January 8, 2016

A Few Friday Favorites

Yesterday was full of complaints, so today we're keeping things positive.

1. My birthday is Sunday. Which means I'm going to Athleta to buy a few treats and I got a new pair of boots too. There will also be ice cream cake. I have an idea for a new one and I hope it works.

2.  As is tradition for this blog, I'm giving away a $10 STARBUCKS CARD because it's my birthday.  This year, to be entered, you have to answer a question in the comments: What is your favorite book ever? I'm doing a winter reading challenge and need a "friend favorite" (See #3 on this list for why I'm asking you, a blogger).  I'll pick a winner by Monday!

3.  Have you tried the Slate Audio Book Club podcast?  Love it.  I'm not saying the people I see everyday don't read, but I don't generally make it a habit of getting into book conversations with people other than fellow bloggers.  The last time I got into a face-to-face conversation about books, the person talked about how beautifully written and sweet 50 Shades of Grey was.  It's really hard to come back from that.

So when I have the opportunity to listen to fellow readers discuss books I've read, and maybe no one I know has the desire to read, I jump on it. So far, I've listened to The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, Life After Life (helped tie up some potential loose ends!), The Martian (though I didn't read it), and All the Light We Cannot See (just to see why people seemed to like it so much).

4. And Rodan and Fields. I won a $50 gift card *just* for selling products.  There are more giveaways than I can keep track of each month and often my sponsor has to remind me to enter them because I forget that I'm eligible!
While RF is a form of multi-level-marketing, there's no quotas and you don't have to set up a stand at craft fairs or host parties in your home. It's a mostly virtual business; there's no paperwork! And you don't have to hold onto any products unless you want to. I have one drawer in the bathroom closet that holds R+F products.  The fact that I'm not personally responsible for boxes of products was what sold me on the business end of things.  And, you know, the fact that the products actually work.
If you're even a little bit interested in this opportunity, let me know...I'd love to chat with you about it.

What's your favorite thing this Friday?


  1. The kitchen house by Kathleen Grissom. Its so hard to choose just one book!

  2. The kitchen house by Kathleen Grissom. Its so hard to choose just one book!

  3. How beautifully written and sweet Fifty Shades of Grey was...insert cry-laughing emoji here.

    Cute new boots!!!

    My favorite book...how do you pick one?! I currently have a three-way tie between Unbroken, The Book Thief, and The Hiding Place. I guess if someone said I could only have one of those the rest of my life, it would be The Hiding Place, it's been a favorite since I was a kid.

  4. Hmm so hard to choose just one. So so so hard. Jane Eyre if I have to. Ask again tomorrow and the answer will be different.

    Have a fabulous birthday weekend! Love your new boots.

  5. ummmmmm i think you know what my favourite book ever is..... pride & prejudice hahaha.
    that audio book club looks amazing! i need to check it out. i went on a trip with 2 girlfriends a year or so ago and i was reading P&P (shocker) and one of the girls mentioned she was looking for a new book to read and I asked what was her favourite... she said 50 shades. I was like 'i have zero recommendations for you' hahahaha.
    those boots are super cute! happy early birthday, hope the weekend is fun :)

  6. People are stupid. I'm convinced anyone who loved 50 Shades of Grey that much must not be a reader. How can you not see how horrible written it was and how screwed their relationship was? Seriously people. It's impossible to pick a favorite book, but my favorite this past year was Kitchens of the Midwest.

  7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My daughter's middle name is Claire after the main character

  8. Wishes for a great birthday! Can't wait to hear about this ice cream cake :)

  9. "Good in Bed" by Jennifer Weiner is probably my favorite book. But I know it's not for everyone. :)

    Hope you have a great birthday weekend!!

  10. My favorite 'new' book is "The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared." Other than that, I'm mostly in love with books written 50-100 years ago...

    Happy happy birthday to you!

  11. I love Shake Hands With The Devil by Romeo Dallaire, it's non-fiction about the genocide in Rwanda and his brilliance and humanity just pours out of the book. Fiction wise I'd definitely recommend anything by Sophie Kinsella (except the last 2 Shopaholic books- eek!) and I'm currently re-reading Harry Potter and loving it so much!

    Happy Birthday!!

  12. I hope you are having an amazing weekend!


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