Books, Daily Happenings, Recipes

Friday Night Fires

Happy Saturday! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day 🙂

It wasn’t cold yesterday morning but I was in the mood for some oatmeal. Well that and there’s no milk in the fridge so I can’t make overnight oats. But a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and peanut butter really hit the spot.

Friday morning was one of those days where I felt like I sat down and barely stopped working until lunch. I’m not complaining since the morning flew by. For lunch I had another turkey sandwich. If you like sandwiches I recommend trying this swirl bread. It’s pumpernickel and rye together and actually really good. I was a little nervous to try it at first but I’ve been loving it for my sandwiches this week.

After work, I sat down to read for a bit. I started “Ghostwalk” by Recbecca Stott. So far so good! It’s a story about an author that is found dead and a ghostwriter takes over the book about Issac Newton and alchemy. It takes place in the current century with references to seventeenth century in Cambridge, England. I’m about a quarter of the way through so I will let you know more of how I feel when I get farther in! It was such a nice day so when I let the dogs out I grabbed a soccer ball. Gracie loves to chase a soccer ball so she was in heaven while I kicked it around the yard. Annie was barely interested in the tennis ball Alex threw her lol.

Last week, Erinn posted a recipe for burgers so Alex and I made them last night. So good!! It was basically a bacon cheeseburger but with the bacon and cheese mixed in. Y’all should check out the recipe and make them for yourself.

We quickly cleaned up dinner and went to start a bonfire. Well I didn’t start it but I watched Alex start it 😉 His friend came out as well so we sat outside and enjoyed the bonfire. Even though the weather was in the high 80s during the day, it cooled off at night so we could have a fire. Once the fire died down we went inside and fell asleep.

Question of the day: Have you ever tried almond or cashew butter? I always get peanut butter but I feel like I should branch out and don’t know what to try!

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

We Need Two Grilled Cheeses Stat!

Happy Friday! Just a few more hours until the weekend. Have a great day 🙂

Alex and I are so happy you enjoyed our first date story that was posted yesterday! It’s crazy how things can change in a year.

The morning started out like most but someone was very excited to wake up with his dogs as you can see. Alex has wanted to get a puppy for a while and the idea has slowly grown on me. Dog sitting for his parents has only made puppy fever worse for us. For breakfast, we made bacon and eggs since we both had a little extra time before I had to leave.

At work, I got a little distracted and saw this Buzzfeed article about things people hate at work. Some many of these are so relatable it’s crazy. Check it out if you want a laugh 🙂 This week has been employee appreciation week and sandwiches were being brought in for lunch. I grabbed a turkey sandwich but I kinda wish I had just made my own since I would’ve been able to put everything I like on it but oh well! I did bring my usual carrots, pretzels and hummus which helped to fill me up.


After work I was ready to move. I quickly changed and headed out for a 4 mile run. It felt hard since it was hotter and more humid than it has been recently. About 3/4 of the way into the first mile, I had to stop to take off my shirt. For a while it seemed like sports bra weather was gone but I guess not. I held a pretty decent pace through all of my miles so I can’t complain too much.

When I got home I stretched and foam rolled before hopping in the shower. My legs felt heavy again so I wanted to foam roll a decent amount throughout the night. I went upstairs to shower and Grace followed me right into the bathroom which was cute. During my shower I saw the shower curtain move and saw a nose poke through. I turned the water off and Annie was waiting for me. It was so cute!

We planned to have pasta for dinner last night but there was nothing to add to it that would’ve tasted good or sauce (Alex didn’t want pesto) so we switched to grilled cheese. Except the only bread options in the house was whole grain with seeds and a swirl bread of pumpernickel and rye. A certain somebody does not like bread that has seeds in it so grilled cheese was out too. At that point it was late and we were hungry so we just said screw it and drove to Teddy’s, a diner in town. We used to go there all the time and would jokingly say that we would walk in and tell the owner “George we need two grilled cheeses stat!”. Last night was one of those nights where we jokingly were going to say that. Guys, grilled cheese from a diner is so much better than grilled cheese from home. It’s a good thing we don’t live to close to Teddy’s or our waistbands would be expanding.

When we got back, I changed back into pjs (obviously) and we cuddled up on the couch to finish “The Accountant”. I finished “Fate and Furies” last night too. I’m mixed with the book. Lauren Groff’s writing style wasn’t my favorite but the story was good and well written. The end I did not see happening either so that was a plus about the book as well.

Question of the day: Do you run in just a sports bra? I ran all four years in high school and it was normal to do it but I know not everyone thinks that way. 

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

I Think Summer Is Ending

Happy Tuesday! Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Have a wonderful day 🙂

It felt weird waking up in Alex’a parents house, even though I have slept there plenty of times before. I guess when you’re used to home anything feels weird. The only down side to house sitting is that it’s farther away from work than our apartment. Luckily I wasn’t too rushed to get out the door! Guys – fall is here in New Jersey. It wasn’t even 50° on the drive to work, I had the heat on! Granted the heat was to help get rid of condensation on the car’s window but still. I hope this doesn’t mean the winter will be brutally cold.


I left work a little early to go to a doctor’s appointment. Does anyone else feel like all of their yearly check ups fall around back to school even though you’re done with school? No, just me? Okay haha. But seriously I should work on adjusting them so appointments don’t fill up so fast. I had a goal to be out on my run by 5 but of course I got stuck behind a super slow driver so I missed the goal. After my two miles, I came back and dug into some watermelon as a snack. I’m trying to soak up the last bit of summer by having the quintessential summer fruit a few more times!


Alex’s parents have some premarinated meat in their freezers so we took out a teriyaki pork tenderloin to grill. To keep it real for just a minute, Alex and I planned all of our meals around what we could grill since we’re only allowed to have an electric grill in our apartment. Nothing against an electric grill but it’s not the same as a true grill. Alex was completely in his element last night out by the grill. Oh my gosh, I forgot how good grilled pork tenderloin tastes! The marinade made it so tender and juicy. I’m not even mad about the leftovers I can enjoy later in the week 😉

Once dinner was cleaned up I started to type of this post. Alex was working on school work so I looked at potential movies we could watch afterwards. I also read my book for a bit! I raided the bookshelves in the house for a book to read and landed on “Fate and Furies” by Lauren Groff. It follows a couple over their marriage of 22 years and then something happens to test their marriage. I know that’s not a very good review but I just started it. We decided to watch “The Accountant” with Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, and J.K. Simmons. It’s a good movie! We only watched about half since it was getting late, and I dozed off for a bit oops. It wasn’t even 10 o’clock when that happened so if anyone has ways to not fall asleep while watching a movie at night, help a girl out.

Question of the day: What is one fruit (or other food) that always reminds you of summer? 

Books, Tips

How Much Did The Library Save Me?

Hi friends! Thank you for stopping by the blog today. Have a great day 🙂

Today is a little bit different of a post. As you know, I’m an avid reader and take many trips to the library. A few weeks ago, Alex and I were talking and the topic of reading came up. We were talking about how getting books from the library instead of buying them saves a bunch of money. While I know it saves money, I didn’t know how much. So for the month of August, I wrote down every book I read and the price. Although the books may be cheaper now, I took the price from what was on the book. If no price was visible I looked at Barnes and Noble’s website for their current price.

I wrote a summary of the story (without spoilers!) so you can see if any of these books are of interest to you. Enjoy 🙂


“Defending Jacob” $28.00

Andy Barber is an assistant district attorney who is assigned a boy’s murder case. While murder cases are nothing new to him, the boy, Ben, is from his hometown and in the same class as his son Jacob. When Jacob is arrested for Ben’s murder, Andy tries to protect and defend his son.


“Big Little Lies” $26.95

“Big Little Lies” follows three women with children in the same kindergarten class. One, Jane, is new to town while the other two, Celeste and Madeline, know each already. Each of the woman are dealing with their own set of problems. Celeste and Madeline befriend Jane quickly which impacts their lives more than they thought.


“Eat Move Sleep” $24.95

Thomas Rath organizes different studies and gives his personal experiences with health. He describes how what we eat, how we move, and our sleep habits are all related. In order to be healthy, it’s important to work on all three aspects. If you’d like a more in depth review you may find it here.


“The Opposite of Love” $25.00

Julie Buxbaum writes a light hearted novel about a girl who is afraid to commit. Emily breaks up with her boyfriend when he hints at a proposal. Thinking that she is fine, she throws herself into work and convinces herself that she’s better off alone. If you want a feel good, easy read I recommend this!


“A Friend of Mr. Lincoln” $27.95

Stephen Harrigan tells the story of a friend of Abraham Lincoln before he became the president. Cage Weatherby is a poet who is there with Lincoln while courting his future wife Mary Todd, ups and downs in his law career. I do enjoy historical fiction but I’ve read some by other authors that I enjoy more.


“All is Vanity” $24.95

Christina Schwarz takes a different approach to a story about friendship. Margaret is a teacher who quit her job to write a novel. She finds it incredibly difficult to get a good story. Her best friend since childhood, Letty, lives in California with her husband and four children. Letty and Margaret tell each other about their lives but Margaret takes a lot of interest in Letty’s life. The entire story, I was curious how their friendship would end. There was never a part in the story where I found it boring or predictable. I enjoyed Schwarz’s writing style and will be checking out more of her books in the future.


“Luckiest Girl Alive” $25.00

The novel follows the story between present day Ani and when she was a teenager. According to Barnes & Noble’s website, critics said that if you like “Gone Girl” then you would like this book. I got tired of “Gone Girl” but loved “Luckiest Girl Alive”. I was really curious how the past would affect Ani in her current life. To be honest, I was not expecting for a reveal that came towards the end at all. The ending I thought would happen didn’t. If you want a suspenseful novel but not one that is super creepy or violent, read this!


“The Obsession” $18.06

I forgot to write down the price of this before returning to the library. $18.06 was the price for a hardcover copy on Barnes and Noble’s website at the time this was written. 

I had never read a book by Nora Roberts but I will read more after this! Naomi found out a terrible secret her father was keeping right before her 12th birthday that completely changed her life. She is a photographer that lives with her mother’s maiden name instead of her fathers. Naomi tried to distance herself from her father’s crimes but they have always followed her. Part suspense, part love story, the novel is a story of someone who has to face the past with part that she did not choose.


“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” $8.99

I adored everything about this book. I tend to have a hard time picking favorites of things but this book is 110% on my list of books that I think everyone needs to read. John Boyne tells a story of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child who doesn’t understand what is happening in his world. His father’s job promotion uprooted his life and he doesn’t understand why. You probably recognize this title since it was made into a movie. I want to watch the movie but I have a feeling I will cry during it. If you haven’t I truly think you should read this.


“All the Light We Cannot See” $27.00

I first heard about this book a few years ago when my mom received it for Christmas from one of her sister (or their husband I don’t remember). We’re big readers in the family ha! Anyways, this is another historical fiction based on World War II. It follows Marie-Laure who went blind at a child and her father built her a to scale model of the city she lives in so that she would be able to venture out on her own without getting lost. Warren was in an orphanage who rebuilds radios and other items that is then recruited to help the Nazis. Their lives intersect during the war. Anthony Doerr beautifully writes about two people who are extremely different with different paths but their good people underneath everything.


“Secret Daughter” $13.99

Somer is a doctor in San Francisco who discovers she cannot get pregnant after suffering two miscarriages. Khavti is a mother in India who gives birth to a daughter she cannot care for. These women go through difficult times to provide a life for the child they want but can’t have the way they want to have one. Told in a 20 year span, as their lives change and through different hardships motherhood is still their top priority. Shilpi Somaya Gowda tells the story about a mother and daughters bond whether biological or through adoption. It’s a heart warming story that I really enjoyed.


“Calico Joe” $24.95

I had never read a book by John Grisham but I will check out more after this. Calico Joe is a nickname given to Joe Castle, a rookie who gets called up to the Chicago Cubs and captures all of baseball’s attention. Paul is just a child when this is happening and his father plays for the New York Mets. His father and Joe had one meeting and it ended someone’s career.

Total Saved: $275.79

Over the month of August I read 12 books which I got for free through the library. Had I bought a copy of them all, I would have spent just $275! Don’t get me wrong, I love buying a new book to read but I would go broke very quickly if I bought ever book I read. If you don’t utilize the public library near you, start! Aside from just books, I use the library as well to rent movies so we don’t have to pay a few dollars if we want to watch one on pay per view.

Question of the day: What’s the best book you read last month?