Friday Favorites: Jean Jacket, Peloton App, Dutch Oven, Wall Hangings & Blooming Flowers

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Happy Friday!  Goodness, am I glad to see the weekend!  My big plans?  Hopefully, and I do truly hope, that my weekend involves waking up with no alarm, and enjoying a cup of coffee either out on my deck (weather permitting) or while watching an episode of The Pioneer Woman.  Like I said, big plans, haha!

I have a few favorites, today, so let's get to it.  

1.  Jean Jacket.  I have had a jean jacket on my list of things to buy for awhile now.  I am often cold, so I usually carry a sweater.  I have always liked the look of jean jackets, though, but never found the right one.  They always felt too constricting, or on the opposite end, too big and boxy.  When I saw that the Kut from the Kloth Helena jackets were on sale (still on sale, 30% off), I decided to give one a try.  Many bloggers have raved about this jacket, saying how comfortable it was, and how it had a good bit of stretch.  And I totally get the hype.  I ordered both a Medium and a Large to try.  I had heard to size up one so I got the Medium, but wanted to also try a Large to see if going up two sizes would be better.  To be honest, they fit relatively the same, but I ended up going with the Medium because the sleeves of the Large were longer than I like.  I was pleasantly surprised at how roomy it was and the stretch in it.  To give you an idea, I think I could wear a thinner long sleeve top underneath comfortably.  Just very pleased with this purchase - highly recommend if you are in the market!

2.  Peloton App.  The more I use the app, the more I am a fan.  I have been using the 'Outdoor' section of the app, and doing the walks, and even attempting a walk & run workout.  The workouts have great playlists, and then you get that added encouragement and direction (i.e. power walk here) from the instructor.  Robin is still one of my favorite instructors so I tend to look for hers, but if you have any recommendations, please send my way!  

Another thing I really like the app, and Peloton in general, is the option to follow people.  I like seeing what workouts others are doing because, honestly, I get a little overwhelmed at the non-bike options.  If you have the bike, or use the app and want to be Peloton buddies, my username is emadun  Like I said, I find it super helpful to see what others are doing to get ideas for myself!

3.  Dutch Oven.  I have been wanting a larger Dutch oven for awhile, and The Today Show's Steals and Deals segment had a Staub one at a very heavy discount.  I hit order as soon as it was restocked (the deals are usually released on the hour).  I got it this week, and I am so excited.  I have bread ingredients on my list, and hoping to attempt my first baking next week.  If you have any Dutch oven specific recipes, please send my way!

4.  New Wall Hangings.  I plan to do a full recap of my Memorial Day weekend next week, but wanted to share a few house projects that got done.  First, the wall rack.  My dad made me a plate rack awhile back, and once we got it on the wall, it didn't quite work for some of the plates.  So, he was kind enough to make a new one, and we got it up this past weekend.  It looks soooo good, and really warms up that area.

Another area we tackled was above the TV.  I knew I wanted something above the TV, but it was on hold until I got my new TV stand.  That happened earlier this year, so I began working on what would go above.  I framed a David Knowlton print my mom had given me when I first moved, ordered a medal 'home' sign from Magnolia Market (on sale!), and then was able to use a tile I had previously purchased.  I really love have something above there now...same with the plate rack, it really helps to warm up the area!



I think this every time something goes up on the walls, but I am always amazed at how much home-ier a place feels once something is hung.

5.  Flowers.  My flowers are blooming!  My post on Wednesday was my annual 'May Flowers' post, where I share the different flowers I potted for the year.  When I initially took the pictures on Monday, things hadn't bloomed quite as much.  With all the rain and heat the St. Louis area has experienced this week, things have grown and the blooms (especially on the geranium) have really opened.


That's all I have for this Friday.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.

May Flowers: 2020

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Hey all!  My blogging has been real sporadic here of late due to some crazy busy times at work - I always think it's about to hit a lull and instead it just ramps right on up!  That said, I couldn't miss my annual 'May Flowers' post.  

Going back to my first off campus apartment in college, my mom and I have been putting together a flower pot(s) for my homes.  My mom is such a gardener, and while I can't say that I find the same joy she does in gardening, I do love pretty flowers.

This year I changed things up a bit.  Usually I am one to have pots with thrillers, fillers, and spillers, but last year I decided I really loved the simplicity of one type of flower per pot.  And so that is what we went with this year!

I always start with a color scheme in mind, and I knew this year I wanted bordeaux petunias.  From there, I decided to go with a white and deep red to compliment the purple.

For the front porch, I went for a pop of color and chose a coral red.  I am hoping that it will really stand out against the brick as it grows.

Here's exactly what I got, and how it looks all planted!  Since it's still early, they haven't filled out, but I know in just a short amount of time they will really bloom!

Backyard:








White New Guinea Impatiens
Bordeaux Petunias
Deep Red Geraniums
White Alyssum
Door Mats: Target (Home Sweet Home | Blue & White Striped (reversible - the other side is plaid)
Chairs: IKEA
Black Table: Target 
Arm Chairs: Target 
White Table: IKEA
Lantern: Kirklands

Front Porch:


Coral Red Impatiens
Black Pots: Target 
Rocker: Walmart 
Pillow: Pottery Barn 

Past Posts:
May Flowers: 2015 (Includes the step by step of planting)

May Flowers: 2016 

May Flowers: 2017 

May Flowers: 2018 (no post here - I moved into my condo mid-summer and it looks like I never did a post on what flowers we ended up with!)

May Flowers: 2019 

Linking up with Lindsay.
  

Friday Favorites: My Parents Are Visiting!

Hey all!  Happy Friday!  And happy long weekend!  I am thrilled to have the long weekend.  Having an extra day off work, especially during these crazy busy times, is so very appreciated.

I only have one favorite today (other than the long weekend).  My parents are visiting this weekend!  I am SO excited.  Heck, I think excited is an understatement.  I just cannot wait to see them!  

As always, we have a laundry list of items we hope to accomplish - yard work, planting flowers, hanging quite a few odds and ends, making a bulletin board, prepping my bathroom for paint...the list goes on.

They are only here for a portion of the weekend, so we will be busy, busy, busy, but it's going to be fun.  Again, I just cannot wait!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.
  


Master Bedroom Bedding Refresh

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I switched up my master bedding since we've been staying at home.  And I literally mean 'switched up', because I am now using my quilt as a cover, and my comforter at the end of the bed.  And I moved a few pillows around.

It was the simplest change, but I still thought worth sharing!

There were two thoughts behind it.  First, the St. Louis area has had some warm weather come around in the past few months.  I get really warm when I sleep, but I need to have more than just a sheet covering me - I think it's a security thing.  Even with the air on and the fan on high, the comforter is just too darn warm.  The quilt gives me that 'heavier than a sheet' cover, while keeping me cool.

The second thing has just been being at home all the time.  I look around and find little things I want to change up, or freshen up a bit.  I still love my bedding as is, but I thought it would be nice to change it up a bit.  I initially thought about just getting a new quilt, or a new blanket, maybe a new pillow...something a little lighter, more spring/summery that I could change out with the seasons.  I ultimately decided just to switch the placement around, and viola, a nice little refresh for free!

This is how it used to look...

...and this is how it looks now.

Once I put the quilt on the bed, and the comforter at the end, I wasn't liking how I originally had the pillows.  Moving the solid pillows to the back helped to break up all of the lighter blue together, and I really like the way it looks now.

Again, it was the simplest thing - so simple I thought it might be silly to even share!  But I really liked the difference it made, and thought that maybe it would give someone else the idea to switch up their existing bedding for a new look, or at the very least 'shop' what they have before going out and buying something new!

Metal Bed: Target
Dresser / Nightstands: Ashley Furniture
Navy Bedding: Pottery Barn
Silver Frames (Rope): Pottery Barn

Linking up with Lindsay.

Friday Favorites: Libby App, M&M Fudge Brownie, Record Player & Current Records

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Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has had a good week.  Work has slowed down a bit for me which has been welcomed.  I have been able to log off about my normal time each day, making the evenings seem a bit longer and more leisurely.  That said, I think all the busyness has caught up with me, because I have been super tired and falling asleep on the couch while watching TV most nights.

This weekend is supposed to be stormy and rainy, which I honestly can't say I mind all that much.  A cozy weekend in sounds like the perfect time to fully catch up on sleep and get a few things done in between reading, and shows.

1.  Library eBooks.  Speaking of reading, I finally figured out how to check out eBooks from my library!  It only took me years to sit down and do this, haha.  Guess it's an upside of quarantine.  Anyways, it was beyond simple - I really have no idea why I never did this before!  I was able to download the app on my iPad (my library uses Libby), checkout a book, and download it on my Kindle in no time at all.  It's very user friendly, and I am excited to utilize this method going forward.  I was able to checkout one of the new reads I shared on Wednesday - Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner.  Just beware, if you read this book, the prologue seems to come out of left field.  I seriously questioned whether or not I was reading the right book because it seemed so off from the description.  I know it will all tie together, but I just haven't made it there quite yet, haha!
Libby, by OverDrive on the App Store

2.  M&M's Fudge Brownie.  My sister in law introduced me to these M&M's.  My goodness, the filling truly tastes like a fudge brownie.  If you need a treat and love brownies, grab a bag of these!

3.  Record Player.  For the longest time, I have been wanting a record player.  Growing up, my parents had one in our living room.  I have good memories of us all in there together, listening and dancing to their old records.  Not only that, but I just kind of love the crackly sound of the record when it plays.  The internet must have heard my thoughts, because I had an email in my inbox from Pottery Barn that just so happened to show their record players on sale.  I had no idea they even had record players.  But, the deal was good, and I had a coupon making it an even greater deal, so I went ahead and purchased.  

4.  Records.  With the record player, though, I needed some records.  I actually had one already, from when I bought an old Chicago record from a flea market.  I was using it as decor on a shelf, but the record was still in there.  As soon as I got the record player, I gave it a try, but it didn't work...which happens when you don't take the plastic off the needle.  Whoops!  I just assumed it was old and probably not stored properly over the years, so I went and started looking for others.  Target actually has a really good selections, as does Amazon.  I am hoping that when things open, I can actually go and look for records at places, but for now I will be enjoying the ones I have - Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (Amazon), Beach Boys (Target) & Motown (Target).  Plus Chicago, because again, it's amazing how things work when you take the plastic off the needle, haha!

5.  On the blog this week:
May Goals & Habits 
Book Review: May 2020 
10 Books I Can't Wait to Read: My Spring & Summer Reading List 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika.    

10 Books I Can't Wait to Read: My Spring & Summer Reading List

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Earlier this year, I went down a rabbit hole of looking up new book releases.  I checked out a few of my favorite authors, and then started looking at the Amazon suggestions from there.  I quickly preordered one of them (Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews) and requested the others from the library.  Hello Summer just came in last week, and I flew through it (review here).  Unfortunately I won't be able to physically get the others from the library, but there are always ebooks!

In no particular order, here's are some of the new reads I am looking forward to:

1.  Hideaway by Nora Roberts.  No surprise that Nora Roberts' new book made the list.  She is one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for the release of this book in a few weeks!

  From Amazon: Caitlyn Sullivan had come from a long line of Hollywood royalty, stretching back to her Irish immigrant great-grandfather. At nine, she was already a star—yet still an innocent child who loved to play hide and seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur. It was during one of those games that she disappeared.

Some may have considered her a pampered princess, but Cate was in fact a smart, scrappy fighter, and she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bloodied, exhausted girl huddled in his house—but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge, reuniting her with her loved ones.

Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. First came the discovery of a shocking betrayal that would send someone she’d trusted to prison. Then there were years spent away in western Ireland, peaceful and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul.

Finally, she would return to Los Angeles, gathering the courage to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night—one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance…


2.  28 Summer by Elin Hilderbrand.  Her new book from last year was kind of a dud for me - so much so that I only got a few pages in before deciding it was not from me - but I am hoping this one is different.  It sounds like it will be a good one!

  From Amazon: When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.
There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?
Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere -- through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise -- until Mallory learns she's dying.

Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.  

3. Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer.  With all the intertwining stories in this book, I am super curious to see how it will all turn out.  I am a sucker for a happy ending, so fingers crossed all's well that ends well.

From Amazon:  Lisa Hawley is perfectly satisfied living on her own. Having fully recovered from a brutal divorce nearly two decades earlier, she has successfully raised her kids, Juliet and Theo, seeing them off to college and beyond. As the owner of a popular boutique on Nantucket, she’s built a fulfilling life for herself on the island where she grew up. With her beloved house in desperate need of repair, Lisa calls on Mack Whitney, a friendly—and very handsome—local contractor and fellow single parent, to do the work. The two begin to grow close, and Lisa is stunned to realize that she might be willing to open up again after all . . . despite the fact that Mack is ten years her junior.

Juliet and Theo worry that Mack will only break their mother’s heart—and they can’t bear to see her hurt again. Both stuck in ruts of their own, they each hope that a summer on Nantucket will provide them with the clarity they’ve been searching for. When handsome entrepreneur Ryder Hastings moves to the island to expand his environmental nonprofit, Juliet, an MIT-educated web designer, feels an immediate attraction, one her rocky love life history pushes her to deny at first. Meanwhile, free spirit Theo finds his California bliss comes to a brutal halt when a surfing injury forces him back to the East Coast. Upon his return, he has eyes only for Mack’s daughter, Beth, to whom he is bound by an unspeakable tragedy from high school. Can they overcome their past?

As the season unfolds, a storm threatens to shatter the peace of the golden island, forcing Lisa, Juliet, and Theo to decide whether their summer romances are destined for something more profound. Nancy Thayer dazzles again in this delightful tale of family, a reminder that sometimes, finding our way back home can bring us unexpected gifts.

4.  The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin.  Emily Giffin is kind of hit or miss for me.  I really enjoyed her last book, though, which has me wanting to read more.

From Amazon:  It’s 2 A.M. on a Saturday night in the spring of 2001, and twenty-eight-year-old Cecily Gardner sits alone in a dive bar in New York’s East Village, questioning her life. Feeling lonesome and homesick for the Midwest, she wonders if she’ll ever make it as a reporter in the big city—and whether she made a terrible mistake in breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, Matthew. 

As Cecily reaches for the phone to call him, she hears a guy on the barstool next to her say, “Don’t do it—you’ll regret it.” Something tells her to listen, and over the next several hours—and shots of tequila—the two forge an unlikely connection. That should be it, they both decide the next morning, as Cecily reminds herself of the perils of a rebound relationship. Moreover, their timing couldn’t be worse—Grant is preparing to quit his job and move overseas. Yet despite all their obstacles, they can’t seem to say goodbye, and for the first time in her carefully constructed life, Cecily follows her heart instead of her head. 

Then Grant disappears in the chaos of 9/11. Fearing the worst, Cecily spots his face on a missing-person poster, and realizes she is not the only one searching for him. Her investigative reporting instincts kick into action as she vows to discover the truth. But the questions pile up fast: How well did she really know Grant? Did he ever really love her? And is it possible to love a man who wasn’t who he seemed to be? 



The Lies That Bind is a mesmerizing and emotionally resonant exploration of the never-ending search for love and truth—in our relationships, our careers, and deep within our own hearts. 

5.  Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner.  This was one of those books that was suggested on Amazon due to all the other books I was looking out.  It's an author I have read before, but I don't remember the last books of hers I tried.  Which isn't saying much because my memory with books is horrible.  But, the description sounds good!

From Amazon:  Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.



A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart, Big Summer is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most. 

6.  The Honey Don't List by Christina LaurenThe Unhoneymooners made me a fan of these authors, and I am hoping that this book is another winner.

From Amazon: Carey Duncan has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.


7.  A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky.  The title sucked me in.  A week at the shore?  Yes, please.  This would be one I would love to take with me on vacation to Lake Michigan with my family.  Since I am unusually unable to go (heck, who knows if they will even be able to go this year), I will just pretend to be sitting on the sand while I read this.

From Amazon:  One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family’s Rhode Island beach home. It's been twenty years since she's been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.

But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory’s father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy’s wish to visit her mother’s childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.

In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.


8.  Feels like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey.  Another author who I have thoroughly enjoyed previously and have high hopes for this newer book!

From Amazon: It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.

Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.

Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.

With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.

In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.

9.  Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins.  Another find from Amazon's suggestions.

From Amazon:  The Frosts are a typical American family. Barb and John, married almost fifty years, are testy and bored with each other...who could blame them after all this time? At least they have their daughters-- Barb's favorite, the perfect, brilliant Juliet; and John's darling, the free-spirited Sadie. The girls themselves couldn't be more different, but at least they got along, more or less. It was fine. It was enough.

Until the day John had a stroke, and their house of cards came tumbling down.

Now Sadie has to put her career as a teacher and struggling artist in New York on hold to come back and care for her beloved dad--and face the love of her life, whose heart she broke, and who broke hers. Now Juliet has to wonder if people will notice that despite her perfect career as a successful architect, her perfect marriage to a charming Brit, and her two perfect daughters, she's spending an increasing amount of time in the closet having panic attacks.

And now Barb and John will finally have to face what's been going on in their marriage all along.

From the author of Good Luck with That and Life and Other Inconveniences comes a new novel of heartbreaking truths and hilarious honesty about what family really means.


10.  The Friendship List by Susan Mallery.  I feel like this one is going to be really sweet, and a bit sad, too.  But hopefully feel good!

From Amazon:  Single mom Ellen Fox couldn’t be more content—until she overhears her son saying he can’t go to his dream college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

So Unity Leandre, her best friend since forever, creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, but not because she needs to change. What’s wrong with a thirtysomething widow still sleeping in her late husband’s childhood bed?

The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re just fine. But somewhere between “wear three-inch heels” and “have sex with a gorgeous guy,” Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, in a story filled with humor, heartache and regrettable tattoos.


Linking up with Lindsay.

Book Review: May 2020

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I am hopeful that this past weekend finally brought me out of a reading rut.  I have been turning to TV more than books here of late, but this weekend I finished the book I had been reading all month, and even sped my way through a new one!  Both were super good and now all I want to do is read!

Open Book by Jessica Simpson.  I ended last month's book review mentioning I was reading this book.  Well, it took me until this past weekend to finish it.  I do not know why it took me so darn long, because I thought it was such a great book!  I mentioned before - I was a fan of hers growing up, and during her Newlywed days, but I honestly didn't know a ton about her.  Something I realized more and more as I got further in the book.  This book really is as the title suggests and very open.  I think it's super courageous all that she shared, and really eye opening.  A reminder that you think you may 'know' what is going on with someone due to all the media, and especially now social media, but you truly have no idea.  Highly, highly recommend!

Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews.  Awhile back I spent a bit of time looking up new spring/summer reads that were to come out this year.  I requested a bunch from the library, but pre-ordered this one from Amazon because Mary Kay Andrews is one of my favorite authors.  I thought this book was really good.  It's about a woman whose getting ready to leave her current job for a new one, only to find out that her new job is no longer.  With nowhere to go, she heads back to her hometown, where she stays with her grandma and goes to work for her family business.  There's conflict with family, a bit of a love story, and a big old mystery that brings some excitement back to the town and her family business.  One of the reasons I enjoy her books so much is because she offers a lighter read that is still substantial.

I haven't picked up my next book as of yet, but I am debating if I finally get into Emily Ley's When Less Becomes More, or  The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.  Or scratch both those books and read something else!

Linking up with Steph.

May Goals & Habits

We are almost half way through the month, but I still wanted to share my monthly goals and habits.  I like making these, because they give me a few key things to focus on throughout the month!

Here's how my April goals & habits went...

Goals:
1.  Clean out sweaters.  Done...ish.  Third time wasn't fully a charm, but I did get through all my sweaters, and pulled out the ones I need to try on to see if they go in the keep pile, or in the consignment shop pile.  But I did at least get a start on it!

2.  Clean out desk space.  Done...ish.  I went through all my paper files, and cleaned up the space around the desk, but I never got around to doing the desk drawers.  Again, some progress, but not completely complete! 

3.  Put Christmas decor on shelving in basement.  Done!  I can fully check this one off the list.  It's amazing how much more floor space I have in the basement with those decorations up off the floor and on shelving!

4.  Clean out under the kitchen sink.  Done!  Everything is back to being organized and in its place under the sink.

Habits:
1.  Daily devotional.  I still am not doing this 100% on the weekends, but better than before!

2.  End the night with a clean kitchen.  I feel like I am doing so much better about this.  Like the above, it's still not 100% of the time, so not fully a habit, but it's definitely more often than not.

3.  Weekly yard work.  Whomp, whomp...I did yard work I think once this month.  It's gotten pretty bad, and has me wishing I had done it weekly.  Hopefully this month will be an improvement!

4.  Delete junk mail at the end of each day.  This really wasn't a priority at all last month, and my inboxes just keep building up.  

I think I overestimated my ability to get things done during a super busy time at work.  Luckily things should be slowing down soon, so hopefully this second half of the month will be a productive one!

Goals:
1.  Clean the microwave.  I always think I need to do this each time I use the microwave, but then forget about it the second the food is heated up!

2.  Clean out desk drawers.  A carry over from the month before. 

3.  De-pill sweaters.  I ordered something from Amazon to help with this, and I am hoping that it works as well as the reviews say!  

4.  Clean out dresser drawers.  Since I (sorta) got through my sweaters, I figure it's time to tackle the rest of the dresser drawers!

Habits:
1.  Daily devotional.  

2.  End the night with a clean kitchen.  

3.  Weekly yard work.  


4.  Delete junk mail at the end of each day.  

That's it for May.  Again, I am hoping for a productive month!  Are you hoping to accomplish anything this month? 

Linking up with Lindsay.