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Can you believe another month has flown by? As we continue to navigate through our busy lives of motherhood, it’s refreshing to take a moment and reflect on the things that bring us joy. That’s why I am excited to share with you my monthly report of all the things I have been loving recently. From books that keep me up past bedtime, delicious new recipes my kids actually eat, games that entertain the whole family, guilty pleasures I can’t get enough of, recommendations worth passing along, and treats for myself because let’s face it, as moms we deserve it.

What is the monthly Report?

R- What I am Reading

E- What I am Eating

P- What I am Playing

O- What I am Obsessing Over

R- What I am Recommending

T- What I am Treating myself to

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March 2024 REPORT

Reading

I read three books this month:

The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 3.8 stars rounded up to 4! This book came highly recommended and it was really good. I had a lot of life events that prevented me from being able to read, so I read it very choppy at that might have contributed to a lower score for me. Definitely a good read!

The Women by Kristen Hannah. THIS BOOOKK. Oh my goodness I could not get enough and left me crying at the end. Kristin Hannah is one heck of a story teller and this book delivers. It’s about a nurse who decides to join the Vietnam war. This was my first 5 star book of the year!

The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins– Man I really love Rachel Hawkins but this book fell short. It has three different perspectives and honestly I wished the whole time I was only reading from Ruby’s perspective. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t that amazing. I gave it 3.4 stars rounded down to 3.

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewel- 5 stars! I ADORE a good Lisa Jewel thriller and this one did not disappoint! Her writing to me is effortless and I am always drawn in super fast. I gave this one 4.5 starts and I rounded it up to 5.

Eating

I shared about eating goat cream cheese and everyone on Instagram went WILD! ALthough I can’t eat dairy (because of tons of issues NOT an allergy) I have found that through trial and error goat milk is one of the only cheeses I can eat in moderation. The goat milk cream cheese is from Trader Joe’s and whenever I am nearby I grab 1-3 of  them. They work amazing on Canyon Creek gluten free bagels and honestly taste like REAL cream cheese.

Playing

Hozier- Something Sweet on repeat NON stop! I have also been listening to Beyonce’s New Album Cowboy Carter (which I have mixed feelings on) and also Ariana Grande’s new album Eternal Sunshine with the repeat button on We Can’t be Friends.

Obsessing

If you know me personally, you know I have been OBSESSING over my new Vuori leggings I can’t stop talking about them! I happened to stumble into the store during a birthday trip in March and decided to give them a try, and dare I say I like them better than my LULU leggings? I do! I went with the daily leggings and absolutely love wearing them.

Recommending

A few years ago I stumbled upon Wander Beauty a clean ingredients higher end makeup company. I love the On-The- Glow blush an illuminator. I carry one of these in my purse and you can actually use it as a lipstick, or for a little pop of color! It contains clean ingredients and works really well on my sensitive skin.

Treating Myself To

This month I joined a gym! It’s something I had been thinking about for awhile. I wanted the benefits of being able to walk/run indoors on a walking track on cold/raining days. This gym also has a rec pool so I can take my kids swimming on the weekends. I have a treadmill at home, and still do strength training at home with my Peloton App. Treating myself ( and my family) to a gym membership was just another added layer of staying active!

February 2024 Month R.E.P.O.R.T

Reading – Deep Dives and Plot Twists 📚

I read two books this month! I I read Pretty Girls and The Teacher. Still have not read a 5 star read yet this year! Hoping that spell breaks by my March REPORT.

Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter many tout this book as one of the best thrillers they have ever read. However, be warned – it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s laden with graphic scenes that can unsettle even the most seasoned thriller readers, this novel just wasn’t it for me. It was skillfully penned, but perhaps too graphic for my tastes.

Second book was the brand new The Teacher” by Frieda McFadden. While again so many loved this book, to me, it fell short in comparison to McFadden’s other amazing books. The finale left me hanging with more questions but I didn’t feel like going back to find out where I was duped—3 out of 5 stars for leaving me in this puzzling predicament.

Eating – Wrapped Up in Deliciousness 🥕

I’ve raved about these before, but these carrot wraps remain the undefeated champions of lunchtime. They’re my go-to vessel for chicken salad, boasting a robust texture and a hint of sweetness that lingers pleasantly.

Playing – On Repeat 🔁

If you haven’t been walking around your house singing, “This ain’t Texas, HAYYYY” what have you even been doing??? Here’s a few other jams that I’ve been playing on repeat this month.

  • “Texas Hold ‘Em” by Beyoncé
  • “Sunshine” by Wuki
  • “Different ‘Round Here” by Riley Green and Luke Combs
  • “Home” by Good Neighbors

Obsessing Over – Book-Quet 💐

Feast your eyes on the masterpiece my husband crafted – a bouquet of artfully arranged books! I showed him a picture a few months back of something similer and he took mental note and put this together as a super special surprise.

Recommending – Sleepytime Elixir 💤

If restful nights are evasive, allow me to introduce you to my slumber elixir: tart cherry juice. A nightly ritual of 8 ounces might just be your ticket to dreamland. Tart Cherry juice has recently become popular, but I can attest to its amazingness as I have been using it to help aid in sleep for several years now.

Treating Myself – A Bookworm’s Bounty 🛒

Can anyone ever have too many books? The answer is always no. This month Book Outlet ran a special where all books were only $5.99. So, I treated myself to 8 new books! If you aren’t familiar with Book Outlet, these are BRAND NEW, never read books that often have a very small imperfection.

January 2024 Monthly Report

Reading

This month I read five books. I also started a second Instagram account sharing all things books with more in-depth reviews, and bookish content.

  1. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks- So many people recommended this book and It just was not for me. It started off so strong and I was flying through the pages and then when the first twist was revealed, It was such a let the down that I just never recovered from there. Gave it 3/5 Stars and rounded up from 2.8.
  2. Yours Truly– I LOVED this book so much! Although it is not a sequel to Part of Your World, it follows some of the same characters. I absolutely love Abby Jimenz’s writing style, and I love how I am both laughing along with the characters and also crying paragraphs later. Her books are always immediate reads for me. There were just some super minor things that didn’t make it 5 stars in my book, but I gave it 4.3/5 stars.
  3. First Lie Wins– This was my book of the month pick, and it was REALLY good. The only thing is, as I’m writing this review, I have already forgotten a lot about the book so there wasn’t anything INSANELY memorable. A good read and lots of twists, would def recommend. I gave it 4.2/5 stars.
  4. Good Girls Guide To Murder- This sat on my TBR shelf FOREVER. I have no idea why it took me so long to read, but OMG I loved everything about it! Highly recommend this one and can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series. 4/5 Stars
  5. The Only One Left– LOVED this book! I had been on hold with the one at the library for awhile, so I was so excited when it was finally my turn! Lots of twists, and turns and I was so excited to see what happened next. 4.1/5 stars

Eating

Basically when January hits you will only find soup coursing through my veins.This month has been extra cold, dark, and foggy so soup has been the only cure! I have been eating so much soup and loving every minute of it.

  • French Onion Soup– I had been craving French onion soup for so long but wasn’t sure what to do about the dairy.. I melted some Miyokos “cheese” on parchment paper for about 6 minutes unitil it formed a nice crust and then baked some Udis dinner rolls. I put the roll and the cheese on top of this soup, and It will be so HARD to top that meal all year long. 100/10 recommend making it!
  • Dairy Free Zuppa Tuscano Soup– I often sub ground turkey instead of the ground pork and don’t even cook the bacon, and its still super delish and lighter on calories! My kids even love this soup served with a giant piece of crusty bread (and they top theirs with Parmesan).
  • Chicken Pot Pie Soup- I bought Alex Snodgrass’ Dinner Tonight Cookbook and have been OBSESSED with the chicken pot pie soup. I have made it at least five times.

Playing

I know it’s hard for people to believe that I listen to anything other than Taylor Swift, but surprise I do! This month I am playing Noah Kahan on repeat. A few of my favorites are “Northern Attitude” and “All My Love.”

Obsessing Over

The Absolutely Gluten Free flatbed crackers are AHHH-mazing! I have been eating them on their own, with dips, and topped with chicken salad. They are also dairy free (but they do contain eggs.)

Recommending

Never in my entire life have I ever gotten more compliments on an item of clothing I own, than I have of my winter boots! They are super cute, comfy and most importantly keep my feet warm. Also LOVE the bomba quarter socks to pair them with.

Treating Myself To

This month I treated myself to some new goodies to add to my skincare routine. I added Medik 8 Liquid peptides to help with firming and smoothing. I also added Sunday Riley Luna Retinol sleeping face oil. This is a great retinol for beginners or if you haven’t used retinol in awhile. I have already seen results with both of these products and would highly recommend them if you have these specific needs or skin care concerns.

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