Happy Friyay

Hi Friends. its the start of one of my favorite weekends. Halloween Weekend. We have a party at a family friends that we go to every year and this year my group of lady friends went all out on our group costume – even including the guys in on it. Just wait till you see this group pic. of all 12 of us. it’s gonna be epic not gonna lie.

here’s to starting the weekend with my weekly favorites.

After this weekend all i’ll be thinking about are the holidays – this preparing for the holidays in october post has me feeling all the feels. and the fact that I just made the November budget – AND IT INCLUDEDS GETTING OUR XMAS TREE!

In relation to the above, I found the BEST prints to get for our house for the holidays. I need to order these  – Buddy the Elf #1 & Buddy the Elf #2 & Night Before Christmas & 12 Days of Christmas – I just love all of Lindsay’s work, you should totally check it out!

This twirler brush is on my list of things to buy, I have super curly hair but I feel like this brush will tame it a bit.

Lastly, I have been wanting to put up shelves in out family room. We have a horrible entertainment center in the place that I want them to go at the moment, but it is on my list to have my dad do them in the next few weeks! I am thinking something like this.

and i’m just gonna leave you with a few of bobby & I’s past costumes 🙂

 

Pumpkin Carving Party

One thing you learn about me, once you get to know me is that I am a social butterfly. I love to spend time with family & friends and look for any excuse to get everyone together as often as I can. During the holidays that’s super easy because, well duh, its the holidays, but other than that it’s very sporadic.

That’s why this year we decided to have a Pumpkin Carving Party. It was a fun way to get all everyone together for a family friendly gathering.

It rained cats & dogs here this past weekend which kinda put a damper on the plans of carving pumpkins outside and having a nice big fire, but we managed to fit everyone downstairs in the basement. It was such a fun time – I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years and I forgot how much patience you have to have to do it.

I could go on forever about how fun it was but I rather post some pictures from the night instead.

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Friday Favorites

Oh friday friyay how I love you. It has felt like such a long week, and I am so glad friday is here.  I started a second job this week so I have been so busy with that and prepping for our Pumpkin Carving Party its crazy. I am so happy to finally be lounging on the couch for a bit before heading to bed!

This weekend we have our first Pumpkin Carving Party, as you all know I love everything fall so I convinced Bobby that we needed to have a get together with our friends and family before the holidays get here and I was shocked he agreed to it. Before we get busy this weekend I wanted to share with you guys what I’m loving this week.

Making these fall leaves rice krispie treats for our party tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how they turn out because i’m mixing food coloring on my own so the colors will be slightly different.

Trying to do my own hair is the biggest pain in the bum in the mornings, so this twisted half up style tutorial is something I am definitely going to try.

I know a few of you are on the fence about Lularoe, but I have to tell you guys, they are AMAZING. I feel like I’m not even wearing pants when I have these babies on. I am so excited that I got my unicorns that I have been searching for from a friend of mine (pumpkin pie leggings!). I already have 4 pairs and I love them. If it was acceptable to wear crazy patterns all the time at work I totally work.

That’s what I’m loving this week friends. Hope you guys have a fantastic weekend 🙂

 

 

 

Currently | October 2016

Happy Monday Friends! I hope you all had a great fall weekend. I’m starting off this week with what i’m up too..

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Wearing |

everything fall. I have been breaking out the sweaters and cardigans with the beautiful fall weather that we’ve been having. Still need to buy some cute booties that I have been eyeing for awhile along with my outfit for our family photos next month.

Reading |

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline. I’m half way through the book and its getting to the good stuff. I am hoping to finish this week.

Watching |

Once Upon A Time. This is one of my favorites. I could probably list about 10 other shows that I watch during the fall but I watched this last night so it was the first one to come to my mind.

Listening to |

Eric Church. His music is so amazing. He is so good live, I am still hoping to convince Bobby to go to his show again this January 🙂

Wishing |

For this week to fly by so we can finally host our Pumpkin Carving Party!

Eating |

Cupcakes 😐

Drinking |

My go-to fall drink – Shipyard Pumpkin with a Cinnamon Sugar rim!

Enjoying |

All of the fall activities we have done. We went to Salem this past weekend with some friends and it was awesome.

Looking forward to |

Our Pumpkin Carving Party this weekend. Friends Halloween Party the following weekend. and our family photos the weekend after that!

 

What have you guys been up too lately?!

Fall Reading List

Hi Friends! I hope you all had a fantastic long weekend. I know I sure did enjoy the extra day off yesterday. Todays post is an update of my reading list for the Fall. With the cooler temps, there is nothing I like better than cozying up in bed with warm blankets and a glass of wine or cup of tea.

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Title: The Couple Next Door
Author: Shari Lapena

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10
Author: Ruth Ware

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Title: Truly Madly Guilty
Author: Liane Moriarty

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

Title: Sing You Home
Author: Jodi Picoult

Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare – one that takes away the baby she has already fallen for; and breaks apart her marriage to Max.

In the aftermath, she throws herself into her career as a music therapist – using music clinically to soothe burn victims in a hospital; to help Alzheimer’s patients connect with the present; to provide solace for hospice patients. When Vanessa – a guidance counselor — asks her to work with a suicidal teen, their relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love. When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family, again, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used by herself and Max.

Meanwhile, Max has found peace at the bottom of a bottle – until he is redeemed by an evangelical church, whose charismatic pastor – Clive Lincoln – has vowed to fight the “homosexual agenda” that has threatened traditional family values in America. But this mission becomes personal for Max, when Zoe and her same-sex partner say they want permission to raise his unborn child.

Title: The Five Love Languages
Author: Gary Chapman

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Title: Two by Two
Author: Nicholas Sparks

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.

At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear…and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.

Title: Betrayed
Author: Lisa Scottoline

Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that’s more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy’s beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

In the meantime, Judy’s own life roils with emotional and professional upheaval. She doesn’t play well with her boss, Bennie Rosato, which jeopardizes her making partner at the firm. Not only that, her best friend Mary DiNunzio is planning a wedding, leaving Judy feeling left behind, as well as newly unhappy in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend Frank.

Judy sets her own drama aside and begins an investigation of Iris’s murder, then discovers a shocking truth that confounds her expectations and leads her in a completely different direction. She finds herself plunged into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate that they cannot go to the police, and where others are so ruthless that they prey on vulnerability. Judy finds strength within herself to try to get justice for Iris and her aunt — but it comes at a terrible price.

 Title: Gone Without A Trace
Author: Mary Torjussen

A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why?
 
Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…

 

So there are the 8 books that are on my reading list for the next few weeks. I hope to write review posts for a few of the books once completed. I’m currently reading Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline and so far so good.

What are some of your favourite books and what are you reading at the moment? If you have any recommendations of books for me to read please let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

 

 

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda: Book Review

Title: Hey Harry, Hey Matilda
Author: Rachel Hulin
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: ★★★

Description

Hey Harry, Hey Matilda was a uniquely written book that drew me in from the get go. I have given this book three out of five stars.

The format of the story is being told by using emails between Harry & Matilda, which at first is difficult to understand. But if you give it time as any good book needs, you begin to get comfortable and are able to notice how the story of the twins unfolds. Throughout the book (takes place over a year) you will discover how Harry & Matilda’s relationship is valued above all others with a few hiccups in their respective lives along the way, which includes a big lies in both of their lives.

What makes this book different from all others in not just the writing style but the fact that I can follow along their journey now that the book is over. Rachel Hulin has created for the reader an Instagram account @heyharryheymatilda and a photography website for Matilda – MatildaGoodman.com. This allows the reader to not wonder what happens after the book is done, which I loved, because as you know a story in the mind of a reader is almost never finished.

The reason for not giving this five stars is some of the content that was written just wasn’t my style, but I give the writer props for touching a subject that most wouldn’t. I would recommend this to any friend or fellow reader because what good does staying in your comfort zone do?!

Favorite Quotes

Hey Harry, 

How can someone have so much power over my emotions and then have so little? It doesn’t make any sense. 

Harry, 

Does anyone know what it is for love Meat Loaf won’t do? I’d sincerely like to know. 

Harry, 

That sounds like a classic Dad fabrication. A dadrication. 

Harry, 

I found some Willa Cather on my old bookshelf. More fitting than Lolita, so I switched books. 

Here’s the stuff:

I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. 

I feel that way now, Harry. I really do. I’m going to embrace my new truths. 

Until Next Time,

Rebecca

October Goals

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It’s officially official Fall! You guys, I have mentioned a few times this is my absolute favorite time of the year. If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should!), you’ve probably noticed that I can’t stop talking about how much I love all things Fall. I finished off the blogtember challenge on such a high that I am going into this season feeling so motivated for all the activities & my blog.

October Goals

  1. Read three books off of the Fall Reading List (blog post coming soon). I gave myself a pretty big list as I am trying to finish the #popsugarreadingchallnge. When I gave myself three books to read last month it definitely held me accountable as I got all of them read!
  2. Go to Pumpkin Patch with Lola. I love anything that we can do with Lola. Thankfully there are some dog friendly pumpkin patches around here. We plan on taking Lola and obvi. taking some cute photos.
  3. Pick outfits for our Holiday Card! We just booked our family photo session for November 6th. What is so great that all proceeds go to the rescue that we adopted Lola through. I want to do something with this J. Crew Vest.
  4. Have a great time at our Pumpkin Carving Party! This is our first year doing it I am so pumped to have a fall activity with our awesome family & friends.

Until Next Time,

Rebecca