Saucy Summer Reads

You may have seen my recommendation for The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell in my What I’m Lovin’ in August post, but I’ve got two saucier (and much lighter) recommendations to share with you below!

Earlier this summer I did what I’d been saying I was going to do for a while now: I went to my local library with the sole purpose of finding a book to rent and read! I wasn’t going to be intimidated by the 2 week window (I’m a slow reader) because there is a such thing as renewing online (yay for the internet!).

As it turns out, my library card was so old that I’d been erased from the system.

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But isn’t my old card so cute?!

No worries, I had a new “Where the Wild Things Are” themed card in no time!

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Equally as cute new card.

You see, my local library has many branches which make it super convenient where ever you happen to find yourself around town. They even let you return your book to any branch – regardless of where you rented it. They’re thoughtful like that.

Well, I’m happy to report I’ve been putting some miles on my card and I have some great summer reading recommendations for you!

To start, I’m on a saucy-summer-stories kick. That being said, when I read the back of Stephanie Evanovich’s debut novel I knew it’d be enjoyable!

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Big Girl Panties was a light love story with some juicy scenes for summer.

I hinted how lovely this book was in a previous post about pillows – which by the way, you should totally sew up a pillow to go with these great reading recommendations 😉

As soon as I finished it, I started scouting out her next book which just so happened to release the Tuesday after I finished Big Girl Panties. I ran to my local library that Thursday in search of the book so I’d have it in time for my trip to Baltimore (hello airport sitting…and plane sitting..).

Well dear Stephanie didn’t let me down!

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The Sweet Spot was just as delightful!

Although The Sweet Spot is a prequel to Big Girl Panties, you could read these books in any order and still enjoy them. There are connections made between the two stories, but they’re independent so you can easily follow without obligation of reading the other (though I do recommend it!).

These stories were so good, I didn’t even have to renew online! I finished each within the allotted two weeks and happily returned them on time.

These are just two of the saucier books I read this summer. I’m happy to report, I’m still on my “reading kick” so I’ll be sharing more book recommendations soon.

{Read my tiny collection of Book Club recommendations here.}

What did you read this summer? I’m looking for recommendations to get me through the winter 🙂

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What I’m lovin’ in May

Today is the first of a recurring series I’m calling “What I’m lovin’!”.

Here’s how it works: On the last Friday of every month, I’ll share a list of all the things I’m lovin’ during the month.

I’m so excited to share this month’s with you – it gave me motivation to look past the 90 degree heat and thick humidity that has engulfed Columbia to see all there is to love about May!

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1. Colorful, fresh produce is in season!

Last month, my family and I filled my grandparent’s garden with tiny plants that have blossomed and are now bearing fruit and vegetables for us to enjoy!

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Little baby butternut squash plant

First zucchini of the season from the family garden!

First zucchini of the season from the family garden!

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Fresh lettuce from my front yard garden 🙂

 

2. Workouts from Work Hard Eat Harder!

It’s just a bonus that my newest blogger obsession also happens to be a high school classmate of mine (so it’s verified: she’s pretty stellar).

The first workout of hers I tried was the 20 minute Treadmill Blast – and as a runner who completed a half marathon a few months ago I tell you..this was tough! But it left me wanting more! I also tried her Egg-o-cado recipe and have been making it several times a week as a post-workout breakfast – quick, easy & delicious!

My favorite workout so far is the Total Body Circuit – tried it with the Hubs and he also loved it!

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I love the combination of a workout + a recipe in Alex’s posts. She also includes links to videos that demonstrate some of the moves which is really helpful for the uncoordinated, clueless people of the world like me! There’s also very little (if any) equipment required so you can try these high intensity workouts wherever you are!

 

3. The Etsy #CraftParty is just around the corner! I’m helping some fellow crafty friends {Shanika of Life is Pichey & Emily from Butterfly Vintage} plan the event in Columbia! We’re so excited about it!

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If you’re wondering what the world it is, check out Etsy’s website for details about this international event. If you’re local, mark your calendar for June 6th from 6-9pm & come craft with us on the patio of First Citizens Cafe on Main Street – a block from the State House! Be sure to follow Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook for the latest event details and for all things crafty in Columbia!

 

4. The fabric on my new Super Tote bag!

Not only is the fabric sweet, the pattern (from Noodlehead) is stellar – classic and oh-so-useful! 

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5. Roses are bloomin’ all over!

You may have seen my post at the beginning of the month about my Coretta Scott King rose bush so you know how much I love roses! Well, I’m happy to say that my rose bush is doing ok in my flower bed out front! My Gammy would be so proud! 🙂

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6. My Magic Bullet I’m really putting some miles on that thing!

If you’re in the mood for a smoothie, check out my latest Tasty Tuesday post for an easy-peasy, healthy recipe to keep you cool in the summer heat!

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AND it’s my anniversary month!

What are you lovin’ about May?