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Recent Reads

BooksAmy WileyComment

I absolutely love to read and enjoy swapping book recommendations with friends. Today I’m sharing some of my recent reads… and they are all over the place as usual. I loved some, I loathed some… I actually laughed AND cried. Spoiler alert… I saved the best for last on this list.

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Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

This was a book club selection by the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and had the same quirky, unpredictable feel.  The story takes you on a bit of a wild ride.  It’s an easy, quick read that will leave you guessing until the end.

I Will Carry You by Angie Smith

This is a book I’ve owned for a long time and gifted to friends who dealt with infant loss.  For many years I avoided reading it because I knew it would be extremely difficult.  I finally picked it up and yes, the tears came.  It’s a gut-wrenching, beautiful story of faith and deep love.  Not ever experiencing this kind of loss, I felt it gave me tools to help walk alongside friends who go through the unimaginable.  I was deeply touched by this one.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

This is a tough one for me to review.  Rachel Hollis is all the rage right now and this book had some great motivational tools and ideas.  On some levels it is inspiring.  In other ways I feel it’s deeply lacking.  A like-minded friend sent me this article which parallels a lot of my thoughts.  As with anything, approach this one with discernment.

Standing Strong by Teresa Giudice

Y’all.  I kind of want the time back I spent reading this book.  I found Turning the Tables to be somewhat fascinating, so when I spotted this one on display at the library, I grabbed it.  It’s all over the place.  Not a favorite.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

After reading Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, I was so excited to read this one and saw the Crazy Rich Asians movie in the middle of it.  These books are a delight, an indulgence, and too fun.  You must see the movie if you haven’t already.  If you are looking for a twisting, saucy series go ahead and grab the trilogy.

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Buy this right now along with a few extra copies to gift your girlfriends for Christmas.  Put on your best Draper James dress, pour yourself some sweet tea, and ENJOY.  This book is a delightful mix of Southern secrets, stories and recipes.  I loved it.  Turns out, Reese and I share an affection for hot rollers and calculating a cooking schedule for dinner parties.  She even has a darling collection to celebrate the book.  This one is a treasure.

Those are my most recent reads… what’s next on your reading list?

Movie Night: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Halloween, Movie NightAmy WileyComment

Certain seasonal movies are so classic, they bring a certain level of comfort when you watch them year after year. That’s the case with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for our family. My kids said this was the movie they were most excited about this year!

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Our table was simple but festive. I pull out these little figurines year after year.

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Another thing that is rapidly becoming a fall family tradition? Making super easy and delicious seasonal meals from Trader Joe’s. We had the pumpkin ravioli, sausage, Autumnal Harvest sauce, salad and garlic cheese bread. It all came together so quickly.

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It was a cozy kind of dinner, perfect for waiting on the Great Pumpkin!

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Our movie snack was hot chocolate and popcorn with some candy corn mixed in… simple pleasures of the season. I was delighted to find these bowls and mugs at Homegoods.

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What are your go-to Halloween movies? Check out last year’s Great Pumpkin movie night here.

Halloween Cereal Station & Tea Towels

Halloween, Cereal StationAmy WileyComment

I love the whimsical, silly side of Halloween. I pulled out all our decorations over the weekend and the house is feeling frightfully festive! Our Halloween Cereal Station is set up in the kitchen ready for quick breakfasts, after-school snacks and late-night treats.

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This time I went with Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs Bats, and Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini Wheats. We aren’t scared of a little sugar!

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The bowls are from the Target Dollar Spot and I adore them. The little words on the insides are the perfect extra touch.

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Simply putting the cereal in jars makes it so much easier to grab and so much more fun at the same time.

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I also swapped out my tea towel display for the season. I’m enjoying it but I would love to add a little more orange to the mix. Can you spot the Halloween flamingos?!

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Do you like your Halloween decorations spooky or silly?