Archive | Books

Pinteresting Sunny Finds

12 Apr

The warm weather is here and it’s my favorite time of year! <3 I’m a sunshine type of girl so as you can probably guess – I’m all about finding fun things to do in the sunshine. Check out my latest finds on Pinterest for those warm weather days :)

 

Over sized bags for keeping all the necessities in ;) Towel, water, book, sunscreen, sunglasses, wallet, snacks, you name it – I’ve got it in my bag!

A change up in recipes! No more weigh me down food and more light and fun food!

A warm weather reading list! I love basking in the sun with a good book!

Fun flirty dresses! Now I’m not stuck in layers of clothing anymore – I can breath!!

Yummy sangria! Nothing like a refreshing glass to keep you cool on a nice warm day :)

Exploring new places! Getting outside and having an adventure!

Flippy Floppies!!!!!!!!!!!! I love sandals and flip flops!

Frozen Treats – Especially the home made ones!

Warm weather arts & crafts! Not to mention all the DIY projects that we’ve been waiting to do ;)

and don’t forget the seriously awesome amount of sunglasses to choose from!

What are you favorite things about warm weather?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Blacklisted from PTA

22 Mar

You read it right! Look what I’m reading next :D for all of you book fans out there waiting for my next book review since Mindy Kaling’s – I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear I am still reading funny things ;)

My sister gave me Blacklisted from PTA after she got a chance to read it and thought it would be the perfect book for me to read next. She knows that as a mom, I hardly get the chance to read so if she’s going to give me a books it’s one I am going to fall in love with or one that is easy to read. This one – is an easy to read one! It is written in short chapters so you can pick up and put down without feeling lost.

Here is Barnes & Nobles Overview:

Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it’s okay to laugh-at yourself, and at your kids. These are the stories of every parent–even if we don’t always tell them out loud. Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh-either with or at the author.

As a CPA on the mommy track, all Lela wanted to do was sit on the driveway and drink wine out of a box with the neighbors. Luckily, she started writing down her stories instead. Whether tackling PTA meetings, neighborhood politics, or inflation-by-Tooth Fairy, Lela exposes the humor in every awkward moment and maternal meltdown. From a trendy Seattle condo, to a tidy Arkansas subdivision, Lela shares the comic side of family life. She takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St. Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers–the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas. Lela says what the rest of us are thinking. Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on. She’s not afraid to reveal her screw-ups, along with fleeting delusional moments of wherein she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.

Want to get to know Lela Davidson? Check out her website here:

I am so excited to be reading this next – I could use a few more laughs in my daily life ;)

What are you reading?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Challenge Update: Placing This Mat!

6 Mar

So as most of you know I started a new challenge to make myself crochet something new as much as I can!! I decided to start off with the placemat:

This woven type placemat really intrigued me because with the basic placemat you can really jazz it up with custom colors and designs. This picture is a great fall & thanksgiving like feel but I am also picturing spring colors and maybe even some custom designs!

photo (47)

I started out with the foundation and took my time reading the pattern. I’m one of those girls who has a hard time following patterns – I like to make up my own as I go along and change things but I promised myself  I’d stick to it this time so I could see how it turned out in the long run!

photo (46)

It didn’t take long and it really started looking exactly like the pictures in the book which just boosted my excitement! This is four rows in and if it weren’t for me watching TV at the same time it probably would have only taken 10 minutes or less!

photo (45)

Once you get past row five it’s just a repeat until the ending so as you can see this part is going to be a breeze from here on out! I have a feeling I could finish this in a day or two depending on how many distractions I have (oh yes I am easily distracted!!)

Here’s a close up so you can see the holes which will be filled with different colors of yarn in the end :D I’m so excited!

If you are challenging yourself with a new project and have posted about it please share you blog link below! I love seeing what others are in the middle of working on!

 

Love Always,

Jennifer

 

A Challenge: Let’s Do Something New!

4 Mar

For most of you that know me – you know that I love to crochet. What I usually make are infinity scarves because for me, I can make one in a day, doesn’t take much concentration or counting, and I love the end result!

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried something new so I decided to mix it up a little. I bought a bunch of new books that are really interesting and I’m challenging myself to make something new once a month or more!

 

Who’s ready for a little fun?

 

I love the idea of making my own placemats and table runners and mixing different colors for each season!

 

 

This looks so cozy I can’t wait to give it a try! We had something similar to this that fit in Emma’s carseat but still strapped her in. I’d like to attempt it!

 

 

I’m pretty sure I own enough bags, but I don’t own any I’ve made!! Is that a good enough excuse to make another one? ;)

What should I do for my first attempt at a new project? Are you working on something new too?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Mindy Kaling: A Role Model At Last!

27 Feb

So I’ve been reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? and I have to say I haven’t laughed this hard at a book in quite some time! My husband and I watch Mindy’s new show on TV The Mindy Project and have seen her in the TV show The Office. So to say we are fans might be an understatement, but I mean come on! You have to love her!!

Okay maybe you don’t – but I do ;) She’s got a sense of humor that is straight forward, slightly sarcastic, and to be completely honest – exactly what everyone thinks but doesn’t say! Her book is some of the same, but it was definitely enlightening to see the depths of where Mindy came from and how it made her who she is today.

Here is Barnes and Nobles Overview:

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
 
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

Since I’m a mom and reading does not come easy you’ll be happy to know that this is a very light read! I picked it up and put it down easily without feeling lost. Mindy has a great way of making you smile when you read, but not killing you with the boring facts which I have yet to find in any other type of book based on someone’s life! WIN WIN!

If you can’t tell yet – I love this book – which you should have by now because I’ve been rambling about it for hours :P

What I’m excited about next is buying this:

Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself: 50 Topics to Share with Friends

P.S. Thank you google for the pictures – or really thank you Mindy Kaling ;)

Are you reading anything great right now?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 141 other followers