Year of Wonders | February Book Club

year of wonders

So last month, I shared how I set up a book club, the books we've read thus far....  and the fact I had slacked in the actual READING of the books the last few months.  I also shared my commitment to reading EVERY book going forward, including last month's book, The Prayer Box.... I DID in fact finish this book AFTER our Book Club met last month.  So here's my quick review:  this book had somewhat of a slow and difficult start for me.  It didn't draw me in immediately.  The main character … [Read more...]

40 Thoughts From Turning 40

cake

This weekend, I said goodbye to my 30's.  SO...  is 40 really fabulous?  Here's 40 thoughts from the 40 seat: 1.  One year, not wanting to break my healthy eating streak, I made myself a ricotta cake.... it was disgusting.  At 40, knowing much better, I thoroughly enjoyed every single bite of my decadent chocolate cake covered in buttercream. 2.  I know now that ever attempting to STOP drinking coffee is in fact STUPID.  I proudly admit to being a coffee addict. 3.  At 40, I know that if … [Read more...]

Favorites on Friday

EmilyLey_2014SimplifiedPlanner_grande

I always LOVE to hear what my friends' favorite finds are....  A great deal on clothing, a new restaurant discovery, favorite products, what they carry in their handbags.  In my opinion, word of mouth recommendations are the best!  So I'll make you a deal....  I'll share some of my recent favorites and then you chime in with yours!  Deal? First up:  Emily Ley  Simplified Planner {and other organizational products}. This is a new-to-me find and I actually JUST ordered and am waiting on … [Read more...]

How to Set Up a Book Club

monkey bars

Last April I started a book club....  even though I am NOT by nature a reader.  I am however someone who loves to cook...  and eat.... and most importantly, spend time with my girlfriends.  So an excuse to get us together each month?  YES! In April, we read Redeeming Love = BEST BOOK EVAH!  Seriously, could not put this down. May was too hectic to get everyone together. Anyone with school-aged kids can attest... May is CRAZY month! We couldn't get together in June since a lot of us were … [Read more...]

Happy Monday | Easy Ravioli Lasagna

ravioli casserole baked

Happy Monday to you!  Though I'm not a huge fan of Mondays in general {I miss my family when I send them back to school & work}.....  I woke early for Quiet Time to discover a super cool, crisp Fall morning that is just PERFECT! Our family enjoyed some sweet time together this weekend.  And I enjoyed precious time with two GirlFriends on Saturday doing what girls love to do:  SHOPPING!  We hit the mall with purpose ~> Nordstrom's Beauty event.... where we had our make~up done and got … [Read more...]

September’s Book Club

chicken pot pie soup

So I've already talked about My Girls and about Our Book Club.  I've also already admitted to being a horrible reader before Book Club started.  That has all changed my Friends.  I now have stacks and stacks of books and can't get enough of them.  Woo-to-the-hoo! Okay, so since I wasn't blogging during the first few months of our Book Club, let me catch you up: We started out reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.  This literally was a book I could. not. put. down.  Oh it is SUCH A … [Read more...]

Breakfast with the Girls

blueberry muffins in tray

Growing up, I lived in the same home from the time I was two until I was eighteen. Attended the same school from kindergarten until high school graduation. Spent every weekend with both sets of grandparents. Spent free time playing with friends in my neighborhood that I grew up with. I regularly attended family reunions. I attended college in my hometown. And I married my high school sweetheart. Moving was not in my vocabulary. So when the time came for us to move {the 1st time} nearly nine … [Read more...]