March 2020 Book Recap & Ratings {Reading Wrap-Up}

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Thinking back to the beginning of last month and knowing it was only a little over four weeks ago feels almost unbelievable. So much has changed and continues to change and it is a scary time for everyone. I have also felt a little vulnerable to share, even on this relatively small public platform because many of my feelings seem(are?) trivial in the larger scheme of things. 

How It’s Going…

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Physically we are all doing fine right now and I am grateful for that. Mentally, this has proven to be more difficult. There is … Read more...

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner | Atria Books {Book Review}

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Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Book Summary:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the “nothing short of brilliant” (People) Mrs. Everything returns with an unforgettable novel about friendship and forgiveness set during a disastrous wedding on picturesque Cape Cod.

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she Read more...

The Upside of Being Down by Jen Gotch | Gallery Books {Book Review}

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The Upside to Being Down by Jen Gotch

Book Summary:

After graduating from college, Jen Gotch was living with her parents, heartbroken and lost, when she became convinced that her skin had turned green. Hallucinating that she looked like Shrek was terrifying, but it led to her first diagnosis and the start of a journey towards self-awareness, acceptance, success, and ultimately, joy.

With humor and candor, Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely path to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar brand. From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and … Read more...

What’s On Your Nightstand? | Reading List & Book Recommendations {Stephenie @Reads.On.Wednesdays}

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Welcome back to another edition of The Nightstand Series!

I am super excited to introduce you to my friend Stephenie AKA @reads.on.wednesdays today. She is a fellow boy mom and we have such a similar taste in books.

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 Her Instagram feed is just gorgeous, she always makes my TBR list grow when I read her reviews and she has the sweetest cat and pup duo!! I mean, how cute are they?!

Nightstand Series Introduction:

Hi, I’m Stephenie Freeman from @reads.on.wednesdays! I live in Southern California with my husband of almost 20 years, our two teenage boys, our dogs, and
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How To Not F*ck Up Your Kids by Lindsay Powers Author Interview {Author Q&A}

Author Interview

Back in February, I connected with author Lindsay Powers (leader of the #noshame parentingmovement) after reading and reviewing an advanced copy of her book You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids through her publisher Atria Books.

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{My full review of You Can’t F*ck Up Your Kids by Lindsay Powers}

Author Q&A…

After relating so much with her book, I was ecstatic when Linsday offered to do a Q&A on my blog. So much has changed since a month ago, and this book is more important than ever. Our interview was done in February (when we didn’t yet grasp what was … Read more...

FREE Photo Organization Workshop! | Your Life, Your Memories

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Photography Life & A Free Photo Organization Workshop

Kristy and I spent much of this weekend talking through what work might look like for us during the next couple of weeks/months. Like many small businesses, there is just so much up in the air. I don’t know about all of you, but during this unpredictable time, I’m finding it helpful to stay busy.

Photo Organization

This weekend we were scheduled to teach two of our photography workshops.  Due to the Coronavirus, like most group events, we had to postpone our March workshops.

In the meantime, we have decided to share part … Read more...

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes | Doubleday Canada {Book Review}

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Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

Book Summary:

They’re a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together–birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they’re a happy family. Johnny’s wife, Jessie–who has the most money–insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier.

While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . . Still, everything manages to stay under control–that is, until Ed’s wife, Cara, gets a concussion and can’t keep her thoughts or opinions to herself.Read more...

Stay Home & Read More Books! {40+ Highly Recommended Book Suggestions}

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Seeing The Positive

While this is unchartered territory for so many of us, I am happy to hear that people are wanting to read! I have had a few emails from readers requesting book suggestions for authors and titles that are completely engrossing.

I don’t know about you but when I am worried, I need things that are totally engaging and distracting. These books are ones that completely took me in and I couldn’t think about anything else, which is exactly what you might need right now too. I hope this inspires your current reading list!

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The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate | Ballantine Books {Book Review}

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The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Book Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours comes a new historical novel: the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.

Bestselling author Lisa Wingate brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold Read more...

The Fix by Michelle P. King | Atria Books {Book Review}

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The Fix by Michelle P. King

Book Summary:

For years, we’ve been telling women that in order to succeed at work, they have to change themselves first—lean in, negotiate like a man, don’t act too nice or you’ll never get the corner office. But after sixteen years working with major Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert, Michelle King has realized one simple truth—the tired advice of fixing women doesn’t fix anything.

The truth is that workplaces are gendered; they were designed by men for men. Because of this, most organizations unconsciously carry the idea of an “ideal worker,” Read more...