Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: August Edition

1. What We're Eating This Week

Monday: Gino's Pizza
Tuesday: Grilled sausage, ravioli, and green beans
I'm not sure about the rest of the week.

2. What I'm Reminiscing About...

My trip to NY to visit my family that happened earlier this month.

Credit: Pinterest

3. What I'm Loving...

That I was able to spend a week in NY and spend quality time with my nieces & nephews and my siblings.

Credit: Pinterest

4. What I've Been Up To...

I started back to work last week when it was the first day of school. I work at an elementary school in the aftercare program and I'm also a substitute teacher.

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

5. What I'm Dreading...

Nothing at the moment.

6. What I'm Working On...

I have a couple of blog posts that I want to get posted and one of them is my review of the 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner.

7. What I'm Excited About...

My brother R and my nephew J are coming to visit on Sunday & Monday and I'm so excited to see them!

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8. What I'm Watching/Reading:
Watching: Mets games, Bachelor In Paradise, The Fosters, Outdaughtered, Chesapeake Shores
Reading: I will be posting my August book post sometime this week!

9. What I'm Listening To...

Brett Young, Luke Combs, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Train, Jillian Jacqueline

10. What I'm Doing This Weekend...

I'm going to do some cleaning on Saturday and then take it easy the rest of the day and then Sunday & Monday, I will be spending time with my brother R & nephew N who are visiting!

11. What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month...

FALL will be here! I'm also excited for the return of Fall TV shows! My sister K has a birthday next month and on the 25th, it will be 9 years since my sweet Davey boy (my fur baby cat) came into my life. I'm also excited for a planner meet up with my friends!

Credit: Heather Stillufsen @ Rose Hill Design Studio

12. What Else Is New...

I think I covered everything.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

TBB Asks: Summer

1. Pool, lake or ocean?

If I could trade the Caribbean ocean for the Atlantic ocean, I would in a heartbeat and I would be there all the time. Since I sadly can't make this happen, I love both pools and lake. I grew up going to Lake George, NY for a week every Summer for our Summer vacations and that place has my heart. To this day, it is still one of my all time favorite places in the world.

2. Camping, cottage, or hotel?

I've only been camping a few times in my life so I would say cottage or hotel.

3. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Funfetti (it tastes just like the Funfetti cake mix).

4. PJ's, Nightgown, T-shirt/Shorts or Birthday Suit?

Combination of PJ's and t-shirt/shorts.

5. Fave Summer Beverage?

Sweet Tea/Iced Tea

6. Would you rather be hot or cold?


7. Sandals with heels or flats?


8. Shorts or skirts?


9. Sit in the sun or the shade?


10. Water, tea, or soda?

Water or tea. I rarely drink soda. If I do it's usually root beer, cream soda, or ginger ale.

11. Fave Summer Fruit or Vegetable?

Fruit: Mangoes ; Vegetable: Zucchini

12. Sunrise or sunset?


13. Bike ride or walk?


14. Winery or brewery?

Neither. I don't like wine or beer.

15. Garden or no garden?

We don't have a garden anymore but growing up we always had one in our backyard.

16. Big Summer concert or music in the park?


17. Fave cookout food?

Cheeseburger or Sausage, Pasta Salad & French fries.

18. Dine indoors or patio?


19. Fave Summer Destination?

Lake George, NY

20. Big theme park or local carnival?

Big theme park.

21. Drinks blended or on the rocks?

Depends on my mood.

22. Popsicle or freezie flavor of choice?


23. Hot Dog or Hamburger?


Friday, August 4, 2017

July Book Post

Here are the books I read in July:

1. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

I really enjoyed this novel. The story was very different and it held my interest. I was very curious to find out what was going to happen next and how the story was going to end. I rated this book 4 stars on the Goodreads website.

2. Always & Forever, Lara Jean -Jenny Han

This is the third and final installment of the Lara Jean series. I have loved all of the books in this series and this one was no exception. I'm sad that there are going to be no more new books but I do love how this book ended and wrapped up Lara Jean's story. I rated this book 5 stars.

3. The Sunshine Sisters -Jane Green

Another fabulous novel by Jane Green. This one focused on three sisters and their childhood and how they were raised by their mother and how the mother treated each of them so differently. A circumstance finds all the sisters (who are spread out in different places) back home for the Summer and trying to juggle their lives and their relationships with each other and their loved ones. I rated this book 4 stars.

4. The Big Love -Sarah Dunn

After I finished The Arrangement earlier this month, I wanted to read Sarah Dunn's other two novels. I didn't enjoy this novel nearly as much as The Arrangement and I kind of struggled to get through this book. It wasn't the worst book I've ever read but it wasn't one that I would recommend either. I rated it 2 stars.

5. Secrets to Happiness -Sarah Dunn

This book held my interest but I didn't love it/dislike it. I liked it more then I liked The Big Love but I didn't love it as much as I loved The Arrangement. However, I would recommend this book as it was a really thought provoking book in the sense that everyone has different things to them that brings them happiness and not everyone is going to be happy over the same things. I rated it 2 stars. Also, how adorable is the cover of this book? The dog laying on his back in the Summer grass just screams happiness to me.

6. Down A Dark Road -Linda Castillo

This is one of my all time favorite book series' and the ninth novel in the series was just as amazing and captivating as the other 8 novels. Linda Castillo just pulls you into every book in this series. The main character, is Kate Burkholder, the chief of police in the fictional town of Painter's Mill. She is formerly Amish and the Amish community is featured prominently in each of the novels. If you love a good mystery, I definitely recommend this book series. I rated this book 5 stars.

7. Mystic Summer -Hannah McKinnon

I was browsing the shelves of the library and this book stood out to me. I ended up loving this book so much that I added it to my list of books to buy one day. It was such a fun Summery story and I really liked the characters. Unfortunately, the two other books by this author aren't available at my library but they are reasonably priced on Amazon's website. I definitely recommend this book if you want a fun and refreshing read for the Summer months. It would certainly be a great book to read at the beach/pool/lake or out on a boat. I rated this book 5 stars.

All images are from Goodreads!

What did you read in July? Do you have any book recommendations that I should check out? Have you read any of the books I read in July? Let me know in the comments!