One Flo and One Rida

Oh, Florida, I love you so much.  Let’s face it, between the palm trees and ocean views, you have an automatic recipe for a relaxing vacation.  St. Petersburg, Florida aka “Sunshine City” boasts an average of 361 days of sunshine per year and sits right on the gulf coast.  We spent a week enjoying the beautiful weather, lively downtown, excellent food and gorgeous views of St. Petersburg, Florida and the surrounding area.

We opted to drive to Florida, because we enjoy each others company and we love listening to podcasts on long trips.  The soundtrack for this trip was S-Town on the way down and In The Dark on the way home.  I can’t recommend In The Dark enough.

We stayed at the The Hampton Inn near downtown.  They had a pretty pool, a stocked gym and a great breakfast buffet.

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The Dali Museum is recommended on every St. Petersburg travel website, and by the locals.  The architectural design of the building is swoon worthy.  Once inside there is a full cafe, and gorgeous suspended spiral staircase, a gift shop and art work (of course).  The Frida Kahlo exhibit was open while I was there, in addition to the permanent Salvador Dali exhibit.  The audio tours are great because you learn about the life of the artists as well as fun facts about almost every work of art on display.

I’m obsessed with downtown St. Petersburg.  It’s right out of a movie, with its bright colors, friendly people and gorgeous scenery.  The town is incredibly dog friendly, especially since every restaurant on the main strip offers outdoor seating. However, we did not book a dog friendly hotel, so now we have to go back so we can take the pups!  There are life size dolphin statues throughout the city that are all painted completely different, I loved spotting them while we were out and about.

I love food so much.  I love really great food, food so great that I have to force myself to stop eating. In St. Petersburg, that meal was the Salmon Flatbread from Fresco’s (first pic)! I also have a huge sweet tooth, so we stopped by the Cassis Bakery every single night for a new dessert.  Calories don’t count on vacation.  I’m linking my favorite restaurants below the pictures.

Restaurants from Top Left to Bottom Right: Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro, The Moon Under Water, Cassis Bakery, The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge, Locale Market and Holy Hogs BBQ in Downtown Tampa.

Not far from St. Petersburg is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.  If you’ve seen the movie Dolphin Tale about the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, it was based on the life of Winter who lives at this aquarium.  Clearwater is a a rescue center that’s motto is “Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release”.  We were able to see turtles, dolphins, otters and stingrays that had been rescued and some were injured too badly to be returned into the wild.  They have a ton of interactive exhibits, however you need to book these in advance since they fill up quickly (which we learned first hand).  We were able to feed stingrays and not to brag, but I’m totally a natural.  My favorite part was watching Rufus the Pelican run over to cuddle with his trainer, it was precious!

Ruffle High Neck Romper is from Target and under $30!

We can’t wait to go back (and bring BOTH pups!)! Until then, we’ll be looking for our next adventure. Don’t forget to ‘like’ this post and hit the subscribe button!

  XOXO,

Sara

 

 

 

Friday Favorites 4/21/2017

We spent last week in Florida (amazing), and I’m still trying to remember what day it is.  Isn’t that the best part about vacation, not having to keep up with the days?  Now it’s back to the real world, luckily my real world is pretty fantastic.  Right now I’m curled up with a cute puppers and eating cotton candy, so life is pretty sweet.

Favorite Snack Food:  The Fluff Factory Cotton Candy! Y’all I don’t typically eat super sugary sweet stuff, but the flavors are insane!  Currently inhaling Salted Caramel Cotton Candy and contemplating if I need to join a support group.  Thanks to my mom for getting me addicted and the lovely ladies at Silver Star Mercantile for hooking me up!  If you’re in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, head to downtown Carrollton and check them out!  They always have super cute stuff (it’s not all food), including our favorite jalapeno jelly! 

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Favorite New Tradition: We decided to officially set aside one night a month for Ladies Night!  So much easier to just have a date in the books so there’s always something to look forward to!  If you’re in Greenville, SC and you see a group of 10+ girls out on the 3rd Monday of the month it’s probably us!  Feel free to buy us guacamole and offer to take our picture!  Shout out to the staff and manager at Chuy’s for giving us the history and fun facts about the restaurant!

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Favorite Meal: Salmon and Pesto Flatbread.  I mean, those 4 words are magical sounding, you know it’s going to be amazing.  I had this multiple days in a row for lunch, because  I love myself and want to be happy.  I will be attempting to recreate this recipe from Fresco’s, this weekend – follow my Instagram story to see how it turns out!

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Favorite Gift Idea:  I came across this while researching gift ideas for a friends annual beach trip (Hi, Brie!), and immediately fell in love!  If you travel a lot, have a friend that travels, or have ever left your house – you need this!  It’s a travel phone charger BUT it’s pretty and conveniently hooks to your purse or key chain!  Unfortunately it’s only for iPhone, iPod and iPad, us Android users have to just sit in envy!


Favorite New(ish) Podcast:  In The Dark is such a well done podcast.  It follows in the footsteps of Serial, which I absolutely loved.  It chronicles the 27 year old case of a missing 11 year old boy from a rural Minnesota town.  The best part about this podcast is the resolution, it may have taken 27 years but the abductor has been captured.  An interesting fact, this case actually lead to the creation of the “sex offenders database”.  I found it fascinating and maddening at the same time.  If you listen to it, you’ll understand the maddening part immediately.  Let me know some other podcasts I should listen to, and if you’ve listened to In The Dark!

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Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!  Feel free to share your “favorites” from the past week with me or what fun plans you have for the weekend!  I’m off to finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  It’s one of those can’t put it down but also don’t want it to end type books!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara

Friday Favorites 4/7/2017

Happy Friday, y’all!!  We have a packed weekend planned, so I am so ready for it to get here!  Tonight we are going to dinner with a super old (think elementary school) friend and her husband, since they are visiting the wonderful #YeahTHATGreenville.  Saturday we have a birthday celebration at Dave & Busters.  Then bright and early Sunday morning we are road tripping to St. Petersburg, Florida!  We’ve never been to St. Pete’s so please send me your food and fun recommendations, in the comments!

1.) Favorite New Photo Trend:  Get yourself some friends that don’t question when you do weird things, and are more than happy to be weird in return.  Case in point, friends who go to the same tourist spots and take the same photos.  Can this be a new photo trend? #FriendPhotoCopy  Use that hashtag and tag me on Instagram so I can see all the other weirdo friendships out there!

2.)  Favorite Girlie Drink (That Seems Healthy):  The Pink Drink at Starbucks.  It’s a Strawberry Refresher with Coconut Milk.  It tastes amazing and it looks so pretty!  Plus, there are fresh strawberries in it, so it’s basically a health drink and if you care about your body at all you will go get one, right now.

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3.) Favorite Volunteer Event (Probably of All Time):  Our church put on a free Carnival for Foster Children and their families and it was beyond incredible.  I don’t think I can fully describe how amazing this experience was.  Foster children have very little that actually belongs to them, if you would like to help them out you can go here to find a local donation spot in your area!  One thing we didn’t realize was a need until this event were lice treatment kits.  If reading that sentence made your  head itch, that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to go donate some lice kits to your local donation site. 🙂  You can search the hashtag #ForSC to see other projects our church did across the state of South Carolina.

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4.) Favorite Craft: Ok, so we agreed to help with a craft project that was WAY above our skill level.  Two hours into a 1.5 hour project, we had to call the Master Crafter, Karli, to come walk us through it step by step!  Four hours, twenty burned fingers, two pork chops and way too many frosted cookies later, we officially made 12 Easter flowers!  Here’s the link for the tutorial.  If you are able to easily make these, please feel free to gloat in the comments!

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5.) Favorite Cold Weather Walking Location: I have a great friend, Kati, and our friendship revolves around walking.  Sometimes we eat, but we always walk.  With the weather being crazy this week, we opted to check out the Well Walkers program at The Well, downtown.  The Well is our local arena where the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team play (they are doing fantastic this year). Basically you walk around the inside of the arena, and you don’t have to worry about nasty weather, it’s pretty genius.  They even have days when doctors, dietitians, or mom & me instructors come out.  I’m curious if other cities have similar programs.

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Enjoy your Friday! Go take some #FriendPhotoCopy pics or attempt some crafts that are way above your skill level, and report back!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button so you can be the first to know when I have a new post!  Special shout out to Melissa and Brie for being the stars of today’s post!

XOXO,

Sara

The Only TEN I See

This past week has been crazy, in a great way!  I’m hoping I’ll be able to share some exciting news with you very soon!

Most of y’all know that Eric and I live in South Carolina, and our families live in Texas.  We are pretty fortunate to have parent’s that make time to visit us, but seeing family twice a year isn’t really ideal.  So, when my parents planned a trip to Tennessee and were going to be less than 4 hours away, I jumped at the chance to crash their vacation…they didn’t seem to mind haha. (Muscle tank is from my last Friday Favorites!)

We rented a cabin in Townsend, Tn.  It’s a small town full of friendly people nestled in-between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tn.  This would be a great place for couples or families with small kids, since it’s only a few minutes up the road from the craziness of Pigeon Forge.

The very first thing we did was ride the Alpine Roller Coaster.  It was incredible! Getting to control the speed of your own roller coaster, nothing beats that!  Well…one thing beats that, my dad’s before and after pictures on the roller coaster! (Please leave your funny captions for these pics in the comments!!)

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We also drove the Cades Cove Scenic Loop, and it was beautiful!  Living in the upstate of South Carolina for so long (almost 5 years, crazy!), I’ve started to take for granted how beautiful this side of the country is.  It was neat to see the sights through my parents’ eyes.  As much as I love Texas, she doesn’t have mountains and views like this.  And yes, Texas is a she.

Easily the best part of our time in Townsend was driving the Mtn Trax ATV’s! We have never done anything like this, before!  My mom is not known for getting dirty, so I was definitely caught off guard when she told me what we were doing!  If you have never gone mudding in an ATV, get online and book a ride now!  You can thank me later.  Also, special shout out to Jake at Mtn Trax for being so great and taking so many pictures and videos for us!  I’m not sure these pictures fully capture how wet and muddy we were!

I only had 48 hours in Townsend, but it was so fun-filled.  I can’t wait to go back, and take the husband with me!

I’m a huge believer in eating local when on vacation.  Ask my husband, I have a very strict no chain restaurant policy.  I’m all about embracing the culture and supporting the locals.  Here are my top picks to #EatLocal in Townsend: Trailhead Steakhouse (and seafood) & Burger Master Drive In.  Trailhead is highend, but reasonably priced with good portion size.  Burger Master is super cheap and the burgers are really good.  Pro tip:  If you don’t have a huge appetite, get the kids meal burger, it comes with ice cream!

Side note: Before I arrived, my parents went on an unguided horseback ride!  They had a blast! Mountain horseback riding, without a guide, you know it’s going to be awesome!

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Thanks for reading y’all!  One of the neatest things about my blog is seeing where all my readers are from!  Comment with what city, state or country you’re reading from in the comments below! Bonus – tell me the best parts of your state and why I should visit there next!  Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button!

XOXO,

Sara

Get Lit – March

Hey everyone! I’ve been MIA for a few days, due to a last minute vacation (aren’t those the best kind?!).  My parents live in Texas and were vacationing in Tennessee last week.  After leaving Nashville, they spent a few days in Townsend, which happens to only be about 3 hours from where my husband and I live.  So I decided to crash their vacation – it was so much fun!  I’ll be posting all about that trip later this week!

I didn’t have as much time to read this month as I typically do.  Some of these books I read last summer but they were so good that I had to share them with you!

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Paperback $6.49/eBook $7.99)

I read this book last summer, based on a recommendation from a friend (Hey, Jessica!).  I had read so many dark books and I needed something light that was still captivating.  This book hit that mark.  It has mystery, heart and humor.  Bernadette is agoraphobic, and has an overseas assistant that does all of her most basic tasks for her.  Her daughter, Bee, was promised a family trip to Antarctica.  As the trip gets closer, Bernadette goes missing.  It’s up to Bee to piece together emails, letters, phone calls, etc..to develop a timeline for her mothers last days and figure out where she is!  It’s so well written, and the perfect vacation or pool side read!

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Trust No One

Paul Cleave is a talented writer!  This was my first of his books to read and after I finished I immediately read 3 more of his books.  I love the concept of this book!  A crime writer develops early onset Alzheimer’s and begins to confess that all the horrible murders he wrote about in his books are true – and he is the one that committed them.  No one is sure weather to believe him or not, but as the Alzheimer’s sets in and his actions get more volatile, you can’t help but wonder.  This had -hands down- one of the best book endings that I’ve ever read. Read it and come back and let me know what you thought! Heads up – Paul Cleave gets pretty gross and gory in his books. Edit: My husband told me this paragraph had too many exclamation points, but I told him that this book is THAT good!

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Pretty Baby

I just finished this book last week, after several of my Skimm friends insisted it was a must-read!  I’ve mentioned before that my favorite narrative is when each chapter is from a different characters perspective, Pretty Baby did this perfectly.  The story is about a woman (wife & mother) who after seeing a young homeless girl with a newborn living on the streets, insists on bringing her into their home.  As with any situation involving strangers, there’s bound to be secrets and distrust…and murder.  I love how all the characters stories were resolved.  When I finished this book, the first thing I said was how I love that none of the characters were good or bad, you’ll have to read the book to fully understand.  If you enjoyed Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train, I honestly believe you will enjoy this book.

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The Variable Life: Finding Clarity and Confidence in a World of Choices (eBook $9.99)

So, I am really excited about this book, because it is written by my friend, John Weirick!  You can purchase an eBook copy by following the link above or clicking here.  You can also follow his blog here.

The Variable Life is a collection of stories and observations about life to help you:
– Gain clarity about who you are and what to do
– Understand God’s role in your life and in the world
– Learn how to navigate conflict and survive difficult transitions
– Develop healthy relationships
– See why the choices you make today will influence the rest of your life
– Live with confidence instead of being driven by fear

“The Variable Life is for people who want to find their way through the maze of variables, choices, and complexities of modern life, without losing sight of God or themselves.
Your life is the story of the choices you make. What story is your life telling?”

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The Good Girl– Currently Reading

After devouring Pretty Baby, I knew that I needed to read another Mary Kubica book.  I’ll be back next month to give you my review, or you can read along with me!

As always, let me know if you’ve read these books and what you thought, or if there’s a book that you love that I need to read!  Come back in a few days to read all about my super outdoorsy trip to Tennessee, or hit the subscribe button below and be the first to know about my new posts!

XOXO,

Sara

Friday Favorites -3/3/17

First of all, thank you so much to everyone for all the support, encouragement and love for my last post!  It was definitely hard to put it out there, but I’m so glad I did!  If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can go here.

It’s Friday and it’s officially March!! March means it’s officially mine and Eric’s anniversary month!! Holla!!  I have a fun project that I need YOUR help with, so don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom!

I love compiling my list of favorites because it forces me to take an inventory of my week and I always feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude!  Even if you don’t have a blog, I highly recommend keeping a list of great things about each day.  Bonus points if you make a list of all the things you appreciate about your spouse each day!  Also, it goes without saying, but my forever favorite is the brown puppy (Belle) that insists on “helping” me blog.  She is either completely passed out, or attempting to crawl on the laptop.  There’s no in-between.  Seriously, look at this blanket caped puppers with her tongue sticking out, she’s the cutest.

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Here are this weeks favorites!

Favorite Breakfast Cookie: Y’all if you’ve ever flown American, you’ve been exposed to these amazing gifts from God, known as Biscoff Cookies!  If you are like me, you didn’t realize you could buy them in store, until your husband surprised you with a pound of Biscoff’s for Valentines Day! #swoon

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Favorite Work-Out Tank: I just picked up this sups cute tank from Express!  It’s light-weight, loose fitting and the tiniest bit sheer – makes it perfect for summer, on top of a bright colored sports bra!  Go grab one here, and we can be twinsies!  Tag me on the ‘gram, so I can see how hot you look! @sara_kauffman

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Favorite Friend-Date: Breakfast with my girl, Karli!  Who took me out on a day that she knew was incredibly hard for me, to make sure I had at least one bright spot to the day!  And she brought me these gorgeous sunflowers that look like they were made for my kitchen!

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Favorite Brewery Tour: Hands down, Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, N.C. has the best brewery tour.  The building itself is incredible.  It’s beautiful and was so well planned out  from the inside out.  On site restaurant, upstairs space for drinking and playing corn hole, out door space upstairs and downstairs for hanging out (dog friendly!) and events! It’s also LEED Platinum certified, that’s crazy impressive!  The tour itself is incredibly informative and you’re able to go behind the scenes to actually see and learn how their beer is made – Plus FREE beer tastings!

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Favorite Drink Bottle: I was super fortunate to snag one of the few remaining Lily Pulitzer Swell water bottles from Starbucks! It’s my first swell bottle, and I’m already in love!!  I have the pink one on the far right!

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Favorite Blog Participation: Eric and I are celebrating our FIVE year anniversary at the end of this month!  March 31st!  I want to do a personal post about us and our relationship, so you can get to know me.  So, submit your questions below with anything you want us to answer about each other or our relationship.  We want everything from silly, to serious and everything in between!  Bonus – If I answer your question in our anniversary post, I’ll give your blog a shout out! And if I don’t answer your question, I’ll do my best to answer it in the comments below!!  Here’s some pics of us being totally normal.

 

Thanks so much for reading!  As always, let me know if we have any of the same favorites in the comments below!  Did you score a Lilly Pulitzer Swell bottle?   Are you obsessed with Biscoff cookies?  And what questions do Eric and I need to answer about each other or our relationship?!  Happy Friday!

 

XOXO,

Sara

 

 

 

My Heart

This is a post that I wrote on this day last year, I still remember how broken I felt. But more than that, I appreciate how complete I feel today. I still don’t have a baby, I haven’t been able to get pregnant again, and I’ve had many frustrating days. But, I’m grateful for the life I have, for my husband, parents, friends, home group, church, volunteer team…the list literally goes on and on.  I never thought I would move past that lost feeling, but I have and I’ve flourished. It didn’t happen over night, it was slow and gradual and I’m a better person through it all.  So, here’s my heart, for all the world to see…

My due date was this week. 

But, I miscarried, so I don’t get to be a mom today. 

I debated on whether or not I should post about this, because miscarriage is almost a taboo topic, it makes people feel uncomfortable. It makes me feel uncomfortable. 

But, the intense sadness and hurt that I feel today is overwhelming. And it physically hurts my heart thinking that Eric and I are the only ones grieving for our child. 

It also pains me to think of all the other women out there that feel the same way. 1 in 4 women have a miscarriage, that’s heartbreaking. 

I felt so alone, broken, dysfunctional and worthless. I was fortunate to have so many women reach out to me privately and share their struggle with me, and I really needed that. I needed to know that I wasn’t a complete failure, and that it wasn’t my fault and that I would be able to move past it. So, I’m putting this out here today, on a day that is so heartbreakingly tough for me, because I know that there’s at least one woman out there that needs to read this, and needs to know there’s hope. 

::This isn’t your fault, you are not broken, you are so valuable and this WILL get better. Your days will get easier, but it will take time. Don’t give up on yourself and please reach out for help when the load gets too heavy to bear alone::
If you could say a prayer for me, or send good thoughts my way, I would really appreciate it.

Friday Favorites – 2/24/17

It’s Friday!! Go ahead and splurge on that extra cup of coffee or fancy pastry, you deserve it!  Fun fact: my phone auto-corrects “pastries” to “pasties”.  I text about baked goods more than the average person, and apparently my phone thinks I need to spice things up.  Speaking of spicing things up…I’m all about discovering new ideas and products to make my life better, healthier or just more fun!  Below are some of my favorite things right now!

Favorite Dish: These healthy toast toppings from The Healthy Hour.  I mean…I really need for Stephanie Park to just move in with me and make all my meals.

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Favorite App: First 5  This is a safe space, so I’ll be honest – I struggle with being intentional in my time with God .  This app makes it super simple, it’s either a reading or a video (which I can listen to while in the car!).  It’s quick while also being deep and thoughtful. (Thanks for the rec, Brie!)

Favorite Sleep Mask: So, I cannot go to sleep without a sleep mask, it’s a necessity for me.  These Bucky sleep masks are amazing and super comfortable while blacking out all light! Get one for you, and if your husband is anything like mine, you might as well get one for him too!

Favorite Show to Binge Watch: Death in Paradise on Netflix! It’s a lighthearted crime solving show, set in the fictional Caribbean Island of Saint Marie.  I love the casting, the story lines and all the British and French accents!

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Favorite Impromptu Date Night: A local business hosted a Pop-Up Supper Wednesday night, and it was so great!  We had amazing food for only $10 and I love any excuse to go downtown!  If you’re local to Greenville, S.C. (or visiting) you should check out M.Judson Booksellers & Chocolate Moose (yep, 2 business in one building!) to see what events they have going on!

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Canelones de Carne (pasta rolls w/ beef, pork & chicken) topped with Belchamel and Manchego cheese and a Granny Smith apple salad w/ Valdeon blue cheese and Marcona almonds.

Are you a fan of any of my favorites, what do you love that I must check out?  What are your favorite date nights, planned out or spontaneous? And what show should I binge on Netflix next?!  Let me know in the comments below & don’t forget to subscribe!

XOXO,

Sara

 

 

Get Lit! – February

This past week has been pretty fantastic.  2 breakfast dates, group bowling night and a dinner date with my amazing girl friends.  There is seriously nothing better than spending time with other females, it feeds my soul.  The only thing better than food dates are walking dates.  If you haven’t done one of those before – make that your goal for the month.  Grab a girl friend or two and just set out on a walk, anywhere that is pretty.  My favorite is starting at our local zoo and walking to downtown, then you grab coffee or pop into shops once you’re downtown.  You’re outside, not distracted by food or other people or your phones (you can’t really walk and text…maybe you can, but I can’t) and it’s the best way to have deeper friendships.  My husband and I go on a walk with our dog every day and its my highlight because we connect so much.  In case you don’t believe me, here’s a picture of me and my super precious dog,  Belle…in our matching friendship bracelets/collars!

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The Widow (click title to purchase ebook, paperback or hardcover)

I picked up this book after seeing it laying on a display table at a local bookstore (during one of my friend walk dates!) and I’m really glad I did.  I love books that have each chapter from a different characters perspective.  The book wasn’t suspenseful in the way Gone Girl and Girl on a Train were, but it held it’s own.  I thought the book would focus more on the actual widow, but it mainly centered around her husband’s issues.  It makes sense for the book, but I went in expecting a little bit different direction.  I would actually love a follow up book focusing on “the reporter”, Kate, and her other stories.  Overall, I was really happy with this book, you should definitely check it out!

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Behind Closed Doors

Y’all I COULD NOT get into this book.  It had so much potential but the whole book was just so obvious, predictable and anti-climactic.  It’s about a married couple that seems to have the perfect life but there’s obviously something dark going on “behind closed doors”.  Honestly, they could have removed 100 pages from the book and it would have been much better.  I really wanted to like this book, and I know a lot of people do, but I just don’t get the hype.  If you loved it, I’m sorry!

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Little Beach Street Bakery

This book was darling.  Polly has a pretty brutal break up and decides to move far away from the big city, to a tiny island that’s only accessible at certain times of day due to the tide.  She ends up rediscovering her love for baking bread and impacting the lives of all the people in the tiny town.  Beware, you will be craving fresh made bread products and tiny island vacations while reading this book.  Also, you will start asking your husband for a pet Puffin, and he will say “no” because he is mean. There’s also a bread recipe in the book.  I of course “kneaded” to try  it and was super confident.  However, it ended up being hard and burnt and nothing like the bread my friends make (Hi Kati! Hi Brittany!), so I think I’ll stick to just reading about bread.

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The Rumor (Kindle edition is only $7.99)

Another great read!  I’ve been reading so many psychological thrillers that this was definitely a breath of fresh air.  I couldn’t put this book down, Elin Hilderbrand is so very talented, and if you haven’t read any of her books you are missing out!  It centers around two best friends Grace and Madeline, a local Nantucket writer.  Madeline has a severe case of writers block and while attempting to write her follow up novel she begins to pull from the people around her.  The only problem is, with a small town come lots of rumors and there’s no way to set the rumors right without someone getting hurt.  This is a great book to pick up before a Spring Break trip.

Have you read any of these books yet? What books should I add to my to-read list?  Leave some book love in the comments below!  Don’t forget to subscribe below for email updates!

XOXO,

Sara

Stack, Pack and Stow It – Cold Weather Edition

Winter is (still) coming, according to Punxsutawney Phil – the infamous Groundhog, which means 6 more weeks of winter.  So, any trips you have planned in the coming months might require a slight alteration in your packing strategy.  Here are my cold weather must-haves after consulting with friends (Thanks Skimm Girls!) across the U.S., all the way to Alaska! Whether you need some quick fixes to get you through one trip or you are a frequent freezer, I got you covered.  Since you’re going on vacation you need to save all your money for the fun stuff, so we’re packing it all in a carry-on, no baggage fee for you!

The Basics:

Your liquids bag is going to need to be stocked with moisturizers! Here are some of my fav’s.  For your face go here and for sensitive skin go here.  For your hands go here, here or here and I’m always a fan of Bath and Body Works lotions.  For your lips go here or here.

The Accessories:

Pro tip: Bringing multiple hats and scarves is the easiest way to mix up your outfit each day, while still saving space. Knit gloves will allow air to flow through, so stick to faux leather gloves to ensure maximum warmth.  I am a loyal Isotoner fan, I’ve had the same pair for over 10 years and I love the way they fit.  Check out these with an inner fleece lining, these with smart-touch technology, these are basic black with a warm lining and these have fleece on the outside.  This is my favorite cable knit scarf from Loft (pictured below)!

The Bod:

CUDDLE DUDS! They saved my life.  You wear them under your normal clothes and you can’t tell you are wearing them!  The ActiveLayer line is my favorite since you can wear it under leggings without noticing. They have a bunch of different styles that you can check out here.  Fleece leggings are also a good choice if you aren’t a fan of layering.  This is me rocking my cuddle duds with leggings on top, bonus – I look like a Ninja, and you can too!

Pick out a coat that is long enough to cover your bum, and ideally goes to your knees, depending on how cold the area you’re going to is.  Check out this coat from Nordstrom’s and this one from Kohls.  If you’re wanting to spend less go here, here or here . Wear your jacket on the plane, even if your starting location is warm. Keep it on you, because planes are cold or stow it under your seat (because the overhead compartment is not meant for personal items, duh!).

If you’re willing to splurge on a great pair of shoes try these from Sorel or these from L.L.Bean.  If you’re not in a position to buy new boots, invest in some great wool socks!

The Fresh:

Travel size bottle of Febreze.  The EASIEST way to pack light is to re-wear items, especially your under layers.  After exploring all day, you’re going to need to freshen up, and having a washing machine isn’t an option when staying in a hotel. Get a 3 pack of travel size Febreze here or a single one here.

Hope you enjoyed my tips for saving space, staying warm and most importantly – not having to check a bag! Do you have a cold weather trip coming up? Did I miss your favorite cold weather necessity? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Sara