UPDATED!! MomAdvice 2017 Book Club Selections

January 12th, 2017

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I hope your year of reading is off to an incredible start this month!  Between my two book clubs and our MomAdvice Reading Challenge, every surface and moment is book-filled over here!

How obsessed have I got with my reading this year? Totally figured out my wireless headphones are perfect for soaking in the bathtub with a book in my ears (just avoid sliding down into the water!) and I bought a $10 plant stand for my coffee propping so I can soak until the water gets cold every single day.

I do it for you guys. You need my recommendations!

Just kidding!!

Last year our MomAdvice Book Club on Facebook really began to take shape for our readers. I envisioned a place where bookworms could gather, a good spot to share the daily book deals that happen on Amazon, and a monthly book club discussion. It’s grown SO MUCH and last week we grew to over 700 bookworms last week.

Do you want to join my book club? Let me explain how it works!

How Does the MomAdvice Facebook Book Club Work?

I will be your book club hostess this year and have selected the first seven books to get you started on a fun journey of reading.  The discussion is held on the last week of the month and posted in the group with a thread for each question. You can jump in to answer questions at any time throughout that week, interacting with loads of other fellow bookworms.

How fun is that?

This post will be updated with our monthly selections so you can join in at any time with our group! Feel free to join us and let your friends know about the group too.

The more the merrier!

How Much Does it Cost?

Nada.

Well, What Do You Get Out Of It?

I want this to be fun and free for you. I post the daily Kindle book deals and I share our book club picks though through something called an affiliate link. Basically, this link gives me a few pennies on each of your purchases that help pay for the web hosting on our website. The web hosting currently costs me about $200 monthly and your purchases from this group basically help to offset that cost for our family at no cost to you.

I try to only share the good stuff and good books.

In fact, I have been reading our book club picks before we get to them to make sure that not a moment of your time or penny is wasted.

For example, one of the books I selected, I did not enjoy. It has been removed from the list and replaced with a better selection. I want to make sure this book club is an enjoyable thing and that you don’t feel ripped off if you are purchasing books.

I know I can’t appeal to everyone’s taste, but I am really trying!! 

I also would like to think I made a lot of great bookworm friends too in this group. It’s been fun to have a place to obsess about books, to share what we are reading each week, and just hang out with other people who just get you.

I have tried to cultivate a positive environment and the group is filled with those kinds of drama-free people that you want to have filling your Facebook feed. Escape the political nastiness and join a feel good kind of space.

Here are the books we will be talking about this year!

MomAdvice 2017 Book Club Selections

Miss Jane by Brad Watson

January

Miss Jane by Brad Watson

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

February

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

March

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

April

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

May

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

June

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

All the Birds in the SKy by Charlie Jane Anders

July

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

If We Were Villains

August

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

Words in Deep Blue

September

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Sing, Unburied, Sing

October

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

November

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

The Changeling

December

The Changeling by Victor Lavalle

Touch

January ’18 (if you are getting a jump on the next year!)

Touch by Courtney Maum

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Join in on the MomAdvice Book Club HERE! Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site! Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads! xo

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It’s a Whole Lotta Happy This Month

July 21st, 2017

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I hope that July has been treating you good! We had an amazing time at my hubby’s 20th high school reunion this month. Since we went to high school together, I am always just as excited as he is. The night, for me, ended in far too many gin and tonics, karaoking until four in the morning, and a really killer headache in the morning.

But, damn, WORTH IT!

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My husband also started a new job this month (that’s always exciting!) and they had given him a five day weekend for the 4th of July so we spontaneously decided to take a trip to Ferndale. I found this super cute house to rent and we had the best time eating our way through this artsy hipster town and I especially enjoyed soaking in the beauty of their front porch with my books. If you are looking for a great getaway location, this is it! Such thoughtful owners that made everything feel so special for us.

To top it off, I am FINALLY seeing the light at the end of this struggle of a year with my health! My pain had been through the roof again last month with one of my shoulder blades falling out after hanging onto a barre in my barre class. I had burning pain for a week that made me want to crawl the walls and I was leaning heavy into my Vicodin bottle without relief. I was really in the dumps because I’m trying SO HARD to get strong and then stuff like that happens and I find myself back to square one. It was a “poor me” week that I had felt entitled to.

A late night Facebook session lead me to a comment on my Ehlers-Danlos support group board that mentioned something called The Cusack Protocol. This mother (with the last name of Cusack) had three little girls that were all in debilitating pain that required bracing and wheelchairs. She started doing her own research on this disease and developed a protocol that was focused on increasing polysaccharides in the body. With this supplement protocol they are all completely fine and having zero pain- no wheelchairs, just normal little girls.

What helps? Weirdly, this.

I drink two ounces in the morning every day along with a few additional recommendations like this & this (which has helped my brain fog and helps with nerve function) and this (which improves my muscle recovery after exercise). Since I was already on a heavy supplement routine, recommended by our specialist, what is a few more additions?

I have been on this regime for about a month, but even after just two weeks I felt an ENORMOUS difference in my body. The aloe juice seems to be acting like a glue for my joints and my bones are no longer shifting. I know it isn’t a placebo because my husband has even remarked how he doesn’t hear my body when I go up and down the steps with the snap,crackle, pop noises. It is as though someone took a hot glue gun through my body and was like, let’s see…this piece goes here, this piece goes here, this piece goes here…

I visited my physical therapist, who had just returned from a class on reducing pain for her patients, and explained that if I could just get my elbow pain under control that it would help with my hands and I would be almost back to my old self. After diagnosing the source, through the training she had went through, she did some abracadabra thing to my shoulder blade and my pain was immediately gone. My hands are functioning, my elbow feels better, and my body is held together.

I’m at about 90% and the other 10% I can make up with my Quell!

I am back to the gym and I am even back to dance class with no pain! I’m sleeping for twelve hour stretches after many sleepless nights waking with bones popping in and out and feel so much better mentally to have good rest and a good gym routine back in my life. My face hurts from smiling when I get to go to dance.

Isn’t that the best pain ever?

I’m so thankful! That’s what is making me happy this week- what’s been making your week?

This week I am…

Eating: I recreated a favorite restaurant dish on the grill. Do you have one of these? I’m LOVING it for grilling fish and it makes clean up a breeze too!

Reading: I started this book yesterday and I’m already halfway through because it is SO good! I can’t put it down and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my favorite book from this author.

Adoring: This video (caution- language) and adored it so much that I watched it four times in a row! What a great grandson!

Watching: Yeah, so we never cancelled HBO (I can’t quit you HBO)  and now we are devouring this four part documentary. It is absolutely riveting!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, friends! We are headed to Napa next week so it might be a little quiet here! It’s our last hurrah before school starts again. xoxo

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Amy’s Notebook 07.19.17

July 19th, 2017

Taco Salad Kits

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In the Kitchen

Oh, I want to make these taco salad kits for my summer lunches- yum!

Here are 20 more great make-ahead lunch ideas.

This kebab recipe looks like a great way to get more salmon into our diet this summer.

I had no idea that it was this easy to make a dairy-free yogurt at home. I’m definitely trying that!

This Mexican Corn on the Cob looks like the perfect taco side dish.

If you have a cast iron skillet, this looks like the perfect tool to clean it.

Have you heard of magical coffee? I’m thinking this might be a fun way to enjoy my cold brew!

Now this looks like the perfect summer drink (and a great way to put frozen berries to work).

 

Life

I have to say, this post just made my day!

Oh, I just love this so much. What a cool idea!

Have you thought about using your phone with intention? I admit, it is a crutch when I’m bored so I loved these tips!

This looks like a great young adult book list!

Speaking of YA books, I enjoyed this read this week. Have you read it yet?

Ahhh…remember these days?

4 organizing lessons from Hamilton.

I often feel guilty for asking for what I need so I loved this guide to guilt-free introverting.

This is a very compelling piece on drug addiction.

Unexpected ways that anxiety can show itself.

What to do when your distractions become a lifestyle.

If your distraction is your phone, this little trick sounds like it might help!

Looking forward to reading this thriller on my vacation next week.

Boy, could I relate to this piece!

I’m working on better sleep habits and this article has some great advice.

 

Lake House Style

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Style

Swooning over this lake house.

I am loving this summer wardrobe plan.

I’m just dying over the decorations in this librarian retirement party.

This looks like a great weekend project to improve a room.

Filing this list of the best neutral paint colors away for our next room refresh.

DIY watercolor weaving? These are gorgeous!

I love that this was your top purchase this month. It makes me want to order one for myself!

Planning to switch to more green cosmetics? This is a great guide to shop with!

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Small-Budget Crushes 07.17.17

July 17th, 2017

Sunset Chaser Shirt

Sunset Chaser Shirt- 40% Off + FREE SHIPPING w/code BEACHSTYLE\ striped off the shoulder shirt

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winter is here socks

winter is here socks

striped tank top

striped tank top with ruffle trim

Tassel Necklace

tassel necklace (a fun way to dress up a plain white tee!)

Leopard Print Block Heel

leopard print block heel- extra 60% off applied at checkout on sale items sitewide

Tie Sleeve Knit Blazer

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striped cami dress striped cami dress- use coupon code CAMPOUT for an extra 60% off clearance

neutral new balance

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napping baby zone welcome mat

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Zella High Waist Moto Leggings

high waist moto leggings

pineapple necklace

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seafarer ruffled top

seafarer ruffled top- extra 30% off all sale items

rose gold passport holder

rose gold passport holder

crystal cube necklace

crystal cube necklace- use coupon code CAMPOUT for an additional 60% off clearance

Field Jacket field jacket- half off sitewide using coupon code SWEET

laptop case

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moroccan hammock

moroccan hammock- extra 30% off all sale items

Shower Caddy monogrammed shower caddy- perfect grad gift! 

 

 

Pom Pom Hat

Pom Pom Hat- 40% Off + FREE SHIPPING w/code BEACHSTYLE

Lacy Bow Back Top

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Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

 

 

June 2017 Must-Reads

June 30th, 2017

June 2017 Must-Reads

I hope your book stacks have been high and your coffee cups overflowing this summer. We are looking forward to a family holiday this week so I will be turning off the phone for the week and soaking in loads of unplugged time with my family. You can guess that if I’m not grabbing my phone, I’m grabbing a book so I am hoping I will have lots more recommendations to share with you next month.

Sorry to miss your messages, comments, and emails, but when this girl vacations, she does it unplugged! This request was also made of my kids! We have a stock-up trip to make to the library today, but we did just get the first three books in the Serafina series in the mail, for my daughter, so I’m hoping that she gets sucked into those the same way I did into my series books when I was a kid.

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catch my stack on IG! 

It was just three weeks ago I was chatting about what I read in May so I was a little nervous I wouldn’t have very much to talk about this month. As luck would have it, the rainy and cooler weather lead to loads of reading in my little she shed. Yup, it’s my favorite place to be!  This reading gadget (the stand that I use to pair it with is over here) has been SO wonderful too for enjoying books outside on windy days, completely hands-free.

Just as a reminder, I read many more books than are just featured here, but try to feature the ones that are my absolute best picks.  If you want to see more of what I am reading,  please feel free to friend me on GoodReads! You can find me right here and I am always happy to connect with people there too! There is nothing more motivating than seeing what other people are raving about and my to-be-read pile continues to grow with all of my new friends on there! In fact, many of the books featured are ones that I have found through my friends on GoodReads.

Today I will be announcing our next selections for our MomAdvice Book Club so please stay tuned for that!  You can join our FREE book club to discuss what you are reading, ask opinions on books, and join in a monthly discussion of a really great read! It’s so awesome!

Here are 7 must-read books that I tackled in June!

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

I’m a big fan of Lisa See and have read every single one of her books. I have to admit, her earlier books were among my favorites, but I felt like her latest novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane had some of that old magic and sparkle that drew me to her writing when I first discovered her.

This novel is set in a remote Chinese mountain village where Li-Yan and her family work as farmers of tea. Li-Yan is unlike most girls because her parents do encourage her to go to school and believe that she is smart enough to concentrate on her education rather than farming. When Li-Yan becomes pregnant with a child, out of wedlock, she decides to give her child up for adoption because it is tradition in their culture to kill these children. Li-Yan now finds the course of her life has changed so much and the love of her life is not as he has appeared. She courageously must forge a new path for herself and continues to buck tradition by becoming educated and cultivating her own business while never giving up hope on finding her daughter again.

I learned a lot about how tea is farmed and, in particular, a lot about the Akha people and their traditions. See always has a way of storytelling that is both informative and captivating. I enjoyed this one start to finish and think it would be a great intro book to her writing if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading her books before.

Reading Challenge Category Completed- A book about a culture/religion you are unfamiliar with

4 Out Of 5 Stars

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry is a well-crafted debut mystery that kept me guessing from start to finish. I have shared before that police procedural books are rarely a favorite of mine, but every so often I will pick one of these up and be sucked in to the story enough to plow my through the investigative aspect of these books.

This fast page-turner did just that as it explores the shocking murder of a mother, father, and child in a small town. Federal Agent Aaron Falk grew up in the town, returns for the funeral, and then finds himself helping on the case by the request of the victim’s family. The problem is that Falk has been harboring a few secrets of his own on another death that happened in the town and he is not welcome or trusted by most of its residents.

The reader is left to wonder how these two cases may be intertwined as Harper takes you down the whodunit path that will leave you guessing up until the last few pages.

3 Out Of 5 Stars

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

The first thought that popped into my head when reading White Fur is… well, this was unexpected.  Turn up that A/C and plan on steaming up the room with this dark and gritty love story.

Jamey is the stereotypical rich white kid with a large trust fund, Elsie is a rough uneducated girl from the wrong side of the tracks which basically means, never the twain shall meet…

Until they do.

And then they fall in love.

It’s an unsettling love story as though each person is pushing the boundaries to try and prove their love for one another. They constantly test the limits with each other and with their family and it leaves the reader questioning if it is love or their own path of self-destruction that bring these two together.

This will not be a book for everyone. Many passages are graphic, the sex scenes are disturbing, and it pushes the envelope A LOT.

Yet, when the writing is on it is ON.

It is promising, interesting, and is all the glam and glitz of NYC in the 1980’s.  If you enjoy this one, consider this book option for a slightly tamer selection with the same feel.

4 Out Of 5 Stars

The Good Widow

The Good Widow by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Liz & Lisa joined me for our Sundays With Writers series when launching their book, The Status of All Things. I am always intrigued by writing duos and how that process works, and these longtime chums seem to really have a knack writing together.

The Good Widow is the first thriller from the dynamic duo and it was a fun 24-hour escape reading about a wife who has lost her husband in a car crash and then discovers this crash happened with another woman in the passenger seat.  Yup, this guy has been leading a double life and she never even knew it.

Nick, the fiancée of the other passenger, reaches out to the widow (Jacks) to try to replicate the couple’s trip and final days to see where this accident happened, and get clues from locals on their behavior together as they try to understand how they both could have been so in the dark.

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As a seasoned thriller reader, it was a nice escape that held my interest all the way through. Liz & Lisa deliver on a light & twisty beach read that is perfect to read poolside!

Bonus, snag the Kindle version for just $3.99!!

3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost is the first book club selection for the Skimm #skimmreads partnership with Target stores. I know I have mentioned it before, but I love this 5-minute newsletter to keep in tune with headline news. My favorite element though, is their Friday newsletter that shares a great book to read. I couldn’t wait to dig into this one after reading the synopsis.

If you are looking for a beautiful love story, this is definitely the book you should be reading this summer. Lucy & Gabe fall in love in college after witnessing the aftermath of 9/11 in NYC. This tragedy is the start of their relationship and the reader gets to hear all of the ups and downs of this relationship through Lucy’s eyes. When Gabe gets a job in the Middle East, the two go their separate ways and find love in other places.

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The thing about real and true love though is that you always wonder what your life would have looked like if you had stayed together. Santopolo takes you on this thirteen-year odyssey that is filled full of beauty and the exploration of fate. Fans of One Day will really embrace this love story!

5 Out Of 5 Stars

A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

I got a little burnt out on historical fiction, but A Piece of the World is a book that I kept hearing such good things about that I thought I would try to dive back into this genre. You may know Kline from her #1 New York Bestseller, Orphan Train.

One of the author’s favorite paintings is Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth. In this book she explores the story of Christina, Wyeth’s muse in many of his paintings, and what Christina’s life might have been like since the painting is so haunting. This well-researched account of Christina and the disability she lived with was so beautifully told. The reader gets a full portrait of this woman from her childhood until her older years and many of the hurdles she went through in her life.

While, perhaps, not as heart-tugging as her first book, Kline’s astounding amount of research on the true story of Christina makes this a captivating read. Be sure to read the author’s notes because it really showcases the effort that Kline took to capture Christina.

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Darktown

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Darktown is the book that was selected this month for the MomAdvice Book Club because I had heard such great things about it. Mullen’s book builds upon the true story of the first eight African American police officers that served in the late 1940’s in Atlanta. I was completely oblivious to their stories and trials that they faced in these roles and Mullen’s tells an unflinching portrait of the daily challenges that these men faced, racially and in their roles at work.

When a black woman is murdered in their town, the white officers start covering up their involvement while the black officers are limited in how they are able to investigate the case. The book is told from alternating perspectives from the officers on each racial side as the book builds a story of corruption and racism that will leave the reader guessing until the final pages.

Thomas Mullen happens to be a white male author and, apparently, submitted this manuscript without his name or picture attached. When it crossed the desk of one of the top black editors in publishing history, it was selected for publication. The acclaim has been so great that it has now been optioned for a television series. Fans of True Detective, are sure to love this one AND learn a lot about this time in history.

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4 Out Of 5 Stars

Amy Allen Clark

Read With Me This Year:

January 2017 Must-Reads

February 2017 Must-Reads

March 2017 Must-Reads

April 2017 Must-Reads

May 2017 Must-Reads

June 2017 Must-Reads

What did you read this month? Looking for book ideas? Check out our entire Book section of the site! Don’t forget to friend me on GoodReads! xo

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Amy’s Notebook 06.28.17

June 28th, 2017

Low Carb BLT

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This low carb BLT looks like just the ticket to satisfy my favorite sandwich craving.

How wheelchair accessibility ramped up. Many, many things I had not thought about!!

Have you heard of this? I had no idea they are doing this too- I mean, do they do everything now?

This looks like the perfect summer drink, doesn’t it?

I added this to my health regime (two ounces a day) after reading so much on the benefits of this. REALLY excited about it and it has been filtered to taste like water- no bitter taste at all!

I love this weekend project idea. Can you imagine what that might mean to someone?

How top performers practice- a really thoughtful piece, particularly if you have a child practicing an instrument!

Do African Americans have the right to bear arms? I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week after the tragic shooting of Philando Castile.

Holy moly! How exciting is this news?

Switch up your Taco Tuesday with this recipe- yum!

 

2 Step Bun

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Even the hair-challenged (like me!) can master this 2-step bun for summer.

How to prevent activism burnout. Love these tips to keep the fires lit!

This headboard is EVERYTHING!!

This cake-cutting technique is genius. Can’t wait to try it on our next upcoming birthday party!

Want to make your swimsuit last longer? Try these laundering tips.

I’m eyeing these velvet chairs for our home. Cannot believe that price for a little luxe!

Growing a lot of zucchini this summer? This sandwich looks like a fun way to put it to work!

This is, perhaps, one of the most fascinating reads I have read on genetics.

What a smart way to transform an old table. I would have never thought of that!

Ladder Garden

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I love this idea to transform an old ladder into a beautiful plant display for the backyard. So smart!

Have you heard of this app? Bookmarking this since I struggle with remembering ALL THE THINGS.

Can’t wait to dig into this book over the holiday weekend!

Speaking of relaxing over the holidays, I’m loving this grown-up summer bucket list.

Avoiding grains, but still craving a sweet treat? This grain-free berry crisp looks like summer in a bowl.

I cannot wait to see this film next month!!

A real-life guide to buying wine- there are some really smart questions to ask to get the best bottle.

Pulled pork in the pressure cooker would be a fab main dish for the 4th. I also loved these 4th BBQ celebration ideas.

Speaking of the 4th, what kid wouldn’t flip for this inventive s’mores combo?

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

Small-Budget Crushes 06.26.17

June 26th, 2017

Striped Swing Dress

striped swing dress (use coupon code FLASH for 40% off!!)

I Saw Her in the Library Print

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Linen T-Shirt

linen t-shirt, many colors (use coupon code SUMMER for an extra 40% off sale items!!)

Magnolia Quarter Strap Sandals

cognac sandals (25% off today!!)

Menu Decal

menu decal (use coupon code USA15 for 15% off!!)

striped-peplum-shirt

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turn off your straightener mat

turn off your straightener mat Pom Pom Straw Tote

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grow dammit garden marker

grow dammit garden marker

Denim Roll Sleeve Romper

denim roll sleeve romper (use coupon code SUNSHINE for 40% off!!)

Water Ski Art

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Lace Yoke Shift

lace yoke shift (use coupon code SUNSHINE for 40% off your entire order!!)

Wonder Woman Bookend

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Swing Jacket

swing jacket- perfect to layer over a black dress or with shorts (use coupon code FLASH for 40% off!!)

Ginger Slide Sandals

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Pivot Pillow

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Embroidered Off the Shoulder Dress

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Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

 

Amy’s Notebook 06.21.17

June 21st, 2017

 

 

chicken fajita sheet pan meal

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This chicken fajita sheet pan meal looks like a great one to serve a crowd.

“It would be an exaggeration to say that the upper-middle class is full of gluten-avoiding, normal-BMI joggers who are only marginally more likely to smoke a cigarette than to hit their children,” Reeves writes. “But it would be just that—an exaggeration, not a fiction.” Wow, this is a compelling piece on social class! Do you think we have become a class-based society?

If you workout in the heat, this tip might save you from feeling sluggish.

I love a good personality test.

Swooning over this gorgeous baby shower. That balloon display is everything.

The more I deal with my chronic pain, the more my eyes are opened to shady pharmaceutical practices.

Speaking of that, this is why I am reading this book this week and, once again, my eyes are opened to a broken system.  Yup, I’m on a soapbox right now.

“The very Evangelicals who’ve spent that last 50 years in this country demonizing those who reject Jesus—are the single most compelling reason for them to do so. “ My thoughts exactly!

I adored this piece on raising a teenage girl. Ah, the things to look forward to!
Receipt & Coupon Organization

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I love these strategies for organizing receipts and coupons so you can actually find them. The pocket for loyalty cards is so smart!

5 mistakes to avoid when grilling chicken. Noted!

TV adaptations must figure out when to go by the book- really interesting read from a producer’s point of view.

Summer is the season of smelly towels. I’m bookmarking these tips to take the stink out of them.

Have you thought about going vertical with your garden? This gathering of ideas has me feeling inspired!

How good are you at letting others help you? Me? Notsomuch.

I had no idea that this is the proper way to store a tomato. Time to do some flipping!

Washi Tape Umbrellas

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I want to have my friends over just so I can make these adorable washi tape umbrellas.

This was big news and this article explains some of the possible motives for the acquisition. Do you think you will use this service?

If you are a magazine subscriber, check out this deal this week. 3 magazine subscriptions (priced at $4.69) for just $12!! Use coupon code 3FOR12 at checkout. My beach bag is going to be really happy this year!

The Thanksgiving episode of Master of None is one of the most compelling pieces of television I’ve ever watched. Read this interview to get the behind-the-scenes scoop.

Follow this formula for perfectly composed salads. Love these combos! Check out this post too for more ideas.

Oh, man! All the LOL’s. #eatyourwords

I love this reminder to stop schedule shaming. Busy people don’t equal important people.

Looking for the perfect ruffle shift? This one fits the bill perfectly!

Want to stay up until the wee hours with a read you just can’t put down? Get this and enjoy a gorgeous love story!

What a smart way to build and cultivate an affordable community for everyone.

Hairpin Leg Breakfast Tray

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Love the addition of hairpin legs to turn a serving platter into a breakfast tray.

Oh, I do love a good tuna salad sandwich in the summertime.

How cute is this DIY skewer soiree for the 4th? I love it for easy entertaining!

These 5 no-heat hairstyles look perfect for summer.

These lessons on money make for a great read and reminder.

Get your tissues out and read this beautiful piece on fatherhood.

This is a gorgeous hallway makeover for under $100. Love the temporary fix of painting dated linoleum.

I hope you enjoyed our notebook, a collection of gathered links to DIY crafts, food projects, thrifty ways to spruce up your home, and thoughtful reads. Nothing brings me more joy than to highlight other fabulous bloggers. Follow me on Pinterest for daily inspiration! Please note, there are affiliate links that do help support our site- thank you! xoxo

 

Small-Budget Crushes 06.20.17

June 20th, 2017

Red Wine & Blue Shirt

red wine & blue shirt

summer slides

summer slides

High Neck Maxi

high neck maxi (15% off taken off at checkout)

La La Land Poster

la la land movie print

Twist Front Top twist front top (multiple colors)

Hopscotch Print

hopscotch print

ban.do fanny pack

ban.do fanny pack

Whisper Cotton Tank

whisper cotton striped tank

50 Succulents 50 succulents for your diy wreath projects

who run the world? plaque

who run the world? plaque

Striped Suit

striped suit (buy 1 get 1 50% off deal!!)

Drapey Tank Top

drapey tank top (this is my FAVORITE to tuck in with my midi skirts or wear with crops. True to size!!)

Sunflower Lace Leggings

sunflower lace leggings

Outdoor Wine Table outdoor wine table (can be customized!)

Striped Fringe Cape

striped fringe cape

Nap Queen Pillow

nap queen pillow (take extra 10% off with coupon code SUMMER)

Ryan Gosling Fan Club Bag

ryan gosling fan club bag

Knit Sneakers

knit sneakers

tassel tote

tassel tote

Floral Suit

floral suit (buy 1 get 1 50% off deal!!)

Keep on window shopping by visiting all of my Small-Budget Crushes. This post contains affiliate links that help our site! Thank you for supporting me! xoxo 

 

DIY Breakfast Caddy

June 19th, 2017

DIY Breakfast Caddy for Car from MomAdvice.com

This blog was sponsored by Florida Department of Citrus. Thank you for supporting the companies that support our site!

Well, hello there! I hope your summer is off to a lovely start! We are trying to soak in as many carefree and unscheduled days as we can, but it is funny how life gets in the way of this. This week we tackled doctor’s appointments, the dentist, running a kid back and forth to a sleepover, and we are signing up for a couple of fun summer programs and camps that are happening around town.

All of that leads to busy mornings so today I am partnering with  Florida Department of Citrus to show you how to enjoy your breakfast on-the-go, complete with a glass of Florida Orange Juice! We are sharing a breakfast caddy idea that you can assemble on the weekends to get your kids off to a great start, no matter what is on the to-do list!

I will admit, I got the inspiration for this from Pinterest where there were numerous pins of fast food meals in totes to make it easier for kids to eat their meals. I wanted to translate that idea into a healthy one that is perfect for busy mornings.

Supplies Needed

Lightweight Plastic Shower Caddy (exact, similar, similar)

Small Plastic Containers or Jars for Food Assembly

Drink Holder

Water Bottle

Food Supplies (as listed below)

DIY Breakfast Caddy for Car from MomAdvice.com

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Directions for a DIY Breakfast Caddy

The beauty in this project is that you can fill your tote with whatever you think will help fuel your kids that day.  I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE these make-ahead burritos because they save me on many busy mornings in our house. Once heated, they can be wrapped in tin foil to keep them warm. Of course, if burritos aren’t your thing, a breakfast sandwich made on an English Muffin,  peanut butter on rice cakes (a favorite in our gluten-free home), or even a slice of frittata (try this one, or this one) can be other great options for the main course.

For fruit, I follow the rule that it must be in season and on sale that week to make it in our produce drawer. Today’s fruit selection are blueberries and strawberries in mason jars, but grapes, bananas, cantaloupe, or watermelon also make great options. You could also do a package of easy-to-eat veggies like baby carrots, celery sticks, or red & green peppers if you struggle to get your kiddos to eat fruit.

DIY Breakfast Caddy for the Car from MomAdvice.com

Of course, a surefire way to get your kiddo’s to consume fruit is a little juice, isn’t it? Did you know that an 8 oz. glass of 100% orange juice counts as one of your daily recommended servings of fruit? Pretty cool! Not only that, Florida Orange Juice provides 5 amazing nutrients in every glass: Taste, Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium and No Added Sugar.

Since mornings can be long in the car, I added toasted edamame in a small container for munching before or after our morning activities. You could also do nuts like almonds or cashews to add a healthy crunch to round out the meal or as a great in-between snack once hunger strikes again. You just know it will!

Oh, and don’t forget the water! It has been a scorcher out there so we are trying our best to stay hydrated. It’s also so nice to have a water bottle in case we forget it for the next thing on the agenda.

DIY Breakfast Caddy for the Car from MomAdvice.com

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Wouldn’t this be so great for your next family trip too? I have a feeling that our mornings would start out a lot better on trip days if I had a few of these items prepped and ready to go in my fridge for our next adventure.

Well, we are all packed up and off to our next thing probably. I just want time to s-l-o-w down, but I blink and another summer is over. Do you feel that way too?

I hope this idea can be one you can use to fuel the family and maybe squeeze in a good chat with your kids while they are enjoying their breakfast on-the-go. I have, honestly, had some of my best talks with them in the rearview mirror. It is one of those ways that I have found it helps to keep an open dialogue between us as we navigate these new waters of being teens and tweens.

Thank you so much to Florida Department of Citrus for letting us share our fun little diy breakfast caddy with you. We hope you find this idea inspiring.

Cheers, mama, to surviving another summer!

PS- I hope that you made some room for some FLOJ in that mimosa over there!!

Love this idea? Be sure to visit these fun posts too!

Funny Faces Printables

Gluten-Free Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Make-Ahead Sleepover Breakfast Buffet

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Target Clearance, New Cleaning Gadgets, & A New App to Love

June 16th, 2017

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I hope you are having an incredible week this week! I am so happy that summer is in full swing at our house. For us, that means loads of time in the she shed with big stacks of library books. I find this room is quite magical in the evening hours and have a hard time luring myself out of it in the summer. If there was a bathroom and a coffeemaker, I’m pretty sure I could exist for at least a week without coming in.

Have you guys caught Wonder Woman yet? We went with friends and it was SO good! I’m not really into the superhero movies, but every girl has to feel like a superhero after seeing that one. These thoughts from kindergarteners after seeing it made me tear up. I’m all about that girl power these days.  It is definitely worth the splurge to see it in 3D thanks to the amazing action sequences. Here is a grainy selfie we took in our glasses at the bougie theater in town.

I’m also celebrating that we hit 1,000 members in our MomAdvice Facebook Club this week. I have more on joining (scroll down) if you are feeling a little anti-Facebook these days. This little tech tip came courtesy of my physical therapist (thank you, Tammy!!).  I hope it encourages you to join the club, even if you want to avoid the FB status drama.

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Target Clearance

Goodness, if you haven’t headed on over to Target, I really hope there is some stuff left this week! I ran to my store to shop for supplies for a client and wanted to walk out of there with four carts of stuff out of their housewares department. This is the time to stock up on their furniture items, baskets, throws, and pillows.  This ottoman, for example, was only $35 at our store and it is the coziest ottoman ever made. Looks a little cheap in the image, but it is BEAUTIFUL in person. I also got this stool because mama needs somewhere to prop a wine glass. That baby was also only $35!!

I had a hard time not buying this bar cart (marked down to half off!!) because I already have this cart and this one, but can there ever be enough bar carts?

I think not.

Hopefully, you can snag a few things you have been needing for your house too. If you live in my hood though, you better get their fast because these ladies were holding two carts, a baby on their hip,  and a Starbucks all at the same time while chucking in all the things. I hope they didn’t clear the shelves before you can check!

New Favorites I’m Loving From Grove

Thanks to a major stock-up on supplies last year, I haven’t been getting as many Grove boxes anymore. I am sure you have heard of it before, but if you haven’t, it is a convenient way to mail yourself green cleaning supplies from your favorite brands (you can learn more over here and this should give you $10 credit and a free Mrs. Meyer’s soap too!!) I decided to visit the site though and mail myself some things to try and was SO excited to see some of the new cleaning gadgets they are offering.

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I ordered the E-Cloth Kitchen pack and LOVE these. One was made for just getting those fingerprints off your stainless steel and the other for kitchen surfaces and scrubbing. The corner on the end does surprisingly well on stuck on gunk and has been awesome for cleaning up splatters on my stovetop without the streaks. The two pack was $14.99 and says it will last up to 300 washes. I’ve been using mine for a few months now and they look like the day that I am got them.

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I also got the Grove Crystal 2.0 Glass Cleaner and love it so much that I gifted it to a friend for her birthday. Since we have hard water, we struggle with spotty glasses and getting glasses clean in our dishwasher. This tool gets in the nooks and crannies of your glasses and gets them sparkling with no scratches or streaks. The head on this device can be replaced unlike the other scrubber that I bought that would just need to be completely thrown out.

I keep these stored upright in this weird and wonderful thing (the one I linked to is similar to mine, but cuter!) that I was planning to donate when it wouldn’t fit in our new medicine cabinets. It’s great because I can throw it in the dishwasher when it gets gunky!

Basically, if you haven’t check out Grove in awhile (like me), they have added some great things to your cleaning arsenal.

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There is A Facebook Groups App- Yup, I’m a Little Behind…

I have a hard time keeping up with Facebook these days, but one of my biggest hurdles is managing our MomAdvice Book Club and participating in other groups that I am part of. I was aware that they had a Pages app that I could use to manage our MomAdvice Page, but I had no clue they had an app just for groups. This gives me a much better visual of what new things are happening in my groups without getting sucked down the newsfeed rabbit hole (although I have shared with you how I turned that off!)

A lot of our members have no desire to be part of Facebook except for the group and community aspects. This means that you can create a FB profile and just participate in the fun discussion groups that are happening. We have many people that ask to be added that don’t even have a profile picture, but I can see that they are part of 30 groups so I know exactly how they are using Facebook.

Pretty cool, huh? I’m hoping it will help me manage my moderator duties a bit better as well as my time management spent on social media.

Chicken Pesto Open-Faced Flatbread Sandwiches

Eating: Bring on the chicken pesto open faced sandwiches. Basically, if it is chicken and it is pesto, you can just go ahead and sign me on up!

Reading: Excited to dig into this book that just came through on my library loans this weekend. Have you read it? Looks so good!

Thinking About: This piece today and wondering how you feel about it as a reader? Would you feel duped? I’m not talking about necessarily celebrity bloggers, but just a mom blogger that you thought was writing things for you… This will be a good discussion for our dinner table tonight. Speaking of blogging, this article also was a pretty eye-opening piece on a few accounts I have been following. I love pulling back the curtain a bit and reassessing what I might be longing for in my business.

Oh, and if you are wondering. It’s all 100% me, unless I let you know otherwise. I mean, who else could write up this crazy crap?

Watching: We have weekend plans to watch this movie- have you seen it? It looks so good! Note to self, we still need to cancel our HBO…

Loving: If only we could all glow like radioactive swans. Also, did you think this sounded amazing too when you read the book? I totally did! Can I also say how wildly cool this was?

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If you need me, you can catch me outside how bout dat?

I’ll be enjoying a good glass of vino and a few late nights with this thriller! Have a wonderful weekend, friends!! xoxo

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