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It’s the 3 Little Things: So American, Spot Free Dishes, & a Little Dystopia

Friday, July 25th, 2014


Happy Friday, friends!  If you are anything like me, I know that you are looking forward to this weekend. I have quite a few fun projects I am tackling for the site and am jetting off to Austin next week with for a fun weekend of learning! In the meantime, it is a mad dash of laundry, deadlines, and playing catch up on the house. The usual.

Here are three things that are making me happy this week that I think you will love too!


Television We Both Love

As you may or may not know, we ditched cable so we either have to purchase a series through Amazon or wait for it to come through our Netflix or Hulu subscriptions. My husband signed us up for Amazon Prime this year and they have a partnership now with HBO and are offering several FX series shows that I am not able to get on Netflix or Hulu. Since we are paying for this membership, we are doing our best to get our money out of it and one way is through our television-watching.

I kept hearing great things about The Americans and we are only three shows in and I am absolutely in love with this series already. It’s a little Mr. & Mrs. Smith and a little Alias. The story is set in the ’80’s and centers around  the marriage of KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC.  The show is set during the Reagan presidency and follows Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, two spies who are in an arranged marriage.

The fight scenes are amazing, the acting is superb, and the plot just keeps thickening.  A marathon of this show is on our weekend agenda and that makes me very, very happy!


Goodbye to Spotty Glassware

Summer is the season of wine glasses… oh, wait… maybe that’s just me (*ahem*).  We have hard water and by hard water, I mean miserably hard water that builds up in my coffee makers, on our shower heads, coats our sink fixtures, and makes for the world’s spottiest dishware. I didn’t know what to do other than donate our cups each year and get new ones. We got a new dishwasher and it still wasn’t helping even with vinegar in my rinse aid and running all of our different cycles.

As I researched how to get rid of spots, I ran across this Lemi Shine in a “hard water woe discussion forum,”  and it has changed my world. You add this where the dishwasher tablet usually goes and then put your dishwasher tablet in the other compartment. It boosts your dishwasher soap and makes everything shine like the top of the Chrysler building (said with my best jazz hands). Seriously, if you struggle with hard water, give this a shot and tell me what you think.


A Great Summer Escape

Let me preface by saying that this book is so very far out of my genre that when I picked it up, I wasn’t sure if this was ever going to be a book I could get into. I am just done with dystopian societies, I hate science fiction, and I really am not into shows like The Walking Dead.  I got an advance reader of The Girl With All the Gifts from NetGalley and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it.  This book is wildly imaginative, suspenseful, and leaves you wondering who you should be rooting for as the story develops. I really, really loved this book.  Unfortunately, it is just the kind of book that you shouldn’t talk about so that each reader can go on the journey with this child and find out just what makes her special.

It lagged a bit in the middle and there were times I was skimming through some of the scientific portions because they were so lengthy, but overall it was an amazing read that found me irritated every time some real-life activity had to interrupt my reading time. It’s been a long time since I have felt that way about a book like this.

I have reached out to the author for an interview, but he’s kind of a big deal… I am not sure if he will reply to my messages. I didn’t want to let this read slip through the cracks though so I am mentioning it today if you want to try something new.

It does have graphic violence and graphic language. Power through.

Don’t read the reviews, it will spoil your journey and discovery of Melanie and all her gifts! 

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Advanced Readers, Gluten-Free Deals, & Fancy Dresses

Friday, May 9th, 2014

It's the 3 Little Things

Happy Friday, friends, and a happy Mother’s Day to each of you!  I always look forward to sharing my happy list with you and I can’t wait to see your lists too! Today’s happiness list involves advanced readers, gluten-free deals, and fancy dresses. I also have a pretty cute bonus happy for you!

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Advanced Readers from NetGalley

When I started reviewing books for our site, I had no idea that NetGalley existed and everyone kept telling me I should sign up, especially when I first launched our book club.  NetGalley is a site that if you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request, read and provide feedback about forthcoming titles.  If you are any of these people, I can’t tell you how fun it is to get to preview books before their release date. I have them sent directly to my iPad, using my Kindle app, and get to sneak peek books from some really amazing authors.

That is how I got to sneak peek, “One Plus One,” by Jojo Moyes. If you haven’t read The Girl You Left Behind or Me Before You, you must reserve them at your library because they are amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but this book made me laugh, cry, and connect with every character in this book. She weaves an endearing story of a mother who is down on her luck and can barely make ends meet when her daughter is offered the chance of a lifetime to receive a scholarship for her excellence in mathematics that will cover 90% of her daughter’s education. Coming up with the other ten percent seems impossible, but she is determined to make this happen for her daughter. When she hears of a math contest happening in Scotland that offers a cash prize, she must do everything she can to get her there… including hitching a ride with the most unlikely man who could ultimately change their entire world. 

Anyone who has ever struggled financially or who would sacrifice it all to give their kids everything they need will appreciate this extraordinary book that, I hope, will be adapted to movie one day. It is that good!

Spending my evenings with this book made me oh-so-happy! It truly was a treat from start to finish.  If you can sign up for NetGalley, it’s a lot of fun to sneak peek these books before they hit the shelves.


Live G Free ALDI

Gluten-Free Deals

I was so excited to see that ALDI is offering this week their own line of gluten-free products called Live G Free. I hit my store this week and stocked up on brownie mixes, gluten-free sandwich wraps, frozen pizzas (to take with me when I have the dreaded pizza parties), crackers, pizza dough mixes, and brown rice pastas. I chatted with our cashier and she said they had some trouble keeping the shelves stocked which she said is always a good sign if ALDI decides to carry these items regularly in their store.

I was getting a little sweaty when they started ringing everything up though because I definitely stocked up on items and I brought cash. Luckily, I had just enough cash for everything so you could say that made me extra happy to not be outed for enthusiasm for gluten-free foods.

If any of these items are a big hit or if I hear anything about them keeping these on their store shelves, I will let you guys know. In the meantime, I left them feedback on their FB page begging for them to keep this stuff. It never hurts.

Twice Clothing

Fancy Dresses With Pockets

It is no secret that I have become addicted to Twice. If you missed my past posts about it, it is a site that has extremely discounted mint condition brand name stuff and it is marked to half or less than its retail price.  I always keep my eyes glued to the dresses page because… can a person have too many dresses? I think not.  I saw this dress pop up and I had to have it so I used my referral credit (thank you, friends!) and treated myself to this Anthropologie shirt-dress and HOLY HEAVENS, it is perfect in every way. The sleeves are just right, the print is even prettier in person, it has a built in petticoat that makes it full and pretty on the bottom, but (as if it couldn’t get better) it has pockets. So I sashayed around in this and graciously accepted the compliments on it. I mean…wouldn’t you?

I don’t know if anything else they sell will ever top this beauty.


And here is one last bonus happy for you.  This amazing photographer, Dave Engledow,  has his first book out, “Confessions of the World’s Best Father,” with some of the most hilarious pictures with his daughter that you just have to see and belly laugh over how cute they are.   There is a great round-up of some of the images over here and you can also get a little hilarity on your Facebook feed by liking his page.

Happiest of Mother’s Day, friends!  We are planning to spend the day visiting our local botanical garden and walking all the nature trails together in honor of the the holiday! I hope you have lots of fun in store too!

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

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