Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July Book Review


Happy Tuesday Friends! I hope your week got off to a great start and you have exciting things planned for this week.  

For 2016, I have decided that it is important for me to take the time to read books... I know, I know, I say this every year, but this year I promise will be different! 

The goal is to each month, read a random assortment of books and share a few thoughts about the book (but not too much as I don't want to spoil the fun for anyone).  I love reading and I love sharing books with you guys.

Plus, this is a great opportunity for you all to share some of your awesome reads with me! 

If you want to follow/friend me on Goodreads, click here.

And you can keep track all year long by clicking 2016 Books at the top of my blog.  I will keep a running list of books right there for you.

Okay, time for the books I've read // currently reading in July!


The first book I read in July was The Last Star by Rick Yancey.  This is the third book in The 5th Wave Series and I honestly was sad to see it come to an end.  I will say that off the three books I enjoyed this one the most because of how many twists and turns the book took.  I honestly was on the edge of my seat for the last 20 or so chapters of the book and I am looking forward to checking out what other books Rick Yancey has written.  


The second book I read in July was What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.  This book came highly recommended by my cousin Kellie (we've been trading books a lot lately!) and she nailed this one on the head.  I had heard of Liane Moriarty before with her book The Husbands Secret.  What Alice Forgot is not something that I would typically pick for myself because I tend to stick to Young Adult books, but I am glad that I took the time to read this one.  The book centers around Alice who has suffered a head injury and cannot remember the last ten years of her life - and a LOT has happened in those ten years.  I will say, the book starts a little slower than I prefer, so if you need a book that grabs you from the first page, I would maybe pass on this one. 

If you are interested in purchasing these books, check them out on Amazon by clicking the images below!




Books I purchased in July:

On thing I wanted to start doing is tracking when I purchased books.  This will help me track how long I had a book before I actually read the book.  While on a trip to Costco a few weeks ago, I picked up Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.  Justin had taken me to see Me Before You last month and I really enjoyed the movie, so I thought it may be fun to read the book.  And I love Judy Blume, so I just picked up Summer Sisters on a whim.  I will have to let you know what I think when I finish them!




Well that is all for my books for July! 

To check out the other books I have read this year, check out my 2016 Books tab at the top of my page or check out my reading list on Goodreads! If you have a Goodreads account, make sure to add me because I am always on the hunt for a good book recommendation.

Question of the Day: What good books are you currently reading? 


I'd love to hear from you!


Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Highs & Lows #37

Hello everyone!I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and exciting adventures  If you want more information about the party, please check out this post.



Happy Monday friends! I am so sorry I disappeared for a week.  I had so many things I had to get done last week that the time just got away from me! I'm hopping back onto the train this week. 


*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Highs:

This weekend was actually on the low key side, so we did not have a lot going on.  On Friday night, we went out hunting for Pokemon with our friend, Nick.  We actually tried a new location and were able to add some pretty cool Pokemon to our collection.  I also took over my first gym! I didn't hold it more than 12 hours, but it was still fun.

Saturday we slept in, then in the afternoon I headed out to a CycleBar event! They are opening two new locations in the Metro Detroit Area so I met up with some blogger friends to give it a try! I loved the class and fully intent to head back there shortly! More on CycleBar to come later this week.  Saturday evening Nick and Kevin came over and we had a chill evening at the house.


Sunday Justin and I hung out at home before heading out to the mall for a few hours.  I met up with a few of my cousins to shop and catch some Pokemon.  After the mall we ran to Target to grab a few things before heading home for the evening.  My friend Vicki came over for a few hours to see the house and just catch up.


Lows:

My asthma was SO bad this weekend.  I think it is from the big heat wave we've been having.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Last 5 Things I've Bought: July

Happy Wednesday Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week and are looking forward to an exciting rest of the week! 

Every now and then I like to do these random posts about the last five things I purchased and this seemed like the perfect time to share what I've purchased recently!





*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*
A NEW HOUSE!
I know I have really not posted much about the house but we are homeowners and have lived in the house for almost 2 months! It is crazy how quickly those few months have gone by and we already have planned our housewarming party mid-August! I promise I will do a home tour when our house feels a little more put together and I wouldn't be horribly embarrassed by the mess.




*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume & Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I went to Costco with my mom a few weeks ago and decided to pick up these books while I was there.  Justin took me to see Me Before You a few weeks ago and I loved the movie.  But of course, it's always better to read a book first, so I decided it was time to grab the book and read it.  Of course, mom is reading it first then we are going to trade books.

I saw The Summer Sisters book on the shelf and decided to just go ahead and grab it because it looked like a good summer read.  Hopefully I end up loving both books when I can get around to reading them.





*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*
I am so excited because Justin's parents surprised me with a pair of Tieks for a belated birthday gift! I have been wearing the same pair of black flats to work for easily 2-3 years and have been desperately needing a new pair.  Tieks have been floating around Pinterest for a while and I've been having an internal debate about whether or not they are worth the price.  

Well, surprise to me! I have only had the chance to wear them a few times, but so far I love them! they are already confirming to my foot and feel so comfortable.  Plus, they travel well in a purse or suitcase. 



*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*
Qupid Cutout Philly Bootie from Zulily
When it comes to shoes, I am typically picky, but when these popped up as a Zulily Item, I knew that I had to buy them.  I do not have many short booties at home and thought this would be a great addition to my collection for this upcoming fall.  I believe this color is sold out, but they are available in Black! Go to the Zulily site and search for Cutout Philly Bootie.  

*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*
Last Wednesday I got together with my mom for our weekly mother/daughter dinner and she had something to return to Carson's.  While we were there, I saw this purse as we walked into the store and I fell in love.  It was on sale for $275.99 which was a lot more than I wanted to pay, but my mom had a coupon that was good for designer stuff, so I was able to get it down to $175.  BUT, they were having this deal that you got 2 $20 off $50 cards with every purchase, so between my mom and I we racked up enough to get $100 off the purse.  So I bought it Wednesday, but knew I couldn't use it until Friday/Saturday when I could get a price adjustment.

Saturday morning, I went back to the store and guess what! The purse went on sale even more so I ended up paying $90 for this purse! I cannot believe it! And it's perfect for me!



*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*----*

Question of the Day: What is one item you've purchased recently? 

I'd love to hear from you!



Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekend Highs & Lows #36

Hello everyone!I hope you had a wonderful weekend filled with fun and exciting adventures  If you want more information about the party, please check out this post.



Happy Monday friends! I am so sorry I disappeared for a week.  I had so many things I had to get done last week that the time just got away from me! I'm hopping back onto the train this week. 


*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Highs:

This weekend was definitely more on the chill side.  I loved being able to just relax and spend time around the house.  Saturday morning we got up early to have the sprinkler guys come and work on the system because it was installed improperly.  In the afternoon, Justin and I took Leilah to the vet to get her shots updated.  She didn't seem too thrilled about being there, but she handled the visit like a champ.


Saturday afternoon was spent at my mom's house working on a knitting project for my cousin's baby.  I cannot wait to give it to her once it's done!

Saturday evening, Nick came over and we went around catching Pokemon until 1:30am! It was so fun seeing all of the people out and about catching Pokemon and the weather was SO nice! It honestly would have been perfect for a bonfire and s'mores!


Sunday morning we slept in before having pancakes and catching up some on our DVR before I went to a family reunion for my mom's side of the family.  We spent the afternoon playing volleyball, hanging out and just generally enjoying each other's company.  It was super nice!



Sunday evening Justin and I went to get some paint samples before going to Art Van to shop for some stuff for our house.  After shopping, we went to dinner at Outback! Yay for an unplanned date night.

Lows:

My mom fainted on Saturday while she was out and about.  She is okay now, but it was a little scary.