Vacation Reading | Book Recommendations

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Are you heading away to escape from the cold anytime soon? Or maybe you are like me and are just looking for something engaging to cozy up with on a February weekend afternoon…either way, you are in the right place.

One of the most frequent questions I get is “what should I bring to read on vacation?!” For me, reading on vacation should be enjoyable but there is a fine balance between an easy read and a cheesy one. I love “pleasure” reading but it needs to strike the right balance. All of these books were super engaging and easy … Read more...

Class Mom by Laurie Gelman | Book Review

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“Jen Dixon is not your typical Kansas City kindergarten class mom–or mom in general. Jen already has two college-age daughters by two different (probably) musicians, and it’s her second time around the class mom block with five-year-old Max–this time with a husband and father by her side. Though her best friend and PTA President sees her as the-wisest-candidate for the job (or oldest), not all of the other parents agree.

From recording parents’ response times to her emails about helping in the classroom, to requesting contributions of-special-brownies for curriculum night, not all of Jen’s methods win approval from the other Read more...

Coffee Talk | Currently Loving…Cozy Socks & Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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Checking-in:

Good morning! I hope your week is off to a good start. My last week was busy with work obligations which always makes everything else harder to fit it. I have been feeling like a little bit of a slacker with reading. I love having a book blog but I do have a hard time not feeling the pressure to constantly share new books. I want it to be authentic and with that comes times when I have more to share and sometimes less. 🙂

Pleasure Reading:

I have been doing some “pleasure reading” the last few days and … Read more...

Your Life, Your Camera | Intro to DSLR Photography Workshop | DETAILS

Genevieve Trono and Kristy Dooley

Your Life, Your Camera a South Burlington, Vermont Photography Workshop…

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This past weekend we taught another run of our introductory DSLR photography workshop, Your Life, Your Camera. Kristy and I wrote and began teaching this course in 2014 and it is exciting to see how much it has grown and the amazing local photography community that has been built as a part of this. We have met many so many amazing people along the way and love connecting with others who share the same passion for photography as we do.

We always ask for detailed feedback after each workshop and … Read more...

What’s On Your Nightstand Series | Book Recommendations & More | Kristy

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I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite people today. You may recognize Kristy because I feature her a lot on here as she is not only my friend but my co-worker.

I first met Kristy almost 9 years old when our oldest children happened to be in the same baby playgroup. We bonded over having the same wedding photographer and our friendship blossomed from there. We love that we met through photography because that is what we do together now.

We spend a lot of time together and we have the same taste in books

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Wednesday Randomness | Vulnerability

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It’s true. Every day I try to do my very best, but I often fail and sometimes I say or do the wrong thing. I make mistakes. Sometimes they are small and no one notices and sometimes someone does, and they tell me. It is hard not to be defensive or embarrassed.

One of the things I am working on is the idea that we all are growing and much of growth comes from times of discomfort. No one really knows what they are doing all the time and most people learn by doing things.

I have found that some … Read more...

Coffee Talk Tuesday | Currently…

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Good afternoon! Is anyone else forgetting which day of the week it is? The kids had a long weekend from school for MLK Day and I have been feeling confused all day…It also means trying to fit everything into a 4 day work week which usually means there is a lot of juggling going on…

With the holiday break just a few weeks ago and a random snow day, I really am looking forward to having a full week of school at some point soon…Figuring out how to juggle work and kids in school is a constant challenge as their … Read more...

A Ladder To The Sky by John Boyne | Book Review

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The new novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Heart’s Invisible Furies , a seductive Highsmithian psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of fame.

Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for success. The one thing he doesn’t have is talent – but he’s not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don’t need to be his own.
Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel … Read more...

Sunday Kindle Deals | E-Book Deals

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Sundays seem to be the best day of the week to find great Kindle book deals! I picked up In Pieces by Sally Field and enjoyed all of these other books previously…

The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe

In Pieces by Sally Field

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Meet The Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

 

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Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood | Book Review

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“In 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape–from her husband’s demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different.

Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Read more...