July 19, 2017

Recently Read

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My reading habits have gone downhill pretty quickly as of late because by the time I sit down to relax I'm honestly just wanting to zone out and turn off my brain completely.  Insert HGTV and other mindless TV shows we've been watching in the evenings.  But, I did want to share three page turners I have read recently in case you're looking for a book to take with you on vacation or just wanting to pick up your next read! 

Nest by Terry Goodkind

I got this one as a Christmas gift and was excited to dive into a new book.  This one is set in Chicago,  has a little bit of mystery, suspense and action.  It starts out with a murder that exposes a much larger plot and some rather unsavory things about human nature.  The author dives deep into some of the details which made it a bit slow at times, but I found that I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to know how it ended!  I think I read somewhere that this one will become a series, and if so, I'm excited to read the sequels as well.

The Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner

I saw someone recommend this on snapchat as a quick, suspenseful read so I decided to download it to my Kindle.  Although this was not my favorite book on this list, I did find myself unable to put it down because I just had to figure out what happen to the main character.  I thought I had everything figured out several times throughout the book, but the ending did surprise me a bit!  This is the perfect book to read on the beach or while traveling this summer.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

When I picked this one up I found the receipt from when I bought it back in 2014.  Why it took me so long to read this book I have no idea because holy cow, it is so good!  They've recently turned this into a 7 part series on HBO and the cast (Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman) is what sparked me to pick up the book again.  It's the perfect mixture of mystery, crime and "small town" gossip.  Since finishing the book, Kyle and I have watched the series and while I loved the series, I think the book is much, much better!

Have you read any of these, if so, what do you think?  And always, send me your recommendations as I'm always looking for new books! 


July 17, 2017

Aerial Silks Class at Yogi Barre

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A few weeks ago we had a Pure Barre team bonding event where we took an aerial silks class at Yogi Barre and I had quite a few questions from friends and family about it, so I thought I would share my experience with you!

July 14, 2017


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Remember that good news I mentioned in my last Life Lately post?  Well, here it is - we're moving back to Texas!  We shared our good news with our family and friends and I'm so excited to finally share it with you!  We always knew that getting back to Texas was something we eventually wanted to do, but really had no idea of when or how it was going to come about.  Recently the opportunity presented itself and we were overjoyed at the idea of being closer to our family and friends!

July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017

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I know the Anniversary Sale posts can be a little (or a lot) overwhelming this time of year because every blogger and their mom decides to post about all these fall essential pieces you need when its about a million degrees outside.  And before you jump on me because I've done posts like this in the past, I'm changing it up this year -  no collages and no #musthaves list - I'm simply going to share with you what I try on in store or spot online, how it fits and whether or not I actually think its a good buy.  Now before we get started, I wanted to preface all of this by saying I'm here to give you my honest review of things.  I always look to fellow bloggers and other consumer's reviews before purchasing and that's something I really appreciate when shopping, so I want to give you the same courtesy!