May 29, 2018

The Unofficial Start of Summer!

Memorial Day weekend is when we remember all who courageously gave their lives for our freedom!  Growing up, in addition to the ceremonies at local VFW Posts I would attend, it was also the unofficial start of the summer, white shoes and bags could now be used!  If memory serves me correctly, I don’t remember many Memorial Day weekends that weather was not conducive to outdoor activities.  Unlike this Memorial Day weekend that challenged my balance, short sleeve shirts and shorts during the day, the fireplace on in the evening, and leaving home with an umbrella.  I’ve had a lot of time to read while recuperating and I thought with the summer approaching, I would share some of my favorite reads from previous weeks!

‘Simplified Life: Tactical Tools For Intentional Living by Emily Ley’

Yes, a self-help book by the creator of the Simplified Planner, a daily agenda. This is an easy read, totally relatable content that includes practical steps to simplify your life.  I found it to have useful ideas with the outline of steps to take one by one, day by day, easy to follow and doable.  Not a big fan of self-help books, but this one is a worthy read.  

‘Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes by Angela Liddon

I’ve mastered meatless Monday meals and needed to find quick and easy vegan recipes to add variety to my Monday menus.  I enjoyed the full-page pictures and the recipes I have tried have been full of flavor and satisfying.  I’ve only tried the Thai Crunch Salad, Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato, Smoothies, and Chia Pudding recipes and loved all!  

‘Design Your Life:  Creating Success Through Personal Style by Rachel Roy’

This was a grab and go on the bookshelf while I was exiting the library.  It encourages you to present yourself in your best way and therefore you will feel good about yourself.  I liked it!  The advice regarding developing your own personal style, given by way of tips on how to use clothing was rather interesting.  It is an easy read, I read it on the train in one round trip and took some good pointers away from the book.  

‘An Irish Country Courtship:  A Novel by Patrick Taylor

This was not the first book I’ve read from Taylor’s series of Irish Country Books. The books are set in Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland, during the 1960’s.  A general practitioner is mentoring a young doctor and you are entertained by the many characters they interact with.  It is a relaxing and humorous read, as you follow the goings on of the characters in this small and rural town.  

Have a great week!




  1. JACKIE SENICH says:

    Love the books!! Have a great week.

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