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Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites is a monthly series where I share my latest obsessions, favorite finds, and any kind of entertainment (books, movies, TV, podcasts, and magazines) that I am loving. Here's what I am loving this month.

8 Interesting and Unique Gift Ideas Your Daughter Will Cherish Forever

When you give your daughter a gift, you want it to be something special, something that will bring a smile to her face. You want it to be an interesting and unique gift that she will cherish forever. There are all kinds of wonderful presents that you can choose from. Hopefully, this guide can help you sift through all of the many choices so that you can get something that your little girl (who may not be such a little girl anymore) will love.

When choosing a gift, it's important to consider your daughter’s interests and hobbies. The last thing you want to get for the woman who loves to fly is a bus ticket. She would much rather get a flight lesson or maybe even a skydiving adventure. If your fear is that you won’t pick something that is perfect for her, do a little research. You don’t have to be super stealthy about it either. Just have a conversation with her. Ask a few questions and really listen to the answers. Go to her house or to her room and look around. Ask questions about what you see and think about ways you can complement what she already has or further her dreams and goals.

Best Online Reads

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

1. One hundred things you can get for free this summer via The Girlfriend.

2. What you should know before joining in on the FaceApp craze via Bustle.

3. The best tips for air-drying your hair this summer via Marie Claire.

10 Things To Buy at J.Crew Factory Right Now


While everyone seems to be focused on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I'm over here gobbling up all the deals elsewhere on the web. The Nordstrom sale isn't the only game in town, although you'd think it is with all the influencers promoting it like crazy. I'm not going to lie. It's a good sale, but personally, I can't even think about buying knee high boots or a turtleneck sweater when it's 90+ degrees outside. I might regret it when October rolls around, but for now, I'm scooping up all the warm weather clothes at bargain basement prices.

Take J.Crew Factory, for example. The Clear the Clearance sale is happening right now, and you save an additional 60% off your clearance purchase with code CLEAROUT.

Here are a few of my faves...these are items that I've purchased recently or are in my cart currently.

The Books I Read In June

I have a lot of ground to make up this summer if I plan to meet my goal of 35 books in 2019. I'm currently at 14 books and almost finished with the 15th book. But it's more than half way through the year, and I am just short of my half way goal. So, I've got to kick it up a notch. June was not a productive month as far as reading went. The end of the school year will do that to you. Anyway, here's to hoping I can get through at least three books this month!

Here are the books I read in June:

3 Repairs To Make For A Safer and More Valuable Home

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It’s no surprise that everyone wants to have a safe home. After all, being able to feel safe in your home is one of the most essential and basic aspects of daily life. But getting your home to be as safe as possible can take some time, even if many of the things that you need to do along the way are actually very simple and straightforward. Keep it simple by focusing on just a few of the most important repairs that you should make to keep your home safe.

Best Online Reads

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

1. The 32 bands that performed at Woodstock via How Stuff Works.

2. Ten words you need to stop misspelling via The Oatmeal.

3. What high heels looked like the year you were born via Harper's Bazaar.

Weekend Dispatch

Last weekend I was sidelined with an upper respiratory infection and a sinus infection. I felt absolutely awful but managed to rally for some 4th of July festivities. By the time Saturday morning rolled around, I was pretty much exhausted and in need of some downtime. I caught up on Big Little Lies (this season is sooooo good!), finally finished a book that seemed to take forever to read, and fell way behind on laundry.

This weekend my sister and my great nephew are coming from Pennsylvania to visit, so we'll spend time at the beach and hitting up our favorite shops and restaurants.

But for now, I'll be catching up and trying to get ahead. In between, here are a few of the things I'll be up to.

How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It's here! It's that time of year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming (and we're doing our happy dance)!! 💃 It's the biggest and best sale of the year with the hottest trends and favorite brands on sale for a limited time.

WHAT: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

WHEN: Sale begins on July 12th at 12:30 ET for Nordstrom cardholders. Sale opens to public on July 19th.

Sooner beats later, so get the Nordstrom card now so you get first dibs on the best selection! Apply here!

Rest. Recharge. Repeat.

In the weeks leading up to the fourth of July holiday, I went back and forth with myself over taking the week off. I rarely take a break from the blog. Even when I'm on vacation, I work hard to get content written and scheduled before I leave so that the blog isn't stagnant for a week. But since we were sticking around here last week, I decided that I'd go about the blog business as usual. I had planned to write the posts a day ahead of time and publish them the next morning. Except that didn't exactly happen.

Last Monday's post was written and posted, and then I randomly and unexpectedly decided to just unplug. It also helped that I woke to a bout of sinusitis on Wednesday morning that had me down for the count until Saturday afternoon when I sort of starting coming to life again. I didn't force blog posts. I did fulfill obligations for a client, but other than that, I didn't devote a whole lot of time to the blog or to social media.