Amy’s Notebook 06.14.17

June 14th, 2017

No Churn Ice Cream

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I can’t wait to try this recipe for no churn ice cream- yum!

“It is impossible to be good with money when you don’t have any.” Please read this piece on why the poor stay poor.

If you are struggling, it looks like Amazon Prime wants to help.

Feeling a little brain dead in the summer? Here are some suggestions for ways to use your brain!

Look like a pro chef with this fidget spinner technique.

Have you seen this movie yet? We watched it and it was EXCELLENT! Highly recommend!

Here’s how to clean those stove burners without a lot of scrubbing.

How gorgeous are these diy pool floats? I’m in love!

This looks like a great summer reading list.

This was your top purchase this week- what a steal!

Now this recipe looks like a great way to use up watermelon for a summer cocktail.

What a great way to build a playlist for your next gathering.

I love these ideas for budget-friendly kitchen upgrades.

Smoothie Prep

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I love these fun combos for make-ahead smoothie prep.

Looking for a steamy summer read? Turn on the A/C and read this like me this week.

I hope you bought an Instant Pot because this recipe looks like a picnic & potluck game changer!

I wasn’t familiar with this health care option for families.

We love doing outdoor movies in the backyard. Check out this setup for an outdoor screen. Genius!

I’m loving the pom pom details on maxi dresses. This one has certainly caught my eye!

I’m blown away by this sunroom makeover.

The case for a high protein diet. Very interesting!

Omg! This looks hilarious!

Patriotic Porch

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What a festive and fun patriotic porch!

Oh, I do love my comma! This made me laugh!

Concerned about climate change? Me too! Here are some real ways that we can do our part.

Sign me up for this delicious summer side!

This really spoke to me about this new life stage.

How cute would these be for a summer party?

Bookmarking this gorgeous kitchen makeover for design inspiration when we finally take the plunge!

“How do I deal with a negative person in my life?” There are some good answers over here if you are struggling.

I love a good affordable lunch so I’m looking forward to browsing through the comments on this post.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

 

Small-Budget Crushes 06-12-17

June 12th, 2017

Coffee Is Obsessed With Me
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Patterned Jersey Dresses patterned jersey dresses ($4.99!!)

Flat Tassel Sandals

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Leopard Print Clutch

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monogram hook

monogram hooks (25% additional off- no coupon code needed)

Embroidered Dress

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nylon weekender tote

nylon weekender tote

Summer Slides

summer slides

Distressed Abstract Oriental Rug

distressed abstract oriental rug (huge summer sale on rugs- up to 70% off)

 

Ankle Strap Espadrilles

ankle strap espadrilles (30% off- no coupon code needed)

Off the Shoulder Dress

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Donut Nail Polish Wraps

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Striped Midi Skirt

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Family Necklace

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Short Jersey Dress

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Wide Leg Crops

wide leg crops (25% off additional- no coupon code needed)

Library Ladies Art

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High Neck Socialite Dress

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Lace Shift Dress

lace flare sleeve shift dress (40% off- no coupon needed!)

Lattice Work Yoga Leggings

lattice work yoga leggings (30% off- no coupon code needed)

Anne of Green Gables Travel Print

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Fantastic Television, Beautifully Styled, & Back in the Saddle

June 9th, 2017

Last Day of Middle School

Our son said a bittersweet farewell to middle school this week. Do you ever look at your kids and think, “I’m not old enough for this!” Yet, here we are! We celebrated the occasion as we celebrate many of our biggest milestones…by stuffing ourselves with sushi. Frankly, there is no better way to celebrate!

I hobbled to the finish of the school year once again. I am so glad we all get some time off to relax. We have a whole lotta nothing planned and I am welcoming it.

Here are a few other things that are making me happy this week!

The Handmaid's Tale

Fantastic Television

I’m not usually much of a television junkie, but between the new season of Master of None (it is EVERYTHING especially the Thanksgiving episode),  The Keepers (watched the entire season in a single day- phenomenal), and The Handmaid’s Tale, I’ve become a couch potato.

In preparation for the series, I read The Handmaid’s Tale this year. Since the election season,  this book has seen resurgence in popularity and Atwood even shared about what her book means during the Trump era with the New York Times,  as it rocks the bestseller list once again.

This timeless dystopian novel, written all the way back in 1984, explores what the world looks like when women lose power over their own bodies and a religious totalitarian government dictates how and when they can reproduce. Women are given roles and seen as objects limiting them to roles like wives, Marthas, Handmaids, Aunts and Unwomen and everyone’s main focus is on procreation.

This book is disturbing in many ways, but I couldn’t put it down. I’m also really glad I waited to read it until this year because it hit me at just the right time and gave me a lot to chew on, even if I found the ending to be an unsatisfying one.

I highlighted almost the entire book because there are so many beautifully written passages. Atwood certainly has a way with words! One line in particular has stuck with me…“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”

I really couldn’t put the book down and I was hopeful that Hulu would be able to do the book justice.

The Handmaid's Tale

I am happy to say, this series REALLY delivers. It’s perfectly cast, the costumes are phenomenal, the music is perfection,  and it has done so well that they are expanding it into a second season. I find myself holding my breath through the entire show because it is so dark and suspenseful. I can’t begin to tell you how incredible it is and I can’t wait to see how they expand upon the book.

People ask me if they should read the book first and I say, do it! I didn’t feel like it took away from the show at all and I haven’t found myself comparing the book and show. They are both incredible and I enjoyed each of these experiences with this story.

Stitch Fix

Beautifully Styled

It has been a long time since I have requested a Stitch Fix box, but my new pain relief device I’m wearing is a bit bulky and can be a challenge to work around. I am learning that being more specific with my requests and sizing issues has really improved the offerings in my box. In fact, I kept everything in my box this time.

Stitch Fix Box

Here is what was sent in my box. Being petite means most maxi dresses and skirts require altering or wearing heels. I am so excited that nothing I got required alterations and even the simple bracelet they included fits my wrist. The dress on the right was my least favorite item, but they always get me with the 25% off if you keep everything so I kept it. Although pricier than making a dress run at Target, I loved knowing that I wasn’t going to have to take everything to the seamstress for altering. All in all, REALLY happy with Stitch Fix.

I also discovered they have Stitch Fix for men now too. I think that would make for a pretty incredible Father’s Day gift. Here is my referral link for some savings on your first box!!

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Back in the Saddle

After putting it off forever, I have finally started physical therapy and I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner. I am finding that a lot of my problems are just not being aware of how to use my body in the proper way.  Now that I am starting that, I figured it would be a good time to get back to exercising so I’m back in the saddle again.

I can’t tell you how much I love my foldable stationary bike and using my CycleCast app for motivation. This week my odometer crossed over 100 miles! I like to do a 20 minute routine with the instructor volume on and then I do the routine again minus the instructor and just catch up on my email and such while I’m biking. It’s such a great way to workout and I love how tiny this bike folds up.

barre

I also picked up some barre classes over at this studio and I am loving it. I am still figuring out the best ways to modify for my body, but I love that I’m not the only one making modifications in these classes which gives me a little more confidence. I’m really proud that I’m working out again and I’m learning that it is better to go slow and modify then push myself into another setback.

Cheers to getting strong and feeling good again! If you need a little motivation for summer, here is a free fitness tracker printable!!

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Eating: 5-ingredient Caprese Pork Chops are on the menu this week. My chops are marinating right now for tonight- yum!

Reading: I started this book on audiobook and it is beautiful! I’m also still working my way through this book. I was sucked in from page one!

Loving the Interwebz Because of This:

Love that they made this.

Oh, the talent!

This is my mayor- way to go, Mayor Pete!

This is just all kinds of fantastic.

Things millennials are accused of killing this year- the comments are hilarious too!

Have a lovely week, friends!! xoxo

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Amy’s Notebook 06.07.17

June 7th, 2017

Laid Back Waves

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I love this easy hair tutorial for laid back waves.

Styling tips for the month of June and 30 outfits for your summer wardrobe inspiration.

All the things I want to say about money, but never do. I echo all of this!

We are big shrimp fans so I can’t wait to try these four genius tricks to make all your shrimp dinners better.

Did you read this book? I absolutely loved it (and I wasn’t a fan of her first one). This movie news is quite exciting as a big fan of this book.

It’s finally rosé season and I LOVE this tip on the wine chiller you probably already own. Speaking of rosé, this rosé was quite the talk this week on the food blogs. Can’t wait to pick some up!

You had me at the word nachos.

I got my fifth one of these and they nailed it. I’m keeping everything for the first time. I’m learning- get REAL specific with requests. Working around this has been my new wardrobe challenge and they found the perfect pieces.

 

Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tostadas

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Sriracha Lime Cauliflower Tostadas sounds like a fun meatless option full of flavor.

Making a marriage magically tidy- great for a good old-fashioned LOL.

I’m working on saying a lot more yes to the unknown so I loved this post.

This book is on my weekend reading agenda- have you read it? I’m still reading (and loving) this book this week.

I love seeing how people use Evernote in their lives. Do you use this app? I want to start using it more!

I can’t wait to try this little trick for taking my milkshakes to the next level. Vegan? This recipe sounds delicious too!  Sounds like these are guaranteed to bring all the boys to the yard!

I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy flank steak in the summer and this recipe looks like it would be a hit at our house.

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

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This grilled chicken bruschetta dish looks like a summertime winner.

This was your top purchase from this week’s style crushes and now you’ve convinced me I need these in my life too.

Give me all the caprese!

3 mindset hacks for unstoppable workout motivation. You guys- I’m back at it and I fully admit, I am working on these things.

Looking for ways to inspire your kids over the summer to learn? I’m thinking I might give this a swing for a month. Have you ever used it?

Commencement speech inspiration for your life- who couldn’t use a little of this?

What an adorable diy patio umbrella for the backyard!

Do you follow me on Instagram? I’d love to connect!

How adorable is this Diary of a Wimpy Kid party?

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Small-Budget Crushes 06.06.17

June 6th, 2017

Two for Tuesday Flats

TODAY ONLY- 2 for Tuesday – 6/6/17 – 2 for $22 Flats! + FREE SHIPPING w/code 2FORFLATS

Striped Swimsuit

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Personalized Leather Passport Holder

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Sleeveless Pintuck Dress

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Buckled Leather Bag buckled leather bag- take an additional $8 off with coupon code SUMMER5

Yoga Socks

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Surfboard Towel Hook

surfboard towel hook with a shark bite

Sleeveless Pintuck Romper

sleeveless pintuck romper- on sale 40% off!!

Dinosaur Crayons

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coco banana iphone case

coco banana iphone case

Pocket Maxi Skirt

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Ask Your Mom Mug

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Bow-Tie Swing Dress

bow-tie swing dress

Linen Yoga Mat Bag

linen yoga mat bag

Chino Shorts

chino shorts- take 40% off with coupon code TODAYONLY

Yoda Best Dad Mug

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Ankle Length Leggings

ankle length leggings (come in petite & plus sizes too!!)

Chiffon Wrap Maxi Skirt

chiffon wrap maxi skirt (comes in petite & tall!!)

Vintage Cotton Tees

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Craftsy Classes

TODAY ONLY- 12 classes for $12 each (love, love, love classes from this company!)

Floral Flats

TODAY ONLY- 2 for Tuesday – 6/6/17 – 2 for $22 Flats! + FREE SHIPPING w/code 2FORFLATS

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May 2017 Must-Reads

June 5th, 2017

May 2017 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

We are in the final week of our school year which means this month has been CRAZY and my reading time has felt limited.  I am looking forward to camping out in a lounge chair at our community pool with a big stack of books and nothing to do this summer. I have so many advanced readers coming in to share with you and can’t wait to work through my stack and share some more reviews with you on what is hitting the shelves this summer.  For today, I have seven more recommendations to share with you of must-read books that I tackled in May.

Are you working through our MomAdvice Reading Challenge? I am loving the added challenge it is bringing to add more diversity to my book stacks. I managed to tackle a few more categories this month again and love checking those little boxes off as I finish my books.

Just as a reminder, I read many more books than are just featured here, but try to feature the ones that are my absolute best picks.  If you want to see more of what I am reading,  please feel free to friend me on GoodReads! You can find me right here and I am always happy to connect with people there too! There is nothing more motivating than seeing what other people are raving about and my to-be-read pile continues to grow with all of my new friends on there! In fact, many of the books featured are ones that I have found through my friends on GoodReads.

PS- Don’t forget to join our FREE book club! It’s so awesome!

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I fell in love with this wildly original novel that explores a work partnership between two women animators that are trying to be successful in a male-dominated industry. The two best friends, Mel & Sharon, bond in college and then decide to work together on an adult animated movie.

The yin and yang in this partnership is what makes it work so well. Sharon is steady and reliable while Mel brings a chaotic wildness to her work. When Sharon becomes ill though, they find their roles must be reversed and work has to be on pause until Sharon can return. It is through Sharon’s private journal that their next animated film takes shape and brings them back to Sharon’s hometown for answers.

Will everyone love this? Probably not! It’s crass and dark and, perhaps, the story goes on just a tad too long. However, all readers should have an appreciation for such an ambitious debut as Whitaker not only writes the book, but the animated movie plots that unfold for these animators. It is unlike anything I’ve read and I love the exploration of a female partnership carving their place in this artistic field.

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A book about art

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Bandit by Molly Brodak

Bandit by Molly Brodak

I have been trying to add more memoirs to my stack and I have a feeling that if you were a fan of The Sound of Gravel you will find this book to be similar in nature and the emotions it brings.

Brodak’s father is a convicted bank robber and was arrested for robbing eleven banks when she was just thirteen. He served time for seven years, was released, and began robbing more banks just a few years later.

His daughter documents the two sides of her father as she tries to understand his motives and habits. His charisma is so charming that he easily manipulates those around him, including his children. With raw honesty, Brodak just wants to make sense of her childhood and what qualities she has that are her father’s.

The story is raw and real. This isn’t someone who has necessarily made peace, but it is the story of someone trying to heal.

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A memoir from someone you have never heard of

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Into the water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Let’s just say that Into the Water was the book I was most excited to read and was my least favorite in this month’s stack. I feel bad saying this, but this book will be easily forgotten by me. I should say that it REALLY will be forgotten since Hawkins tries to incorporate a million characters into a rather weak plot about a river that has killed many of the town’s residents. I am including it in today’s round-up though because I know many of you were curious about it.

Here is what I will say. The mystery does get solved, but Hawkins lost me in the process.  I plowed through hoping that the plot would pick up, that there might be a dramatic twist and big reveal…yeah, nope.  Police procedural books aren’t usually my favorite, but I had hopes she could weave a compelling story that would hook me.

I will still give Hawkins another try on her next book, but this one just didn’t do it for me. Reviews seem to be pretty mixed on this- people love it or they hate it so you might not want to take my word for it especially if you are a fan of police procedural books. I would love to hear your thoughts though either way on this one!

3 Out Of 5 Stars

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

If you are looking for the next The Snow Child, then I’d love to suggest this book as something you might enjoy. Arden’s debut novel is a Russian fairytale that about a little girl named Vasilisa and her family. They live in the wilderness where the winters are cold and she loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears to claim unware souls.

When Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father brings home a bride who forbids their family to continue honoring the household spirits. This lapse causes many bad things to happen and Vasilisa must defy everyone she loves and use the gifts she has long concealed.

This book is a beautiful escape for any fairytale lover.

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beartown is one of the most anticipated books this year from Fredrik Backman. If you are looking for another Ove novel, this one is not it and is very different than anything Backman has written before. I love it when a novelist take risks and Backman does just that with this new novel.

Beartown is set in a small forest town obsessed with hockey.  The Bears of Beartown win and they have their strongest team yet and a true possibility of winning the national semi—finals. Just as they approach their biggest game of the season, a violent act occurs that threatens the reputation of the strongest player on the team. To make matters worse, the family involved in this act also happens to be in charge of the hockey team. A father is then placed in a position he could have never conceived especially when an entire town is ready to demonize anyone who would ever speak against their star player.

Much like Into the Water, Backman has taken on a large cast of characters and the first half of the book feels mostly like introductions to each person to set the stage for the turning point in the plot. Although I love Backman’s writing, the first half felt sluggish. As so many other readers had promised, when reading other reviews, the second half was much better once the plot actually got moving.

This is still a solid read, but you have to have the patience to power through the first half to get to the meat of the plot.

4 Out Of 5 Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have read every single book that Taylor Jenkins Reid has written and I have loved each of them in their own way. This book is markedly different than anything she has ever written and is an absolutely spellbinding book filled with old Hollywood glamour, celebrity secrets, and the power of real and true love.

Evelyn Hugo is an aging starlet who has decided to hire a magazine reporter to write her biography. As someone who has been very private, it is the chance of a lifetime for a virtually unknown writer to be given the story that is worth millions of dollars.

Evelyn’s love life has been something that Hollywood has often been speculated on, but no one could ever guess who captured Evelyn’s heart and how she was able, at times, to make her relationship work with the love of her life. Unfortunately, living in the spotlight often gets in the way of real living. This couldn’t be truer in Evelyn’s life and she is ready to divulge all of her secrets to Monique, in exchange for her writing her biography and publishing it upon her death.

I cannot rave enough about Reid’s ability to write real and relatable love stories. Each of her love stories has connected with me in some way and this book is no exception. I was swept away in Evelyn’s retelling of her life and Reid weaves smart plot twists in the end that I have a feeling you will really enjoy. In fact, I’m still thinking about them.

You must add this book to your book stacks stat!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Want to snag this one for a steal? This one was one of the incredible selections available in the Book of the Month Club! You can join for just $10 a month for the first three months and then cancel at anytime! 

The only disappointment, for me, is the fact that I have to wait for her next book.

Be sure to read my interview with Taylor in our Sundays With Writers series to learn more about how she crafts her beautiful love stories.

5 Out Of 5 Stars

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Many moons ago, my husband and I watched an incredible documentary on PBS called The Poisoner’s Handbook. Radium was one of those things that we discovered that had been an additive to many household products because people thought radium had health benefits. In this book, Kate Moore does an incredible exploration of the women who were most affected by the use of radium in a radium-dial factory and how corporate greed became more important than the safety of its employees.

Women often had to start working in their teen years, since educating women wasn’t a worthy investment in the 1920’s, and many soon discovered that the job that was paying the most was working in a radium-dial factory. These women were in charge of painting the faces of watches with this glow-in-the-dark paint and the quicker and more they could produce the work, the more valued they were as an employee. They found by licking the tips of the paintbrushes (as was even encouraged by their supervisors) they could paint much quicker and do a better job in the details of these watches. Since radium was heralded as being healthy, the girls had no problems ingesting it and even were known to paint their teeth, lips, and eyes with it for a fun night on the town.

When the girls began becoming ill and dying, doctors could not figure out why their patients were dying in such horrific and painful ways. When they began to suspect that their factory jobs may have something to do with it, the corporations continued to ignore their concerns and did not change their safety standards, putting more women at risk every single day.

This story documents these girls and their stories as well as the court battle that they endured after they were convinced that radium was to blame. It is a heartbreaking read that I had a difficult time with, but am so thankful I read. These women were true heroes and Moore’s writing is captivating and compassionate as she tells their stories.

If you are planning on reading just one nonfiction book this year, let it be this one!

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A nonfiction book

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Amy Allen Clark

Read With Me This Year:

January 2017 Must-Reads

February 2017 Must-Reads

March 2017 Must-Reads

April 2017 Must-Reads

May 2017 Must-Reads from MomAdvice.com

What did you read this month? Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site! Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads! xo

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Amy’s Notebook 05.31.17

May 31st, 2017

Summer Reading Bookmarkers

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I love these summer reading challenge bookmarks.

Have you heard of temptation bundling? What a great approach to tackling the to-do list.

Speaking of to-do lists, I can’t wait to try this out!

I’ve been wanting to experiment with wallpaper in our home and love these ideas for how to use it.

I had never heard of this lawn game before, but it looks like a blast!

This is going to be me someday, I just know it.

Awwww…I never knew this. This is so sweet!

10 ways to put your slow cooker to work for summer potlucks.

“We’re throwaway people. Nobody cares about us…” Wow, this was a powerful piece.

Copycat Shake Shack Burgers

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Copycat Shake Shack Burgers? Um, heck yeah! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

This recipe also looks like a winner for the grill!

Loving this simple door makeover- gorgeous!

You must be embracing the slip-on sneaker craze since these were your top purchase this month!

Adding this mixed berry sangria recipe and this beautiful punch to my arsenal for summer.

When self-improvement becomes self-destruction. I need to work on some of these!

3 Hummus Recipes

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I can’t wait to try these three hummus recipes for a fun appetizer spread with friends.

Can’t wait to dig into this book this week. Have you read it yet? She’s always a favorite of mine.

I’d love to make a grown-up summer bucket list.

These double braids are such an easy summer style.

15 things book-lovers do better than anyone else. Agreed!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Small-Budget Crushes 05.30.17

May 30th, 2017

Straight Outta Dad's BBQ Cutting Board

straight outta dad’s bbq cutting board

Whisper Cotton Stripes Tee

perfect stripes tee

Softspun Flutter Shorts

softspun flutter shorts (use coupon code WKND for 40% off)

Rattan Accent Chair

rattan accent chair

Teacher Bookmark

custom teacher bookmark

Instant Water Balloons

instant water balloons

Kona BBQ Mats

kona bbq mats

Julia Straw Sun Visor

julia straw sun visor

Slouchy Cap Sleeve Top

slouchy cap sleeve top (use coupon code WKND for 40% off!!)

Polka Dotted Dress

polka dotted dress

Saltwater Sandals

Salt Water Sandals (my favorite sandal for summer!!)

Mid-Rise Soft Pants

mid-rise soft pants

Caftan Beach Cover-Up

caftan beach cover-up (40% off today- no coupon needed!)

Tees Please Holder

tees please holder

Wrap Belt Midi Dress

wrap belt midi dress  (use coupon code WKND for 40% off)

Bessie Shower Curtain

bessie shower curtain (33% off today!!)

Sunshine Appreciation Society Bag

sunshine appreciation society beach bag

Dressy Shorts

dressy shorts (several colors/patterns)

Harry Styles on Vinyl

harry styles vinyl album

Solid Wood Chess Board Set

solid wood chess board set

Wooden Wine Trough

wooden wine trough (33% off today!!)

Tie Back Tiered Sleeve Top

tie back tiered sleeve top

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It’s the 3 Little Things: No More Ironing, Hold My Book, & a Little Support

May 26th, 2017

sister

It was a happy month for our family because my little sister graduated with her nursing degree this month! A single mom is a hard job to have, but add on to that supporting your family with a full-time job and going to nursing school on top of it…

Yeah, INSANE.

I have always admired her endurance and ability to see things through even when her path was a hard one. I’m a fizzler so I would have given up about three weeks in. Isn’t it funny how different two sisters can be?

Selfishly, it is quite exciting to talk to her every day and have, like, unlimited time with her now that she has finished her program. I’m sure you can imagine how happy that makes me to have my best friend back. It is like every day is now a seester day over here!

I am so proud of her success. Sometimes I feel like I get a lot of undeserved glory with this funny job. While I’m out tooting my own horn all over the interwebz, this girl was buckled down in an intense program and cranking out incredible work every single day (while juggling everything else in her life). I couldn’t admire her success more.

Not only that, there are going to be so many patients blessed by her incredible compassion and giving heart. Everyone should have a nurse like her!

Congratulations, sissy!!

Here are a few other things that are making me happy this week! 

Urpower Handheld Steamer

No More Ironing

I hate ironing so I am really selective about the clothing I purchase and have even been known to return things if it is shipped to me and has wrinkles. Ironing requires a level of commitment that I just can’t swing. I’m not sure why I have never considered purchasing a small garment steamer before, but this gadget is LIFE CHANGING for someone who hates ironing. Basically, I just fill this thing up with water, give it a couple of minutes to start steaming, and blow the steam in front of the garment and watch those wrinkles just fall out of my clothing. Detailed areas around armholes, tricky spots around buttons, that tight spot under the arms….all those wrinkles just fall right on out when you have one of these.

This is so much smarter than using my hair straightner. While I am wearing the garment. Oh, you’ve never burned your stomach because of this before?

For less than $25, this one comes with a little bag so you can pack it for trips and freshen up your clothes when you arrive to your destination.

If you don’t have one, I can’t recommend this inexpensive gadget enough for feeling freshly pressed every dang day!

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An Ergonomically Correct Way to Read

As I’m sure you know, the book section of the site takes quite a bit of reading time. Since I have had some issues with joint pain in my hands, it made holding a book quite uncomfortable. It also wasn’t good to have my arms constantly in a bent position or have my neck bent down all the time. For Mother’s Day, I got this Levo Corner Table Clamp Book Holder for my gift and it is awesome if you spend a lot of time reading and are looking for something that will be easier on your hands and body.

You attach the book cover with velcro to the stand and then the page holders hold the pages down for you. It has a quick guide on one-handed flipping and the book holder can swing out of the way when you aren’t using it. I took this out to my little she shed and have been using it to hold my iPad too (minus the velcro)  although they do have another product that might work better if you are looking for just a holder for your electronic devices.

I can’t tell you how great this has been to have my books at eye level and the convenience of clamping this wherever I might need it. This was such a great gift this year and I know I will get many years of use out of it!

Dr. Scholl's Arthritis Pain Relief Orthocis

Better Support

I’ve learned that supportive shoes are always a smart investment so I never skimp on buying good quality shoes anymore. That said, I noticed that even with this smart investment that I had a bit of heel and knee pain going on so I picked up a pair of these arthritis pain relief inserts, from Dr. Scholl’s,  for my shoes.

Yes, I realize this went to an old lady happy really fast, but I think most people could benefit from a good quality insert in their shoes.

These have a shockguard that helps absorb the impact of your steps and I have decreased the pain in my knees with just a pair of these slipped in my shoes. I paid about $5 more for these at our drugstore so I found them even more affordably priced over here.

I love that they offer a money back guarantee if they don’t work out for you too! If you struggle with knee, hip pain, or any type of joint instability, give these a try!

Shrimp Boil

Eating: As soon as the weather starts warming up, I start arming myself with ingredients for a Shrimp Boil with the family. This weekend’s project is to get that picnic table stained again for another season of shrimp boil eating with our friends. Yum!

Listening: I’ve been listening to this playlist a lot this week on the way to the various appointments and such. I also loved hearing NPR’s take on Master of None.

Reading: I have been swept away in this fabulous read this week. It’s very different than her past books and has such a beautiful love story.  I think you would love it too!

Watching: This has become our new favorite family night show together. Are you addicted too?

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Loving the Interwebz Because of This:

You will only get the image above if you are a Parks & Rec junkie. Do you remember the Ice Town scandal? LOL!!

We call this a Taco Bell night. (warning- language)

ALL THE FEELINGS.

The Dirty Dancing Roast- oh, snap! Totally did not watch it. Did you?

I’m obsessed and now I’m more obsessed.

If this doesn’t make you smile, you aren’t human.

Have a lovely week, friends!! xoxo

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Amy’s Notebook 05.24.17

May 24th, 2017

Patio Tile

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This patio makeover is stunning. I am especially loving the tile in this space!

These are wonderful tips for capturing your teen through photography.

Who knew reading was so dangerous?

Speaking of reading, looking forward to diving into this book and this book this week!

Wow, what a powerful photography project this was.

What a smart gift to give yourself when coming home from vacation.

If I had one Hollywood crush, it would be this guy.

Gluten-Free Bread for One

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I had no idea you could make gluten-free bread for one. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

This was your top purchase this month. I hope you are scratching a ton of states off!

Slower reader? That’s okay- here’s a minimalist summer reading guide.

These recipes look amazing to get your diet back on track.

This trailer looks so good- two of my favorites in one film!

This fulfills all my tiny house dreams.

I am afflicted with this and it drives me crazy sometimes (warning, language!)

Chicken Pesto Bake

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Definitely adding this chicken pesto bake to our menu planner. Yum!

How adorable is this mail holder? I will say, I’m still REALLY loving this solution we found!

Dying laughing- avoid the crescent rolls.

I really want to try this to help quiet my mind. I’ll keep you posted on if I can actually do it!

When the gospel of minimalism collides with daily life.

I am pretty sure that this is going to be my new favorite show when it hits television.

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