, so I needed something else for evenings. I am really loving this! I feel like it is a pretty affordable option considering the ingredients and how much some moisturizers can be. (Its half the price of my morning one!) There is no scent, so it works for most skin types. I notice when I get in the shower the next morning…I can tell that my skin just soaked alllll those peptides up overnight. Also, I really prefer pumps to jars where you have to stick your fingers in.

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Favorite Podcast: I have gotten back into listening to some podcasts again. I am really loving the Lauren Conrad one! Thanks Emelia for the heads up!

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Favorite Funnies:

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Three Things

I saw Rebecca join in this link up, and I thought it was so fun and I wanted to play along. It is originally from Shay.Of course, it has been sitting in my drafts for a few weeks waiting to be completed, but it was so fun to do!

FAVORITE BINGE SHOWS
Blue Bloods
Blacklist
Gilmore Girls

FAVORITE MOVIES
Beauty & the Beast
Clueless
The Grinch (Jim Carey version)

FAVORITE TRIPS 
Gatlinburg for Christmas/New Years with Chris’s family
Gulf Shores in the summers with Chris’s sister
The trip that just my mom and I took to Orange Beach when I was in college

**Bonus trip**- The last trip back to Greensburg, PA when my grandmother was still alive. It was the last time that city felt like home to me.

FAVORITE BOOKS
Anything by TJR – You can’t make me pick just one
Mr Pine’s Purple House (kids book, my absolute favorite one)
Harry Potter (the whole series)


FAVORITE CITIES IN THE US
Birmingham
Atlanta
Gatlinburg

FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT IN Birmingham (Local places)
SoHo Social (Homewood)
Crazy Horse (Trusville/Argo)
Five Points Oyster House (Five Points, Birmingham)


FAVORITE HOLIDAYS
Christmas
Thanksgiving
4th of July

FAVORITE SUBJECTS IN HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE
English (high school)
Marketing (college)
Residential Appraisal (college)

FAVORITE MEALS TO BRING TO A NEW MOM
Take out from Ashley Mac’s
Lasagna
BBQ

FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT MY JOB
The actual work that I do
Most of the people I work with
Being in the know about things happening around Birmingham

FAVORITE CELEBRITIES YOU’D BE BEST FRIENDS WITH
Reese Witherspoon
Kristen Bell
Jennifer Garner

TOP THREE PLACES TO SHOP 
Target
Nordstrom
TJ Maxx

THREE FAVORITE NAIL POLISH COLORS 
Bright Pink
Light Pink
Pink
(See a theme????)

THREE THINGS I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY PURSE
Hand sanitizer
Cell phone
Snacks (toddler life)

THREE TYPICAL MORNING BREAKFASTS
Coconut Flour Muffin (1 egg, 1 tsp coconut flour, 1 tbsp almond milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp maple syrup – cook in microwave for 2 minutes in ramekin)
Acai bowl (unsweetened acai, strawberries, 1/2 banana, almond milk – blended then other 1/2 banana and almond butter on top)
A kids peanut butter Perfect Bar when I dont have time for above

FAVORITE DRINK AT STARBUCKS THAT I ACTUALLY GET ON A REGULAR BASIS
Butterscotch is the best best best but not available all year
Coconutmilk mocha mocchiato with caramel syrup
Chai tea latte

TOP THREE FAVORITE GAMES TO PLAY 
Mario Kart (video game)
Life (board game)
500 Rum (card game)

PLACES I STILL WANT TO VISIT
Disney World
New York City
Europe


FAVORITE  THINGS TO BUY AT TRADER JOE’S
Gorgonzola Gnocchi
White Cheddar Corn Puffs
Salmon Poke Bowl

FAVORITE  WORKOUT ACTIVITIES
Lifting weights
Walking
Popsugar Fitness videos

FAVORITE THING TO EAT FOR SUPPER (This is stuff on a regular week night, not my absolute favorite)
Oven Braised Pork Chops
Taco Bowls
Tomato soup & grilled cheese

FAVORITE DESSERTS
any sort of pie
banana pudding
cookie

FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE
Psalm
Romans
Proverbs

FAVORITE REAL HOUSEWIVES FRANCHISES
Never watched it, don’t plan on ever starting

FAVORITE TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME
Grey’s Anatomy
The Big Bang Theory
Friends

**I also really really love Hart of Dixie)**

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS
Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest


FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITIONS
Baking sugar cookies for most holidays
Watching Christmas movies
Visiting family for Christmas, Thanksgiving and EasterF

FAVORITE INDOOR ACTIVITIES ON RAINY DAYS
Reading
Netflix
Video games

FAVORITE BIBLE VERSES

Rome 8:24 / Bible verse Lockscreen

FAVORITE WAYS TO MAKE TIME FOR MYSELF
Read a book
Workout
Paint my nails