Thursday, January 18, 2018

Love. Read. Repeat.

Read outside your comfort zone. For the second year in a row, I'm partaking in read harder challenges. I'm reading translated novels, works published in different countries outside my own, more fiction by female authors, sci-fi short stories, essay collections and presidential bios. What have you been reading lately and what are you reading goals this year? And if you are local to the Palm Springs area or just visiting make sure and stop by Whitewater Park and join our Silent Book Club later this month!  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Eating in Season

Now that I've hit my thirties and I'm beginning to feel slightly paranoid about illnesses that run in my family, I'm trying to eat healthy and more holistically. It's not so much about looks (although, maybe a little) anymore but about the health of my skin and my body. A few years ago, my roommate introduced me to Eat Pretty and I've been swearing by their recipes, home remedies, and lists for grocery shopping. Just recently, I picked up Eat Pretty Every Day; I love the format in which it's written. It's the combination of a diary/guide to help promote healthy living and it breaks it up by season. Treat yourself or gift it to your friend, sister or mom. And if you rather shop by season, here's a grocery list of produce that is in it's prime right now.    

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up...

 complete relaxation mode.
 sunday calls for homemade waffles.
 spent most of my weekend here...
 reading old favorites...
this straw bag!

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in a desert." 
-Andrew Carnegie 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Morning...

Cheers to making it to Friday! Did you have smooth and easy week? I hope so, mine wasn't to great! I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, I haven't exactly been in the best mood lately. Between not feeling too great combined with ungrateful/annoying library patrons and parents letting their kids damage $150 of newly published books and fighting with me about it, I've had enough of this week. I'm ready to get my apartment back in order (keeping my fingers crossed the dry-wall is back up by the time I get home from work), put away the left over Christmas decorations, binge Mindhunters (I'm really late on this one), work on a few projects podcast and blog related and finish reading a terrible retelling of The Great Gatsby. What are you up too?

this week's favorites...

Even though I can't imagine the frigid temperatures and amount of snow the North East is getting, I sure do miss a beautiful snow storm. Meanwhile, here I am basically sun bathing in Palm Springs. 
These photographs of Central Park Tunnels have me in near tears of how much I miss the city.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Smile Please

Today's challenge is really simple. Make eye contact with five strangers and smile or do something nice for that person. Between politics and the state of our country - everyone is stressed, anxious, fed up and struggling (whatever that might mean). You may be having a tough day and the person next to you maybe having a bad day; but if you look at someone, really look at them and give them a friendly smile or gesture, it might just make their day. Have a good one, if there's one thing our world needs its connection, so please be kind and pay it forward.