I have been working on my living room decor, and as it develops, I would say I have been very inspired by white and blue French country. The colors really calm me, and the style makes me feel at home.
My whole home is blue, grey, white with a few accent colors. I really feel like it lightens my mood and encourages my creativity!
I will be doing a before and after soon (check out my bedroom here) of my living room, but I wanted to share some pieces that I have been eyeing. Since I have moved in, I have bought a new couch, curtains and media stand.
I want a new chair and a new coffee table very badly, but I also need to get little decor pieces and add things to the walls.
Here are a couple of inspirational pins:
Here is my little wishlist inspiration board! The photo below is completely shoppable!
If you read yesterday’s post about my free planner, you would now my sisters are moving in with me VERY SOON.
Besides cleaning, painting and savoring my last moments of living alone, I have been planning for a smooth transition. This has included a planner, plus my favorite home living apps.
My sisters are moving from our hometown of 199 people to a city with more than 150,000. I remember my first move, and it is a culture shock. Stores are within minutes away, and you don’t have to plan trips to town.
We are also going to be on crazy different schedules. They will be coming to and from class, and I will be working my full time job.
As one of my many efforts to keep us all on one page, I made them download four apps. These apps are great for families who are trying to sort out any disfunction!
These are all available on Apple, but I am not an Android user, so you would have to double check if you have a a Android device!
This app allows you to add things to your calendar and share it with the group. The team admin creates a group and invites the family to add the app. Once everyone is in, you can add to the schedule, photos, recipes, grocery list and check the weather.
This is app is great for anyone who lives in a neighborhood.
The Nextdoor is app is your one stop shop to know what is going down in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. People post warning about crime, issues in the community, items for sale and much more.
You can also upload your pet into their online database, so if your pet goes missing, whoever finds your pet can look at the database and contact you. It also has great functions for holidays and when a disaster strikes.
The WeDo app is great for managing lists. My app has lists of what’s coming in the mail, projects, cleaning needs and all sorts of stuff. This is a great app for making sure everything that needs to get done, gets done!
In a roommate situation, Venmo is a godsend. It is an easy way to pay people back without having cash. Plus, you have a record of what has been paid for or not. For example, when we go grocery shopping, I can pay for the whole bill, and my sisters can Venmo me their share.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read.
She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle.
They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together.
The boys go to school, join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell.
But soon the little missteps—the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters—become sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then violent.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor – engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven – but the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.
A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the marriage of one of them.
A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other.
A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer.
A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind.
From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – never has. She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great-aunt left to her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a ‘changeling’ who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there. ‘I need a big wind that could turn into a cyclone because today I’m going to visit Yellow Road and Emerald Street. I
n The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the cyclone carried Dorothy to Oz, and she followed the Yellowbrick Road to the Emerald Palace to find her way home.’ It doesn’t work. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic.
And so Vivian sets off on a new quest: to find a friend. A very specific kind of friend. ‘WANTED: Friend Called Penelope. Must Enjoy Talking Because I Don’t Have Much to Say. Good Sense of Humour Not Required Because My Laugh Is A Work in Progress. Must Answer to Penelope: Pennies Need Not Apply.’ A Penelope replies, but will the two women become friends?
Will she make a connection with another person in this world so she can stop searching for a portal to another one? She sets off for their first meeting. ‘I huddle and tighten myself against the wind and think up ways to describe it to Penelope. Is a “rape” of a wind too strong for the first sentence of a first meeting?’ Rooted in Dublin’s Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness and friendship and hope.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund.
When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.
If you have read any of the above books, let me know!
Every once in a while, there comes a time in your life where you don’t know what to watch next – especially after a few good movies. You may have just completed a 2-week binge on a series, and now you do not know what to do.
The summer months put a lot of college students in this predicament. Luckily for you all, I have watched so many things, so I can recommend you my favorites.
This is my summer must watch list on Netflix! I tried to include very summer-feeling movies, but some are just good it doesn’t matter!
Check out the questions below, find the one that applies to you, and watch it on Netflix! GO!
Do you want to feel like a whimsical child again with one of the new Disney movies?
Do you want feel slightly creeped out until all of sudden your head spins and your jaw hits the floor?
Do you want to watch some history in television that will make you Google to make sure it’s based on a real story?
Do you want to watch a cult classic movie that’s a little messed up?
Do you want to cry for the next week straight and go through a couple of boxes of Kleenex?
Do you want to see a ugly part of society that doesn’t get to feature in movies very often?
We Need to Talk about Kevin
Do you want some good ole sci-fi with a classic love triangle?
Do you want to watch a feel-good girly movie that will make you feel like going out?
For a Good Time Call…
Do you want to watch a mystery/or are a fan of Shailene Woodley?
White Bird in a Blizzard
Do you want to scream, “Oh My God Kristen Bell, Dont! Just Dont!”?
So this is the list! Let me know which ones you have watched or if you watched any of these! Plus, send me any recommendations! I challenge you to recommend something I have not seen!