Summer Reading List

Well this summer is already about half way over, and I’ve read 4 books this month alone. I plan on doing a reading round up next month with all of the great books I read! Here’s my list for the rest of the summer – I’d love to hear what you’re reading or to see your summer reading lists so please share in the comments 😀

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SUMMER READING LIST 2017

  1. The Widow: There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…
  2. Three Wishes: Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year as they deal with sibling rivalry and secrets, revelations and relationships, unfaithful husbands and unthinkable decisions, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a trio.
  3. Maybe in Another Life: In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate? Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
  5. Mean Streak: Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law. Wrong becomes right at the hands of the man who strikes fear, but also sparks passion. As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer from those who wish her dead – and from heartbreak.
  6. First Comes Love: Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters. Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.

Happy Reading Friends! 

Three Things Survey!

Last week one of my favorite bloggers Sarah posted a fun little survey and I thought it would be fun to share about myself. Have fun learning a few things about me!

Three things I’d never give up
Wine
Books
Coffee

Three favorite vegetables
Asparagus
Summer Squash
Red Pepper

Three shows I watched faithfully from beginning to end
One Tree Hill
7th Heaven
Pretty Little Liars

Three places I want to visit inside the US
Texas – would love to do a road trip
Atlanta
Chicago

Three place I want to visit outside the US
Paris
Greece
Iceland

Three things I always have with me
My phone
My planner
Lip Gloss

Three things that are always in my car
Sunglasses
Phone charger
Chapstick

Three most recent calls were from / to
My mom
My aunt
Bobby

Three most often used makeup products
Eye liner – this one
Mascara – this one
Lip gloss – this one

Three things that make me laugh
Bobby
My nephew & cousins
Lola

Three things that make me cry
Romance movies/books
Military coming home videos
Dog adoption stories

If you do take the time to do this too, I’d love to read your answers so tag me! 🙂

Currently: June 2017

Happy Thursday Friends! Hope the weather where ever you are is as awesome as it is here in Massachusetts! I am so excited for my day off tomorrow to soak in the sun and get ready for our engagement party Saturday! I thought today was a great day to share what I’ve been up to – so I’m currently…

Wearing: Everything summer. looking for my 4th of July outfit at the moment and a dress for bobby’s cousins wedding.

Watching: Pretty Little Liars. enough said. the series finale is next week, and i’m not sure i’m ready for it to be over!

Listening to: I’m the type of person that gets really into certain songs, not necessarily artist – right now I am jammin to Dj Khaled’s I’m the One

Reading:  The Silent Sister. Loving it so far!

Eating: I’ve been living off of protein shakes & carrots with hummus. need to get that wedding bod ready..only 4 more months until I try on dresses!

Enjoying: This AMAZING weather.

Making: Tonight on the menu is cheeseburgers! #nomnomnom

Loving:  Our bank was offering a chance to win $500 if you verified your email. today was my lucky day because I won!

Wishing: That weddings weren’t so darn expensive.

Looking forward to: Our engagement party this weekend 😀
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Missing: My sister. going through all this fun wedding planning really makes me wish she was here to help and enjoy it with me.

Summer Bucket List

I’m not sure if I have mentioned it on the blog, but Summer is not my favorite season. To be completely honest it is WAY to hot for me most days and all I want to do is sit in a nice cold A/C house. But since we only have a short window of nice weather here in New England I definitely like to make the most of it. Here are some fun things I want to accomplish this summer!

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  • Plan something fun to celebrate Bobby’s 30th birthday in July.
  • Go to an escape room. I did one while I was in Nashville and have been dying to do another one since I got home.
  • Attend a few of my cousins soccer games – loving having them back in our neck of the woods so I can go to as many of his games as I can!
  • Go camping.
  • Visit a lazy river with the family. There is a place in Connecticut where you can River Tube that we plan on checking out.
  • Boston Pizza Tour. Thinking about checking out this one.
  • Publish a few drink recipe blog posts. I have so many summer drinks on my pinterest and would love to post about my favorites.
  • Make homemade Ice Cream. Bobby’s parents got me a ice cream maker for Christmas a few years back – I definitely don’t use it enough!
  • Make the perfect s’more. Like these or these.
  • Make the perfect sangria for girls nights.
  • Have an outdoor picnic with Bobby & Lola.
  • Cape Trips.
  • Bring Lola Swimming.

Are you planning on doing anything fun this summer?! 

June Goals

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This month kinda snuck up on me. It’s like I blinked my eyes and the year was already half way over. I am keeping my goals very attainable for this month, since most of the weekends are jam packed.

  • read three books
  • one date night with Bobby
  • drink more water – goal is 100oz
  • send in deposit to our photographer & videographer
  • switch over this blog – this continues to be on my list until i finally take the plunge!
  • register for MTEL
  • get curtains for the bedroom
  • start researching DJ’s
  • get back into my beachbody routine –  i was loving the 22 Minute Hard Corps until I fell behind and just stopped all together

What are some goals that you have made for this month? 

30 before 30

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Happy Birthday to me! The big 27! I can’t believe it. I know I have a bucket list of things I want to do on my blog already, you can find that here, but I wanted to be more specific and set some amazing things that I hope will happen in the next 3 years.

1.Get married.
Cheating on this one, but when I started this list I wasn’t even engaged yet! Now that we are planning our wedding this will be complete next year, October 2018!

2.Go to Europe.  
Bobby and I have lived with each other for going on 3.5 years. We have the conversation about wanting to share more experiences with each other rather than gifts so many times. I would love to take a cruise to see as much of Europe as we can.

3.Take a photography class
I am in the process of trying to purchase a pretty fancy camera but I know once I do I will barely know how to use it!

4.Go on a cruise.
not sure when now that we’re busy planning a wedding but it’s on our list.

5.Plant a garden.
I love to can sauce and salsa and I would love to be able to do it by growing our own veggies!

6.Learn to Ski.
We live in New England and neither me or Bobby know how to ski. I’d like to head up north one winter weekend and take some lessons.

7.Study and sign up to take the MTEL.
I have the study tools sitting in the house, now to find the time to study so I can actually take the test.

8.Make photo books for our vacations and each year.
I always half start making photo books. It’s a goal to have one for every year going forward and for our vacations.

9.Read 200 books – 50 for each year I have left till 30.
I’m not sure this gonna happen, but I am going to try my hardest.

10.See a Broadway or Broadway type play.
I would love to do this with Bobby. I am going to see Mamma Mia with the ladies in my family in June. But I really would love to see Aladdin or Hamilton.

11.Sell our home and buy/build our forever home.
As of this year we have been in our house 3 years. We have made some great improvements, but I have known since we bought it that it was not our forever home. Before we have kids I would love to be able to sell and find our forever home

12.Go to a Boston Bruins Game.

This is the only New England team that I haven’t had a chance to see.

13.Host Christmas

Bobby and I still haven’t been able to host a major holiday at our place. I would love to be able to do that soon. I really want that holiday to be Christmas.

14.Road trip in the United States.
I would love to either drive up the California coast or do a road trip through Texas with my babe.

15.Adopt another fur baby
Lola is by far the friendliest pup ever. She wants to play with everyone and anyone no matter if they like her or not (this goes for dogs & people) and I would love to give her a forever friend sometime soon!

16.Be healthier.
This is a goal every year. By the time this is done I just hope to be living a healthier lifestyle and to be working on a consistent basis.

17.Become a morning person.

I would love to be able to get up at 5am every day. Give myself time to enjoy myself before having to make breakfast and take care of the dog and leave for work.

18.Pay off 80% of student loan debt.

This hopefully can get accomplished as I have a student loan pay off plan that has us paying my loans off by 2022.

19.Build our savings.

We have slowly started to do this. But as soon as we have a bulk saved we have a project that we want completed.

20.Learn Calligraphy.
I would love to pick this up as a hobby.

21.Learn to style my hair and do my makeup.
I need to put A LOT more effort into putting myself together everyday.

22.Take professional photos at least once a year

I LOVE photos. They allow you to keep some wonderful memories and I love getting ours done its great to see how much we have changed each year.

23.Try a new restaurant once a month
I love trying new places in our area. It’s also great that we live close to RI & CT so driving to try new restaurants isn’t hard!

24.Learn to like red wine.
I am a white wine drinker, but when I went to Italy I tolerated red wine. I would love to love both. Also I would like to get bobby to have a tolerance for wine in general.

25.Visit Chicago during the holidays
I have heard Chicago in the winter is beautiful. Cold but beautiful. I would love to visit near Christmas and see their version of the Christkindlmarket market.

 26.Start a family
I want to have a large family with Bobby. Coming from a home with just me, I would love to start our family as soon as we get married.

27.Learn to like wear high heels.
I live in flats and sneakers. I would love to dress more business casual and feminine.

28.Attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
I am kind of cheating on this one because we are heading there this year!

29.Bake more.
One of my favorite hobbies is baking. I need to start doing this more.

30.Blog more.
I want to make it a goal to blog more. This isn’t a very quantifiable goal but in general when I bake a great recipe, do something fun with family, or anything I want to capture it on this little blog.

Currently: April 2017

Hi Friends! Life has been crazy as of lately so I thought I would share whats been going on in my neck of the woods on this good ol’ blog.

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Wearing: Spring weather is finally here to stay in New England! The sandals have been broken out for good and now I need to head to old navy for some flip flops.

Watching:  Married at First Sight. I don’t know about you but I LOVE reality TV and this show is so much fun to watch. My favorite couple from the get go and first impressions – Ashley & Anthony.

Listening to:  I made a playlist for the car ride to NYC for this weekend. I’ve been jammin to that this week getting ready for the Bachelorette weekend!

Reading:  The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I have been so busy I haven’t made a large dent in it yet.

Eating:  Cheese Burgers. At least once a week. We have been grilling like crazy this month!

Enjoying:  Touring venues with my love. We are having so much fun doing wedding stuff together, which I knew we would. I love that Bobby wants to be involved. We are visiting two Friday and hoping to book our venue as soon as we find a place we love!

Making: For Easter the bunny came (aka me) for my two babes and I had so much fun putting together their Easter baskets. I still have to put some time aside to make a spring wreath – my door is looking extra naked right now!

Loving:  being engaged to the love of my life ❤

Wishing: that I had my summer bod already. I can see some small changes but nothing major.

Looking forward to:  Bachelorette Weekend with some girls this weekend. Then I head to Nashville for work next week for a few days! I am going to miss Bobby – but I am looking forward to both happenings!

Missing: Having some time to myself to read, craft or bake. We have been so busy and I don’t see it ending any time soon to be able to do what I enjoy.