Coffee Talk Wednesday | beach reads, podcasts, having “The Talk”, foot peels & more…

Gen The Bookworm

Checking In:

Hello! How is your week going? This is our last week before school vacation. After spring break the rest of the school year always flies by. It’s hard to believe but summer will be here before we know it. There are SO many amazing summer books that are coming out this year and I can’t wait to share more about them soon.

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Mrs. Everything:

So far I have read the ARC of Mrs. Everything and it was amazing!! Jennifer Weiner has always been one of my very favorite authors and this might be my favorite of hers yet. You can read my Goodreads review of Mrs. Everything HERE.

Vacation Reading:

I am planning on reading The Summer Guests and Life and Other Inconveniences next week because I think they will be the perfect vacation reading…We are heading down to Florida to visit family and I can’t wait!

Currently Watching & Having “The Talk”…

My friend Kari and I were laughing so hard we were crying when we watched this The Birds and the Bees | Parents Explain YouTube video yesterday afternoon…we are obviously very mature parents. 😉

In all seriousness, we are reaching the age of definitely needing to have this conversation with our older son and a friend recommended the book, It’s Not the Stork! as a guide for having a positive and proactive conversation.

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I also always had access to a bunch of books about puberty and body changes as an older kid and pre-teen and I found them so helpful. I appreciated that it was never an uncomfortable thing to talk or learn about while I was growing up and I want to provide that same thing for our kids…but it is really is tough to know the right way to start the conversation!

Our kids definitely know how babies get OUT, but we haven’t had the whole how they get in there conversation quite yet. Any tips, websites or other book suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Currently Listening to…

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I have been loving Laura Tremaine’s new podcast 10 Things To Tell You. I have always loved hearing Tremaine discuss books but she is so open and insightful about so many other topics as well. I listened to her podcast episode this morning discussing “Who did you expect to be?” and I just loved it. I found her relatable, real and funny and I think you would enjoy it too.

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I am also so excited that the Committed Podcast is back for season two! I love Jo Piazza as an author (Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win was one of my top books from 2019) but she is also an amazing podcast host and interviewer. The stories she shares are real and raw and also so inspiring.

Currently using…

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If you haven’t tried these foot peel masks yet, you are MISSING OUT…especially with summer (and sandals) weather on its way.

I’ll admit, I was skeptical when I first heard about these things a few years ago but now I am a full convert. You soak your feet in these little booties for an hour and a half or so, and then you wait. At first, you think nothing is happening…and wonder if you just wasted your time and money….but then it starts!

All the dead skin peels off your feet and if you are lucky, it even falls off in little sheets, which may sound disgusting but I found it quite intriguing…don’t knock it until you try it! And you don’t have to just take my word for it, there are 1000s of reviews out there that even include photos like this article HERE…which I know you are curious about and it also has some great tips.

I recommend taking a bath a few times the days after you do the peel for maximum results and peeling. I have tried many kinds, including Baby Foot and they all work similarly, but THESE ONES are just cheaper and work amazingly well.

Currently loving:

Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 5.13.27 PM.pngSpeaking of summer and sandals, have you tried the rubber Birkenstocks yet? They make the BEST pool sandals they feel like a flip flop with a little more support like regular Birkenstocks but without the fear of getting them super wet like the original soft cork footbed. I have been wearing them around the house in anticipation of vacation and it makes me so very happy.


Alright, that was quite the random Coffee Talk Wednesday but I hoped you enjoy it! Do you have anything you are currently loving? I would love to hear! <3

 

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Coffee Talk WEDNESDAY!

Hello! Do you notice anything different around here?! I feel like I have been trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with having Coffee Talk Tuesday. Absolutely NO ONE cares what day I post this, but I work best by external motivators so having a day I do things keeps me accountable.

Do you have a day of the week that always feels more frantic than the others? Tuesday is that for me. It is a shorter school day which means everything else is crammed into fewer hours and this blog, as much as I love, doesn’t always end up being my top priority. And I love sharing what I am currently loving, so I am devoting an entirely new day to it!

I often end up starting these posts (or any posts on here) and needing to come back to finish it later. I have this fantasy of writing pre-scheduled posts but I don’t know… I could do that with reviews and but I really like the journaling in real time aspect of blogging like this. Maybe it is because I was a “blogger” 10 years ago too and that is how it was done! I miss those days, times were so simple. 😉

Do you still read a lot of blogs? I still follow a ton on “Bloglovin” which I don’t think is entirely user-friendly but I like that it lets me know when blogs I follow are updated. I miss Google Reader and I was so sad when they shut it down because I haven’t found anything that compares…it was the best!

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Alright, enough of that…on to what I am currently up to this week…


Currently Loving…

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First, I need to give a shout out to the 24/7 chat support at WordPress! As I have been working on making this blog more user-friendly, content heavy and sometimes just more pleasing to the eye, I have had A LOT of questions. They are so helpful! It’s so nice to have immediate help even at 5 in the morning…So if you have a WordPress blog and have no idea what you are doing too…check out the help section!

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I am also loving all the sunshine this week, it truly makes such a big difference. We have had winter weather here since November and although it doesn’t look like spring quite yet, just having the longer days and some sunny days is so good for your soul and your mental health!

Currently Watching…

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We have been watching the HBO documentary about Adnan Syed and it is totally making me want to listen to Serial again! It has been so long that is hard for me to remember all the details. Like a lot of people, it was the first podcast I ever listened to and it opened my eyes to a whole new world of content!

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We also watched The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley and now I really wanted to read Bad Blood. Have you read it? I have heard such great things!

Currently eating…

Well, I am not currently eating this but we have been on a poke bowl kick from The Scale lately and oh my gosh, it is just the best lunch ever! I have mine with salmon or tuna and Kristy likes chicken. We don’t get them a lot but is a fun lunch treat and is always so filling.

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Today I had a mozzarella burrata ball, carrot sticks, and 4 thin mints, so you can’t win them all…but it was delicious!

Currently listening to…

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I love listening to non-fiction on Audible and I am so excited to start this new book that was recommended by a reading friend. After being very disappointed by Girl, Stop Apologizing (review to come soon!),I am so excited to be moving on to something I think I will connect a lot more with.

Molly Millwood is a local psychologist and I am so looking forward to her conversation in To Have and to Hold regarding motherhood and marriage…As someone who struggled immensely during the transition to parenthood, I can so relate to how the addition of a small baby can rock your world in such a life-changing way.

“A clinical therapist’s exploration of the complexities of early motherhood, including its impact on a marriage, in a book that offers comfort, camaraderie, and practical guidance to new mothers.

When Molly Millwood became a mother, she was fully prepared for all that she would gain: an adorable baby boy, hard-won mothering skills, and a messy, chaotic, love-filled home. But she didn’t anticipate what she would lose: an identity, a baseline level of happiness, a general sense of wellbeing. And just when she was feeling her most vulnerable, her happy marriage-long a bedrock of stability and comfort-seemed to shift in unexpected ways too, tinged by anger and resentment.

As a clinical psychologist, Molly knew her experience was a normal response to a life-changing event-she was not broken, and neither was her marriage. But without the benefit of such a perspective, many of women she saw in treatment grappled with shame, self-doubt, and fear-all the while struggling to confide in, trust, or seek comfort in their partners.

In To Have and To Hold, Molly illuminates the ways in which motherhood impacts a woman emotionally, psychologically, physically, and professionally-as well as how it impacts the stability and harmony of her relationship. Along with the arrival of a bundle of joy comes thorny issues such as identity, control, autonomy, and dependency. And these issues are, most often, experienced within the context of an intimate relationship, adding another layer of complication, conflict, and confusion to an already challenging time.

As Molly examines the inextricable link between women’s wellbeing as new mothers and the wellbeing of their relationships, she offers information and guidance to help readers reclaim their identities and repair their relationships. A blend of personal narrative, rigorous research, and stories from Molly’s clinical practice, To Have and To Hold provides a lifeline to new mothers everywhere.”


That’s all for today! I hope you have a great rest of your Wednesday. <3

Coffee Talk Tuesday, on a Wednesday |Currently…

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Hello! How is your week going? It may not be Tuesday but I am always drinking coffee and I wanted to pop in and share a little bit about what is going on lately.

Related Reading:

Juliet's School of Possibilities

Lately, I have been working on letting go of smaller expectations I set up for myself and focusing on the big picture which is definitely a work in progress for me.

Last month I read an ARC of Juliet’s School of Possibilities which was released this past week. You can read more about the book and see my review HERE.

In celebration of its publication, Laura(the author) and Sarah discussed it on last weeks episode of The Best of Both Worlds Podcast. There is nothing I enjoy more than when my podcast and book worlds collide and I loved their discussion so much that it inspired me to go back and read the novella again. It was also the perfect week to be reminded of the important messages of this book.

Laura shared some great advice about recognizing that your larger life goals are not always achieved by saying yes to everything. Every day you have to make choices about what you are prioritizing….and asking yourself “is this bringing me closer to the life that I want?” ⁣

“A choice to do one thing is a choice to not do something else” -Laura Vanderkam

I have been pulled in many different directions lately and this book and discussion was a timely reminder of how important is it to have open time to think and reflect…Every day we are choosing between immediate obligations vs making choices that are a vision of the life we want in the long run. ⁣

I highly recommend reading this book if you are feeling decision fatigue but are also looking for an engaging and fun read. The discussion questions at the end also are an amazing way to reflect on Juliet’s advice in your own life.

Currently listening to…

I am slowly working my way through Girl, Stop Apologizing and I am struggling with wanting to put it in my DNF pile. It is not working for me, but I also want to do a full review…so I am pushing on.

I really struggle with sharing more negative reviews but I also think it is important to share our feelings about something with the perspective that everyone responds differently to things.

I am not an author so I can only imagine the amount of time and effort it takes to write and publish a book and I never want to take away from that.  But just like with any content out there, the style and tone can impact the way we react. I also do think there are parts of most everything that can help in some way and I plan to share about that too. More on this soon…

Moms Don't Have Time To Read Books Podcast

On a more positive note, I am just loving The podcast Moms Done Have Time To Read Books with Zibby Owens. Her latest episode with Camille Pagan, author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You was so inspiring and also relatable.  It was a wonderful conversation and if you haven’t checked out this podcast yet you should! And I highly recommend I’m Fine and Neither Are You, which you can still grab for free on Amazon’s First Reads…more information can be found HERE if you are curious and my review of the book can be seen HERE.

Currently eating…

Cadbury Mini Eggs

Way too many Cadbury mini eggs!!! I am not that tempted by candy normally (I am more of a savory person) but these are just too delicious. The crackle of the outside coating makes the perfect crunch and I think because they are a seasonal item, they feel extra special. I love that they taste just as good as when I had them as a kid…and I am traditional and will never get the shimmery ones or the ones with dark chocolate.

Currently smelling…

Oil Diffuser

Are you a diffuser? I love diffusing oils and I find citrus scents so invigorating. I have found a great selection at our local Healthy Living store. I love the pink grapefruit for daytime and sleep dreams for the evening.

Currently excited about: 

Shelburne Little League

We may have more snow in the near future but you know it really is spring when baseball season has begun! This year we will have two players and lots of practices means lots of time for reading while we wait.

Crazy Creek Chair

I broke out my Crazy Creek chair last weekend at little league tryouts and was able to read my Kindle in total comfort. 😉


Alright, that is all for today! I will be back soon with some more book reviews and I have a fun guest poster on Friday for What’s On Your Nightstand? <3