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”

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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”

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My Favorite Podcasts

12 Awesome Podcasts

Today I am sharing more of my favorite podcasts. If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download or listen to online. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. I also listen to podcasts if I go for a long walk or while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing some work on my computer. The best part about podcasts is they are completely free to download or stream online. Rather than listening to the radio or music, give podcasts a chance.

I listen to podcasts on my iPhone. It’s portable, and there are multiple podcasting apps available for it. I recently downloaded the Downcast app. You can create playlists and organize what you download or stream so you don’t lose precious space on your device. Before that, I used the simple Podcast app on my iPhone. 

Some other great podcast apps to try include Overcast. In addition to offering easy-to-find content, this app makes it simple for you to download podcasts for offline listening, which is my favorite feature of any podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, create custom playlists, and get notifications when new content is available.

I also like the TuneIn Radio app. This app includes 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Explore and follow the best in sports, news, music and talk to create your personalized feed.

You can also listen to podcasts using Soundcloud and Sticher. The Stitcher app is available on Apple and Android devices.

If you are looking for new podcasts, the new and noteworthy section of iTunes for podcasts is a great resource. The Podcast Top 200 lists the most popular podcasts, and the iTunes Essentials: Podcasts is a great way to find popular content. Use this curated library to find podcasts based on interests like “cooking” or “travel.”

And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Do you listen to podcasts?  Here are a few of my favorites.

1.    HOW TO BE AMAZING: Michael Ian Black’s podcast is packed full of inspiration and comedy. Michael’s mission is to find people who are doing awesome things and get to the heart of how they got there. Topics cover things like failure, dealing with critics and the creative process.

Episode 01 | Elizabeth Gilbert

Episode 19 | David Sedaris

2.    WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?: What Should I Read Next is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, host Anne Bogel interviews a new person and finds out their tastes. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 06 | Tsh Oxenreider

Episode 04 | Seth Haines

3.    SHMANNERS: Listen to husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy and they’ll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 01 | Thank You Notes

Episode 03 | Conversation

4.    THE BIG BOO CAST: Two Southern mama-bloggers and authors, Big Mama and BooMama, talk about all the important stuff in life: faith, family, friends, fashion, food and football.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 50 | Undergarments

Episode 54 | Travel

5.    REAL CRIME PROFILE: Jim Clemente, formerly of the FBI, Laura Richards, formerly of Scotland Yard, and Lisa Zambetti, casting director of Criminal Minds on CBS, discuss the arrest of Steven Avery and other oddities of the Netflix Series “Making a Murderer” in the first three episodes.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

You need to listen to them all, in order.

Episode 01 |  Discussing Making of a Murderer

6.    MASTERPIECE STUDIO: This podcast is your backstage pass to Downton Abbey. After the show, listen to exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 4 | Downtown Abbey’s Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary):

Episode 6 | Downtown Abbey’s Allen Leach (Tom Branson):

7.    LIMETOWN PODCAST:  Limetown is a fictional story full of suspense. Here’s the premise: Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women, and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

FAVORITE EPISODES:

You need to listen to them all, in order.

8.    THE MINIMALISTS: On The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less stuff. They are just regular guys who changed their lives by getting rid of a lot of excess stuff. Even if you do not consider yourself a minimalist, you will learn so many good tips for organization, time management, conquering clutter, relationships, and so much more.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 7 | Stuff

Episode 1: | Declutter

9.    BON APPETITE: This food podcast features interviews with chefs, writers, and a discussion of food-related topics such as holiday baking, eating healthy, preserving, and more!

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 46 | Cook Every Meal for a Month

Episode 35 | The Queens of Modern Baking (Liz Prueitt of Tartine Bakery and Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery)

10.  THE SIMPLE SHOW: Tsh is the voice behind theArtofSimple.net and is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike, One Bite at a Time, and Organized Simplicity. The Simple Show offers conversations on passion, projects, and living simply plus helpful advice for adding a little more minimalism into your life. Though not the typical topics you might expect from a minimalist podcast, Tsh always asks her guests what it looks like to them to live simpler, whether it’s to do with food, travel, writing, parenting, or fashion.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 21 | A Neighbor’s Table with Sarah Harmeyer

Episode 20 | Gretchen Rubin

11.  BLOGTACULAR: This is my favorite new podcast. It’s full of useful tips and tricks. If you enjoy photography or own a creative business, you will enjoy listening to the interviews with photographers, designers, bloggers, and creative entrepreneurs.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 01 | Martie Marie Forsberg (photography)

Episode 02 | Fiona Humberstone (branding)

12.  QUIET THE POWER OF INTROVERTS: Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children, lifestyle, and the workplace. Susan’s latest project is a podcast she hosts and produces. The first season of the podcast is a ten-part series that focuses on giving parents and educators the tools to empower quiet kids. Expect to learn about how caregivers and schools can better understand and support introverts, how the changing landscape of social media impacts quiet children, the neuroscience of introversion, and more. You’ll also hear sound advice from Susan and experts in education and parenting.

FAVORITE EPISODES:

Episode 01 | The Long Runway
Susan Cain introduces you to the neuroscience of introversion and shares tips on how to help quiet kids navigate the world at their own pace.
Guests include: Dr. Carl Schwartz of Massachusetts General Hospital

P.S. Check out more of my favorite podcasts HERE.

Question of the Day:

Do you have any favorite podcasts to add to this list? I’m always looking for a new podcast, and I’d love to hear your favorites.

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To Do List February 2016

February To Do List

My To Do List for February 2016 highlights the best new releases, launches, and events to keep on your radar. Read on to find out what to do all month-long.

1.    Netflix original series Fuller House returns on Feb. 26: The Tanner family’s adventures continue as DJ Tanner-Fuller shares a home with her sister Stephanie and friend Kimmy who help raise her three boys.

2.    Don’t forget to watch the Grammy Awards and The Oscars: The Grammys air on Feb. 15 on CBS, and The Oscars are live on ABC Feb. 28.

3.    Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen: The Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model is also a trained chef. I’m buying the cookbook just for her queso recipe. Download her Superbowl party recipes HERE.

4.    Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson: Frank is a character not soon forgotten. He will likely steal your heart. This charming novel is filled with humor and love and a big heart. The perfect book for fans of The Rosie ProjectWhere’d You Go Bernadette? and The Storied Life of J.J. Fikry.

5.    Shmanners Podcast: I am enjoying this new etiquette podcast hosted by Travis McElroy and his wife, Teresa. It’s really fun and informative! Check it out!

Episode 01: Thank You Notes

Episode 02: Table Manners

6.    Hymns Joey + Rory: Country music husband-and-wife duo Joey and Rory are releasing a new album of hymns on February 12, including a song the couple recorded while Joey Feek was undergoing treatment for cervical cancer. It is a collection of some of Joey’s favorite hymns that she used to sing when she was growing up. Together, Joey and Rory completed this album with all their heartfelt emotion and Joey’s beautiful vocals that you have come to love over the years. The new album includes the song “When I’m Gone,” which they recorded just after one of Joey’s first surgeries.

Rory Feek has been documenting his wife’s struggle with cancer in an online blog, This Life I Live and wrote last fall that they had decided to end treatment after the cancer continued to spread.

7.    South Beach Food and Wine Festival: The Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival Feb. 24-28 showcases some of the top food and wine experts in the world. Among the highlights of the four-day food and wine festival are wine tastings, gourmet dinners, seminars, cooking demonstrations, tributes, and the Food Network Awards Show. Don’t Miss Rachel Ray’s Burger Bash, Trish Yearwood’s Southern Brunch, and the Grand Tasting Village.

8.    How to Write Better One Day Online Workshop: Join best-selling author Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists for a special online writing workshop. This two-hour live class on Sunday, February 7 at 3 PM EST will be full of detailed instruction on how you can write clearly, concisely, and beautifully. Whether you’re interested in creating more powerful business emails, improving your blogging skills, composing beautiful prose, or writing your first book, this webinar can help. The event will include a plethora of writing tips and instructions from Professor Millburn, culled from his years of experience writing four books and building an audience of over 4 million readers at his popular website, TheMinimalists.com, as well as a live interactive Q&A session. Can’t attend the event live? Don’t worry a recording will be available for anyone who would like to watch (or rewatch) the class at a later date.

9.    Lent: 40 Days With Jesus Devotional: This beautiful journal is divided into eight sections about Jesus: faithful, humble, forgiving, obedient, unconventional, loving, convinced, and prayerful. Each section features beautiful photography, a prayer for that theme, five passages of scripture illustrating that week’s theme, and a lined page below each scripture for notes.

10.  Black Tap NYC Milk Shakes:  These Instagram-worthy milkshakes are the hottest dessert craze in NYC. The artfully-designed shakes, which are almost a foot tall, sell for $15. The restaurant will soon have a red velvet cake shake special for Valentine’s Day and a Super Bowl themed shake.

11.  Kimberly Snyder’s Power Yoga Series DVD: From the creator of the Glowing Green Smoothie comes a brand new Yoga series for beginner and intermediate levels.

  • Flow Series 1 (Experienced Beginner) – 60 Minutes
  • Flow Series II (Intermediate) – 60 Minutes
  • Breathing Practices (Pranayama) – 7 minutes
  • The Beauty Detox Yoga Guidebook, a bonus 187 page PDF with six heavily detailed modules to enrich your yoga experience.
  • You will receive access to The Beauty Detox Power Yoga Series in an Online Academy 

If you prefer a digital download of the DVD, click here.

12.  Super Bowl 50: The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos kick off Superbowl 50 on Feb. 7 at 6:30 PM EST in Santa Clara, CA. Score a cool game day beanie from Goorin Bros in your favorite team’s colors.

13.  Mardi Gras: Fat Tuesday is Feb. 9 in New Orleans, Louisiana. You don’t have to be from Louisiana to appreciate a delicious King Cake. Here are a few recipes you may want to try.

Traditional King Cake Recipe

Paleo King Cake

14.  The Lady in the Van starring Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith: Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith stars in, The Lady In The Van, the true story of a homeless woman who lived for 15 years outside the home of playwright Alan Bennett. Bennett detailed his often strained relationship with the eccentric Miss Shepherd in his diaries and later turned it into a play.

15.  Savannah Book Festival: The Savannah Book Festival is February 11-14 in Savannah, Georgia. This year’s keynote authors include Paula McLain, author of Circling the Sun, William Paul Young, author of Eve: A Novel, and Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Over 40 authors participate in this fabulous event.

What’s on your radar for February? Tell me in the comments!

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10 Books to Read this Winter

10 Books to Read This Winter

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

1.    THE ONLY STREET IN PARIS | Elaine Sciolino: The former Paris bureau chief of the New York Times shares her love for her adopted working-class neighborhood in this delicious and detailed look at the rue des Martyrs. If you like food, architecture, history, art or simply human stories, you will not be disappointed

2.    BRONNER: A JOURNEY TO UNDERSTANDSherri Burgess: Sherri Burgess and husband, Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show had a perfect life: careers they loved, five beautiful kids, and a barn in the country. They were happy, until Sherri found their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Bronner, in the pool dead. Since losing Bronner, Sherri has experienced a powerful faith transformation, and she tells the story of their eight-year journey in her new book, Bronner: A Journey to Understand.

3.    IN A DIFFERENT KEY: THE STORY OF AUTISM | John Donvan and Caren Zucker:  ABC News correspondents John Donvan and Caren Zucker  have teamed up to tell the story of Mary Triplett, a mother whose efforts to diagnose her son Donald’s condition, eventually identified as autism, not only helped him but also opened doors for millions of children who followed.

4.    THE LISTENING LIFE | Adam S. McHugh: Listening is an essential skill for healthy relationships, but it seems like everyone wants to talk, but no one wants to listen. The chapter on listening to people in pain is very insightful. Adams writes, “When we try to help someone in pain, we often end up saying or doing things, subconsciously, to assuage our own anxiety. Let’s be honest: we often want others to be okay so we can feel okay. We want them to feel better and move on so our lives can return to normal. We try to control the conversation as a way of compensating for our anxiety. Our approach to people in pain can amount to self-therapy.”

This book is such a good reminder of both why listening is important, and how we can better listen to God, those around us, and ourselves.

5.    HOW NOT TO DIE | Dr. Michael Greger: Dr. Michael Greger is an internationally recognized lecturer, physician, and founder of the popular website, NutritionFacts.org. In his new book, Dr. Greger examines the fifteen top causes of death in America and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

6.    CHOOSE JOY: FINDING HOPE AND PURPOSE WHEN LIFE HURTS | Sara Frankl and Mary Carver: Sara Frankl knew she had a terminal disease, but she didn’t let it stop her from living. In the face of immeasurable pain, Sara chose joy again and again. Her message of hope and purpose lives on, even after her death, in her words. Choose Joy is a compilation of the lessons Sara learned while she was dying, written in her words and sewn together by her close friend Mary Carver. It is a reminder to see the beauty in life, even when it looks nothing like you hoped or planned.  You can read Sara’s story on her blog. To assist in continuing Sara’s discipleship, visit ChooseJoyFoundation.com.

7.    THE ART OF WORK | Jeff Goins: The Art of Work is about discovering your true calling. If you’ve ever wondered what you were born to do or how to find meaning in your work, this book is what you need.

8.    WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR | Paul Kalanithi: When Dr. Paul Kalanithi is given his cancer diagnosis, he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, from the human perspective as well as the scientific ones.  The neurosurgeon comes to discover what really matters in life. The book will capture you from page one and still have you thinking long after the final sentence.

9.    DISCIPLINE WITHOUT DAMAGE: HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS TO BEHAVE WITHOUT MESSING THEM UP | Dr. Vanessa Lapointe: An encouraging book about how to discipline and connect with children better using a few simple tips. Dr. Lapointe encourages parents to think “How do I be what my kid needs?” rather than “What do I do?” when approaching a situation where your child needs direction and discipline.

10.  THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED | Kerry Kletter: The First Time She Drowned is about a young woman trying to come to terms with a dark past and to reconcile her relationships with her family after being committed to a mental hospital for something she says she didn’t do. Most of the story takes place in college, just after she is released from the hospital and she is trying to adapt to her new life while struggling to deal with the buried secrets she is uncovering about her past. Though it is dark, it is also a very hopeful story about resilience, the power of love and friendship, and forging one’s own path.

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My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things January 2016

My January edit features some of my favorite food, products, and cookbooks. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    SAKARA SNACKS: The talented ladies behind the Sakara brand have created super healthy and delicious snacks including Watermelon Jerky and a collection of beauty bars. Items can be shipped nationwide. Sakara also offers a meal delivery program.

2.    SEOUL LITTLE JEWELRY: This jewelry is so cute! I love the East Coast pendant, Florida pendant, Aloha pendant, and Pineapple pendant designs.

3.    BALEGA SOCKS: These socks feel so good on my feet. Even if you are not a runner, you will love wearing them.

4.    DAWN LEVY FERGIE COAT: I love my Dawn Levy Fergie Coat. Carrie Underwood recently wore her Dawn Levy coat in New York City.

5.    LE PEN: These pens are super fine and ideal for hand lettering. Pick up a few colors or an entire set to use for personalizing cards and stationery.

6.    BOG BERRY DRYER BALLS: Bog Berry dryer balls reduce dryer time. The more you use, the faster your clothes dry! They also soften clothes while reducing static and wrinkles. You can even apply essential oils before tossing them in the dryer to lightly scent your laundry and eliminate germs. The more you use, the faster your clothes dry! Unlike other dryer balls, Bog Berry dryer balls are NOT made of yarn, which eventually unravels.

7.    SOUTHERN CRAFT CREAMERY HANDCRAFTED ICE CREAM: If you visit the Florida Panhandle, you must try this ice cream! You’ll thank me! Check the website for a list of retailers that stock pint size containers for $10.

8.    AWAY LUGGAGE: Away Luggage is a beautiful and intelligent design that includes a phone charger and a separate compartment for dirty laundry. The design is sleek, roomy, hard-sided and four-wheeled.  A single charge to the suitcase provides more than five for your phone. This bag is not my preferred choice for my job as a flight attendant. I use my Rimowa Salsa for work. The Away brand is my choice for personal travel.

9.    GJELINA: COOKING FROM VENICE, CALIFORNIA by Travis Lett: Gjelina is one of my favorite restaurants in Venice, California. The cookbook has Gjelina’s most-requested recipes, including their famous pork meatballs braised in red wine and tomato and butterscotch pots de crème with salted caramel. If you visit the Los Angeles area, I definitely recommend dining at Gjelina.

10.  CAPPELLOS CHOCOLATE CHIP PALEO COOKIES: I’m a big fan of Cappello’s, a Denver-based gluten-free specialty foods company. Their products taste amazing! I love their Paleo chocolate chip cookie dough. I have tried several paleo cookie recipes and most did not bake properly or taste very good. Not the case with Cappello’s cookie dough. You can find Capello’s online or at select grocery stores nationwide. A complete list of retail locations is located on the website.

11.  STOWAWAY COSMETICS: Stowaway Cosmetics is a unique collection of makeup made up of only miniatures. Pinky-size lipsticks, cigarette-length eyeliners, and blush no bigger than a silver dollar are all included in the Stowaway basics collection. In addition, you’ll find BB creams, mascaras, and concealers.  Great for travel and great for your skin all at the same time!

12.  THE BAKER’S APPENDIX by Jessica Reed: I collect cookbooks from all over the world and this handy reference guide makes converting recipes quick and easy. It features conversion charts, substitutions, common ingredient weights in cups and grams, and more of those little details we are always scrambling to look up on our iPhones, with floury, buttery fingers!

What are you loving lately? Tell me in the comments!

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