Issues I am Loving Friday #471

Hey and Glad Friday to YOU! How are you guys doing? Do you’ve any particular weekend plans? This weekend we’re doing one thing we’ve been dying to do with the boys for years. We’re going tenting! I grew up tenting with my household and a few of my favourite childhood reminiscences focus on our tenting journeys in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ryan and I’ve toyed with tenting with the boys for some time however we all the time dominated it out for varied causes. Now that our youngest little one is 2.5 years outdated, we really feel prepared. We’re bringing Pepper alongside for her first tenting journey as effectively and we can not wait!

We’ll even be celebrating Father’s Day whereas we’re tenting (that is honestly a giant a part of why we deliberate this journey for this weekend since lots of feelings are swirling round associated to this vacation this yr) and Ryder turns FIVE on the identical day. I’m hoping to have photos to share with you guys on the weblog subsequent week however till then, carry on scrolling to see a little bit roundup of some issues that made me smile this week!

P.S. E-book lovers, pay particular consideration to the e book Nora Goes Off Script on the backside of this submit as a result of I completed that one final evening and it was an absolute gem.

Issues I’m Loving Friday

When you’ve been studying this weblog for some time, you possible already know I nearly completely put on bralettes and have zero tolerance for uncomfortable bras. That being mentioned, I’ve discovered myself sporting one in all my outdated underwire bras extra actually because it has straps I can transition to cross within the again that work effectively below lots of summer season tank tops. I don’t love this feature as a result of it’s simply not snug so once I noticed this True & Co. bra get rave critiques from @ashleyspivey on Instagram, I added it to my cart for the reason that racerback fashion and extra slim straps appeared like they’d work effectively below lots of tanks. The minute I slipped this bra out of the package deal, I liked the texture of the fabric. It’s silky tender and feels so snug on my pores and skin. It’s additionally flattering and comely (I depart the detachable pads in) and appears nice below form-fitting white tanks and my favourite $8 Goal tanks, too!

Speak about a random buy that ended up being a slam dunk! This NYX Lip Oil known as to me when it popped up on Amazon as a result of it made me keep in mind attempting my good friend Merri’s Clarins Lip Oil and loving it throughout our journey to Virginia two weeks in the past. I figured the NYX model was price a shot because it’s principally a 3rd of the worth of Clarins Lip Oil and I’m comfortable to say it’s fabulous!  I ordered the Newsfeed color and whereas it appears fairly vibrant within the tube, it applies in a stunning pinky shade that’s not too vibrant however nonetheless provides some shade to my lips that in any other case completely mix into my face. Extremely advocate!

My ranking: B+

I’m on the waitlist at my library for The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (I’ve heard the very best issues about it!) and whereas I’m ready I figured I’d as effectively dive into The Forest of Vanishing Stars. I beforehand liked The Winemaker’s Wife by the identical creator so my hopes had been excessive.

The Forest of Vanishing Stars is fascinating and intense and… only a lot. Whereas most WWII historic fiction is difficult to learn due to the atrocities surrounding the Holocaust, this one was significantly tough. Plus, the plotline of this e book careworn me the heck out! When you’re in search of a page-turner this e book actually suits the invoice and I used to be stressed sufficient by it to complete it in two nights. (I used to be up previous 1 a.m. studying as a result of I needed to know what occurred.) Did I just like the e book? Sure. Did it flip me into a large ball of tension? Additionally sure.

From Amazon: 

After being stolen from her rich German dad and mom and raised within the unforgiving wilderness of japanese Europe, a younger girl finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, nonetheless, when she occurs upon a bunch of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Shocked to be taught what’s taking place within the outdoors world, she vows to show the group all she will about surviving within the forest—and in flip, they train her some stunning classes about opening her coronary heart after years of isolation. However when she is betrayed and escapes right into a German-occupied village, her previous and current come collectively in a surprising collision that might change all the things.

My ranking: A 

When my good friend Gina described this as a “candy little cupcake of a e book” and rave about it, I borrowed it from my library instantly as I used to be in search of one thing gentle after I completed The Forest of Vanishing Stars. This e book is solely a delight. I smiled a lot whereas studying it and whereas it completely falls into the romance/seaside learn class, it looks like greater than that and comes together with humor, a inventive plotline, likable however not too predictable characters and dialog that that’s by no means eye-roll inducing. It’s a implausible summer season learn and one I wholeheartedly advocate to anybody in search of one thing gentle however full of wit and sweetness that feels a little bit extra particular than your common seaside learn.

The e book begins with the filming of The Tea Home, a film created round a script written by Nora Hamilton, the lady behind numerous tacky motion pictures options on The Romance Channel. Solely The Tea Home is totally different. It’s a movie that bares Nora’s soul and shares the actual deal behind the connection she shared along with her ex-husband, Ben, a relationship that was much more “take” than “give” on Ben’s half. Leo Vance, the most well-liked actor in Hollywood, is forged within the movie to play the a part of Ben and exhibits up together with the entire crew in to Nora’s residence to movie the film in her yard tea home.

When the film wraps, everybody leaves… aside from Leo. He gives to pay Nora $1,000 a day to let him keep for every week as he’s feeling more and more misplaced on the earth of glamor. He’s oddly infatuated with easy issues — looking for bananas, her 10-year-old son’s college play — and Nora finds herself agreeing to his provide and making a deal that may change her life.

My Favorite Influencer Finds (aka the influencer favs that dwell as much as the hype!)

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Cheesecake Cookies ‘n’ Cream Ice Cream (When you love Oreos, you have to make this recipe! The bottom of this vanilla ice cream features a hefty serving to of cream cheese that doesn’t overwhelm the ice cream in any respect. It merely provides to its creaminess and helps minimize the super-sweetness a little bit bit. I’d even enterprise to say that it’s not that noticeable within the recipe so should you’re simply hoping for a super-creamy cookies ‘n’ cream recipe, give this one a try to I believe you’ll be very pleasantly shocked!)

Cheesecake Cookies n Cream Ice Cream

Questions of the Day

Tenting: Yay or nay!?

What’s one factor making you smile this week?