southern spirits : robert f. moss

A super over-due look at a book about…drinking! Drinking in the South, to be specific. Southern Spirits is a detailed look at the history of drinking in the South… What I loved: This book contains 40 recipes for classic (and a few unexpected) cocktails. all tied to chapters of the book. I spied this book on the back counter of…

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the 2017 reading challenge fail + new books

Remember that time that my brother challenged me to read 100 books by the end of October 2017? Yeah, so that didn’t happen. As we sit squarely in the middle of October, I think my total is probably right around…12. I have lots of great reasons why I didn’t achieve the goal, but I won’t bore you with those. I…

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my brother challenged me to read 100 books…

At the end of last October, I got a text from my little brother, offering up the challenge that we should both read 100 books in a year's time. By the end of December, we each had read approximately 1.5 books, so we considered those two months a head start. I can't say that 2017 is on pace to meet the…

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fall reads : october 2016

I've been reading & listening quite a bit this month. I've still got titles from my Summer reading list waiting for attention…but I chose to simply go where my attention led me.  French Kids Eat Everything – I picked up the Kindle edition on sale after a few conversations about our frustrations with the Littles' eating habits. Too much snacking,…

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the universe has your back : gabrielle bernstein

I've been a Gabby Bernstein fan since I read her first book, Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness. I've even traveled to see her speak & had one of her books signed. It's fair to say that her books were instrumental in me surviving the first few pre-&-post divorce years. Her latest book releases today. I…

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summer reading : 2016

Those who know me well may gasp at this reading list, what with all the fiction. It honestly wasn't a conscious choice at first, but rather a reflection of the vibe of life right now. If I had to sum it up, I'd say it's less the frantic pace of improve, learn, grow and more a cadence of be present, enjoy,…

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the more of less : joshua becker

Dan and I don't live a completely minimalist lifestyle, but we do make a concerted effort to have less stuff. When we moved from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom house, we promised each other that we wouldn't fill every space. We're thoughtful about what we buy, and prioritize the experience of living over the materialism of living. I've…

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the taco cleanse : prevent or reverse taco deficiency!

While most of the world was kicking off their NY resolutions to eat healthier, Dan & I were in Mexico enjoying all the eating & drinking, courtesy of our all-inclusive resort. Now that we're back to "real" life, we're returning to our salad & fish habits…with infrequent episodes of eating chocolate chips out of the bag, and finishing a bottle…

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the surrender experiment : michael singer

What would happen if you met resistance with surrender? That's essentially the question that Michael Singer set out to answer in his real-life Surrender Experiment. As he explains, "This experiment would not be about dropping out of life; it would be about leaping into life to live in a place where we are no longer controlled by our personal fears…

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#summer15 reading list | still in process…

I had the best of intentions. For reals. I thought that I'd spend a lot of time this summer reading by river, reading on planes, reading at the gym….and I just, well, didn't. I finished a couple of the above books – Light is the New Black and The ADHD Advantage. Neither really resonated with me – LITNB started strong,…

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Divorce the Divorce : Gloria Marie Pierson

I’m going to cut to the chase on this one: if I had written a book nearly 3 years ago when I divorced, this book would be its twin. During the build-up and the aftermath, I had countless conversations with my best friends about doing the work. This book is all about that work. Even if you’re NOT divorced, and…

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#summer15 reading

  The Art of Asking | Happiness for Beginners | Lessons from Madame Chic | The ADHD Advantage | The Surrender Experiment | Better Than Before | The Boys in the Boat | Light is the New Black That's my #summer15 reading list. Part spiritual. Part inspirational. Part educational. I'll let you know how it goes! What's on your #summer15…

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a modern way to eat : anna jones

I definitely have a thing for cookbooks. This one might be my new favorite. Here's why… 1. It's GORGEOUS. Stunning photography.  2. It's huge. 352 pages. 200+ recipes.  3. It's more than a cookbook – it's inspiration to eat well. 4. It's vegetarian. Like, duh.  5. It's real food. Full-of-greens fritters. Springtime wild garlic and lemon risotto. Food that you…

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listening lately.

I've been on a bit of an audio book kick lately. My commute isn't long, but I really dislike listening to the radio…so audiobooks (and/or podcasts) are a nice alternative. Here's what I've finished, and what I'm still listening to… The Fringe Hours – I had heard about this book from several bloggers, but had kind of put it in…

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living with intent : mallika chopra

"The road to intentional living is paved with bumps, potholes, flat tires, and detours; perfection isn't a stop on that road. " – Mallika Chopra, Living with Intent What I loved: The realness of Mallika's story, despite (and as the result of) having a famous father, and raising her family in a privileged lifestyle. The common thread that links all…

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the life changing magic of tidying up : marie kondo

It seems as though everyone that I know (and every blogger that I read) has read, or is reading, this book. I ordered it shortly after moving into my apartment, after I'd already done so much decluttering & organizing during the move. I knew that it might be a little out-there, but I'm often a little out-there, so… what I…

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what I’m reading…

I've been trying to find pockets of time for reading – on planes, while drinking my first cup of coffee, and/or just before going to sleep. The books that I'm bouncing between right now… The Motivation Manifesto – I started reading this one on a recent trip to CA. It's a little more "flowery" than I expected, but otherwise right…

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three simple goals : november

When I've gotten around to writing monthly goals (which sadly, is NOT every month), I've committed to four simple goals. This month gets three – a nod to a schedule that is already super busy and an effort to show myself a bit of kindness by not stacking the expectations too high. 1. Winterize Daily Routines – winter demands an entirely…

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finding calm in the chaos.

Meditation has become such a practice in my life that I can no longer remember when I didn't practice. I did a quick blog search to see if I could find a "hey, I just started sitting!" post…but didn't land on anything.  I sit nearly every day. Sometimes for just a few breaths, sometimes for a guided meditation, and sometimes…

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