5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, skincare, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

Podcast I’m Enjoying 
10 Things To Tell You  with Laura Tremaine. This is a new podcast and so far I’ve really liked the first 2 episodes, one about fitting in reading and the other about loneliness. I love the easy way Laura speaks about topics and how she comes across as a friend you can picture yourself having coffee and good conversation with

Article That Perfectly Describes My Reading Life 
What It’s Like to Be A Mood Reader  by Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. I love this article! I said yes to every item she discussed except number 9. Lately I’ve really been struggling with not being in the mood for anything I pick up and I don’t know if it’s because I have tried to read too many new releases that are leaving me disappointed or the fact that what I have managed to finish has been 3 stars or less. This tends to kill my reading mojo and steer me straight into a slump. Combine that with looming reviews for all the Feb new releases and I’ve been plain stuck! Anyone else a mood reader or struggling with reading this winter?

Bustle’s February Book List to Increase My TBR…Even More
24 Fiction Books Coming Out in Feb That You Definitely Need to Read  There are SO many books coming out if Feb! I’m really looking forward to The Last Romantics  and American Spy

Book I Had Avoided Reading but Am Really Enjoying 
Little Fires Everywhere  by Celeste Ng. I think this was a case of me avoiding this book because it was so hyped when it came out. I’m reading this for one of IRL book clubs and I’m really enjoying the suburban drama. The author has a way of writing characters and dialogue that feel real. 

My Current Favorite Clay Face Mask 
Alive Prebiotic Balancing Mask  from Algenist. I know I’ve mentioned the Algenist skin care line before, I love their eye balm as well. I’ve been trying different masks over the last couple months, including several different sheet masks plus a peel off but I’m decided I’m partial to clay masks. This one is gentle and leaves my face soft but not tight. I think it’s especially helpful in the cold winter months .  ( I’m not an affiliate just love this line of skincare)

Do you have thoughts on my favorites this week? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!!

 

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5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, skincare, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

Amazon Show I Recently Binged 
Red Oaks  If you love shows set in the late 1980s, this is for you. My husband and I binged all the seasons in 2 days and we were pretty disappointed to see it end. This is a comedy that brought back SO many memories. I was a teenager in **cough, cough** 1986 when this show is set and I loved everything about revisiting the hairstyles, leg warmers, music, corded phones, answering machines etc. So fun! The characters were great as well, I just highly recommend giving this show a try if you haven’t already.

Bachelor Recap I’m OBSESSED with Listening To This Week 
Friend of the Show  by The Popcast, available through their patreon page. You guys know, I love The Bachelor & Bachelorette shows, they are my ultimate guilty pleasure. I’m not sure why I wasn’t listening to this Bachelor Recap podcast before because it’s hysterical. Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden provide the best sarcastic, witty dish on all aspects of the show. This is the best $3 a month I’ve ever spent!!

Book I’ve Added To My Summer TBR (Friends, It’s never too soon to think about our summer reading😉)
We Came Here to Forget  by Andrea Dunlop, publishing July 2 from Atria Books. I love the sound of this one…a young Olympic skier who loses everything and escapes to Buenos Aires, where she reinvents herself, meets a colorful group of ex-pats, and is swept off her feet by a mysterious young man with dark secrets of his own.

My New Favorite Organic Fair Trade Dark Roast Coffee For Brewing At Home
Sweetwater’s Midnight Blend  . This coffee is from a local coffeehouse but they do sell online if you’re interested. I love dark roasted coffee and have tried many varieties but lately this is my very favorite! (I’m not an affiliate, just sharing the info)

Article About Cat Ownership I Enjoyed 
10 Scientific Benefits of Being a Cat Owner  I thought this article was really cute, I’ve had cats for the past 27 years and I couldn’t imagine not having one (or more) in my life.

Do you have thoughts on my favorites this week? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Have a great weekend!!

 

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5 on Friday: 5 things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, skincare, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

 

Article I Agree with From Anne Bogel at ModernMrsDarcy.com
The Single Best Thing You Can Do For Your Reading Life. I completely agree with this article and found that by following this strategy I have improved the quality of my reading life. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments!

Soapbox Article About Barnes & Noble by Author Robin Barone That I Found So Spot On
What I Learned From Visiting B&N Stores  I loved this article! The author makes so many spot on points about B&N such as their lack of customer service as well as the fact that their employees don’t seem to like talking to people. So True! I live outside of a big city and I’ve been to 3 different B&N’s in the past month and NOT ONE EMPLOYEE in any of them asked if I needed help or tried to engage me to, you know, sell books. Also, they all looked liked they hate their jobs. Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now but I really wish we had an independent bookstore in my city!

Article that made me say WOW
Goodreads #1 Reviewer Emily May Reveals Her Trick to Hitting Her Reading Goal Every Year I do follow Emily and enjoy her reviews. I had no idea anyone could have that many followers! Amazing.

Podcast I’m Loving
Crime Junkie Podcast  with Ashley Flowers. I love true crime and this is one of the best true crime podcasts I have stumbled upon. It’s very well done and Ashley gives different takes and details on cases I thought I knew everything about…I highly recommend giving her 2 part episode on the Laci Peterson case a listen!

Organic All Around Moisturizer I’m Loving
Cliganic 100% Pure Jojoba Oil  I was on the hunt for an all natural multi use moisturizer and got this last month. So far I’m using it under my eyes in addition to under eye creme at night (I read this is an excellent wrinkle fighter!), for my hair before blow drying, on my cuticles at night, as a body oil after a shower and as an extra lip conditioner. I love it and find that’s it’s really helping

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section! 

Have a Great Weekend!!

 

5 On Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

 

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Summer Thriller Hyped By Bustle That I’ve Added to the Top of My Summer Must Read List 
The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone  I love the sound of this missing children/coming-of-age thriller. Set in Australia, it involves the disappearance of 3 sisters at the same time. Intriguing. Releases June 25 by Algonquin

Article I Found Interesting
Can Reading Make You Happier? I think most of us book people know the answer to this but I really enjoyed reading the scientific evidence for bibliotherapy

Some Fun 2019 Book Preview Lists I Came Across  
10 Debut Books to Watch for in 2019 , Books Being Made Into Movies in 2019 , 10 of the Most Anticipated 2019 Books by Female AuthorsThe Real Book Spy’s Every Thriller We Know About So FarThe Millions: the great first-half 2019 book previewHello Giggle’s 50 most anticipated books of 2019

A Small but Great Invention I’m Loving
Every Drop Lip Spatula  This is exactly what it sounds like, a little rubber spatula on a longish wand to scrape the bottom of all those bottles, tubes, and containers our fingers can’t reach. This is genius. I also bought the larger version called Beauty Spatula for bigger bottles like shampoos etc. I’ve linked with Amazon but I got mine at The Container Store where they’re actually cheaper! 

Tea I’m Loving This Week
Fireside Mocha from David’s Tea I love coffee in the mornings but in the afternoons I go for tea. I’m usually an Earl Gray or English Breakfast drinker but I got a Christmas gift from a friend with an awesome mug and tea diffuser from David’s Tea, along with a holiday tin of loose leaf teas. The are YUMMY! Fireside Mocha is my favorite so far and I made a run this week to my local David’s Tea to stock up while it’s on sale. It’s seasonal apparently and will vanish until next year. Boo! If you have favorite tea suggestions, leave them in the comments!

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

App I’m Addicted To Lately
Wordscapes  Described as an addicting cross puzzle…yes it is! In an effort to lessen my mindless scrolling of Instagram and Twitter and actually use my brain more I downloaded this app…and now I’m glued to my phone playing it if I’m not reading. I love the scenic backgrounds and the little daily present I get to open to reveal a prize:). See, it’s the little things, right? And I’m using my brain so I’d say it’s a win win

Movie I Enjoyed Recently That Also Pleasantly Surprised Me
Instant Family  starring Mark Walberg and Rose Byrne. I think I saw one preview for this before we went to the movie and I expected a slapstick kind of “mindless” humor type of storyline. That’s not what this is, although there was some silly humor in parts. For the most part, however, the movie tackled serious topics in ways that made me laugh but also cry a little which was totally unexpected. Highly recommend this one.

Workout DVD’s I’ve Dusted Off for the Winter
T25 with Shaun T
  I really love walking outside at the park and will continue to throughout the winter but sometimes I just don’t feel like putting on all my winter clothes, hat, gloves, boots, etc. I bought these dvd’s several years ago and I’ve done the entire program more than once so I thought I’d get them out again to incorporate with walking. I find Shaun T super motivating and each workout has a low impact person to follow if, like me, you can’t do a lot of jumping. You get a calendar to follow that lays out what workout to do each day as well as 10 different workouts so you don’t get bored. Best of all, it’s only 25 min!! And yes, you will sweat and get a good workout in that amount of time.

Graphc Novel I Loved That’s a Mustread for All BookWorms
Book Love by Debbie Tung. You might think I typed wrong because I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a graphic novel on the blog before but I loved this little book. She captured so many of the idiosyncrasies of being a book nerd…I felt right at home reading this! One of my favorite parts was Bookworm Fears…Being Stuck with Free Time & Nothing to Read , A Movie Adaptation That Will Negatively Change the Way You Feel about the Book, and When Someone Asks This Question – Can I Borrow Your Book?:) All so true for me. This would make a great gift – I wish the publisher would’ve set the pub date for this month rather than Jan 1 – and I plan to grab my own copy to reread when I need a little pick me up

Fun Book Lists I’ve Enjoyed Reading
6 Books That Deserved Their Hype & 6 That Didn’t  from Susie at  Novel Visits , 10 Popular Books Worth the Hype  from T at Traveling with T  , Popular Books Worth the Hype  from Orange County Readers 8 Books That Deserved the Hype & 5 That Didn’t  plus Best debuts of 2018  from Sarah at SarahsBookshelves  and 30 Contemporary Fiction Novels for Your Book Bucket List from Allison at Mindjoggle  

See anything you also enjoy on my list this week? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

Have a Great Weekend! 

 

 

 

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

 

Article from Bustle.com
13 Haunted House Stories that Will Make You Scared to Ever Go Home .
 I’ve been in the mood for creepy stories this month but I was surprised that I haven’t heard of most of these books on this list. I thought 2 sounded really good ( The Haunting of Hill House & The Little Stranger) so I grabbed them at the library yesterday. Let me know if you’ve read and loved any of these

Audiobook I’m Enjoying
Night Film  by Marissa Pessl, narrated by Jake Weber. It’s not often I prefer the audio to print but I have this book in both versions and I’m loving the audio so much better thanks to this narrator. He does voices so well, I had to keep double checking that there wasn’t actually more narrators. He really brings this creepy story to life. I’ll warn you though, this book is longgggg, 23 hours on audio! I’m almost done and can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

Quote I like from Katie Couric’s Instagram Account
Be Careful Who You Vent to: a Listening Ear Could Also Be a Running Mouth Good words of wisdom!

TV Show I Love is Finally Back!
Will and Grace. Anyone else love this show? I watched all the seasons religiously when it was on years ago as well as last year, so I’m thrilled it finally came back on last week. Jack and Karen are the best!  Who’s your favorite character?

New Favorite Lip Conditioner 
Milk and Honey Lip Butter  I”m always on the hunt for a good organic lip moisturizer that actually stays on and so far I really like this one. It also smells really good. If you have any other suggestions for me, leave them in the comments! I’m not an affiliate for this, just want to share the find:)

Have a Great Weekend! 

 

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

 

Instagram #Bookstagram Account I Love Following
Dennis at Scaredstraightreads Not only does Dennis review books, he has some very funny Instagram stories. I always look forward to his posts

Book Review That Has Me Wanting to Read a Book That Wasn’t on My Radar
Susie at NovelVisits Review of Waiting for Eden  I challenge you to read Susie’s review of this book and not add it to your tbr as well. This sounds like such a unique story

This Gem of Advice (from Bookrioter Abby Hargreaves) is Going to Change My Reading Life! 
How to Keep Library Ebooks Longer (and the drawbacks)  I had no idea there was a library hack that enables us to keep our ebooks longer. I needed this info! I read almost exclusively on my kindle and I’ve scrambled one too many times to finish a book at the last minute before it vanishes into Overdrive

Article I Enjoyed from NBCNews.com (and a term I’d never heard of but practice regularly) 
How the Simple Act of Nature Helps You Destress I walk in the woods just about everyday, year round, so I can relate to this article. I think walking in the woods is one of the most relaxing things I do. I’ll take nature, even in freezing cold whether, over the gym any day.

Movie That Will Be My Favorite of the Year
A Star is Born  I can’t say enough about how fantastic this movie was! You guys, LADY GAGA, wow. That’s all I’ll say and Bradley Cooper was amazing. Go see it. Bring Tissues.

Have A Great Weekend!

5 on Friday: 5 Things I’m Loving Lately

Welcome to 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

Article fromFastCompany.com
How Writing to Do Lists Helps Your Brain
 I’m a list maker of all types. I have a bullet journal for longer lists including books I want to read and I have post it notes on my counter for daily things I need to do or pick up. I can’t live without post its! I’ve tried using my notes app but it doesn’t work for me, I need to be able to actually cross things off, that’s the best part of list making in my opinion. 

TV Show I Love 
Younger  starring Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Peter Hermann is a show by Darren Star (hello Sex & the City) on TV Land and just finished it’s 5th season. It’ll be back for a 6th so you have time to binge before next summer! It’s set in the world of publishing in Manhattan and there’s drama, love, books, authors, scandal, friendship…basically everything. I highly recommend starting at the beginning or you’ll miss a lot.

Podcast I’m Enjoying 
Currently Reading  with Meredith Monday Schwartz and Kaytee Cobb. I recently discovered this podcast and I’ve already listened to all their episodes (except middle school reads). I’ve gotten some new to me book recommendations and I like that their excitement for books comes through. The format is great as well!

My Must Have for Sore Neck/Shoulders
Neck and Shoulder Heated Pain Relief Wrap
I use this neck wrap daily. It gets heated in the microwave and does wonders for tight or stiff neck and shoulder muscles. I have a lavender one which smells great

Book I Recently Read in One Sitting
One Day in December 
by Josie Silver. I wasn’t too crazy about this cover but the premise drew me in and I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down! I’ll review it closer to pub day but if you like romances and love stories set over years (think One Day and that type of structure) I think you’ll enjoy this. And it’s set in London…bonus! 

Have a Great Weekend!

 

 

5 on Friday: 5 things I’m loving lately

Welcome to my first 5 on Friday, a little list of things I’m enjoying lately.  I got this idea from Tim Ferris who sends out his 5 Bullet Friday posts to all his email subscribers and Laura Tremaine’s Secret Posts. If you’re interested you can check out Tim’s website at Tim.blog and Laura’s at 10thingstotellyou.com . I thought it would be fun to do a short and simple posts of things I’m enjoying lately. Every week you’ll find different content…could be books I’m reading, movies, tv, recipes, quotes, articles, household items etc….anything I’m enjoying to pass along in the hope that you might also find something you’d like.

Article from Bustle,com 
Flowers Lower your Stress Levels More than Candles or Nothing at All    Now I know why I love picking out fresh flowers every week! I’ve never stopped to think about why I enjoy having fresh flowers around more than fake arrangements but this makes sense. My favorite place (and most reasonably priced) to buy fresh flowers: Trader Joes.

Tv Show I Recently Binge Watched 
Jack Ryan, available on Amazon Prime . I like pretty much anything John Krasinski has starred in and this was no exception. Fast paced and well casted, this was a really good show. Maybe not as high a level of production as Homeland but if you liked Homeland I think you’ll enjoy Jack Ryan

Book I’m Enjoying This Week
The Wildlands  by Abby Geni. I’m not that far but this story of a family torn apart after a Category 5 tornado in Oklahoma is proving to be atmospheric with such good characterization. I can’t wait to pick it back up which is always a good sign

To Go Cup I NEVER Leave Home Without 
Aladdin Insulated Tumbler  is my go to water bottle all day every day. I try to drink a lot of water daily but I hate when it doesn’t stay cold. Problem solved with this tumbler. I’ve left this cup in my car in 90 degree temps for hours, come back and it’s still cold! It’s elongated for car cup holders and comes with its own straw which you CAN leave in and your drink will still stay cold. I just love this!

New Favorite Podcast I’m Listening To
Dr Death by Wonderly on Apple Podcasts. This podcast! I can’t remember the last time I’ve been shocked by what I’m hearing  (not counting politics:). It’s about a Dr, a neurosurgeon no less, who had no business, zero, operating on people. What happened to the patients unfortunate enough to come across his path and how he was able to keep practicing is investigated in this podcast. Prepare to be shocked by what you hear.

 

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Thanks for reading & Happy Friday!