Friday, May 29, 2020

May Book Review and a Beach Read Giveaway!

Seven books this month!! You are going to love this month's review because it includes the perfect beach read to kick off your summer and I'm gifting my copy to one lucky blog reader!

by: Florence Scovel Shinn
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Nerd alert: I love these older books about manifesting your best life. I flew through this in one day. This one includes a lot of Bible references and how you can harness the power of thought to improve your life. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoy these!

by: Greer Hendricks
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I was ready to read a mystery/suspense novel this month and this one was a good choice! The main character, Shay, finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and everything unfolds from there. While farfetched at times, this book kept my attention and kept me guessing. There are some heavy topics in this book, so reader beware if you have experienced any trauma.

by: Josie Silver
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If you have been reading my book reviews for any length of time, you know I am a sucker for any book that goes back and forth between two life scenarios for one character. The main character's fiance' is killed in the beginning of the book and it splits off between life without him and life with him after that. Add this one to your reading list now!

by: Mary Higgins Clark
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I have long been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark, but I am skeptical if she is even writing her own books now. While a good story, I had this book figured out before I was even at the halfway mark. If you enjoy mysteries, it is good, but definitely not traditional Mary Higgins Clark.

by: Kate White
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Kate White is another mystery author that I absolutely love. This book was okay, but not her best work. If I had not read all of her other books, I would have loved this; does that make sense? I listened to this one on audible, and since I am new to audiobooks, maybe that had something to do with it. Good mystery, but skip it if you have read Kate White's previous work.

by: Jennifer Weiner
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I loved this book! The main character is a plus sized Instagram influencer who gets caught up in a mystery while in a summer wedding. This book has mystery, romance and laughter. This is a great summer read!

by: Kristy Woodson Harvey
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This was my final book of the month and I could not love it more!! I am a huge fan of Kristy Woodson Harvey and I absolutely adored this book. The main characters could not be more different or more relatable; I instantly felt connected to both of them. The beach, romance, friendship...what's not to love about this book?

One of the best parts about reading is sharing books I love with others. That is why I am gifting my copy of Feels Like Falling to one lucky blog reader! Simply head over to my Instagram to enter!


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April Book Review and a Giveaway!


It was an excellent month of reading, friends! I am so excited to tell you about the books I read in April that I have decided to gift one of them to a lucky reader. Read on for details!

by: Carrie Underwood
4 out of 5 ⭐


Isn't Carrie Underwood just the sweetest?! Her book was the perfect read to kick off quarantine. It is all about diet and exercise and how to incorporate both into your life in a healthy way. Each chapter is named for one of her songs, so that was a fun addition. This is the perfect book to motivate you to get moving or make one of the healthy (easy!) recipes she includes. I especially liked the way she encourages readers to think about a healthy lifestyle as a long-term investment in staying strong for their families. I am gifting one blog reader a copy of this book because we could all use a little happy encouragement in our lives right now. To enter to win, follow me on Instagram and like the April book review post! I will choose a winner by random drawing on Friday, May 1st.

by: Melanie Shankle
5 out of 5 ⭐


Melanie Shankle cracks me up. She is a Christian author, but does not take herself very seriously or make you feel like she has everything figured out. I told Dan that I love reading her books because she is a Christian who is up for drinking a well-made margarita. I'm not sure what that means or what that says about me, but it fits! I listened to this book on audio and I am so glad I did. Melanie reads it herself and her voice telling the stories of days past and inserting sarcasm only added to my reading experience. This book could also not be more timely, as she encourages you to find the bright side of trying situations through telling personal stories. It is fun, and so worth the read!

by: Katharine McGee
4 out of 5 ⭐


I finished this book before I realized that it is a young adult novel. I really enjoyed it! I could honestly see this book being made into a tv series. The premise is that George Washington became the king of America instead of president and these are his modern day ancestors. Of course, there is a lot of drama and it mimics The Crown a bit but in a very PG way. I will definitely read the sequel when it comes out. YA or not, if you like royalty, you will enjoy this book.

by: Fiona Davis
 4 out of 5 ⭐


This book sat on my Kindle for awhile, but thanks to Corona, I finally got around to reading it. I loved that it took place in NYC and switched between the 1950's and present day. It takes place at the Barbizon Hotel where the main characters live in different decades. There is murder, mystery, romance and drama throughout. I really enjoyed this book, but it was a slow burn for me. It was not a book I couldn't put down, but I enjoyed it still. Does that make sense? I will be reading another by this author next month to see if I want to find more!

by: Glennon Doyle
5 out of 5 ⭐


Wow. Glennon Doyle writes with intense vulnerability. And while her story is her own and her issues, experiences, and beliefs may not be mine, I learn something about myself every time I read her books. I deeply respect people who vulnerably share their experience of life. Told in a collection of short essays, this book includes sentences and paragraphs that I would re-read or read aloud to Dan because of their sheer beauty. I think I enjoy this type of book because it reminds me of talking to people during a counseling session where they are honest, raw, and not afraid of judgement.

I hope I've inspired you to pick up one of these reads. Remember, you can click the title of the book to be taken to Amazon if you would like to purchase and I receive a {very small} referral bonus if you do that at no additional cost to you. Libraries are also doing a great job during the Corona Pandemic of allowing you to check out extra digital materials on your favorite devices. In fact, that is how I listened to On the Bright Side! However you get your books, I hope you enjoy my suggestions.

Happy reading and quarantining!

xo,
Deanna

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Books, Beans and Quarantines! January-March 2020

Hello everybody! It has been a bit since I have blogged but I suddenly find myself with a little extra time. I know this has been a challenging time, but I am going to try to do my part to bring a little sunshine into your days through my little corner of the internet. What better way to start that than to tell you what I have been reading so far in 2020! 
{I will link the titles and pictures of the books so that it will take you directly to Amazon if you wish to read what the book is about or purchase. Full disclosure, I make a few cents if you do that!} I have marked my star review below the author's name. I will keep my comments out the review this time due to the sheer number of books included. To save you a bit of time...

Best Book: Open Book by Jessica Simpson
Worst Book: Next Level Basic by Stassi Schroeder

But first...

I bought another coffee maker.

I still love this guy...



But I added this one to the family and he is a keeper as well!



Why are my coffee makers boys? Because everything except me and the dog are boys around here.

BOOKS

by: Colleen Hoover
4 out of 5 stars


by: Tonya Dalton
4 out of 5 stars


by: Tarryn Fisher
3 out of 5 stars


by: Kelly Timmer
4 out of 5 stars


by: Stassi Schroeder
2 out of 5 stars


by: Kiley Reid
4 out of 5 stars


by: Jessica Simpson
5 out of 5 stars


by: Kristina Kuzmic
3 out of 5 stars


by: Kelly Harms
3 out of 5 stars


by: Mary Kubica
3 out of 5 stars


by: Jennie Allen
4 out of 5 stars


by: Amanda Eyre Ward
3 out of 5 stars


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Amazon Favorites 2019

Happy New Year! 2019 was a banner year for fabulous finds on Amazon. As we begin the new year, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite purchases that showed up on my doorstep with the click of a button. Don't you just love living in the future?!

(image via @poutnpowder on Pinterest)

*This post contains affiliate links, meaning I earn a few pennies if you click the link and place any orders. Thank you!*

Hangers


You know your an official adult when one of your very favorite Christmas gifts was hangers! I first spotted these in an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians in a scene shot in Khloe's closet (or is it a kloset?) :) I quickly Googled "open backed hangers" and added them to my Christmas list. They are perfect for hanging pants and maximize space well. These make my organizer heart so happy!

Sheets

These are the best sheets ever for the price! They are super soft and we love them. I am replacing all of the sheets in our house with these. They also come in a variety of colors, but I am partial to the white.

Comforter


We topped our new sheets with this amazing comforter. It is lightweight, soft and pretty alone or topped with a duvet. 

Detergent


Now that we have these amazing new sheets and comforter, do yourself a favor and wash them in this laundry detergent. It is expensive, but a little goes a long way. The smell is amazing and makes our whole room smell good.

Massager


This neck and back massager was the Christmas gift that has been used the most at our house. You place it around your shoulders and it massages and delivers heat. Your arms slip through the bottom of the device so you can control the pressure of the massage. Game. Changer.

Hair Dryer


This hot air brush/hair dryer was another one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year! It makes your hair incredibly soft and allows you to get a blowout at home. I am a huge fan!

Lip Mask


This lip mask has been a life saver this winter! I put it on every night before bed. It has a great texture and works like a charm.

OPI Infinite Shine Nail Polish
In my never-ending quest to get a regular manicure that lasts a week, this nail polish kit finally delivers! Funny Bunny is one of my go-to colors and this at-home manicure is the closest thing to a gel manicure that I have found. 

Let me know if you love these as much as I do. Happy New Year and happy shopping!




Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday Favorites

It's been a hot minute since I blogged about my Friday Favorites so I've gathered up some good ones for you!

Here are my favorite things from the past few months. I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea.

ONE

Stranger Things on Netflix

via www.rottentomatoes.com

Have you watched this? I am typically not a fan of scary shows, but this one is just the right amount of scary with a great story line. We are almost finished with season 1 and hearing that the other two are even better!

TWO

Simple Contacts

via www.simplecontacts.com

I used this online service for the first time to reorder my contacts and am a BIG fan! If you use the link above, they offer you $20 off your first order. So easy and such a great deal.

THREE

Amazon

via www.amazon.com

My post about what I've ordered from Amazon lately is HERE.  It's a random assortment of goodies that I'm loving right now, but aren't Amazon orders always super random and awesome?

FOUR

Nordstrom

via www.nordstrom.com

Earlier this week I blogged about what I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale HERE. So much goodness before the sale ends!

FIVE

Books, Books and More Books!

 via www.amazon.com

I also read SO MANY good books this summer. My book review posts are HERE, HERE and HERE to see what I read.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo,

Deanna

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Books and Beans~July 2019

COFFEE

Starbucks Guava White Tea with Lemonade...you will not be disappointed! If you like tea and lemonade and summer, this will be your new favorite drink.

BOOKS

During July, I finished a trilogy I started over a year ago. The first book, can be found HERE. I absolutely loved this trilogy and the strong southern female characters. Each book focuses heavily on one of the three sisters, but all of their story lines, including the mom's are woven throughout. These are the perfect books to wind down your summer with!

by: Kristy Woodson Harvey
4 out of 5 stars


by: Kristy Woodson Harvey


Happy end of summer reading!

xo,

Deanna


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Amazon Favorites




This is still one of my favorite Pinterest pins...funny because it's true!

While I've been a long-time fan of Amazon Prime, this summer I ventured into Amazon fashion and I'm afraid I'm never coming back. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Amazon buys of the summer. It is a random assortment of items, but all Amazon orders are, right?!

You can click the link of each item to be taken to Amazon if you see something you can't live without as well. You pay the same either way, and I get a small kick-back as a brand partner to continue to support my Amazon love affair and have more things to recommend to you in future posts. Win/win!


These sheets! I have such a hard time finding sheets that feel good but don't break the bank. I purchased these for our room and plan to buy them for everyone else in the family after trying them. They are soft and come in a variety of colors.



Continuing my love of all things marble, I ordered this laptop sleeve for my MacBook. It has a super soft grey interior and a separate pocket on the front for chargers, etc. I love it and the price!




While I typically do not like to purchase a ton of dupes, this tote resembles one of my favorite luxury items without completely ripping it off.  I purchased it along with the matching wallet to carry as a work tote. I am extremely impressed with the quality, especially the zipper on the wallet. I find that those details are where you can judge the quality of lower priced items and these stand up to the test. I carried this tote on vacation and loved it!




I ordered this top at the beginning of summer and have worn it twice for date night! I love the sleeve detail and the quality of the fabric. It comes in a ton of colors, but I ordered the one shown. 




I bought these earrings to add to my summer outfits and you cannot beat the price! I have gotten so many compliments on them and even have a few I haven't opened yet. These are a fun, inexpensive option to add to your outfits.



While I love a great deal, I will pay more for things I absolutely love. Please don't ever tell my husband what I pay for this detergent! I first learned of this company when I was gifted a candle and it smelled amazing! I use this laundry detergent for our bedroom sheets and towels ONLY. So it does last a long time and the scent is very powerful, so you do not need to use much...I'm justifying. :)




I know I have mentioned these trays before, but they are one of my best Amazon purchases of all time. We have had ours for two years and still use them every day. If you have kids, these are perfect for serving meals on to reduce mess. Mason eats his breakfast on one of these every morning. We also do puzzles, play Play-Do and build Legos on these! 




Seven stackable bracelets for a great price? Yes please! I ordered these with very low expectations, but could not be happier with them. I have only worn three max at a time, but like the idea that I have back-ups in case they tarnish or wear out, but so far, so good!

Whew! Can you tell I love Amazon? I'd love to know what you've discovered and are loving from Amazon as well in the comments below or on Instagram. I'd love to connect with you there!

Have a great weekend!

xo,

Deanna