Fall To-Do List

Fall To-Do LIst

I put together a fall to-do list with some ideas for the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this fall. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too. Find out why it’s such a great journal here.
Continue reading “Fall To-Do List”

Summer Reading List

summer reading list

It’s time for summer vacations and beach days which means more time to read. Here are a few suggestions that I’m sure you’ll want to add to your summer reading list.

1.     The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid | In this epic novel full of old Hollywood glamour, a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love.

2.    Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan | From the bestselling author of “Crazy Rich Asians” and “China Rich Girlfriend” comes this fun, frothy take on the lives of the Singapore super-elites. The stakes are high, as the entire Shang-Young clan rushes to the deathbed of their matriarch, Su Yi. A battle ensues over the family fortune and who stands to inherit it all.

3.    My Glory Was I Had So Friends by Amy Silverstein | If you want inspiration, this is a book that won’t fail you. This memoir is about what friendship and living life as a transplant recipient meant to one woman. Amy Silverstein lived with a donor’s heart for 26 years that she was told would last only ten. When her heart started to fail, her only chance for survival including uprooting her life in New York and moving to California to await a transplant. Nine of her friends help her by flying to California and helping take care of Amy while she awaits news on a transplant and a new heart.

4.    Fly Me by Daniel Riley | It’s 1972, and Suzy Whitman has no use for her degree from Vassar. Instead, she’s joined the hedonism of the Los Angeles beach scene and become a stewardess for Grand Pacific Airlines. Amid all the debauchery and fun, though, Suzy becomes involved in a drug-trafficking scheme.

5.    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman | Eleanor Elephant is about the importance of friendship and human connection. Eleanor is an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger.

6.     Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs | An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories that will lead Camilla’s family back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they uncover their family’s surprising history. While Provence answers questions about her family’s past, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion with her, and who may hold the key to her future. Sometimes the best journey of your life is the one that takes you home.

7.    Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire by  Barbara Lynch | In this funny, fierce, and poignant memoir, world-renowned chef and restaurateur Barbara Lynch recounts her rise from a hard-knocks South Boston childhood to culinary stardom. Barbara appeared as a guest judge on season 12 of Top Chef, which took place in Boston in 2014. She oversees seven critically acclaimed restaurants in Boston including No. 9 ParkMenton, and B&G Oysters.

8.     The Alice Network by Kate Quinn | An exciting faced paced novel about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of World War II. A story of courage and redemption.

9.     Sugar by Kimberly Stuart | Sugar is a contemporary romance, set in the high-pressure commercial kitchens of New York and Seattle. A funny and clever story of how a female chef learns to thrive in the ruthless world of premier restaurants.

10.   One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey | One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself.

What are you excited to read this summer?

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Winter To Do List

Winter To-Do LIst

I put together a winter to-do list with some ideas for the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this winter. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started. I also love this collection of 26 lists everyone should make.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too. Find out why it’s such a great journal here.

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list. Continue reading “Winter To Do List”

Fall Reading List

Fall Book Club 2016

Looking for a good book to read? I’m sharing 10 must-read books to add to your fall reading list. Books to inspire, encourage, and keep you up way past your bedtime.

1.    UNINVITED: LIVING LOVED WHEN YOU FEEL LESS THAN, LEFT OUT, AND LONELY | BY LYSA TERKERUST: In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection including the painful childhood abandonment by her father. She examines the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God. I have read several of Lysa’s books before and they never disappoint.

2.    THE CHEMIST | BY STEPHANIE MEYER: Stephanie Meyer is the author of the best-selling Twilight Series. She will publish her first thriller, “The Chemist” on Nov. 15. “The Chemist” introduces a former secret agent forced to go on the run, hiding from members of the government who fear she knows too much.

3.    UNSHAKEN | BY TIM TEBOW: In Unshaken, Tebow talks about his Christian faith within the context of a football career that hasn’t gone the way he hoped. The entire first chapter is about being cut from the New England Patriots and what it’s like to be told you’re not enough. He explains why neither the highs nor the lows of his life can define him, and he reveals how you, too, can find confidence in your identity and know who you are.

4.    THE MAGNOLIA STORY | BY CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES: HGTV reality stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, who have created their own real estate, home renovation and media empire in Waco, Texas, are releasing a new book about their successes, failures and most importantly their faith.

5.    DEEP RUN ROOTS: STORIES AND RECIPES FROM MY CORNER OF THE SOUTH | BY VIVIAN HOWARD: Chef Vivian Howard is the star of the PBS hit series, “A Chef’s Life.” She also operates “Chef and the Farmer” and “The Boiler Room” in tiny Kinston, North Carolina. Her new cookbook includes over 200 recipes paying homage to her North Carolina roots.

To celebrate the release of her new book, Vivian is embarking on a Food Truck Tour. You can meet Vivian and get a signed copy of her cookbook plus enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by Vivian and her team.

6.    UNKNOWN CALLER | BY DEBRA SPARKS: Beginning with an aggravating phone call, a strange request, and the sudden disappearance of a mother and her daughter, Unknown Caller is filled with page-turning suspense. The novel moves backward in time and across several continents to tell a funny, moving, and surprising story about families, misunderstandings, secrets, falls from grace, and chances for redemption.

7.    THE POWER OF WHEN | BY MICHAEL BREUS: Dr. Michael Breus’s new book, The Power of When, explains the four distinct sleep types.

Dolphins are light-sleeping insomniacs who sometimes wake up unsure whether they actually slept or not. They tend to be highly intelligent Type As and can’t seem to turn off their brains at bedtime.

Lions are optimistic morning people, early to rise but early to crash. They tend to be the high-achieving type, getting more stuff done by 9am than most people get done all day.

Bears prefer a solar-based sleep schedule. They like to take naps and tend to be fun-loving and outgoing. Current sleep recommendations are based on this type.

Wolves are the creative introverts who get in bed at midnight and lie there for hours. They don’t hit their stride until late afternoon when everyone else is running on fumes.

Take this quiz to find out your chronotype HERE. After you’ve taken Dr. Breus’s comprehensive Bio-Time Quiz to figure out your chronotype, the book explains the best time to do over 50 different activities.

8.    THE BROKEN WAY | BY ANN VOSCAMP: Ann is the author the best-selling book One Thousand Gifts. Her new release is about dealing with brokenness. Ann Voskamp writes about her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it’s too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? A study guide is also available.

9.    THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK | BY CANDACE NELSON: Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes. Sprinkles is the original cupcake bakery that started the cupcake craze. Candace is also a judge on the popular Food Network show, Cupcake WarsThe Sprinkles Baking Book includes over fifty of the famous bakeries best-kept secret cupcake recipes as well as Candace’s all-time favorite dessert recipes for cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies and bars plus recipes from Sprinkles friends Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Michael Strahan and Jessica Alba.

10.  THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER’S HISTORY, TREATMENT, AND PREVENTION | BY TY BOLLINGER: This book is the culmination of all the author’s research, interviews, and interactions with doctors and survivors all over the globe. If you’re concerned about preventing, beating, healing from and treating cancer  this book is an absolute must-read.

See my other book recommendations HERE.

What’s on your fall reading list? Tell me in the comments!

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Fall To-Do List

Fall To-Do LIst

I put together a fall to-do list with some ideas for the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this fall. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too. Find out why it’s such a great journal here.

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list. Continue reading “Fall To-Do List”

Spring To-Do List

Spring To-Do List

I put together a spring to-do list of some fun things I’d love to do this season.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. For example, “List Your Goals and Dreams for the Year.” And at the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

Here’s what’s on my spring to-do list. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year! Continue reading “Spring To-Do List”