Issues I am Loving Friday #489

Hey from Panama Metropolis Seaside! We arrived within the panhandle of Florida within the early night on Wednesday after a 9+ hour drive. It was an extended one however we made it and we’ve been having fun with sunshine and salty sea air.

We’re right here as a result of Ryan is collaborating in his first full Ironman race tomorrow. He stated he’s feeling a whirlwind of feelings — anxious, excited, nervous, intimidated — however he additionally feels prepared. He is aware of this race will likely be completely different from his 4 earlier half Ironman races and can demand rather more from him and his physique. I’m admittedly feeling nervous for tomorrow as a result of I absolutely notice that what Ryan is about to do is extremely intense and demanding. I simply need him to complete feeling okay and injury-free (clearly his bike crash from his Roanoke half continues to be behind my thoughts) and know tomorrow goes to be an intense and emotional day for a myriad of causes.

I’m additionally extremely grateful my sister and her household shocked Ryan on his fortieth birthday by telling him they’d be becoming a member of us to cheer for him and having extra race day assist is just ever an exquisite factor. The day after the race will likely be a journey day for our household however I’ll do my finest to have a race recap up on the weblog as quickly as I can subsequent week. Within the meantime, carry on scrolling for this week’s roundup of Friday favorites!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

I really like the look of darkish nails within the fall and winter months however for no matter cause I don’t really feel like I can pull off black nails. I simply really feel ridiculous every time I attempt however I discovered a coloration that’s rather less intense than a jet-black however nonetheless darkish and enjoyable for fall. Hellooo ExprEssie Left on Shred! This navy blue polish discovered its method into my Amazon cart earlier this week and I couldn’t apply it to my nails quick sufficient after it arrived. It’s really my first time making an attempt Essie’s quick-dry polish and I’m a fan. I really like a large nail polish brush for simple utility and, true to its title, it dried rapidly on my nails. The darker coloration meant my nails wanted two coats however I beloved the look as soon as they had been performed and know I’ll be reaching for this coloration on repeat within the coming colder months.

I’ve been on an enormous granola kick currently and repeatedly discover myself reaching for granola once I’m feeling snacky. I usually make my very own granola (this easy coconut granola is my go-to proper now) however I purchased a bag of Purely Elizabeth granola at Complete Meals final weekend and flew by it! The granola was candy and salty with the proper quantity of crunch, a stellar ingredient checklist and even a bit increase of protein and fiber. I ate the granola by the handful however I’d think about it will be a wonderful topping for yogurt or smoothie bowls, too.

My score: A-

I stand by my ideas that Abby Jimenez is the queen of witty, enjoyable and hilarious dialog. Her books are all the time crammed with banter that makes me snigger out loud and The Happy Ever After Playlist was no exception. It’s the second e book in a trilogy (The Friend Zone is e book one and Life’s Too Short is e book three) however each e book can stand by itself. (For what it’s price, I favored it greater than The Buddy Zone however barely lower than Life’s Too Quick.) Whereas the plotline on this e book was not precisely plausible, I nonetheless completely loved this novel and flew by it in three days.

The Pleased Ever After Playlist begins when a misplaced canine finds its method into Sloane Monroe’s automotive. For the previous two years since she skilled a heartbreaking loss, Sloane has been a hole model of herself, shutting herself off from the world and the issues she loves most. One thing concerning the misplaced canine begins to drag Sloane out of her shell and he or she rapidly realizes Tucker could also be precisely what she wanted to seek out happiness once more. After which she will get a telephone name from Tucker’s proprietor, Jason, a musician presently on tour in Australia, and he says he needs his beloved canine again when he returns.

As Jason and Sloane focus on Tucker, Sloane realizes he actually loves his canine and he or she shocks herself by feeling a connection to this man she’s by no means met by their texts and conversations over the telephone. Once they lastly meet in particular person, all of Sloane’s expectations are blown out of the water… however the place can this connection actually go? Jason’s profession is on the cusp of exploding and Sloane continues to be feeling guarded after her loss? Is all of it definitely worth the threat?

My score: C+

I had excessive hopes for this e book once I noticed it was a part of Reese’ Guide Membership as I’ve learn and loved numerous books really helpful by this e book membership. Sadly this one fell flat for me. I listened to the audiobook model and whereas it entertained me sufficient for me to complete listening to the story, I by no means actually felt invested within the characters or the plot. Although I get pleasure from a e book that jumps backwards and forwards from the previous to the current, I discovered this one predictable and unrealistic and not likely all that thrilling for a e book that’s imagined to be a suspenseful thriller.

From Amazon: 

Maya was a highschool senior when her finest pal, Aubrey, dropped lifeless in entrance of the enigmatic man named Frank whom they’d been spending time with all summer season.

Seven years later, Maya lives in Boston with a loving boyfriend and is kicking the key dependancy that has allowed her to deal with what occurred years in the past, the gaps in her reminiscences, and the misplaced time that she will be able to’t account for. However her previous comes speeding again when she comes throughout a current YouTube video through which a younger girl abruptly keels over and dies in a diner whereas sitting throughout from none aside from Frank. Plunged into the trauma that has outlined her life, Maya heads to her Berkshires hometown to relive that fateful summer season—the affect Frank as soon as had on her and the obsessive jealousy that almost destroyed her friendship with Aubrey.

At her mom’s home, she excavates fragments of her previous and notices hidden messages in her deceased Guatemalan father’s e book that didn’t stand out to her earlier. To save lots of herself, she should perceive a narrative written earlier than she was born, however time retains operating out, and shortly, all roads are main again to Frank’s cabin…

Winning Cornbread Recipe (Pairs completely with a heat bowl of chili!)

Winning Cornbread Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats (A child-friendly fall favourite!)

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Query of the Day

What’s one factor making you smile this week?