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Loving Right Now: Amazon First Reads & an Awesome Book

16 May

I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for years and I just found out about Amazon First Reads!

Each month, they release a list of editors picks and Amazon Prime members get to choose one FREE Kindle book each month! If you’re not a Kindle person, you can get a discounted rate to shop the hardcover version for $9.99 or less.

I somehow stumbled on the May First Reads list and downloaded The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms.

Source: Amazon.com

Synopsis: Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.

Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.

But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.

You guys, I COULD NOT put this book down. I loved Amy so much and I was cheering for her the entire way of the book.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, this book is free. If you don’t the cost is $4.99 for a Kindle download, $10.37 for a paperback or $15.99 for a hardcover. There is also a chance you can reserve it at your local library. Any which way, READ IT!

Here is a link to the Kindle version: https://amzn.to/2PXPYz6

Here is a link to the Paperback version: https://amzn.to/2HinTQt

Here is a link to the Hardcover version: https://amzn.to/2LDttB3

Have you read a great book lately that you want to share?

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Loving Right Now: The Umbrella Academy

16 Apr

You guys know by now that I love my comic book movies. I ate up Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc on Netflix. OF COURSE I love the Marvel franchise and can’t wait for Avengers: End Game. But to hold me over, I’ve fallen in love with a new series on Netflix, The Umbrella Academy.

{Pssst, my Loving Right Now posts aren’t paid or sponsored or anything. They are just stuff that I’m totally digging now and thought you would like too. You can check out my previous posts here}

Short and sweet synopsis: The Umbrella Academy is the story of a super-dysfunctional family of superheroes who have eight days to get it together and save the world.

Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But by the end of the first episode I was hooked. I plowed through all 10 episodes pretty quickly. They just announced that it was renewed for Season Two, so I’m super excited to continue the adventures with the Hargreeves family.

My current favorite characters are Five and Klaus, with a special place in my heart for Cha-Cha and Hazel. I actually started re-watching the entire series, just so I can enjoy it again and savor it a little more this time!

Is The Umbrella Academy on your watch list? If you did watch it already, which is your favorite Hargreeves?

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Loving Right Now: Book Recommendations

25 Feb

I’ve been on a bit of a reading kick lately and have read some really fabulous books lately! I know a bunch of you are big readers as well, so I wanted to pass on my recommendations. As always, be sure to check your library first to save yourself some moolah.

Source: Amazon.com

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Paperback version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ev0JF0

Kindle version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NsufOD

Holland Bakker has been obsessed with her subway musician crush for months, so when an opportunity arises to connect, she goes for it.  There is job craziness, romance, family issues and more. This was one of the books recommended to me previously when I asked for your recommendations.

I downloaded it on my kindle and LOVED it. Sure, some parts are a little predictable, but the love story is sweet and awfully hot in places. I thought this one was great and will be keeping a look out for more books by Christina Lauren.

The Bucket List: A Novel by Georgia Clark

Hardcover version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2tAYIAD

Kindle version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Ew8HgX

Not to be confused with The Bucket List movie with two old guys, this novel is more of a bucket list for boobies. The main character of this book is Lacey Whitman, who is blindsided when she is diagnosed with the BRACA1 gene mutation that can be an early indicator of breast cancer. Before deciding whether to get a preventative double mastectomy, she decides to write a sassy bucket list for everything she wants to do before saying goodbye to her boobs.

This book was hilarious and sexy and sad all at once and I loved it. I was able to check it out from my local library, so be sure to check yours ASAP to read this one!

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

Paperback version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2VhABmv

Kindle version on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XkXmaY

Jennifer Weiner is one of the queens of ‘chick lit’ and I’ve loved her writing ever since I read Good in Bed. This non-fiction book is a collection of her essays on everything from weight, her career, money, her mother’s coming out of the closet and her relationship with her father.

From her stories of her lonely adolescence to getting published for the very first time, I was entranced by every single chapter in the book. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and immediately went and followed Jennifer Weiner on Instagram.

Now it’s your turn to share, what books are you totally loving right now?

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My Cold Weather Cozy Essentials

11 Feb

Most of us are in the thick of the cold weather yuck. You know… snow, ice, freezing rain, sky-high heating bills. It’s months like this that make me want to pack and move someplace warm. I thought I would share some of the cozy stuff I use to get through the season.

My Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (find it here)

Source: Nordstrom. com

Jack refers to this as my robe, but it is actually just the softest cardigan in all the land. I got it in a Trunk Club box in January 2018 and during the cold weather months I’m wearing it at home 100% of the time. If I were buying it today, I would go for the darker gray version from the photo… but my light gray version is pretty too. I love that it is lightweight but incredibly warm and soft, and it has pockets. It was rather expensive, but if I figured out the cost per wear it would be well below $1 per wear at this point.

Tony Moly Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack (find it here)

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When the weather gets cold and the air becomes full of static, I switch over to this deep conditioner. I first posted about this conditioner back in October 2017 and have been using it during the winter months ever since. It has adorable packaging, is super moisturizing, and smells like a mix of vanilla and macadamia nuts. What’s not to love?!

Carmex Lip Balm (find it here)

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I’m a year-round lip balm kinda girl and usually reach for Chapstick. However, in the winter I need to bump it up a notch and the Carmex Lip Balm gives me a little extra moisturizer for my poor dry lips. I bought the little Carmex pots for years and just recently switched to the sticks… which I like since I don’t have to get my finger all greasy.

Philosophy Glazed Body Souffle Cream (find it here)

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I have probably tried hundreds of different lotions and creams at this point and have a bunch of favorites, including cocoa butter, the Body Shop’s body butters, and pure coconut oil. Every so often I’ll find Philosophy body souffle’s at Nordstrom Rack or Marshalls and I’ll totally hoard them. The cream goes on silky smooth and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. I’m currently using the Marzipan Dreams version and I love it so much.

Bonus Love: Homemade Fire Starters

I first blogged about making homemade fire starters FOUR years ago. You can find the post here. Well, I’ve been making them ever since… including a batch over this past weekend. I just collect the egg containers and lint throughout the year and mix up a new batch of wax whenever I need to refill my fire starter box. I actually ordered a big bag of wax back in 2015 (I got this one) and didn’t realize HOW BIG a 10 pound bag actually was. I actually have only used half the bag so far! If you love having fires in your fireplace, I highly recommend making your own fire starters from crap that would have just been thrown out or recycled anyways!

Do you have a cozy winter essential that you can’t live without this time of year? Please share in the comments!

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