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5 beauty picks under $15

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Looking for a few inexpensive beauty products to add to your routine?

I am working on upping my beauty game – less in a vanity way and more in a hey, you’ve been in the intense caring for babies phase of motherhood for 10 years and it’s time to take a few moments on yourself now way.  I started with the bigger things like making doctor appointments and getting my haircut, and now I’m slowing adding a few new products to update my beauty routine.

Probably like you, I value quality, but don’t spend a ton of money on beauty products. Back in the day before kiddos, I frequented the Nordstrom makeup ladies. Nowadays, I either grab a few things while running through Target or order on Amazon (thank you free prime shipping). So each of these 5 beauty picks are easy to find, affordable and tested by yours truly.

ONE / Boots No7 Perfectly Bronzed Pearls
give your skin a springtime glow with this subtle bronzing powder

TWO / Esse Tuck Me In Your Tux nail polish
clean, neutral nails are classic and my go-to

THREE / Biosilk Silk Serum
for shiny, silky hair (especially great for adding vibrancy back to your hair after winter)

FOUR / Maybelline Baby Lips Balm in Peach Kiss
swipe on this lip balm for fresh peachy color + moisturizer

FIVE / Rusk Wired Flexible Styling Creme
give flexible body and texture to your hair before or after styling

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Have you added any products to your beauty routine that you’ve loved? Please share!

(image inspiration from Angie at ACreativeBuzz.com)

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we mounted an ipad in the kitchen (and love it)

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I posted this photo on instagram late last week:

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I have a new dinner solution that I can’t wait to share with you! – but that’s not what got most attention in the photo. Instead, there were lots of questions about the ipad mounted in the background.

I have to admit that this was 100% Ryan’s idea. He is good at ideas. I wasn’t so sure about drilling into the beadboard and maybe don’t love how it looks, but sometimes function trumps form.

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And in this case, it is super functional. Now that the ipad is in the kitchen, it gets used all the time. I use it for recipes, looking up things when they pop into my mind while washing dishes, perusing pinterest, playing music on our wireless sound system.

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We used this articulating wall mount with this mounting bracket.

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Pop the ipad into this ipad mounting case and it attaches to the mounting bracket.

A couple of great things about this setup:

1. It is not bulky. When the wall mount is folded flat against the wall, it’s very low profile.

2. The ipad can be tilted up or down, mounted vertically or horizontally and the arm pulls in and out for whatever angle you prefer.

3. Having an ipad off the counter, but still within reach is super convenient. We had no idea how much we would use it.

So there you go, my instagram question-askers. That’s how we mounted the ipad.

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EARLIER THIS WEEK …

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answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had

I don’t know why I titled this post like that. It just sounded fun.

There are a handful of questions I get frequently and I thought I’d jot down all the answers here. Perhaps you’ve wondered about one of these things and now you’ll know the details.

Here you go …

Where is the living room couch from?

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We bought our pretty sofa a few years ago from Andella Home (it’s called the Audrey linen tufted chesterfield). I’m slightly protective of it and while it gets daily use, we don’t eat or drink or wear our shoes on it. I love that the back is tight and seat is deep so I can fill it with lots of favorite pillows (all of the ones shown above were made by me). Even with the light color, it has held up really, really well.

What are these wedges?

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I searched high and low for the perfect nude/brown wedges. These are from Nordstrom by Vince Camuto and (of course) they are no longer available. These are very similar.

Where did you get the light fixture in the dining room?

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A little over a year ago, we replaced the chandelier in the dining room with this linen rectangular shade pendant from Restoration Hardware. We found ours at the outlet store for super cheap, but they are on clearance on the rh website right now. The light came with a diffuser for the bottom, but we like it better without. The table and chairs are from RH, too. Apparently we have a thing for that store.

Where is the stag head from on the fireplace?

The deer in our living room is such a statement piece. I love a decorated mantle, but when we re-surfaced the fireplace and added the stag head, it feels fine just to leave the mantle empty. Ryan ordered the iron stag head from restoration hardware. It’s probably time to remove the wreath …

Will you be hosting The Blog Class again?

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Ryan and I taught an online everything-you-need-to-know-about-blogging class two years ago and we’re so excited to run it again! We’ve been working, working, working to get it all updated and pretty and full and will be ready to launch in the next week or so (we’re hoping!). Lots more details will come, but just know if you’ve been wanting to start a blog and have no idea where to begin, or you want to take your existing blog to the next level and need some help coming up with a plan, The Blog Class is perfect for you. Stay tuned for more …

Speaking of classes, the Graphic Design class is currently open for registration!

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I seriously adore teaching this class and inspiring creativity in ladies all over the globe through designing with Illustrator. For details, click here.

What color is your bedroom?

The deep tealy-blue in our bedroom is so moody and serene. The color is Marine Magic by Behr. I waffle back and forth between painting the whole room the color (right now the other walls are light gray) and going white in there like the rest of our house. It is a really pretty color.

All of the paint colors we’ve used in our house can be found on this page (but it’s no longer up-to-date because we painted over most walls with white this fall).

What’s your favorite source for washi tape?

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Washi tape is such an inexpensive, universal, fun to use craft supply and there are a million different patterns/colors to choose from. I order most of my tape from here – the selection is great.

I have a whole page of favorite sources with links – everything from printers to paper, ribbon and curtains. You can find those here.

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Anything else? If so, feel free to ask in the comment and I’ll reply back!

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instagram highlights

I’m in Austin this weekend for If:gathering – super excited to see friends and laugh and be so encouraged and challenged. If you’re here, come say hi!

For a behind-the-scene look at our time here, come on over to Instagram (@jonesdesigncompany).

Speaking of instagram, here are some favorite most recent images and happenings:

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a visit with Lindsey and her family in her darling house / vintage children’s books in my mom’s house

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lovey-dovey images (prints in the shop: I still Do, Greatest is Love)

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Practicing watercolors with a boden catalog / so happy with all the white in the house now

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don’t even start on the Superbowl game. Still sad about that loss. The boys were so cute all lined up in their jerseys. / My oldest turned 11 this week.

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More painting which turned into these free valentines

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I’m staying this weekend with the girls who went to Rwanda and it feels so great to be back together! We dropped by the Noonday home office last night and felt like kids in a candy store just staring at all the pretty. I found my stag journal, too! (available here – on sale!).

Hope you have a great weekend!

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how to organize your iphone screen (and make it look pretty)

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My phone is basically an extension of my arm. I carry it with me everywhere and while I’m not so good at answering phone calls, I do love it for everything else: texting, checking the weather, setting an alarm, taking photos, reading email, posting to instagram, checking out at starbucks … you get the idea.

So, naturally, I want my phone to be organized, easy to use and pretty to look at. The best way to do that? Organize all those apps into folders and add a cute wallpaper.

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Here’s how I like to organize my iphone home screen:

Start by setting a custom image as the background. This cute arrow-on-kraft-paper design is part of our February Paper Works collection (each month we include a couple of wallpapers so you can trade them out each month!). Just save the image to your photo library, then open it up. To set it as your wallpaper, follow the steps below:

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Now comes the fun part of organizing all of your apps. Rather than having each one on its own, I like to organize them into folders. Here’s what that process looks like:

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I find that having apps grouped together in folders makes my home screen much less cluttered and easier for me to find what I’m looking for. Here’s how I have my apps grouped:

p h o t o / all camera, photo editing and instagram related apps

d a i l y / these are my regular-use apps like the clock, weather, facebook, jdc, pinterest and starbucks

u s e / the more utilitarian apps of the bunch like maps, the app store, settings, calculator and facetime

b i b l e / my go-to collection of bible/bible study/devotion apps

m u s i c / itunes, my music library, pandora, spotify, sonos and podcasts

m o n e y / my banks, paypal and coupon apps

p l a y / my kids think I’m weird for not having more games on my phone, but there are a few. They live in this folder (current faves: 2048 and tsum tsum).

n o t e s / just the note app. I use it all the time.

t r a v e l / things like yelp and hotels.com

e x t r a / for everything that doesn’t have an obvious category

s o c i a l / social media apps I don’t use regularly, but want to keep like whatsApp and Line

g a m e s / just a few kid games – they each have a kindle, so they have their own apps on their devices, but these are for entertainment in a pinch (Endless ABC and 7 Little Words for Kids are favorites).

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And that is how I organize my iphone home screen.

I’d love to know … do you have a different system that works for you? Do you have any favorite apps you’d like to share? Do tell …

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Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life …

Should you need a quick gift idea for a child in your life …

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… may I recommend any book by Chris Van Dusen.

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Our collection started with King Hugo’s Huge Ego and The Circus Ship (both favorites of all the kids – ages 5, 7, 9, 10). I didn’t even realize they were by the same author until my former-librarian aunt gifted us with Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee and we finally figured out why we loved the books so much … they are cleverly written and charmingly illustrated by the same talented guy!

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Each book is written with a catchy cadence which make them fun to read out loud and I could look at the pictures all day. A well-illustrated book makes all the difference and these are beyond well done.

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I just bought the boys a few more Van Dusen books: A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and If I Built a Car. We’ll wrap them up for their somethings to read (we do four gifts for each kiddo at christmas – something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read) and I’ll be just as excited to read them aloud as they will to receive them.

So if you’re needing one more last minute gift idea, maybe a Chris Van Dusen book is just the right choice.

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october recap

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Instagram continues to be my favorite social media outlet of choice. It’s such an easy and visually pleasing way to share day-to-day activities, tell you what’s happening on the blog and to connect with ladies from all over the world. I have much to improve in my photography skills, but it sure is fun to try different angles, look for pretty lighting or interesting compositions (zooming in close to the wheelbarrows, for example). I learned a ton in Ashley’s iphone photography class (definitely worth it! Or try her dslr for fancier photography skills) and continue to play around using my iphone to take pretty pictures.

Here are a few of the highlights from this past month.

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caught my eye

This weekend we had friends over for football watching-turned movie watching. When we put a movie on for the kids upstairs (mr. peabody), we poured ourselves a glass of wine downstairs and decided to turn on a movie for the grown-ups, too.

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None of us knew much about this movie, but the reviews were good and so we went for it. We all loved it.

Here’s the summary: “Chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), his friend (John Leguizamo) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.”

The story was great, the acting perfect, the food makes your mouth-water and from what I’ve read, they do a good job depicting the reality of the life in a restaurant kitchen. There is bad language – just to warn you, but you’ll fall in love with the cutie-pie kid and you’ll probably want to make a really yummy grilled cheese after watching the way Chef Carl makes one.

So we loved the movie, but what really caught my eye was the great honeycomb wine rack in the LA restaurant scenes.

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It looks like a sculpture and is so graphic against the white marble and stainless steel kitchen. I love the a-symmetry of it and would totally put this in our house. I’d also take the marble and stainless steel. Continue Reading →

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farmhouse inspiration

We’re finishing out our summer with a quick stay with my family at The Farmhouse.

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Isn’t it beautiful?! The Jones side of the family has rented this restored 1800’s farmhouse for the past three years and it’s been such a perfect place for our families to be together.

(UPDATE: here is a link for details on The Farmhouse)

Being here reminds me of how much I love the look of a farmhouse. Just clicking through my pinterest boards confirms it. Here are a few of my favorties: Continue Reading →

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ice ice baby

There were only a few things I truly missed while in Rwanda and one of them was ICE.

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It’s one of those quirky things about me – I am addicted to good ice. Soft enough to break, just the right amount of crunch, not too solid or too melty. Who knew you could be so particular about ice.

My love of ice started at a young age, but came to it’s peak when I was pregnant. While my friends craved hamburgers or steak or sour patch kids, I would go through the Starbucks drive thru just to order a cup of ice. It was like dessert. Some call that an indication of iron-deficiency (which I also had), but there was nothing so satisfying as a cup of frozen water. Continue Reading →

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making a small difference

One of my proudest professional moments so far was participating in the creation of this cute journal:

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(photo by paige knudsen)

It was my first collaboration with Noonday Collection, a company I have come to love and will be traveling to Rwanda with in just a few days (!).

My part was simply to design the cover and artisans in India turned them in to beautiful works of art. I know it was just a little thing, but I felt so honored to be part of something bigger – helping women across the world make ends meet for their families.

To know that the journal made a small difference in the lives of families across the globe is inspiring to me. But it doesn’t take designing products – simply purchasing them can make an impact, too.

This whole concept of’ using my purchasing power for good’ is fairly new to me, but one I am seeking to embrace. I want to buy pretty clothes and gifts and decorations, and if I have the chance to buy pretty things AND have my money go towards supporting artists and small businesses, I’m all for it.

I’m headed to Africa where I’ll get to meet a handful of these women whose lives are forever changed because their work is sold through companies like Noonday. I’ll be traveling with a few friends whose lives have been forever changed because they have funded their adoptions or sent their kids to college or paid their mortgage with the income they’ve made through selling products created by these artisans. It’s such a beautiful cycle and one I’m grateful to be part of.

You can make a difference, too. Here are two ways:

1. Follow along on our Rwanda trip to learn about the ways Noonday and IJM are advocating and providing opportunities for families across the globe. Our group will be sharing throughout our stay and you can stay up to date by signing up for updates here. There’s actually a pretty generous giveaway going, so enter now for a chance to win.

2. Host a trunk show. Gather your friends and neighbors, snack on finger foods and sip your favorite drink while you hear more of the Noonday mission, shop for beautifully made jewelry and gifts, and use your purchasing power for good.

We’re actually creating a new collection of items while in Africa (SUPER excited about this and I’m sure I’ll share much more next week!) and those will be revealed at a nationwide trunk show this August.

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Everyone who attends the trunk shows will have the chance to vote on their favorite designs we’ve created alongside our new Rwandan friends and the winning designs will be produced. More details on the #styleforjustice collection to come, but check your calendars and sign up to host a trunk show!

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>> Click here for details <<

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5 minute makeup

I’m channeling my inner 15 year old and talking about make up today. My sisters and friends and I used to do makeovers all the time – playing with thick eyeliner or new lipstick and always adding a mole ala Cindy Crawford.

As much as I loved those makeovers, I never totally got into wearing lots of makeup and still prefer a natural look to a totally made-up face. It’s quite convenient, because I don’t really have the time or energy to give myself a fancy look each day – 5 minutes is about all I have. Thankfully, there are a few beauty secrets that make a quick morning makeup routine possible.

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I made a quick video showing you what I do to achieve a 5 minute face:

I hope this inspires you to try a few new products/techniques or just encourages you to add a touch of makeup to your already gorgeous face.

Here are the products I use daily:

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cleaning wipes / moisturizer / tinted moisturizer / concealer / loose powder / blush / brush set

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tightline shadow / smudge brush / mascara / eye shadow / brush / eyebrow powder / angled brush / lipgloss

To learn more about lash extensions, here is a post all about them.

For more makeup tutorials (like how to fill in brows, and how to highlight and contour), visit my favorite beauty blog: Maskara. You’re days of playing makeover are about to return.

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june insta wrap-up

The best thing about instagram is the way it helps me document our every days. Outings, around our house, pretty things that catch my eye, moments I want to remember. I love documenting for me, but I also find sharing and interacting to be so enjoyable. It is fun to see how other ladies live, their surroundings and what they find inspiring (here are a handful of my favorite IG feeds) and perhaps my photos are fun for you to see a bit more behind the scenes of our life.

Here’s what happened in June …

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girls weekend at the beach / teaching my baby the art of baking / mixing patterns

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dress rehearsal for baby ballerinas / summer house tour / going away invitations for my bestie’s family

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color + stripes in Audrey’s closet / graphic design class open / favorite summer salad

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hair cut day (not in love with the results) / napkin doodling / cotton candy + mariners baseball

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teacher thank you gifts / pretty cupcakes / beautiful hike with the kids

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moving in our friends / truth for the day / puppies are cute

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swim lessons / I want this house / watercoloring a new print for our Rwanda trip

It was a bittersweet month … the end of a great school year, best friend moving away, new friends moving in, start of summertime fun. This season of life is full and fun and we are excited for what’s to come this summer.

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summer reading list

I read a bunch last summer (here’s that list), and the summer before (see them here) and plan to do the same this year. I am a sporadic reader – sometimes going months without having a good book on my nightstand or ipad, and then I have this hunger and I can’t stop. The slowed-down pace of summer helps, for sure, and today marks our official first day (woohoo!!). So to celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of books I’m reading and ones I hope to read this summer.

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the locust effect // written by the founder of IJM (who I’ll be traveling with to Rwanda in just a few weeks), this book is opening my eyes in a new and uncomfortable way.

While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor.  It is a plague of everyday violence. Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence — like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality — has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development. The Locust Effect is a wake-up call: Its massive implications will forever change the way we understand global poverty – and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.

pretty // a brand new e-book by a blog-friend that pretty much reads like the inside of my heart.

In Pretty, Tammy Strait encourages readers to look beyond the superficialities we use to protect ourselves or to impress others. By Looking Back, Looking In, Looking Out, Looking Forward, and Looking Up, Tammy teaches readers to examine the illusions they are living under that prevent them from authentic connection with those around us. She guides us to a deeper relationship with ourselves, with those around us, and with God. A more abundant life awaits when we rest in the unconditional love of the Creator.

left to tell // another book I read in preparation for my visit to Rwanda … the horror of the genocide plus the resolve of the survivors is heartbreaking and remarkable all at once.

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death and forging a profound and lasting relationship with God. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love—a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.

 

the secret keeper // I started this one last weekend and became mom-of-the-year on Saturday when I layed on the couch all day long and read. I’m close to the end and love it.

During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.

the invention of wings // I’ve heard that if you loved secret life of bees and the kitchen house you’ll love this new one. Well, I did love Bees and the kitchen house is one of my all time faves, so I’m excited to begin.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

eleanor & park // this one just sounds fun. Plus, I like the cover.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

all the light we cannot see // Historical fiction + stories with characters whose paths collide are always what I’m drawn to. This one sounds amazing.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society // Another one of those characters-crossing-paths stories, that has super high reviews. Looking forward to this book as well.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…

(all book descriptions are from amazon)

So that is what’s on my summer reading list. Have you read any of them? Or do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear …

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my favorite resources all in one place

This one took me forever to finally get finished, but I now have a page dedicated to my favorite resources. I call them the Tools I Use.

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You can find the page by clicking on the SOURCES image from the sidebar over there on the right.

I’ve compiled a list of tools and products I use regularly with links to where you can purchase them. Things like my printer, colored envelopes, the alphabet stamps seen on many different projects and where I order my paper.

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I’ll continue to add more products/sources when I think of them. If you have any other suggestions or questions about where I get things, leave a comment and I’ll add it!

To visit the Tools I Use page, click here.

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