Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Review - "Bloom: Navigating Life and Style" by Estee Lalonde (#4- 2017)

Picked this up on a whim, I've never heard of Estee even though I'm a YouTube-a-holic (I know, I know...).  A quick read about her background and how she started her blog and YouTube channel with some decorating, beauty, style, fashion, etc tips along the way.  Nothing groundbreaking here, but it was a good, interesting read.  Would recommend it for a quick, fun read.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Review - "Diana: Her True Story - In Her Own Words" by Andrew Morton (#3 - 2017)

It has been 20 years since Princess Diana passed away, so it seemed like a good idea to finally read this book.  I picked up the 25th anniversary edition, which includes edited transcripts of her interviews for the original book, her biography and then the aftermath of her death.  It was a very interesting read especially so long after she passed away.  I remember exactly where I was when she died and I remember feeling so bad for her boys.  It was a hugely sad time.  And it really hits home now that I'm in my 40s that she was only 36 when she died.  Just too young.  If you are at all interested in Diana or the Royal family then be sure to pick this up.  I won't say it was my favorite read ever, but I'm glad I did read it.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Book Review - "Time Is a River" by Mary Alice Monroe (#2 - 2017)

Time Is a River by Mary Alice Monroe

The story of Mia Landan, breast cancer survivor who just attended a fly-fishing retreat for cancer survivors.  She left the retreat to return home early and found her husband with another woman.  Devastated she returned to the retreat in the NC mountains and her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson, said she could stay in the cabin she just inherited that once belonged to her grandmother who she never knew.  The cabin is tucked away in an lovely mountain setting near a perfect fly-fishing spot.  However the cabin is old and neglected and needs some TLC.  Belle's grandmother was a legendary fly-fisherwoman and journalist, until she was accused of murdering her lover and her life was in ruins.  She retreated to the cabin and after her death the cabin was locked up for decades.  Until Mia started cleaning and finding clues to who Kate was and what really happened.  I loved this book, it was really a little vacation in your mind, I can't recommend it enough!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend 2017 Sales Roundup

Haven't done this in a while (so busy getting used to new job routine and now school starting) anyway, here are some great sales going on over Labor Day weekend!

Bath and Body Works - 25% off entire order using code AIRISCRISP and also up to 50% off select items. Ends 9/4/2017. See site for details.

Kate Spade - Take an extra 30% sale styles using code GOLDEN Ends 9/5/2017. See site for details.  There are some awesome kitchen items in the sale, just adorable.

Erin Condren - Big sale going on, 20% off select items and 50% off acrylic and art prints.  I just ordered this for me and this for my daughter for our desks.  So many great things in this sale that can be personalized (start thinking about holiday gifts)! If you've never ordered from Erin Condren before (I'm totally enamored with the planners), here's a link for $10 off your first purchase (it's a referral link) .…/invite/jenniferdurham1111

Anthropologie -Take an extra 40% off sale items at Anthropologie for a limited time. See site for details.

Vera Bradley - 50% off all sale styles, prices as marked. See site for details.

Cole Haan - Take an extra 40% off sale styles use code SAVE . I swear by their Grand shoes. I own and love these , these (in black), these (in black not on sale but the pink is so pretty), and these (I LOVE these and wear them so much). See site for details.

Turkish T - 30% off entire site use code LABORDAY30 ends 9/4. See site for details.

Williams Sonoma - 20% off your order and free shipping use code FALL . See site for details.

Johnny Cupcakes - Labor Day Bake Sale, tees starting at $9.99. Ends 9/5/2017. See site for details.

Neiman Marcus - End of Summer sale with up to 65% off regular prices. Ends 9/4/2017. See site for details.

GiGi New York - Choose your own sale, take either 20% off with code LABOR20 or get a free gift with code LABGIFT plus free shipping and personalization. See site for details.

Uniqlo - Specials for this week here. I swear by these pants for work and their tees. See site for more details.

R. Riveter - Labor Day Sale. See site for details.

L.L. Bean - 25% off when you spend $50+ use code LABORDAY Ends 9/5/2017. See site for details.

Tarte - Get a peek at the Holiday collection and get free shipping. Ends 9/4/2017. See site for details.

Mark and Graham - Get an extra 30% off all sale items using code EXTRA30 or get free shipping using code SHIPFREE . Ends 9/4/2017. See site for details.

LOFT - 30% off full priced styles, no code needed. See site for details.

Brika - Take 10% off everything use code SECRET10 ends 9/4/2017. See site for details.

Not a sale but worth mentioning that MZ Wallace is donating 100% of proceeds from sales of the Green Camo Oxford collection to the American Red Cross to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey through 9/30/2017. I love MZ Wallace bags, they are so roomy and chic and lightweight.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Book Review - Vera Bradley Coloring Books (Round 2)

Disclosure: I received copies of these books for review. I only accept copies of books for review that look like something I would normally buy or check out at library.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Remember a couple of months ago I received two Vera Bradley coloring books to review?  Well since I'm a huge Vera Bradley fan and I loved the books, I was sent two more for review.  What I love about Vera Bradley doing coloring books is that they have tons of patterns to choose from and are able to group together into different books.  And they used not just the external patterns you see when the bags are being carried but the patterns used on the inside of the bags!  Here are the two books I received this time, "Seize the Day" and "Enjoy the Journey".

The inside of "Seize the Day" - this is my favorite of all the coloring books I've seen not only because it's got one of my favorite patterns on the cover (I have a tote in this pattern), but the patterns inside are more graphic than the other books.  Love!

Inside "Enjoy the Journey".

Again, I am super impressed by these books, the details and layouts are really nice. In addition to the four I've reviewed there are more books, see here.  I would totally recommend them if you are a Vera Bradley fan or if you know someone who is, they would be a great gift idea!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Review - Greenblender Smoothie Box

I decided to try out GreenBlender a couple of months ago because it sounded like a great solution to our ongoing breakfast problem.  The endless issue of my 9 year old not ever wanting to eat in the mornings, complaining about every option.  She loves smoothies so I thought "bingo!" this sounded like a great, easy option.  GreenBlender is a subscription service that delivers 5 smoothie recipes and the pre-portioned ingredients to make 10 smoothies each week.

Here's what the box looked like when I opened it.  Really nicely packaged and all the ingredients were well labeled and super fresh!

They include straws too!

Here are all the ingredients we got for the week.

The dry ingredients too!

Here's the first one we tried all blended up.

Y'all, I wanted to love this so much, but sadly I did not.  The chopped up cashews and other additions that are "chunkier" when blended just made me gag.  I hate the texture.  I think this is for someone who is trying to be way healthier than we are.  I mean, we wanted to be healthier, but it was too much of a leap from our usual smoothies we made with frozen fruit, yogurt and juice.  Baby steps, baby steps.  Now this would be perfect for people who are totally on a clean diet and are looking for some new smoothie recipes and ideas.  I LOVE the idea and the packaging and ingredients were high quality so I would recommend trying it if you are into clean eating!

Meanwhile, the search continues for breakfast options other than cereal...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review - Vera Bradley Coloring Books

Disclosure: I received copies of these books for review. I only accept copies of books for review that look like something I would normally buy or check out at library.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was super excited to be approached to review these books!  Not only am I a huge Vera Bradley fan, but honestly this is a logical fit for the brand.  They have a goldmine of patterns to choose from which are like familiar friends and you can either color them like they made them or color them your own way.  I received two books, "Paisley Patterns" and "Floral Patterns".  Aren't they pretty?

Now these aren't just coloring books, each has a great full color section in the beginning about color, supplies you might need, techniques you might want to use and a very handy gallery of patterns in their original colorways (for reference).  It's really well done and helpful.  It makes the book a little more special in my opinion.

 As you can see the pages are detailed and some include inspiring quotes.  In the very back are pretty gift cards and tags you can color then pop out to use.  A nice extra!

Overall, I was super impressed by these books, the details and layouts are really nice. These aren't the only ones they have, see more here.  I would totally recommend them if you are a Vera Bradley fan or if you know someone who is, they would be a great gift idea!  

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