Five Fantastic Podcasts

Over the past couple of years, I’ve started listening to a number of different podcasts. Podcasts are perfect for when I’m driving around running errands, doing mundane tasks at home, or when I’m taking a long walk with our dog. Today I’m sharing some of my favorites, both old and new.

Five awesome podcasts you should check out.

Five amazing podcasts that you should check out.

What Should I Read Next 

Anne Bogel is the author of the very popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the voice behind this fabulous weekly podcast. Both are chock full of book recommendations, which I appreciate as an avid reader. So many of the great titles I pick up are books I heard about from Anne. Each week she interviews a fellow book lover, asking her guest to share three books they love, one book they hate and what they’re reading now. After some discussion, she then gives the guest three book recommendations. If you need an endless to-be-read list, then I highly suggest you tune in. read more

What I’m Reading: March 2017 Book Recommendations

One of my favorite podcasts is What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel, the blogger behind Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ve gotten so many wonderful book recommendations from Anne’s blog and her podcast does not disappoint. The only problem now is the length of my to-be-read list, but in my opinion, that’s a good problem to have 🙂

Four great book recommendations.

The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawlon

In 1930, New York Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater disappeared, never to be seen again. Each year on the anniversary of his disappearance, his widow, Stella, would raise a toast to him at a bar he frequented. Lawlon drew from the facts surrounding true events to create a fictionalized account of Crater’s mysterious disappearance. The story centers around the involvement of three women in Judge Crater’s life: his wife, Stella; their maid, Maria; and Crater’s showgirl mistress, Ritzy. Lawlon’s version of the events seem completely plausible and keep the reader guessing until the end about which of these women was actually involved in Crater’s disappearance. It moves at just the right speed, and I recommend it if you’re looking for a good who-dun-it. read more

Patio Plans

January marked two years since we moved into our house! I can’t believe it’s already been that long. We had a lot of work done before we moved in, and one of the areas that we focused on was our back yard. The yard was fine, but felt very compact without a lot of open space. We gutted the yard apart from three trees and started from scratch. One of our goals is to finish the patio area so it’s fully functional by this summer.

Our yard has been updated quite a bit and now we're focusing on the patio.

Looking into the yard from the kitchen door, you can see how little open grass there was. The retaining walls were a good 7-8 feet from the fence line and even more in some places. This raised wooden deck had seen better days. Although the tree with the circular bench was pretty, with two young kids, our priority was to have an open space where we can run and play. read more

Master Bath Refresh

Ever since the start of the new year, I’ve been on a cleaning and organizing streak. Between hosting over the holidays and the general busyness, our house felt like a hot mess. Cleaning helped, but also drew my attention to areas that really need some extra attention. As I focus on specific areas of the house, it’s helpful to have a plan to map out specific tasks. Today, I’ll share with you how I recently tackled our master bath.

Deep cleaning and reorganizing the master bathroom makes it a much more functional and tranquil space.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my sneak peek of one of our newly reorganized bathroom drawers. Our master bathroom has a good amount of storage, but was so cluttered that the drawers were practically overflowing. The cabinets were just as bad. After gathering some inspiration for organizing the bathroom, I figured out my action plan. I spray painted a bunch of plastic containers I had on hand and got down to business . read more

Fantastic Chapter Book Series for Kids

I’ve been reading to my kids since they were born. Literally. I would read to them in the NICU just so they could hear the sound of my voice. I’ve always loved to read so it only made sense to instill that same love in my own children. We’ve read many of my favorite children’s books and discovered some wonderful new titles along the way. Now that they’re a little older, we’ve moved up to chapter books.

Great chapter book series for kids. These are great for kids to read on their own or for reading aloud together.

For reference, my daughter is in third grade but has a fourth-seventh grade reading level so some of the books on this list are more challenging. She’s a bona fide book worm just like her mama so she enjoys the higher level books, but we’re careful to stick to books with content appropriate for her age. My kindergartener is a beginning reader so it’s only within the last year that we’ve been reading chapter books together. Here are some of our favorite series so far. read more