Book Review: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman's writing first captured me with My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, and I've since read nearly all of his work and am equally enamored with each moving piece of fiction. His latest novel, Anxious People, is due out September 8, 2020 from Atria. Net Galley and Atria provided me with an advanced copy [...]

Book Review: How the Penguins Saved Veronica

Did it feel a bit odd to read a book set in Antartica while reading poolside? Nope, not even a little. You see, How the Penguins Saved Veronica is so utterly absorbing, it doesn't matter where you read it. Hazel Prior, author of Ellie and the Harpmaker, has once again crafted incredibly nuanced characters and mastered their voices [...]

DIY Mario Dresser

Once upon a time, I bought a cute little dresser and turned it into a coffee bar. You can read all about it here. When I redid my kitchen (here), I moved the dresser-turned-coffee-bar into a bedroom and it became a dresser again. Our youngest had outgrown his changing table before potty training, thus the [...]

Little Women Book Review

Although my childhood was full of wonderful books, the famous classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was not one of them. It was recently recommended to me, and I had to read it before watching the new movie, so I dove into the past and discovered these four lovable sisters. Towards the end of the movie [...]

Quarantine Reads

Some people have been having a hard time focusing on reading during the pandemic...but I've had the opposite problem. I'm devouring books left and right, staying up way too late and having a hard time not reading. Hello, escapism! Whichever end of the pandemic reading spectrum you find yourself on, these reads are ones I've [...]

Weekly Meal Plan for June 1

Hey friends! Here's this week's meal plan:   As a reminder, the numbers below the days of the week are our daily high temperature. I don't want to make a meal that heats up the house on a super hot day, so I try and limit how many eyes of the stove I use and [...]

Weekly Menu

After my meal planning post (who knew how OCD I could be?!) last week, I had a request to share my weekly menu. Here's this week's menu, along with links (where applicable) to the recipes. Enjoy! The numbers below each day are our forecasted high temperatures for that day, because I do not want to [...]

Book Review: Paris Never Leaves You

Never fear, there are no spoilers here! One letter. All it takes is one letter to shock Charlotte Floret from her life in 1955 New York and send her careening back to occupied Paris. As the story goes between her postwar New York life and her life living under occupation, Charlotte remembers who she was [...]