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Favorites Friday #2

Today is officially my favorite summer day ever. Temps in the 70s/80s, rainy. It is amazing. You can almost smell fall approaching. If only we didn’t have to make it through August first. But maybe there will be more of these amazing summer days ahead. And we leave for a Colorado trip in 7 weeks so that weather will be AWESOME.

Time for some more of my current favorite things!

The U Smooth flat iron: My hair is very, very thick and wavy. But not cute wavy. Out of control wavy. I started straightening my hair back in high school (well, more accurately, my mom did it every morning. Love you, Mom!). We got a CHI and it was amazing. Sometime in college I ended up acquiring another CHI from a friend or something, and that was a good thing since I took my original one to England and it got fried (thanks electrical conversions!).  But my second CHI died a few years ago and at the time I couldn’t afford another one, so I got a cheaper ceramic flat iron. It’s been fine. It does it’s job if I put the time and effort in. But I’ve gotten to where I don’t want to do that. So my hair lady suggested the U Smooth flat iron. I bought it a few weeks ago and I LOVE it. It has titanium plates which make it so much smoother and easier and faster and makes my hair look amazing. I highly recommend it. (But, as I was looking for the web site to attach the link here, it appears that the company has gone of out business. So that doesn’t make me feel so great….).

Tripod, Tripod mount for phones, and wireless remote: I recently had the brilliant idea that I NEEDED a tripod.  I don’t know why this has never occurred to me before now. I take A LOT of pictures. I always want every moment documented and sometimes that’s challenging since I don’t have a little personal paparazzo following me around everywhere (I am currently accepting applications for that position. You will be paid in hugs and baked goods). Well once I got this idea in my head, I had to act immediately. I ended up purchasing a table top tripod at Best Buy- the Sunpak Mini D tripod. It’s not perfect, but it fits in my purse and will get the job done.  For the smartphone tripod mount, I went with the Square Jellyfish Spring Tripod Mount. Again, not the best one available, but I haven’t had any issues yet. It’s so easy to use. In researching the remote, I discovered I could either spend a lot of money, or go with one with questionable reviews. I chose the Kootek, with many questionable reviews, but has worked fine for me. Then my parents lent me their full-size tripod. So I am ready for any picture taking opportunity! I love the freedom this equipment brings and am excited to take it on our Colorado trip and not have to take so many selfies!

HEB Sparkling Water: Now, I’m not an HEB fan (I know, that’s blasphemy for a Texan to say), so I hate to promote one of their products, but this stuff is seriously good. I have only tried the lime flavor, but it tastes just like Sprite. I’m planning to try the White Grape flavor, seems like that may taste like the sparkling grape juice that is so delicious.

The Office: I know, I know, another “old” TV show. But I’m currently watching this all the way through for the fourth time in less than two years and just this week decided that it’s my absolute favorite show ever. The humor and sweetness just doesn’t get old. Now if I could just get my husband to watch it….

Pizza Logs: This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe from the Emily Bites Blog. Egg roll wrappers, pizza sauce, and string cheese. So quick and easy and so delicious. We’ve been having these once a week with a salad and it’s the perfect meal.

Thanks for reading! What’s one of your new favorite things?

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Reading List- June 2014

Summer just brings on the need to read. Probably because it’s SO HOT and nothing else sounds as appealing as getting lost in great book. At the beginning of the month I put holds on a lot of new books at the library, and as luck would have it, they all came in at the same time. I would go pick up a book, get home, and get an email that another was waiting for me. No joke. That happened multiple times this month. So, I had, and still have, quite a pile of books I’m working through!

[3] All Lined Up by Cora Carmack (2014, Fiction): Carmack is a great writer in the new genre “New Adult”. Her books are fun, easy to read, and easy to connect with. I wrote about her first three books in November and March. In this first book of her new series it’s obvious she has grown as a writer in telling the story and building the characters. Looking forward to her next book.

[4] The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers (1997, Fiction): Why did I wait so long to read this book?? I think I was scared it was going to be “overly Christian”, but it’s not. Such a GOOD book on the very timely issue of abortion.

[2] Catching Air by Sarah Pekkanen (2014, Fiction): This book just rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t know why I didn’t like it, but I just didn’t. You may love it. It sounds like she’s a great author and I will probably read another of her books before I totally give up on her.

[3] The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (2013, Fiction): This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. An interesting style of writing. Incredibly intellectual and psychological (in fact, I was wondering the whole time how I would understand parts of it without a Master’s in Counseling). It wasn’t as thrilling as I thought it would be, but it does keep you reading. I think maybe I’m not smart enough to understand the true depth of the story….

[3] Lost Boy by Brent Jeffs (2009, Non-fiction): Another book about the FLDS church and Warren Jeffs. I am so interested in this topic! I read other books about this in November and January. Brent was Warren’s nephew, so he had a very personal experience with Warren’s rise to power and the horrific transformation of the group.

[4] The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (2014, Fiction): An incredibly emotional book. Definitely not my favorite Hilderbrand book, but it’s always a nice getaway to be taken to the town of Nantucket for a while!

What have you been reading? What is your all-time favorite book?

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