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Your Whims Wednesday #321 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Hot Spiced Cider by Marilyn's Treats
Spiced Cider by the Glass

DIY Glass Jars for Fall by The Country Chic Cottage
Make decorative glass jars for fall with this simple tutorial! These have great farmhouse style!

Apple Peanut butter Overnight Oats by Hello Nature Blog
Start your day off right with this simple, protein packed apple peanut butter overnight oats recipe. Great for busy mornings!

Baked Veggie Balls by Looney for Food
Baked Vegetable Balls

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Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #320 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Wood Slice Pumpkins by Decoart
Wood Slice Pumpkins

S'mores Martinis by Jody Fitz

Colorful Fall Fabric Pumpkins by Flamingo Toes
Easy Fall Fabric Pumpkins

Apple Chicken Cheddar Galette by Honey and Birch
If you're looking for savory recipes with apples, this apple chicken cheddar galette is the one. It is perfect for dinner - and autumn. | honeyandbirch.com

Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece by Crafts Unleashed

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Your Whims Wednesday #319 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

High Protein Carrot Cake Banana Bread by Bites of Wellness
High protein carrot cake banana bread is the perfect afternoon snack or post workout treat! Gluten free, no refined sugars, high in protein, grain free and easy to make | www.pancakewarriors.com

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Buddha Bowl by Living La Vida Holoka

White Wine Apple Cider Sangria by Honey and Birch
White wine apple cider sangria is the perfect addition to fall brunches. Grab your ingredients and try this recipe today! | honeyandbirch.com

Easy Door Hook Upgrade by Neli Design
Door hook | Rustic | Jute twine | Dollar store | Easy Spring Wreath | Flowers | Home Decor | Front Porch | Front door | DIY | tutorial

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DIY Beaded Tassel Earrings

These beaded tassel earrings are an easy craft project allowing you to DIY one of the cutest trends in jewelry right now!

 I feel like I've seen tassels on everything these days: clothes, shoes, purses, key chains and especially jewelry. I don't mind it though...I think tassels are adorable! You can make tassels out of various different materials, but being the jewelry maker that I am, I knew I wanted to try a beaded version of this new trend. 

You really don't need a lot of supplies to make these earrings: basically it's just seed beads and a few findings so this is the perfect project to pack up and take with you somewhere. I actually just made these earrings this past weekend when I went down to the beach with my parents! We were hoping for some nice weather for the long labor day weekend...anddddd then it proceeded to rain all day Saturday. Bah! I actually didn't mind the poor weather: I still love going down to the beach even if it's not really beach weather.  I got to sneak in a run on the boardwalk Saturday before the rain started, enjoy the views of the ocean, and then had plenty of time to relax at the campground with some good wine and was able to start and finish this project on Saturday while the rain came.

 I wasn't able to get a tan from laying on the beach, but hey these fun earrings brighten up my face better than a tan anyway I think ;)

I learned the basics to make these earrings from a tutorial video from All About Beads which I will post in the instruction section.  I changed the technique just a little bit, read on below to see how you can make your own version!

My Girlish Whims Book Club #3

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I’m back with another round-up of some of my most recent reads, and I’m so excited to share that this month I actually hosted my very first book club in person!!! I’ve been enjoying sharing my reads here on my blog and on my Instagram account, and a follower commented on one of my posts that I should start up a local book club! I loved the idea so I put some feelers out, picked a book and a location, and we just had our very first meeting on Tuesday of this week! I had almost SEVENTY people email me that they were interested in joining, and just under 20 girls showed up to our meeting.  Who knew there were so many book worms like me out there ;) We had a great time meeting some other locals, sharing some laughs, drinks and apps.  We kept the book discussion pretty low key, not a structured formal discussion since there was so many of us and we were spread out among two different tables, but the overall consensus was everyone LOVED the book and loved meeting up with some other locals, so we are going to be continuing to meet-up! If you are local to the Philly suburbs and are interested in joining shoot me an email at mygirlishwhims@gmail.com.  We met up this week at Paladar Latin Kitchen in King of Prussia – they have such yummy drinks and appetizers, it was the perfect spot for a night out.

I’m already brainstorming our next book and location, please let me know if you have any suggestions for either (do you know how hard it is to find a spot to fit at least 25 book worms?! Hah!)

Anyway…here is the round-up of the past few books I’ve read and my thoughts on each!

In a Dark Dark Wood

By Ruth Ware. Synopsis from Amazon:  

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

This was the book that I picked for our first book club meet.  I picked it because it is written by the same author who wrote “The Girl in Cabin 10” which I read and LOVED and the movie rights were just sold for it to Reese Witherspoon’s movie production company, so it should be turning into a movie soon as well! This book was supposed to be a thriller, and I was definitely freaked out from it at times.  There is one scene in the book late at night where the characters are all investigating a noise in the night and I LITERALLY got goose bumps and was scared reading it.  I get SUPER freaked out by scary movies, but if a BOOK can actually give me goose bumps, that’s really saying something!  Overall, I liked the mystery and thrill of the book but I got very frustrated at how unrealistic some parts of the book were.  Some of the characters seemed a little too petty and unrealistic…it’s hard to describe without giving away any spoilers but the main motive behind the crime that happens in the book seemed so DUMB and unrealistic to me, so I was frustrated when we eventually learned what that was.  There is a scene almost at the end of the book too where in typical “horror movie” fashion a character falls ploy to the obvious villain and I’m like…CAN YOU BE ANY MORE STUPID?!? Hah.  Anyway, ranting aside, besides a slightly unrealistic storyline I still overall really enjoyed the book and would recommend reading it, but I 100% think that “The Girl in Cabin 10” was a better book.  This was actually the FIRST book that Ruth Ware wrote, Girl in Cabin 10 came afterwards but that one became popular first.  So, read Girl in Cabin 10 first, and if you like that style of book this is definitely one you should add to your list as well.  

Into the Water

By Paula Hawkins. Synopsis from Amazon: