Archive for June, 2018

Amy’s Notebook 06.28.18

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

DIY Custom Summer Hat source

Customize a gorgeous floppy hat for summer.

You wouldn’t want a horse named Hustle. Oh, so true! Echoing so much of this post today.

I always worry about what a let down it is in when people meet me IRL. This post is me.

I really need a blanket ladder or two so I’m loving this diy blanket ladder that requires zero tools.

This looks like a fun summer dessert to make.

I’ve gotten so many compliments on this romper and you can’t beat that price!

Speaking of low prices, holy heck, there are some deals here! Doing a little summer stock-up for the kiddos.

If you haven’t watched this, I encourage you to. It was incredibly powerful and vulnerable.

diy faux marble table source

Wowed by this faux marble table. The colors are just gorgeous!

Do you notice the sea of sameness too? This is something my husband and I have been observing in design too.

I’m in awe of this ad campaign.

I wrote my first piece for the Ehlers-Danlos Foundation.

This is the book in my earbuds this week.

How Reese Witherspoon is flipping the script on Hollywood.

I loved this piece on banishing toxic relationships and how to improve unhealthy behaviors around them.

diy stenciled concrete source

I can’t get over this diy stenciled concrete patio. At under $200, this is such a sweet way to customize your patio.

This was your top purchase this week.

I’m madly in love with this sweet group birthday gift idea.

The seven most versatile pieces in your summer wardrobe.

And now my face hurts from smiling.

I can’t rave enough about this dress. It’s become my summer go-to.

These diy floor cushions look like a fast way to make a room even cozier.

Bookmarking this book list for my summer reading stack!

Speaking of the summer stack, I added this book to my vacation reading.

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 06.26.18

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

small-budget crushes

I’ll take one of each- xoxo

tie-waist romper tie-waist romper (take 40% off with coupon code HBDUSA)

oxford commas tee oxford commas tee

house number sign house number sign (such a great housewarming gift!)

statement bag statement tote

embroidered shorts

embroidered shorts (all shorts are 60% off!!)

striped swing dress striped swing dress (several styles and priced at just $8!!!)

indiana print state prints (pick your own state- so gorgeous!)

round glass vase round glass vase

knot-front dress knot front dress (under $25!!)

ruffled tee ruffled tee

cat mom tee cat mom tee

felt flower bookmark felt flower bookmark

in this house we believe in this house we believe print

beaded orb necklace beaded orb necklace (several hues- love the length on this!)

party like it's 1776 party like it’s 1776 napkins


striped cotton sundress striped cotton sundress

anthony bourdain mug anthony bourdain mug

sunday art print sunday art print

sway midi skirt sway midi skirt (deep discount and several prints and hues)

facial rounds facial rounds

rbg tote rbg tote

sparkler tee sparkler tee

avocado toast cap avocado toast cap

tie-sleeve skater dress tie-sleeve skater dress (several hues and under $15!!)

beach towel seat covers beach towel seat covers (so smart!!)

plants are like jeans plants are like jeans tote

52 lists for happiness 52 lists for happiness

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How to Create an Anniversary or Date Night Playlist

Monday, June 25th, 2018

How to Create an Anniversary or Date Night Playlist from

From our marriage & parenting contributor, Mary Carver.

This month my husband and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. And, thanks to my parents keeping our girls the weekend before the big day, we’ll actually get to celebrate with a night on the town.

Lest you think we are exciting and fancy, let me reassure you that “night on the town” really means eating dinner at Olive Garden, strolling around Target, and possibly renting a movie from Redbox. Still, any occasion – fancy night out, casual night at home, and everything in between – can be made a little more special with a playlist.

To help you do that, I’m going to walk you through my process for creating a playlist of songs that mean something to my husband and me – and just might create a romantic mood!

We’re going to talk about a set of decisions you’ll need to make before beginning, as well as how to pick the best songs for your list. And just in case it sparks your memory or creativity, I’ll share some of the songs that might make my own anniversary playlist!

How to Create an Anniversary or Date Night Playlist from

First up, decide what tools you’re going to use. Will your list be played on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, or another site or app?

Next, choose a genre. While you and your husband might enjoy all types of music, a collection of songs works better when those songs have something in common (other than your emotional attachment to them). So you don’t have to commit to a dozen New Wave tunes from the 80s, but your songs should at least have the same feel to them.

Finally, decide how long you want the playlist to be. Is it just for the car ride to and from the restaurant? Does it need to last for an entire road trip? Will you only play it during dinner at home after the kids are in bed? Figure out an estimated time frame and select your songs accordingly.

And speaking of selecting songs, here are the types of songs I’d recommend for your anniversary or date night playlist:

What song was playing the night you met or on your first date?

For us this would be What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes or Kissed by a Rose by Seal. Hello, mid-90s!

What song makes you think of your dating days?

Dust on the Bottle by David Lee Murphy, It’s Your Love by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, or anything by John Michael Montgomery, Tom Petty, the Eagles, or Boyz II Men – clearly this will be a challenge for that same genre step!

What song played when you got engaged, or makes you think of your engagement?

I was away at college during our engagement, so Save Tonight by Eagle-Eye Cherry and A Bad Goodbye by Clint Black and Wynonna make me think of that season of long-distance love.

What song(s) played at your wedding or wedding reception?

From This Moment by Shania Twain, You Are the Love of My Life by Sammy Kershaw, One Friend by Dan Seals, and I Know How the River Feels by Diamond Rio were our wedding songs. Yes, we went full country!

What song reminds you of your honeymoon?

You can interpret and answer that song any way you want to… (You could also choose a song that you both liked or that was popular during your days as newlyweds.)

How to Create an Anniversary or Date Night Playlist from

What song reflects a difficult time during your relationship?

Without a doubt, this would be Say Something by Great Big World for us. But since I can’t listen to that song now without tearing up, I might lean into the country sound and go with the just-as-fitting Hard to Love by Lee Brice.

What song reflects a season of reconnection or resurrection in your relationship?

I Hold On by Dierks Bentley is one of my favorites, because the lyrics talk about the good side of being stubborn – which is something it took my husband and me a long time to figure out!

What song(s) remind you of your children?

Since I can’t seem to escape the “gone country” theme my list is taking, I guess I’ll put I Love a Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbit and Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys here. For some reason our girls got a huge kick out of those two songs for most of last year, and even the memory makes us chuckle now.

What current song makes you think of each other?

I don’t know if my husband likes it; I should probably ask him. But Greatest Love Story by Lanco – yes, I’m finishing strong with another country song – makes me think of him and our story every time I hear it.

This started out as a hypothetical idea for me, but thinking through all the songs that mean the most to my husband and me has me feeling nostalgic and lovey-dovey and just maybe like bursting into song. Clearly I’ll be making this playlist today! How about you?

What songs would be on your perfect anniversary or date night playlist?

Mary Carver is a writer, speaker, and recovering perfectionist. She lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons, but she lives because of God’s grace. Mary writes with humor and honesty about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places on her blog, She is the author of Fast Talk & Faith: A 22-Day Devotional Inspired by Gilmore Girls and co-author of Choose Joy: Finding Hope & Purpose When Life Hurts.She is also a regular contributor to and Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.

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Amy’s Notebook 06.21.18

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

diy basket bag source

Transform a basket into the perfect summer tote.

I don’t have it all together and neither do you.

I am enjoying witnessing how she is breaking the traditions.

This is a productivity hack that I can get behind.

I have no idea why, but heist movies are my new jam. Also, if you haven’t seen this, watch it. It’s absolutely brilliant.

Painted Patio Tiles source

This is inspiring me to want to paint some patio pavers for a fresh look. So awesome!

Tips for a chore I still need to tackle.

21 simple things to do when you are bored instead of surfing the internet.

I *may* have worn this shirt three times this week. It’s the perfect blouse to tie on with a dress or skirt.

I stayed up way too late with this thriller this week. Honestly, it was a mixed bag.

bubble gum slime recipe source

My daughter would love making this bubble gum slime recipe. Also, give our fluffy recipe a spin too!

I’d love to watch these fifteen Anthony Bourdain episodes this summer.

I hate washing my hair so I loved these tips for extending times between your shampoo times.

26 hair styling hacks for people battling a chronic illness.

I’ve become obsessed with solo movies and I’m not ashamed.

This was your favorite recipe this month. I hope you love it as much as our family!

Are you as obsessed with this show as much as me? I love these design tips (and where he’s sourcing his style).

Painting the exterior on my home is on my house to-do bucket list so this post was really inspiring.

virgin mojito source

I made the switch to mocktails during the week and I can’t wait to try this virgin mojito recipe. YUM!

Speaking of mocktails, I found this piece on being sober curious really compelling.

These diy moroccan planters look adorable and totally doable.

I couldn’t love this printable more– if you haven’t seen this documentary, add it to your summer watch list!

I hope you guys are loving these as much as me because this was your top purchase this week!

Next up in my book stack!

Not loving the news that home ec classes are fading out of our education system.

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

7 Tips for Hosting a Successful Book Club

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

7 tips for a Successful Book Club from Thanks to my sponsor St Martin’s Press, I’m sharing about Kristin Hannah’s newest page-turner!

I joined my first book club when my children were small and I remember both how rewarding it felt to use my brain again and the challenges of carving time out to read. The beauty in being a part of that group though was that it pushed me to read books that were outside of my typical genre.

Historical fiction, for example, had never been on my radar until I joined a club.

Ironically, it is now my favorite genre.

Have you thought about hosting a book club? I have had the pleasure of hosting a local group and an online group and today I wanted to share 7 tips and strategies I’ve found for hosting a successful book club.

7 Tips for Hosting a Successful Book Club

1. Create Your Book Club Circle

Book clubs can be an opportunity to cultivate existing friendships or an opportunity to widen your net. If you don’t have an existing set of close friends, this can be a great way to get to know people from other contexts of your life.  Consider starting a group through your church, with your neighborhood friends, a mom’s group, with your coworkers,  your gym buddies, or as a way to get to know other moms at your child’s school.

Keep in mind, this club does not need to be just women either because men can add another dynamic to your book club discussions. If you have couples that you love to spend time with, for example, consider asking if they might like to meet up monthly for dinner and a book chat. I know that some of my best book discussions have happened when enjoying an evening with friends.

2.  Have an Organized Kickoff Meeting

The quickest way for a book club to fizzle out is to not have a plan and get your members involved.  With everyone’s busy schedules, it can be difficult to get a committed group and keep them committed for an entire year (or more).

In the past, our mimosa kickoff usually starts in September, once the kids have headed back to school. With a little more time in our schedules (sort of), it gives us a chance to regroup and make book selections. I ask each member to come with a book in mind and a month that they would like to host our chat. Allowing each person to make a selection and host gives everyone a chance to feel a part of things and allows the group leader to just micromanage the logistics.

7 Tips for Hosting a Success Book Club from

7 Tips for Hosting a Success Book Club from

3. Pick Books That Can Sustain a Discussion

The best books that we have talked about have meat to them and naturally cultivate an incredible discussion. Books with shallow plots are probably better for your beach bag than your book club discussion.

Stumped for a book selection this year?

Can I make a great recommendation for you?

As I disclosed earlier, I am partnering with St. Martin’s Press to share about Kristin Hannah’s latest novel and I TRULY believe this is a perfect pick for your book club reading.

I , honestly, would read anything Kristin Hannah writes, but her last few books have been among my favorite. The Great Alone is a contemporary coming-of-age story that is set in the seventies in rural Alaska.  In this story, a former POW father comes home from the Vietnam War completely mentally changed from his experiences there. His behavior and decision-making is wildly erratic and when a property becomes available in rural Alaska, he decides that they should seize the opportunity to live off the grid and make a different life for themselves.

Braving harrowing and life-threatening conditions is what it is all about and thirteen-year-old Leni is caught in the middle of it all as they attempt to carve a new life in the wild frontier.

Living off the grid is not all it is cracked up to be and neither is surviving the difficult Alaska winters.  Hannah writes so eloquently about this impossible marriage and the honest struggle of a Vietnam veteran.

As you can see, from my description alone, this has so many elements for discussion. The plot brings on the challenges of PTSD in veterans, what it is like to live with a mentally ill family member, homesteading (and if YOU could survive it), and if you would stay with your partner if they were putting your family through a potentially life-threatening lifestyle.

When I say that books have to have meat for discussion, you can be assured that there would be MUCH to talk about with, The Great Alone.

Look for books like these where the description alone showcases what kinds of ideas you could discuss in your book chats.

4. Don’t Be Afraid of Controversial Plots

One thing I have worried about is picking books that have controversial plots that might make people feel uncomfortable. What has surprised me though is that these are usually our very best discussions and that it is, truly, okay to have different viewpoints.

The way I lead these discussions though is that I ask that things are said with kindness and love, even if you don’t necessarily agree with one another. In an online discussion, I can swiftly delete comments that aren’t said with kindness, but that is a bit more tricky in an in-person book club.

Even in these tricky moments though, leading by asking everyone to be kind has always been a successful way to start a thoughtful conversation and I have never had any issues after stressing this importance.

It can be scary leading a controversial discussion, but I was surprised how it changed people’s viewpoints or hearing about someone’s personal story and why it made them feel differently than me. A recent discussion of a story on immigration, for example, lead to people sharing how it completely changed their viewpoint on the deportation process.

It makes me wish we had more kind and honest talks and how they could bring compassion to our discussions.

5. Prepare For Your Discussion

Discussion questions are so helpful to have, especially when first beginning your chats. I have found that selecting books with discussion questions already in place can be extremely helpful and relieve a lot of stress on leading a talk. The Great Alone, for example, already has a great discussion outlined for you.

I try to not limit our discussions to just outlined questions though. If it is a historical fiction book, for example, it helps to look up the true stories and images from that time in history. Reading or finding author interviews that explain why the author decided to write a book can also add a lot to a discussion.

6.  Have Each Host/Hostess Decide How They Want to Host

7 Tips for a Successful Book Club from

7 Tips for a Successful Book Club from

7 Tips for a Successful Book Club from

7 Tips for a Successful Book Club from

I am happiest when I am entertaining our friends and family. It brings me great joy to share my table with them and feed them my food. Since this book is set mostly outdoors, I set up our outdoor table for a discussion.

It doesn’t have to be complicated though. This meat and cheese board, for example, is a fun way to share food with your book club friends without even cooking.

Sharing book club in the morning? Change the charcuterie board to a bagel board and load it with bagels and toppings.

The truth is, most people don’t love entertaining. It may bring them great stress, they may hate cooking, or they may be juggling a huge plate of craziness and can’t possibly add one more thing to their plates.


Let each host/hostess decide how, where, and when works for them.

Food is not required to have a gathering.

Cooking is not required to have a gathering.

Opening YOUR home up is not required to have a gathering.

Allow each person to choose their style of hosting however or wherever they want to do it.

Book club should be fun and not stressful!

7. It’s All Too Much? Try an Online Club!

Painfully introverted? Haven’t found your people? Working full-time? New to town? Homeschooling? Single mom? Full plate?

Adding one more thing to your agenda can be an impossible task when you already have so much going on. Online book clubs can be an incredible option for someone that desires a book club, but just can’t make that happen in their day-to-day life.

You can join the free MomAdvice Book Club and be a part of a monthly discussion all year long!

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone is available in stores now and is highly recommended for your next book club chat!

To learn more:


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Do you have a tip for hosting a successful book club? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks to my sponsor St Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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It’s the 3 Little Things

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Target Style top/ bottoms/ sandals/leg glowcactus welcome mat

As predicted, summer is already starting to fly by. I always think that there will be endless days of sitting with books and enjoying the sunshine, but we have already started the scheduling of physicals, running to and fro to friend’s houses, the endless outdoor chores, and that whole staying up way too late and sleeping in way too late thing too.

One thing I did pick back up though is my yoga routine and it has made me so happy to be back on my yoga mat again. If you are local and looking for a class, be sure to give this studio a try. I’m all about women supporting women in business and Abbi will be celebrating her first year as a business owner. If you have owned a business, you know there are so many hurdles and joys that come from finally getting launched. Getting that first year behind you is a major milestone so head over and show this passionate lady some support.

Here are 3 other things that are making me happy!

Kid Dates

Operation Date Your Kids

As a mom of big kids, I find it challenging to keep them engaged (and off their devices in the summer). Since we nixed the pool membership this year, that freed up some summer funds to try something different.

I proposed that each kid get a solo date with me and they could pick any (budget-friendly) thing that they wanted to do with me for the week. Unfortunately, my sweet girl got sick so we ended up just popping stovetop popcorn and renting this sweet flick from the library.

My son did cash in on his date and asked if he could GO TO THE LIBRARY (insert all the heart-eyed emojis EVAH) and to grab a coffee together.

Two introverts were doing what we loved best…just sitting in silence, sipping coffee, and reading our books.

I did manage to squeeze a few fun facts out of him though on the way so I consider week one a success.

I can’t wait to see what they want to do next week.


A Well-Designed Selfie Stick

I never thought I would be the type of person that carried around a selfie stick and, yet, here we are.  I thought it might be a good investment for my website, but what I didn’t realize was how awesome it was to document moments with my kids.

That picture above?

Yup, just whipped out the selfie stick.


I had one and it quickly broke and I never replaced it. This selfie stick is one of the most cleverly designed tech gadgets though that I have. It folds to a small size, but can be extended short or long for your shots. It also has a tripod which is so handy for my Marco Polo time and Instagram Stories.

Since it has Bluetooth, it syncs with your phone so you can take the photos. Charging is just like charging your phone- no batteries required.

If you want to document time with your kids this summer and be in the pictures, snag this ASAP. You won’t regret it!

hanes ex-temp bra

A Sweat Proof Bra

It has been a million degrees here and I needed to replace my undergarments (*ahem*).  After checking out the crazy-town prices on bras, I decided to check to see if Walmart offered some better options for my budget. I ended up buying three different brands (all of them are amazing- I’ll tell you more after I give the other two a test run), but the one that wins for this summer is this Hanes X-Temp Bra.

The reason why I like it is that it is made from fabric that is meant to adapt to the temperatures you need it throughout the day.

Boob sweat?


I spent a whole day running around yesterday and I was cool and collected in my bra…while the rest of me was a hot mess.

Hey, you can’t have everything.

I also LOVE the price on these and the fact that they don’t have an underwire. I purchased the nude option and you can’t see it under my summer white blouses.

Give this option a try!

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A few quick things I also loved this week-

Giving these shoes a test run. I’ll keep you posted!

Psyched one of my favorite authors has a new book for me to read. I’m putting this one in my earbuds this weekend.

My favorite stovetop popcorn method.

These salads will be happening this week.

I ordered this for my son’s birthday. He’s going to flip!

This speech was amazing.

I needed to read this.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! xo

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


Amy’s Notebook 06.14.18

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

terra cotta pot upgrade source

How cute is this easy paint project for upgrading the style on a terracotta pot? I must try this!

Trying to grow indoor plants? I really appreciated these tips.

I love this idea on how to respond to, “how are you,” when you battle a chronic illness.

Speaking of that, here are some things I’ve been brewing on this week.

Ferris Bueller’s laid off– I’m dying. So, so good…

Stop killing the magic of books with required summer reading. I couldn’t agree more!

Another approach towards simplifying the wardrobe is this smart piece on creating your own personal dress code.

Are your kids obsessed with Fortnite? Here is a beginner guide to understand what the game is all about.

I used to spend a lot of time watching Lifetime movies as my weekend hobby and now these movies have replaced it.

modern house number sign source

Wow, I would love to attempt this diy modern house number sign. So gorgeous!

Well, now my face hurts from smiling.

Here are a few strategies if you are trying to get out of a reading rut.

Covering a weathered deck with faux grass is pretty genius.

We can’t simplify our way into a perfect life.

Here are 8 memoirs to read this summerThis has been my favorite this year!

Would you tell them to just “get over it?” Please read this.

I’ve been working really hard on my Instagram feed so this was a really helpful tutorial on the new algorithm.

My book club friends (please join us!) recommended this audiobook and I’m LOVING it.

Do you make a summer bucket list? I love these ideas!

budget-friendly patio source

I love this budget-friendly patio makeover on this rental.

I loved these makeup tips from a professional makeup artist. Lots of good advice!

This week’s MomAdvice Reader top purchase. I hope you are loving them as much as me!!

Why children aren’t behaving and what you can do about it. Fantastic advice for the modern parent.

The 17 best books to read this summer.

I like this advice on how to support a negative friend.

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 06.12.18

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

small-budget crushes

One for you…one for Dad….;) 
denim off-the-shoulder dress
denim off-the-shoulder dress (extra 20% off, no coupon code needed)

airport father's day card thanks, dad! (lol)

personalized cuff links personalized cufflinks

sandals 2 For Tuesday– 06/12/18 – Summer Sandals – 2 for $35.00! + FREE Shipping w/code: 2FORSANDAL

bamboo bluetooth speaker bamboo bluetooth speaker

ruffle hem maxi dress ruffle hem maxi dress (two styles)


record storage record storage case

tank drawstring romper tank drawstring romper

solar phone charger solar powered phone charger (great for camping!)

whisper cotton tees basic crewneck tee (several colors)

bike phone holder bike phone mount

polka dot flounce polka dot flounce
google home mini google home mini

picnic time chair picnic time chair

you are my champion card you are my champion card

look for pizza look for pizza print

personalized passport holder personalized passport holder

mario jacket mario jacket (on sale!!)

audrey hepburn book audrey hepburn book

ruffle jumpsuit ruffle jumpsuit

babydoll dress babydoll dress (two styles)

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It’s the 3 Little Things

Friday, June 8th, 2018


Our son made it through his first year of high school and we couldn’t be prouder. This was such a big transition (for all of us) and it has been such a joy to see him flourish in his new environment.  Since his sister has a sleepover, on the last day of school, we got to take this kid out on his own and celebrate with a little pizza.

I know that I say this often, but it does feel like I blink my eyes and another year together has passed. We are looking forward to another year of savoring the memories with them and even have planned a super secret epic adventure for his 16th birthday. I’d tell you what it is, but I have discovered that my kids follow me around on the interwebz more than I think that they do.

To not acknowledge the elephant in the room today would be wrong on my part. It is so sad to wake up and hear the news of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade this week. I have struggled with both depression and anxiety so I feel like I have a strong understanding of the ups and downs of mental illness. The ups can be so beautiful, but the lows, for me, have felt awfully lonely. The world we live in, with our constant sharing and highlight reels, can make all of this even more crippling. These words really resonated with me today.

I’m not going to pretend I have the answers, but what I do know is that I never EVER have been sad when I reached out to a therapist or to my family doctor to treat my illnesses. It takes a lot of bravery to say, “I’m not okay.” Over the years, I can see the patterns and behaviors that contribute to my illness. I also can see the people who hinder my mental health and have learned how important boundaries are. The other thing is that I have started telling people I love that I’m not okay and that I need help.

For a perfectionist, it makes me feel very vulnerable that I can’t get my shit together.

Each time I say it out loud though, I try to take action.

Today, I just wanted you to know that you are not alone and you are loved.

Saying it out loud takes bravery, but the next steps can be so rewarding to feel present again in your life.

Here are three silly things that are bringing me joy this week…

love letters review

Love Letters Card Game

If you are looking for a fun card game that you can carry in your purse, that has quick rounds, and a blast to play (no matter your age), then you must check out Love Letters.

love letters

The story around the game is that all of the eligible young men (and many of the not-so-young) seek to woo the princess of Tempest. Unfortunately, she has locked herself in the Palace, and you must rely on others to bring your romantic letters to her. In this 16-card game,  each player starts with only one card in hand; one card is removed from play. On a turn, you draw one card, and play one card, trying to expose others and knock them from the game. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long, however, and your letter may be tossed in the fire.

The rounds are fifteen minutes (or less) and are so much fun. We brought this out to dinner with us and it was the perfect way to pass some time while waiting for our pizza. This game also happens to be less than $10, which sits perfectly in this frugal girl’s budget. Check it out!

Bob's Burgers Bob’s Burgers

One of the things that has been bringing me a lot of joy in the evenings is curling up with my hubby to watch, Bob’s Burgers. I’m probably the last person on the planet to discover how hilarious this show is, but I absolutely adore the writing, smart animation, and music in this show.

Are there any other Bob’s Burgers fans out there?

I have laughed until I’ve cried through several of these episodes and I’m going to be sad when we are all caught up because watching a handful of these has been just the fun medicine I needed when I wasn’t feeling good.

You can catch up on the show through Hulu, if you are the last, LAST person on earth to realize how perfect this show is.

jockey slip shorts Jockey Slip Shorts

I think that I heard about these from Jessica, over at The Mom Creative, and kept this info in the back of mind for our next summer season.

I have become a HUGE fan though of Jockey Slip Shorts (on sale today, buy 1, get 1 50% off so I’m stocking up!!) for underneath my summer dresses.

Although, I love the idea of Spanx, I don’t find them comfortable or as breathable in the summer. That said, I need something to hide underwear lines and prevent that summer jiggle (hahaha!). These Jockey Slip Shorts are a great compromise and have been such a great foundation piece under my clothes.

I highly recommend these!

A few quick things I also loved this week-

This movie– although I was UGLY CRYING through it. SO incredibly good. Run, run, run to the theater to see it.

My favorite show is back.

We needed a patio umbrella so we got the big guns and it is epically perfect for huge coverage on our patio.

This popping up in my Instagram.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends! xo

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Amy’s Notebook 06.07.18

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

New York Strip source

Grilling season is my fave and I can’t wait to try this New York Strip Steak with Shortcut Chimichurri. Yum!

I love these unique ways to celebrate the men in your life on Father’s Day.

Holy heck. This piece is fascinating.


I tried leaving Facebook and couldn’t. Very thought-provoking!

If you liked Eleanor Oliphant, I think you might enjoy this book I’m reading.

7 things wealthy women do with their money that you can do too.

How people relax around the world is sure to inspire your next self-care day. I’m loving the Swedes and their coffee routine!

We have teeny bathrooms so I love these small bathroom storage techniques.

I love that this was your top purchase this week. #moms

The end-of-school kills me every year.

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What a simple update with a little spray paint. I might need to do a little thrift shopping!

21 books you don’t have to read and what to read instead.

I cry all the time. I’m serious. This made me laugh.

Well, this is genius.

If babies wrote TripAdvisor reviews– hahaha!

I just got done completing this project. Check out my results!

  floral numbers source

I can’t wait to make this cake topper for my kiddos. How beautiful is that?

Guidelines for kids and social media (I like the printable on this one).

Midlife is not a crisis. Midlife is an unraveling.” This was an incredible read (and necessary).

This post really echoed my own journey since my diagnosis. #noregrets

These burgers are back on repeat over at our house.

This $2 ingredient will elevate any pasta dish. I used to buy this often and I need to get back to it!

What to do when your teen hates you.

Speaking of big kids. I’m struggling.

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