book review, books

Books

It’s book day! I read some really good books this month from some of my favorite authors, so I just want to jump right in and share them with you!!! I think this is probably one of the best book months I have ever had as far as quality goes. Linking up with our wonderful hosts Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books.

Saving Grace by Jane Green

Saving Grace

I love a good Jane Green book, she is the queen of beach reads! Saving Grace did not disappoint! I sort of guessed from the beginning what was going to happen, but that didn’t take away from how much I enjoyed this read! You really get some good character development and it does bring to light some mental health awareness. I found myself flying through it to see if my suspicions were right or not. Is Grace crazy or not?

Bottom Line: Read it! Great for the beach or a good pallet cleanser. Jane Green fans will appreciate.

Rating: 4/5

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Oh TJR, how I love thee. Let me count the ways!!! This book was soooo different from TJR’s other books, but I loved it just the same. As always, there is fantastic character development, and I loved having a story within a story. The lives of the characters were messy and imperfect and it makes you love them even more. It was fun learning all about Evelyn Hugo’s life and get a glimpse inside the real Hollywood living.

Bottom Line: Read it!!! And every other TJR book.

Rating: 5/5

**I received a copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Maybe in Another Life

This was the only one I had left of the older books I hadn’t read of TJR and I couldn’t wait to dive in! You guys, this book!!! I couldn’t put it down. I loved how bounced back and forth between two outcomes, if Hannah went home with Gabby or if she stayed at the bar with Ethan.  I thought for sure when it started that I wanted the book to end with one outcome but then I decided a few chapters in that I was really enjoying both story lines. The thought that we could be living in multiple universes where we lead slightly different lives is crazy to think about and I think that is what I loved so much about this book.

Bottom Line: Read it!!! This book was SO good!!

Rating:5/5

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Inside the O'Briens

After I read Still Alice, I knew I had to read Lisa Genova’s other books. But I also knew that I was going to need some time in between because Still Alice crushed my heart in ways I don’t want to talk about again!v This time we take a look inside Huntington’s Disease. You really get to learn a lot about the O’Brien family and their little corner of Boston. This book really makes you think about what you would do if you were one of Joe O’Brien’s kids. If you know you have a 50% chance of having Huntingtons, would you want to know for sure? I went back and forth on if I would or not and I am still not 100% decided.

Bottom Line: Read it! You really get good character development and you learn more about the disease and an understanding on not just how it effects the person who has it, but their entire family.

Rating:4/5

Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

Wish You Were Here

I am obsessed with Renee Carlino’s books. Before We Were Strangers and Swear on this Life were both so good, I couldn’t wait to dive in to this one!!! Right from the start this book had me hooked! I read half of it in one day which is rare for me these days with a baby! I kept trying to guess what was up with Adam but sort of knew in the back of my mind what was going on. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone. Let me just say that parts of this book just broke me in a such a good way. I had a little cry, I had many smiles and all the feels and emotions.

Bottom Line: Renee Carlino has quickly become a must read author for me and I highly suggest this book! I can promise this will be on my favorites list for the year. Shout out to Kristen for letting me know it was on Netgalley.

Rating: 5/5

**I received a copy of Wish You Were Here from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

I flew right through this book. Everything I guessed early on in the book ended up happening, so the book was a little predictable for me….but that didn’t take anything away from the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!!! Could you imagine living a life where you aren’t even allowed to go outside? To experience the world or come in contact with people other than your mom and nurse on a daily basis. I cant wait to see the movie that is being made for this book!

Bottom line: Read it!!! It is a quick, enjoyable YA.

Rating: 4/5

Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave

Hello, Sunshine

I sort of guessed what was going to happen in this book too, so again, a little predictable but oh so good! I loved that this book sheds some light on the fact that we all try to be someone we aren’t on social media. We share our curated life, and Sunny let that curation take over her whole life. Sifting through photos and coming up with perfect phrases and making everything look just so. We all kind of do that, don’t we?

 

Bottom Line: Read it! This would be the perfect, quick beach read!

Rating: 4/5

**I received a copy of Hello, Sunshine from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

I love Lauren Graham. Lorelei Gilmore is one of my top favorite characters ever! I really enjoyed this on audiobook since she read it. I found her talk on dieting hilarious. She makes an excellent point by saying that Opera is still working on it. So there isn’t much hope for the rest of us right? And we should all just relax! Plus she referenced First Wives Club so that scored major points for me. I really enjoyed hearing her talk about Gilmore Girls and some of the other shows she was on. She is just as witty as you want her to be!

Bottom Line:If you are a fan of Gilmore Girls or Lauren Graham in general, then this is a must read!

Rating:4/5

Currently Reading

Love, Alabama by Susan Sands

Love, Alabama (Alabama, #2)

Have you read any of these? What is on your must read list?

weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans

Summer weather is in full swing down south. It was quite toasty this weekend while I was trying to cut the grass! Or you know, just breathe. How was your weekend? Ours started off with Zoe’s 6 month appointment on Friday. Everything is looking good, but unfortunately for Zoe….it was time for some more blood work and shots. Poor kid. She just wanted cuddles and lots of love the rest of the day. I didn’t hate it.

Chris had to work Friday night into Saturday morning, so after Zoe went to bed I finished reading Everything, Everything and Hello, Sunshine. I will have those along with all my other books for the month in the link up tomorrow!

Saturday after Zoe’s morning nap, we headed out to meet up with my mom, one of my nieces and sister for lunch. We all had chopped salads at Jim n Nicks and chatted for awhile. Then my mom, Zoe and I headed out to do some shopping! We went to the outlets and spent entirely too much time in Osh Kosh/Carters. Zoe is growing so fast and I had a good supply of clothes up until now but it is time to stock up on the next size. The Loft also had their dresses for $29.99 so  I grabbed two. I am literally having to replace all my dresses from the last few years. They were all worn, stretched, misshaped, etc so it is nice to have some new ones in rotation.

Sunday was filled with grass cutting, grocery shopping, meal prepping, watching the new X BoxOneX Preview with Chris, and reruns of Eastbound and Down.

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!!! Linking up with Biana.

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Friday Favorites

Hey there Friday! We have Zoe’s six month wellness visit today where she is expected to have another round of shots so send her all your hugs today. I think it might be harder on me than her. The look she gives me when she realizes I let these people hurt her breaks my heart in to a million pieces every time. Even though it is for her own good! What do you have going on this weekend? I am supposed to hang out with my mom and sister tomorrow for a little while. Can’t wait to see them!

Favorite Moments: My mom came over yesterday for a little while just to hang out and spend time with Zoe and I. It was the best! We just chatted and played with Zoe and it was so good for my soul. Of course, a visit with grandma never goes without a little spoiling of Zoe. She got her several new outfits and some golden books!

Zoe is at such a fun age right now and she has really been loving sitting up and exploring things from a new view. Her love for unicorns is seriously growing.

She has also learned how to open drawers. Lord help us!

I have been chatting with one of my friends from way back in the day, and we are hopefully going to meet up sometime this summer! We haven’t seen each other in years, gosh I want to say probably at least 10??? We met in high school, and she is the reason I went to University of West Georgia! She asked me if I had chosen a school yet and I told her I hadn’t and she said…well if you went to UWG then we could be roommates. DONE! I didn’t need to hear anything else, I didn’t even tour the school before I committed. Anyways, Shelley started a Chloe and Isabel Boutique and I wanted to share with you guys if you are looking for any jewelry. They have such fun stuff and I love seeing others thrive in their businesses. Check out Shelley’s shop and I can get you in contact with her if you have any questions. She is an amazing person!!! I may have to share some of our hilarious college stories some day.

Chloe and Isabel has some really gorgeous pieces. I have my eye on this….

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And this bar necklace…..you know me and classic pieces!

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Favorite Recipe: This Asian Chopped Chicken Salad recipe looks amazing, right??? Bonus for being Whole 30 approved! I am not officially doing Whole 30 Right now, but I am trying to stay mostly paleo during the week.

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Favorite Workout: You guys….I think I am back. Like for real this time. And I am loving the Popsugar Fitness workouts, my usual go to. I did a killer 30 minute cardio burn earlier this week and plan to get this arm workout in today!

The Ultimate Arm and Shoulder Workout:

Favorite Funnies:

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""When did we confuse the freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude?"":

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Top 30 Funny Good Morning Quotes #inspiring:

Linking up with Amanda!!! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

beauty, empties

Empties

Loreal Voluminous Mascara

This is hands down my favorite drugstore mascara. I have tried so many and I always seem to come back to this one. It holds up to most of the higher end brands to be honest.

Bottom Line: I have and will repurchase

Garnier Whole Blends Cranberry Color Care Conditioner

You guys, this stuff smells AMAZING!!!! It has argan oil and cranberry in it and it is paraben free. For the price, you simply can’t beat it. I have a few shampoo and conditioners going in my shower at any one time and you will almost always see a bottle of this stuff. Love love love. My hair is soft, it is safe on color and the smell is the best thing ever. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find good hair care options.

Bottom Line: I have and will repurchase

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Body Wash

I have been on an OGX kick lately. I had the coconut one before this and I liked that one, but I like this one even better!!! I felt like this one was more hydrating and left my skin feeling softer. I really love the scent of this stuff too, just clean and neutral. It wasn’t trying to compete with my lotion or perfume which I appreciate.

Bottom Line: I will repurchase

TARTE MARACUJA CREASELESS CONCEALER

The fact that this has the word creaseless in the name of it makes me laugh and laugh. Creaseless this stuff is NOT. In fact, this has to be one of the worst creasing concealers I have ever used under my eyes. I wanted to like this stuff, I really did. I love Tarte but this was a huge dud for me. I have had it in my make up collection for at least two or three years and I am just throwing it out because my makeup looks better with no concealer than the cakey creasy of a mess this stuff makes.

Bottom Line: Never again. Love Tarte, but this was a huge dud.

FOREO Day Cleanser

I really loved this stuff. It smells amazing and it always left my face feeling soft and clean. Almost even a little glowy. I don’t really have anything bad to say about this product. I like to use it along with my Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser.

Bottom Line: I would repurchase this. The price isn’t too bad for a higher end brand for what you get.

Belli Skin Care

I had the hardest time with my skin when I was pregnant. Pregnancy glow is a joke. I was a mess. I had high hopes for the Belli brand that is made specifically for pregnant women. You didn’t have to worry about ingredients and it was tailored for your hormonal skin changes. There were so many good reviews I thought for sure this was a winner. Big dud for me. In fact, the face wash in the picture is not even close to being empty. It did nothing for me and I couldn’t stand the smell of it when I was pregnant. I opened it before I tossed it and the smell is alright, but that first and second trimester, I wasn’t having it.

Bottom Line: I would never try this stuff again, but I am not saying don’t get it if you are pregnant. It did have really good reviews and my skin is super finicky. It might work for you.

Avon Footworks Arthritis Achy Foot and Muscle Cream

I cannot tell you how old the bottle I had was? Probably years since the new one looks nothing like it, but I was cleaning out our drawers and found this and it only had enough left for maybe one time and the bottle was leaking. I loved this stuff. It actually worked well for my calf muscles that get super sore for no reason from time to time. I think Chris has used this stuff a few times too and liked it. It smells very very strong like Bengay. So if you aren’t ok with that smell, don’t get this! The smell lasts forever.

Bottom Line: Good, inexpensive option if you have sore feet and calves.

Have you tried any of these??

 

recipe

Green Eggs and Ham (Frittata)

Who doesn’t love a Dr Seuss themed breakfast??? So I have a confession to make. I have never made a frittata before. Can you believe it??? I actually hate eggs, but I don’t mind them so much when they are cooked in with other things. This was so easy and it turned out delicious!!! I plan to heat it up all week for Chris and I in the mornings as a grab and go breakfast.

What You Need

1 yellow onion, diced

4 green onions, diced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp butter

10 large eggs

1 package of Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 to 1/2 tsp black pepper

6 ounce package (or 6 slices from deli) Applewood Smoked Ham

1 package of baby spinach

What You Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet, add yellow onion and green onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Add baby spinach and cook another 5 minutes, until wilted.
  4. Drain the onions and spinach in a colander and press out any addition water. (I used the spatula to do this.)
  5. In a large bowl, whisk the 10 eggs. Add in the ham, cheeses and black pepper. Then stir in the onion/spinach mix.
  6. Grease a baking dish with the remaining olive oil and melted butter. Pour mixture in and cook for 25-30 minutes. You want it to be slightly browned, puffed and set. I let it cool around 15 minutes on the counter before serving.
  7. Enjoy!!!!