2016 Reading Challenge: Challenge Accepted

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Every Year PopSugar provides its readers with a Reading Challenge, last years I didn’t quite make it through the whole list but this year I am determined. I have a slight issue with reading books that are out of my interest, but this challenge helps you pick a diverse range of books. The best part is that they don’t choose the book for you, they give you the category and you can go ahead and pick the books you want to read.

To hold myself accountable for the list I have it pinned to my board at work. PopSugar has also created a hashtag so you can keep track on social media, #popsugarreadingchallange.

Since I am so book obsessed, I have already picked the books I want to read. I have had a long book wish list for a while and now is the time to check some of the books off that list. Check out my  list below (in some categories I have a few I want to read), and if you’ve read any let me know what you thought of them!

A book based on a fairy tale: Cinder, Dorothy Must Die, Beauty, Briar Rose, September Girls, Tiger Lily, Mirror Mirror

A National Book Award Winner: Redeployment

A YA bestseller: Eleanor and Park

A book you haven’t read since high school: To Kill a Mockingbird

A book set in your home state: Summer by the Sea, Sing You Home

A book translated to English: Anna Karenina

A romance set in the future: Clockwise

A book set in Europe: Paris Letters

A book that’s under 150 pages: Poke the Box, Lifeboat No. 8, Large Than Life

A New York Times bestseller: Cress, The Nightinggale

A book that’s becoming a movie this year: Me Before You

A book recommend by someone you just met: STILL NEEDED (Recommendations welcome!)

A self-improvement book: The Five Love Languages 

A book you can finish in a day: Tuck Everlasting

A book written by a celebrity: The Perfect Letter, Someday Someday Maybe

A political memoir: I Am Malala

A book at least 100 years older than you: Sense and Sensibility

A book that’s more than 600 pages: Winter

A book from Oprah’s Book Club: Wild

A science-fiction novel: Never Let Me Go

A book recommended by a family member: The Girl on the Train

A graphic novel: STILL NEEDED

A book that is published in 2016: Most Wanted

A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: STILL NEEDED

A book that takes place during the Summer: All Summer Long

A book and its prequel: The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect

A murder mystery: The Cuckoo’s Calling

A book written by a comedian: Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

A dystopian novel: Divergent

A book with a blue cover: Beautiful Ruins

A book of poetry: The Complete Poems

The first book you see in the bookstore: STILL NEEDED

A classic from the 20th century: Rebecca

A book from the library: STILL NEEDED

An autobiography: Conquering Choas

A book about a road trip: An Abundance of Katherines

A book about culture you’re unfamiliar with: STILL NEEDED

A satirical book: STILL NEEDED

A book that takes place on an island: The Summer Book

A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy: Girls Who Travel

I’d love to know what you guys are reading! If you have any recommendations for the ones I still need please share!

Until Next Time,
Rebecca

 

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Friday Fav’s

Although it was a short week for me, I am so glad the weekend is finally here! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted one of these:

  1. Homemade Vanilla Extract – I’ve been wanting to make this for a while since I literally go this stuff within a week. I feel like not only will this taste better than store bought but it will last me quite a while. So while I was watching one of my favorite cooking shows Southern at Heart I decided to try her recipe. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
  2. GREY’S ANATOMY IS BACK. enough said.
  3. Currently Reading: Me Before You. I can’t believe it took me this long to find this book and read it. If you haven’t you really should. and then you should google it so you can watch the trailer.

 

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

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One of my favorite blogging ladies Maryssa Albert posted this survey about her valentine, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to take the time to answer the questions about mine. He’s the best, and I am so thankful that he’s my valentine 🙂

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1. Where did you meet your other half?
A Party!

2. How long have you been w/ your significant other?
Four years this year.

3. If you’re married, when did you say “I do”?
N/A

4. What song did you walk down the aisle to?
I would like to walk down the aisle to Michael Buble’s cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love

5. Do you have any children?
negative.

6. What’s your favorite thing about your other half?
He has a big heart. He would do anything for me, or anybody else. He is all around the most amazing guy, the list could go on forever.

7. Were you & your other half high school sweethearts?
Unfortunately not. We lived in separate states and he’s three years older, but he was quite the stud in many of the pictures I have seen!

8. Where was your first date?
I could never forget, we went to chili’s and then mini golf! Typical first date stuff.

9. How long were you dating before you said “I love you”?
We weren’t together that long. We were wrestling and I told him I hated him, then told him I loved him in the same sentence.

10. How long were you dating your other half before they proposed?
STILL WAITING.

11. Where is your favorite place you have traveled w/ your other half?
My favorite vacation to date has been our trip to Baltimore.

12. How do you & your other half usually spend Valentine’s Day?
I usually make him breakfast in bed and we do dinner. Last year was the first year in our home and we spent it having Uncle Tony’s and watching Redbox.

13. What does your favorite ‘date night’ consist of?
Food. We love to go try new places together and rate them afterwords. and movies, we love to watch then but hardly make it until the end of them.

14. What is the best gift you have received from your other half?
I don’t have a specific favorite, but I love when he gives me a card with something meaningful written in it.

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

Healthy Nacho Dip

Happy Monday Friends! It’s another snow day here in Massachusetts, so today I am staying warm on the couch watching some netflix and working from home. Hope you all had a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday. When trying to eat healthy, attending parties is a lot harder because you are tempted by so much amazing food! Bobby’s cousin gave me this amazing reciepe for a nacho dip that is a healthy alternative to the traditional 7 layer dip.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 8oz package of low fat cream cheese
  • 1 16oz container of low fat sour cream
  • Lowery’s season salt
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • Shredded Mexican cheese

Directions:

Let the cream cheese get to room temperaure then mix with sour cream with a hand mixer until well combined (you want the mixture to be smooth and not lumpy). Season with lowery’s salt (you can use as much as you want, but try not to overpower the cheese). Transfer mixture into a glass dish of desired size and place in refrigerator. While cheese mixture is in fridge, dice the veggies. Top the cheese mixture with the veggies. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Serve with tortilla

P.S. Want to make your life much easier when dicing veggies? Invest in this – Vidalia Chop Wizard. We received one for Christmas from Bobby’s grandma and it was a life saver for this dish.

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

 

My GO-TO Smoothie

Adulting still isn’t my thing. I HATE getting up in the morning for work, and I have been out of college for a long enough time now that I should be used to it, but i’m not. So the last thing I want to do in the morning is have to rush through my breakfast. That’s where my favorite kitchen tool comes in handy….my NutriBullet.

Making smoothies has become quite the experiment, especially with having so many options to create. I have posted MANY on pinterest but none that have gotten my attention, but I like bits and pieces of many that I have tried. Here’s my favorite smoothie to make in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup OJ
  • 1 1/4 cup Frozen Fruit (I like mixed berries, and I use frozen because I like the consistency better than if I used fresh, but you can use either)
  • 6 oz vanilla yogurt (I use the Dannon Light & Fit packages because they are pre-measured! Its all about convenience my friends)
  • 1/4 tsp sweetener (Depending on my mood I switch it up. You can use honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, or liquid stevia)

Instructions: It’s pretty simple. Throw it all into the NutriBullet and place the cover on and blend.  I like to pulse at first because of the frozen fruit, then once it is in smaller pieces I blend for about 30 seconds. And there you have it. You have a delicious smoothie to take with you on the go!

Until Next Time,

Rebecca