Food & Drink

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Give Me All The Gingham

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10 Things I'm Loving at Nordstrom Rack Right Now


If you've never shopped at Nordstrom Rack, it's time to fix that. Think of Nordstrom Rack as the big clearance section of Nordstrom. You can shop in store (if there is a location near you) or online. The prices are unbeatable, and the sales are phenomenal. If you shop online, you do have to pay shipping fees whereas you don't when you order from Nordstrom. However, returns can be made at any Nordstrom Rack store.

I've been shopping at Rack a lot lately for spring essentials, so I thought I'd share the ten items in my cart right now.

Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to guide your child to turn around a "bad day" via Epoch Times.

2. Charming American towns you haven't heard of but should visit ASAP via House Beautiful.

3. Why you'll always be haunted by high school via Quartz.

Weekend Dispatch


This past weekend was spent doing a deep-cleaning of Harper's bedroom in preparation of the delivery of her new mattress and box spring (the frame and headboard came a few weeks ago). I also adjusted the frame and assembled the headboard. Yesterday everything was delivered and her new bed was in place by the time school was over. It was worth setting aside an entire Sunday to prep the room to see her face when she sat on the bed for the first time. She loves it so much that morning wake up calls have been quite a struggle.

Here's what I am up to this week:

The Books I Read In February


I started out the year strong with four books read in January (it was a looooong month, after all). But in February things slowed down a bit, and I was able to make it through only two books. But they were good books, and one of them was rather long at over 400 pages. When the book is a printed version and not an ebook, it tends to take me a bit longer to read it since I don't take it to gym with me to read while on the treadmill the way I do with my ebooks.

Here are the two books I read in February:

5 Fab Finds Under $50: Workout Edition

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Now that I've been working out consistently and seriously for about two years now, I've streamlined my workouts as well as my gear. I've stopped using canvas totes as gym bags and wearing old tees. I've invested in new sneakers (after I had runner's knee) and a good water bottle. You don't need to spend a ton, especially since gym memberships can be expensive. I've rounded up 5 finds under $50 for the gym.

Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Thirty of the most beautiful college campuses in the world via House Beautiful.

2. Talking to your pet is a sign of intelligence via People.

3. Wonderful ways to boost your child's self-esteem via Hackensack Meridian Health.

Beach Basics Under $40!

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Whether you are lucky enough to be heading on a winter getaway (can I come?) or you are counting the days until Memorial Day (there are 81), it's time to start gathering your beach essentials. Maybe you need one of everything or maybe you just need 1 or 2 of the above. Don't wait until it's time to pack up your beach bag to discover that you are in need of a new bathing suit or your favorite flip flops are worn thin.

Weekend Dispatch


Two weeks ago, I decided to try a new class, Active Rhythm, at my gym. I'm the type who can easily become very complacent at the gym: taking the same classes and using the same equipment, with some modifications and variations. So, when I decided on a whim to take this class, it was definitely a step outside of my comfort zone. As it turns out, I ran into two friends in the class, and we had an awesome time. Anyhow, it was a great reminder that trying something new is beneficial. I need to do it more often.

Here are a few more new things  (and few old ones) I'm enjoying this week:

What We're Reading


My 2019 Goodreads reading challenge is moving right along. This week I'm started my 7th of 35 books. I already have my 8th book chosen and downloaded so I'll be ready to roll once I finish my current read. The book I am currently reading is an advance copy that was sent to me for a sponsored review on behalf of SheSpeaks and St. Martin's Press.

Here are the books we are currently enjoying: